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Two Sections, 34 Pages
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Bartow, Florida 33830


THURSDAY 50�
August 16,2007


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Backpack to school -Tori Acorn, 11 (back), helps sis- or Superman or "High School Musical" backpacks, some
ter Shayna, 8, select a backpack from all the bright colors aren't allowed to carry them. Tori's school requires tote
and sizes atWal-Mart. They've just got this weekend to fill bags. School supply lists are available at many stores and
their bags with school supplies: school starts Monday. at the schools. - Staffphoto by Peggy Kehoe
While many students are choosing between pink pirate


Donald Wilson, Jr., To Represent

City In Labor Negotiations


Donald H. Wilson, Jr., long-time labor relations lawyer for
the Polk County School Board, will represent the City of
Bartow in negotiations with its three labor unions.
Interim City Atty. Linda Culpepper told the city commis-
sion Monday night that Wilson will take the place of
Mitchell Franks, who became the city's labor relations
lawyer several years ago after the retirement of Jake Dyal.
The commission will hold a closed meeting at 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, Aug. 20, to discuss negotiating strategy with
Wilson, Mrs. Culpepper, Interim City Atty. John Murphy,


Asst. City Mgr. Linda Weldon, and Finance Director David
Wright, Mrs. Culpepper said.
"We will not have Mitch Franks at the table," she added.
Discussion of labor union negotiations is one of the few
circumstances for which the Legislature has made an
exception to Florida's Government in the Sunshine Law.
Negotiations with the police union will begin on Sept. 21,
and with the firefighters union on Sept. 23.
General employees are represented by a third union.


BRMC Needs


OB Group


To Resume


Baby Delivery


By S. L FRISBIE, IV:
Publisher


The key to reestablishing
obstetrical services at
Bartow Regional Medical
Center is "to get a large OB
group to come in," accord-,
ing to Justin Davis, chief
executive officer of the hos-
pital.
In a speech to the Bartow
Rotary Club, Davis said that
such a group would make it
possible to reopen OB ser-
vices at BRMC, which put an
end to delivering babies on
July 28, prompting a storm
of protest in the community.
The Bond Clinic in Winter
Haven had agreed to offer
OB services in Bartow, but
pulled out before the first
baby was delivered, he said.
Asked how the hospital
could recruit a new medical
group when its OB unit has
been converted for other
uses, Davis said it would be
easier to recruit a new group
because the group would
have a voice in how to
reestablish an OB unit.
Creating a new OB unit
"has a physician part, a
patientpart, and a resources
part," he said.


On March 31, 2005 - one
day before . Health
Management Associates
purchased what was then
Bartow Memorial Hospital
and installed Davis as CEO
-two of the four ob/gyns in
private practice in Bartow
told him they were moving
their practice to Lakeland,
Davis said. That develop-
ment triggered considera-
tion of closing the OB unit.
'Sick Business'
"We acquired a sick busi-
ness," he said.
A decision was made to
put recruitment efforts and
hospital resources into
building the OB unit, and a
marketing program to do so
won an award - but pro-
duced no results - Davis
said.
The staff obstetrician
hired by the hospital, Dr.
Todd Bader, resigned in July
after eight months on the
job, he said.
"That's when I knew the
tide had turned. There was
no option left on the table,"
he said.
When he announced
(See Page 9A - Col. 1)


Same Differents To Perform
At Downtown Friday Fest
Bartow's monthly Friday Fest will feature Same
Different tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m. along East
Main Street and Central Avenue.
The event also features food, beverages, and a water
slide for children. .
Friday Fest is held on the third Friday of every month.
For information, call 519-0508. (See photos on Page
14A.)


State Forest Rangers Save Area Man's Life


By KATHY LEIGH
BERKOWITZ
Staff Writer
Robert "Rob" McKeen of
Babson Park is grateful to
the two forest rangers who
found him slumped over
his steering wheel on ABC
Road a few weeks ago.
'He had outpatient
surgery earlier that day,
June 25, and remembers
nothing that happened
after he picked up his
lunch.
Randy Ross, ranger with
the state Forestry Division,
had left the fire station and
was headed to the home.
His co-worker, David Hunt
of Alturas, left several min-
utes behind Ross, also
headed home.
Ross said he saw a vehi-
cle pulled off the side of the
road. Noticing that the
vehicle was across from
Hunt's house, he decided to
find out why it was there, as
he had seen the top of a
man's head and nothing
else.
Upon opening the door,
he saw McKeen, uncon-
scious. Ross phoned 911,
and Hunt heard the dis-
patch come over the radio,
with his own house address
attached to it. Hunt said he
was concerned because his
wife was home alone, and
their electricity had been


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off.
When Hunt arrived, the
two men, and a passerby
who helped them, pulled
McKeen out onto the oppo-
site lane of the seldom-
traveled road.
Hunt .said he couldn't
feel a pulse, and he and
Ross began administering
CPR, with Hunt doing the
chest compressions.
"Food was coming out of
his mouth, along with bile,
we thought he had choked
on something," said Ross. A
bag of fast food and a drink
were on the seat. The men
had noticed blood coming
from McKeen's ears.
SEven after McKeen's
heart began to pump, he
convulsed. Then the. para-
medics from Caloosa Lake
arrived.
"The paramedic attend-
ing him from that point on
inside the ambulance did
not look good. We didn't
think.the man would make
it," Ross said.
Noticing McKeen's wallet
and cell phone, which was
ringing during the entire
time the men tried to revive
him, Hunt said to Ross,
"Man, it was really eerie,
the cell phone ringing."
He gave the two items to
the ambulance driver, and
,the men began to clean up
the scene.
McKeen was taken to


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Community Life Page 2A
Editorial Page 4A
Obituaries Page 5A


Lake Wales Medical Center,
where he was treated for 10
days, and then released.
According to McKeen,
doctors still do not know
what happened to him.
He has no memory of the
event and is not even sure
why he was on ABC Road.
Ross said with all the
vehicles one passes on the
side of the road every day,
one never knows what is
going to happen. He said
he felt it was an act of God
that led McKeen to pull off
the road, across from
Hunt's house.
"If he had gone a mile
forward or back, I don't
know what I would have
done. I noticed him more
because of the fact that he
was across from David's
house," Ross said.
For several weeks, the
two rangers checked the
obituaries, not even
remembering McKeen's
name. They had been so
busy trying to restart his
heart that they had not
checked his identification.
Hunt, a senior forest
ranger, said they received a
phone call one day from a
friend of McKeen's who
was trying to bring the
men together for a
reunion.
"That guy is alive!" Hunt
said, when he called Ross.
The two of them made


Education Page 8A
Health Page 10A
Business Pages 12A, 13A
Sports Page 14A


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plans with McKeen's friend,
who wishes to remain
anonymous, to visit
McKeen.
Having previously seen
McKeen's eyes glaze over
with a "death gaze," the
men were astonished at
how well he looked, con-
sidering his previous
ordeal. All three men admit


they wept at the reunion.
Neither Ross nor Hunt
had ever rescued anyone in
a life or death situation,
and thought McKeen was
as good as dead when the
ambulance took him away.
"Two little girls in
Bab$on Park still have their
daddy, thanks to you,"
McKeen's friend said to


Hunt.
The two rangers are
trained in first response
and CPR, and regularly visit
schools to promote the
forestry program and pre-
vention of forest fires.
"Everything happens for
a reason," McKeen said. "I
am just glad those guys
were there."


Happy reunion - Randy Ross, Rob McKeen and David Hunt (from left) enjoyed a tear-
ful reunion at a backyard barbecue at McKeen's home. The rangers were at the "right place
at the right time," McKeen said. The rangers agree it was the most horrible experience in
their careers, and spent weeks worrying, as Hunt said, "that we had not done enough to
save his life." - (Photo provided by Robert McKeen)


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Community Life


Annie King to Wed Tommie Johnson


Annie M. King of Wahneta and Tommie Johnson of
Bartow have announced their engagement.


Peggy Ann Bester and John Thomas Byron, Jr.


Peggy Ann Bester to Wed

John Byron, Jr, in October


Peggy Ann Bester and
John Thomas Byron, Jr., will
be united in marriage
SSaturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at 3
O'clock in the afternoon, at
SPolk Street Community
:Center in Bartow.
SThe bride-elect is the
daughter of Mary L. Williams
of Bartow and James Westley,
Jr.; of Cleveland, Ohio.
Born and raised in
Bartow, she is currently
employed by Polk County
Health Community Services
' in the nursing department at
the Rohr Home. She has one
son, Samuel, from a previ-
ous marriage, and .one
adopted son, Leon.
The prospective bride-
groom is the son of John and
Mary E. Byron of Bartow.
Born in Lake Wales, he is
employed in the warehouse


Sale Friday

To Benefit

Girl Scouts
Crickette Club of Bartow
will have a Clearance Close
Out Sale at the Girl Scout
: House in Bartow on Friday,
Aug. 17, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, Buyers can stuff a bag for
'.$5. Profits will go to the Girl
' Scout organization.
For more information,
Scall Barbara Newell at 534-
0120.


industry, and has two sons,
John, III, and Quian'te, from
a previous marriage.
The couple has been
together five years.


Bartow Police K-9 Officer Mike Baine and Bartow firefighters Jeff Burnett and Brian
Bennett spoke about safety and security at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Church Street
Historic District Association, held at the home of Greg and Mary Hoover. - Photo provid-
ed by Robert Henry


Back-to-School
Event Saturday
At Carver Rec.
A Back-to-School Give-
away is planned at Carver
Recreation Center in Bartow
for this Saturday, Aug. 18.
The event will be held
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Basic
school supplies will be given
on a first-come, first-served
basis. Games and free food
also will be available, as well
as haircuts for boys and
basic hairstyling for girls.
Carver Recreation Center
is located at 800 Oaklawn
Avenue. Park in the rear of.
the building.


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Church Street Historic Association Meets City-Wide
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Church Street nisornic
District Association held its
monthly meeting at the
home of Greg and Mary
Hoover on East Church
Street on Aug. 11.
Special presentations
were given by Bartow fire-


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Jeff Burnett, and Bartow
Police K-9 Officer Mike
Baine.
"Safety and security
requires every residents'
participation," Association
President Robert Henry said.


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know exactly how to
respond if confronted with a
dangerous situation. We are
very grateful for the efforts of
our police and fire depart-
ment's that keep us safe."


Blocker Family Reunion Held New Yoga


Blocker family
members gathered July 29 at
the Bartow Civic Center for
their 46th annual reunion.
Sixty-three people attend-
ed the event.
Attending from Bartow
were Doris Peacock, Jo
Helms, Tina Branch, George
and Madell Mooneyham,
Jack and Kay Blocker, Mark
and Angie Blocker, Margie
Mooneyham, Ruby Jean and
Carl Adkins, James and
Cathy Porterfield, and
Melanie Gillooley.
Others attending were
Edna B. Anderson, Mary B.
Anderson, Lajuaia Keen,
Stacy Keen Snellings, Clay
and Beverly Anderson, and
grandson, Michael, Danny
and Beverly Isom, Kuelinda
B. Hulett, Bob and Lorie
Castro and daughter, Terri,
Hoyt and Karen Marbutt,
Barry Marbutt and Karen


Wimberly, all of Lake Wales;
Wayne and Carolyn Blocker,
and Charlie Blocker, all of
Frostproof;
Bill and Lynn
Mooneyham, Ronnie and
Joyce Mooneyham, Rick and
Kassie Mooneyham and son
Kirk, and Mary Beth Tew, all
of Winter Haven; Jack and
Lyn Anderson and son,
Connor, of Lakeland; David
and Jerry Mooneyham of
Temple Terrace;
Andy and Anita Bowen,
and grandchildren, Ashley
and Robert Larkin, of Plant
City; Steve and Gina Randall
and daughters, Stephanie
and Bridget, of Seffner; Susie
Touchton and Raymond
Poitman, Jeff Mooneyham
and Laura Deninger, all of
Sarasota; and Greg
Mooneyham and Logan and
Aaron, all of Ocala.


Session Set
At Holy Trinity
A new session of yoga
classes is planned at Holy
Trinity Episcopal Church in
Bartow.
The six-week session
begins Aug. 21, and is held
on Tuesday and Thursdays
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $24 for the session
for one class per week (six
classes), or $48 for the ses-
sion for two classes per week-
(12 classes).
First class is free for first
time participants.
The church is located at
500 West Stuart Street. Enter
through sanctuary doors
facing Stuart.
For more information,
call Pam Farr, instructor, at
425-3630 or 604-0915.
Beginners are welcome.


Is Sept. 8
Churches, clubs, and
organizations are invited to
participate in Bartow's quar-
terly city-wide yard sale, to
be held Saturday, Sept. 8.
Individuals are invited as
well. The sale will take place
in the Oaks parking lot from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with set up
beginning at 7 a.m.
Vendors will be charged a
$10 fee; no preregistration is
necessary.
For further information,
call Tom at One of a Kind,
661-3945, or the Main Street
Bartow office at 519-0508.
The city-wide yard sale is
held quarterly, and is spon-
sored by Main Street Bartow,
Inc., and the City of Bartow.

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The Leader
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Golden Age Club August Meeting _ \


Bartow Golden Age Club
will hold its monthly lun-
cheon Tuesday, Aug. 21, at
noon, in the main auditori-
um of the Bartow Civic
Center.
Topic of this month's pro-
gram will be identity theft,
presented by Metro Crime
Prevention of Florida.
Everyone 55 years of age


and older are asked to attend
the meetings, held the third
Tuesday of each month.
Dues each month are 25
cents, which pays for coffee
and tea. Members may pay
$4 toward meat in lieu of
bringing a covered dish.
For more information,
call the Civic Center at 534-
0120.


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From the Fort Meade

Historical Museum
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August 16, 2007 The Polk County Democrat 3A


17th Annual Caladium Festival

Planned for Aug. 24-26 in Lake Placid


By LETA WRIGHT
Community Correspondent
The volunteers have been
working at the Museum
putting the furniture back in
place, dusting, and hanging
the curtains since Tuesday,
Aug. 14.
The hurricane storm win-
dows have been installed,
have been painted around
the molding and are ready
for us soon.
It has beeh a major task,
but they look beautiful and
we have been assured they
will hold firmly against hur-
ricane force winds
We are so grateful for the
grant money we received
through the county pro-
gram. We're also so very for-
tunate to have the contrac-
tor to. install them, who is
our own Fort Meade Walter
Graves.
At 11:30 a.m., the volun-
teers will be celebrating their
monthly birthday luncheon
which is always a delight.
The other day, I was at the
high school and Tom


Ereditario, the principal,
gave me a 1926 Fort Meade
high school annual.
The book was donated
last month by Barbara
Brown Smith, granddaugh-
ter of LaFayette Golden, who
was principal when this
annual was printed.
This 1926 annual named
Fomehiso, is the first annual
printed for the school, and
was published by the seniors
of 1926.
The following were the
teachers that year under the
staff of Mr. La Fayette
Golden, supervising princi-
pal: Mrs. C. N. Peeples, assis-
tant principal and mathe-
matics, Marjorie Judy,
Spanish and history, E. E.
Raasch, science and coach,
Miriam Slaughter, Latin and
English, Virginia Tiller,
mathematics, Hattie
Slaughter, English and sci-
ence.
The senior class members
were: Inez Acree, Violet
Acree, Charlie Comer, Bill
DeRousse, Willis Garner,
George Heath, Ida Herring,


Muriel Hewitt, Fay Etta
Hughley; Frances Ivey,
Rhoda Johnson, Edna
Kilpatrick, Owen Mikell,
Agnes Mitchell, Mary
Morgan, Margaret Prine,
Nell Rutherford, Susie Mae
Shelnut,' Marvin Sherertz,
Mattye Perle Spier, Juanita
Stephens, Myron Varn, Lillie
Watson, Myrtle Watson,
Jewell Whiddon, Edwin
Williams, and Odom
Williams.
Can any of you readers
remember these class mem-
bers? We are so happy to put
this annual on display at the
museum for you to see. It's
filled with all the pictures
and activities of the school.
We hope to open the
museum to the public the
first of September.
Can anyone tell me the
date of the big Ski Program
at Sand Mountain put on by
Dick Pope and the. Cypress
Gardens ski teams?
My number is 285-9182 or
leave the message at the
museum, 285-7474.


Water Restrictions Extended


Dry season looms after
year of low rainfall
By GREG MARTIN
StaffWriter

Despite the return of
near-normal summer thun-
derstorms, rivers, lakes and
aquifers remain far below
normal throughout
Southwest Florida. With that
in mind, the region's water
management agency voted
this month to extend water
restrictions until the end of
September.
With only about two
.months left in Florida's wet
season, water supply offi-
cials are concerned they
*won't be able to store
enough water to get through
next year's dry season,
according to Robyn Hanke,
spokeswoman for the
Southwest Florida Water
Management District.
"We need above average
rainfall for the water
Resources to rebound," she
said;
The district's governing
board agreed to extend until
Sept. 30 a water shortage
order issued in January. The
order, which restricts lawn
watering throughout the
District to one day per week,
had been set to expire
Tuesday.


The decision came after a
presentation by district staff
outlining the conditions 'of
water resources throughout
the district, Hanke said.
In the Peace River basin,
some counties saw substan-
tially below normal rainfall
in July while some experi-
enced near-normal rainfall.
Those counties coming
up short include Charlotte,
with 5.11 inches of rain in
July and Hardee, with 4.82
inches. Those counties nor-
mally see about 8 inches of
rain each July.
However, the rainfall in
DeSoto and Polk counties
came within an inch of nor-
mal in July.
Despite that, the Peace
River was flowing far below
normal at the beginning of
August. It's flow measured
317 cubic feet per second in
Arcadia compared to its his-
toric average for that day of
1,900 cfs, according to the
U.S. Geological Survey.
The 16-county district has
seen nearly afoot less rain in
the past year compared to
the historic annual average.
The Green Swamp Basin,
which is the headwaters for
the Withlacoochee,
Hillsborough and Peace
rivers, saw a 16.1-inch rain-
fall deficit for the year.
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rivers and aquifers have
remained below normal,
said Hanke. District staffers,
in their report, labeled the
northern region of the dis-
trict "critically abnormal"
and the southern region
"severely abnormal."
The drought has also
hampered the Peace River
Manasota Regional Water
Supply Authority's ability to
recharge its reservoir and
underground wells. The
authority reported in July
that its reservoir had about
250 million gallons, less than
half its normal level this time
of year. The authority's
Aquifer Storage Recovery
wells, which can store more
than a billion gallons, were
also depleted.
The board, at its next
meeting Sept. 25, will review
the condition of the water
resources. The board will
then decide whether to con-
tinue - or ratchet up - the
restrictions, said Hanke.
The August order, which
continued "phase 2" restric-
tions, limits water use from
both water utilities and pri-
vate wells or surface waters
to one day per week.
Greg Martin is a staff
writer for the DeSoto Sun.



Library Sets
Gem Workshop
Bartow Public Library will
hold a lapidary wire wrap-
ping demonstration and
workshop on Wednesday,
Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m.
The event is free and will
be led by Juanita Bergfietd,
assisted by Marte Dantzman
and Jan Liles, all members of
the Imperial Bone Valley
Gem, Mineral and Fossil
Society, Inc.
The presentation will take
place on the second floor of
the library.
For more information,
call 534-0131.



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By JANAFILIP
Community Correspondent
LAKE PLACID - Mark
your calendars and make
your plans. The 17th annual
Caladium Festival will be the
weekend of Aug. 24-26 in
Lake Placid.
Friday and Saturday festi-
val times will be 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., and Sunday hours will
be 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
With food booths galore,
festival goers are encour-
aged to bring enthusiastic
appetites. "Plan your days
well as there are so many
exciting events happening
within the event," a
spokesman said.
Entertainment
Committee chair Marlene
Barger has been very busy
finding new entertainment
talent as well as retaining the
favorites from past
Caladium Festivals. Tiffany
Elliott, the lead in a recent
"My Fair Lady" production
at Highlands Little Theatre,
will kick off Friday singing
the National Anthem, fol-
lowed by a solo perfor-
mance.
Jorge Emanual, a student
at SFCC, will also perform at
1 p.m. Friday. Musician Gary
Filip will emcee on Friday
and will debut some of his
newly written original songs
throughout the day.
Don Elwell will emcee
Saturday with his signature
wit and humor. Matthew
Roberts will return to the
Caladium Festival stage and
will perform this year with
his twin sister, Marni. The
12-year-old twins reside in
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in Lake Placid. The twins will
take the stage at 11:30 a.m.
At 1:15 p.m. 2007 Junior
Idol winner Jaculine Alonso
will be featured and at 3:30
p.m. her voice teacher,
Marni Prantz, will take the
stage to round out the day.
Be sure to catch Rebekah
Loweke at 2 p.m., followed at
2:30 p.m. by Gary Filip.
Sunday's entertainment
brings back by popular
demand The Floridians and
an Audience of One. Marti
Capodiferro will be the
emcee for the day and will
also contribute to the enter-
tainment line-up during the
day.
Entertainment sponsors
are Re/Max Realty Plus and
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Car Show
A car show with more
than 25 classes will be in
DeVane Park on Saturday of
Caladium Festival weekend.
Chairman Bob Larsen
continues to put together
this display of hundreds of
vehicles each year. In its 11th
year, the car show features
over 25 classes of cars rang-
ing from antiques, stock cars
and street rods, and special
classes for motorcycles.
Arts & Crafts
More than 100 arts and
crafts vendor booths will line
the streets of downtown
Lake Placid, organized by
committee chairman Margie
Callus.
All items at the booths are
hand crafted, with most ven-
dors hailing from Florida,
and a few from out-of-state.
Talents on display will
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Arts and crafts demon-
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all day, each day with artists
representing many craft
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Winners will be revealed
from this year's competition
to determine the artwork to
be featured on the 2008
Caladium Festival posters
and T-shirts.
Visitors can view the floral
competition displays and
winners as well as the
Caladium history exhibit.
The Caladium Co-op is
currently closed for its annu-
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festival. Doors will re-open
Aug. 20, just in time for the
festival.
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August 16,2007


Editorial


Curbside Recycling: Right Idea, Right Time


The timing could not be better.
Green is the color du jour, with
everybody from coffee marketers to
luxury' hotels touting their environ-
mentally sound practices.
Daryl Stewart, Bartow's solid
waste director, has proposed to the
city commission a curbside recy-
cling program that for a buck a
month can turn all of us into bona
fide recyclers while hardly lifting a
finger.
Stewart's proposal is to add a dol-
lar a month to all residential garbage
billsand distribute plastic recycling
binto every household in Bartow.
A2 recyclables - glass, plastic,


aluminum, steel cans, paper, card-
board - would go into the bins,
which would be left at the curbside
on an appointed day of the week.
Use of the bins would be volun-
tary. Residents who chose to pitch
everything into the garbage can
would face no sanctions from the
city.
A specially-designed garbage
truck would make a city-wide circuit


Winter Haven is about to start offer-
ing it for more than $2 a month.
Stewart told the city commission he
is sure he can cover the cost for $la
month.
He predicts that initially, about 20
percent of the households in Bartow
would take part in the voluntary
recycling effort, and that eventually,
participation might reach 50 per-
cent. Educating the public is the key,


once a week, and at each household he believes.


that elected to take part, the opera-
tor would separate the various com-
ponents into bins on the truck.
This service is offered in the
Lakeland area for $1.75 per month;


While we have no expertise in
judging the logistics of the plan, we
suspect his estimates of participa-
tion are realistic. Already, Bartowans


cling stations at a rate so high that
the containers sometimes are filled
to capacity.
And by pitching the recycling
message in schools, as well as to
adults, kids will become agents for
recycling within their own homes.
Voluntary curbside recycling is a
painless way to help care for the
environment which our children
and grandchildren will inherit from
a generation that, until recent years,
didn't really give much thought to
the subject.
It is the right idea at the right time,
and deserves approval by the city


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OUR READERS SAY

Bartow's Future Looks Bright


NPLES - As an "absen-
tee owner" planning to.retire
to Bartowi sonl. I have noted
\ith :interest thle sensible
growth planning the city has
displayed.
\Ve: all knoL\ growth is
:. Inevible like it or not) and
I believe intelligent deci-


sions have been made. If
folks are willing to develop
property in town and make
responsible contributions
toward the infrastructure
then I say "so be it."
I think density considera-
tions and such have been
addressed.


I believe the growth of tax
revenues will help in the
regeneration of the city we
are all proud of.
Also, downtown is coming
along nicely. Our future
looks bright.
GARRYLAHEY


..,,, THINKING OUT LOUD / By S. L. FRISBIE, IV

SDon't Say It With Flowers, Okay?


Here's a piece of good
advice; no, this is not a time
for false modesty; here's a
piece of really great advice:
If you're planning to send a
bouquet of roses to your
sweetie along with a mushy
love note - and the sweetie
you're sending them to is not
the sweetie you're married to
- don't do it.
Here's a piece of advice
almost that good, posted by
several of the nearly 10,000
people who submitted com-
ments to the AOL posting of
the story on Monday: if you're
too dumb to follow the first
advice, at least get your butt
down to the florist shop, pick
out the flowers yourself, and
- hey, Bozo - pay in cash.
Leroy Greer got more than
his allotted 15 minutes of fame
when he ordered a dozen red
roses for $80 from 1-800-
FLOWERS, and the Internet-
based florist sent a thank you
note to his home.
His wife, from whomhe
said he is getting an "amicable
divorce," intercepted the note,
and since she had received no
roses, inquired from the florist
to whom they had been sent.
Apparently amicable is in the
eye of the beholder, and the
thank you note caught her in a


less than amicable mood.
The florist replied, and even
disclosed the message that
accompanied them:
"Just wanted to say that I
love you and you mean the
world to me."
Such an expression of affec-
.tion was not fully appreciated
by his first sweetie - the one
he is married to and apparent-
ly is still living with, since that
is where the company's thank
you note was sent. Indeed, she
concluded - correctly - that
neither the message .nor the
roses were intended for her.
When the AOL story was
posted, the wife reportedly
was demanding $300,000, and
Greer was suing the florist for
$1 million. By the time that
Greer and his lawyer, Kennitra
Foote, made it to NBC's Today
Show on Monday, the wife was
seeking $500,000, and Greer
was suing for $1.5 million.
Let's see, that would be
$500,000 for the no longer
amicable soon-to-be ex-Mrs.
Greer, $500,000 contingency
fee for his lawyer, and
$500,000 pocket change to
order more flowers.
"This is not a moral issue,"
harrumphed the lawyer,
whose lawsuit charged breach
of contract.


The. talking heads who
appeared on the show follow-
ing Greer and his lawyer said
the contract with the florist
was for delivery of a dozen red
roses for $80. One even sug-
gested that the more signifi-
cant contract was the one
sealed with the words "I do."
I don't have a dog in this
cat-fight, but I had to be
amused at the aggrieved hus-
band/boyfriend's comments
on the case.
I'm sure he said this isn't
about the money. (I don't real-
ly recall the words, but they
are obligatory in seven-figure
lawsuits.)
His main lament was the
notoriety he had received.
He went on national TV to
tell millions of snickering
viewers how broken up he is
.about all the. publicity he's get-
ting. Have I missed'something
here, like a terse "no com-
ment" that would have
brought the notoriety to a
screeching halt?
Of course, this may be too
much to expect from a guy
who would use a charge card
to send flowers to his girl-
friend, leaving a trail back to
his wife that a near-sighted
Cub Scout could follow.


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History Froin Our Files
Compiled from the files of The Democrat by Loyal Frisbie


Fif-y ears Ago
T'fe Poll, ( county budget
coll iilis sin w as ruled
'un ~nstituic Linal and
invz\ d" in a final decree
sigifd \ye-,tirla\ by Circuit
Judg& Dton hiegister after a
heading on the test case
lModa',.a
GLiude H- diden, Sr.,
superintendent of Polk
Cou'tn - cho,,ls,. w\as award-
ed 'i hono!;tri Doctor of
Laws degree' b Dr. Charles
T. Thrift, it. vice-president
of Fborida ',utlhern College
on SatiLidai.
XVihief -.i I athletes gained
enctr throu.gli i.e front door
of 6e's IChikl,,ri, Shlack, 1270
PaFlmtwto 't ;,iad took three
50- bent ill. of pennies
fiorh a cal's rii-gi-.er about 4
a. mflyesterdal;\.

Fortr- Fi\e \ears Ago

1 tinlg iinanimous
apift)\a l i i eqluest from
loci ,l melch;linS. city com-
mi5:ionei i londlay night
appo,'.ed !ii'rio. ing parking
menlers, it will take about
L ivo, \eel,'k- tJ lear them
Sa\v, butL unce gone they
S \vi. , 'i~ .i,. ;it least until
. .'11, III ,I I ~n i I l ye ar.
P .-,.. :i. i.i I. iiiufac-tur-


ing Co., scheduled to manu-
facture Umbaugh gyro-
planes, laid off the rest of its
employees and locked its
doors. But the plant will go
into operation again within
not more than a week, Sales
Mgr. H.E. Nash said today.
The money needed to con-
tinue the work is "definitely
committed," Nash told The
Democrat, but "the paper
work of making the cash
available is taking a few
days longer then we antici-
pated."

Forty Years Ago

Open house festivities at
the new civic center
Saturday afternoon will give
Bartow citizens an opportu-
nity to examine first hand
the much-talked-about new
community facility. The
civic center was built for
just under $1 million, just
south of International Park
on 10 acres of land donated
by International Minerals &
Chemical Corp.
Bartow's smoking trash
and garbage dump, long a
landmark on the city's east-
ern horizon, soon will be
abandoned in favor of a new
dump two miles south of


town, City Mgr. C.R. Odom
told' the city commission
Monday night.
A $12,000 salary was set
for Airport Mgr. B.L.
Durrance, Jr., . Monday
night, as city commission-
ers changed hats to sit as
the Bartow Municipal
Airport Development
Authority.

Thirty-Five Years Ago

Public ceremonies dedi-
cating a new residence cot-
tage will mark the official
opening of Florida Sheriffs
Girls Villa here Aug. 27, at
3:30 p.m.
Three gunmen robbed
the ABC liquor store at 730
West Main St. Friday at 9:25
p.m., then fled on foot,
police reported.
One day earlier and four
men stronger than they
were six weeks ago, the
Florida National Guard unit
headquartered in Bartow
will move out on Saturday
morning for Miami to help
keep order in the
Republican national con-
vention.
Circuit Judge A.H. Lane
was selected as the most
qualified judge in the 10th


Judicial Circuit, and non-
attorney judges and judicial
candidates were ranked
lowest in a poll of its mem-
bers by the Tenth Circuit
Bar.
A hearing by the Fort
Meade city commission
next week of complaints
made against Police Chief
Andrew Kovschak by wreck-
er service operator R.L.
Clanton will be closed to the
public, city commissioners
announced Tuesday night.

Thirty Years Ago

An attempted escape
from the Polk County jail
early this morning ended
after a tense confrontation
between two prisoners
holding a jailer at knifepoint
and two other jailers armed
with pistols. The prisoners
surrendered, and the
hostage jailer was not
injured.
County Judge G. Bowdon
Hunt last week completed a
three-year course in law
taught for non-lawyer
judges. Twenty-eight judges
enrolled in the course in
1974, and 22 completed it
last week.
James C. Byrd of Bartow


has qualified as a member
of the 1977 Chairman's
Council of New York Life
Insurance Co. He was New
York Life's leading agent in
Florida during the 1976-77
sales year.
A young Bartow horse-
woman and a teenage girl
who accompanied her to a
national horse show in New
Mexico were killed near
Bunnell on Saturday morn-
ing when their pickup truck
over-turned and burned.
Killed instantly in the acci-
dent were Mrs. Bettie
Carlyle Swiger, and her pas-
senger, Heather M. Collins,
15.
A black civic group aired
complaints about mainte-
nance at Carver Recreation
Center for more than an
hour Monday night, and
received assurance from the
city commission that most
of the things they want
already are funded, or will
be considered for the 1977-
78 city budget.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

County Commission
Chm. Jack Simmers pro-
posed that the board levy
another penny to tax (mak-


ing six) to finance a new
judicial complex, but
County Administrator Frank
Smith said adopting that
option would require help
from the state Legislature.
Fort Meade police offi-
cers and at least two rob-
bers exchanged gunfire
Tuesday morning, following
the second robbery in
three-and-a-half weeks of
the Florida Federal Savings
and Loan Assn. Fort Meade
branch on East Broadway.
The men were arrested
about 15 minutes later after
they stole, then abandoned,
a police cruiser and unwit-
tingly sought to hide at a
home of an off-duty police
officer. A third man was
arrested the next day as an
accessory to the robbery. A
fourth suspect is being
sought.
Smiling Jack's Markets,
Inc., which was headquar-
ters in Fort Meade and 11
stores through Polk, Hardee
and DeSoto counties, filed
for reorganization on
Monday under Title 11 of
the federal bankruptcy
code.


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Obituaries


Annie Summerlin ,
Burroughs Gardenia Cox Harris


Annie
Summerlin
Burroughs

Annie Summerlin
Burroughs, 92, of
Gainesville, died Monday,
Aug. 13, 2007, in Gainesville.
A former resident of
Lakeland and Winter Haven,
Mrs. Burroughs lived in
Gainesville for seven years.
She was a native of
Florida whose pioneering
family first settled Spanish
land grants near Jacksonville
in the 1700s. She was born in
Bartow on Oct. 16, 1914, to
Laurita Schoen and Jacob
Summerlin, grandson of
Jacob Summerlin, founder
of Summerlin Institute of
Bartow.
Mrs. Burroughs attended
Converse College in
Spartanburg, S.C., and
Florida State College for
Women, where she studied
art. She became an accom-
plished portrait artist, her
primary media being oils
and pastels.
She belonged to numer-
ous bridge clubs and to the
National League of
American Pen Women, con-
S sisting of women who have
demonstrated creative tal-
ents in art, letters, and music
composition.
She was a lifelong
Episcopalian, serving on the
Altar Guild at All Saints
Church in Lakeland, and
was a member of the
National Order of the
Daughters of the King, an
organization for women in
Sthe Episcopal Church dedi-
cated to prayer and service.
Before retirement, Mrs.
Burroughs was an employee
of Publix Super Markets,
Inc., where she worked in
the accounting division at
the corporate headquarters
in Lakeland.
Survivors include her
daughter, Virginia Donlon of
Winter Haven; a son, James
S. Tillman of Gainesville; sis-
ter, Mrs. EN. Belmont of
Spartanburg, S.C.; four
grandchildren, Anne
Donlon, Melanie Hardman,
Matthew Donlon, and
Christopher Bender; and
three great-grandchildren,
Diana Hardman, Jennifer
Bender, and Christopher
Bender, II.
Visitation: Saturday, Aug.
18, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Holy
Trinity Episcopal Church in
Bartow, where she was bap-
tized, confirmed, and her
first marriage to Gilbert
Tillman of Lake Wales was
solemnized.
Services will follow
Saturday at 10 a.m., at the
church.
Arrangements: Whidden-
McLean Funeral Home in
Bartow.
Memorial contributions:
Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, 500 West Stuart
Street, Bartow, 33830.
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Gardenia Cox
Harris
Gardenia Cox Harris, 64,
of Richmond, Va., died
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at St.
Mary Hospital in Richmond,
Va.
Ms. Harris was born in
Brewster on July 11, 1943.
She was a registered
nurse.
Survivors include, two
daughters, Stanlyn Haggins
of Richmond and
Bernadette McCall of
Lakeland; two sons, Charles
McCall, Jr., and Teconsa
McCall, both of Richmond;
four brothers, Charles Cox of
Sarasota, Eddie Cox and
David Cox, both of Bradley,
and Willie Cox of Richmond;
10 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 17,
from 3 to 8 p.m., at Gause
Funeral Home in Bartow.
The funeral: Saturday,
Aug. 18, at 11 a.m., at First
Baptist Church of Bradley.
Interment: Wildwood
Cemetery in Bartow.


Luna Pate
Jenkins
Luna Pate Jenkins, 84, of
Bartow, died Tuesday, Aug.
14, 2007, at Lakeland
Regional Medical Center.
A native ofYancey County,
N.C., Mrs. Jenkins moved to
Bartow 12 years ago.
She was a clothing
inspector for Burlington
Industries in Forest City,
N.C., for many years. She
was a Baptist.
Mrs. Jenkins was preced-
ed in death by her husband,
Burwell Bridges Jenkins.
Survivors include her son,
Jack Jenkins and wife,
Margaret, of Bartow; two
daughters, Alice Garrison
and husband,. C.B., of
Orlando, and Jean Wall of
Clermont; three grandchil-
dren; and five great-grand-
children.
Services and interment
will be in Rutherfordton,
N.C.
Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home in Bartow is
in charge of local arrange-
ments.
Condolences may be
made at the website
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Wilber E. 'Gene' Clark


Wilbur Eugene
'Gene' Clark

Wilber Eugene "Gene"
Clark, 87, of Ada, Ohio, died
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at
3:30 p.m., at Mennonite
Nursing Home in Bluffton,
Ohio.
Born on July 24, 1920, in
Harrod, Ohio, Mr. Clark was
the son of the late Leo E. and
Nellie (Crane) Clark.
He was a former farmer,
and was part owner and past
president of Cole Motors
Sales, Inc., in Ada, Ohio. He
graduated from Alger High
School in 1938.
He was a U.S. Army veter-
an of World War II. He was a
long standing member and
served on the board of
trustees of the Presbyterian
Church in Ada. He was for-
merly active in the Lions
Club ofAda, a lifetime mem-
ber of the Ada Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post #9381,
and was a member of the
American Legion Post #185
of Ada. He also served on the
board of the Ada
Community Improvement
Corp.
He enjoyed fishing, hunt-
ing, and boating.
Along with his mother
and father, Mr. Clark was
preceded in death by his
step-mother, Hazel Clark.
Survivors include his wife
of more than 66 years,
Frances (Ford) Clark; three
sons, Gary E. (Shirley) Clark
of Sebring, Dennis M. Clark
of Bartow, and Randall L.
(Emma) Clark of Ada; sister,
Anna Mae Towe of Dunkirk;
three half-sisters: Betty Lou
(Eugene) Good of Dunkirk,
Patty A. (Neil) Good of Dola,
and Shirley Murphy of Lima;
eight grandchildren and two
step-grandchildren, Bryan
(Julie) Clark, Todd (Carolyn)
Clark, Greg (Kallie) Clark,
Diana (Mike) Wiseley, Tom
Sanders, Amy (Mike) Forest,
Wendy (Mike) Plybon, Kelly
(Shane) Wright, Heath
(Angie) Clark and Kristin
Clark; and 13 great-grand-
children.
Visitation: Thursday, Aug.
16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to
8 p.m., at Hanson-Nelly
Funeral Home in Ada, Ohio.
The funeral: Friday, Aug.
17, at 11 a.m., at the funeral
home, with Rev. Patrick Allen
and Pastor David Thompson
officiating.
Interment: Preston
Cemetery in Alger. Graveside
military rites by the AdaVFW
Post #9381.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the
Leukemia Foundation
and/or Presbyterian Church
of Ada.
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Rally For Dads'

Rights On Aug. 23


Marge
Stratton
Marge Stratton, 75, of
Bartow, died of respiratory
failure Tuesday, Aug. 14,
2007, in Bartow.
Born in Vinton County,
Ohio, on March 18, 1932,
Mrs. Stratton was the daugh-
ter of the late Floyd and
Ellen McGlothin.
She was a homemaker,
and also served as secretary
and treasurer for Stratton
Engineering.
Along with her parents,
Mrs. Stratton was preceded
in death by her husband,
Richard L. Stratton.
Survivors include her son,
Donald H. Stratton (Mary) of
Bartow; a daughter,
Stephanie Geohagan (Keith)
of Charlotte, N.C.; a surro-
gate daughter, Joanie Baker
(Greg) of Bartow; a sister,
Patricia Crossley (Pete); her
grandchildren, Kimberly
Hidle (Kit), Michael Stratton
(Camille), Steven Geohagan,
Corey Geohagan, and Katie
Geohagan; two surrogate
grandchildren, Courtney
Baker and Kyle Baker; and
six great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday, Aug.
16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at
Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home in Bartow.
The funeral: Friday, Aug.
17, at 3 p.m., at the funeral
home.
Memorial contributions:
Good Shepherd Hospice,
105 Arneson Avenue,
Auburndale, 33823.
Condolences may be
made at the website
www.whiddenmcleanfuner-
alhome.com.


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"A child is a gift from God
and needs both parents in
their lives, not just the moth-
er," organizers of a fathers'
rights rally believe.
They have scheduled a
rally on Thursday, Aug. 23, at
8 a.m., at the Polk County
Courthouse in Bartow.
"We will be standing and
believing for father's rights,"
William Dunn, an organizer
of the event, said.
"We need stronger laws
enforced for visitation, false
allegations, and false
domestic violence allega-
tions. This is destroying fam-
ilies every day. We will stand
together as one and be a
voice for all."
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The Polk County Democrat


August 16, 2007


Red CrossTrain Communicators


In the peak of the hurri-
cane season, local Red Cross
chapters have trained 20
communicators from pri-
vate companies and non-
profit organizations from
the Central Florida region.
They gathered on Aug. 2
in Orlando to learn Red
Cross procedures and how
to support disaster relief
efforts.
The special workshop,
"Power of Two for Central
Florida," has been used in
Western states to recruit
professional communica-
tors for their local Red Cross
chapters.
This latest workshop was
the first of its kind to be held
in the eastern United States,
and could become a model
for other chapters national-
ly. It resulted from a need for
greater communication dur-
ing disasters earlier this year.
Immediately following
the February tornadoes that
struck Central Florida, more
than a dozen public rela-
tions professionals offered
their time to help inform the
public about Red Cross relief
operations. However, the
Red Cross could not use
their help because they had-
n't been Red-Cross trained.
As a result, the American
Red Cross Mid-Florida
Region (www.midfloridared-
cross.org) organized the
seminar, which was taught
by a senior national Red
Cross communicator and a
f o r m e r
anchor/producer/corre-
spondent for CNN.
"I didn't know how well-
trained everyone needs to be
to support Red Cross disas-
ter public affairs," said Susan
Clayton Black, public rela-

Steed To Speak
To Bipartisans
Pat Steed, executive direc-
tor of the Central Florida
Regional Planning Council,
will present "Heartland 2060
- Where do we begin?" at
the Aug. 20 meeting of the
Florida Bipartisan Civic
Affairs Group.
The meeting will be held
at 6:30 p.m. in the communi-
ty room at the Lakeland
Public Library. at our August
meeting.
There will be a short busi-
ness meeting for the chapter
before Ms. Steed's presenta-
tion.
Light refreshments will be
available.
For additional informa-
tion, call Ron Tomlin at 660-
5428.


tions director for the United
Way of Central Florida. "I
was impressed with how the
American Red Cross' sup-
port to media helps ensure
an accurate story is told."
In a mock disaster sce-
nario, participants practiced
giving quick and accurate
information to the media
while helping to calm and
reassure the public. They
had a chance to practice on-
camera interviews and
receive feedback.


The Red Cross would like
more trained communica-
tors to support disaster pub-
lic affairs as volunteers with
their local chapters.
The few hours spent vol-
unteering during a crisis
could make a huge differ-
ence to people needing vital
information during emer-
gencies.
For more information,.,
v i s i t
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NAMI Support
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National Alliance on
Mental Illness of Polk
County (NAMI) provides
support groups free of
charge for individuals (con-
sumers) and families who
are living with mental ill-
nesses such as severe
depression, bipolar disorder,
schizophrenia, anxiety dis-
orders and any other severe
mental illness.
Groups are meeting in
Lakeland, Lake Wales and
Winter Haven. A new sup-
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fault.
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K Polk Community College


.* Names New Grant Writer


Emilean Clemons


Karla Collins


Art Martinez


Polk Community College
has named Jennifer Schuster
to be the grant writer.
Schuster comes to PCC
from Miami, where she
served as director of Troy
Community Academy, a
comprehensive alternative
education and social ser-
vices program for at-risk
teens and young adults. She
and Judge Tom Peterson
founded Troy in 1992. The
Academy is now one of
many Troy Foundation pro-
grams throughout South
Florida that serve at-risk
youth.
Schuster has a juris doc-
torate from the University of
Miami school of law and
served as a prosecutor in the
State Attorney's Office in
Miami.
While at the State
Attorney's Office, Schuster


witnessed the same
teenagers and young adults
on trial for various crimes
and realized that juvenile
offenders were all disen-
gaged from the educational
process and school was irrel-
evant in their young lives.
In response, she orga-
nized an advocacy group
that investigated the state of
education in alternative
school and juvenile justice
settings. That led her to suc-
cessfully write a grant that
established Troy Community
Academy.
"That was my first grant
writing experience and I
haven't stopped yet," she
said. Schuster ran the school
and the Troy Foundation.
Troy is almost entirely
dependent on grant monies
to operate. Over the pastl15
years, she has continually


discovered available funding
and successfully written
grants.
Love ultimately caused
her to sever her ties with
South Florida. Schuster
plans to marry Joe Fiorenza,
a Winter Haven resident, in
February 2008. While she
was visiting Winter Haven,
Schuster saw the ad for the
grant writer position at PCC
and decided to apply.
"I'm very impressed with
PCC. Working at an educa-
tional institution is very ful-
filling," she said.
Schuster has two grown
children: Joe, an attorney
with a New York City law
firm, and Sarah, a designer
of women's knitwear at
American Eagle.
Her hobbies include read-
ing, sewing and quilting.


Local School Administrators
Local Sc l As Take Stock in Children Students

Complete Quality Leaders Symposia Attend Back to School Workshop


Eighteen school adminis-
trators completed the 2006-
2007 Quality School Leaders
Symposia, a project of Polk
Public Schools, the
University of South Florida
at Lakeland, Polk Businesses
for World Class Education
and Reader's DigestVentures
in Leadership.
The administrators, con-
sisting of new principals and
principal interns, participat-
ed in professional develop-
ment seminars and work-
shops throughout the, 2006-
2007 school year.
They studied topics that
included finance, communi-
tv relations, safety, facilities
and personnel They also
explored areas thit included
diversity, problem solving,
developing self and others,
communication skills and
technology.
The administrators
learned from guest lecturers
and used the seminars to
analyze their job skills. They
interacted with other mem-
bers of the symposia and
connected experiences and
events within their individ-
ual schools. The symposia
offered the opportunity to
share strengths, expertise
and strategies to strengthen
weaknesses.
Those completing the
program were:


Polk County Public
Schools are offering outdat-
ed surplus textbooks and
library books to the public
for no charge.
The books will be dis-
played and available
Thursday, Aug. 23, and


Bartow
* Bartow High: Emilean
Clemons, assistant principal
* District Office: Karla
Collins, senior coordinator
of professional development
in human resource services
department
* Summerlin Academy:
Michael Butler, principal
* Stephens Elementary:
Charles Pemberton, Jr.,
assistant principal
Fort Meade
* Lewis Anna Woodbury
Elementary: Angela Gordon,
assistant principal
* Fort Meade Middle-
Senior: Art Martinez, assis-
tant principal
Haines City
* Boone Middle: Nancy
Leonard, principal
Eagle Lake
* Lake Region High:
Steven Clevenger, assistant
principal
Lakeland
* Dixieland Elementary:
Deborah Henderson, princi-
pal
* Lakeland Highlands
Middle: Donna Drisdom
* North Lakeland
Elementary: Gregory Deal,
principal
* Scott Lake Elementary:
John Stelmack, principal
* Sikes Elementary; Corey
Swindler, principal
* Traviss Career Center:


Friday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. both days, at the Jim
Miles Professional
Development Center, 5024
U.S. Highway 98 South,
Lakeland.
For more information,
call Al Lunsford, at 647-4738.


Kenneth Lloyd, principal
* Valleyview Elementary:
Leshelle Seay, assistant prin-
cipal. Leshelle Seay will
become the principal of the
new Horizons Elementary in
Davenport, opening in
August 2008.
* Wendell Watson
Elementary: Kathy Giroux,
principal
Poinciana
* Lake Marion Creek
Elementary: Gerardo Ibarra,
principal
* Laurel Elementary: Julie
Allen, principal


Take Stock in Children
students from around Polk
County attended a "Back to
School" workshop presented
by Dick Mullenax (former
Polk Education Foundation
director), concentrating on
requirements for college
admission on Saturday, Aug.
11.
After the program stu-
dents received backpacks
with school supplies and a
flash-drive for storing com-
puter work, thanks to a com-
munity partnership with


Starbucks and Office Depot.
Take Stock in Children is a
scholarship and mentoring
program for underserved
youth in Florida. Students
who qualify, receive a college
tuition scholarship and are
mentored through high
school.
The program is currently
,looking for mentors.
Anyone interested in
mentoring is asked to con-
tact Susan Fenich at the Polk
Education Foundation, 519-
8077.


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August 16, 2007 The Polk County Democrat


(Continued from Page 1A)

plans in June to close the
unit, Davis said that the two
obstetricians in private
practice in Bartow - Dr.
Ralph Nobo and Dr. Mario
Encinas - were delivering
about 300 babies a year, and
that the hospital could not
make enough money in
obstetrics with that number
of deliveries.
While financial consider-
ations were a factor in clos-
ing the OB unit, "finances
cannot be the final thing in
every decision."
The hospital needed
more space for other
patients, while the OB unit
was under-utilized, he said.
"I hope none of you are
ever in a position to make a
decision like that," he said.
"You have a community
hospital that you need to be
proud of.
"We refuse to run any
program that doesn't have
the potential to be of the
highest quality."

Births Not Increasing
While other medical
activities have grown at
BRMC since HMA's pur-
chase of the hospital, the
number of births has not,
Since HMA purchased
the hospital, Davis said:
* Admissions are up 30.1
percent.
* Emergency room visits
have increased from 60 to


114 per day, and the time
spent in the ER has been
reduced by more than one-
half.
* Surgeries are up 17 per-
cent.
* Employment has
increased from 280 to more
than 440.
* Births at the hospital
are flat - an average of 29
per month.
HMA has recruited more
than 40 doctors since buy-
ing the hospital, but "we
have struggled to recruit
obstetrics and urology."
The hospital averaged 85
percent occupancy in June
and July - typically slow
months - and exceeded
100 percent occupancy on
some days, with patients
being kept in hallways.
Not long before the OB
unit was closed, the hospital
had 10 patients in the emer-
gency room waiting for hos-
pital beds, and only two OB
patients in a unit with 12
beds, he said. Male patients
and women with infectious
diseases cannot be kept in
an OB unit, he said.
The former post-partum
section has been converted
into a post-surgical unit.

$10 Million Invested
Since buying the hospi-
tal, HMA has invested more
than $10 million in
improvements to the facili-
ty, Davis said.
The hospital, presently


certified for 61 beds, will
grow to approximately 136
beds when plans nowon the
drawing board are imple-
mented, he said.
The biggest growth will
come with the addition of a
third floor to the hospital,
on which construction is
scheduled to begin in 18
months.
The first phase of that
addition will include 20 pri-
vate rooms, a 12-bed inten-
sive care unit, and a 12-bed
progressive care unit. In the
second phase, another 20
private rooms will be added.
The six present ICU
rooms will be converted to
the emergency department,
doubling the capacity of
that unit.
Within the next few
weeks, a total of 15 post-sur-
gical beds will be provided,
including, for the first time,
a pediatrics post-surgical
unit, Davis said.
Dr. Paul Coury, a retired
physician and a member of
the Rotary Club, urged the
community not to abandon
the hospital, and said he
was disturbed by the com-
ments of people who said
they will no longer use
BRMC.
"We have a wonderful
hospital here," he said.
"Don't turn down this hos-
pital; we need this hospital.
"Don't let this hysteria
confuse you. Don't give up
on Bartow Memorial."


Baldwin Lends Talent To Fight

To Save Florida's Gentle Giants


By PAMELA STAIK
StaffWriter

ENGLEWOOD - Radio
listeners may hear the famil-
iar voice of Alec Baldwin
speaking through their
stereos.
But don't expect to hear
him talking about winning
the Golden Globe Award for
"30 Rock" or his 2003 Oscar
nomination for "The
Cooler."
Baldwin is speaking about
Florida's manatees and how
their habitats and popula-
tions are being depleted.
The Hollywood actor,
producer and now manatee
enthusiast donated his time
and talent to Save the
Manatee Club by recording
two 30-second audio public
service announcements.
,.The messages promote
manatee awareness, which
is also the mission of the
club. The club is a member-
ship-based, national non-
profit organization founded
by singer/songwriter Jimmy
Buffett and former Florida
governor and U.S. senator
Bob Graham in 1981.
:Baldwin was asked to
record the messages after
appearing as an animated
guest voice on The


Simpson's 2005 season
opener, "Bonfire of the
Manatees." He played the
role of "Caleb Thorn," a
marine biologist who is pas-
sionate about protecting
manatees.
But as Baldwin states in
one of the commercials,
playing the role of Thorn
was fun, but "there is a seri-
ous side" to the manatee
issue.
Manatees are an endan-
gered species and are at risk
of being seriously injured or
killed by boat strikes.
Last year was the dead-
liest year documented for
manatees, with 417 recorded
deaths. According to data
collected by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, the leading
known cause of manatee
deaths was from boat
strikes, killing 92 manatees
in 2006.
Using the voices of
celebrities helps get people
interested in different caus-
es, said Patrick Rose, the
executive director of Save
the Manatee Club.
"Mr. Baldwin is a well-
known person in the world,
and we hope that the people
who look up to him will call
or check out our Web site


when they hear his voice,"
he said. "I think it opens up
doors for our club and lets
people learn about us."
He said the club has also
recorded the voices of
Jimmy Buffett, John Lithgow,
Wil Shriner and Carl
Hiaasen.
"We just hope to reach
thousands of people," Rose
said. "We want to educate
them about the manatee
plight, get their attention
and get people involved."
The recordings were sent
to radio stations across the
nation this month.
Baldwin was presented
with an honorary adoption
of "Whiskers," a manatee in
their Adopt-A-Manatee pro-
gram.
To listen to the audio
spots, visit the Club's website
a t
www.savethemanatee.org/vi
deoaudiopsas.htm. For
more information on mana-
tees and the Adopt-A-
Manatee program, contact
Save the Manatee Club at
407-539-0990 or visit
www.savethemanatee.org.
Pamela Stalk is a staff
writer for the DeSoto Sun.


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Fire Inspections 8
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Peer-to-Peer Classes Planned


Recovery from mental ill-
ness is possible.
The National Alliance on
Mental Illness of Polk
County (NAMI) has planned
registration for free educa-
tional classes in Lakeland.
The Peer-to-Peer
Education program is for
anyone diagnosed with a
serious mental illness who is
interested in establishing
and maintaining their well-
ness and recovery.
Peer-to-Peer consists of
nine two-hour units and is
taught by a team of trained
mentors.
Participants develop
resources such as an
advance directive; a "relapse
prevention plan" to help
identify tell-tale signs of
impending relapse; to orga-
nize for intervention; mind-
fulness exercises to help
focus and calm thinking;
and survival skills for work-
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providers and the general
public.
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Health & Nutrition


Summer Salad Is Tasty, Cool Eating


American Institute
for Cancer Research

With beans and corn, lime
and salsa, fresh cilantro and
the exotic touch of jicama,
this summer salad has a def-
inite hint of Mexico.
Thanks to the high fiber of
the corn, beans, brown rice
and jicama, this dish will
stick to the ribs and keep
you satisfied.
Whole grains, like brown
rice, are digested more slow-
ly and steadily than refined
grains and tend to keep you
feeling fuller longer. You'll
also get considerably more
dietary fiber, magnesium
and vitamin E than is pro-
vided by white rice, along
with phytochemicals that
help control cholesterol and
may prevent the prolifera-
tion of cancer cells.
If you're not familiar with
jicama (HICK-ka-ma), now
is the time to try this quirky
latecomer to the American
market.
Jicama is a root vegetable
that is a staple in Mexican
food. It's sold as street food
in South America, with a
squeeze of lime and a bit of
fiery chili powder. It is a
white-fleshed tuber that
looks like a turnip, has a thin
brown skin and tastes some-
thing like an apple.
By itself, it's actually a bit
bland, but that allows it to be
used in a million different
ways. It tends to take on the
flavor of whatever you cook
it with or dip it in. In this
dish, it adds a fresh crunchy
texture and is an excellent
conduit for the spicy dress-
mg.
Serving bite-sized pieces
of meat in a salad such as
this one is a good way to
keep your meat portion
.down while eating larger
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Bean, Corn and Peppe Salad with Chicken


of plant foods as your main-
stay and meat as a side dish
or a condiment that adds fla-
vor, the better.

Bean, Corn and Pepper
Salad with Chicken
1-1/2 cups cooked brown
rice
3 cups cubed cooked
skinless chicken breast
2 ears corn, boiled and
kernels cut from the ears
1 can (15.5 ounces) black
beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium green bell pep-
per, seeded and diced
1 medium red bell pep-
per, seeded and diced
1/2 cup jicama, peeled
and diced
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive
oil
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed
lime juice, or to taste
3/4 cup chunky salsa
3 drops hot pepper sauce,
or to taste (optional)
2 to 4 tbsp. water
Salt and freshly ground
black pepper, to taste
Green leafy lettuce leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped
fresh cilantro or flat leaf
parsley, loosely packed, for
garnish
In a large bowl, combine


the brown rice, chicken,
corn, beans, bell peppers
and jicama. Gently toss until
well mixed and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk
together the olive oil and
lime juice until well blended.
Mix in the salsa and hot pep-
per sauce, if using. Add
enough water to thin the
consistency so the dressing
can be thinly drizzled over
the salad. Drizzle the dress-
ing over the chicken-mixture
and toss to coat the salad
ingredients evenly.
Cover the salad and
refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours so
the flavors can meld. Bring
the salad to room tempera-
ture and check the season-
ings before serving. Season
to taste with salt and pepper.
Drain off any excess
dressing. Place the salad in a
serving bowl lined with let-
tuce leaves, sprinkle the top
of the salad with cilantro
and serve.
Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 365 calories, 16
g. total fat (2 g. saturated
fat), 32 g. carbohydrate, 27
g. protein, less than 7 g.
dietary fiber, 593 mg. sodi-
um.


Heart Carnival


Watson Clinic will host a
"Kid's Carnival" event on
Saturday, Sept. 8, between 10
a.m. and 3 p.m. across from
their Main Clinic west
employee parking lot at the
corner of Morrell Drive and
Crawford Street in Lakeland.
All proceeds from the
event will benefit the
American Heart Association
and its upcoming annual
Heart Walk event.
The event will feature
dunlktanks, face painting,
moon and'cakewalks, bal-


loon darts and other events.
A "Prize Central" area will be
set up to accommodate all
tickets for prize exchanges.
Tickets for the event will
be .50 cents each.
A Polk County Sheriff's
Deputy and a K-9 Unit will
be present during the event,
as well as the Florida
Highway Patrol.
For more information,
call Kim Parker at 680-7500
or Cindy O'Steen at 680-
7277.


Nutrition Wise


Know Your Calorie Needs For A Healthy Life


Many of today's nutrition
recommendations -
whether for weight control
or for how much fat, vegeta-
bles or other foods fit in a
healthy diet - are based on
calorie needs.
That's a problem, since
most of us apparently can-
not identify our calorie
needs. In a 2006 survey of
1,000 U.S. adults, 88 percent
of respondents could not
accurately estimate their
calorie needs.
Calorie needs depend on
weight, age, gender and
activity level, as well as indi-
vidual metabolic rate. The
figures from the USDA
Center for Nutrition Policy
and Promotion provide a
rough estimate.
If you get less than 30
minutes of moderate activity
daily and are age 31 to 50,
women can plan on about
1,800 calories a day and men
about 2,200.
Those under 30 can add
200 to that figure; those over
50, subtract 200. If you get 30
minutes of moderate exer-
cise daily and are age 31 to
50, women can eat about
2,000 calories and men
2,400. Men under 30 can add
200 (sorry women, no
change); everybody over 50,
subtract 200.
Finally, if you are very
active (60 minutes or more
daily) and age 31 to 50,
women can plan on 2,200
calories and men 3,000.
Women under 30 can add
200 (men, sorry, no change
for you); men over 50, sub-
tract 200.
For a more accurate esti-
mate of your recommended,
calories that reflects differ-
ences in height and weight,
go to www.mypyramid.gov
and click on MyPyramid
Plan. Recalculate your needs
with every five to ten pound
change since calorie needs
change with weight.
Recommended limits of


fat consumption are based
on calorie needs. If you mul-
tiply estimated calorie needs
by 0.011, you will see your
recommended maximum
grams of saturated fat daily.
People whose blood choles-
terol remains high may need
to reduce saturated fat
below this figure. A regis-
tered dietitian can help.
How much "junk food" is
reasonable in a healthy diet?
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines
for Americans include a "dis-
cretionary calories
allowance."
Discretionary calories
represent the extra foods
and drinks that supply calo-
ries without much nutrition-
al value. The allowance is
132 discretionary calories a
day for someone maintain-
ing weight at 1,600 daily
calories, and 290 discre-
tionary calories daily for
someone who needs 2,200
total calories a day.
Strategies for a balanced
diet change with calorie
level, too. On about 1,600
calories a day, five grains
servings (equal to five slices
of bread) is enough, whereas
someone needing 2,200
calories a day should eat
seven servings daily.
Someone who needs only
1,600 calories a day can
meet fruit and vegetable rec-
ommendations with seven
servings daily, but someone
who needs 2,200 calories or
more should aim for at least
ten per day.
Of course, you don't need
to know your exact calorie
needs to control your
weight.- If losing weight is
your goal, you can; shift the.
balance between the
amount of calories you con-
sume and the amount you
burn in activity. If you drop
about 500 calories a day you
will lose about one pound a
week.
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calories a day and burn an
additional 200 in activity. If
you've been substantially'
overeating, you might even
be able to create a 1,000-
calorie total shift, which
would lead you to lose two
pounds a week.
It's easy to drop 100 calo-
ries per meal with simple
changes, such as smaller
portions, replacing chips or
a doughnut with fruit,
choosing reduced-fat prod-
ucts, or dropping sugar
sweetened drinks.
The same principle
applies to those who want to
gain weight healthfully. You
don't need to stuff yourself
or eat unhealthy foods.
Simply add 100 calories to
each of three meals and two
snacks daily by choosing
slightly larger portions,
using a little more olive oil in
your stir-fry or salad, or
adding one glass of juice or a
handful of nuts.
But whether you are
working to lose or gain
weight, or are happy with
your current weight, getting
at least a rough idea of your
recommended calorie needs
can help you interpret food
labels to make better choices
for a healthful diet.


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The Polk County Democrat 11A ,


Charlotte County, Environmentalist


Call for Study On 11,000-Acre Mine


By GREG MARTIN
Staff Writer

Jim Cooper of Cape Haze
can't understand why the
federal government won't
initiate a comprehensive
study of the impacts of
phosphate mining, or, at the
least, hold a public hearing
to consider the public's con-
cerns over the latest propos-
al for an 11,000-acre mine.
Such studies and hearings
are required for federal
actions that could result in
significant environmental
impacts, said Cooper, citing
the National Environmental
Policy Act and other federal
regulations.
As a retired U.S. Air Force
colonel, Cooper ought to
know. While in the Air Force,
he was assigned to lead that
agency through an Areawide
Environmental- Impact
Statement for an air base in
Idaho. At the time, the base
was being reorganized to
serve as a major training hub
for fighters, bombers and
tanker planes.
"When I wore my Air
Force uniform, under NEPA
rules, I was required to go to
lots of little towns and coun-
ties and make sure the pub-
lic knew what the impacts
were going to be," Cooper
said. "That's the Air Force.
Now, apparently, the Army
doesn't think it has the
resources to follow the law. I
find that offensive."
Cooper serves as presi-
dent of the group Protect
Our Watersheds. And he is
lending his voice to a chorus
of renewed calls for a public
hearing and an impact study
on phosphate mining.
Cooper and Charlotte and
Sarasota counties each have
written lengthy letters to the
Army Corps calling for a
study and a public hearing.
The letters were submitted
in response' to Mosaic

Dantzler To
Speak To
Bipartisans
Rick Dantzler, a third gen-
eration Floridian and former
state representative and sen-
ator, will speak at the August
meeting of Florida
Bipartisans.
The meeting will be held
Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30
p.m. in the community room
of the Lakeland Public
Library on Lake Morton.
He will be talking about
the planned Heartland
Parkway, a major toll road to
be built in a corridor run-
ning north and south
through Central Florida.
Proponents say it will greatly
improve traffic flows
throughout the region while
detractors say it will open a
relatively pristine part of the
state to more over-develop-
ment.
There will be a short busi-
ness meeting for the chapter
before Dantzler's presenta-
tion.
Light refreshments will be
available. For additional
information, call Ron Tomlin
at:660-5428.


Holiday Inn To
Be 'Heartbreak
Hotel' Saturday
Elvis will be in the build-
ing on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9
p.m., at the Holiday Inn
South, Lakeland.
Elvises from all over will
compete in a three-song,
judged event.
Admission is free, and
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Fertilizer's application for an
Army Corps permit to mine
its 10,880-acre South Fort
Meade mine in northern
Hardee County.
The mine is located east
of the Peace River between
Wauchula and Fort Meade.
The counties and Cooper
all cite the fact that the mine
is one of three totaling
34,000 acres soon to be exca-
vated simultaneously in the
Peace River watershed. The
others include the Altman
Tract, which was previously
permitted, and the Ona
mine, Which is awaiting a
federal permit.
Another six mine sites in
the area totaling 70,000 acres
also may be mined in the
future.
Cooper said it's "beyond
unreasonable" that the Army
Corps won't agree to repeat-
ed requests for public hear-
ings and a study on the min-
ing.
Dave Townsend,
spokesman for Mosaic,
pointed out the decisions to
conduct a public hearing
and a study are up to the fed-,
eral government. Mosaic
wouldn't object to either a
hearing or a study- provid-
ed the study encompasses
the impacts of all human
activity in the watershed.
The Army Corps issued a
notice May 29 indicating the
agency had already conclud-
ed no impact study would be
required.
Mosaic plans to strip
mine the site over the next
21 years. The mine applica-
tion calls for 1,800 acres of
wetlands to be preserved
and 511 acres of wetlands
and 55,000 linear feet of
stream channels to be
mined.
The plan calls for Mosaic
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ing a waiver from state water
quality standards for the
lakes because their waters
won't meet required levels
for dissolved oxygen.
Also, Mosaic plans to
replace the excavated
streams with manmade
channels designed to resem-
ble natural streams.
The site previously has
been altered for agriculture,
according to Mosaic's
Townsend. Some areas
already have been cleared of
forests and drained by ditch-
es, he said.
"We're replacing the
streams under new DEP
guidance, foot for foot, with
state-of-the-art stream-
modeling techniques, reveg-
etation of forest systems and
other long-term protec-
tions," Townsend said. "So
our reclamation will actually
replace the streams with
streams that are more func-
tional."
Meanwhile, Cooper
pointed out people are mov-
ing to Florida because they
perceive it has a superior
quality of life. That raises
doubt over whether strip
mining remains in the pub-
lic interest, he said.
"If they're coming for that
quality of life, trust me, they
don't want anything to inter-
fere with that quality of life,"
Cooper said.
In his letter, Cooper called
strip mining with a dragline
"a dinosaur." The Army
Corps should compel
Mosaic to evaluate alterna-
tive mining methods that are
less destructive, he said.
"Dragline mining perma-
nently destroys wetlands
and uplands and all their
natural functions, by ripping
out all of the earth (down to
depths of 50-70 feet) in their
quest to mine for matrix,"
Cooper wrote.
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wetland impacts "unaccept-
able." President George W.
Bush in 2002 stated the goal
for the Environmental
Protection Agency was "no
more loss of wetlands,"
Cooper pointed out.
Mitigation should not be
considered an option for the
phosphate industry, he
added.
"They have not been able
to rebuild or to create a suc-
cessful, functional, man-
made wetland system and
(are) not able to fully restore
all of its vital, natural, hydro-
logical, biological and eco-
logical systems with com-
plete functionality," Cooper
wrote.
Charlotte County, in its
letter, also claimed Mosaic
has failed to reclaim certain
types of wetlands in the past.
The county, in its submittal,
cited the conclusion of a
state hearing officer who
ruled in a past mining chal-
lenge that some of Mosaic's
reclaimed wetlands had
failed to meet state stan-
dards.
Townsend, however,
pointed out Mosaic's mining
applications cite measures
to gauge the success of the
mitigation wetlands. The
DEP and the Army Corps
only release the company
from its permit obligations
after the wetlands are
deemed to have met the cri-
teria.
"It's only at that point
would we call our wetlands
successful," Townsend said.
"Mosaic has reached success
on thousands of wetland
acres."
Charlotte County, in its
submittal, questions
whether Mosaic has
accounted for all the wet-
lands to be impacted on the
South Fort Meade mine. The
county cited a recent U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that
partially closed a loophole


for "isolated wetlands."
Under a past ruling, isolated
wetlands were deemed not
to be under the jurisdiction
of federal regulation.
But in the 2006 "Rapanos"
case, two supreme court jus-
tices clarified that isolated
wetlands are under federal
jurisdiction if they have a
connection to the ecosystem
of a federal water body.
Mosaic doesn't believe the
Rapanos decision would
require the, federal regula-
tion of isolated wetlands on
the Mosaic site, Townsend
said.
He pointed out that
Mosaic has applied for the
U.S. agency's permission to
impact 511 acres but has
applied to the DEP to impact
751 acres of wetlands on the
South Fort Meade site. So, all
the wetlands on the site will
either be preserved or


replaced, he said.
Cooper recalled the
Environmental Impact
Statement he helped con-
duct for the Air Force's plan
to make Mountain Home
AFB in Idaho a training hub.
As a result of that study, the
Air Force developed a plan
that protected wilderness
areas while accomplishing
the Air Force's goals, he said.
A similar study on phos-
phate mining also could
result in a "reasonable plan"
for phosphate mining,
Cooper said.
He suggested such a plan
may call for greater setbacks
and protections for wetlands
and streams, but still allow
mining to occur on a major-
ity of the site.

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SET TO OPEN by the end of August, The restorations are just the beginning of a corn-
Corner Cafe will offer a historic, family-cen- plete overhaul for the building, said Joyner,
tered atmosphere, as well as homestyle cui- who also owns Innovative Building, Inc. -
sine, owner Jacob Joyner and manager (Staff photos by Jennifer Starling)
Daphne Bledsoe said. The restaurant's

Order Up: Corner Cafe Cooks Up
Homestyle Food, Homestyle Feel


By JENNIFER STARLING
Staff Writer
Bartow residents and visi-
tors will soon have' some
new cuisine to choose from
on Main Street.
The Corner Caf6 is set to
open by the end of this
month at 195 East Main,
manager Daphne Bledsoe of
Winter Haven said.
Former home of the
Shady Oaks and County Seat
restaurants, the building
appealed to its new owner,
Bartow resident Jacob
Joyner, who'S:made his living
renovating historic build-
ings. He's excited about the
chance to restore one in his
own hometown, he said.
Joyner comes from a long
line of Bartowans, tracing
back to one of the town's
founders, Readding Blount.
He is the son of Jennifer
Blount Joyner and Gary
Joyner of Bartow, and the
grandson of Bill and Nell
Blount.
And it's that kind of feel-
ing Joyner hopes to bring to
his restaurant.
"We wanted to bring back
the old feel," he said. "We're
trying to get the family-cen-
tered atmosphere back."
With the help of Mrs.
Bledsoe and others, Joyner
has been successful in his
task, giving the restaurant an
upscale vintage air. The car-
pentry work has a rustic fin-
ish: old windows and doors
have been uncovered; a bar,
ceiling fans, and vintage
ceramic sink added; and
new, dim light fixtures pro-
vide a warm and cozy envi-


ronment.
Patrons should also feel at
home with the homestyle
menu offering various
omelettes, sandwiches, bis-
cuits and gravy, and more for
breakfast, as well as soups,
sandwiches, grilled foods
such as steak and pork
chops, and other items at
lunch. The lunch menu also
offers Lettuce Lovers, Light
Lunch, and Kids Menu sec-
tions, along with desserts.
"We don't want the food
to be just good, we want it to
be great," Ms. Bledsoe said.


"We want people to be satis-
fied when they come here."
The restaurant also may
provide a potato bar, and
they are working on getting a
license to offer beer and
wine during Bartow's
monthly Friday Fest, she
said.
Restaurant hours will be
5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and 6 to 11
a.m. Saturday. Delivery and
pick-up orders will be
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A Business-Community (ABC) School Program =
Encourages business to partner with the school
district to house a public school at the business
site. The school will offer instruction from grades
K-3 for the children of employees at the site. The
business will provide the facility space for the
school and the school district will provide the
teachers, curriculum, textbooks and other
materials.

If your business is interested in submitting a
proposal for this program or to find out about
further partnership opportunities, please contact
Carolyn Finch by calling 5 16.3 I.
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GEORGE DUNLAP (right) accepts a plaque from City
Commissioner James F. Clements, chairman of the Bartow
Municipal Airport Authority, recognizing his service as
airport attorney from 1971 until his resignation a couple
of months ago. He served as city attorney for the same
period. - (Staff photo)


Time To Enroll At Gause


Gause Riverside Academy
is continuing to enroll new
students for third and fourth
grade at this time.
Lead Teacher Geralyn
Carr said parents can stop by
the school office to pick up
registration forms.
The school accepts well
behaved, but academically
struggling students and is
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WHEN NOT zipping around in his trade- has moved from it's car lot to an Internet-
mark classic blue Chevy, Tim Murphy and based auto brokerage. They have a real
his son, Mitch, are zipping around cyber- office located at 1650 North Park Avenue. -
space to find the best deals. Murphy Motors (Staff photo)

Murphy Chevrolet Still


Around - In Cyberspace


Murphy Chevrolet is still
around.
It's moved from a car lot
to cyberspace.
The dealership founded
by the late William P Murphy
in 1962 as a relatively small
car lot with a mobile office
building, located where Sun
Bank is today, has evolved
into an Internet-based auto
brokerage operated by one
of Murphy's grandchildren.
Murphy established the
dealership on Main Street
between Carpenter Avenue
and Floral Avenue with a ser-
vice department in what is
now a state .agency office
building across Carpenter
from the auto lot.
Associated in the business
with him were his wife, Jean,
sons, Tim, Colin and Pete,
and daughter, Colleen.
"Six members of the fami-
ly, and we all lived under the
same roof," Tim Murphy
recalls.
In 1975, the growing busi-
ness bought property on
Main Street at County Road
555, and opened a larger
dealership in 1975.

Roundtable
Planned
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2020 Roundtable Series will
meet Wednesday, Sept. 12,
from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The series will meet at
Citrus & Chemical Bank, 600
N. Broadway Avenue,
-Bartow.
Speaker will be William E.
, Grob, associate, Ford &
Harrison LLP, in Tampa.


After selling that business
- now known as Bartow
Chevrolet - in 1988, Tim
Murphy, with his son, Mitch,
and brother, Colin, opened
Murphy Motors, a "buy here,
pay here" used car lot on
North Broadway just north
of Community National
Bank, which owns the prop-
erty.
The "buy here, pay here"
lots generally appeal to pur-
chasers with limited income,
and with the rising prices of
both gasoline and auto
insurance, even that option
is tough on low-income pur-
chasers, he said.
On June 1, Tim Murphy
closed the car lot and estab-
lished Murphy Auto Brokers,
which operates from an
office at 1650 North Park
Avenue, across the street
behind Mike's Restaurant.
Operated primarily by
Mitch Murphy, the broker-
age finds cars - mostly used
vehicles - to meet the spec-
ifications of the purchasers.
Given such information
as the make and model and
the price the purchaser is
willing to pay, Murphy
searches the Internet .for
vehicles posted by dealers,


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private owners, and auc-
tions, then checks to be sure
the vehicle is in good work-
ing condition before offering
it to the purchaser.
Murphy negotiates a sale
price for the purchaser.
Buyers usually arrange their
own financing.
The brokerage has pur-
chased vehicles from as far
away as Minnesota.
"You have to know what
you're doing," Tim, Murphy
said.
"You save time and
money."
For more information,
call 533-3228, or e-mail
tmurphy622@aol.com.
The brokerage is develop-
ing a web site.


Dawson Elected To

Bar Hall Of Fame


Warren Hope Dawson, a
veteran trial lawyer from
Tampa who is originally
from Mulberry, was induct-
ed into the National Bar
Association Hall of Fame.
The induction will took
place at the association's
82nd annual meeting in
Atlanta on Aug. 3.
Dawson, in his more than
40 years as a lawyer, has
earned recognition as a civil
rights lawyer, a community
advocate, and a leader in the
organized bar.
Prominent among his
contributions is his service
as counsel in Manning v. the
School Board of
Hillsborough County, one of
America's largest school
desegregation cases.
Dawson is a graduate of
Florida A&M University and
received his law degree at
Howard University.
He is the son of Japhus
Lloyd Dawson and Naomi

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Sports


Fort Meade Pop Warner Football Kissimmee River Navigation
Accepting Registrations Lock To be Closed For Repairs


Registration for Pop
Warner Football and
Cheerleading will continue
at Peaceful Believers
Church, 610 South
Charleston Ave., Fort
Meade, through Aug. 25 or
until teams are filled.
Parents can sign up their
children on Mondays and
Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. and on Wednesdays
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Practice is presently
being held at the baseball
complex on N.E. Ninth
Street, Mondays, Tuesdays,
and Thursdays, at 6 p.m.
and parents can continue to


register until the teams are
filled.
Parents need to bring
child's birth certificate and
final report card. Also
requested is a photo of the
child made within the last
two years.
The Pop Warner program
offers football and cheer-
leaders for ages eight to 15,
with weight limits applying
for tackle football partici-
pants. Flag football teams
are filled.
For, more information,
call Paul Schaill at 285-8936
or Dessie Combs at 245-
9644.


Students Urged to Use Caution
On Way to and from School


Parents are buying new
clothes and school supplies,
and children are getting
ready to return to school for
another year.
The American Red Cross
wants those students arrive
and return safely. While
many parents drive their
children to and from school,
25 million students ride
school buses.
A few simple safety tips
can avoid injury when rid-
ing on or getting on or off
the bus.
* Line up facing the
school bus door - not along
the side of the school bus.
* Don't play in the street
while waiting for the school
bus.
* Carry your belongings
in a backpack or book bag.
* Never reach under a
school bus to get anything
that has rolled or fallen
underneath.
* After getting off the
school bus, move immedi-
ately onto the sidewalk, out
of traffic.
* Wait for a signal from
the bus driver before you
cross the street. Walk at least
10 steps away from the front
of the bus so that the bus
driver can see you.
* Never cross the street
behind the school bus.
Other students who live
near their schools may walk
or ride bicycles to school.
While pedestrians can avoid
injury by using sidewalks;
crossing only when it is clear
at intersections, or when
permitted by a traffic signal,
bicyclists need to take extra
caution when sharing the
roadway with motorized
vehicles.
Each year, approximately
500,000 people receive non-
fatal injuries while riding a
bicycle. Ninety percent of
bicyclists killed in 2000
reportedly were not wearing
helmets. Always wear an
approved helmet when
cycling.


The head or neck is the
most seriously injured part
of the body in most fatally
injured cyclists.
Children should wear a
helmet even if they are still
riding along the sidewalk on
training wheels. Some states
have helmet laws that apply
to young children, but bicy-
cle safety is important for
every person 'pedaling on
two wheels, even college
students.
* Many bicycle injuries
can be prevented by wear-
ing a helmet. Always wear a
correctly-fitting helmet
when riding. Even children
using tricycles or bikes with
training wheels should wear
helmets. Adults should also
wear helmets at all times,
including when riding with
children. The Bicycle
Helmet Safety Institute
(www.bhsi.org/webdocs/fit.
htm) has more information
on how to fit a helmet.
* Be sure that helmets
meet standards set by the
Consumer Product Safety
C o m m i s s i o n
(www.cpsc.gov) the Snell
Memorial Foundation
(www.smf.org) or the
American Society for Testing
and Materials
(www.astm.org). Look for a
label or a sticker on the box
or inside the helmet indicat-
ing that it meets the above
standards.
* Wear closed shoes when
riding a bike.
* Make sure your or your
child's bicycle has good
brakes, a front light and
effective reflecting material.
* Ride only in safe areas
and at safe times.
* Make sure bikes are the
correct size for the rider.
* Learn about bicycle eti-
quette, laws, and safe riding
practices and teach your
children about them.
Information is available
online at http://bicycle-
safe.com.


The South Florida Water
Management District
reports that the S-65C navi-
gation lock at Cornwell in
Highlands County will be
taken out of service begin-
ning Aug. 20.
The lock is being closed
for maintenance and
inspection of navigation
lock gates. The overhaul is
expected be complete by
Aug. 31.
,. During this maintenance,
it will be necessary to com-
pletely dewater the naviga-
tion lock, so boat traffic,
even in an emergency, can-
not be accommodated.
While the navigation lock
is out of service, boaters will
continue to have access to
the Kissimmee River from
several boat ramps that will
lead both into the restored
portion of the river north of


the S-65C navigation lock,
as well as into Pool D of the
river to the south.
These boat ramps
include:
Pool D
* Highlands County R.K.
Butler Memorial Park off of
C.R. 721 (Nine-Mile Grade)
* Dirt ramp on the west
side of S-65D access road
west of the DX structure
* Kissimmee River Shores
private ramp off of CR 721 in
Highlands County Restored
river
* Upstream of S-65C on
the west side of the access
road off of U.S. Hwy. 98
Boaters are asked to call
the Okeechobee Service
Center at 462-5260 or 1-800-
250-4200 with questions
and comments in the
absence of a locktender.


SEU Freshmen to Give Back to
Community with Service Project


Southeastern University
will be hosting its fourth
annual freshmen communi-
ty service project on
Saturday, Aug. 25.
This event will conclude
SEU's orientation events,
commonly known as the
'Super Seven. This event is
an opportunity for the new
students of Southeastern
University to serve the com-
munity of Lakeland by dis-
tributing $100,000 worth of
food and household prod-
ucts to underprivileged
families. Revitalization pro-
jects will also take place
around the city of Lakeland.
"We have over 800 fresh-
men coming in from all over
the globe," Matt Huett,
SEU's director of spiritual
formation, said.
"Each one of them is
bringing a unique value set
and history with them to
SEU. It is imperative that we
provide them with the right
events and activities to
instill in them that
Southeastern is a place of
great moral integrity, spiri-
tual fervor, and servant-
leadership."
SEU will be chartering
buses to send their newly
inducted freshman class to
community sites all over
Lakeland. There they will be
divided into three teams -
food distribution, revitaliza-
tion efforts, and supervisory
teams. The food products
will be supplied by
Compassion Alliance under
the direction of Robert
Houlihan and will be given
out from 9 to 11 a.m. on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
"As far as I know this will
be the single, largest com-
munity service event that
SEU's freshmen have under-
taken," said Bob
Schoenherr, director of stu-
dent development.


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* Wabash Cops Unit, 2128
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* Anchor House
Ministries, 3000 K-Ville Ave.,
Auburndale
* Talbot House, 814 North
Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
* Sonrise Assemblies of
God, 10th and Central,
Highland City
For more information or
to volunteer to help, call
Matt Huett at 667-5250.


Lakeland Sail & Power Squadron
To Teach Boating Courses


Lakeland Sail & Power
Squadron will be teaching
boat courses on Thursday
nights from 7 to 9 p.m.
A GPS seminar will be
offered on Sept. 13 for $15 at
West Marine, Winter Haven.
An eight-week squadron
boating course will run from
Sept. 20 to Nov. 8 for $45 at
the Winter Haven Nautical
Club, 695 Avenue K S.W


This course covers digital
charts, VHF radio, seaman-
ship, trailering, and more.
Participants will receive a
map-tech digital chart CD.
Seating is limited for all
classes.
For more information or:
to register, call Richard at
295-0788 or e-mail him at
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Polk Public Schools Departments
Win Professional Awards


The department of com-
munity relations of Polk
Public Schools received
received two first place 2007
Sunshine Medallion Awards
from the Sunshine State
School Public Relations
Association.
The department compet-
ed in the association's large
school district category and
won Medallion Awards for a
"zero tolerance" anti-expul-
sion poster campaign and
for the school district's
2005-06 community report.
The department received
a 2007 Gold Addy Award
from the Imperial Polk
Advertising Federation
(IPAF) for a poster series
designed for Teacher
Appreciation Week. The
department also won two
2007 Silver Addy Awards
from IPAE
The department also
received a judges award at


the 2007 Florida Public
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The Polk County Democrat 15A


Public Notices


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN
AND FOR POLK COUNTY
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company
as trustee under the Pooling and Servicing
Agreement dated as of December 1,
2005, GSAMP Trust 2005-WMC3
PLAINTIFF,
-vs-
Loida Dominguez Coral, individually and
as Personal Representative of Wilfredo
Coral A/K/A Coral Wilfredo, Deceased;
Jasmirra Hazel Coral; Gloria Hilaria Coral;
Wilfredo Elroy Coral; Aaron W. Noble;
Jennifer A. Noble; Mortgage Electronic
Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for
WMC Mortgage Corp.; Castle Credit
Corporation; UNKNOWN PARTIES IN
POSSESSION #1; UNKNOWN PARTIES
IN POSSESSION #2; IF LIVING, AND ALL
UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE
ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
DEFENDANTSS.
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-003372
Division#: 13
NOTICE OF ACTION
FORECLOSURE
PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY
TO: Wilfredo Elroy Coral, WHOSE RESI-
DENCE IS: 208 Valencia Drive,
Auburndale, FL 33823
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of the said
Defendants, if either has remarried and if
either or both of said Defendarits are
dead, their respective unknown heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors,
lienors, and trustees, and all other per-
sons claiming by, through, under or
against the named Defendant(s); and the
aforementioned named Defendant(s) and
such of the aforementioned unknown
Defendants and such of the aforemen-
tioned unknown Defendants as may be
infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui
juris.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action has been commenced to foreclose
a mortgage on the following real property,
lying and being and situated in POLK
County, Florida, more particularly
described as follows:
LOT 12, BLOCK 5 OF GROVE
ESTATES SECOND ADDITION,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
63, PAGE 18, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF POLK COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
More commonly known as 208
Valencia Drive, Auburndale, FL 33823.
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy of
your written defense, if any, upon
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, Attorneys for
Plaintiff, whose address is Woodland
Corporate Center, 10004 N. DALE
MABRY HIGHWAY, SUITE 112, TAMPA,
FL 33618, Tampa, FL 33614, within thirty
(30) days after the first publication of this
notice and file the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately there
after; otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 6t- day of August. 2007.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact the
Office of the Court Administrator, (863)
534-4488, within two (2) working days of
your receipt of this notice of hearing; if you
are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
(863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service
(800) 955-8770.
RICHARD M WEISS
Circuit and Counry Couns
By: /s Gwendolyn Barnett
Deputy Clerk
(Seal)
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2659

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10th
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC,
PLAINTIFF
VS.
ROBERT C. VOGEL; JONI B. VOGEL;
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEN-
DANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID
UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POS-
SESSION
DEFENDANTS()
CASE NO:
532007CA-1053-SEC 11
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated July 24. 2007 entered
in Civil Case No. 532007CA-1053-SEC 11
-of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial
Circuit in and for POLK County, BARTOW,
Florida, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at THE JURY LOUNGE,
'SECOND FLOOR at the POLK County
Courthouse located at 255 N Broadway
Ave. in Bartow, Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on the
23rd day of August. 2007 the following
described property as set forth in sail
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit:
THAT PART OF LOT 7 OF THE SUB-
DIVISION OF CODY LANDS ON
CROOKED LAKE ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF
THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGES 31 AND 32,-MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS TO WIT: START 40 FEET
SOUTH OF THE SOUTHEAST COR-
NER OF LOT 7 AND PROCEED
WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF
A VACATED 40 FOOT RIGHT OF
WAY A DISTANCE OF 450 FEET,
THIS FOR THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING; THENCE CONTINUE WEST A
DISTANCE OF 75 FEET; THENCE
NORTH A DISTANCE OF 123 FEET 6
INCHES TO THE SOUTH LINE OF A
50 FOOT ROAD; THENCE EAST A
DISTANCE OF 75 FEET, THENCE
SOUTH 123 FEET 6 INCHES TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
AND ALSO, THE RIGHT TO USE IN
COMMON WITH ALL PRESENT OF
FUTURE OWNERS OF THE LANDS
OR PARCELS THEREOF
DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN
DEED FROM DAVID B. HIGGINBOT-
TOM, ET AL TO THE WILLIAMS &
KAISER REALTY CORPORATION,
DATED FEBRUARY 24, 1957 AND
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 31, PUBLIC
RECORDS BOOK 31, PAGE 13,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF POLK
,COUNTY, FLORIDA, THAT CERTAIN
PARCEL OF LAND WHICH IS TO BE
USED AS A PRIVATE BEACH AND
BOAT LANDING WHICH SAID PAR-
CEL IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
BEGIN AT THE NORTHEAST COR-
NER OF LOT 10 OF THE SUBDIVI-
SION OF CODYS LANDS OF
CROOKED LAKE ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED


IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 31 AND 32
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, THENCE
RUN WEST ALONG THE NORTH
LINE OF LOT 10 AND EXTENSION
THEREOF TO THE POINT WHERE
SUCH LINE IS EXTENDED INTER-
SECTS WITH THE WATER'S EDGE
OF CROOKED LAKE, THE SAME
BEING A DISTANCE OF 1950 FEET
MORE OR LESS FROM SAID
NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 10;
THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG
THE MEANDERED LINE OF THE
SHORE OF CROOKED LAKE A DIS-
TANCE OF 270 FEET, FOR A POINT


OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTIN-
UE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE
MEANDERED LINE OF THE SHORE
OF CROOKED LAKE A DISTANCE
OF 75 FEET; THENCE NORTH 67"
EAST TO NORHTWESTERLY ON A
MEANDERED LINE OF THE SHORE
OF SAID COVE A DISTANCE OF 50
FEET, THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY
TO POINT OF BEGINNING.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale. if any. other than
the property owner as of the date of
the lis oendens, must file a claim with-
in 60 days after the sale.
All sales are to be held at the Jury
Lounge, Second floor, of the Polk
County Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is
possible from Broadway Avenue. In the
event any temporary change is neces-
sary, the Clerk will post a "Notice of
Change" at the sale location directing
the bidders to the temporary sale loca-
tion.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of.this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
Dated this 25th day of July.2007.
RICHARD M. WEISS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
Deputy Clerk
(CIRCUIT COURT SEAL)
Aug. 9, 12, 2007-2615
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
BANKUNITED, FSB,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ROBIN ANDREW CLARKE and ELIZA-
BETH ANNE CLARKE, husband, and
wife, if living and if deceased, any
unknown party who may claim as any
unknown party who may claim as heir,
devlsee, grantee, assignee, lienor,
creditor, trustee or other claimant by,
through under or against ROBIN
ANDREW CLARKE and ELIZABETH
ANNE CLARKE; FORD MOTOR CREDIT
CO.; JOHN DOE, MARY DOE AND/OR
ANY UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POS-
SESSION, AND ALL OTHERS WHOM IT
MAY CONCERN,
Defendants.
CASE NO.:
53-2007CA-001479-0000
SECTION 08
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order or Final Judgment of foreclo-
sure dated July 18, 2007,, and entered in
CASE NO.: 53-2007CA-001479-0000
Section 08, of the Circuit Court of the
Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Polk
County, Florida, wherein BankUnlted,
FSB, is Plaintiff and ROBIN ANDREW
CLARKE and ELIZABETH ANNE
CLARKE, husband and wife, is the
Defendant, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash AT THE SECOND
FLOOR, JURY LOUNGE, OF THE POLK
COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 255 NORTH
BROADWAY, BARTOW, FLORIDA
33830, AT 9:00 o'clock A.M., on the 22nd
day of August, 2007, the following
described property as set forth in said
Order or Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 310, REGAL PALMS AT HIGH-
LAND RESERVE PHASE 3,
ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 129, PAGES 24 AND
25, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Also known as: 1012 CALABRIA
AVENUE, DAVENPORT, FLORIDA
33897
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of the Polk County
Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is pos-
sible from Broadway Avenue. In the event
any temporary change is necessary, the
Clerk will post a "Notice of Change" at the
sale location directing the bidders to the
temporary sale location.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact the
Office of the Court Administrator, (863)
534-4690, within two (2) working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing or voice impaired, call (TDD) (863)
534-7777, or Florida Relay Service 711.
DATED this 19th day of July. 2007. at Polk
County, Florida.
RICHARD M. WEISS
Clerk, Circuit Court
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
As Deputy Clerk
(Seal)
Attorney for Plaintiff:
CAMNER, LIPSITZ, AND POLLER, P.A.
c/o Steven L. Beiley, Esquire
550 Biltmore Way, Suite 700
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
(305) 442-4994
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2597

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CITIBANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
FRED R. SHEROTSKI and WANDA R.
SHEROTSKI, et al.,
Defendants.
Case No.
53-2005CA-000420-0000-SEC 04
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure Including Award of Attorneys'
Fees and Costs dated December 18,
2006, entered in Case No. 53-2005CA-
000420-0000-SEC 04 of the Circuit Court
of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Polk
County, Florida, wherein CITIBANK, N.A.,
AS TRUSTEE is the Plaintiff and FRED R.
SHEROTSKI; MORTGAGE ELECTRON-
IC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.;
WANDA R. SHEROTSKI; JOHN DOE and
JANE DOE and UNKNOWN TENANTS
is/are Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash, at Jury Lounge,
Second Floor, Polk Courity Courthouse,
255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Polk
County, Florida in the City of Bartow,
Florida at 9:00 o'clock A.M., on Thursday,
the 23rd day of August. 2007., the follow-
ing described property, as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure
Including Award of Attorneys' Fees and
Costs, to wit:
Tract A, CEDAR RUN, according to
the map or plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 75, Page 50, of the Public
Records of Polk County, Florida.
All.sales are to be held at the Jury
Lounge, Second floor, of the Polk
County Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is
possible from Broadway Avenue. In the


event any temporary change is neces-
sary, the Clerk will post a "Notice of
Change" at the sale location directing
the bidders to the temporary sale loca-
tion.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
DATED this 24th day of July, 2007.
RICHARD M. WEISS, Clerk
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
Deputy Clerk


(Seal)
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2610
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE
STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION
HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC.,
Plaintiff
v.
DANIEL E. BREJCHA; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DANIEL E. BREJCHA;
KELLY SUE BOSSARD W.A.T.A. KELLY
SUE BOSSARD; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF KELLY SUE BOSSARD W.A.T.A.
KELLY SUE BOSSARD; HSBC MORT-
GAGE SERVICES, INC.; MORTGAGE
ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYS-
TEMS, INC.; and UNKNOWN OCCU-
PANTS, TENANTS, OWNERS, AND
OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, including,
if a named defendant is deceased, the
personal representatives, the surviving
spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, credi-
tors, and all other parties claiming by,
through, under or against that defendant,
and the several and respective unknown
assigns, successors in interest, trustees or
other persons claiming by, through, under
or against any corporation or other legal
entity named as a defendant, and all
claimants, persons or parties, natural or
corporate, or whose exact legal status is
unknown, claiming under any of the above
named or described defendants,
Defendantss.
CASE NO.:
2007-CA-001373
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
the Order or Final Judgment entered this
cause, in the Circuit Court of Polk County,
Florida, I will sell the property situated in
Polk County, Florida, described as:
LOT 4, JAN PHYL VILLAGE, UNIT #1,.
AS SHOWN BY MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN THE
OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN PLAT BOOK
36, PAGE 28 AND 29.
at public sale, to the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at the east end of the east
corridor, of the Polk County Courthouse,
255 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida
33830 at 9:00 A.M. on August 24. 2007.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH
THE CLERK OF COURT WITHIN 60
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of the Polk County
Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is pos-
sible from Broadway Avenue. In the event
any temporary change is necessary, the
Clerk will post a "Notice of Change" at the
sale location directing the bidders to the
temporary sale location.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
DATED this 24th day of July. 2007.
RICHARD M. WEISS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
Deputy Clerk
(Court Seal)
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2611

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ARNOLD CHRISTOPHER HENDRIKSEN
Deceased.
File No.
07 CP-1768
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
ARNOLD CHRISTOPHER HENDRIK-
SEN, deceased, whose date of death was
May 14th. 2006, is pending in the Circuit
Court for POLK County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is Post
Office Box 9000. Drawer CC-4. Bartow.
Florida 33831-9000. The names and
addresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is served must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is August 9. 2007.
Person Giving Notice:
Gary Paul Hendriksen
6 Links Close, Churston
Brixham, Devon TQS OJE, UK
LAW OFFICES OF J. KELLY KENNEDY
Attorneys for Personal Representative
198 1ST ST S
WINTER HAVEN, FL 33880-3004
Telephone: (863) 294-1114
Florida Bar No. 0375871
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2651


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVI-
SION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
FLORA A. WELLS
Deceased.
FILE NO.
DIVISION: Probate
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
(Testate)
The administration, of the estate of
Flora A. Wells, deceased, is pending in the
Circuit Court for POLK County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
Post Office Box 9000, Drawer CC-4,
Bartow, Florida 33831-9000. The estate is
testate and the date of the decedent's Will
and any Codicils are Last Will and
Testament dated February 21, 1990. The
names and addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal representa-
tive's attorney are set forth below.
Any interested on whom a copy of the
notice of administrative is served must
object to the validity of the will (or any cod-
icil), qualifications of the personal repre-
sentative, venue, or the jurisdiction of the
court, by filing petition or other pleading
requesting relief in accordance with the
Florida Probate Rules, WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THE NOTICE ON


THE OBJECTING PERSON, OR THOSE
OBJECTIONS ARE FOREVER BARRED.
Any person entitled to exempt property
is required to file a petition for determina-
tion of exempt property WITHIN THE
TIME PROVIDED BY LAW OR THE
RIGHT TO EXEMPT PROPERTY IS
DEEMED WAIVED. Any person entitled
share is required to file an election to take
elective share WITHIN THE TIME PRO-
VIDED BY LAW.
Personal Representative:
ELIZABETH WERNSING
3572 Tigereye Court
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Attorney for Personal Representative:


Eric J. Olson, Esquire
Attorney for Elizabeth Wernsing
Florida Bar No. 0426857
ERIC J. OLSON, P.A.
256 North Kentucky Avenue
Suite 102
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Telephone: (863) 688-3606
Fax: (863) 688-3502
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2646

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR POLK
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
FLORA A. WELLS,
Deceased.
File No.:
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Flora A. Wells, deceased, whose date of
death was October 30, 2006, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Polk County, Florida,
Probate Division. The address of which is
Drawer CC-4, Post Office Box 9000,
Bartow, Florida 33831-9000. The names
and addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons, who have claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice has been served a copy
of this notice must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons who have claims or
demands against the decedent's estate,
must file their claims with this court WITH-
IN 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) OR MORE
YEARS AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE IS: August 9, 2007.
Personal Representative:
Elizabeth Wernsing
3572 Tigereye Court
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Eric J. Olson, Esquire
Attorney for Elizabeth Wernsing
Florida Bar No. 0426857
ERIC J. OLSON, P.A.
256 North Kentucky Avenue
Suite 102
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Telephone: (863) 688-3606
Fax: (863) 688-3502
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2645

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX
DEED
Tax Deed Number 00417-2007
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that
7TH CALVARY CORP % J ISRAEL the
holder of the following certificate has filed
said certificates for a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year
of issuance, the description of the proper-
ty, and the names in which it was
assessed are as follows:
CERTIFICATE NO. YEARS OF
ISSUANCE
4652 December 18, 2001
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY:
TRACT 9 BEG 300 FT S & 370 FT E
OF NW COR OF NE 1/4 RUN ELY
APROX 1110 FT SWLY ALONG CURVE
TO LEFT 870 FT NWLY 940 FT TO BEG
PROPERTY ID NUMBER:
12-30-23-000000-013090
NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED:
ESTATE OF GENE FILARDO
Said property being in the County of
Polk, State of Florida.
Unless said certificate shall be
redeemed according to law the property
described in such certificate shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the courthouse on
the 16th day of August, 2007 at 255 North
Broadway Ave, Bartow FL 33830.
Dated this 3rd day of August, 2007
Signature: Richard M. Weiss
Clerk of Circuit Court of Polk County,
Florida
Property is sold subject to any addi-
tional outstanding taxes. The Clerk's
office recommends that you research any
additional taxes that may be due with the
Tax Collector's Office.
PUBLISH: Aug. 9, 2007
DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES
DUE FOR THE YEARS: 2006, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
BASE BID AMOUNT: $2,031.98
REDEMPTION AMOUNT: $2,038.23
WARNING!
THERE ARE UNPAID TAXES ON
THE PROPERTY WHICH YOU OWN,
HAVE A LEGAL INTEREST, OR MAY BE
CONTIGUOUS TO YOUR PROPERTY.
THE PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD AT
PUBLIC AUCTION ON August 16, 2007
UNLESS THE BACK TAXES ARE PAID.
TO MAKE PAYMENT OR RECEIVE FUR-
THER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE
CLERK OF COURT AT P.O. BOX 9000.
DRAWER CC-8, BARTOW, FL 33831-
9000 OR BY PHONE AT (863) 534-4528.
Note: When redeeming property
please be advised that payments must be
tendered to the Tax Collector's Office.
PLEASE REMIT A MONEY ORDER OR
CASHIER'S CHECK FOR TOTAL
AMOUNT TO BE REDEEMED. MAKE
PAYABLE TO: Tax Collector, Polk County
Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2007-2642

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE
DIVISION
IN RE:
ESTATE OF FRANK R. KENNEY,
DECEASED.
FILE NO.
0ZGP-182Z
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
FRANK R. KENNEY, deceased, whose
date of death was June 28, 2007 and
whose Social Security Number is 007-16-
3379, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Polk County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is P. O. Box 9000,
Drawer CC-4, Bartow, Florida 33831. The
names and addresses of the Personal
representative and the Personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice is
served must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
'All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 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
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is August 9. 2007.
Neil Frank Kenney
P.O. Box 335
Andover, CT 06232
ROBERT C. NETTLETON
Florida Bar No. 058429
P. O. Box 277
Haines City, FL 33845-0277


Telephone: (863) 422-6484
Attorney for Personal Representative
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2655
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN
AND FOR POLK COUNTY
U.S. BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE
REGISTERED HOLDERS OF ASSET
BACKED SECURITIES CORPORATION
HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2004-HE8,
ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CER-
TIFICATES, SERIES 2004-HE8,
PLAINTIFF,
-vs-
DUCIE MAE SPENCE A/K/A DULCIE M.
BUCKMASTER; VIAN MICHAEL
SPENCE; TANGERINE TRAIL HOME-
OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
DEFENDANTS.
CASE# 2006CA-0001596
AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale
dated July 24. 2007, entered in Civil Case
No. 2006CA-0001596 of the Circuit Court
of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for
POLK County, Florida, wherein U.S.
BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE
REGISTERED HOLDERS OF ASSET
BACKED SECURITIES CORPORATION
HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2004-HE8,
ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CER-
TIFICATES, SERIES 2004-HE8, Plaintiff
and DUCIE MAE SPENCE A/K/A DULCIE
M. BUCKMASTER are defendantss, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash, AT THE JURY LOUNGE, SECOND
FLOOR, POLK COUNTY COURT-
HOUSE, 255 NORTH BROADWAY
AVENUE, BARTOW, FLORIDA, AT 9:00
AM, MAIN ENTRANCE IS ON CHURCH
STREET, NO ENTRY AVAILABLE ON
BROADWAY AVENUE. August 22. 2007,
the following described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 155, TANGERINE TRAILS UNIT
NUMBER 3, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 92, PAGE 12, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF POLK COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SAIE.
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of Polk County Courthouse
located at 255 North Broadway Avenue,
Bartow, Florida. Please note that the main
entrance is located on Church Street. No
entry is possible from Broadway Avenue.
In the event any temporary change of
location is necessary, the Clerk shall post
a "Notice of Change" at the sale location
directing the bidders to the temporary sale
location.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
DATED at BARTOW, Florida, this 27th day
of July. 2007.
RICHARD M. WEISS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
POLK County, Florida
By: /s/ Lori Armijo
Deputy Clerk
(Seal) '
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2620
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
JACK GRIFFIN, TRUSTEE OF COCOA
PROPERTIES DEFINED BENEFIT PEN-
SION PLAN,
Plaintiff,
VS
AZURE D. EDGEMAN, Unmarried;
UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS #1 & #2; and
SHADY HAMMOCK PROPERTY OWN-
ERS' ASSN.,
Defendants.
CASE NO:
05CA-4046
SECTION 4
Fla. Bar No. 185453
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Third Amended Summary Final
Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the
above-styled cause in the Circuit Court of
Polk County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty situated in Polk County, Florida
described as follows:
LOT 74, SHADY HAMMOCK, accord-
ing to the map or plat thereof as
recorded in Plat Book 86, Page 15,
Public Records of Polk County,
Florida.
a/k/a 4033 Hammock PI., Mulberry, FL
33860-8758
GEO# 233004-155202-000740
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SSALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS
AFTER THE SALE:
at Public Sale, to the highest and best bid-
der for cash except as set forth here-
inafter, on the 24th day of August, 2007, at
9:00 a.m., at the Jury Lounge, on the
Second Floor, Polk County Courthouse,
255 N Broadway, Bartow, FL 33830.
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of the Polk County
Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is pos-
sible from Broadway Avenue. In the event
any temporary change is necessary, the
Clerk will post a "Notice of Change" at the
sale location directing the bidders to the
temporary sale location.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact the
Office of the Court Administrator, (863)
534-4690, within two (2) working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
Ing or voice impaired, call (TDD) (863)
534-7777, or Florida Relay Service 711.
RICHARD WEISS
Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
As Deputy Clerk
(Seal)
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2608

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR


POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
HANCOCK BANK F/K/A GUARANTY
NATIONAL BANK OF TALLAHASSEE AS
ASSIGNEE OF DISOUTH DEVELOP-
MENT, L.C.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
VICTOR A. VILLAFANE-LOPEZ,
IVELISSE LAURENO-LEBRON, TROPI-
CANA RESORT CONDOMINIUM ASSO-
CIATION, INC. AND THE POLK COUNTY,
FLORIDA TAX COLLECTOR,
Defendants.
CASE NO.
2006-CA-4876 SEC 4
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
Notice is hereby given that the under-
signed, Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk
County, Florida, will on the 24th day of
August, 2007, at 9:00 a.m., at the 255
North Broadway, 2nd Floor Jury Lounge of
the Polk County Courthouse, Bartow,
Florida, offer for sale and sell at public out-
cry, one by one, to the highest bidder for
cash, the property located in Polk County,
Florida, as follows:
Unit 200, Tropicana Resort, a
Condominium, according 'to the
Declaration of Condominium thereof,
as recorded in Official Records Book
4020, Page 0274, Public Records of
Polk County, Florida, together with an
undivided interest in the common ele-
ments thereto.
pursuant to the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure entered on July 20, 2007 in
the above-styled cause, pending in said
Court.
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of the Polk County
Courthouse located at 255 Nort
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located'on Church Street. No entry is pos-
sible from Broadway Avenue. In the event
any temporary change is necessary, the
Clerk will post a "Notice of Change" at the
sale location.directing the bidders to the
temporary sale location.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
RICHARD WEISS
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: /s/ Mary Thomas
Deputy Clerk
(Court Seal)
Aug. 9, 16, 2007-2605

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
FREMONT INVESTMENT & LOAN,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ROBERT RHODES JR.; FAITH RHODES;
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUS-
ES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT #1 IN POSSESSION OF THE SUB-
JECT PROPERTY; UNKNOWN TENANT
#2 IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY,
Defendants.
CASE NO.
53-2007-CA-0992-WH SEC 4
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
July 20. 2007, and entered in Case No.
53-2007-CA-0992-WH SEC 4, of the
Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Polk County, Florida, wherein
FREMONT INVESTMENT & LOAN, is a
Plaintiff, and ROBERT RHODES, JR,
FAITH RHODES; UNKNOWN TENANT
#1 IN POSSESSION OF SUBJECT
PROPERTY N/K/A KRYSTA WARD, are
the Defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the Jury
Lounge on the Second Floor of the Polk
County Courthouse, 255 N. Broadway,
Bartow, Fl, at 09:00 AM on August 24.
2007, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 4 UNRECORDED LAKE PARK-
ER ESTATES: BEGIN AT THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE
SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTH-
EAST 1/4 OF SECTION 9, TOWN-
SHIP 28 SOUTH, RANGE 24 EAST,
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN
THENCE NORTH 89'57'00" WEST
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID
SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTH-
EAST 1/4 A DISTANCE OF 1059.0
FEET, RUN THENCE NORTH A DIS-
TANCE OF 272.50 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING FOR THIS
DESCRIPTION, CONTINUE THENCE
NORTH A DISTANCE OF 85.0 FEET,
RUN THENCE 89'57'00" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 140.00 FEET, .TURN
THENCE SOUTH A DISTANCE OF
85.00 FEET, RUN THENCE NORTH
89"57'00" WEST A DISTANCE OF
140.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. ATTACHED HERETO
AND MADE A PART HEREOF AS IF
FULLY SET FORTH HEREIN.
A/K/A 1421 LESLIE DR, LAKE-
LAND, FL 33801.
All sales are to be held at the Jury Lounge,
Second floor, of the Polk County
Courthouse located at 255 North
Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please note that the main entrance is
located on Church Street. No entry is pos-
sible from Broadway Avenue. In the event
any temporary change is necessary, the
Clerk will post a "Notice of Change" at the
sale location directing the bidders to the
temporary sale location.
If you are a person with disabilities who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled
at no cost to you, to the provision of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the Office
of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-
4690, within two (2) working days of your
receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777
or Florida Relay Services 711.
Dated this 23rd day of July, 2007.
RICHARD M. WEISS
As Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Lori Armijo
As Deputy Clerk
(Seal)
Aug. 9, 16,2007-2604


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July was hot as could be, and Darcy Krueger took full
advantage of the Friday Fest water slide. The event will be
held this Friday.


Dancing the night away, David Coffey and
Lisa Sharp of the Junior Service League
(famous for the Friday Fest Shrimp and Grits)
allowed the rhythm to get them out on the
dance floor.


Colby Trudeau holds his new penguin friend. The balloon
artist at Friday Fest offers an array of pop-able creations.


With music from a variety of instruments, including a vest frottoir played by volunteer
Amber Locke, the Porch Dogs kept the night filled with their unique blend of Cajun and
more traditional music.


Photo~o b Pegga y Kthot
and Dawn Wadt


Friday Fest is held the third Friday of each-month in Downtown Bartow. Every month a
different business sponsors the event, and sponsorships are available for upcoming events.
For information, call 519-0508.


Dixie Youth AAA All Stars (ages 9 and 10), who won the state title and played in the World
Series, were the honored guests during July's Friday Fest.


Friday, July 20th
6:00-9:00 pm
Downtown Bartow


Presented By Main Street Bartow, Community Redevelopment Agency,
The City of Bartow & The Polk County Democrat


August 16,2007




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