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INDEX Quail Meadow......5 Ocala Palms........6 Rev. Snyder..........7 Fairfield Village11 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 30 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000G6H9 000GCGL OASIS RESTAURANT OASIS RESTAURANT 7651 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm Come Check Out Our Daily Specials HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US! 237-4598 Saturday, Oct 19 4-8pm Saturday, Oct 19 4-8pm COUNTRY WESTERN KARAOKE NIGHT COUNTRY WESTERN KARAOKE NIGHT OPEN MENU 000FY7J 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? 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On Oct. 1, the Silver Springs Attraction joined the award-winning Florida Park Service. Operation of Silver Springs and Silver River State Park has combined and is called Silver Springs State Park. Friends of Silver Springs/River State Park is an active group of volunteers. This citizens support organization works year round to support the park and its visitors. Volunteers are needed to help with tasks associated with operating the state park. No matter what your interests, skills or hobbies, we have the perfect volunteer opportunities for you. If you like to work with people inside, then answering phones or working at the Information Centers or Museum might be the right job for you. If you like high paced and fun interaction with visitors, then you may want to volunteer in one of our ranger station locations. Silver Springs State Park has gardening opportunities in the gardens, the butterfly garden and other locations throughout the park. Park maintenance opportunities, including small and large carpentry projects are readily available. Special events are planned throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help with events like Ocali Country Days during November, the Knap In during February, Friends' events, interpretive education programs, Junior Ranger Programs, or other fun events. A Land and River Patrol team answers questions from visitors and picks up litter in the park. This job is unique because you are actually "on the river." Volunteers are an important and integral part of this park and training for volunteer positions will begin immediately. If you are interested in volunteering, pick up an application at the state park's ranger station or complete the Volunteer Application at http://www.floridastateparks.org/getinvolved/howtoapply.cfm. Some volunteer opportunities require the purchase of a dress uniform and Friends of Silver River/Springs membership. A Volunteer T-shirt is provided to you, pending supply availability. Volunteers needed at Silver Springs Messenger movingThe State Road 200 office of the West Marion Messengerwill close Oct. 25. Many functions will be moved to 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in Dunnellon, home of the Riverland News. Staff members will be assigned to other locations. There will be some contact phone number changes. The new number for the newsroom will be 352-390-6444. The new fax number will be 352-489-6593. The number for advertising and delivery remains the same, 352-854-3986. All numbers are local calls from Ocala. The important thing is that your South Marion Citizenand West Marion Messengerare not changing. The content will stay the same, the advertising will stay the same, the delivery method will stay the same, even the e-mail will stay the same. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKTown Hall meetingMembers of the Marion County Commission attended a Town Hall meeting at the Freedom Public Library last week. From the left are Earl Arnett, Carl Zalak, Kathy Bryant and Stan McClain. Not shown is David Moore. Story, Page 12; editorial, Page 8 Remembering JFKThe West Marion Messengeris seeking your input to help us do something special the week ending Nov. 22, which is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We want to hear from you about where you were, what you were doing, how you felt, etc., when you got the news that fateful day. Were also interested in hearing from some people on how you think that day changed the world we live in, what effect it had on our future. Please e-mail your story and any photos you might have to editor@smcitizen.com. BY JIM CLARK EditorResidents from the Southwest area gathered for a town hall meeting with county commissioners on Tuesday evening at Freedom Public Library. Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant gave a summary of the countys recent actions, starting with an explanation of the recently passed budget. She noted how the county has been able to hold the line on the millage rate, although home values have dropped 38 percent in recent years, forcing cuts in the budget. She also spoke about economic development, saying that in January 2010, the jobless rate was 14.3 percent, and that in August of this year it was just under 8 percent. She spoke of recent promises of new companies, particularly FedEx Ground, moving into the area. In her district, in which the meeting was held, she spoke of the completion of the 42nd Street flyover, and the traffic light being installed at 103rd Street Road and 49th Avenue. She spoke of the improvements to Liberty Park and the completion of the Marion Oaks waterfall. Commissioner Stan McClain said the federal government shutdown hasnt affected county operations so far. Basically, we dont know its shut down, he said. He said there would be some effect eventually, and also commented on some of the changes taking place because of the shutdown. The Ocala National Forest is shut down, he said, but Im not sure how you shut down a forest. Other commissioners spoke very briefly. One resident asked Lt. Dennis Joiner, commander of the Southwest District Sheriffs Office, about cameras mounted on traffic lights at various intersections. Joiner explained that those are motion sensors, replacing the panels that used to be installed under the streets. Dont worry, big brother isnt watching you, he said. Commissioners greet public in Town Hall meet at library Town Hall editorial Page 8 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKThe crowd paid attention and took notes during the meeting. Rally is a new, fun dog sport where the dog and handler work together as a team. The team will progress through a numbered course of stations with signs, each sign describing the exercise to be performed at that station. Unlike traditional Obedience, Rally encourages the handler to talk to his dog and offer praise and encouragement throughout the course. If you are new to the sport of Rally or if you want to learn or review the UKC Rally signs, a course in UKC Rally will be offered at MADTA (Southeastern Livestock Pavilion) beginning Oct. 29. The course will be taught by recognized UKC Rally judges. There will be a minimum of four classes, class size limited. Rally is fun for everyone and builds the bond between a handler and his dog. Come visit us and see for yourself. Try the class beginning in October and decide if you would like to enter the UKC Rally Trials coming in November. For more information contact Susan Trotto, woofs5@aol.com, put UKC Rally in the subject line, or call 352-347-2989 and leave a message. Visit our website for additional classes, www.MADTA.org. Kennel Club rally signs class Calling all female singers. If you have ever sung Barbershop Music, or would like to experience the fun of singing a capella in four-part chords, come visit Summer Springs Chorus Open House, Monday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the hall at Ascension Lutheran Church, 5730 S.E. 28th St. at Baseline Road, Ocala. This is a new meeting place, where you will be entertained, as well as have time to sing some songs quite familiar to you. Refreshments will be served so you may have an opportunity to meet other singers in your neighborhood. For more information call Mary 352-633-7141, or to book a special event entertainment, call Sandy 352362-2069. Female singers needed for barbershop music Read the classifieds

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Cards Accepted1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTALFor your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 DRIVE ME TO MY DOCTOR 352-327-7420 Credit card pre-pay PICK-UPs & DROP-OFFs www.drivemetomy doctor.com Help for Seniors 352-237-4377. No long term contracts. Licensed and insured agency. www.actikare.com. AIRPORT MINIBUS Svc. Private transport to TAMPAAIRPORT. Pre-p ay by Credit Card. Licensed & insured. 352-327-7420 BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 CHRYSLER2012 T own & Country Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs call T om for more info 352-325-1306 Clean out your closets, go through your garage, attack your attic and then use the classifieds to get rid of stuff you no longer use. And the FREE listing means you have more money left over after the sale!You can list any single item priced under $100 for sale for FREE!PUTTHEPOWER ANDCONVENIENCE OFTHECLASSIFIEDS TOWORKFORYOU!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 PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o 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. CHILD CARE PROVIDERFor Church Nursery Background check & ref. required. Sunday AMs. Extra hours avaialble for special events. Email Resume ibcresumes@ embarqmail.com Brand New Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 Couch Large 3 cushions, pink & blue $50 (352) 369-4790 Glass top patio table with 4 cushioned chairs, Lounger, and 2 Swivel Chairs. Pink, good Condition $150 (352) 369-4790 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! 2Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger HEARING LOSS? Turn up the T.V. Tell people to speak up Dont answer the phone. Stay out of restaurants. Dont go to movies. Avoid s ocializing. If you want to pay more for better hearing... THATS YOUR BUSINESS! If you want to pay LESS... THATS OUR BUSINESS! YOU NEED TO CALL IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE Has difficulty hearing outdoors, in restaurants or home Problems following conversation, especially in groups Frequently ask others to repeat themselves Strain to understand certain peoples voices or words Seems like people mumble, you want them to speak up Are told you play the T.V. too loud. Is Your Hearing Difficulty Earwax Buildup or Something More Serious? FREE Test Dates are available Oct. 16 to Oct. 23 Your Video Otoscope exam may reveal such common problems as: Excessive ear wax Damage to your eardrum Visible obstruction in the ear canal Other conditions which may make it difficult for you to hear clearly Annual Hearing Test: SMART VISION PROBLEMS? Get An Eye Exam. To avoid waiting you MUST call ahead for an appointment. Using a miniature video otoscope, well painlessly look inside your ear canal and show it on a monitor and you can watch along! Video Otoscope exams are FREE during this event! 000G7BN www.nutechhearing.com M-F 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Appointment Needed INVERNESS 352-419-7911 3161-C, E. Gulf to Lake Hwy. 1/2 mile east of Walmart OCALA-WEST 352-671-2999 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Next to Chilis CRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-6155 1122 N. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19) A block and a half south of Ft. Island Trail You may qualify for FREE Rechargeable Hearing Aids (no need to change batteries!) FEDERAL WORKERS AND RETIREES ATTENTION ACT TODAY! OCALA-EAST 352-861-2275 3405 SW College Rd. Ste. 207 Colours Plaza, next to Red Lobster NEW LOCATION Ringing In Yo ur Ears?? We Fix Tinitus Problems. Call Now. Annual Hearing Test: Fairfields SAC Spaghetti Dinner Declared DeliziosoOn Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m., a large number of Fairfield Villagers gathered in the communitys clubhouse for what several called the Fs Food, Fun, and Fundraising. The event was the annual spaghetti dinner, and it was a huge success. A number of ladies worked very diligently to put the event together led by the efforts of Ann Bruno who contributed her amazing meatballs and sauce. The rave reviews were more than deserved as the sauce was declared by SAC chair, Toni Belcher, to be delizioso. The evaluation was unanimous by all those who attended and enjoyed the evening. With many of our active snowbirds returning to our community, there will be more and more activities to be enjoyed in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people. Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Romaine Redding smiles happily as she serves up salad for SAC fundraising dinner in Fairfield's clubhouse kitchen on Saturday, Oct. 5. Pam and Tony Lucas prepare to enjoy their spaghetti dinner as Tony shows his "Italian Pride" by wearing his cap with the Italian colors and "Italia" emblem. So appropriate for the evening!

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Wednesday, Oct. 16 Garden Club district meeting setThe fall meeting of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District V will be held Oct. 16 in Ocala at the Agriculture Extension Auditorium at 2332 N.E. Jacksonville Road. The theme of the meeting is Through The Garden Gate-Our Legacy an Our Future. The host is the Pioneer Garden Club. The cost is $21. The deadline for delegates and alternates is Oct. 6, and the deadline for all non voting members is Oct. 9. The registration coffee will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Meets and lunch to follow. For information, call Marge Hendon, 352-216-7479. To register, mail checks to Susie Berrunill, 4048 S.E. 38th Loop, Ocala FL 34480. Make checks payable to Pioneer Garden Club.Presbyterian Womens luncheonThe Presbyterian Womens 25th anniversary fall luncheon will take place at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala in the Founders Hall at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16. We will have a salad luncheon and each person is asked to bring a salad. For further information, please call the church at 352-237-4633.Thursday, Oct. 17 Duo to visit church lunchCollege Road Baptist Church will have as its luncheon guests the duo of Don and Jill, a wonderful spiritual couple. Everyone is invited, please bring a dish to share. Join us at noon, on Oct. 17 and meet our new pastor, Alan Cotney. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741.Air Force Association to meetThe Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Friday, Oct. 18 The Circle of French FriendsLe Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is Oct. 18.Bryan Popin Ministries concertChrists Church of Marion County presents a special concert presented by Bryan Popin Ministries of Nashville. Christian concert pianist, singer, worship leader, minister, composer and arranger Bryan Popin ministers energetically and joyfully at the keyboard and virtually transfers joy and inspiration to those in attendance. This is a concert for the young, the old, the in between; something for everyone. You will hear gospel music, country music, Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, classic music along with Bryans original music. Enjoy the artistry of someone who has worked with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw among others. His hit song Falling was the theme song for the movie On the Line. Bryan is proud that he touches lives, changes lives and saves souls. A love offering will be taken. This spectacular event, a concert you will not forget, is at 7 p.m. A pre-concert pizza party Everyone is invited to join the Forever Young Ministry in Christian Fellowship at a pre-concert pizza party sharing pizza, salad, ice cream and beverage at 6:15 p.m. Donations will be received. Christs Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Saturday, Oct 19 Pig-nic at First CongregationalThe third annual Pig-nic at First Congregational UCC (7171 S.W. State Road 200) is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. The menu includes pulled barbecued pork, chips and a drink for adults ($7); and hot dogs, chips and a drink ($3 for kids under 9) baked beans and coleslaw for everyone. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $1. Entertainment and activities include a police K9 demonstration; OTOWs DClowns; golf lob-wedge competition; a storytelling corner; face painting, balloons and temporary tattoos. Tickets are available at the church office (Tues.Thur., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and at the door. Marion Landing craft fairThe annual Marion Landing Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in the communitys Lifestyle Center at 8601 S.W. 65th Ave. Road across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church on State Road 200. Created by our resident crafters, handcrafted items for sale will include jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, floral arrangements, handbags, home dcor, paintings, lighted wine bottles, macram, wall hangings, unique gifts and holiday items. Coffee/tea and donuts will be available for a nominal price. Admission to the craft fair is free and it is open to the public. No pets, please. For more information, call 352237-7152. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3 10 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVERTISING 000G6JO HAND YMAN Weekend Warrior Let Me Do All Your Chores Home Maintenance/ Repair Lawn & Y ard Pressure W ashing Painting, Etc. V ery Dependable, Competent & Affordable Excellent, Local References. Reclaim Your Fr ee Time! 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Frankly, we have to agree with this lady that the city has not done itself any favors by moving events away from the square, which is now completed and reopened. But the county commissioners did do themselves, and the residents, a favor by holding these meetings. We hope that these will become a regular feature on the calendar for our governing officials. EDIT ORIALcontinued from Page 8 Read the classifieds The Obamacare statute states very clearly that all members of Congress and their staffs are to procure their health insurance through the Obamacare Exchanges. Just as clearly, it does not provide for government support of their present coverage under the separate Federal Health Benefits Plan to continue to on the Exchanges. In fact, Section 1512 of the Statute says clearly that employees going on the Exchanges lose their previous employer subsidies. Thats why this special rule for Congress is illegal. But Senator Vitter has introduced legislation to reverse Obamas illegal OPM ruling, and apply the Obamacare law as written and enacted, removing Congresss special exemption. His bill requires all Members of Congress, and their staffs, and the President, and the Vice-President, and all political appointees of the Obama Administration, to comply with all of the requirements of Obamacare that they have imposed on everyone else. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded by calling Vitter an anarchist playing really juvenile political games for insisting that Congress and Obama follow the law, and the same rules as everyone else. But the public overwhelming disagrees with Reid. A poll sponsored by Independent Womens Voice found that 93 percent of likely voters, including 88 percent of Democrats, oppose the Congressional exemption from Obamacare. In the continuing battle over the CR, House Republicans have tried to repeal the special Obamacare exemption for Congress, but Sen. Harry Reid and his troops have so far rejected the measure. With the American public furious at how the Washington elites take care of themselves, the issue isnt going away any time soon. If the Republicans were smart, they would attach Senator Vitters bill to every piece of legislation passed by the House. As the pressure continues to build across the country, at some point the guardians of privilege will be forced to give up their subsidy, and learn how it feels to be an ordinary American living under the Obamacare monster they created. Peter J. Thomas is Chairman of The Conservative Caucus. Peter Ferrara is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Senior Policy Advisor on Entitlement Reform and the Budget for the National Tax Limitation Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute. OBAMACAREcontinued from Page 8 Happenings Thursday, Oct. 24 Three-day junque saleOcala West United Methodist Mens Club will hold its annual Junque Sale on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. 9330 SW 105th St. Ocala. The club will accept donations for this large charitable fund raiser at storage pods in church parking lot beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 and every Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 17 and every Saturday from Sept. 7 through oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event has been held for more than 20 years. Clothing cannot be accepted. Phone number is 352-854-9550.Baked goodies at Methodist churchTheres a real sweet treat going on at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct 25, beginning at 9 a.m. In conjunction with the mens annual junque sale, the Ocala West United Methodist Women will host their annual bake sale. Cakes, pies, breads, cookies and candy will be offered for sale. Hot dogs, chips and a coke for $3 will be offer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. The mens junque sale will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Saturday, Oct. 26 Flea market at St. JudeThe St. Jude Catholic Church annual Flea Market is to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Delicious foods will be available for your enjoyment as you browse. For those who wish to rent table space to sell their own goods, rental cost is $15 for outside and $20 for inside. You may also provide your own table. For information, please call 352-3075046 to reserve your space.Moose sets Old Bag AuctionThe West Marion Moose Lodge Chapter 1929 will hold its third annual Old Bag Auction on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Silver Springs Lodge, 7165 Maricamp Road, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dinner is $9 per person and includes pot roast or baked chicken. For more information call 352-854-4332 or the Lodge at 352-687-3744.African Violet Club to meetThe African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office (Brian Litz Sheriffs Substation), 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The program will be Meet the Commercials. This brand new program highlights famous African violet commercial growers. Meet commercial hybridizers and growers in their shops and growing areas around the United States via DVD. Video interviews serve to reveal some of their African violet secrets, as well as, giving a video tour of their growing areas including secret rooms. This is sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting. Delicious refreshments are served and guests are are always welcome! Please check out our website at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org/ for more information. There is also a link on the website to follow us on Facebook.Book sale for SPCAA book sale to benefit the SPCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Winn-Dixie from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be 25 and 50-cent books.Sunday, Oct. 27 German American Club picnicThe German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, Oct. 27, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. Tickets purchased before the picnic are $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Tickets purchased on the day of the picnic are $9 per member or $12 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.Chamber Music Society concertThe Marion Chamber Music Society is opening its 2013-2014 concert season with Motets, Madrigals and Medieval Music featuring The Florida Schola Cantorum, a group of singers from Gainesville led by Dr. Ed Schaefer dedicated to music of the Renaissance and Middle Ages. The free concert is at Ocalas Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. The group will also showcase music of more recent times that follows in the tradition of those earlier eras.Harvest Fest family eventS.H.I.N.E. Sharing His Incredible News Everywhere! HARVEST FEST. The Childrens Ministry presents a free family event featuring games, Bible stories, refreshments, candy, costume judging and much more. The Marion County Sheriffs office will be there to fingerprint the children. The event starts at 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org. Breast Cancer Support Group to meetThe 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., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in room 235 (Chapel/Multipurpose Room). The meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 will be an open meeting with a discussion of Dr. Jamie Daniels book Breast Cancer, Where To Begin. For info, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Halloween at St. JudeWant a safe alternative for trick or treating this year? St. Jude Catholic Church is having its first Trunk or Treat from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church parking lot at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. The kids walk from car trunk to car trunk. Crossroads Celebration of LifeLooking for a safe way for your kids to spend Oct. 31? Join us at Crossroads Church for our annual Celebration of Life, Oct. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Everything is free: hot dogs, popcorn, Sno Kones, candy and bounce houses. Glow sticks for the first 200 children. 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Saturday, Oct. 10 Joy Lutheran yard, bake saleJoy Lutheran Church, Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala, will have its annual indoor yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and sports related items. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes, shoes or electronics. Yard sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, or anytime during the day on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods should be brought on Friday. Please have all baked goods wrapped for sale and labeled, particularly if they contain nuts. As usual there will be the vintage table for the special treasures as well as a craft and quilt section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Mark your calendar for this well-known favorite community event and join us for a fun-filled day. For more information, call Edie Heinzen (352-8547817) in regards to the bake sale and Patty Corey (352854-0660) regarding the yard sale.Vendors wanted for yard saleThe Ocala 200 Lions Club is holding a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks located in the Friendship Plaza on State Road 200. Space rental will be $15 and you must provide your own tables and set-up. Hot dogs will be available for purchase. For more info and reservations call Lion Bob Melnick, at 352-861-2730. All proceeds will benefit community projects.Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. A bag of books is $5. Bring your aluminum cans for recycling. For information, call 352-291-1962.Yard sales at Spruce Creek PreserveMore than 50 families have signed up for the Spruce Creek Preserve Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, just 2.5 miles west of County Road 484. Look for the American flag at the entrance.Scandinavian Club of Marion CountyThe Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting Oct. 19. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 16, checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate at 352-687-1580, Don Clauson at 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.Sunday, Oct. 20 Jazz Society event canceledThe Ocala Jazz Society has canceled its event scheduled for Oct. 20. The next concert will be Nov. 17.Dance Theater to present Twisted BeautyThe Royal Dance Theater will present Twisted Beauty on Sunday, Oct. 20 two times at West Port High School. Chester Anderson is the producer, director, choreographer and a dancer in the show, which is a takeoff of Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty. Many of the dances in the show originated from India and African. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling Anderson at 352-282-2467. For more information see the website, https://www.ocoos.com/me/royale-dance-theater/Picnic at St. JudeThe Knights of Columbus Council 15644 invite you to join them for our first picnic on Sunday, Oct. 20, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event will take place on the St. Jude Catholic Church grounds, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Cost is only $5 per person for all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Please contact the parish office at 352-347-0154. Monday, Oct. 21 Legion post to meetThe Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 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 352-322-5966. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000FYNA John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000FWVU 000FYR5 The T ruesdell Professional Building 200 N.W 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 K ELLEA N K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM A ttorne y & Counselor at La w (352) 873-4141 or K elleanTruesdell.com My Flor ida Estate Planning W orkshop is a vailable an y da y at any hour Wills, Living T rusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death T ax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. ARIES ( March 21 to A pril 19) A colleague might offer to open a door for you professionally. But before you walk through it, be sure this favor isnt attached to an obligation you might find difficult to discharge. T AURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creativity, your persistence and your reliability could lead to a major career shift. Be sure to use that other Taurean trait, your practicality, when discussing what the job offers. GEM INI ( May 21 to June 20) A changing situation might require some adjustments you might not have been prepared to make. However, flexibility in this matter could be the best course to follow at this time. C ANC ER ( June 21 to July 22) Youre in a period of fluctuating moods, which is not unusual for the Moon Child. Your emotions stabilize by the 25th. Meanwhile, try to hold off making major decisions until then. L EO ( July 23 to A ug. 22) That keen sense of perception helps you hunt down those minute details that others overlook. And, of course, your Leonine ego will accept the expected praise with good grace. V IRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Be careful not to be confrontational when raising a work-related issue. Better to make a request than a demand. And, of course, be prepared to back up your case with facts. LIB RA ( Sept. 23 to O ct. 22) Your ego might be hurt when a colleague turns down your offer to help. But accept it as a rejection of your offer, not of you. A friend from the past could re-emerge by weeks end. SCORP IO (Oct. 23 to N ov. 21) A flow of positive energy turns a work project you didnt want to do into something you actually love doing. Now, take that attitude into your social, intimate life and enjoy what follows. S AGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Working hard to meet your professional goals is fine. But dont neglect your private life, especially where it concerns your more cherished relationships. CAP RIC ORN ( Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Patience remains the key word in dealing with an emotionally sensitive situation with a close friend or family member. Help comes your way by weeks end. AQUARIUS ( Jan. 20 to F eb. 18) With new information, its a good time to rethink some of your goals without taking suggestions from others, no matter how well-meaning they might be. PI SCE S (Feb. 19 to March 20) Making progress on your project is relatively easy in the early part of the week. A problem could arise midweek. But all goes swimmingly once its resolved. The W est Marion Messenger is a free comm unity newspaper cov ering ne ws of communities w est of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala P alms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meado w, Fo xwood F arms and Golden Hills Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Prob lems getting the Messeng er: If your comm unity is listed abov e and the Messenger is not delivered to y ou or you are ha ving trouble getting the paper from bo xes around the S .R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 EditorJim Clark Circulation Barbara Jag ger s Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Mic hel Northsea Adver tising Sales Tom Rapplean Regional Manag er John Pro vost Deadline for ne ws : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday 000GDHT More on Page 10 Saddle Oak Club craft fairThe annual craft fair at Saddle Oak Club, on State Road 200, across from Heathbrook Publix, will be Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, drawings, homemade baked goods, coffee and croissants served from 8 to 10 a.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Moose yard saleWest Marion Moose Chapter 1929 will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks parking lot on Southwest State Road 200. To make donations or to buy a space, call Gerri at 352-237-1487. Spaces are $10 for one and $15 for two.Buddy Poppies to be distributedVFW Post 4781 will be handing out Buddy Poppies on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at Publix, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Gander Mountain, Lowes Winn-Dixie, Big Lots and I-Hop. Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going to veterans and local charities. Read the classifieds

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That one man said he had gone up to a work crew on the side of the road and found they couldnt speak English. He hinted that they were undocumented aliens and that the county should hire local workers. Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant explained, twice, that any contractor doing business with the county had to use the E-Verify system, which makes sure all the workers are legitimate. Just because they speak Spanish doesnt mean theyre illegal, Bryant said. Commissioners heard complaints about land use. One man spoke out against the commercial zoning in the area of the Freedom Library, when the land was obviously being used for farming. Bare land ought to be treated as bare land, he said. We have to agree with him that the entrance to the library parking lot, which used to be straightforward and simple, now involves thinking, How do I get out of here? It isnt always easy. Another speaker brought up the possible outsourcing of jobs, and Bryant said she would be glad to meet with her and explain the system and how it saves the county money. The same lady spoke of the lack of buses on State Road 200. She also said she would not attend the Fine Arts Festival, which had been moved downtown from the McPherson complex, because of the lack of bus transportation. I fear for the Fine Arts Festival, she said. As Bryant pointed out, though, the Transportation Planning Organization has done studies about buses on the Corridor and found that it is not feasible. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column BY PETER J. THOMAS AND PETER FERRARA Special to the MessengerIf Obamacare is so good, why was Congress crying to President Obama for an illegal exemption, which he freely granted? When Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, it stated that Congress and its staff would be subject to it the same as everyone else. That is only fair that they should live under the same rules that they imposed on everyone else. But Obamacare does not go into effect until next year. And as that fateful moment approached, panic spread across the halls of Congress, as it has for much of America, as the realization dawned as to what that would mean for them. Obamacare provides that those buying health insurance on the Exchanges cannot receive subsidies from their employers to help pay for it. They can only receive instead the taxpayer financed Obamacare subsidies to help pay for the highly expensive health insurance Obamacare requires. But that Obamacare health insurance welfare is mostly focused on low and moderate income families, though those making close to $100,000 a year can still receive some Obamacare welfare. The problem in Congress is that the Members and even some of their staffers make $174,000 a year, more than three times the national average. For anyone in the Exchanges making that much, there will be no taxpayer subsidies under Obamacare. They will be forced to pay the full cost of the highly expensive Obamacare health insurance, with all of the costly requirements Obama and his Democrats have imposed. For many people, the full cost of that insurance will be double or more current market rates. In the Obamacare Exchanges, all of that will be paid for by the workers themselves, or by the taxpayers. That full cost of the Obamacare insurance will cost Congress and their staffs, and their families, roughly $5,000 to $11,000 a year. But Washington Insiders take care of their own. Congress and their staffs, and federal employees generally, have enjoyed their own special health insurance deal, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), financed mostly by the taxpayers. It is a good deal for Congress and federal employees, with each choosing among a wide range of different health insurance plans, free of Obamacare. As the weeping and wailing in the halls of Congress reached the ears of the Obama Administration, not to worry came the reply. During the August recess, when the rest of America was out enjoying the last rites of summer, President Obama quietly ordered the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rule that the generous, taxpayer financed, health insurance subsidies of the FEHBP program would also apply to any federal employees, including Congress and their staffs, on the Obamacare Exchanges. This OPM ruling is flatly contrary to the express language of the Obamacare law, and is consequently illegal. As Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has explained, 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. Normally, I leave the comments on Washington, D.C., affairs to those who cover that area in their usual course of events. We see constant writings of all types from people telling the government what to do, what not to do, attacking Congress, attacking the president, etc., and they have the right to express their opinion. But keep in mind that usually they have no more knowledge of events than any of us. There was one statement last week, though, that really got me thinking, and I want to share my thoughts. As I write this Monday morning, nothing has been settled concerning the shutdown and debt ceiling, so please bear that in mind if, by now, an agreement has been reached. I wish I could remember who said it, but there was a comment last week about government workers. This particular statement was about the Environmental Protection Agency, and the fact that only 7 percent of its workers were on the job. The other 93 percent were deemed non-essential and were furloughed. The commentator then added a very good question: If the 93 percent are nonessential now, why arent they non-essential all the time? In other words, do these 93 percent really need to be employed by the federal government? That statement could be applied to almost any government agency, not just the EPA. Why doesnt non-essential mean non-essential every day? Most people would not deny that the federal government is a bloated bureaucracy. So maybe this partial shutdown is a good thing. Its revealing to us how many people really arent needed in Washington and across the country. To be sure, there are some government workers furloughed that we want to see return. The people who run the parks and monuments, for instance, or the people who work as food inspectors, Is non-essential really non-essential? Among Friends Jim Clark or the locally-based health agencies that help people across the country, would probably be on that list. But these people work directly for the public. Its the bureaucrats in D.C. who are non-essential in the operations of government. Some Congressional workers have been furloughed. Yet, Congress keeps right on working as it usually does (I know, thats not necessarily a good thing). Do they really need to bring back those furloughed aides, especially in Washington. On the other hand, the aides who work the local offices, such as those for Rich Nugent here in Ocala, should be able to keep working, because they work directly with the people. Im sorry for the furloughed workers who are without income at the moment thats a terrible strain in these economic times. But thats the problem when you work for the government. A new administration, a new Congress, etc., could completely change the makeup of the federal workforce. Its a chance workers take when they sign up for government jobs. Hopefully when funding is restored, Congress and the president will force agencies to take a look at their essential personnel and determine who needs to stay and who needs to go. Then again, in a few months, this will all be forgotten and everything will be back to normal for Washington, D.C.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. After Oct. 24, he can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com, or at 352-390-6444. oPlease see OBAMACARE, Page 10 Please see EDITORIAL, Page 10 Obamacare and Congress Attention all you bingo players: Bingo is played at the Clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Judi and Barry Hargraves are in charge of the games this year. They have introduced some new games for variety, so come on out and enjoy an evening of fellowship and bingo. The Red Hot Fillies met last week to plan activities for the next several months. First on the agenda is lunch on Oct. 24 at the Stone Creek Grille. Please call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb if you plan to attend as reservations must be made by the 22nd. We will meet at the QM clubhouse at 11:30 and carpool to the restaurant. Other events for the year will include a tour of Golden Flake Potato Chip factory, picnic at Silver Springs, possibly a river cruise from Sanford, and several other interesting trips. All ladies from QM are invited to come join this fun group. Reminder: Oct. 30 is the Spooktacular Pot Luck dinner at the Clubhouse. Word was received this week of the death of our oldest resident. It was just a year ago that we celebrated the 100th birthday of Katherine Foote. Katherine missed her 101st birthday by 26 days. Katherine was born on Oct. 31, 1912 on a farm in Northampton County Pennsylvania. At the age of 17 she decided she wanted to see the big city of New York. So, she left the farm and went to New York all by herself. The first job she had was as a waitress in a coffee shop. It was there that she met Gene Sarazen, a great golfer. Gene was very impressed with Katherine and he wanted her to have a better job; so he got her one working on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. This job was like a dream come true for Katherine. She met many famous people while working here. Among those she met was Al Smith, who became a very good friend. She also met Winston Churchill and when they were introduced she asked Mr. Churchill if she could give him a kiss! His reply was, yes, so she gave him a big kiss right on his lips! Another famous person she met was John Raskob, the man who financed building the Empire State Building. Mr. Raskob saw some of her knitting and asked if she would knit him a sweater. Naturally, Katherine was honored to do so. Upon completion of the sweater, Mr. Raskob told her to go to Bloomingdales and get anything she wanted and he would pay for it. They remained friends for the rest of Mr. Raskobs life. On another occasion, Katherine was taking a boat ride around Manhattan and there was a tall, skinny young man also on the boat. He kept making eyes at Katherine, and she thought he was just some young kid. She agreed to dance one dance with him, but refused when he asked for a second dance; she told him he was too young! It just so happened, that skinny kid was Frank Sinatra! Along with all the celebrities, Katherine also met Alden Foote, a photographer on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. She and Alden married in 1940. After leaving New York, Katherine moved to Hawaii and lived there for 32 years. She enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean from her home. She also had a great garden and raised huge squash. In 2008 Katherine and her son, Arthur, moved to Quail Meadow. She could often be seen going out for a ride in her wheelchair, and her faithful dog, Chalupa, always on her lap. Katherine is survived by her 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Surely, Katherine Foote entered the Kingdom of Heaven as a first ballot Hall-of-Fame woman, mother and human being. She will always be greatly loved and sorely missed by family, friends, and neighbors. Remember Bingo at the Clubhouse Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Katherine Foote on her 100th birthday.

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Mon., Oct. 28, 3:00 PM Mon., Nov. 4, 3:00 PM Horse & Hounds 4620 E Silver Springs Blvd. Tues., Oct. 29, 10:30 AM Market Street 4414 SW College Rd., Ocala Across From Barnes & Noble Mon.-Sat. 10-7 Sun. 12-5 20% OFF 1 ITEM EXP. 10/31/13 000G44P MAKING WA VES Salon & Spa Jaime Silva Master Stylist 18 Years Experience Walk-Ins W elcome 854-6531 Appointments Av ailable Making Wa ves Salon & Spa 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza 854-6531 by appointment please 000G6NG Ther e really is a differ ence in salons . 000GABZ Ocala Palms resident Luann Mayer, right, celebrated her 15th year of aquacise instructions on Oct. 1 at Blanca's Cafe. There were over 50 "students" who attended the celebration to thank her for the time and effort she put into every class. Luann instructs two class three times a week and there is always a full pool. We look forward to the next 15 years of instructions! Photos by Cathy Donohue Marking 15 years of aquacise Rosario DelGado and Ana Gonzalez enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Attending the celebration are Luann's husband, Arthur, Vera Callahan and Anita Rhoden who substitutes for Luann. Two of Luann's students are Phil and Amy Masten. Additional photo, Page 7. Read the classifieds Helping celebrate the anniversary party are Dwight and Bev Edmond. Read the classifieds Acertain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse. It started a few months ago when I came home, walked into the house and was hit in the face so hard I almost passed out. At the time, I was hoping I would pass out, but no such luck. I think everybody knows what it is like to be hit unexpectedly by something you do not actually expect. I guess that is why it is called unexpectedly. It happened to me and I am not sure I am over it yet. Even though I have been married 42 years, of which most of it has been happily, I did not see this one coming. Just when you think you have your spouse figured out, they do something off the radar. Every husband knows exactly what I am talking about. This makes it hard to buy Christmas and birthday presents. What they liked last year is not what they like this year. I remember buying my wife a watch one year for Christmas of which she was so delighted that for the next four years after I bought her a watch for Christmas. How was I supposed to know she only wanted one watch! I think we hit one of those impasses. Walking into the house, I was hit with the horrific smell of broccoli cooking on the stove. I do not know if you ever smelt such a smell as that but if you are not prepared for it and even if you are prepared for it, it can smack you in the face like you have never been smacked in the face before. When I came to myself and gathered what little composure I could find, I queried the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage who was in the kitchen. What is that awful smell? I dont know, have you taken a shower yet? After being married for 42 years, I know when to respond to a question and when not to. I knew if I responded to this question the way I wanted to respond to this question, the smell of broccoli would be the least of my worries at the time. No, I said gathering a little bit of manliness about me, Something in this house smells dreadful. I smelled it as soon as I walked in the door. Then she chuckled. I hate it when she chuckles. Oh, that must be the wonderful aroma of broccoli cooking on the stove. Isnt it marvelous? Adhering to my rules about questions, I tossed that one aside and opted for another one. Youre not cooking broccoli for supper tonight, are you? I was hoping she would catch my attitude of disdain and disgust in this question. Obviously, for whatever reason, she did not catch the drift. Yes, she said as chipper as I have ever heard her chip, I thought I would surprise you with a wonderful dish of broccoli for supper tonight, to go along with our pork chops. Can you live with a person for so long and not know what they like or do not like? Nobody has to be around me for five minutes before they will understand that broccoli and I have had a feud that has been going on since before the Hatfields and McCoys. But I thought you knew I do not like broccoli? Oh, that, she said with another chuckle, I just thought you were joking. Nobody jokes about broccoli, especially me. Then a brilliant idea reverberated between my ears. I thought I could take advantage of this situation and sneak in something forbidden in our kitchen and house for that matter, a rare delicacy. I will then run to the store and get some fresh Apple Fritters for our dessert. I figured if she wants to put in front of me broccoli the least she can do is allow me an Apple Fritter or two. In a moment, all the chipper drained from her person and she looked at me and said, Apple Fritters are not allowed in this house. Lets negotiate, I said as calmly as I have ever been in my life. I will allow you to eat broccoli tonight if you allow me an Apple Fritter for my dessert. I wonder if there is a husband living today, that has ever successfully negotiated with his wife. This is how we will negotiate, we will have broccoli tonight without any Apple Fritter. I am only thinking of your health. The way she glared at me I knew negotiations were off the table at this time and in its place was some steaming broccoli. What I am going to do is sneak behind her back and eat two, not one but two, Apple Fritters and I will savor every bite. If only we could act like grownups, come together, voice our differences and strike a compromise. After all, our government works that way. I thought about this and came to a certain conclusion. The Christian life is not really negotiating your preference but rather honoring Christ. Jesus said, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20 KJV). When self is at the center of my negotiations, Christ is never honored.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The shutdown threat at the kitchen of the parsonage Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Christs Church of Marion CountyWednesday, Oct. 16: Bible study, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17: Praise and Prayer Ministry meeting, 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Pre-concert pizza party, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Bryan Popin, pianist, in concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22: Womens crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23: Bible study, 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Countryside PresbyterianThe public is invited to participate in Reformation Sunday on Oct. 27 at the 10:30 a.m. service at Countryside Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Besides remembering the beginning of the Reformed Church by Martin Luther in 1517 as well as its Scottish heritage, Countryside is celebrating its 25th anniversary.Friendship Baptist ChurchSunday Day services at Friendship Baptist Church, Oct. 20, begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The Ladies Class, taught by Linda Brown, is studying The Preaching of Gods Servant Mark 1 8, The Auditorium Class, taught by Bill Wallett, is studying, Gods Sovereignty Mans Leadership 1 Samuel; 2 Samuel 1-4; 1 Chronicles 1-10. At the 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service the FBC choir will be singing, The Altar, solo, Wayne Rackley. Pastor Randall Brown will be bringing the morning message; a message of hope and encouragement during these troubling times. The Sunday Evening Worship and Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. FBC also meets on Wednesday night at 7 for additional Bible study and prayer. All are welcome to attend. Friendship Baptist Church is at 9510 S.W. 105th St., off of Highway 200. 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Mon., Oct. 28, 3:00 PM Mon., Nov. 4, 3:00 PM Horse & Hounds 4620 E Silver Springs Blvd. Tues., Oct. 29, 10:30 AM Market Street 4414 SW College Rd., Ocala Across From Barnes & Noble Mon.-Sat. 10-7 Sun. 12-5 20% OFF 1 ITEM EXP. 10/31/13 000G44P MAKING WA VES Salon & Spa Jaime Silva Master Stylist 18 Years Experience Walk-Ins W elcome 854-6531 Appointments Av ailable Making Wa ves Salon & Spa 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza 854-6531 by appointment please 000G6NG Ther e really is a differ ence in salons . 000GABZ Ocala Palms resident Luann Mayer, right, celebrated her 15th year of aquacise instructions on Oct. 1 at Blanca's Cafe. There were over 50 "students" who attended the celebration to thank her for the time and effort she put into every class. Luann instructs two class three times a week and there is always a full pool. We look forward to the next 15 years of instructions! Photos by Cathy Donohue Marking 15 years of aquacise Rosario DelGado and Ana Gonzalez enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Attending the celebration are Luann's husband, Arthur, Vera Callahan and Anita Rhoden who substitutes for Luann. Two of Luann's students are Phil and Amy Masten. Additional photo, Page 7. Read the classifieds Helping celebrate the anniversary party are Dwight and Bev Edmond. Read the classifieds Acertain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse. It started a few months ago when I came home, walked into the house and was hit in the face so hard I almost passed out. At the time, I was hoping I would pass out, but no such luck. I think everybody knows what it is like to be hit unexpectedly by something you do not actually expect. I guess that is why it is called unexpectedly. It happened to me and I am not sure I am over it yet. Even though I have been married 42 years, of which most of it has been happily, I did not see this one coming. Just when you think you have your spouse figured out, they do something off the radar. Every husband knows exactly what I am talking about. This makes it hard to buy Christmas and birthday presents. What they liked last year is not what they like this year. I remember buying my wife a watch one year for Christmas of which she was so delighted that for the next four years after I bought her a watch for Christmas. How was I supposed to know she only wanted one watch! I think we hit one of those impasses. Walking into the house, I was hit with the horrific smell of broccoli cooking on the stove. I do not know if you ever smelt such a smell as that but if you are not prepared for it and even if you are prepared for it, it can smack you in the face like you have never been smacked in the face before. When I came to myself and gathered what little composure I could find, I queried the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage who was in the kitchen. What is that awful smell? I dont know, have you taken a shower yet? After being married for 42 years, I know when to respond to a question and when not to. I knew if I responded to this question the way I wanted to respond to this question, the smell of broccoli would be the least of my worries at the time. No, I said gathering a little bit of manliness about me, Something in this house smells dreadful. I smelled it as soon as I walked in the door. Then she chuckled. I hate it when she chuckles. Oh, that must be the wonderful aroma of broccoli cooking on the stove. Isnt it marvelous? Adhering to my rules about questions, I tossed that one aside and opted for another one. Youre not cooking broccoli for supper tonight, are you? I was hoping she would catch my attitude of disdain and disgust in this question. Obviously, for whatever reason, she did not catch the drift. Yes, she said as chipper as I have ever heard her chip, I thought I would surprise you with a wonderful dish of broccoli for supper tonight, to go along with our pork chops. Can you live with a person for so long and not know what they like or do not like? Nobody has to be around me for five minutes before they will understand that broccoli and I have had a feud that has been going on since before the Hatfields and McCoys. But I thought you knew I do not like broccoli? Oh, that, she said with another chuckle, I just thought you were joking. Nobody jokes about broccoli, especially me. Then a brilliant idea reverberated between my ears. I thought I could take advantage of this situation and sneak in something forbidden in our kitchen and house for that matter, a rare delicacy. I will then run to the store and get some fresh Apple Fritters for our dessert. I figured if she wants to put in front of me broccoli the least she can do is allow me an Apple Fritter or two. In a moment, all the chipper drained from her person and she looked at me and said, Apple Fritters are not allowed in this house. Lets negotiate, I said as calmly as I have ever been in my life. I will allow you to eat broccoli tonight if you allow me an Apple Fritter for my dessert. I wonder if there is a husband living today, that has ever successfully negotiated with his wife. This is how we will negotiate, we will have broccoli tonight without any Apple Fritter. I am only thinking of your health. The way she glared at me I knew negotiations were off the table at this time and in its place was some steaming broccoli. What I am going to do is sneak behind her back and eat two, not one but two, Apple Fritters and I will savor every bite. If only we could act like grownups, come together, voice our differences and strike a compromise. After all, our government works that way. I thought about this and came to a certain conclusion. The Christian life is not really negotiating your preference but rather honoring Christ. Jesus said, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20 KJV). When self is at the center of my negotiations, Christ is never honored.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The shutdown threat at the kitchen of the parsonage Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Christs Church of Marion CountyWednesday, Oct. 16: Bible study, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17: Praise and Prayer Ministry meeting, 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Pre-concert pizza party, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Bryan Popin, pianist, in concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22: Womens crafts, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23: Bible study, 7 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Countryside PresbyterianThe public is invited to participate in Reformation Sunday on Oct. 27 at the 10:30 a.m. service at Countryside Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Besides remembering the beginning of the Reformed Church by Martin Luther in 1517 as well as its Scottish heritage, Countryside is celebrating its 25th anniversary.Friendship Baptist ChurchSunday Day services at Friendship Baptist Church, Oct. 20, begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The Ladies Class, taught by Linda Brown, is studying The Preaching of Gods Servant Mark 1 8, The Auditorium Class, taught by Bill Wallett, is studying, Gods Sovereignty Mans Leadership 1 Samuel; 2 Samuel 1-4; 1 Chronicles 1-10. At the 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service the FBC choir will be singing, The Altar, solo, Wayne Rackley. Pastor Randall Brown will be bringing the morning message; a message of hope and encouragement during these troubling times. The Sunday Evening Worship and Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. FBC also meets on Wednesday night at 7 for additional Bible study and prayer. All are welcome to attend. Friendship Baptist Church is at 9510 S.W. 105th St., off of Highway 200. 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That one man said he had gone up to a work crew on the side of the road and found they couldnt speak English. He hinted that they were undocumented aliens and that the county should hire local workers. Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant explained, twice, that any contractor doing business with the county had to use the E-Verify system, which makes sure all the workers are legitimate. Just because they speak Spanish doesnt mean theyre illegal, Bryant said. Commissioners heard complaints about land use. One man spoke out against the commercial zoning in the area of the Freedom Library, when the land was obviously being used for farming. Bare land ought to be treated as bare land, he said. We have to agree with him that the entrance to the library parking lot, which used to be straightforward and simple, now involves thinking, How do I get out of here? It isnt always easy. Another speaker brought up the possible outsourcing of jobs, and Bryant said she would be glad to meet with her and explain the system and how it saves the county money. The same lady spoke of the lack of buses on State Road 200. She also said she would not attend the Fine Arts Festival, which had been moved downtown from the McPherson complex, because of the lack of bus transportation. I fear for the Fine Arts Festival, she said. As Bryant pointed out, though, the Transportation Planning Organization has done studies about buses on the Corridor and found that it is not feasible. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column BY PETER J. THOMAS AND PETER FERRARA Special to the MessengerIf Obamacare is so good, why was Congress crying to President Obama for an illegal exemption, which he freely granted? When Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, it stated that Congress and its staff would be subject to it the same as everyone else. That is only fair that they should live under the same rules that they imposed on everyone else. But Obamacare does not go into effect until next year. And as that fateful moment approached, panic spread across the halls of Congress, as it has for much of America, as the realization dawned as to what that would mean for them. Obamacare provides that those buying health insurance on the Exchanges cannot receive subsidies from their employers to help pay for it. They can only receive instead the taxpayer financed Obamacare subsidies to help pay for the highly expensive health insurance Obamacare requires. But that Obamacare health insurance welfare is mostly focused on low and moderate income families, though those making close to $100,000 a year can still receive some Obamacare welfare. The problem in Congress is that the Members and even some of their staffers make $174,000 a year, more than three times the national average. For anyone in the Exchanges making that much, there will be no taxpayer subsidies under Obamacare. They will be forced to pay the full cost of the highly expensive Obamacare health insurance, with all of the costly requirements Obama and his Democrats have imposed. For many people, the full cost of that insurance will be double or more current market rates. In the Obamacare Exchanges, all of that will be paid for by the workers themselves, or by the taxpayers. That full cost of the Obamacare insurance will cost Congress and their staffs, and their families, roughly $5,000 to $11,000 a year. But Washington Insiders take care of their own. Congress and their staffs, and federal employees generally, have enjoyed their own special health insurance deal, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), financed mostly by the taxpayers. It is a good deal for Congress and federal employees, with each choosing among a wide range of different health insurance plans, free of Obamacare. As the weeping and wailing in the halls of Congress reached the ears of the Obama Administration, not to worry came the reply. During the August recess, when the rest of America was out enjoying the last rites of summer, President Obama quietly ordered the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rule that the generous, taxpayer financed, health insurance subsidies of the FEHBP program would also apply to any federal employees, including Congress and their staffs, on the Obamacare Exchanges. This OPM ruling is flatly contrary to the express language of the Obamacare law, and is consequently illegal. As Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has explained, 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. Normally, I leave the comments on Washington, D.C., affairs to those who cover that area in their usual course of events. We see constant writings of all types from people telling the government what to do, what not to do, attacking Congress, attacking the president, etc., and they have the right to express their opinion. But keep in mind that usually they have no more knowledge of events than any of us. There was one statement last week, though, that really got me thinking, and I want to share my thoughts. As I write this Monday morning, nothing has been settled concerning the shutdown and debt ceiling, so please bear that in mind if, by now, an agreement has been reached. I wish I could remember who said it, but there was a comment last week about government workers. This particular statement was about the Environmental Protection Agency, and the fact that only 7 percent of its workers were on the job. The other 93 percent were deemed non-essential and were furloughed. The commentator then added a very good question: If the 93 percent are nonessential now, why arent they non-essential all the time? In other words, do these 93 percent really need to be employed by the federal government? That statement could be applied to almost any government agency, not just the EPA. Why doesnt non-essential mean non-essential every day? Most people would not deny that the federal government is a bloated bureaucracy. So maybe this partial shutdown is a good thing. Its revealing to us how many people really arent needed in Washington and across the country. To be sure, there are some government workers furloughed that we want to see return. The people who run the parks and monuments, for instance, or the people who work as food inspectors, Is non-essential really non-essential? Among Friends Jim Clark or the locally-based health agencies that help people across the country, would probably be on that list. But these people work directly for the public. Its the bureaucrats in D.C. who are non-essential in the operations of government. Some Congressional workers have been furloughed. Yet, Congress keeps right on working as it usually does (I know, thats not necessarily a good thing). Do they really need to bring back those furloughed aides, especially in Washington. On the other hand, the aides who work the local offices, such as those for Rich Nugent here in Ocala, should be able to keep working, because they work directly with the people. Im sorry for the furloughed workers who are without income at the moment thats a terrible strain in these economic times. But thats the problem when you work for the government. A new administration, a new Congress, etc., could completely change the makeup of the federal workforce. Its a chance workers take when they sign up for government jobs. Hopefully when funding is restored, Congress and the president will force agencies to take a look at their essential personnel and determine who needs to stay and who needs to go. Then again, in a few months, this will all be forgotten and everything will be back to normal for Washington, D.C.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. After Oct. 24, he can be reached at editor@westmarionmessenger.com, or at 352-390-6444. oPlease see OBAMACARE, Page 10 Please see EDITORIAL, Page 10 Obamacare and Congress Attention all you bingo players: Bingo is played at the Clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Judi and Barry Hargraves are in charge of the games this year. They have introduced some new games for variety, so come on out and enjoy an evening of fellowship and bingo. The Red Hot Fillies met last week to plan activities for the next several months. First on the agenda is lunch on Oct. 24 at the Stone Creek Grille. Please call Pat Talley or Carolyn Slocumb if you plan to attend as reservations must be made by the 22nd. We will meet at the QM clubhouse at 11:30 and carpool to the restaurant. Other events for the year will include a tour of Golden Flake Potato Chip factory, picnic at Silver Springs, possibly a river cruise from Sanford, and several other interesting trips. All ladies from QM are invited to come join this fun group. Reminder: Oct. 30 is the Spooktacular Pot Luck dinner at the Clubhouse. Word was received this week of the death of our oldest resident. It was just a year ago that we celebrated the 100th birthday of Katherine Foote. Katherine missed her 101st birthday by 26 days. Katherine was born on Oct. 31, 1912 on a farm in Northampton County Pennsylvania. At the age of 17 she decided she wanted to see the big city of New York. So, she left the farm and went to New York all by herself. The first job she had was as a waitress in a coffee shop. It was there that she met Gene Sarazen, a great golfer. Gene was very impressed with Katherine and he wanted her to have a better job; so he got her one working on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. This job was like a dream come true for Katherine. She met many famous people while working here. Among those she met was Al Smith, who became a very good friend. She also met Winston Churchill and when they were introduced she asked Mr. Churchill if she could give him a kiss! His reply was, yes, so she gave him a big kiss right on his lips! Another famous person she met was John Raskob, the man who financed building the Empire State Building. Mr. Raskob saw some of her knitting and asked if she would knit him a sweater. Naturally, Katherine was honored to do so. Upon completion of the sweater, Mr. Raskob told her to go to Bloomingdales and get anything she wanted and he would pay for it. They remained friends for the rest of Mr. Raskobs life. On another occasion, Katherine was taking a boat ride around Manhattan and there was a tall, skinny young man also on the boat. He kept making eyes at Katherine, and she thought he was just some young kid. She agreed to dance one dance with him, but refused when he asked for a second dance; she told him he was too young! It just so happened, that skinny kid was Frank Sinatra! Along with all the celebrities, Katherine also met Alden Foote, a photographer on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. She and Alden married in 1940. After leaving New York, Katherine moved to Hawaii and lived there for 32 years. She enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean from her home. She also had a great garden and raised huge squash. In 2008 Katherine and her son, Arthur, moved to Quail Meadow. She could often be seen going out for a ride in her wheelchair, and her faithful dog, Chalupa, always on her lap. Katherine is survived by her 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Surely, Katherine Foote entered the Kingdom of Heaven as a first ballot Hall-of-Fame woman, mother and human being. She will always be greatly loved and sorely missed by family, friends, and neighbors. Remember Bingo at the Clubhouse Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Katherine Foote on her 100th birthday.

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Saturday, Oct. 10 Joy Lutheran yard, bake saleJoy Lutheran Church, Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala, will have its annual indoor yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and sports related items. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes, shoes or electronics. Yard sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, or anytime during the day on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods should be brought on Friday. Please have all baked goods wrapped for sale and labeled, particularly if they contain nuts. As usual there will be the vintage table for the special treasures as well as a craft and quilt section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Mark your calendar for this well-known favorite community event and join us for a fun-filled day. For more information, call Edie Heinzen (352-8547817) in regards to the bake sale and Patty Corey (352854-0660) regarding the yard sale.Vendors wanted for yard saleThe Ocala 200 Lions Club is holding a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks located in the Friendship Plaza on State Road 200. Space rental will be $15 and you must provide your own tables and set-up. Hot dogs will be available for purchase. For more info and reservations call Lion Bob Melnick, at 352-861-2730. All proceeds will benefit community projects.Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. A bag of books is $5. Bring your aluminum cans for recycling. For information, call 352-291-1962.Yard sales at Spruce Creek PreserveMore than 50 families have signed up for the Spruce Creek Preserve Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, just 2.5 miles west of County Road 484. Look for the American flag at the entrance.Scandinavian Club of Marion CountyThe Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting Oct. 19. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 16, checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate at 352-687-1580, Don Clauson at 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.Sunday, Oct. 20 Jazz Society event canceledThe Ocala Jazz Society has canceled its event scheduled for Oct. 20. The next concert will be Nov. 17.Dance Theater to present Twisted BeautyThe Royal Dance Theater will present Twisted Beauty on Sunday, Oct. 20 two times at West Port High School. Chester Anderson is the producer, director, choreographer and a dancer in the show, which is a takeoff of Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty. Many of the dances in the show originated from India and African. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling Anderson at 352-282-2467. For more information see the website, https://www.ocoos.com/me/royale-dance-theater/Picnic at St. JudeThe Knights of Columbus Council 15644 invite you to join them for our first picnic on Sunday, Oct. 20, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event will take place on the St. Jude Catholic Church grounds, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Cost is only $5 per person for all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Please contact the parish office at 352-347-0154. Monday, Oct. 21 Legion post to meetThe Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 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 352-322-5966. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 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, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am Childrens Church 8:50 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary Anglican Church 000FYNA John M. 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Be sure to use that other Taurean trait, your practicality, when discussing what the job offers. GEM INI ( May 21 to June 20) A changing situation might require some adjustments you might not have been prepared to make. However, flexibility in this matter could be the best course to follow at this time. C ANC ER ( June 21 to July 22) Youre in a period of fluctuating moods, which is not unusual for the Moon Child. Your emotions stabilize by the 25th. Meanwhile, try to hold off making major decisions until then. L EO ( July 23 to A ug. 22) That keen sense of perception helps you hunt down those minute details that others overlook. And, of course, your Leonine ego will accept the expected praise with good grace. V IRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Be careful not to be confrontational when raising a work-related issue. Better to make a request than a demand. And, of course, be prepared to back up your case with facts. LIB RA ( Sept. 23 to O ct. 22) Your ego might be hurt when a colleague turns down your offer to help. But accept it as a rejection of your offer, not of you. A friend from the past could re-emerge by weeks end. SCORP IO (Oct. 23 to N ov. 21) A flow of positive energy turns a work project you didnt want to do into something you actually love doing. Now, take that attitude into your social, intimate life and enjoy what follows. S AGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Working hard to meet your professional goals is fine. But dont neglect your private life, especially where it concerns your more cherished relationships. CAP RIC ORN ( Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Patience remains the key word in dealing with an emotionally sensitive situation with a close friend or family member. Help comes your way by weeks end. AQUARIUS ( Jan. 20 to F eb. 18) With new information, its a good time to rethink some of your goals without taking suggestions from others, no matter how well-meaning they might be. PI SCE S (Feb. 19 to March 20) Making progress on your project is relatively easy in the early part of the week. A problem could arise midweek. But all goes swimmingly once its resolved. The W est Marion Messenger is a free comm unity newspaper cov ering ne ws of communities w est of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala P alms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meado w, Fo xwood F arms and Golden Hills Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Prob lems getting the Messeng er: If your comm unity is listed abov e and the Messenger is not delivered to y ou or you are ha ving trouble getting the paper from bo xes around the S .R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 EditorJim Clark Circulation Barbara Jag ger s Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Mic hel Northsea Adver tising Sales Tom Rapplean Regional Manag er John Pro vost Deadline for ne ws : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 4 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday 000GDHT More on Page 10 Saddle Oak Club craft fairThe annual craft fair at Saddle Oak Club, on State Road 200, across from Heathbrook Publix, will be Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, drawings, homemade baked goods, coffee and croissants served from 8 to 10 a.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Moose yard saleWest Marion Moose Chapter 1929 will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks parking lot on Southwest State Road 200. To make donations or to buy a space, call Gerri at 352-237-1487. Spaces are $10 for one and $15 for two.Buddy Poppies to be distributedVFW Post 4781 will be handing out Buddy Poppies on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at Publix, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Gander Mountain, Lowes Winn-Dixie, Big Lots and I-Hop. Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going to veterans and local charities. Read the classifieds

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Wednesday, Oct. 16 Garden Club district meeting setThe fall meeting of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs District V will be held Oct. 16 in Ocala at the Agriculture Extension Auditorium at 2332 N.E. Jacksonville Road. The theme of the meeting is Through The Garden Gate-Our Legacy an Our Future. The host is the Pioneer Garden Club. The cost is $21. The deadline for delegates and alternates is Oct. 6, and the deadline for all non voting members is Oct. 9. The registration coffee will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Meets and lunch to follow. For information, call Marge Hendon, 352-216-7479. To register, mail checks to Susie Berrunill, 4048 S.E. 38th Loop, Ocala FL 34480. Make checks payable to Pioneer Garden Club.Presbyterian Womens luncheonThe Presbyterian Womens 25th anniversary fall luncheon will take place at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala in the Founders Hall at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16. We will have a salad luncheon and each person is asked to bring a salad. For further information, please call the church at 352-237-4633.Thursday, Oct. 17 Duo to visit church lunchCollege Road Baptist Church will have as its luncheon guests the duo of Don and Jill, a wonderful spiritual couple. Everyone is invited, please bring a dish to share. Join us at noon, on Oct. 17 and meet our new pastor, Alan Cotney. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741.Air Force Association to meetThe Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. For more information call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328.Friday, Oct. 18 The Circle of French FriendsLe Cercle Des Amis Franais meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriffs Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about mile from Walmart. The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information. Our next meeting is Oct. 18.Bryan Popin Ministries concertChrists Church of Marion County presents a special concert presented by Bryan Popin Ministries of Nashville. Christian concert pianist, singer, worship leader, minister, composer and arranger Bryan Popin ministers energetically and joyfully at the keyboard and virtually transfers joy and inspiration to those in attendance. This is a concert for the young, the old, the in between; something for everyone. You will hear gospel music, country music, Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, classic music along with Bryans original music. Enjoy the artistry of someone who has worked with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw among others. His hit song Falling was the theme song for the movie On the Line. Bryan is proud that he touches lives, changes lives and saves souls. A love offering will be taken. This spectacular event, a concert you will not forget, is at 7 p.m. A pre-concert pizza party Everyone is invited to join the Forever Young Ministry in Christian Fellowship at a pre-concert pizza party sharing pizza, salad, ice cream and beverage at 6:15 p.m. Donations will be received. Christs Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Saturday, Oct 19 Pig-nic at First CongregationalThe third annual Pig-nic at First Congregational UCC (7171 S.W. State Road 200) is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Enrichment Center. The menu includes pulled barbecued pork, chips and a drink for adults ($7); and hot dogs, chips and a drink ($3 for kids under 9) baked beans and coleslaw for everyone. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $1. Entertainment and activities include a police K9 demonstration; OTOWs DClowns; golf lob-wedge competition; a storytelling corner; face painting, balloons and temporary tattoos. Tickets are available at the church office (Tues.Thur., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and at the door. Marion Landing craft fairThe annual Marion Landing Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in the communitys Lifestyle Center at 8601 S.W. 65th Ave. Road across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church on State Road 200. Created by our resident crafters, handcrafted items for sale will include jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, floral arrangements, handbags, home dcor, paintings, lighted wine bottles, macram, wall hangings, unique gifts and holiday items. Coffee/tea and donuts will be available for a nominal price. Admission to the craft fair is free and it is open to the public. No pets, please. For more information, call 352237-7152. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3 10 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVERTISING 000G6JO HAND YMAN Weekend Warrior Let Me Do All Your Chores Home Maintenance/ Repair Lawn & Y ard Pressure W ashing Painting, Etc. V ery Dependable, Competent & Affordable Excellent, Local References. Reclaim Your Fr ee Time! 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Frankly, we have to agree with this lady that the city has not done itself any favors by moving events away from the square, which is now completed and reopened. But the county commissioners did do themselves, and the residents, a favor by holding these meetings. We hope that these will become a regular feature on the calendar for our governing officials. EDIT ORIALcontinued from Page 8 Read the classifieds The Obamacare statute states very clearly that all members of Congress and their staffs are to procure their health insurance through the Obamacare Exchanges. Just as clearly, it does not provide for government support of their present coverage under the separate Federal Health Benefits Plan to continue to on the Exchanges. In fact, Section 1512 of the Statute says clearly that employees going on the Exchanges lose their previous employer subsidies. Thats why this special rule for Congress is illegal. But Senator Vitter has introduced legislation to reverse Obamas illegal OPM ruling, and apply the Obamacare law as written and enacted, removing Congresss special exemption. His bill requires all Members of Congress, and their staffs, and the President, and the Vice-President, and all political appointees of the Obama Administration, to comply with all of the requirements of Obamacare that they have imposed on everyone else. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded by calling Vitter an anarchist playing really juvenile political games for insisting that Congress and Obama follow the law, and the same rules as everyone else. But the public overwhelming disagrees with Reid. A poll sponsored by Independent Womens Voice found that 93 percent of likely voters, including 88 percent of Democrats, oppose the Congressional exemption from Obamacare. In the continuing battle over the CR, House Republicans have tried to repeal the special Obamacare exemption for Congress, but Sen. Harry Reid and his troops have so far rejected the measure. With the American public furious at how the Washington elites take care of themselves, the issue isnt going away any time soon. If the Republicans were smart, they would attach Senator Vitters bill to every piece of legislation passed by the House. As the pressure continues to build across the country, at some point the guardians of privilege will be forced to give up their subsidy, and learn how it feels to be an ordinary American living under the Obamacare monster they created. Peter J. Thomas is Chairman of The Conservative Caucus. Peter Ferrara is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, Senior Policy Advisor on Entitlement Reform and the Budget for the National Tax Limitation Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute. OBAMACAREcontinued from Page 8 Happenings Thursday, Oct. 24 Three-day junque saleOcala West United Methodist Mens Club will hold its annual Junque Sale on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. 9330 SW 105th St. Ocala. The club will accept donations for this large charitable fund raiser at storage pods in church parking lot beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 and every Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 17 and every Saturday from Sept. 7 through oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event has been held for more than 20 years. Clothing cannot be accepted. Phone number is 352-854-9550.Baked goodies at Methodist churchTheres a real sweet treat going on at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct 25, beginning at 9 a.m. In conjunction with the mens annual junque sale, the Ocala West United Methodist Women will host their annual bake sale. Cakes, pies, breads, cookies and candy will be offered for sale. Hot dogs, chips and a coke for $3 will be offer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. The mens junque sale will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Saturday, Oct. 26 Flea market at St. JudeThe St. Jude Catholic Church annual Flea Market is to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Delicious foods will be available for your enjoyment as you browse. For those who wish to rent table space to sell their own goods, rental cost is $15 for outside and $20 for inside. You may also provide your own table. For information, please call 352-3075046 to reserve your space.Moose sets Old Bag AuctionThe West Marion Moose Lodge Chapter 1929 will hold its third annual Old Bag Auction on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Silver Springs Lodge, 7165 Maricamp Road, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dinner is $9 per person and includes pot roast or baked chicken. For more information call 352-854-4332 or the Lodge at 352-687-3744.African Violet Club to meetThe African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriffs Office (Brian Litz Sheriffs Substation), 9048 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. The program will be Meet the Commercials. This brand new program highlights famous African violet commercial growers. Meet commercial hybridizers and growers in their shops and growing areas around the United States via DVD. Video interviews serve to reveal some of their African violet secrets, as well as, giving a video tour of their growing areas including secret rooms. This is sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting. Delicious refreshments are served and guests are are always welcome! Please check out our website at http://www.africanvioletclubofocala.org/ for more information. There is also a link on the website to follow us on Facebook.Book sale for SPCAA book sale to benefit the SPCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Winn-Dixie from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be 25 and 50-cent books.Sunday, Oct. 27 German American Club picnicThe German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, Oct. 27, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. German American food will be prepared by club members and served buffet style. Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. Tickets purchased before the picnic are $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Tickets purchased on the day of the picnic are $9 per member or $12 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.Chamber Music Society concertThe Marion Chamber Music Society is opening its 2013-2014 concert season with Motets, Madrigals and Medieval Music featuring The Florida Schola Cantorum, a group of singers from Gainesville led by Dr. Ed Schaefer dedicated to music of the Renaissance and Middle Ages. The free concert is at Ocalas Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. The group will also showcase music of more recent times that follows in the tradition of those earlier eras.Harvest Fest family eventS.H.I.N.E. Sharing His Incredible News Everywhere! HARVEST FEST. The Childrens Ministry presents a free family event featuring games, Bible stories, refreshments, candy, costume judging and much more. The Marion County Sheriffs office will be there to fingerprint the children. The event starts at 5 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org. Breast Cancer Support Group to meetThe 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., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in room 235 (Chapel/Multipurpose Room). The meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 will be an open meeting with a discussion of Dr. Jamie Daniels book Breast Cancer, Where To Begin. For info, call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.Halloween at St. JudeWant a safe alternative for trick or treating this year? St. Jude Catholic Church is having its first Trunk or Treat from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church parking lot at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. The kids walk from car trunk to car trunk. Crossroads Celebration of LifeLooking for a safe way for your kids to spend Oct. 31? Join us at Crossroads Church for our annual Celebration of Life, Oct. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Everything is free: hot dogs, popcorn, Sno Kones, candy and bounce houses. Glow sticks for the first 200 children. 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ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o 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. CHILD CARE PROVIDERFor Church Nursery Background check & ref. required. Sunday AMs. Extra hours avaialble for special events. Email Resume ibcresumes@ embarqmail.com Brand New Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 Couch Large 3 cushions, pink & blue $50 (352) 369-4790 Glass top patio table with 4 cushioned chairs, Lounger, and 2 Swivel Chairs. Pink, good Condition $150 (352) 369-4790 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! 2Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger HEARING LOSS? Turn up the T.V. Tell people to speak up Dont answer the phone. Stay out of restaurants. Dont go to movies. Avoid s ocializing. If you want to pay more for better hearing... THATS YOUR BUSINESS! If you want to pay LESS... THATS OUR BUSINESS! YOU NEED TO CALL IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE Has difficulty hearing outdoors, in restaurants or home Problems following conversation, especially in groups Frequently ask others to repeat themselves Strain to understand certain peoples voices or words Seems like people mumble, you want them to speak up Are told you play the T.V. too loud. Is Your Hearing Difficulty Earwax Buildup or Something More Serious? FREE Test Dates are available Oct. 16 to Oct. 23 Your Video Otoscope exam may reveal such common problems as: Excessive ear wax Damage to your eardrum Visible obstruction in the ear canal Other conditions which may make it difficult for you to hear clearly Annual Hearing Test: SMART VISION PROBLEMS? Get An Eye Exam. To avoid waiting you MUST call ahead for an appointment. Using a miniature video otoscope, well painlessly look inside your ear canal and show it on a monitor and you can watch along! Video Otoscope exams are FREE during this event! 000G7BN www.nutechhearing.com M-F 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Appointment Needed INVERNESS 352-419-7911 3161-C, E. Gulf to Lake Hwy. 1/2 mile east of Walmart OCALA-WEST 352-671-2999 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Next to Chilis CRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-6155 1122 N. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19) A block and a half south of Ft. Island Trail You may qualify for FREE Rechargeable Hearing Aids (no need to change batteries!) FEDERAL WORKERS AND RETIREES ATTENTION ACT TODAY! OCALA-EAST 352-861-2275 3405 SW College Rd. Ste. 207 Colours Plaza, next to Red Lobster NEW LOCATION Ringing In Yo ur Ears?? We Fix Tinitus Problems. Call Now. Annual Hearing Test: Fairfields SAC Spaghetti Dinner Declared DeliziosoOn Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m., a large number of Fairfield Villagers gathered in the communitys clubhouse for what several called the Fs Food, Fun, and Fundraising. The event was the annual spaghetti dinner, and it was a huge success. A number of ladies worked very diligently to put the event together led by the efforts of Ann Bruno who contributed her amazing meatballs and sauce. The rave reviews were more than deserved as the sauce was declared by SAC chair, Toni Belcher, to be delizioso. The evaluation was unanimous by all those who attended and enjoyed the evening. With many of our active snowbirds returning to our community, there will be more and more activities to be enjoyed in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people. Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal Romaine Redding smiles happily as she serves up salad for SAC fundraising dinner in Fairfield's clubhouse kitchen on Saturday, Oct. 5. Pam and Tony Lucas prepare to enjoy their spaghetti dinner as Tony shows his "Italian Pride" by wearing his cap with the Italian colors and "Italia" emblem. So appropriate for the evening!

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INDEX Quail Meadow......5 Ocala Palms........6 Rev. Snyder..........7 Fairfield Village11 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 30 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, October 16, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000G6H9 000GCGL OASIS RESTAURANT OASIS RESTAURANT 7651 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm Come Check Out Our Daily Specials HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US! 237-4598 Saturday, Oct 19 4-8pm Saturday, Oct 19 4-8pm COUNTRY WESTERN KARAOKE NIGHT COUNTRY WESTERN KARAOKE NIGHT OPEN MENU 000FY7J 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES Automotive Batteries 50 Bronze $ 79 95 exchange 60 Bronze $ 89 95 72 Gold $ 99 95 84 Platinum $ 109 95 (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) exchange exchange exchange & UP Bad to the Bone PHOTOS BY RON RATNERThe Marion County Sheriffs Office Bad to the Bone team won the competition last week against other area law enforcement officers on the tactical obstacle course. Above, spectators watch some of the competition, while below the MCSO SWAT team is shown with Sheriff Chris Blair, left, and Chief Fred LaTorre, right. On Oct. 1, the Silver Springs Attraction joined the award-winning Florida Park Service. Operation of Silver Springs and Silver River State Park has combined and is called Silver Springs State Park. Friends of Silver Springs/River State Park is an active group of volunteers. This citizens support organization works year round to support the park and its visitors. Volunteers are needed to help with tasks associated with operating the state park. No matter what your interests, skills or hobbies, we have the perfect volunteer opportunities for you. If you like to work with people inside, then answering phones or working at the Information Centers or Museum might be the right job for you. If you like high paced and fun interaction with visitors, then you may want to volunteer in one of our ranger station locations. Silver Springs State Park has gardening opportunities in the gardens, the butterfly garden and other locations throughout the park. Park maintenance opportunities, including small and large carpentry projects are readily available. Special events are planned throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help with events like Ocali Country Days during November, the Knap In during February, Friends' events, interpretive education programs, Junior Ranger Programs, or other fun events. A Land and River Patrol team answers questions from visitors and picks up litter in the park. This job is unique because you are actually "on the river." Volunteers are an important and integral part of this park and training for volunteer positions will begin immediately. If you are interested in volunteering, pick up an application at the state park's ranger station or complete the Volunteer Application at http://www.floridastateparks.org/getinvolved/howtoapply.cfm. Some volunteer opportunities require the purchase of a dress uniform and Friends of Silver River/Springs membership. A Volunteer T-shirt is provided to you, pending supply availability. Volunteers needed at Silver Springs Messenger movingThe State Road 200 office of the West Marion Messengerwill close Oct. 25. Many functions will be moved to 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in Dunnellon, home of the Riverland News. Staff members will be assigned to other locations. There will be some contact phone number changes. The new number for the newsroom will be 352-390-6444. The new fax number will be 352-489-6593. The number for advertising and delivery remains the same, 352-854-3986. All numbers are local calls from Ocala. The important thing is that your South Marion Citizenand West Marion Messengerare not changing. The content will stay the same, the advertising will stay the same, the delivery method will stay the same, even the e-mail will stay the same. PHOTO BY JIM CLARKTown Hall meetingMembers of the Marion County Commission attended a Town Hall meeting at the Freedom Public Library last week. From the left are Earl Arnett, Carl Zalak, Kathy Bryant and Stan McClain. Not shown is David Moore. Story, Page 12; editorial, Page 8 Remembering JFKThe West Marion Messengeris seeking your input to help us do something special the week ending Nov. 22, which is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We want to hear from you about where you were, what you were doing, how you felt, etc., when you got the news that fateful day. Were also interested in hearing from some people on how you think that day changed the world we live in, what effect it had on our future. Please e-mail your story and any photos you might have to editor@smcitizen.com. BY JIM CLARK EditorResidents from the Southwest area gathered for a town hall meeting with county commissioners on Tuesday evening at Freedom Public Library. Commission Chairman Kathy Bryant gave a summary of the countys recent actions, starting with an explanation of the recently passed budget. She noted how the county has been able to hold the line on the millage rate, although home values have dropped 38 percent in recent years, forcing cuts in the budget. She also spoke about economic development, saying that in January 2010, the jobless rate was 14.3 percent, and that in August of this year it was just under 8 percent. She spoke of recent promises of new companies, particularly FedEx Ground, moving into the area. In her district, in which the meeting was held, she spoke of the completion of the 42nd Street flyover, and the traffic light being installed at 103rd Street Road and 49th Avenue. She spoke of the improvements to Liberty Park and the completion of the Marion Oaks waterfall. Commissioner Stan McClain said the federal government shutdown hasnt affected county operations so far. Basically, we dont know its shut down, he said. He said there would be some effect eventually, and also commented on some of the changes taking place because of the shutdown. The Ocala National Forest is shut down, he said, but Im not sure how you shut down a forest. Other commissioners spoke very briefly. One resident asked Lt. Dennis Joiner, commander of the Southwest District Sheriffs Office, about cameras mounted on traffic lights at various intersections. Joiner explained that those are motion sensors, replacing the panels that used to be installed under the streets. Dont worry, big brother isnt watching you, he said. Commissioners greet public in Town Hall meet at library Town Hall editorial Page 8 PHOTO BY JIM CLARKThe crowd paid attention and took notes during the meeting. Rally is a new, fun dog sport where the dog and handler work together as a team. The team will progress through a numbered course of stations with signs, each sign describing the exercise to be performed at that station. Unlike traditional Obedience, Rally encourages the handler to talk to his dog and offer praise and encouragement throughout the course. If you are new to the sport of Rally or if you want to learn or review the UKC Rally signs, a course in UKC Rally will be offered at MADTA (Southeastern Livestock Pavilion) beginning Oct. 29. The course will be taught by recognized UKC Rally judges. There will be a minimum of four classes, class size limited. Rally is fun for everyone and builds the bond between a handler and his dog. Come visit us and see for yourself. Try the class beginning in October and decide if you would like to enter the UKC Rally Trials coming in November. For more information contact Susan Trotto, woofs5@aol.com, put UKC Rally in the subject line, or call 352-347-2989 and leave a message. Visit our website for additional classes, www.MADTA.org. Kennel Club rally signs class Calling all female singers. If you have ever sung Barbershop Music, or would like to experience the fun of singing a capella in four-part chords, come visit Summer Springs Chorus Open House, Monday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the hall at Ascension Lutheran Church, 5730 S.E. 28th St. at Baseline Road, Ocala. This is a new meeting place, where you will be entertained, as well as have time to sing some songs quite familiar to you. Refreshments will be served so you may have an opportunity to meet other singers in your neighborhood. For more information call Mary 352-633-7141, or to book a special event entertainment, call Sandy 352362-2069. Female singers needed for barbershop music Read the classifieds