Title: Citrus County chronicle
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Title: Citrus County chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Citrus County Chronicle
Publisher: Scofield Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Inverness, Fla.
Inverness Fla
Publication Date: February 20, 2005
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily[<1987-1995>]
weekly[ former <1939-1968>]
semiweekly[ former <1980-1981>]
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Newspapers -- Citrus County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Citrus -- Inverness
Coordinates: 28.839167 x -82.340278 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1889?
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 48, no. 51 (June 8, 1939).
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Volume ID: VID00051
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cloudy and mild, with
light, southeasterly
winds during the day.

Back nome to face the music

Dollars return to

Citrus County jail
A 2,200-mile road trip from Utal|
came to an end Friday night for the
Pine Ridge couple accused of torturing
and starving five of their seven chil-
However, for John and Linda Dollar,
their journey is far from finished.
Just after 8 p.m., a plain white Ford
conversion van brought the couple into
the Citrus County Detention Facility's
secure sally port, where prisoners first
arrive, to be charged with the one count
of aggravated child abuse they each
Six team members of .the county
Special Operations Response Team
stood watch with non-lethal assault
weapons at their sides, as a line'of pho-
tographers from media organizations
across the Tampa Bay area recorded
the couple's arrival.
John Dollar, 58, exited the van first,
wearing wrist and ankle chains, as he
made his way into a room to get digital-
ly photographed and fingerprinted.
Linda Dollar, 51, was brought to a sepa-
rate location of the jail, and 15 minutes
later, it was her turn to be processed.
As they each made their separate trip
across the pavement from the booking
room to the jail, neither made eye con-
tact with the cameras that flashed and
followed their movements.
At five minutes before nine, their pic-
tures appeared as the latest arrests list-

John Dollar Is led through the sally port Saturday night after being processed at the Citrus County Detention Facility. He and
his wife, Linda, were extradited from Utah to face charges of aggravated child abuse.

ed on the Citrus County Sheriff Office's Hemminger Evan told reporters out- couple fled to Utah after investigators
Web site, completing a case that has side. said they tortured five of their seven
captured national attention. An investigation into the abuse began adopted children by using electric
"The Sheriff's Office is relieved we Jan. 21 after the Dollars' 17-year-old shock, pulling toenails with pliers, sub-
have John and Linda Dollar in custody," son had to be hospitalized for suspi-
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ronda cious injuries to his neck and head. The Please see DOLLAR/Page 5A





For weeks, Gail Tierney has
spent the majority of her wak-
ing hours talking about the tor-
ture and starvation of five
local children.
Tierney is the Citrus County
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman
and has acted as a lifeline to
journalists nationwide since
Feb. 3, when the first news of
'the abused children was
Detectives believe five of
John and Linda Dollar's seven
children endured electric
shocks, toenails being pulled
by pliers, bondage by chains or
locking plastic strips, feet
struck by hammers and mal-
nourishment to the point of
Stunted growth and subnormal
body weight

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1 Officials: Let our newcomers pay

p ^terrywitt rorniTconne.cor CITRUS COUNTY STUDENT ENROLLMENT UP
SChronicle Student enrollment for Citrus County schools has increased by 445 students during the
e... e- .e t fve years, according tu school board statistics. State projechors show the erirollrrent

Higher fees: How

much is too much?

Members of the Citrus
County Builders Association
have launched an all-out
offensive to convince the
public that the county's plan
to increase impact fees could
be economically disastrous
for the industry.
They say the impact fee
proposal, as it stands now,
would raise the cost of a new
home by about $3,500, and
could drive doctors away
from the county by imposing
a fee of $150,000 to build a
10,000-square-foot medical

Citrus County
commissioners will
discuss impact fees at
Tuesday's meeting. The
meeting begins at 1
p.m. The discussion of
impact fees starts at
2:30 p.m.

CCBA attorney Clark
Stillwell said the builders
support reasonable impact
fees but oppose the current
slate of fees that could liter-
ally drive them out of busi-
"We're not saying the
Please see HIGHER/Page 4A

I n Citrus County, student enrollment
has increased slowly during the past
five years, with 445 more students
attending schools annually than did five
years ago.
While that may seem like a small
increase, it was enough to prompt the
Citrus County School District to begin
planning for its next elementary school.
The district is preparing to hire an
architect to design an elementary school
for Citrus Springs, a facility that could
cost as much as $15 million.
If the impact fees proposed by the-
county commission were to be adopted
next month at the 100 percent level, the
school board would receive $25 million
total impact fee money across the next
five years, more than enough to pay for
the new elementary school, according to
Bob Wallace, the Citrus County
Commission's impact fee consultant
School officials note that growth in
school enrollment is being driven largely
by people moving into the county, rather.
than by people who currently live here,
and they believe it is appropriate for
newcomers to pay for their impact on the.
Wallace, vice president of Tindale-

in decline five years from now, but school officials note the state has been notoriously inac-

curate in its past enrollment projections.
Past/present enrollment:
* 1999-01 15,199 students
* 2001 02 15,217 students
* 2002-03 15,308 students
* 2003-04 15,468 students
* 2004-05 -? 15,644 students
(current year)

Oliver & Associates Inc., the Tampa firm
that developed the impact fee numbers
for the County Commission and School
Board, said the fees are designed to help
local governments recover a portion of
the money they invest in building public
facilities, such as school buildings and
county roads.
If the people creating the demand for
public services and buildings don't pay
the bill, Wallace said, the burden falls on
currerit property taxpayers. Wallace said
'it always comes down to a question of
fairness and equity.
"Should it be those who live here today
who pay, or. new residents?" Wallace

State projections:
* 2005-06 15,704 students
* 2006-07 15,615 students
* 2007-08 15,501 students
M 2009-10 15,429 students

Critics of the county's proposal to
increase the school impact fee by 221
percent note that enrollment increases
have been small in Citrus County. The
Citrus County Builders Association
(CCBA) has been the chief critic.
But School Board member Pat
Deutschman said the bottom line is that
new families moving into the county are
having an immediate impact on the dis-
She said enrollment figures are not the
only factor influencing whether class-
rooms are ,constructed. She said the
class-size reduction amendment passed

Please see FEES/Page 4A

C. Verna Barba: 'She made a difference'


To say Verna Barba was frugal would be
an understatement
. Take her car, for example. Everybody
knew Verna's beloved red, 27-year-old
Pontiac, with the taped-up windows and the
muffler that no longer muffled. Everybody
knew that Verna never bought herself a new
outfit she didn't even own a washing
machine, preferring instead to wash her
clothes by hand and hang them to dry.
But not. -everybody knew the reason
behind her frugality. Even though she could
well afford anything she wanted, Verna did
without so she could do for others.

Beverly Hills resident Catherine Verna
Barba died Feb. 11. She was 86.
As for her car, eventually Verna's
mechanic told her he couldn't do anything
more for it and convinced her to get a new
one. She did, but she didn't like it She used
it as her "briefcase" where she kept her ten-
nis racket and golf clubs, her friend Betty
McGivern said.
She loved people more than things. "She
prided herself in having friends and keep-
ing track of them," McGivern said.
A native of Peabody, Mass., Verna Barba

cherished her house on Hourihan Street
and loved vacationing with her cousin,
Dorothy, at Cape Cod. When she was a
young woman, she cared for her elderly
aunts. She would work full time as a switch-
board operator at New England Telephone,
then come home and cook for them. On the
weekends she would paint or do chores to
help them, then go out dancing at night.
When World War II started, she joined the
WACs and was assigned to the Pentagon.
Her name back then was Verna Goodell and
she was nicknamed "Goody," both because
of her name and because she always tried
to behave herself.
She didn't marry until she was in her 50s

Please see VERNNPage 5A

Special to the Chronicle
One of Verna Barba's favorite pastimes was going out to eat
with her friends Betty McGivern, left, and David Jamieson.
Barba died Feb. 11.

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B. I don't like redoing my
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C. The only good thing is it
will save $150,000.
What do you think of next D. I'm considering home-
year's proposed times for start- schooling as an option.

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To vote, simply access the
Chronicle Web site, www.
chronicleonline.com. Results
will appear in the Feb. 20 edi-
tionr, along with a new
Last week's results: What do
you think of Prince Charles'
marriage to Camilla Parker

A It's about time. 38.2% (108)
B. It's an insult to the memo-
ry of Princess Diana. 41.7%
C. It's OK because she won't
become queen. 13.8% (39)
D. At least he's marrying a
commoner. 6.4% (15)

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Control Shelter has online
listings of impounded ani-
mals. Go to the Web page
us/ and click on "Impounded
Animals" to begin a search.

To enquire about the ani-
mals listed here, refer to the
type (cat or dog), age group
and gender in a search.
The shelter can help you
save an innocent pet. The
shelter is in Inverness near

the airport. It is open for,
adoptions from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday
and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 726-7660 for more

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spaying and neutering of
your adopted pet is avail-
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tarians of Florida, 563-2370,
or from the Humane Society
of Citrus County, 341-2222.

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TAP responds to

natural disasters

Special to the Chronicle
Agricultural landowners in
need of financial relief for
trees, bushes, vines and forest
land damaged by natural disas-
ters that occurred between
Dec. 1, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2004,
have a new option
for help through M re
the USDA's Tree 're
Assistance Pro- $3 bill
gram, or TAP,
according to FSA iYve re
County Executive agricn
Director Laura,'
Langford. produ
Agriculture Secr-
etary Mike
Johanns announ-
ced that sign-up for the USDA's
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
began Feb. 7. Funding for TAP
was authorized by the Military
Construction and Emergency
Hurricane Supplemental
Appropriations Act, 2005 (2005
Appropriations Act), and
signed into law last October by
President Bush.
"This legislation provides
more than $3 billion in relief to
farmers, ranchers, foresters
and other agricultural produc-
ers who suffered damage due
th severe weather in recent
years," Johanns said.
TAP is the first of several
programs to be launched in
2005 to help producers recover
from natural disasters that
occurred in 2003 and 2004.
The sign-up period for
General TAP, TAP-Timber and
TAP-Pecans will end either on
March 18 or 14 calendar days
after the Federal Register
Notice is published. Approved
funding for the TAP programs


Funding for General TAP
which is available for eligible
Funding for rehabilitation
and related costs for pecan
trees destroyed or damaged as
a result of tropical storms, hur-
ricanes, and related events
that were located in a
Presidential disaster-declared
Funding for forest timber
owners for replanting.
Owners of eligi-
than ble trees, bushes
and vines from
on will which an annual
crop is produced
;lief to for commercial
purposes; eligible
Iltural forest land owners'
who produce crops
cers. of timber for com-
mercial purposes;
and eligible pecan
producers may receive assis-
tance under TAP
Producers who received
payments under Section 32 of
the Act of Aug. 24,1935, for 2004
hurricane losses, or the
Florida Citrus. Disaster
Program (funded by the same
Act), are ineligible to receive
benefits under the general
TAP and for forest timber.
However, producers may
receive both Section 32 pay-
ments and TAP payments for
pecan rehabilitation.
In addition, producers are
ineligible for both Emergency
Conservation Program and
TAP assistance for the same
Langford encourages inter-
ested producers to visit or con-
tact the USDA Farm Service
Agency office located at 411 N.
West St., Bushnell, to sign up
for the TAP program. Call the
FSA office at (352) 793-2651 for
more information or visit the
USDA's Web site at:

When students were asked to
leave a high school winter
dance for inappropriate danc-
ing, one student decided to
take action.
"Every generation has differ-
ent dancing," Bekah Brown
said, who is vice president of
the junior class at Citrus High
School. "How long ago was
'Footloose,' or 'Dirty Dancing'
- it's not like we've come up
with anything new."
Brown, 17, is planning Prom
2005 on April 9, as an alterna-
tive to the school-satctioned
prom on March 12.
"I just want to stand up for
what I believe in a respectable
manner." Brown said. "We're
not horrible, nasty dancing
people we're just teenagers.
It's not to be spiteful."
Citrus High School principal

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Mike Mullen said the problems
at the Winter Formal were not
unique but a problem many
high schools face.
"I don't know what they call
it Bumping and grinding it's
just inappropriate at the high
school level," Mullen said.
When students were asked to
leave the dance in December
for inappropriate dancing,
some students acted rudely
and without respect, which is
why they received detentions,
Mullen said.
He explained the school is
responsible for setting a tone
and providing an environment
for students ranging from ages
14 to 18.
The alternative prom will
have 15 adult chaperones and
two Sheriff's deputies ensur-
ing the alternative prom at
Plantation Inn in Crystal River
will be a success, Brown said.
"It's a safe, fun environ-
ment," she said. "It's not so we

can get drunk and high."
The hardest part of the plan-
ning, Brown said, is coming up
with all the money for deposits
and decorations. So far, she has
spent about $1,000 money
she saved from working two
after-school jobs.
She's bought a tiara and
crown to crown a king and
queen, made a deposit for a
disc jockey and bought tons of
"It's just like a prom, but
we're going to be able to do
what we want and have fun,"
Brown said.
She added she will be selling
tickets in April for $15 each.
Mullen said he would not
comment on the prom because
it is- not a school-sanctioned
"What kids do outside of
school is between them and
their parents," Mullen said.
Brown hopes all her plan-
ning and hard work will result
in a fun night for her and her
"I don't want parents to think
I'm a bad person," Brown said.
"I'm not trying to rebel."

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Sheriff's Office to
man checkpoints
Citrus County Sheriff's Office
deputies will conduct driver's
license and safety equipment
checkpoints throughout Citrus
County in an effort to reduce
violations of Florida's motor
vehicle laws. These checkpoints
will be conducted on the follow-
ing roads through the months of
February, March and April.
West District North Citrus
Avenue, West Dunklin Street,
West Emerald Oaks Drive, West
State Park Drive, North
Tallahassee Road, North
Holiday Drive, North Turkey Oak,
Drive, North Dunkenfield
Avenue, North Rock Crusher
Road, West Venable Street,
West. Ozello Trail, West Crystal
Oaks Drive, South Michigan
Boulevard, West Halls River
Road, West Fishbowl Drive,
West Yulee Drive, West
Bradshaw Street, West
Rosedale Drive, West Cardinal
Street, West Miss Maggie Drive.,
East District North Elkcam
Boulevard, West Century
Boulevard, East Citrus Springs
Boulevard, West Citrus Springs
Boulevard, West Pine Ridge
Boulevard, West Mustang
Boulevard, North Forest Ridge
Boulevard, Roosevelt
Boulevard, North Annapolis
Avenue, North Essex Avenue,
North Citrus Hills Boulevard,
North Kensington Avenue,
South Kensington Avenue,
North Croft Avenue, North
Independence Highway, South
Bea Avenue, North Turner
Camp Road, North Ella Avenue,'
West Highland Boulevard, East
Highland Boulevard, South
Apopka Avenue, South Old
Floral City Road, East Gobbler
Drive, South Istachatta Road.
The Sheriff's Office says
these checkpoints not only help
ensure motorists' compliance
with Florida's vehicular equip-
ment and driver's license laws,
but.contribute favorably to the.
county's overall highway safety
People sought
for Hepatitis Day
There will be a Hepatitis
Awareness and Education Day
at the state Capitol from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. with a press confer-
ence at noon on Wednesday.
The Rev. Glenn Mosley from
Nature Coast Church in Lecanto
is seeking people with Hepatitis
C, or who are interested in help-
ing those who have the condi-
tion, to join him on a trip to
Tallahassee on Tuesday.
The event includes Hepatitis
A and B vaccines, Hepatitis B
and C testing and education
Mosley has been working
with people throughout Citrus
County with hepatitis, helping
them to get affordable medicine
and health care. For information,
call Glenn Mosley at 746-7116.
Softball game set
for 2 p.m. Saturday
The "King and His Court" will
play the Citrus County All Stars
at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Dean
F Hopkins Park at Tidwell Field
in the Key Training Center's
Lecanto Campus.
Tickets are $5 for adults and
$2.50 for students, with children
4 and under free. Key members
admission is $1. Tickets will be
on sale the day of the game or
may be purchased in advance
by calling 527-8228. Bleacher
seating is limited so bring lawn
Ticket proceeds will benefit
the Key Training Center.
WYKE-Key TV is showing a
video of 'The King and his
Court" in action as a tribute to
Eddie Feigner and his four-play-
er softball team. Feigner contin-
ues to barnstorm as he nears
his 80th birthday.
The program will air at 2:30
p.m. Feb. 23, and 11 p.m. Feb.
24, on Channel 49 and on cable
on Channel 16.
From staff reports


Because of an editor's error,
the headline on the cover of
today's Viewfinder TV book
misidentifies tha photo. Rusty
Wallace is pictured.
The Chronicle regrets the

Crabbing, relaxing

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Brian VanDyke from Hernando casts his crab trap Saturday Into Crystal River from the pier at Fort Island Trail Park, VanDyke works In the early morning, and he
and his family like to spend the day relaxing and fishing by the river.

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impact fees should go down,"
Stillwell said. "We're saying if
they go up, don't price us out of
the market"
Impact fees are assessed on
newly constructed homes and
businesses. The purpose of the
fees is to tax newcomers for the
impact they will have on coun-
ty services and the county
infrastructure roads,
schools, public buildings, law
enforcement, recreational
facilities, libraries, emergency
medical services and fire serv-
But there are weaknesses.
Stillwell estimates only about
,35,000 county residents have
paid impact fees. People who
purchase resale homes don't
pay the fee, and people who
rent don't pay the fee.
But those who advocate the
-fees say the revenue is needed

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by voters will influence when
the district has to build
When the district reaches
the point where it can have no
more than 18 students per ele-
;mentary classroom, .she said
,the school board will have to
'find space elsewhere for the
19th student
Before the class-size reduc-
tion amendment passed,
Deutschman said the School
District absorbed the extra stu-
The goal of the district is to
:provide a high-quality educa-
:tion for the students,
*Deutschman said, but the dis-
:trict also wants the County
:Commission to give school

In 2004, impact fees
generated about $8.8
million in Citrus County,
The breakdown by
category is listed below.
Roads $4,141,519
Parks $1,119,717
Schools $1,518,700
SLaw enforcement
Fire services $519,484
EMS $52,372
Library $308,635
SPublic buildings $"10,978

Total: $8,843,077

to offset the rising cost of
expanding roads, building new
school buildings and expand-
ing buildings like the court-
house. They say population
growth is causing the expan-
sions, and the newcomers

classrooms equal considera-
tion with roads, public build-
ings, parks and public
"If anyone thinks schools are
not important, they probably
don't have children anymore,
and they don't realize how des-
perately we need classrooms,"
she said.
Wallace noted that CCBA is
encouraging the county to con-
sider increasing the sales tax
and gas tax in lieu of raising
impact fees, but he said the
builders have not mentioned
sales taxes; and gas taxes place
a greater financial burden on
lower-income people than on
the wealthy. He said lower-
income people pay a greater
percentage of their earnings
because the tax is levied
against things they must buy to
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should pay for their impacts.
However, the builders say
there is a breaking point where
the cost of paying impact fees
exceeds any benefits that might
be derived by county govern-
ment and the school district
receiving additional revenue.
The proposed fees for a
home would be $6,644 if county
commissioners adopted them
at 100 percent The board has
the option of adopting a lower
Stillwell noted, however, in
Sumter County the impact fees
for a home are $1,650 in The
Villages, a large planned resi-
dential subdivision. Outside
The Villages, he said, impact
fees are only $450.
He said The Villages is a
direct competitor of Citrus
Hills, a large planned commu-
nity in Citrus County. He said
higher impact fees can directly
affect whether today's sophisti-
cated younger consumers buy
new homes in Citrus Hills or
The Villages.

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"What we want you to ask the
county commission is, are you
looking at the bigger picture?"
Stillwell told the Chronicle edi-
torial board. "Stephen
Tamposi and his family (devel-
opers of Citrus Hills) have
invested their life in this com-
munity, and frankly, he's
Stillwell added that the mar-
ket for new homes has changed
over the years in Citrus County.
The future buyers will be Baby
Boomers who are looking for
exercise rooms rather than
shuffleboard courts.
The CCBA has made some
gains in its efforts to reduce the
proposed fees. The organiza-
tion managed to convince
county staff to lower the total
impact fees for homes from
about $7,400 to $6,644. Stillwell
said there is room to lower the
fees to $6,000.
But he said the current num-
bers are based on increases to
impact fees for transportation,
schools, public buildings and

When you start to grow, the two
things that feel it first are the roads and


Director Chuck Dixon said the
proposed impact fees are not
too high, noting the cost of
building a mile of paved road is
rising. Wallace's study indi-
cates the county is paying more
than $1.7 million to build a
mile of paved road.
The county fears the number
may be low because the two
most recent road construction

Chuck Dixon
Community Development director.

projects were more costly.
One of the challenges the
county faces is building roads
in developed areas. Two of the
big road projects in the five-
year county construction plan
are expected to cost a com-
bined $75 million because the
county .will have to acquire
developed commercial proper-
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libraries. Next year, he said
commissioners will review
whether to raise impact fees
for law enforcement, fire serv-
ices, emergency medical serv-
ices and parks and recreation.
And he said there is talk in
county government about
adding a ninth category for
water and sewer.
According to Stillwell, if the
current slate of impact fees
were adopted at 100 percent,
Citrus County's fees would be
higher than in Texas, South
Carolina and Arizona.
The CCBA wants the county
to broaden its revenue-produc-
ing options. A bill is being sub-
mitted to the legislature this
year that would allow counties
to impose a transfer tax when
homes are sold. If the bill pass-
es, it would cap impact fees at
2003 levels. The builders want
the county to look at that
CCBA has also suggested the
possibility of adopting a higher
gas tax, which could be used

Those projects are the four-
laning of County Road 486 from
Forest Ridge Boulevard to
State Road 44, and County
Road 491 from County Road
486 to State Road 44.
The total cost of road con-
struction in the five-year
improvement plan has been
estimated at $100 million.
"When you start to grow, the
two things that feel it first are
the roads and schools," said
Dixon, the county's chief plan-
Impact fees do not pay all the
costs associated with growth,
Dixon said, but they do enable
local governments to pay for
the growth without placing the

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for road construction, or pass-
ing a one-cent sales tax to gein-
erate additional revenue. With
a sales tax, they say, everyone
Another option mentioned
by the builders is an indexing
system for impact fees. The
county would gradually raise
impact fees every year by a cer-
tain percentage rather than
review the fees every three
years and cause large hikes in
the fees. Consumers could pay
the fees over a seven-year peri-
The builders also argue that
the building industry in Citrus
County is like the proverbial
golden goose. The industry
provides many of the private
sector jobs that make the econ-
omy run. Raising impact fees is
like shooting the golden goose,
they say.
"Let's look at this fairly. We
all can go through the impact
fee documents and anyone can
twist the numbers," Stillwell
said. "But what is fair?"

entire tax burden on current
property owners.
Gas taxes, sales taxes, real
estate taxes and impact fees all
"encourage'something and dis,-
courage something," Dixon
Impact fees encourage rede-
velopment and add value to
existing homes, he said,
because some people prefer to
buy a resale home rather thah
build a new home and pay the
impact fees. The fees are
assessed only against new con-
"What is all comes down to is
equitable financing of public
infrastructure," Dixon said.
"Who pays?"

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In less than a month, the
'names John and Linda Dollar
-have become infamous to many
following the revelation of the
torture case of the adopted
, The first few days, Tierney
'and Ronda Hemminger Evan,
'a part-time spokeswoman for
the Sheriff's Office, fielded
about 100 calls from reporters
trying to learn more, about the
c At one point, Tierney spoke
-almost at a whisper, burdened
'vith the emotional and physi-
cal tolls of the case, as well as
-media pressure.
"That's what made it difficult
-- having to talk over and over
about the details of what these
children went through and
what they suffered over the
rears," Tierney said.

Continued from Page 1A

when she met Louis Barba at
the Wonderland Ballroom
wvhere she used to dance. She
told her family, "Everyone in
Pthe wedding party is a senior
citizen!" They were married
-only two years when Louis was
' After Verna retired from the
;phone company, the lure of
white sandy beaches and warm
weather drew her to Florida.
She settled in Beverly Hills
where she, whether she
intended to or not, made her
'mark in the community.
She was a member of the
New England Telephone
Pioneers, the Beverly Hills
Singles Club, the Beverly Hills
Garden Club and the United
Residence Club. She played
tennis. She golfed. She liked
Burger King because she didn't
haave to get out of her car. She
told great stories.
1 She was a frequent contribu-
orto the Beverly Hills Visitor,
iting about local events and
people. She loved going to con-
certs and out to dinner. She
loved traveling. She loved
entertainment. She fed the

Five local busir
Special to the Chronicle
Five local, businesses at
Alesci's Corner Center, Norvell
Bryant Highway and Trucks
Avenue, Hernando, will offer
free demonstrations, door
prizes and refreshments dur-
ng an open house from 1 to 4
p.m. today.
Each business will offer

Journalists broadcast,
online and print have been
calling the Sheriff's Office for
updates with each new devel-
opment in the case. Many rep-
resent major media organiza-
tions: CNN, The Associated
Press, Fox News, BBC,
MSNBC, the Today Show,
People magazine, NBC,
America's Most Wanted, Good
Morning America, Montel
Williams, and Reuters.
Tierney said reporters have
contacted her from as far away
as California, Nevada and
Tennessee. Local and regional
print and broadcast media are
also in constant contact
"It seems every time there is
a new development, they all
come to us," Tierney said.
Local agencies with even the
slightest connection to the
Dollar family also want their
own account of the children's
Tierney has been with the
Sheriff's Office for 15 years,

birds every morning; she loved
to get up early, read the
Chronicle, then go back to bed.
That was her routine for years.
After her husband died she
took up painting and painted a
portrait of Luciano Pavarotti,
which she cherished. "She
treasured her paintings,"
McGivern said. "They were
childlike, but great fun."
And so was she great fun,
that is. "She was daring, lived
on the edge," McGivern said.
She played tennis until she was
85, always wearing cheap
sneakers that her friends
thought would make her fall,
but she never did.
She and McGivern and their
friend David Jamieson often
did things together,, especially
going out to eat One day they
went to Hudson where Verna
liked to eat at the Golden
Corral, and Verna decided it
would be a hoot to stop at the
beach and go wading.
Although she never lost her
footing on the tennis court, she
did that day at the beach and
ended up splat! in the gulf
water. The three friends
laughed themselves silly all the
way into Hudson. Still laugh-
ing, they stopped at a thrift
store so Verna could run in and
buy herself some dry clothes.

Evan for six. Both agree this is
the most attention focused on
the county since the 1990
quadruple murder in Floral
Tierney said this case has
received more attention in part
because the world and technol-
ogy have changed so drastical-
"It was a different media
then," Tierney said.
Nowadays, interested per-
sons are able to type the
Dollars' names into Google
online, and come up with more
than 8,000 links to pages such
as Yahoo! News and blogs, or
online diaries.
Meanwhile, the two spokes-
women will persevere with
their task of updating the
world on the Dollars as the
case develops.
"It's pretty gut-wrenching to
have to tell that story over and
over," Evan said. "but the ray of
light is that the children are
safe now."

"She wore that outfit all the
time after that," McGivern
Verna loved her home and
her community. She loved her
church, Our Lady of Grace,
where she served as an usher.
She was an avid photographer,
taking photos of religious
shrines all around the world.
She was particularly devoted
to Our Lady of Lourdes, whose
shrine she visited in France.
Verna's cousin, Joan Bailey,
noted that Verna died Feb.. 11,
the feast day of Our Lady of
Verna Barba loved children,
although she never had any of
her own. Instead, she loved at
least 1,000, whom she never
met, by making (by hand) more
than 1,000 "Hug-A-Bears" that
she donated to Hospice for
grieving children. She sewed
nearly to the end of her life.
She gave a great deal of her
time and money away. The
Florida Sheriff's Association
commemorated her service
with a plaque; she had donated
$500 to Hospice shortly before
she died. She contributed to
nearly 50 other charities at one
time or another.
"She was feisty and inde-
pendent," McGivern said. "She
made a difference."

nesses will host open house today

something different Lifestyles
for women will have free blood
pressure screenings and a
reflexology demonstration at
1:30. Creative Frames & Gifts
Inc. will feature a watercolor
demonstration by local artist
Anne Weaver, beginning at 2.
They will also give away a door
prize every half-hour, includ-
ing an original framed water-

Continued from Page 1A

jecting them to bondage, strik-
ing feet with hammers, and
malnourishing them to the
point of stunted growth and
subnormal body weight.
The couple was arrested by
authorities in Utah Feb. 4 and
a private prisoner transport
company began its trip
Tuesday to bring the couple
back to face charges.
Though they were initially
charged with just one count of
aggravated child abuse, Evan
indicated that will change,
telling reporters "There will be
additional charges."
No bond was set for either
John or Linda Dollar.
Because of the high publicity
the case has received, jail
spokeswoman Julia Swart said
the Dollars will be kept sepa-
rated from the general inmate
population "for their own safe-
ty." Extra security will also be
present when the couple
makes their first appearance
today before County Judge
Mark Yerman.
Yerman will inform them of
the charges they face and will

Crystal River Police
Tinnibu Lerone Hollis, 21, of
115N.E. 9th Ave., Crystal River, was
arrested 1:10 p.m. Friday and charged
with fleeing or attempting to elude a
police officer, driving with suspended
license-second offense, reckless driv-
ing, resisting or obstructing an officer
without violence and violating proba-
According to his arrest report,
Officer Brian Coleman was using
radar at the Hayes Hotel in Crystal
River when he observed a blue four-
door Mercury Grand Marquis in the
northbound lane driving 62 miles per

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Linda Dollar is escorted in Saturday night after being processed at
the Citrus County Detention Facility.

ask if they want an attorney to
represent them.
Evan said while she's
relieved the couple have final-
ly arrived to face charges, her
attention still remains on the
The children remain under
the care of the Department of
Children and Families.
A court-appointed guardian
continues to meet with the chil-
dren, who have been placed

For the -

hour in a 45 mph zone. After activating
his lights and sirens, Coleman said in
his report the car began picking up
speed and ran through a stop sign at
N.W. 2nd Street and N.W. 12th Street.
After going through another stop
sign at a high rate of speed, the car
came to a stop at the Seven Rivers
Apartments. The car was left in park
with the driver's side door open and
the stereo on. In the report, a witness
told Coleman he saw a man matching
the suspect's description heading
south. More officers were brought in to
search the area, and the report says
Hollis was found behind the Days Inn
hotel near a boat dock. The report

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with various agencies across
the county.
Earlier this week, the chil-
dren's oldest sister failed in an
attempt to gain visitation of her
siblings, when DCF investiga-
tors testified during a hearing
that Shanda Rae Shelton had
participated in the abuse.
Her attorneys claimed the
Dollars forced Shelton to par-
ticipate by using fear and

says the man ran after an officer
ordered him to stop. After a short pur-
suit, he was apprehended.
He was arrested and his car was
impounded. The report says he was
cited for speeding, failure to stop at
two stop signs, possessing an open
container of alcohol, driving with an
expired tag, and leaving an unattend-
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died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005,
in Belleview.
He moved here 21 years ago
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He was a construction work-
er for M&M Service in
Mr. Cook was Christian.
He is survived by his wife,
Kimberlee Cook, Belleview;
two daughters, Chelsea and
Kira Cook, Belleview; father,
Paul Wayne Cook Sr.,
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Bifulco, Inverness; brother,
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18, 2005, in Citrus Memorial
Hospital, Inverness.
A native of Peebles, Ohio,
" she was born July 29, 1921, to
- Samuel Elby and Laura
On Jan. 17, 1947, she mar-
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Cincinnati, Ohio, until June
1952, when they moved to
Miami. She came to this area
in 1990 from Miami.
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Taylor, Eugene, Frank, Earl,
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and husband, Gordon,
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Lecanto three years ago from
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Indianapolis, Ind.
She was a homemaker.
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She is survived by her
daughter, Peggy Coffey,
Lecanto; sisters, Ruth and
June, Indiana; several grand-
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Serria College with a nursing
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An animal lover, she favored
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Mrs. Nash was a Seventh-'
day Adventist.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 46 years, Robert A.
Nash, Walden Woods; son,
Timothy Nash and wife, Lisa,
of Marshfield, Wis.; daughter,
Cheryl Sundin and husband,
Mike, Tallahassee; sister,
BarbaraBeglau and husband,
Donald, Yucaipa, Calif.; broth-
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Jan, Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-
law, Barbara Jacqueline
Williams, Augusta, Ga.; and
eight grandchildren: John
Sundin, Jeremy Sundin,
Janelle Sundin, Joshua
Sundin, Janessa Sundin,
Amanda Nash, Andrew Nash
and Anthony Nash.
Hooper Funeral Homes,
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John Perry Peters, 89,
Dunnellon, died Friday, Feb.
18, 2005, in
Born July
17, 1915, in
Baden, Pa., he
was the son of
Merle and Emily Peters. He
came to Ocala from

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Pittsburgh, Pa., 26 years ago.
Mr. Peters was a World War
II U.S. Army veteran.
He was a machinist in the
steel industry. He was a mem-
ber of the VFW, Moose Lodge
in Belleview and Silver
Springs Shores. He loved to
play golf.
He was a member of the
Fort King Presbyterian
Church of Ocala.
Survivors include his wife of
48 years, Cora Santo Peters,
Dunnellon; sons, John Peters
of Dunnellon and Lawrence
Peters of Los Angeles, Calif.;
daughter, Regina Liermann of
Aollo, Pa.; and seven grand-
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Touchton, 55
Johanna H. Touchton, 55,
Inglis, died Friday, Feb. 18,
2005, at home.
Born in Clearwater on Sept.
2, 1950, she moved to Inglis in
1991 from Zolfo Springs.
She was a member of the
Inglis First'Baptist Church.
She is survived by her
extended family, the
Brown Funeral Home and
Crematory, Crystal River.

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2005, at Brown Funeral Home

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Paul Lacy, 81
Paul Lacy, who more than 30
years ago discovered an exper-
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Lacy died Tuesday of chron-
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FEBRUARY 20, 2005

Women pen their writes

Special to the Chronicle

Women 18 and older are invited to
enter a prose and poetry contest spon-
sored by the Nature Coast Branch of
the National League of American Pen
Women. The competition is open to
nonmembers only and is presented in
celebration of the 10th anniversary of
the local branch. Contestants may enter
as many unpublished manuscripts as
they wish. The four categories are:

essays up to 500 words, short stories
- up to 1,500 words, rhymed poetry and
free verse, each 30 lines or fewer.
Each manuscript must be typed, dou-
ble spaced on one side of an 8.5- by 11-
inch white paper; poetry, single-spaced.
Submit two copies.
Do not send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope.
No manuscript will be returned. All
manuscripts will be shredded after con-
test closes. Do not type your name on

manuscripts. Attach a 3- by 5-inch card
to each submission with the following
information: category, title of work,
number of words, writer's full name,
mailing address, telephone number
and e-mail address.
State the number of entries submit-
ted and the total amount of fees submit-
Entry fees are $5 each initial manu-
script, and $3 each additional entry.
Send all manuscripts, poems and entry

fees to: Evelyn C. Bash, 889 N. Palm
Springs Terrace, Crystal River 34429-
Deadline for entries is Monday
Winners will be selected.by Pen Women
qualified in each category.
A first, second and third monetary
prize will be presented at an awards tea
Saturday, April 2. Contest is open only
to women residing in Citrus, Levy or
Hernando counties.
For information, call 563-1841.

The Great Outdoors

Special to the Chronicle
ABOVE: This Is In the Badlands of South Dakota. Jerry,
Robin and Jake Muetzel of Homosassa took a family
vacation In August 2003 "Out West."
LEFT: Beautiful scenery Jn Utah. The Muetzels camped
from Florida to Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone and the
Grand Caynon.

The Chronicle and The Accent published in the Sunday Chronicle. Please make sure photographs are
D R E A MA Travel Group are sponsoring a photo At the end of the year, a panel of in sharp focus..
V l L ,,../ I VE contest for readers of the newspaper. judges will select the best photo dur- Photos should be sent to the
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with a brief description of the trip:- Please avoid photos with computer- dropped off at any Chronicle office or
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Telephone Friends

training slated

Special to the Chronicle

Telephone Friends training
is offered from 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday in room 280 of the
Lecanto Government Building,
3600 W Sovereign Pith,
Volunteer reassurance
callers make regular contact
with homebound older persons
to assure their well-being and
safety and to provide social
This orientation training will
cover the needs of isolated,
homebound elderly persons;
the functions and limitatiofis of

reassurance callers; communi-
cation and interpersonal skills
and the importance of estab-
lished emergency procedures.
We strongly encourage all
existing Telephone Friends
volunteers, Homeland Se-
curity Team volunteers and
anyone else to attend. (Your
attendance does not assure
your acceptance, nor commit
you to become, a Telephone
Friend volunteer.) Refresh-
ments will be served.
Call the Nature Coast
Volunteer Center at 527-5427 or
e-mail: ncvc@bocc.citrus.fl.us
to register for this free training

WALTER CARLSON/For the Chronicle
Sophie Heymans, four, from Homosassa, looks through the selection of toys at the Path yard
and bake sale held recently in the Beall's parking lot In Inverness. The sale was put togeth-
er by the Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church's preschool mothers and all proceeds go to Path.

Art league announces schedule

Classes in photography,

art part ofprogram

Special to the Chronicle

Starting Tuesday, the Citrus County Art
League offers the following classes:
Sharpen Your Drawing Skills: All levels,
using tones of negative and positive shapes, 9:30
to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 22 to March 29, $60. Register
with Ellen Hines: 527-0901.
This Is A Brush: Beginning watercolor; fun-
damentals, including composition. From 1 to 3
p.m. Feb. 22 to March 29, $60. Register with
Anne Weaver: 746-0031.
Pastels: All levels, includes fundamentals.
9:30 to 11 a.m.; four sessions: Feb. 24, March 3,

March 24, March 31, $40. Register with Mary
Jane Hildebrand: 637-9203.
Beginning Oil Painting: All levels, empha-
sizes desire to paint. 1 to 3 p.m., March 4 To
April 8, $60. Register with Suzanne Mahr: (352)
Creative Writing: Beginners to published
authors, includes development through market-
ing. 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 26 to April 2, $60. Register
with Elissa Malcohn: 746-4573.
m Digital Photography For The Artist:
Beginners to all digital photographers; explains
Adobe's Photo Image Processors. Monday, 9 to
11 a.m., Feb. 28 to April 4, $60. Register with
Gordon Bellinger: 527-9146.
Intermediate Watercolor. Mid-level, exer-
cises, critiques, demonstrations. Monday, 2pm
to 4pm, Feb. 28 to April 4, $60. Register with
Barbara Kerr: 341-3822.

Strawberry princess
pageant slated
The Citrus County Chamber
of Commerce and Fantastic
Sam's would like to invite con-
testants to participate in the
Little Miss Strawberry Princess
and Miss Strawberry Princess
pageants at the 18th Annual
Strawberry Festival at Floral .
Park in Floral City.
The pageant will be Saturday,
March 5, with the Little Miss
Strawberry Princess Pageant
beginning at 9 a.m. and the
Miss Strawberry Princess
Pageant at 10. Contestants
must be at least 4 years old, but
not older than 12 years old by
March 1.
Contestants must be resi-
dents of Citrus County.
Applications may be obtained
at the Citrus County Chamber of
Commerce office at 214 W.
Tompkins St: in Inverness, 28
N.W. U.S. 19 in Crystal River,
Homosassa Springs at 3495 S.
Suncoast Blvd. or at Fantastic
Sam's, at 477 S. Croft Ave. in
There is no entry fee, and the
applications must be returned tb
the chamber office by Friday,
Feb. 25.
Call the Citrus County
Chamber of Commerce at 726-
Wreath laying
for Washington
The public is invited to attend
a Wreath Laying Ceremony
hosted by Aaron A. Weaver
Chapter 776, Military Order of
the Purple Heart (MOPH) at
11:30 a.m. on President's Day,
Monday at the Fallen Heroes
Memorial, Bicentennial Park,
Crystal River.
The ceremony commemo-
rates the birth of George
Washington, the father of our
country and the creator of the
Pu lle Heart medal, and pay
t ute to Citrus County's fallen
heroes and CWO Aaron A.
The Lecanto High School
Army JROTC Color Guard will
present the Colors and the
Marine Corps League, Citrus
Detachment 819 will fire a rifle
salute followed by the playing of
To learn more about Aaron A.
Weaver Chapter 776, MOPH
visit the chapter's Web site at
Art League slates
card party
Art League cultural center will
host a fund-raiser Military Card
Party from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Monday at the cultural center at
the intersection of County Road
486 and Annapolis Avenue,
across from Citrus Hills.
The funds from this party will
help our scholarship fund, which
gives scholarships to two gradu-
ating Citrus County seniors.
We will have a fabulous
lunch, coordinated by Chef Jody
Fallabel, and an exciting day
with prizes and a good time for
The game is easy to learn
and play, so if you haven't
joined us before, come see
what all the fun is about.
Cost for lunch and an enjoy-
able afternoon is $12. Call
Nancy at 382-2191 or Julie at
726-7787 to sign up.
For information, call 746-
7606, or visit the Art League
Web site www.artleague.info.



Special to the Chronicle
Pepper the goat says "hello"
to Connor Powers of
Jonesvllle, Wis. Pepper
belongs to Bob and Ginny
Fenton of Homosassa.
Connor Is the grandson of
Bart and Carole Merwin of
Crystal River.

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Path yard sale

Celebrating with Elvis

Special to the Chronicle
To celebrate Bette Ryder's "39th" birthday, Elvis (Ken
Watson) came to the New Jersey & Friends Club meeting
Feb. 7 to sing "Happy Birthday" to her.

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Veterans NOTES

The VFW of District 7 and
the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW
will conduct their district meeting
on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the VFW
Post 4337 at 906 E. State Road 44
in Inverness. Lunch will be served
at noon. There will be a short joint
meeting at 1 p.m. to be followed
with separate meetings.
The Ladies Auxiliary will have as
a special guest the State Jr. Vice
President Fran Prata. The VFW will
have State Jr. Vice Commander
Larry Stover as their guest.
Awards will be handed out to all
auxiliaries at the ladies' meeting.
There will be a memorial service
for the deceased Sisters of the
Auxiliary who have died during the
past year. Come and pay your
Final plans will be made for the
visit to the VA Hospital in
Gainesville on Sunday, Feb. 27.
We will distribute food and gifts and
play bingo with our Vets.
The public is invited to a -
Wreath Laying Ceremony hosted
by Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776,
Military Order of the Purple
Heart (MOPH) at 11:30 a.m. on.
President's Day Monday at the
Fallen Heroes Memorial,
Bicentennial Park, Crystal River.
The ceremony will commemo-
rate the birth of George
Washington, the father of our coun-
try and the creator of the Purple
Heart medal, and pay tribute to
Citrus County's fallen heroes and.
CWO Aaron A. Weaver. The
Lecanto High School Army JROTC
Color Guard will present the Colors
and the Marine Corps League,
Citrus Detachment 819 will fire a
rifle salute, followed by the playing
of Taps.
To learn more about Aaron A.
Weaver Chapter 776, MOPH visit
the chapter's Web site at www.cit-
Military retirees, family mem-
bers and friends of the military
services are invited the 2005
Military Retiree Appreciation
Day, Saturday, March 5, at The
Florida Mall Hotel, 1500 Sand Lake
Road, Orlando. The event will be
hosted by the Fort Stewart
Retirement Services Office and-the
third Infantry Division (Mechanized)
and Fort Stewart, Ga.
Registration for the event will be
from 8 to 9 a.m. A speakers' .-
gram addressing legislation affct-
ing-military retiree pay and benefits
and current military retiree issues
will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Plaza
Grand Ballroom, Mezzanine Level.
Following the speakers' pro-
gram, a county fair will be from

noon to 3 p.m. Representatives will
be available to provide assistance,
information and to issue military ID
cards. Representatives include:
Fort Stewart Retirement Services,
Casualty Area Command Social
.Security, Veterans Affairs, TRI- -
CARE, Delta Dental, AAFES,
Commissary and various veterans
service organization. Retirees and
dependents needing new ID cards
should bring supporting documen-
Retirees, family members and
friends of all the military services
are invited and encouraged to
attend. Call the Fort Stewart
Retirement Services Office, (912)
767-3326 or -5013, or e-mail
Lyndia.Smith @ stewart.army.mil.
Eugene Quinn VFW Post
4337, 906 State Road 44 E.,
Inverness, announces schedule for
this week.
* Today: VFW District 7 meeting.
Roast beef lunch at noon, meeting
1 p.m. Wild Willy 5 to 9. Pool tour-
nament at 2 p.m.
Monday: Presidents' Day. Free
pool from 9 a.m. to noon. Bar
bingo 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Free pool 9 a.m. to
noon. Chicken wings, sweet potato
fries and onion rings, 4 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Free pool 9 a.m. to
noon. Homemade spaghetti dinner
by Daryl only $4 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Karaoke by Harry S. at 6.
Thursday: Free pool 9 a.m. to
noon. Bar bingo 3 p.m.

Friday: Free pool 9 a.m. to noon.
All-you-can-eat grouper or three-
piece chicken dinner $6, 4:30 to 7
p.m. Karaoke by Harry S at 7.

Saturday: Ham and yam dinner
$6, 5:30 p.m. Music by Single Shot
at 6:30.

The Post Honor Guard provides
funeral services for all veterans in
Citrus County.

VFW Post 4337 welcomes all
returning service members from

The post displays a permanent
"Gold Star and Blue Star" Mothers'

VFW. Post 4337 is adopting the
690th Military Police Unit from
Crystal River. Anyone who wishes
to donate necessary items to make
these 100-plus troops feel more at
home and offer them a degree of

Love Nissan Honda's wholesale and
fleet department is once again offering a
pre-auction sale to the public. Recent
increases in new car sales has doubled
Love's wholesale used cars. Before'
sending them to auction, Love wants to
pass the savings on to you. Rather than
paying for high shipping and auction
fees, Love will be selling pre-owned
vehicles at or below wholesale. This one
day sales event will take place Sunday,
February 20, 2005. Nearly 100 Cars,
Trucks, Vans and SUV's will be on sale
at wholesale auction prices. Up to 75%
under Retail!!!
"With Tax time here, Love wants to
help stretch your tax dollar. At some car
lots you may only have a small down
payment. At Love, your tax check could
cover the entire purchase. With a deal
like that how could you go wrong." says
Cameron Cleary.
The sale will start at 11:00 a.m. on
Sunday. Test drives will be available and
you are welcome to bring a mechanic to
help assist in your inspection. All
vehicles in the sales area will be marked
with wholesale prices. N.A.D.A. and
Kelly bluebook pricing guides will be on
hand, so you can appraise a vehicle just
like a dealer.
Love will be selling vehicles up to

comfort in Afghanistan can contact
Commander Victor Houston at
344-3495. Donations can be sent
to Eugene Quinn VFW Post 4337,
906 State Road 44E, Inverness
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is
designating May 1 to 7, 2005, as
Vietnam Veterans Recognition
Week. VFW Post 4337 will have a
Recognize Vietnam Veterans event
at the post home at 2 p.m. on
Loyalty Day, Sunday, May 1. The
post will be honoring Vietnam vet-
erans by awarding Certificates of
Appreciation, and any visiting
Vietnam veteran will get a free din-
The Leroy Rooks Jr. VFW
Post 4252 in Hernando will serve
barbecued ribs or ham on Friday
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Music will
be provided by Lefty Dave from
6:30 to 10:30. The cost is $5.50
and you do not have to be a mem-
ber to enjoy a great night at our
The post has bar bingo at 2 p.m.
Sunday. The Ladies Auxiliary
hosts bingo games at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday and doors open at 9
a.m. The auxiliary also sponsors
bar bingo at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The post will host a bonanza
bingo at 10:30 a.m. on April 2. The
$30 package will include lunch.
The Dart League meets and
competes at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The Post Ladies Auxiliary is
starting a Junior Girls' Division for
girls 5 to 16 years old. Call Judy
Prive, 726-3339.
There will be a Post Flea Market
on April 10. Call Andy Bachinsky,
quartermaster, at 726-3339 to
reserve a table and for details.
Donated items sincerely appreciat-
The post and ladies auxiliary
regularly visit several local nursing
homes. They encourage anyone to
join them and spread some cheer
to veterans who served this coun-
try and who now need our support.
Call for details.
The post Web page is at
www.debbiefields.com and you can
e-mail us at usavets@nature-
The next post and ladies auxil-
iary meeting is at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 10. There will be
an initiation for new Ladies
Auxiliary members. Call to sign up
to ensure you receive your pin and
Call Bob Prive, VFW Post 4252
commander, at 726-3339.
The.PFC Samuel R. Wall
Detachment 1139 (Floral City)
meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday

monthly at the VFW 7122 in Floral
The Marine Corps League
Citrus Detachment 819 conduct-
ed its first meeting of the new year
Jan. 27. After the salute to the flag,
the detachment observed a
moment of silence in honor of our
service men and women serving
our country at home and overseas.
The past year was discussed
and many plans are in the works
for the new year, including the
Military Ball in November. The staff
and members are working hard on
many things and would enjoy the
input of Marines with great ideas.
The Detachment welcomes new
members and all Marines are invit-
ed a meeting before joining.
The next meeting will be at 7
p.m. Thursday, at the VFW Hall on
State Road 200 in Hernando. Call
Bob Deck at 527-1557 or Ralph at
The Ladies' Auxiliary of the
Marine Corps League meets at
7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday
monthly at the VFW 7122 in Floral
The Military Order of Devil
Dogs Meeting: contact Chris at
American Legion Auxiliary Unit
155, Crystal River, will host its
annual Chili Cook-Off and Chinese
Auction on Saturday, Feb. 26, at
the post home, 6585 W. Gulf-to-
Lake Highway.
If you are interested in entering
-the chili cook-off, have your entry
at the. post by noon. The Chinese
Auction will be from 1 to 3.p.m., '
where there will be a wide variety
of items on which to bid. Following
the Chinese auction, winners of the
chili cook-off will be announced,
and bowls of all the judged chili will
be available to purchase and enjoy.
All monies raised through this
event will go to help work the vari-
ous programs of.the American
Legion Auxiliary and to benefit the
many veterans in the community.
Call Barbara Logan, unit presi-
dent, at 795-4233.
Navy Seabee Veterans of
America Island X-18 Citrus
County will meet for breakfast at
8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at
Crystal Paradise Restaurant, 508
N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. All
Seabees, Honeybees and friends
are invited. Call Commander
George Staples, 628-6927.
Anyone who knows of a
homeless veteran in need of food,
haircut, voter ID, food stamps,
medical assistance or more blan-
kets is asked to call John Young at

$7,000 dollars under blue book. For
example, 2000 Honda Odyssey EX
sedan, Kelly Blue Book retail $19,380
buy it wholesale for only $12,875. That's
a $6,505 savings!!! Some vehicles that
normally would sell for $2000 will only
sell for $150 at the auction and during
this one time only sale you can buy it for
the $150 auction value.
Most of the vehicles offered in this sale
are units that have been on the lot too
long and must go. Many have been
reconditioned and carry the remainder
of the factory or extended warranty.
Financing will be available at an
unbelievably low interest rate of 3.9%.
Steve Miller, the Finance Manager said,
"Good credit or bad, we will have the
loan for you."
The cars, trucks and suv's will be
located in the sales area of Love
Nissan/Honda. Trade-ins will be
accepted. Love is located on U.S. 19, just
south of Crystal River. Sunday sales
hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for
special arrangements or further
directions, 352-628-9444. Don't miss out
on this one time opportunity to save
thousands on the vehicle of your choice.
No reasonable offer will be refused. Get
here early for the best selection.

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the Hunger and Homeless
Coalition at 628-4357, or. pass
along this phone number to the
Korean War Veterans
Association, Citrus Chapter 192
meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday
monthly at VFW Post 10087 in
Beverly Hills. Any Korean War
Veteran, including any veteran who
served a tour of duty in Korea after
1954 to present, is eligible to
become a member. Call
Commander Ken Heisner, 563-
0585, or Vice Commander Louis
Poulin, 344-8334.
The Allen-Rawls American
Legion Post 77 of Inverness
invites all veterans of Inverness
and Lecanto to join them. Meetings
are at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday
monthly at the Key Training Center
building, 130 Heights Ave.,
Inverness. The executive board
meets the third Thursday monthly.
Call the commander at 341-0971.
Military veterans assigned
to working with canines in the
military are in need by the Humane
Society of the Nature Coast. The
society plans a presentation to
honor the war dogs that served in
the military at the first Nature Coast
Pet Expo on March 5 and 6, and
the organizers are in need of addi-
tional information and advisors. If
you had any experience during
your years in the military working


with or in a troop using war dogs,
call Joanne Schoch, 232-3032,
The Citrus County Veterans
Coalition will have its next monthly
meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday,
March 5, at the Lecanto
Government Complex on
Sovereign Path in Lecanto. The
general membership meeting
scheduled for March 19 has been -,
postponed until April 9, due to a
scheduling error by the National
Guard Armory in Crystal River.
Visit the ccvcfl.org Web site for
all the information you need on vet-.
erans affairs numbers, list of offi-
cers and directors, news and infor-
mation, chairman's newsletter and
progress the coalition has made in ,
its initial year of activity.
All LST Veterans and wives
are invited to monthly breakfast
meetings at 9 a.m. the first
Saturday monthly at the Golden ,
Corral Restaurant in Brooksville.
Call 860-2033.
MOC Withlacoochee Pup .
Tent 76 meets in Hernando at A
VFW Post 4252. The next scratch
and meeting is at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 6. Election of new
officers and installation of elected -..
officers will follow the meeting. The
Cootie dinner will follow at 5 p.m.
The public is always welcome at

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School MENUS -

Monday: No school.
Tuesday: Breakfast -
Doughnut, french toast, tater tots,
peaches, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Pepperoni pizza, chef
salad/saltines, vegetarian plate,
french fries, broccoli, corn, mixed
fruit, milk, juice.
Wednesday: Breakfast -
Scrambled eggs with cheese, grits,
ham, toast, pineapple, milk, orange
Lunch Tacos, macaroni and
cheese with ham, salad shakers,
vegetarian plate, turnip greens,
black-eyed peas, orange, roll, milk,
Thursday: Breakfast Mini
loaf, cereal, toast, tater tots, mixed
fruit, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Cheese quesadillas,
chicken and yellow rice, salad
shakers, vegetarian plate, corn,
peas, mixed vegetables, peaches,
oatmeal cookie, milk, juice.
Friday: Breakfast Sausage
pizza, ham, grits, peaches, milk,
orange juice.
Lunch Spaghetti and meat
sauce, baked chicken, salad shak-
ers, tuna salad sandwich, green
beans, pineapple, roll, milk, juice.
Monday: No school..
Tuesday: Breakfast Grilled
cheese, cereal, cheese grits,
peaches, tater tots, milk, orange
, Lunch Sausage pizza, rib
patty/barbecue sauce, Italian pasta
salad, corn, broccoli, baked beans,
three bean salad, mixed fruit, milk,
Wednesday: Breakfast -
Doughnut, cereal, toast, sausage
and biscuit, tater tots, mixed fruit,
riilk, orange juice.

Lunch Chili with beans, ham
and cheese sandwich, chef salad
edible bowl, french fries, peas, lima
beans, apple, roll, oatmeal cookie,
milk, juice.
Thursday: Breakfast -
Scrambled eggs with cheese, oat-
meal, cereal, pineapple, tater tots,
milk, orange juice.
Lunch Tacos, turkey edible
bowl, chicken and yellow rice,
reftied.lea tpeplne*p green
beans, pineapple, roll, peach crisp,
milk, juice.
Friday: Breakfast Sausage
pizza, cereal, toast, sausage and
biscuit, tater tots, peaches, milk,
orange juice.
Lunch Pepperoni pizza,
baked chicken, tuna edible bowl,
lima beans, corn, black-eyed peas,
orange, peaches, roll, milk, juice.
Monday: No school.
Tuesday: Breakfast -
Scrambled eggs with ham and
cheese, oatmeal, cereal, doughnut,
biscuit and gravy, tater tots, peach-
es, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Tacos, mixed vegeta-
bles, refried beans, peas, pineap-
ple, sausage pizza, hoagie sand-
wich, chicken sandwich bar, salad
bar, milk.
Wednesday: Breakfast -
Cheese toast, cereal, toast, dough-
nut, biscuit and gravy, tater tots,
pineapple, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Chicken and yellow
rice, corn, lima beans, apple, roll,
oatmeal cookie, sausage pizza,
hoagie sandwich, hamburger bar,
salad bar, milk.
Thursday: Breakfast -
Sausage and biscuit, cereal, toast,
doughnut, biscuit and gravy, tater
tots, mixed fruit, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Meatloaf, seasoned

noodles, green beans, mixed fruit,
orange, roll, pepperoni pizza, bar-
becued rib bar, salad bar, hoagie
sandwich, milk.
Friday: Breakfast Scrambled
eggs with cheese, cheese grits,
cereal, doughnut, biscuit and
gravy, tater tots, peaches, milk,
orange juice.
Lunch Baked chicken, baked
beans, broccoli, com, peaches,
roll, sausage pizza, hamburger bar,
salad bar, hoagie sandwich, milk.
Menus are subject to change
without notice.
Monday: Sliced ham with
pineapple raisin sauce, baked
sweet potato, mixed vegetables,
wheat bread with margarine,
pineapple chunks, low-fat milk.
Tuesday: Beef stew with veg-
etables in gravy, rice, lemon
spinach, two slices wheat bread
with margarine,, spiced apples, low-
fat milk.
Wednesday: Chicken fricassee
quarter, herb mashed potatoes,
seasoned carrots, wheat bread
with margarine, raisin rice pudding,
low-fat milk.
Thursday: Spaghetti with Italian
sauce and meatballs, broccoli,
tossed salad with Italian dressing
(HD: garlic spinach), two slices
whole wheat bread with margarine,
mixed fruit, low-fat milk.
Friday: Hamburger with ketchup
and mustard, hamburger bun and
mayonnaise packet, 1/2 baked pota-
to, corn with diced red pepper,
fresh banana, low-fat milk.
Congregate dining sites include:
East Citrus, Crystal River,
Homosassa Springs, Inverness,
and South Dunnellon. For informa-
tion, call Support Services at 795-


Army Pfc. Paula J. Boros has graduated
from basic combat training at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, S.C.
: During the nine weeks of training, the soldier
studied the Army mission, history, tradition and
cpre values, physical fitness, and received
instruction and practice in basic combat skills,
-military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet
training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle
rtarksmanship, armed and unarmed combat,
rnap reading, field tactics, military courtesy, mili-
tary justice system, basic first aid, foot marches,
and field training exercises.
She is the daughter of Henry Boros Sr. of
Hemando and Maria Boros of Inverness.
Boros is a 2003 graduate of Lecanto High

SPC. Stan (Stash)
Lapinski is serving with the
3rd Division in Iraq.
He is a graduate of the
University of South Florida.
After 9/11, 2001, he left
his position at Circuit City
to serve his country in the
fight against terrorism.
Stan.Jr. is the son of
Gaynell and Stan Lapinski
of Beverly Hills.
Stan Sr. is the PGA golf
professional at Brentwood
Farms Golf Club.


* Obituaries must
be submitted by
licensed funeral
* Obituaries and
funeral notices
are subject to
* Recent photos are
* Call Linda Johnson
at 563-5660.



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the dinners.
Gerald A. Shonk DAV
Chapter 70 of Inverness will have
its general meeting at 2 p.m. the
second Tuesday monthly. The
chapter hall is at 1039 N. Paul
Drive near the intersection of U.S.
41 North and Independence
Highway. Call Charles Huelsmann,
commander, (352) 489-9502.
The public is invited to join
Yankee Air Force members to
have dinner with the crew of the
bombers at 6 p.m. March 18 at the
Dunnellon Airport in the big white
hangar. The dinner will be catered
by Brick City and you have a
choice of roast beef or roasted
chicken. The cost is $15 per per-
son and includes tip and tax. The
deadline will be March 12 (YAF's
regular meeting date) to get your
money in for tickets. Call Carolyn
Mills at (352) 489-3120.
The dates of March 18,19 and
20 are when YAF will host three
World War II bombers. A B-17, B-
24 and F4U Corsair from the
Collings Foundation along with a
fly-in that should bring out many
other planes for your viewing
pleasure. The bombers should
arrive around 3 p.m. on Friday,
March 18, and will be escorted by
AT6's. You may reserve a ride on

either of the bombers for a dona-
tion of $400 or for an $8 donation
to Collings Foundation, you may
tour through the planes. Vendors
are wanted for this event and may
call Mills to discuss this.
If you have any memorabilia,
pictures, artifacts, medals, etc., to
donate for our museum, this would
be a good time to bring them out,
and remember your donations are
tax deductible as YAF is a 501(3)
nonprofit all volunteer organization.
For more information call (352)
489-3120 or (352) 465-0727 or
visit the new Web site at yan-
Landing Ship Dock (LSD)
sailors of Citrus County meets at 2
p.m. on the fourth Thursday
monthly at Ray's Bar-B-Q in
Crystal River. Call Jimmie at 621-
USS Coral Sea, USS
Shangri-La, USS Midway and
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
You are all invited the Seventh
Annual Florida Spring Fling of the
USS Coral Sea Association set for
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 5 at
Valenti's Ristorante in Venice. Call
Bud McKay at (941) 371-3790 or
Bill Johnson at (941) 485-4360.
Florida Chief Petty Officers
Annual CPO Birthday
Celebration Ball April 4-7 in
Jacksonville. Headquarters:
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel. Anyone
who has ever served as a Chief
Petty Officer (USN or USCG) is
invited. Contact: CPO Chuck


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Davis, USN (Ret) President, (941)
743-5460/(941) 391-1509, e-mail:
Navy Patrol Squadrons 861
and 18 (VP861 and VP18) will
have a reunion on May 11, 12 and
13 in Jacksonville. For details con-
tact: Ed Cuneo at 344-0049 or e-
mail ecuneo@tampabay.rr.com.
The 5th Army Association
World War II, Italy, offers a final
tour of Italy departing New York
June 15, visiting Rome, Venice,
Florence, Pisa, Sorrento and a
special stop at the American
Military Cemetery near Anzio.
Former members of the many
combat Divisions and Support
Groups, their families, friends, and
those interested in the history of
the U.S. 5th Army can contact Sy
Canton at 5277B Lakefront Blvd.,
Delray Beach 33484. Telephone
(561) 865-8495.
USS Houston CA 30-CL 81
will have its reunion Sept. 28
through Oct. 2 at the KCI Airport
Hilton in Kansas City, Mo. Contact
Les Beigle, 108 W. Main St.,
Smithville, MO 64089; phone (816)
532-4130, e-mail


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BH Uons meeting
Hear about a different cruise.
Come to the Beverly Hills Lions
Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There will
be a cruise representative with
some new ideas for January 2006.
New ports and lots of exciting hap-
penings. Call Pat Dick at 527-2773.
Dinner show
The NYC Transit Retirees of
Florida are planning a bus trip to
Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Show in
Orlando on Tuesday, March 22.
Bus will leave the Beverly Hills
VFW at 8:30 a.m., and Inverness
fairgrounds at 9:15 a.m. Dinner will
be a choice of lasagna, Cornish
hen or vegetarian plate. Prime rib
is an additional $3 per person. Call
Joan Kohler at 527-2439 for reser-
vations. Payment due by Feb. 22.
Price includes transportation, show,
dinner and driver tip. Public wel-
Join the singles
. The Citrus Singles invite the
public to join their group on the fol-
lowing trips.
Wednesday: "Carmen" at Ruth
Eckerd Hall. Dinner at Sam Seltzer.
March 23: One great show
"Sugar Babies" in Hudson.
Call Sol at 795-1336.
Museum exhibit
The Red Hat Society is planning
a trip to view the Princess Diana
Exhibit at the Florida International
Museum in St. Petersburg on
March 3. The exhibit celebrates the
life of Princess Diana through
home movies, letters, photos, arti-
facts and personal memorabilia.
The highlight of the exhibit is her
Wedding gown and Spencer Tiara
she wore on her wedding day in
1981. Also there are 28 of her
designer dresses and her personal
jewelry on display.
. Call Pat at 860-2805.
Motorcoaches depart from Beverly
Hills and Inverness.
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trips. Call the coordinator listed or
visit the Web site at www.inver-
nessfirstumc.org and click on cal-
March 5: Show Palace Dinner
Theater in Hudson presents "Sugar
Babies." Cost includes buffet lunch-
eon, show and transportation. Call
Marlene Gardner, 344-0145.
April 25: four-day trip to
Savannah, Ga. Call Carole
Fletcher, 860-1932.
BHRA trips
The Beverly Hills Recreation
Association is sponsoring the fol-
lowing day trips for members and
non-members alike in its continuing
efforts to provide places to go and
things to see and enjoy:
Saturday, March 12: Princess
Diana Exhibition at St. Petersburg
Museum. Call Cheryl at 860-2805
or (888) 282-8008.
Sunday, March 20: Butterfly
Festival at Sunken Gardens in St.
Petersburg. Price includes the bus,
admission fee and lunch at the
"Spaghetti Warehouse." Call Cheryl
at 860-2805 for details.
Tuesday, April 5: Cypress
Gardens trip includes the luxury
bus and admission to the newly
reopened attraction. Lunch is on
your own. Call Cheryl at 860-2805.
Sunday, April 24: The World.
Series Champion Boston Red Sox
visit Tampa Bay for a game against
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the
Association has arranged to get
tickets. A bus departs the BHRA
parking lot at 9 a.m. for Tropicana
Field for the 1:15 game. Tickets are
on sale now at the BHRA office.
Nov. 19: The BHRA is hosting
a Thanksgiving Cruise departing
from Tampa, and will visit
Georgetown, Grand Cayman,
Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the beau-
tiful new port of Costa Maya. Call
Pat at 352-860-2805.
CRWC bus trip
Crystal River Woman's Club is
going to visit Orlando Wednesday,

March 16. This is a day trip to the
Harry P. Leu Gardens, the
Mennello Museum of American
Folk Art and lunch at the
Cheesecake Factory. Price
includes transportation, admis-
sions, taxes and driver gratuity.
Lunch is not included. The public is
invited. Call Joan at 564-8773 or
JoAnn at 382-1138.
CRWC cruise
The Crystal River Women's Club
has organized a springtime fund-
raising cruise to benefit CASA and
Daystar. Sailing April 3 for seven
nights from Tampa, the cruise will
visit Grand Cayman, Costa Maya,
Belize and Cozumel. Round-trip
motorcoach and other bonuses
included. The public is encouraged
to participate. Call Joan at 564-
Red Hat cruise
Sail the Eastern Caribbean with
the Red Hatters April 15, three
nights, to: Nassau and Cocoa Cay.
Price, based on double occupancy,
includes roundtrip bus to Port
Canaveral. Call Betty at 860-1140
or Lenore at (800) 306-7477:
Biloxi trip
Friends of the Community
Centers has arranged a four-day,
three-night trip to Biloxi, Miss., May
15-18, including two breakfasts,
one dinner and four casino visits.
Call Jennie at 344-2540.
Alaska tour
The Central Florida Elks Lodges
are taking cabin bookings for a
seven day cruise to Alaska fol-
lowed by a six day escorted land
tour that includes two nights in
Fairbanks, one night at Denali
Princess Wilderness Lodge, one
night at Mt. McKinley Princess
Lodge and one night in Anchorage.
This 13-day cruisetour is June 13-
25. Airport transportation and
round-trip airfare are included in
the package. Call Jim Sterin at
527-0947 for more information. To
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Elks Harry-Anna Charities.
Alaska get-away
Jim McGuane of Knights of
Columbus Council 6168, Beverly
Hills, has organized an Alaska
cruise vacation for council mem-
bers and friends. The Knights will
sail from Vancouver Sept. 9.
Packaged with this Alaska cruise
is roundtrip air, and motorcoach.
This cruise is open to the public.
Call Dorothy Squire at 726-2889.
Cruise get-away
The Canteen Cruisers, a local
veterans travel club, has planned
its next cruise get-away..
The Cruisers will sail Nov. 17 for
eight nights, and visit the countries
of Belize, Costa Rica, and
Panama, as part of their trip's deep
Southern Caribbean itinerary.
Roundtrip motorcoach is provid-
ed from Citrus County, and the
cruise is open to the general pub-
Call Dorothy at 726-6298 or
Ralph at 746-6752.
Dec. 10 cruise
Brentwood Travel Club has a
cruise leaving Dec. 10. Round-trip
motorcoach to the pier from Citrus
County. Based on first come first
serve. Call Becky at 527-8855.
K of C to sail
Jim Olmstead of Knights of
Columbus Council 6391
(Invemess), has organized a
seven-night cruise vacation to raise
funds for the important local charity
work of the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights will set sail from
Tampa Bay Jan. 22.
The ship will sail to Grand
Cayman, Costa Maya, Mexico and
Cozumel, Mexico.
Roundtrip motorcoach is includ-
ed from Citrus County and the
cruise is open to the general pub-
Call Dorothy Squire at 726-0376.

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foreign goodies

wo weeks ago, daughter
Marianne invited me to
accompany her and Bob
to a Gift Show at the
Convention Center in Orlando.
I was pleased and most anx-
ious to see what is new in gift-
ware, etc., and to compare this
type of show with the travel
shows Frank and I had attend-
ed quite frequently when we
had our agency.
Marianne, of course, was
anxious to get "Mom's excel-
lent taste and experience" in
selecting great and super items
for sale at her shop. Wow! Did
that ever swell my head!
Ages ago, Mom and Dad
retired in that area, so I was
quite familiar with it,-and was
quite inquisitive to see how
much it had changed. I barely
recognized some of the "land-
marks" and would
have been lost trav- .
eling on my own...
nothing was the ,--
The huge
Convention Center
boggled my mind
- it seemed as if it
went on forever ...
and would you
believe, we walked Anne F
in the wrong direc- MEM
tion a great dis- OF A TS
tance, but I slept
well that night.
Don't they have shuttle buses
to take you around? If they do,
they weren't visible Sunday.
After arriving we received
our IDs and started our adven-
ture. Scanning through the
program and agenda, we
noticed a class pertaining to
owners of shops, how to learn
and manage your business. I
found, it interesting because
the "teacher" discussed, in her
advice, the "do's and don't"
that I learned in getting our
agency started. The advice is
still good although it was
geared toward the gift type
After class we began our
journey. There was a crowd of
attendees and oodles of ven-
While Marianne and Bob did
their thing visiting vendors and
checking various items, I did
MY own thing, looking and
drooling over some of the
objects, particularly those
from overseas. For me, it was a
trip to the past My eye caught
the booth displaying Murano
products, made from glass.
Venice has a beautiful Murano
factory where you can visit and
watch the glass blowers turn a
simple tube into gorgeous
items of flowers, candlesticks,


glasses, jewelry, etc. They were
doing a good business. There is
also another Murano factory in
Colona Tovar in South America
high up in the mountains,
which carried the same fasci-
nation for me.
Passing the display of anoth-
er vendor, I remarked,
"Matreyushka." The lady
replied, "You pronounced that
so perfectly, you must be
Russian." We began a conver-
sation and I remarked that I
had been to Russia on two
occasions and greatly admired
their products. Matreyushka
are wooden nesting dolls that
are carved, out of wood and fit
into one another. There usually
are from four to six dolls. At
first, they were all Old Russian
female figures, but today they
are experimenting, with so
many different old
and modern dress.
They're still enchanti-
ng. There was also a
beautiful display of
black lacquered
brooches with exqui-
site hand painted
scenes mostly fairy
tales and figures.
They make lovely
isillo gifts. However, I was
IRS completely captivated
by beautifully etched
AVEL on high-grade optical
-- crystal, figures of a
bride and groom with names
and wedding dates; also a love-
ly baby angel coming down to
earth on a pillow. Absolutely
beautiful, a bit pricey, but what
a keepsake.
When I asked the lady how
she got involved in this, she
said she had gone to Russia for
eye surgery and became fasci-
nated with the gift-ware. I then
remembered that one of our
Russian guides was ecstatic
because she was going to have
her eyes operated on for near-
sightedness, which she
claimed that the Russians had
.great success. What one learns
in friendly conversation!
More next week but I have
a correction to make. There
has been a "glitch" in our rem-
iniscing session planned for
Sunday, Feb.. 27, at Cinnamon
Sticks Restaurant on State
Road 44. It will be the follow-
ing Sunday, March 6. Sorry, this
was unexpected, but we'll
make up for the change and
have a great time anyhow.

Anne Fusillo and her hus-
band, Frank, owned a travel
agency in Wheaton, Ill., for 17
years. Questions or com-
ments? Give her a call at 564-

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"Boogeyman" (PG-13) 1:30,
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in the Dunnellon,
Citrus County areas
March 30, 2005, Adelphia will
realign the following changes
to its channel lineup:

Dunnellon Residents:

* Move the character generator channel from
channel 17 to channel 70
* Move C-Span from channel 12 to channel 39
* Move BET channel 36 to channel 96
* Move Sunshine channel from channel 39 to
channel 36
* Move EWTN from channel 96 to channel 95
* Add Hallmark channel to channel 17
* Add WMOR (32) Lakeland to channel 12
Digital Customers
* Move ESPN Classic from 131 to 125
* ESPNews from digital plus to digital basic
Citrus Residents:
* Move EWTN from channel 96 to channel 95
* Add Character Generator to channel 70
* Add BET to channel 96
* Add Hallmark to channel 17

Trips & TOURS

Citrus Cinemas 6 Inverness
Box Office 637-3377
"Are We There Yet?" (PG)
1:30, 4:30, 7:30,10:05 p.m.
"Because of Winn-Dixie" (PG)
1:15, 4:15, 7:15,9:55 p.m.
"Boogeyman" (PG-13) 9:40
"Constantine" (R) 1, 4, 7, 9:45
"Hitch" (PG-13) 1:10, 4:10,
7:10, 9:50 p.m.
"Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (G)
12:50, 2:30, 4:30, 7:20 p.m.
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Maureen and Phil
Cenatiempo of Crystal River
are pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter
Laura to Eric Johnson, son of
Becky and Dave Bugbee of
Crystal RiverJ
The bride-elect is a graduate
of University of Central
Florida in Orlando. She is
employed by Orange County
Schools and works with autis-
tic children.
The future bridegroom
served in the Air Force and is
currently a student at Valencia ./
Community College.
The wedding date hag not
been announced yet.


Mr. and Mrs. Patrick S.
Fitzpatrick Sr, Crystal River,
are pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter,
Erin Kathleen Fitzpatrick, to
Matthew Stephen Marrero, son l
of Mr and Mrs. Maximino
Marrero of Davie. .
The bride-elect will gradu-
ate this spring with a major in
marketing and minor in com-
munications. She is a member
of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
The future bridegroom will
also be graduating this spring
with degrees in marketing,
finance and sports manage-
ment He is a member of Sigma
Beta Delta National Business
Honors Society.
A summer wedding is

Trabert- Wels

Kaitlyn and Courtney
Trabert announce the engage-
ment of their mother, Barbara,
to Leon E. Wells Jr. Barbara is
the daughter of David and
Kathy Clendennin of Deltona.
Leon is the son of Leon and
Marilyn Wells of Homosassad.
Barbara is a nursing student
at Daytona Beach Community
College and is employed at
Courtesy Chevrolet in Orlando.
Leon is employed with Swift
Transportation Inc.

A wedding is planned for
Oct. 8.

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First B RTHDAYS 4Anniversaries .....

The Retticks

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Faith Jordan Steele cele-
brated her first birthday Feb.
13. Faith is the daughter of
Joel and Selena Steele of
Homosassa. Maternal grand-
parents are Ray and Judy
Calhoun and paternal grand-
parents are Joel and Sharon

Dale and Geraldine Holden
of Lecanto celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary Feb.
They met in Bainbridge, Ga.,
while he was serving in the Air
Force and she was employed
as a telephone operator
They were married Feb. 19,
1955, in Biloxi, Miss.
Mr. Holden retired as an
electrical engineer with NASA.
Prior to moving to Lecanto in
1999, they lived in Virginia for
38 years.
They have two children,
Deborah in Virginia and Tom

in Florida, and three grand-
children, Jamie and Lauren in
Virginia and Tyler in Florida.

James R. and Jane D. Rettick, winter residents of Homosassa,;
observed their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner and
anniversary celebration, hosted by their children, in June.
Rettick and Jane D. Darling were married Jan. 3, 1955, at St
Joseph's Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio.
They are the parents of Mary Lou Hartley, John J. Rettick and
James M. Rettick, all of Bloomington, Ohio. There are six grand-
children and two great-grandchildren.
He retired from farm management in 1977. She is a home-

The Holdens

Joel David Shreffler turned
1 year old on January 4. a party
was given in his honor on Jan..
15, by his parents Loren and
Jessica Shreffler, and his sis-
ters, 4-year-old Lileeanna Kay
and 2-year-old Laurellai Rose.
The party had a "Dumbo the
Elephant" circus theme, with
clowns, a cotton candy
machine, a moon walk and
more. In attendance were fam-
ily and friends; Joel's paternal
grandparents Paul and Terry
Shreffler, from Oklahoma City,
Okla.; and his maternal grand-
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Neumann nabs Citrus
Late Model opener
Herb Neumann Jr. won the
Late Model season opener at
.Citrus County Speedway on
Saturday, taking the checkered
flag ahead of Chris Hooker and
Scott Grossenbacher.
. Tommy Smith took the Hobby
Stock feature with Corky Miley
finishing second and Bill Ryan
In Thunder Stocks, Wayne
Heater won, followed by Steven
Stindurf and Gary Johnson.
The Super Street feature was
captured by Ernie Reed, ahead
of James Green and Stephen
Chris Hooker won in Mini
Stock action, while Ronnie
Larson took second and Michael
Lawhorn was third.
The 4-Cylinder Bomber fea-
ture went to John Crichton.
Donald Guy was second and
Norman Dismuke was third.

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They came so close, they;
could taste it.
And when St. John guard ,
Chris LaRue's shot fell off the:
rim in the final seconds of the:
game, it looked like the Seven
Rivers boys basketball team
was set to celebrate its first
district tournament title.
But then the whistle blew
and it all fell apart With 1 sec-
ond remaining on the clock
and the
Warriors hold-
ing on to a one- AAA
point lead, a
foul was called
on the limited
contact going
for the
St John's Thomas Easters
headed to the foul line while
Seven Rivers' Tony Watson
was sent to the bench after
fouling out
Easters missed the first free
throw, like he had his first
three of the night. But the sec-
ond one fell and sent the St
John-Seven Rivers final into
overtime for the second year in
a row. .
"I thought it was a bad call at
the end of the fourth quarter to
give them those free throws,"
Seven Rivers guard Cory
Ludwick said. "We should
have won and I can't see why
they would give them that with
that much time left in the
In overtime, LaRue' took
over and the Saints never
looked back, winning the Class
1A-5 district title 43-35 over the
Warriors for a second straight
.Please see "v..'. "_/Page 4B

Rodriguez, Musto. win regional titles

CRHS qualifies

seven for state
Few things in sports are more
gratifying than revenge.
Perhaps the only more enjoy-
able feeling is that which
comes from winning a champi-
Dunnellon senior wrestler

Bobby Gonzalez had the pleas- Whitelaw scored a contro-
ure of experiencing versial 6-5 decision
both Saturday night. : against Gonzalez to win
The 152-pounder the district title Feb. 11.
scored a 10-2 major Gonzalez was originally
decision against ; granted a last-second
Lecanto junior Dustin t .. takedown that would've
Whitelaw to win his given him a 7-5 win,
first regional champi- / only to see it taken
onship. .away after officials
"It feels pretty good," Bobby talked it over Gonzalez
Gonzalez said after- Gonzalez also was awarded just
wards. "I'm happy I got regional one stalling point dur-
to see Whitelaw in the champion. ing the match, despite
finals. But beating him numerous warnings
wasn't my goal; winning region- issued to Whitelaw.
als was." In Saturday's match,

Whitelaw received one stalling
warning, then Gonzalez was
awarded one point for both
stalling warnings thereafter
"It was better officiated;
much better," Dunnellon coach
Aaron Richardson said.
"Whitelaw's tough, now.
There's no question about
Both wrestlers qualified for
the Wrestling State Finals, as
the top four in each weight
class advance. States begins
Thursday at Lakeland Center
with the finals on Saturday.
Lecanto junior Mike Musto

was the only other area
wrestler to win a regional
championship. Musto earned
his first regional crown with an
8-2 decision against Harmony's
Brad Wilson in the 160-pound
The best team showing at
regionals belonged to Crystal
River The Pirates had seven
wrestlers Brandon Jones
(4th at 103), John Koney (2nd,
112), Corey Neal (3rd, 130), Joe
Bertine (4th, 145), Seth Metz
(2nd, 171), Richard Drawdy
Please see WRESTLE/Page 3B

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NCAA hoops

Iowa State
krocls off
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Fourth time's a charm

Citrus captures

44-9 crown

Over Leesburg
Citrus picked the right
night to finally close the deal .
against Leesburg.
After three agonizingly
close losses to the Yellow
Jackets in the regular season
- two of them in overtime
and the third on a free throw .
with no time on the clock- -
the Hurricanes pulled away .
late in the fourth quarter
Saturday for a 51-46 win that
clinched the 4A District 9
"Man, they've beat us three
times, but this is the one that
means the most," senior
point guard R.J. Cobb said,
his arms wrapped tightly
around the championship
trophy. "This-j shge t oe we r.. -..
had to get, aind'we got it"
Citrus (20-6) also clinched a
home game to open the Class
4A Region playoffs Thursday
The 'Canes will host 4A-10
runner-up Gulf, 67-64 over-
time losers to Wesley Chapel
on Saturday Leesburg (18-9)
will open the playoffson the
road at Wesley Chapel the
same night .
"You want to be home
Thursday," Citrus coach Tom
Densmore said. "You don't
want to travel to the better
team in the other district So
now we're home with the
runner-up and that's the situ-
ation we want."
The 'Canes didn't appear
to be heading toward a victo-
ry for much of Saturday's
Using its trademark BRIAN LPETER/Chronicle
Please see CITRUS/Page 4B Citrus High School's R.J. Cobb shoots Saturday night during first quarter play against Leesburg.


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