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Santa visits Carrabelle
Chronicle Correspondent
Santa made his annual dra-
matic entrance to Carrabelle on
Saturday, not by sleigh or shrimp
boat, but riding atop Carrabelle
Volunteer Fire Department's
Ladder Truck #1.
His imminent arrival was .---.
announced beginning about 11
a.m., as the truck made a couple
of circuits of the town, with
lights flashing and short siren
blasts, drawing children and fam-
ilies to the fire station to wel-
come him back to town.
In deference to the foggy,
damp (but not too chilly) weath- . i"
er, Santa's chair was set up in the
fire station meeting'room, where ..-" -.
the elves were busy fixing up A
goodie bags for the kids. .
Santa (R.J. Shelley in dis-
guise) seated each child on his
lap, and asked them what they
wanted to find under, the tree
Christmas morning. Electronic
games, dolls and a John Deere
tractor made the list, but 11-year-
old McKenzie Register topped
the request list as she blithely
told Santa, "A BMW, please,"
and flounced away.
Santa's helpers, Johnnie ..
Chandler, Kathy Dennig, Dana
Whaley and Cynthia Duncan
discharged their child-coaxing,
anxiety-relieving, picture-taking
and candy-bag stuffing duties
cheerfully and efficiently, with a
large dose of Christmas cheer
overflowing for all.
Chief Carl Whaley reflected
on the happy scene. "Thirty-two : .
years ago," he said. "I was here
to sit in Santa's lap, now here I
am as chief." After a bit of mem- PHOTO BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Two-year-old Gavin Shelley, left, tries to comfort 3-month-old Chris Shelley, but big broth-
Continued on Page 2 er Cole, 5, looks like he's a real veteran of sitting on Santa's lap.



agrees to


Chronicle Staff
In a breakthrough decision,
the Lanark Village Water and
SSewer District Board voted 2-1 to
go forward with a transfer of
assets and liabilities to the City
of Carrabelle.
The vote means that an
agreement between Lanark and
Carrabelle is a virtual certainty,
barring some unforeseen circum-
At the District's monthly
meeting Monday, Dec. 17, Board
member Sharon Thoman
announced that she had met
with Carrabelle City Administra-
tor John McInnis, who had satis-
fied her remaining doubts about
transferring the Lanark District's
assets and liabilities to Carra-
She made a motion that the
District approve a proposed
agreement between Lanark and
Carrabelle with minor changes,
and send the agreement back to
Carrabelle for its approval. That
motion was approved 3-0.
That was followed by a
motion to hold a public hearing
on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m., where
the Board would take a final look
at the agreement. That motion
also passed unanimously.
But fireworks began when
Thoman then suggested that an
unofficial opinion poll be con-
ducted of Lanark Water District
customers to gauge interest in
the merger. That set off a howl of
protests -.from the audience,
many of whom believed it was a
stall tactic. Especially vociferous
was Carrabelle City Commis-
sioner Richard Sands, who
engaged in a heated exchange
with Board Chairwoman Bar-
bara Rohrs with each talking
simultaneously in raised voices
so that it was difficult to tell what
either was saying.
"This is another staff tactic,"
Sands angrily said.
But Rohrs kept insisting that
a recent batch of petitions gath-
ered by the Concerned Citizens
of Lanark Village were distrib-
uted under false pretenses, a con-
tention that only inflamed the
audience more.

Continued on Page 3

School Board hears update on school construction

Chronicle Correspondent
The Franklin County School
Board met Thursday, Dec. 13,
for a one-hour workshop to dis-
cuss the progress of the new con-
solidated school construction.
The construction is far
enough along now that there was
discussion on landscaping needs
for the long-awaited educational
facility. Two levels of landscap-
ing were presented to the Board
beyond the presently contracted
seed and sod intended to protect
open areas of the grounds.
Landscapers were asked to make
a further presentation to the
Board with landscaping costs for
the various levels of landscaping

outlined and costs for continuing
maintenance of the landscaping
Many of the buildings are
now roofed over and interior fin-
ishing continues. Final interior
furnishing plans are being made
to be implemented as soon as the
buildings are ready. Furnishings
include everything from desks
and chairs to lab space and
equipment for the science
department. Office furnishings
and kitchen equipment are also
included in the furnishings list.
If the schedule remains
uninterrupted by unforeseen cir-
cumstances, the school should be
far enough along to move in in
May with a final completion
date in June.

Summary of other action
The School Board was
handed good news in the form of
assurances that the Franklin
County School District is solvent
for the "next several months"
and is not presently dependent
on withdrawals from the Florida
Local Investment Fund. Readers
may remember that Florida offi-
cials suspended withdrawals
from the Local Investment Fund
at the end of November when
redemptions sparked by debt
downgrades reduced assets by 44
percent. The withdrawal freeze
required some school districts to
borrow money from financial
institutions to meet their payrolls
but Franklin County Schools did

not get caught in that state funds
A report was made on the
DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of
Basic Literary Skills) measure-
ments at the kindergarten level in
Franklin County. DIBELS is a
set of standardized, individually
administered measures of early
literary development. They are
designed to measure the develop-
ment of early reading and pre-
reading skills. From 2006-07 to
2007-08 the Kindergarten age
children in Franklin County
have increased in letter naming
fluency and initial sound fluency
at a level that is the highest in the
state of Florida.
Continued on Page 2

Trees, stones
help seniors
and campus
How would you like to
help graduating seniors and
beautify the campus of
Franklin County's new con-
solidated school at the same
If so, Project Gradua-
tion is giving you an opportu-
nity to participate in two pro-
grams. One allows you to
donate a tree for the new
campus, and the other focus-
es on stepping stones.
For details, including a
clip-and-mail form, see pg. 8.

Page 2 December 21, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle

School Board from Page 1
There was also discussion
on the need for new bear-proof
dumpsters. Board member
David Hinton of District Two
will continue the investigation
into the most practical solution
to hungry bears in the garbage
and report to a future meeting:
Diane McGrath presented
plans to auction a new workshop
building built as a class project

by the carpentry class with the
funds to be put back into the pro-
gram. Future plans might
include the construction of a
small house to be auctioned at a
later time.
The Board talked about the
need to produce an Administra-
tive and Supplemental salary
schedule for the consolidated
district. The new schedule is
planned to be retroactive to July
,1, 2007. Board member Denise

Butler of District One asked for
a workshop to discuss the new
salary needs before voting on
any actual schedule. The Board
will meet in executive session
this week to start those talks.
The next regular meeting
of the Franklin County Board of
Education is scheduled for
January 10, 2008. Items to be
added to the agenda are due by
December 27.

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The Tran sisters, Gillian, 6, Grace, 3, and Gabrielle, 8, pause from the important business
of telling Santa their Christmas wishes to pose for a photo.

Santa from Page 1
ory probing, and some help from
an older CVFD. veteran, he
remembered who assumed the
Santa responsibility back then.
"It was Jack Burda,"
Whaley said. "He just loved
doing Santa."

After the last child had left,
clutching the Santa goodie bag,:
Santa and his elves loaded up a
large basket with fresh fruit and a
few candy items and headed for
their next stop, the Har-
bor Breeze assisted living care
"Many of the residents there

can't have candy, and we don't
like to leave anyone feeling left
out, so we always bring them
plenty of fresh fruit," Whaley
From somewhere among the
fire trucks, there came the echo
of a hearty "Ho ho ho! Merry
Christmas, everyone!"

Lonnie, 2, and Lorenzo Neal, 6, seem to be experts at hiding their emotions.

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The Franklin Chronicle


December 21, 2007 Page 3

Carrabelle's Christmas Fable

'Twas the night before Christmas on the Carrabelle River,
few creatures were stirring, perhaps but to shiver.
A few shrimp boats were tied, where once rested so many
Now squeezed in the last spaces not sold for a penny.
Pairs of white boots were lined up on the decks
Awaiting the day they would be needed next.
The crews and most captains had gone home for the night
Each vessel was bathed in cold winter moonlight.

Then, from one of the docks, arose such a clatter,
A lone captain looked to see what was the matter.
Asleep in his wheelhouse 'til risen from dreams
Saw no one about then from under the beams
Of the splintery dock, splash! And a mutter
Out from the shadows, with coughing and splutter
A wet old man floated, dirty and skinny
Athwart the bow of a fast-sinking dinghy.

Captain, that stout man, by pity made bolder
Lifted, with ease, on to his brawny shoulder
The shivering diesel-soaked form that cried out
In pain or relief, but not much of a shout.
Within cozy walls, the captain poured coffee,
wrapped his guest, fed him, asked, "What does your name be?"
Was answered, "I simply can't bring that to mind
While by boat and my crew, lost in fog I must find."

"What?" cried the Cap, "on this night clear and so cold
no mention of fog has the radio told."
"None others are out there," the other said, shaking.
"Late, limping one engine, murk overtaking-

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I left my boat anchored, to out run this
Looking for safe port, and a hand to
"Throw off the lines, fellow, we'll find
your lost crew,
My creaking old boat will not disap-
point you."

As Cap steered his way under star-clus-
Ni t C 24 d tered skies,
his companion gained girth, life came
By Laurel Newman to his eyes.
"What course must I take," Cap cried,
"where must I go?"
In midstream the stranger said, "Now you may know
My name. Turn about here. I am no other
But that one who seeks those with the love of a brother."
Of a moment, the salt sea behind seemed to quake
As eight merry dolphins danced in the craft's wake.

From the night's cloak of darkness floated a craft
Hitched to the pod still cavorting abaft.
To the helm leaped the passenger, with a wave.
Cried "Farewell, brave captain! This night you did save
The future of all whose hearts you represent:
They who follow what's right, and unrepentant!"
The captain came home, of this never speaking.
His boat, from that that day, caught its limit, while leaking.

"Cops for

Kids" bikes
wspaper wheeling

Today! into
Chronicle Correspondent
The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement, in coopera-
tion with the "Cops for Kids"
organization, will make their
annual Christmas visit next
The organization sponsors
an annual holiday gift drive each
year. All donations are distrib-
uted to less fortunate children,
families and senior citizens dur-
ing the holiday season.
Assistance to those in need is
provided through referrals
received through the schools,
"Community Connections" pro-
gram, and from concerned citi-
In Franklin County, the hol-
iday donation drive focuses on
new bicycles for needy children,
whose names are referred from
area schools, churches, and citi-
This year the designated
!rica That bicycles will be delivered to
Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and
Apalachicola on Monday, Dec.
Like O urs. 24, beginning in Carrabelle at
about 9 a.m.
owns. With reg- "We've always delivered
fles, regionthem on Christmas Eve," said
files, regional Johnny Turner, a volunteer for
lebration of the the drive with the Florida State
Landscape that Attorney's office in Apalach-
two weeks from icola.
Weeks from Volunteers go to Tallahassee
the day before and pick them up
from a storage facility there, then
bring them back for distribution
the following day. Parents and
guardians of the children who
will be receiving the bicycles will
be notified of the time and loca-
tion to pick up their child or chil-
dren's bicycles.

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Lanark from Page 1
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders echoed the crowd's
belief that another public poll
was not needed. "Y'all need to
quit stalling," she said.
The protests led Thoman to
back away from the idea, and she
never made a formal motion to
conduct the poll, so that issue
Carrabelle City Administra-
tor John McInnis put an end to
the protests-and the meeting-
when he requested the District
Board to indicate their intention
by voting on a motion to move
forward with a transfer of assets.
That motion passed 2-1, with
Barbara Rohrs voting against it.
At one point during the meeting,
she said that not all of her con-
cerns had been adequately
answered during a Carrabelle
City Commission meeting earli-
er this month, so she could not
support the motion.
Coy Donaldson, from the
Florida Rural Water Associa-
tion, spoke at the meeting, say-
ing that unless there is some
"underlying reason" against it, a
transfer of assets to Carrabelle is
"logical" and makes "financial
good sense."
In past meetings, Rohrs and
Thoman have appeared reluctant
to support a merger. However,
Thoman has been moving
recently closer to supporting the
merger, culminating with her
motion and vote to transfer
assets this week. The final issues
Thoman said she got answers to
included a fair settlement of
leave time for current Lanark
District employees, that Lanark
water customers woiild be
charged 'a water/sewer rate no
higher than other out-of-city cus-
tomers, that proceeds from the
sale of certain surplus property
would be used to pay down
Lanark District's debt, and that
the District office could be leased
to the Lanark Village Home-
owners Association for $1 per
There was also some suspi-
cion regarding whether
lic hearing Jan. 21 was required.
Water District attorney Brian
Armstrong said he strongly
advised having a public hearing
to prevent anyone from filing a
lawsuit later. He said the public
hearing would not delay the
Carrabelle Mayor Curley
Messer said that a Jan. 21 public
hearing would not be too late to
move ahead with a transfer.
There has been concern that
Carrabelle is facing a March
deadline or it could lose grant
money, but the mayor said, "We
can live with that time."
One person who was not at
the meeting was Bill Snyder,
chairman of the Concerned
Citizens of Lanark Village. At
last month's meeting, the Board
voted 2-1 to prohibit him from
attending, and although that
maneuver was of questionable
legality, he said he would not
challenge it by attending this
week's meeting because he did
not want to become a distrac-
The day after the meeting,
Snyder was optimistic that the
transfer of assets would take
place. He told The Chronicle,
"The people of Lanark got a
Christmas present."

Page 4 December 21, 2007


The Franklin Chronicle

Much more than

just a playground
At various times this weekend, my 5-year-old son was a captain,
a sea monster, and a pirate.
What induced his outburst of imagination was the replica of a
pirate ship dry docked next to the
Crooked River Lighthouse, just west of
Carrabelle. It's Disney, with a
Carrabelle flavor.
According to the article last week
by Chronicle writer Skip Frink, the
Carrabella was installed-and this is
I amazing-in only one week. That's one
week of work that will undoubtedly last
for many lifetimes of good memories. I
Ti. z 1l A,^ made a few this past weekend.
I'll never forget my son's reaction
By Russell Roberts when we pulled into the park and he
first saw the 68-foot ship, complete with
the familiar black and white skull and
crossbones. "Hey," he said, "there's a pirate ship." The way he scram-
bled from his car seat, ran to the ship and scaled up the rope ladder is
an image that will stay with me forever.
There's no doubt that many people had a hand-directly and
indirectly-in creating the Carrabella, which was paid for with state
and federal grants. But I'm told that the two people most instrumen-
tal were Carrabelle City Administrator John McInnis and City Clerk
Courtney Dempsey.
While there were always plans for a playground to be built in con-
junction with restoration of the Crooked River Lighthouse, it was
McInnis and Dempsey who brought the idea to the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association to make this much more than a typical play-
So to all the city employees and the members of the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association who had anything to do with the Carrabella,
my son and I want to say thanks. You helped us make memories this

Fall is here! Don't harass the bears

Ahh yes, once again it is fall. The robins are
heading south with all of their little friends. The
birds are all a-flutter, the cypress trees are shedding,
the grape vine leaves are turning yellow and "I'm
as giddy as a kitten up a tree."
Don't you just love fall-everything dying or
hiding and going into
hibernation. It is just
like real life in the
world today.
You might think
that I have fall fever-
if you didn't hear me
cursing every morning
as I gather up all the
broken egg shells, cof-
fee grounds and gooey
garbage that had been 6 64tU.
strewn about my front
yard by the raccoons By Richard E. Noble
and black bears that
are now an integral
part of this-the Franklin County Wildlife
Yesterday, a little past twilight, as I sat on my
screened-in porch, I happened to notice that a 14 or
15 hundred pound black bear was standing there
on my septic tank mound. Naturally I was some-
what apprehensive, so I did what any man would
do-I called my wife. She took one look at the bear
standing on our septic tank and ran out into the
yard to confront the bear. She clapped her hands
several times and yelled; shoo, shoo you bad old
bear-just like she was talking to the neighbor's
cocker spaniel.
I was, of course, still inside the house. I decid-
ed that since this was just a big, old, dumb animal
in my back yard, I would take some intelligent
thoughtful action. "Honey, are you out of your
mind!" I screamed.
While my wife continued to play patty-cake
with the 2,000-pound black bear, I called the
Florida Wildlife Commission. I told the man on
the phone that there was a bear in my yard. He
I said, "What do you suggest I do?"
He said, "Stay indoors until the bear goes
I was expecting something a little more than
that response.
"Yeah, but what if the bear decides to come
inside and join me?"
"Oh wow! That would be something wouldn't
it," he said laughing.
"Right now my wife is out in the yard clapping
her hands and shooing it."
"Yeah, lots of people have been doing that."
"Is that a good thing to do?"
"I wouldn't say so. I heard about this lady who
rubbed peanut butter on her arm and tried to get a
black bear to lick it off."

"Oh my god!"
"Yeah, she didn't do well. I saw some pic-
"Well the only weapon I have is a BB gun. Do
you think I should shoot it with my BB gun?"
"Oh, don't do that!"
"Why, does that make the bear mad?"
"No, but you could hit the bear in the eye or
something and then you might find yourself before
the county judge getting a stiff fine."
"Oh yeah. You hurt the bear and you could be
in big trouble."
"Well, what if the bear eats my wife?"
"You shouldn't allow your wife to harass the
"Honey, honey!" I yelled. "The wildlife guy
says you should stop harassing the bear."
"But the bear is stepping on my daffodils."
"Yes, but if the bear eats you and then develops
heart problems and dies from having too much
cholesterol in its arteries, I could be prosecuted,
fined or imprisoned or both."
Eventually, my wife chased the bear out of her
daffodils, but I sat her down and gave her a good
talking to. I said: "You know honey, I took a vow
'to death do us part' and it has always been my
intention to honor that commitment. Not only that
but as the alpha male in this 'herd,' I have always
considered it my responsibility to love and protect
you from all harm. But, I must say that if a 2,000-
pound bear decides to eat you, there really isn't that
much I can do about it. Nevertheless, you have my
word that I will remove your mangled body from
on top of the septic tank-after the bear is gone."
"Thank you," my wife responded. "You have
always been my hero-the wings beneath my
feet-I'll cherish your concerns and sentiment."
In any case, if you have a 2,000-pound bear in
your daffodils, you too can call "the'bear guy." He
is a lot of fun-not a lot of help-but very funny.
Richard E. Noble has been a resident of Eastpoint for
around 30 years now. He has authored two books: "A
Summer with Charlie," which is currently listed on, and "Hobo-ing America, "which should be
listed on Amazon in the not too distant future. Most
recently he completed his first novel "Honor Thy Father
and Thy Mother," which will be published soon.


Bears behind The Eastpointer's home.

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More letters about Snyder's arrest

Dear Editor:
I have known Bill Snyder for
many years, and when I heard he
was arrested for the assault of
Joey Rowell, I lost all respect for
our Franklin County Sheriff's
My first question is did the
sheriff lose the video and the
sound recording that they confis-
cated of that event? I understand
that these two recordings can
prove that Rowell got up from
his seat and walked 20 feet and
around a countertop to take a
fight to Bill Snyder. During that
time Bill Snyder is saying you are
scaring me, stay away from me.
Rowell then beat Bill uncon-
scious. The squad took Bill to the
I guess Rowell did this
because he didn't want to be on
video, but the truth is Bill Snyder
did not have his camera on. The
man that had his video confiscat-
ed was recording and was a lot
closer to Rowell. Why didn't
Rowell beat him up? Why was
Rowell at this meeting? I believe
this was his first time...
Bill Snyder is 48-years-old
and weighs about 165 Ibs. and he
must use a cane to stand up and
walk. Without the cane he will
fall down. Now Rowell is about
30 years old and weighs around
230 or 240. I think if they do pro-
duce the two recordings at the
trial everybody will want to
know why they arrested the
wrong man.
Harold Arnold
Lanark Village
Dear Editor,
I have lived in Lanark
Village full time almost four
years and live in a wonderful
neighborhood. The people here
in the village are very friendly.
There have been some disagree-
ments but I also live in America
Land of the Free, therefore I
have tried to explain to those
who disagree "freedom of
speech" is our right and should
not create enemies.
I live next door to Bill
Snyder, chairman of the

Concerned Citizens of Lanark
Village. I could not ask for a
better neighbor and I highly
respect him. He has been very
outspoken for the residents of
Lanark Village regarding clean
and affordable water for this
Village. He is a long-time resi-
dent of the area and is very
knowledgeable of the water and
sewer system here. Needless to
say, his knowledge and hard
work for the residents here have
not been accepted by the LVWS
Department. Bill has taken a lot
of grief and pain, namely, bat-
tery charges by Joey Rowell,.
who never attended or had any
connections with the LVWS dis-
trict meeting or workshops. I
was at this meeting and wit-
nessed this fiasco first hand.
Joey beat Billy unmercifully
while Billy was begging him to
stay away. LET'S GET
REAL-Could a disabled man
who has to lean on a cane to
walk or stand beat a young, mus-
cular man like. Joey? Why
should a video camera not even
turned on cause this anyway?
Something smells.
Also, why should the resi-
dents in the Village have to pay
attorney Brian Armstrong (attor-
ney for the LVWS district) to
advise or represent Joey as item-
ized in the $108,000 bill present-
ed to the district at the last meet-
ing? The smell is even stronger.
Billy hasn't given up and
won't give up in his effort to help
the residents of this Village.
Let's support him.
Joann Sparling
Lanark Village
Dear Editor,
I am a property owner in
Lanark, FL. While I do not live
in Lanark full time, my family
does. I have been keeping up on
all of the happenings surround-
ing the Lanark Water and Sewer
situation and the participation of
the Concerned Citizens of
Lanark Village. For quite some
time I have been concerned that
this situation has the potential
for violence, and am aware of a

number of verbal threats that
have been made against mem-
bers of the Concerned Citizens,
most notably Billy Snyder.
I was saddened but not
overly surprised to hear about
the altercation that ensued
between Billy Snyder and Joey
Rowell from several people who
were physically present when it
happened. All of them stated
that Billy had asked Mr. Rowell
to please step away from him
and stated that he was "scaring"
him a number of times as Mr.
Rowell approached him. All of
them also stated that they were
questioned by the authorities
after the incident occurred.
What I find strange is that of
those questioned, only a few had
their statements documented
and even fewer were asked to
sign anything or were given a
copy of their statement. Video
and audio tapes that were confis-
cated, and which may exoner-
ate Mr. Snyder of the accusa-
tions against him seem to have
either disappeared, or have at the
very least been disregarded by
the authorities.
Mr. Snyder has been an
acquaintance of my family for
seven years, and during that time
has shown no aggressiveness or
propensity to violence of any
kind. In my personal encounters
with him there has been
absolutely no behavior or words
which would suggest he would
intentionally provoke a physical
confrontation with anyone. Mr.
Snyder is articulate and intelli-
gent, and yes, his involvement
with the Concerned Citizens
has been vocal and impassioned
... and also completely legal.
The dispute between the
LVWSD and the Concerned
Citizens has involved a lot of
back and forth accusations and
"he said, she said" behavior on
the parts of many ... but please,
folks, let's get real here ... it does-
n't take a rocket scientist to see
the idiocy of accusing a disabled,
middle aged man who requires
a cane to steady himself of pick-
ing a fight with a man half his

age and twice his size. Billy is
being charged for battery for
taking the first swing in the fight.
Well I don't know about you, but
if someone is coming at me with
the intent to harm me and they
ignore my shouts at them to stop,
you can best believe I will do
whatever is in my power to
defend myself ... and the law
upholds my right to do so. It
hardly seems likely that Billy was
able to chase down Mr. Rowell
and pummel him with his cane,
so common sense would dictate
that Mr. Rowell came to him, as
was indicated in the official
statements of the witnesses
who were actually there.
One question that begs
answering is this ... while Mr.
Snyder has been an active partic-
ipant of the Concerned Citizens
for over a year and a half and has
regularly attended meetings such
as the one that was to be held on
the night of the altercation, what
was Mr. Rowell doing there?
Indeed he had no involvement
whatsoever in any such meetings
before that night, nor has he had
any since. Is it possible that his
sole purpose there that night was
to intimidate others into inac-
tion? It wouldn't have been the
first tine ... in fact, this was only
one of a large number of
attempts to thwart Mr. Snyder's
involvement in the ongoing poli-
tics surrounding the LVWSD.
Anyone with any sense at all can
see this for the set-up that it was
and is.
In the end, we should all
take pride in being part of a
democracy in which people are
entitled to express their opinions
openly and to disagree with
politicians who choose to act in
ways that are not beneficial to
the communities they are sup-
posed to serve. When people
start getting beaten unconscious
at public meetings it is a sure
sign that things are out of con-
trol. To blame the innocent party
in this case will send the wrong
message to those who would like
to stifle the people's ability to
speak up ... a tragedy that could

extend far beyond any dispute
over water.
Kimberly Herald
Dear Editor,
This is in reference to Billy
Snyder, the man who lives in
Lanark Village who has been
the brunt of all the harassment
due to the water wars. You have
to know Billy in order to under-
stand he is not responsible for all
the harsh things that have been
done to him.
I've known Billy since 1980
and never has he had any prob-
lem with anyone until this water
war came into the picture. And
the people who are picking on
him are mad because they can't
control Billy and sometime indi-
viduals have thoughts and
insights that are not going to
please everyone and this is one of
those times. So they need to quit
harassing Billy.
If you knew Billy; he is the
kindest man, never bother? any-
one, quiet, shy, pretty much stays
home to himself and works in
his yard when is able. Due to his
health it's a struggle some days
just to get up and around.
Suzi Cooper
Dear Editor,
I am writing this letter in,
regards to the resent arrest of
Billy Snyder. Mr. Snyder is
accused of battery on Joey
Anyone who knows Billy
knows that this is not in his char-
acter or nature. This incident has
put a bad outlook on him, which
is wrong and unfair.
I guess this is how everyone
should be looked at for voicing
their opinion and standing up for
the rights of others. If we did
not have someone like Mr.
Snyder opposing the Water
Board we would still be at square
one today. Freedom of speech
is not what happens at these
We all need now more than
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The Franklin Chronicle

Bruce Barnes running j

for Franklin sheriff

Editor's note: Candidates for public office in
Franklin County are invited to submit an arti-
cle announcing their candidacy to This article was
submitted by Bruce Barnes.
Robert Bruce Barnes, a former
Special Agent with the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA), has
announced his candidacy for the office of
Franklin County Sheriff.
Barnes retired from DEA on Dec. 31,
2003, after 23 years of service, serving his
last two years in the Tallahassee Field
Barnes, 60, graduated from Florida
State University in 1973, with a
Bachelor's Degree in criminology. Also a
graduate of the Broward County Police
Academy, Barnes served as a police offi-
cer in Fort Lauderdale from 1973 to 1976,
before taking a position as a Special Agent
with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) in Mobile, where he
was assigned from 1976 to 1980. In 1980,
Barnes transferred to the DEA and served
as a Special Agent in Mobile, Miami, and
Fort Lauderdale. Barnes spent 10 years of
his DEA career overseas, serving as a
Special Agent in at the U.S. Embassy in
Bangkok, Thailand, and most recently as
the DEA Country Attache at the U.S.
Embassy in New Delhi, India, before
transferring to Tallahassee in 2002.
During his 30-year law enforcement
career, Barnes has served in an extensive
variety of specialized assignments, and is
a seasoned criminal investigator, adminis-
trator, and instructor. He has worked with
several multi-agency drug task forces,
including the Broward County Sheriff's
Office Domestic Drug Interdiction Task
Force, and served as the key advisor to the
U.S. Ambassador on U.S. drug policy in
India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and
the Republic of the Maldives.
Barnes is also a Vietnam veteran, hav-
ing served with the U.S. Army's 19th
Engineer Battalion from January 1966 to
December 1967 in Vietnam.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Barnes
grew up on the Gulf Coast near St.
Petersburg and has been a property owner
in Franklin County since 1991. He and his

ever to show our support and back Mr.
Snyder for all of his efforts to merge with
Peggy Kight
Lanark Village
Dear Editor,
Anyone who knows Bill Snyder and
can believe that he beat or threaten Joey
Rowell in front of a group of people at
LVW/S workshop should have their
head examined.
At one time in his life maybe, but not
now, it's about all he can do to walk in the
evenings. I think Mr. Rowell should hang
his head in shame. For what he did to Mr.
Snyder, who is a cripple on full disability,
I feel he brought shame on himself and
his family for what he did...
Did it make him feel like a real man?
I had a camcorder and a voice recorder.

wife, Sabra, have been married for over 20
years and have two beautiful daughters,
Brittany and Courtney.
With 30 years of professional law
enforcement experience, including munic-
ipal, state, federal and foreign, plus an
extensive background in drug law enforce-
ment, Barnes believes the residents of
Franklin County would benefit greatly
from his knowledge and expertise if elect-
ed sheriff.
"Over the past 10 years and since we
chose Franklin County as our home of
choice, I have watched the county grow
far beyond my expectations. I also have
watched property taxes skyrocket along
with the sheriff's budget. The Sheriff's
Office budget has exploded under Sheriff
Mock's leadership. The Sheriff's Office
consumes over 10 percent of the county
budget and exceeds $5.6 million dollars
According to the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office (FCSO)
has the highest ratio of law enforcement
officers to citizens in the State (3.67 offi-
cers for every 1,000 residents based on 25
FCSO Deputies reported to FDLE in
2006). FCSO actually employees 42 full-
time sworn law enforcement officers
which almost doubles the FDLE ratio.
"It is critically important that FCSO
along with the other Franklin County gov-
erning bodies, trim their runaway budget.
As a proven professional I promise to
reign in the FCSO without sacrificing the
professional services expected and
demanded by both citizens and visitors to
Franklin County."
"As your sheriff, I will seek Florida
Law Enforcement Accreditation for the
FCSO. This formal and thorough peer
review by the Commission on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Agencies (CALEA) will document to the
citizens of Franklin County that their
Sheriff's Office adheres to high standards
of professionalism and would be among
the finest in the state. Accreditation
would dramatically lower the county's lia-
bility insurance premiums by adhering to
nationally recognized law enforcement

Both were turned on and I recorded what
happened. Why did he not beat me
unconscious? I'm only 74. Or how about
Miss Reynolds. He could have slapped her
around a little. She had a camcorder right
beside Mr. Snyder and I'm-sure it was
turned on, but maybe not.
The sheriff told me there was nothing
on Mr. Snyder's camcorder as it was
turned off.
So, Mr. Snyder, why did Joey Rowell
beat you unconscious? Why did he get up
from his chair, approach you from 20 feet
away in a threatening manner and attack
It's hard for me to believe it was
because of your camcorder, with three in
the room plus a voice recorder.
David Kight
Lanark Village

New rules for wildlife owners

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission has approved
a new rule concerning exhibition of Class
I wildlife and venomous reptiles.
Owners of Class I (potentially very
dangerous) wildlife must maintain a list of
names, addresses and phone numbers of
contiguous landowners and neighbors
and notify the FWC immediately if an
animal escapes from its enclosure, cage,
leash or other constraint. Also, they are
required to have a captive wildlife critical
incident/disaster plan that describes what
they will do in the event of a hurricane,
flood or fire to prevent animals from

escaping. They must maintain the neigh-
bor-notification information in the plan.
"These new requirements are aimed
at better protecting the public should an
incident occur involving Class I captive
wildlife which can cause harm," said
Capt. Linda Harrison of the FWC's
Investigations Section. "However, we are
mindful not to take away the rights of
responsible wildlife owners.
"We want people who possess poten-
tially dangerous animals to be fully pre-
pared should an escape or disaster occur.
Having a plan in place greatly minimizes
a mishap," Harrison said.

Question #194: True or False...
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a large living room into a small,
lightweight plastic box, you would
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The Franklin Chronicle


The Franklin Chronicle


December 21, 2007 Page 7

Peter Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for the
week of December 17, 2007

Quote of the week
"Success.isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
Inflation up 3.2%, retail sales up 1.2%.
Some head-turning news from the Labor Department: in
November, wholesale prices rose by the largest month-over-month
amount since 1973, spurred by a 34.8%
jump in gasoline prices. The Consumer
Price Index (CPI) was up 0.8% for the
month, exceeding the 0.6% rise econo-
mists had forecast. 1 Inflation is now ris-
ing at an annual rate of 4.2% for 2007,
far above the 2.6% inflation of 2006 and
well above the target of the Federal
Reserve.2 And now, the good news: the
Commerce Department reported retail
Usales up 1.2% for November, the biggest
Advance since May.
Sponsored by Pete Dollar has best week since June 2006
Crowell, CFP
The biggest month-over-month CPI
increase in two years certainly strength-
ened the dollar. Last week, it gained nearly 1.5% against the euro and
1.6% versus the yen.
Greenspan: risk of recession rising
On National Public Radio last week, former Fed chairman Alan
Greenspan was again asked about the odds of a recession. "It's too
soon to say, but the odds are clearly rising," he remarked, adding that
"we are getting close to stall speed." Indeed, economists widely
expect GDP of 1.5% or lower in the fourth quarter.
Mortgage rates above 6% again
Rates on 30-year FRMs averaged 6.11% last week, up from
5.96%. Other rates also went north: 15-year FRMs averaged 5.78%,
up from 5.65%; averages on 5-year ARMs went to 5.89% from 5.75%;
and average rates on 1-year ARMs hit 5.50%, up from 5.46%.
A rate cut, but a bad week
The Fed cut the federal funds rate to 4.25% and the discount rate
to 4.75% on Tuesday, but investors wanted-a deeper cut, and rising
inflation dismayed Wall Street. The major indexes had their worst
week since early November.
% Change 1-Week 4-Week Y-T-D
DJIA -2.14 +1.22 +7.03
NASDAQ -2.67 -0.08 +9.13
S&P 500 -2.50 +0.63 +3.50
(Source:,, 12/14/07)
Riddle of the week
The Department of Homeland Security advises all homes to have
it. NASA includes it on every mission. It is waterproof, heat resistant
and strong, and it bonds well. What is it? Read next week's update for the
Last week's riddle
How can you hold onto both ends of a rope and tie a knot in the
rope without letting go of either end? Answer: Cross your arms before
grabbing onto each end of the rope. When you uncross your arms, there will
be a knot in the rope.
Peter Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassee and a property
owner in Franklin County. Mail your question to PO. Box 590, Eastpoint,
FL 32328, or e-mail to
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This Week's Answer

Cogno's Corner
Answer to question #194 is: True.
Even though air is invisible to our eyes, it is made of mol-
ecules that have weight. At sea level; at room temperature (like
the inside of your home) the air could weigh more than one
kilogram per cubic meter! Imagine a big living room 5 meters
long, 5 meters wide, and 3 meters tall. That room contains 75
cubic meters. So the air weighs 75 kilograms, or 165 pounds!

1. Stooge after
6. Baseball card fig.
10. Cut into boards
14. Raring to go
15. Xenia's state
16. Irish Rose lover
17. Business
20. Break a
21. Lana of Smallville
22. Soda bottle size
23. Punch-in time for
24. Spinach is rich in
26. Former airline's
32. Cuts and pastes
33. Ready to serve
34. Locomotive part
36. Palo
37. Shelled out
39. Vena (main
40. Title for
41. Miracle Mets
42. Paparazzo's
43. Dramedy show's
47. Crier's employer
48. Gen-_
(boomers' kids)
49. Lamb Chop
52. Retin-A treats it
53. Orienteering need
56. Apple ]['s
60. Is in the red
61. The enemy
62. Take back
63. Monopoly stack
64. Links heads-up

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American Profile Hometown Content

65. Fare behind a

1. Stage
2. Mata
3. Narc Eddie
(Popeye) _
4. Rx item
5. Tourney starters
6. Oklahoma athlete
7. Tough guy
8. Make public
9. Scale unit
10. Like seawater
1.1. Help in a heist
12. Chips brand
13. Not e'en once
18. Dick's primer
19. Admiral Byrd

23. Defense alliance
since 1949
24. Trash can, on a
25. Go into hysterics
26. Carrots' partners
27. Wing it on stage
28. Explosive stuff
29. Thing to aim for
30. Locker room item
31. Mansard edges
35. Bunyan's ox
37. Take third place
38. An Ivy, briefly
39. Toon collectibles
41. Zeno, notably
42. Law, medicine,.
44. Burnout cause
45. It may be lame
46. Mannerly sort

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50. Hockey legend
51. Congregation's
52. Monkey-see-
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53. Whimper like a
54. Israel is in it
55. Hang in the
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The Franklin Chronicle

I :b l

w4 s FWC

Lt. Rama Shuster and Offi-
cers Faris Livesay, Mike Slotin,
Travis Huckeba, and Charlie
Mallow concluded a two-day
hands-on turtle excluder device
(TEDs) training aboard the
FWC's offshore patrol vessel
"Sea Hawk." The first night
consisted of several boardings
offshore in federal waters. FWC
pilot Frank Utermohlen flew off-
shore, located the shrimping
vessels and relayed their coordi-
nates back to the "Sea Hawk."
On the second night, the shrimp-
ing vessel "Lady Hazel" was
boarded five miles south of Cape
San Blas. Three of the four
TEDs were not in compliance.
A citation was issued. Later in
the evening, the shrimping ves-
sel, "Mary Ellen" was boarded
in Apalachicola Bay. The TEDs
in both nets were not in compli-
ance, and -the captain had
removed the by-catch reduction
devices (BRDS) from the nets.
Citations were issued and
approximately 60 pounds of
shrimp were seized.
SOn December 8, Officers
Percy Cook and Steven Cook
were working a decoy deer detail
in the Tate's-Hell Wildlife
Management Area. Around
4:30 p.m., a vehicle approached
their position, drove past, then
turned around and came back.
A person stepped out of the vehi-
cle and shot one of the decoys
with a shotgun. The officers
identified themselves and arrest-
ed the subject for attempting to
take deer with gun and light.
The shotgun was seized and the
shooter was issued citations.
On December 12, Officers
Don Walker and Travis Huckeba
were on routine patrol in
Apalachicola Wildlife and
Environmental Area near Gard-
ner's Landing. A small vessel
approached their position and
the two officers performed an
inspection. They discovered
two subjects on board with two
undersized red drum and seven
undersized seatrout. The two
subjects were issued citations.
On November 30, Lt.
Rama Shuster, Officers Faris
Livesay and Seth Wagner, and
Duty Officer Brenda Mitchell
were on patrol aboard the off-
shore patrol vessel "Sea Hawk."
At approximately 12 p.m. a com-
mercial fishing vessel was
stopped while underway in fed-
eral waters of the Gulf of
Mexico. While the officers were
approaching the vessel, the cap-
tain ran out of the cabin onto
the aft deck and began throwing
fish overboard. Officers Livesay
and Wagner immediately board-
ed the vessel while Lt. Shuster
and Duty Officer Mitchell att-
empted to recover the dumped
fish. One red snapper was
found floating behind the vessel.
The officers also found pieces of
red snapper being used as bait on
two fishing poles aboard the ves-
sel. Federal charges for obstruc-
tion and possession of red snap-
per during closed season are
being filed. The next meeting is
set for Feb. 6-7 in Panama City.

December's full of holiday hunting traditions

There's finally a chill and a
certain. festiveness in the air-as
most of us try to take time off
from work to enjoy spending
quality time with family and
friends and reflect on the passing
year. Children will be out of
school on winter break soon, and
while the holiday season's upon
us, so are several traditional
hunting opportunities.
The second phase of water-
fowl and coot season comes in
statewide Dec. 8 and runs
through Jan. 27.In addition to
the usual hunting license and
permit requirements, duck
hunters also must have a Florida
waterfowl permit ($3) and a fed-
eral duck stamp ($15). The daily
bag limit on ducks is six, but you
need to know your ducks before
you pull the trigger, because
there are different daily limits for
each species. For instance, with-
in the six-bird limit there can
only be one black duck, one mot-
tled duck, one fulvous whistling-
duck and one pintail. Only two
of your six-bird limit can be can-
vasbacks, redheads, wood ducks
or scaup, and you may have only
four scoters or four mallards (of
which only two can be female) in
your bag.
All other species of ducks
may be taken up to the six-bird
limit, except harlequin ducks.
Taking or attempting to take har-
lequins is illegal. The daily limit
on coots is 15,.and there's a five
bird limit on mergansers, only

FWC approves
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion wrapped up a two-day meet-
ing at Key Largo after wading
through an eventful agenda.
Commissioners voted to
approve the Florida Manatee
Management Plan, effectively
establishing a comprehensive

OtJ4 ,,VW
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By Tony Young, FWC

two of which may be hooded.
When hunting waterfowl,
hunters may only use non-toxic
shotgun shells. In fact, it's illegal
for hunters even to possess lead
shot when waterfowl hunting.
Only iron (steel), bismuthtin and
various tungsten-alloys are per-
For something different, try
woodcock hunting. Woodcock
season runs Dec. 15 Jan. 13.
Woodcocks are excellent game
birds because they hold well for
pointing bird dogs and provide a
challenging shot when flushed.
The daily bag limit is three.
The third phase of mourn-
ing and white-winged dove sea-
son opens Dec. 8 and runs
through Jan. 6. There's a 12-bird
daily bag limit on doves.
From November on, shoot-
ing hours for all migratory birds
are one-half hour before sunrise
to sunset. You must get a no-cost
migratory bird permit where you
-purchase your hunting license

manatee plan
plan that lays out all the realistic
measures the state can take to
nurture the species away from
the threat of extinction. The plan
also includes measurable goals
for the manatee's recovery. It
marks the first time Florida has
had a management plan for the
species. .

before you hunt any of these
birds, though.
The only firearm you're
allowed to hunt migratory game
birds with is a shotgun, no larger
than 10-gauge. Shotguns must be
plugged to a three-shell capacity
(magazine and chamber com-
bined). Bows also are legal.
Retrievers and bird dogs can
be useful in hunting migratory
game birds. Artificial decoys, as
well as manual or mouth-operat-
ed bird calls, also are legal arid
essential gear for duck hunters.
You may hunt migratory
game birds over an agricultural
field, as long as the crop's been
planted by regular agricultural
methods. However, don't even
think about "sweetening" the
field by scattering agricultural
products over it-or anywhere
near it-or you could wind up in
serious trouble. It doesn't matter
if you aren't the one who scat-
tered the bait. If you knew or
should've known that such bait
was present, you're accountable
under the law.
Some other things you can't
do while hunting migratory
game birds include using rifles,
pistols, crossbows, traps, snares,
nets, sinkboxes, swivel guns,
punt guns, battery guns, machine
guns, fish hooks, poisons, drugs,
explosive substances, live decoys,
recorded bird calls or sounds or
electrically amplified bird call
imitations. Shooting from a
moving automobile or boat and

Commissioners voted to
defer a proposal to reclassify
manatees from endangered to
threatened on the state's imper-
iled species list. Meanwhile,
Commissioners directed FWC
staff to research options for

herding or driving birds with
vehicles or vessels -also- are
against the law.
Bobcat and otter hunting
season is Dec. 1 March 1, and
there's no daily bag or season
limit on either species.
Like foxes, bobcats may be
chased year-round with dogs, but
possessing firearms during the
closed season between March 2
and Nov. 30 is prohibited. On a
few wildlife management areas,
bobcats and otters may not be
taken, so please consult the spe-
cific area brochure before you
Whether upland bird hunt-
ing with friends. and family,
shooting ducks on the pond with
your favorite lab or taking that
big bobcat as he slips up behind
an unsuspecting fawn, December
has the hunting opportunities
you're looking for. Here's wish-
ing you happy holidays and a
successful hunting season. If you
can, remember to introduce
someone new to our great sport.
As always, have fun, hunt safely
and ethically, and we'll see you
in the woods!
Tony Young is an avid sportsman
and native Floridian who co-man-
ages the wildlife and timber rec-
sources on family property in
Franklin County. He is the media
relations coordinator for the FWC's
Division of Hunting and Game
Management. You can reach him
with questions about hunting at

revising the agency's imperiled-
species classification process.
Also, Commissioners heard
an update on a proposed man-
agement plan and associated
rules concerning the bald eagle.

Living Tree Donation Program
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
Thank you in advance for taking an interest in our children. This letter
comes from the parents of the first Consolidated School 2008
Graduating Class of Franklin County.
This project is a first, for Franklin County Schools and for our commu-
nity. You will be the first to be part of this great "Living Tree Donation
Program". When you purchase a tree from the Living Tree Donation
Program, you will be helping a graduating senior expand their possibil-
ities. Many students might not have the resources to further their edu-
cation, but with your help they can achieve avenues they thought would
not be possible. The proceeds. from this program will be used as fol-
lows: Project Graduation 2008 and to beautify our new Franklin
County School Campus.
Project Graduation has been a very successful program in Franklin
County. Immediately after graduation, all seniors return to the school
gym, where they will stay until the next morning. We call it Lockdown,
during that time; we have safe and entertaining activities for them that
will last all night until the next morning. These activities will also
include educational information regarding college and how to manage
their money and time well. All who attend will be awarded equal
amounts of the Project Graduation 2008 Scholarship Fund that comes
directly from the Living Tree Donation Fundraiser.
This program not only helps the graduating students, you will also be
beautifying "Franklin County School Campus" all the trees
purchased will be planted on the school grounds for all to see for future
years to come. As an appreciation to your donations, we will be plac-
ing your name on the beautiful Donor Tree Wall for all who enter the
Franklin County School Campus to see. Your donation will always be
known and appreciated.

TREES PURCHASED & PLANTED (All trees are native to
our area): Palms/Chase Tree/Southern Magnolia/Live Oak.
DONATION (You may donate as many trees as you would
like): $150 per tree.
Your Name:
Phone Number:
How many trees will you be donating: .
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Project Graduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). Questions: (850) 323-0380.
661 U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32328.

"Steps to Unlimited
"Whoever wants to soar freely on the unlimited pathway of
possibilities must first take steps"
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
The First Graduating Class from the new consolidated Franklin
County Schools will be the "Seahawk Seniors 2008". We are honored,
thankful and proud to be part of this community and school. We
would like to team up with you to help make our graduating year the
most memorable. We have thought hard and long to come up with a
fundraiser that truly brings us all together as a community and recog-
nizes you as a donor.
Leave Your Mark! In appreciation to our community and your sup-
port, we are offering the first "Steps to unlimited possibility" stepping
stones that will pave the pathways along the new school. These step-
ping stones will represent a pathway to a successful education experi-
ence. Each stone you purchase will be placed on the school grounds
for each generation of students to see and be proud that their commu-
nity is supporting them each step of their way.
1. Each stone will be personally engraved with your message to make
it unique to each donor, as seen above. Engravement: up to 2 Lines
with 16 letters each line.
2. Stones are approximately 12" round in diameter and 1" thickness
with smooth edges made of genuine slate stone. A naturally textured
top surface will give each stone depth and beauty.
3. Each stepping stone will be $100 and you may purchase as many
stones as you would like, each having a unique personalized message.
Each stones will be displayed at the new school. You may purchase
additional stones for your private garden to show your expanded
school spirit.
Phone Number:
Personal Engravement:

Stones Purchased: Check Enclosed $:
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Project Graduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). 661 U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint,
FL 32328.
Thank you very much for teaming with the Seahawk Seniors 2008 in creating a
stronger sense of community, history and in being part of this new and exciting
educational fundraising. All the proceeds will be used as a scholarship to ALL
2008 GRADUATING SENIORS who attend project graduation 2008, For
Questions please contact: (850) 323-0380.

Th FaklnChonce OCLL WNDNESAPR eeme 2, 07 ag

Below are excerpts from the
report of Bill Mahan, Franklin
County Extension Office
Director, to the Franklin County
Commission dated, Dec. 4.
Fish & Wildlife Research
Institute Red Tide Report: A
patchy bloom of Karenia brevis,
the Florida red tide organism, is
still being found in the Florida
Panhandle from Bay County to.
Harrison County, Miss.
Gulf of Mexico Research
Planning Workshops: The Gulf
of Mexico Sea Grant College
Programs and numerous federal,
state, academic and non-govern-
mental partners will be holding a
series of workshops around the
Gulf to identify and prioritize
research/information needs and
contribute to a plan that will
address the most pressing needs
in the region. Participants will be
asked to identify specific region-
al research priorities and gaps
that fall within the broad themes
of-Stewardship of National
and Cultural Ocean Resources;
-Increasing Resilience of Nat-
ural Hazards;-Enabling Marine
Operations, Business and
Commerce; -The Ocean's Role
in Climate;-Improving Ecosys-
tem Health; and-Enhancing
Human Health.
The Workshop dates are:
January 15, 2008, Spanish Fort,
Alabama; January 17, 2008,
Biloxi, Mississippi; February 19,
2008, St. Petersburg; February
26, 2008 Baton Rouge,
Louisiana; and. February 28,
2008 in Galveston, Texas.
Offshore Aquaculture
Update: In November NOAA

released an almost 400-page
report on Offshore Aquaculture.
The report identified eight action
items and alternatives that need
to be done to make offshore
aquaculture feasible and three
areas of controversy (potential
environmental impacts; compet-
ing interests between fishermen,
fishing communities and aqua-
culture operations; and exclusive
use of public resources for pri-
vate profit. The report also
states the following reasons for
the need of offshore aquaculture.
Demand for protein is increasing
in the United States; nearly 75
percent of all seafood consumed
is currently imported from other
countries creating a 7.8 billion
dollar trade deficit. It is estimat-
ed by 2025, two million, more
metric tons of seafood will be
needed over and above what is
consumed today. As demand
grows, commercial wild-capture
fisheries will not likely be ade-
quate to meet this growing
Aquaculture is one method
to meet current and future
demands for seafood. Currently,
NOAA Fisheries Service
requires an exempted fishing per-
mit (EFP) to conduct aquacul-
ture in federal waters. This per-
mit is of limited duration and is
not intended for commercial pro-
duction of fish, making aquacul-
ture in federal waters not viable
under the current permitting
process. The purpose of this
FMP amendment is to develop a
regional permitting process for
regulating and promoting envi-
ronmentally sound and econom-

Crist reports progress

on water agreement

ically sustainable aquaculture in
.the Gulf EEZ. By establishing a
regional permitting process for
aquaculture, the Council will be
positioned to achieve their pri-
mary goal of increasing maxi-
mum sustainable yield (MSY)
and optimum yield (OY) of fed-
eral fisheries in the Gulf of
Mexico by supplementing har-
vest of wild caught species with
cultured product.
Fishery Conservation Act-
Fisheries Disaster Assistance:
NOAA is currently requesting
information/data from the gen-
eral public, fishing industry, sci-
entific community, coastal com-
munities and Federal and State
resource agencies on all aspects
of Fisheries Disaster Assistance,
including the following topics:
Definition of a Commercial
Fishery Failure; Definition of a
Fishery Resource; Definition of
a Fishery Resource Disaster.
Comments/information must be
received no later than 5 PM on
January 4, 2008.
ISSC Membership Renew-
als: The membership fees for
2008 are due. The individual
membership fee is $60.00. Note:
the ISSC Constitution was
amended last year to require that
all Committee members be
appointed from the membership.
At this time I would like to know
if the Commissioners would like
me to submit their membership
applications for renewal and if
they are interested in requesting
a committee appointment.
(Commissioners approved this

Florida tourism officials come to Franklin

A customized RV, modified
to serve as a mobile video pro-
duction studio, was in Franklin
County recently as part of a new
effort to promote tourism in
The four-person production
crew is traveling across Florida,
shooting videos that feature 10
Florida experts and a variety of
experiences in the Sunshine
State. On Monday, Dec. 17, the
RV made stops in Apalachicola
at the Dixie Theater, the John
Gorrie Museum, and the Gibson
Inn, and on St. George Island at
the state park.
The trip is part of an effort
to gather information for the
state's travel planning Web site,
"Web-based content has
become the key resource for trav-
el planning, so we cannot over-
state the importance of Florida's
presence on the web," says Bud
Nocera, Chief Executive Officer
To generate new content,
VISIT FLORIDA has developed
a cooperative marketing pro-
gram called Open Florida. The
latest initiative in the company's
overall marketing program and
the first of its kind in the U.S.
tourism industry, Open Florida
will produce informational
videos. Footage from around the
state will be shot and edited
using a mobile studio-a 36-foot

recreational vehicle customized
for Open Florida and wrapped in
Florida style.
"Tourism continues to make
a significant impact on our
state's economy," says Gov.
Charlie Crist. "The Open
Florida initiative enables Florida
to break new ground in the glob-
al travel industry."
Manned by a four-member
crew, the RV is conducting two-
week shooting tours, from May
10, 2007 through March 2008.
The high-definition format
video, audio, and other content
will be produced into two-
minute segments for release on


The 2008

Professional Season

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Bob Milne-Ragtime Piano

The DIXIE Does Nashville
6th Annual Apalachicola
Music Fest

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Florida, Georgia and
Alabama Governors Charlie
Crist, Sonny Perdue, Bob Riley
and U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Dirk Kempthorne have agreed
on a revised schedule to address
the short- and long-term needs of
the Apalachicola-Chattahoo-
chee-Flint (ACF) and Alabama-
Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river
The agreement came during
a day-long meeting of the states
at the Florida Governor's
Mansion on Monday, Dec. 17.
"Water conservation is pre-
cious to our three states and I
thank my friends for traveling to
Florida to discuss this tremen-
dously important issue," Gov.
Crist said. "The people of our
state have suffered due to the
recent reduction of water flow.
Due to recent rainfall, we see
increased amounts of water
entering Florida that will assist
our oystermen. I'm also pleased
that we agreed to remove the
June 1 deadline imposed by the
Army Corps and have agreed to
a new date of March 15th to
allow state and federal partners
to develop improved drought

Early Deadlines
Because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, The
Franklin Chronicle will have early deadlmes for the next
two weeks. All new ads and changes to existing ads must
be received by The Chnrnicle by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec.
24, for publication Dec. 28, and by 9 a.m., Monday, Dec.
31, for publication Jan. 4. The same deadlines exist for
submission of press releases. Thank you.

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Gasoline and Diesel

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Regarding the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers,
the governors agreed to send a
high level staff delegation to
Washington, D.C. in early Jan-
uary to discuss steps needed to
move toward a new drought pro-
tocol for all three states. It was
also agreed that the governors
would meet in February to con-
clude the tri-state water protocol
that would take effect on March
15, 2008.
Representatives from the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service also participated in the
meeting to provide factual infor-
mation on current conditions of
both the ACF River Basin and
the ACT River Basin (Alabama-
The total commercial fishing
industry in the Apalachicola Bay
is responsible for $134 million in
direct economic output and an
additional $71 million in indirect
value-added impacts. The region
produces 90 percent of Florida's
oyster supply, 10 percent of the
nation's oysters, and the state's
third-largest shrimp harvest.



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Florida Agriculture Commissioner
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farmers and ranchers to watch their mail
in early January for the arrival of the 2007
Census of Agriculture form.
"I urge all of Florida's agricultural
producers to participate in the Census by
completing and returning the form,"
Bronson said. "The input received by the
Census helps shape the future of agricul-
ture for years to come, and we want to
make sure that the voices of Florida's
farmers and ranchers are heard."
Conducted every five years by the
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Our Picks from Page 10

"Southern Rock" headliners. It's a slice of
underexposed musical history with rarely
filmed full performances of the band's
breezy, bluesy, jazz-juiced, chicken-
pickin' hits, including "Heard It In A
Love Song," "Can't You See," "Take the
Highway" and 11 other tracks. An extra
commentary by vocalist Doug Gray, one
of the band's three surviving members,
adds an overlay of first-person, onstage
insight to memories.

Census is a complete count of the nation's
farms and ranches and the people who
operate them. The Census examines land
use and ownership, operator characteris-
tics, production practices, income and
expenditures and other topics. It pro-
vides the only source of uniform, compre-
hensive agricultural data for every county
in the nation.
"Regardless of how large or small
their operation or what kinds of products
they produce, it's important for Florida
farmers and ranchers to complete and
return the form," Bronson said. "By par-
ticipating in the Census, they will help
themselves and their communities."
USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) will mail out
Census forms on December 28, 2007, to
collect data for the 2007 calendar year.
Completed forms are due by February 4,
2008. Producers can return their forms
by mail or fill out the Census online via a
secure web site.
"The Census of Agriculture provides
information that benefits agricultural pro-
ducers and their communities in many
ways," Bronson said.

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The Franklin Chronicle

This photo in the Archives of Florida History photographic collection shows the Schooner
"Warren Adams," blown ashore at St. George Island by a hurricane. The photo was taken
Aug. 2, 1899.

American Profile to debut in January

When American Profile maga-
zine debuts as an insert' in The
Franklin Chronicle on Jan. 4,
2008, much of the four-color
national magazine's content will
look familiar to area readers
because of the publication's
strong editorial focus on home-
town life.
From regionalized calendars
of events :to profiles .of
Hometown Heroes, American
Profile's editorial content will cel-
ebrate the people, places and
things that make America great.
A profile of one of America's

SGI Book
Club donates
The St. George Island Book
Club recently donated 12 chil-
dren and young adult books to
the Franklin County Public
Library's Eastpoint branch.
Some of the titles include: High
in the Clouds by Paul
McCartney et al, Do You Know
Where Sea Turtles Go? By Paul
Lowery, Sally Goes to the Beach
by Stephen Huneck, and There's
No Place Like Space by Tish
Much of the library's c9llec-
tion is made up of quality dona-
tions like this, which benefits the
entire community. Reading to a
child or grandchild is not only
pleasurable but essential for
good early learning skills.

Watch Your Language!


great hometowns-perhaps one
in this area, or one just up the
road-will also be an editorial
feature of each issue.
"The regionalized compo-
nent of this publication is very
exciting to us," said Chronicle
Publisher Russell Roberts,
"because it will be a great addi-
tion to the local news and fea-
tures we already provide our
readers. With American Profile
there is a strong likelihood that
readers may have a personal
knowledge of the people and
places profiled in the magazine."


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EST. 1836
8:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M.

American Profile completes
the coverage picture by also
including stories on health
trends, entertainment, current
issues, and celebrities with
hometown ties.
"Daily newspapers in large
markets are well-served with the
existing Sunday magazines, but
there are many wonderful stories
to be told in markets with week-
ly and small market dailies.
American Profile was created, in
part, to tell those stories," said
Dick Porter, American Profile
President and CEO.

St. George Island
United Methodist Church


201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on the Island
Phone: 927-2088 Website:
Pastor: Themo Patriotis Dir. of Creative Ministries: Dusty Turner

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blank squares. Fill in all 81 squares on the puzzle with numbers 1
to 9. You may not repeat any numbers in any one of the nine sec-
tions that you've already used elsewhere in that section. Also, you
can use each number 1-9 only once in each horizontal line of nine
squares, and in each vertical column of nine squares. The puzzle is
completed when you correctly fill every square. Answer to this
week's Sudoku Puzzle is on page 13.

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63 7 4 5 2 8


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7 13 8

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Tips for a
Ah, cool days, long nights-
the perfect time of year for cozy-
ing up to the comfort of wood
fire. But before you pile on the
wood and strike the season's first
match, there are a few precau-
tions you need to take. Since last
season, your fireplace and chim-
ney have likely endured more
than a few fires, soot buildup,
and normal wear and tear. For
these reasons and more, it's
imperative to have your chimney
and fireplace (as well as other
heating systems) inspected annu-
ally by a professional. However,
this doesn't mean you should
leave the entire process up to the
pro! There are a few preliminary
steps you can take right now to
make sure your chimney is
prepped and ready for another
Use Your Eyes
Start by conducting a once-
over of your own. Make a note
of any fissures or cracks on your
chimney and fireplace. You want
to first make sure everything is in
proper working order. Make sure
the flue (the vertical interior sec-
tion of the chimney that funnels
smoke outside) is in proper
working order. Often smoke and
creosote can damage the flue
over time so use a flashlight to
get a close look to be sure there
are no cracks other noticeable
Be aware that some flues
have bends in them, so you may
not be able to see all the way to
the top. Take a look at the base
of the flue to see how much
debris and soot are there. But
remember that most of the activ-
ity in a chimney occurs at the
very top and this is where the
greatest build up is likely to

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yourself how to open it and close
The exterior of your chim-
ney is extremely important as
well. If you can't easily (or safe-
ly) access the top of your chim-
ney, use a pair of binoculars to
do your inspection. You're look-
ing to see if there is a lot of
debris blocking the top of the
chimney. The crown is the over-
lap portion at the top of most
masonry chimneys. This is a
prime location for birds to nest.
You'll want to be sure this area is
free of any excess debris.
The spark arrestor is bom-
barded by wind, rain and snow
over the course of its lifetime and
often succumbs to the abuse. If
you see that yours is damaged,
this is something you'll want to
have replaced immediately. This
is one of the few things that keep
sparks from flying out of the flue
and onto your roof-it also pro-
tects the flue by keeping out the
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for. A crack that looks somewhat
innocent to the untrained eye
might be a clue to a more signif-
icant issue. The standard recom-
mendation for most homeown-
ers is to have your chimney
inspected and/or cleaned at least
once a year especially in those
areas where weather conditions
are prone to affect the lifespan of
your chimney and its compo-
That said, for those who use
their fireplaces somewhat spar-
ingly or live in relatively mild cli-
mates, a bi-annual inspection is
often enough.
Often a chimney sweep will
double as an inspector, but either
way when you're considering
hiring a professional there are a
few things you'll want to take
into consideration.
To begin, what training does
the inspector have? Are they cer-
tified to the job you're hiring
them for?
Make sure you get a clear
explanation of services and the
charges they will incur well
before you allow them to start
work. Remember, they work for
YOU, so you want to be in
charge of this situation and
know exactly what to expect.
What kind of insurance do
they have? Are they bonded?
Chimney inspectors of any
worth have full insurance and
are more than happy to share
this information with you to
assure you that you will not be
liable should they be injured
while on the job.
Lastly, you want to be sure
they have a valid list of refer-
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Most importantly, make sure
you shadow the inspector as they
work. This is your opportunity to
learn as much as you can about
your particular fireplace. Many
professionals are more than
happy to share some basic tidbits
with you to help you understand
ways to get the most out of your
chimney and how to maintain it
year round.
For future reference, the best
time to bring in the pro is toward
the end of spring when the
weather starts to warm up a bit.
First off, you'll miss the last
minute rush in the fall to get your
chimney inspected before you
need. it, and you'll avoid that
nasty smell of leftover wood and
ash that can fill your home dur-
ing the hot summer months.
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Besides investing in your
annual cleaning and inspection,
keep in mind that the type of
wood burned in the fireplace can
drastically reduce soot buildup in
your fireplace. When burned,
sappier wood, such as pine,
emits a substance called creosote
that tends to clog the flue and is
the primary culprit behind most
chimney fires. It also helps if the
wood is completely dry. Open
the damper completely every
time you build a fire to prevent
creosote from sticking, and every
so often burn an anti-creosote
log, available at your grocery or
hardware store. This log changes
the consistency of creosote
buildup from a sticky to a flaky
substance. '
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Dear EarthTalk:
I'm looking for a job and
would like to find a position at a
company that is either marketing
a green product or service or that
is seriously trying to improve its
ecological "footprint." Where
do I look?
Beth, via e-mail
With just about every com-
pany trying to green its products,
services and internal operations
these days, there has never been
a better time to find a green job.
Jobs in eco-advocacy and in
"hands on" environmental work
such as pollution cleanup and
land use planning are more
abundant than ever. And green
issues are driving the creation of
new jobs in many other voca-
tions as well.
The November/December
2007 issue of E-The Environ-
mental Magazine reports that
some of the hottest sectors for
new green jobs right now are:
travel and hospitality, planning
and land use, alternative health
and medicine, renewable energy,
environmental law, information
technology, environmental edu-
cation, design and construction,
corporate responsibility, and
food and farming.. Those with aiy of thefsefields
should find plenty of oi'6ftiii i-
ties that can help marry their
skills with their green principles.
Analysts point to the alter-
native and renewable energy sec-
tor as offering perhaps the most
opportunities. "Solar and wind
are already multibillion-dollar
industries," says Peter Beadle,
who launched the website green- in 2005. Hydrogen and
fuel cell technologies also offer
many opportunities, he says.
Technical personnel-engineers,
installers, etc.-form the back-
bone of such industries, but mar-
keting, sales and communica-
tions specialists are needed to get
the technologies to market.
Congress also wants to
make sure there are green jobs
for disadvantaged and disenfran-
chised Americans. In August
2007 the House of Represent-
atives passed the Green Jobs Act
as a vehicle to use the green
economy as a "pathway out of
poverty." The bill calls for spend-
ing $125 million for job training
in renewable energy, energy-effi-
cient vehicles and green build-
ing. One-fifth of the money
would be earmarked for those
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While we recommend hiring
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hook completely. Ash tends to
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place and should be swept up or
vacuumed when the pile is more
than a few inches high. Before
you do so, protect your flooring
and surrounding areas by cover-
ing them, just in case some of
the ash blows off your dustpan.
If you thought wine was hard to
get out of a white carpet, wait
until you experience fireplace
Use a dustpan for the big
pile of ash, and then vacuum the
rest (we suggest a shop vac, since
this is often a nasty job). Dispose
of the mess in the garbage can,
or you can toss it in your com-
post pile if you have one. Some
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Jane Tip: This may seem
obvious, but only burn wood in
your fireplace! Never try to dis-
pose of wrapping paper or other
garbage by burning it. If you
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Besides removing the ash,
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Again, you will want to
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to come in contact with your
Cover the floor surrounding
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Iron Horse is America's

It is hard to think of In m Hoise and not think of Joy
Sterling, whose first name more aptly describes her per-
sonality than the name of her winery.
As CEO of one of California's most reputable wine
producers, Joy is a great promoter of sparkling wine-
still the mainstay of this outstanding California winery.
A.graduate of Yale University, she left a successful career
in television to join her family's wine business in 1985
and has been its number one saleswoman since.
Iron Horse got national recognition when its
sparkling wine was chosen for President Reagan's toast to
peace at his first summit meeting with Mikhail
Gorbachev in Geneva. Perhaps that it was made in
"Russian River Valley" had something to do with it.
Since this historical occasion, the wine has remained a
staple at White House gatherings.
Of course, Iron Horse isn't just for presidents. But it
shows that American-made sparkling wine can be just as
good as French champagne.
Ms. Sterling believes Iron Horse is making some of
their best wines ever, thanks to a quality revolution that
began in the vineyards. Using primarily estate-grown
grapes, Iron Horse has engaged in what she calls "preci-
sion farming." It's using the best farming techniques-
organic or otherwise-that apply to a specific vineyard.
The vineyards are located in the Green Valley of the
Russian River Valley. The cooling fog of this region can
produce 40-degree temperature swings-ideal for the
chardonnay and pinot noir that go into the sparkling
Iron Horse's sparkling wines have inched up in prices
over the years, so they aren't cheap. But they are consis-
tently top-drawer wines for any celebration-or just to
break up a cold winter Sunday.
Here are this year's sparkling wine recommenda-
Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 2001 ($36). Aged

four years on the yeast in the
bottle, this blend of pinot
noir (71 percent) and
l" chardonnay is rich with
Apple, cherry notes and a
creamy texture. It is every bit
as good as a brut cham-
Iron Horse Wedding
Cuvee 2003 ($35). Made
G' primarily from pinot noir
grapes, this sparkling wine
has more weight and berry
fruit but with refined ele-
gance. It is Iron Horse's flagship sparkling wine.
Iron Horse Russian Cuvee 2000 ($32). This is basi-
cally the same as the brut but with a sweeter dosage. You
can barely detect the residual sugar, but the dosage
rounds off the wine and brings forward the great fruit fla-
vors. This would be a great match for Asian food or foie
Schramsberg J. Schram 2000 ($90). This exotic
sparkling wine from another of California's most rep-
utable producers is a blend of chardonnay (80 percent)
and pinot noir. The rich notes of creme brulee coats the
palate from start to finish. Pineapple aromas, tropical
fruit flavors and long finish.
J Cuvee Non-Vintage Brut ($32). Citrus and yeast
aromas give way to apple and grapefruit flavors. Good
complexity for the price.
J Vintage Brut 1999 ($50). If you want a .big
sparkling wine with exotic, aged notes, here it is. Toasted
almond and spice aromas with apple flavors and creamy
mouthfeel. Blend of chardonnay (51 percent), pinot noir
and a bit of pinot meunier. The wine was aged for four
years in the bottle, disgorged in 2004 to remove the sedi-
ments, recorked with a new dosage and then aged for
another six months before being released. That's the

effort that gives the wine is richness-and price.
J Vintage Brut Late-Disgorged 1997 ($100). OK,
it's expensive. But how often can you taste a 1997
sparkling wine? The wine was aged six years in the bot-
tle, disgorged and aged another year before release. It has
great balance, biscuit aromas, full citrus flavors with a
hint of spice and a creamy texture.
Argyle Brut 2002 ($25). This reputable Oregon pro-
ducer makes some of the best sparkling wines in the
Northwest. For a special treat, try the ros& brut. But this
one is just as special with delicate pear, citrus and miner-
al notes. Made mostly from chardonnay grapes.
Wine of the Week
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Ros6 ($24). This is one
of the best buys in the non-vintage rose market. It has lots
of ripe cherry fruit flavors and good toast. Made from 53
percent pinot noir and 47 percent chardonnay.

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most difficult to hire: at-risk youths, former inmates and
welfare recipients.
The Senate passed a similar bill earmarking $100 mil-
lion for "green collar" job training in various sectors of
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(D-North Florida) has announc-
ed that the U.S. Department of
Commerce's Economic Devel-
opment Administration has
awarded a federal grant in the
amount of $159,000 to the
Apalachee Regional Planning
The investment supports
development and implementa-
tion of a comprehensive eco-
nomic development strategy in
the region served by the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, which comprises
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden,
Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon,
Liberty, and Wakulla counties.
"I have always said that
when neighboring counties and
communities of interest come
together, it's a good thing," said
Congressman Boyd. "By focus- '
ing on regional development and
problem solving, the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council can
help to encourage new jobs,
attract new investments, and
bring new folks to our area.
This grant is great news for
North Florida."
The Apalachee Regional
Planning Council will bring
together the public and private
sectors in the creation of a devel-
opment planning framework to
diversify and strengthen the
regional economy.
The U.S. Department of
Commerce's Economic Devel-
opment Administration serves as
a venture capital resource to
meet the economic development
needs of distressed communities
throughout the United States.

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