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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Place of Publication: Bartow, Fla
Publication Date: November 24, 2010
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$6,000 raised for
Bartow High School
cheerleaders

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A walk through
Fraser Trail

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Students cook at
courthouse and
more holiday recipes

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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
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Mine to reopen this month


STEVE STEINER
STAFF WRITER
The Mosaic Company
recently announced it
had reached an agree-
ment that will allow
limited mining of the
Hardee County Exten-
sion of its South Fort
Meade phosphate rock
mine this month. It will
allow about 140 people


to return to work, the
company said.
The agreement is with
certain environmental
groups that brought a
lawsuit in federal dis-
trict court contesting
the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers issuance of a
federal wetlands permit
for the Hardee County
Extension, and follows a


July 30, 2010, preliminary
injunction by the court
that temporarily pre-
vents the company from
relying on the permit.
Following the prelimi-
nary injunction, Mosaic
had indefinitely idled the
South Fort Meade mine.
The agreement will
allow mining to proceed
on about 200 acres out of


the 10,583-acre Hardee
County Extension for an
estimated four-month
period.
The mining permitted
by the agreement is the
same Mosaic was seeking
in its request for relief to
the court in a motion for
limited stay of the pre-
liminary injunction.
In connection with


the settlement, Mosaic
has agreed not to mine
about 40 acres of the
Hardee County Exten-
sion, including 14.3 acres
of wetlands, which will
be preserved through a
conservation easement.
The settlement agree-
ment, which is subject
to court approval, will be
submitted to the federal


district court in a joint
motion for a limited
stay of the preliminary
injunction.
"The Hardee County
Extension permit is
the most extensive and
environmentally. Protec-
tive phosphate mining
permit in Florida's his-

REOPEN 16


By STEVE STEINER
STAFF WRITER
What will Polk County
be forced to do if prop-
erty tax revenues drop for
yet another consecutive
year?
"If what I hear is cor-
rect, we're going to have
to look at more pro-
grams," said Polk County
Board of Commissioner
chairman Edwin V Smith.
Some of those pro-
grams might have to see
decreases in funding, he
said, adding he hoped
none would have to be
eliminated.
His reaction is due
to figures showing the






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county budget drop-
ping by $26 million this
year because of a drop in
property tax collections.
However, it will not
be until February before
the county commission
begins to take up the
matter. At that time it will
begin looking at the bud-
get. Smith said it's going
to be hard on everybody
in every division. As for
any specific programs,
all he could say was that
there would not be any
areas left unchecked.
Prospects look grim.
According to Marsha
Faux, Polk County Prop-
erty Assessor, property


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Obituaries................5A
County Report........ 1B
ConmmLuni\ ..........4B


values are continuing to
decline. Last year alone
there were more than
11,000 foreclosures.
"Several years ago, the
median price of a home
was $168,000," she said.
"Now it's $98,000."
Faux was quick to
caution that a decline
in property values did
not necessarily mean a
decline in tax revenues.
If the commissioners
had wanted, it could
have done a rollback on
the millage rate. It chose
not to do so and instead
made the decision to hold
the line, the same deci-
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Calendar ...............5B
Friday Fest................8B
Feeling Fit..........Inside
Bartow Mag.......Inside


Shoppers beware


Cops warn shoppers to be

vigilant on Black Friday


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
Local police warned
Black Friday shoppers to
keep close watch since
the bad guys might in
turn be watching them.
Sgt. David Wyant of the
Bartow Police Depart-
ment, and Chief Herbert
Gillis and Assistant Chief
Christopher Velasquez of
the Lake Wales Police De-
partment, warned shop-
pers to be extra vigilant
when seeking Christmas
bargains.
"Check the surround-
ings," said Wyant. "Trust
your. gut.
"If something doesn't
seem or feel right, walk
away from the situation."
With all the hustle and
bustle, watch carefully.
"Be proactive rather
than reactive this holiday
season," said Velasquez.
Many local stores open
prior to dawn and mer-
chants expect lines when
the doors swing open.
The Bartow Walmart will
stay open all night with
some specials starting
at midnight and another
round of sales at 5 a.m.


JCPenney's at Eagle
Ridge Mall in Lake Wales
and Belks at Lakeside
Village in Lakeland will
both open at 4 a.m. Even
many local thrift shops
are bracing for increased
business.
All three officers sug-
gested using basic safety
tips not just during
the holidays but year
round.
Wyant advised pre-
dawn and other holiday
shoppers to hit the stores
together.
"It's best if you go with
a friend," said Wyant.
"Make it a 'friend day.'
Go with someone else."
Although both local
forces will patrol park-'
ing lots more often than
usual Friday,Velasquez
suggested that shoppers
stay in well-lit areas and
park near other vehicles.
He said that shoppers
should take advantage of
"natural surveillance.
"Keep cars locked and
place valuables out of
sight in the trunk," said
Velasquez. "If someone
can look right into the
car, the temptation will
apparently be there to


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* Holiday closings, 1B

break a window and take
your Christmas away."
According to Velas-
quez, by keeping a car
near other parked cars,
criminals don't know
whether someone might
be sitting in a car.
"The bad guys know
there could be a chance
somebody is watching."
Wyant told shoppers to
be aware of their person-
al physical limitations.
"If you're carrying 15
to 20 pounds of packages
for 20 to 25 minutes you
may suffer from muscle
fatigue," said Wyant.
"Keep from injuring
yourself.
"You're more prone to
trip or drop packages."
Velasquez warns: "Stay
FRIDAY 16


Jobless rate drops 0.8


percent


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
Polk County's unem-
ployment rate dropped
0.8 percent in the last
month and ranks 15th of
67 counties in the highest
unemployment rates in
the state, the Agency for
Workforce Development
said in its monthly report
last week.
The county's unem-
ployment rate was 12.5
percent for October. In
September it was 13.3
percent. The 12.5 per-
cent is slightly below the
October 2009 rate of 12.6
percent. With a labor
force of 270,061 people,
34,369 people were
reported to be unem-
ployed, the agency said.
In September 36,932 peo-
ple were unemployed.
Last October 34,738 were
reported to be unem-
ployed.
Polk County's rate


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Shirley
Turner


is still higher than
the state's rate of 11.9
percent, a rate that
remained unchanged
from September, but it is
still higher than the rate
of October 2009 of 11.3
percent. However, the
latest figure is the third
straight month Florida
has not had a rise in the
unemployment rate, the
agency reported. The
highest figure in the state
was 12.3 percent posted
in March. In Polk County
the highest rate was
recorded in January 2010
at 13.4 percent.
Nationally, the unem-
ployment rate was 9.6
percent in October.
The lack of improve-
ment in the state's jobless
rate was blamed on
continued sluggishness
in housing and credit
markets that has idled
construction and slowed
sales of existing property.
And though there was a


decline in the rate here, it
wasn't due to the housing
market.
Through Nov. 22
single-family housing
permits were 23 for the
month. Last month the
figure was 41 and 49 the
previous month. Over the
previous 11 months the
average was 60.1 permits
per month.
Linda Stiles, the lead
permit technician for
Polk County, said com-
paring those numbers to
the figures from 2005-
.2007, the numbers are
"down terribly."
"Housing is down and
it is one of the major em-
ployers," said Al Handley,
director of Polk County's
Building Department.
But, he added, attracting
jobs to the area is really
the top priority.
He said the figures
that show the rate drop-
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Democrat Vol. 80, No. 25


Friday Fest


Magic on Main filled Down-
town Bartow Friday with
shoppers, diners, classic
cars, kids, music, and the
magical, twinkling lights of
Christmas. Trees on the side-
walks have been wrapped in
lights, as have the trees in
Fort Blount Park, creating a
fairy land along Broadway.
See more photos on Page 8B.


PHOTOS BY
PEGGYKEHOE


Tax drop would mean cuts








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Man arrested for

shining laser at police copter


Legoland Florida general manager Adrian Jones speaks at a recent event. The attraction has
invited a number of local government officials to share ways to mutually market the park that
would be beneficial to local communities like Lake Wales.

Riding the Legoland wave


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
Lake Wales merchants
hope to capitalize on
the Oct. 2011 launch of
Legoland Florida.
City Economic Director
Harold Gallup addressed
city commissioners
recently on how to best
capture some of the
ancillary business gener-
ated by the all-day theme
park set for the former
Cypress Gardens site.
Legoland recently
shared its region-wide
marketing plans with of-
ficials from local munici-
palities.
Legoland will focus
on a 2- to 12-year-old
customer base and lovers
of the international firm's
colored bricks, while
targeting the Tampa,
Orlando and Atlanta
markets as part of a five-
year plan, said Gallup.
Instead of promoting
the park as Winter Haven
attraction, Gallup said,
Legoland will be based
in Central Florida, with
a "Real Florida" experi-


ence.
Gallup said the region
will need to overcome an
image of being "a long
way from anywhere.
"It's not a negative, but
a bland market-brand,"
said Gallup.
Signs to direct visitors
is key, but once Lego-
land visitors reach Polk
County, businesses must
be prepared in advance
to capitalize.
"It's a philosophical
change, we have to be
open for business," said
Gallup. "If not open for
business, we won't know
if we'll miss anything.
"We have to get our
business community in
line."
Long range plans call
for promoting the Eagle
Ridge Mall as "The Mall
of Legoland."
Commissioner Jona-
than Thornhill expects
that local hotels, res-
taurants and Bok Tower
might significantly ben-
efit from Legoland.
He also said the city
should better market


Spook Hill, although
initially downtown
merchants might have to
wait a while to feel the
effect from the proposed
theme park.
Commissioner Mike
Carter hopes the city gets
a sprucing up, with more
"curb appeal."
"Legoland is one of the
biggest tourist economic
events in Lake Wales his-
tory andwe have to posi-
tion ourselves to take full
advantage," said Carter.
But, Legoland won't
draw customers into res-
taurant seats and hotel
beds overnight.
"It's not a quick, easy
journey," said Gallup,
"We can't look at this like
a quick fix.
"We should plan well,
fund well and execute
well," said Gallup.
Commissioner Terrye
Howell also favors plan-
ning ahead.
"We need to change
our mindset so we are
not the ones who said,
'We should have done
this.'"


A 58-year-old Lakeland
man was arrested Sunday
for blinding officers in a
helicopter with a green
laser light, it reports.
After correcting the im-
pairments, the pilot was
able to pinpoint the la-
ser's origin and deputies
arrested Mark Clay Ha-
zlitt of 2870 Chatsworth
Lane, Lakeland. He said
he used laser because
he was "tired of hearing
it," the sheriff's office
reports.
Officers in the helicop-
ter were also able to find'
the man who threatened
to commit suicide after
the incident.
Hazlitt was charged
with misuse of laser
lighting device, a third
degree felony.
"We were searching for
someone who threatened
suicide," said Donna
Wood of the Polk County
Sheriff's Office. "This guy
interfered with it. (The
laser) worked because it
caused the night vision
to malfunction and the
officers couldn't see."
She said the laser also
disrupted the monitoring
equipment the officers
were using. The helicop-
ter had to leave the area
or risk crashing it, she
said.
At about 7:30 p.m.,


the laser light Hazlitt is accused of using.
Sunday the Polk County
Sheriff's Office air unit
responded to Clubhouse
Road in the Island Walk
subdivision in reference
to a distraught armed
subject threatening sui-
cide. The subject report-
edly tried to cut his wrists
with a knife before family
were able to wrestle the
knife from him. The
subject fled on foot in an
unknown direction.
Mark Clay Hazlitt


Woman charged with shooting cat


LAKELAND (AP) Authorities are
charging a woman with shooting a
neighborhood cat to death after it at-
tacked her, her pit bull and her sister.
Lakeland Police say 52-year-old Polly
Boykin was charged Thursday with ani-
mal cruelty and discharging a firearm
in public.
Police say a cat named Skeeter,


which was owned by Boykin's neighbor,
chased the dog, scratched the sister
and attacked Boykin. Boykin told the
Lakeland Ledger that she shot Skeeter
with her .32-caliber revolver for protec-
tion.
Boykin says her hand is infected
because of the cat. She told the news-
paper that she will fight the charges.


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EDITORIAL


Thanksgiving reflections: Unless you are a turkey


(These reflections on Thanks-
giving were written in the early
1960s by Loyal Frisbie in his
column, Off My Chest, and were
reprinted in his column each
year on Thanksgiving Day. He
died on Dec. 5, 2004, at the age of
89, but his inspirational message
is timeless, and we are republish-
ing it as today's editorial.)
Unless you are a turkey you
have much to be thankful for at
this Thanksgiving season.
If you are reading these lines,
you have eyes to see with, and
an education to read with.
If you are having these lines
read to you, you have ears to
hear with and a mind to think
with.
The past year may have been
a sad one for you. There may


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be deep troubles on the hori-
zon ahead. Still, there should
be much room in your heart for
thankfulness.
If you lost a loved one in the
past year, you know that they
are now past pain and sorrow
... and that God has so arranged
the Universe that your own grief
at the loss is less as the days roll
by.
If dark death sits at your door
waiting for a critical illness to
take its toll in your household,
you do have the loved one with
you for yet awhile.
Money matters may be caus-
ing you concern.
If you could afford to buy this


newspaper, or if you know you
will be able to feed your fam-
ily today and tomorrow and the
next day, there are millions of
people in this world who will
find it hard to believe anyone
could have such good fortune.
It's possible for the time be-
ing you are in such pain that it
is a monstrous effort for you to
move around.
If you are able to rise from
your bed or chair and walk,
there are people in hospitals
throughout this land who would
gladly exchange half the years.
they have left to do as much.
Please believe me, I would not
for one moment belittle your
troubles, whatever they may be.
I know that your troubles weigh
heavily because they are yours,


and you must live with them,
hour by hour, and day by day.
It is only human for each of
us to feel that our burdens are
heaviest. But perhaps you can
join me in this thought:
As I catalogue my own difficul-
ties and look about me, I don't
find anyone with whom I would
wish to exchange miseries.
My own are familiar to me,
and manageable, and I am
grateful that I am alive in God's
world, where there is cause for
thanksgiving in every sunbeam
and every raindrop, where every
new dawn brings promise' of
hope and faith for a brighter
tomorrow.
May God's love for his children
awake an echoing love in all our
hearts.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Thanks for allowing me to serve
Thank you for the great every success in dealing and participate actively in
honor and privilege of with the many challenges our government.
allowing me to serve as that remain in our com- As I turn my commis-
your county commission- unity. sion responsibilities over
er for the last four years. I want to especially to Mr. Dantzler, I leave
Together we have ac- thank each of you who humbled by the trust


complished much and
Polk County is a better
place today because of
things we accomplished
together.
f While I sincerely want-
ed to continue my service
on the commission for a
second term, the voters
have spoken.
I wish my colleagues on
the commission and the
two new commissioners


supported my campaign.
Even though we did not
prevail, your efforts de-
fined the issues that the
commission must deal
with over the next few
years and, in that, you
provided our community
a great service.'
Our system of govern-
ment only works because
of people like you who
are willing to step forward


you placed in me during
my term, proud of what
we accomplished, and
secure in the knowledge
that you, the citizens that
we serve, will continue to
guide our community to
the future it deserves.

Jean Reed,
Former Polk County
Commissioner


For a number of years,
I have made it a practice
to pause at Thanksgiving
and reflect on my bless-
ings.
Perhaps this is an intru-
sion on my readers; look-
ing into someone else's
soul may be an uncom-
fortable experience. Sorry,
but that is who I am.

As always, family tops
my list. I am blessed with
a wife who loves me, even
when she does not under-
stand me; three children
whom I love, even when
I don't understand them;
and three precious grand-
sons, around whom my
world revolves.
No other blessings can
compare.

Mary's and my newest
blessing began on Jan. 1
of this year.
We both retired after a
career in journalism that,
in my case, spanned a
half century, 45 years of
it in a business started by
my Granddad and Great-
Granddad.
I broke the mold.
Great-Granddad, Grand-
dad, and Dad all worked
until their health failed. I
decided that was not for
me.
So after 75 years under
ownership by the Frisbie
family and assurances
by our children that they
were happy in their own


THINKING
OUT LOUD



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careers, I decided to sell
Frisbie Publishing Co.
It was the right deci-
sion.
There is a time in life
for all things, and this was
the right time for us.
We sold to Derek Dunn-
Rankin, a long-time pro-
fessional associate with
extensive community
journalism experience
and professional values
similar to mine.
No, it did not go en-
tirely as we had planned,
but I would make the
same decision again in a
heartbeat.
Mary and I remained
on under a three-year
employment contract,
and on Jan. 1 of this year,
we stepped enthusiasti-
cally into retirement, the
next chapter of our lives.
It was the right time.

When I retired, friends,
including the staff I had
built, told me that our
newspapers would not be
the same without me at
the helm.
I assured them that
they were right.
Every manager puts


his own imprimatur on
a business. Many things
would improve; some
might not be as good.
I was fortunate that
Derek agreed with my
recommendation that Jim
Gouvellis be appointed to
succeed me.
I give him advice only
when he asks for it. That
is as it should be.

I give thanks for the
eight-year ministry of
Father Wally Reynolds at
Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church. Wally retired on
July 31, a year and a half
after appointing Denny
Clements and me to
share the duties of senior


warden. We are
leaders in charge
new rector is ca
Wally forgot t
his retirement p
he appointed u
Just as people
and me when w
I hated to see h
I rejoiced in his
because he des(

I am thankful
given the oppor
to continue to v
column.
I enjoy it, and
grateful to frien
readers who sa'
enjoy it.
I hope I have
to quit writing i


Deficit battle: Time to

spread the pain, not blame


Russell Long, of the fa-
mous Louisiana political
dynasty, loved to tell how
his Uncle Earl, the gover-
nor, advised a city slicker
politician, hit by redis-
tricting, how to success-
fully court rural voters.
He should rumple
up the fancy white suit,
loosen the tie, toss dirt
on those shiny shoes, and
reach into his pocket,
bring out that big wad of
bills and "spread the joy."
That is the mirror op-
posite of what the fiscal
deficit commission,
Congress and the White
House should do if they


the lay want to seriously address
ge until a long-term budget deficits.
killed. They have to spread the
to mention pain.
)lans when The odds, in a politi-
s. cally polarized environ-
e told Mary ment, are long; yet the
ve retired, co-chairmen of the com-
im go, but mission, Erskine Bowles,
decision, a former Clinton White
erved it. House chief of staff, and
Alan Simpson, a former
I that I was Republican Senator from
rtunity Wyoming, started a con-
vrite this structive dialogue with a
proposal that would slash
SI am spenditig, rein in Social
.ds and Security and Medicare,
y they boost the federal gasoline
tax and end many tax
the grace write-offs while lowering
it before rates.
The Bowles-Simpson
FRISBIE 5 initiative, floated last
week, predictably re-
ceived a bipartisan
assault. The U.S. politi-
cal left charged it would
balance the budget on
. the backs of the poor, and
33-0402 the political right claimed
m it was a sneaky vehicle to
increase taxes to unac-
ceptable levels.
-1976) There are important
) details still missing from
the plan, which seeks to
reduce the deficit to 2.2
d, Fla 33805 percent of gross domestic
sby product by 2015, from 9
County Democrat, percent today, and cut the
-0120 overall debt to 60 percent


of GDP by 2024; under
current projections, it
would rise to 87 percent
by 2020.
The 18-member deficit
commission's report is
due Dec. 1. Anything
resembling the co-chair-
men's proposal almost
certainly won't win sup-
port from the necessary
14 votes to send it to Con-
gress. It may be reshaped
a little as a menu of policy
options.
There are valid
criticisms. Bowles, the
Democratic chairman,
compromised too much
in what's likely to prove
a futile attempt to win
Republican support. The
almost $4 trillion deficit
reduction over the next
decade would involve $3
in spending cuts for every
$1 in higher revenue. Eco-
nomically and politically,
a one-to-one ratio would
be more in keeping with
spreading the pain.
Critics say that ulti-
mately would lead to
taxes rising to more
than 21 percent of gross
domestic product, the
ceiling recommended by
Bowles-Simpson. That
would violate Hauser's
Law, a formulation put
forward by a San Francis-
co investment economist
17 years 'ago positing that
regardless of the tax rates,
revenue in post-World-
War II America tradition-
ally remains around 19.5
percent of GDP.
Changing demograph-
ics have altered such
considerations; today, tax
revenue is only about 15
percent of GDP Recently,
at a private Brookings
Institution conference,
mainstream economists,
ranging from moderately
liberal to moderately con-
servative, were asked to
estimate, under a reason-
able long-term budget
plan, what percentage


revenue would ultimately
take up: the responses
ranged from 23 percent to
25 percent.
To its credit, the
Bowles-Simpson rec-
ommendation treats
Social Security changes
separately from deficit
reduction, and tries to
make the system slightly
more progressive. By k
shaving benefits a little,
however, hardships would
ensue. Today the aver-
age beneficiary of Social
Security gets around
$1,100 a month, and for
most seniors, that's the
majority of their income.
The chairmen do propose
raising the retirement
age to 69, and increasing
from the current $106,800
the base on which Social
Security taxes are levied.
Those changes wouldn't
take effect until 2050;
again, in keeping with
spreading the pain it
would have been better
to expedite those changes
and minimize benefit
reductions.
The proposal to in-
crease the gasoline tax by
15 cents to pay for trans-
portation projects prob-
ably is too timid. A much
bigger hike, with most of
the revenue devoted to an
infrastructure bank and
some to deficit reduction,
would make for better
energy, economic and
investment policy.
There are constructive
elements to the contro-
.versial measure. Gener-
ally, it seeks balance in
health care that tries to
reasonably take care of
physicians' needs while
further clamping down
on costs. Interestingly,
these two knowledgeable
and honest political fig-
ures don't even consider
the notion of repealing
the health-care bill en-

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Obituaries


FRISBIE: Thankful


FROM PAGE 4
you quit enjoying it.

In less than two
months, my personal
odometer will turn over
to age 70.
Gosh; that used to be
old.
I have so many things
left to enjoy.


Finishing a book on
management that should
go to the printer next
month.
Learning to play the
guitar, which is going
quite slowly.
Taking a golf lesson or
two.
Trying my hand at
art in tandem with my
8-year-old grandson,


Liam.
My blessings exceed
my ability to list them, or
to thank God for them.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He defines retirement as
waking up in the morn-
ing, deciding what he
does not want to do, and
then not doing it.)


Dianie Barber


DIanie Barber
Dlanie Barber, 98,
of Fort Meade died of
natural causes at Bartow
Center on Nov. 19, 2010.
Born Dlanie Cowart
in Silco, Ga., on June 12,
1912, and traveled to
Florida that same year on
a wagon pulled by oxen.
She grew up raising
chickens, cows, and
farming the land in rural
Polk and Hardee counties
before eventually settling
down on the outskirts of
Fort Meade.
Mrs. Barber worked for
the Polk County School
District as a lunchroom
lady during the 1960s
and 1970s at Riverside
Elementary School in Fort
Meade, serving lunch to
students during school
and selling chocolate chip
cookies and moon drops
out the back door of the
lunchroom after school.
"She was a fantastic
cook," a family member
said. "Her cinnamon rolls
and yeast rolls were the
best."
. Mrs. Barber was pro-
ceeded in death by her
husbands, Joe Coulter,
who died May 28, 1927,
and C.A. Barber, who
died Dec. 24, 1942; two
sisters, Jinnie and Famie;
a daughter, Frances Free
of Texas; and a son, Jack
Coulter of Fort Meade.
Survivors include four
sons, Joe Coulter, Hubert
Coulter, and Jimmy Coul-
ter, all of Fort Meade, and
Calvin Barber of Bowling
Green; a daughter Valeria
Murray, of El Dorado,.
Calif.; and many grand-
children, great-grand-
children, and great-great-
grandchildren.
Funeral: Sunday, Nov.
21, at 3 p.m., at McLean
Funeral home in Fort
Meade.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.
mcleanfuneralhome.net.


Garvie Junior Farris,
66, died Tuesday, Nov. 23,
2010, at his residence in
Fort Meade.
He was born Nov. 20,
1944, in Lynn, Ala., and
moved to Fort Meade
from Alabama 47 years
ago.
Mr. Farris was retired
from Mosaic.
Survivors include his
wife of 47 years, Mavis
Farris of Fort Meade;
three daughters, Sherry
Wolven of Cocoa, Yvonne
Hancock of Lake Wales,
and Angela Farris of Fort
Meade; six brothers; one
sister; four grandchildren;
and three great-grand-
children.
Visitation: Friday, Nov.
26, from 1-2 p.m., at
McLean Funeral Home,


Verna L. Smith Rhoden

Verna L.

Smith

Rhoden
Verna L. Smith Rhoden,
83, passed away Friday,
Nov. 19, 2010, of heart
failure at her residence in
Fort Meade.
Born April 16, 1927, in
Brewster, Mrs. Rhoden
has been a longtime resi-
dent of Fort Meade. She
was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Fort
Meade, The Joy Club, and
the women's ministries of
the church.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Hugh D. Rhoden.
Survivors include a son,
Jimmy Rhoden and wife
Gladys of Tulsa, Okla.;
three daughters, Sandra
Jacobs and husband Max
of Fort Meade, Leta Cone
of Hahira, Ga., Barbara
Manley and husband
Bob of Fort Meade; two
brothers, Melburn Smith
of Fort Meade and Wayne
Smith of Indiantown; and
sister, Evelyn Atanasoff
of Grafton, W.Va.; five
grandchildren; and six
great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Monday,
Nov. 22, from 5-7 p.m., at
McLean Funeral Home,
Fort Meade
Funeral: Tuesday, Nov.
23, at 11 a.m. at First
Baptist Church, 307 East
Broadway, Fort Meade,
with Rev. Kenny Slay of-'
ficiating.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Good
Shepherd Hospice, 105
Arneson Ave., Auburn-
dale, FL 33823 or Florida
Baptist Children's Home,
PO. Box 8190, Lakeland,
FL 33802.
Condolences to the
family may be made at
www.mcleanfuneral-
home.net.


Fort Meade.
Funeral: Friday at 2
p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Ev-
ergreen Cemetery in Fort
Meade.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.
mcleanfuneralhome.net.


Dolores Morris


Dolores

Elaine 'Dolly'
Morris

Dolores Elaine "Dolly"
Morris, 83, of Bartow
passed away Saturday,
Nov. 20, 2010, at Lakeland
Regional Medical Center.
Born in Detroit, Mrs.
Morris moved to Bartow
in 1985 from Belleville,
Mich. She retired as the
manager of food services
for the Belleville School
System with more than 30
years of service.
She loved to knit and
read, especially while
enjoying a glass of wine, a
family member said. She
was a Protestant.
Mrs. Morris was pre-
ceded in death by her
husband, Samuel Morris;
a son, Richard Morris; a
brother, Bruce Wilkinson;
and a son-in-law, Keith A.
Merritt.
Survivors include two
daughters, Pamela Ann
Merritt, and Sandra
Alaine Morris Tooman
and her husband Brad, all
of Bartow; one brother,
Kenneth Wilkinson of
Mooreville, Mich.; one
grandson, Daryl Merritt
aid his wife Michelle of
Raleigh, N.C.; and one
great-grandson, Samuel
Merritt.
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.
whiddenmcleanfuneral-
home.com.

Ruth P.

Jones

Ruth P. Jones, 89, of
Bartow, died Thursday,
Nov. 4, 2010, at her home
in Bartow.
She was a member of
First Presbyterian Church
of Bartow.
Mrs. Jones was the
daughter of the late Al-
bert Paulson and the late
Alice Paulson.
Survivors include a
daughter, Martha Jane
Troxler of Bartow.
Arrangements: Gause
Funeral Home, Bartow.


HUNT: Deficit


FROM PAGE 4
acted this year. Instead,
they seek to improve the
cost containments, even
raising the possibility of
a public option.
It puts heretofore sa-
cred cows, such as farm
price supports, on the
budgetcutting agenda.
Simpson and Bowles in-
sist that defense spend-
ing has to be part of any
shared sacrifice; it'll be
interesting to see how a
thoughtful member of
the commission such as
David Cote, chief ex-
ecutive officer of Morris
Township, home of New
Jersey-based Honeywell
International Inc., a ma-
jor defense contractor,
reacts to this proposal.
It's also instructive that
they suggest reducing all
discretionary programs
by $49 billion in the next
fiscal year. This compares
to the unrealistic House


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Still, it is instructive to
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JOBLESS: Rate drops


FROM PAGE 1
ping could be due to a
number of things such
as holiday hiring or a
change in how people
apply for unemployment
payments, but he doesn't
believe there are jobs
here to be offered.
"Jobs are what we
need," he said. "Industry
needs to step up and get
jobs, but that has noth-
ing to do with the hous-
ing industry."
The labor force needs
some kind of work and
if the jobs were there
people would take them,
he said. And, if the jobs
were here, there wouldn't
be as many foreclosures
as there are.
Area consultant Brian


Hinton was skeptical
about the figures.
"I haven't seen any-
thing in our immediate
area," he said. "I haven't
seen hiring. I haven't
seen new businesses."
In housing Hinton said
the figures are dismal
and it doesn't look like
it's going to get better,
even with the impact
fee waiver the county
commission granted in
August. Since the waiver
the average monthly
single-family permits
average 59, one permit
lower than it averaged
over the last 13 months.
In addition, a recent
survey of loan officers by
the Federal Reserve indi-
cates credit markets have
tightened over the past


quarter, with 13 percent
of loan officers saying
lending criteria has got-
ten more stringent, up
from 3.6 percent who felt
that way in July.
Credit markets play
a more critical role in
Florida than slow growth
states because the ease
with which someone
can sell their home and
finance a new one di-
rectly affects the number
of transplants to the
state. Florida's economic
growth for decades has
been driven by a boom-
ing population that has
fueled construction and
services growth.
"We continue to see
positive signs of stabili-
zation and growth," said
Cynthia Lorenzo, director


of Florida's Agency for
Workforce Innovation.
The job growth figures,
though, are both well
under 1 percent and
the state still has nearly
1.1 million unemployed
workers in a labor force
numbering 9.2 million.
Amy Baker, coordina-
tor of the Legislature's
Office of Economic and
Demographic Research,
says October's figure,
though painful to those
included in the count,
is a positive sign that
previously discouraged
workers are returning to
the market in search of
jobs.
People are beginning
to have more confidence
that if they return to the
market they will actually


find work, Baker said.
During a recovery, we
typically see a double dip
reflecting that, she said.
Still, Baker said the
pace of the recovery
continues to be slow, not
just in Florida but across
the country.
In an economic report
issued on Election Day,
the Legislature's Office
6f Economic and Demo-
graphic Research said
simply rehiring laid-off
workers won't be enough
to make up for 862,100
jobs lost since the state's
employment peaked.
That's because Florida's
population is expected to
grow by 1,200 people in
the prime working ages
of 25 to 54 every month,
so it would take almost


909,000 new jobs to get
back to the state's peak
employment level.
By comparison, Re-
publican Governor-elect
Rick Scott ran on a "Let's
get to work" platform of
creating 700,000 jobs in
seven years more than
200,000 fewer than the
peak-level target.
Hendry County had
the highest rate at 18.3
percent, followed by Fla-
gler at 15.5. The lowest
rates were in Liberty, 6.9
percent and Leon. 7.7.
Liberty and Leon both
have concentrations of
government employees,
which tend to be more
immune than private
sector workers.
News Service of
Florida and The AP con-


FRIDAY: Shopping
FROM PAGE 1 cash and if it looks coun-
terfeit, ask for another
alert at the register, bill."
a "Wibth all the hustle More cops will patrol
and bustle, and the long the streets on Friday, said
lines, make sure you get Gilis.
your credit cards back, "These officers will
he said. "And count your patrol the commercial
cash when you get your activity centers along
change. the U.S. Highway 27 and
"Check through your State Road 60 roadways


TAX: Drop
FROM PAGE 1
sion it made the previ-
ous two fiscal years. As a
consequence, the current
millage rate of 6.8665
has led to a $77 million
reduction in the budget.
The question, Faux asked,
was can the county
continue to hold the
millage rate. (A millage
rate is based upon every
thousand dollars, thus
the Polk County mileage
rate means property tax
on a $150,000 home with
a $50,000 homestead ex-
emption will equal $687).
Smith, who was elected
to the BOCC in 2008, said
the "high water mark"
in property tax revenues
came in 2006. It has been
in decline ever since.
"Every year since that
time, we've been forced
to make budget reduc-
tions," he said.
It is part of the reason
why Smith appears to
take a hard line during
public sessions when-
ever a request for money
is made. In two recent
requests, he was viewed
as being fiercely adamant
about dispensing money.
One of those inci-
dents was when the
request was made for
the $120,000 that had
been slated to pay for the
demolition of the cigar
factory in Bartow. The
other request came at the
Nov. 16 public session,
when Polk State College
president Eileen Holden
asked the BOCC for $2.5
million to fund a public
roadway access for the


REOPEN: Mos
FROM PAGE 1
tory," said Richard Mack,
Mosaic executive vice
president and general
counsel.
"We appreciate the
plaintiffs' willingness to
identify a sensible com-
promise, which will allow
our South Fort Meade
mine employees to return
to work while the litiga-
tion continues.
'"As we move forward,
we aim to continue a
constructive dialogue
with the environmental
community to promote a
better understanding of
our respective interests."
Mosaic currently
estimates that it will
take about 30 days,
with a projected Nov. 30
date, for the South Fort
Meade mine to reopen


new Clear Springs cam-
pus, which will be located
in Bartow.
Smith opposed both.
While he voted to ap-
prove sparing the cigar
factory, to allow the City
of Bartow 180 days to
conduct studies and raise
funds, it was without .the
$120,000 included. For
the public roadway, of
which $500,000 was ap-
proved, his was the only
vote in opposition.
BOCC vice chairman
Sam Johnson says if there
is indeed another short-
fall, developing the fiscal
year 2011-2012 budget
will be more challenging.
Where will cuts be made,
and how deep, are his
concerns.
"I can't even hazard to
guess where those cuts
are going to come," he
said.
He wondered whether
further cuts, if necessary,
would "cut into the meat
of these projects."
It echoed a point made
by Smith to Holden,
that the point had been
reached where Polk
County citizens were be-
ginning to notice services
in response time and
quality was beginning to
suffer. He told Holden
the BOCC was potentially
facing possibly as much
as a 10 percent decrease
in tax revenues.
Whether that figure is
accurate is up for specu-
lation, according to Faux.
"It's difficult to estimate
what it will be because
not all revenues for this






;aic
and begin deliveries of
phosphate rock to its
phosphate concentrates
plants.
When the company
first had to shut down the
mine, 140 miners were
affected. Based upon
seniority, 80 of them were
were assigned to other
Mosaic sites.
The company is cur-
rently in the process of
recalling employees to fill
the 140 positions, but not
all employees who were
laid off have taken up
offers. Some have chosen
to retire, while efforts to
reach others have been
unsuccessful, in some in-
stances, phone numbers
have been disconnected,
possibly because they
may have moved out of
the area.


from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. to
make the beginning of
the Christmas shopping
season enjoyable and
safe for our shoppers,"
said Gillis. "As always,
retailers and shoppers
are asked to report all
suspicious activity."





year are in," she said. "I
feel sure there will be a
decline, but to pinpoint
a figure? It would be like
throwing at a dart board."
Might Smith consider a
rollback the millage rate
for fiscal year 2011-2012?
"You have one of two
choices. Increase rev-
enues or decrease taxes,"
he said. "To put addition-
al taxes on people is out
of the question."
About the deficit
Property taxis one
source of revenue that
make up the Polk County
budget, Since FY 2007-
2008, when the county
budget was $1.8 billion,
revenues have steadily
declined. The budget for
FY 2010-11 is $1.3 billion.
That is a decline of $500
million. For FY 2011-12, it
is projected property tax
collections for the county
could drop between 10-
11.7 percent this year, a
deficit projected between
$25-$26 million.


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PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
Andrew Gilchrist signs a form that Bartow High School junior varsity cheerleaders Helena Cenko
(left) and Ciara Longe gave him. The cheerleaders and Bartow Ford representatives spent Friday
and Saturday at Walmart offering free drives to anyone who wanted them and Ford donated $20
to the school for each driver. The money will benefit the school's cheerleading squad.

Ford raises $6,000

for cheerleaders


The goal was the
$6,000 and they did it.
And, it's all going to the
cheerleaders.
Bartow Ford and 33
Bartow High School
junior varsity and var-
sity cheerleaders spent
Friday and Saturday at
Walmart allowing people
to test drive one of 16
cars. For every driver the
dealership donated $20
to the school's cheerlead-
ing squad. That means
the goal was to get 300
test drivers.
They don't know the
exact number of drivers
but by the time they left
Saturday afternoon there
were about 320 drivers.
However, $6,000 is the


maximum amount of
money Ford would allow
to be donated to each
school it does this for in
the country.
Bartow Ford has done
this fundraiser for six
years and each year it
picks a different orga-
nization at the school
to donate the money
to. This year it was the
cheerleading squad.
JV cheerleading Coach
Gail Adams said the
money will go a long way.
"It will go to pay for
competitions and pay off
the new uniforms," she
said.
The uniforms have to
be replaced every three
years and each one


costs $300, she said. The
squads bought new ones
last year. This year there
are 13 competitions, nine
for the varsity and four
for the junior varsity. A
county competition is
scheduled for Dec. 11 at
Bartow High School. Win-
ners there will advance to
the district competition
in Daytona.
"This is a great thing
we can do for the kids,"
said Bartow Ford sales-
person Kristie Carter.
"We're not asking for any
money and we're not try-
ing to get people to buy
cars. We're just out here
helping the kids."


PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
Crystal Gatlin drove the Edge Limited Saturday at Walmart and helped the cheerleading squad
at Bartow High School in the process. Her sister Amanda Doll is one of the cheerleaders, she said.
Here she signs a form as her husband, Sam, waits. He didn't go on the test drive.


Events, workshops targeted

to assist special-needs

students, individuals


Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources
System and the Excep-
tional Student Educa-
tion Department of Polk
Public Schools have four
December workshops or
events to assist special-
needs- and disabled
children and individuals.
There is no charge to at-
tend any of these work-
shops or events.
Contact Laura Taft at
647-4258 or e-mail her at
laura.taft@polk-fl.net for
specific information or
registration instructions
on any of the following
workshops or events.
Volunteers needed to
be surrogate parents
Volunteer surrogate
are being sought. A sur-
rogate parent acts as an
educational advocate for
a special-needs student
requiring ESE services.
This volunteer position
includes making in-
formed decisions about a
child's educational needs,
attending meetings and
monitoring programs
much like a parent or
guardian would.
The Individuals with
Disabilities Education
Act requires surrogate
parent representation for
students with disabili-
ties without a parent or
guardian.


An information and
training session for
prospective surrogate
parents will be held Dec.
2, from 9-11:30 a.m., in
the Polk County School
Board building located on
Second Street in the busi-
ness complex at Bartow
Municipal Airport off U.S.
Highway 17.
Bathroom training ba-
sics for home and school
workshop
The Center for Autism
and Related Disabilities
will lead this workshop
on toilet and bathroom
training. Instruction
includes step-by-step
directions using visuals
and written informa-
tion to help parents and
guardians teach this task
to special needs chil-
dren and individuals.
This workshop will also
explain how to document
progress. This workshop
will be held Dec. 2, 5-7
p.m., in the Polk County
School Board building on
Second Street in the busi-
ness complex at Bartow
Municipal Airport off U.S.
Highway 17.
Parent advisory
council for students with
disabilities
The next meeting of the
Parent Advisory Council
for Students with Disabil-


ities is Dec. 7, 9-11 a.m.,
in the Jim Miles Profes-
sional Development Cen-
ter, 5204 U.S. Highway 98,
Lakeland.
The council is always
looking for new people to
participate in its meet-
ings. The goal of the
council is to strengthen
the home-to-school rela-
tionship between parents
and school staff and to
keep parents informed
about issues related to
exceptional student edu-
cation.
True Colors for Fami-
lies workshop
This workshop uses col-
ors to identify personality
types and characteristics
of special-needs children
and individuals. The
colors system will help
parents and guardians
understand different per-
sonality types and how to
communicate effectively
and relate with that per-
sonality type. The colors
system also will help to
identify an individual's
strengths and weak-
nesses. This workshop
will be held Dec. 9, 9-11
a.m., in the Polk County
School Board building on
Second Street in the busi-
ness complex at Bartow
Municipal Airport off U.S.
Highway 17.


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By JUDY E. BUSS
Correspondent
It is difficult to imag-
ine the holidays without
armies of home bakers,
including children, de-
scending on kitchens all
across the nation. Every
year the National Guard
reports an increase in
domestic unrest because
there is only one oven in
each home and multiple
bakers wanting to use it!
Even for those of us
minding our health, the
question is not: to bake
or not to bake, but rath-
er: what to bake? Making
holiday pastries does not
have to mean suicide by
butter, cream, and sugar.
There are numerous reci-
pes for mouth-watering
treats which are made
with mostly wholesome
ingredients.


It is also important to
maintain some self-
restraint during the
festivities, and avoid
gorging ourselves on vast
amounts of the goodies.
One helping per event is
a better choice.
Traditional, yet health-
ful, holiday fare can
consist of various kinds
of dried fruit and nut
bars; whole wheat cup-
cakes, or oatmeal cookies
loaded with nutritious
nuts, raisins, dates,
cranberries or coconut;
or Apple Crisp, made
with raisins and honey
instead of sugar.
Other holiday cuisine
solutions include the use
of whole or multi-grain
bread for your turkey
stuffing rather than its
nutritionally-challenged
cousin, white bread.


When only a small
number of guests are
invited to your dinner
party, don't buy a turkey
the size of a killer whale.
If you buy such a beast
you will be stuck with
meat leftovers lasting
until the 4th of July. This
encourages overeating or
developing a case of tur-
key fatigue and throwing
food away.
A possible solution
would be a roasted Cor-
nish game hen cut in half
lengthwise. Half a bird
per person is plenty.
Keep a couple of extra
servings on hand. Make
your own fresh cranberry
relish (in minutes), in-
stead of using the lifeless,
processed, gooey canned
variety.
Lucky us! We live in
a democracy where we


Italian Olive Bruschetta
1/4 cup daily diced red :
bell pepper -. -- -
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp. crushed red
pepper flakes
2 tbsp. snipped fresh
parsley
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large garlic clove
pressed
2 cups small pitted ripe
olives
2 tsp. lemon juice .
24 slices French bread,
toasted
In saut6 pan, combine
bell pepper, oil, season-
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flakes. Cook and stir
using slotted spoon over
medium heat 1-2 min-
utes or until bell pepper
is crisp-tender. Remove
from heat. Stir in olives,
parsley, lemon juice and
zest. Serve olive mixture PHOTO BY CHRISTINE ROSLOW
with bread slices. Jonathan Christensen and Mariah McCollum prepare Ital-
Yield: 12 servings ianOlive Bruschetta Friday in the cafeteria at the Polk County
Courthouse. Diners were treated to this recipe as part of the
students education in the Culinary Arts program at Gause
Academy of Leadership and Applied Technology.


can choose what we put
in our mouths. Here are
some recipes for deli-
cious and nutritious
treats to get you started.
Happy and healthy
holidays.
Date-Cranberry
Crumb Bars
2-1/4 cups chopped
dates
1 cup orange juice,
divided
% cup dried cranber-
ries, chopped, divided
1-1/4 teaspoons finely
grated orange rind
1-1/2 cups Old Fash-
ioned oats
1-1/2 cups whole
wheat flour
cup packed brown
sugar
/ teaspoon baking
soda
/a teaspoon salt
3 cup olive oil (not
extra virgin)
Preheat oven to 375
degrees. Cook dates with
V2 cup juice 5 minutes or
until they thicken. Stir in
remaining juice, V2 cup
cranberries, and grated.
orange rind. Simmer 1
more minute.
In a bowl combine
flour, salt, baking soda,


oats, and sugar. Stir in oil
until well mixed.
Press two-thirds of oat
mixture on the bottom
of an 8 inch square dish.
Spread date filling over
crust.
Stir remaining cran-
berries into oat mixture.
Cover filling with crust.
Press d6wn firmly. Bake
25 minutes or until
lightly brown.
Apple Crisp
5 medium apples (not
Granny Smith)
2 teaspoons lemon
juice
/ teaspoon ground
cloves
V2 teaspoon cinnamon
V/2 cup raisins
1/ cup brown sugar
Honey
Preheat oven to 375
degrees. Core, peel, and
slice apples thinly into
a large bowl. Add lemon
juice and mix to coat.
Add spices and raisins.
Pour into a greased 8
x 8 x 2 inch dish. Drizzle
some drops of honey on
the apple mixture. Bake
35 minutes or until ap-
ples are tender, but not
mushy. Serve warm with
a scoop of good quality


frozen vanilla yogurt, if
desired.
Snow Dates
Even young children
can make this one:
Pitted whole dates
(amount as needed)
Several tablespoons
honey
Several tablespoons
unsweetened, shredded
coconut
Place honey on one
medium plate, and co-
conut on a second plate.
First roll each date in
honey to coat. Wash and
dry hands. Roll each date
in the coconut. Yummy!
Mrs. Buss is a nutri-
tional cooking instruc-
tor. She teaches Healthy
Cooking classes at The
University of South Flor-
ida Polytechnic, the Rath
Center's Senior Scholars
program.


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County


Report


Thanksgiving travel predicted to be up


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR

AAA says Thanksgiv-
ing travel in Florida is
projected to increase
10.9 percent this year
from 2009. That means
more than 2.2 million
Floridians would be tak-
ing a trip of 50 miles or
more away from home
between Wednesday and
Sunday.
In the United States,
the agency predicts,
travel is projected to in-
crease 11.4 percent from
last year with more than
42.2 million travelers.
But that also means
there will be more cops
on the road. The Flor-
ida Highway Patrol in
Central Florida said 175
troopers are to be on the
roads in the area's seven
counties this week. That
means there will be eight
or nine troopers on the
road at a time plus pilots
who will alert troopers,
said Sgt. Larry Kraus.
Not only will they be
looking for drunk drivers,
speeders, and any traffic
that may "threaten the
public," but they will also
be on the road to help
people in trouble.
"We just want to make
sure people are safe,"
Kraus said. "We know
with more people on
the road more will break
down."
Thanksgiving travel is
mostly comprised of auto
travelers, AAA said, with
more than 2.1 million


Floridians using cars, up
11.6 percent from last
year. AAA says the aver-
age price of regular gaso-
line is predicted to be
between $2.80 and $2.90
per gallon this week.
Air travel also is ex-
pected to increase this
year. AAA predicts a 2.8
percent increase this
year.
However, air travelers
may need to take note
there may be a delay at
the airport they have
not anticipated before.
That possible delay has
become known as the
National Opt-Out Day.
The protest is sched-
uled for Wednesday to
coincide with the busiest
travel day of the year.
"Just one or two recal-
citrant passengers at an
airport is all it takes to
cause huge delays," said
Paul Ruden, a spokes-
man for the American
Society of Travel Agents,
which has warned
its more than 8,000
members about delays
resulting from the body-
scanner boycott.
"It doesn't take much
to mess things up
anyway especially if
someone purposely tries
to mess it up."
Both Tampa and Or-
lando international air-
ports reported this week
that they are prepared
for the possibility. Both
airports have additional
people working that day
to handle everything
from parking to staff-


ing eateries, but officials
say there hasn't been
too much protest over
the new Transportation
Safety Agency patdowns.
"We've had maybe two
incidents with passen-
gers who really just want-
ed to have their voices
heard," said Brenda
Geohagan with Tampa
International Airport.
"Those were instances
where we've had to call
the police over."
She said that was out
of about 25,000 passen-
gers.
In Orlando the situa-
tion is the same.
Both airports report
that Wednesday is not re-
ally their busiest day dur-
ing what both airports
say is the busiest time of
the year. Last Friday and
this coming Monday and
Tuesday are the busiest
times of the year, spokes-
men said.
For this weekend the
Orlando airport pre-
dicts there will be about
115,000 daily passengers.
A normal day there is
about 92,000 to 93,000
passengers.
"For any holiday pe-
riod we have additional
people on staff to keep
the flow going," said
Angela Fennell at the
Orlando airport. "But
passengers can also help
themselves. They can
dress more lightly for se-
curity purposes and pack
more lightly."
Although not necessar-
ily because the TSA secu-


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
AAA predicts more than 2.2 million Floridians will drive more than 50 miles between Wednesday
and Sunday. It said the average price of gasoline will be between $2.80 and $2.90.


rity checks take longer,
passengers still should
allow themselves the
proper amount of time to
check in. People should
be at their terminals two
hours ahead of takeoff
for domestic flights and
three hours for inter-
national flights, airport
officials recommend.
According to AAA's Lei-
sure Travel Index, airfares
during the Thanksgiving
holiday are expected to
be up 4 percent from
last year with an aver-
age round-trip rate of
$170. Daily car rental
rates should be down 4
percent to an average of
$42, the agency said.
In both Tampa and
Orlando flights still are
available though they are


very busy. The airports
cater to different cus-
tomers.
In Tampa 36 percent of
the travelers are busi-
ness travelers; in Orlando
many of the 34 million
passengers a year that
go through there are
pleasure travelers. Fen-
nell said the parks are it
good part of the reason,
but because the airport is
about two hours from a
lot of the Florida popu-
lation, it draws from all
over the place.
"We're ranked as the
13th busiest airport in
the nation," she said.
Parking at TIA is free
for the first hour, $4 for
up to 80 minutes and
$1 for each 20 minutes
after that. There is a $20


maximum for 24 hours.
In Orlando the fee is $1
for 20 minutes, up to a
daily maximum of $17.
Both airports' websites
have pages where people
can check on their flights
by number. The TIA site
is www.tampaairport.
corn/ and.the Orlando
site is orlandoairports.
net/index.htm.
Hotel rates for AAA
Three Diamond lodgings
are up about 6 percent
from a year ago with
travelers spending an
average of $136. per night
compared to $128 last
year. Travelers planning
to stay at AAA Two Dia-
mond hotels can expect
to pay 4 percent more as
well, with an average cost
of $96 per night.


Top 10 Cyber bu

shopping tips

Monday the true: Offers on web- under
after Thanksgiv- sites and in unsolicited holder
becoming as big e-mails can often sound if som
y shopping day too good to be true, credit
Friday. especially extremely uses il
ear, 96.5 mil- low prices on hard-to- to sho
ericans shopped get items. Consumers websi
during Cyber should always go with never
while 79 million their instincts and not be only b
ns shopped at afraid to pass up a "deal" 8. K
id-mortar retail- that might cost them tion o
lack Friday, ac- dearly in the end. comp
to the National 5. Beware of phishing: order
derationn. Legitimate businesses be a fi
vhile it al- do not send e-mails page c
ippers to avoid claiming problems with might
it also opens the an order or an account tion b
p to attacks from to lure the "buyer" into omme
al online retail- revealing financial infor- of the
hackers. The mation. If a consumer e-mail
business Bureau receives such an e-mail, ence a
ends these tips BBB recommends pick- the pu
ng safe when ing up the phone and 9. C
shopping online, calling the contact num- card s
tect your corn- ber on the website where Don't
computer the purchase was made staten
always have the to confirm that there re- mend
:ent updates ally is a problem with the their c
for spam filters, transaction. ments
is and anti- 6. Confirm your online activity
software and a purchase is secure: credit
rewall. Shoppers should always by chc
p on trustwor- look in the address box online
sites: Shop- for the "s" in https:/ / and 10.1
y visit the BBB in the lower-right corner Feder
to check on the for the "lock" symbol that o:


seller's reputation and
record for customer sat-
isfaction. Always look for
widely-recognized "trust-
marks," such as BBB's,
on retailer websites and
click on the seals to con-
firm that they are valid.
3. Protect your per-
sonal information: BBB
recommends taking the
time to read the site's'
privacy policy and un-
derstand what personal
information is being
requested and how it
will be used. If there isn't
one posted, it should be
taken as a red flag that
personal information
may be sold to others
without permission.
4. Beware of deals that
sound too good to be


before paying.
If there are any doubts
about a site, BBB recom-
mends right-clicking
anywhere on the page
and select "Properties."
This will. let you see the
real URL websitee ad-
dress) and the dialog box
will reveal if the site is
not encrypted.
7. Pay with a credit
card: It's best to use a
credit card, because
under federal law, the
shopper can dispute
the charges if he or she
doesn't receive the item.
Shoppers also have
dispute rights if there are
unauthorized charges
on their credit card, and
many card issuers have
"zero liability" policies


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be shi
promi
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cancel
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op on classified
tes like Craigslist,
wire money and
buy locally.
eep documenta-
f your order: After
letting the online
process, there may
nal confirmation
or the shopper
receive confirma-
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ends saving a copy
Web page and any
ls for future refer-
and as a record of
irchase.
;heck your credit
statements often:
wait for paper
nents; BBB recom-
s consumers chqck
:redit card state-
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y by either calling
card companies or
ecking statements
regularly.
Know your rights:
al law requires
rders made by
phone or online
pped by the date
sed or, if no de-
time was stated,
130 days.
e goods aren't
ed on time, the
per can cancel and
nd a refund. There
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llation right, but
mers do have the
o reject merchan-
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r-tips-holiday/.


County Garbage Col-
lection: No county gar-
bage removal on Thurs-
day, regular Thursday
customers will receive
pickup on Friday and
Friday customers will re-
ceive service on Saturday;
City of Bartow Regular
Thursday customers pick-
up on Wednesday, Friday
collection on Thursday.
No collection on Friday;
City of Lake Wales, Thurs-
day collection on Friday;
Regular Friday customers
pickup Saturday.
Banks: Banks will be
closed Thursday.
Schools: Public schools
closed this week.
Libraries: Public librar-
ies closed Thursday.
Municipalities: Fed-
eral offices closed Thurs-
day; state offices closed
Thursday and Friday;


county and courts: closed
Thursday and Friday; City
Halls closed Thursday
and Friday.
Post Offices: Closed
Thursday
Citrus Connection:
Closed Thursday, free
rides offered Friday.
Saddle Creek Gun
Range: Closed Thursday.
Newspapers: Friday
your local newspaper
is offering the biggest
circulation sale since the
Sun Coast Media Group
purchased The Black
Friday Subscriber Blow-
out Sale.
For all one-year sub-
scriptions, paid for in
advance and purchased
Black Friday morning,
extreme discounts will
apply. Purchase from 6-8
a.m.. 50 percent off
regular subscription rate.


From 8-10 a.m. 40 per-
cent off. From 10-noon -
30 percent off
Both mail and local
subscriptions are avail-
able. For the hard to find
gift recipient give the
news.
Must visit in person
and at the offices of Lake
Wales News, 140 E. Stuart
Ave., or the Polk County
Democrat, 190 S. Florida
Ave. Subscripion deals
also good for the Fort
Meade Leader and the
Frostproof News.
Traditionally, newspa-
per subscription deals ap-
ply only to new subscrib-
ers, this is for those who
already subscribe too.
The Polk County Dem-
ocrat, Fort Meade Leader,
Lake Wales News and
Frostproof News .offices
will be closed Thursday.


Preacher seeks sidewalk


By STEVE ST
STAFF WR


Clad in a whit
wearing his clear
Bishop Anthony
rence appeared
Nov. 16, before
County Board o
missioners.
He was not th
the invocation,
Lawrence was a
a sidewalk to be
structed on 30tf
in Haines City,
directly behind
school.
"From Grace
Avenue, there is
signal light, no
signs," he said.
Nor is there a
Lawrence said h
spoken with Ha
officials who tol
the road in quest
a county-owned
When Commiss
Edwin V. Smith
Interim County


behind HC high school
EINER Jim Freeman whether Freema
ITER that information was cor- exists for
rect; it was. projects.
te suit and Lawrence went on to was infoi
rical collar, say that he had been told, 30th Stre
y Law- by a source he did not owned ro
Tuesday, name (which he simply the chall
the Polk referred to as "they") that permission
f Com- the reason no sidewalk property
currently existed is a sidewa]
iere to give because the majority of tion of th
though. students who would be borders t
asking for walking it would be from Lawren
con- tlAe Hispanic community. staff mer
h Street Later when asked to county w
he street elaborate who "they" with him
the high were Lawrence would interview
say he had spoken with spoken v
to Hinson several people in various ployees s
no school positions of authority, session.
school but declined to identify They p
any as he did not wish to they wou
sidewalk. potentially alienate them. to him, a
he had While that comment believes 1
ines City may have raised eye- though n
Id him brows, Lawrence's request was mad
stion is did not fall upon deaf Lawrer
I road. ears. did not h
sion Chm. "There is a program third or f
asked called Safe Routes to January,
Manager School," said Smith. again bef


an, said a fund
just such
Lawrence also
armed that while
et is a county-
)ad, sometimes
enge is gaining
on from private
owners to build
lk on that por-
le property that
he road.
ice was told that
mbers from the
vould be in touch
, and in a later
i, he said he had
vith county em-
ince the public

promised him
ald get back
nd Lawrence
they will, even
.o projected date
e.
ice said that if he
ear back by the
ourth week in
he would appear
fore the BOCC.


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Fall on the Fort Fraser Trail


Photos and text
by MARY CANNADAY
CORRESPONDENT
The great thing about
nature trails is that
they're ever-changing.
Plants that are plain and
weed-like in summer are
suddenly laden with col-
orful blooms and berries
in the fall. ,
If you haven't taken
a walk yet on the Fort
Fraser Trail, which is a
Rails-To-Trails hiking
path running from Bar-
tow to Lakeland, now is


the perfect time to check
it out.
Even if you are a regu-
lar visitor to the trail, you
are almost certain to see
new colors and shapes
tucked into the land-
scape, compliments of
Mother Nature.
Close attention is
required, however, and
those power-walking or
clocking their runs will
miss a lot of the show.
Take at least one walk
at a meander; you won't
regret it.
And one further note:


although the trail starts
right off Van Fleet Drive
in Bartow and runs to
CR 540 in Lakeland, the
stretch between the Mag-
nify Bank site and Bartow
Regional Hospital seems
to have the greatest vari-
ety of buds and berries.
Don't forget though,
you have to observe your
surroundings and be
vigilant. Think of your-
self as an environmental
Sherlock Holmes!
Happy walking!


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Gator Creek Reserve


open for horse

Gator Creek Reserve, a Amenities include a
Polk County Environmen- grassed parking area,
tal Land property north of information kiosks, new
Lakeland, is now open to multi-use trail, benches
equestrian riders, and a picnic table along
The equestrian en- the trail.
trance is off Hall Road Those interested in us-
and a special use permit ing the 2,708-acre reserve
is required for all riders, should contact Polk
Horse trailers will not be County Parks and Natu-
allowed in the main park- ral Resources Division,
ing area to Gator Creek Environmental Lands
Reserve, which is ac- Program at 534-7377 for
cessed from U.S. Highway additional information on
98. equestrian access, direc-


riders

tions, and to apply for the
free special use permit. A
map is available at www.
polk-county.net.
Gator Creek Reserve
contains a variety of habi-
tats for native wildlife,
including deer, turkey,
gopher tortoises and
a variety of birds. Key
natural vegetation com-
munities include cypress
domes, pine flatwoods,
and upland mixed forest
communities.


Among the events com-
ing up sponsored by the
Bartow Parks and Recre-
ation Department include
Junior Jackets Basketball,
cheerleading and Jolly
Holidays.
Registration and pro-
gram dates have been
updated. Participants
can register at the Parks
& Recreation Office at
the Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 _
p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information about
these events is at www.
cityofbartow.net.

Junior Jackets Basket-
ball Dec. 11-Feb. 19
Registration under way
and runs through Dec. 11.
The basketball program
is for children kindergar-
ten through fifth grade
and meets at the Carver
Recreation Center. The
programs will be divided
into two age divisions
including K-second and
third-fifth.
Clinics and league play
are supervised by the
Bartow High School boys
basketball coaching staff.
During the clinics partici-
pants learn fundamental
skills of basketball like
shooting, passing, drib-


The American Red
Cross Mid-Florida Region
wants your messages to
send to the troops over-
seas through the fourth
annual Holiday Mail for
Heroes program.
Central Floridians are
being asked to get holiday


bling, rebounding and
offensive and defensive
strategies.
Following the clinics
children are drafted onto
teams. Clinics are Dec. 11
and 18 with games begin-
ning Jan. 8 and finishing
Feb. 19.
An optional practice is
on Tuesday during the
season from 5-6:30 p.m.
Fees are $45 for resi-
dents, $55 for non-res-
ident. Late registration
is from Dec. 13-18. A $5
late fee will be charged.
Fee includes uniform,
awards and banquet. This
program qualifies for the
Sliding Scale Fee Assis-
tance Policy.

Junior Jackets Cheer-
leading Dec. 11-Feb.
19
Registration is under.
way. The program meets
at the Carver Recreation
Center and will be divid-
ed into two age divisions
of K-second grade and
third-fifth grades.
Children learn cheers,
chants, and techniques
needed for jumps, mo-
tions, stunts and basic
tumbling. It provides a
dynamic form of recre-


cards. The agency's goal is
to collect 1 million cards.
Cards will be accepted
through Saturday, Dec.
10. They should have
adequate postage. For
processing and safety,
participants are asked to
refrain from sending "care


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Participants will
practice Dec. 11 and 18.
Beginning Jan. 3 par-
ticipants will practice on
Monday nights and cheer
on Saturday for the
Junior Jackets basketball
program. The program
will finish Feb. 19. Early
registration runs through
Dec. 11 and fees are $45
for residents and $55
for non-residents. Late
registration is from Dec.
13-18. A $5 late f9e will
be charged. Fee includes
uniform. This program
qualifies for the Slid-
ing Scale Fee Assistance
Policy.

Jolly Holidays
The annual Jolly Holi-
day is Dec. 17 from 6-9
p.m. at the Bartow Civic
Center. Activities include
a visit from Santa and a
photo, entry into a raffle
to win a six-foot stocking
of toys, a coloring contest,
decorating cookies and
making ornaments. Reg-
istration is under way at
the Bartow Civic Center.
The fee is $5 for a family
of four when registered in
advance or $8 at the door.


packages," monetary
gifts, glitter or including
any inserts.
They should be sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD
20791


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Pal Patel of the Jewett School of the Arts (left) and Julia Burkett of Jewett Academy are all smiles
after winning their respective divisions in the 2010 Youth Spelling Bee sponsored by Knights of
Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens. Also in the picture are spelling bee chair Bob Connell
(left) and KofC Council 7091 Grand Knight Ed Sheehan



Spelling Bee winners


Winter Haven residents
Julia Burkett and Pal
Patel are going to district
competition after win-
ning the annual Spelling
Bee last month.
Julia, who attends Jew-
ett Academy and Pal who
attends Jewett School
of the Arts, won for the
Grades 5-6 and Grades
7-8, respectively. There
were no contestants on


the Grades 9-10 level this
year.
This year's contest
drew one home schooled
student from Auburndale
as well as spellers from
Jewett Academy, Jewett
School of the Arts, Den-
nison Middle School and
Inwood Elementary.
The district round of
competition is scheduled
for Dec. 9 in Winter Ha-


ven. The winners in this
round will advance to
regional. After that is the
state Knights of Colum-
bus youth spelling bees.
Pal's sister, Zeel Patel,
who attends Haines City
I.B. School, won the
district and regional titles
two times after in grades
9-10 title in 2008 and
2009.


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Calendar of Events


All phone number
area codes are 863 unless
indicated otherwise. The
Polk County Democrat
and Fort Meade Leader
calendar is provided by
the public. The deadline
to be included in the up-
coming calendar is 4 p.m.
Monday and Thursday of
each week.
The deadlines for get-
ting information to The
Polk County Democrat or
Fort Meade Leader to be
included in the Wednes-
day and Saturday edition
is also 4 p.m. Monday
and Thursday.
For more informa-
tion or questions, call
533-4183 and ask for Jeff
Roslow or Peggy Kehoe.

ARTS
Sunday Nov. 28-Mon-
day, Nov. 29
Auditions for "Pump
Boys and Dinettes" at
Theatre Winter Haven,
210 Cypress Gardens
Blvd., Winter Haven at 2
p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m.
Monday. All roles are
open except the piano
player. All men must
play guitar. Visit www.
theatrewinterhaven.com
or by call 299-2672.

BUSINESS
Friday, Dec. 3
Affordable Computer
Geeks and Darb's Quick
Copies ribbon-cutting,
365A E. Main St., Bartow,
11 a.m.

CLUBS
Thursday, Dec. 2
22nd annual Coun-
try Store and Craft Sale
fundraiser at Polk Life
& Learning Center, 1310
S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
Noon-4 p.m. Used to en-
hance school resources
and curriculum. 534-
7440.

Thursday, Dec. 2
"Climate Change:
Effect on Birds," 7-8:30
p.m., Street Audubon
Center, 115 Lameraux
Road, Winter Haven.
Free, 644-5022.

Thursday, Dec. 2-Sun-
day, Dec. 5
"The Crucible" at Flor-
ida Southern College's
Department of Theatre
Arts and Festival in the
Lee Buckner Theatre, at
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4, and at
2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets
$15, 680-4296 or buck-
nerboxoffice@flsouthern.
edu between 2 and 6
p.m. Students free, other
students pay half price.


COMMUNITY
Friday, Nov. 26
Movies on the Lawn
features "The Polar
Express," 6:30 p.m., on
the northwest corner of
Wilson Avenue and Main
Street. Bring chairs or
blankets. Junior Service
League of Bartow will sell
refreshments. 519-0508.

Friday, Nov. 26-Sun-
day, Jan. 2
16th annual Christmas
at Pinewood Holiday
Home Tour, 10 a.m.-5 '
p.m. Monday-Saturday,
1-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. Christmas Eve,
1-5 p.m. Christmas Day,
Pinewood Estate at Bok
Tower Gardens.

Saturday, Nov. 27
Gospel Music Coffee
House features Lost and
Found Band. Doors open
at 5:30 p.m. Open mike
for those who want to
sing. At 325 Lyle Parkway,
Bartow, 604-3457.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Women's luncheon,
jewelry show and
Christmas craft and bake
sale, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on
Dec. 1 at The Club at
Eaglebrooke, 1300 Eagle-
brooke Blvd., Lakeland.
Kathy Barrman of Fort
Pierce, who wrote "How
I found true freedom in
America," speaks. Reser-
vations and cancellations
are essential by Sunday,
Nov. 28, $16. Call 425-
1390 or e-mail: mayers-
man@tampabay.rr.com

Saturday, Dec. 4
Parent's Day Away,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Carver
Recreation Center, for
children in kindergarten
to age 12. Designed to
offer structured activities
for your children while
you're doing holiday
shopping. Early registra-
tion ended Nov. 19, $15
for the first child, $10 for
each additional child.
Late registration ends
today, Nov. 24, with a $5
late fee.

Saturday, Dec. 4
Fort Meade's 'Old
Town' Christmas, 8-10
a.m., Community
Center. Parade before
the Old Town Holiday
Festival. Have breakfast
with Santa. $10 to enter
parade or be a vendor.
Applications are at the
Fort Meade Chamber
of Commerce at 214 W.
Broadway, as well as on


the Chamber website at
www.ftmeadechamber.
com. 285-8253.

Saturday, Dec. 4
Breakfast with Santa
- Santa and Mrs. Claus
visit pancake breakfast
sponsored by Zonta Club
and The Swarm base-
ball team. Free crafts for
children. Carleton Hall
of Holy Trinity Epis-
copal Church, Bartow,
7-11 a.m. Tickets $5 in
advance, $6 at the door.
Call 537-1190, 533-2566,
533-4610.

Tuesday, Dec. 14
Stephens Elementary
School annual Christmas
concert and performance
of "A Christmas Carol,"
Mosaic Park, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5.
Adult Band Concert,
Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave, free one-
hour concert. 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10
Annual downtown
Christmas parade begins
at Mosaic Park north of
the Bartow Civic Cen-
ter. It will go north on
Broadway to Main Street
and end at First Avenue.
Trophies will be awarded.
After the parade Santa
Claus will visit the kids.
There will also, of course,
be food and drinks
served and downtown
shops will be open as
well. Call 519-0508.

Friday, Dec. 10
Music in the Park
featuring Wild Willy,
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fort
Blount Park.

RELIGION
Thursday, Nov. 25
Thanksgiving worship
service, 8 a.m., Friend-
ship Baptist Church,
123 West Broadway, Fort
Meade-.

Sunday, Nov. 28
Macedonia Mission-
ary Baptist Church first
pre-anniversary program
for Rev. Eddie Gilbert, 4
p.m. at 1460 E. Seminole
Trail, Bartow, 559-8116
or 533-3032 for more
information.

Sunday, Nov. 28
The 20th annual Con-
cert of Advent Music, 5
p.m., free, St. Paul's Epis-
copal Church, 656 Ave.
L, N.W, Winter Haven.
294-8888.


Thursday, Dec. 2
Sounds and Silences
of Christmas, noon,
First United Methodist
Church sanctuary, 310 S.
Broadway, Bartow. Free.
537-2720.

Friday, Dec. 3 and
10,Sunday, Dec. 5 and 12
The Highland Park
Church of the Naza-
rene's annual Lights
of Lakeland, 6:30-9:30
p.m. Outdoor Christmas
walk-through if free and
features a live manger
scene, a walk through
Bethlehem, Santa Claus
and his wife, plus many
other attractions includ-
ing free refreshments.
647-3518 or visit www.
hpnaz.org.

Thursday, Dec. 9


Sounds and Silences of
Christmas, free concert,
noon, First United Meth-
odist Sanctuary, 310 S.
Broadway. 537-2720.

Friday, Dec. 10
Main Street Baptist
Church, immediately fol-
lowing the Bartow Christ-
mas parade, presents
"The Hall of Nativities,"
a display of nativity sets
from various members
of the church. There will
be a movie of the nativity
played and a live nativity
will be performed by the
children. Hot chocolate
and cookies. 1140 E.
Main St., Bartow, 533-
8990.

Sunday, Dec. 12
Dramatic musical
"Christmas Song" at


First United Methodist
Church of Bartow, 6:30
p.m. Show is free, 537-
2720.

Thursday, Dec. 16
Food pantry, Redeemer
Lutheran Church, 390 E.
Parker St. Food items will
be limited per family. Use
Florida Street entrance.

SPORTS
Monday, Nov. 29
Black & Blue Bucket
Game, softball game of
the 18 and Under Bartow
Intimidator softball
teams. To help support
the Fill-A-Bucket cam-
paign for the Hearth Pro-
gram. 6 p.m. Admission
is a medium-sized, new
stuffed animal. Bartow
High School softball'
field.


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By PRISCILLA PERI
CHAMBER CORRESPON
Fort Meade reside
were introduced to t
proposed Historic F(
Meade Outpost that,
approved, will gradu
replace and transfer
the Fort Meade Outd


Architect outlines proposed Outpost Park
RY Recreation Area into a Currently, only a smPi including a stable and that te concept is in for th
;DENT showcase of recreational percentage is utilized of arena. its first stage and that bring
nts ventures, the more than 200 acres Flanked on the west by other amenities could event
the Alan Rayl of Rayl En- stretching from US 98 to Peace River, the drawing be added, as well as that t
ort gineering and Surveying Mount Pisgah Road. shows trails and a golf those indicated could be On
if LLC walked through the The artist's drawing "driving range, as well removed. f the(
ally preliminary concept of shows the possibility as two RV full-hook up City Manager Fred Hill- repli
m what could happen on of an area set aside for parks. iard said he was looking that
door the city-owned acreage. equestrian activities, Rayl stressed the fact forward to public input a store


lis project that could
; more community
:s and activities to
parcel.
e of the highlights
city would be a
ca of Fort Meade
would be adjacent to
re.


The Lake Wales Ne
Frostproof News, Po]
County Democrat an
Fort Meade Leader
teamed with more th
four dozen area busi
nesses this month to
away 52 turkeys, one
store location, for th
Thanksgiving holiday
Following is a list o
turkey winners and t
store or location whe
they signed up:
Warner Southern,
Robert Luvella; Natu
Air, Francisco Suazes
J Equipment, Jack Ke
Baynard Plumbing, I
Kendall; Art Associat
Charlene Boswell; Be
Hill Griffin, Marlene
rison; The Grove Cen
Neriade Tisois; Rags
Riches Carpet, Valeri
Maywheather; Rip W
Insurance, JeanWilli
Chalet Suzanne, Lola
Juarez; Mayer Jewele
Lisa Chavis; Lori Dra
Furniture, Jane Gun-
zenheiser; Rent-a-Ki
Sabino Perez; Spurlo
Outdoors, Kathleen
cis; Progress Energy,
Prody, Koger andWa
Rod Parker Sr.; Cash
nection, Scott Rainw


Newspapers give

away 52 turkeys
;ws, Lake Wales Main Street, Supp
lk Cheryl Goepferdn; Wat- Main
.d son Pharmacy, Tany Cole; Tire,
Babs, Diane Smith; Polka Land
ian Dots, Michele Hayes, Petsc
- Natural Air, Meloney Oute
give Pattonson; Pandora's, Wil- Bake
per liam Bailey; A-Keck Boost son;
e Mobile, Rene Johnson; K. Ba
y. and Lake Wales Chamber, and]
of Teresa Vermeullen. Polst
he Also, Dusty's RV, Kim Carla
ere Chattin and Beth Walls;
Hill Nissan, Bobby Bruis;
Tom Edwards Chrysler-
ral Dodge, Kelsey Grainger;
; C & Fowler's Market, Roos-
ern; evelt Rookard; MC Gun-
Maria smithing, Howard Martin; |
Les, R & S Pawn, Brittaney
en Willis; Fort Meade Animal
Gar- Clinic, Harold Armstrong;
iter, Fort Meade Chamber of
to Commerce, David Delp;
e Vision Ace Hardware,
ralser Keith Reeves; Jenkins
ams; Ford, Nancy Hackler; The
a Style Shop, Georgiann
rs, Summner; and Wauchula
iper State Bank, Hilda Shep-
herd.
ng, Also, Bartow Ace
w's Hardware, Judy Nichols;
Fran- Affordable Appliance,
Chris John Munn; Circle Bar J,
Iker, Charlie Tidwell; Road and
Con- Trail Bicycles, William
ater; Shaffer; Whits Building r


ply, Steven P Willetts;
Street Auto Repair &
Olga Gentner; Oaks
ling, Ricky Lewis;
of Highland, Junior
rrez; Cookie Jar &
Shop, Randall Dot-
Hal's Gun Shop, Lori
arberee; Florida Farm
Ranch Supply, Steven
on and Anna's Diner,
a McDermont.


Winter Haven grad wins award


Polk State College
Alumni Association
picked George A. Kalogri-
dis as the distinguished
alumnus for the Decem-
ber commencement
ceremony.
Kalogridis has been
president of Disneyland
Resort in Anaheim, Calif.,
since October 2009. He is
a 1971 graduate of Winter
Haven High School and
got his associate of arts


degree in 1973 from what
was then Polk Junior
College.
Kalogridis oversees a
workforce of 20,000 cast
people at Orange Coun-
ty's largest employer.
The award will be
presented on Dec. 16
as part of the Polk State
College commencement
ceremony at the Health
Center Gym on the Win-
ter Haven campus.


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Main Street is macjica


Red bows and green
garland decorate lamp-
posts and lights twinkle
in the trees along Main
Street, while friends
and neighbors visit at
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Either Sarah or Hannah Githens (we can't tell the twins
apart!) helps pull the handle to official turn on the Main
Street Christmas lights during Magic on Main Friday night.
Both twins took part, along with their father, Steve Githens
(right) of Main Street Bartow, City Commissioners Pat Huff
(center) and Wayne Lewis, and (not pictured) Pastor Roy Lowe
of the Bartow Ministerial Assn., CRA Executive Director Jim
Duane and Bobby Wallace of Main Street Bartow.


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Their instruments may be inflatable, but these women know how to boogie with the band.
"Playing" along with the band was just one of the fun activities people found at the fifth
anniversary Magic on Main Friday night in Bartow.


The Peanut Butter company y entertained a crowd of all ages, who danced in the street to the
rockin'rhythms.


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Watching over Dametree D. Hawkins (left) and Artesia Bizzle is a realistic photo cut-out of the
firefighter statue to be erected in honor of the Bartow Volunteer Fire Dept. Collections were
taken at Friday Fest to pay for the statue. The two Bartow High School students were earning
community service hours by volunteering to sell tokens for Main Street Bartow.


Kevin Bickford, outreach director, and Debbie Bickford, Christmas coordinator, kicked off the
annual Red Kettle Drive for the Salvation Army. Bellringers will have a kettle in the first block
of Main Street this holiday season.


Helen Oros brought one of the oldest cars to the Classic Car Show at the Magic on Main Friday
Fest Nov. 19. This shiny red 1930 Model A Ford Coupe was bequeathed to her by her father, who
bought it from the original owner. Oros said the Bartow car show is her favorite because it's so
homey. She and her husband Joe are from Lakeland.


Bartow's Rotunda Brass Quintet entertained with seasonal songs.


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