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Place of Publication: Ocala, Florida
Publication Date: 02-29-2012
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By Jim Clark E DITOR A small but vocal crowd provided some heated exchanges at a town meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (ROcala) on Saturday morning at the County Commission auditorium. It was the first of several scheduled town meetings by the congressman that day, and it wasnt the usual pro-Stearns meeting that has marked his term in office. The biggest dispute of the day involved the Obama administrations decision to force religious-based health institutions to provide birth control coverage with their health plans for employees. Stearns is against the mandate, and he cited House plans to overturn it. Whats wrong with buying it (birth control) yourself? he asked. That set off some of the people in the audience. One woman said she has taken birth control pills since she was 12 and they were used to treat hormonal imbalance. She said the plan to negate the rule makes me upset. One woman from the back argued that the religious institutions shouldnt be required to provide something their religion is against, and another near the front turned and yelled, Why, so women can have babies for you to take care of? Another remark from the audience drew a reaction when one man said that President Obama should be impeached. He indicated belief that the president wasnt born in America, among other things. Those documents have all been released, said one woman. Stearns was also criticized by someone who attacked his vote against a trail out West to honor the Buffalo soldiers. He defended his vote because he said the trail, about 200 miles long, was not practical. Would you walk the 200 miles? Stearns asked. There was also what could have been a controversial remark by Stearns, although it was not meant in the way that some people might believe. He was talking about the budget, and was discussing how common folks had to live within their means, using generalized names to refer to family members. However, in making a point as he made up names, he used the name Uncle Tom. That brought a small reaction from some in the audience, but Stearns went right on and appeared not to notice. In fact, Stearns spent a lot of time criticizing the lack of action of moving toward a balanced budget. There doesnt seem to be any attempt to balance the budget. He said he had voted against establishing the super committee to come up with solutions, and defended his vote based on the outcome. They couldnt agree on anything. It was a farce. He spent a lot of time on the Solyndra investigation, a company that received millions in subsidies even though it never made a profit. The company filed for bankruptcy in September. He has issued a subpoena to the administration to investigate Solyndra. Its the first Congressional subpoena since Watergate, he said. Stearns also criticized the decision to subsidize the Chevy Volt, an energy-alternative vehicle. He asked for a show of hands on how many people drove a Chevy Volt, and no one responded. Its not selling. Its a disaster, Stearns commented. He asked why American taxpayers were subsidizing things they wont buy. Stearns criticized the Department of Energy. Before Jimmy Carter, we didnt even have one. Every one of you would like to have their jobs. He was asked about what could be done to help the housing market. We should allow short sales. He said that banks must be forced to accept short sales. At the end, Stearns praised the audience for coming out early on a cold Saturday morning. A passionate town meeting is a plus. INDEX Stone Creek........2 Quail Meadow......3 Fairfield Village..5 Puzzles................9 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 48 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY29, 2012 Happenings Page 4 Opinion Page 6 12Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger a trip back in history to see what life was like during the American Civil War Between the States 7 miles north of Crystal River on U.S. Hwy. 19 Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th Gates Open at 9:00am Authentic, interactive Confederate and Union Camps Sutlers selling period wares to include period clothing, toys and books. Medical camp with original tools. Calvary camp for horses. Education Day is open to the public schools on Friday, March 9th, 9:30 am until 2:00pm. 2:00pm Battle 30 Cannons Blasting 500+ Soldiers March Into Battle Come early and visit the camps, enjoy a variety of food and find a seat to watch as the battle begins. Sunday 10:00am Non-denomination Worship Service Donation: $5 Adults $2 for Children ages 8 to 17 Children under the age of 8 FREE 0009I5P Contact us by website: www.crystalriverreenactment.org Crystal River Civil War Reenactment presents THE ONLY FACTORY CLUB CAR AUTHORIZED DEALER SERVING YOU IN S.W. MARION COUNTY Friendship Center Golf Cars 8441 S.W. Hwy. 200, Suite 121, Ocala, FL 34481 352-854-2060 Mon.-Sat. 8:30am 5:00pm AUTHORIZED DEALER T605 6 V olt $ 583 00 Prices Include Sales Tax & EPA, Plus At-Home Installation T875, 8 V olt $ 673 00 T1275, 12 V olt $ 683 00 Ask about our full line of Utility & Rough Terrain Vehicles SALES, SERVICE & ACCESSORIES P2000, 6 Volt $ 530 00 2011 Club Car Precedent Demo WITH FACTORY WARRANTY INCLUDES: Your Choice of New Factory Colors Deluxe Light Package Hinged Windshield Rear View Mirror Highest Speed Setting: 19.2 MPH Pin Stripe and Your Name at No Charge Sunbrella Curtains with Zippers & Snaps Sunbrella Fold Out Club Cover or Full Back Curtains Was $ 6,999 00 Total Cost $ 5,999 00 $ 1000 OFF Any Precedent Demo MUST REDEEM COUPON TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT NO HIDDEN COSTS FREE DELIVERY T105, 6 Volt $ 643 00 PRICES GOOD WHILE QUANTITY LASTS INCLUDES TAX PHOTO BY JIM CLARKU.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, center, gestures while speaking to two men shortly after the town meeting that took place at the County Commission auditorium on Saturday. Crowd gets vocal at Stearns meeting PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALFairfield tulips Flowers, including these tulips are blooming at Fairfield Village. See column, Page 5. West Port High School's HOSA club will be holding the second annual Michael Robbert Memorial 5K run on Saturday, March 1 at the Ocala Regional Sports Complex, 3500 S.W. 67th Ave. in Ocala. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5K starts at 9 and the 1K fun run for kids will beging at 9:30. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. Make checks payable to WPHS You can register online at www.raceit.com/register/?event=9239. For more information, contact Tasha Morris at Tasha.Morris@marion.k12.fl.us Michael Robbert was a drafting teacher who passed away from cancer in 2010. Proceeds from the race will be used for a scholarship for a student at West Port High School participating in a vocational program as well as teacher Lori Morton who is recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident at the beginning of this school year. West Port news Running to honor and support teachers Kierea Moses, of Ocala, a student at West Port High School, has been selected to represent Florida as a National Youth Delegate at the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University June 24-29. Moses has been awarded opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of leadership in Kierea Moses selected as National Youth Delegate environmental science and conservation. Moses was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation's youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University's stateof-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry. CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 14. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County. The tournament will be at the Ocala Municipal Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $260 per team. Entry deadline is April 6. Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org. For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352368-8825. Local golf tournament on April 14 will benefit United Way of Marion County that floats on high oer vale and hill when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. Also known as I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, that lyrical poem spoke to me in the spring of 1950. I was a 9 year old girl in Rome, Ga., who loved visiting her great aunt and uncle in their beautiful old southern home (with the big porch) on top of a terraced hill. Their front yard, as they called it, was their tribute to springtime each year. There was a sidewalk with incremental steps coinciding with the terraces and winding up that hill. Each spring, that hill became a sea of yellow in February or March depending on when spring arrived that particular year. There were daffodils, buttercups, narcissus, tulips, and many different yellow varieties known by various names by those who know and love spring flowers. That must have begun my love affair with the color yellow. It always makes me happy when I see the color and even more so when I wear the sun-kissed color. Some of my neighbors have noticed that I have many yellow flowers blooming at different times in my small yard. I have other colors, but I certainly have an affinity for the yellow ones. For instance, roses, tulips, daffodils, mums, and lilies are some of my yellow blooms. My husband has been conditioned to know that if he really wants to please me, he should bring home anything that has a yellow bloom. He once told me that he figured out that he could probably just go and pinch off the heads of some dandelions and bring them in as a miniature bouquet, and I would be thrilled to have them. Probably true! As this comes to print, it is Feb. 29, 2012 Leap Day, 2012. Known as being the once every four years birthday for those born on Feb. 29, it brings all kinds of other images to the minds of those of us who do not even look to see what the date is unless we need to know in order to write a check. We may think of cute little frogs or of children playing Leap Frog. Others might remember Sadie Hawkins Day Dances when the girls had the chance to ask the boys either for a date or even just for a dance at the local high school celebration. Maybe some of us still remember Lil Abner comic strips and the day that Daisy Mae tried to get the love of her life over to Marryin Sams to perform the hurried nuptials. Oh those were the days! Speaking of days, this is a rather sad one when I mention a loss of a person who was a big part of the Fairfield Village community. I was blessed to be able to take yellow tulips to my friend and neighbor, John Colborne, last week just several days before he passed away on Saturday night, Feb. 18. He and I had several things in common besides our friendship, and one of them was the love of yellow flowers. I am sad that John is no longer my neighbor on S.W. 60th Place, but I am so fortunate to have known this fine man for almost three years. When I heard late Saturday night about his death, I sent an email to a group in our community who faithfully notify those of us in Fairfield Village at times when neighbors need to rally together. I was gratified when I received my email from them as part of the chain of notifications because Norma Powers, the ladies of the Prayer Chain, and probably others as well had chosen to use some of my words when I notified them. The following is a short tribute to a lovely human being, great neighbor, good friend, and dedicated Christian. John Colborne, 5881 S.W. 60th Place, died Saturday night at Legacy House. He was such a nice, thoughtful, kind, and loving gentleman and gentle man. John was a very active member of First Congregational UCC. Please say a prayer for this beautiful soul who will be so missed. Rest in Peace, Dear John. You made a magnificent difference in the world by your intelligent, ethical, honest, and loving life. From Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, please enjoy springtime 2012 and the renewal of life that this season of the year represents for us. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 5 The hot pink azaleas attract the honeybees even as they begin their glorious season.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11 2Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ACTO 732-GOLF (4653) Open to the Public $ 5 00 OFF Current Rate with coupon and Tee Time Reservation Our Low Current 18 Hole Rates $ 35 00 Before 11:00 $ 30 00 After 11:00 $ 20 00 After 2:30 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 3/21/12 Expries 3/21/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 000AF8L TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. 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Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Professional EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR United Way of Citrus County, a non-profit agency, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief Professional Officer/Executive Director. This position serves as chief executive officer of United Way of Citrus County Providing innovative and strategic leadership while working with the Board of Directors to achieve community impact. Works with community partners, leaders, and staff to implement the strategic plans to improve education, achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives. Maintains accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization. Skills: Ability to prepare and administer a non-profit budget. Excellent communications skills (oral and written). Ability to work successfully with a non-profit governing board. Ability to coordinate the annual fund raising campaign. Knowledge of community planning operations. Provides a professional image to the community. Sound ethical and moral principles. Commitment to the mission, vision and values of United Way. Education: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in business, management, finance, accounting, social services or related fields. Experience: A minimum of 3 to 5 years managerial experience, preferably with a non-profit health/human service agency or business. Send r esume to: United Way of Citrus County 1205 NE 5th Street, Suite A Crystal River, FL 34429 General Help Immediate Opening Recycling Center/Recovered Material Processing Plant now looking for Manager. Must have experience in Management/Sales /Scheduling out bound loads/Multiple Computer programs. Must have a clean Drivers License. Top Pay for the right person. Apply in person @ 711 S. Adolph Pt, Lecanto, Fl. Bring resume Wanted to Buy Ca$h for Old StuffJewelry, Military, Knives, Toys, Tools, Magazines, Coins & Iron SkilletsCall for Info (352) 237-2478 or (352) 682-6003 Horses RIDING LESSONS Adult/Child 5 Minutes From OTOW Pony Rides (352)237-6310 Mobile Homes In Park 55 + Community 2 BD 1 BA. Florida rm completely furnished washer & dryer, handicap access. Lot rent $269 Priced to sale $5500 obo (352) 671-2866 Simply advertise in the Classifieds and get results quickly!How To Make Your Car Disappear... CALL TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403www.westmarionmessenger.com Real Estate For Sale 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. Inverness Homes Large 1 Fam. 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Classic Vehicles AUTO SWAP CORRAL SHOW 19th Annual Sumter Swap Meets SUMTER COUNTY Fairgrounds, BushnellFeb. 17, 18, 19th 1-800-438-8559 AUTO SWAP/ Corral CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS Feb. 5, 2012 1-800-438-8559 AUTO SWAP/ Corral CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS MARCH 4th, 2012 1-800-438-8559 Classic Vehicles Classic Vehicles Classic Vehicles Classic Vehicles Classic Vehicles Clean out your closets, go through your garage, attack your attic and then use the classifieds to get rid of stuff you no longer use. And the FREE listing means you have more money left over after the sale!You can list any single item priced under $100 for sale for FREE! P UTTHEPOWER ANDCONVENIENCE OFTHECLASSIFIEDS TOWORKFORYOU! Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKS FREE TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 CANADIAN MEDS 000AOE5 Quality Medications, Low Prices Viagra 100mg $4.00 ea. 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For the ladies, the answer is yes the way establish lasting friendships. The eight current member clubs are: Ocala (Municipal) Golf Club which is the only remaining charter member, Rainbow Springs (in Dunnellon), Sugarmill Woods (in Homosassa), Spruce Creek Preserve (in Dunnellon), Ocala Palms, Stone Creek (in Ocala), Eagle Ridge (in Summerfield), and Stonecrest (also in Summerfield). Tournaments are held once a month from October through May with each member club hosting once each year. The tournament is a handicapped flighted 9-hole event with the format being individual stroke play. Prizes are awarded for low gross and low net scores, and lowest number of putts in each flight. Our Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club was formed in 2009. This group of women is not segregated by skill level or number of holes played. There are currently more than 80 members in the group. All Stone Creek resident women golfers are encouraged to participate in the weekly Stone Creek Ladies Play Day, choosing to play 18holes or 9-holes based on their preference and schedule for each week. As a new community, Stone Creek is growing and the ladies golf club has a goal to continually welcome new neighbors and friends to play and socialize as a group. The Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club joined the Ladies Golf-Around League in November 2009 and quickly became one of its most active member clubs. In addition to supporting each tournament with a large group of participants, Stone Creek holds two officer positions on the leagues board: President, Jan Misikoff and Secretary, Judy Vokes. Mondays Golf-Around League tournament at Stone Creek had the Please see GOLF Page 7

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3 The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. 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In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 0 0 0 A I 4 1 Read the classifieds Quail Meadow P robably many of us have experienced a broken engagement, or heartbreaking relationships that didnt work out, but how about a broken engagement that has a happy ending! Let me introduce you to Quail Meadow residents Dan and Mickey Parker. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Feb. 18. To get the complete story we have to go back to 1958 and 1959. Dan and Mickey were young lovers in Wanchese, North Carolina they were just teenagers! They did the usual dating by going skating, getting Cokes, going on long walks, etc. Dan proposed to Mickey in February 1959 and she said, Yes. They picked out the rings and set the date for the wedding. However, two weeks before the wedding, a few of Dans friends took him out for the evening and convinced him that maybe he shouldnt get married. He got cold feet and hurriedly joined the Coast Guard. Mickey was broken hearted! While Dan was away serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mickey married and began raising a family. She saw no reason to wait around for Dan to change his mind! Mickey and her husband were married for 36 years. After Dan returned home he found another love and was married in 1960 and moved to South Carolina. After Mickeys husband passed away she began doing home care for elderly people who needed help in their homes. She followed this profession for 20 years. As fate would have it, Dans mother-inlaw needed assistance in her home, so, Mickey was called! Dan, his wife, and daughter lived next door to the mother-in-law. Mickey says that Dans daughter would spend more time with her than at her own home. Mickey was a good cook, so often Dans family would have dinner with Mickey. Mickey moved back to North Carolina after caring for Dans mother-in-law. Dan and his wife were married 46 years when her health deteriorated and she passed away. Since Dan knew how to A broken engagement with a happy ending Carolyn Slocumb get in touch with Mickey, the phone calls began. Dan began making trips back to North Carolina to check on his mother. This gave him the opportunity to once again see Mickey. It didnt take long for them to begin talking of getting married. However, Dan was having problems with his eyes and he told Mickey that he didnt want to burden her with his health problems. They talked of waiting for another year, but Mickey finally persuaded Dan that she loved him and there was no reason to wait a year. Wedding plans were under way. The first plan was to stop in South Carolina on the way to Florida and get married. Family members didnt like this idea. The date was changed several times and the place for the ceremony was to be in North Carolina. Mickeys very good, longtime friend, Pat Poplin, got busy! She arranged for the ceremony to take place at the Magistrates office, had a big dinner party for family and friends, and even had a party at the Senior Center. The day before the wedding was to take place Dan, once again, went out with his friends. This time to the golf course! He said he was winning, when all of a sudden his friend began telling him that Mickey was not going to marry him she was going to get even! Dan insisted that she was already packing to move to Florida. The friends insisted that she only had empty boxes and it just looked like she was packing. Dan got so upset he lost the golf game. He rushed to Mickeys house just to see for himself. He tried to move some of the boxes with his foot, just to see if they were empty; he even offered to help her pack more boxes. Finally, the big day arrived and Dan went to the Magistrates office to await Dan and Mickey. See WEDDING Page 8 Purim in The Wild West is Chabad of Marion Countys creative twist this year on their traditional Purim party, to accommodate the anticipated crowds of men, women and children who throng Chabad for their annual Purim celebrations. On Purim, Chabad is the place to be! Chabads grand Purim Bash will be held at the Courtyard Marriott of Ocala, 3712 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. The celebration will begin with a unique Multimedia Megillah Reading followed by exciting, music, hamentashen, western style dinner buffet and more. In the spirit of Purim, come in a Wild West costume to be included in the lively competition where judges will award prizes to contestants with the most innovative or funny costumes. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background, no membership required. The Cost is $12 per Adult and $8 per child. In addition there will be a Purim in The Villages event on Wednesday, March 7th 7:00pm, at the TownePlace Suites 1141 Alonzo Avenue The Villages, FL 32159. Including Megillah Reading, hamentashen refreshments and a spectacular Magic Show! All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background, no membership required. The Cost is $10 per adult. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people, in the year 3405 from Creation (356 bce), from Hamans plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. (Purim literally means lots for Haman determined the day of annihilation by throwing a lottery.) It is observed by public readings of the megillah Scroll of Esther, sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal accompanied with joyous drink. To RSVP or for more information on Chabads Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad of Marion County at 352-291-2218 info@jewishmarion.org or log on to www.JewishMairon.org Purim in the Wild West with Chabad VFW Post 4781 happeningsFish fry on second and fourth Fridays of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Wings and shrimp boats on the first, third and fourth Friday of Friday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Bingo is played every Monday and Thursday with early bird games starting at 11:30. Lunch is available to bingo players and is also served in the Canteen. Lunches are available until 1:30 p.m. V-burgers with beer specials is on the last Tuesday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Surf and turf is held the last Saturday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Bar bingo is held in the Canteen every Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Food is available. March 13 Ladies Auxiliary Dinner is served from 4:30 to 6:30. Please call or drop by to reserve your tickets. March 17 St. Patricks dinner, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30. Please stop by the Canteen to pick up your tickets. Get your tickets early as they sell out fast. Karaoke in the Canteen every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Call 352-873-4781 who is scheduled for the month. To participate in Canteen activities you must be a member or a signed in guest. Sunday, March 11 Mezzo-soprano, pianist to performThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Megan Thompson, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Topp, pianist, will present Our Nations Story: A Musical Review. They will perform works by popular American composers including Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin, Barber and Weill as well as Broadway and Disney favorites. Tuesday, March 13 Ocala Open Golf TourneyA Charity Pro-Am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tues., March 13, 2012 at Candler Hills Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services. Start the day with breakfast then select a tee gift at the Nike tent. Participants will warm-up next to pros who will be vying for Ocala Open honors; play golf with the pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champions Roundup Barbeque and Awards Luncheon. For more information, call 352-861-9712 or 352-854-2765. Thursday, March 15 Genealogical Society meeting The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. This months program will feature Paul Enchelmeyer, whose topic will be Ten Ways to be a Perfect Ancestor. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved. For further information, please contact Barbara Jones at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com. Happenings

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Wednesday, Feb. 29 Bingo at the Moose Bingo, open to the public, is played each Wednesday beginning at 12:45 p.m., with opportunities to win big! Join us for fun and fellowship while supporting the lodge and its charitable endeavors. Located just one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run, 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.Friday, March 2 Spring sale at Ocala WestA spring sale will be held Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Stanfield Hall inside and out, 9330 S.W. 105th St. There will be treasures galore, including household items, electronics, furniture, clothing, garden and outdoor items, and a bake sale. Saturday, March 3 Tee Time for TotsCommunity Bank and Trust of Florida is having the 10th annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament on March 3 at Del Webb Spruce Creek. Funds are being raised to benefit the Marion County Homeless Children & Youth program and they need our assistance more than ever. Right here in our own back yard there are over 1,500 school aged homeless children. These statistics are just shocking. All tournament information can be found on the www.teetimefortots.com website, including registration and sponsorship forms. Chess Club to meet The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352873-2276. Concert at First CongregationalThe Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person. Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).Elks gear up for Army of HopeFinal plans are being made for the second annual Army of Hope, an afternoon of fun for the while family on Saturday, March 3. Starting at noon, the day's events planned for outside the front of the Elks lodge on Northeast 25th Avenue include clowns, face-painting, child ID program, bounce house, static military and law enforcement displays, plus two special highlights: a war bird flyover and a huge display of vintage Corvettes. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and that includes a big lunch and drink courtesy of US Food. In addition, there are lots of door prizes and raffles, plus music, throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the event go to needy military families in our area. For more info, contact Mike Mongrelize at 352-6364127. Showtime for Sweet Adelines Music lovers need to mark your calendars for the Summer Springs Sweet Adelines Chorus annual show, Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1908 S.E. Fort King Street, Ocala. The popular river songs will be featured in "Lazy River Dayze," with a guest performance by the Ocala Civic Theater Singers. Tickets at $10 may be reserved now. Group rates are available from $6-$8 Call Jackie at 352-888-8841. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. Door prizes available. Sunday, March 4 Buddy Liles in concert Buddy Liles will be in concert on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Liles has sung with the Florida Boys Quartet over 25 years, with Landmark Quartet of Cincinnati, Ohio and on Bill Gaither Videos. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.Tuesday, March 6 Fair Tax meeting setHave you collected all those receipts in order to fill out your 1040? Would you like to forget about filing those personal income taxes and just enjoy April 15th like any other spring day? We can make that happen by enacting the FairTax. Come learn how this simple, transparent and fair taxing system can not only replace the current income tax, but also boost the economy like no other plan. It is not a pipe dream. It is legislation currently in Congress. Join us on March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Inn (3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd./US 27) to become acquainted with or learn more details about the FairTax. For more information, contact Ron and Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.Thursday, March 8 Federal retirees to gatherThe National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, March 8, at 1 p.m. A meeting will follow the lunch. Any members in the area are welcomed. Saturday, March 10 Chili supper and bake sale Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper's Soup Kitchen in Ocala is sponsoring the 5th annual Chili Supper and bake sale on March 10 at Blessed Trinity Church. This is a change of date, which was originally Feb. 18. The event will have both red and white chili and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parish hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Adults are $6 and children $3. For information call 352-867-9860.Women's Spring BreakTake a break with the Women's Ministries of Christ's Church of Marion County on Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. and enjoy guest speaker Gaye Martin. Gaye's topics will include "Some Have It Some Don't," "Significant Signatures" and "Running the Race." The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. A love offering will be taken. For additional information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101 or info@ccomc.org. Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala. Phone 352-861-6182, website is www.ccomc.org.Methodist Men serve breakfastThe Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5. The Methodist Women will conduct a bake sale and the Stitch Sisters Craft Sale during the breakfast hours. Ocala West United Methodist Church 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala Look for the signs. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9 4Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000AETV Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000A1LU Ocalas Only 4-Star Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations Accommodations for Your Pet for Your Pet Tour our unique Tour our unique facility and you facility and you be the judge! be the judge! 352-861-4566 352-861-4566 B o a r d i n g G r o o m i n g Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 000ALW5 Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting L o o k f o r u s L o o k f o r u s Look for us o n F a c e b o o k o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook John M. 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CA N CE R (J une 21 to J uly 22) Youre likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making lots of apologies. Your mood starts to brighten by the weekend. LEO (J uly 23 to Aug 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks someone made about you. But cheer up, youre about to prove once again why youre the Top Cat in whatever you do. VIRG O ( Aug 23 to Sept 22) A misunderstanding with a coworker could become a real problem unless its resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation without pressure or prejudice. L I B R A ( Sept 23 to Oct 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own. SCO RPI O ( Oct 23 to N ov 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. However, there are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SA GI TTA RIU S (N ov 22 to D ec 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. Friday brings news. CA PRI CO RN (D ec 22 to J an 19) Youve been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. Its time now for some much-needed rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. A QU A RIU S (J an 20 to Feb 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training program so that you can be prepared for new career opportunities. PI SCES ( Feb 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. Therell be time later to enjoy fun with family and friends. BO RN TH I S WEE K: You can be a dreamer and a realist. You dream of what you would like to do, and then you face the reality of how to do it. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure Happenings More on Page 10

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Our fresh green mix with grilled chicken tenderloin, hick ory smoked bacon pieces, wedges of vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, shredded Colby cheese and our own sourdough croutons served with your choice of a Baked Potato with butter and sour cream or a cup of soup. Wednesday CHICKEN POT PIE Freshly baked, loaded with chunks of chicken breast and topped with a golden flaky crust Thursday TURKEY N DRESSING Tender, oven roasted turkey breast served with savory dressing and choice of one vegetable Monday BAKED CHICKEN N DRESSING A tender, juicy chicken breast served with savory dressing and choice of one vegetable Tuesday MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES A slice of homestyle meatloaf, mashed potatoes and choice of one vegetable $ 5 99 $ 4,995 Starting at 000AMWA8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. 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Call to schedule an appointment. 000AG7D 352-854-5570 www.flprobate.net Ramunno Law Firm MAIN OFFICE OFF HWY. 200 Jasmine Professional Park 7500 SW 61st Ave., #100 Ocala, FL 34476 (352) 369-9933 7380 SW 60th Ave., Suite 1, Ocala, FL 34476 Certified Public Accountants Wealth Management & Financial Planning Tax return preparation starting at $165 for Basic 1040 Form All state returns Free E-File Complimentary 30-minute conference for new clients. 000AOE2 Fairfield Village One of the memories for me and probably many others is the little part of a poem we memorized as children when/if we lived somewhere other than Florida. March winds and April showers Come together to bring Mays flowers. This year (2012), March, April, and May came toFebruary springtime: March winds, April showers, May flowers gether in mid February and springs flowers are making their appearances all over Fairfield Village. Granted, it is not glorious just yet, but it is still part of the lively place lovely people label I chose over two years ago when I began writing about Fairfield Village each week. A good number of people over these two years have commented about that tag line and seem to like it. There is another poem which may be familiar to many of you. It is a poem that is known by at least two different titles, but I always preferred Daffodils. The English poet, William Wordsworth, wrote this; and from the first time that I read it, I was hooked on that poem, which began: I wandered lonely as a cloud Priscilla Geissal One of John Colbornes many birdhouses awaits refurbishing so that the songs that John loved so much will still be heard this springtime. See FAIRFIELD Page 12 quirements suggested the incident might have been just a mistake and the school may need technical assistance. And thats how bureaucracies grow and multiply. Administration of the HungerFree Kids Act and the Task Force on Domestic Obesity may blossom into federal and state bureaucracies large enough to make parenting obsolete. When it comes to nutrition nanny do-good knows best. FLYNNcontinued from Page 6 his bride. Its interesting to note that the Magistrates office was in the same building as the jail. Mickey was no where to be seen! Dan was beginning to get worried. She was there all the time, but hidden out of sight! When she made her appearance, her words to Dan were, now you know what it feels like. Im happy to report that, yes, Dan was a true Southern gentleman and kept his word to Mickey however, it was exactly 52 years after his first proposal! Now, for the rest of the story: Dans first wife and Mickey were first cousins! Happy first anniversary, Dan and Mickey, and may you have many, many more! WEDDINGcontinued from Page 3 The Circle Square Commons Farmers Market on The Town Square will reopen Thursday, March 1 and every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find fresh seasonal produce, flowers, plants, fresh baked goods, candles, delicious pies and much more. Meet and shop the local crafters and artists displaying creative and unique pieces from charming tote bags and beautiful jewelry to wood working creations and framed photography. Come and watch as one of the many On Top of the World Communities talented chefs prepare delicious flavors of the season during the cooking demonstrations on the first Thursday of every month beginning March 1 at 10 a.m. The Circle Square Commons Farmers Markets is open to the public and located adjacent to On Top of the World Communities at 8405 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. For more information, call 352-854-3670 or visit www.CircleSquareCommonsFarmersMarket.com. Farmers Market to reopen

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7 6Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Happy birthday, today, to my cousin Cant we just get along? T he great divide in the nation was apparent in a small crowd at the County Commission auditorium Saturday morning during a town meeting conducted by one of our local members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala). The small crowd was largely proStearns and anti-Obama, but those who were in favor of the administration werent bashful about making their feelings known. That resulted in a couple of shouting incidents which were ugly at times. Its doubtful that anyones mind was changed during this meeting. There were those who defended the administration mandate forcing religious institutions to provide birth control in their health care plans for employees. There were those who were equally passionate against that decision. There were also a couple of people who brought up the possible impeachment of the president, calling on Stearns to back such a move. Evidently they were unaware that any impeachment would go to trial in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and that such a move by the Republican-controlled House would be a waste of time and money. To his credit, Stearns stayed calm throughout, trying to keep the discussions on point. Since this was a town meeting and not a political event, Stearns did not refer to his candidacy until he was asked near the end of the meeting and he explained that he was running in District 3, which would include many of the people to the north of Marion County who are already Stearns constituents in the current District 6. The crowd was a microcosm of what is going on in the country today. People cant agree on politics, wont compromise (one person said, compromise is not a dirty word), and try to out-shout their opponents instead of having a rational dialogue. These same people complain loud and long about Congress not being able to come to an agreement, but they show why in their behavior at town meetings such as this. How can we expect our leaders to compromise when those of us at the local level cant do the same? Being civil starts at the local level. Some of the people who attended the town meeting Saturday seem to know that. Others, however, didnt. We can only hope that someday theyll learn. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column National lunchbox authorityBy Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEM ESSENGER O ur recent column about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was about further intrusion of our do-goody government into schools and homes. The Act created additional funding and policy for administration of the Department of Agricultures many food services programs National School Lunch, National School Breakfast, Special Supplemental Nutrition, Child and Adult Care, and Summer Food Services. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was a pet project of first lady Michelle Obama, whose White House vegetable garden and war on obesity are part of her Lets Move Campaign to reverse childhood obesity. A picture we saw of a campaigns promotional presentation showed mostly kids of average weight on stage, and audiences of extra-large adults, who we assume are parents and relatives. The umbrella plan, called the Federal Task Force on Domestic Obesity, includes recommendations and discussions of prenatal care, breastfeeding, chemical exposures, empowering parents, making nutrition information useful, health care services, access to healthy and affordable food, and increasing physical activity soup to nuts and no fats. How will all that care and concern play out in schools across the nation? A recent example from a state school lunch program in North Carolina may be an instructive example. A 4-year old pre-kindergarten student returned from school with her uneaten lunch in hand. Mom had packed her daughters lunch box with a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips, and apple juice. Mom was insulted that her daughter had been told her lunch from home was not nutritious. Mom said her daughter is a picky eater and would eat vegetables only under supervision, so she packed the daily lunch box with items she knew her daughter would eat when unsupervised at school. The on-duty government inspector had determined the girls homemade lunch didnt meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition guidelines. According to the Division of Child Development and Early Education of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services school lunches, including any brought from home, must include one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit and vegetables. When the lunchbox police determine that food from home does not meet USDA guidelines, the school must provide other or additional foods. In this case the school provided a tray which included a serving of each of the required foods. The girl told her mom she ate three chicken nuggets and dumped the rest. Adding insult to insult, the school billed the mother $1.25 for the healthy lunch, as allowed by North Carolina law. A spokesperson for the North Carolina authority over lunchebox nutritional reReader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger 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 letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. 000AKDH GOLF SHOE STORE NARROW THRU X-WIDE Orthotic Insoles GOLF SANDALS2133 SW Hwy. 484 Ocala, FL 344739 Miles South of Ocala, 10 Miles North of Wildwood at I-75 Exit 341 Behind McDonalds 352-245-2184 largest attendance on record, with 144 ladies in total. The morning began at sunrise to a beautiful day with more than 40 Stone Creek ladies preparing for their guests by arranging golf carts, preparing a beautiful continental breakfast spread, setting up hand-made decorations and centerpieces on the luncheon tables, organizing check-in tables, posting golf score tally sheets, and preparing the greeting and welcoming committees. Ladies from each of the member clubs began to arrive at 8 a.m. and had a beautiful morning to socialize and reconnect with friends in the league. Tim Jacques, a resident photographer, volunteers his talents to snap photos of the event and share them with the participants. If you would like to view all of Tims photos go to www.stonecreekphotos.com. After group photos, the ladies scurried to their assigned carts. Marc Russell, head golf professional, gave the signal for the ladies to move to their starting hole and begin the golf game. As the ladies completed their round of golf, they moved into the Stone Creek Grille for a warm reception and a cup of chili. Following the leagues general meeting, Leah Kirby, Stone Creek Grille service director, coordinated and provided a most delicious luncheon. Marc Russell then announced the much anticipated winners in the four flights and awarded gift cards to spend at the Stone Creek Golf Club. The event concluded with the ladies saying goodbye to their friends, wishing them well, and looking forward to seeing them at the next tournament, to be held on March 12 at Ocala Palms. The ladies of Stone Creek are proud of the success of their tournament and are already planning ideas for next seasons event. I would personally like to thank Jan Misikoff for the information provided in this article. When contacted, she readily agreed. It certainly is a testimony to the spirit at Stone Creek that in less than three years the Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club hosted its third annual Golf-Around tournament. GOLFcontinued from Page 2 Stone Creeks lady golfers. Nothing like a good lunch after a round of golf. T oday is my cousins birthday. If you look at the calendar, youll know why that is such a big deal. Her birthday only comes once every four years. She was born on Feb. 29, I wont say what year. I can remember it being awfully hard to explain to a 5-year-old why her birthday is a date that isnt on the calendar and has to be celebrated either the day before or the day after. Thats a tough thing to deal with at an early age. The upcoming birthday started me thinking about how many famous people were born on that date. I investigated, and this is what I found. Band leader Jimmy Dorsey. Baseball player Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians. Burlesque star Tempest Storm. Astronaut Jack Lousma. Hockey player Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard. Law and Order actor Dennis Farina. But the one that really intrigued me was this guy born in Germany in 1904: A dolph B laine C harles D avid E arl F rederick G erald H ubert I rvin J ohn K enneth L loyd M artin N ero O liver P aul Q uincy R andolph S herman T homas U ncas V ictor W illiam X erxes Y ancy Z eus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., Germany; had a Christian name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened it to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. The world's longest name officially used by a person. Next question: Why do we have a Feb. 29 anyway? Why do we have a leap year every four years? Why do we have a leap year in 2000, but not 1900 (there is no Feb. 29 in the turn of the century year unless it is divisible by 400). I guess most people know that some genius figured out that we need an extra day every four years to keep our calendar in sync with the climate. So I tried to do the math. Jim Clark Editor If you take away one day every four years, that means we would lose 24 (or in some cases 25) days a century. That means that by the time we get to the year 9012, it would be hot in January and cold in July. Personally, Im not going to worry about that, but if some people want to make sure that future generations have their weather in the proper months, thats OK with me. But why give us an extra day in the winter. Why not a June 31, so we have an extra day of summer? It all goes back to the Gregorian Calendar, then the Julian Calendar under Julius Caesar. The explanation, which was based on religious reasons, is far too long to go into here, but go to Wikipedia online and you can read all about it. One more question: Why do we have our presidential elections in leap years? Wouldnt it be nice not to give them an extra day to campaign, to call us at home, to bombard us with junk mail? I cant wait for 2100, which wont have a Feb. 29 because its not divisible by 400. By then, Ill be about 157 years old. At that point, I doubt if I will care that the candidates have one less day to call me. Anyhow, back to the original premise of this column: Happy birthday to Jeanie, and to all the other leapers. Today is your day. Enjoy it.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. Please see FLYNN Page 8

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7 6Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Happy birthday, today, to my cousin Cant we just get along? T he great divide in the nation was apparent in a small crowd at the County Commission auditorium Saturday morning during a town meeting conducted by one of our local members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala). The small crowd was largely proStearns and anti-Obama, but those who were in favor of the administration werent bashful about making their feelings known. That resulted in a couple of shouting incidents which were ugly at times. Its doubtful that anyones mind was changed during this meeting. There were those who defended the administration mandate forcing religious institutions to provide birth control in their health care plans for employees. There were those who were equally passionate against that decision. There were also a couple of people who brought up the possible impeachment of the president, calling on Stearns to back such a move. Evidently they were unaware that any impeachment would go to trial in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and that such a move by the Republican-controlled House would be a waste of time and money. To his credit, Stearns stayed calm throughout, trying to keep the discussions on point. Since this was a town meeting and not a political event, Stearns did not refer to his candidacy until he was asked near the end of the meeting and he explained that he was running in District 3, which would include many of the people to the north of Marion County who are already Stearns constituents in the current District 6. The crowd was a microcosm of what is going on in the country today. People cant agree on politics, wont compromise (one person said, compromise is not a dirty word), and try to out-shout their opponents instead of having a rational dialogue. These same people complain loud and long about Congress not being able to come to an agreement, but they show why in their behavior at town meetings such as this. How can we expect our leaders to compromise when those of us at the local level cant do the same? Being civil starts at the local level. Some of the people who attended the town meeting Saturday seem to know that. Others, however, didnt. We can only hope that someday theyll learn. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column National lunchbox authorityBy Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEM ESSENGER O ur recent column about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was about further intrusion of our do-goody government into schools and homes. The Act created additional funding and policy for administration of the Department of Agricultures many food services programs National School Lunch, National School Breakfast, Special Supplemental Nutrition, Child and Adult Care, and Summer Food Services. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was a pet project of first lady Michelle Obama, whose White House vegetable garden and war on obesity are part of her Lets Move Campaign to reverse childhood obesity. A picture we saw of a campaigns promotional presentation showed mostly kids of average weight on stage, and audiences of extra-large adults, who we assume are parents and relatives. The umbrella plan, called the Federal Task Force on Domestic Obesity, includes recommendations and discussions of prenatal care, breastfeeding, chemical exposures, empowering parents, making nutrition information useful, health care services, access to healthy and affordable food, and increasing physical activity soup to nuts and no fats. How will all that care and concern play out in schools across the nation? A recent example from a state school lunch program in North Carolina may be an instructive example. A 4-year old pre-kindergarten student returned from school with her uneaten lunch in hand. Mom had packed her daughters lunch box with a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips, and apple juice. Mom was insulted that her daughter had been told her lunch from home was not nutritious. Mom said her daughter is a picky eater and would eat vegetables only under supervision, so she packed the daily lunch box with items she knew her daughter would eat when unsupervised at school. The on-duty government inspector had determined the girls homemade lunch didnt meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition guidelines. According to the Division of Child Development and Early Education of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services school lunches, including any brought from home, must include one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit and vegetables. When the lunchbox police determine that food from home does not meet USDA guidelines, the school must provide other or additional foods. In this case the school provided a tray which included a serving of each of the required foods. The girl told her mom she ate three chicken nuggets and dumped the rest. Adding insult to insult, the school billed the mother $1.25 for the healthy lunch, as allowed by North Carolina law. A spokesperson for the North Carolina authority over lunchebox nutritional reReader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger 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 letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. 000AKDH GOLF SHOE STORE NARROW THRU X-WIDE Orthotic Insoles GOLF SANDALS2133 SW Hwy. 484 Ocala, FL 344739 Miles South of Ocala, 10 Miles North of Wildwood at I-75 Exit 341 Behind McDonalds 352-245-2184 largest attendance on record, with 144 ladies in total. The morning began at sunrise to a beautiful day with more than 40 Stone Creek ladies preparing for their guests by arranging golf carts, preparing a beautiful continental breakfast spread, setting up hand-made decorations and centerpieces on the luncheon tables, organizing check-in tables, posting golf score tally sheets, and preparing the greeting and welcoming committees. Ladies from each of the member clubs began to arrive at 8 a.m. and had a beautiful morning to socialize and reconnect with friends in the league. Tim Jacques, a resident photographer, volunteers his talents to snap photos of the event and share them with the participants. If you would like to view all of Tims photos go to www.stonecreekphotos.com. After group photos, the ladies scurried to their assigned carts. Marc Russell, head golf professional, gave the signal for the ladies to move to their starting hole and begin the golf game. As the ladies completed their round of golf, they moved into the Stone Creek Grille for a warm reception and a cup of chili. Following the leagues general meeting, Leah Kirby, Stone Creek Grille service director, coordinated and provided a most delicious luncheon. Marc Russell then announced the much anticipated winners in the four flights and awarded gift cards to spend at the Stone Creek Golf Club. The event concluded with the ladies saying goodbye to their friends, wishing them well, and looking forward to seeing them at the next tournament, to be held on March 12 at Ocala Palms. The ladies of Stone Creek are proud of the success of their tournament and are already planning ideas for next seasons event. I would personally like to thank Jan Misikoff for the information provided in this article. When contacted, she readily agreed. It certainly is a testimony to the spirit at Stone Creek that in less than three years the Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club hosted its third annual Golf-Around tournament. GOLFcontinued from Page 2 Stone Creeks lady golfers. Nothing like a good lunch after a round of golf. T oday is my cousins birthday. If you look at the calendar, youll know why that is such a big deal. Her birthday only comes once every four years. She was born on Feb. 29, I wont say what year. I can remember it being awfully hard to explain to a 5-year-old why her birthday is a date that isnt on the calendar and has to be celebrated either the day before or the day after. Thats a tough thing to deal with at an early age. The upcoming birthday started me thinking about how many famous people were born on that date. I investigated, and this is what I found. Band leader Jimmy Dorsey. Baseball player Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians. Burlesque star Tempest Storm. Astronaut Jack Lousma. Hockey player Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard. Law and Order actor Dennis Farina. But the one that really intrigued me was this guy born in Germany in 1904: A dolph B laine C harles D avid E arl F rederick G erald H ubert I rvin J ohn K enneth L loyd M artin N ero O liver P aul Q uincy R andolph S herman T homas U ncas V ictor W illiam X erxes Y ancy Z eus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., Germany; had a Christian name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened it to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. The world's longest name officially used by a person. Next question: Why do we have a Feb. 29 anyway? Why do we have a leap year every four years? Why do we have a leap year in 2000, but not 1900 (there is no Feb. 29 in the turn of the century year unless it is divisible by 400). I guess most people know that some genius figured out that we need an extra day every four years to keep our calendar in sync with the climate. So I tried to do the math. Jim Clark Editor If you take away one day every four years, that means we would lose 24 (or in some cases 25) days a century. That means that by the time we get to the year 9012, it would be hot in January and cold in July. Personally, Im not going to worry about that, but if some people want to make sure that future generations have their weather in the proper months, thats OK with me. But why give us an extra day in the winter. Why not a June 31, so we have an extra day of summer? It all goes back to the Gregorian Calendar, then the Julian Calendar under Julius Caesar. The explanation, which was based on religious reasons, is far too long to go into here, but go to Wikipedia online and you can read all about it. One more question: Why do we have our presidential elections in leap years? Wouldnt it be nice not to give them an extra day to campaign, to call us at home, to bombard us with junk mail? I cant wait for 2100, which wont have a Feb. 29 because its not divisible by 400. By then, Ill be about 157 years old. At that point, I doubt if I will care that the candidates have one less day to call me. Anyhow, back to the original premise of this column: Happy birthday to Jeanie, and to all the other leapers. Today is your day. Enjoy it.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. Please see FLYNN Page 8

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5 8Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000AO8E W h a t s F o r Whats For L U N C H ? LUNCH? O u r M o n d a y T h r u F r i d a y D a i l y L u n c h S p e c i a l s Our Monday Thru Friday Daily Lunch Specials A r e F r e s h l y P r e p a r e d E v e r y D a y Are Freshly Prepared Every Day Enjoy a lunch-sized portion of some of our favorite meals. Served from 11AM 4PM 3801 S.W. College Road, Ocala (352) 854-7870 Store Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 6am-11pm CBOCS General Partnership I n t r o d u c i n g C o u n t r y H o u s e S a l a d P l u s C h o i c e o f B a k e d P o t a t o o r S o u p Introducing Country House Salad Plus Choice of Baked Potato or Soup Served Monday thru Friday from 11AM 2PM. Our fresh green mix with grilled chicken tenderloin, hick ory smoked bacon pieces, wedges of vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, shredded Colby cheese and our own sourdough croutons served with your choice of a Baked Potato with butter and sour cream or a cup of soup. Wednesday CHICKEN POT PIE Freshly baked, loaded with chunks of chicken breast and topped with a golden flaky crust Thursday TURKEY N DRESSING Tender, oven roasted turkey breast served with savory dressing and choice of one vegetable Monday BAKED CHICKEN N DRESSING A tender, juicy chicken breast served with savory dressing and choice of one vegetable Tuesday MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES A slice of homestyle meatloaf, mashed potatoes and choice of one vegetable $ 5 99 $ 4,995 Starting at 000AMWA8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. 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Call to schedule an appointment. 000AG7D 352-854-5570 www.flprobate.net Ramunno Law Firm MAIN OFFICE OFF HWY. 200 Jasmine Professional Park 7500 SW 61st Ave., #100 Ocala, FL 34476 (352) 369-9933 7380 SW 60th Ave., Suite 1, Ocala, FL 34476 Certified Public Accountants Wealth Management & Financial Planning Tax return preparation starting at $165 for Basic 1040 Form All state returns Free E-File Complimentary 30-minute conference for new clients. 000AOE2 Fairfield Village One of the memories for me and probably many others is the little part of a poem we memorized as children when/if we lived somewhere other than Florida. March winds and April showers Come together to bring Mays flowers. This year (2012), March, April, and May came toFebruary springtime: March winds, April showers, May flowers gether in mid February and springs flowers are making their appearances all over Fairfield Village. Granted, it is not glorious just yet, but it is still part of the lively place lovely people label I chose over two years ago when I began writing about Fairfield Village each week. A good number of people over these two years have commented about that tag line and seem to like it. There is another poem which may be familiar to many of you. It is a poem that is known by at least two different titles, but I always preferred Daffodils. The English poet, William Wordsworth, wrote this; and from the first time that I read it, I was hooked on that poem, which began: I wandered lonely as a cloud Priscilla Geissal One of John Colbornes many birdhouses awaits refurbishing so that the songs that John loved so much will still be heard this springtime. See FAIRFIELD Page 12 quirements suggested the incident might have been just a mistake and the school may need technical assistance. And thats how bureaucracies grow and multiply. Administration of the HungerFree Kids Act and the Task Force on Domestic Obesity may blossom into federal and state bureaucracies large enough to make parenting obsolete. When it comes to nutrition nanny do-good knows best. FLYNNcontinued from Page 6 his bride. Its interesting to note that the Magistrates office was in the same building as the jail. Mickey was no where to be seen! Dan was beginning to get worried. She was there all the time, but hidden out of sight! When she made her appearance, her words to Dan were, now you know what it feels like. Im happy to report that, yes, Dan was a true Southern gentleman and kept his word to Mickey however, it was exactly 52 years after his first proposal! Now, for the rest of the story: Dans first wife and Mickey were first cousins! Happy first anniversary, Dan and Mickey, and may you have many, many more! WEDDINGcontinued from Page 3 The Circle Square Commons Farmers Market on The Town Square will reopen Thursday, March 1 and every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find fresh seasonal produce, flowers, plants, fresh baked goods, candles, delicious pies and much more. Meet and shop the local crafters and artists displaying creative and unique pieces from charming tote bags and beautiful jewelry to wood working creations and framed photography. Come and watch as one of the many On Top of the World Communities talented chefs prepare delicious flavors of the season during the cooking demonstrations on the first Thursday of every month beginning March 1 at 10 a.m. The Circle Square Commons Farmers Markets is open to the public and located adjacent to On Top of the World Communities at 8405 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. For more information, call 352-854-3670 or visit www.CircleSquareCommonsFarmersMarket.com. Farmers Market to reopen

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Wednesday, Feb. 29 Bingo at the Moose Bingo, open to the public, is played each Wednesday beginning at 12:45 p.m., with opportunities to win big! Join us for fun and fellowship while supporting the lodge and its charitable endeavors. Located just one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run, 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.Friday, March 2 Spring sale at Ocala WestA spring sale will be held Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Stanfield Hall inside and out, 9330 S.W. 105th St. There will be treasures galore, including household items, electronics, furniture, clothing, garden and outdoor items, and a bake sale. Saturday, March 3 Tee Time for TotsCommunity Bank and Trust of Florida is having the 10th annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament on March 3 at Del Webb Spruce Creek. Funds are being raised to benefit the Marion County Homeless Children & Youth program and they need our assistance more than ever. Right here in our own back yard there are over 1,500 school aged homeless children. These statistics are just shocking. All tournament information can be found on the www.teetimefortots.com website, including registration and sponsorship forms. Chess Club to meet The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352873-2276. Concert at First CongregationalThe Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person. Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).Elks gear up for Army of HopeFinal plans are being made for the second annual Army of Hope, an afternoon of fun for the while family on Saturday, March 3. Starting at noon, the day's events planned for outside the front of the Elks lodge on Northeast 25th Avenue include clowns, face-painting, child ID program, bounce house, static military and law enforcement displays, plus two special highlights: a war bird flyover and a huge display of vintage Corvettes. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and that includes a big lunch and drink courtesy of US Food. In addition, there are lots of door prizes and raffles, plus music, throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the event go to needy military families in our area. For more info, contact Mike Mongrelize at 352-6364127. Showtime for Sweet Adelines Music lovers need to mark your calendars for the Summer Springs Sweet Adelines Chorus annual show, Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1908 S.E. Fort King Street, Ocala. The popular river songs will be featured in "Lazy River Dayze," with a guest performance by the Ocala Civic Theater Singers. Tickets at $10 may be reserved now. Group rates are available from $6-$8 Call Jackie at 352-888-8841. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. Door prizes available. Sunday, March 4 Buddy Liles in concert Buddy Liles will be in concert on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Liles has sung with the Florida Boys Quartet over 25 years, with Landmark Quartet of Cincinnati, Ohio and on Bill Gaither Videos. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.Tuesday, March 6 Fair Tax meeting setHave you collected all those receipts in order to fill out your 1040? Would you like to forget about filing those personal income taxes and just enjoy April 15th like any other spring day? We can make that happen by enacting the FairTax. Come learn how this simple, transparent and fair taxing system can not only replace the current income tax, but also boost the economy like no other plan. It is not a pipe dream. It is legislation currently in Congress. Join us on March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Inn (3951 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd./US 27) to become acquainted with or learn more details about the FairTax. For more information, contact Ron and Elaine Maiellaro at ocalafairtax@cfl.rr.com or 352-671-6724.Thursday, March 8 Federal retirees to gatherThe National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, March 8, at 1 p.m. A meeting will follow the lunch. Any members in the area are welcomed. Saturday, March 10 Chili supper and bake sale Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper's Soup Kitchen in Ocala is sponsoring the 5th annual Chili Supper and bake sale on March 10 at Blessed Trinity Church. This is a change of date, which was originally Feb. 18. The event will have both red and white chili and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parish hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Adults are $6 and children $3. For information call 352-867-9860.Women's Spring BreakTake a break with the Women's Ministries of Christ's Church of Marion County on Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. and enjoy guest speaker Gaye Martin. Gaye's topics will include "Some Have It Some Don't," "Significant Signatures" and "Running the Race." The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. A love offering will be taken. For additional information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101 or info@ccomc.org. Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala. Phone 352-861-6182, website is www.ccomc.org.Methodist Men serve breakfastThe Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5. The Methodist Women will conduct a bake sale and the Stitch Sisters Craft Sale during the breakfast hours. Ocala West United Methodist Church 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala Look for the signs. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9 4Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000AETV Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000A1LU Ocalas Only 4-Star Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations Accommodations for Your Pet for Your Pet Tour our unique Tour our unique facility and you facility and you be the judge! be the judge! 352-861-4566 352-861-4566 B o a r d i n g G r o o m i n g Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 000ALW5 Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting L o o k f o r u s L o o k f o r u s Look for us o n F a c e b o o k o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000AO92 000AEUE 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000AJMR Christ Anglican Church950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326)Ocala, Florida 34475352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.orgService & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcome The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) is discovered through worshiping together 711187 RENEWED SURFACES We Specialize In Repairing Your Concrete Not Just Coloring Over It!! WE MAKE YOUR CONCRETE LOOK GOOD! By Re-Surfacing Your Concrete! Driveways Pool Decks Patios Garages Entrance Ways Non Skid Protection Many Colors! Easy to Keep Clean Mildew & Oil Resistant Commercial Grade Quality NEW CONCRETE 352-237-2796 Family Owned & Operated Since 1972 Licensed & Insured #3803 Dependable We Install New or Replace Old Slabs Driveways Drive Extensions Patios Walkways Total Concrete Service A Division of R.C. Cohn Construction 000A93F 000AOR5 A RI ES ( March 21 to April 19) Youre correct to want to help someone who seems to need assistance. But be careful that he or she isnt pulling the wool over those gorgeous Sheeps eyes. You need more facts. TA URU S ( April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine optimism will soon dispel the gloom cast by those naysayers and pessimists who still hover close by. Also, that good news you recently received is part of a fuller message to come. G EM INI ( May 21 to J une 20) Feeling jealous over a colleagues success drains the energy you need to meet your own challenges. Wish him or her well, and focus on what you need to do. Results start to show in mid-March. CA N CE R (J une 21 to J uly 22) Youre likely to feel somewhat Crabby these days, so watch what you say, or you could find yourself making lots of apologies. Your mood starts to brighten by the weekend. LEO (J uly 23 to Aug 22) Your pride might still be hurting from those unflattering remarks someone made about you. But cheer up, youre about to prove once again why youre the Top Cat in whatever you do. VIRG O ( Aug 23 to Sept 22) A misunderstanding with a coworker could become a real problem unless its resolved soon. Allow a third party to come in and assess the situation without pressure or prejudice. L I B R A ( Sept 23 to Oct 22) Call a family meeting to discuss the care of a loved one at this difficult time. Be careful not to let yourself be pushed into shouldering the full burden on your own. SCO RPI O ( Oct 23 to N ov 21) An upcoming decision could open the way to an exciting venture. However, there are some risks you should know about. Ask more questions before making a commitment. SA GI TTA RIU S (N ov 22 to D ec 21) Personal matters need your attention during the earlier part of the week. You can start to shift your focus to your workaday world by midweek. Friday brings news. CA PRI CO RN (D ec 22 to J an 19) Youve been going at a hectic pace for quite a while. Its time now for some much-needed rest and recreation to recharge those hardworking batteries. A QU A RIU S (J an 20 to Feb 18) This is a good time to upgrade your current skills or consider getting into an entirely different training program so that you can be prepared for new career opportunities. PI SCES ( Feb 19 to March 20) Keep a low profile in order to avoid being lured away from the job at hand. Focus on what has to be done, and do it. Therell be time later to enjoy fun with family and friends. BO RN TH I S WEE K: You can be a dreamer and a realist. You dream of what you would like to do, and then you face the reality of how to do it. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure Happenings More on Page 10

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3 The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger. Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos may be left at the Messenger office in Kingsland Plaza. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday 10Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger L ET U S W ORK F OR Y OU CALL TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! 000AFF7 Central Florida Screen Room & Window Medics, Inc. 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In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 0 0 0 A I 4 1 Read the classifieds Quail Meadow P robably many of us have experienced a broken engagement, or heartbreaking relationships that didnt work out, but how about a broken engagement that has a happy ending! Let me introduce you to Quail Meadow residents Dan and Mickey Parker. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Feb. 18. To get the complete story we have to go back to 1958 and 1959. Dan and Mickey were young lovers in Wanchese, North Carolina they were just teenagers! They did the usual dating by going skating, getting Cokes, going on long walks, etc. Dan proposed to Mickey in February 1959 and she said, Yes. They picked out the rings and set the date for the wedding. However, two weeks before the wedding, a few of Dans friends took him out for the evening and convinced him that maybe he shouldnt get married. He got cold feet and hurriedly joined the Coast Guard. Mickey was broken hearted! While Dan was away serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mickey married and began raising a family. She saw no reason to wait around for Dan to change his mind! Mickey and her husband were married for 36 years. After Dan returned home he found another love and was married in 1960 and moved to South Carolina. After Mickeys husband passed away she began doing home care for elderly people who needed help in their homes. She followed this profession for 20 years. As fate would have it, Dans mother-inlaw needed assistance in her home, so, Mickey was called! Dan, his wife, and daughter lived next door to the mother-in-law. Mickey says that Dans daughter would spend more time with her than at her own home. Mickey was a good cook, so often Dans family would have dinner with Mickey. Mickey moved back to North Carolina after caring for Dans mother-in-law. Dan and his wife were married 46 years when her health deteriorated and she passed away. Since Dan knew how to A broken engagement with a happy ending Carolyn Slocumb get in touch with Mickey, the phone calls began. Dan began making trips back to North Carolina to check on his mother. This gave him the opportunity to once again see Mickey. It didnt take long for them to begin talking of getting married. However, Dan was having problems with his eyes and he told Mickey that he didnt want to burden her with his health problems. They talked of waiting for another year, but Mickey finally persuaded Dan that she loved him and there was no reason to wait a year. Wedding plans were under way. The first plan was to stop in South Carolina on the way to Florida and get married. Family members didnt like this idea. The date was changed several times and the place for the ceremony was to be in North Carolina. Mickeys very good, longtime friend, Pat Poplin, got busy! She arranged for the ceremony to take place at the Magistrates office, had a big dinner party for family and friends, and even had a party at the Senior Center. The day before the wedding was to take place Dan, once again, went out with his friends. This time to the golf course! He said he was winning, when all of a sudden his friend began telling him that Mickey was not going to marry him she was going to get even! Dan insisted that she was already packing to move to Florida. The friends insisted that she only had empty boxes and it just looked like she was packing. Dan got so upset he lost the golf game. He rushed to Mickeys house just to see for himself. He tried to move some of the boxes with his foot, just to see if they were empty; he even offered to help her pack more boxes. Finally, the big day arrived and Dan went to the Magistrates office to await Dan and Mickey. See WEDDING Page 8 Purim in The Wild West is Chabad of Marion Countys creative twist this year on their traditional Purim party, to accommodate the anticipated crowds of men, women and children who throng Chabad for their annual Purim celebrations. On Purim, Chabad is the place to be! Chabads grand Purim Bash will be held at the Courtyard Marriott of Ocala, 3712 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. The celebration will begin with a unique Multimedia Megillah Reading followed by exciting, music, hamentashen, western style dinner buffet and more. In the spirit of Purim, come in a Wild West costume to be included in the lively competition where judges will award prizes to contestants with the most innovative or funny costumes. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background, no membership required. The Cost is $12 per Adult and $8 per child. In addition there will be a Purim in The Villages event on Wednesday, March 7th 7:00pm, at the TownePlace Suites 1141 Alonzo Avenue The Villages, FL 32159. Including Megillah Reading, hamentashen refreshments and a spectacular Magic Show! All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background, no membership required. The Cost is $10 per adult. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people, in the year 3405 from Creation (356 bce), from Hamans plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day. (Purim literally means lots for Haman determined the day of annihilation by throwing a lottery.) It is observed by public readings of the megillah Scroll of Esther, sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal accompanied with joyous drink. To RSVP or for more information on Chabads Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad of Marion County at 352-291-2218 info@jewishmarion.org or log on to www.JewishMairon.org Purim in the Wild West with Chabad VFW Post 4781 happeningsFish fry on second and fourth Fridays of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Wings and shrimp boats on the first, third and fourth Friday of Friday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Bingo is played every Monday and Thursday with early bird games starting at 11:30. Lunch is available to bingo players and is also served in the Canteen. Lunches are available until 1:30 p.m. V-burgers with beer specials is on the last Tuesday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Surf and turf is held the last Saturday of every month, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Bar bingo is held in the Canteen every Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Food is available. March 13 Ladies Auxiliary Dinner is served from 4:30 to 6:30. Please call or drop by to reserve your tickets. March 17 St. Patricks dinner, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30. Please stop by the Canteen to pick up your tickets. Get your tickets early as they sell out fast. Karaoke in the Canteen every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Call 352-873-4781 who is scheduled for the month. To participate in Canteen activities you must be a member or a signed in guest. Sunday, March 11 Mezzo-soprano, pianist to performThe next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Megan Thompson, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Topp, pianist, will present Our Nations Story: A Musical Review. They will perform works by popular American composers including Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin, Barber and Weill as well as Broadway and Disney favorites. Tuesday, March 13 Ocala Open Golf TourneyA Charity Pro-Am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tues., March 13, 2012 at Candler Hills Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services. Start the day with breakfast then select a tee gift at the Nike tent. Participants will warm-up next to pros who will be vying for Ocala Open honors; play golf with the pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champions Roundup Barbeque and Awards Luncheon. For more information, call 352-861-9712 or 352-854-2765. Thursday, March 15 Genealogical Society meeting The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. This months program will feature Paul Enchelmeyer, whose topic will be Ten Ways to be a Perfect Ancestor. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved. For further information, please contact Barbara Jones at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com. Happenings

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11 2Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ACTO 732-GOLF (4653) Open to the Public $ 5 00 OFF Current Rate with coupon and Tee Time Reservation Our Low Current 18 Hole Rates $ 35 00 Before 11:00 $ 30 00 After 11:00 $ 20 00 After 2:30 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 3/21/12 Expries 3/21/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 000AF8L TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Professional EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR United Way of Citrus County, a non-profit agency, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief Professional Officer/Executive Director. This position serves as chief executive officer of United Way of Citrus County Providing innovative and strategic leadership while working with the Board of Directors to achieve community impact. Works with community partners, leaders, and staff to implement the strategic plans to improve education, achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives. Maintains accountability for the overall operational and fiscal integrity of the organization. Skills: Ability to prepare and administer a non-profit budget. Excellent communications skills (oral and written). Ability to work successfully with a non-profit governing board. Ability to coordinate the annual fund raising campaign. Knowledge of community planning operations. Provides a professional image to the community. Sound ethical and moral principles. Commitment to the mission, vision and values of United Way. Education: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in business, management, finance, accounting, social services or related fields. Experience: A minimum of 3 to 5 years managerial experience, preferably with a non-profit health/human service agency or business. Send r esume to: United Way of Citrus County 1205 NE 5th Street, Suite A Crystal River, FL 34429 General Help Immediate Opening Recycling Center/Recovered Material Processing Plant now looking for Manager. Must have experience in Management/Sales /Scheduling out bound loads/Multiple Computer programs. Must have a clean Drivers License. Top Pay for the right person. Apply in person @ 711 S. Adolph Pt, Lecanto, Fl. Bring resume Wanted to Buy Ca$h for Old StuffJewelry, Military, Knives, Toys, Tools, Magazines, Coins & Iron SkilletsCall for Info (352) 237-2478 or (352) 682-6003 Horses RIDING LESSONS Adult/Child 5 Minutes From OTOW Pony Rides (352)237-6310 Mobile Homes In Park 55 + Community 2 BD 1 BA. Florida rm completely furnished washer & dryer, handicap access. Lot rent $269 Priced to sale $5500 obo (352) 671-2866 Simply advertise in the Classifieds and get results quickly!How To Make Your Car Disappear... CALL TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403www.westmarionmessenger.com Real Estate For Sale 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. Inverness Homes Large 1 Fam. Carol Terrace, Inverness. 4BR 3BA, 2700 sq ft under air, 2.8 acres fully fenced, important updates done. $220,000. Owner 352-419-7017 Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$200 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANY VEHICLE Perfect Cond. or Not Titled,No title, No problem. Paying up to $25K any make, any model Call A.J. 813-335-3794/ 531-4298 L ET U S W ORK F OR Y OU CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403W EST M ARION M ESSENGERC LASSIFIEDSG ET R ESULTS! 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For the ladies, the answer is yes the way establish lasting friendships. The eight current member clubs are: Ocala (Municipal) Golf Club which is the only remaining charter member, Rainbow Springs (in Dunnellon), Sugarmill Woods (in Homosassa), Spruce Creek Preserve (in Dunnellon), Ocala Palms, Stone Creek (in Ocala), Eagle Ridge (in Summerfield), and Stonecrest (also in Summerfield). Tournaments are held once a month from October through May with each member club hosting once each year. The tournament is a handicapped flighted 9-hole event with the format being individual stroke play. Prizes are awarded for low gross and low net scores, and lowest number of putts in each flight. Our Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club was formed in 2009. This group of women is not segregated by skill level or number of holes played. There are currently more than 80 members in the group. All Stone Creek resident women golfers are encouraged to participate in the weekly Stone Creek Ladies Play Day, choosing to play 18holes or 9-holes based on their preference and schedule for each week. As a new community, Stone Creek is growing and the ladies golf club has a goal to continually welcome new neighbors and friends to play and socialize as a group. The Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club joined the Ladies Golf-Around League in November 2009 and quickly became one of its most active member clubs. In addition to supporting each tournament with a large group of participants, Stone Creek holds two officer positions on the leagues board: President, Jan Misikoff and Secretary, Judy Vokes. Mondays Golf-Around League tournament at Stone Creek had the Please see GOLF Page 7

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By Jim Clark E DITOR A small but vocal crowd provided some heated exchanges at a town meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (ROcala) on Saturday morning at the County Commission auditorium. It was the first of several scheduled town meetings by the congressman that day, and it wasnt the usual pro-Stearns meeting that has marked his term in office. The biggest dispute of the day involved the Obama administrations decision to force religious-based health institutions to provide birth control coverage with their health plans for employees. Stearns is against the mandate, and he cited House plans to overturn it. Whats wrong with buying it (birth control) yourself? he asked. That set off some of the people in the audience. One woman said she has taken birth control pills since she was 12 and they were used to treat hormonal imbalance. She said the plan to negate the rule makes me upset. One woman from the back argued that the religious institutions shouldnt be required to provide something their religion is against, and another near the front turned and yelled, Why, so women can have babies for you to take care of? Another remark from the audience drew a reaction when one man said that President Obama should be impeached. He indicated belief that the president wasnt born in America, among other things. Those documents have all been released, said one woman. Stearns was also criticized by someone who attacked his vote against a trail out West to honor the Buffalo soldiers. He defended his vote because he said the trail, about 200 miles long, was not practical. Would you walk the 200 miles? Stearns asked. There was also what could have been a controversial remark by Stearns, although it was not meant in the way that some people might believe. He was talking about the budget, and was discussing how common folks had to live within their means, using generalized names to refer to family members. However, in making a point as he made up names, he used the name Uncle Tom. That brought a small reaction from some in the audience, but Stearns went right on and appeared not to notice. In fact, Stearns spent a lot of time criticizing the lack of action of moving toward a balanced budget. There doesnt seem to be any attempt to balance the budget. He said he had voted against establishing the super committee to come up with solutions, and defended his vote based on the outcome. They couldnt agree on anything. It was a farce. He spent a lot of time on the Solyndra investigation, a company that received millions in subsidies even though it never made a profit. The company filed for bankruptcy in September. He has issued a subpoena to the administration to investigate Solyndra. Its the first Congressional subpoena since Watergate, he said. Stearns also criticized the decision to subsidize the Chevy Volt, an energy-alternative vehicle. He asked for a show of hands on how many people drove a Chevy Volt, and no one responded. Its not selling. Its a disaster, Stearns commented. He asked why American taxpayers were subsidizing things they wont buy. Stearns criticized the Department of Energy. Before Jimmy Carter, we didnt even have one. Every one of you would like to have their jobs. He was asked about what could be done to help the housing market. We should allow short sales. He said that banks must be forced to accept short sales. At the end, Stearns praised the audience for coming out early on a cold Saturday morning. A passionate town meeting is a plus. INDEX Stone Creek........2 Quail Meadow......3 Fairfield Village..5 Puzzles................9 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 48 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY29, 2012 Happenings Page 4 Opinion Page 6 12Wednesday, February 29, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger a trip back in history to see what life was like during the American Civil War Between the States 7 miles north of Crystal River on U.S. Hwy. 19 Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th Gates Open at 9:00am Authentic, interactive Confederate and Union Camps Sutlers selling period wares to include period clothing, toys and books. Medical camp with original tools. Calvary camp for horses. Education Day is open to the public schools on Friday, March 9th, 9:30 am until 2:00pm. 2:00pm Battle 30 Cannons Blasting 500+ Soldiers March Into Battle Come early and visit the camps, enjoy a variety of food and find a seat to watch as the battle begins. 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Cliff Stearns, center, gestures while speaking to two men shortly after the town meeting that took place at the County Commission auditorium on Saturday. Crowd gets vocal at Stearns meeting PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALFairfield tulips Flowers, including these tulips are blooming at Fairfield Village. See column, Page 5. West Port High School's HOSA club will be holding the second annual Michael Robbert Memorial 5K run on Saturday, March 1 at the Ocala Regional Sports Complex, 3500 S.W. 67th Ave. in Ocala. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5K starts at 9 and the 1K fun run for kids will beging at 9:30. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. Make checks payable to WPHS You can register online at www.raceit.com/register/?event=9239. For more information, contact Tasha Morris at Tasha.Morris@marion.k12.fl.us Michael Robbert was a drafting teacher who passed away from cancer in 2010. Proceeds from the race will be used for a scholarship for a student at West Port High School participating in a vocational program as well as teacher Lori Morton who is recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident at the beginning of this school year. West Port news Running to honor and support teachers Kierea Moses, of Ocala, a student at West Port High School, has been selected to represent Florida as a National Youth Delegate at the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University June 24-29. Moses has been awarded opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of leadership in Kierea Moses selected as National Youth Delegate environmental science and conservation. Moses was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation's youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University's stateof-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry. CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 14. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County. The tournament will be at the Ocala Municipal Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $260 per team. Entry deadline is April 6. Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org. For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352368-8825. Local golf tournament on April 14 will benefit United Way of Marion County that floats on high oer vale and hill when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. Also known as I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, that lyrical poem spoke to me in the spring of 1950. I was a 9 year old girl in Rome, Ga., who loved visiting her great aunt and uncle in their beautiful old southern home (with the big porch) on top of a terraced hill. Their front yard, as they called it, was their tribute to springtime each year. There was a sidewalk with incremental steps coinciding with the terraces and winding up that hill. Each spring, that hill became a sea of yellow in February or March depending on when spring arrived that particular year. There were daffodils, buttercups, narcissus, tulips, and many different yellow varieties known by various names by those who know and love spring flowers. That must have begun my love affair with the color yellow. It always makes me happy when I see the color and even more so when I wear the sun-kissed color. Some of my neighbors have noticed that I have many yellow flowers blooming at different times in my small yard. I have other colors, but I certainly have an affinity for the yellow ones. For instance, roses, tulips, daffodils, mums, and lilies are some of my yellow blooms. My husband has been conditioned to know that if he really wants to please me, he should bring home anything that has a yellow bloom. He once told me that he figured out that he could probably just go and pinch off the heads of some dandelions and bring them in as a miniature bouquet, and I would be thrilled to have them. Probably true! As this comes to print, it is Feb. 29, 2012 Leap Day, 2012. Known as being the once every four years birthday for those born on Feb. 29, it brings all kinds of other images to the minds of those of us who do not even look to see what the date is unless we need to know in order to write a check. We may think of cute little frogs or of children playing Leap Frog. Others might remember Sadie Hawkins Day Dances when the girls had the chance to ask the boys either for a date or even just for a dance at the local high school celebration. Maybe some of us still remember Lil Abner comic strips and the day that Daisy Mae tried to get the love of her life over to Marryin Sams to perform the hurried nuptials. Oh those were the days! Speaking of days, this is a rather sad one when I mention a loss of a person who was a big part of the Fairfield Village community. I was blessed to be able to take yellow tulips to my friend and neighbor, John Colborne, last week just several days before he passed away on Saturday night, Feb. 18. He and I had several things in common besides our friendship, and one of them was the love of yellow flowers. I am sad that John is no longer my neighbor on S.W. 60th Place, but I am so fortunate to have known this fine man for almost three years. When I heard late Saturday night about his death, I sent an email to a group in our community who faithfully notify those of us in Fairfield Village at times when neighbors need to rally together. I was gratified when I received my email from them as part of the chain of notifications because Norma Powers, the ladies of the Prayer Chain, and probably others as well had chosen to use some of my words when I notified them. The following is a short tribute to a lovely human being, great neighbor, good friend, and dedicated Christian. John Colborne, 5881 S.W. 60th Place, died Saturday night at Legacy House. He was such a nice, thoughtful, kind, and loving gentleman and gentle man. John was a very active member of First Congregational UCC. Please say a prayer for this beautiful soul who will be so missed. Rest in Peace, Dear John. You made a magnificent difference in the world by your intelligent, ethical, honest, and loving life. From Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, please enjoy springtime 2012 and the renewal of life that this season of the year represents for us. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 5 The hot pink azaleas attract the honeybees even as they begin their glorious season.