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Artists and patrons alike rniIjm a leisurely aleiri ioui on Sund.o. at "Ajr In Tlhe \Iltriic ," the last event of "l'he Great
Plein Air 2H108." The event was a t.i;nih oriented activity I.faturing Ldlldien % art ,at iif itic, as well as entertain-
ment and light refroehmrnt.

Corps' extends water flow reduction
U.S. Senator lil! Nelson i1' waste water ,li.':r. to the .h:r.:n: i':n: season is nec ensure .\.i. :in. success. Op
floiri.i and U.S. C ni'srt i.i t h in Ritver i .lI::. either :ci', nor 'r prl e t .'" actions that 1A.!pdh\ reduce fl
Allen Io,.JI ({-North Flonda) asked the C orp" to reduce water said C,'. rc,'.iA l' I, Ir. over ,lia\~ ni:n dur
have decried the U.S. Army releases m,, ;'7" ',10 to a recent months, the Apalachicola :hc l.pamn strand eggs and
IcIrps Oif Fr iicinI r' decision to *hlii,'t.h April 0 A h1i t. :;., River and the \p.l.0,.l1i, Il.1 Bay l !.r\..l f'.li critical to the ecos
extend %.iEt.r i,.%a reductions ii';.r l ,I ai reduction to -'*i have suffered ,i''. under temr of the \Xpal.a hOi- la River
from "11 cubic feet per second .inil ,.i'tl '1 On \;" .' the Cr '. I Drou- Iinl'.ld of thlic t interimi
(cfs) to f6srl ctf from Lake nLmer Gcri'i. I requested that the Corps Ipct-r.,ri i.. plan, and addi- plian'. ni p1r.l'.v'' reduction
b' rrind April iiun 'hr.iu:h M.i., extend the reduction through the rtonal, reduced water rl, w. will and 'cpedIted assessments, t
31, 204.' end i't \. \ ,rlti exacerbate the situation. Corps should be working towa
The Corps' approval of the "It's time to stop ;'llr!nl'.ti: Iln Corli;, has said that these the orderly and IlImprchcen1
Georgia Environmental Protec- Flonda for GC;. .n:ii's i.nll:iir to r('liih, rn. '. wNill have'no 1,ni: process of the wa
tion Division's (EPD) rTlUiiti conserve waterr" said Senator term siin:iiII.iini en.ironnmental control plans for t
comes as the state of ;Ge'ri.:i. Nelson. "Instead of turning a miIp.. I..' but the Corps tailed to Apalachicola-Chattahooch
continues to allow lax water blind t-\t to irresponsible water'vzc the t.IIl. I on down\- I'h IveCr \srlIni" HIlo\ sa
restrictions in metropolitan use, the Corps needs step up to stream resetC irs tor'dl "'We will continue working w
Atlanta, the plate and develop .a comtprT species in the \p'.l.i hii id.i 1 liidl's stakeholders to fij
In February. Georgia requ- hcnsive plan that promotes con lI-I'*" this violation of our resour
ested that the Corps reduce the servation measures. \VilithiI and fish m'.' niine is and push for a reasonable a
releases from ILake LIanier to "The Corps' decision to per- currently underway on the long term water mIlniagmlll
meet water quality requirements mit reduced water 11,,." from Apalachicola River. Gulf stur- solution."
below the point of Atlanta's Lake I antir for months on end e:i,.m require a stable flow to

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The last two babies brought
into the world with the help
of Carrabelle's beloved
nurse/midwife, Tillie Mil-
ler: Oscar Sanders,left, born
in 1945, and Tony McMil-
lian, 1944.

Tillie Miller


at park


Chromcle Correspondent
One of Carrabelle's most
beloved and well-remembered
citizens was honored Saturday,
at the dedication of the "kiddie
park named in her honor.
The last two babies delivered
by the long-ime nurse/midwife
were present, Oscar Sanders,
born in 1-45. and Tony NM3il
lian, Aui. 15, 1944.
Sanders, who works for the
Franklin County Roads Depart-
Tnint is the husband of County
Commissioner CIhcrrl Sanders,
and donated freshments for the
day's events, hot dogs. chips, soft
drinks, draining water, plenty of
ice, and a beautiful cake.
The dedication ceremony
began about 1 p m with man\y
CanriabellC people who remem-
bered -Miss Tillie" in atten-
Carrabelle Cares Director
Tamara Allen opened, welcom-
ing the audience. and gave
;hanks to the sponsors: the City
of Carrabelle, Oscar Sanders,
Environmental Consultants Tec-
hnologv Inc., Canrrabelle Cares.
and G;ulf State Community
"The best thin& about
Carrabelle is the people," she
began, "and Mis -Tilhle was one
of those memorable people who
took care of everyone. fussed
over them, even scolded them
when it was needed. I'm too
\oiung to have known Miss Tille.
Continued on Page 3

State works to get sunken barge removed

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The hauge that has been
grounded .igain't the marshy
bank of Timber Island, sinking
slowly into :he mld. is now
under the jurisdiction of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, acc-
ording to City of Carrabelle's
John McInnis.
Under State of Florida
statutes, a derelict vessel is
described as any vessel intended
for travel or transport upon state
waters that is left, stored, or
abandoned in a wrecked, junked,

or dismantled condition upon
,i1v public waters, in .In\% port
without the jurisdictional .agcn.
cy's consent, or docked, gInirind
ed or beached on private proper-
ty without the owner's consent.
In January of this year,
FWC Captain Ci.iig Duvall,
under the authority and guide-
lines of FS 327.70 rgcrdinri
derelict vessels, inspected the
barge and filed a derelict vessel
report. On January 22, the
Franklin County State's Attorn-
ey, Jeremy Mutz, was notified,
and the state's process was

"I contacted the i'o in', of
the hblFe:r who are listed as
Strauss Investments, Richard
and Robert Whlitniii. and
Coastal Crane and Construc-
tion," Mutz said, "and then their
attorney contacted me to ask for
an extension on the filing of
ch. ges. to give his clients an
opportunity to get the barge
removed. Since they were mak-
ing a sincere effort to comply, I
ig.ivc them some more time. It is
my undeirsliiding that they got
an estimate to raise the barge,
and a couple of attempts were
Continued on Page 2

The barge is grounded against the marshy bank of Timber


Page 2 May 23, 2008


The Franklin Chronicle

I am worried about the loss
of openness and freedom in our
country, especially in our state
and community. It seems that
every time the government does-
n't want to admit a possible fault,
or wants to put one over on us, it
becomes a matter of national
security or a matter that some-
how is OK to discuss behind
closed doors. We are told that it
is somehow "necessary" to keep
the matter secret. William Pin
(1759-1806), British prime minister
said, "Nc'ssity is the pleafr ewry
infrtngement of human freedom. It
is the argument of tyrans It is the
red of slaws." Too often, mem-
bers of elected bodies vote on a
list of items in the agenda with-
out discussion of the individual
items or even an open explana-
tion of what the items consist of.
As a reporter, I have often won-
dered, what are these bills for
that they just voted to pay, or
who are these people they just
hired or fired and how did the
officials make their decisions?
For example, it has been com-
mon practice for boards and
commissions to meet in "execu-
tive session" to discuss personnel
matters but there is no provision
for secret personnel discussions
in the Florida Sunshine Law.
Personnel matters, unless they
involve minors or personal med-
ical questions, are the subject of
open meetings and open public
records. Other examples come to
mind but I'm sure you can think
of many of them yourselves.
It woes me when criticism
of a government or governmen-
tal agent's moral or legal lapse
can be called a matter of nation-
al security and kept from the
public as a "state secret." It wor-
ries me even more when the crit-
ic is called unpatriotic or is said
to be "aiding the enemy." Is the
enemy then, truth? It's a little kid
trick to tell a grownup who cor-
rects you, "You don't love me
anymore!" It's time we got out of
the sandbox and started acting
like responsible adults. "There

The St. George
Volunteer Turtlers, joined
Turtles At Risk and
George Island Civic Clul
successful trash clean-ul
commercial section
George Island on Saturd
Over 50 residents a
tors joined forces to
approximately 150 bags
Each bag was then sor
recycling bins before beif
to the county landfill. By
greatest volume of litter
ed was plastic. Also c
were impressive amot
glass bottles, metal cans

Barge from Page I
made in March, but were unsuc-
Mutz said he had last con-
tacted the owners on April 2, and
agreed to another two-month
reprieve. "It is my intention to try
to work with citizens when this

are more instances of the
abridgement of the freedom of
the people by gradual and silent
encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sud-
den usurpations," So said James
Madison (1751-1836), fourth
president of the United States.
Madison knew the dangers of
silence, cover-up, and spin-why
have we forgotten?
Wanted: Trash solution
I received a long letter from
a person who lives in Tallahassee
part of the week and on St.
George the rest of the time. The
writer had read my column
about the trash on the bridges
and wanted to express her per-
sonal outrage at the mess. She
writes about counting 58 piles of
trash on the bridge-58! She
mentions the broken plastic chair
that lay on the causeway
between Eastpoint and Apalach-
icola that lay there for at least six
weeks. For all I know, it may still
be there, just covered up by the
growing spring vegetation. She
writes further, "I'm constantly
reading about the importance of
tourism on the local economy,
but doesn't anyone think this
type of "junk" turns people off
to returning or referring others to
our area?" How about it, folks?
Do any of you have suggestions
for possible solutions to this very
real desecration of our beauty
and danger to our wildlife? Let's
get a conversation going here
Write your ideas- I'll se that
they arc airrd in future columns.
My phone number and c-mail
address arc at the cnd of the col-
On Sunday afternoon. May
25. at 4, the Martha Gherardl
Studio will present its annual
spring recital at the St. George
Island United Methodist Chur-
ch. Performing on violin and
piano will be Alex Itzkovitz,
Maranda Moses, Jodi Rndel,
Jacob Shuler, and Len=y Ward.
The United Methodist Church is

located at
201 East
Gulf Beach
Dr. and the recital
Restaurant opens

is open to the

Oyster Bay Bar and Grill
has opened to expand the choic-
es of St. George Island visitors
and residents who want an
evening of fine dining in a pleas-
ant atmosphere. The new restau-
rant opened last Tuesday in a
remodeled Finni's at 200 Gunn
Street, St. George Island. Afer
sampling their grilled grouper
and key lime pie, I can say that
they will probably remain open
as long as St. George Island eats
out. The food was excellent and
the service was, pleasant.
Managers Michael and DeeDec
Dasher serve nightly specials of
locally caught seafood including
wild caught shrimp-and grouper.
They also serve drinks with
meals or at the well-stocked bar
where happy hour runs from 5 to
7. Oyster Bay Bar and Grill is
open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday but
stays open until 10:30 p.m. on
Saturday. They are closed on
Sunday. Good luck with your
new enterprise, Michael and
Clean-up results
We are very happy to see the
results of the Island clean-up
sponsored by the Turtlers and
the Civic Club last Saturday.
They collected about 150 bags of
trash that were sorned and rrcy-
cled This is a good time to
remind you, once again, about
the recycling bins between Harry
A's and the Blue Store. There
are bins for glass, paper, plastic,
and aluminum. Every little bit
helps. I know it's trite, but it's
also true, by golly.
God Bless, stay in touch,
and remember, to contact me,
phone 850-927-2899 or e-mail

cean-up a success
Island and large items such as tires and than a million seabird
d by Sea a mattress. After the clean-up 100,000 sea mammals ar
the St. effort, the volunteers were given turtles each year. Only abo
,, held a reusable shopping totes, contain- percent of the plastic i
p in the ing gifts and coupons from 15 oceans comes from ships
of St. local businesses. Lunch was shore platforms; the r
ay, May served by the Civic Club. blown, washed off the la
The volunteer event origi- intentionally dumped, acci
nd visi- nated as an effort to prevent dis- to a report issued by the
pick up carded plastics from impacting Commission on Ocean 1
of litter, the Island's delicate eco-system. Not only does plastic kill r
ted into Plastic bags, toys, drink bottles animals that eat it or get ta
ng taken and other items that find their in it and drown, but it alsc
far, the way-whether accidentally or ages and degrades their ha
collect- due to littering-to the roads and For additional inform
collected road shoulders, often end up in contact Rose Drye at 85
unts of the Bay or Gulf. Marine trash, 2666 or Rdrye(@)StOeorgel
, paper, mainly plastic, is killing more com.

kind of situation arises. Certainly
no one wants their vessel to sink;
it's going to be a messy, expen-
sive business no matter what. But
the citizens of the state deserve
to have things like this taken care
of in a timely fashion."
Mutz said he will revisit the
situation after June 1, and will

s and
id sea
out 20
n the
or off-
est is
and or
e U.S.

determine if there is cause for
criminal charges. "Usually, as
long as the principles in this kind
of situation are making an effort
to comply, we are reluctant to
make it a criminal matter," he
said. "Certain cases just are not a
criminal issue. We try to be rea-
sonable in cases like this."

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The Franklin Chronicle


May 23, 2008 Page 3

Tillie Miller from Page 1
but I've heard so many stories
from those who did, like how
thoughtful she was, always bring-
ing a little gift when she went
Tony McMillian, one of the
last children delivered by Miss
Tillie, contributed a memorial
speech to the event.
"She was more than just a
midwife to the people of Carra-
belle. She was here during the
Depression years, which were a
terrible time for Carrabelle, like
the rest of the country. People
nowadays are calling for a better
health care system. Well, during
the Depression years, Catra-
belle's health care system was
Miss Tillie. She didn't just deliv-
er babies, she followed up on
them, with post-natal care for
infants and mothers, right
through the years, whether it was
a bout of flu, or a cut on the foot
from stepping on an oyster shell,
she took care of everybody, with
years of care and advice.
"If she was here today, she
would be so tickled, not for hav-
ing her name on the park, but for
what it symbolizes-a safe
place for families and their chil-
dren to enjoy. Family was very
important to her."
He recounted a tale of that
continued care, starring a little
boy in the first week of the first
grade, a real knucklehead,"
who fell down the old Carrabelle
school steps and ended up "with
a busted chin," who learned
nothing and turned into a
"knuckle-headed second grader"
who repeated that history, with
the same result.
He concluded with, "How
do I describe Miss Tillie? I could

tell you about what color hair
she had, or how she never lost
her Cajun accent, but the very
definition of Miss Tille can be
found in the book of Galatians,
where Paul said, 'The fruit of the
Holy Spirit is love, joy, gladness,
peace, patience, kindness, good-
ness, and fithtulness," (Gal.
Ending that quote with a bit
from Corinthians, he said, "and
the greatest of these is love, (1
Cor. 13:13) "Miss Tille was love
to those she tended here, and if
we were to raise a monument to
her, it should bear the words slie
heard from her Lord on that day
in 1967 when she left us to go
home: 'Well done, thou good
and faithful servant.'" (Mat.
Anne Lindsay, with the
Carrabelle Historical Society,
added her memories of Miss
Tille. "I remember her hearty
laughter, and her bossiness. If
she saw you out without a hat,
she would march right up to you
and say, 'Where is your hat? Go
put one on!' This was long before
we knew that too much sun was
bad for you. She never said no-
when word came, there were not
telephones in every home in
those days- -off she would go.
Things about her that other peo-
ple may have considered faults
were endearing to us-she was
an honor to know "
After a few more words
from Rep Will Kendrick. Mayor
Curley Messer gave a brief
speech, and the dedication was
official, everyone gathered
around to enjoy punch and a
slice of cake. and shared memo-
nes in the cool shade of the

"My Country, may she always be right.
My Country right or wrong."
We are proud of our Countmry. always have and always will be-

God Bless America,
God Bless America,
God Bless America
This is xor prayer

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The Funky Oyster blues

On Friday, April 25, Randy
Timms and Traci Justice, owners
of the new Funky Oyster restau-
rant on Tallahassee Street in
Carrabelle, were putting the fin-
ishing touches on preparations
for opening night.
"A girl iom lthe city called,
.t11d told us that to open, we
needed to submit copies of our
I)D'R department t of Business
and Professional Regulation)
paperwork," Timms said this
week. "Traci rushed it right
down there at 4 o'clock. The
people in the city office were
very nice and friendly, told us we
could open our doors, we were in
compliance, and wished us suc-
Opening night and the week-
end that followed were all they
could have hoped for. "It was
great. The restaurant was
packed; the people loved it. They
were raving to their friends on
their cell phones: 'This place is
so cute! You have to come down
here, and the food is fantastic!' It
hit us like wildfire. It was a great
The roll came to a screech-
ing halt the following week.
According to Timms, City
Commissioner Richard Sand
came to the restaurant, shouting
at Timms, "I can't believe you
have a full alcohol license! You
were only supposed to have a
beer and wine license." Timms'
reply was that the city had given
them the paperwork to take to
the state licensing agency
"We've never done this before."
he said "We asked the city for
help, and when we submitted the
paipcrwoik thcy gave us. that's
the license we received."
Sands departed with a prom-
isc to do "whatever it takes to
revoke that license"
Sure enough, the DBPR
revoked the license. "Now we're
stuck with a couple of thousand
dollars in liquor to dispose of,"
Timms said. "The funny thing is,
the liquor sales were only 2-3%
of total sales that weekend. We
weren't trying to 'get away' with
anything. we just filed the paper-
work we were given."
Commissioner Sand said,

I I,

By Laurel Newman

"The city didn't approve a liquor
license. We discussed this at the
meeting they came to, asking for
approval. The city approved a
beer and wine only license. I
don't think they intended to
deceive anyone, but when the
state offered the liquor license,
they took it. One thing that is
certain the city will approve no
more licenses for beer and wine
north of that point in the city."
The Funky Oysters' blues
have another stanza. The restau-
rant 's owners thought they had
acquired the required Change of
Occupancy (C.O.) permit, but
found that the document issued
was in fact only a change to
restaurant, and the DBPR still
required the C.O. On May 6, the
city's building inspector, Bo
Creel, inspected the restaurant,
and told the owners to submit an
architect's or engineer's survey
indicating the building met safe-
ty requirements for a restaurant.
Barkley Engineering was hired,
and $750 later, the engineering
report and floor plans were sub-
mitted to the city building
department for review. A letter
trom the city to that effect was
sent on May 8, along with notifi-
cation that "any construction
work required to meet Florida
Building Codes and Fire
Prevention codes will require
permits and inspection by this
Building Department... any
work performed must be done by
licensed contractors."
As of Friday, May 16, all
required paperwork had been
submitted, and a subsequent visit
by another building department
inspector, "Scooter," resulted in
a short checklist of minor issues,


Cyber-cme is a growing concern
Cyber-crime is a growing concern

Recently, I traveled to South
Florida to raise community
awareness about a crime often
overlooked, but potentially dev-
astating. Today's tech-savvv
criminals are frequently using
the internet and other computer
resources to invade people's
homes and steal their names,
their financial formation and
other personal information
Floiidrl thinks 5th in the nation
foi reported incidents of identity
theft, with more than 19,000
reported victims last year.
I joined Broward County
Sheriff Al .amiberti in hosting a
community Shred-a-Thon, whi-
ch provided residents of Ft.
Lauderdale and the surrounding
communities an opportunity to
shred personal documents free of
charge. Ft. Lauderdale's Ocean
Bank sponsored the event where
we reminded Floridians that
informed consumers can better
protect themselves frotn identity
theft. Together, we shredded doc-
uments and provided tips to pre-
vent and recover fiom identity

By Florida Attorey
General Bill McCollum

We are also learning that
businesses are not immune from
ID theft and fraud. The FTC
reports that businesses lost $56.6
billion to ID theft last year.
Thefts include customers' and
employees' personal informa-
tion. Business owners have a
responsibility to protect their
customers' personal informa-
tion. With proper data collection
and safeguarding, companies
can minimize the risk of cus-
tomers' and employees' personal
information falling into the
wrong hands.
A serious issue related to
identity theft is company data

breaches. Recent data breaches
occurring at companies TJX,
Certegy, LA Weight Loss and
SweetBay Supermarkets may
have exposed several million
consumers' personally identifi-
able information, and impacted
thousands of people here in
Florida. We encourage compa-
nies to notify affected consumers
as quickly as possible. More tips
on how to protect your cus-
tomers' and employees' personal
identification information to pre-
vent these breaches is available
through the Attorney General's
Identity thieves may be
clever, but I am convinced that if
we work together and educate
our communities, we can and
will prevent numerous incidents
of this insidious threat. With the
help of local and state law
enforcement, Florida's business
community, and citizens
throughout the state, we can start
changing the climate in Florida
to one that is decidedly unfavor-
able to this criminal activity.

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that once attended to, would
allow them to open the doors
again. At that time, they were
operating with a temporary
C.O., but the DBPR would not
allow them to open without the
official thing. "They did give us a
'Special Event' temporary C.O.,"
Timms said Friday, so we can
open this weekend once we get
through the minor items that
Scooter wanted attended to.
"I don't understand why the
city gave us a license, let us open,
then took it back and closed us
down, and we had to absorb
$10,000 in loss. Why couldn't the
city have just said, 'Mistakes
were made, let's get it right.'?
Under the "Special Event"
license, the Funky Oyster was
indeed open this past weekend,
and business was brisk, but not
as good as that opening week-
end. "I think a lot of people just
didn't realize we were open, but
I'm sure that once all this is final-
ly resolved, it will get going
again," Timms said Tuesday.
American Legion this weekend
This week's meal at Ameri-
can Legion Post 82 in Lanark
Village will feature Claudette's
locally famous, delicious spagh-
etti. This scrumptious meal will
include bread, salad, and dessert,
all for only $7. Dinner will be
served from 5-7 p.m., so come
and enjoy good, hearty food
with all your good friends.
Memorial Day Service
The Legion Post will hold a
Memorial Day service to honor
all servicemen from all wars on
Monday, May 26, beginning at
11 a.m. in front of the Legion
Post on Oak Street in Lanark
Village. The public is welcome to
attend, and members of the pub-
lic will have an opportunity to
speak in memory of friends or
loved ones. After the service, all
are welcome to a luncheon pre-
sented by the Sons of the
American Legion and served by
the ladies of the Auxiliary.
See next week's Chronide for
a timeline of the Funky Oyster

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On this Memorial Day:

Making progress for

American veterans
Memorial Day is our opportunity to honor the brave men and
women who throughout our nation's history have made the ulti-
mate sacrifice in order to preserve our freedoms. If not for those
who answered the call to duty, we would not be the great nation
that we are today. For their service and sacrifice, we as
Americans are eternally grateful, and I encourage the people of
North Florida to take the time this Memorial Day to remember
our nation's heroes. The federal government also should recog-
nize this sacrifice by keeping the promises we have made to our
veterans, and in Congress and at home, I am working hard to
make good on these promises.
In Washington, after years of Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) budgets that have barely kept
up with inflation, this Congress
increased benefits and healthcare
funding for our veterans in 2008 by
$6.6 billion above the 2007 level, the
largest increase in the 77-year histo-
ry of the VA. This Congress also
focused serious attention on the
400,000 claims backlog by adding
3,100 new claims processors to the
t0 PVA, reducing the unacceptable
delays in receiving earned benefits.
By Rep. Allen Boyd More recently, I worked in the
House of Representatives to pass an
expanded GI Bill that would restore
the assurance of a full, four-year college education for our veter-
ans returning from Iraq and Afghanis-tan. In the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, our guardsmen and reservists have been deployed at
a level that we have not seen since World War II. Many of these
guardsmen and reservists were in career professions before these
wars, and many will return home unable to continue these profes-
sions because of physical or mental injuries sustained during serv-
ice. This new GI Bill would make the veterans of Iraq and
Afghanistan part of American economic recovery efforts, just as
the veterans of World War 11.
Some in Congress originally preferred to pass a GI Bill that
was only partially funded through 2009, but I believe that our vet-
erans deserve better. By working with my colleagues in the
House, I was able to persuade them that the GI Bill must be fully
funded and paid for upfront, so that there is no chance that these
important education benefits for our veterans will be cut in the
future. This bill is still going through the legislative process, and
I encourage the Senate, as they consider the GI Bill and the sup-
plemental bill, to strengthen veterans' benefits and fully fund the
GI Bill.
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Unemployment and my depression

mentality; happy days here again

A friend of mine just lost his job and went to
Tallahassee and filed for unemployment. Even
though he had worked steady for the last five years,
he didn't qualify.
Less than 30% of those who lose their jobs in
the State of Florida qualify for unemployment. On
a national basis the
figure is pretty much
the same. A few
states are better but
most states are the
same as Florida or
The rules for col-
lecting unemploy-
ment have been
chasing ever since
the Reagan revolu- 14 P
tion in the 1980s. In
most states you can B Richa E. Noble
no longer collect if y chard E N e
you were fired, or let
go, or you quit. The period of required working
time has been extended. You can't collect if you
have been working part time-even if you have
been working 90 hours a week at 3 different part
time jobs. The amount of the compensation checks
has been cut and the length of time that you are
allowed to collect has been cut. The current
administration wants to lower (or already has) by
75% the employer's contribution to the fund and
turn over the administration of the program entire-
ly to the states. Staffing has already been cut to a
minimum and retraining programs and finding jobs
for people is secondary or nonexistent,
I have what is termed, sociologically, as a
"Depression Mentality." I was not a "Depression
baby," nor was I a child in the 30s. But my Mom
and Dad were, and to add insult to injury in the late
40s and through the 50s my hometown suffered
through Great Depression unemployment rates.
During the 50s in my hometown unemployment
was between 30 and 40 percent.
Many people in my old neighborhood didn't
consider the 1929 Depression to be an accident. It
was considered to be retribution against the work-
ers by the powerful big business owners of the peri-
od. The 50s depression in our mill town was con-
sidered to be more of the same. The mill owners
didn't want to pay the local workers so they shut
down the mills and took their equipment and
machines elsewhere. They left us the polluted
waterways and the redbrick monster mill-buildings
to clean up or dismantle. This is much the same as
what is happening today. The industries and the
explanations have changed but the tactics are the
But even though 4 out of every 10 workers
were unemployed in my hometown, 6 out of every
10 still had a job. When I talk with many of my old
friends about those times, only those whose fathers
didn't have a job remember those days as hard
times. And in reading about the Depression I find
that the same obliviousness applied to the people of
that era.
Franklin Delano .Roosevelt actually hired

newspaper photographers to go out and take pic-
tures of soup kitchens and people sleeping in the
streets and under bridges, and children living in
squalor so that the Americans who still had their
jobs could see and then believe the extent of the
economic collapse. It seems that if the flame was-
n't burning their fanny they couldn't see it. They
needed pictures.
My Dad was one of those who worked most of
his life in one of the mills. When he lost his job, he
collected checks. Those checks were a life saver.
SIt is beginning to look to me that the good old
unemployment check is on its way out-it has mor-
phed into another enticementt" as opposed to a
benefit or right or a social responsibility.
It does seem that there are a lot of things that
are now on their way out: college education for reg-
ular folks, retirement pensions, Social Security,
health care, savings accounts, home owner's insur-
ance, immigration, the bill of rights, free flu shots,
low income housing, affordable drugs, good gov-
ernment jobs, mental health institutions, fathers,
good paying jobs, American industry, American
exports, free public education, freedom from tor-
ture, a right to privacy and the sanctity of your
home and your personal possessions, safe and hon-
est banking, the volunteer army, the middle class,
income tax, nursing homes, a skinny Oprah, a sta-
ble economy, local government, federal spending
on anything but war and active duty personnel, aid
to dependent children, racial tolerance, religious
tolerance, peace, security, a roof over one's head
and hope for the future.
But being an optimist, I always turn to the pos-
itive. There are today more millionaires than ever
before in American history, gated communities are
growing in leaps and bounds, tummy tucks, lipo-
suction and nonessential plastic surgery is booming
and I have heard recently that an updated version
of Queen for a Day is in the making.
For you young folks who never saw Queen for
a Day, I think you guys will love it. This show
would gather up all these desperate, poor, dis-
traught, women pregnant, husbandless, abused
and battered. They would bring them out onto the
stage to relate their tragic stories. The one with the
worst, most degrading, humiliating, depressing
story as determined by an applause meter would be
crowned Queen for a Day. She would usually win
a new washing machine, a stove or a refrigerator.
Everyone watching at home would be in tears
because they also needed new kitchen appliances.
It was a wonderful show, and it looks like the times
are coming where it will be considered wonderful
once again. I can hardly wait. Let's all follow the
bouncing ball and sing along! Happy days are here
again ...
Richard Noble is a freelance writer who has lived in
Eastpoint for about 30 years. His books, Hobo-ing
America and A Summer with Charlie, are now both
available on Amazoncom. If you would like to stock his
books in your store or business, contact him at 670-8076
or e-mail rchawnob@ net


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The Franklin Chronicle


SMay 23, 2008 Page 5

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The unity in community

Kendrick writes farewell

Throughout my legislative
career, 1 have made it a priority
to make Florida a better place to
work, live and raise a tfmily. As
your Representative, I have
worked hard for you in
Tallahassee knowing that at the
end of the day, I can look back
and know in my heart that I did
right by you.
I am constantly reminded of
the responsibility of elected
office and value the trust that my
constituents, you, have placed in
me. When you call me, or drop
by the office to share your
thoughts on how we can improve
our community, I am humbled
by the fact that you have chosen
me to represent you in the
Florida House of Representa-
tives. This is a responsibility that
I take very seriously.
As you know, District 10 is
the largest House District east of
the Mississippi River. And your
issues and concerns are as varied
and broad as the district. But
that said, I am constantly
reminded of the privilege of
serving District 10 and the spe-
cial bond that I share with many
of you.
During my time in the
Florida House, I have remained
true to my roots and the princi-
ples that I was taught as a little
boy respect for the land, love
for the people and humility
before God Respect for the land
is why I dedicated myself to)
forging partnerships with my col-
leagues in the legislature to pro-
tect the Florida Forever pro-
gram. This program is about
preserving Florida's natural
beauty and environment. In my
mind, Florida Forever is like the
wind. You had better hold on to
what you've got or it will be
gone. And we were successful in
extending Florida Forever in

order to make Florida a little bet-
ter today than it was yesterday.
My love for the people drives
my commitment to our children.
I recognize how different people
have different values while still
having the same goals. What
really makes us different is how
we plan to get there, It was this
approach that inspired me to
focus on one of my top legisla-
tive priorities providing for our
children. That is why I spon-
sored House Bill 623, known as
the School Food Service Pro-
gram, which will provide break-
fast for all middle and high
school students by the 2010-11
school year. We all know how
important education is to getting
ahead in life, and once I learned
that studies revealed that having
breakfast improves attention
spans, decreases discipline issues
and lowers absenteeism and tar-
diness, it was a natural fit for me
I'm pleased that the bill will
become law and benefit our chil-
dren in this way.
Finally. I am aware of who I
am and where I came from
Most importantly. I am remind-
ed to have hununlitv tfore ;God
In my daily life. I anm reminded
that we must remin.u true to ou
values and not baik iawal ioni
helping olheirs .od puts. people
in our path (fo ai rca.son .anld ine
is not to question why but ratlhci
do m1t ess .t to lghen thcr- load.
It is mv hope 1 lhook back on
my 22 years of political service
that I did as Rolbert FI Lee once
said "Do your duty in all
things. You cannot do more. you
should never do less"
God bless you all and thank
you for the honor of serving you
as your House Representative for
Distinct 10.
Will S. Kendrick
State Representative

It seeCs as of late there is a
battle around every corner.
Some we win, some we loose but
we are at least making the ellort.
'he one thing that seems to be a
constant is the unity in the conm-
There are times that the
seafood workers feel like the for-
gotten people, with all the obsta-
cles thrown at us, Just when it
seems there is no hope a ray of'
sunshine beams through.
While an oyster relay pre-
registration may not seem like
much, the fact is for the first time
in months I saw a ray of hope in
many of the faces The hope of
perhaps catching up on a few
bills, a little extra money for the
We were fortunate to have
some community leaders in our
midst. Everyone mingled and
talked, and without a doubt spir-
its had been lifted A sense of
pnde shown through as they felt
those for whom they count on to
represent them in the polhtcal
arena were supporting them with
hopeful encouragement as well.
It is a humbling expenence
to speak with the men and
women who work that bay as
they have done lot geineratIon.s
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Thanks for
Thank you to everyone who
pitched in to help make the St.
George Island Clean Up a suc-
cess' It is so important that our
island be clean and well-kept,
and it is important to protect our
wildlife from the hazards caused
by litter.
Many thanks to the 50-plus
people who picked up trash and
helped sort it for recycling;
thanks to the ladies of the St.
George Island Civic Club. for
serving us lunch and snacks;

By Linda Raffield
and dignity in the respect they
give others. Genuine respect for
people with the simple manners
of "Thank You, Yes Mamm,
Yes Sir, and Please," which is
present in their children as well.
When asked how things are
going, the usual reply is it could
be better but it has been worse
and hopeful sentiments of what
tomorrow may bring. A people
much like the Indians who
required little in the way of sur-
vival. A proud people only
wanting to survive. To make a
living the best way they know
how. Only asking to be treated
fairly with dignity. and paid an
honest dollar for an honest days
As I attended a board meet-
ing tile other day it became
.ipl'.iCel to lme what was miss-
ing While a.ll were icspectcd
Cmbein-crs of( lht iCol lonniunity
piotlslioiaI ind businessme-n. 1
hiltened ntenlltl as one of the
problems bemng addressedd
the closing of a public facility

office for half a day, in order for
the office manager to pursue fil-
ing liens against members of the
community. Supposedly to
recoup monies for that facility,
along with late charges and
penalties added. What's worse is
although a board is in place to
make such decisions; the deci-
sion to close the office was actu-
ally made by only a few, outside
the board meeting.
There were objections raised
but the objections were not
enough to convince the need for
being more receptive to the
needs of the people they served.
To be more humane to their fel-
low man, especially knowing
these are hard times. The
human equation just does not
equate in lieu of making a profit.
My obvious concerns were
the seafood workers, and what
these decisions would mean to
them. I could not help but relish
in the consolation that "although
the seafood workers hands might
be dirty, their conscience is
The seafood industry has
always been the backbone of the
community, and supported their
community; and in turn the com-
munity has always been support-
ive of the seafood workers. At
least within the confines of the
seafood workers as it relates to
tihe community. there is unity in
community, something else that
those who consider themselves
above them will never be able to

clean-up participation
thanks to the golf-cart brigade Gallery, Some Like It Hotter, St.
for getting folk to the far reaches George Island Realty, St. George
of the commercial area and Island Vacation Rentals, St.
bringing the bags to the recycling George Island Volunteer Turt-
station; and thanks to these busi- lers. A special thanks to Susan
nesses & organizations for their Bassett, Barbara Iman, Isaac
gifts for the goody-bags: Lang, Bruce Hall, Bruce Drye,
Apalachicola State Bank, BJ's Helen Marsh and the great peo-
Pizza, Boardwalk Realty, Collins pie at the Franklin County
Vacation Rentals, Cook Landfill.
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At home, I also am working
to make sure that the critical
needs of our veterans are met.
On May 12, I joined the people
of Jackson County, the veterans
of North Florida, and the VA to
celebrate the upcoming opening
of the new veterans' clinic in
Marianna, Florida. The new
veterans' clinic will begin taking
applications and scheduling
patients for future appointments
beginning June 5 and will open
for full services mid-June. The
clinic will be a primary care facil-
ity that also provides mental
health services, treats chronic
diseases, and performs wellness

screenings. The VA anticipates
that about 4,000 veterans, both
new and existing, will be served
at the Marianna veterans' clinic.
I am so proud of this new veter-
ans' clinic, but more than that, I
am proud of the veterans it will
serve. Our veterans deserve the
best and most accessible health-
care that we can provide.
We must always remember
that caring for our veterans is a
continuing cost of war and an
important component of our
national defense. The phrase,
"Support our Troops," found on
bumper stickers and symbolized
by yellow ribbons, is more than
just a slogan--it is a solemn
commitment to the men and

women who put on the uniform
and serve and defend our great
country. With the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, we have a new
generation of veterans who need
our support, and I believe that it
is our moral duty to provide
them with the care and benefits
they were promised and deserve.
1 am proud of the progress that
this Congress has made to
strengthen veterans' benefits and
improve access to veterans' med-
ical services. We still have much
more to do in Washington and in
North Florida, and 1 will contin-
ue to work to build on this
progress and honor the commit-
ment we have made to our veter-

Work begins on hospital to serve

Gulf and Franklin Counties

Work has begun at the loca-
tion of the future Sacred Heart
Hospital in Port St. Joe to ensure
proper soil conditions and site
elevation requirements are in
place in preparation for pouring
the building foundation and
developing site infrastructure for
the new hospital along Highway
This portion of the site work
is the first phase of a project by
Sacred Heart Health System to
build a $35 million hospital on
land donated by The St. Joe
The ongoing work at the 27-
acre site includes:
Excavating and replacing
soils that are not appropriate to

support the building pads and
other site requirements.
Adding soils to raise key
areas of the site to help protect
the hospital from flood condi-
tions or storm surge from a hur-
Leveling and compacting
the site with vibratory rollers to
prepare for initiation of building
foundation work.
Once this initial phase of
work is completed, additional
elements of the site work will
begin, including installation of
underground infrastructure and
utilities support.
Substantial completion of
the hospital is projected for late
summer of 2009. with a facility

opening to follow roughly 30 to
45 days thereafter.
The new Sacred Heart
Hospital will provide quality
health care to the residents of
Gulf and Franklin counties with
facilities that include:
A community hospital
with private rooms, an emer-
gency department and two oper-
ating rooms.
A medical office building
to provide space for primary care
and specialty physicians, as well
as outpatient services
A helipad to be used by
Sacred Heart's AirHeart helicop-
ter, providing rapid transport for
trauma patients and other criti-
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Cat fishing has been hot on
the Apalachicola Pier
recently. Last Saturday
afternoon Walter Gallion
(holding fish) of
Apalachicola, and his friend
Robert Shenett of Kentucky
caught this mess of channel
cats in less than an hour on
shrimp. Many other fisher-
man have been seen lately
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May 23, 2008 Page 7

Peter F. Crowell, CFP, Presents:

Weekly economic update for
the week of May 19, 2008

Quote of the week
"Dreams are the touchstones of our character." -Henry David
Oil climbs higher
Oil prices approached $128 per barrel Friday, spurred by a
revised Goldman Sachs forecast which estimated $141-a-barrel prices
for the second half of 2008, up trom a
prior estimate of $107 per barrel. Oil
futures closed at $126.80 on the
NYMEX Friday after Saudi Arabia's oil
minister said the nation would boost
production by 300,000 barrels a day.
Inflation reprieve In April
The Consumer Price Index only
rose 0.2% for the month, and core CPI
i tI 0.1%. Economists polled had forecast
higher price leaps. Meanwhile, the
Sponsored by Reuters/University of Michigan con-
Peter F Crowell, CFP summer sentiment index fell to 59.5 for
early May (the lowest reading since
1980). Households earning less than $75,000 accounted for all of the
A jump in housing starts
New Commerce Department data showed new home construc-
tion up 8.2% in April; most of the gain came in multifamily housing.
Apartment construction, down 36% in March, rose 35% in April.
Overall housing starts rose 4%; single-family housing starts declined
by 1.7%.
Dip in retail, industrial sectors
Industrial output fell by 0.7% in April, and manufacturing output
slowed by 0.8%, the Labor Department noted.5 Retail sales declined
by 0.2% in April, in line with the expectations of economists-and
excluding autos, the retail sales numbers were better than expected.
Fannie Mae allows 3% down
As of June 1, the nation's largest mortgage finance agency will
permit 3% down payments in markets with falling home prices, end-
ing the stricter down payment policy It adopted in December.
Stocks recover
The Dow gained 1.9%. the S&P 500 rose 2.7%. and the NAS-
DAQ rose 3.4% last week.
% Change Y-T-D 1-Year 5-Yr Avg
DJIA -2.10 -3.86 +9.93
NASDAQ -4.65 -0.73 +12.87
S&P 500 -2.93 -6.23 +10.19
(Source CNNMoneycom. 5/16/08) Indicts cannot be
invested into directly These returns do not iclude dmivdiend

Riddle of the week
A right-handed glove is inverted so it can be worn on the left
hand. Is the material that was touching the palm of the right hand
now touching the palm or the top of the left hand? See nt werk's
Update for the answer.
Last week's riddle
What is the longest pair of English words that are pronounced
the same but share no common letter? Answer Ew andyou.
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Franklin County property owner Contact him by e-mail at
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The Franklin Chronicle

Success at

the Big 4

nch Office takes Ist place in
Spanish mackerel and 3rd place
in king mackerel. Halleluejah!!
We fished the Big 4 Offshore
Tournament out of C-Quarters
Marina in Carabelle on May 17-
18. My team consisted of this
reporter, Capt. Rick Schmitt of
Apalachee Outfitters and Mark
Westmoreland, an oysterman
and ace fisherman out of
The first day dawned bright
and breezy; 34 boats left buoy 13
in Carrabelle at 7 a.m. in a shot-
gun start. The Branch Office ran
at 15-20 mph in front of a sharp
3-5 ft swell out of the northeast.
We ran out about 25 miles and
set out trolling rigs including a
downrigger. One smallish king
about 10 Ibs hit a lure and then a
nice-sized Spanish was boated.
Grouper were our next target
since they were one of the 4
species cobiaa being the 4th) eli-
gible for prizes. Some gags were
landed, the biggest about 8 Ibs
which was not enough to con-
tend. On the fist day of the tour-
ney 6 p.m. was check-in time at a
spot on the Carrabelle River. You
then went to C-Quarters to
weigh in. We weighed in our 5.1
lb Spanish and it proved to be the
1st day leader. A 16.51b king led
that category, a 16.1 lb grouper
set the standard and there were
no cobia landed. Unfortunately
we didn't spot any where we had
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fish leader seemed beatable and
we had a good chance of holding
our lead with the Spanish. The
Branch Office headed out this
time into a 2-4 ft head sea. We
decided to go back southwest 25
miles. I had a hunch there might
be some kingfish in 80-85 t of
water. We trolled that depth and
around II a.m. (just about the
bite time) we started hitting
kings. They were about 30-40 ft
deep and we caught one a bit big-
ger than the previous day's king.
then another heavier than that.
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ter hit. I grabbed the rod and
fought and landed a real nice
king. It appeared heavier than
the first day leader so we felt
pretty good that we had a money
fish. We released 5-6 more kings,
none big enough to beat our

largest. Grouper were then tar-
geted but turned out to be elusive
and the spot we fished was
swarming with big amberjack
and sharks. One amberjack,30
Ibs ,was landed but no cobia
Check-in time was 5 p.m.
the second day so we headed in
about 3 p.m. and got to weigh-in
about 4:30. A 27.5 Ib king was
already on the board so we were
holding 2nd place with our 19.5
lb king. Second prize was worth
$2500 so we held our breath
while other were weighed in.
Finally a 20.1 lb king came in
which dropped us to third and
we hung on to take that prize of
$1000.The Spanish mackerel
held on to win that category for a
prize of one week stay at a town-
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tourney so it was a big thrill to
have some success. The prize
money barely covered expenses
but what fun for an avid fisher-
man! The Big 4 Tournament pre-
sented by REELPRO headed up
be a Tallahassee promoter, Brian
Hurley was their first in
Carrabelle and it was well run. I
hope it will be back next year.
Millard and the C-Quarters crew
couldn't have been friendlier or
more helpful. Just a final word
about my partner, Capt. Rick
Schmitt. If you want to catch
fish and learn techniques call
Rick at 850-766-2374 or check
his website,www.apalacheeout- Capt. Rick also
offers hunting, oystering and
ecotours. He is a real expert in all
these areas and you will have a
great Forgotten Coast experience

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Sun. 5-25-4:53 p.m.
Mon. 5-26-5:43 p.m.
Tues. 5:27-6:31 p.m.
Wed. 5-28-6:54 a.m.
Thus. 5-29-7:57 a.m.
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Chronicle Correspondent
The First Annual ReelPro
Offshore Fishing Tournament
this past weekend was a success
all around, organizer Brian
Hurley said.
"We had 33 boats fishing,
everyone had a good time, and
we gave away some big checks to
happy anglers," he said Monday.
Weighmaster Millard Coll-
ins said, "Lots of the fishermen
told me they will be coming back
next year. They like the comfort-
able, welcoming atmosphere we
have here at C-Quarters, and the
family-friendly attitudes. They
also appreciate the professional
way the tournament was run,
and the emphasis on fair play
and sportsmanship.
"They will be back next
year, and more besides. Word
gets around in the sport fishing
community", Collins predicted.
The tournament started
early Saturday morning, under
overcast skies with a warm
onshore breeze in the morning
hours. Anglers' reported at the
weigh-in that afternoon that the
Gulf was choppy in the morn-
ing, but calmed about midday.
According to James Hayman on
"Gulfgasm," who weighed in the
first fish of the tournament
Saturday afternoon about 4 p.m.,

a 15-pound kingfish. "It was
rough this morning, but it laid
down this afternoon."
Saturday's catches hooked
up several more kingfish, a few
grouper and Spanish mackerel,
but as in all two-day tourna-
ments, the anglers went home
confident that Sunday's catches
would be better.
Indeed, they were. Jamic
Lawrence, 'fishing on "Reel
Southern," weighed in a 27.5
kingfish that remained dominant
on the leader board, shifting the
previous days' marks down a
notch. "It was early," he said. "I
had it on board before lunch."
Brandon Poole's "Rezoned"
weighed in a 20.5-pound cobia,
for the only fish in the category,
caught by angler Chris Hill.
The Franklin Chronicle's own
Jeff Ilardi, (see Shorelines col-
umn), fishing with a team on
"Branch Office," held onto third
place in the kingfish category,
with a 19.5 pound entry. The
team also snagged first place in
the Spanish mackerel slot, with a
whopping 5.1 pounder.
Paul Oehler, with Team
Carrabelle Palms RV, slipped an
18.8 kingfish in just under the
weigh-in deadline at 5 p.m.
Sunday, to take the fourth place
in the king category.

Jamie Lawrence and the "Reel Southern" team happily display their $5000 check for the
prize-winning kingfish, at 27.5 pounds. MORE TOURNEY PHOTOS ON PAGE 91

Final Standings
Kingfish: 1st, Reel
Southern, 27.5, $5,000; 2nd,
Seatrout, 22.4. $2,500; 3rd,
Branch Office, 19.5, $1,000;
Carrabelle RV, 18.8, $500.
a Grouper: 1st, Rezoned,

16.1, $2,500 ; 2nd, Ideal Tyme,
13.6, $1,000; 3rd, Matthews'
Wholesale, 12.9, $7504 4th, Sea
Doc, 12.7, $750.
Cobia: 1st, Rezoned, 20.5, 1
week vacation stay at Pirate's
Spanish Mackerel: 1st,

Branch Office, 5.1, one week
vacation stay at Pirate's Landing;
2nd, Rezoned, 4.5, one week
stay at Carrabelle Beach RV
resort; 3rd, Ideal Tyme, 3.7, one
week stay at the Moorings in

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May 23, 2008 Page 9

-,7 See story at bottom of I
I10:ipage 8.

Above: Jamie Lawrence assists weigh-
master Millard Collins with the first-
place kingfish, weighing in at 27.5

Left: Team Carrabelle RV Park and the
fourth-place kingfish, at 18.5 pounds. (1-
r) Paul Osterbye, holding granddaughter
Jaylyn, 3, Lorna Osterbye and
granddaughter Jasia, 9.5 months, Hunter
Wainwright and girlfriend Lisa, and the
ReelPro Girls, Jessica Cooper and Mary

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

TREES PURCHASED & PLANTED (All trees are native to
ou1r arca): Palms/Chase Tree/Southern Magnolia/Live Oak.
DONATION (You may donate as many treess s you would
like): $150 per tree.
Your Name: .
Address: _
Phone Number:
I-low many trees will you be donating:
MAKE AND MAIL CHECK TO: Project Graduation 2008
(All donations are tax deductible). Questions: (850) 323-0380.
661 U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32328.

Enforcement Actions
On May 7, at approximate-
ly 1 a.m., Officer Faris Livesay
inspected a small Jon boat with
one subject aboard in Lanark.
A fisheries inspection revealed
possession of 20 flounder. A fur-
ther inspection of the subject's
vehicle revealed nine more
flounder. A citation was issued
for possession of over the bag
limit and a warning was issued
for seven undersized flounder.
On May 8, at approximate-
ly 9:20-p.m., Officers Michael
Slotin and Faris Livesay were on
patrol in Eastpoint when they
observed an oyster boat heading
into Fred's Central Seafood. A
fisheries inspection revealed pos-
session of 105 undersized oys-
ters, with no saltwater products
license, Apalachicola harvesting
license, or oyster tags. They
were also in possession of oyster
tongs on the bay at night. The
vessel had numerous safety vio-
lations. A citation was issued.
Take a kid fishing
Here's a reminder that the
FWC, the St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla Cou-
nty, St. Marks Refuge Associa-
tion and the Sport Fish Restora-
tion Program will present a free
Kids' Fishing Clinic for children
between the ages of 4 and 16 on
Saturday, May 31. Registration
will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2
p.m. The clinic will be held at
Wooley Park in Panacea.
Stone crab season closed
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) announces that the sea-
son closes for the harvest, posses-
sion and sale of stone crab ciws
in Florida on May 16. This-lo-
sure occurs each year to help
protect and sustain Florida's
valuable stone crab resource.
Stone crab season will reopen on
Oct. 15.
Stone crab claws may be
possessed and sold during the
closed season only if they have
been placed in inventory prior to
May 16 by a licensed wholesale
or retail dealer. Stone crab traps
must be removed from the water
within five days after the close of
the stone crab season, unless a
special extension is granted
under certain conditions by the
Duck blinds
FWC has scheduled a public
meeting on June 3 to receive
input on rule-proposal recom-
mendations for prohibiting hunt-
ing from permanent duck blinds
on four large public lakes in
Leon and Jefferson counties.
Due to an increase in territorial
conflicts among duck hunters
and concerns expressed by the
public, FWC staff is considering
a rule proposal that would pro-
hibit waterfowl hunting when
the person is within 30 yards of
any permanent duck blind on
Lake Miccosukee, Lake lamon-
ia, Lake Jackson and Carr Lake.
Interested people are invited to
attend this meeting to help make
recommendations to the propos-
als. The meeting will be held in
the cafeteria at Lawton Chiles
High School, 7200 Lawton
Chiles Lane in Tall. at 7 p.m.

"Steps to Unlimited
"Wrhorwr wants to soar fiy v n the unlhtmitd path vway of
possibilities must first take strp "
Dear Community Member and Business Owner,
The First Graduating Class from the new consolidated Franklin
County Schools will be the "Seahawk Seniors 2008" We are honored.
thankful and proud to be part of this community and school We
would like to team up with you to help make our graduating year the
most memorable We have thought hard and long to come up with a
fundraiser that truly 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 offering the first "Steps to unlimited possibility" stepping
stones that will pave the pathways along the new school. These step-
ping stones will represent a pathway to a successful education experi-
ence. Each stone you purchase wifl be placed on the school grounds
for each generation of students to see and be proud that their commu-
nity is supporting them each step of their way.
1. Each stone will be personally engraved with your message to make
it unique to each donor, as seen above Engravement up to 2 Lines
with 16 letters each line
2. Stones are approximately 12" round in diameter and 1" thickness
with smooth edges made of genuine slate stone A naturally textured
top surface will give each stone depth and beauty
3. Each stepping stone will be $S100 and you mav l purchase as manlv
stones as you would like. each having a unique p~eisnnalihzd message
FEach stones will be displayed at the new school You may purchase
additional stones for your private garden to show your expanded
school spirit
Phone Number:
Personal Engravement

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

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problem for his hip, happening'
ABC net-
work series
of the late
1960s, which
4ifei each week
several differ-
ent unrelated
stories of
romance and
comedy. In

this collection of a dozen 1969-
1970 episodes, Forrest Tucker,
Jim Backus, Donna Douglas,
Steve Allen, Bob Denver, Wally
Cox, Julie Newmar and Dorothy
Lamour are among more than
140 actors of the era who were
more than happy to be bitten by
the Love bug.


DVD ($29.98)
This critically acclaimed
about a group
of kids at a
nature camp
captures the
messy fun,
ness, adoles-
cent awk-

wardness, high spirits and boy-
girl crushes of the time-honored,
away-from-home, parent-free
getaway that is summer camp.
The storyline settles into focus
on two particular campers-a
girl obsessed with chickadees
and a "problem child" boy
whose behavioral instabilities
rock the whole camp-for a
modern-day snapshot that will
make you want to reach for a can
of mosquito repellent, a flash-
light and toasted marshmellow.

Making Waves

Hardcover, 160 pages ($35)
This collection of images
from the National Archives,
many never previously pub-
lished, shed fascinating light on a

nized facet
of Ameri-
ca's war effort-women who
served as WAVES (Women
Accepted for Voluntary Emer-
gency Service) for the U.S. Navy
during World War II. At work,
rest and play in these 150 large-
format duotone photos, these
gung-ho gals remind us of the
tremendous, often unsung con-
tributions made by Americans
from all walks of life who answer
when their country calls.



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Plein Air art enthusiasts gathered Saturday afternoon for the Grand Patron's
Party. They were there to give tribute to "the best of the best" of the artists
gathered for the 10 days of "The Great Plein Air Paintout 2008" along the
Forgotten Coast. The celebration featured live music, good food, and view-
ing of the extraordinary art painted during the paintout. The overall festiv-
ities wrapped up Sunday afternoon with "Art In The Afternoon," an open
air event on the Veterans Park streets and waterfront, as well as the artists
displays in the "wetroom" of the historic Cotton Exchange building in

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In this photo taken in May of 1955, Captain William S. Schley checks beaches on Alligator
Point for oil. We're sure there's more to this story, but unfortunately, the Florida
Photographic Archives have no other information on the situation. The photo was taken by
Red Kerce.

FWC reminder: Don't feed the animals

In Florida, there's a good
chance you'll get the opportunity
to see wildlife, even if you live in
an urban area.
Raccoons, as well as a vari-
ety of other animals such as
bears, alligators, coyotes and
foxes, have been seen in back
yards and strolling through
Many people enjoy feeding
wildlife because it allows them to
have contact with these animals
Folks also think they are helping
the critters survive, especially in
an urban area. However, nothing
could be further from the truth
"Wild animals come into
neighborhoods because there is
available food. water and shel-
ter." said Anni Mitchell. Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) biologist in
Lake City. "If these conditions
didn't exist, the animals wouldn't
be there. Animals have survived
for a very long time without peo-
ple feeding them. They can con-
tinue to survive without inter-
There are quite a few prob-
lems that can develop when peo-
ple feed wildlife. Experts believe
recent attacks on children by
coyotes in California may be the
result of homeowners uninten-
tionally luring wildlife to their
yards by leaving pet bowls out-
side or not securing garbage can
When wild animals begin to
depend on hunmins tor food.
thcir foraging skills cain dletteo
rate. Ilis coildl inmpn. t their sin
vival. according to hMtchcll
However. ,Inir.ils .Ie oppor
tunistic and will go to th(e most
convenient food source available

"Who doesn't like a free
meal'" Mitchell asked "A huge
problem with this is that animals
can gather in larger numbers
than normal for this fi td If one
animal in the group ha an 111ll
ness or disease, it can spread
throughout the group "
"Another probleIm s that the
tood btri;, ted to .>nti )al- iNs usut
ally mn.adicquate nutritionallv."
Maichell said "This 'people
ttood' is 'Junk tfood' tor .nimals "-
Reproduction rates ma\ also
be affected when people teed
wildlife In nature, the number of
animals being born is often
directly related to the amount of
natural food available The nheum-
ber of animals surviving will also
depend on how much fO(ci is
"This is nature's way of
ensuring there are not too many
animals in one area." Mitchell
said. "When humans provide
food. animals may produce more
young, and soon there may be
more animals living in the area
than what the natural food
sources can support. If that food
source is no longer available, ani-
mals mav starve to death IThis
gives them no other option than
to take food from people "
The FWC receives many
calls from people whose neigh-
hors have been feeding wild ani-
mals Often, the animals have
become nuisances. and the caller
wants to kill ot tcmove them
"Manv people don't think
about the repercit'ission when
they stall feeding wildhie \Wild
,iniin hils begin to ,associate all
lhuiiifans with food and willl often
sta.irI pcsteIrng other I neighbors.-
Mitlchell saidl "The ,ils can

also cause damage to homes and
property because they expect to
be fed and have lost their fear of
When fed animals become a people often want
someone to relocate the animal
In a h1umaine way This is ian
unw irise .nd often illegal solution
that doesn't ol\c the e.ial prob
Icm. but w.itles new ones it
lmotes the nuisance to a dilffrent
location and puts relocated ani-
mals at additional risk in unfa-
mlliar areas
The impulse to offer food is
natural Hut a fed cntter can end
up a dead critter Rear problems
have increased as more people
have moved into bear habitat.
Often. people feed bears inadver-
tently bv failing to close garbage
can lids securely or by giving
them handouts. Sometimes these
bears must be killed, because
people who live in or near bear
habitat do not recognize their
responsibility to make sure they
don't attract the bears.
"Anyone who really loves
animals and wants them to sur-
vive can help by discouraging
people from feeding wildlife,"
Mitchell said. "People can also
help bv viewing wildlife from a
distance Thi s s beneficial to
both the animal and the person
watching critters can bite
"For example, that deer that
cats out of vour hand isn't tame.
It's bold. ut deer have rWaor-
sl.1i p hooves .nd .Illcs and .11an
hutI or kill with a strike." she
"For both voui sal.ftv and
th1 well being of the 1 annllal.
please don't fced wildlife."
Mitchell sand

Indian Creek education, paddling trip set

The Apalachicola River-
keeper and Franklin County
Parks and Recreation have
joined forces to sponsor a series
of free educational programs at
Franklin County's newly acquir-
ed Indian Creek Public Park.
The park is located on North
Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint.
The second program/paddling

trip in the series is scheduled for
Saturday, May 24. at 9 a.m.1
A short educational talk will
be followed by a 4 hour
kayak/canoe trip with River-
keeper Dan Tonsmcirc. P'airici-
pants should bring water and
lunch and be comfortable pad-
dling open water.
No boat? A limited number

of kayaks, P'Fl's and paddles
,ar available through the Apa-
lachicola Rivcrkeecpr.
Reservations for the pro-
gram and kayaks arc required.
You can make reservations by
calling the Apalachicola River-
keeper office at 850-653-8936.


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Marine Construction
Septics Coastal Hauling

Foundation Pilings
Commercial Construction
Utility Work-Public &

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

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3 1 14

8 5 6 2

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send an e-mail to You can
use this e-mail address to submit news items, send in Free
Classified ads, request display advertising rate informa-
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You can also go to and
click on the Contact Us link at the bottom. You can also
call 670-4377, or fax (toll-free) 877-423-4964.

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May 23, 2008 Page 13

Outdoor spaces for tiny places

Sure, apartment living has
its advantages: no property taxes,
someone else has to pay the
plumber, there's no down pay-
ment, and you have the ability to
move out whenever you want.
But that freedom often comes at
the cost of being cramped. No
yard, no storage, no patio-
what's a Jane to do? Look
around! While an outdoor space
to call your own may seem like a
distant dream, if all you've got is
a fire escape or balcony, a little
creative thinking may make ai
space appear almost out of
Check With Your Landlord
Before you embark on any
mitjor projects or buy outdoor
furniture, call your landlord or if
you own a condo, contact the
HOA. Some landlords are flexi-

F Ic
By Heidi Baker
and Eden Jarrin
ble and some aren't. And you
may be prohibited because of
building codes or board rules
For instance, adding flowerpots
to your walkway may be out of
the question because of fire
Assuming you've cleared
those hurdles, the tiust thing to
consider is adding a tresh coat ot

Alligator Point St. Patrick Catholic Church
Father Roger Latosynski
Mission by the Sea 27 6th Street
Pastor Ed McNeely 653-9453
County Road 370 Sunday Mass, 10 a.m
962-2010 no nursery

Sunday worship 9 a.m.
Covenant Word Christian
Pastors David & Harolyn
158 12th St.
Sunday Worship: 10 a.m
Children's Church (2 and up)
First Pentecostal Holiness
Revs. Emory and Susan Roach
379 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship, I I a.m.
nursery provided
Living Waters Assembly of
Pastor (Rev.) Lois Long
1580 Bluff Road
Sunday Worship, 10:45 am.
nursery provided
Trinity Episcopal Church
Highway 98 & 6th Street
Sunday Worship. 8& 10.30 a.m



Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 18.36
8:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M.

First Assembly of God
Rev. Gwmell & David Wilson
267 Brownsville Road
Sunday Worship. 11 a.m
no nursery.
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Pastor JA.inmrc Will1.mns
233 9th S(
Sunday Worship 11 a rn
no nursery
Carrabelle Christian Center
Donald B. Carroll. Sr Minister
142 River Road
Sunday Worship. 10 a m.
nursery provided
First Baptist Church of
Mark Mercer. Pastor
20( SF 1Avc A
Sunday Worship. 10 55 am.

fiv t Skaptit Cehaiwd

St. (;eorge Island
501 E. Bayshore Drive

R M lichael \Whall\. 'Pail

Join us as we praise and
worship the living C'hrist!

Suntiidy Hhic Sliuy 10 I00
Worship & Praise 11.0(0 a;im.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Hour" 7:00 p.m.

"Walking in Christ"

paint to your outdoor space. A
little color can do a lot to expand
a cramped or dark space. Look
for bright shades that reflect
light. Discuss the idea with your
landlord before you pick up a
paintbrush. You may have to
repaint the wall back to its origi-
nal color before you move out, or
a set fee (usually per wall) may
be subtracted from your deposit.
Assess Your Space
If you don't have a balcony,
extensive decorating is not really
an option. however, you can
bring the great outdoors to your
window with a colortil window
ibx., Try your green thumb at
growing flowers, herbs or even
tomatoes, depending on what
kind of sunlight you're receiving.
More about planting later!

nursery provided
Eastpoint Church of God
Pastor Casey Smith
379 Avenue E
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. and 6
nursery provided
United Baptist Church
Pastor Ikobby Shiver
Brian St and C.C Land Road
670.5481 or 670-8451
Sunday School, 10 a m
nursery provided
Lanark Village
Lanark Community Church
171 Spnng St.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Catholic Church
Father Joseph Ssemakula
2653 Hwy. 98. Lanark Village
Sunday Mass. 10 a.m.
no nursery
First Baptist Church of
Ochlockone Bay
Rev .lames O Chunn Sr

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Beautifying Your Balcony
If you're lucky enough to
have a private balcony, take
advantage of it. Sometimes a
balcony is used like a garage-
for storage. If this is the case,
make a point to clear your clut-
ter. Bikes, surfboards and other
sports equipment can be hung
from the ceiling or mounted
against a wall. On your other
stuff, see if you can't find a home
for it inside. There's no time like
the present to start spring clean-
ing. If wall space is lacking, or
there simply isn't any room, con-
sider hiding your stuff behind a
lattice or an enormous plant!
Using your balcony is all
about making the most of your
space, so why not pick a theme?
You can go romantic, tropical,
Continued on Page 16

366 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Panacea Congregational
Holiness Church
Rev. Ronnie Metcalf
1127 Coastal Highway
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.
no nursery
St. George Island
First Baptist Church of SGI
501 E Bayshore Drive
(on the bay)
Pastor Mike Whaley
Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
nursery provided
Children's Worship 11 a.m.
SGI United Methodist
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
Pastor Themo Patriotis
Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
nursery provided
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Dear EarthTalk:
Are sunscreens safe? Which
ones do you recommend that
will protect my skin from the sun
and not cause other issues?
-Bettina E., New York, NY
Getting a little sunshine is
important for helping our bodies
generate Vitamin D, an impor-
tant supplement for strong
bones, and f or regulating our
levels of serotonin and trypta-
mine, neurotransmitters that
keep our moods and sleep/wake
cycles in order. Like anything,
though, too much sun can cause
health issues, from sunburns to
skin cancer. For those of us
spend more time in the sun than
doctors recommend-they say to
stay indoors between 11 a.m.
and 3 p.m. on sunny days to be
safe-sunscreens can be life-
Getting too much sun is bad
because of ultraviolet radiation,
90 percent of which comes inle
form of Ultraviolet A (UVA)
rays that are not absorbed by the
ozone layer and penetrate deep
into our skin. Ultraviolet B
(UVB) rays make up the rest.
These rays are partially absorbed
by the ozone layer.(which makes
preserving the ozone layer cru-
cial for our health), and because
they don't penetrate our skin as
deeply, can cause those lobster-
red sunburns. Both types of UV
rays are thought to cause skin
Yet while most sunscreens
block out at least some UVB
radiation, many don't screen
UVA rays at all, making their use
risky. According to the non-prof-
it Environmental Working
Group (EWG), by far most of
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called octinoxate), which are
known to mimic naturally occur-
ring bodily hormones and can
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consumers have a better idea of
what they may be buying. In the
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May 23, 2008 Page 15

W elcom e visitor PHOTO BY PAUL PUCKETT

Onlookers were treated to a special treat from mother nature Saturday afternoon, when a mother manatee and her calf
rolled about in the channel waters of the Battery Park Marina in Apalachicola. The manatees put on a show as they cavort-
ed about, rolling over and over, showing flippers and snouts, and snorting now and then for a breath of air. They must have
decided to spend the night as they were also spotted in the same area Sunday afternoon. Boaters should exercise caution as
manatees are often seriously injured by boat props.

Florida Quitline calls break two records

Florida's Quitline is experi-
encing heavy call volume from
Floridians who are seeking help
in overcoming their tobacco
The Quitline broke two rec-
ords when it recently received a
record of 2.600 calls in one day
and 150 calls in one minute. The
Quitline has received more than
25,000 calls in the first 16 weeks
of 2008, exceeding the total for
all of 2007. So far this year,
14,682 new participants have
received services through the
Quitline compared to 4.858
Floridians in 2007.
Cameron Smith, American

Cancer Society Quitline Accou-
nt Manager, credits the televi-
sion. radio, pnnt, online and bill-
board advertising efforts of the
Tobacco Free Florida campaign
for the increase in calls "We
receive calls as early as 5 a m
when commuters hear about the
Quitline on the radio as they are
driving to work All Tobacco
Free Florida campaign ads are
tagged with the Quthlnc phone
number and offer for free nico-
tine replacement therapies for
cigarette and smokeless tobacco
Anyone 18 or older who
calls the state's Quitlnc is eligi-

ble to receive free nicotine
replacement therapies in the
form of patches, lozenges or
gum Flondians with incomes of
less than S45.0(X) a year can get
eight weeks of treatment and
those with an income of more
than $45.000 can get four weeks'
worth. Tobacco users who are
uninsured can receive additional
weeks of treatment with confir-
mation of uninsured status.
Smith says the people that
have the most success at kicking
the habit pair the counseling
service with the cessation aides.
"When tobacco users call the
Quitline. they won't just receive

patches or gum. The counselor
will integrate the replacement
therapies into an individual quit
plan to ensure success"
The Florida Quitlme phone
number is 1-877-U-CAN-NOW
(1-877-822-6669). Bilingual (En-
glish/Spanish) counselors who
are specially trained to help
tobacco users quit are available
twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week.
For more information on the
Quitline and Tobacco Free
Florida. please contact Pam
Schultetus at media@tobac- or (850) 668-



fully funded

GI Bill

Congressman Alien Boyd
(D-North Florida), a Vietnam
veteran and a member of the
Defense and Military Construc-
tion-Veterans Affairs Subcom-
mittees of the House Appropri-
ations Committee, has hailed the
passage of an emergency supple-
mental bill in the House of
Representatives that includes an
expanded GI Bill that is fully
paid for as well as the principle
advocated by Congressman
Boyd requiring Iraq to pay a
greater share of war costs.
The GI Bill would restore
the promise of a full, four-year
college education for our veter-
ans and make the veterans of
Iraq and Afghanistan part of
American economic recovery
efforts, just as the veterans of
World War II were. Congress-
man Boyd and the Blue Dog
Coalition led the charge in the
House of Representatives to
require that the GI Bill be fully
funded and paid for upfront so
that there is no chance that these
important education benefits for
our veterans will be cut due to
budgetary constraints in the
future. t|
"I have long supported
enacting a new GI Bill for the
21st Century, and I am so proud
that this GI Bill will truly
strengthen benefits for our men
and women in uniform and do
so in a responsible way," said
Congressman Boyd. "By fully
funding the GI Bill for 10 years,
instead of passing a partially
funded program, the Blue Dogs
and I have made this legislation
better for our veterans and better
for the American people."
Boyd continued, "I am a
firm believer that if a policy is
important enough to be a priori-
ty for our country-and the GI
Bill is--then it should be impor-
tant enough to pay,, for.
Borrowing trillions of dollars
from foreign countries' like
China to pay for our priorities is
neither responsible nor conserva-

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The Franklin Chronicle

Be Jane from Page 13
relaxing--consider a few differ-
ent options and don't be afraid to
modify as you go along.
A balcony is the perfect
place for a table for two. Bistro
tables can be picked up at many
home improvement and furni-
ture stores. Enjoying dinners out-
side once in awhile is a good way
to get out of the house, so to
speak. Add a candle or two and
some soft music, and you have a
romantic evening outdoors,
If your balcony can't accom-
modate a table, consider a
lounge chair or a hammock.
Hammocks are inexpensive, easy
to maintain and can be put up
and taken down without a lot of
effort. Seated hammocks are
mounted from a single point, so
why not get a couple and invite
friends over for a Caribbean-
themed gathering?
Jane Tip: If you plan on
spending a lot of evenings out-
doors, consider decorative light-
ing. If Christmas lights are too
hokey for you, home improve-
ment stores carry many options
for patios and balconies. Many
are even solar powered!
Go with a Garden
So, you may not have any
real yard space to speak of, but
that doesn't mean that you can't
start a garden of your own.
Make a note of how much sun-
light your balcony gets and the
direction it faces. A salesperson
at a nursery or a home improve-
ment store will be able to tell you

which plants can survive on your
Pots and planters come in
many beautiful, decorative vari-
eties nowadays and can add tons
of character to your balcony. Of
course, your plants will too. Let
your foliage enhance your
theme, if you have one. If you
are creating a Zen garden, why
not incorporate bamboo and
bonsai trees? This is one instance
where the possibilities are end-
less. You can plant herbs, roses,
or grow ivy to cover the walls.
Rotate plants according to the
seasons, and don't forget to con-
sider hanging plants. They give
you more foot room and added
Creating My Space
Just because your space is
tiny doesn't mean it's useless.
With a little thought and a lot of
creativity, you can make it work.
Don't be afraid to try something
new. You'll be surpnsed how a
little space can actually go a long
Eaclh wtk. "The Jana" of Be
Jane (Heidi Baker and Eden
Jarrin) uill mviMwte men aill allOis
the country to "Be Jane"- a Jane (o
All Taedl that is Wit, h helped t, n
and tinIcks., trtt. flrl alld j/ t'jnt
idels-tihev wil c,/Ipowr ,iOu t
take control l tot' rir homne afnd
chang e then A'r the ewrer T7Di nwil
sharr se~mwnally releniit prolwCs,
simple hoimn rr7nar wluntit3m an,
,prt",hitf! impwnemol stiea.. tha:
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or ~)oeu'tne^ en vti qaui'ker'

Earth Talk from Page 13
EWG's online Skin Deep data-
base, which compares thousands
of health and beauty products
against environmental and
human health standards.
The good news is that many
companies are now introducing
safer sunscreens crafted from
plant- and mineral-based ingredi-
ents and without chemical addi-
tives. Some of the best, accord-
ing to Skin Deep, are Alba
Botanica Sun's Fragrance-Free
Mineral Sunscreen, Avalon
Baby's Sunscreen SPF 18,
Badger's SPF 30 Sunscreen,
Burt's Bees' Chemical-Free
Sunscreen SPF 15, California
Baby's SPF 30, Juice Beauty's
Green Apple SPF 15 Moistur-
izer, and Kabana's Green Screen
SPF 15. Natural foods markets

stock many of these, or they can
be found online at websites like
Sun Protection Center and
CONTACTS: Environmen-
tal Working Group, www.ewg.
org; Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety
Database, www.cosmeticsdata-; Sun Protection Cen-
ter, www.sunprotectioncenter.
cor,, www.drug-
TAL QUESTION? Send it to:
EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environ-
mental Magazine, P.O. Box
5098, Westport, CT 06881; sub-
mit it at:
earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail:
Read past columns at:




at Methodist

Violin and piano students
from the music studio of Martha
Gherardi will present their annu-
al Spring Recital on Sunday,
May 25, at 4 p.m. at St. George
Island United Methodist Chur-
ch, East Gulf Beach Drive.
Alex Itzkovitz, Maranda
Moses, Judi Rundel, Jacob
Shuler, and Lenny Ward will be
performing in the program.
Family and friends are encour-
aged to attend this afternoon of
beautiful music.

Bill Nelson praises

the Farm Bill

After months of hard work
and labonous negotiation. Con-
gress has passed its first farm bill
in 6 years.
In a time of concern over ris-
ing food prices, this bill provides
a substantial increase in food
assistance to our nation's low-
incqc~e families. Nearly three-
fourths of the total spending of
the farm bill goes to nutrition
programs such as food stamps,
now known as the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program.
For the first time in history,
the farm bill recognizes the inte-
gral role of specialty crops in our
nation's food supply. This is a
major victory for our Florida
farmers who lead the nation in
production of specialty crops
like citrus, tomatoes, cucumber-
snap beans, bell peppers, squa.
and watermelon. It provides
nearly $3 billion in research,
block grants to states, pest and
disease control, farmers' market
promotion, and the Fresh Fruit
and Vegetable Program.
And great strides have been
made in this bill for conservation
and energy programs. Florida's
natural resources stand to benefit
tremendously from increased
funding for conservation, which
will allow the state to optimize

GI Bill from Page 15
tive. Today's GI Bill does right
by our veterans, and I encourage
the Senate to follow the House's
lead and show their commitment
to our veterans and to fiscal
The emergency supplemen-
tal also adopts the principle
pushed by Congressman Boyd to
require the Iraqi government to
pay a greater share of war costs.
Under the supplemental bill, the

U.S. Senator

participation in land preserva-
tion, environmentally friendly
land management practices, and
easement programs. This legis-
lation also notably encourages
advancements in cellulosic ener-
gy, which will allow us to
explore the production of
:thanol from agncultural prod-
ucts that we don't otherwise
eat products Florida has in
The farm bill is not perfect.
but it increases funding and sup-
port for integral programs while
also making reforms to a some-
times abused system. It is a
good bill for Florida's families
and farmers, and I hope the pres-
ident will end his veto threats
and sign the bill into law.

Iraqi government would be
expected to match dollar-for-dol-
lar the funding for the training of
the Iraq Security Forces and
reconstruction infrastructure.
"While we may not be able
to change our policy in Iraq
under the current
Administration, I see no reason
why our government cannot
expect the Iraqis to foot more of
the bill for the training of their
troops and for reconstruction
and security costs," Boyd stated.

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K By Bill Mahan
Franklin County Extension Office Director
Following are highlights of Cates of the FWC's Division
the report from Bill Mahan, Law Enforcement. "There
Franklin/UF-1FAS Extension several styles of life jackets avw
Director, to the Franklin County able that won't interfere w
Commission on May 20. your boating experience a
Gulf of Mexico Fishery may save your life."
Management Council UF-IFAS Extension Updates

(unarmM ) UpOates:
Commercial Tilefish Fisherv
Closely: The commercial tiletish
fishery closed in the Gulf of
Mexico on May 10th. The fish-
ery will remain closed until
January 1, 2009.
Commerctial Deep Water
Grouper Fishery Closed: The com-
mercial deep water grouper fish-
ery closed in the Gulf of Mexico
on May 10th. The fishery will
remain closed until January 1,
Aquaculture Amendment
Public Hearing: The GMFMC
will hold a joint public hearing
with the South Atlantic Fishery
Management Council May 28,
2008 in Key West, FL to receive
public comment on a draft
Aquaculture Amendment for the
Gulf of Mexico. The Amend-
ment will require persons to
obtain a permit from the
National Marine Fisheries
Service to construct and operate
an aquaculture facility in the
Exclusive Economic Zone of the
Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Fish & Wildlife
Commission (FWC) Updates:
Aligator Harwst Permits Go
On Sale June 3rd: The FWC will
begin selling approximately
4,500 alligator harvest permits
on a first-come, first-served basis
at 10 a.m. (EDT) June 3 and will
continue through 11:59 p.m.
(EDT) June 9.
Panacea fire Kid's Fishing
Clinic: The FWC, the St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge, Waku-
Ia County, St. Marks Refuge
Association and the Sport Fish
Restoration Program present a
FREE Kids' Fishing Clinic for
children between the ages of 4
and 16 on Saturday, May 31.
Registration will begin at 11 a.m.
and end at 2 p.m. The clinic will
be held at Wooley Park in
FWC asks boaters to wear their
life jackets and pay attention: The
FWC reported 77 boating fatali-
ties for 2007. Though this num-
ber may be disconcerting, follow-
ing a few simple rules and paying
attention while boating can
make the difference between a
safe and enjoyable day on the
water anti one that ends tragical-
Gov. Charlie Crist and
Florida's cabinet members
passed a resolution today pro-
claiming May 17-23 as National
Safe Boating Week in Florida.
The FWC is using this event to
announce the kickoff of the
"Wear it Florida" campaign,
which is aimed at encouraging
boaters of all ages to wear a life
jacket while boating.
"Drowning is the leading
cause of death in boating acci-
dents, and there's an easy fix-
wear a life jacket," said Lt. Ed


BRD Outtrrah ho~frins The
By-catch Reduction Device
(BRD) Outreach Program went
very well. Gary Graham (Texas
Sea Grant), Lindsey Parker
(Georgia Sea Grant) taught the
program. There was an excellent
exchange of information betw-
een the shrimpers, Extension
staff and representatives from
FWC. Approximately 10-sets of
BRDs (30-BRDs) were given to
shrmpers to use and report back
on how the liked them. The
funding for the program is being
provided by the Gulf & South
Atlantic Fisheries Foundation.
4-H Tropicana Public Speaking
Program: The schools-ABC,
West. Central. & East Franklin
County School campuses are
wrapping up their school 4-H
Tropicana Public Speaking con-
tests. Our annual 4-H Tropicana
Public Speaking Program is
underway in county schools.
The Countywide 4-H Tropicana
Public Speaking Finals for the
4th/5th Grade Division and the
6th Grade Division will be on
May 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the
West Campus Auditorium.
4-H Butterfly Dewlopment
Program The 4-H Butterfly
Development Program contin-
ues in all of the County's public
schools. The painted lady cater-
pillars have grown, made their
chrysalises and will be hatching
very soon. This Is our largest 4-H
youth program in the County
with more than 600 students par-
ticipating in the program.
UF's Wedg wrth Leadership
Institute fr Agriclure and Natura
Resources: The 30-members of
the Wedgworth Leadership
Institute's Class VII will be com-
ing to Franklin County May 20 -
21 as part of their two-year train-
ing program. The program is
designed to develop leadership
capabilities of people in the agn-
culture/natural resource indus-
try who will become increasingly
involved in policy formation at
the local, state, national and
international levels. Franklin
County has been a featured sem-
inar site for the program since it
began in 1991. The enioy meet-
ing with our local community.
natural resource & business lead-
ers to learn about the challenges
our county faces and to spend
some time in a very unique
4-H County Camp: Planning
for our annual 4-H County
Summer Camp continues. This
year's camp will be the week of
July 14th 18th at 4-H Camp
Timpoochee. We will again be
camping with Covington
County, AL and Walton County,
FL. We are the only multi-state
summer 4-H camp held during
the summer.

State recognizes National Beach

Safety Week from May 19 to 26
Highlighting May 19-26, as Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs United States Lifesav
National Beach Safety Week, Association and the Southeast Association, the Internatio
Governor Charlie Crist signed a and South Atlantic Regions of Life Saving Federation, st
proclamation urging all Flori- the United States Lifesaving agencies and local government
dians and visitors to enjoy our Association, reminds visitors to to design a warning flag sysl
coastal resources while taking use caution when enjoying the that is simple to use and easy
appropriate measures to protect state's aquatic environment, interpret, based on the
themselves and their families Enjoy our beaches safely by: design and color coding I
from dangers of the aquatic envi- Refraining from alcohol posed by the International I
ronment. consumption before swimming. Saving Federation. To encc
"Florida has some of the Swimming near a life- age use of the system, the wa

most beautiful beaches in the
world, and ensuring that they are
safely enjoyed by all is a top pri-
ority for the state," said Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Secretary
Michael W. Sole. "Public educa-
tion and awareness of beach con-
ditions and safety practices can
help friends and family have a
pleasant beach experience during
the summer season and all year
Florda has more than 1,200
miles of coastline, including
more than 800 miles of sandy
beaches. National Beach Safety
Week, promoted through a part-
nership between DEP, the

Swimming in groups.
Supervising children.
Observe beach safety warn-
ings and flags before entering the
"It is important that visitors
and residents be mindful of rip
currents, and watch for the flag
warning system that can save
lives and prevent unnecessary
tragedy," said DEP Secretary
In 2002, DEP's Florida
Coastal Management Program
developed a uniform warning
and safety flag system for use by
Florida's beachfront communi-
ties. DEP consulted with the


ing flags and interpretive signs to
explain the flag's meanings are
provided upon request free of
charge annually to beachfront
Flag warnings and colors
Green: Low hazard, calm
conditions, exercise caution.
Yellow: Medium hazard,
moderate surf and/or currents.
Red: High hazard, high surf
and/or strong currents.
Red over Red (two flags fly-
ing): Water closed to the public.
Purple: Dangerous marine

Sheriffs Office warns of scams

The Franklin County Sher-
iff's Office is asking that every-
one within our communities
watch out for emails, postal mail
and phone calls of games of
Recently, the Sheriff's Office
received a call from a person
inquiring about a phone call that
they had received stating that if
you send $250 for processing fees
to a stated address, you would in
return receive thousands of dol-
lars free and clear. Residents

need to be wary of these type
activities. Many of the people
who live here are on fixed
incomes and scams such as this
can take everything that they
have ever worked for. If it sounds
too good to be true, it most like-
ly is.
If you feel that you have
been a victim of a scam you can
contact agencies such as the U.S.
Postal Inspector, U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, the U.S.
Department of State to make a

complaint or the Franklin
County Sheriff's Office and
authorities will assist you in con-
tacting the proper agency to han-
dle your case.
For more information on
scams via internet: www.myflori- for the Florida
Attorney Generals Office, Florida Depart-
ment of Financial Services, or for
your Sheriff's Office.

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FWC brings "bear-proof" containers to Carrabelle

Clhonicle Correspondent
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion brought a dozen "bear-
proof" trash cans to Carrabelle
Saturday for Bear Education
Day, and retrofitted about a
dozen more for citizens who
brought their own containers.
They also brought a kid's
activity tent, where FSU student
interns showed children how to
make plaster casts, using their
own hands and feet as models.
On display were actual casts of
bear prints and other wildlife,
and a most popular display, the
pelt of a young bear, with head,
mounted on a sawhorse, for the
children to see the details, and
feel the remarkably soft, velvety
"It's a real bear!" exclaimed
Laila Murray, 10, while standing
on one foot in a box of sand to
make an impression of her foot
for a plaster cast. Plenty of infor-
mational literature and coloring
books were also available, for

kids and adults. Also on display
was a video of how the FWC
tested containers for "bear-able
Bears were filmed making
short work of all manner of stan-
dard garbage cans, both tradi-
tional galvanized metal and
modern high impact plastic, in
assorted styles. The "Bear-
proof" model on display held up
to the bears' assault, remaining
tightly shut, though they roll
quite easily.
Stephanie Simek, FWC Bear
Management Program Coordin-
ator, explained, "These cans
have twist-on lids. Once they are
screwed down, the bears can't get
into them. Bears can pry, they
can open clamps and crush cans
to pop the lids off. But they can't
unscrew these. Once the lids are
screwed down, the lid's edge is
practically flush with the can's
side, so there is no way the bears
can get their claws under it to
Simek said the program had
provided a lot of this type of

in St. Theresa for 18 years, and
said, "We've always seen bears
around, but there seem to be
more of them recently than
before. And now they are becom-
ing more of a problem."
Jones said he thought that
increasing development and land
clearing in the vicinity may be
causing the bears to concentrate
in less-developed, at least for
now, areas such as the land
across Highway 98 from his
small neighborhood. *
"That's all St. Joe land," he
said, "and there's nothing going
on there right now. I don't really
know why we are seeing more
bears than ever."

Hannah Mock,10, and Laila Murray, 10, experience the velvet softness of a young bear's pelt
at the FWC pavilion for kid's activities on Bear Education Day at Tillie Miller Park Saturday.

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FWC Bear Management Program Coordinator Stephanie
Simek shows off one of the "bear-proof" trash containers
some residents swapped their old cans for at Saturday's

Dale Jones of St. Teresa makes sure his three trash cans, one
of the FWC's bear-proof models, and two retrofitted Waste
Management cans -one his, the other a neighbor's--are
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container to people in Central
Florida. "Lots of people have
farm animals there, and they
were using them for feed con-
tainers," she said. "They are real-
ly excellent for that purpose."
Seven of the bear-proof cans
had been given out in Carrabelle
Saturday, she said, and estimat-
ed that at least a dozen, possibly
more, owners' cans had been
retrofitted. "1 did four myself,
but the other guys (more FWC
personnel) were busy at it too,"
The FWC members were
kept busy retrofitting Waste
Management trash cans, instal-
ling eye-bolts and locking mech-
anisms to hold the lids down
securely. Some owners' attempts
at keeping lids on were admitted
failures. A rubber cargo strap
stretched tightly between two
bolted hooks, one on the lid, one
on the body of the container,
was "totally ignored by the
bear," said one owner. "He just
pulled it up and reached inside.
Once he had emptied it out, he
just let it snap back and proceed-

ed to make a big mess."
Another owner, Dale Jones
of St. Theresa, brought two WM
cans in his truck, "one is mine,
one is my neighbor's." Jones also
took one of the FWC's "bear-
proof" cans home along with the
two retrofits.
"My sister, who lives right
near me, heard a sound at her
back door a few nights ago," he
said. "She got up and went to
look, and there was a big bear
scratching at the door, trying to
get in. She had a cooler in her
kitchen, and he was trying to get
to it. When she turned on the
light, he gave up and went away,
leaving big, deep scratches on
that screen door." Jones has lived

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