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INDEX Rev. Snyder..........3 Stone Creek........5 Fairfield Village..6 Quail Meadow7-10 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 39 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112 Wednesday, December 18, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 1918 SW 17th St. Ocala 352-401-0808btnfrnfnbtrnnbfrrbfnn nfn!f" # $b %nrtnrb btnnbbfnf 000GT6S 12 BMW 3 SERIES PREMIUM PKG, MOONROOF . . . . . M2359 . . . $26,880 13 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2346 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 CHEVROLET MALIBU LT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2505 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 CHEVROLET SONIC LTZ, LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2494 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SPORT F LS . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2442 . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 13 CHEVROLET EQUINOX LT, MOONROOF . . . . . . . . . M2513 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 LT, CREW, V8 . . . . . M2436 . . . $23,480 13 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN LT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2483 . . . $30,880 13 CHEVROLET TAHOE SUNROOF, DVD . . . . . . . . . . . M2474 . . . $30,880 . . $459 MO 13 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE LT, NEW BODY STYLE . . . M2495 . . . $23,880 13 CHRYSLER 300 LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2365 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, LEATHER, DVD . . . . M2395 . . . . . $17,880 . . . . $269 MO 13 DODGE CHARGER SXT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2518 . . . $15,980 . . $239 MO 13 DODGE DURANGO CREW, LEATHER, LOADED . . . M2510 . . . $23,880 13 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2496 . . . $14,980 . . $225 MO 12 DODGE JOURNEY SXT, 6 CYL, 3RD ROW . . . . . . . M2408A . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 12 FIAT 500 POP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 FORD FOCUS SE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2519 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 FORD FUSION ALL NEW BODY STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . M2503 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 FORD MUSTANG MUST SEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2433 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 FORD ESCAPE SEL, 2.0 ECOBOOST, LEATHER . . . M2514 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 FORD EXPEDITION XLT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2437 . . . $25,880 13 FORD F-150 XLT, V8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2462 . . . $21,880 13 FORD FLEX SEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2441 . . . $20,990 13 GMC TERRAIN SLT, MOONROOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2501 . . . $21,880 12 HONDA PILOT EX-L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2488 . . . $24,880 13 HYUNDAI ACCENT GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2372 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2231 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2499 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 HYUNDAI SONATA GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2388 . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 13 HYUNDAI TUCSON GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2383A . . . $16,990 . . $255 MO 13 JEEP COMPASS SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2465 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED, NAVI . . . . . . . . M2284 . . . $28,880 13 KIA OPTIMA LX, WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2409 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 KIA SORENTO LX, V6 3 ROW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2414 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 KIA SPORTAGE LX, WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2421 . . . $15,880 . . $239 MO 13 MAZDA MAZDA3 SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2417 . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 MAZDA MAZDA5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2461 . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 13 NISSAN ALTIMA S, ALL NEW BODY STYLE . . . . . . . M2410 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN FRONTIER SV, CREW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2516 . . . $19,990 . . $299 MO 13 NISSAN JUKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2509 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN MAXIMA MOONROOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2399 . . . $18,990 . . $285 MO 13 NISSAN PATHFINDER SV, ALL NEW BODY STYLE . M2517 . . . $22,880 12 NISSAN QUEST ROOMY VAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2373 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 NISSAN ROGUE SPECIAL EDITION, 700 MILES . M2335B2 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 NISSAN SENTRA SV, 2K MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2452 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN VERSA SV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2393 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 RAM 1500 LARAMIE, ONLY 4K MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . M2487 . . . $33,880 12 TOYOTA AVALON LEATHER, MOONROOF . . . . . . . . M2279 . . . $21,880 13 TOYOTA FR-S PEARL WHITE, SHARP . . . . . . . . . . . M2389 . . . $19,990 . . $299 MO 12 TOYOTA IQ 14K MILES, STYLISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2291 . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 TOYOTA PRIUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2411 . . . $17,880 . . $269 MO 13 TOYOTA YARIS LE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2376 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2418 . . . $25,880 13 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2254 . . . $24,880 13 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SEDAN SE, LEATHER . . . . . M2235 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SE, LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . M2412 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN LOW MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . M2471 . . . $15,880 . . $239 MO Visit www.AutoMaxOcala.com to view the rest! Visit www.AutoMaxOcala.com to view the rest! $26,880 $26,880 13 CHEVROLET MALIBU LT M2505 $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. 13 BMW 3 SERIES M2359 PREMIUM PKG, MOONROOF 13 CHEVROLET TAHOE SUNROOF, DVD M2474 $30,880 $30,880 $ 459 /mo. $ 459 /mo. 13 DODGE DURANGO CREW, LEATHER, LOADED M2510 $23,880 $23,880 M2436 $23,480 $23,480 13 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 LT, CREW, V8 M2503 13 FORD FUSION ALL NEW BODY STYLE $16,880 $16,880 $ 255 /mo. $ 255 /mo. 13 FORD ESCAPE SEL, 2.0 ECOBOOST, LEATHER $18,880 $18,880 $ 285 /mo. $ 285 /mo. M2514 M2499 13 HYUNDAI SANTE FE SPORT $18,880 $18,880 $ 285 /mo. $ 285 /mo. M2388 13 HYUNDAI SONATA GLS, AUTO $13,880 $13,880 $ 209 /mo. $ 209 /mo. 13 KIA OPTIMA LX, WHEELS M2409 $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. M2410 13 NISSAN ALTIMA S, ALL NEW BODY STYLE $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. 13 NISSAN PATHFINDER SV, ALL NEW BODY STYLE $22,880 $22,880 M2517 These are only a few of our specials. 13 RAM 1500 LARAMIE, ONLY 4K MILES M2487 $33,880 $33,880 M2389 13 TOYOTA FR-S PEARL WHITE SHARP $19,990 $19,990 $ 299 /mo. $ 299 /mo. 13 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPORT M2254 $24,880 $24,880 M2235 13 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SEDAN, SE, LEATHER $12,880 $12,880 $ 195 /mo. $ 195 /mo. 100s of 2013s to choose from. All priced to move. 100s of 2013s to choose from. All priced to move. Visit www.automaxocala.com to view our sale prices. It rained on our Christmas parade PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA little thing like rain didnt stop some people from smiling as they prepared for the 65th annual Ocala Christmas Parade last Saturday on 25th Avenue. At the left is Janice Gaskin of Ocala with her sons Bryce and Trent. In the center photo, Shari Quintana hasnt missed a parade since she moved here nine years ago, but says this may be her last because she is possibly moving to Georgia, and at the right is one of the clowns who entertained along the way. Parade grand marshal, Daniel Owen of the Ocala City Council, wears an Ocala Yankees jersey in the parade. Above, three boys on the rodeo float. The Marion County Sheriffs Office Tactical Investigations Unit is searching for robbery suspects who pointed guns at victims during four separate robberies this year. There is evidence indicating the robberies may be connected. In each case, the clothing, gun, and the suspect(s) share similarities, and the robberies took place at two convenience stores. 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Speedy Food Mart, 5501 N.E. 35th St., Silver Springs the suspects are: black males first suspect is 6 feet tall, has dreads and was wearing dark baggie clothing; the second suspect has a lighter skin tone, is 5 feet 10 inches tall, was wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants. 10:41 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the same food mart, the suspect is: black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, jeans, black shoes and a black ski mask. 2:55 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Kangaroo Express, 12475 N.W. Gainesville Road, Reddick the suspects are: black males the first is 6 feet 4 inches tall, was wearing a Jason type hockey mask and black clothing; the second is 5 feet 4 inches tall and was wearing black mask and all black clothing. 10:05 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the same Kangaroo Express, the suspects are: black males first suspect was wearing a black jacket, khaki pants, and a black ski mask; second suspect was wearing blue jeans, black long sleeve shirt, blue gloves and a black ski mask. If you know anything about these robberies, you could earn up to $1,000 by calling 352-3696814 or Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-7867. Convenience stores robbed United Way of Marion County invites 501 (3) non-profit human social service agencies serving Marion County, to apply for a two-year funding cycle that goes from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. Applications will be available on-line beginning on Thursday, Jan. 1 at www.uwmc.org. Organizations that have not been funded by United Way over the past three years and are interested in applying must attend the mandatory orientation session taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way of Marion Countys Bonnie Health Community Room located at 1401 NE 2nd St., Ocala. It is also suggested that current funded partners that have new staff send a representative to learn more about the process. United Way of Marion County currently partners with 23 local programs that assist in supporting the needs of the residents of Marion County. Due to limited seating RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP to Chris Cotter at ccotter@uwmc.org or at 732-9696 ext. 206. United way sets mandatory orientation meeting Early deadline for next weeks paper The West Marion Messenger will be published as usual Christmas Day, next Wednesday, but all deadlines for that issue and the following weeks issue on New Years Day will be 24 hours earlier. Material must be e-mailed by Thursday of this week and next to appear in the next edition. The offices of the Messenger will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and on New Years Day Jan. 1. Delivery of the newspaper should take place on Tuesday of each week. Again a reminder that the correct telephone number involving news coverage is 352-390-6444. All other telephone inquiries, including advertising and delivery, should be made to the longtime number, 352-854-3986. Do not drop material off at the Dunnellon office or mail it. All material for the Messenger should be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11 2 W ednesday, December 18, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTALFor your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 For your convenience, mail in with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 20441 E Pennsylvania Ave, Dunnellon, FL34432 or call... Todays New Ads DOG GROOMING WORKSHOP BYOD Bring Your Own DOG! $50. Sat. January 11th 11am to 4pm offered at the Academy of Animal Art s, Largo, FL Academy ofanimalart s.com 866-517-9546 GUN SHOW Saturday Dec. 21th, 9am to 4pm Sunday Dec 22th 9am to 3pm Motel 6, Hwy 27 Ocala(I-75 to exit 354) Info (386) 325-6114 DOG GROOMING WORKSHOP BYOD Bring Your Own DOG! $50. Sat. January 11th 11am to 4pm offered at the Academy of Animal Art s, Largo, FL Academy ofanimalart s.com 866-517-9546 Become an Avon Rep Today! Free Training. $10 to join. Call Chuck (352) 503-4816. Independ. Avon Rep. GUN SHOW Saturday Dec. 21th, 9am to 4pm Sunday Dec 22th 9am to 3pm Motel 6, Hwy 27 Ocala(I-75 to exit 354) Info (386) 325-6114 64 Westview Panacea, FL.32346 2 bedroom. 1-1/2 bath. Hardwood floors,recently remodeled,2 sheds, 2 carports. $60K.Of f Otter Lake Rd. 850-962-3336 LET USWORK FORYOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403West Marion Messenger Classifieds Get Results! PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parent s or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 STUMP GRINDINGCALL JIM FOR FREE ESTIMATES (800) 478-8679 Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 000GRKV SHOP US ONLINE at www.nu techhearing.com M-F 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Appointment Needed INVERNESS 352-419-7911 3161-C, E. Gulf to Lake Hwy. 1/2 mile east of Walmart OCALA-WEST 352-671-2999 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Next to Chilis CRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-6155 1122 N. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19) A block and a half south of Ft. Island Trail OCALA-EAST 352-861-2275 3405 SW College Rd., Ste. 207 Colours Plaza, next to Red Lobster New T echnology Event THIS WEEK ONL Y! Water Resistant Digital Reprogrammable 3 Year Warranty Self Adjusting 24 Channels 12 Bands Wireless and Bluetooth And Much More ALL IN A TINY DEVICE! $ 1, 69 5 ea. or $ 49 per mo. Digital Wireless Reprogrammable 8 Bands 3 Y ear Warranty with approved credit Introducing The New Sorino A VAIL ABLE FOR FREE: House Call Hearing Demo Hearing Test Consultation 30 Day T rial Gift Card with Purchase In-Office Demo Video V iew of Y our Ear Call Today Spaces Are Limited! Check This Out Stock Reduction Sale! Lifetime Service...Never Pay For Adjustments Immediate delivery on all R.I.C. in-stock aids. BTE $ 795 each available 0% Interest with approved credit More Quail Meadow photos as the tree gets trimmed

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SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. Member of Florida Irrigation Society WINNER 2013 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Reset Controller Adjust Sprays & Rotors to Correct Spray Pattern Complete System Inspection $ 39 99 10% OFF Repairs Call for details. Expires 12/31/2013 000GTR9 COMPUTER REPAIR COMPUTER PROBLEMS SOLVED Your home or business 7 days a week. Microsoft certified engineer. 30 years experience. 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Including furniture packages (on select models) 000GRTV SAVE THOUSANDS Ja sm in e Pl az a 35 240 100 01 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6 16 0 SW S R 20 0 Un it 1 04 O ca la Fl or id a 34 47 6 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 w ww .j an dj je we le rs oc al a. co m www.jandjjewelersocala.com E XT EN DE D HO UR S: M ON .FR I. 1 05 SA T. 1 02 EXTENDED HOURS: MON.-FRI. 10-5 SA T. 10-2 All repairs done on premises. 000GQQ6 Christmas Memories Begin Here Christmas Memories Begin Here B UYING G OLD A ND D IAMONDS B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + tax 14-k Gold Diamonds Sterling Fashion Jewelry 14-k Gold Diamonds Sterling Fashion Jewelry 000GQ6U 000GV0B CALLING ALL SENIOR GOLFERS! Save $10 on Membership for 2014 by Dec. 31, 2013 Join the Fun Today! North Central Florida Tour 352-446-3446 www.senioramateurgolftour.net Where Amateurs Are Treated Like Pros taking pictures. Why couldnt they? Oh well, one more disappointment. I really felt bad for the parade organizers. They work hard all year, harder than most of us realize, and their reward is a lousy weather day, bands pulling out, etc. Hopefully, they wont get discouraged and things will be better next year. That way I can go on cheating only next time maybe no one will notice.Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 9 Ienjoy being cheerful and Christmas time is a special time to be cheerful and I try my best to live up to it. Occasionally, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage will suggest I am going a little too far. During the rest of the year I stay out of shopping malls as much as possible. During the Christmas season, I want to go to the shopping mall and walk around without any purchases to make. I like watching people spend their money on things they do not need and for people they may not like. I like to give cheer more than anything else. Actually, it is the only thing I can afford. And so I will send my cheerfulness into cheer bankruptcy. Whatever that may be. The Christmas season has never been a time for me to spend excessive amounts of money. I leave all that to my wife. She knows how to shop and she begins her Christmas shopping right around February. I could never figure that out. When I buy a gift for someone, I want to hand it to them right then. She has the discipline to buy Christmas gifts months ahead of time. Something happened this past week that brought all of my cheerfulness to an abrupt halt. I had just come from the mall where I was making fun of people scurrying around trying to find the latest bargain. It is a little strange to me that when people get a gift for somebody they look for a bargain. When I got home, I sat down in my recliner reminiscing about the day and then I did something I do not normally do. I took out my wallet to clean it. This is something I do at least once a year. Sometimes I get cards in my wallet that have expired or are no longer valid. No sense in having things in your wallet that you do not need or cannot use. Several cards had expired and so into the trashcan they went. You can tell a lot about a person by the things in his wallet. My wife, on the other hand, carries a purse. I will not be caught dead looking in that purse. In fact, I would be dead if caught looking. I am not sure what she has in her purse and I do not want to know what she has in there. I love living. A mans wallet is a little different. He has things in there that are rather practical. There will be a drivers license, a Social Security card, insurance card, not to mention credit cards. Everything he needs to get through a week with plenty of cheerfulness on the side. Going through my wallet this time I found something that shocked me to the core of my being. There in my wallet, folded up rather neatly and tucked in a corner, was a $50 bill. I cannot tell you the last time I saw a $50 bill. How it got there, I will never know. My father always had a folded $50 bill in his wallet for emergencies. I am not my father. Ordinarily, you would think finding $50 in your wallet would be a moment of rejoicing. Not so here. It is toward the end of the year, all gifts are purchased for Christmas and The story of my Christmas cheer drama Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder all bills are paid. I like to pay ahead of time just to make sure the bills are being paid. And so there was nothing that needed to be paid at that time. Life has taught me several lessons and one in particular. If you find extra money it means some disaster is about to befall. Usually the catastrophe that happens costs more than the money you find. I found $50 and so it is reasonable to believe that the catastrophe facing me will cost $100. I did not know if I should mention this to my wife. It is not that we are superstitious, we have just live life long enough to know what comes around goes around and what goes up usually comes down. What is going to happen now? What is going to go wrong? What in the house is going to fall apart? Then my dilemma was solved. My wife came into the room and said, I was wondering, and she was stammering a little bit as she said it. I was wondering if perhaps we could take the grandchildren out for Christmas lunch tomorrow. I know it costs a lot, but I think they would enjoy it. I smiled and she looked at me a little quizzically and asked, What are you smiling about? It was then I pulled out of my wallet the neatly folded $50 bill and waved it in her direction and said, I think Christmas lunch with the grandchildren tomorrow would be a fantastic idea. Some people worry about what they do not have. I worry about what I have to make sure I am using it in the best possible manner. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High (Psalms 92:1). I am thankful for what I have but I am also thankful for what I do not have. Nothing takes the place of a contented heart and my contentment rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. I need nothing more.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Read the classifieds Sunday, Jan. 12 Jews in the Civil WarCongregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to a special program entitled Jews in the Civil War to be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 State Road 200 in Ocala. This fascinating topic will be presented by Channah Zimmerman who will relate, dramatize and chronicle the history of the Jews during the Civil War era from both sides of the conflict. Tickets are $8 per person and also include refreshments. Tickets may be purchased from Judi (352-237-8277) Sonia (352-307-3662) or Estelle (352-861-2452). This program is partially funded by the Jewish Council of North Central Florida. For further information please call Judi (352-2378277) or visit our Website bethisraelocala.org. Congregation Beth Israel is a Reconstructionist Community in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. We are a liberal, progressive, inclusive Jewish community serving the needs of Marion County and surrounding areas. Monday, Jan. 27 School referendum discussionThe League of Women Voters of Marion County will conduct a meeting concerning The School Referendum on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala Police Dept. Community Room, 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala. Speakers will be Ray Seaman and Nancy Noonan, co-founders of Marions United for Education. The event is free and open to the public.Tuesday, Jan. 28 Breast cancer support group meetsThe SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, Room 235. We are not meeting on Dec. 31, so our next meeting will be Jan. 28. At this meeting we will have a trainer give us a demonstration of Tai Chi as well as participation in this activity and an explanation of the benefits of Tai Chi for breast cancer survivors. Hope to see you all in the New Year. Wednesday, Feb. 5 College presents dinner theaterThe College of Central Florida Foundation will present its 16th annual Dinner Theatre production, Theres a Burglar in My Bed by Michael Parker, Feb. 5-9 in the Webber Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Evening performances, Wednesday through Sunday, begin with dinner at 5:45 p.m. Matinee performances, Saturday and Sunday, will serve lunch at 12:15 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meal times. A full schedule is available at www.cf.edu/foundation, then Events. Tickets range from $55 to $60 and guests can also reserve an entire table. Theres a Burglar in My Bed is a farce about the world famous Worthington necklace. The trysts, the plans and counter-plans all take place at the Worthingtons 200-acre Massachusetts estate with its 26bedroom mansion. This years production benefits CF Fine Arts programs and college educational programs through the CF Foundation. For more information or for tickets, call Laura Wright at 352-854-2322, ext. 1416. To sponsor a table, contact the CF Foundation at 352-854-2322, ext. 1689. Resolve to create a better financial plan in 2014 BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta Another New Year is just around the corner, offering a new opportunity to improve your life in any number of ways with a wise New Years resolution or two. (No doubt, for most of us the possibilities are endless.) But one good idea for many might be creating (or updating) a long-term financial plan. According to a 2013 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the percentage of workers confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement is essentially unchanged from the record lows observed in 2011. Only 13 percent are very confident of being able to afford a comfortable retirement, while 28 percent are not at all confident. If you are among those with lower financial confidence and you havent started to save for retirement already, now is the time to begin no matter what your age. If retirement is near, youll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If youre younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, its still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Experts agree that saving when youre young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. Dont take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great place to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Securitys online Retirement Estimator. The Retirement Estimator offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future Social Security retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is www.mymoney.gov. MyMoney.gov is the governments website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on www.mymoney.gov can help you. Another excellent resource is the Ballpark E$timator at www.choosetosave.org/ballpark. This online tool takes complicated issues, like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and numbers that are easy to understand. So turn over a new financial page in your life with the start of a new year, and get started at www.socialsecurity.gov. H ow can I get proof of my b enefits to apply for a loan? If you need proof you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Medicare, you can request a benefit verification letter online through your my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. This letter is sometimes called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter, or a proof of award letter. You even can select the information you want included in your online benefit verification letter. Im getting married soon. H ow can I get my name changed on my Social Security card? After the wedding, gather your marriage document and other papers proving your identity; and United States (if you have not yet established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States). Then, complete an application for a Social Security card, which you can find at www.socialsecurity.gov. Finally, mail your completed application and documents or take this information to your local Social Security office. You can find your nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator. Remember: Your documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. 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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 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The arts are a strong part of the Arian aspect, with music becoming more dominant. An important decision looms as a longtime relationship takes an unexpected turn. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Surrounding yourself with beautiful things helps restore the Taurean soul. Enjoy an art exhibit, for example. Or redecorate your personal space with something truly splendid. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Some colleagues might try to talk you out of what they insist is a risk, but which you consider an opportunity. As usual, follow your own good sense when making your decision. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A workplace change you might have worried about soon proves to be highly favorable for the clever Crab who is ready to take advantage of new opportunities opening up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Congratulations. Your Leonine pride is polished to a dazzling new brilliance thanks to your success in winning support for your new project from even the most doubtful of detractors. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) An unsettling rumor about a colleagues regrettable behavior is proved groundless, allowing you to enjoy the endof-year festivities in a happy mood. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Your success in helping to create a harmonious environment out of a chaotic situation earns you the admiration of someone who could become an important new presence in your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your Scorpions sense of loyalty could find you leading a passionate defense of a loved one you feel is being unfairly treated. The weeks end brings family news. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Your keen instincts are once more on high alert as you find yourself being pressured to make a decision about a certain matter. More facts soon come to light. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) An unexpected workplace development could disrupt some family plans. A full explanation, however, averts domestic discord. A financial matter needs attention. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Spend time away from distractions to reassess some recent moves that might not have worked out as you had hoped. What you learn could be invaluable for future decision-making. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A recent act of kindness is a reminder of how important friends are to you. You might want to show your appreciation by hosting a special preNew Years party just for them. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Interf aith Wom ens LuncheonWith the approaching winter solstice heralding the rebirth of the sun and regeneration of hope for the coming year, the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County (TIA) continues its tri-monthly womens gatherings with a holiday charity luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Islamic Center to which women of all faith and cultural backgrounds are invited. A $10 donation is requested with all proceeds going to Radiant Hands, a Gainesville-based nonprofit which provides support to single family homes in crisis in both Marion and Alachua counties Through the efforts of the Rev. Peggy Hostetler, president of the Interfaith Alliance, and Barbara Fitos, member of the board, Mayor Kent Guinn recently proclaimed the City of Ocala to be a City of Compassion, thus joining the world-wide movement to spread the need for compassion in all aspects of both personal and civic life. Rev. Peggy will help us discern ways in which we can extend local initiatives and public policy as The Golden Rule Moves Into Action. Happenings Mary Loutfi, member of the TIA board, says Radiant Hands was established to help those who fall between the cracks of regular social service agencies. She has enlisted the talents of ladies in the Muslim community who will provide a delicious Middle Eastern meal. Gourmet treats, suitable for holiday gifts, will also be available for purchase at modest cost. While not required, RSVPs would be appreciated. Please call Ms. Loutfi (352-454-5356), Rev. Hostetler at the Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living (352-6293897) or email TIAofMarioncountyFL@gmail.com. The Islamic Center is located at 1410 N.E. 14th St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 Interf aith Sunris e Breakfas t at Gator JoesFor 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 H eart hears s ingerA 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.Tuesday, Dec. 31 United W ay Day of Caring d ead lineUnited Way of Marion County will hold the 21st annual Day of Caring on Saturday, Feb. 22. Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. Volunteer work teams who are interested in participating or community organizations that have projects that need to be completed can fill out an application at www.uwmc.org. The deadline for team and project applications is Tuesday, Dec. 31. For more information, contact Tina Banner at 352732-9696 or tbanner@uwmc.org.Friday, Jan. 3 The K ingsmen perf ormBegin 2014 being encouraged and uplifted listening to The Kingsmen, Christian musics most predominate Quartet. This Christian Music Hall Of Fame award-winning group, spanning a five-decade career as one of gospel musics most influential artists, will present their unique concert of Southern Gospel music, The message of Christ. Enjoy music loved by all. This is a free concert. A love offering will be received. The concert begins 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.Friday, Jan. 3 Ta k e Charge of Diabetes d ead lineIf you are part of the nearly 10.6 percent of Marion Countys adult population that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has diabetes, dont ignore it take charge! The best way for people with diabetes to maintain a high quality of life is to learn about the disease and develop a healthy living plan. Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service staff and local health professionals are ready to help you by offering the 10-class series, Take Charge of Your Diabetes. Participants will learn about everything from carbohydrate counting and blood glucose monitoring to medication and foot care. The class will give participants the understanding and knowledge to actively control their diabetes and maintain a quality, healthy lifestyle. The $45 fee covers the 10 class sessions and health screening for each participant; one support person per registrant may attend for free. Participants must register by Jan. 3 by calling 352-854-3699. Classes will be at Master the Possibilities, 8415 SW 80th St., on Tuesdays starting Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. For a flier and class schedule, visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Read the classifieds Pig out at libraryChildren ages 4-12 are invited to Pig Out on Reading when Farmer Minor and Daisy the Famous Pot Belly Pig visit the Marion County Public Library System. For the past 13 years, Daisy and Farmer Minor have provided Pig Out on Reading programs across the United States that encourages children to read. Programs include storytelling about Daisys formative years, as well as excerpts from Daisys favorite pig books. Photo opportunities will be plentiful during this funfilled event. Performances are: Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.: Belleview Public Library (13145 SE Highway 484, Belleview). Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m.: Forest Public Library (905 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha). Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.: Dunnellon Public Library (20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon). Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m.: Marion Oaks Public Library (294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala). Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.: Headquarters-Ocala Public Library (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). This program is sponsored by America Choice RV. For information call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.

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The shooter is facing a hearing, and tried to force an Internet reporter to reveal her sources, but the courts rightly said that shield laws protect her and he apparently was just fishing, anyway. Now we had another one, a shooter at Arapaho High School in the community of Centennial. The young man, who killed himself after critically injuring another student, took a shotgun to school with the intent of hunting down the school librarian, who threw him off the debate team. Police say he had the intent of killing a lot more, but when the teacher got away and law enforcement was arriving, he ended it all himself. You look at the backgrounds of all the shooters, and its hard to imagine someone from the debate team who was gunning for the librarian. In case you think that this type of teacher is immune from the would-be killers, guess again. There was, buried in one of the stories, a quote from another student who said the shooter had been bullied. How often have we seen that? When will young people learn that bullying can lead some people to violence and then the victims express shock that the shooter took them on. The best news to come out of this is that the school had practice drills concerning a live shooter on campus, and the faculty knew exactly what to do and law enforcement personnel did likewise. Thats something to ask our local school administrators: What kind of drills have been done here? Do we have full drills where the students are taught how to behave? Parents should be asking these questions, and then should be getting positive answers. If not, then we should be insisting that our school officials start planning ahead to protect our students. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column BY GLENN MOLLETTE Special to the Messenger Americans do not want to work for the minimum wage. Who does? Recent demonstrations at McDonald's restaurants demanding $15 an hour wages are understandable. American people need more money to exist. Making a minimum wage only means you are living in poverty and need government and charitable assistance in order to survive. Minimum wage was never meant for the long haul. Such wages were intended for part-time help, students working through school or older Americans who needed something to do a few hours a week. The sad case is that miserable Americans stand in line for these jobs. The jobs that provide higher pay are saturated with several hundred people already in line for the first vacancy. What happened to all those nice jobs back there somewhere in our history? We started taking them for granted. Just like our freedom, Social Security and Medicare, we thought they would always be here. We wanted more. We weren't happy that corporations were breaking their necks to pay strong hourly wages, hospitalization and gold-lined retirement plans. Therefore Unions organized, collected fees from everyone and strongarmed the owners. Owners gave and gave and then started giving up. Grab a ladder and peer into Mexico if you want to see where they are today. We got lazy. Why work hard? If we sit home with some aches and pains the government will give us food stamps and supplemental income. Lawyers started seeing the client potential of Medicaid disability claims and another industry was born. Competition has flooded the country. Nigerians, Asians, Hispanics etc. are everywhere in America and millions more are coming. They are driving taxis, working farms, building restaurants and standing in line for any job that pays a few dollars. Many Americans seem to be standing back as if trying to believe this really can't be happening. It's happening. This is not the America we grew up watching on black and white television. Everything has changed. We have to change our attitude in this country and we need to do it fast. We must give corporations an incentive to come back to America. We must be willing to work. Corporations will be fair but we have to be fair. We have to get out of the Lyndon Johnson handout dependency mode and start practicing Kennedy's line "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty states. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette He is the author of American Issues and numerous other books. 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. All right, I admit it. Last Saturday evening, I cheated. I cheated big time. I do it every year, only it was more pronounced this time around. The Ocala Christmas parade forms on 25th Avenue East, south of Silver Springs Boulevard, and marchers, cars and floats begin gathering sometime earlier. The parade is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., but for those of us who take pictures and dont have the thousanddollar power cameras, shooting from a distance after dark isnt advisable. Sometimes you dont get very good shots. So I usually go between 4:30 and 4:45, park on the other side of Veterans Park, and walk slowly (I always walk slowly) to 25th Avenue. I then wander up and down getting pictures of people in the parade, who have the time to pose, rather than trying to catch up with them as they are moving down the road. Usually theres no issue. But this year it was raining. It was an annoying rain not heavy, not too cold, just wet. I tried to protect my camera as best I could as I got some pictures of the small lineup that was taking place early. I got a lot of smiles from people who were glad to pose under their umbrellas but with a notebook in one hand and a camera in the other, an umbrella was out of the question for me. There were probably several floats that I did not get a photo of, and some others came out too dark. The City Council and County Commission ride on top of fire trucks, and they usually only appear as silhouettes against the twilight sky. This time most of them had umbrellas, so the pictures I took show just umbrellas, not people. Dont tell anyone I took pictures early Among Friends Jim Clark I was proud of myself. Only one of the pictures I took has water on the lens, something I tried to keep from happening. Another shot, I believe it was of grand marshal Daniel Owen, actually showed the raindrops between me and him, a relatively artistic photo. At 5:15, when it was darker than it usually is, I heard some thunder south of town. I started walking in the general direction of my car. As I was walking, I saw lightning to the north. Ive lived in Florida long enough (since 1968) to know that lightning is unpredictable, so I chickened out and headed for the car. Just then a bunch of sirens went off and I heard there was an accident on or near the Boulevard (the citys police web site has nothing about that anywhere). This convinced me more that I didnt belong there. I knew I had enough photos to provide the feel of the parade, but I wanted to see more. I got home just after 5:30 and turned on the Marion Educational Channel to watch the parade. There was some talk show on, and a crawl said that the parade would not be telecast or rebroadcast because of inclement weather. Hey, I was out there taking pictures. Other media members were out there Please see CLARK, Page 10 Americas minimum wage crisis The Stone Creek Elves were busy in the garage of Terry Quinn in Pinebrook. One hundred and fifty packages were wrapped and divided into three sections. Elves, Linda Cooper, Rita Levy and Terry Quinn of the Garden Club checked and rechecked to make sure all gifts were accounted. One gift was missing so Elf, Linda Cooper went shopping for the missing gift. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, three vans from the three facilities came to pick up the wrapped gifts for their residents. This is the fifth year that the Garden Club has sponsored the Be A Santa To a Senior program. The Stone Creek community is invited to the GiftGiving Parties scheduled at the following locations: Memory Lane (gifts 400-434) 1665 SW 7th St. Contact: Marie Boggia 352-873-1400 Party is: 12/23/13 at 2 p.m. New Horizon (gifts 501-556) 635 SE 17th St. Contact: Cassie Fletcher or Ann Benson 352-629Santas workshop in Pinebrook Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi 7921 Party is: 12/23/13 at 2 p.m. Evangeline Booth Apartments (Salvation Army) (gifts 300-359) 2921 NE 14th St. Contact: Faye at 352-671-2870 Party is: 12/19/13 at 2:p.m. Thanks to the Garden Club for sponsoring the event and the residents of Stone Creek for their generosity of gifts. Many will have a brighter holiday. Terry Quinn with some of the gifts.

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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. 000GWLZ OAS IS REST AURANT OAS IS REST AURANT 765 1 SW Hwy 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm UP CO MI NG UPC OM ING EV EN T EVE NT Dec. 21, 2013 Christmas Karaoke 4-8 HOLIDA Y HOURS Dec. 24 6:30 am 3:00 pm Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 31 6:30 am 3:00 pm Jan. 1, 2014 Breakfast Only 6:30 am 12 Noon 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 000GWL8 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 Ta st e Th e Be st Taste The Best Taste The Best WEST MARION 711186 000GRTI 000GJGQ On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Fairfield Village Clubhouse was buzzing with activity generated by the big holiday craft show that was coordinated by Larry Hansen. The event was not only a fun-filled time for all involved but it also generated over $550 that was donated to the Social Activities Committee. The exhibitors were Fairfield Village residents or were crafts persons who were specially invited to display their unique items. All the items were handmade or, in the case of the baked goods, were homemade for the event. The artists all contributed items for gifts or prizes for the raffles that were held during each hour of the show. Many happy winners were rewarded with lovely handmade pieces. The accompanying photos show some of the artisans and the crafts that each one brought to display. The day produced many happy buyers and sellers as there were truly great bargains for the shoppers. Larry Hansen who coordinated the craft show sent the following message: I would like to thank all the residents of Fairfield Village who contributed baked goods for our Craft Show on Sat., Dec. 7. In addition, I would like to send out a special Thank You to the following residents for helping to make this event great. Toni and Chuck Belcher Nina and Ken Stiles Amy and Rubben Harvey Carol Shaw Helen Stauffenberg Sharon and Kerry Breeden Fairfield Villages Holiday Craft Show was a big success Dale Hansen Jennifer Suchora Norma Powers Without their help and contributions, we could not have produced such a successful event, and I thank each and every one of them Sincerely, Larry Hansen Craft Show Coordinator Since the event generated so much interest, there are plans to make this a recurring event. Everyone involved truly enjoyed not only the event but also the preparations since so many people were involved and so many others attended and enjoyed themselves This was just another example of the fun activities that are a part of life in Fairfield Villagethe community known as a lively place filled with lovely (and talented) people. We send wishes to everyone to have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Shown in these photos are some of the items from the Holiday Craft Show. The yearly elections for the QMPOA and QMRPOA are over! Last Saturday we enjoyed a luncheon meeting for the QMPOA yearly election. Karen Hutchison and Ron Mowrey each were elected to (3) year terms; Susie Avon and Bob Lynch will each serve (1) year terms on the homeowners board. A quorum was reached at the QMRPOA meeting last week and the election of new board members was completed. Jeannie Kane and Terry Biggerstaff were nominated and selected as new members for the Recreation board. Please support both the QMPOA and QMRPOA boards. These directors are all volunteers who give their time in serving the community. The First Friday gathering was enjoyed by 20 enthusiastic residents. The evening was spent decorating the clubhouse Christmas tree and the clubhouse. During the evening Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived and spent the evening with us. Santa gave out candy canes to everyone. During the evening several people chose to have a picture taken with Santa (there is still a little child in each of us). We appreciate Santa, aka Earle Talley, and Mrs. Claus, aka Pat Talley, leaving their North Pole home and spending the evening with us. If you havent seen their Christmas light/music show, make a point to drive to their home sometime soon. The driver who knocked down the mailboxes made herself known and offered to pay for the replacements. She said that there was someone walking on the road (it was dark) and she had a choice of hitting the person or the mailbox. Please, please, please, it is getting dark very early in the evening and is dark early in the morning, so do not wear dark clothing, always walk facing the traffic, and please carry a flashlight when you are out walking. Our streets are very dark and its hard to see someone who is wearing dark clothing. Did you watch The Sound of Music on TV last week? It was good, but not as great as the original with Julie Andrews (this is my opinion). I will never forget Quail Meadow elections held Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb going to a concert of the Von Trapp family shortly after they moved to the United States. Seeing and hearing them in person was magnificent. I will be forever grateful to my mother for instilling in me a love of music and the opportunities given me to attend concerts and stage performances. The Hallmark channels are showing great Christmas movies this month, so if you are looking for something to watch, I recommend these channels. All you last minute shoppers need to get busy Christmas is next week! Santa & Mrs. Claus (Pat & Earle Talley).Marion Gartman and Santa.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7 6 W ednesday, December 18, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GRBY VILLAGES COMPUTER & REPAIR Computer Repair Custom Building Computer Classes Free Diagnostics Data Recovery Networking In Store Service or at Your Location FREE Service Calls to your house or business with this ad 7256 SW 62nd Ave., Suite 5, Ocala, FL 34476 email: villagescomputer@yahoo.com Next to the neighborhood Storage on SR200 across from the Jasmine Plaza (352) 237-4852 (MOBILE) 352-426-1639 Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations for Your P et Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommoda tions for Your Pet Tour our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Tour our unique facility and you be the judge! 352-861-4566 Boarding Grooming Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www .palmettokennels.com 000GQDI Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting Look for us on Facebook Look for us Look for us on Facebook on Facebook 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. 000GWLZ OAS IS REST AURANT OAS IS REST AURANT 765 1 SW Hwy 200, Ocala, FL 34476 237-4598 Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm UP CO MI NG UPC OM ING EV EN T EVE NT Dec. 21, 2013 Christmas Karaoke 4-8 HOLIDA Y HOURS Dec. 24 6:30 am 3:00 pm Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 31 6:30 am 3:00 pm Jan. 1, 2014 Breakfast Only 6:30 am 12 Noon 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 000GWL8 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 Ta st e Th e Be st Taste The Best Taste The Best WEST MARION 711186 000GRTI 000GJGQ On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Fairfield Village Clubhouse was buzzing with activity generated by the big holiday craft show that was coordinated by Larry Hansen. The event was not only a fun-filled time for all involved but it also generated over $550 that was donated to the Social Activities Committee. The exhibitors were Fairfield Village residents or were crafts persons who were specially invited to display their unique items. All the items were handmade or, in the case of the baked goods, were homemade for the event. The artists all contributed items for gifts or prizes for the raffles that were held during each hour of the show. Many happy winners were rewarded with lovely handmade pieces. The accompanying photos show some of the artisans and the crafts that each one brought to display. The day produced many happy buyers and sellers as there were truly great bargains for the shoppers. Larry Hansen who coordinated the craft show sent the following message: I would like to thank all the residents of Fairfield Village who contributed baked goods for our Craft Show on Sat., Dec. 7. In addition, I would like to send out a special Thank You to the following residents for helping to make this event great. Toni and Chuck Belcher Nina and Ken Stiles Amy and Rubben Harvey Carol Shaw Helen Stauffenberg Sharon and Kerry Breeden Fairfield Villages Holiday Craft Show was a big success Dale Hansen Jennifer Suchora Norma Powers Without their help and contributions, we could not have produced such a successful event, and I thank each and every one of them Sincerely, Larry Hansen Craft Show Coordinator Since the event generated so much interest, there are plans to make this a recurring event. Everyone involved truly enjoyed not only the event but also the preparations since so many people were involved and so many others attended and enjoyed themselves This was just another example of the fun activities that are a part of life in Fairfield Villagethe community known as a lively place filled with lovely (and talented) people. We send wishes to everyone to have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Shown in these photos are some of the items from the Holiday Craft Show. The yearly elections for the QMPOA and QMRPOA are over! Last Saturday we enjoyed a luncheon meeting for the QMPOA yearly election. Karen Hutchison and Ron Mowrey each were elected to (3) year terms; Susie Avon and Bob Lynch will each serve (1) year terms on the homeowners board. A quorum was reached at the QMRPOA meeting last week and the election of new board members was completed. Jeannie Kane and Terry Biggerstaff were nominated and selected as new members for the Recreation board. Please support both the QMPOA and QMRPOA boards. These directors are all volunteers who give their time in serving the community. The First Friday gathering was enjoyed by 20 enthusiastic residents. The evening was spent decorating the clubhouse Christmas tree and the clubhouse. During the evening Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived and spent the evening with us. Santa gave out candy canes to everyone. During the evening several people chose to have a picture taken with Santa (there is still a little child in each of us). We appreciate Santa, aka Earle Talley, and Mrs. Claus, aka Pat Talley, leaving their North Pole home and spending the evening with us. If you havent seen their Christmas light/music show, make a point to drive to their home sometime soon. The driver who knocked down the mailboxes made herself known and offered to pay for the replacements. She said that there was someone walking on the road (it was dark) and she had a choice of hitting the person or the mailbox. Please, please, please, it is getting dark very early in the evening and is dark early in the morning, so do not wear dark clothing, always walk facing the traffic, and please carry a flashlight when you are out walking. Our streets are very dark and its hard to see someone who is wearing dark clothing. Did you watch The Sound of Music on TV last week? It was good, but not as great as the original with Julie Andrews (this is my opinion). I will never forget Quail Meadow elections held Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb going to a concert of the Von Trapp family shortly after they moved to the United States. Seeing and hearing them in person was magnificent. I will be forever grateful to my mother for instilling in me a love of music and the opportunities given me to attend concerts and stage performances. The Hallmark channels are showing great Christmas movies this month, so if you are looking for something to watch, I recommend these channels. All you last minute shoppers need to get busy Christmas is next week! Santa & Mrs. Claus (Pat & Earle Talley).Marion Gartman and Santa.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5 8 W ednesday, December 18, 2013 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000GVEZ Same Day Service (most jobs) 10% Discount to Veterans l abor & parts excluding batteries BUY, SELL, TRADE & SERVICE FREE pickup within 5 miles New Factory Body New DOT tires Fold down tinted wind shield Automatic charger Deluxe Lights Includes: Headlights, Turn Signals, Horn, Brake Lights, Tail Lights, Custom Dash Volt Meter New 10 Mag Wheels Folding Side Mirrors Sunbrella 2010 Club Car Remanufactured Garage Floor Mats Protects Against Oil & Battery Acid $59 $ 5,995 L IM IT ED LIMITED O FF ER OFFER Floor Mat Custom Seats Pin Striping, Names Speed 22-23 mph Sand Box Cooler, Ball W asher W arranty All for Only $ 5,995 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. 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The shooter is facing a hearing, and tried to force an Internet reporter to reveal her sources, but the courts rightly said that shield laws protect her and he apparently was just fishing, anyway. Now we had another one, a shooter at Arapaho High School in the community of Centennial. The young man, who killed himself after critically injuring another student, took a shotgun to school with the intent of hunting down the school librarian, who threw him off the debate team. Police say he had the intent of killing a lot more, but when the teacher got away and law enforcement was arriving, he ended it all himself. You look at the backgrounds of all the shooters, and its hard to imagine someone from the debate team who was gunning for the librarian. In case you think that this type of teacher is immune from the would-be killers, guess again. There was, buried in one of the stories, a quote from another student who said the shooter had been bullied. How often have we seen that? When will young people learn that bullying can lead some people to violence and then the victims express shock that the shooter took them on. The best news to come out of this is that the school had practice drills concerning a live shooter on campus, and the faculty knew exactly what to do and law enforcement personnel did likewise. Thats something to ask our local school administrators: What kind of drills have been done here? Do we have full drills where the students are taught how to behave? Parents should be asking these questions, and then should be getting positive answers. If not, then we should be insisting that our school officials start planning ahead to protect our students. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOSTEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column BY GLENN MOLLETTE Special to the Messenger Americans do not want to work for the minimum wage. Who does? Recent demonstrations at McDonald's restaurants demanding $15 an hour wages are understandable. American people need more money to exist. Making a minimum wage only means you are living in poverty and need government and charitable assistance in order to survive. Minimum wage was never meant for the long haul. Such wages were intended for part-time help, students working through school or older Americans who needed something to do a few hours a week. The sad case is that miserable Americans stand in line for these jobs. The jobs that provide higher pay are saturated with several hundred people already in line for the first vacancy. What happened to all those nice jobs back there somewhere in our history? We started taking them for granted. Just like our freedom, Social Security and Medicare, we thought they would always be here. We wanted more. We weren't happy that corporations were breaking their necks to pay strong hourly wages, hospitalization and gold-lined retirement plans. Therefore Unions organized, collected fees from everyone and strongarmed the owners. Owners gave and gave and then started giving up. Grab a ladder and peer into Mexico if you want to see where they are today. We got lazy. Why work hard? If we sit home with some aches and pains the government will give us food stamps and supplemental income. Lawyers started seeing the client potential of Medicaid disability claims and another industry was born. Competition has flooded the country. Nigerians, Asians, Hispanics etc. are everywhere in America and millions more are coming. They are driving taxis, working farms, building restaurants and standing in line for any job that pays a few dollars. Many Americans seem to be standing back as if trying to believe this really can't be happening. It's happening. This is not the America we grew up watching on black and white television. Everything has changed. We have to change our attitude in this country and we need to do it fast. We must give corporations an incentive to come back to America. We must be willing to work. Corporations will be fair but we have to be fair. We have to get out of the Lyndon Johnson handout dependency mode and start practicing Kennedy's line "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty states. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette He is the author of American Issues and numerous other books. 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. All right, I admit it. Last Saturday evening, I cheated. I cheated big time. I do it every year, only it was more pronounced this time around. The Ocala Christmas parade forms on 25th Avenue East, south of Silver Springs Boulevard, and marchers, cars and floats begin gathering sometime earlier. The parade is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., but for those of us who take pictures and dont have the thousanddollar power cameras, shooting from a distance after dark isnt advisable. Sometimes you dont get very good shots. So I usually go between 4:30 and 4:45, park on the other side of Veterans Park, and walk slowly (I always walk slowly) to 25th Avenue. I then wander up and down getting pictures of people in the parade, who have the time to pose, rather than trying to catch up with them as they are moving down the road. Usually theres no issue. But this year it was raining. It was an annoying rain not heavy, not too cold, just wet. I tried to protect my camera as best I could as I got some pictures of the small lineup that was taking place early. I got a lot of smiles from people who were glad to pose under their umbrellas but with a notebook in one hand and a camera in the other, an umbrella was out of the question for me. There were probably several floats that I did not get a photo of, and some others came out too dark. The City Council and County Commission ride on top of fire trucks, and they usually only appear as silhouettes against the twilight sky. This time most of them had umbrellas, so the pictures I took show just umbrellas, not people. Dont tell anyone I took pictures early Among Friends Jim Clark I was proud of myself. Only one of the pictures I took has water on the lens, something I tried to keep from happening. Another shot, I believe it was of grand marshal Daniel Owen, actually showed the raindrops between me and him, a relatively artistic photo. At 5:15, when it was darker than it usually is, I heard some thunder south of town. I started walking in the general direction of my car. As I was walking, I saw lightning to the north. Ive lived in Florida long enough (since 1968) to know that lightning is unpredictable, so I chickened out and headed for the car. Just then a bunch of sirens went off and I heard there was an accident on or near the Boulevard (the citys police web site has nothing about that anywhere). This convinced me more that I didnt belong there. I knew I had enough photos to provide the feel of the parade, but I wanted to see more. I got home just after 5:30 and turned on the Marion Educational Channel to watch the parade. There was some talk show on, and a crawl said that the parade would not be telecast or rebroadcast because of inclement weather. Hey, I was out there taking pictures. Other media members were out there Please see CLARK, Page 10 Americas minimum wage crisis The Stone Creek Elves were busy in the garage of Terry Quinn in Pinebrook. One hundred and fifty packages were wrapped and divided into three sections. Elves, Linda Cooper, Rita Levy and Terry Quinn of the Garden Club checked and rechecked to make sure all gifts were accounted. One gift was missing so Elf, Linda Cooper went shopping for the missing gift. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, three vans from the three facilities came to pick up the wrapped gifts for their residents. This is the fifth year that the Garden Club has sponsored the Be A Santa To a Senior program. The Stone Creek community is invited to the GiftGiving Parties scheduled at the following locations: Memory Lane (gifts 400-434) 1665 SW 7th St. Contact: Marie Boggia 352-873-1400 Party is: 12/23/13 at 2 p.m. New Horizon (gifts 501-556) 635 SE 17th St. Contact: Cassie Fletcher or Ann Benson 352-629Santas workshop in Pinebrook Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi 7921 Party is: 12/23/13 at 2 p.m. Evangeline Booth Apartments (Salvation Army) (gifts 300-359) 2921 NE 14th St. Contact: Faye at 352-671-2870 Party is: 12/19/13 at 2:p.m. Thanks to the Garden Club for sponsoring the event and the residents of Stone Creek for their generosity of gifts. Many will have a brighter holiday. Terry Quinn with some of the gifts.

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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 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The arts are a strong part of the Arian aspect, with music becoming more dominant. An important decision looms as a longtime relationship takes an unexpected turn. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Surrounding yourself with beautiful things helps restore the Taurean soul. Enjoy an art exhibit, for example. Or redecorate your personal space with something truly splendid. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Some colleagues might try to talk you out of what they insist is a risk, but which you consider an opportunity. As usual, follow your own good sense when making your decision. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A workplace change you might have worried about soon proves to be highly favorable for the clever Crab who is ready to take advantage of new opportunities opening up. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Congratulations. Your Leonine pride is polished to a dazzling new brilliance thanks to your success in winning support for your new project from even the most doubtful of detractors. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) An unsettling rumor about a colleagues regrettable behavior is proved groundless, allowing you to enjoy the endof-year festivities in a happy mood. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Your success in helping to create a harmonious environment out of a chaotic situation earns you the admiration of someone who could become an important new presence in your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your Scorpions sense of loyalty could find you leading a passionate defense of a loved one you feel is being unfairly treated. The weeks end brings family news. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Your keen instincts are once more on high alert as you find yourself being pressured to make a decision about a certain matter. More facts soon come to light. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) An unexpected workplace development could disrupt some family plans. A full explanation, however, averts domestic discord. A financial matter needs attention. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Spend time away from distractions to reassess some recent moves that might not have worked out as you had hoped. What you learn could be invaluable for future decision-making. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A recent act of kindness is a reminder of how important friends are to you. You might want to show your appreciation by hosting a special preNew Years party just for them. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Interf aith Wom ens LuncheonWith the approaching winter solstice heralding the rebirth of the sun and regeneration of hope for the coming year, the Interfaith Alliance of Marion County (TIA) continues its tri-monthly womens gatherings with a holiday charity luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Islamic Center to which women of all faith and cultural backgrounds are invited. A $10 donation is requested with all proceeds going to Radiant Hands, a Gainesville-based nonprofit which provides support to single family homes in crisis in both Marion and Alachua counties Through the efforts of the Rev. Peggy Hostetler, president of the Interfaith Alliance, and Barbara Fitos, member of the board, Mayor Kent Guinn recently proclaimed the City of Ocala to be a City of Compassion, thus joining the world-wide movement to spread the need for compassion in all aspects of both personal and civic life. Rev. Peggy will help us discern ways in which we can extend local initiatives and public policy as The Golden Rule Moves Into Action. Happenings Mary Loutfi, member of the TIA board, says Radiant Hands was established to help those who fall between the cracks of regular social service agencies. She has enlisted the talents of ladies in the Muslim community who will provide a delicious Middle Eastern meal. Gourmet treats, suitable for holiday gifts, will also be available for purchase at modest cost. While not required, RSVPs would be appreciated. Please call Ms. Loutfi (352-454-5356), Rev. Hostetler at the Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living (352-6293897) or email TIAofMarioncountyFL@gmail.com. The Islamic Center is located at 1410 N.E. 14th St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 Interf aith Sunris e Breakfas t at Gator JoesFor 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 H eart hears s ingerA 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.Tuesday, Dec. 31 United W ay Day of Caring d ead lineUnited Way of Marion County will hold the 21st annual Day of Caring on Saturday, Feb. 22. Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. Volunteer work teams who are interested in participating or community organizations that have projects that need to be completed can fill out an application at www.uwmc.org. The deadline for team and project applications is Tuesday, Dec. 31. For more information, contact Tina Banner at 352732-9696 or tbanner@uwmc.org.Friday, Jan. 3 The K ingsmen perf ormBegin 2014 being encouraged and uplifted listening to The Kingsmen, Christian musics most predominate Quartet. This Christian Music Hall Of Fame award-winning group, spanning a five-decade career as one of gospel musics most influential artists, will present their unique concert of Southern Gospel music, The message of Christ. Enjoy music loved by all. This is a free concert. A love offering will be received. The concert begins 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.Friday, Jan. 3 Ta k e Charge of Diabetes d ead lineIf you are part of the nearly 10.6 percent of Marion Countys adult population that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has diabetes, dont ignore it take charge! The best way for people with diabetes to maintain a high quality of life is to learn about the disease and develop a healthy living plan. Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service staff and local health professionals are ready to help you by offering the 10-class series, Take Charge of Your Diabetes. Participants will learn about everything from carbohydrate counting and blood glucose monitoring to medication and foot care. The class will give participants the understanding and knowledge to actively control their diabetes and maintain a quality, healthy lifestyle. The $45 fee covers the 10 class sessions and health screening for each participant; one support person per registrant may attend for free. Participants must register by Jan. 3 by calling 352-854-3699. Classes will be at Master the Possibilities, 8415 SW 80th St., on Tuesdays starting Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. For a flier and class schedule, visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Read the classifieds Pig out at libraryChildren ages 4-12 are invited to Pig Out on Reading when Farmer Minor and Daisy the Famous Pot Belly Pig visit the Marion County Public Library System. For the past 13 years, Daisy and Farmer Minor have provided Pig Out on Reading programs across the United States that encourages children to read. Programs include storytelling about Daisys formative years, as well as excerpts from Daisys favorite pig books. Photo opportunities will be plentiful during this funfilled event. Performances are: Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.: Belleview Public Library (13145 SE Highway 484, Belleview). Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m.: Forest Public Library (905 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha). Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.: Dunnellon Public Library (20351 Robinson Road, Dunnellon). Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m.: Marion Oaks Public Library (294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala). Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.: Headquarters-Ocala Public Library (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). This program is sponsored by America Choice RV. For information call 352-671-8551 or visit the library website at http://library.marioncountyfl.org.

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They work hard all year, harder than most of us realize, and their reward is a lousy weather day, bands pulling out, etc. Hopefully, they wont get discouraged and things will be better next year. That way I can go on cheating only next time maybe no one will notice.Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger. CLARKcontinued from Page 9 Ienjoy being cheerful and Christmas time is a special time to be cheerful and I try my best to live up to it. Occasionally, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage will suggest I am going a little too far. During the rest of the year I stay out of shopping malls as much as possible. During the Christmas season, I want to go to the shopping mall and walk around without any purchases to make. I like watching people spend their money on things they do not need and for people they may not like. I like to give cheer more than anything else. Actually, it is the only thing I can afford. And so I will send my cheerfulness into cheer bankruptcy. Whatever that may be. The Christmas season has never been a time for me to spend excessive amounts of money. I leave all that to my wife. She knows how to shop and she begins her Christmas shopping right around February. I could never figure that out. When I buy a gift for someone, I want to hand it to them right then. She has the discipline to buy Christmas gifts months ahead of time. Something happened this past week that brought all of my cheerfulness to an abrupt halt. I had just come from the mall where I was making fun of people scurrying around trying to find the latest bargain. It is a little strange to me that when people get a gift for somebody they look for a bargain. When I got home, I sat down in my recliner reminiscing about the day and then I did something I do not normally do. I took out my wallet to clean it. This is something I do at least once a year. Sometimes I get cards in my wallet that have expired or are no longer valid. No sense in having things in your wallet that you do not need or cannot use. Several cards had expired and so into the trashcan they went. You can tell a lot about a person by the things in his wallet. My wife, on the other hand, carries a purse. I will not be caught dead looking in that purse. In fact, I would be dead if caught looking. I am not sure what she has in her purse and I do not want to know what she has in there. I love living. A mans wallet is a little different. He has things in there that are rather practical. There will be a drivers license, a Social Security card, insurance card, not to mention credit cards. Everything he needs to get through a week with plenty of cheerfulness on the side. Going through my wallet this time I found something that shocked me to the core of my being. There in my wallet, folded up rather neatly and tucked in a corner, was a $50 bill. I cannot tell you the last time I saw a $50 bill. How it got there, I will never know. My father always had a folded $50 bill in his wallet for emergencies. I am not my father. Ordinarily, you would think finding $50 in your wallet would be a moment of rejoicing. Not so here. It is toward the end of the year, all gifts are purchased for Christmas and The story of my Christmas cheer drama Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder all bills are paid. I like to pay ahead of time just to make sure the bills are being paid. And so there was nothing that needed to be paid at that time. Life has taught me several lessons and one in particular. If you find extra money it means some disaster is about to befall. Usually the catastrophe that happens costs more than the money you find. I found $50 and so it is reasonable to believe that the catastrophe facing me will cost $100. I did not know if I should mention this to my wife. It is not that we are superstitious, we have just live life long enough to know what comes around goes around and what goes up usually comes down. What is going to happen now? What is going to go wrong? What in the house is going to fall apart? Then my dilemma was solved. My wife came into the room and said, I was wondering, and she was stammering a little bit as she said it. I was wondering if perhaps we could take the grandchildren out for Christmas lunch tomorrow. I know it costs a lot, but I think they would enjoy it. I smiled and she looked at me a little quizzically and asked, What are you smiling about? It was then I pulled out of my wallet the neatly folded $50 bill and waved it in her direction and said, I think Christmas lunch with the grandchildren tomorrow would be a fantastic idea. Some people worry about what they do not have. I worry about what I have to make sure I am using it in the best possible manner. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High (Psalms 92:1). I am thankful for what I have but I am also thankful for what I do not have. Nothing takes the place of a contented heart and my contentment rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. I need nothing more.Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His web site is www.jamessnyderministries.com. Please use our e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Read the classifieds Sunday, Jan. 12 Jews in the Civil WarCongregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to a special program entitled Jews in the Civil War to be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 State Road 200 in Ocala. This fascinating topic will be presented by Channah Zimmerman who will relate, dramatize and chronicle the history of the Jews during the Civil War era from both sides of the conflict. Tickets are $8 per person and also include refreshments. Tickets may be purchased from Judi (352-237-8277) Sonia (352-307-3662) or Estelle (352-861-2452). This program is partially funded by the Jewish Council of North Central Florida. For further information please call Judi (352-2378277) or visit our Website bethisraelocala.org. Congregation Beth Israel is a Reconstructionist Community in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. We are a liberal, progressive, inclusive Jewish community serving the needs of Marion County and surrounding areas. Monday, Jan. 27 School referendum discussionThe League of Women Voters of Marion County will conduct a meeting concerning The School Referendum on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocala Police Dept. Community Room, 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala. Speakers will be Ray Seaman and Nancy Noonan, co-founders of Marions United for Education. The event is free and open to the public.Tuesday, Jan. 28 Breast cancer support group meetsThe SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, Room 235. We are not meeting on Dec. 31, so our next meeting will be Jan. 28. At this meeting we will have a trainer give us a demonstration of Tai Chi as well as participation in this activity and an explanation of the benefits of Tai Chi for breast cancer survivors. Hope to see you all in the New Year. Wednesday, Feb. 5 College presents dinner theaterThe College of Central Florida Foundation will present its 16th annual Dinner Theatre production, Theres a Burglar in My Bed by Michael Parker, Feb. 5-9 in the Webber Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Evening performances, Wednesday through Sunday, begin with dinner at 5:45 p.m. Matinee performances, Saturday and Sunday, will serve lunch at 12:15 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meal times. A full schedule is available at www.cf.edu/foundation, then Events. Tickets range from $55 to $60 and guests can also reserve an entire table. Theres a Burglar in My Bed is a farce about the world famous Worthington necklace. The trysts, the plans and counter-plans all take place at the Worthingtons 200-acre Massachusetts estate with its 26bedroom mansion. This years production benefits CF Fine Arts programs and college educational programs through the CF Foundation. For more information or for tickets, call Laura Wright at 352-854-2322, ext. 1416. To sponsor a table, contact the CF Foundation at 352-854-2322, ext. 1689. Resolve to create a better financial plan in 2014 BY MICHAEL W. GROCHOWSKI Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta Another New Year is just around the corner, offering a new opportunity to improve your life in any number of ways with a wise New Years resolution or two. (No doubt, for most of us the possibilities are endless.) But one good idea for many might be creating (or updating) a long-term financial plan. According to a 2013 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the percentage of workers confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement is essentially unchanged from the record lows observed in 2011. Only 13 percent are very confident of being able to afford a comfortable retirement, while 28 percent are not at all confident. If you are among those with lower financial confidence and you havent started to save for retirement already, now is the time to begin no matter what your age. If retirement is near, youll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If youre younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, its still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Experts agree that saving when youre young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. Dont take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great place to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Securitys online Retirement Estimator. The Retirement Estimator offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future Social Security retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is www.mymoney.gov. MyMoney.gov is the governments website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on www.mymoney.gov can help you. Another excellent resource is the Ballpark E$timator at www.choosetosave.org/ballpark. This online tool takes complicated issues, like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and numbers that are easy to understand. So turn over a new financial page in your life with the start of a new year, and get started at www.socialsecurity.gov. H ow can I get proof of my b enefits to apply for a loan? If you need proof you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Medicare, you can request a benefit verification letter online through your my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. This letter is sometimes called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter, or a proof of award letter. You even can select the information you want included in your online benefit verification letter. Im getting married soon. H ow can I get my name changed on my Social Security card? After the wedding, gather your marriage document and other papers proving your identity; and United States (if you have not yet established your citizenship with us) or immigration status (including Department of Homeland Security permission to work in the United States). Then, complete an application for a Social Security card, which you can find at www.socialsecurity.gov. Finally, mail your completed application and documents or take this information to your local Social Security office. You can find your nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator. Remember: Your documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. 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Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTALFor your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... 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M2436 . . . $23,480 13 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN LT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2483 . . . $30,880 13 CHEVROLET TAHOE SUNROOF, DVD . . . . . . . . . . . M2474 . . . $30,880 . . $459 MO 13 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE LT, NEW BODY STYLE . . . M2495 . . . $23,880 13 CHRYSLER 300 LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2365 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING, LEATHER, DVD . . . . M2395 . . . . . $17,880 . . . . $269 MO 13 DODGE CHARGER SXT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2518 . . . $15,980 . . $239 MO 13 DODGE DURANGO CREW, LEATHER, LOADED . . . M2510 . . . $23,880 13 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2496 . . . $14,980 . . $225 MO 12 DODGE JOURNEY SXT, 6 CYL, 3RD ROW . . . . . . . M2408A . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 12 FIAT 500 POP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 FORD FOCUS SE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2519 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 FORD FUSION ALL NEW BODY STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . M2503 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 FORD MUSTANG MUST SEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2433 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 FORD ESCAPE SEL, 2.0 ECOBOOST, LEATHER . . . M2514 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 FORD EXPEDITION XLT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2437 . . . $25,880 13 FORD F-150 XLT, V8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2462 . . . $21,880 13 FORD FLEX SEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2441 . . . $20,990 13 GMC TERRAIN SLT, MOONROOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2501 . . . $21,880 12 HONDA PILOT EX-L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2488 . . . $24,880 13 HYUNDAI ACCENT GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2372 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2231 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2499 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 HYUNDAI SONATA GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2388 . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 13 HYUNDAI TUCSON GLS, AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2383A . . . $16,990 . . $255 MO 13 JEEP COMPASS SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2465 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED, NAVI . . . . . . . . M2284 . . . $28,880 13 KIA OPTIMA LX, WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2409 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 KIA SORENTO LX, V6 3 ROW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2414 . . . $18,880 . . $285 MO 13 KIA SPORTAGE LX, WHEELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2421 . . . $15,880 . . $239 MO 13 MAZDA MAZDA3 SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2417 . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 MAZDA MAZDA5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2461 . . . $13,880 . . $209 MO 13 NISSAN ALTIMA S, ALL NEW BODY STYLE . . . . . . . M2410 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN FRONTIER SV, CREW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2516 . . . $19,990 . . $299 MO 13 NISSAN JUKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2509 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN MAXIMA MOONROOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2399 . . . $18,990 . . $285 MO 13 NISSAN PATHFINDER SV, ALL NEW BODY STYLE . M2517 . . . $22,880 12 NISSAN QUEST ROOMY VAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2373 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 NISSAN ROGUE SPECIAL EDITION, 700 MILES . M2335B2 . . . $16,880 . . $255 MO 13 NISSAN SENTRA SV, 2K MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2452 . . . $14,880 . . $225 MO 13 NISSAN VERSA SV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2393 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 RAM 1500 LARAMIE, ONLY 4K MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . M2487 . . . $33,880 12 TOYOTA AVALON LEATHER, MOONROOF . . . . . . . . M2279 . . . $21,880 13 TOYOTA FR-S PEARL WHITE, SHARP . . . . . . . . . . . M2389 . . . $19,990 . . $299 MO 12 TOYOTA IQ 14K MILES, STYLISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2291 . . . $10,880 . . $165 MO 13 TOYOTA PRIUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2411 . . . $17,880 . . $269 MO 13 TOYOTA YARIS LE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2376 . . . $11,880 . . $179 MO 13 TOYOTA 4RUNNER SR5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2418 . . . $25,880 13 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M2254 . . . $24,880 13 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SEDAN SE, LEATHER . . . . . M2235 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SE, LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . M2412 . . . $12,880 . . $195 MO 13 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN LOW MILES . . . . . . . . . . . . M2471 . . . $15,880 . . $239 MO Visit www.AutoMaxOcala.com to view the rest! Visit www.AutoMaxOcala.com to view the rest! $26,880 $26,880 13 CHEVROLET MALIBU LT M2505 $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. 13 BMW 3 SERIES M2359 PREMIUM PKG, MOONROOF 13 CHEVROLET TAHOE SUNROOF, DVD M2474 $30,880 $30,880 $ 459 /mo. $ 459 /mo. 13 DODGE DURANGO CREW, LEATHER, LOADED M2510 $23,880 $23,880 M2436 $23,480 $23,480 13 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 LT, CREW, V8 M2503 13 FORD FUSION ALL NEW BODY STYLE $16,880 $16,880 $ 255 /mo. $ 255 /mo. 13 FORD ESCAPE SEL, 2.0 ECOBOOST, LEATHER $18,880 $18,880 $ 285 /mo. $ 285 /mo. M2514 M2499 13 HYUNDAI SANTE FE SPORT $18,880 $18,880 $ 285 /mo. $ 285 /mo. M2388 13 HYUNDAI SONATA GLS, AUTO $13,880 $13,880 $ 209 /mo. $ 209 /mo. 13 KIA OPTIMA LX, WHEELS M2409 $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. M2410 13 NISSAN ALTIMA S, ALL NEW BODY STYLE $14,880 $14,880 $ 225 /mo. $ 225 /mo. 13 NISSAN PATHFINDER SV, ALL NEW BODY STYLE $22,880 $22,880 M2517 These are only a few of our specials. 13 RAM 1500 LARAMIE, ONLY 4K MILES M2487 $33,880 $33,880 M2389 13 TOYOTA FR-S PEARL WHITE SHARP $19,990 $19,990 $ 299 /mo. $ 299 /mo. 13 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER SPORT M2254 $24,880 $24,880 M2235 13 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SEDAN, SE, LEATHER $12,880 $12,880 $ 195 /mo. $ 195 /mo. 100s of 2013s to choose from. All priced to move. 100s of 2013s to choose from. All priced to move. Visit www.automaxocala.com to view our sale prices. It rained on our Christmas parade PHOTOS BY JIM CLARKA little thing like rain didnt stop some people from smiling as they prepared for the 65th annual Ocala Christmas Parade last Saturday on 25th Avenue. At the left is Janice Gaskin of Ocala with her sons Bryce and Trent. In the center photo, Shari Quintana hasnt missed a parade since she moved here nine years ago, but says this may be her last because she is possibly moving to Georgia, and at the right is one of the clowns who entertained along the way. Parade grand marshal, Daniel Owen of the Ocala City Council, wears an Ocala Yankees jersey in the parade. Above, three boys on the rodeo float. The Marion County Sheriffs Office Tactical Investigations Unit is searching for robbery suspects who pointed guns at victims during four separate robberies this year. There is evidence indicating the robberies may be connected. In each case, the clothing, gun, and the suspect(s) share similarities, and the robberies took place at two convenience stores. 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Speedy Food Mart, 5501 N.E. 35th St., Silver Springs the suspects are: black males first suspect is 6 feet tall, has dreads and was wearing dark baggie clothing; the second suspect has a lighter skin tone, is 5 feet 10 inches tall, was wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants. 10:41 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the same food mart, the suspect is: black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, jeans, black shoes and a black ski mask. 2:55 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Kangaroo Express, 12475 N.W. Gainesville Road, Reddick the suspects are: black males the first is 6 feet 4 inches tall, was wearing a Jason type hockey mask and black clothing; the second is 5 feet 4 inches tall and was wearing black mask and all black clothing. 10:05 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the same Kangaroo Express, the suspects are: black males first suspect was wearing a black jacket, khaki pants, and a black ski mask; second suspect was wearing blue jeans, black long sleeve shirt, blue gloves and a black ski mask. If you know anything about these robberies, you could earn up to $1,000 by calling 352-3696814 or Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-7867. Convenience stores robbed United Way of Marion County invites 501 (3) non-profit human social service agencies serving Marion County, to apply for a two-year funding cycle that goes from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. Applications will be available on-line beginning on Thursday, Jan. 1 at www.uwmc.org. Organizations that have not been funded by United Way over the past three years and are interested in applying must attend the mandatory orientation session taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way of Marion Countys Bonnie Health Community Room located at 1401 NE 2nd St., Ocala. It is also suggested that current funded partners that have new staff send a representative to learn more about the process. United Way of Marion County currently partners with 23 local programs that assist in supporting the needs of the residents of Marion County. Due to limited seating RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP to Chris Cotter at ccotter@uwmc.org or at 732-9696 ext. 206. United way sets mandatory orientation meeting Early deadline for next weeks paper The West Marion Messenger will be published as usual Christmas Day, next Wednesday, but all deadlines for that issue and the following weeks issue on New Years Day will be 24 hours earlier. Material must be e-mailed by Thursday of this week and next to appear in the next edition. The offices of the Messenger will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and on New Years Day Jan. 1. Delivery of the newspaper should take place on Tuesday of each week. Again a reminder that the correct telephone number involving news coverage is 352-390-6444. All other telephone inquiries, including advertising and delivery, should be made to the longtime number, 352-854-3986. Do not drop material off at the Dunnellon office or mail it. All material for the Messenger should be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com.