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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........7 Puzzles................9 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 10 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 Memorial Day Page 3 Honor Flight Page 6 12 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger MECHANICAL REPAIR SPECIALS SPEND SAVE $100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8 $150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12 $200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 $250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30 $300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42 $350 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $56 $400+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $72 C E R T I F I E D S E R V I C E C E R T I F I E D S E R V I C E CERTIFIED SERVICE OCALA 352620-0008 OCALA 4000 SW COLLEGE RD. 352620-0008 FREE CAR WASH FREE CAR WASH WITH SERVICE (4) OIL CHANGES $ 79 80 Conventional oil only. Up to 5 quarts 5W30. No synthetics or diesels. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. (4) OIL CHANGES $ 119 80 2011 newer. Dexos 5W30. Up to 5 quarts. Expires 7/31/13. FREE with any service over $150.00. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. LOANER Includes 1 gallon dex-cool. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. Reg. $99.95. COOLING SYSTEM SERVICE $ 79 95 000F2QZ A.C. CABIN FILTER $ 39 95 GM vehicles only. Expires 7/31/13. TRANSMISSION SERVICE FLUID CHANGE $ 129 95 Up to 12 quarts Dex VI.l. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. Reg. $179.95. Three men were killed early Sunday morning in front of a bar across the street from the Ocala downtown square, and a suspect has been arrested. According to Ocala Police, on June 2, at 12:43 a.m., officers responded to AJs, 11 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found three men lying outside the business, along the sidewalk, each suffering from gunshot wounds. Two were deceased on scene from gunshot wounds to the head and one was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter. Detectives responded and worked throughout the rest of the night investigating these homicides. Since that time, notification has been made to the next of kin and the victims are identified as the following:Benjamin Larz Howard, 23, of Belleview; Jerry Lamar Bynes, Jr., 20, of Ocala; and Josue Santiago, 25, of Ocala. As part of the investigation, Officer Michelle Green and her K-9 partner Motuck conducted a search in the area. They were able to locate a handgun in a nearby trash bin as a result of this search. The weapon was a 9mm semi-automatic. It has not yet been identified as the actual weapon used in these shootings. Detectives were able to identify a person of interest, who was contacted and transported to the Ocala Police Department, Major Crimes Section, for interview. This subject, Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, of Ocala, upon being interviewed by Detectives Mike Hilton and Jamie Buchbinder, allegedly advised to having shot all three of the victims outside of AJs. Lobban advised that they had all worked together as bouncers at the Ocala Entertainment Complex. Lobban advised that one of the victims had recently punked him and video taped it then shown the other two victims. They had all laughed at Lobban and teased him about the video, causing him embarrassment. Lobban advised that he had harbored ill will toward the three since this had occurred. Lobban was placed under arrest following this interview at OPD at approximately 11:44 a.m. He is being charged with three counts of first degree felony murder; and is being held with no bond. Arrest made in downtown triple murder Lobban Stone Creek resident honors her dad as he celebrates his 107th birthday BY PATRICIA GIZZI Stone Creek correspondent Not many SC residents can honor their father on their birthday or for Fathers Day, but Bobbie Seidel is the exception. Bobbie and her husband recently honored her Dad, Jack Silverman for his 107th birthday on June 1. Bobbie told me that her Mom and Dad had four children three sons and one daughter, Bobbie. The older two sons are deceased. From the four children are eight grand children and four greatgrandchildren. Bobbies parents were married for 74 1/2 years before her mom, Alice, died in November 2002. Bobbie said, We all grew up in Brooklyn and he lived there in his own house until my mom died. Then we moved him to New Jersey to be near us. I think he was about 95 when he left Brooklyn. He moved to Florida with us in 2006. Mr. Silverman worked as a contractor well into his 70s then started a new occupation with antiques and collectables. He was always active in his later years trying to improve his antique business, always looking for an angle to increase his profits according to Bobbie. Bobbies parents continued the passion of antiques until they were in their 90s. Mr. Silverman owned a summer house in the Catskills where the entire family gathered every summer. On any weekend there could be at least 10-15 there enjoying the lake and cooking outside. According to Bobbie, this included kids, grand kids, aunts and uncles, in-laws and friends. Everyone was welcome to stay as long as they wanted to stay. Bobbie remembers her dad as always being active. Jack Silverman celebrates in a party hat. Please see BIRTHDAY Page 5 With a projected budget deficit of $29 million next year, Marion County Public Schools notified 261 employees Friday their positions will be eliminated next school year. This includes 160 first-year teachers, 72 district-funded elementary paraprofessionals, 16 clerk generalists at middle / high schools, and 13 district-funded physical education technicians. Superintendent George Tomyn met with these employees in three separate meetings last Friday to personally deliver this message. These cuts alone amount to nearly $4 million. The remaining $25 million will come from other decisions including: Not filling Staffing Plan, $14 million; Exceeding Class Size Limits, $7 million; Restructuring elementary Art, Music, PE, and Media Services, $2.2 million; Reassigning other employees, $1 million. The district expects $295 million in revenues for the new budget year, $13 School cutbacks planned Please see SCHOOL Page 5 PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSSheriffs Citizens AcademyThese are some of the graduates of the Spring 2013 class of the Marion County Sheriffs Academy. Ocala Palms story and more pho tos on Page 7.

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The City of Ocala is issuing a Call to Artists for the first annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The competition is open to all artists age 18 and older who are working in North America. Each artist may submit up to three works suitable for public outdoor display. Entry deadline is July 31, 2013. Artists will compete for cash prizes including Best of Show, $2,000; Second Place, $1,000; Honorable Mention, $500; and Peoples Choice, $500. Additionally, the 10 sculptors whose work is chosen each will receive a $1,000 honoraria for transportation expenses to bring their art to Ocala. This Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition will provide a one year exhibit of 10 outdoor sculptures at Ocala's downtown, Tuscawilla Park from Oct. 18, 2013 through Sept. 21, 2014. This exhibit will stimulate residents and guests of all ages through educational sculpture walks, scavenger hunts, docent tours, touch tours, and community celebration. It will demonstrate the power of public art in our city spaces. Visitation to the park will be increased by 40 percent and stimulate commerce in the surrounding redevelopment districts. The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition is being executed by the City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance. It is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture by a specific Cultural Project Grant in the amount of $10,950.00. There are opportunities for community support through a sponsorship program and outreach programs at special events. For more information and the competition prospectus, please visit: www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11 2 Wednesday, June 5, 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 000F4HR 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 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) 000F4OD SAVE THOUSANDS 000F49G NOW BUYING GOLD, PLATINUM, SILVER, FLATWARE, COINS, DIAMONDS, WATCHES & GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY YOUR UNWANTED JEWELRY COULD BE WORTH LOTS OF MONEY! 6333 SW STATE ROAD 200 854-6622 WE CAN COME TO YOU! SELL YOUR GOLD & SILVER WHILE PRICES ARE STILL HIGH SELL YOUR GOLD & SILVER WHILE PRICES ARE STILL HIGH Open MF 9-5 We buy large diamonds 1 CT or larger We buy all premium watches and all gold watches US & Foreign Silver Coins US & Foreign Gold Coins Stamped Sterling Flatware & Service Sets C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T CASH HANDED OUT ON THE SPOT 8k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k, Dental Gold & Platunum W ANT TO KNOW WHAT S IN THAT OLD JEWELR Y BOX ? L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODAY N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery WE PAY CASH B eginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Fairfield Village community began enjoying Memorial Day weekend together. That was when the show, sponsored by Rachel Muse, community general manager, began in the FFV Clubhouse. Rick Chapman is an accomplished singer, impersonator, and entertainer who had appeared in FFV community before. He was as well received this time as he was earlier and everyone marveled at the consistency of his shows as he brings locals into his act and manages to get excellent performances from them as well. The evening is full of fun as Chapman incorporates characters such as Ed McMahon, Walter Brennan, Elvis Presley, George Burns, Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins, Dean Martin and others into the show. Some of the characters are impersonated by Chapman, but most of the really funny part of the show comes from the local talent as they emulate real characters or some especially unusual characters in the performance. All those who attended agreed that it was a most enjoyable evening and good way to begin the holiday weekend. Special thanks go to Rachel Muse for sponsoring the fun and good refreshments as well. Then on Monday at 1 p.m., neighbors gathered again at the clubhouse for the SAC sponsored Memorial Day barbecue. As usual, the members of the committee did an exceptional job of putting the fete together. The additional food brought in by those attending was delicious as well so that everyone got more than enough calories for the day. All of us who enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend here at home in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, agreed that this was certainly another time to recognize and appropriately thank all those who have served and those who are serving now to keep our United States of America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Fairfield Village enjoyed Memorial Day weekend Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Becky Weller thoroughly enjoyed her serenade by Elvis (Rick Chapman). Four year old Lydia Hope Knapp, the granddaughter of Frann and Ed Glenney, shows off her new sunglasses at the FFV Memorial Day barbecue on Memorial Day afternoon. Fairfield Village )neighbors line up to enjoy all the great food at FFV's Memorial Day barbecue. 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S ometimes it is best to err on the side of caution. This, however, has not always been my modus operandi down through the years. In fact, I am not very good when it comes to practicing anything, just ask the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. As of late, though, I have been practicing caution like I was going to Carnegie Hall. I am not very good at it yet, but my goal is to come to the point of perfection in the area of caution as it touches my person, particularly my health and well-being. This may be because I have reached that age when most men go through a midlife crisis. You can always tell when a man is going through his midlife crisis. He usually wants to prove he is as good at 60-something as he was when he was 20-something. Carelessly throwing caution to the wind, he attempts to do something beyond the energy of his existing body. One sure way to tell if a man is having a midlife crisis is to notice his recent injuries. Personally, when I was 20 I was not good at anything, which has enabled me to skip my midlife crisis. I am glad to be 60 (OK, maybe I am a tad over 60) because now when I get tired I can say I am tired and sit down. At 60-something I have absolutely nothing to prove. I am no better or worse than I was when I was 20. It is, as my wife notes, the ageless wonder of incompetency. The difficulty with growing older is that the old memory juices do not flow as swiftly as they once did. Of course, some of us never had a real gusher in that department anyway. The more memories I have, the less messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 A3 10 Wednesday, June 5, 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 CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Certified Activities Coordinator The Centers is seeking an Activities Coordinator. Independent Contractor for up to 20 hours per week, & may consider part-time employment. SIGN ON BONUS for availability to start immediately. Must be eligible for or have current ADC Certification. This position will provide direct services, training & consultation for Adult Psychiatric Unit in a Crisis Stabilization facility to clients and staff. Must be skilled in writing individualized &/or group activity plans for special needs population (mentally ill, substance abuse, MR). Please submit salary requirements. DFWP/EOE/We E-Verify Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us I BUY Diabetic Test Strips 386-266-7748 PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. HOMOSASSA5+ DEN BEDROOMS. 3 BATH. THIS HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL TWO STORYHOME WITH 3 CAR GARAGE IS OVER 3500 SQ. FT. HOME BACKS UPTO ANATURE PRESERVE. HOME IS AFORECLOSURE SHORTSALE AND THE BANK IS WORKING WITH THE SELLERS. THIS HOME WAS BUILT IN 2005.dennis_neff @yahoo.com BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANYVEHICLEIn Any Condition, Title, No Title, Bank Lien, No Problem, Dont Trade it in. We Will Pay up to $25K Any Make, Any Model. 813-335-3794 813-237-1892 Call AJ Trimming,Removal and Debris Clean Up. Reliable,Service, Reasonable Prices. Lic/Ins. 20 yrs Exp. FREE Estimates. Residential Commercial 352-873-6884 Clean out your closets, go through your garage, attack your attic and then use the classifieds to get rid of stuff you no longer use. And the FREE listing means you have more money left over after the sale! You can list any single item priced under $100 for sale for FREE! P UTTHEPOWER ANDCONVENIENCE OFTHECLASSIFIEDS TOWORKFORYOU! Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKS FREE TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your Pet 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 000EX2B 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 for us o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook 5185 A W. Dunnellon Rd. Dunnellon (352) 489-8040 000F297 TERMITE & PEST CONTROL STAR Cant Afford Lawn Spray? THINK AGAIN! 1/3 Acre $ 60 00 Lawn & Bushes for Chinch Bugs, Ants, Brown Spots, Webworm, Fungus, Weed Control & Black Grasshoppers. No Contracts Required. Do you have the right insurance coverage? CENTRAL RIDGE INSURERS, LLC 2535 N. Reston Terr., Hernando, FL (Next to Village Services on 486) Call Your Local Team Of Experts For A Free Analysis And Estimate! 352-527-0110 Home Auto Business Financial Services 000F3V2 J a s m i n e P l a z a 3 5 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 1 6 0 S W S R 2 0 0 U n i t 1 0 4 O c a l a F l o r i d a 3 4 4 7 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 S T O R E H O U R S : T U E S F R I 1 0 5 S A T 1 0 2 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 www.jandjjewelersocala.com B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + tax All repairs done on premises. Fine Jewelry Fine Jewelry 000F05Q 000F35E 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Largest Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 659 6-V 6 PACK $ 459 8-V 6 PACK $ 529 B A T T E R Y S A L E B A T T E R Y S A L E BATTERY SALE 2010 Club Car Remanufactured New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 4,995 Fully Loaded Ready to go Golfing $ 4,995 12-V T1275 only $ 669 We Sell Trojan Batteries 2013 Club Car Remanufactured 000F3OG 2,000 workers temporarily paid through stimulus funds. Lastly, with claims processors overwhelmed by an ever-burdensome workload, processing errors have reached a crisis state and a sense of helpless resignation has made the disability compensation claims of veterans secondary to struggling through another workday. Second only to the Department of Defense in size, the VA is saddled by a cumbersome bureaucracy, indurate procedures and inadequate staffing. As such, while the federal government has deemed some private corporations too big to fail, the VAs intolerable claims record argues it may be too big to be fixed. If the VA claims process is ever going to be fixed, it must be revamped and sufficiently resourced. Furthermore, the VA leadership, from the Secretary on down, must be held strictly accountable for ending this intolerable situation once and for all. Our nations disabled veterans merit more than hollow promises. Citrus County Chronicle EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 Memorial Day observed at Veterans Park in Ocala PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA symbol of a soldier kneeling beside some military graves was a focal point at the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park on Monday, May 27. Ret. Chaplain Col. Janet Y. Horton was the speaker. Kathy Bryant, County Commission chair, gave the welcome speech. Marcia Muncaster, extreme left, sings the National Anthem. The many excuses of a man in midlife crisis Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder See SNYDER Page 7 African Violet Club to meetThe African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Brian Litz Substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The program includes a photo tour of the African Violet convenion. Visitors are welcome.

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Thursday, June 6 WOW Singles to meet WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call after 10 a.m.: 352-861-9487 or 352291-2762 for more info. June 6, 12:30 p.m., Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant, 2463 S.W. 27th Ave., near Best Buy. June 20, 12:30 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 3215 S.W. College Road.Mental illness education Are you a caregiver of a family member or loved one living with a severe mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Marion County) will offer a FREE NAMI Family-toFamily Education Program for families, partners, caregivers, friends, and loved ones of individuals living with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, panic disorder, OCD, anxiety disorder or other serious mental illness. The course helps improve the skills and abilities for caregivers to manage the path to recovery. Many family members describe their experience in the program as life changing. The program will run for 12 weeks starting on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Ocala, 2801 S.W. Maricamp Road. Teachers are specially trained NAMI family members and caregivers who focus on the emotional responses families have to the trauma of mental illness. All course materials are furnished at no cost. The class is limited to 20 students, so please call and register as early as you can. The NAMI Family-toFamily program will also be offered later 2013. If you are unable to register for the June class please call to register for a later program. Registration is required. To register call NAMI at 352-368-2405, or e-mail to education@namiocala.org. Friday, June 7 Pioneer yard sale A yard sale will be held June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Pioneer Garden Center, in the Appleton Museum Complex on East Silver Springs Boulevard. There will be many household and yard items at bargain prices, all in good condition. There will be a special Christmas display, and refreshments will be available. Shop indoors in comfort. Saturday, June 8 Church sale at thrift storeYou can rent a space for the church sale at the Crossroads Thrift Store, 7355 S.W. 38th St., Ocala, near West Port High School. Phone is 352-351-1334. The sale will be June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor space is available for $5 for a single parking space. To reserve a space call 352-509-4141.ABBA performers at Circle Square It was 40 years ago when the first pop group from a non-English-speaking country topped the charts and took over the airways. ABBA is Swedens greatest contribution to the world of music. On June 8 ABBAMANIA: A Tribute to ABBA will transform the Circle Square Cultural Center back to the 1970s. ABBAMANIAs four performers dont just sound like Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny and Agnetha, they look and dress the part too. With costume changes, choreography, a live band and back-up singers, youll want to wear bell-bottom pants and platform shoes. ABBAMANIA will perform 21 of ABBAs hits including the ones you love to sing along to like Dancing Queen, Fernando, Waterloo and Mamma Mia. ABBAMANIA has toured all over the world and thrilled audiences by bringing Abbas unique sounds to each performance. Tickets start at $17. Dont miss the opportunity to be transferred back to the disco era by ABBAMANIA: A Tribute to ABBA on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center located at 8395 S.W. 80th St., in Ocala. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on the 2013 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352854-3670. Sunday, June 9 Dancing encouraged at jazz function The Ocala Jazz Society will host an afternoon of music at the VFW hall on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. Open to everyone, organizers say the event offers incomparable musicians featuring great tunes for everyone and dancing is encouraged. The afternoon is $3. The post is at 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. For more info call Diana, 352-237-0234.Monday, June 10 Health care seminar at church On June 10 at 6:30 p.m., Christs Church of Marion Countys Health Ministry will provide an opportunity to meet Doctor Meghavi S Kosboth. She will hold an informal discussion on Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Dr. Kosboth is board certified, specializing in Internal Medicine with expertise in the area of Rheumatology. She has a number of awards including Patients Choice Award of 2012 and Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2012. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the subject. Please contact Christs Church of Marion County, 352-861-6182, or sign-up in the lobby. 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala.Tuesday, June 11 Macintosh users to meet The Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. At this months meeting, Dr. Roberto Putzeys will review some of the medical apps available for the Mac and iPad. This will be followed by our monthly tech tips. Meetings are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 S.E. 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. For more information about OMUG, visit our website at http://ocalamug.org. Monday, June 17 VBS at Our Redeemer LutheranA Vacation Bible School will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church from June 17 to 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. each day. The church is at 5200 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Everyone is invited. Register at OurRedeemerOcala.org (click the VBS tab or call our office at 352-2372233) Contact Person: Laurie Baluyot. E-mail address: vbs@ourredeemerocala.org. Phone number: 352-2372233. Thursday, June 20 Air Force group to meetThe June meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Bring a guest!! For information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000EPLY 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 Friday 7pm Spanish Service WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul Woosley Nursery available www.crossroadscog.net 000EZZO 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 000EX0H St. Martins Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Vi si t ors Are Al ways Wel com e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) is discovered through worshiping together 711187 000EL19 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. 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GE M INI ( May 21 to J une 20) Giving your time to help others is fine. But dont lose sight of your own needs. Make plans for an energy-restoring getaway with that very special person in your life. CA N C E R (J une 21 to J uly 22) Congratulate yourself on getting that difficult job done to everyones satisfaction. This could be the first of many such challenges you might be offered down the line. L E O (J uly 23 to Aug 22) With your enthusiasm soaring again, you feel ready to tackle a tough new assignment. Good for you! And remember: Dont be too proud to accept help when its offered. V I R G O ( Aug 23 to Sept 22) Cupid rules the week for single Virgos eager to make a romantic connection. Meanwhile, Virgo couples experience renewed commitment in their relationships. L I BRA ( Sept 23 to Oct 22) Home and work issues vie for your attention through early next week. Rely on your Libran sense of balance to keep you from being overwhelmed by either side. 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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion VA compensation plan near collapse T he common lament among the ranks of our nations disabled veterans filing for service-connected disability compensation from the VA is, Delay, deny, wait till I die. As a candidate for the presidency, President Obama pledged to revamp the Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process. When General Eric Shinseki, a former Army Chief of Staff and highly respected combat wounded veteran, was appointed as the VA Secretary in 2009, he promised to end the claims backlog in two years.\ The promises of President Obama and Secretary Shinseki raised the hopes of veterans that the claims backlog would finally be eliminated. Instead, the backlog has gotten intolerably worse. Internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveal the agencys claims process has virtually collapsed. The number of claimants waiting more than a year for their benefits has exploded from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 in December 2012 an increase of more than 2,000 percent. Particularly troubling is that the number of veterans dying before their claims were approved has skyrocketed. Between 2009 and 2012, the number of deceased veterans receiving approval too late for the compensation to help them while they were alive jumped from 6,400 to 19,500. Three factors in particular have contributed to the VAs inability to fulfill the promises of President Obama and Secretary Shinseki. Foremost is the VAs antiquated processing system. After spending more than half a billion dollars on a new computer system the past four years, 97 percent of all claims inexplicably remain on paper. The paper-laden claims process is further compounded by a points system that gives performance bonuses to workers for sending letters to veterans but not for spending extra time reading a claims file. Despite the VA publicly reporting it has hired 3,300 additional personnel since 2010, staffing at the VAs 58 regional offices only increased by fewer than 300 people due to turnover and the loss of more than O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial product it was for) where one guy in a group of wild young people gets a suitand-tie job, so the others always want him to buy dinner, because they arent doing a thing. You will undoubtedly encounter some of these people steer clear and be your own person. Some years later, these will be the folks who will come to you begging for a job. 5. Stay active. There will come a time in your life when you cant exercise like you used to, but that day isnt here yet for most of you. Im afraid that we are producing a generation of computerchair potatoes (as opposed to couch potatoes), those who do nothing but sit in front of a computer screen or play with a phone or tablet for all their free time. Get out and do something. You can walk, you can run, you can play a sport, you can swim just do something. Its good for your mind and your body. 6. Along that same line, learn how to talk to people, face to face. There is entirely too much Facebook, Tweeting, and other social networking going on, but sometimes young people have to talk to someone in person and they dont know what to say, or how to behave. Get off the phone and the computer and speak to people. Someday when youre interviewing for a job, it wont be on Facebook. But someday during that same job interview, your potential boss is going to ask permission to look at your Facebook postings, and all that cute little stuff and foul language that some of you might use will come back to haunt you. 7. Volunteer in the community. There are all sorts of things that need doing. Some involve some physical work, others involve using your brains to help people. Give something back to the community show that you care. You never know someday you may be one of the people who needs help, and maybe there will be folks around who will recall what you did for others, and youll get some help in return. And dont do it for the glory and the recognition. The best volunteers are those who work behind the scenes, who get nothing out of it but personal satisfaction. 8. Finally, keep the faith, and not just religious faith. If you are a religious person, you will be tested. Most of those who are religious find great solace in that faith, so dont let yourself get tempted away from it. But there is another kind of faith, faith in your fellow human beings, faith in the country. Be aware of the times you live in, for sure, but realize there are so many places in the world that are worse off than we are. While we live in the fear that there could be another attack on us somewhere in the U.S., there are people who live with the very real fear of being blown up every day. While we have medical care available to us when we get sick, there are people who succumb to the least little illness because their bodies cant fight diseases, or they have no access to things as simple as an aspirin. As you depart from high school, thank your teachers, your counselors, your school employees. They surely dont get rich doing what they do, but almost all of them love their profession. Someday you will realize how good the days of high school were. But for now, youve reached your goal of getting your diploma, which is a job well done. Congratulations! Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at editor@smcitizen.com or at 352-8543986. 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. This is a yearly column, updated with latest information. T his is a big month for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world. This graduating class has been through a little more than many of us. These young people were first-graders on Sept. 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon and another crashed in Pennsylvania, changing the face of America forever. They are venturing into an uncertain world, one filled with fear of terrorism, one filled with eroding freedoms in the name of security. Those of us who have lived through many years of strife and conflict and many years of prosperity and peace, can give some words of advice to the young graduates. Whether they pay attention is up to them, and whether they agree is also up to them. But at least its a point of view that they can use to steer them in whatever direction they want to go. With just a few changes from the previous years columns, here we go: 1. If you have a chance to continue your education, by all means do so. In this era, it is almost impossible to advance yourself in the job market without some sort of post-secondary education. It can be college, junior college, trade school or specialized classes, but make sure you learn as much as you can. Youve made it through one important period youve got your high school diploma. Now look to see what else you The annual message to high school grads Among Friends Jim Clark can do to learn. Your brains are still relatively young you have a better capacity to learn than many of us old dogs, who find it hard to learn new tricks. 2. If you go to college, learn the difference between opinion and fact from your professors. The good ones will make it clear for you but there are some who will ram their thoughts down your throat, without making it clear that its what they think, not what the world accepts as truth. 3. If you havent already, develop a good work ethic. When it comes to studying and school assignments, the days of someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to are over. Youre on your own. Your education, or your job, are what you make it. Take a look at employment ads in almost every major field. Theyll say things like selfstarter or must work well without supervision. Managers in the business world dont want to have to watch every step that you do. Learn to work by yourself with maximum effort. Remember, the world doesnt owe you a living you have to go out and make your own mark. 4. Choose your friends wisely. Hang around with people who have good goals, who want to make a decent mark in this world. There was a great commercial on TV (I cant remember what Please see EDITORIAL Page 10 Read the classifieds She said he loves to tell jokes and stories. He was independent up until last year. How wonderful to be able to honor ones dad. Congratulations, Mr. Silverman on your 107th birthday. Another Stone Creek resident having a milestone birthday is John Josephs of Buckhead. He was 90 on June 1, the day of Mr. Silvermans 107th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! BIRTHDAYcontinued from Page 1 John and Barbara Josephs on their 65th wedding anniversary. John also had a birthday on June 1, turning 90. million more than this year. However, this includes $7 million earmarked for teacher raises and $4 million for retirement expenses both mandated by the Florida Legislature. With projected expenses of $324 million, the $29 million deficit resulted in historic moves for the district including layoffs, class sizes, and the elimination of paraprofessionals. The budget process is on-going, and if more cuts are needed, possibilities include district-wide furlough days for employees and pay reductions across-the-board. SCHOOLcontinued from Page 1 Friday Forum talks immigrationAlmost three quarters of a million undocumented individuals are estimated to live in Florida, many thousands of whom are migrants and other farmworkers who live a shadowy existence among us right here in Marion County. They provide the backbone upon which our billion dollar horse and agricultural industries prosper and service and construction enterprises rely. When the Friday Forum next meets for lunch at Buffet City in Ocala on June 14, a panel of three area activists will address their compelling and urgent needs as well as those of employers seeking both skilled and unskilled labor while the larger community is called upon to provide emergency humanitarian support. Congress, meanwhile continues to grapple with a major overhaul in our immigration laws in light of border security concerns as well as increasing appreciation for the need to integrate into full membership in our society the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the United States by providing them with a path to citizenship. Speakers are Phil Kellerman of Harvest of Hope Foundation, Rev. Bob Miller of the Ocala Farm Ministry and Reina Mendez, former area coordinator for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. The luncheon, which costs $10 payable directly to the restaurant, begins at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, corner of State Raod 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd. To RSVP please email FridavForumofMarionCountv@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 or Jan Lentz at 352-425-6219.

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I am able to recall them in the innocency of their reality. Like the fisherman who tells the size of the one that got away. Memory seems to add or subtract according to the benefit of the person conjuring up the memory. A big problem a man in mid-life crisis has is that he does not remember how good he actually was when he was 20, unless of course, his wife knew him at that time. If he could, he would not have to try to replicate it when he is 60. This is one of the unique advantages of maturing. Forgetting always leads to exaggerating. Exaggerating at 60-something leads to injuries. The only purpose of this is to impress people who really are not being impressed. As we grow older things begin to change, and some things change for the better. When I was 20, I could not admit to anybody that I was tired. I would have been the laughing stock in my community if I would admit any such phenomena. You know what they say about the unlimited energy that young people have. Now that I am in my 60s, I can blame my advancing years on just about anything. I love to do that, but at my age I dont have the energy. This has covered a multitude of sins, for which I am so grateful. Of course, it does have one drawback, when someone in their 80s invites me to go for a walk, what in the world can you say to that? This next one has to be one of my favorites. I would love to do that but I have to get home for my afternoon nap. The person will look at me, notice my maturing features and understand that I desperately do need a nap, or something resembling beauty sleep. I found one the other week that has proved quite beneficial. I was invited to a function during the evening, which turned out to be a rather boring affair. Once the meal was over people were milling around engaged in small talk. Nothing bores me quicker than small talk. Not knowing what to do, I pondered the situation for sometime. Then, like lightning from the heavens, I was struck with a brilliant idea. I went up to my host and said, Im sorry, but it is getting near my bedtime and I have strict orders from my doctor to go to bed early. Youll have to excuse me. It worked like a charm. Everybody understood that a person of my age needs to go to bed early. I do not know who thought this up, probably Benjamin Franklin, but whoever it was, I owe them a steak dinner at the restaurant of their choice. It has now become part of my get-out-of-boring-situations arsenal. I was thinking about this the other day another good excuse popped into my head. Somebody invited me to come and play softball. At the time, they caught me off guard and I was trying to wiggle out of such an invitation. Then it dawned on me. I am sorry, I would like to but my health insurance does not cover that kind of activity. Whether my health insurance would cover that, I have no idea, but neither does anybody else, only my doctor knows for sure. 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This flight was the sixth and last Honor Flight from Ocala. Over 600 veterans from the Ocala area have been on the flights from here. Ocala ranks third in the country in the number of veterans honored with this trip. Each veteran had an assigned attendant with him/her for the entire day. Jack said he was honored to have Sheriff Chris Blair sit with him for part of the flight. The plane left Ocala International Airport very early Thursday morning (May 23), and returned that evening a little after 9. The flight began with breakfast being served cereal, fruit, and yogurt. The plane landed at the Baltimore-Washington Airport where the honorees were met by buses. The vets were divided into three groups red white blue. Jack was in the red hat group. The first stop was at the Capitol where they were greeted by Congressmen and a drum and bugle corps. Jack said just standing in the Rotunda of the Capitol was a thrill. Next stop on the tour was the World War II Memorial; Jack got to see the section in honor of those who served from Ohio (he is from Ohio). After enjoying a box lunch, it was back on the buses to Arlington National Cemetery. They witnessed a very moving ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, and also the presentation of flowers by family members. Following this, it was back to the busses for the journey back to the airport for the return trip to Ocala. A hot meal of meatloaf and all the trimmings was served on the return trip. As the plane approached the Ocala runway, Jack said they could see the flood lights and the hundreds of people waving flags to welcome them home. Also, the Kingdom of the Sun Band was playing and two fire trucks greeted the plane with the honor spray, fireworks lighted the sky, and the ladder truck had the American flag flying from the extended ladder. Jack said that when he was asked what was the highlight of the trip his response was the welcome home reception at the Ocala airport. Margene, Jacks wife of 68 years, was right there on the front row to meet her hero. It was also Margenes 89th birthday, but she said she couldnt have wished for anything more than to see Jack get this trip. Along with Margene, there were about 20 more Quail Meadow residents there to greet Jack. Quail Meadow had another resident on this trip; Teresa Bachand was one of the assistants on the plane. I must say, this is a night I will always remember. Jack Sheidler was called to serve in the Navy in September, 1943 and he served until May 1946. Most of his time was spent at Pearl Harbor. He took a short leave in 1945 and went home to marry Margene. By the way, he still has his original dog tags. After completing his service time, Jack and Margene made their home in Ohio. Now let me tell you a little bit about Jack and Margenethey have been residents of Quail Meadow since November 2000. After living in several other Florida locations, they have settled in Quail Meadow. They migrated to the Sunshine State from a small town in northwest Ohio. Margene retired from teaching social studies and geography in a junior high school. Jack retired from the post office. He worked as a clerk for 10 years, and then moved on to a Rural Route. He delivered the mail for over 20 years. He said that he and Margene were fortunate to be able to retire from their jobs at the same time. Jack said that after over 20 years of driving the country roads during, rain, snow and sleet, he was ready for the Florida lifestyle. Their favorite hobby is travel. Jack and Margene have many memories of their numerous trips. They have visited all 50 states and most of the National Parks, as well as many foreign countries. Quail Meadow resident enjoys Honor Flight to D.C. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb With the Honor Guard in the background, Margene Sheidler welcomes her husband Jack, as he returns from the Honor Flight at Ocala International Airport. Margene was celebrating her 89th birthday. This was part of the crowd that waited for the return flight. Their favorite form of travel now is either by cruise ship or bus. Several years ago they were members of the Airstream Club and traveled with their own trailer. Margene said that living full time in a travel trailer was just too close for comfort. In their spare time, Jack and Margene take care of the QM library. They regularly sort the books and duplicates are either donated to the Hospice Thrift Store or the Marion County Library. There are several events coming up in the next few days: First Friday gathering is this week. Come join friends and neighbors at the clubhouse. Next is the QM potluckbirthday party on Monday, the 10th. Bring a covered dish, your table service, and a neighbor for a great evening. We will be entertained by the Golden Troupers. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. BY JIM CLARK Editor A crowd dominated by a large number of veterans gathered Sunday afternoon at the Appleton Museums theater to watch a move about the Honor Flight program. Ocalas final Honor Flight was last week, at which a number of World War II veterans traveled to Washington, D.C., for a day of visiting the memorials dedicated to them and their comrades. It was a day for memories for the vets, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s. The ceremony and accompanying movie on Sunday brought back some of those memories. The movie tells the story of four men from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area who made the trip from there, and also describes how that area organized the flights. It was a touching one hour, 20-minute show which was narrated in part by the men themselves. It described their trip and showed highlights of their visit to D.C. Before the showing of the movie, there was a short program. Mary Ellen Poe, CEO of Hospice of Marion County, welcomed the visitors who nearly filled the facility. Students Loyd Adams IV and Kinley Nichols led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trey Adams, Honor Flight coordinator/hub director, and community relations director for Emeritus East, gave the introduction. Robin and the Giant of WOCA played and led the National Anthem, and also sang a song about the Honor Flight. A Veterans Pinning Ceremony was held to honor Jim Hilty Sr., financial adviser, Edward Jones Investments. Adams then introduced the film, and the crowd settled back to watch. Honor Flight movie gets local screening Film chronicles efforts of volunteers to build program from scratch in Midwest PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKKinley Nichols and Loyd Adams IV leave the stage after leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Hilty Sr. is the recipient in the Veterans Pinning Ceremony, getting his pin from Clarise Walker, as Doug Hamilton looks on. Trey Adams, Honor Flight coordinator and hub director, welcomes the audience. BY BARB DEDICS Special to the Messenger More than 160 citizens recently completed classes offered to the public known as the Marion County Sheriff s Citizens and Partnership (CAP) Academy. Thanks to Sheriff Chris Blair, this the first of many sessions being offered to the public in over a decade. The three-month sessions started in early March and were held weekly. Citizens (including myself) are proud and honored to have been given this opportunity of hearing and seeing the inside scoop of the many departments within the Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO). Sessions included various speakers from, but not limited to the following departments: Records, Budget, Officer Training, Internal Affairs, Search and Seizure, Surveillance Techniques, Booking, Safety Precautions, Patrol Operations, Bomb Squad Techs, SWAT Team Operations, Violent Crimes, Cargo Theft and Cold Cases. Additionally, tours were given of the MCSO Jail, Inmate Work Farm, Garage and various vehicles, State of the Art Emergency Control Center and the MC Courthouse. For those interested in attending the next session which will start in August, please contact Carolyn Fender at CFender@marionso.com or Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@marionso.com. These ladies are marvelous organizers and very dedicated to this program. This is truly to your benefit to learn what these men and women do for this county on a limited budget. Are you aware that there are approximately 750 paid employees within the MCSO....and approximately 700 volunteers who serve in various capacites? The volunteers alone save county taxpayers almost $3 million. You can be sure to learn something new every week. Group completes Sheriffs Citizens and Partnership Academy Barb Dedics, Shirley Bradley, Carolyn Fender and Bob Hartsock PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSLt. Joe Wright, Carolyn Fender and Corporal Quinn Sampson Citizens Academy members on the bus for the courthouse tour. SNYDERcontinued from Page 3

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I am able to recall them in the innocency of their reality. Like the fisherman who tells the size of the one that got away. Memory seems to add or subtract according to the benefit of the person conjuring up the memory. A big problem a man in mid-life crisis has is that he does not remember how good he actually was when he was 20, unless of course, his wife knew him at that time. If he could, he would not have to try to replicate it when he is 60. This is one of the unique advantages of maturing. Forgetting always leads to exaggerating. Exaggerating at 60-something leads to injuries. The only purpose of this is to impress people who really are not being impressed. As we grow older things begin to change, and some things change for the better. When I was 20, I could not admit to anybody that I was tired. I would have been the laughing stock in my community if I would admit any such phenomena. You know what they say about the unlimited energy that young people have. Now that I am in my 60s, I can blame my advancing years on just about anything. I love to do that, but at my age I dont have the energy. This has covered a multitude of sins, for which I am so grateful. Of course, it does have one drawback, when someone in their 80s invites me to go for a walk, what in the world can you say to that? This next one has to be one of my favorites. I would love to do that but I have to get home for my afternoon nap. The person will look at me, notice my maturing features and understand that I desperately do need a nap, or something resembling beauty sleep. I found one the other week that has proved quite beneficial. I was invited to a function during the evening, which turned out to be a rather boring affair. Once the meal was over people were milling around engaged in small talk. Nothing bores me quicker than small talk. Not knowing what to do, I pondered the situation for sometime. Then, like lightning from the heavens, I was struck with a brilliant idea. I went up to my host and said, Im sorry, but it is getting near my bedtime and I have strict orders from my doctor to go to bed early. Youll have to excuse me. It worked like a charm. Everybody understood that a person of my age needs to go to bed early. I do not know who thought this up, probably Benjamin Franklin, but whoever it was, I owe them a steak dinner at the restaurant of their choice. It has now become part of my get-out-of-boring-situations arsenal. I was thinking about this the other day another good excuse popped into my head. Somebody invited me to come and play softball. At the time, they caught me off guard and I was trying to wiggle out of such an invitation. Then it dawned on me. I am sorry, I would like to but my health insurance does not cover that kind of activity. Whether my health insurance would cover that, I have no idea, but neither does anybody else, only my doctor knows for sure. 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This flight was the sixth and last Honor Flight from Ocala. Over 600 veterans from the Ocala area have been on the flights from here. Ocala ranks third in the country in the number of veterans honored with this trip. Each veteran had an assigned attendant with him/her for the entire day. Jack said he was honored to have Sheriff Chris Blair sit with him for part of the flight. The plane left Ocala International Airport very early Thursday morning (May 23), and returned that evening a little after 9. The flight began with breakfast being served cereal, fruit, and yogurt. The plane landed at the Baltimore-Washington Airport where the honorees were met by buses. The vets were divided into three groups red white blue. Jack was in the red hat group. The first stop was at the Capitol where they were greeted by Congressmen and a drum and bugle corps. Jack said just standing in the Rotunda of the Capitol was a thrill. Next stop on the tour was the World War II Memorial; Jack got to see the section in honor of those who served from Ohio (he is from Ohio). After enjoying a box lunch, it was back on the buses to Arlington National Cemetery. They witnessed a very moving ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, and also the presentation of flowers by family members. Following this, it was back to the busses for the journey back to the airport for the return trip to Ocala. A hot meal of meatloaf and all the trimmings was served on the return trip. As the plane approached the Ocala runway, Jack said they could see the flood lights and the hundreds of people waving flags to welcome them home. Also, the Kingdom of the Sun Band was playing and two fire trucks greeted the plane with the honor spray, fireworks lighted the sky, and the ladder truck had the American flag flying from the extended ladder. Jack said that when he was asked what was the highlight of the trip his response was the welcome home reception at the Ocala airport. Margene, Jacks wife of 68 years, was right there on the front row to meet her hero. It was also Margenes 89th birthday, but she said she couldnt have wished for anything more than to see Jack get this trip. Along with Margene, there were about 20 more Quail Meadow residents there to greet Jack. Quail Meadow had another resident on this trip; Teresa Bachand was one of the assistants on the plane. I must say, this is a night I will always remember. Jack Sheidler was called to serve in the Navy in September, 1943 and he served until May 1946. Most of his time was spent at Pearl Harbor. He took a short leave in 1945 and went home to marry Margene. By the way, he still has his original dog tags. After completing his service time, Jack and Margene made their home in Ohio. Now let me tell you a little bit about Jack and Margenethey have been residents of Quail Meadow since November 2000. After living in several other Florida locations, they have settled in Quail Meadow. They migrated to the Sunshine State from a small town in northwest Ohio. Margene retired from teaching social studies and geography in a junior high school. Jack retired from the post office. He worked as a clerk for 10 years, and then moved on to a Rural Route. He delivered the mail for over 20 years. He said that he and Margene were fortunate to be able to retire from their jobs at the same time. Jack said that after over 20 years of driving the country roads during, rain, snow and sleet, he was ready for the Florida lifestyle. Their favorite hobby is travel. Jack and Margene have many memories of their numerous trips. They have visited all 50 states and most of the National Parks, as well as many foreign countries. Quail Meadow resident enjoys Honor Flight to D.C. Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb With the Honor Guard in the background, Margene Sheidler welcomes her husband Jack, as he returns from the Honor Flight at Ocala International Airport. Margene was celebrating her 89th birthday. This was part of the crowd that waited for the return flight. Their favorite form of travel now is either by cruise ship or bus. Several years ago they were members of the Airstream Club and traveled with their own trailer. Margene said that living full time in a travel trailer was just too close for comfort. In their spare time, Jack and Margene take care of the QM library. They regularly sort the books and duplicates are either donated to the Hospice Thrift Store or the Marion County Library. There are several events coming up in the next few days: First Friday gathering is this week. Come join friends and neighbors at the clubhouse. Next is the QM potluckbirthday party on Monday, the 10th. Bring a covered dish, your table service, and a neighbor for a great evening. We will be entertained by the Golden Troupers. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. BY JIM CLARK Editor A crowd dominated by a large number of veterans gathered Sunday afternoon at the Appleton Museums theater to watch a move about the Honor Flight program. Ocalas final Honor Flight was last week, at which a number of World War II veterans traveled to Washington, D.C., for a day of visiting the memorials dedicated to them and their comrades. It was a day for memories for the vets, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s. The ceremony and accompanying movie on Sunday brought back some of those memories. The movie tells the story of four men from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area who made the trip from there, and also describes how that area organized the flights. It was a touching one hour, 20-minute show which was narrated in part by the men themselves. It described their trip and showed highlights of their visit to D.C. Before the showing of the movie, there was a short program. Mary Ellen Poe, CEO of Hospice of Marion County, welcomed the visitors who nearly filled the facility. Students Loyd Adams IV and Kinley Nichols led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trey Adams, Honor Flight coordinator/hub director, and community relations director for Emeritus East, gave the introduction. Robin and the Giant of WOCA played and led the National Anthem, and also sang a song about the Honor Flight. A Veterans Pinning Ceremony was held to honor Jim Hilty Sr., financial adviser, Edward Jones Investments. Adams then introduced the film, and the crowd settled back to watch. Honor Flight movie gets local screening Film chronicles efforts of volunteers to build program from scratch in Midwest PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKKinley Nichols and Loyd Adams IV leave the stage after leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Hilty Sr. is the recipient in the Veterans Pinning Ceremony, getting his pin from Clarise Walker, as Doug Hamilton looks on. Trey Adams, Honor Flight coordinator and hub director, welcomes the audience. BY BARB DEDICS Special to the Messenger More than 160 citizens recently completed classes offered to the public known as the Marion County Sheriff s Citizens and Partnership (CAP) Academy. Thanks to Sheriff Chris Blair, this the first of many sessions being offered to the public in over a decade. The three-month sessions started in early March and were held weekly. Citizens (including myself) are proud and honored to have been given this opportunity of hearing and seeing the inside scoop of the many departments within the Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO). Sessions included various speakers from, but not limited to the following departments: Records, Budget, Officer Training, Internal Affairs, Search and Seizure, Surveillance Techniques, Booking, Safety Precautions, Patrol Operations, Bomb Squad Techs, SWAT Team Operations, Violent Crimes, Cargo Theft and Cold Cases. Additionally, tours were given of the MCSO Jail, Inmate Work Farm, Garage and various vehicles, State of the Art Emergency Control Center and the MC Courthouse. For those interested in attending the next session which will start in August, please contact Carolyn Fender at CFender@marionso.com or Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@marionso.com. These ladies are marvelous organizers and very dedicated to this program. This is truly to your benefit to learn what these men and women do for this county on a limited budget. Are you aware that there are approximately 750 paid employees within the MCSO....and approximately 700 volunteers who serve in various capacites? The volunteers alone save county taxpayers almost $3 million. You can be sure to learn something new every week. Group completes Sheriffs Citizens and Partnership Academy Barb Dedics, Shirley Bradley, Carolyn Fender and Bob Hartsock PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSLt. Joe Wright, Carolyn Fender and Corporal Quinn Sampson Citizens Academy members on the bus for the courthouse tour. SNYDERcontinued from Page 3

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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion VA compensation plan near collapse T he common lament among the ranks of our nations disabled veterans filing for service-connected disability compensation from the VA is, Delay, deny, wait till I die. As a candidate for the presidency, President Obama pledged to revamp the Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process. When General Eric Shinseki, a former Army Chief of Staff and highly respected combat wounded veteran, was appointed as the VA Secretary in 2009, he promised to end the claims backlog in two years.\ The promises of President Obama and Secretary Shinseki raised the hopes of veterans that the claims backlog would finally be eliminated. Instead, the backlog has gotten intolerably worse. Internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveal the agencys claims process has virtually collapsed. The number of claimants waiting more than a year for their benefits has exploded from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 in December 2012 an increase of more than 2,000 percent. Particularly troubling is that the number of veterans dying before their claims were approved has skyrocketed. Between 2009 and 2012, the number of deceased veterans receiving approval too late for the compensation to help them while they were alive jumped from 6,400 to 19,500. Three factors in particular have contributed to the VAs inability to fulfill the promises of President Obama and Secretary Shinseki. Foremost is the VAs antiquated processing system. After spending more than half a billion dollars on a new computer system the past four years, 97 percent of all claims inexplicably remain on paper. The paper-laden claims process is further compounded by a points system that gives performance bonuses to workers for sending letters to veterans but not for spending extra time reading a claims file. Despite the VA publicly reporting it has hired 3,300 additional personnel since 2010, staffing at the VAs 58 regional offices only increased by fewer than 300 people due to turnover and the loss of more than O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Editorial product it was for) where one guy in a group of wild young people gets a suitand-tie job, so the others always want him to buy dinner, because they arent doing a thing. You will undoubtedly encounter some of these people steer clear and be your own person. Some years later, these will be the folks who will come to you begging for a job. 5. Stay active. There will come a time in your life when you cant exercise like you used to, but that day isnt here yet for most of you. Im afraid that we are producing a generation of computerchair potatoes (as opposed to couch potatoes), those who do nothing but sit in front of a computer screen or play with a phone or tablet for all their free time. Get out and do something. You can walk, you can run, you can play a sport, you can swim just do something. Its good for your mind and your body. 6. Along that same line, learn how to talk to people, face to face. There is entirely too much Facebook, Tweeting, and other social networking going on, but sometimes young people have to talk to someone in person and they dont know what to say, or how to behave. Get off the phone and the computer and speak to people. Someday when youre interviewing for a job, it wont be on Facebook. But someday during that same job interview, your potential boss is going to ask permission to look at your Facebook postings, and all that cute little stuff and foul language that some of you might use will come back to haunt you. 7. Volunteer in the community. There are all sorts of things that need doing. Some involve some physical work, others involve using your brains to help people. Give something back to the community show that you care. You never know someday you may be one of the people who needs help, and maybe there will be folks around who will recall what you did for others, and youll get some help in return. And dont do it for the glory and the recognition. The best volunteers are those who work behind the scenes, who get nothing out of it but personal satisfaction. 8. Finally, keep the faith, and not just religious faith. If you are a religious person, you will be tested. Most of those who are religious find great solace in that faith, so dont let yourself get tempted away from it. But there is another kind of faith, faith in your fellow human beings, faith in the country. Be aware of the times you live in, for sure, but realize there are so many places in the world that are worse off than we are. While we live in the fear that there could be another attack on us somewhere in the U.S., there are people who live with the very real fear of being blown up every day. While we have medical care available to us when we get sick, there are people who succumb to the least little illness because their bodies cant fight diseases, or they have no access to things as simple as an aspirin. As you depart from high school, thank your teachers, your counselors, your school employees. They surely dont get rich doing what they do, but almost all of them love their profession. Someday you will realize how good the days of high school were. But for now, youve reached your goal of getting your diploma, which is a job well done. Congratulations! Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at editor@smcitizen.com or at 352-8543986. 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. This is a yearly column, updated with latest information. T his is a big month for many young people in Marion County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for local high schools, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world. This graduating class has been through a little more than many of us. These young people were first-graders on Sept. 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon and another crashed in Pennsylvania, changing the face of America forever. They are venturing into an uncertain world, one filled with fear of terrorism, one filled with eroding freedoms in the name of security. Those of us who have lived through many years of strife and conflict and many years of prosperity and peace, can give some words of advice to the young graduates. Whether they pay attention is up to them, and whether they agree is also up to them. But at least its a point of view that they can use to steer them in whatever direction they want to go. With just a few changes from the previous years columns, here we go: 1. If you have a chance to continue your education, by all means do so. In this era, it is almost impossible to advance yourself in the job market without some sort of post-secondary education. It can be college, junior college, trade school or specialized classes, but make sure you learn as much as you can. Youve made it through one important period youve got your high school diploma. Now look to see what else you The annual message to high school grads Among Friends Jim Clark can do to learn. Your brains are still relatively young you have a better capacity to learn than many of us old dogs, who find it hard to learn new tricks. 2. If you go to college, learn the difference between opinion and fact from your professors. The good ones will make it clear for you but there are some who will ram their thoughts down your throat, without making it clear that its what they think, not what the world accepts as truth. 3. If you havent already, develop a good work ethic. When it comes to studying and school assignments, the days of someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to are over. Youre on your own. Your education, or your job, are what you make it. Take a look at employment ads in almost every major field. Theyll say things like selfstarter or must work well without supervision. Managers in the business world dont want to have to watch every step that you do. Learn to work by yourself with maximum effort. Remember, the world doesnt owe you a living you have to go out and make your own mark. 4. Choose your friends wisely. Hang around with people who have good goals, who want to make a decent mark in this world. There was a great commercial on TV (I cant remember what Please see EDITORIAL Page 10 Read the classifieds She said he loves to tell jokes and stories. He was independent up until last year. How wonderful to be able to honor ones dad. Congratulations, Mr. Silverman on your 107th birthday. Another Stone Creek resident having a milestone birthday is John Josephs of Buckhead. He was 90 on June 1, the day of Mr. Silvermans 107th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! BIRTHDAYcontinued from Page 1 John and Barbara Josephs on their 65th wedding anniversary. John also had a birthday on June 1, turning 90. million more than this year. However, this includes $7 million earmarked for teacher raises and $4 million for retirement expenses both mandated by the Florida Legislature. With projected expenses of $324 million, the $29 million deficit resulted in historic moves for the district including layoffs, class sizes, and the elimination of paraprofessionals. The budget process is on-going, and if more cuts are needed, possibilities include district-wide furlough days for employees and pay reductions across-the-board. SCHOOLcontinued from Page 1 Friday Forum talks immigrationAlmost three quarters of a million undocumented individuals are estimated to live in Florida, many thousands of whom are migrants and other farmworkers who live a shadowy existence among us right here in Marion County. They provide the backbone upon which our billion dollar horse and agricultural industries prosper and service and construction enterprises rely. When the Friday Forum next meets for lunch at Buffet City in Ocala on June 14, a panel of three area activists will address their compelling and urgent needs as well as those of employers seeking both skilled and unskilled labor while the larger community is called upon to provide emergency humanitarian support. Congress, meanwhile continues to grapple with a major overhaul in our immigration laws in light of border security concerns as well as increasing appreciation for the need to integrate into full membership in our society the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the United States by providing them with a path to citizenship. Speakers are Phil Kellerman of Harvest of Hope Foundation, Rev. Bob Miller of the Ocala Farm Ministry and Reina Mendez, former area coordinator for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. The luncheon, which costs $10 payable directly to the restaurant, begins at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, corner of State Raod 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd. To RSVP please email FridavForumofMarionCountv@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 or Jan Lentz at 352-425-6219.

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Thursday, June 6 WOW Singles to meet WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call after 10 a.m.: 352-861-9487 or 352291-2762 for more info. June 6, 12:30 p.m., Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant, 2463 S.W. 27th Ave., near Best Buy. June 20, 12:30 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 3215 S.W. College Road.Mental illness education Are you a caregiver of a family member or loved one living with a severe mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Marion County) will offer a FREE NAMI Family-toFamily Education Program for families, partners, caregivers, friends, and loved ones of individuals living with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, panic disorder, OCD, anxiety disorder or other serious mental illness. The course helps improve the skills and abilities for caregivers to manage the path to recovery. Many family members describe their experience in the program as life changing. The program will run for 12 weeks starting on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Ocala, 2801 S.W. Maricamp Road. Teachers are specially trained NAMI family members and caregivers who focus on the emotional responses families have to the trauma of mental illness. All course materials are furnished at no cost. The class is limited to 20 students, so please call and register as early as you can. The NAMI Family-toFamily program will also be offered later 2013. If you are unable to register for the June class please call to register for a later program. Registration is required. To register call NAMI at 352-368-2405, or e-mail to education@namiocala.org. Friday, June 7 Pioneer yard sale A yard sale will be held June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Pioneer Garden Center, in the Appleton Museum Complex on East Silver Springs Boulevard. There will be many household and yard items at bargain prices, all in good condition. There will be a special Christmas display, and refreshments will be available. Shop indoors in comfort. Saturday, June 8 Church sale at thrift storeYou can rent a space for the church sale at the Crossroads Thrift Store, 7355 S.W. 38th St., Ocala, near West Port High School. Phone is 352-351-1334. The sale will be June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor space is available for $5 for a single parking space. To reserve a space call 352-509-4141.ABBA performers at Circle Square It was 40 years ago when the first pop group from a non-English-speaking country topped the charts and took over the airways. ABBA is Swedens greatest contribution to the world of music. On June 8 ABBAMANIA: A Tribute to ABBA will transform the Circle Square Cultural Center back to the 1970s. ABBAMANIAs four performers dont just sound like Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny and Agnetha, they look and dress the part too. With costume changes, choreography, a live band and back-up singers, youll want to wear bell-bottom pants and platform shoes. ABBAMANIA will perform 21 of ABBAs hits including the ones you love to sing along to like Dancing Queen, Fernando, Waterloo and Mamma Mia. ABBAMANIA has toured all over the world and thrilled audiences by bringing Abbas unique sounds to each performance. Tickets start at $17. Dont miss the opportunity to be transferred back to the disco era by ABBAMANIA: A Tribute to ABBA on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center located at 8395 S.W. 80th St., in Ocala. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on the 2013 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352854-3670. Sunday, June 9 Dancing encouraged at jazz function The Ocala Jazz Society will host an afternoon of music at the VFW hall on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. Open to everyone, organizers say the event offers incomparable musicians featuring great tunes for everyone and dancing is encouraged. The afternoon is $3. The post is at 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala. For more info call Diana, 352-237-0234.Monday, June 10 Health care seminar at church On June 10 at 6:30 p.m., Christs Church of Marion Countys Health Ministry will provide an opportunity to meet Doctor Meghavi S Kosboth. She will hold an informal discussion on Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Dr. Kosboth is board certified, specializing in Internal Medicine with expertise in the area of Rheumatology. She has a number of awards including Patients Choice Award of 2012 and Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2012. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the subject. Please contact Christs Church of Marion County, 352-861-6182, or sign-up in the lobby. 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala.Tuesday, June 11 Macintosh users to meet The Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. At this months meeting, Dr. Roberto Putzeys will review some of the medical apps available for the Mac and iPad. This will be followed by our monthly tech tips. Meetings are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 S.E. 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. For more information about OMUG, visit our website at http://ocalamug.org. Monday, June 17 VBS at Our Redeemer LutheranA Vacation Bible School will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church from June 17 to 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. each day. The church is at 5200 S.W. College Road, Ocala. Everyone is invited. Register at OurRedeemerOcala.org (click the VBS tab or call our office at 352-2372233) Contact Person: Laurie Baluyot. E-mail address: vbs@ourredeemerocala.org. Phone number: 352-2372233. Thursday, June 20 Air Force group to meetThe June meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Bring a guest!! For information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000EPLY 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 Friday 7pm Spanish Service WE WELCOME ALL! Bishop Paul Woosley Nursery available www.crossroadscog.net 000EZZO 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 000EX0H St. Martins Church 950 N.W. 70th Street (SR 326) Ocala, Florida 34475 352-351-8059 www.cac-ocala.org Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Vi si t ors Are Al ways Wel com e The Only Church of the True 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) is discovered through worshiping together 711187 000EL19 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 0 0 0 E K X D 5,000 SQ. FT. STORE OF SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Garage Sale June 8, 9-3 PM Vendor Spots $5. (352) 509-4141 Come Browse T HRIFT STORE 7355 SW 38th St., Ocala 351-1334 AR IE S ( March 21 to April 19) Cheer up, Lamb. Your emotional impasse will lift once you allow your highly tuned sense of justice to guide you on what to do about an associates questionable behavior. T A U R U S ( April 20 to May 20) News about a project you hoped to work on might need more clarification. Take nothing just on faith. Draw up a list of questions, and insist on each being fully answered. GE M INI ( May 21 to J une 20) Giving your time to help others is fine. But dont lose sight of your own needs. Make plans for an energy-restoring getaway with that very special person in your life. CA N C E R (J une 21 to J uly 22) Congratulate yourself on getting that difficult job done to everyones satisfaction. This could be the first of many such challenges you might be offered down the line. L E O (J uly 23 to Aug 22) With your enthusiasm soaring again, you feel ready to tackle a tough new assignment. Good for you! And remember: Dont be too proud to accept help when its offered. V I R G O ( Aug 23 to Sept 22) Cupid rules the week for single Virgos eager to make a romantic connection. Meanwhile, Virgo couples experience renewed commitment in their relationships. L I BRA ( Sept 23 to Oct 22) Home and work issues vie for your attention through early next week. Rely on your Libran sense of balance to keep you from being overwhelmed by either side. SCORP I O ( Oct 23 to N o v. 21) Creative projects might have to go on standby as you tackle other matters making demands on your time and energy. Things should ease by the middle of next week. SA GITT AR IU S (N o v. 22 to Dec 21) Your energies are high, and so are your aspirations. But be careful not to let work dominate the week. Its also important to spend time with family and friends. CAPR I COR N ( Dec 22 to J an 19) Its a good time to set aside your pride and stop nursing those hurt feelings. Instead, consider restoring relationships you want to have back in your life. A QU AR IU S (J an 20 to Fe b. 18) You might be miffed at not being shown more appreciation for your hard work. But dont brood over it. Recognition comes in its own time and in its own way. P I SC E S ( Fe b. 19 to March 20) With your inner creative juices starting to boil and bubble, this is a good time to launch a new arts-related project, or go back and restart the one you had set aside. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Happenings Please visit our website www/westmarionmessenger.com Your FREE source for news

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S ometimes it is best to err on the side of caution. This, however, has not always been my modus operandi down through the years. In fact, I am not very good when it comes to practicing anything, just ask the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. As of late, though, I have been practicing caution like I was going to Carnegie Hall. I am not very good at it yet, but my goal is to come to the point of perfection in the area of caution as it touches my person, particularly my health and well-being. This may be because I have reached that age when most men go through a midlife crisis. You can always tell when a man is going through his midlife crisis. He usually wants to prove he is as good at 60-something as he was when he was 20-something. Carelessly throwing caution to the wind, he attempts to do something beyond the energy of his existing body. One sure way to tell if a man is having a midlife crisis is to notice his recent injuries. Personally, when I was 20 I was not good at anything, which has enabled me to skip my midlife crisis. I am glad to be 60 (OK, maybe I am a tad over 60) because now when I get tired I can say I am tired and sit down. At 60-something I have absolutely nothing to prove. I am no better or worse than I was when I was 20. It is, as my wife notes, the ageless wonder of incompetency. The difficulty with growing older is that the old memory juices do not flow as swiftly as they once did. Of course, some of us never had a real gusher in that department anyway. The more memories I have, the less messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 A3 10 Wednesday, June 5, 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 CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Certified Activities Coordinator The Centers is seeking an Activities Coordinator. Independent Contractor for up to 20 hours per week, & may consider part-time employment. SIGN ON BONUS for availability to start immediately. Must be eligible for or have current ADC Certification. This position will provide direct services, training & consultation for Adult Psychiatric Unit in a Crisis Stabilization facility to clients and staff. Must be skilled in writing individualized &/or group activity plans for special needs population (mentally ill, substance abuse, MR). Please submit salary requirements. DFWP/EOE/We E-Verify Fax or e-mail resume to HR, the Centers, Inc., (352) 291-5580, jobs@thecenters.us For more info visit www.thecenters.us I BUY Diabetic Test Strips 386-266-7748 PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. HOMOSASSA5+ DEN BEDROOMS. 3 BATH. THIS HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL TWO STORYHOME WITH 3 CAR GARAGE IS OVER 3500 SQ. FT. HOME BACKS UPTO ANATURE PRESERVE. HOME IS AFORECLOSURE SHORTSALE AND THE BANK IS WORKING WITH THE SELLERS. THIS HOME WAS BUILT IN 2005.dennis_neff @yahoo.com BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANYVEHICLEIn Any Condition, Title, No Title, Bank Lien, No Problem, Dont Trade it in. We Will Pay up to $25K Any Make, Any Model. 813-335-3794 813-237-1892 Call AJ Trimming,Removal and Debris Clean Up. Reliable,Service, Reasonable Prices. Lic/Ins. 20 yrs Exp. FREE Estimates. Residential Commercial 352-873-6884 Clean out your closets, go through your garage, attack your attic and then use the classifieds to get rid of stuff you no longer use. And the FREE listing means you have more money left over after the sale! You can list any single item priced under $100 for sale for FREE! P UTTHEPOWER ANDCONVENIENCE OFTHECLASSIFIEDS TOWORKFORYOU! Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKS FREE TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your Pet 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 000EX2B 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 for us o n F a c e b o o k on Facebook 5185 A W. Dunnellon Rd. Dunnellon (352) 489-8040 000F297 TERMITE & PEST CONTROL STAR Cant Afford Lawn Spray? THINK AGAIN! 1/3 Acre $ 60 00 Lawn & Bushes for Chinch Bugs, Ants, Brown Spots, Webworm, Fungus, Weed Control & Black Grasshoppers. No Contracts Required. Do you have the right insurance coverage? CENTRAL RIDGE INSURERS, LLC 2535 N. Reston Terr., Hernando, FL (Next to Village Services on 486) Call Your Local Team Of Experts For A Free Analysis And Estimate! 352-527-0110 Home Auto Business Financial Services 000F3V2 J a s m i n e P l a z a 3 5 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 1 6 0 S W S R 2 0 0 U n i t 1 0 4 O c a l a F l o r i d a 3 4 4 7 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 S T O R E H O U R S : T U E S F R I 1 0 5 S A T 1 0 2 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 www.jandjjewelersocala.com B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + tax All repairs done on premises. Fine Jewelry Fine Jewelry 000F05Q 000F35E 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am 2pm Stop and visit us before you buy! We Guarantee Lowest Prices in Ocala! O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O C A L A G O L F C A R T S U P E R C E N T E R O CALA G OLF C ART S UPERCENTER 10% Discount to Veterans labor & parts (excluding batteries) FREE pickup within 5 miles Largest Selection In Ocala! 6-V T605 only $ 539 8-V T875 only $ 659 6-V 6 PACK $ 459 8-V 6 PACK $ 529 B A T T E R Y S A L E B A T T E R Y S A L E BATTERY SALE 2010 Club Car Remanufactured New Factory Body All lights & turn signals New 8 volt batteries New DOT tires Fold down wind shield Rear view mirrors Automatic charger only $ 4,995 Fully Loaded Ready to go Golfing $ 4,995 12-V T1275 only $ 669 We Sell Trojan Batteries 2013 Club Car Remanufactured 000F3OG 2,000 workers temporarily paid through stimulus funds. Lastly, with claims processors overwhelmed by an ever-burdensome workload, processing errors have reached a crisis state and a sense of helpless resignation has made the disability compensation claims of veterans secondary to struggling through another workday. Second only to the Department of Defense in size, the VA is saddled by a cumbersome bureaucracy, indurate procedures and inadequate staffing. As such, while the federal government has deemed some private corporations too big to fail, the VAs intolerable claims record argues it may be too big to be fixed. If the VA claims process is ever going to be fixed, it must be revamped and sufficiently resourced. Furthermore, the VA leadership, from the Secretary on down, must be held strictly accountable for ending this intolerable situation once and for all. Our nations disabled veterans merit more than hollow promises. Citrus County Chronicle EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 Memorial Day observed at Veterans Park in Ocala PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA symbol of a soldier kneeling beside some military graves was a focal point at the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park on Monday, May 27. Ret. Chaplain Col. Janet Y. Horton was the speaker. Kathy Bryant, County Commission chair, gave the welcome speech. Marcia Muncaster, extreme left, sings the National Anthem. The many excuses of a man in midlife crisis Out to Pastor Rev. James Snyder See SNYDER Page 7 African Violet Club to meetThe African Violet Club of Ocala will meet Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Brian Litz Substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The program includes a photo tour of the African Violet convenion. Visitors are welcome.

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The City of Ocala is issuing a Call to Artists for the first annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The competition is open to all artists age 18 and older who are working in North America. Each artist may submit up to three works suitable for public outdoor display. Entry deadline is July 31, 2013. Artists will compete for cash prizes including Best of Show, $2,000; Second Place, $1,000; Honorable Mention, $500; and Peoples Choice, $500. Additionally, the 10 sculptors whose work is chosen each will receive a $1,000 honoraria for transportation expenses to bring their art to Ocala. This Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition will provide a one year exhibit of 10 outdoor sculptures at Ocala's downtown, Tuscawilla Park from Oct. 18, 2013 through Sept. 21, 2014. This exhibit will stimulate residents and guests of all ages through educational sculpture walks, scavenger hunts, docent tours, touch tours, and community celebration. It will demonstrate the power of public art in our city spaces. Visitation to the park will be increased by 40 percent and stimulate commerce in the surrounding redevelopment districts. The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition is being executed by the City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance. It is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture by a specific Cultural Project Grant in the amount of $10,950.00. There are opportunities for community support through a sponsorship program and outreach programs at special events. For more information and the competition prospectus, please visit: www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11 2 Wednesday, June 5, 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 000F4HR 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 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) 000F4OD SAVE THOUSANDS 000F49G NOW BUYING GOLD, PLATINUM, SILVER, FLATWARE, COINS, DIAMONDS, WATCHES & GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY YOUR UNWANTED JEWELRY COULD BE WORTH LOTS OF MONEY! 6333 SW STATE ROAD 200 854-6622 WE CAN COME TO YOU! SELL YOUR GOLD & SILVER WHILE PRICES ARE STILL HIGH SELL YOUR GOLD & SILVER WHILE PRICES ARE STILL HIGH Open MF 9-5 We buy large diamonds 1 CT or larger We buy all premium watches and all gold watches US & Foreign Silver Coins US & Foreign Gold Coins Stamped Sterling Flatware & Service Sets C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T C A S H H A N D E D O U T O N T H E S P O T CASH HANDED OUT ON THE SPOT 8k, 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k, Dental Gold & Platunum W ANT TO KNOW WHAT S IN THAT OLD JEWELR Y BOX ? L ET US HELP C ALL 854-6622 T ODAY N O A PPOINTMENT N ECESSAR Y Between Queen Of Peace & Flowers Bakery WE PAY CASH B eginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Fairfield Village community began enjoying Memorial Day weekend together. That was when the show, sponsored by Rachel Muse, community general manager, began in the FFV Clubhouse. Rick Chapman is an accomplished singer, impersonator, and entertainer who had appeared in FFV community before. He was as well received this time as he was earlier and everyone marveled at the consistency of his shows as he brings locals into his act and manages to get excellent performances from them as well. The evening is full of fun as Chapman incorporates characters such as Ed McMahon, Walter Brennan, Elvis Presley, George Burns, Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins, Dean Martin and others into the show. Some of the characters are impersonated by Chapman, but most of the really funny part of the show comes from the local talent as they emulate real characters or some especially unusual characters in the performance. All those who attended agreed that it was a most enjoyable evening and good way to begin the holiday weekend. Special thanks go to Rachel Muse for sponsoring the fun and good refreshments as well. Then on Monday at 1 p.m., neighbors gathered again at the clubhouse for the SAC sponsored Memorial Day barbecue. As usual, the members of the committee did an exceptional job of putting the fete together. The additional food brought in by those attending was delicious as well so that everyone got more than enough calories for the day. All of us who enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend here at home in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people, agreed that this was certainly another time to recognize and appropriately thank all those who have served and those who are serving now to keep our United States of America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Fairfield Village enjoyed Memorial Day weekend Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Becky Weller thoroughly enjoyed her serenade by Elvis (Rick Chapman). Four year old Lydia Hope Knapp, the granddaughter of Frann and Ed Glenney, shows off her new sunglasses at the FFV Memorial Day barbecue on Memorial Day afternoon. Fairfield Village )neighbors line up to enjoy all the great food at FFV's Memorial Day barbecue. 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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Ocala Palms........7 Puzzles................9 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 10 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 Memorial Day Page 3 Honor Flight Page 6 12 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger MECHANICAL REPAIR SPECIALS SPEND SAVE $100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8 $150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12 $200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 $250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30 $300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42 $350 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $56 $400+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $72 C E R T I F I E D S E R V I C E C E R T I F I E D S E R V I C E CERTIFIED SERVICE OCALA 352620-0008 OCALA 4000 SW COLLEGE RD. 352620-0008 FREE CAR WASH FREE CAR WASH WITH SERVICE (4) OIL CHANGES $ 79 80 Conventional oil only. Up to 5 quarts 5W30. No synthetics or diesels. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. (4) OIL CHANGES $ 119 80 2011 newer. Dexos 5W30. Up to 5 quarts. Expires 7/31/13. FREE with any service over $150.00. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. LOANER Includes 1 gallon dex-cool. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. Reg. $99.95. COOLING SYSTEM SERVICE $ 79 95 000F2QZ A.C. CABIN FILTER $ 39 95 GM vehicles only. Expires 7/31/13. TRANSMISSION SERVICE FLUID CHANGE $ 129 95 Up to 12 quarts Dex VI.l. See dealer for details. Expires 7/31/13. Reg. $179.95. Three men were killed early Sunday morning in front of a bar across the street from the Ocala downtown square, and a suspect has been arrested. According to Ocala Police, on June 2, at 12:43 a.m., officers responded to AJs, 11 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found three men lying outside the business, along the sidewalk, each suffering from gunshot wounds. Two were deceased on scene from gunshot wounds to the head and one was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly thereafter. Detectives responded and worked throughout the rest of the night investigating these homicides. Since that time, notification has been made to the next of kin and the victims are identified as the following:Benjamin Larz Howard, 23, of Belleview; Jerry Lamar Bynes, Jr., 20, of Ocala; and Josue Santiago, 25, of Ocala. As part of the investigation, Officer Michelle Green and her K-9 partner Motuck conducted a search in the area. They were able to locate a handgun in a nearby trash bin as a result of this search. The weapon was a 9mm semi-automatic. It has not yet been identified as the actual weapon used in these shootings. Detectives were able to identify a person of interest, who was contacted and transported to the Ocala Police Department, Major Crimes Section, for interview. This subject, Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, of Ocala, upon being interviewed by Detectives Mike Hilton and Jamie Buchbinder, allegedly advised to having shot all three of the victims outside of AJs. Lobban advised that they had all worked together as bouncers at the Ocala Entertainment Complex. Lobban advised that one of the victims had recently punked him and video taped it then shown the other two victims. They had all laughed at Lobban and teased him about the video, causing him embarrassment. Lobban advised that he had harbored ill will toward the three since this had occurred. Lobban was placed under arrest following this interview at OPD at approximately 11:44 a.m. He is being charged with three counts of first degree felony murder; and is being held with no bond. Arrest made in downtown triple murder Lobban Stone Creek resident honors her dad as he celebrates his 107th birthday BY PATRICIA GIZZI Stone Creek correspondent Not many SC residents can honor their father on their birthday or for Fathers Day, but Bobbie Seidel is the exception. Bobbie and her husband recently honored her Dad, Jack Silverman for his 107th birthday on June 1. Bobbie told me that her Mom and Dad had four children three sons and one daughter, Bobbie. The older two sons are deceased. From the four children are eight grand children and four greatgrandchildren. Bobbies parents were married for 74 1/2 years before her mom, Alice, died in November 2002. Bobbie said, We all grew up in Brooklyn and he lived there in his own house until my mom died. Then we moved him to New Jersey to be near us. I think he was about 95 when he left Brooklyn. He moved to Florida with us in 2006. Mr. Silverman worked as a contractor well into his 70s then started a new occupation with antiques and collectables. He was always active in his later years trying to improve his antique business, always looking for an angle to increase his profits according to Bobbie. Bobbies parents continued the passion of antiques until they were in their 90s. Mr. Silverman owned a summer house in the Catskills where the entire family gathered every summer. On any weekend there could be at least 10-15 there enjoying the lake and cooking outside. According to Bobbie, this included kids, grand kids, aunts and uncles, in-laws and friends. Everyone was welcome to stay as long as they wanted to stay. Bobbie remembers her dad as always being active. Jack Silverman celebrates in a party hat. Please see BIRTHDAY Page 5 With a projected budget deficit of $29 million next year, Marion County Public Schools notified 261 employees Friday their positions will be eliminated next school year. This includes 160 first-year teachers, 72 district-funded elementary paraprofessionals, 16 clerk generalists at middle / high schools, and 13 district-funded physical education technicians. Superintendent George Tomyn met with these employees in three separate meetings last Friday to personally deliver this message. These cuts alone amount to nearly $4 million. The remaining $25 million will come from other decisions including: Not filling Staffing Plan, $14 million; Exceeding Class Size Limits, $7 million; Restructuring elementary Art, Music, PE, and Media Services, $2.2 million; Reassigning other employees, $1 million. The district expects $295 million in revenues for the new budget year, $13 School cutbacks planned Please see SCHOOL Page 5 PHOTO BY BARB DEDICSSheriffs Citizens AcademyThese are some of the graduates of the Spring 2013 class of the Marion County Sheriffs Academy. Ocala Palms story and more pho tos on Page 7.