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Grading system disgusts members


By PEGGY KEHOE
PKEHOE@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Few things seem more confusing
than school ratings: on the one hand,
Polk County Public Schools received
a C grade from the state, based on
FCAT and end-of-course tests; on the
other, Polk has just been named the
2012 Advance Placement Equity and
Excellence Large District of the Year by
the National College Board the sec-
ond year in a row it has won the award
for reaching underserved students.


At a special School Board meeting
Tuesday morning to discuss advertising
the 2012-13 tentative budget meeting
on July 31, board members took the
opportunity to express their displea-
sure with the state's grading system
after Education Commissioner Gerard
Robinson visited Bartow and Lakeland
on Monday.
Mark Grey, assistant superintendent
of business services, told the board that
some major changes had been made
in the tentative $743,775,082 million
budget since they last discussed it


on June 26. Property values had the
biggest impact, Grey said. While some
property values on the coast were up,
Polk County's are down 4.35 percent, a
greater drop than was calculated.
In that situation the state does a pro-
ration to equalize Florida Education
Finance Program funding around
the state, so Polk's FEFP will be up by
$485,800, Grey said.
Sparking outrage from some board
members was Grey's announcement
that the state has moved Polk's discre-
tionary lottery funding of $578,091 to


the school recognition fund, raising it
from $2,697,756 to $3,275,847. School
recognition funds only go to schools
that earned an A or B or went up a ,
letter grade.
Some-schools were already planning
how they were going to spend the
discretionary funds, Grey noted. The
change affects charter schools, as well.
"We have the same amount of
money, but fewer recipients," he said.
This news sparked a discussion of the
GRADING 12


Cleanup hitter


pitching in for baseball


By LARRY JEWETT
CORRESPONDENT
Within a few days, the teams involved
in the 2012 Dixie obuth Baseball AAA and
Majors World Series will begin to arrive.
,Visitors from 11 southern states will be
traveling, many by car, to reach the place
thathad become their target many months
ago.-TLey've been.playing their district
and state tournaments with the hope of
coming to Bartow.
Over the years that Bartow has had a
Dixie program, many youngsters in this
town have had the same feeling that these
players are living today. Bartow has won
numerous state champions, sending
players to World Series events in places like
Madison Heights, Va.; Muscle Shoals, Ala.;
and Goodlettsville, Term.
In 2006, Joey Starling was a member of
the Bartow squad that captured the state
championship during tournament action
in Mulberry. The win gave Bartow the


PHOTO PROVIDED A pitcher's mound isn't just a pile of dirt. Preparing the ball fields for the Dixie Baseball World
As a 10-year-old, Joey Starling played on a Series, city of Bartow employees Robert Weeks (left) and Tommy Wheeler spread clay, then
Bartow team that made it to the World Series. pound it flat. The 7-foot circle is 6 inches high at the table, sloping down toward home plate
Now he's part of a group of five students in the from the rubber, where the pitcher winds up. The World Series will be played at George Pittas
local "Pitch In for Baseball" program. Baseball Complex Aug. 4-9.


ticket to Tennessee for the World Series and
10-year-old Joey saw his season extended.
The state championship got them a police
escort into town for a celebration at Beef
O'Brady's, heady stuff for 10-year-old boys.


"I was'excited because this (World
Series) is something I wanted to do
since I started playing baseball," he
recalled. "They had big signs on the
fences at the field. I wanted to see my


name on one of those signs ever since I
started playing T-ball."
Anticipation is tough for youngsters
who want to play. After a bit of a wail, the
BASEBALL 2


Robert Brown remembered for his humility


L.B. Brown's last child dies at 88


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
People who knew the last sur-
viving direct family of L.B. Brown
- Robert E.L. Brown most vividly
remember his humility and his
love for his home of Bartow.
Brown died in Hollis, N.Y., on
July 21, 2012, at the age of 88. He


was born on Jan. 9, 1924, and was
the youngest child of Lawrence
and Annie Belle Brown.
"He would always implore me
not to present his family as bigger
than life," said Clifton Lewis.
"He would say his they were an
ordinary family just like every-
body else."
An example of this was when


Lewis wanted to mark the
gravesites of his family at the
Evergreen Cemetery.
"He said please don't do that. I
don't want to be seen as someone
special."
But his family was special. The
L.B. Brown House at 470 L.B.
Brown Ave. built by his father
is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It is now a mu-
seum and an annual festival is
held there. Brown, who was L.B.


Brown's youngest child, was quite
active in restoring the structure
and helping let people know
about his father and what he
accomplished in Bartow.
Brown, who built the house in
1884, also helped build houses
for others in Bartow. He was
a self-employed businessman
refinishing mirrors and making
umbrellas and more and never
had an education. When he died
BROWN 12


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County Report...... Page 8
Comnihnity......... Page 10
Calendar.............. Page 12
Sports............... Page 14
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BROWN
FROM PAGE 1

in 1941, Robert was left in charge of
the estate and he never realized exactly
how much his father did. But that never
changed who he was or how he acted,
people recall.
"I would have some conversations with
him but not a whole lot, but I remember
that he was humble and he was a great
man," said Leo Longworth, Bartow's
mayor. "He was just a godly character, a
loving character and concerned about
other people more than himself."
His great-niece also recalls his humility.
"He was a good Christian, number
one," said Levonia Walthour, who lives in
Palmetto. "He was a dependable person.
Whatever he told you that he was going
to do he did."
Walthour said she last saw Robert
about two years ago at the L.B. Brown
Heritage Festival in Bartow and remem-
: bers he was still the same man he was
going back to when they were children
during The Depression.
"When I was a little girl, we would go
over and I remember he would take me
walking under the house," she said. "I was
the just the right size to walk under there.
That's when I discovered my grandfather
built it on four stumps of oak trees.
"We would go under there and play
back and forth. It was cool under there
and we had a ball running back and forth
under the house."
Frequently the families would visit
each other in Bartow and in her home


Robert Brown died July 21 in New York. During the 2004 L.B. Brown Heritage Festival, he posed
inside the Brown House in front of pictures of his parents.


in Palmetto and Robert never forgot
her. Every year about two weeks before
Christmas a present would arrive at her
house from him, usually a fruit basket.
"I could put my finger on the fact it
would come:He never forgot," she said.
While Longworth said he was more fa-
miliar with Robert's sister, L.C.B. Thomas,
who was his teacher when Longworth was
growing up, she exhibited the same values
shared by others in the Brown family.
"It was in his family's character,"
Longworth said. "Mrs. L.C.B. Thomas


taught me ... she taught a lot of us and
she lived in that home until her death...
and she had a kind heart and was always
interested in others. She wanted to make
sure we all reached our highest in educa-
tion. She was very graceful. They had the
same blood and he was the same way."
When Robert first learned about the
planned restoration of the house, which
was giving in to years of neglect, Robert
came often from New York to show his
appreciation for the project. He made a
donation of $5,000 to the restoration and


BASEBALL
FROM PAGE 1
team went to Tennessee, giving many their
first taste of traveling such a distance,
just to play baseball.
Opening ceremonies are always a
fun time and the home run derby ranks
high in Joey's memory of his time at the
tournament. Each team designates a
player to compete in a format similar
to that of Major League Baseball. (The
2012 Home Run Derby will be held at 3
p.m. Aug. 3 at Joker Marchant Stadium
in Lakeland.)
The storybook ending would have us
saying that Bartow won the World Series,
but the record books wouldn't back that
up. It was still a good experience. "In
those games, it was the most people I
had played in front of. We lost both of
our games by one run. I pitched in both
of them. I came on in relief in the first
one and started the second one. Our first


game was against Alabama (who became
World series champions) and our second
game was against Tennessee. It was
disappointing and I really wish we could
have just won one game."
There will be disappointment for
some of the players who are making
this trip to Bartow, as some will have
very similar experiences while others
will taste the joy of winning it all. Once
you have gone to aWorld Series, you're
driven to go back, but for most, it's a
once in a lifetime thrill.
Starling, now a rising senior at
International Baccalaureate, is a pitcher
and first baseman for the Bartow High
School baseball team. Many of his cur-
rent teammates were on the World Series
team and Joey said they still talk about
it. You can expect to see many of them
at the World Series, watching others and
remembering that trip to Tennessee.
The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series
will serve as the local kickoff event for
a program spearheaded by a team of


students that includes Starling, Danielle
Yost, Jackie Caron, Katie Ammon and
Kayla Sullivan. "Pitch In For Baseball" is
a fundraising effort that helps the local
environment as well.
"We have to have a project that
involves creativity, action and service
to the community," Starling explained.
'At school, each classroom has a small
recycling bin. It gave us the idea to get
bigger recycling containers and put
them at different sports-related places.
We contacted the waste management
department and they donated 12 cans."
'The cans will be placed at different
events and sports-related locations
throughout the entire school year with
the hopes of collecting bottles and alu-
minum cans. Using the slogan, "Don't
be a Litterbug ... Be a Yellow Jacket," the
containers will be at seasonal sport-
ing events and places like Bartow Golf
Course. "If there is a sporting event
in town, we want to have one of our
containers there," Starling said.


The bottles will simply be recycled.
The aluminum cans will be redeemed
for cash, which allows another aspect
of the program to kick in. Not only is
the effort helping the environment, it's
helping promote sports worldwide.
Pitch In for Baseball has the goals
of providing equipment to allow kids
around the world enjoy baseball and
learn life lessons like teamwork and
sportsmanship. The program provides
equipment through donations and
fundraising and has impacted the
United States and dozens of countries
around the world. Pitch In for Baseball
is a 501 (c) (3) charity organization.
Money received from the aluminum can
collection will be directly donated to
this organization.
"Our first goal is to help clean up our
city," said Starling, "but knowing that
what we are doing is helping worldwide
is a great goal as well." The students will
be able to designate a particular country
to receive the funds.


GRADING
FROM PAGE 1
state grading system and the visit the day
before by Florida Education Commissioner
Gerard Robinson to the Tiger Bay Club in
Bartow and the Lakeland Chamber..
"Yesterdaywe listened to the commis-
sioner talk about the 8 percent (of school
grades) that were raised and how wonder-
ful that was. I don't agree, but then I don't
agree with the grades," Board Member
Frank O'Reilly said.
"But when you talk about the discretion-
ary funds being taken away and given to A,
B and those schools that raise one grade,
I sit here and I think to myself we're going
more and more to the haves and the have
nots," O'Reilly asserted.
"It's very sad that we have principals
who sat in their offices and cried when
those grades came out, knowing full well.
that they had worked as hard as they could
work, knowing that their children did good
and they got a C or they got a D."
There are schools "who can send
children who do not live up to the grades
that should be at that school, they can send
them back to their zoned school," O'Reilly
noted.
"What's sad is that the discretionary
funds went to all. We've got some schools
here that the teachers struggle day in and
day out, we have teachers and principals


who work day in and day out, they couldn't
work any harder.
"They're not going to get a dime extra,
but they're going to be back there Aug. 20
starting again, working."
Polk principals and teachers "struggle
every single day and they end up with a C
and they're not going to get any recogni-
tion money. Those are the people who
should get the recognition money."
Board Member DebraWright agreed,
saying she was "a little disturbed about the
discretionary money," but she was also
concerned with remarks Robinson made at
Tiger Bay that were wrong, she said.
Robinson stated most tests were man-
dated by the school district. Wright wants
the public to know that statement was not
applicable to Polk.
"That is not true," Wright said, "they're
not a local decision." For example, the
state required progress monitoring, but the
district was allowed to choose the instru-
ment, selecting the Discovery tests.
Schools Superintendent Sherrie Nickell
agreed. "We do have quite a lot of state
testing."
Nickell had some good news to share
though. A group from Polk County went
to Orlando July 20 for the National College
Board conference, where Polk County was
announced as "large district of the year
in the country for our gains in equity and
excellence with advance placement course
work for our underserved population," she
said.


"We know that we have many children
who live in poverty. We know that we have
a very challenged population and yet
we've been able through the efforts of our
teachers, through the hard work of our
principals and district staff, we've been able
to spread wide the gates of opportunity
to our underserved population and have
significantly increased the proportion of
students accessing advance placement
course work."
She said, "It's unfortunate that FCAT
seems to.be the only song that is sung
these days, but this is a national recogni-
tion. I am so very proud of our district."
Also "disgusted" with the state's grading
system, Board Member Dick Mullenax
declared, "They don't care if it's right; they
don't care if data is correct."
The whole process of high stakes testing
is something that they (the state) haven't
got it right yet. I hope I live long enough to


see it either left behind or discontinued
or perfected. It is neither, it is not perfect
yet they hold children up" to them.
Mullenax added he doubted whether
the education commissioner or 10
percent of the legislators could pass the
tests.
"I don't think raising this bar and man-
dating these courses will do anything to
help people get into college or even to
graduate," Mullenax said.
O'Reilly added that while "lots of
things we do in this district are phenom-
enal ... perception is reality. When you
have a C district and companies look at
that they say, oops let's look somewhere
else" to establish a new business.
"We're not a C district, we're a phe-
nomenal district," he said. "I just hate the
grading system. It puts you in a niche.
That's how we judge where we live, where
we go, where we build."


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donated what family artifacts he could
find to put on display at the museum. He
appeared at many of the annual festivals
in its early years.
Through these visits Longworth had
the opportunity to meet and get to know
him a little better than he did when ,
Longworth grew up in Bartow. He real-
ized that though Robert did not live in
Bartow anymore it was his home.
"He was Bartow. He left at an early age
and never really lived here but Bartow was
always in his heart even up to his death,"
Longworth said. But he never let the idea
that he was well-known get in the way
"His character really defined him," he
said. "He felt like an average person."
That's what Walthour remembers, too.
"We loved him so much ... respected
him very much," she said. He was always
sincere in whatever he did."
Robert never married and had been
living for years in New York. He spent
some years in Jacksonville before mov-
ing to New York. But he frequently came
to Bartow, helping to restore the his-
toric home and turn what was Second
Avenue now called L.B. Brown Avenue
into the historic area it is today. In fact
at the first L.B. Brown Festival when
Robert was 76 years old, he was over- *
* come at the turnout.
"I don't have the words to express
my feelings for all that so many people
have done and are still doing," he was
quoted in an article in The Polk County
Democrat. "It makes my heart bleed."
A funeral service was held for Robert
Friday in NewYork and a memorial
service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday
at the Gause Funeral Home in Bartow.


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Another attempt to open the electoral
process to all Florida voters was knocked
back last week when a federal judge tossed
out a lawsuit that challenged the perfectly
legal shenanigans that allow straw men to
close party primaries to all but registered
party members.
The loophole is a sham. It effectively
blocks independents and members of alter-
nate parties from casting ballots in elections
that are virtually certain to determine the
eventual winner of local races. It offends
voters' sense of fair play.
However, the federal court, citing juris-
dictional issues, said the matter was one for
the state courts. If possible, we'd hope the
case will be pursued in state courts. We'd
also like to see the loophole addressed by
the Legislature. But we're not holding our
breath.


Our Viewpoint

The Secretary of State's Office opposed
this lawsuit. The Republican Legislature has
refused to act on it for more than a decade,
even though it clearly negates voter intent.
Because the status quo is just fine with those
who benefit, it's probably unlikely we'll see
any change emanating from a Legislature
overwhelmingly controlled by one party.
A sham, nevertheless.
A constitutional amendment passed by 64
percent of the state's voters in 1998 opened
party primaries to all voters unless the
opposing party had a candidate on the ballot
or unless someone put his or her name in as
an official write-in.
The overriding idea was that all voters
should have a say in the isolated elections


where the dominant party was all but cer-
tain to win. The write-in loophole was soon
used to thwart the primary thrust of the
amendment.
Candidates who want to exclude a broader
spectrum simply have to find someone
willing to toss their name in the ring. They
do. It's simple. Qualifying as an official
candidate takes money or work gathering
petition signatures. Running as a write-in
takes neither.
The tactic has become increasingly com-
monplacce. From 2000 to 2010, 131 general
election races included official write-in can-
didates. The previous 20 years saw roughly
one-third that number.
The write-in loophole is an unhealthy
situation that skirts constitutional intent and
undermines voters' sense of fair play. It's a
sham that should be fixed.


Reflections, 50 years later


Ask any man who has served in the
armed forces and he can tell you two
dates: the day he entered the service
and the day he got out.
It is considered good form to
remember your wife's birthday and
your wedding anniversary, but dates
of entry on and completion of active
military service are emblazoned in the
memory.
Incidentally, I began this declaration
with the.;words "Ask any man" because
I know better than try to speak on
behalf of women.
Thursday of this week marked the
50th anniversary of my entry into the
active Army. I had graduated from FSU
and been commissioned seven weeks
earlier, and spent those-intervening
days working at The Polk County
Democrat.
On July 26, 1962, I reported to Fort
Benjamin Harrison, Ind., for a week
of being processed into the Army and
eight weeks of schooling in my basic
branch, the Adjutant General Corps. I
would spend my two years as an Army
bureaucrat.
Fort Ben was trying to cast off its
image as Old Ben's Rest Home, and
ours was the second class of officers
to be introduced to its newly-created
cinder track, chin-up bars, and com-
bat confidence course.
As a second lieutenant, I made
$222.30 a month, or about $50 a week.
Minimum wage was $1.25 an hour, or
about $50 a week. Enlisted soldiers
were paid less than half that amount.
I was standing on the second floor
of the two-story frame bachelor
officers quarters when I heard that
Marilyn Monroe had died.


S.L. Frisbie




S.L Frisbie can be contacted at
slfrisbie@polkcountydemocrat.com


The balance of my two-year hitch
was spent in personnel and adminis-
trative duties at an Army intelligence
unit in Washington, D.C. Yeah, go
ahead with the Army intelligence/
oxymoron humor. I was not a spook,
as most of my fellow officers were.
By 1962, the Army was racially
integrated, though our unit had only
one female member.
Not long after my arrival, the lieu-
tenants in the unit decided to gather
for happy hour at a neighborhood bar
after work the next Friday. As the day
approached, one of the white officers
realized that none of the minority of-
ficers had signed up for the party, and
asked one of them why.
"Colored aren't welcome there," his
friend quietly replied.
That was the end of the party, and
probably marked the end to patronage
of that watering hole by any officers.
from the unit.
Integration might have been new
to most of us of both races, but the
camaraderie among members of a
military unit is built quickly.
I could not have been in the Army in

FRISBIE 5


Letters to the editor


Thank you for the honesty


God bless an honest person. I left my
purse in the shopping cart at Walmart
in Lake Wales on 7/7/12.
I put my package in my car and
pushed the cart to the side. When I
arrived home, missed my purse. I have
no idea who Fed Neidlinger is, but


bless him for being honest, not many
like that and more. Purse was just like
I left it.
Thank you,
Irene Massey
Lake Wales


My father used to tell me politicians,
by the nature of their endeavours,
are usually egocentric prima donnas
who want power, so they can feel as if
they are the only Creator's gift to this
world.
This is why I am noticing the
unquestionably petulant, pedantic,
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forthcoming elections. It is.a good
thing I am independent, I do not
have a moral allegiance to any party,
or politician. I do not like what I am
seeing.
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Both parties at fault


July 28, 2012


Page 4 The Polk County Democrat


VIEWPOINT



End the fakery of write-ins





July 28, 2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 5


Bartow man arrested in burglary spree
By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ and Darrin March, a arrested, they were driving ranged from lawn mowers
KLBERKOWITZ@LAKEWALESNEWS.COM Bartow resident, are a vehicle containing stolen to Bibles.
suspected of committing | merchandise from some of The investigation is
Lake Wales Police report that three multiple burglaries in Lake the burglaries. ongoing and additional
men who were alleged to be on a recent Wales and the surrounding Two of the three men charges are likely to come.
burglary spree were arrested Tuesday, Polk County area. were cooperative during the Both Williamsons and
July 24. The three men were investigation, reports note. March were booked
According to an LWPD press re- arrested in the parking lot To date, nearly $3,000 into the Polk County Jail
lease, the investigation found that of Lake Wales Walmart at T. WILLIAMSON worth of stolen property G.WILLIAMSON on multiple charges of MARCH
since July 19, Gus Williamson, Travis approximately 6:05 a.m. has been recovered. The burglary and theft, Deputy
Williamson, both Lake Wales residents, Police say that when the men were property stolen during the burglaries Chief Troy Schulze said.
PCRE PO leadership, such as the type displayed governing, prefer to stop this nation My disillusionment with the politi-
C by Mr. Tip O'Neill, or Mr. Everett in its tracks for their political' agen- cal system, as practiced by these two
Dirksen? The word "consensus" could das, hold the citizenry hostage, and parties, have made me realize both
FROM PAGE 4 be found in their dictionaries, and paralyze the workings for the citizens. parties are equally at fault. None of
they practiced it. It is with dismay It is appalling the polarization, the two can point fingers, or play the
leadership, statesmanship, as dis- that I see what was once the "land distancing of citizens from each other, blame game, for both of them are
played by presidents such as Mr. of the free" being converted, by a these two political parties have done to at fault. It is about time the citizens
Roosevelt, or Mr. Reagan? These two few pseudo politicians, into a "land citizenry with their workings, and teach- reclaim the country back.
politicians had goals for the nation in of concentration camps," where two ings. I sincerely, and unequivocally, will
their behaviors. What has happened political parties, instead of reach- abstain from voting for parties on this Manuel V. Crespo
to this notion, in which we do not see ing agreements in the problems of election. I will vote for candidates. Lake Wales
ft I The phone rang, and a simple order Up in Arlington, a group of skin- helicopters carrying the casket and
F R ISB E was given: stand down to a lower heads (I choke at the term "American the presidential party lifted off the
Defcon. Nazis") attempted to mount a tarmac, then looked out the win-
FROM PAGE 4 counter-protest. In an instant, the dow of our second floor apartment
When plans for a civil rights march cops were all over them like fleas on a on Barnaby Terrace in southeast
Washington at a more fascinating time. on Washington were announced, stray dog. Washington a few minutes later as
One afternoon, unit members were the Army prepared contingency When the day ended, Washington, they flew toward the White House.
summoned to the orderly room and plans to react to the chaos that which had held its collective breath
told that President Kennedy wanted most of Washington believed to be all day long, let out a sigh of relief. It has been 50 years since Second
every member of the armed forces to unavoidable. Relief, and disbelief. Lieutenant Frisbie entered the active
listen to his speech that night. Washington reacts to crisis by tell- No punches thrown, no shots fired, Army for two years.
It was the beginning of the Cuban ing federal employees to stay home. no fires started. The nightmare had The memories remain strong.
missile crisis. In our nation's capital, that's just not happened.
The defense readiness condition, about everybody.
or Defcon, was raised the next day. The exception was the military, for On the night of Nov. 22, 1963, our
Emergency relocation plans were whom the order was all hands and unit had planned a party at the Fort (S. L. Frisbie is retired, both from
reviewed. the ship's cat on deck. Belvoir, Va., officers club. Mary and I newspaper management and from a
Not many days later, the headquar- My usual 30-minute commute to would use the event to celebrate our 30-year career in the Florida National
ters section gathered around the red my office in bumper-to-bumper traf- five-month wedding anniversary. Guard. Nobody was more surprised
phone in the adjutant's office, waiting fic was a 15-minute sprint that morn- Instead, we watched on television than he was that he chose to remain
for a report from the confrontation ing. I saw only one other vehicle, a that night as Air Force One flew in the Guard for three decades and
between American ships blockading city bus carrying one passenger. into Andrews Air Force Base from eventually achieved the rank ofcolo-
Cuba and Russian ships steaming The greatness of Martin Luther King's Dallas, bearing the body of President nel. Nobody, that is, except his father,
toward that island nation. "I have a dream" speech went unnoticed. Kennedy, his grieving widow, and who years later told his son he was
We knew that one notch up in the All attention was focused on the newly sworn in President Johnson. surprised that he had even remained
Defcon would mean we-were at war. potential for violence. We watched on television as two in ROTC to earn a commission.)

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Street Outreach tries to connect with runaways


BY BILL ROGERS
BROGERS @LAKEWALESNEWS.COM


Latonya Jackson and John Kazaklis
are looking for runaways in Polk County
before they run into trouble.
These young
people are living
on the streets,
and because of
that, are at risk of
sexual exploitation
or sexual abuse
by strangers and az. w.
other forms of
violence such as
human trafficking,
according to case
workers. Also, in
order to provide John Kazaklis
for their basis
needs, the youth are at risk for shoplift-
ring, survival sex and drug dealing.
Jackson and Kazaklis work with
the Street Outreach Program and in
recent weeks they-have been visiting
communities to
talk with people
about it.
The program
focuses on mak-
ing contact with
runaways when
and where they
congregate to
begin the process
of building a rela-
tionship with them
and to encourage
and assist them Latonya Jackson
in finding a safe
and appropriate living arrangement.
The goal is to reunite them with their
families.
The Street Outreach workers offer
assistance such as food, water and per-
sonal hygiene products. They provide
information regarding services that are
available to them including short-term
safe shelter at the George W Harris Jr.
Youth Shelter in Bartow.
Crisis intervention services, health
education and information, referral
services, survival aid assistance, ongoing
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Bartow Fire Department is now a SafePlace for runaway teens and youth. Fire Lt. Mark Olinger worked to get approval for the program with the
George W. Harris Jr. Youth Shelter in Bartow. All three shifts at the fire station have been trained in procedure and protocol. Other fire stations in
the county have enlisted in the program, too, which provides a safe first contact until someone from the shelter can pick them up. Fire stations
have been chosen because they are visible and have kid-friendly reputations. Celebrating the designation are (from left) Street Outreach coun-
selor Latonya Jackson, Bartow Public Works employee Steve Henderson (who put the sign up), Firefighter Justin Jones, Deputy Chief Byron Moore,
Olinger, and John Kazaklis of Street Outreach.


and follow-up services are provided.
"It's all about education and aware-
ness," Kazaklis said.
Jackson said they mostly see females
between 15 and 17. The girls may be
having difficulty with the structure at
home and don't want to listen.
"They want to be grown," she said.
The case workers said runaways will
dress older and try to look older so they
can mix in with adults.
The Street Outreach Program has
established safe havens in fire stations
as well as other locations in the county.
Bartow was the first fire department
in the county to become a Safe Place.
Lake Wales and the Polk County Fire
Department on Broadway have also
joined in to provide a temporary place
for runaways.


Florida may be first state

to top 1 million

concealed weapons permits


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

It looks as though Florida will soon
become the first state in the nation with
more than 1 million concealed weapons
permits.
The shooting spree in Colorado has
prompted calls for more gun control,
and that raises the question: Is it too
easy to get a gun permit in Florida?
Currently about 950,000 Floridians
have active concealed weapons permits.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Adam Putnam, who operates the gun
permit program, says his office is issu-
ing between 10,000 and 15,000 permits
every month.
At that rate, Florida would pass the
million permit mark before the end of
the year.
Putnam says Florida has seen increas-
ing demand for gun permits in recent
years. So he has hired more workers to
handle the extra workload and expand-
ed the state's Fast Track system. It allows
gun owners to renew their weapons
permits faster.
Putnam says the eight Fast Track of-
fices across Florida are proving "wildly
popular" with gun owners.
He does not think it's too easy to get


a gun permit in
Florida.
"Florida has
a strong tradi-
tion in uphold-
ing Second
Amendment
rights. The
Florida
Legislature has
been very clear
about that. The
track record


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of administering the program in
our office and when it was in the
Department of State has been one that
is thorough and efficient."
Putnam says Florida's concealed
weapons permit holders are over-
whelmingly law-abiding citizens.
About 6,200 gun permits have been
revoked out of 2.2 million issued since
1987.
Records show 168 permits were
revoked for gun-related crimes.
Permit holders can lose their gun
licenses if convicted of a felony.

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A youth who comes into a fire sta-
tion will only stay there an hour or so
until someone from Bartow picks up
the person,
In Lake Wales, the fire station is lo-
cated at 253 W. Central Ave. It is open
24 hours a day seven days a week.
The Lake Wales Care Center at 140
E. Park Ave. is also shelter as is its
clinic at 210 Wiltshire Blvd. The hours


are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday. The clinic is also open
Monday and Thursday nights from
5 to 9 p.m.
The program, which started in 2006,
serves runaway and homeless youth
through age 21 and reside in the
county and Lakeland.
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CSX Railroad begins terminal project


After five years of planning,


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By CATHY PALMER
CORRESPONDENT
After five years of planning and
another month of road construc-
tion, work may begin in earnest on
the CSX Railroad intermodal trans-
fer terminal in southeast Winter
Haven, according to CSX construc-
tion Project Manager Ron Morrow.
Presently, motorists on State Road
60 between Bartow and Lake Wales
can see extended turn lanes being
built and a divided road taking shape
on the north side of 60. Morrow
said work on the road, presently
being called Pollard Road, started in
February and is. now beginning to
take on the two-lane divided road-
way's final configuration. Morrow
would not discuss the cost for the
road or terminal, citing CSX's policy
not to divulge such information..
The construction of the mile-long
road is the beginning of the massive
railroad transfer terminal where CSX
trains will off-load big containers.
The containers will then be reloaded
onto trucks for delivery by highway
to their Central Florida destinations.


Also planned for the 932-acre site
is a business and warehouse park.
The road, according to Morrow, will
lead directly into the heart of the
terminal.
The road and complex is being
built by CSX subsidiary Evansville
Western Railroad, Morrow ex-
plained, and will be used primarily
by CSX. Morrow said the road into
the complex property was the first
step so construction vehicles and
work crews can access the property.
In earlier reports, CSX spokesmen
have said that much of the con-
struction materials and manpower
will come from local sources.
"This is going to have an impact
on the county economy for a long
time," Morrow said. "This is a long-
term development project."
He added that the construction of
the road, terminal and other com-
plex buildings will generate jobs,
as will the terminal itself when it
begins operating.
Morrow said the road will be
ready for traffic by late August, but
the terminal is not expected to be
functioning until 2014.


A-C-T makes

top 100 companies list
A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, building Florida's competitive advantage."
Inc., was named one of Florida's 2012 To be considered for participation,
Best Companies To Work For the third companies or government entities
consecutive year the firm has received the had to employ at least 15 workers in
statewide recognition. Florida and have been in operation at
The statewide Best Companies list least one year. Companies that chose
appears in the August issue of Florida to participate underwent an evaluation
Trend magazine and on FloridaTrend.com. of their workplace policies, practices,
One hundred companies were recognized philosophy, systems and demograph-
in small, medium and large company ics. The process also included a survey
categories, to measure employee satisfaction.
"One thing that distinguishes best com- The combined scores determined the
panies everywhere is their ability to hire top companies and the final ranking.
effectively. So for our coverage this year we Best Companies Group managed the
focused on how Florida's Best Companies registration, survey and analysis and
go about identifying and choosing their determined the final rankings.
workers," says Mark Howard, executive "What makes this really meaningful to
editor. "Hard skills are clearly important, A-C-T is the fact that it's not an arbitrary
but the companies we talked to generally selection," A-C-T President Rob Kincart
put a lot of emphasis on other things as said. The comprehensive survey that is an
well howwell a workerwill fit into the integral part of the process means that our
company's culture, for example. And in employees see the firm as an exceptional
deciding whether to hire someone, they employer. It's not just something you apply
frequently involve as many of their current for and get after a panel review- the
employees as possible." employees' collective voice is the deter-
"The groups that carefully evaluate new mining factor. That makes it real. And, we
staff are frequently the same ones that serve know from experience that if you take care
their clients exceptionally well," says Florida of your employees, they take care of your
Trend Publisher Andrew Corty "It's our customers."
pleasure to recognize these great compa- To see the list, visit www.FloridaTrend.
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Colbert Road closed for next month


Colbert Road at U.S. Highway 98 South
in Highland City will be closed for 31 days
beginning to realign roadway and the
intersection and traffic will be detoured to
County Road 540, also known as Clubhouse
Road.
The closure started Thursday, July 26.
Motorists should use detour signs and
add time to their trips, the Polk County
Transportation Department reports.
Also, starting Monday, there will be lane
closures on State Road 60 from east of Alan
Loop Road easterly to west of Peace Creek
from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Improvements along this 4.1-mile section
of S.R. 60 will include removing asphalt and
resurfacing the roadway with new asphalt,
drainage improvements, basework, --.


shoulder work, guardrail, new signage and
pavement markings, and signalization and
lighting adjustments.
In the construction work on Van Fleet
Drive, no lane closures are scheduled this
week as crews work on new travel lanes,
turn lanes, curbs, sidewalks and drainage
will continue behind barrier walls along
northbound U.S. 98 from Van Fleet to south
of Manor Drive, and along westbound
S.R. 60 fromWalmart Drive to U.S. 98, the
Florida Department of Transportation
reports.
With the Van Fleet entrance to Fort Fraser
Trail closed due to construction, people
can access the trail at the Wilson Avenue
entrance. Access to businesses in the work
zone Is tieing mainialned, FDOTteports.'


PHOTO BY CATHY PALMER
Evansville Western Railroad, a subsidiary of CSX, is building this access road tentatively named
Pollard Road, from State Road 60 into the 932-acre site of the CSX Intermodal Terminal in south
Winter Haven. The new road is about halfway between Bartow and Lake Wales on the north side of
SR 60. When the road is completed next month, construction on the terminal is expected to begin.


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COUNTY REPOR




County candidates face off


League of Women


Voters forum features commission contenders


By JEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
Without any question, in the minds
of the four candidates running for Polk
County Commission, the number one
issue they face is jobs.
That was what they told voters Tuesday
at the League of WomenVoters forum,
with two of the candidates reminding vot-
ers the county can't be the main source in
providing jobs, but it can help the effort.
'lobs," said Chris Dowdy when answer-
ing the question of what his primary focus
will be. "The county has done a good job,
but it can do more. The county can't be
the main job creator, but it can be the
fertilizer."
He said he is the only candidate in
either county race to come out in full sup-
port of Florida Polyiech's independence
: from the University of South Florida.
Dowdy said that school can be a driving
force in the county's economic develop-
ment and in creating jobs.
"The incentive has to be done openly'?
he said. "We can also strengthen the
Central Florida Development Council.
: They can do more things to be more
effective."
S His opponent in the District 5 race,
lohn Hall, echoed that creating jobs is his
primary concern. His ideas for helping
get that done include streamlining the
permitting process and keeping taxes as
low as possible.
"Streamlining the process and holding
taxes down," Hall, a 35-year Polk County
employee said. "If we keep people holding
tIe money they are, and the businesses
holding the money they make, that would
create jobs."
4le also said Polyiech would be an-
"economic driver for our future."
"When jt went independent, I contact-
ed Poly Vision and asked ifl could be part
of that committee," he said. PolyVision is
a group that formed about two months-
ago to guide Polk County in development
in regard to the new independent school.
The winner of their Republican primary
contest will face Democrat Ricky Shirah in
the general election Nov. 6.
In the race for District 1, Tracy Garcia
faces incumbent Ed Smith, but the winner
of this race between the two Republicans
will win the seat.
"The government can't create jobs, but
it can get out of the way more with the


UPCOMING FORUMS
The League of Women Voters has planned forums
with the political candidates who will face each
other in the Aug. 14 primary.
The forums are taped by PGTV and will be shown
live and rebroadcast on Bright House channel
622, Comcast channel 5 and Verizon channel
20. It is also available on the county website at
www.polk-county.net.-
The forums take questions from the audience for
the candidates who have two minutes to answer.
The candidates also make opening and closing
statements. County commission candidates and
constitutional officers spoke last week. Next week
the forums, which are held in the county commis-
sion auditorium in the Combee Administration
Building, 330W. Church St., Bartow, will be
7p.m. Tuesday, July 31: Legislative and
Congressional candidates: John Lindsey, John Wood,
Jack Myers, Ronald Rushing, Kelli Stargel, Todd Long,
Julius Melendez, Mark Owner, John Quinones.
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2: Judicial candidates:
Bob Grode, Mark Taylor, William Twyford, Catherine
Combee, Christine Thornhill, Larry Helms and .
William Sites.
For more information about the forums, visit the
Polk County League of Women Voters website at
http://lwvpolk.org.
There is also a forum at Bartow Civic Center
on Tuesday, July 31. Sponsored by the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce and The Polk County .
Democrat, it starts at 5 p.m. and voters will be able
to meet candidates and ask them questions. Call
863-533-7125 for information.
conflicting permitting process," Garcia
said, stating her primary purpose.
She said we have to look for new job
creators to come to Polk County, but not
lose sight of those small businesses that
already exist and the county should do
what it can to help them survive.
"We have to be carefulin the use of.:
grants," she said. They all ask for a county
match and the payments have to be made,
usually over many years, which could hurt
taxpayers in the long run, Garcia asserted.
Smith said that while job creation is his
number one concern, he felt the county
has done much in this effort in the last
four years and will continue to do so, but
at the same time it has to keep its eye
on the budget which has shrunk from
$1.8 million to $1.3 million in the last four
years, mostly due to falling home values.
"The economy is moving in the right,
direction, but people in Polk County are
hunting for jobs," he said.


PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW


County Commission candidates who will face each other in the Aug. 14 primary election listen
to the rules of the forum from Sue Schultz of the League of Women Voters. From left are Tracy
Garcia and Ed Smith, opponents for the District 1 seat which will be taken by the winner on
Aug. 14; next to them are Chris Dowdy and John Hall. The winner of this race for District 5 will
face Ricky Shirah in the Nov. 6 general election.


He said among the things the county
has done to encourage job growth is
the impact fee moratorium which was
recently renewed for 18 months..
"It has had some effect and has done
some things," he said.
He also said with businesses like
Legoland, CSX and Polytech, there should
be big changes coming to Polk County.
"And I hope we will continue to go that
way" he said. "The biggest challenge is we
have to manage the budget of declining
revenue and the use of government need
is going up."
That area of concern was among the
highlights of the forum Tuesday night.
Smith and Hall touted their experience
with the county, saying it gives them an
edge over their opponents who have
much less experience in dealing with the
county, though both have ample political
backgrounds.
? Dowdy, who lost to Sam Johnson in the
county race four years ago, has worked
since then for Rep. Kelli Stargel. Garcia,
while making her first run at the county
commission, has been an Auburndale
City Commissioner and most recently was
the town's mayor.
; However, their opponents, Hall and
Smith, respectively talked about how their
experience with the county gives them a
smaller learning curve.
Hall used his experience to answer a
question from the audience about how to
deal with a sewer that is always filled with
sludge.
"There are two entities to help you
there," Hall said. "That's as simple as


making a call."
While he pointed out that getting the
problem cleaned up is not in the job
description of a county commissioner,
he does know the avenues of how to get
things done.
"If this were an emergency, like some-
thing that happened from Tropical Storm
Debby, we'll get people on it right away,
but the county commission doesn't direct
staff."
He pointed out because he's run three
deparonent_. in the county and has
compiled budgets for years, he could hit
the ground running.
Smith hit on the same area. He said
after working for the county for four years,'
he knows a bit of who does what and how ,
to get things done, but reminded people
that former commissioner Neil Combee,
who served four terms, once said that it
wasn't until he was in his third term that
he knew what was going on.
Their opponents let voters know that
experience in the county should not be
the driving force in making a decision on
Aug. 14. .
"I don't think it would take me six years
to learn how things work," Garcia said.
"I'm a pretty quick study. This is a job
interview. I can't agree with people
100 percent of the time, but I know I can
listen to them."
"My opponent has a lot of experience,
but that doesn't necessarily mean it
will make you a good commissioner,"
Dowdy said of his candidacy against Hall.
"We need leadership that is holistic and
conservative."


Commission amends tourist tax to boost arts and culture


BY BILL ROGERS
BROGERS @LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
Money has been restored for arts and
culture from Polk County's bed tax as a
result of a change to the tourist tax.
The Polk County Commission
voted 5-0 Tuesday to amend the
Tourist Development Tax and Tourist
Development Plan ordinance.
Polk County has a 5 percent bed tax that
visitors to the county pay for overnight
lodging stays.
The amount that is expected to be al-
located to arts and culture is an estimated
$410,000 a year. In fiscal year 2010-11,
the tax generated $1.29 million. It is
projected to bring in $1.3 million this year.
The Tourist Development Council's total
budget is about $9 million.
As part of amending the ordinance, the
commission needed to decide what group
will oversee how the money dedicated to
the arts will be spent. That group will make


recommendations to the Polk County
Tourist Development Council and the
county commission would have the final
word on the recommendations.
The Tourist Development Council rec-
ommended the change to give 15 percent
of the original 2-cent tourist tax levy to arts
groups. That is the how it was outlined
in when it first started in 1986. It taxes all
hotel, motel and other rental stays and is
used to promote tourist events.
The commission was given three options
and it opted to create a committee within
the TDC. The committee will include
representatives of the arts community.
Meri Mass, executive director of Polk
Arts Alliance, said after the vote was taken
that the organization was "thrilled" at the
decision.
"We've been working on this for just
about two years," Mass said, noting that it
was discovered that funding and refer-
ence to the arts had been removed from


the ordinance. "We started with getting
museums put back in the ordinance,
which we accomplished in October, and
then this was the next step. Because the
arts really needs to have their funding with
a dedicated line item as the people voted in
the original 2 penny vote in 1986."
Mass noted that it was a unanimous vote
(from commissioners) and ther was no
opposition from the public, which "shows
that the public is also behind their original
vote."
"It's a great development," said Dave
Connor, a member of the Alliance board
from Lake Wales.
Connor said the money will be used
for grants that organizations can apply
for to do marketing for perhaps a show or
festival.
* The TDC also approved amending the
ordinance.
Commissioner Melony Bell said she
has met with the arts c inlminiii, and


discovered how important arts and culture
are to the county.
She said this money could go a long way
to help Polk County.
She said for instance if there is a par-
ticularly large event at Bok Tower Gardens
coming, "we'd be able to use that money to
market that event," she said.
And, she added, if these events can
bring in more people to Polk County the
amount of money to go to arts and culture
could increase. The amount is 2 percent
of the 15 percent the Tourist Development
Council gets for the bed tax.
"They are also seeing the importance
of arts and culture," she said. "It's going to
make money."
Plans are under way for culture to
promote as are plans to apply for grants.
"We can use it for the museum and
bring people in," Bell said. "The Polk
County History Museum is one of the best
kept secrets in Polk County."


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Minor amputation after crash injury

Initial accounts differ how, why accident happened


By STEVE STEINER daughter. However, she will still need
SSTEINER@PQLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM about three more surgeries. "But she's
alive, and we're thankful for that."
Tilley's daughters were not seriously
It has been an exhausting week for injured. At first, Summer Tilley, the
Karen Hurst. LastWednesday, July 18, older daughter, thought she might have
between 5-5;30 a.m., her daughter, had a broken hand or wrist. However,
Carmela Tilley, 37, was driving north- her injuries were not severe, mostly
bound on U.S. 98 near Eagle Lake. With bruises, and suffering pain in her wrist
her were daughters Summer, 18, and and fingers. Sarah was simply left with
Sarah, 17. Tilley was making her rounds, bruises and pain, Hurst said about her
delivering newspapers. granddaughters.
According to Hurst, although her The toll on the rest of the family has
daughter was traveling the speed limit, been high. Throughout the ordeal thus :
that was not good enough for another far, at least one family member has been
driver. In what Hurst believed was a fit byTilley's bedside.
of road rage. she says the other driver "We've all lost sleep," said Hurst.
forced the Ford Explorer Tilley was "We're all exhausted."
driving off the road and then drove off. Because of her injury, Tilley no longer
The Explorer flipped three times will be able to work at her job delivering
before it came to rest. Tilley's left foot newspapers.
was severely injured, and she was Tilley will have trouble walking the
transported to Lakeland Regional rest of her life, as she has lost the use of
Medical Center. For awhile it was her foot, said Hurst, who added that in
feared the left foot might have to be addition to losing a toe, her daughter
amputated. needed a skin graft on her foot. She
"She's OK She didn't lose her foot, will be facing a long period of physical
only the small toe," Hurst said about her therapy and rehabilitation. However,


her daughter is sitting up in bed and in
good spirits, considering what occurred.
As of press time, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office is still investigating the
accident, said DonnaWood, a public
information officer with the PCSO. That
occurred at approximately 5:38 a.m.,
July 18, on U.S. 98.
In the incident, Carmela Tilley, 37, of
1163 Hankin Road, Bartow, was travel-
ing southbound on U.S. 98, near Smith
Road. She was driving a 1998 Ford
Explorer and had two passengers with
her, daughters, Summer Tilley, 18, and
Sara Tilley, 16.
- Wood stated the accident is still
under investigation. However, an initial
preliminary report differs from Hursts'
account.
In that report, Tilley changed from the
outside line to the inside lane of travel.
When she did it appeared she overcor-
rected the vehicle and lost control. The
vehicle flipped and came to rest on the
west side of U.S. 98 on the shoulder of
the roadway.
No one was issued a citation in the
wreck.


County proposes

millage rate

By BILL ROGERS
BROGERS@LAKEWALESNEWS.COM
Polk County taxpayers will be paying the same
rate as this year if the county commission approves it
during the 2012-13 budget hearing in September.
The proposed millage rate of 6.8 mills was passed
unanimously during Tuesday's county commission
meeting. County Manager Jim Freeman said the rate
is the same as the current fiscal year and less than the
rollback rate of 7.2 mills. A mill is $1 of tax on every
$100,000 of taxable property value.
The rollback rate is the rate required to generate
the same amount of ad valorem tax proceeds for
2012 as this year's millage rate generated with the
2011 taxable value.
The commission also approved the proposed
millage rate for the Municipal Services Taxing Unit
for parks and libraries. The rate for parks will be
0.4219 mills and 0.2109 mills for libraries. Freeman
said both are the same as the current fiscal year.
Both MSTUs were established in 2005.
A public meeting on the budget is scheduled at
6 p.m., Sept. 6, in the county commission board
room at the Combee Administration Building in
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COMMUNITY


It was a zoo at the library


T he library hosted its last Super
Summer Show for the 2012 on Ashley Elliot
SWednesday. Ashley Elliot
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo presented
their Zoo to You program. Some emer-
gencies at the park created a delay in their
arrival, but once here, it was a wonderful
presentation and both children and
adults enjoyed it. To coincide with our
theme for the summer, all the animals
were nocturnal, meaning they sleep dur- ... ..
ing the day and are active at night.
African millipedes, a barn owl, a pine
snake, a baby alligator and a South
American porcupine were the stars of
the show. The porcupine was definitely '
the crowd favorite, and mine too.
As we close the door on this year's
Summer Reading Program, I want to
thank the Friends of the Library for their
support and generosity. They help us
out with so many extra special things
that need funding. This year was no
exception. Our entire summer program
for kids was paid for by our wonderful The South American porcupine was a big hit at
Friends. it's only $to join the Friends of the library this week during the Super Summer
Friends. It's only $5to join the Friends of Show Wednesday.
the Library, and with that you can help
us provide more fantastic programs here. Zeus, captured by his son and brother
Speaking of the Summer Reading who unleash the ancient Titans upon
I Program, it officially ends today. If your the world. The showing of Wrath of the
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log so they can be entered in for the grand Tuesday will be our Adult Book Group
prize drawing. The drawing will take place discussion of the book "Pursuit of
Monday and the winners will be notified. Happyness" by Chris Gardner. The dis-
Watch as Perseus braves the treacher- cussion will take-place at 3 p.m. upstairs.
ous underworld to rescue his father, Story times wilt be taking a break


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PHOTOS BY ASHLEY ELLIOTT
Corey Romberg from the Lowry Park Zoo holds a barn owl Wednesday at the Bartow Public
Library during the Super Summer Series.


for the month of August to give Miss
Melissa a rest after a very busy sum-
mer. We appreciate all the hard work
*"h 'Tmov -ino making all our children's


programs fun and educational. Don't
worry though, story time will be
back in September with even more
excitement.


Biz Kids has


scholarships


Additional scholarships are available
for Bartow Biz Kids, a new kind of
summer camp, offering kids from third
through eighth grade the chance to
have fun and learn about local busi-
nesses at the same time.
Presented by 1 lain Street Bartow,,
with help from the Bartow Chamber
of Commerce and Bartow Marketing
Partnership, the program offers two
two-hour sessions at several downtown
businesses every Tuesday through Aug. 14.
Cost is $15 per child per session.


Sessions are held from 9-11 a.m. and
2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Participants include The Cool Shoppe,
{tay'-cho} art gallery, The Cookie Jar,
Stanford on Main, Polk County History
Center, 5 Star Skate Shop, The Doggie
Bag, Made of Clay and The Polk County
Democrat. More may be added.
Call Virginia Condello at the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce, 863-533-7125,
or Gail Murray at the Community
Redevelopment Agency, 863-537-6305,
for information and registration.


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ARP mission group returns


A mission group from Associate
Reformed Presbyterian Church has
returned from Apollo Beach where they
presented Vacation Bible School for
children at Christ Covenant Church.
The group, led by the Rev. Andrew
Shoger, associate pastor of youth and


families, left Tuesday, July 9. Other
members of the group were Diane
Ashley, Jane Hughes, Helen and Maggie
Long, Noah Butler and Gail Stravvula.
They traveled in a two-vehicle convoy
and returned July 15 the Rev. Rob
Patrick said.


Benefit planned

for African mission


Bartow area churches are coming
together for a benefit service at
4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Praise Temple
Deliverance Center.
The service at the church at 1010
Britts Lane in West Bartow will benefit
e upcoming Tanzania, Africa,.mission


trip sponsored by the Bartow Fellowship
of Ministers.
Bishop Willie Watson Jr. and
Pastor Andre Camp will leave on
Aug. 20 for seven days of ministry
with Pastor George McKala and his
congregation.


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Presentation b


Crickettes


By LINDA CULPEPPER
.CORRESPONDENT
Leadership is certainly a priority for the
Crickette Club. The Club was formed in
1941 to contribute to the development of
young women through their support of the
Girl Scouting program.
Two of our little scouts, also known
as "baby Crickettes Hannah and Sarah
Githens," were selected to participate
in the prestigious Junior National Youth
Leadership Conference on July 8-13 in
Washington, D.C.
They stayed at the National 4-H
Conference Center (without mom and
dad, who were home white-knuckling the
week) with 310 middle school scholars
from across the U.S.
They heard from speakers such as
Marybeth Tinker, aVietnam protester who
exercised her right to freedom of speech
while young student, %isited sites such
as Harper's Ferry, and participated in Civil
War reenactments and a Peace Patch
demonstration.


The girls participated in daily Leadership
Focus Groups learning and practicing
the six essential traits of leadership: goal
setting, problem solving, communication,
respect, character, and teamwork.
Those traits just fit the values of the
Crickette Club: C-community, R-respect,
I-integrity, C-character, K-kinship,
E-excellence, T-timeless, T-teamwork,
E-enthusiasm.
While the Crickette Club supports
many activities and projects in Bartow, the
Crickettes are most known for supporting
Girl Scouts since 1941. For information,
visit www.crickettes.org.
Also, don't forget the annual Crickette
Yard Sale being held on Friday, Aug. 3, and
Saturday, Aug. 4. Great buys await you.
PHOTO BY LINDA CULPEPPER
Mom and daughters: Michell Githens and her
daughters Hannah (left) and Sarah were at
the Crickette CLub meeting where members
learned about the girls' trip to Washington,
D.C., for the National 4-H Youth Leadership
Conference.


Kiwanis, PCSO offer child safety seat checks Aug. 4


Bartow Kiwanis Club and the mem-
bers of the Polk County Sheriff's Office
will inspect hundreds of child safety
seats on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Bartow Fire
Department. .
Nationally-certified child passenger
safety technicians will lead the inspec-
tion events and deliver hands-on
education to parents and caregivers
from 9 a.m. until noon or until they run
out of seats to check.
In partnership with the Polk County
Sheriff's Office, the child passenger
saferty.pogram of the Bartow Kiwanis
Club has inspected hundreds of car
seats.
"Research shows that as children
agefthey are less likely to be in the
appropriate child safety seat for their
age and weight," Kiwanis member Jerry
Connoly said. "The Bartow Kiwanis
Club would like to change that by help-
ing assure that each child in a vehicle is
properly protected. Every child deserves
to grow up safely, and we are pleased to
work through our coalitions at the state
and local levels to promote and improve
child safety in vehicles."
"When it comes to child passenger
safety, there is absolutely no room
for error. It's critical that parents and
caregivers understand how to properly


install their child seats in their ve-
hicles," he added.
A 2008 report from NHTSA shows
that children from birth to age 1 were
in a car seat 99 percent of the time.
Children from ages 1-3 were in car seats
92 percent of the time and kids 4-7 were
in seats 89 percent of the time. Sadly, as
kids get to be between 8-12 they ride in
a restraint only 85 percent of the time,
Connolly said.
Also according to NHTSA, child safety
seats reduce the risk of death for infants
(under 1 year old) in a vehicle crash
by 71 percent, and reduce the risk to
toddlers (1 to 4 years old) by 54 percent.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia.
and Puerto Rico have laws requiring
children to be restrained while riding in
cars.
NHTSA says parents and caregivers
should follow a few basic guidelines
to determine which restraint system is
best suited to protect their children in a
vehicle:
For the best possible protection,
keep infants in a back seat, in rear-
facing child safety seats, as long as
possible up to the height or weight
limit of the particular seat. Never turn a
child forward-facing before age 1 and at
least 20 pounds, although keeping kids


Diversity award

applications available


Do you know of a business or orga-
nization that promotes inclusion in the
City of Bartow?
If so, be sure to nominate it for
the annual Bartow Diversity Award
to be presented during the Bartow
Co m munity Relations Committee's
Diversity Luncheon.
The luncheon is set for Wednesday,
Sept. 19 with guest speaker, Ernest Joe
Jr., Director of Diversity Management of
the Polk County School Board.
Applications for nomination of a
business or organization are available
at the Greater Bariow Chamber of
Commerce or at the Chamber website
at www.bartowchamber.com.
The criteria for the award includes:
1. Recipients will have demonstrated
a commitment to diversity in the City of
Bartow, or in'the surrounding com-
munities through mentoring, outreach
initiatives, or other activities that.
advance the goal of inclusion.
2. Recipients will have demonstrated


a thorough understanding of, ap-
preciation for, and advocacy toward
promoting diversity issues. By example,
recipients instill in their peer businesses
or organizations these same values
and inspire similar commitment to
inclusion.
3. Nominations will be accepted for
a business or organization, and one
award presented for the current year, it
will not be carried forward to the next
year. Award recipients are not eligible to
receive it again for two subsequent years.
Bartow's Community Relations
Committee will deliberate and make a
selection and the winner announced at
the Committee's Diversity Luncheon at
the Bartow Civic Center. Nominations
must be received in the Chamber no
later than Wednesday, Sept. 12.
For information, or to get a nomina-
tion form go to the Greater Bartow
Chamber of Commerce, 510 N.
Broadway Ave., Bartow. The number
there is 863-533-7125.


rear-facing until at least age 2 is safer
and preferred if the seat allows.
When children outgrow their
rear-facing seats, they should ride in
forward-facing child safety seats, in a
back seat, until they reach the upper
weight or height limit of the particular
harnessed seat. Many newer seats
exceed the old 40 pound weight limit.
Once children outgrow their
forward-facing seats, they should ride
in booster seats, in the back seat, until


the vehicle seat belts fit properly.
Seat belts fit properly when the lap
belt lays across the upper thighs and
the shoulder belt rests on the shoulder
or collar bone (usually when the child
is between 8 and 12 years old, approxi-
mately 4'9" tall and 80 to 100 pounds).
Bartow Fire Department is at 110 East
Church Street.
Bartow Kiwanis holds its weekly
meetings at Bartow Civic Center on
Friday at noon.


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C and Want to see your event on this page? Call us at 863-533-4183.


EVENTS

Through Sunday, July 29
Union Academy Grand Alumni
Reunion. July 28 noon, picnic; 9 p.m.,
dance. July 29 11 a.m. church service.

Sunday, July 29
Benefit service to benefit the up-
coming Tanzania, Africa, mission trip
sponsored by the Bartow Fellowship of
Ministers, 4 p.m. Bishop Willie Watson
Jr. and Pastor Andre Camp leaving
Aug. 20 for seven days of minister.
Praise Temple Deliverance Center, 1010
Britts Lane, Bartow.

Sunday, July 29-Friday, Aug. 3
Bug Zone Vacation Bible School,
6-8:35 p.m., Christian Home Free Will
Baptist Church, 1125 Spessard Holland
Parkway, Bartow. Call 863-533-4734.

Sky Vacation Bible School, 5:45-
8:45 p.m. Peace Creek Baptist Church,
State Road 60 East, Bartow, 863-533-
9263 or PeaceCreekBaptist.org.

Tuesday, July 31
Political Rally, 5-8 p.m., free admis-
sion and popcorn. Food and drink avail-
- able. Candidate speeches. Sponsored
by the Bartow Chamber of Commerce.
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.

Candidate Forum, 7 p.m. Legislative
& Congressional Candidates John
Lindsey, John Wood, Jack Myers, Ronald
Rushing, Kelli Stargel, Todd Long, Julius
Melendez, Mark Oxner, John Quinones.
Sponsored by Polk County League of
Women Voters. Combee Administration
building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow,
863-646-4634.

Polk School Board, work session
2:30 p.m., meeting 5 p.m. School
districtt office, 1915 S. Floral Ave.,
Bartow, 863-534-0521.

Wednesday, Aug. 1
CRA special meeting, 7:30 a.m. To
approve contract of interim executive
director. Bartow City Hall, 450 N. Wilson
Ave.

GED Class, 6 p.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
863-534-0131.

Thursday, Aug. 2
Candidate Forum, 7 p.m. Judicial
Candidates Bob Grode, Mark Kaylor,
William Twyford, Catherine Combee,
Christine Thornhill, Larry Helms,
* William Sites. Sponsored by Polk County
League of Women Voters. Combee
Administration Building, 330 W. Church
St., Bartow, 863-646-4634.

Lakeland Metro Chapter of the
National Association of Women
Business Owners, 11:45 a.m. Guest
speaker Jackie Schnaars with UPS, $20
for members, $25 for guests. Register by
July 31. Lakeland Yacht & Country Club,
929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive.
* Friday, Aug. 3-Saturday, Aug. 4
Crickette Yard Sale, 7 am to 1 p.m.,
Friday and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday,
Girl Scout House, 355 N. Wilson Ave.,
Bartow.

Friday, Aug. 3-Thursday, Aug. 9
Dixie Youth World Series. George
Pittas Complex, Bartow Civic Center,
2250 S. Floral Ave., 863-534-0120.

Saturday, Aug. 4
Back to School Bash, 10 a.m.-noon,
free. Information about tutoring, health
care and other related services available


in Polk County. Limited number of
free backpacks to be given away. Mary
Norma Campbell Resource Center, 2226
Karen St., Lake Wales, 863-534-6911.

Back to School Blast, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free physical and book bags that
include school supplies. Lakeland
Center, Sikes Hall, 701 W. Lime St. 863-
686-1221, ext. 222. Sponsored by Family
Fundamentals.

Child seat inspection by the Bartow
Kiwanis Club and Polk County Sheriff's
Office, 9 a.m.-noon. Bartow Fire
Department, 110 East Church St.

Sunday, Aug. 5-Thursday, Aug. 9
Vacation Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m.
Lake Ruth Baptist Church, 800 W
Clower St., Bartow, call 863-533-7541.

Monday, Aug. 6
Bartow City Commission, work
session 5:30 p.m., regular meeting
6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave., 863-534-
0100 or visit www.cityofbartow.net.

Polk County School Board strategic
planning session, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jim
Miles Center, 5204 U.S. Highway 98 S.,
Lakeland, 863-534-0521.

Computer Class, "The Internet
Continued," 1 p.m. Pre-registered pa-
trons only. Bartow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway, 863-534-0131.

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Polk County Commission, 9 a.m.
Combee Administration, 330 W. Church
St., Bartow, 863- 534-6000 or visit www.
polk-county.net.

MAKOplasty open house. 11:30 a.m.
See and meet orthopedic surgeons who
are certified to perform these proce-
dures. Procedure helps knee resurfac-
ing now available at Bartow Regional
Medical Center. BRMC classroom, 2200
Osprey Blvd. 863-519-1442. Call 800-
862-5926 to reserve a seat.

Baby Care workshop, 6-9:30 p.m.
Covers issues like getting to know your
baby bathing, feeding, crying and
safety. Regency Center for Women &
Infants, 101 Ave. 0 S.E., Winter Haven,
863-294-7020.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
GED class, 6 p.m. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
863-534-0131.

Thursday, Aug. 9
Teen Puzzle Friendship Bracelets,
3-4:30 p.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway, 863-534-0131.

South Central Florida Long-Term
Care Ombudsman Council, 2 p.m.,
United Way of Central Florida, 5605 U.S.
Highway 98 S., Lakeland, 863-413-2764.

Friday, Aug. 10
30th annual Pig Roast and Political
Rally, 6 p.m., $50 per person. Tickets
include dinner; cash bar available.
Lake Eva Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave.,
Haines City, 863-422-3751.
*
Central Florida Hearing Center,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Passing out free ampli-
fied phones to hard of hearing. Bartow
'Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
863-534-0131.

Saturday, Aug. 11
Kids Movie: "The Lorax," 2:30 p.m.
Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 863-534-0131.


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Royal City in concert


Royal City will appear in concert at Christian Home Freewill Baptist Church on Saturday,
July 28, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served immediately following in the church social
hall. The church is at 1125 South Highway 17, Bartow.


July 28, 2012


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POPS holds awards luncheon


Professional Opportunities Program
for Students (POPS) completed its
second summer of providing intern-
ships for Bartow and Lake Wales teens
with its Master Class Appreciation
Luncheon, recognizing students and
local businesses.
The event was held Friday, July 20,
at the Polk County History Center in
Bartow.
Awards of Excellence were presented
to Bartow Ford, Bartow Public Library,
Brightest Minds Academy, Lake Wales
Charter Schools and Macedonia Baptist
Church.
POPS students participate in work-
shops, trips and community service, in
addition to interning five weeks in the
summer at area businesses.
Students are paid through POPS for
the most pat, although some were
sponsored by Publbi, PolkWorks and the
Florida Department of Transportation.
The program began in Orlando in
2001 as a summer employment program
for at-risk high school students, the idea
of state Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando. It
expanded in 2004, and arrived in Polk
County in 2010. POPS is nowin eight
Florida counties.
On Jan. 29, 2011, 40 students were in-
ducted into the inaugural Bartow/Lake
Wales POPS program, under the leader-
ship of District Manager loyce Bentley.
In addition to workshops that teach
educational and professional skills,
students traveled to Tallahassee for an
overnight trip which included a tour
of the Senate Building, Florida A&M
University and Florida State University.
As a community service project, they
served as ambassadors for the Eastside
Positive Action Committee's first Youth/
Parent Summit.
According to the non-profit organiza-
tion's website, POPS has a three-star
approach:
First Star: Character Building
Second Star: College and Career
Exploration '
Third Star: Community and Civic
Responsibility
The community-based organization
provides paid internships at local busi-
nesses, educational and developmental
skills for 16-18-year-old high school
students, the website notes. Students
work for eight weeks during the summer
and are paid above minimum wage.
"POPS is a holistic approach to
iniproving communities by involving
culturally diverse teens, their families,
business mentors, schools and POPS
counselors. POPS program participants
must attend school regularly, demon-
strate grade improvement, and maintain
good behavior in school and within the
community," the website continues.
At last week's awards luncheon,
Deaundra Williams humorously related
part of her experience as a summer
intern at the Bartow Chamber of
Commerce.
When she learned that would be her
place of employment for several weeks,
she wondered, "What am I going to do
there?" She soon found herself busy and
involved in the community, and enjoy-
ing her work.
Her biggest lesson? "Money comes
and money goes." She was excited
after getting her first paycheck and
immediately started spending it. Then
found out, "I wish I had some money for
McDonald's." .
Williams also learned, "You have to
work with people whether you like them
or not," arid "time is money."
Barbara Newton, CEO of the POPS
program in Florida, recalled the prov-
erb, "It takes a village to raise a child,"
and told the audience of students,
families, and community and business
mentors, "Here's your village" She said
POPS now serves 400 Florid, students,
but anticipates that number will be 500
by September.
. Her goal is to increase the program


Ellen Williams of Brightest Minds Academy
accepts an award of excellence from student
Clifford Coleman at the POPS luncheon on July 20.


Carolyn Patterson of Macedonia Baptist Church
accepts an Award of Excellence from Clifford
Colemann at the POPS appreciation luncheon
on July 20.


POPS intern Wernarder James gave a mime
performance at the organization's awards
luncheon on July 20 at the Polk County History
Center in Bartow.

to all 67 Florida counties. Newton also
noted the success of the Bartow/Lake
Wales program, saying the 80 students
in the two years of the program gradu-
ated and went on to higher education or
into the workforce.
Bentley said when she was offered the
position as district manager she didn't
think she was the person for the job. Then
she asked herself, "Why not, Joyce?"
She told the students gathered for the
closing banquet, "I want you to learn
how to give back... how to help the next
generation. Wherever you are, always
think what you can do for Bartow.
Bartow is the cornerstone for all of us."
For more information about POPS
call Bentley or Program Assistant Gwen
Young at 863-537-6629.


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LaQuill Mason (left) and Summer Meeks
presented Character Awards to POPS workforce
partners at the organization's awards luncheon
July 20 at Polk County History Center in Bartow.


Davonte Fason sang
two selections at the
POPS Master Class
luncheon on Friday,
July 20.


At the POPS awards
luncheon, Deaundra
Williams humorously
related her experience
as an intern at the
Bartow Chamber of
Commerce.


Davonte Fason and Joslyn DeRiso were master
and mistress of ceremonies at the POPS Master
Class luncheon program July 20 at Polk County
History Center.


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Katie Germain wins national high school title


Named outstanding wrestler in junior women's division


Katie Germain of Summerlin Judo
and Wrestling in Bartow and of
' the GJHS Eagles Wrestling Team in
Lakeland won the Women's National
High School Freestyle Championships
in Fargo, ND July 17.
She was also named the Outstanding
Wrestler as voted on by all the state
coaches in attendance.
Katie put together a 4-1 perfor-
mance which included four first
period pins to take home the national
title. However, her road to the finals
was not without difficulty. Katie had
re-injured her sternoclavicular joint
in her chest four days prior to the
tournament. She was also treated
for tonsillitis one day prior to being
reinjured.
"Katie and I were beginning to won-
der if she was going to be able to make
it to the mat to compete," said her fa-
ther/coach Brian Germain. "Her train-
ing camp at Jamestown College (North
Dakota) right before the event, was a
difficult one for her. I'll give Katie credit
though. She is certainly one tough girl
and rose above the adversity."
Katie began her tournament with
three first period pins over Molee Pond,


Becca Leathers and MalloryVelte.
Katie then dropped her fourth
match to Tatum Sparks when she ag-
gravated her chest injury again during
the match. Katie however still finished
first in her pool based on tie breakers
which qualified her for the finals.
In the finals Katie faced ASIC's first
. team All-American and last year's
World Cadet fifth-place finisher Rachel
McFarland.
"I knew Rachel well because we
were both on the World Cadet team
last summer in Hungary," said Katie. "I
knew she was very strong with a great
low single leg takedown. I couldn't
stop her the first time she attacked.
However on the second exchange I hit
my headlock to put her on her back.
I knew I had to finish her then. I still
can't believe that I won."
"I am so proud of her," added Brian
Germain. "I'm especially proud of Katie
being awarded the OW. It just shows
that all the other coaches also recog-
nized Katie's performance, her ability to
handle adversity, and voted for her. She
certainly had her best day ever so far."
Katie now turns her attention to
swimming.


"I just got my lifeguard certifica-
tion and I'm going to join GJHS swim
team for my senior year. I used to
be on a swim team in middle school
and look forward to swimming again.
Swimming has also really helped me
with my rehab too."
Katie will also have to make some
decisions on where she wants to
wrestle in college..
"So far eight colleges have expressed
some kind of interest in Katie," said
Brian Germain. "Her top two choices
seem to be Lindenwood University


PHOTOS PROVIDED
Katie Germain shows her awards for winning
the National High School Freestyle Champion-
ships and outstanding wrestler awards.

outside of St. Louis and King College
in Bristol, Tenn. It will be interesting
to see how Katie continues to develop
on the mat and what path she will
take."


Bassmasters
members include
(from left): front -7
Jackson Williams,
Dalton Gorman and
Roger Weigel;
-,*back --club
President Martin
Bozeman, Luke
Ferguson, Mike
Boswell, Dustin
Bozeman and
Tournament Director
TDerek Boswell.
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FERGUSON


Fishing on Lake Hartridge


Lakeland Jr. Bassmasters fished out of
Lake Hartridge Saturday, July 14.
The winners of both age groups
fished from the same boat, and both
took home big bass honors for their
division.
Results:
11-14-year-olds
1st: Jackson Williams with 11.65 lbs.
Big bass was 6.9 lbs.
2nd: Dalton Gorman with 10.25 lbs.


3rd: Roger Weigel with 8.65 lbs.
15-18-year-olds
1st: Luke Ferguson with 12 lbs. Big
bass was 6.25 lbs.
2nd: Mike Boswell with- 11.8 lbs. :
3rd: Dustin Bozeman with 7.8 lbs.
The next tournament will be Aug. 4
on Lake Reedy.
For information visit www.
lakelandjuniorbassmasters.com, or
call Martin Bozeman at 863-640-8349.


Fishing tournament fundraiser,

cleanup coming


Keep Polk County Beautiful, Inc., is
gearing up for the third annual "No
Trashin' Just Bassin" fishing tourna-
ment fundraiser and cleanup event on
Saturday, Aug. 18, at Camp Mack.
KPCB is a non-profit organization
that focuses on litter prevention,
education, community cleanup and
beautification projects throughout Polk
County.
KPCB is seeking sponsors, teams, and
individuals interested in participating in
/ th one-of-a-kind event.


The tournament offers guaranteed
cash prizes of $500 for first place: There
will also be special prizes for the largest
amounts of trash brought while fishing.
Entry fee is $45 per boat/team (two
adults per boat and children under 12 are
free). A maximum of four people per boat
is allowed, including children. The entry
fee includes ramp fees and a T-shirt.
For information or to register
contact Keep Polk County Beautiful at
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Parents and students can gear up for
the coming school year at Polk County
Parks and Recreation's Back to School
Bashes in Eloise, Lake Wales and Winter
Haven.
' These free events feature education and
family-focused exhibitors with informa-
tion about tutoring, health care and other
related services available in Polk County.
The event features children's arts, crafts
and face painting.
Backpacks filled with school supplies
will also be given out to.the first 700 kids


in Eloise, the first 250 in Lake Wales and
the first 450 in Winter Haven.
The Lake Wales event is Saturday,
Aug. 4 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Mary
Norma Campbell Resource Center, 2226
Karen St. in Lake Wales.
The Eloise event on Saturday, Aug. 11
from 10 a.m,-noon at the Eloise Resource
Center, 710 SnivelyAve., Eloise.
The Winter Haven event is Saturday,
Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Wilfred
Smith Resource Center, 135 Ave. Y N.E.
For those interested in helping students


prepare for the school year, Polk County
Parks and Recreation is collecting dona-
tions of the following school supplies:
reams of notebook paper, No. 2 pencils,
bottled glue or glue sticks, large pink
erasers, rulers, spiral bound notebooks,
24-count boxes of crayons and pocket
folders.
Supplies are being collected at the
above community centers where the
events take place or the Polk County
Parks and Recreation office, 515 E. Blvd.
St., Bartow or the Polk County Board of


County Commissioners Neil Combee
Administration Building, 330 W. Church
St., Bartow and Polk County Volunteer
Services, in the Polk County Risk
Management building at 2135 Marshall
Edwards Drive.
For information, contact Roger Hayes,
recreation facilities manager, at 863-
534-6911 or rogershayes@polk-county.
net. Visit Parks and Recreation online
at parksandrec.polk-county.net; on
Facebook, PolkCoFLParksAndRec; or
Twitter, @polkparksandrec.


Starting school can be complicated -
especially for any family that has waited
until the last minute to enroll a new
student without the correct records or
immunizations. To help avoid delays when
school starts onAug. 20, the Polk County
Health Department is working with the
Lake Wales Charter Schools and other
partners to prodde free back-to-school
shots and physical at a "Back To School
Blast." The event is set for 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Aug. 11 at the LakeWales Health
Department, 835W CentralAve.
The Health Department will provide


free immunizations and physical on a
first-come, first-served basis. A parent or
guardian must accompany the child, and
should bring the child's current immuni-
zation record (blue or white form).
"We especially hope to serve children
starting pre-K and kindergarten, as well
as incoming seventh graders who need
state-required boosters," said Paula Alford,
school nurse for the Lake Wales Charter
Schools.
The event is open to any family in the
greater Lake Wales area or eastern Polk
County.


Dog obedience classes with tem-
perament and socialization training are-
being offered by the Humane Society of
Polk County.
Classes will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday,
Aug. 7, and run for eight weeks.
Cost is $50 per dog if pre-registered
and pre-paid at the shelter before the
day of the class, or $60 the day of the
class.
Training equipment (leashes, collars,
chew bones, etc.) will be available
though the instructor, Bob Sokoloskis,
at discount prices.
Sokoloskis has been the training


director at the Humane Society of Polk
County since 1983. He also held classes
for the Humane Society of Highlands
County for seven years, and has addi-
tionally taught classes at South Florida
Community College in dog obedience,
temperament, and socialization train-
ing. Sokoloskis has been professionally
training dogs for more than 36 years.
To get to the shelter, turn north off
Dundee Road (State Road 542) onto
Sage Road (across from Carl Floyd Road).
For more information, contact the
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