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COMMUNITYSPOTLIGHT: FORTHELOVEOFLITERATURE Thursday, January 2, 2014 Vol 32 No. 9 75 cents Two found shot to death in Rainbow Lakes Estates An apparent domestic dispute Sunday night in Rainbow Lakes Estates turned deadly, according to the Marion County Sheriffs Office. According to the law enforcement agency, Latalia Robinson, 32, and her estranged husband, Dean Hamilton, 33, were found dead with apparent gunshot wounds. A news release from the Marion County Sheriffs Office said a friend of the family became concerned after he did not hear from either Robinson or Hamiltion overnight, so he responded to the listed address where both victims were found. According to the Marion County Sheriffs office, Robinson worked at West Port High School. Her Facebook page stated she began working at the school this past year as a biology teacher. Hamilton was employed at Cheney Brothers. Robinson was a mother of three children one boy and two girls all of whom attend Romeo Elementary School. Sherry Downes, who lived about two miles from Robinson, had known her for about two years. Downes said their children rode the bus together to school and spent time playing with each other in Rainbow Lakes Estates. Downes said she last spoke to Robinson on Dec. 22 when she extended an invitation to Robinson and her children for a birthday party for one of Downes children. She was a very sweet lady, Downes, a mother of two, said about Robinson. She will truly be missed. She had a great personality. Im so heartbroken right now. I just talked to her and shes gone, Im so hurt. The Special Investigations Bureau is now investigating the case as an act of domestic violence and further information will be released as it is developed. WHATS HAPPENING Paper changing delivery methodBeginning Jan. 9, Riverland News subscribers who currently receive their paper by carrier will begin receiving their paper through the USPS mail. In addition to the change in delivery service, those who receive a complimentary Sunday Citrus County Chronicle will no longer receive the bonus paper. For information about the changes, call Jackie Lytton, circulation sales leader, at 888-852-2340.Womans Club set to meet Jan. 9The Womans Club of Dunnellon will meet at noon Jan. 9 at its clubhouse. Seven new members will be initiated. David Huckabee will be the guest speaker and discuss Alzheimers disease. There will be a potluck luncheon. Joan Deneau, Pat Grams, Cathy Kunz and Betty Von Seggern will be the hostesses. The clubs annual Soup-a-Thon will be Feb. 1. For information, call Gerry Hess at 465-8195.Thrift store changes hoursThe Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store has changed its hours of operation. The store is now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donations being dropped off at the store are welcome from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and pick up of donations can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For information, call 465-7957.Boys & Girls Clubs seek donationsMany Boys & 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. Wife, estranged husband leave behind three children JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Photo courtesy of Jeff Romance/FSU Sports InformationTerrence Brooks picks off a pass against Florida Atlantic earlier this season. The Dunnellon native who is the starting free safety for the top-ranked Seminoles, will play against Auburn at 8:30 pm. Monday night in the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. Brooks and company are hoping to win the programs first national title since 1999. Dunnellon native to compete for national title with FSU Slightly more than four years ago, Terrence Brooks made a commitment to Florida State University. The two-way standout from Dunnellon High School was eager to be a part of putting the Seminoles football program back in the national spotlight. Brooks also wanted to prove he belonged at the highest level of collegiate football. Having come from an unknown high school in a relatively unknown town, he certainly had his work cut out for him. The senior standout free safety has done both. Florida State has risen through the ranks during his collegiate tenure, finally breaking through this past season with an unbeaten record, a No. 1 ranking, an ACC Championship, but more important, a shot at the BCS National Championship on Monday night against Auburn in Pasadena, Calif. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Im ready, he said via a phone interview prior to the teams abbreviated Christmas break. (The past four years) have definitely gone by so fast. Its bittersweet. Im just get ready to bring (the championship) back to Tallahassee. If Brooks and company can do so, theyll not only break a 13-year title drought in the states capital; the Seminoles will end the Southeastern Conferences grasp on the national championship. SEC teams have combined to win the past seven national crowns. Really, we just need to keep doing what we do, he said about FSUs upcoming opponent. Its just a matter of doing what we do. We dont want to give them anything, and we want to take care of business. They do some great The love of reading has motivated some residents to put forth extra effort to give everyone an opportunity to experience the special joy of reading. The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library have been working for many, many years with the primary goal of promoting reading, according to their current president Barbara Caban. We enjoy reading so much and we want to share that with everyone, Caban said. The library is a place for resources, reading and enjoyment. The Friends is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with the sole purpose of helping and supporting the Dunnellon Public Library. The first actual library in Dunnellon was started by the Womens Club with just one shelf of books in their clubhouse. Different local clubs raised funds and the people of Dunnellon provided material and helped erect a structure for the library, which now houses Greenlight Communications. The books were in place on many shelves in the new building by 1961. Three years later, the daily operations were taken over by the Central Florida Regional Library System that later changed its AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland News Barbara Caban, left, president of Friends of the Dunnellon Library, and Helen Maurer, look over books prior to stocking the shelves at Friends Library located inside the Dunnellon Public Library. Friends of the Library contribute key funds Pair break terms of deal Animal hoarders back in custodyTwo women placed on probation for hoarding animals in 2011 have been charged for violating their probation. Penelope Walker, 69, and her daughter, Gina Walker, 47, were each charged with 37 counts of animal cruelty in February 2011, but the two struck a plea deal with the state attorneys office in October 2011 to avoid a sentence. As a part of their plea deal, the Walkers adjudicated guilty, served one year in jail and were given five years probation. In addition, each had to go through a mental health evaluation and successful follow-up treatment. The women were not allowed to own or care for any animals, were allowed for random animal inspection, were not to maintain employment or volunteer for any facility that cares for animals. They are also required to pay a $500 fine and court costs. As an added requirement, each woman was to serve her probation in Marion County, scheduled to end Jan. 31, 2017. However, that all See ANIMAL page 2 AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See LITERATURE page 14 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Penelope Walker Gina Walker JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See CHIEF page 3


Fourth annual tree give-away plannedMarion Soil and Water Conservation District will host its fourth annual native tree giveaway at 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at the McPherson Government Complex Field in recognition of Floridas Arbor Day on Jan. 18. Marion SWCD will give away approximately 2,000 trees, which consist of longleaf pines, redbuds, dogwoods, white oaks and common persimmons. The trees are available on a first come, first serve basis. Experts will be available onsite to consult on proper planting techniques, as well as, on how and what trees to plant to attract wildlife. For more information, call 352-622-3971, Option No. 3.Agency in need of volunteersThe Annie W. Johnson Service Center and the Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store are in need of volunteers, who should have an understanding and a passion for the causes supported by the agency. For information, call 489-8021.Kiwanis changes meeting placeThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will begin meeting at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club will continue meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. For information, contact Ellie Pollock at 4656803 for a reservation by the previous Tuesday weekly.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 back packs full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a charitable organization formed to assist local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to families who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries, such as dish and laundry detergent as well as shampoo, lotion, deodorant and toothpaste, 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. For information, call Geri Davis 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun 465-8660. ended recently when they were listed as an absconder/fugitive by the Department of Corrections after, according to reports, they left without notifying anyone of their whereabouts, did not report to a probation office, changed their address without notifying the agency and had contact with animals even though forbidden to do so. A recommendation was made to revoke their probation and sentence them to prison, and warrants were issued for their arrest. According to a Marion County Sheriffs Office report, authorities had been notified Friday by the Leon County Sheriffs Office that Penelope Walker had been released from a hospital and they had her in custody. Marion County Officials went to Leon County and brought her back to Ocala. Additionally, records stated Gina Walker waived her extradition rights in Alabama and was brought to the Marion County Jail. Both women are being held without bond. Their next court date is Jan. 29. According to court records, Gina Walker will be represented by John James Nugent III while Penelope Walker will be represented by the Public Defenders Office. When Dunnellon Police Department officials stumbled upon Penelope and Gina Walker in the Rainbow Springs Plaza in February 2011, they found the mother and daughter had more than 50 animals locked in cages for the better part of several weeks as the two made their way to Florida from Arkansas in search of a better life for both them and their animals. Marion County Animal Control officers removed 37 live and at least 12 dead animals from the vehicles in which the animals were covered in feces and malnourished. Altogether, a total of two donkeys, six goats and seven dogs were removed from a van and a total of 19 dogs, two cats and one bird were taken from an RV. The live animals were mostly kept in crates; officers found the deceased animals in bags, coolers, boxes and crates. The crates had layers of animal waste, with one crate weighing in at 92 pounds. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 000GXQ6 000GXYA 000GY3C Wednesday, January 8 11am-3pm 1801 NW Hwy 19 Crystal River, FL Solution to puzzle on Page 14 ANIMALcontinued from page 1 Longtime volunteer assists at event JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsJames Johnson, 108 years old who has been a longtime volunteer with Dunnellon Fire Rescue, chats with folks Dec. 19 at the departments annual Needy Childrens Christmas Party at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall. For more photos, see page 8 of todays issue. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


things over there. Im sure our coaches will have us prepared and ready. We did a lot of work to get us into the national championship. Now, we just need to finish it. Practicing against a Heisman trophy winner certainly hasnt hurt the Seminole defense in preparing for the national title game, Brook said in reference to Jameis Winston, the red-shirt freshman whos been key in guiding the FSU offense and helping catapult the Noles into the national championship game. It definitely makes us better each and every day, said Brooks, who earned secondteam All-ACC honors this past season. Thats what makes our practices better; we just benefit so much. I feel like our receivers dont get enough credit. Its just great overall, because we just want to get better each day. Our defense doesnt get enough love though. The defense definitely has come together well. I love playing with these guys. I feel like weve all become better throughout the season. Coming from a small town, Brooks believed he always had something more to prove. However, that hasnt been the case the past two seasons. As a junior, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles. This year, hes again fifth on the team in tackles despite missing one game due to a concussion. For me, its just really being more of a student of the game, said Brooks, who earned first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports at free safety while leading the nations top-ranked pass defense. I think coach (Jimbo) Fisher has brought in a great coaching staff. I feel, personally, like our maturity level is at an alltime high. We want to learn more; we just play for each other. We just have fun with it. We take it one game at a time. We just put in a lot of good work, but were still grinding, going out there with a purpose. Im very blessed to get to this point. Its definitely surreal. It wont hit me until after the game that my collegiate career is over. Im happy Im getting this opportunity to show what I can do. Hopefully, we have a lot more players to make it from Dunnellon. I hope I shine for my city. Overall, the Seminoles are 44-10 during Brooks career, all under Fisher. Also notable is Florida States record in bowl games under their fourth-year head coach. The Noles have yet to lose since Fisher took over for legendary coach Bobby Bowden beginning in 2010. FSU has notched wins in the Peach Bowl (2010, defeated South Carolina); the Champ Sports Bowl (2011, slipped past Notre Dame); and the Orange Bowl (2012, thumped Northern Illinois). Overall, the Seminoles have won six straight bowl games dating back to 2008. It was the Notre Dame victory two years ago that gave Brooks his defining moment in his collegiate career when the then-sophomore had a game-sealing interception against the Irish. Brooks admitted it was the moment he knew he could play at the NCAA Division I level. Getting that interception is when it really settled in that I can play with these guys, he explained. I feel like Ive evolved from that, I can just feel it. But the turnaround in Tallahassee has been instrumental. Prior to 2010, Florida State had posted a 25-18 mark in the final fours under Bowden, including a scandal-plagued 2007 in which the Seminoles vacated seven victories. We know weve laid a good ground work, a good standard, a standard that is going to be improved upon each year, Brook said about the programs return to national prominence. That standard includes how we play on the field and how we carry ourselves on and off the field. His football career his far from finished though. Brooks could very likely find himself playing again in the fall, except for it wont be Saturday afternoons and evenings, it could mean Sundays with an occasional contest Monday if the NFL calls his name in April. Im very blessed to get some attention, he said, assuring NFL Scouts have been in contact already. For the most part its great, but right now Im focusing on what we need to do to get this national championship back to Tallahassee. Everything else will take care of itself. If you do what youre supposed to do every day, then I certainly hope Ill be playing on Sundays. Playing professionally would be a dream come true, Brooks said. Im glad I can be a role model to some kids in (Dunnellon), my small little town, he explained. Im glad to have everyones support. Its going to be a good (game). Im just ready for this. Ive been waiting for it for a long time. However, the past four years hasnt always been the easiest or the best. Its been during those lean times hes leaned on his faith in God and his family. My whole life Ive been going to church, he said, noting his great-grandfather began taking him to church at a very early age. My great-grandfather was a wondeful influence on me, and he taught me how important a great relationship with God is. Its carried me through those tough times. My relationship with God has gotten stronger and I believe Ive shown that. Im very blessed to have stayed healthy, and I definitely owe that all to (God). Sports, of course, has always been a way of life. My mom always kept us in all kinds of sports, he said. We played it all. I just kept on going with it. Brooks credited his cousin, Rodney Jones, a standout running back at Dunnellon in the early 2000s with teaching him how to play the game with passion and a certain intensity. I always looked up to him, he said. Rodney was a great influence for me. Since Ive been here. Its my teammates and coaches, the support of Dunnellon and my family and God. Thats all I really needed. American Legion activities slatedThe American Legion Wall-Rives Post No. 58 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, with dinner proceeding the meeting at 6. The Womens Auxiliary will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Cub Pack No. 469 meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Bingo is at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Cost is $5 per person.Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announce 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. 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.Writers Group meets first Saturday monthlyThe Rainbow River Writers Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday monthly, except January and July, at the Dunnellon Public Library, 30351 Robinson Road. All writers of all genres are welcome. Writers hear and critique each others creative efforts, socialize and talk shop as is the tradition and custom of all writers regardless of time or place. For information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com /group/wgdunnellon or email waltersylvester@ yahoo.com TOPS welcomes members, visitorsTOPS (Taking 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 SW Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For information, call 465-5807.S. Dunnellon Civic Associaton meetsThe 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 email randolphcampbell @bellsouth.net.Police collecting used cell phonesThe Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for victims of Domestic Violence. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violence shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 3 000H0JJ 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 NEW PATIENTS & WALK-INS WELCOME Taking Care Of Our Patients Since 1992 Bellam Medical Clinic Rajendra P. Bellam MD Board Certified Internal Medicine Internal & General Medicine Crystal Van Leeuwen, ARNP-C EKG, Lab, Pap Test Done MEDICARE, MEDICAID & MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED www.BellamMedical.com 000H0J7 Monday-Friday 447-3031 41 N. Inglis Ave., Inglis Monday-Saturday (352) 465-1199 11011 N. Williams St., Dunnellon (Hwy. 41) Across from WalMart Hypertension Womens Health Arthritis Gynecology Wellness Screening Diabetes Physicals Heart Disease Mens Health Anxiety HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES: CITRUS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SEVEN RIVERS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 000H0J3 Chamber schedules annual awards dinner The Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce is busily preparing for its annual awards/installation dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Rainbow Rivers Clubhouse. During the evenings festivities, awards will be given out and newly elected board members will be sworn in. The chamber will present awards in the following categories: Community Service Award: The Community Service Award was first presented in 1986 and its purpose is to recognize one or more persons who have been instrumental in serving our Community. Community Youth Award: The Community Youth Award recognizes one or more persons who have been instrumental in Youth Services in the Dunnellon Area. Making A Difference Award: This award is presented to an individual who has done an outstanding job of making a difference in Dunnellon. Community Involvement: Award: The 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. Service Above Self Award: This award is to honor someone of good moral character who is well respected and has given outstanding service to the community without thought of personal gain or recognition. Business Leader Award: The Business Leader 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: While the following award is not presented every year, the Heritage Award is given to a person or persons who have contributed and promoted the historical heritage of the community. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are $25 per person. The cost includes the price of dinner as well as appetizers, desserts, wine and drinks. Seating is limited,, so reserving your tickets now is important. To submit nominations, for information or to purchase a ticket for the event, call the Chamber of Commerce at 489-2320 or email Dunnellon chamber@bellsouth.net. Special to the Riverland News COMMUNITY BRIEFS AmemberoftheFloridaPressAssociation352-489-2731 352-489-6593(Fax)The RiverlandNews servesDunnellonandthesurroundingareas:Blue Cove,Chatmire,HillsofOcala,LakeTropicana,RainbowsEnd,Rainbow LakesEstates,AlltheRainbowSpringsArea,RioVistaandVogtSprings.The RiverlandNews isdeliveredonThursdaytosubscribersbyour carriersandmail.Thenewspaperisalsoavailableinsideareastores andatvariousboxesthroughoutthecommunity.Localsubscriptionrate is$28ayear.CallforFloridaandout-of-Floridarates. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 A trip to the loo Columnist preps for 2014 Can it possibly be 2014 already? Where does the time go? Going into 2013, I hardly wanted for anything, but entering 2014, I do have a few requests. My first thought is, of course, the family. I hope 2014 is a healthy and happy one for all. I dont wish to hear the words hospital, infection or hemoglobin ever again. I want my grandkids guardian angels to work extra hard watching them and keeping them safe from harm. I hope my granddaughter continues on the path of enjoyment and hope my grandson stays as sweet and funny as he is right now. I wish for love for both my brothers. Were looking forward to my older brother, Dominic, moving back to Florida where he belongs. Five years is a long time to be away from the family. All we need to do is sell his house in Iowa and find him a decent job. It would be a dream come true to have the whole family together for the holidays this year. I want my daughters to continue to learn about life and to be loved the way they deserve. I want my mom and dad to enjoy another year of good health and new adventures. I want Dunnellon not only to pull through, but to thrive. Lets hope our leaders make some wise decisions. Kudos to Jeff Bryan and the Riverland News for always keeping us informed about whats going on and for telling us what we need to know; and I thank our readers for their loyalty. Now in 2014 I want to get my teeth whitened, my eyelids lifted, sunspots gone, lose 20 more pounds and voila, a new me. Now that Im not wearing glasses anymore, I want to learn how to apply eye makeup like the professionals do. The smokey-eye look, or perhaps some glitz and glimmer. I also hope to find time for pedicures. This year I want to continue eating healthy and exercise more. Dont we say that every year? I want to look into this glutton-free venture further and learn more about what I should, or should not be putting into my body. And that reminds me, my husband is finally getting one year closer to 50. I want to attempt to cook my first prime rib, maintain a comfortable relationship with my in-laws and spend quality time with the few friends Ive managed to hold onto throughout the years. I want 2014 to be a year of home refurbishing. We need to finish installing the doublepaned windows and start getting some color on the walls. There is a paint swab called Freckles that I would love to incorporate into the master bedroom. I also want to stain our pool deck. Many good thoughts for the courageous military men who put their lives on the line every day. I hope Michael J. Fox and Valerie Harper continue going strong; Tim Tebow reinvents himself and comes back better The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS TIME TO SMILE THE JERSEY GIRL Ring in New Year with a COLA SOCIAL SECURITY Ileft at 10 minutes to 11 oclock. Not a mile from home, I pulled into a gas station to change from my stylish boots to my comfortable sneakers. Theres no need to impress strangers I will never see again. By the time I hit U.S. 19, a 20minute drive from my house, I already had to use the facilities. I tell myself it is psychosomatic. The next gas station I see I will pull over. Oops! Fiddling with the radio, I miss the first one. Ill try for the next. I have the Christmas music going. Singing at the top of my lungs, I realize is painful to my ears. Dang! I passed three gas stations two of which are on the other side of the road and for some reason crossing traffic seems like a big deal. Pay attention Wallace. There is no excuse for missing that last station. Now I am on the beautiful, but bathroom-free Suncoast Parkway. There are no cars for miles, just pretty scenery. I honk at the gaggle bushel, pack, herd? of bike riders zipping by on the nature trail. I cant wait until they extend it to Dunnellon. I dont understand why people dont use this highway. There are fewer tolls and zero traffic. Scratch that. I would like to keep it that way so forget I made that previous statement. I might as well be on I95 in Connecticut with all this stopping and going. Gee, the traffic is horrible today. Actually, it is once I hit the Tampa area. I miss big cities until I remember what it is like to drive in them. The Sunpass lane makes for an easy entry into the parking garage. Finding an empty parking spot on my first go round is pure luck. OK, in case I forget next Sunday, write this down: I am parked on Level 1, Row 5 in the Goddard section. It has green signs Green, Goddard, got it. I may have to call you and ask you where I parked. My need for the facilities has kicked up a notch. Doing the potty dance is not an option, but it may come to that. I take the elevator to Level 5 to take the tram to the terminal, to hop on the elevator, to take the escalator, to take the tram to the security line with no bathroom in sight. Who designed this airport? Seriously, an elevator, to a tram, to an elevator, to an escalator, to a tram before you reach a bathroom. Security is slow moving as usual. We all had to listen to LETTER TO THE EDITOR Editor lacks compassion, may God forgive himAs I Viewed the Dec. 26 edition of your newspaper, I was immediately filled with anger, heartbreak, and disbelief. During this holiday season, how could you post a picture on your front page of the grieving Lay family? With your article on our small towns 2013 year in review, there were plenty of wonderful newsworthy items in which a front page picture could have been placed. I am shocked that instead you chose to post a familys heartbreak of losing their son, Kyle. I cannot imagine the loss of a child, nor this familys pain and all they have been through this past year. To post their heartache at what should be the most joyful time of year for all families is unacceptable. Instead, further in your article, you could have mentioned the wonderful attempts of this family to change the laws of children riding in truck beds after losing their own son to such a tragedy if in fact you felt it necessary to mention tragedies at all. Now I write this, why was it necessary to post any past tragedies at Christmastime? Was it also necessary to remind us of the sad turn of events within the Hakken family? Could you not have instead chosen to celebrate the wonderful happenings within our small town during 2013? As a community it is my prayer that we love, strengthen, guide and encourage our neighbors with our triumphs, not remind them of their pain. In my opinion, your lack of compassion for these families during the holidays is horrible. God forgive you. Nancy Schwier,Dunnellon Audrey Beem Many people ring in the New Year with Champagne. People who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) get to ring it in with a COLA. This year, more than 60 million Americans are receiving a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) in their monthly benefit payment. The 1.5 percent COLA begins with increased benefits for more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2014, and payments to more than 8 million SSI recipients in late December 2013. The estimated average monthly Social Security payment to a retired worker is $1,294 (in 2014), up from $1,275 (in 2013). The average monthly Social Security disability payment for an individual is $1,148 (in 2014), up from $1,131 (in 2013). The basic monthly federal payment for SSI is $721 (in 2014), up from $710 (in 2013). Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $117,000, up from $113,700. Of the estimated 165 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2014, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum. The amount of earnings needed for one credit of Social Security coverage has gone up as well, but all workers can still earn up to four credits in a year. In 2014, a worker earns a credit after earning $1,200. In 2013, one credit of coverage was $1,160. It takes 40 credits to be fully insured for retirement benefits. Information about Medicare changes for 2014 is available at www.medicare.gov. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ pressoffice to learn more about the COLA and other Social Security changes in 2014. Social Security Q&AQuestion: I am nearing my full retirement age, but I plan to keep working after I apply for Social Security benefits. Will my benefits be reduced because of my income? Answer: No. If you start receiving benefits after youve reached your full retirement age, you can work while you receive Social Security and your current benefit will not be reduced because of the earned income. If you keep working, it could mean a higher benefit for you in the future. Higher benefits can be important to you later in life and increase the future benefit amounts your survivors could receive. If you begin receiving benefits before your full retirement age, your earnings could reduce your monthly benefit amount. After you reach full retirement age, we recalculate your benefit amount to leave out the months when we reduced or withheld benefits due to your excess earnings. Learn more about Social Security reading our publication, How Work Affects Your Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/ 10069.html. Question: I didnt enroll in Medicare Part B back when my Part A started a few years ago. Can I enroll now? Answer: Yes but if you want to do it this year, youll have to act soon. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B, medical insurance, began Jan. 1 and runs through March 31. Keep in mind that although there is no monthly premium for Medicare Part A, there will be a premium for your Medicare Part B. And in most cases, that premium goes up each 12month period you were eligible for it and elected not to enroll. To find out more about Medicare, visit www.medicare. gov or www.socialsecurity.gov and select the Medicare link. From everyone at Social Security, have a Happy New Year.Michael W. Grochowski is the Social Security regional commissioner in Atlanta. See JERSEY page 5 RIVER VIEWS Michael W. Grochowski Kathleen Wallace See TIME page 5 OPINIONS INVITEDThe 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 email, 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.


than ever; and Amanda Knox finally finds some peace and remains on American soil. I would like to see more of Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Smits, Robin Roberts, Andy Garcia and Teresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium and less of Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Teen Mom, Tan Mom, Octo Mom and George Zimmerman. In fact, I hope never to hear his name again. My personal goals for 2014 are to continue to keep the family going, many more words to flow from my brain, more time with the grandkids and strive to be a good person and a good friend when needed. I want to improve in thoughtfulness. You know how some people remember birthdays and always send cute little inspirational messages? Well Im not good at that at all. So I hope to pick it up a notch. I guess I should take a more serious interest in my retirement. Ive been investing in my 401(k) plan for years, but since I plan to live to be 100, I better up the stakes a bit. I hope we all get to keep our jobs unless, of course, we hit the lottery which would be even better. Believe me, were buying tickets and trying. I wish much luck and happiness this year to everyone. Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 5 000GXJI 000H05O HEARING AIDS G ENESIS Hearing Care, Inc. A New Beginning in Better Hearing WE WILL BEAT ALL PRICES (Bring Competitors Ad!) O pen M on.Fri 9am-4pm P lease call for appointment. 489-9479 100% Digital Custom Instrument We will test anybody! 100% 30-Day Money Back Guarantee Budget Aids From $295 Must present coupon. Any make or model. In office only. One week only. Limit 1 Coupon Per Visit. Limit 2 Packs Per Visit. Must present coupon. One week only. FREE Hearing Test Battery Replacement Hearing Aid Repairs 99 Premium Zinc Batteries BATTERIES Serving the Dunnellon area for 25 years We will test anybody! Many brand names to choose from: Siemens Resound Starkey Widex Audina Bell & more We service all makes and models. Our goal is to provide you with the BEST HEARING AIDS at the cheapest price. 000H0JO the snottiest teenager tell the poor person on the other end of her phone how much she hated her and what an awesome person the speaker was. More important, if she had a super power it would be the ability to dye her hair without (messing) it up. What a waste of a super power. I made the mistake of taking out my license in line. She took a photo with her phone. I am not sure where it was pointed. Reminder to self: check my credit rating. With my shoes back on and sweat rolling down my back, I found my way to the bathroom. Ah, relief! The departure board tells me my flight is delayed an hour. What time is it now there is no clock in sight The person who designed this building has obviously never flown. Perusing the gift shop, I buy an $11 bagel and yogurt and a book The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin I cant really afford. Three chapters in and I want to strangle the heroine for being an empty-headed, helpless twit. The majority of the people sitting next to me have their heads glued to an electronic device. I am finally able to strike up a conversation with the young woman sitting next to me. She is extremely intelligent, polite, polished and a Scientologist. We had a fascinating conversation. No, I am not converting. I can barely commit to cleaning my house. There is no way I am committing to a religion. She departs for her flight while we are told our flight is delayed another two hours. Group moan, UGH! My slow moving book has turned into a yawn. As a desperate bored writer, I pull out my 2-by3 notepad with pen a birthday gift from my good friend Betty and I begin this column. It distracts me from the number of adults who dont cover their mouth when they cough; the five crying babies; and one whiney toddler. On the bright side, there is a Chihuahua in a full Santa suit with a fluffy white hood and a belt. Buckle up its going to be a bumpy ride. Seriously, we are flying into a storm. JERSEY continued from page 4 TIME continued from page 1 Pig Out on Reading ABOVE: DJ and Amanda Sperber meet Daisy II, the Famous Pot Belly Pig, at the Dunnellon Public Library. After a little coaxing by his mom, DJ did give Daisy II a pat. LEFT: Snowbird Ann Welch gets a smooch and a few snorts from Daisy II who was in Dunnellon as part of the Pig Out on Reading program visiting five area libraries. BELOW: Farmer Minor, Daisy II and the pugs visited Dunnellon Library with the message, Keep reading lots of good books, visit the library often, watch a little less TV, and pig out on reading. Photos by DARLENE MANN/Riverland News


6 Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 Alysha Baker Makayla Zorger Cadie Lenz Madeleine Hatcher Mitchell Hodge Brent Casey Aubri Lynn Myah Roof Dylan Shaffer Glorida Gonzalez TeMirah Walker Jayden Curley Travis Cumbie Madelyn Williams Alliana Kelley Malek Ellawand Sinai Rodriguez Bailey Edwards Landen Reed Hailee Hutchinson Jolly Ol St. Nick visited with elementary-aged students at DHS Kiddie World


Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 7 Reilly Heaton Ayden LaGray Phyllis Canada Aubrie Hiers Daniel Crapps Aiden Roof Dustee Shaffer NaOnna Rodriguez A.J. Callahan Killian Scott Laura Ferrer Jayleigh Lovette Alexis Stephens Nicholas Koumarianos Javon Williams William Woods Lily Metzgar Lillian Lea Lillian White Jolly Ol St. Nick visited with elementary-aged students at DHS Kiddie World


8 Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 ABOVE: Freckles the clown applies a temporary tattoo to a young boys hand. RIGHT: Jocelyn, a teenager, won a bike in the ticket drawing at the annual Needy Childrens Christmas Party at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall. BELOW: Volunteer Brandie Kirkwood talks to Santa about her plans for Christmas break when school lets out. ABOVE: Amora, 4, gets her face painted by a volunteer from the Ocala Clown Express. BELOW: Santa Claus surveys the crowd after arriving at the annual Needy Childrens Christmas Party. Kianna, 7, gets her face painted by a volunteer from the Ocala Clown E xpress D unnellon Fire Rescues Needy Childrens Christmas Party. Slightly fewer than 400 children attended the event. Drawing winning ticket numbers were displayed on a screen. Families who did not have a Christmas tree could also be entered into a drawing for one. Photos by JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland News


Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 9 ABOVE: Serenity Sewell, left, chats with Lt. Sue Webb of the Dunnellon Police Department and Ron from Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak, which bussed the children from The Blue Gator to Walmart. LEFT: Javon Lee and Charlene Williams search the mens department for a gift. BELOW: Dalton Brookins, center, and David Paulen, right, check out a game app on Darlene Parkers phone while waiting on dinner at The Blue Gator. ABOVE: Theodore Riuenburg, right, and Officer Adam Robinson check the price tag on a pair of pajamas. BELOW: Keoryan Jeffries chats with Officer Mike Anger, not pictured, while the two wait for dinner at The Blue Gator. Keaira Bostick and Sue Lavac look over an ample supply of earrings while searching for a Christmas present with the help of a Walmart associate Dec. 17 during the third annual Cops 4 Kids Christmas program. Photos by JEFF BRYAN & LAURA RILEY/Riverland News


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Chorale scheduled to begin rehearsalsThe Dunnellon Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its next program, Broadway Memories, at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St. Those whove sung with the Dunnellon Community Chorale are welcome back and the group encourages new singers to join the group for this musical walk down Broadway, which will bring back well-known songs from Broadway hit shows. For information, call the church office at 489-2682. Knights to host dinner danceThe Knights of Columbus of Dunnellon will host a Country & Western Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 7525 U.S. 41. Music will be provided by the Country Sunshine Band. Doors will open at 5:30 with a Southern style dinner served at 6:30. There will be a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle, wine basket raffles and a door prize. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from the Knights of Columbus or the church office. To RSPVP or for information, call 489-6221. Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 11 Riverland NewsMONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORSTO 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. We accept Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Riverland News. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD RLN_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 417-0102 RIV PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Dunnellon proposes to adopt the following Ordinance: ORDINANCE #ORD2013-07 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF DUNNELLON, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CITY OF DUNNELLON, CODE OF ORDINANCES, SUBPART B, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, APPENDIX A, ZONING BY AMENDING ARTICLE II, SECTION 2.2 TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION OF GROSS FLOOR AREA; AMENDING XIII, ADMINISTRATION, DELETING SECTIONS 13.8, AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND 13.10, PROTEST OF AMENDMENTS; AMENDING SECTION 13.11 TO ESTABLISH CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES FOR QUASI-JUDICIAL REZONINGS; AMENDING SECTION 13.14 RELATING TO SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING APPLICATIONS FOR REZONING TO RBO, B-3, B-4, B-5, OR B-6 ZONING DISTRICTS AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS THEREFORE;AMENDING OTHER SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 13 OF APPENDIX A TO BE INTERNALLY CONSISTENT WITH THE CODE OF ORDINANCES AND WITH STATE LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE A public hearing is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on January 13, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Dunnellon City Hall, 20750 River Drive. COPIES OF THIS ORDINANCE ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT DUNNELLON CITY HALL, 20750 RIVER DRIVE, DUNNELLON, FLORIDA 34431, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M. THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND COMMENT. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, ANY PERSON REQUIRING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION AT THIS HEARING BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK AT (352) 465-8500 AT LEAST THREE CALENDAR DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDING. IF A PERSON DESIRES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION WITH HEARING, HE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED. January 2, 2014. 418-0102 RIV PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Dunnellon proposes to adopt the following Ordinance: ORDINANCE #ORD2013-06 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF DUNNELLON, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE CITY OF DUNNELLON, CODE OF ORDINANCES, SUBPART B, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING SECTION 94-37 REGARDING PUBLIC NOTICE OF QUASI-JUDICIAL HEARINGS BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE A public hearing is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on January 13, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Dunnellon City Hall, 20750 River Drive. COPIES OF THIS ORDINANCE ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT DUNNELLON CITY HALL, 20750 RIVER DRIVE, DUNNELLON, FLORIDA 34431, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M. THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND COMMENT. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, ANY PERSON REQUIRING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION AT THIS HEARING BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY CLERK AT (352) 465-8500 AT LEAST THREE CALENDAR DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEEDING. IF A PERSON DESIRES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THE ABOVE MEETING OR HEARING, HE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED. January 2, 2014. CHRYSLER2012 Town & Country Wheelchair van with 10 lowered floor, ramp and tie downs Call Tom for more info 352-325-1306 Kats Kritter Kare & Kastle Kleaner, Pet Sitting & House Cleaning (352) 270-4672 AUTO SWAP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS SUN. 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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. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. DUDLEYS AUCTION Sunday Jan. 5th Antique & Collectible Auction Pre: 10am, Auc: 1pm 500+ lots, antiq. furn, silver/gold jewelry coins, china, porcelain, check website for catalog & photos ********************** call for info 637-9588 Dudleysauction.com 4000 S Florida (US41S) Inverness Ab1667 10%bp cash/ck 2 New 3/8 X 4X 12 Drywall Sheet. Delivery Av. $15. 352-433-5306 BRAND NEW Queen Size Pillow Top Mattress Set $150. Still in Original Plastic. (352) 484-4772 White Wicker Trundle Bed, Steel enforced, Great Shape $95. (352) 897-4198 Become an Avon Rep Today! Free Training. $10 to join. Call Chuck (352) 503-4816. Independ. Avon Rep. 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Funds help support artists who educate through writing and singing about Florida. For information, call 465-2167. Visit www.willmclean.com for details about the 2014 Will McLean Festival, scheduled March 7 to 9. Check out Facebook for the Sunday Sampler at www. facebook.com/sundaysampler or the Will McLean Foundation at www.facebook.com/pages/ Will-McLean-FoundationWill-Fest/124841780903700. The Marion County Sheriffs Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 12-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriffs Office, is accepting applications for the winter course. The class will be offered at three locations. The Marion County Sheriffs Office will host a class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 28. The class will be at the MCSO Central Operations, 3300 NW 10 St. in Ocala in the Multipurpose Conference Room. To register for this class, email Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@marionso. com or call 352-368-3598. 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Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the field of law enforcement, investigations, corrections and prosecution. After graduation, students will be offered an exclusive chance to obtain their concealed weapons license through a firearms safety course instructed by Sheriff Chris Blair. Sheriffs office plans Citizens Academy Special to the Riverland News NEWS NOTES


Photos, stories wanted of Holy FaithParishioners of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 20 and 21. As part of the celebration, the 50th Anniversary Committee is working to compile a history of the church in the community. All past and present members of the church, friends, neighbors and families can help by searching their memories and scrapbooks for stories and photos related to Holy Faith. Photos would be promptly copied and returned. The goal by September 2014 is to share the past and continuing relationship of Holy Faith with the Dunnellon community. Committee members will be happy to do athome interviews. Interviews can be arranged by calling 489-2685.Lutheran Church to host Gospel concert The Jacob Brothers Gospel Music Trio will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Joy Lutheran Church. The Jacob Brothers Bob and Mike Jacobs and Mike Lawyer are gospel veterans and have been dedicated to the ministry spreading the Gospel through music since 1962. A free will offering will be collected. Joy Lutheran Church is located on SW State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For information, call 352854-4509, ext. 221. Violet Grace Fort arrived with her mother, Kim, and sister, Kimber, Dec. 23 at the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop to receive a $1,000 donation check, which Kim exclaimed was huge. It will go toward the purchase of a new van. The family is in serious need of a newer van with a wheelchair lift as their current one has more than 200,000 miles, is becoming unreliable, and their family of nine are packed in tight Kim said with a laugh. Most of Violets doctors are in St. Petersburg requiring many trips back and forth. The 5-year-old suffers from Rhett syndrome as well as a cellular disorder. She is unable to speak, use her hands or walk. The check was attached to a small animated dog that sings Christmas carols and although Violet was napping, her eyelashes fluttered when the little dog sang and shook the bell on its tail. Kim indicated accumulating the funds to purchase the van will be ongoing and she is so appreciative of the support shown by the people of Dunnellon and the Riverland News for telling their story. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage does not allow any pets in our domicile. Something about cleaning up their mess and fleas and other things that I cannot recall. When our last child moved out of the house so did all pets. They are now just fond memories, at least on my side. So no pets are roaming around our house but I do have a variety of pet peeves. My wife graciously allows me to keep my pet peeves as long as I keep them to myself and they do not mess up the house. For the most part, I try to do that, but occasionally one of my pets escapes from its pen. A pet peeve that recently escaped from its cage is, people taking something out of context to prove their point. You can make anything say and mean anything you want it to say or mean. The politicians have perfected this art and I think it ought to remain within the confines of Washington, D.C. It always amazes me that politicians can virtually say the same thing to different crowds and have it mean different things to separate crowds. Nobody can twist and turn words like a professional politician. Just think what these politicians could do if they put this great talent to benefit the people of the United States who elected them. Getting back to my pet peeve. Perhaps a few examples might help explain what I am talking about. In Pennsylvania, we have a saying that if you do not hear the whole thing you might just misunderstand what it is about and jump to the wrong conclusion. The saying goes like this, Throw Papa down the stairs... and if you stop here, Papa may go tumbling down the stairs. However, it is the end of that saying that changes the whole meaning of that phrase, ... his hat. If you focus on the first part of the phrase, you completely misunderstand what it is all about and poor old Papa will suffer the consequences. I wonder how many people have been thrown down the stairs because somebody just heard part of what was actually said. Another one has to do with my wife. We have been married for over 40 years and get along famously but every now and then she will say, Who do you think you are? The first time I heard this I was rather stunned. If I would take that question by itself and divorce it from its context, I might flounder in the sea of despondency. After all, if my wife of 40 something years does not know who I am, something is amiss. Perhaps, after all these years, she is losing it, whatever it is. On the other hand, after all these years she still cannot figure me out. I find that rather silly myself. I am a rather simple person. My wife has a different name for it, she calls it simpleton but it means the same, I think. I distinctly remember one time when she asked this question she caught me off guard and I reintroduced myself to her. Let me just say, I will never make that mistake again. Every so often, she will say in a voice loud enough for everybody in the house to hear, Somebody in this house is getting to be very messy. The first time I heard this I went through the house looking for that somebody not knowing that it was me. At least I am somebody in this house, which is better than, Who do you think you are? It is important to put everything together and in context. Perhaps the most ridiculous example of this is people quoting the Bible. It always amazes me that those who claim the Bible is not really true, always cite the Bible to prove their point. Those who pick out fragments of the Bible to prove their point are rather pathetic. Who has not heard somebody quote Matthew 7:1? Judge not, that ye be not judged. From that, they conclude that Jesus does not want us to judge anybody for anything. If they took the pains to read a few more verses they would find out that they are completely misunderstanding what Jesus is talking about. I have yet to hear somebody pull out Hebrews 12:6, For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. It sort of sounds like judging to me. If somebody wants to excuse something they are doing, they will invariably pull some phrase out of the Bible, always out of12 Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 000GRAMt489-2685Holy Faith Episcopal Church19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. DunnellonTHE REV. J. JAMES GERHART Sunday Services 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Godly PlayHealing Service 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service CR 484 SR 200 Holy Faith* Rainbow RiverBlue Cove 000GK64 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 000FZWT 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 000FZW4 000GUYF 11251 S.W. Highway 484 (1.3 Miles West of State Road 200) 352-465-7272 Sunday 8:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist 10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Tuesday 9:00 A.M. Morning Prayer, Mass, and Healing Weekday Groups: Tues. 6:30pm Cub Scout Pack 508 2nd Sat 8am Fellowship Breakfast at IHOP Episcopal Episcopal Church Church of the Advent of the Advent adventepiscopal.net 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 000G4IR 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 000FZU7 000GAAF 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 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 000G4H4 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 000FZWA The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com 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 000H0J4 To judge or not to judge that is the dilemmaOUT TO PASTOR Rev. James Snyder Thrift Shop gives donation to Fort family for vehicle Photo by Herb McCulloughJoann McCullough, left, Thrift Shop president, presents a donation to Violet Grace Fort, Kim Fort and Kimber Fort. 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United Way of Marion County has joined a statewide effort to help more uninsured children receive health care benefits at a price their families can afford through Florida KidCare, and is currently seeking companies and agencies in Marion, Hernando and Citrus counties that are willing to help by becoming a KidCare community partner. Many families who are eligible for coverage dont even know it. United Way has found that community partners can help give greater access to families with uninsured children. By helping families secure heath care for their children, companies will receive monetary rewards for their efforts. The incentives for each KidCare community partner is $10 for each new approved application and $5 for each renewal application plus a bonus paid for reaching a minimal monthly goal. United Ways goal is to enroll as many eligible children as possible. If you would like to become a KidCare community partner or have questions, call Faith Beard at 352-732-9696 or email fbeard@uwmc.org.VITA training setUnited Way seeks volunteers who are interested in preparing taxes for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to Marion County residents. No experience necessary, and certification training is provided. The next training sessions will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 9, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. All classes will be at the Marion County Literacy Council at 120 SW 5th St. Ocala. Interested volunteers can select which session they want to attend, or can certify online. For information or to register, call Marsha Holloway at 732-9696, ext. 215, or email mholloway@ uwmc.org. Church schedules informational seriesPeace Lutheran Church will host a series titled, Get in Touch With Your Faith, a Christian information class, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Pastor Terry McKee will conduct the class for each week, for 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the questions and desires of the group. The public is welcome. Participants level of participation is optional, and there will be no tests. There is no fee or obligation for the class. Register by calling the church office at 489-5881. Peace Lutheran Church is at 7201 U.S. 41. For information, visit www.Peace LutheranOnline.com or www.TinyURL.com/ Peace41-40.Church plans baked ziti dinnerHoly Faith Episcopal Church will host a baked ziti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Holy Faith Episcopal Church at 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive. Donation is $7 for adults; $3 for children, 12 and younger. Takeout dinners are available. For information, call 489-2685.Church schedules spaghetti dinnerThe United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host its annual spaghetti dinner at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Friendship Hall at the church at 21501 West State Road 40. Adult tickets are $6 in advance; children 10 and younger are $3. Adult tickets at the door are $7. For information, call the church office at 489-4026. context, and hide behind it. It would be like a 200-pound man hiding behind a golf club thinking nobody can see him. When our grandchildren were younger, they thought if they closed their eyes, we could not see them. Just because they could not see did not mean we could not see. That is okay for small children but when it comes into adulthood, it is quite silly. Jesus also said, Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eyes; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brothers eye (Matthew 7:5). I have read my Bible more than 100 times throughout my life and I have learned one basic truth that goes along with this. True love always judges without being judgmental.The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala. Call him at 866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2 @att.net. His website is www.jamessnyder ministries.com. Riverland News, Thursday, January 2, 2014 13 Where Quality And Price Meet 000GCHF CAC035472 LIC. & INS. 465-5353 www.dunnellonair.com AIR CONDITIONING Replacement Specialists GREGS ALUMINUM Pleasing people in Marion County since 1982 Pool Enclosure Rescreens Vinyl & Acrylic Windows Garage Door Screens Vinyl Ceilings & Much More 465-0371 746-6663 Lic. & Ins. Comp #2038 MC3656 ALUMINUM 000H04E 000FY21 IRRIGATION LLC. 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Pictured, from left, are Bob Bella; Clinnon Alexander; Brian Gibson, Marion County CERT director; Terry Rapp; Kathryn Taubert; and Rosey Roberts-Burns. The Dunnellon CERT team meets at 3 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at the Dunnellon Sheriffs office at 19995 SW 86th St., just off U.S. 41. The next CERT training will begin early this year. For information, call Clinnon Alexander at 465-5166 or email Clinnon@aol.com, or call Brian Gibson, 352-369-8120 or email bgibson@marionso.com. PASTORcontinued from page 12 CHURCH NEWS UW seeks KidCare community partners Special to the Riverland News


name to the Marion County Library. In 1985, the Friends raised funds to add an additional 1,000 square feet to the library to continue with their main goal. In May, 2008 the county replaced the smaller building with a structure that was more than four times as big. In the 16,000 square feet of space there was room for a computer area, childrens library, a study area, a community/meeting room and the separate area for the Friends bookstore. The county allowed space for the Friends Bookstore when they built the library, said Caban. It was great. At the old library we had a shed to keep our extra books. At the larger building the Friends added a mission to recognize daily and long-term needs of the Dunnellon Public Library and to support them by funding for some items not covered under the county budget for the library. The group has a membership of about 190 members and of that number there are 35 core members who are actively working to oversee the operation of the bookstore. They accept gently used books and resell them in the store. All the books in our store are donated, Caban said. We have a good relationship with the community. They buy the books and then bring them back to us to sell again. In support of their new purpose the group has provided a Florida friendly landscape around the library and at the entrance. They have also donated a garden area in the center of the parking lot with some stone benches under the trees to just sit and enjoy nature with a book. All the tables and chairs in the meeting room, the refrigerator and microwave in the staff kitchen have all been donated by us, remembered Pauline Gauthier, a 13-year core member. We also got all the blinds and about 10 relaxing chairs for the library. The white rocking chairs on the front porch inviting patrons to sit and read have been donated by individuals and different organizations. The monument sign at the front entrance to identify the Dunnellon Public Library took the Friends about three years, after the library opened, to raise the funds. The sign was the first bill I paid when I became treasurer, Diane Campbell said. We also paid for the stone benches and the Buster and Booker (statue). It was Donna Hancock, also a 13-year member, who came up with the words Keep Reading for the back of the sign. Im a reader and that is the main reason Im here, Hancock said. I am just so glad we have a library. Gauthier spent a lot of time and effort obtaining the flag and flagpole that stands in front of the library. Progress Energy installed and paid for the flag and pole, Gauthier said. It took a lot of phone calls and convincing, but they did it. The all-volunteer group also donates $1,500 each month to the library to purchase new books and videos. We donate the money, but the librarian selects all the books to be purchased, Caban said. The books are housed here and are available to the entire (Marion County Public Library) system. The funds are raised through donations, membership dues and by keeping the Friends Bookstore open, with an all volunteer staff, from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friends membership meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room. Meetings arent held during the summer. We dont just buy books, Hancock said. We also pay for the unexpected things the library needs throughout the year. The staff at the Friends store is friendly and willing to help anyone find a special book or learn about an author. I love to read and I read three or four books at a time, co-chair of the store committee Helen Maurer said. If there is a special book someone is looking for, we can call them when it comes in. We give them a week to come in and buy it. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. 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