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High Springs city manager on chopping block
By GLENN COINE
HIGH SPRINGS City Manager Jim Drumm was
notified Monday night of the commission's intent to
terminate his contract.
The abrupt move came minutes into a High Springs
commissioners' final budget meeting when Mayor Bill
Coughlin announced he would be making a motion
that affects the budget.
He made a motion to begin the proper proceedings
to terminate Jim Drumm's contracts the city manager
of High Springs. In other words, he motioned to fire
The commission did not definitively cite specific
reasons, but according to the city charter, it doesn't
The single vote against firing
the city manager, cast by High
Springs commissioner Larry Travis,
'will not save Drumm's job, but the
termination cannot be finalized until
a second vote following a public
Drumm hearing scheduled for Oct. 21.
SDrumm must officialyl respond
by Oct. 7, 10 days after the initial vote, or his right to
the hearing will be void and.his termination will be
Drumm has been the city's manager since March
Continued on page A6
By AMANDA HILL
NEWBERRY -- When Lila
Leach moved to Newberry in 1975,
she instantly fell for its small-town
charm and tight-knit community.
It reminded her of Newark,
Delaware, where she grew up on a
With her son and two daughters
raising families of their own, Leach,
who had lost her husband to cancer
a few years back, volunteered
with the Alachua County Sheriff's
Office "Citizens' Crime Watch."
As part of the program, she worked
with senior citizens, teaching them
This newspaper named 2007 Business of the Year Alachua Chamber of Commerce 250
Alachua's Peterson, a
Gator hall of famer
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Photo coures% of UF Comrnmicanonsi5pec ial to .lachua Coluwy Today
Former Santa Fe High School graduate and NFL linebacker
Michael Peterson is being inducted into the 2011 UF Athletic
Hall of Fame.
By AVANTI JOHNSON
attending and being a
phenomenal athlete at Santa Fe
High School in Alachua, Mike
Peterson was recruited by Steve
Spurrier to become part of one
of the greatest football squads
in University of Florida history.
Now eleven seasons in the
NFL, Peterson is being honored
by the Gator Boosters, Inc. and
University 'of Florida F Club
with induction in the 2011 UF
Athletic Hall of Fame.
PLterson leads UP in tackles
with a recorded 127. Former
roommate and 1997 College
Football All-American Jacquez
Green remembers why Peterson
Continued on page A4
New hours, new
budget, no CATS
By CRAIG COX
notable changes will take
effect with the start of the City
of Alachua's new fiscal. year,
which begins Oct. 1.
The most immediate
change will be the closure of
the City of Alachua Transit
System (CATS), a bus service
for residents. Alachua
commissioners voted in August
to end the program, which was
reincarnated earlier this year as
a circulating bus route around
,The service had run five
days per week throughout
the city but was closed when
ridership numbers indicated
it received minimal usage and
was expected to cost about
$100,000 to operate in the
Continued on page A6
how to stay safe by using the proper
types of locks and knowing how to
identify suspicious activity in their
"She was especially interested
in senior citizens and the kind
of problems that they encounter
Continued on page A6
Diana Fava, featured artist for festival
High Springs artist Diana Fava to be featured at Thornebrook Art Festival this weekend
By ROZ MILLER
"Without art, there would be a hole in
my life," says Diana Fava, High Springs
resident since 2000. As the poster artist
for the 26th Art Festival at Thornebrook
Village in Gainesville this weekend,
Fava likes learning all mediums in art.
Because of her passion for learning,
Fava enjoys exploring various
techniques, supplies and the application
of the paints. Before concentrating on
two-dimensional-art, Fave devoted her
creative skills to being a custom jewelry
designer for 30 years in Keystone
The poster art technique is the result
of a scratch method on board with layers
of proclaim and colors sprayed with
India ink. After this is thoroughly dried,
Fava creates the dramatic image using a
sharp pointed scratching tool.
Growing up in a creative environment
with an engineering father, an architect
brother and a mother who created with
fabrics; Diana comes by her creative
interest naturally. Her daughter's career
in interior design continues the family
Fava believes that whatever
interest or talent one may have must be
encouraged with continuing education.
Her appetite for learning continues.
She believes that art workshops are
continuing education for practicing
artists. Fava likes to practice various
ways of producing an artful image -
smoke art with torch, pencil portrait art,
watercolor and scratch art are a few of
the techniques she uses.
As a result of requests for painting
classes; Fava began teaching in her High
Springs studio in 2004. Because Fava
thinks students produce better work if
they are totally absorbed in the project
at hand, she requires total silence during
workshops and classes so students can be
singularly focused with their art without
interference of casual chatter.
Amy Spillman, a retired restaurant
industry cost estimator from High
Continued on page A5
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brutally attacked in her home on July 16 and earlier this month, she succumb to injuries related to the
beating. Leach's family hopes someone with information will come forward to help identify her attacker.
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in this listing comes
from the Alachua County
Sheriff's Office daily jail
log as provided to Alachua
All individuals are
presumed innocent until
proven guilty. Individuals
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Most abbreviations have
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maintain the accuracy of
Last name, First name,
DOB, Charges, Agency
1/15/1984, FTA Petit 1st 20g, narcotic equip poss, habitual, ASO 8/17/1948, FTA fraud
off, ASO ASO McKnight, Justin, Insuf funds check under
Dangler, Anthony, Harknett, Simon, 8/23/1983, VOP cocaine $150 (x's 4),ASO
8/4/1986, VOP Assault, 8/16/1992, Burglary poss, ASO Thomas, Karen,
ASO residence, theft taken from Mills, Teresa, 2/18/1961, Battery 2nd Off,
Davis, Dru, burglary, APD 8/14/1964, Disorderly ASO
12/20/1960, Req Hayes, Norman, conduct, GPD Wainwright, Jesse,
endorsements on license, 11/28/1975, Inhouse Moss, Charon T., 8/22/1989, DUI, GPD
ASO Lewd, ASO 11/30/1979, FTA VOP, 'Weilacher, Lorin,
Derr. Thomas. Hill. Michael. ASO 7/21/1989. Tresnassing
11/5/1960, Marijuana not
more than 20g, ASO
Dixon, Pierre Levon,
possess, drug equippossess,
smuggle contraband into
8/16/1988, VOP crim
Booking: Sept. 22,2010 Fleming, Daryl
Bedford, Jonathan, Shawn, 8/15/1991, Grand
10/6/1985, Violation theft auto, GPD
cond release, introduce Gillis, Rodney,
contraband, GPD 3/17/1981, Inhouse
Bradford, Devonte, battery, ASO
2/7/1992, Deliver poss Gruman, Nathan,
altered firearm, marijuana 1/21/1992, Open container,
under 20g, druq equip liquor poss less 21 yoa,
possess for use, WPD drug poss, marjiuana less
Albert James Webster and burial for Mr. Webster
Albert James Webster, will be Saturday, Oct. 2,
of Orlando, Fla., passed on 2010 at 2 p.m. in. Nova
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at Hill Cemetery, High
Orlando Regional Medical Springs, Fla. Officiating
Center in Orlando. He was will be Father Ernie Ross.
52. Visitation will be Friday
He was born and raised from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at
in Orlando, Fla. the funeral home. Family
He was an auto detailer. and friends are asked
Mr. Wilbert was of the to meet at the funeral
Baptist faith. home on Saturday for the
Albert was fondly Processional at 1:15 p.m.
known as Chuckie in his Arrangements entrusted
home town of Orlando. to A. Jerome Brown
He was preceded Funeral Home, 1560 NW
in death by his mother, Ist Ave., High Springs.
Mildred Webster Sailor.
Survivors include his
brother, Darryl Sailor
(Gilah) of Clermont, Fla.;
7 nephews and 2 nieces; a
host of aunts, locate aunt,
Ms. Marie Postell; uncles,
cousins and friends.
Obituaries: The obituaries
in this section are considered
news and are published free
of charge by Alachua County
Today. Obituaries may be
edited for style, space and
5/19/1986, DUI, GPD
5/20/1982, Trespass, false
ID given to LEO, GPD
Jackson, Edrick D.,
10/15/1973, VOP Battery,
L., 8/20/1988, Inhouse -
VOP carrying concealed
Criminal mischief, under
$200 burglary of structure,
Marks, Patrick L.,
8/13/1971, FTA DWLSR
Nebus, Thomas M.,
animals cruelty, ASO
1/12/1987, Battery, ASO
SPhillips, Michael W.,
7/3/1968, Inhouse Grand
theft, fraud, ASO
1/3/1989, FTA municipal
ord violation, ASO
9/22/1990, DUI prop
damage, accident involve,
leave scene, GPD
felony, battery repeat off,
tampering with witness,
drug equip, ASO
Wesley, Robert L.,
5/22/1975, Child support,
7/25/1984, VOP Battery,
9/23/1986, DWLSR 1st off,
8/15/1980, Poss less 20g,
poss drug para, DUI, GPD
touch or strike, GPD
For additional jail
booking logs, see
Hawthorne passes budget,
By AMANDA HILL an old fin
Today Reporter Public
'Hawthorne The Hawthorne City Bill uth
Commission passed a motion to hold the pay raise
property tax rate at 5.3194 mills at its final utilities
budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal a few ot
ear raises thi
The proposed millage rate is less than etificat
the roll back rate of 5.6326 mills. Mo
The budget, which is a total of getting p
$1,987,983, is Hawthorne's first to include and we
a general fund for reserves. City Manager market r
Ed Smyth said that the staff made an extra For t
effort to make the budget more detailed will be
and department-specific than it has been in improve
previous years, budget. S
Smyth said that one of the ways the the city
City was able to cut expenses was by as side
continuing its contract with the Alachua replaced
County Growth Management Department future ne
instead of filling the planner position. He Smytl
estimated that this move will generate a to do thin
savings of $413,262 in personnel services become
The Parks and Recreation Department it should
will be receiving a $175,200 grant this he said.
year. The City also expects to gain between E-m
$32,000 and $36,000 in revenue by selling E-mai
birth of their
dau g h t e r,
born Aug. 28,
2010. She weighed 7 pounds. 9 ounces and measured
* Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Terri Mycoff.
Maferal great-grandparent is Jean Lemoine.
Southland Waste Systems would like
to announce a service change on Mondays
for the city of High Springs residential and
commercial hand pick up.
Residents and commercial hand pick ups
located on the SE section of 441 starting with
SE 3rd Ave to SE 9th Ave; NW 179th PI to NW
222nd St; Tilman Acres, Pinecrest, Springstead,
Oak Lane Plantation and Cedar Lane Plantation
the new service day will be Tuesday effective
Sept 28, 2010.
If you have any question or concern please
call Public Work Department at 386-454-2134
or Southland Waste at 877-428-6622 (toll free).
(Published: Alachua County Today September 23 and 30,2010)
0 oil Co
15634 NW US HWY 441 14300
Serving Alachua/High Springs
up or have 2
upon Code Al.
I Nwberry Rd.
c Works and Utilities Manager
bert will be receiving a 17 percent
e as part of his promotion from
superintendent. Smyth said that
her employees may receive pay
s year if they obtain licenses and
st of our employees have been
aid well below the market rate,
want to get them as close to the
te as we can afford," he said.
he first time ever, Hawthorne
implementing a 10-year capital
nent plan as part of the new
myth said that the plan will help
to evaluate when things such
talks and equipment need to be
ant encourage the anticipation of
h said that the City is going to have
Igs differently this year in order to
more organized and efficient.
goingg to be a tough year for us, but
be a good year for the citizens,"
P'6 aWT'a t...
Made to order
14804 Main Street Alachua
NOTICE OF MEETING
BEFORE THE PLANNING
AND ZONING BOARD OF
THE CITY OF ALACHUA,
Notice is hereby given that the Planning and
Zoning Board of the City of Alachua will hold
a public hearing on a proposed Comprehensive
Plan amendment on October 12, 2010 at 6:30
p.m. The hearing will be held in the James A.
Lewis Commission Chambers of City Hall at
15100 N.W. 142nd Terrace, Alachua, Florida,
to consider a request by the City of Alachua to
amend the text of the Comprehensive Plan by
amending the Capital Improvements Element
to update the Five Year Schedule of Capital
At the Planning and Zoning Board public
hearing, all interested parties may appear and be
heard with respect to the proposed amendment.
Copies of the proposed amendment, the Staff
Report, and related materials are available
for public inspection at the Planning and
Community Development Department, or at
the Office of the City Clerk, 15100 N.W. 142nd
Terrace, on any regular business day between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Thursday
prior to the scheduled meeting. Written
comments on the proposed amendment may be
sent to the following address: City ofAAlachua,
Planning and Community Development, P.O.
Box 9, Alachua FL 32616. Notice is given
pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes,
that in order to appeal any decision made at.
these public hearings, you will need to ensure
that a verbatim record is made. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any
persons with a disability requiring reasonable
accommodation in order to participate in this
meeting should call the City Clerk at (386)
418-6100 at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.
(Published: Alachua County Today September 30, 2010)
ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 A3
Meetings & Events in the Heartlands
438-8029. If you would
PUBLIC MEETINGS like to make a financial
contribution, please make
check payable to New
mArcher Meets the 2nd .Hawthorne Meets the. st Testament COGIC. Mail
and 4th Monday of each and 3rd Tuesdays of each checks to P.O. Box 2217;
month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, month at 6:30 p.m. at City Alachua, Florida 32615.
16870 SW 134 Ave. Hall. The church is located
at 13410 NW 15.5th Place,
*Alachua (City) -. Meets uHigh Springs Meets the Alachu. Phone: (386) 462-
the 2nd and 4th Monday of 2nd and 4th Thursday of 4891
each month at 6:30 p.m. at each month at 6:30 p.ni. in Anointed Vessels in
City Hall. City Hall. Arms Reach Ministries
mAlachua County Meets aLaCrosse Meets the 2nd hosts a Community
the. 2nd and 4th Tuesday Monday of each month at Health Fair and Clothing
of each month at 9 a.m. at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Giveaway on Oct. 2 from 9
the County Administration Mcopy Meets th d a.m. to 1 p.m.at Fort White
theCountyAd is on Micanopy Meets the2nd Community Center There
Building, 12 SE 1st Street, Tuesday of each month at will be a presentation on
Room 209, Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. diabetes by Columbia High
Citizen comments are taken tNewberry -Meets the 2nd Schdol; HOSA Free Health
at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 4th Monday of each Screening, including blood
SGainesville Meets the* month at 7 p.m. at City Hall pressure and blood sugar
1st and 3rd Thursday a of checks. Free coats, clothing
each month t at Waldo -Meets the 2nd and shoes just, in time for
each month 1 p.m at City Tuesday of each month at 7 the winter season will be
*Commission Chamber, 200 p.m. at Yerkes Center. available. Free hot dogs and
East.University Avenue, drinks and much more. For
Alachua County Participation in thewalk is an more information, contact
Beekeepers Club is excellent activity for school Gloria Jackson at 352-538-
accepting :new members. service clubs and other civic 0352 or Ora Enman at 352-
Anyone interested in learning minded groups. For more 317-1835.
about bees from Alachua and information, contact the Come join us for a
the surrounding counties is ACCB at 352-338-7951. time of spiritual- renewal,
welcome to join. Meetings a A celebration of love restoration and refreshing
are held the third Thursday tb honor Mother Harriette ht Antioch Missionary
of each month at Dadant & Williamson will be held Baptist Church, Fort
Sons, 17074 NW 188 Street, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 White, Fla. on Tuesday,
High Springs. For more p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20 Oct. 5 through Thursday,
information, contact Wayne at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7at 7 p.m. nightly.
"Chappie" McChesney, Club Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. at the New The guest speakers will be
President 386-462-2637 or Testament Church of God ( the Rev. Rex Anderson and
chappiesbees@windstream. in Christ. "Strength and First Lady Trudy Anderson
net. honor are her clothing; And of New Jacob's Chapel
a North Central Florida she shall rejoice in time to Missionary Baptist Church,
Political Women's Network come". (Proverbs 31:25) Clermont, Fla. and the Rev.
holds meetings the second You are cordially invited Donnell Sanders, pastor
Wednesday of every month to fellowship with us as we at Antioch Missionary
at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at celebrate and honor Mother Baptist Church. For more
Shoney's on Archer Road in Harriette. We invite you information, call Marilyn
Gainesville. to be a part of this glorious Frazier at 352-318-3441.
Arummagesaleisbeing occasion to show love to On Thursday, Oct. 6
held to raise money for someone so well deserving through Sunday, Oct. 10,
the Archer Youth Athletic of the recognition. Your there will be a "13-years
Scholarships on Saturday, presence will help to make of appreciation" service
Oct. 2 and Oct.:9 froini 7 thicelebrati6nasuccess! for Apostle Dr. Donald
..8.,tle,4 p.m. atthe, pl ',,,.Eor additional'' L. Kelly and Dr. Pastor
Fire" station on the corner information, please contact Queen Honk-Kelly of the
of State Road 45 (US27) Missionary Sandra Cooper at Miracle Word of Faith
and 137th Avenue in Archer. 352-215-4269 or Missionary Min. COD Church located
Donations are needed and Demetra Williamson at 386- at 3809-A. E Oniversity
appreciated. Call Sara
Brannon at 352-514-8431 to PUBLIC NOTICE
arrange delivery or pick up
ofdonations. NOTICE OF ENACTMENT
Theater is holding OF AN ORDINANCE
auditions for O'Henry's
classic tale "The Ranson OF THE CITY OF
of Red Chief', Tuesday,
Sunday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ALACHUA, FLORIDA
and Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 5:30
p.m. at Theater at Old
Library, 1 5100Main Street The City ofAlachua City Commission will hold a public hearing
on a proposed ordinance on October 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
(downtown Alachua). The hearing will be held in the James A. Lewis Commission
:SiaiandBill, a couple of Chambers of City Hall, located at 15100 NW 142ni Terrace,
down-on-their-luck con men, Alachua, Florida.
decide to kidnap the young
son of a prosperous banker The ordinance title is as follows:
in Summit a small Alabama
town, to finance one of their ORDINANCE 10-23
crooked land deals in Illinois.
They kidnap the bo andhide AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ALACHUA,
Theykidnaptheboandde FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE AMENDMENT OF THE
him in a cave a ew miles OFFICIALZONINGATLAS;AMENDINGTHE OFFICIAL
from Summit. At. the cave ZONING ATLAS .FROM AGRICULTURE (A) AND
they finalize their scheme to COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE (CI) TO CONSERVATION
write a ransom letterasking (CSV), AGRICULTURE (A), RESIDENTIAL -SINGLE
for $2,000.ransom to return FAMILY 4 (RSF-4), RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE
the boy. The boy, an eight- FAMILY 8 (RMF-8), AND COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE
year hellion loves living (CI) ON APPROXIMATELY 523 ACRES; LOCATED
in the cave. He treats the NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 441 AND ADJACENT TO
kidnapping as a wonderful AND ON THE EAST AND WEST SIDE OF INTERSTATE
kidnapping as a wonderful HIGHWAY 75 (I-75); ALACHUA, FLORIDA. TAX
adventure. Calling himself PARCEL NUMBERS 03008-000-000, 03020-000-000, 03049-
"Red Chief" he :makes 000-000, 03066-004-000, AND 03067-001-000; REPEALING
.b.elieve his kidnappers are ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING
really his captives. SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
Needed 6 boys and 4 girls DATE.
between the' ages of. 8-16.
No experience necessary and
no cost to participate. For
more information call 352- i i
672-2122 or 352-316-2929.
The Alachua County
Council for the Blind
(ACCB) Will be holding
,its. I1th Aldaual. White
Cane Walk in Alachua on
Safrdsay, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. ... .,
The walk is held a~i .ally .
lo''raise. awareness about
SFlorida's White.a a e 'Law. At the public hearing, all interested parties may appear and be
Participants will begin the heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. Copies of the
ihalk,atfthe friner Alachua proposed ordinance, the Staff Report, and related materials are
yity Hall -(inteiSection available for public inspection at the Planning and Community
of PIS7 441 and' CR241/ Development Department or at the Office of the City Clerk,
NW140th St.) and finish 15100 NW 142nd Terrace, on any regular business day
at the Alachua Lions Club between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Friday prior
(15115NW 142ndTerrace.). to the City Commission meeting. Written comments on the
The approximately ee- proposed ordinance may be sent to the following address:
The approximately ,three- City of Alachua, Planning and Community Development,
block walkwill st 5-20 P.O. Box 9, Alachua FL 32616. Notice is given pursuant to
minutes. Participants will Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, that in order to appeal
be treated to lunch and have any decision made at these public hearings, you will need to
the opportunity to participate ensure that a verbatim record is made. In accordance with the
in activities that demonstrate Americans with Disabilities Act, any persons with a disability
daily tasks performed by requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in
blind and visually impaired this meeting should call the City Clerk at (386) 418-6100 x 101
individuals. The event will at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing.
include no later than noon. (Published: Alachua County Today September 30, 2010)
conclude no later than noon.
Avenue, Gainesville. The
services will be at 7:30
p.m. nightly and 11 a.m. on
Sunday morning. There will
be visiting churches with the
Word of God choirs, soloist
and praise dance nightly.
Everyone is invited to come
out and celebrate with us.
For more information, please
contact 352-372-1943, 352-
214-5931 or 352-317-2540.
* The High Springs
Chamber of Commerce is
holding their annual Fall
Festival on Saturday, Oct. -
2. The festival will be from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will
be held downtown in James
Paul Park and also on
Railroad Ave. There will be
artists, crafters, commercial
and business expos, kids-
area with bounce houses,
games and pony rides. Food,
fun and music will also be
available on Railroad Ave.,
with concerts starting at noori
until 8 p.m. Please come out
and join us for a fun-filled
day for the whole family.
Admission is free.
* Newberry American
Legion Auxiliary #149
is holding a yard sale at
the Newberry American
Legion Post #149 on Oct.
2. Proceeds from the yard
sale will be given to the
Chad Byron Martin II Fund
at Ameris Bank in Newberry.
Chad is 11 years old and is
,a victim of cancer. Chad II
has gone through another
surgery and is in therapy. He
is unable to attend school.
Newberry American Legion
Post #149 and the family
appreciate the donations that
have been made to this most
worthy cause. There still
remains a strong need for
support of the Chad Byron
Martin II Fund in order to
assist this family with their
needs. Donations may be
made to Ameris Bank, 530 E.
Wade St, Trenton, FL 32693
or Ameris Bank, PO Box
899, Newberry, FL 32669.
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Golf, A diversion
Someday, I might take up
golfing. Someday when I have
truly run out of options, that is.
My mother got tricked into
it late in life. Apparently, she
had too much time on her hands
and someone suggested chasing
a little white ball around
perfectly manicured lawns
with the hope of hitting it into a
tiny hole using only a modified
"Why not?" as
too much time
on their hands s
launched in their direction,
you should yell "incoming!" or
On the other hand, you
should probably only yell
"DUCK!" if there was a duck
being launched. At least then
the unsuspecting target would
know what to look for..
Accordingly, if you wanted
a potentially endangered golfer
to know what they
were about to be hit
by, you should not
yell "DUCK!" or
.yell "golf' ball!"
S l Just one more
Now my aspect of the game
mother spends 2 I don't understand.
great majority of j The only
that extra time thing that makes
complaining f B sense about golf
about how that is that, between
little ball won't the destruction of
go into that hole. Laura Snyder golf clubs and the
The sport dodging of ballistic
is set up to turn perfectly sane missiles, it is a great way to get
people into. raving lunatics, together with a group of friends
How many innocent trees have and socialize. People will do
suffered a club wrapped around some strange things simply to
them by some unhinged golfer? .have a reason to spend time
As if it wasn't hard enough together. I am guilty of playing
to get that ball into the proper Bunco so that I can talk to
hole, there are hazards to avoid: adults and eat great food. Golf
sand traps, water traps and other is a similar, more aggressive,
golfers. Two of these will ruin pointless diversion.
a golfer's entire day. The other I will caution anyone
will sue you for everything you thinking about taking up golf:
own. Never practice alone.
The trick is to know when The golf gods are famously
your ball might go in another capricious. If you, by some
golfer's direction and yell stroke of miraculous good
"fore!" Of course, nobody fortune, should happen to sink
is aiming for people, the ball a hole in one, it almost certainly
simply has a mind of its own. will happen when nobody is
Therefore, even though around to see it.
you are not aiming for another It happened to my mother.
golfer, you have to predict At least, that's what she says.
when your ball might be in that LauraSnyderisanationally
kind of a mood. syndicated columnist, author
You yell "fore!" because... & speaker. You can reach
well, I don't know why you'd Laura at lsnyder@lauraonlife.
yell "fore!" If you wanted cor or visit her website www.
someone to be aware that a lauraonlife.com for more
tiny cannonball had just been information.
Alachua budget cuts put city on
I would like to commend the
Alachua City Manager and City
Commission on their recent budget.
Cutting expenditures is the proper
way to handle getting the budget
in line. The fact that employees are
not getting raises and are losing
some benefits I am sure is not
what they would most like. But,
the rest of us aren't getting,raises
or benefits either, and we are all in
this together. I have a lot of contact
with'eni~lyees, aiid they are good
deserving people. I appreciate the
work they do, and, "Thank you" is
always a good thing to say.
The decision on the Recreation
Center programs I think in the end
is a good one, and it brings up
the fact that City employee time
must be considered in the cost of
everything. To get the true cost
of everything from recreation
programs to the fourth of July
celebration, City staff time must
be included, otherwise we do not
see the true cost. Once we look at
true cost we can then make valid
decisions, but it must be consistent.
The puzzling thing to me was
Commissioner Wilford voting
against the budget. I understood
from the article in Alachua County
Today and others I talked to that he
voted against it because he could
not get cooperation from'the board
to give a group $20,000 to fix
There are a couple of things
wrong here. One; committing more
money at the very time we are
trying to reduce spending seems
completely out of step in and of
itself. Why would you think that
adding more spending, however
worthy the cause, at this time is' a
thing to do? No one should even
be suggesting new special projects
to spend money op. In addition, if
we were going to pay someone to
fix these houses, I would think we
would look to our own people who
need work right now, instead of
bussing in kids from other states. made a great name for our market.
Perhaps Mr. Wiford has another Starting October .1, M1aria
explanation for his vote that makes Antela has won the bid to be the
sense, new manager of the Farmnner's
Again, I would like to thank Market. She is sure to bring
the Manager and Commission innovative ideas to the market
for a good decision, and our city and will continue the success of
employees for their willingness the farmer's market. The last 2
to do a great job under these years have seen an increase in the
conditions number of regular vendors and an
Duane Helle increase in revenues. I wish Maria
Alachua, Fla. and her team great success for the
future of the market.
Support for Baird -. Main Street recently won an
I would ;ike,:to:.offer my ,awrd:,at th rida Ma jintr "".
public support for Susan Baird .conference wi .Punta Gordafioi -
for the office of Alachua County the office of'the Secretary of
Commission. Susan adequately State for the fundraising efforts
understands that the priorities of the 4th annual Mutts & Pups
of the County should be public Dog show held in March. Mutts
safety first, infrastructure second, & Pups is a successful event that
and everything else third. Susan's was begun by Leda Carrero, which
opponent, on the other hand, has brings local dog owners, vendors
a proven track record that other and residents out for a day of fun
social and environmental services, with'their canine friends and helps
such as offering Zumba classes at to fund the Farmer's Market of
the taxpayer's expense, of buying High Springs.
private land to take it off the tax Marilyn Vanover
rolls, are of a higher priority than High Springs, Fla.
adequately funding the Sheriff's
When I go to sleep at night I
wantto knowthatmy family is safe.
I am not as much concerned about I
wasteful spending projects. Letters to the Editor should
If you share these same values, be brief and to the point, typed, if
please join me in voting for Susan possible, 'and double-spaced.
Baird on November 2nd. Letters. may be shortened due to
High Springs, Fla.
High Springs Farmer's Market:
Thank you to Dot Harvey
and Valerie Thomas and, all
of the many volunteers of the
Main Street program who have
successfully managed the High
Spring's Farmer's Market for the
last 2 years and furthered what
Sharon Yeago started several
years ago. The residents .of High
Springs appreciate the vendors of
the Farmer's Market who have
Letters must be signed and
include the writer's address and
.phone number to be considered
Letters are subject to editing.
Generally, only one letter from
the same writer will be printed
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ty Today,P.O. Box 2135, Alach-
ua, FL 32616
By Fax: (386) 462-4569
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Peterson sets example for local student-athletes
had a profound presence.
"Mike was always a hard worker," Green recalled. "All
of the other linebackers were bigger; Mike came in and
played tough, worked hard and played harder."
The two grew close their freshman year as a part of
the 1994 recruiting class. Because both men red-shirted,
Peterson was able to share a little bit ofAlachua football with
Green, as they stayed behind while the team traveled or were
sequestered in a hotel the night before a game.
"Every Friday night, we would go watch his younger
brother play football," Green said.
Peterson introduced him to his siblings and parents, in
what became a weekly ritual that first fall football season.
The '94 class and other Spurrier era teammates were
close; Mike and the other recruits still keep in touch today.
Only a couple players remain active in the NFL, and a
few are high school football coaches throughout Florida,
including Green and current Santa Fe High School football
coach Shea Showers.
"We almost grew up together, since I'm a few years
older," said Shea Showers. "We came up playing Pop
Warner, basketball and football together."
When Peterson would make his visits to UF during his
senior year of high school, Showers, who entered UF in
1992, would act as his host. The two talked a couple times
a year and are able to see each other from time to time in the
"He was kind of shy, but still very athletic," remembers
Showers. "Yet, he was still popular, even as a ninth grader
and tenth grader."
The impact of the induction reaches into Alachua, as the
football star was seen by numerous individuals playing in
high school and later in college.
"This shows all the kids that all things are possible,"
Green said. "Especially with Mike, who came from a small
town; he's a local guy who made it big."
Showers is confident that Peterson's influence stretches
beyond just students involved in athletics.
"They see that you don't have to be from a big town or
big school to be successful," Showers said. "They can come
from a small town and not even be involved in athletics and
still be successful in life."
While the two spent time both on and off the field
together, Green says they just did "typical, college stuff,"
including playing video games.
"We didn't get into any trouble. Mike comes from a
good family, they are really close," Green said. "His dad
would stop by our place, and they came to all of the games."
Green is hoping to see his former teammate in the spring
induction ceremony, noting this is well deserved.
"Mike was aggressive and a smart player," Green
remembers, "he was tough from day one, from that first day
Showers shared almost the same sentiments about the
"Mike was totally different on the field," he said. "He
was very aggressive and just full speed about the ball."
In addition to his recognition in tackles, Peterson's role
as linebacker in the 1996 National Championship team, as
well as the 1995 and 1996 SEC Championship teams and a
1998 All-American make him a true Gator Great.
"It's good to know that a local guy is being honored
in this way," Showers said. "It's a huge honor for him.
Growing up you just knew from his parents that he and his
brother would do well."
"Personally to me, he is the most underrated linebacker
in UF history," praises Green. "He deserves it.
# # #
ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 A5
High Springs River Festival
coming this weekend
By GLENN COINE
HIGH SPRINGS- Three days of
festivities will kick off this Friday, with the .
start of High Springs River Fest 2010.
Running through Sunday, it's a
fundraising event put on by the High Springs
Main Street Organization, a non-profit
program centered on promoting historical
preservation and economic vitality in the
downtown area of the city.
This year, the river festival will begin
at 9:30 Friday morning with craft-making
classes, and at 6 p.m. a documentary about
the local springs will be shown downtown.
Also scheduled for 6 p.m. is an "Old Time
Saturday will start bright and early with
the High Springs 4k run from 6 am. to 9
a.m., followed by the pedal/paddle cycling
event, which will run until 4 in the afternoon.
Various fall festival events and a concert
will be ongoing through the day. There will
also be a river tube race held on Saturday
at 2 p.m., and another installment of "Old
Time Dance" at 7 p.m.
Horseback river rides and a campfire
prayer breakfast are scheduled for Sunday
morning, and at 10 a.m. Camp Kulaqua will
open its zoo and nature center to the public.
There will be a sidewalk sale from noon
to 5, and finally the three-day event will
close with a singing and songwriting contest
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
For details on all these events, and
additional information about High Springs
River Fest, visit http://highspringsriverfest.
Red Cross gets new building
By BEA DIEHL
The North Central
Florida Chapter of the
American Red Cross is
officially opening the doors
of its new office on Thursday,
ceremony will be held
at 4:30 p.m., which will
include a few words from
Brent Christensen, hours
d'oevures and tours of the
new building. The event is
geared toward the chapter's
volunteers, but members of
the community are welcome
the chapter's financial
development manager, is
very excited about the new
"We love our new
building," Harrison said.
"The facility is much more
conducive to our needs [than
our old building]."
While the new .building
is smaller then the previous
location, it is much more
economical and in a much
more visible location.
Harrison was originally
brought in to the chapter
to increase community
awareness, but she said the
new location has already
BEA DIEHL/Alachua Coupty Today
L-R: Amanda Harrison, financial development manager,
Terri Keith, health and safety director, Brittany
Simmons, administrative assistant and Casey Schmelz,
emergency services manager stand outside the Red
Cross van. They are all busily preparing for the ribbon-
cutting ceremony on Thursday.
"We get more foot traffic
here," Harrison said with a
She also touted the larger
classroom, which will better
accommodate large health
and safety classes.
The staff officially
opened the building for
business Aug. 2, but they
are busy sprucing it up for
ceremony focuses on
introducing the community
to the new location, it is also
a day to honor the chapter's
In the past two weeks
the chapter has sent 37
volunteers to provide relief
to'17 different disasters in
the local area.
featuring certain volunteers
are displayed in the halls of
the new building.
Harrison and the other
staff are eagerly anticipating
the ceremony and a future at
the new location.
The North Center Florida
Chapter's address is 1425
NW 6th St.
S# # #
High Springs finds $600,000
By GLENN COINE
HIGH SPRINGS -
High Springs Mayor Bill
Coughlin wants to know why
a property owned by the City,
commonly referred to as the
Pigg House, was recorded as
cash in a 2006 city audit.
Purchased by the City
in 2006, the Pigg House was
placed on the City's books
in the reserve fund balance
as an asset in the amount
of its market value at the
time. Apparently, that move
gave the impression to some
commissioners that amount
in the fund balance was actual
cash, instead of a non-liquid
asset, such as a house.
To purchase the property,
the City had taken out a loan
and the money received from
the loan was recorded in the
audit as income, thus also
increasing the grand total of
what reportedly .appeared to
be money in the bank.
In June, commissioners
authorized the sale of. the
Pigg property for $333,000,
a steep loss since the City
bought it for $610,000. That
sale took the property off the
City's books and required
the repayment of the interest
'only loan with which it was
The matter recently came
to light when the commission
was reviewing the new
budget, and it was realized
that the reserve fund balance
was about $600,000 less than
After numerous sit-downs.
with the city finance director
and several phone calls with
the city's independent auditor,
as well as City Manager Jim
Drumm contacting another
auditing firm to get a second
opinion, it was determined
that nothing illegal was done.
When High Springs;
independent auditor recorded
those numbers, they were
apparently following standard
practices. But the consensus
among commissioners and
others seems to be that the
auditors or someone should
have been clearer that
AV frA paA Fava has held same spot in festival since she began
Springs, jotted down the pegboard hooks. Used mats work. The gallery is a jewel opportunities for Fava to
phone number after seeing or ill-cut mats become test of a retail shop' on Main show her work in group
the magnetic signs on the mats for class use to help Street in High Springs, two shows and exhibitions
side of Fava's silvery grey students visualize their blocks south of the light on throughout the year. Fava
Honda. finished piece. US Hwy 441. invites visitation to her
Of her new art Fava's skill and love of Fava says ,she has .website. www.dianafave.
experience, Spillman says, teaching allows her to teach participated in Thomebrook com
"Excellent! Diana goes into watercolor classes at the too many years to remember A perky, active senior,
things step by step. I go UF Reitz Union through its when she first exhibited. Fava says, "I will not live
home with new knowledge Leisure Life classes. She She is always in the same long enough to do all the
after each class." also teaches Shands cancer spot, so her collector friends things I want to try and
S Fava's workshops patients at Hope Lodge. can easily find her. accomplish!"
are mostly intensive one- She and several other artist Membership in the # # #
day events with a break friends like capturing the Gainesville Fine Arts E-mail miller@
for lunch and socializing personality and images in Association allows alachuatoday.com
with classmates. The kids'
workshops are only two
hours to accommodate
detached garage became a
small gallery and teaching
studio. The yellow studio/
gallery has a large silver
artist palette sign with a
huge paint brush and the
words "Diana's Originals
Art & Teaching Gallery."
The studio is a hub of
creative activity, as Fava
teaches watercolor classes
in six-week series on
Tuesday. This working
studio has shelves laden
with art supplies. Cans
of pencils, brushes, white
rectangular plastic storage
baskets hold supplies, and
there is a library ofart books
for quick and ready student
All available wall space
displays her work, from
small five-by-five inch
jewels to large canvases and
framed work under glass
in a variety of sizes. Some
of her work is painted on
gallery wrapped canvas or
art wood boxes that require
Receiving her first
award in 1983, one area
of the studio wall displays
a variety of ribbons she
has received. Some of the
ribbons represent cash
awards and others simply
the honor of winning.
As with many artists,
because of costs, Fava cuts
mats and does much of the
framing of her own work.
Cut mats hang on long
various art mediums of
people using the services
of St. Frances House. It
is a way of showing they
are important as models,
capturing their expressions
and a hint of the stories
behind lives lived on the
Critique helps the
students see their work
from different perspectives.
Critique at the end of each
class and during workshops
gives students feedback
on things they have done
well and suggestions for
changing, improving and
technique and application of
the project at hand. Group
critique is a way of cross-
learning while students hear
Fava's observations about
other students' work.
Spillman likes, that
students develop at their
own pace in small classes
with individual attention
Fava hosts art shows
of students' works in the
gallery adjacerit to the
studio. Students invite
family, friends and the
public for the "artists'
reception" to show off work
and for the enjoyment of the
Fava is a co-founder of
the High Springs Artists'
co-op. She devotes time
to serving on the board
and volunteering time on
a regular basis to staff the
gallery. Each co-op member
is required to volunteer a
shift staffing the gallery. The
artist members are intent on
maintaining high quality
Douglas M. Adel,D.D.S., PA
REMBRANDT I beutf nd stronger thn before
SFMILt ROG found exclusively at Dr. Ades office.
14211 NW 150th Ave., Alachua
the City was liable for an
outstanding $600,000 loan
associated with the property.
Not doing so apparently left
commissioners under the
impression that the city had
an unrestricted reserve of
$1.1 million in the bank.
It is unclear whether this
was deliberately misleading
or simply an unintentional
oversight, and in either case,
It's been suggested that
former commissioners may
have let the figures stand to
be able to claim credit for
leaving the city with $1.1
million in reserves when they
It's also been suggested
that Drumm should have
caught the misleading data, or
that the auditor never should
have let it happen.
Commissioner Eric May
suggested there should have
been some notation made,
indicating Ihat $600,000 was
When Mayor Bill Coughlin
made a surprise motion
to begin proceedings to
terminate Drumm at the
beginning of the city's final
budget hearing on September
27, one of the first things he
said was, "I can't get away
from the fact that we put a
house in our audit as cash."
See related story, "High
Springs city manager on
chopping block," on front
Coughlin did not name
the Pigg House issue as An
official reason for wanting to
fire the city manager.
Drumm said he has never
budgeted reserve funds to be
spent anyway, so theoretically
the city would not have been
in a position of falling short
on some expense for which it
thought it had the cash.
On the other hand, May
pointed out, commissioners
have been making decisions
with the consideration that
they thought the city had a
much larger cash reserve than
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NOTICE OF MEETING
BEFORE THE CITY
OF THE CITY OF
The City of Alachua City Commission will hold a public
hearing on a proposed ordinance on October 11, 2010 at
6:30 p.m. The hearing will be held in the James A. Lewis
Commission Chambers in'City Hall, located at 15100
NW 142nd Terrace, Alachua, Florida.
The ordinance title is as follows:
ORDINANCE 10 25
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ALACHUA,
FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 38 OF THE
CODE OF ORDINANCES ENTITLED UTILITIES,
ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATIVE
TO CITY UTILITY SERVICE, DIVISION 2.
DEPOSITS, BILLS AND BILLING, SECTIONS
38-62 DEPOSIT REQUIRED, 38-63 WATER,
WASTEWATERAND ELECTRIC SERVICE BILLS,
38-65 RETURNED CHECK SERVICE CHARGE,
38-66 EXCESS RETURNED CHECKS, ADOPTING
TWO NEW SECTIONS 38-68 ENTITLED
WASTEWATER CHARGE REDUCTIONS AND
38-69 ENTITLED ALACHUA.CARES PROGRAM;
REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE
At the public hearing, all interested parties may appear
and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance.
Copies of the proposed ordinance and related materials
are available for public inspection at the Office of the
Deputy City Clerk, 15100 NW .142nd Terrace, on any
regular business day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. the Thursday prior to the City Commission
Written comments on the proposed ordinance may be
sent to the following address: City of Alachua, ATTN:
Deputy City Clerk, P.O. Box 9, Alachua FL 32616
or hand-delivered to the Deputy City Clerk Office at
15100 NW 142nd Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615 between
the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Notice is given pursuant to Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, that in order to appeal any decision
made at these public hearings, you will need to ensure
that a verbatim record is made. In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act, any persons with a
disability requiring reasonable accommodation in order
to participate in this meeting should call the Deputy City
Clerk at (386) 418-6100 x 101 at least 48 hours prior to
the public hearing.
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A6 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
Leach loved traveling, music and helping others
because they are more handicapped than others," said
Elaine May, Leach's younger daughter.
Little did she know that one day she would become a
victim of the same sort of crime that she tried to prevent
from happening to others.
Leach moved to Gainesville in 1993 and stayed there
until she returned to Newberry this May. During the two
months before her attack, she lived alone in her home on
NW 259 hTerrace, an area that May described as a quiet
She received frequent visits from friends and family
members who stopped by to bring her meals and check
on her well-being. Occasionally, she would leave her
door unlocked because it was difficult for her to get up
to answer it.
Standing at 4 feet 8 inches tall and 'weighing about
117 pounds, Leach's arthritis caused her to need a rolling
walker to get around her home. She also struggled with
failing eyesight as a result of macular degeneration.
She didn't let any.ofthat slow her down; she just found
new ways to enjoy the things that she had always loved.
When she was younger, Leach traveled so much
that her mother and sister joked that the "G" in Lila G.
Leach stood for "Go." She went all over the U.S. with her
husband and children, taking them on a new adventure
every year for the family vacation. She hated to drive at
night because she wanted to see it all.
To the outsider looking in, it would have seemed that
she rarely ventured far from her living room recliner, but
to hear her tell it, she "visited" a new continent every day
on the Travel Channel.
"She would ask me 'Guess where I've been today?'"
May recalled. "And then she would say 'Iwent to China.
I was at the Great Wall.'"
Music was never far from Leach's heart or ears.
During her career as a foreign mailing list clerk for E.I.
Du Pont de Nemours & Co., Leach became a soprano
for the Du Pont Chorus. She did 4 albums with the group
and toured along the east coast singing old songs such
as "Bicycle Built for Two" and "When Johnny Comes
The music played on in her head long after she retired
from singing for Du Pont. She would often ask her family
to check for song lyrics on the "magic box," the term she
used to refer to the computer. To her family's amazement,
many of the songs that she would have stuck in her head
were from the Civil War.
Leach had an ongoing fascination with genealogy
that began with her grandmother telling her stories as
a child. As a founding member of the Alachua County
Genealogical Society, she let her interest in people
flourish when the group would take trips to the library to
During the last few months of her life, Leach decided
that it was time for her to tell her own story. With a tape
recorder in hand, she sat in her chair with her Pomeranian
named Rya by her side and recalled the highlights of her
life-like her first date with her husband, which took place
at a Duke Ellington concert.
While the Leach case remains unsolved, her family
wants answers for a crime that they consider to be
unfathomable. Their main concern has "been that if the
person who attacked her is not caught, he or she may
"It hurts my heart to think that this could happen to
someone else," May said.
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2010/11 fiscal year.
During its first 76 days of
service, the bus only had an
average of about 3.5 riders per
day, and that counts a person
getting on the bus, then off, and
back on as two riders.
The city received a $76,684
federal stimulus grant to
purchase the bus, but because
the service is being shut down,
the bus will reportedly be turned
over to the Florida Department
The final day of service for
CATS is Sept. 30. The service
will not run Friday.
In August, commissioners
also gave the "okay" to switch
the city to a four-day work week.'
The move is expected to save the
city about'$42,000. Most of the
city's 115 employees will be on
the new schedule.
Beginning Monday, Oct.
4, the City of Alachua's new
City Hall hours will be from
7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday
through Thursday. City Hall will
be closed on Fridays.
the new schedule as a one-year
trial. City officials say the four-
day work week will not only
DoRId mpeA Will exercise right to public hearing
save money but will also allow
citizens who want to conduct
business at City Hall to do so
after 5 p.m.
A final budget for the city
was adopted by commissioners
Monday. Little changed with the
budget since it was tentatively
adopted earlier this month.
The biggest revision in the
budget since the prior hearing
was an accounting housekeeping
matter in which funds for an
ongoing wastewater treatment
plant expansion project were
carried forward into the 2010/11
fiscal year. Those funds include
about $1.5 million, according
to City of Alachua Director
That increase bumps the
City's budget over the $38
million mark, but still below
the $46 million budget for the
2009/10 fiscal year.
The tax rate for property in
the City of Alachua will remain
at 5.500 mills, the same as last
The new budget is effective
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2004, and his current contract is set to expire in July 2011.
The contract requires the City notify him of the intent not
to renew six months prior to the contract's expiration date,
otherwise it will be automatically renewed for two years.
If he is fired now. rather than notifying him in January that
his contract will not be renewed, the city will have to write
him a check for six months' pay, or $43,600. He will also be
entitled to health benefits for six months.
Commissioner Eric May said although.he intended to
vote in January against renewing Drumm's contract, he is
hesitant about terminating the city manager's emplo)yent
now. May said he wasn't sure it would befiscally responsible.
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Nonetheless, May voted in favor of the mayor's motion.
Later in the meeting,.he explained that he could not in good
conscience vote to keep Drumm and then in a few months
vote not to keep him by opting not to renew his contract.
Drumm questions the logic of being fired now. He
pointed out that the commission has cited no official reason
behind the decision, which leaves thejustification set forth by
the charter, that commissioners have the right to choose their
own city manager.
Drumm also noted that during a recent discussion over
who was to blame for misleading numbers in the city's audit,
Coughlin suggested that whether the situation calls for a new
independent auditor or a new city manager, perhaps it should
be left for the new commission, which will take over after,
the November elections, to decide. See related story, "High
Springs finds $600,000 budget blunder," on page A5)
In an interview Wednesday. Commissioner Travis said, "I
was totally shocked," referring to Coughlin's motion.
Travis added' that he thought the procedure was poor,
and he didn't come to that budget meeting prepared for that
During the initial discussion at the meeting, May also
expressed doubts of whether it was the proper time, place or
Three minutes' time, May said, probably isn't adequate to
decide whether to fire the city manager.
Travis also said later that he could not think of any valid
reason to terminate Drumm's contract. Some people, Travis
said, want to usurp the charter.
SThough h didn't'go into detail during Monday's meeting, .
and-or Wednesday he declned'to codimenTroKthe situation,
Coughlin briefly mentioned one area of concern that may
have contributed to his position.
Coughlin was concerned with the recent controversy over
how numbers were recorded in the city audit. Reportedly.
nothing illegal was done, but several commissioners, and
Drumm, agree that the way the Pigg property and loan used
to purchase it were recorded %was misleading and could have
Drumm maintains this falls to the city auditor, not him.
"I'm not an accountant," he said.
He did not elaborate, but May said another concern that
contributed to the decision was an incident in which Drumm
fired a former superintendent of public works whose position
had been cut by the commission.
Though some commissioners were adamantly opposed to
the firing, Drumm has said he acted wellwithin his rights and
was carrying out his duty to implement the budget that the
But on Monday, Coughlin made it clear that he was not
citing either the Pigg House controversy or the firing of the
superintendent as his reason for moving to terminate Drumm.
He went on to indicate that at this time, he did not think
Drumm had taken deliberate, unlawful action, but he did
think Drumm may have failed to take some action that he
The citymanager, now on paid suspension until the Oct.
21 hearing, said he will give official notification that he
wishes to have the hearing. He said at this point, it's hard to
defend himself because there's no issue officially on the table
to argue against.
Drumm said he suspects some current commissioners may
reel that he represents the political views of the commission
that appointed him4which was arguably more liberal than
,.he current. But that1not the case.be said,. and in fact,' hi
personal political inilEfnation; whih'he said he raretl shared '
publicly, is usually more on the conservative side.
Perhaps not conservative enough, Drumm said. .
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Vehicle burglaries are very
difficult cases to solve as there
is usually very little physical
evidence left behind after one
occurs. The crimes usually
occur in the early morning
hours in apartment or business
parking lots when it is less
likely the thieves will be seen.
In order to help reduce the
risk of becoming a victim of a
vehicle burglary, follow these
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Preventing vehicle burglaries
* ALWAYS close your
Windows and lock your car
doors. An open window
or unlocked door is an
invitation to a criminal.
* Park in well-lit areas close
to the building. While
parking in an isolated spot
may reduce the risk of door
dings, a criminal looks for
cars parked out of the way
in order to help ensure less
attention is drawn to them.
* ALWAYS remove loose
valuables from your
vehicle. This includes
purses, wallets, cellular
phones, laptop computers
and briefcases. A car
burglar loves to see items
that can be grabbed easily
and carried away without
much effort. A brick
through the window is all
it takes to gain access to
those loose items.
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B2 ALACHL)IA COUNTY TODAY RELIGION TIIURIs)AY, SII.'TI;.MI:IR 30, 2010
Understanding God's Love for Us
For anyone who likes
to discover the meaning
of words, there's an
interesting area of study
called lexicologyy', which
is the study of words, their
form, history and meaning.
One of the most famous
lexicographers was Samuel
Johnson, an 18" century
genius, who in his edition
of the English Dictionary
defined lexicographer as
"a writer of dictionaries;
a harmless drudge, that
busies himself in tracing
the original, and detailing
the signification ofwords."
I share this information
about lexicographers and
lexicons or dictionaries
with you because when I
read a passage of scripture
like 1 John 4, and see the
word "love" repeated
many times, I wonder, "...
what does Saint John mean
by the word 'love'?" The
Oxford English Dictionary
contains five full pages
of fine print defining the
word love. It's true that
we live in a world where
love can describe an
emotion between a person
and a plate of food or the
animal instinct between
two people. So when Saint
John writes such a loaded
phrase as, "beloved, let
us love one another," it
almost requires a degree in
lexicology to understand
that simple sentence.
creatures of our
is generally to
read the Bible
and make some
of what God is
really saying to
We take our
'love' and think
come up with
At some point in a
Christian's walk of faith
they, inevitably, ask
questions like, "If God is
love.... If He really loves
me, why do bad things
happen to me?" And the
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All Saints Anglican
A parish of the
the true meaning of Saint
John's First Epistle, chapter
4. Unfortunately, when
we subject the meaning to
our own experiences, the
Bible becomes transformed
into our image instead of
becoming an instrument of
confu s i on
until we return
to an objective
truth by our
we define it by
find it's safer
our faith to
rather than to the changing
winds of our experiences.
This is particularly true
when it comes to our
understanding of God's
love for us. There is a very
real danger when we rely
on our experiences as our
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only infallible agents in
understanding the language
of the Bible.
Saint John defines the
meaning of love for us in
a clear verse of scripture:
"Herein is love, not that
we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son
to be the propitiation for
From this verse we
can come to certain
First God's love
doesn't depend on us to
initiate it. Saint John
plainly writes, "...not that
we loved God, but that
he loved us." This is an
important point to take
from this passage because
our experiences tell us that
if we want something good
from someone else, we
should first do something
good for them. God first
acts in love towards us!
We're the objects of his
love, still many Christians
tend to think that God
will only love them when
they've given him a reason
to. Saint John corrects this
misguided thinking with
Second God's love
isn't just a warm fuzzy
feeling that's detached
from action. Saint John
defines God's love in the
giving up of Jesus Christ
for our salvation from
sin. "[He] sent His Son
to be the propitiation
for our sins". The very
idea of God sending his
son demonstrates love in
action. God's love is mercy
in action; it's demonstrated
in the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The reason this is important
for us to understand is that
we imagine it's an inward
feeling of elation and
gratification, when in fact,
God's love is sacrificial, it is
grace and it is active toward
those who acknowledge
that they are in need ol
mercy, not those who have
earned the privilege.
Having defined love b)
the standard of God's word.
Saint John is on safe ground
when he instructs us to love
one another: for love is
of God and everyone thai
loveth is born of God, and
Saint John wants us tc
understand that God's love
isn't determined by the
emotions bubbling ovei
in our heart or the lack ol
emotion we sometimes
feel when things are rough
Instead, he wants us tc
understand that our relatior
to God is eternally etched
by the blood of his son intc
the heavenly altar where
our sin must be washed
clean and his grace must be
received by faith.
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Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145th Avenue
Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Assembly at 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service 5:30 p.m.
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Minister Doug Fraier
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16916NWUS Hwy 441, High Springs
HIGH SPRINGS CHURCH
520 NE Santa Fe Boulevard
Bible Classes forAllAges 9:30 am
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Classes 7 p.m.
Pastor Cori Lewis (386)454-2930
New St. Mary Missionary
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor
Phone & Fax (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Moving Worship II am.-st, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
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First United Methodist
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14805 NW 140th Street 462-2443
Pastor Dr. Adam Zele
Jeff.Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
Traditional Worship, 8:45 & 11 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 6 p.m.
Sunday School 9:45 am.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
F, A .L, Y CHUoC Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
SYouth Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.
pat~10 1 of Senior Pastors: Edwin & Angela Anderson
witht t ad." 386-454-1563
16710 NW US 441 Between High Springs & Alachua
f Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
of0 Lfte Children's Church 10:30 a.m.
Asanbly of God Tuesday: Youth Service 7 p.m.
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Downtown Alachua Nursery provided for all services.
www.riveroflifeassembly.org Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
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Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted
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Homecoming: Guest Speaker, Rich Layer
New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m., Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m.
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor
386-462-3390 18100 NW 262 Avenue
St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Rev. Jessie L. Steele, Pastor
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
386.462.2732(clihuh) 386.462.4396 (Fax)
Morning Worship: 11 a.m.;
C('hurch School 9:415 11.1m.
Bible Studly: 7 p.m. (2ind & 41tl Wxctin.days)
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Archer Church of God in Christ
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
5th Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m:
Wednesday Youth Ministry 6:30 p.m.
17370 S W 128th Place, Archer, FL 32618
Marilyn V. Green, Pastor
w First Presbyterian
Church of Alachua
Rev. Vuginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
Sunday School 9 am., Worship
Service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided.
Foundation Chapel Church
of God by Faith
Sunday: Sunday School 10 p.m.; Mid-Day
Worship 11:30 am.; Children's Church 6
p.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Tuesday:
YSB 7 p.m. Wednesday: Outreach
Fellowship Dinner 6 p.m.; General Prayer
Service 7:30 p.m.
13220 NW 150th Avenue, Alachua
Pastor Willie J. McKnight, Sr. 462-2549
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Pastor ge nd
Ladv Michele Dix
2020 NE 15 Street
8 am. "Flying High" Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11 a.m. Morning Glory Worship
& Children's Church
12 noon Noon Day Prayer
7 p.m. Prayer & Bible Study
7 p.m. Wednesday
7 p.m. Fourth Fridays
Ministries of Alachua
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
2nd Sundays Street Ministry at Criswell Park 4 p.m.
Thursday Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
13205 NW 157 Avenue, Alachua, FL 32616
(Two streets behind Criswell Park)
Elders Nyron and LaShandra Jenkins
dtblnttc 9n 6ctLA, Qnc.
Elder Cynthia Taylor, Pastor
has moved to a new location
530 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL
Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m
Sunday Pastoral Teaching 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship Ila.m.
Church: (386) 454-2367
Cell: (386) 878-9568
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IMPAC ING One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
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Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Worship
Wednesday: 6 7:30 p.m. Children's Ministries, Youth Activities
and Choir Rehearsal 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mid-Week Bible Study
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Handy man special. '95
3BR/2BA DWMH on one
acre oak shaded homesite.
Gilchrist County. Owner
financing, no down payment.
$49,900. $513/mo. 352-
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Beautifully wooded on paved
road frontage. Great area
Convenient to Gainesville.
Dev Potential! Only,$877/
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SunState Federal Credit. Union and Alachua
County Today are partnering to bring you "Young
Patriots." The purpose of this campaign is to get young
people reading. Alachua County Today will publish
an 8-chapter serialized short story, "Young Patriots"
as part of our Newspapers in Education program. The
newspapers will be sent home with the students after
the project for the week is completed so that parents can
share the stories with their children.
High Springs great
apartment in private setting
close to tow, on river and
state park. Excellent
kayaking and bicycling.
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2 Bedmom Apt.
Starting at $494/mo.
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Pro handles logs 34"
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A rummage sale to raise
money for the Archer Youth
Athelic Scholarships will
be held on Saturday, Oct.
2nd and Oct. 9th from 7
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old
Fire Station on the cormer
of State Road 45 (US27)
and 137th Ave. in Archer.
Donations are needed and
appreciated. Please call
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Ben Collins and his two friends are America's
first "Young Patriots." Self-appointed spy catchers,
they help America fight for independence. At his
grandfather's livery stable in Philadelphia in 1776, Ben
meets delegates to the Continental Convention. From
them, he learns the value of education and is bttton-
busting proud when John Adams calls Ben and his
friends "Young Patriots."
chapter. Four by Kay Hivelyv _
In the darkness, Ben could see sparks flying from the hooves of
the horse that was coming full speed right at him. All he could
do was throw himself up against aboard fence in the alley, Ben
'pressedas lose to the fence as hicoild'and covered his hiad
with his hands.
As the horse and rider passed by, Ben could feel the wind blowing
on him from the rushof the animal. He lay still, hoping the horse
would not step on him.
Almost as quickly as it had come, the horse was gone. Ben was
not hurt, but he was shaking all over. The iron-clad hooves had
been just inches from his head. Ben had seen two things as the
animal passed over him. He could see sparks flying from the
horseshoes as they struck the cobblestone street. He could also
see a bright spot of white on a back leg of the horse. Gathering
himself up, Ben knew one thing for sure. The horse that had *
nearly run over him in the alley was Ginger. She was the little
mare the stranger had rented from Grandfather that very
afternoon. Ben would know her anywhere.
just as Ben started down the alley again, rain began to fall. Things
were not going well. How was he going to explain his wet clothes
Already wet, Ben decided to trudge bn to the church. He was
At the corner where the church was located, Ben moved down
a side street so he could go directly to the back of the building.
A tall iron ferice surrounded the back yard of the church. Ben
could see that the gate was open just a bit.
Slipping across the street, Ben squeezed through the gate. Just as
he got inside the fence, a jagged bolt of lightning lit up the sky.
The suddenness of-the flash startled Ben so badly that he jumped
backward into the gate.
Things to Think About and Do -
A. How do you think Ben will explain his wet clothes to his
grandparents? Write a little story, telling what you would
B. Visit a cemetery in your town. Find the oldest date on
the tombstones. What is an epitaph? Write an interesting
or funny one.
With a loud thud, the latch on the gate
slainmed shut Grabbing the gate handle,
he gave it a twist It would not open. The
gate was locked.
With rain dripping down his face, Ben turned
back to the church yard. In the pale light of ,
street lanterns, all he could see were tombstones
- tall white stones that glistened with rain.
He had never been so scared in all his life.
Ben looked around for Will and Davey.
Making his way around the tombstones, Ben
walked through the rain toward the old church.
He kneiv there was a little covered porch on the
back of the building. if he could get there he
would be out of the rain while he waited.
Ben had never been in a cemetery after dark. He kept telling
himself that he didn't believe in ghosts. No ghosts were going to
rise up put of the ground. No spooks were going to jump on him.
As Ben tried to be brave, a clap of thunder boomed across the
cemetery. Ben ran at full speed toward the little porch..
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B6 ALACHtUA CouNTY TODAY CLASSIFIED TilraRDAY, S.IriMi'iia 30, 2010
1,500 sq. ft.
$1,000 per month
Hwy 441 near Progress Corporate Park Alachua, FL
ALACHUA SELF STORAGE
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S- -with stone column accents on
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a quarter acre. Great investment for a
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quiet. 3BR 2BA 1319sf home on an
oversized lot. Spacious screened back
porch goes great with the wooded buffer
In the back yard. Close to Gainesvllle and
Newberry. $138,900 MLS#311582
3BR 2BA 1404sf DWMH on a half acre
lot In the process of being remodeled.
Wood burning FP with attractive mantel
& plenty of cabinet space in kitchen.
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Surrounded by beautiful hardwoods
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Inside and out Affordable country living
just minutes to Gainesville. $125,000
Spectacular 6 acres with large oaks
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with screened front porch, wood-burning
stove, shed, water softener. Newer
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Never be without power. Whole
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just a few of the comforts of this home.
3BR 2BA on 1.5 acres with an island
kitchen, screened lanal and attic storage.
SAn impressive 2903sf 4BR 3BA,
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including porcelain tile, custom wood
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Meticulous 3BR 2BA 2207sf home on
5 acres off paved road. Custom lighting,
walnut wood flooring in main living areas,
carpet in bedrooms tile bathrooms,
cook's kitchen. Covered lanai and a
spacious front porch to enjoy the view.
Super location Nicely redone 4BR
2BA DWMH on a great 5 acre parcel.
Features center island kitchen with
granite counterand new cook top. Smooth
surface counters in rest of kitchen.
Convenient to 1-75, shopping, downtown
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MAKE OFFERI Spacious log home -
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features 2 FP's, stone wood-burning stove
platform, covered patio, screened porch,
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Sara Brannon at 352-514-
8431 to arrange delivery or
pick up of donations.
Huge Yard Sale
Blackwelder Free Will
SR 121 in Worthington
Fri. & Sat.
Oct. 1 &2
.8 a.m. until
tools. You name it, we
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For Sale: Steel burn barrels
with removable lids $10.00
ea. Plastic storage barrels
iwth removable lids $15.00
ea. Washer, Westinghouse
H.D. large cap. Like new
with Hotpoint dryer $250.00.
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Memory Walk provides fun
way for North Central Florida
residents to raise critically
needed funds for alzheimer's
care, support and research
Alachua County Today
Alzheimer's Association is inviting
North Central Florida residents to become
Champions in the fight against Alzheimer's
by participating in the annual Alzheimer's
Association Memory Walk. The Village
at Haille Plantation will be the site of the
Memory Walk on Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 8:00
"There has never been a greater need
for. Gainesville residents to join in the
fight against Alzheimer's disease by
participating in Memory Walk," said Jamie
Bartholomew, an Alzheimer's Association
spokesperson. "As many as 5.3 million
Americans are living with Alzheimer's
disease, and funds raised will provide
support services to the 133,000 residents
of central and north Florida living with
Alzheimer's, while also contributing to
critically needed research."
The Alzheimer's Association Memory
Walk is an empowering event that
gives participants an opportunity to be
Champions and take action in the fight
against Alzheimer's. Walk together to
make a difference in the fight. The walk
will feature MC Storm Roberts of 98.5
KTK and keynote speaker Dr. Meredith
Rowe of the University of Florida..
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association Memory
Walk is the nation's largest event to raise
awareness and funds for Alzheimer care,
support and research programs. Held
annually in hundreds of communities
across the country, this inspiring event calls
volunteers of all ages to become Champions
in the fight against Alzheimer's.
To register your team or make a
donation call 352-372-6266 or 1-800-272-
3900. You can also easily register or sign
up at http://mwgainesville2010.kintera.org
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72 Sitarist Shankar
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76 Sheepish sounds
INTRIGUE Answers to SUPER
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79 "Beowulf," e.g.
82 More naive
83 of robins..."
85 Bartok or Peron
86 Islamic deity
92 Khan opener?
93 Mayberry town
95 "The Lady _
Tramp" ('37 song)
97 Hither's mate
100 Good luck charm
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108 TV's Shade"
112 Seminole shoe
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117 On one's
119 Italian actor?
122 Sensible Czech?
126 Duel tool
127 Season firewood
128 Dieter's dish
130 Ward (off)
131 Evergreen tree
132 Sup in style
133 Soprano Fleming
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3 Klemperer of
4 Actor Tognazzi
6 Rover's restraint
8 Hound or hamster
9 A great many
10 "Waterloo" group
11 Yorkshire feature
13 Tosses aside
14 "Deep Space
15 Actress Ullmann
16 Wahine's wreath
19 Banyan and
29 School grp.
32 Brindisi bread
33 Artist Franz
35 Libyan baseball
36 Most confident
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41 Loser to Truman
43 Nautical adverb
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114 Circus sight
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116 Richard of "Love
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119 Ring counter
120 Do Little work
121 Kyoto coin.
123 Actress MacGraw
125 Citrus cooler
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