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Carrabelle Beach cleans up

Reni1,',litig in proitPe'.%s
Chwnicle Cirespolndnt
Paul Osterbye, owner of
Carrabelle Palms RV P.iik told
City Commissioners last week of
the good report cards the beach
has g1tiiitn for the last seven
weeks in a row.
Siaimiiring "advisories,"
which means that there are
detectable levels of harmful
materials in the water, have been
an all too-~iegt.l.t occurrence
over the last few years. A\lhhoiiigl
not serious for most swimmers,
advisories always carry the typi-




on canvas

a.h, i a 'rrrpondnt
Last Frida~ mnrrrngr was
one of those wonderful balmy
spring mornings, with a lingering
overcast that promises to fade
later in the day. The light is
somehow magical as it trans-
forms into shades, shadows, and
hues of a multitude of colors.
The air is almost motionless, and
feels like it wraps you up in it. It
was one of those mrnrnings when
you want life to linger into forev-
er, to soak up the day just as it is
and never change
It is those kinds of moments
that artists set out to capture.
"Plein air" artists simply do it
outside. They attempt to capture
the light and nuances of life in a
natural outdoor setting
Continued on Page 6

cal "..if you are in pool health,
have a low itllunne system, are
vlicv'l.l'l. nI111111ig or m ay
become prlegi.nllt. etc.. warn-
It ma.v not be a coincidence
at all that seven weeks before
Ol,'icr\ t 's good report, the bath-
rooms and their old s'rlt sys-
tem were closed (which is \'h~
there are ctiiin-Til\ portable facil-
ities in the p.rikmi lot) About
two years ago. the CIty
Commission had voted to extend
city sewer to include the beach
park and the RV park. two high-
volume users of septic systems
on or near the bay. In recent
months., the entre O1lJ Bfach"

area has had city sewer :nit.lla.
lion minplcicd and once the
"l'lli.he IV" piruitn is finished
service will be available all the
\wav to the lilghltiusr. and even-
tually no septic systems w ill be
close to the bay. The property is
owned bv Franklin County, but
Carrabelle was willing and able
to provide the work lfor the good
of the beach.
(O-,rbh c also owns a plumb.
ing 0toml.lim and has independ-
ently oig.mni'cJ the renovation of
the bathroom l',uding Current-
ly, the building's interior is
empty, with only a sand 1loor
and new plumbing pipes Pla.ns
whose limmin is ubl'ciit to volun-

teers and donors (the work is all-
volunteer), are to essentially
replace what was there with
improvements. One example is
the design of accessible space so
that wheelchairs will be accom-
modated. Fixtures will be new
and the rooms will be tiled for
easy maintenance.
He asked that .inyune who is
able to help should leave a mes-
g.igc at the RV park (697-2638)
Help needed includes painting,
paint, tile helpers and tile materi-
als. The goal is to be complete
before the summer season. No
resume required.

Continued on Page 19


Tourists join artists on Eastpoint waterfront.


buys land,

opens fund
A building fund has been
opened to receive contributions
to help pay for a new building to
house the Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum.
The new location will be
across from the Highway 98
Carrabelle Beach site, where
WWII amphibious landings
were practiced in 1944 and 1945.
The purchase and rezoning of
1.3 beachfront acres was recently
completed Preliminary plans
have been drawn for a new build-
ing designed to resemble one of
the historic landing craft. The
museum, which is currently
housed on Carrabelle's Marine
Street in a historic building, has
outgrown display and collection
A tentative building cost of
$1 million has been estimated
and more than $137,000 has
been raised thus far, according to
David Butler, Museum treasurer.
Tax deferred gifts, bequests and
grant funding are also being
Museum officials expressed
appreciation to the "special
friends" who helped secure this
property. Former Carrabelle
Mayor Mel Kelley located the
land and local developer Paul
Osterbye guided the rezoning
process. Also, Board member
Matt Mathews' law firm handled
the title work and closing
According to Linda Mini-
ciello, Museum director. "This
important new opportunity to
prtoerly display. and share our
growing collection of video
inteir\ie\s. uniforms, pictures,
newspapers, wartime artifacts
and memorabilia will better
honor our veterans and friends
who continue to bring in WWII
items of interest. For example.
we just received a cellophane-
wrapped bar of Japanese
wartime soap still in like-new
condition. Such items are impor-
tant to better understand the his-
tory of the period in which these
brave men and women lived and
fought "
"It is our prayer that we can
present this permanent museum
as a gift to all of the WWII gen-
eration while they are still able to
realize our appreciation to them,
and to all the veterans who have
served our great nation." said
Communications Officer Tony
All interested parties who
would like to help are welcome
to contact David Butler or Tony
Minichiello at (850) 697-8575,
P.O. Box 1334, Carrabelle, FL

After 20 years of silence, church bell rings over Carrabelle

(Chr'nnil r Corpondont
There's something about the
tolling of church bells that con-
stricts one's chest and lifts the
heart to heaven, while leaving
the dust of the earth wet with
tears beneath the feet.
The congregation of the
Carrabelle United Methodist
Church had that experience on
Easter Sunday just a few weeks
ago, as the full-throated voice of
the large bronze bell that hangs
inside the church's steeple was
heard for the first time in twenty

"It was incretlilv Itoiihing."
Pastor Julie Stephens said.
"There were 128 people at that
service, and there wasn't a dry
eye in the church."
The pastor said she had
wondered if there was a bell in
the steeple since she had first
been assigned to the Carrabelle
church 2 years ago.
"I asked members of the
church who had been around a
while," she said, "but no one
could remember what had hap-
pened. Some did remember a
bell, but only that it hadn't rung
in about twenty years. Why it
hadn't rung-that was, and is, a

One of the church members.
Sarah Marich, brought flower.
to the church in memory of her
moiihe. Ella Donaldson, who
passed awav a year ago. on
March 22.
"'Mom had wondered,
Sarah told me, 'if there was a bell
up there, and if so, why hadn't it
rung?' and I wondered, too,"the
pastor said. "Then, not too long
after that, Sarah's husband John
came to me and said, 'If there's a
bell up there, I feel like I could
fix it so it would ring' and I
believed him."
A closet-like door in the

entry wall was opened, with
some difficulty, to reveal a angle
of cables. electrical wires, and an
old, fraved rope. An attic-type
access hatch in the ceiling of the
entry was opened to reveal the
interior of the bell tower, and a
very large (about four feet tall)
bronze bell attached to the half-
rotten rope. Marich went to work
on the bell, examining its fasten-
ings for safety purposes, cleaning
the tower's interior, and replac-
ing the old rope with a new one.
A brief test proved that the old
bell still had life in it, and the
decision was made to ring it for

the first time on Easter Sunday.
The service that day was dedicat-
ed to Ella Donaldson, since it
was in her memory that the sub-
ject of the bell was raised, and
her family members who were
instrumental in bringing it back
to the life of the church and con-
"Now the mystery remains:
why was the bell silent for so
long?" the pastor wonders.
Anyone who knows the
answer to that question is asked
to contact Pastor Stephens at the
church, at 697-3672.

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Page 2 April 11, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle


Work on the new boat ramp is underway.

The Island is quieting down;
the Spring Breakers have mostly
gone home now. They were a
pleasant group of visitors and on
the whole, we enjoyed their stay.
Of course there were a few that
tried the limits and a few annoy-
ances connected with their
behavior but they were minor
irntations to be expected from
young people feeling their oats
"Well. didn't we all behave ltke
that as young men?" Juvenal
said that in the first century A 1)
I guess things don't really change
that much, do they?
I asked Major Chester
Creamer of the Sheriff's office if
they had any problems with
Spnng Breakers this year and he
replied, "We were very happy
with the turnout and with the
behavior of the spnng break peo-
ple." He called them a "very
good group" and said, "Many
had their parents with them. We
were pleased to see that."
I was recently told that there
were bonfires on the beach made
up of palettes that left nails in the
sand that people could step on.
Glass bottles also have recently
been found on the beach in
greater numbers. Major Creamer
addressed that problem in our
conversation by saying the
Sheriff's Department would be
increasing beach patrols to deal
with the problem. Once again
Eastpointers and Islanders are
indebted to our law enforcement
officers for recognizing a poten-
tial hazard and dealing with it.
The sheriff's department,
along with state and Apalachi-
cola officers, also made a huge
drug bust this past week with the
arrest of 18 more drug suspects.
That's more than 30 drug related
arrests in the last 30 days! Good
work, guys.
People have been asking
what those great big piles of
rocks and sand are doing on the
south end of the Bryant Grady
Patton Bridge. I spoke to one of
the workers today and learned
that the work is part of a public
boat ramp being built by the

The Lantern Room sits atop
the lighthouse.
county The rocks are being
moved around to clean out an
area for the parking lot that will
feature twelve parking bays
designed to hold pickups and
trailers. The project is largely
funded by the Flonda Boating
Improvement Program of the
FWC. That grant pays over
$877.000.00 of the approximate
S1. million cost. At least part of
the remaining cost is expected to
be paid from the tounst develop-
ment tax collections. According
to workmen with BCL Civil
Contractors, Inc. of Panama
City, who are contracting the job,
they expect to have the ramp fin-
ished by the early part of June
The ramp won't, of course, be
large enough to handle the boat-
ing traffic that now uses the
launching area on-Franklin Blvd.
For now. at least, that area will
continue in operation
IS UPI On Wednesday Richard
Saucer signaled from the top of
the lantern toom floor and the
crane .tarted the lantern room
on its journey to become a new
St. George icon. Materials are
being delivered to complete the
white stucco finish after which
the windows and doors can be
installed and the visitors turned
loose. I'll be among the first in
line with pencil sharpened and
camera blazing.
This is the week of the Art

for the Sky--Franklin County
Seahawk event. In collaboration
with the Apalachicola River-
keeper, The Franklin County
Schools will present "Art for the
Sky". an educational experience
involving students from Kinder.
garten through 12th grade and
from all schools, including the
Apalachicola Bay Charter Sch-
tool. in the creation of a huge
"living painting" which will be
photographed fiom the sky In
the words of the Riverkeeper. it
is intended to "help inspire artis-
tic crea.tvity. respect for nature.
prlde in community and woik-
ma.nship" Daniel Dancer. the
Oregon artist who created and
directed the event, will present a
concert and show the "Art for
the Sky" video at Chapman
Auditorium on Fnday evening,
Apnl I1. from 7:00 to 8:30.
I leave you today with a few
words from an author who
seems to understand the conse-
quences of forever bailing people
out of problems they created for
themselves. Sometimes people
are lead into situations by others
who want to profit from their
inexpenence. Usually such peo-
ple deserve our empathy and our
help Some, however, realize
they shouldn't test the depth of
the never with both feet but jump
in anyway. They should be
allowed to learn from their expe-
nence. So says Ray Bradbury
(1920- ) in this short excerpt
from his recent book, "Farewell
Summer": "You could make
I onelv Ones of them all ... don't
force people to grow. Baby them.
Teach them to nurse their griev-
ances and grow their private poi-
son gardens. Little patches of
hate and prejudice."
God Bless, and keep those
calls and c-mails coming. If you
have information from Eastpoint
or St. George Island that you
think we should be aware of or if
you wish to comment on the col-
umn, contact me by phone at
(850) 927-2899 or e-mail

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4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/1.5.

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low 80s and
lows in the
mid 60s

7.16 AM
8 04 PM

storms pos-

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Highs in the
low 70s and
lows in the
upper 40s.

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lows in the
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Daylona Beach 84
Fort Lauderdale 81
Fort Myers 89
Gainesville 87
Hollywood 83
Jacksonville 86
Key West 82
Lady Lake 87
Lake City 86
Madison 86
Melbourne 82
Miami 80
N Smyma Beach 83

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Ocala 88
Orlando 86
Panama City 80
Pensacola 77
Plant City 89
Pompano Beach 82
Port Charlotte 88
Saint Augustine 82
Saint Petersburg 84
Sarasota 85
Tallahassee 85
Tampa 87
Titusville 84
Venice 85
W Palm Beach 82

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April 11, 2008 Page 3

Show off your pretty pet! MM

It's time to start grttiiing your
pet prepared to promenade in
the pet parade scheduled to be
held at the Carrabelle Waterfront
Festival on April 26.
This event has always been a
festival-favorite, and this year
will be no .ilk tcnt.
Prizes will be awarded tor
best dressed, best homemllade
outfit, andt tlluniest costutlme, so
kick your creative tilode into iull
gear, and perhaps even consult
your pet before dressing then il
iiiCnitiilg utndlignified
In years past,. previous pet
parades have featured pets of all
descriptions, the alwaiys-pesent
dogs and cats joined one nmemo-
rable year by some real exotics
lured out by the inclusion of a
"'i tlt'i unusual pet" .tlie'goi .
The year I remember fea-
tured a horse, !niiAl glitOlled
and be-ribboned, a small lizard
hiding its' owner's collar and
leashed by a fine chain, a loud,
t\ei rude blue-and gold macaw,
also riding it's owners shoulder,
a very scary p\lthio or boa (it
was a lilt snake) which was
con' pik iloutkIIt\ e being another
shoulder-iiding leashed pet, at
white mouse mounted on the
shoulder of its mercifully oblivi-
ous master, and the re.ill\ big
winner, a giant bull whose usual
appearance was a ring at state
fairs and festivals. I don't recall
any tr.igcdie occurring at that
event, except for the expected
pavement puddles and other,
more solid obstacles left along
the parade route. There was,
however, an unusual amount of
hi lptL'tc vilty .1II1t111 the ic llmol
domestic entries, and I blieve ani
executive decision was made that
determined that the "exotic"
nature of the entries would be
discouraged for future pet show-
ings Subsequent pet parades

A past entry in the pet parade, modestly garbed with a
Humane Society "bone hanky."

I By Laurel Newman

have featured pups and kitties
dressed as t1il: cartoon charac-
ters, edibles, and quite a few
twins to their otwncr's ioutllii
There have been, in tihe 'r i.
more prtces ivatldable than
cnitlc', a:id 1 11 thlitI c., [t lic
judgr% gtl e.catixcl A lew yea'As
.igo, I bli' 1ighri m I own l\ 'g J ,
to join the fun A big red, long
haired R hodi-,l.iran :dgct k-
Labrador mix with a gr.Licrul

trolltting gait like a thoroughbred
racehorse, he caught a lot of
attention as he took his place in
line. ie seemed to think all the
excitement was beneath him,
and maintained an .ilool .lignii\.
relurITi to socialize with all the
silly mutis faper ing around him
I was i'mi he didn't seem
inclned to bite iln\onr and left
him with his proud 'daddy.'
Later. J1J came :TCn tIlrg up to me
festooned with a ribb r and the
proud po')essor ,'I a new collar,
his pinze as "the Iest-behaved
dog "
So stl.t IhiiikiT: about how
to e1 \n1I own little
precious, and don't he late, the
patride will siart at li a I l
%AI c(-ii!v- Illul hfe ICgIs-
Itte d .t the rix' nl i It'.i\I ,lion
Saturday iliiltinlg bcil.ii the
start For more inlIlrTnlllmiin con-
tact I ucillc Walden at rC'. 2511,
or Cheree \\ ood. at 697-3513.

'The Franklin County Commission approved the expenditure of
$1, 1P1,214.51 at their April 1, .'illh meeting. I hr bills are listed as
ifllows, published fior the Board by the County Finance ()llifc

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A two-comnullnity .iathliiln: "it will be good for the peo-
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Lanark Village to celebrate the gone on for the last two years,"
mti'cig of the water and sewer said Bill Snyder, who helped
district with Carrabclle. 'pol' the merger effort.
The celebration and cookout The celebration will feature
will be at 4 p.m. at Chillas Hall Old Doc Fib\'s Medicine Show,
on IHeflernan Drive. The event is Jerry Hartnett the puppelle,
free and c\'l vone is invited. Eileen Benson's fiddlers, Irish
Organizers hope the event tenor Jim Phillips. plus local
will help get past the divisive artists Harold Arnold, Betty
events of the past two years lead- Roberts, Joan Harrison, and
ing up to the successful merger. Olinka ioadfoot.

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Our computer woes
OK, so I'm figuring you don't much care how we get the news-
paper out each week, or what kind of computer I type on. And I don't
blame you. I never really thought about it much either.
At least not until BLACK SUNDAY.
That day will long live as legend ... at least in my nind.
That evening, I came into work, as I normally do Sunday
evenings. Typically, during that quiet timne, I do what l can to prepare
tbr Monday; edit advance copy, prepare the weekly features we plan
to use, and make a preliminary plan for
getting through another week.
But when 1 pressed the computer
button that normally takes me ilnl the
virtual world of work, nothing hap-
pened. The computer didn't sing its jing-
lv tune and welcome me into its cyber-
world. The screen just sat there staring
blankly at me staring blankly at it.
So I decided to wait Ignore the
TA EUoA problem. Maybe it'll beb better in the
morning. Just pretend it never hap-
By Russell Roberts opened. Just our little secret, Hal
But come Monday, I discovered it
didn't work My strategy to "ignore it and it'll go away" didn't work.
And my computer didn't work.
Time to cal my young Local Computer Doctor and send an e-
mail to the young folks at 2K Web Group They're all much younger
than me, so subsequently they know much more than I do ,about all
things virtual.
Sure enough, Mr. Local Computer Doctor and Mr. 2K venifed
my fears: Lightning-that most unvirtual of forces-had paid an
unwelcome visit to my computer. They used odd expressions like
"motherboard" and "hard drive," but the only thing I cared about was
getting this week's paper out.
And then they cheerily verified my even worse fears: My e-mail
and Word documents were in the twilight zone and would remain
there until I get a new computer. Then, by a computer inck known as
"magic," my old files might be transferred into my new computer
Now, please don't ask me if I had a back-up on my computer I've
been asked that once too many times already And you already know
the answer, don't you? It's a rule: If you ever have to ask that ques-
tion, the answer is no.
It's odd the way a person (me) gets comfortable with a computer,
and if you have to switch to a substitute, it's like speaking a foreign
language ... very slowly. That's how this week's paper was produced
... very slowly.
But soon. I hope, a new computer will be in place, and before
long BLACK SUNDAY will fade into memory.
Believe me when I say this is not the column I had intended to
write this week. But it is what it is. Another edition has limped to

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The Good Samaritan

It was dark outside on the old Escape Road in
We have no streetlights and the road was dirt
in those days I loved living on a dirt road. I used to
wnite to my old city slicker fiends back in the big
city and tell them that
I lived on a drt road
and had a telephone
pole in my front yard
I would ofen
take my cats out for a
walk at twilight on
my personal dirt road.
I wouldn't wear any
shoes. I could even
wear my pajamas Tia 4 4
few people lived
around here back By Richard E. Noble
then. It was wonder-
ful to feel the warm
sand between your toes-real Tom Sawyer-like.
But on this particular evening there was a
slight hubbub going on outside. There was a pick-
up truck on the side of the road in front of my
neighbor's home. It had got onto the shoulder and
it was stuck. I could hear a couple of men mum-
bling to one another. I figured they were
Eastpointers and that they were accustomed to get-
ting stuck and would have themselves freed up in a
matter of minutes. But this was not the case. They
must have been from Carrabelle or Apalach.
It seemed that they were going to be out there
forever and I was getting apprehensive about my
cat walk The cats, of course, wouldn't follow me if
there were strangers in the neighborhood. So I
yelled from my porch to the two men; "You guys
got a problem?" One of the men came walking up
to the porch and very politely told me that his bat-
tery went dead.
Naturally being an Eastpointer, I had all the
equipment to jump start anything in the back of my
pickup truck. I immediately pulled my truck in
front of his and had them jumped in a matter of
minutes. They were so happy. They unhooked the
cable, hopped into their truck and buzzed off,
laughing and waving all the way. I felt good. It
always feels good to give a neighbor or even a
stranger a helping hand even if it is just a jump
I then took my two little pals, Buddy and
Bogie, out for a scamper and a roll in the dirt. We
had a good time. They rolled in the dirt, not me.
A day or two later I was talking to my neigh-
bor, Bob. He had lived next door ever since I had
moved into the neighborhood. He was a real nice
fellow. He was a younger man only married a cou-

ple of years.
"You didn't see anything peculiar going on
around here recently, did you?" he asked.
I had to think. What did he mean by peculiar?
"Like what?" I asked.
"Oh you know, like maybe some strangers out
here messm' around my place?"
"Well ... no. I didn't see anybody messin'
around your place. But there were a couple of guys
out in front the other night in a pickup truck."
"Oh really? Could you describe it?"
"Well yeah. It was and older model, camou-
flage green colored, Chevy-with big tires."
"Oh great, I think I know who it was."
"Friends of yours?"
"Well, not really. They robbed my garage.
They stole my deluxe pickup tire rims and some
other fancy chrome parts that I had."
"No kidding?"
"I'll tell the sheriff what you told me and
maybe they can get my stuff back."
"Oh wow, I certainly hope so."
After we got done talking, I went back into the
"What's the matter with you?" my wife asked.
"You look like the cat that just swallowed the can-
"You know those two guys I jump-started the
other night out in front of Bob's place?"
"They robbed Bob's garage-stole his fancy
tire rims and some other stuff."
"Oh my goodness!"
"Yeah, and I helped them do it. I thought that
they were rather overly happy as they drove off."
"Did you tell Bob that you helped some kids
rob him?"
"No. And I ain't going to. I'm just wondering
if I can go to jail for being an accessory."
"Oh, of course not ..." she paused. "Well I
don't think so anyway. But if I were you, I would-
n't tell Bob or anybody else."
"Oh don't worry, I ain't going to."
And don't any of you out there say anything
either. This is just between me and you. Mum's the
word. If you squeal on me, and I find out about
it-- you will be in this column next week-and it
won't be pretty.
Richard E. Noble is a frelance writer and has been a res-
ident of Eastpoint for around 30 years He has authored
two hooks: "A Summer with Chadie, 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.

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April 11, 2008 Page 5

Local seafood industry

deserves your support

't 'S I :-l Scritariy
Ciive a man a tish and you'll
teed himn fo a day, teach 1him to
fish and he'll have food for a life-
time. No truer words were evet
spoken. However, the seafood
workers as of late have really
been concerned that their liveli-
hoods are very much in danger
of becoming extinct.
In the past few years the
seafood industry has had more
than its fair share of devastation,
from the ravages of mother
nature, hurricanes, red tide, to
the drought and the ongoing
ACF Issue, or Water Wars
between the three states.
As if that weren't enough,
they have also had to deal with
price cuts, bag limits, bay closure
and battles on the home front
with pollution, uncontrolled
development, and last but not
least the influx of imported
seafood into our local economy.
There have been numerous
studies, research, and all manner
of experts in the field to assess
the situation. They all agree that
it has been an industry hard hit,
but offer nothing but bad news
and often bad advice on how to
fix the problem.
Meanwhile the men and
women who work on the bay are
still working as often as they can
and trying to make a living the
best way they can, many of them
as their families have done for
With the rse of fuel costs
and living expenses it gets harder
each year for these men and
women to make ends meet. and
there seems to be no relief in
sight for them. At the same time
the very ones who make a for-
tune off of the backs of these
people not only have received
grants and relief for their losses
but they have improved their
businesses, received advertising
funds, technology and research
monies and all manner to
improve and develop methods to
increase their business and make
them prosper more all in the
name of science and for "the
seafood industry."
Meanwhile, the seafood
workers themselves have receiv-
ed nothing for their losses, but
more losses, as imports flood the
market. And thanks to the so
called new technologies, which
seem to be nothing more than a
repeat of history and the days of
the canneries of the late 1800's
when it was considered pasteur-
ized and in the end it depleted
the bay of its resources. A
processed or PHP, PHT (Post
Harvest Processed, or Post
Harvest Treated) oyster is adver-
tised as "fresh," "As good as raw,
without the risk" or "As an alter-
native to raw" under the assump-
tion that the "At Risk
Consumer" who cannot eat raw
oysters might be able to eat this
product instead.
Florida spent millions in a
campaign to inform the public of
the risk associated with eating
raw oysters, who is at risk, who
could be at risk. While the actual
percentage of people who get
sick or die from the consumption
of shellfish across the nation is

itimiInuscule, tand lfai timore dilt
froni hicat ,itattack, diabetes and
cancel, it has been deter liitined bv
the ISSC (Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Colmmtiission) ,liad the
HIA that this is something liat
needs to be mandated, that thete
is a ZI:RO) oleiance to illnesses
and deaths associated with shell
(Editorial Note: V vultuti-
C'us was tllst descn tid as a cause
ot human illness in 1 79
Although there is no national
surveillance for infections caused
by this pathogen, regional sur-
veillance in four states along the
Gulf Coast indicates an annual
incidence for V vulniticus infec-
tions of at least 0 6 per I million
persons, and a case-lftality rate
of 22o. Vibno vulnificus is a
gram-negative bacterium that
can cause serious illness and
death in persons with preexisting
liver disease or compromised
immune systems. From 1981
through 1992, 125 persons with
V vulnificus infections, of whom
44 (35%o) died. were reported to
the Florida Department of
Health and Rehabilitative
Services (IIRS) This report sum.
manzes data on these cases and
presents estimates of the at-rsk
population in ilorida htlp.//
www issc org/client resources/
Education/VVInfections pdf)
According to research, the
imported seafood we often eat
has been far worse and yet it
seems there is still a problem
with imported foods of all man-
ner in which we as consumers
have basically no control over.
One study in 2000-2005 can be
found at http://)ac.oxfordjour-
There is not one person who
wants anyone to get sick from
anything they have harvested or
caught but it is plain to see that
considering other data the
seafood industry is being target-
ed unfairly, as if there were not
enough problems already.
The fact is that homegrown
and local catch should be what
we all support. It is fresh in every
sense of the word. locally grown,
harvested, or caught and we have
far more control over how it is
caught, harvested and even
grown than we do when it is
Besides, what would
Apalachicola be without the
Apalachicola Oyster, and the
fresh seafood. It is one of the rea-
sons people flock here by the
groves to enjoy our fair city ,and
take part in the natural beauty
that we often take for granted.
To be or not to be, that is the
question? As far as the seafood
workers are concerned, as long
as there is a demand for fresh
Apalachicola Seafood, and as
long as the fresh Apalachicola
Seafood is in Apalachicola Bay
they will continue to harvest it.
But in actuality, it is up to the
consumer to demand the very
best and ask for only local
Linda Raffield is secretary of the
Franklin County Seafood Workers

A North Georgia couple sailing in the harbor entrance noticed something was missing

What's missing in the harbor entrance?

(Chnrwtle C 'rTnrrI sodsa
.ast month this paper noted
that the Coast Guard planned to
do some work on the harbor
range markers that guide boats
into and through the channel at
the harbor entrance
Gil and Hope Pollitt, of

Recently. the Capitol was
covered with the handprints of
thousands of children celebrat-
ing Children's Week at the
More than 100,000 hand-
pnnts and other art project were
hung from the atnum of our
Capitol. reminding all of our
public servants that they are
working for the children and,
through them, our future.
Also, the Flonda Children's
Cabinet, created by Governor
Cnst, met and discussed the top-
ics which direct its charge.
Created in 2007. the Cabinet
examines various children's
needs, including education,
health, and stable family struc-
tures, and works to develop long-
term strategies on how those
needs should be addressed. My
Regional Deputy for South
Florida serves on the Children's
Cabinet, and along with the
other 14 members, she works to
coordinate and examine state

North Georgia, who keep their
sailboat at the Moorings, found
to their surprise on Apnl 7 as
they re-entered our harbor that
the ranges were gone.
Range markers, in
Carrabelle and Apalachicola as
well as many other harbors,
guide boats accurately down
channels. They are usually fixed

issues are

By Flonda Attomey
General Bill McCollum

agencies that deliver children's
In addition to looking at
services provided to children, we
must also consider issues which
directly affect our children,
including cybersafety and the
threat of gangs and gang vio-
lence. I am told that gangs in
Florida are recruiting children as
young as 10 years old and I
believe it is imperative that we do
whatever we can to protect our
children from this dangerous

and not subject to drifting, as
some navigation aids are.
Shallow waters like ours make it
that much more important to
stay "in your lane", and we
appreciate the work done by the
Coast Guard to make water trav-
el and recreation safe.
Please return our ranges

threat. Prevention and interven-
tion are key to this effort and I
look forward to being able to
unveil my gang reduction strate-
gy by the end of this month.
It is vitally important for our
state and its leaders to consider
the future of our children. As a
parent and a grandparent, I
know children are impression-
able and need exemplary role
models as well as the care and
attention to develop into produc-
tive and promising citizens of
our state.
Whether it is recognizing
April as Child Abuse Prevention
Month, working to educate our
middle and high school students
about cybersafety, or developing
prevention and intervention pro-
grams to keep our children out of
criminal street gangs, safeguard-
ing Florida's children is one of
my highest priorities. As the dis-
plays in the Capitol this week
suggest, our future is truly in
their hands.

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The Franklin Chronicle

County not likely to get water funding

Your Capitol Bureau
It's unlikely Franklin Coun-
ty will get $1.5 million from the
state to improve water quality for
Alligator Point and l.anark
Village. The Franklin County
Commission has asked the
Legislature for this funding.
Rep. Will Kendick, R Cat
rabelle, said at this tnie he does
not see funds being allocated.
Rep. Curtis Richardson, i)-
Tallahassee, said watie in
Florida is "more of a pioblemn
now than ever." IHowever,
"Anything with a price ag" is
unlikely to be funded Ib the
Legislature this yeai With all the
development in Not th Floida,
water is becoming an issue sepl
tic tanks, etfluct into aquifet
"We'te going to have to address
"This year is certainly not
the year" for addressing North
Florida's water management
problems, he said.
This is likely to leave
Alligator Point and Lanark Vill-
age with water problems
Alligator Point struggles to

pump enough water out of the
ground, said Alan Pierce, county
director of administrative servic-
es. There are worries ;about
future saltwater intrusion, iand
the overall quality of the water nli
L.anark Village is not the best.
The I'I1rankln Ctounty Comn-
mission needs $5,50)0,0001t) l
build water well fields, treitient
thcilties and disi bulion cenltels.
l'his veai's $1 5 inullion request
would cover tlstaullatiton of pipes
to thle new watie t.acilty
Iast yeaI., tle state conl-
tilbuted $2tt.'00,000t to'wal.d this
project The county uscd tilhe
ioney to studS its .ability it)
serve as a regional warre suppli
el. Piece said ithe county didn't
"rIate \vey high."
i'he Noitliwest Floi da
Water NManagement District
(NWFWl\V'N ) uand the Florida
Department of Flinvironmental
Protection )(DFP) along with
other state agencies will help
look Io' a location. They will
also help to build the wells and
with treatment of the water once
the wells are built
"l'Thc NWFWMI) is trying
to locate a good area to gain

proper, suitable water supply for
the city of Carrabelle," said Cliff
McKeown, DEPI engineer.
"T'he F:l)l'D does regulate
thll triatlient and distribution of'e lor communities like those
of lianiklin C county said Sally
C'oEv, public outreach ctoordi-
a111to o tihe l l)-'Dl:) "We do t ry
to help provide potential soll-
tions llo iiail conu1 niit0li .11es
lhe dillicult task is finding a
dceCLti plot of land that i 1,Lfa
enough inland to avoid sahltwatei
Intlusioni, (Cooey added. "The
challenge is to find ia good area
wvlhti the water is going to be
gtlod quality and not to be so fai
oul it is ihard to manage."
lF'iakl n County is depend-
ing on thie state to pay tit this
water project Pierce said it the
county doesn't get funded this
year, the county would have to
look for alternative water
If the county does get fund-
ing this year, it will return to the
state in future years to get the
remaining money needed to
complete construction of the
water project. Perce said.

SQuestion #154: True or False
^ ... Human beings have already
built the first sailing ships for
space. Instead of using wind
power, they are pushed by light
from the Sun.


Artists from Page 1
Some of the first arrivals of
plein air artists of the season
were spotted along the Eastpoint
waterfront last Friday morning.
Scattered along the seafood
shanty row near the east end,
they were intent on capturing
their own impressions of the
local landscape
The artists are part of a
group of nearly a dozen stu.
dents, with a wide range of ages
and travel distances, here ito
attend a weeklong session of
tutoring with pastel artist Alivrt
Handell. of Santa Fe, New
Mexico. On Saturday, they
wrapped up their weeklong
workshop, and landell critiqued
their work and projects. Each of
the students has a heartfelt
appreciation of Handell, and his
talent. It is a consensus that he
has a knack for discovering each
student's strengths and a gift for
offering them specific guidance
One student commented.
"When he gives you that focused

direction, you want to listen and
pay attention to what he says."
They said it is usually valuable.
Hlandell's accent revealed ihe
is not from this area, and proba-
bly noit from Santa Fe lie said lhe
is from Brooklyn or iginally
Asked if lie had beeanan artist all
his lite, he replied. 'Nothing else
interests nme" .ie said he picked
this area tot his current work
shop tbec use he is acquainted
with the folks at Ctm nts louse
in Aplaclhicola
Seceral ol landcll's .tu
dents traveled from waihin
Florida, and some from through-
out the USA One woman came
from as far as Belling. China
She has been a resident of
Belijig for six years and makes
her living there as an artist
This handful of artists is a
prelude to next month's nation-
ally recognized ecvnt that will
take place along the Forgotten
Coast The event takes place
Mav 8-18th. and nationally rec-
ognized artists will set up their
easels from Mexico Beach to

Carrabelle and points in-
between. They will capture the
charm of Florida's Forgotten
Coast, in settings including
beaches, lakes, waterfronts,
marshes, harbors and whatever
else suits their desire. Several
locations will be the artists' focal
p1Int. including Mexico Beach.
Port St Joe. Cape San Bias.
Apalachicola. Fastpoint. Carra.
belle. St C;eorge Island .nd
inland to Wew.ihitchka 'Ircic
w ill .also be w\etkon g.ill nc.s
\whcir viewerss can buy wet
framed paintings each day
You can find out more infor-
m.atin in several ways. Look for
the posters around the Forgotten
Coast communities Call your
local Chanmber of Commerce
You can also go online to
w\vw pleinairfi comn This is the
main wcbsite site of "The Great
Paint Out of 2(1X8." There you
will find a list of events and loca-
tions at this site. plus links to
manv other resources such as
participating artists' biographies.

3232 Crawfordville Hwy. Crawford;
Owuvd *O;bj(-avy

Crist discusses health

care for uninsured

Governor Chairlie (rst met
recently with business owners
and individuals struggling to
afford health insurance coverage
The group talked about the
Governor's proposed health care
legislation that can provide pre-
ventive. primary and urgent care
benefits, Including hospitalhl-
tion, to uninsured Florldians
ages 19 to 64
"Many of Fl:ld.a's small
business owners and I;amIlies are
frustrated by the high cost of
health insurance, and many are
choosing to go without cover-
age," Governor Crist said.
"Unfortunately, emergency
rooms across the state are carry-
ing the load of providing health
care to uninsured Floridians
whenever it is needed."
Senate Bill 2534, sponsored
by Senator Durell Peaden,
would allow state government to
negotiate with health insurers to
develop affordable health insur-
ance coverage for uninsured
Floridians. Private health insur-
ers have indicated a willingness
to provide benefits packages for

S150 or less per month Bcenftits
will include office visits. office
surgery, bclhavioal health secvic-
es. diabetic supplies, durable
medical equipment and prosthet-
ics. inpatient hospital stlavs out-
patient licthltv services and hos-
pital criergnicv c.ire services
Insiures would also conmpcliivr11
Iv 1id to priovide1 sllpp1 lle hital
coverage for vision. dentil, can.
cCI and discount medical
Under ihe plan. iolicvhlol
crs would be able to carrv
dependents until iage 30. Patients
typically cannot carrtv non-stu-
dent dependents after age 25.
The age 19 to 30 population has
the highest rate of uninsured
individuals, yet are typically
more healthy, and will improve
the insurer's risk profile.
Additionally, it contains no
individual mandates and no
employer mandates. Employers
will be encouraged to participate
and cost-share premiums with
employees. However, individuals
would be allowed to participate
even if their employer does not.





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0 *10 acres in Riverbend Plantation, $225,000.

* 2.53 acres with large pond, Baywood Estates, $164,900.
* *2.2 acres Creekfront, Victorian Village, shared dock, $395,500.
* 1-1/2 City Lots with riverview, $225,000.

* REDUCED to sell (2) Commercial city lots, older home &
storage shed, $149,500.




The Franklin Chronicle


April 11, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. Crowell, CFP, Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of April 7, 2008

Quote of the week
"I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say." -Calvin
5.1% jobless rate
The unemployment rate rose in March as the economy lost
80,000 jobs. This is the highest unemployment rate since September
S2005, and the biggest one-month payroll
cut since March 2003. Private-sector
payrolls shrank tbr the fourth straight
month, according to Labor Department
Mixed indicators
The Institute for Supply
Management's March manufacturing
index read 48.0, better than the 47.5
e Up"t reading analysts had forecast. The
S Commerce Department stated that con-
Sponsored by struction spending fell in March, but
Peter F Crowell, CFP only by 0.3%; analysts had predicted a
1% drop. But factory orders fell by 1.3%
in February, about twice the expected decline.
$3.50 a gallon?
Could gasoline prices go that high by spnng? The Energy
Department thinks so, and some analysts see pnces pushing $4 a gal-
lon. Record oil prices have hampered gasoline output and supplies.
Retail gas prices hit a new average record of S3.30 a gallon Fnday. as
oil prices rose more than $2 a barrel on the New York Mercantile
More cuts coming?
Last week. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that
the Fed is "ready to respond to whatever situation evolves." New
York Fed president Timothy Geitner added that the Fed must "con-
tinue to act forcefully." Interpret as you wish.
Great week for stocks
The Dow closed Friday at 12.609 42. gaining 3 2% on the week
The S&P 500 had its best week in two months. largely as a result of
plans to raise $19 billion in capital at two global investment banks
The S&P 500 gained 4.2% on the week. and the NASDAQ climbed

% Change Y-T-D 1-Year 5-Year
DJIA -4.94 +0.63 +10.47
NASDAQ -10.61 -3.70 +14.27
S&P 500 -6.67 -5.03 +11.19
(Source USATodaycom. CNNMonev cum. 4 4.08) IndiJeo cannot he
invested into ducttlly
Riddle of the week
A shop sells apples for $1 each. Each apple comes wrapped in a
special wrapper. You can trade 3 wrappers for I apple. If you have
$15. what is the maximum number of apples you can buy? Ser nce
week's Update for the answer
Last week's riddle
A machine has four cogs in constant mesh. The largest cog has
72 teeth and the others have 36. 25 and 15 respectively. How many
revolutions must the largest cog make before each of the cogs is back
in its starting position? Anrwrr. 25 rrwuitiom.
Peter F Crowll is a Certified Financial Planner mi Tallahasse and a
Franklin County pnrperty owner. Quetions't fr hin Cn be c-matiled to
info( ifranklinchrvnicl. ner. or mailed to P) ox 590,. I~point. Fl. 3.328
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a pnce-weighted index of 10 actively trad.
ed blue-chip stocks The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged. market weight.
ed index of all ovr-thc-counter common stocks traded on the National Asvsocatlon of
Secunties Dealers Automated Quotation System The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P
500) is an unmanaged group of secunttes 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 Area (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange. or
ArcaExr. and the Pacific Exchange) NYSE Group is a leading provider of securntes
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 hvilsion. home to the cnergv, platinum.
and palladium markets, and the COMEX Divislon. on which all other metals trade
These views are those of Peter Montoya Inc and not the presenting Repreentativ or
the Rcpresentativr's Broker/tealr. and should not be cinstrlicd as investment advice
All information s 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 nsks 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 #154 is: True.
In the fall of 2004, beneath surface of the Barent's Sea,
a Russian nuclear submarine launched a single missile on
a mission of peace. It launched the first solar sailing ship,
called "Cosmo 1." A solar sail is a spacecraft without an
engine-it is pushed along directly by light particles from
the Sun, reflecting off its giant mirror-like sails.

1. "I've up to
6. Come in third
10. Gonoral on
Chinese menus
13 Out of the way
14. "Take onel"
15. Thick-bodied fish
16. Polygamist-to-
be's purchase?
18. With the bow, in
19. React to a blow
20. Teacher's job
22 Broadway
23. Shades of red
24. Like hard-to-
comb hair
28. Poughkeepsie,
NY college
29. Needed liniment
30. Concerns for
31. To's opposite
34 "Show Boat"
composer Jerome
35. Tender spots
36. John of the Sierra
37. Lofty poem
38 Redcap's
39. Publisher Nast
40 MMssing links
42 Bouquet tossers
43. Won an Olympics
45 Grand (wine
bottle words)
46. Units in the board
game Risk
47. Railroad track
52 Sheepish look
53 Discussion of
some heavy
metal music?
55 Lose one's skin
56 Bow-toting god

H Hour

57. Spine-tingling
58. The whole
59. Weightlifter's
60. Exceed the limit

1 Items on racks
2 Tennis great
3. In straits
4 Fateful day for
5. Chewed on a
nng, say
6. Tee. e.g.
7. Cackleberry
8. Web address
9. Many Wayne

10. Money for rocket
11. One of Bolivia's
12. Conical
15. Major (Sirius's
17. Bug spray brand
21. A dwarf planet
23. Insert sign
24. Aggressive shark
25 Got a top mark on
26. Fabrics factory?
27. Our base system
28. Mental midget
30. Managed.
32. Fair feature
33. Tram loads
35. School term
36. Facetious "Me?"
38. Strike out

39. Reduces to bits
41. Craft shop buy
42. Boys in the 'hood
43. Source of
igneous rock
44. Fynn who played
Robin Hood
45. Lacking couth
47. Farmland yield
48. Big first for a
49. Deli scale button
50. "Would to
51. out a living
54. Otto I's domain:

Crossword Puzzle Answer on Page 13


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The Franklin Chronicle

Red snapper

season in

state waters

opens on

April 16

The limit is 2 per angler,
minimum 16 inches. You must
use a non-stainless circle hook,
have a hook disgorger and a
venting syringe onboard. The
syringe is used to deflate a dis-
tended air bladder caused by
bringing a fish up quickly from
more than 50 feet of depth. You
insert the syringe just behind the
gill plate and under a scale. Try
to avoid too much handling of
the fish (if you must, be sure
your hands are wet). Please do
not cull fish; that is throwing
back smaller dead fish in order to
keep larger ones.
To catch red snapper in state
waters-out to 9.1 miles from
the closest land, try the Franklin
County Reef, also called the
bridge rubble or hard bottom
areas southeast of Sikes Cut in
40 to 50 feet. You can buy a
chart with GPS numbers and
find these areas. When you get in
the vicinity watch your depth
finder and look for rough bottom
and/or fish readings 10 to 15 feet
off the bottom. Try fishing the
bottom at anchor with cigar min-
nows, squid, or Spanish sardines.
A 5/0 circle hook on a 2 foot
leader with enough lead to hold
bottom is about right.
I like to use a 60 to 80 pound
fluorcarbon leader and 50 to 60
pound test main line. This way
you'll be ready for a big red snap-
per (10 to 15 pounds is not
uncommon) or grouper. Some of
the biggest red snapper I've
caught have been on a flatline
with either no sinker or a very
small one depending on the cur-
rent or wind. Let out enough line
to suspend your bait 10 to 20 feet
above bottom. Use a cigar min-
now or a small live bait and put
your rod in a rod holder and wait
for it to get hit while you contin-
ue to bottom fish. It can also
help to hang a bag of menhaden
chum over the side to bring the
fish up and get them feeding
Grey snapper (mangroves as
they are called in South Florida)
are beginning to show in our
waters. They must be 12 inches
over all length and the limit is 6
per angler. They can also consti-
tute part of the 10 fish aggregate
limit. In our waters this would
include red, grey, and vermilion
snapper. Lane are not included
in Gulf waters and need to be 8
inches in length.
You can use the methods
described for red snapper to
catch grey snapper. You should
definitely chum for them. They
sometimes will come up and will
be seen around the chum. Free
line for them with tackle as light
as you can go. But remember,
some of these fish arc 8 to 10
pounds and they can kick like a
mule. I got one while grouper
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almost as good as red snapper or
gag grouper The big ones are
best baked.
There are still some big red-
fish and an occasional slot fish to
be had in Sikcs Cut. but on my
last couple of trips a bull shark
has been grabbing them at the
head and chopping them They
tell me the hotshots have been
getting pompano around Sikes
Cut and SGI beaches, but no
luck for this angler There are
whiting In the SGI surf and an
occasional speckled trout or
pompano. Try fishing a 3 hook
pompano ng on the bottom bait-
ed with small pieces of peeled
shnmp or sand fleas. Bounce the
bait slightly to give them some
action. Spanish mackerel have
been caught at the East Pass and
around to the SGI beaches.
These fish are caught on gotcha
silver lures as well as a variety of
bait. These fish range up to 5
pounds and are hard-fighting
and good to cat if properly iced
and cared for after catching.
They must be 12 inches to the
fork in the tail and the limit is 15.
Just a brief word about the
new Apalachicola Maritime
Museum at 103 Water Street in
Apalach open from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. There are some interesting
displays and you can board a
beautiful sailboat, Heritage. and
buy tee shirts and memberships.
Stop by and check it out. Also
come to Art for the Sky, a video
of a living painting of a Scahawk
done by all 1,200 Franklin
County students. The video can
be seen from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at the Chapman School auditori-
um in Apalach on Friday, April
Good fishing!

Jeff llardi, a irtired attorney and
lifetime fisherman, sides happily
in Eastpoint. Surrounded bh' some
of the best angling waters any-
where, he takes fidl advantage hy'
writing this column for Tlhe
Chronicle, and doing Shorelines, a
Forgotten Coast TV progratl,
requiring him to fish as often as he
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April 11, 2008 Page 9

Deer Management Team is working hard
In its February meeting in clear-cut, easy fixes that can be on 21 WMAs, which put a 3-
Panama City Beach, the Florida applied in "broad-brush" fashion points-on-a-side antler restriction
Fish and Wildlife Conservation to solve every issue. Much of our on legal bucks. These areas are
Commission (FWC) approved state is not blessed with rich soils Apalachee, Pine Log, Wakulla,
the "Strategic Plan for Deer capable of producing high-quali- Belmore, Four Creeks, Hatchet
Management in Florida 2008- ty, year-round nutrition for deer, Creek, Homosassa, Jennings
2018." The plan describes the iso you can't just take what Forest, Big Bend Tide Swamp
state's history of deer manage- another state is doing tio deer Unit, Richloam Baird Unit, Bull
ment, its current status and out- management and apply it to Creek, Caravelle Ranch, Guana
lines a 10-year strategic direction Florida. River, Seminole Forest,
through a series of well-thought- O 0 4~ W 4oak because Florida's northern- Albuckle, l.ake Marion Creek,
out goals, objectives and strate- niee d counties that border Upper Hillsboiough, Okaloacoo-
gies. By Tony Young, FWC tGeogia and Alabama actually chee Slough, Dinner Island
Even though the plan was do have pretty fertile soil, you Ranch, Jones/Hungryland and
just approved, FWC's Deer Spoitsmen "of Florida, Florida have to manage that herd ditfer- Spirit-ol-the-Wild.
Management Team is already l)og Hunters and Spottsman's ently than you would the deer Additionally, Tate's Hell
working hard to begin Association, Lykes Hlothets, living in areas of the state with State Forest and Tate's Hell
implementing the steps neces- Department of Envitonmental poorer habitat. So the plan Womack Creek Unit in the
sary to achieve the plan's objec. Protection, U.S. l)epattment of includes the idea of creating deer Northwest Region will have a
tives -the overall goal being to defense, U.S. Forest Service, management units (DMUs) to forked-antler (2 points on a side)
ensure healthy deer populations Quality Dl)ee Management help manage dier at a more local restriction. The new antler rules
that will meet the public's desires Association, St. Joe Land Co., level The factors going into on all of these areas will be in
for recreational hunting, while Deseret Ranch, National Ritle where the lines may be drawn effect during the 2008-09 hunting
protecting private property and Association and all five Flonda include areas with similar habi- season.
ensuring the long-term welfare of water management districts, tat, soil compositions, geograph- Other proposals under con-
the species. FWC's deer team has met ic features and timing of the rut. sideration include a tag-and-
This living-and-breathing regularly over the past year and a Major roads and rivers will be report system, where hunters
plan continues to be a collabora- half, developing the plan and is used as boundary lines when would tag deer immediately after
tive effort between FWC staff now beginning the tedious possible to make the DMUs easy the take and shortly afterwards,
and a stakeholder group repre- process of compiling the many to delineate, report the harvest. Methods for
senting many of the state's hunt- varied ideas and opinions on Now there's probably not reporting deer harvest informa-
ing and conservation organiza- how Florida's deer should be going to be different hunting sea- tion may include calling a toll-
tions/associations, other govern- managed. The process of. hash- son dates for each DMU; that free telephone number or enter-
mental agencies and large private ing out all of the details is chal- would be too complicated and ing the harvest information
landowners that lease much of lenging, but the team and stake- unnecessary. But it is possible through the Internet.
their properties to hunters. holder group are committed to that more hunting regulation As different aspects of the
Valuable input is being gath- making the plan a reality, zones than the three we have plan and associated proposals
ered from these stakeholders, Together, these folks are may be necessary. are fleshed out by FWC staff and
which include the Future of spending countless hours going Besides creation of DMUs, the stakeholder group, a series of
Hunting in Florida, Florida over every detail, obstacle, theo- other possible ideas being con- surveys and meetings will be
Wildlife Federation. Allied rv and strategy that needs to be sidered include changes in hunt- conducted around the state to
Sportsmen's Associations of considered and worked out so ing seasons, better ways to gather input from the deer hunt-
Florida. United Hunters of the management plan's ambi- ensure harvest success for a ing public and landowners.
Florida, Traditional Bowhunters tious goals and objective will beN greater number of hunters and In the meantime, if you'd
Association. Florida Bowhun- retlixed Much more hard work monitonng the long-term effects like to view the "Strategic Plan
ters Council, Everglades Coor. hes ahead. but the strategic plan of antler restrictions on wildlife for Deer Management in Florida
dinating Council, Florida provides a good rtodmap for management areas (WMAs) 2008-2018," go to MyFWC.
Sportsmen's Conservation Asso- moving forward Speaking of antler resmc- cor/hunting and look under
ciation, Kissimmee River Valley Flonda's deer are unlike any tons, at the February Commts- "Additional Hunting Seasons,
Sportsman Association, Unified other state's, and there are no sion meeting, rules were passed Regulations. Permits and More."

"Steps to Unlimited
however mints to soarfifril on thr unlimtld pathln.Y' of
poissibslitie mwust first ake steps "
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
The First Graduating Class from the new consolidated Franklin
County Schools will be the "Scahawk 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 bnngs 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 offenng 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 exper-t
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 .ind b,clav
3. Each stepping stone will be $10S) and you may purchase as many
stones .is yon would like. cach having a unique persontili7rd iiies'sag
f ach stones will be li'pl.lvled at the nrew school You man.iv ptutchlas
addltitional stones ftor voter private garden to i ihow voiii rcxpanlde
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
Ie beautifying our new "Franklin County School Campus" all the
trees purchased will be planted on the school grounds for all to see
l'for Ituie eiars to coni As an appreciation to your donations, we
will le placing youi name on the beautiluil Donoi Tree Wall for all
who enter- the irankhn County School Campus to see Your dona-
lion 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
likc): $150 per tree.
Your Name:
Address: _______
Phone Number: ______
lHow many tree 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.

FWC has scheduled four
public meetings throughout the
state to receive public input on
draft recommendations for
enhancements to its quota hunt
permit system.
In response to agency obser-
vations and concerns expressed
by the public, the Quota Permit
Working Group, in conjunction
with the FWC and the Florida
Conflict Resolution Consortium
at Florida State University, has
been evaluating the Wildlife
Management Area Quota Hunt
Permit Program.
The group has identified
concerns and developed ideas for
making improvements to the sys-
tem, with the hopes of more
evenly distributing hunting
opportunities on public land.
Draft recommendations for
change include permit transfer-
ability, guest permits and
expanding quota permit choices.
Interested persons, especial-
ly those who hunt on Florida's
Wildlife Management Area
System, are invited to attend
these meetings The closest work-
shops will be April 16, 5-9 p.m.,
Gulf Coast Community College,
Gibson Lecture Hall, 5230 West
U.S. Hwy. 98, Panama City.
Watch for manatees
Manatees are on the move
as Florida waters begin to warm
up, and FWC cautions boaters to
be on the lookout for migrating
manatees. Manatees are espe-
cially vulnerable in spring and
fall when they travel along the
Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Kipp
Frohlich, leader of the FWC's
Imperiled Species Management
Section, said boaters can help
manatees have a safe migration
by staying in marked channels,
wearing polarized sunglasses to
improve vision, obeying posted
boat speed zones, using poles,
paddles or trolling motors when
in cose proximity to manatees
and having someone help scan
the water when under way.
Turtle harvest
FWC has formed a team to
study and make recommenda-
tions on rules concerning fresh-
water turtle harvest.
There are restrictions on the
harvest of several freshwater tur-
tle species, but softshell turtles
have no restrictions on their har-
vest, except during the closed
season, May through July Also
during this closed season, their
eggs may not be taken fiom the
wild. Recent reports of increases
in the harvest of these turtles
have raised concern among tur-
tle experts, environmentalists
and the FWC.
The Center for Biological
Diversity, the St. Johns
Riverkeeper and the Center for
Food Safety recently petitioned
the FWC, Gov. Charlie Crist's
office and the Florida
Department of Health to enact
an emergency ruling which
would suspend the harvest of all
freshwater turtles in Florida. The
petition states unregulated com-
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Bears are an increasing problem in Franklin County, but one reason for that is the severe
restrictions on hunting them. This photo from the Florida Archives photo collection shows
H.G. Starling and his dog with a 180-pound bear killed in the Apalachicola National Forest.
It was photographed in 1965.

FWC from Page 9
mercial harvest is "rapidly
depleting Florida's wild turtle
populations" and cites a public
health risk in consumption of
turtles "contaminated with tox-
ins and pollutants." The Center
for Biological Diversity also filed
the petition in Georgia, Oka-
lahoma and Texas.
An emergency ruling would
only be ctcctivc for i) days.
under Florida statute Softshell
turtle harvest is closed from May
I to July 31, so a ~0-day closure
would only provide 30 addition-
al days of protection FWC biol-
ogists believe an emergency rul.
ing would not resolve the issue
and would provide only a tempo-
rary solution in any case.
"We have some protections
in place for several species of tur-

ties." said Ken Haddad, execu-
tive director of the FWC, "but
we have indications that harvests
have increased for other species
We must take a senous look at
the sustainability of the freshwa-
ter turtles at current rate of har-
FWC turtle specialist. Bill
Turner. said turtle harvests havr
increased in Florida as a result of
demand fro-im foreign markets
and becauseC T'nene. ,
Mlissstisspp. North Carolina and
Alabam.a have enacted laws pro,
hibtltinlg the commercial ha.r
of freshwater turtles
As a result, the FWC stall
has filed a rule development
notice concerning the harvest of
freshwater turtles and hopes to
have a recommendation to pres-
ent to its commnissioners at lhe

June meeting
In addition to the closed sea-
son on harvesting sotishell rur-
ties and their eggs. rver cooters
may not be taken from April 15
to July 31 Dunng these closed
seasons, the FWC will be study-
ing the situation, and FWC's
Division of Enforcement
will be extra diligent in enforcing
the closed season, which is the
bleeding and nesting seasonn for
solthiell turtles The agency is
also willing to consider an exten-
sion of the closed seasons if
Restrictions arc placed year-
round on harvesting of turtles
.nd possession of eggs of the fol-
lowing species river coolers
(two). alligator snapping turtles
(one). loggerhead musk turtles
Continued on Page 16

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April 11, 2008 -Page 13

Fixing a leaky showerhead

Dear Jane,
My shower head is leaking.
It's not a lot, but it's enough to be
annoying. I've tried to tighten it
at the head thinking that might
help, but it still leaks. It's a new
showerhead, so I'd hate to have
to replace it already. Is there any
way to prevent this? Help!
Dear Ronnie,
If we understood you right,
your shower head is leaking from
where it attaches to the water
pipe. Luckily, this can be a very
easy fix! You said this is a new
showerhead, so it's possible that
when it was installed it was sim-
ply placed on the pipe without
using plumber's tape, or they
didn't replace the old tape. Now
maybe you're asking yourself,
what's plumbers tape? Well, it's
a thin, non-adhesive white tape

Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David and
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158 12th S.
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Children's Church (2 and up)
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379 Brownsville Road
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Highway 98 & 6th Street
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and Eden Jarrin
also commonly retfeted to as
Teflon (ape that can t1 found at
any homiie improvement cltailei
It is wrapped around the end of
the pipe to seal against leaks and
also make it easier to tighten fit-
tings together
Here's how to check your
pipes and replace your tape take
an adjustable wrench and gently
unscrew the showerhead from
the pipe coming from the shower

wall. Since you have a new
showItlihIead, bh suit' Int It) dam-
age it! To pleveint this you call
use a thin plect' ofl cloth between
tlhe wlench and the showelihead.
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uinsciewed, check the pipe com-n
Ing fioin the wall: did they use
any tape? Oi is thee old and
wotI tape wratppied around I t?
In both cases you'll want to add
new tape If need be, first
remove the old tape and be sure
tile pipe threads ae clean betue
re-applying new tape. Next,
you'll begin to wrap tightly a
piece ot plumber's tape around
the end of the pipe. Make sure
you only apply enough tape to go
around the pipe one to two times
at most Any more and you
might not be able to get the
showerhead back on! Also be
sutile to go in the same direction
that you'll re-fastening the show.
elhead I' Its in the opposite

St. Patrick Catholic Church Sunday Mass. 10 a m
Father Roger laI osvnski no i1nurscr'
27 6th Street Euastpoint

Sunday Mass.. 10 a in
no nurse-r
Carrac'llc/ ll..ark'
Carrabelle Christian Center
Donald B CaLroll.
Senior Minister
142 River Road
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nuIrscry provided
First Baptist Church of
Carrabe le
Mark Mercer. pastor
206 SE Awv A
Sunday Worship. 10:55 a m
nursery provided
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 U.S Hwv. 98. Lanark

Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor Ca.scy Snulth
37' Avenu 1:
Sunday \Wor'ship. I a1 .m lld a
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S70-8 704
United Baptist Church
Pastor Fkobby Shi-vr
Brian St and CC IC ind Road
670-5481 or 670-8451
Sunday School. 10 a m
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of
Ochlockonee Bay
Rev James O. Chunn Sr.
3We Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship: 1 a.m.
nursery provided
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Once the pipe is wrapped
tightly, irinistall your shower-
head making sure you tighten it
with your adjustable wiench.
And voila, no moei leaks!
We hope this helps!
Slugs 'n hammers,
Ea, Ih week, "Then Jaes" of Be Jane
(Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin) will
invite women all across the country
to "Be Jane"-a Jane of All Trades
that is. With helpfid tips and tricks,
towlrorials and project ideas--they
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Your homes and change them bfr the
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Holiness Church
Rev Ronnie Metcalf
1127 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship. 11 a.m.
no nurser v
St. George Island
First Baptist Church of SGI
501 E. Bayshore Drive
(on the bay)
Pastor Mike Whalev
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Children's Worship I I a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patnotis
Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
nursery provided
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St. George Island
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Phone: 927-2088 Website:
Pastor: Themo Patriotis Dir. of Creative Ministries: Dusty Turner


Questions & Answers
About Our Environment

Dear EarthTalk:
How safe are the fire retar-
dants that are used to quell forest
fires across the American West?
Barbara, Minneapolis, MN
So-called long-term fire
retardants-those usually drop-
ped from airplanes over forest
fires-are comprised of water
mixed with a slurry of chemi-
cals, thickeners and corrosion
inhibitors designed to prevent
plants on the ground from ignit-
ing, keep the ingredients from
separating and dispersing during
targeted drops, and ensure that
the harsh chemicals on board the
plane don't endanger the flight's
Firefighters sometimes add
iron oxide to make the fire retar-'
dant turn red when applied so
they can see where they have
already covered. Ammonium
phosphate and ammonium sul-
fate, known for their use as agri-
cultural fertilizers, are also often
added to provide nutrients to
help the forest regenerate after a
In recent years, where global
warming and droughts have
exacerbated forest fires across
the American West, federal and
state firefighting agencies have
upped their cumulative annual
use of long-term fire retardants
to some 20+ million gallons a
year spread across tens of thou-
sands of individual fly-overs.
While such chemicals have
been valuable in minimizing the
damage of forest fires, their use
comes with a price. The nitrogen
in ammonium phosphate and
ammonium sulfate can wreak
terrible havoc on aquatic ecosys-
tems, creating algae blooms that
kill fish by choking out their oxy-
gen. A 1998 study by the U.S.
Geological Survey's Northern
Prairie Wildlife Research Center,
found long-term fire retardants
to be "very toxic to aquatic
organisms including algae,
aquatic invertebrates and fish."
The study also said that fire-
fighting chemicals "could cause
substantial fish kills depending
on the stream size and flow
These chemicals have also
been shown to affect some
plants' reproductive capacities.
One study found that spraying
fte retardants in some cases
decreased plant species diversity,
as weedier species better adapted
to make use of excess nitrogen in
the soil tended to thrive while
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In 2000 the U.S. Forest
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of the document was fire control
and safety, it encouraged pilots
to avoid applying retardant with-
in 300 feet of waterways or other
sensitive areas. The Forest
Service acknowledges the risk of
using retardants, but believes
that their use in moderation is a
net gain; as fewer "ground
troops" need to be sent in to
risky situations while more prop-
erty can be saved from the ray-
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Chronicle Corre'sporih'nt
On April 18th, 1t'h and
20th, the Panhandle Players will
stage their spring production of
"The Second time AIoutlnd," a
play by lleniv lIenket, at the1
l)ixite Theat re in Apalacthicola
The play, ditec'ted by lMaig
Oeillrt, tells the stotv of senior
citizens Samuel .lJonas anild l.auia
Curtis, a widow andl wdowei
who strike up a love atfan Not
wanting to lose then Social
Seculit v payllents, tilhev' anntou
nce thlen plans to IIve togtthei
without benetit of mait tage
Sam atd I .auit's gto\ itchtl-
itlen, whose o\'wn ai i ag1 s leave

much to be desired, are lifrious at
their parents' decisions and hit
the rooft T'he cotiedy exaiiiies
society's changing stndarlids ti'r
elatlioiislulps and is tilled with
interesting chalactels going their
n11tetesting, tullnv \wa'.vs 111 lthe
tace of problems with th "old
folks," who ilay be tihe only well-
aidjusted people in the sliow.
OMnce again, laugh with the
.ititCs of til se asoistlltt I .id tld I
platvets a, thel en'rv i i.u, t the
histol ic' Ile'e lleatildi lc plalv
star is ,it S In ll in i l .tv oilnd
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oni Sullidayv 'lt'kets .e $12 lndld
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Ieseived by Cainillg (S50) o70-

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found on the I'layers' wbh site at
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The play will alst he pre-
selltedl alt Ith I'oit St. J.o
Fil'cilnntlai Sclhlool .,tlitotirnu11
oti Apiil 25th and .othit at S p in
"A winner with lots ol
topiiL'al pcitilinent crlactks
.-lltinia ( o t t ll llttt
Th'lt Panhandle 'llavers iec
inulebtted to ithe Ctill Alliance lot
local Air (tiAl.A) Il t'inanc'ial
help with ltheu1 advelztising budg-
ecl (iAl.A is an aIis olganiZtatiotI
dedicated t helping cooldillnaiC,
pil'esCnt, plotmote, and c nctu l age
the Arts 111n li til-Counllty ale


Boyd questions Defense on water A new od shopping place.
Coigressman Allen iBovd mg iatei Congressman n lId piogran on the watei testing. iud Rain dampens annual
(D-Notth 'lotida), a member ot has been working with the contamination issues at Camp not
the Nilitary Construction- Subcomnnttee on Oversight and Iejeune Artwalk, but not spmts
V-A A tti',. S.. b1omnuttee Intivest nations of the House At the conrigessionil hear-

of the House Appropriations
Committee, questioned Wayne
Arny, the Deputy Under
Secretary of Defense for Install-
ations and Environment, on
Wednesday about the Camp
Lejeune water contamination
issue and pledged to continue
pressing the Department of
Defense and the Department of
the Navy for more answers
Navy, contractor, and feder-
al agency water tests discovered
pollutants in the water in the
early 1980s. A recent govern-
ment study estimates that
between the years of 1958 and
1985 people living and working
at Camp Lejeune may have been
exposed to contaminated dnnk-

Energy aind ComImerce Co'mnt-
tee, which is currently investigation
ing tie groundwater conitallna-
tion at Camp Lejeune
As a part of Congress' inves-
tigation, the Subcomminee has
asked the Department of the
Navy for two difftTerent dcu-
mcnts that the Navy has rcliscd
to provide to Congress a 10
litigation Repiti pcrtaiung to
waiter contamination at Camp
l.jcutnc and portntlal liahiltv.
including IntelvinVws vtih US
Mlarne Corps and Navy person.
ncl. as well as a 1s I 5
CIonririn.aiton Studi\ I: L'.n1111
Lejeunc pcrtormcd by the Navy
Assessment andl Control of
Installation Pollutants (NACIP)

... ... .. -- .. .. .--- ...
ing, Congressman lloyd ques-
tioned Secretary Arny on why
the Department of the Navy has
refused to provide Congress with
these documents and again
asked that they be provided to
him and to the Energy and
Commerce Committee.
Secretary Arny responded that
he would look in t( the matter
and provide the reports if he can
Congre ssman lIkWd will contln.
tie to press the Navy and the
Ileense Ilpal.rtmentl on this
issue until they supply the 199W
Litigation Repolt and the i1585
L'ontirmation Study 0 a valid
reason why the Navy cannot pro-
vide these documents

Chronthile Corrrspondentr
The Apalachicola Art Walk
and Wine Festival, sponsored by
the Apalachicola Bay Chamber
of Commerce. was well attended
in spite of ominous weather
It was even necessary to
search carefully for a place to
park Although there seemed to
be fewer artists and visitors than
last year. the crowds were enjoy-
ing the many activities and
exhibits until about 2 p.m., when
the omens of sudden bursts of
wind and torrents of rain caused
many exhibitors to quickly fold
up their tents, store their supplies
in a safe place and close up for
the afternoon The ram did slack
off slightly later but not enough
for an already dampened crowd
to venture out farther than their
cars. The evening wine tasting
and special meals prepared by
local chefs continued in the
evening but with slightly dimin-
ished crowds.
Many people didn't seem to
mind the sudden weather too
much, however, and said that the
Artwalk and fun day in pictur-
esque Apalachicola were worth a

little moisture around the collar.
It's hard to dampen spirits much
when people are really enjoying
A new area of town started
to bloom in time for the Artwalk.
The old part of Commerce St.
between Ave. F and Ave. G used
to be a main commercial area in
Apalachicola. The passenger ter-
minal for the railroad was near
there and many nice stores
graced the region. The block has
been rusting away for a long
time, however, until recently.
There is now a garden shop
open and a new antique store
opened for the first time
Saturday in what was the old
Eddie Maddox's Meat Market
building. Lee and Kathy Willis
are readying the store for perma-
nent opening but they threw the
doors open Saturday to help
attract people to the re-opened
"Historic Bowery," at least that's
what the sign says. It's a good
thing to see old buildings reno-
vated and used instead of being
torn down and replaced with
"modern" structures. That's
what keeps Apalachicola the his-
toric Old Florida town that peo-
ple love.

S 8:30 p.m.: At Chapman Auditorium in Apalachi la Daniel
Dancer concert for the "Art t the Sky- Seahawk" video. Everyone is.
invited; donations appreciated.
* Rock by the Sea: St. George Island, Ken Block and Andrew
Copeland of Sister Hazel, plus others. Charity concert to benefit Lyrics
for ife, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Franklis Promise.
* 4 p.m.: Chillas Hall in Lanark Village, community celebration and
cookout, Free.
* 4 6 p.m.: Concert in the Park, Lafayette Park, Apalachicola, Leon
Anderson Jazz Ensemble, $2.
S8 pm.: Panhandle Playes presents "A Second Time Around," athe
Dixie Theatre. Call 670-8261 for ticket information,
S3 p.m.: Panhandle Players peets "A Second Tim Around" atthe
Dixie Theatre. Call 670261 oRi ticket information,
% 10 a.m. to 6 p.m: Carrabele Riverfront Festival on Marine Street.
Free For information call 6972585,
SApalacdicola Antique and Clasic Boat Show: Veterans Park. or
more information call 653-9419.
0 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on Marine Steet.
Free. For information call 697-2585.

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Following are Circuit Court
criminal dispositions in Franklin
County for March.
fendant charged with child neg-
lect without great harm. ee)lind--
ant entered a plea of1 no contest-
adjudication withheld,. iefen-
dant sentenced to 24- months
probation; no contact with vic-
tim without permission from
DCF; no use of alcohol or drugs;
random testing-pay costs; sub-
stance abuse evaluation-follow
recommendations-enroll within
30 days of evaluation; 120 hours
community service (tr 10 hours
per month; attend and complete
parenting classes. $410 costs.
Defendant charged with viola-
tion of probation. Defendant
admitted violation-probation
revoked. Defendant sentenced to
24 months at DOC, concurrent
with Liberty County case; sub-
mit DNA tests.
fendant charged with Burglary of
dwelling, and Grand Theft of a
firearm. Defendant entered a
plea of No Contest, admitted
violation-adjudication withheld.
Defendant sentenced to 48 days
in jail, with credit for 48 days
served; probation modified; sub-
mit to DNA tests; any conditions
not met are reimposed.
fendant charged with possession
of cocaine. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest-adjudication
withheld. Defendant sentenced
to 24 months probation; no alco-

hol or illegal drug use; submit to
substance abuse evaluation- fol-
low recoInIndat'lions signup
within 30 days; submit to I NA
tests $410) costs.
fendanit charged with sale oft'
imaiilUana, 11agrant violation of
net law, iesisting officer without
violence I defendant entered a
plea of No Contest-adjudication
withheld D)efendant sentenced
to 30 months probation, submit
to substance abuse evaluation-
follow recoInmmendations; no use
of alcohol or drugs; submit to
DNA tests; $120 costs
Dean, Ramona: Defendant
charged with accessory aftel the
fact. Defendant entered a plea of
no contest-adjudication with-
held. Defendant sentenced to 36
months probation; no alcohol or
drug use; random testing-pay
costs; submit to substance abuse
evaluation-follow recommenda-
tions-enroll in.treatment within
30 days; DNA ordered; $2500
restitution to victims at $75 per
month. $410 costs.
Defendant charged with sexual
battery, attempted lewd or lasciv-
ious molestation to a victim
under 12 years or age Defendant
entered a plea of no contest-
adjudicated guilty Defendant
sentenced to a total of 240
months at DX)C-sentenced con.
current; designated as a sexual
predator; DNA ordered $410
Defendant charged with sale of

cocaine, felony battery 2nd or
sUIbsCeLIuenIt ohrnsc, aind crini1ial
iiischielf $2.'100 1000, DelCildalti
enliteretl plea of No LConltest-

sentenclid to 00 ronth s at I )()L'
standaildl PstHI i sentenceC oin all
t',seCr c'ase lot stubecti It appeal;
subiiut Ito NA tests; $1992
Haynes, Joseph Stephen: I )ecn-
dant charged with Violation of
Probation. l)efendant adnltted
violation probat ion reinstated.
l)elencdanit .sentenced to 60 days
in iad l wth credit tor 55 days
served, any conditions not met
are reimposed.
Defendant charged with sale of
marijuana within 1000' of public
high school. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest-adjudicated
guilty Delendant sentenced to
W9 days in jail with credit for 36
days served; 36 months proba-
tion; no use of alcohol or drugs.
random testing; submit to sub-
stance abuse evaluation-follow
recommendations-signup within
30 days of release; submit to
DNA tests. 1020 costs.
dant charged with Sale of
Marijuana defendant entered a
pica of No Contest-adjudication
withheld lkefendant sentenced
to 36 days in jail with credit for
36 days served. 48 months pro.
baton. submit to substance eval-
uation-follow recommendation.
enroll in treatment within 30
days. submit to DNA tests; fol-
low DCF case plan; $820 costs.

HI11, BRANDON L.: D)een-
dant charged with burglary of
dwelling, dealing stolen proper-
ty, criminal mischief 3rd degree
felony, aind grand theft 2nd
ollense l)efcndantl entered a
plea of No Contest-adjudicated
guilty. Defendant sentenced to
60 months at DOC; 60 months
probation; restitution of $19,000
tS $100 per month beginning
when released from prison; sub-
mit to DNA tests. $410 costs.
fendant charged with
Aggravated Battery and DUI
Property Damage. Defendant
entered a plea of No Contest-
adjudicated guilty. Defendant
sentenced to 36 months DOC,
followed by 60 months proba-
tion; attend and complete DUI
school level 1; obtain substance
evaluation-follow recommenda-
tions; enter treatment within 30
days of release; 6 months sus-
pended drivers license; 10 days
vehicle Impound; 50 hours com-
munity service. $710 costs.
dant charged with violation of
probation. Defendant admitted
violation-adjudicated guilty.
Defendant sentenced to 24
months at DOC; submit to DNA
Defendant charged with traffick-
ing in controlled substance.
Defendant entered a plea of no
contest-adjudicated guilty. De-
fendant sentenced to 24 months
at DOC; DNA ordered. $820

Defendant charged with child
neglect without great harm, pos-
session of marijuana with intent
to sell within 1000' of church or
business, possession of cocaine
2nd offense. Defendant entered a
plea of No contest-adjudicated
guilty some charges, adjudica-
tion withheld some charges.
Defendant sentenced to 120 days
in jail with credit for 54 days
served; 36 months probation; not
use of alcohol or illegal drugs;
submit to substance abuse evalu-
ation-follow recommendations;
enroll in treatment within 30
days of release; submit to DNA
tests.$1020 costs.
dant charged with possession of
controlled substance, possession
of cocaine. Defendant entered a
plea of no contest-adjudicated
guilty. Defendant sentenced to
18 months at DOC; DNA
ordered. $410 costs.
Defendant charged with Vio-
lation of Probation. Defendant
admitted violation-probation
reinstated. Defendant sentenced
to 26 days in jail with credit for
26 days served; any conditions
not met are reimposed.
fendant charged with Violation
of Probation. Defendant adjudi-
cated guilty-probation revoked.
Defendant sentenced to 21
months at DOC, concurrent
with Gadsden County case.

FWCfrom Page 12
(two), box turtles (two). Bar-
bour's map turtles (two).
Escambia River map turtles
(two) and diamondback terra-
pins (two). Purchasing or selling
turtle eggs collected from the
wild is prohibited. Buying, sell-
ing, taking or possessing gopher
tortoises is prohibited as well.
Wildlife grant
The Wildlife Foundation of
Florida has awarded $414,034 in
grants to the FWC to support the
agency's research, management
and promotion of Florida's natu-
ral resources.
A total of $358,034 canr
from funds raised by sales of the
Conserve Wildlife specialty
license plate, and an additional
$56,000 came from sales of the
Discover Florida's Oceans spe-
cialty license plate and a dona-
tion from the William Howard
Flowers Jr. Foundation.
Grants, approved by the
foundation's board of directors,
include $30,000 to support the
FWC's Florida Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute to support
marine fisheries enhancement.
In addition, the foundation
granted $5,000 to fund photo-
identification of North Atlantic
right whales in Northeast
Florida. Funding for that project
was courtesy of a donation from
the Flowers foundation.
The foundation also funded
a $47,834, one-year continuation
of two nongame wildlife pro-
gram grants and $50,000 to part-
ner with private landowners to
bring back the red-cockaded

woodpecker through the FWC's
Safe Harbor Program Nongame
wildlife conservation throughout
Florida got another shot in the
arm with a $160.000 grant.
A $37.500 grant will help
the FWC examine Internet traf-
fic in regulated fish and wildlife.
Two grants revolve around
Florida's black bears $45.000
for a community-based approach
to human-bear coexistence and
$5,000 to help fund a northwest
coastal bear festival.

In addition, the foundation
awarded researchers $12,700 to
study genetic variations in
Panhandle gopher tortoise popu-
The foundation exists to
support the FWC. Interested per-
sons and businesses can make
tax-deductible contributions by
sending them to the Wildlife
Foundation of Flonda. P.O. Box
11010. Tallahassee, Florida

18 arrested in Franklin
County on drug charges

In the early morning hours
of Friday, April 4, the Franklin
County Sheriff's Office Nar-
cotics Unit along with several
deputies, the Apalachicola City
Police, and the State Probation
Office loaded 18 drug arrestees
onto a bus headed for jail.
The arrests make more than
30 drug related arrests within the
last 30 days.
Charges include sale of pre-

scription drugs, sale of a con-
trolled substance within 1,000
feet of a church, sale of a con-
trolled substance within 1,000
feet of a park, sale of a con-
trolled substance within 1,000
feet of a convenience store, sale
of a controlled substance within
1,000 feet of a housing facility.
sale of a controlled substance
within 1,000 feet of a school.






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April 11, 2008 Page 17

Library honors volunteers and staff

Chmnmicl ( 'orresporilentr
Oni Sunday afternoon at Camellia
Hall in Apalachicola, the Franklin County
Public library recognized the perseverance
and loyalty of the library staff' aind volunteers.
luring the past year theic have been
inany changes n1 the lhlbiary, such as the plans
going lortward liota new lastpoint library and
the opening of tfhe new Carrabelle branch.
Dulling tflus time the stall' and volunteers have
worked haid to keep services up to high stan-
At the Sunday tea, Judi Rundel, county

library director, recognized them all for their
service with certificates and gift packets,
including magnetic nametags and personal-
ized business cards.
Asked about the progress of the new
lastpoint library, Rundel said that they are
now waiting on contractors to prepare the site
lor the building, which should be delivered in
May. She hopes the facility will be able to
open its doors about this time next year.
The Tea ended with refreshments and
socializing with everyone expressing satisfac-
tion with another successful year for the
Franklin County Library system.


Franklin County teacher of the year, Elinor Mount-Simmons, extracts
a name for the drawing while director Judi Rundel looks on.

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Annie Ball inspects her new name tag. Ball is a youth services volunteer.

Lanark residents hold community n

BY HARRIETT BEACH of the March nmeetmn presented of energy use in Challas Hall and her told the audience about the
Chnmicl Corrsptmnidu lby Secretary Janet lorler. given the Board a list of energy Lanark/Carrabelle party to be

Lanark residents gathered at Treasurer, Dorothy Bless prc. saving improvements Tob mple- held Saturday, April 12, at
-h..;,l... tI..,l ... I l. scented a proposed 2t08 budjglt ment the energy saving improve- Chillas Hall to celebrate the

. U11ilA3 I1 tdl t I11 l.ilan Iar
Village Assoctation's last com-
munity meeting of the season
before many of the "snow birds"
fly north.
About 80 members partici.
pated in the meeting held
Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. They
were joined by Carrabelle Mayor
"Curley" Messer, City Manager
John Mclnnis, several Carrabelle
City Commissioners and Water
& Sewer Department employees.
The meeting was presided
over by Ray Nolton. chairman of
the seven member .anark
Village Association. Inc. Board.
After the accepting the minutes

of $23.552. which was also
accepted. The Board discussed
with County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders their request of
$5,164 from the County to pay
for street lights within the com-
munity. Sanders said that she
was hopeful that the request
would be honored in the
Franklin County budget, which
currently is being developed.
The treasurer explained to
LV Association members the
need to make the Association-
owned Chillas Hall more energy
efficient. Progress Energy of
Florida had done an inspection

ments, two memonal funds
raised S1.923 62 toward replac-
ing the windows in the hall.
After that project is finished
there are still others improve-
ments on the list that need to be
Aileen Benson, Membership
chairman, reported that mem-
bership is continuing to grow
and that there is still time to join
the LV Association. Application
forms are available in Chillas
Hall dunng the daily morning
coffee service Monday thru
Saturday between 8 and 11 a.m.
Board member Barbara Las-

merger of the two water and
sewer districts. The two commu-
nities will have the chance to get
to know one another at this free
event at which there will be a
Medicine Show by Doc Erby
and various other entertainments
along with a supper of hot dogs
and hamburgers provided by
Bruce Barnes.
Mayor Messer introduced a
group from Carrabelle to the
Association members. Several of
the Carrabelle/Lanark Water &
Sewer Department employees
were introduced as familiar faces
that will be working in the


Lanark area. Mayor Messer also
told LV Association that he per-
sonally would like the names of
Lanark veterans to be included
in The Carrabelle Veterans
Memorial Park brick wall.
Ray Courage presented the
Lanark Village Association, Inc.
financial audit as having no
irregularities. He did make some
record keeping suggestions that
the Treasure will implement.
New business discussed was
the question of what would be
the best way to use the empty
office -trailer of the former
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District. There were several sug-
gestions from the audience that
the Board will consider.
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Renovation of the restrooms is evident at Carrabelle Beach.

Carrabelle from Page I

Public Comment
Part of the Public Com-
ment start of the meeting was a
performance by the Harmoni-
Cuties, a harmonica group of
local folks sponsored by the
Franklin County Library. The
group of Cuties received two big
rounds of applause.
SLinda Minichiello thanked
the City on behalf of the Camp
Gordon Johnston Museum for
its support. particularly in con-
nectton with the veteran reunion
activities in Marlch She reported
711 visitors to the museum n the
quarter January to March 2008.
Funding from thc TDC (Tourism
Development Council) has
allowed increased advertising.
and coupled with Carrabelle's
assistance has greatly raised visi-
torship and donations. Her great-
est excitement was in announc-
ing the acquisition of acreage at
Carrabelle Beach, just down
from the park, and the upcoming
grant applications for $1 million
to fund a new beach museum
building designed to simulate a
landing craft. Popular archival
photos show our troops training
on this beach for the Normandy
invasion in the years leading up
to the amphibious assault.
Other issues
Commissioner Jim Brown,
who as former mayor managed
much of the city water and sewer
rework, asked the board to con-
sider a swap with Franklin
County. Free water and sewer
service by Carrabelle at the
newly-dedicated Will Kendrick
county athletic complex for free
county landfill usage. This was
tabled to become an agenda item
in May.
Commissioner Richard
Sands announced that 400 peo-
ple attended what has been
called the "Beast Feast." He

referred to the Christian
Bowhunters group that hosted a
"game" cookout in March .at the
Carrabelle Christian Center on
River Road.
City Manager John Mc-
Innis proudly revealed this quar-
ter's Employees of the Quarter
Franklin Daniels and John
Daniels (brothers), who are the
first responders at all hours of
the day and night to problems
with our water and sewer
Temperature and time is no
problem for the duo
Hle announced tihat all Car.
rabclle and ..anark Water &
Sewer debts have been paiid oil.
.as noted at the Matrh meeting
In spite ot that gth tl nrews. .ian
upcoming challenge is the man-
dated reduction in ad valorem
taxation, which will lower the
city's tax base by $107.000 per
Franklin County has made
the city an offer of a $20,000
grant that may be used for a new
boat ramp on Highway 98. The
bridge work in progress s par-
tially complete: all hangers are
Installed, and only lacks the
water pipe installation. The "kid-
die park" equipment at the light-
house park is now complete. The
Phase IV extension of city sewer
to the lighthouse has received its
final DEP permitting, and con-
struction along Hwy. 98 may
The citizens of Lanark
have invited the citizens of
Carrabelle to a celebratory get-
together at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Saturday April 12 at 4
p.m. Plans include a cookout
and entertainment.
Mclnnis revealed the
already-much-known secret that
Ms. Pat Bragdon was the donor
to the city of the new clock at
Veterans Park. For some time
past, Ms. Bragdon had offered to
make a contribution to the
memorial in honor of her late

Portable toilets are temporary.

husband, Sonny, and the cl
was the monument chosen.
The consolidation of
new billing system tim
between Carrabelle and Lan
has been completed. Follow
is the new water bill pl
approved by vote:
New readings will be ta
on the 15th in all locations.
Bills will be mailed the
day of the month.
Bills will be due the 15t
Failure to pay- shutoff
be the 25th
Reconnect fee will be $
Meters broken by
romers will cot 1S(5 to repl.a
In .1 related matter later
the mn-etintg. A.ii ordiliance
increase water and sewer r
had its second reading, and
passed into law Water and se
bills will increase a total of S
and the per-thousand gal
charge for water will not char
The $350,000 disaster r
fund (Mclnnis hesitated to
the "H" word) has enough m
ev. but commissioners hesit.
to dedicate any of it to pay
the matching portion of
$662.500 grant to comp
storm drainage in the 10th St
East area (near the He
Department). The bid by E
for engineering serve
increased the city's portion
15%., causing the item to
Tamara Allen, Waterfri
Initiative chairperson, said
Carrabellc was chosen #1 ol
applicants for a $50,000 Hist
Survey grant. The grant is a '
match" grant, and the sui
would fulfill a Comprehen
Plan requirement for hist
preservation and the Waterfr
grant requirement to presi
historic resources.
Tillie Miller Park (ac
fiom the Senior Center) will 1
its official dedication
Saturday. May 15, at I p..m
band will play, and you ki
there will be food.
First reading of the an
ation of 13.51 acres near the
port was done.
Long Pointe, the lc
debated planned develop
just upriver fiom the bridge,
3-2 vote will have one issue (i
sity and conservation easem
legally settled. Legal wrangl
have taken place behind cl(
doors for many months.
apparent status is that the
plan for Phase 2 is now accept
At this meeting, the city attoi
pay request was for $6,180,"
sibly in part due to this issue



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by a

Lanark from Page 17
Carrabelle City Manager Mcln-
nis said that they will have the
trailer emptied by the end of the
week and there is no rush for the
Association Board to make a
decision as to what the future use
will be. The area in which the old
office is located is designated to
be a park area. Mclnnis said that
plans are in progress to disman-
tie and "mothball" the old
Lanark waste water treatment
He also announced that all
of The Lanark Village Water &
Sewer District debt has been paid
off. Carrabelle City Commis-
sioner Richard Sands announced
that as of this meeting that John
Mclnnis is retiring from his posi-
tion with the City of Carrabelle.
Mclnnis was given a rousing
ovation by the audience as all
wished him well in his retire-
ment and thanked him for all his
help with the merger.
Chairman Nolton opened

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the soft dnnk market across the
i0 U.S and around the world, with
cus- some 500 new vancties intro-
Ace. duced in recent years. But it's
r true that most are far from
to healthy Besides containing
ales excessive amounts of sugar and
was caffeine, which alone can be dan-
WCe gerous to those with diabetes or
$10. heart conditions, many also fea-
llon ture a battery of supposedly ben-
nge. eficial herbal supplements (tau-
elief nne, guarana and ginseng) that
say are not proven to increase energy
lon- and may actually sap energy,
acted being detrimental to bodies over-
ying loaded with new and unfamiliar
a stimuli.
lete "Most of the energy drinks
reet contain high-tech-sounding
alth ingredients that are not con-
CT trolled substances, of no value,
ices and potentially harmful" in large
by amounts, says sports nutritionist
be Cynthia Sass. "The amount of
the stimulants is not always listed
onts on the label, and even when the
that information is listed, it is hard
f all for consumers to interpret

the meeting for audience com-
ments. Jim Bovy strongly sug-
gested that the Board have the
sidewalk and drain repaired in
front of Chillas Hall. County
Commissioner Sanders told the
group that the community recy-
cling center is going to be relo-
cated east of the current center.
Joan Harrison discussed the
need to let the community know
of the current rules, regulations
and ordinances that pertain to
the Lanark area. She is also
working to get the Lanark
Village sign on U.S. 98 repainted
and landscaped. It was reported
that there an increase of bear
activity in the Lanark Beach
area. Concern was expressed
about vacationers and visitors to
the area having unpleasant bear
encounters because they do not
know that the bears are now per-
manent residents of the area.
The meeting concluded at 8:30
p.m. with socializing over coffee
and cake that was the courtesy of
the Carrabelle group.


because we are not familiar with
these ingredients."
Sass recommends good old
fashioned water as the best alter-
native to energy drinks. Re-
hydrating is a great way to stay
alert and to move other nutrients.
through the body. Other tried
and true ways to increase energy
include maintaining a healthy
diet, regular physical activity
and, of course, a good night's
But what about those times
when you really need a boost?
Yerba mate tea, which is derived
from yerba mate plants that nat-
urally contain caffeine as well as
other natural stimulants, is a
popular choice. Perhaps part of
the reason some people swear by
it is that its brewed leaves con-
tain theobromine-also found in
cocoa-an alkaloid known to
help elevate the mood. Boosters
of the drink say it also helps
strengthen the immune system,
relieve allergies and aid in weight
Not a straight tea drinker?
Brewed yerba mate, which has
an earthy flavor that some call an
acquired taste, is sold commer-
cially not just as tea but also
blended in lattes, coffees and
energy drinks. Guayaki (avail-
able at Safeway, Wegmans, 7-
Eleven and elsewhere) is one of
a handful of companies paving
the way for yerba mate in the
U.S. The company sells flavored
versions with a hint of cane juice
to sweeten it up for otherwise
sugar-addicted American con-
Another take on healthy
energy drinks comes from a
handful of companies selling
products with vitamins and
nutrients instead of caffeine to
give drinkers a kick. Zipfizz is a
powder that can be mixed in
with water and contains a combi-
nation of vitamins and minerals
that provide the body with elec-
trolytes, antioxidants and vita-
min B-12, among other natural,
immune-strengthening nutrients.
Eniva Vibe, also packed with
vitamins and minerals, is anoth-
er popular new entry into the
healthy energy drink market.
As with anything you con-
sume, mileage may vary, so to
speak, so experts advise going
slow at first to make sure it
agrees with you. And if all else
fails, remember you can always
just go take a nap.
CONTACTS: Cynthia Sass,

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