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This year marks the 30th year of service and volunteer effort for one very active organization in Dunnellon. The Knights of Columbus (K of C) Council No. 8510 is completing yet another year of practicing charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism in its community. We are a gathering of Catholic men to further efforts of citizenship through donations and volunteering hours of their time, Leo Daigle, Grand Knight of Council No. 8510, said. Father Michael J. McGivney originally founded the organization in 1882 to help the widows and children who were left behind when the family provider died. He held his first meeting in a church basement with 24 men and it now has grown to more than 14,000 active fraternal councils in 13 countries. There are three levels that make up the structure of the organization. First there is the Supreme Council which is made up of elected Thursday, August 29, 2013 Vol 31 No. 44 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. No Slack, a Motown Group from Tampa, will provide halftime entertainment. Tickets are $10 each. For more information or donations, call Geri Davis at 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun at 465-8660.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 public as well as city and county fire departments, and city, county and state government officials. After a memorial ceremony, the post will serve refreshments. For information, call 489-4453.Agency to offer flu shot clinicThe Annie W. Johnson Family Center will offer a flu shot clinic at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, at its facility at 1991 W. Test Court. Shots are $25 per person. For those with Medicare Part B, the shots are free. A picture ID and medicare cards are required. For information, call 489-8021. Initial deal for Greenlight close The Dunnellon City Council continues to wait for a deal with Wideband to take over the day-to-day operations of the citys failing telecommunications system. No agreement was in place Monday, forcing officials to scrap plans for their regularly scheduled meeting. However, Mayor Nathan Whitt said Monday afternoon hes hopeful a deal would be in place for the City Council to tentatively meet at 5:30 p.m. today to approve a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Wideband to take over the fiber to the home program while negotiations continue toward a finalized sales agreement. Indeed, we are working toward have an Operating Agreement ready, for today, said Eddie Esch, interim city manager. Florida Cable, which was reportedly the parent company Nathan Whitt Eddie Esch AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsLeo Daigle, Grand Knight of Council No. 8510, shows off several service awards the gruop has been bestowed with during its tenure in Dunnellon. COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Local KoC marking 30th year Church-based groups work benefits charities Nitrates, sources focus of meeting Work on BMAP progressingDevelopment of a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for Rainbow Springs continued to move along Friday afternoon at the Dunnellon Public Library as state officials hosted their second BMAP meeting in the past month. The second in a series of meetings officials plan to host focused on sources of nitrates affecting Rainbow Springs, and those consist of point and nonpoint sources, said Terry Hansen, an environmental consultant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, in the Rainbow Springs BMAP, most of the nitrate problem stems from nonpoint sources such as domestic wastewater, animal waste and inorganic fertilizers from commercial agriculture, homeowners and golf courses. He said the use of inorganic fertilizers is tops on the list, while domestic wastewater is No. 2 with a bullet on the list of nonpoint sources and will be a further problem on Rainbow Springs. As the area continues to grow and be developed, its not going to go away, he said. Tackling the issue of inorganic fertilizers will be tough, but developing Better Management Practice (BMPs), which provide resources and other information for farmers, is essential. State officials are hoping a BMAP can be adopted and implemented by April 2014. See NITRATES page 13 AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See KoC page 9 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News All hail the king Riverland News file photosCote Deonath, a Dunnellon resident and Elvis Tribute Artist, recently competed at Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn. The 16-year-old sophomore at Dunnellon High School finished third in the nonprofessional 1970s division, but won the coveted Fan Favorite at the weeklong event commemorating the death of Elvis Presley. Its good to be king, if just for a while. To be there in velvet, yeah, to give em a smile. Tom Petty, Its Good to be King.Its been 37 years since the King of Rock N Roll died at the age of 42, and its been more than 50 years since Elvis Presley burst onto the music scene with his unique rockabilly sound and style. And while Presley might be gone, his legend and status of musical icon isnt gone. Thats evident by the myriad of celebrations surrounding the King, none more so than the vast array of Elvis Tribute Artists (ETA), including Dunnellons own Cote Deonath. The 16-year-old has long had a local following and is well-known as Little Elvis, but the sophomore at Dunnellon High School is quickly gaining nationwide attention and hes not so little anymore. For the first time since beginning his career as an ETA at the age of 5, Deonath performed at the Mecca of all Local teen competes at Elvis Fest, wins Fan Favorite JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Deonath reacts after earning a sixth-place finish at Ted McMullen's eighth annual Tribute to Elvis Contest earlier this year at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground in Live Oak. See KING page 3 Council could vote on agreement as early as tonight JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See GREENLIGHT page 13


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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.Living Healthy Workshops slatedDo you want to take control of your chronic illness? This workshop series takes place once a week, for two and a half hours, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Created by Stanford University, the seminars cover the following: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and, how to evaluate new treatments. Class size is limited to 16 people. The first class will be from 9:30 am. to noon today at Grace Episcopal Church in Grace Hall, 501 SE Broadway St. Ocala. To enroll, call 352-854-5230.CF to host local musician Sept. 6, 7Mark 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@bell south.net.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.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. things Elvis Elvis Week, and in of all places, the home of Presley, Memphis, Tenn. The weeklong festival coincided with Presleys tragic death in 1977. The scene, Deonath said, was surreal as always, but performing for the first time at the event was mind-boggling. Its very busy, you really have to keep track of the schedule and pay close attention to whats going on around you, he explained. And its tough, because its like nothing Ive experienced before since Ive been doing this. Deonath has experienced nerves, but nothing had prepared him for preparing under the tent in front of hundreds of screaming, adoring Presley fans. I was ready to throw up, he admitted, holding up his index finger and thumb close enough to touch for added emphasis about just how close he was to losing it. You come out on stage and the noise was just deafening. You could barely hear yourself over the crowd. And though he may only channel Presley and his moves and cover the Kings classic songs, the women still swoon. Oh my god, it was crazy, he said about the crowd. There was so many of them just going crazy, screaming as loud as they could. Ive never seen anything like it, and my ears never hurt so much. That would have included his grandmother, Joellyn Cote, Deonath said. She would have been the worst, he said jokingly. But he also knows, it would have been his grandmother who would have been his biggest support during the weeklong event. After all, she was the person who hooked her grandson on the Kings classic songs and movies. And after her death in 2012, Denoath put his career as an ETA on hold for a short while. Shes with me every time Im on stage, he said. Before I go out, I always point skyward and say, lets do this. I know shed be thrilled at how far Ive come, and how well Im doing. But for her, it was always important that I have fun doing this and Im having a blast. And having a blast is exactly what Deonath had during Elvis week while competing in the nonprofessional 1970s division. It didnt matter much to Deonath that he was the youngest competitor in that category, nor did it matter he brushed aside the advice given to him by fellow ETAs to participate in the 1950s division. I knew I had the moves to compete against them, he said. Theres a lot that goes into it, and I know I have (Elvis) moves down, plus you get to wear a lot of cool suits. A lot of them are older, and Ill be honest, its easier for me to do a lot of the moves than it is for them. Why you might ask? They dont get up as easy as I do, he joked. Deonath certainly made his mark. He finished third overall in his category, but won Fan Favorite, which encompassed all four divisions two professional categories and the two nonprofessional categories. I went there to prove people wrong, the ones who said I couldnt compete in the 1970s division and I was there to make an impact, he explained. I did both. After all of my performances, I received standing ovations. Being an ETA involves a lot of work, Deonath said. He spends two to three hours a night practicing Presleys moves, facial expressions and songs, which fill Deonaths musical selection on his iPhone. Deonath has been expanding his Presley repertoire, most notably the Kings affinity for Gospel music. Youll Never Walk Alone and I Believe are Deonaths favorites, but as to what Presley tune is his favorite overall, its a tough decision. There are so many to choose from, he explained, adding Polk Salad Annie is among his favorites to perform. But being an ETA goes far beyond reliving the King for those who remain fans of Presley and the legacy he established throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. There are those among Deonaths generation who have yet to discover the legacy Presley made during his storied career. His legacy to the music industry? Deonath questioned. Hes become such an icon that its hard to explain it all. But I see it as an opportunity to share his legacy with my generation, or any generation, who hasnt been introduced to his music. Its a great opportunity to share it with so many. For Deonath, life as an ETA aint nothing but a hound dog. Anytime I get on stage, I just love it, I just love performing, Deonath explained. Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 3 NEW PATIENTS & WALK-INS WELCOME Taking Care Of Our Patients Since 1992 Bellam Medical Clinic Rajendra P. Bellam MD Board Certified Internal Medicine Internal & General Medicine Crystal Van Leeuwen, ARNP-C EKG, Lab, Pap Test Done MEDICARE, MEDICAID & MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED www.BellamMedical.com 000FLDH Monday-Friday 447-3031 41 N. Inglis Ave., Inglis Monday-Saturday (352) 465-1199 11011 N. Williams St., Dunnellon (Hwy. 41) Across from WalMart Hypertension Womens Health Arthritis Gynecology Wellness Screening Diabetes Physicals Heart Disease Mens Health Anxiety HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES: CITRUS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SEVEN RIVERS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 000FG7F Riverland News file photosCote Deonath said he enjoys the challenges of competing in the 1970s division against more sage Elvis Tribute Artists. I knew I had the moves to compete against them, he said. Theres a lot that goes into it, and I know I have (Elvis) moves down, plus you get to wear a lot of cool suits. A lot of them are older, and Ill be honest, its easier for me to do a lot of the moves than it is for them. Being an ETA involves a lot of work, Deonath said. He spends two to three hours a night practicing Presleys moves, facial expressions and songs. KING continued from page 1 UW seeks KidCare community partners United Way of Marion County has joined a statewide effort to help more uninsured children receive health care benefits at a price their families can afford through Florida KidCare, and is currently seeking companies and agencies in Marion, Hernando and Citrus County that are willing to help by becoming a KidCare community partner. Many families who are eligible for coverage dont even know it. United Way has found that community partners can help give greater access to families with uninsured children. By helping families secure heath care for their children, companies will receive monetary rewards for their efforts. The incentives for each KidCare community partner is $10 for each new approved application and $5 for each renewal application plus a bonus paid for reaching a minimal monthly goal. United Ways goal is to enroll as many eligible children as possible. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 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 Lowering surcharge is not a compromise for residentsThe city of Dunnellon now wants residents of Rainbow Springs to compromise when it comes to increased water/sewer rates and the surcharge. The city is now using the argument that since Rainbow Springs residents dont pay Dunnellon ad valorem taxes they are not paying the administrative side of the water and sewer system. My question is: what administrative costs? When you look at the city budget for both the water and sewer funds there are considerable administrative expenses included for the city manager, city clerk, finance officer, staff assistant, accountant, etc. What other administrative expenses are there that come directly from the General Fund? According to the budget numbers the administrative expenses are covered by the water/sewer rates. Rainbow Springs customers arent getting anything for free at the expense of Dunnellon taxpayers. Lowering the surcharge to 10 percent is not a compromise, especially when the rate study presentation recommends it going back to 25 percent in the following two years. Rainbow Springs residents are rightfully upset about the surcharge. We have been told it is necessary to build up a reserve for future improvements, to pay off the debt associated with purchasing the utility and to make repairs to the utility because it was neglected for many years. Now we are being told the surcharge is needed to cover city administrative costs that are somehow not already included in the enterprise fund budgets. The reality of the situation is that the city has been using the excess revenue generated by the surcharge to cover the loses from Greenlight. The city has borrowed more than $2 million from the water/sewer funds, and according to the rate structure presentation, there is no plan to pay it back. It would not be surprising to see at least another million taken out of the water/sewer fund to pay for Greenlight. None of the water/sewer rate discussions have shown the actual costs for these utilities. They just say we need the rates to be such-and-such. City should delay surcharge reduction Ive always considered my love for reading a blessing, especially the fact I can read. There are plenty of folks worldwide who cannot experience that joy, and for those who love to read, you know the joy I am talking about. Theres the joy, when you crack open a book and it sucks you in and you find it difficult to put it down and walk away from it. There youll sit for hours, a single lamp on as you lick a finger to assist you in turning from page to page and hoping to avoid a dreaded paper cut. How, exactly, I developed my joy for reading is uncertain. My mother, uncle and grandmother were avid readers as is my sister. My father enjoyed newspapers, magazines and how-to books. Im certain they each, in their own unique way, set a positive example. Id certainly be remiss if I did not recognize the educators who taught me the value of learning to read and taking full advantage of it. As a fourth-grader, I was given the chance to read The Diary of Anne Frank. To this day, I consider that a rare opportunity for a young person to be allowed to read such a heart-wrenching, detailed novel about a dark time in world history. Personally, I need to read it again. Of course, there are plenty of books I need to read. Ive always told myself I would one day read the whos who of literary greats. I have yet to do it, and realizing how precious life is, I probably need to stop procrastinating. And as I sit at my desk, pecking away at the keyboard, my oldest son, Jackson, is at work with me. He was sick, so I offered to keep an eye on the little guy since he couldnt be at school. He kept himself entertained with a couple of cartoons and movies stored on my laptop, but I could tell he was getting antsy and was bored. Jackson wanted to read, and I knew reading the newspaper, unless it was the funnies wouldnt keep him entertained for long. So finally, I had to relent and allow him to work at my computer while I plugged away on the keyboard. Education has come a long way since most of us were required to roam the halls of an elementary, middle or high school. Nowadays, teachers have several teaching tools at their fingertips. One, of course, is the Internet. Jackson raved about Raz Kids, a website he uses for reading and reading quizzes. He spent a good portion of this past weekend, working his way through his classroom assignments. Monday, he spent the better portion of his afternoon doing the same. Jackson told me he loves to OPINIONS INVITEDThe opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper.Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in a letter to the editor.All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via e-mail, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste.Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. OUR VOICE LETTERS THE OTHER GUY THE JERSEY GIRL Funny, how we all seem to have a Bucket List now that the movie with the same name starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman became popular. Before that, it was simply known as a wish list or a want list. A bucket list is a reference to all the things a person wishes to do before they expire or kick the bucket. Although wed all like to think we have plenty of time to accomplish everything, the truth is you never know how much longer you really have. While not wanting to fill your list with too many items and make it impossible to fulfill, were told we should always have a dream and so we do. Our bucket list gives us things to look forward to. The possibilities are endless. I try not to choose items, which would be improbable. For instance, marrying Paul McCartney is never going to happen. So Ill keep that one to myself, but I did get to see him in concert for the first time a few months back so that was one item I could mark off. Im sure we all share some of the same goals such as unending wealth and good health, but items on your bucket list should be more tangible and obtainable. I guess the first item on my list would be to have a novel published, and a close second would be to live on the Rainbow River. So how about I publish my novel first, and then I may have the money to make the move. I think most lists would include travel. Mine would include a trip to Hawaii where I learn the hula and eat pig cooked under the ground. In addition, Id love to take a trip to Italy and ride on a gondola in Venice and hear the pope speak in Rome. Id also love to visit Southern Italy where my ancestors are from. I want to eat really expensive steak and lobster with no regard for price, develop a taste for caviar and learn to bake a cake people rave about. I also want to dye my hair the same shade as Sharon Osborne. How great to learn to speak Italian, have more leisure time and watch every single episode of The Sopranos in order. I would like to get back to a size 6 and not worry about food anymore. I want to watch the sunrise on the east coast and watch it set on the west. I would like to retire early, vacation on The Riviera and have the money to do a little shopping while Im there. As you probably noticed there is nothing daring on my list, because Im a big chicken. If theres even a remote possibility death may be involved, thats not my idea of fun. I have no desire to bungee jump, skydive or scale a 10-story building. I would, however, like to ride a zip line and go white water rafting daring, but not deadly. So what are some things on your list? My dad wanted to see all 50 states and I think he got pretty My bucket runneth over Joys of reading For almost two years now, Rainbow Springs residents have been clamoring about the excessive, unjust surcharge levied by the Dunnellon City Council since city officials purchased the Rainbow Springs Utility system. At the time, we agreed wholeheartedly. Certainly, the then-City Council and former management botched the handling of the purchase, the implementation of the surcharge and the tiered-rate structure for their new utility system users. It was a public relations nightmare on an epic scale. The Councils decision, backed by Mayor Fred Wards mantra, because we can led to a boycott of Greenlight Dunnellon Communications, local businesses and, eventually, a lawsuit. Residents are now awaiting a judges decision regarding the future of the lawsuit; not a decision to nip it in the bud, but a ruling classifying it as a classaction suit that will likely continue to wind its way through the legal system, costing utility users tens of thousands of dollars of their money to pay for it. Because lets face it, its the Rainbow Springs Utility users who are going to pay for legal fees on both ends. It seems odd that numerous residents have not only contributed money to the Rainbow Springs Legal Defense team, but through their utility bills are paying for the city to defend its actions. A majority of residents want the judge to rule it can proceed as a class-action lawsuit. They want their rates restored, the surcharge eliminated and their money refunded. But, and lets pause for a minute for full effect, what if the residents lose their suit? What will they have gained? Yes, we know there are plenty of folks who believe in their hearts and their minds, the city erred in establishing an excessive, unjust surcharge, that its taxation without representation. What if, and for many theyll want to perish this thought, the then-City Council and administration were correct in their justifications of establishing a surcharge? In the coming weeks, the Dunnellon City Council must make a decision about water and sewer rates, surcharges and such. The focal point of See LETTERS page 5 See OTHER page 5 Audrey Beem Jeff Bryan Editor See VOICE page 5 See JERSEY page 5


close. My husband wants to go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on a donkey. I havent told him he will be going alone. My daughter wanted a new house and Im thrilled she got to mark that one off her list. Would you like to climb to the top of the Empire State Building, compete in a marathon or maybe take a 20mile bike ride? How about that motorcycle youve always wanted to own, or a ride in a convertible with the wind blowing through your hair? Have you always dreamed of doing stand-up comedy or composing a hit song? How about those salsa lessons youve wanted to take? Whatever it is, take the time to dream. The sky is the limit. Wouldnt it be wonderful if each of us were given the opportunity to take a year off from our daily lives so we could start marking items off the list? We should all live our lives like tomorrow is our last day, but thats easier said than done. I realize there are things which will never get marked off my list but Im OK with that. When I really think about it, I already have everything I could possibly want: a loving family and grandchildren. I believe that was the whole point of the movie. Even though Jack Nicholson had all the money in the world and could do whatever he wanted, Morgan Freeman was the lucky one surrounded by love. Everything we need is in our hearts already. Like the good witch said to Dorothy, youve had the power to do what you want the whole time. Where are the numbers? How much revenue is needed to cover the costs and contribute something to the reserves? It is time for the city to start being realistic with water/sewer rates. Get rid of the surcharge, identify the true operation costs and set the rates to cover only those costs plus some for a reserve. Now that the city has spent all of the existing reserve it looks like they have to start all over. Some council members should remember telling everyone that the new rate structure was put in place for water conservation. Now that people are using less water there is less revenue. That naturally means that rates must go up so much for conservation. Hugh Lochrane,Rainbow Springs Editors Note: According to Mayor Nathan Whitt, the surcharge would remain at 10 percent even after two years. The study does not call for a return to the 25-percent level; however, it would call for yearly rate increases across the board. In addition, the loans for Greenlight came from old reserve money, which did not include fees collected from Rainbow Springs residents. The second loan for Greenlight came from the Phase IV water/sewer projct.City overspent on bad analysisThe Dunnellon City Councils annual review of water and sewer rates is ongoing. The prevailing view is apparently that outside-city customers should continue to pay some level of a surcharge, though maybe lower than the 25 percent level currently in effect. The rationale is that city customers must pay to shoulder management and oversight of the utilities through tax dollars, so Rainbow Springs and other non-city customers should be surcharged for those activities. Before Dunnellon purchased the Rainbow Springs Utilities (RSU) systems from the private company, the water and sewer rates much lower than the Dunnellon rates were sufficient to pay for management and all other salaries at RSU. The city crowed about economies of scale that would result from merging Rainbow Springs Utilities with the city systems, but the end result seems to be higher, not lower overhead costs. Dunnellon purchased the utility system to take advantage of the low costs of operating the Rainbow Springs system by enforcing a stunningly higher rate structure on its new customers to help pay for the citys deficient, antiquated, high cost systems. These actions, taken nearly two years ago, were based on deeply flawed reasoning, rationalizing of motives and outright bad thinking. Two examples are the employment of uniform rates inside and outside the city irrespective of a surcharge as well as the process for valuation used in the purchase of RSU. Under the previous private ownership, RSU customer pricing was based on the companys costs plus a reasonable profit. Dunnellons Council, manager and consultants saw no reason to read Because its fun, it makes you smarter and there are books about dinosaurs roar. The joy of watching him read, or more important hearing him read, warmed my heart more than reading does, and that says a lot. Pretty soon, Jayden will be able to read, and in a few years, Emmalyn will join her big brothers. Where does the time go? Still, there is nothing like having the kids pick out their own books as we cuddle up on the couch and I can read to them, or as Jackson likes to point out, we can read together. In my book, that folks beats a day together at any amusement park. So for all of those parents and grandparents, who are blessed to spend time with their children and grandchildren in the coming hours, days, weeks and months, take time to read. You wont regret the memories youve made, the impact youve made and the imagination you help spark in their young lives. Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 5 L ETTERS continued from page 4 S ee L ETTERS page 6 OTH ER continued from page 4 their decision will be reducing the surcharge from its current 25 percent to 10 percent. Many Rainbow Springs residents believe any surcharge is unfair. A majority of those folks want no surcharge; they want a judge to tell them so. Theyre not backing down, or away, from their lawsuit. That, to us, leaves the City Council in a precarious position. What should the Council do? How should the Council vote? While we disagreed at the initial onset of the purchase of the utility system and implementation of the surcharge, we believe it would be a mistake for the Council to reduce the surcharge at this time. We believe the Council should continue on the course set forth and let the court decide if it erred in establishing a surcharge. If the court rules in favor of Rainbow Springs residents, then they have not only won, theyll have been right. For the city to reduce rates now in the midst of ongoing litigation, would be unwise. VOICE continued from page 4 Friends of the Library bookstore open The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Bookstore, inside the library, is at 20351 Robinson Road, behind Sweetbay. There are novels, bios, cooking, gardening, inspirational, craft, selfhelp, finance, romance, children, VHS videos (Some DVDs), Books-OnTape, history, politics, westerns, magazines and more. Daily sales are ongoing with books for as little as 10 cents. 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apply this approach to prices charged to customers. As noted, they simply planned on extending the pricing structure needed to pay for the citys own systems costs on the backs of the captured Rainbow Springs customers. This is where the valuation process went wrong, and as a result there is now no solution that can fix a cost and price structure that is completely broken. Whether the citys management or its consultants are primarily to blame, the valuation process was all wrong. Despite their continued claims that the city got a good deal when they purchased RSU, they paid an outrageous price based on a misguided analysis. The cash they borrowed for the exorbitant purchase price has added dramatically to the operating cost in the form of debt service. The citys consultant used several valuation techniques, the primary one being income projection based on application of Dunnellon rates on the Rainbow Springs customer base. This income projection yielded a maximum price that the city could pay for the systems, and when the acquisition price was lower than this maximum, it was considered a bargain. The process should have been an analysis of what any rival bidders would have offered RSU. Any other potential bidders would have been private entities, who would have been restricted by Florida statute to customer pricing that yielded net income in the range of what RSU had been earning. That net income was generally about $100,000 per year. No private entity would invest $6 million to earn $100,000 per year. A $2 million investment in the stock of a good utility trading on the stock exchange would yield the same net income in dividends. This is one reason the unhappy customers in Rainbow Springs believe, first, that the city should have stayed out of noncity utilities, and second, that it paid far too much in acquiring RSU. That acquisition cost stands in the way of returning to fair pricing for the customers.Ted Apple,Rainbow SpringsEditor continues to heed poor adviceThe Other Guy article in the Aug. 15 Riverland News was replete with misinformation and misguided blame for the financial crisis of Dunnellon. Mr. Editor, the individual you have been listening to has a very distorted view of history. You have been here only about three years. I have been here for 10 years watching the evolution of the crisis. Let me try to give you some facts. In 1996, local governments were mandated by the state to design and implement comprehensive plans and development regulations. Dunnellon did the best it could to comply with these requirements with what was understood at the time. But, 11 years later, a newly elected City Council recognized their plan was out of date and they were encouraged by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to update that plan. They received a state grant and hired expert planner Gail Easley to take on this task and present an updated plan and ordinances to encourage smart growth and protect the citys resources. All of these were thoroughly vetted with the public, the community development department, the city council and the DCA to become a model smart growth plan that would encourage ecotourism while protecting the natural resources within the bounds of the city. At the time of this sensible achievement, the state was not in a building boom, but rather was entering the great recession. When I moved to the area, there was a Mainstreet organization of business people, which seemed like a good idea. However, the program was not scrapped, but rather imploded about 2005 because of a lack of participants and constructive leadership. Unfortunately, there has been little progressive leadership from the business community in the last several years, perhaps in part because of the autocratic attitude of the Fred Ward-Council. Now, we come to the really irritating part. In 2009, the City Council hired Lisa Algiere as city manager without checking any of her references. That was a lack of due diligence. She came to Dunnellon with no managerial experience and only illusions of grandeur. She teamed up with Marsha SegalGeorge, assistant city attorney, to launch the ill-conceived Greenlight Communications and to float multimillion dollar private loans. She hired numerous highly paid employees and soon ran the city deeply into debt while failing miserably to accomplish even miniscule success with Greenlight. Algiere and SegalGeorge then conceived the brilliant idea of buying the Rainbow Springs water/sewer utility with another multimillion dollar private loan in order to generate a lucrative income stream. They misinterpreted state statutes and imposed excessive usage rates and a surcharge on these new customers. Naturally, Rainbow Springs residents rebelled and filed a lawsuit for relief from this taxation. In spite of this income stream and the illegitimate transfer of several million dollars from the present city water/sewer enterprise and reserve funds to the communication enterprise, Greenlight has continued to fail at a rate of more than $200,000 per month. Naturally, Algiere bailed out three months ago and left the city holding the bag. Segal-George, on the other hand, hung in there and has been charging the city exorbitant fees. For instance, in a 20-month period from October 2011 to May 2013, Segal-George charged the city $943,234 for her time. So, not only did the city attorney mislead the City Council, but gouged them at the same time. Mr. Editor, you and your out-of-town acquaintance have distorted history and facts to the point where you excuse everyone involved in the four-year city disaster except some mysterious group of people who want no growth. I personally do not know any such people, only those who want responsible government, which will advocate for smart growth while protecting the natural resources of the community. Throwing out the citys comprehensive plan and development regulations would not only allow the greedy to destroy the citys resources, but would be against state law. I have begged you before to do some studying and talk to some knowledgeable people, but you choose to travel down this same irresponsible path in your editorials. Burt Eno,Rainbow Springs Editors Note: According to Eddie Esch, interim city manager, he said he first suggested to then-City Manager Lisa Algiere and Marsha Segal-George, assistant city attorney, that the city consider purchasing the Rainbow Springs Utility. However, he explained, the encompassing rate structure and surcharge was their idea.City residents should pay for mistakesI am sick and tired of people who write to the editor and lay blame for all of Dunnellons problems on the residents of Rainbow Springs. Remember when you point an accusing finger you are pointing three fingers back at yourself. I have remained silent thus far because I think Mayor (Nathan) Whitt is trying to do the right thing for the city despite not much co-operation from the three remaining members who caused the citys problems. So I was disappointed when in his State of the City he seems to think that solving the water and sewer problems requires Rainbow Springs to compromise, otherwise the residents of the city would have to pay higher bills if the out-ofcity surcharge is removed completely. I can understand how, as an elected official of the city, he has to appease them. However, as a resident of Rainbow Springs, I am getting the same water with the same pressure as before the city bought the utility, the only difference is that I am paying more. Why should I have to compromise? I didnt vote to buy the utility and I am not getting any benefit from the purchase. Rainbow Springs did not vote for the purchase of the utility. The City Council did, and by extension, the citizens of the city did by electing and re-electing the members of the City Council. I am sorry that if the surcharge is removed that the residents of Dunnellon would have to pay more than the residents of Rainbow Springs, but when you think about it, they should be paying more. They bought a fully functioning and profitable utility that was built by Rainbow Springs. They brought nothing new to the system, but got the advantage of its functionality. The City Council made a gross mistake in buying the utility expecting Rainbow Springs to bail them out of all their other problems just because they could. Mistakes have consequences and when innocent parties suffer as a result, equity demands that the party that caused the mistake to happen should suffer the consequences. Rainbow Springs did not vote to buy the utility, the citizens of Dunnellon, through their elected City Council, did and, therefore they, and not Rainbow Springs, should have to pay the price for their elected officials mistakes. Despite what some people may think, Rainbow Springs is not Daddy Warbucks. While I cannot speak for everyone in Rainbow Springs, those that I know and have met, were not born with a silver spoon in our mouth. We got to where we are the old-fashioned way: we earned it, and for Dunnellon to expect us to bail them out of their mistakes is ludicrous and inequitable. Now, lets talk about the red-light situation. Rainbow Springs did not vote for it Dunnellon did. How about Greenlight? Rainbow Springs did not vote for it, Dunnellon did. As I understand, Greenlight has 500 subscribers. Deduct from that figure the number of Rainbow Springs residents who are subscribers and you have very, very few Dunnellon residents who voted for the system actually supporting it. So Dunnellon, if you want to accuse Greenlights failure on Rainbow Springs ask yourself why arent the residents of the city supporting it after they all voted for it. Rainbow Springs didnt and, therefore, shouldnt have to bail it out. It seems to me that some very well meaning and well intentioned members of the City Council were ill advised, ill informed, used poor judgment and made some very bad decisions, which have sadly, put the city on the brink of bankruptcy. It would seem the only honorable thing for those members of the Council who made those decisions is for them to resign and give Mayor Whitt a clean slate to try and right the sinking ship with new people, new ideas, and to stop blaming others and stop continuing on with their old failed ideas. Robert A. Bella,Rainbow SpringsCity needs to discuss utility board againNone of us should let the ever present reality of what is going on right here in the Dunnellon area fade away as some footnote in history. In the past, some events, places and folks have been commemorated with monuments or plaques as a reminder of what happened. While the callous cavalier actions of past City Councils and city management may have been legal, they were devoid of any respect or propriety and deserve no public markers honoring them or their deeds. Rather, they deserve a place next to Benedict Arnold in the hall of treachery. I have heard from some quarters that some actions may have been criminal. While that remains to be seen, what is certain is that pride was the headspring, which spawned the arrogance that brought us to this bubbling watershed. There is not a person around greater Dunnellon who has not been directly affected by this. This City Council has indicated a willingness to repair the breech in the level of trust. It is my recommendation, that along with those repairs, a further step be taken to enable checks against future divisions and questionable business schemes being enacted at all. There is a spirit of animosity present that mirrors the division between the British crown and the colonies before the War of Independence. Two phrases, which remain from that time are taxation without representation and dont tread on me. The first is what the predecessors of this City Council did, which in turn has produced a spirit of mistrust an animosity. Those folks who have been the recipient of such disregard are only asking to be respected not trampled over. Therefore, I implore this City Council to extend their hand of inclusion to all folks with the goal that the process of recovery can begin, leaving behind the callousness and guard against its return. Specifically, there needs to be an advisory board that is for nonresidents. This board, as the other boards, would have input regarding city policy considerations. It would follow the guidelines of other boards in the city. There will be a provision for equal representation among the nonresidents. It has also been proposed that a utility board be put in place as well. Should that occur, provisions for nonresidents have to be considered. Along with that thought, I also propose that a seat be added on the other existing boards that have direct impact on nonresidents. It is my intention to move forward on these proposals after Labor Day.Vernon R. 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RIVERLANDSPORTS/EDUCATIONRiverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 7 DHS expects bumpy start to season With the 2013 prep volleyball season underway, first-year coach Claudia Crawford expects a few bumps in the road for the Lady Tigers. Its not because of a lack of experience. Dunnellon returns 10 players from last years varsity and junior varsity squads. Nor is it because the Lady Tigers lack athleticism, both team strengths this season, Crawford said. Weve got experience, thats going to play a positive for us, said Crawford, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience, most of which came during her time in Indiana. Weve definitely got some athletes on the team this year, and having an athletic team can make a difference. You dont have to teach them a lot of the basics, and with athletes they know they have to work just as hard as anyone else to develop those skills. But even experienced and athletic teams need time to jell, and the lack Little League to host Fall Ball sign-upsDunnellon Little league will have signups for Fall Ball from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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.Golf course hosting Twlight LeagueRainbows End Golf Courses Tuesday Twilight League has begun. The points game starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, running through October. Entry fee is $20 and includes fees, cart, closest to pin prize, year-ending championship and threeplace payout prizes. The event is open to all players. Show up by 5:15 p.m. and the pro shop will establish your points quota. Also, a side skins game is available. For information or to sign up, call 489-4566. The event is limited to the first 40 players.Purple Pinkie Peanut Run/5K scheduledThe Williston Rotary Club will sponsor a 5K run and a one mile fun run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The entry fee is $25 prior to Sept. 20 and will include a commemorative T-shirt. Participants may register after that date for $30 but T-shirts are not guaranteed. Proceeds from the run will benefit Rotary Internationals Purple Pinkie Program and local educational programs. To register, visit active.com.Group to host charity golf tournamentHuman Trafficking Prevention.Org will host its second annual charity golf tournament Oct. 11 at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd. For more information, visit Breaking Outs website at www. breakingoutcorp.org or call 866-224-2888. SPORTS BRIEFS DMS students, staff in high gear in new year There will be no school Monday, Sept.2, at DMS and throughout the Marion County School District as the Labor Day holiday is observed. Students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students interested in joining the SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) may contact Ms. Wise Building No. 2, Room 22 or Mr. Johnson, Building No. 2, Room 17 for an application. The DMS SAVE Chapter will meet during early release/club days. SAVE Club members will participate in a certain number of activities, which will require after-school and weekend obligations for each member as well as a $5 fee for dues. All activities will be fun and aimed at promoting safety and nonviolence both at school and in our community. Dunnellon Middle School welcomed approximately 630 students back to school Monday, Aug. 19. We are excited to be given the opportunity to share the gift and love of learning with our students. DMS students brought home our annual documents needing parental review and Tigers defense to carry burden as offensive unit finds its rhythmWith an arsenal of explosive talent, fans of the Dunnellon High School football team will see a lot of the old and plenty of the new this season as the Tigers take to the field for the start of the 2013 campaign. Our offense is far more explosive than it has been in a while, said Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley, set to enter his ninth season at the helm of the program. The potential explosiveness of the offense is a major reason Dunnellon is bringing back its familiar and, oftentimes vaunted, Wing-T offense a year after implementing the Pistol offensive system. The return to the Tigers traditional offense stems mostly from the young talent the Tigers will field as they look to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 campaign. Dunnellons backfield will be short on experience, but long on talent and potential, Beasley said. The Tigers will feature sophomore Kobie Jones at quarterback; junior Kane Parks, sophomore Rudy Sinflorant and freshman Josh Williams as the main running backs. All told, the group has two varsity touchdowns both by Parks to their credit. A key reason for his willingness to start young players at skilled positions stems from their performance Awaiting kickoff JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsKaila Cesarec pauses during the StarSpangled Banner on Friday at Ned Love Field prior to the Dunnellon High School football teams game against South Sumter in the Tigers annual Preseason Classic.PRINCIPALS OFFICE Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See SMALLRIDGE page 11 Photos by JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon linebacker Tyler Powell heads to the bench along with with teammates during a break in action Thursday against South Sumter at Ned Love Field. DHS quarterback Kobi Jones rolls out of the pocket in search of an open receiver downfield against South Sumter. Raiders top Tigers in preseason tilt Annual preseason classic football jamborees allow for coaches and players to come together and evaluate each other for the season. The Dunnellon High School football team got its evaluation opportunity Aug. 22 when the Tigers hosted South Sumter at Ned Love field for their annual preseason classic, as the Raiders posted a 35-19 victory. When you start off with a lot of young players, youre going to have mistakes, said Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley. However, the boys played their hardest and will continue to work hard. The junior varsity opened the first quarter of the jamboree, as Dunnellon turned the ball over, allowing South Sumter to begin its drive at its own 19yard line. The Raiders ran in for a touchdown and JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See CLEARAR page 12 Volleyball team drops season-opener at home JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See BUMPY page 12 Offense shows glimpses of potential See TILT page 12 Savannah Helton makes a pass during action against Vanguard.JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News AMANDA BARNEY For the Riverland News


Church hosts bingo weeklySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church hosts bingo at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Prizes up to $250. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40.Church schedules monthly fish frySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 East, will host its monthly fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Friday monthly September through May. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. For information, call 489-5954. For my wifes birthday I am not allowed to mention which one I surprised her with round trip tickets to her family reunion in upper New York State. Out of courtesy to her, I elected not to include myself in her little vacation. After all, it is her family and that is just the kind of man I am. I must say I was looking forward to a week in the house by myself, where I could be the absolute boss. Nobody to tell me what to do. Nobody to tell me where to go. For a week, I would be the king of my castle; the captain of my ship; the pilot of my spacecraft. Actually, I need more than one week to do all of these things. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage deserves time off and away from Yours Truly. All year long, she works hard and most of the time has her hands full trying to untangle me from one foil after another. Lately, it has developed into a foiltime job. The day finally came for me to take her to the airport and see her off. As I kissed her goodbye, my thoughts roved back to the week that lay before me as a freelance husband. All the way back from the airport I played my Barry Manilow CD. I like Barry Manilow because he cant Smile without Me. Believe me, a smile creased my clock all the way home. One difference between men and women, or maybe I should say husbands and wives, is the notion of cleanliness. Wives have the Patricia Ann Wuerthele, 76Patricia Ann Wuerthele, 76, of Whitehall and Dunnellon, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, after a six year battle with Alzheimers disease. Daughter of the late Vincent and Alice Markey, eldest sister of Sister Margaret Markey and Susan Zidar (Bernard Zidar). Pat is survived by her four sons, Jeff, Mike, Scott, Mark; daughterin-law, Maureen; and six grandchildren, Megan, Erin, Shannon, Brock, Ryan and Paige. Pat dedicated her life to her four sons. She leaves them a powerful legacy of courage, determination, acceptance and grace. A memorial Mass will be at St Annes Catholic Church in Castle Shannon, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. Everyone please meet at church. If desired the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimers Foundation (alzfdn.org) in Pats name. Harold Francis Collins Jr., 78Harold Francis Collins Jr., 78, of Dunnellon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his home. He was born in Long Island, N.Y., to the late Harold F. Sr. and Veronica Collins. He graduated from Miami Tech in 1955 and was awarded Floridas Apprentice Carpenter of the Year. He transitioned to television and the motion picture industry as a prop maker for Ivan Tors Studios, starting on the Flipper and Gentle Ben series. As a member of IATSE Local 545, he went on to become a charter member of local 477 where he would build and coordinate the sets of dozens of television and feature films like Cocoon, Robo Cop, Sleepless in Seattle, Prince of Tides, and the colossal monumental backdrop for Tom Hanks, Theres no crying in baseball, Huntingburg Stadium, Ind., for A League of their Own. As a licensed general contractor, he built dozens of custom homes in Marion County. His construction team affectionately referred to themselves as Harolds Nail Drivers. He was an active member and board member of the Dunnellon Little League. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey. Surviving family includes his wife, Sherri; children and their spouses, Les (Beth) Collins, Tobaccoville, N.C., Wayne (Jayn) Collins, Peachtree City, Ga., Linda (Joseph) OHalloran, Orlando, Christopher and Janelle Labarca, and Kalei Collins, Dunnellon; grandchildren, Leslie Ann Tim, Christopher Collins, Nicholas Collins, Emma OHalloran, Sarah Grace Collins, Isiah Sheffield, Rileigh Labarca. Sister Vera Knapp. A funeral service, celebrating his life, was conducted Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 12390 W. Hwy 328, Ocala, Pastor Milton Smith officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the Dunnellon Little League, P.O. Box 704, Dunnellon 34430 or St. Johns United Methodist Church Building Fund, 12390 W Highway 328, Ocala 34482. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon. Benjamin E. Whitney, 93Benjamin E. Whitney, 93, died Aug. 22, 2013, at home in Dunnellon, Fla. Mr. Whitney was born to Alvin E. and Hazel B. Nelson Whitney March 9, 1920 in Millbury, Mass., and moved to Dunnellon in 1951 from Massachusetts. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII and spent 25 years working for Eli Whit Company, Ocala in retail sales. He was also a member of the Ocala Dance Club. Mr. Whitney was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine Whitney in 1980 and leaves a son, Richard Whitney; grandsons, Todd and Chad Whitney; greatgranddaughter, Skylar Whitney; and greatgrandsons, Tristan and Jaxson Whitney. Visitation was at Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Dunnellon Sunday, Aug. 25 with services following at 11 a.m., with Father Kevin MacGabhann officiating. Burial Monday, Aug. 26, Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. Those who wish may make contributions to Gentiva Hospice Foundation of Marion County, 1320 S.E. 25th Loop, Suite 101, Ocala, FL, 34471. Funeral arrangements are under the careful direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon. 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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: fbcdunnellon@bellsouth.net 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 000F2AP 489-2685 Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Summer Service 9:00 AM Healing Service 1st Sunday Every Month Following 9:00 AM Service CR 484 SR 200 Holy Faith Rainbow River Blue Cove holyfaithepiscopal@att.net 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 Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000EHXY The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com 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 GATHERINGS A D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 711180 OBITUARIES Patricia Ann Wuerthele Harold Francis Collins Jr Benjamin E. Whitney U.S. congressman addresses voters JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsU.S. Rep Ted Yoho addresses constituents Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Dunnellon High School. The firstterm congressman represents District 3 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Marion County. Rep. Yoho discussed a wide array of topics during his visit with voters. Some mysteries tough to solve Horizon of Hope luncheon slated The Seventh annual Horizon of Hope Luncheon will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club in Hernando. Doors open at 11 and lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $25 and include lunch, a live auction featuring designer purses, silent auction items, raffles, door prizes and other goodies. Alma Tankersley will host the event, which benefits the MichelleO-Gram Foundation, which provides assistance to women who are either uninsured or under-insured for both screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as breast ultrasounds. The Michelle-O-Gram was founded 3 1/2 years ago following the death of Michelle Blauser Standridge, a wife and mother of two boys. She was a victim of breast cancer. The Michelle-O-Gram has already assisted nearly 600 women at a cost of more than $125,000. Her death was not timely, nor was it in vain because from her life the Michelle-OGram was founded. The Michelle-O-Gram has no administrative costs, no overhead, office or publicity charges. Every dollar donated is returned to assist women in our local community. For information or to purchase tickets, call Diana 352-527-8831 or the Michelle-O-Gram message line at 352-690-6006. Special to the Riverland News OUT TO PASTOR CHURCH NEWS Rev. James Snyder See PASTOR page 9


idea that cleanliness is next to godliness. If true, ours is the godliest house on the planet. Even God must wipe his feet before coming into our home. As a man, I see absolutely no connection between cleanliness and godliness. I do my best thinking, not to mention praying, in the midst of clutter. If godliness is related to happiness, then I am in heaven when I am in the midst of hodgepodge the podgier the better. Along about Friday afternoon I was absolutely in heaven. The house was a complete wreck and I could not have been happier. About this time, an incident developed that brought me to my senses. I was about ready to take a shower when I noticed the soap and shampoo in my shower were gone. I knew reserves are somewhere in our house but for the life of me, I could not put my fingers on any of it. This is by my wifes design. Notwithstanding, and I was standing in my birthday suit, I needed to take a shower. Then a brilliant idea struck me. Since my wife has not been home all week, the shampoo and soap in her shower should be in great supply. Snatching my towel from my shower, I headed for hers. One thing I noticed in my wifes shower was the variety of bottles. Not wearing my glasses, I could not read the labels on any of them. However, I was not here to read bottles, but to take a shower, and so I disregarded the labels. I turned on the shower, adjusted the water temperature and began my shower. I reached for the nearest bottle, which I assumed was shampoo. After dousing my hair with a generous portion, I began scrubbing my head. I noticed, however, no suds. I grabbed another bottle and repeated the procedure with the same results. After using 17 bottles, I finally found one that produced suds. I remember thinking to myself, what does my wife do with all these bottles in her shower that do not do anything? Nevertheless, in a moment I forgot the whole incident, stepped out of her shower and toweled off. I made a cup of coffee and settled into my easy chair to watch a little television. As I sat there, I noticed a strange fragrance. This is the difference between men and women. A man enjoys strange smells. A woman, on the other hand, enjoys fragrant aromas. I smelled a fragrant aroma with a strong tinge of fruit about it. It smelled as if someone had brought me a bowl of mixed fruit. I knew for a fact, there was no fruit in the house, so this fruity aroma puzzled me. I got up and walked around the house looking for this bowl of fruit. No matter what room I was in, I could smell the fruit. It was the strangest thing I ever experienced. Finally, I went back to my easy chair and cup of coffee not knowing where these fruity fumes were coming from. Some mysteries are tough to solve. Then something hit me right between the eyes. The fruity bouquet was coming from me! I took several healthy sniffs and discovered I smelled like a bowl of fruit. I could not understand this phenomenon. Then I remembered the bottles in my wifes shower. I went back to investigate and discovered my wife had bottles of fruity concoctions of every variety. A verse from the Bible came to mind. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18 KJV.) The only fragrance worth dwelling on is a life well pleasing to God. delegates from each jurisdiction and they set the policy for the Order and run the daily business. Second is the State Council for each state; and lastly, the Local Councils are in the community closest to each members residence. Although the international body sets policy, it also allows each local council to decide on the charitable programs and activities they feel will better help their own communities. We help with an array of different things, Daigle said. It is gratifying for me to involve myself with things that help others and also furthers our faith. One of the many things the men contribute their time is to cleaning up two miles of roadway on U.S. 41 about every three months. They also provide the food, cook and serve it for the First Communion and Feast Day of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church celebrations. The men have a pancake breakfast after the celebration of Mass on the fourth Sunday of every month starting again in September. We make a small profit on the breakfast, Daigle said. We do it mostly for the fellowship. The annual Tootsie Roll Drive takes about 42 volunteers for the two weekends scheduled to give out the candy and collect any donations. I start in January to get volunteers for the two-hour time slots held in March, said John Deakins, chairman of the drive for the past four years. The men, and some of their wives, will work on this every year because it is for such a good cause. After paying for the cost of the candy, all donations are given to the Camp Good Council located in Floral City. We have been sending the donations for the last few years to Camp Good Council, Deakins said. They accept physically and mentally handicapped children and the camp is set up so they can enjoy it. This fiscal year, in addition to supporting Camp Good Council, the local K of C has already filled out the forms and earmarked funds from their treasury to become an official Special Olympic sponsor. One of our members has participated in the Special Olympics and has won several awards, Deakins said. We tried to get the paperwork finished before the year end, but we didnt get it back yet. We are committed to doing this. The Knights have also donated coats to Clothe the Children, the Helping Hands Food Pantry and contributes funds for the college tuition of four men that are in the seminary to become priests. The men have four dinner dances a year and organize a yearly cruise, all open to the public, to raise funds for the many charities they support. From the food preparation, decorations, table set up and servers it takes about 40 man hours for each dinner dance, Terry Booth, past Grand Knight and currently treasurer and social director of the local council, said. Its one of our major fundraisers. Some of the funds were used to purchase four wheelchairs from the State Council for use by anyone with a need on the campus. They also purchased three Automatic Electronic Defibrillators and obtained training for 16 men and women to learn CPR and how to use the AEDs, according to Deakins, chairman for the project. Jack Schroeder, the financial secretary for the council, stated the 135 members donated about 12,600 volunteer hours and 1,300 hours of fraternal service to the sick and disabled members and family for the last fiscal year ending June 30. Some of the fraternal assistance was used to help 20 of the members start another K of C Council at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus County. They started their own council, Daigle said. We helped them by buying their jewels and a chalice. The jewels, or a pendant, are symbolic for each office held in the council. For example, the Grand Knight symbol is an anchor with a cross, the Deputy Grand Knight is a compass with the arrow pointing to charity and the Treasurer is crossed keys. All the jewels are on different colored ribbons and are worn during meetings and when the officers are performing their duties. The group hosts regular business meetings and have a monthly potluck social. In a decision to help the men, the Ladies Auxiliary to the K of C Council No. 8510 became official due to the efforts of Claire Hamilton, whose husband, Darryl, is a past Grand Knight. They held their first meeting in January 2007 with a goal to provide spiritual, social and other assistance to the Council members. Our membership is open to all members of St. John the Baptist Church, Frances Rieger, current president of the group, said. The women help the Dunnellon childrens backpack program, the food pantry and the Tootsie Roll Drive. They also bring in candy and assemble the plastic eggs for the churchs Easter Egg Hunt. When the ladies learned of a need for baby changing tables at the church, they purchased two tables and had them installed. To raise funds, the women hold a dinner dance in November, usually with a military theme, which is always well attended. They are also going to try something new by having a table fashion show on Oct. 24 presented by member Thia Williams, an event planner in Chicago for 10 years. The five tables will include Halloween, Thanksgiving, two Christmas displays and one for New Years Eve. I will show ideas for themed favors, invitations, table dcor and gift wrapping ideas, Williams said. If it is well received we will have other shows for other holidays. The council, the auxiliary and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church are all nonprofit organizations and work together. The K of C is total and separate from the parish, but all the Knights have pledged to support our parish, Deakins said. We do everything possible to help out our parish in any way we can. For information about the K of C, call Leo Daigle at 465-1864.Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at Augie@ThingsinTown.com. Local pastor, family moving to Louisiana For the past 17 years, the Rev. Joseph Vosberg has faithfully served in the community and at First Assembly of God Dunnellon. In 2009, the congregation moved into its new building and remodeled existing facilities for a total of more than 11,000 square feet of educational and meeting space. Pastor Vosberg served as the president of the Dunnellon Ministerial Association for eight years and was instrumental in planning many communitywide events. During his and his wife, Shaunas, time in Dunnellon, the couple had four children: Rachel, 2000; and a surprise of triplets, Jonathan, Grace and Joseph, 2005. The family will move to Baton Rouge, La., where Vosberg will serve as lead pastor at Bethel Temple Assembly of God. A search committee has been assembled to begin the process of finding a new pastor for First Assembly of God. The Rev. Fred McDaniel will serve as interim pastor until a new pastor arrives. 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@ bellsouth.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, Sept. 21, 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. Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 9 000FMFA 000FKLX 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. Williams St., Dunnellon Across from Bank of America High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Lab EKG Pap Smears AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsFrances Rieger, current president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the K of C Council No. 8510, shows off one of the changing tables the group raised money to install in bathrooms at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. CHURCH BRIEFS PASTOR continued from page 8 KoC continued from page 1


10 Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 FAMILY FEATURES Whether youre hosting a family dinner or making a dessert for a friends party, bring something special to the holiday table with these amazing dessert recipes. Each delicious bite stars the unique flavor only found in figs. With their rich honey-like sweetness and delightfully crunchy edible seeds, figs take foods from good to great. Available year-round from Valley Fig Growers, California dried figs are ready to eat right out of the pack age or can be easily diced, sliced or poached for cooking and baking. For more holiday recipes, visit www.valleyfig.com.Sweet Potato Pie with Fig and Pecan Topping Makes 8 servings Pie: 1 ready-made refrigerated pie crust 1 can (15-ounce) sweet potatoes 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 3/4 cup whipping cream Topping: 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup stemmed, chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon brandy or water 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans Preheat oven to 450F. Let pie crust stand at room temperature 15 minutes; unroll and press against side and bottom of 9-inch pie pan (glass recommended). Fold excess crust under and press together to form thick crust edge; flute. Drain sweet potatoes; mash or whirl in food processor until smooth (potatoes should measure 1 1/8 cups). In medium bowl whisk together sweet potatoes, brown sugar, spice and salt. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and cream. Pour filling into crust. Bake pie 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350F, shield edge of pie with a ring (or strips) of foil to prevent overbrowning, and continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes or until center moves slightly when shaken. Remove pie to wire rack to cool. For topping, in small saucepan stir butter and brown sugar over medium heat until melted. Stir in figs, maple syrup and brandy. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until reduced to a thick, glossy syrup. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Spoon evenly over warm pie. Cool. Chill for up to 8 hours before serving.Chocolate Ganache Tart With Glazed Figs and NutsMakes 8 to 10 servings 1 refrigerated pie crust, at room temperature 1 cup packed (6 ounces) Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs, stemmed and halved* 2/3 cup water 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons almond-, hazelnutor orange-flavored liqueur 1/2 cup whipping cream 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup unsalted or lightly salted mixed nuts (omit peanuts and select hazelnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, almonds and pecans) Whipped cream, optional Preheat oven to 450F. Unroll pie crust and press into bottom and up side of 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Prick all over with fork. Bake until light brown, 9 to 11 min utes. Cool on rack. In small saucepan, combine figs and water. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and sim mer, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in liqueur. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain figs through fine-meshed sieve, reserving syrup. While figs cool, in small saucepan, bring cream tosimmerovermediumheat.Removefromheat, addchocolateandstiruntilsmooth.Spreadover bakedcrust.Refrigerate5minutesoruntil chocolatebeginstofirmupbutisnotset.Alter nate figslicesandnutsinconcentriccirclesontart, pressingslightlyintochocolatetosecure.Chill2 hoursorupto1day.Toserve,brushfigsandnuts withreservedsyrup.Removesidefromtartpan andplacetartonplatter.Cutintowedges.Topwith whippedcream,ifdesired. Cutlargefigs(greaterthan11/4-inchdiameterat thebase)intothreelengthwiseslices.Chewy Ginger-Molasses Fig CookiesMakes about 30 cookies 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 large egg white 3 tablespoons light molasses 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup stemmed, finely chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 1/3 cup granulated sugar Preheat oven to 350F. Beat brown sugar and oil in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in egg white and molasses. In separate bowl combine flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon and salt. On low speed, slowly beat in flour mixture until combined. With spoon, stir in figs. Shape 1-tablespoon portions of dough into balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Place sheet in center of oven and bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes, until crackled on top and set aroundGerman Chocolate Cake With Broiled Fig and Coconut ToppingMakes 2 single-layer cakes Cake: 1 18 1/4-ounce German Chocolate Cake Mix (Check cake mix for additional ingredients oil, eggs, water) Fig-Coconut Topping: 1 cup stemmed, chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 6 tablespoons whipping cream 1 cup flaked coconut 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans Follow package directions and pre pare two 8-inch round cakes. Bake and cool as directed. For topping, in medium saucepan combinefigs,sugar,butterandcream. Stir over medium heat until mix ture comes to a simmer. Simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in coconut and pecans. Spread warm topping on top of each cake layer, dividing evenly. Place one cake at a time on bak ing sheet or heatproof pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 15 to 30 seconds, or until topping bubbles, watching constantly. Remove from oven.Repeatwithsecondcake.Cool. Transfer cakes to serving plates Chocolate Fig CrinklesMakes about 30 cookies 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup stemmed, finely chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Figs 1/3 cup confectioners sugar Beat brown sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in melted chocolate. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. On low speed, slowly beat into chocolate mixture. Stir in figs. Cover bowl and chill 3 hours. To bake, preheat oven to 350F. Form 1-tablespoon portions of dough into balls. Roll in confec tioners sugar. Place balls, 2 1/2 inches apart, on greased baking sheet. Place sheet in center of oven and bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes, until crackled on top and set around edges. Cool on wire rack.


signatures pertaining to safety, conduct and policy for DMS and all Marion County School children. Parents, we request you review and sign these documents and have your student return them to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible. The following documents sent home were: Emergency contact list; Marion County Student Code of Conduct, and; Student Handbook within the DMS Student Planner; DMS sent home on Friday, Aug. 23, the following documents: Parents Right to Know letter dated Aug. 19, 2013 and signed by Mr. George Tomyn as required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Free/reduced lunch application. If you have not received these documents, call the DMS Guidance Office at 465-6720 and request these documents be sent home with your student. DMS parents, if you have not signed up for Parent Portal or completed the parent email permission form, stop by the DMS Guidance Office with photo ID to gain access to both tools offered at Dunnellon Middle School and throughout the Marion County School District. The Parent Portal allows parents to review their childs grades in realtime. The completed parent email permission form allows parents to email their childs teachers with any questions or concerns. Both tools open communications and assist our children to have a successful school year. In the coming weeks, the DMS Guidance Office invites parents to set-up a parent/teacher conference to discuss how your child is performing in class. These face-to-face meetings give parents and teachers an opportunity to develop learning strategies and work together making your child more successful. School Buses are back on the road. We urge all drivers to please use great caution with the changing traffic patterns as buses pick-up and drop-off students. We urge all students to pay attention to their surroundings at the bus stop and at all times follow the bus drivers directions and instructions. Safety is crucial part of a successful school year for our entire community. We would like to suggest bus stop and school bus riding as a Be There topic of conversation and how everyone can benefit by being vigilant and respectful of school bus riding. Dunnellon Middle School is happy to announce Year 2 of our ROAR Program. For those of you who are new to DMS, the ROAR Program is a student incentive program. Students earn DMS bucks as they display four core values: Respect; Own It; Active Learner; and Responsible. Teachers and staff will be able to recognize students that have displayed these core values by giving them a DMS buck. Students will be able to purchase prizes with the DMS bucks they have earned during special events throughout the school year. We are looking forward to and exciting second year for ROAR. Box Tops for Education We are once again asking our students, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to save your Box Tops for Education for Dunnellon Middle School. This coupon provides DMS assistance toward supplies for students who are less fortunate than others. Drop your Box Tops off at the Front Desk of Building No. 1 or Discipline/Attendance Office of Building No. 10. Again, welcome to the new 2013-14 Dunnellon Middle School year that will be filled with learning, success and fun. And remember, DMS Tigers ROAR. Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 11 000FUZ6 000EL19 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. 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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 352-6718400. 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. 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 pre-register by Sept. 11, call 352-671-8400. Experts discuss wide aray of topics Special to the Riverland News S MALLRIDGE continued from page 7 A day at the beach as summer nears an end ABOVE: Ten-year-old Daniel Muniz attempts to catch a few small fish recently to use for bait while spending a portion of his afternoon at City Beach. RIGHT: Kyleigh Crooks, 2, hollers at her mother while cooling off in the cool springfed river at City Beach. ABOVE: Justin Alonso, 8, casts a line while fishing from the banks of City Beach.Photos by JEFF BRYAN/ Riverland News


of adequate practice allowing Dunnellon to develop continuity and team chemistry showed Monday in the Lady Tigers season-opening loss, 25-8, 25-4, 25-11, to Ocala Vanguard, the defending FHSAA Class 6A state champions. When FHSAA-sanctioned teams were officially allowed to begin practice Aug. 5, Dunnellon was busy finding a suitable location to practice, because the gymnasium at the school was undergoing renovations to install air conditioning units, rendering the facility unusable. The Lady Tigers attempted to practice at Dunnellon Middle School, but that facility lacks air conditioning making practice conditions unbearable. In a last-ditch effort to get her team muchneeded practice, Crawford arranged outdoor sessions near the football field, but that plan was scrapped due to concerns injuries would decimate the teams ranks. Once the team was able to enter the gym, Crawford and her assistant coach quickly went to work evaluating the talent and placing respective players onto the varsity and junior varsity squads. But three days of practice certainly wasnt enough time to develop communication among players on the floor as evidenced against the Lady Knights. But Crawford isnt concerned about early season woes, nor does she expect it to take long before the team develops a cohesiveness that will be needed as the season progresses, and that suits her just fine. Its about peaking at the right time, Crawford said. Well get through this. We have players who want to win, we have athletes who know how to win because they have been a part of teams that have won. Ive coached long enough to know that carries over into other sports. Senior Kayla McMann, the teams caption and two-year member of the varsity squad, agreed. We have a lot of talent and a lot of ability, she said. We just have to go out and use that ability and talent and work hard. Weve got a lot more talent this year, and thats certainly good for us. We want a good season, so we know were going to have to work hard. We want a winning season, so we know were going to have work extra hard and I think we can accomplish that with the talent we have on the team this year. extra point with 7:29 in the first quarter. Both teams remained scoreless the remainder of the opening quarter. The varisty squads entered in the second quarter as South Sumter made its way down the field with Raider junior Faulk Anderson capping the drive with a touchdown with 11:17 remaining in the opening half. South Sumter added the point after for a 14-0 lead. Dunnellon failed to bring the ball down the field and was forced to punt. The Raiders immediately when back to work as Andersons 53-yard scamper put them at the 11-year line; however, the Tigers defense held and South Sumter failed to convert its field goal attempt. But Dunnellons young offense struggled to move the ball again and the Raiders experience showed. Making his way into his own territory, South Sumters Xavier Story had a 35-yard run to set up McKrachon Tafarios score with 1:01 left in the first half. The extra point was good, giving the Raiders a 21-0 half-time advantage. South Sumter recovered 47-yards in the third quarter for their third touchdown and good extra point with 7:42 on the clock. South Sumter fumbled, allowing sophomore Rudy Sinflorant to score from 2 yards out as time expired in the third quarter putting the Tigers on the board. Following the extra point, the Tigers trailed 28-7. The extra point was in good to put the score at 28-7. Following an early fourth-quarter TD on a 15-yard scramble by Raiders senior Chase Kelly, Parks returned a kickoff 73 yards to the end zone to put the score at 35-13. The Tigers final touchdown came on the games final play, when sophomore quarterback Kobie Jones sprinted in from 29 yards away. Jones completed five passes for 29 yards in 15 attempts while his receivers had several drops. He didnt mess up any plays, Beasley said of Jones, who is entering his first season as a starter. South Sumter brings a lot of pressure on defense, and its easy to get rattled as a young kid. Junior Devin Sims led all Tiger rushers with 38 yards on five carries. Dunnellon plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ocala West Port. Colby Cranney contributed to this report. Young Marines seek new membersThe Dunnellon Young Marines is seeking new recruits. Interested youth, ages 8 through high school, age are eligible. The Dunnellon Young Marines will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at teh American Legion on U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. The fee to register for the first year is $45. For information, call Capt. Rocky Chin at 352-873-9396.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 Tuesday 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. In addition, there will be an Open House from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9. Parents should bring the following; copies of childs birth certificate, immunization records and school release forms from their doctor, copy of health insurance cards, and any emergency contact information for the child. The first day of Kiddie World will be Sept. 10. For information, contact Tracy Zellers at 465-6745.Harmony Preschool registrations openHarmony Preschool continues to welcome students for its 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.manatee div.org or call Todd Dunn, commanding officer, at 352-212-5473 or tdunn@manatee div.org. 12 Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 Call Kristy 607-731-0543 Seven Days A Week Rain or ShineCall to see how you can receive2 Weeks Free352-563-5655769453 The #1 Provider of News and Advertising Information in Citrus County China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000FMBL 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.75 Dinner $8.95 783594 Lets Go Out! Lets Go Out! EDUCATION BRIEFS this summer at weeklong FCA Camp, which wrapped up a week before the Tigers could begin FHSAA-sanctioned practices a week after the camp was completed. Offensively, the Tigers ran approximately 400 plays on the offensive side of the ball, Beasley said. They performed at a high level and looked like they belonged, Beasley said. Theyre ready, because if they werent ready, we wouldnt have them back there. They are explosive athletes. They play hard, they play with vision. Theres going to be a learning curve. Not only did the camp prove beneficial for the offensive unit, it was just as equally important for the defensive unit, which will be expected to carry the Tigers as the offense seeks to form an identity in the first few games. And Beasley made no bones about his expectations for the defense. I expect us to be pretty good, he explained. For good reason, too. The Tigers are led by defensive line stalwarts Keiwan Jones and Keandre Brooks, both seniors whove started since they were sophomores. The NCAA Division I prospects anchor a front eight, that Beasley said, should be able to disrupt the oppositions offense. While Jones and Brooks will be relied upon to give the offensive line fits and chase down the quarterback, linebackers Cole Fagan, a junior, and Zihad Jujurat, a sophomore, will be counted upon to make big plays. The secondary will be led by junior Justin Hamm at safety. Justin is really the director of our defense, Beasley said. I expect our front eight to be one of the best, in terms of high school, around the area. They should be able to do things that we want done. Were a little young in the secondary, but theyll be fine. Beasley believes his team is several steps ahead of many, largely due to the Tigers having participated n the annual FCA summer camp, which the longtime coach said his team will never miss again. For the past several seasons, Tommy Keeler, who coached at both Newberry and Santa Fe, had encouraged Beasley to bring his unit. So after the Tigers lackluster performance in their spring game, Beasley registered his team for the weeklong, full contact camp. The experience was invaluable, he said. We needed that, he said about the camp. We got far more out of that than we ever did with any 7-on-7 clinic. Essential during the camp was the number of live-game action the Tigers were involved in. All told, Beasley said, his team played in the equivalent of 12 games. It was valuable to us, as players and the coaching staff, Beasley said. And its carried over into practice the first couple of weeks. It was a little difficult adjusting to not wearing pads and being able to hit. But you cannot simulate live-game action like that in practice. How the season unfolds, though, will be based on how quickly the offensive unit develops and can replace offensive standouts such as Jordon Boley, quarterback; Connor Wentz, tight end; and Andre Jackson, receiver. We felt good coming out of camp, Beasley said about the teams potential this season. We feel like weve got some really great talent to work with. Were going to do what weve always done, and make sure were as competitive as possible and keep the games close. COACH: Frank Beasley, ninth season. LAST YEAR: The Tigers finished 5-5, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. KEY RETURNERS: Will Thomas, OL, Jr.; LD Thomas, WR, Sr.; Keiwan Jones, DL, Sr.; Keandre Brooks, DL, Sr.; and Cole Fagan, LB, Jr. KEY NEWCOMERS: Kobie Jones, QB, Soph.; Rudy Sinflorant, RB, Soph.; Josh Williams, RB, Fr.; and Justin Hamm, DB, Jr. ; Jihad Jujurat, LB, Soph. KEY LOSSES: Jordon Bolley, quarterback; Connor Wentz, tight end; Andre Jackson, wide receiver; Dana Washington, defensive end; and JVon Swoll, running back. FOOTBALL AT A GLANCE COACH: Claudia Crawford, first season. LAST YEAR: The Lady Tigers finished 0-20. KEY RETURNERS: Jody Weber, Kayla McMann, Kaylie Hiers, Lexie Forester, Ele Goodloe and Tyra Thomas. KEY NEWCOMERS: Savannah Helton, Dania Clark, Vanessa Hernandez, Rebecca Perpente and Amanda Hargabus. VOLLEYBALL AT A GLANCE JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsJunior linebacker Cole Fagan is expected to play a key role on the Tigers defensive unit this season. Fagan is the son of former NFL standout Kevin Fagan. CLEARERcontinued from page 7 BUMPYcontinued from page 7 TILTcontinued from page 7


for Wideband, has no connection with Wideband and is not part of the deal to take over day-to-day operations of Greenlight, John Pierpont of Pierpont & Associates LLC wrote in an email Monday. A deal with Wideband is essential, because the city is losing $280,000 per month on Greenlight and the City Council was told, by Aug. 31 the city would no longer have the funds to continue operating the system. However, Mayor Whitt said city administrators have been busily crunching numbers the past two weeks and if a deal is not in place by Sept. 1 for Wideband to take over operations, the city could fund day-today operations until an agreement is in place. Its a razor thin margin, but I think we could, Whitt said about continuing to fund operations at operating Greenlight through the end of September. Really, Mayor Whitt said, officials would prefer to have a deal in place before Tuesday, Sept. 1. We would prefer to have this done by the end of the month, Mayor Whitt stressed, to me, it remains our stance. The reason for the delay in striking a deal with wideband is because of the complexity of the deal, Mayor Whitt explained. Wideband would be considered a subcontractor until a final agreement is in place to purchase Greenlight, he added. All of the Is need to be dotted, and the Ts need to be crossed, Mayor Whitt said, adding he applauded Wideband for recognizing the value of the citys telecommunications system. They really see the value and the potential of it. I think it has too, we just failed to really capitalize on it. Striking a deal for Wideband is the first step necessary to sell Greenlight as city officials strive to avoid a fiscal disaster, which Esch told the Council could be avoided if the fiber to the home program is sold before November. That is when the city will be required to make a $1.6 million bond payment to Regions Bank in Orlando. In additional to striking an agreement with Wideband, John Pierpont of Pierpoint & Associates LLC was in discussions with officials from All-American Leasing, which owns the lease deal for the headend equipment currently used by Greenlight. The city still owes $1.1 million on the equipment lease. Selling Greenlight is the top priority, Pierpoint and Esch explained at the most recent Council meeting. It would allow officials to then have a better understanding of the debt remaining and how it could help with negotiations with the bank. As it stands, the citys share of excise taxes have been pledged to help pay off any outstanding debt from the bonds. The need for BMAP, described by state officials as a blueprint for restoring impaired waters by reducing pollutant loadings to meet the allowable loadings established in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report. Currently, the nitrate level in Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River is more than 2 milligrams per liter. And state officials want to see that number cut dramatically 82 percent to 0.35 milligrams per liter. Once a BMAP is formally adopted, it becomes enforceable, Hansen said. That will be essential considering approximately 40 percent of the property in the Rainbow Springs Basin area is agricultural, and the overall nitrate level from non-organic fertilizers is 46 percent. All told, Hansen told the group, there is approximately 150,000 acres of commercial agricultural property in the Rainbow Springs BMAP area eligible for enrollment in BMPs. The Florida Department of Agriculture has gotten commitments from several commercial agricultural users in the area to sign a BMP, but the total amount of acreage from those agreements equals 19,000 acres. Its not an easily done process, Hansen said. We can explain how the BMPs work, and that they do work, but its their business. If we are wrong, theyre out of business. And were not in the business of putting anyone out of business. How to achieve 100 percent participation is uncertain, Hansen said. However, one attendee suggested the Department of Agriculture partner with the Marion County Property Appraisers Office. Together, the agencies could mail out letters with tax notices explaining the need for commercial agriculture users to sign BMPs. Its certainly something we can look into, Hansen said. The biggest with domestic wastewater is the use of septic tanks, Hansen said. There are approximately 38,000 septic tanks in use in the Rainbow Springs Basin. However, dealing with the issue is complex. Several years after implementing a mandatory septic tank inspection, the state legislature repealed the law. You have a certain responsibility to yourself, your family and your local government to think about, Hansen said about septic tank users. There are things they can do to ensure there is not a problem. Officials, as in their July 30 meeting, pointed to the decline in fertilizer sales in Marion County since 1997, when state and county officials began recording numbers. In 1997, fertilizer sales were about 3,500 tons, peaking at 4,500 tons in 2001. Through this year, 2,000 tons have been sold. Hansen explained pollutants take about 10 to 15 years to work their way into a source, or out of it, and officials are hopeful the 2001 figures are about to work their way out of the river. Hopefully, well see a decrease, he said. If its true that it only takes 10 to 15 years for them to work their way into the source, why not? Riverland News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 13 Land/Home Financing FHA Loans VA Loans Buy For Loans Home Only Loans USDA Loans Equity Financing Alternative Income Financing 352-622-6324 or 1-800-313-6324 Prestige Home Centers, Inc. 4300 SOUTH PINE AVE. 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JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsTerry Hansen, an environmental consultant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, on Friday explains ways to educate the public about the importance of the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) to a crowd of local stakeholders at the Dunnellon Public Library. NITRATES continued from page 1 GREENLIGHT continued from page 1 Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides backpacks full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.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 4656359. Alter Eagles concert scheduled Oct. 5Citrus County Parks & Recreation proudly presents The Alter Eagles, who are also sponsored by the Citrus County Chronicle, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Citrus Springs Community Center. The Alter Eagles will re-create The Eagles Legendary songs: Hotel California, Witchy Woman and more. General Admission tickets are $15 per person, and limited VIP Seating tickets are $25. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information, call 352-465-7007 or 352-5277540.TOPS welcomes members, visitorsTOPS (Taking 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. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


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 meets twice monthly Hospice 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.Forget-Me-Not open to publicThe First United Methodist Church is opening its Forget-MeNot Program to the community. This is a program provided by the church to offer four hours of respite care for caregivers of early dementia and Alzheimers patients. The program is also including seniors who just need to get out of the house for a few hours and socialize with other seniors. This program is free and meets from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church Friendship Hall. Trained volunteers provide activities and refreshments. For more information, call Grace Burks at 489-2580 or Joey Weisbaum at 489-6963.Reformers Unanimous meetings slatedReformers Unanimous is an addictions program developed from more than a decade of experience, and is the fastest growing faith-based addictions program in America. Meetings are directed not toward a specific addiction, but toward overcoming any addiction through the Higher Power that is Jesus Christ. 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Senior Home Cleaning, Windows, etc. Seasonal/Rental Cleaning Yards: Weeding, Raking, Mulching Senior Travel Companion Personal Assistant 000fiiQ (352) 208-0802 Cindy Fenwick Bonded & Insured Since 2006 711178 DIAL-A-PRO RIVERLAND For Your Professional Needs... Agency needs items for homeless programThe Annie W. Johnson Senior and Family Center is in need of items for its Project Homeless program, which is designed to help the homeless with food, tents and coolers. All three items are needed at this time. If you are able to assist us in this matter, contact the Annie W. Johnson Center at 489-8021.American Legion activities slatedAmerican Legion Wall-Rives Post No. 58 and the Womens Auxiliary meetings for September have been canceled for September. The Post No. 58 building will be closed Sept. 3 to 5 for repaving of the parking areas. Cub Pack No. 469 will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 9. Bingo will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will be Sept. 21Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announces the following events. Join us for darts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and bingo at 1 p.m. Mondays. $1 hot dogs are available for lunch on those days. Plan to join us for dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $8 each. The canteen is open Sunday through Saturday at noon; and closes at 8 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday except for meeting nights, and 6 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 465-4864.Writers Group meets first Saturday monthlyThe Rainbow River Writers Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday monthly, except January and July, at the Dunnellon Public Library, 30351 Robinson Road. All writers of all genres are welcome. Writers hear and critique each others creative efforts, socialize and talk shop as is the tradition and custom of all writers regardless of time or place. For information, visit http://groups. yahoo.com/group/ wgdunnellon or email waltersylvester@ yahoo.com.Police collecting used cell phonesThe Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for victims of Domestic Violence. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violence shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Dunnellon or at Repeat Boutique.DCF seeks volunteers for programThe Department of Children and Families in your community has been awarded a Food Stamp Participation Grant. DCF is looking for committed volunteers with computer experience to help our food stamp customers navigate the online application process. For information, call Nora Larsen at (352) 330-5517 or email Nora_Larsen@ dcf.state.fl.us. NEWS NOTES Legionnaires visits veterans Five members of American Legion Post No. 58 and the Ladies Auxiliary on Aug. 9 visited veterans at Harbor House, above, and Haven House, below, assisted-living centers. Introductions were made and following opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance each veteran was thanked for serving our country. Doughnuts and refreshments were served. The American Legion Post No. 58 and the Ladies Auxiliary thank Sarah Collins and Cindy Burnell, activity directors, for coordinating the visit. The American Legion Post No. 58 and the Ladies Auxiliary made a special presentation to Arthur Johnston, left, a World War II veteran. Johnston was born June 23, 1921, in Joplin, Mo. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Johnston served as a surgical nurse from 1941 to 1946 onboard the USS Highlands and participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima, Marshall Islands and Okinawa. Johnston was onboard the USS Missouri during the signing of the Japanese peace treaty. He married Iris on Oct. 4, 1946. They have six daughters one adopted seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. After his military service, Johnston worked briefly in the medical field, tried farming in Pennsylvania and then became an artificial cattle breeder. He and Iris moved to Florida and have been residents of Harbor House assisted-living facility for seven years. Special to the Riverland News SUPPORT GROUPS


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Volunteers sought to Help Neighbors in NeedThe pre-hospice program, Transitions, is in need of volunteers for respite care, friendship, transportation, errands or food preparation. Transitions is a free community service available to anyone with a life-limiting illness. The program offers assistance during or after medical treatment for serious illnesses. Specially trained staff and volunteers provide supportive services to clients and their families. Transitions services are available at no charge. Anyone with a life-limiting illness is eligible. Services are provided to patients in their own home, nursing home or assisted living facility. Call Donna Shaffer at 854-5200 for details.Kiwanis changes meeting placeThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will begin meeting at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club will continue meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. 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VEHICLE IS STORED AND WILLBE AUCTIONED AT: ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY 1004 N.E. 95TH ST., OCALA, FL34479 1991 CHEV VIN # 1GCDC14K3MZ216968 2001 MAZD VIN # 4F4YR12C91TM05707 August 29, 2013 430-0829 RIV 09/30 Sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE WILLBE SOLD FOR CHARGES DUE ATPUBLIC AUCTION FREE OF ALLPRIOR LIENS PER FLSTATUTE 713.78 AT 9:00 AM ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 VEHICLE IS AS IS. CASH ONLY. WE RESERVE THE RIGHTTO REFUSE ANY AND ALLBIDS/SALES. VEHICLE IS STORED AND WILLBE AUCTIONED AT: ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERY 18398 N. US HWY301, CITRA, FL32113 2012 FORD VIN # 1FMCU9EG0CKC48586 August 29, 2013 432-0829 RIV 09/13 Date of Sales NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 9/13/13 at 9:00 am at 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala, FL34470,AND on 9/13/13 at 9:00 am at 19940 N. US 441, McIntosh, FL32664 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. 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd 1998 VW VIN # 3VWBB61C2WM006755 19940 N. US 441 2006 TOYOTAVIN # 5TENX22NX6Z243118 August 29, 2013 422-0829 RIVEstate of: Maier, Sieglinde 2013-CP-1256 Notice to CreditorsPUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-1256 Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF SIEGLINDE IDA MAIER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of SIEGLINDE IDA MAIER, deceased, whose date of death was March 17, 2013, is pending in 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 22, 2013 Personal Representative:/s/Lorenzo Ramunno, Agent RAMUNNO LAW FIRM, P.A. P.O. Box 771313, Ocala, FL 34477 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/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 E-Mail: ramunnolaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: ramunnolaw34476@gmail.com www.ramunnolawfirm.com August 22 & 29, 2013 Lost A T & T Cell Phone, Black case, near Crocks Rodeo Grill Dunnellon (352) 804-6543 DOG GROOMING WORKSHOP BYOD Bring Your Own DOG! $50. 8/31, 11am to 4pm equipment available offered at the Academy of Animal Arts, Largo, FL Academy ofanimalart s.com 866-517-9546 DRIVERSDriverTrainees Needed NOW! Become a driver for Werner Enterprises. Earn $800 per week! Local CDL Training (877)214-3624 Drivers -HIRING EXPERIENCED /INEXPERIENCED TANKER DRIVERS Earn up to $.51 per mile! New Fleet Volvo Tractors! 1 Year OTR Exp. Req. -Tanker Training Available. Call Today! (877)882-6537 www .OakleyT ran sport.com Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 NEWSPAPER CARRIER WANTEDNewspaper carrier wanted for early morning delivery of the Citrus County Chronicle and other newspapers for home delivery customers.Must have insured and reliable vehicleApply in Person 1624 N Meadowcrest Blvd, Crystal River Monday to Friday 8am -5pm Newspaper carriers are independent contractors, not employees of the Citrus County Chronicle DRIVERS:Guaranteed Home EVERY Weekend! Company: All Miles PAID (Loaded or Empty)! Lease: To Own NO Money Down, NO Credit Check! CALL: 888-880-5916 Personal/ Commercial CSR220 or 440 LIC. INSURANCE AGENT Email Resume to Tracy Fero at: tfer o@fer oinsurance .com or Call 352-422-2160 AIRLINE CAREERSbegin here -Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866-314-3769 MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINEES NEEDED!Become a Medical Office Assistant! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Online training at SC gets you job ready! HS Diploma/GED PC/Internet needed! 1-888-374-7294 2 Dinning Room Tables New Chrome Craft 40 x 58 with leaf, Rattan table 48 x 63 w/leaf & 4 cushions chairs (352) 522-8025 2 Dinning Room Tables New Chrome Craft 40 x 58 with leaf, Rattan table 48 x 63 w/leaf & 4 cushions chairs (352) 522-8025 BRING YOUR FISHING POLE! INVERNESS, FLMove in Special!1 month free/w one year lease. 55+ park on lake w/5 piers, clubhouse and much more! Rent includes grass cutting and your water 1 bedroom, 1 bath @$350 inc H20. 2 bedroom, 1 bath @$450 inc H20 Pets considered and section 8 is accepted. Call 800-747-4283 For Details! Mobile Homes with acreage. Ready to move in. Seller Financing with approved credit. Lots of room for the price, 3Br 2Ba. No renters. 850-308-6473 LandHomes Express.com INVERNESS Move in Special!1 month free w/one year lease. 55+ park Enjoy the view! 2 bd, 1 bath Lot rent, car port, water, grass cutting included. Call 800-747-4283 for details CRYSTALRIVERBUSINESS. LOC. FOR RENTHwy 19 Downtown exec. location,1000 sf Very Clean remodeled 352-634-2528 CITRUS SPRINGSNewer 3/2/2, tile floors, nice area, across from rails to trails $845. mo. 1st & Last No pets (352) 598-0235 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403Riverland News Classifieds Get Results! PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 HOMOSASSA5+ DEN, BEDROOMS. 3 BATH. THIS HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL TWO STORYHOME WITH 3 CAR GARAGE IS OVER 3500 SQ. FT. HOME BACKS UPTO A NATURE PRESERVE HOME IS AFORECLOSURE SHORTSALE AND THE BANK IS WORKING WITH THE SELLERS. THIS HOME WAS BUILTIN 2005 dennis_neff @yahoo.com HUNTERS PARADISE WITH POND $3375 PER ACRE! 45 minutes from Nashville. Tracts from 41 to 560 acres with timber, food plots, and views. Call 931-629-0595 WE BUYRVS, TRAVELTRAILERS, 5TH WHEELS, MOTOR HOMES Call US 352-201-6945 BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 Taurus MetalRecycling Best Prices for your cars or trucks also biggest U-Pull-It with thousands of vehicles offering lowest price for parts 352-637-2100 AUTO SWAP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS SUN. SEPT 1ST 1-800-438-8559 DODGE2013 Grand Caravan Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call Tom 352-325-1306 Care Giver/ CompanionWill run Errands, Shopping, Doctor Appointments and Light Housekeeping CPR Certified, Many References (352)322-0659 Comfort Works, Inc. Air Conditioning and Heating Service Res//Com352 400-8361 Mention this ad and get a service call for $19. Exp 9/30/13 Lic# CAC1817447 ELITE ROOFING Excellence in Roofing! EliteRoofing Inc.com Lic# Ccc1327656 /Ins. ***352-639-1024*** 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. TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 Puzzle answers on Page 3 Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers There are about 1,700 children in the 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 352-2745231 or email Lynn.Sennett@gal.fl.gov. For information and an application, visit www. guardianadlitem.org. COMMUNITY BRIEFS Training session scheduled Oct. 21 in Inverness


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