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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......4 Stone Creek........7 Ocala Palms........9 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 52 WEDNESDAY, MARCH28, 2012 Rev. 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WWW GENEMARTINSHOW COM PHOTO BY JIM CLARKVigil on the SquareA vigil took place on the Downtown Square in Ocala Sunday evening in memory of Trayvon Martin, the South Florida youth killed by a Neighborhood Watch leader in Sanford, where he was visiting. People are calling for the arrest of the shooter. More photos, Page 12. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKTrayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed, and thats what 6-month-old Darrell Pressley Jr. of Ocala was displaying at Sunday evenings vigil on the Downtown Square in Ocala. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKSigns made statements at the vigil for Trayvon Martin on the Downtown Square in Ocala Sunday evening. Above, Carlton Ginlock of Ocala displays a sign, while in the photo at right an unidentified lady did the same. Prize winner Frann Glenney shows off her Irish holiday socks won for her amusing limerick at the Fairfield Village St. Patricks Day celebration. More photos, Page 2. Pat Tobin was the first place winner in the hat contest at the Quail Meadow St. Patricks Day celebration. More photos, Page 4. Communities celebrate St. Patricks Day PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSOcala Palms golfers Ocala Palms and SummerGlen ladies recently held a golf competition. Above, Sherry Sears and Nancy Sennett were two of the participants. More photos, Page 9. By Jim Clark E DITOR If last Monday nights debate for Marion County Commission District 5 candidates is any indication, economic development and the fate of Munroe Regional Medical Center will be the hot button topics this year. One candidate said, however, that discussion of the hospital might not matter. Four of the candidates gathered at the Tea Party Solutions meeting at Berean Baptist Church, and it didnt take long for the hospital to be mentioned. Those candidates attending were Earl Arnett, Bob Cretul, Pat Gabriel and Butch Verrando. Cretul commented that the biggest thing was Munroe Regional Medical Center. I think MRMC needs to stay a community hospital. Ive been a patient there. I know the quality of service. They are very, very good. Arnett, asked how he would vote on a possible tax increase for hospital improvements, said, Thats a very complex question. He said that they would need a half cent now, in a couple of years need another, and then another. He said he had been told that the hospital is operating as slim and trim as it can be. He said the option of leasing to another company should be studied. The problem with taxation is where does it stop. He was asked if the hospital was top heavy. How many in this room make $450,000 a year? How many make a quarter of a million? When no one responded, he said, I think that answers the question. Verrando said, answering a later question, that the hospital has a $30 million shortfall, but the proposed sales tax would only generate $16 million. Theres one problem. Munroe claims theyre the only indigent care facility, but theyre not. There are four hospitals in our county, and they all must take you. If you walk in and cant pay, they have to take you. Hospital, jobs take center stage in District 5 debate Please see DEBATE, Page 3 A project in Marion County featuring educational sessions about the ecology and other environmental issues surrounding Rainbow Springs was recently awarded a Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Twelve grants were awarded Districtwide this year for a total of $50,319. This is the 15th year Community Education Grants have been available. These grants currently help fund projects that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water resources. The overall goal of the Community Education Grant program is to actively engage adults in water-related issues including conservation, protection and preservation. The program motivates communities to get involved in protecting their water resources through various educational activities. The Marion County Extension received a $1,945 grant to offer four concurrent sessions covering topics on ecology and karst geology, native and invasive plants, water sampling techniques and human impact to springs. Attendees also will participate in guided canoe trips, nature hikes and water sampling demonstrations. Participants will be tested before and after the event to determine what they learned. They will also participate in follow-up surveys and report if they modified any behaviors based on the event experiences. About 100 people are expected to participate and nearly 6,000 are expected to be reached through event advertisements. Applications for the Districts 2013 Community Education Grant program will be available online at www.WaterMatters.org/CommunityGrants on April 1, 2012. For more information, please call the Districts Communications Bureau at 1-800423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4757. Project at Rainbow Springs gets grant from water district

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voted to things holding no interest for anybody still clutching to a slim strand of sanity. You do not have to be crazy to watch nighttime TV; it is just a consequence of watching nighttime TV. What I do not understand is why they run so many infomercials for exercise equipment at two oclock in the morning. Who in their right mind is up that time of night? I know Im not. Using my remote, I channel surfed for probably 20 minutes and found nothing but people demonstrating exercise equipment and taunting me that I need to begin an exercise regimen if I am going to live a healthy life. One mans healthy life is another mans pain in the back, the knees and the elbows. After all this exercise, I only end up with a tennis elbow and athletes foot. Not only exercise equipment, but also a good portion of these infomercials touts on the latest fad diet. According to one commercial I can lose all the weight I want to lose in a six-month period for only six easy payments of $99 which they would gladly charge to my credit card account. Call right now, they invite through the television screen, for this special onetime offer. This special one-time offer is conveniently offered every night. The only weight being lost is from my checking account. If anyone ever had a gander at my checkbook, they would readily see that my goose is cooked. Perhaps I could start a new fad diet: Cooked Goose. I could market myself as the Cooked Goose Gourmet. All this hype made me hungry, so I raided the refrigerator and kidnapped a tasty snack and immediately put it out of its misery and into my middle-age spread. I say enough is enough. I am tired of other people telling me how to take care of my body. It takes all the strength and energy I have to drag my body from one place to another, let alone adding exercise to my daily schedule. For a person my age I get plenty of exercise, more than I really need. A typical day for me always includes a rigid exercise regime; jumping to conclusions, running my mouth even when Im told to be quiet from You Know Who and throwing my weight around every chance I get. After a full day of this, I am thoroughly exhausted. For my money, its my body and Ill exercise it if I have to, thank you. However, right now, I have more important things to do. Places to go. People to see. Experiences to enjoy. I cant think of any right now, but anything is better than some artificial exercise program. Who do you think I am? Jack LaLanne? With all this emphasis on exercise, I wish some of these people would exercise the right to keep their viewpoint to themselves. In my opinion, the apostle Paul had the right attitude about all of this. I like what he writes to a young man by the name of Timothy. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV). The body exercised is no substitute for the daily exercise of godliness. To exercise godliness is to make the best possible use of each day.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. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11 2 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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! 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The SAC provided corned beef and cabbage along with some other ham dishes as well. Neighbors brought their own specialties to add to the buffet, and everyone totally enjoyed the culinary delights. Peg Stempen, who has a lovely voice, did a solo of Danny Boy after giving the history of the writing of the song. It was so beautifully done that there were many who were seen with teary eyes because of the endearing sentiment of the performance and of the story behind the song. After Pegs song, there was time for lots of fun and prizes as contestants provided limericks that delighted the audience. Prizes were awarded to several who wrote their own or brought limericks written by others to bring laughter to the group. I should hasten to say that although many seem to associate limericks with rather racy subject matter, there were only a couple that were somewhat close to suggestive material. All were acceptable for the evenings entertainment which everyone really enjoyed. A hastily formed group of kazoo players had volunteered to learn a number of songs, most of which were associated with Ireland or Irish traditions, and they presented their renditions for the audience to play Name That Tune. There was much fun watching the group try to perform under the musical direction of Paula LeBlanc who did a bit of comedy along with leading the performance. Although Paula is a true lady in every positive sense of that word, she is often said to have possibly missed a calling because she can bring even the most serious members of an audience into laughter. This evening was no exception, and everyone truly enjoyed the game and its director. Most of the comments that were heard as the evening came to a close included things like: We always enjoy the food, but the group activities tonight made this so much more fun. Everyone was in such good spirits, and we all enjoyed the laughter. Lets do things like this more oftenwe had a ball! Typical comments of this type came from people who enjoy being a part of a community referred to as a lively place filled with lovely people. Fairfield Village Fairfield Village enjoys celebrating St. Patricks Day Priscilla Geissal SAC chair Jean Chapman jokingly plays with the scarf awarded to Peg Stempen for one of her amusing limericks. Some of the "kazoo musicians" try to tune up their instruments while director, Paula LeBlanc, turns aside in laughter at some of their (less than musical) antics. A jovial group of neighbors enjoy the food and fun. Please remember to use our e-mail for stories and photos editor@westmarionmessenger.com Deadline Thursday for the following week SNYDERcontinued from Page 3 Christs Church of Marion CountySaturday, March 31: Men's Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7: Men's Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 8: Easter Sunday. 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A sales tax has to be divvied up among all four facilities. The next option is an ad valorem tax. I personally am against an ad valorem tax. Indigents by their definition dont own property. You are being asked to pay for a segment of our population that has no capability of paying, has no incentive to pay and is not going to be asked to pay. I think thats fundamentally wrong. Gabriel said that outside consultants have verified that it is a very efficiently run hospital. Whether I agree with the salary structure is another issue, but the hospital is considered very efficient. I honestly think it will probably go on the ballot for us citizens to decide. I think its going to have to be a massive education. Verrando commented, though, that this hospital is becoming a proverbial tennis ball. The hospital process is probably going to be completed before the elections. He said a payment for a lease would go into a trust fund, and thats whats going to pay for indigent care. He added, The taxpayers cant feed this monster, there is no way this county can support this hospital the way it needs to grow. He also said, The other thing we need to consider is that when we see the hospital we see a building with doctors. The county will retain ownership of the assets. We are talking about transferring the lease that currently exists. Were not going to sell the building. He noted that now the hospital is considered a government agency and pays no taxes. We need to have an income generator and a good facility, or we could have a black hole for our money. Business development and tax incentives came into the discussion, with some disagreement. Verrando said that he had started a small business in Ocala. I personally understand small business and the pressure the federal and state governments are applying to business, making their ability to survive more difficult. Our government is bloated with too many taxes, rules, red tape and bureaucrats. Cretul commented, Im all for attracting business, with conditions, when it comes to incentives. If you tell me youre going to do this, well do that for you. If you dont do it, then we need to sit down and talk. Dont give the money up front. Weve seen that several times, pretty much in the city, but we can take a lesson from that. Gabriel commented, We need jobs. She said that the quality of life was important, including hospitals, education, parks and recreation. I dont believe in incentives, she said. All of the things that make Marion County attractive should be incentive enough. Arnett disagreed. The EDC and the chamber need to effectively sell Marion County. Selling it on its own merit is wonderful, but we also need to give incentives to bring corporations here. Right now the EDC and chamber are not effectively selling Marion County. We need to be proactive to business. Verrando said that when selling the county, theres one guy thats going to make the decision (in a company) and thats the chief executive officer. If he wants to live here, hes going to live here. The big question is whether or not this area appeals to the chief executive officer. When I first moved here, we used to refer to it as Slow-cala. I can also share with you that though kayaking and bicycling is a really great thing, that is not the beginning and the end to everyones agenda. He added, we dont actually offer many incentives for business to come here today. We have a building and zoning departments that are encumbrances to business. (Next week, more on the topics covered in the debate). messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3 000AYSB BANKRUPTCY Petition Preparer PARALYZED BY MEDICAL BILLS, AND CREDIT DEBT? $250 OR LESS!! Call Elizabeth Soon 352-245-4500 This office is a debt relief agency only. 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In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 0 0 0 A R 0 U 000AYL1 000AQ3B Door to Door Airport Service Seaports too Orlando, Tampa $75 Port Canaveral $125 Companion $25 (352) 641-0651 J a s m i n e P l a z a 3 5 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 1 6 0 S W S R 2 0 0 U n i t 1 0 4 O c a l a F l o r i d a 3 4 4 7 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 S T O R E H O U R S : T U E S F R I 1 0 5 S A T 1 0 2 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 www.jandjjewelersocala.com Affordable New & Estate Jewelry 000ARZU A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s All repairs done on premises. B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + ta x Read the classifieds STORYcontinued from Page 1 Additional photos from Derby Night at Quail Meadow Above, some of the jockeys at Derby Night at Quail Meadow are Marion Gartman, Lil Carie, Carolyn Slocumb. At the right are Theresa Yoders, Maryann McGill (contest winner), and Maryanne Ellner. L ately, I have noticed a lot of news regarding all aspects of the body. According to one report I read, this is a multibillion dollar-a-year business. I never knew my body was worth so much money. Im tempted to sell it, or at least rent it out on a parttime basis. I did not know how big of a deal this was until one night this past week I had a little trouble sleeping. One reason I have trouble falling asleep is my deep fear of falling. Actually, its not the fall that worries me so much as that sudden stop. For some inexplicable reason I always stop three inches past the floor. I would not worry so much about falling asleep if I knew I was going to fall on my pillow instead of the floor. However, I cant count on anything these days. Not even my fingers. I once woke up in the middle of the night engaged in a vicious life or death pillow fight. Unfortunately, the pillow won and I cannot find anyone to take my case. I did find one lawyer but he was three-sheets-to-thewind and my case was no breeze. One fear I have in the middle of the night is falling into the hands of some vicious nightmare because of my horsing around the day before. My wife keeps nagging me about my daytime activities but I have a hard time harnessing these erratic urges. Often when I have trouble going to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and cant get back to sleep I simply get up quietly so as not to disturb the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and turn on the television. I once disturbed her; when I came to, I vowed never to repeat that offense. You would think with so many channels on television there would be something interesting to watch in the middle of the night. Something that would make the time spent profitably. Unfortunately, the nighttime airwaves are deIts my body, Ill exercise it if I have to James Snyder See SNYDER Page 11

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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 000AWV0 FREE Seminar T h i n k i n g A b o u t Thinking About C r e m a t i o n ? Cremation? Topics Include: Preplanning Options Veterans Benefits Travel Protection Interest-Free Financing Please, First-Time Attendees Only Floridas Oldest and Largest N ATIONAL C REMATION S OCIETY 352-728-0093 Please call for reservations Limited Seating Cockadoodles Restaurant 206 Tompkins St., Inverness March 28, 10:00 am Complimentary Lunch will be provided Frankies Grill 1674 US Hwy. 41 N., Inverness April 5, 11:00 am Complimentary Dessert will be provided 000AR7J Quail Meadow S t. Patricks Day was Derby night at the Quail Meadow Clubhouse! What a great evening! Did you know we had so many green haired residents? Not only were there women with green hair, but also Dan Parker had shiny green hair under his derby. The evening began with the first four races. This seemed to be the night for the blue horse. There were times when it appeared that pink and green were sleeping on the track. At the half time point, we feasted on sub sandwiches and chips. The second half of the race was just as exciting as the first at least blue didnt win all the races. Jockeys this year were Lil Carie, Marion Gartman, Pat Talley, and Carolyn Slocumb. The hat contest was very interesting! Pat Tobin, with her talking horse hat, got the prize for the best theme hat. Maryann McGill took the prize for the best Irish theme hat. Dave Yoders and Terry McGill were the announcers for the evening. Carolyn Carlson and Theresa Yoders were the very popular cashiers. The horse race is always a popular community event. This year there were approximately 60 residents in attendance. For those of you who have never attended the races, our horses are Pink, Blue, Green, Purple, White, and Yellow all wooden horses made by Barry and Judi Hargraves. The next community event at the Clubhouse will be April 16 when we will be entertained by the New Pretenders. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne and Theresa Yoders. St. Patrick was honored with Derby night Carolyn Slocumb Some of the hats Barbara Fife, Theresa Yoders, Maryann McGill, Lil Carie, Carolyn Slocumb, Dan Parker, Kathy Voss, Joan Christopher, Marion Gartman, Maryanne Ellner, Marlene Cigrand. More photos, Page 10. Place Your Bets: Maryann McGill, Kathy Voss, Joan Christopher, Charlotte Payne. Cashiers: Carolyn Carlson and Theresa Yoders. On March 15-16, 48 lady golfers from Ocala Palms and SummerGlen Golf and Country Clubs played in what is known as the "Ryder Cup" tournament. Kay Nippa (OP) and Dawn Evans were instrumental in organizing this tournament back in 2009 and it has been a tradition for these neighboring clubs ever since. The weather for this outing was warm, but a nice breeze kept everyone cool. Snacks were provided by both clubs and a delicious dinner was had by all at the end of the tournament. Ocala Palms, SummerGlen ladies compete in golf tournament Diane Kilfoile and Sue Oliver Dot Stapp and Mary Corey Elsie Bush and Barb Dedics Heidi Willis and Pat Murdock Jana McElroy and Joan Wesnofske Janice Hackett and Bette DeGeorge Jean Tasillo and Bev McKarge Pat DeJesus and Kay Nippa Renee Ross and Shirley Redmond Ruth Tedesco and Marilyn Bennett

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0 0 0 A Y O D 000AYAH H a w t h o r n e V i l l a g e o f O c a l a H a w t h o r n e V i l l a g e o f O c a l a Hawthorne Village of Ocala Pictures with The Easter Bunny F R E E F R E E FREE F R E E F R E E FREE Presents April 6, 2012 10 am-Noon All Activites are FREE and include: HAWTHORNE VILLAGE OF OCALA 4100 SW 33rd Ave. Ocala, FL (352) 237-7776 Picture with Easter Bunny Crafts ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful about doing someone a favor when you dont know the full story behind the request. Dont rely on someones unsubstantiated assurances. Insist on all the facts before you act. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That workplace problem still needs your attention before you finally can close the book on it. Meanwhile, a long-anticipated reunion gets closer to becoming a happy reality. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might be demanding more from others than they can give. Best advice: Have a long and frank talk to determine what the facts are. Tensions should abate as the week winds down. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Aspects are favorable throughout this week for making contacts that could be important to your career plans. Meanwhile, an old friend offers the advice youre seeking. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Its time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into rip-roaring shape. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Take time out to go over whats expected of you before you begin your new project. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing yourself harder than you need to. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) An unusual request could put you in an awkward position. Best advice: Deal with it immediately. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be to get out of it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You should feel recharged and ready for whatever your workaday world holds for you. The same positive energy spills over into your personal relationships. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A prospect might be less than it appears to be. Like the Archer in your sign, you always aim for the truth. And this is no time to settle for less than full disclosure. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Start doing some serious thinking about a career move that could entail more than just changing job sites. Some lifestyle changes also might be involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) With tensions easing at the workplace, a more positive environment once again encourages the free flow of ideas so typical of the always innovative Aquarian. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Show some of that usually hidden steel-strong Piscean backbone, and stand up for yourself if you hope to make a case for that promotion you know you deserve. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy doing new things and staying ahead of the crowd. You would make a fine sports coach or military leader. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure 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 or foundation@marionso.com. Quail Meadow yard sale The Quail Meadow community yard sale will take place Saturday, March 31, beginning at 8 a.m. The development is north of U.S. Highway 27 at 49th Avenue, near Walgreens. Monday, April 2 Recycling kickoff scheduledThe public is invited to a celebration of Ocalas curbside recycling service from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 2, on the Downtown Square. Sponsored by the City of Ocala and Waste Pro, activities will include a chicken and ribs barbecue, recycling giveaways, educational materials and photo opportunities with the recycling mascot. There also will be a live radio remote by WOCAs The Voice of Ocala with Buddy Martin and appearances by city elected officials. April 2 will mark the first day the curbside recycling program will be offered. The city has contracted with Waste Pro to provide the weekly service. For additional information about the program, visit the Website recycle.ocalafl.org or call 352-624-3100. Saturday, April 7 Chess Club to meet The Chess Club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352873-2276. Saturday, April 14 Golf event at Ocala Palms to help studentsThe Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club will host the Florida Council of Economic Education Free Enterprise Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 14. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Florida Council on Economic Educations mission to prepare Floridas K-12 grade students for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy. The goal is to ensure todays youth become tomorrows productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers, and wise investors. All the programs are free of charge and reach thousands of students. The tournament is a four-person scramble mens division, womens division and mixed division. The events begin with a pancake breakfast, followed by golf and awards and luncheon after golf. There will be a Textron E-Z Go golf cart and Mazda Miata, sponsored by Jenkins Mazda, for hole in one prizes. The highlight of the tournament will be the Million $ shots, one for a man and one for woman. Entry fee is $65 per person and also includes prizes, door prizes and a free round of golf. To enter or for additional information please contact Sherry at the Ocala Palms pro shop, 732-4653.Methodist Men serve breakfastThe Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, April 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5. Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St,, Ocala look for the signs. Golf tourney to benefit United way CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 14. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County. The tournament will be at the Ocala Municipal Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $260 per team. Entry deadline is April 6. Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org. For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352-368-8825. Happenings

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, March 28, 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 Trayvon case: Careful what you wish for Electronics win over tradition I ts possible to be nostalgic about something you never had, and plenty of people are feeling that right now. Even if your family didnt have the prestigious 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica in your home housed in its own special book rack, of course you probably knew someone who had it. And maybe you were fortunate enough to spend many wonderful youthful hours lost in the worlds and ideas carefully explained and painstakingly illustrated in the Encyclopedia Britannica. For most of its 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica represented the gold standard of reference works. But those learned people who publish it havent been blind and deaf to the march of technology, so they have been preparing for the day when the print version would give way 100 percent to the digital product. That day has arrived. First published in Scotland in 1768, the Encyclopedia Britannica is offering the current edition as its final print product, a collectors item. Its only $1,399. The nostalgia is more about the electronic way of the world than the disappearance of Encyclopedia Britannicas print version. In the old days, an encyclopedia was a buffet, where you could dip in and out to taste an outlandish variety of information in one session. Todays search engines cater to a la carte knowledge acquisition. According to the Pew Research Centers Generations Online 2010 report, using a search engine is the No. 1 use of the Internet across all age categories, including those aged 73 and older. Ask anyone whether his first inclination when looking something up is to paw through a book or jump online to check. Right, some things are easier on the Internet. But the Internet doesnt give that comforting heft and page feel, and doesnt produce the special smell bibliophiles associate with leather-bound editions. No fear, though. The folks at Britannica are far from giving up in the reference and education game. They know their competition includes Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online reference whose facts arent always reliable despite improved content administration. That is probably why the Britannica motto of Facts Matter is reinforced by its assurance all information is authoritative and correct. Britannica has more Nobel prize-winning authors than any other encyclopedia. If you havent been to the Britannica website recently, its worth a look. The spirit of joy in knowledge is still there, available through an impressive array of products. Much of the information is linkable and free, but, as with the print version, if you want it all you have to pay for it. Some things never change. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Dont call us and we wont call you!By Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEM ESSENGER No recent president has been able to down size government, because Congress and federal bureaucrats are in constant pursuit of new funding for lengthy shopping lists of so-called essential services. An example is the 2003 National Do Not Call Registry (DNCR). How could such a simple idea be so complicated that it requires 27 pages of explanations basic information, definitions, subscriptions, renewals, downloading, and assistance? Answer: Requirements and regulations are the life-blood of secure federal employment and appeals for additional funding. Simply put the DNCR applies to any plan, program, or campaign to sell goods or services. The DNCR does not apply to political organizations, charities, or telephone surveyors. Why? Those are considered essential nuisances. Other exempt nuisances can be found in the Federal Trade Commissions Expanded Definition of Exempt Organizations. Since 2004 telemarketers have been required to search the registry at least once every 31 days and update their lists of cranky consumers who dont want pushy phone calls during dinner. Mom said its impolite to answer the phone with your mouth full. Our most frequent caller is Unknown name Unknown number, an organization with many accents. A close cousin is Unknown Name 800 number. Members of the Unknown family are persistent. Theyre also shy about leaving their names and a call-back number. We assume theyre up to something shameful or criminal. Solicitors from exotic places have also called us occasionally to offer interesting adventures in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Macao, the former Portuguese colony in South China. We werent interested in attending the Feast of the Drunken Dragon or the celebration of the Bath of Lord Buddha, which was most likely a ceremony held in a raunchy river that the local folk use as a bathtub among other things. Obviously the DNCR will need additional funding to reach out to international solicitors. In the meantime we continue to fend off solicitors who call regularly from 43 numbers in 25 states in none of which do we have any friends or relatives. Since Florida has only one political primary, we assume other callers are charities, surveyors, or one of the mysterious exempt nuisances. If caller ID shows a recognizable nuisance, our greeting is to lift and lower the receiver in a single motion no hello; no goodbye. Persistent nuisances will call again. If were in a playful mood, we put the receiver on a surface and let them blather into dead air. We watch for calls from area 202 District of Columbia. The call might be from the White House, Congress, or an intelligence agency seeking our input on a problem of national importance. Were also on the lookout for area 212 calls the Big Applesauce, from which celebrity appearance invitations are offered. Letterman hasnt called yet, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. 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. 000AZEB MARION WOODS Independent Retirement Living $ 99 MOVES YOU IN! $ 99 MOVES YOU IN! CALL NOW AND SAVE $3,600 When Mom made the choice to move to Marion Woods, Tom and I were thrilled. Being part of the opening management team, we learned firsthand the advantages of our residents living the all-inclusive good life. Mom didnt want to pay for services she didnt need in other places, why should you? Call me and Ill tell you more. ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE! Call and arrange for a FREE Lunch & Tour today. Space is limited. MARION WOODS 352-671-1700 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 *For a limited time. Restrictions apply. See managers for details. Jim Clark Editor 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. 000AYBJ 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. 0 0 0 A T X Y R emember Casey Anthony? Before she was charged, there was an outcry for justice. People demanded an arrest. So the state attorneys office filed charges. Trouble is, the prosecutors didnt have every bit of evidence in its proper place. The resulting trial was a disaster for them, and Casey Anthony is now a free woman, much to the dismay of all those who pushed for her to be jailed. Now we come to the case of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch leader who shot and killed Trayvon Martin a month ago. He allegedly claims it was self defense, but it was found that the young man was only carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea, not usually the menu for a burglar making his way around a neighborhood or for someone putting a Neighborhood Watch member in danger. And Zimmerman was specifically told on the 9-1-1 call not to follow Martin, but he ignored the dispatcher and did it anyway. The result was a confrontation and a shooting. There have been rallies and protests and vigils, like the one at the Ocala Downtown Square on Sunday evening, demanding justice for Trayvon and urging the state or even the feds to make an arrest. Evidently some people didnt learn anything from the Casey Anthony case. They should be careful what they wish for. A grand jury is scheduled to hear the case next month. If they indict, there will be an arrest. Presumably, by then, the police and prosecutors will have everything ready. Protesters are jeopardizing the case against Zimmerman, if there is a case, by pushing for an early arrest. There is no statute of limitations here. Just be patient, folks. Remember, when an arrest is made, a speedy trial clock kicks in. The people who gathered on the square Sunday were peaceful, and it was emphasized in the opening that it was a vigil, not a protest. But there were still signs around that called for justice in the case. Heres another situation that needs some answers. Four months ago, a drum major from the Florida A&M University band was beaten to death aboard a bus in Orlando, presumably by other band members, in a hazing incident. There were witnesses, there was a 9-1-1 call, and there was a death. But no arrests have been made, at least not as of Sunday. ESPNs show Outside the Lines did a half-hour special on the case Sunday morning. Why arent there vigils for justice for this young man? Im sure that his parents miss him just as much as Trayvons parents miss him. Someone should ask the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson why they arent down here agitating for an arrest in that case. It would be interesting to see what their answers would be. But for now, people just need to let the prosecutors do their job. If there is an arrest to be made, it will be made, and there will presumably be a trial. But be patient, folks. Another rush to judgment could be another disappointing ending for everyone.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at 352854-3986 or at editor@westmarionmessenger.com. O h, how the people of Stone Creek love to celebrate. So why not celebrate a new season spring. Spring is a special season especially if you are from the northeast. The daffodils, buds on the cherry blossom trees are just some of the signs that the dreary winter of the northeast might be coming to an end. It is truly celebrated. After coming back from a visit to Pennsylvania in February, I realized how much I take for granted the sunshine that we have in Florida. Celebrating spring in Florida is a total different experience. We certainly had a wonderful winter and the coming of spring was here throughout most of winter. Celebrating is important so two hundred plus residents came to celebrate spring on March 20, at the beautiful outdoor pavilion. The pavilion was decorated to usher in the season of spring. The event, planned by the new lifestyle director, Kim Krystopa, and her wonderful social committee had a sellout crowd. The event was a catered cook-out featuring burgers, hot dogs, beans, mac n'cheese and many salads, dancing, games and DJ Richard Rubin provided the music. The leftover food, ten trays, was donated to Brothers' Keeper Soup Kitchen. I would like to thank Larry Handley for the pictures since I was unable to get a ticket. Kim and her social committee have many more events planned for April with a Spring Style Fashion Show and a wine and cheese party. The month of May will see a Kentucky Derby Party without going to Kentucky. St. Patrick's Day is always a day to celebrate. As a former resident of New York City, Saint Patrick's Day was a huge event. One does not need to be in New York or Savannah to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. The Arlington Neighbor decided to celebrate and the neighborhood had a catered event at the Reunion Center to drink and be merry. Isn't everyone Irish on St. Patrick's? So, here is to celebrations! Stone Creek loves to celebrate Patricia Gizzi Some Stone Creek residents celebrated spring, as shown in both photos. Stone Creek

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, March 28, 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 Trayvon case: Careful what you wish for Electronics win over tradition I ts possible to be nostalgic about something you never had, and plenty of people are feeling that right now. Even if your family didnt have the prestigious 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica in your home housed in its own special book rack, of course you probably knew someone who had it. And maybe you were fortunate enough to spend many wonderful youthful hours lost in the worlds and ideas carefully explained and painstakingly illustrated in the Encyclopedia Britannica. For most of its 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica represented the gold standard of reference works. But those learned people who publish it havent been blind and deaf to the march of technology, so they have been preparing for the day when the print version would give way 100 percent to the digital product. That day has arrived. First published in Scotland in 1768, the Encyclopedia Britannica is offering the current edition as its final print product, a collectors item. Its only $1,399. The nostalgia is more about the electronic way of the world than the disappearance of Encyclopedia Britannicas print version. In the old days, an encyclopedia was a buffet, where you could dip in and out to taste an outlandish variety of information in one session. Todays search engines cater to a la carte knowledge acquisition. According to the Pew Research Centers Generations Online 2010 report, using a search engine is the No. 1 use of the Internet across all age categories, including those aged 73 and older. Ask anyone whether his first inclination when looking something up is to paw through a book or jump online to check. Right, some things are easier on the Internet. But the Internet doesnt give that comforting heft and page feel, and doesnt produce the special smell bibliophiles associate with leather-bound editions. No fear, though. The folks at Britannica are far from giving up in the reference and education game. They know their competition includes Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online reference whose facts arent always reliable despite improved content administration. That is probably why the Britannica motto of Facts Matter is reinforced by its assurance all information is authoritative and correct. Britannica has more Nobel prize-winning authors than any other encyclopedia. If you havent been to the Britannica website recently, its worth a look. The spirit of joy in knowledge is still there, available through an impressive array of products. Much of the information is linkable and free, but, as with the print version, if you want it all you have to pay for it. Some things never change. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Dont call us and we wont call you!By Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEM ESSENGER No recent president has been able to down size government, because Congress and federal bureaucrats are in constant pursuit of new funding for lengthy shopping lists of so-called essential services. An example is the 2003 National Do Not Call Registry (DNCR). How could such a simple idea be so complicated that it requires 27 pages of explanations basic information, definitions, subscriptions, renewals, downloading, and assistance? Answer: Requirements and regulations are the life-blood of secure federal employment and appeals for additional funding. Simply put the DNCR applies to any plan, program, or campaign to sell goods or services. The DNCR does not apply to political organizations, charities, or telephone surveyors. Why? Those are considered essential nuisances. Other exempt nuisances can be found in the Federal Trade Commissions Expanded Definition of Exempt Organizations. Since 2004 telemarketers have been required to search the registry at least once every 31 days and update their lists of cranky consumers who dont want pushy phone calls during dinner. Mom said its impolite to answer the phone with your mouth full. Our most frequent caller is Unknown name Unknown number, an organization with many accents. A close cousin is Unknown Name 800 number. Members of the Unknown family are persistent. Theyre also shy about leaving their names and a call-back number. We assume theyre up to something shameful or criminal. Solicitors from exotic places have also called us occasionally to offer interesting adventures in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Macao, the former Portuguese colony in South China. We werent interested in attending the Feast of the Drunken Dragon or the celebration of the Bath of Lord Buddha, which was most likely a ceremony held in a raunchy river that the local folk use as a bathtub among other things. Obviously the DNCR will need additional funding to reach out to international solicitors. In the meantime we continue to fend off solicitors who call regularly from 43 numbers in 25 states in none of which do we have any friends or relatives. Since Florida has only one political primary, we assume other callers are charities, surveyors, or one of the mysterious exempt nuisances. If caller ID shows a recognizable nuisance, our greeting is to lift and lower the receiver in a single motion no hello; no goodbye. Persistent nuisances will call again. If were in a playful mood, we put the receiver on a surface and let them blather into dead air. We watch for calls from area 202 District of Columbia. The call might be from the White House, Congress, or an intelligence agency seeking our input on a problem of national importance. Were also on the lookout for area 212 calls the Big Applesauce, from which celebrity appearance invitations are offered. Letterman hasnt called yet, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. 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. 000AZEB MARION WOODS Independent Retirement Living $ 99 MOVES YOU IN! $ 99 MOVES YOU IN! CALL NOW AND SAVE $3,600 When Mom made the choice to move to Marion Woods, Tom and I were thrilled. Being part of the opening management team, we learned firsthand the advantages of our residents living the all-inclusive good life. Mom didnt want to pay for services she didnt need in other places, why should you? Call me and Ill tell you more. ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE! Call and arrange for a FREE Lunch & Tour today. Space is limited. MARION WOODS 352-671-1700 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 *For a limited time. Restrictions apply. See managers for details. Jim Clark Editor 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. 000AYBJ 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. 0 0 0 A T X Y R emember Casey Anthony? Before she was charged, there was an outcry for justice. People demanded an arrest. So the state attorneys office filed charges. Trouble is, the prosecutors didnt have every bit of evidence in its proper place. The resulting trial was a disaster for them, and Casey Anthony is now a free woman, much to the dismay of all those who pushed for her to be jailed. Now we come to the case of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch leader who shot and killed Trayvon Martin a month ago. He allegedly claims it was self defense, but it was found that the young man was only carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea, not usually the menu for a burglar making his way around a neighborhood or for someone putting a Neighborhood Watch member in danger. And Zimmerman was specifically told on the 9-1-1 call not to follow Martin, but he ignored the dispatcher and did it anyway. The result was a confrontation and a shooting. There have been rallies and protests and vigils, like the one at the Ocala Downtown Square on Sunday evening, demanding justice for Trayvon and urging the state or even the feds to make an arrest. Evidently some people didnt learn anything from the Casey Anthony case. They should be careful what they wish for. A grand jury is scheduled to hear the case next month. If they indict, there will be an arrest. Presumably, by then, the police and prosecutors will have everything ready. Protesters are jeopardizing the case against Zimmerman, if there is a case, by pushing for an early arrest. There is no statute of limitations here. Just be patient, folks. Remember, when an arrest is made, a speedy trial clock kicks in. The people who gathered on the square Sunday were peaceful, and it was emphasized in the opening that it was a vigil, not a protest. But there were still signs around that called for justice in the case. Heres another situation that needs some answers. Four months ago, a drum major from the Florida A&M University band was beaten to death aboard a bus in Orlando, presumably by other band members, in a hazing incident. There were witnesses, there was a 9-1-1 call, and there was a death. But no arrests have been made, at least not as of Sunday. ESPNs show Outside the Lines did a half-hour special on the case Sunday morning. Why arent there vigils for justice for this young man? Im sure that his parents miss him just as much as Trayvons parents miss him. Someone should ask the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson why they arent down here agitating for an arrest in that case. It would be interesting to see what their answers would be. But for now, people just need to let the prosecutors do their job. If there is an arrest to be made, it will be made, and there will presumably be a trial. But be patient, folks. Another rush to judgment could be another disappointing ending for everyone.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at 352854-3986 or at editor@westmarionmessenger.com. O h, how the people of Stone Creek love to celebrate. So why not celebrate a new season spring. Spring is a special season especially if you are from the northeast. The daffodils, buds on the cherry blossom trees are just some of the signs that the dreary winter of the northeast might be coming to an end. It is truly celebrated. After coming back from a visit to Pennsylvania in February, I realized how much I take for granted the sunshine that we have in Florida. Celebrating spring in Florida is a total different experience. We certainly had a wonderful winter and the coming of spring was here throughout most of winter. Celebrating is important so two hundred plus residents came to celebrate spring on March 20, at the beautiful outdoor pavilion. The pavilion was decorated to usher in the season of spring. The event, planned by the new lifestyle director, Kim Krystopa, and her wonderful social committee had a sellout crowd. The event was a catered cook-out featuring burgers, hot dogs, beans, mac n'cheese and many salads, dancing, games and DJ Richard Rubin provided the music. The leftover food, ten trays, was donated to Brothers' Keeper Soup Kitchen. I would like to thank Larry Handley for the pictures since I was unable to get a ticket. Kim and her social committee have many more events planned for April with a Spring Style Fashion Show and a wine and cheese party. The month of May will see a Kentucky Derby Party without going to Kentucky. St. Patrick's Day is always a day to celebrate. As a former resident of New York City, Saint Patrick's Day was a huge event. One does not need to be in New York or Savannah to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. The Arlington Neighbor decided to celebrate and the neighborhood had a catered event at the Reunion Center to drink and be merry. Isn't everyone Irish on St. Patrick's? So, here is to celebrations! Stone Creek loves to celebrate Patricia Gizzi Some Stone Creek residents celebrated spring, as shown in both photos. Stone Creek

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0 0 0 A Y O D 000AYAH H a w t h o r n e V i l l a g e o f O c a l a H a w t h o r n e V i l l a g e o f O c a l a Hawthorne Village of Ocala Pictures with The Easter Bunny F R E E F R E E FREE F R E E F R E E FREE Presents April 6, 2012 10 am-Noon All Activites are FREE and include: HAWTHORNE VILLAGE OF OCALA 4100 SW 33rd Ave. Ocala, FL (352) 237-7776 Picture with Easter Bunny Crafts ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful about doing someone a favor when you dont know the full story behind the request. Dont rely on someones unsubstantiated assurances. Insist on all the facts before you act. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That workplace problem still needs your attention before you finally can close the book on it. Meanwhile, a long-anticipated reunion gets closer to becoming a happy reality. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might be demanding more from others than they can give. Best advice: Have a long and frank talk to determine what the facts are. Tensions should abate as the week winds down. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Aspects are favorable throughout this week for making contacts that could be important to your career plans. Meanwhile, an old friend offers the advice youre seeking. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Its time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into rip-roaring shape. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Take time out to go over whats expected of you before you begin your new project. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing yourself harder than you need to. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) An unusual request could put you in an awkward position. Best advice: Deal with it immediately. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be to get out of it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You should feel recharged and ready for whatever your workaday world holds for you. The same positive energy spills over into your personal relationships. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A prospect might be less than it appears to be. Like the Archer in your sign, you always aim for the truth. And this is no time to settle for less than full disclosure. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Start doing some serious thinking about a career move that could entail more than just changing job sites. Some lifestyle changes also might be involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) With tensions easing at the workplace, a more positive environment once again encourages the free flow of ideas so typical of the always innovative Aquarian. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Show some of that usually hidden steel-strong Piscean backbone, and stand up for yourself if you hope to make a case for that promotion you know you deserve. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy doing new things and staying ahead of the crowd. You would make a fine sports coach or military leader. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Leisure 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 or foundation@marionso.com. Quail Meadow yard sale The Quail Meadow community yard sale will take place Saturday, March 31, beginning at 8 a.m. The development is north of U.S. Highway 27 at 49th Avenue, near Walgreens. Monday, April 2 Recycling kickoff scheduledThe public is invited to a celebration of Ocalas curbside recycling service from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 2, on the Downtown Square. Sponsored by the City of Ocala and Waste Pro, activities will include a chicken and ribs barbecue, recycling giveaways, educational materials and photo opportunities with the recycling mascot. There also will be a live radio remote by WOCAs The Voice of Ocala with Buddy Martin and appearances by city elected officials. April 2 will mark the first day the curbside recycling program will be offered. The city has contracted with Waste Pro to provide the weekly service. For additional information about the program, visit the Website recycle.ocalafl.org or call 352-624-3100. Saturday, April 7 Chess Club to meet The Chess Club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352873-2276. Saturday, April 14 Golf event at Ocala Palms to help studentsThe Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club will host the Florida Council of Economic Education Free Enterprise Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 14. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Florida Council on Economic Educations mission to prepare Floridas K-12 grade students for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy. The goal is to ensure todays youth become tomorrows productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers, and wise investors. All the programs are free of charge and reach thousands of students. The tournament is a four-person scramble mens division, womens division and mixed division. The events begin with a pancake breakfast, followed by golf and awards and luncheon after golf. There will be a Textron E-Z Go golf cart and Mazda Miata, sponsored by Jenkins Mazda, for hole in one prizes. The highlight of the tournament will be the Million $ shots, one for a man and one for woman. Entry fee is $65 per person and also includes prizes, door prizes and a free round of golf. To enter or for additional information please contact Sherry at the Ocala Palms pro shop, 732-4653.Methodist Men serve breakfastThe Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast on Saturday, April 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5. Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St,, Ocala look for the signs. Golf tourney to benefit United way CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 14. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County. The tournament will be at the Ocala Municipal Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $260 per team. Entry deadline is April 6. Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org. For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352-368-8825. Happenings

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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 000AWV0 FREE Seminar T h i n k i n g A b o u t Thinking About C r e m a t i o n ? Cremation? Topics Include: Preplanning Options Veterans Benefits Travel Protection Interest-Free Financing Please, First-Time Attendees Only Floridas Oldest and Largest N ATIONAL C REMATION S OCIETY 352-728-0093 Please call for reservations Limited Seating Cockadoodles Restaurant 206 Tompkins St., Inverness March 28, 10:00 am Complimentary Lunch will be provided Frankies Grill 1674 US Hwy. 41 N., Inverness April 5, 11:00 am Complimentary Dessert will be provided 000AR7J Quail Meadow S t. Patricks Day was Derby night at the Quail Meadow Clubhouse! What a great evening! Did you know we had so many green haired residents? Not only were there women with green hair, but also Dan Parker had shiny green hair under his derby. The evening began with the first four races. This seemed to be the night for the blue horse. There were times when it appeared that pink and green were sleeping on the track. At the half time point, we feasted on sub sandwiches and chips. The second half of the race was just as exciting as the first at least blue didnt win all the races. Jockeys this year were Lil Carie, Marion Gartman, Pat Talley, and Carolyn Slocumb. The hat contest was very interesting! Pat Tobin, with her talking horse hat, got the prize for the best theme hat. Maryann McGill took the prize for the best Irish theme hat. Dave Yoders and Terry McGill were the announcers for the evening. Carolyn Carlson and Theresa Yoders were the very popular cashiers. The horse race is always a popular community event. This year there were approximately 60 residents in attendance. For those of you who have never attended the races, our horses are Pink, Blue, Green, Purple, White, and Yellow all wooden horses made by Barry and Judi Hargraves. The next community event at the Clubhouse will be April 16 when we will be entertained by the New Pretenders. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne and Theresa Yoders. St. Patrick was honored with Derby night Carolyn Slocumb Some of the hats Barbara Fife, Theresa Yoders, Maryann McGill, Lil Carie, Carolyn Slocumb, Dan Parker, Kathy Voss, Joan Christopher, Marion Gartman, Maryanne Ellner, Marlene Cigrand. More photos, Page 10. Place Your Bets: Maryann McGill, Kathy Voss, Joan Christopher, Charlotte Payne. Cashiers: Carolyn Carlson and Theresa Yoders. On March 15-16, 48 lady golfers from Ocala Palms and SummerGlen Golf and Country Clubs played in what is known as the "Ryder Cup" tournament. Kay Nippa (OP) and Dawn Evans were instrumental in organizing this tournament back in 2009 and it has been a tradition for these neighboring clubs ever since. The weather for this outing was warm, but a nice breeze kept everyone cool. Snacks were provided by both clubs and a delicious dinner was had by all at the end of the tournament. Ocala Palms, SummerGlen ladies compete in golf tournament Diane Kilfoile and Sue Oliver Dot Stapp and Mary Corey Elsie Bush and Barb Dedics Heidi Willis and Pat Murdock Jana McElroy and Joan Wesnofske Janice Hackett and Bette DeGeorge Jean Tasillo and Bev McKarge Pat DeJesus and Kay Nippa Renee Ross and Shirley Redmond Ruth Tedesco and Marilyn Bennett

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A sales tax has to be divvied up among all four facilities. The next option is an ad valorem tax. I personally am against an ad valorem tax. Indigents by their definition dont own property. You are being asked to pay for a segment of our population that has no capability of paying, has no incentive to pay and is not going to be asked to pay. I think thats fundamentally wrong. Gabriel said that outside consultants have verified that it is a very efficiently run hospital. Whether I agree with the salary structure is another issue, but the hospital is considered very efficient. I honestly think it will probably go on the ballot for us citizens to decide. I think its going to have to be a massive education. Verrando commented, though, that this hospital is becoming a proverbial tennis ball. The hospital process is probably going to be completed before the elections. He said a payment for a lease would go into a trust fund, and thats whats going to pay for indigent care. He added, The taxpayers cant feed this monster, there is no way this county can support this hospital the way it needs to grow. He also said, The other thing we need to consider is that when we see the hospital we see a building with doctors. The county will retain ownership of the assets. We are talking about transferring the lease that currently exists. Were not going to sell the building. He noted that now the hospital is considered a government agency and pays no taxes. We need to have an income generator and a good facility, or we could have a black hole for our money. Business development and tax incentives came into the discussion, with some disagreement. Verrando said that he had started a small business in Ocala. I personally understand small business and the pressure the federal and state governments are applying to business, making their ability to survive more difficult. Our government is bloated with too many taxes, rules, red tape and bureaucrats. Cretul commented, Im all for attracting business, with conditions, when it comes to incentives. If you tell me youre going to do this, well do that for you. If you dont do it, then we need to sit down and talk. Dont give the money up front. Weve seen that several times, pretty much in the city, but we can take a lesson from that. Gabriel commented, We need jobs. She said that the quality of life was important, including hospitals, education, parks and recreation. I dont believe in incentives, she said. All of the things that make Marion County attractive should be incentive enough. Arnett disagreed. The EDC and the chamber need to effectively sell Marion County. Selling it on its own merit is wonderful, but we also need to give incentives to bring corporations here. Right now the EDC and chamber are not effectively selling Marion County. We need to be proactive to business. Verrando said that when selling the county, theres one guy thats going to make the decision (in a company) and thats the chief executive officer. If he wants to live here, hes going to live here. The big question is whether or not this area appeals to the chief executive officer. When I first moved here, we used to refer to it as Slow-cala. I can also share with you that though kayaking and bicycling is a really great thing, that is not the beginning and the end to everyones agenda. He added, we dont actually offer many incentives for business to come here today. We have a building and zoning departments that are encumbrances to business. (Next week, more on the topics covered in the debate). messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3 000AYSB BANKRUPTCY Petition Preparer PARALYZED BY MEDICAL BILLS, AND CREDIT DEBT? $250 OR LESS!! Call Elizabeth Soon 352-245-4500 This office is a debt relief agency only. 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At the right are Theresa Yoders, Maryann McGill (contest winner), and Maryanne Ellner. L ately, I have noticed a lot of news regarding all aspects of the body. According to one report I read, this is a multibillion dollar-a-year business. I never knew my body was worth so much money. Im tempted to sell it, or at least rent it out on a parttime basis. I did not know how big of a deal this was until one night this past week I had a little trouble sleeping. One reason I have trouble falling asleep is my deep fear of falling. Actually, its not the fall that worries me so much as that sudden stop. For some inexplicable reason I always stop three inches past the floor. I would not worry so much about falling asleep if I knew I was going to fall on my pillow instead of the floor. However, I cant count on anything these days. Not even my fingers. I once woke up in the middle of the night engaged in a vicious life or death pillow fight. Unfortunately, the pillow won and I cannot find anyone to take my case. I did find one lawyer but he was three-sheets-to-thewind and my case was no breeze. One fear I have in the middle of the night is falling into the hands of some vicious nightmare because of my horsing around the day before. My wife keeps nagging me about my daytime activities but I have a hard time harnessing these erratic urges. Often when I have trouble going to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and cant get back to sleep I simply get up quietly so as not to disturb the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and turn on the television. I once disturbed her; when I came to, I vowed never to repeat that offense. You would think with so many channels on television there would be something interesting to watch in the middle of the night. Something that would make the time spent profitably. Unfortunately, the nighttime airwaves are deIts my body, Ill exercise it if I have to James Snyder See SNYDER Page 11

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voted to things holding no interest for anybody still clutching to a slim strand of sanity. You do not have to be crazy to watch nighttime TV; it is just a consequence of watching nighttime TV. What I do not understand is why they run so many infomercials for exercise equipment at two oclock in the morning. Who in their right mind is up that time of night? I know Im not. Using my remote, I channel surfed for probably 20 minutes and found nothing but people demonstrating exercise equipment and taunting me that I need to begin an exercise regimen if I am going to live a healthy life. One mans healthy life is another mans pain in the back, the knees and the elbows. After all this exercise, I only end up with a tennis elbow and athletes foot. Not only exercise equipment, but also a good portion of these infomercials touts on the latest fad diet. According to one commercial I can lose all the weight I want to lose in a six-month period for only six easy payments of $99 which they would gladly charge to my credit card account. Call right now, they invite through the television screen, for this special onetime offer. This special one-time offer is conveniently offered every night. The only weight being lost is from my checking account. If anyone ever had a gander at my checkbook, they would readily see that my goose is cooked. Perhaps I could start a new fad diet: Cooked Goose. I could market myself as the Cooked Goose Gourmet. All this hype made me hungry, so I raided the refrigerator and kidnapped a tasty snack and immediately put it out of its misery and into my middle-age spread. I say enough is enough. I am tired of other people telling me how to take care of my body. It takes all the strength and energy I have to drag my body from one place to another, let alone adding exercise to my daily schedule. For a person my age I get plenty of exercise, more than I really need. A typical day for me always includes a rigid exercise regime; jumping to conclusions, running my mouth even when Im told to be quiet from You Know Who and throwing my weight around every chance I get. After a full day of this, I am thoroughly exhausted. For my money, its my body and Ill exercise it if I have to, thank you. However, right now, I have more important things to do. Places to go. People to see. Experiences to enjoy. I cant think of any right now, but anything is better than some artificial exercise program. Who do you think I am? Jack LaLanne? With all this emphasis on exercise, I wish some of these people would exercise the right to keep their viewpoint to themselves. In my opinion, the apostle Paul had the right attitude about all of this. I like what he writes to a young man by the name of Timothy. 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The SAC provided corned beef and cabbage along with some other ham dishes as well. Neighbors brought their own specialties to add to the buffet, and everyone totally enjoyed the culinary delights. Peg Stempen, who has a lovely voice, did a solo of Danny Boy after giving the history of the writing of the song. It was so beautifully done that there were many who were seen with teary eyes because of the endearing sentiment of the performance and of the story behind the song. After Pegs song, there was time for lots of fun and prizes as contestants provided limericks that delighted the audience. Prizes were awarded to several who wrote their own or brought limericks written by others to bring laughter to the group. I should hasten to say that although many seem to associate limericks with rather racy subject matter, there were only a couple that were somewhat close to suggestive material. All were acceptable for the evenings entertainment which everyone really enjoyed. A hastily formed group of kazoo players had volunteered to learn a number of songs, most of which were associated with Ireland or Irish traditions, and they presented their renditions for the audience to play Name That Tune. There was much fun watching the group try to perform under the musical direction of Paula LeBlanc who did a bit of comedy along with leading the performance. Although Paula is a true lady in every positive sense of that word, she is often said to have possibly missed a calling because she can bring even the most serious members of an audience into laughter. This evening was no exception, and everyone truly enjoyed the game and its director. Most of the comments that were heard as the evening came to a close included things like: We always enjoy the food, but the group activities tonight made this so much more fun. Everyone was in such good spirits, and we all enjoyed the laughter. Lets do things like this more oftenwe had a ball! Typical comments of this type came from people who enjoy being a part of a community referred to as a lively place filled with lovely people. Fairfield Village Fairfield Village enjoys celebrating St. Patricks Day Priscilla Geissal SAC chair Jean Chapman jokingly plays with the scarf awarded to Peg Stempen for one of her amusing limericks. Some of the "kazoo musicians" try to tune up their instruments while director, Paula LeBlanc, turns aside in laughter at some of their (less than musical) antics. A jovial group of neighbors enjoy the food and fun. Please remember to use our e-mail for stories and photos editor@westmarionmessenger.com Deadline Thursday for the following week SNYDERcontinued from Page 3 Christs Church of Marion CountySaturday, March 31: Men's Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7: Men's Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 8: Easter Sunday. 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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......4 Stone Creek........7 Ocala Palms........9 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 52 WEDNESDAY, MARCH28, 2012 Rev. 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Pat Tobin was the first place winner in the hat contest at the Quail Meadow St. Patricks Day celebration. More photos, Page 4. Communities celebrate St. Patricks Day PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSOcala Palms golfers Ocala Palms and SummerGlen ladies recently held a golf competition. Above, Sherry Sears and Nancy Sennett were two of the participants. More photos, Page 9. By Jim Clark E DITOR If last Monday nights debate for Marion County Commission District 5 candidates is any indication, economic development and the fate of Munroe Regional Medical Center will be the hot button topics this year. One candidate said, however, that discussion of the hospital might not matter. Four of the candidates gathered at the Tea Party Solutions meeting at Berean Baptist Church, and it didnt take long for the hospital to be mentioned. Those candidates attending were Earl Arnett, Bob Cretul, Pat Gabriel and Butch Verrando. Cretul commented that the biggest thing was Munroe Regional Medical Center. I think MRMC needs to stay a community hospital. Ive been a patient there. I know the quality of service. They are very, very good. Arnett, asked how he would vote on a possible tax increase for hospital improvements, said, Thats a very complex question. He said that they would need a half cent now, in a couple of years need another, and then another. He said he had been told that the hospital is operating as slim and trim as it can be. He said the option of leasing to another company should be studied. The problem with taxation is where does it stop. He was asked if the hospital was top heavy. How many in this room make $450,000 a year? How many make a quarter of a million? When no one responded, he said, I think that answers the question. Verrando said, answering a later question, that the hospital has a $30 million shortfall, but the proposed sales tax would only generate $16 million. Theres one problem. Munroe claims theyre the only indigent care facility, but theyre not. 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The Marion County Extension received a $1,945 grant to offer four concurrent sessions covering topics on ecology and karst geology, native and invasive plants, water sampling techniques and human impact to springs. Attendees also will participate in guided canoe trips, nature hikes and water sampling demonstrations. Participants will be tested before and after the event to determine what they learned. They will also participate in follow-up surveys and report if they modified any behaviors based on the event experiences. About 100 people are expected to participate and nearly 6,000 are expected to be reached through event advertisements. Applications for the Districts 2013 Community Education Grant program will be available online at www.WaterMatters.org/CommunityGrants on April 1, 2012. For more information, please call the Districts Communications Bureau at 1-800423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4757. Project at Rainbow Springs gets grant from water district