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Thursday, March 7, 2013Vol 31 No. 2075 cents WHATS HAPPENING State Park annual Art in the Park setRainbow Springs State Park will host Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the event is $2 per person, with children 5 and younger free. The event will feature artists from the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Florida Artists Gallery, Gallery East and the Ocala Art Club. Twenty percent of all sales go to Friends of the Rainbow Springs State Park. For information, call 465-8555 or visit floridastateparks.org/ rainbowsprings. Legion to host annual Law & Order dinnerAmerican Legion Post No. 58 will host its annual Law & Order Awards Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Legion Post Hall. Dinner is by reservation only and costs $5 per person. For information, call 489-4453. Red Brick School reunion slated The Old Red Brick School House all-class reunion will be March 16 at First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon. Reservations only. For information, call 465-1093. Agency pursuing $1 million grant The Annie Johnson Senior & Family of Dunnellon, a United Way organization, is participating in the $1 million giveaway Helping End Hunger in America effort by the Feinstein Foundation. Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation (www.feinstein foundation.org) is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger. Donors can help the needy in Citrus and Marion County by donating to Annie Johnson Senior & Family during March and April when the Feinstein Foundation will be adding money to all donations. All money and food collected stays in Citrus and Marion County. For information, call Annie Johnson Senior & Family at 489-8021. Men charged in robbery cases The Dunnellon Police Department closed the books on two armed-robbery cases, one which occurred in October 2011. In the first case, 24-year-old Zachary Frye of Dunnellon was officially charged for armed robbery in connection with the Nov. 17, 2012, holdup of Little Caesars. Frye was already in the Marion County Jail on charges of armed robbery, one count of resisting arrest with violence, one count of petit theft and one count of violation of probation stemming from his Nov. 20, 2012, holdup of Dunkin Donuts. According to officials from Dunnellon Police Department, Lakhanis rebuilding; store slated to reopen by April It might have been made of bricks, lumber, stucco and other materials, but for Zulf Lakhani and his famly, the B-Kwik Food Mart was more than just a convenience store where motorists could fill up their tanks, grab a few cold drinks and snacks. It was like a second home, a member of the family, especially since the Lakhanis had owned the store for 17 years, purchasing it when their oldest daughter, Brittany, was 1. But in an instant, it was taken away when an early morning fire in April 2012 destroyed their business, leaving a gutted out shell of brick standing. Not only was their livelihood gone, but so many memories as well as pictures that adorned the walls throughout the store. Zulf Lakhani admits he wasnt the most pleasant to be around for the first two-plus months after the fire gutted his and his familys longtime JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsConstruction of the Lakhanis new B-Kwik Food Mart is well under way. Zulf Lakhani said the store is slated to open by April. Zachary Frye, left, and Wendell Brown, right, were both charged with armed robbery for their involvement in separate crimes. RAD empowerment K nowledge is power. This well-known phrase, coined by English author Francis Bacon in 1597, is certainly true today. Recently, 13 women experienced firsthand that Sir Bacon was indeed correct. Although 18 women registered to take the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System offered by the Dunnellon Police Department, only 15 ladies showed up and two of them decided to be observers and not actually participate in the class. The women, ranging in age from teenager to mid-70s, were able to easily learn the defense concepts taught in the class. This class will educate women about realistic self-defense and it is also a way we can give back to the community, Dunnellon Police Chief Joanne Black said. Three years ago we hosted a RAD class here and I was excited about it. We then sent two people to become certified instructors and had a class Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsSandy Piling uses a defensive tactic to break the grasp of a would-be attacked played by Officer Shane Yox of the Dunnellon Police Department during Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System course while RAD instructor Christen Parmerlee shouts instructions during the live-simulation training. Christina Scruggs delivers a blow to Cpl. Bruce Arnold during a training exercise. Self-defense course gives women boost of confidence Augie Salzer THINGS IN TOWNRiverland News correspondent Augie Salzer writes about her own experience of going through the Dunnellon Police Departments Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course. Overall, the RAD course should be a requirement for all women in the Dunnellon area, she wrote. For more about her experience, see Page 4 of todays edition. Tournament is Saturday The construction of the new Boys & Girls club Dunnellon branch is under way, but that doesnt mean the need for funding isnt there. So in order to help pave the way for program funding, the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County is set to honor a legendary bass fisherman. The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County will host the inaugural Uncle Homers Memorial Bass Tournament Saturday, March 9, at the Dunnellon Boat Ramp at City Hall. The tournament is named after Homer Circle, who died in June 2012, at the age of 97. In addition to being an acclaimed bass fisherman, Circle was also a legendary fishing author, television personality and was a former president of the Outdoor Writers of America is in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Proceeds from Saturdays tournament will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon. Anglers will fish the Withlacoochee and Rainbow rivers, with fishermen set to launch at daylight with the weigh-in scheduled for 3 p.m. Entry fee for the event is $100 per boat with two people per boat. An additional $10 big bass entry fee may accompany applications at sign-in for a separate contest. The tournament is open to anyone 18 or older. Any participants 18 or younger must be accompanied by an adult and the boat operator must 18 or older. Tournament officials said payouts will be based on 75 percent of the entry fees. Scoring will be determined by pounds Officials hope to lure anglers See EMPOWERMENT page 10 AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See LURE page 3 Construction under way on new building JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See LAHKANIS page 15 Frye, Brown face additional counts See ROBBERY page 2 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News AMANDA BARNEY For the Riverland News


Frye was the main suspect in the Little Caesars robbery after he was charged in the Dunkin Donuts incident, because of the similarity in each robbery. In both robbery attempts, Frye brandished a knife while demanding money from store employees. During his holdup at Little Caesars, Frye was reportedly wearing a dark blue hoodie sweat shirt, dark blue shorts, work boots, had blondish/brown hair and bright blue eyes. According to Marion County Jail records, Frye now faces two counts of armed robbery, two counts of petit theft, one count of resisting arrest with violence and one count of violation of probation. His bond was set at $200,000 for the initial charge of armed robbery stemming from the Dunkin Donuts robbery and $5,000 for resisting arrest with violence. No bond was set for the remaining four counts. Officials also announced that Wendell Brown, 56, also of Dunnellon, was officially charged with armed robbery stemming from an October 2011 holdup at the Murphy Gas Station at 11004 N. Williams St. Authorities had issued a warrant for Browns arrest in March 2012, having discovered his known whereabouts in Broward County. However, Broward authorities could not locate Brown until he was charged with petit theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT, resisting an officer without violence and violation of parole, when officials realized Brown was using an alias and was wanted on the local charges. According to records, Brown made off with almost $7,000 in the Murphy Gas Station holdup. Police Chief Joanne Black said Brown is slated to be transported from Broward County to the Marion County Jail. No bond has been set for the local charges. We notified both the folks at Little Caesars and Murphy and they were thrilled to know the cases have been closed, Black said. It brought closure to it and a sense of relief. A 54-year-old Dunnellon man was charged with driving under the influence Friday, a Dunnellon Police Department arrest report stated. According to the report, Carl T. McGlew Jr., was charged after authorities were notified of a white in color GMC truck driving recklessly in the 11100 block of U.S. 41. The report stated while en route, Cpl. Bruce Arnold observed the aforementioned vehicle turn into the parking lot at Sweetbay. While turning into the parking lot, Cpl. Arnold observed the same vehicle exit the parking lot onto Robinson Road. According to the report, Cpl. Arnold pulled behind the vehicle which was now traveling southbound on U.S. 41. McGlews vehicle weaved into the bicycle lane, traveling approximately 15 feet, then back into his lane of travel. The report stated after approximately 100 feet, McGlews vehicle again weaved into the bicycle lane, traveling several feet and back into the outside lane. As McGlew approached the intersection at U.S. 41 and Powell Road, he merged into the right turning lane, abruptly stopping and almost striking the vehicle in front of his, which was stopped at the red light. According to the report, once the light turned green, McGlew turned onto Powell Road, veering into the bicycle path, where he then overcorrected and almost turned into oncoming traffic. At this time, Cpl. Arnold initiated a traffic stop, making contact with McGlew just west of U.S. 41. The report stated upon making contact with McGlew, Cpl. Arnold observed him to have red bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. After asking for McGlews identification and other paperwork, McGlew handed Cpl. Arnold a receipt for an auto repair, the report stated. According to the report, after several minutes in which McGlew provided expired registration cards, he became agitated and handed Col. Arnold his folder and stated, you find it. The report stated Cpl. Arnold asked McGlew if he had been drinking, to which he replied he had a couple of beers at Bogarts. When asked how many a couple was, McGlew answered two. Cpl. Arnold then requested a backup unit, again made contact with McGlew and asked him to submit to the field sobriety exercises. The report stated McGlew told authorities, I dont think I can pass. Cpl. Arnold then requested McGlew participate in the field sobriety exercises to which McGlew said, I dont think I want to. According to the report, Cpl. Arnold advised McGlew if he did not participate in the field sobriety exercises, he would be charged with driving under the influence. McGlew stated he would not participate at which time he was asked to exit the vehicle. The report stated McGlew was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he refused to submit to a lawful test of his breath to determine its alcohol content. McGlew told authorities he would not do so, because he did not want to provide officers with evidence. His bond was set at $500. He made bail Saturday. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 Solution to puzzle on Page 7 000E60A 000E3OR T r i n i t y V i l l a s T r i n i t y Trinity V i l l a s Villas Senior Citizen Complex Taking applications for studio & 1 bedroom apartments. Rent is based on income. Preference given to persons with extremely low income levels. Applicants must be 62 years o r older or require the features of an accessible unit and also meet other qualifying factors of the resident selection criteria. Please call for info. 352-694-5507 TTY 800-995-8771 0 0 0 E 3 N H Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. 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Staff is looking for feedback ranging from key emerging markets, activities and promotions to thoughts on how to best promote the area collectively and grow the local tourism industry. The meetings are considered an integral part of the Visitors & Convention Bureaus strategic planning and long-term visioning for tourism efforts. We want to generate greater economic impact through tourism, said Loretta Shaffer, executive director of the Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau. We need to be able to identify all of the opportunities out there to leverage our strengths into success. Thats why its so vital to have the eyes and ears of our community, those already invested in it, to tell us their thoughts and ideas. Tourism representatives will host the public workshops on the following times and dates: 1 to 4 p.m. March 11 Marion County Growth Services, 2710 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For information, call 352-438-2600. 8 to 11 a.m. March 12 Belleview City Hall, 5343 S.E. Abshier Blvd., Belleview. For information, call 352-245-7021. 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 Forest Community Center, 777 S. County Road 314A, Silver Springs. For information, call 352-671-8560. 8 to 11 a.m. March 13 Dunnellon City Hall, 20750 River Drive, Dunnellon. For information, call 352-465-8500. 1 to 4 p.m. March 13 Reddick Town Hall, 4548 N.W. 152nd St., Reddick. For information, call 352-591-4095. For information about the workshops, contact the Visitors & Convention Bureau at 352-4382800. Special to the Riverland News ROBBERY continued from page 1


and ounces. Other rules for the tournament include: largemouth bass only; five fish per boat; no fish less than 14 inches. There will be a 1pound penalty for each minute late. Each dead fish weighed in will be a .25-pound penalty. This is a catch and release tournament. The officials will be letting the fish go after they are weighed in. No live bait can be used during the event. If 100 boats enter, the first-place prize will be $2,500; second place will be $1,800; and third place would be $1,000. There will also be seven additional cash awards. For information, call the Boys & Girls club of Marion County at 352-690-7519. A 20-year-old Dunnellon woman was charged with simple domestic battery Feb. 27, a Dunnellon Police Department arrest report stated. According to the report, Lacy J. Mercer was charged with simple domestic battery after an altercation in the 20900 block of Powell Road. Mercer, officials wrote, intentionally struck the victim with an open fist to the left side of their face against their will, causing redness, and scratched the victim on their left forearm causing a laceration. The report state Officer Mike Anger made contact with Mercer, who post Miranda, told authorities she was trying to retrieve her cell phone from the victim. Mercer advised the victim then attempted to leave for work in their black in color Chevy truck. Mercer entered the passenger side of the vehicle and removed the keys from the ignition. According to the report, Mercer then slapped the victim against their will with an open hand to the left side of the face causing redness and minor swelling. The victim then attempted to restrain Mercer by grabbing her arms. Mercer continued to fight with the victim scratching them, causing a laceration to their left arm. After speaking with both Mercer and the victim and observing the victims marks to their face and arm, Anger determined Mercer to be the primary aggressor, the report stated. Mercer was transported to the Marion County Jail. No bond was set. Other arrests Michael E. Goines, 28, of Panama City, was charged Feb. 27 with violation of probation, driving while license was suspended/revoked. No bond. Mark G. Mercier, 47, Dunnellon, was charged March 2, with breach of peach/disorderly conduct. Bond set at $150. Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 3 Report: Woman charged with domestic battery Doctors Who Know Opticians Who Care 1124 N. 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News items about happenings at area churches and clubs, school and sporting activities, military promotions, announcement of births, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, first and 90+ birthdays, and similar community news items are accepted for publication. PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID AT DUNNELLON, FL. SECOND CLASS PERMIT #681-730 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: RIVERLAND NEWS, 20441 E. PENNSYLVANIA AVE.,DUNNELLON, FL 34432-6035 Sheriff: Man, woman face drug-related charges Two Dunnellon residents were caught with more than 100 grams of marijuana Feb. 25, leading to a pair of drug-related charges, a Marion County Sheriffs Office arrest report stated. According to the report, Shane Michael Mills, 24, and Konstantina Dourdis, 25, both of Dunnellon were charged with possession of marijuana, more than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities received an anonymous tip about drug activity. The report stated after authorities arrived at a house in the 19500 block of Southwest Marine Boulevard deputies detected a strong odor of green marijuana. Post Miranda, both defendants told authorities there was marijuana inside the residence. According to the report, Dourdis provided authorities with a plate with three marijuana roaches as well as a Crown Royal bag, which was comprised of marijuana roaches, one marijuana smoking pipe and one package of rolling papers. The report stated Mills then led deputies into the southwest bedroom in which the odor of green marijuana was increasingly stronger. Mills told authorities its all in here and handed deputies a black document box. Inside the box were two baggies of green marijuana and a digital scale. A complete consensual search of the residence yielded no further narcotics or illegal items. According to the report, authorities conducted a field test of the suspected marijuana and the results were positive. Authorities then weighed the bags of marijuana using the defendants scale. The total approximate weight of the marijuana was 101.8 grams. The report stated the defendants 4-month-old daughter was in the home at the time. Dourdis was allowed to call a relative to pick up the baby. Authorities contacted the Department of Children and Families to notify officials of the incident. DCF officials advised a report would not be generated. Both Mills and Dourdis were transported to the Marion County Jail. Their bond was set at $2,500 each. Authorities reweighed the marijuana at the jail using a digital scale. The results were different, showing the marijuana weighed 113 grams. Both Mills and Dourdis made bail Feb. 25. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Thrift Shop donates to Relay for Life Melissa Duke, left, breast cancer survivor and Relay for Life team captain, received a $500 cash donation on behalf of the Dunnellon Branch of the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Feb. 23, from Thrift Shop volunteers Bev Carroll and Peg Hydes. Duke is also an event chairwoman for the Relay for Life activities. Duke will be actively participating in the relay on May 11, but this year, she said with a smile, she might be walking the course instead of running. The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop has been supporting Dunnellons Relay for Life for many years and several of its members are cancer survivors who have actively participated in this annual event. Photo by Joann McCullough LURE con t inu e d f r om p a g e 1 We want your newsTo submit community news, such as events, engagements and weddings, email editor@riverland news.com.


4 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 R IVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Firing city manager wont solve problemsThirty years in business taught me that problems are usually the result of a constellation of causative factors, requiring multiple solutions to fix. The same goes for responsibility. Rarely does a business fail on the actions of a single individual, except perhaps soleproprietor entities with one employee/owner. What is typical, however, is that someone usually takes the fall for serious mistakes made by many, sometimes resulting in his or her humiliating dismissal at worst or demotion at least. Theres usually a single, highly visible scapegoat who takes the hit for everyone involved. Blaming the CEO for a corporations failure to succeed is an easy way out for Boards of Directors (BODs) whose abdication of responsibility contributed to those failures. Its criminal, in my opinion, for BODS to grant carte blanche to CEOs without appropriate oversight. This applies to any organization, whether public or private. Social hierarchies by their very nature, organizations have leaders, and everyone has a boss. BODS should monitor and oversee the actions of CEOs (without micromanaging). Ultimately, decisions succeed or fail based upon staffs ability to contribute to and implement decisions. Staff reports to the BOD. BOD and staff report to customers who determine success or failure by voting with their wallets. Calling for dismissal of Dunnellons city manager seems reminiscent of the scenario above. The city manager (CEO) answers to the City Council (BOD), who ultimately answers to Dunnellon voters (customers). Whatever mistakes have been made on the part of the manager were not made in a vacuum. She did not act alone when developing the business plan for Dunnellon which has resulted in a $22 million debt and questionable revenue-generating enterprises. She apparently had the support and endorsement of the previous City Council, elected by Dunnellon voters. Staff is hired to manage dayto-day activities, make recommendations to Council, and implement the decisions authorized by Council. The Council, Is citys direction what others want? M y mother calls me at work to tell me shes having a bad morning, expecting to hear that she has a stomachache or maybe she fell down. I brace myself for whats coming. We didnt get our paper this morning. What? I ask, thinking I didnt hear her correctly. We didnt get our paper, she repeated. And thats why youre having a bad day? Well, of course, we need our paper. How can I do my puzzles? And so begins her day. I called them, Aunt Louise called them, the older lady across the street called them, she continued. And what did they say? They will bring it tomorrow. I dont want it tomorrow. I want it today. Why would I want to do todays puzzle tomorrow? Its amusing actually. Im at work with a migraine, nothing is going right, my grandson is running a fever, and my back is hurting. And how dare those bad paper people not make their deliveries. Who says newspapers are a dying breed? Not to hear my parents talk. Obviously, my mother looks for it every day. Likewise my dad reads it from cover to cover. My brother works for a newspaper in Iowa and he said the only ones that call and complain are the elderly. The funny thing is they dont miss their news, only their puzzles. Theyre bored and the puzzles help. Plus, it keeps them mentally stimulated. I remember when I worked for AmsouthBank, the seniors would be pulling on the door at 8:30 a.m. even though we didnt open until 9. They seem to like to get all their errands over with early so they have the rest of the day to do those puzzles. I think its cute the way they make their doctors appointment at the same exact time everybody is rushing to get to work. When youre running really late, thats when youll get behind the guy who left his house an hour early; therefore, hes not in a hurry. Hes taking his time and enjoying the scenery. My parents have been going to the doctor for 80 years. They know you always have to spend at least an hour of your day at the office. Yet, every single time they go now they call me. Can you believe we were there over an hour? Yes, Mom, I can believe it. Its always that way. Thats ridiculous. Im starving. I told the doctor he owed me lunch. Didnt you eat before you went? Of course, but that was 6 oclock this morning. I had no idea we would be there over an hour. Dont you just love it? Im totally amused each and every time. 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. THE OTHER GUY LETTERS JERSEY GIRL THINGS IN TOWN N ever in my wildest dreams did I think my birthday would be spent attending a self-defense class. Traditionally, my idea of a birthday celebration is dinner out or a cozy night at home with my husband. I felt all women, including me, could benefit from attending the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class. It was necessary to attend all three sessions, but it started on my birthday. With mixed emotions, I signed up for the school at the Dunnellon Police Department, which offers the course. Right from the beginning everyone involved with the program was very nice and supportive. On the first night a group of 15 women, ranging in age from teenager to ladies in their 70s, had assembled in Dunnellon City Hall to learn how to defend themselves. The instructors were Lt. Sue Webb, Cpl. Bruce Arnold and Officer Shane Yox, all of the Dunnellon Police Department and Debra Galeazzi, a civilian. All the instructors are donating their time to this endeavor. Our teachers were very supportive, understanding of our limitations and very patient with all of us. Yox innocently managed to keep us laughing throughout the sessions, which put us at ease. We quickly learned that as women, we need to be constantly aware of our surroundings and that we have a surprising variety of options available for us to defend ourselves. Each session was four hours long and the three classes were spaced out over a period of a week so we had time to practice and rest between the sessions. Some of us needed the extra time to relieve our aches and pains. The material taught to us was presented in a way we could understand and each woman had the undivided attention of a teacher each step of the course. Participants receive a manual to help them during the basic self-defense class and can also use it for future reference. There is a lifetime return and practice policy after completing the RAD basic course. Overall, the RAD course should be a requirement for all women in the Dunnellon area. It will give them confidence and the ability to survive and escape an attack, no matter what their age or physical ability. The class was enjoyable and I feel empowered and confident that I could defend myself if necessary, but next year my birthday will be more traditional. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. She can be reached via email at Augie@ThingsinTown.com. Self-defense course gives writer sense of confidence The world according to seniors I ts been more than a year since Dunnellon city officials purchased the Rainbow Springs Utility system, and in the process implemented a 25 percent surcharge because we can. It not only drew the ire of the Rainbow Springs residents, but it paved the way for a boycott of Greenlight Dunnellon Communications, two lawsuits, a changing of the guard in the mayoral seat in which residents who clamor they have no say in city politics financially backed Mayor Nathan Whitts campaign. Mind you, several of those same financial supporters backed former Mayor Fred Wards initial campaign five years ago. Saying you have no say in city politics fails to recognize the reality of history. Many who are new to the area are unaware that by financing campaigns, initiating lawsuits and general strong-arm tactics, residents from Rainbow Springs have exerted far more influence over city business than any other stakeholders in Dunnellon. Many residents have complained the surcharge is taxation without representation. Yet, the surcharge, while unfair for how the city shoved it down the throats of those utility users, isnt a tax at all. Being a utility customer, youre paying for a service, much like youre paying for services from your cable provider, stores, mechanics, the U.S. Postal Service and such. Its not a tax, its a service. We should be clear about this issue. Numerous letter writers have called for City Manager Lisa Algieres firing, resignation or head on a platter in the past year-plus. They fault her for the large debt the city has incurred during her tenure. Kathryn Taubert points out in a letter in todays edition comparing city leadership to that of a private corporate business. She does so in a very effective manner. But heres what really needs to be asked. What if the direction of the City Council, the Board of Directors, which has been heavily influenced by residents of Rainbow Springs, is exactly the direction the Council has given her the task of: finding alternative sources of revenue without using what is so obviously available ecotourism. The real shame in all of this is that we continue to waste time, money and resources rehashing this same argument, when we should be about moving forward with concrete steps to capture the economies of our future. We can all agree Dunnellon is a unique destination See LETTERS page 5 See JERSEY page 5 Audrey Beem Augie Salzer Jeff Bryan Editor See OTHER page 7


Thoughts of Nothing in Common with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason are swarming through my head. If we have a birthday party to attend at 2 oclock, my mother is getting ready at 10. I on the other hand am running around frantically trying to make it to the party on time. She asks should we ride together and I dont want to tell her I may be late. She would never understand. Sometimes my mom will ask me something and then the next day shell ask me again. Only I forgot all about it. Then shell reprimand me, how can you forget? Well lets see,I only had a million other things on my mind. I had to get to work on time, complete an eight-hour day, get groceries on the way home, pick up my granddaughter from a friends house, make supper at a decent hour, throw in a load of laundry and then take my shower before my favorite show comes on. I dont know how I forgot, Mom. My friends dad got lost in his own neighborhood the other day. My daughters grandmother-in-law got lost going to her doctors appointment and ended up at the wrong office. I told my daughter just wait until I get that age. Im not going to end up at the wrong doctors office. Im going to end up in the wrong state. Ill be calling her from Georgia, telling her I got on I-75, but never got off. Oh yeah, I can see it now. Its going to be a disaster. How do I know? Well because my memory is already gone and I cant follow directions at this age. So I dont stand a chance in 30 more years. Im going to predict that Ill be the worst senior citizen ever. I have the perfect role models too to teach me everything I need to know. however, has ultimate responsibility for what happens and how well. The voters either support the results or fire the Council at election. But its Councils responsibility to hire and manage Dunnellons CEO. The only way to effectively manage is with performance measures and standards tied to business goals and objectives. Job dimensions (finance, hiring, product development, public relations, etc.) are turned into specific, measureable, realistic and achievable objectives with time frames and regular appraisals to determine progress and make corrections when necessary. Does Dunnellon have performance standards for staff tied to City goals determined by the City Council? Perhaps they should consider employing a consultant also to either develop or improve any existing ones. An adequate performance appraisal system could have prevented many of the Citys current problems. In any case, firing the city manager wont solve Dunnellons problems. There were apparently enough mistakes made to go around for both staff and the prior Council. Voters spoke during the last election. They must continue to encourage Council and staff to fix the system, instead of scapegoating its most visible representative. Dunnellon has a golden opportunity to make things better. If only Congress had done so before becoming too vested and unwieldy to change. Any mea culpas on their parts would come too late. Dunnellon, however still may have a chance. Kathryn Taubert, Rainbow Springs Agency thanks public for its assistanceOn behalf of the Annie W. Johnson Senior & Family Service Center, I would like to thank the community for its continued support and determination. Your commitment to helping our agency is sincerely appreciated. Given the current state of the U.S. economy, emergency food assistance is an important piece of the food system for many American households. Food pantries make up an important part of the social safety net in the U.S. In 2009, 4.8 percent of the American population accessed food from food pantries. Yet, very little is known about the structure of operations of food banks in terms of where food is obtained, what types of food are provided and what structural opportunities and constraints are present. Each year, the Annie W. Johnson Senior & Family Service Center continues to advance its mission of encouraging and fostering the idea of helping less fortunate families. In fiscal year 2012, the Annie W. Johnson & Family Center, assisted more than 16,200 individuals with, 525,249 pounds of nutritional food, $69,793 in financial assistance along with Christmas gift cards for deserving families in Marion and Citrus counties. Through our programs, we have seen many lives changed for the better. The goal of the Annie W. Johnson Senior & Family Service Center is to continue to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate families. With the help from supporters such as you we will continue to see improvements. Thanks again for your generous support of our efforts. Larry Cooper, Executive Director,Annie W. Johnson Board of Directors Musicians had positive impact at Cracker Days To all of the musicians, thank you so very much for making Cracker Days special. We had so much positive feedback on everything, and the music seemed to have gotten rave reviews from all of the people. Im so happy to have been part of that, and I had the best and easiest job. It was my privilege to listen and enjoy all your talent both days. Thanks to the following individuals and groups who participated: The Shade Tree Pickers; Tom Ellis, the sound man, who made it a family affair; Michael Coker and James Teller, The James Brothers; Charles Hardwicke; Lee Kelly; Mary Young, Audrey, Laurie and Larry, the dulcimer players; the barbershop quartet, The Rowdy Boys; Lee Britt; the West Coast Bluegrass Boys; Betty Breck; and Billy Robinson. I hope we meet again next year. Rosemarie Kleuker,Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 5 L E TT E R S continued from page 4 J E R SEY continued from page 4 Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Jeffrey W. Welch, Pastor 2 0 6 4 1 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t C o r n e r o f C h e s t n u t & O h i o S t r e e t s I n T h e H i s t o r i c D i s t r i c t 4 8 9 2 6 8 2 S u n d a y W o r s h i p . . . . . . . 8 : 3 0 A M S u n d a y S c h o o l . . 9 : 4 5 A M W o r s h i p . . . . . . 1 1 : 0 0 A M N u r s e r y P r o v i d e d F o r A l l S e r v i c e s d u n n p r e s c h u r c h @ b e l l s o u t h n e t 000DKHB 000DYBS Using Godly Influence to Build the Kingdom First Baptist Church 20831 Powell Road Dunnellon, FL 34431 www.fbcdunnellon.com Phone: 352-489-2730 Fax: 352-465-7729 E-mail: fbcdunnellon@bellsouth.net 000E0NE Come Sunday, come as you are! Dunnellon community Church Temporary Location American Legion 10720 Hwy 41 Every Sunday at 11:00am Dunnellonchurch.com 000DTCQ A Progressive Community of Faith in the Heart of Central Florida Sunday Worship 10:30 am Adult Bible Discussion 12:00 Noon God is still speaking, Jesus didnt reject people. Neither do we. First Congregational United Church of Christ 7171 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL 352-237-3035 uccocala.org Dr. H.W. McSwain, Jr., Pastor Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000DKHD 000E0RO D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000DKHM Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000DNVW The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com 000DXS6 489-2685 Hall Available For Community Functions Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Sunday Rite I 8:00 AM Coffee Hour 9:00 AM Rite II 10:00 AM Healing Session 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (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 000DNVM 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . Noon Mon. Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Jean H. Desir, Pastor GATHERINGS A 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 000E3P0 Stephen Goldsmith BC-HIS 40+ Years Experience We will beat all advertised prices! Many brand names to choose from. GENESIS HEARING CARE 489-9479 20336 E Pennsylvania Ave Dunnellon HEARING AIDS Digital Hearing Aids at Discount Prices All major credit cards accepted. FREE HEARING TEST DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER, P.A Medical and Surgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Infections Heel Pain Arthroscopic and Endoscopic Procedures Diagnostic Ultrasound and X-ray on Premises Stacy Lynn Witfill D.P.M. Board Certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery 11786 Cedar Street (CR 40) (Next to the Womens Club) 489-6621 Most Insurance Accepted 000E6S4 Podiatric Physician & Surgeon


Peace Lutheran slates Lenten servicesAs the season of Lent begins, Peach Lutheran Church will turn its attention to walking with the Christ as He journeys toward Jerusalem and the cross. Midweek Lenten services begnning at 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, will focus on Fellowship with the Father, our Lord, in prayer. March 13 The Right Way to Pray, Luke 11:1-4 March 20 (Un)finished Business, Luke 23: 34, 46. Following Lenten services, there will be a potluck meal. Services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be at 7 p.m. Easter Worship Service will be at 10 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church is at 7201 S. U.S. 41. For information, call the church office at 4895881 or visit Peace LutheranOnline.com. Church to host concert featuring big bandThe Southern Express, an 18-piece Big Band, will perform at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Tickets, which are $10 each, are available at the church office, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, or call the office at 352-237-3035) or Dave at 352-867-7967. Church schedules annual rummage saleThe ladies of Peace Lutheran Church will host their annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon April 13. If anyone has items they wish to donate to the sale, call Thelma Grams at 465-3877, to arrange a time when someone will be available to accept donations. Peace Lutheran Church is at 7201 S. U.S. 41. For information, call the church office at 489-5881 or visit Peace LutheranOnline.com. Church to host fish fry Fridays during LentSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host its fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays during Lent, ending March 22. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The fish fry is open to the public and is held in the church pavilion. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is on the corner of U.S. 41 & State Road 40 in Dunnellon. Church slates bingo weeklySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church hosts Bingo at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Prizes up to $250. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40. Gerald Alvin Polter, 95Gerald Alvin Polter, 95, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away March 1, 2013, under the loving care of his family and Hospice. He was born in Mark Center, Ohio Oct. 24, 1917, and was married to Margaret Jane (Cooper) Polter for 72 years, who preceded him in death in May of 2012. Gerald was one of seven children and is survived by one sister, Ruby Cline, Mark Center, Ohio. He is survived by her children, John and wife, Charlene Polter of Ocala, Sue (Dobson) and husband Larry Kyle of Gillette Wyo., and Linda and husband Curtis McKeown of Citrus Springs. Gerald had six grandchildren, Gale and husband Orville Hill of Texas, Anne Marie (Dobson) and husband Steven Berry of Citrus Springs, Chris and wife Mary Polter of Ocala, Stephanie (McKeown) and husband Benton Gardner of Citrus Springs, Cori (McKeown) Boney of Crystal River and Gerald Scott and wife Tawnie Dobson of Sheridan Wyo. Gerald had 14 great-grandchildren, Ashley Hill, Steven Hill, Brady Berry, Brien Polter and John Christopher Polter, Amber Collins and James Collins, Ethan Gardner and Jack Gardner, Collin Boney and Caralyn Boney, and Mikel Dobson, Kole Dobson, and Trace Dobson. Gerald had two great-greatgrandchildren, Eric Flores and Abriana Flores. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents George H. and Dora Apple Polter. Gerald, working with his wife, farmed in Ohio before moving to Florida in 1958. They owned a chicken farm in Longwood until 1971 when they moved to Crystal River and built a chicken farm in Homosassa. They moved to Dunnellon in 1978 and owned Dunnellon Ace Hardware until he retired. After his retirement Gerald became an avid wood worker building furniture for himself, his children and grandchildren. He and Margaret also loved to travel. Gerald was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 65 years, in both Ohio and Florida. He was a member of the Dunnellon United Methodist Church and Dunnellon Kiwanis Club. Visitation was held Monday, March 4, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. with interment following at Dunnellon Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Citrus County Hospice: P .O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at robertsofdunnellon.com. 6 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 Dunnellon Food-4-Kids fundraiser Special to the Riverland News Dunnellon Food-4-Kids hosted a western show, chili dinner and silent auction fundraiser Feb. 23 at the Holy Faith Fellowship Hall in Blue Cove. The sold-out event featured a dinner with several varieties of homemade chili, cornbread, coleslaw, brownies and refreshments. The dinner was followed by a musical western show, Lets Horse Around A Western Mystery, which received a standing ovation from the crowd. All proceeds from the event go toward the Dunnellon Food-4-Kids backpack program. Food-4-Kids uses donated money, food and fund raiser proceeds to provide non-perishable, easily prepared food for weekend meals for elementary school kids and their siblings who have no secure source of food on school weekends. 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with the state park, the nearby biking trails which are set to expand through the city, the numerous bass fishing lakes and the Rainbow and Withlacoochee rivers. If that doesnt scream ecotourism like a 12-year-old watching a horror flick, then I dont know what does. So why is it we continue to avoid addressing the one topic that Dunnellon is best suited for? Because it is what councilmembers, past and present, as well as a myriad of residents have fought against. If you think its not true, then why is it state and county officials see the dollar signs here and are plotting out a course to capitalize on the unique beauty of our community? City leaders, business owners and residents, both taxpayers and nontaxpayers, need to be banding together. The county and the state have already figured out this is an ecotourism destination and its imperative that the local population be at the table to ensure that the environment as well as the local economy is at the forefront of consideration. We need to start realizing the path we are on is just simply avoiding the truth, and until we get on the right path, the City Council will continue to direct Ms. Algiere to find alternative sources of revenue. Ms. Taubert is correct in stating firing Ms. Algiere wont solve the problem. Firing Ms. Algiere will only send a signal to potential applicants this community isnt ready to embrace its true calling. If we arent part of the solution, then we are a part of the problem. Its time to stop blaming the perceived lack of leadership at City Hall, outspoken residents or small business owners who have long fought for a bright future for the city. Instead, its time each one of us took a long look in the mirror and asked ourselves if we are part of the solution or a part of the problem. If it is the latter, perhaps its time to step away so the real work can begin. As we move forward in combating our current woes, the Riverland News will not continue to beat the dead horse. I, for one, want folks who are willing to step forward with solutions. Not folks who want to point fingers at past problems they helped to create. Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 7 Puzzle answers on Page 2 Circle Square Cultural Center On Top of the World 8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala For more info. visit our website www.westmba.com Youre invited to attend the WMBA S P R I N G SPRING B U S I N E S S E X P O BUSINESS EXPO ZUMB A DEMONSTRA TIONS 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 000E7QB Friday March 15 Noon 6 p.m. Free Admission Public Invited COME LEARN ABOUT NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES P RIZES H OURLY D RAWINGS F OR G IFT C ARDS F REE I NFORMATION G IFTS GRAND OPENING HEARING CENTER In DUNNELLON 20170 E. Pennsylvania Avenue Dunnellon, FL (in the Dunnellon Business Center w/Rons Watch Repair) Call For Appointment 352-789-1559 Offices also in Inverness and Homosassa 000E859 Free Hearing Exam Best Technology All Insurances 0% Financing Audie Hunsbusher Hearing Specialist 30+ Years Experience CALL FOR SPECIALS Tinnitus Solutions Available 000E7IQ OTHER continued from page 4 Friends of the Library book store open The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store, which is inside the library, is at 20351 Robinson Road, behind Sweetbay. There are novels, bios, cooking, gardening, inspirational, craft, self-help, finance, romance, children, VHS videos (Some DVDs), Books-On-Tape, history, politics, westerns, magazines and more. Daily sales are ongoing with books for as little as 10 cents. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The Friends continue to accept gently read book donations daily at the store. An all-volunteer staff operates The Friends Book Store, with all proceeds benefiting the Dunnellon Public Library. The Friends are committed to giving $2500 per month to your library as a book endowment (new books), in addition to providing office equipment, landscaping, and various other library enhancements. For information, call the library at 438-4520. 000E8B5 Congratulations CLEANMASTER 25 Years in Business Tile & Grout Cleaning Pet Odors Gone! Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18 (3 room minimum) Dry Cleaning or Steam Gutter Cleaning Special . . . . . . $50 Entire House Furniture Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60 1 Chair Cleaned FREE Sofa/Loveseat D r y e r V e n t C l e a n i n g S p e c i a l s $ 5 5 P r e v e n t F i r e s D r y e r V e n t Dryer-Vent C l e a n i n g S p e c i a l s Cleaning Specials $ 5 5 $55 P r e v e n t F i r e s Prevent Fires THANK YOU CITRUS/MARION COUNTIES CALL (352) 489-4844 Owner Does The Work All Kinds Of Pressure Cleaning Sidewalks, Patios, Driveways a nd Houses! Get A Head Start On Spring Cleaning Today! Per Room


8 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 ABOVE: Players from the Ace Hardware baseball team smile and wave to family members Saturday morning as the parade makes its way to the Dunnellon Little League Sports Complex. RIGHT: Dieter Wunderly, left, Hunter Gomes and Jarrett Vining bow their heads in prayer during Opening Day ceremonies to mark the start of the season. BELOW: Members of T.J.s Bait & Tackle ride with family members during the annual Dunnellon Little League parade. ABOVE: Jack Goodwin uses his sweat shirt to keep warm Saturday morning as he awaits the start of the annual Dunnellon Little League Parade. BELOW: Ryleigh Hotaling smiles while enjoying a birds-eye view of the lineup for the Dunnellon Little League Parade, which started at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall and concluded at the Dunnellon Little League complex. Players from the Ace Hardware softball team wave to family members Saturday morning during the annual Dunnellon Little League Parade, which served as a prelude to the start of the 2013 Dunnellon Little League season. Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News


Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 9 ABOVE: Landon Martinez, left, and Trace Cannon, right, watch Cannons dad, Ron, write Martinezs name in his hat before the first games started. RIGHT: Local attorney Keith Taylor signals to a catcher prior to delivering the first pitch to usher in the start of the 2013 Dunnellon Little League season. Taylor was honored during the Opening Day ceremony for donating $20,000 to Dunnellon Little League. BELOW: Connor Lay, 2, peers over his mothers, Lindsey, shoulder to see what activities were taking place in the outfield. ABOVE: Five-year-old Brandon Lay keeps loose as he portrays a zombie while awaiting the first pitch of the season. BELOW: Cameron Darnell, left, and teammate Cortney Desena dance to music pouring through the public address system while awaiting the start of Opening Day festivities at the Dunnellon Little League Sports Complex. Players and coaches celebrate at the conclusion of the Star-Spangled Banner, as they await the ceremonial first pitch to mark the start of the 2013 Dunnellon Little League season. Players, parents, coaches and sponsors braved the chilly weather to ring in the new year. Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News


Pregnancy center raising moneyThe Family Hope Pregnancy Center of Dunnellon is raising money to purchase an ultrasound machine. The rebuilt machine will cost $15,800. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation may do so at Capital City Bank, 10241 N. Florida Ave., Citrus Springs. Checks must be made out to Christians United in Christ/ultra-sound and monies raised will go directly toward the machine. For information, call Marcy Boss, president, Christians United in Christ, at 489-0018. Rose Society to meet Sunday, March 17The Marion County Rose Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Marion County Ag Center Auditorium, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala. Meetings are open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. For information, visit marioncountyroses.org or call Howard Johnson at 352-751-0355. AARP Driver Safety Classes slated An AARP Driver Safety Class for those 50 and older which, with certain exceptions, qualifies graduates for a discount on their automobile insurance, will be given over two days, three hours each day. Cost is $14 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. However, if you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. Bring your AARP card. The course will be March 14 and 15 at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For information or for reservations, call 465-6359. Another course will be offered March 26 and 27 at the Rainbow Lakes Estates Clubhouse, north of Dunnellon. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For information or for reservations, call 489-1574. Lake Tropicana to host flea market The Lake Tropicana Civic Association will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Tropicana Clubhouse at 3380 S.W. 181 Court, Dunnellon. Vendor rent is $5 per table, per day inside and $4 per space, per day outside. To reserve your space or for information, call Linda at 465-5039 or Bob at 465-3903. Knights to host St. Pats dinner/danceThe Knights of Columbus Council No. 8510 will host its annual St. Patricks Day Dinner Dance at 5:30 p.m. March 16 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 7525 U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. Happy hour begins at 5:30 with dinner served at 6:30. Music will be provided by Joe Koos with dancing until 10. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from any Knight or the church office. To reserve a table for parties of eight to 10, purchase tickets by mail or for information, call 489-6221. Cub Scouts meet Tuesdays at churchCub Scout Pack 508 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Episcopal Church of the Advent, 11251 S.W. Highway 484, Ocala. For information, call 465-7272. here. This is our third class. Some of subjects the RAD course teaches women are to be aware of their surroundings, be vigilant, practice the techniques taught them in the class and to be prepared. We teach the women that they have the ability to say no and have the skills to defend themselves, Dunnellon Police Lt. Sue Webb said as one of four instructors of the third class in February. We want them to be aware. We want women to be confident and have a plan and not panic. The other instructors were Cpl. Bruce Arnold and Officer Shane Yox of the Dunnellon Police Department and Debra Galeazzi, a civilian. The 40 hours needed to become a RAD instructor and the time to prepare and teach the RAD course is all donated by the instructors. The teachers were professional, patient and put a lot of humor in the class to keep the students relaxed. The class was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it, Tori Brock, one of the students, said. I run a lot and want to be able to take care of myself and this is why I took the class. LaVonne Robinson, who has been with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 25 years and recently retired from her job as an accounting manager, also decided to take the course. I want to stop feeling vulnerable, Robinson said. In the Coast Guard, we teach safe boating to give something back to society and this class is something to give back to me. The 12-hour basic self-defense course is conducted over three evenings giving the students time to practice the techniques taught during the classes. All participants receive an illustrated workbook showing the various techniques they will learn by the end of the classes. I wasnt sure what to expect when I signed up for this, student Thia Williams said. I learned a lot and it was fun. Christina Scruggs brought her daughter, Kaely Banks, to the class to prepare her for a yearlong stay in Poland. Kaely is going through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program soon and I wanted her to be prepared, Scruggs said. She has learned a lot of skills and now I will feel better about her going. Sandy Gambone and her daughter, Victoria, took the class to become confident and Johnelane Sheremco wanted to learn to defend herself. Ive been in the military and had terrorist training through the federal government, Terry Rapp said. This is a refresher course for me. After the many self-defense techniques were taught, the woman had an opportunity to actually use the information they learned. Arnold and Yox donned the RAD approved aggressor gear to protect themselves, which made them looked like the Michelin Man. The participants wore the RAD headgear, knee pads, elbow pads and body protection for safety. Lori Moss and Christa Parmerlee, both certified RAD instructors, attended the last class to be control monitors to further ensure safety of the students and the aggressors. It is not a requirement of the class to participate in the demonstrations. This gives the women an opportunity to practice the skills they have learned, Lt. Webb said. These skills do away with their fears and that is what this class is all about. There is a $10 registration deposit, which is returned at the completion of the course. There is also a lifetime return and practice policy after completing the RAD basic course and the class is taught at many colleges and universities in all the states and Canada. Citrus County had one RAD instructor and she passed away and now we are the only ones teaching this class that I know of, Chief Black said. We hope to have a basic class every few months and we are working on having a RAD for kids and RAD for seniors. 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Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 11 ABOVE: Seasonal Dunnellon resident Ray Bartoo, left, explains to Sarah Weinheimer of Ocala the use of the next tool necessary to complete making a fly-fishing lure RIGHT: Park Ranger Paul Milette blows on a pile of brush from the bottom of a palm tree, showing event attendees how fire was created during the states Cracker period. BELOW: Carolyn Morrison gives a hearty attempt at lassoing a target. ABOVE: Four-year-old Kaydence Wood attempts to play an old game used to entertain children and adults alike during the 1800s. BELOW: Don Andrus explains the difference between the American Morse code system, created by Samuel Morse, and the Continental Code used by European countries. Betty-Lou Seager, the dust-bunny spinner, tells a crowd of festivalgoers why she pulls the rabbits wool off and spins it into yarn. If (the rabbit) licks the fur off herself, she doesnt have the ability to digest it and it would kill her, she explained. It doesnt hurt the rabbit and it grows back. Terry Stidham of Dudley Farms tells festivalgoers during Rainbow Springs State Parks annual Cracker Days event the process for washing clothes in the 1800s. Stidham was one of more than a dozen exhibitors on hand to explain to eventgoers about life in 1800s Florida. Attendees were given opportunities to try their hands at washing clothes among other things at the vast number of exhibits. Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News


Michelle Ruiz, Softball Ruiz has a great attitude, shes a hard worker and plays wherever she is needed, coach Terry Weber said. Shes a solid infielder and outfielder. Jonathan Padilla, Weightlifting The senior standout, who competes in the 119-pound weight class, set a personal record of 400 pounds in the bench press and clean-and-jerk. Padilla is undefeated this season. Jonathan Padilla Michelle Ruiz R IVERLAND EDUCATION/ SPORTS 12 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 000E3NK DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY GREENLIGHT DUNNELLON COMMUNICATIONS Applications being taken for UW programUnited Way of Marion County is accepting applications from high school students who are interested in participating in the Youth United Way program. Youth United Way provides a forum for local youth to develop leadership skills and demonstrate the importance of youth civic involvement as a key component of community change. Applicants need to be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2013 and have a grade point average of 2.5 to apply. Applications are available at local high schools or can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org. Application deadline is Friday, March 22. For information, call Katrina Ganzler at 352-732-9696, ext. 226, or email kganzler@ uwmc.org. Marion Civic Chorale to offer scholarshipThe Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent. The $500 scholarship is open to high school and community college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theater. The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the spring concerts and will be awarded the scholarship at that time. Application deadline is April 2. For information, visit the chorales website at http://marioncivic chorale.tripod.com/ or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666, or email Jillvw50@gmail.com. Harmony Preschool registrations accepted Harmony Preschool continues to welcome students for its Infant Class (6 months to 23 months) and 2to 4year-old class. Harmony can now accept VPK Transfers. Harmony also accepts students enrolled in the School Readiness (Vouchers) Program. Harmony Preschool is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To register your child(ren), stop by the preschool at 21501 W. State Road 40. The preschool is housed in the Education Building of the First United Methodist Church, or call 489-9552. EDUCATION NEWS DHS Jr. ROTC hosts annual Military Ball Dunnellon High Schools Air Force Junior ROTC hosted its 11th annual Military Ball March 2 at Marion Oaks Community Center. As cadets and their guests arrived, they filled the center with formal gowns and pristine uniforms. The evening commenced moments later than scheduled but Barrett Willingham, SASI assistant and president of the mess, kept the ball rolling. Speeches by senior cadets Joseph Fernandez, Christopher Fortune, Maxwell Pudlo and Randi Jarrell were given as the night progressed. The traditional Grog Bowl Opening, a crowd favorite, followed promptly. Willingham called Sergio Aponte to the bowl to test the concoction. Aponte took the drink like a man, and proved it to be drinkable for the mess. It tasted horrible, said Aponte. A lot of lemon and wasabi; I almost spit it out. Throughout the night, many more cadets were called to the bowl for various infractions, including Kimberly Fike, who willingly drank four times. The guest of honor was Col. Nicholas Navetta, a U.S. Army veteran, who motivated the cadets with a speech about leadership being a choice, not a mandatory action. Leadership is not about what title or position you hold, but rather a choice on how you lead, Navetta said. The night followed with dancing and even a filming of a Harlem Shake video. All in all, I would say it was a success, Maj. Robert Gilliam said Dunnellon High Junior ROTC members Randi Jarrell, right, and Kyle Stewart go over the guest list so they can put name cards at the tables at the groups banquet Saturday at the Marion Oaks Community Center.JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland News LAURA RILEY For the Riverland News DHS, Tavares to clash Friday After a difficult week, the Dunnellon High School varsity softball is up for another tough week. On Feb. 26, the Lady Tigers played Vanguard. Dunnellon, however, walked off the field with an 11-6 loss. The Lady Tigers scored two runs in both the first and second innings and one in the six and seventh innings. Seniors Elizabeth Wright and Leslie Maddox both had hits and scored one run each. Sophomore Dania Clark and freshman Michelle Ruiz each had one double and also scored once. Junior Jody Weber had two RBIs and two doubles against the Lady Knights, and scored once. Junior Bianca Pierro and senior Angie DeGennaro were on a roll together, pitching three innings each. On Feb. 28, Dunnellon competed against Eustis, falling in a close game, 3-2. Ruiz once again had a hit and scored for the Lady Tigers. Pierro hit a home run and had a double, finishing with two RBIs and one scored. She also pitched a complete game, striking out 10, walking one and allowing five hits. The Lady Tigers played Tuesday at home against Nature Coast and Wednesday against Lake Weir. Results were not available at press time. Dunnellon plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tavares. Dunnellon softball drops pair of games Strong showing Special to the Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon 4H Club had another exciting year at the Southeastern Youth Fair, which ended Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion. Students who participated in the SEYF, front row from left, were: MadilynSereda, Michael Livingston, Bradley Rush, Sydney White, Hailey Rush, Logan White and Dale Morgan; back row, Kayden Fowler, Kylee Follett, Kelley Stump, Kirin Maharaj, Rosie Bailey, Megan Sereda and Emily Fowler. DES 4Hers perform well at annual SEYF competition The Dunnellon 4H Club had another exciting year at the Southeastern Youth Fair, which ended Saturday, Feb. 23. The club has 25 Members who participate in more than 200 different events, walking away with many different ribbons or plaques. Starting off in the 73rd SEYF were the Home Arts, Kitchen, Photography and Horticulture Shows. Madilyn Sereda earned Best of Category for her clay farm animals, while Rosie Bailey earned a Best of Category and Best of Class for her weaving of a horse lead rope. In the Horticulture Division, Dunnellon earned all Blue Ribbons for their winter vegetables. Megan Sereda, Andrew Mills, Logan White, Sydney White, Kelley Stump and Rosie Bailey earned Rosette Ribbons for their plants. Other members earning Blue or Red in Home Arts or Horticulture were: Christian Adams, Dustin Dresser, Emily Fowler, Kayden Fowler, Michael Livingston, Dale Morgan, Bradley Rush, Megan Sereda, Maggie Barde, Matthew Livingston, Mason Sereda, Hannah Chung and Rylie Nonnemacher. In Conservation Trays, Logan White earned third place. In the Fashion Review, Sydney White placed second. RylieNonnemacher placed third in Oral Reasoning, first in Team Consumer Choice Judging, Senior, while Hannah Chung placed third In Oral Reasoning and Team for Intermediate. The 4H members did an outstanding job in the Animal Shows this year. There were entries in the Rabbit, Chicken, Horse and Hog shows this year with a combined total of 75 events. In the Rabbit show, Kelley Stump won second in Record Book, Kylee Follett earned Best of Opposite Sex and Kirin Maharaj earned, Best of Opposite Sex, third in Showmanship and third in the Poster Contest. Other members in the Rabbit Project earning ribbons were: Dustin Dresser, Kailey Barr, Maggie Barde, Dale Morgan, Christian Adams and Rosie Bailey. In the Horse Show, Bailey, whos in her first year, placed first in Record Book, fifth in Walk-n-Trot, third in Western and sixth in the Halter Class. In the Swine Show, Matthew, Mason, Megan and Rylie all earned Blue Ribbons with Rylie placing fifth in her Class. Megan tied for first in Skill-a-thon and Emily won Record Book Award. During the Chicken Show, Dunnellon had Madilyn, Rosie, Ishanna and Logan competing in events. Rosie placed first in Poster Contest and had a Best of Breed. Madilyn won Reserve Grand Champion for her Rooster. Dunnellon Club has one Clover Bud who entered several items in the Watch Me Grow Division. Hailey Rush had a plant, Apron, T-shirt, Animal Fever, Floral Arrangement and a Clay Horse. Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal DMS FFA students prepare for annual competition S pring Picture Day will be Friday, March 8, at Dunnellon Middle School. Bring your smiles. The Buddy Shots package will be available along with several other different picture packages parents might be interested in. The prepay order envelope was sent home Friday, March 1, along with the Interim reports. If you did not receive one, call 465-6720 and we will send one home with your student. FFA students involved with the after-school livestock judging will demonstrate their skills as they judge classes of swine/beef cattle and display their knowledge on breeds, body parts, and cuts of meat Saturday, March 9, at the Livestock Special to the Riverland News PRINCIPALS OFFICE See SMALLRIDGE page 16 AMANDA BARNEY For the Riverland News


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Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides backpacks full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666. Calligraphy meeting slated March 14The Creative Calligraphers of Citrus Springs will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Citrus Springs Memorial Library at 1826 W. Country Club Blvd., Citrus Springs. There will be a practice session for members to work on the lower case letters in the Gothic Hand. This will be followed at 1 p.m. by a brief business meeting. New members are welcome. For this meeting, Barbara Fife will do a program about adding a border to embellish your work. For information, call the Library at 489-2313.Annual Wilderness Challenge on tapWithlacoochee Area Residents Inc. (WAR) will host the fifth annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Challenge Saturday, March 23, at Winding River Park on Riverside Drive in Yankeetown with a Poker Paddle on the Withlacoochee River. The event, which is open to all persons 18 and older, is $25 per person before March 20. After March 20, registration fees will be $30 per person and will be at the launch site only from 9 to 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. These fees include entry, water and homemade lunch. This event is not a race, go at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of the river. After the Poker Paddle, participants and spectators will gather at the Yankeetown-Inglis Womans Club for awards, door prizes and lunch. Those not participating in the paddle can purchase lunch. Adults are $8 and children are $5. For registration forms and directions email: warinc.directors@gmail. com, visit www.warinc online.com or call Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152. Ocala Lions Club to host pancake breakfast The Ocala 200 Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast and outside yard sale Saturday, April 6, at the Lions Clubhouse, 20826 S.W. Walnut St., Dunnellon. Breakfast is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is $5. For coffee, the cost is $1. This event is the first Saturday monthly through June. All proceeds benefit local charities. Peggy Hydes was selected as Volunteer of the Month by the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop. Hydes joined the group about two years ago and although she is only a seasonal volunteer, she has proved to be a valuable asset with her sense of merchandising and artist talent. Hydes has often spent extra hours at the shop rearranging various sections in addition to her threehour weekly stint behind the counter. As co-chairwoman of the organizing committee, many of her ideas have been incorporated into displays and best use of our space. Hydes has also created a following that come into the shop to purchase her small, charming handpainted boxes and note cards. The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop is delighted to name her as February Volunteer of the Month. Photo by Joann McCullough Community Thrift Shop names Volunteer of the Month14 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 Riverland News MONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORS TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Advertisements may be cancelled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error. All ads require prepayment. 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Well & septic, so no water bill! $595. 352-476-4964 PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. 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(352) 220-9819 County launches free prescription discount savings card Marion County has joined the Coast2Coast Rx Card program, a nationwide discount prescription card plan. The Coast2Coast Rx card allows all county residents, regardless of income, age, or health status, to receive discounts on prescription drugs, dental, vision and hearing services, lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies/equipment for family members. People purchasing prescriptions for their pets and people living outside the county can also use the card. The card is distributed free of charge and may be used at pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Marion County and includes more than 60,000 drugs in its formulary. This program helped cardholders across the nation save an average of 60 percent in 2012 on the cost of prescription drugs. With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time when they need it the most, said Marion Board of County Commissioners Chairman Kathy Bryant. There are no eligibility requirements, so the prescription card is expected to have a sizeable impact on uninsured residents or residents facing high insurance deductibles. If a particular drug isnt covered under a persons health plan they can use the card to save on those prescriptions. Starting this week, the Coast2Coast Rx card will be available at most participating pharmacies, libraries and county health facilities. Residents can print the card via the Marion County website, marioncountyfl.org; they can also print the card and view the nearest participating locations at coast2 coastrx.com/counties/fl/marion. COMMUNITY BRIEFS Special to the Riverland News


Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 15 643044F1 Call Linda at 489-2731 to Advertise INFORMATION GRUFFS T AP & G RILLE 000E4O8 12084 S. Williams St., Dunnellon (Old Dinner Bell Restaurant) 352-465-2881 www.gruffsontheriver.com 49 WINGS Hot Medium Mild Dine In Only! S EAFOOD F EST J UST W ING I T W EDNESDAYS Every Wednesday All Day Seafood Buffet Fri., March 8 5 8 PM $ 2 2 9 9 $ 22 99 All You Care To Eat $ 2.00 OFF SEAFOOD FEST BUFFET One per guest. Not valid with any other discounts or menu items. Expires March 8, 2013. Dungenous Crab Claws, Peel-N-Eat Shrimp, Scallops, Fried Fish, Hush Puppies, Catfish, Clams Fried & Steamed, Seafood Pasta, Paella, Crab and Shrimp Seafood Salad, Mussels, Fried Shrimp, Deviled Crab, Banana Pudding and Our All-U-Can-Eat Salad Bar 352-465-0777 A to Z LIQUORS 12091 S. WILLIAMS STREET DUNNELLON Everyday Low Prices You Do Not Need a Rewards Card for Great Savings! ON LIQUOR BEER WINE 000E8DA 1 9 7 7 3 E P E N N S Y L V A N I A A V E D U N N E L L O N 5 4 7 4 7 7 7 O N T H E R A I N B O W R I V E R 3 8 2 1 N W H W Y 2 7 O C A L A 2 3 7 1 7 7 7 O F F I 7 5 1 9 7 7 3 E P E N N S Y L V A N I A A V E 19773 E. PENNSYLVANIA AVE. D U N N E L L O N 5 4 7 4 7 7 7 DUNNELLON 547-4777 O N T H E R A I N B O W R I V E R ON THE RAINBOW RIVER 3 8 2 1 N W H W Y 2 7 3821 NW HWY. 27 O C A L A 2 3 7 1 7 7 7 OCALA 237-1777 O F F I 7 5 OFF I-75 FREE APPETIZER With Purchase of 2 Entres Not valid with NY Strip Special or sandwiches. Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 4/11/13. $13.99 Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon $ 1 OFF ANY SANDWICH Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 4/11/13. Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon $ 3 OFF ANY TWO ENTRES Not valid with NY Strip Special, sandwiches or burgers. Coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Expires 4/11/13. Hwy. 27 & Dunnellon $13.99 30 PC. SHRIMP DINNER EVERY TUESDAY NO COUPONS TWO FOR $20 10 OZ. NY STRIPS EVERY WEDNESDAY NO COUPONS HAPPY HOUR & DAILY DRINK SPECIALS C h i n a H o u s e C h i n a H o u s e China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000E4TJ 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 C h i n a W o k B u f f e t C h i n a W o k B u f f e t China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.75 Dinner $8.95 ROAST BEEF EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY ALL DAY Dunnellon The NEW 000E23X All You Can Eat Buffet (Over 20 items) Only $ 7.99 Seniors $ 6.75 Kids $ 3.99 Bring ad for FREE DRINK with buffet purchase Cookies 3 FOR $ 1.39 2 PC. for $ 2.00 AFTER 8 PM 783594 L e t s G o O u t Lets Go Out! Post members visit veterans Special to the Riverland NewsEight members of American Legion Post No. 58 and the Ladies Auxiliary visited veterans Feb. 15 residing in Harbor House, above, and Haven House, below, assisted-living homes. A delicious cake and refreshments were enjoyed by all. Valentine chocolates and Valentine cards, made by Key club members at Dunnellon High School for the veterans, were presented to each veteran. Korean War veterans were presented a Certificate of Appreciation for their service from the Defense Department, signed by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a new charitable organization formed to assist other local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to need families in need who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries and clothing will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday monthly at New Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 1940 W. Henry Blair Lane. The church is behind Dunnellon Mulch and Stone. Watch-Clock Collectors meet Sundays monthlyThe Chapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) meet at 8 a.m. the fourth Sunday monthly except December at VFW Post 4781 at 9401 S.E. 110 St., Ocala. The facility is off State Road 200, behind Sims Furniture and next to MRMC Medical Park at Timber Ridge approximately 8/10 of a mile east of County Road 484. The presentation topics are about repair and maintenance of Clocks and Watches and related subjects. The public is welcome to attend. There is a $2 fee, which covers refreshments and expenses. For information, call Roger B. Krieger at 352527-0669 or Jim Beeman at 352-369-3924. 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 and the Womens Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Dinner will be served at 5:30. 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 outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast is the third Saturday monthly. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person. Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announces the following events. Join us for Darts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Bingo at 1 p.m. Mondays. $1 hot dogs are available for lunch on those days. Please plan to join us for dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $8 each. The canteen is open Sunday through Saturday at noon; and closes at 8 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday except for meeting nights, and 6 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 465-4864. TOPS welcomes members, visitorsTOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 375 Rainbow Lakes welcomes new members and visitors. TOPS meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rainbow Lakes Community Center 4030 S.W. Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For information, call 465-5807. Master Choir holding auditions The Central Florida Master Choir is hosting auditions for the group. The ability to read music, harmonize and match pitch are required along with prioritizing rehearsals and performances. For information or to schedule an audition, call Hal McSwain at 352-237-3035 or 352-615-7677. For information about the group, visit www.cf masterchoir.comS. Dunnellon Civic Associaton meets The South Dunnellon Civic Association Inc. meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Monday monthly at 1962 W. Test Court, South Dunnellon. The facility is on the left side of street just before The Annie W. Johnson Center. The public is invited to come help, and give ideas to promote community improvement and safety. For more details, contact Randy Campbell at 465-7135 or e-mail randolphcampbell@bell south.net. Boys & Girls Clubs seek donations Many Boys and Girls Clubs are benefiting from car donations. The cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. People wishing to donate their cars or for information call 800-246-0493. New Writers Group meets monthlyThe Writers Group of Central Florida (Dunnellon), a new group open to all writers, will meet at 1 p.m. the first Saturday monthly at the Dunnellon Public Library. For information, email wgdunnellon@ yahoo.com business. I went into total shock, Lakhani said. I didnt go out much for two months. I wasnt the happiest person to be around. I tried to avoid going past the store as much as possible, because it saddened me when Id see it gone. But through it all, Lakhani knew rebuilding the family store was a top priority. So work began to rebuild. Though it took longer than Lakhani expected, life is about to return to normal once again. The B-Kwik Food Mart is set to open its doors in about a month as construction has steadily progressed. The new store will be slightly smaller, Lakhani explained; however, the new design will allow for the family to utilize the space to its maximum potential. Im just excited, he said. We are all excited. Its been a long process and took longer than we thought, but we are ready to get back in the swing of things. We are eager to open our doors. We have had a lot of people coming by and asking when well be open again. They said they are excited to see us back. I cannot thank the people in the area enough. Theyve been very supportive and encouraging. Even after the fire, people were asking if there was anything they could do to help out. Because the pumps were not harmed during the blaze, which was caused by an electrical problem in one of the stores coolers, it made it easier to rebuild. Even a year after the blaze dealt the Lakhanis a blow they never could have imagined, the longtime businessman was thankful to the quick actions of citizens and Marion County Fire Rescue. They were fantastic, he said. COMMUNITY NEWS LAKHANIS continued from page 1


Dunnellon Middle School seventh-grader Emily Newsom poses in front of her winning Science Fair Project, How the Salinity Level in Water Affects the Buoyancy of an Object. She also won second-place honors in the Junior Physics division of the Big Springs Regional Science Fair Feb. 13 to 15 at the Florida National Guard Armory. Public, private and home-schooled middle and high school students from Marion, Sumter and Levy counties competed in a total of 13 categories including physics, zoology, computer science, biochemistry, and engineering. Two days of rigorous judging by scientific experts culminated in an evening awards program at the Marion Technical Institute. Newsom developed a project inspired by a family scalloping trip titled How The Salinity Level in Water Affects the Buoyancy of an Object. Undeterred by initial problems with weights that were too heavy for the water samples, Newsom carefully followed the steps of the scientific method she learned in Mr. Allisons Science class and made the necessary modifications until she was satisfied with the results. Her project was genuine and well-put together, Mr. Allison said. Her perseverance paid off, and she said of winning the award and attending the ceremony: I was happy to be there and it was a great honor! Contest at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Plant City. Good luck and thank you for staying after school to expand your knowledge. We would like to remind everyone that on Sunday, March 10, set your clocks ahead one hour as we spring forward into daylight saving time. The Symphonic Band will meet from 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Band Room with Miss Roblow as they continue to practice for upcoming concerts. We are anxiously awaiting to hear the new spring program. Thank you Symphonic Band members for staying after school to practice and learning the mastery of your chosen instrument. FFA students involved in Land Judging competition will meet Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 14, in the Ag Room with Mr. Dettloff as they continue to learn more about soil as they prepare for the State Competition at the end of the month. FFA students who will participate in the Landscape & Nursery judging contest are meeting before school Monday, March 11, through Wednesday, March 12, as they prepare themselves for the Landscape & Nursery contest Saturday, March 16, at the the PTEC in Pinellas County. Dunnellon Middle School presents the Horizon Academy and the Dunnellon Middle School Symphonic Bands Joint Concert, under the direction of Miss Kristina Roblow, DMS Band Director, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Auditorium of Building No. 10. This is the first time DMS will host a joint concert and we know the audience is in for a musical treat. Note to Band Members: Please arrive at 6 p.m. to prepare for the concert. We would like to invite our Dunnellon Community to purchase a ticket for a delicious spaghetti dinner and cake auction Thursday, March 21, as the DMS FFA and Student Council have joined forces to present a wonderful sit-down dinner get-together to raise funds for both organizations. FFA and Student Council students are selling tickets at $5 per person to attend this dinner and cake auction. We hope you will join us for a good meal and good company! Everyone knows how much we love to brag about our students and we have a wonderful opportunity to do so again. On Saturday, Feb. 23, four of our DMS Band students represented us at the Solo and Ensemble Festival in Tavares. Emily Newsom and Eduardo Escalante performed a tenor saxophone duet and earned a rating of Excellent. Kristen Starr and Megan McClure performed a trumpet duet and earned a rating of Superior. Congratulations on these outstanding ratings. Thank you for representing your school and yourselves in such a professional and positive way, and we also thank you for your dedication to music and to your chosen instrument. You ROAR! Dont forget to pre-order your yearbook before April 1. The presale cost is $30. After April 1, yearbooks will be sold in May on a first-come, first-served basis at the cost of $35 per yearbook. Reminder to our parents of sixth-grade students who will enter the seventh grade in August, have your childs shot record updated as mandated by the state. The mandated shot is: Tdap shot (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough). Incoming seventh-grade students in August will not be allowed to attend school until their shot record has been updated. The Marion County Health Department provides free immunizations to all Marion County children up to age 18. For information or questions, call the Marion County Health Department at 352-629-0137. 16 Riverland News, Thursday, March 7, 2013 Offering quality consignment for all your furniture and home decor needs Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5 7380 SW 60th Ave. (Airport Road) Ocala 352-854-7022 Find your perfect piece priced perfectly All Styles All Prices www.renroomocala.com 000E6RP 000E7IL www.MCYFL.org 2013 FOOTBALL REGISTRATION Saturday, March 9 11am 3pm Saturday, March 16 11am 3pm All games played at Jervey-Gantt Park in Ocala Registration Fee $100.00 League supplies all but cleats PEE WEE ~ JUNIORS ~ SENIORS Play minimum of 9 football games, not including playoffs. 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Friday, March 8 Spring Picture Day, bring your smile. Saturday, March 9 Livestock Contest, Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Plant City. Sunday, March 10 Daylight Saving Time begins, set clocks ahead by one hour. Tuesday, March 12 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Practice in the Band Room. 3:40 to 5 p.m. FFA Land Judging and Landscape & Nursery Practice. Thursday, March 14 7 p.m. Horizon Academy and Dunnellon Middle School Symphonic Band joint concert, Dunnellon Middle School Auditorium. 3:40 to 5 p.m. FFA Land Judging and Landscape & Nursery Practice. SMALLRIDGE continued from page 12