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INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Ocala Palms........6 Rev. Snyder........10 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 34 WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2012 Jobless rate Page 5 Puzzles Page 9 12 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Ocalas Only 4-Star Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations Accommodations for Your Pet for Your Pet Tour our unique Tour our unique facility and you facility and you be the judge! be the judge! 352-861-4566 352-861-4566 B o a r d i n g G r o o m i n g Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 000D2FP Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting L o o k f o r u s L o o k f o r u s Look for us o n F a c e b o o k o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. 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The Marion County Sheriffs Office eliminated the Red Man Suit training, because of injuries and loss of manpower for district patrols. Therefore, I have requested our training division to increase the training hours from 24 to 40 hours per year and to reinstitute the Red Man Suit training into our training classes, Dean said. This new adjustment will allow deputies to receive 160 hours of training over four (4) years a move that means deputies will receive four (4) times the training required by the state. Yankees, city talk baseballThe city of Ocala is in preliminary discussions with the New York Yankees organization. The dialogue is centered on the possible relocation of the Yankees Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team currently situated in Tampa and does not include Yankees Spring Training. Any proposal for relocation to Ocala is contingent upon approval by the Ocala City Council, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Florida State League, states Anthony Bruno of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC. The city is excited about the opportunity to investigate the potential immediate and collateral benefits that might be gained from its association with a prestigious professional sports franchise and is currently exercising due diligence, says Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKWest Port singersAn a cappella singing group from West Port High School performs the National Anthem at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Please see BASEBALL Page 3 Growth services gets new boss Marion Countys Growth Services department has a new leader. Gregory Stubbs, AICP 56, started his new post this week as Growth Services director. Stubbs replaces Jimmy Massey, who left the agency in September. Stubbs has more than 20 years of local government growth management experience, including service with Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties and the cities of Minneapolis, Deltona and Baytown, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business/interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. As Growth Services director, Stubbs will be tasked with administering the activities of the departments code enforcement, planning and zoning divisions and applying the Land Development Code and ensuring its consistency with the countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He will also be responsible for coordinating and developing community redevelopment areas as needed and assisting with the advancement of the economic development projects. I look forward to providing stability, leadership and improved communications with Growth Services, the public and the business community, Stubbs said. His starting salary is $91,041. Stubbs From the left, Maj.Gen. James D.Tyre, Brig.Gen. Wally Green, Brig Gen. Richard Capps, Brig.Gen.Royce Smith and Capt. S.Butler Strain III. PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day at Ocala PalmsThe Ocala Palms community held a Veterans Day program to honor our service personnel. Above, Don Schultz gives a flag to Ron Chrisner. Schultz was honoring his father, who served in World War II. Story and more photos, Page 6. W ednesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 7 and 8, saw the Fairfield Village Clubhouse be turned into a classroom as some 22 seniors became students once again. This time the subject matter was of the same significance to these 55+ students as it would have been to them 40-50 years ago when they were 15 or older. Driving skills and drivers safety can be significant issues to anyone who operates an automobile; however when one first gets a permit there are many issues to consider. As one becomes more mature, driving becomes almost second nature. Then, later, when one passes the age of retirement, some of the same driving safety issues become extremely important once again. Then it becomes possible that this more mature person can benefit significantly from the AARP Driver Safety Course. Ed Glenney, a very community aware person who lives in Fairfield Village, was instrumental in setting up two different sessions of this course to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in our clubhouse. The instructor, Harold Brouillard, did an excellent job of instruction and encouragement as he presented the material. Taking information from the AARP website, he pointed out: Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. By taking a driver safety course youll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in todays increasingly challenging driving environment. Youll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. The first of the two courses was a great success. The one that will be held on Nov. 27 and 28 promises to be just as worthwhile as the previous one was. At this point there are 36 people enrolled which means that the class is completely full. Ed Glenney encourages all those who signed up to attend the class as the space was AARP Driver Safety Course held Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE set aside and others were turned away because of the earlier registrants. It certainly seems that many people in the southwestern part of Marion County are very conscious of the value of the course and of their part in doing something constructive for themselves and for others who are driving in the Central Florida area especially. Once again, we have an example of how Fairfield Village neighbors work to be good citizens as they are part of our lively place filled with lovely (and civic-minded) people. AARP Driver Safety Course instructor Harold Brouillard gives personal attention to a student who asked a very pertinent question. Fairfield "Villager" Becky Weller takes a quiet break during the afternoon class of the AARP Driver Safety Course. 000D45A LAWN/HOME Roys Lawn & Home Services Tree Trimming Winter Cleanups Pressure Washing F REE E STIMATES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444

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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Medical Residential SA TechThe Centers is seeking Residential Substance Abuse Techs (Full-time & PRN) for our Citrus County Adolescent Residential program in Lecanto, FL. Duties focus on reducing or minimizing the effects of substance abuse, a 12-Step recovery process, assisting the professional staff in the assurance of quality client care & transporting clients. Exp with troubled adolescents reqd. Must be available for shift work & weekends. Acceptable driving record & clean background reqd. 10% shift diff for 2nd/3rd shifts. Full benefits pkg for full-time positions DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Medical TBOSS Therapist The Centers is seeking Masters Level Therapist for TBOSS position in Citrus County. Must have min 2 yrs exp working with adults, children & adolescents providing individual, group & family therapy. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Evaluators The Centers is seeking a Licensed Evaluator (adults) and Masters level Evaluator (children) for our Citrus County programs. Florida LCSW, LMHC or Masters Degree in a field of Human Services with exp reqd. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Correspondence CoordinatorThe Centers is seeking a Correspondence Coordinator for our Lecanto Medical Records dept. This is a highly confidential, responsible position that works independently providing client information with appropriate release. Excellent communication skills required as this position regularly connects with Attorneys, Social Security office, & clients. Must be flexible, organized, & have basic computer skills. HS Diploma and a minimum of 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Supported Housing Specialist The Centers is seeking a Supported Housing Specialist. This position works directly with mentally ill adult clients and within the community to secure housing through outreach efforts, & programs (PATH, Shelter Plus Care). Must have excellent communication skills, be flexible, & willing to travel/transport. HS Diploma & min 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Trades/ Skills AUTO TECHS & Experienced Detailer Needed.Competitive Pay & Benefits.ASE & or Ford Certified line techs.Call (352)493-4297 for Russ Hall for in person resume/interview appointment. Musical Instruments BUYING Guitars, Banjos & Mandolins,Fender, Gibson & Martin any condition (443) 463-3421 Mobile Homes For Sale BAD CREDIT RENT-TO-OWN. 13th Street homes of Alachua, FL. Now has land/home pkgs.Ready to move in NOW! Call 386-418-0424 Real Estate For Sale PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Citrus Hills Homes Forest Ridge Villages Updated, move in ready, 2/2/2, Private lot 352-746-0002 Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANYVEHICLEIn Any Condition Tile, No Title, Bank Lien, No Problem, Dont Trade it in. 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Our thanks go to Theresa Yoders for putting together the show. She says there will be more at a later date. The Social Committee is working very hard to have activities that you, the residents of Quail Meadow will enjoy. Mark your calendars now for several upcoming events: December 1st we will meet at the clubhouse to decorate the Christmas tree. Also, Santa will be there and you can have your picture taken with him. Cookies, hot chocolate, and egg nog will be provided. This gathering takes the place of the usual First Friday get-together. Next on the calendar is a pot luck dinner on Monday, Dec. 10. No reservations required just bring a covered dish and your place settings. Before you know it, its New Years Eve and we will celebrate at the clubhouse. The party begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $1 each and are available from Lil Carie. The Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable trip to Cross Creek, to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This is the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings the author of The Yearling, Cross Creek, and other books. Visiting the home is like taking a trip back in time to the 1930s. The old homestead is still furnished with the original furnishings used by Marjorie Rawlings. The typewriter she used to write her novels still sits on a table at the front of the house. It is well worth the $3 to take the guided tour of the house. This will give you a history lesson on that period of time in Florida. The day we were there, the old wood-burning cook stove was being used to cook blackeyed peas and fresh collard greens from the garden. After our tour of the house and the grounds, we headed to The Yearling Restaurant. This is only about five minutes down the road from the homestead. The food was very good. The restaurant doesnt have much appeal from the outside, but dont let the looks turn you away. The Rawlings homestead is located on County Road 325. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, tours are only offered Thursday through Sunday, October through July (closed August and September). Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lets all remember to give thanks for our freedom and say a prayer for our service men and women who are protecting our country. A great holiday dinner, and a trip to Cross Creek Carolyn Slocumb A group enjoying the holiday dinner at Quail Meadow. More photos on Page 3. Flo and Bob Hanson. Marie Schneider and Charlotte Payne. Ocala Palms residents enjoyed a wonderful performance Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Marion Civic Chorale. The Marion Civic Chorale, directed by Matthew Bumbach, Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida presented a "Salute to Veterans". For the past 25 years these dedicated musicians have provided Marion County with a repertoire of classical and popular music. Attendees were very fortunate to have them entertain, while honoring our veterans. The colors were also presented by the West Port High School Army JROTC Color Guard. All proceeds are being awarded to students for musical scholarships. Ocala Palms residents Melinda and Jamie Jones and Marilyn Hinds were instrumental in planning and organizing this event for the community. Civic Chorale gives veterans concert at Ocala Palms PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSThe Marion Civic Chorale provided a veterans concert at Ocala Palms recently. 000DA4C CARDS AND GIFTS S TORE 352-854-1970 F AX 352-854-6186 8449 SW SR 200, O CALA F RIENDSHIP C ENTER P OST O FFICE F AX C OPIES L OTTERY S h o p e a r l y f o r t h e b e s t g i f t s e l e c t i o n H a p p y T h a n k s g i v i n g Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off 000D9I3

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Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000CM85 000D4VF 861-2001 8602 SW Hwy. 200, #D Next to Scoops Little Joeys Big Lots May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude and blessings Sending prayers to those affected by Sandy Happy Thanksgiving from all of us! 000D9JY Movement of this particular team is being considered as a means to bring a professional sports franchise to an underserved market with a strong fan support base. There was no indication where a possible stadium would be located. In addition to Tampa, cities in the Northern Division of the Florida State League include Dunedin, Lakeland, Clearwater, Viera (Brevard County) and Daytona Beach. The Southern Division includes Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Bradenton and Punta Gorda (Charlotte County). The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994. In 1996 they moved to the new George M. Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees spring training facility. Since their inception they have won five league championships, in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2010. The city of Ocala and New York Yankees anticipate release of further information concerning this proposal in the coming weeks as they each continue exploration of the issues and development of findings. BASEBALLcontinued from Page 1 Quail Meadow at Cross Creek Visitors from Quail Meadow stand outside the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Cross Creek. An outhouse on the grounds at Cross Creek. The 2013 entertainment lineup at Circle Square Cultural Center has been released and tickets are now on sale. The Cultural Center will be featuring concerts such as The Kingston Trio, Terry Johnsons Flamingos, The 5th Dimension, Felix Cavalieres Rascals and many more! The Cultural Center will also have tribute shows honoring The Eagles, Bob Seger, Abba and the Bee Gees! And dont forget the musically competitive Elvis tribute artist contest and The World Has Talent 55+ talent show! For more information on the 2013 entertainment lineup including times, dates and tickets, visit our website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670. The Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. Circle Square lists entertainment schedule Invitation to artists for January Manatee FestivalThe City of Crystal River and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce invite you to submit an application for the 26th annual Manatee Festival, Jan. 19-20, in downtown Crystal River. This festival has a long-standing tradition of fine artists displaying their artwork in a juried environment. January is traditionally the start of the outdoor festival route, and last year the Manatee Festival brought in more than 15,000 visitors during the two day period. A few vendor spaces are still available for this renowned fine art festival, therefore apply today. We are inviting those artists who have been entered in juried shows before, and wish to present their skills to the public in a well-known and well attended event. We are seeking skilled artisans who work in all mediums, including clay, metal, oil, wood, watercolor, gold and silver, organic materials, photography and mixed media. While artists from all over the nation are invited and do attend, we would like to extend a special welcome to local Florida artists wishing to showcase their work. This festival draws the public from all over the nation, including many winter visitors from major metropolitan areas in the north. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase name recognition, make sales, and take part in a festival that has a strong local cultural background. Come enjoy the weather and mingle with fellow artists. Make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. While you are here take the opportunity to enjoy a few moments with the creature often associated with the folklore of mermaids, the Manatee. Citrus County and Crystal River have many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of Florida history and see why we are called The Gem of Floridas Nature Coast. For those wishing to apply, simply go to www.floridamanateefestival.com and download an application, or call Jeff Inglehart at the Citrus County Chamber 352-7953149. We look forward to seeing you at the festival, and hope you will join us for this wonderful event. N ow that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what normal really means. One mans normal is another mans over the cliff. I am not quite sure I am normal and I fear bringing this query to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. My fear is that she will tell me the truth. You know what we Americans think about the truth. There was a time when truth was a pretty stable thing. There were certain things that were absolute truth and no ifs, ands or buts about it. Those were the good old days. Nowadays truth is not as clear as it once was. What was true in the day, is now altogether a different matter. Being the simpleminded man that I am, it is very hard for me to keep up with all of this nonsense. I mean, after all, how do you know what is true if it changes all the time? I think if it is true, it is always true. That only beguiles my age. If truth is as slippery as some people are indicating, how do I know what is true today? It does not matter what was true yesterday. That was yesterday. Today is a new day and henceforth, what was true yesterday is not true today. To make matters even more confusing, what is true today will not be true tomorrow. I believe the reason I am getting bald on the top is that I am scratching my head too much lately. I cannot seem to make heads or tails out of all the nonsense transpiring today as truth. How do people keep up and know what is really true? If I plan to live quite a few more years, I am going to have to get a handle on this very thing. I am not quite sure where to go. Something has to be done so that I can figure out day by day what is really true. I shared my dilemma with my better half and as is usually the situation, she came up with a brilliant answer. Please, do not let her know I said that. She might get a big head and we cannot afford to buy a whole new set of hats. She simply said, Why dont you do what the politicians do? I did not quite know what she was getting at, so I inquired further. Silly, her pet name for Yours Truly, the politicians always take a poll before they decide on It seems that too many polls are being taken James Snyder anything. It dawned on me like a morning in June. Of course. Whenever a politician wants to know what truth is flying on any given day, he reverts to taking a poll. Out of that poll, he can know what the truth is for that day. Amazing. I need to learn some lessons from todays politician. The first thing I need to understand from a politicians point of view is, What I am saying at the time is not necessarily what I mean. This is convenient and frees me up to say things I normally might put a check on. The checks in the mail and I now am free to say whatever is on my mind at the moment. The first thing I need to do is find out what is on the mind of the people I am talking to. Whatever is on their mind is exactly what is on my mind. This has such a freeing aspect to it. Another thing from a politicians viewpoint is, What I said yesterday doesnt count today. This also is from the polling machine. The amazing thing about most people is they do not remember what was said yesterday. A very poor politician reminds people of what they said yesterday. A politician needs to tell them what he is saying today. Because todays truth is todays truth. No need to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be reflected by tomorrows polling. This is very important because it reduces the necessity to use any sort of memory whatsoever. Because what I said yesterday does not really matter today. I do not have to remember what I said yesterday. If I want to know what I said yesterday, I need only take another poll today and that settles the matter. Perhaps the most important view from a politician is, Tomorrow may never come. I do not have to worry that what I am saying today will catch up with me tomorrow, for the simple reason tomorrow may never come. If it does come, so what. I will take a poll tomorrow to find out what I need to say tomorrow. I think there is something to this polling mechanism. I do not have to worry about anything; all I need to do is just take another poll. I know it may get a little confusing, but I clear up that confusion by taking another poll. It is always the last poll that really counts. Thankfully, when it comes to God, truth does not change from one day to the next. What is true today was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. You can count on that. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). I can always count on God being true to His Word because God never changes. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Special to the Meseenger November 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day was a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We at Social Security ask you to join us in saluting the men and women of the armed forces. We hope you said thank you to a veteran on this important day. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Securitys Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. Social Security gives help to vets, military 000D9KV J a s m i n e P l a z a 3 5 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 1 6 0 S W S R 2 0 0 U n i t 1 0 4 O c a l a F l o r i d a 3 4 4 7 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 H O L I D A Y H O U R S : M O N F R I 1 0 5 S A T 1 0 2 HOLIDAY HOURS: MON.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 www.jandjjewelersocala.com All repairs done on premises. B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + t a x WRAP IT UP EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 10-40% OFF STOREWIDE 000D2SR

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D64L Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 0 0 0 D 7 9 5 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 711187 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you wont want to miss. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that youve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and wellreasoned arguments. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to great-grandma. But dont overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But dont fall into a prolonged catnap yet. Theres still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too didnt it?) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddys reluctance to cooperate. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. BORN THIS WEEK: You are caring and considerate two wonderful attributes that endear you to people of all ages. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Saturday, Nov. 24 Taylor s to s ing at College Roa d Bapti s t The second concert in College Road Baptist Churchs Winter Concert Series will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this concert but a love offering will be received. Performing will be The Taylors. They have had six radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, two singles in the Top 40, and one single in the Top 20. The Taylors are a family quartet from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher, and Lindsey are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, Ocala (1.7 miles west of Interstate75 on State Road 200). Fun d rai s er bingo by VFW la d ie s The Ladies Auxiliary to the Angela S. Santos VFW Post 4781 is having a fundraiser bingo on Saturday, Nov. 24. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. For a $20 donation you will receive the following: A $25 Bingo Pack and one (1) Special Winner Take-All Ticket. This, also, includes a hot dog, soda, cake, and coffee. We suggest you buy your tickets ASAP as this should be an early sellout. Contact Regina Ballman at 352-8733631 or Sheryl Browne at 352-854-5787. Join us, along with your guests and friends for an enjoyable holiday Saturday. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund various activities for our veterans and other charities. Sunday, Nov. 25 Ji mm y Stric k lan d in Concert Enjoy a musical treat as Jimmy Strickland performs your favorite Gospel Songs when he presents his free Southern Gospel Concert, 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Watch an d cloc k e x travagan z a Chapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors meets every fourth Sunday at 8 a.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. The November meeting on Nov. 25 is the fall extravaganza, which consists of many of the members parting with everything from a good clock repair book to valuable antique clocks and watches. There will be tools, parts and above all, great camaraderie. All are welcome. Table use fee is $5 per table. There will be free coffee and donuts. The group is not allowed to do any appraisals. Tuesday, Nov. 27 WMBA to m eet The next general meeting of the West Marion Business Association will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Southwest District Sheriffs office on State Road 200 at 5:30 p.m. The group is looking for someone to volunteer and fill the vacant seats that are open on the board at the end of the year. Membership and marketing chairs are being sought. Call Lucy Hutchinson at 352-207-8660 for more information. Brea s t cancer s urvivor s to m eet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will include a presentation by Nancy Spano from Ocala Oncology. She will speak on Chemo Brain/Brain Fuzz. This information will be informative and enlightening for those on this Breast Cancer Journey. There will also be a pot luck luncheon at noon prior to our meeting. Bring a dish and join us. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Marion Oa ks Co mm unity Bingo Do you like to have fun with friends? Do you like to win money? Then you need to come to the Marion Oaks Community Bingo on Wednesday nights at the Community Center. Card sales open at 6:15 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. For as little as $8, you can enjoy over two hours of funfilled games with fellow bingo lovers! In addition, we offer coffee, snacks and door prize drawings during intermission for your enjoyment. Marion Oaks Community Bingo is overseen by the Marion Oaks Civic Association and is staffed by area volunteers. This is a great opportunity to gather in your community for an inexpensive night out while supporting your civic association. Bring a friend and come to the community center on Wednesday nights for a guaranteed good time! (Note: There will be no bingo on Wednesday, Nov. 21 due to the holiday dinner!)Wo m an play s Mar j orie Kinnan Ra w ling s On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Master the Possibilities Education Center presents Karen de Vos in her one-woman play, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 1:30 p.m. This special presentation is free and open to the public. De Vos has performed this well documented and fascinating piece throughout Florida. In the presentation De Vos, as Rawlings, describes her life in Cross Creek, how she became intrigued with her Florida Cracker neighbors, and why she chose to portray them in stories, articles, and poems. Slides, made from the Rawlings collection at the University of Florida in Gainesville, accompany the entire program. Afterward, the audience has an opportunity to ask questions. There will also be a display table that includes a book exhibit and other interesting memorabilia. Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Although this is a free event, registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, call 352-854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 Arnette to hol d open hou s e Arnette House has completed a $150,000 renovation of its 24-hour emergency youth shelter. This renovation has created a more homelike and environmentally friendly setting for the youth. Arnette House will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. Facility tours will be provided throughout the duration of the event to inform and educate the community about residential and non-residential counseling programs offered by Arnettes dedicated staff. Join us at Arnette House, 2310 N.E. 24th St., to learn more about the imminent dangers associated with youth homelessness and about the amazing work being done at Arnette House to change the lives of young people and make our community a better place to call home. For information on Arnette House and its many programs available to the community, e-mail Adam Copenhaver, Community Development Coordinator, acopenhaver@arnettehouse.org, please visit www.arnettehouse.org or call 352-622-4432 ext 231. Saturday, Dec. 1 Spruce Cree k Pre s erve art cra f t f air An art and craft fair will be held at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 30 minutes, a bake sale, and lunch will be available. Happenings 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 000D9ZT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning Worship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W. 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Day of thanks, day of memories Veterans Day: What it means EDITORS NOTE: Today we yield our editorial space to Edwin Sewell, a fifth grader in Mrs. Del Valles class at Hammett Bowen Elementary. Edwin read this essay at last Mondays Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala.BY EDWIN SEWELL Hammett Bowen ElementaryThe reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa was in the Marines. He served his country so that we may have freedom. People that serve in the armed forces help keep our country safe from terrorists that try to hurt our country. Many people have died in wars and this day is for us to remember those who died for our country and honor those who are still here. The second reason I like Veterans Day is because they got to drive cool vehicles like helicopters, tanks, and aircraft. They used these types of vehicles to fight in wars and try to defeat the enemy. These people are willing to risk their lives to help save our country. They deserve a lot of respect. When they go and fight they earn medals for doing heroic things such as saving people or other soldiers. The uniforms have stripes and many medals. The third reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa takes me to the wall in town that has all the names of people that died in the war and we try to find some of his friends. We look over all the names and I even tried to count them a few times but it was too many. We get to meet other people there and my grandpa will talk with them and we hear their family story as well. I met this one guy who was in a wheelchair and had only one arm, he was nice and told me what happen to his legs and arm. The fourth reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa comes over and we barbecue and eat well. My grandpa tells us stories about what it was like in boot camp and all the different places he had been. Sometimes I see my grandpa cry for his friends he lost. My grandpa was in the Vietnam War. He has some money from other countries that he showed us and told me one day he would give it to me and my sister. My mom and dad cook a lot of food that my grandpa likes and we eat until we can't eat any more. The final reason I like Veterans Day is because we live in a country where we are free and have many choices and we would not have this if it wasn't for people like my grandpa. The people who serve their country and fight for what is right. One day when I grow up I hope that there will not be any more wars so I don't have to fight. Maybe one day all the countries can learn to get along with one another. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Gift giving in 2012: new holiday normalBY: LYNDA SPENCE M.S. County Extension ServiceIts funny how tough times have a way of bringing out the clever in each of us. Given a nudge, we surprise ourselves at how resourceful we can really be. This holiday season, decide to do it your way, not the advertisers way. Make your own set of rules. Seize these economic times to create a new normal for your holidays. Read on for ideas. Consider giving gifts to children only. Its hard to convince a child that opening a present is not the best part of the gift experience. Adults, though, are able to see a bigger picture. Gift certificates are gifts from the heart. With a little creativity, you can save your wallet from being malled during the holiday season. Remember, the goal of gift-giving should be to give pleasure to the person receiving it. With the recipient in mind, consider giving gift certificates for errands, chores or favors. Some gift certificate ideas: grocery shopping, babysitting, cooking, baking, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, ironing, recording music, washing a car, cleaning a home or garage or putting photos in albums. Pass it on. We all lead busy lives. The gift of time is invaluable. Do you have a special interest or talent? How about offering a lesson on guitar playing, cake decorating, painting, oil/tire changing, knitting, fishing, bread making, wood working, candy making or target practice? Re-gifting is the talk of the town, and thats not a bad thing. Sometimes, the story that goes along with the gift may just outdo the gift. Consider giving the last great book you bought with a note about what the book meant to you. Or, create a journal of a vacation and include pictures and a map of the destination. If you must spend money, consider unique gifts you can purchase for under $20. Consider giving smartphone apps, a rare coin, gas cards, unusual candy or a piggy bank partially full of change. Gift basket ideas Small gift baskets, done right, are eye candy. Let your imagine fly. Pick a theme and go to town. Beverages: Cocoa or tea kit. Honey: Jar of local honey, honey dipper and package of gourmet crackers. Cheese: Cheese and cheese knife specifically for slicing that type of cheese. Correspondence: Homemade notes or greeting cards, stamps, pen. Gardening: Gloves, seeds from your garden, a small hand-painted flower pot. Fishing: Lures, hooks and line. Cooking: A favorite recipe with a sampling of the delectable dish or treat. Remember, its not the gift; its the thought that counts. Put a new holiday gift-giving philosophy into practice this year and make it your new holiday normal. Imagine how fun it can be dreaming up the next great creative gift! Have fun with it! Lynda Spence is an Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service and offers group classes on family and consumer sciences topics to groups at no charge. Contact her at 352-671-8400 or lynda.spence@marioncountyfl.org, or visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. 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.8 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor S ometimes the calendar can be a little bit unfair with its listing of dates, holidays and remembrances. Take this week, for instance. Thursday is Nov. 22. Because its the fourth Thursday in November, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the earliest date it can be. Its a day for giving thanks for all that we have in this great nation, whether you agree with everything that is going on or not. Remember, in a lot of places you wouldnt have the right to disagree publicly with your government leaders. The U.S. is one of those great places in the world where you can speak your mind, within reason, of course. But Nov. 22 is also the anniversary of one of the tragedies of our lifetime. It has been 49 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. There are certain events, usually tragedies, that make us recall where we were at the moment they occurred. For those who are older, and the numbers are dwindling, the upcoming remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is one of those dates. For many adults, that Nov. 22, 1963, date is another. And of course, for almost all adults now alive, Sept. 11, 2001 will live on for many, many years. Of course, those of us who were of a reasonably young age in 1963 had studied the history of the presidents, and the 20-year jinx. We had heard of assassinations of a president. But Kennedy? He was relatively young, full of energy, gave an impassioned inaugural address and was like a perpetual pep talk for the nation. No one even remotely expected that an assassins bullet would cut short his term in the White House. There are certain aspects of history that Ive followed very closely, and the Kennedy and 9/11 tragedies are the main ones. Trouble is, all the shows on television about these events are repeats, and Ive seen all of them several times. I go through the Internet looking to learn new things about these happenings, but its getting harder and harder. This week, though, Thanksgiving trumps all the bad memories. Its a time to look up to the heavens and be thankful for what we have. Its also a time when many people unselfishly help others who may be a little down on their luck. So all of us here at the West Marion Messenger and South Marion Citizen wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey, the subsequent nap, the football, and family and friends. And dont forget the reason for the holiday. * I mentioned the 20-year jinx, and there may be some who dont know what that is. Bascially, presidents elected in years ending in between 1840 and 1960 all died in office. That includes William Henry Harrison elected in 1840, Abraham Lincoln (1860), James A. Garfield (1880), William McKinley (1900), Warren G. Harding (1920), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1940) and John F. Kennedy (1960). Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, and survived an assassination attempt, breaking the string. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and despite Al Qaidas best efforts, survived Sept. 11. The big question: Who will dare run in 2020? Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000D9OL 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! 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Musical selections include Christmas Festival; Sleigh Ride; Russian Christmas Music; Grown Up Christmas Wish; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; a Christmas sing-along and others. All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Non-perishable food items will be collected at both performances for Vets Helping Vets. For more information, call 624-9291 or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org.Christmas luncheon at Joy Lutheran The annual LMM/WELCA, combined women and mens, Christmas Luncheon at Joy Lutheran Church is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Special entertainment will include Gerri Smith, of the Living Word Ministry, Tavares, and Michigan City, Indiana, who will present a biblical portrayal of Mrs. Noah. Mrs. Smith is a dramatic story-teller who presents a unique insight into the lives and times of many Biblical characters. She does her presentations of a variety of women in the bible for womens groups, church services, conventions and other appropriate meetings. Information about Gerri Smith can be obtained by calling the Joy Lutheran Church office at 352-854-4509. Sunday, Dec. 2 Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts benefitIn celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine at Cuve Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Cuve is at 2237 S.W. 19th Ave. Road, Ocala. This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines. Discover delectable wines from all over the world served in only the way Cuve offers. Entertainment includes music by a classical guitarist and silent auction. Limited reservations available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion Countys Childrens Program. Donation is $125 per person. Tickets available at Cuve and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218. Sunday, Dec. 2 Master Choir Christmas concert The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled A Beautiful Christmas, will include the Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and Christmas music by Alfred Burt and Irving Berlin and others. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207. Youth Symphony Concert setThe Ocala Youth Symphony will present its Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at West Port High School Auditorium, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians raging in age from 8 to 18 and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738. Monday, Dec. 3 Retired registered nurses to meetThe Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the West Marion Medical Bldg. Room 240 on Monday, Dec. 3 for our annual Christmas Party. The entertainment will be the Act 4 Civic Theater Group and the charity will be the Salvation Army of both Citrus and Marion County and a cash donation is requested. RNs wishing to attend should call Gladys at 352-854-2677 or Mary Jane at 352-7266882 by Tuesday Nov. 27.Saturday, Dec. 8 Holiday cookie walk at church Join the cookie walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free. Stock up for your holiday guests; a great holiday gift. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Scandinavian Club of Marion The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be apple stuffed pork loin with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Very special entertainment will be provided by entertainer Bob Mace on the accordion. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 5 with checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details, call Jim Neate at 352 687-1580, Don Clauson at 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362. Workforce Connections regional unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent in October, down 0.7 percent over the month and down 2.6 percent from one year ago. Out of a labor force of 209,706, there were 19,128 jobless, a drop of 1,378 over the month and 5,280 fewer than one year ago. The number of employed in the region in October increased by 963 to 190,578. At the same time, the Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was one of only three metro areas in the state to show job growth in manufacturing. The October 2012 unemployment rates, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, were 9.1 percent in Marion County, down 0.7 percent over the month; 9.2 percent in Citrus County, down 0.7 percent; and 8.8 percent in Levy County, down 0.6 percent. Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in October, down 0.4 percent, and the national unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. Thats the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 in Marion County, when the rate was 8.9 percent and since November 2008 in Citrus and Levy counties, when the unemployment rates were 9.0 and 8.9 percent respectively. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that while the total labor force for the region fluctuated slightly in October, the good news is that more people are working. The fact that more people are finding work in a recovering economy is certainly important, Skinner said. And the percentage reduction in the number of unemployed, as well as the fact that this percentage reflects real numbers of people returning to work, is also a continuation of the positive trends that we have seen for the past two months. Skinner credits much of the progress in the region to the continued efforts of economic development and business partners. Here is how employment numbers break down for each county: Citrus Countys labor force dropped slightly by 125 over the month to 56,861, the number of employed rose by 281 to 51,645 and those without jobs dropped by 406 to 5,216. One year ago, there were 6,495 unemployed. Levy Countys labor force rose by 60 to 17,132, employment is up by 155 jobs to 15,628 and the number of unemployed fell by 95 to 1,504. In October 2011, there were 1,848 jobless. Marion Countys labor force shrank by 350 to 135,713, while the number of those with jobs increased by 527 to 123,305 and those unemployed dropped by 877 to 12,408. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Marion Woods is working with Toys For Tots to bring smiles to children this holiday season. Now through December 23 when you drop off a new unwrapped toy at Marion Woods youll receive a free meal. For more information call us at 352-671-1700 Call today for your complimentary meal. Welcome to Holiday. Welcome home. 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 352-671-1700 | www.marion-woods.net 000DB3A 000D2EV Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000D3DP Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 732-GOLF (4653) Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time Reservation Our Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon $ 32 00 Before 11:00$ 27 00 After 11:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 12/31/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 000D2C3 Read the classifieds BY BARB DEDICS Once again friends, relatives and residents of Ocala Palms (OP) Golf and Country Club met at the communitys Memorial Garden to pay tribute to all Veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces. Special guests included the following: Maj. Gen. James D. Tyre, Florida Army National Guard, Capt. S. Butler Strain III, Field Artillery Officer and retired Brig. Generals Richard Capps, Wally Green and Royce Smith. Masters of Ceremonies, U.S. Army Veteran Larry Fleming and U.S. Navy Veteran Lou Rossi, co-officiated. The Colors were presented by the U.S. Army Florida National Guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service gave an inspirational prayer of thanks. United States Marines Veteran Ron Chrisner led the Ocala Palms Color Guard in performing the memorial flag ceremony. The ceremony includes the receiving and raising of a memorial flag which was provided by Mr. Don Schultz in honor of his father Augusta Schultz, U.S. Army WWII. This ceremony also includes the retiring of the current flag, which had been provided by Mrs. Sharon Schwartz, in honor of her uncle, Sgt. Hyman Cohen, U.S. Army WWII. Sgt. Cohen was killed at the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. He gave his life for his fellow soldiers and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his bravery. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy Seabees veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by the placing of flowers in the pond below the waterfall. Lou Rossi read the names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans and their Branch of service. After each Branch of service was read the Memorial bell was rung. As in past years, the Florida National Guard chooses a fallen soldier to be recognized and honored. This year, Sgt. Roy A. Wood, a Florida National Guard Fallen Hero, KIA in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 9, 2004, was honored. A biography of Sgt. Wood was read by John DeJesus, U.S. Army veteran. Under the direction of residents Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouillard, music was provided by the OP Choir and students from the local Grace Christian School. Noel Brouillard and Alexander Sexton led the attendees in the popular song God Bless the USA. At the closing of the service, Larry Fleming read the meaning behind Taps. To conclude the ceremony Bob Brouillard and Barry Fies played Taps. Ocala Palms community gathers for Veterans Day Bob Brouillard and students from Grace Christian School. Capt. S.Butler Strain III, John DeJesus, Terry McGill and Brig.Gen.Richard Capps. Elaine Liebegott, Betty Scott and Nancy Wittlake. Florida National Guard Color Guard. Larry Fleming and Fred Heiner. The Ocala Palms Choir. Mary Carr and Ellen Fleming. More photos, Page 7 Top photo, Maj.Gen. James D. Tyre, John DeJesus and Larry Fleming at Ocala Palms during the Veterans Day celebration in the community. Bottom photo, Mary-Lou Cotton, Janet Lambui and Nancy Myron. Judy Heiner and Kaye Rossi. Ken C.erasani, Lou Rossi and Arnie Schwartz 000DASM

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Marion Woods is working with Toys For Tots to bring smiles to children this holiday season. Now through December 23 when you drop off a new unwrapped toy at Marion Woods youll receive a free meal. For more information call us at 352-671-1700 Call today for your complimentary meal. Welcome to Holiday. Welcome home. 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 352-671-1700 | www.marion-woods.net 000DB3A 000D2EV Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000D3DP Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 732-GOLF (4653) Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time Reservation Our Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon $ 32 00 Before 11:00$ 27 00 After 11:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 12/31/12 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! 000D2C3 Read the classifieds BY BARB DEDICS Once again friends, relatives and residents of Ocala Palms (OP) Golf and Country Club met at the communitys Memorial Garden to pay tribute to all Veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces. Special guests included the following: Maj. Gen. James D. Tyre, Florida Army National Guard, Capt. S. Butler Strain III, Field Artillery Officer and retired Brig. Generals Richard Capps, Wally Green and Royce Smith. Masters of Ceremonies, U.S. Army Veteran Larry Fleming and U.S. Navy Veteran Lou Rossi, co-officiated. The Colors were presented by the U.S. Army Florida National Guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service gave an inspirational prayer of thanks. United States Marines Veteran Ron Chrisner led the Ocala Palms Color Guard in performing the memorial flag ceremony. The ceremony includes the receiving and raising of a memorial flag which was provided by Mr. Don Schultz in honor of his father Augusta Schultz, U.S. Army WWII. This ceremony also includes the retiring of the current flag, which had been provided by Mrs. Sharon Schwartz, in honor of her uncle, Sgt. Hyman Cohen, U.S. Army WWII. Sgt. Cohen was killed at the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. He gave his life for his fellow soldiers and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his bravery. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy Seabees veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by the placing of flowers in the pond below the waterfall. Lou Rossi read the names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans and their Branch of service. After each Branch of service was read the Memorial bell was rung. As in past years, the Florida National Guard chooses a fallen soldier to be recognized and honored. This year, Sgt. Roy A. Wood, a Florida National Guard Fallen Hero, KIA in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 9, 2004, was honored. A biography of Sgt. Wood was read by John DeJesus, U.S. Army veteran. Under the direction of residents Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouillard, music was provided by the OP Choir and students from the local Grace Christian School. Noel Brouillard and Alexander Sexton led the attendees in the popular song God Bless the USA. At the closing of the service, Larry Fleming read the meaning behind Taps. To conclude the ceremony Bob Brouillard and Barry Fies played Taps. Ocala Palms community gathers for Veterans Day Bob Brouillard and students from Grace Christian School. Capt. S.Butler Strain III, John DeJesus, Terry McGill and Brig.Gen.Richard Capps. Elaine Liebegott, Betty Scott and Nancy Wittlake. Florida National Guard Color Guard. Larry Fleming and Fred Heiner. The Ocala Palms Choir. Mary Carr and Ellen Fleming. More photos, Page 7 Top photo, Maj.Gen. James D. Tyre, John DeJesus and Larry Fleming at Ocala Palms during the Veterans Day celebration in the community. Bottom photo, Mary-Lou Cotton, Janet Lambui and Nancy Myron. Judy Heiner and Kaye Rossi. Ken C.erasani, Lou Rossi and Arnie Schwartz 000DASM

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Day of thanks, day of memories Veterans Day: What it means EDITORS NOTE: Today we yield our editorial space to Edwin Sewell, a fifth grader in Mrs. Del Valles class at Hammett Bowen Elementary. Edwin read this essay at last Mondays Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala.BY EDWIN SEWELL Hammett Bowen ElementaryThe reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa was in the Marines. He served his country so that we may have freedom. People that serve in the armed forces help keep our country safe from terrorists that try to hurt our country. Many people have died in wars and this day is for us to remember those who died for our country and honor those who are still here. The second reason I like Veterans Day is because they got to drive cool vehicles like helicopters, tanks, and aircraft. They used these types of vehicles to fight in wars and try to defeat the enemy. These people are willing to risk their lives to help save our country. They deserve a lot of respect. When they go and fight they earn medals for doing heroic things such as saving people or other soldiers. The uniforms have stripes and many medals. The third reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa takes me to the wall in town that has all the names of people that died in the war and we try to find some of his friends. We look over all the names and I even tried to count them a few times but it was too many. We get to meet other people there and my grandpa will talk with them and we hear their family story as well. I met this one guy who was in a wheelchair and had only one arm, he was nice and told me what happen to his legs and arm. The fourth reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa comes over and we barbecue and eat well. My grandpa tells us stories about what it was like in boot camp and all the different places he had been. Sometimes I see my grandpa cry for his friends he lost. My grandpa was in the Vietnam War. He has some money from other countries that he showed us and told me one day he would give it to me and my sister. My mom and dad cook a lot of food that my grandpa likes and we eat until we can't eat any more. The final reason I like Veterans Day is because we live in a country where we are free and have many choices and we would not have this if it wasn't for people like my grandpa. The people who serve their country and fight for what is right. One day when I grow up I hope that there will not be any more wars so I don't have to fight. Maybe one day all the countries can learn to get along with one another. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Gift giving in 2012: new holiday normalBY: LYNDA SPENCE M.S. County Extension ServiceIts funny how tough times have a way of bringing out the clever in each of us. Given a nudge, we surprise ourselves at how resourceful we can really be. This holiday season, decide to do it your way, not the advertisers way. Make your own set of rules. Seize these economic times to create a new normal for your holidays. Read on for ideas. Consider giving gifts to children only. Its hard to convince a child that opening a present is not the best part of the gift experience. Adults, though, are able to see a bigger picture. Gift certificates are gifts from the heart. With a little creativity, you can save your wallet from being malled during the holiday season. Remember, the goal of gift-giving should be to give pleasure to the person receiving it. With the recipient in mind, consider giving gift certificates for errands, chores or favors. Some gift certificate ideas: grocery shopping, babysitting, cooking, baking, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, ironing, recording music, washing a car, cleaning a home or garage or putting photos in albums. Pass it on. We all lead busy lives. The gift of time is invaluable. Do you have a special interest or talent? How about offering a lesson on guitar playing, cake decorating, painting, oil/tire changing, knitting, fishing, bread making, wood working, candy making or target practice? Re-gifting is the talk of the town, and thats not a bad thing. Sometimes, the story that goes along with the gift may just outdo the gift. Consider giving the last great book you bought with a note about what the book meant to you. Or, create a journal of a vacation and include pictures and a map of the destination. If you must spend money, consider unique gifts you can purchase for under $20. Consider giving smartphone apps, a rare coin, gas cards, unusual candy or a piggy bank partially full of change. Gift basket ideas Small gift baskets, done right, are eye candy. Let your imagine fly. Pick a theme and go to town. Beverages: Cocoa or tea kit. Honey: Jar of local honey, honey dipper and package of gourmet crackers. Cheese: Cheese and cheese knife specifically for slicing that type of cheese. Correspondence: Homemade notes or greeting cards, stamps, pen. Gardening: Gloves, seeds from your garden, a small hand-painted flower pot. Fishing: Lures, hooks and line. Cooking: A favorite recipe with a sampling of the delectable dish or treat. Remember, its not the gift; its the thought that counts. Put a new holiday gift-giving philosophy into practice this year and make it your new holiday normal. Imagine how fun it can be dreaming up the next great creative gift! Have fun with it! Lynda Spence is an Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service and offers group classes on family and consumer sciences topics to groups at no charge. Contact her at 352-671-8400 or lynda.spence@marioncountyfl.org, or visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. 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.8 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor S ometimes the calendar can be a little bit unfair with its listing of dates, holidays and remembrances. Take this week, for instance. Thursday is Nov. 22. Because its the fourth Thursday in November, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the earliest date it can be. Its a day for giving thanks for all that we have in this great nation, whether you agree with everything that is going on or not. Remember, in a lot of places you wouldnt have the right to disagree publicly with your government leaders. The U.S. is one of those great places in the world where you can speak your mind, within reason, of course. But Nov. 22 is also the anniversary of one of the tragedies of our lifetime. It has been 49 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. There are certain events, usually tragedies, that make us recall where we were at the moment they occurred. For those who are older, and the numbers are dwindling, the upcoming remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is one of those dates. For many adults, that Nov. 22, 1963, date is another. And of course, for almost all adults now alive, Sept. 11, 2001 will live on for many, many years. Of course, those of us who were of a reasonably young age in 1963 had studied the history of the presidents, and the 20-year jinx. We had heard of assassinations of a president. But Kennedy? He was relatively young, full of energy, gave an impassioned inaugural address and was like a perpetual pep talk for the nation. No one even remotely expected that an assassins bullet would cut short his term in the White House. There are certain aspects of history that Ive followed very closely, and the Kennedy and 9/11 tragedies are the main ones. Trouble is, all the shows on television about these events are repeats, and Ive seen all of them several times. I go through the Internet looking to learn new things about these happenings, but its getting harder and harder. This week, though, Thanksgiving trumps all the bad memories. Its a time to look up to the heavens and be thankful for what we have. Its also a time when many people unselfishly help others who may be a little down on their luck. So all of us here at the West Marion Messenger and South Marion Citizen wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey, the subsequent nap, the football, and family and friends. And dont forget the reason for the holiday. * I mentioned the 20-year jinx, and there may be some who dont know what that is. Bascially, presidents elected in years ending in between 1840 and 1960 all died in office. That includes William Henry Harrison elected in 1840, Abraham Lincoln (1860), James A. Garfield (1880), William McKinley (1900), Warren G. Harding (1920), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1940) and John F. Kennedy (1960). Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, and survived an assassination attempt, breaking the string. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and despite Al Qaidas best efforts, survived Sept. 11. The big question: Who will dare run in 2020? Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000D9OL 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! 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Musical selections include Christmas Festival; Sleigh Ride; Russian Christmas Music; Grown Up Christmas Wish; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; a Christmas sing-along and others. All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Non-perishable food items will be collected at both performances for Vets Helping Vets. For more information, call 624-9291 or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org.Christmas luncheon at Joy Lutheran The annual LMM/WELCA, combined women and mens, Christmas Luncheon at Joy Lutheran Church is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Special entertainment will include Gerri Smith, of the Living Word Ministry, Tavares, and Michigan City, Indiana, who will present a biblical portrayal of Mrs. Noah. Mrs. Smith is a dramatic story-teller who presents a unique insight into the lives and times of many Biblical characters. She does her presentations of a variety of women in the bible for womens groups, church services, conventions and other appropriate meetings. Information about Gerri Smith can be obtained by calling the Joy Lutheran Church office at 352-854-4509. Sunday, Dec. 2 Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts benefitIn celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine at Cuve Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Cuve is at 2237 S.W. 19th Ave. Road, Ocala. This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines. Discover delectable wines from all over the world served in only the way Cuve offers. Entertainment includes music by a classical guitarist and silent auction. Limited reservations available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion Countys Childrens Program. Donation is $125 per person. Tickets available at Cuve and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218. Sunday, Dec. 2 Master Choir Christmas concert The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled A Beautiful Christmas, will include the Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and Christmas music by Alfred Burt and Irving Berlin and others. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207. Youth Symphony Concert setThe Ocala Youth Symphony will present its Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at West Port High School Auditorium, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians raging in age from 8 to 18 and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738. Monday, Dec. 3 Retired registered nurses to meetThe Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the West Marion Medical Bldg. Room 240 on Monday, Dec. 3 for our annual Christmas Party. The entertainment will be the Act 4 Civic Theater Group and the charity will be the Salvation Army of both Citrus and Marion County and a cash donation is requested. RNs wishing to attend should call Gladys at 352-854-2677 or Mary Jane at 352-7266882 by Tuesday Nov. 27.Saturday, Dec. 8 Holiday cookie walk at church Join the cookie walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free. Stock up for your holiday guests; a great holiday gift. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Scandinavian Club of Marion The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be apple stuffed pork loin with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Very special entertainment will be provided by entertainer Bob Mace on the accordion. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 5 with checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details, call Jim Neate at 352 687-1580, Don Clauson at 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362. Workforce Connections regional unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent in October, down 0.7 percent over the month and down 2.6 percent from one year ago. Out of a labor force of 209,706, there were 19,128 jobless, a drop of 1,378 over the month and 5,280 fewer than one year ago. The number of employed in the region in October increased by 963 to 190,578. At the same time, the Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was one of only three metro areas in the state to show job growth in manufacturing. The October 2012 unemployment rates, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, were 9.1 percent in Marion County, down 0.7 percent over the month; 9.2 percent in Citrus County, down 0.7 percent; and 8.8 percent in Levy County, down 0.6 percent. Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in October, down 0.4 percent, and the national unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. Thats the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 in Marion County, when the rate was 8.9 percent and since November 2008 in Citrus and Levy counties, when the unemployment rates were 9.0 and 8.9 percent respectively. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that while the total labor force for the region fluctuated slightly in October, the good news is that more people are working. The fact that more people are finding work in a recovering economy is certainly important, Skinner said. And the percentage reduction in the number of unemployed, as well as the fact that this percentage reflects real numbers of people returning to work, is also a continuation of the positive trends that we have seen for the past two months. Skinner credits much of the progress in the region to the continued efforts of economic development and business partners. Here is how employment numbers break down for each county: Citrus Countys labor force dropped slightly by 125 over the month to 56,861, the number of employed rose by 281 to 51,645 and those without jobs dropped by 406 to 5,216. One year ago, there were 6,495 unemployed. Levy Countys labor force rose by 60 to 17,132, employment is up by 155 jobs to 15,628 and the number of unemployed fell by 95 to 1,504. In October 2011, there were 1,848 jobless. Marion Countys labor force shrank by 350 to 135,713, while the number of those with jobs increased by 527 to 123,305 and those unemployed dropped by 877 to 12,408. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D64L Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 0 0 0 D 7 9 5 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Church 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 711187 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you wont want to miss. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that youve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and wellreasoned arguments. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to great-grandma. But dont overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But dont fall into a prolonged catnap yet. Theres still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too didnt it?) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddys reluctance to cooperate. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. BORN THIS WEEK: You are caring and considerate two wonderful attributes that endear you to people of all ages. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Saturday, Nov. 24 Taylor s to s ing at College Roa d Bapti s t The second concert in College Road Baptist Churchs Winter Concert Series will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this concert but a love offering will be received. Performing will be The Taylors. They have had six radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, two singles in the Top 40, and one single in the Top 20. The Taylors are a family quartet from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher, and Lindsey are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, Ocala (1.7 miles west of Interstate75 on State Road 200). Fun d rai s er bingo by VFW la d ie s The Ladies Auxiliary to the Angela S. Santos VFW Post 4781 is having a fundraiser bingo on Saturday, Nov. 24. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. For a $20 donation you will receive the following: A $25 Bingo Pack and one (1) Special Winner Take-All Ticket. This, also, includes a hot dog, soda, cake, and coffee. We suggest you buy your tickets ASAP as this should be an early sellout. Contact Regina Ballman at 352-8733631 or Sheryl Browne at 352-854-5787. Join us, along with your guests and friends for an enjoyable holiday Saturday. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund various activities for our veterans and other charities. Sunday, Nov. 25 Ji mm y Stric k lan d in Concert Enjoy a musical treat as Jimmy Strickland performs your favorite Gospel Songs when he presents his free Southern Gospel Concert, 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Watch an d cloc k e x travagan z a Chapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors meets every fourth Sunday at 8 a.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. The November meeting on Nov. 25 is the fall extravaganza, which consists of many of the members parting with everything from a good clock repair book to valuable antique clocks and watches. There will be tools, parts and above all, great camaraderie. All are welcome. Table use fee is $5 per table. There will be free coffee and donuts. The group is not allowed to do any appraisals. Tuesday, Nov. 27 WMBA to m eet The next general meeting of the West Marion Business Association will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Southwest District Sheriffs office on State Road 200 at 5:30 p.m. The group is looking for someone to volunteer and fill the vacant seats that are open on the board at the end of the year. Membership and marketing chairs are being sought. Call Lucy Hutchinson at 352-207-8660 for more information. Brea s t cancer s urvivor s to m eet The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will include a presentation by Nancy Spano from Ocala Oncology. She will speak on Chemo Brain/Brain Fuzz. This information will be informative and enlightening for those on this Breast Cancer Journey. There will also be a pot luck luncheon at noon prior to our meeting. Bring a dish and join us. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Marion Oa ks Co mm unity Bingo Do you like to have fun with friends? Do you like to win money? Then you need to come to the Marion Oaks Community Bingo on Wednesday nights at the Community Center. Card sales open at 6:15 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. For as little as $8, you can enjoy over two hours of funfilled games with fellow bingo lovers! In addition, we offer coffee, snacks and door prize drawings during intermission for your enjoyment. Marion Oaks Community Bingo is overseen by the Marion Oaks Civic Association and is staffed by area volunteers. This is a great opportunity to gather in your community for an inexpensive night out while supporting your civic association. Bring a friend and come to the community center on Wednesday nights for a guaranteed good time! (Note: There will be no bingo on Wednesday, Nov. 21 due to the holiday dinner!)Wo m an play s Mar j orie Kinnan Ra w ling s On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Master the Possibilities Education Center presents Karen de Vos in her one-woman play, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 1:30 p.m. This special presentation is free and open to the public. De Vos has performed this well documented and fascinating piece throughout Florida. In the presentation De Vos, as Rawlings, describes her life in Cross Creek, how she became intrigued with her Florida Cracker neighbors, and why she chose to portray them in stories, articles, and poems. Slides, made from the Rawlings collection at the University of Florida in Gainesville, accompany the entire program. Afterward, the audience has an opportunity to ask questions. There will also be a display table that includes a book exhibit and other interesting memorabilia. Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Although this is a free event, registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, call 352-854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 Arnette to hol d open hou s e Arnette House has completed a $150,000 renovation of its 24-hour emergency youth shelter. This renovation has created a more homelike and environmentally friendly setting for the youth. Arnette House will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. Facility tours will be provided throughout the duration of the event to inform and educate the community about residential and non-residential counseling programs offered by Arnettes dedicated staff. Join us at Arnette House, 2310 N.E. 24th St., to learn more about the imminent dangers associated with youth homelessness and about the amazing work being done at Arnette House to change the lives of young people and make our community a better place to call home. For information on Arnette House and its many programs available to the community, e-mail Adam Copenhaver, Community Development Coordinator, acopenhaver@arnettehouse.org, please visit www.arnettehouse.org or call 352-622-4432 ext 231. Saturday, Dec. 1 Spruce Cree k Pre s erve art cra f t f air An art and craft fair will be held at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 30 minutes, a bake sale, and lunch will be available. Happenings 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 000D9ZT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning Worship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W. 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3 10 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Use Ebiz, place a classified ad thru our self service program. 1. Easy 2. Quick 3. Convenient Place your ad TODAY! 000D3L6 www.westmarionmessenger.com Cleaning out your garage? CANADIAN MEDS 000DA2V 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES S ave up to 80% on prescription drugs Viagra Advair Plavix Celebrex Cymbalta Cialis Many other drugs available 000CVIB John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000CM85 000D4VF 861-2001 8602 SW Hwy. 200, #D Next to Scoops Little Joeys Big Lots May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude and blessings Sending prayers to those affected by Sandy Happy Thanksgiving from all of us! 000D9JY Movement of this particular team is being considered as a means to bring a professional sports franchise to an underserved market with a strong fan support base. There was no indication where a possible stadium would be located. In addition to Tampa, cities in the Northern Division of the Florida State League include Dunedin, Lakeland, Clearwater, Viera (Brevard County) and Daytona Beach. The Southern Division includes Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Bradenton and Punta Gorda (Charlotte County). The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994. In 1996 they moved to the new George M. Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees spring training facility. Since their inception they have won five league championships, in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2010. The city of Ocala and New York Yankees anticipate release of further information concerning this proposal in the coming weeks as they each continue exploration of the issues and development of findings. BASEBALLcontinued from Page 1 Quail Meadow at Cross Creek Visitors from Quail Meadow stand outside the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Cross Creek. An outhouse on the grounds at Cross Creek. The 2013 entertainment lineup at Circle Square Cultural Center has been released and tickets are now on sale. The Cultural Center will be featuring concerts such as The Kingston Trio, Terry Johnsons Flamingos, The 5th Dimension, Felix Cavalieres Rascals and many more! The Cultural Center will also have tribute shows honoring The Eagles, Bob Seger, Abba and the Bee Gees! And dont forget the musically competitive Elvis tribute artist contest and The World Has Talent 55+ talent show! For more information on the 2013 entertainment lineup including times, dates and tickets, visit our website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670. The Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. Circle Square lists entertainment schedule Invitation to artists for January Manatee FestivalThe City of Crystal River and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce invite you to submit an application for the 26th annual Manatee Festival, Jan. 19-20, in downtown Crystal River. This festival has a long-standing tradition of fine artists displaying their artwork in a juried environment. January is traditionally the start of the outdoor festival route, and last year the Manatee Festival brought in more than 15,000 visitors during the two day period. A few vendor spaces are still available for this renowned fine art festival, therefore apply today. We are inviting those artists who have been entered in juried shows before, and wish to present their skills to the public in a well-known and well attended event. We are seeking skilled artisans who work in all mediums, including clay, metal, oil, wood, watercolor, gold and silver, organic materials, photography and mixed media. While artists from all over the nation are invited and do attend, we would like to extend a special welcome to local Florida artists wishing to showcase their work. This festival draws the public from all over the nation, including many winter visitors from major metropolitan areas in the north. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase name recognition, make sales, and take part in a festival that has a strong local cultural background. Come enjoy the weather and mingle with fellow artists. Make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. While you are here take the opportunity to enjoy a few moments with the creature often associated with the folklore of mermaids, the Manatee. Citrus County and Crystal River have many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of Florida history and see why we are called The Gem of Floridas Nature Coast. For those wishing to apply, simply go to www.floridamanateefestival.com and download an application, or call Jeff Inglehart at the Citrus County Chamber 352-7953149. We look forward to seeing you at the festival, and hope you will join us for this wonderful event. N ow that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what normal really means. One mans normal is another mans over the cliff. I am not quite sure I am normal and I fear bringing this query to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. My fear is that she will tell me the truth. You know what we Americans think about the truth. There was a time when truth was a pretty stable thing. There were certain things that were absolute truth and no ifs, ands or buts about it. Those were the good old days. Nowadays truth is not as clear as it once was. What was true in the day, is now altogether a different matter. Being the simpleminded man that I am, it is very hard for me to keep up with all of this nonsense. I mean, after all, how do you know what is true if it changes all the time? I think if it is true, it is always true. That only beguiles my age. If truth is as slippery as some people are indicating, how do I know what is true today? It does not matter what was true yesterday. That was yesterday. Today is a new day and henceforth, what was true yesterday is not true today. To make matters even more confusing, what is true today will not be true tomorrow. I believe the reason I am getting bald on the top is that I am scratching my head too much lately. I cannot seem to make heads or tails out of all the nonsense transpiring today as truth. How do people keep up and know what is really true? If I plan to live quite a few more years, I am going to have to get a handle on this very thing. I am not quite sure where to go. Something has to be done so that I can figure out day by day what is really true. I shared my dilemma with my better half and as is usually the situation, she came up with a brilliant answer. Please, do not let her know I said that. She might get a big head and we cannot afford to buy a whole new set of hats. She simply said, Why dont you do what the politicians do? I did not quite know what she was getting at, so I inquired further. Silly, her pet name for Yours Truly, the politicians always take a poll before they decide on It seems that too many polls are being taken James Snyder anything. It dawned on me like a morning in June. Of course. Whenever a politician wants to know what truth is flying on any given day, he reverts to taking a poll. Out of that poll, he can know what the truth is for that day. Amazing. I need to learn some lessons from todays politician. The first thing I need to understand from a politicians point of view is, What I am saying at the time is not necessarily what I mean. This is convenient and frees me up to say things I normally might put a check on. The checks in the mail and I now am free to say whatever is on my mind at the moment. The first thing I need to do is find out what is on the mind of the people I am talking to. Whatever is on their mind is exactly what is on my mind. This has such a freeing aspect to it. Another thing from a politicians viewpoint is, What I said yesterday doesnt count today. This also is from the polling machine. The amazing thing about most people is they do not remember what was said yesterday. A very poor politician reminds people of what they said yesterday. A politician needs to tell them what he is saying today. Because todays truth is todays truth. No need to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be reflected by tomorrows polling. This is very important because it reduces the necessity to use any sort of memory whatsoever. Because what I said yesterday does not really matter today. I do not have to remember what I said yesterday. If I want to know what I said yesterday, I need only take another poll today and that settles the matter. Perhaps the most important view from a politician is, Tomorrow may never come. I do not have to worry that what I am saying today will catch up with me tomorrow, for the simple reason tomorrow may never come. If it does come, so what. I will take a poll tomorrow to find out what I need to say tomorrow. I think there is something to this polling mechanism. I do not have to worry about anything; all I need to do is just take another poll. I know it may get a little confusing, but I clear up that confusion by taking another poll. It is always the last poll that really counts. Thankfully, when it comes to God, truth does not change from one day to the next. What is true today was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. You can count on that. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). I can always count on God being true to His Word because God never changes. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Special to the Meseenger November 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day was a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We at Social Security ask you to join us in saluting the men and women of the armed forces. We hope you said thank you to a veteran on this important day. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Securitys Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. Social Security gives help to vets, military 000D9KV J a s m i n e P l a z a 3 5 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 1 6 0 S W S R 2 0 0 U n i t 1 0 4 O c a l a F l o r i d a 3 4 4 7 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 H O L I D A Y H O U R S : M O N F R I 1 0 5 S A T 1 0 2 HOLIDAY HOURS: MON.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 www.jandjjewelersocala.com All repairs done on premises. B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + t a x WRAP IT UP EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 10-40% OFF STOREWIDE 000D2SR

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11 2 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Medical Residential SA TechThe Centers is seeking Residential Substance Abuse Techs (Full-time & PRN) for our Citrus County Adolescent Residential program in Lecanto, FL. Duties focus on reducing or minimizing the effects of substance abuse, a 12-Step recovery process, assisting the professional staff in the assurance of quality client care & transporting clients. Exp with troubled adolescents reqd. Must be available for shift work & weekends. Acceptable driving record & clean background reqd. 10% shift diff for 2nd/3rd shifts. Full benefits pkg for full-time positions DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Medical TBOSS Therapist The Centers is seeking Masters Level Therapist for TBOSS position in Citrus County. Must have min 2 yrs exp working with adults, children & adolescents providing individual, group & family therapy. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Evaluators The Centers is seeking a Licensed Evaluator (adults) and Masters level Evaluator (children) for our Citrus County programs. Florida LCSW, LMHC or Masters Degree in a field of Human Services with exp reqd. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Correspondence CoordinatorThe Centers is seeking a Correspondence Coordinator for our Lecanto Medical Records dept. This is a highly confidential, responsible position that works independently providing client information with appropriate release. Excellent communication skills required as this position regularly connects with Attorneys, Social Security office, & clients. Must be flexible, organized, & have basic computer skills. HS Diploma and a minimum of 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Professional Supported Housing Specialist The Centers is seeking a Supported Housing Specialist. This position works directly with mentally ill adult clients and within the community to secure housing through outreach efforts, & programs (PATH, Shelter Plus Care). Must have excellent communication skills, be flexible, & willing to travel/transport. HS Diploma & min 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Trades/ Skills AUTO TECHS & Experienced Detailer Needed.Competitive Pay & Benefits.ASE & or Ford Certified line techs.Call (352)493-4297 for Russ Hall for in person resume/interview appointment. Musical Instruments BUYING Guitars, Banjos & Mandolins,Fender, Gibson & Martin any condition (443) 463-3421 Mobile Homes For Sale BAD CREDIT RENT-TO-OWN. 13th Street homes of Alachua, FL. Now has land/home pkgs.Ready to move in NOW! Call 386-418-0424 Real Estate For Sale PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Citrus Hills Homes Forest Ridge Villages Updated, move in ready, 2/2/2, Private lot 352-746-0002 Vehicles Wanted BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID -$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANYVEHICLEIn Any Condition Tile, No Title, Bank Lien, No Problem, Dont Trade it in. 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Our thanks go to Theresa Yoders for putting together the show. She says there will be more at a later date. The Social Committee is working very hard to have activities that you, the residents of Quail Meadow will enjoy. Mark your calendars now for several upcoming events: December 1st we will meet at the clubhouse to decorate the Christmas tree. Also, Santa will be there and you can have your picture taken with him. Cookies, hot chocolate, and egg nog will be provided. This gathering takes the place of the usual First Friday get-together. Next on the calendar is a pot luck dinner on Monday, Dec. 10. No reservations required just bring a covered dish and your place settings. Before you know it, its New Years Eve and we will celebrate at the clubhouse. The party begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $1 each and are available from Lil Carie. The Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable trip to Cross Creek, to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This is the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings the author of The Yearling, Cross Creek, and other books. Visiting the home is like taking a trip back in time to the 1930s. The old homestead is still furnished with the original furnishings used by Marjorie Rawlings. The typewriter she used to write her novels still sits on a table at the front of the house. It is well worth the $3 to take the guided tour of the house. This will give you a history lesson on that period of time in Florida. The day we were there, the old wood-burning cook stove was being used to cook blackeyed peas and fresh collard greens from the garden. After our tour of the house and the grounds, we headed to The Yearling Restaurant. This is only about five minutes down the road from the homestead. The food was very good. The restaurant doesnt have much appeal from the outside, but dont let the looks turn you away. The Rawlings homestead is located on County Road 325. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, tours are only offered Thursday through Sunday, October through July (closed August and September). Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lets all remember to give thanks for our freedom and say a prayer for our service men and women who are protecting our country. A great holiday dinner, and a trip to Cross Creek Carolyn Slocumb A group enjoying the holiday dinner at Quail Meadow. More photos on Page 3. Flo and Bob Hanson. Marie Schneider and Charlotte Payne. Ocala Palms residents enjoyed a wonderful performance Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Marion Civic Chorale. The Marion Civic Chorale, directed by Matthew Bumbach, Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida presented a "Salute to Veterans". For the past 25 years these dedicated musicians have provided Marion County with a repertoire of classical and popular music. Attendees were very fortunate to have them entertain, while honoring our veterans. The colors were also presented by the West Port High School Army JROTC Color Guard. All proceeds are being awarded to students for musical scholarships. Ocala Palms residents Melinda and Jamie Jones and Marilyn Hinds were instrumental in planning and organizing this event for the community. Civic Chorale gives veterans concert at Ocala Palms PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSThe Marion Civic Chorale provided a veterans concert at Ocala Palms recently. 000DA4C CARDS AND GIFTS S TORE 352-854-1970 F AX 352-854-6186 8449 SW SR 200, O CALA F RIENDSHIP C ENTER P OST O FFICE F AX C OPIES L OTTERY S h o p e a r l y f o r t h e b e s t g i f t s e l e c t i o n H a p p y T h a n k s g i v i n g Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off 000D9I3

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The Marion County Sheriffs Office eliminated the Red Man Suit training, because of injuries and loss of manpower for district patrols. Therefore, I have requested our training division to increase the training hours from 24 to 40 hours per year and to reinstitute the Red Man Suit training into our training classes, Dean said. This new adjustment will allow deputies to receive 160 hours of training over four (4) years a move that means deputies will receive four (4) times the training required by the state. Yankees, city talk baseballThe city of Ocala is in preliminary discussions with the New York Yankees organization. The dialogue is centered on the possible relocation of the Yankees Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team currently situated in Tampa and does not include Yankees Spring Training. Any proposal for relocation to Ocala is contingent upon approval by the Ocala City Council, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Florida State League, states Anthony Bruno of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC. The city is excited about the opportunity to investigate the potential immediate and collateral benefits that might be gained from its association with a prestigious professional sports franchise and is currently exercising due diligence, says Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKWest Port singersAn a cappella singing group from West Port High School performs the National Anthem at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Please see BASEBALL Page 3 Growth services gets new boss Marion Countys Growth Services department has a new leader. Gregory Stubbs, AICP 56, started his new post this week as Growth Services director. Stubbs replaces Jimmy Massey, who left the agency in September. Stubbs has more than 20 years of local government growth management experience, including service with Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties and the cities of Minneapolis, Deltona and Baytown, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business/interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. As Growth Services director, Stubbs will be tasked with administering the activities of the departments code enforcement, planning and zoning divisions and applying the Land Development Code and ensuring its consistency with the countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He will also be responsible for coordinating and developing community redevelopment areas as needed and assisting with the advancement of the economic development projects. I look forward to providing stability, leadership and improved communications with Growth Services, the public and the business community, Stubbs said. His starting salary is $91,041. Stubbs From the left, Maj.Gen. James D.Tyre, Brig.Gen. Wally Green, Brig Gen. Richard Capps, Brig.Gen.Royce Smith and Capt. S.Butler Strain III. PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day at Ocala PalmsThe Ocala Palms community held a Veterans Day program to honor our service personnel. Above, Don Schultz gives a flag to Ron Chrisner. Schultz was honoring his father, who served in World War II. Story and more photos, Page 6. W ednesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 7 and 8, saw the Fairfield Village Clubhouse be turned into a classroom as some 22 seniors became students once again. This time the subject matter was of the same significance to these 55+ students as it would have been to them 40-50 years ago when they were 15 or older. Driving skills and drivers safety can be significant issues to anyone who operates an automobile; however when one first gets a permit there are many issues to consider. As one becomes more mature, driving becomes almost second nature. Then, later, when one passes the age of retirement, some of the same driving safety issues become extremely important once again. Then it becomes possible that this more mature person can benefit significantly from the AARP Driver Safety Course. Ed Glenney, a very community aware person who lives in Fairfield Village, was instrumental in setting up two different sessions of this course to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in our clubhouse. The instructor, Harold Brouillard, did an excellent job of instruction and encouragement as he presented the material. Taking information from the AARP website, he pointed out: Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. By taking a driver safety course youll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in todays increasingly challenging driving environment. Youll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. The first of the two courses was a great success. The one that will be held on Nov. 27 and 28 promises to be just as worthwhile as the previous one was. At this point there are 36 people enrolled which means that the class is completely full. Ed Glenney encourages all those who signed up to attend the class as the space was AARP Driver Safety Course held Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE set aside and others were turned away because of the earlier registrants. It certainly seems that many people in the southwestern part of Marion County are very conscious of the value of the course and of their part in doing something constructive for themselves and for others who are driving in the Central Florida area especially. Once again, we have an example of how Fairfield Village neighbors work to be good citizens as they are part of our lively place filled with lovely (and civic-minded) people. AARP Driver Safety Course instructor Harold Brouillard gives personal attention to a student who asked a very pertinent question. Fairfield "Villager" Becky Weller takes a quiet break during the afternoon class of the AARP Driver Safety Course. 000D45A LAWN/HOME Roys Lawn & Home Services Tree Trimming Winter Cleanups Pressure Washing F REE E STIMATES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444



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The Marion County Sheriffs Office eliminated the Red Man Suit training, because of injuries and loss of manpower for district patrols. Therefore, I have requested our training division to increase the training hours from 24 to 40 hours per year and to reinstitute the Red Man Suit training into our training classes, Dean said. This new adjustment will allow deputies to receive 160 hours of training over four (4) years a move that means deputies will receive four (4) times the training required by the state. Yankees, city talk baseballThe city of Ocala is in preliminary discussions with the New York Yankees organization. The dialogue is centered on the possible relocation of the Yankees Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team currently situated in Tampa and does not include Yankees Spring Training. Any proposal for relocation to Ocala is contingent upon approval by the Ocala City Council, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Florida State League, states Anthony Bruno of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC. The city is excited about the opportunity to investigate the potential immediate and collateral benefits that might be gained from its association with a prestigious professional sports franchise and is currently exercising due diligence, says Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKWest Port singersAn a cappella singing group from West Port High School performs the National Anthem at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Please see BASEBALL Page 3 Growth services gets new bossMarion Countys Growth Services department has a new leader. Gregory Stubbs, AICP, 56, started his new post this week as Growth Services director. Stubbs replaces Jimmy Massey, who left the agency in September. Stubbs has more than 20 years of local government growth management experience, including service with Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties and the cities of Minneapolis, Deltona and Baytown, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business/interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. As Growth Services director, Stubbs will be tasked with administering the activities of the departments code enforcement, planning and zoning divisions and applying the Land Development Code and ensuring its consistency with the countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He will also be responsible for coordinating and developing community redevelopment areas as needed and assisting with the advancement of the economic development projects. I look forward to providing stability, leadership and improved communications with Growth Services, the public and the business community, Stubbs said. His starting salary is $91,041. Stubbs From the left, Maj.Gen. James D.Tyre, Brig.Gen. Wally Green, Brig Gen. Richard Capps, Brig.Gen.Royce Smith and Capt. S.Butler Strain III. PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day at Ocala PalmsThe Ocala Palms community held a Veterans Day program to honor our service personnel. Above, Don Schultz gives a flag to Ron Chrisner. Schultz was honoring his father, who served in World War II. Story and more photos, Page 6. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 7 and 8, saw the Fairfield Village Clubhouse be turned into a classroom as some 22 seniors became students once again. This time the subject matter was of the same significance to these 55+ students as it would have been to them 40-50 years ago when they were 15 or older. Driving skills and drivers safety can be significant issues to anyone who operates an automobile; however when one first gets a permit there are many issues to consider. As one becomes more mature, driving becomes almost second nature. Then, later, when one passes the age of retirement, some of the same driving safety issues become extremely important once again. Then it becomes possible that this more mature person can benefit significantly from the AARP Driver Safety Course. Ed Glenney, a very community aware person who lives in Fairfield Village, was instrumental in setting up two different sessions of this course to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in our clubhouse. The instructor, Harold Brouillard, did an excellent job of instruction and encouragement as he presented the material. Taking information from the AARP website, he pointed out: Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. By taking a driver safety course youll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in todays increasingly challenging driving environment. Youll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. The first of the two courses was a great success. The one that will be held on Nov. 27 and 28 promises to be just as worthwhile as the previous one was. At this point there are 36 people enrolled which means that the class is completely full. Ed Glenney encourages all those who signed up to attend the class as the space was AARP Driver Safety Course held Priscilla Geissal FAIRFIELD VILLAGE set aside and others were turned away because of the earlier registrants. It certainly seems that many people in the southwestern part of Marion County are very conscious of the value of the course and of their part in doing something constructive for themselves and for others who are driving in the Central Florida area especially. Once again, we have an example of how Fairfield Village neighbors work to be good citizens as they are part of our lively place filled with lovely (and civic-minded) people. AARP Driv er S af et y C ourse instruc t or Har old Br ouillar d giv es personal a tt en tion t o a studen t who ask ed a v er y per tinen t question. Fairfield "Villager" Becky Weller takes a quiet break during the afternoon class of the AARP Driver Safety Course. 000D45A LA WN/HOME Ro ys La w n & Home Services T r ee T rimming W inter Cleanups Pr essur e W ashing F REE E STIMA TES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444

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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 M edical Residential SA TechThe Centers is seeking Residential Substance Abuse Techs (Full-time & PRN) for our Citrus County Adolescent Residential program in Lecanto, FL. Duties focus on reducing or minimizing the effects of substance abuse, a 12-Step recovery process, assisting the professional staff in the assurance of quality client care & transporting clients. Exp with troubled adolescents reqd. Must be available for shift work & weekends. Acceptable driving record & clean background reqd. 10% shift diff for 2nd/3rd shifts. Full benefits pkg for full-time positions DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us M edical TBOSS TherapistThe Centers is seeking Masters Level Therapist for TBOSS position in Citrus County. Must have min 2 yrs exp working with adults, children & adolescents providing individual, group & family therapy. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Prof essional EvaluatorsThe Centers is seeking a Licensed Evaluator (adults) and Masters level Evaluator (children) for our Citrus County programs. Florida LCSW, LMHC or Masters Degree in a field of Human Services with exp reqd. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Prof essional Corr espondence Coor dinatorThe Centers is seeking a Correspondence Coordinator for our Lecanto Medical Records dept. This is a highly confidential, responsible position that works independently providing client information with appropriate release. Excellent communication skills required as this position regularly connects with Attorneys, Social Security office, & clients. Must be flexible, organized, & have basic computer skills. HS Diploma and a minimum of 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us Prof essional Supported Housing SpecialistThe Centers is seeking a Supported Housing Specialist. This position works directly with mentally ill adult clients and within the community to secure housing through outreach efforts, & programs (PATH, Shelter Plus Care). Must have excellent communication skills, be flexible, & willing to travel/transport. HS Diploma & min 3 yrs related exp. Full benefits pkg DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. 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Our thanks go to Theresa Yoders for putting together the show. She says there will be more at a later date. The Social Committee is working very hard to have activities that you, the residents of Quail Meadow will enjoy. Mark your calendars now for several upcoming events: December 1st we will meet at the clubhouse to decorate the Christmas tree. Also, Santa will be there and you can have your picture taken with him. Cookies, hot chocolate, and egg nog will be provided. This gathering takes the place of the usual First Friday get-together. Next on the calendar is a pot luck dinner on Monday, Dec. 10. No reservations required just bring a covered dish and your place settings. Before you know it, its New Years Eve and we will celebrate at the clubhouse. The party begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $1 each and are available from Lil Carie. The Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable trip to Cross Creek, to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This is the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings the author of The Yearling, Cross Creek, and other books. Visiting the home is like taking a trip back in time to the 1930s. The old homestead is still furnished with the original furnishings used by Marjorie Rawlings. The typewriter she used to write her novels still sits on a table at the front of the house. It is well worth the $3 to take the guided tour of the house. This will give you a history lesson on that period of time in Florida. The day we were there, the old wood-burning cook stove was being used to cook blackeyed peas and fresh collard greens from the garden. After our tour of the house and the grounds, we headed to The Yearling Restaurant. This is only about five minutes down the road from the homestead. The food was very good. The restaurant doesnt have much appeal from the outside, but dont let the looks turn you away. The Rawlings homestead is located on County Road 325. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, tours are only offered Thursday through Sunday, October through July (closed August and September). Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lets all remember to give thanks for our freedom and say a prayer for our service men and women who are protecting our country. A great holiday dinner, and a trip to Cross Creek Carolyn Slocumb A group enjoying the holiday dinner at Quail Meadow. More photos on Page 3. Flo and Bob Hanson. Marie Schneider and Charlotte Payne. Ocala Palms residents enjoyed a wonderful performance Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Marion Civic Chorale. The Marion Civic Chorale, directed by Matthew Bumbach, Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida presented a "Salute to Veterans". For the past 25 years these dedicated musicians have provided Marion County with a repertoire of classical and popular music. Attendees were very fortunate to have them entertain, while honoring our veterans. The colors were also presented by the West Port High School Army JROTC Color Guard. All proceeds are being awarded to students for musical scholarships. Ocala Palms residents Melinda and Jamie Jones and Marilyn Hinds were instrumental in planning and organizing this event for the community. Civic Chorale gives veterans concert at Ocala Palms PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSThe Marion Civic Chorale provided a veterans concert at Ocala Palms recently. 000DA4C CARDS AND GIFTS S TORE 352-854-1970 F AX 352-854-6186 8449 SW SR 200, O CALA F RIENDSHIP C ENTER P OST O FFICE F AX C OPIES L OTTERY S h o p e a r l y f o r t h e b e s t g i f t s e l e c t i o n H a p p y T h a n k s g i v i n g Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off 000D9I3

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Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees spring training facility. Since their inception they have won five league championships, in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2010. The city of Ocala and New York Yankees anticipate release of further information concerning this proposal in the coming weeks as they each continue exploration of the issues and development of findings. BASEBALLcontinued from Page 1 Quail Meadow at Cross CreekVisitors from Quail Meadow stand outside the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Cross Creek. An outhouse on the grounds at Cross Creek. The 2013 entertainment lineup at Circle Square Cultural Center has been released and tickets are now on sale. The Cultural Center will be featuring concerts such as The Kingston Trio, Terry Johnsons Flamingos, The 5th Dimension, Felix Cavalieres Rascals and many more! The Cultural Center will also have tribute shows honoring The Eagles, Bob Seger, Abba and the Bee Gees! And dont forget the musically competitive Elvis tribute artist contest and The World Has Talent 55+ talent show! For more information on the 2013 entertainment lineup including times, dates and tickets, visit our website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670. The Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. Circle Square lists entertainment schedule Invitation to artists for January Manatee FestivalThe City of Crystal River and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce invite you to submit an application for the 26th annual Manatee Festival, Jan. 19-20, in downtown Crystal River. This festival has a long-standing tradition of fine artists displaying their artwork in a juried environment. January is traditionally the start of the outdoor festival route, and last year the Manatee Festival brought in more than 15,000 visitors during the two day period. A few vendor spaces are still available for this renowned fine art festival, therefore apply today. We are inviting those artists who have been entered in juried shows before, and wish to present their skills to the public in a well-known and well attended event. We are seeking skilled artisans who work in all mediums, including clay, metal, oil, wood, watercolor, gold and silver, organic materials, photography and mixed media. While artists from all over the nation are invited and do attend, we would like to extend a special welcome to local Florida artists wishing to showcase their work. This festival draws the public from all over the nation, including many winter visitors from major metropolitan areas in the north. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase name recognition, make sales, and take part in a festival that has a strong local cultural background. Come enjoy the weather and mingle with fellow artists. Make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. While you are here take the opportunity to enjoy a few moments with the creature often associated with the folklore of mermaids, the Manatee. Citrus County and Crystal River have many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of Florida history and see why we are called The Gem of Floridas Nature Coast. For those wishing to apply, simply go to www.floridamanateefestival.com and download an application, or call Jeff Inglehart at the Citrus County Chamber 352-7953149. We look forward to seeing you at the festival, and hope you will join us for this wonderful event. Now that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what normal really means. One mans normal is another mans over the cliff. I am not quite sure I am normal and I fear bringing this query to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. My fear is that she will tell me the truth. You know what we Americans think about the truth. There was a time when truth was a pretty stable thing. There were certain things that were absolute truth and no ifs, ands or buts about it. Those were the good old days. Nowadays truth is not as clear as it once was. What was true in the day, is now altogether a different matter. Being the simpleminded man that I am, it is very hard for me to keep up with all of this nonsense. I mean, after all, how do you know what is true if it changes all the time? I think if it is true, it is always true. That only beguiles my age. If truth is as slippery as some people are indicating, how do I know what is true today? It does not matter what was true yesterday. That was yesterday. Today is a new day and henceforth, what was true yesterday is not true today. To make matters even more confusing, what is true today will not be true tomorrow. I believe the reason I am getting bald on the top is that I am scratching my head too much lately. I cannot seem to make heads or tails out of all the nonsense transpiring today as truth. How do people keep up and know what is really true? If I plan to live quite a few more years, I am going to have to get a handle on this very thing. I am not quite sure where to go. Something has to be done so that I can figure out day by day what is really true. I shared my dilemma with my better half and as is usually the situation, she came up with a brilliant answer. Please, do not let her know I said that. She might get a big head and we cannot afford to buy a whole new set of hats. She simply said, Why dont you do what the politicians do? I did not quite know what she was getting at, so I inquired further. Silly, her pet name for Yours Truly, the politicians always take a poll before they decide on It seems that too many polls are being taken James Snyder anything. It dawned on me like a morning in June. Of course. Whenever a politician wants to know what truth is flying on any given day, he reverts to taking a poll. Out of that poll, he can know what the truth is for that day. Amazing. I need to learn some lessons from todays politician. The first thing I need to understand from a politicians point of view is, What I am saying at the time is not necessarily what I mean. This is convenient and frees me up to say things I normally might put a check on. The checks in the mail and I now am free to say whatever is on my mind at the moment. The first thing I need to do is find out what is on the mind of the people I am talking to. Whatever is on their mind is exactly what is on my mind. This has such a freeing aspect to it. Another thing from a politicians viewpoint is, What I said yesterday doesnt count today. This also is from the polling machine. The amazing thing about most people is they do not remember what was said yesterday. A very poor politician reminds people of what they said yesterday. A politician needs to tell them what he is saying today. Because todays truth is todays truth. No need to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be reflected by tomorrows polling. This is very important because it reduces the necessity to use any sort of memory whatsoever. Because what I said yesterday does not really matter today. I do not have to remember what I said yesterday. If I want to know what I said yesterday, I need only take another poll today and that settles the matter. Perhaps the most important view from a politician is, Tomorrow may never come. I do not have to worry that what I am saying today will catch up with me tomorrow, for the simple reason tomorrow may never come. If it does come, so what. I will take a poll tomorrow to find out what I need to say tomorrow. I think there is something to this polling mechanism. I do not have to worry about anything; all I need to do is just take another poll. I know it may get a little confusing, but I clear up that confusion by taking another poll. It is always the last poll that really counts. Thankfully, when it comes to God, truth does not change from one day to the next. What is true today was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. You can count on that. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). I can always count on God being true to His Word because God never changes.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Special to the MeseengerNovember 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day was a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We at Social Security ask you to join us in saluting the men and women of the armed forces. We hope you said thank you to a veteran on this important day. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Securitys Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9 4 W ednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D64L Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000D795 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev Matthew W alter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Chur ch 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 71 1 187 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you wont want to miss. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that youve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and wellreasoned arguments. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to great-grandma. But dont overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But dont fall into a prolonged catnap yet. Theres still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too didnt it?) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddys reluctance to cooperate. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. BORN THIS WEEK: You are caring and considerate two wonderful attributes that endear you to people of all ages. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Saturday, Nov. 24 Taylors to s ing at College Road BaptistThe second concert in College Road Baptist Churchs Winter Concert Series will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this concert but a love offering will be received. Performing will be The Taylors. They have had six radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, two singles in the Top 40, and one single in the Top 20. The Taylors are a family quartet from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher, and Lindsey are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, Ocala (1.7 miles west of Interstate75 on State Road 200).Fun d rais er bingo by VFW lad iesThe Ladies Auxiliary to the Angela S. Santos VFW Post 4781 is having a fundraiser bingo on Saturday, Nov. 24. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. For a $20 donation you will receive the following: A $25 Bingo Pack and one (1) Special Winner Take-All Ticket. This, also, includes a hot dog, soda, cake, and coffee. We suggest you buy your tickets ASAP as this should be an early sellout. Contact Regina Ballman at 352-8733631 or Sheryl Browne at 352-854-5787. Join us, along with your guests and friends for an enjoyable holiday Saturday. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund various activities for our veterans and other charities. Sunday, Nov. 25 Jimmy Strick land in ConcertEnjoy a musical treat as Jimmy Strickland performs your favorite Gospel Songs when he presents his free Southern Gospel Concert, 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Watch and clock ex travaganzaChapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors meets every fourth Sunday at 8 a.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. The November meeting on Nov. 25 is the fall extravaganza, which consists of many of the members parting with everything from a good clock repair book to valuable antique clocks and watches. There will be tools, parts and above all, great camaraderie. All are welcome. Table use fee is $5 per table. There will be free coffee and donuts. The group is not allowed to do any appraisals.Tuesday, Nov. 27 WMBA to m eetThe next general meeting of the West Marion Business Association will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Southwest District Sheriffs office on State Road 200 at 5:30 p.m. The group is looking for someone to volunteer and fill the vacant seats that are open on the board at the end of the year. Membership and marketing chairs are being sought. Call Lucy Hutchinson at 352-207-8660 for more information.Breas t cancer s urvivors to m eetThe Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will include a presentation by Nancy Spano from Ocala Oncology. She will speak on Chemo Brain/Brain Fuzz. This information will be informative and enlightening for those on this Breast Cancer Journey. There will also be a pot luck luncheon at noon prior to our meeting. Bring a dish and join us. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Wednesday, Nov. 28 Marion Oaks Community BingoDo you like to have fun with friends? Do you like to win money? Then you need to come to the Marion Oaks Community Bingo on Wednesday nights at the Community Center. Card sales open at 6:15 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. For as little as $8, you can enjoy over two hours of funfilled games with fellow bingo lovers! In addition, we offer coffee, snacks and door prize drawings during intermission for your enjoyment. Marion Oaks Community Bingo is overseen by the Marion Oaks Civic Association and is staffed by area volunteers. This is a great opportunity to gather in your community for an inexpensive night out while supporting your civic association. Bring a friend and come to the community center on Wednesday nights for a guaranteed good time! (Note: There will be no bingo on Wednesday, Nov. 21 due to the holiday dinner!)Wo m an plays Marj orie Kinnan Raw lingsOn Wednesday, Nov. 28, Master the Possibilities Education Center presents Karen de Vos in her one-woman play, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 1:30 p.m. This special presentation is free and open to the public. De Vos has performed this well documented and fascinating piece throughout Florida. In the presentation De Vos, as Rawlings, describes her life in Cross Creek, how she became intrigued with her Florida Cracker neighbors, and why she chose to portray them in stories, articles, and poems. Slides, made from the Rawlings collection at the University of Florida in Gainesville, accompany the entire program. Afterward, the audience has an opportunity to ask questions. There will also be a display table that includes a book exhibit and other interesting memorabilia. Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Although this is a free event, registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, call 352-854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 29 Arnette to hold open houseArnette House has completed a $150,000 renovation of its 24-hour emergency youth shelter. This renovation has created a more homelike and environmentally friendly setting for the youth. Arnette House will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. Facility tours will be provided throughout the duration of the event to inform and educate the community about residential and non-residential counseling programs offered by Arnettes dedicated staff. Join us at Arnette House, 2310 N.E. 24th St., to learn more about the imminent dangers associated with youth homelessness and about the amazing work being done at Arnette House to change the lives of young people and make our community a better place to call home. For information on Arnette House and its many programs available to the community, e-mail Adam Copenhaver, Community Development Coordinator, acopenhaver@arnettehouse.org, please visit www.arnettehouse.org or call 352-622-4432 ext 231. Saturday, Dec. 1 Spruce Creek Pre s erve art, craf t f airAn art and craft fair will be held at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 30 minutes, a bake sale, and lunch will be available. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Day of thanks, day of memories Veterans Day: What it means EDITORS NOTE: Today we yield our editorial space to Edwin Sewell, a fifth grader in Mrs. Del Valles class at Hammett Bowen Elementary. Edwin read this essay at last Mondays Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala.BY EDWIN SEWELL Hammett Bowen ElementaryThe reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa was in the Marines. He served his country so that we may have freedom. People that serve in the armed forces help keep our country safe from terrorists that try to hurt our country. Many people have died in wars and this day is for us to remember those who died for our country and honor those who are still here. The second reason I like Veterans Day is because they got to drive cool vehicles like helicopters, tanks, and aircraft. They used these types of vehicles to fight in wars and try to defeat the enemy. These people are willing to risk their lives to help save our country. They deserve a lot of respect. When they go and fight they earn medals for doing heroic things such as saving people or other soldiers. The uniforms have stripes and many medals. The third reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa takes me to the wall in town that has all the names of people that died in the war and we try to find some of his friends. We look over all the names and I even tried to count them a few times but it was too many. We get to meet other people there and my grandpa will talk with them and we hear their family story as well. I met this one guy who was in a wheelchair and had only one arm, he was nice and told me what happen to his legs and arm. The fourth reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa comes over and we barbecue and eat well. My grandpa tells us stories about what it was like in boot camp and all the different places he had been. Sometimes I see my grandpa cry for his friends he lost. My grandpa was in the Vietnam War. He has some money from other countries that he showed us and told me one day he would give it to me and my sister. My mom and dad cook a lot of food that my grandpa likes and we eat until we can't eat any more. The final reason I like Veterans Day is because we live in a country where we are free and have many choices and we would not have this if it wasn't for people like my grandpa. The people who serve their country and fight for what is right. One day when I grow up I hope that there will not be any more wars so I don't have to fight. Maybe one day all the countries can learn to get along with one another. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Gift giving in 2012: new holiday normalBY: LYNDA SPENCE M.S. County Extension ServiceIts funny how tough times have a way of bringing out the clever in each of us. Given a nudge, we surprise ourselves at how resourceful we can really be. This holiday season, decide to do it your way, not the advertisers way. Make your own set of rules. Seize these economic times to create a new normal for your holidays. Read on for ideas. Consider giving gifts to children only. Its hard to convince a child that opening a present is not the best part of the gift experience. Adults, though, are able to see a bigger picture. Gift certificates are gifts from the heart. With a little creativity, you can save your wallet from being malled during the holiday season. Remember, the goal of gift-giving should be to give pleasure to the person receiving it. With the recipient in mind, consider giving gift certificates for errands, chores or favors. Some gift certificate ideas: grocery shopping, babysitting, cooking, baking, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, ironing, recording music, washing a car, cleaning a home or garage or putting photos in albums. Pass it on. We all lead busy lives. The gift of time is invaluable. Do you have a special interest or talent? How about offering a lesson on guitar playing, cake decorating, painting, oil/tire changing, knitting, fishing, bread making, wood working, candy making or target practice? Re-gifting is the talk of the town, and thats not a bad thing. Sometimes, the story that goes along with the gift may just outdo the gift. Consider giving the last great book you bought with a note about what the book meant to you. Or, create a journal of a vacation and include pictures and a map of the destination. If you must spend money, consider unique gifts you can purchase for under $20. Consider giving smartphone apps, a rare coin, gas cards, unusual candy or a piggy bank partially full of change. Gift basket ideas Small gift baskets, done right, are eye candy. Let your imagine fly. Pick a theme and go to town. Beverages: Cocoa or tea kit. Honey: Jar of local honey, honey dipper and package of gourmet crackers. Cheese: Cheese and cheese knife specifically for slicing that type of cheese. Correspondence: Homemade notes or greeting cards, stamps, pen. Gardening: Gloves, seeds from your garden, a small hand-painted flower pot. Fishing: Lures, hooks and line. Cooking: A favorite recipe with a sampling of the delectable dish or treat. Remember, its not the gift; its the thought that counts. Put a new holiday gift-giving philosophy into practice this year and make it your new holiday normal. Imagine how fun it can be dreaming up the next great creative gift! Have fun with it!Lynda Spence is an Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service and offers group classes on family and consumer sciences topics to groups at no charge. Contact her at 352-671-8400 or lynda.spence@marioncountyfl.org, or visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. 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.8 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor Sometimes the calendar can be a little bit unfair with its listing of dates, holidays and remembrances. Take this week, for instance. Thursday is Nov. 22. Because its the fourth Thursday in November, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the earliest date it can be. Its a day for giving thanks for all that we have in this great nation, whether you agree with everything that is going on or not. Remember, in a lot of places you wouldnt have the right to disagree publicly with your government leaders. The U.S. is one of those great places in the world where you can speak your mind, within reason, of course. But Nov. 22 is also the anniversary of one of the tragedies of our lifetime. It has been 49 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. There are certain events, usually tragedies, that make us recall where we were at the moment they occurred. For those who are older, and the numbers are dwindling, the upcoming remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is one of those dates. For many adults, that Nov. 22, 1963, date is another. And of course, for almost all adults now alive, Sept. 11, 2001 will live on for many, many years. Of course, those of us who were of a reasonably young age in 1963 had studied the history of the presidents, and the 20-year jinx. We had heard of assassinations of a president. But Kennedy? He was relatively young, full of energy, gave an impassioned inaugural address and was like a perpetual pep talk for the nation. No one even remotely expected that an assassins bullet would cut short his term in the White House. There are certain aspects of history that Ive followed very closely, and the Kennedy and 9/11 tragedies are the main ones. Trouble is, all the shows on television about these events are repeats, and Ive seen all of them several times. I go through the Internet looking to learn new things about these happenings, but its getting harder and harder. This week, though, Thanksgiving trumps all the bad memories. Its a time to look up to the heavens and be thankful for what we have. Its also a time when many people unselfishly help others who may be a little down on their luck. So all of us here at the West Marion Messenger andSouth Marion Citizenwish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey, the subsequent nap, the football, and family and friends. And dont forget the reason for the holiday. * I mentioned the 20-year jinx, and there may be some who dont know what that is. Bascially, presidents elected in years ending in between 1840 and 1960 all died in office. That includes William Henry Harrison elected in 1840, Abraham Lincoln (1860), James A. Garfield (1880), William McKinley (1900), Warren G. Harding (1920), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1940) and John F. Kennedy (1960). Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, and survived an assassination attempt, breaking the string. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and despite Al Qaidas best efforts, survived Sept. 11. The big question: Who will dare run in 2020?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000D9OL8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! Service Loaner Available. Please Just Ask 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts excluding batteries FREE pickup within 5 miles 8-V T875only$619 6-V P2000only$469 12-V T1275only$639 6-V T605only$519 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic chargeronly $5,9952010 Club Car Precedent New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger Warranty$4,595 6-V T105only$579 WE SELL TROJAN BATTERIES 000DAC7 Saturday, Dec. 1 Kingdom of the Sun band concertJoin the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band for its December concert series A Christmas Wish on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include Christmas Festival; Sleigh Ride; Russian Christmas Music; Grown Up Christmas Wish; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; a Christmas sing-along and others. All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Non-perishable food items will be collected at both performances for Vets Helping Vets. For more information, call 624-9291 or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org.Christmas luncheon at Joy LutheranThe annual LMM/WELCA, combined women and mens, Christmas Luncheon at Joy Lutheran Church is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Special entertainment will include Gerri Smith, of the Living Word Ministry, Tavares, and Michigan City, Indiana, who will present a biblical portrayal of Mrs. Noah. Mrs. Smith is a dramatic story-teller who presents a unique insight into the lives and times of many Biblical characters. She does her presentations of a variety of women in the bible for womens groups, church services, conventions and other appropriate meetings. Information about Gerri Smith can be obtained by calling the Joy Lutheran Church office at 352-854-4509.Sunday, Dec. 2 Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts benefitIn celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine at Cuve Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Cuve is at 2237 S.W. 19th Ave. Road, Ocala. This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines. Discover delectable wines from all over the world served in only the way Cuve offers. Entertainment includes music by a classical guitarist and silent auction. Limited reservations available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion Countys Childrens Program. Donation is $125 per person. Tickets available at Cuve and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218.Sunday, Dec. 2 Master Choir Christmas concertThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled A Beautiful Christmas, will include the Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and Christmas music by Alfred Burt and Irving Berlin and others. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.Youth Symphony Concert setThe Ocala Youth Symphony will present its Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at West Port High School Auditorium, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians raging in age from 8 to 18 and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738.Monday, Dec. 3 Retired registered nurses to meetThe Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the West Marion Medical Bldg. Room 240 on Monday, Dec. 3 for our annual Christmas Party. The entertainment will be the Act 4 Civic Theater Group and the charity will be the Salvation Army of both Citrus and Marion County and a cash donation is requested. RNs wishing to attend should call Gladys at 352-854-2677 or Mary Jane at 352-7266882 by Tuesday Nov. 27.Saturday, Dec. 8 Holiday cookie walk at churchJoin the cookie walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free. Stock up for your holiday guests; a great holiday gift. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Scandinavian Club of Marion The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be apple stuffed pork loin with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Very special entertainment will be provided by entertainer Bob Mace on the accordion. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 5 with checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details, call Jim Neate at 352 687-1580, Don Clauson at 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362. Workforce Connections regional unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent in October, down 0.7 percent over the month and down 2.6 percent from one year ago. Out of a labor force of 209,706, there were 19,128 jobless, a drop of 1,378 over the month and 5,280 fewer than one year ago. The number of employed in the region in October increased by 963 to 190,578. At the same time, the Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was one of only three metro areas in the state to show job growth in manufacturing. The October 2012 unemployment rates, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, were 9.1 percent in Marion County, down 0.7 percent over the month; 9.2 percent in Citrus County, down 0.7 percent; and 8.8 percent in Levy County, down 0.6 percent. Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in October, down 0.4 percent, and the national unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. Thats the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 in Marion County, when the rate was 8.9 percent and since November 2008 in Citrus and Levy counties, when the unemployment rates were 9.0 and 8.9 percent respectively. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that while the total labor force for the region fluctuated slightly in October, the good news is that more people are working. The fact that more people are finding work in a recovering economy is certainly important, Skinner said. And the percentage reduction in the number of unemployed, as well as the fact that this percentage reflects real numbers of people returning to work, is also a continuation of the positive trends that we have seen for the past two months. Skinner credits much of the progress in the region to the continued efforts of economic development and business partners. Here is how employment numbers break down for each county: Citrus Countys labor force dropped slightly by 125 over the month to 56,861, the number of employed rose by 281 to 51,645 and those without jobs dropped by 406 to 5,216. One year ago, there were 6,495 unemployed. Levy Countys labor force rose by 60 to 17,132, employment is up by 155 jobs to 15,628 and the number of unemployed fell by 95 to 1,504. In October 2011, there were 1,848 jobless. Marion Countys labor force shrank by 350 to 135,713, while the number of those with jobs increased by 527 to 123,305 and those unemployed dropped by 877 to 12,408. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7 6 W ednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Marion Woods is working with Toys For Tots to bring smiles to children this holiday season. Now through December 23 when you drop off a new unwrapped toy at Marion Woods youll receive a free meal. For more information call us at 352-671-1700 Call today for your complimentary meal. Welcome to Holiday. Welcome home. 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 352-671-1700 | www.marion-woods.net 000DB3A 000D2EV Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000D3DP Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 Federal Government Insurance Code #104, #105, #111, or #112 CHECK YOUR QUALIFICATIONS CALL 352-291-1467 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 732-GOLF (4653)Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time ReservationOur Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon$3200Before 11:00$2700 After 11:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354)Expires 12/31/12Rates subject to change.18 Hole Championship CourseDress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO JeansGOLF OUTINGS WELCOME!000D2C3 Read the classifieds BY BARB DEDICS Once again friends, relatives and residents of Ocala Palms (OP) Golf and Country Club met at the communitys Memorial Garden to pay tribute to all Veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces. Special guests included the following: Maj. Gen. James D. Tyre, Florida Army National Guard, Capt. S. Butler Strain III, Field Artillery Officer and retired Brig. Generals Richard Capps, Wally Green and Royce Smith. Masters of Ceremonies, U.S. Army Veteran Larry Fleming and U.S. Navy Veteran Lou Rossi, co-officiated. The Colors were presented by the U.S. Army Florida National Guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service gave an inspirational prayer of thanks. United States Marines Veteran Ron Chrisner led the Ocala Palms Color Guard in performing the memorial flag ceremony. The ceremony includes the receiving and raising of a memorial flag which was provided by Mr. Don Schultz in honor of his father Augusta Schultz, U.S. Army WWII. This ceremony also includes the retiring of the current flag, which had been provided by Mrs. Sharon Schwartz, in honor of her uncle, Sgt. Hyman Cohen, U.S. Army WWII. Sgt. Cohen was killed at the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. He gave his life for his fellow soldiers and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his bravery. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy Seabees veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by the placing of flowers in the pond below the waterfall. Lou Rossi read the names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans and their Branch of service. After each Branch of service was read the Memorial bell was rung. As in past years, the Florida National Guard chooses a fallen soldier to be recognized and honored. This year, Sgt. Roy A. Wood, a Florida National Guard Fallen Hero, KIA in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 9, 2004, was honored. A biography of Sgt. Wood was read by John DeJesus, U.S. Army veteran. Under the direction of residents Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouillard, music was provided by the OP Choir and students from the local Grace Christian School. Noel Brouillard and Alexander Sexton led the attendees in the popular song God Bless the USA. At the closing of the service, Larry Fleming read the meaning behind Taps. To conclude the ceremony Bob Brouillard and Barry Fies played Taps. Ocala Palms community gathers for Veterans Day Bob Brouillard and students from Grace Christian School. Capt. S.Butler Strain III, John DeJesus, Terry McGill and Brig.Gen.Richard Capps. Elaine Liebegott, Betty Scott and Nancy Wittlake. Florida National Guard Color Guard. Larry Fleming and Fred Heiner. The Ocala Palms Choir. Mary Carr and Ellen Fleming. More photos, Page 7 Top photo, Maj.Gen. James D. Tyre, John DeJesus and Larry Fleming at Ocala Palms during the Veterans Day celebration in the community. Bottom photo, Mary-Lou Cotton, Janet Lambui and Nancy Myron. Judy Heiner and Kaye Rossi. Ken C.erasani, Lou Rossi and Arnie Schwartz 000DASM

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7 6 W ednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Marion Woods is working with Toys For Tots to bring smiles to children this holiday season. Now through December 23 when you drop off a new unwrapped toy at Marion Woods youll receive a free meal. For more information call us at 352-671-1700 Call today for your complimentary meal. Welcome to Holiday. Welcome home. 1661 SE 31st Street, Ocala, FL 34471 352-671-1700 | www.marion-woods.net 000DB3A 000D2EV Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000D3DP Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 Federal Government Insurance Code #104, #105, #111, or #112 CHECK YOUR QUALIFICATIONS CALL 352-291-1467 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 732-GOLF (4653)Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time ReservationOur Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon$3200Before 11:00$2700 After 11:00 Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354)Expires 12/31/12Rates subject to change.18 Hole Championship CourseDress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO JeansGOLF OUTINGS WELCOME!000D2C3 Read the classifieds BY BARB DEDICS Once again friends, relatives and residents of Ocala Palms (OP) Golf and Country Club met at the communitys Memorial Garden to pay tribute to all Veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces. Special guests included the following: Maj. Gen. James D. Tyre, Florida Army National Guard, Capt. S. Butler Strain III, Field Artillery Officer and retired Brig. Generals Richard Capps, Wally Green and Royce Smith. Masters of Ceremonies, U.S. Army Veteran Larry Fleming and U.S. Navy Veteran Lou Rossi, co-officiated. The Colors were presented by the U.S. Army Florida National Guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service gave an inspirational prayer of thanks. United States Marines Veteran Ron Chrisner led the Ocala Palms Color Guard in performing the memorial flag ceremony. The ceremony includes the receiving and raising of a memorial flag which was provided by Mr. Don Schultz in honor of his father Augusta Schultz, U.S. Army WWII. This ceremony also includes the retiring of the current flag, which had been provided by Mrs. Sharon Schwartz, in honor of her uncle, Sgt. Hyman Cohen, U.S. Army WWII. Sgt. Cohen was killed at the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. He gave his life for his fellow soldiers and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for his bravery. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy Seabees veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by the placing of flowers in the pond below the waterfall. Lou Rossi read the names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans and their Branch of service. After each Branch of service was read the Memorial bell was rung. As in past years, the Florida National Guard chooses a fallen soldier to be recognized and honored. This year, Sgt. Roy A. Wood, a Florida National Guard Fallen Hero, KIA in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 9, 2004, was honored. A biography of Sgt. Wood was read by John DeJesus, U.S. Army veteran. Under the direction of residents Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouillard, music was provided by the OP Choir and students from the local Grace Christian School. Noel Brouillard and Alexander Sexton led the attendees in the popular song God Bless the USA. At the closing of the service, Larry Fleming read the meaning behind Taps. To conclude the ceremony Bob Brouillard and Barry Fies played Taps. Ocala Palms community gathers for Veterans Day Bob Brouillard and students from Grace Christian School. Capt. S.Butler Strain III, John DeJesus, Terry McGill and Brig.Gen.Richard Capps. Elaine Liebegott, Betty Scott and Nancy Wittlake. Florida National Guard Color Guard. Larry Fleming and Fred Heiner. The Ocala Palms Choir. Mary Carr and Ellen Fleming. More photos, Page 7 Top photo, Maj.Gen. James D. Tyre, John DeJesus and Larry Fleming at Ocala Palms during the Veterans Day celebration in the community. Bottom photo, Mary-Lou Cotton, Janet Lambui and Nancy Myron. Judy Heiner and Kaye Rossi. Ken C.erasani, Lou Rossi and Arnie Schwartz 000DASM

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5 West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends Day of thanks, day of memories Veterans Day: What it means EDITORS NOTE: Today we yield our editorial space to Edwin Sewell, a fifth grader in Mrs. Del Valles class at Hammett Bowen Elementary. Edwin read this essay at last Mondays Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala.BY EDWIN SEWELL Hammett Bowen ElementaryThe reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa was in the Marines. He served his country so that we may have freedom. People that serve in the armed forces help keep our country safe from terrorists that try to hurt our country. Many people have died in wars and this day is for us to remember those who died for our country and honor those who are still here. The second reason I like Veterans Day is because they got to drive cool vehicles like helicopters, tanks, and aircraft. They used these types of vehicles to fight in wars and try to defeat the enemy. These people are willing to risk their lives to help save our country. They deserve a lot of respect. When they go and fight they earn medals for doing heroic things such as saving people or other soldiers. The uniforms have stripes and many medals. The third reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa takes me to the wall in town that has all the names of people that died in the war and we try to find some of his friends. We look over all the names and I even tried to count them a few times but it was too many. We get to meet other people there and my grandpa will talk with them and we hear their family story as well. I met this one guy who was in a wheelchair and had only one arm, he was nice and told me what happen to his legs and arm. The fourth reason I like Veterans Day is because my grandpa comes over and we barbecue and eat well. My grandpa tells us stories about what it was like in boot camp and all the different places he had been. Sometimes I see my grandpa cry for his friends he lost. My grandpa was in the Vietnam War. He has some money from other countries that he showed us and told me one day he would give it to me and my sister. My mom and dad cook a lot of food that my grandpa likes and we eat until we can't eat any more. The final reason I like Veterans Day is because we live in a country where we are free and have many choices and we would not have this if it wasn't for people like my grandpa. The people who serve their country and fight for what is right. One day when I grow up I hope that there will not be any more wars so I don't have to fight. Maybe one day all the countries can learn to get along with one another. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest Column Gift giving in 2012: new holiday normalBY: LYNDA SPENCE M.S. County Extension ServiceIts funny how tough times have a way of bringing out the clever in each of us. Given a nudge, we surprise ourselves at how resourceful we can really be. This holiday season, decide to do it your way, not the advertisers way. Make your own set of rules. Seize these economic times to create a new normal for your holidays. Read on for ideas. Consider giving gifts to children only. Its hard to convince a child that opening a present is not the best part of the gift experience. Adults, though, are able to see a bigger picture. Gift certificates are gifts from the heart. With a little creativity, you can save your wallet from being malled during the holiday season. Remember, the goal of gift-giving should be to give pleasure to the person receiving it. With the recipient in mind, consider giving gift certificates for errands, chores or favors. Some gift certificate ideas: grocery shopping, babysitting, cooking, baking, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, ironing, recording music, washing a car, cleaning a home or garage or putting photos in albums. Pass it on. We all lead busy lives. The gift of time is invaluable. Do you have a special interest or talent? How about offering a lesson on guitar playing, cake decorating, painting, oil/tire changing, knitting, fishing, bread making, wood working, candy making or target practice? Re-gifting is the talk of the town, and thats not a bad thing. Sometimes, the story that goes along with the gift may just outdo the gift. Consider giving the last great book you bought with a note about what the book meant to you. Or, create a journal of a vacation and include pictures and a map of the destination. If you must spend money, consider unique gifts you can purchase for under $20. Consider giving smartphone apps, a rare coin, gas cards, unusual candy or a piggy bank partially full of change. Gift basket ideas Small gift baskets, done right, are eye candy. Let your imagine fly. Pick a theme and go to town. Beverages: Cocoa or tea kit. Honey: Jar of local honey, honey dipper and package of gourmet crackers. Cheese: Cheese and cheese knife specifically for slicing that type of cheese. Correspondence: Homemade notes or greeting cards, stamps, pen. Gardening: Gloves, seeds from your garden, a small hand-painted flower pot. Fishing: Lures, hooks and line. Cooking: A favorite recipe with a sampling of the delectable dish or treat. Remember, its not the gift; its the thought that counts. Put a new holiday gift-giving philosophy into practice this year and make it your new holiday normal. Imagine how fun it can be dreaming up the next great creative gift! Have fun with it!Lynda Spence is an Extension Agent at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service and offers group classes on family and consumer sciences topics to groups at no charge. Contact her at 352-671-8400 or lynda.spence@marioncountyfl.org, or visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. 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.8 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jim Clark Editor Sometimes the calendar can be a little bit unfair with its listing of dates, holidays and remembrances. Take this week, for instance. Thursday is Nov. 22. Because its the fourth Thursday in November, it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the earliest date it can be. Its a day for giving thanks for all that we have in this great nation, whether you agree with everything that is going on or not. Remember, in a lot of places you wouldnt have the right to disagree publicly with your government leaders. The U.S. is one of those great places in the world where you can speak your mind, within reason, of course. But Nov. 22 is also the anniversary of one of the tragedies of our lifetime. It has been 49 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. There are certain events, usually tragedies, that make us recall where we were at the moment they occurred. For those who are older, and the numbers are dwindling, the upcoming remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is one of those dates. For many adults, that Nov. 22, 1963, date is another. And of course, for almost all adults now alive, Sept. 11, 2001 will live on for many, many years. Of course, those of us who were of a reasonably young age in 1963 had studied the history of the presidents, and the 20-year jinx. We had heard of assassinations of a president. But Kennedy? He was relatively young, full of energy, gave an impassioned inaugural address and was like a perpetual pep talk for the nation. No one even remotely expected that an assassins bullet would cut short his term in the White House. There are certain aspects of history that Ive followed very closely, and the Kennedy and 9/11 tragedies are the main ones. Trouble is, all the shows on television about these events are repeats, and Ive seen all of them several times. I go through the Internet looking to learn new things about these happenings, but its getting harder and harder. This week, though, Thanksgiving trumps all the bad memories. Its a time to look up to the heavens and be thankful for what we have. Its also a time when many people unselfishly help others who may be a little down on their luck. So all of us here at the West Marion Messenger andSouth Marion Citizenwish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey, the subsequent nap, the football, and family and friends. And dont forget the reason for the holiday. * I mentioned the 20-year jinx, and there may be some who dont know what that is. Bascially, presidents elected in years ending in between 1840 and 1960 all died in office. That includes William Henry Harrison elected in 1840, Abraham Lincoln (1860), James A. Garfield (1880), William McKinley (1900), Warren G. Harding (1920), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1940) and John F. Kennedy (1960). Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, and survived an assassination attempt, breaking the string. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and despite Al Qaidas best efforts, survived Sept. 11. The big question: Who will dare run in 2020?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000D9OL8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am -5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! Service Loaner Available. Please Just Ask 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts excluding batteries FREE pickup within 5 miles 8-V T875only$619 6-V P2000only$469 12-V T1275only$639 6-V T605only$519 New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic chargeronly $5,9952010 Club Car Precedent New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger Warranty$4,595 6-V T105only$579 WE SELL TROJAN BATTERIES 000DAC7 Saturday, Dec. 1 Kingdom of the Sun band concertJoin the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band for its December concert series A Christmas Wish on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include Christmas Festival; Sleigh Ride; Russian Christmas Music; Grown Up Christmas Wish; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; a Christmas sing-along and others. All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Non-perishable food items will be collected at both performances for Vets Helping Vets. For more information, call 624-9291 or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org.Christmas luncheon at Joy LutheranThe annual LMM/WELCA, combined women and mens, Christmas Luncheon at Joy Lutheran Church is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Special entertainment will include Gerri Smith, of the Living Word Ministry, Tavares, and Michigan City, Indiana, who will present a biblical portrayal of Mrs. Noah. Mrs. Smith is a dramatic story-teller who presents a unique insight into the lives and times of many Biblical characters. She does her presentations of a variety of women in the bible for womens groups, church services, conventions and other appropriate meetings. Information about Gerri Smith can be obtained by calling the Joy Lutheran Church office at 352-854-4509.Sunday, Dec. 2 Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts benefitIn celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine at Cuve Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Cuve is at 2237 S.W. 19th Ave. Road, Ocala. This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines. Discover delectable wines from all over the world served in only the way Cuve offers. Entertainment includes music by a classical guitarist and silent auction. Limited reservations available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion Countys Childrens Program. Donation is $125 per person. Tickets available at Cuve and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218.Sunday, Dec. 2 Master Choir Christmas concertThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled A Beautiful Christmas, will include the Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and Christmas music by Alfred Burt and Irving Berlin and others. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.Youth Symphony Concert setThe Ocala Youth Symphony will present its Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at West Port High School Auditorium, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave., Ocala The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians raging in age from 8 to 18 and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738.Monday, Dec. 3 Retired registered nurses to meetThe Citrus Marion Chapter of the Florida Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the West Marion Medical Bldg. Room 240 on Monday, Dec. 3 for our annual Christmas Party. The entertainment will be the Act 4 Civic Theater Group and the charity will be the Salvation Army of both Citrus and Marion County and a cash donation is requested. RNs wishing to attend should call Gladys at 352-854-2677 or Mary Jane at 352-7266882 by Tuesday Nov. 27.Saturday, Dec. 8 Holiday cookie walk at churchJoin the cookie walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free. Stock up for your holiday guests; a great holiday gift. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Scandinavian Club of Marion The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be apple stuffed pork loin with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Very special entertainment will be provided by entertainer Bob Mace on the accordion. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 5 with checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details, call Jim Neate at 352 687-1580, Don Clauson at 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362. Workforce Connections regional unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent in October, down 0.7 percent over the month and down 2.6 percent from one year ago. Out of a labor force of 209,706, there were 19,128 jobless, a drop of 1,378 over the month and 5,280 fewer than one year ago. The number of employed in the region in October increased by 963 to 190,578. At the same time, the Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was one of only three metro areas in the state to show job growth in manufacturing. The October 2012 unemployment rates, released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, were 9.1 percent in Marion County, down 0.7 percent over the month; 9.2 percent in Citrus County, down 0.7 percent; and 8.8 percent in Levy County, down 0.6 percent. Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in October, down 0.4 percent, and the national unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. Thats the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 in Marion County, when the rate was 8.9 percent and since November 2008 in Citrus and Levy counties, when the unemployment rates were 9.0 and 8.9 percent respectively. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that while the total labor force for the region fluctuated slightly in October, the good news is that more people are working. The fact that more people are finding work in a recovering economy is certainly important, Skinner said. And the percentage reduction in the number of unemployed, as well as the fact that this percentage reflects real numbers of people returning to work, is also a continuation of the positive trends that we have seen for the past two months. Skinner credits much of the progress in the region to the continued efforts of economic development and business partners. Here is how employment numbers break down for each county: Citrus Countys labor force dropped slightly by 125 over the month to 56,861, the number of employed rose by 281 to 51,645 and those without jobs dropped by 406 to 5,216. One year ago, there were 6,495 unemployed. Levy Countys labor force rose by 60 to 17,132, employment is up by 155 jobs to 15,628 and the number of unemployed fell by 95 to 1,504. In October 2011, there were 1,848 jobless. Marion Countys labor force shrank by 350 to 135,713, while the number of those with jobs increased by 527 to 123,305 and those unemployed dropped by 877 to 12,408. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9 4 W ednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D64L Christ Anglican Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Visitors Are Always Welcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000D795 Charlie Green Pastor 351-1106 1700 NW 60th Ave. Ocala www.newlifeocala.com Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 7:00pm 000CKU2 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS Christ the King The Rev Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev Matthew W alter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Christ the King Anglican Church Anglican Chur ch 000BWFG is discovered through worshiping together 71 1 187 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you wont want to miss. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that youve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and wellreasoned arguments. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to great-grandma. But dont overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But dont fall into a prolonged catnap yet. Theres still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too didnt it?) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddys reluctance to cooperate. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. BORN THIS WEEK: You are caring and considerate two wonderful attributes that endear you to people of all ages. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Saturday, Nov. 24 Taylors to s ing at College Road BaptistThe second concert in College Road Baptist Churchs Winter Concert Series will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this concert but a love offering will be received. Performing will be The Taylors. They have had six radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, two singles in the Top 40, and one single in the Top 20. The Taylors are a family quartet from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher, and Lindsey are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, Ocala (1.7 miles west of Interstate75 on State Road 200).Fun d rais er bingo by VFW lad iesThe Ladies Auxiliary to the Angela S. Santos VFW Post 4781 is having a fundraiser bingo on Saturday, Nov. 24. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. For a $20 donation you will receive the following: A $25 Bingo Pack and one (1) Special Winner Take-All Ticket. This, also, includes a hot dog, soda, cake, and coffee. We suggest you buy your tickets ASAP as this should be an early sellout. Contact Regina Ballman at 352-8733631 or Sheryl Browne at 352-854-5787. Join us, along with your guests and friends for an enjoyable holiday Saturday. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund various activities for our veterans and other charities. Sunday, Nov. 25 Jimmy Strick land in ConcertEnjoy a musical treat as Jimmy Strickland performs your favorite Gospel Songs when he presents his free Southern Gospel Concert, 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.Watch and clock ex travaganzaChapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors meets every fourth Sunday at 8 a.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. The November meeting on Nov. 25 is the fall extravaganza, which consists of many of the members parting with everything from a good clock repair book to valuable antique clocks and watches. There will be tools, parts and above all, great camaraderie. All are welcome. Table use fee is $5 per table. There will be free coffee and donuts. The group is not allowed to do any appraisals.Tuesday, Nov. 27 WMBA to m eetThe next general meeting of the West Marion Business Association will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Southwest District Sheriffs office on State Road 200 at 5:30 p.m. The group is looking for someone to volunteer and fill the vacant seats that are open on the board at the end of the year. Membership and marketing chairs are being sought. Call Lucy Hutchinson at 352-207-8660 for more information.Breas t cancer s urvivors to m eetThe Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will include a presentation by Nancy Spano from Ocala Oncology. She will speak on Chemo Brain/Brain Fuzz. This information will be informative and enlightening for those on this Breast Cancer Journey. There will also be a pot luck luncheon at noon prior to our meeting. Bring a dish and join us. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Wednesday, Nov. 28 Marion Oaks Community BingoDo you like to have fun with friends? Do you like to win money? Then you need to come to the Marion Oaks Community Bingo on Wednesday nights at the Community Center. Card sales open at 6:15 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. For as little as $8, you can enjoy over two hours of funfilled games with fellow bingo lovers! In addition, we offer coffee, snacks and door prize drawings during intermission for your enjoyment. Marion Oaks Community Bingo is overseen by the Marion Oaks Civic Association and is staffed by area volunteers. This is a great opportunity to gather in your community for an inexpensive night out while supporting your civic association. Bring a friend and come to the community center on Wednesday nights for a guaranteed good time! (Note: There will be no bingo on Wednesday, Nov. 21 due to the holiday dinner!)Wo m an plays Marj orie Kinnan Raw lingsOn Wednesday, Nov. 28, Master the Possibilities Education Center presents Karen de Vos in her one-woman play, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 1:30 p.m. This special presentation is free and open to the public. De Vos has performed this well documented and fascinating piece throughout Florida. In the presentation De Vos, as Rawlings, describes her life in Cross Creek, how she became intrigued with her Florida Cracker neighbors, and why she chose to portray them in stories, articles, and poems. Slides, made from the Rawlings collection at the University of Florida in Gainesville, accompany the entire program. Afterward, the audience has an opportunity to ask questions. There will also be a display table that includes a book exhibit and other interesting memorabilia. Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. Although this is a free event, registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, call 352-854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 29 Arnette to hold open houseArnette House has completed a $150,000 renovation of its 24-hour emergency youth shelter. This renovation has created a more homelike and environmentally friendly setting for the youth. Arnette House will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. Facility tours will be provided throughout the duration of the event to inform and educate the community about residential and non-residential counseling programs offered by Arnettes dedicated staff. Join us at Arnette House, 2310 N.E. 24th St., to learn more about the imminent dangers associated with youth homelessness and about the amazing work being done at Arnette House to change the lives of young people and make our community a better place to call home. For information on Arnette House and its many programs available to the community, e-mail Adam Copenhaver, Community Development Coordinator, acopenhaver@arnettehouse.org, please visit www.arnettehouse.org or call 352-622-4432 ext 231. Saturday, Dec. 1 Spruce Creek Pre s erve art, craf t f airAn art and craft fair will be held at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 30 minutes, a bake sale, and lunch will be available. Happenings The W est Mar ion Messenger is a free comm unity ne wspaper co v er ing ne ws of comm unities w est of Ocala including F ore Ranch, Stone Creek, F airfield Village Ocala P alms Timberw ood, F alls of Ocala, Quail Meado w F o xw ood F ar ms and Golden Hills P ostmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Pr ob lems g etting the Messeng er: If y our comm unity is listed abo v e and the Messenger is not deliv ered to y ou or y ou are ha ving troub le getting the paper from bo x es around the S .R. 40 and SR 27 areas call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 F ax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 EditorJim Clark Cir culation Barbara Ja g g er s Inside Sales/Office Coor dinator Mic hel Nor thsea Ad ver tising Sales T om Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Mana g er John Pr o v ost Deadline f or ne ws : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to g et ne ws in the Messeng er.Call editor Jim Clar k at 352-854-3986 or send b y e-mail to editor@w estmar ionmessenger .comComm unity ne ws and photos m ust be receiv ed b y F r ida y the w eek bef ore pub lication. Mail and photos ma y be left at the Messengeroffice in Kingsland Plaza. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline f or Ad ver tisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday 000D9ZT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning W orship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3 10 W ednesday, November 21, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Use Ebiz, place a classified ad thru our self service program. 1. Easy 2. Quick 3. Convenient Place your ad TODAY! 000D3L6 www.westmarionmessenger.com Cleaning out your garage? CANADIAN MEDS 000DA2V 7380 SW 60th Ave., Ste #1, Ocala 237-0021 Locally Owned and Operated NEW CUSTOMERS PRESENT THIS AD AND GET $10 OFF! WE SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. Call for a FREE quote today WE MATCH COMPETITOR PRICES S ave up to 80% on prescription drugs Viagra Advair Plavix Celebrex Cymbalta Cialis Many other drugs available 000CVIB John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000CM85 000D4VF 861-2001 8602 SW Hwy. 200, #D Next to Scoops Little Joeys Big Lots May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude and blessings Sending prayers to those affected by Sandy Happy Thanksgiving from all of us! 000D9JY Movement of this particular team is being considered as a means to bring a professional sports franchise to an underserved market with a strong fan support base. There was no indication where a possible stadium would be located. In addition to Tampa, cities in the Northern Division of the Florida State League include Dunedin, Lakeland, Clearwater, Viera (Brevard County) and Daytona Beach. The Southern Division includes Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Bradenton and Punta Gorda (Charlotte County). The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994. In 1996 they moved to the new George M. Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees spring training facility. Since their inception they have won five league championships, in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2010. The city of Ocala and New York Yankees anticipate release of further information concerning this proposal in the coming weeks as they each continue exploration of the issues and development of findings. BASEBALLcontinued from Page 1 Quail Meadow at Cross CreekVisitors from Quail Meadow stand outside the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Cross Creek. An outhouse on the grounds at Cross Creek. The 2013 entertainment lineup at Circle Square Cultural Center has been released and tickets are now on sale. The Cultural Center will be featuring concerts such as The Kingston Trio, Terry Johnsons Flamingos, The 5th Dimension, Felix Cavalieres Rascals and many more! The Cultural Center will also have tribute shows honoring The Eagles, Bob Seger, Abba and the Bee Gees! And dont forget the musically competitive Elvis tribute artist contest and The World Has Talent 55+ talent show! For more information on the 2013 entertainment lineup including times, dates and tickets, visit our website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670. The Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. in Ocala. Circle Square lists entertainment schedule Invitation to artists for January Manatee FestivalThe City of Crystal River and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce invite you to submit an application for the 26th annual Manatee Festival, Jan. 19-20, in downtown Crystal River. This festival has a long-standing tradition of fine artists displaying their artwork in a juried environment. January is traditionally the start of the outdoor festival route, and last year the Manatee Festival brought in more than 15,000 visitors during the two day period. A few vendor spaces are still available for this renowned fine art festival, therefore apply today. We are inviting those artists who have been entered in juried shows before, and wish to present their skills to the public in a well-known and well attended event. We are seeking skilled artisans who work in all mediums, including clay, metal, oil, wood, watercolor, gold and silver, organic materials, photography and mixed media. While artists from all over the nation are invited and do attend, we would like to extend a special welcome to local Florida artists wishing to showcase their work. This festival draws the public from all over the nation, including many winter visitors from major metropolitan areas in the north. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase name recognition, make sales, and take part in a festival that has a strong local cultural background. Come enjoy the weather and mingle with fellow artists. Make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. While you are here take the opportunity to enjoy a few moments with the creature often associated with the folklore of mermaids, the Manatee. Citrus County and Crystal River have many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of Florida history and see why we are called The Gem of Floridas Nature Coast. For those wishing to apply, simply go to www.floridamanateefestival.com and download an application, or call Jeff Inglehart at the Citrus County Chamber 352-7953149. We look forward to seeing you at the festival, and hope you will join us for this wonderful event. Now that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what normal really means. One mans normal is another mans over the cliff. I am not quite sure I am normal and I fear bringing this query to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. My fear is that she will tell me the truth. You know what we Americans think about the truth. There was a time when truth was a pretty stable thing. There were certain things that were absolute truth and no ifs, ands or buts about it. Those were the good old days. Nowadays truth is not as clear as it once was. What was true in the day, is now altogether a different matter. Being the simpleminded man that I am, it is very hard for me to keep up with all of this nonsense. I mean, after all, how do you know what is true if it changes all the time? I think if it is true, it is always true. That only beguiles my age. If truth is as slippery as some people are indicating, how do I know what is true today? It does not matter what was true yesterday. That was yesterday. Today is a new day and henceforth, what was true yesterday is not true today. To make matters even more confusing, what is true today will not be true tomorrow. I believe the reason I am getting bald on the top is that I am scratching my head too much lately. I cannot seem to make heads or tails out of all the nonsense transpiring today as truth. How do people keep up and know what is really true? If I plan to live quite a few more years, I am going to have to get a handle on this very thing. I am not quite sure where to go. Something has to be done so that I can figure out day by day what is really true. I shared my dilemma with my better half and as is usually the situation, she came up with a brilliant answer. Please, do not let her know I said that. She might get a big head and we cannot afford to buy a whole new set of hats. She simply said, Why dont you do what the politicians do? I did not quite know what she was getting at, so I inquired further. Silly, her pet name for Yours Truly, the politicians always take a poll before they decide on It seems that too many polls are being taken James Snyder anything. It dawned on me like a morning in June. Of course. Whenever a politician wants to know what truth is flying on any given day, he reverts to taking a poll. Out of that poll, he can know what the truth is for that day. Amazing. I need to learn some lessons from todays politician. The first thing I need to understand from a politicians point of view is, What I am saying at the time is not necessarily what I mean. This is convenient and frees me up to say things I normally might put a check on. The checks in the mail and I now am free to say whatever is on my mind at the moment. The first thing I need to do is find out what is on the mind of the people I am talking to. Whatever is on their mind is exactly what is on my mind. This has such a freeing aspect to it. Another thing from a politicians viewpoint is, What I said yesterday doesnt count today. This also is from the polling machine. The amazing thing about most people is they do not remember what was said yesterday. A very poor politician reminds people of what they said yesterday. A politician needs to tell them what he is saying today. Because todays truth is todays truth. No need to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be reflected by tomorrows polling. This is very important because it reduces the necessity to use any sort of memory whatsoever. Because what I said yesterday does not really matter today. I do not have to remember what I said yesterday. If I want to know what I said yesterday, I need only take another poll today and that settles the matter. Perhaps the most important view from a politician is, Tomorrow may never come. I do not have to worry that what I am saying today will catch up with me tomorrow, for the simple reason tomorrow may never come. If it does come, so what. I will take a poll tomorrow to find out what I need to say tomorrow. I think there is something to this polling mechanism. I do not have to worry about anything; all I need to do is just take another poll. I know it may get a little confusing, but I clear up that confusion by taking another poll. It is always the last poll that really counts. Thankfully, when it comes to God, truth does not change from one day to the next. What is true today was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. You can count on that. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). I can always count on God being true to His Word because God never changes.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Special to the MeseengerNovember 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day was a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 M edical Residential SA TechThe Centers is seeking Residential Substance Abuse Techs (Full-time & PRN) for our Citrus County Adolescent Residential program in Lecanto, FL. Duties focus on reducing or minimizing the effects of substance abuse, a 12-Step recovery process, assisting the professional staff in the assurance of quality client care & transporting clients. Exp with troubled adolescents reqd. Must be available for shift work & weekends. Acceptable driving record & clean background reqd. 10% shift diff for 2nd/3rd shifts. Full benefits pkg for full-time positions DFWP/EOE/ We E-Verify. Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us M edical TBOSS TherapistThe Centers is seeking Masters Level Therapist for TBOSS position in Citrus County. 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Our thanks go to Theresa Yoders for putting together the show. She says there will be more at a later date. The Social Committee is working very hard to have activities that you, the residents of Quail Meadow will enjoy. Mark your calendars now for several upcoming events: December 1st we will meet at the clubhouse to decorate the Christmas tree. Also, Santa will be there and you can have your picture taken with him. Cookies, hot chocolate, and egg nog will be provided. This gathering takes the place of the usual First Friday get-together. Next on the calendar is a pot luck dinner on Monday, Dec. 10. No reservations required just bring a covered dish and your place settings. Before you know it, its New Years Eve and we will celebrate at the clubhouse. The party begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $1 each and are available from Lil Carie. The Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable trip to Cross Creek, to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. This is the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings the author of The Yearling, Cross Creek, and other books. Visiting the home is like taking a trip back in time to the 1930s. The old homestead is still furnished with the original furnishings used by Marjorie Rawlings. The typewriter she used to write her novels still sits on a table at the front of the house. It is well worth the $3 to take the guided tour of the house. This will give you a history lesson on that period of time in Florida. The day we were there, the old wood-burning cook stove was being used to cook blackeyed peas and fresh collard greens from the garden. After our tour of the house and the grounds, we headed to The Yearling Restaurant. This is only about five minutes down the road from the homestead. The food was very good. The restaurant doesnt have much appeal from the outside, but dont let the looks turn you away. The Rawlings homestead is located on County Road 325. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, tours are only offered Thursday through Sunday, October through July (closed August and September). Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Lets all remember to give thanks for our freedom and say a prayer for our service men and women who are protecting our country. A great holiday dinner, and a trip to Cross Creek Carolyn Slocumb A group enjoying the holiday dinner at Quail Meadow. More photos on Page 3. Flo and Bob Hanson. Marie Schneider and Charlotte Payne. Ocala Palms residents enjoyed a wonderful performance Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Marion Civic Chorale. The Marion Civic Chorale, directed by Matthew Bumbach, Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida presented a "Salute to Veterans". For the past 25 years these dedicated musicians have provided Marion County with a repertoire of classical and popular music. Attendees were very fortunate to have them entertain, while honoring our veterans. 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The Marion County Sheriffs Office eliminated the Red Man Suit training, because of injuries and loss of manpower for district patrols. Therefore, I have requested our training division to increase the training hours from 24 to 40 hours per year and to reinstitute the Red Man Suit training into our training classes, Dean said. This new adjustment will allow deputies to receive 160 hours of training over four (4) years a move that means deputies will receive four (4) times the training required by the state. Yankees, city talk baseballThe city of Ocala is in preliminary discussions with the New York Yankees organization. The dialogue is centered on the possible relocation of the Yankees Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team currently situated in Tampa and does not include Yankees Spring Training. Any proposal for relocation to Ocala is contingent upon approval by the Ocala City Council, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Florida State League, states Anthony Bruno of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC. The city is excited about the opportunity to investigate the potential immediate and collateral benefits that might be gained from its association with a prestigious professional sports franchise and is currently exercising due diligence, says Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKWest Port singersAn a cappella singing group from West Port High School performs the National Anthem at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Please see BASEBALL Page 3 Growth services gets new bossMarion Countys Growth Services department has a new leader. Gregory Stubbs, AICP, 56, started his new post this week as Growth Services director. Stubbs replaces Jimmy Massey, who left the agency in September. Stubbs has more than 20 years of local government growth management experience, including service with Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties and the cities of Minneapolis, Deltona and Baytown, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business/interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. As Growth Services director, Stubbs will be tasked with administering the activities of the departments code enforcement, planning and zoning divisions and applying the Land Development Code and ensuring its consistency with the countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He will also be responsible for coordinating and developing community redevelopment areas as needed and assisting with the advancement of the economic development projects. I look forward to providing stability, leadership and improved communications with Growth Services, the public and the business community, Stubbs said. His starting salary is $91,041. Stubbs From the left, Maj.Gen. James D.Tyre, Brig.Gen. Wally Green, Brig Gen. Richard Capps, Brig.Gen.Royce Smith and Capt. S.Butler Strain III. PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day at Ocala PalmsThe Ocala Palms community held a Veterans Day program to honor our service personnel. Above, Don Schultz gives a flag to Ron Chrisner. Schultz was honoring his father, who served in World War II. Story and more photos, Page 6. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 7 and 8, saw the Fairfield Village Clubhouse be turned into a classroom as some 22 seniors became students once again. This time the subject matter was of the same significance to these 55+ students as it would have been to them 40-50 years ago when they were 15 or older. Driving skills and drivers safety can be significant issues to anyone who operates an automobile; however when one first gets a permit there are many issues to consider. As one becomes more mature, driving becomes almost second nature. Then, later, when one passes the age of retirement, some of the same driving safety issues become extremely important once again. Then it becomes possible that this more mature person can benefit significantly from the AARP Driver Safety Course. Ed Glenney, a very community aware person who lives in Fairfield Village, was instrumental in setting up two different sessions of this course to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in our clubhouse. The instructor, Harold Brouillard, did an excellent job of instruction and encouragement as he presented the material. Taking information from the AARP website, he pointed out: Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. By taking a driver safety course youll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in todays increasingly challenging driving environment. Youll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. The first of the two courses was a great success. The one that will be held on Nov. 27 and 28 promises to be just as worthwhile as the previous one was. At this point there are 36 people enrolled which means that the class is completely full. Ed Glenney encourages all those who signed up to attend the class as the space was AARP Driver Safety Course held Priscilla Geissal FAIRFIELD VILLAGE set aside and others were turned away because of the earlier registrants. 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