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turned into about an hour as Marlene Harwood was so cordial to show me how she had landscaped all the way around her home. She told me about being a transplant from California herself (my husband and I had just come to Ocala from having lived for a few years in the mountains of southern California) and how she had always loved gardening. I was mesmerized by her knowledge of all of her plants, their names, their origins, why they were placed where they were, as well as her willingness to help a novice like me. I told her that I wanted to begin to plant some things that would be special to me here in Florida because I had no knowledge of proper planting for this area. That very day, she promised to bring me some lilies to put in my yard. A few days later, I came home to find those lilies in my carport with a note about how to plant them. I was hooked, and I have been ever since then. Over the past couple of years, I have seen and talked with Marlene fairly often as she exercised her beloved Mitzi. We did not see each other as often as I would have liked because we are separated by several streets. Granted, our community is not a large one by most standards, but we do have about 300 homes here in Fairfield Village. As the saying goes, she lived on one side and I live on the other, so we often waved and said our How are you? as we were involved in our daily routines. Marlene was not able to be out visiting a great deal due to the extended illness of her husband who, sadly, passed away some months ago. Those of us who have had a loved one who has been in and out of the hospitals know that our lives get caught up with those issues often to the exclusion of other things. As my family often says, Things are what they are, and we deal with it. That is what Marlene did she dealt with it and was perfectly willing to do so. However, in the time since her husbands passing, Marlene made a decision to return to California where she has family. I was not aware of that; but when I heard that she was moving very soon, I made a point of stopping by her home. There I saw the handmade sign posted on the 4-Way Stop sign. I asked a neighbor about Marlenes plans and was so sad to hear that she had left just the day before. I had missed the chance to say Farewell to such a very nice lady. I walked around her yard and took a few photos of her plant treasures. Many were gone because she had given so generously to friends who wanted a Marlene plant to remember her. The lilies she gave me two years ago are blooming now at my home. Fortuitously, I stopped at our Clubhouse to check a schedule and found a note posted on the bulletin board which Marlene had left before she began her trek to California. So like her Marlene had written a lovely note about her years living in Fairfield Village and about how much all her friendships had meant to her. Scattered all around her note were many different ways to bid farewell in lots of different languages. She mentioned that she had researched carefully to make sure of the spellings because she wanted the words to be correct. Again, just like Marlene. When she did something, she did it the right way. I wish I could have been able to give Marlene a big hug before she moved on to Mariposa, California. She was a very special friend to me although we saw each other only occasionally. But I am willing to make a bet that when/if we see each other again here, in California, or somewhere in between, Marlene Harwood will have the same big friendly smile and cheerful greeting regardless of where we might be. Our community was blessed to have the Harwoods as neighbors while they lived here in FFVa lively placed filled with lovely people. INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Stone Creek........7 Rev. Snyder..........9 Fairfield Village10 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 51 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 Happenings Page 3 Puzzles Page 8 12Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger All-Day Weekend Features F r i d a y F i s h F r y 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Friday Fish Fry 11 am to Close Choose from our farm raised catfish, cut thin and tossed in a blend of cornmeal and seasonings. Or try our traditional Cod Fillets, hand dipped in our own special batter and fried to a golden brown. Served with Steak Fries and Cole Slaw. S a t u r d a y C h i c k e n n R i c e 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Saturday Chicken n Rice 11 am to Close Made from scratch. Our chicken tenderloin simmered in a hearty chicken gravy and served atop a bed of seasoned rice along with two vegetables. S u n d a y H o m e s t y l e C h i c k e n 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Sunday Homestyle Chicken 11 am to Close Enjoy two chicken breast fillets dipped in fresh buttermilk and hand breaded in our kitchen. Served with choice of two vegetables. 000AVVA D a i l y D i n n e r F e a t u r e s Daily Dinner Features Monday Fried Pork Chops with choice of two vegetables Tuesday Butter Baked Chicken with choice of two vegetables Wednesday Broccoli Cheddar Chicken with choice of two vegetables Thursday Turkey n Dressing with choice of two additional vegetables E v e r y D a y Every Day T h e r e s S o m e t h i n g D i f f e r e n t Theres Something Different T o L o o k F o r w a r d T o To Look Forward To. R AMUNNO L AW F IRM P A Lorenzo Ramunno, Esq. Member of Florida Bar and New York Bar Wills and Estate Planning Probate Law Trusts and Trust Administration Real Estate Contracts Powers of Attorney Pre-Marital Agreements We offer free consultations for Estate Planning Serving clients in Florida for 23 years. Call to schedule an appointment. 000AMMJ 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 000ANVV Sponsored by: S P R I N G SPRING B U S I N E S S BUSINESS E X P O EXPO BlueCross BlueShield of Florida An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Thurs., March 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m. On Top of the World Cultural Center 8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala Open to the Public Over 50 Door Prizes Grand Prize Drawing $500 Visa Gift Card Visitors must visit 20 booths to qualify for drawing. Shop with WMBA members: westmba.com FREE 000AW23 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 3:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 5/31/12 Expries 5/31/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 0 0 0 A T X D Give Your Ceiling Fan A New Look Indoor or Outdoor Fans Machine Washable Beautiful Prints & Solids No More Cleaning Fan Blades A fit so perfect the blades look hand painted. Questions? Call Barb or Judy (352) 690-1549 visit our web site: BladeEaze.com Deployed mom returns early to surprise daughters Amy Lugo visits West Port High PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAmanda Lugo, left, shares a special moment with her mom Amy in a classroom at West Port High School last Thursday. Amy had surprised Amanda by coming home from the Middle East early, and they had a reunion in Amandas JROTC classroom. By Jim Clark E DITOR I thought I was in trouble. I asked myself, What did I do now? West Port High School junior Amanda Lugo had those thoughts last Thursday during her last period JROTC class. William McAteer, assistant principal for curriculum, walked into her class and asked, Is there an Amanda Lugo here? Amandas trepidation immediately turned into elation after McAteer walked in, closely followed by Amy Lugo, Amandas mother. Amy, a master sergeant in the Army, had returned home from a years deployment in Kuwait about 11 days early, completely surprising her two daughters. Earlier in the day, she had visited daughter Alexis at Howard Middle School. Amanda rushed to her mother and melted in her arms, and the two shared a few special moments while members of the invited media and Amandas surprised smiling classmates looked on. Soon Amanda, 16, was joined by her sister and her father, Al Lugo, who is the director of the VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy. The group then moved outside for more talking and sharing of special moments. The class went back to work, but Amandas school day was over. The student said she had no idea what was happening until she (her mother) walked in the door. Amy wasnt expected until March 24, but she had gotten permission to come home well within the window a few days earlier. Since schools are closed this week for spring break, she wanted to be home with her children. Her military service isnt over. She will be stationed in Virginia, but hopes that this was her last deployment. She spoke a little of her work in the Middle East, where she worked on equal opportunity issues. Its very different over there. The children have no idea. They dont get the opportunities, especially the girls. For dad, Amys return meant he could give up his home duties for a while. It was a struggle, he said, adding that time management was a major problem. He said that every day was pretty much the same, like Groundhog Day, the movie where Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again. Its very different over there. The children have no idea. They dont get the opportunities, especially the girls. Amy Lugo Master Sergeant Please see LUGO Page 4 City names new public works director City Manager Matt Brower has announced the hiring of Sean Lanier of Amarillo, Texas, as the new Ocala Public Works director. He began his new duties Monday. Until now, Lanier was the lead civil/structural engineer for B&W Pantex, LLC, where he managed the design and construction of plant facilities and infrastructure. He had been with the company since 2001. Pantex has the responsibility of maintaining the safety and security of the countrys nuclear stockpile. Prior to that, Lanier served as the city engineer and assistant director of Public Works for the City of Plainview, Texas. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and a masters degree in business administration from West Texas A&M. Lanier replaces Glenn Kerns, who retired from the position in January. Wearin o the green The crowd gathered at the Ocala Downtown Square Saturday, March 17, to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Above visitors watch the Williston School of Dance perform. At left, a little girl gave an impomptu solo performance.PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK PHOTO BY JIM CLARKSenior Services Cynthia R. Turner is a crisis intervention specialist with the Southwest District of the Marion County Sheriffs Office. She was one of those who displayed their services at the College of Central Florida last Friday. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 10 With just the same fantastic spirit that she brought to the community of Fairfield Village, Marlene Harwood left her homespun "farewell" attached to the 4 -Way Stop Sign in the corner of her lovely yard in FFV. Azaleas are some of spring's loveliest blossoms, and they seemed to thrive even more with the touch of Marlene Harwood's "Green Thumb."

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11 2Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ATQU Quail Meadow W e have such talented people in Quail Meadow! This week I want to introduce you to Barbara Fife. Barbara and husband Buck moved here in 2003 from New Port Richey. They were only in New Port Richey a couple of years when the farmland, the quaint city square, and the people of Ocala persuaded them to locate here. Quail Meadow was the first place they looked! After several trips to various developments they decided to have a home built in Quail Meadow. Barbara is a very talented artist. She expresses her feelings in several mediums. Her oils and watercolors are magnificent! A walk though her house is like being in an art gallery. She also does calligraphy. If you have ever attended one of our Craft Fairs, you have probably seen some of her work. Barbara always had an interest in art; even as a young child she would draw remarkable pictures. However, she was a science major in college! Barbara taught science and physics in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her co-workers knew of her interest and ability in art, so at her retirement party she was given a very generous gift certificate to an art supply store in Ann Arbor. She had a great time purchasing supplies and books. Now that she wasnt teaching she had time to pursue her love of art. After moving to Florida she was a member of the West Pasco Art Guild (still stays in contact with them). Since moving to Ocala she has participated in many workshops and is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Ocala Art Group, and Creative Calligraphers of Citrus Springs. In addition to this she teaches a watercolor class at our Clubhouse several times a month (check the QM Reporter for dates and times). Currently, Barbara has two watercolors on exhibit at the Ocala Art Groups Show at Artful Gifts at On Top of the World. The two watercolors exhibited in the show for the month of March, Struttin, a rooster batik on rice paper that received a lot of attention, and The Captain Ralph and Classy Lady. The Captain Ralph and Classy Lady was honored with a Merit Award ribbon. This display will be available for viewing through March 30. Currently on her easel is a getting-close-to-completion dog portrait; and she is in the planning stages for watercolors to submit for the OAG exhibit at the Appleton Museum in May, and for the Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibit. Both of those are juried shows with lots of competition, but Barbara says are worth entering the fray! We wish her luck! Barbara says she challenges herself in her work; she likes to give a 3dimentional look on a 2dimentional surface. You can view Barbaras work at www.barbarafife.com. Good Luck, Barbara, in your upcoming events! Featuring a talented artist from Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Barbara Fife with some of her work. 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$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Wanted to Buy Ca$h for Old StuffJewelry, Military, Knives, Toys, Tools, Magazines, Coins & Iron SkilletsCall for Info (352) 237-2478 or (352) 682-6003 Mobile Homes In Park Oasis Mobile Home Park, Inverness FL2 bedroom. 2 bath. 14x60 Fully Furnished Manatee Mobile Home. Carport, Screen room, and Shed. Has roof over and remodelled kitchen and baths. Virtually everything furnished. Parking behind M/H for trailer or boat. Excellent Shape. Great low rent park. $ 12000. Call 815 986 4510 or cell 815 298 2964. On Lake Rousseau 2 bedroom. 2 bath. 14x60MH, 8x20 FL room, 8x10 shed, 2-stall carport, Withlacoochee Backwaters MHP, $8500. 352-219-2240 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. Dunnellon Somebody else wants it! Got something special you no longer use? Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need. TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 10 ACRES w/2 Houses one block, one doublewide. $175K 352-854-5564 352-465-2159 Marion County Homes For Sale By Owner Retirement Community Home 2/2 Italian tile floors Carpet in bedrooms + den, stainless steel appliances, fans, enclosed lanai, overside garage, landscaped, (352) 291-2795 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 Home/Office Cleaning Let Me Do The Dirty Work 4 U House Cleaning LOURIE JACKSON (352)433-5292 (352)245-3001 lourieann1973 @gmail.com References Avail. Tuesday, March 27 Breast cancer survivors group to meetThe Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. The March 27 meeting will be held in the multipurpose room. Dr. Jason J. Rosenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Orthopaedic Institute, Gainesville, will speak to us on Natural Tissue (Autologous) Reconstruction. These procedures use your bodys own tissue to transplant fatty tissue from areas where they are not wanted or needed to reconstruct one or both breasts to restore the breasts after partial or complete mastectomy. This is an open meeting to anyone interested in learning more about these newer procedures. Please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 for more information. Thursday, March 29 Spring Business Expo The West Marion Business Associations annual Spring Business Expo will be Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center of On Top of the World, 8395 S.W. 80th St. The event is free and open to the public. There will be drawings for more than 50 door prizes and for a grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card. Other sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Village Crier, The Gene Martin Show, Coffee News, Comfort Keepers and the South Marion Citizen.U.S. Constitution for seniors The Senior Learning Center of the College of Central Florida will offer an introductory class to the U.S. Constitution on Thursdays from March 29 through May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This class is open to all interested seniors over the age of 50. There is a yearly membership fee of $125 to join the Learning Center and over 40 different classes are currently being offered. For more information call 352-291-4444 or visit RAHAM@cf.edu.Saturday, March 31 Fourth annual Sheriffs Office car showThe Fourth annual Sheriffs Office car show is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sheriffs Operations Center at 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There will be vehicles from the past and present on display. Car registration is $15 until 3/23 after which the fee is $20. There will be lots to see and do for the entire family. There will be a tram to take visitors on a tour around the complex and describe the facilities. There will be a bomb-destroying robot, demonstrations by the canine division, a SWAT demonstration, mounted police, concessions and free popcorn. The show is free to spectators. Proceeds of the show will go to the Sheriffs Office Foundation to support the volunteers programs; so come on out and support the volunteers. For more information call 352-368-3582.Wednesday, April 4 Bonsai exhibit and classes The Master The Possibilities (MTP) Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their 5th annual exhibit. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, April 4 at 9 a.m., and close on Friday, April 6 at noon, at the MTP main lobby, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala (On Top Of the World). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Classes and Demonstrations are offered on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. (Basics of the art of Bonsai) and Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. (Bonsai Demonstration). To register for these classes go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 352-854-3699 or visit the MTP office. Saturday, April 14 Authors invited to ExpoThe Marion County Public Library System invites writers from Marion and adjacent counties to participate in the 2012 Author Expo, to be held Saturday, April 14, at its Headquarters-Ocala location. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library, the event will provide a forum for local poets, novelists, journalists and playwrights to network and sell their books.

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Thursday, March 22 Food for Thought at Our RedeemerA Food for Thought Luncheon will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, on Thursday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. The Speaker will be Joyce Semelka MS, RD. She will speak on medical nutrition self management. RSVP to reserve a seat to 352-368-4028. Frontline Worship ServiceOzark Christian College's travelling musicians "FRONTLINE," featuring a modern, energetic sound, present a dynamic worship program on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call 352861-6182, www.ccomc.org. Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala. Friday, March 23 High Twelve Club to meetThe Greater Ocala High Twelve Club # 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. The Speaker will be Pat Gabriel. Pat has been a mainstay for community services in Marion County for many years. If Pat doesnt know about something in the County, it hasnt happened yet. Be sure to attend so you know what is going on in our town. Once again we will be able to enjoy another great buffet lunch after the meeting. The cost is only $12 per person. All master masons and guests are invited to attend. Bring a friend! Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information. Saturday, March 24 Real men, real life, real impactA Rough Cut Men free seminar will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Guest speaker at Christs Church of Marion County will be David Dusek. Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and the session at 8 a.m. A free will offering will be received. For additional information, call 352861-6182, www.ccomc.org.Book sale benefits Sheltering Hands A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, including used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Buy five books, get one free. Donate your aluminum beverage cans, also. For more information, call 352-291-1962.VFW in Fort McCoy hosts barbecueThe VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy, 13005 N.E. 135th St., will hold its 12th annual country barbecue picnic on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and include a meal catered by Tommys BBQ featuring barbecued pulled pork and chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, rolls and dessert. Entertainment, activities and food will include: Southside Blues Band, horseshoe tournament, closest to the pin, silent auction, raffles and games throughout the day. We will also be showcasing our new 18-unit wing dedicated to the Women of the Armed Forces. For information call 352-236-0823.Sunday, March 25 Collison Trio concert The Collison Trio will give a concert at Ocala West Church of the Nazarene at 5884 S.W. 60th Ave. (Airport Road) on Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The Collison Trio is made up of a father and his two teenage daughters who live in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and travel throughout the region presenting the gospel in song and testimony. All are invited to come and enjoy this evening of song. Concert open to the public Appearing together for the first time are Cantor Kim Komrad, a classically trained soprano, and renowned pianistco0nductor David Leighton, in two performances. The first will be the Gala Celebration of the Stone Creek Piano, Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Reunion Center ballroom in Stone Creek. This is for Stone Creek residents and invited guests only. The next day, on Sunday, March 25, open to the public, they will perform An Afternoon of Music: The Sounds of Jewish Composers, at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala. For information and tickets, contact herbamy@embarqmail.com, or call 352854-9440. Organ students to perform Hosted by the Ocala Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the organ students of the University of Florida will present a varied program on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. on the beautiful pipe organ at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala. The program will include works by David German, J.S. Bach, Csar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Pachelbel, Derek Bourgeois, and John Weaver. Some of the students are organ majors while others are doubling majors or minors in music with mechanical and aerospace engineering or linguistics. Their professor, Dr. Laura Ellis, presented a concert for Ocala AGO last November. Admission to the concert is free but a freewill offering will be taken. The American Guild of Organists is an organization with a national membership of over 20,000. Visit their website at www.agohq.org. For further information, call 352-5370207. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 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, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Read the classifieds 000AORQ CARPET CARE COMPLETE CARPET CARE C ARPET & U PHOLSTERY C LEANING 352-282-1480 Free In Home Estimates Lifetime Warranty Lic & Ins Specializing in: Carpet Stretching Carpet Repair Carpet Seaming LLC 000AT12 000AQWI LANDSCAPING JAMISON LANDSCAPE & TREE SERVICE Specializing in new landscape designs, dangerous tree removal and rimming, rock, mulch, paver stones, sod and more. FREE ESTIMATES Jeff Jamison 352-321-0404 licensed & insured 10% Discount To Seniors & Military 000AMP1 Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000AQEZ IRRIGATION LLC. SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. 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CREEK continued from Page 7 Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal W hen I first started writing about Fairfield Village, one of the articles for which I received many complimentary comments was the one I wrote about Marlene Harwood, her darling dog, Mitzi, and Marlenes absolutely gorgeous garden area around her home. Living on a corner with a 4Way Stop gives ones home more chance of being noticed, and the Harwood home certainly deserved the attention that it drew. One day in the early spring of 2010, I rather boldly stopped my automobile, and walked over to the driveway to speak to this lady to whom I had not been introduced. Understand, that is not totally unusual for me now, but two years ago I was somewhat less likely to be quite so assertive. I introduced myself to a very pleasant lady with a cute little dog by her side. I explained that I was writing a regular column about Fairfield Village and had noticed her lovely flowers and plants. I asked if I could take some photos and talk with her for a few minutes. Well, the few minutes Bittersweet farewell, gloriously blooming legacy See FAIRFIELD Page 12 Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Happenings More on Page 11

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I was snuggling down in my easy chair with a riveting book in hand when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage shared with me an observation. I just was thinking, she began very seriously, that we have not taken a trip lately. We once went to Thailand for several weeks, which was wonderful. One of the delightful things of that trip was visiting the elephant ranch and riding the elephants. As we were in line to ride the elephants the person in charge took one look at me and said, No, no. He said something in some language I could not understand and then proceeded to pair my wife up with another woman and insisted I ride the elephant alone. From what I got out of his gestures and tone of voice was he thought I was too heavy to ride an elephant. Being compared with an elephant and being on the losing side of the comparison, is not something I enjoyed experiencing. I have been insulted quite a bit throughout my life, and this certainly was one of them. Being the congenial gentleman that I am, I submitted to his evaluation and rode the elephant by myself. I did a lot of bouncing, deliberately, on my elephant ride. I hope that elephant remembers me. We have had other trips and have enjoyed ourselves tremendously. But when she asked about the last trip we took, I could not bring into focus our last trip. Not world travelers, of course, but we do like to take little jaunts here and there just to get away from the rat race. To participate in the rat race I suppose you have to be a rat. It is good to get away from other rats and associate with rats you do not know. Nothing really came of my wifes observation. She just mentioned it, then the subject was dropped, and we went on to what we were doing. Several days later I was about to take the trip of my life. I bought some ink cartridges for my printer and happened to buy the wrong kind. The way the world operates today is that you cannot make a mistake and then take the product back and exchange it for the right one. The only way I could get any satisfaction about this was to call the company and put in a request to have this ink exchanged for the right cartridge. I got the number and called the company. That was the beginning of my trip around the world. The first stage of this trip was punching in numbers. I am not sure of the purpose for punching in numbers in order to get to somebody that can help you. What happened to the good old days where you actually talked to a person you could understand what they were saying? For about 15 minutes, I punched in number after number after number. I thought for a moment that I was reading the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. I do not mind numbers when they add up. However, what I really do not like are arbitrary numbers that absolutely make no sense to me. Of course, many things do not make any sense to me. Finally, after punching numbers until my fingers began to bleed, I got an actual human voice. Ah, the great satisfaction of actually encountering a living, breathing human being on the telephone. I took a moment to enjoy the moment. It was not to last long. As I began listening to the voice on the other end of the phone, I became a little puzzled. I heard the voice, she came through loud and clear but I had no idea what she was saying. I said quite a few times when the conversation warranted, Huh. After a few minutes of this, I realized the person I was talking to was in the Philippines. How I got to the Philippines, I will never know. I am not saying that the young womans English was bad, just that my ears were not able to catch the nuances of her phrases. Not getting any satisfaction from this young woman in the Philippines, she transferred me to someone in India. I had just got accustomed, or so I thought, to the Filipino accent and now I was hearing someone talk to me from India with a completely different accent. I spent a few minutes in India and what we talked about I have no idea. I just wanted to exchange my ink cartridges for the correct ones. I am not sure what somebody in India has to do with my problem. Not getting any satisfaction from the chap in India, I was transferred to someone in Idaho. I wanted cartridges not potatoes. After some quasi-delightful minutes in Idaho, I came to the excruciating conclusion that it would be worth my while, not to mention the cash involved, to just forget the whole thing and throw those cartridges away and buy new ones. On my way to buy a new cartridge, I thought of a verse of Scripture. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV). I am looking forward to that final trip where I will see Him face to face, no misunderstanding then. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-6874240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9 4Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ATUB Friday, March 23 11am-3pm 4546 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL CANADIAN MEDS 000AVZL Quality Medications, Low Prices WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! 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She also takes courses such as photography at the arts school, math and honors English and, of course, as she said, drivers education. The surprise took a bit of planning and coordination among the parents, the school and School Board office, and even some friends. Al had told the girls that he was going to Tallahassee for a meeting, something that wasnt unusual, and that they were going to spend the night at a friends house. Instead, he went to the Gainesville Airport to pick up Amy who arrived about 11 oclock the night before. Alexis, 13, plans to attend West Port next year and go into the JROTC, following her sisters footsteps. With her mom and dad both veterans, Amanda had this description of her family. Were Army strong. LUGOcontinued from Page 1 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAmy Lugo, center, enjoys the moment with her daughters Amanda, left, and Alexis, outside Amandas classroom at West Port High School. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAl Lugo gets a hug from his daughter, Amanda, with mom Amy in the background. Around the world (by telephone) in 90 minutes James Snyder Passover events Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Passover seder on the second night of the holiday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Arbor Club Ballroom at On Top of the World, Southwest 94th Street, Ocala. The seder will be conducted mainly in English with participation from those present. Sonia Peterson will be leading. The traditional Passover fare consists of a beef, chicken or fish entre and the cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Reservations are requested by March 31 to Estelle by calling 352-237-8277. Congregation Beth Israel is a progressive, inclusive, contemporary Jewish community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Visit our website: bethisraelocala.org or email: bethisraelocala@embarqmail.co m. Temple Bnai DaromPassover will be celebrated by Temple B'nai Darom with a seder conducted by Rabbi Harold Jaye on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The seder will be held at The Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. All reservations must be received by March 23. For reservations and further information please contact Micki Hirsch at 352-624-9563. Chabad Jewish CenterCommunity members are invited to participate in the Chabad Jewish Center of Marion County's community Seders to be held on Friday night, April 6. The Seder will feature rich discussion about Passover, delicious Glatt Kosher food, and joyous singing. Chabad Rabbi Yossi Hecht of the Chabad Jewish Center, will facilitate the inter-generational program. The community Passover seder will be held on April 6, at 7:30 p.m., at The Chabad Jewish Center, 3500 S.W. 34th Ave. Cir. Seders cost $36 per adult and free for children under 12, early bird special $30 per adult must be reserved by March 25 by contacting the Chabad Jewish Center at 352-291-2218 or email info@jewishmarion.org or visit our website at http://www.JewishMarion.org. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday night, April 6, (7:32 p.m.), until after nightfall on Saturday, April 14.

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8Wednesday, messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5 8Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger FAMILY FEATURES B ring ease and elegance to your Easter feast with a classic roast ham served up with a sweet twist. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes is a sophisticated centerpiece that pairs deliciously with inspired brunch ideas. For time-strapped cooks, this refined recipe is a breeze to create all thats left to do after purchasing the ham is to prepare a quick grape jelly glaze and finish heating the ham in the oven. Sumptuous sides celebrating the flavors of the season make it a meal. Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon, and savory Ham, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Tart require less than 20 minutes of prep time in the kitchen, elevating taste and simplicity for an effortlessly elegant Easter brunch. And for hassle-free leftovers, ham is hard to beat. In addition to sandwiches, toss diced ham into a breakfast scrambler, or sprinkle over a spring salad for a hearty afterEaster meal. For recipes, tools to help you prepare the perfect ham and more easy leftover ideas, visit www.PorkBeinspired.com or www.Facebook.com/PorkBeinspired. Follow the National Pork Board @allaboutpork for a limited-time chance to win a free Easter ham. Build a Better SandwichIn America, the ham sandwich reigns supreme. For Easter leftovers, think beyond the classic ham and cheese with these inspired takes: Ham and Brie Baguettes: For a French-inspired lunch, cut open a baguette and fill it with sliced ham, sliced Brie, mixed greens, and a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard. Ham Reuben: Make your ham sandwich corner-deli style. Com bine sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread grill the sandwich if you like. Ham, Cheddar and Chutney Quesadillas : For a ham melt with familiar flavors, fill a quesadilla with sliced ham, shredded cheddar, and storebought chutney, and heat through until cheddar is melted. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted GrapesServes: 15 to 20 (4-ounce servings) Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours 6 to 8 pound cooked bone-in ham, trimmed Pepper 1/2 cup grape jelly 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 3 cups whole grapes, red, green, or a combination 4 shallots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices Preheat oven to 325F. Position rack in lower third of oven. Place ham flat side down in large shallow roasting pan and score a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep into any fat. Season with pepper and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, in small saucepan over medium heat, combine jelly, butter and thyme, whisking occasionally until jelly and butter melt together and mixture comes to a gentle boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and set aside. In medium bowl, combine the grapes and shallots. Set aside. Baste ham with jelly mixture. Continue baking, basting the jelly mixture and/or pan juices about every 15 minutes. When ham temperature reaches 120F, add grapes and shallots to roasting pan, stirring to coat with pan juices. Continue baking and basting until internal ham temper ature reaches 140F, 15 to 18 minutes per pound total cooking time. Remove ham from oven, transfer to cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes. (If grapes and shallots arent tender yet, return roasting pan to oven.) Slice enough ham to serve and arrange on plates or a platter. Season roasted grape, shallot, and pan juice mixture with pepper and spoon some on top of ham. Serve remaining grape mixture on the side. Serving Suggestions: Serve with roast potatoes, fresh peas or steamed asparagus. If youre cooking for a smaller crowd, use ham steaks instead, basted with a smaller amount of the jelly mixture. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 280; Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4.5g; Cholesterol: 105mg; Sodium: 2040mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Protein: 33g; Fiber: 0g Ham, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion TartServes: 6 to 8 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 3/4 hours 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, homemade or store-bought, chilled 1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg In large skillet over medium-low heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisped, 10 to 12 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer bacon to large bowl. Add ham and heat, stirring occasion ally, until browned, 3 or 4 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer to bowl with bacon. Add onion, salt and pepper to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 or 4 minutes. Reduce heat to very low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden brown and very tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer onion to bowl with bacon and ham and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F. Place pie shell on rimmed baking sheet and bake until pastry is pale gold along the rim, 20 to 25 minutes. Add cream, eggs and nutmeg to bowl with bacon, ham and onion, whisking to combine. Remove shell from oven (leave oven on). Pour cream mixture into shell and bake until top is golden and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serving Suggestions: This versatile tart serves as a main dish, or can play a sup porting role to a holiday ham. To dress up the presentation, make the tart in an 11-inch fluted tart pan. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 400; Fat: 31g; Saturated Fat: 15g; Cholesterol: 180mg; Sodium: 550mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 1gHam and Peas with Mint and TarragonServes: 4 to 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice 3 cups peas, fresh or frozen 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon, plus sprigs for garnish Salt and pepper Bring medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add peas and cook until tender, 3 to 8 minutes depending on size of peas. Drain peas, reserving 2 tablespoons cooking water. Return peas and cooking water to saucepan. Add ham, butter, mint and tarragon, stirring until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with mint and tarragon sprigs, and serve. Serving Suggestions: Adapt this recipe to your taste by experimenting with other light and delicate herbs try cilantro, parsley, chives or a combination. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 200; Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 85mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Protein: 11g; Fiber: 6g ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Put your restlessness to good use by indulging the Arian love of exploring new places and seeking new challenges. There also could be a new romance waiting to be discovered. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A surprise message from someone in your past could lead to a long-awaited reunion with a once-close friend. Also, look for a workplace problem to be resolved in your favor. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your self-confidence is rising, and that should be a significant factor in helping you adjust to a new social situation, as well as adjusting to a series of changes in the workplace. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Turnabout could be lots of fun when someone who previously accepted your tender, loving care without question now suggests that he or she wants to start taking care of you. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Put the lessons you learned from past disappointments to work in planning your future. The way ahead opens to opportunities purrfectly suited to the adventurous Lion. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) This is a good time to renew contacts with family members and/or old friends who somehow slipped off your personal viewing screen in recent years. Travel also is favored. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Most problems surrounding that recent personal situation have been resolved, and that means you should move on to other things that are important to you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Spend this weekend recharging your physical and spiritual energies. When you return to your workaday world, youll be ready to take on that new project. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Be careful how you advise a troubled friend. Even your wise counsel could be misunderstood. Better to suggest that he or she seek professional help. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family problems once again dominate and, once again, everyone seeks your guidance in these matters. Later, you can indulge in some much needed relaxation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some mixed signals create confusion in the workplace. Best advice: Ask for explanations before you attempt to deal with any of these matters on your own. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A patch of roiling water in the workplace could be threatening, but stay the course and youll soon be clear of it. Then go out and have a great time with loved ones. BORN THIS WEEK: Your extraordinary leadership qualities mark you as someone people can turn to for guidance in difficult situations. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure

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H ow often do dreams come true? Disney will tell you that dreams can always come true. We know that does not always happen. The dream needs a vision and people working to make it come true. This was such the case with the dream and vision that Rita Singer and Beth Mueller of the Culture Vultures Club had when they made a proposal to Mike Finley, General Sales Manager/South Florida Division of Del Webb/Pulte in June, 2011. The proposal was for the Culture Vultures of Stone Creek to sponsor the purchase of a piano, specifically a Yamaha CLP-265GP/Clavinova digital baby grand for the beautiful Reunion Center. By June of 2011, the club had raised approximately $1,000 from donations and a Come to the Cabaret event, and with Del Webb/Pultes help, the club continued to make progress. They sponsored additional fundraisers a Lunch & Learn event featuring Clare Spiegel, a local Image Consultant, a Holiday Sing-Along & Bake Sale featuring the Stone Creek Glee Club, a sell-out Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre put on by West Port High School, and an evening of trivia called Valentine Madness. More individual donations came in as well as a very generous gift of $1,000 from the Leisure Arts League. Because of Mike Finleys support, Del Webb/Pulte has purchased tickets, sent its guests to each event, and provided subsidizes for some of the club's expenses so that Culture Vultures could realize a profit for their efforts. Our labor of love has finally reach fruition, and on March 7th, 2012, the piano was fully paid for and delivered to the Reunion Center! Culture Vultures will be celebrating this dreamcome-true with a Gala Concert featuring Pianist David Leighton, Beth Muellers brother and Cantor Kim Komrad, Ritas daughter, on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. In addition, they will perform a medley of songs written by Celestine Akins. Celestine is the 87-year old mother of resident Allen Akins. The Akins family has lived in the area for many years. They are true Florida "crackers." This is the first time the music has been arranged and played in front of an audience. This original medley arranged by David Leighton and sung by Cantor Komrad will be featured in both messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7 6Wednesday, March 21, 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 Marion Countys roads to nowhere Environment takes a hit T o protect Floridas springs and groundwater, the state Legislature in 2010 took an important water quality step forward with the passage of SB 550, which required statewide septic tank inspections every five years by 2016. However, in response to a backlash by lobbyists and rural residents in the Florida Panhandle, the Legislature during its November 2010 special session passed a bill to delay implementation of the septic tank inspection law. Fearing then-Gov. Charlie Crist would veto the measure, the Legislature did not send it to the governors desk until Gov. Scott assumed the office, upon which he allowed the delay to become law without his signature. Supporters of the septic tank inspection law were concerned that delayed implementation was nothing more than political subterfuge aimed at ultimately repealing it. Their concern was realized during the waning minutes of the recently concluded legislative session when the House voted to repeal the law as part of the Florida Department of Health reorganization bill, HB 1263. Supported by powerful special interests such as the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association and Associated Industries of Florida, HB 1263s repeal of statewide septic tank inspections in favor of setting parameters for a local inspection program raises the specter of Floridas springs and groundwater going from bad to worse. While the bill calls for counties with first-magnitude springs to adopt the parameters for a local inspection program, it allows them to opt out by a 60 percent vote of the county commission. PAs for those counties without firstmagnitude springs, they are free to opt in or opt out. Additionally, HB 1263 places restrictions on local septic tank inspection programs and prohibits local governments from inspecting septic tanks when a home is being sold. Further, it defines a system failure as only occurring if sewage flows onto the ground, into a surface water or backs up into a house. As noted by the Environmental Protection Agency, septic tanks are the second greatest contributor to groundwater contamination. Therefore, with more than half of Floridas 2.6 million septic tanks more than 30 years old, and less than 1 percent of those that fail being actively maintained, HB 1263 is a significant step backward for water quality because it is akin to a de facto license to pollute. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest column The road to democracy has no backup laneBy Jim Flynn Nothing inspires a steamed-up column more than confusion about the nature of our government. This steamer was generated by letters in the daily papers about capitalism and democracy, neither of which has any status in our form of government. Adding to the misconceptions, a headline writer used the words democratic republic as a title caption to a letter. That is not now and never has been our form of government. However the future is uncertain. Our nation is a constitutional republic, or federal republic, if you prefer. Federal means a federation of states (united states). Political power is separated between the federal government and the states. Federal power is divided among Congress, the Executive branch, and the federal court system. At the end of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, as he was leaving Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked Well Doctor, what have we got a republic or a monarchy? He answered: A republic, if you can keep it. None of the delegates sought to be a king, not even George Washington. Nor did they intend to create a democracy led by one party or one person. James Madison, who drafted the Constitution, defined a republic as a delegation of limited powers to a few citizens elected by all the rest in other words government administered by representatives chosen from among the citizen voters. By contrast in a democracy people vote as an organized whole to put the power of government in the hands of one party, which is often led by a supreme leader, such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Raoul Castro in Cuba, Vladimir Putin in Russia. Many countries claim to be republics but are nothing more than flawed democracies, in which all the people can vote, but a few political party leaders wield the power. The founders of the United States of America considered democracy a disgraceful idea. They believed democratic government leads to mob rule, as it did during the French revolution. In democracies leaders often operate independent of the legislatures, and stay in power by buying votes. Some folks believe not every vote counts in our system of government. Not true. The founders created a republic in which every vote counts for election of various representatives members of the House, the Senate, and the electoral college. Currently, many Americans are being led down a road to social democracy in the name of fairness. Americans should beware the temptation to exchange our long and successful republic for the Obama administrations promises of social democracy. The elite leaders of democracies are put in power and kept in power by government dependents until the nation goes broke, as happened recently in Greece. In this election year Americans should heed Benjamin Franklins admonition: A republic if you can keep it. Once lost, no true republic has ever been resurrected. Reader 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. Jim Clark Editor 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 (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. 000AVZH The Baker Financial Group 000ATR8 000AF8L F our years ago, during the presidential campaign, we heard a lot of talk about a "bridge to nowhere." The votes for that project still haunt some politicians today. Well, those folks have nothing on Marion County. We have roads to nowhere, lots of them, being built. Yes, they're all supposed to connect up someday to form a western bypass, but meanwhile, there are some perfectly good roads sitting there unusable, because they don't hook up with anything. There's a nice road off U.S. 27, which goes nowhere. There's a nice road in the southwest area, which goes nowhere. And they are rebuilding the 42nd Street, Southwest, extension, which goes nowhere at the moment, but which will link up to the new overpass when it is finished. In fact, this can be dangerous. Several months ago, in the dark of night, a woman went down the new road off U.S. 27, and plowed into the end of the road. Her car flipped, and she was killed. So the question is this: Why are they building this alleged bypass in bits and pieces? Why not build one part of the road, then open it to the public? Then they could build the next part, and open it to the public, and so forth. Then we wouldn't have any roads to nowhere. Besides, if there's anything we can do to alleviate traffic, it should be done. State Road 200 over the past few weeks is a bigcity type disaster, matching some of the road woes we see on Orlando television during rush hour. Visitors pulling out onto U.S. 27 from the motels and gas stations at the Interstate seem to have little disregard for oncoming traffic. They just enter or cross the road at will in areas where there are no traffic lights. The difference between us and Orlando is that some of these tie-ups occur at all hours of the day. Those of us who have to use part of 200 to get home after work (I come in early enough in the morning when most drivers aren't yet awake) can't wait to get off that road. Whether it's going up 80th or 60th, or taking 66th Street east to 27th Avenue, then going up to 42nd Street, that departure from Highway 200 can't come soon enough. I'm still not convinced this bypass is going to help. In fact, I think it's going to make the area around Market Street worse on State Road 200, because traffic is going to back up from that intersection with the new overpass feeder road, possibly all the way back to the interstate. We'll have to see how it works, but don't hold your breath hoping that traffic on the west side is alleviated. Don't look to me for advice on how to avoid all these delays that are taking place. My solution for the next month or so is to stay home, or go out real early in the morning or late in the evening. I kind of like the stay home part. Unfortunately, I don't think my boss would agree. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. 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H ow often do dreams come true? Disney will tell you that dreams can always come true. We know that does not always happen. The dream needs a vision and people working to make it come true. This was such the case with the dream and vision that Rita Singer and Beth Mueller of the Culture Vultures Club had when they made a proposal to Mike Finley, General Sales Manager/South Florida Division of Del Webb/Pulte in June, 2011. The proposal was for the Culture Vultures of Stone Creek to sponsor the purchase of a piano, specifically a Yamaha CLP-265GP/Clavinova digital baby grand for the beautiful Reunion Center. By June of 2011, the club had raised approximately $1,000 from donations and a Come to the Cabaret event, and with Del Webb/Pultes help, the club continued to make progress. They sponsored additional fundraisers a Lunch & Learn event featuring Clare Spiegel, a local Image Consultant, a Holiday Sing-Along & Bake Sale featuring the Stone Creek Glee Club, a sell-out Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre put on by West Port High School, and an evening of trivia called Valentine Madness. More individual donations came in as well as a very generous gift of $1,000 from the Leisure Arts League. Because of Mike Finleys support, Del Webb/Pulte has purchased tickets, sent its guests to each event, and provided subsidizes for some of the club's expenses so that Culture Vultures could realize a profit for their efforts. Our labor of love has finally reach fruition, and on March 7th, 2012, the piano was fully paid for and delivered to the Reunion Center! Culture Vultures will be celebrating this dreamcome-true with a Gala Concert featuring Pianist David Leighton, Beth Muellers brother and Cantor Kim Komrad, Ritas daughter, on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. In addition, they will perform a medley of songs written by Celestine Akins. Celestine is the 87-year old mother of resident Allen Akins. The Akins family has lived in the area for many years. They are true Florida "crackers." This is the first time the music has been arranged and played in front of an audience. This original medley arranged by David Leighton and sung by Cantor Komrad will be featured in both messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7 6Wednesday, March 21, 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 Marion Countys roads to nowhere Environment takes a hit T o protect Floridas springs and groundwater, the state Legislature in 2010 took an important water quality step forward with the passage of SB 550, which required statewide septic tank inspections every five years by 2016. However, in response to a backlash by lobbyists and rural residents in the Florida Panhandle, the Legislature during its November 2010 special session passed a bill to delay implementation of the septic tank inspection law. Fearing then-Gov. Charlie Crist would veto the measure, the Legislature did not send it to the governors desk until Gov. Scott assumed the office, upon which he allowed the delay to become law without his signature. Supporters of the septic tank inspection law were concerned that delayed implementation was nothing more than political subterfuge aimed at ultimately repealing it. Their concern was realized during the waning minutes of the recently concluded legislative session when the House voted to repeal the law as part of the Florida Department of Health reorganization bill, HB 1263. Supported by powerful special interests such as the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association and Associated Industries of Florida, HB 1263s repeal of statewide septic tank inspections in favor of setting parameters for a local inspection program raises the specter of Floridas springs and groundwater going from bad to worse. While the bill calls for counties with first-magnitude springs to adopt the parameters for a local inspection program, it allows them to opt out by a 60 percent vote of the county commission. PAs for those counties without firstmagnitude springs, they are free to opt in or opt out. Additionally, HB 1263 places restrictions on local septic tank inspection programs and prohibits local governments from inspecting septic tanks when a home is being sold. Further, it defines a system failure as only occurring if sewage flows onto the ground, into a surface water or backs up into a house. As noted by the Environmental Protection Agency, septic tanks are the second greatest contributor to groundwater contamination. Therefore, with more than half of Floridas 2.6 million septic tanks more than 30 years old, and less than 1 percent of those that fail being actively maintained, HB 1263 is a significant step backward for water quality because it is akin to a de facto license to pollute. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest column The road to democracy has no backup laneBy Jim Flynn Nothing inspires a steamed-up column more than confusion about the nature of our government. This steamer was generated by letters in the daily papers about capitalism and democracy, neither of which has any status in our form of government. Adding to the misconceptions, a headline writer used the words democratic republic as a title caption to a letter. That is not now and never has been our form of government. However the future is uncertain. Our nation is a constitutional republic, or federal republic, if you prefer. Federal means a federation of states (united states). Political power is separated between the federal government and the states. Federal power is divided among Congress, the Executive branch, and the federal court system. At the end of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, as he was leaving Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked Well Doctor, what have we got a republic or a monarchy? He answered: A republic, if you can keep it. None of the delegates sought to be a king, not even George Washington. Nor did they intend to create a democracy led by one party or one person. James Madison, who drafted the Constitution, defined a republic as a delegation of limited powers to a few citizens elected by all the rest in other words government administered by representatives chosen from among the citizen voters. By contrast in a democracy people vote as an organized whole to put the power of government in the hands of one party, which is often led by a supreme leader, such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Raoul Castro in Cuba, Vladimir Putin in Russia. Many countries claim to be republics but are nothing more than flawed democracies, in which all the people can vote, but a few political party leaders wield the power. The founders of the United States of America considered democracy a disgraceful idea. They believed democratic government leads to mob rule, as it did during the French revolution. In democracies leaders often operate independent of the legislatures, and stay in power by buying votes. Some folks believe not every vote counts in our system of government. Not true. The founders created a republic in which every vote counts for election of various representatives members of the House, the Senate, and the electoral college. Currently, many Americans are being led down a road to social democracy in the name of fairness. Americans should beware the temptation to exchange our long and successful republic for the Obama administrations promises of social democracy. The elite leaders of democracies are put in power and kept in power by government dependents until the nation goes broke, as happened recently in Greece. In this election year Americans should heed Benjamin Franklins admonition: A republic if you can keep it. Once lost, no true republic has ever been resurrected. Reader 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. Jim Clark Editor 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 (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. 000AVZH The Baker Financial Group 000ATR8 000AF8L F our years ago, during the presidential campaign, we heard a lot of talk about a "bridge to nowhere." The votes for that project still haunt some politicians today. Well, those folks have nothing on Marion County. We have roads to nowhere, lots of them, being built. Yes, they're all supposed to connect up someday to form a western bypass, but meanwhile, there are some perfectly good roads sitting there unusable, because they don't hook up with anything. There's a nice road off U.S. 27, which goes nowhere. There's a nice road in the southwest area, which goes nowhere. And they are rebuilding the 42nd Street, Southwest, extension, which goes nowhere at the moment, but which will link up to the new overpass when it is finished. In fact, this can be dangerous. Several months ago, in the dark of night, a woman went down the new road off U.S. 27, and plowed into the end of the road. Her car flipped, and she was killed. So the question is this: Why are they building this alleged bypass in bits and pieces? Why not build one part of the road, then open it to the public? Then they could build the next part, and open it to the public, and so forth. Then we wouldn't have any roads to nowhere. Besides, if there's anything we can do to alleviate traffic, it should be done. State Road 200 over the past few weeks is a bigcity type disaster, matching some of the road woes we see on Orlando television during rush hour. Visitors pulling out onto U.S. 27 from the motels and gas stations at the Interstate seem to have little disregard for oncoming traffic. They just enter or cross the road at will in areas where there are no traffic lights. The difference between us and Orlando is that some of these tie-ups occur at all hours of the day. Those of us who have to use part of 200 to get home after work (I come in early enough in the morning when most drivers aren't yet awake) can't wait to get off that road. Whether it's going up 80th or 60th, or taking 66th Street east to 27th Avenue, then going up to 42nd Street, that departure from Highway 200 can't come soon enough. I'm still not convinced this bypass is going to help. In fact, I think it's going to make the area around Market Street worse on State Road 200, because traffic is going to back up from that intersection with the new overpass feeder road, possibly all the way back to the interstate. We'll have to see how it works, but don't hold your breath hoping that traffic on the west side is alleviated. Don't look to me for advice on how to avoid all these delays that are taking place. My solution for the next month or so is to stay home, or go out real early in the morning or late in the evening. I kind of like the stay home part. Unfortunately, I don't think my boss would agree. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. 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8Wednesday, messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5 8Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger FAMILY FEATURES B ring ease and elegance to your Easter feast with a classic roast ham served up with a sweet twist. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes is a sophisticated centerpiece that pairs deliciously with inspired brunch ideas. For time-strapped cooks, this refined recipe is a breeze to create all thats left to do after purchasing the ham is to prepare a quick grape jelly glaze and finish heating the ham in the oven. Sumptuous sides celebrating the flavors of the season make it a meal. Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon, and savory Ham, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Tart require less than 20 minutes of prep time in the kitchen, elevating taste and simplicity for an effortlessly elegant Easter brunch. And for hassle-free leftovers, ham is hard to beat. In addition to sandwiches, toss diced ham into a breakfast scrambler, or sprinkle over a spring salad for a hearty afterEaster meal. For recipes, tools to help you prepare the perfect ham and more easy leftover ideas, visit www.PorkBeinspired.com or www.Facebook.com/PorkBeinspired. Follow the National Pork Board @allaboutpork for a limited-time chance to win a free Easter ham. Build a Better SandwichIn America, the ham sandwich reigns supreme. For Easter leftovers, think beyond the classic ham and cheese with these inspired takes: Ham and Brie Baguettes: For a French-inspired lunch, cut open a baguette and fill it with sliced ham, sliced Brie, mixed greens, and a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard. Ham Reuben: Make your ham sandwich corner-deli style. Com bine sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread grill the sandwich if you like. Ham, Cheddar and Chutney Quesadillas : For a ham melt with familiar flavors, fill a quesadilla with sliced ham, shredded cheddar, and storebought chutney, and heat through until cheddar is melted. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted GrapesServes: 15 to 20 (4-ounce servings) Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours 6 to 8 pound cooked bone-in ham, trimmed Pepper 1/2 cup grape jelly 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 3 cups whole grapes, red, green, or a combination 4 shallots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices Preheat oven to 325F. Position rack in lower third of oven. Place ham flat side down in large shallow roasting pan and score a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep into any fat. Season with pepper and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, in small saucepan over medium heat, combine jelly, butter and thyme, whisking occasionally until jelly and butter melt together and mixture comes to a gentle boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and set aside. In medium bowl, combine the grapes and shallots. Set aside. Baste ham with jelly mixture. Continue baking, basting the jelly mixture and/or pan juices about every 15 minutes. When ham temperature reaches 120F, add grapes and shallots to roasting pan, stirring to coat with pan juices. Continue baking and basting until internal ham temper ature reaches 140F, 15 to 18 minutes per pound total cooking time. Remove ham from oven, transfer to cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes. (If grapes and shallots arent tender yet, return roasting pan to oven.) Slice enough ham to serve and arrange on plates or a platter. Season roasted grape, shallot, and pan juice mixture with pepper and spoon some on top of ham. Serve remaining grape mixture on the side. Serving Suggestions: Serve with roast potatoes, fresh peas or steamed asparagus. If youre cooking for a smaller crowd, use ham steaks instead, basted with a smaller amount of the jelly mixture. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 280; Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4.5g; Cholesterol: 105mg; Sodium: 2040mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Protein: 33g; Fiber: 0g Ham, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion TartServes: 6 to 8 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 3/4 hours 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, homemade or store-bought, chilled 1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg In large skillet over medium-low heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisped, 10 to 12 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer bacon to large bowl. Add ham and heat, stirring occasion ally, until browned, 3 or 4 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer to bowl with bacon. Add onion, salt and pepper to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 or 4 minutes. Reduce heat to very low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden brown and very tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer onion to bowl with bacon and ham and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F. Place pie shell on rimmed baking sheet and bake until pastry is pale gold along the rim, 20 to 25 minutes. Add cream, eggs and nutmeg to bowl with bacon, ham and onion, whisking to combine. Remove shell from oven (leave oven on). Pour cream mixture into shell and bake until top is golden and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serving Suggestions: This versatile tart serves as a main dish, or can play a sup porting role to a holiday ham. To dress up the presentation, make the tart in an 11-inch fluted tart pan. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 400; Fat: 31g; Saturated Fat: 15g; Cholesterol: 180mg; Sodium: 550mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 1gHam and Peas with Mint and TarragonServes: 4 to 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice 3 cups peas, fresh or frozen 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon, plus sprigs for garnish Salt and pepper Bring medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add peas and cook until tender, 3 to 8 minutes depending on size of peas. Drain peas, reserving 2 tablespoons cooking water. Return peas and cooking water to saucepan. Add ham, butter, mint and tarragon, stirring until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with mint and tarragon sprigs, and serve. Serving Suggestions: Adapt this recipe to your taste by experimenting with other light and delicate herbs try cilantro, parsley, chives or a combination. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 200; Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 85mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Protein: 11g; Fiber: 6g ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Put your restlessness to good use by indulging the Arian love of exploring new places and seeking new challenges. There also could be a new romance waiting to be discovered. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A surprise message from someone in your past could lead to a long-awaited reunion with a once-close friend. Also, look for a workplace problem to be resolved in your favor. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your self-confidence is rising, and that should be a significant factor in helping you adjust to a new social situation, as well as adjusting to a series of changes in the workplace. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Turnabout could be lots of fun when someone who previously accepted your tender, loving care without question now suggests that he or she wants to start taking care of you. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Put the lessons you learned from past disappointments to work in planning your future. The way ahead opens to opportunities purrfectly suited to the adventurous Lion. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) This is a good time to renew contacts with family members and/or old friends who somehow slipped off your personal viewing screen in recent years. Travel also is favored. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Most problems surrounding that recent personal situation have been resolved, and that means you should move on to other things that are important to you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Spend this weekend recharging your physical and spiritual energies. When you return to your workaday world, youll be ready to take on that new project. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Be careful how you advise a troubled friend. Even your wise counsel could be misunderstood. Better to suggest that he or she seek professional help. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family problems once again dominate and, once again, everyone seeks your guidance in these matters. Later, you can indulge in some much needed relaxation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some mixed signals create confusion in the workplace. Best advice: Ask for explanations before you attempt to deal with any of these matters on your own. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A patch of roiling water in the workplace could be threatening, but stay the course and youll soon be clear of it. Then go out and have a great time with loved ones. BORN THIS WEEK: Your extraordinary leadership qualities mark you as someone people can turn to for guidance in difficult situations. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure

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I was snuggling down in my easy chair with a riveting book in hand when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage shared with me an observation. I just was thinking, she began very seriously, that we have not taken a trip lately. We once went to Thailand for several weeks, which was wonderful. One of the delightful things of that trip was visiting the elephant ranch and riding the elephants. As we were in line to ride the elephants the person in charge took one look at me and said, No, no. He said something in some language I could not understand and then proceeded to pair my wife up with another woman and insisted I ride the elephant alone. From what I got out of his gestures and tone of voice was he thought I was too heavy to ride an elephant. Being compared with an elephant and being on the losing side of the comparison, is not something I enjoyed experiencing. I have been insulted quite a bit throughout my life, and this certainly was one of them. Being the congenial gentleman that I am, I submitted to his evaluation and rode the elephant by myself. I did a lot of bouncing, deliberately, on my elephant ride. I hope that elephant remembers me. We have had other trips and have enjoyed ourselves tremendously. But when she asked about the last trip we took, I could not bring into focus our last trip. Not world travelers, of course, but we do like to take little jaunts here and there just to get away from the rat race. To participate in the rat race I suppose you have to be a rat. It is good to get away from other rats and associate with rats you do not know. Nothing really came of my wifes observation. She just mentioned it, then the subject was dropped, and we went on to what we were doing. Several days later I was about to take the trip of my life. I bought some ink cartridges for my printer and happened to buy the wrong kind. The way the world operates today is that you cannot make a mistake and then take the product back and exchange it for the right one. The only way I could get any satisfaction about this was to call the company and put in a request to have this ink exchanged for the right cartridge. I got the number and called the company. That was the beginning of my trip around the world. The first stage of this trip was punching in numbers. I am not sure of the purpose for punching in numbers in order to get to somebody that can help you. What happened to the good old days where you actually talked to a person you could understand what they were saying? For about 15 minutes, I punched in number after number after number. I thought for a moment that I was reading the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. I do not mind numbers when they add up. However, what I really do not like are arbitrary numbers that absolutely make no sense to me. Of course, many things do not make any sense to me. Finally, after punching numbers until my fingers began to bleed, I got an actual human voice. Ah, the great satisfaction of actually encountering a living, breathing human being on the telephone. I took a moment to enjoy the moment. It was not to last long. As I began listening to the voice on the other end of the phone, I became a little puzzled. I heard the voice, she came through loud and clear but I had no idea what she was saying. I said quite a few times when the conversation warranted, Huh. After a few minutes of this, I realized the person I was talking to was in the Philippines. How I got to the Philippines, I will never know. I am not saying that the young womans English was bad, just that my ears were not able to catch the nuances of her phrases. Not getting any satisfaction from this young woman in the Philippines, she transferred me to someone in India. I had just got accustomed, or so I thought, to the Filipino accent and now I was hearing someone talk to me from India with a completely different accent. I spent a few minutes in India and what we talked about I have no idea. I just wanted to exchange my ink cartridges for the correct ones. I am not sure what somebody in India has to do with my problem. Not getting any satisfaction from the chap in India, I was transferred to someone in Idaho. I wanted cartridges not potatoes. After some quasi-delightful minutes in Idaho, I came to the excruciating conclusion that it would be worth my while, not to mention the cash involved, to just forget the whole thing and throw those cartridges away and buy new ones. On my way to buy a new cartridge, I thought of a verse of Scripture. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV). I am looking forward to that final trip where I will see Him face to face, no misunderstanding then. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-6874240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9 4Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ATUB Friday, March 23 11am-3pm 4546 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL CANADIAN MEDS 000AVZL Quality Medications, Low Prices WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! 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Looking for CDs, videos, puzzles? We have all of that and more at unbeatable prices. And dont forget to grab up an application to join the Friends of Freedom Public Library. We value your participation and support. CONTACT Kermit Clark 861-0353 to have your Ocala area donations pick up for the sale. Thursday, March 22 10 am to 8 pm Friday, March 23 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, March 24 10 am to 2 pm Dont Miss the Friends 3-Day Spring Book Sale at Freedom Public Library 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala 000AMHM 352-347-9198 STEVE GRINDLES R ETRACTABLE G ARAGE D OOR S CREENS Operates in conjunction with your garage door. Motorized with remote control Gives privacy, heat reduction and air circulation 80% protection from UV rays Can be operated in a power failure Keeps pests & bugs out Will fit arched doorways High quality PVC screen available in 6 attractive colors. 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She also takes courses such as photography at the arts school, math and honors English and, of course, as she said, drivers education. The surprise took a bit of planning and coordination among the parents, the school and School Board office, and even some friends. Al had told the girls that he was going to Tallahassee for a meeting, something that wasnt unusual, and that they were going to spend the night at a friends house. Instead, he went to the Gainesville Airport to pick up Amy who arrived about 11 oclock the night before. Alexis, 13, plans to attend West Port next year and go into the JROTC, following her sisters footsteps. With her mom and dad both veterans, Amanda had this description of her family. Were Army strong. LUGOcontinued from Page 1 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAmy Lugo, center, enjoys the moment with her daughters Amanda, left, and Alexis, outside Amandas classroom at West Port High School. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAl Lugo gets a hug from his daughter, Amanda, with mom Amy in the background. Around the world (by telephone) in 90 minutes James Snyder Passover events Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Passover seder on the second night of the holiday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Arbor Club Ballroom at On Top of the World, Southwest 94th Street, Ocala. The seder will be conducted mainly in English with participation from those present. Sonia Peterson will be leading. The traditional Passover fare consists of a beef, chicken or fish entre and the cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Reservations are requested by March 31 to Estelle by calling 352-237-8277. Congregation Beth Israel is a progressive, inclusive, contemporary Jewish community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Visit our website: bethisraelocala.org or email: bethisraelocala@embarqmail.co m. Temple Bnai DaromPassover will be celebrated by Temple B'nai Darom with a seder conducted by Rabbi Harold Jaye on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The seder will be held at The Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. All reservations must be received by March 23. For reservations and further information please contact Micki Hirsch at 352-624-9563. Chabad Jewish CenterCommunity members are invited to participate in the Chabad Jewish Center of Marion County's community Seders to be held on Friday night, April 6. The Seder will feature rich discussion about Passover, delicious Glatt Kosher food, and joyous singing. Chabad Rabbi Yossi Hecht of the Chabad Jewish Center, will facilitate the inter-generational program. The community Passover seder will be held on April 6, at 7:30 p.m., at The Chabad Jewish Center, 3500 S.W. 34th Ave. Cir. Seders cost $36 per adult and free for children under 12, early bird special $30 per adult must be reserved by March 25 by contacting the Chabad Jewish Center at 352-291-2218 or email info@jewishmarion.org or visit our website at http://www.JewishMarion.org. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday night, April 6, (7:32 p.m.), until after nightfall on Saturday, April 14.

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Thursday, March 22 Food for Thought at Our RedeemerA Food for Thought Luncheon will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, on Thursday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. The Speaker will be Joyce Semelka MS, RD. She will speak on medical nutrition self management. RSVP to reserve a seat to 352-368-4028. Frontline Worship ServiceOzark Christian College's travelling musicians "FRONTLINE," featuring a modern, energetic sound, present a dynamic worship program on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call 352861-6182, www.ccomc.org. Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala. Friday, March 23 High Twelve Club to meetThe Greater Ocala High Twelve Club # 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. The Speaker will be Pat Gabriel. Pat has been a mainstay for community services in Marion County for many years. If Pat doesnt know about something in the County, it hasnt happened yet. Be sure to attend so you know what is going on in our town. Once again we will be able to enjoy another great buffet lunch after the meeting. The cost is only $12 per person. All master masons and guests are invited to attend. Bring a friend! Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information. Saturday, March 24 Real men, real life, real impactA Rough Cut Men free seminar will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Guest speaker at Christs Church of Marion County will be David Dusek. Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and the session at 8 a.m. A free will offering will be received. For additional information, call 352861-6182, www.ccomc.org.Book sale benefits Sheltering Hands A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, including used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Buy five books, get one free. Donate your aluminum beverage cans, also. For more information, call 352-291-1962.VFW in Fort McCoy hosts barbecueThe VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy, 13005 N.E. 135th St., will hold its 12th annual country barbecue picnic on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and include a meal catered by Tommys BBQ featuring barbecued pulled pork and chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, rolls and dessert. Entertainment, activities and food will include: Southside Blues Band, horseshoe tournament, closest to the pin, silent auction, raffles and games throughout the day. We will also be showcasing our new 18-unit wing dedicated to the Women of the Armed Forces. For information call 352-236-0823.Sunday, March 25 Collison Trio concert The Collison Trio will give a concert at Ocala West Church of the Nazarene at 5884 S.W. 60th Ave. (Airport Road) on Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The Collison Trio is made up of a father and his two teenage daughters who live in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and travel throughout the region presenting the gospel in song and testimony. All are invited to come and enjoy this evening of song. Concert open to the public Appearing together for the first time are Cantor Kim Komrad, a classically trained soprano, and renowned pianistco0nductor David Leighton, in two performances. The first will be the Gala Celebration of the Stone Creek Piano, Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Reunion Center ballroom in Stone Creek. This is for Stone Creek residents and invited guests only. The next day, on Sunday, March 25, open to the public, they will perform An Afternoon of Music: The Sounds of Jewish Composers, at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala. For information and tickets, contact herbamy@embarqmail.com, or call 352854-9440. Organ students to perform Hosted by the Ocala Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the organ students of the University of Florida will present a varied program on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. on the beautiful pipe organ at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala. The program will include works by David German, J.S. Bach, Csar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Pachelbel, Derek Bourgeois, and John Weaver. Some of the students are organ majors while others are doubling majors or minors in music with mechanical and aerospace engineering or linguistics. Their professor, Dr. Laura Ellis, presented a concert for Ocala AGO last November. Admission to the concert is free but a freewill offering will be taken. The American Guild of Organists is an organization with a national membership of over 20,000. Visit their website at www.agohq.org. For further information, call 352-5370207. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 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. 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B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + tax 000AVTC concerts at the Stone Creek Piano Celebration on Saturday, March 24 and at the Temple Beth Shalom Concert on Sunday, March 25 titled An Afternoon of Music The Sounds of Jewish Composers If interested, contact Herb Schwartz, herbamy@embarqmail.com, H 352-8549440, C 954-328-1625 for the Sunday performance. Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries will be served at the reception, and guests will have the opportunity to meet the performers after the concert. As the club's way of saying thank you to the community, tickets will be only $5/person, and that is only because the club needed an accurate count for the purpose of setting up the chairs, purchasing the refreshments, and printing the programs. With hard work and dedication of so many, this dream came true. The piano will be a wonderful addition to the Reunion Center and it will serve the residents of Stone Creek for years to come! CREEK continued from Page 7 Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal W hen I first started writing about Fairfield Village, one of the articles for which I received many complimentary comments was the one I wrote about Marlene Harwood, her darling dog, Mitzi, and Marlenes absolutely gorgeous garden area around her home. Living on a corner with a 4Way Stop gives ones home more chance of being noticed, and the Harwood home certainly deserved the attention that it drew. One day in the early spring of 2010, I rather boldly stopped my automobile, and walked over to the driveway to speak to this lady to whom I had not been introduced. Understand, that is not totally unusual for me now, but two years ago I was somewhat less likely to be quite so assertive. I introduced myself to a very pleasant lady with a cute little dog by her side. I explained that I was writing a regular column about Fairfield Village and had noticed her lovely flowers and plants. I asked if I could take some photos and talk with her for a few minutes. Well, the few minutes Bittersweet farewell, gloriously blooming legacy See FAIRFIELD Page 12 Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Happenings More on Page 11

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11 2Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000ATQU Quail Meadow W e have such talented people in Quail Meadow! This week I want to introduce you to Barbara Fife. Barbara and husband Buck moved here in 2003 from New Port Richey. They were only in New Port Richey a couple of years when the farmland, the quaint city square, and the people of Ocala persuaded them to locate here. Quail Meadow was the first place they looked! After several trips to various developments they decided to have a home built in Quail Meadow. Barbara is a very talented artist. She expresses her feelings in several mediums. Her oils and watercolors are magnificent! A walk though her house is like being in an art gallery. She also does calligraphy. If you have ever attended one of our Craft Fairs, you have probably seen some of her work. Barbara always had an interest in art; even as a young child she would draw remarkable pictures. However, she was a science major in college! Barbara taught science and physics in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her co-workers knew of her interest and ability in art, so at her retirement party she was given a very generous gift certificate to an art supply store in Ann Arbor. She had a great time purchasing supplies and books. Now that she wasnt teaching she had time to pursue her love of art. After moving to Florida she was a member of the West Pasco Art Guild (still stays in contact with them). Since moving to Ocala she has participated in many workshops and is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Ocala Art Group, and Creative Calligraphers of Citrus Springs. In addition to this she teaches a watercolor class at our Clubhouse several times a month (check the QM Reporter for dates and times). Currently, Barbara has two watercolors on exhibit at the Ocala Art Groups Show at Artful Gifts at On Top of the World. The two watercolors exhibited in the show for the month of March, Struttin, a rooster batik on rice paper that received a lot of attention, and The Captain Ralph and Classy Lady. The Captain Ralph and Classy Lady was honored with a Merit Award ribbon. This display will be available for viewing through March 30. Currently on her easel is a getting-close-to-completion dog portrait; and she is in the planning stages for watercolors to submit for the OAG exhibit at the Appleton Museum in May, and for the Annual Florida Watercolor Society Exhibit. Both of those are juried shows with lots of competition, but Barbara says are worth entering the fray! We wish her luck! Barbara says she challenges herself in her work; she likes to give a 3dimentional look on a 2dimentional surface. You can view Barbaras work at www.barbarafife.com. Good Luck, Barbara, in your upcoming events! Featuring a talented artist from Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Barbara Fife with some of her work. 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. 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Virtually everything furnished. Parking behind M/H for trailer or boat. Excellent Shape. Great low rent park. $ 12000. Call 815 986 4510 or cell 815 298 2964. On Lake Rousseau 2 bedroom. 2 bath. 14x60MH, 8x20 FL room, 8x10 shed, 2-stall carport, Withlacoochee Backwaters MHP, $8500. 352-219-2240 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. Dunnellon Somebody else wants it! Got something special you no longer use? Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need. TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 10 ACRES w/2 Houses one block, one doublewide. $175K 352-854-5564 352-465-2159 Marion County Homes For Sale By Owner Retirement Community Home 2/2 Italian tile floors Carpet in bedrooms + den, stainless steel appliances, fans, enclosed lanai, overside garage, landscaped, (352) 291-2795 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 Home/Office Cleaning Let Me Do The Dirty Work 4 U House Cleaning LOURIE JACKSON (352)433-5292 (352)245-3001 lourieann1973 @gmail.com References Avail. Tuesday, March 27 Breast cancer survivors group to meetThe Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. The March 27 meeting will be held in the multipurpose room. Dr. Jason J. Rosenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Orthopaedic Institute, Gainesville, will speak to us on Natural Tissue (Autologous) Reconstruction. These procedures use your bodys own tissue to transplant fatty tissue from areas where they are not wanted or needed to reconstruct one or both breasts to restore the breasts after partial or complete mastectomy. This is an open meeting to anyone interested in learning more about these newer procedures. Please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 for more information. Thursday, March 29 Spring Business Expo The West Marion Business Associations annual Spring Business Expo will be Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center of On Top of the World, 8395 S.W. 80th St. The event is free and open to the public. There will be drawings for more than 50 door prizes and for a grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card. Other sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Village Crier, The Gene Martin Show, Coffee News, Comfort Keepers and the South Marion Citizen.U.S. Constitution for seniors The Senior Learning Center of the College of Central Florida will offer an introductory class to the U.S. Constitution on Thursdays from March 29 through May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This class is open to all interested seniors over the age of 50. There is a yearly membership fee of $125 to join the Learning Center and over 40 different classes are currently being offered. For more information call 352-291-4444 or visit RAHAM@cf.edu.Saturday, March 31 Fourth annual Sheriffs Office car showThe Fourth annual Sheriffs Office car show is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sheriffs Operations Center at 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There will be vehicles from the past and present on display. Car registration is $15 until 3/23 after which the fee is $20. There will be lots to see and do for the entire family. There will be a tram to take visitors on a tour around the complex and describe the facilities. There will be a bomb-destroying robot, demonstrations by the canine division, a SWAT demonstration, mounted police, concessions and free popcorn. The show is free to spectators. Proceeds of the show will go to the Sheriffs Office Foundation to support the volunteers programs; so come on out and support the volunteers. For more information call 352-368-3582.Wednesday, April 4 Bonsai exhibit and classes The Master The Possibilities (MTP) Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their 5th annual exhibit. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, April 4 at 9 a.m., and close on Friday, April 6 at noon, at the MTP main lobby, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala (On Top Of the World). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Classes and Demonstrations are offered on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. (Basics of the art of Bonsai) and Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. (Bonsai Demonstration). To register for these classes go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 352-854-3699 or visit the MTP office. Saturday, April 14 Authors invited to ExpoThe Marion County Public Library System invites writers from Marion and adjacent counties to participate in the 2012 Author Expo, to be held Saturday, April 14, at its Headquarters-Ocala location. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library, the event will provide a forum for local poets, novelists, journalists and playwrights to network and sell their books.

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turned into about an hour as Marlene Harwood was so cordial to show me how she had landscaped all the way around her home. She told me about being a transplant from California herself (my husband and I had just come to Ocala from having lived for a few years in the mountains of southern California) and how she had always loved gardening. I was mesmerized by her knowledge of all of her plants, their names, their origins, why they were placed where they were, as well as her willingness to help a novice like me. I told her that I wanted to begin to plant some things that would be special to me here in Florida because I had no knowledge of proper planting for this area. That very day, she promised to bring me some lilies to put in my yard. A few days later, I came home to find those lilies in my carport with a note about how to plant them. I was hooked, and I have been ever since then. Over the past couple of years, I have seen and talked with Marlene fairly often as she exercised her beloved Mitzi. We did not see each other as often as I would have liked because we are separated by several streets. Granted, our community is not a large one by most standards, but we do have about 300 homes here in Fairfield Village. As the saying goes, she lived on one side and I live on the other, so we often waved and said our How are you? as we were involved in our daily routines. Marlene was not able to be out visiting a great deal due to the extended illness of her husband who, sadly, passed away some months ago. Those of us who have had a loved one who has been in and out of the hospitals know that our lives get caught up with those issues often to the exclusion of other things. As my family often says, Things are what they are, and we deal with it. That is what Marlene did she dealt with it and was perfectly willing to do so. However, in the time since her husbands passing, Marlene made a decision to return to California where she has family. I was not aware of that; but when I heard that she was moving very soon, I made a point of stopping by her home. There I saw the handmade sign posted on the 4-Way Stop sign. I asked a neighbor about Marlenes plans and was so sad to hear that she had left just the day before. I had missed the chance to say Farewell to such a very nice lady. I walked around her yard and took a few photos of her plant treasures. Many were gone because she had given so generously to friends who wanted a Marlene plant to remember her. The lilies she gave me two years ago are blooming now at my home. Fortuitously, I stopped at our Clubhouse to check a schedule and found a note posted on the bulletin board which Marlene had left before she began her trek to California. So like her Marlene had written a lovely note about her years living in Fairfield Village and about how much all her friendships had meant to her. Scattered all around her note were many different ways to bid farewell in lots of different languages. She mentioned that she had researched carefully to make sure of the spellings because she wanted the words to be correct. Again, just like Marlene. When she did something, she did it the right way. I wish I could have been able to give Marlene a big hug before she moved on to Mariposa, California. She was a very special friend to me although we saw each other only occasionally. But I am willing to make a bet that when/if we see each other again here, in California, or somewhere in between, Marlene Harwood will have the same big friendly smile and cheerful greeting regardless of where we might be. Our community was blessed to have the Harwoods as neighbors while they lived here in FFVa lively placed filled with lovely people. INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Stone Creek........7 Rev. Snyder..........9 Fairfield Village10 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 51 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 Happenings Page 3 Puzzles Page 8 12Wednesday, March 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger All-Day Weekend Features F r i d a y F i s h F r y 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Friday Fish Fry 11 am to Close Choose from our farm raised catfish, cut thin and tossed in a blend of cornmeal and seasonings. Or try our traditional Cod Fillets, hand dipped in our own special batter and fried to a golden brown. Served with Steak Fries and Cole Slaw. S a t u r d a y C h i c k e n n R i c e 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Saturday Chicken n Rice 11 am to Close Made from scratch. Our chicken tenderloin simmered in a hearty chicken gravy and served atop a bed of seasoned rice along with two vegetables. S u n d a y H o m e s t y l e C h i c k e n 1 1 a m t o C l o s e Sunday Homestyle Chicken 11 am to Close Enjoy two chicken breast fillets dipped in fresh buttermilk and hand breaded in our kitchen. Served with choice of two vegetables. 000AVVA D a i l y D i n n e r F e a t u r e s Daily Dinner Features Monday Fried Pork Chops with choice of two vegetables Tuesday Butter Baked Chicken with choice of two vegetables Wednesday Broccoli Cheddar Chicken with choice of two vegetables Thursday Turkey n Dressing with choice of two additional vegetables E v e r y D a y Every Day T h e r e s S o m e t h i n g D i f f e r e n t Theres Something Different T o L o o k F o r w a r d T o To Look Forward To. R AMUNNO L AW F IRM P A Lorenzo Ramunno, Esq. Member of Florida Bar and New York Bar Wills and Estate Planning Probate Law Trusts and Trust Administration Real Estate Contracts Powers of Attorney Pre-Marital Agreements We offer free consultations for Estate Planning Serving clients in Florida for 23 years. Call to schedule an appointment. 000AMMJ 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 000ANVV Sponsored by: S P R I N G SPRING B U S I N E S S BUSINESS E X P O EXPO BlueCross BlueShield of Florida An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Thurs., March 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m. On Top of the World Cultural Center 8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala Open to the Public Over 50 Door Prizes Grand Prize Drawing $500 Visa Gift Card Visitors must visit 20 booths to qualify for drawing. Shop with WMBA members: westmba.com FREE 000AW23 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 3:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 5/31/12 Expries 5/31/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 0 0 0 A T X D Give Your Ceiling Fan A New Look Indoor or Outdoor Fans Machine Washable Beautiful Prints & Solids No More Cleaning Fan Blades A fit so perfect the blades look hand painted. Questions? Call Barb or Judy (352) 690-1549 visit our web site: BladeEaze.com Deployed mom returns early to surprise daughters Amy Lugo visits West Port High PHOTO BY JIM CLARKAmanda Lugo, left, shares a special moment with her mom Amy in a classroom at West Port High School last Thursday. Amy had surprised Amanda by coming home from the Middle East early, and they had a reunion in Amandas JROTC classroom. By Jim Clark E DITOR I thought I was in trouble. I asked myself, What did I do now? West Port High School junior Amanda Lugo had those thoughts last Thursday during her last period JROTC class. William McAteer, assistant principal for curriculum, walked into her class and asked, Is there an Amanda Lugo here? Amandas trepidation immediately turned into elation after McAteer walked in, closely followed by Amy Lugo, Amandas mother. Amy, a master sergeant in the Army, had returned home from a years deployment in Kuwait about 11 days early, completely surprising her two daughters. Earlier in the day, she had visited daughter Alexis at Howard Middle School. Amanda rushed to her mother and melted in her arms, and the two shared a few special moments while members of the invited media and Amandas surprised smiling classmates looked on. Soon Amanda, 16, was joined by her sister and her father, Al Lugo, who is the director of the VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy. The group then moved outside for more talking and sharing of special moments. The class went back to work, but Amandas school day was over. The student said she had no idea what was happening until she (her mother) walked in the door. Amy wasnt expected until March 24, but she had gotten permission to come home well within the window a few days earlier. Since schools are closed this week for spring break, she wanted to be home with her children. Her military service isnt over. She will be stationed in Virginia, but hopes that this was her last deployment. She spoke a little of her work in the Middle East, where she worked on equal opportunity issues. Its very different over there. The children have no idea. They dont get the opportunities, especially the girls. For dad, Amys return meant he could give up his home duties for a while. It was a struggle, he said, adding that time management was a major problem. He said that every day was pretty much the same, like Groundhog Day, the movie where Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again. Its very different over there. The children have no idea. They dont get the opportunities, especially the girls. Amy Lugo Master Sergeant Please see LUGO Page 4 City names new public works director City Manager Matt Brower has announced the hiring of Sean Lanier of Amarillo, Texas, as the new Ocala Public Works director. He began his new duties Monday. Until now, Lanier was the lead civil/structural engineer for B&W Pantex, LLC, where he managed the design and construction of plant facilities and infrastructure. He had been with the company since 2001. Pantex has the responsibility of maintaining the safety and security of the countrys nuclear stockpile. Prior to that, Lanier served as the city engineer and assistant director of Public Works for the City of Plainview, Texas. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and a masters degree in business administration from West Texas A&M. Lanier replaces Glenn Kerns, who retired from the position in January. Wearin o the green The crowd gathered at the Ocala Downtown Square Saturday, March 17, to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Above visitors watch the Williston School of Dance perform. At left, a little girl gave an impomptu solo performance.PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK PHOTO BY JIM CLARKSenior Services Cynthia R. Turner is a crisis intervention specialist with the Southwest District of the Marion County Sheriffs Office. She was one of those who displayed their services at the College of Central Florida last Friday. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 10 With just the same fantastic spirit that she brought to the community of Fairfield Village, Marlene Harwood left her homespun "farewell" attached to the 4 -Way Stop Sign in the corner of her lovely yard in FFV. Azaleas are some of spring's loveliest blossoms, and they seemed to thrive even more with the touch of Marlene Harwood's "Green Thumb."