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City to move cigar

factory into program
By JEFF ROSLOW
mRosLow@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
By the beginning of next month, the
Thompson Cigar Factory could be well on its
way to becoming an economic benefit to the
city and it won't cost Bartow taxpayers a dime.
That was the message city commissioners
were presented with Monday night and the
city instructed its attorney to move forward
with the Brownfield process t'o make this
happen.
After making his presentation to the city,
Ralph A. DeMeo, an attorney with Hopping
Green & Sams of Tallahassee, was asked what
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By BILL ROGERS
CORRESPONDENT
A different kind of antique, one with wings
that is not typically seen at a street show, will
be on display in Bartow this weekend as part
of two different events- featuring antiques.
Bartow Municipal Airport in conjunction
with Runway 9/27 Air Base Bistro is sponsor-
ing a car and antique airplane show from
10 a~m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
Tony Grainger, who owns the restaurant
with his wife, Becky, said 10 to 20 planes will
be there.
Planes built before World War II, are
considered to be antiques, according to
Grainger. Several antique planes are kept at
the airport and others will be flying in for the
show.
This is the first time for the event. Grainger
said he thinks it is an ideal place to exhibit
planes and cars.
Trophies and door prizes awarded. Music
will be provided by The Sofa Kings.
Grainger said a large fly-in will be held in
May at the airport.
Meanwhile, Main Street Bartow, Inc., has a
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PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Rolly Ray Reel won Best of Show for his body of work shown at Bartow's Bloomin' Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday. Beginning as a painter, the
Mlaitland artist began adding things to his paintings and has evolved to more sculptural work using found objects, acrylic pieces and metal.


Uni ne artists flower at Bloom~ain' Arts


By PEGGY KEHOE
PKEHOE POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
*More Bloomin' Arts, Pages 8A-9A
Dirt is something you expect to
see at the Flower Show when visiting
Bartow's Bloomin' Arts Festival. But
this year visitors found it in paint-
ings, as well. And lots of those visi-
tors were talking about it, too.
Marshall Gene Albritton, a Bartow
native who now lives in Whittier,.
N.C., fascinated people with his
paintings that don't use, well, paint.
His "earthy" works are created using
dirt and minerals from around the
world. Although he began painting
in acrylics, he paints with the earth,
using dirt, clay and minerals mixed
with sealers to create his works. They
have a surprising variety of colorS
- even lavender from clay and blue
from a mineral in France.
Perhaps he was inspired by work-
iing at his family's clay pit in Avon
Park as a youth. His Florida roots also
show in some of his frames, which
are made from cow pen cypress.
Albritton also makes frames from re-
claimed wood near his current home,
where there is a sawmill. Some of his


cross called "He Made the Way." The
painting even inspired him to write
a song. The minister of music at his
church composed the tune and sang
it at Easter.
Albritton, who also sells frames,
has a website at www.studioearthart.
com and can be reached by email at
genealbritton@yaho o.com-
Festival-goers had their favorites,
but another unique art form that
drew their attention was the metal
mesh sculpture by Peter Robinson-
Smith. A retired art teacher, Smith
said he taught himself how to work
with the niesh and is one of 40 to
50 artists working in the medium
worldwide-
He creates animals and human
figures. "There's nothing anorexic"
about his figures, he says, which are
Reubenesque in shape. His distinc-
tion from other mesh artists is in
fraying the mesh to create flowing
hair. Smith won a Judge's Award for
his work. He canl be reached by email
at hiddendrives@yahoo.com.
Doris Dionne hadn't painted for
23 years, working as a graphic artist
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design, "The
Rockets' Red
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subjects are in a primitive or folk art
style, while others are more abstract.
Most depict his love of nature, which
led him to become a "dirt painter."
His faith also is portrayed, espe
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By KIM WILMATH, STEVE BOUSQUET
and MKCHAEL VAN SKCKLER
TAMPA BAY TIMES

Legislative leaders struck a budget deal
Monday marked by the creation of a new
state polytechnic university in Lakeland,
fulfilling the vision of a single lawmaker
who wanted the school to grow indepen-
dently from the University of South Florida.
The creation of Florida Polytechnic
University, a priority of the departing Sen.
JD Alexander, ensures that lawmakers will
be able to pass a budget before the 2012
session is schedulecPto end Friday. Nego-
tiations tipped when lawmakers agreed
to cover most of the costs associated with
splitting the Lakeland campus from USE
"It's very, very, very good. I'm very
pleased," USF President J~udy Genshaft said.
"I want to thank everyone in the commu-
nity. It truly made a difference showing the
strength of the University of South Florida."
Resolving the USF controversy was a
linchpin in budget talks. Lawmakers put
the final touches on a nearly $70 billion
spending plan Monday afternoon with
dozens of community projects in members'
districts, including $5 million for a regatta
sports center in Sarasota, $1.6 million more


for historically black colleges, $1 million
for a Brevard County Achievement Cen-
ter, $500,000 for a democracy conference
at Florida International University and
$500,000 for a service program at St. Peters-
burg College,
Some projects surfaced for the first timne,
never having been discussed in a public
meeting. The projects, subject to a veto by
Gov. Rick Scott, were funded though state
workers will not receive a pay raise for the
sixth straight year. ~
Senators also insisted on a provision
requiring them to pay more for health
insurance, rates equal to those paid by low-
.paid rank-and-file state workers. The higher
health care costs apply only to the Senate,
not th~e House, and will cost the 40 senators
a total of $47,000. The same proposal was
rejected last week by a Senate committee.
"Wre believe we should pay the same
amount for health insurance as the people
who work here," said Sen. Don Gaetz, R-
Niceville.
The two chambers also found consen-
sus on a $13 billion budget for preK-12
education. The spending plan funds an
extra Ihour of reading instruction and other
supplemental academic services at the 100
lowest-performing schools. It also boosts


the award money given to schools that earn
an A or increase their letter grade.
The USF deal defuses a standoff that be-
gan when Alexander, the Senate's powerful
budget chairman, proposed steep budget
cuts to USF: in his push to peel away the
USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland. Last
month, Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, cush-
ioned the blow by diverting $10 million to
help USF absorb Polytechnic's faculty and
staff, who would shift to USE Norman also
won an additional $3 million to cover USF's
pharmacy program.
USF officials said the cuts were still too
deep. A total of $16 million was needed to
absorb USF Poly, they said. And its fledg-
ling pharmacy program needed the full
$6 million restored or it would "decimate
everything we've been able to accomplish,"
pharmacy dean Kevin Sneed said.
In the end, Alexander in his 14th and
final year as a lawmaker traded the cuts
for an independent Lakeland university.
Incoming House Speaker Will Weather-
ford, R-Wesley Chapel, helped broker a deal
that kept the pharmacy program's fund-
ing intact and strengthened language to
make sure USF secured funding for current
Lakeland students who earn their degrees
from USE


"The House held firm on that $6 million,"
WVeatherford said. "It was hard, and we had
to scramble, but we recognized without the
total $6 million, the school's program was in
jeopardy."'
In addition, Weatherford was able to win
an additional $6.9 million to create a car-
diovascular institute at USF in partnership
with the Pepin Heart and Vascular Institute
at University Community Hospital. While
it was also a top priority of USF's board of
trustees, the state's Board of Governors had
not recommended it get financed this year.
Intertwined with the USF funding deal is
an agreement to spread out $300 million in
proposed budget cuts among the state's 11
universities.
House and Senate leaders agreed to
divide the cuts by factoring in the size of
a school's reserve fund and its abilityito
increase tuition rates, along with a normal
state funding formula. The Senate had
relied more heavily on reserve balances in
crafting its budget The House used the nor-
mal funding formula. The hybrid method
led to Florida State University getting the
largest cut of $65.8 million.
"This was the very best approach," said
Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State Uni-
versity System of Florida.


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PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow's national champion cheerleaders received their banner from Bill Seeley (at right) of the Universal (heerleaders Association at a celebration rally on Friday in the Bartow High School gym.
The cheer team won the 2012 National High School (heerleading Championship in the Super Varsity (oed Division on Feb. 11 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports.


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE


Part of the celebration included a challenge from Andrew Tedder, one of the emcees, for three
volunteer cheerleaders (from left) -- Alexis Comparato, Brandon Jordan and Kiyanah Lawrence
- to search the whipped cream (without using hands), find the frozen bubble gum and be the
first to blow a bubble. The challenge ended when Jordan turned the cream over on Tedder's head.


The Bartow High School cheerleading team performed a cheer Monday at the Bartow lity
Commission meeting before receiving a proclamation for being crowned champions at the Unvi-
ersal (heerleaders Assocation competition. The team has earned 40 awards in the last nine years,
but this was its first national championship. The team of 25 cheerleaders go to school at Bartow
High School, Summerlin Academy and Bartow International Baccalaureate.


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE


"This award belongs to the city of Bartow;' Bartow cheerleading Head Coach Lori Jolliff said at
Monday's Bartow (ity Commission meeting when accepting the proclamation from Mayor Pat
Huff and the city commission. She and the cheerleading team received the award at Monday's
city commission meeting."We are so very, very proud of what you've done" Huff told the team.


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow High fichool junior varsity cheerleaders perform a routine honoring their varsity counterparts,
who wear their national championship jackets during a celebration rally Friday in the school gym.













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Senators, janitors pay the same rate


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clerks, janitors, prison guards pay a higher scale:
$50 a month for individuals and $180 a month for
family coverage. Now, that's still a very good deal,
especially in light of the fact that most family plans
cost $344 a month for workers in private industry,
according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But
What's to account for a state representative paying
one-sixth the premium of a file clerk?
Super-perk.
When the matter was brought up by Sen. Joe Ne-
gron, R-Stuart, at a Senate Budget Committee meet-
ing last week, the rationalizations ran the gamut.
Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, worried that the
$41.66 or $150 per month rate increase would alter
the make-up of the Legislature, and. not for the bet-
ter.
"I think you're going to lower the pool of who can
afford to take this job," he said.
"I don't want only rich people to be up here,"
added Sen. Evelyn Lynn, D-Daytona Beach.
Then there was Orlando Democrat Sen. Gary
Siplin, who managed to offend his working-class


Letters to the editor


l a ree with McMullen,

but t ere are other choices


the new Y MCA CEO


We welcome your letters
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constituents when he argued that part-time lawmak-
ers making a little under $30,000 year were "differ-
ent than janitors," apparently because they have to
compete for their jobs every couple of years.
No doubt that statement will turn up on any ads
put out by Siplin's opponent in November, which
was how some saw the entire exercise in the ~first
place: a political food fight will little substance.
Sure, there's that. But this is a classic put-yiour-
money-where-your-mouth-is scenario. Legislators
have been looking to save money by privatizing ser-
vices and cutting Medicaid. Why not share the pain.
Send a message.
When he first came into office, the wealthy, tough-
talking Scott took some heat when he signed up for
the state's generous health insurance plan. But give
the governor credit: At least he put himself on record
and offered a budget that had all state workers and
state officials paying the same rate, regardless of
their job.
When it came up last week, the Senate Budget
Committee didn't even bother to record members'
votes. Negron's measure failed when the "neas" sim-
ply out-shouted the "yays."
Add another nay to that.


Gov. Rick Scott is right on target when it comes
to one particular cost-savings measure in the state
budget: Health insjurane for himself and the state's
lawmakers.
For the past two years, Scott has proposed that
all state workers pay the same level of insurance
premium, no matter their pay grade and respornsi-
bilities. In fact, Scott was nice and succinct when he
summed up the matter recently, "I just want to be
fair to everybody."
Makes sense to us. So what's the problem?
Some of the prime beneficiaries of the current
multi-tiered health insurance system have desks
inside the state capital. They get to vote on system
changes for those who would see their rates rise.
That includes themselves. And they've been very
reluctant to do that, despite attempts to shame them
into doing the right thing.
A4s it stands now, lawmakers are in a special class
of state workers wvho pay; only $8.34 per month for
individual health care coverage and $30 a month
for family coverage. In all, 32,000 state workers and
government officials fall into that category. A very,
very good deal.
The vast majority of rank-and-file state workers -


I 'agree with Cary McMullen about
the candidates for the U.S. Senate. Nei-
ther Connie Mack nor George LeMieux
is a good choice. Yes, Connie Mack has
name recognition but that does not
make him a good candidate. George
LeMieux did an acceptable job replac-
ing Mel Martinez but that alone does
not make him the best candidate. Both
these men are politicians and that is
part of the problem. Even now they are
both at each other like the Republican
Presidential candidates. In one word -
disgusting.
There are two other candidates run-
ning for the Senate position; Neither
is a politician and that is a plus in my
opinion. Both are refreshing in their
ideas and outlooks. They are both very
different.
Colonel Mike McAlister is a retired
military man. He is passionate about
foreign affairs and our lack of a good
foreign policy. He is insistent on small-

Le ~islator s

l'~ 1 be TO
Dear Tallahassee legislators, shame
on all of you except Joe Negron. Law-
makers pay $15/month for a single
health-care insurance plan (or $180/
year) and $30/month for family cover-
age (or $360/year). But when your
co-worker Senator Joe Negron proposes
an increase in payment premiums, you
shoot it down before it ever came to an


er, more efficient government. He has
some very good ideas and would make
a good senator.
Mariiaelena Stuart is a breath of
fresh air. She and her family escaped
Cuba when she was a young girl. She
understands the creeping threat of
socialism and is passionate about her
adopted country and our freedom. She
is frightened at the path our country is
taking as are many others. Either of
these candidates would make a good
senator, far better than what we have
now and the other two candidates Mr.
McMullen talked about. Ronald Reagan
once said that government is not the
solution to our problem; government is
the problem. Well said. For our country,
pleaser check out these 2 candidates. We
need to do our homework as citizens
and voters and either of these could be
real hope and change.
S Gary M. Wiesing
< ~Lake Wales


ne ed to live

ISt OI us GO
official vote. This is exactly the self-
serving hypocracy (editors won't print
the real word I want to use) that has
earned you the wrath of the majority of
Floridians. Every Floridian is hurting in
these tough economic times; it's time
for you to join us all.
Maria C. Gallo, Esquire
Bartow


Over the past several months the
Lake Wales Family YMCA has been
conducting a nationwide search for our
next Chief Executive Officer. A transi-
tion committee was formed, along wiith
members of the YMCA of the USA for
the task. As a result I am pleased to
announce that Mr. Clark Heter will be
the new CEO of~ the Lake Wales Fam-
ily YMCA. Clark, and his family will be
joining us from Jackson, Michigan on
March 12, 2012.
Clark brings a wealth of skill and
knowledge from over five years of
experience as a CEO of the Jackson
YMCA. Prior to Jackson, Clark was the
executive director and senior program


director for the East Pasco YMCA in
Zephyrhnls, Florida.
Clark will join a tremendous staff
and group of volunteers at the Y to help
promote our mission of youth develop-
ment, healthy living and social respon-
sibility to the Lake Wales community.
On behalf of the Y family, I would like
to thank Laura Motis for all of her work
and efforts as our interim CEO during
the transitional period.
Please feel free to stop by or call the
Y today to inquire on how we can help
you and your family live well.
Kyle R. Story
ChiefVolunteer Officer,
President Lake Wales FamilyYMCA


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Who do you think will be the big winner in


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'Letters to the editor


I believe the time has


come to bring troo s home
My father used to tell me in my for- a retiree from the Armed Forces, a
mati ve years the hu man bei ng should Vietnam veteran. I have asked myself
ahvalys be aware of the meaning of the many times why did the people in
words horior and dignityl, and should Washington send us to Vietnam? What
always strive to develop the quality of did the United States gain with fighting
being worthy of honor, respect, and the Vietnam war? I think it is about time
esteem from. others, as the best of all that the citizenry of this nation starts
qualities to develop. demanding answers from our hired
A very respected, admired, and help in Wrashington. Wolf Blitzer, from
esteemed senator from Maine recently CNN News, indicated that the United
announced that she would not be seek- States spends $2 billion every week in
ing reelection. She gave as reason the the Afghanistan war.
fact that "my way or the highway" atti- I believe the time has come to bring
tude in Congress is preventing her from our heroes home. Should Iran be our
doing what she was elected for, to work next war on pure speculation? Let Saudi
for the people. That is a true example of Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and the rest take
what dignity, and honor, mean.- care of that problem if it arises. We
This example goes hand in hand with have had enough wars, let us use those
another example given by one of the billions of dollars that are being spent
GOP candidates for President who indi- in bombs and bullets be spent on the
cated that this nation can not afford to needed here at home. Let us stop the
keep on fighting wars all over the world waste of human lives in foreign soils. I
and expending assets and American bet that will help the economy.
lives in those endeavors. I happen to ManuelV. Crespo
agree with the truth. Lake Wales
Telling the truth is honorable. I am


Very proud to be retiree

who calls F rostproof home


Most of the major league baseball
teams have spring training locations in
Florida. One even has a semi-perma-
nent home in Florida with an obstacle
course in its enclosed dome that creates
ground rules normally associated with
backyard pick-up games, like any ball
that breaks a window is an automatic
out and three days without television or
ice cream-

But is there a truly unique Florida
sport, one little known outside of the
Sunshine State, one that combines
excitement, risk, uncertainty, and a
substantial amount of money?
There is indeed.
It comes from the island republic just
90 miles off our southern shore. This
republic has furnished us with some of.
the most skilled surgeons, finest cigars,
and tastiest dishes to be found any-
* t ise Cbea is ad I visited three
times before the Fidelistas overthrew
Rh ncmeio Ba lita, Spanish for little
ball. In some circles, it once was known
as Cuba.
In its purest form, it was played with a
sewn up bag full of numbered balls, like
miniature bilhiard balls.
Players would bet on which number
would be the winner when the sack
filled with ceramic balls was thrown
across the room, and the designated
catcher isolated one ball in a corner of
the sack.
The corner of the sack was cut open,

FRISBIE (6A


I have no idea. I don't follow politics.


Romney. Basically, he's a businessman
and we don't need any more Wash-
ington people.


,Loas oek, a mL Iure r on ro ced
NASCAR racing the Official Sport of
"Thak godness we have solved
funding for education and corrections;
creation of a new state university with a
full-time enrollment approaching that
of Bartow High School; redrawing of
Congressional and Legislative boundar-
ies to meet the impossible demar s of .

Constitution; and other major issues o y
public policy, and can now devote our
attention to the designation of an o -

het tsi pPol County students were
unable to persuade the Legislature to
designate an Official State Insect has
the collective intellect in Tallahassee
been so challenged with an issue of
suc critical co~ncern.stt utrl,

incidentally, but not an official insect.
Remember that; it might be on te
test.

Since all two or three of my readers
count on me for intellectual guidance
on such issues, I have spent severdM
naminteso ms pife in the last few days

Racing motorcars is most assuredly a
sport, and one of the few that is restrict-
ed to professionals, unless you count
the Interstate highway system and State
Ro dmo7 trog u2 Gee Sw m .
ball, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf,
billiards, quoits, girl watching are
open to amateurs, but only scofflaws
are permitted to race each other on the
open road.
Florida has several professional
teams in each of these sports, except for
quoits, which hasn't reached its zenith,
and girl watching, which is so universal
that no league rules are required.
In football for example, we have pro-
fessional teams in Miami and Jackson
ville.
We also have the Bucs.


S.I..Frisbie




I.L Frisbie can be contactedatr
slfrisbie@polkcountydemocrat.com


Years ago, 1960s, we lived in Belle-
fontaine, Ohio, and we had a drum and
btigle corps. They practiced in an open
field just down the street we lived on.
Many evenings we would go there to
hear them practice.
By the time they are ready to learn the
marching routine, they already knew
the music to play (it is nothing like
hearing kids beginning to learn to play
instruments.)
When they were finally on the road
for competition, we followed them to


many other cities to give them support.
They are extremely great shows as you
watch the other corps in competition. I
can only think how many ways Frost-
proof would benefit. They work very
Shard and long hours. -
I have been a retired senior citizen of
Frostproof for 16 years and have gone
to functions the city provides and the
crowds are enormous. I am very proud
to be from Frostproof.
Betty High
Frostproof


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Bernice J.
"B.J." Wise,
81, of Bartow,
passed away
Friday, March 2, '
20 12, at Lake-
land Regional
Medical Center. :
Mr. Wise was
born on March
17, 1930, in
Do than, Ala. He
was a veteran of B.J. WISE
the U.S. Army.
A welder in the boiler maker indus-
try, he was a member of Local #433
Teamsters Union of Tamp a.
Many years ago, he served as a .
pastor at the Full Gospel Fellowship
in Fort Meade. Recently, he attended
the Willow Oak Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his
wife, Edna Wise. -
Mr. Wise is survived by his wife,
Hilda Wise of Bartow; his 12 chil-
dren and step-children, W.J. Martin,
Travis Martin, Gary Martin, Harry
Brogen, Jim Brogen, Bobby Foster
III, Sandra Caraway, Brenda Hum-
phreys, Ann Mitchell, Marty Keen,
Betty Picha, and Marie Burnette.
three sisters, Brunetta Dunn, Geral-
dine Powell, Grace Moore; 32 grand-
children; 72 great-grandchildren.
and three great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled
by Whidden-McLean Funeral Home
in Bartow where the family will
receive friends Thursday, March 8,
from 1-2 p.m.
Funeral services will follow at
2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Condolences may be made to
the family at www.whiddenmclean
funeralhome.com.



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March 7, 2012


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Scouts of all ages will gather at Central
Flonida's Fantasy of Flight, for the attrac-
tion's annual Scout Aviation Camporee, Fri-
day, March 16 through Sumday, March 18.
'Itoops will earn their aviation merit
badges with the help of aviation experts,
interactive activities and experiences with
some of the attraction's more than 40 rare
and vintage aircraft. Fantasy of Flight has
hosted thousands of Boy Scouts during the
previous annual camporees, where troops
have come on a mission to earn their merit
badges and had the added benefit of bond-
ing over their fascination with aviation with
their fellow Boy Scouts.
"There is no better place to get the avia-
tion merit badge than Fantasy of Flight
because aviation is what they do," said Lynn
Brown, scoutmaster of Nokomis-based Boy
Scout troop 1001. "Some places try to ac-
complish the program with printed materi-
als, pictures and write-ups, but to actually
be there is definitely another dimension
of learning that really boosts it up. When
Kermit fires up the Mustang, it doesn't get
much better than that. There are enough
different stations and activities provided so
there is something for everyone.
Scouts can practice their primitive camp-


ing skills while participating in a variety
of educational and immersive aviation-
themed activities.
As a former Boy Scout, Fantasy of Flight
creator and founder Kermit Weeks says he
is proud to provide a unique educational
venue for scouts to immerse themselves in
the captivating world of aviation.
"Fantasy of Flight's hands-on, interac-
tive learning experience will inspire and
fascinate scouts of all ages," said Weeks,
-who began a successful construction of an
aircraft at 17. "I am so excited to welcome
back our intrepid and inquisitive scouts for
another successful Camporee."
Cost of the Camporee's three-day, two-
night weekend is $32 per person plus tax.
The $32 rate includes unlimited admission
to Fantasy of Flight, specially tailored tours
and Scout merit badge stations, activities,
campsite and lunch on Saturday.
Troops or individual scouts are invited.
Individual scouts younger than 18 must
be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Reservations are required and admis-
sion is limited.
To book, call Stephanie Conner, (863)
984-3500 or e-mail sconner@fantasyof
flight.com.


Anos Olma
Hendrick, 98,
of Fort Meade,
passed away
Saturday, March
3, 2012, at his
home of cancer.
Mr. Hendrick
was the son of
Charles Bunyan
and Ardelia Wat-
son Hendrick
and was a native
and lifelong resi-
dent of Fort Meade.


ULMA HtNUHILK


He was a farmer and rancher, a
member of First United Method-
ist Church of Fort Meade, an active
member and vice president of the Fort
Meade Historical Society, and a mem-
ber of the Fort Meade High School
Class of 1931.
Mr. Hendrick was preceded in death
by his wives, Lovie Lee Bozeman
Hendrick and Doris Cannon Hendrick;
a daughter, Alene Sloan Weatherford;
and several brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his daughter,
Margy Williams and husband Jimmy
of Polk City; his step-daughters, Janet
Straughn of Lakeland and Glenda
Kilner ofWauchula; his sisters-in-law,
Loretta Hendrick Handley of Lakeland
and Wilma Hendrick of Fort Meade;
grandchildren, Beverly Williams Bright
and husband David, Jimmy O. Wil-
liams, fr. and wife Kelly, Susan Sloan
Copeland and husband Todd, Steven
Sloan, Angie Gordon and husband
Pete; and six great-grandchildren .
Visitation: Tuesday, March 6, from
9:30-10:30 a.m., at Hancock Funeral
Home, Fort Meade.
Funeral: follows at 10:30 a.m. with
Rev. Kenny Slay and Connolly Barnett
officiating. Interment will follow in
Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Meade.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may
make contributions to the Fort Meade

Ho dole se ay be sent to the
family at www.hancockfh.com.


heavily played, the operators would an-
nounce that poor radio transmissions
made it impossible to determine the
winner, and all bets would be refunded.
Another fine sport ruined by technology.

(S.L.Frisbie is retired. Though he has lost
a few bucks in the Florida Lotterq: he never
played bolita, or Cuba. How does he know
so much about it? Reporters learn abour the
doggondest things. Sometimes from their
law enforcement contacts, sometimesfrom
their fathers. And sometimes from both.)


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and the number on that ball won the cash.
No Fantasy Five, no Powerballs, just one
little ball, the bolita. Simplicity incarnate.
In later years, the last two digits of
the number drawn in the Cuban Na-
tional Lottery and broadcast to Florida
over Cuban radio replaced the sack
full of balls as the winning number in
this unofficial and unlawful statewide
lottery.
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March 8 is National Agriculture Day, when we recognize the tireless dedication
of our farmers across ~the nation. This day brings us many reasons to celebrate;
agriculture provides almost all of the food, clothing and products we need on a daily
basis. In fact, one American farrner feeds more than 144 people each day.
At Mosaic, we're proud to provide the essential crop nutrients our farmers need to
sustain an abundant food supply. It's our privilege to help keep agriculture growing.
Learn more at www.agday.org, and join us as we honor this thriving industry.

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March 7, 2012


PHOTOS BY TRISH PFEIFFER
Bicyclists pedal down Main Street in Bartow Saturday during the Bloomin' Bike Ride Saturday.
It was presented by Bartow {ycling Events. The weather was nice and warm Saturday with a
little wind, much warmer than it was Sunday.


PHOTOS BY AL PALMER
Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell pres-
Polk County Commisisoner Melony Bell hands ents the Race for the Arts SK first place overall
the Race for the Arts SK first place women's men's winner plaque to Mickey Hooker of St.
overall trophy to Rebecca Kimfballl of Lake- Petersburg Runners (Iub who finished the race
Iand who completed the downtown run in 20 at the Bloomin' Arts Festival with a time of 17
minutes, 13 seconds. minutes, 32 seconds.


Eight more kids received bicycles from Bartow Cycling Events, bringing the total to 47 and counting.
Riders and sponsors of the Bloomin' Bike Ride, held Saturday, help new kids join the Power Pedalers
each year. The program helps kids cultivate a love of cycling and fosters a healthy lifestyle.


By AUDREY SWINDAL
CORRESPONDENT
The annual flower show of Bartow
Garden Club was at the heart of the Bloo-
min' Arts Festival last weekend. Members
brought out their best talents in creative
floral design as they were inspired by the
patriotic theme Honor and Remember.
The show opened at noon with the
Presentation of Colors by the Summerlin
Academy Color Guard. Debi Roberts,
president of Bar-tow Garden Club, led -
the Pledge ofi~llegiance to the flag of the
United States ofAmerica.
Oren Barnhart, Flower Show chairman,
dedicated the show to all U. S. veterans,
past and present. He welcomed the veter-
ans who had attended the ceremony.
The patriotic welcoming display
provided a place for th~e public to make
donations which will directly benefit
our troops in Afghanistan.
The class entitled We Salute You was
won by Rita H-ilton with her design en-
titled "The Rockets' Red Glare" featur-
ing a flash of red carnations. The judges
also selected it as the Best Design in the
entire show.
Debi Roberts won the We Give
Thanks class of capsule tables with~ her.
It featured blue thistles that comple-
mented her starry blue background.
Let Freedom Ring was a small hang-
ing, design won by Eda Marclunan. It
featured red, white and blue ribbon
with dyed pepper grass.
E. J. Black won the miniature table
class, Together Again, with her design
of a welcome Home Breakfast. There


Bartow Garden Club master judge Audrey
Swindal (left) explains how horticulture
exhibits are judged to Jackie and Benjamin
Small of Highland City. They attended the
club's annual Flower Show held at Commu-
nity Southern Bank Saturday and Sunday
as part of Bartow's Bloomin' Arts Show.
were 110 entries in the Horticulture
Division of the show. Best in Section
rosettes were won by Georgiann Sumn-
ner'ss Chinese climbing fern. She also
won similar awards for her phalaenop-
sis orchid and her Ming fern. Other
Best in Section Awards were won by
Oren Barnhart and Audrey Swindal.
Other members who won blue ribbons
in horticulture were Hope Barnhart,
EJ. Black, Betty Jean Bryan, Carolyn
Hinton, Louise Lang, Eda Marchman,
Shannon Martin, Jane Meadows, Debi
Roberts, Sandy Sewell, Audrey Swindal
and Wilma Till.
Th~e Sweepstakes Award for the most
.blue ribbons in the show was won by
Georgiann Sumner with 14 blues. She
was closely followed by Louise Lang
with 13 top winners.
In the category open to the pub-
lic, blue ribbon winners were Windy
Collins and Jill Swindal.


PHOTOS BY PEGGY KEHOE
Windy Collins was one of the non-members
who won a blue ribbon in the Bartow Garden
(Iub Flower Show held this weekend inside
Community Southern Bank. Her orchid was
right at home because Collins works there,


Georgiann Sumner's Chinese climbing fern rises
above other horticulture winners at the Bartow
Garden (Iub Flower Show. It won Best of Show in
that division.


Bikes bloom in Bartow


5K race winners


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41st annual Bloomin' Arts Festival in Bartow


The Polk County Democrat Page 9A


March 7, 2012


Marshall Gene Albritton demonstrates how he breaks up dirt, clay
Marshall Gene Albritton's work drew lots of interest at last weekend's Bloomin' Arts Festival. The Bartow native, who now lives in and minerals, with a lavender clay. He then mixes the earth with
Whittler, N.C., paints with the earth using dirt, clay and minerals instead of acrylics or oils. The painting of the open cross is sealers and paints with it.
called "He Made the Way."


A quilt blooming with cloth flowers and ribbons, "Eliza-
bethan Garden" by Betty Haggins won the People's
Choice Award at the Quilt Show. Part of the Bloomin'
Arts Festival, the show was held in the 1926 Courtroom
at Polk countyy Historical Museum Saturday and Sunday.


Doris Dionne hadn't painted for 23 years, working as a graphic artist and print shop owner. She
returned to her early love seven months ago and is enjoying capturing moments of life. Dionne, who
worked in Bartow several years, is available for commissions. She can be reached at (863) 816-5233.


Waiting at
the corner
of North
Wilson and
Main Street,
this copper
wire mesh




Robinson-
Smith, whose
unique work
included
human
figures and
animals
sculpted of
wire mesh.
Smith won a
Judge's Award
for his work.


Artist Andrew Swan (right) talks to visitors at the Bloomin' Arts Festival held Saturday and
Sunday in Downtown Bartow. Swan won a Judge's Award for his work.


As little sister Addison Van Orsdale, 4, shows off her two tattoos, Alexandra, who's almost 7, gets
her second (temporary) tattoo from Laney McGraw at the Kids Tent sponsored by Mosaic and
Community Southern Bank.


Shiny classic cars represented the automotive art at the Bloomin' Arts
Festival. Saturday drew more entries than Sunday, but visitors enjoyed
checking them out both days.


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No lane closures expected on Van Fleet this week


Bartow Firewalkers Walk to Defeat ALS March 17


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March 7, 2012


No lane closures are sched-
uled this week on Van Fleet
Drive or U.S. 98 during the .
work week, however, traf-
fic from Wilson Avenue
due north of S.R. 60 will be
restricted to one lane in each
direction during the day on
Saturday, March 10, and con-
tinuing on Sunday, March 11,
for pipe work.
Drivers should slow down
and use extra caution when
entering and exiting Wilson
Avenue while this weekend
work is under way, the DOT
said.
On week days, work on
new travel lanes, turn lanes
and sidewalks will happen
behind barrier walls along
northbound U.S. 98 from S.R.
60 to south of Manor Drive,
and along westbound S.R. 60


from the Walmart entry road
to U.S. 98.
Access to businesses in
the work zone is being
maintained.
This week construction
continues on the west side
of U.S. 9;8 from Manor Drive
to north of CR 540A and in
the median area from Manor
Drive to Lyle Parkway.
There will be no impacts to
traffic, DO0T reports.
For information on U.S-
98 construction go to www.
IdriveUS98.com.
This week guard-rail, pay-
ing and installing permanent
signs will be done in the work
on U.S. 17 in Homeland.
People can expect lane
closures from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
and from
7 p.m.-6 a.m.


PHOTO BY
JEFF ROSLOW
Jerry hoy left, an
employee of the
City of Bartow, and
James Keene, work
on a drain to get it
out of the road in
the reconstruction
work at the corner of
U.S. 98 and Van Fleet
Drive.


Each year one group really stands
out in the annual Wia~l to Defeat ALS.
Dressed in hot and heavy yellow
bunker gear, firefighters from Bartow
lead a team of friends and family of
those affected by ALS (amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou
Gehrig's disease.
The Firewalkers again will be out
there, taking part in the ALS Associa-


tion's 10th annual Walk to Defeat ALS
on March 17. .
This will be the sixth year the Fire-
walkers will honor loved ones who
have succumbed to ALS and help
raise awareness and funds for this
deadly illness.
Brian Bennett, a Bartow firefighter/
EMT is captain of the Firewalkers. Af-
tcer losing his father to ALS in 1997, he


became actively involved in raising
money for research to find a cure.
"Our team is successfully draw-
ing attention to the cause by being
the only team of firefighters in the
Florida Chapter to wear full firefight-
ing gear during the walk," Bennett
said. "We are remembered year after
year for our uniqueness and passion
to find a cure."


For those who want to walk, it is
at the University of South Florida in
Tampa. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.,
and the walk at 11 a.m.
To participate or donate to the
cause, email firewalkers4als@
msn.com or visit the team's web
page at http://wehfl.alsa. org/
site/TR/Walks/ Florida?team
id=206987&pg=team&fr_id=7772.


Professional barbecue teams from
across Polk County will come together
on Saturday, March 24 to host the
Arnulfo Crispin BBQ & Live Auction
Benefit.
The event is scheduled from 11 a.m.-
5 p.m. at the American Legion (Post
72), 1500 State Road 37 North, Mul-
berry.
A live auction is scheduled at 2 p.m.
where guests can bid on current
sports memorabilia, outdoor activities
and much more.
Ribs will be sold for $20 per slab and
should be pre-ordered by calling (863)
529-3131 or by visiting the Lakeland
Police Department reception desk
from 8 a~m.-5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Ribs will also be sold during
the event while supplies last.
The BBQ and Live Auction is being
held in honor of Lakeland Police Of-
ficer Arnulfo Crispin who was killed


in the line
of duty on
i0~r~~ Dec. 21, 2011.
Proceeds will
allow family
S members and
supporting
officers to travel
to Washington,
D.C. in May
when Crispin's
name will be
ARNULFO (RISPIN added alongside
other fallen he-
roes to the National Law Enforcement
Mb/emorial Wall.
The remaining proceeds will be
given to the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial
Fund.
For those who would like to donate
to th'e auction can call (863) 529-3131
or email douglas.b rown@lakelandgov.
net.


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The event is different this year
because it is not being held the same
day as the Bloomin' Arts Festival
which was last weekend.
Milano said he is interested in
knowing what people think regarding
te antque ftesdi ala fing a on -eday
will be e handed next year.
The quarterly City-Wide Yard Sale
will also be taking place in the Oaks
Parking Lot at Wilson Avenue and
Parker Street.
Antique vendor spaces are $30 and
can be reserved by contacting Irene
Henry at (863) 646-0644, according to
a press release. Craft vendor spaces
are $30 and food vendors are $50.
They can be reserved by contact-
ing the Main Street Bartow office at
(863) 519-0508. The fee for yard sale
vendors is $10.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Ralph DeMeo speaks to the Bartow City
Commission Monday in its work session about
.the brownfield program. Commissioners0OK'd
entering the Thompson (igar Factory mnto the
program. A public hearing is set for the next
commission meeting on March l9.

"That usually takes two to three
years," DeMeo said, adding that the
city and the~ state know the contami-
nation already exists and the cleanup
is happening. "In this case you could
reach that in a year, maybe two on the
outside."
But then there was the question of
how much this would cost the city.
City Manager George Long said Bartow
has applied for help from the Central
Florida Regional Planning Council and
for a project like this there is very little
if any that they would be turned down.
"We filed with Central Florida and
expect the funding to be available in 60 ,
days," City Alttorney Sean Parker said.
"This would be a subgrant from the
council."
However, without the money being
awarded to the city yet, Commissioner
Adrian Jackson asked what if the city
gets its paperwork together and is going
along with the program, but doesn't
get the money from the Central Florida
Regional Planning Council. .
But, Mayor Pat Huff said, the cleanup
has to go on anyway because it is one of
the provisions the city agreed to when it
took over the property from the county.
"We're already obligated to clean it up
under the county agreement," he said.
"We don't want the building to sit
there and be an eyesore," Long added.
"But we have to identifyr what we would
do soon. The chances of success (of get-
ting the money from CFRPC) are very
good."
In other city business, Commis-
sioner Leo Longworth announced he is
having a Town Hall meeting at Carver
Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 29. Police Chief Toe Hall will
accompany him in an open forum on
crime in the community. Longworth
said he encourages anyone to go and
provide input to him and the chief on
crime problems they are experiencing.


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several years in Bartow. While at- Anatr
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tending Ringling School of Art in members will
Sarasota, she moved from painting nx ersb
to graphic arts. She returned to her
early love seven months ago and B
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was inspired to stay with painting
as a career when reading a book by Festiva
Joel Oteen.Best of Sho
"He said if it comes easy to you, $2,250
that's your destiny," Dionne said. Second Pla
She is enjoying doing portraits $1,500
that capture moments of life. Third Place
Beginning with acrylics Dionne Achievemel
has now switched to oils and says, $750
EFverything I see is a painting." She Merit: Berr
can be reached at (863) 816-5233 Koury, $500
or by email at dorisdionne@yahoo. Honorable
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winds resulted in some damage to man, $225
some glass works and displays.
Visitors found plenty of food, QI
gifts for themselves and others, and People's
lots to look at. A number of people
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in the Historic Courthouse. 2. Marlene
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special antique festival from 8 a.m.-
4 p.m. Saturday along Main Street in
downtown.
"Bartow's Timeless Treasures
Antique Festival" features a larger
number of antique vendors than at
the city's monthly Antique Fair plus
craft and food vendors.
Tony Milano, owner of Antiques on
Main, said Monday he is expecting 70
vendors to participate. Milano added
he is "really happy" with the antici-
pated turnout.
Milano said several vendors are
coming from the east coast of Florida
as well as some from Maine.


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this would cost the city.
"There would be no cost to the city,"
he said. "The cost would be covered
100 percent.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Act,
which is a Florida statute, is a pro-
gram that encourages the cleanup and
redevelopment of sites that are envi
ronmentally unsafe and encourages
redevelopment for economic develop-
ment. The program would help provide
money that encourages economic
development, loan guarantees and li
ability protections, DeMeo said-
The go-ahead from the commis-
stoners means the first public hear-
ing would be at the next Bartow City
Commission meeting on March 19 and
the final public hearing on April 2. If
all goes forward with the plan, then the
city would pass a resolution allowing
the cigar factory into the brownfield
program.
DeMeo told commissioners by get-
ting a brownfield designation for the
property, the city would be entering
into something where the state truly
wants to help because it cleans up an
environmentally detrimental property,
or one viewed as such, and helps it
become an economic benefit.
"You could participate in an excit-
ing opportunity to move into a great
program," DeMeo, who said he helped
start the brownfield program in the late
1980s, told commissioners. "This is tak-
ing a disabled property and putting it
into economic use."
The program would provide federal
government grants to provide jobs, pro-
vide tax incentives for developers and
would make immune those who take
possession of a site to avoid liabilities.
"You (as the owners) would be ex-
cluded from EPAlaws, for example,"
DeMeo said.
Once the resolution is passed, there
are a number of steps the city would
have to go~through to get the designa-
tion and of course that includes exam-
ining the site and cleaning up the site,
two things that are already under way.
In fact, Public Works Director Bill
Pickard, told commissioners that
boards ar already being placed to
weatherize the building and quotes are
currently being taken for more work.
He said that work will be seen on the
site within the next 10 days.
Because the city is already in the pro-
cess of doing this, some of which was
required when the county turned over
the building to the city in December,
the process can move faster than it has
with other brownfield projects.
By the time the city gets to a point
where the contamination is identi-
fied and a time line is established to
get it cleaned up, a Site Rehabilitation
Completion Order will have to be done.


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competition
dnesday development, government and
organizations, education, the com-
ol before the munity, K-12 educators, and inter-
break there is ested citizens are invited to attend
lay, and share ideas in an interactive and
ic school stu- collaborative setting "Innovation,
ur early. economic prosperity, and educa-
ll arrive at tion are the mission of STEM initia-
than usual; tives," said Dr. Rod Brame, program
ir students an director of STEM education at USF
Polytechnic.
2-16. "We are dedicated to building
s, call your STEM capacity. The I-4 corridor has
been identified as one of the highest
growth regions for technology and
led innovation in Florida. By coming
)f the Year together at the first PolySTEM con-
ference, we can make a long-term
t of Educa- positive impact."
County Public Participants will have the chance
n Katsoff from to connect their business/industry
Schools with a growing STEM workforce, par-
utstanding ticipate in guiding economic growth
and prosperity through STEM, meet
hoolVolun- USF Poly's life-size robots, Bert and
n the number Ernie, participate in interactive
service type of robotics activities with Polytechnic
characteristics students, showcase their school's
science fair winners, judge Poly-
ach of these tech faculty and student research in
their generos- STEM, network with industry, educa-
dedication tion and community leaders who
ur public share the passion for STEM
cation Com- The registration fee is $35 by
In in a press March 19 and $45 if paid by April
S9. It includes coffee, donuts, lunch,
and afternoon refreshments. The
:tend First first 50 Polk teachers to register will
available have their fee waived. Registration
is free to USF students who register
who want to by April 2, $12 for those who register
schooll next after April 2.
March for a For information, go to poly.usf.
p. edulpolystemnevent or contact Dilek
am, run by Aksu at (863) 667-7879 or daksu@
or Students, poly.usf.edu.
e than 38,000
different FAFSA workshops
~oss the state. scheduled for March
ip is worth
PSC have workshops to help stu-
en-fifth dents complete the 2012-13 Free Ap-
and $4,692 plication for Federal Student Aid.
'he applica- The workshops are 4-6 p.m. March
registration 8, March 22, March 29 at the Polk
State College Winter Haven Campus,
Led to pro- 999 Ave. H N.E. At The Zone Career
or students Center Administration Building,
dvantaged Room 155.
ment has Workshops are also 4-6 p.m. March
Past seven 20, March 27 at the Polk State Col-
lege Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter
must meet Lake Road at the Admissions/Fi-
:uidelines nancial Aid Center in the Lakeland
duced-price Technology Building, Room 1280.
which is There are also workshops 4-6 p.m.
householdd of March 21 and March 28 at the Polk
,be entering State College JD Alexander Center,
irst grade or 152 E. Central Ave., Lake Wales,
school for the Room 213
l year. Attendees should have records of
able online at income earned in the year prior to
.org. Parents when they will start school, includ-
;tance with ing their and/or their parents' or
-735-7857. spouse's 2011 tax return.
able on a For information, call the Polk State
basis. College Office of Financial Aid at
:eren(863 2~p~97-1004p or email financial

,pril g Chzristine Roslowo can be r~eachzed at
croslow~polkcountydiemzocrat. com.


Bartow Senior High finished in sec-
ond place to Haines City High in the
Polk County Public Schools competition
with a score of 229. Haines City had a
score of 231.
Harrison School for the Arts was third
with 174.
The competition was at Lake Region
High School last month.
Nineteen teams competed in the
county championship, and the 2012 all-
county academic team was announced
during the awards following the county
finals.
From this competition a number of
students will represent Polk County
in the 27th Annual Commissioners
Academic Challenge April19-21 at the
Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney
World. From Bartow High will be Bi-
anca Mulaney and Colby Troutt. Other
students to attend include Nathaniel
Even from Haines City; Claire Jarvis
from Lakeland Christian; Edward Kerr
from All Saints' Academy; Jacob Renuart
from Haines City; Michael Smith from
Haines City; and Robert Smith, Harrison
School for the Arts.

TOY finalists
astonishing and admired
A Bartow High secretary and a Mul-
berry Middle Title I program facilitator
were among the finalists in the Polk
. County Teacher
of the Year com-
petition where
the titles were
awarded Feb. 23
at the Lakeland
Civic Center.
Sharon LeVine,
Sa Bartow High
freshman acad-
.emy secretary
sep,-with 22 years
SHARON LEVINE experience was
nominated as a
School-Related Employee of the Year
and.Alison Marie Landry, a Mulberry
Middle, Title I program facilitator was
nominated as a

~~*g--~l Year. As finalistecr ts,
SLeVine won $500
i4~-'~Z T"and Landry won
S$1,000.
More than 230
applications were
jubmi~tted for the
awards by indi-
vidual schools.
Judges reviewed
ALISON MARIE LANDRY applications and
did not know the
nominees' iden-
tity nor school where they work. Criteria
included leadership and professional
development activities, community and
school involvement and teaching style.
Linda Robinson, from Winter Haven
High School, won Teacher of the Year
and Norma Reyes, from Purcell Elemen-
tary in Mulberry, was named School-
Related Employee of the Year.
In her application, LeVine is said to
be adored by faculty, staff, parents and
students alike for her warm, welcom-
ing, encouraging, and compassionate
personality.
She is known for being a selfless and
efficient worker and a loving mentor.
LeVine develops relationships with
each and every student in the freshman
academy holding them accountable
for their actions, and supporting them
through difficult times. She has held
fundraisers for multiple students who


host the first
~pril 9.
will coor-
:conomic
n STEM busi-
Irch and de-
on. Leaders
y, economic


Early release We
In the last week of schoc
students are off for spring
early release day Wednesd
On Wednesday, all publ
dents will be let out an ho
That means students wi
bus stops an hour earlier 1
and car riders pick up the:
hour early. .
Spring break is March 1:
For those with question
student's school.

Katsoff nam
Senior Volunteer o
The Florida Departmen
tion recently named Polk (
Schools volunteer Sheldor
Mulberry middle and high
as the Region IV Senior O~
School Volunteer,
Florida Outstanding Scl
teers are selected based or
of service hours, years of s
contribution and unique (
of services rendered.
"I would like to thank e~
incredible individuals for
ity, hard work and selfless
to Florida's children and o
schools," said Florida Edu
missioner Gerard Robinso
release.

Scholarships to at
Methodist School
Cow-income students
attend First Methodist S
year can apply in early I
state-backed scholarship:
The scholarship progr
the nonprofit Step Up Fl
is currently serving mor
students in nearly 1,200
K-12 private schools acr
This year, the scholars:
up to $4,011.
Tuition for kmndergarte
grade is $4,260 per year
for sixth-eighth grade. T
tion fee is $25 and the re
fee is $150.
The progr-am is intend
vide a learning option fe
from economically disac
households, and enrolln
more than tripled in the
years.
To qualify, applicants
the household income g
for the federal free or re
school lunch program, a
$42,648 annually for a h
four. Students must also
either kindergarten or fi
have attended a public ~
current, 2011-12, school
Applications are avail;
www.stepupforstudents
For information or assis
the process can call 877
Scholarships are avail
first-come, first served i

PolySTEM conf
planned for A
USF Polytechnic will i
PolySTEM Conference A
From 8 a.m.-7 p.m., it
dinate efforts to foster e
growth and prosperity ii
ness and industry, resea
velopment, and educati
in business and industry


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lost parents during the school year, and
has reached out to a young girl facing
the struggles of teen pregnancy and
motherhood, convincing her to return
to school and pursue her education.
LeVine has the ability to recognize
a need and find the best solution, her
nomination form said. She values every
student and teacher through birthday
celebrations, offering candy and a lis-
tening ear readily available. One parent
writes that there is only one word to
describe LeVine ... astonishing.
Landry's teaching style can be de
scribed as engaged, innovative, and fun
for students, her nomination form read.
She has been known to dress up as
a disc jockey, teaching the expository
writing process to students through the
radio's "Top 40" songs. She is able to
recognize students' interests, and utilize
those interests to help them succeed
in the classroom. Landry's mission for
teaching is to take her students' indi-
vidual gifts and talents and strengthen
them to grow in compassion and
wisdom. She is known for her ability
to develop genuine relationships with
students, teachers, and parents, her
nomination form read.
Currently serving as her school's Title
1 Instructor, Alison spends much of
her time in the classroom working with
teachers and modeling effective in-
structional practices. Landry is admired
by her fellow staff and dedicates her
whole heart to the betterment of each
student's life.

Achievement Academy
staff members nominated
Lisa Sharp, a teacher at the Achievement
Academy and Deborah Sulsona, admin-
istrative services manager, have been
nominated by their
colleagues to rep
resent the Achieve-
ment Academy at
~ji~~51the Polk County
awards ceremony
3 '~Ufor charter schools.
~:~EP7~Sharp was hon-
ored as Teacher
~of the Year,
~and Sulsona as
Non-Instruction
LISA SHARP Staff Member of
the Year. Their
dedication and commitment to the
students and families, as well as their
desire to go above and beyond with
~such optimistic
attitudes, is both
recognized and
:, celebrated by
the staff at the
Achievement
Academy.
..- e The Achieve.
~ ~ment Academy
is a pre-kinder-
: IS..T 11? garten charter
,2 1 school providing
DEBORAH SULSONA education and
therapy services
to children with developmental delays/
disabilities in Polk County.


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IVarch 7, 2012


Elementary
lktale," by student won a brand new Zune music
leir parents. player.
rery student "It is clear to see that the faculty of
ved a raffle Stephens Elementary believes that
Ithrough- learning should be fun, hands on, and
varied interactive" Breiter said. "The impor-
Ifoosball tance of showing students and fami-
ning two fi- lies that they can practice math skills
d one lucky with everyday objects is evident in
brand new the activities that the school provided
er lucky. during their Family Math Night."


Stephens
ed. The last of Rice: A Mathematical Fo:
en the mu- Demi, with students and th
er a math To top the evening off, ev
and parent who came recei
measured the ticket. Drawings took place
ew geometric out the evening and prizes
rMs, played from popcorn to a tabletop
and learned table. At the end of the ever
IChancy, a nal drawings took place an
ow Public student went home with a
"One Grain digital camera while another


Parents, students, and faculty at Ste-
phens Elementary enjoyed a fun-filled
night of math on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
With their parents by their side and
teachers manning the multiple activi-
ties available, students experienced
maith as it should be ... fun, Title 1
Facilitator Lee Breiter said.
Game rotations included a spin-
off of Hot Potato, where students
passed a multiplication/addition ball


around while music play
person with the ball, wh~
sic stopped, had to answ
problem.
Students and parents n
volume of containers, dre
figures in salt, sorted M&
monley-m~atching games,
about angles. Also, Linda
storyteller from the Barte
L~ibrary. shared the story.


PHOTOS PROVIDED


With their mother's help, Alberto and Christian Popoca work together to complete an M&M Enrique Castillo, Keiessence McCall, and Nicole Lee listen to the directions for playing a money
sorting activity. matching game.


Fifth grader Megan Kling watches and helps her little sister as she uses cubes to create a three-
dimensional figure.


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Tuesday, April 3
Music mn Libary, Music in the Library, noon'
Bartow Public Library, 2150 5 Broadway Ave., Bartow'
863-534-0131.

Al Saturday, April ?
Easter Egg Hunt, Annual Easter Egg Hunt spon-
sored by the Kiwanis Club, Mosaic Park, Floral Avenue, Bartow

a Saturday, April 14
2-Day Antique Show, 9-5 pm Saturday, 10-4
Sunday, SW Focal Point Senior Center, 954-450-6888


Ad lI Con~cet B~and, Adult Concert Band,
2:30 p.m., free. Bartow Civic Center, 2250 5. Floral Ave.

Thursday, April l9
Anime Club, Anime Club, for teens in grades
6-12, 3-4 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 5 Broadway
Ave., Bartow, 863-534-0131.

pi Friday, April 20
Relay For Life, Relay For Life, High School
football stadium 1270 Broadway, www.relayforlife.org/
bartowfl., caellan.curtis@cancer.org.

Saturday, April 21
Paper Sculptures, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free
Family Fun Workshop. Paper sculpture making. Bruton
Memorial Library, Plant City. 863-688-7743.


Saturday, March 10
Bartow Antique Fair, Main Street Downtown
Bartow, 8 AM Contact 863-646-0644

Thursday, March 15
Anime Club, Anime Club, for teens in grades
6-12, 3-4 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 5 Broadway
Ave., Bartow, 863-534-0131.

M Sunday, March 18 .
Adult Concert Band, Adult Concert Band, 2:30
p.m., free. Bartow (ivic Center, 2250 5. Floral Ave.

SFu Arast owa ho280A report Rd, Punta Gorda, FL.
March 25 900am-600pmn. 941-575-9007

Tuesday, March 27
Cancer Survivor, Survivor Dinner, 5:45 p.m. for
cancer survivorship. 2250 5. Floral Ave., Bartow.

Friday, March 30
Paley Reception, 6-8:30 p.m. sculptor Albert
Paley speaks at 6. Members free, $10 guests. Polk
Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.

Saturday, March 31
Sketches & Steel, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.0Opening
of sculptor Albert Paley's exhibition. $5 general. Polk
Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-7743.


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EVENT SUBMITTERS
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paper and display online. All events must be entered
by the person submitting them through our website.
It's easy. Go to www.polktountydemocrat.com and
click on the"Community Calendar"link on the left. Click
"Submit Event:'and fill out the appropriate informa-
tion. The "Print edition text" area of the form is for
"" orato ionte ded fo ter rint eion of theepa e.

appear online only. Please don't repeat the "Event Title:'
as that will be included automatically.
We will print a maximum of four lines per event
(the Event Title plus 120 additional characters, to
be included in the "Print edition text" field, up to
three lines deep) at no cost to the event submitter.
Your contact number must be included in these 120
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This change wili give our readers a broader range of
community events,
You may, however, purchase additional space for
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GOVERNlMENT

Monday, March 19
City Commission, Bartow (ity Commission,
5:30 p~m. work session, 6:30 board meeting, 450 N.
Wilson Ave. 534-0100.

Tuesday, March 20
Polk School Board, Polk School Board, 8:30
a.m, and 1:30 p.m. School District, 1915 5. Floral Ave.,
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a Tuesday, April 10
Polk School Board, School Board, 8:30 a.m.,
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0521, agenda www.polk-fl.net

a Wednesday, April 25
CRA Meeting, Community Redevelopment
Agency, 8 a.m. Florida Department of Citrus, 605 E. Main
St., Bartow, 863-534-0121

M Friday, March 9
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March 7 2012


Floyd Perkins and David
Hallock were recognized by
the Friends of the Bartow
Public Library. Both are retir-
ing from the board of the
Friends after many years of
hard work.
At the annual board meet-
ing on Monday, March 5, both
were presented with plaques
honoring their achievements.
Perkizis has been a member
of the Friends since 1999 and
served on the board from
2004-2012. He also worked .
tirelessly on the Friends book
sale for several years, interim
Library Director Roxanna
Tovrea said, and helped~to


make it a continuing suc-
cess helping to raise several
thousands or~dollars for the
Friends and the Bartow Public
Library.
Hallock was one of the
1992 charter members of the
Friends of the Bartow Pub-
lic Library. He has served as
president and as treasurer
since the beginning of the
organization. He assisted with
the original fundraising to
furnish the new library that
was opened in 1999. "With his
guidance and hard work, the
Friends and the Bartow Public
Library have flourished,"
Tovrea said.


Floyd Perkins
was honored
on his retire-
ment from
the board of
the Friends of
the Library.
With him
are interim
Bartow
Library
Director
Roxanna
Tovrea (right)
and his wife,
Shirley.


The Bartow Public Library has free
classes to teach people how to use the
Kindle and Nook electronic readers.
The Kindle classes are 11 a.m.-noon
March 8 and 22. The Nook classes are
from 11 a.m.-noon on March 15 and
March 29. People can sign up for them
at the circulation at the library.
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classes in March. The free adult classes


are 1-3 p.m.
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to Computer, on March 19 it's Navi-
gating the Desktop, on March 26 and
April 2 it's Introduction to the Inter-
net, on April 9 it's Microsoft Word, on
March 16 it's Grant Seeking.
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Page 16A The Polk County Democrat


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COMV

There was an arrow sticking in the
bullseye in a tournament Union Academy
Magnet School in which student Jacob
Kendrick participated. Then during that
round, he hit that arrow with another shot
sticking the next arrow into it,
Friday the team's coach showed the
arrow the members of the Bartow Kiwanis
Club.
"Jacob split the arrow in the target,"
Susan Prevatt told the audience, showing
the two arrows that are now one. "He has
it hanging in his room, but we brought it
here."
Was he amazed when he did it?
"I didn't kn~ow it when I did it," the eighth
grader said. "But when I saw it, I thought,
'How did I do that?"
He said he asked if around the tourna-
ment if anyone had seen that done before
and though he got a few yeses, everyone
was still amazed.
Kendrick is one of 20 students from the
school who will attend the national cham-
pionship in Louisville in May, but in order
to get there, the team has to raise about
-$12,000. The fundraisers are coming.
The large one coming up is a barbecue
rib sale on March 31. People can order now
for pickup, ort~that day. For $20 per slab,
people can help the team get.to its second
national championship in the last three
years. To do that they can call the school at
(863) 534-7435.
Actually the team has qualified for the
national championship in each of the last
three years, but couldn't attend last year
because they didn't have the money to go.
To demonstrate iWhat the team can do,
Prevatt brought Kendrick and the girls'
top archer, Haley Fitzhugh to Friday's
Kiwanis Club meeting to demonstrate their
ability. In the recent state championship
Union finished third but scored enough
points as a team to qualify for the national


\ Arrow bits
hang off after
a second arrow
pierced it. Jacob
Kendrick, an
eighth grader at
Union Academy,
made that shot
in a tournament
and he has hung
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and he felt the student who finished
in second should get the trophy and
recognition.
"He wrote a letter saying he finished
second without anyone saying anything
to him about doing that," she said.
The result didn't change the result. He
was still deemed as the winner of the
competition.
"They let him keep it," she said. "But he
didn't know what was going to happen."
Her pride showed when she relayed
that story.
"As proud as I am of their talent, I'm.
more proud of the sportsmanship and
character they show," she saidl.
She also noted that the students not
only are going to get a shot at national
championship, they also qualified for a
~training session at the facility in Newbury
where they will get lessons from national
archers where they will get what she
called "Olympic" training. That happens
at the end of March and is sure to be
helpful when they attend the national
competition.
"I'm more excited about that than the
national tournament," she said.


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Jacob Kendrick and Haley Fitzh'ugh take aim Friday as they show members of the Bartow Kiwanis
(Iub archery at their weekly meeting. The school's archery team will be going to the national
championship.


championship and all this happened in
the last three years," Prevatt, a 29-year PE
teacher, said.
She said the competition is tough.
Each archer has to use a Matthews Gen-
esis bow and it is designed to be adjusted
so it can be used by the "smallest sixth
grade girl and the largest eighth grade
boy," Prevatt said.
"Jason has a camouflage designed on
his bow, but in competition he has to
the middle blackened so he can't use the
lines on it for aiming," she said.
But more proud than their ability to
shoot well, Prevatt told club members
she is probably more proud of the stu-
dents' ability away from the targets.
Two years ago she said both Fitzhugh
and Austin Anderson both won a silver
bow at for winning a tournament. After
they returned to Bartow, Anderson
discovered his score was miscalculated


competition. In that tournament held in
Newbury, Fitzhugh shot at 278 of 300 and
lost first place by two points, Prevatt said.
She said 14 of her 30 shots were bullseye.
Kendrick shot a 271.
Prevatt said to, qualify for the national
competition teams have to post at least
2,900 points. Union's score was 3,081.
Sh~e said the score was the highest total
Union has achieved in the state tourna-
ment, but its third place finish is below
what it has achieved before. She said the
school has finished in first in the past,
but the competition is getting better as
more schools in Florida form archery
teams. Archery became a team sport,
though not recognized by the National
High School Athletic Association, eight
years ago through the Florida Wildlife
Association.
"N~ow we have a state championship,
a national championship and a world


Pennsylvania, the host squad, led by
hometown boy Arnold Palmer, routed the
Great Britain/Ireland squad 21-11. His best
finish in a major came in 1970 when he
tied for second at the PGA Championship.
In his career, Murphy made 409 cuts
in 523 tournaments entered. The record
includes 199 top 25 finishes and 99 times
inside the top 10.
Once he finished with the PGA, the
opportunity arose to continue his golfmng
with the Senior Tour, now known as the
Champions Tour. Within his 11 victories on
that totur one of the most noted is the 1996
Cadillac NFL Golf Classic. The golf course
that hosted this event was the same course
where Murphy had scored thle 1968 Thun-
derbird Classic, giving him the notoriety
(at the time) of being the only golfer to win
a PGA Tqur event and a Champions Tour
event at the same course.
Murphy moved to the television broad-
caSting side, working for NBC Sports until a
recent retirement from broadcasting.
Though he has moved away from Polk
County, Murphy is still a fr-equent visitor
and can be found playing golf occasionally
at the Bartow Golf Course. That's why he'll
be teeing it up on Saturday, to enjoy the
game and the people of Polk County.
Welcome home.


phy accumulated
additional honors, -
winning the 1966 ~~ a b
individual cham-
pionship in play in
Pal Alto, California
while also being \
recognized for the ,..
All-American team. w :
He graduated
from the Umiversity~'";~;"~";"' .

with a degree in GERALD TUCKER
health and human
performance, but
had his sights set
on professional golf. He turned profes-
sional in 1967 and it wasn't long before he
claimed his first win.
Murphy prevailed in a playoff with
Labron Harris Jr. to win the 1968 Philadel-
phia Golf Classic. His next victory came a
week later when he won the Thunderbird
Classic by three strokes. Murphy also won
the Greater Hartford Open (1970), Jackie
Gleason-Inverrary Classic (1975) and Ca-
nadian Open (1986).
Other career highlights included his role
as a member of the United States Ryder
Cup sqtiad in 1975. In the matches played
at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier,


The Bartow Golf Course will be filled up
this Saturday as a popular annual charity
tournament will tee off at 12:30 p.m.
The "Cancer Can't Tucker Us Out" event
is a two-person scramble event. Spots were
filled long before the deadline passed last
weekerid.
The fundraising event supports the
"Cancer Can't Tucker Us Out" team that
participates in the annual Relay for Life.
This year will mark the 11Ith time the groip
willbe involved.
The 2012 Relay for Life is April 20. Funds
will go from the Bartow Relay of Life to the
American Cancer Society. Every dime and
dollar gathered for the March 10 golfing
event is donated directly to the cause.
The event has become a reunion of sorts
as many players who have participated
in past tournaments are back in action
for a good cause. This year, tournament
organizer Gerald Thcker told us former
PGA Tour standout Bob Murphy will be
participating. .
If you kn~ow anything at all about golf in
SPolk County, the name Bob Murphy is not
unfamiliar. Ini fact, it's probably safe to say
if you kn~ow anything at all about profes-
sional golf, you've seen or heard "Murph."
Though his biography says he was bom
in New York, it's well-documented that


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he was raised in Florida in the Mulberry
area. His athletic accomplishments were
many and not just in golf. In fact, he was
standout pitcher who led the Mulberry
High School baseball team to the Class A
state championship in 1960. Mulberry had
made the state semifinals in 1959 as well.
A football injury put him on the fairways
and his natural prowess at making birdies
began to shine through. He became a
member of the University of Florida golf
team which was among the top squads
in the country in the mid-1960s. While an
undergrad in Gainesville, Murphy won
the U.S. Amateur tournament at Southem
Hills Country Club in TIllsa, Oklahoma in
1965. It was the first year for stroke play
and Murphy defeated Robert B. Dickson by
a single stroke. There were 1,476 entries in
that tournament. The following year, Mur-


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Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K
Criscionre's training partner Jay
Lumpkins kept him in his sights for Jeremy
most of the race. Criscione
"I knew he was running without a i. .., .. ools
watch," said Lumpkcins, 26, also from 1 donafe
Polk Country. "Iwasn't sure he could keep :I dw winning the
up the pace. But he did it." 15-kilomete
Ltunpkins, who ran for Clemson, fin-- i but finishing
ished second, 31 seconds behind. PY rrl- *~T~ 33 seconds
Criscione's victory netted him $2,000 be- lj slower than
cause he lives in one of the seven counties I when he wo
eligible for the local prize purse. Lumpkins last year.
earned $1,500. TAMPA BAY TIMES PHOT
"I'm really happy for him," Lump-
kins said. "We run together a lot, and physical education teacher. "I think Jerem
it makes us both better. He helps keep was a little disappointed with his time, bu
me motivated." he did what he had to do. It is hard to run
Criscione and Lumpkins were followed fast when you are running alone."
by three other Polk County residents. Aus- Other top bay area runners included
tin Richmond, 26, of Babson Park finished Tampa's Elias Gonzalez, 35, sixth in 49:22,
third (1:16 behind Criscione), followed by and Tampa's Ryan Ripley, 27, seventh
another Babson Park resident, Jonathan in 49:42. Pinellas County's top finishers
Mott, 25, (1:49) and Lakeland's Scott Mack- included St. Petersbu~rg's Nicholas Chase,
.ley, 25, (1:59). 25, 15th in 55:51; Treasure Island's Hunter
Many of the Polk County runners McCann, 15, 16th in 55:55; and Gulfport's
have worked with the same coach Doug Carlan, 38, 18th in 57:07-
over the years. Rick Moody, who once In the women's race, Sara Petrick, 25, of
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which allows former collegiate athletes school at Academy of the Holy Names on
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TAMPA BAY TIMES
TAMPA Jeremy Criscione hoped
to win his second straight Gasparilla
Distance Classic on Saturday and beat
last year's time.
The former University of Florida run-
ner scored an easy victory, but a stiff
headwind and stifling heat (high 80s)
kept him from his second goal.
"It was rough out there," said Criscione,
who covered the 15 kilometers (9.3 miles)
in 46 minutes and 55 seconds, 33 seconds
slower than 2011. "But what can you do?
Every race is different."
Criscione, 24, stayed with the pack for
the first mile then established a lead.
"I am just coming off the Olympic
marathon trials, and I really didn't know
how I would do," said Criscione, who
finished 59th in Houston on Jan. 14. "But
I realized pretty quickly that everybody
else was going a little too slow, so I de-
cided to take off on my own."
Criscione averaged about 5 minutes
per mile but at one point dropped to
4:55, which gave him at least 100 yards
on his nearest competitor.
"Y1ou are always worrying about some-
body catching you," the Bartow resident
said. "But I was feeling pretty good, so
I just kept on pushing it. I knew I had a
good lead. I knew I just had to hold it."


Jackets

SHUt OUt

Thunder
By DON STRATTON
CORRESPONDENT
On Friday the Bartow Lady Jackets
faced Class 7 District 7 foe the Lake
Region Thunder and Bartow pitcher
Lauren West pitched a complete game
holding the Thunder to 5 hits while
striking out 6 batters upping her record
to 5-0 and the Jackets to 9-0.
The Jackets got on the board in the
bottom of the second as Deean Davis
had a single then stole second base ofr
her eighth stolen base of the season.
Three batters later Shelby Duncan
blasted a triple for her 20th run batted
in of the season.
The Bartow squad added two more
in the sixth as Daniel Yost and Duncan
blasted singles, then Taylor Wagner
sacrificed then to second and third.
That brought to the plate Rachel Imnig
who drove them both in making the
final 3-0.
Leading the way for Bartow was Dun-
can with three hits, Imig with two and
Yost, Davis and Mackenzie Brown all
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March 7, 2012


Publix Senior Manager of Business
Analysis and Reporting Ken Stanger
received one of the company's 2011
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The Polk County Democrat Page 19A


March 7, 2012


The Ball Brothers will be in concert
Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m., at First United
Methodist Church, Fort Meade.
Four real-life brothers, the group travels
full-time singing Christian music with a
unique blend of harmony.
Anyone who thinks a Christian young
person is "missing out" on something has
obviously never met the Ball Brothers,
church spokesman Chuck H-ancock said.
These brothers, Andrew, Daniel, Stephen
and Josh are young, exciting and love to
have a good time doing what God has
called them to do.
"We like to have fun," says Daniel.
"No one told us siblings couldrit be best
friends." The bond these brothers have
is an integral part of their unique musi-
cal blend. They have a youthful energy,
creative confidence and intuitive grasp of
harmony, Hancock said.
Central Illinois, where the guys grew
up, is niore known for flat farm land than
singers.The Ball Brothers began practic-
ing the bjeautifu~l harmonies at a young
age. When they began singing with their
family, these young men entered into a
strong tradition of family harmony groups
in gospel music.
With their mix of new and old, The Ball
Brothers have the potential to appeal to
a broad audience. They will surely attract
young people with their exciting perfor-


Gospel sing, Homecoming at Alturas Baptist


Alturas Baptist Church will celebrate its
58th Homecoming on Sunday, March 11,
with guest speakers, music and dinner.
Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. and
morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. Te-
resa Nightingale, the wife of former pastor
Rev. Burt Nightingale, is the guest speaker.
The Nightingales served as missionaries in
Thailand until he passed away in 2010.
Former church musicians Elon Sowell
and Flora Conley will return as music direc-
tor and pianist for the morning worship
service. Vicki Rainey will bring special mu-
sic with her rendition of "How Great Thou
Arit." 1)inrier will be served after morning
worship and then a special afternoon ser-
vice will begin at 1:30 p.m. with testimonies
and special music by members and former
members. Everyone is invited to attend this
special day.
As part of this special weekend, the
Alturas Baptist Church will sponsor an old-
fashioned gospel sing at 6 p.m. Saturday,
March 10, featuring the Chapter Three Trio
and the Gulf State Quartet.


The Ball Brothers will be in concert at First
United Methodist Church mn Fort Meade on
Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
mances and older audiences will enjoy
gospel harmony at its finest.
In 2006 the Ball Brothers were intro-
duced to thousands of gospel music fans
at sold-out events all across America on
the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
Summer Tour. They performed numbers
off their debut self-titled CD. In addition,
in 2007 the Ball Brothers made a special
guest appearance on the EHSS-certified
gold-selling DVD "Get Away Jordan" plus
guest appearances on the popular Gaither
Homecoming Video Series. In 2010 the
Ball Brothers were nominated for Horizon
Group of the Year by the Singing News
and their project, "Breakthrough" was
nominated for album of the year by the
Southern Gospel News.
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