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Waterfront meeting draws a crowd

Chronicle Correspondent
The first Carrabelle Water-
front Partnership Town Hall
Meeting last week surprised the
sponsors and organizers with the
excellent attendance. About 50
residents turned out to offer
opinions, suggestions, comments
and just to see what it was all
Tamara Allen, Program
*Manager for the Carrabelle
Waterfront Partnership, and

work begins
at major
Chronicle Correspondent
The Marine Street/Tallahas-
see Street intersection in
Carrabelle is the location of
heavy construction, closing
Marine Street to traffic.
According to Keith Mock,
Carrabelle's director of public
works, C.W. Roberts Co. is doing
a stormwater drainage project
that will extend from the Tillie
Miller bridge along Highway 98
through town, and all the way to
the "Y" at 319.
It's part of a state Depart-
ment of Transportation road-
widening, and not a part of
Carrabelle's current projects.
"They are going slowly and
carefully at this stage," Mock
pointed out. "There are more
pipes down there, and I have
marked where I think they are,
but it's always best to go slowly
until we're sure."
Mock expects the entire
intersection tobe torn up and put
back before the crew moves to
the next section.

John Mclnnis, Carrabelle City
Manager, opened the meeting
and performed the introductions.
Also present was Carrabelle
City Commissioner Richard
Sand, standing in for Mayor
Curley Messer, unable to attend
because of a recent injury to his
Allen opened with a brief
"brag" on the status of the
Carrabelle partnership and their
quick progress through the
requirements of the waterfront

partnership grant, as well as the
unprecedented cooperation and
commonly shared goals among
citizens, volunteers, and agency
"I'm thrilled to see so many
people here," she said, "and I
can't resist reminding everyone
that out of three small communi-
ties who applied for this grant
opportunity, we are number one
on the DCA's (Department of
Community Affairs) list!
"While we waiting for the

funding for this first phase to
come through," she said, "we
opened our office on the water-
front and had an art contest for
area students to see what they
wanted for our waterfront, and
began some research to see what
we already have."
The consensus of the stu-
dents, whose contest entries were
on display around the meeting
room, seemed to be in agreement
with each other and the adults
Continued on Page 15

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Grant pays for more dune walkovers, sand fencing


Due to tight budgeting and
.extensive use of volunteer labor,
the 2007 grant obtained by the
St. George Island Civic Club has
been amended and extended to
allow for 2,000 more feet of
beach sand fencing and two
more dune walkovers.
The grant, from a coalition
of environmental concerns that
includes the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation and the
National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration,, was
obtained by Bruce Hall of Sea
Turtles at Risk (STAR) for the
St. George Island Civic Club in
early 2007. It includes $33,055
in funding, with the club con-

tributing $42,540 in labor. Much
of the funding has been used to
purchase rolls of sand fence,
posts, and materials for the dune
walkovers, from Taylor's
Building Supply in Eastpoint.
Volunteers, who have num-
bered over 50, have come mostly
from .the ranks of the member-
ship of the Civic Club. The orig-
inal project, completed in 2007,
included 4,000 feet of sand fenc-
ing, four beach walkovers, and
4,000 feet of beach plants.
The new walkovers and sand
fences are going up at Eighth
Street East and 10th Street East,
on East Gorrie Drive. The first
scheduled workday was mostly
rained out on Saturday, Jan. 26,
so work began on Sunday the

27th, instead.
Three other workdays are
anticipated Feb. 2, 9, and 16.
The dune walkover crew will be
working on Saturdays through
February 2nd at the Eighth
Street site, before switching with
the sand fencing crew who are
currently working Saturdays at
the 10th Street site. Each work
day includes a healthy lunch pro-
vided by other Civic Club volun-
The project's intent is to cre-
ate critical habitat for turtles and
birds and to replenish the dunes
damaged by Hurricane Dennis
in 2005.
The walkovers that were
built in 2007 at 11th Street East,
Continued on Page 15

Civic Club volunteers John Selby (left) and John Tyminiski
work on the Eighth Street East dune walkover.

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Property Sales
Year Sales
2004 1,380
2005 1,201
2006 300
2007 202


sales drop

in 2007
Chronicle Staff
Franklin County recorded
only 202 property sales in 2007,
falling from 1,201 just two years
The statistics released by
Property Appraiser Doris
Pendleton are evidence of just
how dramatic the slowdown is in
one key part of the local econo-
my-real estate.
The numbers echo statewide
real estates figures. According to
the Florida Association of
Realtors, there was a statewide
decrease in home sales from
248,565 in 2005 to 130,241 in
Continued on Page 15




in Lanark
Chronicle Staff
The unpredictable saga of
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District took another
bizarre twist late last week when
Sharon Thoman rescinded her
But whether she will actual-
ly rejoin the Board remains to be
seen, since she rescinded her res-
ignation two days after the
County Commission replaced
her with a new member, Ray-
mond Courage.
The odd turn of events has
left many people wondering who
will be seated when the three-
member board meets on Feb. 4 to
complete the merger with the
City of Carrabelle.
Officially, it appears that
Courage will be the legal com-
missioner. But if Board
Chairperson Barbara Rohrs

Continued on Page 15

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The Franklin Chronicle


Volunteers Barbara Iman and John Culbertson with a baskets they were awarded for winning
the poker run Jan. 21 and 22. Twenty-three volunteers and 24 St. George Island businesses
(and the State Park) participated in the poker run, hosted by the St. George Island Visitor
Center and Lighthouse Museum. The purpose of the poker run was to provide a fun way for
the volunteers (who man the visitor center) to become knowledgeable about the island's
many businesses. At each business, an employee spoke of what the establishment has to
offer tourists before sending the volunteer on their way with a randomly selected playing
card. At the end of the two day run, poker master Clint Taylor evaluated the cards that were
turned in by the contestants and declared the winners to be Barbara Iman with a royal flush
and John Culbertson with a straight flush. Because the merchants were so generous with
the gifts that they contributed, two prize-winning baskets of goodies were created instead of
just one.

Thoughts from St. George Island

Huh? The following state-
ment is true. The previous state-
ment was false.
Now, don't you feel better
that I've gotten that off my chest.
The weather remains cool.
Do you suppose we could work
out some kind of deal with tem-
peratures like I had with a utility
company once whereby they
averaged my annual bill and I
paid the average each month? I
haven't checked on local average
temperatures but I'll bet they are
higher than last week's 38
degrees and lower than August's
98 degrees.
The reconstructed Cape St.
George Lighthouse work re-
mains on schedule for now. The
base has risen to 27 ft. 3 in. and
continues to rise. Checking with
Dennis Barnell, president of the
Lighthouse Association, I
learned that the soapstone slab
for the top deck and gallery floor
has been cut and will soon be
delivered ready to be put in place
as soon as the base reaches full
height. The soapstone for the
floor originated in Brazil and
was cut by an Alabama compa-
ny. Soapstone is a rock made
mostly from the mineral talc,
which is the softest natural min-
eral known. Sometimes called
steatite, soapstone, for all its
mineral softness, wears very well
and is extremely resistant to
weathering in sea air.
Barnell says, however, that
things might start slowing down
soon because the state grant for
the lighthouse is paid in thirds
and state cutbacks might slow
the third installment. The
Lighthouse Association wel-
comes private contributions. For
more information, visit www.
Looking ahead to things on
the horizon, The Rivertown
Girls will perform a live concert

f4rom t Is4and

By Tom Loughridge

at St. George United Methodist
Church at Saturday, February
23, at 6:30 p.m.
The Rivertown Girls are a
trio of young teens from
Blountstown who perform blue-
grass and gospel music. The
group consists of Sharlyn Marie
Smith, Mary Cathryn Smith and
Carolyne Van Lierop. The girls
sing and play mandolin, fiddle
and banjo. They are accompa-
nied by Buddy Smith on acoustic
guitar and Angus Hall on bass.
Everyone is invited to attend
the concert. Please bring an
appetizer to share after the con-
I have been listening to
politicians and presidential can-
didates throwing around a lot of
numbers with billions in them
lately. Now, as a former science
teacher, I know that a billion is a
pretty big number but just how
big, in terms that are easily
understood, is a billion, anyway?
I found a lot of comparisons that
made sense such as; one billion
people lined up side by side
would stretch 568,200 miles.
That's still a number that escapes
me. After all, just imagining any
distance over a mile or two takes
quite a lot of effort. I decided to
find out in terms I understood-
easily, how big a billion is. By
experimenting a bit, I found that
I could walk at a brisk pace (for a

geezer, anyway) of. about 100
steps per minute. After that it
was easy to figure how old I
would be after I had walked a bil-
lion steps at that pace. If I were
able to walk 10 hours a day, six
days a week and keep up the
pace without stopping, I would
be over 120 years old before I
reached my destination. At
about 21/2 feet per pace, I would
have walked around the earth 19
times. Looking at'it another
way, if I lived to be a hundred, I
would have to spend over
$100,000 every day with no time
off for bad behavior.
All that would be fine but
they keep talking about anything
from 2 billion dollars to 380 bil-
lion dollars. I think I'll just go
back to saying, "a heck of a lot of
money" and be done with it!
"A billion here, a billion
there, and pretty soon you're
talking about real money."
Everett Dirkson (1896- 1969),
Senator from Illinois, 1951 1969.
Keep those card and letters
coming. tjloughridge@mchsi.
com. Help us keep readers
informed about events and
doings that affect Eastpoint and
St. George Island.
Tom Loughridge is a retired science
teacher who lives on St. George
Island with wife Janyce and two
marvelous mutts. Loughridge taught
physics, Earth science and oceanog-
raphy at Apalachicola High School
from 1990 to 1995. He has been a
contributor to The Franklin
Chronicle since 1992. He keeps him-
self out of serious trouble with his
duties as a Chronicle correspondent,
actor and board member of the
Panhandle Players, member of the
Bay Area Choral Society and vari-
ous activities at the St. George Island
First United Methodist Church. He
is also a member of the Iron Men of
St. George Island.


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Crestview 56 3'
Daytona Beach 75 5:
Fort Lauderdale 81 61
Forl Myers 81 5
Gainesvlie 70 4:
SHollywood 81 &6
Jacksonville 66 4
Key West 7o 61
Lady Lake 72 41
Lake City 7? 44
Madison 64 31
Melboume 81 58
Miami 80 67
N Smyrna Beach 74 5

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Atlanta 46 29
Boston 43 35
Chicago 31 21
Dallas 58 41
Denver 47 23
Houston 60 41
Los Angeles 64 45
Miami 80 67

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Ocala 73
Orlando 75
Panama City 60
Pensacola 54
Plant City 76
Pompano Beach 81
Port Charlotte 78
Saint Augustine 688
Saint Petersburg 68
Sarasota 72
Tallahassee 63
Tampa 71
Titusvlle 75
Venice 74
W Palm Beach 86

New York
San Francisco
St. Louis
Washington, DC

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February 1, 2008 Page 3

A matter of privilege and responsibility

I'm writing this on Florida's
primary day, Tuesday, Jan. 29, so
I do not know yet who Franklin
County and Florida gave their
majorities to, or which way the
property tax amendment went,
but I do know how Carrabelle
voters registered as Democrats
They feel insulted, cheated
and deprived of a basic right by
the National Democratic Party,
who "punished" Florida for
making a decision last year to
move up their primary day.
Apparently, this move so irritat-
ed and inconvenienced the
National Party that they felt it
was OK to nullify the opinions of
every Democrat in the state.
I don't know of any here in
Carrabelle who "didn't bother"
for all of that, but they did make
their opinions heard at the polls.
My personal opinion is that
I'm going to vote whether or not
my candidate has a chance at the
delegates from my state, it will
count in sending a message,
adding some impetus, even if it
is only the "if only" kind.



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By Laurel Newman

While standing in the booth,
I found myself thinking of a
friend's son who survived his
first stint in the service overseas
and is coming home this week-
end on leave. I thought of my
own son, my son-in-law, my
daughter-in-law, my father, and
my stepson who all served their
tours, and came home (two
career service people on that list)
feeling proud of having done
duty for their country. I am
thinking of all those of us at
home who cherish our right to
vote, and these young people
who, by sacrificing for that right,
make it our responsibility.
Did the National Demo-

cratic Party even consider that by
"punishing" the State Democrat-
ic Party so arbitrarily, they were
really robbing Florida Demo-
crats (including the service peo-
ple fighting and sacrificing for
the right to vote) of their own
right to be counted in this phase
of this most important-national
people's decision?)
Seems cold-hearted and
unpatriotic to me, and sends a
message that they don't really
believe in the process, especially
by taking action that cripples
their own delegates' chances for
a fair representation of the vot-
ers' desires.
A poll worker said the
turnout at about midday, when I
was there, was a lot more than
she had expected, and declared
that it was especially high con-
sidering it was "just a primary."
LaurelNewman writes weekly about
happenings around Carrabelle. If
you have an event or good Carrabelle
story, contact her at 850-697-2046
days, or e-mail to laurne59@aol.

Sand Field in early stages.

New drainage projects

will 'keep city dry'

Chronicle Correspondent
Several drainage projects-a
couple already complete, one in
progress, and another to begin
shortly-will work together to
keep stormwater drainage under
control and moving as clean
water into the bay, according to
Carrabelle City Manager John
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24, McInnis announced that the
city had just received a $700,000
grant from Florida Forever,
which will be used to complete
yet another phase of the plan-to
build complete stormwater
drainage and groundwater per-
colation treatment for the city.
"The city had the foresight
last year," he said, "to purchase a
lot from Olin, across from Sand
Park, as a holding site for excess
water. Now, we are planning to
turn Sand Field into a treatment
pond, with a fountain to perco-
late the water before it flows
through culverts down to C-30
before exiting into the bay.
Normal rainfall will flow here
naturally, but in the event of a
heavy rain, the excess water will
be directed to the lake via a weir,
where it will sheet down into the
lake before progressing on after
the filtering process."
He said the new "drainage
lake" will back up to the under-
construction Buck O'Neal Park,
combining to create a "lake
park" for the city's beautification
as well as rainwater purification
before its eventual discharge.
The two complete projects
address other areas previously
identified by the city as being in
need of updated drainage solu-
tions. One begins on the left side
(looking at it from Hwy. 98) of
Sand Field on the hill, and col-
lects rainwater from the high
ground there, directing it around
to a catchment near C-30, where
it is discharged into the bay.
The other has its beginning
behind the Gulf State Bank
building, and from there the
water takes a roundabout route
around Carrabelle to its dis-
charge point.
With all those projects com-
plete in the near future, it is
hoped that soggy yards, over-
flowing ditches and gutters will
be a thing of the past, and that
the water being discharged into
the river and bay will met much
higher cleanliness standards, -and
be a real factor in helping the city
reach realistic "clean water"
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Another Lanark fiasco
Does anyone really believe the "unresignation" of Sharon
Thoman from the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District Board
isn't a ruse?
First, after putting up with this mess for months, she suddenly
resigns just as the entire fiasco was reaching a climax, saying the pres-
sure was too great to serve for a few
more days. Considering that she had
until recently opposed the merger, the
timing was suspicious.
Then, after the County Commis-
sion appointed someone to fill her slot,
she had a sudden change of heart and
rescinded her resignation, potentially
setting up protracted courtroom litiga-
tion over who is the legal commissioner.
That goes beyond suspicious; that seems
T& E -. downright shifty.
I say, "seems" because no one but
By Russell Roberts her really knows what her thinking was.
Taken at face value, her resignation
could be a simple reaction to Chairman
Barbara Rohrs' rejection of her resignation. But I don't know anyone
who's taking this at face value.
In fact, what's so amazing about this is how obviously it looks set
up; designed to delay action in Lanark long enough so that Carrabelle
pulls out of an agreement to take control of the Lanark utilities. I'm
not saying Thoman conspired with Rohrs to thwart the will of the
majority of Lanark residents. But I am saying that's what a lot of peo-
ple believe.
The few people fighting against the merger may be having a
laugh-fest at their cleverness. But I suspect most folks don't think
they're so clever. There are probably a few other words that come to
mind. For instance, the word "despicable." That's the word used by
Carrabelle City Administrator John McInnis at the most recent
Lanark District meeting; and that was before Thoman rescinded her
The "unresignation" sets up what should be a climatic meeting
on Feb. 4. But then maybe not; maybe there will be another delay.
We've seen it before.
I keep thinking there's someone out there-either in Tallahassee
or within county government-who has the authority to step into the
fray and put a stop to this despicable nonsense.
And the good folks in Lanark are waiting too.

Things that made me mad at my TV:
A commercial for a CitiBank credit card featuring background
music by Queen with the lyrics: "I want it all, I want it all, I want it
all, and I want it now."
A college student in Boca Raton who told a TV reporter that the
war in Iraq is not the major political issue on campus, because
students are not affected by the war.
Gov. Charlie Crist defending John McCain's conservative cre-
dentials by indignantly wondering how anyone could question
whether a former Prisoner of War is not a conservative.
Back on Planet Earth, the best news of the week was a sign
announcing that Dollar Gen is going to start stocking Coca-Cola.
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Well, here we are! The n
mary election in my lifetime
American history.
There is a WAR to cons
health care. Believe it or not un
for all American citizens has be
since as far back as
the Wilson adminis-
tration. For the first
time in American his-

tory we have a possi-
ble woman presiden-
tial candidate and a
possible black presi-
dential candidate. Of
course we have all the
usual and ordinary
types too. We have
one movie star, one

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semi-bald guy who 1 Y I'
lisps and spits when
he speaks, a couple of guys w
their picture on a bottle of hair
one guy who looks like Gomer
looks like he could have been
Stooges, one guy who has bee
the "Mill" and to hell and back
interesting prospects.
But it seems that Florida ha
from the Union once again. Th
rest of the South but with the st
all places. Needless to say I'm c
It seems that our Florida.
"bipartisan" vote and moved u
tion date. Consequently Den
thrown out of the National De
Florida Republicans are half
like that.
I have tried to read up on th
ly what happened but that is no
to know. What I really want to
ally did this to me and how do
forever. Is it the Democratic Pa
Party, Governor Crist or ti
What the heck happened h
Our state politicians voted 1
mary elections but both of th
told them that they couldn't do
did it anyway. And now all of
either party are out or semi-out.
how become independents. W
national election but we will r

nost important pri- candidates in any primary. We can go down and
-maybe in all of pick someone if we want to, but it isn't going to
matter because, as usual, nobody is counting
sider and universal Florida votes-at least not all of them. So what's
aiversal health care new? Nobody is campaigning here in Florida
een a political issue except the guy who spits along with a 30-second
TV sound bite here and there by a few other hope-
ful losers. No one is calling me on the phone or ask-
ing my opinion, taking out an ad in our newspapers
or spending any big political bucks here in our
state. I am a nobody. I don't count. I'm invisible. I
feel like candidates Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.
My wife says that this must be against the
Constitution. I have consulted my copy of the
Constitution but I can't find anything in there
about primary elections or political parties. There
W.. is some stuff about electing presidents and senators
and congressional representatives but none of it
hard E. Noble has any relevance to today's system. In fact, the
chard E. oe Constitution seems to be about how they do it in
some other country. I'm not going to get into it, but
ho might have had if you don't believe me get a copy of the
tonic or snake oil, Constitution and read it for yourself. Who wrote
Pyle, one guy who that thing anyway? It seems like it is about time for
one of the Three the revised edition to come out. Believe it or not it
n through the war, says "revised edition" on the copy I've got. When
and a host of other the heck was it revised, 1777? I don't really want
them to change anything but how about a couple of
Is decided to secede footnotes explaining what the heck happened and
is time not with the why what it says ain't what we got; inquiring minds
tate of Michigan of what to know.
confused My wife told me that she belongs to a political
Legislature took a' party. I asked her when she attended the last meet-
p our primary elec- ing and how much did it cost her to join. She said
nocrats have been that you don't have to go to meetings to belong to a
mocratic Party and particular political party and it doesn't cost any-
out-or something thing. She said that you just agree to be a member
and you are automatically included in that party. It
iis to find out exact- is kind of like a religion but they don't have any
t really what I want churches, she said.
know is who actu- So I guess that is how it goes. Like religion, if
I get rid of them you have any complaints you pray to God and if
rty, the Republican He see fit, he changes it. Otherwise you end up you
he entire Florida know where-and without a paddle.

to move up our pri-
eir political parties
it. So naturally they
us who belong to
.We have all some-
Ve can vote in the
lot -get to pick our

Richard E. Noble is a freelance writer and has been a res-
ident of Eastpoint for around 30 years. He has authored
two books: "A Summer with Charlie, which is currently
listed on Amazon. corn, 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.

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February 1, 2008 Page 5


Response to "Florida Attitudes" letter

I would like to respond to
the letter posted in a local paper
last week by someone who is not
a Franklin county resident.
Normally, I would not get
involved in he said, she said bull;
however, when I saw this in the
paper, it really upset me, as I'm
sure it did other folks in our area.
I personally think that your
comments are very childish,
rude, and uncalled for. Your
comments are elementary and
suggest lack of knowledge on the
operations of the seafood indus-
try, that is unless you have
acquired the knowledge, but

insist on being infantile with
your comments.
I am 24 years old. And, I
and my family own a painting
business in Franklin County,
Florida. While I don't depend on
the bay for my income, a lot of
people depend on it to feed their
families and to survive.
Additionally, the Apalachicola
Bay brings people into our coun-
ty for the seafood and our beau-
tiful beaches. In essence, we are a
county that thrives on our
tourism and the economical ben-
efits of the seafood industry.
For decades, our county has

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been well-known for its delicious
oysters and shrimp that are har-
vested from the beautiful,
Apalachicola Bay. Its beauty and
economic resources make us
proud to be Franklin County cit-
Do you know that Florida
supplies a large majority of the
world's seafood? Additionally,
people from all around the world
come to experience our county's
beauty while enjoying our deli-
cious seafood. Considering this,
you can understand why I take
great pride in a workforce that
has been respectfully passed


down for generations.
For many years, my father
and brother, Milton and Ray
Hatfield worked the bay in the
baking, hot sun and the freezing,
cold weather, as well as many
other citizens of Franklin
County. Unfortunately, my
brother died on this bay working
so people like you could have the
privilege of enjoying our juicy,
succulent, Apalachicola seafood.
My dad and brother dedicated
their lives to the bay. It was a
tremendously, hard job that
required them to work from dusk
till dawn in order to get by, and
make ends meet. With that being
said, if we don't get water, the
seafood won't be here, people
will be out of work, and won't be
able to pay bills or feed their fam-
Do you want us to depend
on the government and your
taxes? Our businesses and people
are suffering here, as well as our

Lanark Resident
Why is Barbara Rohrs,
Chairman of the Lanark Water
and Sewer District, fighting so
hard to prevent the merger with
Carrabelle Water and Sewer
District from going forward?
Why does Rohrs want the
District to become a GUA (Gov-
ernment Utility Authority) in-
stead of merging with the
Carrabelle District?
What will be the benefit--or
loss--from becoming. a GUA?
The benefits of a merger
with Carrabelle have been open-
ly discussed in print and meet-
ings in an effort to inform the
residents of both Carrabelle and
Lanark of what a merger would
entail. The pros and cons of the
Lanark District becoming a
GUA have not been openly dis-
cussed in the same spirit of edu-
cating the public as to what con-
stitutes a GUA.
First it should be noted, the
title Government Utility Author-
ity implies that it is a governmen-
tal body. The term "governmen-
tal" in the title is a misnomer
placed there to make the pubic
think that the Utility Authority is
an entity that would fall under
the rules and restrictions of any
other real governmental group
such as the County Commis-

bay. We need help! We can't keep
We are not greedy people;
we are concerned for our people
and our county! Yes, our atti-
tudes are fine! We are just fight-
ing for a way of life that makes
us who we are and what we're all
We don't just think of our
selves, we think of our fellow cit-
izens, our bay, and our way of
living and surviving. We're
proud to continue a life-long
legacy that has been passed
down from generation to genera-
People love our seafood and
our beaches! What come of it
and us if it's all gone?
In closing, I'll just say, if
people don't like what's in our
paper, then they don't have to
read it.
Heather Hatfield Frazier

in Lanark
sioners. This is not so.
The GUA may start out as a
water district but should it
default on any of its financial
obligations, it then becomes an
acquisition of the bond company
that issued bonds to the district.
Once the acquisition takes place,
the company moves out of the
public sector into the private sec-
tor and is subject to the profit
making control of the owner
company who must make a prof-
it for the stockholders. Many
small water districts that have
financial troubles have found
themselves owned by companies
whose only interest is in making
money from their natural resour-
ce (water). Once that resource
has been depleted or contaminat-
ed, the defunct water district is
disposed of.
The current proposal by
Sterling Carroll of the Florida
Rural Water Association (a pri-
vate consulting firm) is that
LVW&SD go into a 12 million
dollar debt in order to rebuild the
water and sewer plant. By taking
on this debt the LVW&SD (and
the Lanark residents) will be in
precarious danger of becoming
victims to the circling vultures
wishing to acquire the District in
order to control the sale of the
Floridan Aquifer water.
Continued on Page 15


But there's always a but

Your recent article, "The
wild and wonderful world of
"Mr. Ed", in Volume 17, Num-
ber 3 by Laurel Newman was an
excellent piece about an interest-
ing local character. It was a
good presentation of Ed's love of
his hobby and his contribution to
the community. It is nice that
your paper covered a good, car-
ing person that has a positive

influence on his neighbors. I
have known Ed for a few years
now and can say that he is
indeed a good man and a good
friend. I was a bit disappointed,
though, by some inaccuracies in
the story. Ed is actually 74 years
old and his macaw is not named
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As one who is always up for challenges you will be on your game this
month. The solar and lunar eclipses on the 6th and 20th respectively, are
key dates for you. Get plenty of rest and try not to be too pushy, Aries. As
a result, things will go your way!
2008, in general, continues to be a year of enlightenment, Taurus. You
find yourself gravitating toward new thoughts and fresh directions. Don't
be surprised by, and don't resist, these new thoughts. Wait until the 18th
to make major decisions or to travel. Your best energy day is on the 20th.
Mercury's in retrograde so beware of possible poor communication and
other roadblocks. On the 6th, you will begin to feel the positive energy of
the solar eclipse in friendly Aquarius. "Friendly" may be your key word this
month, Gemini. Be upbeat and give others your best attitude. As a result,
you will be the winner!
Your intuitive powers are strong, Cancer, and should serve you well this
month. It may be in love or at work that you use your sixth sense. Be
advised that with Mercury in retrograde until the 18th some caution with
details is necessary. Stick to resolutions, especially regarding diet and
The solar eclipse on the 6th gives you an energized attitude. Hold off on
new plans until after the 18th when Mercury is no longer retrograde.
Exercise some patience, Leo, and control your emotions around the 20th
when the lunar eclipse occurs in Virgo. If given the opportunity, be the
hero, not the zero!
Your mind is clear and your focus strong as the month begins. On the 6th,
the solar eclipse in Aquarius may give new insight or strength to business
relationships. Listen to your creative self, Virgo. The big "wow" is on the
20th with the lunar eclipse is in your sign. A great time to make plans or
hit the high seas!
With the new moon in Capricorn on the 8th, you may find it most comfort-
able being at home, Libra. Work on that unfinished home improvement
project or simply clean up after the holiday festivities. By the time of the
full moon on the 22nd you will be ready to get out and show your social
skills. Romance is in the air!
Action, change and fatigue may figure into this month significantly. Never
one to shy away from problems, you're going to be fine as long as you get
sufficient rest. In the midst of various challenges you should have some
good luck between the 24th and the 30th. Be wise and have contracts,
applications and travel plans complete before the 28th!
This year will play to your innate curiosity and adventurous spirit,
Sagittarius. Mercury movement offers you positive results from your daily
activities on the 7th. The full moon on the 22nd provides insight and
proves to be a wonderful time to use your mind and imagination!
Many rewarding and positive days lie ahead beginning with the new moon
on the 8th. Venus enters Capricorn on the 24th for big romantic possibili-
ties. As you deal with the demands of the New Year take time to improve
your health habits. Complete all preparations before the 28th!
Your energy level may be down so you will benefit from extra rest during
the first part of the month. Pace yourself until the sun is in your sign on
the 20th. The full moon on the 22nd will give you an added boost in
romance and relationships. Mark the 24th as a special day. Positive
changes are in store for you this year, Aquarius!
Social activity along with a hectic schedule marks the overall picture this
month. Whether planned or not, situations come up this month that will
require you to stop, breathe and meditate. It's not that all is drudgery,
Pisces, but plenty will be happening. Your creativity thrives on the 7th!
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atoms of your shoes were some

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Trout season closes for a month

The recreational harvest sea-
son for spotted seatrout in North
Florida will close.for one month
beginning on Feb. 1, to help
maintain spotted seatrout abun-
Shoot that decoy!
On January 19, Officers
Carmon Brownell and Steven
Cook were working a decoy deer
detail in an area of Tate's Hell
Wildlife Management Area
closed to hunting. At 9:49 a.m.,
a vehicle stopped on Highway 67
and shot the decoy deer. At
10:20 a.m., another vehicle came
along and committed the same
offense. Weapons were seized
and citations were issued.
Oyster enforcement
On January 23, officers
worked an oyster detail in the
Apalachicola Bay. The goal was
to enforce commercial oyster
harvesting regulations relating to
legal harvesting areas, size
restrictions, and boating safety

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issues. The officers boarded
numerous vessels issuing 11 cita-
tions and 41, written warnings.
Mullet news
FWC has scheduled a series
of public workshops regarding
Florida's commercial mullet fish-
ery. The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion is considering some possible
rule changes that would expand
commercial mullet fishing
around the state.
At the request of one com-

mercial mullet fisherman, the
commission has agreed to take a
closer look at modifying the
July-through-January weekend
closures for the commercial har-
vest of mullet. That could mean
opening up certain weekends, or
one weekend, day every week.
The weekend closure has been in
place since before Florida
banned gill nets in state waters,
and may no longer be necessary
to protect mullet populations.
The commission is expected to
move forward with the issue
when they meet in Panama City
on February the 6th and 7th.
If the FWC gives its
approval to put the issue for fur-
ther discussion, they will then
hold a series of workshops to
find out what commercial mullet
fishermen think about any
changes. At this point two of the
workshops have been tentatively
scheduled for our area-on
February 19 in Panama City and
on February 20 in Crawfordville.

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February 1, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. Crowell, CFP, Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of January 28, 2008
Quote of the week
"You can cover a great deal of country in books." -Andrew
Dramatic action
After furious global and domestic stock selloffs, the Federal
Reserve slashed the federal funds rate to 3.5% last Tuesday in an
effort to restore investor confidence. 1 A
dramatic Wednesday followed, with the
Dow Jones Industrial Average falling -
323.29 and then closing +298.98 ... a
631.86 turnaround, the wildest day on
the DJIA since July 2002 and a testa-
ment to the resilience of the markets.2
On Friday, futures contracts indicated a
78% chance of a half-percent interest
rate cut to 3.0% by the end of January.
E wo Uf^ Bush, House OK $150 billion plan
Sponsored by Swift bipartisan action sent the new
Peter F Crowell, CFP economic stimulus plan through the
House, but Senate approval may not be
as easy: Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the plan a
"first step." Senate and House leaders hope to have President George
W. Bush sign off on the package by February 15. Individual taxpay-
ers would receive rebates of $600, and couples $1,200. Families
would get an extra $300 rebate per child.
2007 median home price: -1.8%
"It's the first price decline in many, many years and possibly
going back to the Great Depression," noted National Association of
Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun. The median residential
resale price was $217,800 last year, the first drop since NAR began
keeping records in 1968. Residential resales slumped 2.2% last month
... and 13% last year, marking the worst year since 1982.
Mortgage rates: even lower
Just how low? 30-year fixed mortgage rates are at their lowest
level since March 2004: 5.48%. The refi favorite, the 15-year FRM,
averaged 4.95% last week, while 5-year ARMs averaged 5.13% and 1-
year ARMs 4.99%.
Mixed blessing
Even with big Friday losses, the S&P 500 and the DJIA managed
winning weeks, as the U.S. stock market rebounded from its worst-
ever yearly start.
% Change 1-Week 4-Week Y-T-D
DJIA +0.88 -9.49 -7.97
NASDAQ -0.59 -14.97 -12.29
S&P 500 +0.41 -11.11 -9.38
(Source:, USATodaycom, 1/25/08)
Riddle of the week
How can you change the word "hard" to the word "soft" in five
steps? You can only change one letter at a time, and each step must
leave you with a real word. Read next week's Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
Switch one letter each from the words "plus" and "minus" to the
other word, and you have two entirely new words. What are they?
Answer: Plum and sinus.
Peter F Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassee and a
Franklin County property owner Questions for him can be e-mailed to, or mailed to P O. Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively trad-
ed blue-chip stocks. The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weight-
ed index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of
Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System. The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P
500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock
market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. NYSE Group, Inc.
(NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the
"NYSE") and'NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or
ArcaEx,-and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities
listing, trading and market data products and services. The New York Mercantile
Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world's largest physical commodity futures exchange
and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading con-
ducted through two divisions the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum,
and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.
These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc., and not the presenting Representative or
the Representative's Broker/Dealer, and should not be construed as investment advice.
All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no represen-
tation as to its completeness or accuracy. All.economic and performance is historical
and not indicative of future results. The market indices discussed are unmanaged.
Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. Please consult your Financial Advisor
for further information. Additional risks are associated with international investing,
such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in
accounting standards.

This Week's Answer

Cogno's Corner

Answer to question #298 is: True.
The outside of every atom has a negative charge. So,
negative charges in the atoms of your shoes repel each
other and don't collapse into each other. Likewise, your
shoes repel the floor enough that your shoes don't mix
together with the molecules of the floor. So it is only the
electrical charges in objects that keep them from falling
.apart and mixing together., .. .. . .

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1. Totally screw up
6, Stand by for
11, Photo
14, Be nuts about
15. Hobbyist's knife
16' Prized
17. Oil or coal
20, Looks over
21." whiz!"
22.Toughen, as
23. In the past
25. Theology sch.
27. "Money _
28. Ballpark snacks
32. Take a siesta
34. Cheroot residue
35 Dumpster deposit
37, -Locka, Fla.
40. 1983 ZZ Top tune
43 Back end ofa
44, Chip away at
45. Wasn't upright
46. Oscar Madison,
47. It may be exacted
49. Kotter portrayer
52. Potpie spheroid
54 Gym iteration
55. Makes amends
57 de plume
59. La Tar Pits
63. Some cargo
S66. Notes after mis
67. Industry bigshot
68 Ladder parts
69. Ballpark fig.
70. "Funny Girl"
composer Jule
71 Hall University

1. Cause of ruin

2. Anita of jazz
3. Mall bag
4. Person with a
5. Part of H.M.S
6. Wheel shaft
7 Goods for sale
8, Star pitcher
9, "The situation
looks bad"
10. Any of TV's
11, Cruel dudes
12. Praline nut
13. Silvery fish
18. Bug-eyed
19. Mil or mile
24. Preacher's
26. Mistake remover
28. Greasy spoon

29. Workplace-
monitoring org.
30. Take out of the
31, Discotheque light
33. Put on hold
36. Deficit color
37, Muscat's land
38. Hunger twinge
39, Start the pot
41. Capacity
increase, in a
42. IBM's chess-
playing computer
46. Faxed or
48. Humorist
49. Campaigner's

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51. Blowhard's claim
53. Playwright
56. Falls back
58. Writer Sarah
60. It's $50 for
61. Descartes's
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Bertha (left) and Charlene Bumiller discuss cheerleading.

Another hit for The Panhandle Players

Chronicle Correspondent
Twenty-one characters,
including an annoying dog
named Yippy, two actors and an
overworked pair of dressers, the
very simplest set and props, all
on a postage-stamp sized stage.
Who would have believed some-
thing that simple could be that
much fun.
Fun it was, accompanied by
excellent acting and evidence of
very good directorial work. The
Panhandle Players, under the
direction of Pam Vest, presented
"Greater Tuna" to an enthusias-
tic audience at the Eastpoint
Firehouse on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday. The actors were
Royce Rolstad III and Dan
Wheeler. Each played 10 of the
characters with Wheeler playing
Yippy. Susan Leach and Kay
Wheeler somehow managed to
dress the actors in the correct
costumes throughout the play.
Greater Tuna, the third
smallest town in Texas, is the set-
ting for a play about the severely
dysfunctional citizens of a small
town in the late 60s. Thurston
Wheelis (Dan Wheeler) and
Arles Struvie (Royce Rolstad),
host the news, a talk show and
other events on OKKK, the 275-
watt local radio station. The two
report on such things as the
Tuna High School essay contest
winners whose essays have titles
like, "Civil Rights, Who Cares,"
and "The other Side of Bigotry,"

Feeling artsy?
Enter this!
The Carrabelle Area Cham-
ber of Commerce is seeking a
local artist to create the 18th
Annual Carrabelle Riverfront
Festival logo.
The Chamber will pay $100
for the winning entry and
assume exclusive rights to the
design, which must be suitable
for t-shirts and advertising
Applications should be sub-
mitted to the Chamber office at
P.O. Box DD, Carrabelle, or 105
St. James Avenue no later then
Feb. 20. The logo must include
"Carrabelle, Riverfront Festival,
Further information, includ-
ing ideas from previous years, is
available from the Chamber at

before going on to the weather
report; "Rain, rain, rain, and a
possible hurricane," and an ad
for the local gun shop given by
its proprietor (Rolstad), a ciga-
rette smoking, black dressed,
gun-toting female with hairy legs
and a five-o'clock shadow.
The production goes on with
a series of scenes that keep the
audience laughing and then
laughing some more. From com-
ments we heard at intermission
and after the show, the audience
loved the representative of the
Tuna Humane Society best.-
Petey Fisk (Rolstad) stood before
us with a vacant expression, con-
stantly scratching fleas and wip-
ing bugs off his shirt telling us to
be kind to ducks! When he was-
n't talking, his tongue tended to
hang out a lot. Laughter and
applause greeted his every
appearance. Dan Wheeler gave
us Pearl Burras. Pearl had to be
one egg short of a dozen. Each
character that Wheeler played

was so well crafted that it was
hard to remember we were
watching the same actor in vari-
ous guises. That is what acting is
all about presenting a character
so believably the viewer forgets
an. actor is behind that makeup.
Of course, it's hard to offset
hairy legs and a five-o'clock
shadow with red hair, lipstick,
and a c-cup but Rolstad man-
aged. At least we were laughing
so hard we didn't really care very
The Panhandle Players plan
next to present, "The Second
Time Around," a play about
romance in later years. The p'er-
formance will be on April 15 -
20 and auditions are scheduled
for January 30 and 31 at the
Eastpoint Firehouse at 7 p.m.
There are parts for an older man
and woman as well as middle
aged and younger parts. They
need eight actors for the play that
will be directed by Margy

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February 1, 2008 Page 9

Impressive "Senator Sam"

plays at the Dixie Theatre

Chronicle Correspondent

Gary Lee Smith (Sam Irvin)
was last seen at the Dixie
Theatre in 2001 when he
appeared in a production of
"Art." Smith is an award win-
ning professional actor and was
a regular on the television show,
"Thunderbox." His perform-
ance Friday was appreciated by a
full theatre and Smith showed
his award winning stage pres-
ence as he played the Senator
from North Carolina, Sam Irvin.
Sam Irvin (1896 1985) was
the Democratic North Carolina
senator from 1954 to 1974. He
was a respected expert on the
U.S. constitution but often said
he was, "just an ol'- country
lawyer". The "ol' country law-
yer" earned the respect of his
colleagues and most of the coun-
try for the fair way he handled
such touchy national matters as
the McCarthy hearings and the
Watergate scandal.
"Senator Sam" was written
by Steve Bouser, editor of The
Pilot, a community newspaper in
Pinehurst, N.C. Bouser has also
.written a one-man play about
Benjamin Franklin titled, "Ben."
The play, directed by
Kenneth Kay, was enjoyed by a
nearly full house audience who
made such comments as,
"impressive," ."excellent," and
"well done." An audience mem-
ber from Michigan put the play
in the contemporary scene with
the comment that the play,
"Makes this (present) conflict
between the president and the

Performers take music into the audience.

Brass quintet 'plays'

at Trinity Church

constitution in perspective. We
can win by being honest and
The play was very well
staged with simple props, good
lighting and lighting technique
used to indicate flashbacks. The
show was mostly biographical
monologue with flashbacks to
illustrate portions of Senator
Sam's life. Humor was used
throughout the program to illus-
trate ideas and keep a smooth
flow in-the narrative. We honest-
ly were surprised when the inter-
mission came. We hadn't noticed
the time go by.

This is the 11lth year for the
Dixie Theatre, whose perform-
ances we continue to look for-
ward to.
Upcoming programs in the
season will be:
Bob Milne: Ragtime
piano, Feb 9 & 10.
A Nice Family Gathering:
"Garrison Keillor meets 'Topper'
by way of 'Fargo'" (NPR), Feb
15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24.
The Dixie Does Nashville
V: March 7& 8.
6th Annual Apalachicola
Music Fest: Jazz, blues and folk
music, March 14 & 15.

Chronicle Correspondent
An audience filling the seats
and overflowing into the balcony
of the historic Trinity Episcopal
Church in Apalachicola heartily
enjoyed the Ilse Newell Fund for
the Performing Arts' Sunday
afternoon's presentation for the
2007 2008 Twentieth Season.
The Synergy- Brass Quintet
returned after a two-year absence
with "Music of all ages....for all
ages." Featuring trumpets, horn,
trombone, and tuba, the five
musicians led their audience in a
merry romp through classical,'
jazz, and popular music.
The fireworks started as
soon as the quintet appeared on
the stage as they frolicked

through Rimski-Korsakov's
"Procession of.Nobles" from the
opera "Mlada." The "Procession
of Nobles" is full of vitality to
begin with but when played by
the Synergy Quintet, it became a
treat to watch as well as to hear.
The group seems to want to con-
summate a marriage between
classical music and a rock-and-
roll playing style. Quoting one
concert attendee, "It's refreshing
to see a musical group that likes
to 'play'." They played the over-
ture to "The Barber of Seville."
which has been used as theme
music for Bugs Bunny cartoons,
calling it, "The Wabbit of
Seville," as few have ever heard
it, or seen it, played before.
In all their numbers, from
"Porgy and Bess" to "Eine
Kleine Nachtmusik" their style
remained crisp and clean in the
best classical tradition while, not
incidentally, having fun and put-
ting appropriate feeling into the
The Synergy Brass Quintet
has performed about 300 times
in the last year, giving many per-
formances promoting music edu-
cation in middle and high
schools. It is a well- known fact
that grounding in music and the
arts helps people succeed in busi-
ness, science, mathematics, and
other fields. Too many school
systems, in looking for ways to
improve "traditional" learning,
have made the mistake of cutting
the arts, often considering such
classes "frills". The quintet,
Bobby Thorp, Chris O'Hara, Bo
Clifton, Jonathan Hurrell, and
Jesse Chavez, are trying, through
their performances, to bring
artistic balance back into educa-
tion. We think they are doing it
in the right way. As a retired
teacher, we know the value of
entertainment in educating our
short-attention-span youth.
The quintet produced a very
entertaining afternoon and we
hope their efforts in education
are successful.
Upcoming Ilse Newell pro-
grams will be:
February 17: Tantalus
Guitar Quartet.
March 2: Kevin Sharpe,
March 16: Palm Sunday
program featuring the Bay Area
Choral Society.
April 13: Concert in the
Park, Jazz quartet from FSU.

"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.

Living Tree Donation Program
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
Thank you in advance for taking an interest in our children. This let-
ter 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 com-
munity. 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 possibilities. Many students might not have the
resources to further their education, but with your help they can
achieve avenues they thought would not be possible. The proceeds
from this program will be used as follows: 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 activi-
ties for them that will last all night until the next morning. These
activities will also include educational information regarding col-
lege 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 our new "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 placing your name on the beautiful Donor Tree Wall for all
who enter the Franklin County School Campus to see. Your dona-
tion 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.

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Plymouth Voyager (87) for sale. Not pret-
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Call Gene K. Strickland Construction
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decks and more. Call (850) 528-4992.

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Crooked River, $350,000. Call for details.
Bobby Turner, 850-528-3306.

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Apalachicola was a great town for parties and celebrations in the early 20th Century. This
week's photo shows a vehicle full of Mardi Gras celebrants in Apalach sometime in the early
1900s or late 1800s. The celebration was discontinued during the war years, but the new
Mardi Gras held at the Dixie Theatre is the main fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity
and has received a warm welcome back. It's still a great party!

Visit Florida Welcome
Center Promotion: The Carra-
belle Chamber is doing a two-
month promotion at all five
Welcome Centers on a contest
getaway to Carrabelle. We have
rack cards for the visitors to pick
up and take with them for infor-
mation on Carrabelle.
Boat US Magazine: The
chamber worked with Dan
Ausley to invite Boat US
Magazine back to Carrabelle.
They will be visiting here in early
March to do the story research
and the article will appear in the
May-June 2008 issue. We are
very excited to have the opportu-
nity to be in this great boating
magazine! The circulation is
600,000 making it the largest
boating magazine in the United
Customer Service Training/
Ambassador Program: The
Franklin County TDC is work-
ing with the Gulf Coast
Workforce Board-Gulf Coast
Community College to design a
customer service-training course

focusing on Franklin County.
This will be offered at the end of
February, before the tourist 'sea-
son begins. More information
will come once we have the
Gulf Coast Community
College Strategic Planning
event on Feb. 26 at the Crooked
River Grill. The Chamber, Gulf
Coast Workforce Board and
Gulf Coast Community College
will host a free forum at 5:30
p.m. Gulf Coast Community
College is working on develop-
ing a new Strategic Plan that will
guide them through the next five
years. Positioning themselves to
move to the next level of excel-
lence, they want your help in cre-
ating a plan that will ensure the
best use of their resources in
serving our communities in Bay,
Gulf, and Franklin counties and
beyond. An essential element of
their planning process is securing
input from the people they serve
so that they can create an ener-
gizing and meaningful vision for
our future. Please mark this date

on your calendar and plan to
attend this great event please
RSVP the chamber at cham- or call
Visitors Guide: The Cham-
ber is working on the 2008-2009
Visitors Guide; we are receiving
reservations for advertising
spaces. If you would like to
advertise, please call the cham-
ber at 697-2585 or Sheila at 251-
0445 for the details. The dead-
line for space is February 5th.
The guide is 44 pages and we
print 20,000 copies.
Update on 2008 Riverfront
Festival: The Chamber is final-
izing the entertainment and
attractions for this April event.
Included in the entertainment is
Sunny Jim, The Alabama Blues
Brothers and local band-
Locomotive. There will be more
activities for the children this
year and we are getting a great
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February 1, 2008 Page 13

Create an emergency kit

True or not, it certainly
seems there are more natural dis-
asters today than ever before.
Torrential rains, hurricanes,
flooding, tornadoes, and snow
storms along the eastern
seaboard seem to make head-
lines every year. If one of these
struck in your neighborhood,
would you be prepared? Do you
have everything you need in case
of a fire, flood, earthquake, trop-
ical storm or other emergency?
The Boy Scouts aren't the
only ones preaching the idea of
being prepared. The Red Cross,
the federal government, and
your local emergency officials all
suggest you prepare a survival kit
for you and your family and stow
it in a safe, dry place. So what
should go inside your kit?
Preparing an Emergency Kit
Survival experts will tell you
there is not one perfect emer-
gency kit. Your kit should be tai-
lored to the personal needs of
you and your family, particularly
any medical needs. Aside from
prescription medications, every-
thing you need for your kit can
be purchased at a sporting goods,
discount, drug or grocery store.
Here are a few things you
should keep in mind when
preparing your kit:
1. All items should be
packed inside individual, seal-
able plastic baggies to keep them
2. If the medications that
you take have a shelf life, always
keep the newest medication in
the kit. As you finish your med-
ication, use .the one in your kit
and replace it with new medica-
3. Inventory and repack
each kit quarterly. Make season-
al adjustments and try to keep
the kit small and light.
4. Pack supplies in back-



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packs and include enough for
three days for each adult and
5. Do not include weapons,
toxic chemicals, or controlled
drugs (unless prescribed by a
6. It is always a good idea to
.pack an additional emergency kit
of first aid supplies, flashlight,
water and such and keep it in the
truck of your car, just in case.
Your kit should also include:
Flashlight with extra batter-
ies, to find your way if the power
is out. Until you are certain that
there are no gas leaks, do not use
candles or any other open flame
for emergency lighting.
Battery-powered radio
Battery-powered radio to
provide news about the emer-
gency that may change rapidly as
events unfold. You also will be
concerned about family and
friends in the area and radio
reports will give information
about the areas most affected.
Also keep extra batteries. Or use
a hand-cranked radio, which is
cheaper than a battery-powered
one; some even feature built-in
flashlights and chargers for cell
Plastic sheeting and duct tape
Plastic sheeting and duct

Your kit should include
enough non-perishable food to
sustain you (and your family) for
at least three days (three meals
per day). Choose foods that
require no refrigeration, prepara-
tion or cooking, and little or no
water such as ready-to-eat
canned meals, meats, fruits, and
vegetables; canned juices; and
high-energy foods such as gra-
nola bars, protein bars, etc.
Keep at least one gallon of
water per person available, or
more if you are on medications
that require water or that
increase thirst. Store water in
plastic containers such as soft
drink bottles. Avoid using con-
tainers that will decompose or
break, such as milk cartons or
glass bottles. Rotate your water
every few months by using it to
water your plants and then refill-
ing with fresh water.
First Aid Supply Kit
First Aid Supply Kit, as rec-
ommended by the Red Cross, a
first aid kit at a minimum should
include: absorbent compress
5x9" dressing, assorted sizes of
adhesive cloth tape (5 yards/
17quot;), antibiotic ointment
packets, antiseptic wipes, packets
of aspirin, non-latex gloves scis-
sors, roller bandage 3", sterile
gauze pads and first aid instruc-
tions in a booklet.
Additional tools and supplies
Paper plates and cups, plas-
tic utensils, non-electric can
opener, personal hygiene items
including a toothbrush, tooth-
paste, comb, brush, soap, contact
lens supplies, and feminine sup-
plies, plastic garbage bags and

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ties (for personal sanitation
uses), at least one complete
change of clothing and footwear,
including a long-sleeved shirt
and long pants, as well as closed-
toed shoes or boots. If you wear
glasses, keep an extra pair in
your kit. You may also want to
keep some cash and a credit card
in your kit.
Admittedly, no one likes
thinking about disasters. But by
preparing well you can create
peace of mind. Consider it like
your other insurance policies-
something you will never actual-
ly need but are glad to know you
have, just in case.
For more great project infor-
mation and advice, please visit
us at
Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin, oth-
erwise known as The Janes, lived in
homes they didn't love. They decided
to do something about it, but when
they looked for support and advice
there wasn't anything out there that
spoke directly to women. So with
sheer will and determination,
through trial and error, they began
transforming their homes into some-
thing that reflected their individual
personalities. And in the process,
they were surprised at how this
change affected others in their lives.
Suddenly their friends felt empow-
ered to take on their own home
improvement projects and Heidi and
Eden realized a change within them-
selves: they had developed more self-
confidence through doing home
improvement projects that transcend-
ed into other parts of their lives. The
Janes quickly realized that there was
a community of hundreds of thou-
sands of women that were just like
them. They took it upon themselves
to create the top resource for women
in home improvement, thus was
born, Be Jane.


Questions & Answers
About Our Environment
Dear EarthTalk:
What is the impact of all the
littering that individuals do,
largely from their cars and on
highways? What can I do to help
clean it up? How can we
strengthen laws to prevent it?
- Won't litter in Norwalk, CT
Environmentalists consider
litter a nasty side effect of our
convenience-oriented disposable
culture. Just to highlight the
scope of the problem, California
alone spends $28 million a year
cleaning up and removing litter
along its roadways. And once
trash gets free, wind and weather
move it from streets and high-
ways to parks and waterways.
One study found that 18 percent
of litter ends up in rivers, streams
and oceans.
Cigarette butts, snack wrap-
pers and take-out food and bev-
erage containers are the most
commonly littered items.
Cigarettes are one of the most
insidious forms of litter: Each
discarded butt takes 12 years to
break down, all the while leach-
ing toxic elements such as cad-
mium, lead and arsenic into soil
and waterways.
The burden of litter cleanup
usually falls to local govern-
ments or community groups.
Some U.S. states, including
Alabama, California, Florida,
Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and
Virginia, are taking strong meas-
ures to prevent litter through
public education campaigns, and
are spending millions of dollars
yearly to clean up. British
Columbia, Nova Scotia and
Newfoundland also have strong
anti-litter campaigns.
Keep America Beautiful
(KAB), the group known for its
"crying Indian" anti-litter TV
ads of bygone days, has been
organizing litter clean-ups across
the U.S. since 1953.. KAB has a
strong track record of success in
litter prevention, though it has
been accused of doing the bid-
ding of its industry founders and
supporters (which include tobac-
co and beverage companies) by
opposing many mandatory bot-
tle and can recycling initiatives
over the years and downplaying
the issue of litter from cigarettes.
Nonetheless, 2.8 million KAB
volunteers picked up 200 million
pounds of litter in KAB's annual
Great American Clean-up last
In Canada, the nonprofit
Pitch-In Canada (PIC), founded
in the late-1960s by some hippies
in British Columbia, has since
evolved into a professionally run
national organization with a
tough anti-litter agenda. Last
year 3.5 million Canadians vol-
unteered in PIC's annual nation-
wide Cleanup Week.
CONTACTS: Keep America
Beautiful,; Auntie
Pitch-In Canada, www.pitch- GOT AN ENVIRON-
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February 1, 2008 Page 15

Thoman from Page 1

decides to recognize Thoman
rather than Courage, there may
be little anyone can do other
than take the fiasco to court. A
court battle could doom the
merger, since Carrabelle has a
March 1 deadline.
In the past, Rohrs has
opposed the merger and
Commissioner Pauline Sullivan
has supported the merger. That
leaves Thoman as the swing
vote; she used to oppose the
merger but more recently voiced
support for it.
Here is a timeline of recent
Jan, 21: A public hearing
scheduled to allow public com-
ments on a transfer of assets and
liabilities to Carrabelle was can-
celed after Commissioner Shar-
on Thoman resigned. The public
hearing is rescheduled for Feb. 4.
Jan. 22: The Franklin
County Comrtiission appoints
Raymond Courage to fill her
position. Courage has stated in
the past this support for the
Jan. 23: Water District
Board Chairperson Rohrs sends
Thoman a letter telling her she
will not accept her resignation
because Courage was appointed.
Rohrs is against the merger. It
states, "Due to circumstances of
matters within the District, the
Board of County Commission-
ers appointed Raymond Courage
to fill the vacancy on Jan. 22,
2008. I cannot accept your resig-
Jan. 24: Thoman sends a
letter to Rohrs with a copy to the
Franklin County Board of
Commissioners rescinding her
resignation. It states, "In lieu of
the fact that you will not accept
my resignation, effective imme-
diately, I therefore rescind my
letter of resignation dated Jan.
15, 2008."

interested in this project: clean
water, more docks for fishing
and boats, landscaping and
recreation areas, a return of the
commercial fishing businesses,
and more jobs based on water-
front businesses, an'd public
access to the river.
To get this first phase of
input, Allen said, the Carrabelle
WFF office sent out 700 sur-
veys, and augmented those with
several volunteers asking ques-
tions on the street.
"Out of the mailed sur-
veys," she said, "79 people actu-
ally took the time to put a stamp
on them and mail them back.
The results were surprising to
us; there was one question to
which we received a 100% iden-
tical answer! That's almost
unheard of, and we will tell you
later in the meeting."
The four major goals that
were identified for the survey
were: Maintaining and increas-
ing public access; hazard mitiga-
tion; protecting historical and
economic resources; and revital-
izing and strengthening the eco-
nomic base of waterfront busi-
nesses. The survey asked not
only for the importance of each
of these, but also for sugges-
tions, interfaces and/or changes.
Other grants under consid-
eration or application, Allen
said, are similar to the
Department of Environmental
Protection funds that recently
did improvements to the shore-
line and dock surrounding the
new office, to enhance shoreline
stabilization and improve area
boat ramps.
Among other grants being
sought in, she said, is a
historic preservation grant to
identify and get funds to pre-
serve historic buildings within
the city. "Two houses have been
registered so far," she said, but

there are at least 100 buildings,
residences and businesses, that
"The city manager is his-
toric," quipped City Manager
The DCA representative,
Shawna Beji, took over to give
examples of how other commu-
nities had used Waterfront grants
to help improve and preserve
their working waterfronts. Using
a powerpoint slide show, exam-
ples from St. Andrews, Panacea,
Eau Gallie, Apalachicola and
others used cooperation with
developers, native landscaping
and other innovative solutions to
their problems. One community
wanted to preserve a view of
their waterfront, and persuaded
a developer to leave a "window"
at the end of a city street through
a condominium project to pre-
serve a river view.
She commended Carrabelle
for meeting the required match
to the grant in record time: just a
couple of months.
Allen credited that quick
accomplishment to, "The tireless
efforts of our steering commit-
tee, Dan Rosier, Georgia Russell,
Leslie Cox, Suzanne Zimmer-
man, Commissioner Ray Tyre,
who is the official liaison
between the city and the water-
front Partnership, and others."
Another reason for the quick
action on the fundraising, Allen
said, was that 100% factor men-
tioned earlier-every single per-
son who answered a survey said
that they came to Carrabelle, or
stayed here, was because "they
loved Carrabelle."
Coming next week: Com-
ments from some of the meeting
attendees; course of action
explained by Carrabelle Cares
Chairman Barbara Butz, and
breakdown of survey responses.

Carrabelle Waterfront from Page 1

The idea that the LVW&SD
has an unlimited water supply to
sell in order to repay the 12 mil-
lion dollar debt is a dangerous
assumption. It has been implied
that we have unlimited water
that comes from surrounding
states. This is not true. The
Floridan Aquifer from which
Lanark and Carrabelle draw
their water is partially replen-
ished right, here in Franklin
County by rainfall on undevel-
oped soil in a recharge area to
the east of Lanark.
Over pumping the wells in
order to sell water to get out of
debt will result in saltwater and
groundwater intrusion into the
Floridan Aquifer. Once the
aquifer is contaminated with salt
and groundwater it will become
unusable for Franklin County.
All the risks associated with
LVW&SD becoming a GUA fall
on the shoulders of the residents
of Lanark District and not on
Rohrs, who is so adamant about

Property Sales from Page 1

The president of the local
association of Realtors said the
slowdown is the reason that the
organization supported Amend-
ment 1, in hopes that it would
help stabilize property taxes.
Joan Lovelace, president of the
Realtors Association of Franklin
and Gulf Counties, said property
taxes and insurance are currently
the two greatest barriers to real
estate sales. The amendment
passed Tuesday by getting 64%
of the vote.
But along with the bad news,
comes some good news. It's a
good time to be shopping for a
"It's a phenomenal time for
buyers. The market is good,
prices have come down and
interest rates are coming down,"
she said. "This too shall pass. We
have to look on the bright side.
It's not all doom and gloom."
It has a negative impact on
just about every part of the econ-
omy, from construction to furni-
ture sales to restaurants.
She said expectations are
that 2008 will be better than

making the District into a GUA.
The question asked by Lanark
residents is what does Rohrs
stand to gain from fighting this
merger with Carrabelle? Rohrs
campaigned by promising the
Lanark residents that she would
work toward a merger. Was this
just a campaign promise? Why
the about-face on her position?
She has never explained.
Another question asked by
Lanark residents is why is Rohrs
continuing to prevent a merger
when the majority of Lanark res-
idents are in favor of a merger
with Carrabelle. It has been a
long held belief that the majority
rules in the United States. That
does not seem to be the case here
in Lanark when Rohrs, in the
minority, is determined to ram a
GUA down the throats of a
majority of Lanark residents
who have signed petitions indi-
cating they want a merger with

Grant Pays from Page 1

Fifth Street East, the western end
of the public beach, and Fifth
Street West, have been quite suc-
cessful judging from the heavy
foot traffic on the walkovers and
the slowly accumulating
mounds of sand between the
sand fences. The thousands of
sea plants that were planted to
help hold sand between the
fences, have been a disappoint-
ment, because the summer's
drought had a devastating effect
on them.
Last Sunday's work crew
included 10 walkover builders
and a handful of sand fences
workers, who were treated to a
hot and nutritious lunch provid-
ed by other Civic Club volun-
teers at the Island's firehouse.
Anyone wishing to assist
with the project should meet on-
site at 9 a.m., or at 8 a.m. to eat
breakfast at Harry A's. Contact
Bob Gill, Civic Club President,
927-2084; Elaine Rosenthal,
administrator, 927-3949; or
Helen Marsh, lunch coordinator,

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