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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Ocala Palms........6 Stone Creek......10 Quail Meadow....12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 38 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 Rev. Snyder Page 3 PuzzlesPage 912Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GUEW SOT #36723 ************************************************************************* ************************************************************************* ************************************************************************* National Parks Tour Air/Bus 9 nights Sept. 8-17, 2014 $3,599 2 nts Coeure d Alene, ID, 2 nts Glacier National Park, 2 nts Yellowstone National Park, 1 nt Jackson Hole (see the Grand Tetons), 2 nts Deadwood (trip to Mount Rushmore) Includes transfers to airport, airfare, bus tour, 9 nights accommodations, breakfast & dinner daily, all taxes and gratuities. Escorted by Laura Kane. 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The children played with clowns; enjoyed face painting; saw sheriffs office motorcycles; got close to horses from the mounted unit; got to touch the sheriffs office Air One law enforcement helicopter; tried out some of the SWAT equipment; saw a K9 in action; and learned about the sheriffs office bomb squad. This is the 19th year for this party that is sponsored by Al and Judy Dunlap. Students saw a magic show, ate pizza and each child received three gifts. The Marion County Sheriffs Office rotates the selection of a school each year. Then, school counselors decide what children will take part in the event. Many of the children are special needs students and many would not get any gifts for Christmas due to circumstances, said Marion County Sheriffs Office Captain Alicia Walker, lead organizer for the event. SHERIFFS OFFICE PHOTOThis young fellow shows off his Christmas gifts. Sheriffs Office provides gifts for kids PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA BARNETTFairfield celebratesThe decorations are out in Fairfield Village as the community gets ready for the holidays. Above, a very happy Santa is greeting everyone who passes by this home, and below, a giant Christmas card on a lawn. More on Page 2. BY JIM CLARK EditorThe vote to fund a new Minor League baseball stadium in Ocala moved a step closer last Tuesday, and in the process the financial burden on county taxpayers got a little lighter. Marion County commissioners tentatively agreed to put a half-percent sales tax referendum on the ballot for March 18. In the process, commissioners pared back the request to a three-year tax. The original request from Ocala city officials had been for a five-year duration. At the regular meeting on Dec. 17, commissioners will be given a choice of two proposed ordinances, one calling for a traditional election and the other with an all-mail ballot. They could still reject the ballot initiative completely. Commissioners complained about the title proposed by the city, which eliminated the words Minor League, and only said baseball and community stadium. Despite objections from the city, officials voted to restore the Minor League designation. Another beneficiary from the sales tax could be Sheriff Chris Blair, who had a strong discussion over a budget transfer of funds during the morning part of the meeting, which didnt end until nearly 3 p.m. Blair expressed the need for more cars, and, if there is an excess of funds for the stadium, they will be used for sheriffs vehicles. The citys estimated cost for the stadium is $38 million, but Ocala representatives said there is a 20 percent contingency built in, causing the optimism that some money will be left over. Included in the money from the sales tax would be work on the 49th Avenue extension, which will connect 66th Street with the new flyover that opened last year. Stadium vote decision due at Dec. 17 meeting Marion County Public Schools is pleased to air the 65th annual Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade live on television on Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. The annual event draws 60,000-plus spectators to East Silver Springs Boulevard, many of whom stake out their seats days ahead of time along the two-mile parade route. However, this year the city has said it will remove chairs placed before Wednesday. This years parade is themed A Frosty White Christmas and involves over 3,000 riders, marchers, and other participants. Approximately 110 units including floats, marching bands, dance troupes, baton twirling groups, motorcycle units, and equine entries are taking part this year. The lineup also includes local dignitaries, military units, business owners, and dozens of other community groups. It starts at 25th Avenue East and travels west along Silver Springs Boulevard. Many feeder roads into the Boulevard will be closed after 3 p.m. Providing television commentary this year are veteran host Kevin Christian and returning hosts Judi Zanetti and Anna DeWese, all representing Marion County Public Schools. The parade airs live on the Marion Education Channel (MEC), available to more than 300,000 viewers on more than a dozen local cable systems including Bright House (Channel 198), Comcast (Channel 99) and Cox (Channel 12), as well as overthe-air on digital channel 7.1. The parade replays on the MEC through December every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. These broadcasts are offered as a community service by Marion County Public Schools and paid for with private funding. The Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade is organized by the Friends of the Christmas Parade, a nonprofit organization made up of community volunteers. Christmas Parade is Saturday on Boulevard Watch the parade Bright House Channel 198, Comcast Channel 99, Cox Channel 12 In spite of the good crowd at the QMRPOA annual meeting last week, along with 81 proxy ballots, we still did not have a quorum for the meeting. In order to take a vote for new board members the law requires that we have a quorum. Therefore, it is necessary to call another meeting which will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (thats today), Dec. 11. Its too late to turn in proxy ballots, but your attendance would be greatly appreciated. Lets show our support of the QMRPOA. The December Ladies Luncheon is Friday, the 13th. If you would like to participate in the gift exchange please bring a wrapped gift ($5). The gift exchange is not mandatory. Meet us at the Olive Garden at noon for lunch this month. Please call Maryanne Ellner for reservations. The vandals are at it again! This time two mailboxes have been knocked down; one was the clubhouse mailbox. Thanks to Stan Elliott for replacing the posts for these boxes. If you see any suspicious activity in the neighborhood, please call 911. If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, just drive around our neighborhood. Many homes are decorated with lights, lawn decorations, etc. Once again, Earle Talley has really outdone himself this year with his lights and music. If you want an enjoyable evening then go to the Talleys, turn on your car radio, and enjoy the show. This is the time of the year when we get so busy with shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, etc. that we sometimes forget those less fortunate. The collection box for Interfaith is in the clubhouse. Take advantage of the buy one get one free sales and add a few canned items or personal care articles to this box. The donations are taken to Interfaith once a week. Also, check on your neighbors. If they are alone, please take time to say a friendly hi to them, or invite them to your home for a cup of coffee or tea. Do you have a sick computer? Steve Kane, one of our residents, is available to help with your computer problems. Steve provides this service free to Quail Meadow residents all he needs is a cup of coffee (or 2 or 3). Steve has asked that I remind everyone who is using Windows XP, Microsoft will discontinue support for this program in 2014. Let Steve tell you what you will need to do to avoid problems. Remember, Jan. 11 is the date of the huge mortgage burning party; festivities will last most of the afternoon and evening. Keep watching for info on this affair. Quail Meadow meeting rescheduled for today Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. 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T o complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 STUMP GRINDINGCALL JIM FOR FREE ESTIMATES (800) 478-8679 2Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000guoz Prices Good Through December 17, 2013 NEW LIQUOR STORE IN OCALA College Park Plaza, Opposite Paddock Mall 3131 S.W. College Rd. Unit #204, Ocala, FL 34474 We sell Fine Wine, Beer, Cigarettes & Cigars Florida Lottery (352) 237-6964 4 DAY SPECIAL Wednesday 12/11 to Saturday 12/14 Coupon Required. Limit 2 per household. 4 DAY SPECIAL Wednesday 12/11 to Saturday 12/14 Coupon Required. Limit 2 per household. 4 DAY SPECIAL Wednesday 12/11 to Saturday 12/14 Coupon Required. Limit 2 per household. 4 DAY SPECIAL Wednesday 12/11 to Saturday 12/14 Coupon Required. Limit 2 per household. 1.75 L $ 14 99 Pearl Vodka 80 $ 27 99 + tax Kahlua 1.75 L $ 7 99 $ 12.99 + tax -5.00 mail in rebate 1.75 L Calypso Rum $ 21 99 Seagrams VO + tax 1.75 L $ 6 99 $ 16.99 + tax -10.00 mail in rebate 1.75 L EPIC Vodka 1.75 L . . $15.00 Mail in Rebate on 3 btls. . . $35.00 Mail in Rebate on 6 btls. . . $50.00 Mail in Rebate on 8 btls. Smirnoff 80 . . . . . . . . . $ 17 99 Captain Morgan . . . . . . . $ 19 99 Johnnie Walker Red . . . $ 29 99 Tanqueray . . . . . . . . . . . $ 29 99 Ketel One 80 . . . . . . . . . $ 35 99 Mix & Match All Plus Tax 1.75L Platinum Vodka $ 15 99 + tax 1.75 L $ 16 99 + tax 1.75 L Canadian Mist or Early Times Seagrams 7 $ 17 99 + tax 1.75 L Don Q Crystal Gold $ 15 99 + tax 1.75 L Jagermeister $ 39 99 + tax 1.75 L Grey Goose 80 Belvedere 80 $ 48 99 + tax 1.75 L House of Stuart Scotch $ 14 99 + tax 1.75 L Baileys Irish Cream $ 33 99 + tax 1.75 L Skol Vodka 80 $ 10 99 + tax 1.75 L Wild Turkey 101 $ 26 99 + tax 1.75 L New Amsterdam Vodka $ 16 99 + tax 1.75 L Admiral Nelsons Spiced Rum $ 12 99 + tax 1.75 L E&J XO $ 19 99 + tax 1.75 L $5.00 mail-in-rebate on 1 btls. $12.00 mail-in-rebate on 2 btls. $20.00 mail-in-rebate on 3 btls. + tax In these days before Christmas and the New Year, the homes in Fairfield Village are being made ready for the holidays. Some have lots of lighted decorations already, but some are still works in progress and will be part of another article soon. As you can tell by the accompanying photos, there are many different ways that our neighbors show their flair for decorations. Whether it be in a classic simple way, a whimsical way, or a traditional way, the holiday spirit is a huge part of our community. Another home has been chosen as Decembers Home of the Month. This one is the neatly kept home of Carol and Hal Shaw. The couple was awarded the prize last week by Rachel Muse, community manager. We, their neighbors, congratulate our friends. From Fairfield Village, the lively, lovely community, we wish everyone a happy and safe season of cheer. Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Fairfield homes getting ready for the holidays Classic elegance is the theme for the holiday decorations at this Fairfield Village home. Fairfield Village's December Home of the Month is the always lovely home of Carol and Hal Shaw. Then, what in the world is money for? This whole year has been like that. I get happy about something I lost and then I find it. I get happy about something I found and then I lose it. This year my age of wisdom was soundly outmaneuvered by my age of foolishness. As I reflected on this I thought about what the apostle Paul said. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do (Romans 7:19). I have come to the point where I believe that the worst of times is designed by God to show me how wonderful the best of times are. I rest on the marvelous truth that my life is not in the times but in the gracious hand of God. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. PASTORcontinued from Page 3 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. Originally established by former Mayor Gerald Ergle, the City of Ocala, the Symphony Under the Lights concert has been a generous gift from the Jenkins Auto Group. This free community concert is designed to help ring in the spirit of the holiday season. Our community is most fortunate to have philanthropic business leaders like Don and Kelley Jenkins, and the staff at Jenkins Auto Group who make events like this possible. This winter tradition in Ocala is a wonderful opportunity to gather the family together, share some hot chocolate, and listen to great holiday favorites, said Maestro Matthew Wardell. 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. Its mission is to play the highest caliber music that is performed by skilled musicians under the dynamic leadership of a brilliant and energetic music director Matthew Wardell. It is driven to reach, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages while serving the broadest group of constituents and to foster excellence in music education through collaborative partnerships with local resources. 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On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 2:15 the alarms went off in the Reunion Center as there was an electrical fire in one of the card rooms. The building was immediately evacuated but those in the kitchen had potatoes in the oven, vegetables on the grill as they were preparing dinner for 130 people for the Garden Club event. The cook for the event, Sonia Ricks, had been at the grill since 10 a.m. and she did not want to leave her station but the entire cooking crew did leave. We had to sit outside and wait for our wonderful fire fighters to come. They came and checked and rechecked the building and then allowed us back in. We lost 45 minutes in preparation time and we had much to do. After getting the circuit breakers back to working conditions the cooking began in earnest. The kitchen crew was chaired by Dolly Toskaz and she was grateful to her crew of Sonia Ricks, Gretchen La Sasso, Margie Santigo, Ginger Rodner, Deborah Parsons, James Weiss, Barbara Fogarty, Sandy Odle, Penny Schmidt and Connie Drake. This amazing group of workers, made 130 chicken skewers, 130 sausage skewers, 60 pounds of roasted potatoes, and grilled vegetables all while a minor incident of a fire took place. Now, that is dedication! The main event of evening took place on time the dedication of the 2nd phase of the Reflection Garden with a new water feature. Linda Fiorella, chairperson, of the committee told how the Garden Club along with donations from other chartered clubs and Pulte sales raised $11,000 for the garden. The members of this committee who have worked for over three years are: Connie Drake, Gretchen La Sasso, Bernardine Messer, Deborah Parson, Mary Ellen Pfeffer, Marion Pierleoni, Ginger Rodner, Margie Santiago. Bernardine, Connie and Mary Ellen have also held major club positions since the inception of the club. Linda introduced the landscaping team of Southern Charm Landscaping and Nursery: Kim Rutledge and Brenda Cavanah. Kim Rutledge and his sister, Brenda were the people who gave ideas and suggestions to the committee. Kim told how difficult it is to work with nine women who have varied ideas on the vision of the garden. As everyone came out to give a toast and to see the beautiful water feature with the backdrop of a beautiful setting sun, the following poem was read: Yesterday Ive come to visit Yesterday Where each flower tells a story Of friends and faces, homes and places Each filled with timeless glory. Today The gentlest breeze comes through the trees And brings me to Today, Where every beautiful bird that sings Gives Comfort to my Day Tomorrow When the lakes grow still and the sunset calms, Tomorrow will await us all, Then Ill return again and begin anew To listen for the Mornings call This poem was written by Linda Fiorella and first recited at the gardens dedication on Oct. 23, 2011 and then at the unveiling of the millstone fountain on Dec. 4. When residents work together, much is accomplished and this is Stone Creek residents working for the Stone Creek Community and the greater Ocala community. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3 10 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GV0N GOLFWEEK TOUR Recruiting Competitive Golfers Save $10 on Membership for 2014 by 12/31/13 North Central Florida Tour. 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Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jag ger s 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Mic hel Northsea 854-3986 Adver tising Sales T om Rapplean 352-564-2957 Regional Manag er John Pro vost 352-563-6363 Deadline for ne ws : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-390-6444 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 Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi Dinner able to go on despite fire While many people are out on a shopping spree to liquidate any cash reserves they might have left, I am taking this time to do a little bit of reflection. Shopping is not my favorite thing to do. I forgot about it last week and Thursday evening I took my granddaughter to Walmart to buy something. The aisles were packed with people standing around waiting for some event to occur. Not knowing what that event might be, my little granddaughter and I slowly retreated from the store. I forgot it was black Thursday and I did not want to end up with a black eye. I do not go shopping that much, but, is it me or are shoppers mean people? Just do not get between them and whatever event is taking place. I have come to the wonderful place in life that I can afford anything I want. Fortunately, I cannot think of anything I really want. Not so with the crowd I found at Walmart. They wanted something really bad, and I wanted to get out of the store really bad. Both got their wishes. I have since retreated to the solitude of my easy chair. Thanksgiving dinner is over, everybodys focus is on Christmas and so I plan to take advantage of this space. Everybody is somewhere and I am glad (you did not hear me say it) they are not here. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in the kitchen doing whatever she does in the kitchen. I have learned after 43 years of marital bliss that if I want to maintain the bliss in my marriage I need to keep out of the kitchen when someone else is there, especially her. I have learned to live with this and it is a wonderful life. Resting and reflecting in my easy chair, I began thinking about the past year. The best way to sum up the past year for me was Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Of course, I would have to fudge a little bit on the age of wisdom. Outside of that, that sums up my past year very nicely. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, there is a little unexpected bump in the road. The other way around is also true. Just when you think all you have are bumps in the road, you hit a smooth patch and you do not really know what to do. Take this Thanksgiving for example. Throughout the year I had managed (under some very strict supervision from you know who) to lose around 5 pounds. I was celebrating this loss quite jubilantly. That is, until the Thanksgiving dinner. Dickens kind of year Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder I thought to myself, Self, you have done a fine job this past year it is time to celebrate. There is celebration and then there is celebration. My problem is I do not know the difference between the two; they all look alike to me. Hiding behind the roast turkey on our Thanksgiving dinner table were the 5 pounds I had lost during the year. They quite conveniently hid their presence from me but that was not the worst of it. Not only were they hiding behind the roast turkey, but also they had assembled relatives. For some reason these pounds heard that relatives were invited to the Thanksgiving dinner. I do not know how it happened; but it happened. The pounds I lost, I have found and they brought relatives with them. I am not sure I want to complain at this point because I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here I sit in my easy chair bemoaning the fact that what I lost I eventually found. If only I could find the hundred dollars I lost, I would be a happy camper. At least, I could afford to be a camper. Everybody should rejoice when they find something that they lost, but I am too stuffed now to really rejoice. I feel a little nap coming on. This past year I received an unexpected royalty check from my publisher and truly rejoiced in it. It is always nice to get something you were not expecting. The following week I had to replace the transmission in a vehicle. I know, I should be grateful I had the money so I could do the maintenance work on the vehicle. I am, kind of, sort of, but it would have been nice to have the money and not have to use it. See PASTOR Page 11

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Friends and family will be happy to help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Dont allow a suddenly icy reaction from a friend or family member to continue without learning what caused it and what can be done to restore that once warm and caring relationship. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A relationship seems to be unraveling, mostly from a lack of attention. It might be good to ease up on whatever youre doing so you can spend more time working to mend it. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) New facts emerge that not only help explain the recent rift with a trusted colleague, but also might provide a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start in your friendship. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) A family members personal situation is, fortunately, resolved in time for you to get back into your hectic round of holiday preparations. An old friend might bring a new friend into your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Pace yourself in meeting holiday pressures and workplace demands to avoid winding up with a frayed temper and a Scorpian stinger that lashes out at puzzled kith, kin and colleagues. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A financial matter requires close attention. Also, news from a trusted source provides the means to help sort out a long-standing state of confusion and put it into perspective. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) This is a good time to reinforce family ties. Make it a priority to assess and resolve all outstanding problems. Start the upcoming holiday season with a full measure of love. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Dont be pressured into a so-called solid-gold investment. Wait until the holiday distractions are over. Then take a harder look at it. You might find the gold is starting to flake off. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A former friend might be trying to heal the breach between you by using a mutual friend as an intermediary. Best advice: Keep an open mind. Friday, Dec. 13 His toric Hom e 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. Happenings 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.Foru m dis cusses ed ucationNancy 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 A Q and A will follow their presentations. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon group meets on the second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A $10 charge which includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink is paid directly to the restaurant. Please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail or telephone 352/873-9970 for more information. Saturday, Dec. 14 H olid ay Cook ie W alkCome to our annual Holiday Cookie Walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free cookies. Stock up for holiday entertaining, gift giving, or to treat yourself on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Enrichment Center, 7171 SW State Road 200. New this year, our Christmas Attic Browse through all sorts of warmly treasured and fondly preowned Christmas decorations and pick out your favorites, all of which are for sale. Food and shopping ... who could ask for more!Methodis t 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.Dog s how at Circle Sq uare CommonsBridgenet Wireless will be hosting its first Dog Show event on the Town Square at Circle Square Commons in Ocala on Saturday, Dec. 14. 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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Yohos event is ill-timed The anniversary of one of the most tragic mass shootings in the history of America will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14. It was exactly one year ago on that date that 26 people, mostly children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The suspect, who also killed some adult school personnel and his own mother, took his own life. While the shooting hasnt exactly been in the national news lately, the people of Newtown have asked the media to stay away on Saturday as they remember and mourn in their own way. We hope that the TV networks, generally not known for their sensitivity, will honor that request. But if they hope to keep it out of the news, they cant, thanks to the likes of our U.S. Representative, Ted Yoho (RGainesville). On his Facebook page, Yoho is advertising a gun safety show. It reads: Family Firearm Safety Event. Please bring your family and kids to an educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards, while encouraging responsible firearm ownership with Congressman Ted Yoho, Saturday December 14th, Jackie Taylor Building, 128 SW Birley Ave (off West Hwy 90), Lake City Florida 32054, 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. yoho.house.gov This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (352) 505-0838. Yes, a gun safety show on the anniversary of Sandy Hook. How crude can you get? Were not debating the Second Amendment here, or the effectiveness of gun safety classes. All were saying is that it is extremely insensitive to have a class such as this on the anniversary of such a tragedy. One of the best ways to judge whether something like this is offensive or not, is to put yourself in the shoes of the people who are still suffering from the tragic losses on that day one year ago. How would you feel if you had lost a kindergartener to a maniacal mass shooter? We call on Yoho to change the date of his class. Show a little respect for the people who suffered such tremendous losses a year ago. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letter State should reject Real IDThe Columbus Dispatch reported on Dec. 6 that the State of Ohio has rejected the federal Real ID Act, which has turned our state driver licenses into a national ID card. That state, like Florida, had been in compliance with the Real ID Act. Why did they reject it? Privacy concerns: Ohio officials were rightly concerned about scanning and storing personal papers such as birth certificates in a single database. They also rejected the biometric facial recognition that is required by Real ID. Putting all of this information into one database makes for one-stop shopping by a hacker. Government data breaches are all too frequentand often take place due to corrupt employees. Facial recognition allows for the tracking of the guilty as well as the innocent in our surveillance-heavy society. While news stories often mention one or two official purposes of the act such as entering federal buildings or getting on airplanes, there are a total of four -and the last one reads Anything as determined by the (Homeland Security) Secretary. This is too much power in the hands of one unelected official. If an American elects to redress their grievances with their government, per the First Amendment Congress shall pass no law that abridges this rightyet the Real ID Act does so by requiring a federal identification to enter a federal buildingsuch as Social Security or the IRS. I speak to politicians on the county and state level on a regular basis and have never had to show an ID to do sowhich is what our founders had in mind. Florida enacted this law in 2008 thanks to former Senator and now Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker. The intent according to my conversation with him was to keep illegal aliens from getting a driver license. In the 2013 legislative session, a bill to allow certain illegal aliens easier access to a Florida license passed with only 2 no votesand was later rejected by Governor Scott. The same federal government that gave us Real ID now also gives us deferred action letters, and illegal aliens have been licensed here. What are we accomplishing by hardtiming Americans, notably married/divorced/widowed women who must provide a costly mountain of certified documents? Then there is the costmillions upon millions of tax dollars. Florida spent almost $11 million on this from 2008-2010, and only received about $7 million in so-called federal dollars. The Legislature has rejected every Real ID repeal or modification bill I have offered since 2011. It is time for them to follow suit with Ohio and 19 other states that have rejected the unconstitutional and intrusive federal Real ID Act. Paul Henry Liberty Lobbyist and Founder of Floridians Against REAL ID. Monticello Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. This coming Saturday is a big one for Ocala and Marion County, when the annual Christmas parade steps off about 5:30 p.m. It moves from 25th Avenue East all the way down Silver Springs Boulevard to just before downtown. This is the biggest event of its kind in the county. Thousands of people gather, some not so politely fighting for space to watch. Parking, of course, is at a premium. People put up rope or tape at spots along the route, reserving their spaces to they can come and plop down and be comfortable. For as long as I can remember, people would put their chairs out early, too, but the city is cracking down on that, saying no chairs until Wednesday at least. Too much danger of chairs falling into the roadway, they said, so any chairs out early this week were probably taken away by Code Enforcement. Frankly, Id like to see that stopped completely until Friday evening. The city sent us a long, convoluted list of street closings, and you need a map and a calculator to follow the instructions. To put it simply, if youre going across the county, either take 14th Street (State Road 492) which turns into U.S. 27 at Pine, or take 17th Street/Maricamp Road off State Road 200. Avoid downtown at all costs unless youre going to the parade. Its that simple. If you want to watch, the good folks at the Marion Educational Channel will televise the proceedings live, and also on tape several times (see story on Page 1). Its great to watch, particularly if youre in the parade and all you see is your own sections. You can watch the whole thing, and yourself, on the replays, taken from the perch near the shopping center that houses Staples and the movies, etc. Be prepared for the huge Ocala parade Among Friends Jim Clark To me, the biggest warning I have is to parents. Please watch your children, especially the younger ones. Nothing scares me more than to have a motorized float moving down the street, and people throwing candy, and the kids dashing out into the street without looking to get that sweet treat. Hopefully, people have realized that throwing candy is not a good thing, and people walking alongside the float and giving it away is the way to do it. But no matter how much you warn participants, its still going to happen. Of course, there are always the parade crashers to look out for, particularly young people on bikes who often speed up and down the parade route. I dont mind seeing walkers keeping up with the route, but if youre going to ride, you should be part of one of the organized activities. Finally, most importantly, obey the crossing guards at the major intersections who ask you to leave room for people to escape from the road. Emergency personnel may need quick access to the road (of course, I hope not) and these gaps are necessary. So get ready for Saturday night, get there early, lock your car, and have the little ones prepared for a long, loud event. Theyll love it, as do many of the adults.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Read the classifieds Bring your dogs and get free advice on pet care, treats, diets, medical and training. There will be raffles and hourly give-a-ways. Enter your dog in contests for the tallest dog, for the dog with the biggest ears, the best dressed dog, and for the dog that can perform the best trick. Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Circle Square Commons Town Square, 8405 SW 80th St. in Ocala. For more information call 352-593-0908. Sunday, Dec. 15 B ellev iew p rep s for p aradeBelleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce presents 2013 Belleview Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. This years theme is White Christmas. Come on out and enjoy the day along 441 in Belleview, beginning at the intersection of 441 and 110th St. and ending at Robinson Road and 441. The parade will feature the anticipated entries such as police cars, ambulances, high school bands as well as our special guest Santa Claus, who will appear at the very end of the parade. Applications and rules are available at the Chamber office for your float, band, or group. There is still time for your application. Call 352-245-2178 or e-mail belleviewchamber@gmail.com for more information.The S tar S till 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. Monday, Dec. 16 Legion Post to m eetThe Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.Thursday, Dec. 19 Interfaith S unrise B reak fast at G ator J oesFor many years, Randy Harris and Chuck Pardee hosted the Campfire Breakfast on the Ocklawaha and we all enjoyed the good times and fellowship. They saw this as a great time to put all of our differences aside in the spirit of the season although, according to Pardee, this year Nole fans should beware of the cold, deep, Gator infested water of Lake Weir. The Campfire Breakfast is now the Sunrise Breakfast and will be held for the second year at Gator Joes on Lake Weir on Dec. 19 from 7 to 9 a.m. Breakfast served at 8 a.m. Come early and enjoy the campfire on the beach as the sun rises over Lake Weir. Men and women are invited!Y oung at Heart h ears 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.S candinav ian C lub of Marion C ountyThe Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352347-8362. HAPPENINGScontinued from Page 4

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State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Yohos event is ill-timed The anniversary of one of the most tragic mass shootings in the history of America will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14. It was exactly one year ago on that date that 26 people, mostly children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The suspect, who also killed some adult school personnel and his own mother, took his own life. While the shooting hasnt exactly been in the national news lately, the people of Newtown have asked the media to stay away on Saturday as they remember and mourn in their own way. We hope that the TV networks, generally not known for their sensitivity, will honor that request. But if they hope to keep it out of the news, they cant, thanks to the likes of our U.S. Representative, Ted Yoho (RGainesville). On his Facebook page, Yoho is advertising a gun safety show. It reads: Family Firearm Safety Event. Please bring your family and kids to an educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards, while encouraging responsible firearm ownership with Congressman Ted Yoho, Saturday December 14th, Jackie Taylor Building, 128 SW Birley Ave (off West Hwy 90), Lake City Florida 32054, 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. yoho.house.gov This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (352) 505-0838. Yes, a gun safety show on the anniversary of Sandy Hook. How crude can you get? Were not debating the Second Amendment here, or the effectiveness of gun safety classes. All were saying is that it is extremely insensitive to have a class such as this on the anniversary of such a tragedy. One of the best ways to judge whether something like this is offensive or not, is to put yourself in the shoes of the people who are still suffering from the tragic losses on that day one year ago. How would you feel if you had lost a kindergartener to a maniacal mass shooter? We call on Yoho to change the date of his class. Show a little respect for the people who suffered such tremendous losses a year ago. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letter State should reject Real IDThe Columbus Dispatch reported on Dec. 6 that the State of Ohio has rejected the federal Real ID Act, which has turned our state driver licenses into a national ID card. That state, like Florida, had been in compliance with the Real ID Act. Why did they reject it? Privacy concerns: Ohio officials were rightly concerned about scanning and storing personal papers such as birth certificates in a single database. They also rejected the biometric facial recognition that is required by Real ID. Putting all of this information into one database makes for one-stop shopping by a hacker. Government data breaches are all too frequentand often take place due to corrupt employees. Facial recognition allows for the tracking of the guilty as well as the innocent in our surveillance-heavy society. While news stories often mention one or two official purposes of the act such as entering federal buildings or getting on airplanes, there are a total of four -and the last one reads Anything as determined by the (Homeland Security) Secretary. This is too much power in the hands of one unelected official. If an American elects to redress their grievances with their government, per the First Amendment Congress shall pass no law that abridges this rightyet the Real ID Act does so by requiring a federal identification to enter a federal buildingsuch as Social Security or the IRS. I speak to politicians on the county and state level on a regular basis and have never had to show an ID to do sowhich is what our founders had in mind. Florida enacted this law in 2008 thanks to former Senator and now Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker. The intent according to my conversation with him was to keep illegal aliens from getting a driver license. In the 2013 legislative session, a bill to allow certain illegal aliens easier access to a Florida license passed with only 2 no votesand was later rejected by Governor Scott. The same federal government that gave us Real ID now also gives us deferred action letters, and illegal aliens have been licensed here. What are we accomplishing by hardtiming Americans, notably married/divorced/widowed women who must provide a costly mountain of certified documents? Then there is the costmillions upon millions of tax dollars. Florida spent almost $11 million on this from 2008-2010, and only received about $7 million in so-called federal dollars. The Legislature has rejected every Real ID repeal or modification bill I have offered since 2011. It is time for them to follow suit with Ohio and 19 other states that have rejected the unconstitutional and intrusive federal Real ID Act. Paul Henry Liberty Lobbyist and Founder of Floridians Against REAL ID. Monticello Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. This coming Saturday is a big one for Ocala and Marion County, when the annual Christmas parade steps off about 5:30 p.m. It moves from 25th Avenue East all the way down Silver Springs Boulevard to just before downtown. This is the biggest event of its kind in the county. Thousands of people gather, some not so politely fighting for space to watch. Parking, of course, is at a premium. People put up rope or tape at spots along the route, reserving their spaces to they can come and plop down and be comfortable. For as long as I can remember, people would put their chairs out early, too, but the city is cracking down on that, saying no chairs until Wednesday at least. Too much danger of chairs falling into the roadway, they said, so any chairs out early this week were probably taken away by Code Enforcement. Frankly, Id like to see that stopped completely until Friday evening. The city sent us a long, convoluted list of street closings, and you need a map and a calculator to follow the instructions. To put it simply, if youre going across the county, either take 14th Street (State Road 492) which turns into U.S. 27 at Pine, or take 17th Street/Maricamp Road off State Road 200. Avoid downtown at all costs unless youre going to the parade. Its that simple. If you want to watch, the good folks at the Marion Educational Channel will televise the proceedings live, and also on tape several times (see story on Page 1). Its great to watch, particularly if youre in the parade and all you see is your own sections. You can watch the whole thing, and yourself, on the replays, taken from the perch near the shopping center that houses Staples and the movies, etc. Be prepared for the huge Ocala parade Among Friends Jim Clark To me, the biggest warning I have is to parents. Please watch your children, especially the younger ones. Nothing scares me more than to have a motorized float moving down the street, and people throwing candy, and the kids dashing out into the street without looking to get that sweet treat. Hopefully, people have realized that throwing candy is not a good thing, and people walking alongside the float and giving it away is the way to do it. But no matter how much you warn participants, its still going to happen. Of course, there are always the parade crashers to look out for, particularly young people on bikes who often speed up and down the parade route. I dont mind seeing walkers keeping up with the route, but if youre going to ride, you should be part of one of the organized activities. Finally, most importantly, obey the crossing guards at the major intersections who ask you to leave room for people to escape from the road. Emergency personnel may need quick access to the road (of course, I hope not) and these gaps are necessary. So get ready for Saturday night, get there early, lock your car, and have the little ones prepared for a long, loud event. Theyll love it, as do many of the adults.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Read the classifieds Bring your dogs and get free advice on pet care, treats, diets, medical and training. There will be raffles and hourly give-a-ways. Enter your dog in contests for the tallest dog, for the dog with the biggest ears, the best dressed dog, and for the dog that can perform the best trick. Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Circle Square Commons Town Square, 8405 SW 80th St. in Ocala. For more information call 352-593-0908. Sunday, Dec. 15 B ellev iew p rep s for p aradeBelleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce presents 2013 Belleview Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. This years theme is White Christmas. Come on out and enjoy the day along 441 in Belleview, beginning at the intersection of 441 and 110th St. and ending at Robinson Road and 441. The parade will feature the anticipated entries such as police cars, ambulances, high school bands as well as our special guest Santa Claus, who will appear at the very end of the parade. Applications and rules are available at the Chamber office for your float, band, or group. There is still time for your application. Call 352-245-2178 or e-mail belleviewchamber@gmail.com for more information.The S tar S till 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. Monday, Dec. 16 Legion Post to m eetThe Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.Thursday, Dec. 19 Interfaith S unrise B reak fast at G ator J oesFor many years, Randy Harris and Chuck Pardee hosted the Campfire Breakfast on the Ocklawaha and we all enjoyed the good times and fellowship. They saw this as a great time to put all of our differences aside in the spirit of the season although, according to Pardee, this year Nole fans should beware of the cold, deep, Gator infested water of Lake Weir. The Campfire Breakfast is now the Sunrise Breakfast and will be held for the second year at Gator Joes on Lake Weir on Dec. 19 from 7 to 9 a.m. Breakfast served at 8 a.m. Come early and enjoy the campfire on the beach as the sun rises over Lake Weir. Men and women are invited!Y oung at Heart h ears 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.S candinav ian C lub of Marion C ountyThe Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352347-8362. HAPPENINGScontinued from Page 4

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9 4 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GTK9 John M. Boyett, Jr. Financial Advisor Free Investment Reviews 352-237-2008 800-757-3129 8441 SW Hwy. 200, Ste. 119 Ocala Fl 34481 www.edwardjones.com Member SIP C 000GG44 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Dont let your generous nature lead to some serious overspending as you contemplate your holiday gift-giving. Your social life kicks off into high gear by weeks end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A positive attitude helps you weather annoying but unavoidable changes in holiday plans. Aspects favor new friendships and reinforcement of existing relationships. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Demands on your energy level could be much higher than usual as you prepare for the upcoming holidays. Be sure to pace yourself. Friends and family will be happy to help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Dont allow a suddenly icy reaction from a friend or family member to continue without learning what caused it and what can be done to restore that once warm and caring relationship. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A relationship seems to be unraveling, mostly from a lack of attention. It might be good to ease up on whatever youre doing so you can spend more time working to mend it. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) New facts emerge that not only help explain the recent rift with a trusted colleague, but also might provide a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start in your friendship. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) A family members personal situation is, fortunately, resolved in time for you to get back into your hectic round of holiday preparations. An old friend might bring a new friend into your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Pace yourself in meeting holiday pressures and workplace demands to avoid winding up with a frayed temper and a Scorpian stinger that lashes out at puzzled kith, kin and colleagues. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A financial matter requires close attention. Also, news from a trusted source provides the means to help sort out a long-standing state of confusion and put it into perspective. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) This is a good time to reinforce family ties. Make it a priority to assess and resolve all outstanding problems. Start the upcoming holiday season with a full measure of love. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Dont be pressured into a so-called solid-gold investment. Wait until the holiday distractions are over. Then take a harder look at it. You might find the gold is starting to flake off. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A former friend might be trying to heal the breach between you by using a mutual friend as an intermediary. Best advice: Keep an open mind. Friday, Dec. 13 His toric Hom e 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. Happenings 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.Foru m dis cusses ed ucationNancy 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 A Q and A will follow their presentations. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon group meets on the second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A $10 charge which includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink is paid directly to the restaurant. Please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail or telephone 352/873-9970 for more information. Saturday, Dec. 14 H olid ay Cook ie W alkCome to our annual Holiday Cookie Walk and select from dozens of delicious cookies, including sugar free and gluten free cookies. Stock up for holiday entertaining, gift giving, or to treat yourself on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Enrichment Center, 7171 SW State Road 200. New this year, our Christmas Attic Browse through all sorts of warmly treasured and fondly preowned Christmas decorations and pick out your favorites, all of which are for sale. Food and shopping ... who could ask for more!Methodis t 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.Dog s how at Circle Sq uare CommonsBridgenet Wireless will be hosting its first Dog Show event on the Town Square at Circle Square Commons in Ocala on Saturday, Dec. 14. Join hundreds of dog lovers at Circle Square Commons and enjoy food, music and shop with over 25 vendors. Please see HAPPENINGS, Page 5

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On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 2:15 the alarms went off in the Reunion Center as there was an electrical fire in one of the card rooms. The building was immediately evacuated but those in the kitchen had potatoes in the oven, vegetables on the grill as they were preparing dinner for 130 people for the Garden Club event. The cook for the event, Sonia Ricks, had been at the grill since 10 a.m. and she did not want to leave her station but the entire cooking crew did leave. We had to sit outside and wait for our wonderful fire fighters to come. They came and checked and rechecked the building and then allowed us back in. We lost 45 minutes in preparation time and we had much to do. After getting the circuit breakers back to working conditions the cooking began in earnest. The kitchen crew was chaired by Dolly Toskaz and she was grateful to her crew of Sonia Ricks, Gretchen La Sasso, Margie Santigo, Ginger Rodner, Deborah Parsons, James Weiss, Barbara Fogarty, Sandy Odle, Penny Schmidt and Connie Drake. This amazing group of workers, made 130 chicken skewers, 130 sausage skewers, 60 pounds of roasted potatoes, and grilled vegetables all while a minor incident of a fire took place. Now, that is dedication! The main event of evening took place on time the dedication of the 2nd phase of the Reflection Garden with a new water feature. Linda Fiorella, chairperson, of the committee told how the Garden Club along with donations from other chartered clubs and Pulte sales raised $11,000 for the garden. The members of this committee who have worked for over three years are: Connie Drake, Gretchen La Sasso, Bernardine Messer, Deborah Parson, Mary Ellen Pfeffer, Marion Pierleoni, Ginger Rodner, Margie Santiago. Bernardine, Connie and Mary Ellen have also held major club positions since the inception of the club. Linda introduced the landscaping team of Southern Charm Landscaping and Nursery: Kim Rutledge and Brenda Cavanah. Kim Rutledge and his sister, Brenda were the people who gave ideas and suggestions to the committee. Kim told how difficult it is to work with nine women who have varied ideas on the vision of the garden. As everyone came out to give a toast and to see the beautiful water feature with the backdrop of a beautiful setting sun, the following poem was read: Yesterday Ive come to visit Yesterday Where each flower tells a story Of friends and faces, homes and places Each filled with timeless glory. Today The gentlest breeze comes through the trees And brings me to Today, Where every beautiful bird that sings Gives Comfort to my Day Tomorrow When the lakes grow still and the sunset calms, Tomorrow will await us all, Then Ill return again and begin anew To listen for the Mornings call This poem was written by Linda Fiorella and first recited at the gardens dedication on Oct. 23, 2011 and then at the unveiling of the millstone fountain on Dec. 4. When residents work together, much is accomplished and this is Stone Creek residents working for the Stone Creek Community and the greater Ocala community. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3 10 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GV0N GOLFWEEK TOUR Recruiting Competitive Golfers Save $10 on Membership for 2014 by 12/31/13 North Central Florida Tour. 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All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi Dinner able to go on despite fire While many people are out on a shopping spree to liquidate any cash reserves they might have left, I am taking this time to do a little bit of reflection. Shopping is not my favorite thing to do. I forgot about it last week and Thursday evening I took my granddaughter to Walmart to buy something. The aisles were packed with people standing around waiting for some event to occur. Not knowing what that event might be, my little granddaughter and I slowly retreated from the store. I forgot it was black Thursday and I did not want to end up with a black eye. I do not go shopping that much, but, is it me or are shoppers mean people? Just do not get between them and whatever event is taking place. I have come to the wonderful place in life that I can afford anything I want. Fortunately, I cannot think of anything I really want. Not so with the crowd I found at Walmart. They wanted something really bad, and I wanted to get out of the store really bad. Both got their wishes. I have since retreated to the solitude of my easy chair. Thanksgiving dinner is over, everybodys focus is on Christmas and so I plan to take advantage of this space. Everybody is somewhere and I am glad (you did not hear me say it) they are not here. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in the kitchen doing whatever she does in the kitchen. I have learned after 43 years of marital bliss that if I want to maintain the bliss in my marriage I need to keep out of the kitchen when someone else is there, especially her. I have learned to live with this and it is a wonderful life. Resting and reflecting in my easy chair, I began thinking about the past year. The best way to sum up the past year for me was Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Of course, I would have to fudge a little bit on the age of wisdom. Outside of that, that sums up my past year very nicely. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, there is a little unexpected bump in the road. The other way around is also true. Just when you think all you have are bumps in the road, you hit a smooth patch and you do not really know what to do. Take this Thanksgiving for example. Throughout the year I had managed (under some very strict supervision from you know who) to lose around 5 pounds. I was celebrating this loss quite jubilantly. That is, until the Thanksgiving dinner. Dickens kind of year Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder I thought to myself, Self, you have done a fine job this past year it is time to celebrate. There is celebration and then there is celebration. My problem is I do not know the difference between the two; they all look alike to me. Hiding behind the roast turkey on our Thanksgiving dinner table were the 5 pounds I had lost during the year. They quite conveniently hid their presence from me but that was not the worst of it. Not only were they hiding behind the roast turkey, but also they had assembled relatives. For some reason these pounds heard that relatives were invited to the Thanksgiving dinner. I do not know how it happened; but it happened. The pounds I lost, I have found and they brought relatives with them. I am not sure I want to complain at this point because I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here I sit in my easy chair bemoaning the fact that what I lost I eventually found. If only I could find the hundred dollars I lost, I would be a happy camper. At least, I could afford to be a camper. Everybody should rejoice when they find something that they lost, but I am too stuffed now to really rejoice. I feel a little nap coming on. This past year I received an unexpected royalty check from my publisher and truly rejoiced in it. It is always nice to get something you were not expecting. The following week I had to replace the transmission in a vehicle. I know, I should be grateful I had the money so I could do the maintenance work on the vehicle. I am, kind of, sort of, but it would have been nice to have the money and not have to use it. See PASTOR Page 11

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Some have lots of lighted decorations already, but some are still works in progress and will be part of another article soon. As you can tell by the accompanying photos, there are many different ways that our neighbors show their flair for decorations. Whether it be in a classic simple way, a whimsical way, or a traditional way, the holiday spirit is a huge part of our community. Another home has been chosen as Decembers Home of the Month. This one is the neatly kept home of Carol and Hal Shaw. The couple was awarded the prize last week by Rachel Muse, community manager. We, their neighbors, congratulate our friends. From Fairfield Village, the lively, lovely community, we wish everyone a happy and safe season of cheer. Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Fairfield homes getting ready for the holidays Classic elegance is the theme for the holiday decorations at this Fairfield Village home. Fairfield Village's December Home of the Month is the always lovely home of Carol and Hal Shaw. Then, what in the world is money for? This whole year has been like that. I get happy about something I lost and then I find it. I get happy about something I found and then I lose it. This year my age of wisdom was soundly outmaneuvered by my age of foolishness. As I reflected on this I thought about what the apostle Paul said. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do (Romans 7:19). I have come to the point where I believe that the worst of times is designed by God to show me how wonderful the best of times are. I rest on the marvelous truth that my life is not in the times but in the gracious hand of God. Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. PASTORcontinued from Page 3 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. Originally established by former Mayor Gerald Ergle, the City of Ocala, the Symphony Under the Lights concert has been a generous gift from the Jenkins Auto Group. This free community concert is designed to help ring in the spirit of the holiday season. Our community is most fortunate to have philanthropic business leaders like Don and Kelley Jenkins, and the staff at Jenkins Auto Group who make events like this possible. This winter tradition in Ocala is a wonderful opportunity to gather the family together, share some hot chocolate, and listen to great holiday favorites, said Maestro Matthew Wardell. 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. Its mission is to play the highest caliber music that is performed by skilled musicians under the dynamic leadership of a brilliant and energetic music director Matthew Wardell. It is driven to reach, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages while serving the broadest group of constituents and to foster excellence in music education through collaborative partnerships with local resources. 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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Ocala Palms........6 Stone Creek......10 Quail Meadow....12 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 38 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 Rev. Snyder Page 3 PuzzlesPage 912Wednesday, December 11, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GUEW SOT #36723 ************************************************************************* ************************************************************************* ************************************************************************* National Parks Tour Air/Bus 9 nights Sept. 8-17, 2014 $3,599 2 nts Coeure d Alene, ID, 2 nts Glacier National Park, 2 nts Yellowstone National Park, 1 nt Jackson Hole (see the Grand Tetons), 2 nts Deadwood (trip to Mount Rushmore) Includes transfers to airport, airfare, bus tour, 9 nights accommodations, breakfast & dinner daily, all taxes and gratuities. Escorted by Laura Kane. 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The children played with clowns; enjoyed face painting; saw sheriffs office motorcycles; got close to horses from the mounted unit; got to touch the sheriffs office Air One law enforcement helicopter; tried out some of the SWAT equipment; saw a K9 in action; and learned about the sheriffs office bomb squad. This is the 19th year for this party that is sponsored by Al and Judy Dunlap. Students saw a magic show, ate pizza and each child received three gifts. The Marion County Sheriffs Office rotates the selection of a school each year. Then, school counselors decide what children will take part in the event. Many of the children are special needs students and many would not get any gifts for Christmas due to circumstances, said Marion County Sheriffs Office Captain Alicia Walker, lead organizer for the event. SHERIFFS OFFICE PHOTOThis young fellow shows off his Christmas gifts. Sheriffs Office provides gifts for kids PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA BARNETTFairfield celebratesThe decorations are out in Fairfield Village as the community gets ready for the holidays. Above, a very happy Santa is greeting everyone who passes by this home, and below, a giant Christmas card on a lawn. More on Page 2. BY JIM CLARK EditorThe vote to fund a new Minor League baseball stadium in Ocala moved a step closer last Tuesday, and in the process the financial burden on county taxpayers got a little lighter. Marion County commissioners tentatively agreed to put a half-percent sales tax referendum on the ballot for March 18. In the process, commissioners pared back the request to a three-year tax. The original request from Ocala city officials had been for a five-year duration. At the regular meeting on Dec. 17, commissioners will be given a choice of two proposed ordinances, one calling for a traditional election and the other with an all-mail ballot. They could still reject the ballot initiative completely. Commissioners complained about the title proposed by the city, which eliminated the words Minor League, and only said baseball and community stadium. Despite objections from the city, officials voted to restore the Minor League designation. Another beneficiary from the sales tax could be Sheriff Chris Blair, who had a strong discussion over a budget transfer of funds during the morning part of the meeting, which didnt end until nearly 3 p.m. Blair expressed the need for more cars, and, if there is an excess of funds for the stadium, they will be used for sheriffs vehicles. The citys estimated cost for the stadium is $38 million, but Ocala representatives said there is a 20 percent contingency built in, causing the optimism that some money will be left over. Included in the money from the sales tax would be work on the 49th Avenue extension, which will connect 66th Street with the new flyover that opened last year. Stadium vote decision due at Dec. 17 meeting Marion County Public Schools is pleased to air the 65th annual Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade live on television on Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. The annual event draws 60,000-plus spectators to East Silver Springs Boulevard, many of whom stake out their seats days ahead of time along the two-mile parade route. However, this year the city has said it will remove chairs placed before Wednesday. This years parade is themed A Frosty White Christmas and involves over 3,000 riders, marchers, and other participants. Approximately 110 units including floats, marching bands, dance troupes, baton twirling groups, motorcycle units, and equine entries are taking part this year. The lineup also includes local dignitaries, military units, business owners, and dozens of other community groups. It starts at 25th Avenue East and travels west along Silver Springs Boulevard. Many feeder roads into the Boulevard will be closed after 3 p.m. Providing television commentary this year are veteran host Kevin Christian and returning hosts Judi Zanetti and Anna DeWese, all representing Marion County Public Schools. The parade airs live on the Marion Education Channel (MEC), available to more than 300,000 viewers on more than a dozen local cable systems including Bright House (Channel 198), Comcast (Channel 99) and Cox (Channel 12), as well as overthe-air on digital channel 7.1. The parade replays on the MEC through December every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. These broadcasts are offered as a community service by Marion County Public Schools and paid for with private funding. The Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade is organized by the Friends of the Christmas Parade, a nonprofit organization made up of community volunteers. Christmas Parade is Saturday on Boulevard Watch the parade Bright House Channel 198, Comcast Channel 99, Cox Channel 12 In spite of the good crowd at the QMRPOA annual meeting last week, along with 81 proxy ballots, we still did not have a quorum for the meeting. In order to take a vote for new board members the law requires that we have a quorum. Therefore, it is necessary to call another meeting which will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (thats today), Dec. 11. Its too late to turn in proxy ballots, but your attendance would be greatly appreciated. Lets show our support of the QMRPOA. The December Ladies Luncheon is Friday, the 13th. If you would like to participate in the gift exchange please bring a wrapped gift ($5). The gift exchange is not mandatory. Meet us at the Olive Garden at noon for lunch this month. Please call Maryanne Ellner for reservations. The vandals are at it again! This time two mailboxes have been knocked down; one was the clubhouse mailbox. Thanks to Stan Elliott for replacing the posts for these boxes. If you see any suspicious activity in the neighborhood, please call 911. If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, just drive around our neighborhood. Many homes are decorated with lights, lawn decorations, etc. Once again, Earle Talley has really outdone himself this year with his lights and music. If you want an enjoyable evening then go to the Talleys, turn on your car radio, and enjoy the show. This is the time of the year when we get so busy with shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, etc. that we sometimes forget those less fortunate. The collection box for Interfaith is in the clubhouse. Take advantage of the buy one get one free sales and add a few canned items or personal care articles to this box. The donations are taken to Interfaith once a week. Also, check on your neighbors. If they are alone, please take time to say a friendly hi to them, or invite them to your home for a cup of coffee or tea. Do you have a sick computer? Steve Kane, one of our residents, is available to help with your computer problems. Steve provides this service free to Quail Meadow residents all he needs is a cup of coffee (or 2 or 3). Steve has asked that I remind everyone who is using Windows XP, Microsoft will discontinue support for this program in 2014. Let Steve tell you what you will need to do to avoid problems. Remember, Jan. 11 is the date of the huge mortgage burning party; festivities will last most of the afternoon and evening. Keep watching for info on this affair. Quail Meadow meeting rescheduled for today Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb