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INDEX Quail Meadow......3 Rev. Snyder..........4 Ocala Palms........6 Fairfield Village..7 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 36 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1012Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GNOH JOIN ROYAL OAKS GOLF CLUB NOW! JOIN JOIN ROYAL OAKS ROYAL OAKS GOLF CLUB GOLF CLUB NOW! NOW! Join Now and Get the Rest of 2013 FREE Only $1999 plus tax for a Single Annual Membership! ($3,995 plus tax for a joint annual membership) NO CART FEES! FREE RANGE BALLS LESSON DISCOUNTS HUGE MERCHANDISE DISCOUNTS 7-DAY ADVANCED TEE TIMES LEAGUES & WEEKLY GAMES Dining Minimums are only $172.50 per quarter per person (only $57.50 per month per person) May be used for alcoholic beverages. ROYAL OAKS GOLF CLUB Located In Oak Run 11220 SW 69th Circle Ocala 352-861-1818 royaloaksgolfclub.com BY JIM CLARK EditorJust when it was the ninth inning and it looked as if the New York Yankees were going to lose, a pinch hit in the form of an unusual suggestion may have saved the game. The County Commission hosted a workshop Thursday with the city and with officials of the Yankees to discuss the proposed new baseball stadium at Heath Brook. A large pro-baseball crowd implored the commissioners to put the proposed half-cent sales tax on the ballot in a special election in March, but commissioners balked at the idea. Some said it was too soon and there wouldnt be enough of a turnout, while others objected to the cost ($175,000 for the county) of a special election, when the elections in August and November next year wouldnt cost any extra. It sounds like theres a consensus to put it on the ballot, just not in March, said Commissioner Stan McClain. But Chairman Carl Zalak floated the idea of a mail vote, which would involve sending a ballot by mail to every registered voter in the county, to be returned by a certain date. Councilman Earl Arnett said such a move would change his opinion about the March vote, and it looked as if the plan had been resurrected. Council member Kathy Bryant continued her objection about the cost. It was left at that, since this was a workshop and no official action could be taken. After the meeting, Tony Bruno, senior vice president and CFO of Yankee Global Enterprises, said he was disappointed in the reluctance of the commission to put it on the March ballot. I thought we had great momentum from the constituents. He was correct in that the majority of speakers were in favor of the project and asked the commissioners to put it on the March ballot. He said a delay in the vote would be a big blow to the project. However, he said that he was hopeful because of the mail ballot discussion. Hopefully we can stay on track. The 3-hour, 30-minute meeting at the Agricultural Center auditorium started with Bruno and other executives explaining the project with a video presentation that included praise for the Yankee brand by such team notables as Derek Jeter, David Cone, GM Brian Cashman, Bernie Williams and field manager Joe Girardi. Bruno introduced other members of the staff who were in attendance, which included former Yankee hero Bucky Dent, who was the World Series MVP in 1978 and hit a key home run against the Red Sox that same year. Bruno emphasized the Yankees sign would be visible from the Interstate and would be a sign to travelers that would help the economy in Ocala. Doug Cone, chairman of the Chamber and Economic Partnership, said the board unanimously backed the project. Kevin Sheilley, president and CEO of the CEP, spoke of the economic benefits to the community. The meeting then bogged down to a discussion of revenues, licensing fees, etc., which the crowd really hadnt come to hear. Then it was the publics turn, and no one really knew what to expect, given the negative tone of reaction recently. There were a few negative speakers, but the group overwhelmingly was in favor of the March vote. Among the negatives was Millie Grissom, who was wearing the St. Louis Cardinal jersey of catcher Yadier Molina. She disagreed with the praise for the Yankees brand, and noted that the Cardinals were winning more World Series lately than the Yankees. The project will advance to discussions at the County Commission meetings in December. Stadium suffers setback, but could still survive The architects rendering of the main entrance. Sales tax mail vote might provide solution PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day celebrationOcala Palms celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 11. From the left, Gary Nelson, Joe Ioime, Joe Garitta, Tony Denice, Jack Neal, Ken Cerasani, Ron Chrisner, Fred Heiner, Terry Sutton and John DeJesus. See Page 6 for more. BY JIM CLARK EditorPeople who sell and smoke electronic cigarettes are facing a new round of regulations today after action taken last Tuesday by Marion County commissioners. The commission unanimously adopted an ordinance which has three basic parts. The most controversial provision bans smoking of e-cigarettes anywhere where regular smoking is banned for instance, workplaces, restaurants, other public places. Also adopted were a ban on placing e-cigarettes in front of a counter, where they are often mixed with candy to, opponents say, attract children and a ban on sales to minors. Commissioners were told that the impetus for the ordinance came from Commissioner David Moore. Several speakers addressed the issue, including a number of children. Eight were students of Jacqueline Shelton of Howard Middle School and were members of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco). All spoke about the danger of the relatively new product. Several other students spoke, and all gave the same address, but that address could not be verified or located. Among the adults who spoke was Alice Marie Worthington, My concern is for the health and safety of our youth. She mentioned an incident at Silver Springs where the smell was that of cannabis (marijuana) and she commented, They will use these e-cigarettes to mask illegal drug use. Students know this. Another man from the Southwest area said that his father died of lung cancer, and that on his death certificate it says cigarettes were a cause. Smoking is dangerous. I too am worried about our children. I dont think theres enough long term studies this is a very good ordinance and I think commissioners should pas it. I dont want children waking up 40 years from now in a hospital room. E-cigarette smokers face new set of rules Please see SMOKING, Page 3 Christmas has arrived at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Collection is on display in the museums lobby and first floor galleries through Jan. 5. There will be free admission to the exhibit during Family Days Dec. 7 and 21 from 1-3 p.m. Families are invited to see the exhibit, meet Santa Claus and enjoy treats. The exhibit features decorated trees, miniature villages, nativity scenes, nutcracker soldiers and countless items collected by Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. As a child living in Philadelphia, Joyce Urban was mesmerized by the department store decorations she saw on her way to visit Santa. This wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years and she has shared her family collection since 1989. Daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children 9 and under, and active military personnel. Appleton allows free access to Christmas exhibit Dec. 7 and 21

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All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Where has this year gone? Can you believe its Thanksgiving? The stores are so full of Christmas toys and decorations, its hard to find everyday items. Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens, to be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 26. The event that Americans commonly call the First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and was attended by about 53 Pilgrims and 90 American Indians. The first documented thanksgiving feasts in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century. Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607, with the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia holding a thanksgiving in 1610. On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington made a proclamation which created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America. In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Abraham Lincolns successors followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with this tradition. November had five Thursdays that year and Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving rather than the fifth one. Although many popular histories state otherwise, he made clear that his plan was to establish the holiday on the next-to-last Thursday in the month instead of the last one. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression, Roosevelt thought an earlier Thanksgiving would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas. Increasing profits and spending during this period, Roosevelt hoped, would help bring the country out of the Depression. At the time, advertising goods for Christmas before Thanksgiving was considered inappropriate. Fred Lazarus, Jr., founder of the Federated Department Stores (later Macys), is credited with convincing Roosevelt to push Thanksgiving to a week earlier to expand the shopping season, and within two years the change passed through Congress into law. RepubThe year moves by rapidly Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb licans objected to the change, calling it an affront to the memory of Lincoln. People began referring to Nov. 30 as the Republican Thanksgiving and Nov. 23 as the Democratic Thanksgiving or Franksgiving. Regardless of the politics, many localities had made a tradition of celebrating on the last Thursday, and many football teams had a tradition of playing their final games of the season on Thanksgiving; with their schedules set well in advance, they could not change. Since a presidential declaration of Thanksgiving Day was not legally binding, Roosevelts change was widely disregarded. Twenty-three states went along with Roosevelts recommendation, 22 did not, and some, like Texas, could not decide and took both days as government holidays. In 1940 and 1941, years in which November had four Thursdays; Roosevelt declared the third one as Thanksgiving. As in 1939, some states went along with the change while others retained the traditional last Thursday date. On Oct. 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes the next to last. The amendment also passed the House, and on Dec. 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November. However, for several years some states continued to observe the last-Thursday date in years with five November Thursdays with Texas doing so as late as 1956. Thanksgiving this year is also the beginning of Hanukkah; thus we have Thanksgivukkah. According to some documents the last time this happened was 1888; however, some references say it occurred in 1899 and 1918. From a purely numerical standpoint its a pretty big deal; by one calculation it wont happen again for another seventy-nine-thousand, fortythree years; however, some say it will happen again in 2070 and 2165. I dont think we have to worry about it. Important: Last week a resident who has an outdoor security camera on his house captured the image of a young man in his driveway trying to open the doors to his cars. The Marion County Sheriffs office is aware of this incident and they have requested that if you see anyone trying to get into cars, houses, etc. to please call 911. Please, keep your cars locked! Also, it was just reported that two bicycles have been stolen this week. Reminder: QMRPOA annual meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! A man who said he runs an e-cigarette shop in the mall said he had no problem with the ban on sale to minors or putting the ecigarettes beside candy. The third part, banning it where traditional cigarettes are banned, thats the only part I really dont agree with. Its not smoke, its vapor, which is really steam. He said that research showed that Vapor doesnt pose any danger to bystanders. He said that claims that its the same as second-hand smoke are not correct. A local man, Jeff Wood, says that most e-cigarette users were already smokers. He said his wife has asthma and he had to avoid smoking near her, but now I can use my e-cigarette in the car sitting next to my wife. One child said that kids are so influenced, when they see smoking of e-cigarettes, it will lead them to smoking. Mildred Grissom of Northeast 45th Street said she supports the ordinance. I grew up when there wasnt a lot of research on smoking. She said her dad and three brothers smoke, and that one of her brothers, who had started at 13 years SMOKINGcontinued from Page 1 old, died recently of lung cancer. He had stopped smoking eight years earlier and still died. Another student from the Lake Weir High School SWAT program agreed with the ordinance, saying that e-cigarette smokers should have to go to smoking areas. Commissioners agree and passed the ordinance. Thursday, Dec. 5 Veterans formal ballThe Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) chapter has announced that it will hold a Veterans Formal Snowflake Ball on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Elks Club and Lodge. The Snowflake Ball is hosted by the local KOS Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Sharon Murry, President of the local KOS Chapter, announced that the Veterans Ball at the Elks Club will include a prime rib dinner with dancing and vocal entertainment by NOVA from Gainesville. Advanced reservations are required for this event, and tickets are $40 per person. All military veterans are cordially invited to attend. The Elks Club is at 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. If you have any questions about the Veterans Snowflake Ball, please contact Arlo Janssen at 352237-9720.Friday, Dec. 6 Civic Chorales Sounds of ChristmasFor 26 years, the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. For our 2013 Christmas concert, Matthew Bumbach, MCC Conductor and Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida, presents Antonio Vivaldis Gloria, with guest soloists and orchestra. Also featured will be the music of John Rutter and Matthew Bumbach. Performances are set for St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 S.E. 28th St., on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.; First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.; and Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Lecanto, on Sunday, Dec.8 at 4 p.m. Conductor is Matthew Bumbach and accompanist is Ricky Hendrix. Admission is free. Donations support our student scholarship program.Saturday, Dec. 7 Christmas Concert by ChoraleOn Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The concert will include the much-loved Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and other selections by John Rutter. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

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Monday, Dec. 2 Post-theism lectureDoes post-theism mean the end of God or does it mean that as reason and religion find increasingly common ground our understanding of what the concept of God means is expanding as exponentially as are the dimensions of scientific inquiry? Dr. Harold W. McSwain will examine various interpretations of post-theism at a free public lecture to be presented by the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County at the Islamic Center of Ocala at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The Islamic Center is at 1410 N.E. 14th St. in Ocala. Pastor of the progressive First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ocala which is part of a community of churches subscribing to the belief that god is still speaking, Dr. McSwain has been an ordained minister for 34 years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Church Music degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University. Currently vice president of the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County, Dr. McSwain also conducts the Central Florida Master Choir of Ocala which in December is performing seasonal concerts at area churches on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. For more information please visit TIAMarionCounty.org or telephone 352/629-3897. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVERTISING 489-2731 000GPCS 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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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 000GQD0 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Decisions involving your finances might seem to be foolproof. But they could have underlying risks you should know about. Dont act on anything until all the facts are in. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Youre attracted to a situation that appeals to your Bovine intellect. And thats good. But dont neglect your passionate side when romance comes calling. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun e 20) A recent development enhances that special relationship. Spending more time together also helps make the bonding process stronger. Expect news about a career change. CANCER (Jun e 21 to J uly 22) A suspicious situation should be dealt with before it leads to serious problems. Get all the facts needed to resolve it. Then refocus your energies on those tasks that need your attention. LEO (July 23 to Au g. 22) Try to be more openminded in working toward a resolution of that standoff between yourself and a colleague or family member. A little flexibility now could work to your advantage later. VIRGO (A u g. 23 to Sept. 22) You might feel a bit threatened by a proposed workplace change. The best way to deal with it is to ask questions. Youll find that those involved will be happy to provide you with the facts. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to O ct. 22) Feeling alone in a crowd early in the week is an unsettling emotion. But your spirits soon perk up, putting you into the right mood to start making holiday plans. SCORP IO (Oct. 23 to No v. 21) A pesky problem should be dealt with immediately so you can put your time and effort into something more important. Someone from your past could have significant news for you. SAGITTARIUS (No v. 22 to D ec. 21) High-energy aspects dominate, both on the job and at home. Use this time to put some long-range plans into operation. Things level off later in the week. CA P RICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Even the usually gregarious Goat might feel overwhelmed by a flurry of activities. Be patient. Things soon return to your normal social routine. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Fe b. 18) Career choices that seem too confusing to deal with at this point probably are. More information would help uncomplicate them. On the personal side, a friend might need your advice. P ISCES (F e b. 19 to March 20) Your Piscean imagination is stimulated by possibilities you see in a new opportunity. But keep those ideas to yourself until you feel ready to translate them into a workable format. Let the holiday season begin This is the time of the year holidays get into full steam. It begins with Halloween when people put on a scary face and ends with New Years day when people put on a new face. It seems quite interesting that our holiday season starts out with people going around door-to-door begging for candy and ends New Years Day making resolutions not to eat any more candy this year. One ingredient I really do not appreciate during the holiday season are all the grouches and complainers and sourpuss people trying to take the fun out of my holiday time. On the one hand, you have those who pretend they do not believe in God. They nervously say they do not believe in God and yet my belief in God threatens them in some way. If they really did not believe in God they would not care one way or the other if somebody was stupid enough to believe in God. They would just sit back in their rocking chair smiling at the poor fools who go through the holiday season thanking God and celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. I do not believe in ghosts, goblins and all of the stupidity invested in this kind of a holiday. Yet, my whole life is not focused around trying to disprove ghosts and goblins. If somebody wants to believe in ghosts and goblins, what is that to me? I do not believe there was ever such a creature as Rudolph the red nose reindeer. Somebody made that up to go along with the Christmas story. I do not think Santa Claus ever existed. Not all the stories I have read about Santa Claus has ever convinced me such a person existed. Yet, I do not spend the whole holiday season ranting and raving trying to disprove Rudolph the red nose reindeer and his master St. Nicholas. If somebody wants to believe in Santa Claus and his reindeer and that Rudolph the red nose reindeer saved Christmas one year, what is that to me? I say let people indulge in these marvelous little fantasies. Believing in the mall Santa Claus is pure fantasy. Yet, I am not going to picket the mall around Christmas time demanding they do away with the mall Santa Claus. After all, Santa Claus in the mall brings customers to the mall. Many fantasies I do not put any trust in, but I do not build my life around destroying these fantasies other people enjoy. Some of these people attacking the holiday season, including the Christmas tree, are just indicating that somewhere along the line they have not grown up. If they do not believe in the holiday season, particularly Christmas, then let us who love the holiday season, especially Christmas, enjoy it. I advise those who do not relish the holiday season to go up to Western Pennsylvania, find Punxsutawney Phil and spend the winter with him. We will be sure to look for you come spring. I like how the apostle Paul put it. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:10). Some people, I am not mentioning who, needs to just grow up and quit acting so childish. I will celebrate the holiday season for the simple reason that Gods amazing grace has brought me through another year.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 e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Saturday, Nov. 30 Nativ ity open house a t churchThe public is invited to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 SW State Road 200 to welcome in the holiday season. Several nativity sets that belong to members of the congregation, as well as some from other members of the community, will be on display. If you have a nativity set with a special story that you would like to share with others on that weekend, please call 352-509-4218. Sunday, Dec. 1 Youth Symp hony con certThe Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting its holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at West Port High School. Musicians range in age from 9 to18. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information, call 352-873-6738.G erman A merican C hristma s dinnerThe German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. A catered ham dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Europa. Ticket prices will be $18 per member or $21 per non-member. Formal attire is requested. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets.Master C hoir con certThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala, Florida. The program will include the well-known Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless. For further information, call 352-537-0207. Read the classifieds 000GPRI ODOR CONTROLWe ControlODORLeft by:Cigarette Smoke Fire Food Mold Pets 15 years experienceOdor Control Services426-3271

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5 8 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Thanksgiving is upon us As we head into Thanksgiving Day, its easy to be buried in pessimism as national events have produced a nasty debate including personal insults at politicians. Other issues are dominating the news. Turn on any local TV newscasts and youll get fed a constant barrage of negative news, crime results, etc. And yet, its Thanksgiving time. Here is what you can be thankful for. You live in a country where you can have a nasty debate, throw insults at your representatives and even the president, and switch channels on your television to find your type of entertainment. You can pick your newspaper, agree or disagree with its policies, and voice those opinions. Unlike other countries, we have the freedom to read what we want, to write letters, to watch what we want, to go where we want on the Internet, to be educated when and where we want. More importantly, we get to worship if and how we want, go to whatever church we feel like attending, decide for ourselves what we believe. And if we dont like our politicians, we get the chance to vote them out. Thats what comes from living in America. Thats why we should all be thankful, even if we dont agree with the way things are going. On this Thanksgiving Day, just think of the people who dont have those choices. Go to Russia and try speaking publicly against Vladimir Putin. Go to Cuba and speak publicly against Fidel Castro. Go to China or North Korea and speak against the leadership there. There are plenty of opportunities worldwide to see how people are oppressed. While some may disagree with some of the things that are happening with the backing of our government, its nowhere near as bad as other places. So Thursday, give thanks for what we have, and remember those who are still fighting for the freedoms we take for granted. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your letter The Two AmericasOur America loved freedom over security, self reliance over dependency, capitalism, babies having both a mom and dad with the benefit of marriage, and knew marriage was between one man and one woman. We believed in individual responsibility and loved our Constitutional government. We were a Christian nation that believed in the one true God, our Creator and knew that God had truly blessed America. The federal government was limited as directed by the Constitution with major emphasis on individual states rights. Oh how I loved this America! What happened? We now have a president who wants to fundamentally change America, one who believes we are not a Christian nation, one who dishonors our flag and our military. He knows that when the majority of us have to depend on Big Government, class warfare will prevail, our morals and dependence on Almighty God will disappear. It doesnt matter how many times he is caught in a lie, his followers including the press will excuse it. Obamacare has never been about health insurance, its about power. It is designed to damage our economy, kill jobs and bring down capitalism. It wont help the middle class, it will destroy it as we face much higher taxes and medical insurance costs. Sadly, an alarming number of doctors are planning early retirement. With the elimination of so many full time jobs, we are bringing about the Marxist dream: a major redistribution of wealth and the destruction of the American dream. When we also consider how our new America wants to take God out of our lives, turning us into a modern day Sodom, as directed primarily by the ACLU (The Anti-Christ Labor Union), I dont love this new America that much. Its time we truly take America back, and we will. Count on it! Wayne Rackley Ocala Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. It was about a decade ago that I was working in New Smyrna Beach. Walmart had a small store on the west edge of town off State Road 44. But that wasnt enough. The corporate giant wanted to build one of the Supercenters further out on the highway. The residents were vehemently opposed to it. The rezoning went to the County Council, and it was defeated. The residents had won. I still remember the shocked look on the faces of the Walmart corporate and legal personnel. Walmart wasnt used to losing, and they didnt really know what to do. Last week, I saw that same look on the faces of New York Yankees officials who came to Ocala to push through a new stadium so they could move their Class A Florida State League team here. They appeared stunned. They had just spent hours bragging about the Yankee brand, as if everyone would bow down and do what they wanted. But the County Commission balked at putting the sales tax proposal on the March ballot. The perceived voter turnout in March was one complaint. The argument was that people just dont turn out for a special election. Instead, some said, it should be in August, during the primary, or November, during the general election, when the turnout would be greater. Im not so sure about that, especially in August, when most of the snowbirds are gone. At least in March everyone is here. And if the proposal is controversial enough, people will vote. Some said it wasnt enough time, that people are just hearing about this. Well, newspapers, including ours, and TV stations ran stories on this project about a year ago. The other argument, which to me is much more valid, was the cost. Elections in August and November are prescribed in the law and would not involve any extra cost by adding the sales tax proposal to the ballot. I have to wonder why the officials arent saying to the Yankees, Hey, if you want this so badly, you pay for the election. Surely the Yankees can afford it. Tony Bruno of the Yankees organization said during a break in the meeting that a negative vote on the sales tax would kill the project. Again you have to ask, why cant the Yankees pay for the stadium? Yes, they can afford that too. Bruno said they have been working on this project for two years. If thats so, then why are county officials just getting in on the action? Why wasnt there a reYankees execs stunned as county balks Among Friends Jim Clark quest for a county liaison right from day one? Why keep the county in the dark, then jump out with a threatening do it now mentality? By the way, there was one other problem that was barely touched upon. The Yankees would want the county to amend an alcohol sales law. Councilman David Moore was shaking his head as that was being discussed, and if that feeling spreads, it could also provide an obstacle to the stadium. Dont get me wrong. I have lived in Minor League towns, and its a great asset and a lot of fun for young and old alike. I have already publicly committed to voting for the sales tax and to buying season tickets. The only problem for the Yankees is that I want my season tickets to be behind the visitors dugout, so I can always root against the Yankees. I would wear my Mets hat to every game. Come to think of it, I should have worn my Mets hat to last Thursdays meeting. Then I really could have had some fun with the big city boys who may be able to throw their weight around in the Bronx, but now know that our county commissioners think for themselves.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000G39J Reminder: All items must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7 6 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am 3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.org Anglican Church 000FYNA 000GCZ8 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 000GQNA J&J SEAFOOD S.W. 7351 S.R. 200 352.236.0199 FRESH DAILY Jumbo Shrimp Large Lobster Ta ils & Fish ALSO: Clams Conch Squid Oysters Crawfish OPEN 7 DA YS A WEEK Accepting Food Stamps MARYLAND CRAB CAKES SALTED COD LIVE BLUE CRABS SMOKED FISH DIP HADDOCK Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your P et Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommoda tions for Your P et T our our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 T our our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Boarding Gr ooming Boarding Gr ooming 1 041 1 SW 105th Str eet Ocala www .palmettok ennels.com 1 041 1 SW 105th Str eet Ocala www .palmettok ennels.com 000GQDI Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting Look for us on Facebook Look for us Look for us on Facebook on Facebook 000GQNG OAS IS REST AURANT OAS IS REST AURANT 765 1 SW Hwy 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm UP CO MI NG UPC OM ING EV EN T EVE NT Dec. 21, 2013 Christmas Karaoke 4-8 HOLIDA Y HOURS Nov. 28 6:30 am 4:30 pm Dec. 24 6:30 am 3:00 pm Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 31 6:30 am 3:00 pm Jan. 1, 2014 Breakfast Only 6:30 am 12 Noon Ta st e Th e Be st Taste The Best Tast e The Best WEST MARION 71 1186 Walk-Ins W elcome 854-6531 Appointments A vailable 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza There r eally is a difference in salons . JAIME SIL VA Ma st er Stylist 1 8 Years Experience 854-653 1 by appointment please 000GQQE 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! WHAT BATTER Y 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 WAT CH 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 (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP 000GGLR 000GQ8S As the accompanying photo shows, one of our most popular gentlemen celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 14, then again on Saturday, Nov. 16 with a surprise party in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse with some 80 people attending. Robert (Bob) Roberts was born in 1918, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Pottsville High School and went to work the next year at the Miners National Bank, eventually working his way through just about every position from runner to Senior Vice President and Cashier of that same bank. He worked there until his retirement in 1980 after 42 years service. His tenure was only interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps when he enlisted in 1942 during WWII. Surprising Bob for his birthday celebration were his daughter Nancy and husband, Joe Drumheller; son Robert and wife, Nancy; daughter Bonnie and husband, George Nyer. Also in attendance was granddaughter Jessica and husband, Tom Hubler along with their daughters, 8-year-old Emma and 5-year-old Kiera. All were so thrilled to be together to celebrate with Bob and his wife of eight years, the former Helen Letcher who is one of Fairfield Villages loveliest ladies. Helen was the organizer and facilitator of the gathering that was a huge surprise for Bob and a terrific success. By the way, I believe that Helen also celebrated a birthday on Nov. 19, but that has not been publicized because she did not want to take any of the emphasis away from her beloved Bobs big day. That is true love to my way of thinking. There will an upcoming feature about Bobs life as I have found out some very interesting things about this unique selfmade man. I am so impressed with what I have learned not only because it is noteworthy but also because it reminds me so much of my own father who was, himself, another member of that greatest generation. The young adults of the 30s and 40s still have so much to teach those of us today who seem sometimes to forget about their contributions to our lives today. Now for an appropriate segue, I want to make a plea that as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, that we remember especially those of that greatest generation who lived through the Great Depression of 1929 and came out on the other side much better people as the result of self-discipline and dedication to our country. We today, in the midst of another economically depressed time, could learn a great deal if we were to look back and emulate what our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did to make our nation stronger for the next generations. They sacrificed to give their children better lives. That sacrifice is appreciated by me and most people I know, but I wonder how often we remind ourselves and others that we should once again say a big thank you, not just at this Thanksgiving Day but on a regular basis. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and look forward to a wonderful holiday season and hopeful New Year as well from all of us lively, lovely people in Fairfield Village. Be safe. G iv ing Thanks an d a 95th bi rt hday bo th c ele br at ed Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Read the classifieds With the added interest of friends, Bob Roberts enjoys reading a big stack of birthday cards. BY BARB DEDICS Special to the MessengerOn Nov. 11, residents, family and friends gathered to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, the Ocala Palms Veterans Park was dedicated in honor of present and past veterans. This park consists of a waterfall, flag pole and an engraved granite monument surrounded by a garden of flowers and greenery. First Sgt. Terry Sutton, a Vietnam veteran and recipient of three Bronze Stars, performed the unveiling of the newly inscribed plaque. Larry Fleming, U.S. Army, and Lou Rossi, U.S. Navy, both veterans, co-officiated as masters of ceremony. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and inspiring words of prayer by the Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service. Master Sgt. Tony Denice, Air Force veteran, and Sgt. Miguel Cruz, U.S. Army Vietnam, Purple Heart recipient, officiated in the placing of the memorial wreaths. Under the direction of Ron Chrisner, U.S. Marines veteran, performance by the Ocala Palms Color Guard and Flag Folding Detail was included in this service. The Memorial Flag Ceremony included receiving and raising of a flag provided by Ms. Ronnie Smith, to be displayed in honor of her husband Earl Smith, U.S. Army. The current Memorial Flag furnished by Cliff Brinkley, in honor of his brother Coatie Brinkley, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran was retired.. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by placing flowers in the pond below the waterfall. The names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans who have passed in 2013 and their branch of service were announced followed by a strike of the Memorial Bell. Under the direction of Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouilland, music was provided by the Kingdom of the Sun and Southern Express Bands accompanied by the Chorus of Ocala Palms. The audience was asked to join in the singing of God Bless America. At the closing of the ceremony, Andy Pietrzyk and Barry Fies, OP residents, played Taps. Ocala Palms honors vets Glen Cribbs and Susan Daughtery. Jim Grutko, Barbara Leitzel, Don Schultz, Chuck March, Hank and Eunice Davis. Elmo and Judy Berthelot and Don Murphy. Joe Ioime and Ron Chrisner. Marion Lenon. Marva Meredith, Don Murphy and Mike Meredith. John Maxe.

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Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.org Anglican Church 000FYNA 000GCZ8 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 000GQNA J&J SEAFOOD S.W. 7351 S.R. 200 352.236.0199 FRESH DAILY Jumbo Shrimp Large Lobster Ta ils & Fish ALSO: Clams Conch Squid Oysters Crawfish OPEN 7 DA YS A WEEK Accepting Food Stamps MARYLAND CRAB CAKES SALTED COD LIVE BLUE CRABS SMOKED FISH DIP HADDOCK Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your P et Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommoda tions for Your P et T our our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 T our our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Boarding Gr ooming Boarding Gr ooming 1 041 1 SW 105th Str eet Ocala www .palmettok ennels.com 1 041 1 SW 105th Str eet Ocala www .palmettok ennels.com 000GQDI Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting Look for us on Facebook Look for us Look for us on Facebook on Facebook 000GQNG OAS IS REST AURANT OAS IS REST AURANT 765 1 SW Hwy 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm UP CO MI NG UPC OM ING EV EN T EVE NT Dec. 21, 2013 Christmas Karaoke 4-8 HOLIDA Y HOURS Nov. 28 6:30 am 4:30 pm Dec. 24 6:30 am 3:00 pm Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 31 6:30 am 3:00 pm Jan. 1, 2014 Breakfast Only 6:30 am 12 Noon Ta st e Th e Be st Taste The Best Tast e The Best WEST MARION 71 1186 Walk-Ins W elcome 854-6531 Appointments A vailable 61 60 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Ja smine Plaza There r eally is a difference in salons . JAIME SIL VA Ma st er Stylist 1 8 Years Experience 854-653 1 by appointment please 000GQQE 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! WHAT BATTER Y 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 WAT CH 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 (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP 000GGLR 000GQ8S As the accompanying photo shows, one of our most popular gentlemen celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 14, then again on Saturday, Nov. 16 with a surprise party in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse with some 80 people attending. Robert (Bob) Roberts was born in 1918, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Pottsville High School and went to work the next year at the Miners National Bank, eventually working his way through just about every position from runner to Senior Vice President and Cashier of that same bank. He worked there until his retirement in 1980 after 42 years service. His tenure was only interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps when he enlisted in 1942 during WWII. Surprising Bob for his birthday celebration were his daughter Nancy and husband, Joe Drumheller; son Robert and wife, Nancy; daughter Bonnie and husband, George Nyer. Also in attendance was granddaughter Jessica and husband, Tom Hubler along with their daughters, 8-year-old Emma and 5-year-old Kiera. All were so thrilled to be together to celebrate with Bob and his wife of eight years, the former Helen Letcher who is one of Fairfield Villages loveliest ladies. Helen was the organizer and facilitator of the gathering that was a huge surprise for Bob and a terrific success. By the way, I believe that Helen also celebrated a birthday on Nov. 19, but that has not been publicized because she did not want to take any of the emphasis away from her beloved Bobs big day. That is true love to my way of thinking. There will an upcoming feature about Bobs life as I have found out some very interesting things about this unique selfmade man. I am so impressed with what I have learned not only because it is noteworthy but also because it reminds me so much of my own father who was, himself, another member of that greatest generation. The young adults of the 30s and 40s still have so much to teach those of us today who seem sometimes to forget about their contributions to our lives today. Now for an appropriate segue, I want to make a plea that as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, that we remember especially those of that greatest generation who lived through the Great Depression of 1929 and came out on the other side much better people as the result of self-discipline and dedication to our country. We today, in the midst of another economically depressed time, could learn a great deal if we were to look back and emulate what our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did to make our nation stronger for the next generations. They sacrificed to give their children better lives. That sacrifice is appreciated by me and most people I know, but I wonder how often we remind ourselves and others that we should once again say a big thank you, not just at this Thanksgiving Day but on a regular basis. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and look forward to a wonderful holiday season and hopeful New Year as well from all of us lively, lovely people in Fairfield Village. Be safe. G iv ing Thanks an d a 95th bi rt hday bo th c ele br at ed Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Read the classifieds With the added interest of friends, Bob Roberts enjoys reading a big stack of birthday cards. BY BARB DEDICS Special to the MessengerOn Nov. 11, residents, family and friends gathered to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, the Ocala Palms Veterans Park was dedicated in honor of present and past veterans. This park consists of a waterfall, flag pole and an engraved granite monument surrounded by a garden of flowers and greenery. First Sgt. Terry Sutton, a Vietnam veteran and recipient of three Bronze Stars, performed the unveiling of the newly inscribed plaque. Larry Fleming, U.S. Army, and Lou Rossi, U.S. Navy, both veterans, co-officiated as masters of ceremony. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and inspiring words of prayer by the Rev. Robert Greaves of the OP Worship Service. Master Sgt. Tony Denice, Air Force veteran, and Sgt. Miguel Cruz, U.S. Army Vietnam, Purple Heart recipient, officiated in the placing of the memorial wreaths. Under the direction of Ron Chrisner, U.S. Marines veteran, performance by the Ocala Palms Color Guard and Flag Folding Detail was included in this service. The Memorial Flag Ceremony included receiving and raising of a flag provided by Ms. Ronnie Smith, to be displayed in honor of her husband Earl Smith, U.S. Army. The current Memorial Flag furnished by Cliff Brinkley, in honor of his brother Coatie Brinkley, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran was retired.. Joe Garitta, U.S. Navy veteran, paid tribute to the Navy and Coast Guard personnel lost at sea by placing flowers in the pond below the waterfall. The names of deceased Ocala Palms veterans who have passed in 2013 and their branch of service were announced followed by a strike of the Memorial Bell. Under the direction of Elaine Liebegott and Bob Brouilland, music was provided by the Kingdom of the Sun and Southern Express Bands accompanied by the Chorus of Ocala Palms. The audience was asked to join in the singing of God Bless America. At the closing of the ceremony, Andy Pietrzyk and Barry Fies, OP residents, played Taps. Ocala Palms honors vets Glen Cribbs and Susan Daughtery. Jim Grutko, Barbara Leitzel, Don Schultz, Chuck March, Hank and Eunice Davis. Elmo and Judy Berthelot and Don Murphy. Joe Ioime and Ron Chrisner. Marion Lenon. Marva Meredith, Don Murphy and Mike Meredith. John Maxe.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5 8 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Thanksgiving is upon us As we head into Thanksgiving Day, its easy to be buried in pessimism as national events have produced a nasty debate including personal insults at politicians. Other issues are dominating the news. Turn on any local TV newscasts and youll get fed a constant barrage of negative news, crime results, etc. And yet, its Thanksgiving time. Here is what you can be thankful for. You live in a country where you can have a nasty debate, throw insults at your representatives and even the president, and switch channels on your television to find your type of entertainment. You can pick your newspaper, agree or disagree with its policies, and voice those opinions. Unlike other countries, we have the freedom to read what we want, to write letters, to watch what we want, to go where we want on the Internet, to be educated when and where we want. More importantly, we get to worship if and how we want, go to whatever church we feel like attending, decide for ourselves what we believe. And if we dont like our politicians, we get the chance to vote them out. Thats what comes from living in America. Thats why we should all be thankful, even if we dont agree with the way things are going. On this Thanksgiving Day, just think of the people who dont have those choices. Go to Russia and try speaking publicly against Vladimir Putin. Go to Cuba and speak publicly against Fidel Castro. Go to China or North Korea and speak against the leadership there. There are plenty of opportunities worldwide to see how people are oppressed. While some may disagree with some of the things that are happening with the backing of our government, its nowhere near as bad as other places. So Thursday, give thanks for what we have, and remember those who are still fighting for the freedoms we take for granted. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your letter The Two AmericasOur America loved freedom over security, self reliance over dependency, capitalism, babies having both a mom and dad with the benefit of marriage, and knew marriage was between one man and one woman. We believed in individual responsibility and loved our Constitutional government. We were a Christian nation that believed in the one true God, our Creator and knew that God had truly blessed America. The federal government was limited as directed by the Constitution with major emphasis on individual states rights. Oh how I loved this America! What happened? We now have a president who wants to fundamentally change America, one who believes we are not a Christian nation, one who dishonors our flag and our military. He knows that when the majority of us have to depend on Big Government, class warfare will prevail, our morals and dependence on Almighty God will disappear. It doesnt matter how many times he is caught in a lie, his followers including the press will excuse it. Obamacare has never been about health insurance, its about power. It is designed to damage our economy, kill jobs and bring down capitalism. It wont help the middle class, it will destroy it as we face much higher taxes and medical insurance costs. Sadly, an alarming number of doctors are planning early retirement. With the elimination of so many full time jobs, we are bringing about the Marxist dream: a major redistribution of wealth and the destruction of the American dream. When we also consider how our new America wants to take God out of our lives, turning us into a modern day Sodom, as directed primarily by the ACLU (The Anti-Christ Labor Union), I dont love this new America that much. Its time we truly take America back, and we will. Count on it! Wayne Rackley Ocala Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. It was about a decade ago that I was working in New Smyrna Beach. Walmart had a small store on the west edge of town off State Road 44. But that wasnt enough. The corporate giant wanted to build one of the Supercenters further out on the highway. The residents were vehemently opposed to it. The rezoning went to the County Council, and it was defeated. The residents had won. I still remember the shocked look on the faces of the Walmart corporate and legal personnel. Walmart wasnt used to losing, and they didnt really know what to do. Last week, I saw that same look on the faces of New York Yankees officials who came to Ocala to push through a new stadium so they could move their Class A Florida State League team here. They appeared stunned. They had just spent hours bragging about the Yankee brand, as if everyone would bow down and do what they wanted. But the County Commission balked at putting the sales tax proposal on the March ballot. The perceived voter turnout in March was one complaint. The argument was that people just dont turn out for a special election. Instead, some said, it should be in August, during the primary, or November, during the general election, when the turnout would be greater. Im not so sure about that, especially in August, when most of the snowbirds are gone. At least in March everyone is here. And if the proposal is controversial enough, people will vote. Some said it wasnt enough time, that people are just hearing about this. Well, newspapers, including ours, and TV stations ran stories on this project about a year ago. The other argument, which to me is much more valid, was the cost. Elections in August and November are prescribed in the law and would not involve any extra cost by adding the sales tax proposal to the ballot. I have to wonder why the officials arent saying to the Yankees, Hey, if you want this so badly, you pay for the election. Surely the Yankees can afford it. Tony Bruno of the Yankees organization said during a break in the meeting that a negative vote on the sales tax would kill the project. Again you have to ask, why cant the Yankees pay for the stadium? Yes, they can afford that too. Bruno said they have been working on this project for two years. If thats so, then why are county officials just getting in on the action? Why wasnt there a reYankees execs stunned as county balks Among Friends Jim Clark quest for a county liaison right from day one? Why keep the county in the dark, then jump out with a threatening do it now mentality? By the way, there was one other problem that was barely touched upon. The Yankees would want the county to amend an alcohol sales law. Councilman David Moore was shaking his head as that was being discussed, and if that feeling spreads, it could also provide an obstacle to the stadium. Dont get me wrong. I have lived in Minor League towns, and its a great asset and a lot of fun for young and old alike. I have already publicly committed to voting for the sales tax and to buying season tickets. The only problem for the Yankees is that I want my season tickets to be behind the visitors dugout, so I can always root against the Yankees. I would wear my Mets hat to every game. Come to think of it, I should have worn my Mets hat to last Thursdays meeting. Then I really could have had some fun with the big city boys who may be able to throw their weight around in the Bronx, but now know that our county commissioners think for themselves.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. 000G39J Reminder: All items must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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Monday, Dec. 2 Post-theism lectureDoes post-theism mean the end of God or does it mean that as reason and religion find increasingly common ground our understanding of what the concept of God means is expanding as exponentially as are the dimensions of scientific inquiry? Dr. Harold W. McSwain will examine various interpretations of post-theism at a free public lecture to be presented by the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County at the Islamic Center of Ocala at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The Islamic Center is at 1410 N.E. 14th St. in Ocala. Pastor of the progressive First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ocala which is part of a community of churches subscribing to the belief that god is still speaking, Dr. McSwain has been an ordained minister for 34 years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Church Music degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University. Currently vice president of the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County, Dr. McSwain also conducts the Central Florida Master Choir of Ocala which in December is performing seasonal concerts at area churches on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. For more information please visit TIAMarionCounty.org or telephone 352/629-3897. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO ADVERTISECall854-3986 ADVERTISING 489-2731 000GPCS 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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LEO (July 23 to Au g. 22) Try to be more openminded in working toward a resolution of that standoff between yourself and a colleague or family member. A little flexibility now could work to your advantage later. VIRGO (A u g. 23 to Sept. 22) You might feel a bit threatened by a proposed workplace change. The best way to deal with it is to ask questions. Youll find that those involved will be happy to provide you with the facts. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to O ct. 22) Feeling alone in a crowd early in the week is an unsettling emotion. But your spirits soon perk up, putting you into the right mood to start making holiday plans. SCORP IO (Oct. 23 to No v. 21) A pesky problem should be dealt with immediately so you can put your time and effort into something more important. Someone from your past could have significant news for you. SAGITTARIUS (No v. 22 to D ec. 21) High-energy aspects dominate, both on the job and at home. Use this time to put some long-range plans into operation. Things level off later in the week. CA P RICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Even the usually gregarious Goat might feel overwhelmed by a flurry of activities. Be patient. Things soon return to your normal social routine. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Fe b. 18) Career choices that seem too confusing to deal with at this point probably are. More information would help uncomplicate them. On the personal side, a friend might need your advice. P ISCES (F e b. 19 to March 20) Your Piscean imagination is stimulated by possibilities you see in a new opportunity. But keep those ideas to yourself until you feel ready to translate them into a workable format. Let the holiday season begin This is the time of the year holidays get into full steam. It begins with Halloween when people put on a scary face and ends with New Years day when people put on a new face. It seems quite interesting that our holiday season starts out with people going around door-to-door begging for candy and ends New Years Day making resolutions not to eat any more candy this year. One ingredient I really do not appreciate during the holiday season are all the grouches and complainers and sourpuss people trying to take the fun out of my holiday time. On the one hand, you have those who pretend they do not believe in God. They nervously say they do not believe in God and yet my belief in God threatens them in some way. If they really did not believe in God they would not care one way or the other if somebody was stupid enough to believe in God. They would just sit back in their rocking chair smiling at the poor fools who go through the holiday season thanking God and celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. I do not believe in ghosts, goblins and all of the stupidity invested in this kind of a holiday. Yet, my whole life is not focused around trying to disprove ghosts and goblins. If somebody wants to believe in ghosts and goblins, what is that to me? I do not believe there was ever such a creature as Rudolph the red nose reindeer. Somebody made that up to go along with the Christmas story. I do not think Santa Claus ever existed. Not all the stories I have read about Santa Claus has ever convinced me such a person existed. Yet, I do not spend the whole holiday season ranting and raving trying to disprove Rudolph the red nose reindeer and his master St. Nicholas. If somebody wants to believe in Santa Claus and his reindeer and that Rudolph the red nose reindeer saved Christmas one year, what is that to me? I say let people indulge in these marvelous little fantasies. Believing in the mall Santa Claus is pure fantasy. Yet, I am not going to picket the mall around Christmas time demanding they do away with the mall Santa Claus. After all, Santa Claus in the mall brings customers to the mall. Many fantasies I do not put any trust in, but I do not build my life around destroying these fantasies other people enjoy. Some of these people attacking the holiday season, including the Christmas tree, are just indicating that somewhere along the line they have not grown up. If they do not believe in the holiday season, particularly Christmas, then let us who love the holiday season, especially Christmas, enjoy it. I advise those who do not relish the holiday season to go up to Western Pennsylvania, find Punxsutawney Phil and spend the winter with him. We will be sure to look for you come spring. I like how the apostle Paul put it. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:10). Some people, I am not mentioning who, needs to just grow up and quit acting so childish. I will celebrate the holiday season for the simple reason that Gods amazing grace has brought me through another year.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 e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Saturday, Nov. 30 Nativ ity open house a t churchThe public is invited to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 SW State Road 200 to welcome in the holiday season. Several nativity sets that belong to members of the congregation, as well as some from other members of the community, will be on display. If you have a nativity set with a special story that you would like to share with others on that weekend, please call 352-509-4218. Sunday, Dec. 1 Youth Symp hony con certThe Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting its holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at West Port High School. Musicians range in age from 9 to18. All concerts are free and open to the public. For information, call 352-873-6738.G erman A merican C hristma s dinnerThe German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. A catered ham dinner will be served. Music will be provided by Europa. Ticket prices will be $18 per member or $21 per non-member. Formal attire is requested. Contact Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207 for tickets.Master C hoir con certThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala, Florida. 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All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Where has this year gone? Can you believe its Thanksgiving? The stores are so full of Christmas toys and decorations, its hard to find everyday items. Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens, to be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 26. The event that Americans commonly call the First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and was attended by about 53 Pilgrims and 90 American Indians. The first documented thanksgiving feasts in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century. Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607, with the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia holding a thanksgiving in 1610. On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington made a proclamation which created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America. In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Abraham Lincolns successors followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with this tradition. November had five Thursdays that year and Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving rather than the fifth one. Although many popular histories state otherwise, he made clear that his plan was to establish the holiday on the next-to-last Thursday in the month instead of the last one. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression, Roosevelt thought an earlier Thanksgiving would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas. Increasing profits and spending during this period, Roosevelt hoped, would help bring the country out of the Depression. At the time, advertising goods for Christmas before Thanksgiving was considered inappropriate. Fred Lazarus, Jr., founder of the Federated Department Stores (later Macys), is credited with convincing Roosevelt to push Thanksgiving to a week earlier to expand the shopping season, and within two years the change passed through Congress into law. RepubThe year moves by rapidly Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb licans objected to the change, calling it an affront to the memory of Lincoln. People began referring to Nov. 30 as the Republican Thanksgiving and Nov. 23 as the Democratic Thanksgiving or Franksgiving. Regardless of the politics, many localities had made a tradition of celebrating on the last Thursday, and many football teams had a tradition of playing their final games of the season on Thanksgiving; with their schedules set well in advance, they could not change. Since a presidential declaration of Thanksgiving Day was not legally binding, Roosevelts change was widely disregarded. Twenty-three states went along with Roosevelts recommendation, 22 did not, and some, like Texas, could not decide and took both days as government holidays. In 1940 and 1941, years in which November had four Thursdays; Roosevelt declared the third one as Thanksgiving. As in 1939, some states went along with the change while others retained the traditional last Thursday date. On Oct. 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes the next to last. The amendment also passed the House, and on Dec. 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November. However, for several years some states continued to observe the last-Thursday date in years with five November Thursdays with Texas doing so as late as 1956. Thanksgiving this year is also the beginning of Hanukkah; thus we have Thanksgivukkah. According to some documents the last time this happened was 1888; however, some references say it occurred in 1899 and 1918. From a purely numerical standpoint its a pretty big deal; by one calculation it wont happen again for another seventy-nine-thousand, fortythree years; however, some say it will happen again in 2070 and 2165. I dont think we have to worry about it. Important: Last week a resident who has an outdoor security camera on his house captured the image of a young man in his driveway trying to open the doors to his cars. The Marion County Sheriffs office is aware of this incident and they have requested that if you see anyone trying to get into cars, houses, etc. to please call 911. Please, keep your cars locked! Also, it was just reported that two bicycles have been stolen this week. Reminder: QMRPOA annual meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! A man who said he runs an e-cigarette shop in the mall said he had no problem with the ban on sale to minors or putting the ecigarettes beside candy. The third part, banning it where traditional cigarettes are banned, thats the only part I really dont agree with. Its not smoke, its vapor, which is really steam. He said that research showed that Vapor doesnt pose any danger to bystanders. He said that claims that its the same as second-hand smoke are not correct. A local man, Jeff Wood, says that most e-cigarette users were already smokers. He said his wife has asthma and he had to avoid smoking near her, but now I can use my e-cigarette in the car sitting next to my wife. One child said that kids are so influenced, when they see smoking of e-cigarettes, it will lead them to smoking. Mildred Grissom of Northeast 45th Street said she supports the ordinance. I grew up when there wasnt a lot of research on smoking. She said her dad and three brothers smoke, and that one of her brothers, who had started at 13 years SMOKINGcontinued from Page 1 old, died recently of lung cancer. He had stopped smoking eight years earlier and still died. Another student from the Lake Weir High School SWAT program agreed with the ordinance, saying that e-cigarette smokers should have to go to smoking areas. Commissioners agree and passed the ordinance. Thursday, Dec. 5 Veterans formal ballThe Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) chapter has announced that it will hold a Veterans Formal Snowflake Ball on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Elks Club and Lodge. The Snowflake Ball is hosted by the local KOS Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Sharon Murry, President of the local KOS Chapter, announced that the Veterans Ball at the Elks Club will include a prime rib dinner with dancing and vocal entertainment by NOVA from Gainesville. Advanced reservations are required for this event, and tickets are $40 per person. All military veterans are cordially invited to attend. The Elks Club is at 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. If you have any questions about the Veterans Snowflake Ball, please contact Arlo Janssen at 352237-9720.Friday, Dec. 6 Civic Chorales Sounds of ChristmasFor 26 years, the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. For our 2013 Christmas concert, Matthew Bumbach, MCC Conductor and Director of Vocal Studies, College of Central Florida, presents Antonio Vivaldis Gloria, with guest soloists and orchestra. Also featured will be the music of John Rutter and Matthew Bumbach. Performances are set for St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 S.E. 28th St., on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.; First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.; and Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Lecanto, on Sunday, Dec.8 at 4 p.m. Conductor is Matthew Bumbach and accompanist is Ricky Hendrix. Admission is free. Donations support our student scholarship program.Saturday, Dec. 7 Christmas Concert by ChoraleOn Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (which is SR 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala. The concert will include the much-loved Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and other selections by John Rutter. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the churchs Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

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But Chairman Carl Zalak floated the idea of a mail vote, which would involve sending a ballot by mail to every registered voter in the county, to be returned by a certain date. Councilman Earl Arnett said such a move would change his opinion about the March vote, and it looked as if the plan had been resurrected. Council member Kathy Bryant continued her objection about the cost. It was left at that, since this was a workshop and no official action could be taken. After the meeting, Tony Bruno, senior vice president and CFO of Yankee Global Enterprises, said he was disappointed in the reluctance of the commission to put it on the March ballot. I thought we had great momentum from the constituents. He was correct in that the majority of speakers were in favor of the project and asked the commissioners to put it on the March ballot. He said a delay in the vote would be a big blow to the project. However, he said that he was hopeful because of the mail ballot discussion. Hopefully we can stay on track. The 3-hour, 30-minute meeting at the Agricultural Center auditorium started with Bruno and other executives explaining the project with a video presentation that included praise for the Yankee brand by such team notables as Derek Jeter, David Cone, GM Brian Cashman, Bernie Williams and field manager Joe Girardi. Bruno introduced other members of the staff who were in attendance, which included former Yankee hero Bucky Dent, who was the World Series MVP in 1978 and hit a key home run against the Red Sox that same year. Bruno emphasized the Yankees sign would be visible from the Interstate and would be a sign to travelers that would help the economy in Ocala. Doug Cone, chairman of the Chamber and Economic Partnership, said the board unanimously backed the project. Kevin Sheilley, president and CEO of the CEP, spoke of the economic benefits to the community. The meeting then bogged down to a discussion of revenues, licensing fees, etc., which the crowd really hadnt come to hear. Then it was the publics turn, and no one really knew what to expect, given the negative tone of reaction recently. There were a few negative speakers, but the group overwhelmingly was in favor of the March vote. Among the negatives was Millie Grissom, who was wearing the St. Louis Cardinal jersey of catcher Yadier Molina. She disagreed with the praise for the Yankees brand, and noted that the Cardinals were winning more World Series lately than the Yankees. The project will advance to discussions at the County Commission meetings in December. Stadium suffers setback, but could still survive The architects rendering of the main entrance. Sales tax mail vote might provide solution PHOTOS BY BARB DEDICSVeterans Day celebrationOcala Palms celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 11. From the left, Gary Nelson, Joe Ioime, Joe Garitta, Tony Denice, Jack Neal, Ken Cerasani, Ron Chrisner, Fred Heiner, Terry Sutton and John DeJesus. See Page 6 for more. BY JIM CLARK EditorPeople who sell and smoke electronic cigarettes are facing a new round of regulations today after action taken last Tuesday by Marion County commissioners. The commission unanimously adopted an ordinance which has three basic parts. The most controversial provision bans smoking of e-cigarettes anywhere where regular smoking is banned for instance, workplaces, restaurants, other public places. Also adopted were a ban on placing e-cigarettes in front of a counter, where they are often mixed with candy to, opponents say, attract children and a ban on sales to minors. Commissioners were told that the impetus for the ordinance came from Commissioner David Moore. Several speakers addressed the issue, including a number of children. Eight were students of Jacqueline Shelton of Howard Middle School and were members of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco). All spoke about the danger of the relatively new product. Several other students spoke, and all gave the same address, but that address could not be verified or located. Among the adults who spoke was Alice Marie Worthington, My concern is for the health and safety of our youth. She mentioned an incident at Silver Springs where the smell was that of cannabis (marijuana) and she commented, They will use these e-cigarettes to mask illegal drug use. Students know this. Another man from the Southwest area said that his father died of lung cancer, and that on his death certificate it says cigarettes were a cause. Smoking is dangerous. I too am worried about our children. I dont think theres enough long term studies this is a very good ordinance and I think commissioners should pas it. I dont want children waking up 40 years from now in a hospital room. E-cigarette smokers face new set of rules Please see SMOKING, Page 3 Christmas has arrived at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Collection is on display in the museums lobby and first floor galleries through Jan. 5. There will be free admission to the exhibit during Family Days Dec. 7 and 21 from 1-3 p.m. Families are invited to see the exhibit, meet Santa Claus and enjoy treats. The exhibit features decorated trees, miniature villages, nativity scenes, nutcracker soldiers and countless items collected by Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. As a child living in Philadelphia, Joyce Urban was mesmerized by the department store decorations she saw on her way to visit Santa. This wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years and she has shared her family collection since 1989. Daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children 9 and under, and active military personnel. Appleton allows free access to Christmas exhibit Dec. 7 and 21