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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 03/31/2010
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THe Polk county Democrat


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Democrat Vol. 79, No. 59


Bartow, Florida 33830

www.polkcountydemocrat.com


Wednesday, March 31,2010

Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group., Inc.


Easter events in Bartow

begin with Crosswalk Friday


This Sunday is Easter, and many
events have been planned to cele-
brate the holiday.
Good Friday will be celebrated
in Bartow with its traditional
"Crosswalk," which ends at Fort
Blount Park on Friday, April 2.
Crosses will be carried from the
four corners of Barrow and brought
to Fort Blount Park on the corner of
Broadway and Main Street, where a
celebration is set to commemorate
lesus' sacrifice.
The Barrow Ministerial
Association is in charge of services.
Participants are asked to bring lawn
chairs or blankets for the program
that begins at noon.
The Kiwanis Club annual Easter
egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. at
Mosaic Park, next to the Bartow
Civic Center, 2250 South Floral


Avenue, on April 3.
The West Barrow Men's Club
Easter egg hunt begins at 10:45 a.m.
at Polk Street Community Center,
1255 Vest Polk Street on April 3. For
more information, contact Alex
Thomas at 534-0161.
Mount Gilboa Missionary
Baptist Church, 1205 Martin Luther
King Junior Blvd., will hold a com-
munity Sunrise Easter service
beginning at 6 a.m. on April 4.
At 7 a.m.. April 4. a community
Easter Sunrise service will be held
in the bandstand at Mosaic Park,
hosted by the Barrow Ministerial
Association. Call Pastor Roy Lowe of
the First United Methodist Church,
533-0904, for more information.
(More Easter and Passover events
may be found on Pages 2B and 3B.)


Giving truth to Bartpw's slogan, "The City of Oaks and Azaleas," these
beautiful flowers were found in Jennie Smith's yard. Many colors of azaleas
are to be found around town, along with rabebuia. plum and others. -
Photo by Peggy Kehoe


Florida high speed rail 'is going



to happen,' says interim director


By BRETT LOWE
StaffWriter
High speed rail is coming
to central Florida, and the
Tiger Bay Club of Polk
County questioned the man
that is behind the planning,
Kevin J. Tibault.
Tibault, assistant secretary
for engineering and opera-
tions of Florida Department
of Transportation, serves as
the interim executive direc-
tor for the Florida Rail
Enterprise.
Although high speed rail
has long been a plan in cen-
tral Florida, Tibault said the
reason that the project is
finally coming to fruition is
because of President Barack


Obama's dedication to high
speed rail, setting aside $8
billion for that purpose.
Florida applied for a por-
tion of that $8 billion, along
with many other states, he
said. The state specifically
asked for $2.6 billion, and
ended up being awarded
$1.25 billion, which will pay
for about half of the four-
year project.
Tibault said that Florida
was the only state that could
build a high speed rail quick-
ly, because of all the plan-
ning that had already been
done.
As for the rest of the
money, he said that continu-
ing discussions were being
held.


"We're planning bake
sales, and numerous car
washes" Tibault joked.
Truthfully, more appropri-
ations are incoming, he said.
An extra $2.5 billion has
been appropriated fqr
national high speed rail this
year and another $1 billion is
projected for next year.
"The federal government
was very receptive to filling
gap in construction costs,"
Tibault said.
The state has additional
leverage due to money it has
already spent to make the
line a possibility. For exam-
ple, when FDOT widened the
Interstate 4, they spent an
extra $600 million to keep
the rail. corridor open.


The money from the fed-
eral government can only be
spent on high speed passen-
ger rail,,Tibault said, so none
of this money can be divert-
ed to spend on commuter
rail because it does not go
fast enough.
The high speed rail will
have a stop in downtown
Tampa, Polk County, Walt
DisneyWorld, International
Drive, and Orlando
International Airport.
Long-term extensions to
the high speed rail would
first create a segment from
Orlando to Miami, and then
potentially from Orlando to
Jacksonville, he added.
"We should see work by
the end of the year, and ads


for jobs beginning in the
summer," Tibault said.
In some ways, Florida will
be the guinea pig, as the fed-
eral railroad administrations
are used to dealing with
freight, not passenger lines.
Asked about the public
accessibility of the stations,
Tibault said that
Hillsborough and Polk coun-
ties are both investigating
ways to put money into a
mass transit system that will
provide a way to get to the
stations. However, if those
measures don't pass, he said,
that will provide a challenge
for the rail service.
Tibault said that day

(See Page 2A)


Square dancing afun calling


By DAWN WADE
Features Editor

Want to get some
exercise, work on your
memory and have a'
great time, all while
wearing a fabulous out-
fit?
If so, square dancing
may be for you.
Far from the prome-
nading done in elemen-
tary school gym classes,
modern Western square
dancing is an art form
all its own.
Don and Ann
Slocum of Bartow were
newlyweds in the 1980s
when Ann's work super-
visor mentioned how
much fun she had
square dancing.
The athletic couple
had tried bowling and
disliked the overly-
competitive aspect of
the sport and the
smoke in the alleys, and


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Buttons and Bows offers dancers a chance to square and round dance twice a month in Lakeland. Staffphoto by Dawn Wade


Ann thought they could
try square dancing as a
fun new hobby togeth-
er.
Little did she know,
Don had spent many a
night as a child at barn


dances.
Now, more than 20
years later, the couple
have found a calling.
Five time gold medal
winners in the Polk
Senior Games, longtime


Polk County represen-
tatives and former pres-
idents of the West Coast
Square and Round
Dancers' Association, in
addition to a host of
other offices, square


dancing has brought
the couple has found
fun and responsibility
in square dancing, but
more than that, it has
brought them closer.
"I can't imagine


being a golf widow,"
Ann said. "I just love
that this is something
we can do and enjoy
together."

(See Page 2A)


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High speed rail is 'going to happen'


(From Page 1A)
rental of cars out of the
parking lots would be a
strong possibility at the
Polk and International
Drive locations. Disney's
station, on the other
hand, likely will be
served by its current bus
system.
When the rail is com-
pleted, the FDOT plans
to set fare rates, but
they plan for a third
party to take over the
operation and mainte-
nance, Tibault said.
FDOT is working on
how often the trains will
run and the stop sched-
ules. They are consider-


ing creating one direct
run that only stops in
Orlando, Polk, and
Tampa, which will take
between 50 and 60 min-
utes on a 168 mile per
hour train. Another
train would possibly run
every half-hour on the
route between Orlando
and Disney World.
Tibault expected the
long trip to be primarily
business oriented while
the traffic from the air-
port to Disney and
International Drive
would be for tourists.
Fare is undetermined
at this time, though they
do think there will be a
frequent traveler token,


which will incur lesser
costs.
Current estimates
project $53 million in
revenue, which will
cover the $50 million in
costs for operations and
maintenance. They also
expect ridership rev-
enue will grow faster
than the costs, "using
conservative numbers"
Tibault said.
Local agencies will
handle law enforcement
at the stations, and
either the Florida
Highway Patrol or FDOT
would take care of
issues on the train corri-
dor.
When asked if the


Polk train station would
be fully funded, Tibault
said that construction of
the station is included
in the funding bill; how-
ever, it only covers the
most basic, essential
functions of the station.
Any embellishments
would have to be done
through partnerships
with the local parties, he
said.
He expected Disney
and the business com-
munity on International
Drive to put extra fund-
ing into their respective
stations, and that the
Orlando airport had "a
very grand vision" for
the station there.


"If Polk wants to
develop their station as
a gateway," Tibault said,
"that's part of working
together."
He was not looking at
aWinter Haven stop at
this time, despite the
purchase of Cypress
Gardens by Legoland. "If
you lobk at the route,"
Tibault said, "the rail
doesn't really go there."
In response to ques-
tion about the power
source for the rail, he
said that while nothing
was set yet, the federal
government only want-
ed to work with proven
technology. As the vast
majority of the


European high speed
rail was electric, Tibault
expected the Florida rail
to be electric as well.
Asked if tax payers
will see any money back
when revenues increase,
Tibault said that the
rail's economics were
designed like the Florida
Turnpike, where all rev-
enues pay for the
Turnpike itself.
The thought process,
he said, was that the
future extra revenues
would be used for the
expansions to Miami
and Jacksonville.


Square dancing a fun calling


(From Page 1A)

The Slocums said
they have met many of
their best friends
through their years of
dance, and Don even
told a story of seeing
dancing friends from
Florida on a mountain-
top in Canada.
This year's Florida
State Square and Round
Dance Convention will
be nearby in Lakeland
in May, but often travel-
ing is one of the best
parts of dancing for the
Slocums.
In addition to
Canada, square dancing
has taken the couple
around Florida, to
Hawaii, Ohio, North
Carolina, Alabama, and
they plan to continue
their travels, meeting
new friends, seeing old
friends, and finding new
squares of dance part-


ners.
The couple have even
danced in squares with
those from other coun-
tries.
"All the calls are in
English, but talking after
can be a little chal-
lenge," Don said with a
smile.
To. become dancers,
the couple took lessons,
and firmly advocate les-
sons for those looking
into the sport.
"You can find lessons
very inexpensively, but
there is some commit-
ment there," Slocum
said. "It can take about
16 to 20 weeks to reach
the first level and
become comfortable at
an actual dance."
The Slocums dance
sometimes five or six
times a week, but spe-
cial dances for begin-
ners are held less often.
Modern Western


dance is an American
folk dance, and can be
quite complicated. The
caller strings together a
series of calls for chore-
ography, and the
squares (four couples)
dance in the sequences.
Each "tip" or group of
dances has a caller, who
uses either patter
(speaking) calls or
singing calls.
Don said he has
always been fascinated
by the mathematics of
the choreography, and
said he would love to be
a caller.
"There's just one
problem," he said. "I
can't sing."
While most dances
are fun the couple
agree, a great caller
makes all the difference.
"When the caller is
really good," Don said.
"You know you are in for


a great night."
The memorization of
up to 300 possible steps
works on the memo-
rization skills, and Don
joked he is unable to
judge what his memory
would be like without
dancing, but he could
just imagine.
In their years of
dancing, the couple said
they have seen some
changes, Don cited the
change from short skirts
and crinolines, which
many dancers still wear,
to longer, looser skirts.
But they both said
one of the most frustrat-
ing changes is the age of
the dancers increasing.
"It seems like that's
only in Florida," Ann
said. "It's not universal.
"I hear the popularity
of square dancing goes
in cycles," she said. "I
hope that's true."


With the economy
being down, and square
dancing being such an
inexpensive family
activity, Ann said she
hopes to see more fami-
lies become interested.
In addition to fami-
lies, the dances are also
great for individuals. At
a recent Buttons and
Bows dance in
Lakeland, the Slocums'
were able to point to
two couples who found
love in the squares, and
several individuals just
out to be social, get


some exercise and have
fun.
For those looking to
try dancing, Strawberry
Square in Plant City, a
dance hall built for
square dancing, offers
lessons for all levels.
For information on
Stawberry Square, call
1-813-752-0491.
For.more information
on square dancing in
Florida, visit the Florida
Federation of Square
Dancers at www.flori-
dasquaredance.com.


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Celebrating its 100th .'
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John 11. Springer, 79,
died March 27, 2010, at
Halifax Memorial
Hospital.
Born Nov. 27, 1930,
in Akron, Ohio, to
Howard and Olive
Springer, Mr. Springer
spent his early years in
Ohio before he and his
childhood friend (and
eventual brother-in-
law), John William
Dillon, joined the U.S.
Navy. After four years of
service, he enrolled in
the University of Miami
School of Engineering,
graduating with a
degree in electrical
engineering.
Mr. Springer worked
with General Electric in
the space program in


the 1960s and 1970s
until his retirement. He
was an avid boater and
a charter member and
past commodore of the
Halifax Cruise Club.
Mr. Springer was pre-
ceded in death by his
first wife of 41 years,
Betty Shirley Smith
Springer; and a sister,
Patty Dillon.
Survivors include his
second wife, Mary
Springer; a son, Jack
Murphy Phillips, Jr., and
wife Sheryl of Bartow;
two grandchildren,
Amanda Phillips and
Jason Phillips; two
brothers-in-law; and
several nieces and
nephews.


It's that time of year
again. The Great
American Cleanup
(GAC) is Saturday, April
3, from 9 to 11 a.m. and
volunteers from all over
Bartow will be picking
up, cleaning up, and
sprucing up the city.
Members from the
City of Bartow
Beautification Board


American Legion
Auxiliary Mulberry
Memorial Unit 72 will
hold a community
Easter egg hunt with
the Easter Bunny on
Saturday, April 3, from
10 a.m. to noon.


and GAC sponsors will
provide a grilled lunch
for all cleanup mem-
bers, who will also each
get a T-shirt commemo-
rating their participa-
tion (while supplies
last), and a ticket to Bok
Tower Gardens.
If you have a team
wishing to sign up for
this fun event, or if you


The hunt will begin
at 10 a.m.
Games will include
sack races, inflatables,
cookie walk, egg races
and door prizes.
In addition the event
will feature the Imperial


are an individual want-
ing to join a team, con-
tact Reggie McNeil at
the city Solid Waste
Department (SWD) at
534-0181.
The Bartow Great
American Cleanup is a
partnership event of the
SWD and Keep Polk
County Beautiful.


R/C Club, Inc.,
hayrides, clowns and
picture taking by
Friends of the Library.
Food will include.
free hot dogs and
drinks.


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Elbert "Tom" Fisher

Elbert 'Tom'
Fisher
Elbert "Tom" Fisher,
74, of Fort Meade, died
Sunday, March 28, 2010,
at his home in Fort
Meade.
Born Jan. 20, 1936, in
Afton, Va., Mr. Fisher
was a electrical
mechanical trou-
bleshooter in the auto-
motive industry for
almost 40 years. He was
,a member of First
Baptist Church of Fort
Meade and Bowne
Mennonite Church in
Clarksville, Mich.
Mr. Fisher is survived
by his wife of 54 years,
Eunice Fisher of Fort
Meade; five sons,
Timothy Fisher and wife
Sara of Charlevoix,
Mich., Edward Fisher
and wife Karen of
Jonesville, Mich.,
William Fisher and wife
V'Lyndi of Alanson,
Mich., David Fisher and
wife Tammy of Union
City, Mich., and Kevin
Fisher of Fort Meade; a
foster son, Roger Mays
and wife Judy of
Petoskey, Mich.; two sis-
ters, Betty Brown of
Cremoria, Va., and Ethel
Weaver and husband
Paul of Arcadia; one
brother, Vern Oaks and
wife Pat of Frostproof;
five grandchildren,
Tiffany Fisher, Taylor
Fisher, Tanner Fisher,
Bradley Dohm, and
Brittany Nelson.
Visitation: Tuesday,
Mardh 30, 10 to 11 a.m.,
McLean Funeral Home,
Bartow.
Funeral: Tuesday,
March 30, 11 a.m., at the
funeral home, with Rev.
Kenny Slay officiating.
Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to
.the Joy Club of First
Baptist Church Fort
Meade Relay For Life
team.
Condolences to the
family may be sent at
mcleanfuneralhome.net


Have an idea or
photo?
Please call
The Democrat
533-4183 or
The Leader
285-8625


Robert "Bob" Brown

Robert C.
Brown
Robert C. "Bob"
Brown, 82, of Bartow,
died March 27, 2010 at
his home.
A native of Indiana,
Mr. Brown moved to
Bartow from Lakeland
in 2000. He retired from
General Motors Aircraft
Engine Manufacturing
Division with 41 years of
service as a aircraft
assembly inspector.
Mr. Brown was '
member of St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic
Church in Bartow and'
treasurer for the Knights
of Columbus #12314
Council. He also was a
U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II and
enjoyed bowling and
golfing, a family mem-
ber said.
Mr. Brown was pre-
ceded in death by a son,
Philip C. Brown.
Survivors include his
wife of 54 years, Mary
Sue Brown of Bartow;
three daughters, Mari
Wisniewski and hus-
band Steve, and
Rebecca Anne Brown,
all ofWest Newton, Ind.,
and Barbara Helen
Harlamert and husband
Dave of Boggstown, ,
Ind.; two sons, Matthew
Robert Brown and wife
Cindy of Indianapolis,
and Joseph Edward'
Brown and wife'Pam of
Flora, Ind.; a sister,
Betty Jo Heubi of
Indianapolis; three
brothers, Bill Brown of
Hagerstown, Ind.,
Donald Brown and wife
Mary Ann of Naples,
and James Brown of
Indianapolis; 12 grand-
children; and 12 great-
grandchildren. .
Memorial mass:
Tuesday, March 30, 9
a.m., St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic
Church, Bartow.
Arrangements:
Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Contributions may be
made to Good Shepherd
Hospice, 105 Arneson
Ave. Auburndale, FL
33823.
Condolences to the
family may be sent at
www.whiddenmclean-
funeralhome.com.

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Sports & Recreation


March 31, 2010
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Saturday last day for baseball spring training in Florida


Florida's annual
spring baseball training
is coming to an end on
Saturday. Just four days
of games remain for
fans to catch their
favorite major leaguers
in more accessible and
less expensive venues.
Grapefruit League
attendance this year
topped 1 million last
week, spokesman Nick
Gandy said. The current
per game average of
6,557 fans is the highest
among records kept
going back to the 1999
season and represents
an eight percent
increase over the 2009


per game average. The
highest per game aver-
age attendance on
record is 6,478 in 259
games of the 2008 sea-
son.
Closest to Bartow and
Fort Meade are the
Detroit Tigers, playing
at Joker Marchant
Stadium in Lakeland.
The Tigers have topped
80,000 local attendance,
one of five teams to do
so this season.
For daily scores and
attendance figures from
Florida Spring Training
Baseball games, visit
www.floridagrape-
fruitleague.com/Master


Schedule.html.
Remaining games
are:

Wednesday, March 31
Houston Astros vs.
Atlanta Braves, Lake
Buena Vista, 1:05 p.m.
Boston Red Sox vs.
Baltimore Orioles,
Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs.
Detroit Tigers, Lakeland,
1:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rays vs.
Minnesota Twins,
Hammond Stadium,
1:05 p.m.
Minnesota Twins vs.
New York Yankees,
Tampa, 1:05 p.m.


Toronto Blue Jays vs.
Philadelphia Phillies,
Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.
Washington
Nationals vs. St. Louis
Cardinals, Jupiter, 1:05
p.m.
Florida Marlins vs.
New York Mets, Port St.
Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 1
Florida Marlins vs. St.
Louis Cardinals, Jupiter,
12:05 p.m.
Minnesota Twins vs.
Boston Red Sox, City of
Palms Park, 1:05 p.m.
Atlanta Braves vs.
Detroit Tigers, Lakeland,
1:05 p.m.


Detroit Tigers vs.
Houston Astros,
Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs.
Philadelphia Phillies,
Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore Orioles vs.
Tampa Bay Rays, Port
Charlotte, 1:05 p.m.
New York Yankees vs.
Toronto Blue Jays,
Dunedin, 1:05 p.m.
Washington
Nationals vs. New York
Mets, Port St. Lucie, 1:10
p.m.

Friday, April 2
Washington
Nationals vs. Boston
Red Sox, City of Palms


Park, 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore Orioles vs.
New York Yankees,
Tampa, 1:05 p.m.
New York Mets vs.
Tampa Bay Rays,
Tropicana Field, 6:10
p.m.

Saturday, April 3
New York Mets vs.
Baltimore Orioles,
Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.
Yankees Future Stars
vs. New York Yankees,
Tampa, 1:05 p.m.


Mental concern


By PEGGY KEHOE
Managing Editor

Demonstrating the
"power of concentra-
tion" and positive think-
ing, Larry McDougald
stretches out between
two folding chairs, and
keeps his back straight
as a grown man and a
little boy stand on his
chest.
But he's not done yet.
After a short break,
McDougald is back on
the chairs. Next a friend
hammers a nail through
a 2x4 laid on
McDougald's chest. His
back's still straight.
Still not done,
McDougald takes a few
minutes to focus his
concentration, stretches
out on the chairs again.
This time another friend
takes a sledgehammer
to the five, two-inch
slabs of concrete placed
on McDougald's
abdomen three dif-
ferent times.
With about 75


pounds of concrete, it
takes a few blows to
break them.
Unfortunately, the slabs
wobbled some, prevent-
ing McDougald from
reaching his goal of hav-
ing five broken at once.
But he did achieve four
and plans to try to beat
that next time.
Why does he do it?
"Because I can."
McDougald, now 64,
has been performing
these feats of concen-
tration since he was 50.
Usually he gets together
with three friends, but
recently invited a few
others to watch the
demonstration at his
business, Florida
Transport Service.
Traditionally, it has
been part of his birth-
day celebration in
August, but some sur-
gery postponed it for a
while. McDougald
works out regularly at
Polk Street Gym, but
gives the power of con-
centration most of the


tration aids man in physical feats


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Balancing on Larry McDougald's body are his
grandson, Shane McDougald, 9, and friend Dave
Hay. The chair in the middle is not under
McDougald, but was used by Hay to climb on. (And
no, McDougald didn't swallow a stick; that's the
handle of the sledgehammer behind him.)

credit. between two chairs
For many of those seemed like quite a feat
watching, just keeping of concentration.
his back straight


Concrete slabs resting on McDougald's abdomen
break into pieces as Dick Busing swings the sledge-
hammer. (Staff photos by Peggy Kehoe)


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county


Report


(Photos by Tom Staik)
After 35 years of service with Fleet
Management at the Board of County
Commissioners, Donald Crumley entered the
ranks of Polk County's retired Wednesday.


Keeping the rtI
Donald Crumley retires

After 35 years keeping

trucks rollin PolkCounty on the road.


By TOM STAIK
Staff Writer
Most young boys (at some point or another) fall
for the whimsical dream of become a fireman.
Robert Crumley took that one step further.
Either by fate, by luck, or by divine' intervention,
Crumley had the rare opportunity to begin his
working career building full-fledged, full-size, and
fully-operational fire
engines for Polk County:
firefighter whimsy on- .
steroids. -,-
Crumley, who officially
retires from the ranks of
Polk County government
today, began his career
with Imperial Polk 35
years ago on March 24,
1975.
"Back in '75 this (Fleet
Management) was called
Civil Defense," Crumley
recalled late Tuesday Crumley's uncle, Bob
morning from his impec- second from left in the
cably well-kept and ond row, has a place ol
organized office at the honor in Crumley's offi
county's fleet headquar- is depicted in the black
ters in Bartow. "All we white print with a U.S.
worked on here was fire bomber flight crew on 1
trucks and ambulances. I island of Tinian during
was hired as a mechanic. War II.
The fire department then
was made for a rural com-
munity. They needed
trucks that could hold a
lot of water. I started
building them"
And at fire trucks, like
most things with an
engine and four wheels, .
Crumley excelled.
"He is an excellent i
technician," said Bob i
Stanton, director of Fleet
Management for the-' '
county. "He built fire
trucks when he got here..
He really excelled." 'r'-
Bigger county, bigger job
As the county grew, so
did Crumley's responsibil-
ities. Crumley in one of the c


Civil Defense merged with the county's other
fleet services. Buses, backhoes, dump trucks, land-
fill equipment, and a slew of cars, trucks, and
SUVs became everyday work.
"I have done so many things," Crumley recalled
with a slight chuckle. "The more valuable you
make yourself, the harder it is to get rid of you."
The rapid evolution of vehicle electronics,
Crumley says, has helped keep his work life inter-


testing.
"I can remember vehicles with points and con-
densers in the distributor. Now there are vehicles
without distributors," Crumley said. "Technology
comes out faster sometimes than the information
the technicians need in order to fix it. It would be
nice to know what is coming sometimes."
Family, golf, and yardwork
Crumley, who lives in Lakeland with his wife of
17 years Cheryl, has three children and three step-
children. Mr. and Mrs. Crumley share their home
with a Jack Russell "terrorist" and a female
husky/German Shepherd ("The most uncoordi-
nated dog you have seen ... She will jump in the
pool at any time. Don't matter how cold it is.")
Fourteen grandchildren also are in the mix with a
great-grandchild due later this year. "I1have plenty
to keep me busy," Crumley said.
Retirement will bring some more time for golf-
ing, Crumley said. More chances, too, for solitude.
"Believe it or not, I enjoy yard work. It's a soli-
tary endeavor. Here (at the county maintenance
offices) I might see 50 people a day. It's strange
that phone isn't ringing. There's a steady stream of
people in and out that door. I like my solitude," he
noted.
'Life's what you make it'
A World War II-era photo hangs with distinction
on Crumley's office wall.
Depicted in the black and white print is a U.S.
bomber flight crew on the island of Tinian. Second
from left in the second row is Crumley's uncle,
Bob. Smith. Smith (called "Quite a character" by
his nephew) winters in the area and serves as
inspiration to Crumley. "I am very proud of them,"
Crumley said. "I asked him a long time ago how
they (the flight crew) did what they did. He said
they did what they needed to survive. We are all
here doing what we do because of what they did."
Crumley added: "Life's what you make it ... I
don't have problems, just issues I haven't found a
solution to yet."
Still, it is his work keeping Polk County's emer-
gency vehicle fleet rolling that brings Crumley his
greatest pride.
Said Crumley: "There is a great sense of pride
here. Take the ambulance: There is a certain pride
that I get when I see them going by. They can't
help anybody if they are sitting here. We have to
get them on the road."


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Donald Crumley at work on Tuesday in his final hours before retirement.


When the concrete was poured in the work bayf -
Crumley had the task of laying the railroad tracks
before the concrete set. The tracks allow mainte-
nance staff to move track-based equipment
through the bays.


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Community/Religion..


City-wide Easter


March 31,2010


sunrise service at Mosaic Park


Once again, a conm-
munity-wide outdoor
Easter Sunrise Service
will be held in Bartow
on Easter Sunday start-
ing at 7 a.m.
Sponsored by the
Bartow Ministerial
Association, the service
will be held at the
Mosaic Park Bandshell,
"which provides a
beautiful early morning
setting to celebrate the
resurrection of Jesus
Christ, our Lord,"
Pastor Roy Lowe of First
United Methodist
Church of Bartow said.
The Easter message


will be presented by
two youth pastors from
the community Deb
Aguilar of First
Presbyterian Church
and Chris Thornhill of
First United Methodist
Church.
Pastors from various
local churches will
share in the leadership
of the service. The serv-
ice will include a blend
of traditional hymns
and contemporary
praise songs.
Music will be accom-
panied by Carol Keen
on keyboard, Dr.
Richard Lake on trum-


pet, and the First
Presbyterian Church
youth praise band..
Brady Draper will sing.
"The entire commu-
nity is invited to gather
in the glory of the rising
sun to celebrate the
glory of the Risen Son!"
Pastor Lowe said.
Bleacher seating is
available, although due
to the probability of
morning dew, wor-
shipers are encouraged
to bring a towel. A cen-
tral area will also be
reserved for those who
wish to bring their own
lawn chairs or blankets.


In the event of rain,
the service will be held
in the sanctuary of First
United Methodist
Church of Bartow, 310
S. Broadway Ave.
For more informa-
tion, call event coordi-
nator, Pastor Lowe, at
533-0904.
In addition to this
service, the Bartow
Ministerial Alliance will
sponsor an indoor
Sunrise Service starting
at 6 a.m. at Mount
Gilboa Missionary
Baptist Church.


Mr. and Mrs. William Hayman
Mr. and Mrs. William Hayman


Mr. and Mrs. Hayman

note 60th anniversary


William P. and
Maude Hayman of
Maitland will celebrate
their 60th anniversary
in May.
Mr. and Mrs.
SHayman met during
World War II in
Germany, while Mr.
Hayman was serving in
the U.S. Army Air
Corps, and Mrs.
Hayman, an English
woman,.was serving
with the British Forces.
The two were mar-
ried May 14; 1950, at
the home of Mr.
Hayman's parents, Paul


and Margaret Hayman,
at 945 Kissingen Avenue
in Bartow.
The couple now
resides in Maitland.
They have two
daughters, Carol
Hayman White of
Austin, Texas, and
Diana Rew of Palm City;
and three grandchil-
dren.
The couple will cele-
brate with a trip to
England in May, and
then with friends and
family upon their
return.


Bartow's American
Cancer Society Relay
For Life annual Sticky
Fingers barbecue con-
test tickets are now.
available at the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce,
BB&T, and Community
Southern Bank.
The $6 tickets can be
turned in for a full meal
on the night of Relay,
Friday, April 9, from 5 to
7 p.m. The barbecue


First Assembly of
God of Fort Meade will
present "Watch the
Lamb" Easter drama on
Sunday, April 4, at 10:30
a.m.
The drama depicts


meats will be cooked by
local backyard barbe-
cuers participating in
the contest.
Any remaining tickets
will be available the
night of Relay, but tick-
ets are limited.
A separate ticket for
strawberry shortcake
desserts also are avail-
able for $2 at the same
locations.


Christ's crucifixion
under the direction of
Rev. Jeff Pfingston.
For more informa-
tion, call the church
office at 285-7332.


Ministerial Alliance

Holy Week services continue


Bartow Fellowship of
Minister's Alliance will
continue to hold Easter
Holy Week services
until April 4.
Host church and
pastor are Mount
Gilboa Baptist Church
and Rev. Derrian
Bonney.


Featured pastors are:
Wednesday night,
Pastor D. Bonney of
Mount Gilboa
Thursday night,
Pastor L. White of
Mount Zion
Friday night, Pastor
A. Camp of Acts, Praise,
and Worship


Easter Sunrise
Service, Co-pastor D.
Watson of Praise
Temple-
Nightly services will
be held at 7:30 a.m.,
while the sunrise serv-
ice will be held at 6 a.m.
After the sunrise
service, the Bartow


Deacon and Stewards
Alliance will serve
breakfast for a donation
of $5 toward their
scholarship program.
For more informa-
tion, call Bishop Willie
Watson at the church at
533-9332 or on his cell
at 289-7740.


First Baptist Church to hold Easter festivities


First Baptist Church
of Bartow will hold a
community-wide Easter
egg hunt on Saturday,
April 3, at their Ministry
Center, Bartow.


The egg hunt is for
children, ages 2
through grade five and
will begin at 1 p.m.
Pastor Dr. Ron Burks
will speak on "What


Does Jesus Offer?" on
Easter Sunday, April 4.
A free Easter egg with a
special prize will be
given to each child
present. Services begin


at 10:45 a.m.
For more informa-
tion, call the church
office at 533-9055.


Shoresh David plans community Passover seder


Shoresh David Messianic
Synagogue in Lakeland will hold
its annual community Passpver
seder on Saturday, April 3, at 5
p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 3839



Maonify


Relay yard
sale
Magnify Credit Union
will hold a rummage
sale to raise money for
the Bartow Relay For
Life on Saturday, April 3,
from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sale will be held
at the Bartow branch,
1790 North Broadway.
Proceeds will go to
the American Cancer
Society.


Alturas UMC plans Easter services


Alturas United Methodist Church
will hold several special services dur-
ing Holy Week.
Services are:
SGood Friday service April 2, 7
p.m.


Easter Son-rise,Service April 4,
7 a.m., with free breakfast following
Sunday school April 4, 9:45
a.m.
Easter Sunday worship --April 4,
11 h.m., with Pastor Dennis Lewis


Don Emerson Dr.
The seder will remember
Israel's exodus from Egypt with
song, feast, and dance. Rabbi
Yossi will teach on the Messiah


in Egypt.
For more information, con-
tact Lorraine Smith at 937-3940
or lorraine.smith55@gmail.com.


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CITY OF BARTOW

NOTICE OF CANVASSING BOARD

HEARING FOR THE APRIL 6, 2010

CITY ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that the City of Bartow Canvassing Board Hearing will hold a
meeting, on TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010 AT 5:30 P.M. or so soon thereafter as possible to
canvass the ballots from the City of Bartow Regular Election. The meeting will be held at
the Supervisor of Elections Office located at 250 South Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
The Canvassing Board will continue this meeting to FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 AT 10:00
A.M. or as soon thereafter as possible to certify the official results of the election. The
continued meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers of City Hall at 450 North
Wilson Avenue, Bartow, Florida.
Please be advised that if you desire to appeal from any decisions made as a result of the
above hearing or meeting, you will need a record of the proceedings and in some cases a
verbatim record .is required. You must make your own arrangements to produce this
record. (Florida Statute 286.0105)
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate
in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain
assistance. Please contact City Clerk Linda R. Culpepper at 450 N. Wilson Avenue, P.O.
Box 1069, Bartow, Florida 33831-1069 or phone (863) 534-0100 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this meeting notification; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771. (Florida Statute 286.26)

ALL PRECINCTS WILL VOTE T THE
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An 'egg-citing' time is planned

in Fort Meade Saturday


Holy Week services

planned at Burkett Chapple PBC


Hidden treasure will
be found in Fort Meade
this Saturday at the
annual city-wide egg
hunt, hosted by Fort
Meade Leisure Services
and Polk County
Leisure Services.
The event will be
held on Saturday, April
3, at the Fort Meade
Outdoor Recreation
Area, U.S. Highway 98
East, just east of the
Peace River bridge.
Hunting begins at 9
a.m.
All area children
between the ages of 2
and 9 are invited to the
event.
There will be lots of
prizes to be awarded in
the three age divisions.
More than 1,500 eggs
will be hidden for the
activity by the Easter
Bunny and his helpers
from Fort Meade
Middle Senior High
School.
Children in the 2-3
years old and 4-6 years

FM First
'Presbyterian
holds Holy
Week services
First Presbyterian
Church of Fort Meade
will remember Jesus'
Last Supper and death
on Calvary's Cross on
Thursday, April 1, at 7
p.m.
Scripture will be read,
prayers will be prayed,
hymns will be sung, and
the sacrament of com-
munion will be shared
in remembrance of
Jesus' suffering and
death.
The worship service
is meant to prepare for
celebrating Jesus' resur-
rection on Easter
Sunday at 11 a.m.
First Presbyterian
Church is on the corner
of First and Pine Streets
in Fort Meade.

Gavin to
perform
free
concert at
Mosswood
Joe Gavin, a finger-
style acoustic guitarists,
will perform in a free
concert," Friday, April 9,
from 7 to 8:15 p.m., at
730 South Florida
Avenue, Lakeland.
The concert will be
held in the sanctuary of
Westminster
Presbyterian Church.
His albums include:
"The Watchmaker,"
"Summit of Leaves,"
"Over the Downs," "The
Wedding Song," and
"The Leviathan." CDs
will be available at the
concert.
A donation for
Mosswood Center will
be taken at intermis-
sion. For more informa-
tion, call 937-9202 or e-
mail
Mosswoodcenter@msn.
com.


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old age groups are
required to have an
adult accompany them
for event.
Only one adult per
child will be allowed to
go into the hunt.area of
the 2-3 year olds only.
The other two age
groups will have sepa-
rate areas in which to
hunt for their eggs and
no adults will be
allowed to assist them.
All children will have
to bring their own bas-
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Prizes will be award-
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found.
There will be no
prize for the most eggs
found. In addition to
the special eggs, a gold-
en egg grand prize of a
bicycle will be awarded
to the lucky child who
finds that egg.
The Easter Bunny
will be on hand at the
hunt.to assist in greet-
ing the kids, awarding
prizes, and also for pic-
ture taking opportuni-
ties.
For more informa-
tion on this fun activity,
call the Leisure Services.
at 285-1111.


Triple Eagle
Anointed Ministries
Church along with
Youth Empowered for
Services Church will
join Burkett Chapple
Primitive Baptist-
Church for holy com-
munion services on
Thursday, April 2, at 7
p.m.
Services will be held
at 415 South Third Ave.


with Senior Pastor
Lawrence Moore.
On Sunday, Easter
services will be held at
8 a.m. with Pastor
Marcus Floyd for the
TEAM church and at
9:45 a.m. for the YES
Church with Pastor
Chalmers Richardson.
Both services will be
held at Triple Eagle
Community


Development Corp
Center at 450 West
Main Street, Bartow.
Burkett Chapple will
hold its service at 11
a.m.
For more informa-
tion, call Burkett
Chapple at 533-3058 or
Triple Eagle at 534-
1630.


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Main Street Baptist
Church will hold a
community egg hunt
Saturday, April 3, at


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Lunch will be served
at 11:45 a.m.
The egg hunt also


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Make civics a vital part of education


Civics 101: How a bill becomes a law.
At its simplest form in a bicameral legisla-
tive system, a bill must pass one chamber,
then another before it is sent to the chief exec-
utive for signature.
A bill labeled HB (House Bill) 105 passed the
Florida House of Representatives with a unan-
imous vote last week, which means that it has
overwhelming bipartisan support. It will now
be taken up by the Senate, where a companion
bill labeled SB (Senate Bill) 1096 is sponsored
by State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, the state
senator who represents much of our reader-
ship's district.
The measure given the fancy, official title,
"Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Civics
Education Act" deserves Senate support
during this year's legislative session and even-
tually the signature of Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist. The reason is simple: It is needed to help
ensure that young Floridians become better
citizens.
Detert's bill would make civics content part
of language arts curriculum in all grades in
public schools. The act also would make civics


Our Viewpoint

a required one-semester course for all the
state's seventh graders.
Most important, starting in 2012, middle-
schoolers would have to pass the civics course
to move on to high school. Thirty percent of
their grade would be their score in a statewide,
standard test. In 2013, the end-of-course test
scores will be factored into a school's overall
grade. In 2014 and afterward, students would
have to pass the standard test to get a passing
grade in the course and move on to high
school.
That last provision goes a little too far. We'd
prefer to see the test score blended into a stu-
dent's final grade and agree that the test
scores should be incorporated into the
school's grade. But the overall idea of the leg-
islation is sound: It would move social studies
and civics to a level with math and reading by
imposing FCAT-style requirements.
As Detert recently told the Orlando Sentinel,


new social studies standards are already a part
of statewide curriculum set to take effect in
2012. The problem is money and a test-con-
scious education system.
"Civics somewhere is slipping through the
cracks," she said. "That which isn't tested isn't
taught."
The push for stronger civics education has
been picked up by retired Supreme Court
Justice O'Connor -- hence her name on the bill
-- as well as former Sen. Bob Graham, who has
been on the stump in the past year for FCAT-
style testing for civics in schools. The need is
heightened in Florida, where a Florida Joint
Center for Citizenship last fall found "civic
culture" to be pathetic.
The center's report found Floridians near
the bottom nationally in public meeting par-
ticipation, volunteerism and voting. It's some-
thing we see all the time, and something that
needs to be addressed seriously with the vot-
ers of tomorrow. If that means teaching to a
test, then so be it.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Sarcasm with a smile


In keeping with one
of my favorite sayings
"sarcasm is just another
service I offer", I am
writing the following
about the absurd
notion of the Council of
100 and some
Legislative leaders
revamping education in
the State of Florida.
Several things I'm
pretty sure of.,One I
doubt that there is a
single educator within
this group. Two I'm sure


that at one time they
were students, however
they (as evidenced by
their position in life)
were probably of the
motivated type, with
supportive parents and
during a time when dis-
ciple was an available
option. This in no way
mirrors the system as it
exists today.
However if this
makes sense then let's
take this idea and run
with it. Let's put teach-


ers in charge of the
medical profession,
after all we have been
to doctors before, I have
even been operated on,
twice. Surely we could
lay out the standards
for the doctors. The
medical profession can
take over the regula-
tions regarding profes-
sional sports, I'm sure
most of them have
PLEASE SEE:
SARCASM, page 5B


Government grows, liberty falls


There is a saying
among rural lawmakers
in Tallahassee: legisla-
tors from Miami think
that food comes from
Publix.
There is a popular
bumper sticker that
reads: "If you're com-
plaining about farmers,
don't talk with your
mouth full."
My friend, the late
Buck Heidtmari, a citrus
grower, once made a
vocational talk at
Rotary in which he
described the excite-
ment of "poking a stick
in the ground, watering
it, and watching it
grow."

Throughout my
newspaper career, I said
that I didn't go to scary
movies; managing a
small business was
plenty scary enough for
me.
I suspect that most
small business owners
feel the same way;
maybe the big guys do,
too, or maybe they hire
people to do their wor-
rying for them.
Nonetheless, I figure
that whatever goods or
services we produce,
most owners and man-


THINKING -
OUTLOUD


S.L.Frisbie


agers of businesses
share the same worries.
We might be at least
partially interchange-
able from one business
to another.
The exception, in my
opinion, is farming.

America traditionally
has held a special place
in its collective heart for
farmers.
They somehow seem
a little more whole-
some, a little harder
working, a little more
deserving of whatever
breaks they get.
Florida has a Green
Belt Law that grants
farmers special consid-
eration when it comes
to levying of property
taxes on agricultural
property.
It is one "loophole"
about which I have
never heard com-
plaints, other than
about large landowners


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who only go through
the motions of planting
crops so they can quali-
fy for Green Belt taxa-
tion.

I don't think I could
make it as a farmer. I
lack the courage to face
all the things that are
beyond their control.
Almost every winter,
even here in God's
Country, we have a few
nights when the tem-
perature drops below
freezing.
For most of us, it is a
rare night to enjoy
lighting a fire in our
fireplaces (if we have
them), and perhaps to
run the sprinklers so
that our kids can expe-
rience the excitement
of seeing icicles hang-
ing from swing sets and
the lower branches of
trees.
For us, it is great
sport.
For farmers, there is
nothing fun about
freezing weather.
When I was a kid, cit-
rus growers burned old
tires and smudge pots
PLEASE SEE:
FRISBIE, page 05


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Dear Editor:
Benjamin Franklin
stated, "They that can
give up essential liberty
to obtain a little tempo-
rary safety deserve nei-
ther liberty nor safety."
As a senior citizen, who
at 63 years of age could
file for Social Security
(S.S.), I receive mail
from groups feigning to
represent seniors. The
most recent was a peti-
tion to be sent to Adam
Putnam and our two
U.S. Senators encourag-


ing them to approve the
S.S. COLA. The prob-
lem is that the S.S. sys-
tem was designed to
provide COLAs (Cost Of
Living Adjustment) if
there was actual infla-
tion. However, there
was no inflation, and
the threshold for a
COLA was not legally
met and consequential-
ly should not be issued.
To address the per-
ceived "unfairness" of
this, Congress has
introduced H.R. 3557,


which proposes provid-
ing a COLA of up to
$864.00 per year per
senior. This is "feel
good" legislation at its
best, and I encourage
seniors not to take the
bait of a short-term
payment with long-
term consequences.
Last May, Mr. Obama,
in an attempt to secure
the votes of seniors,
gave out $250 to each
PLEASE SEE:
LIBERTY, page 5B


Clean Air Act poorly timed


Florida's farmers and
ranchers, like most
Americans, have been
struggling to make ends
meet during these trou-
bling economic times.
How well they fare in
this effort takes on
added importance
because their fellow cit-
izens can ill afford to
add skyrocketing food
costs to their list of
challenges.


Because of this, EPA's
proposed regulation of
greenhouse gas emis-
sions under the Clean
Air Act could not have
been more poorly
timed. These regula-
tions come with over-
whelming economic
costs, not just affecting
the agriculture industry,
but also small and large
businesses throughout
the state.


To comply with the
EPA's new rules, busi-
nesses will be forced to
make expensive renova-
tions to existing struc-
tures or purchase new
buildings and equip-
ment. Additionally,
these regulations will
lead to lengthy, time-
PIEASE SEE-
CLEAN AIR, page 5B


'Mad Hatter's Tea Party'


I would like to make
an observation about
the 'Tea Party' protes-
tors who are the focus
of so much media cov-
erage during this health
care debate.
I watched last night
as hundreds of
Americans raged and
thrust crudely drawn
swastikas angrily in to
the sky. Rep. Emmanuel
Cleaver was spat upon
as racial epithets were
hurled at Reps. John


Lewis and Andre
Carson and anti-gay
messages were
screamed at Rep.
Barney Frank.
The actual Tea Party
was a display against
oppression and perse-
cution that required the
willingness of the par-
ticipants to risk their
lives for equality.
The current 'Tea
Party' is effrontery to
this image; their non-
sensical ramblings


more reminiscent of the
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
as they run around like
the Red Queen scream-
ing, "Off with their
heads!"
I, for one, feel that
the swastikas they raise
say more about the
hands that scrawled
them than any policy
currently under debate.

Nicole Herman Sealy
Lakeland


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March-- 3121 h Pl ony eort 5


Literacy Coalition plans

for annual conference event


EDI-TO'IA


. Sarcasm


(From Page 5B)
watched a few games
and may have even
played sports in their
backyards while grow-
ing up. Sanitation work-
ers could take control of
law enforcement regula-
tions. After all as they go
about their day I'm cer-
tain they see many
police, some may have
even had a ticket or two.
And of course law
enforcement can lay out
the regulations and
policies for the restau-
rant industry as almost
all have eaten out from


time to time, perhaps
even with family.
Want to help? Get rid
of all of your unfunded
dictates. Help to pass
laws that allow us to put
discipline back into our
schools. Do you know
that there is a large
group that can only be
suspended 10 days per
year, no matter what,
(something about their
accommodations). Get
rid of the stupid notion
that students from a low
performing school can
receive vouchers to pri-
vate schools that do not


in fact operate under
the same guidelines.
Ridiculous to assume
that private is better by
its very nature, what an
insult to public educa-
tors. Are you aware that
they don't even take the
FCAT (which by the way
should also go away),
thus how can it be that
when a student does
poorly on this test the
answer is to send them
to a school that doesn't
even give the test. In
other words start help-
ing or stay away.
Michael G. Brennan


Florida Literacy
Coalition announces
two speakers will high-
light the organization's
26th annual Florida
Literacy Conference,
May 5-7, on Captiva
Island.
Dr. Brenda Dann-
Messier is the assistant
secretary for vocational
and adult education for
the U.S. Department of
Education.
A veteran of adult
and family literacy
issues, she was
appointed by the presi-
dent to oversee the
department's programs
and initiatives related
to adult education and
literacy, career and
technical education
and community col-
leges. .


Dann-Messier's
address will include an
update on the adminis-
tration's efforts to
improve the basic skills
and employment out-
comes of individuals,
particularly those from
the most vulnerable
populations.
Sharon Robinson is
the author of many
widely praised books
about her father, base-
ball legend Jackie
Robinson, including
"Jackie's Nine: Jackie
Robinson's Values to
Live By" and "Promises
to Keep: How Jackie
Robinson Changed
America."
Robinson will share
sources of inspiration
for her new book,
"Testing the Ice," and


her observations of how
reading gives people
the confidence to help
change the world.
The 26th annual
Florida Literacy
Conference, "Open
Books Open Minds,"
will take place at the
South Seas Island
Resort in Captiva.
The conference
offers a diverse selec-
tion of interactive work-
shops led by literacy
experts on a variety of
topics including adult
basic education, litera-
cy, English for speakers
of other languages and
family literacy. For
more information
about the Florida
Literacy Conference call
1-407-246-7110 or visit
www.floridaliteracy.org.


Liberty


(From Page 5B)
senior as an "Economic
Stimulus"; now he pro-
poses to slash $550 bil-
lion from Medicare!
The Congressional
Budget Office (C.B.O.)
announced this week
that S.S. would be broke
6 years sooner than pre-
viously projected. Why?
Because Americans in
general, even seniors,
have abandoned the


historic philosophy that
families and churches
can best assist the elder-
ly and have instead
bought into the idea
that government will
take care of all our
needs. This entitlement
mentality has never
been more evident than
in the passage of
Obamacare this week,
with the corresponding
loss of liberty.


Thomas Jefferson
reminded us of the frag-
ile state of our liberty
when he stated,"
Government big enough
to supply everything
you need is big enough
to take everything you
have... The course of
history shows that as a
government grows, lib-
erty decreases."
Dan C. Frodge, D.C.Ed
Alturas


Clean Air


(From Page 4B)
consuming permitting
processes that have the
potential to grind busi-
ness to a halt. And,
unless other nations
agree to adhere to the
same standards,
American businesses
will face a competitive
disadvantage in the
world marketplace.
As Florida's largest
agriculture organiza-
tion, representing near-
ly 140,000 members, we
are committed to fight-
ing these harmful regu-
lations. Recently, dele-
gates from the
American Farm Bureau


Federation adopted a
resolution urging
Congress to pass legisla-
tion that would stop the
EPA from setting regula-
tions on greenhouse
gases. Additionally, the
Florida Farm Bureau
supports current
Congressional actions
addressing this situa-
tion, including the
bipartisan Resolutions
of Disapproval by Sen.
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
and Rep. Ike Skelton (D-
MO).
Preventing the EPA
from overstepping its
bounds and enforcing
policies that have the


SFrisbie


(From Page 4B)
to try to save the crops
on their trees.
Today, most use over-
head irrigation to form
a protective layer of ice
on their crops.
Sometimes, they focus
the greater amount of
their attention on sav-
ing the trees them-
selves, when saving the
crop is beyond hope.
And last week, straw-
berry farmers started
leaving their luscious
crops on the plants to
rot because the cost to
harvest them is more
than they could make at
wholesale prices.
This came after
efforts to save the crops
with that protective
layer of ice were so suc-
cessful that the market
was glutted.
The operation was a
success; the patient


died.
Some growers allow
"U-Pick-'Em" harvesters
to pick their own berries
for a fraction of the
usual wholesale price.
Others don't, because
if some amateur har-
vester tripped on a
strawberry plant, he
could sue the owner
who, in the terms of
lawsuits, "knew, or
should have known"
that somebody might
trip on a strawberry
plant.

In addition to freez-
ing weather, farmers
have to-worry about too
much rain, or too little;
about microscopic bugs
that can destroy a grove
that has been in pro-
duction for decades;
about competition from
other nations, many of
which lack standards of
food safety or worker


One advantage of marriage, it seems to me,
is that when you fall out of love with each
other, it keeps you together until maybe you
fall in again.
-Judith Viorst



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impact the farming and
agriculture industries is
a top priority for the
Florida Farm Bureau.
Ultimately, the cost to
cultivate, harvest and
process crops impacts
every one of us when
we check out at the gro-
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contact their Senators
and Representatives in
Washington about this
important issue.

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President,
Florida Farm Bureau
Federation


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treatment that we take
for granted in the
United States.
Citrus greening, mad
cow disease, swine flu
(which isn't even caused
or carried by pigs, but
carries the name
nonetheless), and a
bazillion other threats
of Nature that most of
us don't even know
about are always lurking
around the corner for
tillers of the soil.
Yeah, I have a lot of
respect for farmers.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He has a "grove" offour
citrus trees in his back
yard. He has not applied
for Green .Belt zoning.
And he still doesn't go to
scary movies.)


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Today is last day

to request mail ballot


Voters who plan to
vote by mail in the April
6 City Election have
until the end of the
workday today to sub-
mit their request to the
Supervisor of Elections
office.
Requests for absen-
tee ballots can be made
through the Polk
County Elections Office
by phone at 534-5888 or
on the elections Web


site at www.polkelec-
tions.com.
Once a voter com-
pletes her ballot, she
must return it to
Election Headquarters
in Bartow by 7 p.m. on
Election Day. Absentee
ballots can be returned
by mail, or dropped off
at the elections head-
quarters until 7 p.m. on
Election Day.
SPolling places for


each city are listed
below.
Bartow residents will
vote in the Bartow Civic
Center game room,
2250 South Floral Ave.
For more informa-
tion on absentee ballots
or any other election
related questions, call
the elections office at
534-5888.


FPRA plans roast and toast

celebration of Grady Judd


Florida Public Relations
Association will host.
the event, and a portion
of the funds raised at
this event will benefit
Judd's designated chari-
ty, The Florida Sheriff's
Youth Villa.
For additional infor-


Citizens in Polk
County are looking for-
ward to April 16 when
they will have the
opportunity to show
their appreciation for
Sheriff Grady Judd at a
roast and toast, called
"A Star is Sworn."
Since Judd has
become such a widely-
known figure, the roast-
ers will include mem-
bers of the local media,
with former Democrat
Publisher S.L. Frisbie,
IV, as emcee.
In addition to a din-
ner catered by Texas
Cattle Company and
desserts by Catering
and More, there will be
a silent auction of mer-
chandise and gift cer-
tificates.
The cost is $65 per
ticket or $520 for a table
of eight, and sponsor-
ship opportunities are
available.
The Dick Pope/Polk
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leaders."
CYP meetings will be
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with meetings rotating
between coffee net-
working meetings,
"lunch and learns" with


a speaker, and after-
hours socials. There are
no attendance or vol-
unteer requirements.
Annual membership
dues are $50 for Bartow
Chamber members
(employer must be a
Chamber member),
and $75 for non-cham-
ber members.
A CYP member is
allowed to bring a guest
to a meeting. Each
member and guest are
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of meals/refreshments.
"CYP is the ideal
vehicle for ambitious,
promising businessmen
and businesswomen to
nurture their leadership
aspirations, cultivate
relationships with
experienced industry


professionals, share
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said Jeff Clark,
Chamber executive
director.
CYP organizers and
Steering Committee
member include:
Chairwoman Catherine
Tucker, Riverside Bank;
Vice Chairman Randy
Vosburg, Polk County
Sheriff's Office; Jeremy
Barnes, Sabal
Transport; Drew
Crawford, Boswell &
Dunlap, LLP; Clint
Edwards, Tom Edwards
Chrysler-Dodge; Matt
Hinton, Polk County
Supervisor of Elections;
Jeff Kincart, A-C-T
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Hatton Insurance
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Loyal Frisbie-
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Bartow, Ils Ib)eei
* awarded the master of
divinity degree by
Asbury Theological
Seminary in Orlando.
He has been enrolled
at Asbury since 2005.
Frisbie-Knudsen is
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He and his wife, Julie,
live in Gainesville. They
have one son, Addisu.
A graduate of Bartow
High School, Polk
Community College,
,and the University of
Florida, Frisbie-
Knudsen is a native of
Bartow. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. S. L.
Frisbie, IV


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Food


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Easter: an


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It's time for Easter, and that means
it's time for family gatherings.
Hunting for eggs, going to church,
and a family dinner make for a fine
Easter.
This year, put some new recipes in
your basket, and make the day egg-
stra special.
Orange Brunch Muffins
A drizzle of white chocolate on top
gives these muffins just the right
amount of sweetness to make them a
true breakfast treat. Serve them for a
quick morning bite, or pass them
around as an appetizer for a hearty
brunch.
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3 cups all-purpose baking mix
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
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blended. Stir in 1-1/3 cups morsels.
Spoon into prepared muffin cups,
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Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until
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muffins. Serve warm.
Deviled Eggs
Here's a recipe to use up those
hidden eggs.
Servings: 12
2 Maggi Cumin Flavor Seasoning
Cubes, crushed
1 tablespoon hot water
12 large hard-boiled eggs
1/4 to 1/3 cup Nestle Media
Crema
1 medium tomato, seeded and
diced in small cubes
1 jalapefio, seeded and finely
chopped
Mix crushed seasoning cubes and
water in medium bowl until dis-
solved; set aside.
Cut eggs in half lengthwise.
Remove egg yolks and stir into dis-
solved cube mixture; mash well with
fork or hand mixer. Mix in media
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Southern-Style Peach Honey Ham
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A great way to dress up


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Smithfield's Spiral Ham for a special
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1 fully-cooked, Smithfield Ham
1 cup peach preserves
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablespoons peach nectar
1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vine-
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1/4 cup honey
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Brush 1/3 of the mixture over the
ham and bake uncovered for approx-
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mometer reads 130 degrees, brush-
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Let the ham stand 10 minutes


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remaining sauce.
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2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to
taste)
1 clove minced fresh garlic
1/2 pound fresh asparagus
Freshly ground black pepper (to
taste)
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