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SERVINGDUNNELLONANDRAINBOWSPRINGS Thursday, January 5, 2012Vol 30 No. 1275 cents VISIT US: www.riverlandnews.comCALL US: 489-2731 E-MAIL: editor@riverlandnews.com WHATS HAPPENING Nature photographer to speak at the LibraryGary Kuhl, a nature and wildlife photographer, will speak at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Dunnellon Public Library. Mr. Kuhl will give a presentation of his hiking trip down the Grand Canyons South Rim, along with scenes from his rafting trip on the Colorado River. This event is free. For additional information, call the Library at 438-2520. Community Thrift Shop in need of volunteersThe Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop is looking for a few volunteers to assist us a half a day a week or just occasionally in the thrift shop at 20815 W. Pennsylvania Avenue. Snowbirds are also welcome for the months youre here. For more information, call Ellie Rex, volunteer coordinator, at 489-9127 or visit dunnellonthriftshop.org. Woman dies from injuries after being struck by carA Dunnellon woman struck by a vehicle Dec. 8 while attempting to cross U.S. 41 near Southwest 108th Place died Saturday, Dec. 17, at Shands Hospital, according to a police report. According to the report, Celie Hudson was struck by a red in color 1998 Plymouth driven by Peter Vogel from Dunnellon. The most immediate evidence, the report stated, shows that Hudson attempted to improperly cross U.S. 41 at Southwest 108th Place. There was a sidewalk leading up to the crosswalk that could be used within a short distance of the crash. No charges have been filed, the report stated, as the incident remains under investigation. The investigation could last up to eight weeks to complete, the report stated. Citys rate surcharge angers residents BURNING DESIRE Council OKs purchase of two utility systems Despite pleas from a multitude of Rainbow Springs residents about an increase in fees, the Dunnellon City Council not only approved the purchase of Rainbow Springs Utilities for $5.95 million, but the Council OKd securing $6.5 million in bonds, as well as approving a 25 percent surcharge for the 1,500 customers on water and sewer. With more than 120 people in attendance at the Wednesday, Dec. 28, meeting, not everyone present could make their way through the doors at City Hall. Several people were forced to wait outside. However, those residents could not hear the proceedings because there were no speakers outside or video set up for those folks to watch. As the meeting progressed, those outside expressed their displeasure about not being able to hear the proceedings. We have a certain protocol were going to follow, Ward told the crowd. We want this to be kept civil; we want to hear what you have to say. Still, as the meeting continued those outside who couldnt hear became increasingly frustrated, pointing out they could not hear and asked officials to turn on the speakers outside. There are no speakers out there, Mayor Ward exclaimed. You need to cease and decist. Mayor Ward then ordered the doors to City Hall to be closed. Andy Burnham, senior vice president of Burton & Associates, the citys utility financial consultants. He explained average utility users in Rainbow Springs consume about 3,000 gallons per month and the cost is about $42.87 per month. Burnham pointed out Dunnellon users, who on a tier system, use 3,000 gallons per month, pay on average of 49.61. However, with the 25 percent surcharge Chamber of Commerce seeks nominees for awards banquet The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Awards Banquet in Jan. 21, at Rainbow River Club. Deadline to nominate is Friday, Jan. 6. Nominees are sought in the following categories: Community Service Award is to recognize one or more persons who have been instrumental in performing outstanding community service for the benefit of the local community. Community Youth Service This award is given to any youth organization that performs outstanding community service for the benefit of the local community. Making a Difference This award recognizes the contributions that one or more persons have made to improve the overall well being of the community. And it acknowledges and celebrates community spirit and good will. Community Involvement Award is to recognize one or more persons who have been instrumental in making Dunnellon area a better place in which to work and live. Community AmbassaAnnual event slated for Jan. 21 at Rainbow River Club HANNAH BUDY/For the Riverland NewsKourtni Budy works on painting a mural on the north wall of American Legion Post 58 as Sue Ellen PeCord looks on. The murals were completed in late 2011. Legion officials recognized those who participated in the paintings at its Wednesday meeting. New murals adorn wall of Legion Post Have you ever noticed any of the murals at various locations in Dunnellon? How about the wetland scene at the middle school or the train scene by the depot? Have you ever wondered why they are there or how they got there? These murals are the work of Amy Sharkey, local artist and Dunnellon resident. Many murals have been created throughout Dunnellon as a part of the vision of Dr. Curt Nelson, once a Marion County Commissioner and Dunnellon City Councilman, who died in 2004. Nelsons vision was to have at least three murals painted in Dunnellon that had themes relating to life in the town. Sharkey became involved when her son was working on an Eagle Scout project in 2003. When I heard of Curt Nelsons vision, I knew I wanted to become involved, Sharkey explained, noting this ongoing community service project includes five sites around the Dunnellon area. Sharkeys works can be seen at Wall-Rives American Legion Post 58, Dunnellon Middle School, as well as the Dunnellon Depot. Her paintings include Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, the Statue of Liberty and War Bond JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Volunteer hopes to one day land role as Forestry firefighter Five years ago, Julian Abrams was driving throughout the region pondering his future. A lover of the outdoors, the 2003 Crystal River High School graduate was driving along County Road 327 near the Forestry Station. He stopped to inquire about employment, more specifically of becoming a firefighter to help protect one of the many areas of nature he loves. No, was the response, as they cited his lack of experience. They suggested I try some of the area fire stations and inquire about volunteering, he recalled. He passed through Dunnellon, deciding to make a stop at Dunnellon Fire Rescue. Abrams landed the job. Honestly, I never had any ambitions to a fireman when I grew up, he said. However, after his first two weeks on the job completely changed his perspective. I was addicted, he explained. The move had certainly paid its share of dividends, and most recently the fiveyear firefighter was named Dunnellon Fire Rescues Firefighter of the Year. It was unexpected, I was completely speechless, Abrams said about learning of the honor. It caught me off guard. I dont do anything differently that the other guys around here do. They take the same risks. Abrams credits those hes worked with the past five years Chief Joe Campfield, Lt. Troy Slattery and the numerous other personnel that have spent time training him in the field. The credit needs to be given to those guys more than myself for the career Ive had, he said. They are the ones whove taught me everything I need to JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsJulian Abrams has been with Dunnellon Fire Rescue for five years. He was recently named Firefighter of the Year for the department. See SURCHARGE page 13 CAITLYN DUNNING For the Riverland News Amy Sharkey, other artists completed project See MURALS page 13 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Riverland News See CHAMBER page 11 See DESIRE page 13


Agency needs items for homeless programThe Annie W. Johnson Senior and Family Center is in need of items for its Project Homeless program, which is designed to help the homeless with food, tents and coolers. All three items are needed at this time. If you are able to assist us in this matter, contact the Annie W. Johnson Center at 489-8021. American Legion activities slated American Legion WallRives Post 58 will host its regular meeting of the Post and Auxiliary at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Dinner will be served at 5:30 for members, spouses and prospective members. The Dunnellon Young Marines meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Bingo will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The Third Saturday Outdoor Flea Market and Pancake Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 The public is welcome. Presbyterian church to host Zumba classesZumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness program, will at 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., starting Jan. 5. For more information, call 489-3021. United Methodist church to host spaghetti dinnerThe Women of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host its annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Friendship Hall of the Church at 21501 W. State Road 40. There will be two seatings, the first at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30. Adult tickets are available in advance for a donation of $6, children 10 and younger are $3. Adult tickets at the door will be a $7 donation. There will be a limited number of tickets for each seating. It is an all-you-can-eat event. For more information or advance tickets, call the church office at 489-4026. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for UMW Mission projects. Womans Club of Dunnellon slates eventsThe Womans Club of Dunnellon will sell homemade goodies Saturday, Jan. 7, at its clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. Club members will meet at noon Thursday, Jan. 12, for their General Meeting at the Womans Club. This will be a pot luck. The donation for the month will be the Homeless Children and Youth Center. They are in need of boys sizes 5 through 10 underwear, socks in medium and large; coats, jackets and sweaters, plus mens size small for older youths. If you wish to donate money, make check payable to the Womans Club of Dunnellon. The Womans Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, for Game Day at the Womans Club. Bring your favorite game(s) for all to enjoy. If you wish to brings snacks or drinks, please do. For more information, call Joan Cothern at 465-0782 or Gerry Hess at 4658195. The annual Soup-AThon will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. For more information, call Holly Fisk, chairwoman, at 465-8305. The Levy County Horse Club hosted its 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Trail Ride in October. The event is held at the Tidewater Trailhead in Goethe State Forest each year in conjunction with Forest Awareness Month and Greenways and Trails Month. This years event raised $4,800.00 that was donated to Shands Cancer Center to be utilized for the use of local breast cancer patients. The Levy County Horse Club has donated a total of $34,625 into our foundation that is administered by the Shands Cancer Center to date. The horse club hosted its annual Christmas ride/campout/dinner during the weekend of Dec. 17 at which time we presented the check to Jennifer Adams, Clinical Social Worker for Shands Cancer Center. She informed the club how the funds are so desperately needed and has been used to benefit about 500 patients in need, so far. The money will be utilized for purchasing their combs, brushes, wigs, gas for trips for chemotherapy treatments, and even an occasional payment for their electric bill. The monies also paid for an elderly ladies car transmission to be repaired to allow her transportation for her chemo treatments. A single parent that was a recipient of our funds four years ago went back to school and is now working at the Shands Cancer Center in order to give back and help others going through what she herself had undergone. For more information about next years event or if you wish to learn more about the horse club, visit www.levycountyhorseclub.com. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 000A74N 19140 E. Pennsylvania Avenue (AKA Hwy. 484) Dunnellon ( 352 ) 465-6505 For appointment call NEW YEAR NEW YOU! Specializing In Hair Nails Spray Tans Body Wraps Massage Facials Pedicures Tanning Start the New Year Looking and Feeling Great. Call today and look great tomorrow! 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Doles said he is a broken shard of sea glass that washed up on the beach shattered and jagged and tossed in the ocean; and his award winning original songs reflect that hard living, hard drinking period of his life as his stage presence reflects his theatrical calling expressed in Orlandos Theatre Downtown, which he co-founded. Garrison has performed all around the Southeast, Texas and Massachusetts, winning awards for his original songs and applause for his singing and playing. www.garrisondoles.com Sabal, like the tree from which it takes its name, represents the people and places of Florida. The newly formed group is comprised of Carly Bak, Fred Figueroa, Craig Daniel Hardin and Kevin McCann, who are individually talented singers and musicians who have blended their styles into a unique group. Each member of Sabal is an accomplished song writer and musician and together they are amazing performers of Americana/florida folk music. www.facebook.com/sabalswampgroove. Donation is $10 at the door and complimentary refreshments are served at intermission. For information, call 352-465-2167. Special to the Riverland News COMMUNITY EVENTS Student honored for perfect FCAT score Special to the Riverland NewsAustin Howell, an eighth-grader at Dunnellon Middle School, was recently honored for achieving a perfect 2011 FCAT score. DMS Principal Jane Ashman presented the certificate recently on the schools morning announcements. Besides being an honor student, Howell is active in scouting and aspires to be an Army Ranger.


Celebrating Christmas with a few spirits landed a 33-yearold man in the Marion County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, a police report stated. According to reports, Donald L. Mann III of Dunnellon was charged Dec. 26 with driving under the influence after breath tests showed he had an alcohol content of between .166 percent and .163 percent, more than twice the legal limit in Florida, which is .08 percent. The report stated Officer Mike Miley was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of East Pennsylvania Avenue and Hendrix Drive at which time he observed a silver vehicle traveling east bound at a high rate of speed. Miley then activated his radar, clocking the speed of the vehicle at 61 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, the report stated. According to the report, Miley activated his lights and sirens and initiated a traffic stop at San Mateo Boulevard and St. Lawrence Drive. Miley then made contact with Mann and noticed he had watery eyes and the smell of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, the report stated. Miley then asked for Manns license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. While looking for his license, the report stated, Mann fumble through his wallet and tried to hand Miley a debit card prior to handing over his license. According to the report, Miley asked Mann if he had been drinking, which Mann replied: Ill be honest with you, Ive had two drinks. Miley then asked Mann if he would participate in Field Sobriety Exercises, to which he agreed. Mann, Miley and Officer Shane Yox walked to the parking lot at River Oaks Plaza where Miley conducted the exercises, the report stated. According to the report, the first exercise was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Exercise. Mann stated he did not wear eyeglasses or contacts. Miley reported Mann had a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes as well as distinct nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes. Mann also had onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes, the report stated. Prior to the One-Leg Stand, Mann informed Miley he has had various injuries sustained from a motorcycle crash and has problems with both knees and lower back pain, the report stated. During the exercise, Mann swayed while balancing, used his arms to balance and put his foot down at 4 and 6 and counted to 23 twice, the report stated. Miley then explained the Walk-and-Turn exercise to the defendant and he again advised of his complications with his knees. Mann attempted the exercise, the report stated, but was unable to complete it as instructed, stating his legs were bothering him. Mann stated he did not need medical attention. According to the report, Miley informed Mann has being charged with Driving Under the Influence, placed him in handcuffs and transported him to the Marion County Jail. His bond was set at $500. On Dec. 21, a 23-year-old Dunnellon man was charged with Driving Under the Influence, a day before his 24th birthday. According to the report, Sgt. Jacob Gonzalez conducted a traffic stop on a green in color Volkswagen four-door driven by Alexander M. Hapgood. The report stated Sgt. Gonzalez to be speeding, 39 mph in a 30 mph zone, failed to maintain a designated lane and having a faulty non-working taillight. Upon making contact with Hapgood, the report stated, Sgt. Gonzalez observed that he had watery eyes, constricted pupils and slow, low raspy speech. Sgt. Gonzalez asked Hapgood if he was under the influence of any substances to which Hapgood replied, Ya, that K-2 stuff. Hapgood also stated he took a Percocet. According to the report, Hapgood participated in the following field soberity exercises: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the Walk-and-Turn Exercise, the One-Leg Stand Exercise, the Finger to Nose Exercise and the Romberg Alphabet Exercise, in which he failed each one. Sgt. Gonzalez, the report stated, transported Hapgood to the Marion County Jail where he gave legal consent to a breath test and lawful urine test. According to jail records, no bond was set. Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 3 A member of the Florida Press Association 352-489-2731 352-489-6593 (Fax) The Riverland News serves Dunnellon and the surrounding areas: Blue Cove, Chatmire, Hills of Ocala, Lake Tropicana, Rainbows End, Rainbow Lakes Estates, All the Rainbow Springs Area, Rio Vista and Vogt Springs.The Riverland News is delivered on Thursday to subscribers by our carriers and mail. The newspaper is also available inside area stores and at various boxes throughout the community. 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River views City Council public meeting was a farceThe Dunnellon City Council was obliged to hold a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 28, regarding the purchase of a utility company. So they let some people into the meeting, and excluded the rest. City Hall just isnt big enough for everyone. With an air of arrogance the City Council simply ignored the crowd of people outside who came to participate in the public meeting. There was some talk in the background about turning porch speakers on for the folks outside, but it didnt happen. No talk of providing a venue to accommodate the concerned people was made. The police moved the folks in the lobby out, closed the doors and took a stand against the folks who came to attend the meeting. The spurious public meeting went on inside, and after a little while all of the people on the outside went away. I believe there is a law in Florida against this sort of con, but Im not a lawyer, so Id need some help here. This kind of governmental arrogance can be understood when you consider what the Dunnellon City Council is doing. Purchasing a business from Rainbow Springs Utilities that is a fully operational. Making no fundamental changes for customers and then severely raising the cost to homeowners over a few years with the money going to the sellers and buyers. What a trick! A bit of monkey business that even the Mad Hatter couldnt have played better. Rainbow Springs residents are mostly older folks, mainly retired people living on pensions, social security or lifetime savings. Of course, these people cant vote in Dunnellon, so gouging their pocketbooks will have no effect on Dunnellons elections. The Dunnellon city government is as callous as the Queen of Hearts wielding control over underlings and shouting off with their heads. Alices topsy-turvy world of Through the Looking Glass has a lot in common with Dunnellons city government, an iniquitous government that gouges people instead of serving them. Wednesdays city council meeting was a bitter lesson in governmental superciliousness. Story books and history both teach us how to deal with the arrogant who rule against the people. Heads should roll after this farce of a public meeting that was closed to the people affected by the business at hand concerned residents being turned away from the public meeting in Dunnellon. Kenneth Donnelly Dunnellon Rainbow Springs residents should boycott GreenlightI believe the recent decision to purchase the Rainbow Springs Water Utility is another bad decision by the City Council. I urge my fellow residents of Rainbow Spings to boycott the upcoming GreenCity was ill-prepared for meeting As we delve into 2012 I s everybody as shocked as I am that 2011 is over and gone? I know they said the older I get the faster the years would go by, but this is ridiculous. So now Im wondering what this year will bring as we delve into 2012. First, and foremost, I hope all our military men and women get to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan and all those horrible places. I would like to see politicians stop hating each other and work toward a common goal, Kim Kardashian will find out that the world does not revolve around her and Casey Anthony will get a cell right next to O.J. However slim chance of any of those happening. I hope they finally find out what happened to JonBenet Ramsey, and while theyre at it lets find out if Lizzie Borden really did kill her parents or not. I wish the economy could get back to normal but Im afraid this is the new normal and we better get used to it somehow. How about a Super Bowl game for the Broncos? If so, theres big party at my house. But even if they dont make it I still think 2012 will be Tim Tebows year to shine and the world to find out just what hes made of. I want this to be the year that Simon Cowell falls madly in love and becomes a nicer person. Donald Trump loses all his money and has to work 9 to 5 like the rest of us. Madonna gets her first wrinkle, Cameron Diaz gets fat and Neil Patrick Harris takes over for Regis. The Dancing with the Stars cast for 2012 should be: Michael Phelps, Jon Cryer, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Martha Plimpton, Lea Michelle, Jeff Probst, Alex Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgewick, Blair Underwood, Toni Braxton, Whoopie Goldberg and Ryan Seacrest dancing with his partner Julianne Hough. Now thats a cast. I want more of Dr. Oz and Dr. Drew. More of Cake Boss and American Pickers. More, more, more of Johnny Depp, Whitney, Robert Downey Jr., Zooey Deschanel, Emma Stone and James Franco. Less, less, less of Lindsay Lohan, Newt Gingrinch, Gordon Ramsey, Chris Brown, Starr Jones and Ashton Kutcher until he shaves and cuts his hair. What has happened to that boy anyway? He seems to have lost his wife, his mind and his shampoo. As for technology, I hate to say it but I really dont care what innovative new phone they come out with. Even if they invented one that made my lunch every day, Id still have my plain, basic phone that makes calls and sends texts. Thats all Ill ever use a phone for, or so I say right now. It tickles me though that my 9-year-old goddaughter just got her first cell phone. In 2012, I will try to eat better, exercise more, have more patience with people, and excel in everything I do. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah On the family side, I hope my granddaughter continues to be the star pitcher that she has been and I hope my grandson stays as happy and as funny as he is right now. I wish for love and fulfillment for both my brothers. I want my daughters to continue to grow and continue to be loved the way they The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association OPINIONS INVITED The opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in a letter to the editor. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via e-mail, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. 4 Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 RIVERLAND NEWS OUR VIEW LETTERS THE JERSEY GIRL TIME TO SMILE T here is no way I can write this column without sounding like I am bragging. You will have to trust me on this. I am not. By now you can tell my life is an open book. I write pretty much about everything the good, the bad and the ugly. We are human and we make mistakes. We atone and if we are lucky enough we learn to laugh at the stupid things we do. When I make a fool of myself, you read about it. Therefore, when someone else makes a fool of themselves I am going to let you know. This column is not about what some people might say are my assets. No, this column is about the location of the male brain. Ask any women where it is located and you will get an array of answers, none of which involve his cranium. I can say that this particular person was not thinking straight or at least he wasnt thinking with his brain. Well, I turned 50 and AARP never found me. I know it is just a number. I have to keep reminding myself that it is my attitude that counts, not my age. In order to last the next 50 years, I have been doing my best to get healthy. Walking is the only exercise that seems to work for me. I have three different routes I take depending on my mood. One route consists of all hills. The other two vary in length. Taking different routes breaks up the monotony. I do a very fast power walk. With the right mix of music, I get my heart pumping and a nice workout. When you walk on a daily basis, some times people will honk or wave. I have heard people yell things from get off the road to keep up the good work. I even get a few cat calls; OK, now I am bragging. Normally, if I am in the zone I do a quick wave and concentrate on walking. The grass and dirt are as uneven as I am one leg is shorter than the other. Since Dunnellon doesnt believe in sidewalks, I am often forced to walk on the road. When I leave my house, I walk two blocks and reach U.S. 41. Some days I cross it and take the hilly route. So, there I was one day jogging in place waiting for the traffic to slow down so I could cross the road. Now if you are familiar with a womans anatomy, certain parts of her bounce Columnist recommends keeping your eyes straight P erhaps the past advice weve attempted to share with city leaders fell upon deaf ears, or maybe they just had blinders on. Instead, the burden of $14-plus million in bond obligations has fallen on the shoulders of the taxpayers and soon-to-be users of city-managed utility systems. And the burden is likely to be a lot heavier after the City Councils most recent decision to purchase a pair of utility systems, including the previously privately owned Rainbow Springs system. Though the Council failed to create public buy-in and voted to approve the sale in a matter of seven days is no surprise. Neither is the risk of bonding out $6.5 million to do so. A large portion of the crowd that spilled through the doorway into City Hall last week as the Dunnellon City Council prepared to vote about the matter were left out in the cold, literally. Why? Either city officials did not realize the magnitude of their impending decision, or they simply didnt expect many folks to show up because of an unusual Wednesday night Council meeting. City officials should have made proper accommodations for a meeting that was to have a large effect for so many people. Simply put, it was an erroneous and grievous decision on officials part to not be better prepared. That officials could not figure out a way of setting up an audio/video system for folks who were stuck outside to listen to the meeting, especially with its multi-million Greenlight Communications system in a testing phase at City Hall, is certainly questionable. It would have been a great opportunity to showcase the potential of the fiber to the home program, perhaps creating some public buy-in. Instead, city leaders might have put their endeavor in jeopardy. If purchasing the utility systems was such great opportunity that it had to be completed in such a short time frame and the seller was eager to, shall we say, part ways with their facility, would an extension to complete the purchase truly have made a significant impact? We certainly dont believe so. Simply put, the Council was asked to waive its stance on a 25 percent surcharge for customers of an already operational utility system that they had paid for throughout the years. They instead chose not to and now face a situation in which 1,500 potential Greenlight customers will opt to boycott the program. This ill-gotten, rushed decision will have lingering effects for years to come. The Council has stated in the past it wants more public input; however, if the Council continues to fail to create public buy-in, there will be no input because of a lack of trust the Council has created with members of the public, whether they are city residents or neighbors from surrounding communities. Kathleen Wallace See SMILE page 5 Audrey Beem See JERSEY GIRL page 5 See LETTERS page 5


light Dunnellon Communications cable company. It is clear the city only considers our community a cash cow to be milked. I would not trust the city to not raise rates at will if you sign up for Greenlight. If Greenlight is the major provider in Rainbow Springs, they will control the market. I have very good cable, internet and phone service now. Why would I subscribe to a city utility that will raise my rates to finance their poor city management programs? If Rainbow Springs residents boycott Greenlight cable, we at least will show our displeasure and our mistrust of the City Council that can raise our rates because they can. Let the city pay the borrowed $13 million without our support of Greenlight. The City Councils decision to pay top dollar for a utility to make money will come back to haunt them if Greenlight fails. Boycott Greenlight to show your displeasure. All residents of Dunnellon should consider the track record already of Grenlight already in debt and in trouble before they sign up. They do deserve our trust or business.Steve Swett Dunnellon Dunnellon taking too much financial riskThe spider has the fly in the web. Rainbow Springs water works has been taken over by Dunnellon. The next move will be a reach to incorporate Rainbow Springs into Dunnellon. Rainbow Springs has been an ideal place in which to live. But, this will drastically change with the overwhelming burden of imposed rate increases and a 25 percent surcharge for use of the water. If we are incorporated, huge tax increases will follow. Dunnellon is verging on insolvency. Their City Council and an egotistical mayor have ventured into very risky financial territory. They look to Rainbow Springs as their only hope to achieve a reprieve from their poor business decisions. Rainbow Springs residents better wake up before it is too late. The spider awaits its next big meal. Vivian Dayton Rainbow Springs City Council might be killing the goose Dunnellons recent announcement regarding the purchase of Rainbow Springs Water Utility has generated more e-mail than any event that I can remember. They are all over the village. I will pass along a few more juicy varieties. Lets occupy town hall; Refuse to support any Dunnellon retail establishment; Dont sign up for the Greenlight Communication program; Annex Dunnellon and throw the bums out; We cant vote for the politicians that set our water rates; We need to start another Tea Party movement; and I cant believe the arrogance of Dunnellon government to its neighbor. Will any of those things happen? Your guess is as good as mine and I dont know. One thing that I do know is that this matter was handled very poorly. Bush league would be a compliment. Most of the residents of Rainbow Springs bend over backward to support Dunnellon retailers. We often pay more just to keep it local. Dunnellon, your elected officials belong in Washington, D.C. They would fit in very nicely with those that want to borrow and spend our way out of financial problems. In closing, one of your council members proclaimed this is a win/win for Dunnellon. My dear, it just might be a lose/lose. Your neighbors may just stop laying eggs in Dunnellon. Lynn Black Dunnellon Citys decision to charge extra is wrongDear Mr. Mayor and City Council members, Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association wishes to go on record of their opposition to the acquisition of Rainbow Springs Utility LC. Our opposition stems from other endeavors that the City Council has entered into, such as Greenlight Communications. The Rainbow Springs Utility LC has brought the community water and sewer services a reasonable rate. It appears that the city cannot be satisfied with the profits at the present rates and must increase them significantly. A recent survey reported the city of Dunnellon is charging the third highest water and sewer rates in Central Florida. This leads me to question the cities ability to manage and operate a larger water and sewer system efficiently. The acquisition should lead to lower rates, not higher rates for the citys residents. A news article in the Ocala Star-Banner Dec. 22 stated the City Manager said the city would profit roughly $250,000 annually from the acquisition. I also wish to go on record that the Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association objects to the 25 percent surcharge allowed in section 180.191 of the Florida state code. This unfair charge is optional and does not have to be imposed by the City Council. We oppose the 25 percent surcharge that is, in reality, a tax without any representation. We also oppose this additional burden that does not add any services to the community. Our community is made up of approximately 80-percent plus retirees on a fixed income. Many of these retirees are widows or widowers that have difficulty meeting expenses. It appears that the city of Dunnellons Council is taking advantage of an opportunity to make an exorbitant profit while disregarding the welfare of the citizens. This profit is being made from both Rainbow Springs and Dunnellon city residents. This leads again to the cities ability to manage and not take advantage of the residence. One has to ask the question: Is this profit to offset other managerial mistakes such as Greenlight? The citys extra endeavors should be set up on separate accounting system, so that the taxpayers and consumers are able to examine the results and value received. The citys documents states that they are to run an economical and efficient system for the public good, not to take advantage of customers and make an exorbitant profit of approximately a quarter million dollars. Very truly yours,Robert Frankenfield, President Rainbow Springs Property Owners Association Residents opposed to utility takeoverThe residents of Rainbow Springs object to Dunnellons purchase of Rainbow Springs Utilities and its proposed water and sewer rates. FS 180.191 states in part that a municipality may levy charges that are just and equitable and may add a surcharge of not more than 25 percent to consumers outside its boundaries. We dont believe your fees, which are the highest in the north central Florida area for the average household and subject to a 7 percent increase per year, are just and equitable. Adding a 25 percent surcharge to this is an insult. It is not as though you are developing or expanding a city-based water and sewer system to reach out to our community, but rather a functioning system already sits there, which has been paid for by our fees over many years. Why should we pay for your ill-advised $21 million cumulative debt and get nothing more for it? Other concerns that have been expressed to me include: Why are you paying $5.95 million for the system when the 2010 PSC filing indicated a net asset value of $3.5 million? Do you believe your profit margin on us will justify that? Why did you plunge into Greenlight Communications when it should have been obvious that you cant compete with the large, well-established communications companies? There is less and less interest in Greenlight in the Rainbow Springs community as you continue to gouge us with your utility enterprise and your misuse of red-light cameras for revenue purposes. Are you aware that the water service lines in Rainbow Springs are in poor shape and subject to numerous breaks? Didnt your engineering firm tell you that? Rainbow Springs residents are concerned with the quality (or lack thereof) of services to be expected of Dunnellon. There are many good people doing good things in Dunnellon but there is a general mistrust of Dunnellons government. You are earning a reputation as a bad neighbor. Perhaps you dont care but I believe the citizens and business people of Dunnellon do care. Burt Eno, Ph.D. Dunnellon Editors Note: Burt Eno, Ph.D., read this letter on record at the Dec. 28 Dunnellon City Council meeting. Rainbow Springs utilities purchaseWe attended the hearing Dec. 28 regarding the purchase of Rainbow Springs Utilities by the city of Dunnellon. This meeting was a farce from beginning to end. There should have been plans made to hold the meeting where everyone attending could have been accommodated. There should have been plans in effect so that everyone could hear what was being said. We have never seen an authority figure be as rude to people as the mayor was. Why is the city so unwilling to answer questions? For example: How much money has been wasted by Greenlight by placing cable in Rainbow Springs? The city has never said how the residents of Rainbow Springs will benefit from this purchase mainly because we wont. The resolutions passed consistently refer to how the city will benefit. Just because we can is no answer to why they will be charging Rainbow Springs residents the 25 percent surcharge. Even one county commissioner agrees that this is wrong. On the basis of our December utility bill, the 25 percent surcharge will raise our bill at least $10.81 not the referenced $6 to $7. That is before the other rate increases. It is not Rainbow Springs water system that is in disrepair but the citys. It is a well known fact that theirs is, but it not the residents of Rainbow Springs responsibility to furnish the monies for them to do so. What is going to happen to Rainbow Springs Utilities if the city goes bankrupt? Will we get our utility system back as it was before this ill advised purchase? The mayor needs to learn that in order to get respect that you first have to give it. Edward and Joan Duggins Rainbow Springs Rainbow Springs Utility takeover by DunnellonIt saddens my heart to have to write a letter concerning the proposed actions of the Dunnellon City Council by their voting to purchase the Rainbow Springs water company. As a long time resident of Rainbow Springs, I for one am solidly opposed to this idea for several reasons. Because of the greedy actions of your city fathers, they have placed their citizenry in financial jeopardy by their attempt to deeply indebt themselves by installing a fiber-optic system for whatever reason. This is not a function of city government, and if it were economically practical, private businesses would have picked up on it. Now your city fathers are demanding that you place yourselves further in debt by acquiring our water company. This is simply bad financial advice to become deeper in debt during these trying financial times. We take notice that your finances are shaky now because of the citys failure to come up with sufficient funds to make the required payments on your debt. This is called defaulting. Pardon my French, but whoever is giving financial advice to your city fathers should be immediately fired. A continuation of civic debt growth is tantamount to a fiscal doomsday. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that the Dunnellon city leaders want to annex the Rainbow Springs sub-division so that they can expand their tax base at our expense, and I am convinced that this is the main reason for this action. By buying our water company, they would have an open door to the annexation process and they readily admit that our water rates will increase substantially when they achieve the buyout. Our people will gain absolutely nothing by being annexed into Dunnellon except sky-rocketing taxes, increased utility bills, civic regulations, poor water service with no recourse and stop lights with cameras to spy on us and fine us into the poor house with exorbitant charges. They have apparently thought that our people are going to be the financial saviors of your fine city, but this will place an unwanted and unprecedented financial burden on Rainbow Springs residents. I can offer nothing but praise for our present water and sewer services. The water company has done an excellent job. I am fearful of civic governmental institutions trying to operate a company as efficiently and we can imagine the graft and corruption possible because of this transfer. If private corporations can do it, let the government stay out of the way. The fathers apparently have grandiose plans to transform the city of Dunnellon into a metropolis. They seem to feel that huge growth translates into a higher standard of living. Beware, citizens, growth means an increase in living costs, expanded infrastructure, new schools, more stop lights with cameras, perhaps water rationing, and higher and higher taxes. You go ahead and grow all you want, but please leave us out of your plans and forget about taking away our water. It is up to the Dunnellon citizenry to let them know that you want no more debt financing. Elvere Tommy Thompson Dunnellon Who did not do their job? Being totally for the new sewer system, I did not expect the bill to be $3 and some odd change short of $100. Yes, $100 for the first billing when it had been installed at the most two weeks ago. So like a good wife, I handed hubby the new bill and said find out how this can be so high when it has just been installed; better to send him than go myself as any lame excuse can really set me off. Prorated was the excuse. What? Bull, prorated back to previous years? How can it be prorated to previous years and most of all why? Well it seems someone did not do their job, and because of this failure to do their job but still get full pay is not excusable. Prorated back to months and years ago to the highest usage. Even to the most water used in growing a garden my first and last garden. Now this has to be a very hard job to do. Are we ready? Just read the meters before the installation and Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 5 WALMART Hwy. 200 Ocala 352-291-1467 Crystal River Mall 352-795-1484 Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE BC/BS Best of the Best four years in a row FREE PREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES 89 LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. EXP 2/1/12 One More Week! BATTERIES 000A3XY HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm REPAIRS MUST PRESENT COUPON. ANY MAKE OR MODEL. 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As I am jogging a guy in a green truck drives by. He looks at me. OK, no big deal. As he passes me his whole neck, head and shoulder come out of his truck window. He looked like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. I swear his eyes popped out of his eye sockets. While he is looking and leaning to the left, his truck is careening to the right. I dont know if it was the look of horror on my face or the fact that his car was no longer on the pavement, but he finally came to his senses. He was off the road and up the embankment. He did a quick correction and was on his way. I was still laughing three blocks later. Men are so obvious. Thank goodness there werent any trees in the area. Can you imagine him having to explain to his wife or insurance agent why he hit a tree? Next time use your brain and keep your eyes on the road. SMILE continued from page 4 deserve. I want my mom and dad to enjoy another year of healthy life and new adventures. And as for me, Rupert Murdock is going to read one of my stories and offer to pay me millions of dollars to write articles for him about five times a year. In the meantime, my husband is finally going to hit the lottery and we will be moving to the Rainbow River. Yes, crazy but true, even if we hit the lotto we are staying right here in Dunnellon. And then when I wake up from this nice dream I will start another day full of family, love and lots of laughter. Because thats what life is truly all about and what I wish for in the coming year. Happy 2012 and Happy Leap Year! JERSEY GIRL continued from page 4 LETTERS continued from page 4 S ee LETTERS page 6


then after and these bills would not be so large. Such a hard job, so how did this someone fail to do their job causing outrageous billing? No reading or recording of the installation date was kept. I guess the contractor never kept record of the installations they did just in case someone failed to do their job within the city. The city needs to address this billing and how someone on city payroll is not being held responsible for their failure. How can the citizens be charged for such a large oversight? This is short unethical to send over charged billings because of a failure. Times are hard, money is short and one failure is going to cause hardship on our people. City hall is here to serve us and protect us, but we are being punished for an employee of City Hall that made a large blunder in the performance of their job. Mary Hacker Dunnellon Flag flying upside down is disgrace I am an infreguent visitor to Dunnellon and really have been fortunate to enjoy it in both the summer and the winter months for the past few years. While visiting this Christmas with family, I was very upset to see an American Flag being flown upside down at a home on Camp Drive. As a 30-year Marine veteran this is a slap in the face for all Americans. Unless that family is in threat of life or limb, the American Flag should never be flown upside down according to the code on flying a United States flag. I understand that this is not a representation of Dunnellon, but it sure puts a sour taste in my mouth as a veteran and an American. Maybe the police department or the rescue squad should respond to the distress call and remind them that the hanging of the flag is a dire distress call for help in the case of life and limb. Art Taylor St. Helena Island, S.C. FORS thanks everyone for supportOn behalf of the Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS), Rainbow Springs Volunteers and Park Staff, I would like to express my appreciation to the Dunnellon community for their support of our recently concluded annual Santa Over the Rainbow event at Rainbow Springs State Park. This year, we set new records for attendance just shy of 5,400 people visited the state park to enjoy the beautiful lights and entertainment and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus. For all who visited the park, told their neighbors about the event, visited our Gift Shop, Concession and Crafty Ladies sales venue, we thank you! Each year volunteers and staff begin planning for the next year as soon as the event is over. The Light Crew and Decorating Teams are busy at the park starting in November. A number of volunteers appear every night to help make the event a success. After all this work, nothing makes us all happier than to see the crowds appear to enjoy what we have planned. But this success would not be possible without the many merchants in Dunnellon that display our flyers, the music groups that perform each of the six nights before Christmas, the Marion County Sheriffs Office and Citizens Patrol/Dunnellon Branch and the Riverland News and its staff for the wonderful coverage both before and during the event a special thank you to each and everyone of you. We look forward to seeing all of you at Rainbow Springs State Park for one of our future events and, of course, for next years Santa Over the Rainbow.Linda Brown President, Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS Giving back Secret Santa programAll through December including Christmas Eve, Dunnellon Police Department officers and staff were collecting and packaging gifts and food for families in need. This was the second year the Dunnellon Police Departments Secret Santa program successfully assisted with families who were experiencing difficult times. The Police Department started collecting unwrapped gifts right after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve and a total of 156 children from all over the Dunnellon area received gifts to open Christmas Day hoping to make their Christmas brighter. The Dunnellon Police Department would like to thank the following sponsors for their kindness and heartfelt donations during this holiday season. Because of this communitys generosity, these children were able to have a wonderful Christmas. 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Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 7 FAMILY FEATURES Y ear after year, saving money and eating healthier rank high on the list of New Years resolutions, but as many know all too well, busy schedules can make it hard to keep these resolutions up. Pretty Delicious author and Top Chef alum Candice Kumai has partnered with The Glad Products Company to create delicious recipes that help bring healthy food out of the kitchen, and in turn, help to save you both the cost and calories associated with eating lunch out. Chef Kumais recipes are inspired by Glad To Go reusable lunch and snack containers, which feature a detachable 1.5-ounce To Go cup that snaps into the lid allowing you to confidently transport foods that you havent been able to before. Just imagine no more dressing leak disasters when bringing a salad to work. Now theres no excuse for us to break our New Years resolutions, says Kumai. My recipes are not only healthy, delicious, convenient meal time options, but they fit into our everyday lives while helping to save money, time and calories and reduce waste. For additional recipes, lunchtime tips, coupon offerings and more, visit Facebook.com/Glad. Spicy Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4 For the shrimp 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Pinch red pepper flakes 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined 3 tablespoons high-quality tequila Salt, to taste 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped For the salad 4 cups dark, leafy mixed greens 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced thin 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed 1 avocado, sliced thin For the dressing 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt 3 tablespoons high-quality tequila 1 tablespoon grated lime zest 1 teaspoon hot sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Pinch of sea salt to taste Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add cumin and red pepper flakes, and let flavors blend together. Add shrimp and toss. Carefully add tequila and cook until alcohol burns off. Season with salt, and add dried chipotle powder. Once shrimp are cooked, add chopped cilantro, toss and put aside on a plate. Toss mixed greens in a large salad bowl and add in roasted red peppers and black beans. In medium bowl, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and alter to desired taste by adding additional hot sauce and salt. Top with avocado slices and sauted shrimp. Roasted Fig and Blue Cheese Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 For the figs 2 cups fresh black mission figs, sliced in half 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon sea salt For the salad 1/2 cup blue cheese, cut into elegant wedges or thin slices 6 cups mixed salad greens with arugula 1/2 cup candied walnuts Sea salt to taste For the dressing 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon sea salt To roast figs, preheat the oven to 350F. Remove stems off end of each fig, then slice fig in half. Roast for approxi mately 30 minutes or until a bit golden brown. Remove and cool slightly. In small mixing bowl, mix 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey. Add figs and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk honey, mustard, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and sea salt together to create dressing. Place greens in large salad bowl; toss in candied walnuts. Serve with two fig halves on top of each salad with a blue cheese wedge. InspiringRecipesby ChefCandiceKumai Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Strawberries and Goat Cheese Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 For the salad 1/2 cup walnuts 4 cups fresh spinach, stems trimmed 8 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese For the dressing 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon sea salt Heat the oven to 375F. Place walnuts on rimmed baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Toss spinach with strawberries in a large bowl. In small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, vinegar and salt. Sprinkle walnuts on top of spinach and straw berries mix. Serve sprinkled with goat cheese, with remaining dressing on the side.


Lutheran church to host Gospel trio The Jacob Brothers Gospel Music Trio will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Joy Lutheran Church in the church sanctuary. Joy Lutheran Church is at Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For more information, call 352-854-4509, ext 221. Reflections church relocating Beginning Sunday, Jan. 8, Reflections Church will move to Citrus Springs Middle School for Sunday worship services. The time of the service will remain at 10:15 am. Childrens Church and child care will be available. Worship services will continue at the Citrus Springs Community Center until the move. For more information, call 794-3326. Universalists to present series on mandala Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists have scheduled a series devoted to learning about mandalas. The series will begin at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 with a talk by Patricia Kittleman, a student and teacher of the mandala. The following three topics will be at 1 p.m. Sundays, beginning Jan. 15. Learn how to draw your own personal mandala for enjoyment, relaxation and meditation. The drawing sessions will be led by Jan Hitchcock, art instructor from CCF. Cost is $10 for each art class. Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists is at 7633 N. Florida Ave., Citrus Springs. For more information or to sign up, call Pam Ricker at 489-3545. T his year is an election year. Of course, the purpose of this year is to elect a new president. Every four years we elect a new president and I have participated in many presidential elections. In all those years of electing a new president it has usually worked out that the new president was remarkably quite like the old president. Some political pundits make a great deal between a Republican and a Democrat. It may be my age, but it seems to me that most Democrats are Republicans in disguise and most Republicans are Democrats in disguise. If I was backed up against a wall with a firing squad in front of me and asked to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican, the only thing I could come up with would be the spelling. A Republican when elected will always act like a Democrat and a Democrat when elected will usually act like a Republican. Then they wonder why the voting public is confused. What has not changed is the fact that a politician running for office will say anything to get elected and then once elected will develop an acute sense of amnesia, which is not that cute. Whenever I hear politicians say that when they are elected they are going to change things I know I am either listening to a fool or someone who is trying to fool me. Hundreds of politicians have run on the platform of changing Washington DC. Well, how has that been working? A few things I am glad will not change. Emma Florence Hodgetts, 91Emma Florence Hodgetts, 91, of Dunnellon died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. She was born in Woodhaven, N.Y., the daughter of Florence and Carroll Chamberlin. Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hodgetts; sisters, Adele Dowie, Laura Thurman; and brother, Carroll Chamberlin. She is survived by her daughter, Jan Hodgetts of Dunnellon; sister, Pat Shirmer of Clovis, N.M.; brothers, Roy Chamberlin of Carmel, Calif., and George Chamberlin of Ocracoke, N.C.; many loving nieces and nephews that will treasure Ems great love of family and friends. Emma attended the Riverland Baptist Church, with daughter, Jan, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 58, Rainbow Squares, Rainbow Rivers Club and USABDA Club (Dance). Visitation was at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011 with a funeral service following at 1 p.m., Rev. Rex Carringer officiated. Interment followed at Dunnellon Memorial Gardens. Marilyn A. Sprenzel, 82Marilyn A Sprenzel, 82, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Everyone will always love her but mostly me, Bob. 8 Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 Attend the worship service of your choice Attend the worship service of your choice 000A6Q9 U nitarian U niversalists 7633 N. Florida Ave. (Route 41)Citrus Springs N a t u r e C o a s t 465-4225 SUNDAY SERVICES 10:30 A.M. W HERE REASON & RELIGION M EET GLBT WELCOME What is Unitarian Universalism? Many of our founding fathers were either Unitarians or Universalists. Today, UU is a non-creedal path which allows each person the freedom to search for truth in many ways. While our congregations uphold shared principles, individuals may discern their own beliefs about spiritual and theological issues. Because of the diversity o f beliefs and life styles, our congregation has rich dialogue about many spiritual topics. We are guided by 7 principles which all UUs share, and put into action in our church, our communities and the world. The Nature Coast UnitarianUniversalist Fellowship is a democratic and lay led congregation. All are Welcome. Details on our 7 principles, services and activities are at naturecoastuu.org, Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Interim Pastor Tim Turner (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000A1M1 000A1LP 489-2685 Hall Available For Community Functions Rite I 8:00AM Coffee Hour 9:00AM Rite II 10:00AM Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Sunday 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. 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Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com 000A1L1 MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Emmanuel Akalue, Pastor MA 0016683 MA 0016683 Salon & Spa Salon & Spa 465-2210 Appt. Cal l 465-2210 or walk-in Get $ 1 2 0 Gift Card for only $100 W O W W O W W O W Hair Color/Styling Highlights or Lowlights Perms Spa Manicure/Pedicure Massage Therapy Face Lift Massage G r e a t N e w Y e a r s G i f t G r e a t N e w Y e a r s G i f t G r e a t N e w Y e a r s G i f t 11352 N. Williams St., Rainbow Square Plaza Dunnellon (Next to Sweetbay) vernonmartinsalon.com 000A5UF Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Jeffrey W. 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Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Traditional Worship 8:00 AM With Communion Each Week Contemporary Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sharing Gods Light 352-489-4026 www.SharingGodsLight.org 000A1LJ GATHERINGSA D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 711180 Exterior & Interior Wallpaper Removal Pressure Washing Free Estimates 0009XX6 PAINTING R i c k Rick United States Painting 4 6 5 5 0 6 8 465-5068 3 2 2 0 4 0 6 C e l l 322-0406 Cell Licensed Insured PAINTING Here we go again; the art of redundancy OUT TO PASTOR OBITUARIES CHURCH EVENTS Strike up the band JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsAndrew Noell, left, the Dunnellon Middle School Band Director, guides members of the band along during the schools winter concert program. Rev. James Snyder See PASTOR page 9


The things that are really important in life are those things that do not change. For instance, I am glad the sun comes up every morning. Even though every day is a new day, the same sun starts the day with its rising. The beautiful thing about this is that we can only live one day at a time. I cannot remember how much time I have spent worrying about something in the future and when that day came, I worried in vain. I am so glad that the rising of the sun is not in the hands of some political committee somewhere. Wherever two or three politicians are gathered together, there is gridlock. If a political committee were responsible for the rising of the sun, it would never rise. The only thing a political committee can do when it comes to the phenomenon of rising is in the area of taxes and their salaries. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow so will our taxes and so will the salaries of the politicians. Would be great the politicians salary was tied to the economy? If the economy was up, the politicians would get a raise. If the economy went down, the politicians would take a cut in salary. I am not sure how to do that, but if it ever became law in our country, the economy of our country would be on the rise for generations to come. Another redundancy that I am delighted to participate in and that is the mercies of God. It is of the LORDS mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3: 22-23 KJV). Although repeated daily, Gods mercies are never redundant. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church web site is www.whatafellowship. com. Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 9 0009T6F PLUMBING EPA Lead Certification #NAT-113266-1 OSHA 10 #1216933 Fla. 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Dr. Sharon is professor of Piano and Chair of Piano at Boston University and director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He was formerly Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University and professor of Piano at the University of Florida. In 2012, he is scheduled to be on the jury of the Emil Gilels International Piano Competition held in Odessa, Ukraine. Dunnellon Presbyterian Church is at 20641 Chestnut St. A love offering for Dr. Sharon will be taken at the conclusion of the concert. Church to host concert choirThe Westminster College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, at 20641 Chestnut St. The performance is part of the groups Rejoice Greatly tour. For more information, call the church office at 489-2682. Church to host bible studyFirst Baptist Church of Dunnellon will host a series titled, Precept Upon Precept, a communitywide, interdenominational study of Abraham: Becoming a Friend of the Faithful God, a beginners class. The study will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 12, at the church at 20831 Powell Road. Cost is $13.50 plus a few other one-time supplies. For more information, call Debbie Coradi at 445-9528. Methodist church to host spaghetti dinnerThe Women of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host its annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Friendship Hall of the Church at 21501 W. State Road 40. There will be two seatings, the first at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30. Adult tickets are available in advance for a donation of $6, children 10 and younger are $3. Adult tickets at the door will be a $7 donation. There will be a limited number of tickets for each seating. It is an all-you-can-eat event. For more information or advance tickets, call the church office at 489-4026. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for UMW Mission projects. Lutheran church to host Gospel music eventArizonans Dave Anderson and Kelly Patten will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Joy Lutheran Church at Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. A free-will offering will be asked at this event. For more information, contact 352-854-4509, ext. 221. Church to host monthly fish frySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 East in Dunnellon hosts a fish fry the first Friday monthly. Cost is $7 for adults; students and children are free. The fish fry is open to the public and is in the church pavilion. Advent Sunday School programs slatedThe Episcopal Church of the Advent has started a series of Sunday School classes for children ages 3 to 12 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Immediately following Sunday School, the children may participate in the Celebration of Holy Eucharist with the congregation. Children do not need to be church members to attend. The curriculum is called Godly Play and is taught by Maryann Brennan and her helpers. Advent is 1.2 miles west of State Road 200 on County Road 484, across from the Fire House. For more information, call the church at 4657272. Rainbow Springs church to host LIFT ministryJoin the ladies at the Rainbow Springs Village Church for Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT) fellowship. The goal is to LIFT one another in encouragement, LIFT our missionaries in prayer and LIFT the name of Jesus Christ. If childcare is desired, call the church office for arrangements. LIFT meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. For more information about this ministry, e-mail Cindy Greaves at women@caringpeople.org. Rainbow Springs Village Church is at 20222 S.W. 102nd St. Road, Dunnellon, south of Winn Dixie and west of U.S. 41). For more information, contact the church at 489-0249 or at www.caringpeople.org. Forget-Me-Not program open to publicThe First United Methodist Church is opening its Forget-Me-Not Program to the community. This is a program provided by the church to offer four hours of respite care for caregivers of early dementia and Alzheimers patients. The program is also including seniors who just need to get out of the house for a few hours and socialize with other seniors. This program is free and meets from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church Friendship Hall. Trained volunteers provide activities and refreshments. For more information, call Grace Burks at 4892580 or Joey Weisbaum at 489-6963. Church hosting Reformers Unanimous meetingsReformers Unanimous is an addictions program developed from more than a decade of experience, and is the fastest growing faithbased addictions program in America. Meetings are directed not toward a specific addiction, but toward overcoming any addiction through the Higher Power that is Jesus Christ. For more information, as well as success testimonies, visit the national website at www.reformu.com. Local meetings are at 7 p.m. Fridays at Riverland Baptist Church, one mile north of State Road 40 on U.S. 41. CHURCH EVENTS


R IVERLAND SPORTS 10 Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 North Central Florida Senior Amateur Tour tees off Jan. 12 THE VILLAGES The Senior Amateur Golf Tour is teeing it up to start its second season in North Central Florida on Thursday Jan. 12, initiating a series of 14 tournaments that includes two majors, all leading to the National Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Tournaments are scheduled for some of the areas most prestigious courses and certain to prove to be a good test of golf for all competitors. The Tour is open to all skill levels, 50 years of age and older. Members are placed in one of four flights: Championship Flight (0-3.9 handicap), A Flight (4.0-8.9), B Flight (9.013.9), C Flight (14.0-plus). Tournament sites include: Stone Creek, Ocala; Red Tail, Sorrento; Juliette Falls, Dunnnellon; Timacuan, Lake Mary; Black Bear, Eustis; Country Club of Ocala; Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills; Golden Hills, Ocala; Alaqua, Longwood; Eagle Dunes, Sorrento; Black Diamond, Lecanto; Southern Hills, Brooksville; Harbor Hills, Lady Lake; and, World Woods, Homosassa Springs. The tournaments at Mission Inn and World Woods are major two-day, 36-hole tournaments BOWLING SCORES Parkview Lanes Weekly News League scores for the week ending Dec. 30: Congratulations: Tim Lawrence had an 803 series in the Wednesday Night Mens league on December 28. His game scores were 247, 289 and 267. The 800 series was the third rolled at Parkview Lanes this year. Monday Nigh Special: Handicap: K.E. Conrad 297; Mark Smith 286, 783; David Brown 774; Lori Ciquera 258, 695; Dolores Rosales 253, 684. Scratch: Mark Smith 279, 762; K.E. Conrad 265; Sean Fugere 674; Lori Ciquera 235, 626; Stephanie Flory 211; Terry Brown 568. Preserve Pinbusters: Handicap: Nick Bello 261; Larry Kirk 254, 654; Chuck Keaton 254; Peck Noland 674; Pat Metcalfe 234, 658; Jan Miller 233; Joyce Swarm 656. Scratch: Larry Kirk 234, 594; Chuck Keaton 220; Ken Sprague 563; Jan Miller 181; Joyce Swarm 165, 473; Linda Sprague 459. Suncoast Seniors: Handicap: Art Trebon 229, 637; Ray Cusimano 226, 636; Helen Simonson 220, 608; P Murphy Combs 259, 691; Ben Wall 251; Frank Reesby 663; Helen Simonson 233, 629; Sharon Hat Tutewohl 220; Barb Steffen 218; Wanda Klik 591. Scratch: Murphy Combs 198; Bob Mannella 185, 488; Art Trebon 490; Barb Steffen 167, 436; Tat Tutewohl 166; Wanda Klik 417. Late Starters: Handicap: Rich Vehrs 261, 651; Myron Paliwoda 253; Frank Reesby 662; Carolyn McKeithan 239, 697; Millie George 234, 653. Scratch: Rich Vehrs 224; Rich Soletto 218; Frank Reesby 611; Ted Rafanan 601; Millie George 195, 536; Fran Barlow 190, 520. Wednesday Night Men: Handicap: Tim Lawrence 289, 803; Joe Barrera 288; Dennis Bonnell 785. Scratch: Tim Lawrence 289, 803; Joe Barrera 267; Dennis Bonnell 728. Holder Hotshots: Handicap: Larry Ovitt 292, 738; Lyle Ternes 286; Mike Calcagni 723; Tina Goodman 296, 763; Betty Wood 273, 739. Scratch: Lyle Ternes 239; Murphy Combs 238, 553; Eddie Corbitt 618; Tina Goodman 199; Kathy Calcagni 181, 509; Betty Wood 181; Ellen Bowman 480. Bowlers of the Week: Pat Metcalfe, 58 pins over her average, and David Brown, 129 pins over his average. League scores for the week ending Dec. 23: Monday Night Special: Handicap: K.E. Conrad 282, 772; Sean Fugere 281, 770; Terry Brown 312, 811; K.C. Cridland 271; Saad Bouve 702. Scratch: Sean Fugere 268, 731; Eric Glowacki 259, 742; Terry Brown 278, 709; K.C. Cridland 251, 593. Preserve Pinbusters: Handicap: Ken Sprague 279, 669; Ray Olsen 265; Larry Kirk 278; Lorraine Pelkie 257; Joyce Swarm 225, 676; Cindy Cotter 660. Scratch: Ken Sprague 279, 661; Ray Olsen 224; Larry Kirk 612; Joyce Swarm 193, 490; Lorraine Pelkie 190; Linda Sprague 493. Suncoast Seniors: Handicap: Murphy Combs 259, 691; Ben Wall 251; Frank Reesby 663; Helen Simonson 233, 629; Sharon Hoagland 224; Lynda Morgan 619. Scratch: Murphy Combs 241, 640; Jerry Ness 225, 643; Wanda Klik 165; Barb Steffen 160, 458; Lynda Morgan 412. Ladies Classic: Handicap: Pat Ouellette 286, 744; Melissa Simmons 284, 770. Scratch: Melissa Simmons 238, 632; Myla Wexler 227, 571. Late Starters: Handicap: Rich Vehrs 261, 651; Myron Paliwoda 253; Frank Reesby 662; Carolyn McKeithan 239, 697; Millie George 234, 653. Scratch: Rich Vehrs 224; Rich Soletto 218; Frank Reesby 611; Ted Rafanan 601; Millie George 195, 536; Fran Barlow 190,520. Wednesday Night Men: Handicap: Brian Carney 299; Larry James Nevels 291, 802; Wes Jones 824. Scratch: Brian Carney 289, 768; Marvin Brigner 258, 694. Parkview Lanes Womens Trio: Handicap: Doti Wyspianski 245; Mae Johns 241; Trina Paliwoda 674; Terry Moorbeck 669. Scratch: Mae Johns 186; Fran Barlow 183, 489; Terry Moorbeck 492. Parkview Owls: Handicap: Robert Grooms 311, 779; Ives Chavez 309, 823; June Williams 284; Barbara Rennekamp 276, 761; Bridget Foley 771. Scratch: Ives Chavez 258, 670; John Saltmarsh 254, 657; Lisa Morgan 183; Maggie Savarese 179, 490; Debbie Mills 497. Bowlers of the Week: Terry Brown, 163 pins over her average, and Wes Jones, 152 pins over his average. Special to the Riverland News Series consists of 14 tournaments, including stop at Juliette Falls ON THE WAR PATH ROSS OBLEY/Florida State University Sports InformationTerrence Brooks capped his sophomore season with a game-clinching interception in the end zone against Notre Dame in the fourth quarter of the Champ Sports Bowl in Orlando. It was Brooks first career interception in a Seminoles uniform. Brooks locks up season-ending win for Seminoles The emphatic roar heard through dozens of living rooms last Thursday as Florida State knocked off Notre Dame, 1814, in the Champ Sports Bowl provided Seminole fans in the area with plenty of reason to cheer. However, there was likely a few non-Florida State fans elated at the outcome as well as it was a former Dunnellon High standout sealing the Seminoles comeback victory. Terrence Brooks, a sophomore defensive back, recorded his first career collegiate interception in the end zone with 2:48 remaining in the contest as the Irish were driving, attempting to thwart the Florida State rally and burst the Seminoles comeback. He intercepted Tommy Rees pass in the end zone with 2:48 remaining in fourth quarter, putting a stop to the Irishs drive as the Seminoles led 18-14. I definitely do have it in my mind that I want to represent Dunnellon, my family, school and friends well, he said. Usually, when people ask me where Dunnellon is, theyre like, What? Wheres that at? I feel that its very good if I can help put this town on the map. Not only did his play seal the victory, but it was added birthday present for his brother, KeAndre, a starter as a sophomore for the Dunnellon High School football team this past fall. Brooks said his aunt and uncle surprised his brother with a ticket to the game. He was very excited, Brooks said. He was talking to mom and everyone; he was just very excited. That was his big birthday present. Brooks said he wasnt the lone person excited about the play. He noted he had plenty of congratulatory text messages and voice mails on his phone afterward. One of those Hole-in-One SPORTS BRIEFS Golf tourney to benefit Boys & Club Club Feb. 3The sixth annual Rotary Club of Ocala Sunset Golf Scramble, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, will at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Entry fee is $125 per player, which includes a deli buffet lunch and complimentary beverages. Proper golf attire is required. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the hole, longest drive and hole-in-one. Sponsorships are also available. For more information about sponsorships or to register for the tournament, contact Nicholas Blaser at 352-427-9804 or e-mail nicholas.blaser@ td.com. Race for the Kids scheduledFeb. 11The Covenant Childrens Home of Dunnellon will host a 5K Run/1-Mile Walk/Kids Fun Run Saturday, Feb. 11, at Spruce Creek Preserve Community on State Road 200. The race will start at 8 a.m. for runners and 8:30 for walkers. The event will be held rain or shine. Covenant Childrens Home is located on a 20-acre site in Citrus County, approximately 1-mile south of Dunnellon. Currently, there is one home capable of housing eight resident children and the house parent family. There is also a private school for the children at the home. Eventually, the organization would like expand its site to include five houses with a total of 40 children being served. The event will help provide the funding required for operation of the Covenant Childrens Home. The entry fee is $20 for those who pre-register and $25 the day of race. All pre-registered runners and walkers are guaranteed a T-shirt and gift bag. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group. All participants in the Kids Fun Run will receive a participation medallion. Register at www.cchfl.org or www.drcsports.com. Inaugural golf tour begins Jan. 14 THE VILLAGES The Golfweek Amateur Tour is teeing it up to start its inaugural season in North Central Florida on Sat. Jan. 14, initiating a series of 14 tournaments that includes two majors and intra-state Tour competition, all leading to the National Championship in Hilton Head, S.C. Tournaments are scheduled for some of the areas most prestigious courses and certain to prove to be a good test of golf for all competitors. The Tour is open to men and women of all skill levels and all ages. Members are placed in one of five flights: Championship Flight (0-3.9 handicap), A Flight (4.0-8.9), B Flight (9.0-13.9), C Flight (14.018.9), D Flight (19-plus). Tournament sites include: Stone Creek, Ocala; Red Tail, Sorrento; Juliette Falls, Dunnnellon; Timacuan, Lake Mary; Black Bear, Eustis; Country Club of Ocala; Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills; Golden Hills, Ocala; Alaqua, Longwood; Eagle Dunes, Sorrento; Black Diamond, Lecanto; Southern Hills, Brooksville; Harbor Hills, Lady Lake; and, World Woods, Brooksville. The tournaments at Mission Inn and World Woods are major twoday, 36-hole tournaments that award double points and prizes. This often affects the standings in each flight since the top ten points leaders in each flight are invited to the National Championship held in October. The tournaments at Black Diamond and Southern Hills pit the Tampa Tour against the North Central Florida Tour, to experience a different level of competition. Tournament format is gross stroke play, with USGA rules in effect. A software program tracks each players handicap to ensure participants are placed in their proper flight. Once you begin playing on Tour, the integrity of each flight is kept and many players are Special to the Riverland NewsJim Frederes made his first hole-in-one Dec. 28 on hole No. 9 at Rainbows End Golf Club. His wife Pam was his witness. Frederes has been playing golf for more than 50 years. See S E N I O R page 11 Special to the Riverland News See I N AUGURAL page 11 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See P A TH page 1 0


dor Award is to recognize someone who has been a faithful representative of the Dunnellon area over a long period of time. Business Beautification This award is presented annually to a business member that has done an outstanding job of beautifying the Dunnellon area through the rough construction of a new building or remodeling of an existing structure. Service Above Self Award is to honor someone of good moral character who is well respected and given outstanding service to the community without thought of personal gain or recognition. Business Leader This award is given to a business leader who enhances the Chamber and the local business community, demonstrates a commitment to community and civic affairs and serves as a business leader in the community. Heritage Award This award is given to person or persons who have contributed and promoted the historical heritage of the community. These awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have gone above and beyond to contribute of themselves to the betterment of the Dunnellon community in 2011. If anybody knows of any deserving person or organization for these categories contact the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce with your nomination, category, and reason you feel they are deserving of this award. To submit nominees, email dunnellonchamber @bellsouth.net, fax 4896846 or call 489-2320. messages came from Dunnellon High football coach Frank Beasley. I was just happy for him, Beasley said. Hes always so humble about those things, about how hes gone about his business. Its really neat me to see how much cares about his role, that he does whats best for the team. He made a big play in a crucial situation. He was obviously playing free safety at the time. He was in the deep third in the end zone and made the play. It really means a big deal to him that he represents Dunnellon well. Im proud of him. Brooks admitted he was anxious to record his first career interception after a near-miss against the Florida Gators to close out the regular season. It was crazy, he said of the celebration. I worked hard for it, it just took some keying in and focusing and I got it. I had one in the Florida game and dropped that one. It made me mad for a while. I knew they wanted to throw the deep ball, get one-on-one with the defensive backs. They usually run that route with Floyd, but he was not at that position at the time. I knew the quarterback wanted me to bite on the tight end, so I made him make a decision. I acted like I was coming up. When he threw the ball, I just I had to get to it. For the season, Brooks appeared in 12 of the Seminoles 13 games. He finished with 17 tackles, five pass break-ups and six passes defended as Florida State completed the season with a 9-4 record, which included victories against Miami, Florida and Notre Dame. As a true freshman, Brooks appeared in 10 games, mostly on special teams, registered one tackle and a pass breakup. Brooks said he continued to work hard throughout the summer after having a solid spring season in which he climbed up the depth chart. The sophomore, who was recognized for his academic prowess at the Seminoles football banquet in December, said he has plenty of room to grow as a player as he prepares for his junior season. Keep the same work ethic, he explained. Just keep my mind set right, focus on what I have to do. Ive been setting goals that I have to achieve. Ive been going out with good mentality and keep moving up on depth chart. I pretty much need to improve in all aspects: watching film, getting better practice habits. Theres still more to come. Its going to be good, feel like I have a good chance at starting next year. That is my next goal. And as far as the game ball goes? Actually, I think one of my trainers got it for me, he said, noting hell receive it when the second semester resumes. I definitely have a lot of pictures, newspapers that people got for me. Im just trying to soak that all in and strive for more of that same feeling for next year. that award double points and prizes. This often affects the standings in each flight since the top 10 points leaders in each flight are invited to the National Championship held in November. Tournament format is gross stroke play, with USGA rules in effect. A software program tracks each players handicap to ensure participants are placed in their proper flight. Once you begin playing on Tour, the integrity of each flight is kept and many players are moved up in flights during the season. A Skins game is also available. Tour President Dennis McCormac, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., heads-up the 13year old Tour in 12 markets across the country. Tour membership fee is $85 and includes a tour gift pack, plus reduced rates on Tournament practice rounds. Entry fees vary with each event, and include cart, green fees, range balls and prizes. Golfers can check the Tour Manual, schedule, and sign up and pay by credit card at www.seniorama teurgolftour.net. For more information contact Jim Castello, local Tour director. at 352-446-3446 or email ncflorida@amateurgolf tour.net. Riverland News, Thursday, January 5, 2012 11 000A5VF Yoga Classes Mon. Rainbow Club Thur. Train Depot 6:15-7:15 pm All Classes $ 8 All Ages Co-ed Bring a large towel/mat Info. 352-697-5888 000A5SG FREE Seminar National Cremation Society T h i n k i n g A b o u t Thinking About C r e m a t i o n ? Cremation? 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A Tour member in North Central Florida can play in any Golfweek Amateur Tour event in any of our other Tour cities and a percentage of their points accumulate in their home Tour, said McCormac, emphasizing that this is a huge benefit for those who travel, especially those who Winter in Florida and Summer in the North. Tour membership fee is $90 and includes a tour gift pack, plus reduced rates on Tournament practice rounds. Entry fees vary with each event, and include cart, green fees, range balls and prizes. Golfers can check the Tour Manual, schedule, and sign up and pay by credit card at www.amateur golftour.net. For more information contact Castello at 352-446-3446 or email ncflorida@amateur golftour.net. S ENIOR continued from page 10 IN A UGUR AL continued from page 10 C HA M B ER continued from page 1 P A T H continued from page 10 DHS winter concert JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsDestiny Martinez, center, plays the flute during the Dunnellon High School bands winter concert program. Students returned to school Tuesday, marking an end to their Christmas vacation.


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posters at the American Legion, a wetland scene at Dunnellon Middle, a train scene at the depot, and a lumber mill scene was once painted on the building facing Walgreens on U.S. 41. The murals have been a collaboration of the Greater Dunnellon Historical Society, Boy Scout Troup 571, the Promoting Awesome Watershed Stewardship service learning project, and community members. Sharkey said she has been painting ever since she was in high school, so about 35 years now. I never looked at painting as a career, its just a hobby, she said. Although Sharkey is proud of all of the murals around the town, she takes the most pride in the Service Corp Flags in the American Legion building. There are no more paintings in the works right now, but we are always open for new ideas, she said. Rainbow Springs users will be required to pay as the city takes ownership of the system, will pay the same on average, Burnham said. The rate of pay is based on those customers not being required to pay at 100 percent rate immediately; Rainbow Springs users will see yearly increments in their rates. As it stands now, they will be charged at 80 percent of what current city users pay, plus the 25 percent surcharge, which is allowed by state statues. By 2016, when Rainbow Springs utility users are being charged the full 100 percent plus the surcharge, their water bills will be about $62.10 per month. However, thats based on current rates. That rate could be more depending on what yearly rates the Council adopts in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which wont be decided until later this year. Current residents in Rainbow Springs contend that paying the surcharge is unfair, because the city isnt providing any additional services and is not pumping the water from its system to them. The Rainbow Springs utility the city is purchasing already comes with several wells, as well as a wastewater system. Mark Kaperlian, owner of Rainbow Springs Country Club, said the city wasnt fully aware of what it was purchasing, nor the logistics of the deal. Im not sure you have enough information, he explained. Theres a pipeline that goes under the golf course; secondly, theres an easement on the 15th Hole on commercial property. I can assure you that youre not going to be get my consent to do anything with it. You need to do your research. Resident Walter McLellan questioned if Council had fully considered what it was about to take on. Your reputation for quality scares us. This is wrong on so many levels, he said to cheers from the crowd. Financial details of the bond were questioned. The city will borrow $6.5 million over five years at which time the final year will require a balloon payment of $5.475 million. However, as Burnham pointed out earlier in the meeting, the city will refinance the remaining portion of the bond money due. He pointed out, the city could likely refinance for 10 years at a projected rate of 4 percent. If so, payments for the remaining 10 years of the bond would be $400,000 to $500,000 including the projected interest rate. Thats nearly double the payment the first four years of the bond. City officials are projecting revenue from the deal to be about $250,000. However, they did not indicate how much profit is expected after the first four years of the deal. Paul Marraffino, also a resident of Rainbow Springs, countered that the projected interest will likely be higher than 4 percent. He explained the economy is likely to have improved during the next few years, meaning interest rates have the potential to be higher than what the city is projecting. This is sobering, he said of the financial situation. Ran Fasso had a different outlook on the scenario. Chances are youre going to get screwed on this, he exclaimed. The Council also approved the purchase of the Juliette Falls system for $10. 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TOLL FREE 1-877-676-1403 SURCHARGE continued from page 1 MURALS continued from page 1 know. This (firehouse) is like a second home, these guys are like family. But they deserve the credit more than me. Abrams, who also runs a business Roadside Produce, has been a salesman and many other things, said the most rewarding aspect of firefighting is making a difference in the community, especially with children. He recalled an October visit to Dunnellon Elementary School in which he put on the gear a firefighter wears during a fire. I like spending time with the children, because if you give them 12 hours, theyll ask you 12 hours worth of questions about what its like to be a firefighter, he explained. He recalled a recent shopping trip at Walmart in which he heard two youngsters saying, Hey Mr. Fireman. When he turned around, he saw the two youngsters shopping with their mother. They shared with me that they still had a picture of me with them from the Childrens Christmas Party on their refrigerator, he said. Thats the kind of impact that means something. Its those types of impacts he turns to most to deal with the stress-related calls, the ones you see on television, but never think itll happen in real life, Abrams said, referring to a suicide call he helped assist with in February 2011. Its completely different when it hits you in the face, he explained. It was tough. Youre trying to help someone out, but you dont know what to say. The best you can do is be supportive to those who need it. Abrams said hes unsure of what his future holds, though he did admit hed like to still start a career as a Forestry firefighter. I want to see where I can go, he explained. But I do want to go out West if given the chance. Still, its the chance to help serve the citizens that continues to drive him today. The main idea was to help people. Thats the motivating factor, the driving force. The citizens, theyre there for you. Theyre supportive. The awards, accolades, those all collect dust. But the praise we receive from the public or someone weve helped, thats the motivation that keeps you helping people. DESIRE continued from page 1 Cookie fashion JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsJoy Hoffman, left, Sara Rosado, Wendy Schneider, Jermiaya Brooks and Sarah Hoffman decorate cookies recently at the Dunnellon Public Library. The libary offered the culinary treat for teens during their Christmas break.


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