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Thursday, February 27, 2014 Vol 32 No. 17 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING Fashion show benefit planned SaturdayThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will host the Simply Spring fashion show at noon Saturday, March 1, at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. Fashions will be presented by Grumbles House. Tickets are $25 per person and available from Kiwanis members. For information, call Ellie Pollock at 465-6803.New event to benefit Habitat for HumanityThe inaugural Strawberry and Craft Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown historic Ocala. The event includes a craft show, free entertainment, a Kidzone and all things strawberry. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Habitat for Humanity Marion County.Art in the Park slated at state parkThe Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park (FORS) will host Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, at Rainbow Springs State Park. A portion of the proceeds benefit FORS, which uses the money for park improvements. Some artists will perform demonstrations throughout the day. For information, call 465-8555.AARP Driver Safety Class scheduledAn AARP Driver Safety Program 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 $20 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. However, if you are an AARP member, the cost is $15. Bring your AARP card with you. The course will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Marion County Sheriffs Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 465-6359. Officials continue work toward developing BMAP The Florida Department of Environmental Protection engaged local governments, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural operators and other stakeholders Friday in the fourth meeting to develop a restoration plan, or Basin Management Action Plan, to guide restoration of the Rainbow Springs Group and Rainbow River. Rainbow Springs is Floridas fourth largest spring, the source of the Rainbow River and site of one of Floridas most popular state parks. The system is both an Aquatic Preserve and an Outstanding Florida Water. Like many other spring systems in Florida, the Rainbow Springs Group suffers from nitrate pollution. Nitrate concentrations in Rainbow Springs are consistently reported above 1 milligram per liter and can approach 2 mg/l well above Floridas springs water quality criterion of 0.35 mg/l. That water quality criterion is the basis for the Departments restoration target for the spring system, adopted in May 2013. Reaching this target will require an 82 percent reduction in nitrate inputs. AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsPeter Goldings electric-powered plane looks like a large eagle. The snowbird from London, England, has six years of flying experience. He recently took the plane for its inaugural flight. Fog hangs heavy over the field after the Saturday morning meeting. Members slowly take their equipment out of the 50 plus vehicles in the parking lot, waiting for the weather to clear. As the haze dissipates, the radiocontrolled plane enthusiasts are ready and eager to begin their day of fun. Located in Dunnellon off County Road 484, the Tri-County RC Club currently has 124 members from Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. Originally the flying club began in Inverness, but changed its name to include all three counties when it moved to Dunnellon approximately eight years ago. The club leases 77 acres from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails, and the land can be used only for recreational purposes. The rented land, used by the Tri-County RC Club for meetings and fly-ins, is called the Rainbow RC Airpark. The field is an important part of the growing leisure-time activity of radio-controlled flying, according to Walt Graves, club president for the past two years. We do our best to keep the field looking nice, Graves said. We need a big field like this because we (the members) have planes with a 1-foot-to-6foot wing span, or larger, flying out here. This type of hobby is so broad that Plan would provide blueprint for restoring Rainbow Springs Special to the Riverland News See BMAP page 10 Club members take their (air)craft seriously AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See FLYING page 2 JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsJose Meza, left, and Juan Meza work on installing the safety railing along the bridge connecting CItrus County and Marion County. Currently, the paved trail runs from the river north to South Bridges Road in Marion County. Roadwork was underway this week to complete the pavement from the bridge south to C.R. 39. New bike trail leading into city nearing completion The blacktop is poured on the northern section, the fresh sod is down and the new trail bridge across the Withlacoochee River is nearly complete, but the opening date has not been set. The $3.2 million project will connect Citrus and Marion counties and provide a link from the south to the Cross Florida Greenway. It includes the bridge and a 3-mile paved multiuse trail that will end at County Road 39 just below Dunnellon, a short distance across U.S. 41 from the northern end of the Withlacoochee Trail. Currently, the paved trail runs from the river north to South Bridges Road in Marion County. Roadwork was underway this week to complete the pavement from the bridge south to C.R. 39. And hikers are already enjoying the completed portion of the trail. The trail and bridge, which follows an old railroad grade and a well-used footpath, will also be accessible from Blue Run Park (tubers exit) on County Road 484 on the Rainbow River. The project includes two trailheads: one in Citrus and one in Marion. It will enable hikers, bicycle riders and other users to bypass downtown Dunnellon. The bridge crosses the Withlacoochee River close to where its joined by the Rainbow River. The 12-foot-wide, 280-foot-long bridge has scenic river overlooks. It is all-new construction, decorated with metal and stonework and did not use the old railroad trestle supports. The structure was designed to be wide enough and strong enough to support emergency vehicles. Though construction was on hold for approximately four years, the three-span bridge has retained its unique architectural design. It has a railroad motif, selected from several possible themes at a public meeting back in 2008. At the time, the bridge portion of the project had an estimated cost of $1.9 million. The project City seeks funding options, input Officials giddy about trailCyclists will soon to be able to change gears along the Withlacoochee Rails to Trails and Dunnellon officials are hoping the silent sport will be a boon to a business community striving for additional customers. Its awesome, Mayor Nathan Whitt said of the new trail. Ive been watching it closely. But before businesses will see large contingencies of cyclists pedaling their way through town so owners can pedal their wares, officials have to solve a few problems once funding is approved by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build a spur to Blue Run Park. That deal is close to coming to fruition, said Eddie Esch, interim city manager. DEP was seeking in-kind project for an easement the city needed to complete the Rio Vista sewer plant upgrade. Thats pretty much for sure, Esch said of the in-kind project. Right now were exchanging easements. But getting it from Blue Run Park into the city is essential, Whitt said. First, the city must find a way to fund the trail through town. Whitt explained Esch has been making the See CITY page 3 See BLAZING page 3 PAT FAHERTY For the Riverland News Work continues on the bridge that traverses the Withlacoochee River east of Dunnellon. A walking/biking path is being completed and will link Citrus and Marion counties. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News


there is something for everyone. Only members of the Tri-County RC Club are allowed to use the field to ensure the safety of everyone. They also are required to join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) which is an organization whose purpose is to further the growth of model aviation as a recognized sport and activity. Safety is our biggest concern and for insurance purposes everyone has to be a member of AMA, Graves said. They basically are our governing body and we have our own rules and bylaws that we all have to follow. Safety is our top priority. A condition of the club is for the new members to meet with a club instructor to review the field rules and for a flight check before they are allowed on the field. They also have a training program to teach student pilots how to take off, land and safely perform certain flying maneuvers with their planes. The club instructor stays with the student, teaching them safety and the different techniques of flying, until they are qualified to fly solo. Emily Newsom, a student at Dunnellon Middle School, is new to the club and has just recently become a student of flying. Im having a lot of fun learning to fly, Emily said. I try to explain to the kids at school what I do. I fly model airplanes. Her dad, Doug Newsom, was involved with flying for many years, but stopped seven years ago and gave his many planes to a friend. Circumstances have changed and Doug has returned to the sport and has all his old planes back. I began again in January with my daughter, Newsom said. She is doing really well. Im rusty coming back, but I still enjoy it. There are six teachers in the club and Emily has the head instructor Norman Albert. At the morning meeting, Albert had just received the crash of the month award. No matter how careful we are crashes still happen, Albert said. The award is a reminder for everyone to be careful. The variety of planes used by the members range from small electric to very large electric power and gasor fuelpowered. The fuel used in the planes is a combination of methanol, nitro and an oil blend. The club also has a variety of novelty aircraft. One example of the unusual is owned by Chris Wieland, a member for 14 years. He has a plane that looks just like a lawn mower. The aircraft is 30 inches wide and 4 feet long with the landing gear attached underneath. Nothing flies like a TORO, Wieland joked. You can fly a piece of plywood if you put enough power on it. Kevin Lee has a Blade quad copter with electric-battery and Peter Goldings electric powered plane looks like a large eagle. Its the first flight for the bird, said the snowbird from London, England with six years of flying experience. Well see how she does. John Kettgen, the club secretary, has been flying for many years and enjoys showing off this GWS slow stick night flyer rigged with lights with a Spektrum transmitter. You can turn the lights on and off right from the transmitter, Kettgen said. Its really easy to do even when youre flying it. It is not necessary to have large, elaborate or even expensive planes to enjoy the sport of model aviation. You dont have to spend a ton of money, Graves said. Plans (to build a plane) are free off the Internet and they are easy to build. Twelve-year-old Xavier Delacruz has been using the simply made planes for about a year. He and his dad, Luis, have about seven planes that they made from scratch. We are here as often as we can, usually every other weekend, Delacruz said. Xavier has a lot of fun and hes really getting good. To join or learn more about the Tri-County RC Club call Walt Graves at 352-795-7661 or Ralph Rogers at 352-344-4461.Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at augie@thingsintown.com. Tickets on sale for murder mysteryThe Greater Dunnellon Historical Society will host a murder mystery dinner four nights in March. Death Bemoans Her will be at 7 p.m. March 7 and 8 and March 14 and 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Diners will have the opportunity to question suspects about the death of Mystic Madame Magda, while attending a meeting of the Gazillionaire Girls Group. Tickets will be available Tuesdays, March 4, if there are tickets remaining, at the Historic Depot at 12061 S. Williams St. Organizers request that guests wanting to sit together during the performance should purchase tickets together. For information, call 465-5005.Civic grop to host pancake breakfastThe Lake Tropicana Civic Association will host a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the civic associations clubhouse at 3380 SW 181st Court in Lake Tropicana, about 5 miles north of Dunnellon, a few miles east of the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per child 6 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the event. For information, call 208-5006 or 465-5039. Annual event April 26-27The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for Boomtown Days Dunnellon 2014 and organizers are in need of sponsors, volunteers and vendors for the annual event. Boomtown Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, in the Downtown Historic District. The event recognizes Dunnellons mining town roots with food, crafts, music, antique car show and more. A beauty pageant to crown the Queen of the Rainbow will be held on Sunday afternoon and The Little Miss & Mr. Dunnellon pageant will be Saturday, April 26, with the Queen of the Rainbow pageant slated for Sunday, April 27. Applications are now available at the Chamber for the Little Miss & Mr. Dunnellon Pageant. Boys and girls ages 5 to 7 are encouraged to participate in the Boomtown tradition. The first practice will be Saturday, March 1. The deadline to have applications submitted is Feb. 28. Interested in volunteering? Organizers need your help for various positions. Dont have time to volunteer? Be a sponsor. For information about being a Boomtown sponsor or a volunteer, call 489-2320 or email dunnellon chambercommerce @gmail.com.2 Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 000HGO3 OASISRESTAURANTOASISRESTAURANT7651 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, FL 34476237-4598Mon-Sat. 6:30am-7pm Sun. 6:30am-3pm PHILADELPHIA SCRAPPLE WHOLE BELLY CLAMS SEAFOOD FRIDAYS HOMEMADE SOUPS, CHILI AND DESSERTSWelcome Back Snowbirds! WANTED REWARD OUR PROMISE WHEN and WHERE 000HGZI At Audibel, hearing is our passion, our focus and our purpose. Walk into any Audibel office across the country and youll experience something thats becoming more rare every day. Youll experience a healthcare practice where care and service drive everything we do. Where people come first. Where every employee shares a common goal: to help our patients hear their very best. For those reasons, Audibel Hearing Centers is proud to be an exclusive Audibel provider. We go to great lengths to ensure excellence in everything we do so you can be confident youll get the service and solutions needed to make a real and lifelong difference. Welcome to American. Hearing. Excellence. Its what sets Audibel apart. 000HGZS Chamber preps for Boomtown NEWS NOTE FLYINGcontinued from page 1 AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsEmily Newsom, a student at Dunnellon Middle School, is new to the club and has just recently become a student of flying. Im having a lot of fun learning to fly, Emily said. I try to explain to the kids at school what I do. I fly model airplanes. Walt Graves Special to the Riverland News


push with the Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) to help fund such an endeavor. Esch also said hes looking into a grant opportunity the Office of Greenways and Trails is offering. Were exploring it, but we havent moved in that direction yet, he explained, adding the city is considering using pre-fabricated bridges to cross the Rainbow River. Were talking to the TPO for funding. Second, if money through grants is unavailable, they need to determine what would be the most cost-effective means for the city to pay for the project since Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) funds are depleted after the prior administration approved those funds be used for Greenlight and the purchase of a house for the Community Development Coordinator. Were looking at liquidating of oddball properties that the city owns or has lien rights to, Esch said. Weve got some properties weve been mowing and weve never done anything to foreclose the liens. Were looking at all those as well as the house. Third, how to effectively and safely bring the trail through town without upsetting business leaders who could be negatively affected by the trail coming through town? An initial proposal by the now-defunct East Pennsylvania Avenue Streetscaping committee suggested brining the trail west toward the Historic District and potentially eliminating onstreet parking along the south side of East Pennsylvania Avenue. Thats going to be an issue, Whitt said about how best to accommodate getting cyclists through East Pennsylvania Avenue and into the Historic District. Theres been a lot of ideas thrown around, but nothing definitive. We need everyones input, especially the business owners. I dont want to be the one making the final decision. Getting the trail into town would be a boon for business, Whitt said. Grant Chance, owner of Blue Run Bicycles, agreed. I see huge benefits for the businesses on East Pennsylvania Avenue and into the Historic District, Chance said, noting he anticipates the restaurants reaping the rewards more than his business. Sure, they might stop and pick up a couple of things from me, but based on my experience riding these trails that go through the hearts of a downtown area, its the restaurants that see the benefits. What concerns Chance is how the city plans to bring the trail into town so businesses will see that influx of potential clientele. Were so far behind in planning, Chance added. And wheres the money going to come from? Thats what Whitt, Esch and other Council members are trying to figure out. Marion County officials have also expressed their excitement, Whitt said, and the push for funds from county agencies has increased in the past year. The goal of seeing the trail come into town has to be at the top of the Councils to-do list, Whitt said, as far as hes concerned. But, he stressed, its important for everyone to play a role with their input. It benefits all of them. Whitt pointed to Floral City, which abuts the trail, and the growth in the area the past five to six years. Its changed that town dramatically, he explained. Theyve got cafes and other shops all throughout the area. Its really bustling. The economic impact alone could be a boon for the city, too. Whitt said officials indicated the Withlacoochee Rails to Trails generates upward of $16 million in ecotourism-related revenues on a yearly basis. Im real excited, Whitt said. Its awesome, its amazing. Esch said exposure for some businesses such as restaurants and Chances business would be immediate; however, for others, it would take time. Its exposure, does it mean immediate results? No, not necessarily but its exposure which could have tremendous impact for the long term, Esch said. Its visitors, an influx of visitors that brings exposure to what Dunnellon is and the wonderful stuff we have here. hit delays, and then got back on track with a groundbreaking last November. The department is getting close on completion of the project, but I dont have a hard date when it will be completed, said Patrick Gillespie, spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The new trail, through a dense wetland close to the edge of the Rainbow River, has maintained much of the tree canopy, a concern when the project was initially discussed. Late last year, Matt Mitchell, Bureau of Design and Construction chief with the Department of Environmental Protection, said they were expecting a January completion, barring unexpected delays. Perimeter signs identify the project as the Withlacoochee State Trail. Closing the remainder of the Dunnellon Gap, the segment between the state trail and the Cross Florida Greenway, has been an ongoing priority of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation and is represented on the state plan.Contact Chronicle reporter Pat Faherty at 352564-2924 or pfaherty@ chronicleonline.com. Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 3 Working to Protect Your Lifestyle *APY includes new customer promotion incentive. Rates may vary on deposit amount and availability. Certain restrictions apply. All bank accounts are FDIC insured to the legal limit.BY APPOINTMENTOcala 671-5374 The Villages 633-7019Better rates may be available on longer terms Regular Savings, IRAs, 401ks including transfers6 Month$20,000 Deposit2.11%APY*NEW CUSTOMER PROMOTION 000HGA1 000HCMI 5185 A W. Dunnellon Rd. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 Mayor needs to apologize for outburst Which train will be used? Ive been workin on this column, all the live long day, just to pass the time away. I thought I had one of the toughest jobs in Dunnellon. Sure, the frustration can set in and, like anyone else Ive been known to blow my stack a time or two. We all hit those boiling points, were human and its easy to do so. Even Nathan Whitt, the citys first-term mayor, lost his cool recently, launching into a tirade in which he told his colleagues and the public hes a got a solution. Though hes yet to disclose it publicly, heres hoping he does so soon. Whitt has a tough task; hes the mayor, the face of the City Council and the spokesman. He walked into a mess worse than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, and worked toward resolving a few of the many issues the city is tasked with overcoming. Its a lot to ask of one person, to attempt to solve problems, to find solutions. Its why hes just one of five people; five ordinary folks tasked with righting a ship sinking as quickly as the Titanic. He jumped aboard after the iceberg was hit. Perhaps his frustration finally hit a point in which it was too much to keep quiet when he blurted out: I will railroad you because Im on the way to a solution. If youre in my way toward the solution, youre the problem and youre going to get run over. It might be a simple matter of a Communication Breakdown. Ive always viewed Whitt as a peaceful person, who likes to remain in the middle, The Diplomat, if you will, of any and all issues. When, and if, he does plan on railroading folks, how will he do it? Will it depend on the person? Will he provide a warning for the People to Get Ready? What type of engine will he use? Will he choose the Peace Train? Will he do it with the Love Train or a Downtown Train? Maybe folks need to look deep inside of them and see their Soul Train. Perhaps Whitts solution would shed Light at the End of the Tunnel, for the citizens proving Dunnellon isnt a Broken Train, and we are indeed The Little Engine That Could. Then again, maybe his frustration is because folks are taking a ride on the Crazy Train. Folks could simply be ready to jump ship and catch the Last Train to Clarksville. Maybe Im overreacting and should Let It Be and Imagine how great Dunnellon can be if I Dont Stop Believing. If the musician in Whitt is pondering a change in his set list, he might just want to consider a few of these tunes for when he dusts off the guitar: Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin; The Diplomat, Johnny Cash; People Get Ready, Curtis Mayfield; Peace Train, Cat Stevens; Love Train, The OJays; Downtown Train, Rod Stewart; Light at the End of the Tunnel, by Don Cook and Keith Whitley; Broken Train, Beck; The Little Engine That Could, Burl Ives; Last Train to Clarksville. The Monkees, Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne; Let It Be, The Beatles; Imagine, John Lennon; and Dont Stop Believing, Journey. Now, theres a good chance Whitt and everyone sees some humor in this. If not, he and a few others might want to put me on the Midnight Train to Georgia. The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Sales Leader/Manager John Murphy Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS OUR VIEW THE OTHER GUY Columnist hotter than J.Lo THE JERSEY GIRL Mayor Nathan Whitt unleashed a tirade of verbal jabs at his fellow colleagues as well as a parting shot at those who choose to stand in his way as he makes a push to straighten out the financial woes of Dunnellon. Frankly, it was shocking, appalling and disgraceful. Its uncalled for and against the citys Public Code of Conduct, which clearly states: The professional and personal conduct of members must be above reproach and avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Members shall refrain from abusive conduct personal charges or verbal attacks upon the character or motives of other members of Council boards and commissions the staff or public. Simply, Whitt crossed a line when he called the Council out for its stance about seeking outside applicants for the city managers post. Their change of heart need not be explained; they have the right to their own viewpoints and decision-making skills. The mayor continued to push the envelope with a second outburst aimed at the general public: Sometimes, its OK to be agreeable, and I think thats the big issue were having here. I like to be agreeable, dont you? Im sick and flat tired of the attitude that I always get here. Im ready to move forward. I will railroad you because Im on the way to a solution. If youre in my way toward the solution, youre the problem and youre going to get run over. We are not in here to bicker and disagree. We are in here to find consensus and then we will move forward. Whoa! Has the train left the station? Mayor Whitt we are all in this together, but threatening, if you will, those who stand in your way to railroad them is not only wrong, it is morally reprehensible. We can assure you, we believe this is not acting in the public interest. We feel your frustration. The past 10 years have been tough for the city; the past 3 1/2 years have certainly been tougher. If you have a solution to put Dunnellon on the right track no pun intended then we encourage you to share it. We encourage you to seek input from your fellow council members, the public, i.e., the taxpayers in this community. Your solution as you call it, might not be in the best interest of those who, in the long run, are footing the bill for the past mistakes of the Council. Yes, we need to move forward, but with tirades such as your Feb. 13 outbursts, youre going to be hard-pressed to find public support, or sympathy. In addition, you have likely alienated the same folks who, like you, want to see Dunnellon emerge from the depths of this financial quagmire and emerge for a bright future. If you think we are here to stand in your way, then youre wholeheartedly mistaken. However, we are not here to solely push your own private solution. This needs to be the publics solution, it needs to be the business communitys solution; and it most definitely needs to have the input of the entire City Council. Right now, your solution is private because you have failed to share it publicly. Until you do so, we are leery of your solution. Yes, we agree, that those who arent a part of the solution are a part of the problem. In the meantime, we hope you offer both your colleagues on the Council as well as the public a sincere, heartfelt apology. A modern day Robin Hood taleThe leaders say those fat cat rich are living high while you poor suffer we are going to level the playing field we will tax them more, and the people cheered. But the leaders kept the tax money to raise their salaries and pensions. The owners of the businesses looked at the increase in taxes and said we will need to raise our prices on our products purchased by the poor to make up this increase. The people soon discovered they were struggling even more and complained. So the leaders said we will give you a pay increase. We will force a minimum pay of $5 an hour, and the people cheered. The employers said we must make up this money so we will need to raise our prices of our products, which are purchased by the poor. The people were still struggling and complained. So the leaders needing the support of the people said we will force an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and the people cheered. The other day I needed to buy two tires for a utility trailer, I looked at the old tires for the size and saw the name Carlisle Tire, made in the USA. I thought that was great, so I went to look for that brand. Lo and behold, I found them. It stated: Carlisle Tire made in China. What happened? I will tell you what happened. A lot of Americans lost their jobs and a lot of Chinese found them, and the people cheered. Jack Koehler,DunnellonCity needs to recognize gorilla in the roomThe current, and past, financial problems of Dunnellon emanate from one basic problem that cannot be ignored any longer. Dunnellon cannot afford to fund its operations on its own tax and city-generated revenue. Iam hot. No, Im not bragging, just stating facts. My body temperature always seems to be higher than everyone elses, no matter where I am. While others are freezing, Im sweating. It all started about eight years ago when I had a hysterectomy and, shortly after, experienced menopause. I expected it back then. Id heard numerous stories about hot flashes, night sweats and other odd abnormalities. Only it never went away. It can be the middle of winter and I want the windows open. My family knows when they come over for dinner they need to wear a light jacket. In fact, they probably avoid my house in the cold months. At work, everybody is freezing while I have my fan on. I even bought one of those portable fans that attach to your purse and I ran it until it died. I arrive in the mornings and see the look of shock on co-workers faces as I step out of the car in short sleeves and sandals. When I told the girls at work I wont let my husband turn the heat up higher than 69 degrees, they thought it was inhumane. But my point is, he can put on some heavier clothes or sit under a blanket. What can I do to get cooler, except turn the heat down? Russell and I actually had a big argument about this a few weeks ago. While he was in the shower, I flicked the heat off. I was beginning to sweat and I really didnt see the need for the warm air. To get even with me, a few days later, I was boiling eggs and he turned the burner off. He said he didnt see the need for me to take hard boiled eggs to work. How does that even compare? I was very upset about my uncooked eggs, but I did get his point. Have you noticed though how some people are warm all the time and other people are always cold? Like my mother, she wears a light sweater even in the summer since shes always on the cool side. In the wintertime, forget it. She can never seem to get totally warm. I bought her an electric throw last Christmas and I think thats the best gift I have ever gotten her. She stays under it most of the day. It would be hard for me and her to live together during the winter months. Is this partly because of our body chemistry or does it have everything to do with body fat? I wasnt sure, so I checked into it and what I found was very surprising. Your body temperature can be affected by your metabolism, your blood circulation or your thyroid. Body weight, fitness, diet, gender, age and stress can also play a factor. Every expert seems to have a different theory. I guess I could fit into any of those categories. I have plenty of body fat, my metabolism has slowed way down and any woman who is alive and breathing has stress in her life. Some people surveyed seemed to think 72 degrees was the optimal room temperature while others preferred 77 degrees. I still think anything above 69 is stifling. I hate it when we have to constantly keep the heat on and cannot open the windows. I want to purchase a new coat and I really like the trench style. Yet I know it will be a waste of money as there are five jackets in my closet that never get used. Likewise I cannot wear sweaters or even long sleeved shirts to work. So Im very limited to what I can wear and I have numerous warm weather clothes that I should just give to my daughters. You probably wont ever see me with a jacket on unless Im going to be sitting outside for a while like at my granddaughters softball games. Hey, Im warmblooded, not numb. Now dont suggest I move out of Florida or anything crazy like that. I love Florida and the sunshine. I can handle the heat in the summer, because Im usually near an air conditioner or a body of water. I expect to sweat during the summer, but not in the winter. So believe me when I say I am hot; Jennifer Lopez has nothing on me. Im sure when it comes to hotness I can give her a run for her money. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR See LETTERS page 5 RIVER VIEWS Audrey Beem Jeff Bryan Editor


Based on comparable population count, it is impossible to find any other cities in Florida that has its own police, fire, road and city operational cost that Dunnellon has because, as far as I can ascertain, there are none. The best I come up with is Trenton, population 1,988; Ocean Ridge, population 1,827; and Dunnellon, population of 1,733. Both Trenton and Ocean Ridge have their own police force, but minimum city and fire department costs. Here are some facts that show why Dunnellon cannot sustain itself. The median income for Ocean Ridge is $63,559 for 2011. Trentons yearly average income is $26,089; and Dunnellons median income is $24,861 as reported in 2011. Ocean Ridges median house value in 2011 was $579,129; Trentons median house price was $63,400; and Dunnellons median house value was $87,071. Here are some year 2007 numbers on payroll cost for each city. This is the most up to date information I could obtain and I wanted payroll information before Greenlight Communications. Well off financially, Ocean Ridge had 28 fulltime employees for a monthly cost of $119,838 and six part-time employees for a monthly cost of $1,753. Ocean Ridge has 14 full-time police officers with an annual average salary of $60,000, plus five support staff with an annual salary of $44,000. They have 7.14 officers per 1,000 residents compared to the state average of 2.46 per 1,000 residents. Ocean Ridge does fund itself off its own citygenerated revenues. They pay their own way. No utility money diverted to pay for their desire to have their own police force. Trenton has a total of 13 full-time employees for a monthly budget of $32,914 and seven parttime positions at $3,751 monthly. Trenton has two full-time police officers and two part-time officers. The full-time police officers salary is $34,876 annually. So it appears Trenton is living within it means. Trenton has 1.48 police officers per 1,000 residents. In 2007, Dunnellon had 37 full-time employees and a monthly payroll cost of $114,854 plus 33 parttime positions for a monthly cost of $13,995. The nine full-time police officers annual average salary was $44,029. Dunnellon has 5.2 police officers per 1,000 residents compared to the state average 2.46 per 1,000. I will not belabor the numbers any more. I have pulled my information off citydata.com, so validate it yourself. My point is Ocean Ridge is affluent and can afford to pay what it does. Ocean Ridge is on one end of the spectrum and Trenton is on the other end of the spectrum. Trenton is not as affluent as Ocean Ridge, but appears to live within its means and pays its own way. Way out of the spectrum is Dunnellon with a large operational and personnel cost it cannot afford. This is the 800-pound gorilla in City Hall that must be addressed. You cannot spend more money than you take in, unless you are the federal government. Then you can print your own money. Even without the Greenlight debt, Dunnellon cannot afford its operational cost. There is no other similar sized city in Florida that has the expenses of Dunnellon. So the talk of revenue generation and getting more money is nice, but avoids the issue. You can have the bike trail, ecotourism, growth and all the nice solutions someday, but now the house is on fire. Stay focused on one thing, the city is broke. The cost of government must be reduced. Utility money is the only reachable source of additional revenue and even it is not enough. How much water/sewer enterprise funds will be transferred or borrowed this year? If the city will not pay Regions Bank the money they borrowed from them, I am losing confidence they will pay back the money borrowed from the utility funds. When a family budget is in crisis, the first course of action is to reduce cost immediately. What business or person is going to move to Dunnellon under the present situation? Now is not the time to talk of $100,000 city manager salaries and getting a city growth manager. What is needed is a city shrinkage manager.Steve Swett,DunnellonCommunity Thrift Shop enjoyed banner yearOn behalf of the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop, Id like to thank the good people of Dunnellon and surrounding areas for making 2013 a banner year. We had a record number of new volunteers, our sales reached a record high and we were able to donate $19,600 back to the community, the largest amount in our history, all this from our little shop at the corner of West Pennsylvania Avenue and Cedar Street. It was a busy year and we certainly couldnt have done this without the thoughtful local people who brought us their gently used household goods and clothing as well as a few local organizations who donated their lost and found items. Thanks to each of you. Also high on our list of those to thank is our hometown newspaper, the Riverland News, for printing pictures of our donations to the community showing what this group of dedicated women do. Finally, a special thank you to our customers who came in to shop with us, or just stop by to chat with our friendly volunteers. During 2013, we were able to give financial assistance to five individuals toward medical expenses and help fund youth groups including the Dunnellon Little League, the Boys & Girls Club and the Sheriffs Youth Ranch. Weve given money to each of our public schools, the Marion County Literacy Council to improve reading, to four local food pantries as well as the Food for Kids program. In addition, we donated to Dunnellons American Cancer Societys Relay for Life, to the police department for their Shop with a Cop and to the fire department for their annual Christmas dinner and party for the less fortunate. The thrift shop has also collected and given clothing to veterans, clothing to all area public schools, Box Tops for Education to schools and eyeglasses to be refurbished and distributed. I stepped down as president as of Jan. 1, but the organization, now 38 members strong and with new capable officers, will be continuing our good works and by the way, the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop is entering its 40th year. Thanks, Dunnellon, we will continue to carry on and stay true to our goal of giving back to this community.Joann McCullough,President, 2011-13Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 5 000H94H 000H9V0 Grooming Baths 20491 The Granada Dunnellon 489-0667 489-0667 30 30 YEARS YEARS EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000H9V2 11352 N. 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Holy Faith slates pancake supperHoly Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will host a pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. The Mens Club will serve pancakes, sausage, applesauce, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $6 at the door. For information, call the church office at 489-2685.Potato pancake supper plannedThe 23rd annual potato pancake supper will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, March 4, at Peace Lutheran Church, The Church On The Hill, is 5 miles north of Dunnellon, at 7201 U.S. 41. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the Peace Lutheran booth at the Dunnellon First Saturday event March 1. Tickets are $6 for adults; $2.50 for children ages 5 through 12; and children 5 and younger are free. For information, call the church office at 489-5881, or visit www. PeaceLutheranOnline. com.Church schedules soup-a-thonSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a meatless soup-a-thon contest at 12:45 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Entry Forms are available in the church office or by calling Jill at 4896221 or John at 489-1611. Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. Tickets are $5 each and available at the door. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is at 7525 U.S. 41.Church plans Ash Wednesday serviceFirst Congregational Church will host its Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. March 5. The service includes communion and the imposition of ashes. First Congregational Church is at 7171 SW State Road 200.Lutheran church to celebrate LentJoy Evangelical Church will have a worship service at 6:45 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 5, to begin the Lenten season. The theme for Lent for the Wednesday services will be caring. On March 5, Pastor Ed Holloway will start the theme with Caring for the Soul; on March 12, the theme will be Caring for the Earth; on March 19, Dr. David Willis will speak about Caring for the Ill; on March 26, Chaplain Herb Agee will speak about Caring for the Dying; on April 2, Jayne Elspermann, principal of West Port High School, will speak about Caring for the Children; and on Wednesday, April 9, the topic will be about Caring for Each Other. Sunday worship services are at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For information, call 352-854-4509, ext.221. Normally, Im not overly fussy with what people say as long as they are not trying to put something over on me. All it takes is one time of trying to put something over on me and I cross you off my Christmas card list. When someone tries to sell me something, I am assuming that somewhere in the conversation they are trying to pull the wool over my eyes. I am allergic to wool in my eyes. When they are talking to me, I am listening for a keyword in their conversation, which is simply, free. Whenever they mention that magical word, I know they are trying to put something over on me. My father used to say, Keep it real or keep it to yourself. He did not have many jewels of wisdom, but this certainly was one that has been helpful to me down through the years. I have tried to keep this in focus when talking to other people. Nothing I hate more than somebody lying to me, so turnabout is fair game. I do not want to lie to anybody myself. At least intentionally. I am a weekend fisherman from Pennsylvania so the tendency is there and I have to watch myself all the time. I am the kind of person who loves to exaggerate. Sometimes my exaggeration gets the best of me but then that is why God gave us wives to help curb this tendency. She has not failed me so far. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were relaxing at home watching a little bit of television. It is hard to find anything real on the old television set. The reality shows are everything but. We were casually listening to a talk show who was interviewing some TV personality celebrating his 80th birthday. We were not really paying attention, you know how it is. You are watching TV, but you are talking back and forth to one another trying to catch up on the days activities. Then this TV personality made a statement that captured both of our attentions. I dont believe, this personality, which shall remain nameless, said, in the afterlife. Only foolish people believe in the afterlife. This sparked some conversation between my wife and me. The question I had was simply this: how long does it take to get to this point of Superior Idiocy? What university awards an SI degree? 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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 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 000H8YA Member A.I.P.B. & N.A.T.P. Florida Notary Public Payroll Service David J. Ratchford Bookkeeping & Tax Service 1400 SW Valencia Heights Ave. Dunnellon, FL 34431-2025 Phone / Fax: 352-465-0814 Cell Phone: 352-220-7585 Personal Small Business Corporate E-mail: beancount29@bellsouth.net Knights make donation to food pantry AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsKnights of Columbus Grand Knight Leo Daigle, left, gives a donation of supplies to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Food Pantrys Walter Fleck and Sandy Zak, co-coordinators. The soap, rice, eggs and margarine shown are only symbolic of the many items the food pantry can purchase with the $1,000 donation from the Knights. Keep it real or keep it to yourselfOUT TO PASTOR See PASTOR page 7 Rev. James Snyder LENTEN-RELATED EVENTS


of such awards. Just when you think you have heard the most stupid thing in the world somebody with an SI degree opens his or her mouth. One thing about this SI is that it is not gender specific. Both men and women are vlunerable to this sort of thing. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being stupid if you keep it to yourself. When you start telling people just how stupid you really are, that is when somebody needs to object. Right after this TV personality, whose name will remain anonymous, although he thinks he is some kind of a king, said he did not believe in the afterlife, he said something that was contradictory. I have it ordered, he said about as seriously as any SI person could be, that when I die I will be frozen until the medical field has discovered a cure or for what has killed me. Then I will be brought back to life with this medication. My wife and I waited for the laughter. I really thought it was a joke. I did not think anybody could be that stupid. Apparently, a great deal of people are that stupid because nobody laughed at that remark. My wife and I looked at each other and then we burst out laughing thinking it was one of those TV talk show spoofs. It turned out he was not joking. He did not believe in the afterlife, but he was making plans to come back to life after he died. I think people with the SI syndrome have one severe dysfunction between their brain and their mouth. We know from listening that their mouth is working but what we hear from their mouth more than suggests their brain is not working. I do not have any problems with people being a practicing SI as long as they keep it to themselves. There are enough idiots in the world that we do not have to have people every day coming out of the SI closet. Listening to this TV personality, I was reminded of my fathers favorite saying, Keep it real or keep it to yourself. There are many things people need to keep to themselves. This TV personality who wanted to be frozen after he died suggested to me that the freezing had already begun with his brain. I do not know if he ate too much ice cream too fast causing a brain freeze or what. All I know is that some things should not be shared and being an idiot is one of them. The apostle Paul made this quite clear when he wrote, For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). Only God can keep it real and thankfully He does not keep it to Himself, but shares it with those who will put their trust in Him.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.james snyderministries.com. Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 7 352-302-64361/4 Mile East Of Publix On Hwy. 44 6658 W. 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Hull will teach Sunday School and preach at the worship service. The public is welcomed. Rainbow Springs Village Church is at 20222 SW 102nd St. Road, Dunnellon, just south of Winn-Dixie and west of U.S. 41. For information, call the church at 489-0249 or find us on Facebook, or visit www.caringpeople. org.Church schedules fashion ShowCommunity Congregational Christian Church will host its annual fashion show from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. Tickets are $8 each. For information, call the church office at 489-1260.Southern Express to perform at churchThe Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at First Congregational Church at 7171 SW State Road 200. Tickets, which are $10 each, are available at the door or may be reserved by calling the church office at 352-237-3035 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.Church schedules mission trip St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is planning a mission trip in June to visit Haiti. The small group plans to do construction work on hurricane-damaged properties. The group is collecting new/slightly used childrens clothing and school supplies to take with them for the children of Haiti. To make a donation, including monetary donations to help with shipping costs, call 489-3166 or send checks payable to St. Johns to Haiti Mission 7525 S. U.S. Hwy. 41, Dunnellon FL 34432. CHURCH EVENTS Garden Club donates to Boys & Girls Club Photo by Margarethe SmithJewel Pontius, right, secretary of Rainbow Springs Garden Club and liaison to the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon, presents a check for sod to Bobby James, facility development chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon. 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8 Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 Rainbow Springs State Park hosted its annual Cracker Days event, which featured people whose skills echoed pioneer life in 1800s frontier Florida, from an authentic Cracker Camp where fire, soap, butter, candles and biscuits are made, trappers and traders tell stories, spinning wheels turn, to the weaver, potter, woodcarver, wood turner and corn grinder and to basket, rug and broom makers and more. Clockwise from above left: Dade City resident Gary Kemp shows visitors how to start a fire with a spark and charred cloth during the Cracker Days event. Jeannine Love from Lecanto works on a period quilt design that was popular in the 1930s. Larry Crosby and Mary Young play mountain dulcimers for the crowd. Don Andrus of Largo, a member of the Morse Telegraph Club, shows visitors how a pocket key was used to tap into the telegraph wire during the Civil War period so that soldiers could intercept messages from the other side. Blacksmith Steven Estenson from The Villages explains to visitors how every town had to have a blacksmith and that as towns grew in size blacksmiths would often specialize in just one area, such as horseshoeing.Photos by JULIE MANCINI/ For the Riverland NewsTrip thru time


Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 9 Rainbow Springs State Park hosted its annual Cracker Days event, which featured people whose skills echoed pioneer life in 1800s frontier Florida, from an authentic Cracker Camp where fire, soap, butter, candles and biscuits are made, trappers and traders tell stories, spinning wheels turn, to the weaver, potter, woodcarver, wood turner and corn grinder and to basket, rug and broom makers and more. Clockwise from above left: The dustbunny spinner Betty-Lou Seager takes fur straight from her shedding angora and spins it into thread. Billy Roberson, a seventh-generation native of Levy County, shows how to make casting nets, a skill he recently learned from an aging gentleman from Old Town named Jerry Butler. Roberson said he has been coming to Cracker Days for many years, but that he was not allowed to sell his work until after he retired from his job at Manatee Springs. He was also selling his pencil drawings. After tasting freshly churned butter, 6-year-old Dylan Green of Orlando speaks with Sandra Cashes, who works at Dudley Farm Historic State Park in Newberry. A park volunteer helps Lilly Simmons, 8, of Dunnellon make a shell necklace as she enters the park for Cracker Days. Xenia Kemp from Dade City prepares biscuits to share with the visitors the event. Kemp and her husband Gary participate in several weekend demonstrations each year.Photos by JULIE MANCINI/ For the Riverland NewsTrip thru time


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.American Legion activities slatedAmerican Legion Wall-Rives Post No. 58 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, with dinner proceeding at 6. The Womens Auxiliary will meet at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. 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 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Cost is $5 per person. Free AARP Tax service will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9. For information, call Wayne Sloan at 489-5066. The Law & Order Awards Dinner will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Resverations only; tickets are $5 each. The Legion will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Tickets are $6 per person. Rainbow Springs is a prime example of Floridas remarkable natural beauty at risk, said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. The problem excess nitrates is known. Solving the problem requires wellplanned, aggressively executed local and state investments and actions, which BMAPs are designed to achieve. The Rainbow Springs Group springshed the area contributing water to the system covers some 686 square miles in Marion, Alachua and Levy counties. Its landscape comprises rolling sand hills with pine forest, agricultural fields and growing residential areas. Sources of nitrate include septic tanks, fertilizer from agricultural and urban lands, and livestock waste. The nitrates are washed off by stormwater and seep into the underlying karst geology, which is characterized by open passages that readily transport groundwater and nitrates into the springs. Fridays BMAP meeting focused on nitrogen-reducing strategies, especially by the agriculture community. The Southwest Florida Water Management District discussed FARMS (Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems), its cost-share program with agricultural operators to implement best management practices (BMPs). The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also gave a presentation about agricultural BMPs and how they are implemented and tracked. The presentation outlined wastewater and stormwater projects the county has completed or has under development and the nitrogen reduction benefits they provide. The District is committed to providing continued technical assistance in the BMAP effort. Rainbow River is one of the Districts top priority water bodies and were focusing our ongoing restoration efforts to improve water resources in the basin, said Veronica Craw, Manager of the Southwest Florida Water Mangement District Springs and Environmental Flows Section. Reducing nitrates in the springs will help reduce the growth of algae, enhance water clarity in the Rainbow River, and improve native aquatic vegetation and habitat. Water quality improvement must coincide with restoring sufficient flow to improve the overall health of the spring and river system. The Southwest Florida Water Management District has scheduled development of a minimum flow for Rainbow River and Springs, which will scientifically establish the flow necessary to protect the water resources while allowing sustainable withdrawals to meet human needs. With the support of Gov. 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000H9US 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 Bo Dewitz, baseballThe junior had a great week last week, both on the mound at the plate as he led the Tigers to a 2-2 mark in their first four games. Offensively, he went 4-for-10 with two walks, while pitching three innings, allowing one earned run. Malynda Em, girls tennisShes always working hard and has a positive attitude during practices and matches, said Dunnellon girls coach Robin Wise about Em, who plays No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Lady Tigers this season. Malynda Em Bo Dewitz DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEKPRESENTED BY DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER RIVERLANDSPORTS/EDUCATIONRiverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 11 Tiger baseball having early season ups, downs The Dunnellon High School baseball team has had its share of ups and downs to start the season. After notching a season-opening victory against Chiefland, the Tigers dropped two of their next three games. Last Thursday, Dunnellon lost a close game, 5-4, to Seven Rivers. The Tigers had both the tying and winning runs on base, but could not plate either runner to overcome the 1-run deficit. On Feb. 19, the night before the close loss to the Warriors, Dunnellon outlasted West Port, 12-5, in which it had a close lead, 4-2, before third baseman Quinn Roosen delivered a critical tworun single to extend the Tigers lead to 6-2. West Port had just scored a couple of runs and gotten the momentum, said Dunnellon coach Chris Cole, whose team is 2-2 overall in his first season at the helm. Then Quinn got that big hit which kind of put us back in charge of the game. Pitching proved pivotal just as much against the Wolf Pack, Cole added. Starting pitcher Chase Wheeler had six strikeouts, but two came in a base loaded, no out situation. It was really impressive, Cole said about his starting hurler escaping the jam. Cole said the team is making progress through the first four games of the season. Were learning how we need to play to win, he said. Were making some steps toward that. Were going to be a team that has to throw strikes, take a walk our guys are starting to buy into that. The first-year skipper said his team doesnt have a lot of big boppers, with the exception of Bo DeWitz, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound catcher, and first baseman Garrett Kudlack. They have some presence in the box, Cole added, explaining most of the teams other hitters dont hit for power but have a lot of speed. Theyre guys who have to handle the bat, take the extra base when they can, all of those kinds of things. Thats not bad. Weve just got to learn. Dunnellons other game, which was slated Friday against Lecanto was rained out. No makeup date has been announced. The Tigers will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Crystal River at Mike Payne Field in what will now be their district opener. Laddarius Thomas, left, signed with the University of Nebraska Kearney while Nick Weissman will compete at Florida Tech next season. Photos by JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsFour players from the Dunnellon High School football team signed their national letter of intents to compete at the collegiate level. Keiwan Jones, left, signed with Purdue University while KeAndre Brooks will play for Georgia Military Academy. 4 Tigers will continue to prowl the gridiron in college For the past four years, Keiwan Jones, KeAndre Brooks, Laddarius Thomas and Nick Weissman have been more than teammates for the Dunnellon High School football program. Theyve been like family. So it wasnt surprising when National Signing Day earlier this month was emotional for each of the respective Tiger standouts as theyll make their way into new programs with new players, new coaches and, most notably, new surroundings. With Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley resigning his post last November, this marks the ninth straight year he watched one, or more, of his senior players inked their name to a national letter of intent. All told, during Beasleys tenure, more than 30 players have moved on to play collegiate football. Jones signing with Purdue marks the fifth player in the past nine years to move into the ranks of the NCAA Division I level, the most recent players to compete that high include Florida State standout Terrence Brooks and Floridas Lerentee McCray. For Jones, the chance to compete in one of the most storied conferences in the nation was too much to pass up. Purdue, though not quite the powerhouse it once was in the Big 10, seemed like the natural fit, Jones said. Once I was on campus and in the stadium, I knew its where I wanted to be, said the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end who was also being actively pursued by Iowa State in the Big 12 Conference. Jones understands hell need to work twice as hard now as he DHS drops two, wins one after season-opening victory JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Interim reports to be issued Interim Reports for the third quarter will be issued Friday at Dunnellon Middle School. Parents, as you know, the interim report is an important midquarter indicator of your childs current progress in school and we request you please discuss your childs report with them. Wednesday, March 5, is an early release day. At 1:40 p.m., students will depart from campus. There is no after-school tutoring on early release days. DMS is very pleased to offer free tutoring. Both morning and afternoon tutoring sessions are available. It is never too late to come to tutoring and obtain assistance. Our highly qualified teachers are here to give the assistance or clarification in all core subjects to any or all of our DMS students who want it. Thanks to the Title 1 funds Dunnellon Middle School has received, we can make tutoring available at no cost to parents. The guidance office arranges parent/ teacher meetings all year long. If you would like to meet with your childs teachers, call 4656720. We strongly recommend your child be in attendance at any parent/teacher meeting to enable everyone to give their input as we work together to ensure our childrens success. The DMS basketball teams will play today at Belleview Middle School. The girls game begins at 4:30 p.m. and the boys game starts at 5:30. Friday is the deadline for DMS students to enter their futuristicPRINCIPALS OFFICE Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See INTERIM page 15 Lady Tigers softball splits pair of gamesCaley Chappel and the Ocala Forest girls softball team got the better of Dunnellon High School on Monday night as the Lady Tigers lost, 8-2, for their third loss in five games. Chappel belted two homers and drove in six runs in the victory. The junior catchers first blast came in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-all, while her second homer, a three-run shot, broke open the game for Forest, which took a 7-2 lead. On Feb. 19, the Lady Tigers toppled Lake Weir, 5-1, on the road. Sophomore Michelle Ruiz had a triple and two RBIs for Dunnellon (5-3). Gillian Heinritz and Isabella Pierro both drove in one run for the Lady Tigers, while Pierro and Kasey Bernstein had two hits apiece. Freshman Natasha Pierro recorded the win on the mound, tossing six innings and allowing one run. The Lady Tigers Feb. 21 contest versus Citrus was rained out. No makeup date has been announced. Dunnellon will play at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Lecanto; at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at home against Forest; and at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Citrus High School.Registration slated for youth footballBoys, ages 8 to 15, are eligible to register with the Marion County Youth Football League from 9 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 8 and 15, at the Jervy Gantt Sports Complex at 2200 SE 36th Ave., Ocala. Registration is $100 and includes uniforms and protective gear. For information, call coach Kiger at 352-812-1730.United Way to host St. Paddys Day 5KUnited Way of Marion Countys high school youth program will host a St. Patricks Day 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 8, starting and ending at downtown square to benefit the United Way. Entry fee is $20 prior to Monday, March 3, and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com. For information, call Katrina Ganzler at 352-732-9696. SPORTS BRIEFS See STEP page 15 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News


Parents: Apply for Pre-K, VPK programsApplications of interest are now being accepted for the PreK/VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) program operated by the Title One office of Marion County Public Schools. This full-day program takes place during the normal 2014-15 school year and is not related to summertime VPK programs. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, and live within the attendance zone of their participating school. Applications are available at participating schools, the Title One office at 306 NW 7th Ave. in Ocala and online. This program is widely popular but has limited seating. Admission is based on a random selection of applications submitted or postmarked by the 5 p.m. Friday, March 7. Parents or guardians of students accepted into the regular school-year program will be notified via telephone call starting March 12, 2014. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list in random order and notified in a letter from the Title One office. Title One Pre-K / VPK applications may be returned four ways: in person at the Title One office at 306 NW 7th Ave. in Ocala; mailed to the Title One office at 306 NW 7th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34475; faxed to the Title One office at 352-6207604; or completed online. Regular school-year Pre-K/VPK will be offered in 23 classrooms at 19 public elementary schools including: Anthony, Belleview, Belleview-Santos, College Park, East Marion, Emerald Shores, Evergreen, Fessenden, Fort McCoy, Greenway, Marion Oaks, Oakcrest, Reddick-Collier, Romeo, South Ocala, Sparr, Stanton-Weirsdale, Sunrise and Wyomina Park. Transportation is provided for those students accepted into the program and meeting eligibility requirements. For information, call 352-671-4171. The Appleton Museum will be open Saturday and admission is free for family day. Chris Kahl will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also on that day, artist Michelle Stitzle will be in attendance and showing youths how to make bottle cap magnets. P.E. newsAt Romeo, students have physical education once a week with a highly qualified P.E. instructor. They have recess every day, and they have physical education with their homeroom teacher on two other days. Students need to wear tennis shoes every day for their own comfort and safety. Heels, boots, dress shoes and sandals do not supply the traction, support or protection that tennis shoes provide. Please help your child to remember to wear tennis shoes or pack a pair in their backpack.Young Readers award book bowlThere are 15 books chosen every year by librarians in the state as the best of the best. Those 15 books are called the Sunshine State Young Reader books. Children are encouraged to read them and Marion County Public Schools holds a Sunshine State Book Bowl. Five students from each school get together with other schools to answer questions about the books. We have an awesome team this year. The team includes Ashleigh Palmer, Jarhett Bradham, Preston Mills, Calista Neal and Jacqueline Lemanski. They will compete against five other schools at the preliminary rounds May 13. If we are one of the top two schools at the preliminaries, we will advance to the finals May 15.Terrific KidsVPK: Jermaine Weathers. Kindergarten: Ray Kessinger, Christian McNelly, Jason Pursell, Lydia Tank and Kelsy Torres. First Grade: Gabriel Garcia, Josiah Keen, Abigail Palomo, AJ Sanchez, Jordan Strickland and Olivia Tucci. Second Grade: Amelia Clifton, Emma Fitch, Mariah Jones, Eveline Lugo, Robert Aidan Palmer and Guadalupe Santiesteban. Third Grade: James Dixon, Vivian Francia-Moncada, Diana Marquina, TJ Watts and Amir Wiggins. Fourth Grade: Sully Anderson, Jaicel Flores, Destiny Gonzalez, Victoria Peterson and Jazmine Stapleton. Fifth Grade: Sabastian Chapman, Jacqueline Lemanski, Kevin Lopez, Erick Romero-Lopez, Taylor Steward, Haley Talmadge, Dustin Thompson, Brandon Torres, Nick TrujilloMunoz and Maggie Williams.12 Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 000HAVZ 000HBCK anytime. anywhere. any device. your subscription just got better with ALL ACCESS from Print + digital + mobile available to all subscribers in one convenient subscription Its easy to activate your subscription for FREE ACCESS today! 1 Go to www.riverlandnews.com/activate 2 Click activate existing account 3 Search for your account and thats it! Need help registering? Call us at 888-852-2340 Not a subscriber? Visit the riverlandnews.com and click the subscribe button. 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Local performers set to headline music festival The 25th Will McLean Music Festival will feature Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends, Scott and Michele Dalziel and Mark Smith, clawhammer banjo virtuoso, all from Dunnellon. All told, more than 50 acoustic singer/songwriters will perform at the event March 7 to 9 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville. Weekend admission tickets in advance are $35 and are $40 at the gate. Individual day rates are $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday; and $15 for Sunday. Children 12 and younger are free. Camping is paid at the gate. For information, visit www.willmclean.com or call 489-3766.Fundraiser slated for pregnancy centerJoe Castillo, a contestant on Americas Got Talent, will perform at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Family Hope Pregnancy Center at 20892 Second Ave., Dunnellon. For ticket information, visit www. familyhopedunnellon. org or call 465-3321.Kiwanis Club meets weeklyThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon meets at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club meets 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.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. 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. For information, call Geri Davis 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun 465-8660.14 Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 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. 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The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of the first publication of this Notice is February 27, 2014. Personal Representative: /s/ ROBERT E. RIVARD, JR. 1902 130th Avenue, Mora, Minnesota 55051 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/Joel O. Parker, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0070201 8810 S.W. Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, Florida 34481 February 27 & March 06, 2014. WE BUYRVS, TRAVELTRAILERS, 5TH WHEELS, MOTOR HOMES Call US 352-201-6945 WE BUYRVS, TRAVELTRAILERS, 5TH WHEELS, MOTOR HOMES Call US 352-201-6945 BUYING JUNK CARS Running or Not CASH PAID-$300 & UP (352) 771-6191 WE BUY ANY VEHICLE In Any Condition, Title, No Title, Bank Lien, No Problem, Dont Trade it in. We Will Pay up to $25K Any Make, Any Model 813-335-3794 813-458-0584 Call AJ AUTO SWAP/ CORRAL CAR SHOW Sumter County Fairgrounds SUMTER SWAPMEETS SUN. 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did in high school, but hes eager to get started. Hell just have to wait until mid-June when he reports to campus to get a jump-start on academics as well as familiarize himself with his new surroundings. I really want to make a name for myself in the school, the conference and the nation, he said. I want to be remembered as one of the best. But I know to do that, Im going to have to put in the work and the effort, both in the classroom and on the field. KeAndre Brooks made his commitment with Georgia Military Academy, a junior college, to work on both his academics and overall skills. He said the recruiting process was lengthy, but he had plenty of support and advice from his brother, Terrence, who had plenty of experience during his senior season before deciding upon Florida State. Its a chance to start right away, said Brooks, who also played on the defensive line throughout his prep career, adding he liked how inviting the campus and the coaching staff was during a visit to the school. I wont be far away from home either. Thomas made the commitment to join the University of Nebraska Kearney, a perennial NCAA Division II powerhouse, that hasnt quite lived up to its standards the past few seasons. Thomas, who played both receiver and defensive back for the Tigers the past two seasons, said hell likely play in the secondary for the Lopers, who havent finished with a winning season since joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012. Thomas explained hes been in touch with several other signees, who have discussed the importance of returning the program to the success it enjoyed prior to joining the MIAA, which is home to Northwest Missouri State University, this past years NCAA Division II National Champions. Weve discussed what we can do to be a part of turning the program around and really making an impact along the way and setting the tone for the players who come in behind us, Thomas said. When its all said and done, we want to be able to have that ring and now weve laid a great foundation for the players behind us. Weissman, a key cog on the Tiger offensive line the past three seasons, signed with relatively unknown Florida Tech in Melbourne, a university which is competing at the NCAA Division II level. Last year was its inaugural season and Weissman is eager to be a key building block for the programs future. I liked the atmosphere there, the academics, the coaching staff is young, so theyre all real hungry to really make a mark in the program, Weissman said. They want to win now and I think with the foundation they had set the first year, we can certainly do that in the next couple of seasons. drawing of what a healthy school breakfast will look like in 3014. This contest is in recognition of the National School Breakfast Week, which will run from March 3 to March 7. Come on DMS students, grab a contest form and lets win this for Dunnellon Middle School. Completed forms are to be submitted to Cindy Guile, caf manager. The DMS basketball teams will play today at Fort King Middle School. The girls game begins at 4:30 p.m. and the boys game starts at 5:30.This will be the final regular season game for each team as they will gear up to play March 8 in the county Tournament at West Port High School. The 2013-14 DMS Yearbook pre-sale cost of $30 will be available until Friday, March 21. After March 21, the cost of a yearbook will increase to $35. There will be a limited number of extra yearbooks that will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis in May. Make sure you order your copy soon and save $5 at the same time. This is a repeat to parents of sixth-grade students. If your child received a recommendation letter on Nov. 8, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2013, for a follow-up with an eye doctor, pediatrician or dietician with his/her health screening, please return the parental reply. If your child has already been seen for a medical evaluation, just mark the reply section found at the bottom of the school screening result form and return it to the DMS Clinic. This follow-up is part of your childs permanent health record. If you have questions regarding your childs health record, call the DMS nurse at 465-6795.Box Tops for EducationThank you for your Box Top for Education donations as Dunnellon Middle School nears its goal of $500, with our current total at $477. Just a wee bit more and we will do it. Drop off these little treasures at either the front desk of Building No. 1 or the discipline/attendance office at Building No. 10. You can also mail them to Dunnellon Middle School, Attn: Box Tops for Education Coordinator, 21005 Chestnut Street, Dunnellon, FL 34431.Riverland News, Thursday, February 27, 2014 15 Thank you to our Cutest Couple Sponsors 000HGT1 PHOTO CONTEST www.westmarionmessenger.com/valentinesPrizes include Accommodations & Dinner for Two at Plantation on Crystal River Jewelry from Specialty Gems & Jim Green Jewelers $100 for Ikes/Neon Leons Voting Ends Feb. 27 THANK YOU CITRUS/MARION COUNTIESCALL (352) 489-4844Owner Does The Work 26 Years in Business Get Any 2 ServicesSame Day and SAVE! Gutter Cleaning Entire HouseOnly $50Pressure Cleaning House Driveway Pool Enclosure Roof FREE ESTIMATES!Carpet Cleaning $18(3 room minimum)Dry Cleaning or SteamPer Room Sofa and LoveseatCall for DetailsFurniture Cleaning$601 Chair Cleaned FREE000HADF 000HH0P 352-465-2881 12089 S. Williams St., Dunnellon www.gruffsgrill.com DINNER & SHOW March 18th at 5pm Billy ELVIS Lindsey ELVIS will perform live. Dinner at 5pm. Show starts 6pm 9pm Tickets $20 pp. Available at Gruffs Limited Seating. www.gruffscatering.com BBQ & BLUE SUEDE SHOES BBQ & BLUE SUEDE SHOES BBQ & BLUE SUEDE SHOES BUY 1 BUY 1 GET 1 GET 1 FREE FREE BUY 1 BUY 1 GET 1 GET 1 FREE FREE FREE FREE WINE WINE FRIDAYS FRIDAYS Martini Tuesdays Margarita Mondays w/dinner purchase Seniors get 20% OFF on Mondays Sunday All You Can Eat FRIED FISH $ 9 99 12 pm 8 pm KIDS EAT FREE (10 & under) From Kids Menu One per one adult dinner purchase. Text GRUFFS to 49798 to receive VIP offers Plus 1 in 25 chances to WIN a FREE DINNER SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTODAY 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Girls Bible study. 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Girls and boys basketball at B elleview Middle School. DMS FFA at Southeastern Youth Fair Swine w eigh-in. FRIDAY DMS FFA at Southeastern Youth Fair Swine showmanship and sho w. SATURDAY DMS FFA at Southeastern Youth Fair Swine sale. MONDA Y, MARCH 3 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Tiger Fit Club. 3:40 to 5 p.m. Girls and boys basketball practice. TUESDA Y, MARCH 4 7:30 a.m. DMS FFA, livestock judging practice. 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Brain Bowl practice. 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Girls and boys basketball at F ort King Middle School. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 1:40 p.m. Early release day. INTERIMcontinued from page 11 Photos by JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsPrincipal Ken McAteer addresses Dunnellon players, including KeAndre Brooks and Keiwan Jones, on national signing day. Laddirus Thomas and Nick Weissman, not pictured, also signed their national letter of intent. STEPcontinued from page 11 Frank Beasley addresses players, family and friends during national signing day.


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