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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Quail Meadow......7 Ocala Palms......10 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 25 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 Puzzles Page 8 ClassifiedsPage 1012 Wednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! 000IP1G (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala 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 (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 50 Bronze $ 79 95 exchange 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP Other locations throughout the southeast (352) 629-0900 000I4P0 Marions United for Public Education, a local support group for public schools, has provided a summary of where it believes School Board candidates stand on the one mill referendum for schools on the ballot in November. Although that election is still three months away, the first round of School Board elections takes place in the primary on Aug. 26. The school funding referendum was approved by the Marion County School Board and sent to the ballot by Marion County Commissioners unanimously earlier this year. Here is the language voters will see on their November ballot: Shall the Marion County School Districts ad valorem millage be increased by a total of one mill, beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, for the necessary operating expenses including reading, physical education, art, music, library/media and vocational programs; meeting class size requirements; and retaining State Certified teachers and paraprofessionals with oversight of these expenditures by an independent citizens financial oversight committee? Voters will cast either a yes vote or a no vote. Marions United For Public Education says it strongly supports the school funding referendum. In 2013, we brought together the community coalition that wrote the referendum. We believe it is by far the best solution to ensuring great people and programs that help our students are both protected and restored in the years ahead. After seven years and tens of millions in cuts, we believe it is long past time to boost community investment and begin the process of restoring essential programs like art, music, libraries, and physical education. In order to improve the education our students receive, voters should know that simply cutting the budget further and expecting better results is not a serious option. Budget cutting without additional investment has been the strategy of the Marion County school district for seven years and it has failed. Those who advocate for more cuts or believe there is some better distribution of existing resources are simply perpetuating a failed status quo that has done great harm to our children and our community. Below, find our analysis of the reasons why candidates were both for and against the school funding referendum. To get a more in depth view of the candidates and their positions on a range of issues, we recommend reading the candidates responses to the Marion Chamber and Economic Partnerships (CEP) questionnaire on the Internet. We also recommend reading some of the transcriptions of previous candidate forums generously provided by Save Ocalas Schools on Facebook. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEA day on the lakeThe Red Hat Fillies of Ocala Palms recently took a leisurely tour of Lake Weir. Ready for their ride are Carol Yount, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Kettel and Betty Scott. More photos on Page 10. August brings the end of the summer break and the beginning of a new school year in Florida. Its an ideal time for focusing on child safety, and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will do just that by launching its Child Safety Awareness Month. The theme of this inaugural awareness campaign is Every Child is a Human Caution Sign. Whether playing in the yard, riding in the backseat of a vehicle, or waiting at a school bus stop, a child is a human caution sign, said Captain Nancy Rasmussen, Chief of Public Affairs for the Florida Highway Patrol. They are living reminders that we need to slow down, pay attention, and abide by traffic laws for their safety as well as our own. Each week, DHSMV will focus on different traffic related safety issues involving children, such as seatbelts and child restraints, bicyclist and pedestrian tips, school bus safety, and making sure a child is not behind the vehicle when backing up. The Department, in partnership with other state agencies, will be distributing safety reminders, such as: Be Alert While Backing Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing. Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings. Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse. Back out slowly. Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Know your vehicles blind spots and look again before backing. Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety While on a bicycle, ride in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings. Always use a headlight and taillight at night. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk Matthew Murray knew life would change a bit when he moved to Ocala last fall. As a 27 year-old with down syndrome, his options are somewhat limited. What he didnt expect was how many new friends he would make through an organization called Transitions Life Center. When Matt moved here, I was really concerned about how he would adjust, says his mom Diane Murray. We were so glad we found TLC (Transitions Life Center). He went to the summer camp and loved it. To have the friendship and camaraderie he has found means so much to me. The people at TLC are awesome, says Matthew. I have so many friends now and they are all good people. At camp, I did woodworking, crafts and learned about science experiments that were really cool. The dance at the end of camp was great. Transitions Life Center is a faithbased, nonprofit organization that is providing programing for adults with special needs who have completed the ESE programs within the public school system. The group started with a summer camp in 2013 and began a Saturday program called THRIVE in January. THRIVE stands for teamwork, honor, respect, independence, values and education. TLC held a spiritual day in January where an ecumenical mission exchange team from Jamaica worked with TLC volunteers to share lessons and activities based on the Proverbs 17:17 scripture, A friend loves at all times. Matthew attended the TLC Spiritual Day, I had a great day, says Matthew. I got to see my TLC friends again and made even more friends with people from Jamaica. Matthew found a special connection with Elton Watson, a minister in the Jamaican Mission Team. While Diane is thrilled her son On Top of the World resident Matthew Murray, right, proudly displays his created collage of Gods beauty from a nature walk at the TLC THRIVE program Spiritual Day. He is pictured with Elton Watson, his new friend from Jamaica who was part of the ecumenical mission exchange. Transitions Life Center helps Ocala resident TLC will take another step in fundraising toward their dream with the Lola and the Saints benefit concert to be held at West Port High School on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. The doo-wop group will be performing classic tunes from the s and s Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, or by calling 352-861-0252. Please see TLC, Page 3 Child safety emphasized in August Please see CHILD, Page 3 Group lists candidates school tax feelings Friday ForumThe Friday Forum of Marion County is giving voters another opportunity to carefully consider County Commission and judicial candidates before the Aug. 26 primary when the speaker/luncheon group next meets at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at Buffet City, State Road 200 at MLK Jr. Blvd. Comoderators will be CF Humanities Professor Darrell Riley, former Star Banner staffer who is well known for his work with the Ocala Civic Theater and the Friends of the Library, and School Board candidate Diane Schrier, state public policy chair and national board member for public policy, American Association of University Women. While written questions may be submitted at the luncheon Aug. 8, we would really appreciate it if your issues and concerns could be e-mailed in advance to FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com. You may also telephone Delphine Herbert at 352873-9970 for further information. Note that the $10 charge, payable directly to the restaurant, includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink. Please see SCHOOLS, Page 9 The Liitle Women Juniorettes of Ocala will be participating also. Both clubs are members of the General Federation of Womens Clubs headquartered in Washington, D. C. All women in the area are welcome. For further information, contact President Patti Stewart at 351-2708 or Frances Kolonia at 629-7397. Saturday, Aug. 23 Hard Rock Casino tripSt. Jude Catholic Community in Marion Oaks is sponsoring another trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 23. Cost is $35 per person. The bus will leave the St. Jude parking lot at 8 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. For information and reservations please contact Ghislaine at 245-9962.Tuesday, Sept. 23 Candidates invited to forumThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will conduct a Candidates Forum for candidates in the November elections on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Meeting Room C from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Evelyn B. Kelly will serve as moderator. Candidates for the Marion County Commission, the Marion County School Board, and the Florida House of Representatives are invited to participate. For further information contact Frances at 352-629-7397 or email: ocaladowns@yahoo.com. Friday, Sept. 19 St. Jude fish dinnersBeginning Friday, Sept. 19, St. Jude Catholic Community in Marion Oaks will be serving fish dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinners will be served once a month. The menu includes fried or baked fish, cole slaw, French fries and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door. EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 7

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Last month one of FFVs most popular neighbors accomplished a goal that she had had for quite a number of years, and she did it in an amazing fashion. Dawna Rhoda is 55 years old and she has graduated from Rasmussen with a degree in Organizational Management. Dawna started working toward a college degree years ago; however, like so many of us, Dawna found that life has a way of taking unexpected turns. Raising her family and taking care of other responsibilities always had to come first so that the appropriate time to complete her degree was elusive for a while. Dawna was able to get serious about completing her goal several years ago, and she took on the task with her classic good humor and determination. Hard work paid off and Dawna graduated 1st in her class. Her speech at graduation was called inspirational by her friends who met together with Dawna at the Fairfield Village Clubhouse for a celebratory evening two weeks ago. As the accompanying photos show, Dawna had lots of people who came to congratulate her success. We in FFV join with the others in saying, Congratulations for a job well done. We are proud of you too. Best wishes to Dawna for continuing success from your friends and neighbors in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people.Wounded Warrior ProjectA new group is being organized (mostly FFV neighbors at the present) as a tribute to veterans and to help the Wounded Warrior Project. This was a brainstorm of several neighbors with very close ties to the military today and from the past as well. With the anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki here upon us, this group has been inspired to do something, not just talk about wishing that they could do something. They are up and started with some big plans. First project is coming up this weekend on SW 60th Place where there will be a block yard sale dont know yet how many but enough to be interesting to those who would like a real bargain while helping launch a group who plan to make a difference one day at a time. The group does not yet have an official name, but they know what they plan to do: good things for some exceptionally good and deserving people and families. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11 2 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger OCALA EAST 352-861-2275 3405 SW COLLEGE RD, STE 207 Colours Plaza, next to Red Lobster OCALA WEST 352-671-2999 11250 SW 93RD CT. RD. Next to Chilis CRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-6155 1122 N. SUNCOAST BLVD (US 19) A block and a half south of Ft. Island Trail INVERNESS 352-419-7911 3161-C E. GULF TO LAKE HWY 1/2 mile east of Walmart M-F 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Appointment Needed www.nutechhearing.com FREE HEARING TEST WE ACCEPT OVER 40 DIFFERENT INSURANCE PLANS So Call Us And We Will Give You All The Information You Need Before You Come In! Everyone Get It Is Not Limited To A Select Few! FREE Test Dates are available August 6-August 12, 2014 Is Your Hearing Difficulty Earwax Buildup or Something More Serious? 000IVBM 135367-01 000ILN8 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000IWS6 Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, RectorServices: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.orgAnglican Church 000I9PL 000IHUS 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . 9:30 am Classes for all ages Worship Service . 10:30 am P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS is discovered through worshiping together 711187 If you are not completely satisfied, the aids may be returned for a full refund within 45 days of t he 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. M Dickey Richardson Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist Inside SEARS Paddock Mall (352) 237-1665 Rickey Richardson Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist 9570 SW Hwy 200 (Corner of Hwy 484 & 200) (352) 291-1467 Inside CHECK QUALIFICATION CALL 352-291-1467 Provider for most insurance companies WALK-INS WELCOME! Call for a FREE demo today! Must present coupon. Any make or model. In office only. One week only. FREE HEARING TEST BATTERY REPLACEMENT HEARING AID REPAIRS BAT TERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 99 Limit 1 Coupon Per Visit. Limit 2 Packs Per Visit. Must present coupon. One week only. 0 % FINANCING ONE WEEK ONLY! 12 MONTHS SAME AS CASH Factory pricing for non-qualifiers FREE HEARING AIDS New Location Inside Crystal River Mall (Next to K-Mart) FREE Service in Over 1,300 Miracle Ear Locations! Travel With Confidence... Miracle Ear Will Be There. FI ND O UT FIND OUT F OR FOR YO UR SE LF YOURSELF! Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Government Insurance code #104, #105, #11 1, or #112. Feder al Insurance pays total cost of 2 Mirac le Ear Digital Hearing Aids Empire Sta te Insurance Plan pays for total cost of 2 Miracle Ear Digital Hearing Aids Y ou Pay $ 0 C al l To da y, t hi s Tr ad eIn O ff er i s Call Today, this T rade-In Offer is A va il ab le f or 7 DA YS O NL Y! Available for 7 DAYS ONL Y! Valid when you trade-in your current hearing aids towards the purchase of a Miracle-Ear ME-1 or ME-2 Solution (2 aids). Valid at participating Miracle-Ear locations only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Does not apply to prior purchases. Fairfield Village resident accomplishes big goal Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Come to Fairfield Village this weekend, get a bargain, and help a great cause, our veterans and wounded warriors. See you this weekend right off SW 60th Avenue at SW 60th Place. Dawna Rhoda, center, enjoys a laugh with two friends and coworkers who were so happy that Dawna reached her college graduation goal. Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 11 FAIRFIELDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 The Williams family of Dunnellon and Ohio surprised Dawna Rhoda and helped her celebrate as they enjoyed food and a time in the pool on a very hot Saturday. Education has always been a top priority for, from elft, Kevin, Zackary, Norris, Sandy, Dominique, and "Dolly."

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if there is one; if not, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Always cross streets where pedestrians are expected, such as corners and crosswalks. And be visible. Wear bright and reflective colors on your clothes, shoes and/or wristbands. Bus Safety Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. Motorists should be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and in school parking lots. At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Children should never walk behind a bus. Remember, Stop on Red, kids ahead! Seatbelts and Child Restraints Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicles most important safety feature, but it only works if you use it. Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers of motor vehicles and all children riding in a vehicle under 18. Keep children in the back seat, at least through age 12, if possible. Front seat air bags, when deployed, can be dangerous to children. A new law taking effect in January 2015 will require children 4 and 5 years of age to ride in a booster seat. To view the Departments Child Safety Awareness Month video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?vykzgp5iwiPU. For more information on this and other safety campaigns sponsored by the DHSMV visit www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/, or contact the DHSMV Communication Office at (850) 617-3102. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3 10 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 www.jandjjewelersocala.com www.jandjjewelersocala.com Missing Diamonds? Diamonds Replaced! 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Make your tee time online www .pineoakocala.com 18 HOLES 7 DA YS A WEEK! 000IW9H VISIT: www.smcitizen.com/bestboss Deadline August 15, 2014 2014 The W est Marion Messenger is a free comm unity newspaper cov ering ne ws of communities w est of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala P alms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meado w, Fo xwood F arms and Golden Hills Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Prob lems getting the Messeng er: If your comm unity is listed abov e and the Messenger is not delivered to y ou or you are ha ving trouble getting the paper from bo xes 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 Jag ger s 854-3986 Inside Sales/Office Coord. -Mic hel Northsea 854-3986 Adver tising Sales T om Rapplean 352-564-2957 Adver tising Sales Paig e Lefko witz 352-564-2902 Manag er John Murphy 352-563-6363 Deadline for ne ws : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger.Call editor Jim Clark at 352-390-6444 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Thursday the week before publication. Mail and photos must be e-mailed to editor@westmarionmessenger.com. All contributions are subject to editing for clarity, taste, and style.Deadline for AdvertisingClassified Reader Ads 2 pm Friday Display Ads 5 pm Thursday TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD, CALL Toll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAY THROUGH 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 W eek 44 For Each Additional W ord 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+ 44A WORD(Includes Online)= TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallT ollFr ee1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 For your convenience, mail in with payment s to West Marion Messenger office at 20441 E Pennsylvania Ave, Dunnellon, FL 34432 or call... WE BUYR VS, TRUCKS, TRAILERS, 5TH WHEELS, & MOTOR HOMES Call US 352-201-6945 BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 CHRYSLER2012 Town & Country Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs Call T om for more info 352-325-1306 Painting Excellence Third generation staf f of professionals. If quality, neatness & attention to detail are important..call for a Free Estimate. Pro Plus Builders Painting Division 352-572-0830 proplusbuilders.com STUMP GRINDINGCALLJIM FOR FREE ESTIMATES (218) 289-3767 PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parent s or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Director of Church MusicLead Ministry of Music for progressive, Protestant church near Ocala, FL (+-5.5 hrs/week). Direct adult and bell choirs (rehearsals, Wednesday p.m.), lead church through music and liturgy (worship, Sunday a.m. and special holidays), lead special musical events, and work with accompanist and p astor as member of Worship and Arts Team. Call Dr. Harold W. McSwain at 352-237-3035; see www.uccocala.org BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. Aug. 10th 9a-4p HERNANDO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Admission $6.00 (352) 799-3605 ST JUDE NOVENAmay the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude worker of miracles pray for us. St. Jude Help of the Hopeless pray for us. Say this prayer nine times per day by the eighth day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank You St. Jude for all prayers answered. M.R. RNs, LPNs and CNAs WANTED!12 Hour Shifts for Hospice Patients At least one year exp. is required.Also need RNSfor ICU, PCU, Med/Surg, OR Call Debra at 800-473-7701 Or email dschelberger@ arborstaff.com has made a connection and found a place with TLC, she, like many parents, looks forward to the organizations continued growth. I know their plan is to have a residential facility one day, says Diane. I hope it is in the near future. All parents want their children to grow up and have a full life of their own. That doesnt change when your child has a disability. Matthew would love to live somewhat independently, but in a setting where he is safe. Thats what TLC wants to do. To learn more about TLC, visit www.tlcocala.org. If you would like a speaker from TLC as a program for your organization, contact Ginger Broslat at 352-8610252 or ginger@tlcocala.org. TLCCONTINUED FROM P AGE 1 CHILDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Ocala Palms Fillies on the waterLovely Lake Weir was the setting for the Red Hat Fillies of Ocala Palms this month. The ladies were graciously given a tour of the lake by Ocala Palms resident Don Sturgal who was a great skipper and very knowledgeable. Shown here are Don Sturgal, Betty Scott, Jane Vollrath and Judy Duby. Following the boat ride the ladies enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Eatons Restaurant on the lake. Left to right are Judy Duby, Jane Vollrath and Pat Kettel. Also enjoying lunch are Carol Yount, Cathy Donohue and Diane Higgins. In celebrating my recent birthday, I found myself caught up in a case of nostalgia. I never imagined I would really get this old. Not that I am old, mind you, but I have reached the point in life I never thought I would when I was younger. Had I known I would get this old, I would have saved some of the energy I wasted during my teenage years. How was I to know that as you got older your supply of energy began diminishing? When I was younger, I could not sit still for long and no matter where I went, I ran. It was impossible for me just to walk. Often my mother chided me by saying, Slow down, young man. But I never could. I have finally come to the point where I am in harmony with my mothers desire. The only problem is, I am not a young man anymore. Today, I can sit in my easy chair for hours and not even move. I keep a little mirror on the stand next to my chair so my wife can periodically check to see if I am still breathing. Often, the only indication of life is the occasional snoring. One thing I have learned in growing older is that my eyes are not quite what they used to be. For example, the mailbox used to be rather close to the front door of our house. Now, I can barely see it from the front door and it takes over an hour to reach it by walking. To be truthful, halfway to the mailbox I have to pause and catch my breath. And, when I look at my checkbook, I can barely see to the end of the month. When I was young, I used to Things I have learned in my lifetime hear the saying, A penny saved is a penny earned. Now, my eyes are so bad, I cannot see anything to buy for a penny. Not only are my eyes going, but my hearing is not quite what it used to be when I was young. It is not as bad as it might seem. There is a good side to diminished hearing. When I am in a crowd with people talking, I can sit back, smile, nod my head occasionally and not have to be bored with what everybody is saying. Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Please see PASTOR Page 4

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Experience has taught me that people are not really interested in hearing what I have to say. Rather, they want me listening to what they have to say. Usually, people have a lot to say and all they require are two ears. It does not have to be ears that hear, just ears that appear. Most things heard in such circumstances are not worth hearing. Perhaps that is the genius of our ears. In aging, they develop a little bit of wisdom and after a while, they just give up, not hearing anything really worth hearing. I cannot remember the last time I heard something under such circumstances worth hearing the first time, let alone remembering. This brings me to my memory. The best thing about memory is, you can remember things the way you want to remember them. After all, it is your memory and it should be up to you to remember what you want. My memory has a way of bringing out the positive to the absolute exclusion of the negative. And who wants to dwell on the negative? Whoever said you cannot live in the past is probably not old enough to have any past worth remembering. And the marvelous thing about remembering things in the past is that you can remember them as you like. It is your version of the past. Some people write journals, I like to trust my memory. As my memory has aged, it has become better, just like a fine wine. In fact, my memory is so good I can distinctly remember things that never happened. And the details I remember are simply astounding. Each time I recount a memory I remember new details. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has quite a different take on all of this. She remembers everything that actually happened. She has a photographic memory, whereas I have, according to her, a problematic memory. At her discretion, she can marshal all of the facts of the incident in the order in which it happened. Usually her memory throws my memory in a different light. No matter how I recount my memory, she always has some correction to it. More than once, she has claimed I stretched the truth. But I believe, if the truth cannot handle some stretching what good is it in the first place? If it is so fragile and cannot handle a little bit of stretching, I am not sure it is worth remembering. As my body gets weaker, my memory gets stronger. In the Old Testament, David spoke often of the importance of memory. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands (Psalms 143:5 KJV). For David, in his old age his memory brought him a great deal of comfort. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread (Psalms 37:25 KJV). My goal is to live each day in such a way that years down the road I will have a good memory.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 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net or website www.jamessnyderministries.com. According to the group, Bobby James (District 3) and Angie Boynton (District 4) both support the referendum, but did not elaborate in their responses to the CEP. In forums, both have noted the need to restore art and music. James in particular has noted the need to begin funding vocational programs. Jamie Bevan (District 4) supports the referendum as well, the group says, with caveats that she expects to see the funds used as written in the language. Since Bevan is running for School Board, we expect that if elected she would work diligently to oversee the school districts budget and make responsible appointments to the Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee. To her credit, Bevan pledged at the July Friday Forum that she would make sure funds are invested as intended. Bevan also noted the Legislatures habit to divert funding away from public education as a reason for supporting the referendum. Diane Schrier (District 4) noted her support for the referendum stems from the failure of the state Legislature to adequately fund public education, and its ongoing efforts to divert funds away from the public education system to charter schools and private school vouchers. She also noted the district has already cut their budget significantly. Jim Touchton (District 3) stated the need to restore basic programs for students and praised the accountability components of the referendum, noting: The inclusion of an independent citizens oversight committee and an automatic sunset provision make this referendum a respectable effort to correct the States underfunding of its Public Education system. However, Touchton provided a caveat that he would end the referendum early if funds could be found elsewhere in the budget to fund programs like art and music. Marions United says, We believe this is an unlikely possibility considering both the level of cuts made over the previous seven years and the consistent record of underfunding by the Florida Legislature. Both Chase Basinger (District 4) and Ed Wilson (District 3) cite their opposition to a tax increase as the main reason for opposing the referendum. Basinger describes a credibility problem with the district noting This [referendum] has been tried many times within the last several years. I do not support threatening taxpayers with teacher layoffs, then, when the district doesnt get its way after an election, go back and hire the teachers that were released. According to the group, This is incorrect on a couple of points. First, the School Board has only attempted a referendum to fund operations once in the previous 10 years, a near last minute attempt in 2012 which failed narrowly. Second, Marion County Public Schools laid off 261 first year teachers and paraprofessionals on May 31, 2013, months after the failure of the school funding referendum on August 14, 2012, not before. The 160 first year teaching positions were restored later in the summer of 2013, but only due to the high number of both retirements and resignations that occurred after the May 31st announcement. The other 101 layoffs of teacher aides were permanent and remain to this day. These initial layoffs were not threats, but harsh fiscal realities after the school district failed to secure additional revenue through the 2012 referendum. We believe its imperative Marion County not make the same mistake twice in 2014. Jane Moerlie (District 3) described her opposition as follows: I do not support it unless the current leadership discovers ways to cut cost in administration. We cannot ask for more from the taxpayers until we become a good steward of their money. According to Marions United, Many administrative positions are required by the state and despite conventional wisdom, very little savings can be gained from administrative cuts. The task of restoring art, music, library, and PE, plus hiring enough teachers to truly meet class size standards along with lost paraprofessional positions (teacher aides) will cost roughly $12-16 million. There is simply no way that administrative cost cutting could cover the amount needed. It should be noted that none of the candidates opposing Marion Countys school funding referendum have yet provided a specific plan for what areas and positions they prefer to cut along with estimated savings. None of the candidates opposing the referendum have provided a specific proposal for how they plan to restore art, music, libraries, PE, and lost teaching and paraprofessional positions eliminated in 2013 or previous years. Ron Crawford (District 5) as a current member of the School Board voted to put the school funding referendum on the November ballot. However, Crawford remains undecided on the overall issue noting Yes, the school system could use the money but the finally [sic] ballot language does not ensure that the items listed as part of the ballot language well be the items that the money is used on. I proposed ballot language that would have ensured the money could only be used for the items that the voters thought that they were voting for. My proposal was not approved by a majority of the Board. Marions United says, On the first point, Mr. Crawford is a member of the School Board. We presume that should he win another term that he will work diligently to oversee the school districts budget and make responsible appointments to the Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee which oversees the referendums funds. On the second point, Mr. Crawfords original proposal was only a half mill and could only be used in years that didnt involve a salary raise for teachers. This made little practical sense, which is why the School Board rejected it. Kelly King (District 5) stated in her written response to the CEP that she supports the referendum as long as funds are allocated appropriately. However, King has potentially changed her position, reportedly saying in a forum hosted by the Marion County NAACP, I was originally for it but then when I really examined it more carefully, I dont think we need it. If the District can pay over $100,000 for an attorney when we need teachers I cannot support it. Marions United says, Well again point out that the task of restoring art, music, library, and PE, plus hiring enough teachers to truly meet class size standards along with lost paraprofessional positions (teacher aides) will cost roughly $12-16 million. 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Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala. They are not accepting books until fall. Bring your aluminum cans. For information, call 352-291-1962.Sunday, Aug. 10 German Americans celebrationThe German American Club of Marion County will hold an anniversary Happenings Please see EVENTS, Page 5

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Williams St. #E 229-0555 Near Blue Gator Riverview Plaza Hot Summer Special ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Dealing with a difficult person can be the kind of challenge you Aries Lambs love. Or it could be an energy-draining exercise in futility. Be certain your goals are worth your efforts. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Divine Bovine might be seeing red at having your crisisresolution efforts overlooked. But others know the truth, and they can be expected to step forward when the time comes. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You should be well on your way to finally making that important decision. Having the support of loved ones will help when crunch time comes. Keep a positive attitude. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Feeling uneasy about a move might not mean youre having a case of Cancerian wavering. It could be your inner sense is warning you to reassess your situation before taking action. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Your pride could get in the way of admitting you might have erred. Best to fess up now before a small mistake turns into a big misunderstanding. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Trying to please someone with a less-thanglowing opinion of something you value could be a waste of time. If you like it, stay with it. The weeks end brings an answer to an old mystery. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) There might be time to make a change. But be honest with yourself: Is it what you really want, or one you feel pressured into making? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Change is dominant, but so is caution: Proceed carefully, checking each step along the way to avoid encountering any unwelcome surprises that might be lurking along your path. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) It could be a mistake to rely on someone to keep his or her promise without checking out previous performances. What you learn now could save you from a painful lesson later. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Taking a strong stand on an issue you feel is too important to ignore could inspire others to follow.. The weekend is a good time to socialize with old friends. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Your sensitive nature gives you an insight into the problems of someone close to you. Your offer of support could be just what this person needs to turn his or her life around. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Financial matters continue to need even more careful analysis than usual. Use caution with investment possibilities. A personal relationship might take an unexpected turn by the weeks end. dinner/dance on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Joan & Jess. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $16 per member or $20 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.L ola and the Saints in benefit concertThe TLC Time Capsule is set to transport you and your friends back in time to the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Lola and the Saints will perform a concert at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 Southwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.tlcocala.org under the Donate button. Proceeds from this concert will support the programs and dream of Transitions Life Center to benefit adults with special needs who have aged out of the ESE programs within the public school system. Please contact Ginger Broslat at 352-861-0252 or ginger@tlcocala.org.Free Living Healthy WorkshopDo you want to take control of your chronic illness? This workshop series takes place once a week, for two and a half hours, for six weeks. 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Saturday, Aug. 16 Tribute Quartet appearsNationally known Tribute Quartet is one of the countrys most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Their vision is to preserve the heritage and promote the future of Southern Gospel Music. Accumulated honors include radio hits and awards such as Group of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the year. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It beings at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR200), Ocala. For information, 352-8616182, or www.ccomc.org.Monday, Aug. 18 Unarmed Security Officer courseThe College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute is accepting enrollment for its Class D Unarmed Security Officer course. The state-approved course meets the 40-hour education requirement for unarmed security officers. The class will meet from 6-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 29, in Building 31 at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The fee is $140 and includes all training material. All class time must be attended. Registration will be accepted until the first day of class or all seats have been filled. For more information or to register, contact Pat Kalfs at 352-873-5838, ext.1569, or James Charles at ext. 1431. To learn more about CF, visit CF.edu.Wednesday, Aug. 20 Womans Club membership driveThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will hold a fall Membership Social and Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. All club members are invited and welcome to bring friends and prospective members to the event. M ore on Pag e 12 Dont forget the invitation from Barbara Fife to attend the reception on Friday, Aug. 8, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Gallery East in the Almeida Plaza on Highway 441 in Belleview. Ladies dont forget the Ladies Luncheon is on Friday, the 8th, at Blancas Caf in Ocala Palms. Please take note if your neighbors arent home and you think they should be. A friend of mine in Lake City was to be in Ocala one day last week; when she didnt arrive her family tried to reach her by phone, but no answer. They finally called the police who went to her home and found her lying on her porch she had died 2 days before! A neighbor saw papers in her yard, but just picked them up and didnt bother to check if she was home! Id hate to think something like that could happen here in Quail Meadow. Please let your neighbors know if you are going to be away from your home. Thanks to Sandy Ezell for volunteering to be the coordinator of our Quail Meadow Reporter. If you have corrections or additions to the birthday and anniversary lists, please contact Sandy at sandyezell@aol.com. Thanks, Theresa Yoders for all the time you spent doing this job. The Interfaith collection box is located in the clubhouse. They are in need of non-perishable foods, paper products, and personal hygiene items. The donations are taken to Interfaith every Tuesday. Your trivia fact: On Aug. 5, 1914, the first electric traffic signal light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio. The lights were only red and green no yellow! A warning buzzer sounded when the light was changing. Maybe this is what we need at the corner of 49th and Blitchton Road (U.S. Highway 27). It seems that many people do not pay attention when the light turns red on Blitchton Road. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7 6 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Judges, schools: Use 2-party system If youve been to any of the recent political forums concerning the School Board or judicial elections, youve undoubtedly noticed that one thing that is prevalent in other races was absent you werent told which candidates were Republicans or Democrats. Thats because of a state law that makes those races non-partisan. However, theres an instance in Volusia County which could lead to changes in that law. The Republican Party of Volusia sent out recommendations for all races in the county, listing just Republicans. They listed the names of a pair of judicial candidates, in apparent violation of the law thats on the books. However, according to published reports, the State Attorneys Office has refused to prosecute, citing a judges ruling about 35 years ago in South Florida. In that case, it was Democrats who challenged the law, and a federal judge ruled that it violated First Amendment rights to force the local party to stop publicizing its support of certain candidates. However, that portion is part of a broader law and the entire law is still on the books. One part that is still followed is that judicial candidates are not allowed to promote themselves as either Republicans or Democrats. In this day of social media and Internet background checks, that entire law seems obsolete. In fact, we would like to see the Florida Legislature take up the issue and remove the non-partisan status of both judicial and School Board elections, and make them elections just like all others that are countywide or districtwide. In the case of School Board members, the law has never made any sense. In judicial circles, we can applaud efforts decades ago to keep partisan politics out of the election of judges, but that hardly seems practical now. Even on the federal level, when confirmation hearings for federal judges, Appeals Court judges and Supreme Court judges take place, its easy to discern to which party each candidate belongs. Despite the constant bickering, our country has survived quite nicely for many, many years with the two-party system. We cant see any reason why it shouldnt apply to all elections. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Shaky U.S. principlesBY BOB FRANKEN Special to the MessengerYes, I know. How many times have we been told We are a nation of immigrants? The welcome, after all, is right there on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempesttost to me. And in fact, millions of people have sought refuge and thrived here, including my parents. But the tradition gets obliterated in all the angry debate about those who try to breach our borders ... even the children we see today, trying to escape the tempest in their own countries. Arguably, the welcome for huddled masses yearning to breathe free has its limits practical ones and, frankly, bigoted ones. To some degree, the grand promise has been lip service for a long time. Once the colonists and succeeding generations had settled in and expanded, they started being downright hostile to those who decided to come along later. Italians, Irish, Germans and Asians all have had to run the gantlet of vicious prejudice once they arrived. Boatloads of Jews were simply turned away by anti-Semitism as they tried to flee the horrors of the Holocaust. Now its many Muslims who experience religious hatred. Back in the day, Quakers were ostracized. Of course, Africans were welcomed ... as they were unloaded from their slave ships. All in all, its easy to understand the vicious reaction to those who pursue a life today in the United States. Its nothing new. And its not unique. We are finding it harder and harder to live up to our stated ideals. Equal Justice Under Law, the words chiseled over the entrance of the Supreme Court, are mocked in courthouses throughout the country. We take it as a given that those who can afford it get a much easier ride through our justice system than those of lesser means. Even as the laws are created, the wealthy special interests hire expensive lobbyists to make sure theyre not bound by the same rules as those who have no paid-for voice. And its getting worse. The middle class, which all politicians blithely describe as the backbone of our society, is withering away. The unions that protected worker rights have been steamrolled by executives who benefit financially if their employees just scrape by. Every day, economic inequality widens. Even everyones precious right to vote is undermined, not just by the obstacles put up by dilatory rules, but by the shameless distortions in the barrage of campaign ads, sponsored by those who want to buy the elections. Equal opportunity? Another platitude. So many of the nations public-education systems are in shambles. Those who could exercise their clout to force improvements instead pull their children out and place them in expensive private schools, where they are walled 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. Over the years, youth baseball has been one of my hobbies and passions. Im excited because this week begins the Little League Regionals on the ESPN family of networks (not as many on TV this year, some on the computer). I have been a coach, manager, umpire, league official and district director in such programs as Little League, Babe Ruth League (now the Cal Ripken division) and Dixie Youth League. About three weeks ago, a gentleman stepped to the microphone at the County Commission meeting and identified himself as an official with a Little League in Silver Springs Shores. What he asked for surprised me. He asked for relief from the fees his league has to pay the county to use the fields. I was shocked. In all my years of being involved with youth baseball, I have never heard of a city or county demanding money from a league for using county fields. In fact, in many places, government officials bend over backward to help the leagues, because they know that if the volunteers who run these leagues dry up, the county government would be descended upon by parents demanding that the government provide recreation baseball to take the place of the inoperative youth leagues. The countless amount of money that the volunteers save the government by running these programs that keep hundreds of children off the streets is a boon to local officials, including those in Ocala and Marion County. But evidently commissioners dont realize this. Let me put it another way: The county is charging taxpayers to play on fields that the taxpayers already own. Volunteers pay for privilege of helping Among Friends Jim Clark A lot of people dont realize the amount of work that goes into running a youth program. From planning meetings right after the first of the year, to registration, to tryouts, to drafting teams, to setting up schedules, to obtaining sponsors both for teams and for advertising signs around the outfield, to attending district meetings to plan tournaments, to choosing all-stars, to traveling to tournaments, its almost a year-round job and most volunteers love it. To ask them, however, to raise extra money to pay the county for the privilege of running a program that takes the burden off the county is a good way to alienate these volunteers. I hope that the county will take a look at this in the budget, if not this year then next. If not, then parents should get organized and have hundreds of youth baseball players show up for a series of county meetings to let the commissioners know how they feel. The term play ball is one of the sweetest sounds you will ever hear, especially when a bunch of 5 to 12-yearolds shout it. Maybe if they start yelling it at county meetings, it will make a bigger impression.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger and the South Marion Citizen. Please see FRANKEN, Page 7 off from the riffraff. This country was designed to be a haven for those seeking freedom and, if not prosperity, at least a safe existence. Perhaps that was a false promise too much to deliver. Maybe at some point well just admit that we cant pull it off and symbolically say to the Founding Fathers, Nice try. (c) 2014 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Synd. FRANKENCONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Visit gallery on Friday for Barbara Fife event Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Read the classifieds HAPPENINGSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 000IW97 Call (352) 489-2731 Deadline: August 22, 2014 Mon. 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Saturday, Aug. 16 Tribute Quartet appearsNationally known Tribute Quartet is one of the countrys most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Their vision is to preserve the heritage and promote the future of Southern Gospel Music. Accumulated honors include radio hits and awards such as Group of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the year. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It beings at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at Christs Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR200), Ocala. For information, 352-8616182, or www.ccomc.org.Monday, Aug. 18 Unarmed Security Officer courseThe College of Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute is accepting enrollment for its Class D Unarmed Security Officer course. The state-approved course meets the 40-hour education requirement for unarmed security officers. The class will meet from 6-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 29, in Building 31 at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The fee is $140 and includes all training material. All class time must be attended. Registration will be accepted until the first day of class or all seats have been filled. For more information or to register, contact Pat Kalfs at 352-873-5838, ext.1569, or James Charles at ext. 1431. To learn more about CF, visit CF.edu.Wednesday, Aug. 20 Womans Club membership driveThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will hold a fall Membership Social and Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. All club members are invited and welcome to bring friends and prospective members to the event. M ore on Pag e 12 Dont forget the invitation from Barbara Fife to attend the reception on Friday, Aug. 8, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Gallery East in the Almeida Plaza on Highway 441 in Belleview. Ladies dont forget the Ladies Luncheon is on Friday, the 8th, at Blancas Caf in Ocala Palms. Please take note if your neighbors arent home and you think they should be. A friend of mine in Lake City was to be in Ocala one day last week; when she didnt arrive her family tried to reach her by phone, but no answer. They finally called the police who went to her home and found her lying on her porch she had died 2 days before! A neighbor saw papers in her yard, but just picked them up and didnt bother to check if she was home! Id hate to think something like that could happen here in Quail Meadow. Please let your neighbors know if you are going to be away from your home. Thanks to Sandy Ezell for volunteering to be the coordinator of our Quail Meadow Reporter. If you have corrections or additions to the birthday and anniversary lists, please contact Sandy at sandyezell@aol.com. Thanks, Theresa Yoders for all the time you spent doing this job. The Interfaith collection box is located in the clubhouse. They are in need of non-perishable foods, paper products, and personal hygiene items. The donations are taken to Interfaith every Tuesday. Your trivia fact: On Aug. 5, 1914, the first electric traffic signal light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio. The lights were only red and green no yellow! A warning buzzer sounded when the light was changing. Maybe this is what we need at the corner of 49th and Blitchton Road (U.S. Highway 27). It seems that many people do not pay attention when the light turns red on Blitchton Road. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7 6 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Judges, schools: Use 2-party system If youve been to any of the recent political forums concerning the School Board or judicial elections, youve undoubtedly noticed that one thing that is prevalent in other races was absent you werent told which candidates were Republicans or Democrats. Thats because of a state law that makes those races non-partisan. However, theres an instance in Volusia County which could lead to changes in that law. The Republican Party of Volusia sent out recommendations for all races in the county, listing just Republicans. They listed the names of a pair of judicial candidates, in apparent violation of the law thats on the books. However, according to published reports, the State Attorneys Office has refused to prosecute, citing a judges ruling about 35 years ago in South Florida. In that case, it was Democrats who challenged the law, and a federal judge ruled that it violated First Amendment rights to force the local party to stop publicizing its support of certain candidates. However, that portion is part of a broader law and the entire law is still on the books. One part that is still followed is that judicial candidates are not allowed to promote themselves as either Republicans or Democrats. In this day of social media and Internet background checks, that entire law seems obsolete. In fact, we would like to see the Florida Legislature take up the issue and remove the non-partisan status of both judicial and School Board elections, and make them elections just like all others that are countywide or districtwide. In the case of School Board members, the law has never made any sense. In judicial circles, we can applaud efforts decades ago to keep partisan politics out of the election of judges, but that hardly seems practical now. Even on the federal level, when confirmation hearings for federal judges, Appeals Court judges and Supreme Court judges take place, its easy to discern to which party each candidate belongs. Despite the constant bickering, our country has survived quite nicely for many, many years with the two-party system. We cant see any reason why it shouldnt apply to all elections. Our Message PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGANMANAGER: JOHN MURPHYEDITOR: JIM CLARK MessengerWEST MARION Editorial Guest column Shaky U.S. principlesBY BOB FRANKEN Special to the MessengerYes, I know. How many times have we been told We are a nation of immigrants? The welcome, after all, is right there on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempesttost to me. And in fact, millions of people have sought refuge and thrived here, including my parents. But the tradition gets obliterated in all the angry debate about those who try to breach our borders ... even the children we see today, trying to escape the tempest in their own countries. Arguably, the welcome for huddled masses yearning to breathe free has its limits practical ones and, frankly, bigoted ones. To some degree, the grand promise has been lip service for a long time. Once the colonists and succeeding generations had settled in and expanded, they started being downright hostile to those who decided to come along later. Italians, Irish, Germans and Asians all have had to run the gantlet of vicious prejudice once they arrived. Boatloads of Jews were simply turned away by anti-Semitism as they tried to flee the horrors of the Holocaust. Now its many Muslims who experience religious hatred. Back in the day, Quakers were ostracized. Of course, Africans were welcomed ... as they were unloaded from their slave ships. All in all, its easy to understand the vicious reaction to those who pursue a life today in the United States. Its nothing new. And its not unique. We are finding it harder and harder to live up to our stated ideals. Equal Justice Under Law, the words chiseled over the entrance of the Supreme Court, are mocked in courthouses throughout the country. We take it as a given that those who can afford it get a much easier ride through our justice system than those of lesser means. Even as the laws are created, the wealthy special interests hire expensive lobbyists to make sure theyre not bound by the same rules as those who have no paid-for voice. And its getting worse. The middle class, which all politicians blithely describe as the backbone of our society, is withering away. The unions that protected worker rights have been steamrolled by executives who benefit financially if their employees just scrape by. Every day, economic inequality widens. Even everyones precious right to vote is undermined, not just by the obstacles put up by dilatory rules, but by the shameless distortions in the barrage of campaign ads, sponsored by those who want to buy the elections. Equal opportunity? Another platitude. So many of the nations public-education systems are in shambles. Those who could exercise their clout to force improvements instead pull their children out and place them in expensive private schools, where they are walled 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. Over the years, youth baseball has been one of my hobbies and passions. Im excited because this week begins the Little League Regionals on the ESPN family of networks (not as many on TV this year, some on the computer). I have been a coach, manager, umpire, league official and district director in such programs as Little League, Babe Ruth League (now the Cal Ripken division) and Dixie Youth League. About three weeks ago, a gentleman stepped to the microphone at the County Commission meeting and identified himself as an official with a Little League in Silver Springs Shores. What he asked for surprised me. He asked for relief from the fees his league has to pay the county to use the fields. I was shocked. In all my years of being involved with youth baseball, I have never heard of a city or county demanding money from a league for using county fields. In fact, in many places, government officials bend over backward to help the leagues, because they know that if the volunteers who run these leagues dry up, the county government would be descended upon by parents demanding that the government provide recreation baseball to take the place of the inoperative youth leagues. The countless amount of money that the volunteers save the government by running these programs that keep hundreds of children off the streets is a boon to local officials, including those in Ocala and Marion County. But evidently commissioners dont realize this. Let me put it another way: The county is charging taxpayers to play on fields that the taxpayers already own. Volunteers pay for privilege of helping Among Friends Jim Clark A lot of people dont realize the amount of work that goes into running a youth program. From planning meetings right after the first of the year, to registration, to tryouts, to drafting teams, to setting up schedules, to obtaining sponsors both for teams and for advertising signs around the outfield, to attending district meetings to plan tournaments, to choosing all-stars, to traveling to tournaments, its almost a year-round job and most volunteers love it. To ask them, however, to raise extra money to pay the county for the privilege of running a program that takes the burden off the county is a good way to alienate these volunteers. I hope that the county will take a look at this in the budget, if not this year then next. If not, then parents should get organized and have hundreds of youth baseball players show up for a series of county meetings to let the commissioners know how they feel. The term play ball is one of the sweetest sounds you will ever hear, especially when a bunch of 5 to 12-yearolds shout it. Maybe if they start yelling it at county meetings, it will make a bigger impression.Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger and the South Marion Citizen. Please see FRANKEN, Page 7 off from the riffraff. This country was designed to be a haven for those seeking freedom and, if not prosperity, at least a safe existence. Perhaps that was a false promise too much to deliver. Maybe at some point well just admit that we cant pull it off and symbolically say to the Founding Fathers, Nice try. (c) 2014 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Synd. FRANKENCONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Visit gallery on Friday for Barbara Fife event Quail Meadow Carolyn Slocumb Read the classifieds HAPPENINGSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 000IW97 Call (352) 489-2731 Deadline: August 22, 2014 Mon. 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Best to fess up now before a small mistake turns into a big misunderstanding. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Trying to please someone with a less-thanglowing opinion of something you value could be a waste of time. If you like it, stay with it. The weeks end brings an answer to an old mystery. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) There might be time to make a change. But be honest with yourself: Is it what you really want, or one you feel pressured into making? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Change is dominant, but so is caution: Proceed carefully, checking each step along the way to avoid encountering any unwelcome surprises that might be lurking along your path. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) It could be a mistake to rely on someone to keep his or her promise without checking out previous performances. What you learn now could save you from a painful lesson later. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Taking a strong stand on an issue you feel is too important to ignore could inspire others to follow.. The weekend is a good time to socialize with old friends. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Your sensitive nature gives you an insight into the problems of someone close to you. Your offer of support could be just what this person needs to turn his or her life around. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Financial matters continue to need even more careful analysis than usual. Use caution with investment possibilities. A personal relationship might take an unexpected turn by the weeks end. dinner/dance on Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Joan & Jess. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $16 per member or $20 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.L ola and the Saints in benefit concertThe TLC Time Capsule is set to transport you and your friends back in time to the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Lola and the Saints will perform a concert at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 Southwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.tlcocala.org under the Donate button. Proceeds from this concert will support the programs and dream of Transitions Life Center to benefit adults with special needs who have aged out of the ESE programs within the public school system. Please contact Ginger Broslat at 352-861-0252 or ginger@tlcocala.org.Free Living Healthy WorkshopDo you want to take control of your chronic illness? This workshop series takes place once a week, for two and a half hours, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Created by Stanford University, the seminars cover the following: 1) techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and 6) how to evaluate new treatments. Class size is limited to 16 people. The first class is 9:30-noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The class takes place at the Ocala Health Senior Wellness Community Center (9850 SW 84th Court Suite 500, Ocala). To enroll in this class and begin improving your quality of life, call 1-800-530-1188. EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 More on Page 7

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Experience has taught me that people are not really interested in hearing what I have to say. Rather, they want me listening to what they have to say. Usually, people have a lot to say and all they require are two ears. It does not have to be ears that hear, just ears that appear. Most things heard in such circumstances are not worth hearing. Perhaps that is the genius of our ears. In aging, they develop a little bit of wisdom and after a while, they just give up, not hearing anything really worth hearing. I cannot remember the last time I heard something under such circumstances worth hearing the first time, let alone remembering. This brings me to my memory. The best thing about memory is, you can remember things the way you want to remember them. After all, it is your memory and it should be up to you to remember what you want. My memory has a way of bringing out the positive to the absolute exclusion of the negative. And who wants to dwell on the negative? Whoever said you cannot live in the past is probably not old enough to have any past worth remembering. And the marvelous thing about remembering things in the past is that you can remember them as you like. It is your version of the past. Some people write journals, I like to trust my memory. As my memory has aged, it has become better, just like a fine wine. In fact, my memory is so good I can distinctly remember things that never happened. And the details I remember are simply astounding. Each time I recount a memory I remember new details. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has quite a different take on all of this. She remembers everything that actually happened. She has a photographic memory, whereas I have, according to her, a problematic memory. At her discretion, she can marshal all of the facts of the incident in the order in which it happened. Usually her memory throws my memory in a different light. No matter how I recount my memory, she always has some correction to it. More than once, she has claimed I stretched the truth. But I believe, if the truth cannot handle some stretching what good is it in the first place? If it is so fragile and cannot handle a little bit of stretching, I am not sure it is worth remembering. As my body gets weaker, my memory gets stronger. In the Old Testament, David spoke often of the importance of memory. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands (Psalms 143:5 KJV). For David, in his old age his memory brought him a great deal of comfort. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread (Psalms 37:25 KJV). My goal is to live each day in such a way that years down the road I will have a good memory.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 1-866552-2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net or website www.jamessnyderministries.com. According to the group, Bobby James (District 3) and Angie Boynton (District 4) both support the referendum, but did not elaborate in their responses to the CEP. In forums, both have noted the need to restore art and music. James in particular has noted the need to begin funding vocational programs. Jamie Bevan (District 4) supports the referendum as well, the group says, with caveats that she expects to see the funds used as written in the language. Since Bevan is running for School Board, we expect that if elected she would work diligently to oversee the school districts budget and make responsible appointments to the Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee. To her credit, Bevan pledged at the July Friday Forum that she would make sure funds are invested as intended. Bevan also noted the Legislatures habit to divert funding away from public education as a reason for supporting the referendum. Diane Schrier (District 4) noted her support for the referendum stems from the failure of the state Legislature to adequately fund public education, and its ongoing efforts to divert funds away from the public education system to charter schools and private school vouchers. She also noted the district has already cut their budget significantly. Jim Touchton (District 3) stated the need to restore basic programs for students and praised the accountability components of the referendum, noting: The inclusion of an independent citizens oversight committee and an automatic sunset provision make this referendum a respectable effort to correct the States underfunding of its Public Education system. However, Touchton provided a caveat that he would end the referendum early if funds could be found elsewhere in the budget to fund programs like art and music. Marions United says, We believe this is an unlikely possibility considering both the level of cuts made over the previous seven years and the consistent record of underfunding by the Florida Legislature. Both Chase Basinger (District 4) and Ed Wilson (District 3) cite their opposition to a tax increase as the main reason for opposing the referendum. Basinger describes a credibility problem with the district noting This [referendum] has been tried many times within the last several years. I do not support threatening taxpayers with teacher layoffs, then, when the district doesnt get its way after an election, go back and hire the teachers that were released. According to the group, This is incorrect on a couple of points. First, the School Board has only attempted a referendum to fund operations once in the previous 10 years, a near last minute attempt in 2012 which failed narrowly. Second, Marion County Public Schools laid off 261 first year teachers and paraprofessionals on May 31, 2013, months after the failure of the school funding referendum on August 14, 2012, not before. The 160 first year teaching positions were restored later in the summer of 2013, but only due to the high number of both retirements and resignations that occurred after the May 31st announcement. The other 101 layoffs of teacher aides were permanent and remain to this day. These initial layoffs were not threats, but harsh fiscal realities after the school district failed to secure additional revenue through the 2012 referendum. We believe its imperative Marion County not make the same mistake twice in 2014. Jane Moerlie (District 3) described her opposition as follows: I do not support it unless the current leadership discovers ways to cut cost in administration. We cannot ask for more from the taxpayers until we become a good steward of their money. According to Marions United, Many administrative positions are required by the state and despite conventional wisdom, very little savings can be gained from administrative cuts. The task of restoring art, music, library, and PE, plus hiring enough teachers to truly meet class size standards along with lost paraprofessional positions (teacher aides) will cost roughly $12-16 million. There is simply no way that administrative cost cutting could cover the amount needed. It should be noted that none of the candidates opposing Marion Countys school funding referendum have yet provided a specific plan for what areas and positions they prefer to cut along with estimated savings. None of the candidates opposing the referendum have provided a specific proposal for how they plan to restore art, music, libraries, PE, and lost teaching and paraprofessional positions eliminated in 2013 or previous years. Ron Crawford (District 5) as a current member of the School Board voted to put the school funding referendum on the November ballot. However, Crawford remains undecided on the overall issue noting Yes, the school system could use the money but the finally [sic] ballot language does not ensure that the items listed as part of the ballot language well be the items that the money is used on. I proposed ballot language that would have ensured the money could only be used for the items that the voters thought that they were voting for. My proposal was not approved by a majority of the Board. Marions United says, On the first point, Mr. Crawford is a member of the School Board. We presume that should he win another term that he will work diligently to oversee the school districts budget and make responsible appointments to the Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee which oversees the referendums funds. On the second point, Mr. Crawfords original proposal was only a half mill and could only be used in years that didnt involve a salary raise for teachers. This made little practical sense, which is why the School Board rejected it. Kelly King (District 5) stated in her written response to the CEP that she supports the referendum as long as funds are allocated appropriately. However, King has potentially changed her position, reportedly saying in a forum hosted by the Marion County NAACP, I was originally for it but then when I really examined it more carefully, I dont think we need it. If the District can pay over $100,000 for an attorney when we need teachers I cannot support it. Marions United says, Well again point out that the task of restoring art, music, library, and PE, plus hiring enough teachers to truly meet class size standards along with lost paraprofessional positions (teacher aides) will cost roughly $12-16 million. If Kings remarks at the NAACP forum are accurate, she owes the public a specific plan for how she plans to restore these programs, and not simplistic anecdotes. We asked about Kings position from her campaign, but we received no reply to our email request for clarification. At the risk of misstating Kings position, we have her listed as undecided. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9 4 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger We are here to help, specializing in memory care. Call to schedule your personal tour today. Worried That Mom Cant Remember? ASSISTED LIVING The Harbor House at Ocala #AL8142 12080 SW. 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When: W ednesdays August 13, 20, 27 & September 3 10:30 a.m. Where: Edward Jones in Royal Palms Plaza 8960 SW Hwy. 200 Ste 3, Ocala, FL 34481 352-237-2430 Refreshments and light snacks will be served. GARAGE SCREEN DOORS 465-4629 Call us today for a free estimate! $ 795 $ 795 $ 795 CRC058138 Starting at OPTIONAL SCREEN CHOICES. RAY RAY RAY CC C C C C ONSTRUCTION ONSTRUCTION ONSTRUCTION Crayconst.com Crayconst.com Crayconst.com 1 6 x 7 SL ID IN G GA RA GE S CR EE N D OO R 1 6 x 7 SL ID IN G 16 x 7 SLIDING GARAGE GARAGE SCREEN SCREEN DOOR DOOR 000IWTY We also install custom acrylic & glass windows. Beat The Price Increase! 000IWTH IRRIGATION LLC. SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. 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Thursday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m., The Mojo Grill, 2013 SW 17th St., in front of Target.Clothing for families in needThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be giving out free new and gently used childrens clothing to families in need at their annual Clothe the Children drive on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church pavilion, 7525 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Dunnellon. For more information, call 489-5954.Saturday, Aug. 9 School open house at HopeHope Evangelical Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Back-to-School Open House on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. School children and their parents are encouraged to drop by for hot dogs, soft drinks, etc. Some free school supplies will be available. Call 489-5511 for more information. Book sale for animal food bankA book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winn-Dixie, 8445 SW Highway 200, Ocala. They are not accepting books until fall. Bring your aluminum cans. For information, call 352-291-1962.Sunday, Aug. 10 German Americans celebrationThe German American Club of Marion County will hold an anniversary Happenings Please see EVENTS, Page 5

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if there is one; if not, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Always cross streets where pedestrians are expected, such as corners and crosswalks. And be visible. Wear bright and reflective colors on your clothes, shoes and/or wristbands. Bus Safety Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. Motorists should be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and in school parking lots. At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Children should never walk behind a bus. Remember, Stop on Red, kids ahead! Seatbelts and Child Restraints Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicles most important safety feature, but it only works if you use it. Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers of motor vehicles and all children riding in a vehicle under 18. Keep children in the back seat, at least through age 12, if possible. Front seat air bags, when deployed, can be dangerous to children. A new law taking effect in January 2015 will require children 4 and 5 years of age to ride in a booster seat. To view the Departments Child Safety Awareness Month video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?vykzgp5iwiPU. For more information on this and other safety campaigns sponsored by the DHSMV visit www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/, or contact the DHSMV Communication Office at (850) 617-3102. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3 10 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 STORE HOURS: TUES.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 www.jandjjewelersocala.com www.jandjjewelersocala.com Missing Diamonds? Diamonds Replaced! 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If quality, neatness & attention to detail are important..call for a Free Estimate. Pro Plus Builders Painting Division 352-572-0830 proplusbuilders.com STUMP GRINDINGCALLJIM FOR FREE ESTIMATES (218) 289-3767 PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parent s or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. T o complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Director of Church MusicLead Ministry of Music for progressive, Protestant church near Ocala, FL (+-5.5 hrs/week). Direct adult and bell choirs (rehearsals, Wednesday p.m.), lead church through music and liturgy (worship, Sunday a.m. and special holidays), lead special musical events, and work with accompanist and p astor as member of Worship and Arts Team. Call Dr. Harold W. McSwain at 352-237-3035; see www.uccocala.org BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 GUN & KNIFE SHOWBROOKSVILLE HSC CLUBSat. Aug. 9th 9a-5p Sun. Aug. 10th 9a-4p HERNANDO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Admission $6.00 (352) 799-3605 ST JUDE NOVENAmay the sacred heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude worker of miracles pray for us. St. Jude Help of the Hopeless pray for us. Say this prayer nine times per day by the eighth day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank You St. Jude for all prayers answered. M.R. RNs, LPNs and CNAs WANTED!12 Hour Shifts for Hospice Patients At least one year exp. is required.Also need RNSfor ICU, PCU, Med/Surg, OR Call Debra at 800-473-7701 Or email dschelberger@ arborstaff.com has made a connection and found a place with TLC, she, like many parents, looks forward to the organizations continued growth. I know their plan is to have a residential facility one day, says Diane. I hope it is in the near future. All parents want their children to grow up and have a full life of their own. That doesnt change when your child has a disability. Matthew would love to live somewhat independently, but in a setting where he is safe. Thats what TLC wants to do. To learn more about TLC, visit www.tlcocala.org. If you would like a speaker from TLC as a program for your organization, contact Ginger Broslat at 352-8610252 or ginger@tlcocala.org. TLCCONTINUED FROM P AGE 1 CHILDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Ocala Palms Fillies on the waterLovely Lake Weir was the setting for the Red Hat Fillies of Ocala Palms this month. The ladies were graciously given a tour of the lake by Ocala Palms resident Don Sturgal who was a great skipper and very knowledgeable. Shown here are Don Sturgal, Betty Scott, Jane Vollrath and Judy Duby. Following the boat ride the ladies enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at Eatons Restaurant on the lake. Left to right are Judy Duby, Jane Vollrath and Pat Kettel. Also enjoying lunch are Carol Yount, Cathy Donohue and Diane Higgins. In celebrating my recent birthday, I found myself caught up in a case of nostalgia. I never imagined I would really get this old. Not that I am old, mind you, but I have reached the point in life I never thought I would when I was younger. Had I known I would get this old, I would have saved some of the energy I wasted during my teenage years. How was I to know that as you got older your supply of energy began diminishing? When I was younger, I could not sit still for long and no matter where I went, I ran. It was impossible for me just to walk. Often my mother chided me by saying, Slow down, young man. But I never could. I have finally come to the point where I am in harmony with my mothers desire. The only problem is, I am not a young man anymore. Today, I can sit in my easy chair for hours and not even move. I keep a little mirror on the stand next to my chair so my wife can periodically check to see if I am still breathing. Often, the only indication of life is the occasional snoring. One thing I have learned in growing older is that my eyes are not quite what they used to be. For example, the mailbox used to be rather close to the front door of our house. Now, I can barely see it from the front door and it takes over an hour to reach it by walking. To be truthful, halfway to the mailbox I have to pause and catch my breath. And, when I look at my checkbook, I can barely see to the end of the month. When I was young, I used to Things I have learned in my lifetime hear the saying, A penny saved is a penny earned. Now, my eyes are so bad, I cannot see anything to buy for a penny. Not only are my eyes going, but my hearing is not quite what it used to be when I was young. It is not as bad as it might seem. There is a good side to diminished hearing. When I am in a crowd with people talking, I can sit back, smile, nod my head occasionally and not have to be bored with what everybody is saying. Out to Pastor Dr. James Snyder Please see PASTOR Page 4

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Last month one of FFVs most popular neighbors accomplished a goal that she had had for quite a number of years, and she did it in an amazing fashion. Dawna Rhoda is 55 years old and she has graduated from Rasmussen with a degree in Organizational Management. Dawna started working toward a college degree years ago; however, like so many of us, Dawna found that life has a way of taking unexpected turns. Raising her family and taking care of other responsibilities always had to come first so that the appropriate time to complete her degree was elusive for a while. Dawna was able to get serious about completing her goal several years ago, and she took on the task with her classic good humor and determination. Hard work paid off and Dawna graduated 1st in her class. Her speech at graduation was called inspirational by her friends who met together with Dawna at the Fairfield Village Clubhouse for a celebratory evening two weeks ago. As the accompanying photos show, Dawna had lots of people who came to congratulate her success. We in FFV join with the others in saying, Congratulations for a job well done. We are proud of you too. Best wishes to Dawna for continuing success from your friends and neighbors in Fairfield Village, the lively place filled with lovely people.Wounded Warrior ProjectA new group is being organized (mostly FFV neighbors at the present) as a tribute to veterans and to help the Wounded Warrior Project. This was a brainstorm of several neighbors with very close ties to the military today and from the past as well. With the anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki here upon us, this group has been inspired to do something, not just talk about wishing that they could do something. They are up and started with some big plans. First project is coming up this weekend on SW 60th Place where there will be a block yard sale dont know yet how many but enough to be interesting to those who would like a real bargain while helping launch a group who plan to make a difference one day at a time. The group does not yet have an official name, but they know what they plan to do: good things for some exceptionally good and deserving people and families. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, August 6, 2014 11 2 W ednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger OCALA EAST 352-861-2275 3405 SW COLLEGE RD, STE 207 Colours Plaza, next to Red Lobster OCALA WEST 352-671-2999 11250 SW 93RD CT. RD. Next to Chilis CRYSTAL RIVER 352-794-6155 1122 N. SUNCOAST BLVD (US 19) A block and a half south of Ft. Island Trail INVERNESS 352-419-7911 3161-C E. GULF TO LAKE HWY 1/2 mile east of Walmart M-F 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Appointment Needed www.nutechhearing.com FREE HEARING TEST WE ACCEPT OVER 40 DIFFERENT INSURANCE PLANS So Call Us And We Will Give You All The Information You Need Before You Come In! Everyone Get It Is Not Limited To A Select Few! FREE Test Dates are available August 6-August 12, 2014 Is Your Hearing Difficulty Earwax Buildup or Something More Serious? 000IVBM 135367-01 000ILN8 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. TRUESDELL, J.D., LLM Attorney & Counselor at Law (352) 873-4141 or KelleanTruesdell.com My Florida Estate Planning Workshop is available any day at any hour. Wills, Living Trusts, Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, Probate, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection, Federal Death Tax Minimization, Trust Administration, Elder Law and Personal LifeCare Services. 000IWS6 Christ the King The Rev. Donald J. Curran, RectorServices: Rite I 8:00 am Rite II 10:15 am3801 US N. Hwy 441 in Living Waters Worship Centers South Sanctuary 352-351-9727 www.ctkaocala.orgAnglican Church 000I9PL 000IHUS 6768 SW 80th Street Ocala 34476 352-861-6182 www.ccomc.org S UNDAY S ERVICES Sunday School . . . 9:30 am Classes for all ages Worship Service . 10:30 am P ASTOR D AVID B ELLOWS is discovered through worshiping together 711187 If you are not completely satisfied, the aids may be returned for a full refund within 45 days of t he 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. M Dickey Richardson Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist Inside SEARS Paddock Mall (352) 237-1665 Rickey Richardson Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist 9570 SW Hwy 200 (Corner of Hwy 484 & 200) (352) 291-1467 Inside CHECK QUALIFICATION CALL 352-291-1467 Provider for most insurance companies WALK-INS WELCOME! Call for a FREE demo today! Must present coupon. Any make or model. In office only. One week only. FREE HEARING TEST BATTERY REPLACEMENT HEARING AID REPAIRS BAT TERIES PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 99 Limit 1 Coupon Per Visit. Limit 2 Packs Per Visit. Must present coupon. One week only. 0 % FINANCING ONE WEEK ONLY! 12 MONTHS SAME AS CASH Factory pricing for non-qualifiers FREE HEARING AIDS New Location Inside Crystal River Mall (Next to K-Mart) FREE Service in Over 1,300 Miracle Ear Locations! Travel With Confidence... Miracle Ear Will Be There. FI ND O UT FIND OUT F OR FOR YO UR SE LF YOURSELF! Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Government Insurance code #104, #105, #11 1, or #112. Feder al Insurance pays total cost of 2 Mirac le Ear Digital Hearing Aids Empire Sta te Insurance Plan pays for total cost of 2 Miracle Ear Digital Hearing Aids Y ou Pay $ 0 C al l To da y, t hi s Tr ad eIn O ff er i s Call Today, this T rade-In Offer is A va il ab le f or 7 DA YS O NL Y! Available for 7 DAYS ONL Y! Valid when you trade-in your current hearing aids towards the purchase of a Miracle-Ear ME-1 or ME-2 Solution (2 aids). Valid at participating Miracle-Ear locations only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Does not apply to prior purchases. Fairfield Village resident accomplishes big goal Fairfield Village Priscilla Barnett Come to Fairfield Village this weekend, get a bargain, and help a great cause, our veterans and wounded warriors. See you this weekend right off SW 60th Avenue at SW 60th Place. Dawna Rhoda, center, enjoys a laugh with two friends and coworkers who were so happy that Dawna reached her college graduation goal. Please see FAIRFIELD, Page 11 FAIRFIELDCONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 The Williams family of Dunnellon and Ohio surprised Dawna Rhoda and helped her celebrate as they enjoyed food and a time in the pool on a very hot Saturday. Education has always been a top priority for, from elft, Kevin, Zackary, Norris, Sandy, Dominique, and "Dolly."

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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Rev. Snyder..........3 Quail Meadow......7 Ocala Palms......10 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 25 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 Puzzles Page 8 ClassifiedsPage 1012 Wednesday, August 6, 2014 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala (352) 629-0900 (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) GREAT FINANCING ON EZ-GO CARTS! 000IP1G (4 miles west of I-75, just before Lowes) 7201 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala 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 (Prices may vary according to your vehicle) FREE 10-Minute Installation (Most Models) 50 Bronze $ 79 95 exchange 60 Silver $ 89 95 exchange 72 Gold $ 99 95 exchange 84 Platinum $ 109 95 exchange GOLF CARS STAR TING AT $2,295 & UP Other locations throughout the southeast (352) 629-0900 000I4P0 Marions United for Public Education, a local support group for public schools, has provided a summary of where it believes School Board candidates stand on the one mill referendum for schools on the ballot in November. Although that election is still three months away, the first round of School Board elections takes place in the primary on Aug. 26. The school funding referendum was approved by the Marion County School Board and sent to the ballot by Marion County Commissioners unanimously earlier this year. Here is the language voters will see on their November ballot: Shall the Marion County School Districts ad valorem millage be increased by a total of one mill, beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, for the necessary operating expenses including reading, physical education, art, music, library/media and vocational programs; meeting class size requirements; and retaining State Certified teachers and paraprofessionals with oversight of these expenditures by an independent citizens financial oversight committee? Voters will cast either a yes vote or a no vote. Marions United For Public Education says it strongly supports the school funding referendum. In 2013, we brought together the community coalition that wrote the referendum. We believe it is by far the best solution to ensuring great people and programs that help our students are both protected and restored in the years ahead. After seven years and tens of millions in cuts, we believe it is long past time to boost community investment and begin the process of restoring essential programs like art, music, libraries, and physical education. In order to improve the education our students receive, voters should know that simply cutting the budget further and expecting better results is not a serious option. Budget cutting without additional investment has been the strategy of the Marion County school district for seven years and it has failed. Those who advocate for more cuts or believe there is some better distribution of existing resources are simply perpetuating a failed status quo that has done great harm to our children and our community. Below, find our analysis of the reasons why candidates were both for and against the school funding referendum. To get a more in depth view of the candidates and their positions on a range of issues, we recommend reading the candidates responses to the Marion Chamber and Economic Partnerships (CEP) questionnaire on the Internet. We also recommend reading some of the transcriptions of previous candidate forums generously provided by Save Ocalas Schools on Facebook. PHOTO BY CATHY DONOHUEA day on the lakeThe Red Hat Fillies of Ocala Palms recently took a leisurely tour of Lake Weir. Ready for their ride are Carol Yount, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Kettel and Betty Scott. More photos on Page 10. August brings the end of the summer break and the beginning of a new school year in Florida. Its an ideal time for focusing on child safety, and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will do just that by launching its Child Safety Awareness Month. The theme of this inaugural awareness campaign is Every Child is a Human Caution Sign. Whether playing in the yard, riding in the backseat of a vehicle, or waiting at a school bus stop, a child is a human caution sign, said Captain Nancy Rasmussen, Chief of Public Affairs for the Florida Highway Patrol. They are living reminders that we need to slow down, pay attention, and abide by traffic laws for their safety as well as our own. Each week, DHSMV will focus on different traffic related safety issues involving children, such as seatbelts and child restraints, bicyclist and pedestrian tips, school bus safety, and making sure a child is not behind the vehicle when backing up. The Department, in partnership with other state agencies, will be distributing safety reminders, such as: Be Alert While Backing Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing. Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings. Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse. Back out slowly. Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Know your vehicles blind spots and look again before backing. Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety While on a bicycle, ride in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings. Always use a headlight and taillight at night. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk Matthew Murray knew life would change a bit when he moved to Ocala last fall. As a 27 year-old with down syndrome, his options are somewhat limited. What he didnt expect was how many new friends he would make through an organization called Transitions Life Center. When Matt moved here, I was really concerned about how he would adjust, says his mom Diane Murray. We were so glad we found TLC (Transitions Life Center). He went to the summer camp and loved it. To have the friendship and camaraderie he has found means so much to me. The people at TLC are awesome, says Matthew. I have so many friends now and they are all good people. At camp, I did woodworking, crafts and learned about science experiments that were really cool. The dance at the end of camp was great. Transitions Life Center is a faithbased, nonprofit organization that is providing programing for adults with special needs who have completed the ESE programs within the public school system. The group started with a summer camp in 2013 and began a Saturday program called THRIVE in January. THRIVE stands for teamwork, honor, respect, independence, values and education. TLC held a spiritual day in January where an ecumenical mission exchange team from Jamaica worked with TLC volunteers to share lessons and activities based on the Proverbs 17:17 scripture, A friend loves at all times. Matthew attended the TLC Spiritual Day, I had a great day, says Matthew. I got to see my TLC friends again and made even more friends with people from Jamaica. Matthew found a special connection with Elton Watson, a minister in the Jamaican Mission Team. While Diane is thrilled her son On Top of the World resident Matthew Murray, right, proudly displays his created collage of Gods beauty from a nature walk at the TLC THRIVE program Spiritual Day. He is pictured with Elton Watson, his new friend from Jamaica who was part of the ecumenical mission exchange. Transitions Life Center helps Ocala resident TLC will take another step in fundraising toward their dream with the Lola and the Saints benefit concert to be held at West Port High School on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. The doo-wop group will be performing classic tunes from the s and s Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, or by calling 352-861-0252. Please see TLC, Page 3 Child safety emphasized in August Please see CHILD, Page 3 Group lists candidates school tax feelings Friday ForumThe Friday Forum of Marion County is giving voters another opportunity to carefully consider County Commission and judicial candidates before the Aug. 26 primary when the speaker/luncheon group next meets at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at Buffet City, State Road 200 at MLK Jr. Blvd. Comoderators will be CF Humanities Professor Darrell Riley, former Star Banner staffer who is well known for his work with the Ocala Civic Theater and the Friends of the Library, and School Board candidate Diane Schrier, state public policy chair and national board member for public policy, American Association of University Women. While written questions may be submitted at the luncheon Aug. 8, we would really appreciate it if your issues and concerns could be e-mailed in advance to FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com. You may also telephone Delphine Herbert at 352873-9970 for further information. Note that the $10 charge, payable directly to the restaurant, includes the buffet, tax, tip and a drink. Please see SCHOOLS, Page 9 The Liitle Women Juniorettes of Ocala will be participating also. Both clubs are members of the General Federation of Womens Clubs headquartered in Washington, D. C. All women in the area are welcome. For further information, contact President Patti Stewart at 351-2708 or Frances Kolonia at 629-7397. Saturday, Aug. 23 Hard Rock Casino tripSt. Jude Catholic Community in Marion Oaks is sponsoring another trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 23. Cost is $35 per person. The bus will leave the St. Jude parking lot at 8 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. For information and reservations please contact Ghislaine at 245-9962.Tuesday, Sept. 23 Candidates invited to forumThe GFWC Womans Club of Ocala will conduct a Candidates Forum for candidates in the November elections on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Meeting Room C from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Evelyn B. Kelly will serve as moderator. Candidates for the Marion County Commission, the Marion County School Board, and the Florida House of Representatives are invited to participate. For further information contact Frances at 352-629-7397 or email: ocaladowns@yahoo.com. Friday, Sept. 19 St. Jude fish dinnersBeginning Friday, Sept. 19, St. Jude Catholic Community in Marion Oaks will be serving fish dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dinners will be served once a month. The menu includes fried or baked fish, cole slaw, French fries and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door. EVENTSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 7