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INDEX Ocala Palms........2 Quail Meadow......4 Fairfield Village..5 Stone Creek........7 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 47 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HCN3 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES Automotive Batteries 50 Bronze $ 79 95 exchange (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP 000HCH6 BY JIM CLARK EditorWith little fanfare, the Marion County Commission last week approved putting a property tax issue to fund local schools on the November ballot. The one-mill levy would be used to help fund art, music, library and PE programs along with paraprofessionals (teacher assistants) and vocational assistants, according to a fact sheet put out by the School Board. George Tomyn, school superintendent, told commissioners that it was expected to raise $14 million per year. According to the fact sheet, it could also help hire more teachers to help meet class size requirements. The resolution that was passed was sent in by Beverly Morris, School Board attorney. It was adopted by that board on Jan. 14. In addition, the resolution authorizes creation of an independent citizens financial oversight committee. School Board Chairman Bobby James also appeared at the meeting with Tomyn. Afterward, Tomyn said school officials were ready to start a push to get the measure passed. Earlier, a group called Marions United for Education had given a presentation to the public on the proposed tax. The group will spearhead the effort to get the issue passed. A school referendum was rejected by the voters in 2012, along with an issue to keep Munroe Regional Medical Center locally operated. Munroe has since been leased to a private company, a move which has not yet been finalized. Its official! You get to vote on school property tax PHOTO BY JIM CLARKNo more Ramada, YankeesFor many years, the big logo of the New York Yankees greeted people at the intersection of U.S. :Highway 27 and Interstate 75, welcoming them to the George Steinbrenner-linked Ramada Inn. Today, the Yankees are gone as the motel and conference center recently reopened as a Motel 6. Accident at OTOWTwo people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at the entrance to On Top of the World Sunday. The roof had to be cut off of the overturned van to get the victims out. Both were taken to the hospital. The collision sheared off a tree about four-feet up. The Highway Patrol did not release any other information.PHOTOS BY MIKE ROPPEL Hundreds of local student athletes gather later this month at Forest High School for Marion Countys 42nd annual Special Olympics Summer Games. But upwards of 500 high school and community volunteers are needed to provide the manpower to make these games possible. Volunteers serve as timers, recorders, award presenters, measurers, ball retrievers, catchers, parade line-up partners, and more. Because they have direct student contact, all volunteers must be pre-registered with the school district. Volunteers should report by 9:45 a.m. each day theyre on duty. Athletes are paired with student volunteers from local high schools to cheer them on and offer words of encouragement. Opening day is set for 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, with Summer Games continuing Thursday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers sought for Special Olympics Please see SPECIAL, Page 2 High-speed chase along West State Rpad 40 ends in arrest A high-speed chase along State Road 40 ended in an arrest in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. According to the Sheriffs Office, a deputy spotted Billy Watkins, 20, of Northwest 1st Avenue, driving erraticly on SR 40 West, and attempted to stop the vehicle in the 8100 block. The driver refused to stop and the chase reached speeds of up to 95 mph. The car turned on a dirt road at about the 10400 block, wrecked after striking a fence. The driver got out and ran, and other deputies were called into help as the originating deputy detained the passengers in the vehicle. Soon after, a man called and said someone was hiding in his yard. Deputies went and arrested Watkins. Watkins reportedly told deputies he ran because he had several warrants and did not have a drivers license, a fact confirmed by a computer check. Watkins was held on $7,000 bond for the related charges, but on no bond for a pair of violation of probation warrants. the discussion of the business at hand. Since no one has volunteered to be recording secretary, the decision was made to use a SONY recorder, which, personally, I find ingenious. We humans do miss some elements of conversation when we try to take notes. With a recording, the human element is eliminated up to a point. Of course someone has to listen and then record, so there is still subjectivity involved. However, Dee Mc Neill garnered many friendly laughs when she introduced SONY the new recording secretary.Happy St. Valentines DayThe neighbors of Fairfield Village include many people who are still romantics at heart. Those of us who love this holiday I celebrate by mailing lots of goodies to my grandswill have a wonderful time with the lively, lovely elements that remind us of our communitys mantra, a lively place filled with lovely people. Enjoy St. Valentines Day and kiss or hug someone you lovewe can never have too much love in the air or too many hugs to make us happy. Be Loved! FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 5 Part of the crowd at the Fairfield SAC meeting.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11 2 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Citrus, Marion, & Sumter Counties 352-610-3018 000HCAJ 8602 SW Hwy. 200 Ste. D ONE BOOTH AVAILABLE 352-861-2001 O PEN M ONDAY S ATURDAY Let Our Experience Create a Style for You! 000HBP2 LOOK! Were Excited that Lori A. Romero (Formerly of Great Clips) HAS JOINED OUR TEAM 26+ Years as a Stylist Specializing in Cuts, Perms and color Shades of Beauty Shades of Beauty 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clock 352-873-4372 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 45 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 000HBI6 Clip and Save 000H9UF Offer expires February 28, 2014. Not valid with other offers. Must present coupon at the time of registration. Tee times may be made up to 6 days in advance of the date of play. For information & Tee Times 352.629.7980 www.OcalaNational.com #400 Located on Hwy 27 across from Golden Ocala 4782 NW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482 G OLF & L UNCH S PECIAL 18 Holes, Cart Fee, Lunch (18 Holes includes green fee Burger and beer OR deli lunch, chips and soft drink) $39.99 +tax per person Before 12:00 Noon $34.99 +tax per person After 12:00 Noon As many as 450 schoolbased athletes will compete inside Forest High Schools football stadium at 5000 SE Maricamp Road near Ocala. This annual tradition offers students with special needs the opportunity to excel based on their own abilities. The Summer Games take place on three separate days. Each day begins with Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. and features: Wednesday, Feb. 19 150 high school and Hillcrest athletes (rain date is Feb. 24); Thursday, Feb. 20 150 elementary school athletes (rain date is Feb. 28); and Wednesday, Feb. 26 150 middle school and Hillcrest athletes (rain date is March 3). For more information on the games or to volunteer, contact Lynn Brantley, Special Olympics Coordinator, at 352-6711434 or email her at Lynn.Brantley@marion.k 12.fl.us. SPECIALcontinued from Page 1 expected to raise the wage if a higher wage is economically justified? This question is even more interesting when you consider that the higherminimum lobby points to Costcos success in paying its starting workers $11.50 an hour. Why isnt self-interest driving other employers to offer the higher wage? Their alleged stubbornness contradicts the self-interest model of business owners. If Costco palpably helps its bottom line by paying its workers more, every similar employer should be copying that policy. The standard economic argument against legislating a minimum wage is that no worker who is unable to produce an equivalent amount of value will find a job at that wage. So any wage mandated above the market-set level would harm the very people that the mandate is supposed to help. We can see the logic of this argument while recognizing that markets, being composed of people (who in fact dont only care about money), never respond infallibly and instantaneously. Moreover, it may be difficult to ascertain what a given workers contribution is, so its possible that he or she might be paid less than is economically justified. But none of that supports a government mandate. The only way to maximize the markets tendency to accurately reward people for their productivity is to remove all government barriers to competition and self-employment. This includes occupational licensing, landuse restrictions, permitting, intellectual property, and more. Alternatives, not political machinations, are what maximize workers clout and ensure their just reward. Sheldon Richman is vice president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va. (www.fff.org). RICHMANcontinued from Page 8 TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith aName Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For 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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Pictured from left to right in the front row are Marta Hernandez, Bob Wiggins, Victor DelGado, Marilyn Wiggins, Wally Beltowski, and Sal Barrisi; in the back row are Duke Coleman, Mike Goodwin, Telly Lazisky, Al Nolan, Cliff Brinkley and Vince Calcaterra. PHOTOS BY CATHY DONOHUEAlso enjoying the game were Lenny Giarraputo, Gene Krolikiewicz, Ramon Hernandez, Cathy Donohue and Lyn Coleman. Additional photo, Pg. 11 Read the classifieds At Ocala Palms, Cliff and Trish Brinkley honor their team, even though the Redskins didnt make the big game.

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Thursday, Feb. 13 Barbershoppers offer musical valentinesTell your loved ones you care with a song this Valentines Day. The Big Sun Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will offer singing Valentines this year to benefit Youth in Harmony, a musical education program for young men. Call to arrange for the Barbershop Quartet to sing to your loved one male or female and present gifts of love. Call Daniele Cupid, 352-804-7464 for pricing and scheduling on Feb. 13 and 14.AARP Driver program offeredEach month motorists are offered the opportunity to take the AARP Driver Safety course at the Marion County Sheriffs Substation office. The program is a six-hour long two sessions of threehours each refresher course designed especially for ages 50 and older. Younger people are invited to take the course too. The course is offered the second Thursday and Friday for every month. The course offer practical tips in compensating for the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Safe driving practices and continued personal mobility is emphasized during the session. Most participants benefit from a discount on their insurance after completing the course. Call Joe Briggs, area instructor at 325-237-2971 and representative for further information. The substation is located 9048 SW State Road 200, Ocala.Saturday, Feb. 15 Memoir workshop by Patricia CharpentierYou dont have to be a writer to write your life story. On Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Freedom Writers Group of the Florida Writers Association presents a memoir workshop by guest speaker Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. Write Your Life Story introduces some of the many approaches to writing personal and family history and gives tips on how to get started. Patricia uses everyday language, humor, and real-life examples in discussing how to organize your material, gather story ideas, and other topics related to writing the story of the one and only you. Seating will be on first-come basis.Sunday, Feb. 16 Jazz Society to playThe Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. They play a variety of music including Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past. $3 admission for Hospice. For info: 3520234.Monday, Feb. 17 Legion Post to meetThe Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Cancer education, support groupA new education and support group for cancer patients, family and friends will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the West Marion Medical Plaza Conference Room, located at 4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala. The support group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month, facilitated by a team of cancer care professionals including oncology social workers, oncology patient care navigator and genetic counselor. Discussion topics will cover pain and fatigue; sexuality and intimacy; coping skills; fear of recurrence; diet, nutrition and exercise; resource help and managing disabilities; life after treatment; and hereditary risk factors; among others. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 800530-1188. Thursday, Feb. 20 Air Force group to meetThe Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its February meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 SW 60th Ave., Ocala. Our guest speaker will be Matt Feehan from Morgan Stanley Smith Barnery. We will also finalize chapter plans for the upcoming AFA State Winter Meeting and AFA AFJROTC State Drill Meet. Everyone is welcome.Tribute Quartet at College Road churchThe Tribute Quartet will be in concert on Thursday, Feb. 20 at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Voted 2008 Horizon Group of the Year and SGNs 2008 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, this group presents Southern Gospel music at its finest. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and a $10 donation is requested at the door. College Road Baptist Church is located mile south of I-75 at 5010 SW College Road. Call 352-237-5741 for more information.Spelling bee scheduledSpellers take your mark because the Marion County Spelling Bee takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Browne Greaton Cole Auditorium at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 6 p.m. MTI is at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Admission is free and open to the public. This years competition draws 27 middle school students from all 10 public and one private local middle school. The local winner and runner-up advance to the 55th annual regional spelling bee in Orlando on March 26, sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel. Both the district and regional bees are preliminary rounds to reach this years Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Womans Club of Ocala returns as the major sponsor of this years district event. For more information, contact Sandy Wilson at 352236-0580 or Sandra.Wilson@marion.k12.fl.us. Additional information is available at www.spellingbee.com.Saturday, Feb. 22 Cattle drive, cowboy roundupThe Rotary Club and City of Ocala are teaming up again to present the second annual Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round up. This family-friendly event takes place on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event begins with a cattle drive which starts on Southeast 1st Avenue. Several viewing locations are set up along the route, which can be found at www.ocalafl.org/cowboy. The Cattle Drive will end at the Tuscawilla Park, 701 N.E. Sanchez Ave., where the fun will continue. Activities include games, musical entertainment, dancing, cracker food, and a beer watering hole. Proceeds from the event will go to raise funds for the Ocala Discovery Center. For more information, contact the Discovery Center at 352-401-3900. Sunday Feb. 23 Marion Chamber Music Society ConcertThe English brought us select tea, fine china, and ...s ome of the most opulent melodies in all of European music literature. English music is sonorous, harmonically elegant and refined. For our next free Marion Chamber Music concert we will feature Violist Helen Kirklin and pianist Roberta Swedien, who will feature a bouquet of English music for viola and piano Sunday Feb. 23 at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala. The concert includes works by Rebecca Clarke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and the world premiere of Sonata for Viola and Piano by Arthur Maud. Helen and Roberta have previously performed for us to standing ovations. 352-867-1340. If somebody gave out an award for grouchiness and downright cantankerousness, I am sure I would take top honors. Of course, according to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, there is no honor in being grouchy or cantankerous nor is there room for it in our humble abode. For the past week I have been grouchy and cantankerous and any other adjective you might want to throw into that pot of naughtiness. By the time the week ended that pot was boiling hot and about to explode. It is always beneficial to look back over an incident and figure out where you made your mistake. I often dont do it, but in this case, the mistake I made was so obvious it could not be overlooked. Most faults can be remedied if you know what to do about it. Then, there are those mistakes that no matter what you do, it still ends up being a mistake. My mistake was I exhibited my downright grouchiness and cantankerous spirit in front of my wife. I know the marriage manual says there should be no secrets between husband and wife. Down through the years I have tried to maintain that part of the marital relationship, and I have done a good job thus far. What the manual does not say is, there are special times when a husband should not speak his mind in front of his wife. My wife constantly reminds me that God gave men, two ears and one mouth for a particular purpose, open our ears and shut our mouth. I do not think I got that far in the instructions, but I will take my wifes word on that one, you can be sure. In my defense, however, this past week I was colder than I have ever been in all my life, at least that I can remember. Now, it is one thing to be cold, but quite a different thing to tell somebody, especially your wife, that you are cold. I made that mistake once and told my wife I was cold. She felt my forehead, got out my bathrobe, fussed over me all evening and made me hot tea with honey to drink. I wanted to tell her that I was cold; I did not have a cold. It was so cold the little gray cells were shivering so much they were not functioning 100%. According to some peoples opinion, it is a rare occasion when they do function 100%. As I remember it, I was looking out our back patio window, watching it drizzle and shivering in the cold. If I need any defense on my side, I did not realize that in the same room was the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Enveloped in this aroma of sheer ignorance, I said out loud something to the effect, I hate this cold weather! Following that pointed observation, as I now reflect, I also growled most viciously. It was then I heard a noise explode behind me. Well, at least it is not snowing! You should be grateful for that. I swung around as quickly as possible, and there standing in all her glory with both hands firmly planted on her hips was my wife staring in my direction. The tone of her voice and her demeanor revealed I was in for one of her infamous lectures. All week long, we had been noticing some of our family up north experiencing some very severe snow conditions. Some even missed school for several days because of the snow drifting. One family member way up north was without electricity for nearly a week. In some of these areas, the temperature has been in the minus degree for at least a week. Dont you know how lucky you are to live in a place where it doesnt snow and the temperature doesnt get below zero? Instead of complaining, you should be grateful for what you really have. Think of members of our family up north suffering in that freezing weather! Would you like to change places with them right now? I have often said this and I am sure I will continue saying it until the day I die, when my wife is right she is right. No argument from me here. Then she made a statement I am still mulling over. Be thankful for what you dont have. I must say she had a great point there. Sometimes it is quite hard to be thankful for what you do not have when you are so caught up in the problems right in front of you. Thinking about that, my grouchiness and cantankerousness began evaporating. I suppose they have their place, and I am ashamed to admit they are in my place more often than I should allow them. In many ways, it is easy to be thankful for what you have in your hand at the time. The apostle Paul pointed this out in one of his letters. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful (Colossians 3:15). For most of us, being thankful does not come natural. It is something we have to work at on a daily basis. It has to go a step further. Be thankful for what you do not have and you will be all that more thankful for what you do have. 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. 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A t leas t it s no t sno wing Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder World Has Talent auditions scheduledThe Circle Square Cultural Center will hold auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 5th annual The World Has Talent 55+ talent show. Auditions are open to individuals, duets, and groups and registration is on a first come, first served basis with no entry fee. Talented line dancers, magicians, comedians, story tellers, dancers, acrobats, singers and other amateur performers are encouraged to audition. Each performance will be allotted a 5-minute window to catch the interest of the judges and to secure a spot in the talent show. The top 10 finalists will participate in The World Has Talent show on Saturday, May 5, at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Contestants will compete for the grand prize of $500, second $250 and third of $150. 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Well, the groundhogs made their predictions! According to General Beauregard Lee, the official weather prognosticator for the state of Georgia, we will have an early spring. He did not see his shadow when he emerged from his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch located just outside of Atlanta. However, for our friends in the frozen North, Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania did see his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Did you know that this year marks the 128th anniversary of Groundhog Day? According to folklore, groundhogs predict an early spring if they cannot see their shadow at daybreak on Feb. 2. If a shadow is seen, then the prediction is for six more weeks of winter. General Beau (as he is affectionately called) has been commended twice by the National Weather Service for the accuracy of his predictions. General Lee resides in a lavish white columned mansion at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, Georgia. His home includes a water fountain, a mailbox, and a satellite dish that allows him to watch PBS nature specials. Since we are much closer to the home of General Lee, I feel we should go by his predictions, dont you? The next holiday we have is Valentines Day. Each year on Feb. 14, gifts of flowers, candy, jewelry, and cards are given to loved ones. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didnt begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as scrap. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentines Day cards are sent each year, making Valentines Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. Attention Red Hatters: Tuesday, the 18th, we will have our annual Chocolates and Champagne party at the clubhouse. Come join us at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of fun. The February Ladies Luncheon is this Friday (14th) at the Braised Onion. Please call Maryanne Ellner today for your reservation. Since this is Valentines Day, lets see how many will be dressed in red! There are only a few tickets left for the QM horse race party, which is the 22nd. Call Carol Mowrey, Marie Schneider, or Pat Talley if you want a ticket. The Social Committee is working very hard in planning activities for the community. The entertainment for March will be The New Pretenders. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9 4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Thank you to our Cutest Couple Sponsors 000HAXU PHOTO CONTEST www.westmarionmessenger.com/valentinesPrizes include Accommodations & Dinner for Two at Plantation on Crystal River Jewelry from Specialty Gems & Jim Green Jewelers $100 for Ikes/Neon Leons Enter Feb 1-15 Vote Feb 16-27 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 000H8TS 000H4PG There really is a difference in salons . Holly Has Relocated 854-6531 Walk-Ins Welcome 6160 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Jasmine Plaza SIX YEARS EXPERIENCE Come See Her at The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. 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TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A straightforward approach to a baffling situation is best. Dont allow yourself to be drawn into an already messy mass of tangles and lies. Deal with it and move on. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Dont be discouraged or deterred by a colleagues negative opinion about your ideas. It could actually prove to be helpful when you get around to finalizing your plan. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Ignore that sudden attack of modesty, and step up to claim the credit youve so rightly earned. Remember: A lot of people are proud of you and want to share in your achievement. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A financial deal that seems to be just right for you Leos and Leonas could be grounded more in gossamer than substance. Get an experts advice to help you check it out. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Dont ignore that suddenly cool or even rude attitude from someone close to you. Asking for an explanation could reveal a misunderstanding you were unaware of. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Unless you have sound knowledge, and not just an opinion, its best not to step into a family dispute involving a legal matter, regardless of whom you support. Leave that to the lawyers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) An awkward situation presents the usually socially savvy Scorpian with a problem. But a courteous and considerate approach soon helps clear the air and ease communication. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A calmer, lesstense atmosphere prevails through much of the week, allowing you to restore your energy levels before tackling a new challenge coming up by weeks end. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your approach to helping with a friend or family members problem could boomerang unless you take time to explain your method and how and why it (usually!) works. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Someone who gave you a lot of grief might ask for a chance for the two of you to make a fresh start. You need to weigh the sincerity of the request carefully before giving your answer. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Too much fantasizing about an upcoming decision could affect your judgment. Better to make your choices based on what you know now rather than on what you might learn later. Its all about groundhogs and valentines this month Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Stephen Saxon, internationally recognized baritone/bass will sing your favorite classics, arias, show tunes and spirituals. Saxon has soloed on four continents; in naBaritone/bass singer to perform tional telecasts; for heads of state; under the maestri of Roberto Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Leonard Slatkin and with the Symphony or Orchestras in St. Louis, Minnesota, New York City, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tokyo, Japan, Caracas, Venezuela and Santiago, Chile. He has sung with the New York City, Washington and Orlando opera companies as well as dozens of performances at the Kennedy Center. He soloed in the premiere of Jacob Druckmans oratoria Vox Humana commissioned by the National Symphony. He has also sung Beethovens Ninth Symphony 36 times. Saxon is a founder and frequent soloist with the Gainesville Civic Chorus. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics with the University of Florida. Carolyn Bailey Troupin is the piano accompanist. She has a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Florida. She is the president of the Gainesville Music Teachers Association. The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-2374633. Read the classifieds

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Idont know about other folks, but I really dont like this anomaly called unseasonable weather we have been having here in sunny Florida! Maybe by Feb. 12, the date of this publication, there will be such a change that some of you readers will be asking, What is she writing about? Regardless of the weather, the calendar tells us that this is the week of St. Valentines Day. My grand told me I was calling the occasion the wrong name. Grandma, its Valentines Daynot St. Valentines Day! Oh, please excuse me, I bow to your superior knowledge of the correct name, I responded sarcastically. Do any of you friends out there ever find yourself being corrected or admonished by a teen who has the final word in the knowledge of the day? This person is just a fountain of information that we who are past the age of 55 seem to have missed along the way or lost as we have become so old. This could be hurtful if we dont stop to recognize the influences at play in their lives making them disdainful of their elders. Let me hasten to say that I am embellishing this fictional conversation for effect; however I am fully aware that this possibly could be an exchange between a 15-year-old teen and a 70-year-old grandparent. Our society today, by and large, seems to forget that we old people do have a wealth of information that just might be valuable if they slowed down, took the ear buds out of their ears, and actually listened to what we could tell them .if we choose to do that. Suffice it to say that a priest named Valentine and another named Maruis performed marriage ceremonies in defiance of the Roman Emperor Claudius II who had ordered that no more weddings be performed. He wanted the Roman men to go off to war and not be emotionally tied to someone back home. When the defiance of the priest was discovered, Valentine was beaten and executed on Feb. 14 about 270 A.D. Some years after his death, Valentine was officially named a Saint. I did not intend to go into a long discourse about Saint Valentine, for whom the holiday is named: but I think it would be good to remember that there was a person who did exist and did good things for others. And he did not hawk chocolate candy, jewelry, perfume, or even Hallmark greeting cards either. All this would really surprise many still nave teens that have never heard of him or his legacy. Well, in Fairfield Village, we remember St. Valentine; and we are going to celebrate the holiday on this coming Saturday with a Valentine-themed pot luck dinner. There will be appropriate decorations and fun with a princess, prince, and couple celebrated. Come out to the clubhouse at 5:00 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15 and bring your Valentine food to share with others who are ready to eat and have fun with the entertainment that is planned by Lil Oliver and her volunteers.SAC meeting on Feb. 4The regular meeting of the Social Activities Committee was held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. As shown by the accompanying photos, there was a large crowd and much laughter that livenedmessengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5 8 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HBO5 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. 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Rick Scotts recommendation that there be a tax-free holiday for the purchase of hurricane supplies has both a political and practical feel about it. Seeing the past successes of the back-to-school tax-free holidays, the new proposal could build on a popular concept. The governor projects the hurricane supply tax holiday could account for about $20 million of the nearly $600 million in tax decreases hes aiming for in the upcoming legislative session. While thats a hefty sum, to put things in perspective, Gov. Scotts proposed budget is more than $74 billion. Itll be up to the Legislature whether the hurricane supply tax holiday flies or not. In seeking re-election, theres no doubt Gov. Scott is identifying legislation that could boost his popularity among voters. Thats just the game of politics. Regardless, the initiative could lead to more Floridians taking hurricane preparedness seriously. Not surprisingly, when people go shopping for certain tax-free items, they end up buying other taxable products, providing revenue to businesses and, via taxes, the state. As presented, the exemption would apply to specific items with caps on the dollar amounts. For example, the tax-free status would be capped at $20 for flashlights and $30 for batteries. While theres no doubt the proposal is good-old feel-good political posturing, you really cant knock hurricane preparedness. The calm hurricane seasons in recent years undoubtedly have created complacency among many. If this measure can help safeguard the public, trim taxes and stimulate business, it warrants consideration regardless of who voters favor in the next gubernatorial election.Citrus County Chronicle Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Give America a raise?BY SHELDON RICHMAN Special to the CitizenPresident Obama said something especially perplexing when he implored Congress during his State of the Union address to Give America a raise. Since when does Congress have the power to do that? We live in a nominally private-enterprise economy, so it should strike the ear as odd to hear Obama acknowledge that its not a private-enterprise economy at all, much less a free-enterprise economy. What we have is an economy dominated by an alliance of politicians and well-connected, mostly corporate, interests. Obama of course was calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that only 4.7 percent of hourly workers made the minimum wage or less in 2012, so those 3.6 million people hardly constitute America. Can Congress give those workers a raise? No, it cant. As economists say, Demand curves slope downward. This means simply that when the price of something rises, the quantity demanded (other things equal) falls. You know this: You are likely to buy fewer oranges or go to the movies less often when the price rises. This doesnt mean no one will continue to buy their usual quantity (and thus give up something else), but many people will curtail their purchases. Its called economizing. Labor is a service that employers purchase from workers. It follows that if its price rises because of a government decree, employers will buy less. The minimum wage is directed at lowskilled workers. If government sets or raises the minimum, employers have an incentive to use fewer low-skilled workers; employers will substitute machines where possible (have you seen how automated fast-food restaurants are these days?) or switch to higher-skilled workers. The minimum wage, therefore, harms the people most in need. Some lose jobs, and others looking for jobs wont find them. That is not the only consequence. Some workers might retain their jobs but find that some benefits have vanished: there may be less on-the-job training and fewer workplace amenities. Most people, including advocates of the minimum wage, understand that a rising price generally discourages purchases. People who want to discourage smoking believe that higher cigarette taxes will accomplish that objective. So why is the pricing of unskilled labor an exception? Is ideology interfering with reasoning here? Apparently even economists can have their good sense clouded by ideology. If someone believes that a $10.10 hourly wage wouldnt throw vulnerable people out of work or otherwise make their situations less desirable and that, indeed, it would even be good for business the advocate of the higher minimum ought to explain why the wage hasnt already risen to that level through normal market forces. Why is it stuck at $7.25? Shouldnt competition be 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. Has it really been 50 years? I guess so, at least thats what my television told me on Sunday night. CBS televised a tribute to the Beatles, exactly 50 years to the minute that the Ed Sullivan show aired on Feb. 9, 1964. It was the early days of television, and younger people dont realize the influence that Ed Sullivan had. If you were invited to appear on his show, you had it made. The only other TV personality who had that much influence on the entertainment industry was Dick Clark with his American Bandstand from Philadelphia. Of course, there were rules to be followed, most of them set down by Sullivan. When Elvis appeared eight years earlier, they only showed him from the waist up after all, what he did with his legs was scandalous. At some point the Rolling Stones appeared and were ordered to change the words to their song Lets spend the night together. They agreed, but then on the air (remember, it was live) they went back to their original lyrics. Boy, if looks could kill, Ed would have been guilty of murder. But Sunday night, taped earlier in the week in Los Angeles, was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance. On hand were Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the only two surviving members of the quartet of British young singers. If you had any doubt about the lasting music of the four guys from Liverpool, they were quickly dispelled as you watched various performers singing Beatles songs. The crowd shots, said to have been born during the Ed Sullivan show, showed those of our age and those a lot younger enjoying the music, singing along with the lyrics and in some cases dancing in the aisles. The final 40 minutes or so was dedicated to personal performances by Ringo and Paul. Ringo went first, opened with, of all things, a country song, Matchbox. He then sang Boys The celebration of the Beatles 50 years Among Friends Jim Clark while playing the drums at the same time, then led the crowd in Yellow Submarine. If you didnt know better, you would have taken Ringo for about 35 years old with the ability to move that belied his age (hes 73). Paul then took the stage and sang a few songs, getting more vocal time but not moving around as much as his friend, starting with Birthday and following with Get Back. He did the rousing I Saw Her Standing There and then added Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ringo then came out and the pair joined together, with Ringo the main vocal in A Little Help from My friends. Paul then closed out the night with, what else, the song Hey Jude, with the entire crowd including Yoko Ono singing along in the audience, and a bunch of entertainers, including Stevie Wonder, doing the backup. Every once in a while a TV entertainment show comes along that you want to see again and again. To me, this may be the best of all time on the list of shows Ive watched. Fortunately, I had the foresight to record this show on a DVR. Now of one of the technological geniuses in my family can help, Im going to try to save it to DVD. In the meantime, Ill be humming one of the Beatles songs all the time. And as I went to bed on Sunday night, for some reason, going through my head, was na, na, na, na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, Hey Jude.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Please see RUCGNAB Page 11 Is love in the air? Hope it warms us up in Central Florida! Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett The new recording secretary. Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 12

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The Stone Creek Grille has changed over the years with various chefs. The Grille now has many themed nights and specials. You can go on line to see many of the upcoming events. On a recent dining experience there with my sister, the Chef came out and asked how we were enjoying our food. It was my first time meeting him and so I asked if I could do a story on him. Food is that wonderful experience that makes celebrations worthwhile. For me, food is the source of many celebrations in my home. Like others, certain foods are made for special celebrations so I was interested in hearing about Chef Alvarezs passion for food and cooking. Here is a brief description highlighting some of his experience. Luiggie lvarez has spent over 16 years nurturing his passion for the culinary arts. Chef lvarez began his professional career in 1998 as Banquets Chef at Arena Pier 10, following his graduation from the Caribbean Culinary Institute. In 2002 he expanded his horizons by moving to Ocala, Florida where he continued further culinary education with a focus on hotel Management and nutrition. During this learning time he worked as the Kitchen Manager at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. In 2006, he was named Sous Chef of the Ocala Hilton, where he served for two years. After eight years outside of his country of Puerto Rico, lvarez returned home in 2009 and joined the culinary team of Hotel El Convento as Sous Chef He was promoted to Executive Chef in September 2010. He oversees the kitchen of Patio del Nspero restaurant and the coordination of the hotels banquets. At the small and luxurious hotel, lvarez made a name for himself for his mix of Caribbean and international flavors. The harmony between innovative and traditional flavors go hand in hand with the contemporary and historical styles that characterize Hotel El Convento. I will be in Puerto Rico in the next week and so I told him I would try to stop by his former restaurant. This may be another story in the making. Below is the interview with Chef Alvarez. 1. Since your culinary background is from Puerto Rico, do you plan any dishes with the Spanish flare? If so, what and when? A. Yes Im working on a menu thats include a lot of Caribbean spices but in the end want to keep the same line of food with a more contemporary taste. 2. From your start at SC Grille, what if any changes have you made? If you have not made any changes, what do you plan on making? A. I have been working in a lot of changes: New al la cart menu, full breakfast menu, full Sunday Brunch, Thursday Prime Rib Buffet and a complete Banquet Menu for private eventsWeddings, Business Meeting, Award Presentation etc. 3. Florida has an abundance of fresh fruit. Do you plan on incorporating any of the seasonal fruits and vegetables into dishes? If so, can you elaborate? A. Yes I do!! Im a great believer of supporting the local farms and vendors. Those are the ones who keep the economy up and running buy local, spend local. 4. What do you consider your most creative dish? Can you give any background on the dish? A. Wow!! That takes me to 2010 it was a five course menu for a wedding. She was from Nigeria, Africa and he was from Uganda, Africa. These are two different cultures but similar in the type of cooking. 5. I am making an assumption that as a chef, you have had a dish turn out not the way you expected. Would you like to share an experience like that and what you learned from it? A. In my culinary training they taught me to follow a recipe and practice makes perfect. Even with all the years of experience Im always researching. 6. While the Grille reaches a diverse group of people, the majority of people are over 55. Is it more difficult to create dishes for this population? A. No is Not!! This part of the population grew up eating all types of fruit, vegetables and protein. I need to keep just keep the food healthy the way they grew up with it. 7. Do you plan on teaching any cooking classes? if so, what? A. Yes!! It will be a honor to share some of my recipes. So, if you have not had the experience of dining at the Stone Creek Grille give it a try. If you have not been there recently give Chef Alavrez and the Grille a try. During our conversation, he told me he wants to hear from the patrons. He said this is how he and his staff can make improvements and learn. Here is to a wonderful dining experience at the Stone Creek Grille! messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7 6 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am 3801 US N. 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Marion Messenger Will ad Feb. 12, 2014 Watermelon CupcakesYield: 8 servings 8 cupcake liners 8 cupcake shaped pieces of seedless watermelon 2 cups pineapple cr eam cheese frosting Sprinkles for garnish Place liners in 8-cup cupcake tin. Cut 3-inch-thick slices of seedless water me lo n. Cut round cupcake-sized pieces fr om s li ce s. Put watermelon cupcake in each liner. Place dollop of frosting on each cupcake. Decorate as desired with sprinkles.Watermelon Petit FoursYield: 12 servings12 (3-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon 3/4 cup fr osting 12 candied almonds Sugar in the Raw for sprinkling Arrange watermelon cubes on serving platter. Place frosting in zipper bag and tr im o ff bit of one bottom corner Deco ratively pipe frosting onto each water melon cube. Place almond at top of frost ing on each petit four Sprinkle with raw sugar and serve immediately.FAMIL Y FEA TURES Its easy to share in the fun of Valentines Day by serving those you love sweet treats that are a healthier alternative to ordinary, heart-shaped confections. Forget the expensive flowers, wines and chocolates. To really show you care, be a cupid and give your sweetie healthy, delicious treats that feature juicy water melon. Naturally dressed in the holiday s hue of vibrant red, using this fabulous fruit in recipes adds color to the spread of any V alentines Day party whether large or intimate.Mouthwatering watermelon treats For an elegant, upscale treat, serve W atermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds and is topped with your favorite decadent frosting. Get the kids in the kitchen with W atermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you really want to make their hearts skip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweeties favorite fruits for a fresh, flavorful display theyll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand. For more sweet ideas, visit www.watermelon.or g. Bonus benefitsYour sweetie will love that they can indulge in the sweetness of the holiday without the guilt or inflated waistline caused by traditional Valentines Day treats. A naturally low-calorie option, watermelon also boasts the following benefits:Vitamin A: Known to enhance eye health and boost immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells.Vitamin B6: Helps the immune system produce antibodies which fight diseases.Vitamin C: Boosts the immune systems defenses against infections and viruses. It also protects the body from harmful free radicals which accelerate aging. Hearts love watermelonBeyond adding color and variety to your familys diet, watermelon has other great benefits. Here are a couple of these heart-healthy reasons: Fresh watermelon is certified by the American Heart Associations Heart Checkmark program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol.Watermelon is the primary source of an amino acid called citrulline found in fruits and vege tables. Citrulline can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function. Lips and Love Basket1 to 2 long, oval-shaped seedless watermelons Cutting board Green dry erase marker Kitchen and paring knives Melon baller Assorted cookie cutters (X, O and heart shapes), if desired Wooden skewers Toothpicks Strawberries Fruits to make fruit salad filling Large bowl and spoon Wash watermelon under cool run ning water and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from stem end being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind to provide sturdy base. With marker, draw scalloped line around width of middle of water melon. Use paring knife to cut along marker line, then separate the two halves. Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon for your base. Cut top half of watermelon in half and use dry erase marker to draw large set of lips on one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once you have general shape, carefully carve away rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into more finished look. Cut remaining 1/4-inch-thick slices and cut hearts, Xs, O s or other shapes, discarding rind. Attach lips to top of base using wooden skewers and toothpicks. Slice strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, keeping straw berry tops on for decoration, if desired. Attach slice of strawberry with green top to center of each scallop using toothpick. Use rest of straw berry slices in fruit salad for fruit bowl. Place fruit bowl on serving platter, fill with fruit salad and garnish with slices of fruit cut into hearts, Xs and Os, if desired. Lips and Love Basket Watermelon Cu p cakes Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi Meet the new chef at Stone Creek Grille Resident George Reeves enjoying a seared pork madeira (seen below). Chef Alvarez Read the classifieds

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The Stone Creek Grille has changed over the years with various chefs. The Grille now has many themed nights and specials. You can go on line to see many of the upcoming events. On a recent dining experience there with my sister, the Chef came out and asked how we were enjoying our food. It was my first time meeting him and so I asked if I could do a story on him. Food is that wonderful experience that makes celebrations worthwhile. For me, food is the source of many celebrations in my home. Like others, certain foods are made for special celebrations so I was interested in hearing about Chef Alvarezs passion for food and cooking. Here is a brief description highlighting some of his experience. Luiggie lvarez has spent over 16 years nurturing his passion for the culinary arts. Chef lvarez began his professional career in 1998 as Banquets Chef at Arena Pier 10, following his graduation from the Caribbean Culinary Institute. In 2002 he expanded his horizons by moving to Ocala, Florida where he continued further culinary education with a focus on hotel Management and nutrition. During this learning time he worked as the Kitchen Manager at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. In 2006, he was named Sous Chef of the Ocala Hilton, where he served for two years. After eight years outside of his country of Puerto Rico, lvarez returned home in 2009 and joined the culinary team of Hotel El Convento as Sous Chef He was promoted to Executive Chef in September 2010. He oversees the kitchen of Patio del Nspero restaurant and the coordination of the hotels banquets. At the small and luxurious hotel, lvarez made a name for himself for his mix of Caribbean and international flavors. The harmony between innovative and traditional flavors go hand in hand with the contemporary and historical styles that characterize Hotel El Convento. I will be in Puerto Rico in the next week and so I told him I would try to stop by his former restaurant. This may be another story in the making. Below is the interview with Chef Alvarez. 1. Since your culinary background is from Puerto Rico, do you plan any dishes with the Spanish flare? If so, what and when? A. Yes Im working on a menu thats include a lot of Caribbean spices but in the end want to keep the same line of food with a more contemporary taste. 2. From your start at SC Grille, what if any changes have you made? If you have not made any changes, what do you plan on making? A. I have been working in a lot of changes: New al la cart menu, full breakfast menu, full Sunday Brunch, Thursday Prime Rib Buffet and a complete Banquet Menu for private eventsWeddings, Business Meeting, Award Presentation etc. 3. Florida has an abundance of fresh fruit. Do you plan on incorporating any of the seasonal fruits and vegetables into dishes? If so, can you elaborate? A. Yes I do!! Im a great believer of supporting the local farms and vendors. Those are the ones who keep the economy up and running buy local, spend local. 4. What do you consider your most creative dish? Can you give any background on the dish? A. Wow!! That takes me to 2010 it was a five course menu for a wedding. She was from Nigeria, Africa and he was from Uganda, Africa. These are two different cultures but similar in the type of cooking. 5. I am making an assumption that as a chef, you have had a dish turn out not the way you expected. Would you like to share an experience like that and what you learned from it? A. In my culinary training they taught me to follow a recipe and practice makes perfect. Even with all the years of experience Im always researching. 6. While the Grille reaches a diverse group of people, the majority of people are over 55. Is it more difficult to create dishes for this population? A. No is Not!! This part of the population grew up eating all types of fruit, vegetables and protein. I need to keep just keep the food healthy the way they grew up with it. 7. Do you plan on teaching any cooking classes? if so, what? A. Yes!! It will be a honor to share some of my recipes. So, if you have not had the experience of dining at the Stone Creek Grille give it a try. If you have not been there recently give Chef Alavrez and the Grille a try. During our conversation, he told me he wants to hear from the patrons. He said this is how he and his staff can make improvements and learn. Here is to a wonderful dining experience at the Stone Creek Grille! messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7 6 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, Rector Services: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am 3801 US N. 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Marion Messenger Will ad Feb. 12, 2014 Watermelon CupcakesYield: 8 servings 8 cupcake liners 8 cupcake shaped pieces of seedless watermelon 2 cups pineapple cr eam cheese frosting Sprinkles for garnish Place liners in 8-cup cupcake tin. Cut 3-inch-thick slices of seedless water me lo n. Cut round cupcake-sized pieces fr om s li ce s. Put watermelon cupcake in each liner. Place dollop of frosting on each cupcake. Decorate as desired with sprinkles.Watermelon Petit FoursYield: 12 servings12 (3-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon 3/4 cup fr osting 12 candied almonds Sugar in the Raw for sprinkling Arrange watermelon cubes on serving platter. Place frosting in zipper bag and tr im o ff bit of one bottom corner Deco ratively pipe frosting onto each water melon cube. Place almond at top of frost ing on each petit four Sprinkle with raw sugar and serve immediately.FAMIL Y FEA TURES Its easy to share in the fun of Valentines Day by serving those you love sweet treats that are a healthier alternative to ordinary, heart-shaped confections. Forget the expensive flowers, wines and chocolates. To really show you care, be a cupid and give your sweetie healthy, delicious treats that feature juicy water melon. Naturally dressed in the holiday s hue of vibrant red, using this fabulous fruit in recipes adds color to the spread of any V alentines Day party whether large or intimate.Mouthwatering watermelon treats For an elegant, upscale treat, serve W atermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds and is topped with your favorite decadent frosting. Get the kids in the kitchen with W atermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you really want to make their hearts skip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweeties favorite fruits for a fresh, flavorful display theyll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand. For more sweet ideas, visit www.watermelon.or g. Bonus benefitsYour sweetie will love that they can indulge in the sweetness of the holiday without the guilt or inflated waistline caused by traditional Valentines Day treats. A naturally low-calorie option, watermelon also boasts the following benefits:Vitamin A: Known to enhance eye health and boost immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells.Vitamin B6: Helps the immune system produce antibodies which fight diseases.Vitamin C: Boosts the immune systems defenses against infections and viruses. It also protects the body from harmful free radicals which accelerate aging. Hearts love watermelonBeyond adding color and variety to your familys diet, watermelon has other great benefits. Here are a couple of these heart-healthy reasons: Fresh watermelon is certified by the American Heart Associations Heart Checkmark program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol.Watermelon is the primary source of an amino acid called citrulline found in fruits and vege tables. Citrulline can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function. Lips and Love Basket1 to 2 long, oval-shaped seedless watermelons Cutting board Green dry erase marker Kitchen and paring knives Melon baller Assorted cookie cutters (X, O and heart shapes), if desired Wooden skewers Toothpicks Strawberries Fruits to make fruit salad filling Large bowl and spoon Wash watermelon under cool run ning water and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from stem end being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind to provide sturdy base. With marker, draw scalloped line around width of middle of water melon. Use paring knife to cut along marker line, then separate the two halves. Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon for your base. Cut top half of watermelon in half and use dry erase marker to draw large set of lips on one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once you have general shape, carefully carve away rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into more finished look. Cut remaining 1/4-inch-thick slices and cut hearts, Xs, O s or other shapes, discarding rind. Attach lips to top of base using wooden skewers and toothpicks. Slice strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, keeping straw berry tops on for decoration, if desired. Attach slice of strawberry with green top to center of each scallop using toothpick. Use rest of straw berry slices in fruit salad for fruit bowl. Place fruit bowl on serving platter, fill with fruit salad and garnish with slices of fruit cut into hearts, Xs and Os, if desired. Lips and Love Basket Watermelon Cu p cakes Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi Meet the new chef at Stone Creek Grille Resident George Reeves enjoying a seared pork madeira (seen below). Chef Alvarez Read the classifieds

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Idont know about other folks, but I really dont like this anomaly called unseasonable weather we have been having here in sunny Florida! Maybe by Feb. 12, the date of this publication, there will be such a change that some of you readers will be asking, What is she writing about? Regardless of the weather, the calendar tells us that this is the week of St. Valentines Day. My grand told me I was calling the occasion the wrong name. Grandma, its Valentines Daynot St. Valentines Day! Oh, please excuse me, I bow to your superior knowledge of the correct name, I responded sarcastically. Do any of you friends out there ever find yourself being corrected or admonished by a teen who has the final word in the knowledge of the day? This person is just a fountain of information that we who are past the age of 55 seem to have missed along the way or lost as we have become so old. This could be hurtful if we dont stop to recognize the influences at play in their lives making them disdainful of their elders. Let me hasten to say that I am embellishing this fictional conversation for effect; however I am fully aware that this possibly could be an exchange between a 15-year-old teen and a 70-year-old grandparent. Our society today, by and large, seems to forget that we old people do have a wealth of information that just might be valuable if they slowed down, took the ear buds out of their ears, and actually listened to what we could tell them .if we choose to do that. Suffice it to say that a priest named Valentine and another named Maruis performed marriage ceremonies in defiance of the Roman Emperor Claudius II who had ordered that no more weddings be performed. He wanted the Roman men to go off to war and not be emotionally tied to someone back home. When the defiance of the priest was discovered, Valentine was beaten and executed on Feb. 14 about 270 A.D. Some years after his death, Valentine was officially named a Saint. I did not intend to go into a long discourse about Saint Valentine, for whom the holiday is named: but I think it would be good to remember that there was a person who did exist and did good things for others. And he did not hawk chocolate candy, jewelry, perfume, or even Hallmark greeting cards either. All this would really surprise many still nave teens that have never heard of him or his legacy. Well, in Fairfield Village, we remember St. Valentine; and we are going to celebrate the holiday on this coming Saturday with a Valentine-themed pot luck dinner. There will be appropriate decorations and fun with a princess, prince, and couple celebrated. Come out to the clubhouse at 5:00 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15 and bring your Valentine food to share with others who are ready to eat and have fun with the entertainment that is planned by Lil Oliver and her volunteers.SAC meeting on Feb. 4The regular meeting of the Social Activities Committee was held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4. As shown by the accompanying photos, there was a large crowd and much laughter that livenedmessengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5 8 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HBO5 8810 SW SR 200 Suite 107, Kingsland Plaza Across from Pine Run 352-291-7626 Mon. 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Rick Scotts recommendation that there be a tax-free holiday for the purchase of hurricane supplies has both a political and practical feel about it. Seeing the past successes of the back-to-school tax-free holidays, the new proposal could build on a popular concept. The governor projects the hurricane supply tax holiday could account for about $20 million of the nearly $600 million in tax decreases hes aiming for in the upcoming legislative session. While thats a hefty sum, to put things in perspective, Gov. Scotts proposed budget is more than $74 billion. Itll be up to the Legislature whether the hurricane supply tax holiday flies or not. In seeking re-election, theres no doubt Gov. Scott is identifying legislation that could boost his popularity among voters. Thats just the game of politics. Regardless, the initiative could lead to more Floridians taking hurricane preparedness seriously. Not surprisingly, when people go shopping for certain tax-free items, they end up buying other taxable products, providing revenue to businesses and, via taxes, the state. As presented, the exemption would apply to specific items with caps on the dollar amounts. For example, the tax-free status would be capped at $20 for flashlights and $30 for batteries. While theres no doubt the proposal is good-old feel-good political posturing, you really cant knock hurricane preparedness. The calm hurricane seasons in recent years undoubtedly have created complacency among many. If this measure can help safeguard the public, trim taxes and stimulate business, it warrants consideration regardless of who voters favor in the next gubernatorial election.Citrus County Chronicle Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANREGIONALMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Give America a raise?BY SHELDON RICHMAN Special to the CitizenPresident Obama said something especially perplexing when he implored Congress during his State of the Union address to Give America a raise. Since when does Congress have the power to do that? We live in a nominally private-enterprise economy, so it should strike the ear as odd to hear Obama acknowledge that its not a private-enterprise economy at all, much less a free-enterprise economy. What we have is an economy dominated by an alliance of politicians and well-connected, mostly corporate, interests. Obama of course was calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that only 4.7 percent of hourly workers made the minimum wage or less in 2012, so those 3.6 million people hardly constitute America. Can Congress give those workers a raise? No, it cant. As economists say, Demand curves slope downward. This means simply that when the price of something rises, the quantity demanded (other things equal) falls. You know this: You are likely to buy fewer oranges or go to the movies less often when the price rises. This doesnt mean no one will continue to buy their usual quantity (and thus give up something else), but many people will curtail their purchases. Its called economizing. Labor is a service that employers purchase from workers. It follows that if its price rises because of a government decree, employers will buy less. The minimum wage is directed at lowskilled workers. If government sets or raises the minimum, employers have an incentive to use fewer low-skilled workers; employers will substitute machines where possible (have you seen how automated fast-food restaurants are these days?) or switch to higher-skilled workers. The minimum wage, therefore, harms the people most in need. Some lose jobs, and others looking for jobs wont find them. That is not the only consequence. Some workers might retain their jobs but find that some benefits have vanished: there may be less on-the-job training and fewer workplace amenities. Most people, including advocates of the minimum wage, understand that a rising price generally discourages purchases. People who want to discourage smoking believe that higher cigarette taxes will accomplish that objective. So why is the pricing of unskilled labor an exception? Is ideology interfering with reasoning here? Apparently even economists can have their good sense clouded by ideology. If someone believes that a $10.10 hourly wage wouldnt throw vulnerable people out of work or otherwise make their situations less desirable and that, indeed, it would even be good for business the advocate of the higher minimum ought to explain why the wage hasnt already risen to that level through normal market forces. Why is it stuck at $7.25? Shouldnt competition be 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. Has it really been 50 years? I guess so, at least thats what my television told me on Sunday night. CBS televised a tribute to the Beatles, exactly 50 years to the minute that the Ed Sullivan show aired on Feb. 9, 1964. It was the early days of television, and younger people dont realize the influence that Ed Sullivan had. If you were invited to appear on his show, you had it made. The only other TV personality who had that much influence on the entertainment industry was Dick Clark with his American Bandstand from Philadelphia. Of course, there were rules to be followed, most of them set down by Sullivan. When Elvis appeared eight years earlier, they only showed him from the waist up after all, what he did with his legs was scandalous. At some point the Rolling Stones appeared and were ordered to change the words to their song Lets spend the night together. They agreed, but then on the air (remember, it was live) they went back to their original lyrics. Boy, if looks could kill, Ed would have been guilty of murder. But Sunday night, taped earlier in the week in Los Angeles, was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance. On hand were Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the only two surviving members of the quartet of British young singers. If you had any doubt about the lasting music of the four guys from Liverpool, they were quickly dispelled as you watched various performers singing Beatles songs. The crowd shots, said to have been born during the Ed Sullivan show, showed those of our age and those a lot younger enjoying the music, singing along with the lyrics and in some cases dancing in the aisles. The final 40 minutes or so was dedicated to personal performances by Ringo and Paul. Ringo went first, opened with, of all things, a country song, Matchbox. He then sang Boys The celebration of the Beatles 50 years Among Friends Jim Clark while playing the drums at the same time, then led the crowd in Yellow Submarine. If you didnt know better, you would have taken Ringo for about 35 years old with the ability to move that belied his age (hes 73). Paul then took the stage and sang a few songs, getting more vocal time but not moving around as much as his friend, starting with Birthday and following with Get Back. He did the rousing I Saw Her Standing There and then added Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ringo then came out and the pair joined together, with Ringo the main vocal in A Little Help from My friends. Paul then closed out the night with, what else, the song Hey Jude, with the entire crowd including Yoko Ono singing along in the audience, and a bunch of entertainers, including Stevie Wonder, doing the backup. Every once in a while a TV entertainment show comes along that you want to see again and again. To me, this may be the best of all time on the list of shows Ive watched. Fortunately, I had the foresight to record this show on a DVR. Now of one of the technological geniuses in my family can help, Im going to try to save it to DVD. In the meantime, Ill be humming one of the Beatles songs all the time. And as I went to bed on Sunday night, for some reason, going through my head, was na, na, na, na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, Hey Jude.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. Please see RUCGNAB Page 11 Is love in the air? Hope it warms us up in Central Florida! Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett The new recording secretary. Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 12

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Well, the groundhogs made their predictions! According to General Beauregard Lee, the official weather prognosticator for the state of Georgia, we will have an early spring. He did not see his shadow when he emerged from his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch located just outside of Atlanta. However, for our friends in the frozen North, Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania did see his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Did you know that this year marks the 128th anniversary of Groundhog Day? According to folklore, groundhogs predict an early spring if they cannot see their shadow at daybreak on Feb. 2. If a shadow is seen, then the prediction is for six more weeks of winter. General Beau (as he is affectionately called) has been commended twice by the National Weather Service for the accuracy of his predictions. General Lee resides in a lavish white columned mansion at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, Georgia. His home includes a water fountain, a mailbox, and a satellite dish that allows him to watch PBS nature specials. Since we are much closer to the home of General Lee, I feel we should go by his predictions, dont you? The next holiday we have is Valentines Day. Each year on Feb. 14, gifts of flowers, candy, jewelry, and cards are given to loved ones. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didnt begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as scrap. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentines Day cards are sent each year, making Valentines Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. Attention Red Hatters: Tuesday, the 18th, we will have our annual Chocolates and Champagne party at the clubhouse. Come join us at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of fun. The February Ladies Luncheon is this Friday (14th) at the Braised Onion. Please call Maryanne Ellner today for your reservation. Since this is Valentines Day, lets see how many will be dressed in red! There are only a few tickets left for the QM horse race party, which is the 22nd. Call Carol Mowrey, Marie Schneider, or Pat Talley if you want a ticket. The Social Committee is working very hard in planning activities for the community. The entertainment for March will be The New Pretenders. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9 4 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Thank you to our Cutest Couple Sponsors 000HAXU PHOTO CONTEST www.westmarionmessenger.com/valentinesPrizes include Accommodations & Dinner for Two at Plantation on Crystal River Jewelry from Specialty Gems & Jim Green Jewelers $100 for Ikes/Neon Leons Enter Feb 1-15 Vote Feb 16-27 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 000H8TS 000H4PG There really is a difference in salons . Holly Has Relocated 854-6531 Walk-Ins Welcome 6160 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Jasmine Plaza SIX YEARS EXPERIENCE Come See Her at The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and S.R. 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATIONOffice (352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 489-6593 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 EditorJim Clark 390-6444 Circulation Barbara Jaggers 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Michel Northsea 854-3986 Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean 352-564-2957 Manager John Murphy 352-563-6363 Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Some unsettling facts about a past situation could come to light. And while youd love to deal with it immediately, its best to get more information to support your case. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A straightforward approach to a baffling situation is best. Dont allow yourself to be drawn into an already messy mass of tangles and lies. Deal with it and move on. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Dont be discouraged or deterred by a colleagues negative opinion about your ideas. It could actually prove to be helpful when you get around to finalizing your plan. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Ignore that sudden attack of modesty, and step up to claim the credit youve so rightly earned. Remember: A lot of people are proud of you and want to share in your achievement. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) A financial deal that seems to be just right for you Leos and Leonas could be grounded more in gossamer than substance. Get an experts advice to help you check it out. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Dont ignore that suddenly cool or even rude attitude from someone close to you. Asking for an explanation could reveal a misunderstanding you were unaware of. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Unless you have sound knowledge, and not just an opinion, its best not to step into a family dispute involving a legal matter, regardless of whom you support. Leave that to the lawyers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) An awkward situation presents the usually socially savvy Scorpian with a problem. But a courteous and considerate approach soon helps clear the air and ease communication. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A calmer, lesstense atmosphere prevails through much of the week, allowing you to restore your energy levels before tackling a new challenge coming up by weeks end. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your approach to helping with a friend or family members problem could boomerang unless you take time to explain your method and how and why it (usually!) works. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Someone who gave you a lot of grief might ask for a chance for the two of you to make a fresh start. You need to weigh the sincerity of the request carefully before giving your answer. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Too much fantasizing about an upcoming decision could affect your judgment. Better to make your choices based on what you know now rather than on what you might learn later. Its all about groundhogs and valentines this month Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside at 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala. Stephen Saxon, internationally recognized baritone/bass will sing your favorite classics, arias, show tunes and spirituals. Saxon has soloed on four continents; in naBaritone/bass singer to perform tional telecasts; for heads of state; under the maestri of Roberto Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Leonard Slatkin and with the Symphony or Orchestras in St. Louis, Minnesota, New York City, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tokyo, Japan, Caracas, Venezuela and Santiago, Chile. He has sung with the New York City, Washington and Orlando opera companies as well as dozens of performances at the Kennedy Center. He soloed in the premiere of Jacob Druckmans oratoria Vox Humana commissioned by the National Symphony. He has also sung Beethovens Ninth Symphony 36 times. Saxon is a founder and frequent soloist with the Gainesville Civic Chorus. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics with the University of Florida. Carolyn Bailey Troupin is the piano accompanist. She has a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Florida. She is the president of the Gainesville Music Teachers Association. The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-2374633. Read the classifieds

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Thursday, Feb. 13 Barbershoppers offer musical valentinesTell your loved ones you care with a song this Valentines Day. The Big Sun Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will offer singing Valentines this year to benefit Youth in Harmony, a musical education program for young men. Call to arrange for the Barbershop Quartet to sing to your loved one male or female and present gifts of love. Call Daniele Cupid, 352-804-7464 for pricing and scheduling on Feb. 13 and 14.AARP Driver program offeredEach month motorists are offered the opportunity to take the AARP Driver Safety course at the Marion County Sheriffs Substation office. The program is a six-hour long two sessions of threehours each refresher course designed especially for ages 50 and older. Younger people are invited to take the course too. The course is offered the second Thursday and Friday for every month. The course offer practical tips in compensating for the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Safe driving practices and continued personal mobility is emphasized during the session. Most participants benefit from a discount on their insurance after completing the course. Call Joe Briggs, area instructor at 325-237-2971 and representative for further information. The substation is located 9048 SW State Road 200, Ocala.Saturday, Feb. 15 Memoir workshop by Patricia CharpentierYou dont have to be a writer to write your life story. On Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Freedom Writers Group of the Florida Writers Association presents a memoir workshop by guest speaker Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. Write Your Life Story introduces some of the many approaches to writing personal and family history and gives tips on how to get started. Patricia uses everyday language, humor, and real-life examples in discussing how to organize your material, gather story ideas, and other topics related to writing the story of the one and only you. Seating will be on first-come basis.Sunday, Feb. 16 Jazz Society to playThe Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. They play a variety of music including Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past. $3 admission for Hospice. For info: 3520234.Monday, Feb. 17 Legion Post to meetThe Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriffs Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Cancer education, support groupA new education and support group for cancer patients, family and friends will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the West Marion Medical Plaza Conference Room, located at 4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala. The support group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month, facilitated by a team of cancer care professionals including oncology social workers, oncology patient care navigator and genetic counselor. Discussion topics will cover pain and fatigue; sexuality and intimacy; coping skills; fear of recurrence; diet, nutrition and exercise; resource help and managing disabilities; life after treatment; and hereditary risk factors; among others. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 800530-1188. Thursday, Feb. 20 Air Force group to meetThe Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its February meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 SW 60th Ave., Ocala. Our guest speaker will be Matt Feehan from Morgan Stanley Smith Barnery. We will also finalize chapter plans for the upcoming AFA State Winter Meeting and AFA AFJROTC State Drill Meet. Everyone is welcome.Tribute Quartet at College Road churchThe Tribute Quartet will be in concert on Thursday, Feb. 20 at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Voted 2008 Horizon Group of the Year and SGNs 2008 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, this group presents Southern Gospel music at its finest. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and a $10 donation is requested at the door. College Road Baptist Church is located mile south of I-75 at 5010 SW College Road. Call 352-237-5741 for more information.Spelling bee scheduledSpellers take your mark because the Marion County Spelling Bee takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Browne Greaton Cole Auditorium at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 6 p.m. MTI is at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Admission is free and open to the public. This years competition draws 27 middle school students from all 10 public and one private local middle school. The local winner and runner-up advance to the 55th annual regional spelling bee in Orlando on March 26, sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel. Both the district and regional bees are preliminary rounds to reach this years Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Womans Club of Ocala returns as the major sponsor of this years district event. For more information, contact Sandy Wilson at 352236-0580 or Sandra.Wilson@marion.k12.fl.us. Additional information is available at www.spellingbee.com.Saturday, Feb. 22 Cattle drive, cowboy roundupThe Rotary Club and City of Ocala are teaming up again to present the second annual Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round up. This family-friendly event takes place on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event begins with a cattle drive which starts on Southeast 1st Avenue. Several viewing locations are set up along the route, which can be found at www.ocalafl.org/cowboy. The Cattle Drive will end at the Tuscawilla Park, 701 N.E. Sanchez Ave., where the fun will continue. Activities include games, musical entertainment, dancing, cracker food, and a beer watering hole. Proceeds from the event will go to raise funds for the Ocala Discovery Center. For more information, contact the Discovery Center at 352-401-3900. Sunday Feb. 23 Marion Chamber Music Society ConcertThe English brought us select tea, fine china, and ...s ome of the most opulent melodies in all of European music literature. English music is sonorous, harmonically elegant and refined. For our next free Marion Chamber Music concert we will feature Violist Helen Kirklin and pianist Roberta Swedien, who will feature a bouquet of English music for viola and piano Sunday Feb. 23 at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala. The concert includes works by Rebecca Clarke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and the world premiere of Sonata for Viola and Piano by Arthur Maud. Helen and Roberta have previously performed for us to standing ovations. 352-867-1340. If somebody gave out an award for grouchiness and downright cantankerousness, I am sure I would take top honors. Of course, according to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, there is no honor in being grouchy or cantankerous nor is there room for it in our humble abode. For the past week I have been grouchy and cantankerous and any other adjective you might want to throw into that pot of naughtiness. By the time the week ended that pot was boiling hot and about to explode. It is always beneficial to look back over an incident and figure out where you made your mistake. I often dont do it, but in this case, the mistake I made was so obvious it could not be overlooked. Most faults can be remedied if you know what to do about it. Then, there are those mistakes that no matter what you do, it still ends up being a mistake. My mistake was I exhibited my downright grouchiness and cantankerous spirit in front of my wife. I know the marriage manual says there should be no secrets between husband and wife. Down through the years I have tried to maintain that part of the marital relationship, and I have done a good job thus far. What the manual does not say is, there are special times when a husband should not speak his mind in front of his wife. My wife constantly reminds me that God gave men, two ears and one mouth for a particular purpose, open our ears and shut our mouth. I do not think I got that far in the instructions, but I will take my wifes word on that one, you can be sure. In my defense, however, this past week I was colder than I have ever been in all my life, at least that I can remember. Now, it is one thing to be cold, but quite a different thing to tell somebody, especially your wife, that you are cold. I made that mistake once and told my wife I was cold. She felt my forehead, got out my bathrobe, fussed over me all evening and made me hot tea with honey to drink. I wanted to tell her that I was cold; I did not have a cold. It was so cold the little gray cells were shivering so much they were not functioning 100%. According to some peoples opinion, it is a rare occasion when they do function 100%. As I remember it, I was looking out our back patio window, watching it drizzle and shivering in the cold. If I need any defense on my side, I did not realize that in the same room was the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Enveloped in this aroma of sheer ignorance, I said out loud something to the effect, I hate this cold weather! Following that pointed observation, as I now reflect, I also growled most viciously. It was then I heard a noise explode behind me. Well, at least it is not snowing! You should be grateful for that. I swung around as quickly as possible, and there standing in all her glory with both hands firmly planted on her hips was my wife staring in my direction. The tone of her voice and her demeanor revealed I was in for one of her infamous lectures. All week long, we had been noticing some of our family up north experiencing some very severe snow conditions. Some even missed school for several days because of the snow drifting. One family member way up north was without electricity for nearly a week. In some of these areas, the temperature has been in the minus degree for at least a week. Dont you know how lucky you are to live in a place where it doesnt snow and the temperature doesnt get below zero? Instead of complaining, you should be grateful for what you really have. Think of members of our family up north suffering in that freezing weather! Would you like to change places with them right now? I have often said this and I am sure I will continue saying it until the day I die, when my wife is right she is right. No argument from me here. Then she made a statement I am still mulling over. Be thankful for what you dont have. I must say she had a great point there. Sometimes it is quite hard to be thankful for what you do not have when you are so caught up in the problems right in front of you. Thinking about that, my grouchiness and cantankerousness began evaporating. I suppose they have their place, and I am ashamed to admit they are in my place more often than I should allow them. In many ways, it is easy to be thankful for what you have in your hand at the time. The apostle Paul pointed this out in one of his letters. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful (Colossians 3:15). For most of us, being thankful does not come natural. It is something we have to work at on a daily basis. It has to go a step further. Be thankful for what you do not have and you will be all that more thankful for what you do have. 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. 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A t leas t it s no t sno wing Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder World Has Talent auditions scheduledThe Circle Square Cultural Center will hold auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 5th annual The World Has Talent 55+ talent show. Auditions are open to individuals, duets, and groups and registration is on a first come, first served basis with no entry fee. Talented line dancers, magicians, comedians, story tellers, dancers, acrobats, singers and other amateur performers are encouraged to audition. Each performance will be allotted a 5-minute window to catch the interest of the judges and to secure a spot in the talent show. The top 10 finalists will participate in The World Has Talent show on Saturday, May 5, at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Contestants will compete for the grand prize of $500, second $250 and third of $150. Auditions will be held on Feb. 12 at the Circle Square Cultural Center located at 8395 SW 80th St.For information visit www.CSCulturalCenter.co m or call 352-854-3670.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11 2 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Citrus, Marion, & Sumter Counties 352-610-3018 000HCAJ 8602 SW Hwy. 200 Ste. D ONE BOOTH AVAILABLE 352-861-2001 O PEN M ONDAY S ATURDAY Let Our Experience Create a Style for You! 000HBP2 LOOK! Were Excited that Lori A. Romero (Formerly of Great Clips) HAS JOINED OUR TEAM 26+ Years as a Stylist Specializing in Cuts, Perms and color Shades of Beauty Shades of Beauty 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clock 352-873-4372 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 45 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 000HBI6 Clip and Save 000H9UF Offer expires February 28, 2014. Not valid with other offers. Must present coupon at the time of registration. Tee times may be made up to 6 days in advance of the date of play. For information & Tee Times 352.629.7980 www.OcalaNational.com #400 Located on Hwy 27 across from Golden Ocala 4782 NW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482 G OLF & L UNCH S PECIAL 18 Holes, Cart Fee, Lunch (18 Holes includes green fee Burger and beer OR deli lunch, chips and soft drink) $39.99 +tax per person Before 12:00 Noon $34.99 +tax per person After 12:00 Noon As many as 450 schoolbased athletes will compete inside Forest High Schools football stadium at 5000 SE Maricamp Road near Ocala. This annual tradition offers students with special needs the opportunity to excel based on their own abilities. The Summer Games take place on three separate days. Each day begins with Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. and features: Wednesday, Feb. 19 150 high school and Hillcrest athletes (rain date is Feb. 24); Thursday, Feb. 20 150 elementary school athletes (rain date is Feb. 28); and Wednesday, Feb. 26 150 middle school and Hillcrest athletes (rain date is March 3). For more information on the games or to volunteer, contact Lynn Brantley, Special Olympics Coordinator, at 352-6711434 or email her at Lynn.Brantley@marion.k 12.fl.us. SPECIALcontinued from Page 1 expected to raise the wage if a higher wage is economically justified? This question is even more interesting when you consider that the higherminimum lobby points to Costcos success in paying its starting workers $11.50 an hour. Why isnt self-interest driving other employers to offer the higher wage? Their alleged stubbornness contradicts the self-interest model of business owners. If Costco palpably helps its bottom line by paying its workers more, every similar employer should be copying that policy. The standard economic argument against legislating a minimum wage is that no worker who is unable to produce an equivalent amount of value will find a job at that wage. So any wage mandated above the market-set level would harm the very people that the mandate is supposed to help. We can see the logic of this argument while recognizing that markets, being composed of people (who in fact dont only care about money), never respond infallibly and instantaneously. Moreover, it may be difficult to ascertain what a given workers contribution is, so its possible that he or she might be paid less than is economically justified. But none of that supports a government mandate. The only way to maximize the markets tendency to accurately reward people for their productivity is to remove all government barriers to competition and self-employment. This includes occupational licensing, landuse restrictions, permitting, intellectual property, and more. Alternatives, not political machinations, are what maximize workers clout and ensure their just reward. Sheldon Richman is vice president and editor at The Future of Freedom Foundation in Fairfax, Va. (www.fff.org). RICHMANcontinued from Page 8 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. 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We Will Pay up to $25K Any Make, Any Model 813-335-3794 813-458-0584 Call AJ PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 GUN SHOWOcala National Guard Armory900 SW 20TH StreetFeb. 15, Sat. 9-5 Feb. 16, Sun. 9-4Concealed W eap ons Classes Daily Bring your GUNS to sell or tradeGunT rader GunShows.com 352-359-0134 DRIVERS:Great Pay & Benefits! Sign-on Bonus! Teams/solos. Quality Hometime, Assigned Trucks. CDL-A, 3yrs T/T exp. Jeanine: 855-202-5076 MASSAGE THERAPYClasses Start, April 28, 2014 Spring Hill DAY & NIGHT SCHOOL BENES International School of Beauty www .benes.edu (727) 848-8415 (352) 263-2744 1 (866) 724-2363 TOLL FREE STA TE APPROVED FOR VA TRAINING Diabetic Test S trips a diabetic needs unopened, unexpired boxes, we pick-up, call Mike 386-266-7748 $$WE PA YCASH$$ The Williston Pioneer has an opening on our advertising team.E-mail your resume to Carolyn Ten Broeck at editor@willistonpioneer.com. We are an equal opportunity employer.Drug testing required. Clean out your closets, go through your garage, attack your attic and then use the classifieds to get rid of stuff you no longer use. And the FREE listing means you have more money left over after the sale!You can list any single item priced under $100 for sale for FREE! PUTTHEPOWER ANDCONVENIENCE OFTHECLASSIFIEDS TOWORKFORYOU! Just call and see how easy it is to make money with the classifieds. ANYITEMPRICEDUNDER $100MAXIMUM 10 WORDS RUNSFOR 2 WEEKSFREE TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403 Call Susie, Tom, or Pauline to place your ad in 854-3986 Call 1-877-676-1403 Football fans celebrate Sunday at Ocala Palms A group of football fans from Ocala Palms gathered in the Royal Palm Room to watch the Super Bowl game and root for their favorite team. They also enjoyed three tables filled with mostly home-cooked meals at the half time break. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Marta Hernandez, Bob Wiggins, Victor DelGado, Marilyn Wiggins, Wally Beltowski, and Sal Barrisi; in the back row are Duke Coleman, Mike Goodwin, Telly Lazisky, Al Nolan, Cliff Brinkley and Vince Calcaterra. PHOTOS BY CATHY DONOHUEAlso enjoying the game were Lenny Giarraputo, Gene Krolikiewicz, Ramon Hernandez, Cathy Donohue and Lyn Coleman. Additional photo, Pg. 11 Read the classifieds At Ocala Palms, Cliff and Trish Brinkley honor their team, even though the Redskins didnt make the big game.

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INDEX Ocala Palms........2 Quail Meadow......4 Fairfield Village..5 Stone Creek........7 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 47 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, February 12, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HCN3 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) (352) 629-0900 Other locations throughout the southeast 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! WHAT BATTERY A RE Y OU L OOKING F OR ??? CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS LAPTOP COMPUTER BATTERIES CAMCORDER BATTERIES WHEELCHAIR BATTERIES SECURITY SYSTEM BATTERIES AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES FARM TRACTOR BATTERIES JET SKI BATTERIES GAME FEED BATTERIES MARINE BATTERIES CELL PHONE BATTERIES POWER WHEELS BATTERIES WATCH BATTERIES KEY REMOTE BATTERIES TRUCK BATTERIES CORDLESS PHONE BATTERIES EMERGENCY LIGHT BATTERIES ATV BATTERIES MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES LAWNMOWER BATTERIES Automotive Batteries 50 Bronze $ 79 95 exchange (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP 000HCH6 BY JIM CLARK EditorWith little fanfare, the Marion County Commission last week approved putting a property tax issue to fund local schools on the November ballot. The one-mill levy would be used to help fund art, music, library and PE programs along with paraprofessionals (teacher assistants) and vocational assistants, according to a fact sheet put out by the School Board. George Tomyn, school superintendent, told commissioners that it was expected to raise $14 million per year. According to the fact sheet, it could also help hire more teachers to help meet class size requirements. The resolution that was passed was sent in by Beverly Morris, School Board attorney. It was adopted by that board on Jan. 14. In addition, the resolution authorizes creation of an independent citizens financial oversight committee. School Board Chairman Bobby James also appeared at the meeting with Tomyn. Afterward, Tomyn said school officials were ready to start a push to get the measure passed. Earlier, a group called Marions United for Education had given a presentation to the public on the proposed tax. The group will spearhead the effort to get the issue passed. A school referendum was rejected by the voters in 2012, along with an issue to keep Munroe Regional Medical Center locally operated. Munroe has since been leased to a private company, a move which has not yet been finalized. Its official! You get to vote on school property tax PHOTO BY JIM CLARKNo more Ramada, YankeesFor many years, the big logo of the New York Yankees greeted people at the intersection of U.S. :Highway 27 and Interstate 75, welcoming them to the George Steinbrenner-linked Ramada Inn. Today, the Yankees are gone as the motel and conference center recently reopened as a Motel 6. Accident at OTOWTwo people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at the entrance to On Top of the World Sunday. The roof had to be cut off of the overturned van to get the victims out. Both were taken to the hospital. The collision sheared off a tree about four-feet up. The Highway Patrol did not release any other information.PHOTOS BY MIKE ROPPEL Hundreds of local student athletes gather later this month at Forest High School for Marion Countys 42nd annual Special Olympics Summer Games. But upwards of 500 high school and community volunteers are needed to provide the manpower to make these games possible. Volunteers serve as timers, recorders, award presenters, measurers, ball retrievers, catchers, parade line-up partners, and more. Because they have direct student contact, all volunteers must be pre-registered with the school district. Volunteers should report by 9:45 a.m. each day theyre on duty. Athletes are paired with student volunteers from local high schools to cheer them on and offer words of encouragement. Opening day is set for 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, with Summer Games continuing Thursday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers sought for Special Olympics Please see SPECIAL, Page 2 High-speed chase along West State Rpad 40 ends in arrest A high-speed chase along State Road 40 ended in an arrest in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. According to the Sheriffs Office, a deputy spotted Billy Watkins, 20, of Northwest 1st Avenue, driving erraticly on SR 40 West, and attempted to stop the vehicle in the 8100 block. The driver refused to stop and the chase reached speeds of up to 95 mph. The car turned on a dirt road at about the 10400 block, wrecked after striking a fence. The driver got out and ran, and other deputies were called into help as the originating deputy detained the passengers in the vehicle. Soon after, a man called and said someone was hiding in his yard. Deputies went and arrested Watkins. Watkins reportedly told deputies he ran because he had several warrants and did not have a drivers license, a fact confirmed by a computer check. Watkins was held on $7,000 bond for the related charges, but on no bond for a pair of violation of probation warrants. the discussion of the business at hand. Since no one has volunteered to be recording secretary, the decision was made to use a SONY recorder, which, personally, I find ingenious. We humans do miss some elements of conversation when we try to take notes. With a recording, the human element is eliminated up to a point. Of course someone has to listen and then record, so there is still subjectivity involved. However, Dee Mc Neill garnered many friendly laughs when she introduced SONY the new recording secretary.Happy St. Valentines DayThe neighbors of Fairfield Village include many people who are still romantics at heart. Those of us who love this holiday I celebrate by mailing lots of goodies to my grandswill have a wonderful time with the lively, lovely elements that remind us of our communitys mantra, a lively place filled with lovely people. Enjoy St. Valentines Day and kiss or hug someone you lovewe can never have too much love in the air or too many hugs to make us happy. Be Loved! FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 5 Part of the crowd at the Fairfield SAC meeting.