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LIBERTY FOR ALL

Inverness sports the appellation "Tree City USA." On Tuesday one more tree was added, but with a special dedication.

Planted in Liberty Park on N Apopka Avenue, the "majestic" oak tree will be known as the Liberty Tree in commemoration of the original elm tree planted in 1646 in Boston. The tree later became a gathering place for the colonists who spoke out against British tyranny and became know as the "Liberty Tree."

This was a joint activity of the city of Inverness and the Withlacoochee Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. As Rev. James Hoge, president, and Col. C.J. Brauner Jr., past president of the WCSAR, unveiled a plaque in front of the newly planted tree. Mother Nature did her part by providing the rain to water the tree.

Inverness Mayor Joyce Rogers proclaimed Nov. 12, 2002, as Arbor Day and Liberty Tree Day in Inverness. Three of the five winners of the Liberty Tree Essay Contest sponsored by the Withlacoochee Chapter SAR read their essays. They were Tyler van Voorthuijsen, Andrew Cannon, and Trevor van Voorthuijsen. The high school essay winners were Rob Berry, first place, and Dekotah Vaughn, second.

NOTES OF THANKS

Editor:

The Homosassa Unit of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Community Control Car Number 6 was successful in getting the managers of Winn-Dixie, Publix and Kash n' Karry to donate a total of 38 pounds of treats to be given to children on Halloween night.

The neighborhoods were patroled and the candy distributed to the children. The response from the community was appreciated and I would like to thank everyone involved.

Robert Turner, Director

Community Control Car 6

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Citrus County Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd. The public is invited to enjoy the presentation by guest speaker Tom Gray, who retired after 30 years with the National Park Service as a photographer. He will share many of his beautiful and interesting shots taken within various national parks throughout his career.

The Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 of Beverly Hills, will once again deliver free Thanksgiving Day dinners on Nov. 28 to the homebound parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Church. Turkey and all the trimmings will be delivered to all the homebound who wish to be included in this program. Please note that homehound parishioners need to advise their Eucharistic ministers. All meals will be delivered as close to noon as possible.

Besides delivering dinners to the homehound, the organization wants to make sure that all the members of the parish enjoy the warmth and comraderie that this holiday can bring. They are inviting all parishioners without partners, golden-agers, those who might be in need of a helping hand or those who are alone or lonely to be their guests for a holiday dinner to be served in the Parish Life Center of Our Lady of Grace Church.

The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the dinner will be served beginning at 1 p.m. Doors will close at 2 p.m. to allow K of C members to clean up and get home to enjoy the holiday with their families.

If you plan to attend, call John Kotwicka at 527-8572 to reserve a space and to allow the group to plan ahead. The deadline reservations is Nov. 22.

The group has also announced changes to several key offices.

Tom Pomahac has been elected as treasurer, effective immediately. He replaces Gene Hovey, who died recently. Inside Guard Ben Paolillo of Beverly Hills will take on the position of church director, replacing John Borst who has left the state. And Matt Curley is the new right to life chairman, replacing Gene Hovey.

The K of C annual candlelight service in memory of their deceased members is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Rev. Virgil Power Hall on County Road 486 and Pine Cone Avenue in Lecanto. Area residents are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

George and Mary Lou Tolman of Beverly Hills have been named the Family of the Month for November due to their tireless efforts in so many areas for the Knights _ be it activities such as bingo, the weekly dances or wherever else their help is needed. George has been a member of this council since 1987.

Joe Minichiello has been named Knight of the Month. He originally joined the K of C in Brooklyn in 1946 and came to Citrus County in 1977 and joined up at another council when he got here. Over the years he has held virtually every title in both the 3rd and 4th Degree and yet, he still finds time to assist whenever and wherever he is needed. He resides in Beverly Hills with his wife, Fran.

PEOPLE

After 53 years of ministering to the spiritual needs of thousands of souls, Dr. Babb Adams is retiring from First Baptist Church of Inverness where he spent 21 of those years. But you can bet he won't be leaving the ministry to which the Lord called him.

At a Celebration of Thanks on Nov. 9 at Floral Park, Adams' wife, Marilyn, said, "The Lord hasn't taken us out of the vineyard, just out of this church." Adams concurred.

"I'm going to rest for a while," he said. "But as the Lord opens other doors, I'll make my decision."

At least 350 family, friends, church members and members of several local churches were on hand to declare their gratitude to the man many called "Reverend Babb" for his dedication to church and community over the years. Food, music and fun were on the menu, along with a generous helping of tears and thanks.

Several people stopped by to share with him what he had meant to them personally and to thank him for his guidance. At one point he pulled a softball from his pocket. It had been signed and presented to him by the church's women's softball team.

The Rev. Leroy Bellamy, pastor of Grace Temple Church of the Living God in Floral City, was "extremely honored to be one of the people participating in (the day)."

Bellamy went on to praise Adams for his dedication and work, both within his church and for the community. Adams officiated at the dedication of Bellamy's newly built church in April.

Later the church choir, joined by many from the community, sang a song of thanks to him, the refrain of which repeated the words, "I'm so glad you came."

Adams and his wife will be married 50 years on April 2. They have two daughters, one son and six grandchildren.

"It's been an adventure," said Mrs. Adams. "It's a unique marriage in that we get to serve people. . . . (I share) him with anyone who needs him.

"He's a bigamist," she added. "He's married to his job and to me."

These Citrus County employees recently received service awards from the Board of County Commissioners.

October: five years _ George T. Dirscherl, Lori Hall, Roger G. Ingall Jr.; 10 years _ Richard A. Peterson; 15 years _ Rebecca A. Brennan, Beverly (Wylene) Head, Joan Otts; 30 years _ Ronald L. Josey.

November: five years _ Margaret A. Beake, Ginette M. Curry, Tina L. Gilson, Ann Kernz, Bertha "Bertie" Watson, Susan J. Watson; 10 years _ Gary J. Cornwall; 15 years _ Patrick W. Dunn Jr.; 20 years _ Kerry L. Atchison, Kenneth R. Clamer.

The Rev. James Hoge, left, president of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Clarence Brauner, past president of the chapter, stand in front of the Liberty Tree during Tuesday's dedication of the tree and plaque. The tree was donated by Inverness.

Patti Smith of Inverness Parks and Recreation addresses the audience at Tuesday's Liberty Tree dedication at Liberty Park while costumed members of the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, left, and other dignitaries look on. Three of the winners of the Liberty Tree Essay Contest were on hand and are shown at right front. They are, from left: Trevor van Voorthuijsen, second place elementary school; Andrew Cannon, first place elementary school; and Tyler van Voorthuijsen, first place middle school. The high school essay winners were Rob Berry, first place, and Dekotah Vaughn, second place. They were unable to attend the ceremony and are not shown.

Roy Brough of the Homosassa Unit of the Sheriff's Office Community Control Car 6 was on hand at the Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival. Here, Brough appears to be doing a dance step as he directs traffic through the festival area.

HAVE A HEART: Members of the Cracker Quilters recently donated 76 heart-shaped pillows and 31 turbans to the Citrus County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. The pillows are used by mastectomy patients who place them under their arms to relieve pressure in the area where lymph nodes have been removed. Shown from left are club members Bobbie McPharlin, Dottie Davis and Lee Beatty, Peggy Wade of the ACS, and club member Dianne Durr, project coordinator.

Friends, family and members of local churches gathered at Floral Park on Nov. 9 to share their appreciation for Dr. Babb Adams, pastor of First Baptist Church of Inverness. Adams will retire at the end of this year. Seated under a specially reserved canopy, Adams, right, and his wife, Marilyn, left, were serenaded with a special song by members of the church choir and others.

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