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INDEX Quail Meadow......4 Rev. Snyder..........6 African Violets......7 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 Happenings Page 2 PuzzlesPage 912 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EIXF BY BARB DEDICS Special to the MessengerOn March 26, cooler temperatures didn't keep citizens from enjoying the demonstrations and displays at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. This event was just a portion of the free 14-week educational course concerning the operations of the MCSO. The crowd was welcomed with a hearty speech from Sheriff Chris Blair. Following his speech, the MCSO Pipes and Drums dressed in their traditional Scottish military uniforms pleased the crowd by playing several tunes. This particular class included MCSO officers/experts giving a brief explanation of their mission, training, selection procedures and operation in the following special units; Marine Patrol, URT (Underwater Recovery Team), SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Bomb, K-9, Traffic, Hostage Negotiators and Aviation. Volunteer units such as Funeral Escort and Homeland Security were also included. Equipment for each special unit was on display. Among those were a patrol boat, special SWAT vehicle, Command Center vehicle, Bomb Squad robotics/suits, weapons, motorcycles and a helicopter. The grand finale for the evening was a demonstration by BOLT the K-9 dog apprehending a fleeing criminal aka Lt. Jon Turner, his handler. For those wishing to attend future classes, please contact Ms. Carolyn Fender at 352-368-3551 or CFender@marionso.com. Sheriffs Office educates citizens at academy PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSAbove, student Ashton trieds on a 30-pound bomb helmet. At left, Bolt demonstrates how he brings down a suspect. Above, Sgt. Don Standridge displaying night helmet and helicopter.At left, Deputy Paul Youmans giving motorcycle advice to student Zachary. Marion County Center for the Arts Omega Theatre Company will present the musical Smile April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, located at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.westportwolfpack.org. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Smile was inspired by the 1975 film of the same name, directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson. The musical depicts the offstage difficulties of the fictitious 1985 California Young American Miss beauty pageant held in Santa Rosa, California. Students Amanda Glenn and Savannah Hirst portray two contestants who befriend each other throughout the pageant. Krystal Ortega plays the pageant coordinator, Brenda DiCarlo Freelander, and Keaton Long takes on the role of her beleaguered husband, Big Bob Freelander. Students in the musical theatre program round out the large ensemble cast. The production is directed by Janet Shelley, with musical direction by Nancy Atkinson and choreography by Jana Tripp. Chris Vaida serves as scenic designer and technical director for the production, supervising the student production staff. Lighting design is by West Port alumnus Nicole Shepard. Orchestra musicians are students in the famed Marion County Center for the Arts instrumental music program under the direction of Nancy Atkinson and Scotty Vance. The Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a magnet program for gifted and talented high school students in the performing and visual arts. Students can elect a major course of study in visual art, dance, music, and theatre, while taking core academic, honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment college classes. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Reeder, MCCA Coordinator at 352-291-4000. Musical to be presented at West Port April 19-21 Fairfield Villages Clubhouse is becoming even more attractive to many FFV neighbors. Recently, Kerry Breedon and Bart Rich did some comparison shopping and came up with what seems to be the best possible choice of a big screen television for many different possible uses. Everyone is looking forward to lots of new activities which can be part of the fun things going on in our community. This might include group aerobics or even something like Wii bowling, tennis, golf, or even boxing without too much sweating or chance of injury. The photo shows the fun that was had at the fund-raiser for the new piano which will also help to lead to more pleasant activities in our inviting clubhouse. The smiles show how much everyone was ready to dance the night away for the popular cause. Special thanks go to Jean Chapman and those who helped her to organize the piano dance party. Additionally, those who will be able to enjoy the new piano appreciate the initial generous pledges made by Sandy and Norris Williams and Jim and Barb LePage. The former managers office has been converted into a mini theater for the enjoyment of those who want to see a good movie together. This should also be a very good place for friends to enjoy televised sporting events in a comfortable setting without interfering with anyone else. All in all, it seems certain that very soon more neighbors can participate in many different kinds of activities in FFVs Clubhouse where lovely people meet in a lively place and have lots of fun. New additions to Fairfield Villages Clubhouse Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Dancers at the piano fund-raiser. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms QuiltersThe Ocala Palms Sunbonnet Quilters proudly display the 176 string book bags they sewed for the Wyomina School of Ocala for a teacher's special project. The materials used to create these bags were donated by the people in and around the Ocala area and were constructed from cotton, flannel and fleece. It was a wonderful community project and the students will certainly find them useful in the upcoming school year. Pictured here, from left to right, are Cora Maxim, Kriss Myers, Jay Pilot Judy Anderson, Soon Kelly, Sherry Cruz, Itsy Andrews, Barbara Dubinet, and Carol Brandes. 000EL0Q

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L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODA Y N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery Read the classifieds Wednesday, April 10 Four-day bonsai exhibitThe Marion Bonsai Society and Master the Possibilities Education Center present the 6th Annual The Living Art of Bonsai exhibit from April 10 through April 13. The exhibit will feature several trees that transform Master the Possibilities education center into a forest of art. Register for associated classes, presentations and demonstrations available through Master the Possibilities at www.masterthepossibilities.com. The four-day display is free and open to the public. Master the Possibilities is at 8415 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Exhibit hours: April 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on this and other presentations visit us online or call 352-861-9751.Family Fun Night at JoyBeginning April 10 at 5:30 p.m. and every second Wednesday of each month, Joy Lutheran Church is offering a free Family Fun Night. This will be an hour of fun, devotion, food and games. Everyone is invited to this church family event. We welcome all members of Gods family and invite you to be part of our church family. To extend this fun event, all are welcome to attend the contemporary worship service at 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP, by e-mailing arab2horses@yahoo.com or elhjr@embarqmail.com or calling the church office at 352-854-4509, so we know how much pizza to order. Check us out and come on by to have some fun. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221.Thursday, April 11 Palm Cay Republicans to meetThe April 11 meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held at the Oasis at 7 p.m. Speakers are School Board member Nancy Stacy, and County Commissioner Kathy Bryant. Kathy will be delivering the State of the County report. All citizens are encouraged to attend. After the meeting we will be having refreshments and time for questions and conversation with our speakers. For further information please contact James E. Pettus, Sr., at 352-438-9662Friday, April 12 Free concert scheduledThere will be a free concert at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs and the community is invited, Natalie and the Greyhounds will present a one-hour songfest on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. Natalie and the Greyhounds is a doo-wop group that is a part of the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band. There will be refreshment after the concert. For information, call 352-489-5511.Dentistry from the HeartThe annual Dentistry from the Heart program by Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, will take place on Friday, April 12, at his office, 9401 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 101, Ocala. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can choose any one of the following: cleaning, filling or extraction. The service will be free. For more information call Dr. Dunns office at 352873-2000.Friday Forum at Buffet CityIn the hope that civil discourse will lead to civic action, Justice Sandra Day OConnor during the course of her career always invited her colleagues to break bread with her. A group of concerned Marion County activists wishes to do likewise by expanding our community conversation about important issues of the day with a monthly luncheon speaker series to be known as The Friday Forum. The first will take place on Friday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City. People from all walks of life who share an interest in our community and the welfare of all our people are invited to attend. Bruce Seaman, pastor at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and coordinator of Awake Marion, an affiliate of the statewide coalition of progressive groups known as Awake the State, will be the first speaker. He will describe the groups current initiatives and introduce their project leaders. Buffet City is centrally located at the corner of State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 441. Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to select their meal so that the program can begin promptly at noon. Buffet City will reserve one of its rooms for us depending upon the number expected. So please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 to let us know if you are coming. We welcome suggestions for future programs Three-day performance at DunnellonPlayers from Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Middle schools will present the ferociously funny, familyfriendly comedy, Mama Wont Fly on April 12, 13 and 14. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brothers wedding. Savannahs problem: Mama wont fly. Show times are April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m., at Dunnellon Middle School auditorium. Dunnellon Middle school is at 21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at 352-465-6745 for additional information.Murder mystery dinner theaterThe Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a murder mystery dinner theater on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The title of the production is Murder at all sinners and tickets are on sale now for $15. A three-course meal is planned. The Church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 in Dunnellon (across from the firehouse). To reserve your tickets, please call the churchs office at 352-4657272.Saturday, April 13 All church yard and bake saleA huge yard and bake sale will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Vendors sites will be provided and reservations for vendors will be accepted March 23 through April 12. The fee is $10 per space. Contact Jim Hein at 352-8733199. Happenings

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Fine Jewelry Fine Jewelry 000EHE6 000E5J8 The T r uesdell Professional Building 200 N.W 52nd A venue Ocala, Fl 34482 K ELLE A N K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM A t torne y & Counselor at L a w (352) 873-4141 or K elleanTr uesdell.com My Flor ida Est ate Planning W or kshop is a v ailable an y da y at an y hour Wills, Living T rusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney Probate, Medicaid, Long-T erm Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death T ax Minimization, T rust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000EKP A So heres the action Im suggesting by the U.S. Congress. They seem to have a lot of free time, so maybe they can try this. Repeal baseballs antitrust exemption, which goes back to the old days. Baseball is a big business and should be subject to the same monopoly rules as any other business. Set a limit on the distance that any event can be blacked out, especially on media that people pay an extra subscription for. I pay for the MLB packages, and I should get to see all the games, regardless of where theyre played. By the way, this could also apply to NFL games. The good news is that the Mets dont play the Marlins again for a few weeks. By then, the Magic season should be over. Actually, some people I know tell me the Magic season was over two weeks after it started.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 8 Saturday, April 13 Art Expo at OTOWLocal artists from On Top of the World, Oak Run, Palm Cay, Stone Creek and other communities in Ocala showcase their masterpieces at this annual art expo on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Works include paintings, sculptures, stained glass, portrait sketches, clay jewelry, metal artwork, watercolors and much more. Enjoy live entertainment by the Paul De Ritter Duo during the expo. This event is free and open to the public. The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the Worlds Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 Ext. 7530.Golf tourney at Ocala PalmsOcala Palms Golf and Country Club will sponsor the annual Free Enterprise Open Four Person Scramble on Saturday, April 13. The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides economic and financial literacy programs to Florida teachers and students. The cost for the event is $70 per person (major credit cards accepted). Each player will receive a free round of golf, pancake breakfast, lunch, a chance to win a car for a hole in one, an EZ-GO golf car for a hole in one and one lady and one man will take a million dollar shot. An awards ceremony will be held following lunch with awards for the winning team plus gift certificates for the top teams in each flight, closest to the pin prizes, and plenty of door prizes. Please call the pro shop at 352-732-GOLF (4653) if you would like to participate or help sponsor this event. Book Feast at main libraryEnjoy a smorgasbord of brain food that will fill your cravings for the craft of writing as the HeadquartersOcala Public Library presents its Book Feast: An Event for Readers and Writers of All Ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at its location on 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Discover the unique talents of 38 local Florida writers from Marion and surrounding counties and learn first-hand about their personal writing experiences, style and the creative process. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to purchase books from local authors, have them signed, get writing tips and generally talk to people from the area who have honed their writing skills, said Domina Daughtrey, Marion County Public Library System Information Services division manager and event coordinator. The Book Feast is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Book Feast or other Marion County Public Library System programs and services, call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.Ocala West hosts breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church community wide breakfast sponsored by the mens club will be on April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. All you can eat for $5.Cookies, cakes and pancakes offeredThe United Methodist Women of Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a Spring Bake Sale on April 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bake sale is held in conjunction with the mens famous-all-you can eat breakfast.Sons of Norway to organize groupThe Vikings are coming! The Sons of Norway (SON), a fraternal benefits organization, is hosting an organizational meeting to form a lodge in Ocala Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m., Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala (hotel: 352-854-1400). Area residents are cordially invited to attend and learn more about Sons of Norway. Beverages and dessert will be served. The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway. SON has over 400 local lodges and eight (8) District Lodges. The Ocala lodge will be the 14th lodge in Florida. The mission of the SON is to Promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. Members do not have to be of Norwegian birth or descent but must be interested in the heritage and culture of Norway. For further information about the April 13 meeting and to RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 please contact one of these SON members: Asta Nilsen at 352-8549660 or alfnasta@aol.com or Joyce Olsen at 352-8610521 or jolsen@deccacable.com.Sunday, April 14 Chamber Music Society concertThe Marion Chamber Music Society is hosting the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Eunice Kim, violin, John-Henry Crawford, Cello, and Patrick Kreeger, piano, are all students at the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. All Marion Chamber Music Society programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call 352-867-1340 or www.marionchambermusic.com.Cantor and pianist to performOn Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Temple Bnai Darom is honored to present Cantor Kim Komrad and pianist David Leighton in concert at our Temple Sanctuary, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Kim is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative Synagogue in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. David Leighton is a Julliard trained pianist and has been a performer and assistant conductor for the NYC Metropolitan Opera. Please go to their web sites for more background: www.kimkomrad.com and www.davidleighton.com. Their performance will contain a range of music from traditional liturgical and Jewish music to contemporary standards and Broadway melodies. Please contact Anne Lange at (352) 245-1212 or summerfieldlange@aol.com for reservations. Tickets are $12 per person which includes refreshments during intermission.Friendship fellowship luncheonBring a friend and a side dish and enjoy sharing Mexican Favorites together in fellowship after the Worship Service. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-8616182, www.ccomc.org/. Wednesday, April 17 Workshop for job seekersMonster and Workforce Connection have again teamed up to help job seekers power up their jobsearch efforts with a free Power Seekers workshop on Wednesday, April 17. The high-energy workshop takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Floridas Webber Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Seating is limited to 175 participants. Monster Worldwide, which pioneered digital recruiting in 1994, is the parent company of Monster.com, the premier global online employment solution. Workforce Connection provides fee-free services to job seekers and employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. We have hosted several Power Seeker workshops now with Monster and they are always packed and enthusiastically received, said Robyne Fraize, Workforce Connection project coordinator who has been coordinating the workshops since 2010. These workshops complement the full array of services and staff support we offer job seekers. SaRatta Reeves, national recruiter and trainer for Monster, will provide recommendations and techniques to help job seekers stand out from the crowd. Participants will learn how to create power resumes, build lasting career networks, find the best career advice, develop in-demand soft skills and sharpen interview skills. Reeves specializes in improving retention and building client relations. She had more than 10 years experience in recruiting and training with Verizon Wireless and Team Enterprises, whose clients included MillerCoors, before joining Monster in 2006 as a national speaker. To register, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.coms calendar of events. Read the classifieds More on Page 5 April is National Community College Month and the Florida College System (FCS) plans to celebrate 55 years of innovation, achievements, and successes throughout the month. Governor Rick Scott said, A great education is critical to providing students job opportunities after graduation, which is why my budget invests $1.1 billion for Florida colleges. Its through innovations like the $10K Degree Challenge that the Florida College System helps Florida families pursue their dreams. View the Governors proclamation about FCS Month. The primary mission of the FCS is to provide access to high-quality affordable education that prepares students for continued education or jobs. Floridas 28 colleges operate 181 sites throughout the state and serve nearly a million Floridians. Colleges offer a dynamic array of educational opportunities, including adult education, developmental education, vocational certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, and community education. Here are a few FCS highlights: The FCS is proud to serve all students: 63 percent are part-time, 55 percent are minority, 59 percent are female, and the average student age is 26. Two-thirds of high school graduates enrolling in postsecondary education in Florida enroll in the FCS. Through Floridas strong 2+2 articulation system, FCS associate in arts graduates are guaranteed admission into one of the great state universities in Florida. Fifty-four percent of juniors and seniors in state universities transferred from the FCS. One-hundred percent of FCS institutions that offer bachelors degrees have accepted Governor Rick Scotts challenge to work to develop bachelors degrees costing students no more than $10,000. Eighty-eight percent of FCS graduates are continuing their education or employed within one year of graduation. The average starting salary of FCS bachelors degree graduates is $46,186. The average starting salary of FCS associate in science degree graduates is $44,095. Students enjoy an attractive 16.8 percent average rate of return on their educational investment. April is National Community College Month

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9 4 W ednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Attend the worship service of your choice... 000DOX6 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000E79U St. Martins Church 950 N.W 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Flor ida 34475 352-351-8059 www .cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. V isitors Ar e Always W elcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000E1IT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning W orship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H 000EF6C 8070 SW 60th A ve. Ocala, FL 34476 352-291-2080 SER VICES HOURS Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm 1:30 Spanish Service Tuesday 7pm Spanish Service Wednesday Night 7pm Youth 7pm Thursday Bible Study 6:30 to 7:30 Friday 7pm Spanish Service Nursery available www.crossroads.cog.net WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul W oosley Christ the King The Rev Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev Matthew W alter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Chur ch 000DBZY is discovered through worshiping together 71 1 187 000EHT8 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But dont let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when youll want to be ready to take on new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for single Bovines seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people whove never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an advantage in assessing a possibly too-good-to-betrue offer. A trusted colleague has advice. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Expect to be called on once again to act as peacemaker in a longsimmering dispute that suddenly flares up. Offer advice, but be careful to stay out of the fray. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your organizational skills help you line up your priorities so that you get things done without added pressure. The weekend could hold a special surprise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) New ventures are favored. But dont launch yours before rechecking all facts and sources. Also, be sure you can rely on support from certain people. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Dont be pushed into renegotiating an agreement, even though it might help avoid a potential impasse. Get legal advice before you sign or agree to anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Helping others is what Aquarians do so well. But this time, someone wants to help you. Expect to hear some news that will both surprise and delight you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Things go so swimmingly that youre tempted to take on more tasks. Best advice: Finish what you have now, then enjoy a well-earned relaxing weekend. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Read the classifieds The Spring Fling Hobo potluck will be April 15. Since this is Income Tax Day, we can get together and share in some good food while lamenting over the amount of taxes we had to pay. As a special treat we will be entertained by Vincenzo Basile. This entertainment is provided by the social committee as a gift to the community. If you dont plan to attend the dinner, then please come at 6:45 p.m. and enjoy the music. Ladies, its time for the monthly luncheon. We will be dining at Darrells Diner, the new restaurant in the WinnDixie shopping center. Invite a neighbor to come with you on Friday, the 12th at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin. Did you get fooled on April Fools Day? April 1 was last week, but thought you would enjoy some history on the day. Remember back in our younger years when everyone tried to outdo the other person with a prank? The history of this day is not really clear. In fact, there is disagreement on the correct spelling of the day. Some use April Fools Day (the most popular), some April Fools, and still others use April Fools Day. Its all in the use of the apostrophe. However you spell it, its still just a fun day. As for the origin of the day, many believe it started in France around 1582. Until that year, April 1 was considered the first day of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by King Charles IX, New Years Day was moved to Jan. 1. Communication was very slow at this time, so many people didnt know of the calendar change until many years later. Even so, there were those who refused to change and still celebrated the New Year on April 1. These backward people, as they were known, were labeled as fools. They were often sent on foolish errands and were made the butt of practical jokes. Practical jokes are a common practice in many countries. Through the years there have been some very elaborate jokes played on the public. A couple of examples are as follows: 1957 BBC news announced that due to a very mild winter and the elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, the Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper crop of spaghetti. They even showed pictures of the peasants pulling spaghetti strands down from trees. The BBC received numerous calls wanting to know how they could grow their spaghetti trees! The answer given was, place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. 1998 Burger King introduced the lefthanded Whopper in their ad that was in USA Today. According to the news item, this Whopper was designed especially for the 32 million lefthanded Americans. This sandwich contains the same ingredients as the regular Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to benefit the left-handed customers! Although this was an April Fools Day hoax, many customers fell for it and requested the Left-handed Whopper. Burger King reported they had other S p r i ng Fling sc h e d u led f o r A p r i l 15 customers who ordered the regular Whopper for right-handed people. Just remember April Fools Day is a fun day, meant to be enjoyed by all. Another historic event happened in 1513 500 years ago on April 3 Juan Ponce de Len landed on the Florida shore near present day St. Augustine. Land was spotted on April 2, but they landed the next day. This was also Easter weekend. This expedition began when the Spanish crown encouraged Ponce de Len to continue searching for new lands, in hopes of finding gold and expanding the Spanish empire. Also around this time, he learned of a Caribbean island called Bimini, on which there were rumored to be miraculous waters that could rejuvenate those who drank from them (the fountain of youth). We know he didnt land on Bimini, but instead it was Florida. He named the region Florida because he discovered it at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida) and because its vegetation was lush and floral. In case you didnt know, Juan Ponce de Leon was with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Tickets for the Spring Fling, Vegas Night catered dinner and special entertainment can be purchased from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey, or Marie Schneider. The date for this event is May 18. We will have more on this later. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb As of now, that spring break tattoo may no longer prevent a person from donating blood with LifeSouth. With the state of Florida tightening its laws on the inspection and licensing of tattoo parlors, anyone who has received a tattoo in a licensed Florida tattoo parlor since those changes went into effect Jan. 1, will no longer face the one-year deferral on donating blood, said LifeSouth Director of Recruitment and Retention Galen Unold. Unold explained that LifeSouth had earlier made a similar change for its donors in Alabama when that state tightened its licensing and inspection regulation. With tattoos increasing in popularity, more and more people were prevented from donating, but it was important because our number one goal is keeping the blood supply safe, Unold said. These new state regulations should make that process safer and also allow more people to donate blood. As LifeSouth adopts the change, Unold explained that a small number of potential donors will still be facing the one-year wait. Anyone who has already attempted to donate this year, but received a one-year deferral because of a tattoo, wont be permitted to donate until a year after their attempted donation date, he said. Anyone with questions can call LifeSouth toll-free Blood donors and tattoos

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You can put in the name of the city you want to view or, if you know it, the three-letter airport code (thats the three letters you find on your luggage, JFK for Kennedy, LGA for LaGuardia, MCO for Orlando, TPA for Tampa, etc.). You will find yourself looking at the same radar that controllers see, just slightly time delayed for security. You can easily switch airports, and watch flights with the airline, the type of plane, the speed, origination and destination, and cruising altitude. But if you type in OCF, which is the code for Ocala, youll be asking, Where did everybody go? You will still be able to see the overflights, planes going to other airports that are flying over Ocala, but youll soon realize that none of them are coming here. Thats why were not particularly concerned that the FAA has decided to close the control tower, yes, the nice new control tower, at Ocala International Airport. The airport used to run just fine without the tower, and it will continue to do so. The FAA is closing down towers at many small airports across the nation, and Ocala is on the list. The tower is slated to shut down this summer, after being given a slight reprieve. The reason, of course, is money. Were sure there are pilots who like having the control tower to help make sure that their airspace is clear. But with the land as flat as it is around here, visual landings are much easier than, say, Atlanta or Denver, places with mountains in the area. So dont worry. Its not likely that planes will be dropping on our houses and streets because of the lack of an operational control tower. Now, what do they do with that tower thats sitting out there. Maybe it can be a tourist attraction. Hey everybody, come out and pretend youre guiding planes to landings. Or you can be a ground controller, steering all those planes around the tarmac. Maybe they can even put a computer with flightaware.com in there, to simulate the real thing. Apparently thats as close as were going to get around here for a while. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Singers soughtSing, Sing a Song, Sing it Simple, Sing it Strong! Were looking for a few good men! No, were looking for more than a few good men. Were looking for all you good men out there who love singing and, believe it or not, can sing. There are many of you everywhere in Marion and the surrounding counties who are a might timid to go out in public and sing your little hearts out. Well fear not, we have the solution that will turn you into a roaring vocal volcano that the public will clamor for more and more. We are confidence builders. We were all just like you before we met the Barbershop Harmony Society. It didnt take long before we found out they liked to sing just as much as we did. Singing together helped us shed any fears we had about singing before the public. We know youre going to ask, Who are these guys? Are they some kind of miracle workers? No, theyre men just like you who work at their hobby and help each other rid themselves of any fears. Its a team effort that pays musical dividends. Ill bet your champing at the bit to find out just who these extraordinary men are that will go to any extreme to help their fellow man do well. We are The Big Sun Chorus from Ocala. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a nonprofit organization. We are those men of distinction. We are The Barbershoppers. Our form and style of singing was born and bred in the good old US of A. Along with our brothers in nine affiliates around the globe. From Germany to New Zealand and from Canada to South Africa we form the largest male singing society in the world. Our chapter meets every Monday evening, (unless we get snowed out) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala West United Methodist Church located at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. For further information, contact: Doug Oxford 352-527-6980. Thank you for your attention and remember, all we ask of you is to help us Keep the whole world singing (our motto). Peter Musella Big Sun ChorusGuns dont kill people? 1 am tired of hearing the oversimplified bumper sticker slogan guns dont kill people ... people kill people. For those of you who dont see the obvious irrelelevance of this statement allow me to make my point. Hammers dont drive nails....people drive nails. If you needed to drive a nail, what tool would you reach for? A few of us might grab a rock or a heavy wrench but the vast majority (100% statistically) of nails are driven by hammers because hammers really do drive nails. The exact same logic applies to guns. If you wanted to kill as many people as possible and as quickly as possible, what tool would you reach for? Lets get real here. Joe Peck Dunnelion Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Those of us who love baseball have to put up with a bunch of blackout rules that stagger the imagination. Thats what had me frustrated last Friday night. As you should know by now, Im a Mets fan. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings on cable and MLB Premium TV on computer, mainly so I can watch the Mets. The problem Friday night was threefold: the Miami Marlins, Fox Sports Florida and Cox Cable. First, Fox Sports. The network, at this time of year, is overbooked. It shows the Orlando Magic games in north Florida, and shows the Marlins statewide. Friday night last week, the Marlins were in New York playing the Mets. But Fox chose to show the Magic game (I dont follow the NBA real closely, but I understand the Magic are terrible). It didnt even plan a tape delay of the game. The next culprit is the Marlins. We live near mile marker 354 on the Interstate, which starts in Miami. That means that were are 350 miles from the Marlins home. Why are they allowed to black out games all the way up here? But thats not the worst part. The Marlins black out the entire state of Florida. There are people who live closer to the Atlanta Braves than Miami in Florida, and I havent measured it, but I think the folks in Pensacola live closer to the Houston Astros than Miami. So why are the Marlins allowed to black out the signal that far away? The blackout means that I couldnt watch this game on either the computer or the cable package. Next, Cox Cable. Give them credit, they tried to do something right. They Cable, baseball and the blackouts Among Friends Jim Clark moved the Mets game to Local Origination Channel 16, the one that broadcasts local programming. I found it quite by accident, but there it was, at 7 p.m. But along came 7:30, and the channel automatically switched to a used car show, while the game was in the second inning. After 12 minutes, I guess realizing their mistake, Cox switched back to the game. I settled down, but along came 8:30, and along came the same used car show, this time complete with a religious sermon. This time the show lasted until 8:58, when we suddenly were back in the game for two minutes. During that show I called the auto dealer number on the screen, and told them I would never shop in their lot (not that I would, anyway). I doubt if they cared. Also, by this time I had found a radio broadcast of the game and was listening to it that way. At 9 p.m., more used cars. Now I was a bit angry, so I called cable. The tech I talked to said he would send an e-mail to the engineers to check on it. After about 15 minutes, the game came back on and stayed on to the bitter end. Saturday and Sunday there was no conflict with the Magic, so I got to see both games. Please see CLARK, Page 10 Thursday, April 18 A ir F orce group to m eetThe April meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. If you ordered an AFA Chapter jacket you can pick it up at this meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-8548328.Friday, April 19 T he Circle of F rench F riendsLe Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 State Road 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is April 19. Saturday, April 20 Tw o -day f low er showPioneer Garden Club presents Pascua Florida, a flower show celebrating 500 years since Ponce De Leon discovered Florida, on April 20-21, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. each day, open to the public. Enter your prized rose, bromeliad, orchid, annual, perennial, flowering branch, violet, houseplant, etc. Call Mrs. Rosalie Laudando, Horticulture chairman, at 352-237-9509 for entry information. Many beautiful specimens from local gardeners and garden club members will be on display. Junior Gardeners from the local schools will show their hard work planting on the school grounds, potting plants, growing seeds and making floral designs depicting the Ponce de Leon theme. Beautiful designs will showcase the talents of the club members and the lobby will feature exquisite designs from noted floral design judges from throughout the state. An educational display will inform on local issues of water, ecology and the environment. The event is free to the public. Donations are appreciated. The Club is at 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (in the Appleton Museum complex).H elp ing H and s race, w alk, f un runHelping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kids Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). Its a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the childrens Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464.Sunday, April 21 G erm an American Club p icnic setThe German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 21, at noon at Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per nonmember. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets.Thursday, April 25 OTOW Dem ocrats to m eetThe next meeting of the On Top of the World Democratic Club will be Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Each meeting has guest speakers of local and national interest. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. rooms E and F at the Arbor Conference Center. You must be an OTOW resident to join. There are no dues! For more information call Dan Lack at 352-509-4942 or send an e-mail to otowdemclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (On Top of the World Democratic Club). All registered Democrats are invited to join. Saturday, April 27 Concert b ands two -day p erf orm ancePlease join the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Swing into Spring concert series on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical Selections include: Themes Like Old Times V; Rock, Roll and Remember, a tribute to Dick Clark; Broadway One Step; Star Wars The Marches,; As Time Goes By and I Feel a Song Comin On, featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster, and a special tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring the Kingdom of the Sun Big Band performing Sing, Sing, Sing, Stompin at the Savoy, and Dont Be That Way. All performances are free and open to the public donations are accepted. Call 352-624-9291 or more information, or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. A ll church golf outingEveryone is invited to hit the links Saturday morning, 11 a.m., at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Oak Run Country Club, to play 18 holes of golf, with cart, and share lunch. Enjoy a fun day of golf, Christian Fellowship and who knows: a hole in one? Prizes to be awarded. Those interested in lunch only are welcome. Fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, tip and prizes. For reservations and additional information contact Bob Parizek at 352-873-9149, Ray Westman at 352-208-9023 or Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to p erf ormThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled TO THE MOON AND BACH, will include Walking on the Moon, Claire de Lune, Africa, American Folk Songs, Bachs Easter Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden others works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207.Saturday, May 4 Y ard sale at F irst CongregationalA huge yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 4 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. There will be electronics, furniture, tools, clothing, jewelry, home decor, appliances and much, much more.Sunday, May 5 Civ ic Chorale to p erf ormOn Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a concert titled Give My Regards to Broadway at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program will include A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40s and medleys from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, contact us at 352-537-0207 or www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org. Ongoing R ead ing V olunteer G roupLove to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books. Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.

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Iam not one to boast, at least not about myself unless someone is listening, but I do give some time to exercising the little gray cells in my mind. Many people, no names given, spend most of their time yapping while people like me spend their time napping. While napping, I am also exercising my mind. Some people exercise their mind by doing crossword puzzles. I tried this but every once in a while Ill think of the right word and then that word makes me think of something else and that makes me think of something else altogether and pretty soon Im off on one of my little mind trips. One thing about these little mind trips of mine, they do not cost very much and when I come to, I am quite refreshed. One danger about my little mind trips is that sometimes I am not alone when I am tripping out. This can be quite dangerous to my health. Last week, for example, I was driving across town and happened to engage in one of my little mind trips. It must have been a good one because I was thoroughly enjoying my trip and then I began to hear in the background a variety of words that did not seem connected nor did they make sense. These words did not have anything whatsoever to do with the little trip I was on at the time. Then the words started to fall into some kind of an order. Are... You... Listening... To... What... Im... Saying? At first, they did not seem connected and to be truthful it rather upset me because these words were interrupting a very nice mind trip I was on at the time. I hate it when I am interrupted by such nonsense. For some reason I happened to glance over to my right and was shocked to discover that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was sitting in the passenger seat. At first, I thought I was hallucinating. However, she was looking back at me! I stared at her for a minute and then demanded, What are you doing in my car? She gave me one of those looks indicating I was in serious trouble. Then it dawned on me. We were going across town to go shopping. For some reason I had tuned everything out and slipped into a wonderful mind trip. Well, for the rest of the trip I was listening to a voice but that voice was not in my head; it was in my ears. Both of them. I had to leave my little mind trip for another occasion when I was by myself. I must confess that when I get on one of those mind trips of mine I lose sense of everything around me. I have a very active mind; of course, my wife says I have a very active imagination. I am not sure the difference, and I am not about to ask her, either. Some mysteries in life should be just that. A mystery. One mind trip that I get on to about this time a year is Easter. Lately I have had Easter on my mind. I know the word Easter, is not a very politically correct word today. But then I am not running for politics, in fact, I am running away from politics as much as possible. I like the word Easter. In some places, they are changing the Easter Bunny to the Spring Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt to the Spring Egg Hunt. This is supposed to be more PC tolerable. After all, it is important that we should be PC in everything we do. Those people who object to the word Easter, I wonder if they really know where it came from. To some the Easter Bunny has some kind of a religious connotation. Personally, I never discovered what denomination the Easter Bunny is a member of. Where does the Easter Bunny attend church? The First Church of the Easter Egg Hunt? It has become a popular thing not to tolerate religion in our country. Well, let me correct that. We tolerate all religions except Christianity. It is too bad the people who cannot tolerate Christianity are unable to read. I think it is sad this generation is not able to read anymore, because if they were, they might read some of the history of this country and discover it was founded on Christian principles. Imagine that! I still have Easter on my mind Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder I can understand why people are confused about Easter with the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg. Most are confused about how the Easter Bunny can lay Easter Eggs. They are only familiar with Bugs Bunny and everybody knows he cannot lay an egg. So, where do these mysterious Easter Eggs come from? Laying all that nonsense aside, and that is all it is, Easter has some very wonderful memories for me. Say what they will, nothing they say can undermine the wonderful thoughts I have about Easter. I like what the apostle Paul says, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV). The songwriter was right when he said, Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.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 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The College of Central Florida is the recipient of a new grant that promotes student success in dual enrollment courses across the state. The Florida Department of Education issued the $100,000 Florida College System (FCS) Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to promote secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students succeed in college-level courses. Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. Dual enrollment courses are available on high school, career center or college campuses. These courses are a cost-free way for high school students to take rigorous courses that will count toward college completion. Floridas K-20 education system is a model for the nation, said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. Our dual enrollment programs allow high school students to obtain college credit prior to graduation. Serving our students through dual enrollment is a testament to the strength of Floridas seamless education system. All 28 FCS institutions have dual enrollment programs that enrolled 50,054 students in 2011-12. The FCS is the states leading provider of dual enrollment opportunities, serving 83 percent of dual enrollment students. Through the grant, all FCS institutions will have access to the Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard. The College of Central Florida will develop the springboard through collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, Florida colleges and school districts to include a comprehensive website, two sets of professional development tutorials and resources, and a student success preparation kit. The springboard will be available later this year. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard and legislative recognition of the cost and value of dual enrollments will go a long way toward greater acceleration of student learning and degree completions in Florida, said Dr. Jim Henningsen, College of Central Florida president. We see dual enrollment as an important part of our overall efforts to achieve more for students and for Florida. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard will be an invaluable tool for educators and administrators in Floridas public schools and the Florida College System, said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. Floridas students will benefit from increased collaboration and support services that will improve their success in dual enrollment courses. I commend the College of Central Florida on its strong proposal and look forward to the statewide release of the springboard. Dual enrollment grant obtained

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O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER 10% Discount to V eterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Best Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 639 6-V 6 PACK $ 459 8-V 6 PACK $ 529 BATTERY SALE BATTERY SALE BA TTERY SALE 2010 Club Car Remanufactured New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 4,995 E-Z-GO RXV Remanufactured Fully Loaded Ready to go Golfing $ 5,495 12-V T1275 only $ 659 000ECRC A f r i can V i o l et s h o w h e l d a t P i o n ee r Gar d e n Cl ub There was an African V iolet show at the Pioneer Garden Club this past weekend. Many flowers were judged and others were on sale to the general public. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKLynns Pirate Treasure. Midnight Twist. These were some of the African Violets on sale. These were some of the flowers on display. Iam not one to boast, at least not about myself unless someone is listening, but I do give some time to exercising the little gray cells in my mind. Many people, no names given, spend most of their time yapping while people like me spend their time napping. While napping, I am also exercising my mind. Some people exercise their mind by doing crossword puzzles. I tried this but every once in a while Ill think of the right word and then that word makes me think of something else and that makes me think of something else altogether and pretty soon Im off on one of my little mind trips. One thing about these little mind trips of mine, they do not cost very much and when I come to, I am quite refreshed. One danger about my little mind trips is that sometimes I am not alone when I am tripping out. This can be quite dangerous to my health. Last week, for example, I was driving across town and happened to engage in one of my little mind trips. It must have been a good one because I was thoroughly enjoying my trip and then I began to hear in the background a variety of words that did not seem connected nor did they make sense. These words did not have anything whatsoever to do with the little trip I was on at the time. Then the words started to fall into some kind of an order. Are... You... Listening... To... What... Im... Saying? At first, they did not seem connected and to be truthful it rather upset me because these words were interrupting a very nice mind trip I was on at the time. I hate it when I am interrupted by such nonsense. For some reason I happened to glance over to my right and was shocked to discover that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was sitting in the passenger seat. At first, I thought I was hallucinating. However, she was looking back at me! I stared at her for a minute and then demanded, What are you doing in my car? She gave me one of those looks indicating I was in serious trouble. Then it dawned on me. We were going across town to go shopping. For some reason I had tuned everything out and slipped into a wonderful mind trip. Well, for the rest of the trip I was listening to a voice but that voice was not in my head; it was in my ears. Both of them. I had to leave my little mind trip for another occasion when I was by myself. I must confess that when I get on one of those mind trips of mine I lose sense of everything around me. I have a very active mind; of course, my wife says I have a very active imagination. I am not sure the difference, and I am not about to ask her, either. Some mysteries in life should be just that. A mystery. One mind trip that I get on to about this time a year is Easter. Lately I have had Easter on my mind. I know the word Easter, is not a very politically correct word today. But then I am not running for politics, in fact, I am running away from politics as much as possible. I like the word Easter. In some places, they are changing the Easter Bunny to the Spring Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt to the Spring Egg Hunt. This is supposed to be more PC tolerable. After all, it is important that we should be PC in everything we do. Those people who object to the word Easter, I wonder if they really know where it came from. To some the Easter Bunny has some kind of a religious connotation. Personally, I never discovered what denomination the Easter Bunny is a member of. Where does the Easter Bunny attend church? The First Church of the Easter Egg Hunt? It has become a popular thing not to tolerate religion in our country. Well, let me correct that. We tolerate all religions except Christianity. It is too bad the people who cannot tolerate Christianity are unable to read. I think it is sad this generation is not able to read anymore, because if they were, they might read some of the history of this country and discover it was founded on Christian principles. Imagine that! I still have Easter on my mind Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder I can understand why people are confused about Easter with the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg. Most are confused about how the Easter Bunny can lay Easter Eggs. They are only familiar with Bugs Bunny and everybody knows he cannot lay an egg. So, where do these mysterious Easter Eggs come from? Laying all that nonsense aside, and that is all it is, Easter has some very wonderful memories for me. Say what they will, nothing they say can undermine the wonderful thoughts I have about Easter. I like what the apostle Paul says, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV). The songwriter was right when he said, Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.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 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The College of Central Florida is the recipient of a new grant that promotes student success in dual enrollment courses across the state. The Florida Department of Education issued the $100,000 Florida College System (FCS) Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to promote secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students succeed in college-level courses. Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. Dual enrollment courses are available on high school, career center or college campuses. These courses are a cost-free way for high school students to take rigorous courses that will count toward college completion. Floridas K-20 education system is a model for the nation, said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. Our dual enrollment programs allow high school students to obtain college credit prior to graduation. Serving our students through dual enrollment is a testament to the strength of Floridas seamless education system. All 28 FCS institutions have dual enrollment programs that enrolled 50,054 students in 2011-12. The FCS is the states leading provider of dual enrollment opportunities, serving 83 percent of dual enrollment students. Through the grant, all FCS institutions will have access to the Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard. The College of Central Florida will develop the springboard through collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, Florida colleges and school districts to include a comprehensive website, two sets of professional development tutorials and resources, and a student success preparation kit. The springboard will be available later this year. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard and legislative recognition of the cost and value of dual enrollments will go a long way toward greater acceleration of student learning and degree completions in Florida, said Dr. Jim Henningsen, College of Central Florida president. We see dual enrollment as an important part of our overall efforts to achieve more for students and for Florida. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard will be an invaluable tool for educators and administrators in Floridas public schools and the Florida College System, said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. Floridas students will benefit from increased collaboration and support services that will improve their success in dual enrollment courses. I commend the College of Central Florida on its strong proposal and look forward to the statewide release of the springboard. Dual enrollment grant obtained

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You can put in the name of the city you want to view or, if you know it, the three-letter airport code (thats the three letters you find on your luggage, JFK for Kennedy, LGA for LaGuardia, MCO for Orlando, TPA for Tampa, etc.). You will find yourself looking at the same radar that controllers see, just slightly time delayed for security. You can easily switch airports, and watch flights with the airline, the type of plane, the speed, origination and destination, and cruising altitude. But if you type in OCF, which is the code for Ocala, youll be asking, Where did everybody go? You will still be able to see the overflights, planes going to other airports that are flying over Ocala, but youll soon realize that none of them are coming here. Thats why were not particularly concerned that the FAA has decided to close the control tower, yes, the nice new control tower, at Ocala International Airport. The airport used to run just fine without the tower, and it will continue to do so. The FAA is closing down towers at many small airports across the nation, and Ocala is on the list. The tower is slated to shut down this summer, after being given a slight reprieve. The reason, of course, is money. Were sure there are pilots who like having the control tower to help make sure that their airspace is clear. But with the land as flat as it is around here, visual landings are much easier than, say, Atlanta or Denver, places with mountains in the area. So dont worry. Its not likely that planes will be dropping on our houses and streets because of the lack of an operational control tower. Now, what do they do with that tower thats sitting out there. Maybe it can be a tourist attraction. Hey everybody, come out and pretend youre guiding planes to landings. Or you can be a ground controller, steering all those planes around the tarmac. Maybe they can even put a computer with flightaware.com in there, to simulate the real thing. Apparently thats as close as were going to get around here for a while. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Singers soughtSing, Sing a Song, Sing it Simple, Sing it Strong! Were looking for a few good men! No, were looking for more than a few good men. Were looking for all you good men out there who love singing and, believe it or not, can sing. There are many of you everywhere in Marion and the surrounding counties who are a might timid to go out in public and sing your little hearts out. Well fear not, we have the solution that will turn you into a roaring vocal volcano that the public will clamor for more and more. We are confidence builders. We were all just like you before we met the Barbershop Harmony Society. It didnt take long before we found out they liked to sing just as much as we did. Singing together helped us shed any fears we had about singing before the public. We know youre going to ask, Who are these guys? Are they some kind of miracle workers? No, theyre men just like you who work at their hobby and help each other rid themselves of any fears. Its a team effort that pays musical dividends. Ill bet your champing at the bit to find out just who these extraordinary men are that will go to any extreme to help their fellow man do well. We are The Big Sun Chorus from Ocala. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a nonprofit organization. We are those men of distinction. We are The Barbershoppers. Our form and style of singing was born and bred in the good old US of A. Along with our brothers in nine affiliates around the globe. From Germany to New Zealand and from Canada to South Africa we form the largest male singing society in the world. Our chapter meets every Monday evening, (unless we get snowed out) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala West United Methodist Church located at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. For further information, contact: Doug Oxford 352-527-6980. Thank you for your attention and remember, all we ask of you is to help us Keep the whole world singing (our motto). Peter Musella Big Sun ChorusGuns dont kill people? 1 am tired of hearing the oversimplified bumper sticker slogan guns dont kill people ... people kill people. For those of you who dont see the obvious irrelelevance of this statement allow me to make my point. Hammers dont drive nails....people drive nails. If you needed to drive a nail, what tool would you reach for? A few of us might grab a rock or a heavy wrench but the vast majority (100% statistically) of nails are driven by hammers because hammers really do drive nails. The exact same logic applies to guns. If you wanted to kill as many people as possible and as quickly as possible, what tool would you reach for? Lets get real here. Joe Peck Dunnelion Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Those of us who love baseball have to put up with a bunch of blackout rules that stagger the imagination. Thats what had me frustrated last Friday night. As you should know by now, Im a Mets fan. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings on cable and MLB Premium TV on computer, mainly so I can watch the Mets. The problem Friday night was threefold: the Miami Marlins, Fox Sports Florida and Cox Cable. First, Fox Sports. The network, at this time of year, is overbooked. It shows the Orlando Magic games in north Florida, and shows the Marlins statewide. Friday night last week, the Marlins were in New York playing the Mets. But Fox chose to show the Magic game (I dont follow the NBA real closely, but I understand the Magic are terrible). It didnt even plan a tape delay of the game. The next culprit is the Marlins. We live near mile marker 354 on the Interstate, which starts in Miami. That means that were are 350 miles from the Marlins home. Why are they allowed to black out games all the way up here? But thats not the worst part. The Marlins black out the entire state of Florida. There are people who live closer to the Atlanta Braves than Miami in Florida, and I havent measured it, but I think the folks in Pensacola live closer to the Houston Astros than Miami. So why are the Marlins allowed to black out the signal that far away? The blackout means that I couldnt watch this game on either the computer or the cable package. Next, Cox Cable. Give them credit, they tried to do something right. They Cable, baseball and the blackouts Among Friends Jim Clark moved the Mets game to Local Origination Channel 16, the one that broadcasts local programming. I found it quite by accident, but there it was, at 7 p.m. But along came 7:30, and the channel automatically switched to a used car show, while the game was in the second inning. After 12 minutes, I guess realizing their mistake, Cox switched back to the game. I settled down, but along came 8:30, and along came the same used car show, this time complete with a religious sermon. This time the show lasted until 8:58, when we suddenly were back in the game for two minutes. During that show I called the auto dealer number on the screen, and told them I would never shop in their lot (not that I would, anyway). I doubt if they cared. Also, by this time I had found a radio broadcast of the game and was listening to it that way. At 9 p.m., more used cars. Now I was a bit angry, so I called cable. The tech I talked to said he would send an e-mail to the engineers to check on it. After about 15 minutes, the game came back on and stayed on to the bitter end. Saturday and Sunday there was no conflict with the Magic, so I got to see both games. Please see CLARK, Page 10 Thursday, April 18 A ir F orce group to m eetThe April meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. If you ordered an AFA Chapter jacket you can pick it up at this meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-8548328.Friday, April 19 T he Circle of F rench F riendsLe Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 State Road 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is April 19. Saturday, April 20 Tw o -day f low er showPioneer Garden Club presents Pascua Florida, a flower show celebrating 500 years since Ponce De Leon discovered Florida, on April 20-21, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. each day, open to the public. Enter your prized rose, bromeliad, orchid, annual, perennial, flowering branch, violet, houseplant, etc. Call Mrs. Rosalie Laudando, Horticulture chairman, at 352-237-9509 for entry information. Many beautiful specimens from local gardeners and garden club members will be on display. Junior Gardeners from the local schools will show their hard work planting on the school grounds, potting plants, growing seeds and making floral designs depicting the Ponce de Leon theme. Beautiful designs will showcase the talents of the club members and the lobby will feature exquisite designs from noted floral design judges from throughout the state. An educational display will inform on local issues of water, ecology and the environment. The event is free to the public. Donations are appreciated. The Club is at 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (in the Appleton Museum complex).H elp ing H and s race, w alk, f un runHelping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kids Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). Its a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the childrens Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464.Sunday, April 21 G erm an American Club p icnic setThe German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 21, at noon at Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per nonmember. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets.Thursday, April 25 OTOW Dem ocrats to m eetThe next meeting of the On Top of the World Democratic Club will be Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Each meeting has guest speakers of local and national interest. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. rooms E and F at the Arbor Conference Center. You must be an OTOW resident to join. There are no dues! For more information call Dan Lack at 352-509-4942 or send an e-mail to otowdemclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (On Top of the World Democratic Club). All registered Democrats are invited to join. Saturday, April 27 Concert b ands two -day p erf orm ancePlease join the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Swing into Spring concert series on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical Selections include: Themes Like Old Times V; Rock, Roll and Remember, a tribute to Dick Clark; Broadway One Step; Star Wars The Marches,; As Time Goes By and I Feel a Song Comin On, featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster, and a special tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring the Kingdom of the Sun Big Band performing Sing, Sing, Sing, Stompin at the Savoy, and Dont Be That Way. All performances are free and open to the public donations are accepted. Call 352-624-9291 or more information, or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. A ll church golf outingEveryone is invited to hit the links Saturday morning, 11 a.m., at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Oak Run Country Club, to play 18 holes of golf, with cart, and share lunch. Enjoy a fun day of golf, Christian Fellowship and who knows: a hole in one? Prizes to be awarded. Those interested in lunch only are welcome. Fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, tip and prizes. For reservations and additional information contact Bob Parizek at 352-873-9149, Ray Westman at 352-208-9023 or Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to p erf ormThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled TO THE MOON AND BACH, will include Walking on the Moon, Claire de Lune, Africa, American Folk Songs, Bachs Easter Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden others works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207.Saturday, May 4 Y ard sale at F irst CongregationalA huge yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 4 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. There will be electronics, furniture, tools, clothing, jewelry, home decor, appliances and much, much more.Sunday, May 5 Civ ic Chorale to p erf ormOn Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a concert titled Give My Regards to Broadway at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program will include A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40s and medleys from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, contact us at 352-537-0207 or www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org. Ongoing R ead ing V olunteer G roupLove to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books. Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9 4 W ednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Attend the worship service of your choice... 000DOX6 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000E79U St. Martins Church 950 N.W 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Flor ida 34475 352-351-8059 www .cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. V isitors Ar e Always W elcom e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) 000E1IT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning W orship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H 000EF6C 8070 SW 60th A ve. Ocala, FL 34476 352-291-2080 SER VICES HOURS Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm 1:30 Spanish Service Tuesday 7pm Spanish Service Wednesday Night 7pm Youth 7pm Thursday Bible Study 6:30 to 7:30 Friday 7pm Spanish Service Nursery available www.crossroads.cog.net WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul W oosley Christ the King The Rev Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev Matthew W alter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Chur ch 000DBZY is discovered through worshiping together 71 1 187 000EHT8 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But dont let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when youll want to be ready to take on new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for single Bovines seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people whove never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an advantage in assessing a possibly too-good-to-betrue offer. A trusted colleague has advice. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Expect to be called on once again to act as peacemaker in a longsimmering dispute that suddenly flares up. Offer advice, but be careful to stay out of the fray. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your organizational skills help you line up your priorities so that you get things done without added pressure. The weekend could hold a special surprise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) New ventures are favored. But dont launch yours before rechecking all facts and sources. Also, be sure you can rely on support from certain people. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Dont be pushed into renegotiating an agreement, even though it might help avoid a potential impasse. Get legal advice before you sign or agree to anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Helping others is what Aquarians do so well. But this time, someone wants to help you. Expect to hear some news that will both surprise and delight you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Things go so swimmingly that youre tempted to take on more tasks. Best advice: Finish what you have now, then enjoy a well-earned relaxing weekend. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Read the classifieds The Spring Fling Hobo potluck will be April 15. Since this is Income Tax Day, we can get together and share in some good food while lamenting over the amount of taxes we had to pay. As a special treat we will be entertained by Vincenzo Basile. This entertainment is provided by the social committee as a gift to the community. If you dont plan to attend the dinner, then please come at 6:45 p.m. and enjoy the music. Ladies, its time for the monthly luncheon. We will be dining at Darrells Diner, the new restaurant in the WinnDixie shopping center. Invite a neighbor to come with you on Friday, the 12th at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin. Did you get fooled on April Fools Day? April 1 was last week, but thought you would enjoy some history on the day. Remember back in our younger years when everyone tried to outdo the other person with a prank? The history of this day is not really clear. In fact, there is disagreement on the correct spelling of the day. Some use April Fools Day (the most popular), some April Fools, and still others use April Fools Day. Its all in the use of the apostrophe. However you spell it, its still just a fun day. As for the origin of the day, many believe it started in France around 1582. Until that year, April 1 was considered the first day of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by King Charles IX, New Years Day was moved to Jan. 1. Communication was very slow at this time, so many people didnt know of the calendar change until many years later. Even so, there were those who refused to change and still celebrated the New Year on April 1. These backward people, as they were known, were labeled as fools. They were often sent on foolish errands and were made the butt of practical jokes. Practical jokes are a common practice in many countries. Through the years there have been some very elaborate jokes played on the public. A couple of examples are as follows: 1957 BBC news announced that due to a very mild winter and the elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, the Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper crop of spaghetti. They even showed pictures of the peasants pulling spaghetti strands down from trees. The BBC received numerous calls wanting to know how they could grow their spaghetti trees! The answer given was, place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. 1998 Burger King introduced the lefthanded Whopper in their ad that was in USA Today. According to the news item, this Whopper was designed especially for the 32 million lefthanded Americans. This sandwich contains the same ingredients as the regular Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to benefit the left-handed customers! Although this was an April Fools Day hoax, many customers fell for it and requested the Left-handed Whopper. Burger King reported they had other S p r i ng Fling sc h e d u led f o r A p r i l 15 customers who ordered the regular Whopper for right-handed people. Just remember April Fools Day is a fun day, meant to be enjoyed by all. Another historic event happened in 1513 500 years ago on April 3 Juan Ponce de Len landed on the Florida shore near present day St. Augustine. Land was spotted on April 2, but they landed the next day. This was also Easter weekend. This expedition began when the Spanish crown encouraged Ponce de Len to continue searching for new lands, in hopes of finding gold and expanding the Spanish empire. Also around this time, he learned of a Caribbean island called Bimini, on which there were rumored to be miraculous waters that could rejuvenate those who drank from them (the fountain of youth). We know he didnt land on Bimini, but instead it was Florida. He named the region Florida because he discovered it at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida) and because its vegetation was lush and floral. In case you didnt know, Juan Ponce de Leon was with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Tickets for the Spring Fling, Vegas Night catered dinner and special entertainment can be purchased from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey, or Marie Schneider. The date for this event is May 18. We will have more on this later. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb As of now, that spring break tattoo may no longer prevent a person from donating blood with LifeSouth. With the state of Florida tightening its laws on the inspection and licensing of tattoo parlors, anyone who has received a tattoo in a licensed Florida tattoo parlor since those changes went into effect Jan. 1, will no longer face the one-year deferral on donating blood, said LifeSouth Director of Recruitment and Retention Galen Unold. Unold explained that LifeSouth had earlier made a similar change for its donors in Alabama when that state tightened its licensing and inspection regulation. With tattoos increasing in popularity, more and more people were prevented from donating, but it was important because our number one goal is keeping the blood supply safe, Unold said. These new state regulations should make that process safer and also allow more people to donate blood. As LifeSouth adopts the change, Unold explained that a small number of potential donors will still be facing the one-year wait. Anyone who has already attempted to donate this year, but received a one-year deferral because of a tattoo, wont be permitted to donate until a year after their attempted donation date, he said. Anyone with questions can call LifeSouth toll-free Blood donors and tattoos

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Fine Jewelry Fine Jewelry 000EHE6 000E5J8 The T r uesdell Professional Building 200 N.W 52nd A venue Ocala, Fl 34482 K ELLE A N K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM A t torne y & Counselor at L a w (352) 873-4141 or K elleanTr uesdell.com My Flor ida Est ate Planning W or kshop is a v ailable an y da y at an y hour Wills, Living T rusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney Probate, Medicaid, Long-T erm Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death T ax Minimization, T rust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000EKP A So heres the action Im suggesting by the U.S. Congress. They seem to have a lot of free time, so maybe they can try this. Repeal baseballs antitrust exemption, which goes back to the old days. Baseball is a big business and should be subject to the same monopoly rules as any other business. Set a limit on the distance that any event can be blacked out, especially on media that people pay an extra subscription for. I pay for the MLB packages, and I should get to see all the games, regardless of where theyre played. By the way, this could also apply to NFL games. The good news is that the Mets dont play the Marlins again for a few weeks. By then, the Magic season should be over. Actually, some people I know tell me the Magic season was over two weeks after it started.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 8 Saturday, April 13 Art Expo at OTOWLocal artists from On Top of the World, Oak Run, Palm Cay, Stone Creek and other communities in Ocala showcase their masterpieces at this annual art expo on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Works include paintings, sculptures, stained glass, portrait sketches, clay jewelry, metal artwork, watercolors and much more. Enjoy live entertainment by the Paul De Ritter Duo during the expo. This event is free and open to the public. The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the Worlds Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 Ext. 7530.Golf tourney at Ocala PalmsOcala Palms Golf and Country Club will sponsor the annual Free Enterprise Open Four Person Scramble on Saturday, April 13. The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides economic and financial literacy programs to Florida teachers and students. The cost for the event is $70 per person (major credit cards accepted). Each player will receive a free round of golf, pancake breakfast, lunch, a chance to win a car for a hole in one, an EZ-GO golf car for a hole in one and one lady and one man will take a million dollar shot. An awards ceremony will be held following lunch with awards for the winning team plus gift certificates for the top teams in each flight, closest to the pin prizes, and plenty of door prizes. Please call the pro shop at 352-732-GOLF (4653) if you would like to participate or help sponsor this event. Book Feast at main libraryEnjoy a smorgasbord of brain food that will fill your cravings for the craft of writing as the HeadquartersOcala Public Library presents its Book Feast: An Event for Readers and Writers of All Ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at its location on 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Discover the unique talents of 38 local Florida writers from Marion and surrounding counties and learn first-hand about their personal writing experiences, style and the creative process. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to purchase books from local authors, have them signed, get writing tips and generally talk to people from the area who have honed their writing skills, said Domina Daughtrey, Marion County Public Library System Information Services division manager and event coordinator. The Book Feast is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Book Feast or other Marion County Public Library System programs and services, call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.Ocala West hosts breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church community wide breakfast sponsored by the mens club will be on April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. All you can eat for $5.Cookies, cakes and pancakes offeredThe United Methodist Women of Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a Spring Bake Sale on April 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bake sale is held in conjunction with the mens famous-all-you can eat breakfast.Sons of Norway to organize groupThe Vikings are coming! The Sons of Norway (SON), a fraternal benefits organization, is hosting an organizational meeting to form a lodge in Ocala Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m., Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala (hotel: 352-854-1400). Area residents are cordially invited to attend and learn more about Sons of Norway. Beverages and dessert will be served. The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway. SON has over 400 local lodges and eight (8) District Lodges. The Ocala lodge will be the 14th lodge in Florida. The mission of the SON is to Promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. Members do not have to be of Norwegian birth or descent but must be interested in the heritage and culture of Norway. For further information about the April 13 meeting and to RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 please contact one of these SON members: Asta Nilsen at 352-8549660 or alfnasta@aol.com or Joyce Olsen at 352-8610521 or jolsen@deccacable.com.Sunday, April 14 Chamber Music Society concertThe Marion Chamber Music Society is hosting the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Eunice Kim, violin, John-Henry Crawford, Cello, and Patrick Kreeger, piano, are all students at the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. All Marion Chamber Music Society programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call 352-867-1340 or www.marionchambermusic.com.Cantor and pianist to performOn Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Temple Bnai Darom is honored to present Cantor Kim Komrad and pianist David Leighton in concert at our Temple Sanctuary, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Kim is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative Synagogue in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. David Leighton is a Julliard trained pianist and has been a performer and assistant conductor for the NYC Metropolitan Opera. Please go to their web sites for more background: www.kimkomrad.com and www.davidleighton.com. Their performance will contain a range of music from traditional liturgical and Jewish music to contemporary standards and Broadway melodies. Please contact Anne Lange at (352) 245-1212 or summerfieldlange@aol.com for reservations. Tickets are $12 per person which includes refreshments during intermission.Friendship fellowship luncheonBring a friend and a side dish and enjoy sharing Mexican Favorites together in fellowship after the Worship Service. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-8616182, www.ccomc.org/. Wednesday, April 17 Workshop for job seekersMonster and Workforce Connection have again teamed up to help job seekers power up their jobsearch efforts with a free Power Seekers workshop on Wednesday, April 17. The high-energy workshop takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Floridas Webber Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Seating is limited to 175 participants. Monster Worldwide, which pioneered digital recruiting in 1994, is the parent company of Monster.com, the premier global online employment solution. Workforce Connection provides fee-free services to job seekers and employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. We have hosted several Power Seeker workshops now with Monster and they are always packed and enthusiastically received, said Robyne Fraize, Workforce Connection project coordinator who has been coordinating the workshops since 2010. These workshops complement the full array of services and staff support we offer job seekers. SaRatta Reeves, national recruiter and trainer for Monster, will provide recommendations and techniques to help job seekers stand out from the crowd. Participants will learn how to create power resumes, build lasting career networks, find the best career advice, develop in-demand soft skills and sharpen interview skills. Reeves specializes in improving retention and building client relations. She had more than 10 years experience in recruiting and training with Verizon Wireless and Team Enterprises, whose clients included MillerCoors, before joining Monster in 2006 as a national speaker. To register, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.coms calendar of events. Read the classifieds More on Page 5 April is National Community College Month and the Florida College System (FCS) plans to celebrate 55 years of innovation, achievements, and successes throughout the month. Governor Rick Scott said, A great education is critical to providing students job opportunities after graduation, which is why my budget invests $1.1 billion for Florida colleges. Its through innovations like the $10K Degree Challenge that the Florida College System helps Florida families pursue their dreams. View the Governors proclamation about FCS Month. The primary mission of the FCS is to provide access to high-quality affordable education that prepares students for continued education or jobs. Floridas 28 colleges operate 181 sites throughout the state and serve nearly a million Floridians. Colleges offer a dynamic array of educational opportunities, including adult education, developmental education, vocational certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, and community education. Here are a few FCS highlights: The FCS is proud to serve all students: 63 percent are part-time, 55 percent are minority, 59 percent are female, and the average student age is 26. Two-thirds of high school graduates enrolling in postsecondary education in Florida enroll in the FCS. Through Floridas strong 2+2 articulation system, FCS associate in arts graduates are guaranteed admission into one of the great state universities in Florida. Fifty-four percent of juniors and seniors in state universities transferred from the FCS. One-hundred percent of FCS institutions that offer bachelors degrees have accepted Governor Rick Scotts challenge to work to develop bachelors degrees costing students no more than $10,000. Eighty-eight percent of FCS graduates are continuing their education or employed within one year of graduation. The average starting salary of FCS bachelors degree graduates is $46,186. The average starting salary of FCS associate in science degree graduates is $44,095. Students enjoy an attractive 16.8 percent average rate of return on their educational investment. April is National Community College Month

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 A11 2 W ednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EF8T www.crossroadscog.net 8070 SW 60th Ave., 34476 352-291-2080 Register for a FREE TV CROSSROADS CHURCH (352) 369-9933 7380 SW 60th Ave., Suite 1, Ocala, FL 34476 Certified Public Accountants Wealth Management & Financial Planning Tax return preparation starting at $175 for Basic 1040 Form All state returns Free E-File Complimentary 30-minute conference for new clients. 000EH2D The Baker Financial Group 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Grandfather Clock 352-873-7587 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 43 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 000EBLA New a nd Pre-owned Homes For Sale a nd For Lease Visit Us Before Yo u M a k e Yo u r M o v e Gated 55+ Premier Manufactured Home Communit y 3151 NW 44th Ave. Ocala, FL 34482 HWY. 27 NORTH ON 44TH AVE 1/2 MILE ON RIGHT 352-620-0188 STOP LOOKING! THIS IS THE RETIREMENT HOME YOU HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO FIND! With this home, only lived in less than 2 years, you are getting a used home for half the price of a new one. This home gives you 2 comfortable-sized bedrooms, 2 baths and a nice-sized den. A brand new A/C heat pump was installed and still under warranty. Two screen rooms front & back round off this beautiful of a home. Double-car parking, large utility shed plus landscaped with irrigation system. NEW MODEL HOME FOR SALE OR LEASE NEW MODEL HOME FOR SALE OR LEASE ORIGINALLY PRICED AT $129,500. BELONG TO A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO CARE. Thats what you get when you move into this gorgeous 3BD, 2BA, Skyline Cameron 2007 1,434 sq. ft. home. It has a double carport, oversized screened room and extra large utility room. You can tell people take pride in their homes and it shows. Professionally landscaped with irrigation system. SELLER JUST REDUCED PRICE FOR A FAST SALE! Come see this 3BD, 2BA located in a Premier, 55+ gated community. Features large spacious living room, sunny and open country eat-in kitchen, sprawling master suite with skylight in master bath. 2000 Skyline, 1,279 sq. ft. home offers life at its finest at a great price. T-N-T W alls $ 59,900 $ 82,000 Must See $ 28,900 Reduced At Gate Key Pad Center: Press # and 411 (#411) Drive to the end of the Blvd. Stop at the office. Fir st home on right. 000EKKT 000EKIC Keratine Treatment Available 465-3200 20559 Chestnut St., Dunnellon OPEN: W e d. thru Sat. Facebook Bellisima by Zory .com Flexible Hours Available By Appt. MA57433 Color Cut, Style (Short to shoulder length) $50 Pedicure / Manicure $30 NEW CLIENT SPECIALS 000EK6V NOW BUYING GOLD, PLA TINUM, SIL VER, FLA TW ARE, COINS, DIAMONDS, W A TCHES & GOLD-FILLED JEWELR Y YOUR UNW ANTED JEWELR Y COULD BE WOR TH LOTS OF MONEY! 6333 SW ST A TE ROAD 200 854-66 22 WE CAN COME TO YOU! WA N T T O K N O W WHA T ITS WORTH? WA N T T O K N O W WHA T ITS WORTH? Open MF 9-5 We buy large diamonds 1 CT or larger Come On In Or We Can Come To Y ou! WE PA Y CASH We buy all premium watches and all gold watches US & Foreign Silver Coins US & Foreign Gold Coins Stamped Sterling Flatware & Service Sets C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T CASH HANDED OUT ON THE SPOT 8k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 2 4k, Dental Gold & Platunum W ANT TO KNOW WHA T S IN THA T OLD JEWELR Y BOX ? L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODA Y N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery Read the classifieds Wednesday, April 10 Four-day bonsai exhibitThe Marion Bonsai Society and Master the Possibilities Education Center present the 6th Annual The Living Art of Bonsai exhibit from April 10 through April 13. The exhibit will feature several trees that transform Master the Possibilities education center into a forest of art. Register for associated classes, presentations and demonstrations available through Master the Possibilities at www.masterthepossibilities.com. The four-day display is free and open to the public. Master the Possibilities is at 8415 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Exhibit hours: April 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on this and other presentations visit us online or call 352-861-9751.Family Fun Night at JoyBeginning April 10 at 5:30 p.m. and every second Wednesday of each month, Joy Lutheran Church is offering a free Family Fun Night. This will be an hour of fun, devotion, food and games. Everyone is invited to this church family event. We welcome all members of Gods family and invite you to be part of our church family. To extend this fun event, all are welcome to attend the contemporary worship service at 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP, by e-mailing arab2horses@yahoo.com or elhjr@embarqmail.com or calling the church office at 352-854-4509, so we know how much pizza to order. Check us out and come on by to have some fun. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221.Thursday, April 11 Palm Cay Republicans to meetThe April 11 meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held at the Oasis at 7 p.m. Speakers are School Board member Nancy Stacy, and County Commissioner Kathy Bryant. Kathy will be delivering the State of the County report. All citizens are encouraged to attend. After the meeting we will be having refreshments and time for questions and conversation with our speakers. For further information please contact James E. Pettus, Sr., at 352-438-9662Friday, April 12 Free concert scheduledThere will be a free concert at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs and the community is invited, Natalie and the Greyhounds will present a one-hour songfest on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. Natalie and the Greyhounds is a doo-wop group that is a part of the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band. There will be refreshment after the concert. For information, call 352-489-5511.Dentistry from the HeartThe annual Dentistry from the Heart program by Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, will take place on Friday, April 12, at his office, 9401 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 101, Ocala. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can choose any one of the following: cleaning, filling or extraction. The service will be free. For more information call Dr. Dunns office at 352873-2000.Friday Forum at Buffet CityIn the hope that civil discourse will lead to civic action, Justice Sandra Day OConnor during the course of her career always invited her colleagues to break bread with her. A group of concerned Marion County activists wishes to do likewise by expanding our community conversation about important issues of the day with a monthly luncheon speaker series to be known as The Friday Forum. The first will take place on Friday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City. People from all walks of life who share an interest in our community and the welfare of all our people are invited to attend. Bruce Seaman, pastor at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and coordinator of Awake Marion, an affiliate of the statewide coalition of progressive groups known as Awake the State, will be the first speaker. He will describe the groups current initiatives and introduce their project leaders. Buffet City is centrally located at the corner of State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 441. Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to select their meal so that the program can begin promptly at noon. Buffet City will reserve one of its rooms for us depending upon the number expected. So please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 to let us know if you are coming. We welcome suggestions for future programs Three-day performance at DunnellonPlayers from Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Middle schools will present the ferociously funny, familyfriendly comedy, Mama Wont Fly on April 12, 13 and 14. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brothers wedding. Savannahs problem: Mama wont fly. Show times are April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m., at Dunnellon Middle School auditorium. Dunnellon Middle school is at 21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at 352-465-6745 for additional information.Murder mystery dinner theaterThe Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a murder mystery dinner theater on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The title of the production is Murder at all sinners and tickets are on sale now for $15. A three-course meal is planned. The Church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 in Dunnellon (across from the firehouse). To reserve your tickets, please call the churchs office at 352-4657272.Saturday, April 13 All church yard and bake saleA huge yard and bake sale will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Vendors sites will be provided and reservations for vendors will be accepted March 23 through April 12. The fee is $10 per space. Contact Jim Hein at 352-8733199. Happenings

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INDEX Quail Meadow......4 Rev. Snyder..........6 African Violets......7 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 Happenings Page 2 PuzzlesPage 912 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EIXF BY BARB DEDICS Special to the MessengerOn March 26, cooler temperatures didn't keep citizens from enjoying the demonstrations and displays at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. This event was just a portion of the free 14-week educational course concerning the operations of the MCSO. The crowd was welcomed with a hearty speech from Sheriff Chris Blair. Following his speech, the MCSO Pipes and Drums dressed in their traditional Scottish military uniforms pleased the crowd by playing several tunes. This particular class included MCSO officers/experts giving a brief explanation of their mission, training, selection procedures and operation in the following special units; Marine Patrol, URT (Underwater Recovery Team), SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Bomb, K-9, Traffic, Hostage Negotiators and Aviation. Volunteer units such as Funeral Escort and Homeland Security were also included. Equipment for each special unit was on display. Among those were a patrol boat, special SWAT vehicle, Command Center vehicle, Bomb Squad robotics/suits, weapons, motorcycles and a helicopter. The grand finale for the evening was a demonstration by BOLT the K-9 dog apprehending a fleeing criminal aka Lt. Jon Turner, his handler. For those wishing to attend future classes, please contact Ms. Carolyn Fender at 352-368-3551 or CFender@marionso.com. Sheriffs Office educates citizens at academy PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSAbove, student Ashton trieds on a 30-pound bomb helmet. At left, Bolt demonstrates how he brings down a suspect. Above, Sgt. Don Standridge displaying night helmet and helicopter.At left, Deputy Paul Youmans giving motorcycle advice to student Zachary. Marion County Center for the Arts Omega Theatre Company will present the musical Smile April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, located at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.westportwolfpack.org. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Smile was inspired by the 1975 film of the same name, directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson. The musical depicts the offstage difficulties of the fictitious 1985 California Young American Miss beauty pageant held in Santa Rosa, California. Students Amanda Glenn and Savannah Hirst portray two contestants who befriend each other throughout the pageant. Krystal Ortega plays the pageant coordinator, Brenda DiCarlo Freelander, and Keaton Long takes on the role of her beleaguered husband, Big Bob Freelander. Students in the musical theatre program round out the large ensemble cast. The production is directed by Janet Shelley, with musical direction by Nancy Atkinson and choreography by Jana Tripp. Chris Vaida serves as scenic designer and technical director for the production, supervising the student production staff. Lighting design is by West Port alumnus Nicole Shepard. Orchestra musicians are students in the famed Marion County Center for the Arts instrumental music program under the direction of Nancy Atkinson and Scotty Vance. The Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a magnet program for gifted and talented high school students in the performing and visual arts. Students can elect a major course of study in visual art, dance, music, and theatre, while taking core academic, honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment college classes. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Reeder, MCCA Coordinator at 352-291-4000. Musical to be presented at West Port April 19-21 Fairfield Villages Clubhouse is becoming even more attractive to many FFV neighbors. Recently, Kerry Breedon and Bart Rich did some comparison shopping and came up with what seems to be the best possible choice of a big screen television for many different possible uses. Everyone is looking forward to lots of new activities which can be part of the fun things going on in our community. This might include group aerobics or even something like Wii bowling, tennis, golf, or even boxing without too much sweating or chance of injury. The photo shows the fun that was had at the fund-raiser for the new piano which will also help to lead to more pleasant activities in our inviting clubhouse. The smiles show how much everyone was ready to dance the night away for the popular cause. Special thanks go to Jean Chapman and those who helped her to organize the piano dance party. Additionally, those who will be able to enjoy the new piano appreciate the initial generous pledges made by Sandy and Norris Williams and Jim and Barb LePage. The former managers office has been converted into a mini theater for the enjoyment of those who want to see a good movie together. This should also be a very good place for friends to enjoy televised sporting events in a comfortable setting without interfering with anyone else. All in all, it seems certain that very soon more neighbors can participate in many different kinds of activities in FFVs Clubhouse where lovely people meet in a lively place and have lots of fun. New additions to Fairfield Villages Clubhouse Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Dancers at the piano fund-raiser. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms QuiltersThe Ocala Palms Sunbonnet Quilters proudly display the 176 string book bags they sewed for the Wyomina School of Ocala for a teacher's special project. The materials used to create these bags were donated by the people in and around the Ocala area and were constructed from cotton, flannel and fleece. It was a wonderful community project and the students will certainly find them useful in the upcoming school year. Pictured here, from left to right, are Cora Maxim, Kriss Myers, Jay Pilot Judy Anderson, Soon Kelly, Sherry Cruz, Itsy Andrews, Barbara Dubinet, and Carol Brandes. 000EL0Q



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INDEX Quail Meadow......4 Rev. Snyder..........6 African Violets......7 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 Happenings Page 2 Puzzles Page 9 12 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EIXF BY BARB DEDICS Special to the Messenger On March 26, cooler temperatures didn't keep citizens from enjoying the demonstrations and displays at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. This event was just a portion of the free 14-week educational course concerning the operations of the MCSO. The crowd was welcomed with a hearty speech from Sheriff Chris Blair. Following his speech, the MCSO Pipes and Drums dressed in their traditional Scottish military uniforms pleased the crowd by playing several tunes. This particular class included MCSO officers/experts giving a brief explanation of their mission, training, selection procedures and operation in the following special units; Marine Patrol, URT (Underwater Recovery Team), SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Bomb, K-9, Traffic, Hostage Negotiators and Aviation. Volunteer units such as Funeral Escort and Homeland Security were also included. Equipment for each special unit was on display. Among those were a patrol boat, special SWAT vehicle, Command Center vehicle, Bomb Squad robotics/suits, weapons, motorcycles and a helicopter. The grand finale for the evening was a demonstration by BOLT the K-9 dog apprehending a fleeing criminal aka Lt. Jon Turner, his handler. For those wishing to attend future classes, please contact Ms. Carolyn Fender at 352-368-3551 or CFender@marionso.com. Sheriffs Office educates citizens at academy PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSAbove, student Ashton trieds on a 30-pound bomb helmet. At left, Bolt demonstrates how he brings down a suspect. Above, Sgt. Don Standridge displaying night helmet and helicopter.At left, Deputy Paul Youmans giving motorcycle advice to student Zachary. Marion County Center for the Arts Omega Theatre Company will present the musical Smile April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, located at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.westportwolfpack.org. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Smile was inspired by the 1975 film of the same name, directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson. The musical depicts the offstage difficulties of the fictitious 1985 California Young American Miss beauty pageant held in Santa Rosa, California. Students Amanda Glenn and Savannah Hirst portray two contestants who befriend each other throughout the pageant. Krystal Ortega plays the pageant coordinator, Brenda DiCarlo Freelander, and Keaton Long takes on the role of her beleaguered husband, Big Bob Freelander. Students in the musical theatre program round out the large ensemble cast. The production is directed by Janet Shelley, with musical direction by Nancy Atkinson and choreography by Jana Tripp. Chris Vaida serves as scenic designer and technical director for the production, supervising the student production staff. Lighting design is by West Port alumnus Nicole Shepard. Orchestra musicians are students in the famed Marion County Center for the Arts instrumental music program under the direction of Nancy Atkinson and Scotty Vance. The Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a magnet program for gifted and talented high school students in the performing and visual arts. Students can elect a major course of study in visual art, dance, music, and theatre, while taking core academic, honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment college classes. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Reeder, MCCA Coordinator at 352-291-4000. Musical to be presented at West Port April 19-21 F airfield Villages Clubhouse is becoming even more attractive to many FFV neighbors. Recently, Kerry Breedon and Bart Rich did some comparison shopping and came up with what seems to be the best possible choice of a big screen television for many different possible uses. Everyone is looking forward to lots of new activities which can be part of the fun things going on in our community. This might include group aerobics or even something like Wii bowling, tennis, golf, or even boxing without too much sweating or chance of injury. The photo shows the fun that was had at the fund-raiser for the new piano which will also help to lead to more pleasant activities in our inviting clubhouse. The smiles show how much everyone was ready to dance the night away for the popular cause. Special thanks go to Jean Chapman and those who helped her to organize the piano dance party. Additionally, those who will be able to enjoy the new piano appreciate the initial generous pledges made by Sandy and Norris Williams and Jim and Barb LePage. The former managers office has been converted into a mini theater for the enjoyment of those who want to see a good movie together. This should also be a very good place for friends to enjoy televised sporting events in a comfortable setting without interfering with anyone else. All in all, it seems certain that very soon more neighbors can participate in many different kinds of activities in FFVs Clubhouse where lovely people meet in a lively place and have lots of fun. New additions to Fairfield Villages Clubhouse Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Dancers at the piano fund-raiser. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms Quilters The Ocala Palms Sunbonnet Quilters proudly display the 176 string book bags they sewed for the Wyomina School of Ocala for a teacher's special project. The materials used to create these bags were donated by the people in and around the Ocala area and were constructed from cotton, flannel and fleece. It was a wonderful community project and the students will certainly find them useful in the upcoming school year. Pictured here, from left to right, are Cora Maxim, Kriss Myers, Jay Pilot Judy Anderson, Soon Kelly, Sherry Cruz, Itsy Andrews, Barbara Dubinet, and Carol Brandes. 000EL0Q

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 A11 2 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EF8T www.crossroadscog.net 8070 SW 60th Ave., 34476 352-291-2080 Register for a FREE TV CROSSROADS CHURCH (352) 369-9933 7380 SW 60th Ave., Suite 1, Ocala, FL 34476 Certified Public Accountants Wealth Management & Financial Planning Tax return preparation starting at $175 for Basic 1040 Form All state returns Free E-File Complimentary 30-minute conference for new clients. 000EH2D The Baker Financial Group 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Grandfather Clock 352-873-7587 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 43 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 0 0 0 E B L A New a nd Pre-owned Homes For Sale a nd For Lease Visit Us Before You Make Your Move Gated 55+ Premier Manufactured Home Community 3151 NW 44th Ave. Ocala, FL 34482 HWY. 27 NORTH ON 44TH AVE 1/2 MILE ON RIGHT 352-620-0188 STOP LOOKING! THIS IS THE RETIREMENT HOME YOU HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO FIND! With this home, only lived in less than 2 years, you are getting a used home for half the price of a new one. This home gives you 2 comfortable-sized bedrooms, 2 baths and a nice-sized den. A brand new A/C heat pump was installed and still under warranty. Two screen rooms front & back round off this beautiful of a home. Double-car parking, large utility shed plus landscaped with irrigation system. N E W M O D E L H O M E F O R S A L E O R L E A S E NEW MODEL HOME FOR SALE OR LEASE ORIGINALLY PRICED AT $129,500. BELONG TO A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO CARE. Thats what you get when you move into this gorgeous 3BD, 2BA, Skyline Cameron 2007 1,434 sq. ft. home. It has a double carport, oversized screened room and extra large utility room. You can tell people take pride in their homes and it shows. Professionally landscaped with irrigation system. SELLER JUST REDUCED PRICE FOR A FAST SALE! Come see this 3BD, 2BA located in a Premier, 55+ gated community. Features large spacious living room, sunny and open country eat-in kitchen, sprawling master suite with skylight in master bath. 2000 Skyline, 1,279 sq. ft. home offers life at its finest at a great price. T-N-T W alls $ 59 ,900 $ 82,000 Must See $ 28,900 Reduced At Gate Key Pad Center: Press # and 411 (#411) Drive to the end of the Blvd. Stop at the office. Fir st home on right. 000EKKT 000EKIC Keratine Treatment Available 465-3200 20559 Chestnut St., Dunnellon OPEN: Wed. thru Sat. Facebook Bellisima by Zory.com Flexible Hours Available By Appt. MA57433 Color, Cut, Style (Short to shoulder length) $50 Pedicure / Manicure $30 NEW CLIENT SPECIALS 000EK6V NOW BUYING GOLD, PLATINUM, SILVER, FLATWARE, COINS, DIAMONDS, WATCHES & GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY YOUR UNWANTED JEWELRY COULD BE WORTH LOTS OF MONEY! 6333 SW STATE ROAD 200 854-6622 WE CAN COME TO YOU! WANT TO KNOW WHAT ITS WORTH? WANT TO KNOW WHAT ITS WORTH? Open MF 9-5 We buy large diamonds 1 CT or larger Come On In Or We Can Come To You! WE PAY CASH We buy all premium watches and all gold watches US & Foreign Silver Coins US & Foreign Gold Coins Stamped Sterling Flatware & Service Sets C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T CASH HANDED OUT ON THE SPOT 8k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k, Dental Gold & Platunum W ANT TO KNOW WHAT S IN THAT OLD JEWELR Y BOX ? L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODAY N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery Read the classifieds Wednesday, April 10 Four-day bonsai exhibitThe Marion Bonsai Society and Master the Possibilities Education Center present the 6th Annual The Living Art of Bonsai exhibit from April 10 through April 13. The exhibit will feature several trees that transform Master the Possibilities education center into a forest of art. Register for associated classes, presentations and demonstrations available through Master the Possibilities at www.masterthepossibilities.com. The four-day display is free and open to the public. Master the Possibilities is at 8415 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Exhibit hours: April 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on this and other presentations visit us online or call 352-861-9751. Family Fun Night at JoyBeginning April 10 at 5:30 p.m. and every second Wednesday of each month, Joy Lutheran Church is offering a free Family Fun Night. This will be an hour of fun, devotion, food and games. Everyone is invited to this church family event. We welcome all members of Gods family and invite you to be part of our church family. To extend this fun event, all are welcome to attend the contemporary worship service at 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP by e-mailing arab2horses@yahoo.com or elhjr@embarqmail.com or calling the church office at 352-854-4509, so we know how much pizza to order. Check us out and come on by to have some fun. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221. Thursday, April 11 Palm Cay Republicans to meetThe April 11 meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held at the Oasis at 7 p.m. Speakers are School Board member Nancy Stacy, and County Commissioner Kathy Bryant. Kathy will be delivering the State of the County report. All citizens are encouraged to attend. After the meeting we will be having refreshments and time for questions and conversation with our speakers. For further information please contact James E. Pettus, Sr., at 352-438-9662Friday, April 12 Free concert scheduledThere will be a free concert at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs and the community is invited, Natalie and the Greyhounds will present a one-hour songfest on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. Natalie and the Greyhounds is a doo-wop group that is a part of the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band. There will be refreshment after the concert. For information, call 352-489-5511. Dentistry from the HeartThe annual Dentistry from the Heart program by Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, will take place on Friday, April 12, at his office, 9401 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 101, Ocala. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can choose any one of the following: cleaning, filling or extraction. The service will be free. For more information call Dr. Dunns office at 352873-2000. Friday Forum at Buffet CityIn the hope that civil discourse will lead to civic action, Justice Sandra Day OConnor during the course of her career always invited her colleagues to break bread with her. A group of concerned Marion County activists wishes to do likewise by expanding our community conversation about important issues of the day with a monthly luncheon speaker series to be known as The Friday Forum. The first will take place on Friday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City. People from all walks of life who share an interest in our community and the welfare of all our people are invited to attend. Bruce Seaman, pastor at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and coordinator of Awake Marion, an affiliate of the statewide coalition of progressive groups known as Awake the State, will be the first speaker. He will describe the groups current initiatives and introduce their project leaders. Buffet City is centrally located at the corner of State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 441. Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to select their meal so that the program can begin promptly at noon. Buffet City will reserve one of its rooms for us depending upon the number expected. So please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 to let us know if you are coming. We welcome suggestions for future programs Three-day performance at Dunnellon Players from Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Middle schools will present the ferociously funny, familyfriendly comedy, Mama Wont Fly on April 12, 13 and 14. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brothers wedding. Savannahs problem: Mama wont fly. Show times are April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m., at Dunnellon Middle School auditorium. Dunnellon Middle school is at 21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at 352-465-6745 for additional information. Murder mystery dinner theaterThe Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a murder mystery dinner theater on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The title of the production is Murder at all sinners and tickets are on sale now for $15. A three-course meal is planned. The Church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 in Dunnellon (across from the firehouse). To reserve your tickets, please call the churchs office at 352-4657272. Saturday, April 13 All church yard and bake sale A huge yard and bake sale will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Vendors sites will be provided and reservations for vendors will be accepted March 23 through April 12. The fee is $10 per space. Contact Jim Hein at 352-8733199. Happenings

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Fine Jewelry Fine Jewelry 000EHE6 000E5J8 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000EKPA So heres the action Im suggesting by the U.S. Congress. They seem to have a lot of free time, so maybe they can try this. Repeal baseballs antitrust exemption, which goes back to the old days. Baseball is a big business and should be subject to the same monopoly rules as any other business. Set a limit on the distance that any event can be blacked out, especially on media that people pay an extra subscription for. I pay for the MLB packages, and I should get to see all the games, regardless of where theyre played. By the way, this could also apply to NFL games. The good news is that the Mets dont play the Marlins again for a few weeks. By then, the Magic season should be over. Actually, some people I know tell me the Magic season was over two weeks after it started.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARK continued from Page 8 Saturday, April 13 Art Expo at OTOW Local artists from On Top of the World, Oak Run, Palm Cay, Stone Creek and other communities in Ocala showcase their masterpieces at this annual art expo on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Works include paintings, sculptures, stained glass, portrait sketches, clay jewelry, metal artwork, watercolors and much more. Enjoy live entertainment by the Paul De Ritter Duo during the expo. This event is free and open to the public. The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the Worlds Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 Ext. 7530. Golf tourney at Ocala PalmsOcala Palms Golf and Country Club will sponsor the annual Free Enterprise Open Four Person Scramble on Saturday, April 13. The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides economic and financial literacy programs to Florida teachers and students. The cost for the event is $70 per person (major credit cards accepted). Each player will receive a free round of golf, pancake breakfast, lunch, a chance to win a car for a hole in one, an EZ-GO golf car for a hole in one and one lady and one man will take a million dollar shot. An awards ceremony will be held following lunch with awards for the winning team plus gift certificates for the top teams in each flight, closest to the pin prizes, and plenty of door prizes. Please call the pro shop at 352-732-GOLF (4653) if you would like to participate or help sponsor this event. Book Feast at main libraryEnjoy a smorgasbord of brain food that will fill your cravings for the craft of writing as the HeadquartersOcala Public Library presents its Book Feast: An Event for Readers and Writers of All Ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at its location on 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Discover the unique talents of 38 local Florida writers from Marion and surrounding counties and learn first-hand about their personal writing experiences, style and the creative process. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to purchase books from local authors, have them signed, get writing tips and generally talk to people from the area who have honed their writing skills, said Domina Daughtrey, Marion County Public Library System Information Services division manager and event coordinator. The Book Feast is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Book Feast or other Marion County Public Library System programs and services, call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.Ocala West hosts breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church community wide breakfast sponsored by the mens club will be on April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. All you can eat for $5. Cookies, cakes and pancakes offered The United Methodist Women of Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a Spring Bake Sale on April 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bake sale is held in conjunction with the mens famous-all-you can eat breakfast. Sons of Norway to organize groupThe Vikings are coming! The Sons of Norway (SON), a fraternal benefits organization, is hosting an organizational meeting to form a lodge in Ocala Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m., Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala (hotel: 352-854-1400). Area residents are cordially invited to attend and learn more about Sons of Norway. Beverages and dessert will be served. The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway. SON has over 400 local lodges and eight (8) District Lodges. The Ocala lodge will be the 14th lodge in Florida. The mission of the SON is to Promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. Members do not have to be of Norwegian birth or descent but must be interested in the heritage and culture of Norway. For further information about the April 13 meeting and to RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 please contact one of these SON members: Asta Nilsen at 352-8549660 or alfnasta@aol.com or Joyce Olsen at 352-8610521 or jolsen@deccacable.com. Sunday, April 14 Chamber Music Society concert The Marion Chamber Music Society is hosting the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Eunice Kim, violin, John-Henry Crawford, Cello, and Patrick Kreeger, piano, are all students at the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. All Marion Chamber Music Society programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call 352-867-1340 or www.marionchambermusic.com. Cantor and pianist to perform On Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Temple Bnai Darom is honored to present Cantor Kim Komrad and pianist David Leighton in concert at our Temple Sanctuary, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Kim is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative Synagogue in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. David Leighton is a Julliard trained pianist and has been a performer and assistant conductor for the NYC Metropolitan Opera. Please go to their web sites for more background: www.kimkomrad.com and www.davidleighton.com. Their performance will contain a range of music from traditional liturgical and Jewish music to contemporary standards and Broadway melodies. Please contact Anne Lange at (352) 245-1212 or summerfieldlange@aol.com for reservations. Tickets are $12 per person which includes refreshments during intermission. Friendship fellowship luncheonBring a friend and a side dish and enjoy sharing Mexican Favorites together in fellowship after the Worship Service. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-8616182, www.ccomc.org/. Wednesday, April 17 Workshop for job seekersMonster and Workforce Connection have again teamed up to help job seekers power up their jobsearch efforts with a free Power Seekers workshop on Wednesday, April 17. The high-energy workshop takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Floridas Webber Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Seating is limited to 175 participants. Monster Worldwide, which pioneered digital recruiting in 1994, is the parent company of Monster.com, the premier global online employment solution. Workforce Connection provides fee-free services to job seekers and employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. We have hosted several Power Seeker workshops now with Monster and they are always packed and enthusiastically received, said Robyne Fraize, Workforce Connection project coordinator who has been coordinating the workshops since 2010. These workshops complement the full array of services and staff support we offer job seekers. SaRatta Reeves, national recruiter and trainer for Monster, will provide recommendations and techniques to help job seekers stand out from the crowd. Participants will learn how to create power resumes, build lasting career networks, find the best career advice, develop in-demand soft skills and sharpen interview skills. Reeves specializes in improving retention and building client relations. She had more than 10 years experience in recruiting and training with Verizon Wireless and Team Enterprises, whose clients included MillerCoors, before joining Monster in 2006 as a national speaker. To register, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.coms calendar of events. Read the classifieds More on Page 5 April is National Community College Month and the Florida College System (FCS) plans to celebrate 55 years of innovation, achievements, and successes throughout the month. Governor Rick Scott said, A great education is critical to providing students job opportunities after graduation, which is why my budget invests $1.1 billion for Florida colleges. Its through innovations like the $10K Degree Challenge that the Florida College System helps Florida families pursue their dreams. View the Governors proclamation about FCS Month. The primary mission of the FCS is to provide access to high-quality affordable education that prepares students for continued education or jobs. Floridas 28 colleges operate 181 sites throughout the state and serve nearly a million Floridians. Colleges offer a dynamic array of educational opportunities, including adult education, developmental education, vocational certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, and community education. Here are a few FCS highlights: The FCS is proud to serve all students: 63 percent are part-time, 55 percent are minority, 59 percent are female, and the average student age is 26. Two-thirds of high school graduates enrolling in postsecondary education in Florida enroll in the FCS. Through Floridas strong 2+2 articulation system, FCS associate in arts graduates are guaranteed admission into one of the great state universities in Florida. Fifty-four percent of juniors and seniors in state universities transferred from the FCS. One-hundred percent of FCS institutions that offer bachelors degrees have accepted Governor Rick Scotts challenge to work to develop bachelors degrees costing students no more than $10,000. Eighty-eight percent of FCS graduates are continuing their education or employed within one year of graduation. The average starting salary of FCS bachelors degree graduates is $46,186. The average starting salary of FCS associate in science degree graduates is $44,095. Students enjoy an attractive 16.8 percent average rate of return on their educational investment. April is National Community College Month

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Attend the worship service of your choice... 000DOX6 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000E79U St. Martins 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) 000E1IT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning Worship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W. 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H 000EF6C 8070 SW 60th Ave. Ocala, FL 34476 352-291-2080 SERVICES HOURS Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm 1:30 Spanish Service Tuesday 7pm Spanish Service Wednesday Night 7pm Youth 7pm Thursday Bible Study 6:30 to 7:30 Friday 7pm Spanish Service Nursery available www.crossroads.cog.net WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul Woosley Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000DBZY is discovered through worshiping together 711187 000EHT8 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But dont let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when youll want to be ready to take on new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for single Bovines seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people whove never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an advantage in assessing a possibly too-good-to-betrue offer. A trusted colleague has advice. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Expect to be called on once again to act as peacemaker in a longsimmering dispute that suddenly flares up. Offer advice, but be careful to stay out of the fray. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your organizational skills help you line up your priorities so that you get things done without added pressure. The weekend could hold a special surprise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) New ventures are favored. But dont launch yours before rechecking all facts and sources. Also, be sure you can rely on support from certain people. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Dont be pushed into renegotiating an agreement, even though it might help avoid a potential impasse. Get legal advice before you sign or agree to anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Helping others is what Aquarians do so well. But this time, someone wants to help you. Expect to hear some news that will both surprise and delight you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Things go so swimmingly that youre tempted to take on more tasks. Best advice: Finish what you have now, then enjoy a well-earned relaxing weekend. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Read the classifieds T he Spring Fling Hobo potluck will be April 15. Since this is Income Tax Day, we can get together and share in some good food while lamenting over the amount of taxes we had to pay. As a special treat we will be entertained by Vincenzo Basile. This entertainment is provided by the social committee as a gift to the community. If you dont plan to attend the dinner, then please come at 6:45 p.m. and enjoy the music. Ladies, its time for the monthly luncheon. We will be dining at Darrells Diner, the new restaurant in the WinnDixie shopping center. Invite a neighbor to come with you on Friday, the 12th at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin. Did you get fooled on April Fools Day? April 1 was last week, but thought you would enjoy some history on the day. Remember back in our younger years when everyone tried to outdo the other person with a prank? The history of this day is not really clear. In fact, there is disagreement on the correct spelling of the day. Some use April Fools Day (the most popular), some April Fools, and still others use April Fools Day. Its all in the use of the apostrophe. However you spell it, its still just a fun day. As for the origin of the day, many believe it started in France around 1582. Until that year, April 1 was considered the first day of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by King Charles IX, New Years Day was moved to Jan. 1. Communication was very slow at this time, so many people didnt know of the calendar change until many years later. Even so, there were those who refused to change and still celebrated the New Year on April 1. These backward people, as they were known, were labeled as fools. They were often sent on foolish errands and were made the butt of practical jokes. Practical jokes are a common practice in many countries. Through the years there have been some very elaborate jokes played on the public. A couple of examples are as follows: 1957 BBC news announced that due to a very mild winter and the elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, the Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper crop of spaghetti. They even showed pictures of the peasants pulling spaghetti strands down from trees. The BBC received numerous calls wanting to know how they could grow their spaghetti trees! The answer given was, place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. 1998 Burger King introduced the lefthanded Whopper in their ad that was in USA Today. According to the news item, this Whopper was designed especially for the 32 million lefthanded Americans. This sandwich contains the same ingredients as the regular Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to benefit the left-handed customers! Although this was an April Fools Day hoax, many customers fell for it and requested the Left-handed Whopper. Burger King reported they had other Spring Fling scheduled for April 15 customers who ordered the regular Whopper for right-handed people. Just remember April Fools Day is a fun day, meant to be enjoyed by all. Another historic event happened in 1513 500 years ago on April 3 Juan Ponce de Len landed on the Florida shore near present day St. Augustine. Land was spotted on April 2, but they landed the next day. This was also Easter weekend. This expedition began when the Spanish crown encouraged Ponce de Len to continue searching for new lands, in hopes of finding gold and expanding the Spanish empire. Also around this time, he learned of a Caribbean island called Bimini, on which there were rumored to be miraculous waters that could rejuvenate those who drank from them (the fountain of youth). We know he didnt land on Bimini, but instead it was Florida. He named the region Florida because he discovered it at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida) and because its vegetation was lush and floral. In case you didnt know, Juan Ponce de Leon was with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Tickets for the Spring Fling, Vegas Night catered dinner and special entertainment can be purchased from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey, or Marie Schneider. The date for this event is May 18. We will have more on this later. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb As of now, that spring break tattoo may no longer prevent a person from donating blood with LifeSouth. With the state of Florida tightening its laws on the inspection and licensing of tattoo parlors, anyone who has received a tattoo in a licensed Florida tattoo parlor since those changes went into effect Jan. 1, will no longer face the one-year deferral on donating blood, said LifeSouth Director of Recruitment and Retention Galen Unold. Unold explained that LifeSouth had earlier made a similar change for its donors in Alabama when that state tightened its licensing and inspection regulation. With tattoos increasing in popularity, more and more people were prevented from donating, but it was important because our number one goal is keeping the blood supply safe, Unold said. These new state regulations should make that process safer and also allow more people to donate blood. As LifeSouth adopts the change, Unold explained that a small number of potential donors will still be facing the one-year wait. Anyone who has already attempted to donate this year, but received a one-year deferral because of a tattoo, wont be permitted to donate until a year after their attempted donation date, he said. Anyone with questions can call LifeSouth toll-free Blood donors and tattoos

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When you go to that site, on the left theres an airport tracker/info section. You can put in the name of the city you want to view or, if you know it, the three-letter airport code (thats the three letters you find on your luggage, JFK for Kennedy, LGA for LaGuardia, MCO for Orlando, TPA for Tampa, etc.). You will find yourself looking at the same radar that controllers see, just slightly time delayed for security. You can easily switch airports, and watch flights with the airline, the type of plane, the speed, origination and destination, and cruising altitude. But if you type in OCF, which is the code for Ocala, youll be asking, Where did everybody go? You will still be able to see the overflights, planes going to other airports that are flying over Ocala, but youll soon realize that none of them are coming here. Thats why were not particularly concerned that the FAA has decided to close the control tower, yes, the nice new control tower, at Ocala International Airport. The airport used to run just fine without the tower, and it will continue to do so. The FAA is closing down towers at many small airports across the nation, and Ocala is on the list. The tower is slated to shut down this summer, after being given a slight reprieve. The reason, of course, is money. Were sure there are pilots who like having the control tower to help make sure that their airspace is clear. But with the land as flat as it is around here, visual landings are much easier than, say, Atlanta or Denver, places with mountains in the area. So dont worry. Its not likely that planes will be dropping on our houses and streets because of the lack of an operational control tower. Now, what do they do with that tower thats sitting out there. Maybe it can be a tourist attraction. Hey everybody, come out and pretend youre guiding planes to landings. Or you can be a ground controller, steering all those planes around the tarmac. Maybe they can even put a computer with flightaware.com in there, to simulate the real thing. Apparently thats as close as were going to get around here for a while. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Singers soughtSing, Sing a Song, Sing it Simple, Sing it Strong! Were looking for a few good men! No, were looking for more than a few good men. Were looking for all you good men out there who love singing and, believe it or not, can sing. There are many of you everywhere in Marion and the surrounding counties who are a might timid to go out in public and sing your little hearts out. Well fear not, we have the solution that will turn you into a roaring vocal volcano that the public will clamor for more and more. We are confidence builders. We were all just like you before we met the Barbershop Harmony Society. It didnt take long before we found out they liked to sing just as much as we did. Singing together helped us shed any fears we had about singing before the public. We know youre going to ask, Who are these guys? Are they some kind of miracle workers? No, theyre men just like you who work at their hobby and help each other rid themselves of any fears. Its a team effort that pays musical dividends. Ill bet your champing at the bit to find out just who these extraordinary men are that will go to any extreme to help their fellow man do well. We are The Big Sun Chorus from Ocala. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a nonprofit organization. We are those men of distinction. We are The Barbershoppers. Our form and style of singing was born and bred in the good old US of A. Along with our brothers in nine affiliates around the globe. From Germany to New Zealand and from Canada to South Africa we form the largest male singing society in the world. Our chapter meets every Monday evening, (unless we get snowed out) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala West United Methodist Church located at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. For further information, contact: Doug Oxford 352-527-6980. Thank you for your attention and remember, all we ask of you is to help us Keep the whole world singing (our motto). Peter Musella Big Sun ChorusGuns dont kill people? 1 am tired of hearing the oversimplified bumper sticker slogan guns dont kill people ... people kill people. For those of you who dont see the obvious irrelelevance of this statement allow me to make my point. Hammers dont drive nails....people drive nails. If you needed to drive a nail, what tool would you reach for? A few of us might grab a rock or a heavy wrench but the vast majority (100% statistically) of nails are driven by hammers because hammers really do drive nails. The exact same logic applies to guns. If you wanted to kill as many people as possible and as quickly as possible, what tool would you reach for? Lets get real here. Joe Peck Dunnelion Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. T hose of us who love baseball have to put up with a bunch of blackout rules that stagger the imagination. Thats what had me frustrated last Friday night. As you should know by now, Im a Mets fan. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings on cable and MLB Premium TV on computer, mainly so I can watch the Mets. The problem Friday night was threefold: the Miami Marlins, Fox Sports Florida and Cox Cable. First, Fox Sports. The network, at this time of year, is overbooked. It shows the Orlando Magic games in north Florida, and shows the Marlins statewide. Friday night last week, the Marlins were in New York playing the Mets. But Fox chose to show the Magic game (I dont follow the NBA real closely, but I understand the Magic are terrible). It didnt even plan a tape delay of the game. The next culprit is the Marlins. We live near mile marker 354 on the Interstate, which starts in Miami. That means that were are 350 miles from the Marlins home. Why are they allowed to black out games all the way up here? But thats not the worst part. The Marlins black out the entire state of Florida. There are people who live closer to the Atlanta Braves than Miami in Florida, and I havent measured it, but I think the folks in Pensacola live closer to the Houston Astros than Miami. So why are the Marlins allowed to black out the signal that far away? The blackout means that I couldnt watch this game on either the computer or the cable package. Next, Cox Cable. Give them credit, they tried to do something right. They Cable, baseball and the blackouts Among Friends Jim Clark moved the Mets game to Local Origination Channel 16, the one that broadcasts local programming. I found it quite by accident, but there it was, at 7 p.m. But along came 7:30, and the channel automatically switched to a used car show, while the game was in the second inning. After 12 minutes, I guess realizing their mistake, Cox switched back to the game. I settled down, but along came 8:30, and along came the same used car show, this time complete with a religious sermon. This time the show lasted until 8:58, when we suddenly were back in the game for two minutes. During that show I called the auto dealer number on the screen, and told them I would never shop in their lot (not that I would, anyway). I doubt if they cared. Also, by this time I had found a radio broadcast of the game and was listening to it that way. At 9 p.m., more used cars. Now I was a bit angry, so I called cable. The tech I talked to said he would send an e-mail to the engineers to check on it. After about 15 minutes, the game came back on and stayed on to the bitter end. Saturday and Sunday there was no conflict with the Magic, so I got to see both games. Please see CLARK Page 10 Thursday, April 18 A ir F orce grou p to m eet The April meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. If you ordered an AFA Chapter jacket you can pick it up at this meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-8548328. Friday, April 19 T he Circle o f F rench F rien d s Le Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 State Road 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is April 19. Saturday, April 20 Tw o -d a y f lo w er sho w Pioneer Garden Club presents Pascua Florida, a flower show celebrating 500 years since Ponce De Leon discovered Florida, on April 20-21, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. each day, open to the public. Enter your prized rose, bromeliad, orchid, annual, perennial, flowering branch, violet, houseplant, etc. Call Mrs. Rosalie Laudando, Horticulture chairman, at 352-237-9509 for entry information. Many beautiful specimens from local gardeners and garden club members will be on display. Junior Gardeners from the local schools will show their hard work planting on the school grounds, potting plants, growing seeds and making floral designs depicting the Ponce de Leon theme. Beautiful designs will showcase the talents of the club members and the lobby will feature exquisite designs from noted floral design judges from throughout the state. An educational display will inform on local issues of water, ecology and the environment. The event is free to the public. Donations are appreciated. The Club is at 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (in the Appleton Museum complex). H el p ing H an d s race w alk f un runHelping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kids Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). Its a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the childrens Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464. Sunday, April 21 G er m an Am erican Clu b p icnic set The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 21, at noon at Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per nonmember. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets. Thursday, April 25 OTOW De m ocrats to m eet The next meeting of the On Top of the World Democratic Club will be Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Each meeting has guest speakers of local and national interest. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. rooms E and F at the Arbor Conference Center. You must be an OTOW resident to join. There are no dues! For more information call Dan Lack at 352-509-4942 or send an e-mail to otowdemclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (On Top of the World Democratic Club). All registered Democrats are invited to join. Saturday, April 27 Concert b an d s t w o -d a y p er f or m ance Please join the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Swing into Spring concert series on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical Selections include: Themes Like Old Times V; Rock, Roll and Remember, a tribute to Dick Clark; Broadway One Step; Star Wars The Marches,; As Time Goes By and I Feel a Song Comin On, featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster, and a special tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring the Kingdom of the Sun Big Band performing Sing, Sing, Sing, Stompin at the Savoy, and Dont Be That Way. All performances are free and open to the public donations are accepted. Call 352-624-9291 or more information, or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. A ll church gol f outing Everyone is invited to hit the links Saturday morning, 11 a.m., at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Oak Run Country Club, to play 18 holes of golf, with cart, and share lunch. Enjoy a fun day of golf, Christian Fellowship and who knows: a hole in one? Prizes to be awarded. Those interested in lunch only are welcome. Fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, tip and prizes. For reservations and additional information contact Bob Parizek at 352-873-9149, Ray Westman at 352-208-9023 or Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to p er f or m The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled TO THE MOON AND BACH, will include Walking on the Moon, Claire de Lune, Africa, American Folk Songs, Bachs Easter Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden others works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207. Saturday, May 4 Y ar d sale at F irst Congregational A huge yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 4 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. There will be electronics, furniture, tools, clothing, jewelry, home decor, appliances and much, much more. Sunday, May 5 Ci v ic Chorale to p er f or m On Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a concert titled Give My Regards to Broadway at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program will include A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40s and medleys from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, contact us at 352-537-0207 or www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org. Ongoing R ea d ing V olunteer G rou p Love to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books. Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.

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O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Best Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 639 6-V 6 PACK $ 459 8-V 6 PACK $ 529 B A T T E R Y S A L E B A T T E R Y S A L E BATTERY SALE 2010 Club Car Remanufactured New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 4,995 E-Z-GO RXV Remanufactured Fully Loaded Ready to go Golfing $ 5,495 12-V T1275 only $ 659 000ECRC African Violet show held at Pioneer Garden Club There was an African Violet show at the Pioneer Garden Club this past weekend. Many flowers were judged and others were on sale to the general public. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKLynns Pirate Treasure. Midnight Twist. These were some of the African Violets on sale.These were some of the flowers on display. I am not one to boast, at least not about myself unless someone is listening, but I do give some time to exercising the little gray cells in my mind. Many people, no names given, spend most of their time yapping while people like me spend their time napping. While napping, I am also exercising my mind. Some people exercise their mind by doing crossword puzzles. I tried this but every once in a while Ill think of the right word and then that word makes me think of something else and that makes me think of something else altogether and pretty soon Im off on one of my little mind trips. One thing about these little mind trips of mine, they do not cost very much and when I come to, I am quite refreshed. One danger about my little mind trips is that sometimes I am not alone when I am tripping out. This can be quite dangerous to my health. Last week, for example, I was driving across town and happened to engage in one of my little mind trips. It must have been a good one because I was thoroughly enjoying my trip and then I began to hear in the background a variety of words that did not seem connected nor did they make sense. These words did not have anything whatsoever to do with the little trip I was on at the time. Then the words started to fall into some kind of an order. Are... You... Listening... To... What... Im... Saying? At first, they did not seem connected and to be truthful it rather upset me because these words were interrupting a very nice mind trip I was on at the time. I hate it when I am interrupted by such nonsense. For some reason I happened to glance over to my right and was shocked to discover that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was sitting in the passenger seat. At first, I thought I was hallucinating. However, she was looking back at me! I stared at her for a minute and then demanded, What are you doing in my car? She gave me one of those looks indicating I was in serious trouble. Then it dawned on me. We were going across town to go shopping. For some reason I had tuned everything out and slipped into a wonderful mind trip. Well, for the rest of the trip I was listening to a voice but that voice was not in my head; it was in my ears. Both of them. I had to leave my little mind trip for another occasion when I was by myself. I must confess that when I get on one of those mind trips of mine I lose sense of everything around me. I have a very active mind; of course, my wife says I have a very active imagination. I am not sure the difference, and I am not about to ask her, either. Some mysteries in life should be just that. A mystery. One mind trip that I get on to about this time a year is Easter. Lately I have had Easter on my mind. I know the word Easter, is not a very politically correct word today. But then I am not running for politics, in fact, I am running away from politics as much as possible. I like the word Easter. In some places, they are changing the Easter Bunny to the Spring Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt to the Spring Egg Hunt. This is supposed to be more PC tolerable. After all, it is important that we should be PC in everything we do. Those people who object to the word Easter, I wonder if they really know where it came from. To some the Easter Bunny has some kind of a religious connotation. Personally, I never discovered what denomination the Easter Bunny is a member of. Where does the Easter Bunny attend church? The First Church of the Easter Egg Hunt? It has become a popular thing not to tolerate religion in our country. Well, let me correct that. We tolerate all religions except Christianity. It is too bad the people who cannot tolerate Christianity are unable to read. I think it is sad this generation is not able to read anymore, because if they were, they might read some of the history of this country and discover it was founded on Christian principles. Imagine that! I still have Easter on my mind Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder I can understand why people are confused about Easter with the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg. Most are confused about how the Easter Bunny can lay Easter Eggs. They are only familiar with Bugs Bunny and everybody knows he cannot lay an egg. So, where do these mysterious Easter Eggs come from? Laying all that nonsense aside, and that is all it is, Easter has some very wonderful memories for me. Say what they will, nothing they say can undermine the wonderful thoughts I have about Easter. I like what the apostle Paul says, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV). The songwriter was right when he said, Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.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 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The College of Central Florida is the recipient of a new grant that promotes student success in dual enrollment courses across the state. The Florida Department of Education issued the $100,000 Florida College System (FCS) Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to promote secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students succeed in college-level courses. Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. Dual enrollment courses are available on high school, career center or college campuses. These courses are a cost-free way for high school students to take rigorous courses that will count toward college completion. Floridas K-20 education system is a model for the nation, said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. Our dual enrollment programs allow high school students to obtain college credit prior to graduation. Serving our students through dual enrollment is a testament to the strength of Floridas seamless education system. All 28 FCS institutions have dual enrollment programs that enrolled 50,054 students in 2011-12. The FCS is the states leading provider of dual enrollment opportunities, serving 83 percent of dual enrollment students. Through the grant, all FCS institutions will have access to the Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard. The College of Central Florida will develop the springboard through collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, Florida colleges and school districts to include a comprehensive website, two sets of professional development tutorials and resources, and a student success preparation kit. The springboard will be available later this year. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard and legislative recognition of the cost and value of dual enrollments will go a long way toward greater acceleration of student learning and degree completions in Florida, said Dr. Jim Henningsen, College of Central Florida president. We see dual enrollment as an important part of our overall efforts to achieve more for students and for Florida. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard will be an invaluable tool for educators and administrators in Floridas public schools and the Florida College System, said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. Floridas students will benefit from increased collaboration and support services that will improve their success in dual enrollment courses. I commend the College of Central Florida on its strong proposal and look forward to the statewide release of the springboard. Dual enrollment grant obtained

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Member of Florida Irrigation Society WINNER 2012 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Reset Controller Adjust Sprays & Rotors to Correct Spray Pattern Complete System Inspection $ 39 99 Call for details Expires 4/30/2013 10% OFF repairs L EE S P RESSURE W ASHING L OW W ATER U SAGE 489-6786 Licensed & Insured PRESSURE CLEANING Quality Work For Low Prices! No Pressure Roof Cleaning! Painting Metal Scrap Pickup 000EGSJ 000e2la CARPENTRY 000EHW9 PLUMBING EPA Lead Certification #NAT-113266-1 OSHA 10 #1216933 Fla. Lic. #CFC1427666 804-9165 Associated Plumbing and Pipe From Bathroom Remodeling to Fixing Leaky Faucets, and installing Bliss Walk-in Tubs Residential and Commercial Florida Window Medics, Inc. Screen Rooms Acrylic & Glass Rooms Rescreens Broken Glass Replacement Windows Gutters Foggy Windows Cement Sliding Glass Door Repair Call & speak directly to the owner David Heath Comp. #5524 352 484-5697 WINDOW REPAIRS 000EJLN 352-237-2796 Family Owned & Operated Since 1972 Licensed & Insured #3803 Dependable A Division of R.C. Cohn Construction 000DZWC CONCRETE WORK REPAIRING OLD INSTALLING NEW We Make Your Concrete Look Good Specializing in Repairing Concrete Driveways Pool Decks Patios Entrance Ways Advantages: Mildew & Oil Resistant Non Skid Protection Easy to Keep Clean Commercial Grade Quality RENEWED SURFACES 711185 DIALAPRO F o r Y o u r P r o f e s s i o n a l N e e d s For Your Professional Needs W E S T M A R I O N M e s s e n g e r WEST MARION Messenger 000EJ04 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Best Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 639 6-V 6 PACK $ 459 8-V 6 PACK $ 529 B A T T E R Y S A L E B A T T E R Y S A L E BATTERY SALE 2010 Club Car Remanufactured New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 4,995 E-Z-GO RXV Remanufactured Fully Loaded Ready to go Golfing $ 5,495 12-V T1275 only $ 659 000ECRC African Violet show held at Pioneer Garden Club There was an African Violet show at the Pioneer Garden Club this past weekend. Many flowers were judged and others were on sale to the general public. PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKLynns Pirate Treasure. Midnight Twist. These were some of the African Violets on sale.These were some of the flowers on display. I am not one to boast, at least not about myself unless someone is listening, but I do give some time to exercising the little gray cells in my mind. Many people, no names given, spend most of their time yapping while people like me spend their time napping. While napping, I am also exercising my mind. Some people exercise their mind by doing crossword puzzles. I tried this but every once in a while Ill think of the right word and then that word makes me think of something else and that makes me think of something else altogether and pretty soon Im off on one of my little mind trips. One thing about these little mind trips of mine, they do not cost very much and when I come to, I am quite refreshed. One danger about my little mind trips is that sometimes I am not alone when I am tripping out. This can be quite dangerous to my health. Last week, for example, I was driving across town and happened to engage in one of my little mind trips. It must have been a good one because I was thoroughly enjoying my trip and then I began to hear in the background a variety of words that did not seem connected nor did they make sense. These words did not have anything whatsoever to do with the little trip I was on at the time. Then the words started to fall into some kind of an order. Are... You... Listening... To... What... Im... Saying? At first, they did not seem connected and to be truthful it rather upset me because these words were interrupting a very nice mind trip I was on at the time. I hate it when I am interrupted by such nonsense. For some reason I happened to glance over to my right and was shocked to discover that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was sitting in the passenger seat. At first, I thought I was hallucinating. However, she was looking back at me! I stared at her for a minute and then demanded, What are you doing in my car? She gave me one of those looks indicating I was in serious trouble. Then it dawned on me. We were going across town to go shopping. For some reason I had tuned everything out and slipped into a wonderful mind trip. Well, for the rest of the trip I was listening to a voice but that voice was not in my head; it was in my ears. Both of them. I had to leave my little mind trip for another occasion when I was by myself. I must confess that when I get on one of those mind trips of mine I lose sense of everything around me. I have a very active mind; of course, my wife says I have a very active imagination. I am not sure the difference, and I am not about to ask her, either. Some mysteries in life should be just that. A mystery. One mind trip that I get on to about this time a year is Easter. Lately I have had Easter on my mind. I know the word Easter, is not a very politically correct word today. But then I am not running for politics, in fact, I am running away from politics as much as possible. I like the word Easter. In some places, they are changing the Easter Bunny to the Spring Bunny and the Easter Egg Hunt to the Spring Egg Hunt. This is supposed to be more PC tolerable. After all, it is important that we should be PC in everything we do. Those people who object to the word Easter, I wonder if they really know where it came from. To some the Easter Bunny has some kind of a religious connotation. Personally, I never discovered what denomination the Easter Bunny is a member of. Where does the Easter Bunny attend church? The First Church of the Easter Egg Hunt? It has become a popular thing not to tolerate religion in our country. Well, let me correct that. We tolerate all religions except Christianity. It is too bad the people who cannot tolerate Christianity are unable to read. I think it is sad this generation is not able to read anymore, because if they were, they might read some of the history of this country and discover it was founded on Christian principles. Imagine that! I still have Easter on my mind Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder I can understand why people are confused about Easter with the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg. Most are confused about how the Easter Bunny can lay Easter Eggs. They are only familiar with Bugs Bunny and everybody knows he cannot lay an egg. So, where do these mysterious Easter Eggs come from? Laying all that nonsense aside, and that is all it is, Easter has some very wonderful memories for me. Say what they will, nothing they say can undermine the wonderful thoughts I have about Easter. I like what the apostle Paul says, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV). The songwriter was right when he said, Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.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 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The College of Central Florida is the recipient of a new grant that promotes student success in dual enrollment courses across the state. The Florida Department of Education issued the $100,000 Florida College System (FCS) Dual Enrollment Toolkit Grant to promote secondary-postsecondary collaboration and training to help students succeed in college-level courses. Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. Dual enrollment courses are available on high school, career center or college campuses. These courses are a cost-free way for high school students to take rigorous courses that will count toward college completion. Floridas K-20 education system is a model for the nation, said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. Our dual enrollment programs allow high school students to obtain college credit prior to graduation. Serving our students through dual enrollment is a testament to the strength of Floridas seamless education system. All 28 FCS institutions have dual enrollment programs that enrolled 50,054 students in 2011-12. The FCS is the states leading provider of dual enrollment opportunities, serving 83 percent of dual enrollment students. Through the grant, all FCS institutions will have access to the Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard. The College of Central Florida will develop the springboard through collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, Florida colleges and school districts to include a comprehensive website, two sets of professional development tutorials and resources, and a student success preparation kit. The springboard will be available later this year. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard and legislative recognition of the cost and value of dual enrollments will go a long way toward greater acceleration of student learning and degree completions in Florida, said Dr. Jim Henningsen, College of Central Florida president. We see dual enrollment as an important part of our overall efforts to achieve more for students and for Florida. The Florida Dual Enrollment Springboard will be an invaluable tool for educators and administrators in Floridas public schools and the Florida College System, said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. Floridas students will benefit from increased collaboration and support services that will improve their success in dual enrollment courses. I commend the College of Central Florida on its strong proposal and look forward to the statewide release of the springboard. Dual enrollment grant obtained

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When you go to that site, on the left theres an airport tracker/info section. You can put in the name of the city you want to view or, if you know it, the three-letter airport code (thats the three letters you find on your luggage, JFK for Kennedy, LGA for LaGuardia, MCO for Orlando, TPA for Tampa, etc.). You will find yourself looking at the same radar that controllers see, just slightly time delayed for security. You can easily switch airports, and watch flights with the airline, the type of plane, the speed, origination and destination, and cruising altitude. But if you type in OCF, which is the code for Ocala, youll be asking, Where did everybody go? You will still be able to see the overflights, planes going to other airports that are flying over Ocala, but youll soon realize that none of them are coming here. Thats why were not particularly concerned that the FAA has decided to close the control tower, yes, the nice new control tower, at Ocala International Airport. The airport used to run just fine without the tower, and it will continue to do so. The FAA is closing down towers at many small airports across the nation, and Ocala is on the list. The tower is slated to shut down this summer, after being given a slight reprieve. The reason, of course, is money. Were sure there are pilots who like having the control tower to help make sure that their airspace is clear. But with the land as flat as it is around here, visual landings are much easier than, say, Atlanta or Denver, places with mountains in the area. So dont worry. Its not likely that planes will be dropping on our houses and streets because of the lack of an operational control tower. Now, what do they do with that tower thats sitting out there. Maybe it can be a tourist attraction. Hey everybody, come out and pretend youre guiding planes to landings. Or you can be a ground controller, steering all those planes around the tarmac. Maybe they can even put a computer with flightaware.com in there, to simulate the real thing. Apparently thats as close as were going to get around here for a while. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Singers soughtSing, Sing a Song, Sing it Simple, Sing it Strong! Were looking for a few good men! No, were looking for more than a few good men. Were looking for all you good men out there who love singing and, believe it or not, can sing. There are many of you everywhere in Marion and the surrounding counties who are a might timid to go out in public and sing your little hearts out. Well fear not, we have the solution that will turn you into a roaring vocal volcano that the public will clamor for more and more. We are confidence builders. We were all just like you before we met the Barbershop Harmony Society. It didnt take long before we found out they liked to sing just as much as we did. Singing together helped us shed any fears we had about singing before the public. We know youre going to ask, Who are these guys? Are they some kind of miracle workers? No, theyre men just like you who work at their hobby and help each other rid themselves of any fears. Its a team effort that pays musical dividends. Ill bet your champing at the bit to find out just who these extraordinary men are that will go to any extreme to help their fellow man do well. We are The Big Sun Chorus from Ocala. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a nonprofit organization. We are those men of distinction. We are The Barbershoppers. Our form and style of singing was born and bred in the good old US of A. Along with our brothers in nine affiliates around the globe. From Germany to New Zealand and from Canada to South Africa we form the largest male singing society in the world. Our chapter meets every Monday evening, (unless we get snowed out) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala West United Methodist Church located at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. For further information, contact: Doug Oxford 352-527-6980. Thank you for your attention and remember, all we ask of you is to help us Keep the whole world singing (our motto). Peter Musella Big Sun ChorusGuns dont kill people? 1 am tired of hearing the oversimplified bumper sticker slogan guns dont kill people ... people kill people. For those of you who dont see the obvious irrelelevance of this statement allow me to make my point. Hammers dont drive nails....people drive nails. If you needed to drive a nail, what tool would you reach for? A few of us might grab a rock or a heavy wrench but the vast majority (100% statistically) of nails are driven by hammers because hammers really do drive nails. The exact same logic applies to guns. If you wanted to kill as many people as possible and as quickly as possible, what tool would you reach for? Lets get real here. Joe Peck Dunnelion Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. T hose of us who love baseball have to put up with a bunch of blackout rules that stagger the imagination. Thats what had me frustrated last Friday night. As you should know by now, Im a Mets fan. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings on cable and MLB Premium TV on computer, mainly so I can watch the Mets. The problem Friday night was threefold: the Miami Marlins, Fox Sports Florida and Cox Cable. First, Fox Sports. The network, at this time of year, is overbooked. It shows the Orlando Magic games in north Florida, and shows the Marlins statewide. Friday night last week, the Marlins were in New York playing the Mets. But Fox chose to show the Magic game (I dont follow the NBA real closely, but I understand the Magic are terrible). It didnt even plan a tape delay of the game. The next culprit is the Marlins. We live near mile marker 354 on the Interstate, which starts in Miami. That means that were are 350 miles from the Marlins home. Why are they allowed to black out games all the way up here? But thats not the worst part. The Marlins black out the entire state of Florida. There are people who live closer to the Atlanta Braves than Miami in Florida, and I havent measured it, but I think the folks in Pensacola live closer to the Houston Astros than Miami. So why are the Marlins allowed to black out the signal that far away? The blackout means that I couldnt watch this game on either the computer or the cable package. Next, Cox Cable. Give them credit, they tried to do something right. They Cable, baseball and the blackouts Among Friends Jim Clark moved the Mets game to Local Origination Channel 16, the one that broadcasts local programming. I found it quite by accident, but there it was, at 7 p.m. But along came 7:30, and the channel automatically switched to a used car show, while the game was in the second inning. After 12 minutes, I guess realizing their mistake, Cox switched back to the game. I settled down, but along came 8:30, and along came the same used car show, this time complete with a religious sermon. This time the show lasted until 8:58, when we suddenly were back in the game for two minutes. During that show I called the auto dealer number on the screen, and told them I would never shop in their lot (not that I would, anyway). I doubt if they cared. Also, by this time I had found a radio broadcast of the game and was listening to it that way. At 9 p.m., more used cars. Now I was a bit angry, so I called cable. The tech I talked to said he would send an e-mail to the engineers to check on it. After about 15 minutes, the game came back on and stayed on to the bitter end. Saturday and Sunday there was no conflict with the Magic, so I got to see both games. Please see CLARK Page 10 Thursday, April 18 A ir F orce grou p to m eet The April meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. If you ordered an AFA Chapter jacket you can pick it up at this meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-8548328. Friday, April 19 T he Circle o f F rench F rien d s Le Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 State Road 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is April 19. Saturday, April 20 Tw o -d a y f lo w er sho w Pioneer Garden Club presents Pascua Florida, a flower show celebrating 500 years since Ponce De Leon discovered Florida, on April 20-21, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. each day, open to the public. Enter your prized rose, bromeliad, orchid, annual, perennial, flowering branch, violet, houseplant, etc. Call Mrs. Rosalie Laudando, Horticulture chairman, at 352-237-9509 for entry information. Many beautiful specimens from local gardeners and garden club members will be on display. Junior Gardeners from the local schools will show their hard work planting on the school grounds, potting plants, growing seeds and making floral designs depicting the Ponce de Leon theme. Beautiful designs will showcase the talents of the club members and the lobby will feature exquisite designs from noted floral design judges from throughout the state. An educational display will inform on local issues of water, ecology and the environment. The event is free to the public. Donations are appreciated. The Club is at 4331 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (in the Appleton Museum complex). H el p ing H an d s race w alk f un runHelping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kids Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). Its a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the childrens Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464. Sunday, April 21 G er m an Am erican Clu b p icnic set The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 21, at noon at Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. On the day of the picnic, ticket prices will be $7 per member or $10 per nonmember. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets. Thursday, April 25 OTOW De m ocrats to m eet The next meeting of the On Top of the World Democratic Club will be Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Each meeting has guest speakers of local and national interest. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. rooms E and F at the Arbor Conference Center. You must be an OTOW resident to join. There are no dues! For more information call Dan Lack at 352-509-4942 or send an e-mail to otowdemclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (On Top of the World Democratic Club). All registered Democrats are invited to join. Saturday, April 27 Concert b an d s t w o -d a y p er f or m ance Please join the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Swing into Spring concert series on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical Selections include: Themes Like Old Times V; Rock, Roll and Remember, a tribute to Dick Clark; Broadway One Step; Star Wars The Marches,; As Time Goes By and I Feel a Song Comin On, featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster, and a special tribute to Benny Goodman, featuring the Kingdom of the Sun Big Band performing Sing, Sing, Sing, Stompin at the Savoy, and Dont Be That Way. All performances are free and open to the public donations are accepted. Call 352-624-9291 or more information, or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org. A ll church gol f outing Everyone is invited to hit the links Saturday morning, 11 a.m., at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Oak Run Country Club, to play 18 holes of golf, with cart, and share lunch. Enjoy a fun day of golf, Christian Fellowship and who knows: a hole in one? Prizes to be awarded. Those interested in lunch only are welcome. Fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, tip and prizes. For reservations and additional information contact Bob Parizek at 352-873-9149, Ray Westman at 352-208-9023 or Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to p er f or m The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program, titled TO THE MOON AND BACH, will include Walking on the Moon, Claire de Lune, Africa, American Folk Songs, Bachs Easter Cantata Christ Lag in Todesbanden others works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207. Saturday, May 4 Y ar d sale at F irst Congregational A huge yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 4 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. There will be electronics, furniture, tools, clothing, jewelry, home decor, appliances and much, much more. Sunday, May 5 Ci v ic Chorale to p er f or m On Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a concert titled Give My Regards to Broadway at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The program will include A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40s and medleys from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and The Phantom of the Opera. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, contact us at 352-537-0207 or www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org. Ongoing R ea d ing V olunteer G rou p Love to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books. Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Attend the worship service of your choice... 000DOX6 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS 000E79U St. Martins 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) 000E1IT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning Worship: 10:30am Thursday: 6:00pm Meeting at: 145 S.W. 78th Court Ocala, Florida 352-690-7596 B I B L I C A L F O U N D A T I O N C H U R C H 000EF6C 8070 SW 60th Ave. Ocala, FL 34476 352-291-2080 SERVICES HOURS Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm 1:30 Spanish Service Tuesday 7pm Spanish Service Wednesday Night 7pm Youth 7pm Thursday Bible Study 6:30 to 7:30 Friday 7pm Spanish Service Nursery available www.crossroads.cog.net WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul Woosley Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Rev. Matthew Walter Asst. Rector Services: Rite I 7:30 am Rite II 8:50 & 11:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000DBZY is discovered through worshiping together 711187 000EHT8 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But dont let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when youll want to be ready to take on new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for single Bovines seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people whove never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an advantage in assessing a possibly too-good-to-betrue offer. A trusted colleague has advice. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Expect to be called on once again to act as peacemaker in a longsimmering dispute that suddenly flares up. Offer advice, but be careful to stay out of the fray. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your organizational skills help you line up your priorities so that you get things done without added pressure. The weekend could hold a special surprise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) New ventures are favored. But dont launch yours before rechecking all facts and sources. Also, be sure you can rely on support from certain people. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Dont be pushed into renegotiating an agreement, even though it might help avoid a potential impasse. Get legal advice before you sign or agree to anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Helping others is what Aquarians do so well. But this time, someone wants to help you. Expect to hear some news that will both surprise and delight you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Things go so swimmingly that youre tempted to take on more tasks. Best advice: Finish what you have now, then enjoy a well-earned relaxing weekend. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Read the classifieds T he Spring Fling Hobo potluck will be April 15. Since this is Income Tax Day, we can get together and share in some good food while lamenting over the amount of taxes we had to pay. As a special treat we will be entertained by Vincenzo Basile. This entertainment is provided by the social committee as a gift to the community. If you dont plan to attend the dinner, then please come at 6:45 p.m. and enjoy the music. Ladies, its time for the monthly luncheon. We will be dining at Darrells Diner, the new restaurant in the WinnDixie shopping center. Invite a neighbor to come with you on Friday, the 12th at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Marion Gartman or Pat Tobin. Did you get fooled on April Fools Day? April 1 was last week, but thought you would enjoy some history on the day. Remember back in our younger years when everyone tried to outdo the other person with a prank? The history of this day is not really clear. In fact, there is disagreement on the correct spelling of the day. Some use April Fools Day (the most popular), some April Fools, and still others use April Fools Day. Its all in the use of the apostrophe. However you spell it, its still just a fun day. As for the origin of the day, many believe it started in France around 1582. Until that year, April 1 was considered the first day of the year. When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by King Charles IX, New Years Day was moved to Jan. 1. Communication was very slow at this time, so many people didnt know of the calendar change until many years later. Even so, there were those who refused to change and still celebrated the New Year on April 1. These backward people, as they were known, were labeled as fools. They were often sent on foolish errands and were made the butt of practical jokes. Practical jokes are a common practice in many countries. Through the years there have been some very elaborate jokes played on the public. A couple of examples are as follows: 1957 BBC news announced that due to a very mild winter and the elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, the Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper crop of spaghetti. They even showed pictures of the peasants pulling spaghetti strands down from trees. The BBC received numerous calls wanting to know how they could grow their spaghetti trees! The answer given was, place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best. 1998 Burger King introduced the lefthanded Whopper in their ad that was in USA Today. According to the news item, this Whopper was designed especially for the 32 million lefthanded Americans. This sandwich contains the same ingredients as the regular Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees to benefit the left-handed customers! Although this was an April Fools Day hoax, many customers fell for it and requested the Left-handed Whopper. Burger King reported they had other Spring Fling scheduled for April 15 customers who ordered the regular Whopper for right-handed people. Just remember April Fools Day is a fun day, meant to be enjoyed by all. Another historic event happened in 1513 500 years ago on April 3 Juan Ponce de Len landed on the Florida shore near present day St. Augustine. Land was spotted on April 2, but they landed the next day. This was also Easter weekend. This expedition began when the Spanish crown encouraged Ponce de Len to continue searching for new lands, in hopes of finding gold and expanding the Spanish empire. Also around this time, he learned of a Caribbean island called Bimini, on which there were rumored to be miraculous waters that could rejuvenate those who drank from them (the fountain of youth). We know he didnt land on Bimini, but instead it was Florida. He named the region Florida because he discovered it at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida) and because its vegetation was lush and floral. In case you didnt know, Juan Ponce de Leon was with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Tickets for the Spring Fling, Vegas Night catered dinner and special entertainment can be purchased from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey, or Marie Schneider. The date for this event is May 18. We will have more on this later. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb As of now, that spring break tattoo may no longer prevent a person from donating blood with LifeSouth. With the state of Florida tightening its laws on the inspection and licensing of tattoo parlors, anyone who has received a tattoo in a licensed Florida tattoo parlor since those changes went into effect Jan. 1, will no longer face the one-year deferral on donating blood, said LifeSouth Director of Recruitment and Retention Galen Unold. Unold explained that LifeSouth had earlier made a similar change for its donors in Alabama when that state tightened its licensing and inspection regulation. With tattoos increasing in popularity, more and more people were prevented from donating, but it was important because our number one goal is keeping the blood supply safe, Unold said. These new state regulations should make that process safer and also allow more people to donate blood. As LifeSouth adopts the change, Unold explained that a small number of potential donors will still be facing the one-year wait. Anyone who has already attempted to donate this year, but received a one-year deferral because of a tattoo, wont be permitted to donate until a year after their attempted donation date, he said. Anyone with questions can call LifeSouth toll-free Blood donors and tattoos

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I pay for the MLB packages, and I should get to see all the games, regardless of where theyre played. By the way, this could also apply to NFL games. The good news is that the Mets dont play the Marlins again for a few weeks. By then, the Magic season should be over. Actually, some people I know tell me the Magic season was over two weeks after it started.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARK continued from Page 8 Saturday, April 13 Art Expo at OTOW Local artists from On Top of the World, Oak Run, Palm Cay, Stone Creek and other communities in Ocala showcase their masterpieces at this annual art expo on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Works include paintings, sculptures, stained glass, portrait sketches, clay jewelry, metal artwork, watercolors and much more. Enjoy live entertainment by the Paul De Ritter Duo during the expo. This event is free and open to the public. The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information, visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call On Top of the Worlds Health and Recreation Office at 352-854-8707 Ext. 7530. Golf tourney at Ocala PalmsOcala Palms Golf and Country Club will sponsor the annual Free Enterprise Open Four Person Scramble on Saturday, April 13. The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides economic and financial literacy programs to Florida teachers and students. The cost for the event is $70 per person (major credit cards accepted). Each player will receive a free round of golf, pancake breakfast, lunch, a chance to win a car for a hole in one, an EZ-GO golf car for a hole in one and one lady and one man will take a million dollar shot. An awards ceremony will be held following lunch with awards for the winning team plus gift certificates for the top teams in each flight, closest to the pin prizes, and plenty of door prizes. Please call the pro shop at 352-732-GOLF (4653) if you would like to participate or help sponsor this event. Book Feast at main libraryEnjoy a smorgasbord of brain food that will fill your cravings for the craft of writing as the HeadquartersOcala Public Library presents its Book Feast: An Event for Readers and Writers of All Ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at its location on 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Discover the unique talents of 38 local Florida writers from Marion and surrounding counties and learn first-hand about their personal writing experiences, style and the creative process. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to purchase books from local authors, have them signed, get writing tips and generally talk to people from the area who have honed their writing skills, said Domina Daughtrey, Marion County Public Library System Information Services division manager and event coordinator. The Book Feast is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocala Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Book Feast or other Marion County Public Library System programs and services, call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.Ocala West hosts breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church community wide breakfast sponsored by the mens club will be on April 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. All you can eat for $5. Cookies, cakes and pancakes offered The United Methodist Women of Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a Spring Bake Sale on April 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bake sale is held in conjunction with the mens famous-all-you can eat breakfast. Sons of Norway to organize groupThe Vikings are coming! The Sons of Norway (SON), a fraternal benefits organization, is hosting an organizational meeting to form a lodge in Ocala Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m., Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala (hotel: 352-854-1400). Area residents are cordially invited to attend and learn more about Sons of Norway. Beverages and dessert will be served. The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway. SON has over 400 local lodges and eight (8) District Lodges. The Ocala lodge will be the 14th lodge in Florida. The mission of the SON is to Promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. Members do not have to be of Norwegian birth or descent but must be interested in the heritage and culture of Norway. For further information about the April 13 meeting and to RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 please contact one of these SON members: Asta Nilsen at 352-8549660 or alfnasta@aol.com or Joyce Olsen at 352-8610521 or jolsen@deccacable.com. Sunday, April 14 Chamber Music Society concert The Marion Chamber Music Society is hosting the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Eunice Kim, violin, John-Henry Crawford, Cello, and Patrick Kreeger, piano, are all students at the world renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. All Marion Chamber Music Society programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call 352-867-1340 or www.marionchambermusic.com. Cantor and pianist to perform On Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Temple Bnai Darom is honored to present Cantor Kim Komrad and pianist David Leighton in concert at our Temple Sanctuary, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Kim is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative Synagogue in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. David Leighton is a Julliard trained pianist and has been a performer and assistant conductor for the NYC Metropolitan Opera. Please go to their web sites for more background: www.kimkomrad.com and www.davidleighton.com. Their performance will contain a range of music from traditional liturgical and Jewish music to contemporary standards and Broadway melodies. Please contact Anne Lange at (352) 245-1212 or summerfieldlange@aol.com for reservations. Tickets are $12 per person which includes refreshments during intermission. Friendship fellowship luncheonBring a friend and a side dish and enjoy sharing Mexican Favorites together in fellowship after the Worship Service. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-8616182, www.ccomc.org/. Wednesday, April 17 Workshop for job seekersMonster and Workforce Connection have again teamed up to help job seekers power up their jobsearch efforts with a free Power Seekers workshop on Wednesday, April 17. The high-energy workshop takes place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Floridas Webber Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Seating is limited to 175 participants. Monster Worldwide, which pioneered digital recruiting in 1994, is the parent company of Monster.com, the premier global online employment solution. Workforce Connection provides fee-free services to job seekers and employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. We have hosted several Power Seeker workshops now with Monster and they are always packed and enthusiastically received, said Robyne Fraize, Workforce Connection project coordinator who has been coordinating the workshops since 2010. These workshops complement the full array of services and staff support we offer job seekers. SaRatta Reeves, national recruiter and trainer for Monster, will provide recommendations and techniques to help job seekers stand out from the crowd. Participants will learn how to create power resumes, build lasting career networks, find the best career advice, develop in-demand soft skills and sharpen interview skills. Reeves specializes in improving retention and building client relations. She had more than 10 years experience in recruiting and training with Verizon Wireless and Team Enterprises, whose clients included MillerCoors, before joining Monster in 2006 as a national speaker. To register, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.coms calendar of events. Read the classifieds More on Page 5 April is National Community College Month and the Florida College System (FCS) plans to celebrate 55 years of innovation, achievements, and successes throughout the month. Governor Rick Scott said, A great education is critical to providing students job opportunities after graduation, which is why my budget invests $1.1 billion for Florida colleges. Its through innovations like the $10K Degree Challenge that the Florida College System helps Florida families pursue their dreams. View the Governors proclamation about FCS Month. The primary mission of the FCS is to provide access to high-quality affordable education that prepares students for continued education or jobs. Floridas 28 colleges operate 181 sites throughout the state and serve nearly a million Floridians. Colleges offer a dynamic array of educational opportunities, including adult education, developmental education, vocational certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, and community education. Here are a few FCS highlights: The FCS is proud to serve all students: 63 percent are part-time, 55 percent are minority, 59 percent are female, and the average student age is 26. Two-thirds of high school graduates enrolling in postsecondary education in Florida enroll in the FCS. Through Floridas strong 2+2 articulation system, FCS associate in arts graduates are guaranteed admission into one of the great state universities in Florida. Fifty-four percent of juniors and seniors in state universities transferred from the FCS. One-hundred percent of FCS institutions that offer bachelors degrees have accepted Governor Rick Scotts challenge to work to develop bachelors degrees costing students no more than $10,000. Eighty-eight percent of FCS graduates are continuing their education or employed within one year of graduation. The average starting salary of FCS bachelors degree graduates is $46,186. The average starting salary of FCS associate in science degree graduates is $44,095. Students enjoy an attractive 16.8 percent average rate of return on their educational investment. April is National Community College Month

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L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODAY N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery Read the classifieds Wednesday, April 10 Four-day bonsai exhibitThe Marion Bonsai Society and Master the Possibilities Education Center present the 6th Annual The Living Art of Bonsai exhibit from April 10 through April 13. The exhibit will feature several trees that transform Master the Possibilities education center into a forest of art. Register for associated classes, presentations and demonstrations available through Master the Possibilities at www.masterthepossibilities.com. The four-day display is free and open to the public. Master the Possibilities is at 8415 S.W. 80th St, Ocala. Exhibit hours: April 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For more details on this and other presentations visit us online or call 352-861-9751. Family Fun Night at JoyBeginning April 10 at 5:30 p.m. and every second Wednesday of each month, Joy Lutheran Church is offering a free Family Fun Night. This will be an hour of fun, devotion, food and games. Everyone is invited to this church family event. We welcome all members of Gods family and invite you to be part of our church family. To extend this fun event, all are welcome to attend the contemporary worship service at 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP by e-mailing arab2horses@yahoo.com or elhjr@embarqmail.com or calling the church office at 352-854-4509, so we know how much pizza to order. Check us out and come on by to have some fun. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221. Thursday, April 11 Palm Cay Republicans to meetThe April 11 meeting of the Palm Cay Republican Club will be held at the Oasis at 7 p.m. Speakers are School Board member Nancy Stacy, and County Commissioner Kathy Bryant. Kathy will be delivering the State of the County report. All citizens are encouraged to attend. After the meeting we will be having refreshments and time for questions and conversation with our speakers. For further information please contact James E. Pettus, Sr., at 352-438-9662Friday, April 12 Free concert scheduledThere will be a free concert at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs and the community is invited, Natalie and the Greyhounds will present a one-hour songfest on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. Natalie and the Greyhounds is a doo-wop group that is a part of the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band. There will be refreshment after the concert. For information, call 352-489-5511. Dentistry from the HeartThe annual Dentistry from the Heart program by Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, will take place on Friday, April 12, at his office, 9401 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 101, Ocala. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can choose any one of the following: cleaning, filling or extraction. The service will be free. For more information call Dr. Dunns office at 352873-2000. Friday Forum at Buffet CityIn the hope that civil discourse will lead to civic action, Justice Sandra Day OConnor during the course of her career always invited her colleagues to break bread with her. A group of concerned Marion County activists wishes to do likewise by expanding our community conversation about important issues of the day with a monthly luncheon speaker series to be known as The Friday Forum. The first will take place on Friday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City. People from all walks of life who share an interest in our community and the welfare of all our people are invited to attend. Bruce Seaman, pastor at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and coordinator of Awake Marion, an affiliate of the statewide coalition of progressive groups known as Awake the State, will be the first speaker. He will describe the groups current initiatives and introduce their project leaders. Buffet City is centrally located at the corner of State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just west of U.S. Highway 441. Attendees are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to select their meal so that the program can begin promptly at noon. Buffet City will reserve one of its rooms for us depending upon the number expected. So please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 to let us know if you are coming. We welcome suggestions for future programs Three-day performance at Dunnellon Players from Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Middle schools will present the ferociously funny, familyfriendly comedy, Mama Wont Fly on April 12, 13 and 14. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brothers wedding. Savannahs problem: Mama wont fly. Show times are April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m., at Dunnellon Middle School auditorium. Dunnellon Middle school is at 21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call Dianne Sellner at 352-465-6745 for additional information. Murder mystery dinner theaterThe Episcopal Church of the Advent will hold a murder mystery dinner theater on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. The title of the production is Murder at all sinners and tickets are on sale now for $15. A three-course meal is planned. The Church is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484 in Dunnellon (across from the firehouse). To reserve your tickets, please call the churchs office at 352-4657272. Saturday, April 13 All church yard and bake sale A huge yard and bake sale will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. Vendors sites will be provided and reservations for vendors will be accepted March 23 through April 12. The fee is $10 per space. Contact Jim Hein at 352-8733199. Happenings

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INDEX Quail Meadow......4 Rev. Snyder..........6 African Violets......7 Fairfield Village12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 Happenings Page 2 Puzzles Page 9 12 Wednesday, April 10, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EIXF BY BARB DEDICS Special to the Messenger On March 26, cooler temperatures didn't keep citizens from enjoying the demonstrations and displays at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. This event was just a portion of the free 14-week educational course concerning the operations of the MCSO. The crowd was welcomed with a hearty speech from Sheriff Chris Blair. Following his speech, the MCSO Pipes and Drums dressed in their traditional Scottish military uniforms pleased the crowd by playing several tunes. This particular class included MCSO officers/experts giving a brief explanation of their mission, training, selection procedures and operation in the following special units; Marine Patrol, URT (Underwater Recovery Team), SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Bomb, K-9, Traffic, Hostage Negotiators and Aviation. Volunteer units such as Funeral Escort and Homeland Security were also included. Equipment for each special unit was on display. Among those were a patrol boat, special SWAT vehicle, Command Center vehicle, Bomb Squad robotics/suits, weapons, motorcycles and a helicopter. The grand finale for the evening was a demonstration by BOLT the K-9 dog apprehending a fleeing criminal aka Lt. Jon Turner, his handler. For those wishing to attend future classes, please contact Ms. Carolyn Fender at 352-368-3551 or CFender@marionso.com. Sheriffs Office educates citizens at academy PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSAbove, student Ashton trieds on a 30-pound bomb helmet. At left, Bolt demonstrates how he brings down a suspect. Above, Sgt. Don Standridge displaying night helmet and helicopter.At left, Deputy Paul Youmans giving motorcycle advice to student Zachary. Marion County Center for the Arts Omega Theatre Company will present the musical Smile April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, located at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at www.westportwolfpack.org. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Smile was inspired by the 1975 film of the same name, directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson. The musical depicts the offstage difficulties of the fictitious 1985 California Young American Miss beauty pageant held in Santa Rosa, California. Students Amanda Glenn and Savannah Hirst portray two contestants who befriend each other throughout the pageant. Krystal Ortega plays the pageant coordinator, Brenda DiCarlo Freelander, and Keaton Long takes on the role of her beleaguered husband, Big Bob Freelander. Students in the musical theatre program round out the large ensemble cast. The production is directed by Janet Shelley, with musical direction by Nancy Atkinson and choreography by Jana Tripp. Chris Vaida serves as scenic designer and technical director for the production, supervising the student production staff. Lighting design is by West Port alumnus Nicole Shepard. Orchestra musicians are students in the famed Marion County Center for the Arts instrumental music program under the direction of Nancy Atkinson and Scotty Vance. The Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a magnet program for gifted and talented high school students in the performing and visual arts. Students can elect a major course of study in visual art, dance, music, and theatre, while taking core academic, honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment college classes. For more information on the program, contact Laurie Reeder, MCCA Coordinator at 352-291-4000. Musical to be presented at West Port April 19-21 F airfield Villages Clubhouse is becoming even more attractive to many FFV neighbors. Recently, Kerry Breedon and Bart Rich did some comparison shopping and came up with what seems to be the best possible choice of a big screen television for many different possible uses. Everyone is looking forward to lots of new activities which can be part of the fun things going on in our community. This might include group aerobics or even something like Wii bowling, tennis, golf, or even boxing without too much sweating or chance of injury. The photo shows the fun that was had at the fund-raiser for the new piano which will also help to lead to more pleasant activities in our inviting clubhouse. The smiles show how much everyone was ready to dance the night away for the popular cause. Special thanks go to Jean Chapman and those who helped her to organize the piano dance party. Additionally, those who will be able to enjoy the new piano appreciate the initial generous pledges made by Sandy and Norris Williams and Jim and Barb LePage. The former managers office has been converted into a mini theater for the enjoyment of those who want to see a good movie together. This should also be a very good place for friends to enjoy televised sporting events in a comfortable setting without interfering with anyone else. All in all, it seems certain that very soon more neighbors can participate in many different kinds of activities in FFVs Clubhouse where lovely people meet in a lively place and have lots of fun. New additions to Fairfield Villages Clubhouse Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Dancers at the piano fund-raiser. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEOcala Palms Quilters The Ocala Palms Sunbonnet Quilters proudly display the 176 string book bags they sewed for the Wyomina School of Ocala for a teacher's special project. The materials used to create these bags were donated by the people in and around the Ocala area and were constructed from cotton, flannel and fleece. It was a wonderful community project and the students will certainly find them useful in the upcoming school year. Pictured here, from left to right, are Cora Maxim, Kriss Myers, Jay Pilot Judy Anderson, Soon Kelly, Sherry Cruz, Itsy Andrews, Barbara Dubinet, and Carol Brandes. 000EL0Q