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For more than 60 years, thousands of Marion County students have called Camp Kiwanis their temporary summer home. Once again, Camp Kiwanis will offer hundreds of local children a wilderness adventure in a cooperative overnight camping program sponsored by Marion County Public Schools and the Kiwanis Club of Ocala. The traditional program puts kids ages 7 to 13 in a summer camp setting at Mill Dam Lake deep in the heart of The Ocala National Forest. The five-day camp offers a variety of activities including archery, swimming, arts and crafts, canoeing, games, sports and more. Transportation to and from camp will be provided by a single bus on Mondays and Fridays. The bus will load and unload at Marion Technical Institute (1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala). Families in private vehicles may also transport their campers to and from Camp Kiwanis. This years program kicks off on Monday mornings and run through Friday afternoons. Four one-week sessions are being offered June 18 to 22, June 25 to June 29, July 2 to 6, and July 9 to 13. Space is available for 104 campers each week. Campers may attend more than one session if space is available. Meals, instruction, and accident insurance are included in the weekly fee of $200 per student. The Marion County School Board employs Camp Kiwanis staff members; the camp director is a school district administrator, instructors are teachers, and the counselors are local college and high school students. Camp Kiwanis started back in 1948. Parents and students interested in Camp Kiwanis should log on to www.CampKiwanisOcala.com to download application forms. I t did not surprise me on Saturday, May 19, when I heard someone say, Hi, Priscilla! and turn to see that it was Stan Cohen doing what he loves to do most help veterans. Stan and his wife Sheila are well-known all around Marion County for their tireless work on behalf of foster children and the Guardian ad Litem program of this area of Central Florida. Those two extremely generous people work nearly every day on behalf of some child or veteran who needs a bit of a helping hand. This particular time, Stan was at the exit of the Publix Grocery on Hwy. 200 with commemorative poppies in his hand and waiting to see when someone would ask for one. I noticed he never asked anyone to donate he waited for them to approach him. And, even in the few minutes that I was there talking with him, about half of those who walked by stopped to get a poppy and to donate to help and commemorate those who have done so much for our country. With Memorial Day approaching, guess it will be past by the time this goes to print, I am thinking not only of those who have died for our country but also of those who have spent many long hours enduring painful injuries, those who spent so much time away from friends and family, and for the families who stayed behind hoping and praying that their military loved ones would return home safe and sound. My daughters family is one of those military families who have worked together as my son-in-law has done his very dangerous job. They know what it is to be aware that husband and father is in harms way and may not be heard from for a time. There are those times when even with the best of communications, it is not possible to connect with someone who is doing that special kind of work that has been keeping us all safe from terrorist attacks. I marvel at their dedication and expertise. During this special time in May, I remember as a young teen being allowed to offer poppies for donations sponsored, I believe, by the American Legion Post in my hometown of Rome, Ga. Many of my friends and I made a competition to see who could collect the most money, and we were very proud to help. I dont see youngsters doing that today. I wonder if they are not allowed to help or if they just have not been approached because I would be willing to bet that many teens would take the time to help if they could. I think young people should be made aware now more than ever before of the need for all of us to think in terms of proactivity so that we dont have those terrible bombings and such that happen in other countries happen here in our country. We have been truly blessed, but I think that much of the reason for this is that our military is so vigilant and determined to keep our wonderful homeland a place that is safe so that we can go about our daily lives in relative security. From Fairfield Village, where military people are very special to us, we would like to wish Godspeed to all those who serve and protect and send thanks and love to those who have done so in the past. Also, to the families who have sacrificed so that one or more members can be on duty and often away from home may we express our abundant thanks and wishes that all of your loved ones stay safe and know that they are appreciated for all they and you as family do for us. Coming from Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely (and patriotic) people may we offer a hearty happy Memorial Day and God bless America! INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Ocala Palms........7 Social Security....8 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 9 WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 VolunteersPage 10 12 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger BY JIM CLARK Editor When you look at 89-year-old Heloese Bennett sitting and smiling at the dining room table at her home in Pine Run, you would never guess that at one time she used to alert the U.S. Navy when German submarines were about to surface. After her upbringing in Pandora, Ohio, she joined the Waves, and went to radio school. Eventually she found her way to Cape Cod, where she searched for and copied German communications. We had stations up and down the East Coast, she said. She and her fellow operators would notify the Navy when a German sub was surfacing, so the submarines could be bombed. Eventually they got wise to what we Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced May 24 from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division. This week is national Hurricane Preparedness Week. For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAAs Climate Prediction Center says theres a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Favoring storm development in 2012: the continuation of the overall conditions associated with the Atlantic high-activity era that began in 1995, in addition to nearaverage sea surface temperatures across much of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, known as the Main Development Region. Two factors now in place that can limit storm development, if they persist, are: strong wind shear, which is hostile to hurricane formation in the Main Development Region, and cooler sea surface temperatures in the far eastern Atlantic. Another potentially competing climate factor would be El Nio if it develops by late summer to early fall. In that case, conditions could be less conducive for hurricane formation and intensification during the peak months (August-October) of the season, possibly shifting the activity toward the lower end of the predicted range, said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAAs Climate Prediction Center. In a more immediate example of research supporting hurricane forecasting, NOAA this season is introducing enhancements to two of the computer models available to hurricane forecasters the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) models. The HWRF model has been upgraded with a higher resolution and improved atmospheric physics. This latest version has demonstrated a 20 to 25 percent improvement in track forecasts and a 15 percent improvement in intensity forecasts relative to the previous version while also showing improvement in the representation of storm structure and size. Improvements to the GFDL model for 2012 include physics upgrades that are expected to reduce or eliminate a high bias in the model's intensity forecasts. The seasonal outlook does not predict how many storms will hit land. Forecasts for individual storms and their impacts are provided by NOAAs National Hurricane Center, which continuously monitors the tropics for storm development and tracking throughout the season using an array of tools including satellites, advance computer modeling, hurricane hunter aircraft, and landand ocean-based observations sources such as radars and buoys. Here are this years names: Near-normal hurricane season foreseen Tracking chart, Page 11 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALDonation to veterans Ocala resident Maurice Owens, Jr., left, stopped by Publix on State Road 200 to make a donation to Stan Cohen, Vietnam veteran, who was offering poppies commemorating Memorial Day. In the course of the conversation, Owens said that he is a Marine veteran and that his father, Maurice Owens, Sr. is a U.S. Navy veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. See Fairfield Village column on Page 12. This woman targeted German subs PHOTO BY JIM CLARKHeloese Bennett at her home in Pine Run on State Road 200. Please see SUBS Page 3 The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Marion County Literacy Council, Inc. in Ocala. The grant will be will be used to fund literacy and basic education programs for adults. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly supports Marion County Literacy Council, Inc.s efforts to improve education for adults, said Rick Dreiling, Dollar Generals chairman and CEO. Their focus on helping adults reach their educational goals is creating brighter futures for many families. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities where its customers, employees and their families live and work. The adult literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide adult literacy services such as basic education, GED education preparation or English as a second language programs. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org. In an effort to secure support for a growing number of heart patients in the Ocala area, local volunteers are seeking help from heart patient survivors and other interested persons to strengthen the local chapter of Mended Hearts. The Mended Hearts Support Group of Ocala meets the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at West Marion Community Hospital in the second floor classroom of the Medical Office Plaza. The next meeting will be held on June 21. Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit support organization affiliated with the American Heart Association that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals, and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the nations largest heart-related patient support group. Members assist cardiac patients with an accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social/special events, and other volunteer activities, says Marcy Frisina, vice president, Cardiovascular Services, Ocala Health System. Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families, and caregivers for 50 years, and the outreach and support is such a proved benefit to the community. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are also welcome to participate in Mended Hearts. Interested persons are encouraged to contact 800-530-1188 for more information and to register. Ocala Health System (OHS) encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 70-bed hospital located in West Marion County. Mended Hearts seeks patient survivors Literacy Council receives grant Fairfield Village Stan Cohen works to honor vets PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALTrudy Bliss, a neighbor from Bahia Oaks, generously donates to Stan Cohen and wishes veterans well. Priscilla Geissal Camp Kiwanis available for youths 000BEZO VILLAGES COMPUTER & REPAIR (352) 237-4852 email: villagescomputer@yahoo.com Next to the neighborhood Storage on SR200 across from the Jasmine Plaza Computer Repair Custom Building Computer Classes Free Diagnostics Data Recovery Networking In Store Service or at Your Location FREE Service Calls to your house or business with this ad 7256 SW 62nd Ave., Suite 5, Ocala, FL 34476 John M. 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W hat a great dinner and ice cream social! Did you try Dorothy Henrys chicken salad? Also, how about Pat Tobins sweet potato salad? Everyone really had a great evening eating and visiting. After enjoying and stuffing ourselves with dinner, we were then treated to ice cream with a variety of toppings. Ron Gartman even provided an assortment of liqueurs for anyone who wanted a little different topping. Marion Gartman and Lil Carie dipped the ice cream, assisted by Dave Yoders and Ron Gartman. We really appreciate all the good cooks in the neighborhood who graciously share with us. The next dinner will be July 4 we will have more about this later. Bingo is on vacation until September. Check the Reporter for other summer activities. The pool is very refreshing! This Friday, June 1, is the First Friday poolside gathering. Maybe this time we will even have some who want to take a dip in the pool. Meet us at the pool on Friday at 7 p.m. bring snacks and beverages. Ladies, mark your calendars: Friday, June 8 is the monthly ladies luncheon. We are going to Mimis this month. Contact Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin for reservations. The last Red Hat gathering for the summer will be lunch at Queen Pat Talleys on Thursday, June 14. Reservations are required. Please call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb if you plan to attend. Since this is June and June is thought of as the month of weddings, we do have many anniversaries being celebrated this month. There are several couples celebrating more than 50 years together. Among those are Bud and Dorothy Avery 55 Years; Lorrin and Eva Hosey 63 Years; and Marty and Clara Gates 59 Years. Congratulations to each couple celebrating this month. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11 2 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Quail Meadow Quail Meadow has great dinner and ice cream social Carolyn Slocumb Marion Gartman, Lil Carie, Ron Gartman and Dave Yoders in the back Read the classifieds Group enjoying fellowship and dinner. 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. 000BKYK 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. Crossroads Crossroads Country Kitchen Country Kitchen Breakfast Served 6am 4pm Mon.-Sat. 7am 3pm Sun. YOU T RIED THE REST NOW T RY THE BEST! Formerly Owners of Spiced Apple in Fort Lauderdale O PEN 7 D AYS A W EEK Mon. thru Thur. 6 am 8 pm Fri. & Sat. 6 am 9 pm Sun. 7 am 3 pm Crossroads Country Kitchen You love it on Friday, so we added Tuesday S LOW ROASTED P RIME R IB FOR T WO Veggies, Salad or Soup, Cornbread $ 24.95 Sunday: Best Breakfast & Lunch in Town P RIME R IB Our Specialty Served Every Day & Night 4 Cuts: English Cut, Ma, Pa & Grandpa Slow Roasted 000BL50 DEBIT CARDS Catering Available 7947 Highway 40 West 237-1250 N.W. 80th Ave N.W. 60th Ave Highway 40 W Highway 27 N M ON .-S AT 11-C LOSE Expires 6/3/12 NEW Popular Demand A LL Y OU C ARE TO E AT W HITEFISH C ATFISH 11 am to close Dine-in only NEW D OWN H OME C OUNTRY B REAKFAST F ROM 3 E GG S PECIALTY O MELETTES TO D ELICIOUS P ANCAKES AND B ELGIAN W AFFLES C OUNTRY S URF & T URF T OP S IRLOIN S TEAK & G OLDEN F RIED S HRIMP I NCL VEGGIES SALAD OR SOUP AND C ORNBREAD E XPIRES 6/3/12 $ 10.95 2775 NW 49th Avenue Ocala Shops at Foxwood 352-368-7662 Fax 352-622-5318 Mon.-Thurs. 11-9 Fri.-Sat. 11-10 Sun. 12-9 000BL94 Monday Pizza Special 18 Cheese $7.95 Daily Specials 11am-3pm Sr. Specials 3-5pm ROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT ROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT SUNDAY Lobster & 2 Sides 1 LB. $ 11 95 $ 16 95 FRIDAY Pizza Pasta Steak Subs Salads Wings 1 1 2 LB. Baby Back Ribs & 2 Sides $ 16 95 SLAB $ 9 95 1/2 SLAB

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During a recent Baccalaureate, Trinity Catholic High School was pleasantly surprised when superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orlando, Henry Fortier presented the school an award as the first recipient of the Blessed Mother Teresa Award. The award was given to a school that demonstrated the values of the corporal works of mercy, which focus on bodily needs such as feeding the hungry and sheltering for the homeless. Trinity Catholic won the award over other catholic high schools in the Diocese of Orlando. The project that set the school apart from the competition was the freshman class community service project during Catholic Schools Week earlier this year. The freshman class performed their service off site at the local Mothers of Missing Smiles park located near Jervey Gantt Park and at the Samaritan Inn in Leesburg. We are so excited and honored to be the first recipients of this incredible award, said Jacquelyn Gehrsitz, principal. Trinity Catholic students have truly set the bar high when it comes to giving back to the communities that have supported us. In addition to the plaque given and a traveling trophy that will be on display at the school for a year, Trinity Catholic was given a $1,000 check for the school to donate to a charity of their choice. were doing, Bennett said, and they would drop oil. The oil on the surface would make the U.S. think the subs had been hit. They were crafty about things. After the Germans surrendered, Bennett transferred to Washington state and did the same thing against the Japanese. She stayed out there until the Japanese surrendered. She and her friends would stand out near the coast and wave at the American ships returning to port. After the war, she went to Kansas City and attended air traffic control school, but instead got married. She eventually moved to Columbus, Georgia, where she met her second husband. When she was 14, her dad took off time from his plumbing and heating shop and they traveled all around the western part of the country. Among the places she visited was the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. Later, her folks wintered in Florida, and I always liked it here. She decided to retire when she was vice president of a sheet metal corporation in Georgia, and 27 years ago moved into the home in Pine Run which is still hers today. Heloese plans on taking the Honor Flight in October. I think it's a good thing. I really want to see the World War II memorial. Part of the time she was in radio training, she was in the D.C. area, so she says she has seen most of the sights in the nation's capital. I don't think too many young people know much about the war and its history. She didn't lose anyone in the war, but had a brother, Leotus Sutter, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Dukes. Dukes was in France and lost an eye. He was a farmer, he drove, and played softball, so it didn't stop him. She has relatives in Florida, including two daughters, a niece, and three grandchildren. She also has a neighbor who helps as much as possible. Heloese walks comfortably around her home, but uses a walker on her slanted driveway. She had only one moment when she said she wished things were different. The hardest thing I ever had to do was give up my car, she said. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 3 10 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Professional Cypress CreekJuvenile Offender Correctional Center, a residential program for 96 maximum risk males committed to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice is recruiting for a School Principal Directs the overall educational program. Masters Degree and certification in educational leadership preferred. Make a difference in a teens life. Apply in person at: Cypress Creek 2855 W Woodland Ridge Dr. Lecanto, FL 34461 Or email r esume to sharon.facto @us.G4S.com Drug Free Workplace / EEO 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 General Help DECCA CABLE is looking for aCABLE TECHNICIAN Candidate should possess strong technical ability in all areas of CATV. On-Call duty required and valid FL drivers license with good driving record. Apply at Oak Run SR200/110th Street Ocala or call 352-854-6557X13 EEO/DF Farm Equipment RHINO RX5 Bush-hog 5 ft, purchased last yr., used 4 times to cut pasture grass. No longer needed. Mint, New $1,250 Asking $950. (352) 746-7476 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. Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$300 & 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 Classic Vehicles AUTO SWAP/ Corral CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS SUN. JUNE 3, 2012 1-800-438-8559 Sport/Utility Vehicles CHEVROLET 2009 Tahoe LTZ 4WD, 29,700 miles, white, leather, DVD, navigation, sunroof, warranty, excellent condition, $12700, ppeo@netscape.com SUBScontinued from Page 1 Marion County Literacy Council TutorsThe Literacy Council is in need of reading tutors for the outreach program at the county jail. The jail is located at the Sheriffs complex. Tutoring in the jail is a unique experience, but it is also a very rewarding one. Although they are incarcerated, the inmates you will be working with are still students who seek to better themselves. You could have a huge impact by working with individuals and giving them the tools they need to not wind up back in the jail again. Meetings are once a week, typically 1 hour in duration. If you think this is something you may be interested in helping with, please contact Dmitriy at 352-690-7323. Brentwood at Fore RanchArts & Crafts Instructor looking for someone that enjoys drawing, painting, and ceramics, multi-medium to teach residents some techniques in art. Fabric Crafts looking for someone who is able to sew/quilt/knit, etc to help lead in activities involving fabrics such as a quilting club, embroidery club, etc. Green Thumb Assistant looking for someone to help keep our garden growing. We are working with Feed the Need to establish vegetable and fruit gardens as well as a flowering garden. Volunteer will be doing the gardening with the residents. Billiard Instructor looking for someone who is able to play billiards for fun with our residents or someone who would like to teach beginner lessons. Country Store Clerk looking for someone to run a small country store that will carry basic needs items (tissues, soap, candy, chips, etc,). Must be able to count change, write receipts, etc. Mini librarian looking for someone who is able to organize library and keep books in proper categories. Help residents make selections. Perhaps lead a short story time. Cooking Class Instructor looking for someone who enjoys baking/cooking to assist in cooking classes such as baking cookies, decorating cupcakes, etc. with the residents. Fitness Leader looking for someone to lead small fitness groups, light chair aerobics, stretching yoga, Thai chi, zumba for seniors, chair dancing. Volunteer positions at Brentwood may include a free lunch while serving in your volunteer station. On-site training will be provided as needed. For additional information contact Barbie Smerecki at 352464-3802. RSVP of Marion County Reading Readiness VolunteersVolunteers that can give 1-2 hours per week in a head-start early learning center are needed to help 4-year-olds become ready to read. A dramatic reading voice is helpful however training in this area will be provided. Volunteers will be reading simplistic picture books multiple times in a way that helps students develop emergent literacy skills and encouraging students to participate in the reading experience. Background screenings and TB test are required at no cost to the volunteer. These positions will begin in the fall. For additional information contact Joyce Wright at 352-291-4444.This file is compiled by Joyce Wright, who can be contacted at 352-291-4444 or via email to wrightj@cf.edu Lend a hand: Volunteers are needed in Marion County Long-term care group needs volunteersFloridas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The programs local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents concerns. Special training and certification is provided. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents who often have no one else to advocate for them are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the programs website at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com. PHOTO BY MIKE ROPPELAre you in this crowd? Residents of On Top of the World Communities and Stone Creek joined together on the Town Square for a community garage sale on Saturday, May 19. This is part of the crowd that attended. Forever Doo Wop planned at Ocala Civic TheatreThe a cappella doo-wop quartet Blend will perform their concert Forever Doo Wop A Tribute to the s and s on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Formed in 2005, Blend is a touring group from Illinois. Evan Boswell, John Estes, Eric Rudd, and Andrew Smith are the four members who bring the songs to life. Though the music is from several generations before their time, they love doo wop, and they clearly love what they do. Blend has opened for a variety of doo wop, country, and gospel acts, including The Platters, Bill Haleys Comets, The Van-Dells, The Drifters, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Ivan Parker, and Greater Vision. In 2008 they appeared as special guests at The Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri. Performing music made popular by The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Del-Vikings, Elvis Presley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Orbison, Otis Redding, The Shirelles, The Coasters, and Ritchie Valens, among many others, Blend has a diverse repertoire. Their concert program features classic songs like Stand By Me, Sittin On the Dock of the Bay, Blue Moon, My Girl, Only the Lonely, At the Hop, Come Go With Me, Dont Be Cruel, Duke of Earl, Get a Job, Goodnight, Sweetheart, In the Still of the Night, Little Bitty Pretty One, Barbara Ann, Book of Love, Runaround Sue, Surfer Girl, Teenager In Love, and This Magic Moment and many more! Paying homage to their Southern gospel heritage, Blend also performs a few hymns and songs such as Beulah Land, Unclouded Day, Amazing Grace, and Ill Fly Away in each concert. Blend is known for having fun at their concerts and making sure the audience does, too. They frequently leave the stage and mingle with the audience, making them feel like theyre part of the show. Before long, the audience is singing along. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Ocala Civic Theatre subscribers, and $8 for full-time students. For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by the Ocala Civic Theatre box office or call 352-236-2274. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.ocalacivictheatre.com. (A service charge applies to online purchases.) The Ocala Civic Theatre is at 4337 East Silver Springs Boulevard (East State Road 40) in the Appleton Cultural Center. Trinity Catholic earns surprise diocesan award News from the U.S. Air Force training centerAir Force Airman Jaymes D. Melvin graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is the son of Chris and Kim Melvin of Northwest 62nd Avenue, Ocala. 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Thursday, May 31 Camelot sips tea with candidate At a time when safety is a prominent concern for parents and educators, life-long Marion County resident and superintendent of schools candidate George Tomyn says he aims to promote school safety. Tomyns other top initiatives, or as he refers to them non-negotiables, include managing resources and ensuring students have great educational opportunities. Other candidates currently vying for the position include Wally Wagoner, Diana Greene and Jackie Porter. On May 31, Tomyn will meet with Camelot Chateau residents for Tea and Talk, a lighthearted gathering that is open to the public. The event will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Camelot is at 1831 S.E. Lake Weir Ave.Saturday, June 2 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. Sholom Park YogaSholom Park Yoga will take place Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. Come and join us for a beautiful yoga class in the Peace Park. Come early to settle in as we begin promptly at 9. Historical Novel group meets The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The program for June 2 will be an interactive workshop on character development that is so essential in novel writing. Priscilla Watkins and Carol Megge will open the program with an explanation of the relationship between plot and character. Those who wish to par ticipate will be encouraged to create a character with interesting goals, motivations, and unique personalities, and then those characters will be placed in various situations and their reactions recorded. Handouts will be provided, but please bring paper and pens to record the story and characters as they develop. Everyone interested in writing and reading is welcome to attend and participate in what should be a fun learning experience. For information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162 or go to www.fchns.org. Sunday, June 3 Blueberry Festival plannedOn Sunday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center, 3810 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd. (U.S. Highway 27), the inaugural Blueberry Festival will take place, to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue. There will be arts and crafts, prizes, a baking contest, 50/50 raffle, book sale, plants, a food area and fresh blueberries. There will also be Horebowtique Mini Therapy pigs, Brick City Oil Slickers VW Club, Ocala K-9 Unit, Ocala Carriage rides, Rowdy Boys Barbershop Quartet and the Blueberry Princess. Admission is $1 for adults Children under 12 are free. For more information call 352-291-1962 or email at pbennighof@gmail. Thursday, June 7 Florida corruption is subject of programThe League of Women and Men Voters Marion County in cooperation with Integrity Florida offer the following program to the community: Florida Earns a C-Grade for Corruption: The Story Behind the Score. The program will be Thursday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Live Oak Hall in On Top of the World, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Admission is free. Presenter will be Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, a non-partisan research institute whose mission is to promote integrity in government and expose public corruption. Thursday, June 14 Palm Cay GOP to meetOn June 14, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for June are Stan McClain, candidate for County Commissioner in District 3, Carol Ely, candidate for Marion County School Board District 2, George Tomyn, candidate for Superintendent of Schools, and Pam Archer, candidate for Marion County Committee Woman. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-4389662 Saturday, June 23 Marion Oaks Democratic dinner The Marion Oaks Democratic Club will hold a fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Donation is $50 per person. BYOB, and setups will be available. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For ticket information call Henry Gabriel, 352-3477029; Winsome Stern, 352-347-3457; Joann Byrd, 352-2082681; or Linda Jones, 352-347-0580. Moose to sponsor golf tournament A four person best ball golf tournament will be held on June 23 at Marion Oaks Country Club. Longest drive and closest to the pin contests are part of the fun. Mulligans will be available for purchase. Tee time is 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. This 18-hole event will offer free coffee, donuts, prizes and plenty of laughs followed by a chicken and fixins lunch at West Marion Moose Lodge. For more information call Joe Edel, 352-238-1485, Fred Pulis, 352-854-9976 or signup sheets are available at West Marion Moose Lodge 352-854-2200. Golf outing is open to Moose members and guests. This project is to help raise funds for the kitchen stove replacement. Saturday, June 30 Ocala West to mark anniversaryOcala West UM Church will be celebrating its 25th anniversary June 30 and July 1. All former pastors and their families along with all charter members will gather in celebration of Gods blessing on one of the newest and fastest growing churches in the 200 corridor. The theme of the celebration will be Led by the spirit to do great things! Saturday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a boxed chicken dinner served in Stanfield Hall followed by a worship service with Past Pastor Archie Buie delivering the message of the evening. Sunday, July1, Past Pastor Don Hanna will bring the message at all three of the services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All charter members will be introduced at the 11 a.m. service. Everyone is invited to attend.Sunday, Oct. 21 Teams sought for Chili Cook Off Teams from organizations or businesses are being sought to prepare and sell their chili at our first Red Hot Rescue Chili Cook Off to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue. Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Ocala. The entry fee is $25 per team and each team is allowed to retain their chili sale proceeds or donate them to their favorite charity. For art and craft vendors wanting to sell items, the price is $25 for 8-foot inside table, $15 for an outside 12x12 feet space (no tables or chairs included.) The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 3. Call 352-291-1962 or email pbennighof@gmail.com for applications and/or more information. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, May 30, 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 Happenings ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A heads-up alert to all free-spirited Ewes and Rams: Be wary of a deal that could result in compromising your independence. Check every detail before making a commitment. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) New facts emerge that help put an irksome workplace situation in perspective. Meanwhile, pay more attention to a family member who needs your wisdom and strength. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A slight setback in plans is nothing to worry about. Use this delay to deal with a number of matters you might have ignored for too long. Expect news from someone in your past. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Youre entering a period of stability. Use it to straighten out any outstanding problems related to a very personal situation. Also, pay closer attention to financial matters. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) As much as you love being a social Lion, you might well benefit from staying out of the spotlight for a while. You need time to reflect on some upcoming decisions. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A difficult family situation improves, thanks to your timely intervention. You can now start to focus more of your attention on preparing for a possible career change. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) An on-the-job change works to your benefit by offering new opportunities. Its up to you to check them out. Meanwhile, a stalled romantic situation starts up again. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) That flare-up of Scorpian temperament cools down, leaving you more receptive to suggestions about changes that might need to be made in your personal life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) An unusual period of indecisiveness is a mite frustrating. But things soon clear up, allowing the sage Sagittarian to make those wise pronouncements again. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) You might feel that you know best, but its not a good idea at this time to try to force your opinions on others. Best advice: Inspire change by example, not by intimidation. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some setbacks could affect your plans to fortify your financial situation. But things start moving again by early next week. Meanwhile, enjoy your resurgent social life. 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The Public Education Foundation of Marion County has won a $15,000 grant from Progress Energy to support science, technology, engineering and energy curriculum in Marion County Public Schools. The SEEK a Challenge grant provides training for teachers, experimental learning opportunities for students, and career awareness through field experiences and mentor coaching. Secondary teachers in Marion County Public Schools will participate in the grant funding this month for next school year. This grant provides opportunities for teachers and students to study, practice and connect to the energy and technology workforce through Progress Energy. The Progress Energy Foundation will invest $500,000 this year to fund energy education classroom projects as well as workforce development at high school career academies throughout Florida The funds will support public-education foundations, science centers and career academies. Over the past 10 years, the Progress Energy Foundation has invested $17 million to assist education initiatives in Florida. Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of our state, said Vincent Dolan, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. We are proud to support programs that engage and excite students about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency. Our support of career academies will pay huge dividends when the students who benefit from these programs join the workforce and become active participants in our communities. The Progress Energy Foundation provided funding to 18 education foundations throughout its service territory to support math and science education programs with an emphasis on those that include energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental education. Education foundations from Alachua, Citrus, Gulf, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties received funding. For more information, call the Public Education Foundation of Marion County at 352-671-4167 or visit www.pefmc.org. More details from Progress Energy are available at www.progress-energy.com/. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000BDR6 H a i r & N a i l s Hair & Nails H a i r & N a i l s Hair & Nails S T U D I O 2 0 0 S T U D I O 2 0 0 STUDIO 200 F U L L S E R V I C E S A L O N FULL SERVICE SALON $ 48 000BL5S FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED LOCATED IN CANOPY OAK PLAZA C ALL 237-7020 FOR APPT W ALK INS WELCOME Cannot be combined with other offers. Must present coupon. Coupon Expires 6/16/12 Color Special CUT EXTRA OPEN : Tuesday 9am 6pm Wednesday 9am 7pm Thursday 9am 7pm Friday 9am 6pm Saturday 9am 5pm W e W i l l B e C l o s e d MONDAYS For the Months of June & July MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW! W h e r e e v e r y s e r v i c e i s a n e x p e r i e n c e Where every service is an experience I must make a confession. It has taken me a long time to get to the place where I am willing and comfortable to make such an admission. I think some of my friends will be shocked at what I have to say. I think it is time I come clean and confess. Sort of, clean the air, so to speak. Simply put, I used to believe in leprechauns. I know that comes as a shock to all of my friends. At a distance, I look like a very reasonable, well-adjusted person. And the further away the better I look. The same thing goes with my distant relatives. The more distant they are the more I like them. Nobody would suspect that I had such a problem. You cannot tell what burdens people are carrying just by looking at them. It all came to me by way of reading books. When I was a young person, I read many books that had to do with leprechauns, rainbows and pots full of gold at the end of those rainbows. I was young and nave at the time and believed everything I read. Once while my father was sleeping on the couch I ask him if he believed in leprechauns and he grunted in such a way that I took it to mean that he also believed in them. If you cannot trust your father while he is sleeping, who in the world can you trust? Many a day I spent in the woods at the end of our property looking for leprechauns. I can testify that they are rather elusive creatures but several times, I almost caught one. They always were just a few seconds quicker than I was. I looked where I thought they were but they were nowhere to be found. Do not get me wrong here. I was never frustrated in my fruitless search of leprechauns. There is no better way to spend a day in the woods than searching for the elusive leprechaun. I began to think what I would do if I actually caught one. Then what would I do in the woods? It is always better to seek and not find than to find something and have to quit the seeking. I think it is something like fishermen. Few fishermen really fish for fish. They fish so they can go home and brag about the one that got away. It is hard to brag about the fish you caught and then there is the messy job of cleaning those fish. No, it is better to have fished and not caught anything to have fished and caught something that you have to take home and clean. Such was my thoughts concerning my leprechaun pursuit. Many an evening I entertained my parents with the exciting exploits of searching and almost catching a leprechaun today. I am sure they got tired of hearing, but I never tired of telling. Then the time came when I really had to face the facts. After almost a decade of diligently searching for leprechauns, I had to conclude that they were simply a figment of my imagination. And you know what happens to figs if you keep them around for a long time. I had to realize there were no such creatures as leprechauns. I must confess that it was a rather sad day for me. It was the beginning of many sad days like this. For instance, the day I realized Santa Claus was not real. Every year I diligently prepared my Christmas list starting out with, Dear Ole Santa, and dictated my list of Christmas hopefuls. Often I would sit on his lap and carefully read my list to him. The last time I did this my wife made me get off his lap. Something about being too big or something like that. To my recollection, he never made good on any of those requests. Jolly old soul? Phooey! Then there was the Easter Bunny. This had me for quite a while. After all, I love the chocolate Easter bunnies he brought me along with the rest of the candy. Unlike Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny was very generous in dousing me with candy galore. I truly hated putting the Easter Bunny away. Probably the last one I will mention would be when a politician says, I feel your pain. At first, I thought this was a genuine concern for my state of affairs. When I found out he was just playing me in his political theater I wanted him to feel some more of my pain. Pondering this I begin to realize that many things that I have believed in turned out not to be true. It is quite disconcerting when something you have believed in for a long time turns out to be phony. While I am confessing here, I must confess that only one thing has turned out not to be disappointing. That one thing has been the Bible. It has been the only thing that has not let me down in life. I take great comfort in Psalms 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Many things disappoint me and I have given them up. I start each day with the only thing that will never let me down, that is the Word of God. I believe the Bible. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. 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. Believe it or not! I used to think there were leprechauns James Snyder Joy Evangelical Lutheran ChurchJoy Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its vacation Bible school from July 23 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. All children from 5 years of age through fifth grade are encouraged to attend and join the fun. The cost is $12 per child and scholarships are available. This year the theme for vacation bible school is Adventures on Promise Island where students discover Gods lifesaving love. These students will learn Gods Promises: God is with you, God cares about you, God gives you what you need, God saves you and God answers you. They will see God at work in the lives of the Old Testament and New Testament as Bible characters realize Gods promises are for them too. Amid the swaying palm trees, exotic wildlife and welcoming sunshine the students will learn about these promises through the games, songs, crafts, and bible stories while enjoying the tasty snacks. Registration for vacation Bible school is available during the month of June, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4 p.m. at the church office. The program planners are also looking for students in the 6th grade and older plus some adults who would like to volunteer and assist the teachers. For further information contact the VBS Coordinator, Joan Greve at 352-304-8711 or the church office at 352854-4509 ext. 221. Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Countryside Presbyterian ChurchThe Fruits of the Spirit will be moderated by Pastor Gary Marshall and a light supper will be served at our adult vacation bible school on July 9 to 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. All adults are welcome. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633. Vacation Bible schools Read the classifieds Education Foundation earns grant W hen you are away from home, one thing you dont want to worry about is how you will receive your next monthly Social Security payment. That is why it is important for everyone receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to sign up for electronic payments. These days, almost everyone gets benefit payments electronically. Today, about 90 percent of all Social Security and SSI beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. That number is increasing because the law requires that by March 1, 2013 all federal benefit payments, including Social Security and SSI payments, be made electronically. Whether you receive Social Security or SSI, you can depend on your payment arriving in your account on time, every time. If you dont already receive electronic payments, there are many good reasons to sign up. For one, less money and time spent driving to the bank to cash your check helps you save. Second, fewer paper checks, envelopes, and stamps, and less fuel to deliver the checks means savings for the government. Hurricane season is here for some areas of the country. Other regions bear the brunt of flooding. Some areas of the nation are plagued by tornadoes, and still others must deal with wildfires, severe thunderstorms, or even earthquakes. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the path of a natural disaster, the last thing you want is for your income to be interrupted because of an evacuation or a missing mailbox. With electronic payments, you know your money will be in your account on time no matter what. When on vacation, an electronic payment ensures payments will be deposited into your account on time, so theres no reason to worry about the safety of your benefit or to ask a neighbor to look out for your check when you are away. As an added bonus, many banks offer free checking accounts for people who use direct deposit because it saves the bank the cost of processing paper payments. Skip the line at the bank, save money, get your payment faster, and know you can depend on your payment being in the bank no matter what happens or where you are. You can do all of this with electronic payments. Learn more about it at www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit. Adon Williams is Social Security district manager in Ocala. Summertimes the right time for electronic payments Adon Williams S OCIAL SECURITY Tourism grants availableThe Ocala/Marion County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for grant funds to support projects and special events held in Marion County that promote tourism, create paid lodging, enhance the countys appeal to visitors and create significant economic activity. Awarded grants will be tied to overnight lodging productivity (hotel, motel, camp grounds, RV parks) in Marion. A total of $50,000 is available for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012. Each awarded grant may not exceed $10,000. To obtain a grant application, visit www.ocalamarion.com and click on the Grant Application tab on the left bar. Completed applications must be mailed or delivered to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau (112 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL 34475) by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. For more information, contact Denise Alexander at 352-438-2800. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, May 30, 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 Recalling my first hurricane encounter Dont blow off hurricane season T ropical storm Alberto, which swirled off the East Coast several days ago, was an early reminder that hurricane season is here. Meteorologists are predicting an average Atlantic hurricane season; in other words, between June 1 and Nov. 30, the weather along the East Coast will be predictably unpredictable. The forecast includes 12 named tropical storms, five named hurricanes and two major hurricanes. When it comes to hurricane preparedness in Florida, residents are often one of two extremes: those who have experienced the devastation that one of these massive storms can wield, worrying that every thunderstorm might be the big one, and the devil-may-care types who wont leave their house until the roof falls in. Both are understandable. Hurricanes are wicked sea monsters, capable of shifting course quickly, pounding the shores with wind and rain strong enough to knock down power lines, uproot trees and gut buildings. Hurricanes can trigger storm surges, tornadoes and catastrophic flooding. There is nothing like a hurricane to remind us of the power of Mother Nature, and on the Florida Peninsula the seaside blessing on three sides of our geography is also its curse. On the other hand, hurricanes are so common that its easy, particularly for lifelong residents, to develop a ho-hum attitude or even hurricane fatigue. After so many years of rushing to grocery stores, gathering emergency supplies, and for those near the coast, boarding up windows, battening down hatches and sitting in traffic jams on evacuation routes, especially when those evacuation routes bring the vehicles here to Marion County many times only to have a light rain pass through it is tempting to forego all the hassle and sit tight until the last possible moment. For the most peaceful summer possible, we suggest a middle ground. This is the ideal time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, and even inexpensive generators. Create an emergency kit with these supplies along with bottled water and nonperishable food items. Store them in a designated spot in the house and conduct family drills so everyone knows what to do. If youre worried about computer data, back it up regularly onto a thumb drive that can be snatched up on the way out the door in the event of evacuation. Sure, it is inconvenient and annoying to deal with hurricanes. But they are part of life in Florida. Make an emergency plan, assemble that kit and when the season comes ends, donate those canned goods to a food bank just in time for the holidays. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters How about you?Once again, my mutual fund and IRA portfolios are losing money. The value of my house is at its lowest point since I bought it in 2004 and is now worth less than I paid for it. When the GOP had control of Congress and the Executive branch in 2006, my portfolios were earning 13 percent; they are now loosing money. The Democratcontrolled Congress took power in 2007. Obama was elected in 2008. Then the bottom fell out! My house in 2006 was valued at 76 percent more than I paid for it; now its valued at 3 percent less. My income right now is stable. But, if Obamas strategy to levy more tax on the very rich becomes law, the additional revenue wont be nearly enough to fix the economy. Guess who will make up the difference: us! The middle-class will end up paying the additional tax required to fund Obamas inane policies. Obama cant run for re-election on his previous accomplishments ... he has none. So, in his meager attempt to lasso votes, hes running on things like supporting gay marriage, the imaginary War On Women, Class Warfare where hes unfairly pitting the middle class and poor against the rich. Hes also putting a lot of emphasis on education reform in his attempt to win the youth vote. Granted, education is very important. But, right now its not critical. Fixing the economy and getting people back to work are; these are the things he should be concentrating on. Obamas administration keeps telling us that the economy is improving but I see little evidence of that. The truth is: Obama and his cronies have no clue of how to repair the economy so theyre telling us what they want us to hear. I cant imagine four more years of his administration. How about you? Joe OHara Ocala 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 M y first encounter with a hurricane, that I remember, was in 1954. We had just moved to a house on a hill in northern New Jersey, a one-story with a basement, facing west. I remember hearing about this storm called Hazel that was cutting across the northeast on its way to Canada, after starting in Haiti where it killed 1,000 people. At that point, I had no idea where Haiti was, but I didnt want something that could kill that many people coming my way. My parents said not to worry, that it was greatly weakened by the time it got to us. I learned a bit about hurricanes then, particularly the fact that the wind comes only from one direction when youre on one side of the storm or another. The wind was brutally strong from the east, but we had our front door open except for the screen door, since we faced west. No air conditioning in those days, incidentally. I sat there fascinated and watched the driving wind and rain, which we seemed to be immune to. But then I saw a tree, about 15 feet tall, blow past the house. Not a branch, mind you, but the whole tree. If I remember right, I went into my room and pulled down the shade. I didnt want to see any more of it. So now Im older and supposedly wiser, and where do I live? Florida, one of the spots where hurricanes strike the U.S. first. My home is surrounded by big trees, too. But in this day and age, we have things like satellite images, constant radar and other tools to tell us when and where a hurricane will strike, and how strong it will be. Most of the time the forecasts are accurate, but occasionally a storm will veer to a new course and surprise people. Just remember Hurricane Charley, which was supposed to hit the Tampa Bay area head-on, but suddenly turned and smashed into Punta Gorda. That was in 2004, when we were hit with the triple whammy of Charley, Frances and Jeanne. The important thing is to be prepared. We should all know about the standard things to keep non-perishable foods, water, flashlights and batteries, a batterypowered radio, etc. Just make sure youre ready to follow the paths of storms, and remember, most tracking coordinates only indicate the center of the storm. Damaging winds and rain can venture hundreds of miles from the main path. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. Tropical storm Alberto jumped the gun by being the first named storm in May. We didnt have too much to worry about from that one, and lets hope our summer and fall are just as calm. But just in case, be ready. Then you can just sit back and calmly watch those trees blow past your house. But if you have any 10-year-olds living with you, dont let them watch. It will be something that will stay with them a lifetime. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at 352854-3986 or at editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Same-sex marriageRecently President Obama publicly announced his support for samesex marriage but not wanting to paint himself in a corner, his announcement was to support the decision, that is, if the individual states legislated the matter. Surely he is aware that the majority of states have already spoken on this subject and have rejected the concept. To serve his immediate political purposes, Amendment X (States Rights) was employed. This administration rarely before acknowledged States Rights. Persons of goodwill have or have had friends of homosexual persuasion who are highly regarded unmindful of their sexual orientation. Disagreement with the life style cannot deny earned esteem -as Christians or as friends, we can do no less. Covenants between God and humans, as written in both the Old and New Testaments, contain condemnation of the practice of homosexuality -not homosexual inclination, but the practice of homosexuality. Opponents of samesex marriage are often classified as bigots. Such classification would thus include Protestant clergy and laity of different denominations, Catholic clergy and laity, writers of the Holy Scriptures, and throw into this mix of bigots Pope Benedict XVI, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, and others of equal acclamation. Presents a dubious measure of bigotry, does it not? The majority of states reject the concept of same -sex marriage. Should all of these citizens who voted to reject be considered bigots? Please see LETTERS Page 7 Due to abortion and contraceptive use, the USA birth rate is below replacement value. From a practical point of view, this is critical in the administration of any government that depends on a reliable work force to continue funding government programs. Needed are traditional marriages to increase birth rates, preferably children born within a committed relationship known as husband and wife. Same-sex marriages cannot achieve this goal. Mabel Ryan President Life Education Ministry, Inc. LETTERScontinued from Page 6 The annual Ocala Palms Mothers Day Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 12, at Carrabbas Italian Grill. It was chaired by Angie Fischetti and Judy Duby and attended by 70 residents. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, good company, wonderful door prizes and a surprise gift card for each lady from Carrabbas! Ocala Palms Annual Mothers Day luncheon took place on May 12 Ruthie Roberts, Carol Pinto and Gerry Schwanke Connie Thorpe, Nina Verni and Marion Stiegler Co-Chairs Angie Fischetti and Judy Duby Above, Linda Schleuter and Pat Santospirito Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst and Marilyn Phebus Sharron Schwartz and Stephanie Schremp 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. No Technicians, No Opticians, Just You and the Doctor Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available Medicare, United Health Care, BC/BS Providers 000BJBU CANADIAN MEDS 000BL6G 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! WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES On RX Drugs 000BAYA 000B6OZ 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) 000B81M 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000B57D Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000AYSO is discovered through worshiping together 711187

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, May 30, 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 Recalling my first hurricane encounter Dont blow off hurricane season T ropical storm Alberto, which swirled off the East Coast several days ago, was an early reminder that hurricane season is here. Meteorologists are predicting an average Atlantic hurricane season; in other words, between June 1 and Nov. 30, the weather along the East Coast will be predictably unpredictable. The forecast includes 12 named tropical storms, five named hurricanes and two major hurricanes. When it comes to hurricane preparedness in Florida, residents are often one of two extremes: those who have experienced the devastation that one of these massive storms can wield, worrying that every thunderstorm might be the big one, and the devil-may-care types who wont leave their house until the roof falls in. Both are understandable. Hurricanes are wicked sea monsters, capable of shifting course quickly, pounding the shores with wind and rain strong enough to knock down power lines, uproot trees and gut buildings. Hurricanes can trigger storm surges, tornadoes and catastrophic flooding. There is nothing like a hurricane to remind us of the power of Mother Nature, and on the Florida Peninsula the seaside blessing on three sides of our geography is also its curse. On the other hand, hurricanes are so common that its easy, particularly for lifelong residents, to develop a ho-hum attitude or even hurricane fatigue. After so many years of rushing to grocery stores, gathering emergency supplies, and for those near the coast, boarding up windows, battening down hatches and sitting in traffic jams on evacuation routes, especially when those evacuation routes bring the vehicles here to Marion County many times only to have a light rain pass through it is tempting to forego all the hassle and sit tight until the last possible moment. For the most peaceful summer possible, we suggest a middle ground. This is the ideal time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, and even inexpensive generators. Create an emergency kit with these supplies along with bottled water and nonperishable food items. Store them in a designated spot in the house and conduct family drills so everyone knows what to do. If youre worried about computer data, back it up regularly onto a thumb drive that can be snatched up on the way out the door in the event of evacuation. Sure, it is inconvenient and annoying to deal with hurricanes. But they are part of life in Florida. Make an emergency plan, assemble that kit and when the season comes ends, donate those canned goods to a food bank just in time for the holidays. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters How about you?Once again, my mutual fund and IRA portfolios are losing money. The value of my house is at its lowest point since I bought it in 2004 and is now worth less than I paid for it. When the GOP had control of Congress and the Executive branch in 2006, my portfolios were earning 13 percent; they are now loosing money. The Democratcontrolled Congress took power in 2007. Obama was elected in 2008. Then the bottom fell out! My house in 2006 was valued at 76 percent more than I paid for it; now its valued at 3 percent less. My income right now is stable. But, if Obamas strategy to levy more tax on the very rich becomes law, the additional revenue wont be nearly enough to fix the economy. Guess who will make up the difference: us! The middle-class will end up paying the additional tax required to fund Obamas inane policies. Obama cant run for re-election on his previous accomplishments ... he has none. So, in his meager attempt to lasso votes, hes running on things like supporting gay marriage, the imaginary War On Women, Class Warfare where hes unfairly pitting the middle class and poor against the rich. Hes also putting a lot of emphasis on education reform in his attempt to win the youth vote. Granted, education is very important. But, right now its not critical. Fixing the economy and getting people back to work are; these are the things he should be concentrating on. Obamas administration keeps telling us that the economy is improving but I see little evidence of that. The truth is: Obama and his cronies have no clue of how to repair the economy so theyre telling us what they want us to hear. I cant imagine four more years of his administration. How about you? Joe OHara Ocala 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 M y first encounter with a hurricane, that I remember, was in 1954. We had just moved to a house on a hill in northern New Jersey, a one-story with a basement, facing west. I remember hearing about this storm called Hazel that was cutting across the northeast on its way to Canada, after starting in Haiti where it killed 1,000 people. At that point, I had no idea where Haiti was, but I didnt want something that could kill that many people coming my way. My parents said not to worry, that it was greatly weakened by the time it got to us. I learned a bit about hurricanes then, particularly the fact that the wind comes only from one direction when youre on one side of the storm or another. The wind was brutally strong from the east, but we had our front door open except for the screen door, since we faced west. No air conditioning in those days, incidentally. I sat there fascinated and watched the driving wind and rain, which we seemed to be immune to. But then I saw a tree, about 15 feet tall, blow past the house. Not a branch, mind you, but the whole tree. If I remember right, I went into my room and pulled down the shade. I didnt want to see any more of it. So now Im older and supposedly wiser, and where do I live? Florida, one of the spots where hurricanes strike the U.S. first. My home is surrounded by big trees, too. But in this day and age, we have things like satellite images, constant radar and other tools to tell us when and where a hurricane will strike, and how strong it will be. Most of the time the forecasts are accurate, but occasionally a storm will veer to a new course and surprise people. Just remember Hurricane Charley, which was supposed to hit the Tampa Bay area head-on, but suddenly turned and smashed into Punta Gorda. That was in 2004, when we were hit with the triple whammy of Charley, Frances and Jeanne. The important thing is to be prepared. We should all know about the standard things to keep non-perishable foods, water, flashlights and batteries, a batterypowered radio, etc. Just make sure youre ready to follow the paths of storms, and remember, most tracking coordinates only indicate the center of the storm. Damaging winds and rain can venture hundreds of miles from the main path. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. Tropical storm Alberto jumped the gun by being the first named storm in May. We didnt have too much to worry about from that one, and lets hope our summer and fall are just as calm. But just in case, be ready. Then you can just sit back and calmly watch those trees blow past your house. But if you have any 10-year-olds living with you, dont let them watch. It will be something that will stay with them a lifetime. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at 352854-3986 or at editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Same-sex marriageRecently President Obama publicly announced his support for samesex marriage but not wanting to paint himself in a corner, his announcement was to support the decision, that is, if the individual states legislated the matter. Surely he is aware that the majority of states have already spoken on this subject and have rejected the concept. To serve his immediate political purposes, Amendment X (States Rights) was employed. This administration rarely before acknowledged States Rights. Persons of goodwill have or have had friends of homosexual persuasion who are highly regarded unmindful of their sexual orientation. Disagreement with the life style cannot deny earned esteem -as Christians or as friends, we can do no less. Covenants between God and humans, as written in both the Old and New Testaments, contain condemnation of the practice of homosexuality -not homosexual inclination, but the practice of homosexuality. Opponents of samesex marriage are often classified as bigots. Such classification would thus include Protestant clergy and laity of different denominations, Catholic clergy and laity, writers of the Holy Scriptures, and throw into this mix of bigots Pope Benedict XVI, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, and others of equal acclamation. Presents a dubious measure of bigotry, does it not? The majority of states reject the concept of same -sex marriage. Should all of these citizens who voted to reject be considered bigots? Please see LETTERS Page 7 Due to abortion and contraceptive use, the USA birth rate is below replacement value. From a practical point of view, this is critical in the administration of any government that depends on a reliable work force to continue funding government programs. Needed are traditional marriages to increase birth rates, preferably children born within a committed relationship known as husband and wife. Same-sex marriages cannot achieve this goal. Mabel Ryan President Life Education Ministry, Inc. LETTERScontinued from Page 6 The annual Ocala Palms Mothers Day Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 12, at Carrabbas Italian Grill. It was chaired by Angie Fischetti and Judy Duby and attended by 70 residents. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, good company, wonderful door prizes and a surprise gift card for each lady from Carrabbas! Ocala Palms Annual Mothers Day luncheon took place on May 12 Ruthie Roberts, Carol Pinto and Gerry Schwanke Connie Thorpe, Nina Verni and Marion Stiegler Co-Chairs Angie Fischetti and Judy Duby Above, Linda Schleuter and Pat Santospirito Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst and Marilyn Phebus Sharron Schwartz and Stephanie Schremp 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. No Technicians, No Opticians, Just You and the Doctor Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available Medicare, United Health Care, BC/BS Providers 000BJBU CANADIAN MEDS 000BL6G 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! WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES On RX Drugs 000BAYA 000B6OZ 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) 000B81M 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000B57D Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000AYSO is discovered through worshiping together 711187

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The Public Education Foundation of Marion County has won a $15,000 grant from Progress Energy to support science, technology, engineering and energy curriculum in Marion County Public Schools. The SEEK a Challenge grant provides training for teachers, experimental learning opportunities for students, and career awareness through field experiences and mentor coaching. Secondary teachers in Marion County Public Schools will participate in the grant funding this month for next school year. This grant provides opportunities for teachers and students to study, practice and connect to the energy and technology workforce through Progress Energy. The Progress Energy Foundation will invest $500,000 this year to fund energy education classroom projects as well as workforce development at high school career academies throughout Florida The funds will support public-education foundations, science centers and career academies. Over the past 10 years, the Progress Energy Foundation has invested $17 million to assist education initiatives in Florida. Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of our state, said Vincent Dolan, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. We are proud to support programs that engage and excite students about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency. Our support of career academies will pay huge dividends when the students who benefit from these programs join the workforce and become active participants in our communities. The Progress Energy Foundation provided funding to 18 education foundations throughout its service territory to support math and science education programs with an emphasis on those that include energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental education. Education foundations from Alachua, Citrus, Gulf, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties received funding. For more information, call the Public Education Foundation of Marion County at 352-671-4167 or visit www.pefmc.org. More details from Progress Energy are available at www.progress-energy.com/. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000BDR6 H a i r & N a i l s Hair & Nails H a i r & N a i l s Hair & Nails S T U D I O 2 0 0 S T U D I O 2 0 0 STUDIO 200 F U L L S E R V I C E S A L O N FULL SERVICE SALON $ 48 000BL5S FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED LOCATED IN CANOPY OAK PLAZA C ALL 237-7020 FOR APPT W ALK INS WELCOME Cannot be combined with other offers. Must present coupon. Coupon Expires 6/16/12 Color Special CUT EXTRA OPEN : Tuesday 9am 6pm Wednesday 9am 7pm Thursday 9am 7pm Friday 9am 6pm Saturday 9am 5pm W e W i l l B e C l o s e d MONDAYS For the Months of June & July MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW! W h e r e e v e r y s e r v i c e i s a n e x p e r i e n c e Where every service is an experience I must make a confession. It has taken me a long time to get to the place where I am willing and comfortable to make such an admission. I think some of my friends will be shocked at what I have to say. I think it is time I come clean and confess. Sort of, clean the air, so to speak. Simply put, I used to believe in leprechauns. I know that comes as a shock to all of my friends. At a distance, I look like a very reasonable, well-adjusted person. And the further away the better I look. The same thing goes with my distant relatives. The more distant they are the more I like them. Nobody would suspect that I had such a problem. You cannot tell what burdens people are carrying just by looking at them. It all came to me by way of reading books. When I was a young person, I read many books that had to do with leprechauns, rainbows and pots full of gold at the end of those rainbows. I was young and nave at the time and believed everything I read. Once while my father was sleeping on the couch I ask him if he believed in leprechauns and he grunted in such a way that I took it to mean that he also believed in them. If you cannot trust your father while he is sleeping, who in the world can you trust? Many a day I spent in the woods at the end of our property looking for leprechauns. I can testify that they are rather elusive creatures but several times, I almost caught one. They always were just a few seconds quicker than I was. I looked where I thought they were but they were nowhere to be found. Do not get me wrong here. I was never frustrated in my fruitless search of leprechauns. There is no better way to spend a day in the woods than searching for the elusive leprechaun. I began to think what I would do if I actually caught one. Then what would I do in the woods? It is always better to seek and not find than to find something and have to quit the seeking. I think it is something like fishermen. Few fishermen really fish for fish. They fish so they can go home and brag about the one that got away. It is hard to brag about the fish you caught and then there is the messy job of cleaning those fish. No, it is better to have fished and not caught anything to have fished and caught something that you have to take home and clean. Such was my thoughts concerning my leprechaun pursuit. Many an evening I entertained my parents with the exciting exploits of searching and almost catching a leprechaun today. I am sure they got tired of hearing, but I never tired of telling. Then the time came when I really had to face the facts. After almost a decade of diligently searching for leprechauns, I had to conclude that they were simply a figment of my imagination. And you know what happens to figs if you keep them around for a long time. I had to realize there were no such creatures as leprechauns. I must confess that it was a rather sad day for me. It was the beginning of many sad days like this. For instance, the day I realized Santa Claus was not real. Every year I diligently prepared my Christmas list starting out with, Dear Ole Santa, and dictated my list of Christmas hopefuls. Often I would sit on his lap and carefully read my list to him. The last time I did this my wife made me get off his lap. Something about being too big or something like that. To my recollection, he never made good on any of those requests. Jolly old soul? Phooey! Then there was the Easter Bunny. This had me for quite a while. After all, I love the chocolate Easter bunnies he brought me along with the rest of the candy. Unlike Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny was very generous in dousing me with candy galore. I truly hated putting the Easter Bunny away. Probably the last one I will mention would be when a politician says, I feel your pain. At first, I thought this was a genuine concern for my state of affairs. When I found out he was just playing me in his political theater I wanted him to feel some more of my pain. Pondering this I begin to realize that many things that I have believed in turned out not to be true. It is quite disconcerting when something you have believed in for a long time turns out to be phony. While I am confessing here, I must confess that only one thing has turned out not to be disappointing. That one thing has been the Bible. It has been the only thing that has not let me down in life. I take great comfort in Psalms 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Many things disappoint me and I have given them up. I start each day with the only thing that will never let me down, that is the Word of God. I believe the Bible. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. 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. Believe it or not! I used to think there were leprechauns James Snyder Joy Evangelical Lutheran ChurchJoy Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its vacation Bible school from July 23 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. All children from 5 years of age through fifth grade are encouraged to attend and join the fun. The cost is $12 per child and scholarships are available. This year the theme for vacation bible school is Adventures on Promise Island where students discover Gods lifesaving love. These students will learn Gods Promises: God is with you, God cares about you, God gives you what you need, God saves you and God answers you. They will see God at work in the lives of the Old Testament and New Testament as Bible characters realize Gods promises are for them too. Amid the swaying palm trees, exotic wildlife and welcoming sunshine the students will learn about these promises through the games, songs, crafts, and bible stories while enjoying the tasty snacks. Registration for vacation Bible school is available during the month of June, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4 p.m. at the church office. The program planners are also looking for students in the 6th grade and older plus some adults who would like to volunteer and assist the teachers. For further information contact the VBS Coordinator, Joan Greve at 352-304-8711 or the church office at 352854-4509 ext. 221. Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Countryside Presbyterian ChurchThe Fruits of the Spirit will be moderated by Pastor Gary Marshall and a light supper will be served at our adult vacation bible school on July 9 to 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. All adults are welcome. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633. Vacation Bible schools Read the classifieds Education Foundation earns grant W hen you are away from home, one thing you dont want to worry about is how you will receive your next monthly Social Security payment. That is why it is important for everyone receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to sign up for electronic payments. These days, almost everyone gets benefit payments electronically. Today, about 90 percent of all Social Security and SSI beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. That number is increasing because the law requires that by March 1, 2013 all federal benefit payments, including Social Security and SSI payments, be made electronically. Whether you receive Social Security or SSI, you can depend on your payment arriving in your account on time, every time. If you dont already receive electronic payments, there are many good reasons to sign up. For one, less money and time spent driving to the bank to cash your check helps you save. Second, fewer paper checks, envelopes, and stamps, and less fuel to deliver the checks means savings for the government. Hurricane season is here for some areas of the country. Other regions bear the brunt of flooding. Some areas of the nation are plagued by tornadoes, and still others must deal with wildfires, severe thunderstorms, or even earthquakes. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the path of a natural disaster, the last thing you want is for your income to be interrupted because of an evacuation or a missing mailbox. With electronic payments, you know your money will be in your account on time no matter what. When on vacation, an electronic payment ensures payments will be deposited into your account on time, so theres no reason to worry about the safety of your benefit or to ask a neighbor to look out for your check when you are away. As an added bonus, many banks offer free checking accounts for people who use direct deposit because it saves the bank the cost of processing paper payments. Skip the line at the bank, save money, get your payment faster, and know you can depend on your payment being in the bank no matter what happens or where you are. You can do all of this with electronic payments. Learn more about it at www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit. Adon Williams is Social Security district manager in Ocala. Summertimes the right time for electronic payments Adon Williams S OCIAL SECURITY Tourism grants availableThe Ocala/Marion County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for grant funds to support projects and special events held in Marion County that promote tourism, create paid lodging, enhance the countys appeal to visitors and create significant economic activity. Awarded grants will be tied to overnight lodging productivity (hotel, motel, camp grounds, RV parks) in Marion. A total of $50,000 is available for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012. Each awarded grant may not exceed $10,000. To obtain a grant application, visit www.ocalamarion.com and click on the Grant Application tab on the left bar. Completed applications must be mailed or delivered to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau (112 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL 34475) by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. For more information, contact Denise Alexander at 352-438-2800. Donation of transport van soughtSheltering Hands Animal Rescue is seeking a donation of a cargo van to transport cats in their Community Cats Program to spay and neuter. Vehicle must be in working condition. The donation is tax-deductible based on book value. Contact Paula Bennighof, 352-291-1962pbennighof@gmail.com or Sheltering Hands Rescue at 352-817-0663 or sheltering hands@embarqmail.com. 000BL9R LAWN/HOME Roys Lawn & Home Services Full Property Maintenance Tree Trimming Sod Installations Pressure Washing F REE E STIMATES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444 CERAMIC TILE Lawson Tile Floors Walls Tub & Shower Remodel Back Splash Reasonable Rates 34 years Experience (352) 229-5548 Licensed & Insured 000AUBU 000B7V0 A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G AIR CONDITIONING Wilson Air service 352-208-4641 Locally Owned & Operated License # CAC1816140 WILSON AIR SERVICE Tune Up Special We Service All Brands Repairs Replacement Free Second Opinions 24-HR. 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Thursday, May 31 Camelot sips tea with candidate At a time when safety is a prominent concern for parents and educators, life-long Marion County resident and superintendent of schools candidate George Tomyn says he aims to promote school safety. Tomyns other top initiatives, or as he refers to them non-negotiables, include managing resources and ensuring students have great educational opportunities. Other candidates currently vying for the position include Wally Wagoner, Diana Greene and Jackie Porter. On May 31, Tomyn will meet with Camelot Chateau residents for Tea and Talk, a lighthearted gathering that is open to the public. The event will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Camelot is at 1831 S.E. Lake Weir Ave.Saturday, June 2 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. Sholom Park YogaSholom Park Yoga will take place Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. Come and join us for a beautiful yoga class in the Peace Park. Come early to settle in as we begin promptly at 9. Historical Novel group meets The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The program for June 2 will be an interactive workshop on character development that is so essential in novel writing. Priscilla Watkins and Carol Megge will open the program with an explanation of the relationship between plot and character. Those who wish to par ticipate will be encouraged to create a character with interesting goals, motivations, and unique personalities, and then those characters will be placed in various situations and their reactions recorded. Handouts will be provided, but please bring paper and pens to record the story and characters as they develop. Everyone interested in writing and reading is welcome to attend and participate in what should be a fun learning experience. For information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162 or go to www.fchns.org. Sunday, June 3 Blueberry Festival plannedOn Sunday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center, 3810 N.W. Bonnie Heath Blvd. (U.S. Highway 27), the inaugural Blueberry Festival will take place, to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue. There will be arts and crafts, prizes, a baking contest, 50/50 raffle, book sale, plants, a food area and fresh blueberries. There will also be Horebowtique Mini Therapy pigs, Brick City Oil Slickers VW Club, Ocala K-9 Unit, Ocala Carriage rides, Rowdy Boys Barbershop Quartet and the Blueberry Princess. Admission is $1 for adults Children under 12 are free. For more information call 352-291-1962 or email at pbennighof@gmail. Thursday, June 7 Florida corruption is subject of programThe League of Women and Men Voters Marion County in cooperation with Integrity Florida offer the following program to the community: Florida Earns a C-Grade for Corruption: The Story Behind the Score. The program will be Thursday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Live Oak Hall in On Top of the World, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Admission is free. Presenter will be Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, a non-partisan research institute whose mission is to promote integrity in government and expose public corruption. Thursday, June 14 Palm Cay GOP to meetOn June 14, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for June are Stan McClain, candidate for County Commissioner in District 3, Carol Ely, candidate for Marion County School Board District 2, George Tomyn, candidate for Superintendent of Schools, and Pam Archer, candidate for Marion County Committee Woman. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-4389662 Saturday, June 23 Marion Oaks Democratic dinner The Marion Oaks Democratic Club will hold a fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Donation is $50 per person. BYOB, and setups will be available. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For ticket information call Henry Gabriel, 352-3477029; Winsome Stern, 352-347-3457; Joann Byrd, 352-2082681; or Linda Jones, 352-347-0580. Moose to sponsor golf tournament A four person best ball golf tournament will be held on June 23 at Marion Oaks Country Club. Longest drive and closest to the pin contests are part of the fun. Mulligans will be available for purchase. Tee time is 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. This 18-hole event will offer free coffee, donuts, prizes and plenty of laughs followed by a chicken and fixins lunch at West Marion Moose Lodge. For more information call Joe Edel, 352-238-1485, Fred Pulis, 352-854-9976 or signup sheets are available at West Marion Moose Lodge 352-854-2200. Golf outing is open to Moose members and guests. This project is to help raise funds for the kitchen stove replacement. Saturday, June 30 Ocala West to mark anniversaryOcala West UM Church will be celebrating its 25th anniversary June 30 and July 1. All former pastors and their families along with all charter members will gather in celebration of Gods blessing on one of the newest and fastest growing churches in the 200 corridor. The theme of the celebration will be Led by the spirit to do great things! Saturday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a boxed chicken dinner served in Stanfield Hall followed by a worship service with Past Pastor Archie Buie delivering the message of the evening. Sunday, July1, Past Pastor Don Hanna will bring the message at all three of the services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All charter members will be introduced at the 11 a.m. service. Everyone is invited to attend.Sunday, Oct. 21 Teams sought for Chili Cook Off Teams from organizations or businesses are being sought to prepare and sell their chili at our first Red Hot Rescue Chili Cook Off to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue. Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Ocala. The entry fee is $25 per team and each team is allowed to retain their chili sale proceeds or donate them to their favorite charity. For art and craft vendors wanting to sell items, the price is $25 for 8-foot inside table, $15 for an outside 12x12 feet space (no tables or chairs included.) The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 3. Call 352-291-1962 or email pbennighof@gmail.com for applications and/or more information. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, May 30, 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. 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During a recent Baccalaureate, Trinity Catholic High School was pleasantly surprised when superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orlando, Henry Fortier presented the school an award as the first recipient of the Blessed Mother Teresa Award. The award was given to a school that demonstrated the values of the corporal works of mercy, which focus on bodily needs such as feeding the hungry and sheltering for the homeless. Trinity Catholic won the award over other catholic high schools in the Diocese of Orlando. The project that set the school apart from the competition was the freshman class community service project during Catholic Schools Week earlier this year. The freshman class performed their service off site at the local Mothers of Missing Smiles park located near Jervey Gantt Park and at the Samaritan Inn in Leesburg. We are so excited and honored to be the first recipients of this incredible award, said Jacquelyn Gehrsitz, principal. Trinity Catholic students have truly set the bar high when it comes to giving back to the communities that have supported us. In addition to the plaque given and a traveling trophy that will be on display at the school for a year, Trinity Catholic was given a $1,000 check for the school to donate to a charity of their choice. were doing, Bennett said, and they would drop oil. The oil on the surface would make the U.S. think the subs had been hit. They were crafty about things. After the Germans surrendered, Bennett transferred to Washington state and did the same thing against the Japanese. She stayed out there until the Japanese surrendered. She and her friends would stand out near the coast and wave at the American ships returning to port. After the war, she went to Kansas City and attended air traffic control school, but instead got married. She eventually moved to Columbus, Georgia, where she met her second husband. When she was 14, her dad took off time from his plumbing and heating shop and they traveled all around the western part of the country. Among the places she visited was the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. Later, her folks wintered in Florida, and I always liked it here. She decided to retire when she was vice president of a sheet metal corporation in Georgia, and 27 years ago moved into the home in Pine Run which is still hers today. Heloese plans on taking the Honor Flight in October. I think it's a good thing. I really want to see the World War II memorial. Part of the time she was in radio training, she was in the D.C. area, so she says she has seen most of the sights in the nation's capital. I don't think too many young people know much about the war and its history. She didn't lose anyone in the war, but had a brother, Leotus Sutter, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Dukes. Dukes was in France and lost an eye. He was a farmer, he drove, and played softball, so it didn't stop him. She has relatives in Florida, including two daughters, a niece, and three grandchildren. She also has a neighbor who helps as much as possible. Heloese walks comfortably around her home, but uses a walker on her slanted driveway. She had only one moment when she said she wished things were different. The hardest thing I ever had to do was give up my car, she said. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 3 10 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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. 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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 General Help DECCA CABLE is looking for aCABLE TECHNICIAN Candidate should possess strong technical ability in all areas of CATV. On-Call duty required and valid FL drivers license with good driving record. Apply at Oak Run SR200/110th Street Ocala or call 352-854-6557X13 EEO/DF Farm Equipment RHINO RX5 Bush-hog 5 ft, purchased last yr., used 4 times to cut pasture grass. No longer needed. Mint, New $1,250 Asking $950. (352) 746-7476 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. Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$300 & 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 Classic Vehicles AUTO SWAP/ Corral CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS SUN. JUNE 3, 2012 1-800-438-8559 Sport/Utility Vehicles CHEVROLET 2009 Tahoe LTZ 4WD, 29,700 miles, white, leather, DVD, navigation, sunroof, warranty, excellent condition, $12700, ppeo@netscape.com SUBScontinued from Page 1 Marion County Literacy Council TutorsThe Literacy Council is in need of reading tutors for the outreach program at the county jail. The jail is located at the Sheriffs complex. Tutoring in the jail is a unique experience, but it is also a very rewarding one. Although they are incarcerated, the inmates you will be working with are still students who seek to better themselves. You could have a huge impact by working with individuals and giving them the tools they need to not wind up back in the jail again. Meetings are once a week, typically 1 hour in duration. If you think this is something you may be interested in helping with, please contact Dmitriy at 352-690-7323. Brentwood at Fore RanchArts & Crafts Instructor looking for someone that enjoys drawing, painting, and ceramics, multi-medium to teach residents some techniques in art. Fabric Crafts looking for someone who is able to sew/quilt/knit, etc to help lead in activities involving fabrics such as a quilting club, embroidery club, etc. Green Thumb Assistant looking for someone to help keep our garden growing. We are working with Feed the Need to establish vegetable and fruit gardens as well as a flowering garden. Volunteer will be doing the gardening with the residents. Billiard Instructor looking for someone who is able to play billiards for fun with our residents or someone who would like to teach beginner lessons. Country Store Clerk looking for someone to run a small country store that will carry basic needs items (tissues, soap, candy, chips, etc,). Must be able to count change, write receipts, etc. Mini librarian looking for someone who is able to organize library and keep books in proper categories. Help residents make selections. Perhaps lead a short story time. Cooking Class Instructor looking for someone who enjoys baking/cooking to assist in cooking classes such as baking cookies, decorating cupcakes, etc. with the residents. Fitness Leader looking for someone to lead small fitness groups, light chair aerobics, stretching yoga, Thai chi, zumba for seniors, chair dancing. Volunteer positions at Brentwood may include a free lunch while serving in your volunteer station. On-site training will be provided as needed. For additional information contact Barbie Smerecki at 352464-3802. RSVP of Marion County Reading Readiness VolunteersVolunteers that can give 1-2 hours per week in a head-start early learning center are needed to help 4-year-olds become ready to read. A dramatic reading voice is helpful however training in this area will be provided. Volunteers will be reading simplistic picture books multiple times in a way that helps students develop emergent literacy skills and encouraging students to participate in the reading experience. Background screenings and TB test are required at no cost to the volunteer. These positions will begin in the fall. For additional information contact Joyce Wright at 352-291-4444.This file is compiled by Joyce Wright, who can be contacted at 352-291-4444 or via email to wrightj@cf.edu Lend a hand: Volunteers are needed in Marion County Long-term care group needs volunteersFloridas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The programs local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents concerns. Special training and certification is provided. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents who often have no one else to advocate for them are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the programs website at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com. PHOTO BY MIKE ROPPELAre you in this crowd? Residents of On Top of the World Communities and Stone Creek joined together on the Town Square for a community garage sale on Saturday, May 19. This is part of the crowd that attended. Forever Doo Wop planned at Ocala Civic TheatreThe a cappella doo-wop quartet Blend will perform their concert Forever Doo Wop A Tribute to the s and s on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Formed in 2005, Blend is a touring group from Illinois. Evan Boswell, John Estes, Eric Rudd, and Andrew Smith are the four members who bring the songs to life. Though the music is from several generations before their time, they love doo wop, and they clearly love what they do. Blend has opened for a variety of doo wop, country, and gospel acts, including The Platters, Bill Haleys Comets, The Van-Dells, The Drifters, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Ivan Parker, and Greater Vision. In 2008 they appeared as special guests at The Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri. Performing music made popular by The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Del-Vikings, Elvis Presley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Orbison, Otis Redding, The Shirelles, The Coasters, and Ritchie Valens, among many others, Blend has a diverse repertoire. Their concert program features classic songs like Stand By Me, Sittin On the Dock of the Bay, Blue Moon, My Girl, Only the Lonely, At the Hop, Come Go With Me, Dont Be Cruel, Duke of Earl, Get a Job, Goodnight, Sweetheart, In the Still of the Night, Little Bitty Pretty One, Barbara Ann, Book of Love, Runaround Sue, Surfer Girl, Teenager In Love, and This Magic Moment and many more! Paying homage to their Southern gospel heritage, Blend also performs a few hymns and songs such as Beulah Land, Unclouded Day, Amazing Grace, and Ill Fly Away in each concert. Blend is known for having fun at their concerts and making sure the audience does, too. They frequently leave the stage and mingle with the audience, making them feel like theyre part of the show. Before long, the audience is singing along. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Ocala Civic Theatre subscribers, and $8 for full-time students. For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by the Ocala Civic Theatre box office or call 352-236-2274. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.ocalacivictheatre.com. (A service charge applies to online purchases.) The Ocala Civic Theatre is at 4337 East Silver Springs Boulevard (East State Road 40) in the Appleton Cultural Center. Trinity Catholic earns surprise diocesan award News from the U.S. Air Force training centerAir Force Airman Jaymes D. Melvin graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is the son of Chris and Kim Melvin of Northwest 62nd Avenue, Ocala. 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W hat a great dinner and ice cream social! Did you try Dorothy Henrys chicken salad? Also, how about Pat Tobins sweet potato salad? Everyone really had a great evening eating and visiting. After enjoying and stuffing ourselves with dinner, we were then treated to ice cream with a variety of toppings. Ron Gartman even provided an assortment of liqueurs for anyone who wanted a little different topping. Marion Gartman and Lil Carie dipped the ice cream, assisted by Dave Yoders and Ron Gartman. We really appreciate all the good cooks in the neighborhood who graciously share with us. The next dinner will be July 4 we will have more about this later. Bingo is on vacation until September. Check the Reporter for other summer activities. The pool is very refreshing! This Friday, June 1, is the First Friday poolside gathering. Maybe this time we will even have some who want to take a dip in the pool. Meet us at the pool on Friday at 7 p.m. bring snacks and beverages. Ladies, mark your calendars: Friday, June 8 is the monthly ladies luncheon. We are going to Mimis this month. Contact Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin for reservations. The last Red Hat gathering for the summer will be lunch at Queen Pat Talleys on Thursday, June 14. Reservations are required. Please call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb if you plan to attend. Since this is June and June is thought of as the month of weddings, we do have many anniversaries being celebrated this month. There are several couples celebrating more than 50 years together. Among those are Bud and Dorothy Avery 55 Years; Lorrin and Eva Hosey 63 Years; and Marty and Clara Gates 59 Years. Congratulations to each couple celebrating this month. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11 2 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Quail Meadow Quail Meadow has great dinner and ice cream social Carolyn Slocumb Marion Gartman, Lil Carie, Ron Gartman and Dave Yoders in the back Read the classifieds Group enjoying fellowship and dinner. 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. 000BKYK 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. Crossroads Crossroads Country Kitchen Country Kitchen Breakfast Served 6am 4pm Mon.-Sat. 7am 3pm Sun. YOU T RIED THE REST NOW T RY THE BEST! Formerly Owners of Spiced Apple in Fort Lauderdale O PEN 7 D AYS A W EEK Mon. thru Thur. 6 am 8 pm Fri. & Sat. 6 am 9 pm Sun. 7 am 3 pm Crossroads Country Kitchen You love it on Friday, so we added Tuesday S LOW ROASTED P RIME R IB FOR T WO Veggies, Salad or Soup, Cornbread $ 24.95 Sunday: Best Breakfast & Lunch in Town P RIME R IB Our Specialty Served Every Day & Night 4 Cuts: English Cut, Ma, Pa & Grandpa Slow Roasted 000BL50 DEBIT CARDS Catering Available 7947 Highway 40 West 237-1250 N.W. 80th Ave N.W. 60th Ave Highway 40 W Highway 27 N M ON .-S AT 11-C LOSE Expires 6/3/12 NEW Popular Demand A LL Y OU C ARE TO E AT W HITEFISH C ATFISH 11 am to close Dine-in only NEW D OWN H OME C OUNTRY B REAKFAST F ROM 3 E GG S PECIALTY O MELETTES TO D ELICIOUS P ANCAKES AND B ELGIAN W AFFLES C OUNTRY S URF & T URF T OP S IRLOIN S TEAK & G OLDEN F RIED S HRIMP I NCL VEGGIES SALAD OR SOUP AND C ORNBREAD E XPIRES 6/3/12 $ 10.95 2775 NW 49th Avenue Ocala Shops at Foxwood 352-368-7662 Fax 352-622-5318 Mon.-Thurs. 11-9 Fri.-Sat. 11-10 Sun. 12-9 000BL94 Monday Pizza Special 18 Cheese $7.95 Daily Specials 11am-3pm Sr. Specials 3-5pm ROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT ROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT SUNDAY Lobster & 2 Sides 1 LB. $ 11 95 $ 16 95 FRIDAY Pizza Pasta Steak Subs Salads Wings 1 1 2 LB. Baby Back Ribs & 2 Sides $ 16 95 SLAB $ 9 95 1/2 SLAB

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For more than 60 years, thousands of Marion County students have called Camp Kiwanis their temporary summer home. Once again, Camp Kiwanis will offer hundreds of local children a wilderness adventure in a cooperative overnight camping program sponsored by Marion County Public Schools and the Kiwanis Club of Ocala. The traditional program puts kids ages 7 to 13 in a summer camp setting at Mill Dam Lake deep in the heart of The Ocala National Forest. The five-day camp offers a variety of activities including archery, swimming, arts and crafts, canoeing, games, sports and more. Transportation to and from camp will be provided by a single bus on Mondays and Fridays. The bus will load and unload at Marion Technical Institute (1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala). Families in private vehicles may also transport their campers to and from Camp Kiwanis. This years program kicks off on Monday mornings and run through Friday afternoons. Four one-week sessions are being offered June 18 to 22, June 25 to June 29, July 2 to 6, and July 9 to 13. Space is available for 104 campers each week. Campers may attend more than one session if space is available. Meals, instruction, and accident insurance are included in the weekly fee of $200 per student. The Marion County School Board employs Camp Kiwanis staff members; the camp director is a school district administrator, instructors are teachers, and the counselors are local college and high school students. Camp Kiwanis started back in 1948. Parents and students interested in Camp Kiwanis should log on to www.CampKiwanisOcala.com to download application forms. I t did not surprise me on Saturday, May 19, when I heard someone say, Hi, Priscilla! and turn to see that it was Stan Cohen doing what he loves to do most help veterans. Stan and his wife Sheila are well-known all around Marion County for their tireless work on behalf of foster children and the Guardian ad Litem program of this area of Central Florida. Those two extremely generous people work nearly every day on behalf of some child or veteran who needs a bit of a helping hand. This particular time, Stan was at the exit of the Publix Grocery on Hwy. 200 with commemorative poppies in his hand and waiting to see when someone would ask for one. I noticed he never asked anyone to donate he waited for them to approach him. And, even in the few minutes that I was there talking with him, about half of those who walked by stopped to get a poppy and to donate to help and commemorate those who have done so much for our country. With Memorial Day approaching, guess it will be past by the time this goes to print, I am thinking not only of those who have died for our country but also of those who have spent many long hours enduring painful injuries, those who spent so much time away from friends and family, and for the families who stayed behind hoping and praying that their military loved ones would return home safe and sound. My daughters family is one of those military families who have worked together as my son-in-law has done his very dangerous job. They know what it is to be aware that husband and father is in harms way and may not be heard from for a time. There are those times when even with the best of communications, it is not possible to connect with someone who is doing that special kind of work that has been keeping us all safe from terrorist attacks. I marvel at their dedication and expertise. During this special time in May, I remember as a young teen being allowed to offer poppies for donations sponsored, I believe, by the American Legion Post in my hometown of Rome, Ga. Many of my friends and I made a competition to see who could collect the most money, and we were very proud to help. I dont see youngsters doing that today. I wonder if they are not allowed to help or if they just have not been approached because I would be willing to bet that many teens would take the time to help if they could. I think young people should be made aware now more than ever before of the need for all of us to think in terms of proactivity so that we dont have those terrible bombings and such that happen in other countries happen here in our country. We have been truly blessed, but I think that much of the reason for this is that our military is so vigilant and determined to keep our wonderful homeland a place that is safe so that we can go about our daily lives in relative security. From Fairfield Village, where military people are very special to us, we would like to wish Godspeed to all those who serve and protect and send thanks and love to those who have done so in the past. Also, to the families who have sacrificed so that one or more members can be on duty and often away from home may we express our abundant thanks and wishes that all of your loved ones stay safe and know that they are appreciated for all they and you as family do for us. Coming from Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely (and patriotic) people may we offer a hearty happy Memorial Day and God bless America! INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Ocala Palms........7 Social Security....8 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 9 WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 VolunteersPage 10 12 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger BY JIM CLARK Editor When you look at 89-year-old Heloese Bennett sitting and smiling at the dining room table at her home in Pine Run, you would never guess that at one time she used to alert the U.S. Navy when German submarines were about to surface. After her upbringing in Pandora, Ohio, she joined the Waves, and went to radio school. Eventually she found her way to Cape Cod, where she searched for and copied German communications. We had stations up and down the East Coast, she said. She and her fellow operators would notify the Navy when a German sub was surfacing, so the submarines could be bombed. Eventually they got wise to what we Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced May 24 from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division. This week is national Hurricane Preparedness Week. For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAAs Climate Prediction Center says theres a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Favoring storm development in 2012: the continuation of the overall conditions associated with the Atlantic high-activity era that began in 1995, in addition to nearaverage sea surface temperatures across much of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, known as the Main Development Region. Two factors now in place that can limit storm development, if they persist, are: strong wind shear, which is hostile to hurricane formation in the Main Development Region, and cooler sea surface temperatures in the far eastern Atlantic. Another potentially competing climate factor would be El Nio if it develops by late summer to early fall. In that case, conditions could be less conducive for hurricane formation and intensification during the peak months (August-October) of the season, possibly shifting the activity toward the lower end of the predicted range, said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAAs Climate Prediction Center. In a more immediate example of research supporting hurricane forecasting, NOAA this season is introducing enhancements to two of the computer models available to hurricane forecasters the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) models. The HWRF model has been upgraded with a higher resolution and improved atmospheric physics. This latest version has demonstrated a 20 to 25 percent improvement in track forecasts and a 15 percent improvement in intensity forecasts relative to the previous version while also showing improvement in the representation of storm structure and size. Improvements to the GFDL model for 2012 include physics upgrades that are expected to reduce or eliminate a high bias in the model's intensity forecasts. The seasonal outlook does not predict how many storms will hit land. Forecasts for individual storms and their impacts are provided by NOAAs National Hurricane Center, which continuously monitors the tropics for storm development and tracking throughout the season using an array of tools including satellites, advance computer modeling, hurricane hunter aircraft, and landand ocean-based observations sources such as radars and buoys. Here are this years names: Near-normal hurricane season foreseen Tracking chart, Page 11 Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALDonation to veterans Ocala resident Maurice Owens, Jr., left, stopped by Publix on State Road 200 to make a donation to Stan Cohen, Vietnam veteran, who was offering poppies commemorating Memorial Day. In the course of the conversation, Owens said that he is a Marine veteran and that his father, Maurice Owens, Sr. is a U.S. Navy veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. See Fairfield Village column on Page 12. This woman targeted German subs PHOTO BY JIM CLARKHeloese Bennett at her home in Pine Run on State Road 200. Please see SUBS Page 3 The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Marion County Literacy Council, Inc. in Ocala. The grant will be will be used to fund literacy and basic education programs for adults. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly supports Marion County Literacy Council, Inc.s efforts to improve education for adults, said Rick Dreiling, Dollar Generals chairman and CEO. Their focus on helping adults reach their educational goals is creating brighter futures for many families. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities where its customers, employees and their families live and work. The adult literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide adult literacy services such as basic education, GED education preparation or English as a second language programs. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org. In an effort to secure support for a growing number of heart patients in the Ocala area, local volunteers are seeking help from heart patient survivors and other interested persons to strengthen the local chapter of Mended Hearts. The Mended Hearts Support Group of Ocala meets the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at West Marion Community Hospital in the second floor classroom of the Medical Office Plaza. The next meeting will be held on June 21. Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit support organization affiliated with the American Heart Association that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals, and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the nations largest heart-related patient support group. Members assist cardiac patients with an accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social/special events, and other volunteer activities, says Marcy Frisina, vice president, Cardiovascular Services, Ocala Health System. Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families, and caregivers for 50 years, and the outreach and support is such a proved benefit to the community. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are also welcome to participate in Mended Hearts. Interested persons are encouraged to contact 800-530-1188 for more information and to register. Ocala Health System (OHS) encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 70-bed hospital located in West Marion County. Mended Hearts seeks patient survivors Literacy Council receives grant Fairfield Village Stan Cohen works to honor vets PHOTO BY PRISCILLA GEISSALTrudy Bliss, a neighbor from Bahia Oaks, generously donates to Stan Cohen and wishes veterans well. Priscilla Geissal Camp Kiwanis available for youths 000BEZO VILLAGES COMPUTER & REPAIR (352) 237-4852 email: villagescomputer@yahoo.com Next to the neighborhood Storage on SR200 across from the Jasmine Plaza Computer Repair Custom Building Computer Classes Free Diagnostics Data Recovery Networking In Store Service or at Your Location FREE Service Calls to your house or business with this ad 7256 SW 62nd Ave., Suite 5, Ocala, FL 34476 John M. 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