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The Franklin County Chronicle
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Volume 3, Number 22

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

11 November 26 November 1994

, Library Honors Board Member

commissioners Bena

to Public Pressure:
Emerald Coast Hospital to be Audited by State

The 15 November meeting of the Franklin County Commission was
packed with an undeniable "Pro-Audit" crowd. The event was a con-
tinuation of the 1 November meeting in which Dr. Tom Curry re-
quested an independent audit due to what he felt was a mismanage-
ment of Emerald Coast Hospital's Trammell Funds.

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County Attorney Al Shuler began the discussion by listing three op-
tions that the commissioners could choose from to obtain an audit
report. Shuler informed the commission that they could request a
state agency to conduct the audit. He also told the board that they
could conduct the report themselves or use the audit prepared by
Price Waterhouse. Attorney Shuler stated that Price Waterhouse was
one of the top five accounting firms in the nation and that their report
would be provided to the commissioners free of charge. Commis-
sioner Tolliver expressed a"n immediate interest in the Price
Waterhouse report. Resident Janice Hicks said that she could con-
tact a state agency to do an independent audit. Commissioner Tolliver
responded, "that would be good, then we could get one {audit} from
Price Waterhouse and the state." Resident Marie Marshall reminded,
"Price Waterhouse is the accounting firm employed by Provident Medi-
cal Corporation. We're looking at a conflict of interest, I think." Com-
missioner Tolliver questioned Marshall's statement and maintained
that the county needed to seek a free audit report.

The commissioners began questioning the foundation and necessity
of seeking an audit report. Commissioner Braxton wondered aloud
what the audit was supposed to reveal, while Commissioner Tolliver
questioned if there were any restrictions regarding Trammell Fund
spending. "Did they tell them {Emerald Coast Hospital} how to spend
that money?" Tolliver continued, "Mr. Steely could of wrote a check
and put the money in his pocket and walked on out with it? What
good is an audit gonna do in this case?" Commissioner Braxton stated
that if the hospital were engaged in any illegal activities that he wanted
to know about them.
At the request of the board, Dr. Tom Curry began an outline of his
complaints against the hospital. He questioned whether Trammell
Funds were being used for "acute medical care" and attacked the
hospital's "accounting principles." Curry stated that the hospital
purchased a $52,000 ambulance and then listed it as a Trammell
Fund expense; he then pointed out that the ambulance was used as
collateral for a loan. Chairman Mosconis immediately objected to
Curry's allegation. "Let me lay the rules down of what we're gonna do
this morning. We don't have anyone here from the hospital that's
gonna be here to give us a rebuttal or an explanation to these allega-
tions you're making. And we don't have the time...we don't have the
tools here with us..." Curry broke in stating that the Chairman had
used the same excuse at the previous meeting and pointed out that
the hospital was aware of the meeting that was occurring. "You're not
letting me finish telling you the rules of how we're gonna play this
game," admonished Mosconis, "We don't have the information in front
of us, so we're not gonna have an answer to that. And another big
thing, you keep hollering and talking about how you want an audit.
Now how is an audit got anything to do with acute medical care? It's
almost like it's a gripe session about the hospital and it doesn't have
anything really to do with an audit." Mosconis told Curry to continue
his presentation and cautioned him to refrain from making allega-
tions that the commissioners could not respond to.

Jenette Pedder Barbara Saunders
Curry resumed, "Mr. Mosconis, last time at this meeting, you raised
the same objection. Therefore, I would ask you..why did you not find
out this information between then and now. Why did you not go to
the hospital and request that information in your role as a county
commissioner who now wants that information two weeks later."
Curry's statements were met with a long and loud applause; the ap-
plause was then followed with another admonition by Mosconis, who
cautioned Dr. Curry against using "mob techniques" to get the audi-
Continued on page 6


County Library Board. presented Bunky Atkinson, Alligator Point.
with a plaque of appresclaUon for Franklin County Library service.

School Health Grant and
Youth Services
Discussed at Juvenile Justice

Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) Department Representa-
tive Norton Kilborne announced at the 17 November Juvenile
Justice meeting that Franklin County Schools would be receiving a
health grant in January of 1995. The grant, Kilborne stated, would
place a health aide in each of the four county schools and provide a
registered nurse and a social worker with county wide responsibili-
ties. The county schools will receive a little over four hundred
thousand dollars in grant money to administered by the health
Teresa Wooten and Sandra Rucker from the Capital City Youth
Services program gave a short presentation at the meeting. Ms.
Wooten stated that Franklin County would be able to avail of their
program. Wooten said that Capital City Youlth Services provided
short-term residential care for troubled youths that they call they
Time-Out program. She also mentioned that the program provides
counselling for families in crisis. Wooten offered, "Sometimes
parents need a break from their children...or children need a break
from their parents. We're here to provide a place for the kids to
stay." Ms. Rucker stated that those adolescents eligible for the
program's assistance must be between the ages of 10 and 17.
Wooten stated that the program is entirely voluntary and that they
program could not provide services to youths who had a previous
or pending felony, who were intoxicated or displayed suicidal
behavior, who have medical needs beyond the program's capabili-
ties and who have proven to be unmanageable in previous stays at
the shelter. The average length of stay at the shelter is five days.
Those interested in receiving more information from Capital City
Youth Services may contact Sandra Rucker or Teresa Wooten at
(904) 576-6000.

Chronicle Plans "Pop" Wagoner
Double Issue In N

In order to provide a reasonable
Holiday break for our staff and
contributors, the Chronicle plans
to publish a double issue in De-
cember, comprising Numbers
23 and 24. This will have the
usual ration of Holiday Cheer and ,
special features in 16 pages or".
more. We will resume normal, /
twice-monthly publication in ,
January 1995, with Volume 4, ... // '
No. 1 out for 10 January.. .. .

Girls State Experience Told

Students Mandy Lycette, Girls State Representative Kela
Timmons and Allison Sanders with Dorothy Amendolar,
American Legion Auxiliary at a recent luncheon where Kela
told of her accomplishments at the Girls State, Another
candidate Frances Hand was not available for the picture.

Shubert Found

Guilty of First

Degree Murder
By Carol Ann Hawkins

Michael A. Shubert
File Photo



Discussed at

School Board

By Laura Rogers
A call for emergency vocational
training was the highlight of the
10 November 1994 Franklin Co.
School Board meeting. This train-
ing would benefit those fishermen
left unemployed in the wake of the
recently-passed net-ban amend-
ment Board member Willie Speed
strongly suggested that the board
"take some action" to be a help
within the community. All board
members present agreed with
Mr. Speed's recommendation.
A touching moment came early in
the meeting when the board hon-
ored William "Pop" Wagoner, a two
term board member, who was re-
tiring. Mr. Wagoner was given a
plaque in appreciation. Mr. Wag-
oner then told the board and
guests how much he enjoyed his
time with the board. Jimmy Gan-
der will be the oncoming school
board member.The American
Cancer Society made a presenta-
tion of new educational materials
they had recently received to warn
against the dangers of chewing
tobacco and using other tobacco
products. The most effective tool,
rom this writer's perspective was
a plastic mouth, that was clearly
diseased from tobacco abuse. The
Jaws were movable and a dis-
eased tongue could also be ob-
served. Guests laughingly sug-
gested that kids would really en-
joy the plastic mouth, simply be-
cause it was so terrible looking.
Mr. Willie Speed, who next
brought up the vocational pro-
posal stated "Due to what hap-
pened Tuesday," (the election re-
sults) there will be very Ifttle pork
for projects such as vocational
schools. He said if "Someone
wants to bring home the bacon,
someone is (now) going to ask
Who's going to pay for the pig?"
The assembled guests laughed,
and discussion was begun about
surveying the community about
most popular courses. It was sug-
gested that anything related to
construction might be very good,
considering the current building
boom in St. George Island.
(Publisher's note: A recent report
by Wayne Gleasman, Manager of
the Plantation Homeowner's As-
sociation, Indicated that con-
struction inside the Plantation
had "leveled off.")
Continued on page 5

A six-man Jury needed only
30 minutes of deliberation Thurs-
day, 10 November, to find Michael
Alan Shubert, 43, of Spring Grove,
Minnesota guilty of first degree
murder in the 1993 shooting
death near Alligator Point of Roger
Duane Padgett, 18, also of Spring
Grove. Jurors were polled to verify
that each agreed to the verdict,
then they were dismissed from
duty by Circuit Judge Phillip
Padavano ,who then asked Pub-
lic Defender Julius Aulisio if he
wanted to postpone sentencing.
Aulisio, assisted by attorney Ed
Harvey, consulted briefly with
Shubert at the defense table, then
asked Padavano to proceed with
sentencing, adding that he plans
to file an appeal for a new trial.
Judge Padavano asked Shubert If
he had anything to say.before be-
ing sentenced, and Shubert, pale,
replied, "No sir, not at all." Helen
Elunan, Victim Advocate for the
state attorney's office, speaking
for Padgett's mother, Barbara
Russell, and father, Marion
Padgett, told Padavano that the
family wanted to thank everybody
and is now "ready to go on with
their lives." Following Elkman's
statement to the court, Judge
Padavano adjudicated Shubert
guilty of murder in the first de-
gree and sentenced him to life in
the Department of Correction with
no possibility of parole for
25 years. Shubert was given
credit for the 382 days he has
been incarcerated since he and
his 22-year old son, Michael Roger
Shubert, were arrested on 25 Oc-
tober 1993. The younger Shubert,
who pleaded No Contest to the
charges on 9 May 1994 and was
also sentenced to life without pa-
role for 25 years, testified for the
prosecution Thursday morning.
The trial ended sooner than an-
ticipated. Judge Padavano said he
"wasn't expecting to reach this
point so soon." Two weeks had
ben set aside for what assistant
state attorney Neill Wade, Talla-
hassee, called "an expensive trial."
Jury selection began Monday,
7 November, and Neill said about
250 people had been called for
Jury duty, an unusually high
number, he said, because of the
low appearance-rate of Franklin
County citizens. Neill said other
areas have a 50-75 percent ap-
parance rate. Prospective jurors
lled the courtroom to near ca-
pacity on the first day and during
the morning of the second day, "a
bigger-than-anticipated turnout,"
Neil said. Then, in a surprise
move on the morning of the sec-
ond day, defense attorneys made
a proposal to negotiate with the
prosecution. Shubert waived his
right to a full Jury, the defense
accepted six all-male jurors that
were already seated and two al-
ternate jurors, one male and one
female, and the state waived the
death penalty. All remaining pro-
spective jurors were then dis-
missed. A reliable source said ev-
eryone who reported for possible
Jury duty would be paid for two
days, some by their employers but
most by the court.
"The decision to waive the death
penalty was very difficult for us,"
Neill said Tuesday, 8 November,
.but he said he felt that the state's
decision to waive the death pen-
alty was important to both the
family and the community. "The
ury (selection) process would
ave taken longer," Neill said, and
it was "a matter of "balancing the
community's interest against the
family's interest." On Monday,
14 November, Neill said factors he
considered in the state's decision
to waive the death. penalty were
the prospects of having the death
sentence carried out, "the sen-
Continued on page 6


Page 2 26 November 1994 The Franklin County ChroniclePublished twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

HUD Money Hangs in

the Balance

Leroy Hall
Seafood Workers Association

Go Price Shopping

Toni Riordin, a representative
from the Governor's Community
Development Task Force, ad-
dressed the Franklin County
Commission at their 15 Novem-
ber meeting and spoke about
possible uses of the 1.7 million
dollars that the Housing and Ur-
ban Development (HUD) Depart-
ment has allocated to Franklin
Ms. Riordin stated that one hun-
dred and eighty thousand dollars
in federal funds had been ear-
marked before the 8 November
mid-term election to be split be-
tween Florida, Georgia and Ala-
bama. The allocated monies were
to be added to the national debt.
Due to the political changes that
occurred in both the House of
Representatives and the Senate
from the mid-term elections,
Riordin felt that the original one
hundred and eighty thousand
dollars would no longer be avail-
able. She stated that the new lead-
ership was reluctant to add to the
national debt. "We're very fortu-
nate that our 1.7 million has al-
ready been appropriated. Now...I
will say this...I don't have the
check yet and that makes me real
nervous. I'll start panicking Fri-
day [18 November] afternoon if I
don't have the money."
Ms. Riordin stated that HUD may
add on some stipulations to regu-
late the way that the 1.7 million
dollars is spent. She said that the
money had to be used for flood
relief and could not be used to
offset loses due to the, passage of.
the net ban amendment. Riordin
maintained that the money could
be used in four areas: 1) long term
low interest loans 2) continuation
of the re-shelling program 3) di-
versification of the economy and
4) retraining. Commissioners
were encouraged to begin work-
ing on the first two options first,
because they were the least com-
plicated. They were further en-
couraged to enter into a contract
with the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council to function as grant
Looking into possible uses for the
grant, Ms. Riordin stated that she
had spoken with both harvesters
and seafood dealers. Riordon re-
lated that seafood dealers ex-
pressed an interest in ,the long
term low interest loans and that
harvesters were more interested
in the re-shelling program. "We
are desirous in doing what this
community needs," said Riordiin,
"and not what we in Tallahassee
think you need.", Riordin said that
she had approached the Job
Training and Partnership Act
(JTPA) program and requested
that the reshelling program be
kept in place. The re-shelling pro-
gram officially ended when.the
bay reopened on 15 November.
JTPA agreed to keep their, pro-
gram in place until the bay is
proven productive. However, JTPA
did not agree to keep their pro-
gram operational while the bay

was open. Riordin hoped that the
reshelling program would stay op-
erationaruntil 1 January, 1995.
Seafood Dealer Wanda Moses said
that she'd like to see the reshelling
program reserved for when the
ay was closed. Ms. Moses also
stated that the $15,000 loan
might not be sufficient enough to
help the businesses survive.
"Our needs keep increasing the
longer these things take, ex-
plained Moses. Riordin suggested
making the loan proportionate to
the size of the business, so that a
larger business could receive a
larger loan. Commissioner
Mosconis emphasized the Impor-
tance of dividing the money
equally to avoid any controversy.
Commissioner Braxton said that
the $15,000 loan limit seemed like
a reasonable starting point. Fel-
low seafood dealer Annie Mae Wil-
son stated, "On these loans, we
need to make It so we only pay
when the bay is opened up... and
no interest charged to us., We've
got to have something like that."
Bob Cambric of the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council said
that the loans would have a very
low interest rate of approximately
4%. "When I came down to talk
with you county commissioners
about this money to start with,"
complained Ms. Wilson, "I asked
for your help to get us a fifteen
thousand dollar grant...with a
loan so we could get back to our
full capacity." Ms. Riordin stated
that they were prohibited by law
to turn the money into a grant.
Commissioner Mosconis pushed
to enter into 'a contract w\rlh the
Aplachee Regional Plan ning
Council, "As soon as those dollars
are released from Washington,
we'd like to immediately get the
program going." Commissioner
Braxton made the motion to en-
ter into a contract with the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council and to have a $15,000
cap on the long term loans with
$500,000 earmarked for the re-
volving loan program. Commis-
sioner Tolliver seconded the mo-
tion and it passed unanimously.

Anna Mae Wilson

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The Seafood Workers Association
(SWA) met on 15 November in an-
ticipation of the .... November re-
opening of the bay. Seafood work-
ers and dealers packed the county
commission room of the Franklin
County Courthouse to collectively
seek a price for 60 pound bags of
oysters and to discuss strategies
to combat increasing state regu-
SWA members complained that
people affiliated with the seafood
industry lacked unity and were
consequently unable to mount a
battle against state regulators.
"I've worked the bay for quite
some time and I've seen it go to
pot," stated Lynn Page, "you've got
to get people need
to find a strong voice who knows
what he's talking about." Gloria
Estes said that SWA members

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November meeting, the commis-
sioners declared an immediate
search to fill the spot. Williams

needed to start paying their dues
and that the SWA needed to find
a lawyer. "You're going to need a
lawyer to fight DEP {Department
of Environmental Protection},"
said Estes, "You can fight Talla-
hassee if you have a lawyer." One
angry member conceded, "I say
everyone do their thing...the Jail
can't hold all of us." He Con-
cluded, "You know at least the
American Indians stuck together
and fought. We don't even do
SWA President Leroy Hall asked
attending members to find a mu-
tual price for bagged oysters. Af-
ter much discussion, members
came to the price of fifteen dol-
lars per sixty pound bag of oys-

filled the Finance seat on the com-
mission. Applicants should write
up a resume of their experience
and submit their names to
Charles Lee Daniels. You must be
a resident of the corporate limits
of the city. If you get selected, you
will be in line for a small salary,
you will never again be lonely
(your phone will ring off the wall)
and you will have citizens come
to meetings and tell it like it is to
you. But most of all say the sit-
ting commissioners, if you love
this little city and you would like
to see It prosper and you feel you
can help, you are needed by four
other commissioners.

All New Faces to the
Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Commission

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Three new commissioners were
swept Into the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer Commission
meeting on the 8 November mid-
term elections. Commissioner
elect Jack Garrison led the group
of vote getters with 174 votes.
James Lawlor followed with 150
votes and Kenneth Shiver was fi-
nal electee with 130 votes.
Mr. 'Shiver saw the change in the
commission as a well needed
change and Mr. Lawlor compared
the new commissioners as com-
munity and not empire builders.
Shiver stated, "We're going to be
more conservative as far as
spending is concerned. We're over
one million dollars in debt and I
think that the residents of Lanark
Village want more to say about
their indebtedness. We're going to

try to get voter approval for spend-
ing. We'd also like to see a more
open forum at the meeting. We
haven't had much luck as far as
looking at public spending."
Lawlor stated, "One of the first
goals is to pay off our debts and
fry to make the water and sewer
costs more stable. We also want
to work with Northwest Water
Management. Lanark Village has
been trying to get Northwest Wa-
ter Management to allow them to
receive more water. Northwest
said that they couldn't justify
such a request unless they knew
that we were conserving water."
Lawlor said that he would like to
see each residence metered, but
only if it did not increase the wa-
ter rates. Lawlor also expressed
an interest in obtaining federal
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 26

November 1994 Page 3




Ranting Revisited:
Author Celebrates the Year of the He-Coon, Be-
comes a States' Rights Advocate, Undergoes a
Mystic Fiscal Conservative Experience and
Watches Participatory Democracy Blaze through
the Franklin County Commission
The 8 November mid-term elections turned this Jerry Brown liberal
into a rock solid states rights advocate. For, although it is raining
Newt's and Alfonse's on the outside, your author finds himself safe
within the political paws of the much feared He-Coon. It was very
unlike Florida, which is becoming more an more conservative, to go
against this weird and snarling tide of GOP. The only explanation can
be seen in comparison to what Edward Kennedy said after his vic-
tory, "It's hard to beat a Kennedy in Massachusetts." Just as well, it's
hard to hunt down the he-coon in the state of Florida. Even if you're
last name coincides with that other President, George Herbert some-
thing or other, and your first name sounds like an efficiency car.
These are tough times, a friend confided after the GOP landslide, you
might want to invest in polyester and start brushing up on your ac-
counting skills. "Not me," I insisted, "I'm still under the domain of
that red-checkered shirt wearing He-Coon." Another questioned how
such a well-liked, self styled Wllie Lowmanesque Governor like Ann
Richards could get beaten mercilessly by someone who resembled
Mr. Potato Head and spoke through his nose like his father the ex-
CIA Director, J. Edgar Bush. "That's their problem," I assured, "the
state of Texas got themselves into this, they can certainly find there
way out of it."
This incredible GOP aroma moved well into 15 November as your
author was knocked silly by it as he was sitting innocently in the
Franklin County Commission meeting. The Franklin County Seafood
Dealers had appealed for assistance from their commissioners fol-
lowing the storms of Beryl and Alberto. The Franklin County Com-
mission had responded quickly and adequately. It was a shock to all.
HUD representative Toni Riordin announced that the seafood dealers
of Franklin County would be offered a $15,000 loan with only 4%
interest. Many in the room sighed with envy as they, too, would cer-
tainly enjoy a chance at a loan like that. Seafood Dealer Annie Mae
Wilson then began whining about why they should have to pay any
interest at all She informed the commissioners that in a resolution
submitted about two months ago, she had requested a $15,000
GRANT...and a loan. Big Government, don't fail me now. This was
enough to make your author shiver like Newt Gingrich in a meat
locker. A radio news director acquaintance referred to this as, "Gimme
Gimme Gimme." A strange blur of fiscal conservative visions started
tingling through your author's mind; so much so that he had to grab
the chairman's gavel and repeatedly whack himself over the head,
then reexamine his voter's registration card. Your author is no cold
hearted national debt scrutinizer, but he feels that this tendency of
private businesses to keep asking big brother for a plate full of tax
cuts and benefits is becoming ludicrous. It's time we pull our
weight...or at least learn to whine for handouts with a little more style
And finally, that 15 November meeting of the county commission was
a lesson to all in participatory democracy. No matter what your agenda
is, your author now believes that if you pack any government room
with a group as loud and as ornery as the "pro-audit can
get anything moved, motioned, seconded and legislated. Your author
has never seen anything like It. The "pro-audit group came out en,
masse and used their commission like a Black n Decker power drill.
After the sawdust was blown off the meeting, the "pro-audit" group
left with everything they had requested; acknowledgement oftheir
board of trustees and an independent state audit. They could have
even gotten a $15,000 grant...with a loan at 4% if they had asked for
it. Your author concludes, not only can you beat city hall, but you
can hang it up in your garage and use it as a punching bag if you
have enough mouths yapping...preferably loud and insistent ones.

Brian Goercke

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Vol. 3, No. 23 26 November 1994
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager Brian Goercke
Contributors Carole Ann Hawkins
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............ Wayne Childers
............ Laura K. Rogers
............ La Keshia Barnes
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Grace and Carlton Wathen ................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge...................St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...................... Eastpoint
Brooks Wade .. Eastpoint
Wayne Childers Port St. Joe
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Paul Jones

by Laura Rogers
I happen to have two cats, which
proves that one pain in the neck
wasn't good enough. I carry their
pictures in a locket, and will, if
you let me corner you, tell you my
atest, 'cute cat' story. I will tell
you about their obsure
beginningsd Katey, found in a
hospital parking garage, sick and
close to death; or Baby-found in
a trash can where someone put
her, apparently because that's,
where they thought half-dead and
malnourished kittens belonged.
Both rebounded, survived and
thrived under my over-anxious
care, and took on the redoubtable
task of training me.
It wasn't easy. I tend to be a slow
learner about some things. It took
some time, for example, to learn
that theyjust weren't going to eat
cheap cat-food. Don't tell me how
they knew. I was reading labels. I
knew that what I was feeding
them had just as much good stuff
as my food. We fought it out, a
war that was conducted without
so much as a sound. I would set
food down, pleased that I was sav-
ing money. My cats would look at
it, then at me with a look of utter
contempt.. and walk stiffly away.
I find myself in mid-adulthood,
with two finicky creatures who
lend credence to the idea that I
did something really rotton in a
former life. Life with two cats is,
one big adventure. For those of
you who have not had the joy and
are itching to have some idea
here's a scenario for you.:
10:00 p.m. I settle down to read a:
book, paper etc. :
10:02 p.m. Baby lies down on said
book, paper etc .
10:03 p.m I pick Baby up and put
her down on the floor with a lov-
ing word and a pat on the' head.
10:04 p.m. Baby is back on what
I'm trying to read. I fuss at Baby.
She looks at me as if I'm speak--
ing Yiddish. I start to feel guilty. I
play with her for 15 minutes or
10:20 p.m Try to wedge what I
was reading out from under her
sleeping form. She bites me.
10:25 Give up and go to sleep.
10:26 Baby/Or Katey climbs up.
on my chest and with a THUMP'
collaspes. I gasp for breath. I am
ignored. They've fallen and have
no desire to get up.
10:30 Katy decides she has fleas.
She scratches.

12:00 Still going...and going and
going and going...
12:01 Baby decides she's ready to
Play. She slaps me up-side
the head with her paw. She
doesn't understand why I'm not
12:02 Both are exiled to the bal-
cony, where they love to go and
mutilate insects.
12:03 Both stand at the door look-
ing in, paws on the visable part,
looking like throw-aways, crying
pittifully. I begin worrying the
neighbors might wake up.
12:04 I let them in. They make it
back to my bed before I do.
12:05 Baby has a hairball attack
in the middle of my clean sheet.
12:06 Change sheets. Cats think
this is the most fun they've had
in a while. One gets under the
sheets and runs from one corner
to the other, so that the sheets
can't be tucked in. The other cat
leaps on the moving animal.
'12:10 I begin to hink evil
12:20 Back in bed, Catey lying on
my feet. Baby on my neck, block-
ing most normal breathing pro-
a 2:30 IL turning blue. try tominve
'Baby. She didn't like that. She
gets fleas.
--1:30 Still that's
one tough flea.
1:31 I begin to feel like I've got
1:36 Katy sniffs potpourri basket
:1:37 Katy daintily relieves herself
'among the potpouri petals.
2:32 Baby comes up to Katey,
swats her with her paw. Katy
hisses. Baby responds
22:33 World War three takes place'
,on my stomach. Nobody wins.
2:34 The Apalchicola version of
the Treaty of Versaillies occurs..
,Brings tears to your eyes, doesn't
5:00 Katy decides its morning.
There's no evidence to support
this, It just is, that's all. She puts
her mouth to my ear and yelps
"Miaowwww" much like she did
before I had her fixed.
5:01. I'm cleaning plaster frag-
:ments out of my hair from where
I hit the roof.
5:02 Feed the cats what they want
to eat.
5:10 Let them out.
6:00 I'm wide awake.
6:01 Cats fall into a sound, ex-
hausted sleep. They've had a hard
day's night.

Old County Road 370 now abandoned by Franklin County,
under ownership of the Mader Corporation
Representatives of the SAVE ALLIGATOR POINT BEACHES, INC. have
reported that all of the state environmental permits for the recon-
struction of the road and the sea wall have been secured and the
emergency bidding process required to select a contractor will be con-
cluded no later than the end of this month. Even though actual work
isn't scheduled for January, county work crews are slated to begin
clearing storm debris and riff-raff at the construction site sometime
during the first of December.
It appears that Phase One of the restoration project is in fold. But,
continued public support for Phases Two and Three are necessary to
complete the job...if these beach restoration phases are not completed
then you have again only applied a high cost bandaid to the problem.
Eighteen thousand dollars is the amount required to meet the fee for
consultant services to complete the entire restoration project.
During the past couple of months there has been much ado in re-
gards to the cable barricade placed across a portion of County Road
370 on Bald Point. The barricade, which was erected by the develop-
ers for Sunrise Harbor blocks public traffic and access to the cul-de-
sac located at the most northern end of Bald Point.
Residents of both Alligator Point and Bald Point and visitors from
Wakulla County, including Ann and Jack Rudloe, owners and opera-
tors of the GuH Specimen Marine Laboratories in Panacea (who re-
quire access to conduct on going sea life classes) have strongly ob-
jected to the closing.
According to the Sunrise Harbor representative Gene Langston, the
development corporation owns the property on both sides of the road
and therefore can exercise the control of ingress.
Publisher's note: There are some additional facts which bear on
this situation. The portions of old county 370 going to Bald Point,
are in fact, no longer owned by the county, but belong to the
Mader Corporation, a private development. The Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners held hearings and formally aban-
doned that portion of County 370 months ago, and only a hand-
ful of local residents were present at those hearings. With regard
to the photographs showing the barrier, these are incomplete.
Several yards in advance of the barrier is a road sign which states
that the road is closed. The Bald Point situation is similar to the
road going to the Sikes Cut, in which many county residents, for
many, many years drove through that portion of the island in
order to sih at the Cut. When a private development took posses-
sion of that land, the access to the Cut was not automatic, though
the Plantation does permit fishermen to drive to the cut over
Plantation paved roads for a low fee. Eventually, the Bald Point
road will'also have a security gate controlling access to the pri ,.
'vately owned land n, that area.

Local Artist

in Gadsden
Cq- -

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Carrabelle artist Ginny B
had one of her oil paint
cepted for the juried com
at Art in Gadsden, the
show presented in Qui
Gadsden Arts, Inc., 11 Nc
through 10 December 19
Ms. Boyd serves as cui
Belle of the South Gallery
lahassee Street in Car
across the street from t
office. The Gallery exhil
work of several ta
Carrabelle artists and soi
outside the immediate ar

The sbow Will be neld "it
407 N. Adams, Quincy, Wednes-
day through Sundays, opening
11 November and closing 10 De-

Annual Garden
Club Christmas
by Rene Topping

The Yaupon Garden Club will hold
it's annual Christmas Bazaar on
December 10, 1994 from 9 am.
till 4 p,m. at the Franklin County
Senior Citizens Center in
The bazaar will feature home-
made cakes, dolls, ceramics and
paintings among other arts and
crafts. Josephine Woods who is
overall chairperson for the event
said, "Our bazaar has always been
regarded locally as a good chance
to pick up unusual and interest-
ing reasonably priced Christmas
gifts Many folks plan a leisurely
lunch at Le Garden Cafe." This
eating place is opened only one
day a year, at the Bazaar, and is
oyd has well known for a good home
wings ac- cooked meal.
annual Woods said that the children
incy by mightbe most interested to know
memberr that Santa will be arriving at 11
94. a.m. and will listen to requests for
presents from anyone who be-
rator of leves.
Son Tal-
rabelle, If you would like to have a booth
he post at the event, the price is $10.00
bits the and set-ups are provided. Call el-
alented their Mary McDonald at 697 2782
me from or Mary McSweeney at 697 3604
.ea. for a reservation.


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December 9, 1994
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Experience Big Bend


By Darl R. Ostrander
No matter what they're called,
redflsh, reds, red drum or chan-
nel bass, these are the top prize
of shoreside anglers throughout
the Big Bend. The redflsh's repu-
tation is well deserved. Not only
are they excellent table fare but
they are real bruisers on the hook.
A redfish's fight may not be
spectacular in the usual fashion.
Redflsh rarely leap or tail walk. A
tangle with even an average sized
red is a head down dogged fight
with long drag burning runs. Set-
ting your drag correctly is
mandatory If you expect to have
constant success landing these
bruisers. Reds do not tire easily
or quickly and always seem to be
able to come up with one more
run even when they're nearly
spent They are always fine fight-
ers and a real challenge on light
tackle. Even on heavy tackle these
are not the kind of fish you can
bully into shore or the boat. A
fresh redflsh will put most any
gamefish of the same size and
weight to shame.
There are times when redflsh feed
like bluefish crashing into schools '
of mullet or menhanden and driv-
ing them onto shore. These types
of displays are spectacular but
not the norm for redfish. The av-
erage feeding situation for a red-
fish is moving inshore on a rising
tide right up into the shallows,
working the shore or bars for
crabs and shrimp that make up
most of a redflsh's diet. This is the
type of feeding that redfish were
designed for. This is also when
they are seen tailing. Every flats
and shore side angler watches for
tailing reds. With their noses in
the sand and their tails in the air
redflsh can be seen for quite some
distance in shallow water. Redfish
can be very easily spooked when
in shallow water. If you see red-
fish tailing work toward them
slowly. Try to make your presen-
tation out beyond the feeding
reds, not on top of them. When
you retrieve your presentation is
the time to bring the bait in front
of the feeding fish.
Most of the time you will not have
the type of obvious signs men-
tioned above. There are several
things to look for when hunting
redfish. Redfish are partial to cur-
rent. Wherever currents are
present redflsh will move through
and feed in these areas. The cur-
rent need not be strong. As a
matter of fact redfishl'will lbok fo'6
spots off to the side of strong cur-
rents, where they can lie up and
Sait for prey to pass by ,theirI6-
cation. A favorite redflsh tactic is
to hang on the down current ends
of sandbars, oyster barsor points
and wait for food to pass around
in front of them. A calm area is
usually created on down current
sides of these kinds of structure.
This allows the redfish the ability
to ambush their prey while put-
ting very little work into maintain-
ing their own position in the cur-
rent. On the beach redfish will
work very close to shore, some-
times right up in wave wash. In
this case the redflsh are using the
wave action the same way they
would use the current, waiting
t ust outside where the waves
reak and charging in when prey
suspended in the wash presents
itself. Favorite beach side prey
includes molecrabs, crabs, seg-
mented worms and small fish.
Another situation that redfish fa-
vor is to work underneath and
behind other gameflsh. It is not
unusual to find redfish feeding
underneath small bluefish or
spanish mackerel. The redfish will
ick up the wounded and scraps
left behind by these notoriously
sloppy feeders. This type of feed-
ing is very energy conservative for
the redflsh. The only problem for
the redfish is keeping up with

these nomadic wanderers. I sus-
pect that redflsh feed in this man-
ner more often than is thought. I
have seen it in action on several
occasions but have not tested it
as often as I should because as a
fisherman I get wrapped up in
what I can see happening.
For a fish with one of the most
varied diets redfish can be fairly
finicky about what they eat. There
are several baits that are gener-
ally sure fire turn ons to redfish.
First, crabs of any kind as long
as they're small enough to swal-
low. Secondly, live pinflsh, mul-
let, menhaden or shrimp again in
sizes small enough to be swal-
lowed. If these are not available
pinfish or mullet cut in strips and
fresh shrimp are good choices.
Generally crabs are not always
available at your local tackle shop.
They can be procured along the
shore in the form of fiddler crabs
or by running a net threw the
seagrass along shore. Juvenile
blue crabs are by far the crab of
choice. They are active and long
lived when on the hook. When
-fishing with crabs a tandem rig is
'your best bet. Set so one hook is
on the bottom about twelve inches
from the weight. The other hook
should be about eighteen to
twenty four inches off the bottom
and on a twelve inch leader of it's
own. Use a banked or pancake
sinker so you can bounce the rig
alongthe bottom easily.
When fishing with live mullet,
menhaden or pinflshthere are as
many ways to rig a live minnow
as there are fishermen. Basically
if you're fishing in swifter cur-
rents a pyramid sinker with the
leader and hook tied on above the
weight will be best. If you're in an
area where there is less current a
banked or egg sinker with the bait
trailing it wil probably work best.
This setup where the bait trails
the sinker is also very good if
you're trying to use current to
carry the bait to the fish. One of
the best techniques for present-
ing a live mullet, menhaden or
pinfish is what's known as live lin-
ing. This is where no sinkers are
used at all. A float or sometimes
just the fish itself is castout into
the current and allowed to settle
wherever the current takes it. This
can be very effective wherever
there is a consistent current while
the tide is running. The biggest
factor in success with this system
Is management of slack line. Al-
lowing a bait to drift natrifally
while keeping slack but of the line
takes some practice but the re-
sults are well worth the effort.
Cut fish and shrimp have prob-
ably accounted for more redfish
than all other baits combined.
These baits are almost always
available at every bait shop on the
coast. There are an inconcievable
number of variations on rigs for
these baits. Three of the stan-
dards are very similar to the live
bait rigs mentioned earlier. The
most basic is a bank or egg sinker
with the hook trailing the sinker
from twelve to thirty inches. This
setup is very good in weak cur-
rent situations. Keep the bait ac-
tive. A little twitch or bounce along
the bottom is much more appeal-
ing to a redfish than a bait that
just lies there. Movement will also
attract fish to bait that might oth-
erwise be overlooked. The draw-
back to this rig in strong currents
is that the current will pin the bait
to the bottom. This will cause
more snags and also make the
bait harder for the fish to find. If
the current or wave action is
stronger a rig with the leader and
hook tied off twelve to twenty four
inches above the sinker willwork
best. Pyramid or pancake sinkers
are best for this type of rig. The
advantage of pancake sinkers is

that they move easily across the
bottom like egg or bank sinkers
but won't roll. Another way to go
is using a float. Attach the float
three to four feet above the hook
to start. If the current is very
strong you may want to add a
couple split shot to keep the bait
down in the water. Work your rig
in and around areas where the
current is moving. Adding a little
extra movement can be very help-
ful in attracting fish. Many salt
water floats are made to be
popped across the surface and
this is also very effective. If you
don't seem to be getting any hits
change the depth by moving your
float up or down the line. Ideally
for redfish you would want to be
as close to the bottom as you can
without getting snagged as you
drift along. A good trick for test-
ing this is floating your rig
through the area you intend to
fish with no bait on. As soon as
you determine that you are not
snagging on the bottom bait up
and start fishing. If you see your
float stop as it drifts through the
same area odds are that you have
a fish on.

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Redfish will also take artificial
baits as well. There are many
popular lures on the market to
choose from,but the best overall
seem to fall into two groups, shal-
low diving crank baits in gold, sil-
ver and red/white patterns and
spoons in gold and silver. This is
not to say that other patterns will
not work or even work better.
Each tackle shop along the Big
Bend will advise you as to what
works best in their area and the
variety is endless. To add to the
complications involving artiflals is
that the best local lure may
change from season to season.
Jigs also take a fair number of
redflsh. Some of the best patterns
for jigs are green, yellow, white
and red/white. One of the advan-
tages of using jigs is they can be
rigged weedless. When working in
and around seagrass beds this
can be a big advantage. Another
note on jigs is that they are very
effective on trout and flounder
which are often found feeding in
the same areas as redfish.
Redfish angling has been improv-
ing along the Big Bend coast for
the past few years, with indica-
tions that the fishing should just
get better in the coming years. In
Florida residents fishing from
shore do not need a salt water li-
cense. All non-residents and an-
glers using boats are required to
purchase a salt water license. The
bag limit is one redfish per day.
Size limits are min. 18" to max.
27". In addition there is a closed
season during March, April and
Florida regulates redfish angling
quite tightly. Many of the marine
regulations in Florida were cre-
ated to protect the redfish fishery
exclusively. The majority of these
regulations benefit all marine life
and the public. Continued public
support and respect for these
regulations is still needed. The
redfish fishery is one of the few
comeback stories. It's continued
success is largely dependent on
all of our efforts. As anglers this
0 support can be shown by the pur-
a chasing of licenses, joining one of
the many coastal conservation
W groups and releasing all redfish
Syou do not intend to consume as
i gently as possible.

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MFC Schedules 3-Day

Meeting In Islamorada

The Marine Fisheries Commission
will hold a public meeting 5-7 De-
cember 1994 at the Cheeca Lodge,
Mile Marker 82, In Islamora a.
The meeting will include the fol-
Net Fishing Amendment
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and review the im-
pacts of the Constitutional
Amendment recently passed by
Florida voters that will prohibit
the use of gill and other entan-
gling nets in all state waters, and
the use of other nets larger than
500 square feet in mesh area In
nearshore and Inshore state wa-
ters, beginning I July 1995. The
Commission will consider rule
revisions nepessarytp-,oenorfni
current saltwater fishing rulesto
provisions mandated by ,the
Spotted Seatrout
The Commission will consider
numerous options to further
manage and replenish the state's
overharvested spotted seatrout
fishery. A Commission rule pro-
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posal that would prohibit all har-
vest and sale of spotted seatrout
from state waters during January
and February each year will go to
the Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval on 22 November 1994.
However the Commission believes
that additional management mea-
sures will be needed to ensure a
healthy spotted seatrout spawn-
ing stock abundance.
Bay Scallop Rule-Final
Public Hearing (Reopened).
On 18 November 1994 ln Tampa,
t(le Commission will consider
whether to reopen a final public
hearing on proposed rule amend-
ments intended to manage the
state's stressed bay scallop fish-
ery. A final public hearing on
these amendments was held in
Ft. Myers last month, however the
Commission has since received
requests to readdress its proposal
to change the traditional 1 July
opening of the bay scallop harvest
season to 1, August each year. The
proposed rule amendments to
manage. bay scallops would:





Toys for

Tots 1994

Once again the drive for Toys for
Tots is underway for Franklin
County Children.
The Franklin Co. Workcamp is
collecting toys, bikes and swing
sets to fix up for the children. If
you have anything, that needs to
be picked up, you can call Sargent
Summerhill at 653-8500. They
also have collection boxes set out,
throughout the county for you to
put items in.
We have several little Stars wait-
ing to be picked. You can help by
displaying the tags on a tree in
your business, for customer con-
venience, or pick a Star, and buy
a gft or gifts for that child.
Another way to help, is by donat-
ing money to help buy toys or
food. Your tax deductible check
can be made out to Franklin
County Christmas Project (FCCP)
or Toys for Tots. You can drop the
check off at any Apalachicola
State Bank Office, or mail to
Louise Allen, c/o Florida Jobs &
Benefits, 122 Market Street,
Apalachicola. We have over 300
little Stars,
For further information, you can
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Several local personalities were
suggested as possible members of
an advisory committee which
would facilitate the vocational
programs being set up.
Superintendant of Schools, C. T.
Ponder stated: "We have to move
fast, look for all the resources, and
see what to do to retrain our
In other news, the board read a
letter from a former Jail inmate,
Carlos A Barnes, who thanked the
board for the general education
materials he recieved. These en-
abled him to get his GED wh le In
jail. Superinderit Ponder sald,
"Hopefully that will help on a
more positive road in the future."
Other topics discussed was the
idea of having a security guard
in the schools to prevent violence.
Messiah to be

By George Chapel
The Apalachicola Bay Area Cho-
ral Society in conjunction with the
Ilse Newell Fundcfor the Perform-
ing Arts of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, Inc., will
George Frideric Handel's Messiah
on Sunday, 11-December, at
4 P. M. at historic Trinity Church
This biennial community perfor-
mance will be under the direction
of Eugenia Watkins, with the so-
loists and chorus accompanied by
Dr. Bedford Watkins on the organ,
and Luciano Gherardi, basso
continue, on the bass viol. The
solo recitatives will be performed
by Sharon Philyaw, Nancy
Totman, and Julia Six, sopranos,
Mark Jones, tenor, and Wesley
Chesnut, baritone.
Until Handel, oratorio was a genre
of music unknown in England.
Developed in Italy and on the con-
tinent, it usually consisted of an
Old Testament story without stage
action, set to the recitatives and
music. Such works served as op-
era substitutes during penitential
seasons. In marked contrast to
conventional oratorio libretto
however, the words in Messiah
ture and did not include aily
"newly" composed dramatic po-
etry. It has a strong Old Testa-
ment basis drawing heavily on the
prophetic passages of Isaiah, with
a brilliant compilation from the
New Testament.
King George II of Great Britain
had a major interest in music, es-
pecially opera, and was a patron
of the German composer, Handel.
The custom of standing for the
"Hallelulah" chorus, taken from
the Book of Revelation, is attrib-
uted to him. Awestruck, the King,
followed by his entire court, rose
to his feet when he first heard it
performed. Everyone is invited to
share in this Christmas Celebra-
tion of redemptive thanksgiving
and praise.
The Apalachicola Bay Area Cho-
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from Pot St. Joe, Apalachlcola,
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EMERALD COAST from page 1
ence overexcited. Chairman Mosconis then asked the county attor-
ney what plan ofacton the board decided on at the previous meeting.
After a short pause. Dr. Curry stated that the board had asked the
attorney to determine whether or not an audit was legal. Attorney
Barbara Sanders, who Is Emerald Coast Hospital's legal representa-
tive, offered, "As I understand the way county government works, the
board meets as a whole and acts as a whole. The board asked Its'
attorney the threshold question-whether the county can demand such
an audit. Today is the day for the attorney to report his findings-yes
or no or how you go about It. The next step, and it may not meet the
quickness that some members In the community wish...but that's
just the nature of govern. is to act. The county attorney has reported
and the next step is to act on that. I think your (Chairman Mosconls'l
point is that the specifics of what Dr. Cury wants to talk about are
beyond the realm of what the board what can do sitting here." Chair-
man Mosconis requested and Attorney Sanders agreed to make a list
of Dr. Curry's complaints and have them answered by the next board
meeitng. Sanders informed the board that Administrator Kenneth
Dykes had already volunteered to disclose the hospital's Tran mmell
Fund expenditure In the form of their Price Waterhouse audit. Sand-
ers also stated that Mr. Dykes had agreed to speak with any of the
commissioners concerning the audit report.


Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
Curry continued stating that Emerald Coast Hospital had a history of
saying one thing and doing the opposite. He felt that the hospital had
often hired substandard physicians, though tauted publically that
they possessed "quality medical care." Curry complained that when
he publically criticized the hospital for both hiring substandard phy-
sicians and withholding its' Trammell Fund expenditures, the hospital
responded by firinghim rather than discussing his compliants
publically. "Ms. Sanders has been their attorney for some time. She
could have come prepared to anwers the problems that were brought
up last time. It's very nice she can speak for Mr. Mosconis and tell
him what he needs to say. The issue is that the way they (Emerald
Coast Hospital) handled this by firing me as Medical Director, violat-
ing a contract I had with them which includes provision of liability
insurance and then suspending my privileges from the medical staff
because I had no liability insurance, which they themselves had can-
celled and which they under contract have to provide. And that is the
way they respond to criticism." Curry then urged commissioners to
obtain a state audit to report on all of the hospital's enterprises; he
said that the board also needed someone to interpret the audit.
Commissioner Braxton asked Dr. Curry if he were accusing the hos-
pital of anything illegal. Curry responded that he was accusing the
hospital of not providing quality medical care. He stated that after his
employment with the facility in August of 1993, he began to fear that
his license was being threatened because of what he considered a
careless working environment. Curry also noted that the facility had
neither a board certified or board eligible physician on staff. Curry
stated that Provident Medical Corporation hired physicians before
presenting them to the medical staff. "There is no hospital in the
country that would let the administration choose which doctor will
Resident Jennette Pedder stated that she was a member of Emerald
Coast Hospital's Board of Trustees appointed by the governor. Ms.
Pedder said that she contacted the governor's office recently to in-
quire why she was on a board that the hospital did not know existed.
Pedder said that after complaining to the state department in Talla-
hassee, an attorney from the state department wrote a letter to each
of the Franklin County Commissioners, the Franklin County Clerk of
Court and to the hospital. : : i; :
in March of 1993 and demanded 'that the hospital' acknowledge Its'
Board of Trustees. Pedde" said that'the hospital formed a citizens
advisory one money after they were contacted by the stated depart-
ment. "I consider that absolute arrogance on the part of the hospi-
tal," said Pedder.
Chairman Mosconis requested that Attorney Shuler contact Attorney
Ben Watkins and request that he "fire up" the Board of Trustees.
Following the chairman's request, audience members requested that
the commissioners make a motion to get a state agency to conduct an
audit for both fiscal and man. Commissioner Putnal motioned that
the board request HRS to conduct an audit. After a brief pause, audi-
ence members began demanding that a commissioner second the mo-
tion. Commlsioner Braxton seconded the motion and it passed unani-
mously. The board decision was followed by a room full of applause.




November 18, 1994

Mr. Jimmy Jimmy Mosconis, Chairman
Franklin County Commission
Franklin County Court House
Appalachicola, Florida 32320

Dear Mr. Mosconis:

Regarding the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 1994,
during which Provident Medical Corporation's appropriate use of our health care dollars
was discussed, we, The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, insist that you, the
County Commission, not take lightly, nor delay in having, an independent, detailed and
thorough audit of ALL of Provident's related health care businesses.

Should it develop that H.R.S. cannot in the near future, or will not, for any
unforseen reasons, perform an audit, we strongly request that you take the plunge and pay
for such an audit yourselves. After all, Commissioners are elected to oversee the welfare
of all citizens in the county.

We promise you that the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County will not let this
issue "just go away."

We further insist that the Board of Trustees be activated immediately and receive,
on a monthly basis, financial data as stipulated in the Third Amendment of the
Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners and Provident Medical

In closing, we further insist that all total results of the forthcoming audit be
published in The Franklin County Chronicle, and the Appalachicola/Carrabelle Times.


Jim Welsh, President
The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County

cc: Commissioners:
Buford Braxton
Edward Tolliver
Bevin Putilul -.-..
Raymond Wifiams
Tomr Suriaders

Kendall Wade, Clerk of Circuit Court
ECH Board of Trustees
Franklin County Chronicle
Applachicola/Carrabelle Times

Publisher's note: In case you have forgotten about the reach and
influence of the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, one can
recall the redistricting movement of several years ago, led by this
organization. Their efforts resulted in the present election dis-
tricts, realignment of the Board of County Commissioners, the
movement of the County Jail from Apalachicola to the Eastpoint
area, and dozens of other changes in the county's political and
social life.

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th
S" physlcitans for the hospital. That was offered to me the same day
That the medical staff had passed the resolution to request an audit
: What do you think that was done for?" In addition. Curry felt that his
I. goal to obtain board certified physicians was hardly unrealistic. He
pointed out that Carrabelle and Wewahltchka each have two board
certified physicians and that Panacea has one board certified physt-
clan. Curry responded to the possibility of being sued by Emerald
S.' Coast Hospital for libel and Slander. "i's hard to sue someone for
s telling the truth." He concluded. "People are ven' concerned about
S'-:.i this Issue from what I can see. They keep coming out of the wood-
Si work. I they %weren't. I'd be depressed as hell. The people of Franklin
County have to decide what they want their hospital to be. They need
Sto be in the business of knowing what's happening. They have to
realize that Provident Medical Corporation Is not the only game in

Administrator Ken Dykes
Following the 15 November Franklin County Commision Meeting,
Emerald Coast Hospital Administrator Kenneth Dykes was contacted
for a response. Mr. Dykes immediately stated that Dr. Tom Curry's
assertion that Provident Medical Corporation hired their physicians
before obtaining medical board approval was false. He presented the
Franklin County Chronicle with assessment sheets from medical staff
doctors Chai, Merrill, Salmon and Stark. Each of the doctors approved
hiring the newest physician in question. Dykes questioned Dr.
Tom Curry's criticism of their most recent recruitment and stated,
"It's interesting that they refer to their objection as coming from the
medical they're just three. You can't have it both ways."
Dykes said, "He's a career pathologist who has excellent credentials
and training. He comes with very good recommendations from Panama
City. His background is a lot like Dr. Stark's; he's an academic physi-
cian and a good scientist."
Administrator Dykes also stated that Dr. Tom Curry was offered a
chance to help recruit physicians. On the day before this fateful
medical staff, Dr. Stark provided'atnolive branch to Curry. Curry felt
that he could do the recruitment better then us. Dr. Stark made the
offer to Dr. Curry to lead the effort in physician recruitment."]
As of the 15 November meeting, Dykes related that the hospital was
considering libel and slander suits against Dr. Tom Curry. "We're not
in the business of filing lawsuits," assured Dykes. The administrator
stated that the hospital was interested in cooperating with the county's
request and would in good conscience submit a copy of their annual
audit from Price Waterhouse. "This is a private corporation and I think
that is an important issue, stated Dykes. He concluded, "The issue
is not and never has been about the Disproportionate (Trammell}
Funds. It's about who's managing the hospital. I'd like to see the
other side concentrate on that,"
Dr. Richard Stark was contacted on 19 November for a comment. He*
felt that while Dr. Curry had served Emerald Coast Hospital as an
excellent physician, he had began to hurt the facility by draining
their time and money. "I hate to see our money go to lawyers. I'd
much rather see it go into medical care." Stark felt that Dr. Tom Curry
had unrealistic goals for a county of 9200 residents. He affirmed that
Emerald Coast Hospital was dedicated to providing the best medical
care possible.

Dr. Photis Nichols Dr. Richard Stark
Dr. Photis Nichols was also contacted on 19 November for a com-
ment. Dr. Nichols objected to Administrator Kenneth Dykes' argu-
ment that Dr. Tom and Elizabeth Curry and he were only making
trouble for Provident Medical Corporation because they wanted ad-
ministrative control. "That's: absurd! A man of my age...what do I
want with control of their hospital? They can keep their hospital!"
Dr. Nichols felt that a lot of money was being drained away into the
home health program and stated that the community needed more
physicians involved in family practice. Dr. Nichols noted that Emer-
ald Coast Hospital had some very positive attributes. He praised the
facility's nursing staff as "one of the nicest I ever worked with" and
also referred to the staffs physicians assistants as "some pretty good
Dr. Tom Curry was also reached for a final comment on 19 November.
Dr. Curry felt that Emerald Coast Hospital was more concerned with
making money ahd less concerned with quality health care. "I've never
been interested in thinking about medicine as a business." Curry
acknowledged that Dr. Starks did offer him the opportunity to recruit

SHUBERT from page 1

tence would have the potential to
be overturned." Neill said the jury
was "one of the best I've ever seen,
perhaps the best Franklin County
has to offer."
After the trial ended, Helen
Eikman'told the Chronicle that
Padgett's family feels that "Justice
has been served, and they don't
want to comment." Padgett's
mother was in tears. Aulisio, who
remained seated at the defense
table talking with Shubert, com-
mented, "I'm reserving the right
to file for a new trial." Aulisio,
would not permit Shubert to
make any comments to the
Chronicle. "Not at this point,"
Aulisio said, "since the case will
be on appeal."
Closing arguments began around
2:45 P. M. Aullsio told Jurors that
Padgett, Michael' Roger Shubert
(also known as "Junior," "Little
Mike," and "Tattoo Mike") planned
the trip to Florida," and the father,
Michael Alan Shubert (also known
as "Senior," "Big Mike," and "Loui-
siana Mike") came along for the
ride and "sat in the back seat (of
the car) drinking." Padgett and
"Little Mike" stole the gun, a
22 Charter Arms semi-automatic
pistol, during a burglary they
committed in Spring Grove
shortly before they headed for
Florida. When the three men be-
gan their Journey southward, they
brought the gun with them. Fam-
ily members said Padgett was
never seen or heard from again.
Witnesses for the state who testi-
fled Wednesday, 9 November, said
a human skull had been brought
to a party at a Wakulla County
residence and displayed by the
Shubert's. A woman at the party

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November 11, 1994
Mr. Jimmy Mosconis, Chairman
Franklin County Commission
P.O. Box 340
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Dear Mr. Mosconis,
At the November 1, 1994, meeting of the County Commission, three members of our
medical staffraised issues relating to the hospital's expenditure and reporting of
disproportionate share funds. A number of comments were also made about the
hospital's public financial records and management practices. Some response seems in
First, hospital financial records are audited each year by Price Waterhouse, a nationally
recognized accounting firm with significant expertise In the healthcare field
Thbugh not required to do so, it is my understanding that the hospital has regularly
supplied the County Commission a copy of its annual auditedfinancial statements. (If
you are missing any copies and wish them, please let me know.) All ofthese annual
audited financial statements have been certified by Price Waterhouse to be In conformity
with generally accepted accounting principles and to fairly present, in all material
respects, the hospital's financial position and results ofoperations.
At the meeting a number ofstatements were made regarding the hospital's financial ,
transactions which were misleading and Inaccurate. The hospital has historically been
and continues to be unable to fully repay funds advanced to It by ts owner or to fully pay
for goods and services supplied 16 It through Its owner. Financially, the only reason that
the hospital has been able to continue to remain open over the years has been because of
the willingness of its owner to advance this cash and these services. During the
hospital's fiscal year which ended May 31, 1993, (the year referenced by Dr. Curry In his
presentation) the owner advanced the hospital an additional S234,572 In cash and
$206,787 In management services. Because four concern about the inaccuracies In the
November 1st presentation we asked our auditors, Price Waterhouse, to prepare a
special schedule summarizing "related party transactions". This schedule, which Is on
the last two pages of the attached auditedfinancial statement for the fiscal year ending
May 31, 1993, is providedfor your Information and clearly reflects the facts above.
Second, it is clear that there are some people who do not yet understand or who refuse to
acknowledge that the hospital is no longer a county operated facility. We respect and
treasure the sound working relationship we have developed with the County.Commission
and will do all we can to maintain it.' Yet, as a private corporation we must be permitted
to manage our own business. We can not allow a small group ofphysicians who
disagree with our management decisions, however loudly, to control our operations. For
that reason, we have no plans to participate in a divisive public debate over internal
management issues such as whether to buy new or refurbished beds or how best to
allocate space. We will, instead, devote our energy toward providing healthcare services
to our community.
Third, the hospital has consistently provided Information to the County Commission and
the community at large regarding its use ofdisproportionate share funds. Most recently,
a written report (detailing expenditures through October 31, 1994) was submitted to the
County Commission. When the remainingfunds are expended, we will provide an
updated report., Additionally, when the state eventually Issues its reporting requirements
pertaining to these funds, we will comply with their guidelines and supply you with a
copy. It is our understanding that the County Commission has been urged to take steps
to verify that the expenditures of these funds is reported accurately. To that end, we have
asked our accountant, Price Waterhouse, to include as apart oftheir audit four fiscal
year ending May 31, 1995, a schedule to be a part of our regular audited annual
financial statements which are certified by Price Waterhouse and which should more
than satisfy any questions concerning the accuracy ofthe data without additional
cost or bother to the county.
Again let me express my appreciation to you and the other members ofthe County
Commissionfor your continued interest in and support of the hospital.

Sincer [.ly ry .... .
nc e

Kenneth E. Dykes, Sr.

SHUBERT from page 6
called her sister in another state
and told her about the skull. The
out-of-state sister, concerned
about the safety of her sister in
Florida, notified Wakulla County
authorities. By the time deputies
arrived at the scene, the skull had
been removed from the residence,
and authorities were unable to
obtain any information about it.
In October 1993, a human skull,
minus the teeth, was discovered
in a wooded area near Alligator
Point. Skeletal remains, clothes,
and cartridges were later found in
an Isolated area between Panacea
and Alligator Point. A medical ex-
aminer determined |oe victim to
be Padgett, who had been re-
ported missing by his family.
Shortly after the father and son
were arrested over a year ago,
"Little Mike" confessed that he
fired the shots that killed Padgett
on the night of 17 February,
1993. In the attorney's closing

arguments, Aulisio pointed out
that the younger Shubert had
changed his story about what oc-
curred on the night of the shoot-
ing "three times." The son testi-
fled Thursday that his father fired
the first shot then ordered him to
"finish him off...or be finished off
with him." The son said he was
only trying to protect his father
when he said that he (Little Mike)
fired both shots. Aullsio said the
younger Shubert's "third version"
of what had happened when the
incident occurred "was to protect
himself, to lessen his culpability
as much as he can so he can be
paroled in 25 years."
Wade showed jurors a photograph
of Padgett. Referring to the elder
Shubert, Wade said, "If he's not
guilty, he's not guilty. If he's
guilty, he's guilty of first degree
murder." Wade commented that
some of the state's witnesses were
not cooperative, "didn't want to
testify," but gave their testimony
"as best they could." The prosecu-
tor accused Aulisio of "analyzing
each.little piece of evidence in-
stead of the "total, the whole."
Referring to the younger Shubert,
Wade said, "He is a murderer. He
is a convicted murderer. He got

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Early November 1992 marked the
beginning of twice monthly pub-
lication of the Franklin County
Chronicle, and along with the be-
ginning of a third year, the paper
Is expanding its production facili-
ties. As the newspaper has grown,
the physical space require for all
the support equipment, new
morgue (clip files) and production
personnel has also increased, so
the structure housing these of-
fices has been doubled in size.
This will facilitate a more orderly
production of the paper and ac-

Local Literacy
Project Moves

The Franklin CountyAdult Read-
ing Program (FCARP) changed its
program site in Apalachicola from
the Apalachicola Municipal Li-
brary to the Holy Family Center
on 20 October.

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commodate additional light tables
and layout space needed for more
frequent publication, in addition
to the requirements for preparing
spot and four-color materials.
Additional space was also needed
for computerized video editing as
the Chronicle renews the develop-
ment of a TV revenue stream. A
second anniversary dinner party
with "cake and yogurt" was cel-
ebrated on 19 November 1994
with the Chronicle's advisory
council, staff and friends, and
nearly 100 attending.



Dr. Curry's Allegations Concerning Franklin
County Health Care and
Emerald Coast Administration

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
On Tuesday 11/8/94. over the vigorous objections of three members of the
medical staff, the hospital administration hired a doctor to run the hospital
laboratory and to see patients in the emergency room and hospital. This doc-
tor is a pathologist, a specialist in laboratory medicine, with absolutely no
training or experience in providing medical care to emergency room or hospi-
talized patients.
NO conscientious hospital administrator in the country would consider a
physician with this background competent to care for acutely ill patients.
Provident Medical Corporation's willingness to hire this physician, particu-
larly in the face of the current controversy, clearly defines what Mr. Steely and
his associates mean when they write and speak of providing quality care to
Franklin County. The hospital administration says that It intends to train this
physician at Emrerald Coast for several months to correct his deficiencies.
Provident does not have a physician in its employ'with credentials to -train
another doctor;4nemgegency or hospitalmedicire., and to speak of such trained
ing is'a farce. If this physician wants to do emergency room and hospital ork
he should go to an approved medical residency program and retrain.
It is time for the citizens of Franklin County to demand quality health care.
Provident Medical Corporation, for whatever reason, is unable or unwilling to
consistently provide that care. I. and other members of the medical staff, have
asked the County Commissioners to obtain a detailed audit of Provident Medical
Corporation finances. I' believe that a detailed and through audit of all of
Provident's related health care businesses will make it abundantly clear where
the corporation's.priorities lie.
You, as citizens, must take responsibility for insisting that the County Com-
mission obtain the information you need to decide whether Provident is ap-
propriately using your health care dollars. I strongly urge you to contact your
County Commissioner and request an independent audit of Provident Medical
Thomas L. Curry, M. D.

life." The son was legally available
as a witness, and he was called,
Wade continued, describing the
testimony given by "Little Mike"
as "icing on the cake." Wade said
"no deal was made" for "Little
Mike's" testimony. Wade asked
Jurors to "Honor the oath you
took. Have the courage to do what
you swore you would do."
Aullslo addressed jurors a final
time and agreed the evidence
should be looked at in total, but
he said the state had not pre-
sented "a completed picture. My
client has not been charged with
being an accessory after the fact.
He's charged with first degree
murder." Aulisio also said earlier
in the trial that the elder Shubert
was not the one who brought the
gun to Florida and was not the
one who fired the fatal shots.
Aulisio asked jurors to "focus on


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the incident, not on what oc-
curred at a party six months
later." Aulisio stated that the wit-
nesses who were at the party
where the skull was displayed "all
have credibility problems." Aulisio
ended his closing argument by
telling jurors, "If there is reason-
able doubt, the case has not'been
proven, and the only ust and law-
ful verdict is not guilty."
Jurors retired to deliberate at
4:05 P. M., taking the evidence into
the jury room with them. At
4:35 P. M., ajuror knocked on the
door from inside the jury room,
signaling that they had reached a
verdict However, Judge Padavano
had left the courthouse briefly, so
jurors were required to remain
inside the ury room with the door
closed until 5:07 p. M. Prior to the
jurors' signal that they had
reached a verdict, Shubert, un-
der armed guard in the westside
lobby just outside the third floor
courtroom, smoked a cigarette
and chatted with deputies. Back
inside the courtroom, obviously
anxious and also obviously hope-
ful that he would be found inno-
cent, Shubert hastily Jotted notes
on a tablet at the defense table as
Jurors emerged from the jury
room and walked in single-file,
staring straight ahead, to the ury
box. Judge Padavano instructed
thejury foreman to hand the writ-
ten verdict to Deputy Clerk Marcia
Johnson, who read the verdict
aloud, "Guilty of first degree mur-
der with a firearm."
Shubert stared straight ahead
and showed no immediate visible
response. But as the minutes
passed following the announce-
ment of the verdict, he became
noticeably quieter, more solemn.
His face had paled, his eyes ex-
pressed defeat Reality was slowly
sinking in. He was a beaten man,
and the rapid change in his outer
countenance was visible proof,
beyond a reasonable doubt, that
deep inside he knew it
A spokesman for the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office said
Shubert was scheduled to be
transported to the North Florida
Reception Center at Lake Butler
for screening, then will be shipped
from there to an unknown loca-

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Dabbling in Art

The Franklin County Public Library's WINGS Program spent Thurs-
day, 27 October creating great works of art under the tutelage of
Perrianne McKeon.
Ms. Mckeon worked with sixteen young art enthusiasts at the
Eastpoint branch of the Franklin CountyLibrary. "I love kids" said
Ms. McKeon, "and love to watch them create things. It was a plea-
sure to work with the kids today; they were real focused and eager
to learn." The art demonstration was one of many recreational ac-
tivities that the WINGS program has held at the Franklin County
Library. Gloria Rounsaville, WINGS Coordinator for Eastpoint, said,
"I Just want to see the children experience as much cultural en-
richment as possible. I asked Perriane (Mckeon) to give this pre-
sentation, because I had seen her work and liked it. T had no idea
she'd be this good with the kids."

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New Wings

The Franklin County Public
Library's WINGS program painted
13 October psychedelic with their
first ever Tie Dye Day.
Sixteen adults and children gath-
ered their t-shirts, socks and even
shorts together and created a tie
dye wardrobe. For most of the
teen participants, it was the clos-
est thing to a "sixties experience"
in their young lives. "I'd never
done this before, but the kids
seem to be having a good
time....and so are we; and that's
what counts!" said Kathy Ray, an
Eastpoint Parent. Teen partici-
pant Lindsey Page summed up
the event: "This is the coolest time
i've had ever."
The WINGS project is a commu-
nity Juvenile Justice Grant Pro-

WINGS Program

A group of Franklin County teens
recently completed a law educa-
tion program geared toward
teaching adolescents about the,
consequences of crime. The pro-
gram is designed to provide par-
ticipants with a better under-
standing of criminal law and the
legal and moral consequences of
breaking the law. It focuses on de-
fining common law violations
committed by juveniles and
adults and the penalties for com-
mitting those crimes. The partici-
pants worked through several
case studies in order to learn
problem solving skills to help
them make sound, ethical deci-
sions in the future. The law edu-
cation course was taught by Linda
Balsters and Nancy Dykes of the
Juvenile Alternative Services Pro-
gram. The course was one of a
series of weekly field trips, lec-
tures, and video presentations
being offered to a group of
Franklin County teens every
Wednesday at 3:00 PM. The pro-
gram Is based at the Holy Family
Catholic Center in Apalachicola.
The topics include law education,
vocational training, career explo-
ration, substance abuse issues,
sail training, and the history and
natural resources of Franklin
County. This program is being
made possible by a joint effort
between the Department of Juve-
nile Justice, The Apalachicola
Maritime Museum, and the Wings
program. The events are hosted
by several civic-minded people in
the community, including the As-
sistant State Attorney, law en-
forcement officers, and state and
county employees, who are volun-
teering their time to help with this
endeavor. The program Is de-
signed to provide constructive af-
ter-school activities and positive
use of leisure time for Franklin
County teenagers aged 13 to 17.
If you are interested in volunteer-
ing a small amount of time to as-
sist with this project or would like
your teenage son or daughter to
participate, please call Lanette
Griffin at 653-8883.

Franklin County Library Director
Eileen Annie announced at their
15 November Library Board Meet-
ing that Chaz Mikell would be-
come the next WINGS Coordina-
tor for the Holy Family Center in
Mr. Mikell, a career musician as
well as a previous law enforce-
ment officer, spoke excitedly
about his new position. "I feel like
this will give me the opportunity
to do something for the commu-
nity. It's very important that we
work with our children. It's an
importanttime in their lives where
they are molded into adults. They
need to see what's available to
them and the WINGS program
offers the kids those opportuni-
Mikell mentioned the possibilities
of field trips, career counseling
and career days as well as art
appreciation, game days and song
writing as some of the projects
that the kids can find at the Holy
Family Center. "Right now," said
Mikell, "We're trying to recruit
children to Join our program and
to let folks know about us." Those
interested in learning more about
the WINGS program in
Apalachicola may call Chaz Mikell
at the Holy Family Center at 653-

Div Of Foresty Fire
Calls Involve 42% In-
tentionally Set

Tony Millender, Forest Area Su-
pervisor reported to the last meet-
ing of the Franklin County Board
of County Commissioners fire ac-
tivities (1 July 1993 through
30 June 1994). He stated that the
Division responded to 72 fire calls
during the year in which 48 were
wildfires burning 3,238 acres in
a total universe of 251,510 acres.
Figure One shows the cause of
these fires, their number and the
burned acerage.
Figure One
Fires by number, cause and
burned acreage
Cause Fires Acres
Lightning 5 1248
Campfires 1 170
Smoking 0 0
Debris Burning 7 1198
(man-made) 20 573
Equipment 6 5
Railroad 0 0
Children 1 0
Unknown 6 43
Miscellaneous 2 1

What is particularly striking
about the past year's data is the
large number of incendiary or
man-made, intentionally set,
fires. This amounts to 42 percent
of all fires responded to by the Di-
vision of Forestry.
There are seven rural volunteer
fire departments operating in
Franklin County in the commu-
nities of Alligator Point, Dog Is-
land, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St.
George Island, Carrabelle and St.
James-Lanark, with some trucks
being provided by the Division of
Forrestry. The Division was
successfully in obtaining $1,415
through federally funded pro-
grams to purchase fire fighting
equipment for the St. James/
Lanark, Dog Island and Alligator
Point volunteer teams. This
largely consisted of radio equip-
ment for those departments.

Consumer News

You Can Use

Don't Let the Turkey Get You

By Judy Corbus
Shopping. Brightly-colored packages. Turkey roasting in the oven.
Cookies and sweets. Family get-togethers. These things usually come
to mind when someone mentions "Christmas holidays." However, one
thing we often don't think about during the holiday season is foodborne
Foodborne illness, often called food poisoning, is caused by bacteria
in food. This bacteria is destroyed by cooking foods at the proper
temperature but can return if foods are left out at room temperature
for more than two hours. Bacteria grow best at temperatures between
400 and 1400F so it is important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods
During the holidays, it can be easy to overlook food safety. We often
are rushed with extra activities and feeding visitors, but a case of
foodborne illness can quickly dampen the festivities. To protect your-
self and others against foodbore illness, follow these safe food han-
dling guidelines:
Wash hands in hot soapy water both before and after handling raw
meat, poultry, and fish and before handling other foods. Bacteria from
meat and their juices are easily transferred to other foods by im-
proper handling.
Use a plastic or glass cutting board. The grooves in wooden boards
can harbor bacteria. Wash the cutting board, knives, and work sur-
face with hot soapy water after cutting raw meat, poultry, and fish
and before preparing other foods.
There are 3 ways to safely defrost a turkey. The easiest way is to put
the frozen turkey in the refrigerator, allowing one day for each
5 pounds. You also can use the cold water method. Submerge the
wrapped turkey in cold water, changing the cold water every
30 minutes. The third way is to use the microwave oven, if the turkey
is not too large. Remove the wrapping as soon as it becomes loose. It
is safe to leave the metal hock lock on the turkey legs while
microwaving but check your specific oven's manual. Place the turkey
in a glass baking dish and rotate it top to bottom and end to end
during defrosting. A general rule is 6 minutes per pound on medium-
low (30% power) or a little,more than an hour for a 12-pound turkey.
Consult your oven manual for times and power settings.
Thaw other food in the microwave or refrigerator. NEVER thaw food
on the kitchen counter. Bacteria can grow on the outside layers of the
food before the inside thaws. Also, marinate foods in the refrigerator.
Use a meat thermometer to test the,.turkey for donene8s. For a whole
turkey, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner
thigh, without touching the bone. The turkey is done when the ther-
mometer reads 180F. For a turkey breast, insert the thermometer
into the thickest part of the beast, again without touching the bone.
The turkey breast is done when the temperature reaches
1700 to 1750F.
If you are preparing a fresh ham, test for doneness by inserting a
meat thermometer into the center of the ham. The ham is done when
the temperature reaches 1600F.
Do not stuff turkey ahead of time:. Mix dry ingredients for stuffing
then add liquid ingredients and stuff ust before putting the turkey in
the oven. Add 30 Minutes to the roasting time when cooking a stuffed
turkey. Test stuffing by inserting avmeat thermometer into the thick-
est part of the stuffing. stuffing should reach 1650F.
When turkey is done, remove stuffing immediately and slice the tur-
key. Keep any extra stuffing hot while you eat by placing it in a 200F
NEVER leave food, hot or cold, at room temperature for more than 2
Divide large amounts of leftovers into small portions and refrigerate
in shallow containers. This allowsfTor quick cooling and reduces the
risk of bacterial growth. Don't pack the refrigerator full-cool air needs
to circulate to keep foods cold andsafe. Be sure your refrigerator is
40F or colder. The freezer should be OF.
To reheat gravies, soups, and sauqes, brinq to a rolling boil. Thorouqhly
heat other leftovers to 1650F or until hot and steaming. In the micro-
wave oven, cover food and rotate dish so it heats evenly.
Use leftover turkey and side dishes within 3 to-4 days. Use stuffing
andgravy within 1 to 2 days. Freeze for longer storage and use within
2 to 4 months.
Don't let foodborne illness be an uninvited guest this holiday season.
Take a few extra moments to handle food carefully and really enjoy
the tastes and smells of the season!

Judy Corbus is the Multi-County Home Economics Exten-
sion Agent with the University of Florida Franklin County
Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative-Extension
Service provides educational information and other services
to indifiduajs without regard to race, color, sex, age, handi-
cap, or national origin.
For more information, contact the Franklin County Coop-
erative Extension Service at (904) 653-9337. (VITDD, via the
Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-B771.)

Citizen Enjoys Helping Others
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Michael Allen
"I believe in working as a team. I
think if everyone believed that way
there wouldn't be any problems
in the world." This is the credo of
Environmental Tech, Michael
Allen, who recently won
Apalachicola Health Care Center's
resident room-decorating contest.
The contest, sponsored by Senior
Care Properties was designed as
a morale boosting event for both
staff and residents. Both goals
were accomplished. Almost every
staff member either 'adopted' a
resident's room or teamed up to-
gether to decorate one room. The
staff then worked closely with
residents, noting preferences and
tastes of the Individuals in the
nursing facility. Both staff and
residents were very e-cited about
placing the new decorations-
from wall-hangings, plants, to
rugs and knickknacks in their
respective rooms.

Sister Vanna Rauth of the Martin
House, and Melanie Shiver, an
employee of Nichols clinic judged
the rooms on overall quality, cre-
ativity and appearance. They then
met for a brieftime and tallied
points to determine the ilrst place
Allen chose the room of Ms.
Emma Davis, who was 'thrilled'
about the way her room was done.
Mr. Allen received a $75 first prize
award from Mitch Rutoskey,
President of Senior Care Proper-
ties, in a recent awards ceremony
at the facility.
Mr. Allen, who hopes to someday
earn his R.N. degree, credits his
success in his two full-time jobs
(he is also employed at the Red
Rabbit) to a strong work ethic that
his mother and father taught him.
I le said they also taughthim the
value of family which now trans-
lates to his own family of five chil-
dren. Mr. Allen is married to
Amanda Allen and they make
their home in Apalachicola. Allen
also credits his sister, Susan
Wright, a CNA at the nursing cen-
ter for encouraging him to get into
the nursing Held because she
knew "he loved people." Allen was
very appreciative of the award and
also to Senior Care Properties for
sponsoring the contest. "It didn't
matter to me ifI won or not," Allen
stated, "What is important was
that Ms. Davis liked her room.
That was all that really mattered."

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