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Bartow, Florida 33830

Three Sections,

February 27, 2008

Copyright 2008 Sun Coast Media Group., Inc.

Developers Join City

In Fighting Garbage

Landfill in Bartow




: .. Spring is in the air at
the Polk County Youth
Fair (top). In addition to
flowers and crafts, the
Fair features animals,
plants, baked goods,
jams, and a host of other
projects from children in
Polk County.
'.: Crystal Meadows (left)
,places items for her table
setting exhibit. She was
one of several girls wait-
ing to be judged Monday
evening at the Youth Fair.
Staff photos by Dawn


Concept Put on Hold

Some developers who
own property on 'E.E
Griffin Road have joined
in the city's effort to block
plans for a garbage land-
fill within the Bartow city
limits, City Atty. Sean
Parker told the city com-
The city is fighting a
federal court lawsuit and
a Florida Dept. of
Protection order to allow
the dump to be estab-
lished at the Cedar .Trail
Landfill, which presely
allows only construction
and demolition materials.
Owner of the landfill
allege that a settlement of
previous federal litigation
over the site bars only
"household garbage," and
implicitly allows "com-
mercial garbage."
Parker told the com-
mission that several devel-
opers who are building
subdivisions on E.E
Griffin Road, north of the
Cedar Trail property, have
joined the city in fighting
the plans for a garbage

In other action, the
*Authorized City Nlgr.
George Long to sell the
Bartow Municipal Airport
water tower. Long said the
city has received several
expressions of interest in
the structure.
Gave conceptual
approval for construction
of a West Bartow sewer
force main, which will
serve several planned resi-
dential and commercial
developments on the west
side of Bartow.
Recognized in
absentia Michael J.
Marchman and Drew B.
Guffey -for the 12 years
that each served on the
zoning board.
Postponed action on a
proposed agreement
between the city and
Southern Holdings on
purchase from the city of a
parcel of land on
Woodlawn Avenue.
Noted complaints
from Gerald Cochrat'
about allegations of poor
maintenance at Mary
Holland Park.

Noted Commissioner
Pat Huff's election as vice-
chairman of the Polk
County Transportation
Planning Organization.
Reappointed Gloria
McCoy, Julie Clark, and
Margaret Thompson to
the Historic Architecture
Review Board, and Alvin
Smith to the Bartow
Housing Authority.
Approved an agree-
ment with the Polk Coun ty
School Board and the Polk
County Commission
requiring that adequate
school facilities be made a
factor in land use deci-
Passed on final read-
ing two related ordinances
allowing a commercial
office at 515 North Hobart
Ave. to be converted to a
. Passed on first reading
an ordinance revising the
city employees' pension
fund, but asked for, a
report on details when the
ordinance comes up for
final passage on March 7.

Zoning-in-progress, a
device intended to put
new construction on hold,
has itself been put, on
At the recommendation
of City Atty. Sean Parker,
the zoning board voted
Monday night to table a
proposed Z-I-P ordinance.
Monday was the third
time in three months that
the ordinance was sched-
uled for a public hearing.
It had been deferred at the
board's December and
January meetings.

Less than five minutes
after two new members
were installed on Bartow's,
zoning board, members
split 3-to-2 on election of
a new chairman.
With 12-year members
Michael J. Marchman,
who served as chairman
for a number of his years,
on the board, and Drew
Guffey, who was vice
chairman, both going off
the board at the same
time, there was no vice
chairman to ascend to the
With City Atty. Sean

Z-I-P is similar to a
building moratorium, but
is a less severe limitation
on development, and usu-
ally is imposed for a short-
er period of time.
Parker said that when a
city makes a Z-I-P declara-
tion, it says that certain
elements of the city's zon-
ing code are under review,
putting builders on notice
that changes are coming.
"We weren't really sure
what categories we were
talking about," he said.
City officials have held

Parker chairing the first
few minutes of the meet-
ing, newly-appointed
members Cliff Daniels
and Corey Stutte took the
oath of office.
When Parker asked for
nominations for the chair-
manship, Gail Schreiber
nominated Susan Brewer,
and told Parker that his
nomination did not
require a second.
Moments later, Daniels
nominated Bo Raulerson.
Parker called for a roll
call vote, first for Mrs.
Brewer. She was defeated

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the first in a planned
series of forums to solicit
public input on how the
city's development code
should be changed, Parker
The time to consider a
Z-I-P ordinance is after
ideas are developed, he
The slowdown in resi-
dential construction has
reduced the need for Z-I-P,
he said, adding, "Things
aren't as rampant in the
building world."

3-to-2, with Schreiber and
Mrs. Brewer voting for her.
Parker then called for a
roll call vote on Raulerson,
and all five members
voted for him.
Raulerson has served
on the board longer than
any of the other members.
Raulerson then called
for nominations for vice
chairman. Stutte nomi-
nated Mrs. Brewer. When
there were no other nomi-
nations, Raulerson de-
clared her elected.

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A nvo-truck collision sent five people to Monday morning accident were not avail-
hospitals, including one who was airlifted able at pressrime. The two trucks crashed
by LifeNet (above), according to the at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1? and
Florida Highway Patrol. Details of the County Road 640 at Homeland. A witness
said at least, two of the
injured were men and two
were women. Bartow Fire
Department responded to
the scene, along with
LifeNet and Polk County
EMS. The accident hap-
pened shortly after 10:30
a.m. and blocked south-
bound traffic until the
helicopter took off, and
northbound traffic for a
while longer, while the
injured were transported
by ambulance. -- Photos
by Priscilla Perry (below)
and Peggy Kehoe

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Zoning Board Splits

On New Chairman

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February 27, ;.,,,

String Quartet Brings Music To Bartow

Bartow Performing Arts Series will
end its first season on Saturday,
March 8, with its presentation of the
Imperial Symphony Orchestra's (ISO)
String Quartet at the historic Bartow
Elementary Academy Auditorium.
The performance begins at 7:30
p.m. with the auditorium opening at
6:45 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15
per person and are available by call-
ing the Bartow Chamber of
Commerce at 533-7125.
The performance will feature the
works of Mozart and Beethoven as
well as other classics and popular
selections performed by four of the
ISO's string players including music
director and conductor, Maestro
Mark Thielen.
Thielen, a violinist, is a graduate pf
Florida State University.
Having just completed his 13th
year in Polk County schools (mostly
recently as the orchestra conductor
and instructor of theory at Harrison
Center for the Visual and Performing
Arts), Thielen is now assisting in the
development of a new orchestra pro-
gram at All Saints Academy in Winter
He also performs frequently
throughout the area as a chamber

musician and teaches summer
music camp at Florida Southern
College. His wife, Tracy, plays in the
viola section of the ISO.
Joining Theilen will be violinist
Arthur Pranno, the director of string
studies at Florida Southern College,
where he teaches violin and con-
ducts the Florida Southern College
Symphony Orchestra, as well as
courses in contemporary music his-
Pranno serves as associate con-
ductor and concertmaster of the
Imperial Symphony Orchestra in
Lakeland. His wife, Melanie Pranno,
is 'a flautist with the ISO.
Christine Collister, violist, is the
associate concertmaster as well as
the orchestra manager, personnel
manager and box .office manager of
the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Collister studied both violin
and viola performance at Ithaca
College in Ithaca, N.Y., under Linda
Case, Pamela Gearhart and Debra
She and her bassist husband,
Davis Collister, met in the Imperial
Symphony and were married in
January 2007. They both work
throughout Central Florida as free-

lance musicians.
In addition to sharing their love of
all styles of music and all things
"NPR," they are eagerly awaiting the
arrival of a baby boy'in early April.
Cellist Michael Sedloff received
his undergraduate and graduate
degrees from the Universities of
Wisconsin and Michigan, studying
with principal teachers Paul
Kosower and Jerome Jelinek.
An active teacher and performer
in the upper Midwest before coming
to Florida, Sedloff is in his 17th year
as a strings instructor for Polk
County Schools.
He serves on the adjunct faculty
of Florida Southern College, is prin-
cipal cellist with the Imperial
Symphony Orchestra, and performs
with various ensembles throughout
Michael's wife, Norma Vaillette,
plays violin in the orchestra.
Bartow Performing Arts Series is a
program of the Bartow Area
Chamber Foundation, Inc. and was
initiated to bring the performing
arts to the Bartow area.
For more information, contact
the Foundation at 533-7125.

Across the

Back Fence

Zavier Vincent Parker,
the son of Vince and Patti
Parker of Bartow, was born
in Lakeland on Dec. 7,
At birth, he weighed
four pounds and 14
ounces, and was 17 inch-
Little Zavier will join big
sister Zoie, and he is the
grandson of Larry and
Jannell Starling of Bartow
and Lee and Mickey Ervin
of Lakeland.

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Zoie and Zavier Parker

Cross Connection Yard Sale

Cross Connection
Church will hold a church-
wide garage sale Saturday,
March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. at 990 East Stuart St.,
The yard sale is- being'
run by the church's Relay

For Life team. All proceeds
will go to the American
Cancer Society.
. Bartow Relay For Life
will be held April 11-12, in
Bartow High School stadi-

Something Different
By Dana Jacobi for the
American Institute for Cancer Research

By Dana Jacobi
American Institute for
Cancer Research

As a city girl who went
away to summer camp, I
found campfires bewitch-
ing. On the weekly Friday
night cookout, heating
foods over the open fire
made me feel like a young
Even the simple act of
grilling a hot dog on a stick
seemed magical, starting
with the ritual of finding
the right branch. The per-
fect stick had to be green
enough not to burn,
strong enough to hold the
frankfurter, but slim
enough not to rip it apart.
Debates over whether to
spear the frank in the mid-
dle or push it lengthwise
onto the branch were
fruitless since the likeli-
hood of a partially cooked
hot dog falling into the fire
was high either way.
As I grew older, my fas-
cination with open-fire
cooking continued. As a
Girl Scout I earned a merit
badge for outdoor skills
that included campfire
The mikeys my troop
mates, and I made big
baking potatoes wrapped
in foil and buried to cook
in the fire's white-hot
ashes were divinely
But our most memo-
rable success was gypsy
stew: a combination of
ground beef, canned
tomato soup, frozen corn
and green beans, boiled
together in- a pot over the
I was recently reminded
of the dish- when doing
research for a book featur-
ing traditional
Mediterranean food.
Searching through old
cookbooks, I found
recipes for a Spanish dish
called Olla Gitana, which

translates roughly to
gypsy stew.
Traditionally cooked in
an iron or heavy earthen-
ware pot called an olla,
. there are many versions of
this dish.
They always includes a
picada, however a com-
bination of bread and
ground nuts, which
Spanish cooks use to
'thicken and enrich their

Gypsy Stew
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive
1 slice whole-wheat
sandwich bread
2 garlic cloves, sliced
10 almonds
1 cup chopped onion
2 tomatoes, seeded and
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground turmer-
3 cups reduced sodium
vegetable broth
2 cups chopped Swiss
1 cup frozen cut green
1 (15-ounce) can chick-
peas, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground
black pepper, to taste
In medium skillet, heat
oil over medium-high
heat. Add bread, garlic
and nuts and cook until
they all are golden on both
sides, turning as needed,
2-3 minutes. Transfer gar-
lic and nuts to a blender or
food processor.
Tear up bread and add.
Process until mixture is
finely ground, and set
In same pan, saute the
onions until golden, 8
minutes. Add tomatoes
and cook until they soften,
stirring occasionally, 5
minutes. Stir in paprika
and turmeric and set
In large saucepan,

bring the broth to a sim-
mer over medium-high
heat. Add chard, green
beans, chickpeas and
cook 10 minutes. Mix in
the two previously pre-
pared mixtures and sim-
mer, covered, for 5 min-
utes or until vegetables
are very tender.
Mix in vinegar and sea-
son to taste with salt and
pepper. Serve immediate-
Makes 5 servings.
Per serving: 210 calo-
ries, 9 g total fat (1 g satu-
rated fat), 25 g carbohy-
drate, 8 g protein, 6 g
dietary fiber, 470 mg sodi-

GIBBONS STREET Elemenatry was the winner of the January 2008 Litter Free
Campus award. Litter getters are (from left) front Breanna Tyson; middle: Jaymee
Bryant and Candace Garcia; back- Jocelyn Baptiste. (Photo provided)


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To everyone who attended our
Community Update that took
place on February 19th and
more specifically to the
Bartow Chamber of
and their volunteers for
their support!

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The Polk County Democrat 3A

February 27, 2008


First Baptist Church of Alturas
Holds Two-Day Homecoming

First Baptist Church of
Alturas will note its 54th
annual homecoming with
a two-day celebration on
March 8-9.
A gospel sing will be
held Saturday, March 8, at
7 p.m. The sing will feature
Southern gospel singing
group, the Floridians,
based out of Kissimmee.
Services on Sunday,
March 9, will begin with

Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
and morning worship at 11
a.m. Guest speaker will be
Rev. Mike Briggs of Winter
Haven. Dinner will be held
on the grounds at noon.
Afternoon services will
include short messages
from former pastors and
members with special
music and congregational

Apologetic Seminar for Youth
At Calvary Baptist Church

Ridge Baptist
Association will hold a very
special seminar for youth
featuring Alison Thomas of
Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries
today at 6 p.m. at Calvary
Baptist Church in Winter
Ms. Thomas is an apolo-
gist and will be talking to
youth about how to defend
the Christian faith.
"While the seminar is
being held at Calvary
Baptist Church it is open to
all who are seeking to learn
more about the truth of the
gospel, regardless of
church affiliation," Steve
Straub, Calvary Baptist's
minister to students, said.
There is no charge to
Alison Thomas..travels
within the U.S. and around
the world to defend the
beauty and credibility of
the gospel. Her conversa-
tional style couples theolo-
gy and philosophy to equip
the believer and engage
the skeptic.
She speaks mainly to
students and young pro-
fessionals at churches,

schools, retreats, and con-
ferences. Thomas has spo-
ken at a wide variety of
apologetics events hosted
by venues as diverse as
Focus on the Family in
Colorado, Calvary Chapel
of Fort Lauderdale, RZIM
in Indonesia, and the
Oxford Inter-Collegiate
Christian Union in the U.K.
Along with speaking and
writing articles, Thomas is
also currently working on
an apologetics book for
Thomas was born and
raised in Fort Lauderdale,
and obtained her under-
graduate degree in litera-
ture from the University of
Florida. She received her
master's degree in classical
apologetics from Southern
Evangelical Seminary in
Charlotte, N.C., where she
was mentored by Dr.
Norman Geisler.
Calvary Baptist Church
is located at 2101 Overlook
For more information
on the seminar call the
church at 324-4262, or the
Ridge Baptist Association
at 299-7875.

UMC Women Praise Temple
To Hold Second Hosts Garage

Annual 'Day
Apart' March 1

"A Day Apart To Keep
the Pieces in One Peace" is
the 'United Methodist
Women's theme for the
second annual "A Day
Apart" for the women of
Fort Meade and surround-
ing communities on
Saturday, March 1, at First
United Methodist Church
of Fort Meade from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
There will be a time of
worship, singing, as well as
a carry-in salad to share.
Special keynote speaker
will be Winona Huffiston,
who, along with her hus-
band Richard, had the pas-
torate at First United
Methodist Church in Fort
Meade from 2003-2005.
For more information,
you may contact the
church office at 285-9059,
Katheryn Reeves at 285-
9031 or Pat Vancil at 285-

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Sale, Fish Fry
Praise Temple will host
a garage sale and fish fry
on Saturday, March 1,
from 7 a.m. to noon at
1010 Britts Lane, Bartow.
The sale will feature
household items, tools,
and children's clothes.
For more information,
call Henry Mosley at 259-


Among the many tradi-
tions and rituals observed
around the world, one
holds a special place with
the Gracious Mistress of a
Parsonage and Yours Truly.
Since I am accused of
breaking everything in our
house, I guess it will not
hurt if I break the silence
on this one.
The one great ritual we
practice religiously at our
house is dinner. Other
things and activities in our
society have replaced. din-
ner today and few families
actually eat dinner at
home on anything like a
regular basis.
Nothing is more sacred
to my wife and me than
religiously observing the
daily ritual of dinner. I
know some people are
very careless about their
dinner. Rarely do they give
much thought to the reli-
gious implications of.din-
ner, which may be one rea-
son our country is in such
a moral decline. Little
chance this will happen at
our house.
In our humble domicile,
we delight in celebrating
this daily festival with all
the delicious rituals that
go along with it. Woe be
unto the uninvited intrud-
er. Yet, certain unscrupu-
lous people have injected
themselves into this holy
shrine of ours.
This is not been too
much of a problem until
recently. It started rather
slowly, and then quickly
developed into a phone-
ringing marathon. If the
phone rings at dinnertime,
it had better be a life or
death situation or it just
might end that way.


533-4183 or
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on winning the
Polk County High School
S Academic Tournament!!

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Usually, the phone ring-
ing begins when we sit
down for the evening din-
ner ritual. No sooner do I
begin to take the first bite
when the intrusions begin.
It all came to a head last
Thursday. We had just sat
down when the telephone
rang. I got up to answer it.
"Hello," I reverently
whispered into the tele-
phone, careful not to break
the religious euphoria of
the moment.
"Hello Mr. Snyder," a
very cheery voice said.
"How are you today?"
For the life of me, I could
not place the voice. I
looked at the phone ID to
see who was calling and it
only said "Private." It was
somebody who knew me
and was expecting me to
know them. I hate situa-
tions like this.
I know my old "memory-
machine" has not been
running on all eight cylin-
ders for years, but it is real-
ly embarrassing to forget
someone's name. I usually
can remember a face, but I
can never put a name to
that face.
I can put a name to a
face all right, just not the
right name.. People are
rather funny about these
things. They want their
name to go with their face.
Just between you and
me, if I had some people's
face, I would not want to
put my name to it.
I could only assume this
was a person who knew me
very well and that I knew
them as well. So I began
telling them how I was
doing and listening for any
clues that might trigger the
old memory cells in dis-
closing the identity of the
person at the other end of

the phone.
I'm looking forward to
the time when all phones
are wired for video so that
you can see who you are
talking to.
When I caught my
breath, the person at the
other end of the line
jumped into the conversa-
"Mr. Snyder, I would like
to talk to you about some-
thing rather important."
With this clue, I knew it
was no friend of mine. No
friend of mine has any-
thing that important to say
to me that they would
interrupt my dinner ritual.
All my friends (both of
them) know not to call me
at dinnertime. I do not call
them when they-are watch-
ing their soaps, and they do
not call me when I am eat-
ing my dinner. It is a rule
between friends.
At this time of day, what
could be more important
than observing my daily
dinner ritual?
"Mr. Snyder, I would like
to tell you about..."
Then she mentioned
some politician who was
running for president of
the United States. She pro-
ceeded also to tell me how
much this particular politi-
cian understood my prob-
lems. Furthermore, she
assured me that this partic-
ular politician would do
everything possible to
solve my problems.
"Mr. Snyder, you can
count on [politician's
name], can he count on
you come Election Day?"
"How will your politi-
cian solve the problem
with my evening dinner rit-
ual?" I said rather sarcasti-
"Say what?" A very con-

fused voice said.
"The problem with my
evening dinner ritual," I
said with a little more
emphasis than normal.
"What's the problem
with your evening dinner?"
a confused voice asked.
"Being interrupted by
people with nothing better
to do than tell me about
some politician I've never
heard of before."
The click at the other
end of the- phone line
released me from the
drudgery of listening to
political-pitter-patter so I
could resume my sacred
ritual of eating my dinner.
Fortunately, God is not
like some political telemar-
keter trying to sell a bill of
goods about someone you
do not know very much
about. Patiently, he is seek-
ing our attention.
The Bible says, "Behold,
I stand at the door and
knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I
will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he
with me." (Revelation 3: 20
God never intrudes, but
invites you to allow Him to
come into your life and
make all the difference in
the world.

Rev. James L. Snyder is
pastor of the Family of God
Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road,
Ocala, FL 34472. He lives
with his wife, Martha, in
Silver Springs Shores, and
may be contacted by phone
at 352-687-4240, or e-mail The
church website is

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For the 37th Annual Ba: N

Bloomin' Arts Festival \
As %%e begin to approach our springtume in Banrto. we \kill be celebrating our 37th
year for the annual Bloonmin Arts FesM a] in Dow\\ntow n Barto\w. The t\wo-day event
will be held on Salurday and Sunday. March 8th and 91h.2008.

Thki e\ent is one of tie largest in Bar-tow w ith thousands of people in attendance.
There \% ill be eno\ i)ment flo all aoges including. Entertainment. food concessions, plus ) nmoie We hope everyone \\ ill come enjo\ this special time.
Plnning an e\ent of ti's magnitude requires main hours of volunteerr \ork plus
financial stuppol ttom ithe conmmuinit\ This support not onl5 pro\ ides awards for the
artist. it .do promote, an t ,ithiti die community. At this ime. we wouldd like to ask ,
for \NOit iiippoil elithel though a gift certificate or a donation. A gift certificate '"
all,%'.s ,01ou to pick out A piece of artwork during the sho\\ This can make a \erx nice
git foil a. trend o.i Io\ ed one
If \ou ish to participate w ith either a donation or gift certificate, simply fill out the .
appiopi .ate loiim located below\ Ple:ise make all checks payable to Barto Bloomin
At: Fesii \il. P.O Box 632. Banjto.. FL 33831 or bring to Linda Holcomb at
The B.t ito\. Chamber of Commerce

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Name Phone
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4A The Polk County Democrat

February 27, 2008


Third Party Candidates Have Their Place

Third party candidates for the
presidency are a novelty.
Nobody but the candidates
themselves believe that they have
a prayer of being elected, and
often even the candidates them-
selves realize that their candida-
cies are only symbolic.
But they have their place in the
political process.
Ralph Nader announced on
Sunday's "Meet the Press" show
that he will make his fourth run
for president as a third-party can-
In 2000, he ran as the candidate
of the Green Party, and received
more than 97,000 votes in Florida.
His announcement on Meet the
Press drew great umbrage from

host Tim Russert, who made no
attempt to hide his left wing bias.
He told Nader that because of
his showing in Florida in 2000 a
showing that was widely believed
to have pulled enough votes from
Al Gore to cost him Florida's elec-
toral votes in the infamous Flori-
Duh vote count Nader is
responsible for everything that
has gone wrong in the country
under the Bush administration.
To which Nader shot back (and
we paraphrase), "How about Bush
and the voters and the
Democratic majority in
Point brilliantly made.
Russert's implication that third
party candidates are spoilers who

don't deserve the right to run for
office is an insult to the democra-
tic process.
It suggests that voters don't
deserve the right to vote for them.
People who vote for third party
candidates are casting an
emphatic vote for "none of the
above." They have the right to be
heard, to support Nader's posi-
tion that there's really no differ-
ence between the two major par-
The positions of the two parties
are clearly defined, as they should
be. The Democratic Party
embraces the liberal philosophy
of government and the
Republican Party embraces the
conservative philosophy.

Neither has sole grasp of Final
To suggest that there is no merit
in the beliefs of those on the other
side of the political spectrum is
political bigotry.
But to say the parties or their
likely nominees for President -
don't offer a contrast in
approaches to government is
Nonetheless, third party candi-
dates offer disenchanted voters
the option of saying "No!" to the
major party nominees. People
who vote for them do not waste
their votes.
The only people who waste
their votes are those who don't
bother to cast them.


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Five decades or more
ago, my parents and I had
no idea that we had a
front row seat for the start
of a new era in the history
of the Americas.
It was, if memory
serves, in the mid to late
1950s that we visited
Cuba, taking the ferry
from Key West.
The first sign that
something was amiss was
at customs, where agents
tried to confiscate all the
khaki pants that were
packed in my suitcase.
Khakis (today, they would
be known as Dockers)
were popular for teenage
boys of that era, and that
was about all the pants
that I had with me.
It turned out that the
reason that khakis were
verboten in Cuba is that
they were the unofficial
uniform of a band of
rebels who were attempt-
ing to overthrow the gov-
ernment 'of Fugencio
I'm not sure we even
learned the name of their
leader during our visit.
I don't remember the
details of the khaki
embargo, but it seems like
Dad convinced the cus-
toms agents that since
they were the only pants I

had, I could at least keep
wearing the ones I had on
until my parents could buy
me something less subver-
' What made a greater
impression on me was our
trip from Havana to
Guantanamo and back, a
self-guided outing in our
own car.
(Having majored in
Spanish at Florida
Southern College, Dad was
fluent in the language,
though the Cuban idioms
were not as familiar to
him. It is akin to an
American having a conver-
sation with a native of the
British Isles. They speak
English, but in a funny
way. Presumably they say
the same about us.)
At least five times on
our journey, we were
stopped, usually at night,
by bands of armed men.
They searched the trunk of
our car possibly for
khaki pants and shined
their flashlights around
our windshield.
We never knew whether
we were being stopped by
members of the Cuban
army or by revolutionaries
... or perhaps both. We
were told later that the
inspection of our wind-
shield probably was a

search for a decal or other
emblem that would identi-
fy us as being affiliated
with the rebel forces.
If I had been in Dad's
place a 40-ish man with
his wife and teenage son in
a foreign country, being
stopped every hour or so
by armed men I would
have been a basket case.
But Dad took all these
searches in stride, as if the
armed bands were akin to
railroad conductors asking
to see our tickets. I figured
if it was okay with him, it
was okay with me.
Revolutions in Central
and South America were
not that uncommon a
half-century ago, and if
Dad interpreted these
searches as anything more
than an exposure to local
culture, he never let on to
We completed our visit
without further incident,
and followed with casual
interest the news reports
in the weeks and months
ahead about the overthrow
,of the Batista regime by a
rebel force, some of whose
members we may have
encountered between
Havana and Guantanamo.
Their leader was Fidel

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Pray for Allen

I wouldn't ordinarily do
this ... ask for help, I mean,
because I can't reciprocate
and I'm a big advocate of the
"one good turn deserves
another" philosophy.
But I'm not doing this for
me, so I hope that makes it
Before I moved back into
- town, I got in touch with a
S- company I worked for years
- ago. I called because I tend to
get attached to people, espe-
cially people I work with.
Once you spend day after
day with them, week after
week for a few years, you tend
to miss them when they're
not around. I had called once
a year or so, since 1994 when I
quit and opened my 'own
SI went down the list of co-
employees from the past, and
most of them had moved on.
There were few familiar
names still working there.
I saved the best for last,
Sand finally asked for Allen. A
strange voice informed me
that he was "on medical
"Whad'ya mean, on med-
ical leave?"
This was Allen we were
talking about, Allen never got
sick, not sick enough to be on
:rat medical leave.
"Can you' hold on a'
1946. minute?"
(863) 533-0402 I waited, listening to silence, and finally a familiar.
voice picked up, and the
r 1964-81) owner of the company
46-64) explained to me that Allen
(USPS 437-320) had cancer and they didn't
iss postage paid at Lakeland, FL know when he'd be back. We
and additional entry office made small talk for several
J Wednesday and Saturdays
OAST MEDIA GROUP, INC. minutes and then I hung up.
TER: Send address changes to Allen didn't leave my mind
Polk County Democrat, for the rest of the day.
Box 120, Bartow, FL 33831-0120 for the rest od the day. l
It's hard to describe Allen,

but most everyone knows
someone like him; good as
gold, would give you the shirt
off his back if he thought you
needed it. Always had a smile
on his face, and when he did
get mad, he got mad like a
gentleman, and "protested
One of my most vivid
memories of Allen has to be
the day of a bad storm. It
rained straight down from
dawn right up until 5 o'clock.
The streets were under water,
and for all intents and pur-
poses, I was stranded at work.
Several of us were.
This in itself was signifi-
cant only because I had just
gone back to work for the first
time since becoming a moth-
Jenny, my youngest, was 3
years old, Jake was 4, and
Jillian was 7. They were at a
day care less than six blocks
from my work, but under the
circumstances, they might as
well have been on another
I lived for the end of the
day, when I could be with my
kids. Now here I was, stuck,
with no idea how long it
would take for the water to go
I tried to be a trooper, even
while the deluge continued
with no sign of letting up. By a
quarter after five I had to find
a secluded spot because I
knew I was going to cry and
there wasn't a thing I could do
to stop it.
I was just beside myself
with longing to be with my
kids, and like the sentimental
dummy that I sometimes am,
I was emotional, and hid out
by the time clock, hoping not
to be discovered.
Then here came Allen.

"What's the matter with
I explained, feeling like an
"I know I'm being stupid," I
"No, you're not!" he replied
indignantly. "You're a mother;
it's what you people do," he
said, and smiled.
"It's not that I'm worried
about them," I said, "it's that I -
can't get to them. I've never
not been able to get to them."
"Well, by golly," he said,
"we can fix this. We'll get the
company van and we'll go get
I laughed, now, through
my tears. He was so serious,
and I believed he meant just
what he said. Somehow, that
was enough for me. Somehow
that made everything all
Allen always knew what to
say and what to do, even
when he would swear up and
down that he didn't. He
always managed to fix things.
A few weeks ago Allen took
a turn for the worse. He's been
battling the cancer and hang-
ing in, and now has conges-
tive heart failure. That's why
I'm asking for help. '
I don't go to church and I
don't pray; I just never
learned how.
But I know there are those
out there that do, and they
work miracles. Send up a
prayer if you would and work
one of those miracles for
Allen and his wife Tanya. *
Like I said, I can't recipro-
cate, but this is not for me, it's
for Allen and Tanya, and I
know you can do it.
Like Allen would say ...
"It's what you people do."

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February 27, 2008

FREA Holds 'Food Around

The World' Brunch


The Polk County Democrat 5A

Florida Retired
Educators Association
District 8, Unit II, will host
"Food Around The World"
on Monday, March 3, at 10
The event will take place
at First United Methodist
Church of Haines City, 21
South Second St.
Cost is $6 for brunch.
Others are welcome to
attend for free. All retired
educators and guests are

Sikes Elementary will
host Celebrating Diversity
on Thursday, Feb. 28, from
5 to 6 p.m.
The event includes
multi-cultural meals and
foods, music, cultural
exhibits, family activities,
door prizes and a perfor-
mance by a dance team
from Lakeland High's
Latino Club.
Otis Anthony, the school
district's senior director of

welcome at the event.
Unit II covers East Polk
County and is active in lit-
eracy, scholarships, volun-
teering, and other com-
munity services. The unit
meets the first Monday of
each month during the
school year.
Participating members
are asked to bring food
samples from different
parts of the world to share.

diversity management, will
give a presentation on the
Civil Rights Bill of 1974.
There is no charge to
attend and the meals and
food are also free. Sikes
Elementary is located at
2727 Shepherd Road,
Lakeland. Reservations are
For more information
and reservations, call
Gwendolyn Williams at

LRC Holds 'Study Habits

Of Successful Students'

Learning Resorce Center
of Polk County, Inc., will
offer "Study Habits of
Successful Students" for
five consecutive
Thursday, Feb. 28 through
March 27, from 5:30 to 7:30
The course will be held
at LRC, 904 South Missouri
Ave., Lakeland.
The course provides
study skills and motiva-
tional strategies to prepare
students in grades 6-12 to
become more effective

learners. It is designed to
offer small classes with
these activity-oriented
lessons: Get Motivated!, Set
Goals to Achieve, Manage
Your Time, Listen Up and
Take Notes, Read Actively,
and Become Test-Wise.
The cost of the course is
$145 with fee reductions
available on a sliding fee
scale. Parents may attend
at no additional cost.
For more information or
to register, call LRC at 688-

USF Lakeland Holds Master's
Degree Information Session

BARTOW FORD AND FORD MOTOR CO. donated $3,860 to Bartow High School
after the Cruise 4 UR School event in December. The two-day event invited people to
test drive an assortment of 2008 Ford products and for every individual who partici-
pated, Ford and Bartow Ford donated $20 to Bartow High School. The money raised
will provide funding for the cheerleading squad, band and other school activities.
Presenting the check to the BHS cheerleaders were (from left): general manager
Benny Robels, and sales specialists Tina Ford and Kristie Carter. (Photo provided)

USF Lakeland Increases Participation

Diversity in Computing Disciplines

Through the Students &
Technology in Academia,
Research & Service
(STARS) Alliance,
University of South Florida
Lakeland is working to
increase the participation
of under-represented pop-
ulations, women, and per-
sons with disabilities in
computing disciplines.
STARS uses multi-
faceted interventions
focused on the influx and
progression of students
from middle school
through graduate school
that lead to computing
Through STARS, stu-
dents receive academic
and social development
through mentoring and
applied learning experi-
USF Lakeland recently
received $117,806 to fund
a three-year STARS exten-
sion. That money, along

with $137,034 it received
for the first three years,
brings USF Lakeland's total
STARS funding to $254,840.
Formed in the spring of
2005, in response to the
National Science
Foundation's Broadening
Participation in
Computing program, the
STARS Alliance is com-
prised of: Auburn
University, Florida A & M,
Florida State, Georgia
Southern University,
Georgia Tech,
Hampton University,
Johnson C. Smith
University, Landmark
College, Meredith College,
North' Carolina A & T,
North Carolina State, Saint
Augustine's College, Shaw
University, Spelman
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University of New Orleans,
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6A The Polk County Democrat


Opal M.
Rev. Opal M. Colson, 89,
of Bartow, died Feb. 21,
2008, in Bartow.
Born Oct. 26, 1918, in
Manatee County, Ms.
Colson graduated from
the Apostolic Bible School
in 1945 and became an
ordained minister. For the
next 50 years, she pastored
churches in Concord,
N.C., and inWauchula.
Ms. Colson is survived
by one brother, Rev. A.C.
Colson of Bradenton; two
sisters, Vesta Meriwether
of Pompano Beach, and
Corinne O'Bryan of
Bartow. She also leaves
behind many devoted
friends and a host of
nieces anid nephews who
loved her dearly, a family
member said.
Visitation: Saturday,
Feb. 23, 2 to 3 p.m.,
Robarts Garden Chapel,
Funeral: Saturday, Feb.
23, 3 p.m., Robarts Garden
Interment: Wauchula
Arrangements: Robarts
Family Funeral Home,

Sandra D.


Sandra D. Rozak, 65, of
Fort Meade, died from
cancer on Friday, Feb. 22,
2008, at Good Shepherd
Hospice in Auburndale.
Born Feb. 1, 1943, in
Marianna, W.Va., Mrs.
Rozak was raised in the
coal mining region. After
graduation with honors
from Man High School in
1961, she moved to
Mrs. Rozak worked for
the federal government for
40 years. She began work-
ing for NASA during the
Mercury space program.
She later served in the
office of the Apollo pro-
gram manager and as a
member of the shuttle
evaluation committee.
In 1973, Mrs. Rozak
moved to Connecticut and
then to Chattanooga,
where she was a claims
representative for the
Social Security administra-
She married David
Rozak of Boca Raton on
July 24, 1993. They moved
to the Fort Meade area and
she worked in the Sebring
Social Security office until
retiring in 2003.
In retirement, Mrs.
Rozak volunteered at her
church and its school,
Grace Lutheran in Winter
Haven. She also was active
in the ovarian cancer
awareness movement. Her
greatest joy came from
spending time with her
family, a family member
Mrs. Rozak was preced-
ed in death by her brother,
Bob Davenport, and her
sister, Betty Kelley.
She is survived by her
husband, David Rozak; a
son, Chris Rose (Michelle)
of Bartow; a stepson, Keith
Rozak (Kim) of Fort
Meade; a stepdaughter,
Karen Kewn (John) of
Mooresville, N.C.; four
granddaughters, Bailey
Rozak, Jordan Rose,
Leighanne Pyle, and
Sydney Devore; two grand-
sons, Chase Rose, and
Connor Devore; and a
great-grandson, Collin
Visitation: Monday, Feb.
25, 6 to 8 p.m., Grace
Lutheran Church, Winter

Funeral: Tuesday, Feb.
26, 10 a.m., Grace
Lutheran Church.
Interment: Evergreen
Cemetery, Fort Meade.
Memorials may be given
to Grace Lutheran Church
and School.
Arrangements: Crisp-
Coon Funeral Home,
Winter Haven

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May Flanagan

May Flanagan
May Flanagan, 65, died
from cancer on Saturday,
Feb. 23, 2008 at her home
in Winter Haven.
Born Oct. 6, 1942, in
White Plains, N.Y., Mrs.
Flanagan had lived in Polk
County. for the past 26
She formerly worked
for Mountain Bell
Telephone Co. as an esti-
mator. More recently, she
worked at First Union
Bank in Winter Haven. She
was a member of the
Moose Lodge of Winter
Haven, a Catholic, and an
avid bingo player.
Mrs. Flanagan is sur-
vived by her husband,
Gary Robert "Bob"
Flanagan; a daughter,
Debi Corley (Brian) of
Winter Haven; a son,
Robert Senita (Janine) of
Strawberry, Ariz.; a sister,
Jeanna Perkinpine (Bob
Smith) of Sherman,
Conn.; a brother, Frank
Ackley (Jan) of Floral City;
and four grandchildren,
Kristina Bentley and
Nicole Bentley, both of
Winter Haven, and Jesse
Senita and Alyssa Senita,
both of Strawberry, Ariz.
Funeral: Thursday, Feb.
28, 1 p.m., Saint Joseph's
Catholic Church,, 532
Avenue M N.W, Winter
Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the
American Cancer Society,
809 South Florida, Ave.,
Lakeland, 33801..
Condolences may be
sent to www.whiddenm-

Gloria Aguilera, 47,
died Thursday, Feb. 21, in
Born June 26, 1960, in
Guanajuato, Mexico,'Mrs.
Aguilera came to Bartow
eight years ago from
She worked for Peace
River Citrus as a citrus
grader. She was a member
of Lake Ruth Baptist
Church in Bartow.
Mrs. Aguilera was pre-.
ceded in death by her son,
Francisco Aguilera.
Survivors include her
husband, Francisco
Aguilera of Bartow; three
sons, Julio Aguilera,
Miguel Aguilera,, and
Alejandro Aguilera, all of
Bartow; three daughters,
Alma Aguilera of Bowling
Green, and Luz Aguilera
and Gabriela Aguilera,
both of Bartow; a brother,
Jesus Aguilera-Guzman of
Mexico; and three sisters,
Lena Aguilera, Trini
Aguilera, and Celia
Aguilera, all of Mexico.
Services are pending at
this time.
Funeral Home, Bartow.

J. Lee King

J. Lee King
J. Lee King, 79, of
Bartow, died of respiratory
failure Sunday, Feb. 24,
2008, at Winter Haven
A native of Geneva, Ala.,
Mr. King was a longtime
resident of Bartow. He was
a heavy equipment opera-
tor with I.U.O.E. Local
Union #487.
Mr. King was an Army
veteran serving during the
Korean conflict. He was a
member of First Assembly
of God, Bartow.
Mr. King was preceded
in death by his wife of 54
years, Vivian L. King.
Survivors include his
son, Robert King of
Bartow; a grandson, David
King of Highland City; a
granddaughter, Barbara
Jean King of Waterbury,
Conn.; and two great-
grandsons, Dylan King of
Highland City, and Nathan
Shulick of Waterbury.
Visitation: Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.,
Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Thursday, Feb.
28, 11 a.m., Bartow First
Assembly of God.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

Eugene D.
Sanders, Sr.
Eugene Dudley Sanders,
Sr., 92, died Sunday, Feb.
24, 2008, at his home in
A native of Finley, Okla.,
Mr. Sanders had been a
resident of Bartow since
2001, moving from Dumas,
Texas. He was a newspaper
publisher and commercial
printer for many years. He
was a member of the
Church of Christ.
Mr. Sanders was preced-
ed in death by his wife of
50, years, Julia Faye Spivey
Survivors include his
three daughters, Jeana E
Glover of Bartow, Donna K.
Walton of Amarillo, Texas,
and Dovie M. Poole of
Dumas, Texas; six sons,
Eugene D. Sanders, Jr.,
Donald R. Sanders, John N.
Sanders, James R. Sanders,
and Charles D. Sanders, all
of Amarillo, Texas, and
Robert S. Sanders of
Lubbock, Texas; 16 grand-
children; and 14 great-
Celebration of Life ser-
vice: Sunday, March 3, 2
p.m., Glover residence,
5500 Old Homeland Road,
Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
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What remains a source of
stress is that our mental
abilities will also diminish
as we get older.
The most immediate
sign of the apparent
"decline" is when we find
we can't remember things.
Whether we're thirty-five or
sixty-five when we begin to
notice lessened memory
power, it's often stressful
and possibly frightening.
The reality, of course, is
that we all forget things,
regardless of our age. As a
teenager there were home-
work assignments or
promises to parents that
slipped out of your mind

just as easily as the name of
that colleague your saw at
lunch yesterday. The differ-
ence is that back then you
thought it no big deal,
while now you're sure it's a
sign that old age has you in
its grips.
Experts say that for most
people the decline in
memory is actually very
gradual and .usually isn't
obvious until age 70 or
later. And simple memory
loss is not necessarily a
sign of dementia. While
dementia does cause
memory, it also includes
declines in cognitive and
intellectual function such
as comprehension, judg-
ment, learning capacity
and reasoning.
So while having some
trouble remembering
doesn't mean you're slip-
ping into senility, if it is
something you're finding
increasingly troublesome,
you might consider ways to
improve memory.
Good starting points are
eating a healthy diet, stay-
ing physically active and
getting plenty of rest. All
can help combat memory
loss while helping you feel

Bok Plans Jazz And Wine Fest

With Bok in bloom, the
beat will be on at the new
Bok Wine & Jazz Festival
March 8 at Historic Bok
Seating will be provid-
ed along with a dance
floor on the Great Lawn
for the outdoor concert
featuring Grammy-nomi-
nee and Sea Breeze
recording artist Dan
McMillion and his, jazz
orchestra. Sponsors are
SunTrust Bank; Bunting,
Trip & Ingley, LLP CPAs
and Florida Lifestyle
Communities, LLC.
Following an opening
performance by the
Harrison School of the
Arts trio at 6:30 p.m., con-
cert headliner McMillion
will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Playing trumpet, flugel-
horn and mellophonium,
McMillion will perform
popular favorites such as
"MacArthur Park," "Danny
Boy," "Bridge Over
Troubled Water," the
"Theme From Rocky" and
"Hey Jude."
A tribute to jazz legend
Maynard Ferguson, the
concert also features "Stay
Loose With Bruce,"
"Fireshaker," "Brazil,"
"Blue Birdland," Billy
Strayhorn's "Take The A
Train," "Love For Sale,"
"Lush Life," "Get It To Go"
from McMillion's CD "High
Octane" and the title cut
from McMillion's CD "Got
The Spirit."
Instead of a traditional
picnic venue for outdoor
concerts at Bok, gourmet
food sampling will be pro-
vided by Chalet Suzanne,
Caf6 Doughmonde, Crazy
Fish, La Bella Torre and
Tres Jolie.
Wine samples will com-
plement the menu that
includes shrimp cocktail,
crab thermadore, chicken
cordon bleu, French and
Dutch pastries. The food
and wine area will be open
from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Carillon Caf6 will
remain open until 7 p.m.
serving salads, sandwich-
es, wraps and more.

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Preordered meals are avail-
able. Call 863-676-1355 to
The Hilltop Cafd will be
open from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
serving jambalaya, hot
dogs, snacks and bever-
ages. Beer and wine will be
available through the inter-
The Gift Shop and
Visitor Center will remain
open until after the con-
Tickets are $20 for
members and $25 for the
general public with chil-
dren under 5 admitted
free. Day of concert
admission is $30.
Admission to the food
and wine tasting area is
$25 and includes a sou-
venir wine glass. Reserved
tables for eight are $450
and include admission to
the performance, food and
wine tasting area, seating
and souvenir glasses.
Visitors can enter a
drawing for a tour of the
Singing Tower, a one-night
stay for two at Pinewood
Estate or a $100 gift certifi-
cate from the Tower &
Garden Gift Shop. Tickets
will be available at the
hospitality table near the
concert seating area.
Picnic baskets will not
be allowed, but flashlights
and insect repellent are
suggested. Handicapped
parking and shuttle ser-

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That man is a success
Who has lived well.
Laughed often and
loved Much.
Who has gained the
respect of intelligent men
and the love of children.
Who has filled his niche
and accomplished his
Who leaves the world
better than be found it.
Who gives of himself to
enrich the lives of others.
Who never lacked
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beauty or failed to
express it.
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Missed by all who
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and function better overall.
Mental health experts
also advise that memory
can be improved and pre-
served through training
and practicing of memory
skills. There are numerous
books, and even computer
programs, with exercises to
improve memory. Learning
a new skill, like cooking or
chess, is another way to
challenge and strengthen
your mind.
But, if memory issues
are -truly bothering you,
consider consulting a
counseling professional. A
counselor specializing in
aging can offer diagnostic
tests, as well as techniques,
strategies and advice to
make memory loss less of
an issue in your life.

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The Polk County Democrat 7A

February 27, 2008

Pioneer Park Days Opens


Pioneer Park Days will cel-
ebrate its 40th year begin-
ning Wednesday and run-
ning through Sunday,
March 2.
In 1967, no one expect-
ed a little gathering of local
antique gasoline engine
hobbyists to develop into
an annual festival that
attracts over 100,000 peo-
ple. But that's exactly what
happened when two local
Hardee County men dis-
played their engines at
Pioneer Park.
Earle Nickerson moved
to Hardee County in 1954.
Ten years later he and his
sons operated a very suc-
cessful milk-bottling plant
until 1971. His bottling
plant was the first such
plant to use plastic milk
bottles in Florida. In 1966,
he purchased a 1924 Oil
Pull tractor "as a play-
thing." He showed it at the
Hardee County Fair and
drove it in parades when-
ever the occasion arose.
Nickerson became
friends with Tony Ullrich
and purchased his first
antique gas engine for him.
They were so interested in
this hobby that they asked
permission to exhibit their
tractor and engine at
Pioneer Park for the public
to enjoy. The demonstra-
tion was a huge success
and word soon spread of
their "exhibition." This was
the beginning of Pioneer
Park Days as we know it
In 1968, the First
National Bank of
Wauchula, headed up by
bank president Tommy
Underwood, sponsored the
three-day event. Tommy's
wife, Elizabeth, started a
flea market and Emerson
Clavel was instrumental in
attracting antique car own-
ers. Pioneer Park Days
turned out to be much
more than anyone would
have imagined. This local
event was attracting thou-
sands of hobbyists from all
over the United States.
By 1978, the show had
exploded to the extent that
the Parks and Recreation
Board of Hardee County
gave Pioneer Park Days its
support. The County
Commission lent the ser-
vices of county personnel
to help with the show. Flea
market spaces were in
demand, and in 1978 there
were 221 spots that includ-
ed saleable items ranging
from jewelry to antique
An estimated 40,000 vis-
itors enjoyed the flea mar-
ket, exhibits and food sup-
plied by local vendors. The
show expanded from its
original three-day event to
include an additional day
and finally to the five-day
celebration as it is today.
In 1980, a, parade was
added to the scheduled
activities and it continued
for a number of years
attracting participants who
rode on floats, drove
antique automobiles and
even the Clydesdale hors-

es. The first commemora-
tive stamp was issued in
1982 and portable post
office facilities took up res-
idence during Pioneer Park
Days for mail to receive the
special mark.
During the years of
1985-1988, there were Civil
War re-enactments and
members of the local entity
pitched tents, cooked on
open fires and dressed the
part as it was in the South
during the days of the War
Between the States.
In 1985, a shuttle bus
service was initiated and it
continues in use today.
This enabled visitors to
park at various locations
and travel to the park on
the shuttle bus to avoid
what was fast becoming a
major congested area dur-
ing these five show days.
The shuttle bus continues
to run and can be picked
up at the Civic Center. For
$3, a visitor can ride the
shuttle to inside the gates
of Pioneer Park with no
additional fee for entrance
or parking.
After the 1987 show, the
First National Bank of
Wauchula withdrew its
support of Pioneer Park
Days, but it was quickly
picked up by the County
Commission, which has
sponsored the event ever
since. In the years to follow,
Pioneer Park Days contin-
ued to attract more visitors.
Entertainment was added
at the Nickerson-Ullrich
pavilion flea market spots
have increased each year.
Last year's event attract-
ed approximately 100,000
visitors and attendance
was increased from the
previous year in the area of
the pioneer settlement.
Demonstrations have
increased in this area and
include a visiting black-
smith each day, spinning
and quilting demonstra-
tions, glass blowing and
pioneer toy making. Also
within the confines of the
pioneer village is Cracker
Trail Museum which hous-
es more than 3,800 items
and the ever popular 1914
Baldwin wood-burning
This year's event
includes 400 exhibitors,
491 flea market spaces and
22 food vendors.
Entertainment runs
throughout the day at the
Nickerson-Ullrich pavilion
and into the evening hours.
On Sunday, the last day of
the festival, two church
services are, provided.
Pioneer Park Days 2008
is celebrating 40 years of
what started out as a hobby
and grew into what is now
one of the largest events of
its kind in the area.

Schedule of Events

4 p.m.
John Summerall
5 p.m.
Three Notes plus One
6 p.m.
Pioneer Pickers
7 p.m. Ma
Hopkins girls
Happy Valley Band

Oasis Bluegrass

4 p.m.
Noah Carter and Friends
5 p.m.
Summer Dunaway
6 p.m.
'Crystal Lake Square
7 p.m.
Three Notes plus One
8 p.m.
WH.P. Trio

1 p.m.
Willow Creek
2 p.m.
The Cunninghams
3 p.m.
Laverne Hill
4 p.m.
and Lazy Acres
5 p.m.
Sounds of Sebring
6 p.m.
The Cunninghams
Ma Hopkins girls

Fred and Cracker Lake
8 p.m.
Heritage Blue Grass Group

1 p.m.
Blue Mountain Grass
2 p.m.
Manatee County Cloggers
3 p.m.
Country Cousins
The Cunninghams
5 p.m.
Spirit Wind Evangelistic
6 p.m.
Tom, Tina and U.S.
Heritage Bluegrass
The Cunninghams

7 a.m.
Catholic Mass
9 a.m.
Church Service

Daily Activity Schedule
Tractor Parade around
the perimeter, 2 p.m. daily.
Animal Refuge wild
animal tours, 10 a.m.-4
p.m., Wednesday through
Pioneer Village
Museum Area, random
daily demonstrations:
glass-blowing; Mountain
Dan chainsaw art; quilt-
ing; cross cut saw; antique
tools by the Tool Collectors
Association.; Pioneer Toys
& Crafts by Terry
Regennitter; spinning;
Blacksmith Shop by Mike
Mclntire; Spessard Stone
book signing (Saturday);
Gayle Knight book-signing
(Friday); Jim Davis, paint-
ing display of firemen and
scenes from Sept. 11, 2001.
Hart Cabin area, ran-
dom daily' demonstra-
tions: Florida
Frontiersmen; 1800's
FrontiersmenVillage; Sons
of Confederate Veterans.
Post Office, open 10
a.m.-2 p.m., Friday
through Saturday with
hand-cancelled stamps of
Pioneer Park Days, mailing
services and miscellaneous
postal merchandise.

ONLY THE CARS AND LJ'S DINER were injured in a collision at the corner of U.S.
-Highway 17 and Main Street Feb. 15. A 2006 Chevrolet, driven by Alabee T.
Montgomery, 74, of Eagle Lake was headed south on 17, when a 1996 Ford, driven by
Summer Marie Hatchett, 17, of Fort Myers, turned left in front of him, according to
Bartow Police Officer Tommy Stokes. Hatchett was headed north on 17 when she
J r. turned onto Main Street. The cars collided and Montgomery's car, out of control,
struck the northeast corner of the restaurant. No injuries were reported, Stokes said.
Damage to Montgomery's car was estimated at $6,000; to Hatchett's at $5,000; and to
the building, $2,000. Hatchett was charged with failure to yield and driving with a sus-
pended license. (Photo by Jerry Grantham)

Ink Spots At Polk

Theatre On March 13

The Ink Spots take the
stage of the Polk Theatre
on March 13 at 8 p.m.
In the words of soul
singer Jerry Butler, "The
Ink Spots were the heavy-
weight champions of quar-
tet singing."
The Ink Spots became
one of the first acts to
break down racial'barriers
by performing at previous-
ly all-white Southern
They have been induct-
ed into numerous Halls of
Fame, among them: the
Grammy Hall of Fame, the
Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame,
the Apollo Theatre Hall of
Fame, and the Vocal Group
Hall of Fame.
Their list of hits also
goes on and on My Prayer,

If I Didn't Care, To Each His
Own, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie.
Their music has been
featured on sound tracks
from numerous recent
movies, including Blade
Runner, The Aviator, and
Radio Days.
The show starts at 8
Tickets prices are $38,
$27, and $20. They may be
purchased on-line at the
Theatre's website
(click on Performing Arts
Series for the link), or by
calling the administrative
office at 682-7553.
The Polk Theatre is
located at 121 S. Florida
Avenue, one-half block
south of Main Street in
downtown Lakeland.

WHH Caregiver Program

Winter Haven Hospital
will present, as a part of the
Learning Series, a free
community program,
"Caregiver Burn Out", on
Tuesday, March 11, from 6
to 7 p.m. at the Sweet
Center, 1201 First Street,
South, Winter Haven.
Ernestine Lambert,
LCSW, Behavioral Health
Division, Winter Haven

Hospital will be the speak-
er for this program.
She will discuss the
challenges of being a care-
giver and will include sug-
gestions on optimizing
this complicated situation.
For more information
and to register, call the
Winter Haven Hospital
Health Connection at 291-
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8A The Polk County Democrat


Clear Springs Begins

Industrial Recruitment

Clear Springs Land Co. is
beginning to recruit indus-
try to Bartow that will pro-
vide "high paying, quality
job growth," Jura Zibas of
Clear Springs told a
Chamber of Commerce
forum Tuesday night.
The company is devel-
oping about 18,000 acres of
land that starts at the south
side of Bartow Municipal
Airport and wraps around
the east side of Bartow
south to County Road 640,
then west past Homeland.
The entire, parcel has
been annexed into the city
limits, and is being devel-
oped under an "optional
sector plan" process, one of
five such developments
authorized by state law.
Transportation and
availability of water are of
paramount importance in
the Clear Springs plan, Ms.
Zibas said. The company
plans a reservoir to maxi-
mize water conservation.
Two-thirds of the Clear
Springs acreage will
remain open space, with
emphasis on conservation
and the protection of the
Peace River, she said.
The Clear Springs prop-
erty will be a balance of
commercial, industrial and
residential development,
with build-out planned in
about 30 years. Land is

being reserved for parks,
schools, and police and fire
The optional sector plan
will set architectural guide-
lines that are intended to
be harmonious with
Bartow's existing architec-
A conceptual plan will
go to the Bartow City
Commission for approval
in late spring, Ms. Zibas
"Everyone has an
opportunity to participate;
we welcome your com-
ments," she said.
"It's your community."
The "Center for
Advanced Global
Technology at Clear
Springs" will be the center-
piece of the Clear Springs
project, she said. Course
work at the center will be
applied toward a degree
from the University of
David Royal outlined the
country's agricultural
operations, which include
blackberries, cattle, citrus,
and "perennial peanut"
production, the latter
grown on clay settling
ponds. The process could
create low maintenance
vegetation for highway
rights-of-way, he said.
The company presently
has 200 acres of blueber-

ries under cultivation, and
plans to add another 250
acres in two years.
Last year, the Clear
Springs packing plant on
Spirit Lake Road north of
Bartow processed 25 per-
cent of Florida's blueberry
crop, which has only a six-
week season.
Other agricultural prod-
ucts will be processed
through the plant at other
times of year.
Clear Springs has a herd
of 900 cattle.
The company is working
on a "major alternative fuel
project," he said.
Carole McKenzie gave
an overview of Integrated
Alligator Industries, a Clear
Springs enterprise with
headquarters in Lecanto.
IAI's primary business is
alligator hides.
Gators have gone from a
protected species in the
1960s to an estimated pop-
ulation of 1.5 million in the
wild in Florida, not count-
ing farm-raised reptiles.
Clear Springs property
has about 3,000 acres of
alligator habitat.
IAI will market its own
line of alligator handbags,
Ms. McKenzie said.
Stanford Phelps, the
entrepreneur who owns
Clear Springs Land Co.,
attended the forum.

Staff Writer

Lake Wales Medical
Center has a new market-
ing director, Maryemma
Bachelder, who brings a
vast and varied business
background to the med-
ical facility.
"The hospital definitely
has a vision for where they
want to go," she said. "My
role is to be a part of that
Already she has big
plans for the hospital and
said that the larger part of
that is building on com-
munity relations.
She said it is about
"sharing our story with the
community, definitely be-
ing a part of this commu-
nity. We don't exist in a
vacuum, and we need to
be out there. I think the
hospital has done a really
good job of that up to this
point, and I am looking
forward to carrying that
Adding that the hospi-
tal is seeing a rise in their
admissions numbers, she
said, "Those people are
sick, and are going to need
these services."
Having technology
available to the communi-
ty is a plus as she sees it,
eliminating the need for
the community to "drive
elsewhere" for their med-
ical care.
"What we are seeing
with the turnaround since

CHS took over, is that they
(patients) are choosing
us," she said, "We are not a
huge hospital we are a
community hospital, we
are a good quality hospi-
Bachelder is a native of
Lake Wales and is married
and has one son, Colton
Bachelder, who is in
fourth grade at Polk
Avenue Elementary, where
her husband, Jeff, is a
guidance counselor and
the interim assistant prin-
cipal of the school.
While executive direc-
tor for Quest Corporation
of America, Inc., a Tampa-
based marketing/public
relations firm specializing
in serving the transporta-
tion industry, her market-
ing campaign received
first place in the 2007
AdWheel awards.
Prior to that she was the
public information direc-
tor for the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation in
And before that she was
a reporter and copy editor
at The Lakeland Ledger,
and a reporter and man-
aging editor at The Polk
County Democrat.
She calls herself a high-
ly. "competitive" individ-
ual and credits much of
her media experience for
making her a "well-round-
ed" individual.
During her freshman
year at Florida Southern
College in Lakeland she
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Her sophomore year
she secured a scholarship
through S.L. Frisbie, IV,
and his wife, Mary, that
enabled her to work part-
time at The Democrat
while she worked on her
degree in communi-
At the time Frisbie was
the owner and publisher
of The Democrat and The
Fort Meade Leader.
Bachelder said he was
one of the key people in
developing her skills in
communications, taking
extra time to show her the
ropes and explain proce-
"I have been blessed
with a lot of good mentors
who helped my career,"
she said, "S.L. Frisbie
being chief in that area."
Reporting met Bach-
elder's need for daily
career challenges, she
"Really the fact is that I
got to know so many dif-
ferent types of things,
especially with the small-
er papers. You' cover
crime, county govern-
ment, city government,
you get to learn so much
and meet so many peo-
ple," she said.
She started her new
position in January.

Sheriff Judd Named Boy

Scouts Citizen of theYear

The Boy Scouts of
America, Gulf Ridge
Council, Thunderbird
District, recognized Polk
County Sheriff Grady Judd
as the 2007 Thunderbird
District Distinguighed
Citizen of the Year on Feb.
19, during the annual
Friends of Scouting
Sheriff Judd was
involved in Scouting dur-
ing his youth, as were his
two sons.
"Being recognized by
the Boy Scouts is a terrific
honor," Sheriff Judd said.
"The ideals that Scouting
develops in young people
are so important for a
strong community. Things

like self-reliance, initia-
tive, courage, and
resourcefulness are just
the character traits our
young people need
In a random sample
survey of 200 PCSO male
members, approximately
one third of those sur-
veyed were Scouts in their
Gulf Ridge Council,
Thunderbird District held
the annual dinner at the
Lone Palm Golf Resort and
raised more than $73,000
in support of the district.
Proceeds go directly into
support for Scouting ini-
tiatives and activities.

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relations professionals
are reminded that the
deadline for entering
their top PR projects and
materials in the "Red Hot
PR Cranking Up the
Heat on the Competition"
local image awards com-
petition sponsored by the
Dick Pope/Polk County
Chapter of the Florida
Public Relations
Association (FPRA) is
Monday, March 3.
"All entries are due by 5
p.m. on Monday, March 3.
That still gives everyone
who wishes to enter the
competition plenty of
time to do so," said Cindy
Rodriguez, public infor-
mation director of the
Polk County Board of
County Commissioners,
who is chairman of the
Application forms and
information can be
obtained by calling Ms.
Rodriguez at 534-6090 or

by visiting the FPRA web-
site at
The competition is
open to all individuals and
organizations located in
Polk County whether or
not they are affiliated with
FPRA. PR programs and
materials developed
between Jan. 1, 2007, and
March 3, 2008, are eligible.
All entries will be
judged by PR profession-
als with the Tampa Bay
FPRA chapter.
The winners will be rec-
ognized at the Dick
Pope/Polk County chap-
ter's professional develop-
ment meeting on April 16
in the Lakeland Yacht &
Country Club.
For information on the
chapter, call President
Becky Murphy of the
Community Foundation
of Greater Lakeland at
607-9800 or -visit
on the web.

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The Polk County Democrat 9A

Good Food/Good Health

Bean Salad Is Triple Yummy

Long before it's possible
to pick lettuce and other
fixings from your home
garden or purchase them
at the local farmers' mar-
ket, you can welcome the
beginning of spring with a
delicious salad alternative.
This week's tangy three-
bean salad .is simple to
prepare and offers a nutri-
ent-packed dish with fla-
vors that meld and mature
the longer it sits.
Combining a variety of
beans into a single dish is
an opportunity to enjoy
the diverse nutritional
benefits of a range of
In addition to dietary
fiber, this medley of black-
eyed peas, lima beans and
green beans provides
folate, iron, potassium,
selenium and a range of
Beans also offer an ani-
mal-free protein source for
those days when you crave
a meatless meal.
This trio of beans has a
long history. Lima beans,
for example, were cultivat-
ed as far back as 6,000 B.C.
The name itself origi-
nated from the discovery
of the bean by European
explorers in Lima, Peru.
Black-eyed peas, which are
thought to have originated

in Northern Africa, were
introduced to India more
than 3,000 years ago and
eventually found their way
to the New World with
Spanish explorers.
Green beans, native to
Central America, are the
youngest of the trio, bred
just over 200 years ago.
The combination of
mustard, honey, dill and
parsley lend this recipe
intense flavor. The cider
vinegar, a bit tart, can be
adjusted according to
Prepare the bean salad
ahead of time to let the fla-
vors develop. Serve at
room temperature or
chilled, straight from the

Tangy Three-Bean Salad
1 (10 oz.) package of
frozen baby lima beans
1 lb. green beans,
trimmed and diagonally
cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup apple cider
1 tsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. grainy mustard
1-2 tbsp. honey
Salt and freshly ground
pepper, to taste
1 medium sized red
onion, diced
1 (15 oz.) can black-
eyed peas, rinsed

2 tbsp. fresh parsley,
chopped (or 1 tsp. dried)
1 tbsp. fresh dill,
chopped (or 1/2 tsp.
Salt and freshly ground
black pepper, to taste
Fill a large saucepan
with lightly salted water
and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile fill a' large
bowl about half full with
cold water. Cook lima
beans and green beans in
boiling water until tender,
about 5 minutes. Remove
beans 'with a slotted
spoon and transfer to
bowl of cold water. Set
Whisk vinegar, oil,
mustard, honey, salt and
pepper in a large mixing
bowl until blended. Add
onion and black-eyed
peas and toss until fully
Drain beans and pat
dry. Add to the prepared
mixture. Toss. to coat and
add parsley. Season salad
to taste with salt and pep-
per. Serve cold or at room
Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 170 calo-
ries, 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat-
urated fat), 33 g carbohy-
8 g protein, 8 g dietary
fiber, 310 mg sodium

The Counseling Corner
From the American Counseling Association

Finding the Keys to Relationships That Last

While Valentine's Day may have had
you thinking about warm, cuddly, roman-
tic relationships, it's also a good time to
think about long-term relationships, the
important relationships that go far
beyond candy, flowers and greeting cards.
Long-term relationships aren't just
romantic ones. While marriage certainly
should be a long-term romantic relation-
ship, we also can have close, long-term
friend and business relationships, but
Whatever the form, all relationships grow
from common foundations and make
similar demands upon us.
Any close, long-term relationship is
difficult to build, simply because we're all
different people with different back-
grounds. Relationships often start easily,
based on common interests or likes, but
over time we'll discover the many differ-
ences that separate us, even from those
with whom we're closest.
Long-term relationships succeed when
we learn to accept our differences and to
work through the disagreements they
may bring. The bottom line for relation-
ship success is learning to value the rela-
tionship more highly than matters of dis-
A key, therefore, to successful relation-
ships work is learning to handle disagree-
ments, because they are bound to hap-
pen. Being able to disagree with honesty,
openness and trust is what helps turn a
relationship into a long-term one, and
what sustains that relationship through
its rough patches.
For a relationship to last, both parties

need to truly value relationship. Both
need to agree that whatever the area of
disagreement, it's never important
enough to sabotage the relationship
itself. That means there will be times
when you both simply agree to disagree
rather than damage the relationship you
Having a standard of behavior for dis-
agreements is also vital. When someone
in a relationship sets ultimatums or tries
to force the other person to change, the
relationship is in trouble. It's important to
accept that the idea is not to "win" when
disagreements occur, but rather to main-
tain a healthy relationship.
Another key in handling disagree-
ments is clarifying issues. Most of us,
especially in moments of anger, try to
"interpret" the words or actions of the
other person. In a solid relationship, it's
-important to be open and let the other
person explain exactly what he or she
meant and intended.
Long-term relationships do take work
and compromise, but putting effort into
them is what makes them last and grow.
The key to a successful relationship is
making sure that there is room in it for
areas of disagreement.

"The Counseling Corner" is provided as
a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling profes-
sionals. To learn more about the counsel-
ing profession, visit the ACA website found

Nutrition Notes
By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN
for the American Institute for Cancer Research

Tangy Three-Bean Salad.

Beat Stress At Lunch & Learn

University of South Florida Lakeland
Rath Senior ConNEXTions and
Education Center will hold its next Lunch
& Learn program Friday, Feb. 29.
Dr. Rosemarie Lamm will present
"Healthy Stress Busters: Fun, Food and
The free class runs from 11 a.m. to

12:30 the Rath Center, 1350 East
Main Street, C200, Bartow
Advance registration is required. To
register, contact Holly Sigsbee at hsigs- or call 533-5925.
Lunch is not provided, but partici-
pants may bring their own.

Anger Management For Teens Starts Soon

Anger management
classes, sponsored by the
Drug Prevention Resource
Center and Fort Meade
Leisure Services, will be
offered at the Fort Meade

Community Center.
The three-part series of
.classes will be offered free
to middle and high school
students and their parents.'
Classes will be conduct-

ed on Monday, March 3,
March 17, and April 7, from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information,
call 285-1111.

Free Lung Program Planned In W.H.

Winter Haven Hospital's
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Department will offer a
free community lung dis-
ease education program
on Wednesday, March 12,
from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Gill
Jones Center, Conference
Room A, 3425 Lake Alfred
Road (Hwy 17 N.), Winter
The topics for this

month's program will be:
"What Your Lung
Doctor Never Told You
About Your Heart"
"Lung Transplants:
The Ins and Outs"
Marie Mixon, ARNP,
Winter Haven Hospital,
and David Cowart, a lung
transplant recipient, will
be the guest speakers.
Free oxygen level

checks by oximetry also
will be offered.
For more information
and to register, call the
Winter Haven Hospital
Health Connection at 291-
6705 or 1-800-416-6705,
Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 4 p.m

Q: I've heard a lot of
praise for the
Mediterranean diet. Is it
as healthy as everyone
A: First and foremost,
the Mediterranean diet is
a plant-based diet.
It is particularly rich in
vegetables, features fish at
least two or three times a
week, beans a few times a
week (if not daily) and
limits portions of meat,
fish and poultry.
Olive oil a source of
heart-healthy monoun-
saturated fat is promot-
ed as an optimal choice of
fat in the Mediterranean
cultures. Unlike saturated
fats like butter, olive oil
does not raise blood cho-
Additionally, some
studies suggest that natur-
al compounds in olive oil
may even be protective
against cancer. The antiox-
idant compounds found in
garlic, onions and herbs,
all featured in
Mediterranean cooking,
add additional disease-
fighting capabilities.
It is important to
remember, however, that
people in Mediterranean
countries historically
lived physically active,
lifestyles and did not need
to limit portions as care-
fully as we do today in
order to control calories.
To get the full benefit of
a Mediterranean lifestyle,
aim for a minimum of 30

Success seems to be
largely a matter of hanging
on after others have let go.
-William Feather

minutes of physical activi-
ty daily.

Q: I just got a pedome-
ter to help me boost my
walking. But what is a rea-
sonable goal?
A: Pedometers are small
devices worn at the waist
that measure how many
steps you take throughout
the day.
A target of 10,000 steps
daily (equivalent to about
five miles) has been linked
with a number of health
New research suggests
that adults age 50 and
younger may need to
reach 11,000 to 12,000
steps a day for weight con-
trol; children ages 6 to 12
may need to increase their
target even more.
But most Americans
walk far less than even the
10,000 step goal. To gauge
your baseline, start by
recording your step count
on a pedometer for several
days without including
any extra walking effort.
If you're considerably
below 10,000 steps, it may
be physically and psycho-
logically easier. to start
with adding 1,000 steps a
day to your initial starting
point to create a new daily

After a week or so,
increase your target again.

Q: Is it true that the
sweetener sucralose (sold
as Splenda) doesn't affect
blood sugar even though
it is made from sugar?
A: Yes. Changes to the
chemical structure of
sugar that occur during
processing into Splenda
prevent digestive enzymes
from breaking it down.
Because it cannot be
processed, it does not pro-
vide calories or affect
blood sugar or insulin lev-
els. As a bonus, unlike
aspartame, another no-
calorie sweetener, Splenda
can be used in cooking
and baking.
Be aware, however, that
America's love affair with
sweeteners has little to do
with table sugar. The more
than 20 teaspoons of
added sugars that we each
consume daily come
mainly from sweetened
soft drinks, cereals, candy
and bakery goods.
In other words, to
impact your sugar intake
most profoundly, choose
sugar-sweetened foods
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February 27,2008

Polk Senior Games Continue

FORT MEADE KARATE CLUB, located at the Fort Meade Community Center, dis-
plays their dojo (school) license issued byWado-Ryu Karate Do Renmei headquarters
in Tokyo. Fort Meade is also the state headquarters for U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu
Federation. Jeff Clark, the instructor for the local karate club, has been' training in
Wado Karate for 25 years and is a fifth degree black belt. Jeff maintains this rank with
yearly training seminars with top instructors in Wado from around the world, includ-
ing Grand Master Otsuka and his son, who will be the next grand master ofWado-Ryu
Karate. Karate classes are held every Monday and Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Fort Meade Community Center. Cost is $4 per class or $25 per month. Family rates are
available. For more information, call 285-1111. (Photo provided by Jeff Zell)

BHS Boys' Baseball Crush

Crickette Club Second District Victim, 10-0

Car Wash Set

Miss Bartow Softball
minor division Crickette
Club Team of 11- and 12-
year-olds will hold a car
wash Saturday, March 1,
from 8 a.m. to noon at the
Goodyear parking lot.
Cost is $2. Fresh cinna-
mon rolls will be on sale
for 50 cents and lollipops
will be available for 75
For more information,
call Sonya Mincey at 701-
1070 before 2 p.m., or 206-
7175 after 2 p.m.

Twyla G. Ely, vice chair-
man of Polk Community
College's district board of
trustees, was recently
appointed to the
Association of Community
College Trustees (ACCT) as
Florida coordinator.
She was also appointed
to the board of the
Foundation for Florida's
Community Colleges, Inc.
ACCT is a non-profit
educational organization
representing more than
6,500 trustees who govern
over 1,200 community col-
leges in the United States.
Ely was selected to athree-
year term as the Florida
coordinator. In this capac-
ity, she will serve as the
primary liaison for ACCT
in Florida.
Ely also was selected to
a three-year term with the
FFCC Established in July
1994 as a Direct Support
Organization (DSO) for the
Florida Community
College System. Its prima-
ry mission is to raise funds

Bartow High School
boys' baseball team shut
out Haines City 10-0 to win
their second district game
of the week last Friday.
Senior Kelly Green
pitched a complete game
shutout recording five K's
along the way. Green also
came up big at the plate
with a three-run homer in
the first inning and a two-
RBI single in the fifth.
Senior Josh Register also
had a good night with a
triple in the first and a
bases-loaded clearing
triple to end the game in

to help support Florida's
28 public community col-
The Foundation cur-
rently has nearly $19 mil-
lion in assets and provides
scholarships to thousands
of students each year.
Funds donated to the
FFCC are eligible to be
matched through the Dr.
Philip Benjamin Matching
Grant Program (s. 1011.85,
ES.) thus doubling the
Ely is a political and
media consultant, who has
consulted on numerous
political campaigns,
including Sen. JD
Alexander, Rep. Marty
Bowen, Sen. Paula
Dockery, and Rep. Baxter
She is the former execu-
tive director of the
Republican Party of Polk
County and staff assistant
for Congressman Andy
Ireland. Ely is currently
serving in her final term as
a trustee for PCC.




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the sixth due to the 10-run
Freshman Buddy
Putnam also hit an RBI,
and juniors Ambrose
Young, Corey Stinson, and
Gage Upthegrove all had
one hit a piece.
With this game, Bartow
improved its record to 4-1
and 2-0 in the district.
The Jackets squared off
against the 4-0 Lake Wales
Highlanders last night at
home, which was expected
to be an intense district
game. Scores were
unavailable at press time.

Polk County seniors are
competing all over the
county as Polk Senior
Games proceed.
Events will continue
until closing ceremony on
Sunday, March 9, at
Youkey Theater in the
Lakeland Center at 2 p.m.
Polk Senior Games

8 a.m. Tennis,
Edgewood Courts,
9 a.m. Shuffleboard,
Doubles, Lake Parker Park,
8:47 a.m. Cribbage
Doubles, Auburndale
Civic Center
1 p.m. -Trap Shooting,
Lakeland Rifle and Pistol
1:07 p.m. Cribbage
Singles, Auburndale Civic

Feb. 28
8 a.m. Tennis Mixed
Doubles begin, Edgewood-
8:30 a.m. Fishing,
Tenoroc Fish
Management Area,
9:30 a.m. Lawn
Bowling Mixed/Ladies
Pairs, Lake Parker Park,
1 p.m. Punt, Pass
and Kick, Bartowv High
'School Stadium

Feb. 29
8 a.m. Tennis,
Edgewood Coutts,
9 a.m. Bocce, Ages
50-69 Carefree Country
Club, Winter Haven

9 a.m. Duplicate
Bridge, Winter Haven
Bridge Center
9:30 a.m. Lawn
Bowling Mixed/Ladies

Pairs, Lake Parker Park,
1 p.m. Bocce, Ages 70
and over, Carefree Country
Club, Winter Haven

2 p.m.

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Haven Bridge

March 1
9 a.m. Field Events,
Bartow High School
2 p.m. Social and
Ballroom Dancing, The
Hamptons Club House,

March 2
2 p.m. Euchre,
Bartow Civic Center

March 3
9 a.m. Putt & Chip,
Men, Highland Fairways,
9 a.m. Pickleball
Singles, Solivita
1 p.m. Putt & Chip,
Women, Highland
Fairways, Lakeland
1 p.m. Pickleball
Doubles, Solivita
1 p.m. 8 Ball Billiards,
Men 60-79, Wally's
Billiards, Lakeland
2:30 p.m. 8 Ball
Billiards, Men 50-59, 80+,
Women, Wally's Billiards,

March 4
9 a.m. Pickleball
Mixed Doubles, Solivita

9 a.m. Table Teninis,
Sgl, Dbl & Mix Dbl, Haines
City Community Center

1 p.m. 9 Ball Billiards,
Wally's Billiards, Lakeland

March 5
9 a.m. Bowling, Men
Singles, Interstate Lanes,
9 a.m. Basketball

Shooting, Albert Kirkland
Gym, Lake Wales
1 p.m. Bowling,'
Women Singles, Interstate!
Lanes, Lakeland
1 p.m. Skeet'
Shooting, Lakeland Rifle &
Pistol Club
2 p.m.- Pepper, Sanlan
Ranch Campground,

March 6
9 a.m. Horseshoes,
Rotary Park, Winter Haven

9 a.m. Bowling,,
Women Doubles,
Interstate Lanes, Lakeland

9 a.m. Racquetball
Singles and Doubles,
Lakeland Fa.m.ily YMCA

1 p.m. Bowling, Men
Doubles, Interstate Lanes,

March 7
9 a.m. Bowling,
Mixed Doubles, Interstate
Lanes, Lakeland
9 a.m. Scrabble,
, .Mulberry Civic Center
2 p.m. Darts, Medulla
Baptist Church, Lakeland

March 8
8 a.m. -Road Race 5K,
Bartow High School"
9:30 a.m. Walking
5000 Meter, Bartow High
School Stadium
9 a.m. Basketball 3'
on 3, Kelly Recreation,
Center, Lakeland
11 a.m. Walking 1500
Meter, Bartow High School

March 9
1 p.m. Health" Fair,
Youkey Theatre, Lakeland
2 .p.m. Closing
Ceremony, Youkey
Theater, Lakeland Center

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Wing Chun Kung Fu's
Sifu Justin Och will be
conducting a free self-
defense. workshop
Saturday, March 1, 2 to 4
p.m. at Fighter's Edge,
located at 5713 U.S.
Highway 98 North in
A complimentary cook-
out will follow.
Besides demonstrating
the basics of Wing Chun
for self-defense, practical
counter-moves for com-
mon attacks like wrist-
grabs will be taught.
Information about assess-
ing potentially threaten-
ing situations will be dis-
cussed, as well as tech-
niques for using common
household items to pro-
tect yourself.
The techniques of Wing
Chun "focus on protecting
the centerline of the body,
while simultaneously
attacking the vital points
of an attacker," Sifu Och

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force with force, the tech-'
niques of Wing Chun re-
direct the energy of an
incoming blow, allowing a
person of any stature to
'defend against and
defeat an attacker of
any size and strength.
The effectiveness of
these techniques make
Wing Chun suitable for
men, women and chil-
dren, ages 7 and up.
Sifu Justin Och is certi-
fied by Grandmaster Steve
Lee Swift and the World
Head of Family Sokeship
Council as a third level
sifu. In 2005, the interna-
tional Council recognized
Och's work by presenting
him with the Outstanding
Instructor Award.
For more information
about the free public self-
defense workshop, call
Sifu Och at 813-210-1837,
or visit his website at

In order to make neces-
sary repairs, the Polk
County Board of County
Commissioners' Leisure
Services Division will be
closing three boat ramps.
Weather conditions
may affect completion
dates. Ramps will be
closed as follows:

Lake Parker in:
Lakeland, March 3-7
Lake Gibson in
Lakeland, March 10-14
Lake Mariana in
Auburndale, March 17-21
For more information,
call James Kummer, Polk
County Leisure Services, at,

Lake Wales: (863) 676-1991

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10 Named To Bartow

Mayor's Youth Council

From the Fort Meade Historical Museum

Ten local teenagers were
appointed by the Bartow
City Commission to serve on
the Mayor's Youth Council, a
group of high school stu-
dents who provide input into
local government.
Four are present mem-
bers who were reappointed
for another year; six are new
The city commission, not-
ing that there are a varying
number of applicants each
year, has established a range
of appointees to accommo-
date most of the youngsters
who apply to serve.

City residents who are
not registered to vote, but
would like to participate in
the April 1 city elections,
have until March 3 to sub-
mit their completed voter
registration form to the
Elections Office in Bartow.
Bartow, Dundee, Fort
Meade, Frostproof, Haines
City, Lake Alfred, Lake
Hamilton, Lake Wales,
Mulberry, and Polk City
will hold elections.
Voter registration forms


Appointed to serve for the
coming school year:
Kimberly Lunn.
Anna Mae Gibson.
Maggie Holland.
Christian Spinosa.
Richard Atwell.
*' Courtney Putnam.
Michael Woods.
Rick Holland.
Bobby Nelson.
Jayson Douglas.
(Kimberly Lunn's name
was misspelled in the previ-
ous publication of this story.)

may be downloaded at,
may be picked up at any
public library or city hall,
or residents may register at
the Elections Office in
Bartow at 250 S. Broa.dway
Avenue. Registered voters
are reminded to update the
Elections Office of any
changes to their name or
address prior to election
For more information
contact 534-5888.
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Over the past two
weeks we entertained
approximately 500 visi-
tors at the Arts, Crafts,
and Q0ilt exhibit.
Several asked the ques-
tion as to where the fort is
located. Since there is no
fort to show, maybe Fort
Meade should think
about building a replica of
the fort as a part of our
history to see. Fort Meade
was founded in
December 1849, because
of its strategic location on
firm high ground over-
looking Peace River. In
1853 and 1854, the United
States government adopt-
ed an aggressive policy
aimed at pressuring the
native Indians to leave the
state, as there had been a
bloody Indian war.
With the government's
new policy, the Fort Meade
garrison more than dou-
bled. The post's roster
grew from 60 to 118 with
seven to eight officers.
Lt. George Gordon
Meade, the engineer,
selected this chosen site as
a halfway point for the mil-
itary route from Fort
Pierce on the Atlantic
Ocean to Tampa on the
Gulf of Mexico.
After Brig. Gen. David
Emanuel Twiggs examined
Meade's site and as a
recognition of his judg-
ment in the special case,
his good service and con-
duct, he caused the post to
be named Fort Meade.
Within hours, Meade
presented a personally
drawn map of the region
with a boldly inked-in
location of the new post.
And for the first time, the

THE ORIGINAL FORT MEADE is shown in a painting depicting Lt. George Gordon
Meade. (Photo provided)

name "Fort Meade" was
committed to writing.
After the great freeze of
1895, which damaged hun-
dreds of acres of orange
- groves, Capt. Alonzo
Cordery acted upon his
plan to announce the for-
mation of the Cuban
Tobacco Growers
Company. About 800 to
1,000 persons turned out
for a monstrous barbecue
event on New Year's Day,
Within weeks, a colony
of 60 Cubans with many
experts in growing tobacco
and manufacturing cigars,
settled in Fort Meade with
more on the way, permit-
ting the expansion of the
The fields were located
just to the west and north
of Peace River Bridge and
to the area of Pembroke,
which they called planta-

By mid-April, they con-
tained some 100,000 well-
advanced tobacco plants.
And the town grew with
business and a general
store was stocked with all
sorts of goods.
I was visiting with Ms.
Elsie Cook the other day
and she told me that later
in yeas, following the
tobacco, there were fields
of celery grown by Fort
Meade farmers.
It seems that the soil was
rich for farming and then
came along the phosphate
diggings, which proved to
be very rich phosphate
So today, we have very
little farming and very little
phosphate rock, as it has
already been dug.
Things have certainly
changed since the influx of
the Englishmen coming to

Fort Meade with their rich-
es for a good time of horse
racing and fox hunting.
They brought their thor-
oughbred horses from
England and their fox-
hounds. This was a great
investment area for them
in land, phosphate rock,
and fertilizer.
Sawmills and planing
mills were erected, as well
as quite a village of neat
and tasty cottages.
The closest to Fort
Meade was the Virginia-
Florida Phosphate
Company with their opera-
tions starting in January
1891, just north of town.
Today, phosphate rock
has been dug around four
sides of our town.
With so many eras of
history, it seems we should
show a fort as to how we
really got started.

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Preserve Family Memories with Recipes

From ARA Content

When Kathy Paul heard
all the laughter coming
from her kitchen during
the Paul Family Reunion in
the summer of 2007, she
knew compiling a family
cookbook was the perfect
way to record joyful
moments such as this.
"As they were preparing
their dishes, my nieces
were laughing and having
such a good time remem-
bering stories about their
childhoods at their grand-
ma and grandpa's house,"
says Paul, who lives with
her husband, Don, on the
farmstead that has been in
his family for more than a
She wanted a tangible
way to preserve for
younger family members
all the memories and
recipes that have been so
important to her family. "I
was sitting at home making
notes for the reunion and
trying to think of a way to
make it really special. I
thought a cookbook would
be a really great thing for
every family member to
have and, hopefully, pass
on to future generations."
So Paul set out on a mis-
sion that involved sending

letters, e-mailing and mak-
ing phone calls to relatives,
asking them to bring spe-
cial recipes and memories
to the reunion. In the
meantime, she started col-
lecting family photos dat-
ing back to the mid-1800s,
plus photos of the original
farm house, the original
barn and the still-bloom-
ing rose bush that has been
part of the farmstead since
it was transplanted from
Pennsylvania by Don's
great-grandparents around
1865 when they first came
to Iowa.
"I put the photos on dis-
play for the reunion and it
got everyone talking about
the things they remember,"
says Paul, who is no ama-
teur at creating cookbooks.
In fact, The Paul Family
Cookbook is the third
cookbook project under
her belt. She helped collect
recipes for a cookbook
published in 1985 pre-
serving memories, photos,
and recipes from her side
of the family as well as
an updated version re-
published in 2005 with the
help of G&R Publishing
Company in Waverly, Iowa.
G&R Publishing has
helped customers create
cookbooks for families,

churches, schools, non-
profit groups, businesses
and fundraisers for 35
With about, 50 family
members in attendance at
the reunion, Paul was able
to snap a special photo
that day to include in the
cookbook. She recently
received her shipment of
cookbooks and is excited
to begin distributing them
to her family. "I go back to
my mother's recipes and
Don's mother's recipes all
the time. I like to think that
future generations can go
back to this cookbook and
remember the recipes their
mother and grandmother
used to make." (ARA)

How to Create Your Own
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