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Place of Publication: Ocala, Florida
Publication Date: 07-04-2012
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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Opinion................4 Happenings..........5 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 14 WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012 Puzzles Pages 7-8 8 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKThis is part of the crowd that witnessed the superintendent debate at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Sparks fly during debate BY JIM CLARK Editor Back-and-forth accusations about a four-day school week highlighted a debate recently among school superintendent candidates. The event took place on June 20 at Ocala West United Methodist Church, part of a candidates night also involving County Commission candidates. School Board member Jackie Porter, a late entry into the superintendents race, was the second speaker on the list, but Diana Greene, who talked first, is a Democrat and not on the ballot for the Aug. 14 primary. The other three candidates, including Porter, George Tomyn and Wally Wagoner, are Republicans. After delving into her background, in which she said was not a college graduate but came from the school of hard knocks, Porter lashed out against the others. I was the only one of these superintendent candidates to stand up against a four-day school week. That recommendation came directly from the other superintendent candidates. You dont think that was hard? I was the only one standing there among five board members, a superintendent, two deputy superintendents and a lot of executive directors. I felt the decision lacked common sense and compassion for our families and our businesses, and while this was being played out, they were all candidates. She said that the proposal died when the county found it would lose $1.8 million in state funds by not busing the fifth day of the week. In the corporate world, someones job would have been on the line for missing he mark of $1.8 million. She also said that she stood up against the recommendation to remove school resource officers, saying her opponents recommended the move. We are going to keep our safety officers. We could cut cell phones, everyone has a personal cell phone these days. We could even cut a few vacation days out of administrators pay. She also said that she fought to require students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Tomyn spoke next and concentrated on his platform and goals. I have a better way. We will have safer schools, all our children will have great educational opportunities and there will be a balanced transportation budget. These resources will be managed with responsibility. I am not looking for a job. I want to return a favor. As a product of our great school system that has educated and employed me, I know feel it is my time to serve. I do not feel entitled, I feel obligated. Wagoner came up next and went on the offensive. Citing a famous Ronald Reagan quote from a presidential debate, he said to Porter, There you go again. Speaking about Porter, he said, She made several comments up here that were absolutely not true. None of these candidates up here recommended a four-day work week. As a matter of act, those of you who listened last year, none of us recommended taking resource officers out of the classroom and none of us recommended to increase taxes. George Tomyn and Wally Wagoner await questions from the audience at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Jackie Porter, who was standing on the opposite side of the dais, also awaits questions. Please see DEBATE Page 8 Wagoner said the job of the school district is to teach and learn. We dont have a money problem, we have a resource and allocation problem. After that, the session went to a question and answer period with the audience. One audience member (questioners were not required to identify themselves) stood up and said to Porter, Essentially you were called a liar tonight. Would you care to respond? Porter produced a loose leaf book and pulled out an agenda item from June 28, 2011, concerning the fourday week. She noted the report was signed by Tomyn, among others, and that on the back was a calendar for the proposed four-day week. She said that in her administration, when someone put their name on a report they would have to stand by it. Tomyn immediately fired back, I work for the superintendent, and Im a good soldier. Im also pretty good at figuring out complex problems and doing good presentations. He said the superintendent (Jim Yancey) asked him and a co-worker To look at the four-day week and create what might be a four-day week schedule and make a presentation before the School Board, and the pair did exactly that. We were being good soldiers and we followed his directions. We were not recommending as individual educators that the four-day week was the best thing for our students. Porter, Tomyn and Wagoner will be on the Republican primary ballot on Aug. 14. The winner will face Greene in November. DEBATEcontinued from Page 1 This week, fireworks will be the highlight of Fourth of July celebrations around the country. While these sky displays are certainly fun to watch, they are responsible for thousands of injuries each year, most of which are incurred by children. Marion County Fire Rescue encourages residents to attend professional fireworks shows in lieu of setting off fireworks themselves at backyard events to prevent injuries. Even seemingly benign sparklers pose a threat as the tips of these holiday favorites burn at approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit thats three times the average baking setting. In fact, of the 8,600 injuries that occurred in 2010 as a result of fireworks, approximately 1,200 were associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Moreover, according to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010 two out of every five fireworks injury victims were children under the age of 15; children ages 10 to 14 had the highest rate of fireworks-related injuries; males accounted for nearly 75 percent. Still, many of the above incidents dont stand alone. Fireworks injuries are often accompanied by property damage. In 2009 fireworks caused approximately 18,000 fires nationwide, resulting in $38 million in damage. Below are Marion County groups that are planning public fireworks: Celebrate Independence Day at the Circle Square Commons Town Square on Wednesday, July 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. The festivities will feature music by Marion Countys Best local band Second Slice, a professional patriotic skydiving show and food and craft vendors. Plus, observe a Missing Man presentation including four World War II North American T-6 model aircrafts used by the Air Force and a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. Parking is $5 per car for non-On Top of the World residents. Parking lots will open at 4 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs! For more information call 352-854-3670. Ocala Jaycees God and Country Day will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, in the field at the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 225A. Fireworks will begin at dusk, and the free event includes bounce houses, two stages of live entertainment, food and craft vendors and monster truck rides. There will be a $1 parking fee. More information is at http://www.facebook.com/TheOcalaJaycees. Be safe as you mark the Fourth Happy 4 th of J uly 000BWX6 W h a t s F o r Whats For L U N C H ? LUNCH? O u r M o n d a y T h r u F r i d a y D a i l y L u n c h S p e c i a l s Our Monday Thru Friday Daily Lunch Specials A r e F r e s h l y P r e p a r e d E v e r y D a y Are Freshly Prepared Every Day Enjoy a lunch-sized portion of some of our favorite meals. Served from 11AM 4PM 3801 S.W. College Road, Ocala (352) 854-7870 Store Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 6am-11pm CBOCS General Partnership I n t r o d u c i n g C o u n t r y H o u s e S a l a d P l u s C h o i c e o f B a k e d P o t a t o o r S o u p Introducing Country House Salad Plus Choice of Baked Potato or Soup Served Monday thru Friday from 11AM 2PM. 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Jones, M.D. P.A. Board Certified Family Medicine Now Accepting New Patients Most insurances accepted Including Preferred Care Partners (PCP) Lab on-site Privileges at MRMC, ORMC & West Marion The movie was based on a book written by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter who married in 1992 and endured a terrible car crash just 10 weeks into their marriage. Krickitt was in a coma for a number of months, but her husband did not give up then or when she came out of the coma with amnesia. She did not remember the preceding 18 months of her life. In their book, the couple point over and over to their religious beliefs and to their commitment to what they considered their unbreakable vow of marriage. The couples only criticism of the movie is the absence of the focus they felt that their religion had in their lives and their marriage. You make a promise before God with your wedding vows, Krickitt Carpenter has said. You have to take that seriously. Those attending the movie felt that the movie was very worthwhile whether the religious emphasis was there or not. One person, who asked not to be quoted, said that often today religion is so controversial that perhaps the movie makers were concerned about alienating part of their audience. After all, the financial bottom line has to be a major concern from their point of view. The audience for the movie did express appreciation for the regular showings of the newer movies in the comfort of the clubhouse. We cannot deny that it is a bargain when one adds up the cost of attending movies at the theater where besides the cost of the tickets, the popcorn and the drinks run fairly high. Besidesthey dont provide free tissues at the movie theater. It was a nice time to have a movie when it was literally raining giant tear drops from the sky. All in all it was pleasant for those of our neighbors who attended a Fairfield Village activity in the comfort of the media room provided for our lovely neighbors in our lively community. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 2 The Republican Business Council took a straw poll at its June 28 luncheon and recently released the results. The poll reflects the opinions of those at the luncheon, and may not necessarily be indicative of the feelings of the public in general. Here are the results: Public defender: Bo Samargya 73, Mike Graves 65. Sheriff: Chris Blair 99, Dan Kuhn 84. Superintendent of Schools: Wally Wagoner 98, George Tomyn 52, Jackie Porter 31. Supervisor of Elections: Wesley Wilcox 135, Barbara Ruse 20. County Commission District 1: Mike Amsden 110, David Moore 42. County Commission District 3: Stan McClain 121, Jeff Gold 48. County Commission District 5: Earl Arnett 74, Pat Gabriel36, Francine Johannesen 35, Butch Verrando 27. County Judge Group 3: Tommy Thompson 133, LeAnn Mackey Barnes 18. County Judge Group 4: Robert Landt 77, Paul Guilfoil 66. School Board District 1: Nancy Stacy 80, Woody Clymer 79. School Board District 2: Carol Ely 92, Robert Dobkowski 67. State Committeeman: Kurt Kelly 136, James Burkiewicz 11, Cornelius Link Jr. 8. State Committeewoman: Teri Armstrong 81, Pamela Archer 59, Julia Burkiewicz 4. School Operating one-half mill ad valorem tax: No 158, Yes 19. School capital expense onehalf mill ad valorem tax: No 158, Yes 22. The Republican primary will take place on Aug. 14. Some candidates will face general election opposition in November. Republican Business group releases county straw poll taken at recent luncheon

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Wanted to Buy I BUYGUNS I buy Handguns Rifles & Shotguns Call 352-949-0060 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. 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This story was one that many people could understand and empathize with the characters portrayed in the movie. Viewers overall rated the movie as worthy of 3 stars while critics only allowed slightly over 2. Touted as a good Valentine movie, it did seem to have a bit more substance than that. At least one of those who attended the showing said that she did need the tissue after all. But I am very sentimental anyway. The movie centers on the young husband, played by Channing Tatum and his injured wife, played by Rachel McAdams. The premise is that the wife is seriously injured in an automobile accident and does not remember her husband. The husband patiently tries to win his wifes affection again so that their life can continue as it had been before. Twists and turns make the plot a little more complicated than the obvious so that it does hold the audiences attention. Popcorn, soda pop, tissues, all for a sentimental movie Priscilla Geissal See FAIRFIELD Page 8 Above, Fairfield residents gather for an afternoon movie, complete with popcorn, seen at the right. Those tickets on the left were free. Puzzle answers to be published next week

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Fix your favorite picnic food and come join us at 2 p.m. Also, this Friday, the 6th, is the First Friday poolside gathering at 7 p.m. July 4 a day for remembering how our country became the United States of America. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of this document. Congress debated and revised the Declaration; finally approving it on July 4, 1776. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on Aug. 2, 1776. Only two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were to later become president of our country John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. It is interesting to note that these two men died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the USA. It wasnt until 1938 that Congress made Independence Day a paid federal holiday. In 1870, Congress made the day an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1778, General George Washington celebrated the day by giving his soldiers a double ration of rum and also an artillery salute. Today, military bases give a salute to the union by firing one gun for each state. We often sing our patriotic songs on this special day. We have many beautiful songs about our country God Bless America, America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, America, and many others. However, The Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key is our National Anthem. The American flag did not play a major role in the War of Independence. Most of the myths about the flags importance during the Revolution emerged much later, after the StarSpangled Banner had become the nations most significant and cherished icon. At the time the AmerThe story of the Fourth of July Carolyn Slocumb Q UAIL MEADOW ican flag was created, it did not attract much attention from the general public; its primary function was to identify ships and forts. Ordinary Americans in the Revolutionary era turned to a variety of other symbolsthe eagle, Lady Liberty, George Washington to express their patriotism and define their national identity. This would start to change during the War of 1812. Often referred to as the Second War of Independence, the conflict inspired a fresh wave of patriotism in a generation too young to remember the Revolution. When Francis Scott Key declared that our flag was still there, he fused the physical symbol of the nation with universal feelings of patriotism, courage, and resilience. By giving the flag a starring role in one of the most celebrated victories of the war, Francis Scott Keys song established a new prominence for the flag as an expression of national identity, unity, and pride. And by giving it a namethat StarSpangled BannerKey transformed the official emblem into something familiar and evocative, a symbol that Americans could connect with and claim as their own. The flag was no longer just an emblem of the nation; it became a representation of the countrys values and the ideals for which it stands. Francis Scott Key was a gifted amateur poet. Inspired by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after the bombardment, he scribbled the initial verse of his song on the back of a letter. Back in Baltimore, he completed the four verses and copied them onto a sheet of paper, probably making more than one copy. A local printer issued the new song as a broadside (a large single sheet of paper printed on one side similar to our ad inserts). Shortly afterward, two Baltimore newspapers published it, and by mid-October it had appeared in at least 17 other papers in cities up and down the East Coast. Attorney Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry from a British troopship anchored four miles away. He had boarded the ship to negotiate the release of an American civilian imprisoned by the British, and had been detained aboard as the bombardment began. On Please see QUAIL Page 6 QUAILcontinued from Page 3 Sept. 14, 1814, as the dawns early light revealed a flag flying over the fort, Key jubilantly began jotting down the lines of the song that became our national anthem. After the war, Key continued to practice law in the District of Columbia. The melody Francis Scott Key used for his song was the popular English tune known as To Anacreon in HeavenAnacreon was an ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith, the tune was originally the constitutional song of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemens music club in London. During the 19th century, The Star-Spangled Banner became one of the nations best-loved patriotic songs. It gained special significance during the Civil War, a time when many Americans turned to music to express their feelings for the flag and the ideals and values it represented. By the 1890s, the military had adopted the song for ceremonial purposes, requiring it to be played at the raising and lowering of the colors. Despite its widespread popularity, The StarSpangled Banner did not become the National Anthem until 1931. Now for a little history of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry: In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The one that became the Star-Spangled Banner was a 30 x 42foot garrison flag; the other was a 17 x 25foot storm flag for use in inclement weather. Pickersgill, a 37-year-old widow, was an experienced maker of ships colors and signal flags. She filled orders for many of the military and merchant ships that sailed into Baltimores busy port. Helping Pickersgill make the flags were her 13-year-old daughter Caroline; nieces Eliza Young, also 13, Margaret Young who was 15 and a 13year-old African American indentured servant, Grace Wisher. Pickersgills elderly mother, Rebecca Young, from whom she had learned flag making, may have helped as well. Pickersgill and her assistants spent about seven weeks making the two flags. They assembled the blue canton and the red and white stripes of the flag by piecing together strips of loosely woven English wool bunting that were only 12 or 18 inches wide. Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead, was the commander of Fort McHenry during the 1814 bombardment, Armistead became an instant hero after the battle. While Francis Scott Keys song was known to most Americans by the end of the Civil War, the flag that inspired it remained an Armistead family keepsake. It was exhibited occasionally at patriotic gatherings in Baltimore but largely unknown outside of that city until the 1870s. The flag remained the private property of Lieutenant Colonel Armisteads widow, Louisa Armistead, his daughter Georgiana Armistead Appleton, and his grandson Eben Appleton for 90 years. During that time, the increasing popularity of Keys anthem and the American publics developing sense of national heritage transformed the Star-Spangled Banner from a family keepsake into a national treasure. New York stockbroker Eben Appleton inherited the Star-Spangled Banner upon his mothers death in 1878. The publicity that it had received in the 1870s had transformed it into a national treasure, and Appleton received many requests to lend it for patriotic occasions. He permitted it to go to Baltimore for that citys sesquicentennial celebration in 1880. After that his concern for the flags deteriorating condition led him to keep it in a safe-deposit vault in New York. In 1907 he made a loan of the Star-Spangled Banner to the Smithsonian Institution, and in 1912 he converted the loan to a giFort Appleton donated the flag with the wish that it would always be on view to the public. The flag can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Happy Birthday, America and May God Bless America! Workforce Connections Job Fair which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Debby has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19. The job fair is open at no charge to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Floridas Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala. Employers interested in taking part in the Job Fair must post open job orders with Workforce Connection through the Employ Florida Marketplace. There is no charge to participate but space is limited and will be available to employers on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 352-873-7939, ext. 1141. A computer kiosk with Workforce Connection staff will be available for job seekers to apply for jobs and register with Employ Florida, the states premier online job bank. Job seekers are encouraged to show up early and bring printed copies of their resume to hand to prospective employers. A professional dress policy will be strictly enforced: anyone wearing flip flops, t-shirts, shorts, torn or ripped jeans or other inappropriate attire will not be admitted. Participants should also come prepared with a one-totwo minute introduction or elevator speech highlighting work experience, training and abilities. Job Fair preparation tips can be found at Workforce Connections Job Candidates page at www.clmworkforce.com/careerSeekers.asp More information about the Job Fair can also be found at the Calendar of Events at www.clmworkforce.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS and speaking with a Workforce Representative. For updates and job fair preparation tips, as well as information about upcoming job-seeker programs, follow Workforce Connection on Twitter @WorkforceCLM. Workforce Connection reschedules job fair

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Saturday, July 7 Blood drive at TD Bank LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and TD Bank will having a blood/check up drive on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the TD Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road, Ocala (next to Chilis on State Road 200.) For more information, please contact Susan Griffin, TD Bank Store Manager at 352-291-2450. 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 exciting game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Sholom Park yogaJoin us at 9 a.m. for a beautiful class in the peace park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 1/2 miles north of State Road 200. For more information, call Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950. Historical Novel group to meet Terri DuLong will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Florida Chapter, Historical Novel Society. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Cedar Key series of novels, Spinning Forward, Casting About, and Sunrise on Cedar Key. Book 4 in the series, Postcards from Cedar Key, will be released in November. Originally from the Boston area, DuLong and her husband moved to Florida 25 years ago. Surrounded by nature on the island, she feels in her element as she creates characters and plots for her stories. When not at work on a novel, Terri enjoys knitting, reading, traveling or just relaxing in the fishing village of Cedar Key. Dulong began her career as an author with Bonjour Paris, writing more than 40 articles about her travel to France as seen through the eyes of a fictional canine narrator. She has also had two historical fiction novels published, Lost Souls and Daughters of the Mill, which will be the focus of her presentation to FCHNS on July 7. 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. Everyone interested in reading and writing is welcome to attend the meetings. For more information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162 or go to http://www.fchns.org. Sunday, July 8 Program on international disastersThe Missions Ministry presents a program on International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Guest speakers will be Rick (Executive Director) and Nancy Jett. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Thursday, July 12 Federal retirees to gatherThe National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, July 12, at 1 p.m. for lunch and a short meeting. Any members in the area are welcome. 4 Wednesday, July 4, 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 On Point July means that new laws take effect Socialism fears gain strength with health care ruling S o the health care act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and that unleashed fear and anger among many Americans who feel we are moving further and further into socialism. Ironically, the decision came just a few days before the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedom of Americans. Many are saying they hope we will still have a free America a few years from now as the July 4 holiday rolls around for our children and grandchildren. One of the scariest analyses came from Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a long-time practitioner of general internal medicine, who says the reform is likely to do greater harm than good for doctors and patients. One thing that may happen, first of all, is that your doctor might not even be there any more because a high percentage of physicians have said they cannot afford to or simply will not practice under these new regulations, Orient explained. She also said that the groups most at risk of suffering a decline in care are senior citizens, people who tend to be sicker, even young children because the emphasis is on people in their most productive years of life. According to published reports, among the potential negative impacts on treatment, Orient listed longer wait times to see the doctor, limited access to specialists, group visits because doctors dont have time to see patients one-on-one, and diminished freedom of choice for patients. A lot of people think oh goody, all these things are free, but it still comes with a price, Orient said. You will get whatever the system thinks you should have. Orient said the changes would likely be devastating to close doctor-patient relationships. Thats the very worst feature, the destruction of the doctorpatient relationship, she said. It doesnt support compassion or dedication to doing your very best; instead its about checking off boxes. The first big test will come in November. Will enough Americans be upset with this ruling to vote for a Republican president, Senate and House? Or will we be divided still after the ballots are cast? When you go to the polls, remember that one key phrase from above: All things come with a price. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters 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. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5 Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. 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Starting Bid of $55,000 3/2/2 Home in Ocala, FL 10982 SW 69th Circle, Ocala, FL Oak Run Country Club Crescent Oaks Located in the beautiful 55+ Community of Oak Run Country Club. Expanded Yorkshire model featuring 3rd bedroom (perfect for an office or den) separate from main living quarters. Home has two master s uites, two full bathrooms plus two half baths! Huge Living room with vaulted ceiling. Lovely open courtyard with total privacy. Freshly painted outside stucco and inside is painted neutral, with new carpets throughout. Well maintained home with a rustic backyard view. 2 car garage. This home will be sold to the highest bidder with a starting bid of $55,000. Now is the time to name your own price on this beautiful home in Oak Run. DIRECTIONS: From the Main Oak Run Gate (SR 200) continue South on SW 110th / SW 115th for 2.7 miles. Turn Left on SW 69th Circle. Continue to 10982 SW 69th Circle (approx 1/2 mile on Left.) Real Estate Terms & Conditions: To register to bid, you must present a Cashiers Check, Certified Check or Cash in the amount of $2, 500, made payable to Paul Newell, Attorney, Escrow Account. Winning Bidder must provide the balance of 10% as a Binder Deposit by check immediately after being announced the winning bidder, with the balance due on or before August 21st, 2012. Not s ubject to financing. 10% Buyers Premium. Insurable title to the property is guaranteed. Should you not be the successful bidder, your check will be promptly returned to you. Broker Participated Invited Visit www.CampenAuctions.com for details. O P E N H O U S E D A T E S : O P E N H O U S E D A T E S : OPEN HOUSE DATES: S U N D A Y J U L Y 8 t h S U N D A Y J U L Y 8 t h SUNDAY, JULY 8th 1 P M 3 P M 1 P M 3 P M 1PM 3PM S U N D A Y J U L Y 1 5 t h S U N D A Y J U L Y 1 5 t h SUNDAY, JULY 15th 1 P M 3 P M 1 P M 3 P M 1PM 3PM A U C T I O N W I L L B E A U C T I O N W I L L B E AUCTION WILL BE H E L D O F F S I T E A T : H E L D O F F S I T E A T : HELD OFF-SITE AT: H I L T O N O C A L A H I L T O N O C A L A HILTON OCALA ( a t t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n o f ( a t t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n o f (at the intersection of S t a t e R o a d 2 0 0 a n d S t a t e R o a d 2 0 0 a n d State Road 200 and I n t e r s t a t e 7 5 e x i t 3 5 0 ) I n t e r s t a t e 7 5 e x i t 3 5 0 ) Interstate 75, exit 350) 3 6 0 0 S W 3 6 t h A v e 3 6 0 0 S W 3 6 t h A v e 3600 SW 36th Ave O c a l a F L 3 4 4 7 4 O c a l a F L 3 4 4 7 4 Ocala, FL 34474 AUCTION by order of Trustee Jim Clark Editor I n case it sneaked up on you, Sunday was July 1, which means in Florida that most of those new laws the Legislature passed took effect. Ive tracked down a few of them, so here goes. The one that most people will notice, and applaud, is the approval of the sales tax holiday for back-to-school items. The holiday is Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, and includes various clothing and school supplies, but not books, that cost less than $75. Its part of an economic development package that includes money for incentives and a corporate tax break. Its designed to help lure businesses to the state. The state has also taken action to try to cut back on auto insurance fraud. Accident reports now have to include information on the driver and all passengers. Also, as of Jan. 1, personal injury protection payments are limited for non-emergency treatment, and if youre a fan of massage therapy or acupuncture, forget it. That will no longer be covered. Insurance rates are supposed to go down, but insurance companies can defend the failure to do so with the state, so dont start spending your savings just yet. Prayers at school events? School boards may now set guidelines for students to give inspirational messages at school events. This is, of course, a law begging for a lawsuit, so any school board that does so is risking a court trip. Still, there are renegade school boards out there, not speaking of anyone specific you understand, so who knows? Other items to keep an eye on: School funding around the state is supposed to increase, but well hold our breath on that one. Its now illegal to tape anyone in a residential dwelling with his or her knowledge. This comes from the Erin Andrews hotel peephole case. Frankly, I thought that already was illegal. One interesting aspect of the law is that its a felony if youre 19, but a misdemeanor if youre 18 or younger. Isnt a crime a crime? Strange! And if youre buying a timeshare, there are new rules to protect you. One new law that didnt quite make it would have banned the government from doing business with companies who have links, even through parent companies, with Cuba. A federal judge in Miami blocked that law from taking effect last week. Im sure there are more, less significant, laws that are going on the books. In most cases, though, if you use common sense, youll be fine. Then again, it was our Legislature that passed these things, so Jim Clark is editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352854-3986. God bless AmericaI realize we have a large amount of transients living here, but based on some of their opinions and lack of knowledge of America, I wonder where they are from. Though they claim to be educated, they have no idea about our history, primarily denying our Christian Heritage. Do you atheist Liberals realize that until the 1960s, no one questioned our being a Christian nation, praying in schools and other public places. Most of these prayers were In Jesus name, and every president until Obama believed and declared we were/are a Christian nation. Take a drive through our great country, you will see that we have numerous Christian churches in every city and county. Do you think having manger scenes at Christmas is a recent occurrence? When you align yourself with the Christian opposition, you are in step with Satan himself, not a great place to be. And yes, you have freedom from religion but quit trying to change our great country into something it is not and was never intended to be. I commend our County Commissioners for having the backbone to stand up to the opposition and declare We will continue having prayer In Jesus name. God will bless you for taking such a stand! Christians will no longer sit back and have nonbelieving Liberals dictate our behavior. With our decaying morals and all that is becoming wicked in America, you seem to be winning, but you will not. I have read the final chapter! W ayne R ackley O cala Now a dictatorship?United States of America is now a dictatorship? I cannot believe that the citizens of the USA dont mind at all if non citizens vote in our elections. This is exactly what Mr. Holder and President Obama are saying. Why is it wrong to purge the voters list of non citizen voters and felons who have lost their voting rights, after all you must be a citizen in order to vote? I think this is a conspiracy created by the Democrats to let the illegal aliens vote, right Ms. Pelosi? There are not going to be any purging of minorities who are citizens, for heavens sake get real people this is no longer the dark ages. These are the people who have let our president turn this country into a dictatorship. Are all you people really sure that the DOJ and the White house are not covering something up and that is why they do not show the papers asked for by Congress? If you are, then let me tell you about a bridge thats for sale too. Ms. Pelosi got up and spoke her mind(?) and then the snowball rolled on and on. The only people who have something to gain by Mr. Obamas re-election beside the politicians are the ones who pay no taxes and receive all of the non entitlements, welfare, food stamps, Medicaid etc. Wake up America! Pat L ee O cala Purge the votersYou have outdone yourself in your editorial Purge everyone and start from scratch. Great idea. Puts everyone on the same level. Of course the race mongers would be here in a flash protesting. In order to renew my Florida drivers license I had to prove I was a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident. If I had to do that, then anyone wanting to vote should have to do the same. T.G. G i ff in O cala Happenings 000BX9U

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Saturday, July 7 Blood drive at TD Bank LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and TD Bank will having a blood/check up drive on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the TD Bank, 11250 S.W. 93rd Court Road, Ocala (next to Chilis on State Road 200.) For more information, please contact Susan Griffin, TD Bank Store Manager at 352-291-2450. 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 exciting game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Sholom Park yogaJoin us at 9 a.m. for a beautiful class in the peace park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 1/2 miles north of State Road 200. For more information, call Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950. Historical Novel group to meet Terri DuLong will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Florida Chapter, Historical Novel Society. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Cedar Key series of novels, Spinning Forward, Casting About, and Sunrise on Cedar Key. Book 4 in the series, Postcards from Cedar Key, will be released in November. Originally from the Boston area, DuLong and her husband moved to Florida 25 years ago. Surrounded by nature on the island, she feels in her element as she creates characters and plots for her stories. When not at work on a novel, Terri enjoys knitting, reading, traveling or just relaxing in the fishing village of Cedar Key. Dulong began her career as an author with Bonjour Paris, writing more than 40 articles about her travel to France as seen through the eyes of a fictional canine narrator. She has also had two historical fiction novels published, Lost Souls and Daughters of the Mill, which will be the focus of her presentation to FCHNS on July 7. 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. Everyone interested in reading and writing is welcome to attend the meetings. For more information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162 or go to http://www.fchns.org. Sunday, July 8 Program on international disastersThe Missions Ministry presents a program on International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Guest speakers will be Rick (Executive Director) and Nancy Jett. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Thursday, July 12 Federal retirees to gatherThe National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 2279 of Ocala, and their spouses, will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant, July 12, at 1 p.m. for lunch and a short meeting. Any members in the area are welcome. 4 Wednesday, July 4, 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 On Point July means that new laws take effect Socialism fears gain strength with health care ruling S o the health care act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and that unleashed fear and anger among many Americans who feel we are moving further and further into socialism. Ironically, the decision came just a few days before the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedom of Americans. Many are saying they hope we will still have a free America a few years from now as the July 4 holiday rolls around for our children and grandchildren. One of the scariest analyses came from Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a long-time practitioner of general internal medicine, who says the reform is likely to do greater harm than good for doctors and patients. One thing that may happen, first of all, is that your doctor might not even be there any more because a high percentage of physicians have said they cannot afford to or simply will not practice under these new regulations, Orient explained. She also said that the groups most at risk of suffering a decline in care are senior citizens, people who tend to be sicker, even young children because the emphasis is on people in their most productive years of life. According to published reports, among the potential negative impacts on treatment, Orient listed longer wait times to see the doctor, limited access to specialists, group visits because doctors dont have time to see patients one-on-one, and diminished freedom of choice for patients. A lot of people think oh goody, all these things are free, but it still comes with a price, Orient said. You will get whatever the system thinks you should have. Orient said the changes would likely be devastating to close doctor-patient relationships. Thats the very worst feature, the destruction of the doctorpatient relationship, she said. It doesnt support compassion or dedication to doing your very best; instead its about checking off boxes. The first big test will come in November. Will enough Americans be upset with this ruling to vote for a Republican president, Senate and House? Or will we be divided still after the ballots are cast? When you go to the polls, remember that one key phrase from above: All things come with a price. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Y our L etters 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. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5 Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. 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O P E N H O U S E D A T E S : O P E N H O U S E D A T E S : OPEN HOUSE DATES: S U N D A Y J U L Y 8 t h S U N D A Y J U L Y 8 t h SUNDAY, JULY 8th 1 P M 3 P M 1 P M 3 P M 1PM 3PM S U N D A Y J U L Y 1 5 t h S U N D A Y J U L Y 1 5 t h SUNDAY, JULY 15th 1 P M 3 P M 1 P M 3 P M 1PM 3PM A U C T I O N W I L L B E A U C T I O N W I L L B E AUCTION WILL BE H E L D O F F S I T E A T : H E L D O F F S I T E A T : HELD OFF-SITE AT: H I L T O N O C A L A H I L T O N O C A L A HILTON OCALA ( a t t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n o f ( a t t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n o f (at the intersection of S t a t e R o a d 2 0 0 a n d S t a t e R o a d 2 0 0 a n d State Road 200 and I n t e r s t a t e 7 5 e x i t 3 5 0 ) I n t e r s t a t e 7 5 e x i t 3 5 0 ) Interstate 75, exit 350) 3 6 0 0 S W 3 6 t h A v e 3 6 0 0 S W 3 6 t h A v e 3600 SW 36th Ave O c a l a F L 3 4 4 7 4 O c a l a F L 3 4 4 7 4 Ocala, FL 34474 AUCTION by order of Trustee Jim Clark Editor I n case it sneaked up on you, Sunday was July 1, which means in Florida that most of those new laws the Legislature passed took effect. Ive tracked down a few of them, so here goes. The one that most people will notice, and applaud, is the approval of the sales tax holiday for back-to-school items. The holiday is Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, and includes various clothing and school supplies, but not books, that cost less than $75. Its part of an economic development package that includes money for incentives and a corporate tax break. Its designed to help lure businesses to the state. The state has also taken action to try to cut back on auto insurance fraud. Accident reports now have to include information on the driver and all passengers. Also, as of Jan. 1, personal injury protection payments are limited for non-emergency treatment, and if youre a fan of massage therapy or acupuncture, forget it. That will no longer be covered. Insurance rates are supposed to go down, but insurance companies can defend the failure to do so with the state, so dont start spending your savings just yet. Prayers at school events? School boards may now set guidelines for students to give inspirational messages at school events. This is, of course, a law begging for a lawsuit, so any school board that does so is risking a court trip. Still, there are renegade school boards out there, not speaking of anyone specific you understand, so who knows? Other items to keep an eye on: School funding around the state is supposed to increase, but well hold our breath on that one. Its now illegal to tape anyone in a residential dwelling with his or her knowledge. This comes from the Erin Andrews hotel peephole case. Frankly, I thought that already was illegal. One interesting aspect of the law is that its a felony if youre 19, but a misdemeanor if youre 18 or younger. Isnt a crime a crime? Strange! And if youre buying a timeshare, there are new rules to protect you. One new law that didnt quite make it would have banned the government from doing business with companies who have links, even through parent companies, with Cuba. A federal judge in Miami blocked that law from taking effect last week. Im sure there are more, less significant, laws that are going on the books. In most cases, though, if you use common sense, youll be fine. Then again, it was our Legislature that passed these things, so Jim Clark is editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352854-3986. God bless AmericaI realize we have a large amount of transients living here, but based on some of their opinions and lack of knowledge of America, I wonder where they are from. Though they claim to be educated, they have no idea about our history, primarily denying our Christian Heritage. Do you atheist Liberals realize that until the 1960s, no one questioned our being a Christian nation, praying in schools and other public places. Most of these prayers were In Jesus name, and every president until Obama believed and declared we were/are a Christian nation. Take a drive through our great country, you will see that we have numerous Christian churches in every city and county. Do you think having manger scenes at Christmas is a recent occurrence? When you align yourself with the Christian opposition, you are in step with Satan himself, not a great place to be. And yes, you have freedom from religion but quit trying to change our great country into something it is not and was never intended to be. I commend our County Commissioners for having the backbone to stand up to the opposition and declare We will continue having prayer In Jesus name. God will bless you for taking such a stand! Christians will no longer sit back and have nonbelieving Liberals dictate our behavior. With our decaying morals and all that is becoming wicked in America, you seem to be winning, but you will not. I have read the final chapter! W ayne R ackley O cala Now a dictatorship?United States of America is now a dictatorship? I cannot believe that the citizens of the USA dont mind at all if non citizens vote in our elections. This is exactly what Mr. Holder and President Obama are saying. Why is it wrong to purge the voters list of non citizen voters and felons who have lost their voting rights, after all you must be a citizen in order to vote? I think this is a conspiracy created by the Democrats to let the illegal aliens vote, right Ms. Pelosi? There are not going to be any purging of minorities who are citizens, for heavens sake get real people this is no longer the dark ages. These are the people who have let our president turn this country into a dictatorship. Are all you people really sure that the DOJ and the White house are not covering something up and that is why they do not show the papers asked for by Congress? If you are, then let me tell you about a bridge thats for sale too. Ms. Pelosi got up and spoke her mind(?) and then the snowball rolled on and on. The only people who have something to gain by Mr. Obamas re-election beside the politicians are the ones who pay no taxes and receive all of the non entitlements, welfare, food stamps, Medicaid etc. Wake up America! Pat L ee O cala Purge the votersYou have outdone yourself in your editorial Purge everyone and start from scratch. Great idea. Puts everyone on the same level. Of course the race mongers would be here in a flash protesting. In order to renew my Florida drivers license I had to prove I was a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident. If I had to do that, then anyone wanting to vote should have to do the same. T.G. G i ff in O cala Happenings 000BX9U

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Fix your favorite picnic food and come join us at 2 p.m. Also, this Friday, the 6th, is the First Friday poolside gathering at 7 p.m. July 4 a day for remembering how our country became the United States of America. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of this document. Congress debated and revised the Declaration; finally approving it on July 4, 1776. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on Aug. 2, 1776. Only two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were to later become president of our country John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. It is interesting to note that these two men died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the USA. It wasnt until 1938 that Congress made Independence Day a paid federal holiday. In 1870, Congress made the day an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1778, General George Washington celebrated the day by giving his soldiers a double ration of rum and also an artillery salute. Today, military bases give a salute to the union by firing one gun for each state. We often sing our patriotic songs on this special day. We have many beautiful songs about our country God Bless America, America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, America, and many others. However, The Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key is our National Anthem. The American flag did not play a major role in the War of Independence. Most of the myths about the flags importance during the Revolution emerged much later, after the StarSpangled Banner had become the nations most significant and cherished icon. At the time the AmerThe story of the Fourth of July Carolyn Slocumb Q UAIL MEADOW ican flag was created, it did not attract much attention from the general public; its primary function was to identify ships and forts. Ordinary Americans in the Revolutionary era turned to a variety of other symbolsthe eagle, Lady Liberty, George Washington to express their patriotism and define their national identity. This would start to change during the War of 1812. Often referred to as the Second War of Independence, the conflict inspired a fresh wave of patriotism in a generation too young to remember the Revolution. When Francis Scott Key declared that our flag was still there, he fused the physical symbol of the nation with universal feelings of patriotism, courage, and resilience. By giving the flag a starring role in one of the most celebrated victories of the war, Francis Scott Keys song established a new prominence for the flag as an expression of national identity, unity, and pride. And by giving it a namethat StarSpangled BannerKey transformed the official emblem into something familiar and evocative, a symbol that Americans could connect with and claim as their own. The flag was no longer just an emblem of the nation; it became a representation of the countrys values and the ideals for which it stands. Francis Scott Key was a gifted amateur poet. Inspired by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after the bombardment, he scribbled the initial verse of his song on the back of a letter. Back in Baltimore, he completed the four verses and copied them onto a sheet of paper, probably making more than one copy. A local printer issued the new song as a broadside (a large single sheet of paper printed on one side similar to our ad inserts). Shortly afterward, two Baltimore newspapers published it, and by mid-October it had appeared in at least 17 other papers in cities up and down the East Coast. Attorney Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry from a British troopship anchored four miles away. He had boarded the ship to negotiate the release of an American civilian imprisoned by the British, and had been detained aboard as the bombardment began. On Please see QUAIL Page 6 QUAILcontinued from Page 3 Sept. 14, 1814, as the dawns early light revealed a flag flying over the fort, Key jubilantly began jotting down the lines of the song that became our national anthem. After the war, Key continued to practice law in the District of Columbia. The melody Francis Scott Key used for his song was the popular English tune known as To Anacreon in HeavenAnacreon was an ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith, the tune was originally the constitutional song of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemens music club in London. During the 19th century, The Star-Spangled Banner became one of the nations best-loved patriotic songs. It gained special significance during the Civil War, a time when many Americans turned to music to express their feelings for the flag and the ideals and values it represented. By the 1890s, the military had adopted the song for ceremonial purposes, requiring it to be played at the raising and lowering of the colors. Despite its widespread popularity, The StarSpangled Banner did not become the National Anthem until 1931. Now for a little history of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry: In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The one that became the Star-Spangled Banner was a 30 x 42foot garrison flag; the other was a 17 x 25foot storm flag for use in inclement weather. Pickersgill, a 37-year-old widow, was an experienced maker of ships colors and signal flags. She filled orders for many of the military and merchant ships that sailed into Baltimores busy port. Helping Pickersgill make the flags were her 13-year-old daughter Caroline; nieces Eliza Young, also 13, Margaret Young who was 15 and a 13year-old African American indentured servant, Grace Wisher. Pickersgills elderly mother, Rebecca Young, from whom she had learned flag making, may have helped as well. Pickersgill and her assistants spent about seven weeks making the two flags. They assembled the blue canton and the red and white stripes of the flag by piecing together strips of loosely woven English wool bunting that were only 12 or 18 inches wide. Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead, was the commander of Fort McHenry during the 1814 bombardment, Armistead became an instant hero after the battle. While Francis Scott Keys song was known to most Americans by the end of the Civil War, the flag that inspired it remained an Armistead family keepsake. It was exhibited occasionally at patriotic gatherings in Baltimore but largely unknown outside of that city until the 1870s. The flag remained the private property of Lieutenant Colonel Armisteads widow, Louisa Armistead, his daughter Georgiana Armistead Appleton, and his grandson Eben Appleton for 90 years. During that time, the increasing popularity of Keys anthem and the American publics developing sense of national heritage transformed the Star-Spangled Banner from a family keepsake into a national treasure. New York stockbroker Eben Appleton inherited the Star-Spangled Banner upon his mothers death in 1878. The publicity that it had received in the 1870s had transformed it into a national treasure, and Appleton received many requests to lend it for patriotic occasions. He permitted it to go to Baltimore for that citys sesquicentennial celebration in 1880. After that his concern for the flags deteriorating condition led him to keep it in a safe-deposit vault in New York. In 1907 he made a loan of the Star-Spangled Banner to the Smithsonian Institution, and in 1912 he converted the loan to a giFort Appleton donated the flag with the wish that it would always be on view to the public. The flag can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Happy Birthday, America and May God Bless America! Workforce Connections Job Fair which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Debby has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19. The job fair is open at no charge to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Floridas Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala. Employers interested in taking part in the Job Fair must post open job orders with Workforce Connection through the Employ Florida Marketplace. There is no charge to participate but space is limited and will be available to employers on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 352-873-7939, ext. 1141. A computer kiosk with Workforce Connection staff will be available for job seekers to apply for jobs and register with Employ Florida, the states premier online job bank. Job seekers are encouraged to show up early and bring printed copies of their resume to hand to prospective employers. A professional dress policy will be strictly enforced: anyone wearing flip flops, t-shirts, shorts, torn or ripped jeans or other inappropriate attire will not be admitted. Participants should also come prepared with a one-totwo minute introduction or elevator speech highlighting work experience, training and abilities. Job Fair preparation tips can be found at Workforce Connections Job Candidates page at www.clmworkforce.com/careerSeekers.asp More information about the Job Fair can also be found at the Calendar of Events at www.clmworkforce.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS and speaking with a Workforce Representative. For updates and job fair preparation tips, as well as information about upcoming job-seeker programs, follow Workforce Connection on Twitter @WorkforceCLM. Workforce Connection reschedules job fair

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This story was one that many people could understand and empathize with the characters portrayed in the movie. Viewers overall rated the movie as worthy of 3 stars while critics only allowed slightly over 2. Touted as a good Valentine movie, it did seem to have a bit more substance than that. At least one of those who attended the showing said that she did need the tissue after all. But I am very sentimental anyway. The movie centers on the young husband, played by Channing Tatum and his injured wife, played by Rachel McAdams. The premise is that the wife is seriously injured in an automobile accident and does not remember her husband. The husband patiently tries to win his wifes affection again so that their life can continue as it had been before. Twists and turns make the plot a little more complicated than the obvious so that it does hold the audiences attention. Popcorn, soda pop, tissues, all for a sentimental movie Priscilla Geissal See FAIRFIELD Page 8 Above, Fairfield residents gather for an afternoon movie, complete with popcorn, seen at the right. Those tickets on the left were free. Puzzle answers to be published next week

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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Opinion................4 Happenings..........5 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 14 WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012 Puzzles Pages 7-8 8 Wednesday, July 4, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKThis is part of the crowd that witnessed the superintendent debate at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Sparks fly during debate BY JIM CLARK Editor Back-and-forth accusations about a four-day school week highlighted a debate recently among school superintendent candidates. The event took place on June 20 at Ocala West United Methodist Church, part of a candidates night also involving County Commission candidates. School Board member Jackie Porter, a late entry into the superintendents race, was the second speaker on the list, but Diana Greene, who talked first, is a Democrat and not on the ballot for the Aug. 14 primary. The other three candidates, including Porter, George Tomyn and Wally Wagoner, are Republicans. After delving into her background, in which she said was not a college graduate but came from the school of hard knocks, Porter lashed out against the others. I was the only one of these superintendent candidates to stand up against a four-day school week. That recommendation came directly from the other superintendent candidates. You dont think that was hard? I was the only one standing there among five board members, a superintendent, two deputy superintendents and a lot of executive directors. I felt the decision lacked common sense and compassion for our families and our businesses, and while this was being played out, they were all candidates. She said that the proposal died when the county found it would lose $1.8 million in state funds by not busing the fifth day of the week. In the corporate world, someones job would have been on the line for missing he mark of $1.8 million. She also said that she stood up against the recommendation to remove school resource officers, saying her opponents recommended the move. We are going to keep our safety officers. We could cut cell phones, everyone has a personal cell phone these days. We could even cut a few vacation days out of administrators pay. She also said that she fought to require students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Tomyn spoke next and concentrated on his platform and goals. I have a better way. We will have safer schools, all our children will have great educational opportunities and there will be a balanced transportation budget. These resources will be managed with responsibility. I am not looking for a job. I want to return a favor. As a product of our great school system that has educated and employed me, I know feel it is my time to serve. I do not feel entitled, I feel obligated. Wagoner came up next and went on the offensive. Citing a famous Ronald Reagan quote from a presidential debate, he said to Porter, There you go again. Speaking about Porter, he said, She made several comments up here that were absolutely not true. None of these candidates up here recommended a four-day work week. As a matter of act, those of you who listened last year, none of us recommended taking resource officers out of the classroom and none of us recommended to increase taxes. George Tomyn and Wally Wagoner await questions from the audience at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Jackie Porter, who was standing on the opposite side of the dais, also awaits questions. Please see DEBATE Page 8 Wagoner said the job of the school district is to teach and learn. We dont have a money problem, we have a resource and allocation problem. After that, the session went to a question and answer period with the audience. One audience member (questioners were not required to identify themselves) stood up and said to Porter, Essentially you were called a liar tonight. Would you care to respond? Porter produced a loose leaf book and pulled out an agenda item from June 28, 2011, concerning the fourday week. She noted the report was signed by Tomyn, among others, and that on the back was a calendar for the proposed four-day week. She said that in her administration, when someone put their name on a report they would have to stand by it. Tomyn immediately fired back, I work for the superintendent, and Im a good soldier. Im also pretty good at figuring out complex problems and doing good presentations. He said the superintendent (Jim Yancey) asked him and a co-worker To look at the four-day week and create what might be a four-day week schedule and make a presentation before the School Board, and the pair did exactly that. We were being good soldiers and we followed his directions. We were not recommending as individual educators that the four-day week was the best thing for our students. Porter, Tomyn and Wagoner will be on the Republican primary ballot on Aug. 14. The winner will face Greene in November. DEBATEcontinued from Page 1 This week, fireworks will be the highlight of Fourth of July celebrations around the country. While these sky displays are certainly fun to watch, they are responsible for thousands of injuries each year, most of which are incurred by children. Marion County Fire Rescue encourages residents to attend professional fireworks shows in lieu of setting off fireworks themselves at backyard events to prevent injuries. Even seemingly benign sparklers pose a threat as the tips of these holiday favorites burn at approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit thats three times the average baking setting. In fact, of the 8,600 injuries that occurred in 2010 as a result of fireworks, approximately 1,200 were associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Moreover, according to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010 two out of every five fireworks injury victims were children under the age of 15; children ages 10 to 14 had the highest rate of fireworks-related injuries; males accounted for nearly 75 percent. Still, many of the above incidents dont stand alone. Fireworks injuries are often accompanied by property damage. In 2009 fireworks caused approximately 18,000 fires nationwide, resulting in $38 million in damage. Below are Marion County groups that are planning public fireworks: Celebrate Independence Day at the Circle Square Commons Town Square on Wednesday, July 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. The festivities will feature music by Marion Countys Best local band Second Slice, a professional patriotic skydiving show and food and craft vendors. Plus, observe a Missing Man presentation including four World War II North American T-6 model aircrafts used by the Air Force and a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. Parking is $5 per car for non-On Top of the World residents. Parking lots will open at 4 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs! For more information call 352-854-3670. Ocala Jaycees God and Country Day will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, in the field at the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 225A. Fireworks will begin at dusk, and the free event includes bounce houses, two stages of live entertainment, food and craft vendors and monster truck rides. 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Jones, M.D. P.A. Board Certified Family Medicine Now Accepting New Patients Most insurances accepted Including Preferred Care Partners (PCP) Lab on-site Privileges at MRMC, ORMC & West Marion The movie was based on a book written by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter who married in 1992 and endured a terrible car crash just 10 weeks into their marriage. Krickitt was in a coma for a number of months, but her husband did not give up then or when she came out of the coma with amnesia. She did not remember the preceding 18 months of her life. In their book, the couple point over and over to their religious beliefs and to their commitment to what they considered their unbreakable vow of marriage. The couples only criticism of the movie is the absence of the focus they felt that their religion had in their lives and their marriage. You make a promise before God with your wedding vows, Krickitt Carpenter has said. You have to take that seriously. Those attending the movie felt that the movie was very worthwhile whether the religious emphasis was there or not. One person, who asked not to be quoted, said that often today religion is so controversial that perhaps the movie makers were concerned about alienating part of their audience. After all, the financial bottom line has to be a major concern from their point of view. The audience for the movie did express appreciation for the regular showings of the newer movies in the comfort of the clubhouse. We cannot deny that it is a bargain when one adds up the cost of attending movies at the theater where besides the cost of the tickets, the popcorn and the drinks run fairly high. Besidesthey dont provide free tissues at the movie theater. It was a nice time to have a movie when it was literally raining giant tear drops from the sky. All in all it was pleasant for those of our neighbors who attended a Fairfield Village activity in the comfort of the media room provided for our lovely neighbors in our lively community. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 2 The Republican Business Council took a straw poll at its June 28 luncheon and recently released the results. The poll reflects the opinions of those at the luncheon, and may not necessarily be indicative of the feelings of the public in general. Here are the results: Public defender: Bo Samargya 73, Mike Graves 65. Sheriff: Chris Blair 99, Dan Kuhn 84. Superintendent of Schools: Wally Wagoner 98, George Tomyn 52, Jackie Porter 31. Supervisor of Elections: Wesley Wilcox 135, Barbara Ruse 20. County Commission District 1: Mike Amsden 110, David Moore 42. County Commission District 3: Stan McClain 121, Jeff Gold 48. County Commission District 5: Earl Arnett 74, Pat Gabriel36, Francine Johannesen 35, Butch Verrando 27. County Judge Group 3: Tommy Thompson 133, LeAnn Mackey Barnes 18. County Judge Group 4: Robert Landt 77, Paul Guilfoil 66. School Board District 1: Nancy Stacy 80, Woody Clymer 79. School Board District 2: Carol Ely 92, Robert Dobkowski 67. State Committeeman: Kurt Kelly 136, James Burkiewicz 11, Cornelius Link Jr. 8. State Committeewoman: Teri Armstrong 81, Pamela Archer 59, Julia Burkiewicz 4. School Operating one-half mill ad valorem tax: No 158, Yes 19. School capital expense onehalf mill ad valorem tax: No 158, Yes 22. The Republican primary will take place on Aug. 14. Some candidates will face general election opposition in November. Republican Business group releases county straw poll taken at recent luncheon