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INDEX Rev. Snyder..........2 Fairfield Village..6 Quail Meadow......7 SPCA..................11 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 3 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013 Tim Tebow Page 3 PuzzlesPage 912Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EMYZ 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 200 854-66 22 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 & Ser vice 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 4 k, 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 ODAY N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery BY ABDON SIDIBE Citrus County Chronicle Lauren Book is a foot soldier trying to spread awareness and education about the shame-riddled and confusing world of child sexual abuse. Book, 27, is a survivor of prolonged childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a nanny and has made it her lifes mission to spread the word about sexual offenders. She is traversing the state, launching her fourth annual 1,500-mile Walk in My Shoes education and awareness campaign. The walking events, which will take book from Key West to Tallahassee, will culminate with a rally April 23 at the states historic Capitol building. Wednesday, Book stopped in Citrus and Marion counties to discuss preventing child sexual abuse. Book told her story of abuse and triumph. She also wrote a memoir called Its OK to Tell spelling out the details of her exploitation, which began at age 10 and went on until she was 16. Book told of how she endured daily sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the nanny in her own home. This went on 365 days, she said. Book said as a child she was eager to please, and her abuser targeted her rather than her two siblings because of this. She said the nanny, like most predators, was very crafty, especially when it came to physical abuse. Book said the nanny hit her, threw her down stairs and bruised me where my parents wouldnt look. In 2001, Book, at the urging of a boyfriend and after six years of enduring the nannys abuse, confessed to a therapist who told Books parents. The nanny was fired and authorities moved to make an arrest, but Books abuser fled to Oklahoma, where she was found coaching girls soccer. She was arrested a month later. Books father, Ron Book, is a wellFighting abuse Former victims Walk in My Shoes campaign travels through Citrus and Marion counties PHOTO BY JIM CLARKLauren Book, left, watches as Jennifer Jackson of Salt Springs sings a song after Book arrived at the Downtown Square in Ocala on Wednesday, April 10. Please see ABUSE Page 3 At left, Lauren Book holds baby Laura as she visits the Downtown Square. At right, walkers reach the Square after going through the streets of Southeast Ocala from the McPherson Complex.PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK West Marion Relay for Life starts FridayThe West Marion Relay for Life will take place this weekend, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in front of West Marion Community Hospital. As of this writing, 29 teams and 208 participants have rasied approximately $18,750. The public is invited to the event. Those who still wish to take part may go to the relay website, http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife /RFLCY13FL?pg=entry&fr_id=50128. There are places on the website to sign up as an individual or a team to take part in the annual American Cancer society event. Included are an opening ceremony, survivors lap, caregivers lap, luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony, all at the site of the event. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKCounty Commissioner Kathy Bryant, left, visits with Jack Walsh, as Susan Reid looks on, after last weeks State Road 200 Coalition meeting. BY JIM CLARK EditorBefore County Commission Chair Kathy Bryant even got a chance to be introduced at the State Road 200 Coalition meeting Monday, April 8, she was called to the podium with Lt. Dennis Joiner of the Sheriffs Office as the two were peppered with questions about a subject that is an issue on the Corridor panhandlers. Bryant was scheduled to give the State of the County speech at the meeting, and did so, but not before having to explain what is being done about the panhandlers on the corners of various Marion County streets, not just on State Road 200. She said the county is working on an ordinance that would create misdemeanor charges, fines and possible jail time for violators. She also pointed out that there could be penalties for people who give money from their cars, not just to the recipients. However, she also added that the proposed new law is not a cure-all. She encouraged residents to stop giving money to the panhandlers. After that issue subsided, she went on with her talk, praising some of the things that the county has done. We really do have a lot of good things going Bryant: County working on panhandler ordinance Please see BRYANT Page 3

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Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 18th, at 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Bank of the Ozarks. We had a full house at last months meeting where Dr. Ed from A Family Veterinarian spoke and answered questions. His main topic for discussion was heartworm, and he stressed that prevention of this disease is of highest importance because treatment is difficult and costly. Heartworm is prevalent wherever mosquitoes thrive since the disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected by parasitic larvae. The larvae eventually make their way into a dogs (or other animals) heart and lungs and cause severe illness that can be fatal. Symptoms can include labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss, listlessness and fatigue after mild to moderate exertion. Be advised, however, that some dogs show no symptoms at all until the late stages of infection. Heartworm is easily preventable by a giving your dog a monthly chewable pill all year long. Since we live in a warm climate most of the year, it is better to be cautious and give the pill the entire year and not stop during the winter. Always check with your veterinarian about appropriate treatment and tests for dogs or other pets. Please give us a call at 352-362-0985 if you would like more information about our meetings or have any other questions for us. Dont forget to visit the SPCA table at the Farmers Market at Circle Square Commons on 80th Street in On Top of the World Communities. Open to the public, we sell used books on the first Thursday morning of every month, so the next one is May 2. Books are only cents to a dollar and every penny goes to help the animals of Marion County. This is also a good way to stop by and ask questions about our organization. Adoption NewsWhen a breeder, shelter, or rescue organization has an animal for adoption, theyre supposed to match him to an appropriate person or family. This means that the size, temperament, age, grooming and activity needs of the dog or cat should fit with certain characteristics of the adoptive family. This helps ensure a successful adoption for both the animal and his people. When this isnt done, it is not a happy situation and the animal usually suffers the most. A case in point is our featured dog, Mack, a beautiful Labradoodle that needs a new forever home. A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle. Bouncy and effervescent as a puppy, this designer breed grows into a strong, active, effervescent 80 or so pound adult. He makes a great pet for the right household, but when Mack was a little fur ball of a puppy, his breeder adopted him out to wait for it an 85 year old couple. Three years later one is in a nursing home and the other can no longer care for him. Now we are helping Pet Network find him an appropriate loving home. Macks new family needs to be patient with socialization and training, strong enough to handle an 80-pound dog and agreeable to giving him long walks and play time daily, either in a fenced yard or a large dog park. Mack is housetrained, knows some basic commands that need to be gently reinforced, and loves to ride in the car. Hes good natured and fun, but was never socialized to many people, children, or other animals. He may or may not get along with other dogs, but a larger dog could be tried out at first meeting to see how they get along. He would be too boisterous for a tiny dog. He may be fine with older children who know how to behave around dogs say over twelve but they would have to meet first to see how it would work out. He needs to be patiently shown appropriate chew toys to play with since he likes to eat socks and towels thats the Labrador in him. The poodle in him makes him shed less dander, so hes a better choice for someone who ordinarily has dog allergies. If you are able and willing to do all the necessary things to help Mack be the great companion he was born to be, please call Mary at 352528-0270. Lets try to find this sweet deserving boy a new home. Just a few more words about puppy adoptions: everyone loves puppies, and its easy to fall head over heels in love with one that youre holding in your arms at the breeders or at a shelter. But before you take one in, think about the appropriateness for this stage in your life. You may have gotten your last dog as a puppy, but maybe that was 15 years ago or more. Now youre older, maybe not as active or healthy, and you forget all the work involved in raising a helpless puppy. Maybe the best thing to do now is adopt an older or senior dog that is already trained, is calmer, and is the right size for your current lifestyle. The shelters have many mature dogs (and cats) who are looking for good homes. The greatest gift you can give a dog or cat that you adopt is to be able to properly care for them so you have a loving, lifelong companion. Until next month remember: Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. Friendship Baptist ChurchSunday services at Friendship Baptist Church on April 21 begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Studying through the Book of Acts, the Adult classes are taught by Bill Wallett in the Auditorium and the Ladies Class, in the Fellowship Hall, taught by Linda Brown. At the 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service the FBC choir will be singing, Soon and Very Soon. Pastor Randall Brown will be bringing the morning message; a message of hope and encouragement during these troubling times. The Sunday Evening Worship and Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. FBC also meets on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for Bible Study and Prayer. All are welcome to attend. Friendship Baptist Church is at 9510 S.W. 105th St., off State Road 200. The church phone is 352-237-2640 or you can find us on the web: www.friendshipbaptistocala.org. Christs Church Wednesday, April 17: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18: Prayer & Praise Group, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20: Mens Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 21: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22: Bible Study, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23: Womens Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m. Wednesday, 24: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.St. John the BaptistSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dunnellon will be holding a Womens Emmaus Retreat on May 24-26. All women seeking spiritual renewal are invited to attend. Please call the office 352-4893166 or email mail@stjohncc.com for more information.Crossroads Church of GodWednesday evenings are for the youth at Crossroads Church of God, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come see what you are missing and enjoy our new building. Call Pastor Erik for more info 352-291-2080. Also on Wednesday, Childrens Royal Rangers and Blue bells meet from 7 to 8:15. Pastor Carmen is the leader. The church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11 2Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Offering quality consignment for all your furniture and home decor needs Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5 7380 SW 60th Ave. (Airport Road) Ocala 352-854-7022 Find your perfect piece priced perfectly All Styles All Prices www .r enr oomocala.com 000E8TI 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. 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Now that political angle is intr uding itself into the public school system. This is all an attempt to protect our school children. I am all for that. I was thinking, however that when I was a youngster we did not need that sort of thing. W e had Mrs. Ammon and her infamous hickor y stick. V e r y few people remember a time when a teacher had, as one of her tools for education, a hickor y stick and knew how to wield it, and wield it they did. Somebody may ask how I know about that. V e r y simply I am the product of a teacher wielding the hickor y stick. It is hard now to remember the occasion that called for the application of that hickor y stick. Actually there was more than one occasion calling for such teacher and student interaction. The old saying was that our teacher would apply the Board of Education to the Seat of Learning. Believe me when I say I earned a degree in that. Somebody will say Things have changed. I will agree that things have changed, but most things have not changed for the better Back in the day when I was a member of the public education system, the teachers were in charge. A basic r ule in our house prevailed, If you get a paddling in school, you get a W e n e v e r n eed ed ar med g u ar ds, w e had Mr s. Amm o n Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder paddling at home. It was assumed the teacher was right. I distinctly remember my first interaction with my teacher in this regard. How can you forget such a thing? At that time, teachers were too busy to put up with any kind of fooling around in a classroom. Do not get me wrong, my teacher made it fun most of the time. For the ones who, like me, took it too far, she knew how to stop it dead in its tracks. Mr. Snyder, the teacher would say in a very stern tone of voice. Is that you making all that noise? I knew what was to follow. Mr. Snyder, please go to the principals office and I will join you shortly. Oh boy. Those familiar words bring back haunting memories of my visit to the principals office. You can be sure; Mrs. Ammon would not come into the principals office, spank you and then go back to her class. On some occasions, I would have preferred her to spank me and get it over with. The first thing she had to do was explain to me why what I did was wrong and disruptive to the class. Then, she had to explain to me how this paddling I was about the cat was going to hurt her more than it did me. For the life of me, I could never figure out where it hurt her more than it did me. I knew exactly where it hurt me and for the rest of the day it would be quite difficult for me to sit down in my chair. Not only did my posterior glow in pain, but the snickers of my fellow students were even worse. At the time of the application of the hickory stick, I really did not like Mrs. Ammon. Looking back, I have a different perspective. I now know that she really had an interest in me as a person. She was trying to discipline me in ways in which I needed discipline from someone like her. Years later, I went back and visited my old teacher, Mrs. Ammon. I took to her some books I had written and published. She said she remembered me, I really do not know if she did or not. I had to do one thing and that was to thank her. I want to thank you, Mrs. Ammon, for teaching me to read and to write. Then I handed her my books. She seemed to be so very happy, but not as happy as I was. This teacher made a difference in my life that I did not realize until I was older. One thing Mrs. Ammon taught me was that I should not get away with anything. There is a moment of accountability everybody must face. Mrs. Ammon was making sure that I was facing up to the realities of life before I did too much damage to my life. It is sad that the politics have taken over our education system today. It is sad that we do not have any Mrs. Ammons with their hickory sticks. When I think of Mrs. Ammon I think of what Solomon writes, He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24 KJV). It is my opinion that we need more Mrs. Ammons in our school classrooms and less, a lot less, politics.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. RELIGION Next SPCA meeting scheduled for April 18 Paws & Claws Maria Devine Mack is a Labradoodle.

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Governor Rick Scott today presented one of the first Great Floridian awards to football legend Tim Tebow. The Great Floridian designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida. Scott said, It is an honor to present one of our first of 2013 Great Floridian awards to football legend and Florida native Tim Tebow. Tim is a great role model for young athletes, and throughout his career, he has proven to be a true competitor and humanitarian. Tim is not just an athlete, he is a true example of someone who lives to serve others. It is my distinct honor to recognize football legend, proud University of Florida Gator and humanitarian Tim Tebow with the Great Floridian Award. Tebow said, I am so honored to be selected by Governor Scott for the Great Floridian award. It has always been wonderful to call Florida home. Only 66 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3 10Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONS All ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10 WORDS $5.12 + 44 A W ORD (Includes Online) = T OT AL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... 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Floridians must take responsibility for preserving and revitalizing our springs, which are being degraded daily by poor planning, development, runoff, increasing demands for water and especially by official indifference. Forget the tree-hugger contingent. From a purely economic standpoint, how are we going to sell our state and especially our county as a destination for tourists, businesses and residents when our worldclass resources are degraded, depleted or destroyed? Take it as an immediate action item: contact your legislators now to tell them how important springs revitalization is, and why they need to give these bills committee hearings and a place in the state budget. EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 yourselves, too. If you cant get along without placing a bet on something, somewhere, maybe its time to visit Gamblers Anonymous. When I say all gambling, Im including casinos, which are owned by Native Americans and are exempt from state law. Thats material for another column, so well follow this up with Part 2 next week.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 8 known South Florida attorney and lobbyist. The nanny eventually went to prison, but continued writing letters to Book. With the help of her father, Book helped shepherd several child sex abuse laws through the Legislature, including one that bars convicted abusers from contacting their victims. Books nanny got an extra 10 years in prison for continuing to contact her. Her other legislative and advocacy accomplishments include: Securing the right of victims to have access to a predators HIV test results within 48 hours of request. A ban on molesters from ever contacting their victims or families. Creation of a statewide network of sexual assault treatment centers. Enactment of a law that bars predators from living within 2,500 feet of public places where children gather, such as schools, parks and playgrounds. Book also travels to schools and gives talks to advocacy groups about the best ways to spread word about how to empower children to detect and reveal predators. Believe in the child, Book said. Keep them loved and safe. Try to build that child up. For more information about Books work, visit laurenskids.org. ABUSEcontinued from Page 1 Some of the walkers in Lauren Books Walk in My Shoes event actually rode into the Downtown Square in Ocala on horseback.PHOTO BY JIM CLARK on, she commented. She used a lot of statistics during her discussion, among them the countys jobless rate which has dropped from 14.3 percent in 2010 to the current rate of 8.4 percent. She said that in December 2010 the county put together an aggressive plan to pursue economic development. She pointed to a recent success as Federal Express signed to put a 400,000 square foot distribution center in the new Commerce Park, which is located north of U.S. Highway 27 just east of Interstate 75. The $125 million investment will create 165 new jobs. She also noted the move of R&L Carriers into the old TBW building on Northeast 14th Street. She spoke of how the county has maintained its millage rate with budget cuts. She added that there is a natural gas facility being dedicated this week and the company will build fueling stations around the county. The county will be converting its vehicles to using natural gas, reducing the dependency on foreign oil. She also spoke of the solid waste agreement to send the countys waste to a site in Sumter County. Bryant noted that the tourism industry is alive and well, with various events and sports drawing people in from outside the county. Asked about Silver Springs, she said that Palace Entertainment will be out in September, and that the county is still in talks on a business model for the park. I dont want to see it turned into a passive park, she said. The commissioner added that there is talk of entertainment and rides, and even talk of a ZIP line. She said that Munroe Regional Medical Centers future will probably be decided at an April 18 meeting, and that the Munroe board is down to two finalists. BRYANTcontinued from Page 1 Fine Arts for Ocala will hold its annual Symphony Under the Stars on Sunday, May 12 at the Ocala Golf Club on Silver Springs Boulevard. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be performing songs from the movies. Symphony Under the Stars is a perfect way to spend Mothers Day. The evening is family oriented and picnics are encouraged. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of music ending in a spectacular fireworks display (weather conditions permitting). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Food vendors will be selling food and drinks if you prefer to save mom the work of picnic preparation. Adirondack chairs may be rented for $5 and must be reserved by calling 352-867-0355. Under the silent auction tent you will be able to bid on original art work from artists who participated in the Ocala Arts Festival. There will also be a $10 table where you can pick up an extra gift for mom. Golf cart transportation will again be available for those needing assistance from the parking areas. Patrons can pre-purchase tickets at the reduced price of $15 adults and $5 children (ages 6-12), as of April 19, at the following outlets: Gateway Bank, FAFO Office/Gallery, Macys, Brick City/Marion Cultural Alliance, MoJos Grill, Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala Golf Club, Shannon Roth/Olivia and Company, Stellas Modern Pantry, Tres Chic, Villages Plastic Surgery, Your Hearts Desire, Yours Truly. Tickets may also be purchased with PayPal at fafo.org. Adult tickets at the gate are $20 and credit cards will be accepted. For more information go to fafo.org or call the FAFO office at 352-8670355. Symphony Under the Stars is May 12 Tim Tebow, left, with Gov. Rick Scott. 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GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Music helps replenish your energy levels. Play your CDs if you must. But a live concert could prove more rewarding, especially if you go with that very special someone. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Close friends reach out to help perk up your lagging social life. That workplace situation also eases, leaving you time to do more fun things by weeks end. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A revelation clears up that perplexing job-related problem. Some changes will have to be made, which, no doubt, will meet with the Big Cats roaring approval. Good luck. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Reaching out to someone in need is the noble thing to do. But try to restrain the temptation to add a lecture no matter how well-intended to your good deed. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) There could be another tough challenge to face before the month is over. But all that hard work is winning you lots of important recognition from your peers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Keeping to your work schedule could prove difficult with all those personal distractions. Best advice: Stay with it. Therell be time later for socializing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Jumping hurdles this week might be vexing for most, but not for the sage Sagittarian, who recognizes that meeting a challenge can open up opportunities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) More obstacles might be thrown in your path as you try to finalize a new agreement. But the surefooted Goat ignores the stumbling blocks and stays the course. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) We know the Water Bearer takes pleasure in giving to others. But why not let someone else enjoy the experience too by accepting that offer of help? PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You might find you need to ease up on your hectic schedule this week. Dont fret about it. It could be helpful to take a break and replenish your energy supply. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of finding practical solutions to complex problems, and you do it with grace. Wednesday, April 17 Wor ks hop f or j ob s ee k er s Monster 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. Thursday, April 18 Air Force group 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. Al z hei m er e d ucation s che d ule d Area families are invited to attend a series of free Alzheimers Family Education workshops that will be offered on April 18, May 2, May 16 and May 30. Each session will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 606 S.W. 3rd Ave., Ocala. Participants may attend one or all sessions and should make a reservation by calling 800-272-3900. The workshops are presented jointly by Home Instead Senior Care and the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimers Association. Singer /s ong w riter at Ocala We s t Douglas Ladnier, an award-winning and criticallyacclaimed singer/songwriter, will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p. m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550. Douglas has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world and on Broadway. He continues to thrill audiences and critics alike with his unique, mesmerizing baritone voice. He has appeared in concert at Ocala West for a number of years, and we are pleased to have him return to present this concert. Friday, April 19 Greater High T w elve to hear Pat Gabriel The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Marion County, Pat Gabriel, as our speaker. Pat is president of the State Route 200 Coalition, chairman of the ambulance Emergency Medical Service, and is on the county Parks and Recreation Advisory Council. If anyone knows what is going on in Marion County, it is Pat. Come armed with questions. If Pat cant answer it, she will find out. Once again, we will enjoy another of the fine buffet meals served by the Elks club. Cost is only $12.00 per person. All Master Masons in good standing in a Masonic Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Florida, and their guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information. The Circle o f French Frien ds 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. T w o -d ay co mm unity s ale at Oa k Trace The Oak Trace Villas community is hosting a community-wide yard sale on April 19 and 20. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Trace Villas is located just off 103rd Street Raod, approximately five blocks from State Road 200. Saturday, April 20 T w o -d ay f lo w er s ho 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). Helping Han ds race w al k, f un run Helping 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. 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Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee; its twin in the other chamber, HB 789, is sponsored by Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando. This legislation, which some springs advocates said still doesnt go far enough, is intended to ensure survival of Floridas unmatched water resources. But the bills arent getting any traction in our state Legislature. Why? Heres a big surprise: Its all about money. Sen. Soto was quoted in recent press reports: The majority of the Legislature doesnt have an appetite to have a real aggressive spring rehabilitation program because of the expense. Gov. Rick Scott is proposing some funding for springs, but it doesnt even approach the number state water officials said is needed. And its lip service. This is the same governor who in 2011 disbanded the state-sponsored springs preservation efforts that were instituted by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Why are springs so important when theres so much other statewide need? As SB 978 notes, our springs provide world-class recreation and ecotourism, they are integral to our water supply, and are essential to our quality of life. Floridas 700-plus springs represent what may be the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. They include 33 first-magnitude springs more than in any other state or nation in the world. First-magnitude springs have a flow of more than 100 cubic feet per second. To put that in perspective, think about a cubic foot being like a box measuring one foot on each side. Our Message PUBLIS HER : GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Cutting into warfighting capabilitiesBY MIKE EMIG There is a big debate going on in this country on the size of the budget and the national debt. Each service will be taking a hard look at what programs to cut. Already due to cuts caused by the sequester, weve seen airshow participation cut, travel cut, civilian furloughs and recently, the stand down of 17 combat squadrons due to conserve flying hours for those units about to deploy and those in combat zones. DOD can only reduce the overhead costs of administration, maintenance, and medical by cutting into warfighting capabilities. We have a national debt standing at nearly $12 Trillion dollars and growing every day, and expected to be $21 Trillion dollars by the end of this decade. We all have to make tough choices but we have to make smart ones as we drawdown the military and our forces. What programs do we cut or cancel? We fly tankers more than 50 years old. How much longer can we delay replacing them? Our fighters are on average 25 years old and are reaching the end of their life cycles. How much longer can we expect our men and women to fly aircraft that may break up in flight? Can we really afford to shortchange our nations defense? Defense spending seems high considering weve been fighting two wars and supporting an all volunteer force but defense spending is still only roughly 4 percent of GDP It was at 35 percent during World War II and 9 percent during the Cold War. Defense spending reigned during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. In 1970, total defense spending was 8.1 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more than twice the 3.8 percent spent on the big three entitlement programs but starting in 1971, entitlement spending surpassed defense and today stands at over 13 percent of GDP Entitlement spending is on the road to absorbing more of the federal budget as the baby boom generation retires and ages. The result is that eventually, this will crowd out defense spending and limit what the government can provide in military and economic growth. At the end of the Cold War in 1991, recapitalization funds were taken to pay for a peace dividend. New equipment planned and programmed were eventually bought in small numbers while other programs were delayed. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan further delayed recapitalization to the point that perhaps not long from now the U.S. may undergo disarmament by default. Something none of our enemies could accomplish. One of the primary responsibilities of Congress, according to the U.S. Constitution, section 8, is to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. Unless Congress reins in spending it will find itself unable to live up to its responsibilities under the constitution and we will find our military a hollow force when well need it the most. Mike Emig is a member of the Air Force Association ( AFA ) in Ocala. 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. There are a lot of people who arent going to like my philosophy on the recent legislative gambling rulings but here goes. The Legislature adopted, and the governor signed, a ban on so-called Internet cafes in Florida. The bill was a knee-jerk reaction (which is never good) to the recent raids and arrests on one caf provider who was once linked to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who subsequently resigned. (Be honest, now, before all this broke, how many of you knew the lieutenant governors name?) However, while I personally am in favor of shutting these places down, because no good can come from them and many of the people who patronize these businesses are those who can least afford it, I think this bill is hypocritical, at best, on several fronts. If gambling is illegal, why, when some of these cafes were raided a while back, werent patrons arrested? If its illegal to run a gambling house, its also illegal to gamble. If not, leave the business and patrons alone. Down in Seminole County last week, they raided a house in Longwood that was allegedly the center of an international gambling ring. As of that night, some overseas websites were still taking bets through that ring on that nights NBA basketball games. Trouble is, all the owners have to do is move to some offshore island, and it will still be on the Internet, and people will go on gambling, whether the state likes it or not. Getting back to the cafes, who is the biggest beneficiary of the shutdown of all these businesses? Of course, its the state-run Florida Lottery, which has more gambling than all of these Internet cafes put together. Those who are older can remember Be consistent: Lets stop all gambling Among Friends Jim Clark the days of the numbers racket. For those who are younger, that was very similar to the lotterys Cash 3. People bet, often with unsavory looking characters or with runners in their place of employment, on a three-digit number. The nearest horse racing facility was usually used. Tracks reported their handle daily, thats the amount of money bet on the horses that day. The last three digits were the number, and if you hit the number you won. Sounds like the lottery, doesnt it? When the lottery took effect, organized crimes numbers racket went away, or at least was diminished. But if the Internet cafes are gambling, why isnt the lottery considered gambling? Why is one legal and the other isnt? Why was the numbers racket illegal and the lottery isnt? Shouldnt we be consistent and ban all gambling? So heres my thought. Lets either make all gambling illegal, or lets make it all legal. That includes horse racing, jai alai, dog tracks, etc. Dont be hypocritical and ban one type of betting while keeping another in business. Ive never been in an Internet caf, but Ive played the lottery, as, I expect, have many of you. Fortunately, Ive never gotten to the addictive point, and I hope I never do. You folks should examine Please see EDITORIAL Page 10 Please see CLARK Page 10 Read the classifieds Saturday, April 20 Scandinavian Club picnic The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our picnic on April 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Coehadjoe County Park, 4225 N.E. 35th St. The cost is $5 per person. Bring your own plates, utensils and a dish to share. Reservations food preference (brats, hot dogs, hamburgers) and payment must be made in advance. Soft drinks provided. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 17. Checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala 34476. For further details call Jim Neate at 352687-1580 or Don Clauson at 352-861-1235. Sunday, April 21 German American Club picnic 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 non-member. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets. Jazz Society offers afternoon of music The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m. This month the date is April 21. The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past years. Dancing is encouraged. Admission is $3 and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder of the Jazz Society. For more info call Diana, 352-237-0234. Monday, April 22 40 & 8 to meet The regular monthly meeting of the 40 & 8 will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building on State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top Of The World. All honorably discharged veterans are welcome. Come and enjoy camaraderie and light refreshments with fellow veterans. For more information phone Ben at 352-854-0272 or Zack at 352-873-4841. Thursday, April 25 Learn why its different in Florida League of Women Voters of Marion County presents Why dont they do things the way we did them back home? It will be on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Cypress Hall, On Top of the World Communities, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. The event is free and open to the public. Why dont they do things the way we did them back home? It is a question asked every day by newcomers and not-so-new folks, too. A city council, the county commission, the legislature or the governors office regularly make decisions and take actions that affect our future. Come learn why Florida is different and find out who and what is responsible....and how it can be changed. Presenter: Judy Johnson, league member, attorney, former county commissioner in Marion County and a former school board member in Alachua County. She has been president of the Florida League of Women Voters and has a long standing interest in public policy at the local, state and national levels. Join us! Friday, April 26 Methodist Men serving up meatloaf The Mens group of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will serve a meatloaf dinner April 26, 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. The dinner will be cooked by the churchs Master Chef Charles Scearce. The church is at 2501 W. State Road 40, Dunnellon, 352-489-4026. Saturday, April 27 Concert bands two-day performance 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. All church golf 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/. African Violet Club meets The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Brian Litz Substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The program will be African Violet Growing Basics. There are many tips and tricks to African Violet growing and care. We made many new friends over the weekend at our African Violet show and sale including old pros and enthusiasts new to the hobby. This meeting is especially designed for newer or novice growers. However, everyone always discovers something new. More experienced growers will also explain some of their tips for success. Delicious light refreshments are served. Guests are always welcome. Check the website for more information at http://www.africanvioletclubofOcala.org. Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to perform 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. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207. Youth Symphony concert The Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting a free concert on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Come and enjoy the musical presentations of these amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18. Works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyones musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-351-3002. Tuesday, April 30 Breast cancer support group meets The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. at 1 p.m. in Room 235 (Multipurpose Room). The meeting on April 30 will be a discussion by Mary Williams with the American Cancer Office on the many services available and volunteers needed for the Reach To Recovery Program and Road to Recovery. If you have any questions please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Saturday, May 4 AUCE pancakes at Crossroads A pancake breakfast for the community is planned for May 8, 8 to 11 a.m. by members of Crossroads Church of God. All you can eat pancakes, sausage and drink is $5. Crossroads is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave, Ocala. The church office phone is 352-291-2080. 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 It will take place 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. Civic Chorale scheduled to perform Yard sale scheduledA 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.

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From all reports, the community garage/yard sale was a huge success. The weather was perfect! At times the streets were so crowded; it was difficult to drive from one street to another. There was a great variety of treasures for sale. If you were in the market for a golf cart, a car, jewelry, china, clothing, etc. it was all available. At one home, a young boy was shopping while his parents were making purchases. He saw the jewelry and asked the price of a ring he said he wanted to get it as a present for his mother; so of course, he was given a very reasonable price ($1). Everyone I have spoken with was very pleased with the sale. The next community sale will be in November. Are you getting unwanted phone calls from unknown people? It seems we are getting more and more of these calls. They are promising lower interest rates, home services, and requests for money. As an over 55 community we are a target for many of these calls. There are many scams out there now and we definitely need to be on our guard. Plan now to attend a very important presentation at the clubhouse on May 6. Colleen Pallamary, the author of How to Protect Yourself from Con Artists: A Guide for Baby Boomers and Beyond, will be speaking at the QMRPOA meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Ms. Pallamary is very well qualified to speak on the issues of scams and con artists. Please plan to attend this informative meeting. We are all getting excited about the Vegas Night dinner. Sally Langwah will present her Vegas style show at the Clubhouse on Saturday, May 18. There will be a catered dinner before the show. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey and Marie Schneider. Tickets (donation of $15 each) must be purchased by May 13. The Red Hot Fillies are planning a bus trip to Mount Dora on May 14. If you are interested in going, call Carolyn Slocumb. The Comfort Care committee is still in need of more volunteers. If you would like to help in this area, please call Marion Gartman. The volunteers have already provided transportation to doctors, dentists, etc. for some of our residents. Also, if you have a need, please contact Marion. Rachel Muse, FFVs manager, has selected a new Home of the Month. The one chosen for the month of April is the home of Bonnie and Perry Davis on Southwest 59th Lane. Bonnie and Perry Davis came to Florida in 2001 to be part-time residents between their Florida residence and their home back in Rogersville, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Davis then moved to Fairfield Village in 2005, first living in a smaller home that they found did not meet their needs. They were friends of the owners of the home they now own on Southwest 59th Lane, and they expressed an interest in that home if the owners ever decided to sell. When that time came, Bonnie and Perry jumped at the chance to purchase the home they so loved. As is often the case, the couple has now decided that they want to return to full-time residence back in Rogersville which is relatively close to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Again, as often the case turns out to be, the call of family and permanence is just too strong. Many retirees have the luxury of two homes and enjoy these, but sometimes just the trek back and forth loses its appeal. Sometimes it is the pull of family as children and grandchildren cannot make the trips to visit the elders and that becomes a bit of an emotional issue as special events are often missed. This is especially true when the grandparents want to maintain close ties with grandchildren and the activities that these very special people are involved in. Whatever their reasons, the neighbors of Fairfield Village are sorry to hear that the Davis couple will be leaving for a full-time home in Tennessee. As evidenced by the accompanying photo, Bonnie and Perry have taken great pride in their Fairfield Village home, and they expressed the hope that the next owners will be as happy as they have been. From Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, we encourage all our neighbors to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and admire the homes that are being spruced up for the great summer weather ahead here in fantastic Central Florida. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7 6Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. 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Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon ANY T WO ENTRES Not valid with NY Strip Special, sandwiches or burgers. Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 5/10/13. 197 7 3 E. PENNSYL V ANIA A V E. D U N N E L L O N DUNNELL ON 5 4 7 4 7 7 7 54 7-4 7 7 7 ON THE RAINBOW RIVER 3821 NW HW Y 27 O C A L A OCAL A 2 3 7 1 7 7 7 23 7-17 7 7 OFF I-75 $ 13.99 30 PC. SHRIMP DINNER EVERY WEDNESDA Y NO COUPONS T WO FOR $ 20 10 OZ NY STRIPS EVERY WEDNESDA Y NO COUPONS HAPPY HOUR & DAIL Y DRINK SPECIAL S A M E R I C A N AMERICAN M U S I C MUSIC F E S T I V A L FESTIV AL BENEFITS BOYS & GIRL S CLUB OF MARION COUNT Y SA TURDA Y APR 20 1-4PM Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Bonnie and Perry Davis take top prize for month of April Fairfield announces its Home of the Month At left, the winning home. Above, Bonnie and Perry Davis in front of their home. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Yard sales successful Yard sale photos

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From all reports, the community garage/yard sale was a huge success. The weather was perfect! At times the streets were so crowded; it was difficult to drive from one street to another. There was a great variety of treasures for sale. If you were in the market for a golf cart, a car, jewelry, china, clothing, etc. it was all available. At one home, a young boy was shopping while his parents were making purchases. He saw the jewelry and asked the price of a ring he said he wanted to get it as a present for his mother; so of course, he was given a very reasonable price ($1). Everyone I have spoken with was very pleased with the sale. The next community sale will be in November. Are you getting unwanted phone calls from unknown people? It seems we are getting more and more of these calls. They are promising lower interest rates, home services, and requests for money. As an over 55 community we are a target for many of these calls. There are many scams out there now and we definitely need to be on our guard. Plan now to attend a very important presentation at the clubhouse on May 6. Colleen Pallamary, the author of How to Protect Yourself from Con Artists: A Guide for Baby Boomers and Beyond, will be speaking at the QMRPOA meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Ms. Pallamary is very well qualified to speak on the issues of scams and con artists. Please plan to attend this informative meeting. We are all getting excited about the Vegas Night dinner. Sally Langwah will present her Vegas style show at the Clubhouse on Saturday, May 18. There will be a catered dinner before the show. Tickets are available from Charlotte Payne, Carol Mowrey and Marie Schneider. Tickets (donation of $15 each) must be purchased by May 13. The Red Hot Fillies are planning a bus trip to Mount Dora on May 14. If you are interested in going, call Carolyn Slocumb. The Comfort Care committee is still in need of more volunteers. If you would like to help in this area, please call Marion Gartman. The volunteers have already provided transportation to doctors, dentists, etc. for some of our residents. Also, if you have a need, please contact Marion. Rachel Muse, FFVs manager, has selected a new Home of the Month. The one chosen for the month of April is the home of Bonnie and Perry Davis on Southwest 59th Lane. Bonnie and Perry Davis came to Florida in 2001 to be part-time residents between their Florida residence and their home back in Rogersville, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Davis then moved to Fairfield Village in 2005, first living in a smaller home that they found did not meet their needs. They were friends of the owners of the home they now own on Southwest 59th Lane, and they expressed an interest in that home if the owners ever decided to sell. When that time came, Bonnie and Perry jumped at the chance to purchase the home they so loved. As is often the case, the couple has now decided that they want to return to full-time residence back in Rogersville which is relatively close to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Again, as often the case turns out to be, the call of family and permanence is just too strong. Many retirees have the luxury of two homes and enjoy these, but sometimes just the trek back and forth loses its appeal. Sometimes it is the pull of family as children and grandchildren cannot make the trips to visit the elders and that becomes a bit of an emotional issue as special events are often missed. This is especially true when the grandparents want to maintain close ties with grandchildren and the activities that these very special people are involved in. Whatever their reasons, the neighbors of Fairfield Village are sorry to hear that the Davis couple will be leaving for a full-time home in Tennessee. As evidenced by the accompanying photo, Bonnie and Perry have taken great pride in their Fairfield Village home, and they expressed the hope that the next owners will be as happy as they have been. From Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, we encourage all our neighbors to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and admire the homes that are being spruced up for the great summer weather ahead here in fantastic Central Florida. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7 6Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000EIHD Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! BATTERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 99 FREE HEARING TEST FREE REPAIRS (IN OFFICE ONLY) HEARING AID Fits 30 DB Loss Full Shell #ME200 $ 695 .00 Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Y o ur P e t Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your Pet Tour our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Tour our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Boarding Grooming Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com 000EN8O Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting L o o k f o r u s o n F a c e b o o k L o o k f o r u s Look f or us o n F a c e b o o k on F a ce book Land/Home Financing FHA Loans VA Loans Buy For Loans Home Only Loans USDA Loans Equity Financing Alternative Income Financing 352-622-6324 or 1-800-313-6324 Prestige Home Centers, Inc. 4300 SOUTH PINE AVE. (441) OCALA Just one block north of Ocalas Drive-In Theater MODEL CLOSEOUT Financing Available For People With Less Than Perfect Credit! We Also Have BANK-OWNED REPOSSESSED HOMES! Repos Available With Land or Without! SOUTH OCALA I-75 SR40 SR200 441 Prestige Home Centers, Inc. N NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!! Including furniture packages (on select models) 000EIIF SA VE THOUSANDS 000EMEV 7201 SW Hwy 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy 200 Ocala GREA T FINANCING ON EZ-GO CAR TS! GOLF CARS ST AR TING A T $1,995 WHA T BA TTER Y A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? CUST OM BA TTER Y P A CKS LAPT OP COMPUTER BA TTERIES CAMCORDER BA TTERIES WHEELCHAIR BA TTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BA TTERIES AUT O MOTIVE BA TTERIES F A RM TRACT OR BA TTERIES JET SKI BA TTERIES GAME FEED BA TTERIES MARINE BA TTERIES CELL PHONE BA TTERIES POWER WHEELS BA TTERIES WA T C H BA TTERIES KEY REMOTE BA TTERIES TRUCK BA TTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BA TTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BA TTERIES AT V BA TTERIES MOT O RCYCLE BA TTERIES LA WNMOWER BA TTERIES Automotive Batteries FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 50 Bronze $ 79 95 each 60 Bronze $ 89 95 each 72 Gold $ 99 95 each 84 Platinum $ 109 95 each 000EL V 3 FREE APPE TIZER Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon $ 1 OFF ANY SANDWICH Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 5/10/13. $ 3 OFF With Purchase of 2 Entres Not valid with NY Strip Special or sandwiches. Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 5/10/13. Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon ANY T WO ENTRES Not valid with NY Strip Special, sandwiches or burgers. Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 5/10/13. 197 7 3 E. PENNSYL V ANIA A V E. D U N N E L L O N DUNNELL ON 5 4 7 4 7 7 7 54 7-4 7 7 7 ON THE RAINBOW RIVER 3821 NW HW Y 27 O C A L A OCAL A 2 3 7 1 7 7 7 23 7-17 7 7 OFF I-75 $ 13.99 30 PC. SHRIMP DINNER EVERY WEDNESDA Y NO COUPONS T WO FOR $ 20 10 OZ NY STRIPS EVERY WEDNESDA Y NO COUPONS HAPPY HOUR & DAIL Y DRINK SPECIAL S A M E R I C A N AMERICAN M U S I C MUSIC F E S T I V A L FESTIV AL BENEFITS BOYS & GIRL S CLUB OF MARION COUNT Y SA TURDA Y APR 20 1-4PM Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Bonnie and Perry Davis take top prize for month of April Fairfield announces its Home of the Month At left, the winning home. Above, Bonnie and Perry Davis in front of their home. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Yard sales successful Yard sale photos

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5 8Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 8Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000EHTA 000EMUQ Open to the Public Rate with this coupon and Tee Time Reservation 732-GOLF (4653) Just 1 mile west of I-75 on US 27 (Exit 354) Expires 4/30/13 Rates subject to change. 18 Hole Championship Course Dress Code: Collared Shirt Required NO Jeans GOLF OUTINGS WELCOME! www.ocalapalmsgolf.com Our Low Current 18 Hole Rate With This Coupon $ 32 00 Before 11:00 $ 27 00 After 11:00 John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000EHZ7 000EMK3 P r om/Homec oming and Quinc eaner a Dr esses 10% Off with this ad 7470 SW 60th A v enue (352) 671-1890 Monda y Satur da y 10am-5pm W est Marion Messenger 8810 W State R oad 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger .com Opinion Springs face Tallahassee trouble Is it complacency or short-sightedness or something worse? Although Florida is home to some of the most valuable natural resources found anywhere, we or at least our elected officials take a ho-hum approach to preserving and protecting them. A bill in the Florida Legislature would require water management districts identify firstand secondmagnitude springs that are in decline, develop plans to restore them to historic conditions, and make regular reports on the progress. The Springs Revival Act, SB 978, is sponsored by Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee; its twin in the other chamber, HB 789, is sponsored by Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando. This legislation, which some springs advocates said still doesnt go far enough, is intended to ensure survival of Floridas unmatched water resources. But the bills arent getting any traction in our state Legislature. Why? Heres a big surprise: Its all about money. Sen. Soto was quoted in recent press reports: The majority of the Legislature doesnt have an appetite to have a real aggressive spring rehabilitation program because of the expense. Gov. Rick Scott is proposing some funding for springs, but it doesnt even approach the number state water officials said is needed. And its lip service. This is the same governor who in 2011 disbanded the state-sponsored springs preservation efforts that were instituted by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Why are springs so important when theres so much other statewide need? As SB 978 notes, our springs provide world-class recreation and ecotourism, they are integral to our water supply, and are essential to our quality of life. Floridas 700-plus springs represent what may be the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. They include 33 first-magnitude springs more than in any other state or nation in the world. First-magnitude springs have a flow of more than 100 cubic feet per second. To put that in perspective, think about a cubic foot being like a box measuring one foot on each side. Our Message PUBLIS HER : GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Cutting into warfighting capabilitiesBY MIKE EMIG There is a big debate going on in this country on the size of the budget and the national debt. Each service will be taking a hard look at what programs to cut. Already due to cuts caused by the sequester, weve seen airshow participation cut, travel cut, civilian furloughs and recently, the stand down of 17 combat squadrons due to conserve flying hours for those units about to deploy and those in combat zones. DOD can only reduce the overhead costs of administration, maintenance, and medical by cutting into warfighting capabilities. We have a national debt standing at nearly $12 Trillion dollars and growing every day, and expected to be $21 Trillion dollars by the end of this decade. We all have to make tough choices but we have to make smart ones as we drawdown the military and our forces. What programs do we cut or cancel? We fly tankers more than 50 years old. How much longer can we delay replacing them? Our fighters are on average 25 years old and are reaching the end of their life cycles. How much longer can we expect our men and women to fly aircraft that may break up in flight? Can we really afford to shortchange our nations defense? Defense spending seems high considering weve been fighting two wars and supporting an all volunteer force but defense spending is still only roughly 4 percent of GDP It was at 35 percent during World War II and 9 percent during the Cold War. Defense spending reigned during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. In 1970, total defense spending was 8.1 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more than twice the 3.8 percent spent on the big three entitlement programs but starting in 1971, entitlement spending surpassed defense and today stands at over 13 percent of GDP Entitlement spending is on the road to absorbing more of the federal budget as the baby boom generation retires and ages. The result is that eventually, this will crowd out defense spending and limit what the government can provide in military and economic growth. At the end of the Cold War in 1991, recapitalization funds were taken to pay for a peace dividend. New equipment planned and programmed were eventually bought in small numbers while other programs were delayed. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan further delayed recapitalization to the point that perhaps not long from now the U.S. may undergo disarmament by default. Something none of our enemies could accomplish. One of the primary responsibilities of Congress, according to the U.S. Constitution, section 8, is to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. Unless Congress reins in spending it will find itself unable to live up to its responsibilities under the constitution and we will find our military a hollow force when well need it the most. Mike Emig is a member of the Air Force Association ( AFA ) in Ocala. 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. There are a lot of people who arent going to like my philosophy on the recent legislative gambling rulings but here goes. The Legislature adopted, and the governor signed, a ban on so-called Internet cafes in Florida. The bill was a knee-jerk reaction (which is never good) to the recent raids and arrests on one caf provider who was once linked to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who subsequently resigned. (Be honest, now, before all this broke, how many of you knew the lieutenant governors name?) However, while I personally am in favor of shutting these places down, because no good can come from them and many of the people who patronize these businesses are those who can least afford it, I think this bill is hypocritical, at best, on several fronts. If gambling is illegal, why, when some of these cafes were raided a while back, werent patrons arrested? If its illegal to run a gambling house, its also illegal to gamble. If not, leave the business and patrons alone. Down in Seminole County last week, they raided a house in Longwood that was allegedly the center of an international gambling ring. As of that night, some overseas websites were still taking bets through that ring on that nights NBA basketball games. Trouble is, all the owners have to do is move to some offshore island, and it will still be on the Internet, and people will go on gambling, whether the state likes it or not. Getting back to the cafes, who is the biggest beneficiary of the shutdown of all these businesses? Of course, its the state-run Florida Lottery, which has more gambling than all of these Internet cafes put together. Those who are older can remember Be consistent: Lets stop all gambling Among Friends Jim Clark the days of the numbers racket. For those who are younger, that was very similar to the lotterys Cash 3. People bet, often with unsavory looking characters or with runners in their place of employment, on a three-digit number. The nearest horse racing facility was usually used. Tracks reported their handle daily, thats the amount of money bet on the horses that day. The last three digits were the number, and if you hit the number you won. Sounds like the lottery, doesnt it? When the lottery took effect, organized crimes numbers racket went away, or at least was diminished. But if the Internet cafes are gambling, why isnt the lottery considered gambling? Why is one legal and the other isnt? Why was the numbers racket illegal and the lottery isnt? Shouldnt we be consistent and ban all gambling? So heres my thought. Lets either make all gambling illegal, or lets make it all legal. That includes horse racing, jai alai, dog tracks, etc. Dont be hypocritical and ban one type of betting while keeping another in business. Ive never been in an Internet caf, but Ive played the lottery, as, I expect, have many of you. Fortunately, Ive never gotten to the addictive point, and I hope I never do. You folks should examine Please see EDITORIAL Page 10 Please see CLARK Page 10 Read the classifieds Saturday, April 20 Scandinavian Club picnic The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our picnic on April 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Coehadjoe County Park, 4225 N.E. 35th St. The cost is $5 per person. Bring your own plates, utensils and a dish to share. Reservations food preference (brats, hot dogs, hamburgers) and payment must be made in advance. Soft drinks provided. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 17. Checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala 34476. For further details call Jim Neate at 352687-1580 or Don Clauson at 352-861-1235. Sunday, April 21 German American Club picnic 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 non-member. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets. Jazz Society offers afternoon of music The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m. This month the date is April 21. The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past years. Dancing is encouraged. Admission is $3 and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder of the Jazz Society. For more info call Diana, 352-237-0234. Monday, April 22 40 & 8 to meet The regular monthly meeting of the 40 & 8 will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building on State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top Of The World. All honorably discharged veterans are welcome. Come and enjoy camaraderie and light refreshments with fellow veterans. For more information phone Ben at 352-854-0272 or Zack at 352-873-4841. Thursday, April 25 Learn why its different in Florida League of Women Voters of Marion County presents Why dont they do things the way we did them back home? It will be on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Cypress Hall, On Top of the World Communities, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. The event is free and open to the public. Why dont they do things the way we did them back home? It is a question asked every day by newcomers and not-so-new folks, too. A city council, the county commission, the legislature or the governors office regularly make decisions and take actions that affect our future. Come learn why Florida is different and find out who and what is responsible....and how it can be changed. Presenter: Judy Johnson, league member, attorney, former county commissioner in Marion County and a former school board member in Alachua County. She has been president of the Florida League of Women Voters and has a long standing interest in public policy at the local, state and national levels. Join us! Friday, April 26 Methodist Men serving up meatloaf The Mens group of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will serve a meatloaf dinner April 26, 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. The dinner will be cooked by the churchs Master Chef Charles Scearce. The church is at 2501 W. State Road 40, Dunnellon, 352-489-4026. Saturday, April 27 Concert bands two-day performance 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. All church golf 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/. African Violet Club meets The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Brian Litz Substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The program will be African Violet Growing Basics. There are many tips and tricks to African Violet growing and care. We made many new friends over the weekend at our African Violet show and sale including old pros and enthusiasts new to the hobby. This meeting is especially designed for newer or novice growers. However, everyone always discovers something new. More experienced growers will also explain some of their tips for success. Delicious light refreshments are served. Guests are always welcome. Check the website for more information at http://www.africanvioletclubofOcala.org. Sunday, April 28 Master Choir to perform 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. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need. For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207. Youth Symphony concert The Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting a free concert on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Come and enjoy the musical presentations of these amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18. Works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyones musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 352-351-3002. Tuesday, April 30 Breast cancer support group meets The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. at 1 p.m. in Room 235 (Multipurpose Room). The meeting on April 30 will be a discussion by Mary Williams with the American Cancer Office on the many services available and volunteers needed for the Reach To Recovery Program and Road to Recovery. If you have any questions please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904. Saturday, May 4 AUCE pancakes at Crossroads A pancake breakfast for the community is planned for May 8, 8 to 11 a.m. by members of Crossroads Church of God. All you can eat pancakes, sausage and drink is $5. Crossroads is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave, Ocala. The church office phone is 352-291-2080. 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 It will take place 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. Civic Chorale scheduled to perform Yard sale scheduledA 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.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9 4Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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 W oosley 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) 000EL19 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 o r kshop is a v ailable an y da y at an y hour Wills, Living T r usts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney Probate, Medicaid, Long-T erm Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death T a x Minimization, T r ust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000E1IT Where JESUS is LORD, and YOU are Loved. Services: Sunday School : 9:30am Morning W o rship: 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 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 is discovered through worshiping together 71 1 187 000EMKN Steeple Chase Plaza 8585 SR 200 Unit 18 Ocala, FL 34481 (Dawn) 352-291-2242 (John) 352-291-2243 carouselfinefurniture@hotmail.com ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You easily handle your tasks this week, thanks to those high energy levels that never seem to run down. But pace yourself, Lamb, for the demanding week ahead. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) With the arts dominant this week, you might want to pick up any of those creative projects youve neglected. A workplace situation benefits from some fresh insight. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Music helps replenish your energy levels. Play your CDs if you must. But a live concert could prove more rewarding, especially if you go with that very special someone. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Close friends reach out to help perk up your lagging social life. That workplace situation also eases, leaving you time to do more fun things by weeks end. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A revelation clears up that perplexing job-related problem. Some changes will have to be made, which, no doubt, will meet with the Big Cats roaring approval. Good luck. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Reaching out to someone in need is the noble thing to do. But try to restrain the temptation to add a lecture no matter how well-intended to your good deed. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) There could be another tough challenge to face before the month is over. But all that hard work is winning you lots of important recognition from your peers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Keeping to your work schedule could prove difficult with all those personal distractions. Best advice: Stay with it. Therell be time later for socializing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Jumping hurdles this week might be vexing for most, but not for the sage Sagittarian, who recognizes that meeting a challenge can open up opportunities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) More obstacles might be thrown in your path as you try to finalize a new agreement. But the surefooted Goat ignores the stumbling blocks and stays the course. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) We know the Water Bearer takes pleasure in giving to others. But why not let someone else enjoy the experience too by accepting that offer of help? PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You might find you need to ease up on your hectic schedule this week. Dont fret about it. It could be helpful to take a break and replenish your energy supply. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of finding practical solutions to complex problems, and you do it with grace. Wednesday, April 17 Wor ks hop f or j ob s ee k er s Monster 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. Thursday, April 18 Air Force group 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. Al z hei m er e d ucation s che d ule d Area families are invited to attend a series of free Alzheimers Family Education workshops that will be offered on April 18, May 2, May 16 and May 30. Each session will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 606 S.W. 3rd Ave., Ocala. Participants may attend one or all sessions and should make a reservation by calling 800-272-3900. The workshops are presented jointly by Home Instead Senior Care and the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimers Association. Singer /s ong w riter at Ocala We s t Douglas Ladnier, an award-winning and criticallyacclaimed singer/songwriter, will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p. m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550. Douglas has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world and on Broadway. He continues to thrill audiences and critics alike with his unique, mesmerizing baritone voice. He has appeared in concert at Ocala West for a number of years, and we are pleased to have him return to present this concert. Friday, April 19 Greater High T w elve to hear Pat Gabriel The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Marion County, Pat Gabriel, as our speaker. Pat is president of the State Route 200 Coalition, chairman of the ambulance Emergency Medical Service, and is on the county Parks and Recreation Advisory Council. If anyone knows what is going on in Marion County, it is Pat. Come armed with questions. If Pat cant answer it, she will find out. Once again, we will enjoy another of the fine buffet meals served by the Elks club. Cost is only $12.00 per person. All Master Masons in good standing in a Masonic Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Florida, and their guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required. Call Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information. The Circle o f French Frien ds 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. T w o -d ay co mm unity s ale at Oa k Trace The Oak Trace Villas community is hosting a community-wide yard sale on April 19 and 20. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Trace Villas is located just off 103rd Street Raod, approximately five blocks from State Road 200. Saturday, April 20 T w o -d ay f lo w er s ho 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). Helping Han ds race w al k, f un run Helping 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. Happenings

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Governor Rick Scott today presented one of the first Great Floridian awards to football legend Tim Tebow. The Great Floridian designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida. Scott said, It is an honor to present one of our first of 2013 Great Floridian awards to football legend and Florida native Tim Tebow. Tim is a great role model for young athletes, and throughout his career, he has proven to be a true competitor and humanitarian. Tim is not just an athlete, he is a true example of someone who lives to serve others. It is my distinct honor to recognize football legend, proud University of Florida Gator and humanitarian Tim Tebow with the Great Floridian Award. Tebow said, I am so honored to be selected by Governor Scott for the Great Floridian award. It has always been wonderful to call Florida home. Only 66 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3 10Wednesday, April 17, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONS All ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. 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Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! W e 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 V eterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Largest Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 619 6-V 6 P ACK $ 459 8-V 6 P ACK $ 529 B A T T E R Y S A L E B A T T E R Y S A L E 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 We Sell T r ojan Batteries A lot of water. Marion County is home to springs that need protection. With Rainbow Springs on the west and Silver Springs on the east, its obvious that the county has a stake in this legislation. Floridians must take responsibility for preserving and revitalizing our springs, which are being degraded daily by poor planning, development, runoff, increasing demands for water and especially by official indifference. Forget the tree-hugger contingent. From a purely economic standpoint, how are we going to sell our state and especially our county as a destination for tourists, businesses and residents when our worldclass resources are degraded, depleted or destroyed? Take it as an immediate action item: contact your legislators now to tell them how important springs revitalization is, and why they need to give these bills committee hearings and a place in the state budget. EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 yourselves, too. If you cant get along without placing a bet on something, somewhere, maybe its time to visit Gamblers Anonymous. When I say all gambling, Im including casinos, which are owned by Native Americans and are exempt from state law. Thats material for another column, so well follow this up with Part 2 next week.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 8 known South Florida attorney and lobbyist. The nanny eventually went to prison, but continued writing letters to Book. With the help of her father, Book helped shepherd several child sex abuse laws through the Legislature, including one that bars convicted abusers from contacting their victims. Books nanny got an extra 10 years in prison for continuing to contact her. Her other legislative and advocacy accomplishments include: Securing the right of victims to have access to a predators HIV test results within 48 hours of request. A ban on molesters from ever contacting their victims or families. Creation of a statewide network of sexual assault treatment centers. Enactment of a law that bars predators from living within 2,500 feet of public places where children gather, such as schools, parks and playgrounds. Book also travels to schools and gives talks to advocacy groups about the best ways to spread word about how to empower children to detect and reveal predators. Believe in the child, Book said. Keep them loved and safe. Try to build that child up. For more information about Books work, visit laurenskids.org. ABUSEcontinued from Page 1 Some of the walkers in Lauren Books Walk in My Shoes event actually rode into the Downtown Square in Ocala on horseback.PHOTO BY JIM CLARK on, she commented. She used a lot of statistics during her discussion, among them the countys jobless rate which has dropped from 14.3 percent in 2010 to the current rate of 8.4 percent. She said that in December 2010 the county put together an aggressive plan to pursue economic development. She pointed to a recent success as Federal Express signed to put a 400,000 square foot distribution center in the new Commerce Park, which is located north of U.S. Highway 27 just east of Interstate 75. The $125 million investment will create 165 new jobs. She also noted the move of R&L Carriers into the old TBW building on Northeast 14th Street. She spoke of how the county has maintained its millage rate with budget cuts. She added that there is a natural gas facility being dedicated this week and the company will build fueling stations around the county. The county will be converting its vehicles to using natural gas, reducing the dependency on foreign oil. She also spoke of the solid waste agreement to send the countys waste to a site in Sumter County. Bryant noted that the tourism industry is alive and well, with various events and sports drawing people in from outside the county. Asked about Silver Springs, she said that Palace Entertainment will be out in September, and that the county is still in talks on a business model for the park. I dont want to see it turned into a passive park, she said. The commissioner added that there is talk of entertainment and rides, and even talk of a ZIP line. She said that Munroe Regional Medical Centers future will probably be decided at an April 18 meeting, and that the Munroe board is down to two finalists. BRYANTcontinued from Page 1 Fine Arts for Ocala will hold its annual Symphony Under the Stars on Sunday, May 12 at the Ocala Golf Club on Silver Springs Boulevard. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be performing songs from the movies. Symphony Under the Stars is a perfect way to spend Mothers Day. The evening is family oriented and picnics are encouraged. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of music ending in a spectacular fireworks display (weather conditions permitting). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Food vendors will be selling food and drinks if you prefer to save mom the work of picnic preparation. Adirondack chairs may be rented for $5 and must be reserved by calling 352-867-0355. Under the silent auction tent you will be able to bid on original art work from artists who participated in the Ocala Arts Festival. There will also be a $10 table where you can pick up an extra gift for mom. Golf cart transportation will again be available for those needing assistance from the parking areas. Patrons can pre-purchase tickets at the reduced price of $15 adults and $5 children (ages 6-12), as of April 19, at the following outlets: Gateway Bank, FAFO Office/Gallery, Macys, Brick City/Marion Cultural Alliance, MoJos Grill, Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala Golf Club, Shannon Roth/Olivia and Company, Stellas Modern Pantry, Tres Chic, Villages Plastic Surgery, Your Hearts Desire, Yours Truly. Tickets may also be purchased with PayPal at fafo.org. Adult tickets at the gate are $20 and credit cards will be accepted. For more information go to fafo.org or call the FAFO office at 352-8670355. Symphony Under the Stars is May 12 Tim Tebow, left, with Gov. Rick Scott. 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Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 18th, at 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Bank of the Ozarks. We had a full house at last months meeting where Dr. Ed from A Family Veterinarian spoke and answered questions. His main topic for discussion was heartworm, and he stressed that prevention of this disease is of highest importance because treatment is difficult and costly. Heartworm is prevalent wherever mosquitoes thrive since the disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected by parasitic larvae. The larvae eventually make their way into a dogs (or other animals) heart and lungs and cause severe illness that can be fatal. Symptoms can include labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss, listlessness and fatigue after mild to moderate exertion. Be advised, however, that some dogs show no symptoms at all until the late stages of infection. Heartworm is easily preventable by a giving your dog a monthly chewable pill all year long. Since we live in a warm climate most of the year, it is better to be cautious and give the pill the entire year and not stop during the winter. Always check with your veterinarian about appropriate treatment and tests for dogs or other pets. Please give us a call at 352-362-0985 if you would like more information about our meetings or have any other questions for us. Dont forget to visit the SPCA table at the Farmers Market at Circle Square Commons on 80th Street in On Top of the World Communities. Open to the public, we sell used books on the first Thursday morning of every month, so the next one is May 2. Books are only cents to a dollar and every penny goes to help the animals of Marion County. This is also a good way to stop by and ask questions about our organization. Adoption NewsWhen a breeder, shelter, or rescue organization has an animal for adoption, theyre supposed to match him to an appropriate person or family. This means that the size, temperament, age, grooming and activity needs of the dog or cat should fit with certain characteristics of the adoptive family. This helps ensure a successful adoption for both the animal and his people. When this isnt done, it is not a happy situation and the animal usually suffers the most. A case in point is our featured dog, Mack, a beautiful Labradoodle that needs a new forever home. A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle. Bouncy and effervescent as a puppy, this designer breed grows into a strong, active, effervescent 80 or so pound adult. He makes a great pet for the right household, but when Mack was a little fur ball of a puppy, his breeder adopted him out to wait for it an 85 year old couple. Three years later one is in a nursing home and the other can no longer care for him. Now we are helping Pet Network find him an appropriate loving home. Macks new family needs to be patient with socialization and training, strong enough to handle an 80-pound dog and agreeable to giving him long walks and play time daily, either in a fenced yard or a large dog park. Mack is housetrained, knows some basic commands that need to be gently reinforced, and loves to ride in the car. Hes good natured and fun, but was never socialized to many people, children, or other animals. He may or may not get along with other dogs, but a larger dog could be tried out at first meeting to see how they get along. He would be too boisterous for a tiny dog. He may be fine with older children who know how to behave around dogs say over twelve but they would have to meet first to see how it would work out. He needs to be patiently shown appropriate chew toys to play with since he likes to eat socks and towels thats the Labrador in him. The poodle in him makes him shed less dander, so hes a better choice for someone who ordinarily has dog allergies. If you are able and willing to do all the necessary things to help Mack be the great companion he was born to be, please call Mary at 352528-0270. Lets try to find this sweet deserving boy a new home. Just a few more words about puppy adoptions: everyone loves puppies, and its easy to fall head over heels in love with one that youre holding in your arms at the breeders or at a shelter. But before you take one in, think about the appropriateness for this stage in your life. You may have gotten your last dog as a puppy, but maybe that was 15 years ago or more. Now youre older, maybe not as active or healthy, and you forget all the work involved in raising a helpless puppy. Maybe the best thing to do now is adopt an older or senior dog that is already trained, is calmer, and is the right size for your current lifestyle. The shelters have many mature dogs (and cats) who are looking for good homes. The greatest gift you can give a dog or cat that you adopt is to be able to properly care for them so you have a loving, lifelong companion. Until next month remember: Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. Friendship Baptist ChurchSunday services at Friendship Baptist Church on April 21 begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Studying through the Book of Acts, the Adult classes are taught by Bill Wallett in the Auditorium and the Ladies Class, in the Fellowship Hall, taught by Linda Brown. At the 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service the FBC choir will be singing, Soon and Very Soon. Pastor Randall Brown will be bringing the morning message; a message of hope and encouragement during these troubling times. The Sunday Evening Worship and Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. FBC also meets on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for Bible Study and Prayer. All are welcome to attend. Friendship Baptist Church is at 9510 S.W. 105th St., off State Road 200. The church phone is 352-237-2640 or you can find us on the web: www.friendshipbaptistocala.org. Christs Church Wednesday, April 17: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18: Prayer & Praise Group, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20: Mens Prayer Group, 8 a.m. Sunday, April 21: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22: Bible Study, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23: Womens Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m. Wednesday, 24: Bible Study, 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.St. John the BaptistSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dunnellon will be holding a Womens Emmaus Retreat on May 24-26. All women seeking spiritual renewal are invited to attend. Please call the office 352-4893166 or email mail@stjohncc.com for more information.Crossroads Church of GodWednesday evenings are for the youth at Crossroads Church of God, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come see what you are missing and enjoy our new building. 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Now that political angle is intr uding itself into the public school system. This is all an attempt to protect our school children. I am all for that. I was thinking, however that when I was a youngster we did not need that sort of thing. W e had Mrs. Ammon and her infamous hickor y stick. V e r y few people remember a time when a teacher had, as one of her tools for education, a hickor y stick and knew how to wield it, and wield it they did. Somebody may ask how I know about that. V e r y simply I am the product of a teacher wielding the hickor y stick. It is hard now to remember the occasion that called for the application of that hickor y stick. Actually there was more than one occasion calling for such teacher and student interaction. The old saying was that our teacher would apply the Board of Education to the Seat of Learning. Believe me when I say I earned a degree in that. Somebody will say Things have changed. I will agree that things have changed, but most things have not changed for the better Back in the day when I was a member of the public education system, the teachers were in charge. A basic r ule in our house prevailed, If you get a paddling in school, you get a W e n e v e r n eed ed ar med g u ar ds, w e had Mr s. Amm o n Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder paddling at home. It was assumed the teacher was right. I distinctly remember my first interaction with my teacher in this regard. How can you forget such a thing? At that time, teachers were too busy to put up with any kind of fooling around in a classroom. Do not get me wrong, my teacher made it fun most of the time. For the ones who, like me, took it too far, she knew how to stop it dead in its tracks. Mr. Snyder, the teacher would say in a very stern tone of voice. Is that you making all that noise? I knew what was to follow. Mr. Snyder, please go to the principals office and I will join you shortly. Oh boy. Those familiar words bring back haunting memories of my visit to the principals office. You can be sure; Mrs. Ammon would not come into the principals office, spank you and then go back to her class. On some occasions, I would have preferred her to spank me and get it over with. The first thing she had to do was explain to me why what I did was wrong and disruptive to the class. Then, she had to explain to me how this paddling I was about the cat was going to hurt her more than it did me. For the life of me, I could never figure out where it hurt her more than it did me. I knew exactly where it hurt me and for the rest of the day it would be quite difficult for me to sit down in my chair. Not only did my posterior glow in pain, but the snickers of my fellow students were even worse. At the time of the application of the hickory stick, I really did not like Mrs. Ammon. Looking back, I have a different perspective. I now know that she really had an interest in me as a person. She was trying to discipline me in ways in which I needed discipline from someone like her. Years later, I went back and visited my old teacher, Mrs. Ammon. I took to her some books I had written and published. She said she remembered me, I really do not know if she did or not. I had to do one thing and that was to thank her. I want to thank you, Mrs. Ammon, for teaching me to read and to write. Then I handed her my books. She seemed to be so very happy, but not as happy as I was. This teacher made a difference in my life that I did not realize until I was older. One thing Mrs. Ammon taught me was that I should not get away with anything. There is a moment of accountability everybody must face. Mrs. Ammon was making sure that I was facing up to the realities of life before I did too much damage to my life. It is sad that the politics have taken over our education system today. It is sad that we do not have any Mrs. Ammons with their hickory sticks. When I think of Mrs. Ammon I think of what Solomon writes, He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24 KJV). It is my opinion that we need more Mrs. Ammons in our school classrooms and less, a lot less, politics.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. RELIGION Next SPCA meeting scheduled for April 18 Paws & Claws Maria Devine Mack is a Labradoodle.

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Book told of how she endured daily sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the nanny in her own home. This went on 365 days, she said. Book said as a child she was eager to please, and her abuser targeted her rather than her two siblings because of this. She said the nanny, like most predators, was very crafty, especially when it came to physical abuse. Book said the nanny hit her, threw her down stairs and bruised me where my parents wouldnt look. In 2001, Book, at the urging of a boyfriend and after six years of enduring the nannys abuse, confessed to a therapist who told Books parents. The nanny was fired and authorities moved to make an arrest, but Books abuser fled to Oklahoma, where she was found coaching girls soccer. She was arrested a month later. Books father, Ron Book, is a wellFighting abuse Former victims Walk in My Shoes campaign travels through Citrus and Marion counties PHOTO BY JIM CLARKLauren Book, left, watches as Jennifer Jackson of Salt Springs sings a song after Book arrived at the Downtown Square in Ocala on Wednesday, April 10. Please see ABUSE Page 3 At left, Lauren Book holds baby Laura as she visits the Downtown Square. At right, walkers reach the Square after going through the streets of Southeast Ocala from the McPherson Complex.PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK West Marion Relay for Life starts FridayThe West Marion Relay for Life will take place this weekend, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in front of West Marion Community Hospital. As of this writing, 29 teams and 208 participants have rasied approximately $18,750. The public is invited to the event. Those who still wish to take part may go to the relay website, http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife /RFLCY13FL?pg=entry&fr_id=50128. There are places on the website to sign up as an individual or a team to take part in the annual American Cancer society event. Included are an opening ceremony, survivors lap, caregivers lap, luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony, all at the site of the event. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKCounty Commissioner Kathy Bryant, left, visits with Jack Walsh, as Susan Reid looks on, after last weeks State Road 200 Coalition meeting. BY JIM CLARK EditorBefore County Commission Chair Kathy Bryant even got a chance to be introduced at the State Road 200 Coalition meeting Monday, April 8, she was called to the podium with Lt. Dennis Joiner of the Sheriffs Office as the two were peppered with questions about a subject that is an issue on the Corridor panhandlers. Bryant was scheduled to give the State of the County speech at the meeting, and did so, but not before having to explain what is being done about the panhandlers on the corners of various Marion County streets, not just on State Road 200. She said the county is working on an ordinance that would create misdemeanor charges, fines and possible jail time for violators. She also pointed out that there could be penalties for people who give money from their cars, not just to the recipients. However, she also added that the proposed new law is not a cure-all. She encouraged residents to stop giving money to the panhandlers. After that issue subsided, she went on with her talk, praising some of the things that the county has done. We really do have a lot of good things going Bryant: County working on panhandler ordinance Please see BRYANT Page 3