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S I August 27, 2011

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Icy spring remembered with warmth

Kissengen Spring dedicated as state historical site


Charles Cook unveiled Thursday the sign that proclaims
Kissengen Spring a state landmark. It will eventually be perma-
nently placed in Mosaic Peace River Park.

The seemingly ever-flowing water of Kissengen
Spring was best remembered as being icy cold but
was remembered warmly by the hundreds who at-
tended the dedication making it a state historical
landmark Thursday at the Polk County Historical
"From 1896 until it closed the water was always 72
degrees," said Dr. Ed Etheridge, the former president
of the Polk County Historical Association. And though
the water was always inviting for swimming, the
memories went to more than it just being a place to
get wet.
Kenneth Laurent remembered the dances there
when he was a teen. "Every once in a while someone

would come and collect the coins (from the jukebox)
and play 15 free songs ... we loved that place."
He added, "When the water stopped flowing it was
one of the things that happened to Polk County."
Kissengen Spring, which is southeast of Bartow,
stopped its continuous flow of 20 million gallons
of water per day into the Peace River in 1950 as the
result of excessive groundwater pumping, according
to studies by the Florida Geological Survey. The water
was withdrawn primarily for phosphate mining,
which was booming in the area at the time.
The mining operations consumed 75 million gal-
lons of water per day more than twice the demand
of all other users in Polk County combined and
wells as large as 24 inches in diameter were installed

Kids learn

Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam displays the apron he wore Friday during his visit to Valleyview Elementary
School. He participated in a Farm to School Picnic that promotes children eating fresh, healthy foods.

the fruit benefit

In an effort to teach kids that their
food is not made by Keebler elves and
that eating healthy can be yummy,
Valleyview Elementary held a Farm to
School Picnic Friday with Agricultural
Commissioner Adam Putnam as the
special guest.
Not only was it a chance for students
to learn where fresh fruits and vegetables
come from, but they were served corn on
the cob, oranges, broccoli and mangos an orange during Agricul-
by Putnam himself who donned a color- tural Commissioner Agricdam
ful apron. Putnam's visit to the school
"We're getting an incredible reaction Friday.
to this," Putnam said. "We've been to
schools all over the state and kids are
really willing to try new things. Nine times out 10, they love it and

Broadway closed after two-car collision

A two-car collision at approximately
3:45 p.m., Thursday, at the intersec-
tion of East Stanford Street and South
Broadway, tied up traffic for more than
an hour.
It is believed the collision occurred
when the driver of a Chrysler Town
and Country minivan, traveling west

on East Stanford Street, ran the stop
sign and drove into the path of a Ford
Taurus SE traveling north on South
Broadway, the Bartow Police Depart-
ment reports. The Taurus T-boned the
minivan on the driver's side and the
impact knocked the minivan off the
road and onto the sidewalk. The impact
also caused the minivan to flip onto the
passenger side,
The sound of the impact was loud

enough that the secretary of First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, on that corner,
called 9-1-1, according to Kayline Lowe,
whose husband, Roy Lowe, is the pas-
tor and who was at the scene following
the crash.
The wreck appeared worse than it PHOTO BY STEVE STEIN
actually was, as none of the occupants
of either vehicle were seriously injured. The impact between the Ford Taurus and the
Chrysler Town & ,Country minivan forced the
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People can speak into the microphone but no one will be there to hear it until at least the first
Bartow commission meeting in September when up to $60,000 worth of repairs to council cham-
bers is expected to be finished. Visitors will get new seats, new carpet, new paint, two additional
cameras and a better sound and video system.

While implementing far-reaching
cuts in a bid to balance the 2011-12
fiscal year Community Redevelopment
Agency budget, the Bartow agency's
board agreed to tap escrow savings and
present a deficit budget for approval by
city commissioners.
As part of the proposed $994,000
CRA budget, which includes $786,000
of revenue sources, the board agreed to
shift $207,000 from escrow savings to
CRA Interim Executive Director
Patrick Brett said that at least $69,000
should be retained as escrow savings
for the 2012-2013 budget year.
"I'm trying to save every nickle I can,"
said Brett when referring to changes
with the CRA-controlled Main Street
Bartow program.

As part of an Aug. 24 e-mail to Main
Street Executive Director Mikel Dormi-
ny, Brett wrote that he "must take quick
action to protect the agency's diminish-
ing funds."
Dorminy said downtown visitors will
realize no changes during Main Street-
controlled events.
Brett has enlisted city staffers to help
move Dorminy from the Main Street
Bartow office on East Main Street to
the CRA office across the street at the
historic courthouse. He also secured
warehouse space.
Brett asked Dorminy to terminate the
existing lease by Sept. 1.
"The CRA cannot continue to pay the
lease, utilities or phone after Aug. 31,"
wrote Brett about the changes he said
will save $1,100 per month.
Dorminy's title will change to CRA
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Scott orders more cuts from water districts


Gov. Rick Scott complimented the
state's five water management districts
Wednesday on cutting $700 million from
their budgets and laying off hundreds of
Then he told four of them including
the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District, which controls the water
supply for most of Polk County to
cut even more. And he told the agencies
exactly where to cut, too: salaries and
operating reserves.
In a statement, Scott said those ad-
ditional cuts "are just the first steps in
ensuring that Florida's precious water
resources are protected and managed in
the most fiscally responsible way pos-
The additional cuts will not hurt the
agency's core missions of protecting the
environment and safeguarding the water
supply, state officials said.
Instead they are designed to "give
the environment the most bang for the
buck," Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard
said in a 15-minute news conference at
which he took five questions from report-
But Charles Lee of Audubon of Florida
said the announcement was just "putting

lipstick on a pig" trying to put a good
face on the fact that the state had slashed
the funding of the agencies in charge of
making sure there's enough clean water
for everyone to drink.
"It's a dark day for Florida's water re-
sources," he said.
Vinyard said much of the cuts that had
already been carried out resulted from
the state's decision to halt the sale of
water district bonds to buy land, cuts in
staff, ending membership fees and con-
ference sponsorships and adjustments to
salary and benefits that he called "among
the most lucrative in government.".
The agency commonly known as Swift-
mud has already cut $122 million from its
budget and will likely lay off 30 employ-
ees. Scott, in a letter to Swiftmud Chair-
man Paul Senft, ordered cuts totaling an-
other $4.2 million. He said he was cutting
$2.4 million from Swiftmud's reserve fund
and taking the rest out of salaries.
Swiftmud spokeswoman Robyn Felix
said the agency had just received the
letter and would work with Scott and the
DEP "to follow the direction in the letter."
But E.D. "Sonny" Vergara, Swiftmud's
former executive director, said Scott
was forcing Floridians to take "a terrible
gamble" by dismantling a regional water
district system that had been working for
40 years. "He is centralizing water man-
agement at the state level to be controlled
from Tallahassee by him."

Secretary Vinyard discusses water management districts'budgets during a press conference.at
DEP offices.

The only agency Scott did not order
to make further cuts was the largest of
the five, the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, which is in charge of
Everglades restoration. That agency laid
off 135 employees this month.
However, Scott ordered all five water
districts to cap their executive salaries at
the same level. Dave Moore, who re-

signed as Swiftmud's executive director
in May, earned $194,875, but Scott said
that now executive directors can make no
more than $165,000.
To Lee, setting the pay of the executive
directors of the tiny Northwest Florida
district and the gigantic South Florida
district at the identical level is "revealing
about the governor's lack of knowledge."

Alexander says Buss deserved ouster

Sen. JD Alexander said Thursday that
the forced resignation of Department
of Corrections Secretary Ed Buss on
Wednesday waswarranted.
He told reporters after meeting with
Gov. Rick Scott that he doubted the
department's claim that the privatization
effort could "cripple the agency" because
of a potential $25 million owed to staff for
comp time, vacation pay and sick leave if
they lose their jobs.
"Whether or not that number ever
comes to pass is questionable," said
Alexander, the Senate budget chief who
allowed the private prison plan to be
quietly inserted into the budget without
debate in the final days of the session.
"I support the governor's change in the
Legislators tucked into the budget the
requirement that all 12 major prisons in
the Department of Corrections Region IV
be run by private companies. The region
encompasses an 18-county area from
Ocala southward, and includes about
3,800 employees.
Alexander said that after the session
Buss made it clear he was not as commit-
ted to privatization as they would have
liked because "it didn't seem he was tak-
ing it that seriously."
For example, the Legislature asked him
to prepare a business plan to implement
the privatization goal and he produced a
four-page report that Alexander consid-
ered "wholly inadequate."
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light in an e-mail ex-
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governor's budget
office and Buss' top deputy, Dan Ronay.
"I don't believe there would be $25
million worth of costs," Alexander said.
"They are going to be paid out one way
or another, it's just a question of when."
But he said the costs could be easily
managed if the state moves ahead with
privatization. "Out of a budget of $1.3
billion in salaries for the Department of
Corrections, quite frankly you could trim
overtime and pretty easily handle $25
Alexander said Scott told him that
"he didn't feel like he had the leader we
needed and he needed someone who was
committed to very accountable contract-
ing practices and see these things when
we do them are well done."
Alexander said he did not speak to the
governor about removing Buss before the
news surfaced Wednesday. He said there
should be no reason to stop the project
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would be better."
Alexander, R-Lake Wales, sought the
meeting with the governor to continue
to sell him on his pitch to build a 12th
university in Lakeland. He said Buss also
deserved removal because of the way he
handled a health care prison contract.
Buss should not have allowed the con-
tract to be written to include a require-

ment that vendors be accredited by the
American Correctional Association,
whose director, James Gondles, is the
husband of Betty Gondles, the consul-
tant Buss hired to prepare the contract,
Alexander said.
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Scout's Honor

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"The smartest move I ever made.'

When you've earned Eagle Scout, the liicll.il rank possible
in the Boy Scouts of America, by age 19 and attended three
national 'jamborees' over a period of 10 years, you know a thing
or two about what you want out of life.
For Bob Murley, scouting set the foundation for a life well spent -
beginning in 1945 and spanning three decades either as a Scout
or as an organizational leader in one of his many roles. And, it
reminded him that 'being prepared' is always smart. Recently, Bob's
daughter asked, "Why stay in this big house alone?" Bob agreed
and before long discovered Waters Edge which he proudly calls
"the smartest move I ever made."
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Time to think about hurricane safety

From all the permutations encompassed in
the cone of uncertainty, it seems likely we will be
spared all but a good drenching this weekend as
Hurricane Irene picks up strength and heads up
the Eastern Seaboard. Good thing. We can still
use the rain. But we can also use Irene's presence
as a wake-up. Late August and September are the
peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season, the
time when the biggest, nastiest storms start kick-
ing around. Right now is when we should be most
You probably know the drill by now, but this is a
good time to review.
First step: Get stuff.
You never know what will happen when the wind
comes whipping up the state and the water begins
to surge. Like a good Boy Scout, it's always wise to
be prepared. This is pretty simple.
Have a disaster kit in your home. Check out the
county websites for all hazards guides. They have
many good tips.
If you haven't done it already, make sure to
stock up a little when you go to the grocery and
hardware stores this week.

Our Viewpoint
Buy non-perishable foods that don't need
refrigeration: dry food, canned goods, peanut but-
ter, pasta, instant.coffee, energy snacks, crackers.
Whatever. Store them in the back of the pantry.
Make sure you have a non-electric can opener.
Buy extra drinking water. Put a half-dozen two-
and-a-half-gallon jugs in the back room. You can
always use it. Water won't got bad.
Make sure you have enough flashlights. Make
sure you have plenty of batteries. (If you don't use
them right away, you'll probably find a use for
them after Christmas.)
* Have a portable radio on hand.
Stock up on mosquito spray. Make sure you
have a first aid kit, plenty of toilet paper and toilet
supplies. A fire extinguisher too.
Know where your tools are. You may need a
tarp. It's a good idea to have an extra gas can.
Second step: Get smart.
SThink ahead. Make plans for all contingencies.
Keep all important documents in one secure

place. Have your IDs and insurance policies handy.
Make a list of everything you would want to
bring along in case you decide to evacuate.
Make sure you're well-supplied with medica-
Don't forget to plan for your pet. They'll need
food, bedding and medications.
Plan for the worst. Think about what you would
do in case a big storm was on its way. Under what
conditions will you evacuate? If you do go, where?
Finally, prepare to protect your property.
Trim dead and weak branches of trees near
your house.
Get ready to store loose items outside your
Anchor anything that can't be easily moved.
Check your storm shutters. Make sure your ply-
wood is ready to go.
And double-check to make sure your home-
owners insurance is up to date.
In all likelihood, Irene will pass us by this week.
After that, though, it's anybody's bet. Just make
sure you're not forced to scramble at the last min-

Motorists are out of luck

(Sixth in a series of 8)
Juneau, Alaska, Aug. 4 The capital
of Alaska, Juneau, is accessible only
by plane or ship. There is no access by
To the best of our knowledge, it is
alone in that distinction among the 50
This is probably one reason that the
$5 Foot Long so popular in the lower 48
sets you back $7 or $8 in Alaska. A loaf
of bread costs $5.
The absence of a state sales tax pro-
vides a little relief at the cash register.
We are puzzled by the number of
items of Alaskan merchandise that
nonetheless have prices ending in 99
Without a state sales tax (cities can
impose them), almost every cash pur-
chase brings one penny in change.
Juneau has a permanent population
of about 31,000, twice that in the sum-
mer. It boasts four elementary schools,
two high schools, five radio stations,
and a newspaper.

Our itinerary for today included a
helicopter flight that would land on
Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most
impressive pieces of ice this side of a
frozen Margarita.
An all-day rain and low-hanging
clouds prompted cancellation of all
chopper flights today.
Having taken my share of wind
machine voyages in my 30-year Florida
National Guard career, I assured Mary
that such flights in bad weather are
greatly overrated.
We opted for a bus ride to Menden-

S.L. Frisbie

S.L Frisbie can be contacted at

Salmon the size of fire logs were
swimming in a stream at the glacier's
base, and we got photos of a black bear
waiting patiently at stream side for his
seafood dinner to swim past.

The U.S. Forest Service visitors center
overlooking Mendenhall has to be the
best $3 a tourist can spend anywhere in
the country.
In addition to a film that captures the
breathtaking beauty of the glacier, and
a chance to touch a piece of glacial ice
estimated to be 200 to 250 years old,
the center offers an assortment of views
of this magnificent glacier at its lead-
ing edge, where it begins melting into
Mendenhall Lake, which in turn feeds
a river.
Within the past week or so, a lake
inside the glacier breeched its bank,
prompting the release of numerous
chunks of ice into the river. It was "calv-
ing" on a grand scale.
Even when the weather is bad, Alaska
is a place of remarkable beauty.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He is pleased
that a stream filled with salmon sepa-
rated the black bear from Mary and

Letters to the editor

We ai

proud o:

and Maggie,
We want to publicly say how proud
we are of our daughter, Darlene; We just
came back from Auburn University in
We watched Darlene and Maggie (her
guide dog) accept her Master's Degree
of Education in Rehabilitation Counsel-
ing. There were 19 of us attending from
Lake Wales.

re very

f Darlene

her guide dog
Darlene is working in Lakeland at
Sthe Division of Blind Services. She is a
senior rehabilitation specialist.
I thank God every day for our many
P.S. I like the kids' uniforms and I
agree with Richard Hilliard.
Judy Kerrn
Lake Wales

The Polk County Democrat
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August 27 2011


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.

Baggy-bottomed beer boys booked


On Wednes-
day,.Aug. 24, Polk
County Sheriff's
Office depu-
ties arrested the
suspect known as
the "clumsy beer
thief" who tripped
and fell on his
baggy pants when Angel Ortiz
he stole beer from
a convenience store on April 27.
He was charged with one count of
petit.theft. The suspect was positively
identified via the suspect vehicle seen
in the surveillance video from the store,
the sheriff's office reports.
On Aug. 16, Southeast patrol Deputy
Bobby Abbatoy spotted a black Chev-
rolet Malibu in the Lake Wales area,

which was the
same make and
model vehicle
.. as the suspect
vehicle wanted
in the beer
theft at the E-Z
Food Store.
Abbatoy wrote
down the vehi-
cle tag number
and gave it to
PH PROVIDE the detectives
assigned to the
Juan Luis Gutierrez was beer theft case.
arrested by the Polk Detectives
County Sheriff's Office found the
Wednesday. owner of the
Chevy Malibu
and interviewed her on Aug. 18. The
owner identified two suspects as Angel
Miguel Ortiz, 22, of 430 Winston Ave.,
Lake Wales, and Juan Luis Gutierrez, 27,

of 2986 Spring Lake Road, Lake Wales.
The vehicle owner told detectives she
let the two use her car they so they
could "go and get some beer." When
they returned without the beer, Ortiz
told her that Gutierrez fell down and
"lost" the beer.
On April 29, the detective assigned
to the case asked the PCSO Office of
Communications to send out a Crime
Stoppers bulletin to the media, includ-
ing the surveillance video showing the
suspect running out of the store with
two 18-packs of Bud Light, and then
tripping on his baggy pants and falling,
dropping the beer. The suspect jumped
into a waiting black Chevy Malibu and
fled the scene. That video can be seen
on the PCSO YouTube page and the
PCSO Facebook page.
Both suspects have been in the Polk
County Jail on several prior occasions,
the sheriff's office reports.

I make sure the water is clean, for all of us.

I am Mosaic.

As we mine the phosphate needed to help grow the world's food, it's no coincidence
that we preserve the water quality of nearby creeks and rivers. As an environmental
specialist, I'm part of a team that monitors these bodies of water to ensure that the
water quality is sustained or even enhanced. Mosaic takes great care to meet Florida's
clean water standards. Because stewardship is an integral part of what we do.

1 And I see to it that the job is done right.



Marijuana grow

house dismantled
Working with the Tampa Electric
Company, Polk County Sheriff's Of-
fice dismantled a marijuana grow
operation in Auburndale Wednesday,
however no one was at the house and
no arrests were made.
TECO representatives went to 2385
Taylor Road, Auburndale, to remove
the electric meter and noticed an il-
legal electrical tap there. They con-
tacted the sheriff's office and when
detectives arrived, they saw the illegal
tap, and noticed the odor of marijua-
na coming from the house.
Upon getting a search warrant,
they found a grow system and 52
mature marijuana plants. The system
was dismantled and the plants were
No residents were home at the time.
The investigation is ongoing and
charges are pending.

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James 'Jimmy' McSwain

Edward Wimberly, Sr.

James "Jimmy"
McSwain, 81,
of Fort Meade
passed away, Aug.
23, 2011, in Lake-
land from respira-
tory failure.
A native of Fort
Meade, he was
born Sept. 7,1929.
He served in the
Air Force and the James McSwain
Coast Guard.
Mr. McSwain worked with local and

Rosa Tillman, 84, of Lake Placid, died
Aug. 17, 2011, at Lake Placid Health
Care Center.
She was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Otter
Creek, Fla.
Mrs. Tillman was a member of New
Life Assembly in Lake Placid.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy
Anderson of Connecticut; a brother,

Catherine Porter, 58, of Lakeland,
died Aug. 19, 2011, at Bartow Heath
Care Center.
She was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Crystal
Springs, Miss.
She was a homemaker and a member
of Raham Family Fellowship.
Survivors include two daughters,
Ludersa Lott and Tiffany Porter, both of
Lakeland; two sons, Gerald Jones and
Willie Jones, both of Lakeland; three

Rosa Lee
Armstrong, 83,
of Mulberry, died .
Aug. 16, 2011, at
Lakeland Regional 1'
Medical Center.
She was born
Aug. 20, 1927, in
Mrs. Armstrong
was a homemaker Rosa Lee Armstrong
and a member of
Bethel M.B. Church in Mulberry.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Robert Lu Armstrong, Sr.
Survivors include two daughters,

federal government as a code enforcer
during his career.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth
McSwain of Fort Meade; a son, Gregg
McSwain of Winter Haven; a grandson,
Jason McSwain of Lakeland; and two
great-grandchildren, Ellie and Daniel
Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011,
from 6-8 p.m., at McLean Funeral
Home, 306 East Broadway, Fort Meade.
Condolences to the family may be
sent at www.McLeanfuneralhome.net.

Samuel Tillman of Lake Wales; three
nieces; 11 grandchildren; and five
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 26, from 5-7
p.m., at New Life Assembly, Lake Placid.
Funeral: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m.,
at the church.
Arrangements: Williams Funeral
Home, Bartow.

sisters, Mae Lynn Morris of Crystal
Springs, Miss., and Ruby Lyons and
Rushie Evans, both of Lakeland; two
brothers, Johnny B. Porter and Albert G.
Porter, both of Mississippi; her father,
Eloise Porter of Mississippi; eight grand-
children; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m., at
Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 3:30
p.m., at the funeral home.

Linda Armstrong Nelson and husband
Robert of Snellville, Ga., and Mae
Childs and husband Alvin of Lakeland;
four sons, Johnny Armstrong of Mul-
berry, Samuel Armstrong and wife Doris
of Bartow, Billy Armstrong of Lakeland,
and Julian Armstrong, Sr., and wife Me-
lissa of Mulberry; a sister, Evelyn Grant
of Tallahassee; 25 grandchildren; and 30
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 26, from 5-7
p.m., at Bethel M.B. Church, Mulberry.
Funeral: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m.,
at the church.
Arrangements: Williams Funeral
Home, Bartow.

Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting on
Wednesday September 7, 2011,
at the Bartow Civic Center Spence Room
regarding obtaining FRDAP Grant for the sole purpose of
refurbishing the Civic Center Tennis Courts.

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Edward Wimberly, Sr., 75, of Home-
land, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20,
2011, at the Bartow Center.
Born in Nichols, he was a lifelong
resident of the area. He worked as a
civil engineer in the road construction
industry for many years and was an
Army veteran.
Mr. Wimberly was preceded in death
by a son, Brady Wimberly.
Survivors include a son, Edward R.

Connie Miller
Christoph, 57,
passed away on
Wednesday, Aug.
24, 2011, after an
extended struggle
with ALS (Amyo-
trophic lateral
Born in Er-
langer, Ky., on
Aug. 30, 1953, to
Clyde and Helen M
earned her B.A. in
Anderson Universi
married to James I
August 1973.
As a dedicated vi
poured her life into
her students, those
She was known to
colleagues by her s
ment, and her war
Named Teacher
Hillcrest Elementa
ementary schools,
higher recognition
Teacher of the Year
for her tireless wor

Wimberly, Jr., of Bartow; a daughter,
Tina Chumney ofBartow; two sisters,
Eileen Byrd of Homeland and Juanita
Wofford of Lakeland; four grandchil-
dren, Joseph, Harley, Brent and Emily;
and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements: Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral-

Connie Miller Christoph
children and teaching. She continued
teaching art right up until her recent
Mrs. Christoph filled numerous roles
with the Lake Wales Art Center. She
Loved playing an active role in the Lake
7- Wales Art Show each year, especially the
student art portion. She took incredible
pride in her students winning awards
Sfor their artistic efforts not only in Lake
Connie Christoph Wales but throughout Central Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Dr.
miller, Mrs. Christoph James Christoph; a son, Jamey of Wash-
arts education from ington, D.C.; a daughter, Sarah, and
.ty in 1976. She was son-in-law, Tim, and a new grandson,
Robert Christoph in Liam, all of West Palm Beach, Florida).
Family, friends, and community will
isual arts teacher, she gather to honor her life and faith on
o teaching and loving Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. at South
e who know her say. Lake Wales Church of God.
her students and In lieu of flowers, the family requests
smile, her encourage- donations to the ALS Foundation at
m hugs. www.alsfoundation.org/donateorvolun-
of the Year at both teer.html.

ry and Alturas El-
she received even
as a finalist for Polk
by her peers in 2011
rk and dedication to

Arrangements: Marion Nelson Fu-
neral Home, Lake Wales.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.

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near the spring, according to a 1951
FGS and other reports.
But for 75 years it was a hot spot for
Polk County residents and for tourists.
It was the site of political rallies and
during World War II it was. a spot for
rest and recreation for soldiers.
Cynthia Barnett, the keynote speaker
at the dedication ceremony Thursday,
said the site was an important part
of Florida's water supply but it meant
more than that.
"It was a picture straight out of old
'Tarzan' movies and all that remains of.

Kissengen Spring is pictures. They are
documentaries of the grand finale," she
She said Kissengen Spring was the
first spring to dry up but it wasn't the
last. She named many other Florida
springs that suffered the same fate,
burdened by the growth and mining,
noting the Suwanee Springs in the Pan-
handle may very well be the next.
"This historical marker is crucial,"
she said. "It is finally getting the his-
toric right it deserves."
Tom Jackson, a geologist, studied
the spring for years and believed the
flow could be restored. When sinkholes

started to appear after less water was
taken from the aquifer and water was
there he believed more strongly that it
could be restored. But it never was.
And though the people there miss
the whole property, one of its wonders
- the boil was most fondly remem-
bered. The boil was in the northeast
corner of the 200-foot swimming area
and it was the site of the diving loca-
"It was 17 feet deep and even the
strongest swimmers couldn't swim
across it," Etheridge said.
He said 140 million gallons of water
per second came out of the vent.

"And you could see the boil, it was
just bubbling."
While memories flowed freely in the
gathering, Barnett issued those present
- and those who were not present a
challenge. She expressed her hope.
"I issue this challenge to not just you,
but to all Floridians," she said conclud-
ing her speech. "With a hand in the fate
of fresh water let's make this historical
marker something that has to be re-
moved because Floridians changed his-
tory. I know I'm asking a lot but when
we gather to dedicate a new marker I
want to be present for that."

PUTNAM: Kids learn the fruit benefit

then go home and talk about it. It's
just great they can say, 'Hey, Mom and
Dad, I tried a mango today or I had this
wonderful corn on the cob. Can we get
some of that?' "
The Farm to School Picnic is part of
an ongoing program to stress the im-'
portance of providing fresh fruits and
vegetables to the students on a daily
basis. It also relates to the USDA my
plate logo stressing that half your plate
should be fresh fruits and vegetables.
All Florida public school nutrition
departments will fall under the respon-
sibility of the Florida Department of
Agriculture beginning Jan. 1. Accord-
ing to Polk County Schools Director of
School Nutrition Marcia Smith, that is
one of the pluses of having Putnam at
Valleyview to personally speak to the
students. The National School Lunch
program is under the umbrella of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, so
Smith sees it as a natural fit for Polk's
program to move over to the Florida
Department of Agriculture.
Students were treated to a picnic in
the cafeteria complete with costumed

characters dressed as fruits and vegeta-
bles, then were able to move outdoors
to experience a farmer's market. Local
produce vendors set up booths where
students could fill bags with fruits to
take home. Children could also taste
test treats from the school nutrition de-
partment such as carambola star fruit
and Fresh From Florida Salad.
The Farm to School Picnic was more
than a one-day school activity in the
eyes of Shannon Shepp, acting deputy
commissioner at Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
"This will start them thinking about
the things they keep in their cupboards
at home and teach both.the parents
and the kids that healthy options are
out there, but it begins with them," she
- Jennifer Sills, director of school
marketing with the Dairy Council of
Florida, said the proof of the prob-
lem was in the lunch bags that come
through the schools every day.
"As long as kids are packing their own
lunches there will be bad choices. The
conversation needs to be more than
telling kids they have to eat their fruits

WRECK: Broadway closed after collision

However, the female driver of the
minivan was taken to Bartow Regional
Medical Center, complaining of sore-
The collision provided Bartow fire-
fighters their first opportunity to use
a device called a paratech stabilizing
screw that held the minivan stable, in
order to allow rescue personnel- who
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is it known if charges will be filed.

After being knocked off the road, the minivan
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and vegetables. There needs to be kids
teaching kids to eat better, too."
In a presentation to a packed cafete-
ria of second and third graders with
sticky fingers from eating oranges, Su-
perintendent of Schools Sherrie Nickell
explained her childhood memories of
growing up with a father who planted
the family's vegetables.
"My daddy really thought that it was
important to have fresh fruits and veg-
etables at our house to eat for break-
fast, lunch and dinner," said Nickell.
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would spend a lot of time in his garden
where he grew green beans, tomatoes
and squash. It was a wonderful way to
grow up because eating healthy made
us feel good. I look out at all of you and
recognize good things on your plates
today and that's really wonderful."
Putnam compared the students'
bodies to a "well-oiled machine." He
said foods they choose to eat will make
a difference in how they feel as well as
improve their thinking and concentra-
tion levels resulting in better grades
and FCAT scores.


"We are all so lucky to live here in
Florida where all of these healthy
foods are grown," he told them. "When
other kids are putting on snowshoes
or big heavy coats as they trudge off
to'the bus stop, you guys can all come
to school in January and eat oranges,
tangerines, fresh ears of corn, lettuce
and strawberries. Since we live here
and grow them all,here where we live,
doesn't it just make sense to put them
in your school?"
The response of the young food crit-
ics filling the seats in front of him was
a round of applause and enthusiastic
As the cafeteria emptied several
students still munched on oranges
seemingly happy with nature's best, but
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school's power. A lot depended on what
would be done at home.
"I think it's really important to in-
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healthy eating," said Nickell. "They will
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Commissioners approve controversial sand mine

Commissioners approve controversial sand mine


After more than an hour of testimony
from distraught residents and more
than 600 pages of protest submitted
to county commissioners, a vote came
down Tuesday 4-1 approving a pro-
posed sand mine and soil cement plant
next to Ridgewood Lakes in Davenport
with a 10-year time frame attached.
The 92-acre undeveloped site is
nestled between two retirement com-
munities made up of seniors who not
only treasure their tranquil surround-
ings, but see the looming project as a
matter of life or death.
Despite the commission's approval,
residents are not giving up on trying
to stop the project. They have a 30-day
window to appeal the county's decision
Sand many have set those wheels in mo-
tion. Strategies to stop or delay Bishop
& Buttrey's project are currently being
discussed with some residents looking
into the possibility of taking the story
to a national level.
Commissioner Todd Dantzler said
hate mail, angry phone calls and e-
mails have been received by all board
members since Tuesday's decision,
with the exception of Commissioner
Bob English who refused to support the
proposed mine.
On Tuesday, Toni Brown took her
three minutes at the podium, saying
the 9/11 disaster was her motivation to
move to Florida.
"I witnessed the Trade Center disas-
ter and after seeing that I decided to
move to Florida," said Brown. "Since
then I have been diagnosed with
asthma. This silica that will be used in
this mine will affect our children and
impact us. I can tell you the effects will
be cancer, tuberculosis, connective
tissue disease, and more. Putting such
emotional stress on the elderly can
also lead to Alzheimer's. I could go on
and on. The impact of our health is the
most significant concern and I do not
have health insurance. When is enough
"I have life-ending COPD (chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease)," Phil-
lip Bielefeld said to commissioners.
"The dust and diesel smoke from the
trucks coming and going during this
project will have a huge effect on many
of us."
His wife, Loraine, pleaded with com-
missioners to take the safety of children
into consideration before casting their
"One thing I want to tell you is it is


The overwhelming majority of those who spoke before the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday made known their opposition to a proposed
sand mine. Their pleas were in vain as the BOCC voted 4-1 to approve the project.

dark at 6 a.m. when these trucks will be
coming into our neighborhoods each
day into the mine," she said. "With
school buses and our children out there
during that time, someone is going to
get hurt.
Tim Campbell, an attorney repre-
sentingRidgewood Lakes, J.L. Land
Development (one of the developers of
the community), and Bishop and But-
trey as the applicant insisted residents
could be assured that the mine will not
impact the safety of the well water and
that the dust in the air would be mini-
mal as the site will be continuously
watered down. As to the issue of silica,
Campbell explained free airborne silica
would not be created from the planned
excavation of the ground and that
health issues do not result from the raw
product. While he admitted it is confus-
ing to explain, the bottom line, Camp-
bell said, was that "an expert confirmed
silica will not be an issue in this case."
As for the noise levels, another major
complaint from the residents who
continuously stated that they bought
their "last home" at Ridgewood Lakes
because of the tranquil environment,
Campbell explained that Bishop and
Buttrey understood that noise would
be an issue and assured residents the
trucks and mining operation would be
at or below 55 decibels. He said accord-
ing to the National Institute of Health,
55 decibels was equal to a normal of-
fice atmosphere or quiet conversation.

Cynical laughter broke out from the
crowd as Campbell went on to say that
the elevation at the site as well as trees
would offer an added sound buffer.
"I want to ask you a question," Eng-
lish said. "These people bought their
homes due to it being a tranquil area
and a safe place to live. What do you
say to these people?"
"Construction activity is a normal
part of living in a residential area,"
Campbell responded. "We understand
and respect the concerns here, but
some or all of the fears of the impact
are different from what will be true."
Two residents out of the two dozen
who spoke were there to support the
sand mine project, in hopes to better
their golf game. The mining project has
been determined to be a financial help
for the ailing Ridgewood Lakes Golf
Club. Jason DeWildt, general manager
of the club, had previously stated dur-
ing the planning commission meeting
Aug. 3, that without the mine being
voted through the golf course would
most likely folded up and his 40 em-
ployees would be out of jobs.
"If the golf course closes and J.L.
.Land has problems, think of what our
property values will be like then," said
Frank Belleville from Ridgewood Lakes.
"You're complaining now, but it will be
a lot worse if the golf club closes. I've
served in the Air Force and I've earned
the right to play golf where I want to
play golf and I've earned the right to

ask commissioners to listen to both
Just as the commission was set to
vote, the room went silent..Before the
motion was read and the final vote was
counted, English said, "I think we all
agree this is very emotional. The facts
and emotions are intense. While this
all looks good on paper, Bishop and
Buttrey has no similar mining project
in Florida. None. It looks like they're
trying to fit a square peg in a round
hole. They won't be there to register
complaints and these (silica) particles
talked about can't be seen with the na-
ked eye. Because of that, I simply can't
support it."
Dantzler said, "This is the most
emotional issue I've dealt with in the
short time that I've been here and a
lot of times you have to try to take as
much of the emotions out of it as you
can to try to get down to the facts. A lot
of times you just have to cut the best
deal that you can. I think because of
the added conditions the applicant was
willing to put on, they are trying to be
as good a neighbor as possible."
When the vote came back 4-1 a herd
of stunned, angry and many tearful
seniors left the Neil Combee Adminis-
tration Building defeated.
"We would never have bought our
home if we knew a sand mill would
be there," Ramona Aldridge said. "Ten
years is not long to them, but to us, it's
the rest of our lives."

Commissioners support Polytech independence


Polk County commissioners ap-
proved a resolution Tuesday in sup-
port of making the University of South
Florida Polytechnic, the newest of four
campuses in the University of South
Florida system, a separate, indepen-
dent university. The ultimate decision
will be up to the Board of Governors
who will discuss it at their next meeting
in September.
"I support a major university in our
community, but am concerned about
unintended consequences," said Com-
missioner Sam Johnson. "What will
happen to the campus here today?
What about the students currently in
the program? We've made a substantial

investment in the county to this. I sup-
port it, but still have questions."
The basis for the split centers around
the concern that the present USF
structure will impede growth at the
polytechnic school due to incongruities
between cultures, basic and applied
research, the resolution says, and the
need to quickly develop new curricu-
It is also feared that the current
marriage between the two institutions
will make the recruitment of superior
faculty difficult and that the particular
needs of the campus in terms of per-
sonnel, fundraising, athletics, research,
and future capital projects will be lost
or overlooked, according to the resolu-
Polk County and the city of Lakeland

have committed more than $28 mil-
lion in local funds to leverage/match
state funds to construct the University
of South Florida Polytechnic campus.
More than $37 million of federal stimu-
lus funds have been secured by the
county, the city of Lakeland, and the
Florida Department of Transportation
to construct an east-west road to pro-
vide regional access to the University of
South Florida Polytechnic campus.
The positives outweighed the nega-
tives for Commissioner Bob English
who admitted to having a difficult time
with his final vote of approval.
"I want to support the bettering of
the college, but I want to make sure
we don't have an empty building up
there in two to three years from now,"
said English. "There's not even a library

there now. I don't know what to do with
"It will ultimately be up to the Board
of Governors to sort all that out," said
Commissioner Todd Dantzler. "All we
can do today is support the indepen-
Since 1988, USFP has occupied a
joint-use campus in Lakeland with Polk
State College. USFP is building a new
campus at the eastern intersection of
Interstate 4 and the Polk Parkway, be-
tween Lakeland and Auburndale at the
heart of Florida's high tech corridor.
Florida is 40th in the United States in
educating scientists and engineers as
a percentage population, according to
the commission's resolution, and will
have a shortfall of 100,000 science and
technology professionals by 2015.

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Saturday, Aug. 27
Live at the Gardens Summer Music
Series, 7:30 p.m., Garrison Doles, singer
and songwriter, performs a musical
feast of original soul songs. $20 with a
10 percent discount for members. Bok
Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake
Wales, 734-1222; purchase tickets on-
line at www.boktowergardens.org.

Thursday, Sept. 1
Lakeland Metro Chapter of the Na-
tional Association of Women Business
Owners, 11:15 a.m., $20 members, $25
guests. Learn the proper procedures for
documenting employee performance
and misconduct from GreggW. Hooth
with Veccio, Carrier & Feldman, PA.
Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, 929
Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Register at:
www.nawbolakelandmetro.com or 647-

Thursday, Sept. 1
Ballroom dancing, 2:30 p.m.-3:30
p.m., The Center for Personal Growth,
151 Second St. S.W., Winter Haven. $5,
donation suggested for each class to
help maintain the center and Sage-ing
programs. To register ballrooml6@aol.
com or 299-9070.

Saturday, Aug. 27
"My Girl" church youth group scav-
enger hunt for items pertinent to the
film. The prize for the winning youth
group will be a pool party at the Stan-
ford Inn, with refreshments provided
by the Inn. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., call Shawn
Fitzgerald at 640-3820.

Sunday, Aug. 28
"'My Girl" movie character look-a-like
contest. Winners for adult male, adult
female, and male and female child will
be selected who look like Harry Sult-
enfuss (Dan Aykroyd), Shelly DeVoto
(}amie Lee Curtis), Thomas J. (Macau-
lay Culkin), andVada (Anna Chlumsky).
The Stanford Inn, 2-4 p.m., 533-2393.

Tuesday, Aug.30
Adult book discussion, "Devil in the
White City" by Erik Larson, Good Mea-
sure Coffee and Caf6, 135 E. Main St.,
Bartow, noon, 534-0131. $3 for a copy
of the book as the remainder of the cost
is funded by the Friends of the Bartow
Public Library.

Friday, Sept. 2
First Friday Art Stroll, 4-9 p.m. Down-
town Bartow on Central Avenue and
Summerlin Street, Bartow.

Friday, Sept. 2-Saturday, Sept. 3
"Dare to Dream" ice show, 3:30 and
7:30 p.m., $38 for front row, $27 for low-
er level and $19. All seats are reserved.
The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St.
Tickets available at www.DisneyOnIce.
com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any
Ticketmaster outlet by calling 1-800-
745-3000, or at the Lakeland Center box

Monday, Aug. 29
Ice cream social, for families to get to
know each other, Alturas Elemefitary
School, Fourth and Oak, Alturas, 519-

Wednesday, Aug. 31
Recovery for Life group, 11:30-noon
and noon-1 p.m., free lunch. Leland
Family Ministries Office, 1715 U.S.
Highway 17 S., Bartow, 519-0000 or

Saturday, Aug. 27
Pre-anniversary for the Traveling
Stars of Tampa, sponsored by Gene Bell
and The Holy Propheteers of Bartow, 7
p.m. Faith, Spirit and Truth with Divine
Power church on the corner of Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and L.B.
Brown Avenue.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Monthly gospel sing with The
Shireys, 7 p.m., Christian Home Free
Will Baptist Church, 1125 Spessard
Holland Parkway, Bartow, 533-4734 or

Saturday, Aug. 27
SBartow Intimidators '00 golf tourna-
ment, 7:30 a.m. registration, tee-off at
8:30 a.m. $60 per golfer, $240 per team.
Proceeds go to Bartow Intimidators
softball team.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Registration for America's Boating
Course, class is 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24. Seating limited and
pre-registration is required. Pre-regis-
tration in lobby of the Kelly Recreation
Complex on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sept.
10, from 9 a.m.-noon and on Thursday,
Sept. 15, from 5-8 p.m. $35 includes
material. 667-9047 or visit www.lake-
landsailandpower.info. Class at Kelly
Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial
Blvd., Lakeland.

Aug. 29-Sept. 9
Mighty Mite Football Registration.
Learn and develop the fundamental
skills to play football through participa-

tion and hands-on experience in drills
and games. Games north of the Civic
Center baseball fields on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Child
must be 8 by Sept. 9 and cannot turn
12 on or before Sept. 9. Fee includes

No black

equipment, new practice T-shirt, and
new jersey. Registration limited. 533-
0120. Early Registration: Aug. 29-Sept.
9, $45 resident/$55 non-resident. Late
Registration: Sept. 12-14, $50 resi-
dent/$60 non-resident.

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Red and purple were the birthday colors for Janice Wells, who celebrated her 50th on Wednesday.
Co-workers at the Polk County Tax Collector's Office became "red hat" ladies for the day. Most
everyone in the office wore something with purple or red. Surrounding the birthday girl (front
center) with their colorful millinery creations are (from left): first row Sherry Baker, Pamela
McCrimmon, Gail Moylan and Bonnie Holly-Brown; back row Linda Blackford, Diane Collins,
Margaret Bolden and Ruth Teate.


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Suzanne Clark,

Across the Back Fence

Ricky Byrd
Ellen Suzanne Clark and
Ricky Byrd, Sr., both of
Bartow, were married July
15, 2011, at Turning Point
Worship Center on Georgia
Street in Bartow.
Rev. Tom Presley per-
formed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter
of Myrtle Clark and the late
Ulray Clark of Bartow. The
groom is the son of Faye
Byrd and the late Joe Mac
Byrd of Bartow.
Mrs. Byrd is a graduate
of Rickards High School in
Tallahassee. She is a staff
assistant with the Central
Dairy Laboratory under the
Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services in
Winter Haven.
Her husband, a graduate
of Bartow High School,
works for the Florida
Department of Juvenile
Justice in Bartow.

are married

Ricky and Suzanne Byrd

Mr. and Mrs. Byrd are residing in

Madoc iws here!
Madoc William Carr, born Aug. 8,
2011, arrived at eight pounds, four
ounces, and was 21-1/2 inches long. He
was born at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center at 4:02 p.m.
His parents are Amber and Miles Carr
of Lakeland. Madoc is the new little
brother of Canaan Miles Carr and Jude
Archer Carr.
Paternal grandparents are Virginia
and Doinenick Condello of Lakeland.
Maternal grandparents are Roy Dan
Wallar and Anna Wallar of Amarillo,
Texas; Becky Ray of Blanco, N.M., and
Brent Martin of Lockney, Texas. Ma-
ternal great-grandparents are Herman
Dell Waller of Amarillo, Texas, and Roy
and Doris Ray of Blanco, N.M.
Also proud to lay claim to the new
youngster are his aunt and uncle, Kara
and Rocco Condello, and their sons,
Kristopher Ring and Kaleb Condello, all
of Lakeland.

It's good for your heart
You can do something good for your
heart and good for others, too.
Polk Heart Walk is a three-mile walk
benefiting the American Heart Associa-
tion, and this year's is scheduled for
Saturday, Oct. 1, at Mosaic Park.
Funds raised support the American
Heart Association's life-saving research,
education and community programs.
Fundraisers and walkers may register as
a team or individuals. A one-mile route

Madoc William Carr
is also available.
Hundreds of walkers will participate
in the Polk Heart Walk, raising funds to
save lives from this country's No. 1 and
No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.
Activities begin at 8 a.m. and the walk
starts at 8:30.
There is no charge to walk, but dona-
tions are appreciated. Teams and indi-
viduals can participate and raise money
through fundraisers and online.
For more information, call the Ameri-
can Heart Association at 1-800-257-
6941, ext.8032, e-mail PolkAHA@Heart.
org or visit PolkHeartWalk.org.
Do you have news offamily and
friends or yourself- that you'd like
to share? Need a special recipe? Cel-
ebrated a special occasion?
Please call Peggy Kehoe at 533-4183
or send your news by e-mail to pkehoe@
polkcountydemocrat.com, or stop by our
office, 190 South Florida Ave., Bartow.

Bartow Kiwanis Club teamed up with Safe Kids Florida Suncoast Saturday at Bartow Fire Depart-
ment to teach parents how to install and use car seats. Helping out with the class were (from left)
Caylee Burke, Mike Allen (holding two of the participants) and Craig Burke. Anyone who attended
the class, which cost $10, was eligible to buy a new car seat for $20 and have it installed on site.
Safe Kids, an affiliate of All Children's Hospital, also offers classes on water safety and bike safety.


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ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and
running television spots this week asking people to
bring in any old silver and gold coins made before
1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to
speak with collectors one on one and have their coins
looked at by a specialist. With the help of these
ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have
coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based
on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins.
,-l coins made before 1970 will be examined and
purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver
dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that
decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot.
If you are like a lot of people you might have a few
old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you
have ever wondered what they are worth now might
be your.chance to find out and even sell them if you
choose. They could be worth a lot according to the
International Coin Collectors ...-.:i ,, also known
as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins
and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough,
one coin could be worth over $100,000 according
to Eric Helms, coin c :ll-._:. and ICCA member. One
ultra rare dime, an 1 894S Barber, sold for a record
$1.9 million to a-collector in July of 2007. While
that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable
coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock
boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector
members have organized a traveling event in search
of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins
can be worth a significant amount due to the high
price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington
quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many
times -h-, .:i.- value. Recent ..iI e markets have
driven the price up on common coins made of silver.
Helms explains-that all half-dollars, quarters and
dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are
sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it's
a sellers market he said.
The rarest coins these collectors are looking for
include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and

What We Buy

Any and all coins made before 1.970, rare
coins, entire. ::.:ll.:.I n:,,. Silver D':I. r:,
Half Dollars, Quarters; Dimes, Half Dimes,
NI;:-el', Three Cent.Pieces, Two Cent Pieces,
Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.
Gold j-.. lry, Silver jewelry, Gold Buillion
Diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose
diamonds, all gem stones, scrap gold, broken
jewelry etc.
Anything made of Platinum.
Including $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5,
$1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.
Kruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs,
Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and /
Buffalos, etc.
All denominations made before 1934.

any coin made before 1850. These coins always
bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver
dollars are also very sought after nowadays.
Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing
during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion,
investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets,
etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be
Also at this event anyone can sell their
gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made
of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at
Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold
and the collectors will examine, test and price it for
free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the
spot it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers
have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold
than other jewelers and pawn brokers..
So whether you have one coin you think might be
valuable or a large collection you recently inherited,
you can talk to these collectors for free. If you're lucky
you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way
there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun!
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Support Bartow Business was the
theme of the Crickette lunch on Mon-
day, Aug. 15.
The Club heard from Tanya Parker of
Parker Place, the new embroidery and
gift shop downtown.
Parker says that this is a dream come
true for her. She began her business at
home with hair bows. You have to visit
the shop and get ... as they say ... the
rest of the story.
Parker is now doing the Crickette
Club shirts for the members with a va-
riety of choices, She also has stacks of
Bartow Elementary Academy shirts she
is doing. Go Bartow businesswoman
Tanya Parker.
For more information on the Crick-
ette Club visit the website at www.
Virgin Margaritas and Cheeseburgers
in Paradise with Jimmy Buffet tunes.
Only the Crickettes could have this
kind of lunch.
Yes, the Crickettes had a wonderful
time at the social on Monday Aug. 22.
A Hula Hoop contest, Best Dressed
contest, new member get acquainted
Truth or Untruth contest, Tiki Bar
with Lime and Strawberry Margaritas
(virgin of course), key lime pie, and yes,
Cheeseburgers in Paradise with fries
and onion rings, salad and fruit were
the order of the day.

Emily Clark, the president of the Crickette Club
(from front), Rebecca Chinault and Kat Duvall
do a little hula hoop at the Aug. 22 meeting.

There is nothing like being a Crick-
ette, it's a true sisterhood.
Kat Duvall (FDOT), Rebecca
Chinault (Chinault Chiropractic) and
President Emily Clark (Spath Jewelers)
proved their hula hoop skills with Kat
Duvall being the final winner.
Best Dressed were Betty Jo Wilson
with ukulele (retired), Carla Meeks
(WebPro Realty), Trish Pfeiffer (LillyCat

Best Dressed awards at Crickette Club went to (from left) Betty Jo Wilson, Carla Meeks, Trish
Pfeifferand Kathy Hall.

Productions) and Kathy Hall (Central
Florida Regional Planning Council).
Melanie Bell (P6lk County commis-
sioner) and Suzie Wynn (King Realty)
and President Emily Clark all guessed
the untrue answers with seven of eight
being correct.
Thanks go out to the Social Commit-
tee of Janice Sylvain, Cecilia Speight,
Gaile Mundy and Terrie Lobb. New
members being welcomed were: Don-

na Jefferies (Jefferies Bookkeeping),
Gay Finkleman (Certified Lifewriting
Instructor), Trish Pfeiffer (LillyCat Pro-
ductions), Linda Culpepper standing
in for her daughter-in-law Olivia Hazell
(Compass Charter Middle School),
Carolyn Ivey (George Harris Shelter),
Glenda Losh (tay-cho art gallery) and
Sherry Warren (A-C-T Environmental).
For more information about the
Crickette Club visit www.crickettes.org.

Toastmasters starts in Bartow

Bartow has a new Toastmasters com-
munity club whose first formal meeting
was held July 26, with both members
and guests participating.
The new club, which is open to the
public, meets at 6 p.m. the second and
fourth Tuesday of each month in the
Bartow Civic Center Teen Lounge.
At Toastmasters, members learn by
speaking to groups and working with
others in a supportive environment.
A typical Toastmasters club is made
up of 20 to 30 people who meet for
approximately an hour. Each meeting
gives everyone an opportunity to prac-
tice conducting and participating in
meetings, giving impromptu speeches,
presenting prepared speeches, and of-
fering constructive evaluations.
Whether you're a professional, stu-
dent, stay-at-home parent or retiree,
Toastmasters is the best way to improve
your communication and leadership
skills, spokesman Hope Jones said.

"Toastmasters can help you lose the
fear of public speaking and learn skills
that will help you be more successful
in your chosen path. You'll be a better
listener. You'll easily lead teams and
conduct meetings. You'll comfortably
give and receive constructive evalu-
ation. Even if you already have some
or all of these skills, you will enhance
them in Toastmasters."
Toastmasters International, begun
in 1924, is a nonprofit educational
organization that teaches public speak-
ing and leadership skills through a
worldwide network of meeting loca-
tions. Headquartered in California, the
organization has more than 260,000
members in more than 12,500 clubs in
113 countries.
Bartow Civic Center is at 2250 S.
Floral Avenue. For more information
contact Hope Jones at 533-7836 or


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Celestino Vega,
Haines City

Torres, M.D.
Lake Wales

Kavasmaneck, M.D.
S.E. Winter Haven

Abuan, M.D.
Winter Haven

Auburndale Family Health Center
Jennifer Negrin, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
2028 Highway 92 West I (863) 965-9327

Bartow Family Health Center
Robert Bala, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
1625 N. Carpenter Ave. 1 (863) 533-1448

Dundee Family Health Center
Kimberly Jackson, D.O.
Diplomate, American Osteopathic
Board of Family Practice
5999 Dundee Rd., Suite 750 1(863) 292-4656

Lake Wales Family Health Center
Eduardo Torres, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
201 SR 60 West 1 (863) 679-9644

Southeast Winter Haven Family Health Center
Darien Kavasmaneck, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
6035 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 1 (863) 324-4725

Winter Haven Family Health Center
Jaime Abuan, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
100 Avenue I, N.E. 1 (863) 292-4077

Haines City Family Health Center
Celestino Vega, M.D., FAAFP
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
Angela Austin-Leyva, PA-C
36245 Highway 27 (863) 421-9801

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