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June during the summer slump when unemployment typically increases due to seasonal employment fluctuations in education, agriculture and tourism Ocala still posted the second-highest job-growth rate in the state, at 2.5 percent. Seven major industries posted gains in June for a net of 2,300 new jobs, including the highest growth rate in the state in financial activities and a tie with the Gainesville metro area with the highest rate in education and health services employment. In contrast, the jobgrowth rate in June 2012 was 0.4 percent (+400 jobs) and the Ocala metropolitan statistical area posted negative job growth of 0.8 percent in 2011 with a loss of 700 jobs over the year. While the Ocala MSAs unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent in June, there were 2,830 fewer people out of work than in June 2012 when the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent and there were 13,856 unemployed. July employment numbers will be released on Aug. 16. The Ocala MSA also posted the third sharpest unemployment rate drop in the nation in October 2012, from 11.9 to 9.1 percent) and the second largest drop in February (from 10.8 to 8.4 percent). Workforce Connection is the local, business-led organization dedicated to connecting qualified INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Rev. Snyder..........5 Opinion................6 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 20 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 Happenings Page 4 PuzzlesPage 78 Wednesday, August 14, 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 effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. 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 Todays New Ads DODGE2013 Grand Caravan Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call Tom 352-325-1306 Female Seeks Live in Personal Assistant. Need to be environmental and health conscious. Weekly salary incld. (252) 670-6677 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! GE Electric Stove with Self cleaning oven, GE Refrigerator top freezer, GE over the stove microwave, Whirlpool dishwasher All 4 appliances very good cond. $500 for All (352) 694-3841 OAK RUNNice 2/2/1.5, Golf, Pools, Activities, Pets Considered (585)610-5257 117 S Lunar Terrace Inverness 2 bedroom. 2 bath. CB home, big yard, Move in ready. Clean as a whistle. Big Garage, plus Carport. GREAT BUY! $79,500. Owner 352-344-9290 Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 HOMOSASSA5+ DEN, BEDROOMS. 3 BATH. THIS HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL TWO STORYHOME WITH 3 CAR GARAGE IS OVER 3500 SQ. FT. HOME BACKS UPTO A NATURE PRESERVE HOME IS AFORECLOSURE SHORTSALE AND THE BANK IS WORKING WITH THE SELLERS. THIS HOME WAS BUILTIN 2005 dennis_neff @yahoo.com BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY all autos with or without titles, any condition.We pay up to $20,000 & offer Free Towing. Cindy (813) 505-6939 DODGE2013 Grand Caravan Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call Tom 352-325-1306 COME AND SEE, Church that praise and serve.Biblical Studies, Thrift shop,Food Bank, Spanish Classes and other services. Iglesia Casa Luz 6855 West Hwy 40 352-465-8397, 352-671-6739 preference, limitation ordiscrimination. 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. Somebody else wants it!Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need. TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403Got something special you no longer use? Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! 8602 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala (Big Lots Plaza) 352-861-2001 O PEN M ONDAY S ATURDAY Shades of Beauty Shades of Beauty Let Our Experience Create a Style for You! $ 5.00 OF F CHEMIC AL SERV ICE Expires 8/31/13 AMY LO W 23 Y ear Experience in Cuts, Color & Perms 000FQOV 000FPDK PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKPlay ball!One of three skydivers who dropped in on the Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series at the Rotary Complex Saturday lands carrying the ball for the opening ceremonies. Below are the members of the host Ocala team, which won its first two games in the tournament. See story, photo on Page 6. Among the nations 200 largest metro areas, Ocala/Marion County ranks fifth in expected fastest rate of employment growth through 2015, according to research firm Moodys Analytics. The findings were included in last weeks Forbes Magazine annual rankings of Best Places for Business and Careers. With a projected growth rate of 3.4 percent, Ocala was the only Florida metro to make Forbes Top 10 Job Growth list. Not surprisingly, Texas dominated job growth projections, nabbing seven of the top slots. Ocalas overall ranking of 178 on the Best Places list reflects negative jobgrowth from 2009 through 2011 and modest growth through much of 2012. Beginning in December 2012, however, Ocala led all of Floridas metros for six consecutive months with the highest job-growth rate, hitting a high of 3.6 percent in May with an increase of 3,600 jobs over-the-year. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said the areas nationally-recognized job-growth rate reflects the strong collaborative relationships between Workforce Connection, the Chamber and Economic Partnership and other business, education, government and economic entities. These partnerships have provided us with the ability to assist local business, as well as those looking to expand or relocate to our area, and connect them with the talented workforce we have to offer, Skinner said. We have seen a steady growth in employment and are working to be the connection for business to connect with our local talent. Despite the expected dip in growth in Free lunch? For kids it existsNo more paperwork. No submitting family financial information. No more waiting to hear if students qualify for free and reduced meals in Marion County Public Schools. This is all thanks to a pilot program the district debuts this year at all local public elementary schools. The program, called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO), provides breakfast and lunch to all elementary students regardless of income. The program is federallyfunded, comes at no additional expense to local taxpayers, and benefits children by providing more nutritious meals with less paperwork. Food service dollars pay for this program separately from the districts general operating budget. These funds can only be used for food service expenses. Schools participating in the CEO pilot program include all public elementary schools in Marion County, two charter elementary schools, and Fort McCoy K-8 School. Next year, district officials will evaluate the CEO program to compare participation rates and gather feedback to determine future participation in the program. For more additional information, contact Food Services Supervisor Susan Johnson at 352-6714190 or visit www.ed.gov. Please see LUNCH Page 8 LUNCHcontinued from Page 1 County gets honor for job growth workers with local employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties through cost-effective, high-quality employment, training and education services in collaboration with business, community, education, economic development and government partners. On average, 36,000 job seekers and 1,500 businesses receive services at no charge each year. For more information, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com or call 1800-434-JOBS, ext. 1234. Please see JOBS Page 8 JOBScontinued from Page 1 Small crowd gathers for Town Hall meeting BY JIM CLARK EditorCounty Commissioners and staff held a town hall meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, at Fire Station 20 near U.S. 27, but there were almost as many officials there as members of the general public. Commissioners each gave a report, starting with Earl Arnett, in whose district the meeting was held. He spoke of road improvements in his area, the two new ladder trucks for Marion County Fire Rescue, one of which was on display, parks and recreation and library activities. Chairman Kathy Bryant spoke of the gains in employment, and added that commissioners have worked very hard on economic development. She noted that Forbes Magazine had just rated Marion County as one of the top places in the country in job growth rate. She continued along that line, citing the commerce park at U.S. 27 and Interstate 75, and said she was excited to see FedEx plans come to fruition. Bryant spoke about the budget, saying that things have been a little challenging as the county prepares the budget. She spoke of various reductions in personnel and praised the installation of solar panels to produce hot water at the jail. The production of compressed natural gas was a key topic of conversation, who also noted that the county wouldnt ever have to site another landfill in Marion County because of an agreement with Sumter County. Carl Zalak continued discussion of the compressed natural gas, saying he originally wondered if the county could wean ourselves off foreign oil. He spearheaded the plan to create a natural gas station, putting a plan together that received state funding for the project. The county will convert vehicles to Linda Miller Carol McKenzie Please see MEETING, Page 3 actly none. How do you deal with none? I now do not know who my friends really are. Their addresses are gone. How do I contact them? I am beginning to think this birthday hacking present is not all it is hacked up to be. Now, my post birthday activity will be salvaging all of those e-mail contacts. I suppose it is good every once in a while to start over again. I guess there is something good about getting a fresh start in life. I have often thought of it myself but never in this context. I would like to know who my birthday benefactor really is. I would like the opportunity to properly and fully acknowledge and express to this person my true feelings about him face-to-face, and not on Facebook. After all, thank you does not always say it. I think I now appreciate Josephs feelings towards his brothers who caused him so much trouble. But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Genesis 50:20 KJV). I am still looking for the good in this situation. For one, I am not stranded in the Philippines without any money. I am at home without money, but that is a different story. Although he hacked my e-mail account, he did not touch my soul. A rumor can never hurt you if you really know the truth.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 5

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No community is perfect. No community is exactly what each neighbor wants it to be. That is reality. That being said, I would like to address the fact that there are many very enthusiastic new property owners in Fairfield Village who are diligently endeavoring to incorporate themselves in with the sincere older (not meant to refer to age) residents of our community who want Fairfield Village to be one of the premier communities of Marion County. It seems that their combined efforts are producing positive results. One aspect of this is evident with the concerted efforts of the Library Committee who are presenting a regular Author of the Month with displays featuring information about the selected author. This has become very popular and the committee is to be commended for all their cooperative efforts. Also, the group has added a very comfortable chair with proper lighting and a near-by small water fountain, which provides quite a relaxing break when one might drop in to the library. The reader can take a few moments to browse or to peruse a short passage from one of the featured books in the new comfy reading corner. Then he/she can leave the cool comfort of the library and return home to that comfort to enjoy the selected reading material or puzzle of his/her choice. On a regular basis now, there are couples, and singles, enjoying conversations on the Saturday mornings when the Koffee Klatch is held. My, oh my, the smell of hot coffee and the goodies that are there to be enjoyed really cause the main meeting room of the FFV clubhouse to be very inviting to good friends who can sit, drink a tasty beverage, and enjoy a doughnut, croissant, or pastry before continuing with the normal Saturday activities of everyday life. Good times with good friends! Then there are those who are really having a (bowling) ball when the virtual bowling league meets. One of the significant perks of virtual bowling is that one does not have to rent and then wear those horrible bowling shoes that make one wonder whose feet were last in them. (yuck!) One does not have to decide which color is the most appropriate for ones own bowling ball. Andone does not have to determine what weight is right for him/her to use. Big decisions in real bowling, so I have heard. Good fun with good friends! Next would be the gatherings for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and even the regular Potluck dinners held each monthon third Saturdays at 5 p.m. Many of us villagers feel a bit guilty when we enjoy the outrageous amounts of exceptionally good food set out on the tables for consumption. Granted, we dont feel so guilty as not to partake and enjoy we just have to feel a bit sorry that everyone else in the world is not enjoying that which we often seem to take for granted. Good food with good friends! By way of a reminder, there will be a special potluck dinner this coming Saturday, Aug. 17, at the usual 5 p.m. time. This one is hosted by, none other than your reporter, Priscilla, and a number of good friends who encourage the attendance of all the neighbors of FFV who enjoy real good food (yes, I know that is not totally grammatically correct), but this is food not grammar we are talking about. To be a bit more specific, the food is going to be mostly of a Southern Variety which means lots of pork, butter, corn meal, yummy fresh veggies, and decadent sweets. If your diet will allow, after some real soul searchin (yes, another pun intended), come on down with your food contribution to a night of really good southern soul food. By the way, there are exceptional dishes that are good for the soul from all parts of the U.S.A., not just the South. So dont let your place of origin discourage your attendance. All FFV neighbors are welcome! Each contributor is asked to provide a dish of at least 6-8 servings or more because we do have some Large and Appreciative Appetites (not calling any special names) among our FFV community. As you look over the attached photos, many of the FFV community will recognize our own pint size sweetheart who managed to make it to the Koffee Klatch in her Cinderella ball gown last Saturday morning. Word had it that Princess Lydia had been out late at the ball and just barely made it in time to attend the Koffee Klatch with Grandma Frann and Gramps Ed Glenney. Even Princess Lydias footwear was updated as she showed us her lighted sneakers that are the much better modern choice than the traditional glass slippers. These 4 year olds know their stuff when it comes to fashion! Great times with wonderful grands. As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, Fairfield Village is not the absolutely perfect community. I dont believe that anyone honestly believes that the perfect community exists anywhere. However, FFV is a place where lots of really nice people do lots of really fun things and have lots of really good times. Those of us having fun hope that more and more good times with good friends can be recorded with more and more of our neighbors joining in. I started the slogan, a lively place filled with lovely people about four years ago. I still believe it, and I hope more and more good neighbors do so as well. Come on and join in the fun whenever you have a chance. Have a really good week. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7 2 W ednesday, August 14, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger www.ocalapharmacy.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9AM to 6PM Sat. 9AM to 1PM Ask about our FREE Prescription Program & a $15 gift card! 000FPUA 352-509-7890 1-855-OCALA-RX FAX 352-509-7899 Same Co-Pay With Better Service. Why Go Anywhere Else? 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August 24. 2013 5 p.m.-8 p.m. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Impatience with those who dont keep up with you can cause resistance, which, in turn, can lead to more delays. Best to be helpful and supportive if you want results. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A surprise announcement from a colleague could put you on the defensive. Gather your facts and respond. Youll soon find the situation shifting in your favor. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Time spent away from a project pays off with a new awareness of options you hadnt considered before. Weigh them carefully before deciding which to choose. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Consider confronting that personal conflict while theres still time to work things out. A delay can cause more problems. A longtime colleague might offer to mediate. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Some emerging matters could impede the Lions progress in completing an important project. Best advice: Deal with them now, before they can create costly delays. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your aspect continues to favor an expanding vista. This could be a good time to make a career move, and taking an outof-town job could be a good way to do it. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Disruptive family disputes need to be settled so that everyone can move on. Avoid assuming this burden alone, though. Ask for no, demand help with this problem. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Patience is called for as you await word on an important workplace situation. A personal circumstance, however, could benefit by your taking immediate action. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Dont lose confidence in yourself. Those doubters are likely to back off if you demand they show solid proof why they think your ideas wont work. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A temporary setback might cause the usually sure-footed Goat some unsettling moments. But keep going. The path ahead gets easier as you move forward. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Theres welcome news from the workplace. There also could be good news involving a relationship that has long held a special meaning for you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You might still need to cut some lingering ties to a situation that no longer has the appeal it once held. In the meantime, you can start to explore other opportunities. BORN THIS WEEK: Your sense of whats right can inspire others if you remember not to push too hard to make your case. Moderation works best for you. Good times, good fun, good food, good friends in FFV Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal The very modern Cinderella Princess, Lydia, shows off her lighted sneakers--an update from the traditional glass slippers. Grandma Frann Glenney looks on approvingly. Each month, the FFV Library Committee is featuring a specific author. The most recent "Author of the Month" is Stuart Woods whose works stay checked out from the busy library.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3 6 W ednesday, August 14, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000FR81 352-236-3499 8585 St. Rd. 200 Unit 16 Ocala, FL Owners: Mike and Sue Rossignol Selling Premium Cigars, Pipes, Tobacco Products and Fine Accessories Large Walk-In Humidor With Excellent Selection! Lounge Area for Customers Purchase of $ 50 or More Expires 9/17/13 WMM RLN SMC 000FP5X To our valued customer, To our valued customer, We were burglarized the night of July 29, despite our We were burglarized the night of July 29, despite our preventive safeguards and procedures. We are heartbroken preventive safeguards and procedures. We are heartbroken about the situation. about the situation. The burglars made off with both the store inventory and The burglars made off with both the store inventory and most regrettably, items belonging to our customers. most regrettably, items belonging to our customers. Our insurance company will work with us to right Our insurance company will work with us to right the financial loss of your items. Please contact us the financial loss of your items. Please contact us at 352-401-0001. at 352-401-0001. As our store remains closed, we ask that you As our store remains closed, we ask that you have patience with us as we work through this have patience with us as we work through this process. process. Jeff and Jody Jeff and Jody 000FKLX West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion School bus safety time Once again those big yellow buses are ready to travel the highways and byways of Marion County, taking children to and from school. Classes for public school students begin on Monday, Aug. 19. Some private schools have already started. Therefore, its time to review some of the most misunderstood traffic rules on the books in Florida. 1. If you are going in the same direction as a school bus, no matter how many lanes the road has, you must stop if the arm is extended and the red lights are on. It is prudent to not pass the bus when the yellow lights come on as the bus slows down, because they could change to red at any moment, and if theyre red and youre passing, watch out for the blue lights. 2. If you are going in the opposite direction as a school bus on a two-lane road, and the arm is extended and the red lights come on, you must stop. No exceptions. 3. If you are going in the opposite direction as a school bus on a four-lane road, well, heres where it gets tricky. If the four-lane road has a median more than five feet wide, or a barrier to prevent normal crossing of foot traffic, you do not have to stop. It must, however, be a median (around here most are grass and/or plants). 4. However, if the four-lane road has no median or barrier, you must stop if you are going into the opposite direction. Around here, we have a number of five-lane roads, roads which have a turn lane in the middle. Those paved turn lanes are not medians, and you must stop. We see violations all the time on such streets as 27th Avenue West, 14th Street Northeast and roads like that. There are even small portions of U.S. 27 that have no divider or median, just a turn lane. So please, know the law and keep the children who are using the school buses safe. You can also save yourself some time and money in the process. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLI GANREGIO NAL MANA GER: JOHN P RO VOS TEDIT OR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column We live in an inverse universe. Where else but in an upside-down society would private be public and public be private. We now must take for granted that our personal lives can be scrutinized by almost anyone, particularly by the authorities. That was reinforced recently by a federal appeals-court ruling that cellphone-company location records may be searched to determine where an individual has been. The court found that the practice is not prohibited by the Constitutions Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures even without a warrant. Lets not forget the Supreme Court majority decision that a DNA sample may be taken from a person who has been arrested for a serious crime, and put into a registry well before conviction. Of late, our government has been cracking down hard on anyone who dares to make information about sensitive parts of the peoples business available to the, uh, people. Just ask Pfc. Bradley Manning, former Army intelligence analyst. The authorities have lowered the boom on him for releasing to WikiLeaks thousands upon thousands of classified files containing material that officials didnt want released. What we discovered, thanks to Pfc. Manning is that there was much we should have known all along. Meanwhile, his mole mate Edward Snowden is stuck in limbo, desperately trying to stave off a full-scale assault by the United States government to extricate him from Russia and drag him back to the U.S. of A. for similarly harsh revenge. His offense was the same, taking the cloak off of Americas cloak and dagger. In effect, hes charged with spying on intelligence services, specifically the National Security Agency. Of course, our electronic spooks were spying on us and sure didnt want us to know that. But thanks to Mr. Snowden, were now aware that with the acquiescence of a puppet court, the NSA has been routinely collecting the data on the who-what-when of our every communication. For his revelation, Snowden is a man on the run. Critics argue that he should have stayed behind to face the music. In what songbook is that written? Why on earth would he want to face a lifetime in prison because he did what was right? Right now, hes on the remnants of a Cold War chess board, a pawn of Vladimir Putin and his merry Moscow band who are taking some delight in giving their American geopolitical playmates what amounts to a noogie. The noogie-ees are accused of responding in typical fashion, which is to say dishonestly. At an open hearing, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy cast doubt on claims by the espionage folks that these sweeps had put a serious dent in terrorism. It was, Leahy insisted, really barely a scratch. Meanwhile Director of National Intelligence James Clapper actually released the very same records that Snowden leaked, along with a statement that Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest. If so, why should the one who disclosed them in the first place be a fugitive? 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. Newtown, Connecticut, is a place that will remain in the minds of millions of people for a very, very long time. The New England community was rocked by a school shooting last December, with 20 children and five staff members being killed by Adam Lanza, who then killed himself. As with many school shootings, this one faded into the background quickly. However, the names Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary are now synonymous with names such as Columbine, Paducah, etc. Living here in Ocala, you dont think that anything would happen that would bring people from Newtown to our community less than a year later. However, this week, a group of 10year-old baseball players from Newtown, the New England Regional Champions of Cal Ripken Baseball, are in Ocala for the World Series being played at the Rotary complex off Maricamp Road. The Hilton is the tournament headquarters, and on Saturday morning we found the Newtown players headed out for practice. There were decorated vehicles in the parking lot, and the groups of young players from Newtown and other teams laughing and enjoying themselves. They were here for baseball, and obviously, the past is the past for those sweltering in the August sun for a baseball tournament. How often have we heard the term, Kids are resilient. Never was it more in evidence than around these players from Newtown, who proudly marched on to the field for the opening ceremonies Saturday afternoon. There was no mention of the recent history of their community and, indeed, there seemed to be a concerted effort not to have last years news be part of the tournament. Things didnt go well for Newtown on Saturday. Their starting pitcher gave up Kids from Newtown just here for baseball Among Friends Jim Clark a home run (thats right, a Kentucky 10year-old smashed it over the fence) and then that same pitcher was drilled in the lower leg by a line drive and eventually had to leave the game. They lost 18-4, and were scheduled to play their second game in pool play Monday night. But at the opening ceremonies, you could just sense everyone watching this team, and, deep down, you knew that a lot of people were pulling for them, at least if their own team couldnt win it. There was more to the opening ceremonies, of course, with the presentation of participation plaques by various local dignitaries to each team, the ceremonial first pitch, etc. There was also the grand entrance by three skydivers who accurately landed in center field. There was time to talk to some of the coaches who were waiting for the skydivers. The group from Idaho, near Boise, said they had temperatures in the low 90s, but no humidity like this. Maybe when people say Its not the heat, its the humidity, they know what theyre talking about. When it was all over, the teams that were scheduled to play headed for areas to get ready, while some of the players on teams that werent scheduled until Sunday were heard to be asking, Are we done? After standing out in the afternoon sun, visions of a swimming pool danced in their heads. That applied to a number the adults there, too.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKPlayers from Newtown, Connecticut, at opening ceremonies. Our shadow government BY BOB FRANKEN Isabel Issy C. Craig, 83Isabel Issy S. Craig, 83, of Oak Run, died July 31, 2013, under the care of her daughter Peggy, in her home, and Hospice of Marion County. She was born in Glen Burnie, Md., July 23, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. Craig, earlier this year. She leaves behind two daughters, Peggy Vincent, Oak Run, and Nancy Wilmers, Gypsum Colo.; three grandsons, Nathan, Raymond, Craig and his wife Meagan; granddaughter, Jessie; and two greatgrandsons, Tyler and Ryder. No services are scheduled at this time. OBITUARY the natural gas, and Zalak said the county is working with the School Board to get school buses into the fold. Stan McClain said that he campaigned to find a long term solution to solid waste, and echoed the sentiments of others that the goal had been reached with the Sumter County plan. We were able; to buy into that project from the beginning. David Moore thanked Station 20 for hosting, and said they were maintaining dialogue with the Legislative Delegation, although it was off season and there was no session in progress. Were still talking to state officials. Brian Dotten, commander of the Northwest District for the Marion County Sheriffs Office, warned people about scams that were targeting the elderly. In the portion open to the public, only a few people spoke. Linda Miller asked commissioners to make sure that they would not take part in any Agenda 21 nonsense. Bryant told her, To my knowledge we dont have any of those initiatives. Vern Uhlinger suggested that just a few vehicles at a time be converted to natural gas to make sure it worked as advertised. Sandy Wingerter asked about Silver Springs, and McClain responded, noting that the state takes over on Oct. 1. He said he would be part of an advisory group that would meet in September. Bryant talked about campers having access to the water. Thats a game-changer, she said. MEETINGcontinued from Page 1 Notice: The Victory Casino Cruise trip scheduled for Aug. 12 has been changed to Monday, Aug. 26. If you are interested in this trip please call Jetta at 352-401-1850. Other trips on the Victory ship are planned for Oct. 15 and Nov. 9. All reservations can be made with Jetta. Are you getting ready for the Sock Hop/Cruise-In party? Get out your saddle oxfords, penny loafers, poodle skirts, and jeans and get ready to take a trip down memory lane on Sept. 16. All you car and motorcycle buffs get ready for the Cruise-In. Please contact Bill and Carol Sjogren (352-7325921) for info on the cruise-in. Also, there will be a display space for model cars, etc. For more information on the model display please call Jack and Margene Sheidler (352-620-9847). The First Friday gathering was enjoyed by 15 residents. Some of the regular attendees were on vacation, and the downpour of rain kept some at home. However, regarding the rain it stopped at seven oclock, the sun came out, and there was a beautiful rainbow! Richard Gunther presented a very nice poster of the July 4th parade. Richard is a professional photographer who lives in our community. The poster has been framed and is in the clubhouse. Be sure to thank Richard for this gift. We all enjoy the Quail Meadow Reporter each month. This is the newsletter delivered by volunteers to every home in our community. Right now there is a need for a few more volunteers. It only takes about 15 minutes each month to deliver the newsletter in an area. If you can help with this project please contact Theresa Yoders (352840-7144). It doesnt seem possible, but September is just around the corner! With September comes the return of many of our activities, such as bingo! Keep watching for the start date of this and other activities. Quail Meadow casino cruise date changed Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Photos show people attending the First Friday gathering. Sultans and sandstorms! Its the youth production Disneys Aladdin Jr., live on stage Aug. 16-17, at Ocala Civic Theatre. Set in the mysterious desert city of Agrabah, this is the tale of our plucky young hero Aladdin and his legendary journey from street urchin to Prince Ali. This stage adaptation of the popular Disney animated movie musical brings to life all your favorite characters and moments: Friend Like Me, the hilarious Genie of the enchanted lamp with all its wishes and wonders, brave and beautiful Princess Jasmine, wicked Jafar and his wisecracking parrot Iago, and all the other exotic treasures of these Arabian nights. Jump on your flying carpet and join us for this magical adventure... its a whole new world! Directed by Education Director Kirstin Kennedy, the talented young cast includes Emma Bailey, Madisyn Bearce, Dakota Brown, T.T. Burke-Poole, Bella Chevalier, Symon Cole, Jacob Csuka, Shiloe Duvall, Ashlyn Engle, Gabriella Gaya, Isabel Gaya, Meredith Gilliam, Avery Ginder, Sydney Glover, Mason Gray, Cassidy Koller, William Lewis, Ashton Loper, Madeleine Meadows, Ryder Michewicz, Ava Pizzuti, Emily Radford, Reagan Reese, Sara Reese, Hannah Reeves, Josie Reppe, John Paul Strother, Kaylee Todd, and McKenzie Todd. There will be three performances: Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $10 for adults and $6 for students. Ocala Civic Theatre is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (East State Road 40) in the Appleton Cultural Center. The theatre produces more than 12 fully staged, professional-quality live performances each season and also hosts touring companies. Ocala Civic Theatre is volunteer-based and is one of the largest community theatres in the state, serving almost 70,000 Marion, Citrus and Lake County residents. Youth production of Aladdin this week at Ocala Civic Theatre

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Wednesday, Aug. 14 Ocala Art Group to meetThe Ocala Art Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is open to the public. The social hour is at 11 a.m. and meeting and demonstration begin at noon at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. The guest artist for Aug. 14 is Don Borie, a portraiture artist and commercial graphic design artist for 30 years plus. He is a master of oil and pastel mediums, having captured personalities for commissions and illustrations.Thursday, Aug. 15 SPCA meeting scheduledThe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County will meet on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Bank of the Ozarks in Friendship Center on State Road 200. The meeting is open to everyone in the community. Please call 352-362-0985 for information or directions. We will have a special guest speaker from Back to the Wild wildlife rescue in Dunnellon.Air Force group to meetThe August meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. This will be our fall planning meeting. For information, call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Master the Possibilities catalogMaster the Possibilities Center for Lifelong Learning caps off its eighth year of operation with the fall 2013 catalog. The fall semester offers more than 400 programs, lectures, presentations, discussion groups and films from September through December. Topics include current events, health and wellness, history, film series, legal issues, literature, computer training, fine arts and much more. These classes are all open to the public. The fall catalog will be available at the Master the Possibilities Center, Freedom Public Library and the Dunnellon Library on Thursday, Aug. 15. The catalog will also be available online at www.masterthepossibilites.com. Students may register online, by phone (352-854-3699) or at the Center, located at 8415 S.W. 80th St. in Circle Square Commons, Ocala. Master the Possibilities is on the cutting edge of lifelong learning and presents new classes and presentations each season, serving over 20,000 students annually. Highly credentialed and experienced faculty present this comprehensive curricula. For more information, visit the website or call 352-854-9751.Monday, Aug. 19 American Legion post to meetThe Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.Tuesday, Aug. 20 Ice cream social at Christs ChurchAll Guys and Gals are invited to an Ice Cream Social featuring all the ice cream and toppings you can imagine and Special Guests: The DiAnnettes and Friends. This evening of fun, entertainment, and fellowship is free at 6:30 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.Wednesday, Aug. 21 Flag football signup at Joy LutheranIts time to get ready for some fall football! Registration is now open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade, of Marion County and Ocala, for Upward Flag Football or Cheerleading. Registration forms are available from the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration should be completed before Aug. 21 when individual evaluations begin. The cost is $65 for football and includes a jersey, belt and flags, car magnet and end-of-season award. Cheerleading costs $65 and includes a uniform, megaphone, poms, hair ribbon, car magnet and end-of-season reward. Football shorts and Cheerleading turtle necks are optional. Cleats are recommended. Scholarships are available. Practice begins Tuesday, Sept. 10 and the first game is Saturday, Sept/ 28 at Joy Lutheran Church Hope Field. The last game and award ceremony is Saturday, Nov. 23. Upward is a nondenominational Christian sports ministry where every child plays, learns and is a winner. So come on out and join the fun. Volunteers are needed to help coach, referee, assist, time keep and work with the participants in either football or cheerleading. For more information contact Pastor Ed Holloway, 352-854-4509 ext. 223. Joy Lutheran Church is located at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Tuesday, Aug. 27 Breast Cancer support groupThe SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) breast cancer support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., room 235, (multipurpose room) at 1 p.m. Our meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, will be a presentation on Lymphedema, a condition of the body causing a swelling in the limbs as a result of breast cancer surgery and removal of the lymph nodes. Raquel Delaney will have a presentation for us on recognizing the signs and symptoms of Lymphedema. If you have any questions, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Friday, Aug. 30 Spaghetti dinner plannedThere will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 18 eat free. The dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, bread, coffee or iced tea, and a 25-item all you can eat salad bar. Thursday, Sept. 5 CERT training announcedA new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Marion County Sheriffs Office, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. This is an eight-session training, which is available either as an afternoon class, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or as an evening class, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The afternoon and evening classes run concurrently and attendance can be mixed, depending upon availability. Only one class can be missed in the 8-session series and the CPR and last class is mandatory. The CERT program is made up of volunteers under the direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Sheriffs Office. The purpose of CERT is to train and certify volunteers to be first responders in their communities in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado. Consider this opportunity to learn how to form or join a CERT group in your community by signing up for this no-cost training program. For more information and for an application, contact Bob Conn, Trainer, at 352-812-0853. All applications must be in by Aug. 17.Saturday, Sept. 7 Murder mystery scheduledPlease join in a unique event, a murder mystery filled with deceit, backstabbing, fun and laughter. At the same time enjoy all you can eat burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and more as if at the local diner. Upon confirming your attendance you will be assigned a character as part of the mystery (should you find you are unable to attend please advise so that the character can be assigned to another attendee). Each character is a factor in the mystery and you will be involved in and important in finding the culprit and solving the mystery. All this excitement is on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. for $50 per person (including food) and supports the programs of Family Ministries of Florida and is tax deductible. For further information and tickets contact 813-6811942 Bob Sharp (ext. 23) or Steve Geise (ext. 24) or http://www.ccomc.org/. It was my birthday and I decided to celebrate it as low-key as possible. I am at that stage in life where I really do not need presents from anybody reminding me of how old I really am. I know every present represents an obligatory return on the gesture and at my age, I do not have the energy to return anything. All I really need is just a friendly Happy Birthday. I have developed a special rule along that line. For every Happy Birthday I receive, I am allowed one slice of birthday cake. So far I am on my 19th birthday cake and anticipating more. The rule about saying Happy Birthday is that as long as there is a sixmonth period either way, it is still in play. I am looking forward to a lot more Happy Birthday greetings. After all, what do you get a person who has had as many birthdays as I have had that would be original and surprising? Believe me, I have enough ties. Of course, cash is always in good taste. Throughout the years I have been known to pull a few surprises on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonages birthday but nobody has been able to reciprocate. That is, until recently. It was the day of my birthday when suddenly I began receiving e-mails and phone calls and they all had one theme. Not one of them was wishing me happy birthday but all were concerned about an e-mail they allegedly received from me. According to this email, I was in Manila, Philippines on some mission trip. Actually that was not quite unusual because several years ago I did go on such a trip and most of my friends knew it. Now, according to this friendly e-mail being sent to my friends, I was back in the Philippines on another mission trip. According to this anonymous friend, I was stranded in the Philippines. I had been robbed, my passport had been confiscated, and I needed money to get out of the Philippines. No wonder I have been feeling tired lately! Of all the birthday presents a person might receive this one really beats the birthday cake. I would not have thought of this in 1 million years. My e-mail account had been hacked into and all of my e-mail contacts were sent what seemed to be an emergency e-mail. Most of my friends were relieved to find out that I was not stranded in the Philippines. My Korean publisher actually was willing to put up money to rescue me from my situation. Two other people were trying to find out how to get money to bail me out. The thing that worries me along this line is of all of my friends only three were willing to bail me out financially. I must make a mental note of this and never get stranded in the Philippines. My birthday hacking became a little more than I at first thought. At first it was a little joke, ha ha ha, I am really not in the Philippines. A joke can only go so far. I thought it was the end of the joke, but boy, was I in for a wonderful birthday surprise. My entire e-mail account had been compromised and a new e-mail address was inserted so all of the response would go to another person. I finally found out how he changed my account, changed it back and changed my password. All of my e-mails for the past month, including important ones from my publisher and agent, were lost in the mysterious world of the Internet. Somewhere in that mystifying world, my e-mails are floating around not knowing whither to cometh or goeth. 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Wednesday, Aug. 14 Ocala Art Group to meetThe Ocala Art Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is open to the public. The social hour is at 11 a.m. and meeting and demonstration begin at noon at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala. The guest artist for Aug. 14 is Don Borie, a portraiture artist and commercial graphic design artist for 30 years plus. He is a master of oil and pastel mediums, having captured personalities for commissions and illustrations.Thursday, Aug. 15 SPCA meeting scheduledThe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Marion County will meet on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Bank of the Ozarks in Friendship Center on State Road 200. The meeting is open to everyone in the community. Please call 352-362-0985 for information or directions. We will have a special guest speaker from Back to the Wild wildlife rescue in Dunnellon.Air Force group to meetThe August meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. This will be our fall planning meeting. For information, call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Master the Possibilities catalogMaster the Possibilities Center for Lifelong Learning caps off its eighth year of operation with the fall 2013 catalog. The fall semester offers more than 400 programs, lectures, presentations, discussion groups and films from September through December. Topics include current events, health and wellness, history, film series, legal issues, literature, computer training, fine arts and much more. These classes are all open to the public. The fall catalog will be available at the Master the Possibilities Center, Freedom Public Library and the Dunnellon Library on Thursday, Aug. 15. The catalog will also be available online at www.masterthepossibilites.com. Students may register online, by phone (352-854-3699) or at the Center, located at 8415 S.W. 80th St. in Circle Square Commons, Ocala. Master the Possibilities is on the cutting edge of lifelong learning and presents new classes and presentations each season, serving over 20,000 students annually. Highly credentialed and experienced faculty present this comprehensive curricula. For more information, visit the website or call 352-854-9751.Monday, Aug. 19 American Legion post to meetThe Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.Tuesday, Aug. 20 Ice cream social at Christs ChurchAll Guys and Gals are invited to an Ice Cream Social featuring all the ice cream and toppings you can imagine and Special Guests: The DiAnnettes and Friends. This evening of fun, entertainment, and fellowship is free at 6:30 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.Wednesday, Aug. 21 Flag football signup at Joy LutheranIts time to get ready for some fall football! Registration is now open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade, of Marion County and Ocala, for Upward Flag Football or Cheerleading. Registration forms are available from the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration should be completed before Aug. 21 when individual evaluations begin. The cost is $65 for football and includes a jersey, belt and flags, car magnet and end-of-season award. Cheerleading costs $65 and includes a uniform, megaphone, poms, hair ribbon, car magnet and end-of-season reward. Football shorts and Cheerleading turtle necks are optional. Cleats are recommended. Scholarships are available. Practice begins Tuesday, Sept. 10 and the first game is Saturday, Sept/ 28 at Joy Lutheran Church Hope Field. The last game and award ceremony is Saturday, Nov. 23. Upward is a nondenominational Christian sports ministry where every child plays, learns and is a winner. So come on out and join the fun. Volunteers are needed to help coach, referee, assist, time keep and work with the participants in either football or cheerleading. For more information contact Pastor Ed Holloway, 352-854-4509 ext. 223. Joy Lutheran Church is located at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Tuesday, Aug. 27 Breast Cancer support groupThe SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) breast cancer support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., room 235, (multipurpose room) at 1 p.m. Our meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, will be a presentation on Lymphedema, a condition of the body causing a swelling in the limbs as a result of breast cancer surgery and removal of the lymph nodes. Raquel Delaney will have a presentation for us on recognizing the signs and symptoms of Lymphedema. If you have any questions, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Friday, Aug. 30 Spaghetti dinner plannedThere will be an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 18 eat free. The dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, bread, coffee or iced tea, and a 25-item all you can eat salad bar. Thursday, Sept. 5 CERT training announcedA new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Marion County Sheriffs Office, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. This is an eight-session training, which is available either as an afternoon class, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or as an evening class, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The afternoon and evening classes run concurrently and attendance can be mixed, depending upon availability. Only one class can be missed in the 8-session series and the CPR and last class is mandatory. The CERT program is made up of volunteers under the direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Sheriffs Office. The purpose of CERT is to train and certify volunteers to be first responders in their communities in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado. Consider this opportunity to learn how to form or join a CERT group in your community by signing up for this no-cost training program. For more information and for an application, contact Bob Conn, Trainer, at 352-812-0853. All applications must be in by Aug. 17.Saturday, Sept. 7 Murder mystery scheduledPlease join in a unique event, a murder mystery filled with deceit, backstabbing, fun and laughter. At the same time enjoy all you can eat burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and more as if at the local diner. Upon confirming your attendance you will be assigned a character as part of the mystery (should you find you are unable to attend please advise so that the character can be assigned to another attendee). Each character is a factor in the mystery and you will be involved in and important in finding the culprit and solving the mystery. All this excitement is on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. for $50 per person (including food) and supports the programs of Family Ministries of Florida and is tax deductible. For further information and tickets contact 813-6811942 Bob Sharp (ext. 23) or Steve Geise (ext. 24) or http://www.ccomc.org/. It was my birthday and I decided to celebrate it as low-key as possible. I am at that stage in life where I really do not need presents from anybody reminding me of how old I really am. I know every present represents an obligatory return on the gesture and at my age, I do not have the energy to return anything. All I really need is just a friendly Happy Birthday. I have developed a special rule along that line. For every Happy Birthday I receive, I am allowed one slice of birthday cake. So far I am on my 19th birthday cake and anticipating more. The rule about saying Happy Birthday is that as long as there is a sixmonth period either way, it is still in play. I am looking forward to a lot more Happy Birthday greetings. After all, what do you get a person who has had as many birthdays as I have had that would be original and surprising? Believe me, I have enough ties. Of course, cash is always in good taste. Throughout the years I have been known to pull a few surprises on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonages birthday but nobody has been able to reciprocate. That is, until recently. It was the day of my birthday when suddenly I began receiving e-mails and phone calls and they all had one theme. Not one of them was wishing me happy birthday but all were concerned about an e-mail they allegedly received from me. According to this email, I was in Manila, Philippines on some mission trip. Actually that was not quite unusual because several years ago I did go on such a trip and most of my friends knew it. Now, according to this friendly e-mail being sent to my friends, I was back in the Philippines on another mission trip. According to this anonymous friend, I was stranded in the Philippines. I had been robbed, my passport had been confiscated, and I needed money to get out of the Philippines. No wonder I have been feeling tired lately! Of all the birthday presents a person might receive this one really beats the birthday cake. I would not have thought of this in 1 million years. My e-mail account had been hacked into and all of my e-mail contacts were sent what seemed to be an emergency e-mail. Most of my friends were relieved to find out that I was not stranded in the Philippines. My Korean publisher actually was willing to put up money to rescue me from my situation. Two other people were trying to find out how to get money to bail me out. The thing that worries me along this line is of all of my friends only three were willing to bail me out financially. I must make a mental note of this and never get stranded in the Philippines. My birthday hacking became a little more than I at first thought. At first it was a little joke, ha ha ha, I am really not in the Philippines. A joke can only go so far. I thought it was the end of the joke, but boy, was I in for a wonderful birthday surprise. My entire e-mail account had been compromised and a new e-mail address was inserted so all of the response would go to another person. I finally found out how he changed my account, changed it back and changed my password. All of my e-mails for the past month, including important ones from my publisher and agent, were lost in the mysterious world of the Internet. Somewhere in that mystifying world, my e-mails are floating around not knowing whither to cometh or goeth. Delving deeper into my birthday hacking present I discovered that although my e-mail contacts were missing, where I once had over 600 email contacts, I now had ex-messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5 4 W ednesday, August 14, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVERTISING 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 Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, RectorServices: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 amChildrens Church 8:50 am3801 US N. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3 6 W ednesday, August 14, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000FR81 352-236-3499 8585 St. Rd. 200 Unit 16 Ocala, FL Owners: Mike and Sue Rossignol Selling Premium Cigars, Pipes, Tobacco Products and Fine Accessories Large Walk-In Humidor With Excellent Selection! Lounge Area for Customers Purchase of $ 50 or More Expires 9/17/13 WMM RLN SMC 000FP5X To our valued customer, To our valued customer, We were burglarized the night of July 29, despite our We were burglarized the night of July 29, despite our preventive safeguards and procedures. We are heartbroken preventive safeguards and procedures. We are heartbroken about the situation. about the situation. The burglars made off with both the store inventory and The burglars made off with both the store inventory and most regrettably, items belonging to our customers. most regrettably, items belonging to our customers. Our insurance company will work with us to right Our insurance company will work with us to right the financial loss of your items. Please contact us the financial loss of your items. Please contact us at 352-401-0001. at 352-401-0001. As our store remains closed, we ask that you As our store remains closed, we ask that you have patience with us as we work through this have patience with us as we work through this process. process. Jeff and Jody Jeff and Jody 000FKLX West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion School bus safety time Once again those big yellow buses are ready to travel the highways and byways of Marion County, taking children to and from school. Classes for public school students begin on Monday, Aug. 19. Some private schools have already started. Therefore, its time to review some of the most misunderstood traffic rules on the books in Florida. 1. If you are going in the same direction as a school bus, no matter how many lanes the road has, you must stop if the arm is extended and the red lights are on. It is prudent to not pass the bus when the yellow lights come on as the bus slows down, because they could change to red at any moment, and if theyre red and youre passing, watch out for the blue lights. 2. If you are going in the opposite direction as a school bus on a two-lane road, and the arm is extended and the red lights come on, you must stop. No exceptions. 3. If you are going in the opposite direction as a school bus on a four-lane road, well, heres where it gets tricky. If the four-lane road has a median more than five feet wide, or a barrier to prevent normal crossing of foot traffic, you do not have to stop. It must, however, be a median (around here most are grass and/or plants). 4. However, if the four-lane road has no median or barrier, you must stop if you are going into the opposite direction. Around here, we have a number of five-lane roads, roads which have a turn lane in the middle. Those paved turn lanes are not medians, and you must stop. We see violations all the time on such streets as 27th Avenue West, 14th Street Northeast and roads like that. There are even small portions of U.S. 27 that have no divider or median, just a turn lane. So please, know the law and keep the children who are using the school buses safe. You can also save yourself some time and money in the process. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLI GANREGIO NAL MANA GER: JOHN P RO VOS TEDIT OR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column We live in an inverse universe. Where else but in an upside-down society would private be public and public be private. We now must take for granted that our personal lives can be scrutinized by almost anyone, particularly by the authorities. That was reinforced recently by a federal appeals-court ruling that cellphone-company location records may be searched to determine where an individual has been. The court found that the practice is not prohibited by the Constitutions Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures even without a warrant. Lets not forget the Supreme Court majority decision that a DNA sample may be taken from a person who has been arrested for a serious crime, and put into a registry well before conviction. Of late, our government has been cracking down hard on anyone who dares to make information about sensitive parts of the peoples business available to the, uh, people. Just ask Pfc. Bradley Manning, former Army intelligence analyst. The authorities have lowered the boom on him for releasing to WikiLeaks thousands upon thousands of classified files containing material that officials didnt want released. What we discovered, thanks to Pfc. Manning is that there was much we should have known all along. Meanwhile, his mole mate Edward Snowden is stuck in limbo, desperately trying to stave off a full-scale assault by the United States government to extricate him from Russia and drag him back to the U.S. of A. for similarly harsh revenge. His offense was the same, taking the cloak off of Americas cloak and dagger. In effect, hes charged with spying on intelligence services, specifically the National Security Agency. Of course, our electronic spooks were spying on us and sure didnt want us to know that. But thanks to Mr. Snowden, were now aware that with the acquiescence of a puppet court, the NSA has been routinely collecting the data on the who-what-when of our every communication. For his revelation, Snowden is a man on the run. Critics argue that he should have stayed behind to face the music. In what songbook is that written? Why on earth would he want to face a lifetime in prison because he did what was right? Right now, hes on the remnants of a Cold War chess board, a pawn of Vladimir Putin and his merry Moscow band who are taking some delight in giving their American geopolitical playmates what amounts to a noogie. The noogie-ees are accused of responding in typical fashion, which is to say dishonestly. At an open hearing, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy cast doubt on claims by the espionage folks that these sweeps had put a serious dent in terrorism. It was, Leahy insisted, really barely a scratch. Meanwhile Director of National Intelligence James Clapper actually released the very same records that Snowden leaked, along with a statement that Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest. If so, why should the one who disclosed them in the first place be a fugitive? 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. Newtown, Connecticut, is a place that will remain in the minds of millions of people for a very, very long time. The New England community was rocked by a school shooting last December, with 20 children and five staff members being killed by Adam Lanza, who then killed himself. As with many school shootings, this one faded into the background quickly. However, the names Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary are now synonymous with names such as Columbine, Paducah, etc. Living here in Ocala, you dont think that anything would happen that would bring people from Newtown to our community less than a year later. However, this week, a group of 10year-old baseball players from Newtown, the New England Regional Champions of Cal Ripken Baseball, are in Ocala for the World Series being played at the Rotary complex off Maricamp Road. The Hilton is the tournament headquarters, and on Saturday morning we found the Newtown players headed out for practice. There were decorated vehicles in the parking lot, and the groups of young players from Newtown and other teams laughing and enjoying themselves. They were here for baseball, and obviously, the past is the past for those sweltering in the August sun for a baseball tournament. How often have we heard the term, Kids are resilient. Never was it more in evidence than around these players from Newtown, who proudly marched on to the field for the opening ceremonies Saturday afternoon. There was no mention of the recent history of their community and, indeed, there seemed to be a concerted effort not to have last years news be part of the tournament. Things didnt go well for Newtown on Saturday. Their starting pitcher gave up Kids from Newtown just here for baseball Among Friends Jim Clark a home run (thats right, a Kentucky 10year-old smashed it over the fence) and then that same pitcher was drilled in the lower leg by a line drive and eventually had to leave the game. They lost 18-4, and were scheduled to play their second game in pool play Monday night. But at the opening ceremonies, you could just sense everyone watching this team, and, deep down, you knew that a lot of people were pulling for them, at least if their own team couldnt win it. There was more to the opening ceremonies, of course, with the presentation of participation plaques by various local dignitaries to each team, the ceremonial first pitch, etc. There was also the grand entrance by three skydivers who accurately landed in center field. There was time to talk to some of the coaches who were waiting for the skydivers. The group from Idaho, near Boise, said they had temperatures in the low 90s, but no humidity like this. Maybe when people say Its not the heat, its the humidity, they know what theyre talking about. When it was all over, the teams that were scheduled to play headed for areas to get ready, while some of the players on teams that werent scheduled until Sunday were heard to be asking, Are we done? After standing out in the afternoon sun, visions of a swimming pool danced in their heads. That applied to a number the adults there, too.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKPlayers from Newtown, Connecticut, at opening ceremonies. Our shadow government BY BOB FRANKEN Isabel Issy C. Craig, 83Isabel Issy S. Craig, 83, of Oak Run, died July 31, 2013, under the care of her daughter Peggy, in her home, and Hospice of Marion County. She was born in Glen Burnie, Md., July 23, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. Craig, earlier this year. She leaves behind two daughters, Peggy Vincent, Oak Run, and Nancy Wilmers, Gypsum Colo.; three grandsons, Nathan, Raymond, Craig and his wife Meagan; granddaughter, Jessie; and two greatgrandsons, Tyler and Ryder. No services are scheduled at this time. OBITUARY the natural gas, and Zalak said the county is working with the School Board to get school buses into the fold. Stan McClain said that he campaigned to find a long term solution to solid waste, and echoed the sentiments of others that the goal had been reached with the Sumter County plan. We were able; to buy into that project from the beginning. David Moore thanked Station 20 for hosting, and said they were maintaining dialogue with the Legislative Delegation, although it was off season and there was no session in progress. Were still talking to state officials. Brian Dotten, commander of the Northwest District for the Marion County Sheriffs Office, warned people about scams that were targeting the elderly. In the portion open to the public, only a few people spoke. Linda Miller asked commissioners to make sure that they would not take part in any Agenda 21 nonsense. Bryant told her, To my knowledge we dont have any of those initiatives. Vern Uhlinger suggested that just a few vehicles at a time be converted to natural gas to make sure it worked as advertised. Sandy Wingerter asked about Silver Springs, and McClain responded, noting that the state takes over on Oct. 1. He said he would be part of an advisory group that would meet in September. Bryant talked about campers having access to the water. Thats a game-changer, she said. MEETINGcontinued from Page 1 Notice: The Victory Casino Cruise trip scheduled for Aug. 12 has been changed to Monday, Aug. 26. If you are interested in this trip please call Jetta at 352-401-1850. Other trips on the Victory ship are planned for Oct. 15 and Nov. 9. All reservations can be made with Jetta. Are you getting ready for the Sock Hop/Cruise-In party? Get out your saddle oxfords, penny loafers, poodle skirts, and jeans and get ready to take a trip down memory lane on Sept. 16. All you car and motorcycle buffs get ready for the Cruise-In. Please contact Bill and Carol Sjogren (352-7325921) for info on the cruise-in. Also, there will be a display space for model cars, etc. For more information on the model display please call Jack and Margene Sheidler (352-620-9847). The First Friday gathering was enjoyed by 15 residents. Some of the regular attendees were on vacation, and the downpour of rain kept some at home. However, regarding the rain it stopped at seven oclock, the sun came out, and there was a beautiful rainbow! Richard Gunther presented a very nice poster of the July 4th parade. Richard is a professional photographer who lives in our community. The poster has been framed and is in the clubhouse. Be sure to thank Richard for this gift. We all enjoy the Quail Meadow Reporter each month. This is the newsletter delivered by volunteers to every home in our community. Right now there is a need for a few more volunteers. It only takes about 15 minutes each month to deliver the newsletter in an area. If you can help with this project please contact Theresa Yoders (352840-7144). It doesnt seem possible, but September is just around the corner! With September comes the return of many of our activities, such as bingo! Keep watching for the start date of this and other activities. Quail Meadow casino cruise date changed Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Photos show people attending the First Friday gathering. Sultans and sandstorms! Its the youth production Disneys Aladdin Jr., live on stage Aug. 16-17, at Ocala Civic Theatre. Set in the mysterious desert city of Agrabah, this is the tale of our plucky young hero Aladdin and his legendary journey from street urchin to Prince Ali. This stage adaptation of the popular Disney animated movie musical brings to life all your favorite characters and moments: Friend Like Me, the hilarious Genie of the enchanted lamp with all its wishes and wonders, brave and beautiful Princess Jasmine, wicked Jafar and his wisecracking parrot Iago, and all the other exotic treasures of these Arabian nights. Jump on your flying carpet and join us for this magical adventure... its a whole new world! Directed by Education Director Kirstin Kennedy, the talented young cast includes Emma Bailey, Madisyn Bearce, Dakota Brown, T.T. Burke-Poole, Bella Chevalier, Symon Cole, Jacob Csuka, Shiloe Duvall, Ashlyn Engle, Gabriella Gaya, Isabel Gaya, Meredith Gilliam, Avery Ginder, Sydney Glover, Mason Gray, Cassidy Koller, William Lewis, Ashton Loper, Madeleine Meadows, Ryder Michewicz, Ava Pizzuti, Emily Radford, Reagan Reese, Sara Reese, Hannah Reeves, Josie Reppe, John Paul Strother, Kaylee Todd, and McKenzie Todd. There will be three performances: Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $10 for adults and $6 for students. Ocala Civic Theatre is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (East State Road 40) in the Appleton Cultural Center. The theatre produces more than 12 fully staged, professional-quality live performances each season and also hosts touring companies. Ocala Civic Theatre is volunteer-based and is one of the largest community theatres in the state, serving almost 70,000 Marion, Citrus and Lake County residents. Youth production of Aladdin this week at Ocala Civic Theatre

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No community is perfect. No community is exactly what each neighbor wants it to be. That is reality. That being said, I would like to address the fact that there are many very enthusiastic new property owners in Fairfield Village who are diligently endeavoring to incorporate themselves in with the sincere older (not meant to refer to age) residents of our community who want Fairfield Village to be one of the premier communities of Marion County. It seems that their combined efforts are producing positive results. One aspect of this is evident with the concerted efforts of the Library Committee who are presenting a regular Author of the Month with displays featuring information about the selected author. This has become very popular and the committee is to be commended for all their cooperative efforts. Also, the group has added a very comfortable chair with proper lighting and a near-by small water fountain, which provides quite a relaxing break when one might drop in to the library. The reader can take a few moments to browse or to peruse a short passage from one of the featured books in the new comfy reading corner. Then he/she can leave the cool comfort of the library and return home to that comfort to enjoy the selected reading material or puzzle of his/her choice. On a regular basis now, there are couples, and singles, enjoying conversations on the Saturday mornings when the Koffee Klatch is held. My, oh my, the smell of hot coffee and the goodies that are there to be enjoyed really cause the main meeting room of the FFV clubhouse to be very inviting to good friends who can sit, drink a tasty beverage, and enjoy a doughnut, croissant, or pastry before continuing with the normal Saturday activities of everyday life. Good times with good friends! Then there are those who are really having a (bowling) ball when the virtual bowling league meets. One of the significant perks of virtual bowling is that one does not have to rent and then wear those horrible bowling shoes that make one wonder whose feet were last in them. (yuck!) One does not have to decide which color is the most appropriate for ones own bowling ball. Andone does not have to determine what weight is right for him/her to use. Big decisions in real bowling, so I have heard. Good fun with good friends! Next would be the gatherings for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and even the regular Potluck dinners held each monthon third Saturdays at 5 p.m. Many of us villagers feel a bit guilty when we enjoy the outrageous amounts of exceptionally good food set out on the tables for consumption. Granted, we dont feel so guilty as not to partake and enjoy we just have to feel a bit sorry that everyone else in the world is not enjoying that which we often seem to take for granted. Good food with good friends! By way of a reminder, there will be a special potluck dinner this coming Saturday, Aug. 17, at the usual 5 p.m. time. This one is hosted by, none other than your reporter, Priscilla, and a number of good friends who encourage the attendance of all the neighbors of FFV who enjoy real good food (yes, I know that is not totally grammatically correct), but this is food not grammar we are talking about. To be a bit more specific, the food is going to be mostly of a Southern Variety which means lots of pork, butter, corn meal, yummy fresh veggies, and decadent sweets. If your diet will allow, after some real soul searchin (yes, another pun intended), come on down with your food contribution to a night of really good southern soul food. By the way, there are exceptional dishes that are good for the soul from all parts of the U.S.A., not just the South. So dont let your place of origin discourage your attendance. All FFV neighbors are welcome! Each contributor is asked to provide a dish of at least 6-8 servings or more because we do have some Large and Appreciative Appetites (not calling any special names) among our FFV community. As you look over the attached photos, many of the FFV community will recognize our own pint size sweetheart who managed to make it to the Koffee Klatch in her Cinderella ball gown last Saturday morning. Word had it that Princess Lydia had been out late at the ball and just barely made it in time to attend the Koffee Klatch with Grandma Frann and Gramps Ed Glenney. Even Princess Lydias footwear was updated as she showed us her lighted sneakers that are the much better modern choice than the traditional glass slippers. These 4 year olds know their stuff when it comes to fashion! Great times with wonderful grands. As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, Fairfield Village is not the absolutely perfect community. I dont believe that anyone honestly believes that the perfect community exists anywhere. However, FFV is a place where lots of really nice people do lots of really fun things and have lots of really good times. Those of us having fun hope that more and more good times with good friends can be recorded with more and more of our neighbors joining in. I started the slogan, a lively place filled with lovely people about four years ago. I still believe it, and I hope more and more good neighbors do so as well. Come on and join in the fun whenever you have a chance. Have a really good week. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7 2 W ednesday, August 14, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger www.ocalapharmacy.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9AM to 6PM Sat. 9AM to 1PM Ask about our FREE Prescription Program & a $15 gift card! 000FPUA 352-509-7890 1-855-OCALA-RX FAX 352-509-7899 Same Co-Pay With Better Service. Why Go Anywhere Else? 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August 24. 2013 5 p.m.-8 p.m. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Impatience with those who dont keep up with you can cause resistance, which, in turn, can lead to more delays. Best to be helpful and supportive if you want results. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A surprise announcement from a colleague could put you on the defensive. Gather your facts and respond. Youll soon find the situation shifting in your favor. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Time spent away from a project pays off with a new awareness of options you hadnt considered before. Weigh them carefully before deciding which to choose. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Consider confronting that personal conflict while theres still time to work things out. A delay can cause more problems. A longtime colleague might offer to mediate. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Some emerging matters could impede the Lions progress in completing an important project. Best advice: Deal with them now, before they can create costly delays. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your aspect continues to favor an expanding vista. This could be a good time to make a career move, and taking an outof-town job could be a good way to do it. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Disruptive family disputes need to be settled so that everyone can move on. Avoid assuming this burden alone, though. Ask for no, demand help with this problem. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Patience is called for as you await word on an important workplace situation. A personal circumstance, however, could benefit by your taking immediate action. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Dont lose confidence in yourself. Those doubters are likely to back off if you demand they show solid proof why they think your ideas wont work. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A temporary setback might cause the usually sure-footed Goat some unsettling moments. But keep going. The path ahead gets easier as you move forward. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Theres welcome news from the workplace. There also could be good news involving a relationship that has long held a special meaning for you. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You might still need to cut some lingering ties to a situation that no longer has the appeal it once held. In the meantime, you can start to explore other opportunities. BORN THIS WEEK: Your sense of whats right can inspire others if you remember not to push too hard to make your case. Moderation works best for you. Good times, good fun, good food, good friends in FFV Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal The very modern Cinderella Princess, Lydia, shows off her lighted sneakers--an update from the traditional glass slippers. Grandma Frann Glenney looks on approvingly. Each month, the FFV Library Committee is featuring a specific author. The most recent "Author of the Month" is Stuart Woods whose works stay checked out from the busy library.

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June during the summer slump when unemployment typically increases due to seasonal employment fluctuations in education, agriculture and tourism Ocala still posted the second-highest job-growth rate in the state, at 2.5 percent. Seven major industries posted gains in June for a net of 2,300 new jobs, including the highest growth rate in the state in financial activities and a tie with the Gainesville metro area with the highest rate in education and health services employment. In contrast, the jobgrowth rate in June 2012 was 0.4 percent (+400 jobs) and the Ocala metropolitan statistical area posted negative job growth of 0.8 percent in 2011 with a loss of 700 jobs over the year. While the Ocala MSAs unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent in June, there were 2,830 fewer people out of work than in June 2012 when the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent and there were 13,856 unemployed. July employment numbers will be released on Aug. 16. The Ocala MSA also posted the third sharpest unemployment rate drop in the nation in October 2012, from 11.9 to 9.1 percent) and the second largest drop in February (from 10.8 to 8.4 percent). Workforce Connection is the local, business-led organization dedicated to connecting qualified INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Rev. Snyder..........5 Opinion................6 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 20 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 Happenings Page 4 PuzzlesPage 78 Wednesday, August 14, 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 effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. 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 Todays New Ads DODGE2013 Grand Caravan Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call Tom 352-325-1306 Female Seeks Live in Personal Assistant. Need to be environmental and health conscious. Weekly salary incld. (252) 670-6677 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! GE Electric Stove with Self cleaning oven, GE Refrigerator top freezer, GE over the stove microwave, Whirlpool dishwasher All 4 appliances very good cond. $500 for All (352) 694-3841 OAK RUNNice 2/2/1.5, Golf, Pools, Activities, Pets Considered (585)610-5257 117 S Lunar Terrace Inverness 2 bedroom. 2 bath. CB home, big yard, Move in ready. Clean as a whistle. Big Garage, plus Carport. GREAT BUY! $79,500. Owner 352-344-9290 Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 HOMOSASSA5+ DEN, BEDROOMS. 3 BATH. THIS HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL TWO STORYHOME WITH 3 CAR GARAGE IS OVER 3500 SQ. FT. HOME BACKS UPTO A NATURE PRESERVE HOME IS AFORECLOSURE SHORTSALE AND THE BANK IS WORKING WITH THE SELLERS. THIS HOME WAS BUILTIN 2005 dennis_neff @yahoo.com BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY all autos with or without titles, any condition.We pay up to $20,000 & offer Free Towing. Cindy (813) 505-6939 DODGE2013 Grand Caravan Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call Tom 352-325-1306 COME AND SEE, Church that praise and serve.Biblical Studies, Thrift shop,Food Bank, Spanish Classes and other services. Iglesia Casa Luz 6855 West Hwy 40 352-465-8397, 352-671-6739 preference, limitation ordiscrimination. 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. Somebody else wants it!Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need. TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403Got something special you no longer use? Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! 8602 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala (Big Lots Plaza) 352-861-2001 O PEN M ONDAY S ATURDAY Shades of Beauty Shades of Beauty Let Our Experience Create a Style for You! $ 5.00 OF F CHEMIC AL SERV ICE Expires 8/31/13 AMY LO W 23 Y ear Experience in Cuts, Color & Perms 000FQOV 000FPDK PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKPlay ball!One of three skydivers who dropped in on the Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series at the Rotary Complex Saturday lands carrying the ball for the opening ceremonies. Below are the members of the host Ocala team, which won its first two games in the tournament. See story, photo on Page 6. Among the nations 200 largest metro areas, Ocala/Marion County ranks fifth in expected fastest rate of employment growth through 2015, according to research firm Moodys Analytics. The findings were included in last weeks Forbes Magazine annual rankings of Best Places for Business and Careers. With a projected growth rate of 3.4 percent, Ocala was the only Florida metro to make Forbes Top 10 Job Growth list. Not surprisingly, Texas dominated job growth projections, nabbing seven of the top slots. Ocalas overall ranking of 178 on the Best Places list reflects negative jobgrowth from 2009 through 2011 and modest growth through much of 2012. Beginning in December 2012, however, Ocala led all of Floridas metros for six consecutive months with the highest job-growth rate, hitting a high of 3.6 percent in May with an increase of 3,600 jobs over-the-year. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said the areas nationally-recognized job-growth rate reflects the strong collaborative relationships between Workforce Connection, the Chamber and Economic Partnership and other business, education, government and economic entities. These partnerships have provided us with the ability to assist local business, as well as those looking to expand or relocate to our area, and connect them with the talented workforce we have to offer, Skinner said. We have seen a steady growth in employment and are working to be the connection for business to connect with our local talent. Despite the expected dip in growth in Free lunch? For kids it existsNo more paperwork. No submitting family financial information. No more waiting to hear if students qualify for free and reduced meals in Marion County Public Schools. This is all thanks to a pilot program the district debuts this year at all local public elementary schools. The program, called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO), provides breakfast and lunch to all elementary students regardless of income. The program is federallyfunded, comes at no additional expense to local taxpayers, and benefits children by providing more nutritious meals with less paperwork. Food service dollars pay for this program separately from the districts general operating budget. These funds can only be used for food service expenses. Schools participating in the CEO pilot program include all public elementary schools in Marion County, two charter elementary schools, and Fort McCoy K-8 School. Next year, district officials will evaluate the CEO program to compare participation rates and gather feedback to determine future participation in the program. For more additional information, contact Food Services Supervisor Susan Johnson at 352-6714190 or visit www.ed.gov. Please see LUNCH Page 8 LUNCHcontinued from Page 1 County gets honor for job growth workers with local employers in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties through cost-effective, high-quality employment, training and education services in collaboration with business, community, education, economic development and government partners. On average, 36,000 job seekers and 1,500 businesses receive services at no charge each year. For more information, visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com or call 1800-434-JOBS, ext. 1234. Please see JOBS Page 8 JOBScontinued from Page 1 Small crowd gathers for Town Hall meeting BY JIM CLARK EditorCounty Commissioners and staff held a town hall meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, at Fire Station 20 near U.S. 27, but there were almost as many officials there as members of the general public. Commissioners each gave a report, starting with Earl Arnett, in whose district the meeting was held. He spoke of road improvements in his area, the two new ladder trucks for Marion County Fire Rescue, one of which was on display, parks and recreation and library activities. Chairman Kathy Bryant spoke of the gains in employment, and added that commissioners have worked very hard on economic development. She noted that Forbes Magazine had just rated Marion County as one of the top places in the country in job growth rate. She continued along that line, citing the commerce park at U.S. 27 and Interstate 75, and said she was excited to see FedEx plans come to fruition. Bryant spoke about the budget, saying that things have been a little challenging as the county prepares the budget. She spoke of various reductions in personnel and praised the installation of solar panels to produce hot water at the jail. The production of compressed natural gas was a key topic of conversation, who also noted that the county wouldnt ever have to site another landfill in Marion County because of an agreement with Sumter County. Carl Zalak continued discussion of the compressed natural gas, saying he originally wondered if the county could wean ourselves off foreign oil. He spearheaded the plan to create a natural gas station, putting a plan together that received state funding for the project. The county will convert vehicles to Linda Miller Carol McKenzie Please see MEETING, Page 3 actly none. How do you deal with none? I now do not know who my friends really are. Their addresses are gone. How do I contact them? I am beginning to think this birthday hacking present is not all it is hacked up to be. Now, my post birthday activity will be salvaging all of those e-mail contacts. I suppose it is good every once in a while to start over again. I guess there is something good about getting a fresh start in life. I have often thought of it myself but never in this context. I would like to know who my birthday benefactor really is. I would like the opportunity to properly and fully acknowledge and express to this person my true feelings about him face-to-face, and not on Facebook. After all, thank you does not always say it. I think I now appreciate Josephs feelings towards his brothers who caused him so much trouble. But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Genesis 50:20 KJV). I am still looking for the good in this situation. For one, I am not stranded in the Philippines without any money. I am at home without money, but that is a different story. Although he hacked my e-mail account, he did not touch my soul. A rumor can never hurt you if you really know the truth.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 5