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Publication Date: 11-28-2012
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INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........6 Fairfield Village..7 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 35 WEDNESDAY, November 28, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DATR BY BARB DEDICS Saturday, Nov. 3, was a fun-filled day at the Ocala Palms Annual Arts and Craft Bazaar. Several Ocala Palms artisans as well as many of our regular vendors returned again this year to display their crafts for the bazaar. All of the artisans share an enthusiasm for what they create, featuring crafts, jewelry, home and holiday decor. In addition to the great shopping, local residents donated many scrumptious baked goods for our annual bake sale. A delicious carrot cake was won by Joyce Hartsock, an Ocala Palms resident, during the cake walk. For the convenience for shoppers, as well as vendors, lunch for purchase was also provided. Raffle tickets were sold for the Inter Faith Emergency Services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Food 4 Kids. Many early Christmas shoppers found something for everyone on their list by the end of a very busy day. The community is appreciative of coordinators Carol Yount and Kathy Gustafson along with their bakery, luncheon and parking staff. These ladies and men volunteered their time and efforts and are to be commended for giving their time and effort in making this a successful event. See photos on Page 6. Sue Primeau took part in the Arts and Crafts Festival at Ocala Palms. Arts and crafts at Ocala Palms Black Friday at the mallThe parking lot was full at the Paddock Mall on Friday, Nov.23, known as Black Friday, as shoppers looked for Christmas bargains on the day after Thanksgiving.PHOTO BY RON RATNER The website for public voting on Floridas license plate, www.Vote4FloridaTag.com, is open to all Floridians! Floridians can vote online through Dec. 14. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to upgrade the basic Florida plate to a design that increases readability and features a seven character configuration. A committee of more than 20 stakeholders, including state agency personnel, law enforcement, tax collectors and affiliated These are the designs for the states new tags. Go to www.Vote4FloridaTag.com to make your selection. associations participated in the development of the final license plate designs. DHSMVs in-house graphics artist created the proposed designs. You can vote for new tags Newly-elected county commissioners David Moore, 42, and Earl Arnett, 65, have officially joined the rest of the Board of County Commissioners. Judge David Eddy swore Moore and Arnett into office at last Tuesdays County Commission meeting. Returning Commissioner Stan McClain, 51, also took the oath of office. The trio joins Chairman Kathy Bryant and Vice Chair Carl Zalak III, on the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. Moore replaces former commissioner Mike Amsden for the District 1 seat. Arnett replaces former commissioner Charlie Stone for the District 5 position. This is the first time Moore and Arnett have held elected office. I look forward to working with the commission to impact the challenges of our community in a positive way and continue to build a confidence in our citizens, so that as we move forward we can be also confident that we have their support with a mutual achievement that can be shared by all, Moore said. Moore campaigned on budget discipline focusing on essential and emergency services, job creation through business-friendly practices and protection of water resources. Moore is a Citrus County native and decade-long Marion County resident and has worked in the financial field for 14 years. Arnett, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Earls Tint and Signs, is a Washington, D.C., native and decades-long Marion County resident. During his commission race, Arnett campaigned on economic growth through reduction of duplicative mandates and regulations, as well as budget efficiency through streamlined operations. My focus will be on maintaining the financial solvency of our county by helping to develop an environment where businesses can develop, grow and thrive, Arnett said. McClain is serving his third term on the board. I am honored to continue to serve, McClain said. I hope to be able to continue a tradition of fiscal responsibility and honor the families of Marion County. County commissioners sworn in Earl Arnett Stan McClain David Moore Join 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 the website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. Concert band to entertain on Dec. 1-2

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all of our blessings. Thanksgiving was very early this year due to the fact that November began on Thursday making the 4th Thursday on the 22nd. Next year we will celebrate on the 28th. Here is just a little history on our celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking Nov. 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln; influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for about 40 years trying to make it an official holiday. Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of Americas refusal to recognize Lincolns authority, the concept of nationwide Thanksgiving did not totally take effect until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. It was not until Dec. 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in Novemberthis time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. Now that November is over, lets look at some important dates to be marked on our December calendars. We begin with two very important events on Saturday, the 1st: The QMPOA annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is the electing members to the Board of Directors. Lunch will be served. If you are not able to attend, a proxy must be received by Nov. 28. The next event on the 1st is at 7 p.m. We will decorate the Christmas tree, have pictures with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, eggnog and cookies. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., is the QMRPOA annual meeting. The purpose of this meeting is the electing of members to the Board of Directors. Please make every effort to attend both the QMPOA and the QMRPOA meetings. Moving along to other events, the Red Hot Fillies will have their December luncheon at Mesa de Notte restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12:30. Meet at the clubhouse at noon to carpool. Call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb for reservations. With any spare time, you may have to do some Christmas shopping! messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName 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 Accepted1. 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... 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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. Auctions ABSOLUTE ON-SITE AUCTION12940 SW 66 ST OCALA Information (352) 489-3836 SAT. DEC 1st, AUCTION starts at 10A.M PREVIEW 9A.M.Too many items to list! 10% Buyers Premium. Auctioneer James Tate. AU2266/AB1641 Visa, M/C accepted Musical Instruments BUYINGGuitars, Banjos & Mandolins,Fender, Gibson & Martin any condition (443) 463-3421 M obile Homes F or Sale BAD CREDIT RENT-TO-OWN. 13th Street homes of Alachua, FL. 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ACCEPTING MEDICAID INCLUDING CHILDRENS CLEANINGS, FILLINGS AND SEALANTS 0 0 0 D A V M 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 Boarding Grooming Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 000DCMY Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting Look for us Look for us Look for us on Facebook on Facebook on Facebook 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 EditorJim 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 Messengeroffice 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 Thanksgiving in the past, and whats up in December Carolyn Slocumb QUAIL MEADOW Hospice seeks singers to entertain patientsHospice of Marion County invites you to consider a unique volunteer service. We have a special choral group known as the Journey Singers that sings songs of healing and comfort at the bedsides of the ill or dying at the four Marion County Hospice Houses, private homes, and other selective venues. We offer a wide choice of music, including spiritual, secular and patriotic selections. If you can read music and sing a cappella (that is, without instrumental accompaniment), and have a compassionate heart, join us in this rewarding journey. Call 352-873-7441 for more details. year of lifes many ups and downs that are the reality for most people. It had great moments; it had sad moments; but it had mostly normal, regular days and nights that make up the biggest part of all our lives. There is a lot to be said for those normal and regular days and nights. However, it takes a fair amount of wisdom and a great deal of maturity for us to recognize that normal and regular are the best of days. For those of us who have read or seen the play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, we have had the opportunity to see that premise performed on stage or in film in a unique way. I will not go into a long dissertation about this most wonderful work of dramatic art; but I will say that once I understood the real meaning of the play, I never looked at life the same way again. Many of my high school students who studied the play in my American Literature classes in Rome, Georgia, told me that they were also impacted significantly by the play. As the narrator responds to a young woman who has died but has been allowed to relive one day of her life before she moves on to her eternity, he points out something very special when he is asked if anyone ever really appreciates lifeevery single day of it. His responsePoets and philosphersmaybe. Actually, that is what I remember his saying. I did not research to get the exact quote because those words are etched into my mind and have served me well on many occasions. I recognize that I am neither a poet nor a philosopher, therefore, many days might just flow by without my conscious appreciation for the special value of that particular day. That does not mean that I do not understand and value each day; but my consciousness of my need to see the significance is often masked by the day to day business of life. I do make it at point to tell my loved ones daily that I love them, and I habitually say that as I end phone conversations rather than saying the customary good-bye. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that closing since it is God be with you but I want to say the love word because it is so important to me and my family. I, and most of the people with whom I have talked here in Fairfield Village, feel the same way. We are thankful for many things; but over and above everything else, we cherish the loved ones in our lives. That love along with the beauty and special value of our regular days is more than enough for us to be thankful daily. We know that each day has its own special worth and that the days before and the days after Thanksgiving are significant enough for us to say regular prayers of appreciation for all our normal blessings. Those of us who make our homes here in the community called Fairfield Village, a lively place filled with lovely people, hope that the blessings we enjoy and recognize during Thanksgiving 2012 are also part of the lives of others. We pray for a safe and happy holiday season for our Ocala community and its people of all faiths and creeds. Please enjoy the holidays and stay safe and happy as we all participate in the many special activities of this celebratory time of 2012. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 7 Not unlike many American home celebrations of Thanksgiving, the guys are anxiously anticipating the really good meal they are about to enjoy. Are they also awaiting a special football game? Maybe so!

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Let me make it clear right up front that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I admit I am not too fond of many holidays. Can a week go by without some holiday that shuts down everybody? I celebrated Veterans Day, for example, on Sunday and the next day I went to the bank and discovered the bank was celebrating Veterans Day on Monday. Dont they know what day it is? I trust these people with my money? Of all the holidays we have, Thanksgiving is high on my list. I used to have a high regard for my birthday but so many of them have come that I do not like them anymore. I am ready to cancel that holiday. My birthday only means I am one year older and not one whit wiser. I am not thinking just about the scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Okay, maybe I am, a little. Down through the years, I have been great fraternity buddies with eating. We have bonded so great throughout the years that even now that bonding is beginning to show. I like Thanksgiving, and so I am a little confused about these Sanity Challenged Buffoons who are allergic to the word Thanksgiving. They want to use names like, Turkey Day, and the latest one TDay. What the T stands for is anybodys guess. I know what D-Day stands for but all the gray matter has leaked out of my skull trying to figure out what TDay stands for. Given the rationality of these purveyors of insanity, I can only guess. Looking at what is happening to this great holiday, I have uncovered a con so covert that most people do not know it is going on. I call it the great Thanksgiving con. This is especially true for those who call it Turkey Day. First off, everybody says nice things about the turkey. The more the turkey struts, the more the compliments flow his way. What the turkey does not know is that when these Turkey Day people are looking at the turkey they are also licking their lips. It is not the beautiful feathers that interest them. It is not the way the turkey proudly struts back and forth. The frame these people want to see the turkey in is a roasting pan. They want to get rid of all those feathers that the turkey is so proud of and strip him bare so that he fits nicely in the roasting pan. The last few weeks of the turkeys life are rather remarkable. These people will give the turkey everything it wants. More food than the turkey can gobble up. What the turkey does not know is that there is a destiny in store for him. With all the attention paid him, he has the idea that everybody appreciates him for his looks. If this turkey would ever spend an evening watching television with his human host, he would gather the idea that the most important thing in all the world is how you look. Looking into the mirror the turkey is quite proud of what he sees. He assumes that what he sees looking in the mirror is what his human host sees when they look at him. How wrong can a turkey be? The con begins to unfold. Rumors are flying about that there is a great banquet being prepared in his honor. Any turkey would be proud of this kind of development and look forward to being the guest of honor. In fact, as the turkey struts back-and-forth in front of his human hosts, he hears them saying, Wont that turkey look good at our dinner table? Whose head wouldnt turn hearing this kind of a compliment? What the turkey does not know is that being a guest at a dinner table is a onetime event for a creature like himself. Any turkey worth his feathers does not think beyond this great feast being held in his honor. I can imagine the gobble back in the turkey pen with the other turkeys. This great big, good-looking turkey, is telling all the others how important he is on the other side of the fence. Being the kind of turkey that he is, his gobble wins over the admiration of the other turkeys. Im so special, the turkey gobbles to his inferiors, that those humans are having a special banquet and I am the special guest of honor. The rest of the turkeys are ooohing in his direction for they never seen anyone quite as special as this turkey. The fatal day arrives. People come for the turkey and the rest of the turkeys have gathered around giving him a special turkey sendoff. They cannot wait to hear his report when he gets back from the special banquet. I say this is a con to beat all cons. Wrong messages are being sent to the turkey population. Thinking they are the guest of honor, they turn out to be the main dish on the banquet table. This is why I am against the term Turkey Day. It sends the wrong message. The focus around our table on this special occasion will not be the turkey but rather giving thanks to God who has been so good to us. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4 KJV).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.commessengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3 10 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVER TISING ADVERTISING SAYS TO PEOPLEHeres what weve got. Heres what we do for you. Heres how to get it. Leo Burnett To advertise in the call 854-3986 000DAA9 AIR CONDITIONING AIR CONDITIONING Wilson Air service 352-208-4641 Locally Owned & Operated License # CAC1816140 WILSON AIR SERVICE Tune Up Special We Service All Brands Repairs Replacement Free Second Opinions 24-HR. 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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.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. 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 All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738.Monday, Dec. 3 Food drive on downtown squareThe Salvation Army will hold a drive through drop-off food drive on Monday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Ocala Downtown Square. Canned and dried food items and turkeys are urgently needed to help fill our Christmas community food cupboards. For info, call 352-6292004.Wednesday, Dec. 5 Annual Candle Lighting MemorialLight a candle for your child you lost too soon. Join together in honoring the memory of all our children on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Community Center room of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Southeast 17th Street. Family and friends are invited. Candles are provided. Beverly Brown, guest speaker, will reach out to us and share her first-hand losses and will inform you of her Life Steps Grief Program. She published a book God Speaks. Music, poems, share snacks, drinks provided. Bring picture of your child to display and any mementos and dish to share. For information call Jane at 352-528-9262, Betty 352245-4798, Bill 352-522-0768 or Linda, 352-693-3244. Donations accepted.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. Join Santa for breakfastJoin Santa for pancakes on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. There will be games, giveaways, and cookie decorating! Fun for the whole family! For more information call 352-237-2233 or visit ourredeemerocala.org.Scandinavian Club of Marion County: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. We will meet 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. Please bring a toy for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Interfaith. 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 the 5th of December. 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 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 Woman plays Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsOn 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 352854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 29 A rnette t o h old open hou seArnette 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 352622-4432 ext 231. Friday, Nov. 30 F armers market extendedNeed an extra helping of goods for your holiday gatherings? Marion Countys Health Happens Farmers Market may be able to help. The farmers market is extending its weekly serving of local goods through Dec. 14. From noon-6 p.m. on scheduled Fridays, shop for fresh produce, seafood, specialty breads, gluten-free products, gourmet dog treats, plants and more from local vendors. The farmers market is located on the McPherson Governmental Complex field (601 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala). An initiative born out of the countys Health Happens employee wellness program, the Marion County Health Happens Farmers Market is funded through Florida Blue. Saturday, Dec. 1 Chess Cl ub t o meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Book sale t o b enefit Sh elt ering HandsA mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information call 352-291-1962.Spruce C reek P reser v e art, c raf t fairAn 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.Christ mas lun cheon at J oy 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 Christ mas c onc ert at Our Red eemerA Christmas concert will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sunday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Featured will be both traditional and contemporary songs. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Center afterward. For further information call 352-2372233. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available United Health Care Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Dr. James A. Muse Board Certified Board Certified Optometric Physician Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecar e... Your eyes are our masterpiece. museumeyecare@live.com Need a NEW Opt ometrist? T r ansfer Pr escriptions and or Records Call 352-622-3937 000D404 MUSEUM EYECARE 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? A RIES (March 21 t o A pril 19) Youve let yourself be distracted from whats really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. TA URUS (A pril 20 to May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, dont push, and youll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 t o June 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that youve proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CA NC ER (June 21 t o July 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. LEO ( July 23 t o Au g. 22) Ignore a co-workers questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRGO ( Au g. 23 t o Sept. 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But dont chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised. L IBR A (Sept 23 t o Oct. 22) Your holiday planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th. S CORPIO ( Oct. 23 t o Nov. 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. SA GITT A RIUS (Nov 22 t o Dec 21) Prudence should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAP RICORN (Dec 22 to J an. 19) Money is on your mind, so youd best mind how youre spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. A QU A RIUS (J an. 20 to Feb 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. P ISC ES (Feb 19 to March 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. BO RN THIS WEEK: Your loyalty to friends makes you a very special person to those whose lives youve touched. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Donation of transport van soughtSheltering Hands Animal Rescue is seeking a donation of a cargo van to transport cats in their Community Cats Program to spay and neuter. Vehicle must be in working condition. The donation is tax-deductible based on book value. Contact Paula Bennighof, 352-291-1962-pbennighof@gmail.com or Sheltering Hands Rescue at 817-0663 or sheltering hands@embarqmail.com. Happenings

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Congregation Beth IsraelCongregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles, piano entertainment by Sally Smith-Adams, former player in the Catskills and a festive meal catered by Too Jays featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes, (pancakes) vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please RSVP to Estelle (352-8612542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes all to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community. Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive community. For further information, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237-8277.Countryside PresbyterianThe Rev. Belinda Newhart will be the guest preacher at the Christ the King worship service on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The public is invited. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.First CongregationalJoin members of First Congregational United Church of Christ on a fundraising cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas departing on May 5, 2013 to the Eastern Caribbean. A deposit of $250 per person is due by Nov. 1. For more information, call 352873-6779 or 352-237-2309.Joy Lutheran ChurchAdvent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the season of joy and happiness as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Pastor Edward Holloway Jr., senior pastor at Joy Lutheran Church, will honor this theme each Sunday in Advent with his messages. On Dec 2 his message will be Watch for Gods Gifts, Dec 9 the message will be Wait for God to Act, Dec 16 the message will be Receive Gods Gifts, and on Dec 23 the message will be Realign Life to God.. At each of the three Wednesday evening services, Pastor Holloway will speak to the Unknown Scholars, the Unknown Women and the Unknown Shepherd. The Advent season will culminate on Christmas Eve Dec. 24. Joy Lutheran Church will celebrate with two candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. Pastor Holloways message will be Rejoice Your Savior Has Come. The Joy vocal and bell choirs will provide music at the 7 p.m. service and the bell choir along with special music is scheduled for the 10 p.m. service. Communion will be served at both services. The tree will be trimmed, the wreaths hung and the poinsettias will adorn the altar. Consider attending one or both of these services for a true Christmas experience. Joy Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information call 352-854-4509 ext. 221. Christs Church of Marion CountySunday, Dec. 2: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3: 'Garden of Hope' Meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ladies Crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Choir Christmas Musical Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30: JOY Night, 5 p.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200) 352-8616182, http://www.ccomc.org/messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5 Attend the worship service of your choice... 8Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger W est Marion Messenger 8810 W State R oad 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger .com Opinion Among Friends In Ocala, Ill be cheering for the visitors The morals of military leaders In September 2007, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org took out a fullpage ad in the New York Times labeling Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us, alleging he cooked the books for the White House in his testimony to Congress on the situation in Iraq. At the time of the ad, no one in their wildest imagination could have foreseen a situation where MoveOn.orgs widely denounced labeling of Gen. Petraeus would prove prophetic. Five years later, however, Gen. Petraeus betrayed the military values that guide his storied Army career, the marriage vows to his wife of 38 years and the trust of our nation as the protector of its secrets for an extramarital affair with a married woman 20 years his junior. Whether Gen. Petraeus resignation from his position as CIA director was voluntary or not, it was warranted unequivocally since he grievously compromised his position as director when he surrendered his integrity and judgment for a sexual escapade. Investigation into Gen. Petraeus dalliance has also revealed that his successor as U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, may also have had improper communications with a Tampa socialite volunteering as an unpaid social liaison between military leaders at MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay community leaders. Regrettably, the evolving Petraeus scandal is emblematic of an ethics decline among the ranks of our nations senior military leaders, as evidenced by a number of senior officers facing disciplinary action this year for misconduct. Gen. William Kip Ward was reduced in rank from four stars to three this past week after misusing government funds for lavish spending while in charge of U.S. Africa Command. Former deputy commander of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, is facing trial for allegations of adultery and sexual misconduct stemming from relationships with five women. This misconduct at the senior levels of the military can never be excused or rationalized as falling victim to human nature. As the guardians of our nation and its freedoms, senior military officers have a sacred duty to be leaders of character by living up to the ethical values of our military and nation. The best fix for the current ethics decline, however, is for senior officers to lead by example by exercising the moral courage to never tolerate the easier wrong over the harder right for themselves or the men and women entrusted to their leadership.Citrus County Chronicle Our Message PUBLIS HER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest Column BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI 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. A person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay the person receives or military duty status. Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. We at Social Security thank all veterans and members of the armed services for all that they do not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.Michael W. Grochowski is Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta. The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. 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For me though, its all about baseball. I read the hot stove league reports every day, follow what teams are doing as they try to improve, etc. I cant wait for that first telecast of a spring training game come next March. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read the story a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of getting a Minor League baseball team from the New York Yankees organization to create a home in Ocala. Although some people are going around acting as if it were a sure thing, Im not one of them. I have lived in Minor League towns before, and I know what goes into it. Right now, Ocala is far behind some other cities that have attracted teams, mainly because it doesnt have a stadium ready for use. Understand I am just speculating now, and its just my own thoughts, but it seems that the best area for a stadium would be the new industrial area near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27, north and east of the interchange, where projects are already under way (one road is closed and being expanded). There is also a business park between State Road 40 and 38th Avenue, just west of 60th Avenue, on the west side of the airport. There is lots of room out there. Both those sites would have easy access to the highway. The airport isnt that important remember, Minor League teams take buses, they dont fly. There are other areas, but remember, the talks are going on with the city, so presumably you would want the team in the city limits. What do Minor League teams need? Well, in addition to a stadium that comfortably seats a few thousand, give or take, players need places to live. If you get major operations such as the Yankees, who knows, they might even want to build housing. Normally, there are only about 40 players and coaches. A team would, presumably, hire local folks to man the concessions, parking and ticket booths. It wouldnt be an unemployment-busting group, but it would provide some part-time jobs for folks, even students, during the summer. There also has to be access to decent hotels to accommodate visiting teams. When teams visit, its usually for a two or three-game series, so they would generally spend the night. For the most part, these are young players who, trust me, dont make the big bucks the guys on TV make, so everything would have to be reasonably priced. There have been questions in the past about how far Ocala is from other teams. But a successful operation here could breed other teams along the highway, say at the intersection with State Road 44 in Wildwood, or State Road 48 in the Bushnell area. If you end up with three or four teams along that stretch of highway, it makes the logistics much more reasonable. You also need fans. Minor League clubs are great at some wild promotions, fireworks, cut-rate price nights, and the game costs are usually pretty reasonable. The question is whether there are enough diehard baseball fans around to get season tickets. On that front, you can count me in. If at all possible, Ill be looking to get season tickets to watch as many games as possible. There is one condition. I want my seats to be behind the visitors dugout. After all, Im a Mets fan, and the home team would be the Yankees. Enough said?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Social Security helping veterans Join our list of community correspondents; call 352-854-3986 Religion Read the classifieds

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D4VF 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 000D9KV 000DC71 7201 SW Hwy 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARTS ST ARTING A T $1,995 WITH HEADLIGHTS AND T A IL LIGHT! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? Automotive Marine Lawn Mower Golf Cart Cordless Phone Riding Toys Computer Back Up Tractor Motorcycle ATV Camcorder Cellular Phone Wheel Chairs Game Feeder Emergency Lights Security Systems Battery Packs Laptop Computers Alkaline Complete Stock Of Batteries For: CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES 000D2EX Read the classifieds Saturday, Nov. 17, was the day that Fairfield Village neighbors gathered to celebrate an early Thanksgiving together. It was a great time for all those attending. To call the evening a potluck seemed a bit inappropriate to me, but that was what it was called by many of those who helped to put the gathering together. It was somewhat like many of the other potluck dinners that we have in our clubhouse, but there was a definite difference. There was an air of celebration and thankfulness exhibited by most of the people in the decorated clubhouse. Many of us seemed to feel the need to reflect over the year 2012. Not that 2012 was a banner year for anyone that I heard, but it was another Fairfield Village celebrates early Thanksgiving Above, lots of scrumptious food in a casual setting made for a fabulous time of Thanksgiving in the FFV Clubhouse. At left, The Elliotts are one of Fairfield Villages smiling and obviously happy couples at the Thanksgiving Celebration. Priscilla Geissal FAIRFIELD VILLAGE See FAIRFIELD, Page 11 Scenes from arts and crafts event at Ocala Palms Cheryl Carder, Marilyn Bennett, Sharon Goodwin, Christi Manning, Peg Adams and Nancy Parkhurst Ladies in charge of the Bakery Nancy Jensen, Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst, RuthAnn Oster, Stephanie Schrempp and Elaine Sparks Sue Marr Marilyn Hinds and Maxie Hotz Jay Pilot Shoppers Betty Kidder, Gail Sims and Dot Stapp Peggy Maragioglio Nancy Jensen and Elaine Sheets Photos by Barb Dedics Dave Gustafson Joyce Murer and Judy Dubys

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7 6 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D4VF 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 000D9KV 000DC71 7201 SW Hwy 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARTS ST ARTING A T $1,995 WITH HEADLIGHTS AND T A IL LIGHT! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? Automotive Marine Lawn Mower Golf Cart Cordless Phone Riding Toys Computer Back Up Tractor Motorcycle ATV Camcorder Cellular Phone Wheel Chairs Game Feeder Emergency Lights Security Systems Battery Packs Laptop Computers Alkaline Complete Stock Of Batteries For: CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES 000D2EX Read the classifieds Saturday, Nov. 17, was the day that Fairfield Village neighbors gathered to celebrate an early Thanksgiving together. It was a great time for all those attending. To call the evening a potluck seemed a bit inappropriate to me, but that was what it was called by many of those who helped to put the gathering together. It was somewhat like many of the other potluck dinners that we have in our clubhouse, but there was a definite difference. There was an air of celebration and thankfulness exhibited by most of the people in the decorated clubhouse. Many of us seemed to feel the need to reflect over the year 2012. Not that 2012 was a banner year for anyone that I heard, but it was another Fairfield Village celebrates early Thanksgiving Above, lots of scrumptious food in a casual setting made for a fabulous time of Thanksgiving in the FFV Clubhouse. At left, The Elliotts are one of Fairfield Villages smiling and obviously happy couples at the Thanksgiving Celebration. Priscilla Geissal FAIRFIELD VILLAGE See FAIRFIELD, Page 11 Scenes from arts and crafts event at Ocala Palms Cheryl Carder, Marilyn Bennett, Sharon Goodwin, Christi Manning, Peg Adams and Nancy Parkhurst Ladies in charge of the Bakery Nancy Jensen, Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst, RuthAnn Oster, Stephanie Schrempp and Elaine Sparks Sue Marr Marilyn Hinds and Maxie Hotz Jay Pilot Shoppers Betty Kidder, Gail Sims and Dot Stapp Peggy Maragioglio Nancy Jensen and Elaine Sheets Photos by Barb Dedics Dave Gustafson Joyce Murer and Judy Dubys

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Congregation Beth IsraelCongregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles, piano entertainment by Sally Smith-Adams, former player in the Catskills and a festive meal catered by Too Jays featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes, (pancakes) vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please RSVP to Estelle (352-8612542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes all to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community. Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive community. For further information, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237-8277.Countryside PresbyterianThe Rev. Belinda Newhart will be the guest preacher at the Christ the King worship service on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The public is invited. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.First CongregationalJoin members of First Congregational United Church of Christ on a fundraising cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas departing on May 5, 2013 to the Eastern Caribbean. A deposit of $250 per person is due by Nov. 1. For more information, call 352873-6779 or 352-237-2309.Joy Lutheran ChurchAdvent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the season of joy and happiness as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Pastor Edward Holloway Jr., senior pastor at Joy Lutheran Church, will honor this theme each Sunday in Advent with his messages. On Dec 2 his message will be Watch for Gods Gifts, Dec 9 the message will be Wait for God to Act, Dec 16 the message will be Receive Gods Gifts, and on Dec 23 the message will be Realign Life to God.. At each of the three Wednesday evening services, Pastor Holloway will speak to the Unknown Scholars, the Unknown Women and the Unknown Shepherd. The Advent season will culminate on Christmas Eve Dec. 24. Joy Lutheran Church will celebrate with two candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. Pastor Holloways message will be Rejoice Your Savior Has Come. The Joy vocal and bell choirs will provide music at the 7 p.m. service and the bell choir along with special music is scheduled for the 10 p.m. service. Communion will be served at both services. The tree will be trimmed, the wreaths hung and the poinsettias will adorn the altar. Consider attending one or both of these services for a true Christmas experience. Joy Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information call 352-854-4509 ext. 221. Christs Church of Marion CountySunday, Dec. 2: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3: 'Garden of Hope' Meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ladies Crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Choir Christmas Musical Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30: JOY Night, 5 p.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200) 352-8616182, http://www.ccomc.org/messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5 Attend the worship service of your choice... 8Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger W est Marion Messenger 8810 W State R oad 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger .com Opinion Among Friends In Ocala, Ill be cheering for the visitors The morals of military leaders In September 2007, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org took out a fullpage ad in the New York Times labeling Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us, alleging he cooked the books for the White House in his testimony to Congress on the situation in Iraq. At the time of the ad, no one in their wildest imagination could have foreseen a situation where MoveOn.orgs widely denounced labeling of Gen. Petraeus would prove prophetic. Five years later, however, Gen. Petraeus betrayed the military values that guide his storied Army career, the marriage vows to his wife of 38 years and the trust of our nation as the protector of its secrets for an extramarital affair with a married woman 20 years his junior. Whether Gen. Petraeus resignation from his position as CIA director was voluntary or not, it was warranted unequivocally since he grievously compromised his position as director when he surrendered his integrity and judgment for a sexual escapade. Investigation into Gen. Petraeus dalliance has also revealed that his successor as U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, may also have had improper communications with a Tampa socialite volunteering as an unpaid social liaison between military leaders at MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay community leaders. Regrettably, the evolving Petraeus scandal is emblematic of an ethics decline among the ranks of our nations senior military leaders, as evidenced by a number of senior officers facing disciplinary action this year for misconduct. Gen. William Kip Ward was reduced in rank from four stars to three this past week after misusing government funds for lavish spending while in charge of U.S. Africa Command. Former deputy commander of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, is facing trial for allegations of adultery and sexual misconduct stemming from relationships with five women. This misconduct at the senior levels of the military can never be excused or rationalized as falling victim to human nature. As the guardians of our nation and its freedoms, senior military officers have a sacred duty to be leaders of character by living up to the ethical values of our military and nation. The best fix for the current ethics decline, however, is for senior officers to lead by example by exercising the moral courage to never tolerate the easier wrong over the harder right for themselves or the men and women entrusted to their leadership.Citrus County Chronicle Our Message PUBLIS HER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest Column BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI 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. A person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay the person receives or military duty status. Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. We at Social Security thank all veterans and members of the armed services for all that they do not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.Michael W. Grochowski is Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta. The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. 000Dcr9 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 N OTARY Gator W all Hangings fr om Londono Art Studions Best Selection of Greeting Cards in Marion County Always 50% Off UNIQUE GIFTS For Family And Friends Open Mon.-Sat. 8:30am to 5:00pm 000DAC7 000DASM 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 000D9ZT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. 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For me though, its all about baseball. I read the hot stove league reports every day, follow what teams are doing as they try to improve, etc. I cant wait for that first telecast of a spring training game come next March. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read the story a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of getting a Minor League baseball team from the New York Yankees organization to create a home in Ocala. Although some people are going around acting as if it were a sure thing, Im not one of them. I have lived in Minor League towns before, and I know what goes into it. Right now, Ocala is far behind some other cities that have attracted teams, mainly because it doesnt have a stadium ready for use. Understand I am just speculating now, and its just my own thoughts, but it seems that the best area for a stadium would be the new industrial area near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27, north and east of the interchange, where projects are already under way (one road is closed and being expanded). There is also a business park between State Road 40 and 38th Avenue, just west of 60th Avenue, on the west side of the airport. There is lots of room out there. Both those sites would have easy access to the highway. The airport isnt that important remember, Minor League teams take buses, they dont fly. There are other areas, but remember, the talks are going on with the city, so presumably you would want the team in the city limits. What do Minor League teams need? Well, in addition to a stadium that comfortably seats a few thousand, give or take, players need places to live. If you get major operations such as the Yankees, who knows, they might even want to build housing. Normally, there are only about 40 players and coaches. A team would, presumably, hire local folks to man the concessions, parking and ticket booths. It wouldnt be an unemployment-busting group, but it would provide some part-time jobs for folks, even students, during the summer. There also has to be access to decent hotels to accommodate visiting teams. When teams visit, its usually for a two or three-game series, so they would generally spend the night. For the most part, these are young players who, trust me, dont make the big bucks the guys on TV make, so everything would have to be reasonably priced. There have been questions in the past about how far Ocala is from other teams. But a successful operation here could breed other teams along the highway, say at the intersection with State Road 44 in Wildwood, or State Road 48 in the Bushnell area. If you end up with three or four teams along that stretch of highway, it makes the logistics much more reasonable. You also need fans. Minor League clubs are great at some wild promotions, fireworks, cut-rate price nights, and the game costs are usually pretty reasonable. The question is whether there are enough diehard baseball fans around to get season tickets. On that front, you can count me in. If at all possible, Ill be looking to get season tickets to watch as many games as possible. There is one condition. I want my seats to be behind the visitors dugout. After all, Im a Mets fan, and the home team would be the Yankees. Enough said?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Social Security helping veterans Join our list of community correspondents; call 352-854-3986 Religion Read the classifieds

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 Woman plays Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsOn 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 352854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 29 A rnette t o h old open hou seArnette 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 352622-4432 ext 231. Friday, Nov. 30 F armers market extendedNeed an extra helping of goods for your holiday gatherings? Marion Countys Health Happens Farmers Market may be able to help. The farmers market is extending its weekly serving of local goods through Dec. 14. From noon-6 p.m. on scheduled Fridays, shop for fresh produce, seafood, specialty breads, gluten-free products, gourmet dog treats, plants and more from local vendors. The farmers market is located on the McPherson Governmental Complex field (601 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala). An initiative born out of the countys Health Happens employee wellness program, the Marion County Health Happens Farmers Market is funded through Florida Blue. Saturday, Dec. 1 Chess Cl ub t o meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Book sale t o b enefit Sh elt ering HandsA mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information call 352-291-1962.Spruce C reek P reser v e art, c raf t fairAn 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.Christ mas lun cheon at J oy 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 Christ mas c onc ert at Our Red eemerA Christmas concert will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sunday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Featured will be both traditional and contemporary songs. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Center afterward. For further information call 352-2372233. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9 4 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available United Health Care Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Dr. James A. Muse Board Certified Board Certified Optometric Physician Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecar e... Your eyes are our masterpiece. museumeyecare@live.com Need a NEW Opt ometrist? T r ansfer Pr escriptions and or Records Call 352-622-3937 000D404 MUSEUM EYECARE 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? A RIES (March 21 t o A pril 19) Youve let yourself be distracted from whats really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. TA URUS (A pril 20 to May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, dont push, and youll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 t o June 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that youve proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CA NC ER (June 21 t o July 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. LEO ( July 23 t o Au g. 22) Ignore a co-workers questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRGO ( Au g. 23 t o Sept. 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But dont chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised. L IBR A (Sept 23 t o Oct. 22) Your holiday planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th. S CORPIO ( Oct. 23 t o Nov. 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. SA GITT A RIUS (Nov 22 t o Dec 21) Prudence should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAP RICORN (Dec 22 to J an. 19) Money is on your mind, so youd best mind how youre spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. A QU A RIUS (J an. 20 to Feb 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. P ISC ES (Feb 19 to March 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. BO RN THIS WEEK: Your loyalty to friends makes you a very special person to those whose lives youve touched. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Donation of transport van soughtSheltering Hands Animal Rescue is seeking a donation of a cargo van to transport cats in their Community Cats Program to spay and neuter. Vehicle must be in working condition. The donation is tax-deductible based on book value. Contact Paula Bennighof, 352-291-1962-pbennighof@gmail.com or Sheltering Hands Rescue at 817-0663 or sheltering hands@embarqmail.com. Happenings

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Let me make it clear right up front that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I admit I am not too fond of many holidays. Can a week go by without some holiday that shuts down everybody? I celebrated Veterans Day, for example, on Sunday and the next day I went to the bank and discovered the bank was celebrating Veterans Day on Monday. Dont they know what day it is? I trust these people with my money? Of all the holidays we have, Thanksgiving is high on my list. I used to have a high regard for my birthday but so many of them have come that I do not like them anymore. I am ready to cancel that holiday. My birthday only means I am one year older and not one whit wiser. I am not thinking just about the scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Okay, maybe I am, a little. Down through the years, I have been great fraternity buddies with eating. We have bonded so great throughout the years that even now that bonding is beginning to show. I like Thanksgiving, and so I am a little confused about these Sanity Challenged Buffoons who are allergic to the word Thanksgiving. They want to use names like, Turkey Day, and the latest one TDay. What the T stands for is anybodys guess. I know what D-Day stands for but all the gray matter has leaked out of my skull trying to figure out what TDay stands for. Given the rationality of these purveyors of insanity, I can only guess. Looking at what is happening to this great holiday, I have uncovered a con so covert that most people do not know it is going on. I call it the great Thanksgiving con. This is especially true for those who call it Turkey Day. First off, everybody says nice things about the turkey. The more the turkey struts, the more the compliments flow his way. What the turkey does not know is that when these Turkey Day people are looking at the turkey they are also licking their lips. It is not the beautiful feathers that interest them. It is not the way the turkey proudly struts back and forth. The frame these people want to see the turkey in is a roasting pan. They want to get rid of all those feathers that the turkey is so proud of and strip him bare so that he fits nicely in the roasting pan. The last few weeks of the turkeys life are rather remarkable. These people will give the turkey everything it wants. More food than the turkey can gobble up. What the turkey does not know is that there is a destiny in store for him. With all the attention paid him, he has the idea that everybody appreciates him for his looks. If this turkey would ever spend an evening watching television with his human host, he would gather the idea that the most important thing in all the world is how you look. Looking into the mirror the turkey is quite proud of what he sees. He assumes that what he sees looking in the mirror is what his human host sees when they look at him. How wrong can a turkey be? The con begins to unfold. Rumors are flying about that there is a great banquet being prepared in his honor. Any turkey would be proud of this kind of development and look forward to being the guest of honor. In fact, as the turkey struts back-and-forth in front of his human hosts, he hears them saying, Wont that turkey look good at our dinner table? Whose head wouldnt turn hearing this kind of a compliment? What the turkey does not know is that being a guest at a dinner table is a onetime event for a creature like himself. Any turkey worth his feathers does not think beyond this great feast being held in his honor. I can imagine the gobble back in the turkey pen with the other turkeys. This great big, good-looking turkey, is telling all the others how important he is on the other side of the fence. Being the kind of turkey that he is, his gobble wins over the admiration of the other turkeys. Im so special, the turkey gobbles to his inferiors, that those humans are having a special banquet and I am the special guest of honor. The rest of the turkeys are ooohing in his direction for they never seen anyone quite as special as this turkey. The fatal day arrives. People come for the turkey and the rest of the turkeys have gathered around giving him a special turkey sendoff. They cannot wait to hear his report when he gets back from the special banquet. I say this is a con to beat all cons. Wrong messages are being sent to the turkey population. Thinking they are the guest of honor, they turn out to be the main dish on the banquet table. This is why I am against the term Turkey Day. It sends the wrong message. The focus around our table on this special occasion will not be the turkey but rather giving thanks to God who has been so good to us. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4 KJV).Rev. 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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 All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738.Monday, Dec. 3 Food drive on downtown squareThe Salvation Army will hold a drive through drop-off food drive on Monday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Ocala Downtown Square. Canned and dried food items and turkeys are urgently needed to help fill our Christmas community food cupboards. For info, call 352-6292004.Wednesday, Dec. 5 Annual Candle Lighting MemorialLight a candle for your child you lost too soon. Join together in honoring the memory of all our children on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Community Center room of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Southeast 17th Street. Family and friends are invited. Candles are provided. Beverly Brown, guest speaker, will reach out to us and share her first-hand losses and will inform you of her Life Steps Grief Program. She published a book God Speaks. Music, poems, share snacks, drinks provided. Bring picture of your child to display and any mementos and dish to share. For information call Jane at 352-528-9262, Betty 352245-4798, Bill 352-522-0768 or Linda, 352-693-3244. Donations accepted.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. Join Santa for breakfastJoin Santa for pancakes on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. There will be games, giveaways, and cookie decorating! Fun for the whole family! For more information call 352-237-2233 or visit ourredeemerocala.org.Scandinavian Club of Marion County: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. We will meet 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. Please bring a toy for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Interfaith. 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 the 5th of December. 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 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all of our blessings. Thanksgiving was very early this year due to the fact that November began on Thursday making the 4th Thursday on the 22nd. Next year we will celebrate on the 28th. Here is just a little history on our celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking Nov. 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln; influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for about 40 years trying to make it an official holiday. Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of Americas refusal to recognize Lincolns authority, the concept of nationwide Thanksgiving did not totally take effect until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. It was not until Dec. 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in Novemberthis time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. Now that November is over, lets look at some important dates to be marked on our December calendars. We begin with two very important events on Saturday, the 1st: The QMPOA annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is the electing members to the Board of Directors. Lunch will be served. If you are not able to attend, a proxy must be received by Nov. 28. The next event on the 1st is at 7 p.m. We will decorate the Christmas tree, have pictures with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, eggnog and cookies. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., is the QMRPOA annual meeting. The purpose of this meeting is the electing of members to the Board of Directors. Please make every effort to attend both the QMPOA and the QMRPOA meetings. Moving along to other events, the Red Hot Fillies will have their December luncheon at Mesa de Notte restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12:30. Meet at the clubhouse at noon to carpool. Call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb for reservations. 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All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Thanksgiving in the past, and whats up in December Carolyn Slocumb QUAIL MEADOW Hospice seeks singers to entertain patientsHospice of Marion County invites you to consider a unique volunteer service. We have a special choral group known as the Journey Singers that sings songs of healing and comfort at the bedsides of the ill or dying at the four Marion County Hospice Houses, private homes, and other selective venues. We offer a wide choice of music, including spiritual, secular and patriotic selections. If you can read music and sing a cappella (that is, without instrumental accompaniment), and have a compassionate heart, join us in this rewarding journey. Call 352-873-7441 for more details. year of lifes many ups and downs that are the reality for most people. It had great moments; it had sad moments; but it had mostly normal, regular days and nights that make up the biggest part of all our lives. There is a lot to be said for those normal and regular days and nights. However, it takes a fair amount of wisdom and a great deal of maturity for us to recognize that normal and regular are the best of days. For those of us who have read or seen the play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, we have had the opportunity to see that premise performed on stage or in film in a unique way. I will not go into a long dissertation about this most wonderful work of dramatic art; but I will say that once I understood the real meaning of the play, I never looked at life the same way again. Many of my high school students who studied the play in my American Literature classes in Rome, Georgia, told me that they were also impacted significantly by the play. As the narrator responds to a young woman who has died but has been allowed to relive one day of her life before she moves on to her eternity, he points out something very special when he is asked if anyone ever really appreciates lifeevery single day of it. His responsePoets and philosphersmaybe. Actually, that is what I remember his saying. I did not research to get the exact quote because those words are etched into my mind and have served me well on many occasions. I recognize that I am neither a poet nor a philosopher, therefore, many days might just flow by without my conscious appreciation for the special value of that particular day. That does not mean that I do not understand and value each day; but my consciousness of my need to see the significance is often masked by the day to day business of life. I do make it at point to tell my loved ones daily that I love them, and I habitually say that as I end phone conversations rather than saying the customary good-bye. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that closing since it is God be with you but I want to say the love word because it is so important to me and my family. I, and most of the people with whom I have talked here in Fairfield Village, feel the same way. We are thankful for many things; but over and above everything else, we cherish the loved ones in our lives. That love along with the beauty and special value of our regular days is more than enough for us to be thankful daily. We know that each day has its own special worth and that the days before and the days after Thanksgiving are significant enough for us to say regular prayers of appreciation for all our normal blessings. Those of us who make our homes here in the community called Fairfield Village, a lively place filled with lovely people, hope that the blessings we enjoy and recognize during Thanksgiving 2012 are also part of the lives of others. We pray for a safe and happy holiday season for our Ocala community and its people of all faiths and creeds. Please enjoy the holidays and stay safe and happy as we all participate in the many special activities of this celebratory time of 2012. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 7 Not unlike many American home celebrations of Thanksgiving, the guys are anxiously anticipating the really good meal they are about to enjoy. Are they also awaiting a special football game? Maybe so!

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INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........6 Fairfield Village..7 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 35 WEDNESDAY, November 28, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DATR BY BARB DEDICS Saturday, Nov. 3, was a fun-filled day at the Ocala Palms Annual Arts and Craft Bazaar. Several Ocala Palms artisans as well as many of our regular vendors returned again this year to display their crafts for the bazaar. All of the artisans share an enthusiasm for what they create, featuring crafts, jewelry, home and holiday decor. In addition to the great shopping, local residents donated many scrumptious baked goods for our annual bake sale. A delicious carrot cake was won by Joyce Hartsock, an Ocala Palms resident, during the cake walk. For the convenience for shoppers, as well as vendors, lunch for purchase was also provided. Raffle tickets were sold for the Inter Faith Emergency Services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Food 4 Kids. Many early Christmas shoppers found something for everyone on their list by the end of a very busy day. The community is appreciative of coordinators Carol Yount and Kathy Gustafson along with their bakery, luncheon and parking staff. These ladies and men volunteered their time and efforts and are to be commended for giving their time and effort in making this a successful event. See photos on Page 6. Sue Primeau took part in the Arts and Crafts Festival at Ocala Palms. Arts and crafts at Ocala Palms Black Friday at the mallThe parking lot was full at the Paddock Mall on Friday, Nov.23, known as Black Friday, as shoppers looked for Christmas bargains on the day after Thanksgiving.PHOTO BY RON RATNER The website for public voting on Floridas license plate, www.Vote4FloridaTag.com, is open to all Floridians! Floridians can vote online through Dec. 14. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to upgrade the basic Florida plate to a design that increases readability and features a seven character configuration. A committee of more than 20 stakeholders, including state agency personnel, law enforcement, tax collectors and affiliated These are the designs for the states new tags. Go to www.Vote4FloridaTag.com to make your selection. associations participated in the development of the final license plate designs. DHSMVs in-house graphics artist created the proposed designs. You can vote for new tags Newly-elected county commissioners David Moore, 42, and Earl Arnett, 65, have officially joined the rest of the Board of County Commissioners. Judge David Eddy swore Moore and Arnett into office at last Tuesdays County Commission meeting. Returning Commissioner Stan McClain, 51, also took the oath of office. The trio joins Chairman Kathy Bryant and Vice Chair Carl Zalak III, on the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. Moore replaces former commissioner Mike Amsden for the District 1 seat. Arnett replaces former commissioner Charlie Stone for the District 5 position. This is the first time Moore and Arnett have held elected office. I look forward to working with the commission to impact the challenges of our community in a positive way and continue to build a confidence in our citizens, so that as we move forward we can be also confident that we have their support with a mutual achievement that can be shared by all, Moore said. Moore campaigned on budget discipline focusing on essential and emergency services, job creation through business-friendly practices and protection of water resources. Moore is a Citrus County native and decade-long Marion County resident and has worked in the financial field for 14 years. Arnett, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Earls Tint and Signs, is a Washington, D.C., native and decades-long Marion County resident. During his commission race, Arnett campaigned on economic growth through reduction of duplicative mandates and regulations, as well as budget efficiency through streamlined operations. My focus will be on maintaining the financial solvency of our county by helping to develop an environment where businesses can develop, grow and thrive, Arnett said. McClain is serving his third term on the board. I am honored to continue to serve, McClain said. I hope to be able to continue a tradition of fiscal responsibility and honor the families of Marion County. County commissioners sworn in Earl Arnett Stan McClain David Moore Join 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 the website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. Concert band to entertain on Dec. 1-2



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INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........6 Fairfield Village..7 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 35 WEDNESDAY, November 28, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 Classifieds Page 11 12Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DATR BY BARB DEDICS Saturday, Nov. 3, was a fun-filled day at the Ocala Palms Annual Arts and Craft Bazaar. Several Ocala Palms artisans as well as many of our regular vendors returned again this year to display their crafts for the bazaar. All of the artisans share an enthusiasm for what they create, featuring crafts, jewelry, home and holiday decor. In addition to the great shopping, local residents donated many scrumptious baked goods for our annual bake sale. A delicious carrot cake was won by Joyce Hartsock, an Ocala Palms resident, during the cake walk. For the convenience for shoppers, as well as vendors, lunch for purchase was also provided. Raffle tickets were sold for the Inter Faith Emergency Services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Food 4 Kids. Many early Christmas shoppers found something for everyone on their list by the end of a very busy day. The community is appreciative of coordinators Carol Yount and Kathy Gustafson along with their bakery, luncheon and parking staff. These ladies and men volunteered their time and efforts and are to be commended for giving their time and effort in making this a successful event. See photos on Page 6. Sue Primeau took part in the Arts and Crafts Festival at Ocala Palms. Arts and crafts at Ocala Palms Black Friday at the mall The parking lot was full at the Paddock Mall on Friday, Nov.23, known as Black Friday, as shoppers looked for Christmas bargains on the day after Thanksgiving.PHOTO BY RON RATNER The website for public voting on Floridas license plate, www.Vote4FloridaTag.com, is open to all Floridians! Floridians can vote online through Dec. 14. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to upgrade the basic Florida plate to a design that increases readability and features a seven character configuration. A committee of more than 20 stakeholders, including state agency personnel, law enforcement, tax collectors and affiliated These are the designs for the states new tags. Go to www.Vote4FloridaTag.com to make your selection. associations participated in the development of the final license plate designs. DHSMVs in-house graphics artist created the proposed designs. You can vote for new tags Newly-elected county commissioners David Moore, 42, and Earl Arnett, 65, have officially joined the rest of the Board of County Commissioners. Judge David Eddy swore Moore and Arnett into office at last Tuesdays County Commission meeting. Returning Commissioner Stan McClain, 51, also took the oath of office. The trio joins Chairman Kathy Bryant and Vice Chair Carl Zalak III, on the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. Moore replaces former commissioner Mike Amsden for the District 1 seat. Arnett replaces former commissioner Charlie Stone for the District 5 position. This is the first time Moore and Arnett have held elected office. I look forward to working with the commission to impact the challenges of our community in a positive way and continue to build a confidence in our citizens, so that as we move forward we can be also confident that we have their support with a mutual achievement that can be shared by all, Moore said. Moore campaigned on budget discipline focusing on essential and emergency services, job creation through business-friendly practices and protection of water resources. Moore is a Citrus County native and decade-long Marion County resident and has worked in the financial field for 14 years. Arnett, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Earls Tint and Signs, is a Washington, D.C., native and decades-long Marion County resident. During his commission race, Arnett campaigned on economic growth through reduction of duplicative mandates and regulations, as well as budget efficiency through streamlined operations. My focus will be on maintaining the financial solvency of our county by helping to develop an environment where businesses can develop, grow and thrive, Arnett said. McClain is serving his third term on the board. I am honored to continue to serve, McClain said. I hope to be able to continue a tradition of fiscal responsibility and honor the families of Marion County. County commissioners sworn in Earl Arnett Stan McClain David Moore Join 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 the website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. Concert band to entertain on Dec. 1-2

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H ope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all of our blessings. Thanksgiving was very early this year due to the fact that November began on Thursday making the 4th Thursday on the 22nd. Next year we will celebrate on the 28th. Here is just a little history on our celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking Nov. 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln; influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for about 40 years trying to make it an official holiday. Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of Americas refusal to recognize Lincolns authority, the concept of nationwide Thanksgiving did not totally take effect until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. It was not until Dec. 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in Novemberthis time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. Now that November is over, lets look at some important dates to be marked on our December calendars. We begin with two very important events on Saturday, the 1st: The QMPOA annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is the electing members to the Board of Directors. Lunch will be served. If you are not able to attend, a proxy must be received by Nov. 28. The next event on the 1st is at 7 p.m. We will decorate the Christmas tree, have pictures with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, eggnog and cookies. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., is the QMRPOA annual meeting. The purpose of this meeting is the electing of members to the Board of Directors. Please make every effort to attend both the QMPOA and the QMRPOA meetings. Moving along to other events, the Red Hot Fillies will have their December luncheon at Mesa de Notte restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12:30. Meet at the clubhouse at noon to carpool. Call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb for reservations. 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It had great moments; it had sad moments; but it had mostly normal, regular days and nights that make up the biggest part of all our lives. There is a lot to be said for those normal and regular days and nights. However, it takes a fair amount of wisdom and a great deal of maturity for us to recognize that normal and regular are the best of days. For those of us who have read or seen the play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, we have had the opportunity to see that premise performed on stage or in film in a unique way. I will not go into a long dissertation about this most wonderful work of dramatic art; but I will say that once I understood the real meaning of the play, I never looked at life the same way again. Many of my high school students who studied the play in my American Literature classes in Rome, Georgia, told me that they were also impacted significantly by the play. As the narrator responds to a young woman who has died but has been allowed to relive one day of her life before she moves on to her eternity, he points out something very special when he is asked if anyone ever really appreciates life every single day of it. His response Poets and philosphers maybe. Actually, that is what I remember his saying. I did not research to get the exact quote because those words are etched into my mind and have served me well on many occasions. I recognize that I am neither a poet nor a philosopher, therefore, many days might just flow by without my conscious appreciation for the special value of that particular day. That does not mean that I do not understand and value each day; but my consciousness of my need to see the significance is often masked by the day to day business of life. I do make it at point to tell my loved ones daily that I love them, and I habitually say that as I end phone conversations rather than saying the customary good-bye. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that closing since it is God be with you but I want to say the love word because it is so important to me and my family. I, and most of the people with whom I have talked here in Fairfield Village, feel the same way. We are thankful for many things; but over and above everything else, we cherish the loved ones in our lives. That love along with the beauty and special value of our regular days is more than enough for us to be thankful daily. We know that each day has its own special worth and that the days before and the days after Thanksgiving are significant enough for us to say regular prayers of appreciation for all our normal blessings. Those of us who make our homes here in the community called Fairfield Village, a lively place filled with lovely people, hope that the blessings we enjoy and recognize during Thanksgiving 2012 are also part of the lives of others. We pray for a safe and happy holiday season for our Ocala community and its people of all faiths and creeds. Please enjoy the holidays and stay safe and happy as we all participate in the many special activities of this celebratory time of 2012. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 7 Not unlike many American home celebrations of Thanksgiving, the guys are anxiously anticipating the really good meal they are about to enjoy. Are they also awaiting a special football game? Maybe so!

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L et me make it clear right up front that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I admit I am not too fond of many holidays. Can a week go by without some holiday that shuts down everybody? I celebrated Veterans Day, for example, on Sunday and the next day I went to the bank and discovered the bank was celebrating Veterans Day on Monday. Dont they know what day it is? I trust these people with my money? Of all the holidays we have, Thanksgiving is high on my list. I used to have a high regard for my birthday but so many of them have come that I do not like them anymore. I am ready to cancel that holiday. My birthday only means I am one year older and not one whit wiser. I am not thinking just about the scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Okay, maybe I am, a little. Down through the years, I have been great fraternity buddies with eating. We have bonded so great throughout the years that even now that bonding is beginning to show. I like Thanksgiving, and so I am a little confused about these Sanity Challenged Buffoons who are allergic to the word Thanksgiving. They want to use names like, Turkey Day, and the latest one TDay. What the T stands for is anybodys guess. I know what D-Day stands for but all the gray matter has leaked out of my skull trying to figure out what TDay stands for. Given the rationality of these purveyors of insanity, I can only guess. Looking at what is happening to this great holiday, I have uncovered a con so covert that most people do not know it is going on. I call it the great Thanksgiving con. This is especially true for those who call it Turkey Day. First off, everybody says nice things about the turkey. The more the turkey struts, the more the compliments flow his way. What the turkey does not know is that when these Turkey Day people are looking at the turkey they are also licking their lips. It is not the beautiful feathers that interest them. It is not the way the turkey proudly struts back and forth. The frame these people want to see the turkey in is a roasting pan. They want to get rid of all those feathers that the turkey is so proud of and strip him bare so that he fits nicely in the roasting pan. The last few weeks of the turkeys life are rather remarkable. These people will give the turkey everything it wants. More food than the turkey can gobble up. What the turkey does not know is that there is a destiny in store for him. With all the attention paid him, he has the idea that everybody appreciates him for his looks. If this turkey would ever spend an evening watching television with his human host, he would gather the idea that the most important thing in all the world is how you look. Looking into the mirror the turkey is quite proud of what he sees. He assumes that what he sees looking in the mirror is what his human host sees when they look at him. How wrong can a turkey be? The con begins to unfold. Rumors are flying about that there is a great banquet being prepared in his honor. Any turkey would be proud of this kind of development and look forward to being the guest of honor. In fact, as the turkey struts back-and-forth in front of his human hosts, he hears them saying, Wont that turkey look good at our dinner table? Whose head wouldnt turn hearing this kind of a compliment? What the turkey does not know is that being a guest at a dinner table is a onetime event for a creature like himself. Any turkey worth his feathers does not think beyond this great feast being held in his honor. I can imagine the gobble back in the turkey pen with the other turkeys. This great big, good-looking turkey, is telling all the others how important he is on the other side of the fence. Being the kind of turkey that he is, his gobble wins over the admiration of the other turkeys. Im so special, the turkey gobbles to his inferiors, that those humans are having a special banquet and I am the special guest of honor. The rest of the turkeys are ooohing in his direction for they never seen anyone quite as special as this turkey. The fatal day arrives. People come for the turkey and the rest of the turkeys have gathered around giving him a special turkey sendoff. They cannot wait to hear his report when he gets back from the special banquet. I say this is a con to beat all cons. Wrong messages are being sent to the turkey population. Thinking they are the guest of honor, they turn out to be the main dish on the banquet table. This is why I am against the term Turkey Day. It sends the wrong message. The focus around our table on this special occasion will not be the turkey but rather giving thanks to God who has been so good to us. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4 KJV). 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Book Tee Times Online www.pineoaksocala.com 7 DAYS A WEEK FOURSOME SPECIAL $ 9 9 0 0 $ 99 00 + Tax Valid After 9AM Lets take a look at the great Thanksgiving con James Snyder Read the classifieds Sunday, Dec. 2 German American Club dinner The German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. A catered ham dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Europa. Ticket prices will be $12 per member or $17 per non-member. Formal attire is requested. Contact Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6386 for tickets. Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts Hospice 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. 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. 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 All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738. Monday, Dec. 3 Food drive on downtown squareThe Salvation Army will hold a drive through drop-off food drive on Monday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Ocala Downtown Square. Canned and dried food items and turkeys are urgently needed to help fill our Christmas community food cupboards. For info, call 352-6292004. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Annual Candle Lighting Memorial Light a candle for your child you lost too soon. Join together in honoring the memory of all our children on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Community Center room of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Southeast 17th Street. Family and friends are invited. Candles are provided. Beverly Brown, guest speaker, will reach out to us and share her first-hand losses and will inform you of her Life Steps Grief Program. She published a book God Speaks. Music, poems, share snacks, drinks provided. Bring picture of your child to display and any mementos and dish to share. For information call Jane at 352-528-9262, Betty 352245-4798, Bill 352-522-0768 or Linda, 352-693-3244. Donations accepted. 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. Join Santa for breakfast Join Santa for pancakes on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. There will be games, giveaways, and cookie decorating! Fun for the whole family! For more information call 352-237-2233 or visit ourredeemerocala.org. Scandinavian Club of Marion County: 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. We will meet 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. Please bring a toy for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Interfaith. 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 the 5th of December. 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 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 Woman plays Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsOn 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 352854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 A rne tt e t o h ol d open h o u se 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 352622-4432 ext 231. Friday, Nov. 30 F armers mar k e t e xt en d e d Need an extra helping of goods for your holiday gatherings? Marion Countys Health Happens Farmers Market may be able to help. The farmers market is extending its weekly serving of local goods through Dec. 14. From noon-6 p.m. on scheduled Fridays, shop for fresh produce, seafood, specialty breads, gluten-free products, gourmet dog treats, plants and more from local vendors. The farmers market is located on the McPherson Governmental Complex field (601 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala). An initiative born out of the countys Health Happens employee wellness program, the Marion County Health Happens Farmers Market is funded through Florida Blue. Saturday, Dec. 1 Ch ess C l ub t o mee t The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Boo k sale t o b enefi t S h el t ering Han d s A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information call 352-291-1962.Spr uc e C ree k P reser v e ar t, c raf t fairAn 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. Ch ris t mas l u n ch eon a t J oy Luth eran 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 Ch ris t mas c on c er t a t Ou r Re d eemer A Christmas concert will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sunday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Featured will be both traditional and contemporary songs. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Center afterward. For further information call 352-2372233. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9 4Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available United Health Care Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. museumeyecare@live.com Need a NEW Optometrist? Transfer Prescriptions and or Records Call 352-622-3937 000D404 MUSEUM EYECARE 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? A RIES (Mar ch 21 t o A pril 19) Youve let yourself be distracted from whats really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. T A URUS ( A pril 20 t o May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, dont push, and youll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 t o Ju ne 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that youve proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CA N C ER ( Ju ne 21 t o Ju ly 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. L E O ( Ju ly 23 t o Au g. 22) Ignore a co-workers questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRG O ( Au g. 23 t o Sep t 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But dont chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised. L IBR A (Sep t 23 t o Oct 22) Your holiday planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th. S CO R P I O ( Oct 23 t o No v 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. S A GITT A RIUS (No v 22 t o De c 21) Prudence should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAP RI CO RN (De c 22 t o J an. 19) Money is on your mind, so youd best mind how youre spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. A QU A RIUS ( J an. 20 t o F e b 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. P IS C ES ( F e b 19 t o Mar ch 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. B O RN THIS WEEK: Your loyalty to friends makes you a very special person to those whose lives youve touched. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Donation of transport van soughtSheltering Hands Animal Rescue is seeking a donation of a cargo van to transport cats in their Community Cats Program to spay and neuter. Vehicle must be in working condition. The donation is tax-deductible based on book value. 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Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles, piano entertainment by Sally Smith-Adams, former player in the Catskills and a festive meal catered by Too Jays featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes, (pancakes) vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please RSVP to Estelle (352-8612542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes all to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community. Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive community. For further information, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237-8277. Countryside PresbyterianThe Rev. Belinda Newhart will be the guest preacher at the Christ the King worship service on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The public is invited. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633. First CongregationalJoin members of First Congregational United Church of Christ on a fundraising cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas departing on May 5, 2013 to the Eastern Caribbean. A deposit of $250 per person is due by Nov. 1. For more information, call 352873-6779 or 352-237-2309. Joy Lutheran ChurchAdvent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the season of joy and happiness as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Pastor Edward Holloway Jr., senior pastor at Joy Lutheran Church, will honor this theme each Sunday in Advent with his messages. On Dec 2 his message will be Watch for Gods Gifts, Dec 9 the message will be Wait for God to Act, Dec 16 the message will be Receive Gods Gifts, and on Dec 23 the message will be Realign Life to God.. At each of the three Wednesday evening services, Pastor Holloway will speak to the Unknown Scholars, the Unknown Women and the Unknown Shepherd. The Advent season will culminate on Christmas Eve Dec. 24. Joy Lutheran Church will celebrate with two candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. Pastor Holloways message will be Rejoice Your Savior Has Come. The Joy vocal and bell choirs will provide music at the 7 p.m. service and the bell choir along with special music is scheduled for the 10 p.m. service. Communion will be served at both services. The tree will be trimmed, the wreaths hung and the poinsettias will adorn the altar. Consider attending one or both of these services for a true Christmas experience. Joy Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information call 352-854-4509 ext. 221. Christs Church of Marion County Sunday, Dec. 2: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3: 'Garden of Hope' Meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ladies Crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Choir Christmas Musical Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30: JOY Night, 5 p.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200) 352-8616182, http://www.ccomc.org/ messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5 Attend the worship service of your choice... 8Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends In Ocala, Ill be cheering for the visitors The morals of military leaders I n September 2007, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org took out a fullpage ad in the New York Times labeling Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us, alleging he cooked the books for the White House in his testimony to Congress on the situation in Iraq. At the time of the ad, no one in their wildest imagination could have foreseen a situation where MoveOn.orgs widely denounced labeling of Gen. Petraeus would prove prophetic. Five years later, however, Gen. Petraeus betrayed the military values that guide his storied Army career, the marriage vows to his wife of 38 years and the trust of our nation as the protector of its secrets for an extramarital affair with a married woman 20 years his junior. Whether Gen. Petraeus resignation from his position as CIA director was voluntary or not, it was warranted unequivocally since he grievously compromised his position as director when he surrendered his integrity and judgment for a sexual escapade. Investigation into Gen. Petraeus dalliance has also revealed that his successor as U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, may also have had improper communications with a Tampa socialite volunteering as an unpaid social liaison between military leaders at MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay community leaders. Regrettably, the evolving Petraeus scandal is emblematic of an ethics decline among the ranks of our nations senior military leaders, as evidenced by a number of senior officers facing disciplinary action this year for misconduct. Gen. William Kip Ward was reduced in rank from four stars to three this past week after misusing government funds for lavish spending while in charge of U.S. Africa Command. Former deputy commander of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, is facing trial for allegations of adultery and sexual misconduct stemming from relationships with five women. This misconduct at the senior levels of the military can never be excused or rationalized as falling victim to human nature. As the guardians of our nation and its freedoms, senior military officers have a sacred duty to be leaders of character by living up to the ethical values of our military and nation. The best fix for the current ethics decline, however, is for senior officers to lead by example by exercising the moral courage to never tolerate the easier wrong over the harder right for themselves or the men and women entrusted to their leadership. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI 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. A person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay the person receives or military duty status. Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. We at Social Security thank all veterans and members of the armed services for all that they do not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.Michael W. Grochowski is Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta. 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. 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For me though, its all about baseball. I read the hot stove league reports every day, follow what teams are doing as they try to improve, etc. I cant wait for that first telecast of a spring training game come next March. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read the story a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of getting a Minor League baseball team from the New York Yankees organization to create a home in Ocala. Although some people are going around acting as if it were a sure thing, Im not one of them. I have lived in Minor League towns before, and I know what goes into it. Right now, Ocala is far behind some other cities that have attracted teams, mainly because it doesnt have a stadium ready for use. Understand I am just speculating now, and its just my own thoughts, but it seems that the best area for a stadium would be the new industrial area near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27, north and east of the interchange, where projects are already under way (one road is closed and being expanded). There is also a business park between State Road 40 and 38th Avenue, just west of 60th Avenue, on the west side of the airport. There is lots of room out there. Both those sites would have easy access to the highway. The airport isnt that important remember, Minor League teams take buses, they dont fly. There are other areas, but remember, the talks are going on with the city, so presumably you would want the team in the city limits. What do Minor League teams need? Well, in addition to a stadium that comfortably seats a few thousand, give or take, players need places to live. If you get major operations such as the Yankees, who knows, they might even want to build housing. Normally, there are only about 40 players and coaches. A team would, presumably, hire local folks to man the concessions, parking and ticket booths. It wouldnt be an unemployment-busting group, but it would provide some part-time jobs for folks, even students, during the summer. There also has to be access to decent hotels to accommodate visiting teams. When teams visit, its usually for a two or three-game series, so they would generally spend the night. For the most part, these are young players who, trust me, dont make the big bucks the guys on TV make, so everything would have to be reasonably priced. There have been questions in the past about how far Ocala is from other teams. But a successful operation here could breed other teams along the highway, say at the intersection with State Road 44 in Wildwood, or State Road 48 in the Bushnell area. If you end up with three or four teams along that stretch of highway, it makes the logistics much more reasonable. You also need fans. Minor League clubs are great at some wild promotions, fireworks, cut-rate price nights, and the game costs are usually pretty reasonable. The question is whether there are enough diehard baseball fans around to get season tickets. On that front, you can count me in. If at all possible, Ill be looking to get season tickets to watch as many games as possible. There is one condition. I want my seats to be behind the visitors dugout. After all, Im a Mets fan, and the home team would be the Yankees. Enough said?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Social Security helping veterans Join our list of community correspondents; call 352-854-3986 Religion Read the classifieds

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7 6Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D4VF 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 000D9KV 000DC71 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARTS STARTING AT $1,995 WITH HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHT! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? Automotive Marine Lawn Mower Golf Cart Cordless Phone Riding Toys Computer Back Up Tractor Motorcycle ATV Camcorder Cellular Phone Wheel Chairs Game Feeder Emergency Lights Security Systems Battery Packs Laptop Computers Alkaline Complete Stock Of Batteries For: CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES 000D2EX Read the classifieds S aturday, Nov. 17, was the day that Fairfield Village neighbors gathered to celebrate an early Thanksgiving together. It was a great time for all those attending. To call the evening a potluck seemed a bit inappropriate to me, but that was what it was called by many of those who helped to put the gathering together. It was somewhat like many of the other potluck dinners that we have in our clubhouse, but there was a definite difference. There was an air of celebration and thankfulness exhibited by most of the people in the decorated clubhouse. Many of us seemed to feel the need to reflect over the year 2012. Not that 2012 was a banner year for anyone that I heard, but it was another Fairfield Village celebrates early Thanksgiving Above, lots of scrumptious food in a casual setting made for a fabulous time of Thanksgiving in the FFV Clubhouse. At left, The Elliotts are one of Fairfield Villages smiling and obviously happy couples at the Thanksgiving Celebration. Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE See FAIRFIELD Page 11 Scenes from arts and crafts event at Ocala Palms Cheryl Carder, Marilyn Bennett, Sharon Goodwin, Christi Manning, Peg Adams and Nancy Parkhurst Ladies in charge of the Bakery Nancy Jensen, Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst, RuthAnn Oster, Stephanie Schrempp and Elaine Sparks Sue MarrMarilyn Hinds and Maxie HotzJay Pilot Shoppers Betty Kidder, Gail Sims and Dot Stapp Peggy Maragioglio Nancy Jensen and Elaine Sheets Photos by Barb Dedics Dave GustafsonJoyce Murer and Judy Dubys

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7 6Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D4VF 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 000D9KV 000DC71 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARTS STARTING AT $1,995 WITH HEADLIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHT! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? Automotive Marine Lawn Mower Golf Cart Cordless Phone Riding Toys Computer Back Up Tractor Motorcycle ATV Camcorder Cellular Phone Wheel Chairs Game Feeder Emergency Lights Security Systems Battery Packs Laptop Computers Alkaline Complete Stock Of Batteries For: CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES 000D2EX Read the classifieds S aturday, Nov. 17, was the day that Fairfield Village neighbors gathered to celebrate an early Thanksgiving together. It was a great time for all those attending. To call the evening a potluck seemed a bit inappropriate to me, but that was what it was called by many of those who helped to put the gathering together. It was somewhat like many of the other potluck dinners that we have in our clubhouse, but there was a definite difference. There was an air of celebration and thankfulness exhibited by most of the people in the decorated clubhouse. Many of us seemed to feel the need to reflect over the year 2012. Not that 2012 was a banner year for anyone that I heard, but it was another Fairfield Village celebrates early Thanksgiving Above, lots of scrumptious food in a casual setting made for a fabulous time of Thanksgiving in the FFV Clubhouse. At left, The Elliotts are one of Fairfield Villages smiling and obviously happy couples at the Thanksgiving Celebration. Priscilla Geissal F AIRFIELD VILLAGE See FAIRFIELD Page 11 Scenes from arts and crafts event at Ocala Palms Cheryl Carder, Marilyn Bennett, Sharon Goodwin, Christi Manning, Peg Adams and Nancy Parkhurst Ladies in charge of the Bakery Nancy Jensen, Maxie Hotz, Marty Hurst, RuthAnn Oster, Stephanie Schrempp and Elaine Sparks Sue MarrMarilyn Hinds and Maxie HotzJay Pilot Shoppers Betty Kidder, Gail Sims and Dot Stapp Peggy Maragioglio Nancy Jensen and Elaine Sheets Photos by Barb Dedics Dave GustafsonJoyce Murer and Judy Dubys

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Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300 in Ocala. The event will celebrate the Festival of Lights with the traditional lighting of the Chanukah candles, piano entertainment by Sally Smith-Adams, former player in the Catskills and a festive meal catered by Too Jays featuring roast brisket of beef and potato latkes, (pancakes) vegetable and an array of desserts. The cost is $18. Please RSVP to Estelle (352-8612542) to make a reservation. Congregation Beth Israel is the only Reconstructionist Jewish community in the 200 corridor and welcomes all to come and experience the joy and warmth of this festival with the Beth Israel community. Congregation Beth Israel is under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. It is a liberal, inclusive, progressive community. For further information, visit our website: wwwbethisraelocala.org or contact Judi at 352-237-8277. Countryside PresbyterianThe Rev. Belinda Newhart will be the guest preacher at the Christ the King worship service on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The public is invited. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633. First CongregationalJoin members of First Congregational United Church of Christ on a fundraising cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas departing on May 5, 2013 to the Eastern Caribbean. A deposit of $250 per person is due by Nov. 1. For more information, call 352873-6779 or 352-237-2309. Joy Lutheran ChurchAdvent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the season of joy and happiness as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Pastor Edward Holloway Jr., senior pastor at Joy Lutheran Church, will honor this theme each Sunday in Advent with his messages. On Dec 2 his message will be Watch for Gods Gifts, Dec 9 the message will be Wait for God to Act, Dec 16 the message will be Receive Gods Gifts, and on Dec 23 the message will be Realign Life to God.. At each of the three Wednesday evening services, Pastor Holloway will speak to the Unknown Scholars, the Unknown Women and the Unknown Shepherd. The Advent season will culminate on Christmas Eve Dec. 24. Joy Lutheran Church will celebrate with two candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. Pastor Holloways message will be Rejoice Your Savior Has Come. The Joy vocal and bell choirs will provide music at the 7 p.m. service and the bell choir along with special music is scheduled for the 10 p.m. service. Communion will be served at both services. The tree will be trimmed, the wreaths hung and the poinsettias will adorn the altar. Consider attending one or both of these services for a true Christmas experience. Joy Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information call 352-854-4509 ext. 221. Christs Church of Marion County Sunday, Dec. 2: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3: 'Garden of Hope' Meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ladies Crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Choir Christmas Musical Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30: JOY Night, 5 p.m. Christ's Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200) 352-8616182, http://www.ccomc.org/ messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5 Attend the worship service of your choice... 8Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends In Ocala, Ill be cheering for the visitors The morals of military leaders I n September 2007, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org took out a fullpage ad in the New York Times labeling Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us, alleging he cooked the books for the White House in his testimony to Congress on the situation in Iraq. At the time of the ad, no one in their wildest imagination could have foreseen a situation where MoveOn.orgs widely denounced labeling of Gen. Petraeus would prove prophetic. Five years later, however, Gen. Petraeus betrayed the military values that guide his storied Army career, the marriage vows to his wife of 38 years and the trust of our nation as the protector of its secrets for an extramarital affair with a married woman 20 years his junior. Whether Gen. Petraeus resignation from his position as CIA director was voluntary or not, it was warranted unequivocally since he grievously compromised his position as director when he surrendered his integrity and judgment for a sexual escapade. Investigation into Gen. Petraeus dalliance has also revealed that his successor as U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, may also have had improper communications with a Tampa socialite volunteering as an unpaid social liaison between military leaders at MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay community leaders. Regrettably, the evolving Petraeus scandal is emblematic of an ethics decline among the ranks of our nations senior military leaders, as evidenced by a number of senior officers facing disciplinary action this year for misconduct. Gen. William Kip Ward was reduced in rank from four stars to three this past week after misusing government funds for lavish spending while in charge of U.S. Africa Command. Former deputy commander of the renowned 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, is facing trial for allegations of adultery and sexual misconduct stemming from relationships with five women. This misconduct at the senior levels of the military can never be excused or rationalized as falling victim to human nature. As the guardians of our nation and its freedoms, senior military officers have a sacred duty to be leaders of character by living up to the ethical values of our military and nation. The best fix for the current ethics decline, however, is for senior officers to lead by example by exercising the moral courage to never tolerate the easier wrong over the harder right for themselves or the men and women entrusted to their leadership. Citrus County Chronicle O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Guest Column BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI 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. A person cannot receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay the person receives or military duty status. Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. We at Social Security thank all veterans and members of the armed services for all that they do not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.Michael W. Grochowski is Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta. The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. 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For me though, its all about baseball. I read the hot stove league reports every day, follow what teams are doing as they try to improve, etc. I cant wait for that first telecast of a spring training game come next March. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read the story a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of getting a Minor League baseball team from the New York Yankees organization to create a home in Ocala. Although some people are going around acting as if it were a sure thing, Im not one of them. I have lived in Minor League towns before, and I know what goes into it. Right now, Ocala is far behind some other cities that have attracted teams, mainly because it doesnt have a stadium ready for use. Understand I am just speculating now, and its just my own thoughts, but it seems that the best area for a stadium would be the new industrial area near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 27, north and east of the interchange, where projects are already under way (one road is closed and being expanded). There is also a business park between State Road 40 and 38th Avenue, just west of 60th Avenue, on the west side of the airport. There is lots of room out there. Both those sites would have easy access to the highway. The airport isnt that important remember, Minor League teams take buses, they dont fly. There are other areas, but remember, the talks are going on with the city, so presumably you would want the team in the city limits. What do Minor League teams need? Well, in addition to a stadium that comfortably seats a few thousand, give or take, players need places to live. If you get major operations such as the Yankees, who knows, they might even want to build housing. Normally, there are only about 40 players and coaches. A team would, presumably, hire local folks to man the concessions, parking and ticket booths. It wouldnt be an unemployment-busting group, but it would provide some part-time jobs for folks, even students, during the summer. There also has to be access to decent hotels to accommodate visiting teams. When teams visit, its usually for a two or three-game series, so they would generally spend the night. For the most part, these are young players who, trust me, dont make the big bucks the guys on TV make, so everything would have to be reasonably priced. There have been questions in the past about how far Ocala is from other teams. But a successful operation here could breed other teams along the highway, say at the intersection with State Road 44 in Wildwood, or State Road 48 in the Bushnell area. If you end up with three or four teams along that stretch of highway, it makes the logistics much more reasonable. You also need fans. Minor League clubs are great at some wild promotions, fireworks, cut-rate price nights, and the game costs are usually pretty reasonable. The question is whether there are enough diehard baseball fans around to get season tickets. On that front, you can count me in. If at all possible, Ill be looking to get season tickets to watch as many games as possible. There is one condition. I want my seats to be behind the visitors dugout. After all, Im a Mets fan, and the home team would be the Yankees. Enough said?Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Social Security helping veterans Join our list of community correspondents; call 352-854-3986 Religion Read the classifieds

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 Woman plays Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsOn 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 352854-3699 or visit www.masterthepossibilites.com. Doors to the Cultural Center will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 A rne tt e t o h ol d open h o u se 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 352622-4432 ext 231. Friday, Nov. 30 F armers mar k e t e xt en d e d Need an extra helping of goods for your holiday gatherings? Marion Countys Health Happens Farmers Market may be able to help. The farmers market is extending its weekly serving of local goods through Dec. 14. From noon-6 p.m. on scheduled Fridays, shop for fresh produce, seafood, specialty breads, gluten-free products, gourmet dog treats, plants and more from local vendors. The farmers market is located on the McPherson Governmental Complex field (601 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala). An initiative born out of the countys Health Happens employee wellness program, the Marion County Health Happens Farmers Market is funded through Florida Blue. Saturday, Dec. 1 Ch ess C l ub t o mee t The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Boo k sale t o b enefi t S h el t ering Han d s A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. For information call 352-291-1962.Spr uc e C ree k P reser v e ar t, c raf t fairAn 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. Ch ris t mas l u n ch eon a t J oy Luth eran 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 Ch ris t mas c on c er t a t Ou r Re d eemer A Christmas concert will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sunday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Featured will be both traditional and contemporary songs. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Center afterward. For further information call 352-2372233. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9 4Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000D5U1 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available United Health Care Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. museumeyecare@live.com Need a NEW Optometrist? Transfer Prescriptions and or Records Call 352-622-3937 000D404 MUSEUM EYECARE 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? A RIES (Mar ch 21 t o A pril 19) Youve let yourself be distracted from whats really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. T A URUS ( A pril 20 t o May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, dont push, and youll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 t o Ju ne 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that youve proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CA N C ER ( Ju ne 21 t o Ju ly 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. L E O ( Ju ly 23 t o Au g. 22) Ignore a co-workers questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRG O ( Au g. 23 t o Sep t 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But dont chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised. L IBR A (Sep t 23 t o Oct 22) Your holiday planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th. S CO R P I O ( Oct 23 t o No v 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. S A GITT A RIUS (No v 22 t o De c 21) Prudence should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAP RI CO RN (De c 22 t o J an. 19) Money is on your mind, so youd best mind how youre spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. A QU A RIUS ( J an. 20 t o F e b 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. P IS C ES ( F e b 19 t o Mar ch 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. B O RN THIS WEEK: Your loyalty to friends makes you a very special person to those whose lives youve touched. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Donation of transport van soughtSheltering Hands Animal Rescue is seeking a donation of a cargo van to transport cats in their Community Cats Program to spay and neuter. Vehicle must be in working condition. The donation is tax-deductible based on book value. Contact Paula Bennighof, 352-291-1962-pbennighof@gmail.com or Sheltering Hands Rescue at 817-0663 or sheltering hands@embarqmail.com. Happenings

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L et me make it clear right up front that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I admit I am not too fond of many holidays. Can a week go by without some holiday that shuts down everybody? I celebrated Veterans Day, for example, on Sunday and the next day I went to the bank and discovered the bank was celebrating Veterans Day on Monday. Dont they know what day it is? I trust these people with my money? Of all the holidays we have, Thanksgiving is high on my list. I used to have a high regard for my birthday but so many of them have come that I do not like them anymore. I am ready to cancel that holiday. My birthday only means I am one year older and not one whit wiser. I am not thinking just about the scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. Okay, maybe I am, a little. Down through the years, I have been great fraternity buddies with eating. We have bonded so great throughout the years that even now that bonding is beginning to show. I like Thanksgiving, and so I am a little confused about these Sanity Challenged Buffoons who are allergic to the word Thanksgiving. They want to use names like, Turkey Day, and the latest one TDay. What the T stands for is anybodys guess. I know what D-Day stands for but all the gray matter has leaked out of my skull trying to figure out what TDay stands for. Given the rationality of these purveyors of insanity, I can only guess. Looking at what is happening to this great holiday, I have uncovered a con so covert that most people do not know it is going on. I call it the great Thanksgiving con. This is especially true for those who call it Turkey Day. First off, everybody says nice things about the turkey. The more the turkey struts, the more the compliments flow his way. What the turkey does not know is that when these Turkey Day people are looking at the turkey they are also licking their lips. It is not the beautiful feathers that interest them. It is not the way the turkey proudly struts back and forth. The frame these people want to see the turkey in is a roasting pan. They want to get rid of all those feathers that the turkey is so proud of and strip him bare so that he fits nicely in the roasting pan. The last few weeks of the turkeys life are rather remarkable. These people will give the turkey everything it wants. More food than the turkey can gobble up. What the turkey does not know is that there is a destiny in store for him. With all the attention paid him, he has the idea that everybody appreciates him for his looks. If this turkey would ever spend an evening watching television with his human host, he would gather the idea that the most important thing in all the world is how you look. Looking into the mirror the turkey is quite proud of what he sees. He assumes that what he sees looking in the mirror is what his human host sees when they look at him. How wrong can a turkey be? The con begins to unfold. Rumors are flying about that there is a great banquet being prepared in his honor. Any turkey would be proud of this kind of development and look forward to being the guest of honor. In fact, as the turkey struts back-and-forth in front of his human hosts, he hears them saying, Wont that turkey look good at our dinner table? Whose head wouldnt turn hearing this kind of a compliment? What the turkey does not know is that being a guest at a dinner table is a onetime event for a creature like himself. Any turkey worth his feathers does not think beyond this great feast being held in his honor. I can imagine the gobble back in the turkey pen with the other turkeys. This great big, good-looking turkey, is telling all the others how important he is on the other side of the fence. Being the kind of turkey that he is, his gobble wins over the admiration of the other turkeys. Im so special, the turkey gobbles to his inferiors, that those humans are having a special banquet and I am the special guest of honor. The rest of the turkeys are ooohing in his direction for they never seen anyone quite as special as this turkey. The fatal day arrives. People come for the turkey and the rest of the turkeys have gathered around giving him a special turkey sendoff. They cannot wait to hear his report when he gets back from the special banquet. I say this is a con to beat all cons. Wrong messages are being sent to the turkey population. Thinking they are the guest of honor, they turn out to be the main dish on the banquet table. This is why I am against the term Turkey Day. It sends the wrong message. The focus around our table on this special occasion will not be the turkey but rather giving thanks to God who has been so good to us. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4 KJV). 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Book Tee Times Online www.pineoaksocala.com 7 DAYS A WEEK FOURSOME SPECIAL $ 9 9 0 0 $ 99 00 + Tax Valid After 9AM Lets take a look at the great Thanksgiving con James Snyder Read the classifieds Sunday, Dec. 2 German American Club dinner The German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. A catered ham dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Europa. Ticket prices will be $12 per member or $17 per non-member. Formal attire is requested. Contact Joe or Liz Dickmann at 352-732-6386 for tickets. Cuve Wine and Bistro hosts Hospice 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. 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. 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 All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-873-6738. Monday, Dec. 3 Food drive on downtown squareThe Salvation Army will hold a drive through drop-off food drive on Monday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Ocala Downtown Square. Canned and dried food items and turkeys are urgently needed to help fill our Christmas community food cupboards. For info, call 352-6292004. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Annual Candle Lighting Memorial Light a candle for your child you lost too soon. Join together in honoring the memory of all our children on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Community Center room of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Southeast 17th Street. Family and friends are invited. Candles are provided. Beverly Brown, guest speaker, will reach out to us and share her first-hand losses and will inform you of her Life Steps Grief Program. She published a book God Speaks. Music, poems, share snacks, drinks provided. Bring picture of your child to display and any mementos and dish to share. For information call Jane at 352-528-9262, Betty 352245-4798, Bill 352-522-0768 or Linda, 352-693-3244. Donations accepted. 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. Join Santa for breakfast Join Santa for pancakes on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. There will be games, giveaways, and cookie decorating! Fun for the whole family! For more information call 352-237-2233 or visit ourredeemerocala.org. Scandinavian Club of Marion County: 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. We will meet 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. Please bring a toy for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Interfaith. 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 the 5th of December. 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 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

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H ope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to give thanks for all of our blessings. Thanksgiving was very early this year due to the fact that November began on Thursday making the 4th Thursday on the 22nd. Next year we will celebrate on the 28th. Here is just a little history on our celebration of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking Nov. 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln; influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for about 40 years trying to make it an official holiday. Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of Americas refusal to recognize Lincolns authority, the concept of nationwide Thanksgiving did not totally take effect until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. It was not until Dec. 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in Novemberthis time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. Now that November is over, lets look at some important dates to be marked on our December calendars. We begin with two very important events on Saturday, the 1st: The QMPOA annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is the electing members to the Board of Directors. Lunch will be served. If you are not able to attend, a proxy must be received by Nov. 28. The next event on the 1st is at 7 p.m. We will decorate the Christmas tree, have pictures with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, eggnog and cookies. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., is the QMRPOA annual meeting. The purpose of this meeting is the electing of members to the Board of Directors. Please make every effort to attend both the QMPOA and the QMRPOA meetings. Moving along to other events, the Red Hot Fillies will have their December luncheon at Mesa de Notte restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7 at 12:30. Meet at the clubhouse at noon to carpool. Call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb for reservations. 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All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Thanksgiving in the past, and whats up in December Carolyn Slocumb Q UAIL MEADOW Hospice seeks singers to entertain patients Hospice of Marion County invites you to consider a unique volunteer service. We have a special choral group known as the Journey Singers that sings songs of healing and comfort at the bedsides of the ill or dying at the four Marion County Hospice Houses, private homes, and other selective venues. We offer a wide choice of music, including spiritual, secular and patriotic selections. If you can read music and sing a cappella (that is, without instrumental accompaniment), and have a compassionate heart, join us in this rewarding journey. Call 352-873-7441 for more details. year of lifes many ups and downs that are the reality for most people. It had great moments; it had sad moments; but it had mostly normal, regular days and nights that make up the biggest part of all our lives. There is a lot to be said for those normal and regular days and nights. However, it takes a fair amount of wisdom and a great deal of maturity for us to recognize that normal and regular are the best of days. For those of us who have read or seen the play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, we have had the opportunity to see that premise performed on stage or in film in a unique way. I will not go into a long dissertation about this most wonderful work of dramatic art; but I will say that once I understood the real meaning of the play, I never looked at life the same way again. Many of my high school students who studied the play in my American Literature classes in Rome, Georgia, told me that they were also impacted significantly by the play. As the narrator responds to a young woman who has died but has been allowed to relive one day of her life before she moves on to her eternity, he points out something very special when he is asked if anyone ever really appreciates life every single day of it. His response Poets and philosphers maybe. Actually, that is what I remember his saying. I did not research to get the exact quote because those words are etched into my mind and have served me well on many occasions. I recognize that I am neither a poet nor a philosopher, therefore, many days might just flow by without my conscious appreciation for the special value of that particular day. That does not mean that I do not understand and value each day; but my consciousness of my need to see the significance is often masked by the day to day business of life. I do make it at point to tell my loved ones daily that I love them, and I habitually say that as I end phone conversations rather than saying the customary good-bye. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that closing since it is God be with you but I want to say the love word because it is so important to me and my family. I, and most of the people with whom I have talked here in Fairfield Village, feel the same way. We are thankful for many things; but over and above everything else, we cherish the loved ones in our lives. That love along with the beauty and special value of our regular days is more than enough for us to be thankful daily. We know that each day has its own special worth and that the days before and the days after Thanksgiving are significant enough for us to say regular prayers of appreciation for all our normal blessings. Those of us who make our homes here in the community called Fairfield Village, a lively place filled with lovely people, hope that the blessings we enjoy and recognize during Thanksgiving 2012 are also part of the lives of others. We pray for a safe and happy holiday season for our Ocala community and its people of all faiths and creeds. Please enjoy the holidays and stay safe and happy as we all participate in the many special activities of this celebratory time of 2012. FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 7 Not unlike many American home celebrations of Thanksgiving, the guys are anxiously anticipating the really good meal they are about to enjoy. Are they also awaiting a special football game? Maybe so!

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INDEX Quail Meadow......2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........6 Fairfield Village..7 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 35 WEDNESDAY, November 28, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 Classifieds Page 11 12Wednesday, November 28, 2012 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000DATR BY BARB DEDICS Saturday, Nov. 3, was a fun-filled day at the Ocala Palms Annual Arts and Craft Bazaar. Several Ocala Palms artisans as well as many of our regular vendors returned again this year to display their crafts for the bazaar. All of the artisans share an enthusiasm for what they create, featuring crafts, jewelry, home and holiday decor. In addition to the great shopping, local residents donated many scrumptious baked goods for our annual bake sale. A delicious carrot cake was won by Joyce Hartsock, an Ocala Palms resident, during the cake walk. For the convenience for shoppers, as well as vendors, lunch for purchase was also provided. Raffle tickets were sold for the Inter Faith Emergency Services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Food 4 Kids. Many early Christmas shoppers found something for everyone on their list by the end of a very busy day. The community is appreciative of coordinators Carol Yount and Kathy Gustafson along with their bakery, luncheon and parking staff. These ladies and men volunteered their time and efforts and are to be commended for giving their time and effort in making this a successful event. See photos on Page 6. Sue Primeau took part in the Arts and Crafts Festival at Ocala Palms. Arts and crafts at Ocala Palms Black Friday at the mall The parking lot was full at the Paddock Mall on Friday, Nov.23, known as Black Friday, as shoppers looked for Christmas bargains on the day after Thanksgiving.PHOTO BY RON RATNER The website for public voting on Floridas license plate, www.Vote4FloridaTag.com, is open to all Floridians! Floridians can vote online through Dec. 14. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to upgrade the basic Florida plate to a design that increases readability and features a seven character configuration. A committee of more than 20 stakeholders, including state agency personnel, law enforcement, tax collectors and affiliated These are the designs for the states new tags. Go to www.Vote4FloridaTag.com to make your selection. associations participated in the development of the final license plate designs. DHSMVs in-house graphics artist created the proposed designs. You can vote for new tags Newly-elected county commissioners David Moore, 42, and Earl Arnett, 65, have officially joined the rest of the Board of County Commissioners. Judge David Eddy swore Moore and Arnett into office at last Tuesdays County Commission meeting. Returning Commissioner Stan McClain, 51, also took the oath of office. The trio joins Chairman Kathy Bryant and Vice Chair Carl Zalak III, on the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. Moore replaces former commissioner Mike Amsden for the District 1 seat. Arnett replaces former commissioner Charlie Stone for the District 5 position. This is the first time Moore and Arnett have held elected office. I look forward to working with the commission to impact the challenges of our community in a positive way and continue to build a confidence in our citizens, so that as we move forward we can be also confident that we have their support with a mutual achievement that can be shared by all, Moore said. Moore campaigned on budget discipline focusing on essential and emergency services, job creation through business-friendly practices and protection of water resources. Moore is a Citrus County native and decade-long Marion County resident and has worked in the financial field for 14 years. Arnett, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Earls Tint and Signs, is a Washington, D.C., native and decades-long Marion County resident. During his commission race, Arnett campaigned on economic growth through reduction of duplicative mandates and regulations, as well as budget efficiency through streamlined operations. My focus will be on maintaining the financial solvency of our county by helping to develop an environment where businesses can develop, grow and thrive, Arnett said. McClain is serving his third term on the board. I am honored to continue to serve, McClain said. I hope to be able to continue a tradition of fiscal responsibility and honor the families of Marion County. County commissioners sworn in Earl Arnett Stan McClain David Moore Join 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 the website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. Concert band to entertain on Dec. 1-2