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The hall is decorated, food is prepared and all the gifts are wrapped in anticipation of hundreds of needy children coming to enjoy Christmas and receive presents from Santa. Fire Chief Joe Campfield, of Dunnellon Fire Rescue, in partnership with Frank King, owner of the Dunnellon Bingo Hall, have spent many months preparing for the 23rd annual Marion, Citrus and Levy counties Needy Childrens Christmas Party. I have an invitation sent to the elementary schools and to the counselors at the daycare centers and they make sure the invite goes home with the children, Campfield said. We also send it to some of the family assist programs that would have needy children. To ensure there is enough room for the children and their families, the party has been held at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall for the past 15 years. King supplies the food and the hall for this special celebration. When you get about 500 people, it is difficult to serve that many in a short period of Thursday, December 19, 2013 Vol 32 No. 7 75 cents Since filing a state of emergency with Gov. Rick Scotts office in late November, officials with the first-term governors office and representatives with the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee (JLAC) have been in consistent contact with the city, said Eddie Esch, interim city manager. When the city submitted its paperwork, officials also requested the governors office allow the city to declare bankruptcy. Thus far, discussions with the state have been positive, Esch said, noting the state does not want the city to declare bankruptcy. Not only have talks with state officials begun, theyve requested multitudes of documents, including copies of the citys budgets from the past four years as well as all documentation and loan paperwork in regard to Greenlight Dunnellon Communications. Doing so, would create a WHATS HAPPENING Paper changing delivery methodBeginning Jan. 9, Riverland News subscribers who currently receive their paper by carrier will begin receiving their paper through the United States Postal Service mail. In addition to the change in delivery service, those who receive a complimentary Sunday Citrus County Chronicle will no longer receive the bonus paper. For information about the changes, call Jackie Lytton, circulation sales leader, at 888-852-2340.Santa Over the Rainbow on tap Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) will host Santa Over the Rainbow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be the final weekend Santa and Mrs. Claus appear at the event. On Thursday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 27, the event will be a lights-only display. Admission is $2 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Passes are not valid for this event. For information, call 465-8555.Christmas dinner open to the publicFamilies in Need will host Christmas Dinner from noon to 4 p.m. at American Legion Hall Post No. 58 on U.S. 41. The dinner is free and open to the public; however, because this is a community event, takeout meals are not available. This year, Families In Need will have live music provided by a professional family. For information, call Jan DeWitt at 352-208-3514. Michael Markham Eddie Esch STEVIE WHITE/Riverland News file photoMayor Nathan Whitt greets families at the Needy Childrens Christmas Party in 2012 at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall. This years event is at 6 tonight. Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsABOVE: Susan Burden, a member of Grandparents, reads to a kindergarten class at Romeo Elementar y School. The group from On Top of the World reads to students once a month. BOTTOM LEFT: Pre-K teacher Cindy Johnson looks over her class as student Piper Melton listens to her guest reader f or the month. 100 Grandparents a hit at Romeo Mixing anything old and new together usually doesnt work, unless you know the secret to blending them properly. Barbara Greenwood, coordinator of the Grandparents, and Romeo Elementary School have discovered how to combine young and old and get unbelievable success. The grandparents go to the school once a month and read to the children. The program started about 20 years ago when Paul Zamara, a retired teacher living in the On Top Of The World community, contacted the Marion County superintendent of schools and fellow residents with his idea of reading to the children. With some work, his plan came together. I started as a sub and filled in for Paul when his wife got Citys special counsel to meet with governor today See OFFICIALS page 3 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Duke pitches pipeline proposal Company might tie into Sabel projectIn addition to its self-build option, Duke Energy is evaluating six other responses to its request for proposals for the companys next power plant. The company issued a request for proposals (RFP) in October to supply approximately 1,640 megawatts of generating capacity beginning in 2018. They would compete with Dukes self-build proposal consisting of a highly-efficient, combined cycle, natural gas unit to be located in Citrus County. While the RFP described Dukes next planned generating unit as a natural gas unit in Citrus County, it stated the company would consider alternatives. The RFP allowed for creative responses which employ innovative or inventive technologies or processes. And offsite existing power generation that meets the requirements could be used instead of a new plant. The deadline for proposals was Dec.9. Duke confirmed it submitted its selfbuild proposal for the plant to be constructed near its existing Crystal River area site in Citrus County. In addition to the Duke Energy selfbuild proposal, we are reviewing and evaluating six responsive bids offering a range Fire It Up: Needy Childrens Christmas Party on tap DunnelLon Fire Rescue event starts at 6 tonight AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See GRAND page 13 AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See NEEDY page 9 PAT FAHERTY For the Riverland News See DUKE page 9

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Church schedules spaghetti dinnerThe United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host its annual spaghetti dinner at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Friendship Hall at the church at 21501 West State Road 40. Adult tickets are $6 in advance; children 10 and younger are $3. Adult tickets at the door are $7. For information or advance tickets, call the church office at 489-4026. Chorale scheduled to begin rehearsalsThe Dunnellon Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its next program, Broadway Memories, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St. Those whove sung with the Dunnellon Community Chorale are welcome back and the group encourages new singers to join the group for this musical walk down Broadway, which will bring back well-known songs from Broadway hit shows. For information, call the church office at 4892682. 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.Police collecting used cell phones The 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.Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a 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. Thrift store changes hoursThe Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store has changed its hours of operation. The store is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donations being dropped off at the store are welcome from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and pick up of donations can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For information, call 465-7957.Knights to host dinner danceThe Knights of Columbus of Dunnellon will host a Country & Western Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 7525 U.S. 41. Music will be provided by the Country Sunshine Band. Doors will open at 5:30 with a southern style dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from the Knights of Columbus or the church office. For reservations or information, call 489-6221.Fourth annual tree give-away slatedMarion Soil and Water Conservation District will host its fourth annual native tree give-away at 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at the McPherson Government Complex Field in recognition of Floridas Arbor Day on Jan. 18. Marion SWCD will give away approximately 2,000 trees, which consist of longleaf pines, redbuds, dogwoods, white oaks and common persimmons. The trees are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 352-622-3971, Option No. 3. precedent, Esch said about the initial talks. Theyd really like to see us not do that. Filing for bankruptcy is a necessity, Esch said, declining to elaborate. Putting the state on notice was expected months ago when city officials learned the depth of the financial crisis created by the failure of Greenlight Communications, but the City Council was able to delay putting state officials on notice as it sought to sell the citys beleaguered telecommunications system. Initially, the city struck a deal with Wideband Networks, which offered $3.85 million for the fiber to the home program. That deal fell apart, leaving officials scrambling to secure an offer for Greenlight Communications. Florida Cable stepped in with an offer of $1 million for the system as well as plans to take over the citys lease for its head-end equipment with All-American Leasing. That deal was expected to be completed by no later than today. However, because the sale wasnt completed by Nov. 1, the city was unable to make a $1.6 million bond payment to Regions Bank. The city had up to Nov. 12 to make the payment in full, but was unable to make the payment. All told, the city owes Regions Bank $7.3 million after securing financing in November 2010. The principal amount outstanding of the bonds as of Nov. 1 is approximately $6.7 million. As part of the agreement struck in 2010 between the city and the bank, the then-City Council pledged the citys share of excise taxes. During Fiscal Year 2014, the city is expected to receive slightly more than $700,000 in revenue. Attorneys with Regions Bank canceled all talks with the city in November, then put officials on notice it was filing a lawsuit against the city of Dunnellon. In response to the canceled talks, the City Council in November approved hiring Michael Markham. Markham as well as Esch and Jan Smith, the citys finance officer, are tentatively slated to meet today with Gov. Scott and several other officials in Tallahassee regarding the citys fiscal crisis.Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 3 AmemberoftheFloridaPressAssociation352-489-2731 352-489-6593(Fax)The RiverlandNews servesDunnellonandthesurroundingareas:Blue Cove,Chatmire,HillsofOcala,LakeTropicana,RainbowsEnd,Rainbow LakesEstates,AlltheRainbowSpringsArea,RioVistaandVogtSprings.The RiverlandNews isdeliveredonThursdaytosubscribersbyour carriersandmail.Thenewspaperisalsoavailableinsideareastores andatvariousboxesthroughoutthecommunity.Localsubscriptionrate is$28ayear.CallforFloridaandout-of-Floridarates. The RiverlandNews ispublishedinDunnellon,FLbyCitrusPublishing, Inc.,1624N.MeadowcrestBlvd.,CrystalRiver,FL34429-5760. CALL489-2731 ForInformationOnDisplayAdvertisingAnd Business&ChurchDirectoryAds. CALL888-852-2340or352-563-5655 7a.m.to4p.m.MondaythroughFriday, or7to10a.m.Sundays ForInformationOnSubscriptions TOSUBMITNEWSITEMSEMAILTO: editor@riverlandnews.com NEWSDEADLINEISNOONFRIDAY. Newsitemsabouthappeningsatareachurchesandclubs,schooland sportingactivities,militarypromotions,announcementofbirths, anniversaries,engagements,weddings,firstand90+birthdays,and similarcommunitynewsitemsareacceptedforpublication.PERIODICALPOSTAGEPAIDATDUNNELLON,FL. SECONDCLASSPERMIT#681-730POSTMASTER:Sendaddresschangesto: RIVERLANDNEWS,20441E.PENNSYLVANIAAVE.,DUNNELLON,FL34432-6035 Chamber schedules annual awards dinner The Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce is busily preparing for its annual awards/installation dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Rainbow Rivers Clubhouse. During the evenings festivities, awards will be given out and newly elected board members will be sworn in. The chamber will present awards in the following categories: Community Service Award: The Community Service Award was first presented in 1986 and its purpose is to recognize one or more persons who have been instrumental in serving our Community. Community Youth Award: The Community Youth Award recognizes one or more persons who have been instrumental in Youth Services in the Dunnellon Area. Making A Difference Award: This award is presented to an individual who has done an outstanding job of making a difference in Dunnellon. Community Involvement: Award: The Community Involvement Award is to recognize one or more persons who have been instrumental in making Dunnellon area a better place in which to work and live. Service Above Self Award: This award is to honor someone of good moral character who is well respected and has given outstanding service to the community without thought of personal gain or recognition. Business Leader Award: The Business Leader Award is given to a business leader who enhances the Chamber and the local business community, demonstrates a commitment to community and civic affairs and serves as a business leader in the community. Heritage Award: While the following award is not presented every year, the Heritage Award is given to a person or persons who have contributed and promoted the historical heritage of the community. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are $25 per person. The cost includes the price of dinner as well as appetizers, desserts, wine and drinks. Seating is limited,, so reserving your tickets now is important. To submit nominations, for information or to purchase a ticket for the event, call the Chamber of Commerce at 4892320 or email Dunnellon chamber@bellsouth.net. Special to the Riverland News Aktion Club donates to childrens party Special to the Riverland NewsMike Phillips, president of the Aktion Club, presents a donation check to members of the Dunnellon Fire Department. This is an annual donation from the members to the fire department for its Needy Childrens Christmas Party. The Aktion Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus Moms Christmas surprise Ill be home for Christmas. You can count on me. Please have snow and mistletoe, and presents on the tree. Kim Gannon and Buck RamMy mother has been busy going the extra mile to ensure my children have a special Christmas this year. Typically, she prefers to remain mild in her holiday shopping spree, but she knows weve all had a tough year. Now what my mom doesnt know is her grandchildren and I as well as my brother, David, are going the extra mile to ensure she has an extra special Christmas, too. Actually were going an extra 1,500 miles or so to ensure this Christmas is one of the best shes ever had. Were going home for Christmas. I havent celebrated Christmas with my folks in 10 years. Since moving to Jacksonville six years ago, my brother has yet to make the trek back to the Land of Oz for the holidays. None of my children have spent a Christmas with my family in Kansas, so this will be the first time my mother has had all of her children and all of her grandchildren under the same roof for a Christmas celebration. Imagine the delight and surprise our arrival will bring. My mother typically isnt one to enjoy surprises but were fairly certain this will be one present shell enjoy receiving early. Then, shell be able to watch with joy as her babies rip through their presents on Christmas morning. Planning for the trip and keeping it under wraps has been nonetheless challenging. My mother is a woman who can sniff out surprises like a bloodhound tracking the scent of some varmint. So weve pulled every trick out of the hat in hopes of throwing her off any potential trail. While most children would be conjuring up visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, Jackson and Jayden are dreaming of a white Christmas. Snow, in my moms mind, is the dirtiest four-letter word anyone could utter at this time of the year. Im certain shell forgive the boys for their nightly prayers requesting enough snow to cross off their list of outdoor-related activities theyve conjured up. Im fairly certain, and confident, their lists of what we can do in the snow is longer than their letters to Santa. Im unsure if I should be proud or nervous. When I say we, we means as in the boys and I. Subfreezing temperatures and I go together about as poorly as water and oil. Of course, the boys are in for a major culture shock, at least in terms of weather. Florida-born, they are accustomed to shorts and flip flops not ski pants, stocking caps and snow boots. Emma is probably the smartest of us all. Shell stay in the cozy confines of a warm house where shell be given the royal treatment by my mother and sister who will pamper her beyond belief. More important than any gift my mother or my children could receive, were giving the the gift of family under one roof. Theres no price tag on it, because its priceless. For my children, they might not remember what was under the tree for years to come, but I certainly hope they remember this Christmas with their family forever. And, admittedly, a White Christmas would be an added bonus. So while youre all enjoying the warm weather, laughing at the visions of me shivering as I trudge up a hill with my kids piled on a sled; I know the smile on my moms face as well as the smiles on my childrens faces will keep me warm this Christmas. And to all of you, I wish you the best Christmas, filled with warm memories surrounded by loving family and friends. Ill see you all again, as soon as I thaw out from a Midwestern winter. The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS OTHER VIEWS THE OTHER GUY Editors Note: Eight-year-old Virginia OHanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New Yorks Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become historys most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages.Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in the sun its so. Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? Virginia OHanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except (what) they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be mens or childrens, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus? It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the babys rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks to all for successful tourneyI personally would like to thank all the players, volunteers and sponsors for making the second annual Aaron Deneau Memorial Golf Tournament a huge success. Approximately 112 golfers participated in the event. The money raised from this event will help to buy baseball equipment and to improve the condition of the field and concession stand. Without your support and generosity, the DHS baseball program could not thrive. We are already making plans for next years tournament to be bigger and better. We hope to see you all there again. Gary Kudlack,President, DHS Baseball Booster ClubThanks for Light-Up Dunnellon supportThe city of Dunnellon once again sponsored Light-Up Dunnellon on Nov. 22. I am so thankful for everyones participation, making this event a success. Dunnellon Community Chorale and the Dunnellon Community Youth Choir kicked off this special night and entertained us throughout the ceremony with their outstanding vocals. Following Mayor Nathan Whitts welcome, Pastor Eric Cummings, of Union Missionary Baptist Church, delivered a wonderful invocation. Councilwoman McAndrew, with the help of the Grinch, revealed a beautifully lit Christmas tree adorned in community decorations. Arriving in style in Dunnellons firetruck, Santa Claus was then escorted to his rocker by Lt. Troy Slattery, where he was greeted by all the children. Mayor Whitt provided closing comments and expressed his gratitude to all the participants and guests. Dr. Abraham Robinson, pastor of the New Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, then closed our ceremony with an eloquent benediction helping to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. We are very appreciative of the food and beverage donations provided during the Ipromised my new friend, Alba, I would try to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I think I really meant it when I told her that. After all, it was only November and I had plenty of time to work on it. She was so excited by the prospect, too. However, I seem to have failed once again. It just seems to sneak up on me every year. Ive used every excuse I can think of. I wasnt feeling well, I had five birthdays to deal with, the year seemed shorter somehow and last week I had cataract surgery, for gosh sakes. Who had time to bake cookies and sing carols? But now it is right around the corner and Im faced with an undecorated living room, a Christmas tree still in the box and a lightless house exterior. Good thing Ol St. Nick comes whether youre in the spirit or not. I think what really put me into the non-festive mood was Black Friday shopping. I wasnt going to fall for the new moneymaking gimmick of shopping on Thanksgiving Day. At first, I refused and said no way. Then I realized I would miss out on all the bargains. So there I was struggling through the throes of aggressive shoppers. As I stood in line for nearly an hour to pay for my purchases, my Christmas spirit seemed to fly right out the window. Tis the season to be frazzled, stressed and broke. You would think the grandkids would get me excited. But Dominique is 15 gulp and only wants cash or gift cards. James is happily surrounded by a winter wonderland, nicely decorated by his mom. She gets that from my mother. Every inch of her house and yard has a Christmas theme. They even get out the Santa napkins and paper towels. I guess it skipped a generation. So James really doesnt mind whether my house is decorated or not as long as the fat guy in the red suit arrives on time. My mother, who we also call Mrs. Claus, has an attic and a closet full of Christmas goodies. She started handing some down to me last year and shes going to give me a few more this year. But the bulk will go to my daughter, Mandy, Junior Ms. Claus, who is going to take over for the Mrs. one day. I watch them decorate and see all the joy it creates and I stand a little closer to them hoping that some will rub off on me. They make it look like so much fun. Until I attempt it myself and then it seems more like work. Im almost embarrassed to tell you that last year my brother visiting from Iowa decorated our tree for us. We had taken it out, but never got around to doing anything with it. Since it was the weekend before the big day and it looked like it was going to remain bare, he was nice enough to take on the task. I couldnt find most of the lights and balls so it ended up looking like the Charlie Brown tree, but I loved it because it was assembled by somebody besides me. Maybe I can talk him into it again this year. I guess it doesnt help I married a man who doesnt like Christmas either. If it were up to the two of us we would sleep right through it and wake up the next day. So this morning, I took a deep breath and said a little prayer that Id get some Christmas spirit but here it is Dec. 19 and still nothing. Although I do have to admit the stupendous Dunnellon parade did make me feel Christmasy for one night. I wonder if there are elves out there somewhere whom you can rent to do your shopping and decorating. Of course, they would have to bring their own supplies. My decorations are a sad, mixed array of faded and broken balls and ornaments that dont match. Im sure I used to like Christmas, didnt I? Maybe when I was a child and all I was required to do was show up and squeal with glee? Sorry, Alba. I tried, I really did. Why dont we get together after Jan. 1 when Ill be back to my old self and rearing to go? THE JERSEY GIRL RIVER VIEWS Christmas promise unfulfilled Jeff Bryan Editor Audrey Beem See LETTERS page 5

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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 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 S.W. Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For information, call 465-5807.Boys & Girls Clubs seek donationsMany Boys & Girls Clubs are benefiting from car donations. The cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. People wishing to donate their cars or for information call 800-246-0493.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. 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. event by Carmelas Restaurant, The Blue Gator, Calypsos Kettle Korn, Annie Johnsons and the police and fire departments. The evening would not have been a success without the cooperation of Annie W. Johnsons for making a donation toward the purchase of lights and decorating the Gazebo. The efforts of Public Works Supervisor Anthony Santacross and his team made it possible to get the Christmas lights installed and general setup completed. A special, special thank you to the Dunnellon Fire Department for their continual support of the community children, and to the police department for providing the essential safety lighting, sound system and overall assistance. Thank you to city employee Billy Weakland for his generous donation and Mandy Roberts and Valery OLeary for their coordination of the goodie bags for all the kids that attended the event. I would also like to thank city employee Loretta Barton and acknowledge her for an excellent job coordinating the event. My gratitude to Mike Goff, Lamarr Odom, Eddie Esch and Jeanette Rehberg along with volunteers Emily Bowne, Chris Rehberg Angie Esch and everyone from Annie Johnsons for their help in participating and cleaning up after the event. As always, thank you to Jeff Bryan and the Riverland News for their coverage of this joy filled night. Merry Christmas to All, Dawn M. Bowne,City Clerk Garden Club thanks community for supportThe Rainbow Springs Garden Club extends its sincere appreciation to the businesses and friends in the community who supported the clubs first Chinese Auction fundraiser Dec. 5 during the holiday party at the American Legion Post No. 58 hall. Due to the efforts of the members, the community participants and the local businesses that donated prizes, the Chinese Auction was a resounding success. The proceeds will help the club continue supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon, along with the Fire/Rescue Departments annual Needy Childrens Christmas Party today. A special thank you goes to these businesses for their generous contributions to the fundraiser: Creations by Clovis, Goin Postal, Grumble House, Linda Owens Produce, Terrys Hair Salon and Too Your Health Spa. We are extremely grateful for your support. The board would also like to thank the auction chairwoman, Barbara Roberts, for her excellent organization and guidance through our first Chinese Auction. She led the board and volunteers to the successful conclusion of a fun and exciting December meeting, and we thank them all for their enthusiasm and hard work. 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First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host the return of gospel great Ivan Parker of the famed gospel group The Gaithers on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the church sanctuary. Tickets are $25 per person for reserved seating in the artist row, which offers assigned seating within the first five rows of the sanctuary and a meetand-greet with Parker prior to the show. Light refreshments will be offered at the meet-andgreet reception beginning at 5:30. Photographs are encouraged during the meet-and-greet. General admission tickets are $15 per person. Tickets are available: In the church narthex at the conclusion of the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. church services; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Sign Shop at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Williams Street. For information, call 489-2114. On the Internet at www.villagecrier.com. For information, call 489-4026. Photos, stories wanted of Holy FaithParishioners of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 20 and 21, 2014. As part of the celebration, the 50th Anniversary Committee is working to compile a history of the church in the community. All past and present members of the church, friends, neighbors and families can help by searching their memories and scrapbooks for stories and photos related to Holy Faith. Photos would be promptly copied and returned. The goal by September 2014 is to share the past and continuing relationship of Holy Faith with the Dunnellon community. Committee members will be happy to do athome interviews. Interviewes can be arranged by calling 489-2685.Christmas Eve service slated at Holy FaithHoly Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will host a Christmas Eve service beginning at 7 p.m. with carols and continue at 7:30 with the service of Holy Communion. The public is welcome. For information, call the church Office at 489-2685. Memory is a very wonderful thing, at times. It seems the older I get the more I remember things that never happened. I do not know how that takes place, but I guess it is just old age creeping up on me. With me, old age has ceased creeping and has started a fast sprint to some finish line. I just wish it would slow down just a wee bit. Christmas, however, is the time to indulge ourselves in memories. Some people can go back in time and remember things when they were 2 or 3 years old years old. Me, I cannot remember what I had for breakfast this morning. I have a strong suspicion that those remembering things back that far are remembering things that really did not take place but who in the world is going to prove them wrong. To me, one of the delightful things about Christmas is getting to see family and friends that you have not seen all year long. I remember those old-fashioned family reunions we used to have when all of our relatives would get together. It was at those reunions that I remembered why I did not see my relatives the rest of the year. Once a year was quite enough, thank you. If insanity is hereditary, I am in deep trouble. I am only thankful my wife did not meet my relatives prior to our wedding. Of course, after I met her relatives I began realizing that after all, families are relative, and some more relative than others. I was thinking about some Christmases in the past and the good times we had. I remembered our first Christmas as a married couple. That was probably the cheapest Christmas we ever had. Then I got to thinking about the Christmases as the kids began dropping into our family and taking up permanent residence. When the kids arrived, it changed Christmas forever and not just the cost. This week I got a couple Christmas cards from some relatives who live up north. All of them had pictures of snow. Watching the weather reports this week I knew many of them were having snowstorms and I chuckled to myself thinking about it. In one Christmas card, was the familiar title, Im dreaming of a white Christmas. Then at the bottom of the card, they scribbled, Dont you miss all the snow this time of the year? Then they drew a series of smiley faces. I smiled and for a few moments, one brief moment, I did miss all that snow. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage saw me smiling and asked, Who sent the Christmas cards? I told her who the cards were from and added, They think we miss all that snow. We then shared a hearty laugh together and went about our own business. I just could not get it out of my mind. Did I miss all that snow? What a question. I put my thinking machine in gear and began processing the Christmases we celebrated up north where there was plenty of snow. As I begin thinking, I did begin missing all that snow. Then it dawned on me what snow was all about. At times, we forget some details of our memories and only think of the positive and good aspects. Do not get me wrong. Snow looks wonderful on a Christmas card. I do not mind watching a TV program where plenty of snow is falling and people are singing Christmas carols. I rather enjoy it in those venues. The question is, did I miss all that snow? My answer goes something like this. Yes, I do miss all that snow! Furthermore, I plan to miss all that snow for the rest of my life. The basic reason I moved to Florida when I did was that I do not like snow. I like looking at snow on a Christmas card but I do not like looking at snow through my car window. It is not so much that I do not like driving in snow; it is the other idiots coming at me who do not know how to drive in snow and do not know how to stay in their own lane. I remember the last time I did any driving in snow I ended up almost a complete nervous wreck. People drive in snow as though they do not know how to drive in snow. Yes, I do miss the snow, and the cold and being snowed in, did I mention the cold. I do6 Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 If you like your snow, you can keep your snowOUT TO PASTOR CHURCH NEWS Rev. James Snyder 60th anniverary The Andersons Bob and Sonja Anderson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 12 with a vacation at the Wyndam Bonnet Creek Resort at Disney World. They were married Dec. 12, 1953, in Staten Island, N.Y. The couple has four daughters, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They reside in Rainbow Springs. 000GUYF 11251 S.W. Highway 484 (1.3 Miles West of State Road 200) 352-465-7272 Sunday 8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist 10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Tuesday 9:00 A.M. Morning Prayer, Mass, and Healing Weekday Groups: Tues. 6:30pm Cub Scout Pack 508 2nd Sat 8am Fellowship Breakfast at IHOP Episcopal Episcopal Church Church of the Advent of the Advent adventepiscopal.net Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000FZWA The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000FZU7 Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000FZW4 Happy Holidays! Located off Hwy 41 across from Rainbow Springs State Park entrance. 20650 SW 80th Place Rd., Dunnellon Phone 352-489-4566 000GOLL Come Play The #3 Ranked (Golf Digest) 9 Hole Golf Course in Florida Rainbows End Golf Club Play 9 Holes for $ 17 00 and Get The 2nd Nine FREE Includes Cart + Tax. Expire 1/30/14. Must present this coupon at Golf Shop. www.rainbowsendgolfclub.com 000GWN0 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 000FZWT 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 000G4H4 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation . . 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . . . Noon Mon. Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . . . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Jean H. Desir, Pastor 000G4IR 000GRAMt489-2685Holy Faith Episcopal Church19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. DunnellonTHE REV. J. JAMES GERHART Sunday Services 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Godly PlayHealing Service 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service CR 484 SR 200 Holy Faith* Rainbow RiverBlue Cove 000GX1G Ocala 671-5374 The Villages 633-7019 Best Rates Savings Including IRAs and Transfers 000GAAF A Progressive Community of Faith in the Heart of Central Florida Sunday Worship 10:30 am Adult Bible Discussion 12:00 Noon God is still speaking, Jesus didnt reject people. Neither do we. First Congregational United Church of Christ 7171 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL 352-237-3035 uccocala.org Dr. H.W. McSwain, Jr., Pastor 000GK64 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 Church schedules Gospel Concert Jan. 4 See PASTOR page 9

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Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 7 ABOVE: Alex Savoie, left, Nathan Jackson, Carole Lynn Kidd and Nicholas Hansen perform during the students program. BOTTOM RIGHT: Emma Grace Duhs represents the Middle East during the schools preschool K3 and K4 Christmas program. BOTTOM LEFT: Daisy Ezell surveys the audience during the students annual Christmas event. ABOVE: Karlene Baker, left, and Addison Schweers walk to the stage as students prepare to perform during their Christmas program. BELOW: Aden Permar, left, represents China while Sadie Richardson waves an American flag to represent the U.S. Dunnellon Christian Academy preschool K4 students perform during their Christmas Around the World Christmas program on Dec. 5 at the school. Special to the Riverland News 000GRR2

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8 Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 ABOVE: Five-year-old Hank Hawkins greets Santa with a hug after his arrival at the event.. LEFT: Kylie, 4, Allie, 5, and Tori Ferrer, 8, pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa Over the Rainbow. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way toward Santas Shop on Friday night during the opening of Santa Over the Rainbow at Rainbow Springs State Park. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be the final weekend Santa and Mrs. Claus appear at the event. On Thursday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 27, the event will be a lights-only display. Admission is $2 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Passes are not valid for this event. For information, call 465-8555. JACOB FURR & JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland News China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000GT6D 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.95 Dinner $9.15 Happy Holidays Happy Happy Holidays Holidays 000GWL8 J&J SEAFOOD S.W. 7351 S.R. 200 352.236.0199 FRESH DAILY Jumbo Shrimp Large Lobster Tails & Fish ALSO: Clams Conch Squid Oysters Crawfish OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Accepting Food Stamps MARYLAND CRAB CAKES SALTED COD LIVE BLUE CRABS SMOKED FISH DIP HADDOCK 000GWLZ OASIS RESTAURANT OASIS RESTAURANT 7651 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm UPCOMING UPCOMING EVENT EVENT Dec. 21, 2013 Christmas Karaoke 4-8 HOLIDAY HOURS Dec. 24 6:30 am 3:00 pm Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 31 6:30 am 3:00 pm Jan. 1, 2014 Breakfast Only 6:30 am 12 Noon 783594 Lets Go Out! Lets Go Out! TOP LEFT: Logan Triepke, 15 months, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the opening night of Santa Over the Rainbow. MIDDLE: Allison White, 8, got the chance to tell the Clauses her Christmas wish list during Santa Over the Rainbow. TOP RIGHT: Kinsleigh Guynn, 5 months old, made her first official visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus prior to her first Christmas celebration.

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Rainbow Springs Country Club Bridge Results from Dec. 10: Winners: 1. Ruth Brucker, 4,740; 2. Luise Pellett, 4,700; 3. Betsy Davis, 4,610; 4. Shirley Busca, 3,770. Slams: Betty Cannaday and Richard Davis, 6 Clubs. Results from Dec. 3: Winners: 1. Billie Barnes, 5,440; 2. Wilma Jester, 4,650; 3. Ruth Brucker, 4,310; 4. Mary Jones, 4,120. Slams: Wilma Jester and Ruth Brucker, 6 Spades. Results from Nov. 26: Winners: 1. Richard Davis, 4,680; 2. Billie Barnes, 4,170; 3. Donna Shankle, 3,820. No slams. of generation up to 1,640megawatts seven total responses, said Duke spokesman Sterling Ivy. We anticipate having a short list of proposals by March2014 and will select the most cost-effective way to meet our customers future energy needs. The gas plant would cost an estimated $1.24billion and is expected to be operational in 2018. In addition to the construction work, it would create approximately 60 full-time jobs. While that process moves forward, a 24mile natural gas pipeline has been proposed to run from Marion County, across Citrus, terminating near the Crystal River Energy Complex, just north of Crystal River in northwestern Citrus County. It is part of the Sabal Trail project, a 465-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project by the Florida Power & Light Company. The 36-inch diameter pipeline will originate in Alabama and end in Osceola County, just south of Orlando. As proposed, it will pass through Levy, Marion and Sumter counties. The main line will run just east of Citrus. An above-ground compressor station is planned for Dunnellon. The proposed Citrus connection will be a 24inch-diameter pipeline capable of supporting a future natural gas power plant. It will run from the Dunnellon station, across the Withlacoochee River into Citrus County. Sabal Trail representatives are conducting a public open house about the project from 5 to 7:30p.m., Wednesday, Dec.18, at Citrus Springs Middle School, 150 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Contact Chronicle reporter Pat Faherty at 352-564-2924 or pfaherty@chronicle online.com. time, King said. I always look for something that the kids will like and it will be easy to serve. The children are always given top priority for this event. The food is usually some kind of pasta that they would like, the party is scheduled for the last week of school and the gifts are purchased with them in mind. Last year, we had about 330 kids and each one got a ticket for the family raffle, Campfield said. The prizes included VCR-DVD combo, bicycles and gift cards to places like Chuck E. Cheese and bowling in Holder and Easy Street. To ensure there are plenty of prizes for the family raffle and that each child receives at least one gift, or more, many people have been working diligently to obtain the treasures. The Tri-county RC Club, a fly radio controlled aircraft club with 145 members, is just one of the organizations helping to raise funds for this event. The Tri-county RC, which covers Marion, Citrus and Levy counties, holds a Santa Fly-In each year at its field in Dunnellon. We had 52 pilots registered for the Dec. 9 Santa Fly, club president Walt Graves said. They come from as far away as Orlando or down south and they all bring toys or donate money. We had a van full of toys, and thats not counting all the money. The Dunnellon Fire Rescue picked up the toys and honorary RC club member Sheryl Adkins uses the money to go shopping for even more gifts. The Dunnellon Moose Lodge No. 2308 has been involved with this for years and they are working again this year to help, King said. They have sent money to the fire department and they are going to help us serve. Bill Wetmore, a former resident and fire rescue volunteer, has been working on this project for at least 10 years and returns to Dunnellon to solicit the donations and then gives the business owners and organizations a certificate of appreciation afterward for their efforts. I may have moved and stopped a lot of things I used to do, but this childrens thing is too important to let go by the wayside, Wetmore said. Dunnellon is a very giving place and if it wasnt for the people and residents we wouldnt be able to do this. The bingo hall is decorated in a festive Christmas fashion. Volunteers spent most of Wednesday sorting the gifts for the girls and boys into different age groups and then wrapped them in colorful paper. Wetmore has gotten the On Top of the World clowns to come and do face painting and make balloon animals for the children. The food is simmering and all the volunteers are waiting to see the innocent wide-eyed look on the childrens faces when they enter the hall at 6 tonight. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at Augie@ ThingsinTown.com. miss all that and I plan to miss it the rest of my life. Period. Some things you can live without and as far as I am concerned this is one. To all those who love snow and cannot get enough of it, please enjoy it this year for me because I do not plan to. Only one Bible character seemed to enjoy snow. God said to Job, Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail? (Job 38:22). What God was trying to get Job to see is that no matter what your circumstances are, that is not the end. Look beyond your problems and difficulties and see the hand of God who created all things and then called them good. In every circumstance you will find some treasure of Gods amazing grace.The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala. Call him at 866-552-2543 or email james snyder2@att.net. His website is www.jamessnyder ministries.com. Edward L. Nettleton IIEdward L. Nettleton II, 88, of Dunnellon, Fla., died Dec. 6, 2013 in Ocala. He was born Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Kenneth and Eleanor (Fry) Nettleton in New Haven, Conn. Edward grew up in New Haven, Conn., and attended grade school in Wallingford, Conn., (Choate High School) and also a graduate of Yale University class of 1950 and the University of New Haven, 1979 MBA. Mr. Nettleton and his wife Jeanette moved to Dunnellon in 1993 from Cheshire Conn., after retiring from Pioneer Parachute in Windsor Locks, Conn., as an electrical Engineer. He was instrumental in developing the navigational system for the Lunar Excursion Module which landed on the moon in 1969. He served our country proudly with the U.S. Army during WWII in which he served in George Pattons third Army in Normandy and in England. Edward was a member of the IEEE and the Yale University Alumni Association. He is preceded in death by his halfbrother, John Nettleton. His survivors include his wife of sixty three years, Jeanette Nettleton, Dunnellon; his children, Edward Lee Nettleton III, Orange, Conn., Eleanor G. Nettleton, East Hampton, Conn.; two grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. We love you and we will miss you until we meet again. Expressions of sympathy can be made online at robertsofdunnellon. com. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Roberts Funeral Home. Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 9 OBITUARY 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 000GT60 11371 N. Williams St. Suite 1 Dunnellon (352) 465-1188 11371 N. Williams St. 11371 N. 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Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. PA S TORcontinued from page 6 Kiwanis Club helps to spread Christmas magic The magic of Christmas is in its memories, and memories are very personal. Maybe to you an old-fashioned Christmas is candles on a tree or snap-on skates, or perhaps a train set, a Barbie doll, a Shirley Temple look-alike. These childhood memories we carry with us forever. We at Kiwanis try to preserve memories in our local neighborhoods, by our teachings, our gifts, books, drawings and cards, ornaments and traditions that will be cherished throughout the years. Our local Key Club is sending cards to service men and women and Veteran homes throughout the area. These cards are just simple pleasures from our young people that will be treasured. We are helping with holiday gatherings at the schools, gift giving and bell ringers for The Salvation Army unit. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to complete our Kiwanis projects. Recently, the Mystery Dinner Theatre production at Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club was evidence of that. Again, the patrons and actors who participated, we thank you. The old adage it takes a village to raise a child is so true. We sincerely hope for you this is the Christmas of simple pleasures, of cherished traditions, of warm gatherings with family and friends. May your Christmas be filled with magic. ELLIE POLLOCK Special to the Riverland News John Taylor addresses the crowd Nov. 16 as the chief of police at the Mystery Dinner Theater, which served as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club.Photo by Jewel Pontius D UKEcontinued from page 1 STEVIE WHITE/Riverland News file photoTwo young boys, with arms full of gifts, are helped to the exit by Santa Claus at last years annual Needy Childrens Christmas Party. N EEDYcontinued from page 1 WE WANT YOUR NEWSThe Riverland News seeks community news announcmenets such as first birthdays, births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. To submit news, email Editor Jeff Bryan at editor@riverlandnews.com. Photos must be high-resolution images. Print photos can be scanned at our office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave. BRIDGE SCORES

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10 Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 LEFT: Participants dance to the music of Elvis Presley, which was sung by Cote Deonath, a local 16-year-old Elvis Presley Tribute Artist. RIGHT: Eventgoers quench their thirst at Brian and Tanya Spauldings lemonade stand. ABOVE: Cote Deonath, a local 16-yearold Elvis Presley Tribute Artist, serenades Sue Strobl during the Christmas Celebration. LEFT: Children wave their arms as they crowd under a Florida snow storm, which was created with the use of a snow machine. BELOW: McKenzy Morton smiles with delight as she slides down a bounce house slide during the post-celebration event. Ocala-based band R-Style performs at the post-parade Christmas Celebration at Dunnellon Plaza. The inaugural event, which also featured bounce houses, face paintings, a snow machine and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, drew approximately 2,000 spectators after the 90-minute parade through the heart of the downtown business district. Photos by JULIE MANCINI & JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News

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Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 11 ABOVE: Members of Heritage Senior Assisted-Living Facility wave to spectators during the annual Christmas Parade. Heritage Senior Assisted-Living Facility was one of more than 50 entries in this years parade. LEFT: Santa Claus waves to the crowd while riding aboard a Dunnellon Fire Rescue truck, which signaled the close of the annual event. BELOW: Cheerleaders with Dunnellon Tigers Pop Warner fire the crowd up while marching along East Pennsylvania Avenue. ABOVE: Tristan Martinez waves to entries in the Christmas parade while sitting atop his mother, Danielles, shoulders during the event. BELOW: A parade participant prepares to toss candy out to the youths lining the parade route. Members of American Legion Post No. 58 wave and salute to spectators while riding aboard an antique military vehicle during the annual Dunnellon Christmas Parade. Approximately 2,000 people lined the streets of the Historic District and East Pennsylvania Avenue for the event. This years parade drew a record 782 participants among the 50-plus entries. The parade itself lasted approximately 90 minutes covering the 1.4-mile route. Photos by JULIE MANCINI & JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News

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RIVERLANDSPORTS 12 Riverland News, Thursday, December 19, 2013 Stress reading to Romeo students during break Winter break is almost here. It will be a perfect time to reinforce reading. Books make wonderful gifts. With the abundance of holiday stories and extra time at home, children will have many opportunities to exhibit their reading skills and engage their imaginations. Listening to your children read or reading to them is a great way to bond and create warm, happy memories. Remember our public libraries are an excellent source for borrowing books and they may offer special programs for children. For information, call the Dunnellon Public Library at 489-4196.Title 1 Van to visitThe Title 1 Van will be available to our Romeo families from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the side parking lot. The Title 1 Van is an excellent resource center for parents to obtain a wealth of information, along with useful tools and ideas needed in helping to reinforce the skills at home that are being taught in the classroom. For information, call Jackie Landreth at 465-6700.Box Tops for EducationBox Tops for Education is an easy way to help Romeo raise funds year-round. Box Tops for Education are on many products you use daily and purchase weekly from the local grocery stores. Visit the Box Tops for Education program website to find out how your contributions benefit our school. We invite you to drop off your box tops at the front desk in Building No. 1. Desmond Frazier, boys basketballIn three wins for the Tigers against Wildwood, Lecanto and St. John's, Frazier scored 21, 19, and 19 points, respectively, to lead the team to victories. Sierra Oliver, girls basketballThe varsity captain is averaging 10 rebounds a game and scored 11 points in a very close game against Vanguard for the Lady Tigers. Sierra Oliver Desmond Frazier Aaron Deneau Memorial Golf Tournament winners Special to the Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon High School Baseball Booster Club hosted its second annual Aaron Deneau Memorial Golf Tournament on Dec. 7 at Juliette Falls. ABOVE: The first-place team in gross flight, from left, was: David Lewis, Tim Acree, Kevin Atkinson and Nick Maltese. BELOW: The first-place team in the net division, from left, was: Garrett Kudlack, Dane Hobbs, Gavin Szydlo and Garrett Gibbs. The longest drive winners were: Kari Moraites, female; Charlie Moraites, youth; and Jeff Hamm, male. Closest to the pin winners were: Gavin Szydlo, Jimmy Wright and Joey Lobsiger Jane Ashman Romeo Principal Dunnellon Middle to host Winter Concert tonight Dunnellon Middle School will present its annual Winter Concert at 6 p.m. today in the auditorium. We have been looking forward to this holiday celebration our Advanced Band, Beginning Band and Chorus have been very hard at work preparing just for our enjoyment. We are definitely in for a musical treat. We hope you will join us as we welcome the joy, beauty, and wonder of the season with our talented young people. We would like to recognize these talented young people who have worked very hard for our listening pleasure. DMS Advanced Band members: Jamil Bess, Ethan Burns, Eduardo Escalante, Yoander Ferrer, Kayla Gandy, Jacob Harris, Tyler Hart, Joshua Kerrick, Jacob LeBlanc, Allan Maxwell, Kayla McClure, David McDearmid, Emily Newsome, Heather Noll, Nisa Nombrano, Krystin Nottke, Rebecca Ray, Heavenleigh Rice, Carl Smith, Kayla Starks, Paul Strong, Madeline Thompson, Hailey Weatherford, Samantha White and Kaylee Wyckoff. DMS Beginner Band: Jasmine Aquilar, Megan Burns, Jilian Capps, Hunter Cook, Erika Cordero, Daniel Duncan, Tyler Ferguson, Alexander Kerrick, Madison PRINCIPALS OFFICE PRINCIPALS OFFICE Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal County seeks contest entries Ninety-two miles of rivers. Thirty-two thousand acres of lakes. More than 40 springs. Opportunities to enjoy Marions water resources are almost unlimited, and a Marion County department wants to bring local youth closer to them this month. The Marion County Office of the County Engineer invites students ages 18 and under to participate in its Discover our water resources art and photography contest. Through Dec. 20, students attending a public, private or home school in Marion County may submit creative entries depicting any of the following themes: Marion County water bodies, wildlife, karst or limestone features, water uses and recreation in water. Art entries must be original illustrations created in print or digital formats. Print entries must not exceed 8 1/2-by-11 inches in paper size. Photography entries must be original and unedited, and must be submitted in digital versions of at least 300 dpi in size. A selection committee will recognize the top art and photography entries through publication of the winning creations in the Office of the County Engineers 2014 Discover our water resources stormwater education booklet. The publication will be distributed to local schools and county residents to encourage learning about water quality and stormwater pollution prevention. The contest application and guidelines are available at www.marioncountyfl.org/stormwater.htm. Entries are due Dec. 20 and may be emailed to stormwater@marion countyfl.org or delivered to Kim Dinkins at the Office of the County Engineer at 412 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471. For information, call 352-671-8686. Special to the Riverland News Educational grants available to schoolsPublic and private educators wishing to teach their students about stormwater quality topics may benefit from a Marion County Office of the County Engineer grant program. Through April 4, educators serving students who live in unincorporated Marion County may receive funds under the 2013-2014 Stormwater Education Grants Program. Grantees may receive up to $750 to use for stormwater/water resource education and up to $1,000 to purchase equipment related to these projects. Interested applicants may visit www.marioncounty fl.org/stormwater.htm to download grant application instructions and forms. For information about the grants program, call Gail Mowry at 352-671-8686.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 meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the 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.Sea Cadets Corps seeks membersManatee Division drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, in Yankeetown, the second weekend monthly. The Sea Cadets are for youths, ages 13 through 17 years old. There is also a Navy League Cadet unit for youths, ages 11 through 13 years old. For information, visit www.manateediv.org or call Todd Dunn, commanding officer, at 352-212-5473 or tdunn @manateediv.org. NEWS NOTES 000GWMX See CONCERT page 15 DUNNELLON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

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UW urges families to apply for KidCareFlorida KidCare is enrolling families every day and United Way of Marion County continues to assist families with enrollment to help more uninsured children receive health care at a price their families can afford through Florida KidCare. Florida KidCare accepts applications year-round from families with uninsured children, 19 and younger. Children enrolled in the program have access to preventive care such as regular doctors visits, immunizations, dental and vision benefits. Most families pay a monthly premium of $15 to $20, or nothing at all. Families can apply in person at United Way or other convenient locations in Marion and Citrus counties by calling 211 to make an appointment. For information, call Faith Beard at 352-732-9696 or at fbeard@uwmc.org.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 program offers an array of activities such as teaching centers, snack time, playground time, music, basic language skills (phonics) and math skills. For information, contact Tracy Zellers at 465-6745.Church collecting Box Tops for EducationThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will continue to collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup UPC labels for one of the local schools here in Dunnellon. Box tops and labels can be dropped off at the church office or put in the container in the church narthax. For information, call 489-5954. sick, Greenwood said, remembering back 12 years. Then he got sick and I was filling in for him and he never left the hospital. He never came back. Before being allowed to go into the school, forms are filled out and everyone is checked to make sure they are good, upstanding citizens. The group has about 35 regular readers who go to Romeo Elementary on the second Thursday monthly the children are in school. In case of illness, vacation or any other reason, one of the readers is not able to attend, there are about 40 substitutes ready to fill in. We have been with the group for several years, said Henry Vieu, substituting for his wife, Marsha. Whenever she cant make it, I back her up. In November, there were 28 women, six men and five substitutes at the school ready to read to the pre-k and kindergarten students. Grades one through four and the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) classes are also included in the program. The teacher chooses the books for their class and they are lined up on a table and ready for the readers. We pick books with a moral value that they can learn from, or if were studying math we use a book that has been written in a funny way about math, fifthgrade teacher Helen Sibbitt said. Some dont have grandparents and it gives them an opportunity to have one for a few hours. Two children from each classroom arrive at the appropriate time to escort their reader to their room. Margitta Claterbos was taken to Tim Petersens fourthgrade class to read a book about Thanksgiving. I was German born and raised and I came here on a freighter in 1966, Claterbos said. I can give the children a geography lesson on all the places Ive been. Pat Russell had Brenda Nollers fourthgraders all talking about some of the scary Halloween happenings before she started reading. She asked us to call her Big Mama when she first came to read for us, Noller said about the petite Russell. After reading a story to the pre-k children of Cindy Johnsons class, Anne Merrick was treated to watching the students practice for their Thanksgiving play. Hal and Chris Stanley have been readers for about eight years and enjoy the first-grade students best. They seem more attentive in first grade and more fun to read to, he said. The kids need to understand how important it is to read and to be able to read. The Grandparents program is a benefit for both the students and the readers. Some readers bring little treats or small gifts to their classrooms once or twice a year and the teachers use it as a tool to teach the children to be thankful. I have made little apple butter sandwiches for my class, Janet Fragappane said about reading to her first-grade class. Then we talked about Johnny Appleseed and it was a great learning experience. Eleven-year reader, Verna Wilson, has received some meaningful thank you notes from her class. Bill Shampine was given a large round cookie. Each ESE student made a construction paper handprint for feathers and turned the cookie into a turkey. A large cornucopia filled with bread, cider, fruits and chocolates was given to Jean Kraft from Mrs. Kidneys second-grade class. There are people out there that are still giving, Romeos reading coach Ed Renfro told the volunteers. It shows you people care, where some of the kids dont receive it at home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Romeo Elementary school and the OTOW have been working together for many years and they all plan to continue for many more. Our students and staff look forward to their visits as they are part of our family, Romeo Elementary Principal Jane Ashman said. They are excellent role models for the children and the children brighten their lives in return.Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at Augie@Things InTown.com. 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CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 7, 2013, in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the Marion County Courthouse, 110 NW 1st Ave. Ocala FL 34475 at 11:00 AM on January 6, 2014, the following described property: Lots 18, 19, & 20, Block P, Regal Park, as per the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book F, Page 77, Public Records Marion County Florida aka 2175 NW 64th St. Ocala FL 34475 Parcel ID 1328-016-018 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated: December 9, 2013 David R. Ellspermann, Clerk of Court (COURT SEAL) By: /s/ Richard Butler, Deputy Clerk RAMUNNO LAW FIRM, PA 7500 SW 61st Avenue, Suite 100, Ocala, FL 34476 Fl Bar No. 765813 ramunnolaw@gmail.com Attorneys for Judith A. Bogan December 19 & 26, 2013. 413-1226 RIV Boulange, David C. 2013-CP-1909 Notice to Creditors (Summ. Admin) PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-1909 Division: Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF DAVID C BOULANGE Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the Estate of David C. Boulange, deceased, File Number 2013-CP-1909, by the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL 34475; that the decedents date of death was August 24, 2013; that the total value of the estate is Exempt Property and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Name Address Darryl D. Boulange 6395 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34476 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, 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 December 19, 2013. Person Giving Notice: /s/ Darryl D. 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D & D TOWING OF OCALA reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1.SaleDate: 13 JAN 2014 @ 9 AM 2001 FORD VIN# 1FMZU67E71UA67345 2.SaleDate: 15 JAN 2014 @ 9 AM 2007 DODG VIN# 1B3HB48B37D528436 Dec. 19, 2013. 407-1219 RIV 1/4 sale Out-Back Self Storage PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given that on Jan. 4, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. the undersigned Stop & Store LLC. DBA Outback Self Storage will sell at public sale by competitive bidding, the personal property, stored with the undersigned Stop&Store LLC. DBA Outback Self Storage, 19545 West Hwy 40, Dunnellon FL. 34432. Tenants and units: Unit# A100 Melissa Scott HHG We reserve the right to refuse any and all bids. Dec. 12 & 19, 2013. 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. 3VWSK69M93M090114 2003 VOLKSWAGEN Dec. 19, 2013. Todays New Ads DOG GROOMING WORKSHOP BYOD Bring Your Own DOG! $50. Sat. 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Friends of the Library bookstore open The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Bookstore, which is inside the library, is at 20351 Robinson Road, behind Sweetbay. There are novels, bios, cooking, gardening, inspirational, craft, self-help, finance, romance, children, VHS videos (Some DVDs), Books-On-Tape, history, politics, westerns, magazines and more. Daily sales are ongoing with books for as little as 10 cents. Store hours are now from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Friends continue to accept gently read book donations daily at the store. An all-volunteer staff operates The Friends Bookstore, with all proceeds benefiting the Dunnellon Public Library. The Friends are committed to giving a monthly book endowment (new books), in addition to providing office equipment, landscaping, and various other library enhancements. For information, call 438-4520. Special to the Riverland News Kerrick, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Anthony Litterine, Michael Livingston, Obed Lopez, Gabrielle Munro, Faith Murphy, Kendall Neumann, Ross Ortiz, Haley Potter, Kaylie Rodriguez, Hayley Simmons, Jake Starks, Sadee Stephens, Jorden Tier and Enoch Torres. DMS Chorus members: Hannah Baker, Makeylah Bourgeois, Darius Brian, Jillian Capps, Tyler Ford, Christopher Gifford, Hannah Goodmote, Nikita Haynes, Matilyn Jenkins, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Toni Morgan, Caroline Shank, Chenoa Shaw, Paul Strong, Emma Webster and Desiree Wideman. Thank you to all of our young musical talent and to Mr. Anthony Soldano, DMS Band director, for coordinating this musical holiday celebration. On Friday, Dunnellon Middle School students will enjoy an early release day when they depart campus at 1:40 p.m., and begin their Winter Break. Winter Break for the Marion County School District begins Saturday and runs through Sunday, Jan. 5. Students will return to school Monday, Jan. 6. The holidays are a great time to Be There for our children. Whether you create a meal together, put up some decorations or just take the dog for a walk as you look at the holiday decorations, enjoy this shared time together with your child. To our students, we would love if you would take 20 minutes a day to read. Keep your skills sharp as you enjoy your time off with your families. As we say adieu to 2013 and welcome to 2014 the DMS administration would like to wish our students, staff, and their families a very happy, safe and restful holiday season. C ONC ERTcontinued from page 12 Scheduled of EventsTODAY 7 p.m. DMS Winter Concert, auditorium. FRIDAY 1:40 p.m. Early release day.

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