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INDEX Stone Creek........2 Fairfield Village..7 Ocala Palms......10 Quail Meadow....12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 37 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, December 4, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GS7B352-414-5312 or 352-732-9844(Medicare, AARP, Freedom, PCP, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana PPO, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare Complete and more) 000GT0N J&J SEAFOOD S.W. 7351 S.R. 200 352.236.0199 FRESH DAILY Jumbo Shrimp Large Lobster Tails & Fish ALSO: Clams Conch Squid Oysters Crawfish OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Accepting Food Stamps MARYLAND CRAB CAKES SALTED COD LIVE BLUE CRABS SMOKED FISH DIP HADDOCK 000GROQ 000GQ2V Florida leads the nation with more than 17 percent of its population age 65 years and older, and that number is expected to continue to grow in the years to come. Access to transportation is important to many older Floridians who cherish their independence. With such a large resident population of senior drivers and many more who vacation here during the winter months, it is fitting that Florida observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help ensure seniors can continue to enjoy their freedom while doing so in a safe manner. More than 3 million of our almost 16 million drivers in Florida are age 65 or older, said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones. Being able to remain active and productive members of their communities is important to our older residents, and by highlighting the importance of driver safety, we hope they can continue to safely enjoy this freedom. FLHSMV offers these tips to assist older drivers: Plan your day so that you do most of your driving when visibility is greatest and traffic is lightest, such as mid-morning and after lunch. Plan the route to your destination to minimize left turns. Look twice both ways before making a turn or entering an intersection. Minimize lane changes. When you change lanes, be sure to use your signals. Turn the volume on your radio down or turn off the radio completely. Have your vision and hearing tested annually. Heed warning labels on medications. Even prescription drugs can impair driving and judgment. Consider alternative transportation options. For more information and additional resources to help older drivers remain mobile and independent, visit the Safe Mobility for Life Coalitions website at www.safeandmobileseniors.org. FLHSMV is an active member of the coalition. BY JIM CLARK EditorIf an election to approve a sales tax for construction of a new baseball stadium is to take place, Marion Countys financial burden has been somewhat eased. Last week, the New York Yankees announced that they would pay half of the approximately $350,000 to conduct a special election in March, a date the team says is necessary to meet the timetable for a stadium. Eventually, the Tampa Yankees, a Class A Florida State League team, will relocate to Ocala to start play in 2016. At a work session two weeks ago, Commissioners balked at putting the item on a special ballot in March, with objections centered around voter turnout and cost. Only the County Commission can approve a countywide referendum. Yankees officials at the time said they were disappointed in the apparent reluctance of the county to conduct the vote in March, and took the step last week of saying they would pay half the costs. The decision was announced shortly before a special City Council meeting was to be held last Wednesday to discuss the issue. The meeting was adjourned after just a few minutes. Both the county and the city were scheduled to hold meetings on Tuesday this week. It was not known how much discussion would be held on the topic. Yankees agree to pay part of vote Stone CreekResidents are showing their generosity at Stone Creek this Christmas season. See the column on Page 2. Light Up OcalaDowntown Ocala greeted the Christmas season on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the annual Light Up Ocala event, which included the youth parade, seen above on North Magnolia Avenue, and the arrival of Santa Claus, who came by way of a utility bucket truck instead of a sleigh (our snow seems to be late arriving this year).PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK State observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week So many activities and so little time! It seems the calendar is already full for December. The first thing is the Tree Trimming at the clubhouse is this Friday (the date in the QM Reporter was incorrect). Come join us for a fun time decorating the tree. We will begin at 7 p.m. Also, Santa might make an appearance. Next on the list is Saturday, the 7th, which is the QMPOA Annual Meeting. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and the business meeting with election of new board members will follow. Please plan to attend. What a night we had at the catered dinner and auction! Eighty-two residents feasted on the food prepared and served by D&R Catering service. They did an outstanding job with the turkey and all the trimmings. They also added extra decorations to the food tables. A special thanks to Diana Shaner for baking all the pies. The auction, with our own John Stone as auctioneer, was a huge success. Some of the bidding got very interesting with several in the audience trying to out-bid the other person. There were three special items auctioned: 1. A complete hair/make-up makeover and a professional photo package deal (won by Earle Talley); 2. An embroidered Quail Meadow apron that had two women trying to out-bid each other. It ended with Marion Gartman offering to make a second apron, so each one could have an apron. The winners were Pat Talley and Donna Elliott; 3. The grand finale was the water color painting donated by our own artist, Barbara Fife. Marion Gartman was the lucky bidder on this item. This was a very successful event and the proceeds will help fund entertainment for us next year. The big announcement during the evening was that the mortgage on the clubhouse has been paid off! We will have a big celebration and mortgage burning party on Saturday, Jan. 11. Watch for more information. Thirteen Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable daycation last week. We went to the Island Grove Winery in Hawthorne. It is a very interesting drive getting there part of the trip is on dirt roads! The winery is only four years old. Their specialty is blueberry wines. The blueberries are grown right there. They process 6,000 pounds of blueberries at a time. It takes 120 days to go from the berry to bottled wine. They can process up to 6,000 bottles a day. Chase Marden, the wine maker, took us on our tour of the winery. After the tour we all enjoyed the tasting of the nine wines made here. There are plans for Island Grove Winery to open a store on Highway 301 next year. Following the wine tasting and gift buying, we headed for The Yearling Restaurant for a great lunch. Not only did we have lunch, but we were entertained by Willie Green, who is known for his down home blues music. His music made us feel like we were on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Remember Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Tree trimming at Quail Meadow is this Friday Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Above, Red Hatters at Island Grove Winery. At left, Willie Green at the Yearling. Man burned in Sweetwater fireMarion County Fire Rescue crews pulled a man from his burning home at 66 Sycamore Way in Ocala last Tuesday morning. A neighbor reported the incident to 911 at 4:52 a.m. The homeowner called shortly thereafter at 4:59 a.m. When MCFR Engine 20 arrived on scene at 5:03 a.m., the double-wide mobile home in Sweetwater Oaks was approximately 30 percent involved in flames with heavy smoke. Crew members entered the home immediately to conduct a search and found a 75-year-old man unconscious. Firefighters pulled Chuck Radic from the blaze and transported him to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

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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. 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Jim & Sheila Reed 352-873-9910 or 352-219-4134 Todays New Ads AUTO SW AP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAP MEETS SUN. DEC. 8th. 1-800-438-8559 How To Make Your Car Disappear...Simply advertise in the Classifieds and get results quickly!www.westmarionmessenger.com TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 Somebody else wants it!Got something special you no longer use? Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need.TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! They say, It is better to give than receive. The residents of Stone Creek certainly follow that statement. The Stone Creek Community has been busy giving to others during this holiday season and all year long. The Crafts of the Mind Book Club collected gifts and toys for two families of Alpha House. They also donated childrens books in memory of Hannah Duffy, the granddaughter of Rita Levy, who fought a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She died on Sept. 26 at age 14 but Hannah inspired many in her year long battle. The Garden Club is sponsoring the Help a Senior program for the fifth year. They gave 150 gifts to seniors in various assisted living facilities chosen by Home Instead Senior Care. This year three senior centers will be the recipients of the gifts. They are Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments, New Horizon Rehab Center and Memory Lane. The veterans are once again collecting Toys for Tots. The event is speared headed by Steve Farrell and Joe Byrne. Boxes of Toys for Tots have been filled with Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi The gift of giving ... 2013 toys from books, stuffed animals, dolls, games and bikes. The collection continues until December 14th. The residents of Stone Creek feel very blessed and so they respond with great generosity to help others. Thank you Stone Creek residents for your out pouring of gift giving at this time and during the year! Saturday, Dec. 14 Methodist Church breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church Mens Club will hold a community-wide breakfast on Saturday, Dec.14, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All you care to eat is still only $5. As a special bonus, the Womens Club is having a cookie sale. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. Phone number is 352-854-9550.Sunday, Dec. 15 The Star Still ShinesThe Star StillShines. Join in friendship and fellowship celebrating Christmas Southern Gospel style, proclaiming the true reason for our seasonal celebration: Jesus is the one true light of the world. The star symbolizes so much: Guidance.....the shepherds and the wisemen needed direction, Faithfulness....the Magi only had the star to guide them, Change....those men were never the same after experiencing the Christ Child. Experience Gods road map for how we should live, 10:30 a.m. during the woship service. Should you miss the morning presentation of The Star Still Shines, join later in the day and enjoy while you learn the true reason for our seasonal celebration and that Jesus is the one true light of the world, 6 p.m.. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org. Thursday, Dec. 19 Young at Heart hears singerA special treat for the College Road Baptist Church Young At Heart December program: Back by popular demand, Christian singer Norman Lee will entertain us. Everyone is welcome, bring a dish to share and join us on Dec. 19 at noon. 5010 SW College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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Now that summer is out of the way and the holiday season has begun, I can throw out the kitchen window all of those diet restrictions introduced by the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. After all, the whole purpose of the holiday season is to eat. It begins in late October with the mass distribution of candy, which I have no objection. A little candy in somebodys life can go a long way to produce happiness. Why, a handful of jelly beans really makes the world go around, which may be why I am just a little bit dizzy. From October all the way through to New Years Day, it is nothing but one delicious delicacy after another. And, I love it. Around the middle of October my wife announces, This year you need to be a little careful about what you eat during this holiday season. Of which I smile back at her and nod my head in the affirmative, whatever that means. Far as I am concerned, a nod is not quite as committed as a word spoken. In October when I am doling out candy to the kids knocking on my door, I always use this formula: one for them and one for me. After all, whats fair is fair. I have to make sure I have enough candy to go all the way around. As one who is very conscious about not wasting anything, I make sure all of the candy is properly consumed by midnight. I get away with this because my wife usually has the grandchildren on the other side of the neighborhood going door to door getting candy. My duty is to distribute the candy however I see fit. Thanksgiving really tickles my fancy. It is an opportunity to stuff myself like a turkey and get away with it. After all, with all the family around the Thanksgiving Day table there is little opportunity for my wife to supervise what I eat or do not eat. As long as the dishes keep passing, I keep participating. One thing that makes the Thanksgiving Day dinner so wonderful is that you can stuff your stuff without feeling guilty about it. Dont you think youve had enough? my wife will ask. I have one response to this query I have used for years. Do not worry, my dear, I say as I pile more mashed potatoes on my plate, I plan to go on a diet for my New Years resolution. What a wonderful New Years resolution scenario. Whoever invented that should receive the Nobel Peace Prize because it has come in quite handy in my situation. Thanksgiving is so close to New Years that it makes a very convenient excuse. Take the Fourth of July picnic, for example. That is a long way from New Years Day and the New Years resolution scenario that I cannot use that excuse. At that picnic when my wife says, Dont you think you have had enough? I have to smile and agree that perhaps I did have enough, and lay down my fork in surrender. What about the summer family picnic time when all of us are getting together? The same thing is happening there. New Years Day and its resolution scenario are too far in the future to use as a ploy to get second or even third helpings. During any summer picnic, I am on my own and in some regards, I do not like it. But the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Years holiday season is my kind of season. The holiday season is a time for indulgence. After all, has anybody ever seen a skinny Santa Claus? It would be blasphemous to go to the mall during the holiday season and see a skinny Santa Claus. Personally, I would turn around and go home and sit in the corner for a while to get over it. The holiday season is for extravagance. Christmas gift giving is giving people presents they do not really need. I cannot recall how many ties I have received down through the years as though I have not enough ties, but every one was an absolute delight. The season begins with the hearty Thanksgiving dinner, goes to the Christmas Day dinner and then ends with the New Years Day dinner. What more could a person really ask for? There is something about the family gathering around the table indulging in the delicacies of the season and just having a good time. It is not a time to count calories, but rather, a time to count your blessings. It is not a time to monitor what somebody else is eating, but a time to enjoy the family fellowship around a good table set by somebody who knows how to set a good table. If someone in our family did not cook so well I would not have a problem in restraining my eating. So, I do not believe it is my fault. After the festivities have subsided and all the food has all been consumed, we still are left with the rest of our life. In light of that I like what Paul said, Giving thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20 KJV). For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks for everything is a wonderful way of life all year long.Rev. James L. 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Approximately 80 vendors presented beautiful art work, holiday centerpieces, jewelry selections, woodworking, as well as many other varieties of crafts created by Ocala Palms residents and local artisans. Ken Nelson from the Interfaith Emergency Services furnished brochures and a sample backpack which is used for the Food 4 Kids program. With the help of attendees, a donation of $255 was raised for this wonderful childrens program. In addition, a raffle with the prize of a beautiful handmade shawl was donated by Anne Strumpf. A large variety of homemade tastee baked goods were provided by Ocala Palms ladies at the yearly Bake Sale. A lunch for purchase was provided for the convenience of our vendors and shoppers. As Co-chairs, Sharron Albert and Barbara Leitzel, we would like to say thanks to everyone who supported the Arts and Craft Fair as well as to all the Ocala Palms volunteers who helped make it happen. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, hope to see you then. Story and photos by Barb Dedics Ocal a Pa lms cra ft s ho w Bett e and Claude Ro y. Carol Br andes and Carolann Pietr zyk. Ken Nelson Food 4 Kids, Kay Negron and Marva Meredith. Bake Sale Committee -Maxie Hotz, Marilyn Hinds, Katie Browne, Marty Hurst, Nancy Jenensen; Front Stepanie Schrempp. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents the 10th annual Symphony Under the Lights on Friday, Dec. 13 at Citizens Circle. This performance marks the events second year at the new City Hall location, located at 110 SE Watula Ave., offering a more comfortable listening environment for the expected large number of attendees. The night kicks off at 7 with performances by the Ocala Youth Symphony and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, along with a special collaboration of the two orchestras. Dont miss your chance to see these two local symphonies play your favorite festive melodies side-by-side under the glittering lights in Ocalas Historic Downtown area. Attendees of the concert should bring their own seating to the event. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is Marion Countys premier cultural arts organization. Founded in 1975, the orchestra averages a dozen concerts throughout the year in front of nearly 10,000 area citizens. Ocala Symphony under the lights Have you ever seen a skinny Santa Claus? Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Read the classifieds

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Dunnellon, FL 34432 To meet the growing demand for additional affordable, clean natural gas supplies while increasing the reliability of the regions energy delivery system, Sabal Trail Transmission is planning to build a new interstate natural gas pipeline. The project, called the Sabal Trail Project will deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day of clean burning natural gas beginning in May of 2017. The Project will include: Construction of approximately 460 miles of 36-inchdiameter mainline natural gas pipeline that originates in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and ends at an interconnection with Florida Southeast Connections proposed project in Osceola County, Florida; Construction of approximately 14 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline extending from a proposed compressor station in Osceola County, Florida to Florida Gas Transmissions existing natural gas pipeline in Orange County, Florida; Construction of approximately 24 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Marion and Citrus Counties, Florida; Construction of five (5) new compressor stations in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, Dougherty County, Georgia, and Suwannee, Marion, and Osceola Counties in Florida; and Construction of six (6) new meter stations At the Open House, Sabal T rail representatives will be available to answer questions on the proposed facilities, land acquisition, environmental and permitting processes, construction and operation, and other aspects of the Project. Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will also be available. The public is invited and we encourage all interested persons to attend. For more information, contact Sabal Trail toll free at (888) 596-7732 or visit our website at www.sabaltrail.com. The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jaggers 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Michel Northsea 854-3986 Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean 352-564-2957 Regional Manager John Provost 352-563-6363 Deadline for news : 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 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday 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 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Arian penchant for impatience shows, as you consider passing a problem prone project on to someone else. Best advice: Stay with it and work out those snarls yourself. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Even patient Bovines can be frustrated when carefully made plans go awry. But crank up that stick-to-it-ivity you do so well, and youll soon find that your schedule is back in sync. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your aspect favors using more resourceful means in dealing with a workplace situation. Some discreet checking could help shed light on the cause of the problem. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You show an unusually strong streak of stubbornness in rejecting suggestions from friends and/or family members early in the week. But you become more receptive by the weeks end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat might find a gentler approach more effective when dealing with those who resist needed changes. Remember, the word persuasion starts with the sound purr. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A disappointing experience with someone you felt you could trust can be painful. But there just might be more to this situation than youre aware of. Press for explanation. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Changing your views about something you believe in isnt easy. But you might reconsider as the facts come in. Keep your mind open, even if youre uneasy about what you might learn. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might have to do some serious shifting of gears to get your project back on track. But cheer up. Your hard work starts to produce some positive results. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) An unsettling mood at the start of the week soon lifts and gives way to a more positive attitude as you find fun and friendship beginning to dominate your aspect. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A delay in firming up holiday plans could work to your advantage. Use this time to scout out possibilities that might be more in line with what those close to you would prefer. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some people might question some of the new friends youve welcomed into your life. But your ability to see beyond the obvious helps you recognize how special they are. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Financial matters can be especially tricky this week. Its best to follow a conservative investment path for now, and wait for a more fortuitous time to take a bolder approach. Happenings Thursday, Dec. 5 Veterans f orm al 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 352-237-9720.Friday, Dec. 6 Paint Y our GriefThere is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are many ways to express feelings that lead to hope, healing and happiness. Paint Your Grief on Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. is a free, experiential workshop to help you see, feel and express your grief. Hospice of Marion County, Grace Episcopal Church, and Munroe Regional Medical Center are offering this workshop. Pick up a brush and lay it on paper to reveal the colors, images and ideas that come to your mind. No art experience or talent is required to participate. All supplies are furnished. Only 12 spaces are available. Call 352-873-7456 to RSVP. The event will take place in the Hospice Education Center (3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala). Barbershop concertAscension Lutheran Church at 5730 SE 28th St. at Baseline Road, Ocala, will host a Christmas concert of four-part harmony, Barbershop style, at 7 p.m. featuring chorus and quartets, Wired for Sound from Ocala, and A Matter of Taste from New Port Richey. A local favorite, Marcia Muncaster will perform Oh, Holy Night. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a Silent Auction (also during intermission for gift shopping), and tickets are sold at the door: $10 for seniors, $12 for adults, $5 for 10-18-year-olds, and under 10 are free. Call Jackie for more information at 352-288-8841.Civic Chorale Sound s of Christm asFor 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.; and First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Conductor is Matthew Bumbach and accompanist is Ricky Hendrix. Admission is free. Donations support our student scholarship program. First Friday Art Walk is this weekJoin us for a First Friday Art Walk under the holiday lights on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 50 individual artist displays, extended shopping hours, and live music on the downtown square. Unique offerings this month include: Live Holiday music starting at 6 p.m. on the Historic Downtown Square. Holiday window decorating contest sponsored by the Historic Ocala Preservation Society. Ocalas City Hall presents the contemporary work of artist Peter Filzmaier in the first floor lobby. All work is for sale with 25 percent of proceeds benefiting the City of Ocalas Art in city Spaces Program. The Florida Department of Health is debuting its award winning Faces of HIV exhibit, depicting Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS though portraits, video interviews, and journal writing. The exhibit will be on display on Southeast Broadway between Southeast 1st Avenue and Southeast Osceola Avenue during the Art Walk event. It is open to the public at no charge. The public may download an event map listing all artist locations at www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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Friday, Dec. 6 Movie The Christmas ExperienceBegin your Christmas season celebration joining in friendship and fellowship while enjoying a special showing of The Christmas Experience, a Christmas movie for all. Popcorn will be served. Relax, get comfortable, eat popcorn and enjoy a movie that will get you into the spirit of the season. It will show at 6:30 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Santa comes to Hawthorne VillageOn Dec. 6, Santa Claus is coming to town and making a stop at Hawthorne Village Retirement Community, 4100 SW 33rd Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Children and families can take a walk down candy cane lane and have a free photo taken with Santa. Enjoy decorating cookies around the Christmas tree. For more information please call 352-2377776.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 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Saturday, Dec. 7, Sunday, Dec. 8 Concert band to performThe Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, under the direction of Les Muncaster, announces its December 2013 Christmas in the Air concert series on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St. Musical selections include: Jingle Bells Forever; Sleigh Ride; Ave Maria; Christmas in the 50s and many more! Pre-concert music will be provided by the KOS Woodwind Quintet. All performances are free (donations are accepted) and open to the public. For more information, please call 352-624-9291 or visit our website at www.kingdomofthesunband.org.Sunday, Dec. 8 Flea market vendors wantedFlea market and craft vendors wanted for flea market on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Temple Bnai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Outside spaces are available for $10 per large space. For information and reservations, contact Dot Howard, 352-687-1799.Temple Bnai Darom flea marketOn Sunday, Dec. 8 Temple Bnai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala will be holding a flea market/craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an auction at 3 p.m. conducted by auctioneer Bruce Dennerstein. New and used merchandise will be available for sale as well as beautifully handcrafted items suitable for holiday gifts. The auction will also have new and used merchandise at bargain prices with no buyers premium. Outdoor vendor space is still available at $10 per space. For information or directions call Shelly at 352-694-3655.Monday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 10 GFWC Womans Clubs to meetThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala Evening Group will meet Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Allergy and Asthma Care, 1740 SE 18th St., Ocala, for an Ugly Christmas Clothes Party. There will be a prize for the funniest or most outlandish outfit! Bring a wacky, inexpensive gift to exchange. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to all ladies in the community. For more information call Patti at 352-351-2708 or email to pbs1515@gmail.com. The GFWC Womans Club of Ocala Day Group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:45 a.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, for lunch, a program and business meeting. The speaker will be Kristina Donohue, Executive Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She will discuss plans for the renovation of the City Auditorium at Tuscawilla Park which will be the new home of the Ocala Symphony. The auditorium has been renamed Ocala Arts Center. A guest musician from the Orchestra will provide holiday entertainment. For luncheon reservations call Mary at 352-347-3975. For further information about the Womans Club contact Patti, President, at 352-351-2708. All women in the area are welcome. Friday, Dec. 13 Historic Home tourHistoric Ocala Preservation Society annual Christmas Historic Home Candlelight Tour will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to candlelight tour, 7 Sisters Inn Bed & Breakfast will also be open 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening for touring with a candlelight ticket. Also may tour 7 Sisters Inn on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with HOPS tour ticket. All homes surround Turnipseed Park, between SE 12th Street and SE 13th Avenue. Santa, refreshments, and entertainment will be at the park Tickets: Adult $10 pre-sale, and $12 evening of tour. Ticket locations: Yours Truly Cards & Gifts, Friendship Center OTOW, 8449 SW State Road 200. 1st Friday Art Walk, HOPS Table Ocala Downtown Square Dec. 6. HOPS phone 352-351-1861 or Historicocala.org. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5 8 Wednesday, December 4, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger National Cremation Society Considering Cremation? REGISTER TO WIN A FREE CREMATION PLAN Come join the National Cremation Society for a FREE Meal & Informational Seminar on the benefits of pre-planning your cremation. When the time comes wouldnt you prefer your loved ones celebrate your legacy rather than stress about making arrangements? Give them the relief theyll need during a tough time. Well discuss: Affordable options and savings Veterans benefits Worldwide Away-From-Home Protection And much more... RESERVATION REQUIRED Limited seating available. 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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion House on fire? Just get out One of the sad stories last week came out of Sweetwater Oaks, a development on Northwest 44th Avenue, across the street from the Quail Meadow area. A 75-year-old man called 911 from there and reported that his house was on fire. When he had been awakened, his wife got out, but he stayed there to report the blaze. He sounded amazingly calm on the tape. By the time firefighters got to the house, they had to pull the seriously injured man out and he was hospitalized. Theres a big lesson in this for all of us. Almost anything in a house can be replaced. Whether its important papers, documents, memorabilia, including photos, can all be repurchased or obtained by donation after the fire. But a human life is irreplaceable. You should never stay in a burning house. Even if you think you are doing a good thing by calling the fire department, you are unnecessarily putting your health, and even your life at risk. If you should get out, you should never go back in to save some material goods. From all reports, firefighters arrived quickly, probably saving the mans life. It was apparent from all the stories that neighbors rushed to help the couple that lived there. If the victims had quickly run to a neighboring home yelling fire, we feel reasonably sure that someone would call the emergency number. Work ahead of time on a plan that would get your whole family out of a burning structure. Arrange a meeting place so you can immediately determine if anyone is missing. We look at some fire education as childish, but stop, drop and roll is viable at any age. It gets you below the smoke and you can head for the door. So please, be careful and be aware of the dangers of a fast-moving fire. We always want all of you to continue reading us next week. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your letter Putting tax on ballot would be a disserviceI was glad to see that the county commissioners balked at putting the sales tax increase to fund the proposed stadium for the NY Yankees on the March ballot. Had they done so it would have been a disservice to the community they were elected to serve. At a time when unemployment and underemployment here in Marion County is at an all time high it makes no sense to commit to $45 million dollars to build a stadium that will generate very few jobs. And the jobs that are created will most likely be low wage jobs in concession, ticketing and janitorial positions. The Tampa Tribune ran an article on Oct. 28 titled, Ocala, Yankees reach agreement to move Tampa team. In that article they stated that Hillsborough County received about $100,000 a year to lease the county-owned stadium, plus a ticket surcharge that yielded about $135,000 a year. So, if this is all they did in the heavily populated Hillsborough County area I would assume we cant do much better. If Marion County were to receive the same kind of payback of $235,000 per year it would take 191 years to recoup the investment. Now I know they propose all kinds of events beyond baseball so there would be additional revenue generated, however, I dont think we would do as well for baseball as they have done in the Tampa Bay area, so we may not see the $235,000 per year payback. At a time when the federal government has spent us into a $17 trillion hole I feel we need to be more realistic and prudent on the local level. Millions have been spent on infrastructure at the Ocala airport which supposedly was to bring light manufacturing and other industry to the area. The land still sits empty. The new mall on SR200 is mostly empty. Numerous retail and industrial properties around town are vacant. The wage scale here is sub-standard. Wouldnt the community be better off by luring companies like Amazon, Google, GE, etc, here? $45 million allocated to help build facilities for these type of companies would certainly yield hundreds of higher paying jobs. These employees would generate lots of business for the local retail, service, and medical establishments. We need a minor league franchise? I for one dont disparage professional sports, but the money made by the players and owners does not help the community. I resent having to pay more for my goods so that a few people can benefit; players, owners, and those that like to attend. However, I am for creating a better economy for the people here so I implore the commissioners not to get mired in the hype of having a minor league franchise, but to look at spending our money wisely. Dont foolishly run us into the ground as the D.C. bureaucrats have done. R. Mowrey Q uail Meadow 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. The annual festival known as Light Up Ocala took place Saturday, Nov. 23 downtown, and it was a neat event, if you dont mind walking and standing. The festival was spread out to six blocks, north and south, and one block wide. This killed the on-street parking that usually goes along with these events, and it became an adventure finding a place to put your car. I arrived about 3:45 for the 4 p.m. event. I drove around and saw the situation, so I headed down First Avenue West to where I knew there were a couple of parking lots outside the citys blockade. Both lots were completely empty, but both were roped off so no one could use them. You have to wonder why no one can park there. Who made the decision? Was it the event organizers? Was it the property owners? So I went back and circled the area, finally realizing that one of the lots I usually park in, across from the Square, had spaces available, but you had to pay. By this time it was after 4, the childrens parade was at 4:30, so I plunked down my 5 bucks, got a ticket as evidence from a man wearing a code enforcement shirt (dont know what that meant) and stayed in my regular lot. There were a lot of people who chose to park farther away. In my travels, I had to wait while an entire dance school came from the area of the parking garage to the new staging area for the parade, which was north of the nowclosed Boulevard on Magnolia. One of the big questions each year is Where is the parade route this time? It seems to change all the time. A lot of people had worked their way Light up Ocala, but dont try to sit down Among Friends Jim Clark up Magnolia to view the parade, which would eventually go around the Square. The vendors in the area were doing a brisk business. I even bought something for my house, a little plaque that read: Welcome to grandmas house. Children spoiled while you wait. I watched, though, after the parade passed by, and the crowds dropped off dramatically. The vendors were spread out, and now these people on North Magnolia barely had people walking by. I hope it went well for them later in the evening. Before the parade, I watched the entertainment begin on the newly refurbished Square. You could do just about anything there watch, sing along, dance everything except sit comfortably. The oft-seen bleachers were nowhere to be found. People were standing around trying to control their children without any chance of resting comfortably. The celebration was bright, a good kickoff for the Christmas season, and the Square is beautifully decorated. But there are problems to be worked out. Hopefully things can be squared away before next year.Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger. Read the classifieds Education is Forum topicNancy Noonan and Ray Seaman, co-founders of Marions United for Public Education, will propose changes for the way Marion County invests in education when the Friday Forum of Marion County next meets Dec. 13. Judi Zanetti, executive director of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, will moderate. Since the onset of the economic recession in 2007, Marion County public schools have lost more than $70 million in funding due to budget cuts. Teacher aides have lost their jobs, vacant positions have gone unfilled, class sizes have expanded, and so-called permanent substitutes have taken the place of certified teachers. Art, music and PE teachers now share schools. Thus Noonan, a retired field director for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and Seaman, organizer of Awake the State and online director for Progress Florida, will offer solutions proposed by Marions United for Public Education. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon group meets the second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Servewithbluecheesedressing,carrotsticksandcelerysticks. Optional: Deep fry frozen pierogies in 350F oil for 3 min utes or until golden brown, as directed on box.Pierogies with Butter & Onions Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes Serves: 4 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Chardonnay 1 (16-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Cheddar Pierogies 1 cup sliced onions 1/4 cup melted butter margarine or olive oil Place pierogies in boiling water; cook about 5 to 7 minutes. Mean while, saut onions and butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Place sauted onions into large bowl. Add cooked pierogies and mix gently. Serve and top with sour cream, if desired.Pierogies Pad ThaiPrep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Chardonnay 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Mini Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2 large eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken br easts, cut into thin slices 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon crushed r ed pepper 1/2 cup peanut sauce 1 cup bean spr outs 1/4 cup chopped peanuts 2 scallions, thinly sliced Boil pierogies according to package directions. Drain. Mean while, in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter; cook eggs until just scrambled, stirring constantly. Remove to bowl. In same s ki ll et h ea t p ea nu t o il ; o ve r m ed iu m h ea t, co ok ga rl ic u nt il l ig ht ly browned. With slotted spoon, remove garlic to bowl with eggs. In drippings remaining in skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken until well browned and cooked through, stirring constantly. Add salt and crushed red pepper. Stir in egg mix ture, peanut sauce, bean sprouts and cooked pierogies. T oss to mix well. Garnish with chopped peanuts and scallions. Pesto PierogiesPrep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 6 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Pinot Noir 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup prepared pesto 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Onion Mini Pierogies 1/3 cup roasted red pepper strips, well drained 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted Inmediumbowl,stirsoftenedcreamcheese,pestoandsaltuntil wellblendedandsmooth.Sautpierogiesaspackagedirects. Arrange pierogies on large serving platter; top each pierogy with small dollop of pesto mixture. Top each with some roasted red pepper strips; sprinkle with pine nuts. FAMIL Y FEA TURES As the temperature begins to drop, its the perfect opportunity to gather your circle of friends and bring the entertainment indoors. Whether its game day or the season finale of your favorite TV show, these dishes and delectable wine pairings will make any casual get-together that much more memorable ... and delicious. From finger foods to satisfying meals, Mrs. T s Pierogies has you covered. Flavorful whipped potatoes combined with tasty additions, like cheddar cheese and onion, are gently folded into a pasta shell to create the perfect canvas for your favorite ingredients and spices. Dishes like Buffalo Pierogies and Pierogies Pad Thai are perfect for a crowd, whether youve planned ahead or are having an impromptu gathering just be sure to keep a few boxes of pierogies in your freezer. The Naked Grapes new high-quality 3L box wine is the perfect choice to serve alongside these dishes. As the only box wine that is fully recyclable from bag to box, you get to experience the same great tasting wine found in their bottles in an eco-friendly and attractive package that can go where glass cant. The box is perfect for large gatherings each box holds four bottles of wine and can be stored easily on the fridge shelf for up to four weeks. There s a wine for everyone with four fresh and original varietals: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. With pierogies and wine, no matter the occasion, youre guaranteed a relaxing and tasty time. For more recipes, visit www.Pierogies.com. And for more information on The Naked Grape, visit www.TheNakedGrapeW ine.com. Pierogy KebabsPrep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 to 16 minutes Serves: 8 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies, thawed 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken br easts, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 pound beef sirloin or tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces Salt and freshly gr ound pepper 2 gr een bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 r ed bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 yellow and/or orange bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces Preheat broiler. Combine olive oil and chili powder in small bowl. Brush pierogies with chili mixture. T oss chicken chunks and beef chunks separately with salt and pepper to taste. Using six (6) 12-inch-long metal skewers, thread meat chunks, pierogies and bell peppers. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Broil skewers three inches from the heat source until meat, pierogies and peppers are cooked through (about 6 to 8 minutes per side). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Pesto Pierogies Pierogies Pad Thai Pierogy Kebabs Buffalo Pierogies Avery large crowd gathered in Fairfield Villages Clubhouse on Saturday, Nov. 23 for the annual Thanksgiving dinner. As was expected, the food was delicious and the friendly conversations were enjoyed by all. The hams and turkeys were provided by American Land Lease and cooked by several different members of the community. Neighbors brought side dishes and desserts that completed the meal so that there were seconds and plenty left to be taken to some neighbors who were not able to be at the clubhouse to join in the social occasion. Music in the background enhanced the meal without interfering with the conversations at the various tables. A big surprise was the arrival of Ed and Frann Glenney, who were only able to stay a short time because they had just arrived from being in New Jersey with their daughter Jody who has been in serious condition following surgery. The Glenneys returned to Ocala to get winter clothes for the weather that has been unusually cold much earlier this year in the northeast. The good news is that Jodys condition has improved almost miraculously. We were all so thrilled to know that our prayers for this wonderful family had helped them. We in Fairfield Village, ... the lively place filled with lovely people began the holiday season in a most joyous manner with the hope that all our family and friends have done the same thing. Enjoy this most marvelous and holy time since the spirit of the season helps all of us to remember how much we have been and continue to be blessed. Be safe and happy!Special invitationPlease join us on this Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Clubhouse in Fairfield Village as we present a very special craft show. Everything will be handcrafted either by some of our talented neighbors or by specially invited artisans and/or crafters. There will be raffles and drawings for prizes donated by each of those with exhibits. Larry Hansen and other volunteers are coordinating the show. You will be glad you came to this new event. Fa irfi eld s Than ksgi vi ng potl uck dinne r wa s hu ge su cc ess Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett The three visiting daughters of Ken and Nina Stiles enjoyed being a part of the Thanksgiving Potluck by helping to serve the delicious turkey and ham to the 100+ who attended. Three of Fairfield Villages favorite people smile and pose to show the cheer of the season. From the left, Paula LeBlanc, R.B. Weller (our Mayor), and Cecile Gauthier. So much food was presented for the FFV dinner that it took seven tables to present the food and beverages. A large group of FFV neighbors enjoyed a casual gathering for a Thanksgiving Potluck in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse on Nov.23. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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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 Buffalo Pierogies Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 18 minutes Serves: 4 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio 1 cup oil 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies Non-stick cooking spray Blue cheese dressing Carrot sticks Celery sticks Preheat oven to 400F. Combine oil, hot sauce and chili powder; toss with frozen pierogies. Coat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and spread pierogies evenly on the baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 16 to 18 minutes, or until pierogies are puffed and browned. For best results, turn over once halfway through bake time. Servewithbluecheesedressing,carrotsticksandcelerysticks. Optional: Deep fry frozen pierogies in 350F oil for 3 min utes or until golden brown, as directed on box.Pierogies with Butter & Onions Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes Serves: 4 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Chardonnay 1 (16-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Cheddar Pierogies 1 cup sliced onions 1/4 cup melted butter margarine or olive oil Place pierogies in boiling water; cook about 5 to 7 minutes. Mean while, saut onions and butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Place sauted onions into large bowl. Add cooked pierogies and mix gently. Serve and top with sour cream, if desired.Pierogies Pad ThaiPrep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Chardonnay 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Mini Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2 large eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken br easts, cut into thin slices 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon crushed r ed pepper 1/2 cup peanut sauce 1 cup bean spr outs 1/4 cup chopped peanuts 2 scallions, thinly sliced Boil pierogies according to package directions. Drain. Mean while, in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter; cook eggs until just scrambled, stirring constantly. Remove to bowl. In same s ki ll et h ea t p ea nu t o il ; o ve r m ed iu m h ea t, co ok ga rl ic u nt il l ig ht ly browned. With slotted spoon, remove garlic to bowl with eggs. In drippings remaining in skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken until well browned and cooked through, stirring constantly. Add salt and crushed red pepper. Stir in egg mix ture, peanut sauce, bean sprouts and cooked pierogies. T oss to mix well. Garnish with chopped peanuts and scallions. Pesto PierogiesPrep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 6 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Pinot Noir 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup prepared pesto 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Onion Mini Pierogies 1/3 cup roasted red pepper strips, well drained 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted Inmediumbowl,stirsoftenedcreamcheese,pestoandsaltuntil wellblendedandsmooth.Sautpierogiesaspackagedirects. Arrange pierogies on large serving platter; top each pierogy with small dollop of pesto mixture. Top each with some roasted red pepper strips; sprinkle with pine nuts. FAMIL Y FEA TURES As the temperature begins to drop, its the perfect opportunity to gather your circle of friends and bring the entertainment indoors. Whether its game day or the season finale of your favorite TV show, these dishes and delectable wine pairings will make any casual get-together that much more memorable ... and delicious. From finger foods to satisfying meals, Mrs. T s Pierogies has you covered. Flavorful whipped potatoes combined with tasty additions, like cheddar cheese and onion, are gently folded into a pasta shell to create the perfect canvas for your favorite ingredients and spices. Dishes like Buffalo Pierogies and Pierogies Pad Thai are perfect for a crowd, whether youve planned ahead or are having an impromptu gathering just be sure to keep a few boxes of pierogies in your freezer. The Naked Grapes new high-quality 3L box wine is the perfect choice to serve alongside these dishes. As the only box wine that is fully recyclable from bag to box, you get to experience the same great tasting wine found in their bottles in an eco-friendly and attractive package that can go where glass cant. The box is perfect for large gatherings each box holds four bottles of wine and can be stored easily on the fridge shelf for up to four weeks. There s a wine for everyone with four fresh and original varietals: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. With pierogies and wine, no matter the occasion, youre guaranteed a relaxing and tasty time. For more recipes, visit www.Pierogies.com. And for more information on The Naked Grape, visit www.TheNakedGrapeW ine.com. Pierogy KebabsPrep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 to 16 minutes Serves: 8 Wine pairing: The Naked Grape Cabernet Sauvignon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 (12-ounce) box Mrs. Ts Potato & Cheddar Mini Pierogies, thawed 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken br easts, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 pound beef sirloin or tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces Salt and freshly gr ound pepper 2 gr een bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 r ed bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 yellow and/or orange bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces Preheat broiler. Combine olive oil and chili powder in small bowl. Brush pierogies with chili mixture. T oss chicken chunks and beef chunks separately with salt and pepper to taste. Using six (6) 12-inch-long metal skewers, thread meat chunks, pierogies and bell peppers. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Broil skewers three inches from the heat source until meat, pierogies and peppers are cooked through (about 6 to 8 minutes per side). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Pesto Pierogies Pierogies Pad Thai Pierogy Kebabs Buffalo Pierogies Avery large crowd gathered in Fairfield Villages Clubhouse on Saturday, Nov. 23 for the annual Thanksgiving dinner. As was expected, the food was delicious and the friendly conversations were enjoyed by all. The hams and turkeys were provided by American Land Lease and cooked by several different members of the community. Neighbors brought side dishes and desserts that completed the meal so that there were seconds and plenty left to be taken to some neighbors who were not able to be at the clubhouse to join in the social occasion. Music in the background enhanced the meal without interfering with the conversations at the various tables. A big surprise was the arrival of Ed and Frann Glenney, who were only able to stay a short time because they had just arrived from being in New Jersey with their daughter Jody who has been in serious condition following surgery. The Glenneys returned to Ocala to get winter clothes for the weather that has been unusually cold much earlier this year in the northeast. The good news is that Jodys condition has improved almost miraculously. We were all so thrilled to know that our prayers for this wonderful family had helped them. We in Fairfield Village, ... the lively place filled with lovely people began the holiday season in a most joyous manner with the hope that all our family and friends have done the same thing. Enjoy this most marvelous and holy time since the spirit of the season helps all of us to remember how much we have been and continue to be blessed. Be safe and happy!Special invitationPlease join us on this Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Clubhouse in Fairfield Village as we present a very special craft show. Everything will be handcrafted either by some of our talented neighbors or by specially invited artisans and/or crafters. There will be raffles and drawings for prizes donated by each of those with exhibits. Larry Hansen and other volunteers are coordinating the show. You will be glad you came to this new event. Fa irfi eld s Than ksgi vi ng potl uck dinne r wa s hu ge su cc ess Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett The three visiting daughters of Ken and Nina Stiles enjoyed being a part of the Thanksgiving Potluck by helping to serve the delicious turkey and ham to the 100+ who attended. Three of Fairfield Villages favorite people smile and pose to show the cheer of the season. From the left, Paula LeBlanc, R.B. Weller (our Mayor), and Cecile Gauthier. So much food was presented for the FFV dinner that it took seven tables to present the food and beverages. A large group of FFV neighbors enjoyed a casual gathering for a Thanksgiving Potluck in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse on Nov.23. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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Friday, Dec. 6 Movie The Christmas ExperienceBegin your Christmas season celebration joining in friendship and fellowship while enjoying a special showing of The Christmas Experience, a Christmas movie for all. Popcorn will be served. Relax, get comfortable, eat popcorn and enjoy a movie that will get you into the spirit of the season. It will show at 6:30 p.m. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org.Santa comes to Hawthorne VillageOn Dec. 6, Santa Claus is coming to town and making a stop at Hawthorne Village Retirement Community, 4100 SW 33rd Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Children and families can take a walk down candy cane lane and have a free photo taken with Santa. Enjoy decorating cookies around the Christmas tree. For more information please call 352-2377776.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 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Saturday, Dec. 7, Sunday, Dec. 8 Concert band to performThe Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, under the direction of Les Muncaster, announces its December 2013 Christmas in the Air concert series on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St. Musical selections include: Jingle Bells Forever; Sleigh Ride; Ave Maria; Christmas in the 50s and many more! Pre-concert music will be provided by the KOS Woodwind Quintet. All performances are free (donations are accepted) and open to the public. For more information, please call 352-624-9291 or visit our website at www.kingdomofthesunband.org.Sunday, Dec. 8 Flea market vendors wantedFlea market and craft vendors wanted for flea market on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Temple Bnai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. Outside spaces are available for $10 per large space. For information and reservations, contact Dot Howard, 352-687-1799.Temple Bnai Darom flea marketOn Sunday, Dec. 8 Temple Bnai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala will be holding a flea market/craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an auction at 3 p.m. conducted by auctioneer Bruce Dennerstein. New and used merchandise will be available for sale as well as beautifully handcrafted items suitable for holiday gifts. The auction will also have new and used merchandise at bargain prices with no buyers premium. Outdoor vendor space is still available at $10 per space. For information or directions call Shelly at 352-694-3655.Monday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 10 GFWC Womans Clubs to meetThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala Evening Group will meet Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Allergy and Asthma Care, 1740 SE 18th St., Ocala, for an Ugly Christmas Clothes Party. There will be a prize for the funniest or most outlandish outfit! Bring a wacky, inexpensive gift to exchange. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to all ladies in the community. For more information call Patti at 352-351-2708 or email to pbs1515@gmail.com. The GFWC Womans Club of Ocala Day Group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:45 a.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala, for lunch, a program and business meeting. The speaker will be Kristina Donohue, Executive Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She will discuss plans for the renovation of the City Auditorium at Tuscawilla Park which will be the new home of the Ocala Symphony. The auditorium has been renamed Ocala Arts Center. A guest musician from the Orchestra will provide holiday entertainment. For luncheon reservations call Mary at 352-347-3975. For further information about the Womans Club contact Patti, President, at 352-351-2708. All women in the area are welcome. Friday, Dec. 13 Historic Home tourHistoric Ocala Preservation Society annual Christmas Historic Home Candlelight Tour will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to candlelight tour, 7 Sisters Inn Bed & Breakfast will also be open 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening for touring with a candlelight ticket. Also may tour 7 Sisters Inn on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with HOPS tour ticket. All homes surround Turnipseed Park, between SE 12th Street and SE 13th Avenue. Santa, refreshments, and entertainment will be at the park Tickets: Adult $10 pre-sale, and $12 evening of tour. Ticket locations: Yours Truly Cards & Gifts, Friendship Center OTOW, 8449 SW State Road 200. 1st Friday Art Walk, HOPS Table Ocala Downtown Square Dec. 6. HOPS phone 352-351-1861 or Historicocala.org. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5 8 Wednesday, December 4, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger National Cremation Society Considering Cremation? REGISTER TO WIN A FREE CREMATION PLAN Come join the National Cremation Society for a FREE Meal & Informational Seminar on the benefits of pre-planning your cremation. When the time comes wouldnt you prefer your loved ones celebrate your legacy rather than stress about making arrangements? Give them the relief theyll need during a tough time. Well discuss: Affordable options and savings Veterans benefits Worldwide Away-From-Home Protection And much more... RESERVATION REQUIRED Limited seating available. 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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion House on fire? Just get out One of the sad stories last week came out of Sweetwater Oaks, a development on Northwest 44th Avenue, across the street from the Quail Meadow area. A 75-year-old man called 911 from there and reported that his house was on fire. When he had been awakened, his wife got out, but he stayed there to report the blaze. He sounded amazingly calm on the tape. By the time firefighters got to the house, they had to pull the seriously injured man out and he was hospitalized. Theres a big lesson in this for all of us. Almost anything in a house can be replaced. Whether its important papers, documents, memorabilia, including photos, can all be repurchased or obtained by donation after the fire. But a human life is irreplaceable. You should never stay in a burning house. Even if you think you are doing a good thing by calling the fire department, you are unnecessarily putting your health, and even your life at risk. If you should get out, you should never go back in to save some material goods. From all reports, firefighters arrived quickly, probably saving the mans life. It was apparent from all the stories that neighbors rushed to help the couple that lived there. If the victims had quickly run to a neighboring home yelling fire, we feel reasonably sure that someone would call the emergency number. Work ahead of time on a plan that would get your whole family out of a burning structure. Arrange a meeting place so you can immediately determine if anyone is missing. We look at some fire education as childish, but stop, drop and roll is viable at any age. It gets you below the smoke and you can head for the door. So please, be careful and be aware of the dangers of a fast-moving fire. We always want all of you to continue reading us next week. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your letter Putting tax on ballot would be a disserviceI was glad to see that the county commissioners balked at putting the sales tax increase to fund the proposed stadium for the NY Yankees on the March ballot. Had they done so it would have been a disservice to the community they were elected to serve. At a time when unemployment and underemployment here in Marion County is at an all time high it makes no sense to commit to $45 million dollars to build a stadium that will generate very few jobs. And the jobs that are created will most likely be low wage jobs in concession, ticketing and janitorial positions. The Tampa Tribune ran an article on Oct. 28 titled, Ocala, Yankees reach agreement to move Tampa team. In that article they stated that Hillsborough County received about $100,000 a year to lease the county-owned stadium, plus a ticket surcharge that yielded about $135,000 a year. So, if this is all they did in the heavily populated Hillsborough County area I would assume we cant do much better. If Marion County were to receive the same kind of payback of $235,000 per year it would take 191 years to recoup the investment. Now I know they propose all kinds of events beyond baseball so there would be additional revenue generated, however, I dont think we would do as well for baseball as they have done in the Tampa Bay area, so we may not see the $235,000 per year payback. At a time when the federal government has spent us into a $17 trillion hole I feel we need to be more realistic and prudent on the local level. Millions have been spent on infrastructure at the Ocala airport which supposedly was to bring light manufacturing and other industry to the area. The land still sits empty. The new mall on SR200 is mostly empty. Numerous retail and industrial properties around town are vacant. The wage scale here is sub-standard. Wouldnt the community be better off by luring companies like Amazon, Google, GE, etc, here? $45 million allocated to help build facilities for these type of companies would certainly yield hundreds of higher paying jobs. These employees would generate lots of business for the local retail, service, and medical establishments. We need a minor league franchise? I for one dont disparage professional sports, but the money made by the players and owners does not help the community. I resent having to pay more for my goods so that a few people can benefit; players, owners, and those that like to attend. However, I am for creating a better economy for the people here so I implore the commissioners not to get mired in the hype of having a minor league franchise, but to look at spending our money wisely. Dont foolishly run us into the ground as the D.C. bureaucrats have done. R. Mowrey Q uail Meadow 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. The annual festival known as Light Up Ocala took place Saturday, Nov. 23 downtown, and it was a neat event, if you dont mind walking and standing. The festival was spread out to six blocks, north and south, and one block wide. This killed the on-street parking that usually goes along with these events, and it became an adventure finding a place to put your car. I arrived about 3:45 for the 4 p.m. event. I drove around and saw the situation, so I headed down First Avenue West to where I knew there were a couple of parking lots outside the citys blockade. Both lots were completely empty, but both were roped off so no one could use them. You have to wonder why no one can park there. Who made the decision? Was it the event organizers? Was it the property owners? So I went back and circled the area, finally realizing that one of the lots I usually park in, across from the Square, had spaces available, but you had to pay. By this time it was after 4, the childrens parade was at 4:30, so I plunked down my 5 bucks, got a ticket as evidence from a man wearing a code enforcement shirt (dont know what that meant) and stayed in my regular lot. There were a lot of people who chose to park farther away. In my travels, I had to wait while an entire dance school came from the area of the parking garage to the new staging area for the parade, which was north of the nowclosed Boulevard on Magnolia. One of the big questions each year is Where is the parade route this time? It seems to change all the time. A lot of people had worked their way Light up Ocala, but dont try to sit down Among Friends Jim Clark up Magnolia to view the parade, which would eventually go around the Square. The vendors in the area were doing a brisk business. I even bought something for my house, a little plaque that read: Welcome to grandmas house. Children spoiled while you wait. I watched, though, after the parade passed by, and the crowds dropped off dramatically. The vendors were spread out, and now these people on North Magnolia barely had people walking by. I hope it went well for them later in the evening. Before the parade, I watched the entertainment begin on the newly refurbished Square. You could do just about anything there watch, sing along, dance everything except sit comfortably. The oft-seen bleachers were nowhere to be found. People were standing around trying to control their children without any chance of resting comfortably. The celebration was bright, a good kickoff for the Christmas season, and the Square is beautifully decorated. But there are problems to be worked out. Hopefully things can be squared away before next year.Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger. Read the classifieds Education is Forum topicNancy Noonan and Ray Seaman, co-founders of Marions United for Public Education, will propose changes for the way Marion County invests in education when the Friday Forum of Marion County next meets Dec. 13. Judi Zanetti, executive director of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, will moderate. Since the onset of the economic recession in 2007, Marion County public schools have lost more than $70 million in funding due to budget cuts. Teacher aides have lost their jobs, vacant positions have gone unfilled, class sizes have expanded, and so-called permanent substitutes have taken the place of certified teachers. Art, music and PE teachers now share schools. Thus Noonan, a retired field director for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and Seaman, organizer of Awake the State and online director for Progress Florida, will offer solutions proposed by Marions United for Public Education. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon group meets the second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr. Blvd.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, December 4, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GSNP 000FYR5 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000GRM4 Join Us at Our Open House Learn more about Sabal Trail T ransmissions Sabal Trail Project Date: December 10th, 2013 (5:00 7:30pm) Location: Dunnellon High School Cafeteria 10055 SW 180th A ve Rd. Dunnellon, FL 34432 To meet the growing demand for additional affordable, clean natural gas supplies while increasing the reliability of the regions energy delivery system, Sabal Trail Transmission is planning to build a new interstate natural gas pipeline. The project, called the Sabal Trail Project will deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day of clean burning natural gas beginning in May of 2017. The Project will include: Construction of approximately 460 miles of 36-inchdiameter mainline natural gas pipeline that originates in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and ends at an interconnection with Florida Southeast Connections proposed project in Osceola County, Florida; Construction of approximately 14 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline extending from a proposed compressor station in Osceola County, Florida to Florida Gas Transmissions existing natural gas pipeline in Orange County, Florida; Construction of approximately 24 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Marion and Citrus Counties, Florida; Construction of five (5) new compressor stations in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, Dougherty County, Georgia, and Suwannee, Marion, and Osceola Counties in Florida; and Construction of six (6) new meter stations At the Open House, Sabal T rail representatives will be available to answer questions on the proposed facilities, land acquisition, environmental and permitting processes, construction and operation, and other aspects of the Project. Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will also be available. The public is invited and we encourage all interested persons to attend. For more information, contact Sabal Trail toll free at (888) 596-7732 or visit our website at www.sabaltrail.com. The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jaggers 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Michel Northsea 854-3986 Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean 352-564-2957 Regional Manager John Provost 352-563-6363 Deadline for news : 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 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday 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 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Arian penchant for impatience shows, as you consider passing a problem prone project on to someone else. Best advice: Stay with it and work out those snarls yourself. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Even patient Bovines can be frustrated when carefully made plans go awry. But crank up that stick-to-it-ivity you do so well, and youll soon find that your schedule is back in sync. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your aspect favors using more resourceful means in dealing with a workplace situation. Some discreet checking could help shed light on the cause of the problem. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You show an unusually strong streak of stubbornness in rejecting suggestions from friends and/or family members early in the week. But you become more receptive by the weeks end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat might find a gentler approach more effective when dealing with those who resist needed changes. Remember, the word persuasion starts with the sound purr. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A disappointing experience with someone you felt you could trust can be painful. But there just might be more to this situation than youre aware of. Press for explanation. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Changing your views about something you believe in isnt easy. But you might reconsider as the facts come in. Keep your mind open, even if youre uneasy about what you might learn. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might have to do some serious shifting of gears to get your project back on track. But cheer up. Your hard work starts to produce some positive results. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) An unsettling mood at the start of the week soon lifts and gives way to a more positive attitude as you find fun and friendship beginning to dominate your aspect. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A delay in firming up holiday plans could work to your advantage. Use this time to scout out possibilities that might be more in line with what those close to you would prefer. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some people might question some of the new friends youve welcomed into your life. But your ability to see beyond the obvious helps you recognize how special they are. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Financial matters can be especially tricky this week. Its best to follow a conservative investment path for now, and wait for a more fortuitous time to take a bolder approach. Happenings Thursday, Dec. 5 Veterans f orm al 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 352-237-9720.Friday, Dec. 6 Paint Y our GriefThere is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are many ways to express feelings that lead to hope, healing and happiness. Paint Your Grief on Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. is a free, experiential workshop to help you see, feel and express your grief. Hospice of Marion County, Grace Episcopal Church, and Munroe Regional Medical Center are offering this workshop. Pick up a brush and lay it on paper to reveal the colors, images and ideas that come to your mind. No art experience or talent is required to participate. All supplies are furnished. Only 12 spaces are available. Call 352-873-7456 to RSVP. The event will take place in the Hospice Education Center (3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala). Barbershop concertAscension Lutheran Church at 5730 SE 28th St. at Baseline Road, Ocala, will host a Christmas concert of four-part harmony, Barbershop style, at 7 p.m. featuring chorus and quartets, Wired for Sound from Ocala, and A Matter of Taste from New Port Richey. A local favorite, Marcia Muncaster will perform Oh, Holy Night. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a Silent Auction (also during intermission for gift shopping), and tickets are sold at the door: $10 for seniors, $12 for adults, $5 for 10-18-year-olds, and under 10 are free. Call Jackie for more information at 352-288-8841.Civic Chorale Sound s of Christm asFor 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.; and First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Conductor is Matthew Bumbach and accompanist is Ricky Hendrix. Admission is free. Donations support our student scholarship program. First Friday Art Walk is this weekJoin us for a First Friday Art Walk under the holiday lights on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 50 individual artist displays, extended shopping hours, and live music on the downtown square. Unique offerings this month include: Live Holiday music starting at 6 p.m. on the Historic Downtown Square. Holiday window decorating contest sponsored by the Historic Ocala Preservation Society. Ocalas City Hall presents the contemporary work of artist Peter Filzmaier in the first floor lobby. All work is for sale with 25 percent of proceeds benefiting the City of Ocalas Art in city Spaces Program. The Florida Department of Health is debuting its award winning Faces of HIV exhibit, depicting Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS though portraits, video interviews, and journal writing. The exhibit will be on display on Southeast Broadway between Southeast 1st Avenue and Southeast Osceola Avenue during the Art Walk event. It is open to the public at no charge. The public may download an event map listing all artist locations at www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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Now that summer is out of the way and the holiday season has begun, I can throw out the kitchen window all of those diet restrictions introduced by the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. After all, the whole purpose of the holiday season is to eat. It begins in late October with the mass distribution of candy, which I have no objection. A little candy in somebodys life can go a long way to produce happiness. Why, a handful of jelly beans really makes the world go around, which may be why I am just a little bit dizzy. From October all the way through to New Years Day, it is nothing but one delicious delicacy after another. And, I love it. Around the middle of October my wife announces, This year you need to be a little careful about what you eat during this holiday season. Of which I smile back at her and nod my head in the affirmative, whatever that means. Far as I am concerned, a nod is not quite as committed as a word spoken. In October when I am doling out candy to the kids knocking on my door, I always use this formula: one for them and one for me. After all, whats fair is fair. I have to make sure I have enough candy to go all the way around. As one who is very conscious about not wasting anything, I make sure all of the candy is properly consumed by midnight. I get away with this because my wife usually has the grandchildren on the other side of the neighborhood going door to door getting candy. My duty is to distribute the candy however I see fit. Thanksgiving really tickles my fancy. It is an opportunity to stuff myself like a turkey and get away with it. After all, with all the family around the Thanksgiving Day table there is little opportunity for my wife to supervise what I eat or do not eat. As long as the dishes keep passing, I keep participating. One thing that makes the Thanksgiving Day dinner so wonderful is that you can stuff your stuff without feeling guilty about it. Dont you think youve had enough? my wife will ask. I have one response to this query I have used for years. Do not worry, my dear, I say as I pile more mashed potatoes on my plate, I plan to go on a diet for my New Years resolution. What a wonderful New Years resolution scenario. Whoever invented that should receive the Nobel Peace Prize because it has come in quite handy in my situation. Thanksgiving is so close to New Years that it makes a very convenient excuse. Take the Fourth of July picnic, for example. That is a long way from New Years Day and the New Years resolution scenario that I cannot use that excuse. At that picnic when my wife says, Dont you think you have had enough? I have to smile and agree that perhaps I did have enough, and lay down my fork in surrender. What about the summer family picnic time when all of us are getting together? The same thing is happening there. New Years Day and its resolution scenario are too far in the future to use as a ploy to get second or even third helpings. During any summer picnic, I am on my own and in some regards, I do not like it. But the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Years holiday season is my kind of season. The holiday season is a time for indulgence. After all, has anybody ever seen a skinny Santa Claus? It would be blasphemous to go to the mall during the holiday season and see a skinny Santa Claus. Personally, I would turn around and go home and sit in the corner for a while to get over it. The holiday season is for extravagance. Christmas gift giving is giving people presents they do not really need. I cannot recall how many ties I have received down through the years as though I have not enough ties, but every one was an absolute delight. The season begins with the hearty Thanksgiving dinner, goes to the Christmas Day dinner and then ends with the New Years Day dinner. What more could a person really ask for? There is something about the family gathering around the table indulging in the delicacies of the season and just having a good time. It is not a time to count calories, but rather, a time to count your blessings. It is not a time to monitor what somebody else is eating, but a time to enjoy the family fellowship around a good table set by somebody who knows how to set a good table. If someone in our family did not cook so well I would not have a problem in restraining my eating. So, I do not believe it is my fault. After the festivities have subsided and all the food has all been consumed, we still are left with the rest of our life. In light of that I like what Paul said, Giving thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20 KJV). For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks for everything is a wonderful way of life all year long.Rev. James L. 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Approximately 80 vendors presented beautiful art work, holiday centerpieces, jewelry selections, woodworking, as well as many other varieties of crafts created by Ocala Palms residents and local artisans. Ken Nelson from the Interfaith Emergency Services furnished brochures and a sample backpack which is used for the Food 4 Kids program. With the help of attendees, a donation of $255 was raised for this wonderful childrens program. In addition, a raffle with the prize of a beautiful handmade shawl was donated by Anne Strumpf. A large variety of homemade tastee baked goods were provided by Ocala Palms ladies at the yearly Bake Sale. A lunch for purchase was provided for the convenience of our vendors and shoppers. As Co-chairs, Sharron Albert and Barbara Leitzel, we would like to say thanks to everyone who supported the Arts and Craft Fair as well as to all the Ocala Palms volunteers who helped make it happen. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, hope to see you then. 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Attendees of the concert should bring their own seating to the event. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is Marion Countys premier cultural arts organization. Founded in 1975, the orchestra averages a dozen concerts throughout the year in front of nearly 10,000 area citizens. Ocala Symphony under the lights Have you ever seen a skinny Santa Claus? Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Read the classifieds

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Jim & Sheila Reed 352-873-9910 or 352-219-4134 Todays New Ads AUTO SW AP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAP MEETS SUN. DEC. 8th. 1-800-438-8559 How To Make Your Car Disappear...Simply advertise in the Classifieds and get results quickly!www.westmarionmessenger.com TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 Somebody else wants it!Got something special you no longer use? Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need.TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! They say, It is better to give than receive. The residents of Stone Creek certainly follow that statement. The Stone Creek Community has been busy giving to others during this holiday season and all year long. The Crafts of the Mind Book Club collected gifts and toys for two families of Alpha House. They also donated childrens books in memory of Hannah Duffy, the granddaughter of Rita Levy, who fought a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She died on Sept. 26 at age 14 but Hannah inspired many in her year long battle. The Garden Club is sponsoring the Help a Senior program for the fifth year. They gave 150 gifts to seniors in various assisted living facilities chosen by Home Instead Senior Care. This year three senior centers will be the recipients of the gifts. They are Evangeline Booth Garden Apartments, New Horizon Rehab Center and Memory Lane. The veterans are once again collecting Toys for Tots. The event is speared headed by Steve Farrell and Joe Byrne. Boxes of Toys for Tots have been filled with Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi The gift of giving ... 2013 toys from books, stuffed animals, dolls, games and bikes. The collection continues until December 14th. The residents of Stone Creek feel very blessed and so they respond with great generosity to help others. Thank you Stone Creek residents for your out pouring of gift giving at this time and during the year! Saturday, Dec. 14 Methodist Church breakfastOcala West United Methodist Church Mens Club will hold a community-wide breakfast on Saturday, Dec.14, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All you care to eat is still only $5. As a special bonus, the Womens Club is having a cookie sale. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. Phone number is 352-854-9550.Sunday, Dec. 15 The Star Still ShinesThe Star StillShines. Join in friendship and fellowship celebrating Christmas Southern Gospel style, proclaiming the true reason for our seasonal celebration: Jesus is the one true light of the world. The star symbolizes so much: Guidance.....the shepherds and the wisemen needed direction, Faithfulness....the Magi only had the star to guide them, Change....those men were never the same after experiencing the Christ Child. Experience Gods road map for how we should live, 10:30 a.m. during the woship service. Should you miss the morning presentation of The Star Still Shines, join later in the day and enjoy while you learn the true reason for our seasonal celebration and that Jesus is the one true light of the world, 6 p.m.. Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, http://www.ccomc.org. Thursday, Dec. 19 Young at Heart hears singerA special treat for the College Road Baptist Church Young At Heart December program: Back by popular demand, Christian singer Norman Lee will entertain us. Everyone is welcome, bring a dish to share and join us on Dec. 19 at noon. 5010 SW College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com

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INDEX Stone Creek........2 Fairfield Village..7 Ocala Palms......10 Quail Meadow....12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 37 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, December 4, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GS7B352-414-5312 or 352-732-9844(Medicare, AARP, Freedom, PCP, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana PPO, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare Complete and more) 000GT0N J&J SEAFOOD S.W. 7351 S.R. 200 352.236.0199 FRESH DAILY Jumbo Shrimp Large Lobster Tails & Fish ALSO: Clams Conch Squid Oysters Crawfish OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Accepting Food Stamps MARYLAND CRAB CAKES SALTED COD LIVE BLUE CRABS SMOKED FISH DIP HADDOCK 000GROQ 000GQ2V Florida leads the nation with more than 17 percent of its population age 65 years and older, and that number is expected to continue to grow in the years to come. Access to transportation is important to many older Floridians who cherish their independence. With such a large resident population of senior drivers and many more who vacation here during the winter months, it is fitting that Florida observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to help ensure seniors can continue to enjoy their freedom while doing so in a safe manner. More than 3 million of our almost 16 million drivers in Florida are age 65 or older, said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones. Being able to remain active and productive members of their communities is important to our older residents, and by highlighting the importance of driver safety, we hope they can continue to safely enjoy this freedom. FLHSMV offers these tips to assist older drivers: Plan your day so that you do most of your driving when visibility is greatest and traffic is lightest, such as mid-morning and after lunch. Plan the route to your destination to minimize left turns. Look twice both ways before making a turn or entering an intersection. Minimize lane changes. When you change lanes, be sure to use your signals. Turn the volume on your radio down or turn off the radio completely. Have your vision and hearing tested annually. Heed warning labels on medications. Even prescription drugs can impair driving and judgment. Consider alternative transportation options. For more information and additional resources to help older drivers remain mobile and independent, visit the Safe Mobility for Life Coalitions website at www.safeandmobileseniors.org. FLHSMV is an active member of the coalition. BY JIM CLARK EditorIf an election to approve a sales tax for construction of a new baseball stadium is to take place, Marion Countys financial burden has been somewhat eased. Last week, the New York Yankees announced that they would pay half of the approximately $350,000 to conduct a special election in March, a date the team says is necessary to meet the timetable for a stadium. Eventually, the Tampa Yankees, a Class A Florida State League team, will relocate to Ocala to start play in 2016. At a work session two weeks ago, Commissioners balked at putting the item on a special ballot in March, with objections centered around voter turnout and cost. Only the County Commission can approve a countywide referendum. Yankees officials at the time said they were disappointed in the apparent reluctance of the county to conduct the vote in March, and took the step last week of saying they would pay half the costs. The decision was announced shortly before a special City Council meeting was to be held last Wednesday to discuss the issue. The meeting was adjourned after just a few minutes. Both the county and the city were scheduled to hold meetings on Tuesday this week. It was not known how much discussion would be held on the topic. Yankees agree to pay part of vote Stone CreekResidents are showing their generosity at Stone Creek this Christmas season. See the column on Page 2. Light Up OcalaDowntown Ocala greeted the Christmas season on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the annual Light Up Ocala event, which included the youth parade, seen above on North Magnolia Avenue, and the arrival of Santa Claus, who came by way of a utility bucket truck instead of a sleigh (our snow seems to be late arriving this year).PHOTOS BY JIM CLARK State observes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week So many activities and so little time! It seems the calendar is already full for December. The first thing is the Tree Trimming at the clubhouse is this Friday (the date in the QM Reporter was incorrect). Come join us for a fun time decorating the tree. We will begin at 7 p.m. Also, Santa might make an appearance. Next on the list is Saturday, the 7th, which is the QMPOA Annual Meeting. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and the business meeting with election of new board members will follow. Please plan to attend. What a night we had at the catered dinner and auction! Eighty-two residents feasted on the food prepared and served by D&R Catering service. They did an outstanding job with the turkey and all the trimmings. They also added extra decorations to the food tables. A special thanks to Diana Shaner for baking all the pies. The auction, with our own John Stone as auctioneer, was a huge success. Some of the bidding got very interesting with several in the audience trying to out-bid the other person. There were three special items auctioned: 1. A complete hair/make-up makeover and a professional photo package deal (won by Earle Talley); 2. An embroidered Quail Meadow apron that had two women trying to out-bid each other. It ended with Marion Gartman offering to make a second apron, so each one could have an apron. The winners were Pat Talley and Donna Elliott; 3. The grand finale was the water color painting donated by our own artist, Barbara Fife. Marion Gartman was the lucky bidder on this item. This was a very successful event and the proceeds will help fund entertainment for us next year. The big announcement during the evening was that the mortgage on the clubhouse has been paid off! We will have a big celebration and mortgage burning party on Saturday, Jan. 11. Watch for more information. Thirteen Red Hot Fillies had a very enjoyable daycation last week. We went to the Island Grove Winery in Hawthorne. It is a very interesting drive getting there part of the trip is on dirt roads! The winery is only four years old. Their specialty is blueberry wines. The blueberries are grown right there. They process 6,000 pounds of blueberries at a time. It takes 120 days to go from the berry to bottled wine. They can process up to 6,000 bottles a day. Chase Marden, the wine maker, took us on our tour of the winery. After the tour we all enjoyed the tasting of the nine wines made here. There are plans for Island Grove Winery to open a store on Highway 301 next year. Following the wine tasting and gift buying, we headed for The Yearling Restaurant for a great lunch. Not only did we have lunch, but we were entertained by Willie Green, who is known for his down home blues music. His music made us feel like we were on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Remember Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Tree trimming at Quail Meadow is this Friday Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Above, Red Hatters at Island Grove Winery. At left, Willie Green at the Yearling. Man burned in Sweetwater fireMarion County Fire Rescue crews pulled a man from his burning home at 66 Sycamore Way in Ocala last Tuesday morning. A neighbor reported the incident to 911 at 4:52 a.m. The homeowner called shortly thereafter at 4:59 a.m. When MCFR Engine 20 arrived on scene at 5:03 a.m., the double-wide mobile home in Sweetwater Oaks was approximately 30 percent involved in flames with heavy smoke. Crew members entered the home immediately to conduct a search and found a 75-year-old man unconscious. Firefighters pulled Chuck Radic from the blaze and transported him to Ocala Regional Medical Center.