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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Associated Publications Corp.
Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 8/31/2011
Frequency: semiweekly[1946-<1992>]
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Bartow (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Polk -- Bartow
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1931?
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Lake Wales sports

km female kicker

lq B7 C I
Lake Wales High School senior
Kimberly Maldonado said Mon-
day that while she might throw
like a girl,' she kicks like a boy.
Maldonado is the first girl to play
for the boys' Highlanders football
squad. During this, her tirst season,
she booted an e\tra point dur-
ing the preseason game last week
against Kathleen High School.
"All the guys said I was official,"

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SHigh School
Football Preview,
SPreseason Game,
Page 6A


said Maldonado. "I don't like be-
ing classified as a girly-girl.
"I'm playing a guy's sport and
I don't expect to be treated any
Athletic Director Marvin Pavy
said that Maldonado is "just
another kicker," but sometimes

Obituaries .......
Page 13A, I-L4
School Life.......
Page 15A4
County Report
Page IB
Feeling Fit .......
Page 4B

Engineer ta


Swiftmud director

Jupiter native picked over three current employees

TAMPA The new executive director of
the Southwest Florida Water Management
District is a 50-year-old engineer from Jupiter
who has never worked for a Florida govern-
ment agency before.
Taking the job means taking a pay cut.
The board of the agency commonly known
as Swiftmud, which oversees the water sup-
ply in a 16-county area, decided late Mon-
day to hire Blake Guillory, currently the vice
president of the engineering firm of Brown &
They picked him over the other finalist
out of 51 applicants, David Chardavoyne,
whom the board recently learned had sued
two previous employers for breach of
In selecting its finalists the Swiftmud board
rejected three 0f Swiftmud's deputy executive
directors who had also applied for the job.
Guillory will be replacing Dave Moore, a

longtime Swiftmud employee who was pro-
moted to executive director in 2003. Moore,
who announced his resignation in May, was
making $194,000.
In his application, Guillory told the Swift-
mud board he was making $175,000 a year at
Brown & Caldwell. In the past, he could look
forward to a raise for taking the job at Swift-
mud. But last week Gov. Rick Scott told all
five 6f the state's water management districts
he wants their executive directors' salaries
capped at $165,000. He also called for more
cuts to their budgets.
Guillory, who has a master's degree in engi-
neering from the University of South Florida,
wrote in an e-mail to the Times last week that
he had no quarrel with Scott's desire to cap
salaries or cut the staff.
"SWFWMD has four deputy directors, 19
directors, 71 IT employees, 200 employees
in management and administration divi-
sion ... 112 administrative ...... of 725 total

Look-a-like contest won on details

It could have been the details that did it for
the winners of Sunday's look-a-like contest
for the "My Girl" 20th anniversary party.
"Peggy said it was all in!.he derails," .aid
Kdthy Hall, \\ho won the contest for the one
who looked the most like Jamie Lee Curtis'
character, Shelly DeVoto. "I watched the
trailer last night and she had these kind of
boots but they were shorter."
Peggy Kehoe, Lisa Corsentino and Kent
Kesler were judges in the contest to discover
who looked the most like the four main
characters in the movie. Those characters
were Harry Sultenfuss played by Dan Ayk-
royd, ThomasJ. Sennett played by Macaulay
Culkin, Vada Margaret Sultenfuss played by
Anna Chlumsky and Shelly DeVoto played by
Jamie Lee Curtis.
Kesler gave up his judgeship and won the
prize for the person who most looked like
Harry Sultenfuss.
He donned a tuba which apparently was
enough to offset the fact that he had a goatee.
"I suppose you could say I looked the most
like Dan Aykroyd 20 years later," he said.


New store is down
on Main Street

Page 2


Winners of the look-a-like contest stand before the
front door of The Stanford Inn Sunday, a place seen
often in the movie "My Girl,' when it was filmed in
Bartow. In front are Henry Roslow and Emily Sjoblom;
behind them are Kent Kesler and Kathy Hall. More
photos on Page 10A.

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Daniel Williams'attempt to catch a pass for Bartow downfield had at least
one fan excited. The football team played its first game Friday against George
Jenkins High School in a jamboree. Bartow lost 24-12. The regular season
starts Friday. For more on this game, see Page 6A.

Page 4A.
Sports .............
Page 6A.
Page 11.A
Community ....
Page 124


Find This 'N' That at new Bartow store

Where can you find a little of this and
a little of that? Down on Main Street,
This 'N' That Consignment and Thrift
Shirley Schlegel opened her shop
at 545 E. Main St. a little more than a
month ago. It offers consignment items
brought in by customers to sell for a per-
centage, and items that Schlegel finds at
estate sales, yard sales and other sources.
"Once you open the doors, people
bring stuff," the owner explained.
This 'N' That offers furniture, clothes,
knickknacks, handbags, shoes, and vinyl
records. It's one of those places where
you can find hidden treasures, but the
store is clean and neat, and Schlegel is
happy to help customers find theirs.
She also takes orders for wooden
furniture made by an area man. A slatted
bench for two featured small shelves on
each side for holding drinks and snacks. A
child's table offers storage under the lid.
Schlegel has lots of experience in
running businesses. She grew up in

Georgia, played basketball at Sparks
Adel High School where the girls bas-
ketball team was state champions eight
years running.
Schlegel finished her college degree
in business administration, and her first
business venture was an auto auction
in Alma, Ga. Her parents had moved to
Florida and Schlegel did, too.
After her marriage she spent 25 years
in Wisconsin. She has two sons and three
grandchildren. After her husband's death,
she returned to Florida, living at Lake
She ran a produce business for 20 years,
with outlets in Sebring, Avon Park and
Lake Wales, then for a time leased the flea
market on South Highway 17 in Bartow
She spent 19 years caring for her
mother, and after she passed, Schlegel was
deeply depressed. Her doctor advised her
to find something to do, so ... she opened a
store, of course!
With help from a friend in setting things
up, Schlegel is open for business six days a
week, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday,
and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call This 'N' That
at 533-0804.

Shirley Schlegel has opened a new consignment and thrift shop with an appropriate name: This
'N'That. The store opened about a month ago at 545 East Main St., Bartow. The bench she is
sitting on was crafted by a man who will take orders for furniture through the store.

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Taxpayer dollars spent for your opinion?

Governor Rick Scott came to Florida'with plenty
of experience in private business, but none in pub-
lic service. While some like to think that running
government like a business is a good idea, there is
much evidence to the contrary.
Scott, already no stranger to controversy, has
now come under criticism for giving plush state
jobs to seven political allies at a cost to taxpayers of
$400,000 a year.
At a time when Florida public high schools are
operating without guidance counselors and wa-
ter management districts are laying off engineers,
Scott's move stretches even the most accommodat-
ing definitions of gubernatorial authority.
Scott's newly-created bureaucracy includes two
"deputy directors of public liaison." The office will
be headed by Michael Dew, who will earn $90,000
annually to keep Scott informed of what the public
is thinking.
The other deputy director hire is Robin Stublen,
who was helpful to Scott during his election cam-
paign. Stublen runs a lawn care and pest-control
company in Punta Gorda. Perhaps more important-

Our Viewpoint

ly for Scott, he is a Tea Party activist.
Stublen has run unsuccessfully for the Charlotte
County Commission, but perhaps more signifi-
cantly, he is the founder and editor of a website
called "hotteanews." He was a vocal backer of
Scott's election.
In the private world, executives have considerable
lee-way in making such hires, and answer only to
their board of directors, who tend to be close allies.
Corporate stockholders are rarely aware of such
favoritism. State government functions under an
entirely different set of rules, in which the taxpayers
are kept 'in the know' by the function of a free and
independent press.
Scott's long private-sector experience includes
helping found Columbia Hospital Corporation,
which he later merged with Hospital Corporation of
America to create Columbia/HCA. The combination
eventually became the biggest for-profit health-care
company in the U.S., with Scott at the helm.

The end of Scott's time as CEO, and much of his
experience with government, occurred when the
company came under investigation for Medicare
fraud, and ultimately admitted guilt to 14 felony
charges. The company paid a fine of $600 million.
Scott was not charged.
Scott defended the creation of the new positions
under the description of "public liaison." "They will
be there to make sure I hear what people...what's
important," Scott said.
We fear that Scott has yet to make the mental
adjustments necessary to transition successfully ,
from the private sector to the public one. A lack of "
previous experience in government or elective office
is a handicap.
Florida governors have long relied on legislative
aides and media sources for general political news.
Direct communications from citizens has never
been in short supply, and usually far exceeds any
governor's ability to read and respond to it person-
ally. It is doubtful the creation of a new office will
significantly improve Scott's grasp of what Florida
voters are really thinking.

A small drinking t(

(Seventh in a series of 8)
Ketchikan, Alaska, Aug. 5 For a
state which proudly proclaims the mas-
sive size of its land area, its glaciers, its
mountains, its salmon, and its hospital-
ity, Alaska comes up dramatically small
in one category: its population.
Our travels today bring us to the town
that calls itself "Alaska's First City," Ket-
chikan. It takes this nickname from the
fact that it is the first Alaskan commu-
nity encountered by visitors or settlers
when traveling north.
It is Alaska's fourth largest city, with a
population of only 14,000 people.

To tourists who arrive by shiploads
each day, the immediate reaction is
that it is a small town carved into the
side of a mountain, a place where locals
have preserved the look and feel of a
114 -year;old fishing illage.
A second look reveals a fondness for
totem poles, which are placed with
the frequency of Florida's plastic pink
flamingos, but with a far greater eye to

A tour bus takes us to the nearby
Alaskan Indian village of Saxman. While
dnroute, Daniel, our driver and com-
mentator, tells us that Ketchikan has 36
jewelry stores and 27 bars. The main-
stay of the economy, aside from tour-
ism, is salmon packing and shipping,
with half a million pounds of salmon
processed at the town's three canneries
each year.
"We are a small.drinking town with
a fishing problem," he says with a

)Wn .

S.L. Frisbie

S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at

He thanks us for taking his bus. He
says we have rescued him from a career
in the canneries.
Ketchikan also calls itself the Salmon
Capital of the World.
The town gets an average of 13 feet of
rain a year, sometimes more than twice
that much. The abundant rainfall is es-
sential to the salmon harvest.

The residents of Saxman, the small
native village just outside Ketchikan, are
immersed in the tourist industry.
A troupe of dancers ranging from
kindergarten age to grandparents,
dressed in colorful costumes, performs
traditional dances in the clan house, a
wooden structure built by carefully fit-
ting together planks without the use of
nails or screws.
At a carving center, a gray-haired
craftsman goes though the motions of
working on a totem pole. His heart is
not in it.
At the ever-present gift shop, items
labeled "Alaska" and bearing "Made in
China" labels sell for $3 to $5. Crafts
made in Saxman are priced from $60 to

Large maps posted on Ketchikan's

piers there are four piers where
cruise ships dock bear the names of
the town's streets, alleys, and walkways.
One of them is Married Man's Lane.
Needless to say, I have to ask.
It is a semi-secluded walkway leading
to the town's red light district of yester-
As we take a walking tour of Ketchi-
kan, we spot the two-story building that
houses the offices and printing plant of
the Ketchikan Daily News. I had to stop
in. It is a six-day daily (weekdays and
a single weekend edition), beautifully
printed on a four-unit Goss Community
press with two color towers. The lead
story of the day is a debate by the city

council over whether to convert the
boiler at the new fire station from oil
and electric power to wood pellet fuel.
The added cost of $550,000 in mid-
construction is too high, councilmen
decided on a 4-to-2 vote (with one
member absent and unable to partici-
pate by phone due to poor reception).
Publisher Tena Williams greets us cor-
dially, and appreciates my comments
on the skill of her press crew.
That night, I dream that her head
pressman let me help run the press.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. It was a really
realistic dream: the pressman didn't let
him do much.)

The Polk County Democrat
Jim GouLvellis Publisher
Aileen Hood- General Manager Jeff Roslow Editor Peggy Kehoe Managing Editor

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The Inquiring Photographer

What is your


memory of Kissengen Spring?

Dr. Ed Etheridge
"It was icy cold and the
mystery of the boil. I went

Kenneth Laurent
"Just going down there for
dances we had when I was a

down but I got chicken when I teen ... the water was always
got about six feet deep. It was cold but we never stopped"'
a fearsome thing."

Hugh Wright
"Sunday morning we went
out early and had breakfast of
sausage and grits for 25 cents
and swimming for free all day."

Freddie Wright
"I went there once but what I
remember is it was ice cold."

Scholarly life lost

in rush for job skills

As a former university professor,
Pope Benedict XVI spoke from experi-
ence Aug. 19 when he addressed young
university professors in Madrid. He
encouraged the professors to resist
pressures on the academy to focus on
job skills rather than a broader educa-
tion, which I translate to mean the old
ideal of die scholarly life.
Given the utilitarian approach to
education most American universities
are embarked on, the pope's speech
interested me. The United States needs
a Benedict who speaks passionately and
often about the true role of professors.
"At times one has the idea that
the mission of a university professor
nowadays is exclusively that of forming
competent and efficient professionals
capable of satisfying the demand for
labor at any given time," the pontiff
said, according to a transcript released
by Vatican Radio. "One also hears it
said that the only thing that matters at
the present moment is pure technical
"This sort of utilitarian approach to
education is in fact becoming more
widespread, even at the university level,
promoted especially by sectors outside
the university. All the same, you who,
like myself, have had an experience of
the university, and now are members of
the teaching staff, surely are looking for
something more lofty and capable of
embracing the full measure of what it is
to be human. We know that when mere
utility and pure pragmatism become
the principal criteria, much is lost and
the results can be tragic."
In most parts of the United States,
professors, especially those at public
universities, are fast becoming pawns
in political agendas that are discount-
ing their value. Driven by budget crises

Bill Maxwell

that give them convenient cover, many
elected officials, such as Texas Gov.
Rick Perry and Florida Gov. Rick Scott,
make no secret of their intentions to
"reinvent" public higher education by
operating it like a business.
For generations, scholars have cau-
tioned about the tendency in America
to see everything, including university
education, through the prism of the free
market. More than a decade ago, for ex-
ample, sociologist Robert Bellah argued
that freedom in the market is tyranny in
other "spheres" such as the professions,
politics and education.
He said that a decent society depends
on the autonomy of the spheres. When
money takes over politics, only a shad-
ow of democracy remains. Similarly,
when money takes over higher educa-
tion, decisions are made based on the'
bottom line, and professional authority
is cast aside.
Departments and programs and
faculty are assessed by their productiv-
ity, meaning the amount of dollars they
bring in and the number of graduates
they churn out. Under such conditions,
universities no longer are fulfilling their
real mission.
American universities should not to-
tally ignore the values and practices of

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Jenkins tops Bartow 24-12


Pre-season contests provide great
tune-up opportunities for high school
football squads. It gives the coaching
staff a little bit of a "baptism under fire"
without endangering district title hopes.
Bartow's 2011 football squad is
a young team that is searching for
cohesion. With the loss of nearly 20
seniors and the return of about a
handful of players with significant
playing experience, Bartow will be
faced with challenges.
In Friday's Kickoff Classic at George
Jenkins, taken by the Eagles 24-12, there
was plenty to be learned.
Bartow won the toss and elected to
The first drive resulted in a three-and-
out with only four yards net in the effort.
Jenkins mounted a drive of their own,
aided by the first of 14 Bartow penal-
ties. Fortunately, Jenkins is experiment-
ing with the direct snap wildcat-type
offense and a botched snap ended up
in the hands of Bartow defender Darius
Jackson, stopping the effort inside the
red zone.
Bartow's offense was again stymied
and limited to three plays before punt-
ing away the ball. Once again, Jenkins
sustained a drive, but the Jacket defense
stiffened with. key stops by Freddie
Stevenson, Rico Mathis and Leon Vasser.
Faced with a fourth down, Jenkins
elected to go for it and came up a yard
Backed deep into their territory, di-
saster struck for Bartow. A fumbled snap
was recovered by Bartow's Dimitri Lever-
ett, but he was tackled in the end zone
for a safety, putting Jenkins up 2-0 with
1:30 left in the first quarter.
Bartow's defense played inspired, lim-
iting Jenkins to short gains and Romante
Bell scooped up a fumble to hand the
ball back to Bartow, giving the Jackets
good field position in Jenkins territory.
On the host's next drive, another
Bartow penalty gave Jenkins momentum

with a first down. After eight more plays,
the drive ended with a Jenkins' punt and
2:03 left in the first half.
It was another three and out for Bar-
tow and a line drive punt was fielded by
the Jenkins receiver at the 50. He picked
up/30 yards before being hauled down at
the 20. The Eagles kept it on the ground,,
leading to a one-yard Bryant Warnock
touchdown. With several Bartow penal-
ties moving the ball closer for the extra
point, Jenkins opted to go for two and
the pass was incomplete.
Unfortunately, the Bartow defender
was flagged for interference, so Jenkins
tried the run with success to take a 10-0
With less than a minute remaining
in the half, Bartow had two incomplete
passes precede a connection of Leverett
to White for 30 yards.
For the second half, Bartow kicked off
and the Jenkins squad was penalized
for delay of game when the chain crew
failed to report.
Once that was rectified, the Bartow
defense was clearly inspired, pushing
the offense back 16 yards to the shadow
of their own goal.
An offensive pass interference call
on the first play moved Bartow back.
The Jackets gained five on the next play.
Biggs dialed up the same pass play from
first down and this time it connected
with a Leverett to JeremyWilliams 32-
yard touchdown. The first point after
was kicked through the uprights, but
Bartow was penalized and moved back.
The second try sailed wide to the left,
putting the score at 10-6 Jenkins.
Jenkins mixed up the plays on their
next set of downs and was faced with
a fourth and two from the Bartow 11.
The ball was fumbled, but recovered
by Jenkins and recovered at point that
game them a first and goal at the 10. It
took two plays for Jenkins to convert
on a passing play with the kick for extra
point signaled as good. The score stood
17-6 Jenkins.
Aaron Garrison picked up seven yards
on the ground as Bartow came out to

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the ball on the 24 on its next possession.
The handoff to Michael Walker saw the
runner finding daylight on the left side,
scampering down the sidelines in a foot
race to an apparent touchdown. Two
flags assessed against Bartow brought
the ball back and the penalties again
deflated the Jackets, who punted on
fourth and 18.
Jenkins wasn't done as they hooked
up on an option pitch and pass play that
resulted in a 60-yard touchdown strike.
The point after took it to 24-6.
Bartow would have one more touch-
down left in them as Aaron Garrison
went to the right side and cashed in a
10-yard touchdown run. The extra point
effort failed.
On the next two possessions,
Bartow was victimized by a pair of
interceptions, negating any chance at

Bartow's Aaron Garrison runs to the outside
against George Jenkins Friday at Bartow
Memorial Stadium. He scored one touchdown
but the Yellow Jackets lost the game 24-12.

a comeback.
The regular season will open Friday in
Mulberry. Game time is 7 p.m.



Notice is hereby given that the City of Fort Meade will hold a General
Election on November 8, 2011 between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM,
for the election of three commissioners.
Seat One Precinct 516
Seat Two Precinct 518
Seat Four At Large
Petitions from Candidates will be accepted by the Deputy City Clerk, be-
ginning at Noon, Monday, September 12, 2011 until Noon, Friday, Septem-
ber 16, 2011. Term of office is for four years. Present terms expire Janu-
ary 10, 2012. Each Candidate for City Commissioner must be a qualified
elector of the City of Fort Meade and shall have been a resident of the City
for one year.

Candidates for Seat One, Precinct 516 must reside within Precinct
Candidates for Seat Two, Precinct 518 must reside within Precinct
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Candidates for Seat Fouit Large mutreside within the city limits
,i-. mt-reside within the city limits
of Fort Meade. ,"

Petitions for Candidates for City Commissioner must bear the names of at
least 25 persons qualified to vote in the City Election. To be eligible to sign
a petition for only one Candidate for Seat One, Precinct 516, a Voter must
reside within Precinct 516. To be eligible to sign a petition for only one
Candidate for Seat Two, Precinct 518, a Voter must reside within Precinct
518. Any Voter residing within the city limits of Fort Meade may sign only
one petition for a Candidate for the At Large Seat.

You must be registered in the Polk County Registration Books in order to
be entitled to vote. Registration Books will close on October 10, 2011, 29
days prior to the election. To vote in this City Election, you must reside
within the city limits of Fort Meade.

All Precincts will vote in the Community Center at 10 SW Third Street.

Should a run-off election be required, it will be held November 22, 2011 at
the Fort Meade Community Center.

WITNESS my hand as Deputy City Clerk and the Seal of the city of Fort
Meade, Florida, this 3rd day of August, 2011.

n Phyllis Kirk,
SDeputy City Clerk of Fort Meade, FL


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her gender has to be considered when
playing away games.
"We need to notify the other teams
that we need another facility for the
young lady," said Pavy, about a place to
change before and after games. "It could
be a small room like a coach's office."
Maldonado sports the same uniform
number she does on the high school
soccer field (No. 16) and hopes to earn
an athletic scholarship while playing
college soccer. The A and B student
wants to become an engineer.

The guys on the team treat Maldona-
do "like family," but occasionally other
students needle and tease the 17-year-
old, she said.
"Girls can play football," said Maldo-
nado. "There's no negativity on the bus
or at practice.
"Kids at school and not on the team tease
and start stuff, but that's just high school
drama. I don't take it negatively; I take it as
somebody else's opinion," she said.
The school's cheerleaders support
the kicker.
"They look up to me for doing it as a
girl," said the Highlander.
When the soccer-style place kicker asked
her mother about playing for the boys'

football team, she was told to "go for it."
Maldonado's father is also supportive.
"He thinks it's funny that his little girl
is playing football," said the small-
est member of the varsity team at 136
pounds and 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
Pavy said Maldonado will likely get
tackled. It would be a first in football,
though the high school senior has been
tackled playing soccer.
"Every once in a while they're going to
get run into," said Pavy. "Other girls have
tried out, but only lasted a week or so.
"They usually tried out for kicker, but
couldn't kick. We tell them if they were -
a guy, we'd also have to cut them."
Maldonado is not the first female

high-schooler in Polk County to wear a
football helmet, but is the first woman
to play for the Highlanders.
Polk County Director of Athletics
Don Bridges said a female kicked sev-
eral years at Frostproof High School.
Bridges said that while girls have the
right to play for a boys' team, boys can-
not play girls' sports.
Maldonado is on the team because
a football coach approached the girls'
soccer coach to recruit her. Maldonado
shows her school pride.
"I'll forever be a Lake Wales High-
lander," she said. "Orange and black,
that's where it's at."

Kesler competed against Tony
Granger and Ed Sjoblom in that con-
The look-a-like contest was the wrap-
up of a three-day celebration marking
that it was 20 years since the movie was
made in Bartow using The Stanford Inn
as the Sultenfuss home. The movie was
shown as the monthly free movie in the
grass lot onWilson and Main. Satur-
day there was a scavenger hunt at The
Stanford Inn and Sunday there was the
look-a-like contest.
It took effort and advertising to pull
it off and Grainger, the owner of The
Stanford Inn thanked Mikel Dorminy of
Main Street Bartow's effort to pull it off.
"This couldn't have been done
without the help of Main Street Bar-
tow," Grainger said before the contest
started. "I couldn't have had the adver-
tising for this."
He added he and his wife Becky
saw quite a few people go by the bed
and breakfast this weekend pointing
out that this is the house where it was
filmed and it looked pretty much the
But the contest Sunday still came
down to the details.

Hall beat fellow contestants Maria
Trippe, Gail Murray and Gail Smith in
the contest. Before the judging at least
three of them thought Gail Smith would
be the winner.
"I have darker hair and brown eyes,"
she said.
However, Maria Tripped thought she
might have an advantage with the black
T-shirt and rifles.
"This is what she'd look like if Jamie
Lee was an Iron Maiden fan," she said.
The details may have also helped
Emily Sjoblom win the contest for the
one who looked the most like Vada
Margaret Sultenfuss. When she put on a
hat with the brim turned up, she looked
just like the character, who was wearing
a brown hat in the cardboard cutout
used for comparison.
She competed against her older sister
Sarah Sjoblom and Lizzie Garcia.
In the contest for who looked the
most like Thomas J. Sennett the award
was automatic and probably didn't
focus on the details. Henry Roslow was
the only contestant. He didn't think
he looked like the character, saying he
didn't have glasses and wasn't wearing
brown shorts like the cardboard cutout
was. But he liked winning.
"It was awesome," he said more
awesome when he realized chocolate
was in the bag among the prizes.

SWIFTMUD: New director named

employees. Seems significantly out
of balance to me," he wrote.
Swiftmud would continue con-
centrating on "protecting and
managing our water supply, flood
protection, water quality and natu-
ral systems," he wrote. "However,
it will be a much leaner and more
"efficient agency going forward."
Of the two finalists, only Charda-
voyne has any experience running
a water agency. He was in charge of
the San Antonio, Texas, water sup-
ply system. However, in addition to
suing two previous employers, he
left the Texas job under an agree-
ment that paid him $412,000 in
exchange for a promise not to sue
his employer. And a racial discrimi-
nation lawsuit filed against him
and the Texas utility resulted in a
$635,000 settlement.
In an interview last week, he contend-
ed those lawsuits should not be a factor

in Swiftmud's hiring decision.
"Any seasoned senior executive
who has a full career in terms of
experience will run into lawsuits,"
he said. "It's part of what goes with
being a senior executive."
Guillory, who has spent the past
20 years working as a consultant
to Florida city and county govern-
ments and the three largest water
management districts, said he has
never been sued nor has he sued
anyone else.
When Mdore quit in the spring,
he did not give a specific reason for
his resignation as executive direc-
tor. But his departure is part of a
wave of change washing over the
state's five water districts after Scott
said they all needed to get back to
their "core missions." The execu-
tive directors of the South Florida
Water Management District and the
St. Johns River Water Management
District also resigned or retired

MAXWELL: Scholarly life lost

the marketplace. They cannot viably ex-
ist if they do. But our universities must
not become an industry redesigned to
be operated like, say, the U.S. automo-
bile and home loan industries.
Call me out of touch, but I subscribe
to the late Cardinal John Henry New-
man's idea of the university. The priest,
scholar and poet who founded what is
now University College Dublin, New-
man argued that the university dd&"
not exist for the sole purpose of con-
veying information and expertise.
"A university," he wrote, "educates
the intellect to reason well in all mat-
ters, to reach out towards truth, and
grasp it." He further stated that "the
general principles of any study you

may learn by books at home; but the
detail, the color, the tone, the air, the
life which makes it live in us, you must
catch all these from those in whom it
lives already."
For Newman, as it is with Benedict,
the university is a place where stu-
dents live for scholarship, where labor
and leisure go hand in hand, where
students sacrifice, where they fashion
their lives around their studies and
contemplation. .
I dare say that at its core, American
higher education is being coarsened
as our universities increasingly adopt
the business model and forsake the,
scholarly life. I have no doubt that
this trend is having a negative effect
on our social order. We are losing the
sense of what it means to be human.


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OF FORT MEADE will hold a Public Hearing in the City
Commission Room at City Hall on Monday, September 19, 2011
at 5:30 PM to consider the following request:

.Remigio Badillo and Oneida Sanchez, 15 NE 4th Street, Fort
Meade, FL. 33841, are requesting an 18' rear setback variance to
erect an open carport attached to their existing home to provide
cover for equipment.

Unified Land Development Code, 2.05.00 Establishment of
Districts, Table 2.05.01(B) Table of Development Standards;
District- R1 B, setbacks- front 25', rear 25', sides 10'.

This information is available for public review in the Building
Department from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
All interested property owners may appear at the Public Hearing
to make objections as they may have. No objections being raised,
it is presumed none exist.

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August 31 2011


Bartow Rotary promotes adoption picnic

The Bartow Rotary Club's first
after-hours social of the year was
held at the Stanford Inn on Thurs-
day, Aug. 25. Outside of the social
aspect of the event, it also served
as a fundraiser for an adoption
picnic that the club is planning to
The adoption picnic is a special
event that serves to allow children
who are ready to be adopted to
meet and interact with prospec-
tive parents in a neutral setting.
It is hoped that many matches

will be made that will result in the
long-term benefit of the children
being adopted, as they would
then be able to live in a loving and
nurturing environment.
Representatives of Heartland
for Children, the Florida Baptist
Children's Home, and the Chil-
dren's Home Society were present
to talk about their agencies and
about the role they play in the
adoption process. Members of
the Bartow Rotary Club welcomed
Rotarians from the Winter Haven,

Frostproof and Lake Wales Break-
fast Clubs who also attended the
The sponsors for the evening for
the evening were Fred and Donna
Martin of The Wine Stable and
the hosts were Tony and Becky
Grainger of The Stanford Inn.
Anyone who wants more infor-
mation about the adoption picnic
or about the Bartow Rotary Club
should contact Steve Githens at

Nancy and Bill Stuart and Teri Saunders, CEO of Heartland for
Children (from left), at the Rotary Club fundraiser for a child
adoption picnic.

Above: Tony Grainger, Kevin
Kitto and George Robertson-
Burnett (from left) at the
Rotary Club event at The
Stanford Inn. Grainger is the
current owner of the inn,
purchasing it from Robertson-

Left: Marietta and Tom
Jennings, Winnie and Joe
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commission meeting. Recognized were (front, from left): Thomas Deardorff, 25 years
with Planning and Development; Jeffrey Calcutt, 25 years with Fire Rescue; Steven
Buttermore, 25 years, Fire Rescue; Thomas Coulter, Jr., 20 years, Fire Rescue; and, not
pictured, David Barnes, 20 years, Fire Rescue. With them are (from left) Commissioners
Bob English, Melony Bell, Chairman Edwin Smith, and Commissioners Todd Dantzler and
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August 31, 2011

'My Girl' Look-a-Like Contest

Emily Sjoblom won the look-a-like contest for those who most looked like Anna Chlumsky in the film "My Girl."

Kent Kesler retrieved a tuba from his car Sunday during the look-
a-like contest at The Stanford Inn. He held it to shield his beard
as Dan Akroyd didn't haveone in the movie "My Girl.""I suppose I
may look like Dan Akyroyd 20 years later," he said.

Contestants for the contest to look most like Jamie Lee Curtis in "My Girl" were (from left) Maria
Trippe, Gail Murray, Kathy Hall and Gail Smith. Hall won the contest. Trish Pfeiffer holds a photo
of Curtis for comparison.

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Although they arrived after the judging, brother and sister Titus and Jadian Walker
had fun dressing up and posing with the cutout of characters Thomas J. and Vada
from "My Girl." But they did get there in time for strawberry lemonade and chocolate
cake on the porch of The Stanford Inn.

Henry Roslow looks at the cardboard Macaulay Culkin character of Tiomas J. Senne
"My Girl" movie. Henry won the look-a-like contest Sunday at The Stanford Inn.

Stanford Inn owner Tony Grainger (center) tells Kent Kesler that if he were a judge he'd vote for Kesler in the
look-a-like contest. Apparently the judges agreed. Kesler, who was a judge, gave up the spot for the contest
and won the event. He competed against Grainger and Ed Sjoblom (left) in the contest Sunday.

August 31, 2011

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AN II A Welcome to your community calendar

nIf you would like to see your event listed on this page,
we can make it happen. Contact us at 863-533-4183.
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Friday Sept. 2
First Friday Art Stroll, 4-9 p.m. Downtown
Bartow on Central Avenue and Summerlin

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Deadline for View and Review, event is
6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. Guest critic Adam
Justice, curator of art at Polk Museum of
Art, will critique work from emerging artists.
Registration is $15 for artists who are present-
ing artwork and $5 for the audience. Polk
Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland.

Thursday, Sept. 1
Lakeland Metro Chapter of the National As-
sociation ofWomen Business Owners,
11:15 a.m. $20 members, $25 guests. Learn the
proper procedures for documenting employee
performance and misconduct. Speaker is
GreggW. Hooth withVeccio, Carrier & Feldman,
PA Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, 929 Lake
Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland. Register at:
www.nawbolakelandmetro.com or 647-9463.

Saturday, Sept. 5
Ticket deadline for the 10th annual Central
Florida Ridge Friends of the NRA benefit
dinner and auction. Dinner is Saturday, Sept.
10, at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven. Call
207-7779 or online at www.friendsof
nra.org/EventDetails. Tickets will be on sale
until Sept. 10.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Ballroom Dancing, 2:30-3:30 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 ball-
rooml6@aol.com or 299-9070.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 6
6-8Year-Old Story Time, 3:30 p.m., books read
by children's librarian. Bartow Public Library,

2150 S. Broadway, 534-0131.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Concert in the Park, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,
Fort Blount Park at the corner of Broadway
and Main Street, Bartow.

Thursday, Sept. 8
Book Babies, 10 a.m., for children from
18 months to 2 years old with their parents
or guardians. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 534-0131.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
2011 Polk District College Fair, 6-8 p.m. Pub-
lic and private colleges and universities from
Florida and out-of-state will be there. Florida
Southern College's Jenkins Field House, 111
Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland.

Monday, Sept. 5
Bartow City Commission, 5:30 p.m. work
session, 6:30 board meeting, 450 N. Wilson
Ave., 534-0100.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Polk County Commission, 9 a.m., in the
county commission chambers at 330 W Church

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Polk County School Board, work session
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Wednesday, Aug. 31
Recovery for Life group, 11:30-noon and
noon-i p.m., free lunch. Leland Family
Ministries Office 1715 U.S. 17 S., Bartow, 519-
0000 or info@lelandfamilyministries.com.

Thursday, Sept. 1
Bartow Soccer Club registration, 6-7:30 p.m.,
Mary Holland Park Soccer Complex. For info on
prices and ages, call go to www.bartowsoccer.

Through Sept. 9
Mighty Mite Football Registration. Child
must be 8 by Sept. 9 and cannot turn 12 on or
before Sept 9. Fee includes equipment, new
practice T-shirt, and new jersey. Registration
limited. 533-0120. Early reg. $45 resident/$55
non-resident. Late reg.: Sept. 12-14, $50 resi-
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Raising money for dictionaries

Look up "community" in the dic-
tionary and you just might find "Bar-
tow, Fort Meade and Alturas."
Kids in those towns will be able to
look up the word themselves as ben-
eficiaries of the Rotary Club Elementa-
ry School Dictionary Project. It's really
a community project, with lots of area
residents needed to help the Rotarians
and Downtown Bartow merchants and
restaurants raise the necessary funds.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Bartow
Rotary Clubs will hold Rotary Night in
downtown Bartow. Participating res-
taurants and merchants will donate 10
percent of the proceeds of the night's
revenues to the Bartow Rotary Clubs'
Elementary School Dictionary Project.
Participating merchants so far in-
clude: Cookie Jar Bakeshop, Hacienda
Mexico, Havana Delights, Palace Pizza,
The Cool Shoppe, The Doggie Bag,
Parker Place, The Peace River Center
Thrift Shop, Oasis Salon & Day Spa
(call 533-5078 for appointments that
evening for massage, facials, hairstyl-
ing and manicures), tay-cho (which
will be donating 10 percent of the
money raised from drawing portraits
that night), 5-Star Skate Shop, Bartow
Flowers and Gifts, Bartow Christian
Books & Gifts, Apple Seeds Gift Shop,
The Stanford Inn & Tea Room, and The
Wine Stable.
Other businesses may decide to par-
ticipate as well when they hear about
the event, which should start at 5 p.m.
and end no later than 9 p.m.

Bartow Rotary Clubs are raising
money to purchase enough diction-
aries for third, fourth and fifth grade
students in the elementary schools in
Bartow, Fort Meade and Alturas, and
Spessard Holland Elementary. The
clubs will purchase and distribute
some 1,000 more dictionaries than the
usual number that has been distrib-
uted by the clubs over the past 10 to
12 years. More than $3,000 will be
For more information call Steve
Githens, Bartow Rotary Club presi-
dent, at 529-8679.

Mollie Elizabeth McKenzie and Steven
Randolph Rowell, both of Lakeland, have
announced their engagement.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Coveda McKenzie of Fort Meade. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Rowell of
The prospective bride is a former
resident of Fort Meade. She earned her
bachelor's of business administration in
music business from Belmont University
in Nashville. She is a teacher for Polk
County Public Schools.
Her fiance earned a master of science in
psychology from the University of Florida,
and a master of business administration
from Florida Southern College. He is a
manager for Publix Super Markets, Inc.
They plan to be wed on Oct. 22, 2011, in

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Jeanne M. Rath, 86, passed away from
complications of Parkinson's disease
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Winter Haven.
Mrs. Rath was born on Feb. 9,
1925, in Hackensack, N.J. She was a
She was a Catholic, and a volunteer
with the American Red Cross and Win-
ter Haven Hospital.
Mrs. Rath was preceded in death by
her husband. Robert J. Rath; and her
sister, Catherine Gallagher.
Survivors include her son, Rob Rath
and wife Maureen of Winter Haven; her

Leon H. Hebb, 72, passed away Fri-
day, Aug. 26, 2011, at Good Shepherd
Hospice in Auburndale of cancer.
Born Oct. 5, 1938, in Bartow, Mr.
Hebb was a lifelong resident of the
area. He was a graduate of Lynchburg
College of Lynchburg, Va.
Mr. Hebb was a U.S. Army veteran. He
was bureau chief of the Pest, Eradica-
tion and Control Division of the Florida
Department of Agriculture for 40 years.
He was a member of the Florida Horti-
culture Society. An avid fisherman, garden-
er and artist, he also enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years,
Margaret G. Hebb; two sons, Frank
"Greg" Hebb and wife Sally, and Johna-
than L. Hebb and wife Jamie, all of

Carey Alex
Dixon, 64, of
passed away
Tuesday, Aug.
9, 2011, at his
Born in Bartow
onAug. 9,1947,
he was a lifelong
resident of the
area and worked
as a welder in Carey Dixon
the construction
and maintenance industries. He attended
Homeland Baptist Church and was a Ma-
rine Corps veteran of the VietnamWar.
He was preceded in death by his wife,
Carole Dixon.

M. Rath
daughter, Jeanne Cook and husband
Daniel of Haines City; four grandchil-
Sdren, Erin Scarborough of Gainesville,
Leslie Rath of Winter Haven, and Steven
Cook and Kelly Cook, both of Haines
City; and two great-grandchildren, Lucy
Scarborough and Leland Scarborough.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations may be made in her memory
to a local hospice.
Arrangements: Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be made to the family
at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com.

Bartow; a daughter, Cynthia Hebb Willis
and husband Raymond of Avon Park;
two sisters, Ruth Givens of Charlottes-
ville, Va., and Helen Stidham of Manas-
sas, Va.; seven grandchildren, Emily,
Lindsay, Kaley, Samantha, Nathan,
Cody and Hank.
Visitation: Monday, Aug. 29, from
6-8 p.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home, 650 East Main St., Bartow.
Funeral: Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m.,
at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be
made to Good Shepherd Hospice,105
Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral

Survivors include two daughters,
Kimberly Holder of Homeland and
Cynthia Murray of Lakeland; a sister,
Patricia Harper of Homeland; a brother,
Carl Purvis of Lakeland; four grandchil-
dren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 2, from
2-3 p.m., atWhidden-McLean Funeral
Home in Bartow.
Funeral: Friday, at 3 p.m., at the fu-
neral home. Burial with military honors
will follow at Homeland Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made
to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief.
Fund, PO. Box 3968, Gaithersburg, MD
Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral


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Daisy Lee
Walker West,
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died Thursday,
Aug. 25, 2011,
at Lakeland Re-
gional Medical
Born Jan. 1,
1931, she was ; --E
the daughter of
the late Willie
Williams and
the late Lola Daisy Lee West
Mrs. West was a member of St. James
Primitive Baptist Church of Mulberry.
Survivors include her husband, Leroy
West of Bradley; four daughters, Lola
W. Mitchell of Jacksonville, Debora
Henry of Mulberry, and Marie Lee and
Elnora Goodman, both of Lakeland; a
son, Walter Walker, Jr., of Lakeland; two
brothers, Willie Williams of Spanaway,
Wash., and AaronWilliams of Sacra-
mento, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 13
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 2, from 5-
7 p.m., at St. James Primitive Baptist
Church, 904 S.W. Fourth St., Mulberry.
Funeral: Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon, at
the church. Interment will be at Wild-
wood Cemetery, Bartow.
Arrangements: Gause Funeral Home,
625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.gausefuneralhomeinc.

Barbara J. Yost

Barbara J.
Yost, 86, passed
away Wednes-
day, Aug. 24,
2011, in St. Pe-
tersburg, where
she had lived
most of her life. l 'f'
Miss Yost was
born on Jan. 21,
1925, in Mas-

After graduat-araa Y
ing from St. Barbara Yost
Petersburg High
School in 1943, she went to college in
Ohio where she received her nursing
degree. She moved back to Florida to
become a private practice nurse for 40
years before retiring.
She spent most of her life looking af-
ter people and taking care of the elderly
in her neighborhood. She also enjoyed
sailing, playing golf, and traveling the
Miss Yost was preceded in death by
her parents, William K. and Anna Silk
Yost; her brother, William K. "Bill" Yost
of Massillon, Ohio; and a brother, John
C. Yost of Bartow.
Survivors include a niece, Ann Yost;
and nephews, Steve Yost of Massillon,
Donald C. Yost and wife Dixie of Bar-
tow, and John Robert "Bobby" Yost of
Lakeland; and many great- and great-
great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements: Whidden-McLean
Funeral Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral

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Some lane closures coming this week

There will be some lane closures this
week in construction areas in Bartow
this week but the impact to traffic will
be minimal, the Florida Department of
Transportation reports.
Due to some drainage work between
9 p.m. and 6 a.m., in the median area on
U.S. Highway 98 from south of Manor
Drive to south of Lyle Parkway, there
will be some intermittent, temporary

Rev. Carroll L. Rhoden, Sr., 94, a
native of Fort Meade, died Sunday,
Aug. 28, 2011.
He was born May 7, 1917. "He lived
his life in the service of the Lord" as
a Baptist minister, his family said,
and was also a citrus owner.
He was preceded in death by a son,
Survivors include his wife, Louise
Rhoden; his son, C.L. Rhoden, Jr., of
Fort Meade; his granddaughters, De-
loris Peavy and her family, and Karen
Alngalis and her family, Lisa Rho-
den; his grandson, Edward Rhoden;
three daughters, Linda Faino, Glenda
Butler, and Kathy Tennyson and their
families; four sisters, Ilena Dawes
and Zara Fowler, both of Fort Meade,
Frances Anderson of Lake Wales, and
Ruby Lemcke of Ocala; a brother,
Richard Rhoden of Fort Meade; and
all their families, grandchildren,
nieces, nephews and families of his

northbound and southbound inside
lane closures. There should be minimal
delays, FDOT reports.
Also, during daytime hours, drain-
age work will continue on the east side
of U.S. 98 north of Old Bartow/Eagle
Lake Road to Ernest Smith Boulevard
near Bartow Ford and in the median
area from Lyle Parkway to south of C.R.
540A. The contractor is also perform-


late brothers
and sisters.
Sept. 1, from
6-8 p.m,, at
McLean Fu-P
neral Home,.
306 East
Fort Meade.
Friday, Sept. 2,
at 11 a.m., at
Lake Buffum Rev. Carroll Rhoden
Baptist Church,
with Rev. Bill
Ivey and Rev. Terry L. Coe officiating.
Interment will be at Lake Buffum
Cemetery, Lake Buffum.
Condolences to the family may be
sent at www.McLeanfuneralhome.

ing activities on the east side of U.S. 98
from Lyle Parkway to Boy Scout Road
to widen U.S. 98. Drainage work will
continue on the west side of U.S. 98
from Lyle Parkway to south of Smith
Lane there.
More information about this project
and other US 98 work people can check
The. other place where lane closures
will occur on State Road 60 from the
Peace River Bridges to Alan Loop Road.
There will be 24-hour lane closures for
bridge rail retrofitting at the Peace River
Bridges. Lane closures for the beam in-
stallation continues from 9 a.m. to
On State Road 60A near Wilson Road
existing driveway entrances will be
worked on and, though no lane clo-

sures are anticipated, construction
workers will be in the shoulder area.
In other construction in the area
DOT is continuing to build a new
interchange at Pace Road on the Polk
Parkway between mile posts 22 and
24. There will be a new southbound
Sunpass Only lane constructed and the
existing middle/reversible lane will be
redirected to a northbound, Sunpass
Only lane.
And, on the East West Road, there
is a loop road being built between
State Road 33 and Polk Parkway. DOT
said motorists should use caution and
watch for construction workers exiting
the construction zone on to Combee
Road approximately 300 feet south
of State Road 33. The work should be
done by the winter.

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The annual Bartow High School
Cheer Clinic for those 4-12 years old is
planned from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,
Sept. 10.
It'll cost $25 per girl to be paid in ad-
vance by Sept. 5 and $30 after that date
or the day of the event. Each child will
receive a T-shirt that day if they register
prior to Sept. 5. If they do not they will
receive their T-shirt until the day of the
game. This price includes cheerleading
instruction by the Bartow High School
cheerleaders, and a T-shirt.
Each girl will learn a dance, chants,
and cheers. The girls will perform dur-
ing pre-game and the first quarter of the
Bartow game on Sept. 16.
Registration forms can be returned to
Lori Jolliff at Bartow High School, along
with checks made payable to Bartow
High School Cheerleaders.
For questions, contact Jolliff at 534-
7400 or at lori.jolliff@polk-fl.net.

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College, postsecondary
planning seminars set
College and postsecondary planning
seminars are scheduled for area high
schools in September.
Students and parents of public, pri-
vate, charter and home schools, ninth
through 12th grades, are invited to the
seminars at any location. They are free.
Each seminar covers curriculum re-
quired for college admission, the admis-
sions process, Bright Futures updates,


the scholarship search, the FACTS.org
online student advising system in Flor-
ida, college essays, interviews, campus
visits and a financial aid overview.
The schedule:
Monday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Mulber-
ry High Auditorium, Northeast Fourth
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., Kath-
leen High library media center, 2600
Crutchfield Road, Lakeland.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Harrison
Arts Center theater, 750 Hollingsworth
Road, Lakeland.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Tenoroc
High auditorium, 4905 Saddle Creek
Road, Lakeland.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Lake
Region High auditorium, 1995 Thunder
Road, Eagle Lake.
Monday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Bartow
High auditorium, 1270 S. Broadway.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., George
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Highlands Road, Lakeland.
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., Ridge
Community High Auditorium, 500 W.
Orchid St., Davenport.
For information, contact Kay Noble,
Polk school district guidance specialist,
at kay.noble@polk-fl.net or 534-0959.
Verizon gives $5K
to READ Polk
Shirley Whitney, executive director of
READ Polk, announced a recent dona-
tion of a $5,000 grant from Verizon for
the annual spelling bee.
READ Polk has sponsorships for their
annual Corporate Spelling Bee includ-
ing Publix Market Charities; Mosaic;
GEICO; Winter Haven Hospital; Polk
State College; PenGeo, Inc. dba, KFC;
United Way of Central Florida; State
Farm agents Cheryl Beckert, Winter
Haven, Michell Githens, Bartow, and Joy
Morse, Lakeland; Learning Resource.
READ Polk will have its annual Cor-
porate Spelling Bee to help fund literacy
programs and support the councils on
Thursday, Sept. 22, at Nora Mayo Hall in
Winter Haven.
For information, call 797-6253 or e-
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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.
All 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 Association 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 collector end ICCA member. One
ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record
$1.9 -ml.l:,-, 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
Sboxes 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 their face value. Recent silver 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
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Any and all coins made before 1970, rare
coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars,
Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes,
Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces,
Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.
Gold Jewelry, 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 coih you think might be
valuable or a large collection you recently inherited,
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Benefit helps Wachs pay for legal defense

Lawsuits against

Atheists for Florida

legal coordinator

dropped after deal
There is a saying that just because you have si-
lenced a person it doesn't mean you have converted
that individual. Clearly, that expression was and is
applicable to EllenBeth Wachs.
The noted and avowed atheist who, along with the
Atheists of Florida (AoF) organization, has taken on
the city of Lakeland as well as the Polk County Sher-
iff's Office for practices that they claim violated the
separation of religion and government, was unbowed
as she addressed an audience of more than 40 people
Sunday at Evolution Records, an independent record
store and performance facility at 114 S. Kentucky Ave.,
"Little did I know how dangerous that was going to
be," said Wachs. It was not uttered in a tone of regret,
as she would shortly declare, "2011 is not the end but
the beginningof the decade of the atheist."
It prompted a round of sustained applause and
cheers from those attending, composed of a mix of
ages, from the young to the elderly.
The benefit was held Sunday just days after she
and prosecutors made a deal that dropped charges in
three different criminal cases against her.
As she continued Sunday, Wachs read from a speech
she had given earlier this year, an adaptation of Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream."
"I still have a dream, that this nation will rise up and
live up to its creed," said Wachs, who then segued into
the opening statement of The Declaration of Indepen-
dence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all,
people are created equal."
Wachs deliberately emphasized the word "people,"
substituting it for "men." She then cited some of the
lyrics from John Lennon's "Imagine," before she re-
turned to her adaptation of King's "Dream" speech.
"Free at last, free at last! Thank reason and rational-

I at i' r '
EllenBeth Wachs greets the more than 40 people who came
Sunday to a fund raiser held to aid her pay legal costs incurred
following her arrests. Wachs is a noted atheist who was arrested
and charged with practicing law without a license, among other
ity, we're free at last!" she exclaimed. Again, her words
brought about another round of applause and cheers.
Wachs then paused, and her voice softened.

"If it weren't for you, I'd be locked up today," she
said. "I am so touched how everyone has reached out
to me."
The purpose of the gathering was to raise funds
forWachs' defense fund, as well as serve as a rallying
cry for atheists to continue to fight against what they
believe is discrimination against them and treatment
as second-class citizens because of their belief that
there is not a god.
Two guest speakers, David Silverman and Edward
Tabash, also spoke, through a remote hookup; the
former from New Jersey, the latter from Los Angeles.
Silverman stated there are five times more atheists
living in the U.S. than those who are Jewish. He said
those intolerant of atheists are bigots, and he casti-
gated the press.
"The vast majority of bigotry goes unchallenged and
unreported," he said. Silverman applauded Wachs on
her courage.
"EllenBeth has chosen the hard way, the patriot's
way. I am (virtually) here to salute EllenBeth Wachs,"
he said. "But saluting is not enough." Silverman im-
plored the audience to donate to Wachs' legal fund.
Tabash, who is an attorney, followed a similar line,
and said that if what had happened to Wachs was not
chronicled, it would be a travesty to history. He also
spoke of having a dream.
"It's time we atheists assert our right to have a
dream," Tabash said. "Hopefully, the dream that an
atheist will not be singled out for prosecution. Some-
day, atheists will not be vilified."
Several times statements made by him prompted
"We cannot ignore what is going on in Polk County,"
he said. "This week I will be sending a check for
$5,000 for the legal fund.
"Let us make sure she never suffers again," Tabash
continued. "This is a most serious matter. We cannot
rest as long as this sort of persecution looms on the
The final round of applause. came when he an-
nounced he was drafting a letter to California Gov.
Jerry Brown, urging the appointment to the California
Supreme Court of the first openly-avowed atheist
Tabash's address was concluded by Wachs..
"Now you know why I wanted Eddie to speak.up for
me," she said.

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Republican presidential
candidate Michele Bachmann
claimed Saturday in Poinciana
that the United States has more
fuel resources than any other
country, but blamed what she
termed "radical environmental-
ists" for bottling up American
energy policy.
With untapped oil reserves in
the Arctic National Wildlife Ref-
uge and off the nation's coasts,
shale oil in Western states, and
rich natural gas and coal depos-
its, she said the U.S. "is sitting
on a mother lode of treasure."

"The United States is the
number one country in the
world for energy resources,"
the Minnesota congresswoman
told a Central Florida town hall
meeting, arguing that in shale
deposits alone the U.S. easily
outstrips the total oil supply
of Saudi Arabia. "That doesn't
even include ... all the oil in
But Bachmann said envi-
ronmentalists were preventing
resources from being exploited,
leaving the U.S. dependent on
energy imports.
"Instead of thinking we are
beggars out here begging for oil
and for energy, we are the king

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks
to supporters during a campaign. She toured Florida last weekend.

daddy dogs when it comes to
energy," she said.
"The radical environmental-
ists have demanded that we
lock up all our energy re-
sources," she added. "President
Bachmann will take that key
out of the door. I will unlock it."
The crowd at the upscale
retirement community cheered
And Bachmann got a similar
reception when she promised
to eliminate the "job killing"
Environmental Protection
Agency, saying that she would
close the agency down in a
single trip. "We will turn out the
lights and we'll lock the doors,"
she said.
Bachmann is in the middle
of a three-day swing through
Florida. Later Saturday she
addressed the Florida Family
Policy Council, which led ef-
forts to ban gay marriage in the
state constitution and supports
anti-abortion legislation. She
praised the group's work as she
talked about discovering Jesus
as a teenager.
"I wasn't a bad girl. I didn't
drink, I didn't smoke, I didn't
do drugs, I didn't chase around
with boys it didn't matter.
I still didn't know the Lord,"
Bachmann said. Then she told
a story about walking into an
unlocked church at night with
friends when she was 16. She

said she and her friends cried
and confessed their sins.
"At that moment I gave my
heart to Jesus Christ," Bach-
mann said. "I knelt beside my
bed and I said, 'Lord, I have no
idea what just happened to me
tonight. All I know is that I'm a
completely different person.'"
On Sunday in Sarasota she
repeated the idea of wanting
to kill the EPA and said she
would look into drilling for oil
in Everglades if doesn't hurt the
"The United States needs to
be less dependent on foreign
sources of energy and more
dependent upon American
resourcefulness. Whether that
is in the Everglades, or wheth-
er that is in the eastern Gulf
region, or whether that's in
North Dakota, we need to go
where the energy is," she said.
"Of course it needs to be done
responsibly. If we can't re-
sponsibly access energy in the
Everglades then we shouldn't
do it."
In 2002, the federal govern-
ment at the urging of President
George W Bush bought back oil
and gas drilling rights in the Ev-
erglades for $120 million. Bach-
mann said she would rely on
experts to determine whether
drilling can be done without
harming the environment.
"No one wants to hurt or

contaminate the earth ... We
don't want to harm our water,
our ecosystems or the air. That
is a minimum bar," she said
Sunday in Sarasota.
"From there, though, that
doesn't mean that the two
have to be mutually exclusive.
We can protect the environ-
ment and do so responsibly,
but.we can also protect the
environment and not kill
jobs in America and not deny
ourselves access to the energy
resources that America's been
so blessed with."
Also, Sunday she said she'd
consider Sen. Marco Rubio as a
running mate.
"Marco Rubio has the hall-
marks of, I think, everything
that a person would look for in
a potential candidate. He's got
so much going for him," Bach-
mann said, also naming South
Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint as
another possibility.
Bachmann said she would
be returning often to the state.
Florida could play a key role in
determining which GOP candi-
date faces off against President
Barack Obama.
The state hasn't set a primary
date yet.
But Florida officials hope to
schedule it ahead of all but the
four earliest voting states -
Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada
and South Carolina.

Sen. Dockery: Buss punished for speaking up

Sen. Paula Dockery, a three-time
chairwoman of the Florida Senate
committee that handles prison is-
sues, came to the defense of departing
Department of Corrections Secretary
Ed Buss on Friday, saying that he made
the mistake of speaking his mind on
the controversial prison privatization
effort. Buss resigned abruptly Wednes-
day after six months on the job.
"The governor hired Ed Buss from
Indiana because of his record as a
reformer," said Dockery, R-Lakeland.
"I think Secretary Buss arrived with
the expectation that he would have
the autonomy to make changes but I
think the governor and/or his inner
circle was uncomfortable with that
"My gut would tell me that of all the
issues that have come up, privatizing
prisons was the deciding factor."
Legislators tucked into the budget
the requirement that all prisons in the
18-county South Florida region (south
of Polk, Hillsborough, Osceola and Bre-
vard counties) would be run by private
companies. However, after the mea-
sure was adopted, a deputy of Buss'
told the governor's budget staff that the
effort could "cripple the agency" and

cost the state $25 mil- Charlie Dean, R-Inverness; Sen. Mike
lion in overtime, comp Fasano, R-New Port Richey; and Dock-
time and sick leave ery.
benefits owed to the "If Secretary Buss had been able to
3,800 employees who fend off the privatization effort for a
would be laid off under year, they'd have to battle it over again
the plan. and maybe they wouldn't have the
Privatizing prisons votes," she said.
"is not a priority in the Dockery said that she did not know
Senate," Dockery said. Dockery Buss, and if she had been the governor
"I don't think if you would have preferred to find someone
had a straight up vote in the Senate it from Florida. "But once he was picked,
would pass." and picked for his reputation as a
Instead, it was tucked into the final reformer...he should has been listened
budget language by senate leader- to."
ship, with no discussion or debate. Dockery said that as a newcomer to
The committee in charge of the prison government and politics, Scott "had no
budget did not include it in the bill knowledge of the prison system and it
the committee passed, instead it was seems to me he would want to rely on
added to the budget as proviso lan- an expert instead of cutting him off."
guage a signal, Dockery said, that She said the sudden ouster of Buss
they needed to sidestep to regular will send a message to other executives
review process, working for the governor.
"Everything that's been done on "There is a bit of a chilling effect,"
privatization has been done in secrecy, she said. "This guy was kind of buck-
in private," Dockery said. ing the system. In the past, secretaries
Among the vocal opponents to the have implemented policies they don't
idea have been the incoming chairman think are necessarily in the best inter-
of the Senate Criminal Justice Com- est of the public but because they are
mittee, Sen. Greg Evers, R-Crestview; working for the governor and they do
Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville; Sen. what he wants them to do."

Putnam names nutril

Agriculture Commissioner Adam
Putnam on Friday named Robin Safley
as director of school food and nutrition
programs and also tapped a former
congressional staffer as director of the
Office of Energy.
Safley has a long resume in Tallahas-
see, working at various times for the
Florida Department of Education, En-
terprise Florida, the Florida Senate, the
Florida Department of Commerce and
the Florida Department of Insurance.
Most recently, she worked as a consul-
tant with Capital Health Plan.
Putnam named Patrick Sheehan to

head the Office of Energy, which law-
makers this year moved into the De-
partment of Agriculture and Consumer
Sheehan comes to the job from
Alutiiq International Solutions LLC,
but earlier he held staff positions with
two congressmen and two U.S. Senate

Putnam to oversee
school lunches
Putnam and his agency will take over
Florida's school food program at the
beginning of next year.

NRA plans benefit dinner

The National Rifle Association chap-
ter in Polk County has fun, games and
food for young and old coming when
it has its 10th annual Central Florida
Ridge Friends of the NRA benefit din-
ner and auction.
It's planned Sept. 10 at the Nora
Mayo Hall in Winter Haven. Proceeds
from the annual Central Florida Ridge
Friends of NRA benefit dinner and auc-
tion go to the Boy Scouts of America,
Royal Rangers, local high school ROTC
teams, 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of
America and other youth programs.
And, it's not just for adults. The non-

profit agency banquet includes fun
for the kids such as a grab-bag fishing
pond, throw-for-prizes dart board,
card games, and a wheel-of-chance for
sporting accessories. For adults, there's
a silent auction, plus a steak dinner
catered by the Texas Cattle Company,
and, of course, the main event, a live
auction of new sporting goods, knives,
jewelry and collectibles.
Tickets are only sold in advance. To
order and for prices, call 207-7779 or go
online to www.friendsofnra.org/Event-
Details.aspx. Tickets will be on sale
until Sept. 10.

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Only in Florida, New Jersey and
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Putnam visited Valleyview Elemen-
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She would prefer to have administra-
tors allowed to speak their minds, and
defend it with facts. "The guy hap-
pened to be independent enough to
question it publicly and that was the
death knell," she said.
Dockery said she doesn't know who
is behind the effort. She noted that
Sen. JD Alexander, the budget chair-
man, has defended it as he did yes-
terday after meeting with the governor.
"If JD wants to own it, he has to answer
for it," she said. "Is he doing it at the
behest of the Senate president (Sen.
Mike Haridopolos) or for someone
Alexander said he supported the
ouster of Buss and argues that priva-
tization will have a clear economic
benefit to the state. Others have noted
that it will also weaken the powerful
unions that now represent correctional
officers, a priority of some Republican
leaders and Scott.
Dockery, however, is not persuaded.
"It's not only not going to save money,
it's going to affect public safety," she
said. "It's more than just money. It's a
complete change in policy."
St. Petersburg Times

In coming months, Putnam will
institute ideas for schools to use fresh
and locally grown produce in school
lunches, and education officials are
bracing for a potential boost in food
Putnam's agency will assume the new
role Jan. 1.

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Dundee Family Health Center
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Lake Wales Family Health Center
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Southeast Winter Haven Family Health Center
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Art doesn't know illness,

disease or inability

Peace River Center in Bartow is the only
crisis unit in the area that allows children
and to make it a little nicer for them the
staff is trying to make it more kid-friendly.
Although Lakeland Regional Medical
Center and Winter Haven Hospital both
have psychiatric units, Peace River Center
unit is the only unit serving Polk, Hardee
and Highlands that receives children
Between 5 and 10 years old.
The center takes people who are admit-
ted under the Baker Act, under which a
person may be involuntarily required to
receive a mental health evaluation if they
are considered to be a danger to them-
selves or others. This law applies not only
to adults, but also to children.
"Our unit serves over 400 children
each year between the ages of 5 and
17," said Kirk Fasshauer, director of cri-
sis services at Peace River Center. "The
need is so great that we recently made
changes to the facility, doubling our bed
capacity for children and we are trying
to improve the unit to make it less insti-
tutional and more kid friendly."
To many people, making a facility kid-
friendly might seem as simple as some
bright paint, framed art, a few toys and
a swing in the yard. But when a child is
considered to be "a danger to themselves
or others," typical toys and decorations
can become weapons.
For months Fasshauer and other PRC
staff brainstormed how to improve the
unit on a bare bones budget. Consider-

Builder Jason Hamer and Casey Allison, from
left work with Daren Johnson and Bartow
Lowe's staff to install awnings and pavers to
accent the mural in children's play yard art
donated for the Children's Psychiatric Unit.

ing the safety standards that must be
followed, one staff member suggested
having murals painted on the walls.
"The problem with custom-painted
murals is the cost," said Margaret Parry,
Peace River Center's chief development
officer. "But miraculously a group of
angels disguised as artists have stepped
forward to volunteer their talents."
The group of artists painting murals in
the psychiatric unit are members of Arts
Ensemble International (AEI), a not-for-
profit agency that focuses on the heal-
ing power of art. Jane Waters-Thomas,
executive director of AEI, said, 'Art doesn't
know illness, disease or inability; it only
knows of expression and healing."
Located on the outskirts of Winter Ha-
ven, AEI is a working gallery for visual arts
of all kinds, including a clay studio. -
But it doesn't stop there.
The organization also includes writing
as therapy, and wellness arts such as mas-
sage and.physical fitness.
The partnership between these two
non-profit organizations is a unique one
combining the passion of healing art with
the needs of children experiencing men-
tal distress. Six artists are painting murals
inside the unit and on one exterior wall -
facing the children's outdoor play area.
Artist Anni Lyzenga accepted the
challenge of painting the largest canvas,
a 40-foot long masonry wall defining
the play yard which has no shade, little
grass and only a basketball hoop and
bench. The previously blank wall is being
transformed into Lyzenga's vision of a
European-style street market.
"This wall is receiving the gift of a mu-
ral and will become the centerpiece of the
play yard makeover. The only problem is
that the rest of the yard needs so much
work. We are hoping that someone else in
the community will hear about the mural
and come forward with landscaping and
play equipment," said Parry.
Already stepping forward to help with
the yard project is Lowe's. Robi Leibecki
and Daren Johnson of Lowe's in Bar-
tow coordinated a donation, providing
materials and manpower to construct
awnings for shade. Builder Jason Hamer
also providedmanpower to assemble and
hang the awnings which were placed over
the faux storefronts painted by Lyzenga.
Leading the interior mural project is
artist Richard Powers, well-known for
Florida landscapes and wildlife. Artists
Tinia Clark, Jayme Serdynski, Austin

Austin Thompson paints a mural of old downtown Auburndale at Peace River Center. He is part of
a team painting murals at the center.

Thompson and Paul Thomas complete
the team of artists volunteering through
Arts Ensemble International.
Making the psychiatric unit their
temporary studios, each artist chose the
subject matter for his or her mural, which
include a Florida swamp, a life-size whale,
an African plain, downtown Auburndale
in the 1920s and a colorful abstract.
Allowing artists from the outside
entrance into a secured psychiatric unit
was uncharted water. But the impact of
bringing these two worlds together has
already been felt.
S"The children have really shown inter-
est in the artists and their work ask-
ing them lots of questions," said Amy
McDonald, clinical manager at the Crisis
Unit. "The artists' responses and interac-
tion has been so positive, both with the
children and the staff."
McDonald added, "The children have
shown respect not only for the artists, but
also for the creative process and the emo-
tion expressed in creating art."

The Safari Lion Tree is a painting by artist
Jayme Serdynski on display at the Peace River
Center in the Children's Psychiatric Unit.
The project, which began in July, is
literally behind closed doors. But when:
it is completed an unveiling and artist
reception will take place.
"Although inviting the public into a
working psychiatric unit will be a chal-
lenge, we are going to figure out the
logistics so we can share this gift with the
community," said Fasshauer.

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Testosterone needed at age

I am an otherwise
healthy male, 33 years
of age. Upon completing a
strenuous training program,
I consulted my doctor about
complaints of minor weight
loss and tiredness.
His diagnosis: low testos-
terone. He gave me a pre-
scription for it and told me I
will remain on it for life.
Should I be tested for
other conditions? He.asked
if I had ever taken steroids.
I have not and don't drink
or smoke. Why, at my age,
would I have low readings?
- L.K.
ANSWER: Wait a minute.
You just finished a strenuous
training program. It is almost
expected that you would be
tired out and have lost some
weight. It's unexpected that
an otherwise healthy man of
33 would have low testoster-
one readings without other
Illnesses that affect the
production of testosterone
include ones that involve the
immune system targeting
testosterone production, ex-
cessive use of alcohol, poorly
functioning adrenal glands,
pituitary gland problems,
thyroid gland disturbances
and an inherited illness
called hemochromatosis. All
of these conditions produce
signs in addition to low
testosterone. They should be
looked for.

Three important factors
about testosterone measure-
ments have to be consid-
ered when such tests are
done. The total testosterone
measurement is the test
that is more reliable in most
labs. Free testosterone also
is measured, but only a few
labs give dependable results.
Secondly, for a man your
age, blood should be drawn
at 8 a.m., the time when a
young man produces the
greatest level of testosterone.
And third, if the test does
show a low level, it should be
repeated once or twice more,
at 8 a.m., before a diagnosis
is made.
I would seek another opin-
ion before I'd embark on
lifelong hormonal treatment.
am a senior citizen. I recent-
ly suffered a bout of shingles.
I tried to get the doctor to
give me the shingles vaccine,
but because I am on pred-
nisone, he felt I should not
have the shot. I did start an-

tiviral medicine the day after
I broke out. I find so many
of my friends do not under-
stand that you cannot catch
shingles from-an infected
person. However, if you
have not had chickenpox
and contact an open blister,
you can catch chickenpox. .
My friends are afraid to play
bridge with me because
they fear I might have the
shingles germ on my hands.
Will you settle this issue for
me? D.S.
ANSWER: The chickenpox
virus and the shingles virus
are one and the same. Once
a person has had chicken-
pox, the virus lives in that
person's nerve cells for life.
Later in life, when the body's
immune system tempo-
rarily lets down its guard,
the virus escapes from the
nerve cells and travels to
the skin, where it causes
shingles and the shingles
rash. Almost every adult has
had chickenpox, whether
they can remember having
had it or not. Your friends are
not likely to catch the virus
from a person with shingles.
They've had chickenpox or
have been exposed to the vi-
rus at other times and other
places. People who have
not had chickenpox, mostly
very young children, and
who come in direct contact
with blister fluid from the
rash could become infected,
not with shingles but with


chickenpox. This is an
extremely rare occurrence.
Your card-playing friends are
not going to catch shingles
or chickenpox from you. The
exceedingly remote possibil-
ity of virus transfer is gone
once the rash has dried. Tell
your friends to trump that.
I just lost my husband to
COPD (chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease em-
physema and chronic bron-
chitis). While I was holding
my husband, a nursing
instructor allowed a student
to close his eyes. He still had
recognition in them. Is it
proper to teach a student to
do this? C.M.
ANSWER: No, it's not. It's
a breach of good judgment.
The instructor must have
believed that your husband
had died; but she could have
waited for a more opportune
time to have the student
close his eyes. I'm sorry you
,had to suffer through such
an incident.

Dr. Donohue regrets that
he is unable to answer
individual letters, but he
will incorporate them in his
column whenever possible.
Readers may write him or
request an order form of
available health newsletters
at PO. Box 536475, Orlando,
FL 32853-6475. Readers may
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service awards
Polk County Sheriff's Office Citizens
Assisted Patrol Program won the 2011
Public Service Award Aug. 23.
Also known as CAP, the program is to
assist law enforcement officers in fight-
ing crime. The program, started in 2004,
recruits, trains, and deploys citizen
volunteers who donate time patrolling
Polk County neighborhoods. Although
they do not carry weapons and have no
law enforcement power, these volun-
teer patrols increase law enforcement
visibility, enhance citizen interaction
with the sheriff's office, increase crime
awareness, and increases reporting of
suspicious activities and circumstances
for officers to follow up, PCSO reports.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office won
the 2011 Quality Senior Living Award for
Public Service award, based on the in-
crease law enforcement visibility, enhanc-
ing citizen interaction with the sheriff's
office and promoting the reporting of
suspicious activities and circumstances.
"Citizens Assisted Patrol volunteers
do a thankless job county-wide each
and every day. Their service is part of the
equation that has helped Polk County in
achieving an all-time record low crime
rate," said Robert Groover, Polk County
Sheriff's Office, Winter Haven.
The Quality Senior Living Awards
is an annual Florida Power and Light-
sponsored awards program designed to
recognize professionals and volunteers
who significantly impact the lives of
Florida's seniors. The Quality Senior
Living Awards program will celebrate its
30th year of recognizing individuals and
organizations that display exceptional
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The marriage effect

For romantics, marriage is all about two
hearts beating as one. For cardiovascular
health researchers at the University of
Rochester, it's more about hearts beating
just longer.
The researchers tracked 225 people who
had bypass surgery between 1987 and
1990, comparing the post-surgery fates of
patients who were married to those who
were not. They found that the happily
wedded patients were three times more
likely to still be alive 15 years after surgery
than their unmarried counterparts.
"There is something in a good relation-
ship that helps people stay on track," said
Kathleen King, lead author of the study.
The marriage advantage played out dif-
ferently for the genders. For men, marriage
in general was linked to higher survival
rates, with more satisfying marriages
producing higher rates of survival. For
women, the quality of the relationship was
more important. Happy unions boosted
wives' post-surgery survival rates; unhap-
py marriages had no effect.
The marriage effect showed up in an-
other, unrelated recent study. Ohio State
University researchers used data on 10,071

people surveyed annually from 1986 to
2008, to determine weight gain in the two
years following a marriage or divorce.
Their findings: Women tended to add
significant weight after marriage; men
packed on the pounds after a divorce. The
effect grew stronger with age. 'As you get
older, having a sudden change in your
life like a marriage or a divorce is a bigger
shock than it would have been when you
were younger," explained study author
Plus, you can afford to buy more ice

Body of knowledge
It takes roughly an hour for the
human eye to completely adapt to
darkness, but once fully adapted, it is
100,000 times more sensitive to light
than it is in bright sunlight.

Number cruncher
A small spring roll from Panda Ex-
press (47 grams) contains 79 calories, 31
from fat. It has 3.5 grams, of total fat or

5 percent of the recommended total fat
intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 268 milligrams of so-
dium (11 percent); 11 grams of total car-
bohydrates (4 percent); 2 grams of dietary
fiber; 1 gram of sugar and 2 g of protein.

Stories for the waiting room
Sometime in the future, a good sun-
block won't just have a high SPF num-
ber. It might be caffeinated, too.
A new study published in the "Pro-
ceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences" adds new weight to the idea
that caffeine guards against certain
types of skin cancer by inhibiting a key
protein enzyme in the skin at the mo-
lecular level.
Previous research has shown a lower
risk of non-melanoma skin cancer among
coffee drinkers, but the new research out
of Rutgers University may indicate a more
direct impact. Not only does caffeine ap-
pear to work its skin magic at the molecu-
lar level, it also seems to absorb harmful
ultraviolet light.
But don't go mixing your cup o' Joe with

your Coppertone just yet; researchers say
more studies are needed. Like whether de-
caf sunblock works just as well as regular.

Barophobia fear of gravity

The world's speed-eating record for
pickled jalapefio peppers is 275 in eight
minutes, held by Patrick Bertoletti.

"Reality is the-leading cause of stress
among those in touch with it." Co-
median Lily Tomlin

"I'm going away tonight." Ameri-
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Brown's last words were recorded by
his longtime friend and manager Charles
Bobbit, who said he uttered them, took
three breaths, closed his eyes and died.
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Winter Haven Hospital awards scholarships

The Winter Haven Hospital Foundation awarded
$50,000 in scholarships to 18 hospital employees
who are seeking advanced training in their respective
The scholarships are for training in healthcare pro-
fessions is a central component of the Foundation's
mission, the hospital said. The Foundation seeks help
in recruiting and retaining talented professionals
to provide the best possible care to patients served
by Winter Haven Hospital. Over the past nine years,
*the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million
in scholarships to Winter Haven Hospital employees
and to nursing students at Polk State College.
The 2011 Foundation scholarships for hospital
employees have been awarded to:
Marcy Drake, a work/life benefits specialist in Hu-
man Resources.
Paul Bacheldor, R.N., administrative director of
the Non-invasive Cardiology and Central Monitoring
Merlinda Hobbs, compliance and quality im-
provement manager in the Clinical Laboratory.
Patrick Phillips, radiographer in the Radiology
Lindsey Mahler, R.N., staff nurse in the Mother
Baby Unit at the Regency Center for Women apd
Stephanie Bridges, R.N., charge nurse in the Am-
bulatory Care Unit.

Connie Stanley, assistant to the director of Human
Lisa Schlagel, R.N., administrative director, re-
cruitment and retention, in Human Resources.
Dorothea Thompson, R.N., unit manager, Ad-
vanced Medical Care Unit.
Dennisse Dejesus, laboratory processing supervi-
sor, in the Clinical Laboratory.
Jennifer Richards, R.N., clinical systems educator,
in the Education Services department.
Jean Masterson, R.N., unit manager of the Endos-
copy Unit.
Calprunia James, R.N., assistant unit manager of
the Advanced Medical Care Unit.
Veronica Isaac, R.N., unit manager of the Medical
Surgical Diabetic Center.
Ellen Lockwood, R.N., nursing unit manager, Joy-
Fuller Rehabilitation Center.
Alvaro Garcia, R.N., assistant unit manager, Medi-
cal Intensive Care Unit.
Crystal Ingle, R.N., charge nurse, Emergency
Sharon Traylor, R.N., wound ostomy nurse, Surgi-
cal Services Department.
Degrees being sought by the scholarship recipients
have ranged from bachelor's of science in nursing to
master's in business administration.
Eric Adamson, chairman of the Foundation board
of trustees, said: "The philanthropic friends of the

Winter Haven Hospital Foundation whose invest-
ments have made these scholarships possible should
be proud. Better trained nurses, clinicians and
administrative staff represent the dividends of their
Lance Anatasio, president and CEO of Winter
Haven Hospital, said: "We have seen again and again
how the Foundation's scholarship program has repaid
our community many times over. The additional
training that these outstafiding individuals receive
doesn't just rest within them. They are able to share
their expertise and experience with their colleagues,
and so we see multiple benefits throughout our orga-
Joel Thomas, vice president, Development, Market-
ing and Public Relations for Winter Haven Hospital,
said the Foundation welcomes discussions with
individuals and organizations who have an interest in
advancing local healthcare by expanding availability
of Foundation scholarships.
"This is in some ways.a discussion about the capac-
ity of our community and our organization to handle
patient care needs in the near and distant future,"
Thomas said. "Make no mistake: We are a growing
community and we need to invest in our human
resources our students and our current Winter
Haven Hospital manpower to ensure that we have
the ability to manage our healthcare needs into the

Stress in your life puts stress on your heart

Laughter and a positive outlook really
may be the best medicine at least
when it comes to heart disease.
Recent studies by Duke University
have shown that a positive attitude can
decrease the likelihood of death by 30
percent over a 15-year period in those
diagnosed with heart disease. And not
only does optimism offer an increased
lifespan in those with heart conditions,
it also increases quality of life and overall
health. That doesn't mean it isn't OK to
feel a little down when initially facing a
heart disease diagnosis.
"It's perfectly natural to experience
anxiety and temporary sadness after a
recent diagnosis, cardiac failure or heart
surgery," said S. Jay Mathews, M.D., car-
diologist at Bradenton Cardiology Center.
"The key is working through those

Fundraiser nets
DelWebb Orlando on Ridgewood Lakes
Boulevard, Davenport, recently hosted
a "Cook for the Cure" fundraiser that
helped raise $13,840 for the Susan G. Ko-
men for the Cure cancer foundation.
Sean Strickler, vice president of sales
for the North Florida Division of Del
Webb, said Del Webb Orlando hosted the
"Cook for the Cure" simultaneously with
four other DelWebb communities: Del
Webb Southshore Falls in Apollo Beach
near Tampa; DelWebb Stone Creek, Oca-
la; Sweetwater by DelWebb, Jacksonville;
and Riverwood at Nocatee, Ponte Vedra.
Residents contributed donations and
bid on silent auction items, Strickler

feelings and enlisting a more positive
outlook in order to better recover and
keep your heart healthier."
"Basically, stress in your life puts stress
on your heart. And for those already
experiencing heart problems, this can
cause further damage and hinder recov-
ery," Matthews said.
Stress can cause high blood pressure,
weaken your immune system and dam-
age your blood vessels. According to an
article in the American Family Physician,
depression mixed with heart disease
can increase the chance of more serious
cardiac events, such as heart attacks, and
increase risk of death by three and a half
times that of a person with heart disease
not experiencing depression.
On the other hand, those with a more
positive frame of mind are found to have

more than $13K
1,000 Cooks for the Cure is part of Cook
for the Cure, a decade-long partnership
between Komen and KitchenAid, which
has raised more than $8 million for the
cause through the sale of pink cooking
products, celebrity chef auctions and
grass-roots initiatives.
Now, Del Webb is lending its com-
munity amenities centers and enlisting
enthusiastic residents for the cause. While
Cook for the Cure offers ways to support
the cause year-round, the goal of this
initiative ws to enlist 1,000 cooks to host
gatherings in July.

better coping strategies, stress less and
more strictly follow their treatment plan,
helping them recover quicker.
So how does one bring back the
sunny perspective after receiving a heart
disease diagnosis? The answer depends
on your level of depression, so the best
advice is to talk to your doctor about
your options. According to the National
Institute of Health, for those experienc-
ing a milder case of sadness, simpler

options may assist in kicking the blues,

Daily exercise programs approved by
your physician
Eating well
Talking with others
Practicing relaxation techniques
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Polk County Cup to aid

premature infants at

Winter Haven Hospital

A new Polk County tennis tourna-
ment will seek to raise awareness of the
needs of newborns requiring special
care due to illness or premature birth.
The inaugural Polk County Cup will
be hosted by John and Tracy Scheck of
Winter Haven Oct. 14-16 at Lake Region
Yacht & Country Club.
Proceeds will be administered
through a donor-advised fund estab-
lished with the Community Foundation
of Greater Winter Haven and will be
used to:
Help fund services provided by the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at
Winter Haven Hospital's Regency Cen-
ter for Women and Infants.
Provide scholarships to individuals
at Polk State College aspiring to a career
in nursing, and who upon their gradu-
ation are willing to give back to the
community through employment at the
Regency Center for Women and Infants.
This year's event will be held over
three days:
Friday, Oct. 14: Kickoff dinner at the
Scheck home for players and sponsors.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Tournament play
Sunday, Oct. 16: Tournament finals
"Tracy and I are excited about the
chance to bring an event like this to
our community," Scheck said. "Tennis
is easy to play and exciting to watch
so we think everyone who participates
will have a lot of fun. We are also very
pleased to be able to bring attention to
one of the most important healthcare
issues in our community."
John Scheck is a wealth advisor and
branch manager of Morgan Stanley
Smith Barney in Winter Haven, and is
also the outgoing president of the Com-
munity Foundation of Winter Haven.
"We have a history in Winter Haven of
community-minded individuals step-
ping forward to improve our quality of

life," said Eric Adamson, chairman of
the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation
Board of Trustees. "We couldn't have a
locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare
institution like Winter Haven Hospital
without leaders like the Scheck family
stepping forward. The Polk County Ten-
nis Cup promises to be another out-
standing example of that tradition."
"On behalf of the more than 2,500
employees at Winter Haven Hospital, I
want to offer our thanks to the Schecks
and all of those who have committed to
participating in the Polk County Tennis
SCup," Lance Anastasio, president and
CEO of Winter Haven Hospital, said.
"Forming philanthropic partnerships
with visionary community leaders like
John and Tracy Scheck is key to creating
the future of healthcare we all want to see
right here where we live," said Joel Thom-
as, vice president of development, market-
ing and public relations for the hospital.
For sponsorship and ticket informa-
tion, call the Winter Haven Hospital
Foundation at 292-4138.
About the Winter Haven Hospital
The Winter Haven Hospital Founda-
tion, Inc., is a not-for-profit charitable
institution governed by a board of
volunteer trustees who serve without
pay. Funds raised benefit the patients
of Winter Haven Hospital, the Regency
Center for Women & Infants, and many
other health services provided to our
growing community.
About Winter Haven Hospital
Established in 1926, Winter Haven
Hospital is a major medical center for
east Polk and Highlands counties and
the U.S. Highway 27/Ridge Corridor.
The 527-bed hospital is a locally owned
and operated not-for-profit organiza-
tion. For more information, visit www.

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Susan G. Komen Florida offers the
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The competition is open to all 10k
runners and walkers as well as elite
runners. Elite participants must meet
qualifying times of 37 minute 10k time
for women and 35 minute 10k time for
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Winter Haven Hospital appointed two ment of Urology Chairman Dr. Johannes
urologists to help lead the hospital's ef- Vieweg for their support in recruiting two
fort to expand access to care within the outstanding urologists," Lance Anasta-
hospital's new Center for sio, president and CEO of Winter Haven
Urology. Hospital, said.
The appointments rep- Although Mechali has practiced in
resent the continuation France since 1996, he has extensive train-
of a partnership launched ing and experience working in hospitals
in 2010 between Winter in the United States. He received his
Haven Hospital and the fellowship training in urology at the
University of Florida Col- University of Washington in Seattle in
lege of Medicine. Dr. Lee 1981-83. He completed his residency at
Dr. Pierre Mechali Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in
comes to Winter Haven Hospital from 1979.
Paris, France, where he served as a staff "The opportunity to be associated
urologist at a private withWinter Haven Hospital's Center for
hospital. Urology and the University of Florida was
Dr. Kevin Lee previ- very attractive," Mechali said. "The Uni-
ously served within a versity of Florida's Urology Department
robust private practice in is at the forefront of research in our field
Sebring. and I am looking forward to being part of
Mechali and Lee will this team as well."
join Dr. Sijo Parekattil Lee received his medical degree from
who became the Center Dr Mechali the University of Alabama School of
for Urology's medical Medicine in 1986. He was board-certified
director in 2010. Parekattil in urology in 1993 and was recertified in
also serves director of 2004.
Winter Haven Hospital's "I am very excited to begin working
Robotics Institute. He with colleagues at Winter Haven Hospi-
received his fellowship tal's Center for Urology and at the Univer-
training at the Cleve- sity of Florida," Lee said. "The Center
land Clinic in advanced for Urology at Winter Haven Hospital
laparoscopy/robotics and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that
in microsurgery and male enables physicians to quickly consult
infertility. At UF/Shands Dr.Parekattil with colleagues about medical issues that
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more than 400 robotic microsurgery our patients."
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Heart of Florida installs da Vinci surgical system

Starting in August, surgeons at Heart of Florida
Regional Medical Center will begin using the recently
installed daVinci Si Surgical System to perform a
variety of surgical procedures for their patients.
With access to the latest in robotic surgery in their
own hometown, patients no longer need to travel for
this service. The benefits of this type of surgery for
patients include less pain, a reduced risk of infection,
a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time,
said Don Breeding, Heart of Florida's CEO. This new
robotically-assisted surgical technology has a track
record for safety and the surgeon is in control the en-
tire time, he said. The addition of the new da Vinci
Surgical System is a major investment.
"The future is now. The implementation of the da
Vinci is further proof of our commitment to provid-
ing patients with the latest and best surgical solu-
tions," Breeding added.
The benefits to patients who need minimally-

invasive surgery are numerous. Use of the da Vinci
translates to less pain, a reduced risk of infection,
smaller incisions, and a quicker recovery, he said.
This method of surgery decreases the patient's length
of stay at the hospital.
"Many patients have experienced traditional open
surgery, which has produced large incisions," said
Breeding. "With da Vinci, traditional open surgery
is quickly becoming a choice of the past, as patients
desire smaller incisions and a quicker return to life's
At Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, the
da Vinci will be utilized for select surgical proce-
dures including urology, gynecology, general surgery,
vascular and others as alternatives to traditional open
"The da Vinci is a significant advancement for
the hospital, the community, and each patient," said
Dr. Faiyaaz Jhaveri, a urologist on staff-at Heart of

Florida. "The System allows us to perform the same
delicate and complex operations, utilizing our surgi-
cal skills, but with increased precision and improved
How it works
During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated dt a
console a few feet away from the patient and views
an actual image of the surgical site while operating
in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electrome-
chanically-enhanced instruments.
Features include:
Visualization that is 10 times more powerful than
the human eye, including high definition images and
3-D capabilities.
Robotic arms that can make finer movements
than the human hand.
Allowing surgeons to operate three robotic arms
with unmatched precision and steadiness.

Polytechnic social science faculty offers expertise

Residents at Florida Presbyterian
Homes near downtown Lakeland can
benefit from the expansion to as-
sisted living facility currently under
But residents of the retirement
community might not know that the
nuances in the building's plans are
meant to appeal to their sensory
perception, to better manage their
memory decline, and to offer visual
cues for pleasure, eating, social in-
teraction and a sense of calm.
These subtle details are the work
of three University of South Florida
Polytechnic faculty members, who
collaborated with FPH administra-
tors, health professionals and proj-
ect architects to provide input on the
new assisted living addition.
Aryn Bush, Lauri.Wright, and Me-
gan Janke are helping FPH admin-
istrators integrate activity spaces,
choose stimulating colors for the
interior, and design the overall look
and feel of the space to the benefit
of its senior residents.
Bush's expertise is cognitive im-
pairment and dementia, Wright's is
nutrition and dietetics, and Janke's
is gerontology and health promo-
tion. According to Bush, plenty of
research shows that providing visual,
tactile and olfactory cues greatly
enhances the quality of life for el-
derly residents, especially those with
memory decline.
""There is a decline in depth percep-
tion as we age and in Alzheimer's pa-
tients in particular," she said. "Con-
trasting colors help us see specific
objects, such as food on a plate or a
chair against a floor, thereby remind-
ing us to eat or help us sit safely.
In fact, an assisted living facility
recently reduced the incidence of in-
continence by as much as 50 percent

Retirement community residents may increase
perception, to better manage memory decline, and
to offer visual cues for pleasure, eating, social
interaction and a sense of calm.

nipy by using visual cues to opti-
mize the view of the bathroom."
"It's important to design the envi-
ronment to improve the quality of
life for these residents," Janke said.
"This new space, which is more like
a home and less clinical, will offer
residents flexibility and balance for
how they spend their day."
Additional suggestions from the
USFP team went beyond bricks and
Nutrition expert Wright is working
with FPH's kitchen staff and dieti-
cians to develop ways to continue
spurring residents to eat.
"We want to optimize residents'
food intake and minimize the dis-
tractions that keep them from eat-
ing," Wright said. "There's a lot you
can do, including providing cues for
both smell and sight that.encourage
residents to eat."
For example, she said, in keeping
with the home environment, you can
have a pantry area near the dining
room for reheating foods in a mi-
crowave or a small specialized oven
for baking small batches of cookies,
which would provide smells that
prompt residents to eat. In addition,
FPH'caregiving staff can provide
more finger foods that will incorpo-
rate a sense of touch.
For Alzheimer's patients, who tend
to have a higher incidence of malnu-
trition, you want to minimize dis-
tractions so they can concentrate on
foods, Wright said.

Contrasts in colors between the
table and the plates, for example,
catch their visual attention, offering
a cue to eat.
Colors such as oranges and reds
with strong contrasts with greens
stimulate the brain and tend to
prompt us to eat.
In addition to offering a colorful
selection of food contrasting with
the plate, garnishes and condiments
can also be used to provide these

contrasts, such as a sprinkling of
paprika on mashed potatoes.
"The team from USF Polytechnic
has been so gracious and knowledge-
able and provided us'with incredibly
valuable advice," said John Hehn,
executive director for FPH, a com-
munity of more than 300 residents
that offers a variety of retirement
housing options, including indepen-
dent homes, apartments, and assist-
ed living facilities, as well as nursing
home amenities.
"The finished project will be based
on solid gerontology-principles that
Polytechnic faculty and research-
ers brought to the table. We are so
very excited about the assisted living
expansion, a space that will greatly
benefit our residents."

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Dr. Malcolm Manners, the John
and Ruth Tyndall Professor of Citrus
Science at Florida Southern College,
has taken his agricultural expertise to
Angola, Africa, where he has worked
for two years to establish a sustain-
able tropical fruit and citrus nursery
His work on behalf of the much-
needed program is helping Ango-
lans to recover from decades of war,
famine, and agricultural losses. Since
1996, Manners donated much of his
time and knowledge to communities
around the world in need of his exper-
tise as they expand and enrich their
fruit and citrus programs.
He believes his volunteer work is
important not only to those he helps
in other countries but also to the stu-
dents at FSC whom he hopes to mo-
tivate and encourage to get involved
themselves. .
This year,-Manners worked in Ango-
la from july 7 to Aug. 2. As part of the
USAID's Farmer to Farmer Program,.
the trip was coordinated by Citizens
Network for Foreign Affairs. The CNFA
works-to determine specific needs in
.communities throughout Africa, and'
"Lhen searches for volunteers whose
skills match those needs.
Last year, severalAngolan coopera-
tives identified a need to plant and
grow fruit trees and Manners was
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Manners' recommendations from his
first visit. When he returned to assess
the progress this year, he was pleased
and impressed with the farmers'
The cooperative was thriving and
- had increased its revenue by $25,000
over the previous year. Additionally,
the cooperative was able to give away
half of the citrus trees it produced to
people living in the surrounding com-
munity. The cooperative also earned
enough money to build a greenhouse,
which is expected to increase fruit
production by 200 percent.
"The program is really taking off. It's
amazing to see what the farmers are
doing, how successful they are becom-
ing, and how they are giving back to
their community," said Manners.
In addition to his work with the
Coopecunha group, Manners taught
another cooperative a better process
for growing citrus, mango, avocado,
papaya, and passion fruit.
Angola is in the process of recov-
ering from a. civil war that spanned
nearly three decades and left.hun-
dreds of thousands of people dead .
as well as another million displaced
from their homes. The prolonged war
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Hay honored at retirement party

Mike Hay, from the Environmental
Services department at Lake Wales
Medical Center, was honored at a retire-
ment party on Aug. 19 at the hospital.
Hay had worked at LWMC since 1996.
"We are sorry to lose such a hard
working and dedicated employee, but
we are excited and happy for him as he
takes on this new chapter in his life,"
said Brian Stone, hospitality director at
the hospital.
Hay was honored at a reception in
the cafeteria on his final day with the

LWMC offers driving class
Lake Wales Medical Center is offering
the AARP Safe Driving class on Tuesday,
Sept. 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This classroom course is designed
specifically for drivers 50 and older.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14
for others.
Successful completion of the course
may qualify you for auto insurance
discounts. Class-is limited to 30 people,
and pre-registration is required. To reg-
ister, call 678-2288.

Excellent nurses honored
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
honored 25 nurses with "Excellence in
Nursing" awards and two new nurses
with "Rookie of the Year" awards.
Each was nominated by their manag-
ers and peers for exemplifying nursing
excellence, quality caring and profes-
sional leadership. Honorees are known
for displaying LRMC's values of care,
quality, stewardship, accountability, in-
tegrity and courtesy. These nurses were
honored for going above and beyond as
they represent excellence in their field
and a commitment to clinical expertise.
Rookies of the Year: Jessica Campbell,
BSN, RN, M3; Crystal Johnson, BSN,
Excellence in Nursing Recipients:
Angela Bayless, RN, M6 Nephrology;
Shannon Benson, LPN, M2; Clarence
Bolton, RN, CMSRN, 3E; Cindy Brown,
RN, ED-Triage; Mary Burhans, RN, TICU;
Fawn Burrow, RN, NICU; Carol Camino,
RN, 3W; Ashley Carr, BSN, RN, CMSRN,
Staffing Resources; Cynthia Claridy,
RN, CMSRN, B7; Allan Dy, BSN, RN, B5;
Angela Gordon, BSN, RN, Main OR; Gail
Homsby, RN, CCRN, CCAT; Suzanne Jar-
rett, RN, RT, BS, B3; Glenda Johnson, RN,
CNOR, Education; Kevin Kershaw, BSN,
RN, CMSRN, M3; Joni Lewis, MSN, RN,
ACNS-BC, CDE, APN; Christine Minozzi,
BSN, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care; Car-
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RN, WCC, Wound Care; Zaid Ouhri, RN,
ED-CC; Hershey Pyle, RN, MICU; Valerie
Soliven, BSN, RN, B8; Angie Teel, RN, B4;
Lettie Wherry, RN, 6E/W; and Barbara
Willcockson, RN, CRN, Radiology.

Mike Hay (center) is congratulated by Hospitality Director Brian Stone (left) and CFO Danny
Warren, during Hay's retirement party.

Larry Little coming to town
1970s Miami Dolphins superstar
offensive lineman Larry Little will take
part in the "Tee it Up for Men's Health"
golf tournament.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, Lakeland
Regional Cancer Center will hold its
annual "Tee it Up for Men's Health"
- a golf and health fair event in
which men of all ages are invited to
learn from the center's world-class
physicians about a variety of topics
to include nutrition, prostate health,
exercise, sexual health, colon care and
Little is scheduled to speak at 7:45 a.m.
and 10:45 a.m. Golfers will enjoy a free
lunch and 18 holes, with a cart provided,
after they participate in the health fair.
The event will take place at Cleve-
land Heights Golf Course at 2900
Buckingham Ave., Lakeland.
Early and late morning tee times
are available, and participants should
allow at least 30 minutes for the health
fair before their scheduled tee times.
Men who aren't golfers are invited to
register for only the health fair, from
8 a.m.-1 p.m. It is recommended that
those attending only the health fair
come between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
To register for the health fair and
schedule a tee time, call 687-1400.
Participants must register by Sept. 5.
Space is limited. For more informa-
tion, go to www.lrmc.com.

Learn about how to be big
brother or sister
Learn about.what it's like to be a big

brother or big sister at classes sched-
uled on Sept. 17 and Nov. 5.
The classes are held at Regency
Medical Center for children of moms
delivering at RMC. Topics include what
new babies are like, what it means to be
a big sister or brother, and how to be a
helper at home.
A tour of the nursery is included. Cost
is $10 per family and pre-registration is
required. For information and to pre-
register, call 294-7020.

For the moms
The Regency Center for Women &

Infants is offering a group meeting
for new parents. The meetings are
Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m.
The First Months Club is for par-
ents of babies, newborn to 2 years.
Sessions include informal sharing as
well as information on topics such as
sleeping, feeding, safety, and growth
and development.
Babies are welcome. There is no
charge and no pre-registration re-
quired. Call 294-7020 for information.

Babysitting class
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants offers an eight-hour babysit-
ting class on basic child care.
The class covers being a responsible
babysitter, accident prevention, how
to handle emergencies, age appropri-
ate playtime activities and child CPR.
This is for young people between
the ages of 11 and 16 years. Pre-regis-
tration is required.
The cost is $30. Attendees are asked
bring bag lunches. For information
and to register, call The Regency Li-
brary at 294-7020.

Grandparents class
Regency Center for Women and In-
fants is now offering a grandparents'
class for new and expectant grai J-
parents called Grand is Grand!
The goal of this two-hour class .s
connecting the generations. It will
spotlight current trends in childbirth,
baby care, and parenting.
Classes will are Sept. 13 and Nov. 1.
Call the Regency Library at 294-7020
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