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Elsie came to town
Borden spokescow's Florida summer tour starts here
By JEFF ROSLOW
here was a cow int lIome-
No big d(teal, huh,? But this
was no ordinary cow and
you wouldn't have seen her
if you were driving down
the road. This was Elsie the
Cow, the Borden Dairy Co.'s
doe-t, d spokescow. And
like most rock stars she was NFL'
resting in a nice shaded area:
a barn at High Gait Farm.
"She's got the whole
routine," said Mlike Lasky,
Florida's general manager
for Bordens Dairy Company.
"She rides in a ,.Ili ... an
air-conditioned trailer. "She's
a happy cow and she's going
to different locations. She
knows exactly what to tdo in
front of the camera. She's
like a rock star."
Elsie kicked off a Florida
tour W'chW',d.I as Borden's
is reintroducing its milk to
the state after not 1, iI,'
here for 20 years. Elsie was .
the show at The ILakeland
Center onl Wedn waLi and LLIOa dP .WiS1HNt t0
on Thursday she made an
Elsie the Borden cow relaxes at High Gait Farm in Homeland Tuesday. Elsie is touring the state as Borden's
ELSIEI 14A products are back on the shelves in Florida after not being available for 20 years Wednesday, Elsie performed
at The Lakeland Center.
'Still Dreaming' wins Best Drama .
Contest entry was filmed in Bartow, Homeland
see more iargiams tnssde
C. .*r,,, 20i l1 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.
It'll be on
awa (i at City Hall
By BILL RETTEW JR.
The city is ,,hiig gri.ptL-r while sav-
ing cash at the same time by furnish-
iinL commissioners with Apple iPads.
linda 'i lpippi i. city clerk, said the
new "tools" will be in the hands of'i.talf.
ers and commissioners by October and
will save the city about $S-! wii1 per year.
Cit\ .i l i assemble and '1th-iIliLc
1 .t:, ii, I. and background information
packets -- each Lim.'iiiiin-l4 an average
ot 262 l' i' .:' '- lines each \year.
"W\\e can pay for these in a heartbeat
- within nine months." said Culpepper
about iPads with a price tag of about
I he city already owns one device and
\- ill buv nine or 10 iPads for use by both
staff and the board of commissioners.
( itv Manager George I.ong pointed to
the considerable copying price tag. the
enmiro ienltal cost and -! lili' spent
to as'.s'lith' ile" pac'kels,
I lhet will be consideriabl le'ss time
duplicating and assembling thle three
ring hinders needing delivery," said
By STEVE STEINER
It was not the top film entry, either as the People's
Choice Award or the Grand Prize winner, at Sarasota
Film Festival's 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Competition
held May 13-15. However, "Still Dreaming," the film
submitted by Bartow resident Matthew Morrison,
came away with the Best Drama award.
"Being our first formal elloi i, we are very proud and
excited," exclaimed Morrison.
Morrison and his crew learned about the award at
a wrap party held in Bradenton for all the filmmakers
who could attend; theirs was one of about a dozen
From there, the organizers of the competition will
choose a number of the films for a general showing
at the Sarasota Film Society. Beyond the top two win-
ning films, there is no guarantee "Still Dreaming" will
be .imnug those.
"It could be personal favorites of the judges, ones
that didn't win," said Morrison. "We're kind of hoping
they choose ours."
While winning an award rekindled Morrison's love
of filmmaking, the award also whetted his desire to
look at this as a career goal.
"I made some good contacts," lie said. "I ope that
leads to something further."
About the competition
I i1lmm.. im had 48 hours to complete a full, short
film. To keep the "playing field level" all teams had to
STILL DREAMING I14A
Matthew Morrison (left) accepts the award for Best Drama from
Nick Burch. one of the organizers of the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film
Festival, for his film, "Still Dreaming."
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Dunlap to be recognized for 50 years of practicing law
The man who was the city attorney for
-Bartow for 35 years will be among 134 Florida
attorneys to be honored by The Florida Bar
this month for 50 years as a practicing attor-
ney in Florida.
George T. Dunlap, III, the senior partner of
Boswell and Dunlap law firm, is one of four
attorneys from the 10th Judicial Cit uit who
will be honored by The Florida Bar on FridIy,
June 24, at the.Gavoird Palms Resort and
Convemnion Center in Orlando.
Other attorneys in this circuit to be hon-
ored are Marie Alice Crano ofWintct Haven,
Charles Parkhill Mays, Jr., of Lakeland and
Harry Melvin Sai% er. Jr., also of Lakeland.
Dunlap was the city attio itw\ for Bartow
He became the city attorney on Nov. 10,
1971, when he inherited the post with
some reluctance, when his law partner, Wil-
liam A. Norris, Jr., was appointed to be one
of the first judges of Polk County's magistrate
But Dunlap lasted in the position. On Nov.
10, 2001, he was honored after serving 30
years in the position. That's a long time to
serve in a job that didn't exist as a permanent
position until the early 1960s. The position
then was filled on a rotating basis until it
became a career position, albeit a part-time
Dunlap resigned from his post on May
22, 2007, after the Bartow ( ity Commission
received the results of a city eiiiplocc morale
He cited the friendships he had made as
the reason for his immediate resignation.
In part his it-sigii.timi letter read:
"If I remained as I'i) Attorney, I would
lilklh be required to advise, counsel, and
participate wilh hiw t i ) Comnunissi6n in ac-
tions recommended I the survey. This I am
unwilling to do.
'\ge affords me the luxury of stepping
back now and enjoying these friendships I've
made, and not compromising them."
The cI-renumo htiiiir ing theaiu .ii r ni\ will
be a luncheon at The Florida Bar's Annual
Convention on lune 24, being held at the
Cna\loi I Palms Resort and Convention Center.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, a
5.i \ cair honoree, will be the featured speaker.
To be ICLogniti,'ed. attorneys must be mem-
bers in good standingg of The Florida liar and
attain their 50th anniversary of admittance to
the practice of law in 20 11.
The 10th Judicial t.urCtn encompasses
Hardee, Highland, and Polk counties.
George Dunlap, Ill, is with his wife, Ann, in this 2003 photo when she earned an
award from the Rotary Club.
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I am Mosaic.
As an agricultural sci.nli'.l, help farmers bring more to your table. Mosaic provides
American fmiimei' with crop noiii ,Iirs that are essential to supplying food for our
growing wild My focus is on finding new ways to help farmers bec.on',e
even more productive, so 'ind can be ,avc.d for natural habitats. I take that
And I never take it for ri.ii' '1
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The Public Service Commission's ap-
proval of a $56.6 million expansion of
FPL's Palm Beach County waste-to-ener-
gy plant, coupled with a reorganization
of the state's renewable energy agency,
bodes well for a range of reneivables
including solar, biomnass and 'waste-to-
energy. According to the News Service
of Florida, customers of the county-run
plant will pay an additional 71 cents per
month, based on an average energy con-
sumption level of 1,200 kilowatt hours of
electricity. That's slightly less than FPL
ratepayers are paying for 110-megavWatts
of solar energy.
The $350 million, 75-megawatt plant
planned for Babcock Ranch in South-
west Florida would add 11 cents per
month to customers' power bills, but the
state Legislature has failed to expand
the 110-megawatts of renewable energy
projects authorized in 2008. With Gov.
Rick Scott badly needing a victory in his
much-touted jobs campaign. the billions
in venture capital investments being fun-
neled into the rt'table market could
be his best bet,
Perhaps even more promising than a
revitalized Babcock Ranch solar push
- a renewaible standards portfolio bill
didn't even Imake it to the floor of either
house of the I legislature this yeai is
the momentum buildilig for biofiels.
Scott reassigned oversight of the Floridai
Energy and limalte C(ommission from
the governor's office to the Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
led by Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Adam Putnam, who
campaigned on building an ag-based
energy sector in Florida.
Speaking at the groundbreaking of a
bioteed processing plant in I lighlands
County earlier this year, Putnam said his
goal is to eliminate the moving target for
alternative fuel investors, farmers and
pI ocesso.rs. Shifting state policies, fund-
ing and focus stifles investment in the
sector, Putnam said.
Putnam is getting little help in Con-
gress. Congress should focus on job-cre-
ating renewable energy programs.
We trust Scott's reorganization of the
energy office and his staff's discussions
with the PSC on portfolio standards are
designed to improve efficiencies and
streamline decision-making and not a
redux of the dismantling of the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs. Florida is
falling further behind U.S. leaders in
renewable energy, such as California,
Michigan and even New Jersey.
Good-paying jobs in a growing industry
that will help reduce our reliance on for-
eign fossil fuels. Will Florida's leadership
finally figure out the formula?
Sanity in headgear returns
Ten years ago this week, the Chief of
Staff of the Armi- authorized wear of the
beret as the primary headgear for the
Prior to that change, only Special
Forces soldiers and a few others of the
Army's elite were authorized to wear the
beret. In fact, the term "Green B ernt.'"
became synonymous with Special
Forces, and it is possible that SF soldiers
were better known by that nickname
than by their formal designation.
The apparent purpose for putting
ever'bodv in berets was to instill the
concept that all soldiers were the com-
bat equivalent to the Green Berets
Sorry, folks, but life just is not that
simple, or even that fair
You can allow every graduate to wear
the same academic regalia as the vale-
dictorian and the salutatorian, but that
doesn't make every student as smart as
Val and Sal.
While allowing every soldier to wear
a beret might make every soldier feel
as lean and mean as a Special Forces
troop, the actual effect was to denigrate
the prestige of this distinctive headgear
previously reserved for the Army's lean-
est and meanest.
I wrote a column 10 years ago say-
ing that I would never wear a here,
because I did not earn one. (Military
retirees may wear either the uniform
they wore when in the military, or the
current uniform. but may not mix parts
In addition to reinl\ iing the special
recognition crnt~es ld by the w'.iring
of the beret. the change introduced the
challenge of e.rring a typIe of head-
gear which. when worn int rrretll\.
resembles something that an unem-
phlyd lFrench w aiter might wear ,hile
ntigotiatiing services with a lad\ of the
I checked websites of 10 years ago.
and found volumes of information on
the right and wrong ways to wear the
woolen beret, and the importance of
spending hours of training time in-
structing troops in the art of adjusting
the headgear for proper fit.
Excuse me? Hours of training. times
a million or so soldiers, spent on how to
put on a hat?
This week, on the advice of the Ser-
geant Major of the Army by defini-
tion the top enlisted soldier in the A\rmv
- most soldiers will return to srtiiillr
caps with the combat uniform. the kind
that have visors to keep the sun out
of your e\ es and can be thrown in the
% fishingg machine, not taken to the dry
Most soldiers, it appears, found the
black wool beret uncomfortable, incon-
venient, and pointless.
Elite forces SE Rangers, and Air-
borne solders will retain the right to
wear berets of green, tan, and maroon,
respectively, as indeed they should.
They earned it.
The beret now means something
(S. L Frisbie is retired from both jour-
nalism and the military He still enjoys
squeezing into his Class A green uniifornm
for Memorial Day and Veterans Day
programs. But like most retirees, he has
discovered that unrijftii'ms shrink when
left to hang in a closet for months at a
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Is Florida finally ready for renewables?
Young Mulligan Law a fix for kids being stupid
There is this saying: Even a blind
squirrel finds a nut now and then.
And another: Even a broken cuckoo
clock is right twice a day.
To which we could add the less catchy
but still meaningful: Even with the
shortsightedness and political postur-
ing that tends to surround talk of kids
who commit crimes, maybe we got this
Changes in state law, along with simi-
lar forward-thinking efforts already in
place across Florida in cop shops are a
common-sense approach to our young-
est first-time offenders.
It's simple, really: Kids who do some-
thing misdemeanor-level stupid don't
likely face arrest or an arrest record.
Call it the Young Mulligan Law.
The Give-A-Kid-A-Chance Rule.
And it could also save a lot of money,
given that we're talking thousands of
kids a year, if you like practical results
along with the potential for human
So a kid who gets caught, say, drink-
h i '
ing beer, shoving another kid or shop-
lifting won't automatically be arrested.
People who work in our pii 'tIle juiisii e
system will tell you once a kid falls in,
it can be hard to get him out, that it's
a slippery slope once he starts seeing
himself as a criminal.
So instead of handcuffs and a ride
in a police car, a first-time kid-being-
stupid is looking at things like commu-
nity service, counseling and the wrath
of parents, though parents sometimes
have something to do with how we got
here in the first place.
Best case: le's scared straight and
never to be seen again in the juvenile
system. Or in adult court.
How remarkably sensible, particularly
if you were here in the '90s, back when
J.J. Revear was still a little kid getting
arrested again and again, long before he
died of a gunshot wound outside a bar
We heard stories of rampant car
thieves and gun-toting robbers not old
enough to shave thumbing their noses
at us, these savvy young criminals who
knew exactly when their feet would
again hit the street. Politicians beat
their chests and talked tough and got
But this current effort isn't about the
lost ones. It's about the ones that might
not be. Research in I Ill.liin ii li where
a first-time offender program is getting
up to speed ,'uiiti11iide. showed 70
percent of juvenile arrests were largely
for ioin-violent inisdemneanors.
A caveat to our Young Mulligan l.Iaw::
It has to be applied evenly. A private-
school kiduc.itgl i with a beer has to
equal an a urban-school kid caught
with a beer.
I once spent some time watching our
innovative juvenile drug court, where
first-timers with drug-related charges
could get them dropped if they success-
fully made it through a program.
The best moment was always gradu-
ation, with the latest batch of young
offenders watching in the courtroom
looking scared or even stoned.
There were diplomas, applause, tears.
It made you think for at least some of
them, a bad turn maybe got straight-
No one wants to be seen as soft on
crime, not police nor prosecutors and
especially not politicians. Hard-core
plays better with voters, lock 'em up and
throw away the k',.. bury them under
the jail. with no thought to costs, literal
But this makes sense.
This could save money and maybe
a kid or two. 1e.IdllhI. Blind squirrel
Splintered tea party
a weakened force
The Tea Party movement was a potent
political insurgency in U.S. elections
last year, and it is a major presence in
Washington and state capitols today. It
may have a tougher time as an en-
trenched force next year.
The grassroots, .Anti "-.1i1' illll Ill
conservative movement provided the
energy and enthusiasm for the huge Re-
publican gains last November that gave
the party control of the House of Repre-
sentatives. It was driven by the financial
meltdown of 2>'lH the :iclltiii govern-
_nlewnili 0%L'FhelniLrt in thile eY'0oIll. bal-
looning budgi t deficits and a visceral
dislike of President Bair.ick Oba.in,
The Tea Parn 's influence is perva-
sive. "We are the dominant force in
American politics in Washington, state
capitols and at the local level," says
Mark Meckler, co-founder and national
coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, one of
the movement's major oiltshmot,
"The Meirgeis of the times is people
are concerned about the growing size
and intrusiveness of government, oner-
ous regulations and the skyrocketing
national debt," says Sal Russo, the co-
founder and chief strategist for the Tea
Party Express, a leading financial donor
to affiliated candidates.
The Tea Party movement never has
been monolithic, always replete with
factions: the dominant antigovernment
conservatives, social-issues advocates,
au ti -ii ii igi .1 tiIn forces, Nili i-.i1 u,
and others. "There is a wide diver-
gence," says hiar o a Cotner -strat'cgts
for lIni.ld lHeiag. and lack Kemp.
In the 20111 cL'i iltn .1'ppotsition to
, l.ain.it and the t ti t ii ,n1 :.it.1 a i. dI
all the lea Party factions to support
Republicans. Exit Iillir. ,]:.,i>,'is about
two in live voters were Tea i'.II \ sup
porters and six of every seven of these
To remain as elIe.t i e next year. the
movement faces several challenges. On
the national level and in many states, it
has to defend or support the policies of
politicians it helped elect. That is much
harder than micrl\x opprsin'i
And there are multiple fault lines.
One is whether the movement should
focus exclusively on eliminating big
government and reducing debt or
whether it also should take on social
issues such as opposition to ga\ mar-
riage, abortion and gun control.
':\ major divide is between a smaller
:Ioup that -it\ focus on fiscal conser-
vatism and a l v.ici .up t that includes
social conservatives." .i%,\ ludson Phil-
lips. of lT'a Party Nation, who is disdain-
ful of the fiscal issues-only crowd.
That sentiment is returned. le's a
lunatic." ,tx s Meckler, whose Tea Party
Patriots emphasizes the light against
big gi inimiiell "Hle has no tiedibil-
ity in the movement."' Pllps once
sgilcti'ed the solution to illegal immni-
gration was to take a "pliio.iad of un-
documented Workers and "dump them
in 'Somania. tie also was a devotee ot
the anti-Obama birther movement.
On the l'ea Party Patriots' criticism,
Phillips replies, "If I am a fringe Tea
Party person, I'm the higge-t fringe Tea
Party person on thile Internet."
You get the picture.
Even when it comes to economic
issues, there are divisions over priori-
ties between the probusiness elements
and the conservative economic popu-
lists. (Ch, Iles and David Koch, who
own a huge energy\ conglomer.tte, are
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Patie 6A [he l~oIk (2~ oii Iv 1)einocrat June 18, 2011
Evelyn M. Goodman
peacefully passed .'l
away June 8, 2011,
at Good Shep-
herd Hospice in
Born Aug. 28,
1918, in Belling-
ham, Wash., she
moved to Seattle Evelyn Goodman
after iin t, ii g Evelyn Goodman
Clifton R. Good-
man, then moved to Wenatchee, Wash.
She worked as a medical records clerk
for the Wenatchee Valley Clinic. It was
there she met her li il, ,ig traveling
comIlpanioen, Ruth Picket i g. In 1968,
she moved to Mercer Island, Wash.,
working in the billing Illu e at Virginia
Retiring after 37 years, she dedicated
herself to volunteering at the Mercer
Island Thrift Shop until her second
"retirement" in dL1ut Since Jo1t she
had lived in Bartow with her daughter,
Christine M. N11lIlcr and husband. Keith.
Mrs. Goodman was a member of lolv
Trinity Episcopal Church of Barrow.
Besides her enjoyment from volunteer
work, cruising, warm weather, and fam-
ily were iher passions.
She has joined in death with her dear
Gena S. I larkins
lost her battle
with cancer on
15, 2ul1. 1 [
She was born
Gena Sue Smith
in Cairo, Ga. July
30, ulD11 After
gradduaill n from
School in I bl. Gena Harkins
she began a career
with the state of Florida in I.ailah.tioc
which spanned 33 years.
Mrs. I larkins was preceded in death
I i ter mother, Verna P. Smith: her
father, lames W Smith A of C airo. Ga. iand
her sister, Nancy I lore of Iron City, 'Gt.
Survivors include her husband o f-ll
years, Patil I larkins of Bartow: her son,
Will larkins of Charlotte, N.C.; hier
Ollie Edward Hill, 65, passed away
Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Fort Meade
due to injuries sustained in anll autonio-
Mr. Ilill was born Dec. 3,1 l4 I.S in
Double Springs, Ala., and was a liftfhuil,
resident of Fort Meade.
lie was a farmer, and a man who was
known "for his gernciunitl and kindness
to others," a Itutil' spokesman said.
Mr. I lill was also a U.S. Armny veteran,
a member of Fort Meade American
Legion Post 1,2.1, and a Fort Meade H ligh
Survivors iinclide his wife, lane W.
Survivors include her daughters,
T'la\ Anne Goodman Sylvester of Mer-
cer island, Christine Marie Miller and
husband Kcrih of Bartow; a son, Thom-
as Michael Goodman and \v %it. Margaret
oftSii'Iiiinishl Wash.; her gi.ni d ,il.
dren, I Hunter Sylvester, \\ I liiie) Sylves-
ter Sackman and husband Nick, Maryy
Kate Goodman Eaton and husband
Paul, Christopher Michael Goodman,
Frin Marie Curtiss, Capt. Marc Miller
and ifle Marian., Maj. Keith Miller and
wife Darcv, and Nlilissa Friermuth and
husband Kirk: four greal-girandchildlirn,
Taylor, Amanda. l illian, and I)ane; a
brother. Gordan len Adel and wife
Betty; and a niece. Kathleen )Owens aind
husband Gomer of ItllilIL1li.h\i.n Wash.
Memorial service: Saturday, iune
25, at 10 a.m.. at Holy Irinity I pi ,copal
Church in Bartow. Graveside services
will be held at a later date in ,V.llin.-
The f.nt',l requests in lieu of flow-
ers, donations he made to 1Hly 'Trinit\
Episcopal Church of Barrow or Good
Shepherd I hospice.
.\ii.m ;< un,'i-,w \\ lihild 'n Mhi tian
Funeral I lome,. Bartow.
Condolences mat be made Ito (the
fanulV at www.whiddetuncleantlnctall
sister. Sharlon tBandoi l I 'u:,,' I .
Ga.; and mIllatn nices anld .' pI '*
1 ,r 1 those tolched b\ ',: '.v.". Gena.
please know thaI she ,as a '.at i'acc t-
int,. realized that she iiJullih it her wishes
to tie lhe best \' ii' to P'a.i 0motlher to
\\ li and that she is held ; itin t d
eit'tbrac.," her S.t i'x stated.
Memorial ser itc: 'i, Itne 2t. at
3 pi.mlt. I ANs-ociate lI iv *.I I 'iw d l,,1t
ri l Chtitorch, l. iii '.
\ll .Iol,; IIItl lts : \\ Ilntt-IIVd, 1 \1 l f l
Funeral I loett.
IThose ... i-bilm.: to make a memorial
contribution ill her name may do .so
to the Susan G. ( Kontn for ithe (uire at
xwwillnt-kollkno .tnu ,Iltlgl r that
Condoletic's to the ftamil\ may the
made at www.whtddeiimtleatinet'ral
HI ill of Fort Meade: two sons. Travis IHlill
of Fort Meade and lonathan I Hill of Ra-
leigh. N.C.; a Id. ii'lil. Shellie Pawley
of Fort Meade: a brother, limmy I lill
of Fort Meade: four sisters. Sue McRlae
and Willie Mac Sellers, both of Mul-
berry. Gavle Mullins of Lakeland. and
Bonnie HI arbin of Bartow: and three
grandchildren. TaytIn Hill. Michael
Pawley, and Kylee Hlill.
Menlorial service: Suilday.. lune 19.
at 3 p.m.. at I lancock Funeral I loime
Chapel, 9.15 East Broadway, Fort MNeade.
Condolences may be sent to till fatm-
ily at wvIw.hancocktfli.com.
Members of Bartow First United Methodist Church prepare for their Celebrate Jesus mission by
filling door hanger bags with information about the church and First Methodist School, one of
its missions. Some 50 members took part, induding (from left) June Kloster, Troy Whitfield, Mark
Ambrose and Courtney Eckelberger.
Bartow First UM launches
Celebrate Jesus Mission
First United Methodist of Barlow is
. In.li rin. a Celebrate less Mission
A Vi. i, i,. lea otfnine menll, womenll
.and teellns ftom \ a ios churches
Sti,.ijll, .il II Iohlida will come lead the
local church lemibeie ill a week of out-
reach to lthe t oliluilnuty share God's
lo\ e ill practical ways.
lil he \iili,: eattm will share in the 11
a. il. \woiship serve ice on Fatihers lDay.
leaml leader Pat Macliarenl, whose
husband loe firsI experienced Cel-
tcrli IJesus Missions illn ,tllhu 111.1 and
founded the movement in I lorida. will
bring the nit i, .'.,
Ii .. i lile week the team \V II
till home' visitaion' and doing ounleach
to ile' Coiituiuiim\ thtinighli sciv;all
kildli ess t i.'. li 11: l et'ach l e v tle
.;,it- such as hleaiil -lh.il 1 C.hip (Tlips,
cold bottles of walte. ftreee pops and
cookies will be shared freely, llcl to
plra for individual concerns will be
extended and invitations to a I' r Com ll
moittliv Block Part1v on Flidai, lune 241
floill i-8i pill, v Ill be given.
The 'l.' k P'ariv will have lois of tree
food such as pulled pork, hamburg-
ers and hot dogs, fries, beverages and
other treats. The party ,1 ill offer a super
bounce house with climbing wall and
slide, an inlldi.iAbl bungee run, other
games such as minute-to-win-it skill
challenges for youth and children, and
artists. ,ff.i ing face painting and bal-
loon sculptures, and lots of door prizes.
Entertainment includes live music
by a praise band and soloist, interpre-
tive dance ;,i[iiop instrumentalists and
-ii ri ii ll Demonstrations will be
given by the Barow I ire Department
and Barlow Police K-9 units.
"l ri'. hingi is flR'ti. just like God's
love." Pastor Roy Iowe said, and every-
one is invited. The party will he held
on ith e campus surrounding the church
education il'it i' at 455 S. Broadway.
I here will also be a special event for
middle and high school youth only on
Tuesday ev iiii: fromil 6-8:30 p.m. in
thilte church courtyard and annex at 310
For more information contact the
church office. 5 ,-,i,- i.
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Man dies in traffic wreck
A 65-year-old man called his wife
on his cell phone while he and their
grandson were trapped in a pickup
truck after they hit a citrus trailer on
Trask Road in Fort Meade.
And that was probably the last time
Ollie E. Hill and his wife spoke. Hill
died at Bartow Memorial Hospital
Thursday after he had to be extricated
from the vehicle, the Polk County Sher-
iff's Office reports.
At 4:15 p.m., on Thlnu da\ Hill, 65,
of 516 Lake Buffum Church Road, Fort
Meade, was traveling east on Trask
Road, just east of lake Hendry Road
in Fort Meade, in a red 1993 General
Motors pickup truck with an attached
Deputies said Friday they are unsure
why, but the victim apparently entered
into the north side of the unpaved
L oa.i\l'.i, which would nt nmillyv be
used for westbound vehicular traffic.
The pickup hit the front of an
unloaded citrus trailer without a cab
which was properly parked on the
shoulder of the road facing west, the
sheriff's office reports. The truck went
under the trailer and caused the trailer
to move backwards several feet, as well
as several feet north.
The pickup rotated around the front
support arms of the citrus trailer until
it became jackknifed and was f.u i I
northbound, the ,lin ilI s office said.
The sheriff's office does not know how
fast the pii kiip was traveling,
I1 ill was pinned by the steering wheel
and dashboard and his 2 year-old
grandson was in a llhilt seat on the
bench seat beside the driver.
It ill grandson was taken by am-
bulance to Fowler's Market on U.S.
Highway 98 where a 1.11 dinlg area was
set up for a helicopter
across the street from -- -- "
the store. He was ,
flown to Taempa Gen- .. '-B,, L .
eral I hospital where F '
he was treated for his
injuries and released, -
the sheriff's office
After being extricat-
ed fromn his pickup,
Il ill's condition wors-
ened very quickly,
according to the re-
port. I le Ibecatle too
unstable to transport
by air and eventu-
ally died upon arrival
at BarttowN Memorial PHOTO BY BRIAN ACKLEY
I hospital. Fort Meade resident Ollie Hill lost his life Thursday afternoon in this
Inhe accident igIU acddent on Trask Road. His 2-year-old grandson was airlifted to
into the accident is Tampa, but released teh same day.
Albritton: T'Produce a busine-ss cli mate second to none
By PEGGY KEHOE
Freshman state Rep. Ben Albritton
learned some things quickly in his first
"The best thing in Tallahassee is
the people, and the worst thing is the
people," while "the biggest challenge is
the rule book."
Giving an update to the Bartow
Chamber Committee of 100 last i idi,,\.
Albritton said he went to Tallahassee
"with no expectations." One of the
most "proltf'utid moments he had was
when he realized "it's easier to kill a
bill than pass one," but admitted that
"might be a giiod thing." This year's ses-
sion passed one of the smallest number
of bills of any, he noted.
Legislative staffers are "great," Albrit-
ton said, and have a historical perspec-
tive that was especially important with
43 freshman legislators this year.
Albritton, a citrus grower who has
served as chairman of the Florida t. it
rus Commission, focused on business
while speaking to the (Utininiiie of
Regulation and taxation are two
issues that Albritton feels the legisla-
ture did a "very good job" on this year.
These two items are what can attract
business, perhaps from other states, he
Albritton wants to "produce a busi-
ness climate in this state second to
He suggested committee members
check out the Florida Chamber of
Acknowledging that not everyone
would agree on this year's legislation,
Albritton said "I will always be a good
listener, but we may not come to agree-
Legislation that the Wauchula resi-
By DANNY VALENTINE
ST. PrETrRSBURG TIMEs
Gas prices in Central Florida dropped
roughly 33 cents in the past six weeks,
the longest sustained drop in a year.
On Monday, regular gas in Florida
averaged $3.57 per gallon, according to
AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. Gas peaked at
$3.90 in early April.
Prices dropped about 6 cents this
past week and are expected to drop
about the same amount this week, said
Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA..
The downward trend should continue
through the month, boding well for
Fourth of July travel, she said.
Brady said the continued drop is due
dent believes will
help Florida arte
thile elimination of
port security and
SThe state wilf
Sesave tnonev byv
not ,plik int'
Ben Albntton i itl inL g litii '
regulationn of telecointutitanun'aitns
also% vas a good step. he said,
"At\ what point it time should a busti
tiess be dter. g lLited' Albritton asked,
\\ l-n it's I nature, \ hen it's .:, 1is; to
serve the customer best, withen coni-
petition is strong tkeltt:.h 1to s t .w a
More controversial perhaps was the
passage of several grow thl management
hills which gave much of the decision-
making to communities and counties,
\, it relates to a,\.1,,,dih :ne business.
it has ever been as important its it is
today WIhy does it not make sense to
make those decisions locall\.
Competition -keeps costs down and
produces better results." \oit n it comes
to smaller communities versus iT
ones it) I Inrmpt'tiII to attract new bus-
ness, "is there a ,lisa. t'o.:c' Maybe.
Albritton admitted. But "I stil think it's
better" to manage growth issues locally.
(Cotlntiulities then are tIi ee to make
choices of how your community is
going to look in d'e years, 10 years. To
me that is wonderful, that's tilhe way it's
supposed to be."
Albritton also discussed hurricanes
and home insurance.
"We're all supporting a s 4emn that
won't work," he said, referring to Citi-
in part to news that Saudi Arabia will
put out 10 million more barrels per day.
The increase in supply should keep oil
prices below $100 per barrel, which
should keep I mil gas prices going
down, she said.
"Tihe fact that Saudi Arabia decided
to increase output quotas is good news
for consumers," she said in a statement.
Gas prices peaked in April in Polk
County at $3.98 per gallon. Many
experts predicted gas hitting $4 per
Although the drop in gas prices is
welcome relief for drivers, gas is still
nearly a dollar more than it was a year
ago when a gallon of regular averaged
zins insurance. "The state can't afford
it ... We've got to lix this. Rates will go
"We're all [,.i\i ,, for property around
the state." he asserted. "We don't live in
those homes, but we pay for them."
Asked what the alternative would be,
Albrition .,iknv,.lrdged "That's giiing
to be a .lldh-nL:'c If',m can breed
competition in the insurance business,
then you can t those houses' covered.
More insurance cotnpianies Woi0' colmie
in with ( iln., t i in place."
A\llilttoan -ip]' I..ted (the ctitllloVe sial
ttachel blill which includes paetort
timance pai. based on ai three-tear-
avrage Notlhing that both his wife and
lmoitl r-in lliw aire' I' lt.n r i. teachers,
the urged hi, listeners to read the bill for
"1 know education is not exactly the
same as business," Albritton said, but
teachers should "be accountable and
be rewarded ... Not everyone that wants
to be a teacher should be.
"Teachers have to adapt; we have
bigger tL h.dh Lnges tIdai." He also said
teachers need more discipline tools.
Hlls time in Tallahassee was busy.
Usually freshunen are assigned to five
conuiittees: Alhritton was named to
nine. "It was a real honor, but a bit of a
Sh.lhi P,,' "
Albritton's District 66 spans three
counties. n hludiing southeast Polk, all
of l1 ardee (County and a II\ n'i of north-
western HI ighlands County.
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Polk athletes in Senior Games
Florida will be well represented at the
2011 National Senior Games, to be held,
June 16-30 in Houston, Texas, as 496
Floridians have registered to compete
in 17 sports.
The athletes registered to compete
on the national level qualified at the
Florida Senior Games State Champion-
ships, held in December 2010, or at an-
other state championship held during
the 2010 calendar year.
Among the athlilete representing Polk
County at the 2011 National Senior
Games is golfer Mary Borque of Bartow
who shot a record-setting 102 to win
the gold medal and set a new mark in
the 85-89 age group at the 2010 Florida
Senior Games State Championships.
Lakeland's George Tinsley will once
again lace up his sneakers with the
Clearwater Aces 3-on-3 basketball team
in IHouston. 1iinSle~ was a member of
the qualifying team that won a gold
medal at the 2010 Ganmes. The Aces
won a silver medal at the 2009 National
Senior Games in the San Francisco Bay
I li A.i will have its "A-Team" on
hand in Houston as 12 former Athletes
of the Year will be competing as well as
state and national record holders.
A total of 27 Florida athletes will be
competing in multiple sports including
the Florida Senior Games State Cham-
Some Iliiiniel l-irLida Senior Games
State Championships Aithlleti of the
Year traveling to I louston to represent
the Sunshine State include: Roger Gen-
tilhomme, Lillian Webb, 1 toward I lall,
Suzy Niithliiii Sari k i:iiian Dean
Davis, Doris Prokopi, Madelaine "Tiny"
Cazel, Ethel l.ehinann, I Ln lyv Carothers
and Patrice IHirr.
"This shows the determination and
motivation of the Florida Senior Ath-
letes," said Stephen Rodriguez, Florida
Sports Charitable Foundation Vice
President. "Senior athletes in Florida
look forward to the level of competition
at our state championships and the
oippoi tunii\ to advance to the national
level and test their skills against ath-
letes from all over the United States."
Senior athlilei-, 50 and older, repre-
senting Florida are consistently among
the nation's best. At the 2009 National
Senior Games, held in the San Fran-
cisco Bay area, more than 380 thlilie-,
earned a total of 185 medals. It was
the second highest total of any state,
behind the host state of California.
Local senior games qualifying events
resume in September for ailletI", to
qualify for the 2011 Florida Senior
Games State Championships to be held
Dec. 3-11 in I',lk County
This is the first time the Games have
been held in Polk County since 2002.
The 210ib-2011 Games were held in Lee
County and the City of Cape Coral.
Davis drafted by Astros,
but roots stay with Auburn University
By J. ROY ROWLAND IV
When the last name Davis comes to
mind in Lake Wales, the first name that
pops into many minds is Wade Davis.
Wade was drafted out of Lake Wales
High School in the third round. But
there is another Davis who has made a
name for himself on and off the field.
From his blazing speed on the bases
to his athletic arm from the outfield,
Colton Davis has played the game of
baseball since he took that first swing
off the tee in Little League to his final
cut this past season as a Lake Wales
Highlander. Baseball is truly his game.
But the game won't stop for him in
Lake Wales as he will take his talent to
Auburn, Alabama to play for the Tigers
in the fall.
He started played at five years old
at the Lake Wales l.iule League Fields
where the bat he was using was bigger
than he was. But around age eight, the
competiveness side came around as he
started to play year round AAU Baseball
with the Lake Region Thunder travel
team. Davis, played with the Thun-
der until he entered high school and
had won two State Championships.
Entering high school, Davis made a
impact playing with his older brother
Jared who was a senior on the team.
As a freshman, Davis started behind
the dish and took over the day to day
Marco Dawson, JJ Corbett, Ricky Joe
McCormick, Jerry Johnson and P. Scott
Linder will be inducted into the into
the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Polk County All Sports Awards
is at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the
Lakeland Center, 710 E. Lime Ave.,
The Polk County All Sports Awards
and Hall of Fame induction ceremony y
began in 2000 when Polk County Sports
Marketing wanted to create a ceremony
to honor athletic talent from Polk
"We have been doing this for many
years and there is never a shortage of
talent to recognize in Polk county, said
Mark Jackson, Director of Tourism and
Sports Marketing for Polk County.
Dawson is a former Florida Southern
golfer. JJ Corbett was a track and field
catching role. lHe batted .317, and was
a member of the regional quarterfinal-
ist team that year. .\lihLuigh the '.tar.ing
catcher position followed him to his
sophomore year, a move to the iiutn-ld
was his tit. its ba.iing .nI L. gc of. 1li-I.
with 16 stolen bases out of 19 attempts,
and st II ing 35 times from the leadoff
position gave him second team ill
Davis, who showed ll.1ihc, of his 6.6
speed on both I region Field and High-
lander Hill showed c\ en uernte Iomething
last weekend that no other Polk Conunrv
pl.e\ r had accomplished for 2.' 11
Every high school pl.i %r someday
wants to pl.i% at the next level of com-
petition and for Davis he has had to
make some pretty tough decisions this
Last weekend :n.n\ til the top
high school and college pla.ier'. were
selected in the 2011 Major I iaguei
Biaebaill first year player draft I .vis,
who batted .-%-%i ithl 37 stolen bases
from the il.udo t spot, was drafted by
the Hlouston Astros with the loth pick
in the 50fl round.
As of the press deadline, Davis is
stickingg to pla\ ing for Auburn Uni-
vrsiti in the fall along with former
Hlighlander teammate and roommate
"I expect to work hard for the next
four years, and compete for a ,tarting
position right awa% Davis stated,
athlete, Rick\ Joe Mtc( rmick was a
water-skier, Jerry Johnson was a Florida
Southern basketball pl.%ci and P Scott
Linder will be inducted into the I lHall of
Fame as a Community ('ntiiiilniiih for
to Polk Counti
Since 2000, the ceremony has turned
into a full-scale awards banquet not
only honoring local high school ath-
letes, but major stars in professional
sports that hail from Polk County.
Throughout the festivities 10 awards
are also handed out to athletes in
specific categories such as Profes-
sional Athlete of the Year and Male and
Female Team of the Year among mn. ny
For information or to buy tickets to
Polk County's higges, night of sports,
contact Polk County Sports Marketing
For Davis his
junior year is
what landed his
the deal with
Auburn this past
November as he
joined two other
\% ill Il.1 il the
SEC next fall.
One g.init' is all
that it took for
Link larrett to see
what impact pos-
,il', Davis could
make at Auburn.
Slih gl.im' .iagain't
Davis, who was drafted by the Houston Astros last weekend will stick
playing for Auburn University this upcoming fall. Shown signing with
Auburn is Davis, along with mother Lisa, father Bill, and sister Moriah last
November on National Signing Day.
the highlight as
Davis showed his
:pe''d on the base paths with three
stolen bases and how much of a bat he
had ollti ting three hits in four plate
Before that game, Davis had not re-
ally had .nvithing brewing as his senior
year was .iipiihiniii.
His junior year rolled around and he
showed off a little bit of his speed at the
lead -oll spot stealing 33 times out of 35
.ittet ipi,. where he scored 42 runs from
the leadoff spot.
Davis, who is a dual sport divi-
sion one athlete both for football and
baseball was a four year starter for the
I highlander baseball team. Davis had
also been offered a football scholarship
from Northern lllmni.. but decided
to play baseball instead. Davis is also
a 4-year letterman of the Highlander
Football team, where he added all-state
honorable mention last year. lie will be
the third generation fnmnil\ member to
attend Auburn University, following his
father, inothei and g-r.ntlf.uler
Davis was just recently this week
selected to the All County second team
as an outfielderr.
He is the son of Bill and Lisa Davis,
and a 2011 graduate of Lake Wales High
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One day of rain won't do much
Polk gets 1-2 inches
By JEFF ROSLOW
The day after the Polk County Com-
mission ruifitd a burn ban, citing
there was not any rain in the forecast
for the foreseeable future, parts of Polk
County got about up to two inches of
rain Wednesday afternoon. There were
reports of hail, too.
However, it hasn't done ,an thing for
the dry weather. Parts of eastern Polk
County are in a moderate drought con-
dition while other parts of the county
aren't as dry. However it's still going to
be very hot out there.
"Most of northwest Polk County
is not in a ditoght but east of Fort
Meade is in a moderate di mught Bob-
by Deskins, the morning meteorologist
at WTSP-TV, said. Hie added Lakeland
set a record Wednesday for its hottest
day for June 15 with a temperature of
99 degrees. The record was set in 2010
at 98 degrees.
But Wednesday's shower will prob-
ably only help firefighters for about one
"Today may be slow but by tomorrow
or over the weekend we'll be back at it
again," said Polk County Deputy Fire
Chief Mike Linkins on Thursday.
He said the short rainfall Wednesday
afternoon works in two ways. After
many days with no rain a film of oil is
left on the roads and a storm can leave
the roads slick and increase accidents.
At the same time the rain makes the
gu.nes wet so it can suppress brush
fires, but it: will dry up again in one to
two days and the situation will return
to where it was.
. According to the National Weather
Service, Lakeland got between one and
two inches of rain and two inches were
recorded north of Fort Meade and lake
There was another factor, too, with
Wednesday's storm: the lightning,
Linkins said through Tltiin sl.% there
have been 4 I brush linI s in hune in Polk
County and Wednesday's rainstorm.
which had plenty of lightLi ing with it.
may have been the cause of perhaps
Wednesday, but st
seven of them. He said reports are not
done yet, so that was a guess.
There was a 10-acre brush fire
Wednesday east of Eagle Lake and the
Bartow Fire Department sent a tanker
and the lDivision of Forestry responded.
Some houses were nearby, but there
was no damage, Linkins said.
Linkins added there was one brush
tire in Polk City Wednesday
afternoon and a grass tire
in Mulberry that could have
been due to the lightlnlin g
but it was premature to say
The burn ban for unin-
corporated portions of Polk
County remains in effect. It
will be suspended for luly
3-4 for fireworks displays.
However, in the meantime,
Linkins wants to remind
people that this dry weather
can cause things to hap-
pen that normally don't. For
instance, he said, brush tires
could start from someone
throwing a cigarette out the window or
from an overheated catalytic converter.
One day of rain won't do Mnuch to help.
"We need sustained rain; something
where it rains every afternoon or one
good long soaking rain," he said. "A
nice tropical depression wouldn't be so
bad right now."
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HI COUNTY REPORT
Scott stands behind his citrus cutting decisions
By CLINTON BURTON
L S'11 1 1) Speaking at a meeting of
the Florida Citrus Commission in I.ee
County WVdctW'.lav. Gov., iick Scott
tried to a.,Si.igL a full house of grow-
ers and their concerns that a i-cciih
signed bill making sweeping changes
to the Department of Citrus would be
detrimental to the industry.
The provisions of SB 2122 signed
into law May 26 that have the citrus
industry up in arms include a cap on
citrus box taxes that fund advertising
by the Florida Department of Citrus.
Growers also are unhappy w itii the
hill's reduction of the citrus commis-
sion's 12-person panel to a nine-menm-
ber board by reducing the number of
citrus districts. Growers have expressed
concern that the reduction would
mean less representation for the citrus
industry in Tallahassee.
The bill also ended the term of all
current commissioners as of July 1 and
allowed Scott to appoint the nine new
The commission also will limit the
department's executive director to a
four-year term and make the appoint-
ment subject to Senate confirmation.
Signing the bill is not the only shot
the citrus industry has taken from Scott
this year. Before signing the state's
$69 billion budget last month, Scott
vetoed $2 million in funding to conduct
research to fight the IHLB disease, also
known as citrus greening.
Growers had lobbied hard for the
state money for research into citrus
greening, a bacterial disease that could
devastate commercial citrus got it ngi
in Florida. The veto forced the state
citrus commission to shift money from
its critical m.iiketing budget and other
sources to help pay for research.
Speaking to a luncheon for invited
guests and media at the Coconut Point
reCxanuie thent in the future
Gov. Rick Scott speaks with citrus growers at the Florida Ctrus Mutual 2011 annual con
I lvatt hotel in Estero. Scott defended
his ; lih.in:, the i itus Conmmission.
The bill was introduced by state Sen. Ill
Alexander. R-l.ake Wales, at the end of
thile hlgisl.i li t session.
A citrus I.itm cL himself. Alexander
has refuted claims that the bill was not
properly vetted. s.t iLx g he discussed
the l.gis.latiini with citrus industry
leaders a month before it was intro-
A.\mliilg other thing the bill includes
a cap on state per-box citrus taxes.
which fund thile marketing activiitis of
theilt Florida Department of Citrus. and,
increases leg;istl. ir x sr sight of the de-
partment and its $5..7 imillhnii biutdrt.
On lui'sil.i\ Scott reappointed !'I.-
of the current commissioners and ttwo
new ones, including Michael W. Ilay-
cock, vice president of operations for
Scott said i\VliUicLd.i\ that h
spoken to Alexander about thi
Alexandcl was % killing, to re'con
son0e aspects of tile IIsl1 i4iutl
I liQ state is :pin;g to contiOu
what is best for the 1 Ii1lt iilliu
citrus industry, he said.
ili- till made progress oi
the citrus commission should
there are always areas where y
improve. Scott said.
Commissioner Martin McKe
of the commissioners reappoil
Scott. ackinowhi d:cl that flap
til the last month h.1-,o't been
"1 think it's had the impact o
ing our industry closer togriti
Conunissioner Jesse "lay" Clar
was also reappointed by Scott.
realize the sii-,wnu .m t and imn
of being united and hii\illgt a v
l'ilaialia v,',,' will our political leaders
ilup lher. We, like to talk in one single
voice in ll alha ,Ii'', ,so I hlope the in-
pacrt (haw" us H ctosefr h .4 'l 1I"
lin dlife'idiing his faction, Scott told the
ctii nus coninii'sionersi there was a lot to
look at in trying to make the right deci-
sions for the state.
I 11 t- were :3,0:(i lines in the budget
and you have to go through the lines
and try to allocate the money as best
that you can and figure out where you
are g.i ig to get the biiggest return," he
- said. "I'm going to continue to look at
| that because I know it is an issue for
't he Florida citrus industry says it
employs nearly 7).uiJUJ. people, creating
a $9 billion annual economic impact.
Citrus gr,,% ing covers about 875 square
miles in the state.
we've e done a very good job for our
counties," he said.
AP PHOTO Scott said the state's focus on educa-
tion and Medicaid reform, as well a
new requirement for drug testing for
welfare applicants and a cut in prop-
e had erty and business taxes, are positives
le ,il and for all of Florida.
isider Scott touted decreased unemploy-
lil: ment numbers as an indicator of the
ie to do success of his administration, but
Si, lll.ir repeatedly skirted the quie',ltiL about
policies to aid sniruggling rural counties.
n where Afterward, Florida Citrus Mutual's
go but Director of Communications Andrew
ou can Meadows said the commission accom-
plished its goal of making the governor
'nna. one aware of its concerns, but he was un-
nted by sure of what the results would be.
over tie The point of this imecting was to
1 pleas- communicate our di,,.aptoinltmeut.
work with him in the future and get
if draw- him to understand that we are a power-
i said fill economic engine in thile state," he
k. who said.
importance ltnI'nw ianir' fn Tlh Associaited
trice in '.rss was used in this srorY.
Confused by sunscreen claims? There's help on the way
By LETITIA STEIN
Si P, l II siR,, TtM&S
Navigating the sunscreen aisles at
your local store should soon become
less confusing under a new federal
labeling program announced Tuesday.
The long-awaited plan aims to make
it clear which products offer the best
protection against not only sunburn,
but also potentially deadly skin cancer
and premature aging.
Set to take effect in summiner 2(12,
the plan also would forbid in'leading
descriptions such as "waterproil" .'ind
"sweatproof" that expert, sany might
have consumtners wrongly thinking
they need only apply tlie product once
Among the highlights:
*'[he familiar SlF (Sun Protection
i:iclor) nutiiber will stay on bottles,
as an indicator of prolecliou against
sunburn. Hul only products meeting
strict testing standards can claim to
offer "broad spectrum" protection
against rays linked to skin cancer and
Produces intended for water use
will have to siate that they are merely
"water resistant" and only for a
Products that don't offer at least
SPF 15 and broad-spectrum protec-
tion will have to warn consumers:
"This product has been shown only to
prevent snblurn. not skin cancer or
early skin aging "
"It's long overdue." said Dr. Neil
Fenskv. chair If the department of
dei ntatilolgy at the Universitv of
South I lorida. of the new regulations,
"Tihis is very good common-sense
Information tor both manufacturers
anil the public."
)ln hi.ils at the U.S. Food and Diug
Adminiistration say there's more to
Sli he also want to cap the maximum
SI- v'aliue at 50-plus, since tilev have
no proof ihat higher numbers really
provide greater protection. Though
the SPF system is familiar, it's not
ltiadily understood; for inianIie, it is
not true that SPF 100 lotion is etllect e
twice as long as SPF 50( products.
And ilhe government will study the
safety of spray-based sunscreens, con-
cerned about how much gets inhaled
and whether enough lands on tilh skin
to protect users,
"We're worried hmi.n some people
may just take a brief spray of them-
selves and reallyy not be applying the
amount of sunscreen that you need to
be putting on." said Dr. Janet Wood-
cock, director of the FDA's entertr
for Drug Evaluation. "We would t ge
consumers with all aerosol products
to make sure they don't breath them
in. especially children."
'The new guidelines emphasize the
growing interest in helping consumers
to understand and to protect them
selves against two types of harmful
sun rax s.
Along with visible light, the sun
gives off ultraviolet light that we can't
One kind, UVB. is primarily respon-
sible for sunburn. Protection from
UVB is what people have been buying
when the\ select sunscreen by its SPl'.
But SPI doesn't address the longer
lays known as I IVA light, which pen-
etrate the skin more deeply, contribut-
ing to wrinkled and le.ithel y skin. UVA
is also associated with melanoma, the
most dangerous skin cancer, and lint.
most common cancer for adults in
"Righti now, sunscreens are very
misleading. because people think if
they Itiuy a sunscreen witll a real high
SPF value, that it gives them protec-
tion against all the daulmaging i.\
of the sun," said Michli.l I lansen, a
senior scientist at Consumers Union,
* I hiv don't realize that SPF really just
refers to 1Vlil."
While he praised the FDA's stan-
dards as a step forward. Hansen said
some of the new testing requirements
don't go far enough., I claim "bhioad
spectrum" coverage, he noted, compa-
nies will submit data from laboratory
testing. But they won't have to do
another test on people of different
skin types that would show how well
the product protected them.
Such a test was part of a 2007 FDA
proposal, Hansen noted, one that
called for a four-star system to rate a
sunscreen's UVA protection level. But
regulators dropped the star system
out of concern that it would prove too
confusing to consumers.
Instead, the govei iunent will use a
simple statement as to whether sun-
screen offers broai d spectrum" pro-
tection. Regulators said the amount
of protection required tor broad
spectrum designation will be linked
to the SPF number on the bottle so
for instance, a SPF '15 sunscreen can't
offer weak UV'\ protection.
Sunscreen industry leaders, who
were critical of tl' star s s'.teum. hailed
liiesdi\ 's announcement as a public
"The FDA has finally acknowledged
the important role that sunscreens
play in piotecting against skin cancer
and premature aging due to the sun."
said Farah Ahiiiied, chair of the sun-
screen task force for the Peisonal Care
Products Council, noting that prod-
ucts now can highlight these benefits
in the drug facts box.
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June 18, 2011
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If you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at 863-533-4183.
All phone number area codes are 863
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For information or questions, call
533-4183 and ask for ].R0ltushr or Peggy
Wednesday, June 22
Green Industries Best Management
Practices Certrifticl.ion 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.,
Polk County Extension office, 1702 U.S.
Highway 17-98 South, Bartow. 519-8677.
Course registration is $25 or $15 for Polk
Monday, June 20
Florida Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland,
at Tiger Bay meeting, 11:30 a.m., $15 for
members, $25 for non-members. Peace
River Country Club, 150 Idlewood Ave.,
Tuesday, June 21
Pianists Morris Guthery and Carol
Sharp and vocalist George Morris at
Golden Age Club End of Year Indoor Pic-
nic, $2 in lieu of covered dish or dessert,
citizens 55 years of age and older. noon-1
p.m. Bartow Civic Center main audito-
rium, 533-1091. 412-1006.
Saturday, June 18
Juneteenth Celebration, ',an il 1.i1\.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Talent Show, Hlorseshoe
Tournament, Talent Show and Gospel
Fest. Includes a bounce house and water
slide, games, health fair, free IllV test-
ing, face painting by Kate, Crystal World
of Dance, W\SI I Radio 14190 AM Station
live broadcasting, DJ from iTanpa .C.
a horse show by the I ritlint'g Rangers,
Polk County Extension Master Gardeners,
Adult Wobble Contest and Cater-2-You
Horseback Riding. Over the r,nntdhi Gate-
way, under the overpass on Polk Street
and ( hhilds Avenue, 51,1 ii'IH
Saturday, June 18
Pix and Popcorn at the I ilr.t), "Gno-
meo and Juliet" ',klsi. 2 i0 I O30 p.m.
Bartow Public Ibrari, 2150 S. Broadway,
Saturday, June 18
Paws to Read, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway, 534-
Monday, June 20
Bartow Bash Summer Camp begins,
7:30 a.m. For children who have com-
pleted kindergarten through age 12 at
Carver Recreation Center. 7:30 a.m.-5:30
p.m. Fee for Bartow residents is $75 plus
tax and for non-residents $85 plus tax. A
$15 plus tax per-week per-child deposit
is due to hold the spot in camp. Register
at the Parks & Recreation office, Bartow
Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Monday-
Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The registra-
tion form and packet are available at the
department website (www.cityofbartow.
Monday, June 20
Computer Class, Introduction to Grant
Seeking, 1-3 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway. 534-0131.
Tuesday, June 21
Terrific Tuesday, Ice Cream Memory,
10:30 a.m., Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland,
Tuesday, June 21
3-5 year-old Story Time, 10-10:45 a.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
Tuesday, June 21
6-8 year-old Story Time, 2-3 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
Wednesday, June 22
Wacky Wednesday, Fruit Kabobs, 10:30
a.m. $7 per person, Explorations V Chil-
dren's Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave.,
Wednesday, June 22
Linda Chancey, storyteller, Cracker
'lesr, 10:30-11:30 a.m, Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S, Broadway. 531 I-o I 1.
Wednesday, June 22
[i .d. aping w% ih Native I'lints work-
shop and plant sale, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn
what native plants work well in Ii'lk
County. Polk's Nature Discovery Center,
Circle B Bar I 4IwLit \ r. 4399 \\ Inite lake
Thursday, lune 23
Mother/Dtaughter Book Discussion
Group, 4-5 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, 534-0131
Thursday, June 23
Thrilling I hursda\ Can't elie\ e My
Eyes, It .It, a.m. Explorations V Children's
Museum, 1I9 N. Kentucky Ave.. Lakeland.
Thursday, June 23
Sa;ip ing ;ilugI.iiu Write Ike A l'i'
Taught by lean Re lynolds, a Ph.D). from
USE 3:15--I I. p.Lm., S5 donation '..V.II
ed for each class. The Center for PIrsonal
Growth, 151 Second Street S.W\.. \\1 ii.
Ilaven, w%% '% i brt i ,h I '.lg,| i orl Reg-
ister by e-mailing ballwomltiaol.com
or call 299-9070. www.\VriIte 'withlan.cimt
for ll1 rr ti.lt '11
l'rlila,. June 24
i'l.i ts fort a Flih i. I n ,ii. Yard,>
Lunch and Learn workshop, n1100n-l '
Preregistration is required. 1 akeland
Electric Adminis'ationai iuh i 01 i
Lemon St.. l akelaind
Friday, lune 24
Fun Friday. Sunset Cityscapes 0:30
a.m.-noonl. explorations Vt (nI,.lhn,
Mtusetini. 109 N. Keniticky Ave,. I akelund.
Friday, lune 24
i iti Bear." Movies on the 1Iwn. 8:30-
ish p.m., free. On the northwest corner o(i
\\ ilin Avenue and Main Street. B~ii tow.
Saturday, June 18
MN1I I information session, II a.m., new
36-credit-hour MSIl program. USF Poly-
technic, 3.133 Winter Lake Road, lake-
land, 667-7000 or infioi" pol uns etldu
Monday, June 20
Bartow City Commission, 5 30 p.m.
work session, 6:30 board meeting. 130 N.
Wilson Ave. 53.1-01110
Tuesday, June 21
Commissioner James F Clements town
hall nceling. 6i 30 p.m. Barlow Civic Cen-
ter, 22n0 S F'loral Ave.
Wednesday, June 22
DCA Growth Management Implemen-
tation Regiioniil Workshop. by Central
Florida and East Central liorulia Regional
Planning Councils, 1:30-5 p.m. Orlampa
Conference Room at liil:tiy of Flight at
Exit 44 off Interstate 4. Go north on SR
559 to 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E., Polk,
City, 534-7130, ext. 130.
Saturday,, June 18-Friday, June 24
The Alzheimer's Association, Florida
Gulf Coast ('hlipl'i, two-week Caregiver
Training Series, 2:30- 4:30 p.m., free.
I lawthorne Inn, 6150 Lakeland I lighlands
Road, Lakeland. 1-800-772-8672, 292-
Money from the Masons
PHOTO BY CHERYL BATES
Worshipful Master Emmett Purvis of Tuscan Lodge #6 Free and Accepted Masons presented a
check Wednesday to Dixie Shivler, executive director of the Church Service Center, to help with
the upkeep of the center on Summeriin Avenue. With them are Masons Ken West (in green) and
I uedal. June 21
Medicare help. 10 a..-n noon, receive
help on accessing and util:i.'mi. Medicare,
Barlow Public l ibratry. 21'o S, Broadway,
531 i0l it.
IlI1 I lil)ON
Saturday, lune 18
I Il- Peace Creek laptisti lnI hIt Youth
Grotp donations only yard sale. 8 a.m.
Seven eral Youth )l'.1iniii.: to attend a week
at Word of Lifte Youth Camp in I Hudson
this sunlmer and have been vi. ,"' inh
to Iri their .t ;iiirIIi .n fees :hrr ,u lhi
\arinmis fundraisers. Peace Creek Hl.il listi
CItnch. .i70 Statte Road 60 I.. Bar tow,
Satunlay, lune Ill
intention l1,1i .t .1 d ,P 1, riday. I
pi.m. "amituday, ; includes all meals,
Ihlis is a day Il II; itetleal patterned after
the itnensive eight- and ti i.iV ietveats
spolt)nsreil b Conltelmplative Outreac'h.
Saint l' iblerCs Celtic Christian Churnch,
221 S ,i
Monday lJune 20
Vacation lilhIc School 'l L. Panda-
Mania Where God is Wild abloul You!
4ort hhldlin age- ili'iigh lifth glade.
VBS 9 a..-n11001oo l!iReii,it lioi forms are
available in the church office and online
at www fpIl.,kelaiid k il' get connected/
chil- First Presbyterian Church, 175 lake
I lollingiw orlih Drive, lakeland. 686-7187.
Wednesday, June 22-Sunday, June 26
Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. Satur-
day, 10 a.in.-2 p.m.. Sunday i(i a.m.-1
p.m. The recipe at the \H "Shake It Up
Cafe" includes heaping helpings ul Bibl.
fun and special i% \ ings of creative crafts,
seeing mission work in progress, food
science and music. Mcleod Memorial
Presbyterian Church, 695 W. Stuart St.,
Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19
Polk County Sunshine Games, Lake-
land Center. 710 E. L ime Ave.. Lakeland.
Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19
World Amaieur Baseball Association -
Florida Cup. More than 30 10U-18U base-
hall e'all.s fim1r across Florida. Chain of
I akkes Ball Park. Winter I laven.
Saturday, June 18
Had Cata i \ i iting Pride \\li-lin1
Camp. More than 250 participants ex-
pected to compete. The lakeland Center.
710 F. Lime Ave.
Saturday, lune 18
Peak Performance junior Golf Tourna-
ment, 9 a.m.. $15 per player, includes
nine holes, lunch, organized a.gc divi-
sions. lake Bess Golf Club, 218 Golf Aire
Blvd., \ n'i Hlaven. 514-0711.
Tuesday, June 21
Polk County All Sports Awards. Five
athletes to be inducted into Polk County
Sports Hall of Fame, 6:15 p.m., Lakeland
Center, 701 E. Lime Ave. 551-4750.
iIOUS. For your convenience, we slay open until 7 p.m. on
Thursday, and Saturday hours are back too, 8 a.m. to noon.
1OIlSM Yes, we do horses! Equine wellness services
available, haul in or we can schedule a barn call.
AClliP CTIIa Dr. Shank is one of the few
veterinarians in all of Florida to be certified for both
small and large animal acupuncture, which often can help -
a wide variety of chronic illnesses and conditions.
The Polk County Democrat Page 11A
uJ ne 18 2011
Crickettes hear about medical program
By LINDA CULPEPPER
Crickette Club members heard .6A
a presentation from Donna Davis, .
director of development with A -
Woman's Choice Medical Program "-
for Women, on Mrond\'k. June 6. "'
Davis represents a ministry health -
program to guide young pregnant
women in their decisions regarding
Birthda 's are always a time of
monthly celebration for the Crick-
ettes. June birthday Crickettes hon-
ored were Mai)ry Ann Hlarrell, Betty
Jo Wilson, Janice Sylvain and ('ecita "I'
Club members had delicious
apple and fruit turnovers provided
by Jennifer Sturgis from Semco Inc. PHOTO PROVIDED PHOT
and Emily Clark from Spath Jewel- Crickette Club members heard from Donna Davis, rHo
ers. the director of development with A Woman's Choice Crickettes celebrating June birthdays were (from left) Mary Ann Harrell from M
Medical Program for Women. Here she is with Crick-
ette President Emily Clark.
mystery sold out at Stanford
Dinner gets islehiol with the pre- Gucsts nma\ dress in the style ot the
sensation of"lewLC ot ili Nile," written pl.1 ,s (line,. thie I 4t10 s.
by PW Perry, on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the mi ster\ dinner are ;i.
June 24 and 25, at .iWt p.m. at The and re-servations are required, -t.ii,,.; is
Stanford Inn. limited. Part of the proceeds % it i:, to
Saturday's event is sold out, but tick- tihe t'Fort Meade Chamber of tconutirce,
ets remain for Frid.t. 's ;' .t' ,\. dinner. Call ."'. t.' ; fi11"I ti r intlormati
Jo Wilson, who is retired: Janice Sylvain, Southwest Fonida Water Management District; and
Cedilia Speight, the Florida Department of Transportation.
Ticr' 13(11 Nflakcr changeCs
it. h I' Seth \>h ke'el. I laIkerand,
is schetl0Id ) e (l'Caker al Mon-
d.t', s iger 1 1:. In tting. a .! .:, froln
the psirtiousl scheduled speakeLr
Ml, K '* i il i' 'I in place oIf StI,
il' Alexander. |-laike W\ales. who was
ii till all '.tlpl) ed to p.lk bunt can-
t rlh il lint't i,\ !light \i keel previously
nmodenicd the h ,.;It .unv session with
the I ,, ,,i i ,I[I i tlurc ll illn Hallow after
IJnetnlownent dr(os. Polk steady I sV"cation B'
St'AH' +ANO) WVR RtiisI
Florida's unemployment rate fell to
10.6 percent in Ma\. the lowest since
The jobless rate was 10.8 percent in
,Apin and peaked in December at 12
Florida's total nonagricultural em-
ployment in May was 7.2 million, an
increase of 28.11001 jobs from April,
"Today's announcement that un-
employment continues to drop and
businesses continue to add thousands
of jobs shows that Florida's economy
is moving in the right direction," said
Agency for Workforce Innovation Direc-
tor Cynthia R. Lorenzo.
According to officials from Polk
Works, the unemployment rate in Polk
County for the month of May was at
10.8 percent, the same as the previous
month. That was a decrease of 0.9 per-
centage point from the rate the region
posted in the same month last year. In
May 2011, Polk County's unemploy-
ment rate was 0.3 percentage point
higher than the state rate of 10.5 per-
cent and 2.1 percentage points above
the national rate of 8.7 percent.
Out of a labor force of 274,493, there
were 29.ti74 I itlltIi.lm 'd Polk county
residents, local. i1lii i itl added. Florida
remains one of tihe hardest hit slates in
the national when it comlles to tuneill
ploymient. About ,it l itnp it p li. still
remain unii emllploiyed inl the state. lhati
iinUitw br would be much Itil t i it it
included workers who have stopped
l ikilt for wotk or others who worlk
part time but would like to be fully
employed. Ilhe national unemploymllent
rate for May was 9.1 percent.
I hI industry dininging tile most jobs in
Florida compared to May' 2010 was let-
sure and hospitality,. up by 45.100 or 4.9
percent. Other industries ,.it in jobs
include private education and health
services (up 24., 10ti jobs or 2.3 percent):
trade, transportation, and utilities (up
10. -ol) jobs or 0.7 percent). and profes-
sional and business services (up (..tlit
jobs, or 0.6 pi' (u tI'
Industries that lost jobs since May
of last year include .ti \c iIit ii (down
4 -,0t1 jobs or 3.6 percent): construc-
tion (down 14 Ion1 jobs or 4.1 percent):
information (down 4,700 jobs or 3.5
percent); financial activities downl
1,300 jobs or 0.3 percent); and malnl-
f.cil i ti tl (down 900 jobs or 0.3 percent.
Saltwater fishing free this weekend
TtIl AssOcIATrI) Pt:Ess
Saltwater fishing will be free in
Florida this weekend to honor fathers
and their families.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission on Wednesday
announced no license will be required
Saturday and Sunda,. which is Father's
'The commission's executive director,
Nick\\ iy, said officials hope Florid-
ians whole Ilaven't wet a line in a while
will take the opportunity to reconnect
with the sport.
Wiley called Florida "the fishing capi-
tal of the world."
The sport contributes more than $4.5
billion to Florida's economy every year.
I> l ir Iour )iutih \' illth iiin .':;:,.'
,\'om il C khh! j ,t'lc fr' *1 '.r0110
iht'tlhfia'tH. io .'top by ou ,h:u c i
I Souri': : .'.,, t .'- i.. Harmou: or cf ll
5.U-.S -i', a (IHd sk' fir Piy' 1 Kel'(
Mcl cod Menmorial PI't'sbyhe-
lian ( 1111h ch inviles all 1tilhi'ii to get
cooking at Shake It ti p Calt': \ih lKids
S'Carry Out old's s Recipe. Flrom lune 22
'ti kids can explore and experience
recipes tor li in. out (God's \\'ord. It
begins\Vednesday 1i6! with a ki. kolt
registration dinner. Wednesday through
Friday sessions will be from 6-8 p.m.:
Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and end-
ing Sunday from l'' a.m.- 1 p.m.
TIhe recipe at Mcl cod's cafe includes
"I' .Ipililc helpings of ihl' tfuni and
Alexander cancelled his appearance
The men1lin'g is at 11 11 a.m. Mon-
day. June 21' at the Peace River Country
Club. l I, \\. Idlewood Ave., Bartow.
Lunch is $15 for members and .25 for
lo RSVP call 604-616-1 or send one
ble School time
special servings of creative ., I.li..
sceillg actIlal mission work inl pi.
ess. food science. aind great 11ttsic,' a
spokesman said. t hbe a part of Shake
It lIp Cafe call 533-5433 or visit www.
BarltowMMIPC.coim or on Facebhook.
Mcl cod Memorial I'reshylerian lChurch
is at 695 W\. Stuart St.. BarltTo.
Vacation Hit'le School at Rarlow First
llnited Methodist Church is set for Sun-
day. June 26, tlhOii li Tihursday, lune
30. from 5li :i p.m.
This is a free event for 3 year olds
thrttiji fifth grade students.
First United Methodist is at 455 S.
Broadway. For more information, call
the church at 533 ~ ,Ill1.
Please join us at the
GATEWAY COMVIrviUNITY CELEBRATION
wh..... Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
wh ..o.. Polk St. and Hwy. 60 Underpass, Bartow
Meet the Polk County Extension's Master Gardeners
and learn more about:
Maintaining a beautiful landscape
Saving water the Florida-friendly way
a", .* Reducing fertilizer and pesticide use
Win a drought-tolerant plant!
f , Please call (863) 533-1773
Presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension's Florida Ya.rd\ Neiqhborhoods Pioqrami oordin.ator
Sponsoring Organizations: W i .iiuivhw Intii Ptirt Ma. i sti',-i a.tiow, In Bartow CRA, Greater Bartow
(C .imber, and the Peace River w.i.iii .lid l I Wf thi' Soulthwi til Hoiiid.i W.Alt MI n.i. 'ii 1 110111 istrJit.
June 18, 2011
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By BILL RETTEW JR.
During.Tuesday's meetings starting
at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, commissioners
are primed to make several decisions
effecting residents for the next several
years. The regular meeting starts at 6:30
collection could go to weekly
Public hearings and final readings recycled is up and that two collection Only present customers with their
to cut trash removal to one day per days per week for refuse will no longer power cut off will face a deposit for the
week and to charge a deposit for some be needed. average amount of a single month's
electric users with poor credit histories For new customers with poor credit bill, while customers disconnected for
are scheduled. histories, the equivalent of one or two failure to pay will face a deposit equal
Staff told commissioners, at the June months average deposit will be re- to a two month average bill.
7 meeting, that city residents have quired for electric users in a bid to limit Although a burn ban is in effect
done such a fine job recycling garbage a projected $425,000 yearly loss from locally, the city will likely give itself per-
thnt t gnnnop i c down and the amount hbad creditors. mission to launch aerial bombs.
HUNT: Splintered tea party a weekend force
FROM PAGE 5A
important, if often secret, funders of
the movement. Some local groups,
however, express outrage at corporate
There are similar strains on nation-
A.lsei'ui it) and foreign police'. Some Tea
Partiers say the federal budget crisis is
so grave that defense budgets will need
to be cut; others say national securitVy
spending should be sacrosanct. These
grassroots conservatives also are split
on the war in Afghanistan and the
intervention in Libya.
There also is an isolationist ele-
ment including more than a few
ililul 1. .ini followers of Rep. Ron Paul,
R-Tex. along with an .m11i iinnigi.Inti
\ll these strands force Tea Party
backers to weigh the pragmatism-ver-
sus-principle argument. Some will cite
the late William E Buckley's dictum that
conservatives should support "the most
right, viable candidate who could win."
The more ideologically pure reject this
advice, citing successes ;ikc the victory
in the Kentucky Senate race last year of
Ron Paul's son, Rand.
These debates are on display in the
Republican presidential derby as no
aspirant has cornered the Tea Party
vote. Ron Paul has a devoted follow-
ing within the libertarian bloc; Rep.
Michele Bachunann of Minnesota, and
former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin,
brandish their conservative credentials
on social issues.
The Tea Party Express's Russo, who
was involved in Ross Perot's third-party
effort two decades ago, says it's good
the movement hasn't coalesced behind
any leader. "We learned from Perot," he
says. "If one person becomes the face
of the lTea Party and falters, the move-
Hunt is the executive editor for Wash-
ingion at hliouIthrg News.
IPAD: Paperwork going away
PHOTO Y BiY ILL I I t ,' JR
The city is going greener by replacing paper with iPads. (from left) Ruby Cruce, deputy dty clerk,
Jackie Poole, assistant city derk and Linda Culpepper, dty derk, compare the new to the the old.
STILL DREAMING: Wins best drama
FROM PAGE 1A
Culpepper said that twice a month
the workload will be likcl\ be cut from
12 to 16 hours to four or live hours.
in lilding hand delivery.
Commissioner Adrian Jackson has
owned one of the first :!',idl for about
"So 111111any cuinp es in the corporate
world are i:,oini.I this way." said Jackson.
"It's ln,: overdue to cut down on paper.
'It's inh i triti and M ill save tax-
i N[. moneyy"
lack1on said his tilu., comunmission-
ers should have little trouble ke.irnliit,
how to go from paper to tlie virtual
Commissioners will have the ability
to take notes directly on the device with
a stylus just like they do with pen
and paper supplied by the city.
Residents will still be able to access
the full packet online and print it out
if they choose. Ilesidint- can also get
printed copies of the agenda and the
packet information from City Hall but it
will cost 211 cents a page for a copy.
So far. Commissioners Pat luff and
lames E Clements have used the de-
"We're \ ri green already," said
Culpepper about the city. "We're green-
oriented and this is another step that's
very cost efficient."
FROM PAGE 1A
meet at a specit'ied location (or on the
website for non-local teams) and draw
a random line of dIithlguii and gts iii
for their film. This year was the first the
competition was open to international
ELSIE: Came to town
FROM PAGE 1A
appearance in Miami. But for a night
she was a guest of Ken and Bonnie Al-
len in Homestead.
"You've got to come see this and take
a picture. Elsie the Cow's staying here,"
he said, his voice noticeably excited.
And, when Lasky said this cow knows
the camera and how to handle herself,
he may not have been kidding.
Thursday in Miami she was in cos-
tume and made an appearance in the
hotel in Miami and delighted the crowd
there, Melissa Rutten, a Borden public
relations person on the tour, said.
But that's how Elsie's always been.
At the 1939 World's Fair, Borden's dis-
played the Rotolactor. Fifty cows were
placed on a circular platform and could
be milked in 12-and-a-half minutes by
"All the people who came up were
asking where Elsie is," Rutten said.
It's a reputation that has stuck with
her. In 2000, Advertising Age recognized
Elsie as one of the top 10 advertising
icons of all time.
First introduced in 1937, Elsie the
Cow has been in movies, World's Fairs.
the Macy's storefront window in New
York City and, as the company says,
was "one of the country's first witty
Lasky, fond of promoting his prod-
uct, said the Borden's product will be
in stores by Monday and will feature
entries. Morrison and his crew wrote
and lilinitl their movie ill I ilk (oultliy,
pritnarily in .ir tI,.'. with a few scene,
Morrison's fiin can be seen at http:
youtu.be: nfiTs'. In'. *\.
"She's a hapjlly 'ow'
and shies going to different
locations. She know's exactly
what to do in front of the
camera. She's like
a rock star"
whole milk, 2 percent, 1 percent, fat
free, skim and, of course the strawberry
and chocolate varieties, but the cow
may be more famous that the product.
And, while counting how many years
ago l.klie was introduced to the world
as the Borden's spokescow (that's 74),
Rutten said this cow is the original
"When you go to Disney World and
see Mickey Mouse, it's the same one
you've seen when you were a kid," she
Lasky was close-mouthed about
where I IWe would be appearing this
summer, saying only the summer tour
is just starting and she'll be "zinging
throughout Florida," but once again,
he was not shy about just how good he
ihinks Borden's milk is.
"It's like putting more milk in the
milk," he said. "Try it; you'll notice the
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accept the Best Drama award certificate for their entry in the 48 Hour Guerilla Film Festival, "Still
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aP e 14A The Polk Cou t
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Mark King ordained as deacon
Mark King was ordained a perma-
nent deacon by the Most Rev. John
Noonan, Bishop of Orlando, on Satur-
day, June -11, at St. lames Cathedral in
King's ordination is the culmination
of five years of part-time study to earn
a master's degree in theology from St.
Leo University, with formation and
spiritual direction taking place under
the direction of the Bishop of Orlando.
King will be permanently assigned to
St. Thomas Aquinas in Bartow while
also serving the church's mission par-
ish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Fort
Luncheon to honor reverend
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will
welcome The Rev. Gary L. Jackson and
his family at a luncheon following Sun-
day's 10:30 a.m. worship service.
The covered dish luncheon will be
held in Carleton Hall.
Father Jackson began his ministry at
Holy Trinity on W\\edLidl:I\ of this week.
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the day
on the church calendar that focuses
on the Holy Trinity. That same focus is
reflected in the name of the church.
Father Jackson, his \\ ite. Christina,
and their 3-year-old son, Noah, moved
into the rectory on Friday. Their other
son, Skylar, 19, is a sophomore at Valen-
cia Community College in Orlando.
Father Jackson majored in Biblical
studies and spiritual formation for five
years at Asbury Theological Seminary
in Orlando. He completed his studies in
May to earn a Master of Divinity degree
Father Gary Jackson
with emphasis inl
ies at Nashotah
I louse T'lheologi-
cal Seminary in
nary, where he
was enrolled for
his "iiiil year of
ate degree is inl
from 1 lenderson
Before feeling a call to ordained min-
istry, Father Jackson was an insurance
claims representative for 10 years.
Mrs. Jackson is a registered nurse,
e.miplohc-d at Florida Hospital Orlando.
King's family and many of his
friends went to Orlando to partic-
ipate in the Mass of Ordination.
The Women's Club of St. Thomas
Aquinas Church hosted a recep-
tion in Bartow on Pentecost
Sunday, June 12, when the whole
church community came togeth-
er to celebrate the new deacon.
I us main function as deacon
"is to be a sacramental sign of
Jesus Christ, the servant." As
deacon, he is called to a ministry
that exists within the church and PHOTO PROVIDEI
outside its walls, to the poor and
outcast of the local conuiunilies. Mark King and his wife Carolyn. Mark was ordained as a
The most visible functions as deacon in a ceremony in Orlando on June 11.
a deacon will be in the area par-
ish. iDuring liturgy, King will assist the
priest as symbolic representative of the
congregation in participation in the
Eucharist. King will have the respon-
sibility to read the Gospel and lead
the prayer of the faithful. Additionally,
with tihe pennission of the priest, he
may deliver tie homily. I Deacon King
will also perform baptisms, preside at
ftuerals, and perform marriages. The
deacon, as an ordained cleric, can also
King was born in Lakeland, and is a
igi.idlii.l of Bartow High School Class
of I 'I7' He earned his undergradu-
ate degree from University of Florida
in 1980 and his doctor of pharmacy in
1989, also from UI Hlie is employed by
Publix as a pharmacist.
King is active in supporting high
school sports and has been announc-
ing games for many years. He also cov-
ers Bartow High School softball for The
Polk County Democrat.
He is also active in the Knights of
King has been married to Carolyn
Barush King for 37 years. They have
four children and four grandsons.
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Page 16A The Polk County Democrat
Happy Father's Day
Children crowd the library to make Father's Day gifts
June 18, 2011
By JEFF ROSLOW
The common themes for Father's Day
Thursday was food and ties.
Thirty-seven children and their
mothers crowded a room on the sec-
ond floor at Bartow Public Library to
make duct tape ties for their fathers
and many said their holiday Sunday
was mostly going to consist of food.
We'll probably make Daddy cook,"
said Serenity Wright, referring to a
Sunday night cookout. She figures he'll
.)i obabll\ want fried chicken, too, be-
cause that's his favorite food. Preparing
that on the grill could be tough.
Eight-year-old Taylor Clements said
she's looking forward to Sunday be-
cause the f'unilh is going to cook on the
grill and make some steak and chicken.
CQ Roberts said he'd Ihkr to make
breakfast in bed for his dad but he
doesn't think that will happen because
"his bedroom is upstairs and we have ait
white carpet." But he added le and his
f.nil\ which includes two sisters, are
going to go to Kissinmene State Park for
a couple of days of camping.
l.ianna Santos, 6, said she'd like to
make breakfast in bed for her dad, too,
but this time she's probably going to get
help. She did it by herself for Mother's
Day and she said the bread and bacon
"But the eggs didn't get burned."
She also was enjoying making the
duct tape tie for her father for the
holiday but she doesn't think lie's going
to wear it much. I le recently retired as
a construction worker for the Florida
Department of Transportation and lhe
never wore a tie to church.
M.Li-). he'll wear it on a Sunday for
church or for going to Grandna's," she
l.eeann Morgan's daughters made
a handful of supplies for their father.
They made ties and bells out of duct
tape and even a card at the event. But
not everything was for Dad.
"This belt is going to be mine," Se-
renity Wright, 9, said.
I ler sister, though, wants to be sure
their father wears what she makes.
"If he doesn't like it, I'll wear it for
him," I leaven Stanton, 9, said. "But I'll
make him wear it out at least once."
The girls said Father's Day isn't their
favorite holiday, as both said Halloween
was top on their list because they get
a lot of candy. But the sisters said that
Father's Day is a big one.
"1 'A. giving stuff to my dad," Seren-
Purple stripes is the design Andrea Tobin chose
Thursday for a tie for Father's Day. She is going
to spend the Sunday with her father and her
sister and try to think of something fun to do.
Emily Hart, 8 leftt. her 5-year-old sister Kiersten and their mother Heather are busy on their ties
Thursday at Barlow Public Library. Both said they love to make homemade presents and cards for
Llanna Santos, 6, makes a tie for her father during the Duct Tape Tie Workshop for Father Day at
Bartow Public Library Thursday.
Serenity Wright, 9, looks at some artwork while mom Leeann Morgan helps Heaven Stanton,
9, make a duct tape tie for their dad for Father's Day. They both said Halloween is their favorite
holiday but they like giving stuff to their dad, too.
CJ Roberts shows off the duct tape tie he made for his father Thursday at Bartow Public Library.
His father is going to be full of ties on Sunday since CJ and his two sisters all attended the event.
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Talesha Clements (left) helps Taylor Clements, 8, and Taylor Dye, 10, make duct tape ties for their
fathers during an event at Bartow Public libl.ay.
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lkrge lIlA 'l'he Polk tiotrrrty l)emoerat June 18, 2011
Bartow Elementary Academy students were honored at Blueberry Friday Fest in May for earning
superiors at the Polk County Elementary Science Fair. At the same time, David Royal, vice
president of Clear Springs, made a donation to the BEA Science Lab to support their agriculture
engineering projects. With Royal are (from left) students Chris Collazo, Drake Harden, Beatriz
Galindo, and STEM Lab teacher Linda Hughes.
supports BEA science lab
Clear Springs continued its support earned a superior: Beatriz Galindo,. My
of science programs at Bartow Elemnen- Plants Are Freezing, superior: and Eliza-
tary Academy with a donation present- beth Roth, Best Way to Protect An Egg.
ed at the May Blueberry Friday Fest. Fourth graders were Keana Towltines.
BEA students and STEM (science, Drip Dlry: Chris C(ollao, Strawbetry
technology and math) Lab teacher l.in- DNA. superior; and lason Coil. Fihir n:
da Hughes enthusiastically explained String lest.
their agriculture projects, it ldinig i( lear S i .'- aw arded each student
blueberries, which Clear Springs also with a $10t0 savings r bond anid llmade a
grows. donation to the Scitlence l ab to ftirlter
Fourth and fifth grade students who the school's r I 11 into agricultural
went to the Polk County Elementary i' i lt'- ih Ini
Science Fair were **,. 'k ii. c,.l at thie I'lis donation will enable i, 0o do
event, soin experimentation wirllth nrie tech
Fifth graders and their projects were nology in '.',i...ii. bluebenries," H tughc-
Drake Hlarden. Pretty Penny, who said.
Old yearbooks for sale
USF Polytechnic has opened an office
The school is keeping its interna-
tional research and teaching and is
trying to stay in the forefront of global
This initiative is focused on find-
ing new opportunities for academic
research, supporting current faculty
work, providing links to alumni and
business partners and idii.iiif\ ing ex-
ceptional sIntdents seeking an interina-
tional university experience.
USF has more than -o10 faculty of Indi
anl heritage. ,.i international siuldenits
from India, niumnerouts faculty coniduct-
ing research in India and three sununer
study abroad programs ltha take USF1
students to India. Additionally, iUSE is
home to the C enter for India Studies,
whose mission is tio enhance academllic
search and cutl Iicuilar ullid i l. i i-rli
about thie subutico ntit.
'As a system.ll, Regional lhancellori
Mai shall otmodoian "aid, "lUSt offers di-
v "sit'v ill research, acadenlics, and eco-
Sit mt RiroRtK
Bartow High School has a room full
of old yearbooks and wants to sell them
to help pay for next years edition.
"Over the years we have stockpiled
them," said Janell Marmon, the school's
yearbook coordinator for the past live
years.' \\L have a room full of them
that I've -rm i kpilh d for the last five
Marmon said she frequently has
been contacted by people who want
old yearbooks and she has based the
price on how many from the year being
asked she has left, but has never publi-
cized that they're there.
Requests don't just come from those
who may have lost their books or
couldn't afford them when they were
"One time a woman wanted one be-
cause her boyfriend was coming back
from Iraq and she xanited to give it to
hinl a.s a present," sihe said
lo get one people should call the
school al 341-741111 arnd tell theilm what
she wants. Marmnon said she plans to '1:
to the school once per week to ;'.i the
books needed and they will be sold for
Selling the, old yearbooks will ir .'-
students a head start on next year's
book and give the new yearbook spon-
sor, Lori Hloumnard. ,-iniethIIinl to start
out with. Sales of books to students are
not as big ais thli. have been in the past
and advertising has dropped as well.
After five years as sponsor. Marmon
is stepping down as she has taken on
many activities and had to drop some-
Getting the yearbooks out there is a
"If we can get them in people's hands
and give Lori a good start that would be
a good thing," she said.
Polytechnic offers free
info sessions fi
The University of South Florida
Polytechnic's new Master of Science in
Information Ti hlrii olog\ has informa-
tion sessions at USF Polytechnic, 3433
Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, to learn
about programs, career options, appli-
cation processes and financial aid.
The sessions are scheduled at 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 18; 6 p.m. Monday, June
27, Wednesday, July 13 and Tuesday,
The 36-credit-hour MSIT prograin of
study provides a balanced curriculum,
combining IT management strate-
r MSIT degree
gies and tvo lnirnihg\ leadership with
advanced course work in the technol-
ogy of the field. The curriculum offers
in-depth, advanced knowledge about
both current and future technologies.
An indiisin Iimed advisory board will
work with USF Polytechnic to ensure
MSIT course content stays grounded in
real-world and industry priorities.
The class is online to fit varying
schedules (face-to-face oppoI uiniiii-.
beginning spring 2012).
For more information contact ,1.-
7000 or info,)poly.usf.edu
supports international effort
nomic development providing the ideal
opportunity for intellectual exchange in
India and among the USF system."
Initial operations began in March
with the opening of an office located
in Delhi, the capital of India. USF hired
Aruna IDasgupta and Shifali Kumar, two
representatives wlho will oversee opera-
tions. Serving as director, Dl)asgupta
previously spent nine years working
at the American Elmbassy iin Delhi as
a country program coordinator. Slhe
brings a wealth of knowledge about In-
dian universities and international pro-
tocol. Prior to her work at the embassy,
slith served as an editorial consultant
to agencies including UNICELI, UNFI'PA
Kuinar is head of recruitment and
has spent the last nine years \u i.kiig in
international student recruiitlent for
a London-based university where she
was tlie Irvl i'iiil director for the liaison
office in India.
For information call i,1 i) 974-5528.
June 18, 2011
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Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call 646-7722 or visit www.love-
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Lakeside Village shop is open
Thursday, Friday and Saturday's.
The SPCA Medical Center is open
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Female; 1 year; terrier/pit bull
Orphaned Since: May 22
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beautiful as they come and not a bit fussy. My
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Burglary, Blessed Assurance Church,
noon: computer, $650; stereo, $100;
printer, $4,500; lamp, $450.
Theft, 11 a.m., 400 block East Conant
St.: washer, $75; television, $25; Ori- ,
ental rugs, $30,600; dresser, $50; dryer,
$75; roll-up desk, $300; end table, $50.
Criminal mischief, 8 p.m., 400 block
West Lucile St.: fence, $50.
Theft, 9 p.m., 1700 block Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. Boulevard.: $550 cash.
Theft, 10:30 a.m., 1400 block East
Stuart St.: tricycle, $175; bicycle, $ i 0o
Burglary, 11 a.m., 600 block Bear
Creek Dr..: television, $600.
Theft, 1900 East Boulevard St.: mail,
amount type unknown.
Burglaiy/vehicle. 8:30 p.m., Bartow
Ford Co., 2800 Higlh\,i\ 98 North: tail
gate with camera, $.,il000).
Criminal mischief, noon, 575 North
Elizabeth Ave.: windows, $500.
Narcotics violation, 4:30 a.m., High-
way 17/Georgia St.: 1 gram cannabis.
Criminal mischief, 3:45 a.m., 1000
block East Van Fleet Dr..: tire punc-
Criminal mischief, 8 p.m., 900 block
West Tee Circle: chain link fence, S50.
Theft, 10 p.m., 1100 block Shady
Lane: mail box, $35
Criminal mischief. I a.m., 1000 block
Golfview Ave.: windshield, $100.
Narcotics violation, 4:09 p.m., 1450
block East Stuart St.: 2 grams cannabis;
Theft/retail, 5:33 p.m., Family Dollar,
140 block East Van Fleet Dr..: cough
and cold medicine (2), $1.
Criminal mischief, 6 p.m., 2200 block
South Floral Ave.
Narcotics violation, t': i) a.m., 1300
block Fast Spring Court: burnt ciga-
rette, open beer bottle, one plastic bag.
Narcotics violation, t lulis! Polk:
three grams cannabis, plastic bag.
Burglary, 1 p.m., !iiii block South Oak
Ave.: personal computer, S i111
Theft/ier.til \\, lin.i 1:50 p.m.: ear-
buds, S28i. power duo reserve, $57.
Theft, Gcoi gc Harris Youth Shel-
ter, 7:40 p.m., 1000 block I ligImi.t\v 17
South: hand bell, $5.
Criminal mischief, 8 to p.m.A, l.iin
block North \\ il in \Ave.: dtL.im.g to
vehicle, $ qlil
Criminal iniichl- l 5:45 p.m.. .iiil0
block North Wilson Ave.: da.in.ig to
vehicle paint. 51i 1.
Criminal :ui-t lc l i8 i p.m., 1ltILI
block North Ik l kn Ave.: vehicle paint,
Burgl.i\ \hic I.. 10 p.m., 10t0O block
( ioll\i \ \\e. % illet. $20 Itltni t-l i' -
tion, $1: credit card $1.
Burglary. 2 p.m., 700 block WVest
Davidson St.: gitll link necklace, $60t.
The Information Is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence Is determined by the court system.
gold ring with green stone, $120; $600
cash; gold ring with blue stone, $120;
round gold earrings, $70.
Theft/Retail, 4:46 p.m., Beall's Outlet,
345 East Van Fleet Dr..: Pair of Flip
Flops, $14; suspect had six grams of
tmhugl. i /\ cliit It. 5 p.m., 1000 block
East Van Fleet 1)r..: wallet, $20; license,
$1; Sti cash.
Theft, McDonald's, 4:21 p.m., 1470
North lBit ,.IlV i\: St. i(ii cash.
Burglary, 4100 block South Seventh
Ave.: A/C unit, :5 i.lin
Burglary. 2:05 a.m., I tii in block Fast
Magnolia St,: car stereo/CD( ) pli
$1 '.1 speaker, > .I)
Tteft. -' ;p.m.. i-I -iIl block Highway
17 South: $60 cash.
Burglary, 4 p.m., Seminole Machin-
ery & Wi\\liilg 255 East Van Fleet Dr..:
welding cable, s.2 ilnl.
Theft/:t.tlul Walmart, 2:15 p.m.:
bottle iti tn.iniinlg oil. $7; two sptoltl of
ribbon, $4; two bottles of body piiat%
'- 11 pic, t' brush set. S1i hair bands,
5 i. two boxes of hair color. S.. miscel-
laneous makeup. s ', costume neck-
it hi. i It h'. $11: pedicule set, $13:
li l non: fourS.
Ihtnn rnlll Walnbart. noon: four
packs of steaks, $76; 12 packs of paper
towels, $62; bottle of detergent, $10;
four packs of bacon, $62; 24-pack of
toilet paper, $14.
Burglary/vehicle, 11:30 p.m., 1000
block East Davidson St.: money orders,
$1,465; wallet, $10.
Narcotics violation, 3:11 a.m., High-
way 17/Gibbons: six grams cocaine.
Criminal mischief, 3 p.m., 1000 block
Criminal mischief, 10:30 p.m., 800
block Depot St.: 2004 Chevy back win-
Theft retail, Walmart, 10:10 a.m.:
jar of foundation makeup, $6; bra,
.; bottle of perfume, $7; bulk coffee
Theft/retail, 11:15 a.m., Dollar Gen-
eral, ; lu East Van Fleet Dr.:. assorted
men's underwear, $9.
Criminal mischief, 6 p.m., Bartow
Lock & Safe, 1620 North Broadway:
damage to front window, $2,000.
Criminal mischief, 6 pm.. 700 block
West Polk: lift station, $60.
burglar\. 9 p.m., 800 block West John-
son St.: plasma TV,. O l0o Playstation 2,
Theft. 11:45 a.m., 22-110 block North
Floral Ave.: wallet S TO $I180 cash;
driver's license, $1; Social Security card,
$1: credit cards 5.l
Heroin trafficking organization takes hit from PCSO
Thirty-three people have been ar-
rested after a .l-linliith.i llng investi-
gation into one of the largest hL i inl
trafficking organizations in Polk County
history, the Polk County Shei ill st ltict'
reported in a press conference Tuesday.
Undercover narcotics detectives, in
conjunction with the U.S. lillnigi.atin
and Customs Enforcement, arrested
five men Tilesdal who were part of the
Lakeland-based organi-ation. Twen.\. -
seven others were arrested and charged
throughout the duration of the investi-
gation with one suspect being sought
Pablo Borgen. 43. of 1806 lupiter St.,
Lakeland, was arrested and charged
with three counts of trallicking heroin
and conspiracy to traffic heroin, both
first degree felonies. Borgen is the head
of the organization. When arrested
Tuesday morning, Borgen was in pos-
session of trafficking amounts of heroin
and was charged with another count of
trafficking heroin and violation of his
current probation, PCSO spokesman
Donna Wood said.
"This organized heroin trafficking
organization was the largest operation
in Polk County's history, and was shut
down as a result of a lot of hard work
and determination of our narcotics
detectives," Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Borgen admitted to having "custom-
ers" in Polk County, and ultimately pled
guilty to an earlier heroin charge. He
was sentenced to two years community
control, followed by three years proba-
tion for the 2008 arrest.
In February 2010 detectives received
information that Borgen, who was still
on probation from the 2008 case, was
still selling heroin in the Lakeland area,
Wood reported. Detectives learned
Borgen was receiving heroin shipments
from New York on a regular basis which
he would divide up and package in a
unique green and gold tin foil for sale.
Detectives estimate that Borgen was
making about $70,000 per month.
Detectives also learned Borgen owns
and/or maintains four residences in
Polk County while reporting no annual
income for the
patl three ears.
Porgen ; ad
numeBB rous 2 C born
dinales who wereV
mnenmbers of his
operation., o1 \ ves-
lig l, t l believe.
Others a rr sted
\ t tr Feliz. 35,
la n i t 10 lilcr St..
Pablo Borgen lakeland: Eliud
11. 908 Montana
.h\ c. Lakeland:
lthnnx Pag. u.
25. flit mnerl" ill
I ti Jupiter St.,
St., Lakeland; and
Jose Allende Jr.,
25, 5152 Cornell
Israel Cintron-Vazquez Detectives are
3o.eat -old Ernie
Joel Quintana of St. Cloud. Quintana
was priraously sent to state prison onl
April 21, 2010. He was released on Mai
Other alleged subordinates in the
organization who were previouisly ar-
Roddis D. Dewdney. 39, 1590 Mar-
shall Road S.W., Winter Haven; Nester
Velasquez, 51, 2407 Weber St., Lake-
land; Fermin Mcjia, 63, 2.107 Wclwi St.,
Lakeland and Alexander Mojica, 35,
308 W. Crescent Drive, Apartment #7,
During the investigation, detectives
learned Borgen used several L.akeland
residences and one Winter I laven
residence as "stash houses." These
residences were at: 1806 lupiter St.,
Lakeland (Borgen's residence); 1048
East Lake Lure l.oop, lakeland (Bor-
gen's sister's residence); 2407 Weber
St. lakeland Mh'ia and Velasquez's
residence; 2715 Fletcher Ave.. Apt. #4,
lakeland )uintana's residence): 618
Monllta .Ave. I akrland Eliud Baez-
Ctn'tenos residence): I .ill Marshall
li'.n l S.\\. '> ii i l a aven Il', ',.Tinl 's
residence): inW IWl ili lhlltU St l oit
.'' lakeland tlav (l .1c, ins lit i ..
Over the course of the 14-month-
long inm sitigaiion detectives also iden-
".:lid Blitrtln's .llgct' ld web lf associates
and customers, m.in\ tl whom bought
and sold heroin to 'acli other. They are:
Yovann:t Hrgeiin 39,. Pblo sife. who
resides % ith him at the lupilt'i Str'eet
address; Mi.ini liHodrigue: .13. 208 I
Third Si S.. Haines tt\ : 8.i\ Caw, .15.
1500 W. 1 liglands St., 1 ,ikelaind Luis
Cruz, lit. 1818 Jupiter St.. Lakeland:
Matthew Gross. 32 814 W. Kentucky
Ave., ILakeland: Maria fJorge- Figueroa..
51. 202 3rd St. S., Haines City; Juan
Alvarado, 34, 202 Third St. S., Haines
ituy. Gregon Adam Hoch, 31, 6345
Hlampton Pointe Circle, Lakeland;
Christie Malave, 30, 308 West Crescent
Drive, Apartment *7: Danny Rodnguez.
tl 2033 Wavinan St., Lakeland; lose
Ortiz, -11, 9041 Damascus Road. Polk
City: Damian i- .1tlln.tr 27. 21133 Way-
man St., Lakeland; Brian Rail, 27. 836
I emon St.. lakeand; Heather Bryan
28, 2:2'' Green Glen Court, Lakeland;
Sector Ramire., 48. 115 Myrtle Ave.,
Lakeland; Juan .liw\ i .3 1 218 Leelon
Road, Lakeland; Michael Fletcher, 27,
4.1.13- Creekwood lane, Lakeland; Scm
Vasquez, 50, 2,.10 Rosi lane, Lakeland;
and lustin lhixon, 35. ii104 Irby Lane W.,
During the course of the itn cestiga-
tion, detectives said the\ also identified
a rival giioup of t.ilcklikg associates
led hN .t-year-old Israel Cintlion-
Vazquez, 5167 Canbry Lane, Lakeland.
Cintron-Vazquez's associates were
idt'ntilied as: 42-\ecar-old Luis Ayala-
Gerena, 1142 Neville Ave., Lakeland;
Willie Morales Jr., 31, 5115 Socrum
Loop Road, Apartment 208, Lakeland;
and Jasmyn Martinez, 30. 5115 Socrum
Loop Road, Apartment 208, Lakeland.
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June 18, 2011
Monts de Oca wins 2 medals in Warrior Games
Area woman competes in military Paralympics
By S.L. STANDIFIRD
JOINT HOMETOWN News SERVIce'
COLORADO SPRINGS -When the
daughter of a Bartow man met her
fellow competitors in this city that has
become synonymous for training the
world's elite athletes, getting here was
never on her list of things to aspire to.
In fact, her pilgrimage to Colorado has
often been marked by pain and heart-
Navy Lt. Melanie Monts de Oca,
daughter of Bill Monts de Oca of
Bartow, is a part of a small group of
wounded warriors who have not only
spent long hours of rehabilitation to
regain a sense of 1,1nm inal'\,. but have
taken their recovery to a whole new
level to compete in the 2011 Warrior
Monts de Oca and competitors from
all services went on the national stage
to compete in a series of Pai.hi i-n
pics events that ranged from sitting
volleyball to wheelchair basketball,
swimming, archery and track and field
events. Montmi de Oca competed for
the Navy and Coast Guard team in
the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter
backstroke swimming events, as well
as the shot put in the track and field
With a time of 44.39 in the 50 LC
meter freestyle open multi-disability,
Monts de Oca took third place. The
winner had a time of 39.51.
She did even better in the 50 LC me-
ter backstroke, earning a second place
medal with a time of 5' 3. just over
the winning time of 51.31.
In the women's shot put, Monts de
Oca finished fifth, with a heave of 24,
"I am extremely proud to represent
Navy Lt. Melanie Monts
de Oca represented
the Navy and Coast
Guard team at the 2011
Warrior Games in Colo-
rado Springs. Warrior
Games is a U.S. Para-
sponsored by the U.S.
and features a combi-
nation of active duty
and retired veterans
who have sustained
some type of injury
during their service. --
Photo by S.L. Standifird
team Navy and
Coast Guard be-
cause this is one
of the most amaz-
ing groups of men
and women I've
ever met," said
Monts de Oca, a
1996 graduate of
High School in
Lakeland. "1 think
our team repre-
sents some of the
best athletes the
Navy and Coast
Guard has to
,'. iii .i and de-
if my involvement
inspires even one
other person to
get active and
they would never
could do, it will
be worth it."
Athletes spent the week prior to the
competition, which began on May 16.
working as teams and honing their
,kill, to competition level. For Monts
de Oca and her fellow athletes, it was
also a time to bond as fellow wounded
"There is a bond that forms between
us as wounded warriors that most
people, not even our families, can
truly understand." said Monts de Oca,
a health care administrator with Navy
Safe Harbor, \VW.shililntmmh. 1DC. \\c've
been through an experience that we
The Army Wheelchair Basketball Team runs through drills as they prepare for the Warrior Games
in May at Fort Carson. The Warrior Games help elevate abilities through athletic competition for
wounded, ill, and injured service members by providing a focal event to empower the incorpora-
tion of athletics into military wounded warrior programs. The games ran May 16-21. (U. S. Air
Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Griffin)
The Air Force Sitting Volleyball Team returns a service from the Special Operations Sitting Volley-
ball team on the first day of sitting volleyball matches In the 2011 Warrior Games. U. S. Air
Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin)
can relate to in terms of recovery and
rehabilitation and something we've all
faced in terms of a unique challenge.
This makes us almost instantaneously a
team, and in some ways like a family."
Warrior Games is a U.S. Paralympics
competition sponsored by the U.S.
Olympic Committee and features a
combination of active duty and retired
veterans who have sustained some type
of injury during their service. Some
athletes have gold in mind, t hlh oth-
ers are simply here to enjoy the cama-
raderie and the experience of comrpeti-
"This competition has motivated me
to get m1, m1, It active again, to try new
things and to push my body as far as
I can within my new p Il itI.l limits,"
said Monts de Oca, who joined the
Navy in 2003. "After my injuries and ill-
ness, I was scared to work out and push
myself physically because I thought
it would make my existing condition
worse or possible cause new ones. But
through the competition, and the moti-
vation of my fellow competitors, I'm in
almost as good of shape as I was before
my injury- just in a dciller.ni way."
Although her journey to these
games has been a Niriml.ml path of the
hard work and dedication most elite
athletes face, for Melanie Monts de
Oca and the small group of wounded
warriors participating in this unique
contest, Warrior Games 2011 has also
been a testament to the spirit and "gut
wrenching" determination very few of
us will ever ..x\pI ki IcI
Marine Corps swimmers work on their turns during a practice session leading up to the 2011
Warrior Games in Cotordo Springs. U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
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A//FIRED UP or Father s Day
FROM AMINix FMAIVR:Se
Father's Day is a popular time for grilling, but
why not try a new way to fix those bulge, and
Grilling is a great way to get a whole lot of flavor
that goes way beyond plain burgers and basic
barbecue. Lean meats, jIit i marinades and zesty
topping_, add up) to terrific flame-kissed dishes that
will make guests want to kiss the cook.
Here are some easy ways to take big flavor from .
the grate to the plate: .
Grill Up the Unexpectede
A lot of fruits and t eggie, are V&1% to cook over
the coals. 'ry:
Onion (sliced thick)
Stone fruits like peaches, plums and mangoes
When grilling lean meat, use a flavorful mari-
nade with some acidic ingredients (like citrus
juices) to help break down tough meat fibers. Make
sure the marinade covers the meat entirely, and let
it do its magic for several hours or overnight. Some
bold ingredients to experiment with:
Lemon or lime juice
Red pepper flakes
Top It Off
In addition to the good old grilling sid,nilb s1 like
ketchup or barbecue sauce, set out some tasty top-
pers that can work on just about anything:
Roasted red peppers
Spicy Wholly Guacamole
Pickled jalapeno peppers
Chipotle or basil mayo
Smoked cheese slices
When you're ready to fire up some flavor, try
these recipes from Wholly Guacamole. Made with
all-natural ingredients, Wholly Guacamole can be
found in the produce section of your grocery store.
For more recipes, visit www.eatwholly.com.
Wholly Lime Cheeseburgers
Guacamole isn't just packed with flavor, it's
packed with healthful ingredients. Avocados are full
of the good kinds of fats the same ones in olive
oil and almonds. They're loaded with magnesium,
Vitamin E, folic acid and lutein, a natural antioxi-
dant. Avocados have 60 percent more potassium
than bananas. Add in the benefits associated with
tomatoes and onions and you have a remarkably
low-calorie, good-time food.
Beef Steak Soft Tacos
2/3 cup prepared Italian dressing
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chili powder
i',7 h i n ,
2 boneless beef chuck shoulder steaks, cut 3/4
inch thick (about I 1-1/2 pounds)
12 snall flour tortillas, warmed
Thinly sliced lettuce. chopped tomato. dairy
sour cream, it.r ,ilni, optionall)
Combine marinade inrigr'dicini, in small bowl.
I'!,i r beef steaks and marinade in fod l-liefc
plastic bag; tmrn to coat. Close bag securely and
marinate in Ii fr,.- iii 6 hours or as long as
overnight, ini pi, g occasionally.
Remove steaks: discard marinade. Place steaks
on "[ id over medium, ash-covered coals. (,ill
uncovered. 1.1 to 17 minutes for medium rare
Ili' Fl to medium l(li. 1 I doneness, turning
Carve into thin slices: season with salt. Serve
in ~ ml illIt' with toppings.
Wholly Lime Cheeseburgers
2 pounds lean ground 'ct f
1 2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon garlic
1 cup diced onion
I .' cup diced tomatoes
6 slices Monterev lack cheese
6 hamburger buns
Your favorite flavor of\Vliiill\ Guacamole
In a large bowl mix together ground beef. lime
juice, garlic,. onion and tomatoes. Form meat
into 6 patties.
Cook burgers to desired doneness on a pre-
heated grill. Add a slice of cheese to each burger
during the last minute of cooking.
Serve on toasted buns with a healthy dollop of
This recipe also makes great sliders. For a
leaner version, use gi found turkey instead of
Avocado Stuffed Salmon
2 packages lemon butter
Grilled salmon, defrosted
I cup spicy WVholly Guacamole
1 egg yolk
11/1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to .i5i I; Using a sharp
serrated knife, cut a pocket into the side of each
piece of salmon.
In a bowl, combine guacamole, cgs \olk. bread
crumbs and lemon zest to make stuffing.
Stuff fish w\ili avocado mixture; season each
tillet with salt and peppep. Bake for 8 minutes
and serve immediately.
Source: \I'i, r/i (Guacariolh
June 18, 2011
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