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Waterfront office opens


cuts ribbon
Chronicle Correspondent
The Carrabelle Waterfront
Partnerships Office was officially
opened with a ribbon-cutting cer-
emony Friday, Nov. 30, and car-
ried the opening celebration over
into Saturday, Dec. 1.
On Friday afternoon, Mayor
"Curley" Messer, cut the ribbon
for the new office of at 701
Marine Street. He was assisted
by Sheila Hauser and Suzanne
Zimmerman of the. Carrabelle
Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday morning, the
members and board of
Carrabelle CARES held an
Open House to show off their
new office with the community,
recruit volunteers, and encour-
age them to share their views of
what they would like to see for
the Carrabelle waterfront. A pair
of surveys, one mailed and one
filled out by volunteer surveyors,
are helping them to gather this
The participants and win-
ners in a community children's
art contest were on display, and
were the biggest draw of the day.
The theme the youngsters were
portraying was "As I want to see
it," and generated some very tal-
ented, comprehensive displays of
"These kids are very prag-
matic about what they want, the
waterfront to be," said Gathana

Parmenas, studying the entries
displayed on a fence. "They want
more docks, fishing areas, trash
cans and benches, lots of green
The children were mindful
of other needs, as well. One sec-
ond-place entry had a perky
palm tree bracketed between a
boarded-up fish house and a
spritely shrimping boat aptly
named "New Hope." That vision
was of economic resurgence was
submitted by Franklin County
senior Tommie Lee Bowden.
Other themes were river
clean-up, new docks and boat
launches, and landscaping.
Meanwhile, casual strollers
and visitors who stopped by for
Christmas cookies and hot apple
cider, freely gave suggestions to
the surveyors who filled out their
forms, interview-style. Carrabelle
resident Gene Spivey, old
enough to remember the heyday
of the shrimping business along
the river, had some good con-
crete suggestions to make to sur-
veyor Lesley Cox.
"We need a tide marker,"
Spivey said. "We had one years
ago, and we still need one now in
the river." Spivey's other sugges-
tions included establishing safe
building codes from the shore to
300 yards inland, for up to a
Category Three storm, to miti-
gate storm damage; enforcement
of litter laws; establishment of a
weather station, and to continue
the search for funds.
Meanwhile, Waterfront
Partnership Director Tamara
Allen was proudly showing off

Joan Matey decorates the sidewalk.

the new office, newly refurbished
and furnished by the City of
Carrabelle. Sporting freshly pan-
eled and painted interior and
exterior, office furniture and
equipment, the former Coast
Guard masters' office has a new
face. "The city even refreshed the


old dock," she said, "with new
deck and hand rails."
Another aspect of the water-
front refurbishment is the new
boat launch ramps and docks,
construction of which is sched-
Continued on Page 8


arrives on

St. George
Dozens of youngsters had
an opportunity to let
Santa know their
Christmas wishes when
St. Nick arrived on St.
George Island on
Saturday, Dec. 1. And
they got a taste of
Christmas when Santa
passed out some early
presents to the kids. The
annual event at the light
of the palms was held this
year at St. George Inn.
The event also featured
hayrides and snacks.




case for



Chronicle Staff
Are Franklin County's pleas
to protect the Apalachicola Bay
being heard in Tallahassee?
"Loud and clear."
That was the assessment of
David Sole, secretary of the state
Department of Environmental
Protection, during a meeting
Friday, Nov. 30, at the court-
house. The meeting drew about
100 people from across the
region, and came a day after a
delegation from Franklin
County met with Gov. Charlie
Crist in Tallahassee.
The meeting was called to
let local people express their
views on the current situation
and "to clarify where Florida is
at in this dialog," Sole said.
"Getting your input on this issue
is critical."
Florida, Alabama, and
Georgia have fighting over water
since 1990. The current round is
exacerbated by a serious drought
that is threatening Atlanta's
water supply in Lake Lanier.
Georgia wants to hold more
water in the reservoir, depriving
Apalachicola Bay of freshwater
that oysters and other animals
need. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers earlier this month cut
minimum flows into the river by
5 percent in response to
Georgia's demands.
Sole began the meeting by
clearing up some "misconcep-
tions" about Florida's position.
He said that contrary to some
belief, there was never a "deal"
cut to settle the issue. Florida has
not acquiesced to Georgia's
demands to divert water away
from the Apalachicola River.
As expected, residents who
spoke Friday were in agreement
that diverting water from the
river was damaging Franklin
County's economy and threat-
ened to end a way of life enjoyed
on the Bay for generations.
Franklin County Commissioner
Bevin Putnal recounted fighting
this battle for many years, and
each time a new plan is devised,
more damage occurs.
"God created a perfect envi-
ronment to grow oysters ... you
don't improve on perfection," he
said. He worries about the future
of independent oystersmen who
work for themselves and "don't
have a boss...accept your wife."
The Bay is now like a heart with
clogged arteries. The "life flow
that keeps it alive" needs to be
restored, he said.
Others who followed him
echoed his sentiments, some sup-
porting their statements with sci-
entific data, and others telling
personal stories of their own
experiences on the Bay.
Several speakers said
Georgia has neglected to enact
conservation measures, and con-
tinues to squander precious
water through unchecked
overdevelopment in the Atlanta
Continued on Page 2

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Highs in the
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lows in the
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Florida At A Glance

More Water from Page 1
Validating the belief that the
Bay's problem is really the entire
region's problem is that officials
from Jackson and Gadsden
counties attended to talk about

the impact of saltwater intruding
What happens next in the
ongoing controversy is a Dec. 11
meeting in Tallahassee between
the governors of Florida,
Alabama and Georgia. Sole said

the meeting was an opportunity
to work toward a solution that
each state could live with. He
downplayed calls for more legal
action, saying a long court fight
has not been productive so far.

Franklin included in

federal disaster area

The U.S. Department of
Agriculture designated 58
Florida counties as primary nat-
ural disaster areas because of
losses caused by the drought.
In addition to Franklin,
nearby counties included are:
Gadsden, Leon, Bay, Liberty,
Gulf, Calhoun, Wakulla,
Jackson and Washington.
The counties were designat-
ed natural disaster areas on Nov.
26, making all qualified farm
operators in the designated areas
eligible for low interest emer-
gency (EM) loans from USDA's


Tis' the season for giving
and there are many ways you
can give back to your communi-
ty this holiday season.
Whether you're donating
money, gifts, or your time, the
Better Business Bureau Wise
Giving Alliance has guidance to
help make sure your contribu-
tions have the most
benefit for those in need this hol-
iday season.
According to the Giving
USA Foundation, donations
totaled $295 billion in
2006; individuals accounted for
83.3 percent of this amount. In
addition to donations, more than
61 million Americans volun-
teered their time for charitable
and national service organiza-
If you plan on being one of
the millions of Americans to
donate time or money this holi-
day season, the BBB Wise
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lowing advice:
When in doubt, check it
out. When an unfamiliar organi-
zation asks you for a donation,
don't give without gathering
details about the charity, the
nature of its programs and its

Farm Service Agency (FSA),
provided eligibility requirements
are met.
Farmers in eligible counties
have eight months from the date
of the declaration to apply for
loans to help cover part of their
actual losses. FSA will consider
each loan application on its own
merits, taking into account the
extent of losses, security avail-
able and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of programs,
in addition to the EM loan pro-
gram, to help eligible farmers
recover from adversity.

USDA has also made other
programs available to assist
farmers and ranchers, including
the Emergency Conservation
Program, Federal Crop Insur-
ance and the Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program.
Interested farmers may con-
tact their local USDA Service
Centers for further information
on eligibility requirements and
application procedures for these
and other programs. Additional
information is also available
online at: http://disaster.fsa.

guide for the season

use of funds. Also contact the go to charity" or "your purchase
BBB Wise Giving Alliance or go will benefit a charity." Look for
to for a BBB disclosure that indicates thi
Wise Giving ReportTM on the actual or estimated amount o
charity. the purchase price that the chari
Think before you give. If ty will receive to fund its pro
you are solicited at the mall or grams.
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ity's name and address. Get full ing cards, address labels or othe
identification from the solicitor merchandise with an appeal fo
and review it carefully. Ask to see donations, you are not obligated
written information on the char- to make a donation or pay for the
ity's programs and finances, items.
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on the spot. Legitimate charities not demand donations; they will
will welcome your money ingly provide written informa
tomorrow. If the solicitor pres- tion about their programs
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one million charities in the U.S., ices. Consider donating food
it's not surprising that some toys, clothing or other item:
charity names sound alike. Be needed during the holidays
careful that the one soliciting Volunteering your time is anoth
you is the one you have in mind. er useful and much appreciate
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Daytona Beach 77
Fort Lauderdale 81
Fort Myers 83
Gainesville 77
Hollywood 80
Jacksonville 72
Key West 81
Lady Lake 80
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Madison 75
Melbourne 81
Miami 80
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Phoenix 67 55
San Francisco 55 39
Seattle 40 29
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The UV Index is measured on a 0 11 number scale, 0 o11
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skin protection.

Franklin County Commission Chairman Noah Lockley, right, welcomes the state delegation
to the meeting. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Sole is third from



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Memories of boat parades of the past

This year marks the 15th
Annual Carrabelle Boat Parade
of Lights, and brings back a lot
of happy, festive memories.
The first Christmas boat
parade was sponsored by the
newly-formed Timber Island
Yacht Club to foster interest in
waterfront events. Not too many
entries that first year, but pro-
claimed a success anyway.
In ensuing years, the event's
popularity grew quickly, bringing
more entries, the establishment
of categories of boat type and
size, and increasingly elaborate
and imaginative designs. From
the simple sailboat outlines to
big recreational fishing yachts
and commercial shrimp boats
outlined with colored lights,
staffed with elves, blasting
Christmas music and waving

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By Laurel Newman

Santas blaring "Ho ho ho!' up
and down the river, it became the
centerpiece of the whole town's
holiday celebrations.
Boat owners guarded their
decorating schemes jealously,
many of them shrouding the ves-
sels while decorating was in
progress, only revealing them the

night of the parade.
Memorable parades include
the year Thomas Lee Brannon
introduced the first lighted Santa
in a sleigh with reindeer drawing
it into the sky off the flying
bridge of his boat. That particu-
lar decoration has been seen
often since.
Another memorable contest
was eclipsed by the completely
light-covered shrimp boat
"Amanda Belle," which threw
rainbows of reflected lights from
shore to shore.
Just a couple of years ago,
the Carrabelle Lighthouse
Association took first place
hands-down with a well-outlined
lighted replica of the Crooked
River Light. The replica's life did
not end there, however. It made
an appearance in the following

year's Camp Gordon Johnston
Days Parade, to lots of applause
from the parade watchers.
But the all-time best (to
date), one of those kept under
cover until it was in place in the
line and the parade started to
move, was The Grinch, whose
evilly-grinning green lights face
towered over the river like a par-
ody of a Macy balloon on the
water. Shouts of appreciation
and applause echoed up and
down the route, and the clever
concept was forced to perform
two or three encores before
returning to its berth so the own-
ers could go to the after-parade
party and awards ceremony to
receive their first-place award.
Back then, many of the
yacht club's activities were cen-
tered at Saunders Seafood on

Timber Island, and the boat
parade party was probably the
biggest event held there all year.
Tim and Cristina Saunders, not
only offering the use of the facil-
ities, also contributed enough
seafood to feed an army.
Ah, the good old happy
Now that the Timber Island
Yacht Club and Saunders
Seafood are no more, the
Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce has taken over sponsor-
ship and organization, and built
a Christmas celebration on river
and land, with the parade as the
centerpiece of the evening. So
make sure and come to town
before "dark-thirty" Saturday,
Dec. 8, get a good seat anywhere
along the town waterfront, for a
marvelous spectacle!

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Carrabelle holiday

decorating contest
It's time to untangle the lights, bring out the staple gpn and let
your imagination and decorating talents run wild.
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce announces the
annual holiday decorating contest for area homes and businesses.
Residents from St. James Bay Golf Course to Lighthouse Estates,
plus local businesses, may fill out the application below. -Drop the
application off at the Carrabelle Chamber at 105 St. James Avenue or
mail to: Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, P O Drawer DD,
Carrabelle, Fl. 32322.
The winners will be announced Thursday, December 20th and
the awards can be picked up at the Chamber Office on Friday,
December 21st or later. Deadline for signing up is December 17th.
Please contact the Chamber office at (850) 697-2585 or email cham- for further information.



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Watch out for manatees
Florida manatees are on the move seeking warm-water sites to
spend the winter. That means boaters must be cautious about looking
out for our official marine mammal and for changing speed zones on
Manatees generally start traveling to warm water when the air
temperature drops below 50 degrees or when the water temperature
dips to 68 degrees.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
changes seasonal speed zone signs in mid-November on many water-
ways to accommodate manatee migration.
Boaters should scan the water near or in front of the boat look-
ing for swirls resembling a large footprinta, a repetitive line of half-
moon swirls, a mud trail, a snout or fluke (tail) breaking the water's
Kipp Frohlich, leader of the FWC's Imperiled Species
Management Section, said boaters can help manatees have a safe
migration by doing the following:
* Stay in marked channels.
* Wear polarized sunglasses to improve vision.
* Obey posted boat speed zones.
* Use poles, paddles or trolling motors when in close proximity to
* Have someone help scan the water when under way.
"If you thinly you see a manatee, give it plenty of room because
it may not be alone. It may have a calf or be traveling with other man-
atees," Frohlich said.
For more information about manatees, visit


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The Franklin Chronicle

In Lanark, there's a limit

to open government
In 30 years of newspaper work, I've never seen a more public
affront to open government than what I witnessed last week in
Lanark Village.
A member of the public was prohibited from attending a public
meeting. Why? It wasn't because he was
disruptive. He hadn't said a word.
Officially, the reasons given were
that there is "a criminal investigation"
of him and his behavior at prior meet-
As you may know by now, the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Board voted 2-1 to prohibit
Lanark resident Bill Snyder from attend-
Te ECJ '. ing their Board meetings. This was
despite the fact that the Sheriff's Office
By Russell Roberts had told the board chairperson that it
y would not prohibit him from attending,
and despite the fact that Snyder's lawyer
accompanied him and assured the Board that Snyder would not
speak. The Board allowed no public comment before taking the vote.
Snyder has frequently been critical of the Lanark District Board.
He is chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village, a group
that supports dissolution of the Water District.
After the meeting, I asked Board attorney Brian Armstrong what
state law permitted such drastic action. I fully expected him to cite a
statute, but he didn't. Instead, he told me he knew of no specific state
law that allowed members of the public to be banned from public
meetings before they were disruptive.
I asked Armstrong whether I could be prohibited from attending
meetings if the Board didn't like what I wrote. No, he said, the Board
wouldn't do that, but Snyder had been so disruptive at prior meetings
that two members of the Board feel threatened by Snyder's presence.
Armstrong noted that I haven't seen Snyder's behavior at some of the
meetings so I don't know how vocal he can get.
He's right. At the meetings I've been at when Snyder has been
present, he does have a tendency to raise his voice when he's inter-
rupted or when he's trying to correct something someone else said.
At a recent County Commission meeting, he raised his voice when
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders inade a comment he disagreed with,
prompting Commissioner Sanders to chide him to lower his voice.
Snyder quickly regained composure and apologized. But the County
Commission didn't react by voting to ban him from future meetings.
And threatening? Again, I haven't been to all the meetings when
Snyder has been present, but the only threat I can see that Snyder
poses to the Lanark Board is threatening their ability to do as they
please without public comment.
Continued on Page 6

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Imported seafood hazardous

to your health?
Well, golly gee, I never would have guessed but
believe it or not imported seafood may be haz-
ardous to your health-and your kids' health, and
your future kids' health, and your kids' still in the
womb health, and
your grandmother's
health. Yes, yes the
whole family. My, my
.. it is so hard to
believe. Don't we have
government people
checking on this stuff?
Ah, actually, no
we don't. Less than
one percent of import- 1
ed seafood is inspect-
ed in the U.S.
Alabama is one of By Richard E. Noble
the few states that
check, according to an ABC commentary, and they
reject 50% to 60% of what they see.
Why does it get rejected? Well-sometimes the
fish is just plain unhealthy; other times it is filled
with banned or even poisonous chemicals; some-
times the imported seafood contains banned addi-
tives; sometimes it contains chemicals and antibi-
otics used in aquaculture farming to enhance
growth and postpone death in their products that
may in the long run have just the opposite effect on
you and your longevity; sometimes it contains
"malachite green" a fungicide that "studies show"
may cause cancer and birth defects; it may be that
the fish is actually being raised in raw sewage.
And when the importers get caught using
something bad in their aquaculture formula or in
their packing and processing techniques, they sim-
ply change what they are using and put in a differ-
ent bad and hazardous thing. And they get away
with it because they are confident that the U.S.
won't have enough inspectors to catch it. These for-
eign producers just don't care, says this article from
But I would like to suggest that today's foreign
producer is probably last year's American produc-
ers who left our shores because he didn't like obey-
ing our rules, regulations, safety requirements, or
paying U.S. taxes or wages. So don't think "local"
think "global." It may not be "them" it may be
"us." It could be YOU!
The world is now filled with conglomerates
and multi-nationals. You may be getting a dividend
check from some of these "terrible" people right
now. Your investment portfolio or retirement pack-
age may contain stocks from these very companies
operating all over the world exploiting the poor,
poisoning the average, destroying the environment,
polluting the oceans and ground water and enrich-

Who knew?
ing the better-off and the wealthy.
It seems that in today's highly supported and
much praised global economy, there may be a
glitch or two-like huge domestic unemployment,
the loss of highly paid skilled jobs, loss of neces-
sary industry, destructive and negative competi-
tion, massive pollution, unhealthy imports, dwin-
dling exports and a disintegrating middle class
being just a few.
I was reading a biography of George Meany,
the labor union boss, recently and he posed a rather
interesting question, I thought. He wanted to know
if a great nation could survive on an economy
where everyone was shining each others' shoes. He
was making reference to the service industry
replacing our once powerful industrial industry. It
was once the case that 80% of America's economy
was industrial and 20% services. Today it is exactly
the reverse. We are in effect shining each others'
shoes-you remodel my bathroom and I mow your
A few years back I was investigating this issue
of imported seafood. At first I thought the destruc-
tion and lack of interest in seafood workers and the
seafood industry was a local issue. But then I began
getting information from all over the United States.
Not just from the Gulf States but from the East
Coast and the West Coast. It seemed that the fish-
ing and seafood industry all over America was on
the decline and much of the decline was not due to
the local issues entirely but actually the national
It did seem that our federal and then conse-
quently our state government because they are
attached at the wallet, were not on the domestic
fishermen's side in most of these issues. A few dol-
lars did trickle down here and there but it was clear
that the big money and the heavy support was
going offshore. The foreign fishing lobbies were big
And now we see the results-80% of our
seafood is imported and 50 to 60% of it is not
healthy or even recommended for eating.
We are told by all the health experts to eat
more seafood and 80% is imported and 60% at
minimum is contaminated or disease infested.
One of the Alabama fish inspectors is quoted
in this ABC article as saying that if it is imported,
he wouldn't even eat it-and he would advise other
Americans to do the same.
Wow, aren't you glad you live here on pristine
Apalachicola Bay? I think I'll buy some nice Gulf
shrimp from one of our shrimpers or local dealers
or take a walk out on the Eastpoint pier and catch
me a few fresh whiting or spotted sea trout. See you
out there.

December 7, 2007 Page 5



The vet responds
to The Eastpointer
Dear Editor,
I read with grave concern the column
in your paper by Richard E. Noble "I love
My Little Marine, but..." regarding the
shooting of his cat and "the Vet". I did
not know whether to get a restraining
order, a concealed weapons permit or
both. I am particularly concerned with his
concept of shooting me because he thinks
I am ugly. This is a dangerous concept to
many other potential victims. I realize that
I am no magazine cover boy, but has Mr.
Noble looked in the mirror lately?
He looks to the Supreme Court for a
possible resolution; however that would
require lawyers and such (he should write
a column on them!). I feel this should be
resolved locally. I could challenge him to a
duel, but I have not fired a gun in years
and may be a little rusty in my shooting
skills. Besides, he already has gunfire on
his mind and is probably way ahead of me
there. A war of words in a public debate
was contemplated, however he is an
accomplished author and this would be
unfair to me.
I do have an acceptable solution. I am
throwing the gauntlet down. I hereby chal-
lenge Mr. Noble to a 20 mile foot race in

Tate's Hell. Just him, me and the bears. I
will even give him a few days to train and
a 5 minute head start.
Dr. Hobson Fulmer
"The Vet"
P.S. I have known Mr. Noble for 25 years.
He is a gentle soul and probably is inca-
pable of killing anything other than time
or raw oysters.

Lanark Water


sees problems
Dear Editor:
On .tonight's agenda we read that
members of the community are reduced to
the role of customers rather than voting
members of the community. Voters over-
whelmingly, on two occasions, informed
the LVWSD board to let Carrabelle take
over operation of this district. The majori-
ty of voters' voices are not heard by some
on the LVWSD board who seemingly for-
got their high school history classes on the
U.S. Constitution. Our Constitution said,
"We the people of the United States, in
Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish justice, insure domestic tranquil-

ity, provide for the common defense, pro-
mote the general welfare, and secure the
blessings of our posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the United
States of America."
Government is a bit more complex than
mere business. The Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District is a government agency
with responsibility to govern and be held
accountable for their actions. The U.S.
Constitution intended for fair and open pro-
cedures protect rights and public input into
policy decision-making. These processes are
basic prerequisites for democracy; ensure
Lanark Village Water and Sewer District
officials do not abuse their power; require
compliance with laws and standards; pro-
hibit engaging in secret government; and
expects officials to use discretion in a ration-
al manner. Also, government is subject to
post-decision accountability. Yet, we wit-
nessed the LVWSD pass rules against trans-
parency and limit public comment.
There is a December 6 date by which
Carrabelle needs to begin work on moving a
filter system. It is only fair that we give
Carrabelle a signed document that shows
them this board intends to go forward with
the asset transfer. The LVWSD attorney's
time spent on the asset transfer contract is in
the best interest of the district's voters and
residents. Failure to meet Carrabelle's needs
and respect their deadline is a breach of a

verbal contract and seemingly an act of
In addition, Chairperson Rohrs failed
to act in the best interests of the commu-
nity when ... she did nothing to protect
other members of the audience from the
chaotic behavior which resulted in a per-
sonal injury. Her behavior as an elected
official was wrong.
We, as the voters, need to ask this
board and their attorney who will benefit
and who will lose if the agreement
between Carrabelle and Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District fails. It seems
the Government Utility Authority will
have free reign as there is no constitution-
al protection against private conduct
when government gives away discretion
over operation of governmental pro-
grams. Just like in the case of Lehigh,
Florida and the Texas Utility Authority,
the Lanark residents will be left to pay for
the benefits gained by the few.
I request Barbara Rohrs resign her
position as a member of the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District Board.
Her inactions and -actions in serving this
community indicate she heard the voters,
but will not listen to them. This is wrong.
It is only right for Ms. Rohrs to resign
because she refuses to serve the best inter-

Continued on Page 6

In praise of whistleblowers and troublemakers
BY HARRIETT BEACH trouble makers or whistle blow- Charlie I was not pleased! Now elected leaders in the important resident, have for many m(
Lanark Resident ers who shout out warnings of England could not grow fat from decisions they make on our been loudly shouting thai

Troublemakers are often the
very people we love to hate
because they make us face
change ... and we do not take
kindly to change as the status
quo is where we are most com-
fortable. Troublemakers are the
people that point out the reality
of the dangerous practices and
decisions of the people we have
trusted to look after our physical
and economical well being. How
wonderful it would be if we in
blissful ignorance could depend
on someone to take good care of
us so we did not have to think
and be aware. In the real world
we cannot remain safe and cozy
in blissful ignorance without the

malfeasance and malpractice
creeping up to bite us in the rear.
This nation was created by
whistle blowers and troublemak-
ers. The band of men who
boarded the English ship in
Boston Harbor and dumped the
English cargo of tea into the bay
were big time troublemakers. It
sure ticked off King Charlie I of
England. He roared in rage over
all the tea tax he was going to
loose and promptly dispatched
the Redcoats beat up on the trou-
blemakers! George Washington
was a troublemaker as he
whooped those Redcoats and
signed the Declaration of
Independence. Greedy King

the wealth of the American
In our own time the whistle
blowers in the Enron scandal
called attention to the fact that
the trusted corporate Enron
leaders were stealing with fancy
financial book juggling. This
nation was alerted to the politi-
cal malfeasance of the Watergate
scandal by "deep throat" and the
reporters of the Washington
Post. We as a nation of people
need whistleblowers and trouble
makers to make us pay attention
and wake up to what is happen-
ing in our nation and communi-
ties. It is OK to question and be
critical of the practices of our

behalf. Many times the decisions
they make are really not for our
best interest but theirs. We elect-
ed them to serve us not to use us.
In the community of Lanark
we have several whistleblowers
and trouble makers who have
alerted us to problems with the
LVW&SD. They have definitely
not been popular' with water
commissioners, Barbara Rohrs
and Sharon Thoman...who have
tried to gag the voice of the com-
munity by the legal antics of
attorney, Brian Armstrong.
Whistleblower Pauline Sulli-
van, an elected water district
commissioner, and Trouble-
maker Billy Snyder, a Lanark

t the

best interests of the community
are not being served by the deci-
sions of Rohrs, Thoman and
their advisors. Sullivan who is an
independent thinker and does
not vote as Chairman Rohrs and
advisors would like her too, has
been shunned as a member of
the water board. Sullivan is
allowed only very limited access
to the LVW&SD office and the
information contained there in.
Chairman Rohrs arbitrarily
changes the rules of democratic
governmental procedure to suit
her wishes so she can exclude
anyone who does not agree with
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Letter To The Editor from Page 5
ests of the majority of LVWSD voters who want Carrabelle to run the district. Let's put
an end to this seemingly sad example of political opportunism and cronyism. It is now
time to respect the people's right to democratic due process and clean affordable water.
Respectfully Submitted,
Pauline Sullivan
Lanark Water and Sewer District commissioner

Whistleblowers from Page 5
Troublemaker Snyder definitely does not agree with the actions of Rohrs and fol-
lowers. For his audacity to speak out and make public information about the LVW&SD,
he was rewarded by being beaten unconscious at a public water board workshop. An
official was even heard to say that Snyder is a troublemaker and got what he deserved!
Do we all need to be fearful of retaliation if we do not agree with the actions of elect-
ed officials? America is supposed to be a democratic county not one run by dictators
and bullies.
Whistleblowers and troublemakers definitely do not get thanked and applaud-
ed....yet we should thank and applaud them for making us pay attention and think
about best for ourselves and our community. No one is going to take care of us
except ourselves so we better wake up and pay attention and think about what is being
done to us before it is too late. American freedoms will be lost as her citizens sink into
the cesspool of apathy. A big thank you to the whistleblowers and troublemakers who
make us wake up and think.

The Editor from Page 4
After the meeting, I contacted the Florida First Amendment Foundation, a non-
profit organization in Tallahassee formed to protect and advance the public's constitu-
tional right to open government. Director Adria Harper said, "I don't like the idea of
permanently banning someone from a public meeting, even if he had been disruptive in
previous meeting. Certainly, it seems reasonable for that person to be permitted to
attend the meetings at the very least. Just the mere sight of him can't qualify as disrup-
tive, right? It sounds like this could be a prior restraint issue."
Through the years, I've seen many attempts by public employees to undermine the
concept of open government. And I'm certain that many times my access to informa-
tion was prevented in ways I never even knew about. What sets the Lanark action apart
is that it came during a public forum. To use a newspaper cliche, if this was a bank rob-
bery at noon, a reporter would call it a "brazen midday holdup." Only this time, the
only loot taken was democracy.


Lanark critic explains his position
Dear Editor:
Hi, I'm Bill Snyder and I'm the chairman of a group called The Concerned
Citizens of Lanark Village. Our goal is and has been to promote a merger of the Lanark
Village Water and sewer operation with the neighboring town of Carrabelle's system.
We have been working towards this goal for two years now. As the chairman I have been
out front and very vocal in these efforts.
At Monday (Nov. 26) night's regularly scheduled Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District's board meeting at the urging of Lanark board attorney Brian P Armstrong, a
motion was made and seconded that said I was to be barred from any public meeting
or workshop that the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District might have. The vote was
two to one and I was told to leave. It should be noted that I did not speak a word before
or after the vote! I left peacefully.
This is not the Board's first attempt to rid themselves of my presence. About three
months ago during a meeting, Board Chairperson Barbara Rohr's husband Paul Rohrs
pointed a laser light in my eye and caused a burn. He was later arrested and released.
As a result of his actions he has a six month order to stay away from me."
Two meetings later ... a 280-pound 30-year-old man Joey Rowell (who) had never
been to a water board meeting before, (came in). Before the meeting was allowed to
start, Joey Rowell had beaten me unconscious. I left the meeting in an ambulance. This
group immediately went to the Sheriff's Department and said that I had beaten Mr.
Rowell! It is important to note that I am 48 years old and am disabled. I walk with an
assist from a cane. Thankfully, there were plenty of real witness to this fiasco.
We desperately need help in Lanark Village!
Bill Snyder
Lanark Village
Editor's note: According to court files, Paul Rohrs signed a deferred prosecution
agreement stipulating that if he stays away from Snyder, he would not be prosecuted.
The incident involving Rowell remains under investigation and no charges have been

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December 7, 2007. Page 7

Peter Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of December 3, 2007

Quote of the week
"The secret of being a bore is to tell everything." Voltaire
Wall Street rebounds
The magic words were "flexible and pragmatic policy," and they
came from the lips of Donald Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal
Reserve. Those four little words hinted
at the prospect of an interest rate cut in
December. Those four little words
sparked the Dow Jones Industrial
Average's best two-day rally since 2002,
a 2.55% rise.1 Michael Metz, chief
investment strategist at Oppenheimer
Holdings, summed up the buzz:
"Kohn's comments just add to a percep-
tion that the Fed is embarking on a sus-
SU tained path of easing."2 Speaking to the
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Fed
Sponsored by Pete Chairman Ben Bernanke noted that the
Crowell, CFP Fed must be "exceptionally alert and
flexible" given recent indicators.3
Housing blues persist
Last week, RealtyTrac totaled October 2007 foreclosure filings at
224,451, up 94% from a year ago. The Office of Federal Housing
Enterprise Oversight issued a report showing overall 3Q home prices
down 0.4%. There was some good news: the Commerce Department
said that new home sales rose 1.7% in October. But even so, new
home sales were down 23.5% from October 2006 levels.4
Soft spending, slow growth
While noting that the economy grew at a "reduced pace" in
October and November, the Federal Reserve also glimpsed "relative-
ly soft" consumer spending in its fall snapshot. Reflected T.J. Marta,
RBC Capital Markets fixed income strategist: "The Fed realizes mar-
kets are fragile, and the ongoing dislocations we expect will lead [it]
to ease on December 11th." The Commerce Department noted only
a 0.2% rise in consumer spending for October, while construction
spending fell 0.8%.5
Stocks rise, oil falls
The major indexes posted big gains, fueled by hopes of another
rate cut. Crude oil closed the week at below $89 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange, a price unseen since October.

% Change 1-Week 4-Week Y-T-D
DJIA +2.92 -1.67 +7.29
NASDAQ +2.42 -5.62 +10.17
S&P 500 +2.73 -1.92 +4.43
(Source:,, 11/30/07)

Riddle of the week
A strawberry tree in Dallas blows in the winter wind. In what
direction do its branches blow? See next week's Update for the
Last week's riddle
Today at a university, 595 people have driven to campus, 170
have taken the train to campus, 85 have driven and taken the train to
campus, and 170 live on campus. So, how many people are on cam-
pus today? Answer: 850 people. 510 people drive + 85 people take the train
+ 170 live on campus + 85 people drive and take the train = 850.
Peter F Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassee and is a
Franklin County property owner. Send your questions to info@franklinchron-
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-
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Fate and the river

Chronicle Correspondent
Fate Jones is 79 years old,
and he knows how to enjoy the
gifts of the Carrabelle River.
Most weekends will find him sit-
ting on the fishing dock of the
Marine Street Pavilion with his
adopted son, Brian, 10, and his
friend Derrick, 12.
"I mostly just sit here and
watch the water, and the birds,

and the boats these days," he
said. "I've been coming here
about 13 years to fish, but now I
just let them do the fishing while
I do the looking."
Retired after 39 years as a
campus mail-carrier at FSU in
Tallahassee, Jones now lives in
Quincy, and he remembers the
stories his mother, who lived in
Tallahassee, told him.
"She and my grandpa," he
said, "they used to come down
here in a horse and buggy over
that old sand road, to get them
some mullet. They used to fish
off that long old shrimp dock
down there, almost at lands' end
(Old Millender dock) and caught
all kinds of fish: redfish,
sheepshead, trout. Once my
granddaddy caught a 52-pound
redfish and had to throw it back.
They had some family down
here, so even if they couldn't
catch any, I guess they could
always get some from some-
Fate's son Brian is the fisher-
man of the family now. "He
knows all the rules," Jones said,
"and he just loves to fish. I'm

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at the end of the dock.

teaching him how to do it."
"Will you show us how to
throw the line where we want it,"
asked Brian of his father.

"You need a magic word for
that," Fate said, "and it starts
with 'p.'"
"Is it 'patience?'" asked

Brian's friend Derrick.
"Please!" shouted Brian.
"See there," Jones said, "you
got two of them."

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S4 p.m.: Annual Christmas music program at Trinity Episcopal Church,
including performances by the Philaco Woman's Club chorus, and stu-
dents of Martha Gherardi's School of Music. Refreshments afterward in
Benedict Hall beside the church on 6th St. in Apalachicola.


- 6:30 p.m.: Sea Oats Garden Club dinner at Crooked River Grill. For
information call 697-9790 or 697-8038.


10 a.m.: Eastpoint Christmas Parade on U.S. 98.
10 a.m. 4 p.m.: Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Holiday
Fresh Market at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. Hand crafted
Apalachicola specialties for sale including fresh seasonal wreaths,
Christmas trees and holiday flowers as well as gourmet baked goods and
hand made one of a kind items.

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of a model of Fort Gadsden, which was displayed at Fort Gadsden State Historic Site near
Sumatra. The Florida State Photo Archives identify the people as, standing, left to right,
Patrick Elliot, museum artist; Eddie Nesmith of Apalachicola, retired park superintendent;
Jesse Fairley Jr., museum preparatory; and William Greer of Eastpoint, military miniature
figure designer. Sumatra was the site of two forts. The first fort was built on Prospect Bluff
(15 miles above the Apalachicola River) by the British during the War of 1812 to train run-
away slaves and Seminole Indians. When the British evacuated in 1815, the fort and its
inhabitants remained. Then known as Negro Fort and under the control of over 300 free
African Americans, it was viewed as a threat by American slave owners. Under orders from
General Andrew Jackson, Lt. Colonel Duncan Clinch destroyed the fort and killed all but 30
of its occupants on 27 July 1816. Then Lt. James Gadsden rebuilt the fort soon afterwards.
In the 20th Century, the site was owned by first the Florida Park Service, and then the U.S.
Forest Service as part of the Apalachicola National Forest. It was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1972.

National refuges give economic boost

Recreational use on national
wildlife refuges generated almost
$1.7 billion in total economic
activity during fiscal year 2006,
according to a new report
released by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. The report,
titled Banking on Nature 2006:
The Economic Benefits to Local
Communities of National
Wildlife Refuge Visitation was
compiled by Service economists.
According to the study, near-
ly 35 million people visited
national wildlife refuges in 2006,
supporting almost 27,000 private
sector jobs and producing about
$543 million in employment
income. In addition, recreational
spending on refuges generated
nearly $185.3 million in tax rev-
enue at the local, county, state
and federal level. The economic
benefit is almost four times the
amount appropriated to the
Refuge System in Fiscal Year
2006. About 87 percent of refuge
visitors travel from outside the
local area.
The National Wildlife
Refuge System encompasses 97
million acres and 548 national
wildlife refuges. While the pri-

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The Southeast region had
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2006 with 9.4 million.

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Your guide to hanging holiday lights

They're no doubt already
popping up around your neigh-
borhood. Those strings of col-
ored lights, waving Santas, herds
of reindeer, snowmen and the
like can elicit oohs and aahs
from even the biggest Ebenezer.
Whether you're out to
impress the neighbors with some
major wattage or are just a
novice light-stringer, it's best to
be in the know. Too many lights
piled onto one circuit, unattend-
ed displays and other holiday
mishaps can result in a danger-
ous situation for your home and
your family.
According to the American
Fire Administration, more than
2,600 people a year are injured in
fires during the holiday season.
Fortunately, there are some very
simple steps you can follow to
avoid becoming another statistic.
Before you start
When you drag out your
lights this year, inspect them
carefully. Are any of the cords
fraying? Do the sockets look-
healthy? As much as you would
like to get another year of use
out of them, you are going tb
have to throw them away. If you
are in the market to buy new
lights, there are hundreds of
options out there, but many elec-
tricians prefer the kind with
smaller bulbs because they gen-
erate less heat. Choose a brand
that is labeled fire resistant and
tested for safety, indicated by a
UL or ETL/ITSNA symbol and

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sure you buy lights that are
appropriate for EXTERIOR use.
Jane Tip: For the best look,
stick with lights of the same size
and color scheme.
Doing the Math
So, you know the look you
are going for, how do you know
how many sets of lights to buy?
If you plan on lining the roof of
your home, measure the length
of it from below by running a
tape measure from one side of
the yard to the other. This will
help take into account the extra
30-50 feet for the roof's peak.
The numbers you generate will
give you a rough estimate of how
many feet you will need to buy.
Take your totals to the store and
match your needs up against the
length indicated on the side of
the boxes of lights. You may
want to buy a mixture of long
and short strings, to fill any holes
and prevent excess. Don't forget
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don't ever cut a string of lights
because it's too long!
For trees, you will need
about 100 lights per foot for a
well-decorated tree with small
lights. (You can halve that num-
ber if you are using the bigger
bulbs.) You can definitely pile on
more, but just be sure not to
string together more sets of lights
than indicated on the box. Be
mindful of your circuits, too.
This brings us to?
Calculating Wattage
While you may want to wow
your neighbors this season, you
don't want to overload your cir-
cuits. Most homes can take
about 2400 watts for all of your
appliances. To find out how
many watts you are using, multi-
ply the number of bulbs by their
wattage. For example, if you
have 100 bulbs at 2.5 watts, the
total wattage for the string .of
lights is 250. If you regularly
blow fuses, you may not want to
go too crazy decking the halls,
otherwise there will be plenty of
trips to the circuit breaker! The
wattage may be in small print,
but it should be indicated on the
Hanging Lights
Before you get started,
unroll the string of lights and
make sure they all work. Replace
any broken or non working
bulbs; if necessary. Also, stretch
out the strings to ensure they
aren't twisted or knotted.
Remember to look for any frays
in the wires.
Hanging lights from the roof
involves placing a clip,, nail or
hook every foot or so and drap-
ing the string of lights around it.
Test the clips/nails/hooks to see
whether or not it will hold the
weight of the lights. Whatever
you do, do not staple or nail your
lights directly to the roof! This
could cause holes-in the roof as
well as cutting and causing the

wires to fray, which is dangerous.
Also, make sure whatever you
hang your lights from is not bro-
ken and/or sharp on the off
chance they would damage the
Safety Tip!: Ensure that your
ladder is tall enough for you to
work comfortably. Avoid over-
reaching as it throws off your
center of gravity. And always
work from the ground up rather
than hanging off the edge of
your roof.
Install the hanging devices
to the eave of your roof placing
one about every two feet, then go
back and hang the lights. Stretch
them taut so there is not too
much drooping. Once New
Year's Day has come, you may
want to just leave the hooks in
the roof so you will have half the
job to do next year.
Let There be (Festive) Light!
Once your lights are up and
shining for the neighborhood to
see, resist the urge to show them
off 24/7. If they aren't on a
timer, unplug them once you go
to bed, not only for safety, but
also for the sake of your electric
After you take them down,
be sure to store them carefully.
Throwing them into a box will
result in a giant ball of tangled
lights next year, so take the time
to do it right! Some people twist
them into a neat ring using their
elbow or wind them around a
piece of cardboard to avoid
knots and kinks. You can also
roll therii into a garden hose
holder for easy storage and
retrieval next year. Use a plastic
storage bin to keep them dry and
dust free throughout the rest of.
the year.
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are the brightest (and safest) in
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Questions about medical
waste and paving
Dear EarthTalk:
Where does all the medical
waste from labs, doctor's offices
and hospitals go? Does it just get
put in a barrel and buried? Do
they dump it in the oceans? With
all the waste that is probably gen-
erated, it would be interesting to
know where all those vials of
blood and stuff go.
-Lee Senat, Haverford, PA
Medical waste is defined as
the "biological byproduct of the
diagnosis, treatment or immu-
nization of human or animal
patients" and includes so-called
"sharps" (needles and scalpels),
lab cultures and stocks, blood
and blood products and any
other wastes generated from sick
patients or patients with infec-
tious diseases. Such wastes have
traditionally been disposed of by
burning, either onsite at large
medical or veterinary facilities,
or offsite by licensed contractors
that specialize in handling infec-
tious materials. In most cases,
incineration has been found to
be effective in neutralizing pot-
entially infectious agents.
But incineration, whether
for medical. or other purposes,
doesn't come without its health
and environmental risks. The
process generates some highly
noxious pollutants, such as mer-
cury and dioxin. Despite modern
pollution control equipment on
smokestacks, some of this dis-
charge becomes airborne where
it can foul the air and end up in
waterways. And the incinerator
ash left over after burning is usu-
ally sent to local landfills, where
the pollutants can seep into soils
and groundwater if not properly
Given such problems,'many
of the nation's largest medical
waste incinerators have been
shut down in recent years in the
face of more stringent regula-
tions promulgated under the U.S.
Clean Air Act. In their place a
wide assortment of alternative
methods, including autoclaving
(steam sterilization),7-cemical
disinfection, irradiation and
.enzymatic (biological) processes
have emerged. Today more than
100 different technologies are in
use in place of incineration.
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decontaminated by any of these
methods, it usually ends up in
landfills alongside regular muni-
cipal solid waste.
Most of us never even
thought about medical waste
until it started washing up on
beaches in New Jersey in 1987
and 1988 in an event that
became known as the "Syringe
Tide." The event hit the New
Jersey tourism industry hard,
costing it almost $1 billion in lost
revenues. It also served as the
basis for Barbara Ehrenreich's
book, "The Great Syringe Tide"
and reportedly was the inspira-
tion for the line "hypodermics on
the shores" in Billy Joel's 1989
hit, "We Didn't Start the Fire."
While there were few if any
cases of people getting sick from
exposure to .such waste on
beaches-medical waste poses a
far greater risk to health care
workers than to casual beachgo-
ers-the events served as a wake-
up call to federal and state gov-
ernments charged with ensuring
public safety. In response,
Congress passed the Medical
Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) in
1988, which classified different
types of medical waste and
called for the creation of a "cra-

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Chianti has grown up, and so have you

For those of you of a cer-
tain age chianti will forever be
identified with a straw-cov-
ered bottle containing a thin,
light-colored red wine that
frequently had little flavor and
high acidity. The next day the
empty bottle probably did
duty as a candle holder, even-
tually gaining melted candle
wax on its sides. Those old-
fashioned bottles are hard to
find now, replaced with stan-
dard wine bottles sans the
straw. And the lackluster,
insipid wine has been
replaced by "Toscana moder-
na" (modern Tuscany)-
dark-colored, fruit-driven reds
that please the palate and very
importantly pair well with
Italian cuisine.

Ruffino is the most popu-
lar selling chianti in the U.S.
and has embraced the new
"Toscana modern" philoso-
phy. These new efforts-new
grape varieties; modern viti-
cultural practices and more
consumer-friendly winemak-
ing techniques-are earning
Ruffino high marks among
consumers and wine critics

A recent Ruffino wine
dinner sponsored by Bay
Ridge Wine and Spirits at
Sam's on the Waterfront was
a terrific opportunity to taste
the new direction of Ruffino
wines with some very well-
prepared Italian food.
Although Sam's doesn't spe-
cialize in Italian food, the din-
ner showed the extensive
capabilities of their chef's and
kitchen staff.
Our favorites of the
evening and wine that we rec-
ommend were as follows:
* Ruffino La Solatia Chard-
onnay Toscano 2006 ($24).
* Ruffino II Ducale Toscano
IGT 2004 ($23).
* Ruffino Modus Toscana
IGT 2005 ($27).

More Italian
Many years ago we met
Carlos Mastroberardino for
lunch in Amalfi, a beautiful
seaside town on the coast of
Italy. It was one of three
meetings we have had with
this talented winemaker at his
Campania winery bearing his
family's name-but the only
one on his turf.
We recently tasted the
current releases of these
wines on our turf and still
find them unique and enjoy-
Made with ancient grapes
that existed in southern Italy
for more than 2,000 years,
they speak of history and soil.
Because of Mastroberardino's
300-year winemaking experi-
ence in growing these grapes,
it has been charged with

recreating ancient vineyards
outside of Pompeii.
If you are looking for a
unique gift for the wine
enthusiast in your circle or
just yourself, here are some
* Mastroberardino Radici
Taurasi 2003 ($43).
* Mastroberardino Radici
Fiano di Avellino 2006 ($24).
* Mastroberardino Nova
Serra Greco di Tufo 2006
Wine of the Week
* Castello Banfi Chianti
Classico 2005 ($15).
A good value from Banfi,
this simple chianti has a
youthful profile with plum
and raspberry flavors and a
hint of leather.

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