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Democrat Vol. 80, No. 59


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group


City extends developer agreements


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER
Commissioners voted
at Tuesday's meeting to
extend city agreements
with developers for large
developments for a 20;
year duration, instead of
current standards call-
ing for a five-year time


period.
Following a second
public hearing and
unanimous vote by the
board, builders-(and
the city) will play by the
same rules for 20 years,
rather by than by current
city standards lasting just
five years.
Until Tuesday's meet-


ing, the 1986 State of
Florida Statute gave
builders a 20-year term
or lock-in period, but an
oversight gave Bartow
builders only a five-year
window. The city's tim-
ing now matches state
standards.
i Republic Services,
owner of Cedar Trail


Landfill. will benefit
from the new ordinance.
David Talbott works
for Republic, which is ,
expanding the landfill
located on State Road 60,
west of the downtown.
"It eliminates con-
stantly going through the
process," said Talbott,
"and it makes it more


efficient for both citizens
and builders."
Commissioner Leo
Longworth and. speaker
David L. Powell, of law
firm Hoping, Green &
Sams, discussed the
benefits.
"It creates greater cer-
tainty and predictability
for local government and


the builder," said Pow-
ell, "and provides local
government with greater
assurance that public
facilities promised by a
developer will be pro-
vided."
While a developer is
assured that "arbitrary
CITY |10A


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE


Unparading down Main Street


Spectators were outnumbered by UnParade meanderers in Bartow's St. Patrick's Day UnParade on Friday,
March 18. Dogs and wacky walkers were joined by the lovely Citrus Cinderellas, seen in the background
turning the corner from Oak Avenue onto Main Street. For more on the St. Patrick's Day festivities, See Page
3B.



Mosaic donates to earthquake relief


The Mosaic Company is,
giving a $1 million donation to
the Red Cross to support relief
efforts in Japan following the
devastating earthquake and
tsunami. It is also be giving its
Japanese customers priority on
future shipments of phosphate
and potash to replace those
damaged by the tsunami and
to ensure Japan's food security
is not threatened.
In addition to the $1 million
contribution, Mosaic em-
ployees are donating to relief
efforts in Japan. and it will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by
the Company up to $100,000.
"We have developed strong '
long-term relationships with


our Japanese customers. I
am deeply saddened by the
human tragedy that Japan is
facing, yet simultaneously in-
spired by the resilience, cour-
age and dignity of the Japanese
people," said Jim Prokopanko,
president and chief executive
officer of Mosaic. "Our cus-
tomers have also seen some
of their crop nutrient reserves
washed away by the tsunami.
To help the 'recovery, Mosaic is
prioritizing shipments to en-
sure Japan's farmers have the
nutrients they need to grow
food for their people. I hope
our response will go some way
towards alleviating their suffer-
ing."


INSIDE
*Florida Citrus Commissioners to help
Japan, Page 2B
Japan is the sixth largest
international market that
Mosaic serves, according to
the company, which employs
more than 2,000 workers in
Polk County.
The 9.0 earthquake and
tsumani that hit northern
Japan on March 11 have left
8,928 people dead and 12,664
are missing Japan's National
Police Agency said Monday.
Nearly 350,000 others have
been placed in shelters as far
away as Tokyo.


Introducing:


Captain Citrus

Citrus industry to market to children


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
The room went dark, the
Space Odyssey song began and
it began to lighten as Vanessa
Hodak introduced domestic
marketing's newest team mem-
ber.
A screen showed Florida
Citrus Commission members a
sign with orange letters pro-
claiming "From Planet Oran e."
It changed to "In-
troducing," then it
charged to "Captain
Citrus" with a photo
of a full orange and
one sliced in half in
front of it.
The lights started to
come up and Hodak
and Captain Citrus
were standing before
the board as the mu-
sic continued.
There he was, a
walking orange with
a green cape and the
capitalletter "C" on
his stomach; well in
the place where most
would picture a stom-
ach as oranges don't
have stomachs.
"Today is his debut
and tomorrow he will
delve into a classroom Citrus grom
teaching about 200 Bowling Gi
students in Bowling 17, to teac
Green about the ben- Citrus plan
efits of juice," Hodak the end of
told the commission-
ers at the March 16 meeting.
"We wanted you to meet him
in person before he flies into
Bowling Green tomorrow."
Citrus grower Sam Jones
joined Captain Citrus at Bowl-
ing Green Elementary on
Thursday, March 17.


INSIDE:
Citrus future looks bright, Page 2B

Hodak said Captain Citrus
will visit 15 to 20 schools during
the rest of the school year at a
rate of two to three schools per
week before flying off for the
summer and starting again in
August when students go back


wer Sam Jones and Captain Citrus visited
reen Elementary School Thursday, March
:h students about orange juice. Captain
is to visit classrooms in 15-20 schools by
May.
to school next year.
It is one of the latest moves
by the Citrus Domestic Market-
ing Department to promote
the future of juice and get the
message to children. They are
attempting to sell juice, help.
CITRUS I 10A


Platform: Variety art show comes to Bartow


Second event of show is Saturday in


By PEGGY KEHOE
MANAGING EDITOR
"Something for every-
one" is a cliche used to
describe many events,
and like most cliches it's
often true.
Platform Art truly
offers "something for
everyone" not every-
thing for everyone in-
terested in the arts, both
traditional and cutting
edge. It's like a television
variety show for artists.
Bartow Performing
Arts Series is offering
its second Platform Art
event, "Hog Wild," at 7:30
p.m. Saturday, March


26, at the Polk County
Historical Museum in the
Historic Courthouse, 100
E. Main St., Bartow.
This art party is part
of "That's Entertain-
ment," the fourth season
of BPAS, a program of
the Bartow Chamber
Foundation. Platform Art
events showcase emerg-
ing talent in visual arts,
film, fashion, music and
performance.
Guests at Hog Wild
will move around the old
courthouse to experience
a variety of art all in one
venue on one evening
designed to "intrigue,
stimulate and excite."


museum


It's not all just to watch,
though; some of the "ex-
hibits" are interactive.
Scheduled for Saturday
night are:
Performances
Florida Dance The-
atre "Fallen Angel," a
new composition by Ar-
tistic Director Carol Kra-
jacic-Erkes set to origi-
nal music by Leonard
Levash, composer from
Arizona. A dark, moving
piece about the struggle
with outside influences.
Cast: Rebecca Yeager, Mai
Okubo, Cindy Thomas-
son, Sarah Oepen, Karen

PLATFORM I 10A


PHOTO PROVIDED
Speed painter Tony Corbitt will be part of Hog Wild Platform Art, presented by Bartow
Performing Arts Series on Saturday, March 26, at Polk County Historical Museum.


OI INSIDE:
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Editorial.........
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School Life.........7A-9A
County Report........ 1B
Sports....................6B
Community ............8B


GoodMorning,
Sharon
Dillard


Deal of the Day
Spring Service
Specials
See Page 9A


Annual Homeland
Reunion Saturday
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jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence
is determined by the court system.


Man Baker Acted after confrontation


Bartow police offi-
cers were called to the
Summerlin Oaks apartment
complex at 980 E. Church
St., on Wednesday, March
22, following a call by
apartment Manager Jodie
Culverhouse.
Culverhouse made the
call after a man later identi-
fied as Leopoldo Vazquez,
62, of 845 U.S. Highway 17
S., had entered the rental
office. He complained
about a tenant who
owned a noisy dog, the
Bartow Police Department
reported.
An argument ensued and
Vazquez informed manage-
ment he worked for the CIA
and had a license to kill as
directed by the President
of the United States. As
he departed, Culverhouse
noticed Vazquez wearing
a gun on his hip and
contacted the Bartow Police
Department, which sent a
unit to the complex.
A search was conducted
in the area and Vazquez was
found in the 400 block of
East Main Street by Officer
Michelle Smith. Due to
the information received,
several units responded and
assisted Smith in securing
the suspect.
Officers found two loaded
firearms, extra ammuni-
tion and two fighting-style
knives on Vazquez, they
said. An investigation
revealed Vazquez possessed
a valid concealed weapons
permit, the police depart-
ment reported.
Concerned that Vazquez
might pose a danger to
himself or others, he was


PHOTO PROVIDED


Here are the weapons police said they found on Vazquez.


taken into custody under
the state's Baker Act and
transported to the Crisis
Stabilization Unit in Bartow.
Bartow arrest reports ,
March 7
Michael Smith, East Main
Street, possession of canna-
bis less than 20 grams, held
on $500 bond; possession of
drug paraphernalia, held on
$500 bond.
March 8
Remus Douglas, Kathy
Road, possession of co-
caine, released on $1,000
bond; possession of can-
nabis less than 20 grams,
released on $500 bond; pos-
session of drug parapherna-
lia, released on $500 bond.
Matthew Sutton, Kathy
Road, possession of co-
caine, held on $3,500 bond;


possession of drug para-
phernalia, held on $1,500
bond.
Jeremy Norris, Paul Revere
Drive, two counts of ag-
gravated battery on person
with a deadly weapon,
released on $7,500 bond
each; battery, released on
$500 bond.
Luis Abreu, Thomasville
Circle, Orange County
warrant for violation of
probation for burglary, held
without bond.
Jimmie Nichols, East Main
Street, driving while license
suspended or revoked, re-
leased on $250 bond.
Agustine Macedo, MLK
Blvd., violation of probation
for possession of cannabis,
held without bond; viola-
tion of probation for driv-
ing under the influence,


held without bond; battery
domestic violence, held on
$7,500 bond; Levy County
warrant for disorderly
intoxication, held without
bond; Levy County warrant
for resisting officer with-
out violence, held without
bond.
Kenneth Washington,
South Avenue, knowingly
driving while license sus-
pended or revoked, held on
$250 bond.
Wayne Howard, East
North Street, possession of
controlled substance with-
out prescription, released
on $1,000 bond.
Jermaine Hemphill,
Wheeler Street, possession
of cannabis under 20 grams,
released on $500 bond.
Jermaine Hawthorne,
Kayworth Court, possession
of cannabis under 20 grams,
released on $500 bond;
maintaining vehicle for
drug use, released on $500
bond.
Guy Brewer, Shady Lane,'
failure to appear for know-
ingly driving while license
suspended or revoked, sen-
tenced to 15 days weekend
work release.
March 9
Nadine Reyna, East Geor-
gia Street, two counts of ag-
gravated stalking for follow/
harass/threaten with death,
held on $1,000 bond each;
two counts of written threat
to kill or injure, held on
$5,000 bond each; violation
of probation for domestic
battery, held without bond.
Talisha Rivers, North


Searcy Avenue, failure to ap-
pear for knowingly driving
while license suspended or
revoked, released on $1,000
bond.
Jacob Royer, South Or-
ange, shooting within a
dwelling, held on $5,000
bond.
Michael Hemby, Heather
Court, battery, released
on $5,000 bond; violation
of probation for obstruct-
ing a crime investigation,
released on own recogni-
zance; violation of proba-
tion for criminal mischief,
released on own recogni-
zance.
Jesse Barker, Heather
Court, possession of canna-
bis under 20 grams, held on
$500 bond; attempted rob-
bery with a weapon, held
without bond; battery on
person with deadly weapon,
held without bond.
Christopher Spangler,
Trainer Road, assault with
intent threat to do violence,
held on $5,000 bond.
March 10
RickyWright, South High-
way 17, violation of proba-
tion for own/operate a chop
shop, community control
release; violation of proba-
tion grand theft of motor
vehicle, community control
release; violation of proba-
tion failure to report titles,
community control release.
Marion Stewart, Gause
Avenue, trafficking in
phenethylamines, 67.6
months state prison; resist-
ing officer without violence,
sentenced to 90 days.


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Vanguard School, Property Appraiser nominated


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR

Stephen Taylor and Da-
vid Fernandez like their
employers in Polk County
enough to nominate
them for the Freedom
Award and with their
words, The Vanguard
School in Lake Wales and
the Polk County Prop-
erty Appraiser made the
nomination list.
There were 181 Florida
businesses nominated
from National Guard and
Reserve forces in the last
year for the Department
of Defense's highest rec-
ognition for employers. It
shows business support
for the Guard and Reserve
employees.
"It really goes to em-
ployers that go above and
beyond the law," said


Beth Sherman, with the
Department of Defense.
"They come back to their
old job or some may be
up again for promotion,
but a lot of these nomina-
tions do more than that.
Some of them provide
full pay while they're
gone, some cut a spouse's
lawn."
For Army National
Guardsman Taylor, Van-
guard School gave him
a feeling he was part of
the family, both when he
worked there and when
he served the country.
He served a year in
Afghanistan and a year in
Iraq and he also helped
around Florida in 2004
and 2005 when hurri-
canes struck the state.
"You would not think
much about the support
at any other school; but
this is a boarding school


and it is like a second
home," Taylor wrote in his
nomination.
He said last week that
though he doesn't work
at the school now as he
works in the Army, he is
asked about returning
to the school where he
taught physical education
and headed in-school
suspension. He has been
offered a higher position
and is always invited back
to talk with the students.
"I still talk to the
students about joining a
service branch," he said.
"They treat me like family
there."
When he returned from
serving in Iraq, he said
David Lauer and Dan
Sheppard approached
him many times to return
to the school in "a much
higher position," but they
both understood his love


for the service and for the
school, he wrote in his
nomination.
While deployed he said
he still received all his va-
cation and sick days. Dur-
ing his stays at the natural
disasters, the school paid
him even though he was
coming and going back
and forth as he was called
over that three and a half
month period.
Army Reserve Lt. Col.
Fernandez has returned
to working at the Property
Appraiser's Office. With
its main office on Wilson
Avenue in Bartow, the
deputy property apprais-
er works in the agency's
Lakeland office.
"During my six-year
tenure I was mobilized
to AMCOM (Aviation and
Missile Command) in
Redstone Arsenal, Ala-
bama, for approximately


two-years while receiving
constant support from
my employer," he wrote
in his nomination. "After
my return, I was wel-
comed back with enthu-
siasm, wonderful support
and training."
He said his fellow em-
ployees at the Property
Appraiser's Office under-
stand the hard times the
troops go through and
they. relay that to him and
understand what and why
he does what he does.
"It's the whole pack-
age," he said. "They give
excellent support and if I
have questions and issues
they listen. When I leave
they put our information
in our newsletter. Even
though I wasn't overseas,
it was a nice feeling, that
kind of effort," he said
last week.
In his nomination he


wrote about when he
joined the 641st Regional
Support Command as an
executive officer and left
many times for four days
at a time to go to various
places.
"The Property Apprais-
er's Office grants military
personnel 17 days of
paid leave In support of
military operations. In
conclusion, I have always
felt nothing but support
from Marsha Faux, Wayne
Clements (my first line
supervisor) and all of the
Property Appraiser's staff
for me and my family," he
wrote. *
This summer 15 awards
will be presented to em-
ployers in three catego-
ries big business, small
business and the public
sector, Sherman said.


Between Bartow and
Fort Meade lies a small
town with a beautiful
name: Homeland.
Those who call Home-
land their hometown will
gather for the annual
town reunion on Satur-
day, March 26. The event
is open to residents,
former residents and
friends of anyone who
ever lived in Homeland,
organizers said.
It begins at 11 a.m. at
Homeland First Baptist
Church Fellowship Hall,
208 Church Ave., fol-
lowed by a covered dish
luncheon at noon. Orga-
nizers suggest arriving
early to visit and renew
old friendships. Everyone
will be able to get name
tags when they arrive,
in case there are a few
names lost to memory.
Those planning to
attend are asked to


PHOTO PROVIDED
The old Homeland school is part of Homeland Heritage Park. Those attending the annual Home-
land Reunion may tour the park Saturday, March 26.


bring enough food for of Bartow will lead the
their family and some singing, accompanied on
to share. Drinks, plates the piano by Gayle West
and utensils will be fur- Conley, also of Bartow.
nished. The park will be open
After lunch, attendees for tours from 10 a.m.-3
will gather at the Old p.m. Buildings include
Methodist Church in the old Homeland
Homeland Heritage Park church and school.
for an old-fashioned The reunion is free,
sing-along. Don Adams but contributions will be


accepted to support First
Baptist Church and the
Homeland Cemetery.
For more information
call Margaret (Martin)
Altman at 533-9496, Ar-
lene (Alderman) Barnes
at 537-2911, or Eddy Gas-
sett at 581-4117.


Wood recalls the

friendliness of Bartow


Just as World War II
was ending Wilma Wood
moved to Bartow and
has lived in a house on
McLeod Street ever since.
She moved there from
Alturas to where she
moved with her parents in
1937.
On Monday, March 30,
Wood will celebrate her
91st birthday. She said her
66 years of living in Bartow
has been wonderful.
"It's a wonderful place,"
she said. "It's a great place
to raise a family."
Wood and her husband
Freeman Guess raised two
children in Bartow and
she remembers. the days
when she took them to the
Bartow Civic Center pool
on Wilson Avenue, across
from what is now City Hall
in the 1950s and 1960s.
"That swimming pool
was always full and they


had those Saturday night
* dances for the children,"
she said.
She and her husband
were married for 69 years.
Freeman Guess died in
1978. He worked for Swift
Company as a digger for
almost 34 years.
On Monday her daugh-
ter, Linda Ferguson and
her husband, Ray, who live
in Knoxville, Tenn., will be
visiting her for her birth-
day. Though she is home-
bound she stays in touch
with a number of people
who live on her block and
the friendliness she shared
with them over the years
has not changed.
"The friendliest people
live in Bartow," she said.
"Whenever you were
sick people would come
over. People here are just
friendly in general."


Annual Homeland Reunion Saturday


March 23, 2011








Match 23, 2011 hOC Polk Lounty Democrat Page 5A


EDITORIAL


Time to clear the left lane for passing


There you go, cruising along Inter-
state 4 in a line of cars moving at the
posted 70 mph speed limit ahemm
...), and there before you looms a real
slowpoke.
Someone doing 60.
In the left lane.
The passing lane: The one of two
lanes reserved, according to the ac-
cepted rules of the road, for people
who wish to move past slower-moving
vehicles while traveling at the afore-
mentioned posted speed limit ahemm
...).
So what happens? You slow down.
Everybody else traveling in the left
lane slows too.
You finally swing over to the right to
pass, a maneuver which is generally
discouraged by the accepted rules of
the road. Everybody else does too.
All this maneuvering is dangerous
on a busy road. The lane shifting may
contribute to accidents as cars and
trucks swing to the right, then left
again farther up the road.


IOUR VIEWPOINT

Plus, the frustration may fuel the
fires of road rage. Some drivers may
not be as polite as you. They may ride
the slowpoke's bumper. They may
flash their lights. Or worse. Overall, it's
not a healthy situation.
So should the left-lane malingerer
be penalized for his or her pokiness?
Indeed, says Sen. Mike Bennett, R-
Bradenton, who has offered a bill this
session that would create penalties
for the oblivious few who clog the left
lane and refuse to move right. Under
the law, which Bennett says mimics '
similar laws already established in 20
other states, police would be able to
stop and ticket flagrant dilly-dalliers
on roads "with two or more lanes that
allow movement in the same direc-
tion." It's not a first for this measure. A
similar bill passed the Legislature six
years ago, but was vetoed by then-
Gov. Jeb Bush, who saw it simply as a


speeders-relief measure. True, many
drivers in the passing lane on the
interstates often are exceeding the
posted speed limit ahemm ...). True,
the law shouldn't simply be a license
to speed.
But there are a lot of qualifiers in-
cluded in the bill.
It says the left-laners should move
over if they "reasonably" know they
are being overtaken from behind. The
would-be passer couldn't be flagrantly
speeding ahemm ...). The law wouldn't
apply if the driver weren't "impeding
the flow of traffic" or was preparing to
make a left turn. Nor would it apply
if traffic was particularly thick in the
right lane.
The left-lane slowpoke could face a
$100 for a first offense. To balance the
offense, Bennett's Senate bill allows
the same fine for aggressive tailgaters
or those drivers who make especially
dangerous moves to pass, like those
who swerve farther left. If anything,
fines for those numbskulls should be


doubled.
Overall, we are inclined to give this
one a thumbs up. We'd hope police
use it sparingly. In most instances, a
simple warning should suffice. And
we know some of our more-sensitive
and cautious drivers occasionally pull
into the left lane miles before their
turn on multiple-lane roads. We hope
officers will use their discretion in
those instances, and other drivers will
show patience.
But, look, even if the driver zipping
up in your rearview mirror is going
too fast, it's always wiser to swing
over, as soon as you can, and just let
them pass. Don't play head games
with hot-foots. Just hope the cops nab
them for speeding up the road. And
please realize that it really is unsafe
to impede the smooth flow of traffic,
especially on the interstate.
While we're at it, one more sugges-
tion for lawmakers: People who leave
their blinkers on. That drives us crazy
too.


Whose 'merit' do


Few concepts in the
governmental process
have such a warm and
fuzzy feeling as "merit
selection of judges."But
when it's wake-up-and-
smell-the-coffee time,
"merit" is in the eye of the
beholder, or more realisti-
cally, the selector.
No effort to take the
politics out of politics
has ever succeeded, save
perhaps those occasions
when tie votes in an elec-
tion have been decided
by a coin toss. And even
then, it's a good idea to
inspect the coin carefully.

There are as many ap-
proaches to merit selec-
tion of judges as there are
states which have ad-
opted merit appointment
systems.
With few exceptions,
the common denomina-
tor is to remove selection
of judges from the elec-
torate in the belief that a
committee of lawyers and
laymen or the gover-
nor will be freer from
political influence and
motivation than the aver-
age voter.
It can be argued that
these insiders may be
more knowledgeable
of an applicant's legal
skills than Joe and Min-
nie Lunchbucket, but
to suggest that they are


THINKING .
OUT LOUD

'

S.L Frisbie

more insulated from, or
less interested in, politics
than Joe and Minnie is a
stretch.

In Florida, we still
theoretically elect judges
at the trial court level,
though most judges
retire before the end of
their terms, so the "merit
selection" process is used
to fill a majority of trial
court vacancies.
At the appellate court
level, all selections are
through the merit pro-
cess.
Judicial Nominating
Commissions make rec-
ommendations and the
governor makes appoint-
ments.
All appellate judges
come before the voters
for periodic review, or
"merit retention." I know
of no case in which Flori-
da voters have removed a
judge in this manner.
Trial court judges
(county and circuit
courts) must stand for
re-election, but incum-
bent judges rarely draw


we trust?
opposition.
The system has given
Florida many good judges
at both the trial and ap-
pellate levels.
So did the old system
of popular election of
judges.

Legislation introduced
in Tallahassee would
remove almost all "merit"
from the system by giv-
ing the governor the
authority to appoint the
nominating commissions.
Their members obviously
would be both disposed
and expected to do the
governor's bidding.
The system clearly
would have great merit
for governors, who would
acquire a vast increase in
patronage powers.
The legislation also
would create two five-
member Supreme Courts,
one to hear criminal
cases, the other to hear
civil cases.
This would create
three new Supreme Court
judges with support staff
and judicial trappings at
a time when state govern-
ment must live with a
smaller budget.
And if we need sepa-
rate judicial specialties
at the Supreme Court
level, how long would
FRISBIE I6A


The lockbox is


Last week, President
Obama's budget chief,
Jack Lew, took to his
White House blog to
repeat his claim that the
Social Security trust fund
is solvent through 2037.
And to chide me for sug-
gesting otherwise. I had
argued in my last column
that the trust fund is
empty, indeed fictional.
If Lew's claim were just
wrong, that would be one
thing. But it provides the
intellectual justification
for precisely the kind of
debt denial and entitle-
ment complacency that
his boss is now engaged
in. Therefore, once more
unto the breach.
Lew acknowledges that
the Social Security sur-
pluses of the last decades
were siphoned off to the
Treasury Department and
spent. He also agrees that
Treasury then deposited
corresponding IOUs -
called "special issue"
bonds in the Social
Security trust fund. These
have real value, claims
Lew. After all, "these Trea-
sury bonds are backed by
the full faith and credit
of the U.S. government
in the same way that all
other U.S. Treasury bonds
are."
Really? If these trust
fund bonds represent
anything real, why is it
that in calculating na-
tional indebtedness they
are not even included? We
measure national sol-
vency by debt/GDP ratio.
As calculated by everyone
from the OMB to the CIA,
from the Simpson-Bowles
to the Domenici-Rivlin
commissions, the debt/
GDP ratio counts only
publicly held debt. This
means bonds held by
China, Saudi Arabia, you
and me. The debt ratio
completely ignores the
kind of intragovernmen-
tal bonds that Lew insists
are the equivalent of
publicly held bonds.
Why? Because the
intragovernmental bond
is nothing more than a
bookkeeping device that
records how much one
part of the U.S. govern-


ment (Treasury) owes
another part of the same
government (the Social
Security Administration).
In judging the credit-
worthiness of the United
States, the world doesn't
care what the left hand
owes the right. It's all one
entity. It cares only what
that one entity owes the
world.
That's why publicly
held bonds are so radical-
ly different from intragov-
ernmental bonds. If we
default on Chinese-held
debt, decades of AAA
creditworthiness is de-
stroyed, the world stops
lending to us, the dollar
collapses, the economy
goes into a spiral and we
become Argentina. That's
why such a default is
inconceivable.
On the other hand,
what would happen to
financial markets if the
Treasury stopped honor-
ing the "special issue"
bonds in the Social Se-
curity trust fund? A lot of.
angry grumbling at home
for sure. But externally?
Nothing.
This "default" would
simply be the Treasury
telling the Social Secu-
rity Administration that
henceforth it would have
to fend for itself in cover-
ing its annual shortfall.
How? By means-testing
(cutting the benefits to
the rich), changing the
inflation formula, raising
the retirement age and, if
necessary, hiking the cap
on income subject to the
payroll tax.
You can plug in what-
ever combination of
numbers you prefer for
the definition of "rich,"
for the slope of the sliding
scale of benefit reduc-
tion, for the rate of the
retirement-age increase,


empty
or for any other variable.
Whatever the formula, we
will ironically have been
forced to adopt the very
reforms needed to keep
Social Security in balance
for years to come the
kind President Obama's
own deficit commission
recommended. Argu-
ably, that would add to
U.S. creditworthiness by
finally demonstrating to
the world our serious-
ness about bringing our
unsustainable pension
liabilities under control.
Invoking the "full faith
and credit" mantra for
those IOUs in the trust
fund is empty bluster. It
does not change the fact
that, as the OMB itself
acknowledged, those
IOUs "do not consist of
real economic assets that
can be drawn down in the
future to fund benefits."
Yet Lew continues to
insist that these speciall
issue" trinkets will pay
off seniors for the next 26
years.
Nonsense. That money
is gone with the wind.
Those trust fund trinkets
are nothing more than a
record of past borrowings.
They say nothing about
the future.
Consider: If Treasury
had borrowed twice as
much from Social Secu-
rity in the past produc-
ing twice as many IOUs
sitting in the lockbox
- would this mean the
trust fund is today twice
as strong? Solvent for 50-
some years instead of just
26? Of course not. The
trust fund "balances" are
mere historical record-
keeping. As the OMB
itself admitted, future
payouts will have to be
met by future taxes and
future borrowings or
by Social Security reform
that, by reducing benefits,
makes such taxing and
borrowing unnecessary.
There is no third alter-
native. There is no free
lunch. And there is noth-
ing in the lockbox.
. Charles Krauthammer's
e-mail address is letters@
charleskrauthammer.
com .


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FILE PHOTO
This youngster was truly delighted a few years ago when he
hunted eggs. Two hunts are scheduled in Bartow on April 23.


Easter basket


supplies needed


By RICHARD FRISBIE
CORRESPONDENT
Last year the Church
Service Center distrib-
uted 387 Easter baskets
to bright-eyed children in
the Bartow area, and now
it's time to gather materi-
als for this year's Easter
basket effort, Church
Service Center Director
Dixie Shivler said.
Easter is on April 24
this year.
The baskets are as-
sembled at Holy Trinity
Episcopal Church, 500
West Stuart St., Bartow,
where Sherry McBlane is


in charge of the project, .
"What we ask of the
public is that they gather
up baskets, Easter grass,
toys, stuffed animals and
even used books with no
writing on the pages,"
Shivler requested. "Ma-
terials donated should
be new or even used if in
good condition."
Materials may be
brought either to the
Church Service Center at
495 East Summerlin St. or
directly to Holy Trinity.
This is an ongoing
project.for the two insti-
tutions which has been
active for several years.


PHOTO BY ED MIGA
Hazel Mary Grace Alexander celebrated her 100th birthday with her family. Hazel is dressed in baby blue at the front and lower
center of the picture, surrounded here by her family. Senator JD Alexander, in the taupe suit coat and white shirt, is at the far left
of the photo.


One hundred years of accomplishment


By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
MANAGING EDITOR
Hazel Mary Grace Alex-
ander is an accomplished
woman.
But then, she's had an
entire century to leave
her mark on the world,
and she is still living
strong.
Add to her long list a
new title: centenarian.
On Wednesday, March
9, 2011, Alexander
celebrated her 100th
birthday.
One of her sons,
Frostproof'S John Alex-
ander, noted "We've all
been blessed. Everybody
should like their mother,
but we not only like our
mother, we respect her
and all of her accom-
plishments."
Her other son, Jim
Alexander, was also pres-
ent for her birthday party
held at Lake Wales Coun-
try Club last weekend, in
addition to her grandson,
Senator JD Alexander.


Alexander was born in
Gardendale, Texas and
moved to East Glacier,
Montana, where her
father took a job with the
Great Northern Railroad.-
She-graduated from
high school as valedicto-
rian in Spokane, Wash-
ington, but the school
didn't allow her to keep
the title because she did
not live in Spokane.
In 1926, the Alexanders
moved to St. Augustine,
and later she moved to
Lake Wales.
A graduate of Florida
State College for Women,
the forerunner of Florida
State University, she held
degrees in Spanish and
French with teaching
credentials. She taught in
the Monticello, Florida,
public school for one
year to earn money to
complete her degree and
later accompanied her
teacher, Dr Hay, on a
European group tour.
In Paris, she left the


group and studied
French at Sorbonne.
In 1931, she took a
position at Lake Wales
High School, as a Spanish
teacher. For 30 years, she
taught Spanish, English
and Journalism. She and
her classes produced a
one-page weekly news-
paper as well as the
school yearbook.
She married Hugh B.
Alexander June 1, 1934
in St. Augustine and the
couple established their
home in Lake Wales.
Alexander had numer-
ous accomplishments
to her name; probably
one of the most notable
locally was her contribu-
tion to the formation of
the Lake Wales Public
Library.
From 1956 to 1958,
she was the president of
the LW Chapter of the
American Association of
University Women.
The AAUW donated
$12,000 to the city to


build the library, and the
first floor was completed.
Even now, she visits the
library every two weeks
and checks out six books,
said her son John. She
reads three books a week.
Her family isrequest-
ing in lieu of birthday
gifts, for people to donate
to the library to purchase
100 new books for the
library in her honor. The
Lake Wales Library has a
list of books they need.
John said his mother is
"optimistic" and is "obvi-
ously blessed by good
health."
She uses a computer,
and even after a stroke,,
taught herself to do ev-
erything lefthanded.
He added she has had
a "profound influence"
on hundreds:
"Everybody she has
ever come in contact
with, she has brought
out the best in, including
myself," he said.


Polly Jane Moore, 82,
died at her Lakeland
home of heart failure.
Mrs. Moore was born
Sept. 3, 1928, in Misha-
waka, Ind., and moved to
Lakeland from Lansing,
Mich., in 2004. She was a
secretary for the Florida
State Department of Cor-
rections. Mrs. Moore was
of the Church of Christ
and a member of the


Moose Lodge.
Survivors include her
husband, Stanley A.
Moore of Lakeland; two
sons, Pete Squibb of Pot-
tersville, Mich., and Orin
Moore of Lakeland; two
daughters, Patti Hen-
negan of Lockport, Ill.,
and Cheryl Jean Burke
of Lansing, Mich.; two .
brothers, Ralph Fouts
of South Bend, Ind.,


and Donald Fouts of
Coeur-D'Alene, Idaho; six
grandchildren; and nine
great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations
may be made to Cor-
nerstone Hospice, 2590
Havendale Blvd., Winter
Haven, FL 33881.
Arrangements: Han-
cock Funeral Home, Fort
Meade.


Clara Mae Stephens


Clara Mae Stephens,,
84, of Bartow, died Thurs-
day, March 17, 2011, at
Bartow Regional Medical
Center in Bartow.,
She was employed by
Polk County School as
a bus driver for many
years.and was a member
of Jerusalem Missionary
Baptist Church-Mulberry.
She was the daughter
of the late George Bell
and the late Clara Bell.
She is survived by
seven daughters, Ellena
Stephens Greene,Winter
Haven, Roxie M. Devon-
ish, Bartow, Constance
S. Hill, Bartow, Clara S.



FRISBIE
FROM PAGE 5A
it be before we needed
dual courts at the county,
circuit and appeal court
levels? This is efficiency
in government?Not ex-
actly, but it would create
lots more appointments
for the governor to make.
Strictly on merit, of
course.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired.
He is always skeptical of
any proposal to "take the
politics out of politics."
Given the current players
in Tallahassee, he is dou-
bly skeptical.)


Darby, Bartow, Gwendo-
lyn S. Kirby, Bartow, Ben-
nie Howard, Brooksville,
andVickie Green-Winter
Haven; three sons, Her-


man Stephens, Jr., Bar-
tow, Sherman Stephens,
Winter Haven, and Ber-
nard Stephens, Bartow;
one sister, Roxie Greer,
Miami; 33 grandchildren,
42 great-grandchildren
Visitation: Friday,
March 25, 2011 from 5-7
p.m.,
Service: Saturday,
March 26, at 2 p.m. Jeru-
salem Missionary Baptist
Church-Mulberry
Interment: Wildwood
Cemetery, Bartow
Arrangements: Gause
Funeral Home, 625 S.
Holland Parkway, Bartow.


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March 23, 2011


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March 23, 2011 The Polk County Democrat. Page 7A


Media Night at Floral


SCHOOL


FCAT and STEP


Gavin Love, 8, logs onto his accelerated reading program in the media room of Floral Avenue
Elementary School where parents, students and teachers gathered for punch, cookies and tips on
how to access computer learning aids.


STEP Team members (from left) Ivionce Holden, LaRoyale Holden, Alyssa Berouty, Alessa Macedo,
Imani Williams and Alexsis Jefferson sychronize their steps on stage during FCAT Night at Bartow
Middle School on Thursday, March 10.


Jerrica Williams, Shelby Webb and Michaela Harris (from left) stomp to the beat during a break in
FCAT Night at BMS on Thursday, March 10.


Melany Dimbathco, 5, closes out of the program she was using with her brother Scotty, 9. During
Media Night parents had a chance to explore the different computer programs and websites
designed to advance their children's reading and math skills.


STEP team members (from left) Maria Balderas, Alyssa Berouty, Michaela Harris, Kayla Johnson
and Shelby Webb entertain parents and students in the cafeteria Thursday, March 10, at Bartow
Middle School.


Roger Alcazar, 9, shows his mother, Reyna, one of his favorite computer learning games during
Media Night at Floral Avenue Elementary School.


LaRoyale Holden (front right) sets the beat for her fellow STEP
Team members (from left) Jerrica Williams and Ivionce Holden.


Kayla Johnson (left) and
Jasmine Locke clap and step
to the beat during FCAT Night.
Parents had an opportunity
to experience what it is like
to take the FCAT as they were
handed samples of the test to
complete during an informa-
tion exchange on helping
students prepare for the
upcoming exams.


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Christine Roslow


The Polk County Democrat. Page 7A


March 23, 2011







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Prism concert coming


Bartow Senior Band
is planning a "Prism
Concert," at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, at the
Bartow Civic Center.
The concert includes a
gourmet dinner.
A Prism Concert is an
interactive show in which
different groups in a
band rotate sets through-
out the evening, allowing
the audience to encoun-
ter each group on several
different occasions. The
music will be continuous,
with the performers set
up in different posi-
tions at the Bartow Civic
Center.
The BHS Jazz Band
plans to do "Get It On,"
by Bill Chasse, and "In
the Mood," by Glenn
Miller. The Sax Quartet
will perform "Ragtime
Suite." The BHS Wind
Ensemble will perform
three numbers: "Sym-
phonic Dance," "Amazing
Grace," and "Go! Gallop."
The Percussion Ensemble
will perform "Glow in the
Dark," and "Balloonol-
ogy." The Marching Band
will perform "Bluegrass
Breakdown." The Drum-
line, Symphonic Band
and Brass Ensembles
will also perform, and
some of the students will
provide dance solos for
entertainment.
The dinner will be
made by the culinary arts
class at BHS. It will be
Rosemarie's Italian soup,
house salad, mostaccioli
bake, decadent chocolate
and butter cream cake. A
vegetarian option will be
offered.
Tickets are $25 and are
available at the Bartow
High School front office,
from BHS band students
or from the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce.
Call BHS bandmaster
Jon Eckman at jon.eck-
man@polk-fl.net or call


In
Our
Schools


534-7400.
Graduation date set
Bartow High School
and Summerlin Academy
will have graduation at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
June 4, at The Lakeland
Center on West Lime
Boulevard.
International Baccalau-
reate graduation is 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31, at Main
Street Baptist Church,
1140 E. Main St., Bartow.
Senior Awards night is
at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at
the Bartow High School
gymnasium.
Drug court graduation
scheduled
Polk County Drug
Court will have a gradu-
ation ceremony on May
13 which will showcase
accomplishments of the
drug court participants
and the success of the
drug court program since
its establishment.
The ceremony is
scheduled at 2:30 p.m.
in the Oliver L. Green Jr.
Courtroom, first floor,
Polk County Courthouse,
255 N. Broadway, Bartow.
All members of the
drug court team the
judge, the prosecutor, the
public defender, law en-
forcement and treatment
professionals, as well as
the graduates' families -
will be in attendance.
For information call
534-4983.
You can contact Christine
Roslow at croslow@polk-
countydemocrat.com.


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* Fashion Show 360 Unlimited:Vintage and Leather
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* Florida Dance Theatre Company Dancers: Fallen Angels
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* A variety of visual artists and fine art jewelers present their works
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and Trish Pfeiffer; Photography by Daniel Cantu; Jewelry by Punam
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CITRUS: Industry to market to children


FROM PAGE 1A
growers and remind
them of orange juice over
the many other choices
there are in cold drink
sections.
There are so many
other choices in the
refrigerators of stores
and though the popula-
tion has increased the
number of choices has
increased, too, commis-
sioners were told during
an earlier part of the


Domestic Marketing De-
partment's campaign.
With the Internet
there are many other
ways to reach consum-.
ers and the Domestic
Marketing Department
is taking advantage of it.
It launched a Facebook
page to promote its Juicy
Scoop campaign that has
reached nearly 27,000
people in Atlanta, Miami,
Philadelphia and Boston.
And, Amy Carpenter told
commissioners, a digital


marketing campaign
has generated about 12
million impressions and
. nearly 3,500 clicks to
floridajuice.com.
And Captain Citrus has
his own website, http://
captaincitrus.com/, and
on it is a contest that
'invites children in Polk,
Hardee and Highlands
counties to create a
poster, painting, poem,
story, song or video
through their schools.
There will be 20 winning


entries. The deadline for
the contest is April 15.
The website also has a
teacher galaxy, a par-
ent universe, a grower
system and a kid space
that has Captain Citrus
explain who he is.
"I have come to planet
Earth in search of other
superheroes. I have cho-
sen Florida as my land-
ing site," it says.
After his three-minute
introduction to the com-
missioners and anyone


else who was at the
meeting, Hodak asked if
there were any questions
for Captain Citrus. He
got none, but he was the
only speaker before the
commission who got an
ovation.
He did, however, get a
few comments.
"That was a very good
presentation," Chairman
George Streetman said.
"That's awfully ... boy...
that guy's got some guts."
Then as Streetman was


to introduce the next
part of the agenda he
was momentarily inter-
rupted.
"Captain Citrus has
left the building," a voice
echoed into the room.
Before he introduced
the planning and evalua-
tion part of the meeting,
Chairman Robert Behr
said,
"Maybe if Captain Cit-
rus does well we'll have
a replacement for Peter
Plum."


PLATFORM: Art show comes to Bartow


FROM PAGE 1A
Tuburgen, Steven Jeudy,
Abraham Jarrell, Stefan
Dolbashian.
Mountain and ham-
mered dulcimer group
- Central Florida Folk
Music Society: "Strings
and Things"
Speed Painter Tony
Corbitt
Belly dancing -


Samira and the Sahara
Stars: Wings of the Stars
(cabaret-style modern
Egyptian choreography);
Swords of the Sahara
(fusion-style, including
"Tribal" choreography)
Fashion Show:
Vintage and Leather;
Lorenzo Edwards, chore-
ography
Art
A variety of visual art-


ists and fine art jewelers
present their works in the
gallery, including paint-
ings by Ronald Fields,
Donovan Evans, Ingrid
Glover and Tony Corbitt;
illustrations by Fred -
Koehler; photography by
Daniel Cantu; jewelry by
Punam Saxena and Mary
Bassham; and other fine
artists.


Interactive Art
These artistic activities
allow guests to be in-
volved for an additional
fee.
Daniel Cantu sets up
his interactive photogra-
phy fun for the guests in
the gallery (starts at $5).
World of Henna will
henna work (starts at
$15)


Music
Musical troubadours
will present a variety
of acoustical delights
around the museum.

Short Films
Presented in the down-
stairs "signatures" exhibit
room.

Food and Drink
Beer and wine will be


served. Food and refresh-
ments will be available
for purchase.
Tickets are $15 for
adults, $12 for seniors
(55 or better), and $10 for
students K-12. They are
available at the Greater
Bartow Chamber of
Commerce or at the door
the night of the event.
Call 533-7125 for more
information.


7 CITY: Extends developer agreement


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Guests, dancers and fashion models mingle around the rotunda of the Historic Polk County Court-
house during last year's Bartow Performing Arts Series' Platform Art.


FROM PAGE 1A
changes in local regula-
tion" won't change the
agreed-upon terms, any
resident, the city or the
Department of Com-
munity Affairs may seek


CORRECTION
The number to reach Mary
Smith with the Women's Care
Center is 534-3844. An incor-.
rect phone number was used
in a story Saturday to become
a sponsor or to register in a
golf tournament that is sched-
uled Saturday, April 16. The
deadline to become a sponsor
is Thursday, April 14.


an injunction to enforce
agreement, said Powell.
City ordinances now
allow extension of de-
velopment agreements
beyond 20 years, but is
only possible by written
>


amendment of the agree-
ment, with notice and
public discussion.
Extending agreement
terms past 20 years is a
matter of local discretion.


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COUNTY REPORT




Term limits may be unconstitutional


County attorney to look into limits and salaries

-By STEVE STEINER elected to limit commis- ceded, which led to a flurry of approval at the March 22
STAFF WRITER sioners to not more than of exchanges. public session.


Announcement that term
limits and salaries for Polk
County Commissioners
may be unconstitutional,
despite the county charter,
came as a bombshell, ac-
cording to Commissioner
Bob English; a matter he
said had been brought to
his attention by two con-
stituents.
He wanted his fellow
board members to approve
his motion to authorize
county attorney Michael
Craig to research Articles
2.3 and 2.5 of the Polk
County Charter to look into
the matter and, if neces-
sary, bring an action to .
the proper judicial court.
He added he would like to
see this issue resolved in
its entirety before the next
general election.
Prior to the making of
the motion, Commissioner
Sam Johnson weighed in.
This was not an issue iso-
lated only to Polk County.
"This has been chal-
lenged across the state and
it has been ruled unconsti-
tutional," he said. However,
Johnson did make refer-
ence to the fact voters had
overwhelming approved
the referendum that es-
tablished term limits and
pay scale. English acknowl-
edged that point, but with
a proviso.
"A majority does not
make it the truth," said
English.
Although he was not sure
when the change in the
county charter came about,
Craig believed it might
have occurred in the early
2000s, perhaps 2001, when
in a referendum, voters ,.


two consecutive four-year
terms, and it halved BOCC
salaries. As it currently
stands, BOCC members
receive a salary of $41,000.
In a later interview on the
issue of salary, English said
that according to a formula
devised by the Florida
State Legislature, the salary
should be $82,000.
The BOCC voted unani-
mously on English's mo-
tion, instructing Craig to
research the issue and*
bring forth the proper ac-
tion.
The issue was but one of
only two dissonant notes
struck during the BOCC
public session. The other
came shortly before, dur-
ing the Request from the
General Public/Audience
portion of the agendA.
Before that portion of
the agenda began, Smith
said Craig had a statement
to make. In light of recent
events during that part of
the public session, Craig
read aloud the rules on
procedures and conduct of
civility, as well as actions
and measures the BOCC
was entitled to pursue if
necessary, such as order-
ing the removal of anyone
who, after one warning,
continued the action that
prompted the warning.
The latter came close
to be enacted. James
Abercrombie, who often
addresses the BOCC. He
took the BOCC to task, and
at one point belligerently
challenged commissioners.
"You/re supposed to
represent the people. When
are you going to start?" he
demanded. Finally, chair-
man Edwin V. Smith inter-


"Mr. Abercrombie, you're.


Sebastian Aguilar, 4, of Auburn-
dale, gestures as he and other
pre-school children sing at the
March 22 Polk County Board of
County Commissioners public
meeting.

walking on the edge," said
Smith.
"On the edge of what?"
retorted Abercrombie.
"Of being disrespectful,"
Smith responded.
"You're the one being
disrespectful to me," shot
back Abercrombie. Shortly
after, he concluded his
remarks.
Most of the morning.
session, though, was of an
upbeat nature, with procla-
mations issued.
"Of course there, are
none," said Polk County
Commission chairman
Smith after each and every
proclamation seven
in all- came up before
commissioners for a vote


One of the highlights of
the proclamations ex-
plained the reason BOCC
chamber was gaily deco-
rated with hundreds, if not
thousands, of construction
paper cutouts of hands,
plus various artwork, made
by pre-school children
across the county. That
proclamation designated
April 3 as Parents and Chil-
dren's Day in Polk County,
and April 9 as Children's
Day in Polk County.
As Kris Giordano of the
Early Learning Coalition
approached the podium to
accept the proclamation,
she was urged by Smith to
bring all the children pres-
ent up to the front.
"Every year, I look
forward to this time," said
Smith. His pleasure, as well
as those of the rest of the
BOCC became apparent
when the children, led by a
pre-school instructor, sang
a song. As they listened,
certain commissioners
moved to the music.
"Commissioner (Smith),
did I see you swaying to
the 'la, la, la, la, la'?" joshed
Commissioner Todd Dant-
zler?
After some good-natured
joshing by other commis-
sioners, Smith compli-
mented the children and
their instructors. He said
he especially enjoyed the
artwork and said that one
piece from last year was so
special, it now is a perma-
nent fixture. He pointed to
a construction paper U.S.
Flag composed of cutout
hands that is located in a
corner of the wall behind
where commissioners are
seated.


Faux

By STEVE STEINER
STAFF WRITER

Although the turnout
was light for the March
luncheon of the Tiger Bay
of Polk County Club -
no more than 20 those
present gained insights
into how the Polk County
Property Appraiser's of-
fice determines property
taxes and the challenges
it and the county face in
the next several years.
Step by step, Marsha
M. Faux detailed exactly
what must be factored.
in when she and her
department make their
annual calculations that
will determine millage
rates both the county
and the 17 municipalities
within the county will
consider.
Faux said she antici-
pated a revenue drop of
10 percent for 2011, al-
though she expressed the
hope it would actually be
less than that, perhaps 8
percent.
"I'd rather give a higher
number," she said, "and
be a hero."
In a handout, Faux
pointed out how taxes
collected had plum-
meted from 2007 to 2010
($35.6 billion to $26 bil-
lion). However, she held
out hope that by perhaps
no later than 2012 the tax
base will stabilize.
A major cause of the
drop in revenues, she
said, was a lack of con-
struction.
"There were only 234
new permits for com-
mercial and industrial,"
Faux said. "Hardly 800 for
residential."
Another drawback
was a cap on property
tax assessments, com-
monly known as "Save


Report:

Our Homes" cap, which
is limited to more than 3
percent. Faux explained
that is the tax value dif-
ference between what
the market value of a
house is as compared
to what the property,
appraiser's office can as-
sess. In a later interview,
Faux explained that while
a house market value
might rise from $150,000
to $175,000 from one
year to the next, a much
greater rise than 3 per-
cent, her office cannot
raise the assessment
more than 3 percent.
Essentially, a 3 percent
increase or the $150,000
value means an assess-
ment total of $154,500.
On top of all that, there
are additional exemp-
tions atop the homestead
exemption, as well as
senior citizen exemp-
tions. All told, these
exemptions, mandated -
by the Florida Legislature
have resulted in a loss of
$179 billion to the county
overall in 2010. ,
During the question
and answer session, Faux
was asked what current
legislature was being
considered. There was
nothing major, she said.
She said the Florida De-
partment of Revenue will
"clean up" the language
in the tax-exemption
bills, to eliminate confu-
sion.
A problem looming on
the horizon, Faux said,
is an ever-growing effort
on the part of unscrupu-.
lous people to take away
another person's prop-
erty through an action
called "adverse posses-
sion." While most are
legitimate, there is that
criminal element getting
involved.


Polk tax roll to drop 10 percent


"This is becoming a
huge issue," she said. "It's
beginning to grow."
She added that in
Polk County several at-
tempts have been made
in which windows and
doors and door locks
have been changed and
people illegally moved in.
"How we found out
wag through neighbors,"
she said.
The way the system
is "being gamed" is that.
if a person other than
the current owner pays
the property tax on a
property seven consecu-
tive years, that person
can make a claim on the
property.
"So if I pay the taxes
on your home for seven
straight years, S.L., I
can claim your home as
mine;" she said to S.L.
Frisbie, Tiger Bay Club
moderator, and publish-
er emeritus of The Polk
County Democrat, Fort
Meade Leader and Lake
Wales News.
Faux said that State
Sen. Paula Dockery; R-
Lakeland,.is working to
rectify that situation, as
the original intent of ad-
verse possession, which
allowed for a person
to acquire an adjacent
property that lay fallow.
As the law currently
stands, anyone can pay
the tax on a piece of
property when the tax
collection period begins.
"This bill will help cor-
rect this so your home
won't be taken away until
you become delinquent
on your taxes," she said.
For the time being, her
department is sending
letters to current hom-
eowners that another has
filed an adverse action
on their property.


PHOT 0 BY STEVE STEINER
Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser, reads off some
statistics she has prepared to assist Tiger Bay Club attendees
understand the challenges she, her department and the county
face in projecting property tax revenues.


Another question
concerned homestead
exemption fraud. Faux
said that 95 percent is,
actually not fraud, but


simply misunderstand-
ing. However, of that 5
percent, it has returned
$7 million in fines and
liens to the county. She


attributed that primarily
to private citizens.
"People are telling on
people left and right, like
crazy," she said. It has led
to more than 600 leads.
During Faux's presen-
tation, she mentioned
property owners who
disagree with their as-
sessment can appeal the
decision, and she ex-
plained how the process
worked.
One of the final ques-
tions posed was what
was the percentage of
people who appealed
successful. The answer
was, the overwhelming
majority of decisions are
ruled in favor of the Polk
'County Property Ap-
praiser's office.


,Classsize limits might spark school changes


By BILL RETTEW JR.
STAFF WRITER

On Tuesday, a third
grade student might
attend Bartow Elemen-
tary Academy and then
transfer to Lewis Anna
Woodbury Elementary
School in Fort Meade for
Wednesday classes.
At Tuesday's Polk
County School District
work session, school
board members grap-
pled with an amend-
ment passed by voters in
2002 limiting class size
to 18 students for kin-
dergarten through third
grades, 22 students per
class for fourth through
eight grade and;25 total
students per teacher
for freshman through
seniors. The amend-
ment was re-affirmed
when Amendment 8 was
defeated last year.


If the number of stu-
dents exceeds the limit
by just a single student,
additional staff must be
hired or a student must
move to another class-
room.
With the plan, when
class size exceeds the
state imposed limit,
students might be trans-
ferred to a school with
an acceptable student to
teacher ratio. '
Bruce Tonjes, associ-
ate superintendent for
school-based opera-
tions, told board mem-
bers the district em-
ployed 106 co-teachers
during the current
school year at a cost of
about $10,000 per day.
"If we don't do some-
thing like this a real
aggressive move then
we're victimized by this,"
said Tonjes. "We don't
know how many people
*are going to be in these


schools."
Transportation might
become a sticking point
in a county-wide district
physically larger than
the State of Delaware.
The district is charged
with transporting
students to and from
school. Tonjes is hoping
that through advertis-
ing, parents will choose
alternative schools on
their own and transport
students themselves.
"If we don't do some-
thing like this, a real
aggressive move, then
we're victimized by this,"
Tonjes said.
The district plans to
start pre-registering pro-
spective students within
two weeks and complete
the process by the end
of April.
"If you don't pre-regis-
ter, you might lose your
place in school," said
Tonjes.


PHOTOS BY STEVE STEINER
A U.S. flag made by pre-school children in 2009-2010,
found such favor with Polk County commissioners that
it is now on permanent display in the BOCC chamber.










Citrus future looks bright


ByJEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
The next 10 years of
citrus production from
the United States looks
pretty good, Mark Brown
told the Florida Citrus
Commission last week.
Appearing before
the commission at
its monthly meeting
Wednesday, March 16,
Brown summarized
during his production
report that, "It's difficult
to predict anything with
HLB, but Florida citrus
production can be main-
tained at a viable level.
The further we're look-
ing into this there is a
good chance for disease
control and that could be
a game changer."
HLB is another term
for citrus greening. It was
first discovered in Florida
in the summer of 2005
and is now present in 34
citrus-producing coun-
ties in the state.
Brown told commis-
sioners the number of
orange trees in Florida
peaked in the 1990s.at
80 million and now there
are 58.3 million. Among
the grapefruit trees there


is a similar situation as
the high of 8.4 million
trees dropped to 4.8 mil-
lion.
He said the loss rates
over the last decade was
about 10 percent with
the HLB disease along
with canker problems
and the hurricanes that
came through Florida
in the last six or seven
years.
"Despite the dire side
of (HLB) disease there is
hope, we believe, sig-
nificant hope on control-
ling HLB," he said. "The
ultimate goal is to grow a
disease-tolerant tree but
that will take some time.
These insects are a major
focus of our research and
it has been effective in
some areas."
Brown showed com-
missioners a chart show-
ing how many boxes
Florida can expect in the
next decade. He main-
tained that 140 millions
boxes can be maintained
with a drop of 4 to 5 mil-
lion in the next five years,
but "we think the top (of
the high-low) chart is
more likely where we'll
end up," he said.


"Based on the aver-
age yields we could be
as high as 160 million
boxes," he said. --
In grapefruit he said
the more likely scenarios
would be in the 17-19
million box range.
"Higher productions
are more likely," he said.
Robert Behr, com-
mission member who
represents Polk among
other counties, asked if
his predictions took into
-account Brazil's produc-
tion and how it would
impact the U.S. over the
next decade.
"Their production
trend over the last de-
cade has fallen off quite
significantly," Brown
said. "They formerly
shipped about 350 mil-
lion boxes and have
dropped to 300 million
and less in the latest I've
seen."
He said Brazil does
have more options than
the U.S. because it has
more plant to plant cit-
rus, but he doesn't know
exactly what they're go-
ing to.
"I don't have an exact
number," he'said. "But


S'. Ige Prodl'ction Projections


07-08
08-09
09-10
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12-13
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20


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170 170 170 170 170
163 163 163 163 163
134 134 134 134 134
138 138 138 138 138
132 132 138 144 144
125 125 134 142 143
119 120 130 141 142
113 115 127 140 141
108 111 124 139 14 ., .,'K
103 107 122 137 14,
99 104 119 136 140
94 101 117 135 140-
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Low to high predictions of the orange yield from Florida through 2021.


they are continuing to
have a tight supply situ-
ation."
When asked if his pre-
dictions were based on
acreage or trees as there
has been a great tree loss
in Florida, Brown said he
used tree production on
predictions and based
it on a yield per acre on


trees.
"We're using acres but
using a combination,"
he said. "We moved to
that because of the high
density."
Deputy Executive
Director of Research and
Operations Robert Nor-
berg said the loss rates
and replanting were the


two biggest parts of the
equation. The losses are
outstripping the ability
to replant, he said, refer-
ring to the periods of
canker, the effects of the
hurricanes and the HLB
disease.
"It put us behind the
eight ball when we eradi-
cated" millions of trees.


Commissioners express concern, to help Japanese


By JEFF ROSLOW
EDITOR
Florida Citrus Commis-
sioners and staff showed
concern and support for
the people and industry
competitors in Japan as
the country struggles
after the 9.0 earthquake
shook it two weeks ago.
The 9.0 earthquake hit
in northern Japan March
11 spawned a tsunami
that ravaged Japan's
northeastern coast, kill-


ing nearly 9,000 people
and knocking out cool-
ing systems at a nuclear
power plant, prompting
overheated reactors and
fuel to leak radiation.
More than 12,500 people
are missing, and about
350,000 are living in shel-
ters as far away as Tokyo,
the Natonal Police Agency
there reports.
"I know that those in
this industry are very,
very saddened," Chair-
man George Streetman


said before the Florida
Citrus Commission meet-
ing began Wednesday,
March 16. "Whichever
way you believe, a little
prayer for the people
would be very much ap-
preciated."
Streetman said he has
talked to exporters in this
country about making a
donation to Japan and he
is assured it will get to the
people who need it the
most.
"It can be distributed to


the right people," he said.
"We have an agency on
the other side to help us
coordinate our efforts."
Mike Yetter, the director
of international market-
ing, said the FDOC staff
has been in touch with its
Business partner, Yamano
& Associates and Oricom
its advertising agency
and said they suffered
no personal injuries and
the warehouses in more
southern Japanese cities
didn't suffer too badly.


The majority of fresh
Florida grapefruit
shipped to Japan enters
the ports of Tokyo and
Osaka. Although there
was some minor prod-
uct damage sustained in
the Tokyo warehouses, it
is believed that disrup-
tion to the Japanese food
chain will be kept to a
minimum.'
"You don't develop a
basis of business in Japan
without developing a
personal relationship," he


said. "We've been in con-
tact with them over there
and report they are doing
fine. That's some good
news in a rather serious
situation over there."
There are 14 million
people in Tokyo, a port
city where most of the
Florida's citrus goes. He
said more goes to Osaka,
about 250 miles south.
"There was a lot of
damage but that was mi-
nor with what happened
in northern Japan."


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March 23, 2011 The Polk County Democrat Page 3B


St. Pat's


marchers


Smeander on Main


Before even reaching the green beer of Fri-
day Fest, UnParaders couldn't, or more likely
wouldn't, stay in a straight line. But what can
you expect from the wacky St. Patrick's Day
tradition? (Even though it took place the day
after St. Patrick's Day.)
At some points along the route on South
Oak Avenue from Nye Jordan Park to Friday
Fest on Main Street, the spectators were
outnumbered by the parade participants. But
as the parade turned the corner onto Main,
and dogs, horses and Citrus Cinderellas could
be seen, the'crowd along a few blocks of the
street grew from about 15 to 35.
Tired and thirsty dogs and humans strag-
gled into Friday Fest where they were greeted
by revelers who had already started celebrat-
ing. With music from J.D. Madrid, two blocks
of classic cars, friends and neighbors, good
food and good causes, it was another St. Pat-
rick's Day After to remember.
(Look for more photos in the April issue
of Bartow Magazine, coming out the end of
March.)


Accompanied by heavy security (men in T-shirts like Joe McLaughlin), Citrus Cinderellas didn't disappoint their fans, throwing lots of
beads and mini Moon Pies in a variety of flavors. New to their stunning wardrobes this year, were the bright green cowgirl, er, Cinderella
hats complete with sparkly tiaras. Keeping his head down on the back of the float is Lance Romance, AKA the young Casey Fletcher.


Although he made a good start in the Mutt Strut, sponsored by The Doggie Bag, Chunk Edwards
ended the parade in his sturdy red wagon pulled by Clint Edwards.


Citrus Cinderella Wannabes filled two cars in the 2011 St. Patrick's Day UnParade. In this car
are (not in order) Marissa English, Taylor Clements and Grace Brooks.


Three new Cinderella Wannabes Abby Anna, Libby and Emma were driven by their
mom, Melissa Putnam.


""Photos and text by
Lulu, accompanied by Maria Tripp, paraded Peggy Kehoe
down Main Street in the St. Patrick's Day
UnParade. The bull terrier had matching
green shamrocks temporarily painted on his
sides.


It was "Z" night at Friday Fest. Members of Suncoast Z Club joined in the fun of the Cruise-in Car Show in Downtown Bartow on March 18.


The Polk County Democrat Page 3B


March 23, 2011










The Purim parties


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
If you look fast, to the right are two bean bags in flight, tossed by children at the Temple
Emanuel Purim party. The object is to get fhe bean bags through the holes in the cutout (seen at
the lower right-hand corner).


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Katherine Eskin does a hair wrap on Galina Vugman at the Purim party held Sunday at Temple
Emanuel.


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Children and adults alike dance to the music at the Temple Emanuel Purim party held Sunday.


Every time the name of
Haman was mentioned at
the Temple Emanuel Purim
party, the nose on the cutout
lit up. When it did, children
and adults would boo and
spin groggers, a hand-held
noise-making device.


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Children at theTemple Emanuel Purim party spin groggers and
boo as they hear the name of Haman, an evil man who tried to
have all the Jewish people living in ancient Babylon killed.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW


The brothers dance after the MEgillah reading Sunday during the Purim in Disguise celebration
at USF Polytechnic. From left is are Yosef Weinberger, Moshe Weinberger and Mendel Weinberger.
Mendel read the Megillah while a screen showed cartoon pictures of the story behind Purim.
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I No charge for admission! Fly in an antique biplane then enjoy
gourmet burgers and hot dogs and relax in the beer garden. Have
your photo taken with early antique cars or shop for Centennial
T-shirts. calendars, books and other conmnemorati'e items. You
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Saturday, April 9,2011 6PMN to 9PM
Enjoy great food and dance to the elegant music of the Unstrung
String Quartet. Dress for this event-of-the-cenrury. once in a life-
time occasion is semi-formal or period costume. Tickets for the
Centennial Ball are $25 and there \t ill be a cash bar. Tickets a\ ail-
able at Main Street office, The Lake Wales News. Gallery and
Frame Shop, Chamber of Commerce and Depot Museum.


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The Library and the Depot Museum are teaming up to pre-sent
an unforgettable open house e\ent at the Library on Centennial
Day: Sunday. April 10. 2011 from 2 to 4p.m. Admission is free!
The highlight of the day will be a mov ing speech by well-kno n
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March 23 2011


Bartow Area Community Calendar


All phone number
area codes are 863 un-
less indicated otherwise.
The Polk County Demo-
crat calendar is pro-
vided by the public. The
deadline to be included
in the upcoming calen-
dar is 4 p.m. Monday
and Thursday of each
week.
The deadline for get-
ting information to the
Polk County Democrat
is 4 p.m. Monday for
Wednesday's newspaper
and 4 p.m. Thursday for
Saturday's newspaper.
For information or
questions, call 533-4183
and ask forJeff Roslow
or Peggy Kehoe.

ARTS
Wednesday, March 23
Musical tribute to
the Civilian Conserva-
tion Corps, 7:30 p.m.,
SFCC University Center
Auditorium, Highlands
Campus. $10 general
admission, buy at per-
formances.southflorida.
edu or 784-7178 or by
visiting the SFCC Box
Office, 600 West College
Drive, Avon Park

Thursday, March 24
Write Like A Pro,
taught by Jean Reyn-
olds from the Univer-
sity of South Florida.
3:15 -4:45 p.m., The
Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second St.,
SW, Winter Haven. $5
donation suggested for
each class, 299-9070 to
register.

Saturday, March 26
Cabaret of Music, 5:30
p.m., Spaghetti dinner
with dessert accompa-
nied by vintage barber-
shop style music, $20,
686-9154 or 813-752-
1893 to get tickets. Mas
Verde Mobile Home Es-
tates Club House, 2600
Harden Blvd., Lakeland.

BUSINESS
Thursday, March 24
Building the Ultimate
Business Plan -II is 10
a.m.-noon, $35, Neil
Combee County Admin-
istration Building, room
139, 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow. 534-5915

CLUBS
Wednesday, March 23
American Business
Women's Association
Apres-Work & Daylight
Saving Time Networking
Event, Red Door Wine
Bar, Mcdonald Street,
one block east of South
FLorida and McDonald
Street, Lakeland. Free.
686-5393 or susan.
musser@opco.com

Thursday, March 24
Winter Haven Stamp
Club, 7-8:30 p.m., First
Presbyterian Church,
637 6th St. NW (US 17).
Free refreshments, uac-
tions, trades, bargain
sales. 293-9629.


Thursday, March 24
Concert with the
American Cancer Soci-
ety, sponsor the Annual
Survivor Dinner for Bar-
tow and Fort Meade, at
the Bartow Civic Center.
Registration at www.
relayforlife.org/bartowfl
or by submitting the
survivor registration
form available at www.
bartowrelay.com. Sun-
rise 1790@comcast.net
with questions.

Sunday, March 27
Republican Women's
Club of Lakeland,
Federated 28th Spring
for Education Dinner
and Fashion Show, 6
p.m. Tickets $40 each
or sponsorships range
from a Friends at $150,
Bronze $300, Silver
$750. Gold $900 and
Platinum at $1,250.
Lakeland Yacht &
Country Club, 929 Lake
Hollingsworth Drive,
Lakeland. 644-1110 or
226-3995

COMMUNITY
Wednesday, March 23
3-5 year-old Story
Time, 10-10:45 a.m,
Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, Bar-
tow. 534-0131

Wednesday, March 23
Wacky Wednesday:
Teddy Bear Rafts. Ad-
mission $5 per person,
senior citizens 65-plus
are $2.50, children
younger than 2 a nd
members of Explo-
rations V Children's
Museum free. free. Ex-
plorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Ken-
tucky Ave., Lakeland.
687-3869.

Thursday, March 24
Mother/Daughter
Book Discussion Group
is for girls ages 9-12,
Mixed up Files of Mrs.
Basil E. Frankweiler. by
E. L. Konigsburg, 4-5
p.m. Bartow Public Li-
brary, 2150 S. Broadway,
Bartow. 534-0131

Thursday, March 24
Book Babies for
children from birth to
2 with their parents,
10-10:30 a.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, Bartow. 534-
0131

Thursday, March 24
Thrilling Thursday:
Cereal Count. Admis-
sion $5 per person, se-
nior citizens 65-plus are
$2.50, children younger
than 2 a nd mem-
bers of Explorations
V Children's Museum
free. free. Explorations
V Children's Museum,
109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. 687-3869.

Friday, March 25
Movies on the Lawn,
The Karate Kid, north-


west corner of Wilson
Avenue and Main Street.
Free, 519-0508.

Friday, March 25
Fun Friday: Sailboat
Collage. Admission $5
per person, senior citi-
zens 65-plus are $2.50,
children younger than
2 and members of Ex-
plorations V Children's
Museum free. free. Ex-
plorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Ken-
tucky Ave., Lakeland.
687-3869.

Friday, March 25
Brightest Star Tal-
ent Competition, 7:30
p.m., $6. Chain of Lakes
Theatre, 210 Cypress
Gardens Blvd. S Reser-
vations can be made by
calling 294-7469 or by
going on-line to www.
theatrewinterhaven.
com.

Saturday, March 26
The Shekinah
Knights, 5:30 p.m., free,
open mike for those
who want to sing. Gos-
pel Music Coffee House,
325 Lyle Parkway, Bar-
tow. 604-3457

Saturday, March 26
Annual Homeland
Reunion, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
for tours of the historic
Homeland Heritage
Park across from fellow-
ship hall. Event begins
at 11 a.m., First Baptist
Church Fellowship
Hall, 208' Church Ave.,
Homeland. 533-9496,
537-2911 or 581-4117.

Saturday, March 26
"Night at the Mu-
seum," Explorations.
V Children's Museum,
109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. Evening in-
cludes food, live music
by The Classic Jazzmen,
hosted by Walt Disney
World Resort and the:
Sofa Kings, dancing,
silent auction, cash bar
and live components of
many of the museum's
interactive exhibits.
Tickets $50 each or 10
for $450. Proceeds ben-
efit museum's exhibits
and programs 687-3869.

Saturday March 26
Vegetable Gardening
Workshop, 9-11 a.m.,
free. Polk County Exten-
sion Office, Brenneman
Auditorium, 1702 High-
way 17/98 S., Bartow,
519-8677 Ext. 111

Saturday, March 26
Bike Fest with Poker
Run to benefit pro-
posed volunteer fire-
man statue. Downtown
Bartow.

Saturday, March 26
Pix and Popcorn
at the Library, Red
(Adults), 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, Bar-
tow. 534-0131


Monday, March 28
Magical Monday: The
Wind Blew. Admission
$5 per person, senior
citizens 65-plus are
$2.50, children younger
than 2 a nd mem-
bers of Explorations
V Children's Museum
free. free. Explorations
V Children's Museum,
109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. 687-3869.

Tuesday, March 29
Terrific Tuesday, Mak-
ing Music. Admission
$5 per person, senior
citizens 65-plus are
$2.50, children younger
than 2 a nd mem-
bers of Explorations
V Children's Museum
free. free. Explorations
V Children's Museum,
109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Lakeland. 687-3869.

EDUCATION
Friday March 25-Sat-
urday, March 26
Summerlin Institute's
Class of 1966 45th
reunion, Mulligan's res-
taurant at Bartow Golf
Course. 7 p.m. Friday at
Mulligan's. Gail Bretz at
533-1467 or Dixie Yost
at 534-8383. Reserva-
tions are due by Feb. 25.

Friday, March 25
All-County Guitar
Concert., 6 p.m., Lake
Region High audito-
rium, 1995 Thunder
Road, Eagle Lake, free.
Student guitarists from
11 schools to attend.
647-4729

Tuesday, March 29
Graduate school
workshop, 5 p.m., USF
Polytechnic, Lakeland
Technology Building,
Room 2117, 3433 Winter
Lake Road, Lakeland,
667-7765 or email info@
poly.usf.edu.

Tuesday, March 29
Parent Advisory
Council For Students
With Disabilities, 9-11
a.m. Lake Region High,


1995 Thunder Road,
Eagle Lake. Feature
presentation by at-
torney Mark Kamleiter
discussing legal issues
regarding students with
disabilities. 647-4258

GOVERNMENT
Monday, March 28
School Board retreat
to evaluate and update
strategic plan goals, 9
a.m.,. Jim Miles Profes-
sional Development
Center, 5204 U.S. 98 S.,
Lakeland. 534-0529 or
kay.fields@polk-fl.net.

HEALTH
Friday, March 25
Circuit 10 Partners
In Crisis, 9 a.m.,-Tri-
County Human Services
Lakeland Outpatient
Clinic, Highland City.
701-7373.

Saturday, March 26
Volunteer training, a
90-minute orientation
session, Good Shepherd
Hospice, 9:30 a.m., free
and volunteers do not
need any type of prior
experience. 551-3943
or merrickr@goodshep-
herdhospice.org for
more information or to
register.

Saturday, March 26
Pranay Patel presen-
tation Face a Brighter
Future. 10 a.m. Free,
free, third floor Wat-
son Clinic's Bella Vista
Building, 1755 N Florida
Ave., Lakeland. 904-
6231

RELIGION
Thursday, March 24
26th Annual Mayor's
Prayer Breakfast fea-
turing Susie McEntire.
Doors open at 6:30 a.m.,
program begins at 7
a.m. Susie McEntire is
Reba McEntire's sister.
She has directed her
talents to the country
gospel side of American
roots music, garnering
much acclaim from her
peers and fans alike.
$10 available at Greater


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Sunday, March 27
Ushers and Greeters
ceremony, 4 p.m., Rev.
Thomas Poole, pastor
New Mount Zion AME
Church to speak. St.
James AME Church, 795
S. Fourth Ave., Bartow.
534-8755.

Friday, April 29
Spring barbecue, 11
a.m.-1 p.m. It will raise
funds to help pay for
needed landscaping.
Dinners include chick-
en, baked beans, green
beans, roll and des-
sert. Cost $8.Redeemer
Lutheran Church and
Preschool, 585 E. Sum-
merlin St., Bartow. Call
Pastor Todd Shouse at
(863) 534-6054

SPORTS
Friday, March 25
Deadline for Ameri-
can Red Cross lifeguard
certification classes.
$160 for Bartow resi-
dents, $169.99 for non-
residents. Classes offered
4-7 p.m. April 4, April
5 and April 8; 8 a.m.-5
p.m. April 9 or 4-7 p.m.
April 13, April 14 and
April 18. To get a cer-
tification participants
must attend all three
4-7 p.m. classes or they
can attend the all-day
session on April 9. Reg-
ister Bartow Civic Cen-
ter Carver Polk Street
Community Center, 520
S. Idlewood. Or people
can register at the Bar-
tow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave. Payments
are to be made by cash
or check.

Saturday, March 26
Hershey Track and
Field Games, competi-
tion begins at 9 a.m. at
the Bartow High School
track for those 9-14
years old. Register in
advance at the Bartow
Parks and Recreation
Office or March 26 at 8
a.m. at the track. Free.


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Lady Bugs record 3 shutouts in tournament


By MARK KING
CORRESPONDENT
Even though it was
Spring Break, the Ladies
hosted the third annual
Home of Champions Soft-
ball Tournament Friday
and Saturday.
Bartow went four-for-
four in its games against
Lakewood Ranch, Du-
rant, Alachua Santa Fe
and Braden River high
schools.
In the first game, played
against the Mustangs of
Lakewood Ranch, the
Lady Bugs pounded the
ponies 9-0.
In the circle, it was
Rachael "Bubbles" Imig
booking the win for 'Tow
tossing six innings and
striking out four while
giving up just two hits.
Of course, any Glenn
Rutenbar coached team
is going to have sterling
defensive fundamentals.
But these athletes like
to stretch themselves,
like Shelby "Mustang"
Duncan did in the second,
inning. With one down,
Lakewood's Amber Wim- -
mer lined a shot to shal-
low left field, but Duncan
turned on the afterburn-
ers and raced in to make
a great diving catch, snag-
ging the ball just before it
hit the turf.
Offensively, the Jack-
ets had 14 hits. Lizzie*
"Shattering" Glass had a
perfect plate performance
(4- 4). Other batting high-
lights included: Emily
"True Grit" Sanders (3-4,
three RBI), Brittany "Big
Mac" McNeil (2-4, one
RBI), and Duncan (2-4,
with two runs).
In the next game, the
Alachua Santa Fe Raid-
ers brought their pitcher
Shelby Morgan to meet
the battling, batting Bugs
of Bartow High. Morgan
had a great pitching style,
with a lot of motion on
her throws.
But this bunch of BHS
Bugs likes to swing the
bat. So far this year, they
haven't met a pitcher they
can't eventually hit. And


this game was no differ-
ent with the Jackets com-
ing out on top again, 4-0.
Bartow wound up
getting a total of six hits,
with Sanders giving a
standout performance.
"True Grit" was two-for-
three with a double and a
triple. -
Lauren "Wild Wild"
West was the winning
pitcher. In a battle of
ball tossers, West won,
fanning 12. West is the
team's ace this year, with
a righteous rise ball and a
fiery fast ball.
Game three saw the
Cougars of Durant High
School in Plant City trying
to cage the Lady Jackets.
Behind the arm of Jessi-
ca "Fantasy" Eiland, BHS
de-clawed the Cougars
14-2. Eiland struck out six
batters in five innings of
work, giving up only two
hits.
At shortstop for the
Lady Jackets, Marissa
"Emmo" Ortiz had a
banner game. In the fifth
inning, Ortiz ate some
clay, diving into the dirt
to make a fantastic catch.
Then, the very next
inning, with one down
and a runner on base,
Durant's Shay Bell belted
a worm burner to Ortiz's
right. Ortiz raced over
and made a back-handed
catch, then spun and
threw on one foot to first
base to record the second
out of the inning.
Suffice it to say, the
Lady Jackets' offense was
on fire. As a team, the
Bugs had 18 base hits.
Yeah. 18.
Oh ... and two of them
were over the fence.
The first homer came
in the first inning. With
two Bugs on base, Lizzie
"Shattering" Glass
cranked one over deep
center field to start the
scoring off for Bartow,
racking three runs with
just one swing.
Sanders got the team's
second homer in the
seventh inning when
BHS was on a run racking
tear. This time, the guys


in the cheap seats in left
field were sent scurrying
as the ball soared over
the fence. When the dust
settled in the seventh, the
Lady Jackets creamed the
Cougars with five runs in
that inning.
Leading the Jacket hit-
ters were: Duncan (4-5,
three RBI) Taylor "Stitch"
Wagner (4-5, two runs),
McNeil (3-5, four runs),
Sanders (2-5, three RBI, a
home run and a double),
Glass (1-4, two RBI, and a
home run).
In the championship
game of the Home of
Champions Tournament,
Bartow squeezed out a
2-0 victory over the Pi-
rates of Braden River.
It was a championship
atmosphere to be sure.
Both teams played well,
with terrific defense and
timely hitting.
The Lady Jackets were
once again led in the
pitcher's circle by Lauren
West (9-0). West found
herself in a pitching duel
and knuckled down to
come out with the win-
ning hand, giving up four
hits while fanning 11.
Another defensive
highlight for the tourna-
ment was displayed for
BHS when Imig raced
back behind her third
base position to make an
over-the-shoulder snag
for the third out in the
third inning. Imig was
on full-throttle when
she stretched out and
snagged the ball as it tried
to land in the grass.
Offensively, the Jackets
hit well cranking eight
in the ball game against
Pirate pitcher Courtney
Mirabella. Twice the Jack-
ets were forced to leave
the bases loaded without
scoring runs. For the
championship game, Mi-
rabella blew the ball past
six Lady Jacket hitters.
The leading Bartow
Bug batters at the platter
were: Glass (3-4, one RBI,
and a double), Sanders
(2-4, and a double), and
Wagner (1-2, one RBI).
With the four victories


Other scores in the
tournament:

Lake Region 8, Pasco 2
Braden River 7, Auburndale 3
Durant 5, Alachua Santa Fe 4
Auburndale 11, Lake Region 6
Braden River 7, Pasco 1
Lakewood Ranch 5, Durant 4
Braden River 2, Lake Region 1
Pasco 5, Auburndale 4
Lakewood Ranch 12, Alachua
Santa Fe 5

3rd Place Game: Lakewood
Ranch 5, Lake Region.3
5th Place Game: Auburndale 3,
Durant 1
7th Place Game: Alachua Santa
F. e 3, Pasco 2

Records for the Tournament:
Bartow 4-0
Braden River 3-1
Lakewood Ranch 3-1
Lake Region 1-3
Auburndale 2-2
Durant 1-3
Alachua Santa Fe 1-3
Pasco 1-3

in the tournament, Bar-
tow increases its season
record to 15-0.
On Friday, March 11,
the Lady Jackets softball
team went to Naples to
grapple with the Golden
Eagles. Bartow stung the
Birdies 8-2 in a meet-
ing of two of the premier
softball programs' in the
state.
The Lady Bug's amaz-
ing ace, Lauren West,
eliminated 11 Eagles with
strike-outs while allowing
three hits.
The Bug batters blasted
12 hits in the ball game
with Glass leading all
(3-4, three RBI, and a
double). Other hitters
were: Wagner (2-3, RBI),
Sanders (2-4, RBI), Dun-
can (2-4),,McNeil (2-5),
Imig (1-3, RBI).
This week, the Lady
Jackets played at Lake
Gibson High School
Sunday and Wednesday
host Lake Wales. Games
are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday they travel
to Lakeland to try to sink
the Dreadnaughts in a 7
p.m. game.


tors
Claudette Braswell and
Harry Morse

Outstanding Event
Managers
Powerlifting: Ken Snell
Euchre: Sheila Davis
and Ed Davis

Outstanding Volun-
teers
Dick Cheney and Rob
Mason

Oldest Competitor
Betty Henderson 99
years

"Stretch" Award
All Saints Episcopal
Church Senior Games
Ministry
Laura Faulkner 15+
year volunteer and 90
years old

Most Represented
Senior Community
1-200 lots Hickory
Lake Estates, Frostproof


Fairways, Lakeland

Best of Age Group
Awards
Age 50-54: Linda Brad-
ley and Gus Palas
Age 55-59: Julie Palas
and Michael Snell
Age 60-64: Debra
Hanes, Rose Thornburgh
and Dennis Bishop
Age 65-69: Janice Gas-
kins and Robin Wickman
Age 70-74: Jule Mack-
enzie and Larry Smucker
Age 75-79: Claudette
Braswell and Bob Brooks
Age 80-84: Betty Arney
and Roy Northern
Age 85-89: Betty Hall,
Mary Bourque and Harry
Morse
Age 90-94: Mary Silvers
and Clifford Taylor
Age 95-99: Willomay
Vandorn and Arland
Meade

Polk County Senior Gamnes
ended March 13.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Bruce W. Kane of Nalcrest and Donna Woznicki of Lakeland to
his right run during the Polk County Senior Games Saturday in
Bartow.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Danny Glenn of Auburndale runs during the Polk County Senior
Games race Saturday as volunteer Michael Riskin stands on the
roadside.


JV Bugs shut out Naples


By MARK KING
CORRESPONDENT
The junior varsity also
played Naples and won
10-0 behind the practi-
cally perfect pitching of
Emily DelleDonne (2-1)
who pitched four innings,
fanning nine.
Leading hitters for the


Baby Bugs were: Brooke
Farrer (3-4), Sierra
Coffman (3-4), Savan-
nah Browder (2-3), and
Shanna Whitcomb (1-1, a
triple and three RBI).
This year's team is look-
ing like one of the best
in the program's 25-year
history. How far they will
go is still to be seen, but


you can help support the
team by buying a copy of
the team's commemora-
tive program.
. It is a beautiful full-
colored publication with
complete schedules,
photos of each athlete
and great action shots.
It's $10 and available at
the games. The fans who


published the program
are giving 100 percent of
the money to the team.
This week, the Lady
Jackets played at Lake
Gibson High School Sun-
day and Wednesday host
Lake Wales. Games are at
5:30 and 7:30 p.m.


The Hershey

games this weekend
The Hershey Track and include a 50 Meter Dash,
Field Games are coming 100 Meter Dash, 200
Saturday, March 26 to Meter Dash, 400 Meter
the Bartow High School Dash, 4x100 Meter Relay,
track. Standing Long Jump and
Competition is open a Softball Throw.
to boys and girls which Participants can enter
will compete in separate either two track and one
divisions of 9-10-year-old field or two field and
division, 11-12 division one track event up to
and the 13-14 division, and including the state/
Youth can register in provincial meet. For 9-10
advance at the Bartow and 11-12 age groups, the
Parks and Recreation Of- relay does not count as a
fice or at 8 a.m: March 26 running event.
at the track. Age groups 9-10 and
A legal birth document 11-12, 4x100 Relays, will
must be presented to reg- not qualify for the North
ister. It is free to enter. American Final.
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Founders Day honors three alumni, students at FSC


Florida Southern
College celebrated its
annual Founders Day
Friday, March 18 with the
chairman and CEO of
S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.
speaking.
As well as making H.
Fisk Johnson the school's
77th honorary chancel-
lor, it honored gradu-
ates Edward L. Myrick,
Lynn Mason Dennis and
Robert B. Nicholson III.
It also honored Jennifer
Bruno as the Colleges
Honor Walk recipient.
Johnson spoke to
a crowd of students,
faculty and alumni at
Branscomb Auditorium,
and offered comments
about the experiences
and traditions of his 125
year old family-owned
company, which has
made household prod-
ucts including Pledge,
OFF, Mr. Muscle, Ziploc,
Windex and Glade.
His grandfather started
the company in 1886.
"On Christmas Eve
back in 1927, my great
grandfather said some-
thing in a speech to em-
ployees that has guided
our family and our com-
pany ever since. When
all is said and done, this
business is nothing but a
symbol. The good will of
people is the only endur-


ing thing in any busi-
ness," said Johnson.
Following Johnson's
speech the alumni were
honored.
Myrick, the owner of
Edward L. Myrick Pro-
duce and co-developer
of the Golf Club at Briar's
Creek, earned the Distin-
guished Alumni Award
for outstanding achieve-
ment in his profession
and community.
Myrick attended
Florida Southern College
where he was active in
ROTC and a member of
the Kappa Alpha Fra-
ternity. He graduated
in 1961 with a Bachelor
of Science in Business
Administration.
After working for his
father, he eventually
started his own com-
pany, Edward Myrick
Produce. Specializing in
cucumbers, squash and
green beans, Myrick de-
veloped his business into
a nationwide distributor
of fresh vegetables.
Dennis, executive as-
sistant to the president of
Florida Southern College,
earned the Distinguished
Alumni Award for out-
standing service to her
profession, her commu-
nity and her alma mater.
Dennis enrolled at
FSC in the fall 1967. She


earned the B.A. in Span-
ish, with a double minor
in secondary education
and biology and stud-
ied abroad at the Uni-
versidad de Barcelona
in Palma de Mallorca,
Spain.
She taught Span-
ish and English at Fort
Meade High School be-
fore beginning a 40-year
and still counting career
at Florida Southern Col-
lege, where she has held
various positions
She is a member of
Omicron Delta Kappa,
Kappa Delta Pi, Order of
Omega, and Beta Beta
Beta honor societies.
Nicholson, the presi-
dent and CEO of the
Eastern.Propane Corp.
and former member
of the FSC President's
Council, earned the Dis-
tinguished Alumni Award
for service to his profes-
sions and community.
Nicholson holds a B.S.
in Business Administra-
tion from FSC. He joined
his family's 73-year old
propane distribution and
service business in 1986,
becoming its president
and CEO in 1988.
Through acquisitions
is has become one of
the largest privately held
propane marketing com-
panies in the country.


PHOTO PROVIDED
H. Fisk Johnson was made FSC's 77th honorary chancellor at its graduation last week. Also
honored at the graduation was Edward L. Myrick, Lynn Mason Dennis and Robert B. Nich-
olson III.


He is a member of the
Board of Directors of the
Lakeland Bancorp and
has served on several
community economic
development commit-
tees.
While attending FSC,
he was a member of the
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
where he served as its
president, the Cross
Country Team and the
Collegiate Financial En-


trepreneurs Club. He is a
founding member of the
Spivey Society.
Additionally, Bruno,
won the highest stu-
dent honor given by the
school. She is pursuing a
double T'fajor in bio-
chemistry and molecular
biology.
She is a president's
scholar and served as
president of the As-
sociation of Honors


Students, co-president of
the American Chemical
Society and president of
Gamma Sigma Epsilon
chemistry honor society.
Founded in 1885,
Florida Southern College
is a private, comprehen-
sive United Methodist-
affiliated college. It is
currently ranked in the
Top 10 Best Regional Col-
leges in the South by U.S.
News & World Report.


USF Poly opens health clinic


University of South
Florida Polytechnic
opened a student health
clinic on campus that
is open to all USF Poly
students.
The center is staffed
by an advanced regis-
tered nurse from the Polk


County Health Depart-
ment. The nurse can
provide services for colds,
flu and other illnesses, of-
fer pregnancy tests, write
prescriptions and more.
"We are painfully aware
of how many students
do not have, and cannot


afford, health insurance
and we hope that this
clinic will give them ac-
cess to medical services
even on a small scale,"
said Dr. Susan Hurley,
program director for
health and wellness.
Services are made


possible through the
student health fee and are
available free to USF Poly
students.
The health center is
open 1:30-5 p.m. Tues-
days and Wednesdays
when classes are in ses-
sion.


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Community


Annie Leibovitz photos at PMA


In celebration of
Women's Month the Polk
Museum of Art will have
'Annie Leibovitz: Wom-
en," exhibit starting April
2 that will feature more
than 60 of her photo-
graphs.
This exhibition is made
possible by the Women's
Museum: Institute for the
Future in Dallas, and will
remain through June 26.
These photographs
were featured in a book
called "Women," pub-
lished by Random House


in 1999, which includes
nearly 100 photographs
shot by Leibovitz and an
essay by the late novelist
and critic Susan Sontag.
This is a celebration of
American women at the
dawn of this millennium.
Images of well-known
women such as Betty
Ford, Elizabeth Taylor,
Oprah Winfrey, and
Supreme Court Justices
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and
Sandra Day O'Connor are
juxtaposed with images of
women who are unknown


beyond their own home-
towns but are part of the
fabric of our communi-
ties.
Leibovitz's work is
regularly featured on the
cover of Vanity Fair and
Rolling Stone magazines
and is presented in the
"Got Milk?" advertising
campaign. Her photo of
John Lennon and Yoko
Ono taken just hours
before Lennon's death
was named "'Best Maga-
zine Cover from the Past
40 Years" by the American


Society of Magazine Edi-
tors in 2005.
An opening recep-
tion is scheduled from
6-8:30 p.m. Friday, April
1, and will begin with a
lecture by Tim Hossler,
Leibovitz's former studio
art director and assistant
during the compilation of
the "Women" portfolio.
Light hors d'oeuvres
and a cash bar will be
provided beginning at 7
p.m. The reception is free
for Museum members
and $15 for guests.


USDA says citrus forecast rises


The U.S. Department
of Agriculture released
its March orange crop
forecast for the 2010-
2011 season Wednesday,
increasing its earlier esti-
mate by 4 million boxes
to 142 million boxes.
"The late maturing
crop and the freeze have
complicated the fore-
casting," said Michael W.
Sparks, executive VP/CEO
of Florida Citrus Mutual.
"This should put us closer
to the final season num-


ber but the crop estimate
is an ongoing process."
Visit www.nass.usda.
gov for the complete
USDA estimate. The
USDA makes its initial
forecast in October and
then revises it monthly
until the end of the sea-
son in July.
The entire increase is
due to an uptick in early
and midseason varieties
which grew by 4 million
to 70 million while the
projection for Valencias


remained at 72 million
boxes this season. For
Florida specialty fruit, the
USDA's tangelo. estimate
increased by 100,000
boxes to 1.1 million
boxes, while the tangerine
forecast held steady at 4.4
million.
The USDA estimate
for grapefruit remained
unchanged at 19.6 million
boxes.
The all variety yield
for frozen concentrated
orange juice (FCOJ)


remained at 1.57 gallons
per 90-pound box. The
Valencia yield dropped to
1.62 from 1.64 per box.
The Florida citrus
industry creates a $9
billion annual economic
impact, employing nearly
76,000 people, and cover-
ing about 560,000 .acres.
Founded in 1948 and cur-
rently representing nearly
8,000 grower members,
Florida Citrus Mutual is
the state's largest citrus
grower organization.


'A Chorus Line' coming next month


"A Chorus Line" is
taking the stage at South
Florida Community Col-
lege's Theatre for the Per-
forming Arts next month.
It is scheduled at 7:30
p.m. Wednesday, April 13,
at the Highlands Campus
as the final performance
of the 2010-11 Artist


Series.
This performance is a
part of the national tour
that is visiting more than
75 markets across the
country.
The performance is
sponsored by Sevigny and
Johnson Eye Care, Drs.
Ashok and Raji Sonni,


and MidFlorida Credit
Union.
Tickets range from $39-
$46 and may be bought
online 24 hours a day,
seven days a.week, at per-
formances.southflorida.
edu.
Tickets may also be
bought by calling the


SFCC Box Office at 784-
7178 or by visiting the
SFCC Box Office in the
front of the Theatre for
the Performing Arts, 600
W. College Drive, Avon
Park, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
during the week.


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Write like a pro


Want to be a writer?
The Sage-in Program has
a class for you.
Beginning Thursday,
March 24, and continuing
every Thursday through
April 28, the Sage-ing
Program will sponsor
"Write Like A Pro."
This class will be prac-
tical, collaborative, and
jargon-free, emphasizing
strategies that real-world
writers use. Wherever
possible, the teacher will
work with writing done
by class members.
Writing activities will
be related to the skills
members want to learn.
The facilitator, Jean
Reynolds, has a Ph.D. in
English from the Uni-
versity of South Florida.'
She is an experienced
editor and the author of
five books. She recently
retired from Polk State
College, where she had


taught since 1982. She is
a Shaw scholar, a former
prison teacher, and a
ballroom dancer.
Reynolds has a website
about writing at www.
WritewithJean.com. She
has been married to
garden writer Charles
Reynolds since 1973.
Class will run from
3:15-4:45 p.m. at The
Center for Personal
Growth, 151 Second
Street SW, Downtown
Winter Haven (the same
building as dentist Dr.
Steven Hewett).
Cost is according to
ability to pay. A $5 dona-
tion is suggested for each
class.
To register contact Jean
Reynolds at ballrooml6@
aol.com or 299-9070.
For more information:
www.sage-ing.blogspot.
com.


Get rid of your waste


Polk County businesses
that produce fewer than
220 pounds of hazardous
waste a month can prop-
erly dispose or recycle it
the third Wednesday of
each month by appoint-
ment only at the North
Central Landfill's House-
hold Hazardous Waste
Facility.
Quotes will be based
on the quantity and types
of waste materials to be
disposed/recycled.
Participants must com-
plete a registration form


and inventory sheet and
may need an onsite in-
spection prior to partici-
pating. Waste materials
being collected include
paint, solvents, waste ink,
fluorescent lamps, used
oil, antifreeze and other
hazardous waste.
To make an appoint-
ment call 284-4319, ext.
203
The North Central
Landfill is at 5 Environ-
mental Loop S., Winter
Haven.


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Union Academy

PTO spaghetti dinner
Does thinking about cafeteria.


cooking a meal on Thurs-
days send you over the
edge?
Union Academy PTO
has an answer for you: a
drive-through spaghetti
dinner on March 31, from
4-6 p.m. Order your meals
on Monday, and then on
Thursday pick them up
curb side in front of the
school, or dine in the UA


PHOTO BY TRISH PFEIFFER
Nine children were excited to receive new bikes prior to the start of the Bloomin' Bike Ride on March 5. Entry fees and sponsorships
for the ride are used to buy the bikes for foster kids from Heartland for Children. More than 100 cyclists took part in a scenic ride
through the citrus blossom-scented countryside in the annual event.


Contest seeks the brightest star


Some child has a
chance to win $1,500 and
be called the bright star
as Theatre Winter Haven
Academy is planning
the Brightest Star Talent.
Competition.
The contest will feature
kids from around Central
Florida who will show
their talent.
It is planned at 7:30
a.m. Friday, March 25,
and anyone can attend
it for $6. It will be at the


Chain of Lakes Theatre,
210 Cypress Gardens
Blvd. South. Reservations
may be made by calling
294-7469 or by going on-
line to www.theatrewin-
terhavep.com.
Age categories are 9-13
years and 14-18.
Competing in the 9-13
age group will be Ryland
Marbutt, Sophia Hafner,
Ali Arrington, Kristen and
Mary Brock, Elayna Sir-
rine, Hannah Corlew and


Christina Schrader.
In the 14-18 age group
are MaryBeth Ritter,
MuzikVibeZ, Brianna
Manley, Phat Nguyen,
Melissa Joy and a group
from Sunrise Christian
Academy.
The master of ceremo-
nies is Jarrod Snapko, star
of many productions at
Theatre Winter Haven.
The three judges are Jeff
Revels, the artistic direc-
tor to the Orlando Rep;


Troy Pederson, casting
director for Walt Disney
Parks and Resorts U.S.;
and Tim Williams, profes-
sional actor and Theatre
Winter Haven alum.
The Brightest Star is
sponsored by The Rolf
Jaehnigen Family and Syl-
van Learning Center who
will also be presenting the
awards.


Bartow Knights set Fish Frydays


By MARK KING
CORRESPONDENT
Fish Frydays are
planned by the Bartow
chapter of the Knights of
Columbus every Friday
during Lent, up to Good
Friday. There will be no
fish fry on Good Friday.


Dinners are served
from 5:30-7 p.m. (or until
they run out of food) at
the social hall of St.
Thomas Aquinas Catho-
lic Church in Bartow, at
the corner of Mann Road
and Kissingen Avenue.
Dinners include fish or
shrimp (or both), french


fries, grits, cole slaw, hush
puppies and a drink for
$7.
Catholics treat the 40
days of Lent leading up
to the Easter season as a
special time for fasting,
prayer and alms giving.
It is a time for them to
turn away from sin and


be faithful to the Gospel.
Since Jesus Christ died
for mankind's sins on
Good Friday, Catholics
abstain from eating any
warm-blooded creature
on Friday. That's why it's
OK to eat fish on Fridays
during Lent.


Afterwards a parent
meeting will be held in
the gym at 6 o'clock to
give an overview of the
International Baccalaure-
ate/Middle Years Program
for the Union parents.
Tickets are $5 in ad-
vance, and $6 the day
of (limited supply), and
can be purchased in the
Union Academy office.


Asbury UM.

seeks sale donations


Asbury United Method-
ist Church in Bartow is
accepting donations for a
rummage sale to be held
Saturday, April 2.
The sale has a two-fold
purpose: to provide value
items at a low cost and
to use the proceeds for
missions projects, sale

Relay F

car wash,

Ruby Tuesday and
Magnify Credit Union
will be "bustin' suds" at
their final fundraiser for
Bartow's 2011 Relay For
Life on Saturday, March
26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A car wash will be held
in the Ruby Tuesday park-


Chairman Amy Gill said.
Items can be dropped
off at the church Monday-
Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
Asbury UM is at 1650
South Jackson Ave.,
next door to Summerlin
Academy and across from
Bartow Middle School.

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ing lot, and the yard sale
is in between the restau-
rant and Magnify. For
more information contact
Ruby's Captain Sylvia
Smith, Magnify Captain
Kimberly McBride or any
team member.


Take advantage of spectacular cou-

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Silver coins pre 1965 Proof & mint sets, CC Dollars
HalfDol.1965.70 V Confederate Money I
Silver dollars pre 1936 d Tokens & Medals
I US Gold Coins |', Paper Money
Gold Eagles 999& Sterling Silver
Kruggerands Foreign Coins & Paper
Gold Bars & Coins' WE BUY & SELL ALL
Rare Coins GOLD COINS & BARS
Hotel "road show" buyers & We pay More: coins & currency is our I
jewelers, buy for the metal business, our only business.
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Submit a photo of your pet, along with you completed entry form, and
a $10 donation to The Polk County Democrat by 5 p.m. Friday, March 25,
2011.

Beginning Saturday, April 2, 2011 photos will be published in The Lake
Wales News, Polk County Democrat, The Frostproof News and Fort Meade
Leader where readers can vote for their favorite pet photo by submitting
a ballot and a .25cent donation pet vote.

The contest will consist of four rounds through 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 17,
2011 to determine the 1 st, 2nd and 3rd place winners by process of elimi-
nation according to reader votes.


Mail your entry to The Polk County Democrat (190 S. Florida
tow, FL 33830) or drop it off at the office of the Polk County
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the contest must be recet.ed by 5 00 pm. On Friday March 25 2011 Only one entr, per pet IJo humans allowed in photos Sponsors will not be responsible for lost, late. misdirected. mutilated or
oth-r .ise undeliverable mail 2 Beginning on Saturday April' 2011 photos will be published in The Lake Wales News The Polk County Democrat FrostrproofNewvs and The Fort Meade Leader Readers
can sote for their fa3c'ri-e pet photo b/ submirting a toting ballot along with a 25 cent donation per vote Voting ballots; ivll be available in the newspaper and at our participating sponsor locations
Voters mrr', submit multipl- .ate. 3 Al n'mone- trom the contest will b,- delpositd in to an account to provide, .ery studentt in our delivery area with a newspaper delivered to their home All ccntes-
tant: ..ill be included ir, the fir,[ round Eac'h corcnecut..-e round of the cornteit widI ellmrinate cne-fourth of the contestants Thc pet to rec.,.e [he rmoir vole: .-jill move on to conec,:uti.e rounds i ll
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29th 201 I 5 The fir;t place prize pack age include, i -650 retail .aluel S250 gidt ce'riicate to Dusty ; Caimper World which h can be used for the purchase of a camper or motor home or it .:an be used
to purch.a.e camper and or RV supplies. fron-i their store S100 gift certiF.cate from Fort Meade Animal Clinic 5100 girt certificate from The Dogs BoWov rin Winter Haven $100 gilt certificate from The
Doggie Bag in Barto,; 5100 gift certificate from Parkway Pet Pe-ort in Lakeland The second place prie package includes 16400 valuei,5100 gift certificate to Dusty s Camper World which can be used
for thA purchase of a camper or motor home or i[ can be used to purchase camper and or RV supplies from their Store S'S gift certificate from Fort Meade Animal Clihnic '75 gift certificate from The
Dogs boWow in Winter Ha.en S-. gift certificate from The Doggie Bag in Bartow, S'"5 git certincate from Park-a/ Pet Pesort in Lakeland The third place prize package include; IS I 5 value. S'" gift
certificate to Ousty, Criper World which can be used for the purchase of a camper or mcitor home or it :3an be ub.ed to purchas- camper and.'or v supple: from their store 625 gift certificate from
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