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Lake City ReporterSUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.50 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM Catholic Charities gives annual Dove, Grace awards. FGC hosts countywide Speed Stacking Competition. SUNDAYEDITION 6A 7A CALL US:(386) 752-1293SUBSCRIBE TOTHE REPORTER:Voice: 755-5445Fax: 752-9400 TODAY IN SPORTS Tigers take on Palatka in double-header. Vol. 139, No. 224 1A TODAYÂ’S WEATHER Opinion . . . . . . 4ABusiness . . . . . . . . 1CObituaries . . . . . 5AAdvice . . . . . . . 5DPuzzles . . . . . . . 5B 65 36 Rain showers, 2A TODAY IN BUSINESS Guitars at top of holiday shopping list. Parade now set to rollMondayFrom staff reportsInclement weather postponed the Lake City Christmas Parade Saturday night, but the holiday crowd-pleaser has been rescheduled for Monday. The parade route will remain the same. The Lake City Christmas parade will take place at 6 p.m. Monday and the parade lineup will begin at 5 p.m. near the corner of North West Washington Street and North West Hilton Avenue. The parade will start on Marion Avenue near Washington Street with Meally Jenkins, founder of the Christmas Dream Machine as its grand marshal and head south, ending at the DOT office near Clements Street and disperse at the Farmers Furniture Parking lot. The Lake City Christmas Parade is coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lake City. Rotary Club presi-dent Robert Turbeville said Friday that the high chance of rain Saturday night was the reason the parade was postponed. Â“We had a lot of churches and groups calling us con-cerned about the rain fore-cast for Saturday night, so we talked to several meteo-rologists and got their take on it and we felt it was bet-ter to move it to Monday night,Â” Turbeville said. By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.com L uke clutched 3-year-old Maggie in his arms as the two pre-pared to sled down the snow-covered slide. One, two, three Â— and they propelled down the icy slope in their blue sled, looks of excitement beaming from their faces as the sled hopped a small hill and came to a rest. Over and over again, the same scene played out at the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce event, Snow Day, on Saturday. Children waited in line, anxiously anticipating their turn to go down the slide or see Santa. The smell of funnel cakes and other fair-esque food drifted from the street lined with food vendors. Â“It just doesnÂ’t snow here,Â” said 5-year-old Luke, who loved crafting snowballs to chuck at friends and family. Within sec-onds after uncurling from the sled, he already wanted to head to one of the four snowhills. Â“I get to build a snowman.Â” It wasnÂ’t the first time Luke had played in the make-shift snow piled high in the down-town Olustee Park. After coming last year, he looked forward to this yearÂ’s Snow Day. Â“ItÂ’s a good event,Â” said his Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterLaciemae Hopper, 7, hits a mound of shaved ice during th e Snow Day event held in Olustee Park in downtown Lake City on Saturday. Â‘The hump (in the snow) surprised me,Â’ she said. SEE MORE PHOTOS, 9A. SNOW DAY 2013 RAIN CANÂ’T DAMPEN... Weather threatened, but failed to spoil annual even t. County ranks high on STD listBy AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comColumbia County ranks 18th out of 67 Florida coun-ties in terms of school-aged children with sexually-trans-mitted diseases, a problem the Florida Department of Education may be able to help. A DOE representative approached Columbia County School DistrictÂ’s health education coordi-nator Gloria Spivey and the Columbia County Department of Health on Monday to conduct a coun-ty health assessment sur-vey. The department will analyze the data to select 15 counties in the state most in need of help. Though Columbia County may not be selected, the local health department plans to contin-ue county-wide education on STDs. Currently, approximately 3 out of 100 students contract either gonorrhea or chlamydia between the ages of 15 to 19 in the county. At a rate of 2,971.8 per 100,000, Columbia ranks higher than the state rate of 2,377.3. According to Florida Department of Health data, approximately 130 students tested posi-tive last year for STDs, not including HIV. Columbia County reported less than 10 cases of HIV among school-aged children. Â“We have to do a better job of educating our youth,Â” Mark Lander, Columbia County Health Department administrator, said. Â“IÂ’m not surprised [by the numbers,] but I am disappointed. I would like for us to do more outreach in schools. I would like for our students to take this seriously. They are suscep-tible. Sexually-transmitted diseases arenÂ’t random. The actions of our youth are what drive our STD rates.Â” Columbia County fell behind Gadsden County, Students here are18th of FloridaÂ’s67 counties. Trick pool shots on tap By STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comTom Â“Dr. CueÂ” Rossman and his wife, Marty, were regulars in the profes-sional billiards circuit for decades until one day in 1991 when they coined the term Â“artistic poolÂ”Â—a new sport marrying phys-ics, dexterity, creativity and visual entertainment. That sport came to Lake City Friday during the first round of the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup VII, a multi-stage tournament at the Pockets pool hall featuring 14 skilled billiards players Law enforcement academy expandsBy STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comFlorida Gateway College revealed concep-tual designs Friday morn-ing for a 25-acre campus expansion that would create additional train-ing facilities for their law enforcement and public safety programs. The computer-generated renderings were revealed to the press dur-ing a roundtable meeting with representatives from Florida Gateway College, Columbia County Fire Rescue, Lake City Fire Department and the Columbia and Baker County SheriffsÂ’ Offices. The proposed facilities would be placed on the southeast side of cam-pus near the intramural softball field and include a 700 by 400 foot emer-gency vehicle operations training course, a four story fire training facil-ity and enhanced firearm practice environments. Â“This is an overall concept of what weÂ’d like to see if our wishlist was ful-filled today,Â” Sheriff Mark Hunter said. Â“But we real-ize we canÂ’t do this all in FLORIDA GATEWAY COLLEGE JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterTom Â‘Too KoolÂ’ Kinzel sets up a shot during the Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup VII held at the Pockets po ol hall on Friday. Competitors were expected to follow the eight disciplines, including the Trick and Fancy, Sp ecial Arts, Draw, Follow, Bank/Kick, Stroke, Jump and Mas se shots.Yoho talks gun rights hereBy AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comCongressman Ted Yoho declared, to a cho-rus of cheers at the Family Firearms Safety event Saturday, the Second Amendment a constitutional birthright that should not be infringed upon. Organized by YohoÂ’s staff, the event educated the congressmanÂ’s constituents about gun safety, proper maintenance, concealed weapon permits and more. Approximately 40 people filled the audience at the Jackie Taylor building in Lake City. Most of them were curious about issues such as the Stand Your Ground law, selecting the right gun safe and how to handle a con-cealed weapon if stopped by law enforcement. Â“The gun doesnÂ’t kill people,Â” Yoho said. Â“ItÂ’s the peo-ple behind it. ItÂ’s an instru-ment. ItÂ’s something there, an animate object that has no emotion unless someoneÂ’s behind it. And thank God, we live in a country that has a Second Amendment that allows us to have ownership of weapons responsibly.Â” The Second Amendment was written at a time when America was fledgling nation breaking away from a tyran-nical government. Since that time, many military troops have fought to protect the idea of a free militia established during the Revolutionary War, Yoho added. It remains the responsibility of all Americans to make sure the Second Amendment is not impacted, Yoho said. TROY ROBERTS /Florida Gateway CollegeLCFD Assistant Fire Chief Tim Westberry, FGC Vice President of Occupational Programs Tracy Hickman, L CFD Fire Chief Frank Armijo, FGC President Charles Hall FGC Law Enforcement Academy Director John Jewett and FG C Law Enforcement Training Program Coordinator Jay Sw isher pose in front of a surplus 1993 Pierce Internationa l firetruck donated by the Lake City council and LCFD Friday mo rning. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterU.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville, speaks about the Second Amendment during the Family Firearm Safety Event held in Lake City on Saturday. STD continued on 8A POOL continued on 8A FGC continued on 8A SNOW DAY continued on 9A YOHO continued on 8A
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS AROUND FLORIDA Friday: 12-32-38-42 x17 Friday: 6-30-32-34-35 Saturday: Afternoon: 9-4-5 Saturday: Afternoon: 0-6-8-4 Wednesday: 2-33-38-51-52-53 x5 Deputies: Teen kicks 72-year-old man, laughs FORT MYERS A southwest Florida community is ral lying around a 72year-old man this holiday season after authorities say a teenager kicked him while her friend video taped it. Lee County Sheriffs offi cials said a 15-year-old high school basketball player and several teammates were walking through a neighborhood when they spotted Robert Lerberg gardening last month. Authorities say the teen kicked Lerberg from behind and laughed, while another videoed it. The assault outraged county residents. Authorities say the teen also alleg edly knocked on another seniors door that day and slapped the victim in the face. She faces two felony battery charges. The Associated Press is not naming the suspect because she is a minor. The News-Press reports several companies are donating gardening mate rials and labor; and one person bought Lerberg a Christmas tree. Man charged with stabbing teen WESLEY CHAPEL A southwest Florida teen is being charged with mur der after authorities say he fatally stabbed a high school student. Pasco County Sheriffs authorities say Cleave Gittens and Tuvarrion Sirmons got into a fight at a clubhouse in their neighborhood Friday. Authorities said 18-year-old Gittens stabbed 16-year-old Sirmons. Its unclear what prompted the stabbing. No other details were released. A crisis team with grief counselors will be at Zephyrhills High School where Sirmons attended on Monday. Former chairman pleads guilty SARASOTA The former Sarasota County Republican Party chair man has pleaded guilty to making false campaign donations. The Sarasota HeraldTribune reports Robert Waechter confessed Thursday to using under handed tactics but will avoid prison. Prosecutors said Waechter made false campaign donation in the name of a political rival in an attempt to undermine her career. The judge sentenced him to three months under house arrest, two years of probation, 100 hours of community service and $5,000 in fines. Bank robber claims bomb DANIA BEACH Authorities in South Florida say a man claiming to have a bomb attempted to rob a bank and was later shot and wounded by sheriffs deputies. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday the man had a device around his neck, but authori ties were not certain it was an active explosive device. Israel said depu ties opened fire when the man refused to comply with their orders outside the Chase bank branch in Dania Beach. NEWTOWN B ells tolled 26 times to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School as local churches held memorial services Saturday and President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence. With snow falling and homes decorated with Christmas lights, Newtown looked every bit the clas sic New England town, with a cof fee shop and general store doing steady business. But reminders of the private grief were everywhere. God bless the families, read a sign posted at one house in the green and white colors of the Sandy Hook school, and a church posted that it was open for prayer. Ryan Knaggs, a chef who lives in Newtown, said that as the bells tolled he thought of two young vic tims who played soccer with his 7year-old daughter. The echo of the bells, knowing some of the children personally, you feel the exactitude with each bell ... the exactitude of the loss and the grief, Knaggs said. The bells rang 26 times at St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown begin ning at 9:30 a.m. the moment the gunman shot his way into the school on Dec. 14, 2012 and names of the victims were read over a loud speaker. Connecticuts governor had asked for bells to ring across Connecticut and directed that flags be lowered to half-staff. In Washington, the president and first lady Michelle Obama lit 26 votive candles set up on a table in the White House Map Room one each for the 20 children and six edu cators. In his weekly radio address released hours earlier, Obama said the nation hasnt done enough to make its communities safer by keep ing dangerous people from getting guns and healing troubled minds. Gun restrictions backed by the president in response to the shooting faced stiff opposition and ultimately stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate. We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for, Obama said. Anniversary observances were held around the country, includ ing in Tucson, Ariz., where former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband were planting a yel low rose bush in a memorial garden created after the 2011 shooting that nearly killed her. Giffords husband, Mark Kelly, said it is important to pause and support families of the Newtown victims. Newtown asked for quiet and pri vacy on the anniversary. Police seek motive in Colorado shooting CENTENNIAL Investigators on Saturday were working to find out what motivated a teenage gunman to enter his suburban Denver high school armed with a shotgun looking for a specific teacher a day earlier. Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted educator, who quickly left the building. The 18year-old shooter identified by authorities as Karl Pierson criti cally wounded a 15-year-old student, but the strategic response by police on the eve of the Newtown massacre anniversary appears to have averted more bloodshed. About a half hour after wounding the girl, Pierson was found dead in the school, apparently of a self-inflict ed gunshot wound. I believe the shooter took his life because he knew he had been found, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. Bells toll for school shooting victims Wednesday: 1-10-13-18-9 x27 2A LAKE CITY REPORTER SUNDAY REPORT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 Correction The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question or suggestion, please call the executive editor. Corrections and clarifica tions will run in this space. And thanks for reading. HOW TO REAC H US Main number ....... 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Psalm 18:30-32 Happiness is not achieved by the con scious pursuit of happiness; it is gener ally the by-product of other activities. Aldous Huxley FILE Ichetucknee scene University of Florida students Ronnie Cox (left), 25, and Jonathon Cunningham, 29, play around a rock formation while visiting Ichetucknee Springs recently. TONY BRITT /Lake City Reporter Altrusa Backpack Project: Kids helping kids An estimated 70-80 children who attend Kountry Kids Daycare recently brought food for the Altrusa Backpack Project. The food was scheduled to be collected by Altrusa officials on Friday afternoon and will be given to local needy children. The food drive ran approximately three weeks. We wanted the children to help other by giving, said Carla Cowen, Kountry Kids Daycare co-owner. 2A Associated Press Associated Press
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Officers pulled over Kevin Allen Witt, 20, of 1060 Grandview St., and Steve Aaron Miller, 20, of 128 NW Lawtey Way, after catching Witt driv ing his black Nissan Altima traveling 66 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone along US41 near NW Bascom Norris Drive, according to the arrest report. When deputies made contact with the men, they discovered a marijuanafilled grinder resembling the loaded revolving cham ber of a handheld gun, the report said. An inspection of the vehi cle and the individuals also revealed a marijuana-filled blunt as well as several wrapped marijuana seeds, according to officers. The two men said they were on their way to Millers house to smoke the mari juana and that theyd just removed the seeds follow ing the grinding process, the report said. Both men were arrested and booked into Columbia County Detention Facility without incident and later released on $2,000 bond. They both face charges of marijuana possession under 20 grams and narcot ic equipment possession. Two men arrested for marijuana possession Man pleads guilty to child porn charges From staff reports JACKSONVILLEA Lake City man pleaded guilty in federal court here Friday to receiving images and videos depict ing the sexual abuse of minor children over the Internet, according to a news release from the United States Attorneys office. John George Sessine, 58, faces up to 20 years in federal prison, a potential life term of supervi sion, and will be required to register as a sex offender. The court also forfeit ed his computer media, which was traceable to the offense. Sessine has been in custody since his June 5 arrest. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to court doc uments, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant June 5 at a Sessines Lake City resi dence. The FBI had previ ously learned that at least one computer using an Internet protocol address traced to that residence was sharing videos of child pornography over the Internet, the release said. During an interview at the residence with law enforcement officers Sessine reportedly said, among other things, that he used a particular file sharing program to down load images and videos, that his preference was for young females, and that the youngest child on his computer was 10 or 12 years old. A forensic analysis of Sessines computer media revealed that Sessine had collected 107 images and 104 videos of minor children being sexually abused, the release said. This case was investigat ed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Columbia County Sheriffs Office and the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. From staff reports Work begins Tuesday on building new sidewalks along Southwest Grandview Street and Southwest McFarlane Avenue in Lake City to improve safety for students walking to and from Summers Elementary and Lake City Middle School. Two 5-foot wide concrete sidewalks are being built by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). A sidewalk will be built on the north side of Southwest Grandview Street from Southwest Winter Way to Southwest Sunbeam Way. Also, a sidewalk will be built on the east side of Southwest McFarlane Avenue from Southwest Grandview Street to the south end of Southwest Amberwood Loop. Drainage improvements on Southwest McFarlane Avenue are also included in this project. Wheelchairaccessible ramps are being added at side street intersec tions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Daytime lane closures are scheduled to occur week days after 8:30 a.m. but will not be allowed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. due to the increased traffic at the schools. FDOT hired Core Construction Company of Jacksonville to build the sidewalks at a cost of $483,500. Funding is provided through the Safe Routes to School program, a federal, state and local partnership to improve the health and safety of children as they walk and bicycle to school. The project should be completed in the spring of 2014 depending on weather delays and other unfore seen circumstances. For additional information regarding this project call FDOTs Public Information Office at 386-758-3714. FDOT: Sidewalk construction begins Tuesday COURTESY FDOT Witt Miller Sessine First Federal Bank donates $1,000 to Columbia schools From staff reports First Federal Bank of Florida proudly announces a $1,000 contribution to the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Inc. The donation will be used to help cover the expenses associated with the 2014-2015 Columbia County Teacher of the Year program and reception. We are hope ful that our contribution will inspire other businesses and individuals to also contribute to these important worth while projects, said Keith Leibfried, President and CEO of First Federal. For over 50 years First Federal has been committed to building vibrant commu nities through the support of education, sports, the arts and improving the quality of life for all. First Federal prides itself on being com mitted to helping local com munities flourish. Founded in 1962, First Federal has 20 branches located in Amelia Island, Bonifay, Bradenton, Chipley, Dowling Park, Jasper, Lake City, Live Oak, Macclenny, Marianna, Graceville, Mayo, Sarasota and Yulee, Florida. From staff reports Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will pres ent a Christmas musical drama, Beyond the Noise today at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1272 SW McFarlane Ave. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Beyond the Noise tonight at Wesley Memorial Church From staff reports The Boys Club of Columbia County is now registering for their winter program which is on now through March 1. Fees for the session are $200 and include transportation from all elementary, junior and high schools. The club offers a variety of activities including sports, arts and crafts, game rooms, library and special events. The club offers a homework program with tutorial help for all children. A computer lab is also available. Call 752-4184 or visit the club on Jones Way for more information. Boys Club registration open now PATRICK SCOTT /Special to the Reporter Four sent to hospital after single-vehicle crash FHP Trooper Corey Burk (left) investigates a single vehicle crash involving a Toyota Yaris on I-75 northbound at the 417 mile marker just after 8 a.m. Friday. Four people were sent to area hospitals. COURTESY Nicole Storer, VP Financial Center Manager; Dorothy S. Spradley, Columbia Public Schools Foundation Director; Renee Faulkner, VP Financial Center Manager. Regional Water Supply meeting Monday From staff reports The stakeholder advi sory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership will meet at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Florida Gateway College, 149 S.E. College Place. The meeting will be held in the Wilson S. Rivers Library and Media Center, Building 200, Room 102. The agenda includes an update and discussion on the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Priority Springs minimum flows and levels and recovery strategies. The meeting is open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for pub lic comment.
OPINION Sunday, December 15, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com 4A Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding coun-ties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities Â— Â“Newspapers get things done!Â” Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, Publisher Robert Bridges, Editor Sue Brannon, Controller Dink NeSmith, President Tom Wood, Chairman OUR OPINION LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writerÂ’s name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Water wars come full circle here The truth about TV news W alter Cronkite, the great CBS anchor-man from 1962 to 1981, was called Â“the most trusted man in AmericaÂ” Â– and polling sup-ported that claim. HeÂ’d conclude his CBS Evening News broadcasts with the phrase: Â“And thatÂ’s the way it is.Â” And it was, too or, more precisely, Uncle Walter defined for most Americans what was news what was important and why. How different is the world today? Polls now show the mediaÂ’s cred-ibility sinking to historic lows, with only 23 percent of Americans expressing confidence in television news and newspapers. At the same time, there are more media outlets than ever print, broadcast, online, social media. New York Times columnist Bill Keller enthuses that Â“for the curious reader with a sense of direction, this is a time of unprecedented bounty.Â” His habit, he noted in a column last month, is to follow the news in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Al Jazeera English and many other outlets. Most news consumers -however curious they may be -are unlikely to have KellerÂ’s Â“sense of direc-tion,Â” his ability to separate fact from opinion from propaganda and blatant lies. Nor can most readers spend as much time as a profession-al newsman gathering information from a long and diverse menu. A former senior federal law enforcement official recently emailed me and others an article from a publication called Diversity Chronicle about an 18-year-old West German woman who was attacked while sunbathing and subsequently found guilty of Â“rapingÂ” eight Muslim men Â“in the first case of its kind in Europe.Â” The story was a hoax Â– but it was slick enough to fool this sophisticated individual and others on his list. ... Ayman al-Zawahiri, now al QaedaÂ’s leader, said in 2005: Â“More than half of this war is taking place on the battlefield of the media.Â” The Islamic Republic of Iran is the worldÂ’s leading sponsor of terror-ism according to the U.S. govern-ment. Its media voices include the Fars News Agency and the oddly named Press TV. Does anyone believe that they operate according to the ethics taught at ColumbiaÂ’s School of Journalism? One more issue I want to put on the table is the state of Western foreign correspondence. In 1978, I was assigned to Northern Ireland to cover Â“the Troubles,Â” the sectar-ian civil conflict that broke out in the 1960s and ended, for the most part, in 1998. The following year, 1979, I was sent to Iran to cover the revolution being led by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In both countries, I interviewed some hard and violent men. But in those days, reporters were seen as neutrals. Everyone wanted to talk to us Â– to tell us their stories and argue, through us to the public, for the justice of their causes. At some point, over the years that followed there was a change: Those who kidnapped Daniel Pearl decided they could express themselves most eloquently not by letting him fill his notebook, but by beheading him, and posting the video on the Internet. Today, I fear, it has become impossible for a journalist to visit a country such as Iran and do hard-hitting reporting in relative safety. There are lines that cannot be crossed. But how many of the reporters who spend time in Iran -courageous though they are Â– will acknowledge that? How many of their editors will say it publicly? Is an honest discussion of this dilem-ma not overdue? A final word about Walter Cronkite: He didnÂ’t always end his broadcasts with Â“And thatÂ’s the way it is.Â” On those evenings when he delivered an opinion piece or com-mentary he would drop the phrase. It was his way of maintaining the standards of objective journalism. I ask again: How different is the world today? I suspect weÂ’re living in the Disinformation Age and most of us donÂ’t even know it. I t wasnÂ’t so long ago that Central Florida set its sights on taking our water and piping it downstate to satisfy the thirsty, ever-growing crowd below I-4. Â“Keep the Suwannee River cold, because weÂ’re coming for it,Â” an official there infamously threatened as tensions rose in the 1990s. Calling North Florida Â“the Saudi Arabia of water,Â” folks downstate said it wasnÂ’t fair for them not to have access to our rivers, lakes and streams, as 80 percent of the need was down south, and 80 percent of the water, up here. We stood firm and fought them off, as well as a disastrous plan to create a statewide Â“water czarÂ” to redistribute our most precious natural resource as the power, money and politicians saw fit. Which is to say, to send it all south. But water wars never end.Some years later the threat shifted.We learned the Floridan aquifer has a natural eastern bias, and that what had been happening in the St. Johns River Water Management District was playing havoc here at home. When the St. Johns district granted JEA a 20-year permit to harvest up to 155 million gallons per day of our water, we formed Florida Leaders Organized for Water, then its successor, the North Florida Water Working Group, to keep a more watchful eye on our water. ThatÂ’s a battle weÂ’re still fighting.Now comes word that Central Florida is at it again.A group comprising all or part of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties has put together a 225-page study detailing how they might suck up more of the St. Johns River, which originates in Indian River County before flowing into the Atlantic in Jacksonville, and tap into the Ocklawaha as well, in order to keep from going dry as population figures in those locales reach even greater heights. A 2012 study supposedly concluded both rivers could handle withdrawals of the proposed magnitude and more. That may or may not be true. Frankly, weÂ’re skeptic al. And more than a little concerned, knowing as we do now that what happens to the water supply in Northeast Florida affects us nearly as much as our neighbors in Jacksonville. On some level FloridaÂ’s water belongs to all Floridians. However, South Florida has shown no real interest in conservation over the years. They have worked at it from time to time, given it lip service, but they have precious little to show for their efforts. They keep wast-ing what they have, then come back every few years sniffing around for ours. Thankfully, you can let them know how you feel.Public comments on this proposal are being accepted until Jan. 10. Email yours to email@example.com or submit them by U.S. mail to: Tom BartolSt. Johns River Water Management District4049 Reid StreetPalatka, FL 32177. We suggest you give this matter the attention it warrants. To the Editor:Well color me annoyed, upset, disturbed, disgusted, alarmed, bothered, appalled, hurt, but most-ly disappointed, but not surprised by the ReporterÂ’s lack of respect and admiration, and the audacity of placing an article about the death of a great man we affectionately called Â“MandelaÂ” on the 2nd page of the paper! Really!!?? Â“Where Â‘day do Â‘dat at?Â” Your carelessness and heartlessness of attitude to place a brief summary on this great man is a slap in my face and most of the people who loved and to pay rever-ence and grief for a man who was born in South Africa but in the end belonged to the world. Papers all over this state, country and the entire world, has placed this heartfelt loss on the front page of every newspaper. How could the Reporter be so non-caring and insensitive on how this looks or makes people feel? I am so glad that I have taught my children and now grandchildren to look beyond the silence of being wronged and continue to do the right thing. I am embarrassed by your insensitivity and the underlying perception that this is just 2nd page news! A national hero, man of courage and integrity, not only did he change his country; he changed the world! I love this town that I call home, born and raised here, with every opportunity to go else where, but my family called it home back in the mid 1800Â’s and my family calls it home today in 2013. I love my community with all its pretentious-ness of being better because of what your last name is and every-thing that goes along with that. I choose to become better and not bitter and continue to fight the good fight of faith. We as a com-munity must be aware of percep-tions on inclusiveness. We still have civic organizations with no diversity, schools with no minority teachers, cheering squads, govern-mental agencies, and last but not least segregated churches! All of this is generational to the history of our great city! Our paper even goes as far as calling the President of the United States Â“Obama.Â” Wow, I shed a tear today, when I looked in the paper and then I smiled when a verse from a book I read daily said to me: Â“great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!Â” LetÂ’s reflect not so much on Nelson MandelaÂ’s death, but that his life is worthy to be celebrated throughout the world and the least the Reporter could have done was follow suit and given this news front page cov-erage. LetÂ’s share the history and human spirit of this great man in our paper, letÂ’s show the love and compassion he shared for human-kind as we celebrate him today. I continue to smile as I read one of MandelaÂ’s famous quotes: Â“No one is born hating another person because of the color of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must LEARN to Hate, and if they learn to hate they can be taught to LOVE, for Love comes more naturally to the human heart than itÂ’s opposite.Â” Ok, I will dis-color myself now, I love you guys. Mr. Nelson R. Mandela has left a great legacy on the power of forgiveness. He has taken the step we must all take one day; from time into eternity. Forever in Hearts! Audr Jeffers-WashingtonLake City LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Mandela deserved better than Page 2 Cliff May Q Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focus-ing on terrorism.4AOPINION
LAKE CITY REPORTER COMMUNITY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 5A5A COMMUNITY CALENDAR Q To submit your Community Calendar item, contact Emily Lawson at 754-0424 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Dec. 16UDC meetingUnited Daughters of the Confederacy, Olustee Chapter, will have their monthly meeting on Dec. 16 at 5:15 p.m. at China Buffet, 345 West Duval St. AndyÂ’s Boys Barbershop Quartet will be the enter-tainment for the meeting. The group is made up of representatives from four local churches. The buf-fet will be served after the meeting. Cost is $9 for meal, cost for drink is extra. Reservations not required. For more, contact Linda Williams at 386-454-2580.Renewal ServiceHosted by the Hospice of the Nature Coast, a renew-al service will be offered to the public on Monday, Dec. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wings Education Center, 857 SW Main Blvd. The memorial service is an interactive, non-denomina-tional service of remem-brance and hope. There will be encouraging words, musical interludes, a time of sharing, refreshments and community fellow-ship following the service. The Renewal is provided as a community service and is offered to all at no charge. For information or to register (by December 12th) contact Vicki Myers at 755-7714 Ext. 2411.Dec. 17NARFE dinnerThe National Active and Retired Federal Employees Christmas dinner will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at noon at Quail Heights Country Club. For more informa-tion contact Jim Purvis at 752-8570 or 292-9361.Dec. 18Book & Gift EventThe Shands Lakeshore RMC, Auxiliary Gift Shop will hold its annual Book & Gift Event on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18 and 19 in the Caf of the Hospital from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Benefits will be for Continuing Education in Health fields for staff and local scholarships to high school students. These items are 30-70% off retail prices. Come in and shop just in time for last minute Christmas gifts.Dec. 21Christmas ExtravaganzaB&S Combs Elks Lodge will be hosting its Christmas Extravaganza for the kids on Dec. 21, 2013 from 12-4 p.m. at B&S Combs Elks Lodge, 1688 NE Washington St. Please contact Carlos Brown at 386-288-6235 for more information. Christmas partyVFW Post 2206, 343 Forest Lawn Way, is host-ing their Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 21. Kickstart will perform at 8 p.m. WeÂ’ll provide fin-ger foods, you bring your friends and weÂ’ll all have a good time. The party is open to the public. Call 386-752-5001 for more.Healthy Soul Food The Presley EXCEL and Scholars Program invites the community to a Healthy Soul Food Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 21 at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 248 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. The workshop is sponsored by Brook Mobley of DaVita Kidney Specialists of Northern Florida. The consultants are Mrs. Elizabeth Jones and Mr. Walter Jones Jr. of Philadephia, Pennsylvania. For additional information call 386-752-4074.Dec. 24Communion ServiceHaven Hospice, 6037 W US 90, will host a Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve at the Community Room at Haven Hospice at 6 p.m. The thirty minute service, Â“A Family Tradition,Â” will include Christmas carols, the read-ing of the Christmas story and serving communion. Everyone is invited. Call Chaplain Donna Carlile at 386-752-9191 for more.Dec. 25Christmas dinnerMerry Christmas from VFW Post 2206. We will have a Christmas dinner from 1-3 p.m. at 343 Forest Lawn Way. Cost is $7 per person. The dinner is open to the public. Call 386-752-5001 for more.Dec. 31New YearÂ’s Eve partyVFW Post 2206, 343 Forest Lawn Way, is host-ing their New YearÂ’s Eve Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Kickstart will perform at 7 p.m. WeÂ’ll provide finger foods, party favors and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The party is open to the public. Call 386-752-5001 for more.Jan. 5Zumba classSarah Sandlin, Zumba Instructor fot the City of Lake City, is offering a free Zumba class on Jan. 5 at the Teen Town city building at Youngs Park from 4-5 p.m. This will be a beginnerÂ’s class where youÂ’ll learn all the basic moves of this popular dance form. After the free class, a regular Zumba class will be held for $5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Email Sarah at email@example.com for more.Jan. 14Medicare SeminarThe Lifestyle Enrichment Center is sponsoring a free educational Medicare sem-inar on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5-6 p.m. Irv Crowetz of C/C & Associates, Inc. will moderate the seminar. RSVP to 386-755-3476 x 107.Volunteers neededShands LakeShoreShands LakeShore Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to work a vari-ety of positions around the hospital. Volunteers are asked to work a four-hour shift once per week, but are welcome to work more often. Volunteers are need-ed to drive the shuttle car and help with jobs in the hospital. If you have some time to donate, come to the gift shop and pick up an application or call (386)292-8000, ext. 21216.Lake City MedicalLake City Medical Center is looking for volunteers. If you have any extra time and a heart for volunteer-ism, please call (386) 758-3385 for more information or visit the hospitalÂ’s website at Lakecitymedical.com or you can stop by the front desk and pick up a paper application.United WayUnited Way of Suwannee Valley is recruiting volun-teers who are willing to be called upon to staff the Columbia County Emergency Operations CenterÂ’s Information Center during disasters. These volunteers serve as the link between the coun-ty emergency management offices and the public when the EOC is activated for disasters. Anyone willing to serve in this capacity when needed or can recruit volunteers through your church or civic organization should call Jenn Sawyer, United Way of Suwannee Valley long-term recovery coordinator, at 752-5604, ext. 101.Hospice of Nature CoastHospice of the Nature Coast is searching for individuals who are inter-ested in volunteering in the, Columbia, Suwannee Hamilton and Lafayette areas. Volunteers are need-ed to provide general office support and non-medical assistance to patients and their families. Hospice vol-unteers can provide servic-es such as: telephone calls, socialization, light meal preparation, shopping or errands and staffing infor-mation booths at seasonal festivals. Specialized train-ing will be provided. To volunteer contact Volunteer Manager Drake Varvorines at 386-755-7714 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Freeman Lavern DowlingMr. Freeman Lavern Dowling, age 83, of Olustee, Florida passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at North Florida Re-gional Medical Center. Free-man was born in Baker Coun-ty, Florida on January 25, 1930 to the late Gordon Drew Dowling and Ethel Virginia Mikell Dowling. Freeman gradu-ated from Sanderson High School in 1948. He served his country proudly as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and retired in 1987 from Southern Bell after 35 dedicated years as a Staff Manager. Freeman was a member of Christian Fellowship Temple and a lifetime member of the AT&T Pioneers Association. He was the former President of the Still Hunters Association and the former President of the FFA Alumni. He volunteered at the Baker County Fire Department for 20 years, Red Cross, and the Community Action Center. He HQMR\HGKXQWLQJVKLQJEHLQJoutdoors, and spending time with his family. Freeman was most LQXHQWLDOWRKLVJUDQGFKLOGUHQHe raised and nurtured them along with teaching them the secrets and fundamentals of life; to be respectful, hard working, focused, honest, self motivated, family oriented, and kind. He was preceded in death by his par-ents and sister, Mary Lee Hagen. Freeman is survived by his lov-ing wife of 56 years, Sarah Dowl-ing of Olustee, FL; his daughter, Brenda Dowling (Dave) Adams of Olustee, FL; his grandchildren, Austin, Timmy, Sarah, Bren-dan Gibson all of Olustee, FL. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday December 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Christian Fellow-ship Temple with Pastor David Thomas & Evangelist James &URIWRIFLDWLQJ,QWHUPHQWwill follow in Swift Creek Cem-etery. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 5:00 -7:00 pm at the church. The arrangements are under the care and direc-tion of V. TODD FERREIRA FUNERAL SERVICES 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit ferreirafuneralservices.comFranklin R. HarringtonShreveport, LA Â– Mr. Franklin R. Harrington, 80, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Visita-tion was held on Thursday, December 12, at Osborn Fu-neral Home. Funeral ser-vices were held on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Osborn Funeral Home. 2IFLDWLQJZDV'U0LNH$Q GHUVRQ,QWHUPHQWIROORZHGat Centuries Memorial Park.Mr. Harrington was a native of Lake City, FL and a resident of Shreveport, LA for 60 years. Mr. Harrington was preceded in death by his parents, Ruthie and Wilmer Harrington; his broth-ers, Edgar Harrington, Rudolph Harrington and Kenneth Har-rington. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elouise Hinkie Harrington; one daughter, Sherry Harrington May; two sons, Gary Harrington and wife, Sue and Jeff Harrington; three grandchil-dren, Lee Harrington, Matt Har-rington and Raegan May; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Harrington; one sister, Shirley Harrington and husband, Wayne; and brother, J. Byron Harrington.The family would like to ex-press their sincere appreciation to the staff of Montclare Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Center for their exception-al care and devotion to Frank.,QOLHXRIRZHUVWKHIDP ily requests that memori-als be made to the St. Jude ChildrenÂ’s Research Hospital or AlzheimerÂ’s Association.Gerald W. KoonMr. Gerald W. Koon, 77, of Lake City, Florida. He passed away De-cember 11, 2013 at Shands UF in Gainesville after an extended ill-ness. He was a life long resident of Columbia County, FL. Retired from AT&T, a member of Hope-ful Baptist Church. He enjoyed VKLQJDQGKXQWLQJPRVWRIDOOhe like to cook for other people.He is survived by 3 children, Monte (Pennie) Koon, Kirk Koon, Angila (Sam) Markam. He was blessed with 7 grandchil-dren and 2 great-grandchildren.Memorial services will be held at Hopeful Baptist Church Mon-day, December 16, 2013 at 6 pm.Martha Sue MoodyMrs. Martha Sue Moody, 80, of Lake City, passed away on Mon-day, December 11, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Gainesville, FL., after an extended illness.Born July 6, 1933 in Jessup, Ga., to the late Ed and Retha Dart. She loved to ski, play golf, go camp-LQJDQGVKLQJ6KHZDVDPHP ber of Parkview Baptist Church and was a Sunday School Teach-er there for the past 60 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grand-mother, and great grandmother.Survivors include her loving hus-band of 60 years, J.M. Moody, of Lake City, Fl., three sons; Mike, Bud, and Joe Moody, all of Lake City, Fl., one daughter; Martha Ann Moody, of Lake City, Fl., six grandchildren; James Mi-chael Moody, Catherine Moody, Roger Dale, Stacy Helmick, Daniel Helmick, David Hel-mick, all of Lake City, Fl., eight great grandchildren also survive.A Memorial Service will be conducted at 10:00 am, Mon-day, December 16, 2013 at Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Cun-QLQJKDPRIFLDWLQJ$UUDQJH ments are under the direction of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME 3596 S US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL., 32025, (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com Obituaries are paid advertise-ments. For details, call the Lake City ReporterÂ’s classified depart-ment at 752-1293. OBITUARIES AMANDA WILLIAMSON /Lake City ReporterBreakfast with SantaChildrenÂ’s Medical Services held Breakfast with Santa S aturday at the Holiday Inn and Suites to raise funds for ch ildren with special needs during the holiday season. Children and families from across Lake City participated in the event. CMS donates toys and food baskets to families who might otherwise not b e able to celebrate Christmas. Â“For most of these families, th eir lives consist of doctorÂ’s appointments and medical bills This brings the Christmas Spirit,Â” said CMS employee Vi ckie Griffin. (From left: Covenant Community School student Aaron Lassiter Santa, Chloe Sheppard, Covenant student Gaby Perez, Charm Camiel and Cache Sheppard.) Helpful tips for preventing holiday-season crimeBy TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comStatistics show that crime rates generally increase in most urban areas during the Christmas holiday period. Â“Anywhere youÂ’ve got shopping centers, with the holidays you have an increase of people out on the roads, increase of people out shopping, therefore you have an increase in the opportunity for thieves and people who want to take advantage of those increased numbers,Â” said Mike Lee, Lake City Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist. Â“We typically see a little bit of an upswing in our vehicle burglaries, petit thefts and sometimes we get some robbery increases.Â” The Lake City Police Department is taking a proactive role to prevent local residents from becoming vic-tims and provided several tips to prevent crimes during this yearÂ’s holiday season. The Lake City Police Department is promoting its Â“Lock It, or Lose ItÂ” campaign, where residents are encouraged to lock their homes and vehicles to protect their possessions. Â“If we can get people to lock their doors, and that applies in several set-tings, when you leave to go shopping make sure all your windows and doors are shut and locked and make sure your garage door is locked,Â” Lee said. Â“When you come home from shopping, close your garage door if you are not going to be in the garage.Â” The campaign also has tips for shoppers who are out in the public making purchases. The first priority is to lock doors and close vehicle windows. Lee said even a window that is slightly open about half an inch provides an oppor-tunity for someone to get into your car. Â“Criminals are about getting in and out as quickly as possible so when they see a window down thatÂ’s something they can snap open in about five seconds,Â” he said. Shoppers are also advised not to leave presents in plain sight in their vehicles. Â“We tell people if they go shopping to put their stuff in their trunk,Â” Lee said. Â“If you have to leave it in the front seat of your car, hide it some-how with a blanket or towel to put over it or put it underneath the seat or in the glove box Â— some where so itÂ’s out of view.Â” For personal safety, shoppers should park under lights after dark, park as close to the front of the store as possible and, when leaving the store after shopping, try to avoid overloading your arms. Â“Try to keep at least one of your hands free and have your keys in your hands when you leave the store,Â” Lee said. Â“If we remove some of the targets we remove some of the opportunities for crime.Â” COURTESY MORGUEFILEA full holiday-season parking lot provides thieves with ample opportunity to break into cars that arenÂ’t properly locked or that have merchandise in plain sight.
6A 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comSeconds ticked by as fifth-grader Caleb White stacked 12 cups into two separate pyramids Friday at Florida Gateway College, then he slammed his hand down on the timer. It stopped at 3.22, a new record for the county-wide Speed Stacking Competition. Surprised, he leaped into the air. Cheers erupt-ed from his Pinemount Elementary teammates as they rushed to his side, congratulating him. Caleb beat the previous record of 3.44 in the individual 6-6 stacking event, held for the last four years by former Pinemount student Kailey Kiss. Â“IÂ’m happy,Â” Caleb said. Â“IÂ’m excited that I did it because IÂ’ve been practic-ing for a long time. I really like stacking, and I want to keep doing it for as long as possible. Every time I do an individual, I get better and better and better.Â” Pinemount Elementary competed against seven other elementary schools in the county, and took home their fifth county championship. Students battle their way through five different relays, including the 3-3-3, 6-6 and 1-10-1 relays. Each relay requires the children to stack specialized cups into a pyramid of the required number, such as three pyramids of three cups or two pyramids of six cups. Â“This is one of the things that makes me happy,Â” Caleb said. Â“I want to thank my coach.Â” But it was his mother in the audience who he glanced at when he scored the winning combination. Kayla Wilson, CalebÂ’s mother, sported a purple Pinemount Stackers shirt and held her phoneÂ’s cam-era at the ready. Â“He has worked for the last four years on cup-stacking,Â” Wilson said. Â“This is his heart... He said this year he was going to get a trophy. I said, Â‘You know what it takes to do it.Â’Â” When White tried out in second grade, he didnÂ’t make the cut Â—but he has practiced year-round since then and has steadily improved. Even after Caleb graduates from Pinemount this year, he plans to return as a middle school student to help his younger friends. Around the FGC gymnasium, students from eight of Columbia CountyÂ’s elementary schools dashed from cupstacking event to practice tables. Multi-colored cups flashed in the childrenÂ’s hands Â— green cups, camouflage cups, blue cups, white cups and more. Columbia City Elementary School cup-stackers, their pink shirts labeled Â‘we are stack-tular,Â” practiced excitedly during the event. Â“These kids know it, eat it, sleep it and can do it,Â” said Sabrina Sibbernsen, Columbia City coach. Â“The main thing I want to say is that these kids practice so hard, and anything can happen when they fumble. But the most important thing is having a good time and doing their best.Â” Westside coach Andy Bennett, whose team came in third place last year, said Pinemount stackers are tough to beat. Â“All I ask of the kids is that they do their best,Â” he said. Â“WeÂ’ve been prac-ticing since late October for a couple days a week after school. ThereÂ’s a lot of dedication in these stu-dents here.... But IÂ’m sure the parents will be happy the competition is over so they arenÂ’t listening to cups all the time.Â” Former Pinemount student Kailey Kiss sup-ported her old team at the event, happy that the record could be carried on by a Pinemount cupstacker. Kiss, now an eighth grader, comes with her mom to help out at the competitions. Â“Cupstacking is like my favorite sport,Â” she said. Â“ItÂ’s really cool to see how these kids get so good over the years. IÂ’ve been with them since they were second and third graders. ItÂ’s cool to see them grow.Â” According to Nicole Smith, administrative secretary at the Columbia County Recreation Department, this was the first year the cupstacking competition aired lived to schools across the county. Â“The times are out of this world,Â” she said. Â“Last year, all of the team records were shattered. This year weÂ’ve had a lot of individual records that were broken, like the 6-6 by Caleb White.... 3.22, that may stand for a little while. ThatÂ’s a really good time.Â” Florida Gateway College was approached four years ago about hosting the cupstacking competition, since it had outgrown the Richardson Community Center. The college broad-casted the competition to all the other schools with its channel on Comcast, according to executive director of media and public information Mike McKee. Â“Some of these kids really take this seriously, and they should because itÂ’s becoming a worldwide phenomenon,Â” McKee said. Â“I think the parents are really enjoying it too.Â” Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterSummers Elementary School fifth-grader Isabella Maranto, 1 1, works on her 6-6 pyramid at FridayÂ’s Speed Stacking Competition at Florida Gateway College. Cupstacking was record-breaking eventFLORIDA GATEWAY COLLEGE Pinemount Elementary students brought home their fifth county speed stacking championship. The timer is shown as Pinemount Elementary School fifth-grader Aaliyah Ellis, 11, competes at the Columbia County Speed Stacking Competition on Friday. By AVALYN HUNTERSpecial to the Reporter FORT WHITE T ina Johnson has to have some of the most-watched hands in Columbia County. At the Fort White High School ChorusÂ’ annual Christmas concert on December 5, eighty-five sets of eyes were glued to those hands as the combined high school and middle school choruses as well as accompanist Bobbi Moore followed JohnsonÂ’s direction through a series of holiday favorites. At the conclu-sion, the audience gave the performers a well-deserved standing ovation. Performances like these are important to JohnsonÂ’s students, but there are everyday lessons to be learned in their regular chorus classes: discipline, cooperation, self-expression, and the joy of mastering a skill that can remain a source of pleasure for a lifetime. Â“We are all touched by music in one way or anoth-er,Â” says Johnson, a University of Florida graduate who has been teaching music in the Columbia County school system for 28 years. Â“For me, it was part of fam-ily life. My sister and I both took private piano lessons and sang in the youth choir at church. We also sang duets at family gatherings, sometimes with other family members joining in. My parents always encouraged me to choose a career that included doing something I enjoyed Â– so here I am, teaching music.Â” Students begin preparing for performance almost from the minute they walk into class. Â“Students spend three to four hours a week practicing vocal technique and learning to read a musical score; they also learn how to interpret the texts that we sing,Â” Johnson explains. Â“I try to choose music that they will enjoy singing that will also provide teaching opportuni-ties. I begin selecting music for perfor-mance after a few weeks of assessing studentsÂ’ maturity as musicians and vocal-ists; obviously, we have to keep the type of performance and our audience in mind as well.Â” Students also have opportunities for individual performance at the annual variety show each fall, which serves as an important fundraiser for the chorus as well as a showcase for individual talent. While the middle school chorus will be performing another holiday concert at the Lake City Mall at 12:10 p.m. on December 18, the high school chorus (which sang at the Life Enrichment Center on December 9) has an important performance of its own on December 17, though not before a live audience. During their chorus class, they will be putting together a DVD to audition for an opportunity to perform at Disney Magic Music Days (April 9-14, 2014), hoping to continue a streak of seven years at which they have performed at locations within the Disney complex. While they have clearly been enjoying their concerts this fall, the chorus wonÂ’t be resting on its laurels when the students return to school in January. Â“WeÂ’ll begin working on music for the annual Â‘On BroadwayÂ’ revue as soon as we return,Â” Johnson says. Â“We will sing through many different pieces of music before we select the final ones to perform. Once those choices are made, the students will study and rehearse the music for six to eight weeks prior to the show.Â” In an academic culture increasingly bent towards encouraging students to seek education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics Â– the so-called Â“STEMÂ” careers Â– some might view music education as a frill. But Johnson doesnÂ’t see it that way. Â“Music is essential in our lives,Â” she says. Â“It opens a door for our thoughts and feelings and combines enjoyment and discipline. When a student learns to play an instru-ment or sing with proper technique, it teaches them that they can find success. And success in music is something that students can build on for life.Â” COURTESY PHOTOS Johnson has countyÂ’s most-watched hands Fort White High SchoolÂ’s choir director believes music is essential to life. Tina Johnson leads Fort WhiteÂ’s chorus.
7A Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 7A By TONY BRITT email@example.com A n accountant for a local charity told during an awards lun cheon Friday of a client who came back to her office, thanked her and gave her a hug for provid ing her family food for the holidays. Accountants for charita ble groups dont normally get much feedback from the public, but at Catholic Charities everyone pitch es in to make sure clients are treated with dignity and respect. Catholic Charities cel ebrated a years worth of serving Columbia and other counties at its 10th annual awards luncheon Friday, where several residents and agency sup porters and sponsors were recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to support the organization and its goals, but more importantly, the agencys growing list of clients. This is our annual appreciation for vol unteers and our team members, said Suzanne Edwards, Chief Operating Officer of the Lake City Catholic Charities office. Its the time of the year when we all come together and reflect where weve been, where were going and all those that need to be served. Its a joyous time and we could not do it without the huge support of the community, those that volunteer and those that serve in the capacity of team members. The event served as a forum to recognize vol unteers and outstanding donors with the Dove Award. The Dove Award winners were: Steve Briscoe Columbia County Resources (Tough Enough to Wear Pink event); Dorothy Pattison who served as board chairman for 15 years; and Pastor Carroll Lee and his wife Carolyn Lee, of the Lake City Church of God, which was the first food bank agency in 2003. The Grace Award, presented to a team mem ber who has performed outstanding service, was given to Margot Abernathy, intake special ist at Catholic Charities. Im very humbled and surprised, Abernathy said as she received her award and flowers. How did you all keep this a sur prise from me? Im very honored and very proud and Im sure my kids will be proud, too. More than 30 Catholic Charities board members, volunteers, team members and spouses attended the luncheon, held at Guang Dong Restaurant in the Lake City Mall. 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Ninja Pro blender with single serve, orig. 189.99, Sale 139.99 A B C D r e d d o t c l ea r a n c e 7 0 % 40 % o ff the current ticketed price** when you take an e x tra save Dove, Grace awards given at Catholic Charities event TOP: Suazanne Edwards, Catholic Charities Bureau Lake City Regional Office COO, hugs former board of directors chair Dorothy Pattison, winner of the Dove Award. MIDDLE: Edwards hugs Margot Abernathy, a Catholic Charities intake specialist, after surprising her with the Grace Award. BOTTOM: Carolyn Lee stands next to her husband, Pastor Caroll Lee, of Lake City Church of God, as she gives a speech after being awarded the Dove Award on Friday. Its the time of the year when we all come together and reect where weve been, where were going and all those that need to be served. Suzanne Edwards, Chief Operating Ofcer of the Lake City Catholic Charities ofce
8A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 Saluting veterans with Wreaths Across AmericaBy AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comA crowd of veterans saluted seven ceremonial wreaths dedicated to fallen and active-duty service-men during the Wreaths Across America event on Saturday at the Oaklawn Cemetery. Each wreath symbolized a different branch of the military Â— Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA. Organized locally by American Legion Post 57, the event remem-bered all troops who served, honored their sac-rifices and hopes to teach younger generations about the high cost of American freedoms, according to Caroline Bosland, lady legionnaire of Post 57. Â“We are one nation under one flag,Â” said keynote speaker Dave Mangrum. Â“The freedoms we enjoy everyday have not come without a price. Lying before us, and in cemeteries throughout the nation, there are men and women who gave their lives so we could live with-out fear.Â” Before the event, the American Legion Riders group carried the wreaths from the post to the cem-etery with a Columbia County SheriffÂ’s Office escort. The U.S. Army wreath was presented by Ron Walden, the Marine Corp wreath by George Ward, U.S. Navy wreath by Don McDiarmid, the U.S. Air Force wreath by Ken Morton, Coast Guard by Charles Lehman, Merchant Marine by Chester Blaisdall and POW/MIA by Patricia Murphy. Despite the rain, a crowd of nearly 100 people gathered for the cer-emony Â— a fact that guest speaker Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter com-mended. Â“I donÂ’t care if itÂ’s raining, monsoon, whatever, we owe it to our fallen brothers to show up,Â” Hunter said. Â“They didnÂ’t have the opportunity to postpone service.... A lot of folks who havenÂ’t served donÂ’t understand the com-mitment it takes to enlist and do your duty. These men and women walked away from normal lives.Â” Lake CityÂ’s event joined more than 800 locations across the nation and more than 400,000 wreaths to honor veterans. The seven wreaths presented at Oaklawn Cemetery will be transported by the American Legion to Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Â“Veterans Day is in the fall, Memorial Day is in the spring, but men and women sacrificed every single day of the year,Â” Bosland said. Â“At many homes this holiday season, there is an empty seat for someone who is currently serving or for someone who made the ultimate sacrifice. ... So donÂ’t forget our mission is to remem-ber, honor and teach.Â” Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterChester Blaisdall (right), escorted by American Legion Post 57 Commander Jim Sutherland, fixes a United States Merchant Marine wreath for display during the Wreaths Across America event held at Oaklawn Cemetery on Saturday. Wreaths for the United States Army, Marine Corps., Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA soldiers were also proudly recognized and displayed. Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter delivers a speech to about 100 people during the Wreaths Across America event held at Oaklawn Cemetery Saturday. which ranked number one; Jefferson County, at number two; Hamilton County, at number three; Franklin County, at number four; and Union County at number five. The statistics also placed Bradford County, Dixie County, Duval County and Alachua County with higher rates of STDs in school-aged children than Columbia County. However, 49 counties earned better marks than Columbia County for that age group. Even though Columbia County has more cases than Miami-Dade County, which has the highest number of cases state-wide at 3,200, the small-er population means the cases are more concen-trated. Baker County and Suwannee County also had lower rates of STDs than Columbia County. Â“Our young people think they are invin-cible,Â” Lander said. Â“In many rural communi-ties, itÂ’s tough. There are things you are allowed to talk about and certainly things youÂ’re not.Â” While the rate is high locally, Lander said the case number isnÂ’t. Even though the case number is smaller, the county should still work to edu-cate its youth. Children 12 and older can come into the local health department con-fidential STD testing, without the department notifying their parents. Though the test usually costs proportionate to an individualÂ’s income, Lander said the health department would not turn away a patient if they could not pay. Â“Testing is one way we can control the dis-ease,Â” he said. Â“If some-one does have an STD, proper treatment can be obtained, and thatÂ’s one way to stop the sexually-transmitted disease.Â” Counselors are on hand at the health depart-ment to discuss sexually-transmitted diseases with adults and students. If an individual does not want to come into the health department, he or she can schedule an in-house appointment with the counselors. Â“ItÂ’s very confidential,Â” Lander said. Â“We want our clients to be comfort-able and to know that we do these things.Â” Regardless of whether or not the school district receives help from DOE, the health department looks forward to partner-ing with the local schools. Currently, the health department is analyzing what it has been doing, what has not been work-ing and what they can do better. Out of all age groups, Columbia County ranks 11 out of the 67 Florida counties. There was a total of 467 STD cases locally in 2012, with only 130 being in children between ages 15 and 19. STDContinued From 1A from around the nation. Â“We wanted to create something to bring back a positive image for billiards,Â” Rossman said. Â“You see trick-shot tournaments on ESPN and places like that, but we wanted to make something more structured.Â” The Rossmans organized artistic billiards into eight Â“disciplines,Â” similar to how gymnastics is broken up into multiple floor exer-cises. Those disciplines are: The Trick & Fancy, Follow, Draw, Bank/Kick, Jump, Masse, Stroke and Â“PropÂ” Novelty Special Arts. Players then had to set up and perform five dia-grammed shots in increas-ing orders of difficulty for each discipline. Each shot had three attempts, with the most points being awarded to the least attempts, for a total of 240 for the entire tournament. Â“WeÂ’ve never seen anyone get a perfect score,Â” Marty Rossman said. Â“ThatÂ’d be like making 18 hole-in-ones.Â” Each of the artistic players boasted colorful nicknames as well, like Mike Â“Tennessee TarzanÂ” Massey and Jason Â“The Michigan KidÂ” Lynch. Lake City had its own hometown heroÂ—Corey Â“Big CountryÂ” Anderson, a newcomer to the sport out of White Springs. However, he couldnÂ’t be reached for commentÂ—Rossman said players could not afford any distractions during a tournament that required unmitigated focus. Â“When these guys practice for a tournament, theyÂ’re usually doing about an hour a day for two to three months,Â” Rossman said. Â“Even though theyÂ’re having a good time, they still take it very seriously.Â” He said players even delve into functional applications of physics, learning the properties of things like friction coefficients, angular momentum and elastic collisions, to gain a competitive edge. Â“ItÂ’s critical for them to know how to adjust shots,Â” Rossman said. Â“If they donÂ’t make a shot the first time, they need to know what went wrong and how to fix it.Â” The movement is gaining momentum, too. Artistic pool became an official sport discipline as recog-nized by the World Pool Billiards Association in 2002, according to documents on RossmanÂ’s website. Artistic pool tournaments require three things of its players: a profession-al demeanor, professional appearance and a heart to share their skills with any-one willing to learn. The Rossmans also began using their artistic pool events to team up with Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, a Christian out-reach group that uses pool to teach religious lessons. Rossman said there were a variety of biblical-ly-inspired specialty shots, such as Â“The Moses,Â” where two balls will split while a third passes between them. Â“This is the word I was given from God,Â” Rossman said. Â“To be here and use pool to spread the Gospel.Â” And spread it hasÂ—130 countries around the globe officially recognize artistic pool through their respective billiards offici-ating bodies. Â“[Pool] is a universal language spoken around the world. You donÂ’t need a translator,Â” Rossman said. Â“We want to spread this as far as we can.Â” Artistic pool and outreach activities will continue this evening, Monday and Tuesday at the Pockets pool hall. For more information, contact Tom or Marty Rossman at 765-760-7665 or visit drcuepromotions.com. one stroke, so weÂ’re break-ing it up into phases.Â” Hunter and FGCÂ’s Law Enforcement Academy Director John Jewett said they were focused on find-ing support and funding for the driving range and fire training facility first before pursuing further additions. Â“What weÂ’ve done is come up with a design con-cept,Â” Jewett said. Â“These are just plans. No dirt has been turned yet. WeÂ’re in the beginning stages of finding community sup-port.Â” Should the expansion be completed, Columbia County would become self-sufficient when it comes to training and certifying its firefighting safety person-nel. Â“This has been something needed in our area for quite some time,Â” Hunter said. Â“We have nothing really here for our firefighting group. It makes sense for us to be able to do our basic level training plus our manda-tory reoccurring training that is required for state certification.Â” As of today, Columbia County firefighting and law enforcement staff must travel to Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Jacksonville, or Madison to complete their training and educational courses. Â“The demand for those types of facilities is very high,Â” Hunter said. Â“It disrupts our operations to reserve time for those.Â” The driving range would give law enforcement and other public safety agen-cies a safe and secure area to practice various driving techniques, such as the Â“PIT,Â” or precision immobilization technique, that deputies and officers use in dangerous roadway chases. Public safety and FGC staff touted the proposed expansionÂ’s multi-use capa-bilities, suggesting that public workforce agen-cies could offer CDL and motorcycle certification programs on the driving course, or even rent the space out to neighboring law information agencies, as well. Hunter is eager to implement the Florida SheriffÂ’s Association Teen Driving Challenge, a special-ized driv-ing pro-gram pair-ing teens with law enforce-ment to teach them crash-avoidance techniques and other roadway safety skills. Parents of teens who com-plete the program would even see reduction on their auto insurance ratesÂ—a point Hunter said he hopes to use to leverage private sector support for the expansion project. Â“ItÂ’s a challenge having to find locations [for road training],Â” CCFR Chief David Boozer said, adding that local agencies have been using parking lots, such as those at the Southside Recreational Complex, and rural forest-ed areas for vehicle train-ing. Â“This would give us a more secured area so we donÂ’t have to worry about an impact on the public. ItÂ’s under a controlled environment.Â” According to Boozer, there are two levels for fire-fighting certification: Â“Fire 1Â” and Â“Fire 2.Â” Volunteer firefighters only require level one, while full-time firefighters employed by a local agency require both. The city and LCFD donated a surplus 1993 Pierce International fire-truck following the meet-ing, giving FGC the last resource it needed to begin offering Fire 1 classes next March. An informational session will be held at the college Jan. 25 for inter-ested citizens. However, without the expansion, firefighters would still have to travel out-of-county to be fully state certi-fied. Neither Jewett or public safety staff had a hard estimate on the pro-jected cost or time-frame of the expan-sions, but said there was already $200,000 in seed money set aside at the college. Â“[The Foundation for Florida Gateway College] already purchased the property and donated it to the college,Â” Foundation Executive Director Mike Lee said. Â“WeÂ’re not start-ing from ground zero.Â” In the meantime, public safety and college staff are working to get the word out and drum up support from sponsors, neighbor-ing counties and the pub-lic. Boozer recalled seeing local fire departments pushing for these facilities when he was a rookie 30 years ago. Â“ItÂ’s been one of those challenges for some rea-son,Â” he said. Â“I think this is a more concerted effort. WeÂ’ve got the right folks on board and finally have a board that sees the needs and advantages that will help the community.Â” FGCContinued From 1AÂ‘We want to thank Fire Chief Armijo... Wendell Johnson and the city council for donating the truck. ItÂ’s more than them just talking. TheyÂ’re putting assets and resources into this venture because thereÂ’s a need for it.Â’ Â— John Jewett, Law Enforcement Academy Director POOLContinued From 1A MLK breakfast location changed to local venueFrom staff reportsThe Presley EXCEL and Scholars Program and Youth for Christ Ministry is inviting the community to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 85th Birthday Observance Breakfast, honoring outstanding dignitaries in the medi-cal field. The breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 a.m. The location has been changed from the Winfield Community Center to the WomanÂ’s Club in Lake City: 257 SE Hernando Street. The speaker for the occasion is Brooke Mobley who specializes in nephrology and hypertension at the DaVita Kidney Specialists of Northern Florida. Music for the morning entertainment will be provided by Dr. Tony Buzzello, CEO/Principal of the Shining Star Academy. Tickets may be purchased for $20. Tables may also be reserved. Tickets will not be sold or purchased at the door. Currently, there is an assault on the Second Amendment, he said. Forty-seven United States Senators voted to pass a small arms treaty last year that would require a gun registration process. To stand up to the potential legislation, Yoho suggested everyone in the audience join the National Rifle Association Â— even if they donÂ’t own a gun. Â“We know what happened in Sandy Hook, in Columbine and in the trage-dy that happened yesterday in Colorado,Â” Yoho said. Â“If there were no weapons or guns, these things would still happen with something else. IÂ’m convinced of that because you have that common denominator there, and thatÂ’s people.Â” Controversy erupted on Facebook over the Family Firearm Safety event, sched-uled on the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massa-cre. While many were upset about the eventÂ’s date, the congressmanÂ’s staff decided not to reschedule. Yoho said the date was not selected to coincide with the Sandy Hook tragedy. His thoughts and prayers are with the victimÂ’s families. Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter also spoke during the event, along with representatives from Pickett Weaponry, RussÂ’s Gun Shop and volunteers from the National Rifle Association. Â“I believe in firearms,Â” Hunter said. Â“I believe in the right to own firearms... If weÂ’re doing the right thing, then donÂ’t tread on our rights. As long as IÂ’m sheriff in Columbia County, thatÂ’s how weÂ’re going to roll.Â” Hunter discussed limitations on where people can and canÂ’t shoot their guns. For example, guns can not be shot within city limits, nor can they be used after a reason-able hour. Even if a person carries a concealed weapons permit, a sheriffÂ’s deputy can ask to take charge of a weap-on during an investigation. Â“We donÂ’t know what we have out there,Â” he said. Â“Understand, itÂ’s a tough business, and the world is changing.Â” Suwannee County resident Tom Brown came to the Firearm Safety event to support Congressman Yoho. He said he believes everyone in the country should own a gun, even a select group of personnel at public schools. Â“Let me tell you something about a firearm,Â” Brown said. Â“DonÂ’t pull a gun if youÂ’re not going to use it, but you better have a good reason to use it.Â” An older woman, Bee Boyle, pulled a tiny cap gun from her purse during the event. Though she has a concealed weapons permit, the toy gun is the only weap-on she carries with her. Her son, however, said he keeps all his guns loaded Â— in case he needs to use them. Â“What if they take our guns and the criminal has his?Â” Boyle asked. Â“What are we going to do for our pro-tection?Â” YOHOContinued From 1A
Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER IN PICTURES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 9A mom, Melissa Gollery. Â“ItÂ’s nice the community does this for the kids.Â” But for Maggie, the day introduced her to something new, something fun and something way too cold. Karyn Breeden, MaggieÂ’s mother, said it was the first time her daughter had ever seen snow. Maggie seemed unsure. At the snowhill, she stared at the white fluff, but didnÂ’t touch it. Â“Once she gets older, we thought about taking her somewhere to see snow,Â” Breeden said, adding that she liked Snow Day because it gave Maggie Â—and other children Â— the chance to see snow without any cost. Â“Some people canÂ’t get away to play in the snow.Â” As the 30 tons of snow melted, several bounce houses entertained the children. SantaÂ’s House had a line weav-ing from the front door, with anxious children waiting to sit on SantaÂ’s lap. Â“ItÂ’s just such a fun and unique thing that not many communities do,Â” said Dennille Decker, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. Â“We are in Florida, not many kids around here get to see snow. So itÂ’s something unique we can provide, and itÂ’s all free.Â” Live entertainment was provided all day, including Alexus Branscome and James Carter. Busy Bee Convenience Store offered a selection of its prod-ucts, as well as $1,500 in cash prizes. Â“This is the fourth year the Chamber has been over Snow Day,Â” Decker said. Â“Our atten-dance keeps growing. The prizes get better and better.Â” This year brought four more bounces houses than last year and five tons more snow than last year. Ten-year-old Lana Dimauro climbed out of the snowhill, holding her hands out to her mother: Â“My hands are numb,Â” she said. It was her first time seeing snow. Â“ItÂ’s cold,Â” she said, Â“and you get to have a snowball fight.Â” Around her, children continued to stomp on the small icy mounds, flinging cold lumps across the parking lot. Occasionally, they slid across the uneven snow, falling short of their target. Occasionally, the snowballs hit their mark. Oh what fun we had at the Chamber of CommerceÂ’s 4th annual Snow Day event. SNOW DAYContinued From 1A Toby Davis, 7, of Fort White, plays a bungee game on Saturd ay. Columbia High School student Harrison Shubert, 16, clenc hes the slide as he travels down the ice during Snow Da y on Saturday. Â‘I felt like a kid again,Â’ Shubert said. Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterLogan Rader, 9, heaves a massive snowball while playi ng during Snow Day on Saturday. Matthew Hollingsworth, 9, throws a snowball at an enemy combatant atop a snow hill that he conquered during a snowball fight on Saturday. Â‘It was fun until somebody hit me in the head with a snowball,Â’ Hollingsworth said jokingly. Hunner Humphries, 5, of OÂ’Brien, packs a snowball Saturday. Greg Todd makes a snow angel with his daughter Kendal l, 5. Â‘This is awesome,Â’ Todd said. Â‘Kids get to come out and h ave a great time. For us this is a treat.Â’ Kimber Long, 6, whispers to Santa Claus that she wants a stuffed reindeer for Christmas while at Snow Day on Satur day. Gloria Haden (from left) laughs as her daughter, Kelsey, 10, tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas during the Snow Day event on Saturday.
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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, December 15, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 firstname.lastname@example.org 1BSPORTS Double downer JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter Columbia High Schools Darrell Jones attempts a jump shot (15) on Dec. 5. Columbia basketball falls in both games to Palatka on Saturday PAUL BUCHANAN /Lake City Reporter Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Winston wins Heisman By BRANDON FINLEY email@example.com Palatka High came into Lake City and owned the court as they swept an evening of basketball against Columbia High on Saturday. Both sides of the junior varsity lost the opening games before the Lady Tigers took the court against Palatka in the top half of the varsity competi tion. Palatka dominated throughout the game and came away with a 60-35 win against the Lady Tigers. The bright spot for Columbia was freshman Aumaria Kelly coming through with 15 points in the contest. Jazzlynn Williams had six points and Lona Wilson added five points. Kelly is playing really well, and shes start ing to get her teammates involved, Columbia head coach Mike Reynolds said. Palatka is one of the top teams in the state and they distributed the ball really well. The boys were able to keep it close for much lon ger. Palatka started the game on a 15-4 run over the first 4:56, but the Tigers were able to battle back behind 10 points from Darrell Jones in the first quarter. Columbia matched with its own 12-4 run over the last 3:04 over the opening period to make the score 1916 heading into the sec ond quarter. Palatka took control in the second quarter and went into the half with a 37-28 lead before the Tigers cut it back to seven heading into the final period. Playing from behind, the Tigers couldnt get the long-range shots to fall and the score expanded to 62-47 before the final buzzer. I dont think we shot the ball as well as we have, Tigers head coach Horace Jefferson said. We had opportunities that we didnt finish. Every time we made a run, wed foul them and that hurt. When a team goes 18-of-22 at the line at your place, its going CHS continued on 2B Associated Press NEW YORK Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. The Florida State quar terback became the second straight freshman to win the Heisman on Saturday night, earning college foot balls most prestigious indi vidual award with a perfor mance so spectacular and dominant that even a crimi nal investigation couldnt derail his candidacy. Winston received 668 first-place votes and 2,205 points. He finished 1,501 points ahead of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron for the seventh-largest mar gin of victory in Heisman history, despite being left off 115 of the 900 ballots that were returned. Northern Illinois quar terback Jordan Lynch was third, followed by Boston Colleges Andre Williams, Texas A&Ms Johnny Manziel and Auburns Tre Mason. Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman, and was trying to join Ohio States Archie Griffin as a two-time Heisman winner. Instead, Winston made it two fresh man winners in the 79-year history of the Heisman. He also became the youngest winner at 23 days short of 20. The 19-year-old also was investigated last month for a year-old sexual assault, but no charges were filed and the case was closed four days before Heisman votes were due. Winston is the nations top-rated passer and has led the top-ranked Seminoles to a spot in the BCS cham pionship game against No. 2 Auburn on Jan. 6, his birthday. The former fivestar recruit from Bessemer, Ala., made college football look easy from his very first game. Winston is the third FSU QB to win the award.
SCOREBOARD 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 2BSPORTS CHS From Page 1B TELEVISIONTV sports Today EXTREME SPORTS Noon NBC Â— Dew Tour, Mountain Championships, at Breckenridge, Colo. (same-day tape) 3 p.m. NBCSN Â— Dew Tour, Mountain Championships, at Breckenridge, Colo. GOLF 5:30 a.m. TGC Â— European PGA Tour, The Nelson Mandela Championship, final round, at Mount Edgecombe, South Africa 1 p.m. TGC Â— PGA Tour, Franklin Templeton Shootout, final round, at Naples, Fla. 2 p.m. NBC Â— PGA Tour, Franklin Templeton Shootout, final round, at Naples, Fla. 4 p.m. NBC Â— Father-Son Challenge, final round, at Orlando, Fla. (same-day tape) MENÂ’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon FS1 Â— Syracuse at St. JohnÂ’s 2:30 p.m. FS1 Â— La Salle at Villanova 4:30 p.m. FS1 Â— Chicago St. at DePaul 6 p.m. FSN Â— Troy at Kansas St. NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS Â— Regional coverageFOX Â— Regional coverage, doubleheader 4 p.m. CBS Â— Regional coverage 4:25 p.m. FOX Â— Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8 p.m. NBC Â— Cincinnati at Pittsburgh SOCCER 8:25 a.m. NBCSN Â— Premier League, Manchester United at Aston Villa 10:55 a.m. NBCSN Â— Premier League, Liverpool at TottenhamFOOTBALLNFL standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PANew England 10 3 0 .769 349 287 Miami 7 6 0 .538 286 276N.Y. Jets 6 7 0 .462 226 337Buffalo 4 9 0 .308 273 334 South W L T Pct PF PAy-Indianapolis 8 5 0 .615 313 316Tennessee 5 8 0 .385 292 318Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 201 372Houston 2 11 0 .154 250 350 North W L T Pct PF PACincinnati 9 4 0 .692 334 244Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 278 261Pittsburgh 5 8 0 .385 291 312Cleveland 4 9 0 .308 257 324 West W L T Pct PF PAx-Denver 11 3 0 .786 535 372Kansas City 10 3 0 .769 343 224San Diego 7 7 0 .500 343 311Oakland 4 9 0 .308 264 337 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PAPhiladelphia 8 5 0 .615 334 301 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 357 348 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0 .385 251 334 Washington 3 10 0 .231 279 407 South W L T Pct PF PANew Orleans 10 3 0 .769 343 243 Carolina 9 4 0 .692 298 188Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 244 291Atlanta 3 10 0 .231 282 362 North W L T Pct PF PADetroit 7 6 0 .538 346 321Chicago 7 6 0 .538 368 360Green Bay 6 6 1 .500 316 326 Minnesota 3 9 1 .269 315 395 West W L T Pct PF PAx-Seattle 11 2 0 .846 357 205San Francisco 9 4 0 .692 316 214Arizona 8 5 0 .615 305 257St. Louis 5 8 0 .385 289 308 x-clinched playoff spoty-clinched division ThursdayÂ’s Game San Diego 27, Denver 20 TodayÂ’s Games Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m.Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m.San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m.Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m.Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m.Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m.New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m.Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. MondayÂ’s Game Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m.Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m.Denver at Houston, 1 p.m.Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m.New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m.Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m.Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. Bowl glance Saturday New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 23 Beef Â‘OÂ’ BradyÂ’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohio (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State (6-6) vs. Boise State (84), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (75), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (121), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (102), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)BASKETBALLNBA schedule FridayÂ’s Games Cleveland 109, Orlando 100Indiana 99, Charlotte 94Toronto 108, Philadelphia 100Boston 90, New York 86Atlanta 101, Washington 99, OTDetroit 103, Brooklyn 99Oklahoma City 122, L.A. Lakers 97New Orleans 104, Memphis 98Chicago 91, Milwaukee 90San Antonio 117, Minnesota 110Phoenix 116, Sacramento 107Utah 103, Denver 93Houston 116, Golden State 112 TodayÂ’s Games Houston at Sacramento, 6 p.m.Minnesota at Memphis, 6 p.m.Portland at Detroit, 6 p.m.Orlando at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.Golden State at Phoenix, 8 p.m.New Orleans at Denver, 8 p.m. MondayÂ’s Games Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m.Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m.L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m.San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.AP Top 25 schedule TodayÂ’s Games No. 2 Syracuse vs. St. JohnÂ’s at Madison Square Garden, Noon No. 10 Villanova vs. La Salle, 2:30 p.m.No. 24 Missouri vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m.HIGH SCHOOLFootball playoffs State Championships At Orlando Citrus Bowl Class 7A Friday Dwyer 59, Niceville 35 Class 5A Friday American Heritage 66, Clay 8 JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia HighÂ’s Jaidyn Rogers drives down the field w ith possession of the ball during a game against Fort White on Oct. 28.Lady Tigers pick up win against Oak HallBy BRANDON FINLEYbfinley@lakecityreporter.comColumbia High turned things in the right direction heading into the Christmas break as the Lady TigersÂ’ soccer team came away with a convincing victory against Oak Hall School in Gainesville. The Lady Tigers dominated throughout on their way to a 6-1 victory. Emma Sambey and Natalia Pardo each came away with two goals in the contest. Emily Hall and Brittney Lee each scored a goal. The assists came by way of Giebeig and Sambey. For Columbia coach Lindsay McCardle it was a sign of how the girls could play after returning from the holidays. Â“The team is improving each and every time they step onto the field,Â” McCardle said. Â“IÂ’m excit-ed for whatÂ’s to come.Â” SheÂ’s also excited about the execution she saw against Oak Hall. Â“They played like a team and relied on one another all throughout the game,Â” McCardle said. Â“I couldnÂ’t be any happier and proud of the way they communi-cated on the field, played with purpose and finished the ball, which are things we have struggled with in past games.Â” Columbia improves to 4-10 on the year after the win. The Lady Tigers will have a long time to celebrate their victory as they donÂ’t return to the field until Jan. 8 for a string of back-to-back-to-back road games. Columbia begins with a road trip to Fort White and closes the week with Santa Fe and Suwannee high schools.Tigers basketballBefore Saturday nightÂ’s showdown with Palatka, Columbia High fell on the road to Gainesville High, 75-70, in overtime. The Tigers trailed 29-17 at the half before exploding in the third quarter to tie the game. Columbia out-scored Gainesville, 25-13, in the period and would play even the rest of the way to force overtime. Most of ColumbiaÂ’s effort came from behind the 3-point line. In all, the Tigers hit 13 from long range. The Tigers were led by Robert Dace with 23 points in the game including 15 points from deep. Dace hit a shot with two sec-onds remaining to send the Tigers into overtime, but Columbia was unable to come through in the extra period. Jordan Coppock had 16 points, Kelvin Jonas scored 11, Darrell Jones had nine and Tre Simmons added seven points. to hurt. Palatka is a good team, but fortunately not a district team. We have a week off before Orange Park, and thatÂ’s our goal, to win the district. WeÂ’ll be prepared for Orange Park.Â” Jones led the Tigers with 16 points, but Andrew Moemeka had nine points, 11 rebounds a couple of blocks on the night. Â“ThatÂ’s the best Andrew has played,Â” Jefferson said. Â“It as much as IÂ’ve been impressed with him since heÂ’s arrived.Â” Dekarry Rossin had six points, while Tre Simmons and Dilan Hall had five points apiece.
LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 3B3BSPORTS Middle school clashJASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterRichardson Middle SchoolÂ’s Kylen Callum drives down the court against Lake City Middle. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterLake City Middle SchoolÂ’s Robert Fulton makes a pass around Richardson Middle SchoolÂ’s Jacquise Brown. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterRichardson Middle SchoolÂ’s T.J. Jones (11) makes a sh ot over Lake City Middle SchoolÂ’s Tray Miller (1) during the Wolves 51-45 win. Monday Q Columbia High boys soccer at Lincoln High, 7 p.m. (JV-5) Q Fort White High soccer at P.K. Yonge School, 7 p.m. (girls-5) Q Fort White High girls basketball at P.K. Yonge School, 7 p.m. (JV-5:30) Q Fort White High boys basketball vs. Interlachen High, 7:30 p.m. (JV-6) Friday Q Columbia High boys basketball at Orange Park High, 7:30 p.m. (JV-6) Q Fort White High basketball vs. Santa Fe High, 7:30 p.m. (girls-6) Thursday, Dec. 26 Q Columbia High boys basketball at Jarvis Williams Tournament in Palatka, TBA (through Saturday) Q Fort White High boys basketball in HitchcockÂ’s Challenge at Santa Fe High, TBA (through GAMES BRIEFS FLAG FOOTBALL Registration for Christ Central Christ Central Sports offers flag football for girls and boys ages 5-12. Registration is through Jan. 10. Cost is $45. For details, call Ronny Busscher at 365-2128. YOUTH BASEBALL Lake City online registration Lake City/Columbia County Youth Baseball spring online registration is under way at www.lcccyb.com Cost per player is $75 plus the online fee. Coaching information is available from the league. For details, call league president Jessica Langley at 867-1897.Fort White Babe Ruth election Fort White Babe Ruth Baseball has a special election for president and vice-president set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the South Columbia Sports Park board meeting room. The current vice-president is running for president. For details, call Jackie Brooks at (386) 527-2555, and send a letter of interest to P.O. Box 44, Fort White, FL 32038. YOUTH BASKETBALL Registration for Boys Club hoops The Boys Club of Columbia County offers a basketball program for girls and boys ages 7-14. Registration is under way at the Boys Club on Jones Way. Cost is $45. Practices are twice weekly at the club. For details, call 752-4184 or visit the club. ADULT SOFTBALL Winter league registration open Columbia County Adult Softball winter league registration is under way through Jan. 10 with the following schedule: WomenÂ’s league on Mondays, Church on Tuesdays, MenÂ’s on Wednesdays and Co-ed on Thursdays. Cost is $250 at sign-up, along with a team roster and signed liability waivers and code of conduct. A coaches meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the room above the concession stand. For details, contact columbiacountyadult firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pete Bonilla (623-6561) or Casandra Wheeler (365-2168).Q From staff reports Wolves down Falcons, 51-45
4BSports 4B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420Dashing to the snow BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterParticipants in the Dashing to the Snow 5K take off at the s tarting line on Saturday in Lake City. BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterCoach Lindsay McCardle (center) is joined by members of the Columbia High Lady TigersÂ’ soccer team for the Dashing to the Snow 5K on Saturday. Pictured w ith McCardle are (from left) Ashton Lee, Brittney Lee, Kyrsten Giebeig and Kayla Janso n. BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterCompetitors stretch prior to the Dashing to the Snow 5K on Saturday. BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterRunners are led through a series of stretchs prior to the Dashing to the Snow 5K on Saturday in Lake City. BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterExecutive Director of the Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Dennille Decker speaks with the crowd prior to the Dashing to the Snow 5K on Saturday.
1CBIZ FRONT Lake City Reporter Week of December 15-21, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section C Columbia, Inc. Your marketplace source for Lake City and Columbia County 1CColumbia Inc. FT. WHITE 7905 S.W. Hwy 27 corner of Hwy. 27 & Hwy. 47 inside the B&B Food Store 497-1484 CARRY-OUT ONLY LAKE CITY 5735 SW State Rd. 247 corner of SR 242 & SR 247 inside the B&B Food Store 752-3111 CARRY-OUT ONLY LAKE BUTLER 280 West Main St. next to Mercantile Bank 496-2878 CARRY-OUT ONLY LIVE OAK 6852 Suwanee Plaza Ln. In Walmart Plaza 330-0331 CARRYOUT ONLY LAKE CITY 857 S.W. Main Blvd. in Lake City Plaza 755-7050 WE DELIVER! 31878 LCR 12/15/13 8 THICK slices, with our signature Free Flavored Crust! $ 7 99 Plus sales tax. At participating locations. Expires in 30 Days. 2-Toppings Any Specialty $ 10 Works, Howie Maui, Meat Eaters and Veggie Cheese or Pepperoni $ 5 95 Additional toppings available Carry-out LARGE PIZZA Lunch Plus A Pepsi Each Plus sales tax. Expires in 30 Days. Plus sales tax. Expires in 30 Days. Plus sales tax. Expires in 30 Days. OR 1 OF EACH! $ 16 $ 5 10am 4pm NEW! Whats hot here for Christmas? By TONY BRITT email@example.com W ith precious few days left for Christmas shopping, local businesses have picked up on some trends. High on the local Christmas shopping list for 2013 is musical instruments, Miss Me jeans and boots. Steve Briscoe, First Street Music and Sound Company owner, said musical instruments are a very popular gift for Christmas. Music is that one opportu nity to self-entertain and a lot of people have the desire to learn to play an instrument, so this is always a popular item at Christmas, he said. Briscoe said instrument sales for Christmas gifts have been diversified this year, with customers purchasing guitars (acoustic and electric), drum kits and pianos. Guitars always seem to be the number one sought after item, he said. We had a couple of drum kits move out and a lot of people look at pianos this time TONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter Rhett Feagle (left), 8, and Karis Feagle, 7, look over a guitar with Teri LaBrecque at First Street Music and Sound Company. LaBrecque is a music instructor at the store. Boots, guitars and Miss Me jeans lead the list locally. GIFTS continued on 3C
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LAKE CITY REPORTER BUSINESS WEEK OF SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15-21, 2013 3C3CBIZ Can smartphones snap out of stupor?By MICHAEL LIEDTKE andYOUKYUNG LEEAP Technology WritersSAN FRANCISCO Â— This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have got-ten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull, although it probably will be at least another year or two before breakthroughs revolutionize the design and function of mobile computing devices. In a foreshadowing of things to come, LG Electronics Inc. is boasting about the G Flex, a new phone with a curved display. Previously available in Korea and Singapore, the concave device arrived in Hong Kong on Friday. Â“We want to claim this as the future of smart devices,Â” Ramchan Woo, the head of LGÂ’s mobile product planning division, said during a recent demonstra-tion in San Francisco. If such visions are realized, smartphones and tablets will be equipped with display screens that can be rolled up like a scroll or folded like a wallet. Making the devices even easier to carry around will be important if software makers want to deepen the bond between people and their phones. That could hap-pen as smarter tracking tools and voice-recognition technology let smartphones understand habits and thoughts like a family mem-ber. The future smartphone Â“will be small enough to carry with you at all times without thinking about it, and it will be essential enough that you wonÂ’t want to get rid of it,Â” Silicon Valley futur-ist Paul Saffo said. Â“It will become a context engine. It will be aware of where it is, where you are going and what you need.Â” The G Flex provides a peek at the shape of things to come. Despite its name, the G Flex isnÂ’t pliable. The device is slight-ly bowed from top to bottom, allowing it to curve toward a personÂ’s mouth when used for phone calls. It also has a curved battery, something LG says is a first for smartphones. LG applied a Â“self-healingÂ” protective coat on the G Flex to automatically repair any minor scratches. More than anything, the G Flex is meant to begin the smart-phoneÂ’s evolution from the primi-tive state of flat screens. In theo-ry, the curved-screen technology will lead to bendable screens, which will then pave the way to foldable screens. If that progres-sion plays out, it would be pos-sible to fold a larger smartphone so it can easily fit into a pocket. For now, though, the G FlexÂ’s size makes it too cumbersome for most people to lug around. It has a six-inch screen, measured diagonally, making it among the largest phones out there. The cost also will limit its appeal. LG introduced the G Flex in its home country of South Korea last month for $940. LG wants to sell the G Flex in the U.S., but hasnÂ’t set a date or price or reached distribution deals with any wireless carriers. Another Korean company, Samsung Electronics Inc., also is selling a concave smartphone there. Unlike the G FlexÂ’s vertical bow, SamsungÂ’s Galaxy Round curves horizontally from left to right when itÂ’s held upright. With a price tag of about $1,000, the phone is more an expensive nov-elty than a mainstream product. Like LG, Samsung is setting the stage for bigger things to come. Samsung Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun told analysts last month that the company believes it can produce a mobile device with a foldable display by 2015. Samsung appears to be working on two slightly different con-cepts, according to two analysts who saw prototypes of whatÂ’s in the companyÂ’s product pipeline during last monthÂ’s meetings. Reporters werenÂ’t given a chance to see the prototypes. One fea-tured a tablet-sized display panel that could be folded in half in the screenÂ’s midsection, according to the analysts. The display was thin and could be folded in only one direction. The rest of the panel was firm and flat, the analysts said. Another version had a more flexible screen capable of bend-ing anywhere. An Apple Inc. blueprint for making a device with a curved display was granted a U.S. patent this week, a development likely to feed recent speculation that the iPhone maker is working on a concave model. The Cupertino, Calif., company declined to com-ment. Other device makers may show off products with curved screens in Las Vegas next month at CES, where tech companies often unveil their latest innova-tions. Building smartphones with more pliable screens will pose several challenges for manufac-turers. The battery, smartphone chips and other key components will have to become flexible, too, so they can bend with the device. Flexible screens also will prob-ably be made of plastic, a mate-rial more likely to degrade or fail when exposed to high tempera-tures, oxygen or water. The push to turn smartphones into more intelligent devices appears to be further along than the attempts to transform the display screens. Both Apple and Google Inc., the maker of the Android operat-ing system and the worldÂ’s domi-nant search engine, already offer voice recognition technology and virtual assistants that enable smartphones to engage in rudi-mentary conversations and offer helpful tips. The ultimate goal is for smartphones to become so intuitive and efficient that they reflexively cater to their ownersÂ’ needs. Â“YouÂ’ll be speaking to the phone, asking it to do things, and it will be responding and actually doing what you intend,Â” said Dennis Woodside, CEO of GoogleÂ’s device-making subsid-iary, Motorola Mobility. The technological advances could border on the supernatural, according to IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. He expects the future relationship between people and their phones to be akin to fictional billionaire Tony StarkÂ’s connec-tion with the computer-controlled armor that he dons to become Iron Man, a comic-book hero popularized in a trilogy of movies starring Robert Downey Jr. If Llamas is right, future smartphones will become a personÂ’s navigator, security blanket, counselor and talisman. Without a smartphone to come to the rescue, a person may even feel reduced to being a mere mortal. Lee reported from Seoul, South Korea. of the year. The sales are across the board as far as the instruments that really move this time of the year.Â” Acoustic guitars are often more popular than their electric counterparts. Â“With acoustic guitars, you can pull that up and pick it anywhere and every-where,Â” he said. Â“With an electric guitar, naturally, you need electric to plug into.Â” Briscoe said the store was prepared for holiday shoppers with inventory to meet holiday shopping needs. Â“Like any other retailer you always stock up and be better prepared for Christmas,Â” Briscoe said. Â“As far as Christmas we bring in the kits and pack-ages where itÂ’s basically everything you need to get started with. Outside of that we try to maintain a good balance of inventory throughout the year.Â” Andrea Smith, co-owner of SmittyÂ’s Western Store along with her husband Bob Smith, said some of the more popular gift items this year are clothing, boots, Costa sun glasses and jewelry Â— particu-larly Miss Me jeans and Brighton jewelry. Â“We sell a lot of gift items too, including home decor items and a lot of stocking stuffers,Â” she said. Â“Miss Me jeans are popular this year and boots, I canÂ’t order them fast enough to keep them turned around and back in here on the shelves. WeÂ’re really doing great with boots, but Miss Me jeans and ladies cloth-ing are our popular items for us. We have a lot of bling.Â” Jason Zink, Belk store manager, also noted that boots where a popular gift item at the store, not-ing that Rampage Boots seemed to be the most popular boot for sale this Christmas. He said other popular gift items for the storeÂ’s 2013 Christmas gift sales have been memory soft pil-lows, clothes, towels, lug-gage and coffee. Â“Rampage boots are popular,Â” he said, noting they are junior boots for girls. Â“ItÂ’s for the younger style and itÂ’s really at a good price point.Â” Zink said traditional items that have been experiencing sluggish sales are radios and other electric items, but he said he expects those sales to increase in the last 10 days before Christmas. GIFTSContinued From 1C Photos by TONY BRITT/ Lake City ReporterABOVE: Candi Freeman, of Branford, shops for ladies boots at SmittyÂ’ s Western Store. Store owners said boots are a popular C hristmas item this year. BELOW: Geri Geiger gets a facial touch-up from Cindy Speight, Be lk counter manager for Clinique.
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Duval St., Lake City, Fl. 32055 on proposed amendments to rules, regu-lations and procedures for the opera-tion of the Columbia County School District. The public is invited to at-tend. Action is anticipated at this meeting.Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in the public hearing are requested to notify the Office of the Superintendent at 755-8000 at least 48 hours in advance so that their needs can be accommodat-ed.TITLE: 2013 Â– 2014 Student Pro-gression PlanPURPOSE AND EFFECT: Various revisions are being made in order to comply with district policy.Virtual School: Insert Drop/Add lan-guage for virtual courses.Dual Enrollment: Clarify eligibility for enrollment.*****DATED THIS 10th DAYOF De-cember 2013.SCHOOLBOARD OF COLUMBIACOUNTYBYKeith Hudson, ChairmanATTESTTerry L. Huddleston,Superintendent05542504December 15, 2013 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: AUTO EMPORIUM OF LAKE CITYINC. gives Notice of Foreclo-sure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/30/2013, 10:00 am at 2832 SWMAIN BLVD, LAKE CITY, FL32025, pursuant to subsec-tion 713.78 of the Florida Statues. AUTO EMPORIUM OF LAKE CITYINC. reserves the right to ac-cept or reject any and/or all bids.1N6AD06U95C4068792005 NISSAN05542528DECEMBER 15, 2013 Public Solicitation for Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee Counties CoC HUD CoC Program ApplicationUnited Way of Suwannee Valley, lead agency for the Homeless Serv-ices Network of Suwannee Valley (HSNSV), is accepting project pro-posals for HUD CoC Program fund-ing. 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Project pro-posals must be received by Decem-ber 26.05542521December 15, 2013 The City of Lake City Distribution/Collection Department will have NE Patterson Avenue closed from NE Simms Drive to NE Lake Drive for four days beginning 6:30 am Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 ex-tending through 7:30pm Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 due to necessary sew-er line repairs.NE Patterson Ave will be open to lo-cal traffic only.05542539December 15, 2013 100Job Opportunities05542121The Lake City Reporter is now seeking qualified candidates for the position of Sales Associate This position requires self motivation and drive to assist business' within the community with their marketing and sales plans. Applying candidates must possess and energetic and professional attitude along with a clean driving history. Pay range is based on experience. This position is offered Salary plus uncapped Commission. 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Maintenance of key supply inventories, including newsprint, ink, plates, essential supplies and spare parts is required. Successful applicant will have hands on experience operating a Goss community press, computer to plate technologies, prepress workflow systems, File transfer protocol process, and newsprint ordering and inventory systems. Mountain Press is a regional printing facility for CNIÂ’s Franklin Region newspapers. Email resume, salary requirements and three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Rachel Hoskins, Franklin Regional Publisher, PO Box 350, Franklin, NC 28744. 05542427World Class CEMENT MANUFACTURER is in need of experienced Electrical Maintenance Technician to install, maintain, and repair electric and electronic equipment. Duties include, but are not limited to: High and low voltage tests and troubleshooting; electric control, piping, wiring, pneumatic, & hydraulic controls, air conditioning, operate mobile equipment, weigh feeders, calibration & troubleshooting, Shenck & Pfister Systems, test, calibrate & troubleshoot; & assist with departments needs as necessary. HS Diploma or equivalent preferred. Experience Required. Position requires working rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, overtime & accept call-ins after hours. Suwannee American Cement, located in Branford, FL. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants send resumes to email@example.com or fax to Human Resources: 386-935-5071. 05542496Directorof Materials Management-F/T We are currently seeking a Director of Materials Management to provide leadership and oversee our Purchasing Department. 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Send reply to Box 05113, C/O The Lake City Reporter, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL, 32056 DRIVERS: *SEASONAL Drivers Needed* to haul U.S. Mail in Jacksonville. Positions open for safe, reliable drivers. Excellent Hourly Pay. $18.94p/h + $4.46 H&W. Class ACDL& 2yrs Experience required in the past five years. EOE/AA. Salmon Companies 800-251-4301 or apply online www.driveforsalmon.com Gilman Building Products Co is accepting applications for Security Guard at the Sawmill located in Lake Butler. Ahigh school diploma or equivalent is required. Computer knowledge is required. We have competitive rates & 401K, dental & health insurance, paid vacation & holidays & promotional opportunities. This position is night shift and every weekend. Interested applicants should apply in person from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM at the front office. LOOKING FOR Class A drivers with experience in hauling logs. Call 904-964-4500. 100Job OpportunitiesNOWHIRING Full time Experienced Servers ONLYneed apply. Apply in person, No phone calls please. IHOP, Lake City PLACEMENTSPECIALIST Partnership for Strong Families is the lead agency for communitybased care in N. Central Fl., providing services to ensure the safety, well-being & permanency of children & families through foster care & related services. This Placement Specialist is responsible for intake, assessment & placement of children within the Partnership for Strong Families. This includes coordinating with the case management agencies & Department of Children & Families to ensure timely, accurate & complete placement assessments. Min Req: B.A. from an accredited college or university w/ major coursework in human services or related field. 2 yrs. exp. in child welfare, behavioral health, or related field. Certification as a Child Protection Professional or CPPeligible. Preferred: M.A. from an accredited college or university w/ major coursework in human services or related field. 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LIFE Sunday, December 15, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section D Story ideas? Contact Robert Bridges Editor 754-0428 firstname.lastname@example.org Lake City Reporter 1DLIFE Best Brands at the Best Prices Closeouts Overstocks Discontinued Covers Same or Next Day Delivery BEDS BEDS BEDS 1472 U.S. 90 West, Lake City Mon.-Fri 10-6, Sat. 10-5 755-7678 UP TO OFF 70% COMPETITORS PRICES MATTRESS CLEARANCE SALE SALE T he Bay of Fundy on the northern Atlantic in Eastern Canada is, simply put, a phenomenon. My Mom and I made our last port stop of the cruise in St. John, New Brunswick and quickly made our way to the Reversing Rapids, where it was low tide. Here, the St. John River looked like any other shallow river with white rapids falling over the rock beds and flowing quick ly into the ocean. Boats at this time of day cannot pass, but kayakers have attempted the ride. There was a zip line overhead with just a few lines. It didnt look like much fun compared to other zip lines Ive done. I was glad I didnt choose this activity. Fast forward a few hours later, well approximately 6 hours, at high tide, and the view of the river looked com pletely different. The rising tides from the ocean had backed the river up complete ly stopping its flow altogether and it looked more like a lake with whirlpools. Some of the river bank and rocks that were visible before were no longer seen. The average tidal changes in this area are approximately 17 feet and vary throughout the region, but can be as high as 50 feet. It was quite remarkable to have had the opportunity to see it at both low and high tide. In the 6 hour interim we took a ride to St. Martins, a charming little fishing village east of St. John to the Sea Caves. There were people exploring the beaches and trying to cross over the small streams and piles of seaweed left at low tide to see inside the caves. Which if it was high tide, you wouldnt be able to see the Caves at all. Of course, I was happy it was low tide, because I became one of those people. I loved exploring the area and even searched for my rock. Legend has it that finding a rock on the Bay of Fundy with a line circling the rock will grant you a wish. Mom and I both found one. St. Martins is also known for its two covered bridges. Thats right, not one but two. We were able to get them both in one camera shot, too. Another interesting thing I saw in St. Martins I found fascinating was how the boats are docked when the tide is so low that there isnt water underneath. They not only need to leave a lot of extra line when tying them off, but they secure what looks like a stool and sometimes what looks like a lobster cage underneath it so that the boats do not roll over. There was a term for it but for the life of me, I cant remember what they called them. If it was a flat bottom boat, it would simply sit on the sea floor in some cases. This was a very quaint town and, both, the stops in St. John and St. Martins, in general, were very educa tional. I felt like I was on a field trip; learning all sorts of new and interesting scientific facts. Reversing Rapids is a wonder TRAVEL TALES Sandy Kishton Sandy Kishton is a freelance travel writer who lives in Lake City. Contact her at skishton@ comcast.net StatePoint hile youre probably already accustomed with conventional ways of looking and feeling your best, this winter, consider more natural approaches to health and wellness. Columbia County Health Department staff suggest eating healthy, adequate hydration and weekly exercise tips, they say, locals should carry with them throughout the whole year, not just for the holiday season. Here are several good-for-you and goodfor-the-planet steps you can take to help stay strong and healthy this winter: Help stay coldand flu-free this winter with some natural lifestyle tweaks. Proper nutrition and hydration are going to be key for any health issues you may have, said Marjorie Rigdon, director of nursing at the Columbia County Health Department. They will keep you hydrated and boost your immune system. Force the fluids, force the fluids, especially if you have the flu. Thats the motto and the mantra. Proper hydration and nutrition are impor tant for good health and your skin. In addi tion to drinking plenty of alcohol-free liq uids, look for soaps and skin care products that have natural olive oil as a primary ingre dient. Natural oils help lock in moisture. Also, take steps to reduce stress from your life -which studies have shown can take a mighty toll on your bodys ability to fight infection, according to the American Psychological Association. The easiest way to reduce stress is through exercise, Rigdon said. As the seasons weather gets chilly, it might not be very easy or healthy to walk in the colder temperatures. Rigdon suggests walk ing inside the Lake City Mall. For people who still crave the outdoor time, several WeightWatcher members walk the perim eter of the Lake City Mall, which equals nearly a mile. When youre feeling tense, try products infused with lavender or chamomile, both of which can help relieve stress, or use the opportunity to finally try that yoga class. Feeling under the weather? Before turn ing to your medicine cabinet, take a look at your kitchen cabinet. Herbs are not just a low-calorie flavor booster of meals, theyre said to also contain healing properties. Many herbs have been used for centuries as remedies for common ailments. For example, according to the National Institutes of Health, sage may help ease your headache, hoarseness or cough, and is an effective remedy for a sore throat. Try infusing tea with sage, or using it to add fla vor to your saut or roast at dinner. Running a fever? Rosemary has been used to treat fever and headache. So the next time you hit the grocery store, fill your cart with organic herbs that heal. Where natural ingredients are concerned, the focus is often on our plates. Its easy to Tips about boosting your immunity and remaining healthy this holiday season. COURTESY Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week will have you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Universal adding 8 new restaurants By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press ORLANDO Universal Studios theme park executives offered a few details Thursday on the new Harry Potter-themed area, which is scheduled to open at the Orlando park next year along with an 1,800-room resort and eight new restaurants in the CityWalk dining and entertainment area. The new Potter attractions will be based on the books fictional scenes in Diagon Alley and London, and will be located in the Universal Studios section of the theme park. The existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter area is located in the other part of the park, Universal Islands of Adventure. Visitors will be able to take a new black and red train, the Hogwarts Express, between the two areas, which will presumably entice visitors to buy a twopark pass so they can explore both sections. Designers plan a restaurant inside the new Harry Potter-themed area called the Leaky Cauldron. The restaurant interior will be based on scenes from UNIVERSAL continued on 3D HEALTHY continued on 3D
By MARILYNN MARCHIONEAP Chief Medical WriterSAN ANTONIO Â— Exercise might help women beat breast can-cer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit tak-ing medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence. The study is the first major test of an exercise program for women on aro-matase inhibitors. These estrogen-blocking pills, sold as Femara, Aromasin and other brands, are rec-ommended for five years after initial breast cancer treatment for hormone-driven tumors, the most common type. The pills also increasingly are being used to help prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of it because of family his-tory, bad genes or other reasons. A separate study found that one of these medicines Â— anastrozole, sold as Arimidex and in generic form Â— cut this risk by 53 percent. ItÂ’s the second aromatase inhibitor shown to lower risk that much. Despite how effective the drugs are, many women shun them because they can cause aches and pains, hot flashes and other side effects. About 15 percent of U.S. women have enough risk to merit considering the pills to prevent breast cancer, yet less than 5 percent take them, said Dr. Powel Brown, a prevention expert at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The exercise study involved 121 postmeno-pausal women taking vari-ous aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer who complained of achy joints on a pain survey. About half were assigned to two supervised strength training sessions a week plus at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. The rest got advice on the benefits of exercise and did their usual activities. After a year, joint pain scores fell 20 percent among exercisers and 3 percent among the others. The severity of pain and how much it interfered with daily live also declined more in exercisers. The exercise group improved cardiorespira-tory fitness and lost weight Â— nearly 8 pounds versus a slight gain in the oth-ers. Eighty percent stuck with the program, helped by free access to a gym and a personal trainer. The National Cancer Institute paid for the study, which was led by Melinda Irwin of the Yale Cancer Center and Dr. Jennifer Ligibel of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Eric Winer, breast cancer chief at Dana-Farber, said the results may help more women stick with the drugs. Â“A lot of people will say, Â‘if itÂ’s going to have a lot of side effects, IÂ’m not going to do it.Â’ The truth is, not everyone gets symptoms. Exercise might be a solu-tion,Â” he said. The other study was led by Dr. Jack Cuzick of Queen Mary University of London and tested anas-trozole for preventing first breast cancers. Nearly 4,000 women were given the drug or daily dummy pills, and 70 percent stuck with them for five years, just a little less than the placebo group. After that time, 40 women on anastrozole had developed breast cancer versus 85 of the others, a 53 percent reduction in risk. ThatÂ’s comparable to how another aromatase inhibitor Â— exemestane, or Aromasin Â— did in an earlier study and better than tamoxifen, the lon-gest-used breast cancer prevention medicine. Women on anastrozole had more joint pain and hot flashes, but these also were very common in the placebo group Â— more than half of both groups reported these problems, which often are due to menopause and aging, Cuzick said. Anastrozole users had more cases of a painful wrist condition called carpal tunnel syn-drome, and dry eye, but these were relatively rare. Aromatase inhibitors are known to raise the risk of fractures, so many women take bone-strengthening drugs to help prevent that problem. Besides the British cancer research agency, London-based AstraZeneca PLC, which makes the anastrozole used in the study, Arimidex, helped pay for the work, and some researchers are paid speak-ers for the company. Results were discussed Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and published by the British journal Lancet. In a com-mentary in the journal, Dr. David A. Cameron of Edinburgh Cancer Center in Scotland wrote that healthy women still may resist prevention drugs unless taking them turns out to save lives, not just avoid disease. The cancer conference is sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, Baylor College of Medicine and the UT Health Science Center. 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Robert Bridges, 754-04282DLIFE Â• Camp Weed Cerveny Conference Center 386-364-5250 Â• GeGeeÂ’s Studio 758-2088 Â• Holiday Inn 754-1411, ext. 106 Â• Sweetwater Branch Inn 800-595-7760 Â• WardÂ’s Jewelry & Gifts 752-5470 Did 007 have an alcoholic tremor?By MARIA CHENGAP Medical WriterLONDON Â— He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot? British doctors who carefully read Ian FlemingÂ’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday. Dr. Patrick Davies and colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital analyzed 14 James Bond books and documented every drink Bond had. They also noted days when he was unable to drink, such as when he was hos-pitalized, in rehab or imprisoned. The academics found that the spy also known as 007 drank about 92 units of alcohol a week; more than four times the safe amount recommended by the British government. One unit is about eight grams of pure alcohol. A pint of beer has three units of alcohol, about the same as a large glass of wine. BondÂ’s drinking habits put him at high risk for numerous alco-hol-related diseases and an early alcohol-related death, the authors write. Â“The level of functioning as displayed in the books is incon-sistent with the physical, mental and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol,Â” the authors conclude. Davies and colleagues also suspect BondÂ’s trademark order that his martinis be Â“shaken, not stirredÂ” may have been because he had an alcohol-induced tremor and was simply unable to stir his drinks. They noted his biggest daily drinking binge was in the book, Â“From Russia with Love,Â” when he downed nearly 50 units of alco-hol. They also suspected alcohol may have been a factor in Â“Casino Royale,Â” when he knocked back 39 units before getting into a high-speed car chase, lost control and crashed the car. The authors recognized that BondÂ’s high-stress job may have also driven him over the edge. Â“Although we appreciate the societal pressures to consume alcohol when working with international terrorists and high stakes gam-blers, we would advise Bond be referred for further assessment of his alcohol intake,Â” they concluded. Shaken, not stirred Von TrappsÂ’ lodge taps interest in musicalBy LISA RATHKAssociated PressSTOWE, Vt. Â— In the week since NBC aired a revival of Â“The Sound of Music,Â” the real von Trapp and the vacation lodge it runs in Vermont are in high demand. And yes, the family was watching as Carrie Underwood, in a widely watched and panned per-formance, took over the role of Maria von Trapp, made famous on Broadway by Mary Martin and on film by Julie Andrews. In a blog post, Francoise von Trapp, daughter of Maria von TrappÂ’s stepson Rupert, ques-tioned the casting.Â“For everyone who thought the whole thing was wonderful and that NBC did a spectacular job, I say maybe your expectations werenÂ’t high to begin with,Â” she wrote, noting she doesnÂ’t speak for the family or lodge. Â“If they hoped to have created a new holiday classic, I think they missed their mark.Â” Kristina von Trapp Frame, granddaughter of the real Maria von Trapp, and her brother Sam von Trapp, executive vice presi-dent of the Trapp Family Lodge, were more diplomatic, calling Underwood a beautiful singer. Â“It is relevant and interesting to a new group of people, and thatÂ’s the important thing,Â” von Trapp Frame said Thursday. Â“The original movie is an inspiration to many people, and if it continues that inspiration, that is only a good thing.Â” The family isnÂ’t denying the musical is helping business, even if most callers are merely curi-ous. The musical and movie are a fictionalized account of the life of Maria von Trapp and tell the story of a 1930s Austrian govern-ess who teaches her charges to sing and falls in love with her employer, naval captain Georg von Trapp, and the familyÂ’s flight before World War II. They moved to Vermont in 1942 after visiting during a singing tour and vacationing in Stowe. They built a rustic farmhouse and started taking in boarders. As a ski industry developed in the area, they expanded. Fire destroyed it in 1980, but the fam-ily rebuilt. One of the captainÂ’s daughters, also named Maria von Trapp, played accordion and taught Austrian dance with sister Rosemarie at the lodge. Rosemarie also taught her sons how to play the recorder, said Phoebe Everson, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., who has been a visitor for decades. Four of the 10 von Trapp siblings are still alive, and two live on the lodgeÂ’s grounds. The 96-room chalet-style inn is the height of charm during the holidays. With its wide views of the mountains that reminded the family of their native Austria, the lodge is decorated with Christmas trees and poinsettias. In the res-taurants, wiener schnitzel and apple strudel are on the menu. On Christmas Eve, guests get a special treat: The von Trapp fam-ily sings Christmas carols with the guests. But no songs from Are more Dorito-flavored foods on the way?CANDICE CHOIAP Food Industry WriterNEW YORK Â— Dorito dust may be the new salt for more restaurant chains. PepsiCo Inc., which owns Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos and other snacks, found success last year after teaming up with Taco Bell to create Dorito-flavored taco shells. And it has since been dreaming up other restaurant dishes featuring its popular snacks. The company announced Thursday that it struck a deal to serve its drinks at Buffalo Wild Wings, picking a significant client from beverage rival Coca-Cola Co. Notably, PepsiCo also said it would work with the sports-centric chain to create Â“unique menu offerings.Â” In an interview, Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith that she visited PepsiCoÂ’s food innovation lab in New York and was shown several dishes the chain might put on its menu. Ideas included Doritos as a crunchy topping for wings or tenders, or even just offering potato chips as a side dish. Additionally, Smith said she was shown salad dressings and sandwich and chicken wing sauces that incorporate PepsiCoÂ’s sodas, including Mountain Dew. Â“I donÂ’t think it will be in the next 12 months, but weÂ’ll possibly start testing after a year or 18 months,Â” she said, noting that considerable planning would be need-ed to bring the offerings to the companyÂ’s more than 975 U.S. locations. PepsiCo clearly sees the idea of incorporating its snacks into menus as a major opportunity. At an analyst conference in Boca Raton, Fla., earlier this year, for example, the company sponsored a lunch featuring recipes using its Naked Juices, Frito chips and other products. A representative for Pizza Hut also told the AP the chain has looked at ways to use Frito-Lay snacks in its menu. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands, which owns Taco Bell and KFC as well. The restaurant chains were owned by PepsiCo until being spun off in 1997. Over at Taco Bell, Doritos Locos Tacos continue to be a considerable sales driver. Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed has noted that a major advantage of the tacos is that competitors canÂ’t replicate them Â— their success is largely tied to the popularity of the Doritos brand. The latest partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings is just the latest sign that PepsiCo is trying to use the strength of its Frito-Lay business to bolster its beverage unit, which has long trailed Coca-Cola. It also comes as PepsiCo fights off calls to split its drinks and snacks units. Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs
Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 3D3DLIFEforget the range of items we put into our body daily. Given how often we use them, itÂ’s worth a closer look at their ingredients. Certainly the holidays are going to keep indi-viduals busy with dinners, shopping, relatives and more, but Rigdon said Lake City residents should avoid easy food fixes. Fast food and unhealthy, quick meals should be avoided. Â“People should do the same throughout the year,Â” Rigdon said. Â“Watch what you eat, drink plenty of water and exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes... Our goal now is to be the healthiest state in the nation. We are certainly promoting [healthy habits] throughout the year, not just during the holidays.Â” Toothpaste, for instance, is something that goes in your mouth twice a day. Have you ever wondered what was on the label, where the ingredients are sourced or their purpose? Ingredients contained in some con-ventional toothpaste are unnecessary or offer no health benefit. When choosing your next tube of toothpaste, consider a nat-ural oral care option free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preserva-tives. If youÂ’re interested in achieving the best health possible this season, mak-ing positive lifestyle tweaks and exploring natural health alternatives are two great places to start. the movie Â“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.Â” Executives said more Harry Potter details will be released in early 2014. The massive new Cabana Bay Beach Resort, under construction now, will be themed after a 1960s hotel, with authentic-looking mid-century modern furnishings and decor. Â“ItÂ’s going to be like driving into 1960,Â” said Mark Woodbury, Universal CreativeÂ’s president. Half of the 1,800 rooms will be suites that sleep up to six people. The resort will also feature a bowl-ing alley, restaurants and two pool areas with water park-like ameni-ties. The first of CityWalkÂ’s new eateries, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, has already opened. Other original con-cept restaurants include Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, The Bread Box, Pranzo Italian Kitchen and the Hot Dog Hall of Fame. The hot dog restaurant will serve dogs from various ballparks from around the U.S., and will have baseball memorabilia scattered around. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream and Menchies frozen yogurt will also be added, and Starbucks will also move from a second-floor loca-tion to a ground-floor, 130-seat cof-fee house. Visitors to Universal must walk through CityWalk, past its stores and eateries, to reach the theme park rides. CityWalk opened in 1999, and its evolution comes as Disney World revamps Downtown Disney into an expanded dining and entertainment area named Disney Springs, with completion expected in 2016. Disney is UniversalÂ’s biggest competitor in the Orlando theme park corridor, but Woodbury said the CityWalk additions are unrelat-ed to the overhaul at Disney. Â“ItÂ’s a constant evolution,Â” said Woodbury. Â“ThatÂ’s the only way to stay on top of our game.Â” An unusual addition to CityWalk will be The CowFish, a restaurant that serves burgers and sushi in a pop culture-themed environment. Its owners joked with the media about serving a fusion concept called Â“burgushi.Â” Woodbury said he ate at one of the restaurantÂ’s two North Carolina locations and was so impressed with the funky concept that he invited the owners to open a venue in Orlando. The Latin Quarter and Pasta Amore restaurants are closing to make way for the new offerings. HEALTHYContinued From 1DQ Lake City Reporter staff writer Amanda Williamson contributed to this report. COURTESYUniversal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertain ment, dining, shopping promenade. Eight more restaurants are currently being ad ded to the menu of the 30 options already available to treat Universal-goers. UNIVERSALContinued From 1D Group wants Fisher Price iPad seat recallBy JENNIFER C. KERR Associated PressWASHINGTON Â— Ahh, the first year of a babyÂ’s life Â— learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about play-time in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby can watch video content aimed at the youngest children Â— an idea that is being criticized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The Boston-based advocacy group started an online petition campaign Tuesday, urging Fisher-Price to recall its Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPads. CCFC says itÂ’s not healthy for a babyÂ’s development and encourages parents to leave baby alone. Â“The seat is the ultimate electronic babysitter. Its very existence suggests itÂ’s fine to leave babies all alone with an iPad inches from their face,Â” said Susan Linn, the groupÂ’s director, in an interview. Â“Babies thrive when they are talked to, played with and cuddled, not when they are alone with a screen.Â” Fisher-Price, in response, said the Apptivity Seat is a niche product that is only available online Â— one of more than a dozen seats for infants Â— and is not meant to be seen as an educational product for children. The seat, which resembles a bouncy seat, has an attachment with colorful toys that dangle so a baby can reach and grab. The case where a parent could insert an iPad has a large built-in mirror for the baby to see its face when thereÂ’s no iPad. In its product description, Fisher-Price says parents can download apps to their iPads with sooth-ing sounds and high-contrast patterns that help infants develop eye-tracking skills. Fisher-Price spokeswoman Juliette Reashor said the seat has a time-out feature that only allows for ten minutes of activity with an app before requiring a manual reset, so the app wouldnÂ’t play endlessly. The attachment bar for the iPad can also be removed from the seat, if the parent prefers that. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages any electronic Â“screen timeÂ” for infants and toddlers under 2. It cites research that found infant videos can delay language development, and warns that no studies have documented a benefit of early viewing. In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission Â— which enforces truth-in-advertising laws Â— agreed with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood that the developer of Â“Your Baby Can ReadÂ” lied when it promised consumers it could teach babies as young as 9 months old to read. That business shuttered after the FTC imposed a $185 million settlement. Debate on plane phone calls growsSCOTT MAYEROWITZAP Airlines WriterWASHINGTON Â— Just because itÂ’s safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesnÂ’t mean that passen-gers should call just to say hello. That argument played out across Washington Thursday as one govern-ment agency moved a step closer to removing its pro-hibition of in-flight calls while another considered a new ban of its own. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to start a months-long pub-lic comment process to remove its restriction. Â“There is a need to recognize that there is a new technology,Â” said FCC chairman Thomas Wheeler. Â“This is a techni-cal rule. It is a rule about technology. It is not a rule of usage.Â” But the Department of Transportation, which oversees aviation, isnÂ’t so sure that permitting calls Â“is fair to consumersÂ” and will consider creating its own ban as part of its consumer protection role. Â“Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and others who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight Â— and I am concerned about this possibility as well,Â” DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. Calls during flights have been prohibited for 22 years over fears that they would interfere with cellular networks on the ground. Technological advances have resolved those concerns, which is one reason Wheeler wants to repeal the rule. He also wants the airlines, not the government, to have final say on in-flight calling. But even Wheeler acknowledged the poten-tial annoyance factor. Â“IÂ’m the last person in the world who wants to listen to somebody talk-ingÂ” while flying across the country, Wheeler told a House subcommittee Thursday morning. The FCC proposal comes just weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on using per-sonal electronic devices such as iPads and Kindles below 10,000 feet, saying they donÂ’t interfere with cockpit instruments. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday found that 48 percent of Americans oppose allow-ing cellphones to be used for voice calls while flying; just 19 percent support it. Another 30 percent are neutral. Among those who fly, opposition is stronger. Looking just at Americans who have taken more than one flight in the past year, 59 percent are against allowing calls on planes. That num-ber grows to 78 percent among those whoÂ’ve taken four or more flights. Delta Air Lines is the only airline to explicitly state that it wonÂ’t allow voice calls regardless of what the government allows. Delta says years of feedback from custom-ers show Â“the overwhelm-ing sentimentÂ” is to keep the ban in place. American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways all plan to study the issue and listen to feedback from passengers and crew. Most Middle East airlines and a few in Asia and Europe already allow voice calls on planes. Others allow texting. Southwest Airlines on Wednesday started allow-ing passengers Â— for $2 a day Â— to use iPhones to send and receive text messages while on board through a satellite con-nection. The system will expand to Android phones early next year. During the FCC hearing, Wheeler acknowl-edged that he doesnÂ’t want to hear other peopleÂ’s con-versations on a plane and that he picks AmtrakÂ’s quiet car while traveling by train. He reiterated that this change is meant to clean up an outdated regu-lation, originally passed so air travelers wouldnÂ’t over-whelm cell phone towers on the ground. Â“The DOT will address the behavioral issues. WeÂ’re cutting away the technical underbrush,Â” Wheeler said. NYC SantaCon aims to curb ho-ho no-noÂ’sBy JENNIFER PELTZAssociated PressNEW YORK Â— When red-suited revelers throng the cityÂ’s streets and taverns under the banner of SantaCon, some see an outpouring of holiday spirit, not to men-tion spirits. But to others, itÂ’s the blight before Christmas. After complaints about boorish, barhopping St. Nicks got attention from local officials and police, the eventÂ’s ringleaders are trying to quell the SantaCon-troversy ahead of this yearÂ’s gathering Saturday. TheyÂ’re pledging to advise police of their usually guarded plans, have volunteers help control the roving crowd of Kringles and send the message that SantaCon is a meant to be a Â“festive culture jam,Â” not a bad-Santa bender. Â“This year,Â” the eventÂ’s website vows, Â“we are cleaning up SantaÂ’s act.Â” ItÂ’s a coming-of-age moment for SantaCon, which traces its origin to a consumer-culture-tweaking Â“SantarchyÂ” in San Francisco in 1994 and now spans events in more than 300 cities worldwide. Fueled by the wildfire word-spreading of social media, the New York celebration has become one of the biggest, mushrooming in roughly a decade from a few hundred bearded boozers to tens of thousands, by some estimates. As numbers have swelled, the eventÂ’s image has morphed from whimsical flash mob to flashpoint, even for New Yorkers used to such freewheeling shindigs as the giant Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. SantaConÂ’s organizers are as tough to pin down as the elf himself Â— one responded to an inquiry from The Associated Press but refused to be quoted by name Â— but the site acknowledges the event Â“has had growing pains.Â” Enthusiasts say the daylong event starts at 10 a.m. and aims to put a cheeky, mod-ern spin on holiday traditions Â— Â“don we now our gay apparel,Â” anyone? Â— while generating money for both bars and chari-ties. Participants are instructed to make $10 charitable donations and encouraged to bring small gifts to bestow on one another and passers-by. Â“For me, SantaCon is about just dressing up and having fun, laughing till it hurts and enjoying being part of a massive cele-bration. ... It isnÂ’t about drinking or getting wasted,Â” says Brandon Ferreira-Hanyo, 27, of East Quogue, N.Y. HeÂ’s looking forward to attending for a third consecutive year. Â“ItÂ’s gotten so huge you have to take the good with the bad,Â” he says, but he feels the complaints about drunken rowdiness are overblown. Bar owners are split. To Dan Warren, the managing owner of Common Ground, a hangout in ManhattanÂ’s East Village, Â“itÂ’s festive and funÂ” and a boost to daytime business. But SantaCon-goers are frozen out of Hotel Chantelle, a cocktail lounge in ManhattanÂ’s Lower East Side, after a sloshed Claus harassed women brunching there two years ago, managing partner Tim Spuches said. To some onlookers, SantaCon is about as jolly as explaining to a kindergartener why Santa just tossed his milk and cook-ies. Â“Take your body fluids and public intoxication elsewhere,Â” read Â“SantaCon free zoneÂ” signs that appeared this week on the bar-laden Lower East Side, where some residents already weary of living with nightlife see SantaCon as a final straw. Â“Now we have a whole day of vomiting and vandalism and people acting without any decorum or respect for other people,Â” says Diem Boyd, a leader of LES Dwellers, the group that made the signs. Â“I think anything quaint about it is gone by now.Â” So do some police and politicians.The New York Police Department logged a sole, disorderly-conduct arrest at SantaCon last year, along with 73 open-container tickets and a summons for public urination. That was enough for at least one police lieutenant, who suggested to mid-town Manhattan bars that the event hurt the neighborhood more than it helped the establishments. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly then made clear the department supports SantaCon, calling it generally peaceful and an example of Â“what makes New York New York.Â” But some city and state officeholders also were pressing the organizers to thwart misbehavior, and threatening to ask police and bars to do so if SantaCon wouldnÂ’t. Meanwhile, some of the areaÂ’s commuter railroads are banning alcoholic drinks on their trains during the celebration, as they do during some other events. And so, organizers say, a more orderly SantaCon is coming to town. They agreed to let police and community leaders know their planned route, which participants learn only in real time by text and tweet. Volunteer SantaÂ’s helpers will help work to keep sidewalks Â— and participantsÂ’ conduct Â— passable, accord-ing to the event website and to state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who spearheaded a recent phone conference between officials and SantaCon leaders. Hoylman says he appreciates the effort but wonders how much sway volunteers can exercise over an event that prizes spontaneity. Leading up to it, SantaConÂ’s wranglers are trying to instill a sense of responsibil-ity, if in an in-your-bearded-face way. Â“Santa spreads JOY. Not terror. Not vomit. Not trash,Â” the site says. Â“Would you want those under YOUR tree?Â” Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.
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Premiere. Â“Single Santa Seeks Mrs. ClausÂ” (2004) Crystal Bernard. FX 22 136 248(5:00)Â“Iron ManÂ” (2008, Action) Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard.Â“ThorÂ” (2011, Action) Chris Hemsworth. Cast out of Asgard, the Norse god lands on Earth. (:33)Â“ThorÂ” (2011) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman. CNN 24 200 202CNN Newsroom (N) Operation Finally Home: HeroesWine to Water: A CNN Heroes SpecialBack to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour Historical religious sites. Wine to Water: A CNN Heroes Special TNT 25 138 245Â“Rush Hour 3Â” (2007, Action) Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker. (DVS)Â“Fast & FuriousÂ” (2009, Action) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. (DVS)Â“Fast & FuriousÂ” (2009, Action) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. (DVS) NIK 26 170 299SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick befriends a sea monster. SpongeBobSee Dad RunInstant MomÂ“Look WhoÂ’s TalkingÂ” (1989, Comedy) John Travolta, Kirstie Alley. Friends(:36) Friends SPIKE 28 168 241Bar Rescue A death-metal concert bar. Bar RescueBar Rescue Â“Empty Bottles Full CansÂ” Bar Rescue Â“BrawlinÂ’ BabesÂ” Bar Rescue Â“Twin vs. TwinÂ” Bar Rescue MY-TV 29 32 -The Rockford FilesKojak Â“No License to KillÂ” Columbo Â“A Friend in DeedÂ” Murderer asks friend for alibi. Thriller Â“The Ordeal of Dr. CordellÂ” Alfred Hitchcock Hour DISN 31 172 290Austin & AllyDog With a BlogDog With a BlogAustin & Jessie & Ally All StarÂ“Good Luck Charlie, ItÂ’s Christmas!Â” (2011, Comedy) Shake It Up!A.N.T. FarmGood Luck CharlieGood Luck Charlie LIFE 32 108 252Witches of East End Â“Potentia NoctisÂ” Witches of East End Â“UnburiedÂ” Witches of East End Â“Snake EyesÂ” Witches of East End(:01) Witches of East End(:02) Witches of East End Â“UnburiedÂ” USA 33 105 242Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitPsych Â“Psych: The MusicalÂ” Shawn and Gus track maniacal playwright. (N) (:01) Psych Â“Psych: The MusicalÂ” BET 34 124 329(5:30)Â“Love JonesÂ” (1997, Romance) Larenz Tate, Nia Long. Â“National SecurityÂ” (2003, Comedy) Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn. HusbandsHo.HusbandsHo.T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind ESPN 35 140 206(3:00) Football Sunday on ESPN RadioSportsCenter (N) (Live) 30 for 30 ESPY SpeechSportsCenter (N) (Live) ESPN2 36 144 209 2013 World Series of Poker 2013 World Series of Poker 2013 World Series of Poker 2013 World Series of Poker 2013 World Series of Poker World SeriesESPY Speech SUNSP 37 -k NHL Hockey Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings. 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Keeping Up With the Kardashians TRAVEL 46 196 277Tastiest Places to ChowdownXtreme Xmas (N) DonÂ’t Drive Here Â“BangkokÂ” (N) Mysteries at the MuseumAmerica Declassi ed (N) America Declassi ed HGTV 47 112 229House HuntersHunters IntÂ’lHouse HuntersHunters IntÂ’lWhite House Christmas 2013 (N) Hawaii Life (N) Hawaii Life (N) Hawaii LifeHawaii LifeHouse HuntersHunters IntÂ’l TLC 48 183 280Untold Stories of the E.R.Breaking the Faith Â“Into the UnknownÂ” Long Island MediumLong Island Medium (N) Breaking the Faith Â“TemptationÂ” (N) Long Island Medium HIST 49 120 269Ax Men Â“Axes and AlliesÂ” Ax Men Â“Pain in the AxÂ” Ax Men Gabe gets some unlikely help. Ax Men Â“Out on a LimbÂ” Ax Men Â“Swamp Man SabotageÂ” (N) (:02) American Jungle (N) ANPL 50 184 282To Be AnnouncedFinding Bigfoot Â“Sketching SasquatchÂ” Lone Star LegendLone Star LegendCall of WildmanCall-WildmanFinding Bigfoot Â“Lonestar SquatchÂ” (N) Uncovering Aliens (N) FOOD 51 110 231ChoppedChopped Â“Teen TalentÂ” GuyÂ’s Grocery Games (N) Restaurant Express Â“Vegas or BustÂ” Cutthroat Kitchen (N) Restaurant: Impossible TBN 52 260 372T.D. JakesJoyce MeyerLeading the WayThe Blessed LifeJoel OsteenKerry ShookKenneth CopelandCre o DollarJesus of Nazareth Robert Powell stars; 1977 miniseries. FSN-FL 56 -Inside the MagicMagic Live! (N)d NBA Basketball Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder. (N Subject to Blackout) Magic Live! (N) Inside the Magic (N) World Poker Tour: Season 11 SYFY 58 122 244(5:00)Â“Underworld: EvolutionÂ”Â“Resident Evil: ExtinctionÂ” (2007, Horror) Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr.Â“28 Days LaterÂ” (2002) Cillian Murphy. Survivors evade virus-infected humans in London.My Soul to Take AMC 60 130 254(4:15)Â“White ChristmasÂ” (1954)Â“Jack FrostÂ” (1998) Michael Keaton. A deceased dad returns to life as a fun-loving snowman.Â“Jack FrostÂ” (1998) Michael Keaton. A deceased dad returns to life as a fun-loving snowman. COM 62 107 249(5:10)Â“The 40-Year-Old VirginÂ” (2005) Steve Carell. (:28)Â“The Longest YardÂ” (2005, Comedy) Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds. South ParkSouth ParkTosh.0 CMT 63 166 327(5:00)Â“RudyÂ” (1993, Drama) Sean Astin, Ned Beatty. Swamp Pawn Â“Polticky RickyÂ” Swamp Pawn A health inspector visits. Orange County ChoppersCops ReloadedCops Reloaded NGWILD 108 190 283Croc InvasionHoney BadgersAfricaÂ’s Thunder River Following the Zambezi River. 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Â‘RÂ’ Â“The NegotiatorÂ” (1998, Suspense) Samuel L. Jackson. Â‘RÂ’ SHOW 340 318 545(:11) Inside: Inside Llewyn DavisHomeland Â“Big Man in TehranÂ” Masters of Sex Â“Phallic VictoriesÂ” Homeland Â“The StarÂ” Masters of Sex (Season Finale) (N) Homeland Â“The StarÂ” MONDAY EVENING DECEMBER 16, 2013 Comcast Dish DirecTV 6 PM6:307 PM7:308 PM8:309 PM9:3010 PM10:3011 PM11:30 3-ABC 3 -TV20 NewsABC World NewsEntertainment Ton.Inside Edition (N) PrepLandingPrep & LandingThe Great Christmas Light Fight Families compete decorating their homes. 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WGN-A 16 239 307AmericaÂ’s Funniest Home VideosAmericaÂ’s Funniest Home VideosAmericaÂ’s Funniest Home VideosAmericaÂ’s Funniest Home VideosAmericaÂ’s Funniest Home VideosHow I Met/MotherRules/Engagement TVLAND 17 106 304Andy Grif th ShowAndy Grif th ShowAndy Grif th ShowAndy Grif th Show(:12) The Andy Grif th ShowLove-RaymondLove-RaymondLove-RaymondLove-RaymondLove-RaymondKing of Queens OWN 18 189 279Dateline on OWN Â“Mean GirlsÂ” Dateline on OWNIyanla, Fix My LifeIyanla, Fix My LifeIyanla, Fix My LifeIyanla, Fix My Life A&E 19 118 265The First 48 Â“Caught in the MiddleÂ” Duck DynastyDuck DynastyDuck DynastyDuck DynastyDuck DynastyDuck DynastyDuck Dynasty(:01) Rodeo Girls Â“Bring It OnÂ” HALL 20 185 312Â“Help for the HolidaysÂ” (2012, Fantasy) Summer Glau, Eva La Rue. Â“Window WonderlandÂ” (2013, Romance) Chyler Leigh, Paul Campbell. Â“Farewell Mr. KringleÂ” (2010) Christine Taylor, Christopher Wiehl. FX 22 136 248Â“Night at the MuseumÂ” (2006) Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino. Museum exhibits spring to life when the sun goes down.Â“Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianÂ” (2009, Comedy) Ben Stiller, Robin Williams.The Mask CNN 24 200 202Situation Room(:28) Cross re (N) Erin Burnett OutFront (N) Anderson Cooper 360 (N) Piers Morgan Live (N) (Live) AC 360 Later (N) The 11th hour (N) ICYMI TNT 25 138 245Castle Beckett arrests Castle. Castle Investigating a psychicÂ’s death. Major Crimes Â“All InÂ” Major Crimes Â“Curve BallÂ” (N) Rizzoli & IslesMajor Crimes Â“Curve BallÂ” NIK 26 170 299SpongeBobSpongeBobSam & CatAwesomenessTVFull HouseFull HouseFull HouseFull HouseFull HouseFull HouseFriends(:36) Friends SPIKE 28 168 241(4:30)Â“Dj VuÂ” (2006) Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer.Â“Man on FireÂ” (2004) Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning. A bodyguard takes revenge on a girlÂ’s kidnappers. 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DEAR ABBY: Our 7year-old grandson has been a handful since he was able to walk. He has been sneaky and has told lies for as long as any of us can remember. He has been suspended from school more than 10 times for vari-ous things. He stole several hundred dollars from his momÂ’s purse and took it to school so he would have money to buy snacks. He stays awake longer than everyone else in the house so he can take things and hide them in his closet. He knows what he does is wrong, but it doesnÂ’t bother him. He is also abusive to his disabled sister. It is hard to imagine that a 7-year-old could give hate-filled looks that you donÂ’t even see from adults. IÂ’m afraid at the rate he is going, he will seriously hurt someone or be hurt himself. He also has a very big heart. That is why we donÂ’t understand what is going wrong in this little boyÂ’s head. Please help if you can. Â— GRANDMA OF A BULLY DEAR GRANDMA: Your grandsonÂ’s behavior may have something to do with the fact his disabled sibling needs more of his parentsÂ’ attention. Or he may have serious emotional problems. The boy needs to be evaluated by a mental health professional so his parents will understand whatÂ’s driving his behavior, and it can be addressed. Please donÂ’t wait. DEAR ABBY: IÂ’m 17 and a few months ago I made the mistake of tak-ing and sending nude photographs to my boy-friend. An adult co-worker, Â“Jim,Â” got the photographs without my knowledge or permission and showed them to my other co-work-ers, including managers. Jim threatened to con-tinue showing the pictures around unless I did him a Â“favor.Â” Out of distress, I quit my job, not realizing that managers had seen the photographs. I now know they were aware of the situation, but did nothing. How should I approach the situation? It would be very bad if my parents found out. Â— FACING THE CONSEQUENCES DEAR FACING THE CONSEQUENCES: You now know why itÂ’s a bad idea to send nude pictures, because once they are out of your control, anything can be done with them. While this is embarrassing, you should absolutely tell your parents what hap-pened because they may want to take this matter to their lawyer. Your former employers ignored sexual harassment, attempted coercion and blackmail. If it can be proven, they should pay the price for it. DEAR ABBY: May I share a pet peeve of mine? I wish youÂ’d raise the con-sciousness of people who write obituaries and fail to mention the musician who provides the music for the funerals and memorials. The musician often does more preparation for the services than the pallbear-ers. Why are their names omitted? I usually want to know who they are when I attend. Â— WONDERING DEAR WONDERING: I can think of a couple of rea-sons. The first is that some obituaries are actually taken from the eulogy, which may have been written prior to the death by someone in the family. If the obituary was written by an employee of a newspaper, the informa-tion may have been taken as part of a standard list of questions about the deceased and any survivors. DEAR ABBY HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21-April 19): Visit interesting places or get together with a friend you havenÂ’t seen in a long time. Sharing memories will help you sum up this past year, helping you determine the changes you want to enforce to enjoy a brighter future. ++++ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A serious response to the needs of someone you love will bring you closer together. Make plans to do something that brings you comfort and joy. A little pampering will go a long way when it comes to easing stress. +++ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make personal changes that will get you up to speed technically, financially or physically. Shopping will lead to some great buys. Give a partnership top prior-ity. Being accommodating will bring high returns. +++ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get creative and youÂ’ll come up with some great ideas for items youÂ’d like to give to people as a token of friendship. Â‘Tis the season to put differences aside and to reconnect. Show your serious side and offer your love and assistance. +++ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get out and visit unfamiliar places. Shopping for items for friends or family will lead to some great buys, as well as ideas that will help boost your confidence and image. YouÂ’ll express your needs and desires easily. Ask for favors. ++++ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Explore ways to help others and dedicate your time and effort into doing so. DonÂ’t forget that charity begins at home, so donÂ’t leave out anyone who may be counting on you for a lit-tle attention and understand-ing. Put love first. ++ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Make change rather than letting it be thrust upon you. Accept the inevi-table and use your intelli-gence, skills and insight to make it work to your advantage. DonÂ’t give in to bullying or indulgent people who are casting off negativ-ity. +++++ SCORPIO (Oct. 23Nov. 21): Decorate your surroundings or move things around to suit any activities or events you want to host. YouÂ’ll have some great ideas that you can par-lay into a new project if you share your thoughts with people you find creative and inspiring. +++ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make change instead of waiting for things to happen. Indulge in activi-ties that ensure you get the physical stimulation you require. Participation will be a key factor in the way your day unfolds and how much you accomplish. +++ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Refrain from getting involved in con-troversy or a debate with someone who doesnÂ’t play by the rules. Protect your assets and your reputation. Problems while traveling can be expected. Slow down and let things come to you. +++ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): Source out different professional opportuni-ties. Working in a unique field or volunteering in an area you would like to even-tually get into is possible if you send out your resume or attend an event that brings you in touch with industry people. +++++ PISCES (Feb. 19March 20): Someone will push you in an unsuitable direction. Make sure you do your research so you are not drawn into a scheme that will leave you in an emotional or financial mess. Joint ventures are best left alone. Stick close to home. ++ Abigail Van Burenwww.dearabby.com THE LAST WORD Eugenia Word SUNDAY CROSSWORD TWO OUTS BY PATRICK BERRY / Edited by Will Shortz No. 1208 ACROSS1Palindromic band name5ToscaÂ’s feeling for Cavaradossi10Spring for a vacation13Hawaiian tourist purchases17Â“___ yourselfÂ”19Cow catcher20Red-wine drinkerÂ’s paradise?22Employee at the Ron Paul Archive?24Pitch that fixes everything?25Â“Strange MagicÂ” band, briefly26Dollar bill featuring a portrait of Duran DuranÂ’s lead singer?28IRS Form 5498 subject29Street caution31Ball with a yellow stripe32Shiner?33Willowy37Like a robotÂ’s voice39Still41Architect Saarinen42Blue expanse43Follow closely44Hair-raising shout46Â“___ te absolvoÂ” (priestÂ’s phrase)47The one puppy that can read?53Creator of perfect whirlpools?56Baath Party member57Uncommunicative59Political title of the 1930s-Â’40s60Counter formations62Mix in a tank64Overextend oneself?68Classical guitarist Segovia70Adds to the batter, say72In a kooky manner73Buttonholed75Given a home77Triumphant song78Â“This isnÂ’t making senseÂ”80Whom John Bull symbolizes82Have an objection83Minor-league championshipflag?86Alienate a New Jersey city?88Biblical priest of Shiloh89Blue expanse90Â“Man of SteelÂ” actress Adams92Sully93Go on strike95Film crowd97CBS spinoff that ran for 10 seasons102How sports cars are contoured105Â“Cover ___ FaceÂ” (P.D.JamesÂ’s first novel)106Distress107Actor Jack of oaters108Cousin of a crumble109Begat a soft place to sleep?112Burlesque garment113Â“Charge!,Â” to Duracells?117Satisfying finale coming to pass?119Labeled idiotic?120First name in photography121Nickname for Palmer122Â“DonÂ’t be a spoilsport!Â”123Savory condiment124Variety-show fodder125Trader ___ DOWN1Most qualified2Relative of S.O.S3Galoot4One-hit wonder?5Friend of dÂ’Artagnan6Thick bunch?7Venture a thought8Unfeigned9Miranda of the Miranda warning10Avoid11Course listing12Percussion instrument in Â“MaxwellÂ’s Silver HammerÂ”13Sophisticated14Automaker that started as a bicycle company15Bent pipe16Â“SheÂ’s a good old worker and a good old pal,Â” in song18Med. workplaces20Tea go-with21Â“Days of HeavenÂ” co-star23Would-be singersÂ’ liabilities27Little town30Site of a 1963 J.F.K. speech33Chargers and coursers34Forest game35Â“By that logic Â…Â”36BoarderÂ’s domain38Director Daniels of Â“The ButlerÂ”39Of the lymph glands40Signet-ring feature45Dropper?47Steven Bochco series48Youngest of ChekhovÂ’sÂ“Three SistersÂ”49Eldest Best Actress winner50Acronymic aircraft name51Wistful remark52With a will53ItÂ’s Â“well regulatedÂ” in the Constitution54Quarrel55Â“LovergirlÂ” singer58Pulsation61Morally degraded63Fish hawks 65Cross-promotion66Streetcar sound67Chrissie in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame69Start of a George Eliot title71N.B.A. team originally called the Americans74ElephantÂ’s opposite, symbolically76URL component79Zeus swore oaths upon it81Excited Oscars attendee83Nave furniture84Airline that doesnÂ’t fly on religious holidays85KhartoumÂ’s river87Run headlong into90Datum in a house listing91___ Vineyard94Confined96Â“I thought ____ never leave!Â”97Pile on the floor98Soothsayers of old99Person prone to sunburn100Last Hitchcock film with Tippi Hedren101Some Google search results103Hot pot locale104English filmfestival city106It Â“hits the spot,Â” per old radio ads109Begin to show wear110Yarn quantity111Hair strands?113Â“EastEndersÂ” network114Shot spot115Metaphysical concept116Fortune cover subj.118Longtime Sixers nickname 1234567891011121314151617181920212223 24 2526 2728 29303132333435363738394041 4243444546 47484950515253545556575859606162636465666768697071727374757677 7879808182 838485 8687 888990919293949596979899100101102103104105106107 108109110111112 113114115116117 118 119 120121 122123124 125For any three answers, call from a touch-tone phone: 1-900-285-5656, $1.49 a minute; or, with a credit card, 1-800-814-5554. 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6D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 Page Editor: Robert Bridges, 754-0428 6DLIFE Holiday shopping not for everyoneBy ANNE DÂ’INNOCENZIO and CANDICE CHOAssociated PressNEW YORKÂ— Many Americans are watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year. Money is still tight for some. Others are fed up with commer-cialism of the holidays. Still oth-ers are waiting for bigger bar-gains. And people like Lark-Marie Anton Menchini are more thoughtful about their purchas-es. The New York public rela-tions executive says in the past sheÂ’d buy her children up to eight Christmas gifts each, but this year theyÂ’re getting three apiece. The leftover money is going toward their college sav-ings. Â“We told them Santa is ... being very conscious of how many gifts he puts on his sleigh,Â” Menchini, 36, says. Despite an improving economy, most workers are not seeing meaningful wage increases. And some of those who can splurge say the brash commercialism around the holidays Â— many more stores are opening for busi-ness on Thanksgiving Â— is a turnoff. But perhaps the biggest factor is that shoppers are less moti-vated than ever by holiday sales. Since the Great Recession, retail-ers have been dangling more dis-counts throughout the year, so Americans have learned to hold out for even deeper holiday sav-ings on clothes, electronics and more. To stay competitive and boost sales, retailers are slashing prices further during their busiest season of the year, which is cutting into their own profit margins. There arenÂ’t reliable figures on how many people plan to shop during the holidays. But early data points to a shift in holiday spending. The National Retail Federation estimates that sales during the start to the official start to sea-son Â— the four-day weekend that began on Thanksgiving Day Â— dropped 2.9 percent from last year to $57.4 billion. That would mark the first decline in the seven years the trade group has tracked spending. And during the week afterward Â— which ended on Sunday Â— sales fell another 2.9 percent compared with a year ago, accord-ing to data tracker ShopperTrak, which did not give dollar amounts. Meanwhile, the number of shop-pers in stores plunged nearly 22 percent. The numbers are sobering for retailers, which depend on mak-ing up to 40 percent of their revenue in the last two months of the year. They suggest shifts in the attitudes of U.S. shoppers that could force stores to reshape their strategies:SHOPPERS WANT DEALSStores slashed prices during the recession to get financially-strapped shoppers in stores and to better compete with the cheap-er prices of online retailers like Amazon. But shoppers got used to those deals and now wonÂ’t buy without them. The constant dis-counting has blunted the Â“wowÂ” factor of sales during the holi-days. For instance, some retailers were offering discounts of 40 per-cent or more on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. But Jennifer Ambrosh, 40 was unimpressed with the Â“dealsÂ” she saw on that day. Â“ThereÂ’s a lot of hype, but ... the deals arenÂ’t that good,Â” Ambrosh, an accoun-tant, says. Overall, the retail federation expects spending in November and December to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. But to get that growth, analysts say retailers will need to discount heavily, which eats away profits. There are signs that profits for the quarter that includes the holiday season are being hurt by the discounting. Wal-Mart and American Eagle Outfitters are among 47 retail-ers that have slashed their out-looks for either the quarter or the year. Overall, retailersÂ’ earnings growth is expected to be up 2.1 percent, according to research firm Retail Metrics. That would be the worst performance since profit fell 6.7 percent in the sec-ond quarter of 2009 when the country was in a recession.SCRUTINIZING PURCHASESThe recession not only taught Americans to expect bargains. It also showed them that they could make do with less. And in the economic recovery, many have maintained that frugality. So whereas in a better economy, Americans would make both big and small purchases, in this economy theyÂ’re being more thoughtful and making choices about what to buy. Analysts say that hasnÂ’t boded well for retailers that sell clothing, shoes and holiday items. ThatÂ’s because Americans are buying more big-ticket items over the holidays. Government figures show that retail sales were up 0.7 percent in November, the biggest gain in five months. But the increase was led by autos, appliances and electronics. Auto sales jumped 1.8 percent, furniture purchases rose 1.2 per-cent and sales at electronics and appliances stores rose 1.1 per-cent. Meanwhile, sales at depart-ment stores and clothing chains were weak. Americans are leaning toward big purchases for two reasons. They want to take advantage of low interest rates. And since many paid down debt since the recession, they feel more com-fortable using credit cards again for such purchases. But they wonÂ’t do that and buy smaller items. Â“This is still a weak, fragile shopper,Â” says Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consul-tancy. Retailers including MacyÂ’s and Target in recent months have said that shoppersÂ’ focus on big-ticket items has put a damper on sales of discretionary items, and the retail federation says it has hurt holiday sales in particular.HOLIDAY CONSUMERISMBlack Friday used to be the official kickoff to the buying season, but more than a dozen chains opened on Thanksgiving this year. That didnÂ’t sit well with some shoppers who viewed it as an encroachment on family time. Some threatened to boycott stores that opened on the holiday, while others decided to forgo shopping altogether. In a poll of 6,200 shoppers conducted for the retail federation prior to the start of the season, 38 percent didnÂ’t plan to shop dur-ing the Thanksgiving weekend, up from 34.8 percent the year before. Ruth Kleinman, 30, isnÂ’t planning to shop the entire season in part because sheÂ’s disheart-ened by the holiday openings. The New Yorker says the holi-day season Â“has really disinte-grated.Â” While some shoppers didnÂ’t approve, analysts say stores will need to open on the holiday to appeal to the masses. Overall sales declined over the holiday weekend, but several retailers said there were big crowds on Thanksgiving. Â“Customers clear-ly showed that they wanted to be out shopping,Â” says Amy von Walter, a Best Buy spokeswom-an. Analysts say stores will need to redefine Thanksgiving as a fam-ily tradition beyond sitting at the table eating turkey to make more shoppers comfortable. Â“They have to show that theyÂ’re maintaining a family tradition in new ways,Â” says Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at market research firm NPD Group. Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this report. Women face obstacles in federal work forceBy SAM HANANELAssociated PressWASHINGTON Â— Women in the federal workforce continue to face more obstacles than men in reaching top positions and salaries despite making strides over the years, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said a major challenge hin-dering advancement was the lack of flex-ibility for women raising young children. The report says agencies should expand job-sharing and telework policies, offer dif-ferent start and end times for workers and create satellite work centers that would reduce commutes. The report also identified a lack of mentoring and training as key factors limiting many women who want to reach higher levels and management posts. Women are less likely to be groomed for management positions because they donÂ’t have mentoring relationships with officials already in those posts, the report found. Women make up nearly 44 percent of the federal workforce in 2011 but com-prise only 30 percent of Senior Executive Service positions, according to EEOC fig-ures from 2011. Those are high-level fed-eral managers who serve just below presi-dential appointees. Women hold about 38 percent of GS-14 and GS-15 positions, the top pay scales in the main federal pay system. The report recommends that federal agencies set up formal mentoring pro-grams and monitor how effective they are in increasing opportunities for women. Â“ItÂ’s fair to say that women do fare better in the federal workforce compared to the private sector based on anecdotal evidence, studies and data, but advance-ments still need to be made,Â” said David B. Grinberg, spokesman for the EEOCÂ’s Office of Federal Operations. Grinberg said women generally are better paid and attain higher positions in the federal sector because of the governmentÂ’s extensive equal opportunity program. The report was prepared by a working group of federal equal employment oppor-tunity directors and government program managers charged with helping increase employment for underrepresented groups. Federal officials also heard from advocacy groups including Federally Employed Women, the Equal Rights Center and Blacks in Government. The report cited a series of other challenges for women: Â— Women are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in the federal work-force. In 2012, women held only 31 per-cent of information technology posts, 32 percent of positions in natural resources management and biological science and 15 percent of engineering and architec-ture positions. Report recommendations include awarding scholarships to undergraduate students seeking degrees in math and science and pairing employees with mentors. Â— Men and women in the federal government do not earn the same average salary. Women earn about 89 cents for every dollar a man earns, though the pay gap is worse for female blacks, Hispanics and other minori-ties. ThatÂ’s still better than the private sector, though, where women earn about 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. Â— Gender biases and stereotypes about women still seep into in employment deci-sions in the federal sector. Â“There is a ste-reotypical perception that women should be in traditional female positions such as clerical, nursing and teaching positions,Â” the report found. It recommends more training so employees can become aware of their Â“unconscious biasesÂ” toward women. Â— Women have a general perception that federal agencies lack commitment to helping women attain equal opportunities in the workplace. Â‘IÂ’m walkinÂ’ here!Â’ NYC turns sour during holidaysBy JAKE PEARSONAssociated PressNEW YORK Â— For sharp-elbowed New Yorkers accustomed to walking where they need to go at a big-city pace, the holi-day season is hardly the most wonderful time of the year. An estimated 5 million tourists who flock to the city between Thanksgiving and New YearÂ’s Day to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, the bright lights of Times Square and the Empire State Building often clog the sidewalks in an agonizingly slow pro-cession that grates at locals and turns them into sidewalk Scrooges. Â“TheyÂ’re like the walking dead, real slow,Â” griped Dennis Moran, 46, a fire safety officer at a building in Times Square and a native New Yorker. Â“They have this unnatural habit of stopping in the middle of the sidewalk.Â” ItÂ’s not that these Grinches donÂ’t like the visitors; they just want them to use a little sidewalk etiquette. Among the big-gest complaints: They stop in their tracks to take pictures. They stroll side by side in a sidewalk-blocking line. And worst of all, said Jose Francis, a caterer from Brooklyn who works in midtown Manhattan, they like to discuss group plans smack-dab in the middle of the sidewalk. Â“TheyÂ’re walking then they look, they stand there and then, Â‘boom,Â’ you run right into them,Â” he fumed. Â“They donÂ’t pay attention. New Yorkers, weÂ’re walking brisk. We keep it moving.Â” Every year at this time, Bronx-born MacyÂ’s shoe salesman Henry Vega said he has to double down on his resolve to maneuver sidewalks full of shopping-bag carrying, picture-taking, map-holding tourists. Â“I tell them, Â‘New York is a fast-paced town; we get up in the morning and we get on the go, and 24 hours isnÂ’t enough,Â’Â” said Vega, 54, as he noshed on a slice of pizza, standing, between shifts. Â“They tell me, Â‘You guys are always in a rush.Â’Â” VegaÂ’s trick for navigating the holidaytime sidewalks of New York? Â“I already know IÂ’m going to zigzag,Â” he said. Â“Sometimes I walk in the street.Â” But tourists say itÂ’s no walk in the park for them, either. Joanie Micksy, 47, was visiting New York with her 17-year-old daughter Sarah last week from their home in Greenville, Pa., when she received a not-so-gentle reminder that she was in somebodyÂ’s way. Â“She just said, Â‘Excuse me,Â’ but in a totally snotty way,Â” Micksy said as she waited at a Times Square intersection to look up directions on her phone. Â“She said it like I got in her way on purpose. Like that was my goal when I got up this morning.Â” In 2010, an improv group disguised as city transportation workers used chalk to divide a sidewalk in two, leaving the right lane open for speed-walking New Yorkers, and the left for picture-taking tourists. The video went viral. At Rockefeller Center, site of the 76foot tall Christmas tree, companies with offices in the building annually urge their employees to avoid the outdoors when exiting during the nationally televised tree lighting earlier this month Â— suggesting they escape to the subway system via an underground concourse level. Shawn Hicks, 26, a courier from Brooklyn who works in Manhattan, said that while kvetching about the ambula-tory annoyances of the holiday season was every New YorkerÂ’s right, he didnÂ’t think it was necessarily just. Â“If youÂ’re touring another country, what are you going to do?Â” he asked of his fel-low locals. Â“So itÂ’ll take you 10 seconds longer, so what?Â” But Moran dismissed the Kumbaya approach and suggested tourists take note before venturing into the concrete jungle. Â“Watch the locals,Â” he said. Â“Learn from the locals.Â” New Mexico Christmas: Luminarias and processionsThe Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Â— No matter when you visit New Mexico, the stateÂ’s cultural mix is part of the appeal. Spanish colonial history, Native traditions and Anglo and Mexican influences are seen year-round in everything from architec-ture to food. But the Christmas season offers additional ways to experience this unique heritage. Hallmarks of the holiday include the luminaria and farolito traditions. These candles, usually placed in paper bags weighted with sand, look like lanterns and are carried in nighttime processions or lined up along streets, driveways or rooftops to create a display. Luminaria can also refer to a bonfire, while the term farolito is more likely to be heard in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico than in Albuquerque. And while fir, balsam and pine perfume the air at Christmas in other parts of the country, here itÂ’s the scent of burning juniper and pinon. Many places in New Mexico host annual events Christmas Eve and Christmas Day centered around the luminaria tradition. The main plazas of both Albuquerque and Santa Fe are decorated with thousands of luminarias. Albuquerque offers walking tours of luminaria displays on Christmas Eve Â— http://www.cabq.gov/transit/programs-and-projects/luminaria-tour Â— while Santa Fe hosts a procession called Las Posadas Â— http://media.museumofnew-mexico.org/events.php?action=detail&eventID=571 Â— which tells the story of Jesus. Spectators gather with candles in the cityÂ’s historic plaza to watch the parade, which is followed by a Â“Christmas at the PalaceÂ” event at Santa FeÂ’s Palace of the Governors. This event includes Hispanic, Anglo and Native traditions, from caroling to Native dances to an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Midnight Christmas Mass is held at the nearby Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. In Santa FeÂ’s Canyon Road area, known for art galleries and studios, thereÂ’s also a farolito walk on Christmas Eve, with busi-nesses around the neighborhood offer-ing hot cider, hot chocolate and posole, a hearty soup thatÂ’s traditional around Christmas, http://www.farolitowalk.com/. The 19th century gunman Billy the Kid was put on trial in 1881 in the Las Cruces area. Today you wonÂ’t find outlaws here, but the Plaza at Old Mesilla will be lined with luminarias on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas, the historic, opulent Double Eagle Saloon hosts a feast.