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August 29, 2012
Polk County Democrat
Volume 82 Number 102
USPS NO 437-320
Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.
Polk 'lucky' to
escape Isaac's wrath
Polk County was spared and now
eyes are on the northern Gulf coast in
hopes New Orleans doesn't relive what
Hurricane Katrina did to it seven years
ago in the final week of August.
In Polk County, hundreds of sandbags
were filled, supplies were bought and the
Emergency Operations Center was on full
alert for a storm that veered to the west.
By Monday afternoon Polk County got
some rain and some wind but no flood-
ing, no damage and almost no electri-
cal outages. There was one 20-minute
tornado warning at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The EOC deactivated itself at 2:30 p.m.
Dick Hilliard, emergency preparedness
coordinator at Tower Wood in Lake Wales,
had three words to say Monday morning,
after the storm had pretty much passed.
"Thank the Lord."
His golf cart got soaked. The clubhouse
was boarded up and pool furniture was
taken in, but otherwise, all was well.
As one of his prep group noted today,
he said, "if nothing comes, you can
consider it a dry run."
Officials with the EOC viewed it the
Brad Ruhman, a spokesman for Polk
County Fire Rescue, said it turned out to
be an "extremely successful exercise."
"Being in this situation we found we
could improve in some areas and being in
that situation where things weren't as dire
as we had originally anticipated worked
out well for us."
EOC Executive Director Pete McNally
thought going through a live situation
where no damage was done was great for
"Anytime you get a.team.and.work them
in a real situation it's helpful," he said.
Filling sandbags Saturday morning in Bartow
turned out to be a good time for old friends to
meet, too. While Scott McClure filled up some
bags, his father-in-law, Jesse Perez, chatted with
Marcie Miller. McClure also helped Liz Whatley
and the photographer prepare for the possibility
of water coming in low areas of their houses.
Everyone was able to catch up with folks they
hadn't seen for a while, too. Sand was available
at the city warehouse at West Boulevard and
North Mill Avenue.
PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE
Looking for champions
10 winners due by Sept. 14
By STEVE STEINER
Nominations are still being taken
for the third annual Champions Cup
Business & Industry Awards. The
event, which takes place Sept. 27 at the
Bartow Civic Center, features former
gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.
Nominations and applications are be-
ing accepted until 5 p.m., Sept. 14.
"This is a relatively new event," said
Jeff Clark, executive director of the
Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.
It was the brainchild of the Committee
of 100, a division of the Chamber and is
patterned on programs elsewhere. "We
were aware other chambers also have
It is also a variation on a theme
already in place in
the Spirit of Bartow
award," Clark said.
of 100 wanted to
establish some kind
of recognition for-
deserve to be recog-
nized for a number
of reasons; people
and businesses that really contribute."
There are nine categories 10 if you
include the Champions Cup winner,
$600 more for Germany
BHS student makes
coasters to raise money for trip
By CATHY PALMER
Take dozens of yards of fabric, hours of cut-
ting, fitting and sewing and you get lots and lots
of fabric coasters. Sell them wherever you can,
and what does it get you? It's getting Bartow
High School junior Ashleigh Strouse a two-week
exchange student trip to Germany in March and a .
side trip to Iceland.
Ashleigh, with her mother Debbie Goff's sup-
port, has been working all summer to earn the
$2,500 it takes to join a group of 20 BHS students
trading places with their counterparts from the
German town of Bochum, a mid-sized city in the
heart of Germany's Ruhr district. PHOTO BY AL PALMER
Ashleigh's vision of this trip started well over
a year ago when she talked with several fellow Ashleigh Strouse shows sto
students who made a similar tip and decided it financthe casters she's student t
GERMANY 112 to Germany.
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Construction work scheduled to continue this week
This week work will continue in
paving operations on U.S. 98 from south
of Manor Drive to north of Lyle Parkway
between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. These activi-
ties will require intermittent, temporary
lane closures on both northbound
and southbound lanes on U.S. 98, the
Florida Department of Transportation
Paving operations in this area are
expected to be done in one night.
The contractor will also be performing
paving operations on U.S. 98 from Lyle
Parkway north to County Road 540A
between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. These activi-
ties will require intermittent, temporary
lane closures on both northbound and
southbound lanes on U.S. 98.
This work is anticipated to take one
Access through the Van Fleet Drive
and Broadway intersection in both
directions will be maintained while the
traffic shift is under way.
No lane closures are scheduled during
Work on new travel lanes, turn lanes,
curbs, sidewalks and drainage continues
behind barrier walls along northbound
Broadway from Van Fleet to south of
Manor Drive, and along westbound Van
Fleet from Walmart Drive to Broadway.
With the Van Fleet entrance to Fort
Fraser Trail closed, people should access
the trail at the Wilson Avenue entrance.
Access to businesses in the work
zone is being maintained.
For information, visit www.
This week old asphalt and resurfac-
ing on State Road 60 from east of Alan
Loop Road easterly to west of Peace
Creek will continue.
There may be day and night time
lane closures throughout the project
corridor during paving operations.
Motorists may experience temporary
delays during these activities and are
advised to use caution and watch for
construction workers in the construc-
This should be in effect for two weeks.
A portion of the inside eastbound
lane on S.R. 60 will remain closed while
work is being done on that road east of
Peace Creek and extending to U.S. 27.
All eastbound traffic from ap-
proximatelyl,600 feet west of the CSX
railroad crossing will be shifted to the
inside westbound lane. Eastbound traf-
fic will then shift back to the eastbound
lanes approximately 1,600 feet east of
the CSX railroad crossing.
This should last last approximately
In addition, the contractor will begin
working at the intersection of SR 60
and the Midland Railroad crossing.
This work will require intermittent lane
closures and should last one week.
The contractor will continue to
install and maintain erosion control
throughout the project corridor.
ln this week on Van
-Fleet Drive, people
- time to get where
they have to go.
No lane closures
oare expected this
week on Van Fleet.
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Intermittent lane closures on U.S. 17
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7 p.m.-6 a.m. of the inside northbound
lane and alternating between the inside
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August 29, 2012
Let the second-guessing begin.
From the Republican National Committee's deci-
sion to postpone the scheduled start of its convention
to local school board decisions to cancel classes
Monday to whether the storm would hurt Florida's
summer tourism, the hand-wringing in the media
(and nowadays that includes the social media) is as
predictable as hurricanes in the hurricane season.
It's easy to say in retrospect that GOP leaders and
local school officials should have waited until Sunday
to make the call about Monday schedules. Come
Monday, the sun was out, and the deluge, storm surge
and dangerous winds didn't materialized as pre-
dicted. Parents were stuck scrambling for daycare or
missing work to watch their kids. Republican conven-
tioneers were sightseeing instead of rallying behind
their presidential nominee on national television.
States of emergency were declared in the absence of
State and local officials and convention organizers
acted just how we expect leaders to: responsibly. Gov.
Rick Scott, who was to have a starring role in Monday
night's convention festivities, told the RNC he would
take a pass. "I'm responsible for the 19 million
people who live here, and all the visitors," Scott said.
Nobody thinks the state's emergency management
system would have fallen into disarray in Scott's brief
absence, but Scott was right to keep his hands on the
wheel, despite missing a chance to raise his national
Local school officials, too, made the only decision
they could, given the information available to them
at the time. As late as Sunday afternoon, weather
advisories were cautioning against unnecessary
travel, especially in "high-profile vehicles," such as
recreational vehicles. And school buses. Just one
incident involving a bus full of children debris
crashing through a window, a bus skidding through
a light or into a swale or even a water-related break-
down stranding kids in the rain and the recrimina-
tions and howls of irresponsibility would have been
If you looked at the radar Monday, you saw seri-
ous squall lines hammering the East Coast all day.
Those outer bands easily could have swept up the
Gulf Coast and erased any thoughts of local officials
"Will Tropical Storm Isaac on RNC week hurt
Tampa's image?" asked a Tampa TV station over the
weekend. Seriously? We're pretty sure travelers are
aware of the Sunshine State's summer weather. Look
at a tourism tax chart for any county in any year and
you will see clearly that revenues always drop from
May through October. Not only does it rain here in
the summertime, it's hot and humid to boot. And yes,
there are hurricanes.
Sure the RNC coming to Tampa focused a lot of
attention on Tropical Storm Isaac's path? Heck, The
Weather Channel's star storm chaser Jim Cantore was
dispatched to Tampa personally. (The old saw that if
Cantore comes to town, you're safe got another boost
as Isaac slipped westward Sunday afternoon and took
aim at New Orleans.) Key West gets hit every other
year it seems, but just try to find a front-row vantage
point at Mallory Square at sunset. Tampa will be fine
regardless of Isaac, the RNC or Cantore.
Stifle the Isaac hand-wringing and look at this
weekend's near-miss for what it was a chance
to put government and personal emergency plans
through a practice run for the day when we stay in
the cone and all the preparation and caution pays off
in protected property and lives saved.
A primer on Florida
To all the 50,000 delegates, journal-
ists, demonstrators, and cops at the
Republican National Convention:
Welcome to the Sunshine State!
OK, Florida can be a little like Camp
Grenada: you may have to wait a couple
of days before the sun comes out, but
it's worth the wait. (And if you are not
familiar with Camp Grenada, Google
the phrase, "Hello Muddah, Hello
Chances are you have been given
more tourist brochures than you will
ever read, plus a couple of dozen
Here is what you really need to know:
a visitor's primer on Florida.
Hurricanes. There are five categories,
of which One is the lowest, sort of like
you learned in kindergarten. It is not
A Cat 1 hurricane is basically good
At Cat 3, it is wise to keep an umbrella
Cat 5 is a witch, or something that
rhymes with witch. If you plan on stay-
ing around for a few days when a Cat 5
hurricane is in the offing, invest a few
hundred bucks in a generator and learn
how to use it. Gasoline without ethanol
Buy three day's worth of provisions
that don't need refrigeration. I recom-
mend cans with lids that do not require
a can opener, but there are those
who still enjoy the challenge of hand-
powered models. For beverages, lay in a
gallon of over-priced spring water a day,
or a six-pack. Your choice.
Incidentally, any hurricane tracking
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chart created more than 48 hours
before landfall is an educated guess,
nothing more. Floridians know this; TV
weatherpersons do not.
Learn the lingo.
If you hear the term "a major rainfall
event," change the channel. You are
listening to a bureaucrat who is show-
If you hear the term "thunderboom-
ers," change the channel. You are tuned
in to Nick Junior, or maybe Sprout. You
need to be listening to an adult channel.
A major thunderstorm, which is
basically what a hurricane is (until you
reach the "witch" stage) may be appro-
priately referred to as a gully washer or
a bullfrog strangler.
Both terms, incidentally, are mis-
leading, since gullies pretty much
disappeared when the state started
requiring phosphate companies to
reclaim mined-over land, and a bullfrog
is an amphibian and does quite well in
thunderstorms. Neither term should be
preceded by "literally," a term that has
been corrupted by broadcasters when
they use a term in the figurative sense.
Incidentally, the decision to cancel
On spotting corruption,
who to call?
During my time in the Florida
Legislature, I have taken on a few
issues that led to the discovery of state
activities that were questionable at a
minimum, and more likely unethical or
In politics, it is easier and more
rewarding to "go along to get along."
People who seek the truth and continue
digging or asking questions are "trou-
blemakers," while those who turn their
heads the other way or ignore warning
signs are "team players."
My favorite saying that I try to put
into practice is, "All that is necessary
for evil to triumph is for good men to
do nothing." But in researching issues
such as SunRail, prison privatization
and numerous special-interest projects,
I have smacked into the wall of silence
at several state agencies. Rank-and-
file employees are expected to refer
questions to public information of-
ficers, who seem trained to avoid real
answers. Even extreme measures, such
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Near-miss by Isaac no cause to second-guess
August 29, 2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 5
The customer service area in
City Hall will stop taking electric
payments to save money, estimated
to be about $50,000 per year.
What do you think of this idea?
"What will they do with the allo-
cated funds? We won't have that
face to face interaction and that may
not serve the real time that some
"What's it going to cost in a fee that
we have to give to Amscot? They
charge for other bills."
"What's this going to cost the
public to go the extra mile in order
FROM PAGE 4
as public-record requests, are answered with data
dumps of mostly incomprehensible reams of paper.
A consequence of my public battles is that some
state employees have contacted me to provide infor-
mation or confirm "that you are on the right track,
keep asking questions." Not only have I been con-
tacted by employees or ex-employees of the agency
I was currently researching, but from other agencies
or departments with which I had little interaction.
Their willingness to step up and do the right thing to
expose potential corruption, unethical behavior and
patronage is admirable. They speak of hostile work
environments, subtle threats, cozy relationships and
widespread distrust. It saddens me to know they face
the very real dilemma of whether to keep quiet and
keep their job, or speak out and risk getting kicked
out. Not much of a choice.-
It must be awful to know of things going on in state
government that should be stopped or exposed, but
feel frightened and powerless to do so. Who can they
tell? Who can they trust? Will it matter anyway?
If acted upon, their tips could lead to eliminating
bad apples, opening competition to all vendors and
saving taxpayer dollars. There should be incentives
for employees to speak up when they see inappropri-
ate behavior, lest it become the prevailing culture in
which they are expected to participate. It is usually
at this point that they quit or reach out to someone.
Shouldn't there be someone for them to reach out to
without fear or reprisal? Within every state agency,
there is an inspector general who is supposed to root
out corruption and fraud, and ensure tax dollars are
spent wisely. If this system were working properly,
employees would have a viable mechanism for
However, a 2009 Florida Trend report found several
inspectors who were fired or asked to resign by
agency bosses who didn't appreciate the indepen-
dent oversight. Inspectors at the Department of
Corrections, Agency for Health Care Administration
and Florida Department of Transportation were
The DOC inspector was fired for investigating
a friend of the agency's secretary. Today both the
secretary and his friend are in prison for accepting
kickbacks. At FDOT, the well-respected inspector
general was asked to resign for having taken cases to
law enforcement. Apparently, the agency's legal staff
feared what people might think.
In other words, it's OK if corruption exists, let's just
make sure no one finds out about it. Such retribution
flies in the face of the purpose for inspectors general.
The major problem is that they aren't independent
and can be fired at the whim of agency secretaries
who don't want dirty laundry aired.
Several Florida agencies sign contracts that spend
billions of taxpayer dollars. With Florida leading the
nation in public corruption, this situation should be
For the past two years, I sponsored a bill based
on recommendations from the 2010 Grand Jury
Report on Public Corruption to restore public in-
tegrity and regain the public trust. The bill sought to
give greater independence to the inspectors general,
more authority to the Chief Inspector General and
financial rewards to employees who provide informa-
tion that results in the recovery of funds.
As with most ethics-reform legislation, the bills
went nowhere fast. Perhaps with Integrity Florida
leading the charge for true and meaningful reform,
we might see positive results.
In the meantime, employees morally opposed to
what is happening in their agencies don't know where
to turn. While I'm flattered they feel I am someone
who can "shed some light" on the situation, there
is only so much I can do in my last few months as
a legislator. We need to address this gap from many
fronts. Agency workers need a hotline to report tips
so that reporters, law enforcement and the ethics
commission could further investigate. The Ethics
Commission needs the authority to initiate investiga-
tions and the teeth to do something with the results.
The governor's new chief of staff can change the
culture with an open-door policy and by removing
the toxic cronyism.
There are many honorable people who work for the
state who shouldn't be painted with the same brush
as the bad actors. We need to separate the good from
the bad and not place honest workers in the position
of participating in questionable behavior by following
the orders of their bosses. Those who misuse their
power should be rightfully held accountable.
Standing up to corruption and good-old-boy poli-
tics deserves to be encouraged and rewarded. No one
else should lose their job for doing the right thing.
Paula Dockery is a term-limited Republican senator
from Lakeland who is chronicling her final year in
the Florida Senate. She can be reached at pdockery@
FROM PAGE 4
the first day of the convention obvious-
ly was made by someone who literally
did not know what he was doing. There
are few safer places to be in during a
hurricane than a major public building,
and if you've got to burn a day listening
to dull speeches, better to do so when
the weather is too foul for a day at the
Frankly, the GOP needs better leader-
ship when it comes to convention
Michell Githens, Agent
595 West Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830
And finally, before departing the
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have ever visited New Orleans, you will
(2) Skip West Palm Beach. There's
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can afford two nights there, you can
afford a week at Walt Disney World.
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(4) And if you want to see the
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Sorry about that. Heh-heh.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He has a system
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FROM PAGE 1
"You get things accomplished and we
were prepared for it."
The impact of Isaac in Bartow, at least
as far as the fire department and the
electrical department were concerned,
was "full of sound and fury, signifying
While Isaac dumped rain all through
Sunday night and continued sporadically
throughout Monday, the amount of dam-
age it wreaked was minimal.
"We only had two small outages, both
trees," said Brad Hiers, interim director
of the Bartow electric department. The
first tree fell at 1255 Fairview Avenue,
knocking out power to three households.
Crews were there from 5 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
"There were four linemen and four tree
Two of the linemen came directly from
1050 Carver Ave., where they had been
from 5:30-7:30 a.m.
"We were certainly prepared," added
Hiers, who added that although dam-
age was at a minimum, members of the
electric department were "standing by."
So too was the fire department.
Firefighters saw limited action.
"So far, we've had two medical calls,
nothing weather related," Lt. Mark
Olinger said Monday.
Other than the tree that fell on Fairview
Avenue, and the two medical calls, no
other weather-related event summoned
the fire department.
"Yesterday was quiet," said firefighter
John Calandros of Sunday, who had been
part of the crew that had responded
to the call of a downed power line on
Fairview Avenue. Calandros had already
served a 48-hour shift.
"The only thing to be concerned about
at this time is perhaps a tornado," he
said. That, and the possibility of other
trees falling because the ground was so
In Lake Wales, James Slaton, the city's
support service director, noted Monday,
"It's been a pretty slow morning,"
The storm did little in Lake Wales ex-
cept leave large puddles here and there.
"We're just not seeing a whole lot,"
Slaton said, adding the city had not
received any reports of damage.
City workers spent all last week making
sure the storm drainage system was free
of clogs. Such maintenance runs on a
regular schedule anyway, he noted, so it
really wasn't much more than business
Sandbags were available at the Lake
Wales Fire Department, but the city only
distributed about 70 bags, Slaton noted.
Mike Danford, deputy chief at the
LWFD, said there weren't any trees or
lines down. According to what he had
heard, there weren't any storm-related
And the "alert" really didn't affect
the fire department so much anyway,
because they are accustomed to always
being ready for emergencies.
So, firehouse life doesn't change during
a storm, "It's the same for us, it's no dif-
ferent," he said.
The police department noted that the
storm was only a "lot of wind and rain."
Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said he'd
rather have "that conversation" that
"there's been no problem" because of
the storm. He says that with the short
duration of the storm, it was not really
enough time to tell if it affected crime
negatively. A longer storm, however, sort
of changes things, he said.
"Typically what we see, if there is
prolonged bad weather, there tends to be
increased domestic violence," he said.
In Fort Meade, 200-250 sandbags were
filled, Fire Chief Billy Gunter said.
Rainfall that dropped on Polk County
over the weekend measured 5.6 inches
in Frostproof, and 6.07 inches in Lake
Wales, according to the Community
Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow
Totals weren't shown for Bartow and
Frostproof, but the rainfall didn't make
any significant impacts, especially to the
Peace River area where the water was
already about two feet from overflowing.
"It was not an issue," McNally said.
"There was no flooding as far as what
we've been told. There was a little bit (of
water) in the southeastern part of the
county near the Kissimmee River and
River Ranch, but some rain always makes
that come up. We got a report from a
family out there that the water was high."
Hilliard at Tower Wood said Polk
County luckily escaped this time.
"We are very fortunate lucky is a good
word. It escaped us this time," he said,
adding that the clubhouse will remain
boarded as it "doesn't hurt anything, and
saves on air conditioning."
By the 1 p.m. report Tuesday, Isaac was
moving at 10 mph northwest with winds
at 75 mph with higher gusts. Tropical
storm force winds extend 185 miles from
the center of the storm.
Brian Ackley, Kathy Leigh Berkowitz, Jeff
Roslow, Steve Steiner and The Associated
Press contributed to this report.
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FROM PAGE 1
continued Clark. From those nine catego-
ries is selected the Champions Cup winner.
What is unique, according to Clark, is that
the type of establishment, as well as the
number of people employed, is not a factor
in which business is the ultimate recipient.
An independent judging panel determines
what the particular enterprise has done
that has benefitted Bartow.
The panel of judges do, however, con-
sider factors including but not limited
to employee relations, diversity and
There will also be the naming of an
individual to the Champions Cup Hall of
Clark was especially excited about this
year's guest, Sink, who was Florida's chief
financial officer in the mid 2000s and ran
for governor in 2010.
"We're thrilled to have her," he said.
"We're sure she'll have a good message
Clark credited Casey Fletcher, chief
financial officer with Pallet One, for
"I've known Alex a long time, nearly 20
years, starting when she was with NCNB
(the forerunner of Bank of America),"
said Fletcher. The two became known to
one another through their association
with Leadership Florida, and served on
the same board. While Clark made the
initial call, Fletcher followed up, placing
a call with the people who oversee her
calendar. "I just gave her a call; the stars
He expressed the hope that in her pre-
sentation she will talk about FloridaNEXT,
a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that
"seeks to empower young people, entre-
preneurs and small businesses so they can
drive the innovation needed to enhance
Florida's economy and quality of life."
Nomination applications are avail-
able at the Chamber, as well as online.
Businesses and organizations are eligible
for more than one category. Companies
nominated receive two complimentary
tickets. Individuals who nominate a busi-
ness or organization where they are not
employed will receive one free ticket.
Forms are available at the Chamber and
online. For a PDEI go to www.bartowcham-
ber.com. Forms must be submitted no
later than 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, to:
Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce,
510 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830
For information, contact Clark at
863-533-7125, or email jeff@bartow-
The nine categories are: Business to
Business Business of the Year, Service/
Professional Business of the Year, Retail
Business of the Year, Emerging Business
of the Year (start-up company in business
less than three years that is not a buyout
of an existing company), Not-for-Profit
Community Action Organization of the
Year, Community Service Business of the
Year, CRA Redevelopment Award, Main
Street Bartow Business of the Year and
Green Business of the Year
Want to attend or sponsor a table?
The Champions Cup ceremony is set
for Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Bartow Civic
Center, starting with a social hour at 6 p.m.,
and dinner and program beginning at 7
p.m. Individual ticket prices are $40 per
person with open seating at non-sponsor
There are two sponsor levels.
A Presenting Sponsor goes for $1,500
and includes a table seating eight; premi-
urn table position at the front of the venue;
corporate logo on invitations; recognition
at each table; corporate banner at the
event; recognition on the Chamber web
page for two weeks prior to the event; and
recognition in the Chamber newsletter.
A Table Sponsor goes for $400 and
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
This is a major fundraiser for the Chamber and your participation in a
team for the fun of it or as a sponsor for the advertising is appreciated.
Grab 3 more golf fans and join us
for a morning of fun, food, and prizes.
Bartow City Golf Course
Sign in begins @ 7:15 am
SHOTGUN @ 8:00 am
Includes LUNCH CART GREEN FEES
Free beer, sodas & water
Door Prizes Skill Challenge Prizes
Mulligan Pkg. $10
Chinese Auction 1/$12 or 6/$5
$1K goes to
First ($600) Second ($300)
includes a table seating eight; preferred
table position; and recognition in the
For tickets or sponsorships call 863-
533-3793, or call Linda Holcomb at
About the Committee of 100
"The Committee of 100 functions as
the Economic Development arm of the
Bartow Chamber," said Virginia Condello,
the chamber's communications director.
"Committee members include most of
the private and public sector decision
makers of Bartow, and represent a broad
spectrum of businesses, from banks and
car dealerships to oil companies and
engineers. Usually anything new coming
to our city is heard first at these meetings."
The Committee, said this year's presi-
dent, Brian Hinton, has been in existence
quite awhile, consisting originally of 76
members. It meets once a month, with
guest speakers who cover a wide variety
of topics of interest to businesses and
"It's a sharing thing for the businesses,"
The purpose behind the Champions
Cup was twofold, conceived and devel-
oped with the economy in its current
"It was to create hope and share suc-
cess stories," he said.
The awards dinner has grown each year.
Hinton said that the first year, he and Clark
said they would consider the event a suc-
cess if it drew as many as 75 people. Nearly
double that number participated. The
following year almost 250 people attended.
"It's grown so much that we had to
switch venues, from the Peace River
Country Club to the Civic Center,"
Hinton said. He added that like the oth-
ers, he was pleased that Alex Sink will be
this year's keynote speaker.
SECOND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Fort Meade is applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
for a grant under the Economic Development category in the amount of $2,484,929.00 under
the FFY 2012 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. For each
activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit low and moderate income
persons. The activities, dollar amounts and estimated percentage benefit to low and moderate
income persons for which the City of Fort Meade is applying are:
Activity Number and Name
03J Sewer Facilities $341,700.00
03J Water Line Extension $207,050.00
03K Street Improvements $1,438,187.00
21A Administration $198,000.00
21B Engineering $299,992.00
At Least 51%
At Least 51%
At Least 51%
The project will undertake construction of a 60 megawatt bio-mass fueled power plant facility
within the City of Fort Meade.
The City of Fort Meade plans to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned
CDBG funded activities; if any persons are displaced as a result of these planned activities, the
City of Fort Meade will assist with relocation payments based on uniform act requirements.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application will be held
on "'LI'.. ,I ,, September 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at the Fort
Meade City Hall located at 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida. A draft copy of the ap-
plication will be available for review at that time. A final copy of the application will be made
available at the City of Fort Meade, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. no more than five (5) working days after October 1, 2012. The application will
be submitted to DEO on or before October 1, 2012. To obtain additional information concern-
ing the application and the public hearing, contact Ms. April Brown, City Planner, City of Fort
Meade, 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida 33841. Telephone (863) 285-1176.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped
person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually impaired should contact
City Clerk at (863) 285-1100 x-233 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and an in-
terpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hear-
ing should contact City Clerk at (863) 285-1100 x-233 at least five calendar days prior to the
meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. Any handicapped person requiring special
accommodation at this meeting should contact City Clerk at (863) 285-1100 x-233 at least five
calendar days prior to the meeting.
Pursuant to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following disclosures will be
submitted to DEO with the application. The disclosures will be made available by the City of
Fort Meade and DEO for public inspection upon request. These disclosures will be available
on and after the date of submission of the application and shall continue to remain available for
a minimum period of six years.
1. Other Government (federal, state, and local) assistance to the project in the
form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax, benefit or
any other form of direct or indirect benefits by source and amount;
2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or
consultants involved in the application for assistance or in the planning or development of the
project or activity;
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any other persons with a pecuniary
interest in the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed $50,000.00 or 10% of the grant
request (whichever is lower);
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or others listed in two (2)
or three (3) above which are corporations, or other entities, the identification and pecuniary
interest by corporation or entity of each officer, director, principal stockholder, or other official
of the entity;
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each of the
providers of those funds and the amount provided; and
6. The expected uses of all funds by activities and amount.
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By STEVE STEINER
One man's trash is another man's
treasure goes the popular saying; words
that rang true at the Aug. 21 Polk County
Board of County Commissioner's public
In an unanimous vote, it agreed to an
interlocal agreement with Plant City, locat-
ed in neighboring Hillsborough County, to
accept its trash for the next 10 years. It will
generate a revenue of approximately
$1.2 million per year.
County Attorney Michael Craig pointed
out to the BOCC that this was made'
possible due to the Florida Local Interlocal
Act of 1969; its purpose to allow local
municipalities to cooperate for the mutual
benefit of each other.
"Plant City approached Polk County
to explore the possibility of a long-term
agreement for the disposal of solid waste
generated within the corporate limits of
the city in order to maintain its current
solid waste fee structure," Craig explained
to the BOCC.
His department's research into the
proposal revealed that Plant City is similar
to Winter Haven in the amounts gener-
ated. As a result, Craig recommended a
fee structure similar to what Polk County
municipalities are paying, with discounts
ranging off the tipping fees from 1.25
percent to 20 percent.
"The estimated amount is to be 35
tons per year," said Craig. "Based on the
amount, a 10 percent discount on tipping
fee, resulting in a tipping fee of $34.15.
Estimated gross revenue is $1,195,250."
Craig broke down the figures further.
Accepting Plant City's solid waste will
result in a 6.7 percent increase in tonnage
to Polk County landfills per day. It will
consume 20.9 days of air space per year.
"However, these numbers do not take
into account landfills are, for want of a
better term, a'dynamic organism' and
there is a significant amount of settling
and decomposition, that occurs during
the course of the landfilling process," said
Craig. "So the impact I've just given you
will be somewhat less."
Questions by the BOCC to Craig-'and
later to Plant City Mayor Michael S.
Sparkman were few and just to clarify
minor points. The first of those questions
was posed by BOCC chairman Sam
Johnson, who asked if his understanding,
that there was a five year set price, was
correct. Craig's initial response was 10
"The price is for five years, the contract,
10," replied Johnson. "If I'm right, there's
a five-year rate cycle? And it increases by
"It will be based on the tonnage,"
answered Craig, who added there is an
escalator clause in the contract.
Commissioner Edwin V Smith stated he
had questions he believed could best be
answered by Sparkman.
As he approached the podium,
Sparkman said entering into the interlocal
agreement was a great opportunity for
Plant City, similar to interlocal agreements
it has with other governmental entities.
"It will be an asset to Plant City," said
Sparkman. "We will be able to retain our
charges for our services to our citizens
(which) will not have to be increased."
With transportation and tipping fees,
Plant City will be able to pay the same
price it currently does.
Smith questioned what vehicles Plant
City will use to deliver the trash. Sparkman
said it will primarily be 10-wheel trucks.
While it has smaller trucks, those will be
brought to a facility and loaded onto the
10-wheel trucks. No 18-wheel trucks will
be used. Sparkman also said the trucks
will travel Interstate 4 to the landfill.
Smith asked what would be the current
fee if Plant City continued using its current
contractor. Sparkman could not provide
a quantitative answer. However, after put-
ting out a request for bid, had it entered
into a new contract with the current
hauler, the cost would be substantially
more. That hauler's bid also included an
"How many trucks per day do you
estimate?" asked Commissioner Bob
"Probably 10 per day," replied
The last question before a call for a mo-
tion, second and vote came from Johnson,
who said it was a follow-up to his first
question to Craig.
"The five-year rate structure, is that
something common with all the cities we
do, that we have contracts with?" He was
assured it was.
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School seeks charter app
By PEGGY KEHOE
Saying it was the only way to protect the
school, members of the parents association
and the principal of Harrison School for the
Visual and Performing Arts presented an
application for charter school status to the
Polk County School Board last week.
The move stirred up what had been a
rather routine presentation of seven charter
school applications at Aug. 21 work session.
Some board members expressed disap-
pointment that the controversy between
Harrison and Lakeland High School hasn't
been settled and that Harrison supporters
felt it necessary to ask for charter status.
Plans for Harrison began in 1985 and the
county-wide school opened in the fall of
1989 next door to Lakeland High School.
At that time Harrison had its own state
number, called an MSID (master school
identification), issued by the FDOE. About
six years ago, the state took away Harrison's
number, putting it under Lakeland's MSID.
Presenting.the charter application
were Craig Collins, Harrison principal;
Barb Erickson, president of the Harrison
Parents Association; and parent and
trustee Les Dunson.
Currently, Harrison students take aca-
demic courses at LHS. As a charter school,
Harrison's academic design "will have
somewhat of a different face," Collins said.
It would have an "arts integration model."
Supporters of the school became more
concerned when Lakeland High School
began a charter movement this year,
which was delayed over concerns with the
Board members were not happy with
Harrison's charter application, especially
in light of ongoing mediation between
the district and the two schools whose
principals have had ongoing conflicts.
"Why are we going through mediation
when all of the time it was said if we
do not get what we want we will file for
charter?" School Board Member Frank
Erickson replied that, "We are willing to
leave the door open to the district," say-
ing their goal "is to preserve and protect
the original intent and purpose" of the
If an agreement with the district is
reached, "We will withdraw this applica-
tion. If not this is the only we see to protect
and preserve this wonderful school."
Board Member Kay Fields noted the
application assumes Harrison would
continue to operate at its current facility,
while startup charters normally have to
provide own facilities.
"Basically you're saying you would keep
Harrison as is. I'm not understanding that.
What is your backup plan if you're not able
to continue to use the facility?"
Collins acknowledged there is rio backup
"This is not the chosen route," Collins
asserted, "This is the only route that assures
that Harrison will be here five years from
Board Chairman Hazel Sellers asked if
they were expecting the district to supple-
"Transportation will look very different
and we can't begin to keep up with the
transportation as it is right now," Collins
acknowledged. There would be some
specific pickup points on the east side of
the county, but parents would have to get
their children to those spots. Collins said
30 to 33 percent of Harrison's students are
from the east side.
"There seems to be an elephant in the
room," Board Member DebraWright
declared. "Seems to be a lot of adult issues
... I don't know what it is," she said, "but it's
costing time, money and effort."
"Can't we all get along?" she asked.
"If it's a number, don't get mad at use
and file a charter, go to Tallahassee and try
to resolve it. Maybe we all need to go to
But she also asked, "If they give you a
number what's going to keep you from
coming back and saying we don't like
something and apply again?"
O'Reilly recalled that three Bartow
schools that share one campus Bartow
High School, International Baccalaureate
and Summerlin Academy all wore the
same color caps and gowns at graduation
and three principals stood together to say
"You want total separation. You want
nothing to do with those people (at LHS).
You can mediate until hell freezes over," he
told the Harrison team.
Six other schools, most planned for
Lakeland, also submitted charter applica-
tions: Golden Gate Scientific Leadership
Academy, Heartland Academy, Innovations
Middle Charter School, Lakeland Pathways
Charter, Magnolia Montessori Academy
and Somerset Academy Poinciana.
BOCC talks trash
with Plant City
The following places are closed for Labor Day which is
Monday, Sept. 3:
Polk County Courthouse.
Polk County Public Schools.
Lake Wales Charter School District.
Neil Combee Administration Building.
City of Lake Wales.
Lake Wales Library.
City of Bartow.
City of Bartow, Library and Parks and Recreation.
Garbage collection in Bartow: Nlonday's collection will be on
Tuesday. Tuesday's collection will be on Wednesday. Thursday and
Friday schedules will remain the same.
City of Fort Meade, Library.
Frostproof City Hall and Library.
Florida Refuse: if your collection date is on a holiday, trash and
recycling will be collected the next day.
Business offices for The Polk County Democrat, The Lake Wales
News. The Frostproof News, The Fort Meade Leader and Your Haines
'Frisbie's Laws' book signing Aug. 31 at Magnify
Magnify Credit Union will be host to a
meet the author/book signing event on
Friday, Aug. 31, for S. L. Frisbie, IV, author
l 'I i iit-',ln Laws: 20 Surefire Rules for
The event is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. at its
liartow branch at 1790 N. Broadway.
Frishie is retired publisher of The Polk
County Dlemocrat, The Fort Meade Leader,
The .ake Wales News, and Polk County Times.
"Frisbie's Laws" is a summary of his man-
.i,:'n ill philosophy, developed in 46 years
of newspaper management, and served as
guidance for supervisors and staff of Frisbie
Publishing Co., Inc.
Advice ranges from the "law" he consid-
ers most important -Always do the right
thing to the importance of securing non-
compete agreements from employees in key
management and sales positions. Each "law"
is discussed in detail.
The book ends with two "bonus chapters,"
one on the importance of coordination with
other staff members, the other on how to
handle complaints like a pro.
Each of the first printing of 1,000 copies
is numbered and signed by the author, and
copies will be personally autographed to
people buying copies at the book
The book was published by Imperial
Three other books from Imperial
Publishing also will be on sale.
"Yesterday's Polk County," an illustrated
history of Polk County.
"Peace River Pioneers," a pictorial history
of the four counties that abut the Peace River.
"Florida's Fabled Inns," a history of many
of Florida's oldest hotels.
All three historical books were written by
Louise K. Frisbie.
The price of all books is the same, $14.95
Register to get the
Polk County wants you to know about residents may go online to http: / /
possible emergency situations and get alertregistration.com/polkcofl/ where
warnings, but first people who live here they will be asked to provide their name,
should do their part. address, email address, and primary and
The Polk County Public Safety alternate phone numbers. Callers will
Notification System is seeking to expand be prompted for their contact informa-
its database of phone numbers and tion. Registration and messages are free;
emails and now can add cell phone however, regular cell phone rates apply
numbers so residents can get emergency depending on individual cell phone
and severe weather conditions, boil water plans. Cell phone text messaging is not
notices, missing persons, fugitive warn- being offered because of the additional
ings, sexual offender/predator location charges often added for text messages.
notices, crime information and rabies Residents may also call 866-484-3264.
alerts. Many residents who have home
To become a part of this system, telephones are already included in the
current database. To ensure that a person and the Sheriff's Office to inform county
is on the list, especially those who have residents about public safety threats and
cellular or business telephones on which concerns. The system augments exist-
they would like to receive notifications, ing warning systems and media reports
residents may register to receive notifica- for the distribution of public safety
tions via their home, business or cell information.
phone with a voice recording, or by email. During situations which may affect
"Today, many people are using their the health, safety and welfare of Polk
cell phone as their home phone," said County residents, designated officials
Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David send out messages to telephone num-
Cash. "We want to make sure all of Polk's bers and email addresses within a
residents can get information if there is geographic area. When the message is
an alert." sent the system will notify you, giving
This notification system is used by specific information about the current
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Yellow Jackets wins kickoff classic contest
See special football section
The hours of practice in the hot summer
sun are starting to yield results with the
BartowYellow Jacket football team. With
the past few weeks focusing on "game like"
situations, the focus shifted to an actual
game for the annual Kickoff Classic pre-
season game. When the Bartow team lined
up, it wasn't against each other, but a real
opponent Frinaay nignt. Jenkins got the ball back after a Bartow
The schedule makers gave Bartow a three-and-out, the Jenkins runner was
chance to avenge a loss in last year's pre- nailed by linebacker Brandon Carey, who
season game, pitting the Jackets against jarred the ball loose. Defensive back Tevin
George Jenkins. Last year, at Jenkins' home Young fell on it, giving Bartow their first
field, Bartow fell 24-12 in what would prove turnover of the game. The Jackets couldn't
to be Jenkins' only win, officially going 0-10 capitalize at the end of the first quarter,
while Bartow logged a 3-7 record. Those but Jenkins seemed dedicated to focus on
were all in the past with the slate wiped basics. A good drive with a mixture of pass
clean, but the memory very real. This year, plays and runs that put Jenkins on top
the scene was reversed with Bartow having with a touchdown run on an option play.
home field. Once again, the home team Bartow attempted afield goal to close the
came out on top with Bartow nailing down second half, but went to the locker room
a 16-7 win. trailing 7-3.
The pre-season game has a few purposes Throughout the regular season in 2011,
that transcend the scoreboard. Coaching Bartow did not score an offensive touch-
staffs are still evaluating talent and getting down in the third quarter of any game. The
this talent into real life situations is a chain of events on Friday bodes well for
bonus. It provides vindication for your that becoming a thing of the past. Bartow
planning if you have correctly anticipated regained the lead when Michael "Chicken"'
what your opponent is throwing at you, Walker scampered 40 yards on an option
letting you know that you can confidently play. The kick by Montes made it 10-7.
predict what your opponent will show With that score in play, Bartow soon found
in the future. Bartow's 2012 schedule is a themselves in position for another long
mirror image of 2011, changing only the field goal attempt. On the play, Jenkins
field of play with last year's road games rushed hard, crashing into kicker Montes,
becoming home games and vice versa, who suffered an injured ankle. The penalty
While the crowd number was smaller gave Bartow an automatic first down that
than expected for a regular season game, became six more points a few plays later
there was no shortage of enthusiasm from when Dimitri Leverett rolled left, pulled
the cheerleaders or band members. It was down the ball and outraced three different
clear the team was fired up through the defenders to the end zone. The two-point
pre-game drills. It appeared the team was conversion failed, but Bartow had a-16-7
ready for the test. lead that proved to be the final score.
The game started with each team failing There was a smile on the face of Coach
to convert on their first possession. Bartow Brett Biggs as he relived the game. "I am
got the ball back and used the good field really proud of the effort," he said. "We
position to set up for a 40-yard field goal have to get our execution of certain things
attempt by kicker Alex Montes. The team's to be fast and make sure we have our
new kicker had impressed spectators at the assignments right. We need to hit quicker
spring game and did nothing to change and make sure our routes are run faster."
their view by knocking the ball through the The defenses on both sides of the ball
uprights, giving Bartow a 3-0 lead with 5:57 had a lot of positives. Both were quite
to play in the first quarter. capable of puttingon some big hits with
The teams traded the ball a few more Bartow's Darius Jackson, Romante Bell
times without a scoring threat. When and Khalil Holt having some big plays for
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negative yards for the Eagles. "We haven't
had to work on tackling," said Biggs.
"These guys are out there to do the job."
A focus of the coaching staff continues
to be the reduction of penalties. Bartow
had far fewer than Jenkins and most of the
penalties were on special teams. The of-
fensive penalties were reduced drastically.
The turnover battle was another matter in
favor of the Jackets. In addition to Young's
fumble recovery, defensive back Joseph
Townes plucked a tipped ball from the
sky and returned it to kill a Jenkins drive.
Bartow only lost the ball once, a fumble
on a punt in the second half.
The regular season opens Friday and
the coaching staff has a much more clear
understanding of the character of the
2012 Yellow Jackets. Bartow will have its
next two games at home (Friday against
Mulberry and the next week against
Auburndale) and these could be exciting
games as both Mulberry and Auburndale
won their kickoff classics, playing teams
that will also face the Yellow Jackets in
2012 (Mulberry beat Fort Meade and
Auburndale beat Lake Region). Game time
is 7 p.m.
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Fishing team features
first female angler
BHS Jackets Fishing Team began their
new season Saturday, July 28, on Lake
Summit with 15 returning anglers and
six new, including the team's first Lady
Jacket, Kaitlyn Boswell.
Showing their tenacity and mettle,
the anglers fished hard for limits and
big fish to claim the season opener.
Returning Angler of the Year Luke
Ferguson hooked a 7-pounder in the
. closing minutes assuring victory for him
and co-angler Austin Anderson, and af-
firming the team motto, "Never give up!"
Jeremy Peterson, another returning
angler, was treble hooked in the head,
left to have it cared for, then returned
to finish the tournament.
The competitiveness and drive of this
year's team will make for an awesome
season as they fiercely pursue Angler of
the Year and State Champion titles.
Results of Summit Summer Classic:
First: Luke Ferguson and Austin
Anderson with 16.75 lbs.; Ferguson with
big fish of 7 lbs.
Second: Dustin Bozeman and Jamie
Eskdale with 7.8 lbs.
Third: Kaitlyn Boswell and Ryan
Thomas with 5.55 lbs.
Fourth: Robert Wiggins and Shane
Moss with 5.50 lbs.
Fifth: Steven Singletary and Angel
Arzate with 5.45 lbs.
The Jackets' next tournament will be
Kaitlyn Boswell, Bartow High's fishing team's
first Lady Jacket, finished third in her first
tournament on the team.
on Lake Reedy on Sept. 22.
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and contact Derek Boswell, tourna-
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team membership and tournament
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was something she wanted to do.
"I heard about the program in ninth
grade," she says, "and thought about it for a
while. Then, I talked with my friends who
had done it and they told me how much
fun it was, and I decided I wanted to do it."
But it took a while and some hard work
to earn a spot on the trip. Ashley had to
write an essay on why she wanted to go
and what she hoped to learn and then be
selected by trip organizer, chaperone and
BHS teacher Jinmmy Giles. She also had
to have perfect attendance and maintain
at least a 2.5 grade point average to be
considered. She has filled both squares, so
no problem there. Her grades and deport-
ment also will be continuously monitored
by her teachers.
The exchange student trips are arranged
every two years, according to Giles.
"Jennie Scully (also a teacher at BHS)
and I took over the trips when Cathy Lewis
retired," he explained.
"The biggest obstacle was getting the
money to go," Ashleigh said. "I knew if I
wanted to do this, I would have to earn my
way. I knew it was a lot of money and I'd
have to work hard to raise it."
Her fund-raising started off with a bang
when she outdid any other BHS students
by selling more than 100 tickets to the
Lee Palmer, 68,
of Lake Wales,
passed away a .
Aug. 24, 2012, .
after a long fight
Lee was born bd .b
Feb. 22, 1944,
Mich., and spent .
in Ocala. In Lee Palmer
1979 she was a
member of the first graduating class
of the University of Florida's College
of Medicine as a physician assistant.
Upon her graduating she moved to
In 1984 she opened Hyperbaric
Oxygen Therapy Services of Bartow to
- help the multiple sclerosis community
fight the disease. In 2002,the business
She was a member of the Associate
Reformed Presbyterian Church of
Bartow and carried her faith till the
end. She was a former board member
of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce;
past president, Undersea Hyperbaric
annual exchange student program's June
She knew babysitting wouldn't raise
enough cash for the trip, so she decided to
make coasters and sell them to make up
To date, she's only about $600 shy of her
goal. Her mom has helped pony up some
advance cash to pay for materials.
'Ashleigh's fund-raising efforts are
fantastic," Giles said. "I've never seen a
student get this creative or this active in
fund-raising so early in the process. Other
students have been successful, but gener-
ally they have not been quite as aggressive
or serious about it as Ashleigh has been."
Meanwhile, she's already making friends
with her German counterpart, named
Paula. She said she has been getting to
know Paula via Facebook.
She chose Paula as her exchange partner
because they shared interests in gymnas-
tics, cheerleading and babysitting, she said.
"I think we're a good match and we've
been chatting on Facebook."
Paula speaks English where Ashleigh has
yet to learn German. She said Giles would
be providing access to German language
programs on the Internet so she could
master some phraseology before her trip
And, she'll have Paula, who will be
spending about three weeks with the
Strouse-Goff family well before Ashleigh
heads to Europe.
"I'm hoping she'll teach me some or help
Medical Society; past president,
Bartow Crickette Club; director of
Hyperbaric Medicine for Bartow
Memorial Hospital; member of L.B.
Brown Restoration Committee; speaker
and writer for National MS Society;
member, planning committee for Polk
County Transportation Board; member,
Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club;
Tuesday Meal Ministry volunteer; and
member of Habitat Partner's Council,
Lake Wales Historic Preservation Board,
and Babson Park Community Church
Mrs. Palmer is survived by her loving
children: daughter Jillian Palmer, son
Josh Palmer and wife Jessica, and two
grandchildren, Kaleigh and Hudson
Lee, all of Bartow; and longtime friend,
Memorial service: Thursday, Aug. 30,
at 3 p.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral
Memorials may be made to National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid Florida
Chapter, 2701 Maitland Center
Parkway, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.whiddenmcleanfuneral
me with what I learn before she gets here,"
Ashleigh said. "I just know we're going to
have so much fun. I can't wait to meet her
Ashleigh will be not only hosting Paula in
her home, but will be her guide and guru
while she attends BHS.
"I'm going to help her learn about us and
about Bartow High. I'm looking forward to
"She'll then do the same for me when I
go to Bochum." Ashleigh added that she's
excited about the opportunity she has in
front of her.
"It's not every day somebody my age (16)
gets to go to another country and learn
how they live and about their history," she
She adds she's looking forward to touring
the countryside, seeing castles, buildings
and visiting museums. But, she'll have
to find time to do that after she attends
school classes with Paula and keeps up
with her BHS schoolwork
Ashleigh won't have an easy time of it
since her curriculum at BHS is full of hon-
ors classes and medical academy courses.
"One thing I really want to do while I'm
over there is see how the medical field
operates over there," said Ashleigh, who
hopes to be a pediatric nurse.
"This is an experience of a lifetime,"
Giles said. "Many of these students have
never even left Florida and now they get
to travel to Europe, live with a German
family and experience a completely differ-
In addition to raising the last $600 she
needs, Ashleigh has yet to get her passport.
"That's next on my list," she said.
Once that's done and the money's in the
bank, it'll be "aufWiedersehen, Ashleigh."
Anyone interested in purchasing
Ashleigh's coasters, at $6 for a set of four,
may contact her at ashleighstrouse6@
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m.
(EST) on Thursday, September 6, 2012 in
located at 2250 S. Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL
33830. The purpose of this meeting is
discuss and receive input for obtaining the
Assistance Program (FRDAP) Grant for the
sole purpose of installing playground
equipment at Bartow Park 555.
FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP
The City of Fort Meade is a fair housing advocate. The City is
holding a workshop to explain the Fair Housing Ordinance for all
of the protected classes (race, color, familial status, handicap, na-
tional origin, religion and sex). The public is invited to attend.
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at
6:15 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible at the City Hall located
at 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida. Any handicapped, visu-
ally or hearing impaired person or non-English speaking person
needing special assistance at the meeting should contact the City
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Sand Want to see your event on this page? Just go to www.polkcountydemocrat.com
i and click on Community Calendar. Questions? Call us at 863-533-4183.
U EVENTS 20 Surefire Rules for Successful Monday, Sept. 3 millage rates, 5 p.m. School Board
Management," 1-4 p.m. Frisbie is Bartow City Commission, work Auditorium, Polk County Public Schools
Wednesday, Aug. 29 retired publisher of The Polk County session 5:30 p.m., regular meeting District Office, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
GED class, 6 p.m. Bartow Public Democrat, The Fort Meade Leader, 6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave. 863-
Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow, The Lake Wales News, and Polk 534-0100. www.cityofbartow.net. Volunteer Training for Cornerstone
863-534-0131. County Times. Books are $14.95 plus Hospice, 5-9 p.m. Cornerstone Hospice
tax. Magnify Credit Union, 1790 North Tuesday, Sept. 4 operations center, 2590 Havendale
Thursday, Aug. 30 Broadway, Miss Bartow Softball tryouts, Blvd., Winter Haven. To pre-register call
Miss Bartow Softball tryouts, 6-8 p.m. Can sign up anytime, $35 fee 863-291-5567 or 352-742-6806 or
6-8 p.m. Can sign up anytime, $35 fee High School Football, Bartow High for ages 5-14 for five different leagues. 888-728-6234.
for ages 5-14 for five different leagues. vs. Mulberry, $6. 7 p.m. Bartow High Games are one day a week, practice
Games are one day a week, practice School, 1270 S. Broadway, Bartow. once a week. 555 Softball Complex, Wednesday, Sept. 5
once a week. 555 Softball Complex, 863-528-2422. Tech Interns from IB, 3-5 p.m. Sign up
863-52i .'-4.'.2. Night in Black Ball, 7 p.m. Fundraiser required. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S.
by St. James A.M.E. Church Sons of Polk County Commission, 9 a.m. Broadway, Bartow, 863-534-0131.
Soda Science, 4:30 p.m.. Beginning Allen Men's Ministry to raise money for Combee Administration, 330 W. Church
series at ithe library that's all about mentoring ministry. $25 per person. St., Bartow, 863- 534-6000. Thursday, Sept. 6
making science fun. Making carbonated Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., www.polk-county.net. Teen Movie, "LOL," 3 p.m. Free
rockets and eniijom a cold soda. For ages Bartow. 863-559-3720, 863-934-3550, admission and popcorn, Bartow Public
9-12. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. 407-865-3922 Polk School Board, work session Library, 2150 S. Broadway, Bartow,
Btolim al. Bmi io. 863-534-0131. 12:30 p.m., meeting 5 p.m. School 863-534-0131.
Disney on Ice "Rockin' Ever After," District Office, 1915 S. Floral Ave.,
Friday, Aug. 31 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets $15-$38, The Bartow. 863-534-0521. Public hearing on the Polk County
Book signing event with S. L. Lakeland Center 701 W. Lime St., budget, 6 p.m. Combee Administration
Frisbie, IV, author of "Frisbie's Laws: Lakeland. 863-834-8100 Public Hearing on final budget and Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow.
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St. James hosts
'Night in Black Ball'
Tickets are on sale for the inaugural
"Night in Black Ball, hosted by the St.
James A.M.E. Church Sons of Allen
The fundraiser will take place at
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Bartow
Civic Center, Pastor Shirley
Williams-Hayes said. The ball
will raise money to establish a
mentoring ministry for at-risk youth
Bishop A.J. Richardson, Jr.,
newly-appointed head of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church's 11th
Episcopal District, will be introduced
at the event, and recognized by
Bartow Mayor Leo Longworth.
Based in Jacksonville, the district
includes 11 conferences: Florida,
Central, South, West Coast, East and
Tickets are $25 a person and
include dinner, awards, live music,
dancing and door prizes.
For tickets and information call
James Monroe, 863-559-3720; Earlie
Sanders, 863-934-3550; or Leon
A community Bible study for all
churches and all leaders is planned for
Saturday, Sept. 1, at 5th Avenue Church
of Christ in Bartow.
The study runs from 10 a.m.-noon
with an hour set aside for questions,
Frederick John Murphy Jr. of Bartow.
has earned Florida Bar board certi-
fication, a designation that places
him among the only group of Florida
lawyers who may use the terms "spe-
cialist," "expert" or "B.C.S." for Board
Certified Specialist when referring to
their legal credentials.
Board certification evaluates at-
torneys' special knowledge, skills and
proficiency in various areas of law and
professionalism and ethics in practice.
About 4,600 of Florida's 93,000 law-
yers have earned board certification.
Florida offers 24 specialty areas for
board certification, more than any
Murphy is a partner with Boswell &
Dunlap. He has earned board certifica-
tion as an expert in city, county and
local government law.
Board certification is The Florida
Bar's highest evaluation of attorneys'
competence and experience in one or
more of the 24 areas of law approved
for certification by the Supreme Court
Minimum requirements for
A minimum of five years in law
S Substantial involvement in the field
Brother Bernard McKeiver said.
Speakers are Samuel Pounds, Brian
Kenyan, Jackie Stearsman and Larry
For more information, call
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Joy Dykes celebrated her 80th birth-
day with a dinner luau at Sea World with
Born Aug. 22, 1932, in Arcadia, she
graduated from the local high school
and earned two bachelor of science
degrees from Florida Southern College
She was married to Lewis Dykes,
who died in 1985. Mrs. Dykes has two
sons, Jayson Dykes of Bartow and
David Dykes of Gainesville, and four
grandchildren, Noah Dykes of Bartow,
and Caleb, Morgan and Taylor Dykes,
all of Gainesville. Her brother, Thomas
Turner, died several years ago.
Mrs. Dykes retired after working for
the state of Florida for several decades.
She has been
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Summerlin Oaks holds back-to-school bash
By PEGGY KEHOE
Whether or not they were excited about
going back school, kids and their par-
ents and neighbors enjoyed the Back
to School Barbecue Bash at Summerlin
Oaks Apartments Friday afternoon.
The community social from 4-8 p.m.
was held at the picnic pavilion and offered
fun activities, along with food, of course.
Heather Thomas, leasing consultant for
the apartment complex, said more than
100 people attended the event Aug. 24.
Local business and organizations do-
nated items and participated, too. They
included Love Connection Christian
Daycare and Learning Center of Eagle
Lake; Essential Truth Ministries, Auto
Zone, Community Southern Bank and
DJ Demarcus "Money Moc" Evans,
all of Bartow; Classic Carpet Dyers of
Thonotosassa; Office Depot, Bartow
Pawn Shop, Beyond the Millennium, all
of Bartow; Merita Bakery, Eagle Lake;
photographer Robert Englebrecht;
Bartow Fire Department; Quantum
Painting; Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist
Church; cooks Greg Lackey, Nicolas
Lackey and Oscar Martinez; and face
painters Amber Franks, Chrissy Franks,
Cheynie Franks, MacKenzie Taft,
Samantha Bartly and Breanna Heath.
Kids enjoyed sitting in the Bartow
fire engine, trying on a real firefighter's
helmet, and getting their faces painted.
And eating, of course.
PHOTOS BY PEGGY KEHOE
Bartow firefighter Justin Jones is surrounded
by smiling kids from Summerlin Oaks during a
Back to School Barbecue Bash Friday after-
noon. Taking a look inside the fire engine are
(from left) Timani Brown, Shaniya Jackson,
Diamond Sanders and Pashence Alexander.
Arianna Lewin, left, and Calissa Grissette
discovered how heavy a firefighter's helmet is
while checking out a Bartow Fire Department
engine during a Back to School Barbecue Bash
at Summerlin Oaks Apartments Aug. 24.
Oh boy, is that
his blue frozen
as mom Rhonda
Wright holds it for
him. They attended
Oaks Back to
Bash Aug. 24.
Eric Cerci, 4, enjoyed sitting in a Bartow fire
truck, but brother Adam, 2, preferred looking
from the safety of mom Chelsea's arms. They
were attending the Back to School Barbecue
Bash at Summerlin Oaks on Friday.
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Schools recognized as a healthy school district
Polk County Public Schools was one
of 19 districts recognized by the Florida
Coordinator School Health Partnership
as a Florida Healthy School District. Polk
County is a Silver Level Award Winner.
The Florida Healthy School Districts
are districts that have made a high level
commitment to meeting the health
needs of students and staff in order
to remove barriers to learning and
maximize district resources, the school
District infrastructure, practices,
programs and policy are identified and
measured in hopes the information
will help assist districts in achieving the
highest standards. Strengths listed for
Polk County included Health Services,
Healthy School Environment, Health
Promotion for Staff, and Family/
For a list of winners visit
Nearly 50 scored perfect on reading,
During the 20.11-12 school year, 47
third through eighth graders scored
perfect scores on the reading and math
portions of FCAT 2.0.
Of these 47 students, two got perfect
scores on the Algebra I End-of-Course
Assessment. One additional eighth
grader attained perfect scores on the
reading portion of FCAT 2.0 and on the
Algebra I End-of-Course Assessment,
bringing the total number of students
who made perfect scores in both reading
and math to 48.
The Algebra I End-of-Course
Assessment is given to students who
take Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.
Ninth grade students and middle school
students taking Algebra I or Algebra
I Honors are required to successfully
pass the Algebra I EOC exam in order
to be eligible for a standard high school
Fourth graders accounted for the
greatest portion of the nearly 50 students
who scored the high marks, the school
PSC debuts digital media program
For all the high-level thinking that
went into Polk State College's revamped
Digital Media Technology program, the
overhaul is best described using a decid-
edly low-tech example: It's the difference
between teaching students to swing a
hammer and teaching them to build a
"We want to empower our students
to do more than follow instructions;
we want them to conceive, design,
implement, troubleshoot, and refine
their vision using the most appropriate
tools for the job," said Gregory Johnson,
coordinator of the program that debuts
The program's new "house-building"
approach has been in development
since 2009, and has relied on input from
local businesses such as Crispers, PGTV,
Bright House, the Lakeland Economic
Development Council and other key
The central question posed is what do
employers need from the members of
their digital media staff? The answer is
employees who can do it all. Gone are
the days of digital media professionals
surviving on only a skill or two.
This shift to multifaceted proficiency
is also true in the world of video.
"With the Internet making it so easy
for anyone to broadcast live TV shows or
stream video, there's a lot more respon-
sibility. Under the Internet model, one
person has to know how to put a story
together, shoot video, light, edit and do
graphics, and then get it on the Internet
so people can watch it," said Bob Zelin, a
Zelin, owner of Orlando-based
Rescue 1, and Randy Van Patten,
manager of creative services for Bright
House, is overseeing the installation
of a photo, video and sound studio
at Polk State's Lakeland campus to
complement the new Digital Media
"If you're Steven Spielberg's camera-
man, then God bless you that you have
the luxury of doing that one thing. But
the majority of people are working for
smaller companies with smaller budgets
that want you to be able to do it all,"
Polk State's redesigned associate in
science in digital media technology
aligns with these real-world demands,
giving students the edge to compete in
a job market that is only growing more
The program now offers three spe-
cialized tracks that allows students
to tailor their schoolwork for their
intended career paths; tracks include
Web Production, Video Production and
Graphic Design. It offers certificate op-
tions for non-degree students who want
to gain knowledge in any of the three
specialized tracks, allowing profession-
als already working in the field to learn
The school is in the process of in-
stalling a digital media studio on the
Lakeland campus, complete with a
photo studio, video studio and audio
room and it will transform two tradi-
tional classrooms into hubs of creativity
stocked with the most current industry
technology, including Adobe software,
Final Cut X, iPhoto, iMovie and Garage
Band, Macs, and a news anchor desk
with overhead lighting.
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Polk County Parks & Recreation
September to December 2012 Calendar of Events
Events or calendar dates/times are subject to change.
The complete 2012 calendar is available at www.polk-county.net, as well
as addresses and maps for all event locations.
12 & 13
Family Fun Night
Hispanic Heritage Festival
M. N. C. Resource Ctr, Lake Wales 6 pm
Eloise Resource Center, Eloise 12 pm-4 pm
Cracker Storytelling Festival Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland 9 am-3 pm
Ghost Stories (part of C.S.F.) Polk County History Ctr, Bartow 7 pm-9 pm
Halloween Film Festival Medulla Resource Center, Lakeland 6 pm-9 pm
Halloween Spooktacular Wabash Community Center, Lakeland 5 pm-7 pm
Haunted Halloween Hayride Loyce E. Harpe Park, Mulberry 5 pm-10 pm
*Haunted Halloween advance tickets on sale October 1-19 at the Parks & Recreation
office and include a hayride wristband
Trick or Treat Party W. S. Resource Center, Winter Haven 4 pm-6 pm
Trick or Treat Party Eloise Resource Center, Eloise 5 pm-7 pm
Mother/Son Camp Out
Jingle Bell Rock Party
Holiday Tree Lighting Party
Saddle Creek Park, Lakeland
Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland
Wabash Community Ctr, Lakeland
Eloise Resource Center, Eloise
Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland
9 am-4 pm
4 pm-9 am
6 pm-9 pm
6 pm-9 pm
5 pm-8 pm
Upcoming 2013 Calendar of Events
Calendar dates are to be determined.
Family Fun Night Eloise Resource Center, Eloise
Comm. Day & Health Expo W. S. Resource Center, Winter Haven
Valentine's Day Dance
Scales & Tails Pet Festival
Polk County History Ctr, Bartow
W. S. Resource Center, Winter Haven
Loyce E. Harpe Park, Mulberry
Medulla Resource Center, Lakeland
10 am-2 pm
5 pm-9 pm
12 pm-4 pm
12 pm-4 pm
Stay up to date on PCPR happenings!
Email JOIN to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Vendor and Volunteer Opportunities or more information on any events
or programs: (863) 534 6911 or parksandrec.polk-county.net
The Parks & Recreation office is located at 515 East Boulevard Street, Bartow, FL 33830
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Hope HealthCare to stop services in Polk
by hospice provider to end in early September
By JEFF ROSLOW
In about a week Hope HealthCare
Service will no longer offer its services to
Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties and
the staff has been working with its patients
and families the last few weeks for them to
continue their services without stop.
In a release the non-profit organization
is recommending Good Shepherd Hospice
but Carol Conway, the community rela-
tions director, said it is not recommending
"We are agreeable to Good Shepherd
because we know them well and feel it
would be best, but patients have a choice
and we are open and eager to moving
them to other reliable capable services,"
Operating out of Fort Myers, Hope
HealthCare does not have a facility in
any of the three counties it is closing
in. It plans to close services in the three
counties in the first week of September.
It offered programs called Hope Hospice,
Hope Healing Hearts, Hope Kids Care and
Hope Comfort Care. These are services
where attendants go to people's homes
and offer services that way.
While Hope HealthCare has said Good
Shepherd is one it identifies with it is due
mostly to the fact that it is also a non-profit
business. There are other services available
and, in fact, Cornerstone Hospice is letting
families know its services are available as
well for the 150 patients Hope HealthCare
is helping to seek new providers for.
"There are three hospices which serve
the tri-county area: Good Shepherd
Hospice, Compassionate CareHospice,
and Cornerstone Hospice.
"While the announcement stated that
Good Shepherd Hospice was 'prepared
to admit and continue serving Hope
patients,' Cornerstone Hospice believes
that patients facing end-of-lifecare needs
deserve to be well informed about all their
choices for hospice care," Deborah Harley,
Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care
executive director wrote in a recent letter
Mary Manrique, the CEO of
Cornerstone, said that business has every-
thing a hospice patient and family could
want and understands that HopeHospice
is not just sending patients to Good
"We have had patients come to us," she
said. "'And, we're working with the hope to
make the transition smooth."
Cornerstone serves Polk, Lake, Sumter,
Hardee, Highlands, Orange and Osceola
counties. She said there are no homes
in many of the areas, but there are some
patients from north Polk County who use
the facility in Clermont.
"We're working very hard to open a
unit but we don't have any freestanding
units except in Lake and Sumter coun-
ties," she said.
In light of this, the some 80 people
employed in these areas are not necessar-
ily losing their jobs and the staff at Hope
HealthCare is working toward keeping
"Our clinical teams are being inter-
viewed for roles in those counties," she
said. "Not everyone is going to get a job
but there is a high call for these people.
Manrique said Cornerstone has been
interviewing clinical workers that will be
available through the closing and also
encourages volunteers to seek work.
"The volunteers are just precious to a
hospice," she said. "We are always happy
to have them work with us. As we have
needs we are open to them."
Conway likewise believes the volun-
teers are just as valuable as the clinical
"They address many callings," Conway
said. "There can be pet care, the tuck-in
program where we call patients at the
end of the week and see if they had a
good week. Sometimes families are more
attached to the volunteers than t6 the
Cornerstone Hospice will beconducting a
three-day volunteer training towards the required
certification to become a Hospice Volunteer.
The sessions are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. on
Tuesday, Sept. 4; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 8; 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Corner-
stone Hospice operationscenter, 2590 Havendale
Blvd., Winter Haven.
This is a 16-hour certification and interested
participants should plan to attend all three
To pre-register call volunteer specialist Carrie
Hess 863-291-5567 or volunteer manager Lisa Gray
352-742-6806 or call toll-free (888) 728-6234.
So with a hospice closing in the area,
it is being done apparently with the idea
that the service is still covered in the three
counties it is leaving.
"We entered and exit at the right time,"
Conway said. "Patients and parents get
quality care and ethical care in a qual-
ity manner. Our affiliation with Good
Shepherd is collegial, but we're not
railroading any decision."
"My biggest concern is people know
that hospice is still alive and well and it's
still available to them," Manrique said.
"We are ready to receive them with open
Alicea chosen as employee of the month
Candace Alicea, lead scheduler
in registration, has been chosen as
Employee of the Month for July at Lake
Wales Medical Center.
Alicea has been with Lake Wales
Medical Center since April 2011.
In nominating her for the award, a
colleague wrote, "Candy goes above to
assist the patients and physicians' of-
fices to schedule the patients in a timely
fashion, and is always willing to escort
the patients to the area they are looking
for. She always has a smile on her face
and is willing to do whatever is asked of
her. She is passionate about making our
hospital the best facility in customer,
patient and employee satisfaction."
Before and After on Thursday
If you're tired of varicose veins or are
suffering from acid reflux, Lake Wales
Medical Center's Healthy Woman could
be what you need.
A special program that is designed to
introduce you to treatments you may
not be aware of that could improve your
"Before arid After: Wellness
Transformations" is scheduled at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30 in the Lake Wales
Medical Center cafeteria.
Presenters include neurologist Dr.
Candace Alicea was named employee of the
Hasan Mousli, vascular and thoracic
surgeon Dr. Snehal Patel, opthalmolo-
gist Dr. Roy Braunstein, and gastroen-
terologist Dr. E. Moshe Izsak.
Refreshments will be served and
door prizes will be awarded for this free
To register, call 863-678-2288, or visit
click on Healthy Woman.
LRMC Cancer Center hosts golf event
On Saturday, Sept. 15, Lakeland
Regional Cancer Center is hosting "Tee
it Up for Men's Health" a golf and
health fair event where people can
also learn from the center's world-class
physicians about a variety of topics.
The topics include prostate health,
exercise, sexual health, colon care and
Then, there's 18 holes of golf.
This free event will take place at
Cleveland Heights Golf Course at 2900
Buckingham Ave., Lakeland.
Registration is 7:15-7:45 a.m. and.
breakfast and health fair is 7:15-8:45 a.m.
The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.
To register for the health fair and
round of golf, call (863) 687-1400.
Participants must register by Sept. 11,
and space is limited.
Topics at the health fair include:
bladder health with Graham
Greene, MD; prostate health with
Mark Bandyk, MD; kidney health
with Frances Martin, MD; Erectile
Dysfunction with G. Byron Hodge,
Jr., MD; a blood pressure check with
David Croteau, MD; and colorectal
health with Helen Chan, MD.
Attendees may also participate in a
skin cancer screening with Manuel
Molina, MD, and schedule a prostate
screening for a later date. For more
information about Lakeland Regional
Cancer Center's physician experts, go
Baby care classes
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants offers a.Baby Care Workshop
class on basic baby care for expectant,
adoptive, or brand new parents.
The class covers issues like getting
to know your baby, bathing, feeding,
crying, and safety. Grandparents and
family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required for
the classes on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from
Call 863-294-7020 for information.
The Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers a Breastfeeding Out and
It is for breastfeeding moms and will
focus on breast pumps, milk storage
information, discreet nursing in public,
back to work issues and breastfeeding
and the law.
The class is Saturday, Oct. 27 from
Call 863-294-7020 to register.
Winter Haven Hospital
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Blood pressure drop upsets balance
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like to
know more about orthostatic hypotension.
I am a 67-year-old man and have problems
with my balance, especially on standing.
My cardiologist tested my blood pressure
while sitting and then while standing. As a
result, he took me off two medicines.
There have been no substantial changes
in my balance since the change in medi-
cines. The systolic pressure drops as many
as 20 points when I stand, and the diastolic
goes up a bit. -T.W
ANSWER: Orthostatic hypotension is a
drop in blood pressure when one stands
up from the sitting or lying position. It's
a common malady of older people. At
younger ages, when we change positions,
reflexes kick in to maintain blood pres-
sure. When those reflexes no longer work,
a change of position causes pooling of
blood in the legs. Blood pressure drops.
The brain doesn't get its supply of blood.
The person feels unbalanced and on the
verge of passing out. A 20-point drop in
systolic blood pressure the first number
of a blood pressure reading- meets the
criterion for orthostatic hypotension. If
the second number, the diastolic pres-
sure, drops 10 points, that, too, indicates
orthostatic hypotension. Both numbers do
not have to fall; one or the other is enough.
Go over your medicines with the doctor
again to see if any of them is contributing
If your balance is poor on rising out of
bed, sleep with 4-inch blocks under the
posts at the head of the bed. That position
will help you maintain your blood pressure.
If the blood pressure drop occurs after
rising from a chair,, drinking two 8-ounce
glasses of cool water somewhat quickly
prevents the drop. The effect lasts for two
hours. You can go shopping during that
time period without fear of losing bal-
ance. Contracting the leg muscles before,
during and after you rise from a chair also
keeps blood pressure up. Compression
stockings work, too.
Should none of the above work,
speak to your doctor about medicines.
Pyridostigmine often is prescribed for this
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 58-year-
old woman. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall and
weigh 105 pounds. I exercise regularly and
eat a very healthy diet. My total cholesterol
is 287 mg/dL (7.4 mmol/L). My HDL is 99
(2.6); my LDL is 177 (4.6), and my ratio of
total cholesterol to HDL is 2.9. Would you
recommend medication? PE.
ANSWER: If you hadn't said that your diet
is healthy and that you exercise regularly, I
would have said try both before resorting to
Your total cholesterol is too high (it
should be less than 200 5.18), and your
LDL cholesterol is also too high. It's the
cholesterol that clings to artery walls and
obstructs blood flow. It should be 70 (1.8)
for those who have had a heart attack,
and values between 100 to 129 (2.6 to 3.3)
represent a near-optimal value.
The high value of HDL cholesterol isn't
viewed as big a protection as it once was
thought to be. Nor is the ratio of total
cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. I would put
you on cholesterol-lowering medicines.
The cholesterol booklet explains this
overworked and overemphasized sub-
stance in detail. To order a copy, write:
Dr. Donohue No. 201, Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check
or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./
$6 Can. with the recipient's printed name
and address. Allow four weeks for delivery.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please tell me
what you can take for cholesterol instead of
the drug Lipitor. JA
ANSWER: Lipitor is one of seven station
drugs. You could try one of the other six. It
might not affect you in the same way.
Welchol, Colestid and Questran are
from an entirely different family of
cholesterol-lowering drugs. You ought to
be able to tolerate one of them.
Another group of medicines, not related
to station drugs, includes Trilipix and Tricor.
Dr Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column whenever
possible. Readers may write him or request
an order form of available health newsletters
at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
Readers may also order health newsletters
Running backward may solve knee problems
Running is great for the heart but not
so much for the knees, where worn out
cartilage can cause all sorts of aggrava-
tion and problems. Enter a group of
researchers from England who says
they've found clues to new remedies by
simply not running in a forward motion.
Writing in the Journal of
Biomechanics, they report that running
backwards reverses the compressive
forces that occur in the traditional
way. "Many people, including run-
ners, experience problems with their
knees," said study author.Nick Barton,
a physiotherapist in Cardiff and Vale
University Health Board. "We showed
that compressive forces behind the
kneecap were reduced in the majority of
cases (of backwards running) and this
was independent of running speed.
"It is therefore possible that run-
ning backwards, as part of a specific
rehabilitation program prescribed by a
physiotherapist, may help in returning
patients back to a good level of activity."
Of course, the researchers concede
that running backwards probably
isn't all that healthy in other ways. For
one thing, it's a lot harder to see the
obstacles you're bound to smash into.
But they suggest the new research more
precisely details the joint mechanics
involved in running and could help
others develop more practical therapies
for knee-sore patients.
Body of knowledge
After swallowing, it takes the food
roughly 7 seconds to get from your
mouth to your stomach.
A serving of carnitas from Chipotle
(112 grams or 4 ounces) contains
227 calories, 108 from fat. It has
12 grams of total fat or 18 percent of
the recommended total fat intake for a
2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 66 milligrams of
cholesterol (22 percent); 873 mg of sodium
(36 percent) and 29 grams of protein.
Estimated number of children in the
United States with asthma: 6 million.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Stories for the waiting room
Women who have high mammographic
breast density, considered a marker
for increased risk of developing breast
cancer, do not appear to have an in-
creased risk of death among breast cancer
patients, according to a new study in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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Phobia of the Week
Cathisophobia fear of sitting.
Never say diet
The Major League Eating speed-
eating record for cooked cow brains is
57 (17.1 pounds) in 15 minutes, held by
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