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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......6 Ocala Palms......11 Stone Creek......12 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 Puzzles Page 9 ClassifiedsPage 1112Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Citrus, Marion, & Sumter Counties 352-610-3018 000HT6K NEW SHOWROOM 000HT2I Let us put you in the drivers seat. Let us put you in the drivers seat. 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Column, more photos on Page 2. Ocala Health has named Kelli Potenza and Richard Wolf winners of the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award. Potenza was recognized in the employee category; Wolf was named for the volunteer category. The Frist Humanitarian Award is awarded annually and is the highest honor an employee or volunteer can receive at HCA, the parent company of Ocala Health. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize individuals at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the companys Nashville, Tenn., headquarters. Kelli Potenza has worked for Ocala Health since 2001. Potenza currently serves as the Bariatric Clinical Coordinator at Ocala Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Christopher, are proud parents of four adopted special needs children. Potenza mentors children in the foster care system as well as atrisk teens at the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Her passion for adoption can be shown by her regular teaching of the Mode Approach to Partnerships and Parenting Class for the Youth and Family Alternatives Adoption Agency. Ocala Health gives Humanitarian awards Above, Kelli Potenza, right, with Randy McVay, CEO of Ocala Health. Below, Richard Wolf with Ginger Carroll of West Marion Community Hospital. Rainbow River captains soughtThe Florida Department of Environmental Protections Rainbow Springs State Park is in need of volunteer boat captains to patrol the Rainbow River. Are you looking for something challenging to do this summer? If so, Rainbow Springs State Park River Patrol is looking for you. Do you like to boat, like people and enjoy helping others? Then you may want to become a boat captain and help preserve the beauty of the headsprings. This volunteer position requires that you be able to handle a 16-foot pontoon boat with an electric motor. You must be willing to learn, take an online boating safety course and use simple radio communications. Please see HEALTH, Page 10 Please see RIVER, Page 10 In March, an official delegation from Ocala traveled to its twin town Newbridge, Ireland. The group consisting of 17 people had the honor to march in the St. Patricks Day parade and represent the Ocala community during many official activities. Organized events during the week brought many opportunities for the group to learn about its twin town, and further develop the many friendships and professional relationships which has been established between the people of Newbridge and Ocala. The twinning concept is a program that promotes cultural exchange and economic development. The twinning agreement between the two towns was signed in 2008. This year the delegation included four fire department personnel, six law enforcement officers and seven citizens who paid their own expenses for the trip. Ocala delegation visits twin town in Ireland Members of the Ocala delegation march in the St. Patricks Day parade in Newbridge, Ireland. We have all heard the slogan, Bet you cant eat just one! Most would reply that slogan is true when it comes to chips. Recently, residents from Buckhead neighborhood in Stone Creek were put to the test as they toured the Golden Flake Potato Chip factory on State Road 40. The Buckhead Committee, at the suggestion of Wes Cawley a committee member, planned the trip. The trips are very difficult to schedule as they only do tours every Wednesday and can accommodate only 40 people for a tour. Wes began the process in the summer of 2013 and the factory was booked for the entire year. He called in November of 2013 to set up a date for March 26, 2014. Wes had to turn down some 20 Buckhead residents as more people decided to take part in this tour than the plant could accommodate. Residents carpooled from the Stone Creek parking Bet you cant eat just one Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi lot to the factory for a 10 a.m. tour. The group was divided into two groups and all safety rules were given by the tour leader. Each person wore a head net to cover all head hair and men wore masks over facial hair. You walk through the factory with no glass barriers. First you are taken to the area where the potatoes are unloaded to a conveyor belt. Presently, the factory is using Florida potatoes. Each truck coming into the plant carries 48,000 pounds of potatoes and there is a delivery every day. They are small white potatoes. The potatoes are held in a climate control area until they are used. The potatoes then go to large room where they are washed and peeled. A person inspects potatoes coming off the convoyer belt for rotten and too large potatoes. The potatoes then go to cutting and baking area where they become chips and are inspected again. Some chips have spices added. From there, the chips move to a bagging area where a state of the arts machine checks for weight and then they are boxed. Chips that do not make the standard are put into barrels and delivered to dog food factory as filler for dog food. We also saw the process for making corn chips. Outside the factory are silos holding corn which is used in this process. The corn is cooked and soaked to make a corn dough. It is then sent to be cooked in oil and then cut to the size of chips. From there they are sent to packaging. We were able to taste the corn dough but it had no flavor as no spices had been added. The factory has been in operation here in Ocala since the 1980s. It tries to recycle as much as it can. Boxes are made in Florida and so it uses all products grown or made in the United States. It makes many of Publixs chips as well as their own brand. The factory employs approximately 45 people who work in two shifts. Those in production of the products and those who come in after the first shift to sanitize all equipment. It is an amazing process. So, the next time you cant eat just one chip you will know that the process is a long one. Each person on the tour was given three bags of chips Golden Flake dip style potato chip, Publix restaurant style tortilla chip and Golden Flake Mesquite barbecue flavored potato chip. What a great way to end a tour! Wes Cawley planned the trip.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11 2 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger If you are not completely satisfied, the aids may be returned for a full refund within 45 days of the completion of fitting, in satisfactory condition. Fitting fees may apply. See store for details. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG. Limited Time Discount. No other offers or discounts apply. Discount does not apply to prior sales. S P WELCOME BACK SNOWBIRDS! Dickey RichardsonLicensed Hearing Aid Specialist Inside SEARS Paddock Mall(352) 237-1665 Rickey RichardsonLicensed Hearing Aid Specialist9570 SW Hwy 200 (Corner of Hwy 484 & 200)(352) 291-1467 Inside ANOTHER LOCATION INSIDE CRYST AL RIVER MALL (NEXT TO K-MART)CHECK QUALIFICATION CALL352-291-1467 WALK-INS WELCOME! Call for a FREE demo today! Must present coupon. Any make or model. 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You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every ef fort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. 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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. Todays New Ads AUTO SW AP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAP MEETS SUN. APRIL 6th. 1-800-438-8559 BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 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 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! There are usually plenty of activities in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse area. Lots of things going onsocially and physically as well. However, one thing I have noticed especially since the spring weather is upon us is that the simple things and the simple times are really the best part of living in FFV. Yes, we had the Koffee Klatch last Saturday morning and we had a great time chatting and enjoying the goodies. The accompanying photos point that out. However, sitting by the pool and conversing with friends, or playing shuffleboard with competitive neighbors, working out in the exercise room with others who want to stay physically up to par, watching a good movie in our media room, or even just meeting friends as we walk around our pleasant community makes life in Fairfield Village really good. When I was younger I had my doubts about retired life you knowam I going to be bored with nothing interesting to do 24/7? That is no longer a concern because I love my life in Fairfield Village as I have heard many of my neighbors say also. Every moment does not have to be planned; theres a lot to be said for spontaneity. We had planned a big yard sale in our community for this past weekend, but the forecast for the heavy showers caused us to change that date to next Saturday, April 5. We hope that those who had planned to come on March 29 will now come on April 5 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are lots of bargains waiting for the shoppers. We have our April Potluck dinner scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Lil Oliver promises some very lively and interesting entertainment for the evening as well as the good food we always enjoy. Above, the Koffee Klatch. Below, granddaughter Emme with her friends Maddie and Mic. Simple times can be the best times Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 11 A special Easter dinner is being planned for Sunday, April 20 at 4 p.m. That should be a great time for those who choose not to fix a big holiday meal and just enjoy Easter without all the extra work. A great menu is being planned for a reasonable cost of $8.50. As I said earlier, the simple times are really good times. From a personal perspective, being able to spend a part of a Saturday morning with my granddaughter and her two friends as they returned to college after Spring Break week at Disney was a fabulous time for me. Just hearing the girls talk about their week of good fun made me realize once again how many activities are available to us who live here in Central Florida and can enjoy them whenever we choose. We in Fairfield Village are blessed and we know that living in a lively place filled with lovely people is just another positive thing to make us able to say, Yep! The simple life is the good life! FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 2 Ocala Palms line dancers at BrentwoodThe Ocala Palms line dancers entertained the residents at Brentwood Nursing Home on March 27. The dancers are, front row, Donna Rockrohr, Judy Heiner, Pat Kettell, Carol Sellers, Elsie Galvin, Dottie Kuhl; back row, Barb Duncan, Ronnie Smith, Vivian Goodman, Marty Hurst.

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Wednesday, April 2 Crossroads Carnival startsBring your family and enjoy a day at the carnival at Crossroads Church, beginning Wednesday, April 2, and concluding on Sunday, April 6. There will be games, rides, food and lots of fun. Open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., with earlier hours on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds support Crossroads Student Ministries.Thursday, April 3 Concert at Ocala WestDouglas Ladnier, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter, will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550. Douglas has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world and on Broadway. He continues to thrill audiences and critics alike with his unique, mesmerizing baritone voice. He has appeared in concert at Ocala West for a number of years, and we are pleased to have him return to present this concert. Southern Express at AppletonThe big band Southern Express will perform during the Rhythm & Art After Hours event at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. Southern Express has been performing in Central Florida for more than 15 years. Many of the bands seasoned members have musical backgrounds rooted in military service, with almost every branch of service represented. Many members were or are active music educators. Doors open at 5 p.m. for complimentary samplings from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and cash bar. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. In addition to the After Hours musical program, visitors can also enjoy the Appletons current exhibitions, A Celebration of Japan, The Living Art of Bonsai, The Gathering of Legends, Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein, and the museums extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asia, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.Friday, April 4 Ocala Palms Golden SoundsThe Ocala Palms Golden Sounds chorus is hard at work preparing for its spring show. The concert titled The Sensational Sixties will be an extravaganza of the great musical masterpieces of the 1960s and will be presented on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The performance will contain songs from Godspell, West Side Story, The Music Man and Grease, along with a multitude of other songs, which were popular during the sixties. Tickets are $8 per person and are available by calling 401-7505 or 4020609. Intermission will include wine and cheese snacks. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you in a fun filled, toe tapping, hand clapping evening of wonderful music and camaraderie. Come prepared for audience participation as we look back at The Sensational Sixties. Saturday, April 5 Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Womens Spring BreakCelebrate with the Womens Spring Break. Join the Womens Ministry enjoying a continental breakfast, friendship; lunch at the baked potato bar, fellowship; special events with speakers Alan Tison, Director of Advancemant at Johnson University Florida and Twila Sias, Childrens Ministry and teaches in areas of education and psychology; and special sessions including a Make & Take card making class. Event starts at 9 a.m. Free to all women. Child care is available (note need on registration). door prizes. To register, please call 352-8616182 or http://www.ccomc.org/. 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Coming in the middle of a compelling March Madness, the timing of this couldnt have been worse for the NCAA. It would be far preferable if we could sit back and enjoy the college playoffs without the lawyers and courts getting involved.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. ATHLETICScontinued from Page 8 template to follow in developing their websites, no guidance about what to include and how, or where to place links for logical access. Thats no excuse. We strongly urge our local government leaders to bring this issue to Floridas professional organization of practicing public administrators, the Florida City and County Management Association. A working group in that organization, whose members include entities on both sides of the transparency scorecard, should create a guide for developing convenient, transparent local government websites. The public is watching. To read about the First Amendment foundations survey of government websites and a description of the categories see this website: http://floridafaf.org/latestnews/sunshine-week/faf-reportcard-local-government-website-tra nsparency/ There also are links to detailed score sheets and summaries. EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 A minimum of two hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday starting in April through October is all it takes to be a volunteer boat captain. As a boat captain you will be required to become a member of the Friends of Rainbow Springs for insurance purposes. For more information about becoming a boat captain please contact volunteer Linda Smith at linds0736@gmail.com. To volunteer at Rainbow Springs State Park as a boat captain or to inquire about other available volunteer positions, please contact Monay Markey, Volunteer Coordinator at monay.markey@dep.state.fl.us or call 352-465-8520. For additional information about the park, call 352465-8555 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. RIVERcontinued from Page 1 Potenza also volunteers as a summer camp nurse, assists with childrens bible study at church, and helps with a Christian-based sports program, Upward Sports. Potenza and her family volunteer together and deliver hot meals and blankets to the homeless. In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Potenza recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree. Richard Dick Wolf has been a volunteer with Ocala Health since April 1988, starting at Ocala Regional and then West Marion Community Hospital. In addition to his work at the hospitals, Wolf is active with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and plays Santa Claus at local elementary schools and nursing homes in Ocala. He also participates in a reading buddy program through Marion County Public Schools. Ocala Health is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Kelli and Dick for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community, said Randy McVay, Ocala Health CEO. Their exemplary work and compassion set a high standard and were proud to have them in our organization. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns they demonstrate each day. HEALTHcontinued from Page 1 Happenings Bunny at the MallSimon Property Group, Inc. is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Paddock Mall, offering families the chance to participate in both traditional and unique seasonal events. The Bunny Photo Experience began March 29 and runs through Saturday, April 19 in Center Court, in front of Macys. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a snapshot of the fun occasion. The presenting sponsor for the 2014 Bunny Photo Experience is Gymboree. The Simon Kidgits Club will also host a special Easter event on Saturday, April 12, where kids can participate in various craft-making activities and games including facepainting and more. Participants will receive a Kidgits Easter bucket and Kidgits bunny ears as a keepsake to take home.

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Saturday, April 5 Early childhood festivalIts a celebration for the whole family from infants to 8 year olds. Laugh, learn, play, sing, dance and explore the activities and vendors on the lawn of the Learning Lab School, Building 18, College of Central Florida Campus, 3100 SW College Road, Ocala, on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents will enjoy learning about Marion County services for young children while the kids will enjoy games, crafts, treats, face painting, a free book, art, music and good ole family fun! The Week of the Young Child is a national celebration calling for communities to come together and honor young children and all those who make a difference in childrens lives. Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help them get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Marion County. Early years are learning years for all young children. Festival sponsors are: Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, College of Central Florida Early Childhood Program, Family Times Magazine, and the Marion County Public Library System. For more information about the Third Annual Early Childhood Festival call Elizabeth Deola at the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, 352-3692315.Sunday, April 6 Master Choir performsThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 1126 East Silver Springs Blvd. (which is State Road 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala, Florida. The program will include Leonard Bernsteins Chichester Psalms and other works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207.Tuesday, April 8 Ocala Macintosh User Group meetsThe Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. The feature presentation will be Photographing and Presenting Wildlife by Valarie Bugh. This will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & As, and the monthly raffle. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.Friday, April 11 Zero tolerance studied at forumCurrent efforts to ease the inflexibility of zero tolerance policies in our schools will be examined by representatives of Sheriff Chris Blair, Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, the Marion County school system and activists on the juvenile justice committee of Awake Marion when the Friday Forum of Marion County next meets April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr., Blvd. While intended to reduce drugs and violence in our schools, zero tolerance polices have resulted in sometimes absurdly unfair consequences for minor infractions, with minority children especially targeted according to Ray Seaman, online director of Progress Florida, who will moderate. Confirmed panelists include retired educator Nancy Noonan and former Marion County NAACP president Whitfield Jenkins, both members of Awake Marions juvenile justice committee. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon series, open to all, meets on the second Friday of each month to engage in civil community dialogue a bout important issues affecting Marion County. The $10 charge, payable directly to the restaurant, includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink. For more information and to RSVP please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 or Jan Lentz at 352-425-6219.Saturday, April 12 Benefit for Therapeutic groupJoin the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association as we dance away the winter Blahs at a Beach Party with music from the 50s through the British Invasion. Not only will there be dinner and dancing to the band 3 For the Road, a regular band at the Villages, we have added a comedy show by the Villages Theatre Company to entertain you. On Saturday, April 12, the Beach Party will be held at the South MarionVillages Elks Lodge 2730, 7655 East Highway 25, Belleview starting at 5 p.m. with a happy hour followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and entertainment to follow. Tickets for a 60s vintage buffet along with an evening of fun-filled entertainment are just $ 25 per person. Tickets are available on the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) website, www.mariontherapeuticriding association.org or by calling the MTRA office at 352-732-7300.Breakfast at Ocala WestA community-wide breakfast sponsored by the OWUMC Mens Club, including all you care to eat, many items, still a bargain at only $5, will be Saturday,April 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. For information call 352-854-9550. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9 4 Wednesday, April 2, 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. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.org Anglican Church 000H5UF 000HFWO 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . . . . . . 9:30 am Worship Service . . . . . . 10:30 am Weekly Activities Wednesday Bible Study . 7:00 pm S ENIOR P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS is discovered through worshiping together 711187 000HRZR Expan ded Montgomery 1 57 1 Liv sq ft 2/2/2 + FL rm. 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An unexpected visitor brings welcome news about a mutual friend. L EO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Getting used to change isnt always easy. But make the adjustments gradually, and soon youll hardly remember when things were any different from how they are now. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Continue to stay the course youve chosen, and avoid distractions that could throw you off track. Some knowledgeable folks are happy to provide guidance if you need it. LIB RA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Although you earned plaudits from most coworkers for your recent stand on a workplace situation, you also raised the envy quotient among others. Tread carefully. S CORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You feel more positive about that delayed project, and youre ready to pick it up on a moments notice. However, you might need to re-motivate those who have since lost interest. SAGI TTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Some welcome news should be coming your way. In the meantime, use that Sagittarius charm to persuade some colleagues that your ideas have merit. C APRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Dont wait for a misunderstanding to work itself out. Instead, ask for a chance to explain the circumstances before those bruised feelings lead to an irreversible break. AQU ARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A physical problem should be checked out in order to avoid it going from just being a nuisance to something more serious. Your social life takes an unexpected but not unwelcome turn. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Yours might be the wisest sign in the Zodiac. But you still could benefit from the wisdom of a close friend who has suggestions on how to handle a perplexing personal problem. 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 Advertising Sales Paige Lefkowitz 352-564-2902 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. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5 8 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger www.chronicleonline.com/homeoutdoorliving April 5, 2014 | 10am-4pm Citrus County Auditorium | Inverness, FL ( Hwy. 41 S. next to Airport) Come out and meet vendors, great specials & discounts, cash and carry items available. DONT MISS IT! 000HQOU Home &Outdoor20141st Annual SHOWLIVING Absolute Air Air FX Inc. Blackshears II Aluminum Carports & More Conner Home Solutions Dans Fan City DMT Cabinets Dream Kitchens Hondcu Countertops Lowes Inverness Meeks Water Treatment Naturecoast RV RJ Roofing Senica Air Suncoast Plumbing Sunshine Nursery Taylor Rental Crystal River West Coast Flooring Will Construction Make Your House a Dream Home Over 40 Door Prizes Each Valued $50 or more PEST CONTROL Receive a Special Bag of Goodies. Refreshments Door Prizes Florida Friendly Landscaping Garden Club Orchid Lovers Club Community Emergency Response Team First 100 Attendees Home &Outdoor20141st Annual SHOWLIVING The Latest & Greatest in Home Improvement, Decor, Furnishings & More Kids Activities provided by DO YOU HAVE AN UGLY BACKYARD? DO YOU HAVE AN UGLY BACKYARD? BACKYARD MAKEOVER? VOTE UNTIL APRIL 5 | NOON Special Thanks to our Backyard Makeover Sponsors $ 10,000 www.chronicleonline.com/backyardmakeover West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion How we stand in the sunshine Each year in mid-March we celebrate Sunshine Week. This sunshine is about information transparency and open government, not about whether to take a raincoat when you leave the house. Marion County fared better than some in this years survey of government websites by the Tallahasseebased First Amendment Foundation (FAF). However, it wasnt perfect. Overall, counties averaged 50 points out of a possible 100 and cities averaged 52 points in the FAFs transparency survey. Marion County tied for 10th with 67 points (tied with Clay County), but the City of Ocala barely beat the average, finishing tied for 23rd with Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg. Note; while all Floridas counties were included, only 47 cities were surveyed; Ocala was the only Marion city counted. Some background: Sunshine Sunday in Florida was launched in 2002 by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; it expanded nationwide in 2005 to Sunshine Week through the efforts of the American Society of News Editors. Now the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press also cosponsors Sunshine Week. The FAF survey was conducted this year by university journalism students from Tampa, Gainesville and Miami, who were asked to find specific information through a reasonable website search. Categories of information included financial, accountability, public meetings, contact information, public records, ease of use and other features. Although it may sound like just a journalism thing, its really about the publics right to know what the government is doing, and how, and why. The resulting report showed that while most websites surveyed offered convenient links to everyday functions, few made it easy for citizens to request public records, and most didnt include links to records critical to understanding how a government operates from financial analyses to databases of vendors to financial disclosure forms. No one has suggested that any local governments are trying to hide anything by these omissions. The problem, local government folks will tell you, is that theres no standard Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Writer commendedIn the March 27 issue of the Citizen, Marie Segovis is to be commended for her article regarding those people not speaking English. Furthermore, the Citizen is to be commended for printing the letter. Its clear, people should be required to speak English. Its becoming more evident, those Spanish speaking people have no desire to learn the language of the country they hope to benefit from being here. Thats why theyre here, to get something, You might say takers, not givers. Its getting so you cant go anywhere without hearing Spanish. Parents speak to their children in Spanish not English. Go to Disney and the housekeeping staff doesnt even understand English. Weve been there, so we know. I recently heard on a PBS radio station, a Spanish speaking man from California state, in 20 years we will be running this country. Scary! Theres a simple solution, if you dont speak or read English and make it your primary language, be deported. Forget, this punch one number for English and another for Spanish, or even ads that are in Spanish and English. Boycott those companies that go this route. A thought. If you dont speak, or more importantly read the English language, how can a person study the Constitution to become a citizen or take the Oath of Citizenship. People from other countries and nationalities learn English when they move here, so why should it be any different for Spanish speaking people. Whats the old saying, put up or shut up. Be a total American or none at all. Schools that teach Spanish with English should not be funded. Bill Ford OcalaWhen time beganAn article appeared in the news about the age old argument regarding the beginning of time. Atheist groups, including some scientists, do this to discredit the Bible, which discredits God himself as our creator. I am not a pastor/priest but have discussed this question with church leaders over a number of years. It began with the discussion over Cain going to the land of Nod, east of Eden, to find a wife. Where did she come from? One thing no one knows is how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden before they sinned. God throughout eternity doesnt measure time. This only began when sin entered the world and therefore it applied to us as his creation. Our years on earth were numbered from that point forward. Adam and Eve were created to live forever with God in the Garden. They were created as man and wife and could have been having children for years. This is evidenced by Gods word in Genesis 3:16: Unto the woman he said,I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; If she had not been having children prior to this, there would have been no need to say that to her. This reasoning supports the Bible and science not being in conflict as to the age of the Earth/universe, it could be any number of years. Do I or anyone else understand it all, of course not, but as the Gospel song states: We will all understand it by and by. God Bless! Wayne Rackley Ocala Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. The ruling last week that Northwestern Universitys football players were employees of the school and have the right to form a union sent shock waves through the college sports community. The decision still has to survive several appeals, and only applies to private schools. But it does open the door to public college athletes to examine each states labor laws to decide if they, too, have the right to organize. There are two sides to every story. In this one, on one side, are the athletes, who claim they are being exploited, who claim that they are not student athletes, but athletes first, because practice and game schedules trump class schedules, that there is no lifetime coverage for injuries suffered playing sports in college, and that their names and likenesses make millions for their schools, and they cant even get money from a friend to buy a pizza. On the other side are the colleges, who say that the athletes on scholarship are getting thousands of dollars worth of education, room and board, etc., free. This decision, if upheld, could raise more questions than answers. For example, if youre going to pay athletes, upon what do you base that pay. Does the starting quarterback on the football team get paid just as much as the bench warmer on the lacrosse team? An even better equality questions, does the point guard on the mens basketball team get paid the same as the point guard on the womens basketball team? Or is pay based on the revenue that the particular sport produces, in which case minor sports personnel wouldnt get a whole lot. One of the arguments set forth by the ruling authority was the amount of time Pl ay ing and pa yi ng in co ll ege a th let ics Among Friends Jim Clark the student athletes had to spend at each sport, and the amount of travel associated with games. If the ruling stands and hours have to be cut, how would schedules be affected? Would there be a limit, say, on intersectional games before the meat of the football season, since sometimes they involve coast-tocoast travel? And how would the University of Hawaii get anyone to play them? A bigger question is, could this trickle down to lower levels, say, high school. What if high school players wanted to be paid? Even better, what if AAU players wanted to be paid, say in basketball? The NCAA couldnt declare them ineligible because they were receiving money, because the NCAA itself was providing money to its players. Going even further, weve seen the stories on ESPN about youth football corruption. Could these players now be paid? How about youth baseball travel teams? How about teams that get to Williamsport in Little League? These situations all seem way out there, but then again, so did a players union just a few years ago. For the sake of all amateur athletics, the NCAA would do well to admit it has a problem and take steps to solve it. One of the main compensation settlements Please see EDITORIAL, Page 10 Please see ATHLETICS, Page 10

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cent Bald Eagle was a treat to see high on a limb of one of the tallest trees. There were numerous blue herons, coots, egrets, and many others. At one spot along the way, one of the mile markers has an ospreys nest built on it. Captain Josh said the wildlife patrols have removed it several times, but by the next day it has been re-built. The problem with it is the light on the marker is solar powered and the nest covers the solar panel! The enforcement officers have given up and will wait until the birds leave the nest. Following the fantastic trip we enjoyed lunch at the Blackwater Inn. The food was delicious; the service outstanding. You can get more information about the tour at www.StJohnsRiverTours,com. Everyone who went on the trip said, Lets do this again. April has arrived and that means Quail Meadow Yard Sale! The sale is this Saturday, April 5. What you have and dont want/need may be just what another person is looking for. The April calendar is already looking full, so get out yours and mark these dates: Today April 2 The Red Hot Fillies are lunching at MoJos Grill, meet at the clubhouse at 11:30 a.m. Friday April 4 First Friday gathering at the clubhouse at 7 p.m. Saturday April 5 Community Yard Sale. Friday April 11 Ladies Luncheon at Mimis. Tuesday April 15 Pot Luck Dinner and Bake Sale; tickets for the Sally/Elvis show in May will be available see the QM Reporter for more details. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7 6 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HT3M 000HBDD westmarionmessenger.com 000HT6O RESERVATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY. RESERVATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY.FREE LUNCH & SEMINARon the benefits of pre-planning your cremation OASISRESTAURANTWEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 3:30 PM7651 SW 200, Ocala, FL 34481MONDAY, APRIL 7 11:00 AM3393 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL 34474TUESDAY, APRIL 15 10:00 AM8075 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34481TUESDAY, APRIL 8 9:00 AM5545 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34478THURSDAY, APRIL 17 9:30 AM BREAKFAST7478 SE Maricamp Rd. Ocala, FL 34472 000HKEP 5,000 SQ FT. S TORE OF SO METHING FOR EVERY ONE Ga rage Sale May 3, 9-3 PM V endor Spots $5. (352) 817-4006 Come Br owse T HRIFT S TORE 7355 SW 38th St., Oc ala 351-1334 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 000HOS2 000HTRY 000HK2F 000HG89 Are you looking for something different to do, or some place different to take your visitors? Well, the Red Hot Fillies of the Meadow can give you a great suggestion: the scenic boat tour from the Blackwater Inn in Astor. Seventeen Red Hatters left the clubhouse on a rather cool morning last week and headed east on Highway 40. The Blackwater Inn is right at the St. Johns River. We boarded the Neptune Star pontoon for a twohour trip up the river. Captain Josh was very knowledgeable about the Rollin on the river Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb area and all the wildlife along the river. Did you know that the town of Astor was named for John Astor? Also, anyone who owns property in the town is given a free burial plot in the local cemetery. Even with the cool weather, the trip was most enjoyable. Captain Josh provided blankets for anyone who was too cool. Before the trip ended, the sun warmed up everyone and the blankets were removed. Along the way we saw a manatee, which Captain Josh said wasnt due in the area until April. All the birds were beautiful. The magnifiPlease see QUAIL, Page 7 Above, Captain Josh. Below, eating at the Blackwater. QUAILcontinued from Page 6 One of the views from the boat tour.

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cent Bald Eagle was a treat to see high on a limb of one of the tallest trees. There were numerous blue herons, coots, egrets, and many others. At one spot along the way, one of the mile markers has an ospreys nest built on it. Captain Josh said the wildlife patrols have removed it several times, but by the next day it has been re-built. The problem with it is the light on the marker is solar powered and the nest covers the solar panel! The enforcement officers have given up and will wait until the birds leave the nest. Following the fantastic trip we enjoyed lunch at the Blackwater Inn. The food was delicious; the service outstanding. You can get more information about the tour at www.StJohnsRiverTours,com. Everyone who went on the trip said, Lets do this again. April has arrived and that means Quail Meadow Yard Sale! The sale is this Saturday, April 5. What you have and dont want/need may be just what another person is looking for. The April calendar is already looking full, so get out yours and mark these dates: Today April 2 The Red Hot Fillies are lunching at MoJos Grill, meet at the clubhouse at 11:30 a.m. Friday April 4 First Friday gathering at the clubhouse at 7 p.m. Saturday April 5 Community Yard Sale. Friday April 11 Ladies Luncheon at Mimis. Tuesday April 15 Pot Luck Dinner and Bake Sale; tickets for the Sally/Elvis show in May will be available see the QM Reporter for more details. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7 6 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000HT3M 000HBDD westmarionmessenger.com 000HT6O RESERVATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY. RESERVATION REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES ONLY.FREE LUNCH & SEMINARon the benefits of pre-planning your cremation OASISRESTAURANTWEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 3:30 PM7651 SW 200, Ocala, FL 34481MONDAY, APRIL 7 11:00 AM3393 SW College Rd., Ocala, FL 34474TUESDAY, APRIL 15 10:00 AM8075 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34481TUESDAY, APRIL 8 9:00 AM5545 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34478THURSDAY, APRIL 17 9:30 AM BREAKFAST7478 SE Maricamp Rd. Ocala, FL 34472 000HKEP 5,000 SQ FT. S TORE OF SO METHING FOR EVERY ONE Ga rage Sale May 3, 9-3 PM V endor Spots $5. (352) 817-4006 Come Br owse T HRIFT S TORE 7355 SW 38th St., Oc ala 351-1334 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 000HOS2 000HTRY 000HK2F 000HG89 Are you looking for something different to do, or some place different to take your visitors? Well, the Red Hot Fillies of the Meadow can give you a great suggestion: the scenic boat tour from the Blackwater Inn in Astor. Seventeen Red Hatters left the clubhouse on a rather cool morning last week and headed east on Highway 40. The Blackwater Inn is right at the St. Johns River. We boarded the Neptune Star pontoon for a twohour trip up the river. Captain Josh was very knowledgeable about the Rollin on the river Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb area and all the wildlife along the river. Did you know that the town of Astor was named for John Astor? Also, anyone who owns property in the town is given a free burial plot in the local cemetery. Even with the cool weather, the trip was most enjoyable. Captain Josh provided blankets for anyone who was too cool. Before the trip ended, the sun warmed up everyone and the blankets were removed. Along the way we saw a manatee, which Captain Josh said wasnt due in the area until April. All the birds were beautiful. The magnifiPlease see QUAIL, Page 7 Above, Captain Josh. Below, eating at the Blackwater. QUAILcontinued from Page 6 One of the views from the boat tour.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5 8 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger www.chronicleonline.com/homeoutdoorliving April 5, 2014 | 10am-4pm Citrus County Auditorium | Inverness, FL ( Hwy. 41 S. next to Airport) Come out and meet vendors, great specials & discounts, cash and carry items available. DONT MISS IT! 000HQOU Home &Outdoor20141st Annual SHOWLIVING Absolute Air Air FX Inc. Blackshears II Aluminum Carports & More Conner Home Solutions Dans Fan City DMT Cabinets Dream Kitchens Hondcu Countertops Lowes Inverness Meeks Water Treatment Naturecoast RV RJ Roofing Senica Air Suncoast Plumbing Sunshine Nursery Taylor Rental Crystal River West Coast Flooring Will Construction Make Your House a Dream Home Over 40 Door Prizes Each Valued $50 or more PEST CONTROL Receive a Special Bag of Goodies. Refreshments Door Prizes Florida Friendly Landscaping Garden Club Orchid Lovers Club Community Emergency Response Team First 100 Attendees Home &Outdoor20141st Annual SHOWLIVING The Latest & Greatest in Home Improvement, Decor, Furnishings & More Kids Activities provided by DO YOU HAVE AN UGLY BACKYARD? DO YOU HAVE AN UGLY BACKYARD? BACKYARD MAKEOVER? VOTE UNTIL APRIL 5 | NOON Special Thanks to our Backyard Makeover Sponsors $ 10,000 www.chronicleonline.com/backyardmakeover West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion How we stand in the sunshine Each year in mid-March we celebrate Sunshine Week. This sunshine is about information transparency and open government, not about whether to take a raincoat when you leave the house. Marion County fared better than some in this years survey of government websites by the Tallahasseebased First Amendment Foundation (FAF). However, it wasnt perfect. Overall, counties averaged 50 points out of a possible 100 and cities averaged 52 points in the FAFs transparency survey. Marion County tied for 10th with 67 points (tied with Clay County), but the City of Ocala barely beat the average, finishing tied for 23rd with Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg. Note; while all Floridas counties were included, only 47 cities were surveyed; Ocala was the only Marion city counted. Some background: Sunshine Sunday in Florida was launched in 2002 by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; it expanded nationwide in 2005 to Sunshine Week through the efforts of the American Society of News Editors. Now the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press also cosponsors Sunshine Week. The FAF survey was conducted this year by university journalism students from Tampa, Gainesville and Miami, who were asked to find specific information through a reasonable website search. Categories of information included financial, accountability, public meetings, contact information, public records, ease of use and other features. Although it may sound like just a journalism thing, its really about the publics right to know what the government is doing, and how, and why. The resulting report showed that while most websites surveyed offered convenient links to everyday functions, few made it easy for citizens to request public records, and most didnt include links to records critical to understanding how a government operates from financial analyses to databases of vendors to financial disclosure forms. No one has suggested that any local governments are trying to hide anything by these omissions. The problem, local government folks will tell you, is that theres no standard Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Your Letters Writer commendedIn the March 27 issue of the Citizen, Marie Segovis is to be commended for her article regarding those people not speaking English. Furthermore, the Citizen is to be commended for printing the letter. Its clear, people should be required to speak English. Its becoming more evident, those Spanish speaking people have no desire to learn the language of the country they hope to benefit from being here. Thats why theyre here, to get something, You might say takers, not givers. Its getting so you cant go anywhere without hearing Spanish. Parents speak to their children in Spanish not English. Go to Disney and the housekeeping staff doesnt even understand English. Weve been there, so we know. I recently heard on a PBS radio station, a Spanish speaking man from California state, in 20 years we will be running this country. Scary! Theres a simple solution, if you dont speak or read English and make it your primary language, be deported. Forget, this punch one number for English and another for Spanish, or even ads that are in Spanish and English. Boycott those companies that go this route. A thought. If you dont speak, or more importantly read the English language, how can a person study the Constitution to become a citizen or take the Oath of Citizenship. People from other countries and nationalities learn English when they move here, so why should it be any different for Spanish speaking people. Whats the old saying, put up or shut up. Be a total American or none at all. Schools that teach Spanish with English should not be funded. Bill Ford OcalaWhen time beganAn article appeared in the news about the age old argument regarding the beginning of time. Atheist groups, including some scientists, do this to discredit the Bible, which discredits God himself as our creator. I am not a pastor/priest but have discussed this question with church leaders over a number of years. It began with the discussion over Cain going to the land of Nod, east of Eden, to find a wife. Where did she come from? One thing no one knows is how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden before they sinned. God throughout eternity doesnt measure time. This only began when sin entered the world and therefore it applied to us as his creation. Our years on earth were numbered from that point forward. Adam and Eve were created to live forever with God in the Garden. They were created as man and wife and could have been having children for years. This is evidenced by Gods word in Genesis 3:16: Unto the woman he said,I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; If she had not been having children prior to this, there would have been no need to say that to her. This reasoning supports the Bible and science not being in conflict as to the age of the Earth/universe, it could be any number of years. Do I or anyone else understand it all, of course not, but as the Gospel song states: We will all understand it by and by. God Bless! Wayne Rackley Ocala Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 352-854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per month. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. The ruling last week that Northwestern Universitys football players were employees of the school and have the right to form a union sent shock waves through the college sports community. The decision still has to survive several appeals, and only applies to private schools. But it does open the door to public college athletes to examine each states labor laws to decide if they, too, have the right to organize. There are two sides to every story. In this one, on one side, are the athletes, who claim they are being exploited, who claim that they are not student athletes, but athletes first, because practice and game schedules trump class schedules, that there is no lifetime coverage for injuries suffered playing sports in college, and that their names and likenesses make millions for their schools, and they cant even get money from a friend to buy a pizza. On the other side are the colleges, who say that the athletes on scholarship are getting thousands of dollars worth of education, room and board, etc., free. This decision, if upheld, could raise more questions than answers. For example, if youre going to pay athletes, upon what do you base that pay. Does the starting quarterback on the football team get paid just as much as the bench warmer on the lacrosse team? An even better equality questions, does the point guard on the mens basketball team get paid the same as the point guard on the womens basketball team? Or is pay based on the revenue that the particular sport produces, in which case minor sports personnel wouldnt get a whole lot. One of the arguments set forth by the ruling authority was the amount of time Pl ay ing and pa yi ng in co ll ege a th let ics Among Friends Jim Clark the student athletes had to spend at each sport, and the amount of travel associated with games. If the ruling stands and hours have to be cut, how would schedules be affected? Would there be a limit, say, on intersectional games before the meat of the football season, since sometimes they involve coast-tocoast travel? And how would the University of Hawaii get anyone to play them? A bigger question is, could this trickle down to lower levels, say, high school. What if high school players wanted to be paid? Even better, what if AAU players wanted to be paid, say in basketball? The NCAA couldnt declare them ineligible because they were receiving money, because the NCAA itself was providing money to its players. Going even further, weve seen the stories on ESPN about youth football corruption. Could these players now be paid? How about youth baseball travel teams? How about teams that get to Williamsport in Little League? These situations all seem way out there, but then again, so did a players union just a few years ago. For the sake of all amateur athletics, the NCAA would do well to admit it has a problem and take steps to solve it. One of the main compensation settlements Please see EDITORIAL, Page 10 Please see ATHLETICS, Page 10

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Saturday, April 5 Early childhood festivalIts a celebration for the whole family from infants to 8 year olds. Laugh, learn, play, sing, dance and explore the activities and vendors on the lawn of the Learning Lab School, Building 18, College of Central Florida Campus, 3100 SW College Road, Ocala, on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents will enjoy learning about Marion County services for young children while the kids will enjoy games, crafts, treats, face painting, a free book, art, music and good ole family fun! The Week of the Young Child is a national celebration calling for communities to come together and honor young children and all those who make a difference in childrens lives. Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help them get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Marion County. Early years are learning years for all young children. Festival sponsors are: Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, College of Central Florida Early Childhood Program, Family Times Magazine, and the Marion County Public Library System. For more information about the Third Annual Early Childhood Festival call Elizabeth Deola at the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, 352-3692315.Sunday, April 6 Master Choir performsThe Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 1126 East Silver Springs Blvd. (which is State Road 40) diagonally across the street from the old Ritz Hotel in Ocala, Florida. The program will include Leonard Bernsteins Chichester Psalms and other works. Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless. For further information about the concert, call 352537-0207.Tuesday, April 8 Ocala Macintosh User Group meetsThe Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. The feature presentation will be Photographing and Presenting Wildlife by Valarie Bugh. This will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & As, and the monthly raffle. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.Friday, April 11 Zero tolerance studied at forumCurrent efforts to ease the inflexibility of zero tolerance policies in our schools will be examined by representatives of Sheriff Chris Blair, Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, the Marion County school system and activists on the juvenile justice committee of Awake Marion when the Friday Forum of Marion County next meets April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Buffet City, State Road 200 and MLK Jr., Blvd. While intended to reduce drugs and violence in our schools, zero tolerance polices have resulted in sometimes absurdly unfair consequences for minor infractions, with minority children especially targeted according to Ray Seaman, online director of Progress Florida, who will moderate. Confirmed panelists include retired educator Nancy Noonan and former Marion County NAACP president Whitfield Jenkins, both members of Awake Marions juvenile justice committee. The nonpartisan speaker/luncheon series, open to all, meets on the second Friday of each month to engage in civil community dialogue a bout important issues affecting Marion County. The $10 charge, payable directly to the restaurant, includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink. For more information and to RSVP please email FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 or Jan Lentz at 352-425-6219.Saturday, April 12 Benefit for Therapeutic groupJoin the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association as we dance away the winter Blahs at a Beach Party with music from the 50s through the British Invasion. Not only will there be dinner and dancing to the band 3 For the Road, a regular band at the Villages, we have added a comedy show by the Villages Theatre Company to entertain you. On Saturday, April 12, the Beach Party will be held at the South MarionVillages Elks Lodge 2730, 7655 East Highway 25, Belleview starting at 5 p.m. with a happy hour followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and entertainment to follow. Tickets for a 60s vintage buffet along with an evening of fun-filled entertainment are just $ 25 per person. Tickets are available on the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) website, www.mariontherapeuticriding association.org or by calling the MTRA office at 352-732-7300.Breakfast at Ocala WestA community-wide breakfast sponsored by the OWUMC Mens Club, including all you care to eat, many items, still a bargain at only $5, will be Saturday,April 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. 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Wednesday, April 2 Crossroads Carnival startsBring your family and enjoy a day at the carnival at Crossroads Church, beginning Wednesday, April 2, and concluding on Sunday, April 6. There will be games, rides, food and lots of fun. Open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., with earlier hours on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds support Crossroads Student Ministries.Thursday, April 3 Concert at Ocala WestDouglas Ladnier, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter, will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The church is at 9330 SW 105th St. in Ocala. Phone 352-854-9550. Douglas has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world and on Broadway. He continues to thrill audiences and critics alike with his unique, mesmerizing baritone voice. He has appeared in concert at Ocala West for a number of years, and we are pleased to have him return to present this concert. Southern Express at AppletonThe big band Southern Express will perform during the Rhythm & Art After Hours event at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. Southern Express has been performing in Central Florida for more than 15 years. Many of the bands seasoned members have musical backgrounds rooted in military service, with almost every branch of service represented. Many members were or are active music educators. Doors open at 5 p.m. for complimentary samplings from Horse and Hounds Restaurant and cash bar. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. In addition to the After Hours musical program, visitors can also enjoy the Appletons current exhibitions, A Celebration of Japan, The Living Art of Bonsai, The Gathering of Legends, Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein, and the museums extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asia, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.Friday, April 4 Ocala Palms Golden SoundsThe Ocala Palms Golden Sounds chorus is hard at work preparing for its spring show. The concert titled The Sensational Sixties will be an extravaganza of the great musical masterpieces of the 1960s and will be presented on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The performance will contain songs from Godspell, West Side Story, The Music Man and Grease, along with a multitude of other songs, which were popular during the sixties. Tickets are $8 per person and are available by calling 401-7505 or 4020609. Intermission will include wine and cheese snacks. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you in a fun filled, toe tapping, hand clapping evening of wonderful music and camaraderie. Come prepared for audience participation as we look back at The Sensational Sixties. Saturday, April 5 Chess club to meetThe chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down. Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess. Its your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.Womens Spring BreakCelebrate with the Womens Spring Break. Join the Womens Ministry enjoying a continental breakfast, friendship; lunch at the baked potato bar, fellowship; special events with speakers Alan Tison, Director of Advancemant at Johnson University Florida and Twila Sias, Childrens Ministry and teaches in areas of education and psychology; and special sessions including a Make & Take card making class. Event starts at 9 a.m. Free to all women. Child care is available (note need on registration). door prizes. To register, please call 352-8616182 or http://www.ccomc.org/. 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Coming in the middle of a compelling March Madness, the timing of this couldnt have been worse for the NCAA. It would be far preferable if we could sit back and enjoy the college playoffs without the lawyers and courts getting involved.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger. ATHLETICScontinued from Page 8 template to follow in developing their websites, no guidance about what to include and how, or where to place links for logical access. Thats no excuse. We strongly urge our local government leaders to bring this issue to Floridas professional organization of practicing public administrators, the Florida City and County Management Association. A working group in that organization, whose members include entities on both sides of the transparency scorecard, should create a guide for developing convenient, transparent local government websites. The public is watching. To read about the First Amendment foundations survey of government websites and a description of the categories see this website: http://floridafaf.org/latestnews/sunshine-week/faf-reportcard-local-government-website-tra nsparency/ There also are links to detailed score sheets and summaries. EDITORIALcontinued from Page 8 A minimum of two hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday starting in April through October is all it takes to be a volunteer boat captain. As a boat captain you will be required to become a member of the Friends of Rainbow Springs for insurance purposes. For more information about becoming a boat captain please contact volunteer Linda Smith at linds0736@gmail.com. To volunteer at Rainbow Springs State Park as a boat captain or to inquire about other available volunteer positions, please contact Monay Markey, Volunteer Coordinator at monay.markey@dep.state.fl.us or call 352-465-8520. For additional information about the park, call 352465-8555 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. RIVERcontinued from Page 1 Potenza also volunteers as a summer camp nurse, assists with childrens bible study at church, and helps with a Christian-based sports program, Upward Sports. Potenza and her family volunteer together and deliver hot meals and blankets to the homeless. In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Potenza recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree. Richard Dick Wolf has been a volunteer with Ocala Health since April 1988, starting at Ocala Regional and then West Marion Community Hospital. In addition to his work at the hospitals, Wolf is active with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and plays Santa Claus at local elementary schools and nursing homes in Ocala. He also participates in a reading buddy program through Marion County Public Schools. Ocala Health is committed to delivering quality patient care. We are extremely proud to recognize Kelli and Dick for their efforts on behalf of our patients and our community, said Randy McVay, Ocala Health CEO. Their exemplary work and compassion set a high standard and were proud to have them in our organization. Our patients benefit from the kind of commitment to humanitarian concerns they demonstrate each day. HEALTHcontinued from Page 1 Happenings Bunny at the MallSimon Property Group, Inc. is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Paddock Mall, offering families the chance to participate in both traditional and unique seasonal events. The Bunny Photo Experience began March 29 and runs through Saturday, April 19 in Center Court, in front of Macys. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a snapshot of the fun occasion. The presenting sponsor for the 2014 Bunny Photo Experience is Gymboree. The Simon Kidgits Club will also host a special Easter event on Saturday, April 12, where kids can participate in various craft-making activities and games including facepainting and more. Participants will receive a Kidgits Easter bucket and Kidgits bunny ears as a keepsake to take home.

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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. Todays New Ads AUTO SW AP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAP MEETS SUN. APRIL 6th. 1-800-438-8559 BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 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 LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! LET US WORKFOR YOU!CALL TOLL FREE1-877-676-1403WEST MARIONMESSENGERCLASSIFIEDSGET RESULTS! There are usually plenty of activities in the Fairfield Village Clubhouse area. Lots of things going onsocially and physically as well. However, one thing I have noticed especially since the spring weather is upon us is that the simple things and the simple times are really the best part of living in FFV. Yes, we had the Koffee Klatch last Saturday morning and we had a great time chatting and enjoying the goodies. The accompanying photos point that out. However, sitting by the pool and conversing with friends, or playing shuffleboard with competitive neighbors, working out in the exercise room with others who want to stay physically up to par, watching a good movie in our media room, or even just meeting friends as we walk around our pleasant community makes life in Fairfield Village really good. When I was younger I had my doubts about retired life you knowam I going to be bored with nothing interesting to do 24/7? That is no longer a concern because I love my life in Fairfield Village as I have heard many of my neighbors say also. Every moment does not have to be planned; theres a lot to be said for spontaneity. We had planned a big yard sale in our community for this past weekend, but the forecast for the heavy showers caused us to change that date to next Saturday, April 5. We hope that those who had planned to come on March 29 will now come on April 5 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are lots of bargains waiting for the shoppers. We have our April Potluck dinner scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Lil Oliver promises some very lively and interesting entertainment for the evening as well as the good food we always enjoy. Above, the Koffee Klatch. Below, granddaughter Emme with her friends Maddie and Mic. Simple times can be the best times Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 11 A special Easter dinner is being planned for Sunday, April 20 at 4 p.m. That should be a great time for those who choose not to fix a big holiday meal and just enjoy Easter without all the extra work. A great menu is being planned for a reasonable cost of $8.50. As I said earlier, the simple times are really good times. From a personal perspective, being able to spend a part of a Saturday morning with my granddaughter and her two friends as they returned to college after Spring Break week at Disney was a fabulous time for me. Just hearing the girls talk about their week of good fun made me realize once again how many activities are available to us who live here in Central Florida and can enjoy them whenever we choose. We in Fairfield Village are blessed and we know that living in a lively place filled with lovely people is just another positive thing to make us able to say, Yep! The simple life is the good life! FAIRFIELDcontinued from Page 2 Ocala Palms line dancers at BrentwoodThe Ocala Palms line dancers entertained the residents at Brentwood Nursing Home on March 27. The dancers are, front row, Donna Rockrohr, Judy Heiner, Pat Kettell, Carol Sellers, Elsie Galvin, Dottie Kuhl; back row, Barb Duncan, Ronnie Smith, Vivian Goodman, Marty Hurst.

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Column, more photos on Page 2. Ocala Health has named Kelli Potenza and Richard Wolf winners of the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award. Potenza was recognized in the employee category; Wolf was named for the volunteer category. The Frist Humanitarian Award is awarded annually and is the highest honor an employee or volunteer can receive at HCA, the parent company of Ocala Health. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize individuals at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA. National recipients will be honored in the spring at a reception at the companys Nashville, Tenn., headquarters. Kelli Potenza has worked for Ocala Health since 2001. Potenza currently serves as the Bariatric Clinical Coordinator at Ocala Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Christopher, are proud parents of four adopted special needs children. Potenza mentors children in the foster care system as well as atrisk teens at the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Her passion for adoption can be shown by her regular teaching of the Mode Approach to Partnerships and Parenting Class for the Youth and Family Alternatives Adoption Agency. Ocala Health gives Humanitarian awards Above, Kelli Potenza, right, with Randy McVay, CEO of Ocala Health. Below, Richard Wolf with Ginger Carroll of West Marion Community Hospital. Rainbow River captains soughtThe Florida Department of Environmental Protections Rainbow Springs State Park is in need of volunteer boat captains to patrol the Rainbow River. Are you looking for something challenging to do this summer? If so, Rainbow Springs State Park River Patrol is looking for you. Do you like to boat, like people and enjoy helping others? Then you may want to become a boat captain and help preserve the beauty of the headsprings. This volunteer position requires that you be able to handle a 16-foot pontoon boat with an electric motor. You must be willing to learn, take an online boating safety course and use simple radio communications. Please see HEALTH, Page 10 Please see RIVER, Page 10 In March, an official delegation from Ocala traveled to its twin town Newbridge, Ireland. The group consisting of 17 people had the honor to march in the St. Patricks Day parade and represent the Ocala community during many official activities. Organized events during the week brought many opportunities for the group to learn about its twin town, and further develop the many friendships and professional relationships which has been established between the people of Newbridge and Ocala. The twinning concept is a program that promotes cultural exchange and economic development. The twinning agreement between the two towns was signed in 2008. This year the delegation included four fire department personnel, six law enforcement officers and seven citizens who paid their own expenses for the trip. Ocala delegation visits twin town in Ireland Members of the Ocala delegation march in the St. Patricks Day parade in Newbridge, Ireland. We have all heard the slogan, Bet you cant eat just one! Most would reply that slogan is true when it comes to chips. Recently, residents from Buckhead neighborhood in Stone Creek were put to the test as they toured the Golden Flake Potato Chip factory on State Road 40. The Buckhead Committee, at the suggestion of Wes Cawley a committee member, planned the trip. The trips are very difficult to schedule as they only do tours every Wednesday and can accommodate only 40 people for a tour. Wes began the process in the summer of 2013 and the factory was booked for the entire year. He called in November of 2013 to set up a date for March 26, 2014. Wes had to turn down some 20 Buckhead residents as more people decided to take part in this tour than the plant could accommodate. Residents carpooled from the Stone Creek parking Bet you cant eat just one Stone Creek Patricia Gizzi lot to the factory for a 10 a.m. tour. The group was divided into two groups and all safety rules were given by the tour leader. Each person wore a head net to cover all head hair and men wore masks over facial hair. You walk through the factory with no glass barriers. First you are taken to the area where the potatoes are unloaded to a conveyor belt. Presently, the factory is using Florida potatoes. Each truck coming into the plant carries 48,000 pounds of potatoes and there is a delivery every day. They are small white potatoes. The potatoes are held in a climate control area until they are used. The potatoes then go to large room where they are washed and peeled. A person inspects potatoes coming off the convoyer belt for rotten and too large potatoes. The potatoes then go to cutting and baking area where they become chips and are inspected again. Some chips have spices added. From there, the chips move to a bagging area where a state of the arts machine checks for weight and then they are boxed. Chips that do not make the standard are put into barrels and delivered to dog food factory as filler for dog food. We also saw the process for making corn chips. Outside the factory are silos holding corn which is used in this process. The corn is cooked and soaked to make a corn dough. It is then sent to be cooked in oil and then cut to the size of chips. From there they are sent to packaging. We were able to taste the corn dough but it had no flavor as no spices had been added. The factory has been in operation here in Ocala since the 1980s. It tries to recycle as much as it can. Boxes are made in Florida and so it uses all products grown or made in the United States. It makes many of Publixs chips as well as their own brand. The factory employs approximately 45 people who work in two shifts. Those in production of the products and those who come in after the first shift to sanitize all equipment. It is an amazing process. So, the next time you cant eat just one chip you will know that the process is a long one. Each person on the tour was given three bags of chips Golden Flake dip style potato chip, Publix restaurant style tortilla chip and Golden Flake Mesquite barbecue flavored potato chip. What a great way to end a tour! Wes Cawley planned the trip.