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Publication Date: 07-18-2012
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BY PATRICIA GIZZI Special to the Messenger Many of us have enjoyed the beauty and beaches of the Caribbean Islands. Recently, three Stone Creek residents visited a Caribbean Island that not many have the opportunity to visit Cuba. The Ocala Chamber of Commerce sponsored a nine day People to People tour to the island of Cuba. Residents Rita Levy, Diane Callahan and I made the trip to Cuba along with other Ocala residents. The 45-minute flight from Miami on a chartered plane arrived safely and early enough to enjoy an entire day in Havana. The People to People tours were set up by President Obama and approximately 110,000 people have taken advantage of seeing the island. The tours are set by the state and the tour guides are state employees. We spent the first three days in Havana in a former Hilton Hotel. It was considered a four-star hotel by Cuban standards but here in the U.S. it would have been a two-star hotel. There was no air conditioning in the hallways or elevators. The rooms were clean and spacious but air conditioning was a problem, and many had to change their rooms because of air conditioning or shower problems. Since sewers in Cuba are old, toilet paper cannot be flushed down the toilet. It is deposited in a waste basket next to the toilet. This was a new task we had to learn. Paper is at a premium in Cuba and most restaurants had cloth napkins, but one we visited had paper and when we asked for more paper napkins, the waiter came out with one napkin on a plate. Of course, we needed more as the meal we were eating was messy. Cuba is a country of great beauty and the worst poverty that I have seen but then I have traveled to only a few third world countries. Despite the poverty, the people seemed happy. The children were clean and playing. We saw children playing baseball with very worn gloves, sticks for bats and large pits for balls. One of the passengers had brought baseballs and when he distributed them to the children, their faces showed the greatest joy. If you love old cars, then Cuba is the place to see them. Either the U.S. made cars better 50 years ago or Cuba has the best mechanics. These cars are still running. Cuban cars have different colored license plates to show what type of car cab, rental, state, embassy. Many of the Cuban residents live in what were beautifully built buildings with great columns and great architecture. However, they are crumbling as there is no money for repairs. We visited Cienfuegos, which is called, Cubas Pearl of the South. It is a beautiful city that is restored. It had many wonderful shops and a great theatre and it is located near the water. Here we were treated to a concert by young musicians. Their teacher is Russian and the first violinist was only 13 years old. They are coming to the state of Washington in September to perform. Their performance was amazing and many of us went home with a copy of their CD. Music is very important to the Cuban people and at every meal there was a small group playing for us. After a few days in Havana, we visited Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar which was an all inclusive hotel on the beach. The beaches are amazing and unfortunately, we did not have enough time to enjoy them as our days were full with sightseeing. Here we were taught how to Salsa. I can say I did not master the dance but it is a workout just learning. The goal of the tour was to meet the people and learn about the food, culture and music of Cuba. We visited a sugar cane plantation. Many of the sugar cane plantations were shut down after the U.S. INDEX Rev. 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LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 EXPIRES 7/27/12 Visit to Cuba Stone Creek trio takes island trip Patricia Gizzi, Diane Callahan, Rita Levy at the Hotel Brisas Trindad Del Mar. This pink Ford was one of the old cars in Cuba. Please see CUBA Page 3 Magazine. He was talking about bridges and listed many famous ones. The distances that are most difficult to overcome are not those created by nature; they are those created by human beings, the ones that separate us from each other, and put us on the opposite side of our desires and happiness. For example: arrogance, bitterness, political and ideological differences and apathy. One does not have to be a great engineer or architect to join our two banks (U.S. and Cuba)... All that is needed is to find the individual determination to build strong, real bridges of dialogue and communication, ....friendship and love. I was told by many that I was crazy to go to Cuba but I came back knowing that the people of Cuba love Americans. We need to find a way to make this bridge of friendship continue as both countries will be better off. Patricia Gizzi is the former correspondent for the West Marion Messenger from Stone Creek. CUBAcontinued from Page 3 Read the classifieds Rita Levy and Patricia Gizzi in Hemingways garden. Rita Levy speaking to a mom as we waited for the band. Her son played trumpet. One of the old Cuban homes seen on the tour. Bineto, a tobacco farmer, rolling a cigar. Celebrating the 4th Who could help but have a joyous Fourth of July when they encounter decorations such as these at Fairfield Village. See column on Page 4. BY JIM CLARK Editor A planned debate among County Commission District 5 candidates fizzled last Monday when two of the four candidates did not attend and a third had to leave early at the monthly State Road 200 Coalition meeting. Only Pat Gabriel, who is president of the Coalition, spoke at the event. Francine Johannesen, candidate, was there for the beginning of the meeting, but had to leave because of another commitment. Earl Arnett and Butch Verrando, other District 5 hopefuls, did not attend. One candidate who had gotten into the political arena late and had not taken part earlier this summer was Bobby Dobkowski, who is running for School Board District 2. Known also as Bobby Dee because of a talk radio show he conducted, he told the group that he was active in Queen of Peace Church and was committed to the 200 area. I dont think the school system is good enough for the students in Marion County, he told the group. He said the administration is top heavy, and pushed for what he called common sense discipline. He faced questioning because he homeschools his children, but again cited the fact that he doesnt think the school system as currently operating is good enough. He noted that if he is elected to the School Board, he will be the only member with school-age children. Dobkowskis opponent, Carol Ely, spoke to the Coalition earlier this summer, but was unopposed at the time. She cites her 35 years as an educator, including 13 years as a teacher, five years as a curriculum coordinator, five years as an assistant principal and 14 years as a principal. Her time in administration was at Emerald Shores, Belleview and Shady Hill elementary schools. She and her husband are also small business owners. She has two daughters who graduated from the Marion County School System, one is a nurse and the other a dentist. She pledges to bring professionalism back to the School Board meetings. In the County Commission races, incumbent Mike Amsden and challenger Jeff Gold spoke. Amsden told the audience that he has spent 3 years listening to you, serving you. He also spoke of the need to work together, noting that it takes Some candidates skip planned debate at State Road 200 Coalition meeting Please see DEBATE Page 2 At an open house on July 2, Reginald E. Landers, Jr., chairman of the Democratic Party of Marion County, welcomed a steady stream of visitors to the partys new headquarters at 601 S.W. First Ave. The stand-alone brick building is almost directly across the street from Ocalas main post office about five blocks southwest of the Ocala Town Square. The donkey kicking up its heels on the wonderful sign outside designed by our talented and tireless events coordinator Sally Smith shows how fired up and ready to go we are as we work to keep President Obama in the White House and secure the election as well of our excellent area candidates, Landers said at a meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee following the open house at which he also saluted the outstanding contributions of Joyce Blake, John Hickey, John Moxley and Gary Smith in making the move a reality. Candidates present included Frank Bruno, who is running for Florida State Senate, Judge Cochran, a candidate for Supervisor of Elections, and Woody Clymer, nonpartisan candidate for school board. Keith Ferguson, field director of the Obama for America campaign, and Benjamin Cuebas, head of the Young Democrats, delighted the audience with their enthusiasm but no one made a more fervent call to action than Joyce Blake, Democratic State Committeewoman and leader Local Democrats open new headquarters in Ocala The sign at the new Democratic headquarters. Please see DEMOCRATS Page 2

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S ometimes watching the news on television gets rather disparaging. Now that we have 24/7 news, not only can we see the news any time we want to, but we can see it over and over and over again. It is particularly disheartening when there is a slow news day. I think all of us can remember O.J. Simpsons mad race down a Los Angeles highway. I can remember the good old days when Uncle Walter brought us up to speed on the days news inside of a 30-minute program. Oh, for those good old days. Never has an American generation been exposed to so much and knows so little for so short a time. This all came to me recently when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching the three votes to pass anything. If you dont have two more votes, you cant accomplish anything. Gold, who has worked with both the Sheriffs Office and the Fire Department, said, Im doing this to try to help the community. He said he understands the working of the budget, and there are going to have to be intelligent cuts. Incumbent Stan McClain faces a challenge in the primary from David Moore, but Moore did not attend the meeting. McClain told the crowd that it was a real honor to serve all of you. He says he tries to make sure the county is fiscally responsible. Further, he says that some decisions do not sit well with some folks, but theyre good for the taxpayers. He pointed to the energy savings and to the long-term solution for solid waste that has been accomplished. All candidates, in response to a question, said they were in favor of the prayer continuing before the meetings. Amsden said he was willing to fight for it, but not with the taxpayers money. Its up to the churches, the sleeping giants. Theyll have our backs. The residency issue, which was raised several weeks ago, came up as Gabriel spoke. She said she would move from her current Preserve home, which is not in District 5 because of new maps, possibly to the On Top of the World, which is in that district. We will not leave the 200 Corridor, she said emphatically, saying she has been there for 16 years. She also spoke of her work as a volunteer with the emergency medical task force and parks and fire advisory boards. I want to keep working for the citizens of Marion County. We need balance on the County Commission. She added about the financial situation, Were going to have to be very streamlined. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11 2 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger STORE HOURS: MON.-FRI. 10AM-6PM, SAT. & SUN. 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Brown, vice chairman of the newly resurrected Oak Run Democratic Club, announced that the group will meet at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. July 19, and Sally said that tickets for the annual dinner at the Hilton Sept. 9 are now available. In a moving ceremony, Ed Mottl, husband of the late Georgette Mottl, former DEC chairman who died last February, was presented with a personal letter of condolence from Vice President Joe Biden and an autographed photo of Georgette with Mr. Biden in Washington, D.C. This surprise was arranged by Nora Travieso. Landers, 42 year old Dean of Students at Reddick-Collier Elementary School, concluded that with the opening of our more modern and accessible site, we intend to become a resource for everyone who is committed to working for the common good. This includes the over 80,000 registered Democrats as well as those among the 40,000 independents in this county who seek to build an informed and prosperous community which offers equal opportunity for everyone while respecting and rejoicing in our cultural political and religious diversity, Call 352-402-9494, email info@mariondems.org or visit www.mariondems.org, or contact Joyce Blake at 352-690-1746. DEMOCRATScontinued from Page 1 PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKDuring the Marion County Quarterly Memorial for the veterans who died during the previous three months, members of Boy Scout Troop 331 and the Police Explorers presented the colors. Below, left, Dave Bice rang the bell twice for each name called, and below, right, Andre Adams provided a constant drum roll. James Snyder news after our evening repast. I think it was the 9,999 times this particular news story had been played. Of course, we do not watch television that often and so we may only have seen a very short portion. The short portion that we saw was just about enough and my wife said so. It was the news story, if you remember, of the bus lady who was bullied by children. I think those children, my wife said and then paused while she grit her teeth violently, need a good old-fashioned spanking. And with that, she crossed her arms and set her face in a defiant manner. Luckily, I was not one of those children or I would have received the intentions of her mind at that point. Her comment got me to thinking. There was a time, back in the day, when spankings were rather normal. Someone once said that if you saw a young boy on the street you should stop what youre doing and give him a good spanking because he was either coming from trouble or headed for trouble. Raising children then was a community affair. I am not sure that ever took place, but it does have an authentic ring to it. I semi-fondly remember when I was a youngster I had the heebie-jeebies whaled out of me by my father on a regular basis. And I can testify that I have not missed those heebiejeebies. My life is better for not having them. Watching the video about the kids bullying that bus lady, I could not help but think that they were a rather spoiled bunch of little brats. Pardon my French. I think I would have taken it one step further than my wife. Not only do those youngsters need a good old-fashioned spanking but I think their parents do as well. Kids today are only a mirror of what they see and hear at home. When I was young, the only spoiled brats around were the children of the rich folk. They could afford to be spoiled brats because their parents with their money bought their way into society. The only thing those kids ever earned was a bad reputation and distain from the rest of us. The rest of us, having gone through the spanking rituals, could not afford to be spoiled brats. Good parents made sure of that. I think of what my father use to say. Son, Im going to take this Board of Education and apply it to the seat of your learning. I can testify that he was very enthusiastic about his job. With all that education, I have had multiple degrees on my posterior. Even to this day, every time I sit down I am reminded of that education. Whatever happened to old-fashioned spankings? Please see SNYDER Page 11 This Board of Education that my father was superintendent of, always hung by the door. Being the religious person that my father was, he had printed on this Board of Education the phrase from a favorite hymn, I Need Thee Every Hour. It was a motto he lived up to all the years of my boyhood. I often prayed my father would get weary of exercising that Board, but I must confess that my naughtiness wearied long before he did. Looking back, I am grateful. I will not go as far as to say that I am a good person, only that I am not a spoiled brat. I have learned through the years, thanks to the energy of my father, to extend courtesy to everybody around me and be respectful. Respecting other people is not something that comes naturally. Everybody needs to be taught that everybody deserves respect. Some people have earned more respect than others, I grant you. However, nobody deserves deliberate disrespect like those kids gave that bus lady. With all the studies are being done through our governmental grant programs, I wonder why nobody has ever, at least to my knowledge, done a study on the importance of discipline in the home. It is at this point I must agree most heartily with the scriptural injunction on this subject. Solomon, the wisest man in the world, had much to say about disciplining children. And if anybody should know about disciplining children, it was Solomon. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him (Proverbs 22:15 KJV). He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24 KJV). Disciplining children to ensure they grow up to be proper adults demands a whole lot of energy especially from parents. Love sometimes carries a large stick. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His website is www.jamessnyderministries.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 1 Saturday, Aug. 5 Book sale at libraryThe Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale in Rooms B and C of the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gently-used books will be on sale, hardcovers at 50 cents, and paperbacks at 25 cents each. Come for a good read and help the Friends in their ongoing goal of helping the main library with non-budgeted items, including the successful childrens programs. And go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org to learn how to become a member of the Friends.

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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. museumeyecare@live.com Need a NEW Optometrist? Transfer Prescriptions and or Records Call 352-622-3937 000BX1A MUSEUM EYECARE pulled out of Cuba. There are only 55 plantations in operation today. We got to taste the liquid from freshly squeezed sugar cane. It is very sweet and one is always treated to a great drink made with their rum. Their rum cannot be brought back to the U.S. along with cigars and Cuban coffee. We visited a cigar factory and one can understand the reason for the expense of cigars as everything is done by hand. You could smoke as many as you wanted but you could not take any out of the country legally. After two nights in Trinidad, we headed back to Havana. We visited Playa Giron which is the site of the historical 1961 clash between the CIA trained Cuban exiles and the rebel forces. Many say this event defined U.S.-Cuban relations. We also toured the Bay of Pigs Museum. No visit to Cuba would be complete without visiting the home of the most famous American to live in Cuba Ernest Hemingway. This home was purchased for $18,000 in the late 1930s. One can no longer go into the home but you can look from through the windows to see how Hemingway lived. What I found interesting is that none of the books or magazines are protected. They sit on shelves or in baskets for you to view. The state was renovating the pool. Hemingways boat is also there. It is a beautiful home at a great location and, while we were there, a bride was having her pictures taken on the lawn. Many of the group went to the Tropicana to see the famed show. We were told that show has continued uninterrupted since the day of the revolution. The costumes and music were amazing. We also visited the International Hotel where many famous Americans had visited and performed. We heard great music and saw dancers. Of course, one is treated to the their famous Majos drinks. Another highlight for some of us was to see a Cuban baseball game. A group of American College All-Star players played one of the Cuban teams. The cost of the ticket for visitors was $3 and we sat right behind home plate. Ball, strikes and outs are called in English but they list strikes, balls, outs on the scoreboard. The U.S. won the opener 4-3 on Michael Confortos grand slam and Jonathan Crawfords 6 13 innings of strong pitching. Crawford plays for the University of Florida. It was exciting and there were many Americans there. We met some people that were there for an educational tour and they had entered Cuba via Canada. This is illegal for Americans and they were surprised that we had come from Miami. For me, the experience was truly humbling. I came home appreciating so much of what I have. We talk about our freedoms of which we have many, but like our guide said, freedom is ones perception. He felt Americans, especially smokers, had little freedom as to where they can smoke. You can smoke most places in Cuba. My roommate, Rita Levy, enjoyed the interaction with parents and students at the band concert we heard. These young students were amazing and they had only studied their respective instruments for less than six months. She felt that the Cuban mothers have the same aspirations as we do for our children. Stone Creek resident Diane Callahan said, The trip was wonderful and the people were generously welcoming. Our itinerary took us to many beautiful and culturally interesting places. Disturbing, however, was the extreme poverty of the Cuban people. I would like to end with a quote from Hugo Cancio, publisher of the On Cuba CUBAcontinued from Page 1 One of the many busy streets in Cuba. Some of Cubas old buildings. Please see CUBA Page 12 Honoring deceased veterans The Veterans Service Office conducted its quarterly reading of recently deceased veterans names. Photos are on this page and Page 11. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKThese two photos show part of the crowd that attended the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

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DUNNELLON PLAZA JULY 13-23 9 AM -8 PM ALL PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED FOR THIS EVENT For More Information Please Call Tim at 352-643-0988 or Dave 352-789-4462 SALES, SERVICE & COLLISION New & Preowned Units to Choose From Top Dollar for Trades Bank Financing Available Diesel Pushers, Class As, Class Bs & Class Cs 5th Wheels, Toy Haulers, Travel Trailers, Folding Campers 000BNT2 mosphere of gigantic challenges. We dont think so. Amid world-wide financial upsets, our political parties are pulling in opposite directions Democrats toward a European style social democracy and Republicans toward reviving American leadership in multinational commerce. Our major political parties are in a private vs. public tug-of-war. Washington was right mischief and conflict. FLYNNcontinued from Page 6 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 Fairfield Village W ednesday, July 4. was a day of celebration for the community of Fairfield Village. Though I was away visiting family, as were many others of us, I heard about the great time that those who were part of the big cook-out truly enjoyed. Several years ago, our official un-official decorator in chief, Eilene Yudonin purchased some really attractive and appropriate decorations that Fairfield Village neighbors enjoy Fourth of July barbecue Priscilla Geissal have continued to be a part of the traditional celebration. Everyone loves the red, white, and blue and the patriotic feelings that these colors and decorations help to evoke. As usual the food, fun, and fellowship were the highlights of the gathering and those who participated were not disappointed with this years festivities. Having the fun in the middle of the day at the Fairfield Clubhouse allowed those who had plans to attend other celebrations and perhaps fireworks displays later in the evening to be able to continue their fun on into the evening hours. From the reports that I have heard, there was a relatively good size gathering that certainly was full of enthusiasm for the holiday. The Social Activities Committee headed up by Toni Belcher, Jean Chapman, Loretta Zang, and Sandi Ford always have a wonderful menu and food prepared by some extraordinarily good cooks both male and female especially when there is a grill involved. They always have some exceptional help from the volunteers who work diligently to make sure that everyone has a really good time at the social gatherings. Most of us in the Fairfield Village community appreciate how much laughter and genuine smiles can enhance all of our lives. As is usually the case, there are almost always good stories to be told, funny jokes to be shared, and stories of the good things that have been happening in the lives of the people of Fairfield Village a lively place filled with lovely (and patriotic) people. Hospice volunteers needed\Volunteers Needed. One or two hours can be a blessing to our patients and families receiving hospice care. Sitting with patients, while caregivers run errands, or go to Dr. appts. can be so rewarding and fulfilling. If you are interested in becoming an Odyssey Hospice, Bedside Blessing Volunteer, please contact, Laura Roweton @ 352-622-9331 or lroweton@odsyhealth.com See photo on Page 1 Quail Meadow T o our Quail Meadow residents: There are a few neighbors in QM in need of new roofs and/or roof repair. Several have come together to get quotes from several roofers. The more neighbors we have, the better the price. If you would like to look into this please call Brooke Hamlin 352-3686999. Where were you on Friday the 6th? This was the First Friday poolside gathering, but because it was the week of the 4th many forgot! However, the few of us who were there had an enjoyable evening visiting and eating until the mosquitoes chased us home. Mark your calendars now for the next gathering on Aug. 3. We are so blessed to have many couples in our community who have celebrated 50 or more years of marriage. This month there are several: Frank and Joan Christopher 52 years, Bruce and June Dunai 54 years, Joe and Anne Nuara 52 years, and Dennis and Joyce Jablonski 50 years. Congratulations to all of you. Not only do we have couples who have survived Quail Meadow residents band together for roof repairs Carolyn Slocumb many years of marriage, we also have a newlywed couple with us. Benny Bachand and Teresa Hite were married April 21 on the beach in Maui, Hawaii. Benny and Teresa met several years ago on Valentines Day at the wedding of Bennys niece in Orlando. Their long distance friendship grew into love and then Teresa made the move from Bristol, Tennessee to Ocala. As they say, the rest is history. Upon their return from Hawaii, they invited the Quail Meadow community to a reception at the clubhouse on May 2. They even wore their wedding apparel for all to see. Benny is retired from the VFW where he worked with the public relations department. He said he still does some travel and public relations work for the VFW. Among some of his previous travels with the VFW, he said he had the privilege of twice escorting the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on their Christmas tours to Korea this was before he met Teresa! His travels have taken him to all 50 states and many foreign countries. Teresa is employed by Ocala Regional Hospital in the human resources department. We welcome Teresa to our community and wish Benny and Teresa many years of happiness. Benny and Teresa Bachand cutting cake at reception.

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Saturday, July 21 Ministry and motorcade to Mount DoraJoin the Forever Young Ministry and motorcade to Mount Dora for a day of fellowship, sightseeing, shopping and dining on July 21. Meet in the church parking lot, 8 a.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Monday, July 23 40/8 to meet The 40/8 Voiture 472, an organization of honorably discharged veterans formed after World War I, will meet on Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building, State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top of the World. Come and enjoy comradeship and light refreshments. For more information call Larry at 352-509-4755 or Ben at 352-209-5916. Retired nurses to meetRegistered Nurses Retired (RNR) planning meeting will be held on Monday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Myriam's Restaurant on County Road 484 in Dunnellon. We welcome all interested members to attend. Come help us plan our upcoming year. For more information or directions call Kathy at 352-465-8958. Friday, July 27 Spaghetti dinner at Queen of PeaceThere will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, July 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, beverage and 25 item salad bar. Everything is all you can eat. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 18 eat free. Sunday, July 29 Joy Night at Christs Church Joy Night! Lift up your hearts in praise! Everyone is invited to an evening of traditional and contemporary worship, fellowship and refreshments, 5 p.m., on Sunday, July 29. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Tuesday, July 31 Breast Cancer group to meet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104. The July 31 meeting will be an open information exchange and an opportunity to get to know everyone better and introduce new members. We will have a speaker at our meeting who will share some information and experiences with stereotatic biopsy treatment. If you have any questions or need more information, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0 0 0 B W 6 S Campen Auctions (352) 505-0560 P.O. Box 140907 Gainesville, FL 32614 Brad Campen, Licensed Auctioneer & Licensed Real Estate Associate John Campen, Licensed Real Estate Broker Florida Georgia North Carolina For more info visit: www.CampenAuctions.com AB #2820 AU #3085 Date: Saturday, July 21st at 11AM Home will be SOLD to settle Estate! 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 0 0 0 C 0 N 8 000C08T Topics Include: Preplanning Options Veterans Benefits Travel Protection Interest-Free Financing Please, First-Time Attendees Only Floridas Oldest and Largest N ATIONAL C REMATION S OCIETY FREE Seminar T h i n k i n g A b o u t Thinking About C r e m a t i o n ? Cremation? 352-728-0093 Please call for reservations Limited Seating Complimentary Lunch will be provided for all dates B & W Rexall 214 US Hwy. 41 S. Thursday, July 19 2:00 p.m. Crackers 502 NW 6th St. Wednesday, July 25 & August 15 2:00 p.m. Frankies Grill 1674 US Hwy. 41 N. Tuesday, July 24 1:00 p.m. 000BWNW www.gemgalleriajewelers.com www.consignmentjewelryocala.com 8441 SW SR 200 Ste 101 HOURS: M-F 9-5 SAT 9-1 FRIENDSHIP CENTER 237-2240 PAT & RICH LAUGEN Gemologist, AJP, Goldsmith F I N E J E W E L R Y FINE JEWELRY for life s special moments Gem Galleria Jewelers FAST REPAIRS A R IE S ( March 21 to A pri l 19) Youre wise to let your Arian skepticism question a former adversarys request to let bygones be bygones. Time will tell if he or she is trying to pull the wool over the Lambs eyes. TAU R U S (A pri l 2 0 to May 2 0 ) Congratulations. Your hard work soon pays off with some well-deserved recognition. Meanwhile, that important personal relationship needs more attention from you. GE M I N I ( May 21 to June 2 0 ) That new person in your life seems trustworthy, but dont turn him or her into a confidant just yet. Remember: The secret you dont reveal is the one you wont lose sleep over. C A NC E R ( June 21 to Ju l y 22) Your kindness makes a difference in someones life. But by weeks end, a touch of Cancerian envy could create a problem with a colleague. Take care to keep it under control. LEO ( Ju l y 23 to A ug 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed. VI R GO (A ug 23 to Sept 22) Your practical sense helps you see the logic of being a bit more flexible with a workplace colleague. But you still have a ways to go before theres a true meeting of the minds. LI BR A ( Sept 23 to O ct 22) A surprise situation could cause you to spend more money than you feel you can afford. But careful budget adjustments will help. Your fiscal picture soon brightens. SC O RP IO (O ct 23 to No v. 21) That decision you made might still have its detractors, but your supporters are growing. Meanwhile, your personal life takes on some welcome new developments. S AGITTA R IU S ( No v. 22 to Dec 21) Matters of the mind intrigue the sage Sagittarian through weeks end. By then, you should feel more than ready to make room for pursuits of the heart. C A PR I C O RN ( Dec 22 to Jan 19) The canny Capricorn can offer good counsel to others. But how about taking some advice yourself from a close friend or family member who is able and ready to help? A Q UA R IU S ( Jan 2 0 to F e b. 1 8 ) A new workplace opportunity offers a variety of challenges that you might find intriguing. Best advice: Take things one step at a time so that you dont feel overwhelmed. P I SC E S (F e b. 19 to March 2 0 ) A bid to revive a relationship that ended on a bitter note needs to be carefully thought out before you can even begin to consider plunging into a new emotional commitment. B O RN THI S WEEK : You enjoy being with people, and people love being with you. You would probably do very well in politics. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, July 18, 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 Write-in candidate sham headed to court Social Security office: No plan B? So for a few weeks, the many Social Security recipients in the area will have to do without a local office. It seems that Tropical Storm Debby flooded out the building just south of the Square in Ocala and it had to be shut down. But thats not the issue. The question is why Social Security didnt have a Plan B in operation to keep local services, pardon the pun, flowing. The Social Security office is moving into a new building on East Silver Springs Boulevard at about the 1000 block. Construction has been under way for several months, and officials said the building should be ready next month. But what if a new building wasnt already under construction? What would the folks at Social Security have done? Continue sending people to Gainesville and Leesburg? Government people say that most Social Security services can be done online, that there is no need for many people to go to the office. But just go into the office on any weekday and youll find a full waiting room of people, many of them elderly or disabled, waiting to talk to a representative. Arent Social Security officials aware that many people who receive their services dont have access to a computer, or have only limited knowledge of the operation of the Internet? While the government was a little unlucky with the timing of the shutdown, just a couple of months before the new building was ready, it was indeed fortunate that the new building is almost ready. This time, people should be told what will happen if an emergency strikes. The thousands of recipients in the Ocala area deserve to know that officials care enough to keep the services coming. O ur M essages PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Government is too important to be left to the politiciansBY JIM FLYNNI n its July-August Bulletin, AARP suggested our national leaders should rediscover the good sense, greatness, and learning of the founding fathers, and discontinue their 21st century explosion of vanity, ideology, and shortsightedness. AARPs wishful thinking is far-fetched. There is little likelihood that well wake up one morning to find Congressional leaders Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi emulating the experience and leadership of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Todays leaders are professional politicians. Former Illinois congressman and senator Everett Dirksen, a 42-year politician himself, described the dedication and commitment of 20th century politicians in a characteristically jocular comment: During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate. Hes busy wondering what hell do if he doesnt get elected. The founding fathers didnt have to wonder. They were volunteer patriots and temporary politicians, men of significant individual accomplishments soldiers, scholars, manufacturers, traders, farmers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and statesmen. The founders were educated and well read. Many were home-schooled. They knew world history and were well versed in the contents of the old and new testaments. Mr. Jefferson could read the new testament in Greek, Latin, and French. What the founders had in mind when they were inventing our nation in 1787 was described nicely in British journalist Alistair Cookes America (1973): They were big men where they came from, and sensitive to the powers and privileges they might have to give up in order to create the United States. What are todays leaders willing to give up? The founders and the colonies they represented were already settled in their ideas of what constituted civilized society. Their representatives and public servants were chosen by popular local elections. However, in their discussions about forming a new nation a democracy was not considered. The word had an overtone of disgrace and was thought by some delegates to refer to mob rule. We find it stupefying that many Americans, particularly members of the broadcast media, persist in referring to the U.S. government as our democracy. Washington and Madison in particular considered democracies dangerous, because they breed political parties and demagogues a first step toward dictatorship. George Washington warned the constitutional convention that political parties provoke mischief and conflict. AARP suggests hopefully that todays political leaders get along based on the core principles and liberties which produced a carefully balanced national government 236 years ago. Quoting our second president, John Adams, AARP suggests decency, respect, and veneration can produce compromises even in an atReader 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. 000C1RY Jim Clark Editor D emocrats in Marion County cant vote in two County Commission races that will be all but decided in the Republican primary on Aug. 14, this despite a Florida constitutional amendment that was passed 14 years ago. That amendment called for the primary to be open to all if only one party fields candidates for a particular office. However, in an opinion issued back around 2000, then Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (remember her from the Bush election?) ruled that a write-in candidate who would be eligible to be voted on in the general election created an opportunity for the other party, and said that the first primary would be closed. That ruling still stands, and is the reason that the two races featuring incumbents Stan McClain and Mike Amsden are open only to Republicans. There are write-in hopefuls in both races, although neither will be on the ballot in November. In many parts of the state its a sham, in which the party of the candidates has someone run as a write-in to make sure the other party cant vote in the primary. No write-in has ever won since this rule went into effect. Down in Miami-Dade, it has now gone to federal court. In the state attorneys race there, two Democrats, one an incumbent, are running, But just before the filing deadline, two write-in candidates filed, meaning that no Miami-Dade Republican can vote for state attorney in the primary. Two voters, one an Independent and the other a Republican, have gone to court. A federal judge threw out their original lawsuit against the supervisor of elections, but said that it should be re-filed to include the secretary of state and the state canvassing board. A hearing is set for next Monday, July 23. A favorable ruling could send shock waves throughout the state just three weeks before the Aug. 14 primary. Far more likely, however, is that the case will drag on and not be settled before this years election. It is something, however, to keep an eye on. There are two schools of though in this matter. One agrees with the fact that if no second party candidates are running, the primary should be open to all. The second says that if one party fields candidates and the second doesnt, thats the fault of the members of the second party, and the voters of the party that fields candidates should not be deprived of voting for choosing their own nominee, even if that nominee is automatically elected. Maybe its time to get rid of, once and for all, the legacy of Katherine Harris. Well just have to wait and see what the court does. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. Please see FLYNN Page 9 Another scam Word has arrived about another scam that has arrived in the area. Someone claiming to be from Microsoft calls your house and says you have trouble with your computer. She wants you to go to a certain website where she will tell you how to fix the problem. Of course, if you go to that website, youre trapped. Best way to handle this type of call, which can get aggressive if you say no, is to hang up. Dont give in to these scam artists.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, July 18, 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 Write-in candidate sham headed to court Social Security office: No plan B? So for a few weeks, the many Social Security recipients in the area will have to do without a local office. It seems that Tropical Storm Debby flooded out the building just south of the Square in Ocala and it had to be shut down. But thats not the issue. The question is why Social Security didnt have a Plan B in operation to keep local services, pardon the pun, flowing. The Social Security office is moving into a new building on East Silver Springs Boulevard at about the 1000 block. Construction has been under way for several months, and officials said the building should be ready next month. But what if a new building wasnt already under construction? What would the folks at Social Security have done? Continue sending people to Gainesville and Leesburg? Government people say that most Social Security services can be done online, that there is no need for many people to go to the office. But just go into the office on any weekday and youll find a full waiting room of people, many of them elderly or disabled, waiting to talk to a representative. Arent Social Security officials aware that many people who receive their services dont have access to a computer, or have only limited knowledge of the operation of the Internet? While the government was a little unlucky with the timing of the shutdown, just a couple of months before the new building was ready, it was indeed fortunate that the new building is almost ready. This time, people should be told what will happen if an emergency strikes. The thousands of recipients in the Ocala area deserve to know that officials care enough to keep the services coming. O ur M essages PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Government is too important to be left to the politiciansBY JIM FLYNNI n its July-August Bulletin, AARP suggested our national leaders should rediscover the good sense, greatness, and learning of the founding fathers, and discontinue their 21st century explosion of vanity, ideology, and shortsightedness. AARPs wishful thinking is far-fetched. There is little likelihood that well wake up one morning to find Congressional leaders Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi emulating the experience and leadership of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Todays leaders are professional politicians. Former Illinois congressman and senator Everett Dirksen, a 42-year politician himself, described the dedication and commitment of 20th century politicians in a characteristically jocular comment: During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate. Hes busy wondering what hell do if he doesnt get elected. The founding fathers didnt have to wonder. They were volunteer patriots and temporary politicians, men of significant individual accomplishments soldiers, scholars, manufacturers, traders, farmers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and statesmen. The founders were educated and well read. Many were home-schooled. They knew world history and were well versed in the contents of the old and new testaments. Mr. Jefferson could read the new testament in Greek, Latin, and French. What the founders had in mind when they were inventing our nation in 1787 was described nicely in British journalist Alistair Cookes America (1973): They were big men where they came from, and sensitive to the powers and privileges they might have to give up in order to create the United States. What are todays leaders willing to give up? The founders and the colonies they represented were already settled in their ideas of what constituted civilized society. Their representatives and public servants were chosen by popular local elections. However, in their discussions about forming a new nation a democracy was not considered. The word had an overtone of disgrace and was thought by some delegates to refer to mob rule. We find it stupefying that many Americans, particularly members of the broadcast media, persist in referring to the U.S. government as our democracy. Washington and Madison in particular considered democracies dangerous, because they breed political parties and demagogues a first step toward dictatorship. George Washington warned the constitutional convention that political parties provoke mischief and conflict. AARP suggests hopefully that todays political leaders get along based on the core principles and liberties which produced a carefully balanced national government 236 years ago. Quoting our second president, John Adams, AARP suggests decency, respect, and veneration can produce compromises even in an atReader 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. 000C1RY Jim Clark Editor D emocrats in Marion County cant vote in two County Commission races that will be all but decided in the Republican primary on Aug. 14, this despite a Florida constitutional amendment that was passed 14 years ago. That amendment called for the primary to be open to all if only one party fields candidates for a particular office. However, in an opinion issued back around 2000, then Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (remember her from the Bush election?) ruled that a write-in candidate who would be eligible to be voted on in the general election created an opportunity for the other party, and said that the first primary would be closed. That ruling still stands, and is the reason that the two races featuring incumbents Stan McClain and Mike Amsden are open only to Republicans. There are write-in hopefuls in both races, although neither will be on the ballot in November. In many parts of the state its a sham, in which the party of the candidates has someone run as a write-in to make sure the other party cant vote in the primary. No write-in has ever won since this rule went into effect. Down in Miami-Dade, it has now gone to federal court. In the state attorneys race there, two Democrats, one an incumbent, are running, But just before the filing deadline, two write-in candidates filed, meaning that no Miami-Dade Republican can vote for state attorney in the primary. Two voters, one an Independent and the other a Republican, have gone to court. A federal judge threw out their original lawsuit against the supervisor of elections, but said that it should be re-filed to include the secretary of state and the state canvassing board. A hearing is set for next Monday, July 23. A favorable ruling could send shock waves throughout the state just three weeks before the Aug. 14 primary. Far more likely, however, is that the case will drag on and not be settled before this years election. It is something, however, to keep an eye on. There are two schools of though in this matter. One agrees with the fact that if no second party candidates are running, the primary should be open to all. The second says that if one party fields candidates and the second doesnt, thats the fault of the members of the second party, and the voters of the party that fields candidates should not be deprived of voting for choosing their own nominee, even if that nominee is automatically elected. Maybe its time to get rid of, once and for all, the legacy of Katherine Harris. Well just have to wait and see what the court does. Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. He can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com or at 352-854-3986. Please see FLYNN Page 9 Another scam Word has arrived about another scam that has arrived in the area. Someone claiming to be from Microsoft calls your house and says you have trouble with your computer. She wants you to go to a certain website where she will tell you how to fix the problem. Of course, if you go to that website, youre trapped. Best way to handle this type of call, which can get aggressive if you say no, is to hang up. 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Saturday, July 21 Ministry and motorcade to Mount DoraJoin the Forever Young Ministry and motorcade to Mount Dora for a day of fellowship, sightseeing, shopping and dining on July 21. Meet in the church parking lot, 8 a.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Monday, July 23 40/8 to meet The 40/8 Voiture 472, an organization of honorably discharged veterans formed after World War I, will meet on Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building, State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top of the World. Come and enjoy comradeship and light refreshments. For more information call Larry at 352-509-4755 or Ben at 352-209-5916. Retired nurses to meetRegistered Nurses Retired (RNR) planning meeting will be held on Monday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Myriam's Restaurant on County Road 484 in Dunnellon. We welcome all interested members to attend. Come help us plan our upcoming year. For more information or directions call Kathy at 352-465-8958. Friday, July 27 Spaghetti dinner at Queen of PeaceThere will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, July 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, beverage and 25 item salad bar. Everything is all you can eat. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 18 eat free. Sunday, July 29 Joy Night at Christs Church Joy Night! Lift up your hearts in praise! Everyone is invited to an evening of traditional and contemporary worship, fellowship and refreshments, 5 p.m., on Sunday, July 29. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org/. Tuesday, July 31 Breast Cancer group to meet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 104. The July 31 meeting will be an open information exchange and an opportunity to get to know everyone better and introduce new members. We will have a speaker at our meeting who will share some information and experiences with stereotatic biopsy treatment. If you have any questions or need more information, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5 8 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0 0 0 B W 6 S Campen Auctions (352) 505-0560 P.O. Box 140907 Gainesville, FL 32614 Brad Campen, Licensed Auctioneer & Licensed Real Estate Associate John Campen, Licensed Real Estate Broker Florida Georgia North Carolina For more info visit: www.CampenAuctions.com AB #2820 AU #3085 Date: Saturday, July 21st at 11AM Home will be SOLD to settle Estate! 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 0 0 0 C 0 N 8 000C08T Topics Include: Preplanning Options Veterans Benefits Travel Protection Interest-Free Financing Please, First-Time Attendees Only Floridas Oldest and Largest N ATIONAL C REMATION S OCIETY FREE Seminar T h i n k i n g A b o u t Thinking About C r e m a t i o n ? Cremation? 352-728-0093 Please call for reservations Limited Seating Complimentary Lunch will be provided for all dates B & W Rexall 214 US Hwy. 41 S. Thursday, July 19 2:00 p.m. Crackers 502 NW 6th St. Wednesday, July 25 & August 15 2:00 p.m. Frankies Grill 1674 US Hwy. 41 N. Tuesday, July 24 1:00 p.m. 000BWNW www.gemgalleriajewelers.com www.consignmentjewelryocala.com 8441 SW SR 200 Ste 101 HOURS: M-F 9-5 SAT 9-1 FRIENDSHIP CENTER 237-2240 PAT & RICH LAUGEN Gemologist, AJP, Goldsmith F I N E J E W E L R Y FINE JEWELRY for life s special moments Gem Galleria Jewelers FAST REPAIRS A R IE S ( March 21 to A pri l 19) Youre wise to let your Arian skepticism question a former adversarys request to let bygones be bygones. Time will tell if he or she is trying to pull the wool over the Lambs eyes. TAU R U S (A pri l 2 0 to May 2 0 ) Congratulations. Your hard work soon pays off with some well-deserved recognition. Meanwhile, that important personal relationship needs more attention from you. GE M I N I ( May 21 to June 2 0 ) That new person in your life seems trustworthy, but dont turn him or her into a confidant just yet. Remember: The secret you dont reveal is the one you wont lose sleep over. C A NC E R ( June 21 to Ju l y 22) Your kindness makes a difference in someones life. But by weeks end, a touch of Cancerian envy could create a problem with a colleague. Take care to keep it under control. LEO ( Ju l y 23 to A ug 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed. VI R GO (A ug 23 to Sept 22) Your practical sense helps you see the logic of being a bit more flexible with a workplace colleague. But you still have a ways to go before theres a true meeting of the minds. LI BR A ( Sept 23 to O ct 22) A surprise situation could cause you to spend more money than you feel you can afford. But careful budget adjustments will help. Your fiscal picture soon brightens. SC O RP IO (O ct 23 to No v. 21) That decision you made might still have its detractors, but your supporters are growing. Meanwhile, your personal life takes on some welcome new developments. S AGITTA R IU S ( No v. 22 to Dec 21) Matters of the mind intrigue the sage Sagittarian through weeks end. By then, you should feel more than ready to make room for pursuits of the heart. C A PR I C O RN ( Dec 22 to Jan 19) The canny Capricorn can offer good counsel to others. But how about taking some advice yourself from a close friend or family member who is able and ready to help? A Q UA R IU S ( Jan 2 0 to F e b. 1 8 ) A new workplace opportunity offers a variety of challenges that you might find intriguing. Best advice: Take things one step at a time so that you dont feel overwhelmed. P I SC E S (F e b. 19 to March 2 0 ) A bid to revive a relationship that ended on a bitter note needs to be carefully thought out before you can even begin to consider plunging into a new emotional commitment. B O RN THI S WEEK : You enjoy being with people, and people love being with you. You would probably do very well in politics. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DUNNELLON PLAZA JULY 13-23 9 AM -8 PM ALL PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED FOR THIS EVENT For More Information Please Call Tim at 352-643-0988 or Dave 352-789-4462 SALES, SERVICE & COLLISION New & Preowned Units to Choose From Top Dollar for Trades Bank Financing Available Diesel Pushers, Class As, Class Bs & Class Cs 5th Wheels, Toy Haulers, Travel Trailers, Folding Campers 000BNT2 mosphere of gigantic challenges. We dont think so. Amid world-wide financial upsets, our political parties are pulling in opposite directions Democrats toward a European style social democracy and Republicans toward reviving American leadership in multinational commerce. Our major political parties are in a private vs. public tug-of-war. Washington was right mischief and conflict. FLYNNcontinued from Page 6 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 Fairfield Village W ednesday, July 4. was a day of celebration for the community of Fairfield Village. Though I was away visiting family, as were many others of us, I heard about the great time that those who were part of the big cook-out truly enjoyed. Several years ago, our official un-official decorator in chief, Eilene Yudonin purchased some really attractive and appropriate decorations that Fairfield Village neighbors enjoy Fourth of July barbecue Priscilla Geissal have continued to be a part of the traditional celebration. Everyone loves the red, white, and blue and the patriotic feelings that these colors and decorations help to evoke. As usual the food, fun, and fellowship were the highlights of the gathering and those who participated were not disappointed with this years festivities. Having the fun in the middle of the day at the Fairfield Clubhouse allowed those who had plans to attend other celebrations and perhaps fireworks displays later in the evening to be able to continue their fun on into the evening hours. From the reports that I have heard, there was a relatively good size gathering that certainly was full of enthusiasm for the holiday. The Social Activities Committee headed up by Toni Belcher, Jean Chapman, Loretta Zang, and Sandi Ford always have a wonderful menu and food prepared by some extraordinarily good cooks both male and female especially when there is a grill involved. They always have some exceptional help from the volunteers who work diligently to make sure that everyone has a really good time at the social gatherings. Most of us in the Fairfield Village community appreciate how much laughter and genuine smiles can enhance all of our lives. As is usually the case, there are almost always good stories to be told, funny jokes to be shared, and stories of the good things that have been happening in the lives of the people of Fairfield Village a lively place filled with lovely (and patriotic) people. Hospice volunteers needed\Volunteers Needed. One or two hours can be a blessing to our patients and families receiving hospice care. Sitting with patients, while caregivers run errands, or go to Dr. appts. can be so rewarding and fulfilling. If you are interested in becoming an Odyssey Hospice, Bedside Blessing Volunteer, please contact, Laura Roweton @ 352-622-9331 or lroweton@odsyhealth.com See photo on Page 1 Quail Meadow T o our Quail Meadow residents: There are a few neighbors in QM in need of new roofs and/or roof repair. Several have come together to get quotes from several roofers. The more neighbors we have, the better the price. If you would like to look into this please call Brooke Hamlin 352-3686999. Where were you on Friday the 6th? This was the First Friday poolside gathering, but because it was the week of the 4th many forgot! However, the few of us who were there had an enjoyable evening visiting and eating until the mosquitoes chased us home. Mark your calendars now for the next gathering on Aug. 3. We are so blessed to have many couples in our community who have celebrated 50 or more years of marriage. This month there are several: Frank and Joan Christopher 52 years, Bruce and June Dunai 54 years, Joe and Anne Nuara 52 years, and Dennis and Joyce Jablonski 50 years. Congratulations to all of you. Not only do we have couples who have survived Quail Meadow residents band together for roof repairs Carolyn Slocumb many years of marriage, we also have a newlywed couple with us. Benny Bachand and Teresa Hite were married April 21 on the beach in Maui, Hawaii. Benny and Teresa met several years ago on Valentines Day at the wedding of Bennys niece in Orlando. Their long distance friendship grew into love and then Teresa made the move from Bristol, Tennessee to Ocala. As they say, the rest is history. Upon their return from Hawaii, they invited the Quail Meadow community to a reception at the clubhouse on May 2. They even wore their wedding apparel for all to see. Benny is retired from the VFW where he worked with the public relations department. He said he still does some travel and public relations work for the VFW. Among some of his previous travels with the VFW, he said he had the privilege of twice escorting the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on their Christmas tours to Korea this was before he met Teresa! His travels have taken him to all 50 states and many foreign countries. Teresa is employed by Ocala Regional Hospital in the human resources department. We welcome Teresa to our community and wish Benny and Teresa many years of happiness. Benny and Teresa Bachand cutting cake at reception.

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Many say this event defined U.S.-Cuban relations. We also toured the Bay of Pigs Museum. No visit to Cuba would be complete without visiting the home of the most famous American to live in Cuba Ernest Hemingway. This home was purchased for $18,000 in the late 1930s. One can no longer go into the home but you can look from through the windows to see how Hemingway lived. What I found interesting is that none of the books or magazines are protected. They sit on shelves or in baskets for you to view. The state was renovating the pool. Hemingways boat is also there. It is a beautiful home at a great location and, while we were there, a bride was having her pictures taken on the lawn. Many of the group went to the Tropicana to see the famed show. We were told that show has continued uninterrupted since the day of the revolution. The costumes and music were amazing. We also visited the International Hotel where many famous Americans had visited and performed. We heard great music and saw dancers. Of course, one is treated to the their famous Majos drinks. Another highlight for some of us was to see a Cuban baseball game. A group of American College All-Star players played one of the Cuban teams. The cost of the ticket for visitors was $3 and we sat right behind home plate. Ball, strikes and outs are called in English but they list strikes, balls, outs on the scoreboard. The U.S. won the opener 4-3 on Michael Confortos grand slam and Jonathan Crawfords 6 13 innings of strong pitching. Crawford plays for the University of Florida. It was exciting and there were many Americans there. We met some people that were there for an educational tour and they had entered Cuba via Canada. This is illegal for Americans and they were surprised that we had come from Miami. For me, the experience was truly humbling. I came home appreciating so much of what I have. We talk about our freedoms of which we have many, but like our guide said, freedom is ones perception. He felt Americans, especially smokers, had little freedom as to where they can smoke. You can smoke most places in Cuba. My roommate, Rita Levy, enjoyed the interaction with parents and students at the band concert we heard. These young students were amazing and they had only studied their respective instruments for less than six months. She felt that the Cuban mothers have the same aspirations as we do for our children. Stone Creek resident Diane Callahan said, The trip was wonderful and the people were generously welcoming. Our itinerary took us to many beautiful and culturally interesting places. Disturbing, however, was the extreme poverty of the Cuban people. I would like to end with a quote from Hugo Cancio, publisher of the On Cuba CUBAcontinued from Page 1 One of the many busy streets in Cuba. Some of Cubas old buildings. Please see CUBA Page 12 Honoring deceased veterans The Veterans Service Office conducted its quarterly reading of recently deceased veterans names. Photos are on this page and Page 11. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKThese two photos show part of the crowd that attended the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

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S ometimes watching the news on television gets rather disparaging. Now that we have 24/7 news, not only can we see the news any time we want to, but we can see it over and over and over again. It is particularly disheartening when there is a slow news day. I think all of us can remember O.J. Simpsons mad race down a Los Angeles highway. I can remember the good old days when Uncle Walter brought us up to speed on the days news inside of a 30-minute program. Oh, for those good old days. Never has an American generation been exposed to so much and knows so little for so short a time. This all came to me recently when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching the three votes to pass anything. If you dont have two more votes, you cant accomplish anything. Gold, who has worked with both the Sheriffs Office and the Fire Department, said, Im doing this to try to help the community. He said he understands the working of the budget, and there are going to have to be intelligent cuts. Incumbent Stan McClain faces a challenge in the primary from David Moore, but Moore did not attend the meeting. McClain told the crowd that it was a real honor to serve all of you. He says he tries to make sure the county is fiscally responsible. Further, he says that some decisions do not sit well with some folks, but theyre good for the taxpayers. He pointed to the energy savings and to the long-term solution for solid waste that has been accomplished. All candidates, in response to a question, said they were in favor of the prayer continuing before the meetings. Amsden said he was willing to fight for it, but not with the taxpayers money. Its up to the churches, the sleeping giants. Theyll have our backs. The residency issue, which was raised several weeks ago, came up as Gabriel spoke. 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Brown, vice chairman of the newly resurrected Oak Run Democratic Club, announced that the group will meet at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. July 19, and Sally said that tickets for the annual dinner at the Hilton Sept. 9 are now available. In a moving ceremony, Ed Mottl, husband of the late Georgette Mottl, former DEC chairman who died last February, was presented with a personal letter of condolence from Vice President Joe Biden and an autographed photo of Georgette with Mr. Biden in Washington, D.C. This surprise was arranged by Nora Travieso. Landers, 42 year old Dean of Students at Reddick-Collier Elementary School, concluded that with the opening of our more modern and accessible site, we intend to become a resource for everyone who is committed to working for the common good. This includes the over 80,000 registered Democrats as well as those among the 40,000 independents in this county who seek to build an informed and prosperous community which offers equal opportunity for everyone while respecting and rejoicing in our cultural political and religious diversity, Call 352-402-9494, email info@mariondems.org or visit www.mariondems.org, or contact Joyce Blake at 352-690-1746. DEMOCRATScontinued from Page 1 PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKDuring the Marion County Quarterly Memorial for the veterans who died during the previous three months, members of Boy Scout Troop 331 and the Police Explorers presented the colors. Below, left, Dave Bice rang the bell twice for each name called, and below, right, Andre Adams provided a constant drum roll. James Snyder news after our evening repast. I think it was the 9,999 times this particular news story had been played. Of course, we do not watch television that often and so we may only have seen a very short portion. The short portion that we saw was just about enough and my wife said so. It was the news story, if you remember, of the bus lady who was bullied by children. I think those children, my wife said and then paused while she grit her teeth violently, need a good old-fashioned spanking. And with that, she crossed her arms and set her face in a defiant manner. Luckily, I was not one of those children or I would have received the intentions of her mind at that point. Her comment got me to thinking. There was a time, back in the day, when spankings were rather normal. Someone once said that if you saw a young boy on the street you should stop what youre doing and give him a good spanking because he was either coming from trouble or headed for trouble. Raising children then was a community affair. I am not sure that ever took place, but it does have an authentic ring to it. I semi-fondly remember when I was a youngster I had the heebie-jeebies whaled out of me by my father on a regular basis. And I can testify that I have not missed those heebiejeebies. My life is better for not having them. Watching the video about the kids bullying that bus lady, I could not help but think that they were a rather spoiled bunch of little brats. Pardon my French. I think I would have taken it one step further than my wife. Not only do those youngsters need a good old-fashioned spanking but I think their parents do as well. Kids today are only a mirror of what they see and hear at home. When I was young, the only spoiled brats around were the children of the rich folk. They could afford to be spoiled brats because their parents with their money bought their way into society. The only thing those kids ever earned was a bad reputation and distain from the rest of us. The rest of us, having gone through the spanking rituals, could not afford to be spoiled brats. Good parents made sure of that. I think of what my father use to say. Son, Im going to take this Board of Education and apply it to the seat of your learning. I can testify that he was very enthusiastic about his job. With all that education, I have had multiple degrees on my posterior. Even to this day, every time I sit down I am reminded of that education. Whatever happened to old-fashioned spankings? Please see SNYDER Page 11 This Board of Education that my father was superintendent of, always hung by the door. Being the religious person that my father was, he had printed on this Board of Education the phrase from a favorite hymn, I Need Thee Every Hour. It was a motto he lived up to all the years of my boyhood. I often prayed my father would get weary of exercising that Board, but I must confess that my naughtiness wearied long before he did. Looking back, I am grateful. I will not go as far as to say that I am a good person, only that I am not a spoiled brat. I have learned through the years, thanks to the energy of my father, to extend courtesy to everybody around me and be respectful. Respecting other people is not something that comes naturally. Everybody needs to be taught that everybody deserves respect. Some people have earned more respect than others, I grant you. However, nobody deserves deliberate disrespect like those kids gave that bus lady. With all the studies are being done through our governmental grant programs, I wonder why nobody has ever, at least to my knowledge, done a study on the importance of discipline in the home. It is at this point I must agree most heartily with the scriptural injunction on this subject. Solomon, the wisest man in the world, had much to say about disciplining children. And if anybody should know about disciplining children, it was Solomon. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him (Proverbs 22:15 KJV). He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24 KJV). Disciplining children to ensure they grow up to be proper adults demands a whole lot of energy especially from parents. Love sometimes carries a large stick. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His website is www.jamessnyderministries.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 1 Saturday, Aug. 5 Book sale at libraryThe Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale in Rooms B and C of the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gently-used books will be on sale, hardcovers at 50 cents, and paperbacks at 25 cents each. 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BY PATRICIA GIZZI Special to the Messenger Many of us have enjoyed the beauty and beaches of the Caribbean Islands. Recently, three Stone Creek residents visited a Caribbean Island that not many have the opportunity to visit Cuba. The Ocala Chamber of Commerce sponsored a nine day People to People tour to the island of Cuba. Residents Rita Levy, Diane Callahan and I made the trip to Cuba along with other Ocala residents. The 45-minute flight from Miami on a chartered plane arrived safely and early enough to enjoy an entire day in Havana. The People to People tours were set up by President Obama and approximately 110,000 people have taken advantage of seeing the island. The tours are set by the state and the tour guides are state employees. We spent the first three days in Havana in a former Hilton Hotel. It was considered a four-star hotel by Cuban standards but here in the U.S. it would have been a two-star hotel. There was no air conditioning in the hallways or elevators. The rooms were clean and spacious but air conditioning was a problem, and many had to change their rooms because of air conditioning or shower problems. Since sewers in Cuba are old, toilet paper cannot be flushed down the toilet. It is deposited in a waste basket next to the toilet. This was a new task we had to learn. Paper is at a premium in Cuba and most restaurants had cloth napkins, but one we visited had paper and when we asked for more paper napkins, the waiter came out with one napkin on a plate. Of course, we needed more as the meal we were eating was messy. Cuba is a country of great beauty and the worst poverty that I have seen but then I have traveled to only a few third world countries. Despite the poverty, the people seemed happy. The children were clean and playing. We saw children playing baseball with very worn gloves, sticks for bats and large pits for balls. One of the passengers had brought baseballs and when he distributed them to the children, their faces showed the greatest joy. If you love old cars, then Cuba is the place to see them. Either the U.S. made cars better 50 years ago or Cuba has the best mechanics. These cars are still running. Cuban cars have different colored license plates to show what type of car cab, rental, state, embassy. Many of the Cuban residents live in what were beautifully built buildings with great columns and great architecture. However, they are crumbling as there is no money for repairs. We visited Cienfuegos, which is called, Cubas Pearl of the South. It is a beautiful city that is restored. It had many wonderful shops and a great theatre and it is located near the water. Here we were treated to a concert by young musicians. Their teacher is Russian and the first violinist was only 13 years old. They are coming to the state of Washington in September to perform. Their performance was amazing and many of us went home with a copy of their CD. Music is very important to the Cuban people and at every meal there was a small group playing for us. After a few days in Havana, we visited Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar which was an all inclusive hotel on the beach. The beaches are amazing and unfortunately, we did not have enough time to enjoy them as our days were full with sightseeing. Here we were taught how to Salsa. I can say I did not master the dance but it is a workout just learning. The goal of the tour was to meet the people and learn about the food, culture and music of Cuba. We visited a sugar cane plantation. Many of the sugar cane plantations were shut down after the U.S. INDEX Rev. 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All that is needed is to find the individual determination to build strong, real bridges of dialogue and communication, ....friendship and love. I was told by many that I was crazy to go to Cuba but I came back knowing that the people of Cuba love Americans. We need to find a way to make this bridge of friendship continue as both countries will be better off. Patricia Gizzi is the former correspondent for the West Marion Messenger from Stone Creek. CUBAcontinued from Page 3 Read the classifieds Rita Levy and Patricia Gizzi in Hemingways garden. Rita Levy speaking to a mom as we waited for the band. Her son played trumpet. One of the old Cuban homes seen on the tour. Bineto, a tobacco farmer, rolling a cigar. Celebrating the 4th Who could help but have a joyous Fourth of July when they encounter decorations such as these at Fairfield Village. See column on Page 4. BY JIM CLARK Editor A planned debate among County Commission District 5 candidates fizzled last Monday when two of the four candidates did not attend and a third had to leave early at the monthly State Road 200 Coalition meeting. Only Pat Gabriel, who is president of the Coalition, spoke at the event. Francine Johannesen, candidate, was there for the beginning of the meeting, but had to leave because of another commitment. Earl Arnett and Butch Verrando, other District 5 hopefuls, did not attend. One candidate who had gotten into the political arena late and had not taken part earlier this summer was Bobby Dobkowski, who is running for School Board District 2. Known also as Bobby Dee because of a talk radio show he conducted, he told the group that he was active in Queen of Peace Church and was committed to the 200 area. I dont think the school system is good enough for the students in Marion County, he told the group. He said the administration is top heavy, and pushed for what he called common sense discipline. He faced questioning because he homeschools his children, but again cited the fact that he doesnt think the school system as currently operating is good enough. He noted that if he is elected to the School Board, he will be the only member with school-age children. Dobkowskis opponent, Carol Ely, spoke to the Coalition earlier this summer, but was unopposed at the time. She cites her 35 years as an educator, including 13 years as a teacher, five years as a curriculum coordinator, five years as an assistant principal and 14 years as a principal. Her time in administration was at Emerald Shores, Belleview and Shady Hill elementary schools. She and her husband are also small business owners. She has two daughters who graduated from the Marion County School System, one is a nurse and the other a dentist. She pledges to bring professionalism back to the School Board meetings. In the County Commission races, incumbent Mike Amsden and challenger Jeff Gold spoke. Amsden told the audience that he has spent 3 years listening to you, serving you. He also spoke of the need to work together, noting that it takes Some candidates skip planned debate at State Road 200 Coalition meeting Please see DEBATE Page 2 At an open house on July 2, Reginald E. Landers, Jr., chairman of the Democratic Party of Marion County, welcomed a steady stream of visitors to the partys new headquarters at 601 S.W. First Ave. The stand-alone brick building is almost directly across the street from Ocalas main post office about five blocks southwest of the Ocala Town Square. The donkey kicking up its heels on the wonderful sign outside designed by our talented and tireless events coordinator Sally Smith shows how fired up and ready to go we are as we work to keep President Obama in the White House and secure the election as well of our excellent area candidates, Landers said at a meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee following the open house at which he also saluted the outstanding contributions of Joyce Blake, John Hickey, John Moxley and Gary Smith in making the move a reality. Candidates present included Frank Bruno, who is running for Florida State Senate, Judge Cochran, a candidate for Supervisor of Elections, and Woody Clymer, nonpartisan candidate for school board. Keith Ferguson, field director of the Obama for America campaign, and Benjamin Cuebas, head of the Young Democrats, delighted the audience with their enthusiasm but no one made a more fervent call to action than Joyce Blake, Democratic State Committeewoman and leader Local Democrats open new headquarters in Ocala The sign at the new Democratic headquarters. Please see DEMOCRATS Page 2