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Volume 83 Number 76 USPS NO 437-320 Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830 Copyight 2013 Sun Coast Meda Group, Inc

Blight called Agn' egarn
_Adolphus Carter from the J,.
B li h t a ll d -Bartow Parks and Recreation
Department cleans the over- pa
hang on the stage at Mosaic
Park getting it ready for Thurs
day's Fourth of July Festival. 0 r
m major problem For more on the festivities
a in Bartow and around Polk kCommissioners CRA concerned CoTyJseeP. J th
with east side of town
SSTEINER@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM Bartow a'bedroom community'? Page 6
Blight particularly that of single-family Redevelopment Agency and city commishouses is one of the problems plaguing sioners. It was no small matter the east end of Bartow. Determining what "Blight to me is one of the major issues measures may be needed to address the facing Bartow," said Commissioner situation was one of the topics covered Adrian "A.J." Jackson in one of the first at the June 26 joint strategic planning
work session between the Community PROBLEM 1 6

Medals 68

years later

Man to get his Bronze Star
earned from WWII

Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Homer
Allem enlisted in the Army in April City moves to take over cemetery
1940 when he was 18 years old. He was
discharged in July of 1945. By STEVE STEINER found the disrepair bothersome
Sixty-eight years later, at 91, Allem is SSTEINER@HEARTLANDNEWSWPAPERS.COM because the cemetery has become an
receiving the medals he earned for his eyesore, made more troubling.because
service irrWorld War II. PHOTO BY ALIDA SCHAT The City of Bartow has a problem of its location. The cemetery is at the
Upon returning home from the war, Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Homer Allem shows with Evergreen Cemetery. It has fallen intersection of State Road 60 and East Allem was unaware that he had even off his medal. into a serious state of disrepair. Other Main Street.
earned these medals. It was not until than the minimal amount of mainte- "It's a gateway and it looks bad and
March that he found out. When his "When we got up there they said 'Oh nance performed by the city, which it deserves more attention than it's
wife, Ruth, recently passed away, Allem you're a Valor' and I said, 'What are you basically consists of mowing the grass, received," Longworth said at one point was required to show his discharge talking about?' and she said, 'Well you little else, if anything, is being done. during the PowerPoint presentation at form to have her remains interred in a Commissioner Leo Longworth,
military cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. MEDALS 7 as well as the other commissioners, CEMETERY 1 7

BHS valedictorian shows what can be accomplished
By ALIDA SCHAT The 18-year-old who graduated with continued to raise her three children on
ASCHAT@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM a weighted 4.5 grade-point average said income as a food server while the family he decided to tell his story at graduation moved from home to home. By fifth grade, Terry Lee Washburn, 2013 valedictorian simply because he "had to figure out Washburn had been enrolled in five differof Bartow High School, hates public speak- something to say." ent schools, and by high school his family
ing. Ironically, his first public speech at "I really didn't want to give a speech. I had been evicted from their home twice. graduation attracted so much attention that do not like talking in front of large crowds," "You go without a lot," saidWashbumr's his story has since appeared on multiple said Washburn. mother, Roberta Simmons. "We're happy
news outlets, including a radio show. His storyis one that he hopes will inspire with yard sales and Goodwill," added others to never give up. Simmons.
Tergraduation on Jun te .Bartow High School Washburn's father left the family when ThoughWashburn's story is unique, the graduation on June 2. Washburn was young,. His father was in
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW prison for 10 years.Washburn's mother SHOWS 6

SManagers Lightning downs Polk State's
Sought to teach one of the last My Brother's
____high school Washington Keeper
-students about Palrns at celebratesthe business Wonder House first
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Star Spangled Tribute to America

Bartow'~s 33rd Fourth of July event to ligh upte1ih


With bad weather predicted for the TO AMERICA Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration. Along the Frances Langford Promenade on Wednesday,'
afternoon hours for most of the week, 2:30 p.m. Adult Concert Band, free. Bartow Civic July 3 from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 9. Live concert with Sam Bullock and the Soul Alliance. Donations Bartow's Mr. Fourth of July said there Center, 2250 Floral Ave. taken for VISTE, a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Fort.
will be an all-day party with fireworks 4 p.m. "To the Colors, American Legion Post 3; Meade. Fireworks display at 9 p.m. Lake Mirror, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland. Thursday. Pledge of Alegiance; Invocation; National Anthem Thunde r on the Ridge, the annual July 4th celebration sponsored by Haines City begins at noon Thursday
"We'e gingto hve bi Fouth nd y Pa Reew;OffiialWelomeat Lake Eva Park on Ledwith Avenue in Haines City. It features entertainment, arts'& craft 's vendors, food we're goin to have Fa biRourth sad by3 pm. Ren; OficalseWelcomnrse l concessions, and children's activities. It has recording artist Joe Nichols who will take the stage at 8 p.m., Mondy. :45~m."Escalade, Christopher Manning, variety; and wraps up a fireworks display. VIP seating tickets are available at $15 per seat. Call 863-421-3700.
ordy the5 33dyapato'orhmusi Lake Wales Bike Parade, check in at 9 a.m., decorate bikes 9:30- .10:30 a.m., parade at I1I a.m.
oruyfetl the yerBoes inFolkt 5mTmus izc amnc Lake Wailes 4th of July Celebration, starts at 2 p.m. IParties by Robert and various vendors. Activities for
of Jly estval- te olestin olk5 pm. Tm Mzel, hrmoicathe children. Lots of food for sale or bring your own picnic and hang out by the lake. Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. County will have bands all day long, 5:15 p.m. Vintage Hearts, country, gospel, pop Eagle Ridge Mall 4th of July Celebration, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Features live music, live performances, face Vaers Wall and fods bgaloe. yth 6:45 p.m. Thriterbi', RoeBndr, failolugrs painters, balloon artists, temp tattoo artists, magic acts, juggling "fire" acts. Visit
"In the past we've had a few deluges 7 p~m. The Reflections, gospel Fort Meade Red White and Blue Festivities, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Peace River Park, 2200 County road 640
and we've held back for 30 minutes and 8 p.m. Moment of Reflection for the Fallen (Home la nd-Ga rfiel d Road). 8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Classic Pizza, 9 a.m. FirecrackerBaby had to shorten some presentations," TapBes r.ica Laene tontest for children through 5 years old, 9:30 a.m. Patriotic Dog Contest, 10 a.m.-noon Fort Meade Women's
Rbs si."Btw'v lwy ote, 8:15 p.m. Tom Mizell, harmonica Club Live Auction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., City of Fort Meade Leisure Services sponsored bounce houses, water slides
everything in and we've always gone 8:30 p.m. 7th Surrender, Christian rock and games for kids.
through the schedule of events." 9:3 pm Fireworks ExrvgnaParade in Frostproof. Start near the football stadium and move down Scenic Highwayto B Street. Other
This year, called A Star Spangled Exrvgnaactivities include a softball tournament at Henderson Field, a flag raising at 9 a.m. at the park near Lake
Tribute to America, officially goes from Reedy on Veterans Way, a cornhole tournament, barbecue cook~off, live music and family fun and games
4-9:30 p.m. when the fireworks. show Stripes Forever." and vendors at the historic Depot on Wall Street. Call 853-934-3979 for information.
starts, but it actually starts with the Special numbers that feature Adult Concert Band Concert in the. American music will be "Bugler's letter, you can expect a few PS mes- celebrating the country's 237 birthday.
Bartow Civic Center at 2:30p.m. Holiday," a trumpet trio played by sages which are said to be what the And following that Rouse will read off
The threat of afternoon showers less- Wynn Bonner, Albert McCullough, and eventual second president sent to his the names of each of the 50 states by
ens some on Thursday after it rained Brent Booher. wife in the letter, but he probably didn't the order in which they entered the
most of the day Monday forecasts for Other pieces of American music will really write it down as it's a bit different Union. And following each name, the
Tuesday and Wednesday called for high be "Yankee Doodle," "Star. Spangled every year. National Guard will shoot a cannon
percent chances of rain. Rain predic- Spectacular," "Baffle Hymn of the "Every year I find more and more blast.
tions for Thursday and Friday during Republic," and "In The Good Old PSes," Rouse said. This year there may "We not only celebrating the U.S.
the early afternoon hours is much less, Sumnmertime." be one about a bet between Adams and as a whole but you can see the smoke
according to the National Weather Then at 4 p.m. the party begins in the Ben Franklin. and fire coming out (of the cannons),,"
Service, park as the American Legion Post 3 does Following thiat is what the crowd Rouse said. "When it's all put together
One year the rain was a little too "To the Colors" followed by the National came for, the booming and the lights it's pretty impressive." consistent as it lasted about two hours Anthem by Pam Renew and Rouse will, and much of the activity was moved welcome the people to the party.
from Mosaic Park into the Bartow Civic There will be a new item this year Center. Everything happened and in the festivities. The National Guard Rouse said the civic center was packed which traditionally sets up a few can- 4
full. nons and randomly shoots off blasts by+ aanhor
"I am aggravated with the Congress the Veteran's Wall will b~e housed inside
of 1776," Rouse joked. "They picked some MIA and POW flags. There will. Day Sevc nIsi vial
July 4 for Independence Day and they also be a handful of flags around the *DySrieadRs~ vial
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coming in after 6 p.m. He said Floral America. *Itis an elegant yet intimte cmunityIIIwlhme
Avenue is bound to be car-to-car. After that Rouse will read a letter seoice use fosoalze luncr orc areoftheabvent.
The event kicks off with a 2:30 p.m. John Adams sent to his wife Abigail You are always welcome!
concert by the Bartow Adult Concert on what on what a Fourth of July
Band to do its annual Fourth of July party should be like. He based it on 290 Idlewood Avenue
show. what he saw of the first celebration
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Polk ,need s a professional' LPD

If the Lakeland Police Dept. were a college fraternity __*record calling for an outside investigation. To our way of
we suspect it would have been kicked off campus by now, Our~ Viewpo in thinking, that's a no-brainer.
and its charter revoked by its national office. AtWhen e called misconduct reaches to the rank of
Results of investigations revealed in the past week captain, ad involves 10 present officers and 10 former
make the LPD police station sound like a scene from lift her blouse and shake her bra as part of a supposed officers, not to mention those employees who failed to Animal House, not a law enforcement headquarters. search for narcotics. report their misconduct, an internal investigation by
Granted, this is Lakeland's problem, but every motorist Three of five ranking officers (sergeant, lieutenant, members of the department is bound to raise questions who drives through the largest city in Polk County has and captain) are on paid leave and two are assigned to about its validity reason to look at every passing patrol car and wonder, ",modified duty Their salaries, which range from nearly While misconduct by 20 present and former officers is 'Are you one of them?" We are not naive; we know that $70,000 to more than $101,000, apparently go on as if indicative of a seriously flawed department, most of the reacts of sexual indiscretion occur in police departments, they were performing their duties. maining officers in a force of 250 presumably are compeas they do in other ve nues, .In addition to the sexual misconduct alleged by Hills tent and conscientious. They deserve to have the integrity
But that is no excuse for the extended pattern of investigation, the state attorney's office found "serious of the department re-established as soon as possible. misconduct reported by State Atty Jerry Hill, acts which shortcomings of your (LPD) department in the areas We have long held that any city large enough to afford involve at least 10 present officers, half of whom hold of traffic stops, search and seizure, thoroughness of to have its own police department should do so, rather ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, or captain. Hill's inves- investigations, preparedness for trial and complying than contracting with the sheriff for law enforcement tigation revealed similar allegations against 10 former with the Florida Public Records Law," Hill wrote in a in fact, when a proposal to contract with the sheriff officers, up to the rank of assistant chief. letter to Lakeland's police chief. for city law enforcement was considered in Bartow, close
This represents a pattern of misconduct, not an oc- He also said his prosecutors will no longer present examidnation revealed that the city would end up paying casional indiscretion. testimony from three sergeants. more to contract for the service than it was spending to
Hill's investigation revealed allegations of sexual While the city manager and police chief both ex- operate its own department. misconduct ranging from consensual activity and sexual pressed outrage over the revelations, HI said the city But in the case of the LPD, we see merit in the Lakeland harassment to sexual battery. And it shows that in addi- -manager seems committed to the concept that "we are city comm-ission asking Sheriff Grady Judd to send in tion to the participants, other officers had knowledge of going to defend what weve got." enough professional leadership to run the department, to
the conduct and did nothing. Hill urged the city to go beyond "just circling the clean house of officers who are unworthy of public trust,
One officer with a little less than five years with wagons." and to create a department in which Lakeland can take
the department reportedly had a disciplinary ifie of These are strong words coming from the chief pride and all Polk Countians can have confidence. 585 pages. Another garnered attention from Channel 8 prosecutor in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Taxpayers and other law-abiding citizens deserve
in Tampa for allegedly requiring a young woman to Two Lakeland city commissioners quickly went on nothing less.

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In striking down a central provision of
the Voting Bights Act, the U.S. Supreme
Court hammered a stake into the heartBilNso
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highly partisan Congress to fix the law. wwKilesnpeaegvcotc/'~ ,
And if I had my way, we'd already be work- em-lPf IJ
ingrsit passed the Voting Rights Act of
1965 to protect our right to vote.
It required states with a history of voter Leading up to our 2012 elections,
suppression to get federal approval before 15 states passed restrictive voting laws
changing voting laws. And for nearly five and executive actions, according to the
decades, the states had to show why a Brennian Center for Justice. And these were long and people waited for hours' The right to vote has not always been' change was necessary and demonstrate states accounted for 203 electoral votes, or to cast their vote in some places. Faced given to all Americans. Black men didn't how that change wouldn't harm voters. 75 percent of the total needed to win the with calls for extending hours, Republican have the right to vote until after 'the Civil
But the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote presidency. Gov. Rick Scott failed to do what two GOP War. Women didn't win the right until the
- gutted the law, saying a part of it One of them was my own state of predecessors did: extend voting hours in 1920s. And minorities such as Latinos was outdated. Our land's highest court Florida, where the Legislature passed and some of the most swamped polling places -didn't get voter protections until the rendered the law void until Congress the governor signed a law that caused the to give folks enough time to vote. mid-1970s. comes up with new criteria for determin- League of Women Voters, after 73 years, to Not only does the High Court's decision It's this history of expanding fundamening which states and localities have to get drop its voter registration drives. The law remove much needed voter protections, tal rights the Supreme Court's decision advance approval, also cut Floridas early voting days from it prevents the federal government from ignores. And I am deeply disappointed by
Specifically, the Court's-majority said 14 to eight. trying to block discriminatory state laws the decision.
we've changed a lot since the 1960s, It was the Voting Rights Act that did before they go into effect. States and local But, I remain committed now more that we no longer have blatant voter allow the federal government to go before jurisdictions are now free to do as they than ever to working with a deeply suppression, like, poll taxes and literacy a panel of Washington, D.C., judges who please. divided Senate to move toward a common
tests tactics once used to disenfranchise found that Florida's reduction of early In fact, moments after the decision vision of protecting and preserving the an untold number of voters across the voting "would make it materially more Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said democratic ideal of one person, one vote. country. difficult for some minority voters to cast a his state will begin "immediately" honor- Bill Nelson represents Florida in the
Unfortunately, voter suppression is alive ballot." Florida had to restore 96 hours of ing local legislation that a federal court has U.S. Senate. Readers may reach him at
and well. Though it may not be as blatant, early voting, said imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens"
it happens.' But Election Day still saw a fiasco. lines on many Texans wanting to cast a ballot. cftn.

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The Inurn h orper

What do you like the most about the Fourth of July?

Chase Rose .PJ. Sloan Sam Sloan Jacob Browder

Watching the fireworks and I usually go I like to celebrate my country's birthday I like to watch the fireworks and have a You can watch all the fireworks. out with my friends and we get to eat. and going to the parties. good time with my family and play outside
with my friends.

Celebrate: But do it legally

On July 4, we will celebrate our all residents. There is good reason body (city or county).
country's independence. It has be- Chief H we do this: it is illegal in Florida The law can be a little confusing
come customary to celebrate this day ieJoe Hall for a person, firm or corporation at times. Law enforcement utilizes
with various types of fireworks, out- to discharge fireworks or even sell the theory "if it shoots into the air or
door cookouts, and family gatherings. fireworks that explode. The excep- explodes" you can count on it being
This year, I encourage you to celebrate tion to the fireworks rule is sparklers, illegal and is in fact a criminal act.
responsibly and knowthe law. but they can be just as dangerous, if Leave the fireworks displays to the
Most cities,, and maybe even some you do not follow some simple safety professionals that have the proper
counties, will put on celebrations rules. permits.
complete with fireworks displays. Florida Statute 791 declares it If you have any questions about this
Bartow is no different, as we too will illegal to discharge or sell any topic or any other topic we may be
have our annual celebration at IMC The city has granted permits to fireworks in the State of Florida able to help you with, please do not Park. legally display these fireworks for without a permit from a governing hesitate to contact us at 863-534-5034.

Guffey named to Dean's List at Georgia Southern
Bartow's Drew Guffeywas named to the Algebra retake scheduled Schools win PR awards
Dean'S eLiSteat Georgia Souther University Our Schools Bartow High School has set the The Polk County Schools won three
To be eligible a student must have at
least a 3.5 grade point average and carry Algebra 1 EOC retake on Thursday, awards from the Sunshine State School
a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. July 25, in the BHS Media Center at Public Relations Association on June 19.
He was one of 2,444 students named at 8 am. Students who need to take the The awards were for the 2012
that school. Algebra 1 EOC must contact BHS at Hall of Fame and Honor Graduates
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie 863-534-7400 to reserve a computer Banquet, Balancing the Impact of FCAT
Doctoral/Research University was found- Christine can be conaced at seat. 2.0 Scoring Changes and The Core
ed in 1906 and offers 125degree programs crslaw@plkcuntydemacratcom" Reservations must be no later than Electronic Magazine. Of those who
serving more than 20,500 students. July 15. accepted the award were Teresa Griffin,
independent, technological university in BHS will also offer an Algebra Tia Rigsby, Leah Lauderdale and Julie Student graduates from the Southeast. The university is desig- 1 Tutoring for our students on Togba.
Florida Institute of Technology nated a Tier One Best National University Wednesday, July 17, Thursday, July 18, The annual award is given to a select, in U.S. News &World Report and is Monday, July 22, Tuesday, July 23 and group of districts from around the state, Mauricio Miranda of Bartow earned a recognized by Bloomberg Businesweek as Wednesday, July 24. Tutoring times are in recognition of work done by public degree in Marketing from Florida Institute the best college for return on investment set at 9 a.m. until noon at Summerlin relations professionals in education of Technology Florida Tech is the only in Florida. Academy. communications.

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Bartow a 'bedroom community?'

By STEVE STEINER On more than one occasion, the idea "If we're going to be different, we've got Jackson asked.
SSTEINER@ HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM was floated that the city should brand itself to do something different," Andy Laurent, While no consensus was called for or
bedroom community. This was due to its co-executive director of the CRA said at reached, becoming a bedroom community One of the ideas bandied about dur- proximity not only to Orlando and Tampa, one point. "The question is, do we want to might be Bartow's destiny.
ing the joint strategic planning session but also because it borders Lakeland. be different? "Bartow is going to be a bedroom
between the Community Redevelopment It was part of the discussion on how City commissioner Adrian '.J." Jackson community," Laurent would later say.
Board and city commissioners on June 26 to separate itself from other Polk County put it another way. "The question is, how can we be the best
was how to position Bartow. communities. "Do we accept who we are?" bedroom community we can be?"
loans that would go toward rehabilitating to Longworth, along with housing stock and say its an attractive city," he said. PROBLEM properties. Also mentioned was partnering More businesses located would add to Commissioners agreed that for the
with certain related agencies and organiza- the value of the community. He pointed most part, Bartow is safe, but there FROM PAGE 1 tons, but on a limited time basis. out the positive impact a recently opened are pockets. One of them is Azalea
"The policy is to wean off some of the Family Dollar Store was having. Gardens (which formerly was Hamilton
opening remarks. partners," said Bohde, who added the idea "I hear from a lot of people, 'I'm glad it's Gardens). Mayor James. E Clements
During the course of conversation, was to make partners self-sufficient. there,"' said Longworth. wanted to know if regulations existed to
Commissioner Leo Longworth asked The overall goals for revitalizing the east 'And it's attractive, too," said keep out "bad influences." Longworth's
about a recent outdoor session on the end included removing blighted build- Commissioner Pat Huff. impression was the current managegrounds opposite the historic L.B. Brown ings while upgrading the existing housing Commissioners commiserated about a ment appeared more tolerant of House, at 470 L B. Brown Ave. That session stock. Related to that was increasing the certain business located at the comer of misbehavior, but he also exonerated most was conducted as a study by the University number of quality homes and residential U.S. 17 and East Main Street. The build- of the residents. of South Florida-Tampa, and the results units, including increasing the quality ing used to house the landmark John's "It's not the people who live there, it's would soon be available. and quantity of middle-income housing. Restaurant It now houses a pawn shop as those who visit," he said.
"The preponderance of the USF study Along with all that was increasing pride well as an insurance business. What once Long stated placing a satellite police
will focus on single-family units," said John and responsibility in CRA neighborhoods, was an icon is now an eyesore was the station was not truly an answer as it would Bohde, a member of the CRA board. as well as encouraging and fostering the consensus of opinion. only deal with the symptom. He said
One of the key differences between growth of retail. Later, City Manager George A. Long that maybe the city needed to take over
addressing the downtown business district City commissioners concerned would state that while there are some ownership. Would that mean bulldozing
and addressing the east end blight issue things taking place in some places that are the apartments? asked Huff.
was that the former required more effort The topic of blight was also discussed objectionable, in some places the same Longworth said that Huff "hit the nail than dollars, while the inverse was true among city commissioners during their practices are not. To address it called for on the head." If the city were to acquire the for the east end, more money is needed to sole session. Consultant Lyle Sumek, of Lyle uniformity, he said. property he would like to see the building
fight blight. SumekAssociates, of Palm Beach, pointed "We have got to get our arms around it," bulldozed and replaced not only with
On that, Commissioner Leo Longworth out the possibility if nothing is done. He said Long. single-family homes, but structured in
asked where was the money to remedy said 15 years down the road, blight could Huff said he had heard from a number a manner that would attract a "different
the situation in the east end. Also asked become a major issue, a reiteration of what of people who said that traveling from Fort economic strata." was what programs are in place or being Jackson had stated during the joint session. Meade that it is not a pleasant sight. Huff Long told commissioners he would considered. Retail development, particularly added he would like all entries into Bartow request Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall
CRA co-executive director Andy Laurent along the U.S. 17 corridor and MLK Jr. improved, to develop statistics regarding Azalea
reeled off several, including zero percent Boulevard was of tantamount importance "I'd like people to travel any point of time Gardens.

house with her then boyfriend. The family outdoor fireplace that one of the homes than I do, and I'm so grateful for what I SH W was eventually evicted though and moved he stayed in had-or the time he got his have and hopefully when I'm older I won't
in to a hotel. first cellphone in 10th grade. be in the same situation so that I can be
FROM PAGE 1 "That was kind of crowded because it "It was a flip phone and I was extremely able to help other people like people have
was four people in one hotel room and happy," saidWashbum. helped me," saidWashbum.
lesson is universal, microwave food for a while. I remember Losing his grandfather continues Washburn also believes that people are
"You shouldn't let any situation you're the -macaroni and cheese, the litte bucket to stand out as the lowest point for more similar than stereotypes portray. put in in life define you. Whatever it takes, things," saidWashburn. Washburn. "I see stereotypes as ignorance beyou have it inside you to get beyond any About a month later, Simmons was able "That was what hit me the hardest to be cause then if you define everybody by a situation. No matter what it is, you can to move her family into another house. honest, because once you lose someone stereotype and not get to know them on achieve it if you can put in the work," said 'And then the sheriff came maybe a month so close everything else seems kind of a personal level, that's just ignorance in Washburn. later, beating on the door and asked us petty in comparison," said Washburn. action," said Washburn. Everyone has
Hard work is a true testament to to leave," said Simmons of the second To this day Washburn calls his family different struggles andWashbum hopes
Washburn's life. He learned to never give eviction, regularly to stay in touch. that his story will speak to anyone that ever
up from his mother, he said. From that point on until Washbur's "He said he took grandpa's spot, be- faces difficulty. ,
"She put her family first no matter what. sophomore year of high school, the family cause he's the one that called everybody" "The reason he did his speech was not to She always made sure we had a place to moved from home to home, cohabitating said Simmons. make people feel sorry for us or to feel bad
stay and everything like that, and she has with family and friends. Ever since third Washburn attributes much of his suc- for us. He wanted to let other people know, an extremely good work ethic, which it grade,,Washbuns grades have been stellar. cess to the support of his mother and kids know that are in his situation or seems most people do not have anymore," His goal in high school was to graduate "I always told him I don't want him to an even worse situation, that no matter saidWashbum. with an un-weighted 4.0. He achieved be like me, and I always pushed him," said what, they can do what they want to do
Washburn was bom in Kissimmee that and more. On being valedictorian, Simmons. It is clear that the two share a and be whoever they want to be," said
but was raised mostly in Lakeland and Washburn said, "it was nice but it was very tight bond. Simmons.
the Polk County area. When his family's never really my goal though, to be that. My Carol Laoudis, owner of Anna's Diner, As Washburn moves on to the next motor home was destroyed by the 2004 goal was just to get into a good college and where Simmons works as a server, agrees chapter of his life, he is approaching it hurricanes, they moved in withWashburn's maintain that 4.0." that the bond they share is unique. with the same matter-of-fact manner in
grandparents in Tennessee. He is set to start at the Florida Institute "When she first started working here, which he appears to approach everything.
'After that it was OK for a minute," of Technology in Melbourne on scholar- he would walk up here to walk her home he does. Though Washburn received
recalledWashburn who was in fourth ship this fall. at night," said Laoudis of Washburn. prestigious scholarships, he will still have
grade at the time. The worst part about being valedicto- Though she was not hiring when to pay $13,000 for his first-year of college
Washburn's grandfather was a father rian was that he had to give a speech, said Simmons applied, she ended up hiring and $15,000 per year after. "He almost figure forWashbum. Washburn. her anyway didn't want to go to college because of
"If I wasn't in school, I was with him Even after Washbun's accomplish- "She begged me to hire he;" said that. He didn't want to take out loans" said
doing something," said Washburn. The ments and throughout all the attention Laoudis. "Something drew me to her and Simmons. memories of the time living with his he has received, he remains modest and I hired her and she's probably one of the Washburn plans to work his way grandfather are happy ones for Washburn grateful. best employees I have." through school and graduate with as little
and hi family. "I've learned that no matter what you Today, Simmons calls the people at debt as possible. "Hopefully after that I can
"We worked on things, went to Lowe's really-see on the news and TV humanity Anna's Diner more like a family. Many get a good job, because that's my worry like almost every day, if not a couple of is still there and people are still very giving customers gave Washburn cards and getting a good job out of college," said times a day" laughedWashbum. and very generous to people, even though money for his graduation. Washburn who plans to major in comFor Simmons, her father was a major everything that's portrayed in the media "I have customers that give me rides to puter engineering.
support person too. Simmons' job at a will likely say the opposite. I've seen so work. If they see me walking, they stop Simnons said her son has always been chain restaurant often required her to wake many people be so kind that I barely even and pick me up," said Simmons who does mature and polite for his age. He pays all up as early as 3 a.m. "My dad would always know," said Washburn. not have a vehicle for transportation. "I of her bills online and helps with chores
get up with me, just to have a cup of coffee Though his family often struggled to think we've been really lucky and blessed around the house. with me and talk to me. That was our afford even basic necessities, Washburn to meet some of the people that we have "He plans everything. He's not a spur time," said Simmons. is remarkably adept at seeing the humor- because there's a lot of people in this world of the moment kind of guy and he's very
When Washbum was in fifth grade his ous parts. For example, taking a trip to that don't get to witness the kindness that cheap. He's veIr stingy with money which grandfather died of leukemia at the age of Michigan with his grandfather and having we have got to witness." is a good thing because I'm not good at
,62 and the family had to move out. his snowmobile stall because he was Though the family faced hardship and that," said Simmons.
""That was a really hard time after that," scared to go faster. struggled financially Washburn used the "When you grow up like we did, you
said Washburn. "I was going too slow," he laughs at obstacles as motivation to be something have to mature fast and when you don't
Shortly after moving out of her mother's why it stalled. It is the little things that better. "I know there must be tons of have a lot of money to begin with, you have home, Simmons moved the family in to a Washburn remembers. Like the nice people that have a much worse situation to know how to spend it," said Washburn.

July 3, 2013 The Polk County Democrat Page 7

The Bronze Star Medal signifies that that's what I was. I wasn't any good to On one particularly scary landing M EDAL a heroic act was accomplished, the service anymore," said Allem, who in Hollandia, Allem describes a very
"When you get a Bronze Star it's usu- was discharged in part because he was close call. "That was the wildest day of FROM PAGE 1 ally indicative of valor. You can't study diagnosed with malaria, landing that I'd ever seen because,
for it, you have to act at a moments While in the Army, Allem was a staff when the landing craft hit the beach, have the Bronze Star medal' and I said, notice to do something heroic," said sergeant and served in the infantry as a the platoon leader had to jump up 'I don't have-any medals at all'" said Allems son in-law, Edmund Butch who mortar man. on that front gate and push it down,
Allem. is a retired lieutenant army colonel. Dec. 7 still stands out in Allem's and when he did, he fell, but I didn't
It was at that point that Allemn was Allem will finally be presented with mind. In Pearl Harbor Allem remem- know he fell because I was right betold this information was on the back his medals at a presentation cer- bers the planes flying very low hind him," said Alem. As the leader of his discharge form. emony of World War II Military Medals "You don't very often see a plane of three mortar squads, Allem was
"Well who reads the back of a at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15. The three floors off the ground, and that's carrying mortar shells ammunition.
discharge when you're 23 years old and presentation will be at the Saddlebag what he was. He just came right over "When the person in front of you you've spent five years in the service?" Lake Resort in Lake Wales where the barracks," said Allem. goes down going into the beach and
said Allem. Allemn lives. More than 40 veterans at At the time Allem thought it was one you're next, all it takes is just one shot
After his family looked further into the Saddlebag Lake Resort will pass in of the practice planes from the United and they never would have found me making sure Allem would finally re- review and help present the medals States, so he waved to the pilot. "Then because with those mortar shells, if ceive his Bronze Star medal, they found with his family. he started shooting his machine gun one goes off, all eight go off," recalled
out he had also earned the American "I feel happy for my dad. It's a long at me and anyone else nearby," said Allem. At that point Allem got off the Defense Service Medal with one time to wait. I think he thought he Allem. After that day, the war became beach and dug a foxhole.
bronze service star, the Asiatic-Pacific was forgotten," said Allem's daughter, reality and Allem was transported to 'Though Allem had served the Campaign Medal with two bronze Sandra Butch. "There aren't a lot of Australia. required time when he was discharged,
service stars, the WWII Victory Medal, WWII vets .alive today." Hollandia Dutch New Guinea is the he would have liked to continue
the Combat Infantryman Badge First Typically, medals are presented when place where he remembers the most serving. Award, the Honorable Service Lapel a soldier is discharged. "Because the action. "It was great. I enjoyed my service.
Button WWII, and the Expert Badge war was still going on they were too "Outside of Hollandia, that was the When they told me they were going to with Rifle Bar. busy fighting the war," said Allem of a worst part that we had because once retire me, I was third-highest enlisted.
The Bronze Star means the most to possible explanation. we secured the airstrip, then you were I was staff sergeant. I said to them, 'If
him. "That means the whole world to "They were in a great big hurry to constantly on patrols looking for the you give me master sergeant, I'll stay' me, because not everybody gets the get rid of all these guys that weren't Japanese that were trying to attack," and they wouldn't jump me two grades Bronze Star." any good to the service anymore and said Allem. to stay."

rndied, their positions were taken over up other gravesites. In one photo, the It was Commissioner Wayne Lewis
CE E E Yby others; it is believed the last group overgrowth was such it was hard to who raised the topic of the city taking
by men who took responsibility for tell what it was obscuring, over the property through eminent
FROM PAGE 1 the cemetery did so in the 1920s and "Is that a mausoleum?" asked domain, which prompted Parker.
1930s, but no one after that. Mayor James E Clements. "I think that's the answer," said
the Monday, July 1 work session. "It became abandoned (at least) In addition to overgrowth, there Parker, who then solicited the thoughts
"It is an eyesore, no doubt," said about 30 years ago,' he said, adding was yard debris, including fallen of commissioners.
Long. the cemetery's abandonment could trees and branches. There also were Commissioner Adrian "A.J." Jackson
However, there is little the city can be that many descendents no longer grave vaults that were broken; some urged the ownership issue be resolved. do because the cemetery is private lived in Bartow or Polk County. It was so bad that Lewis said in a separate Clements urged commissioners to property and no one knows who owns also a point Longworth touched on. interview a person could look in and authorize Parker to work "post haste" the property. According to research "I think the family doesn't live see caskets. and come back to the city commission
conducted by Cliff Lewis, executive here anymore, or they're gone," The city, said Longworth, had to with a recommendation. He sought a
director of the Historic L.B. Brown said Longworth, meaning they're do something. Because he did not consensus. House, and several others, the cemn- deceased. want the city to shoulder the financial "We're all agreed we want the city to
etery, which may date as far back as The images shown include tree burden, he told fellow commissioners take possession of the property?" asked
the 1840s-1850s, was operated by black branches partially block the sign. he would like to see a private-public Clements. The response was yes. Parker men through their churches. After they Shrubbery and other trees covered partnership, will have an update next meeting.

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Charles L. Long

Charles L. He was preceded in death by his first
Long, age 87, wife, Betty Long, and his son, Donald
passed away Long.
from leukemia, Mr. Long is survived by his wife of
M a g e ieD a n rSaturday, June 29, J 27 years, Sara E Long, of Bartow; two
2013. daughters, Lana N. Brown of Tampa,.
Marguerite Chris, Jr., and Evan Shields. Br a n ebeTc Lod fWne
D. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ranr,0 h a enegryaatn h 9, 1926, in Haven; his stepdaughter, Betty Coker,
of Brto, Fa, irt ofhersixh geatgradchld. Meridian, Miss., of Bartow; two sisters, Eugenia Long
pased wayMrs Rano wa knwn or er he was the son and Betty J. Hume of Jacksonville.-He
peacefully uwvrng devotion to her husband of the late Harry also leaves behind five grandchildren;
Saturdy eveing, nd amiyver finsadeghos, 0. and Alice nine great grandchildren, and one great
Juyev n, 2013il, her churchs and com n ei hwa Eugenia (Miller) Charles Long great grandchild.
June29,201, Mrgurit D. -he chuch nd ommnit. Se ws Lng.The family will receive friends at the Lakeland argurte a lifelong member and Past Worthy .Long wsalntm atw1-1 ~.FiaJl tS.Toa
Highlands Center. an r anr Matron of the Tavares chapter of M.Ln a ogieBro 01 ~.FiaJl tS.Toa
She was'prede- the Eastern Star, and member and resident and member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow.
ceased by her husband of 65 years, Art past president of the Kiwaniannes of Aquinas Catholic Church. A funeral mass begins ,at 11 a.m. at
Raynor. Bartow, and a faithful member, for as Mr. Long retired from, CSX after 40 the church.
Marguerite was the only child of long as she was able to attend, of the years of service in the railroad industry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be Lonnie and Evelyn Day. First Christian Church of Bartow. He then worked as a security officer for made to the American Cancer Society.
Born in Jacksonville, Marguerite She prayed daily for her children, Florida Southern College from 20 years Condolences to the family at www. Raynor was a fifth- generation "Florida grandchildren and great-grandchil: before retiring once more. Cracker" and was officially named dren by name. Mr. Long was a Marine Corps veteran Whidden-Mc~ean Funeral Home is
as a descendant of a Florida Pioneer. Among friends and family she was of World War IL. in charge o f arrangements.
Her grandfather, Wiley G. Seals of perhaps best known for her radiJacksonville, was a member of the ant smile, her loving and generous House of Representatives, serving in personality, her red velvet cakes and WELCOME TO YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR
the Florida legislature in the early her genuine enjoyment of showing Wantto see your event on this page? Call us at
1900S. hospitality to visitors in her home. 863-533-4183 or email
She met and married Art Raynor In addition to reading and working
while he was stationed at MacDill Air crossword puzzles, one of her favorite *Wdedy uy3UMnaJl Field in Tampa during World War 11. past-times in her later years, was EWdedy uy3EMnaJl
She was a graduate of Hillsborough shopping for and finding treasures of Family Film: "The Ant Bully," .Counlty work session, 10 am. (or.
High School, Class of 1941.Mrs. all kinds in the various thrift stores 10:30 a.m.-noon When Lucas alms immediately following the Board Agenda
Raynor worked as the administra- around Polk County. his water pistol at some hapless ants, Briefing). Work Session to discuss solid
tive secretary to the Polk County With that in mind, and to honor they retaliate by shrinking him down waste policy issues. Room 407, Neil
Agricultural Agent and assisted with her spirit, in lieu of flowers, friends to their size. Rated PG. A drawing will Combee Administration Building 330 W all aspects of the Polk County Youth are asked to donate to The Salvation be held for a free ant farm. Bartow i Church Street in Bartow. Fair each year until her retirement Army, Goodwill, or their favorite Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Basic IComputer Classes, 3-5 p.m. after 28 years of service, charity. Ave., Bartow. 863-534-0131. Learn basic skills for the mouse and
Mrs. Raynor is survived by her two A celebration of her life will be held
daughters, Pearle Wood (Tom) of at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Red,Wlute & Kaboom, 6-9 p.m. keyboard functions, desktop organizaSt. George Island, Fla., and Dayl R. 650 E. Main St., Bartow, Fla., at 4 p.m. Features Sam Bullock and the Soul tion, word processing, and the Internet Davis of Bartow; five grandchildren, Friday, July 5, with the family receiving Alliance playing live. Fireworks at for email and research. Registration Donna Davis Ebaugh (Mike) of Falls friends from 3:30-4 p.m. 9 p.m. Lake Mirror Park, 1218S. Lake Ave., required, seating limited. Bartow Public
Church, Va., Danny Wood (Avril) Pastor Kent Adrian, Shepherd Road Lakeland. Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow.
of Tallahassee, Meg Wood Shields Presbyterian, will lead the service. 863-534-0131.
(Chris) of Orlando, Michelle Gerlosky Condolences may be made to the 0 Thursday, July 4 ~ ~ l oda~omn
Schiffier (Alex) of Radebeul, Germany, family at www.whiddenmclean July 4th Extravaganza, 2:30 p.m. Centrl' Bloiesseveltpment
and Greg Gerlosky (April) of Bartow; Adult concert, 4 p.m. entertainment, Counittee, 4psmn,.sLRerte
five great- grandchildren, Madison and Whidden-McLean Funeral Home is childrenfs games, vendors, fireworks omte.4pmLaeMrl Annabelle Ebaugh, Chloe Gerlosky, in charge of arrangements. scheduled at 9:30 p.m. Mosaic Park, Complex, 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road,
Bartow. Auburndale.
Fourth ofjuly Bike Parade on Shores E Tuesday, July 9
Alfred B. Chiles, Jr. of Lake Wailes, 9 am. Check in at the Polk County Commidssion, 9 a.m. Neil
Basketball Courts. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Combee Administration Building, 330W Alfred B. served as a Deacon. Decorate bikes. 11 a.m. Parade onthe Church St., Bartow, 863-534-6000.
Chils, r. --- Alfred was a Mason since 1957, was a bike path. Snow cones, games andfun.
Alfred B. Commander in the York Rite, and was '$1 entry fee. 863-676-8426. Fourth of July 0 Wednesday, July 10
Chiles, Jr., 83, conferred a 32nd degree membership Celebration on the shores of Lake Wailes. WaterVentures, Groups of 50 will
went to. his final of the Scottish Rite. He was proud of Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. be adittdoh ora 0a.
resting place being a member of the Lions Club for 11Iam., noon and 1 p.m. Call the library
to b wih hs mre han50 ear, frstjoiingtheIndependence Day event. The Fort to preregister. Florida's Learning Lab
Lord and Savior .BrwLinClbi195adthn Meade Woman's Club, and other local Water Ventures is a 53 foot semni-truck
Wednesday, June becoming a member of the Dixieland organizations, are planning a July that's been transformed into a science
26, 2013. Lions in Lakeland. He was also a 4th celebration at the Fort Meade learning lab on wheels! Learn about
Alfred was born lifetime member of the Polk County Outdoor Recreation Area, featuring Floridas watersheds, stewardship, conDec. 10, 1929, in Historical Society. He was a voracious the club's traditional auction, and .servationl and recycling (on a 4th grade
Lakeland, Fla., Alfr ed Chiles reader, loved to travel and enjoyed other events to be announced. The level). Sponsored by the Crystal Springs
the son of Alfred spending time with his family. He was program is anticipated to begin Foundation. Bartow Public library, 2150
B. and Annie Cargil Mayes Chiles. a lifelong Gator fan and birdwatcher, around 9 a.m. S. BroadwayAve., Bartow. 863-534-0131.
He was an Eagle Scout and a 1947 with memberships in the Florida Rail graduate of Lakeland High School, Association and the Audubon Society before going on to the University Lake Region.
of Florida to obtain his degree in Alfred was preceded in death by Pharmacy in 1952. his parents, a son, Larry, and his wife,
While at school in Gainesville, Elizabeth. Alfred also married the love of his life, He is survived by two sons, Alfred B. EFlizabeth.Coe, in,1951. Chiles, III of Metairie, Louisiana (Kathy)
He was a member of the Alpha and Harry E Chiles of Tallahassee, Fla.,
Tau Omega fraternity while in school (Mary); five grandchildren, Courtney and eventually became a member of and Frazier Chiles, Kati Brown the fraternity's Gold Circle. Alfred's (Matthew), Lauren Baxter (Chris), and work as a Pharmacist took him from Rachael rygg; six great grandchilLakeland to Sarasota, St. Petersburg dren; and his brother, Joe W, Chiles of and Sanford, before ending up in Louisville, Ky. (Louise).
Bartow in 1960, where he became A memorial service is 11I a.m.
Pharmacist/ Co-owner at Chiles' Liggett Saturday, July 6, at the First Baptist

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Polk's Fall Semester EMPLOY
MEW Open registration for fall classes at Polk State
College is now under way.
P Students currently enrolled at the College may register for the fall term through the College's Passport. Prospective new students should first submit an online application to the.College at admission-aid. After doing so they will be scheduled for an orientation session, during which they will register for their first classes.
A complete, step-by-step guide to the admission recess is also available at The guide provides students with information such A as how to apply for financial aid, how to request
transcripts, and when to schedule placement testing. The link also provides an online course catalog, which will help students in choosing and planning a course of study.
Registration for dual-enrollment students those who are taking college classes while still in high school is also currently under way. Fall classes begin Aug. 19 and end Dec.1 1. Polk State's My Brother's Keeper has helped about 500 students since it opened a year ago, providing them with food and other assistance. MBK is run entirely by students, including student supervisor Casmore Shaw. New Degree, Course Offerings

Polk State has a new degree and lots of new course offerings lined up for the fall.
A Y ear of H elp Polk State Aerospace, which launched at the start
of the year with an associate's degree in Professional Pilot Science will expand to also include an associPolk State's My Brother's Keeper ate's degree in Aerospace Administration. Students
who earn the new degree will be prepared for entryand mid-level management positions at airlines and mom Jr airports.
c elebrates R ams "It's a business degree with an aviation focus," said
Polk State's My Brother's Keeper "Instead of pretending we don't "They were genuinely hungry. Polk State Aerospace DirecJor Eric Crump.
began with a bowl full of cereal have homeless students, Polk State, If I had cereal bars, for instance, I Elsewhere within the College, the Polk State JD Alexander Center in Lake Wales will offer 90 secbars in one professor's office. with the help of so many generous would see students take one and tions of courses in the fall, the largest number
Today, it is a modular building donors, has addressed the issue then take a couple more to put in since it opened in 2009. New offerings will include on the campus of Polk State Winter head on. We want to be part of the their backpack so they would have Economics; Horror in Literature; A+ Essentials, Haven, with shelves full of canned solution," said Polk State President something to eat later," she said for those seeking to become A+ Certified; Applied and microwavable food, bins brim- Eileen Holden. Her bowl of cereal bars would Calculus and Speech Communication.
ming with deodorant, shampoo "If we chip away at it a little sometimes only last a couple
and other personal necessities, and at a time, we will make systemic hours. Elsewhere in Lake Wales, the Polk State Lake
a bank of computers for students change." As the students came by more Wales Arts Center will offer new courses in Music
who need to write resume or My Brother's Keeper had its frequently, some asked her for Appreciation, Theatre Appreciation, Theatre
search for a job. beginnings in the observations of personal hygiene items. Or if she Workshop, Beginning Guitar and Beginning Voice.
It is a physical place where Carole Toney, a. Psychology profes- knew of a place where they could Beginning Guitar and Beginning Voice are new students no matter what they sor and the College's coordinator of wash their clothes. She became offerings at Polk State Winter Haven, as is a class in need can come to get help. veterans' services. awareof some students "couch Gospel Choir.
And come they have My Toney, who served 10 years in surfing" that is moving from Polk State Lakeland features a new Developmental
Brother's Keeper (MBK) has served the Army's Quartermaster Corps, one friend's house to the next, with English/Reading class that will allow students to more than 500 students since it the service that provides soldiers no permanent place to live. There quickly catch up on reading and writing skills and opened its doors a year ago. with food and supplies, always were others who lived out of their move into college-credit classes.
The College recently celebrated kept a stash of snacks in her office. cars. Polk State has also added Spanish I to its course
that progress and thanked the In time, she realized her students I started stockpiling all this stuff offerings at Ridge Community High School in litany of donors who have made weren't coming to her just for at my desk," Toney said. "Then I Davenport. it all possible, from members something to quell their afternoon started asking other professors if The College's online courses will expand to include of the College faculty and staff munchies. they'd seen the same thing and a five-week course called Career Education, in which
to supporters from the broader They were coming to her for the students will explore various career paths to help
community only food they might eat all day. MBK12 them decide on a major, Principals of Nutrition and
Personality Theory.
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College, and the tide began to turn in her in quick succession. She had another daughfavor.ter, who is now 7. She was arrested four times; Pol Stte irideCenerNow, the education she always wanted for according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office,
S3515 Aviation Drive herself, and so much more, is finally hers. charges included DUI, marijuana possession,
LakelndFL 33811 "If I can do this, it doesn't matter where violating probation. She spent nine months in
you're coming from, you can do it too," said prison for driving on a suspended license.
Polk State JD Alexander Center Urbina, 30, a resident of Winter Haven,: Going to prison, and being separated from
152 E. Central Ave.'~ The uncensored version of Urbinas life her children, is by far the lowest point she's
Lake Wales, FL 33853 story is difficult for her to tell and for others to ever known in her life, Urbina said, but she
hear. It still brings tears to her eyes. For those wouldn't take it back for anything. I Pol Sat Laelndshe confides in, especially those with young "I'm so thankful for prison. I got a counselor.
Pol Stte akeandchildren, it causes a sick feeling deep in their I had someone to talk to. I got mhy GED," she
3425 Winter Lake Road stomachs. said.
Lakeland, FL 33803 In the most general of terms, there was "I was away from my kids and knowing
abuse. There was pain. There was division in they were hurting. I didn't want to be a disapPolk State Lake Wales Arts Center her family Even as she tried to bury it all, to pointment to them. I didn't want them to be
1099 State Road 60 East ignore it and move on, it festered just under ashamed."
*Lake Wales, FL 33853 the surface. Waiting. When she got out of prison, Urbina went to
When she was in the ninth grade, the neat work as a server at a steakhouse. Four months PolkStae Cllee -facade she and her family had built to conceal later, she was pregnant again, this time with a
PoikSte Co leit g cho the past came crashing down, and Urbina's life son.
Ride ommniy HghScholbegana downward spiral. .In spring 2011, with three kids depending on
*500 Orchid Drive "Everything started to hit me. I started self- her and with a lifetime of hardship behind her,
Davenport, FL 33837 destructing," she said. Urbina enrolled at Polk State.
Urbina had always been a good student, a Here, she got the help she needed to rePolk State Winter Haven regular on the Honor Roll. But she struggled pair her past troubles in math. After three
999 .Ave. H N.E. in an eighth-grade algebra class, falling so far
Winter Haven, FL 33881 behind that by the ninth grade, she couldn't STUDENT13~
it said it was going to do every single
Miller says she sees even more
FROM AGE opportunities for helping students through MBK.
they had." "I think we've just scratched the
Something had to be done. surface of it. The next phase is reToney teamed with Polk State Winter ally solidifying that medical phase. If
Haven Provost Sharon Miller, Director I- 1, ,%students are homeless and need food, of Grants Administration Jennifer they need medical assessment, too,"
Fiorenza and fellow Psychology she said.
Professor Katrina Smith to solve the The students who utilize MBK largely
problem. llke to remain anonymous, but they all
The solution became My Brother's have inspiring stories. Toney shared
Keeper, whose name expresses the 1. the story of a student who gradually
responsibility we all have to help oth-4 became thinner during the course of a
ers, Toney said. semester. His family was going through
MBK is a service-learning project, Polk State student Sarah Carvaiho inventories canned food at My Brother's Keeper. economic hardships and he wasn't one of many at the College in which and associates. building, and serve an important eating. MBK helped him find a food
students utilize their in-class learning "Everyone was in shock. They can't purpose, Toney said. assistance program.
to benefit the community. Students imagine going to college and not hay- "It helps them to think about what Another student had her laptop work at the modular, accept dona- ing a place to live," Krista Silbiger said. they might want to do as a career, and stolen, leaving her unable to take her tions, and connect those in need with "These students are getting a college it gets them started on networking. online courses. She got a new one appropriate resources. education so they can become produc- Getting a job nowadays is all about who through MBK's scholarship fund.
As word of Polk State's new project tive members of society They just need you know," she said. There was another student who
to help riLedy students has spread, a little help to get there." Some students have gotten jobs by found a place to live and a job through
businesses d~ "individuals from across A local Realtor, Teacora Wright, calling the numbers on those cards and MBK. She recently graduated. the College and county have stepped who also works as a student services mentioning MBK a huge step on the What's just as inspiring as stories forward, with food, personal hygiene assistant at the College, helps students path out of whatever circumstances led such as these, Shaw said, is the extent
-items, furniture for the modular build- find affordable housing. The Lake Wales them to seek help in the first place said *to which the College and community ing, money and so on. Care Center helps with transitional student supervisor Casmore Shaw. have banded together to help students
The Mission, a Winter Haven fain- housing, too. While food remains the largest source who need it most..
ily and youth services organization, State Farm has given food, water and of help it provides, MBK has expanded He's certain those who've learned helped My Brother's Keeper organizers money to encompass other services, too, about MBK, been touched by its

July, 2013 Polk State College *3

Proud Eagle Works,

Talks With His HandsST E
In a world rampant with
stereotypes, Bill Eberts knows
what people see when they look
at him.
He's a burly guy with a New
York accent. His job is the kind
that requires a tool kit and a
workman's shirt one of those
with his name stitched on the 4
It's the outward appearance
of a blue-collar fix-it man who
knows toilets and air handlers
- and that's about it. For those
inclined to judge a book by its
coerEetssesdieanes Polk State Maintenance Mechanic Bill Eberts was raised by deaf parents and ~
"Pepleloo atme ndjust grew up using sign language. He now shares his story in American Sign Language see the guy with a wrench in his cassa okSae
hand and grease al over his fin- age 14 when she became sick are hurt. When your dad is deaf, gers," said Eberts, a maintenance with Scarlet Fever, he doesn't hear you cry out when
mechanic at.Polk State Lakeland. The two met through deaf you have a bad dream. What people learn, if they social clubs in New York City. "I know my parents always bother to dig a little deeper, ig They had three children. All loved me, but sometimes you that for nearly his entire life, could hear. need to hear love, too," he said.
Eberts has used those "greasy Eberts is the youngest. To make things worse, his
fingers" to communicate with the He. started learning to sign classmates often teased him deaf, and now he's using those at 5. By 7, he was his parents' about his parents. experiences to inspire students at interpreter. Salesmen, neighbors, "Not many other people can Polk State College. repairmen he communicated understand what it's like to grow
with them all for his parents, up with deaf parents," he said. Boy In a Deaf World helping to settle household busi- All of it the silence, the
ness far beyond his years. teasing, the isolation, thie growEberts' memories of his child- Yet, his role as pint-sized trans- ing up faster than he might have Y> hood in Astoria, N.Y., are largely lator was just one of the ways otherwise created an anger in silent. in which having deaf parents Eberts.
His father, a glasscutter who forced Eberts to grow up faster To escape it, he turned to *flyaceie
now lives in Las Vegas, was born than other kids he knew. When alcohol. He had his first drink deaf. His mother, who has since your mom can't hear, she doesn't passed away, lost her hearing at know you've fallen outside and EBERTS1 *Isocae' n

S U E T"She's a motivation. She somehow managed to gtthrough everything. She's a full-timemowih* ulpelcaon
FROM PAGE 2fultmscolokbush'stldonsouh on campus," she said.#oniep grm
semesters of remedial math, she says she now "She makes everyone else try more. She's an has a better understanding of the subject and its overachiever and makes everyone else want to ~..
applications to real life. She even earned a handful' overachieve, too.". ovnetcus omt
of As and B's in her math classes. Added Pat Furnish, vice president of the Student
But the progress she's made goes way beyond Government Association at Polk State Winter *flexil sheduling
specific courses. She is also the president of Polk Haven and a member of Phi Theta Kappa: "She State Winter.Haven's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, pulled herself out of some very dark spots. She's the international honor society for two-year col- determined. She's not going to stop where she is. excellent financial aild leges. Urbina's grade-point average, by the way, is She'll just keep going."
3.76. Urbina, indeed, is just getting started. She hopes
She is active on campus, planning events for to run for an international position within Phi breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. Theta Kappa. She also plans on getting a bachOther students turn to her she still can't believe elor's degree in public relations after she graduates it sometimes for encouragement. from Polk State in 2015. She dreams of going to
Ph ii Theta Kappa Adviser Anthony Cornett said Columbia University or studying in Italy. r
Urbia inspires everyone she meets. Now, Urbina said, when she thinks about her E nroil n ow
"To go from prison to the top of her class and future, she doesn't see waves coming at her, ready leading a chapter of one of the world's most to knock her down. prestigious honor societies, it's a wake-up call for She sees a sunrise. f r F l
others," he said. -"Every day is new hope and a new beginning,.o F l
Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Leadership Every day, I can make a change and be different Sandra Garcia agreed. than I used to be," she said.

positions," he said.
SUPPLYPolk State is a pivotal player in that pipeline, with its Associate in Science degree in Supply
FROM PAGE 1 .Chain Management and certificate training
options available through the Supply Chain
grades with a very impressive resume," Doyle said. Management Institute at the Polk State Corporate "This was very well-earned and well-deserved." College. Supply chain management is a wide and varied, For her part, Frey said she turned to Polk's stAart1
field that encompasses all the steps involved with Associate in Science degree to gain a broader Aui#~gat
turning raw materials into products that consum- understanding of the supply chain, 9
ers purchase from production to transport to Frey works as a dispatcher and driver manager, distribution. overseeing a team of 32 drivers who deliver bottled
Polk County's central location makes it a hub water as far north as Jacksonville and as far south for distributors and warehouse operations; supply as Miami. chain management is a huge sector of the county's "Supply chain management is really just maneconmy. Accordling to the- Central Florida nagement fine-tunedi to this spcificasnpct of

4 Polk State College July, 2013

Summer Reading:
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Drafted by Detroit Tigers Sol CekOt

If Whether it's a lighthearted read for
hadnt ben fr run the pool, or a meaty work to curl Johnnie Kirland might never have As a one-pitch pitcher, he needed to up wh.uring an afternoon storm,
developed his head dvlp-shaking curveball, deeo nother pitch to remain in the ntiggebte ihsme
and he might never have signed a pro Polk State rotation against other college ta go ok
baseball contract with his beloved teams. Nw@okakdPl tt'
Detroit Tigers. "In college, it doesn't matter how lirrasfor their suggestions
The former Polk Sta~te College player hard you throw, they are going to hit it,"o htt edti esn h
who starred in Lake Wales High School Kirkland said. rsossw o akicueeey
games as well as Lake Wales Little That's when he started working on the thingofrom hisgtric incliue tovthe
League contests was recently selected second pitch. He toiled as a closer for isiainfrapplrT eis

2013 Major League Baseball First-Player State. wn o"hc u"ti umr
Draft. "I love Polk State College," Kirkland
"I've been dreaming of playing in the said. "The people and the professors pros since I was tiny," Kirkland said. "It's there thehlpdmoualt" My Name is
my first love." Learning a quality second pitchRe
It's everything Kirkland ever wanted at Polk State provided a doorway to by Orhan Painuk
and hoped for. Kirkland's future. However, in one quick
Often Kirkland would attend Detroit moment, his hopes and dreams were #This is a novel of
Tiessring training and minor league nearly smashed.inrgemud,
games in nearby Lakeland. After attending Polk, Kirkland con- i love and devotion,
He would watch the Tigers play on tinued his college career at Palm Beach Islamic art and the sultanate of~the
television and he is still excited about Atlantic. Johnnie Kirkland Ottoman Empire. When a member of
their trip to last year's World Series. It didn't last very long. a secret team of illustrators working
He's thrilled to be wearing the uni- In his first fall scrimmage at Palm Plus, he added a knuckle curve to his on illustrating a-work commissioned form of his boyhood team. Beach Atlantic, Kirkland was stunned by collection of pitches. Coupled with his by the sultan is murdered, the true
"I definitely look up* to (pitcher) Justin an awful pain in his throwing elbow. explosive fastball, that averages 92 MPH nature of the illustrator's craft is Verlander and (American League MVP) "I missed with a curveball," he said. with movement, and his curveball, questioned as the murderer is sought Miguel Cabrera," he said. "It was the first inning. It was awful. I Kirkland was enticing to scouts. from their ranks.
Kirkland, 23, learned how to throw a popped it." He's currently assigned to the'
curveball While at Polk State during the A tear was found in his elbow. Connecticut Tigers of the New York -Bill Foege, director of Learning 2009-20 10 seasons. He wanted to continue play- Penn League. Resources and the Teaching, Learning,
His curveball breaks so sharply, it ing baseball and earn his degree in "I'm glad I got in with this organiza- Computig Center at Polk State appears to drop off an imaginary table Communications, so he opted for tion," he said. Lakeland
when he throws it. surgery that would replace his torn "They've been fantastic."
Kirkland benefitted from hard work, a tendon. Polk State's baseball program returns The Secretary
big frame, the willingness to learn and a He started throwing again, with "Fall Ball" in September and open by Kim Ghattas little luck to reach the pros. He continued to play at Southeastern Suncoast Conference play in March,
A strong, 6-foot- I right-hander, -University in Lakeland, where he 2014. Ghattas is a
Kirkland's fastball was his big pitch in learned a cutter fastballl) and was The Eagles boast a .751 winning reporter who trayhigh school before he arrived at Polk in named an NAJA All-American. percentage over the last three seasons. eled with Hillary Clinton while she
rEberts, like he had as a child, played to receive his personal experiences, too. was secretary of
DBE TS the role of translator, settling a price He's served as an interpreter on state. Besides giving you a more
dispute between the two. campus, and been welcomed into personal look at Clinton, this book
FROM PAGE 3 "The customer was irate because no the classroom to give guest lectures gives you an idea of how complicated
one could understand her. I started to students studying American Sign and difficult it is'for the jniedState-s when he was 11. Seventeen years later, signing to her, and I saw the relief in Language. to juggle our foreign relations when
he was homeless, living in a box on the her eyes when she knew someone "I think hearing his story makes every country thinks it should be the streets of New York City. could understand her,"'he said. everything more real for the students," top priority.
All the while, even when his bend- "That's when I knew I had something said Debra Gilbert, who teaches ers lasted days or weeks, Eberts' mom that could help people." American Sign Language at the College -Sharon Lokken, collection develwould light a candle for him and place .Eberts had always been good with and has invited Eberts to speak to her opment librarian, Polk State Winter it 'in the front window of his childhood his hands in another way as a classes. Haven
home. maintenance mechanic. He worked as "The students respond very positively
Yes, she loved him. She was always a plumber in New York, including for to him. Hearing his story correlates A Feast of
there for him. She couldn't hear the public schools and for a private college with what they've been told in class. Crows pain in his voice, but she knew it was preparatory school. People don't think a lot about those by George R.R.
there. In 2002, after attending the funerals who have been raised by-deaf parents; Martin
In January 1991, Eberts stood outside* of numerous friends killed in the Sept. (deafness) is sort of an invisible disabilthe house, saw the candle, and knew he 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Eberts and ity. (Eberts) grew up faster than others, This is book four had to let the anger go. his wife decided they wanted out of the and he lived between two worlds the of the Song of Ice
He went to rehab. He's been sober big city. hearing world and the deaf world. I and Fire series, and it's also the basis
ever since. "And 1,200 miles later, we ended up think the students take away that you for the HBO series, Game of Thrones.
in Winter Haven," he said. "It was a can rise above something like that, that Very exciting, entertaining read. Accepting His Gift spontaneous decision. We needed a you can rise above those challenges."
change." Eberts' love for Polk, and his ability to -Jarrod Jones, reference and inAs he made peace with his past, Seven years ago, he began working contribute more than his job descrip- struction librarian, Polk State Winter
Eberts began to see his ability-to sign as at Polk State Lakeland, and he's loved it' tion requires, endears him to everyone Haven a true gift. ever since, he meets at the College, said Polk State
He remembers the moment that At Polk, he's found a place to use his Lakeland Provost Steve Hull. Flotsametrics
started his change of thinking. He was mechanical skills every day, he's fix- "Bill Eberts is an joy to have on cam- and the Floating in his late 20s, shopping in a supermar- ing air conditioners, solving plumbing pus. He is high energy. He starts his day' World: How One ket in New York, when he came upon a -problems, and a slew of other jobs that shot out of a cannon and doesn't let up Man's Obsession deaf customer struggling des perately to are so essential to keeping the College until it's time to go home," Hull said. with Runaway communicate with the store manager. running but also a place that's eager "His pride in Polk State is infectious." Sekr n Rubber Ducks
Ocean Science
by Curtis Ebbesmeyer

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July 3, 2013 The Polk County Democrat Page 13

Happy 4th of July
The "Fourth of July" for generations of Americans means a day filled with celebration, barbecues,
parades, family reunions and fireworks in honor of America's independence and freedom. In July 1776John Adams wrote the day should be celebrated"... with pop and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." John Adams later became our second President. Thomas Jefferson, a lawyer, who was the principal author in drafting the Declaratio of Independence became America s third President In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on
the same day. July 4,1826. which wis the 50th anniversayfthe Declaron ofIndepenence.
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$10,000. needed for state tournament

Dixie All- Stars raising money to go to state games in Free port

By JEFF ROSLOW "Weve booked 15 rooms and this hotel
JROSLOW@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM is far from the field," said team mother
Julie Sloan, commenting that it wasn't easy
"We're going to win the state (title)," to find a place to stay as she joined the Chase Rose said calmly leaning against players downtown soliciting donations the black light pole on the corner of Main from anyone who wanted to pitch in. Street and Broadway while he and a While many sets of parents and grand--handful of teammates were soliciting for parents are planning to attend, the money donations downtown to take them to the they are trying to raise is for the players, state tournament next weekend. Sloan emphasized. A chance to win and
And he should be this confident. The get to the World Series in Mississippi is Bartow Dixie Youth baseball team 10 and certainly on the top of their minds, but so Under won the district tournament in is winning it for one of their own. a convincing fashion. None of the five "We're also doing this for Keyon," games they played lasted more than four Jonathan Vastine said, his hat in his hand innings as they outscored their opponents filled with dollar bills as he stood on 74-3 and posted three shutouts. In the the sidewalk in front of the Polk County finals, they topped East Lakeland 11 -1. History Center. Last year when Bartow hosted the Dixie Keyon Torres, who played for the Minor Word Series this team lost in the finals League Giants, died June 9 in an accidentto South Carolina 4-1 becoming only the in the shower. second host team to make it to the finals They started the collection drive on in the Dixie Worl d Series history. Friday and Sloan estimated on Monday This year, though, to make it to the state they've raised about $2,500 toward that PHOTO BY JEFF ROS LOW
tournament in Freeport, Fla., which starts $10,000 goal. They've got a couple of De Robinson gets some money put in his hat during a fundraising effort the 10 and under team held July 12, they have to raise about $10,000 raffles and giveaways they're sponsoring. Monday at the corner of Main Street and Broadway. Along with him is PJ. Sloan. The team is going to just to pay for the hotel rooms for the As of Monday the website they've set up Fepr opa ntesaefnl nJl 4adnes$000js opyfrtehtlros 12 players and three coaches. The league on has raised about $750. Fepr~opa ntesaefnl nJl 4adnes$000js opyfrtehtlros will pay for two days in a hotel, but the In other raffles they're doing, there's a their names on a banner that will hang on rest of the money has to come from the Smith &Wesson Bodyguard .380 they're the dugout with other names or for $750 And, Saturday, the team will be washing team. Freeport is about seven hours from giving away Tickets are $ 10 each or three they can get their own banner that will cars from 9 am.-3 p.m. at Goodyear on Bartow and it's in a different time zone for $20. There's Krispy Kreme doughnut hang on their dugout. State Road 60.
in the Panhandle almost in the middle of packages people can buy by Friday And Anyone who wants to be part of that "It'll cost whatever people can donate," nowhere. for $150, people or businesses can buy raffle can do so at the website or email Sloan said.

Seeking businesses, students for class

Any high school students want to learn thought of this idea because there doesn't what it takes to ran a company? seem to be a lot of focus toward teens on
The Bartow Parks and Recreation what it takes.
Department is giving those kids the "Some students in our high school are
opportunity. not that business saavy" he said.
But, first it needs business people to help However, because the program is new,
out there isn't anyone from the business world
From 10 am.-noon onAug. 1-3 the signed on, he said. Hes busily recruiting Parks and Recreation Department has set now and those that do have an interest up a program where low, middle and high can contact him at 863-534-0161lor by T RAVELERSJi
management people will talk to students email at rcaminante.parks@cityotbartow. ages 14-18 about what it takes to do their net. C m eca
job and in acting on that the students will He said six to nine instructors wouldD L M
set up their own business and practice what be a. good number to help the students ED AR Wokr Com
they learned. It will take place at the Carver learn and aiso give them time to do their &.SO ITI,1C
Recreation Center. own work on coming up with a business Gru Healt
This is the first time something like this is and making a marketing plan. Bight now14 E.SurAv.P soa
being attempted. the classes are scheduled for two hours ~
"They can come and learn about but they could run longer. As this has never Lak WaeF 35*ie&H at
management, apply these programs been done before Caminante doesn't know (83 676769
themselves and conduct and play the specifically how long it will take.roles," said Ricardo.Caminante, with Parks Recruiting time for the class is July 15-26 and Recreation. for early registration and July 29-3 1 for late
A press release said participants will learn registration. It costs $60 per person ($70 for
the skills and tools to be successful leaders nonresidents) plus tax. There is also a $10 f~qr r
in diverse organizations. Caminante said he fee for late registration. '~'1 ~ JL~ J

Construction work abbreviated this week 0
On U.S. 98 from County Road 540A to adding new signs and refurbishing A B I 5
State 540 -Winter Lake Road work is guardrail. underway to widen the roadway from On U.S. 17 at Cypress Gardens
four to six lanes. Crews are grading, Boulevard in Winter Haven crews conmilling and paving, drainage improve- tinue to construct a new driveway curb ments and temporary widening activi- and sidewalk. Drivers should expect ties at Banana Creek Bridge. Drivers intermittent lane closures from 7 p.m. should expect temporary lane closures to 5:30 a.m. of northbound and/or southbound On Van Fleet Drive from west of U.S.
lanes on U.S. 98 between 6:30 p.m. and 98/Broadway Avenue to west of U.S. 17 OD
5:30~~~~~~~ ~ a-m wor cotne to reuljnie

July 3, 2013 The Polk County Democrat Page 15

Washington Palm

s tr u k b y lig h n in gOn e afternoon, a 37-year-old mother of two heard a knock at the front door of her home. At first, the ~
woman assumed the visitor was a solicitor and told her 9-year-old twins not to answer. When the knocking continued and the door bell began ringing repeatedly, the woman called her husband at work. Her STAFF REPofzT husband advised her and the children to hide while he called 911. The family hid in a crawispace i
the attic. Meanwhile, the intruder had forced his way into the home using a crowbar. Afterrumgn through the home, the intruder worked his way to the attic where he was met with a .38-cal. revolver. There are almost no Washington Palm The woman fired six times, The intruder was later transported to a local medical center and was expecttres lft t te W nde Hose.Onewashited to survive his multiple gunshot wounds. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Loganville, GA, 1/5/1 3) by lightning last weekend and this week it Bryan Lee, owner of the Almond Avenue Pharmacy, had no choice but to fire his .45-cal. pistol when a
remains hanging. 3 1-year-old male entered his store firing a similar model. The gunman entered the store and immedi"I think it was the tallest one there," said ately fired multiple rounds striking Leesmother, Sophie Lee, in the leg,Bryan Lee returned fire, causing
the man to flee. He collapsed a block away andi later died at a local hospital. Lee was unharmed and his Ivan Richardson who lives nearby the house ,mother was expected to make a quick recovery. Lee said, "We just did what we had to do to survive"'
at 1075 Mann Road. "I think there's one left(TeFsnBeMdrC,11/3 but this one was the tallest one." Roge!r Mundell, Jr. entered his garage one morning only to be confronted by a seemingly rabid bobcat
It was approximately 85 feet tall. thadt had gained entry through an open door. The bobcat attacked Mundell, biting him in the face and
Richardson, who has lived in the clawing at his arms. Mundell was able to escape the garage and thought the bobcat was still trapped
inside. Before he could warn. his 15-year-old nephew, Michael, of the danger, the bobcat was spotted neighborhood for 23 years, remembers in nearby. The cat lunged at Michael grabbing him by the arm. As Mundell tried to pull the cat off of his
the 1940s when he went on a tour of the nephew, his wife, Cindy, then retrieved a firearm and handed it to Mundell who shot the bobcat. The
mansion for 10 tents, he'said and was family was treated for injuries and vaccinated for rabies, It was later determined that the bobcat was, in
toldConrd Shuckplated anyfact, rabid. (Spencer New Leader, Amherst, MA, 1/18/13) Washington Palms. Now he said most of them Hasib Kuric, a homeless man living behind a gas station, spotted two men putting on masks and gloves
are gone. outside the building. Kuric ran Inside to warn the clerk, Leonard Carr.The men followed Kuric inside and
began shooting. Carr retrieved his own firearm and returned fire. One of the masked men was fatally S chuck built the house for his family in the wounded while the other fled and was arrested a few blocks away. He was charged with two counts of
19308 and it took him years. He received help second-degree Attempted Felony Murder, one count of second-degree Felony Murder and one count
from his family. Though he never lived in it, it of Armed Occupied Burglary. Kuric and Carr were not injured. (, Hollywood, FL, 1/1 .5/ 13z)
became a tourist attraction in Bartow. PHOTO BY IVAN RICHARDSON After confronting a man lurking in his front yard the previous morning, Clint Lowery called police a
The house is now'privately owned and is second time when the same man tried to gain entry by forcing open the door to his home. With his
empty. Neighbor of the Wonder House on Mann 2-year-old daughter sleeping inside, Lowery did what he had to do to ensure his family's safety. Lowery,
met the intruder on the front porch with a 12-ga. shotgun and held him there until police arrived. The rainstorm that hit Sunday is part of Road took aphoto of aWashington Lowry said,"[ just did whatever anybody would do to protect their family"'(Peninsula Daily News, Port
an ongoing weather system. Afternoon rain is Palm Conrad Sdiuck planted when he Angeles, WA, 1/23/13)
Forcatora the restc of he n week. ercnt byigtninghoer thweekpaent.While When two men walked into Rafael Lantigua's store after dark with their hoods pulled tight exposing
For oda th chnce f rin s 6 pecent byligtnig oerth weken. Wileonly their eyes, he grew suspicious. Understandably so as one of the men produced a gun and pointed but for the Fourth of July and Friday it drops he planted plenty of them, there is now it at him. Lantigua quickly reached for his own firearm from his waist band and pointed it in their directo 40 percent in the Bartow area, according to reportedly only one left intact. This one tion. Both men jumped back in surprise before fleeing the premises. It was last reported that both men
were still at large. According to police, Lantigua was unharmed and nothing was stolen from his store the National Weather Service, was perhaps the tallest one. (The Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, MA, 1/14/13)
Michael and Amy Stephens were at home with their two young daughters when they saw deputies speeding past their home. The couple then overheard on their police scanner that there was a man in the area being sought by police. Michael grabbed a flashlight and headed outside to investigate and to make sure his family's home was secure. As he stepped outside, he saw the 26-year-old fugitive nearby. Michael attempted to detain him while Amy dialed 911. The fugitive was able to grab Michael's flashlight and started swinging it wildly over his head. Amy appeared with a .243 rifle and warned the man that she would shoot. Soon after, the fugitive was arrested and booked on several preliminary charges Michael suffered a few stitches, but was otherwise unharmed. (Daily Inter Lake, Evergreen, MT, 1/5/13)

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Doggone it's hot!

Summer Care tips for your pet

Summer is a fun time of year for see a dog that is experiencing heat ex- infection if left in a matted condition
humans and dogs alike. Many dogs love A~aBreo haustion, take the dog to a cool, shady for too long. During the summer there
to play outdoors despite the heat. Our AlaBreo place, and apply wet towels or cloths are many ways to help your doggy stay
loving companions need time outdoors wto help cool the dog's body down. Try cool. Directly shaving all of your dog's
to exercise and play There are plenty of to give the dog small amounts of water, hair off in the summer is not necessarways to keep our pets from overheating W0and immediately call a vet. ily the best option for your dog's coat.
this summer, while still giving them Overweight and older dogs will have Dogs have a built in climate control on
plenty of outdoor playtime. more difficulty with the heat. As far their fur.
Remember that dogs cannot cool as breeds are concerned, snub-nosed Most times our pets with thick fur
themselves by sweating like humans. _________________ dogs, like boxers, bulldogs, pugs, Boston coats will start shedding their winter
They might sweat a small amount of shade to lay under. If there is not terriers, lhasa. apsos and shihtzus, have coat when it becomes hot out.
through their pads, but the main enough shade in the yard, you can poor panting mechanisms, and are Talk to your groomer about getting
way a dog cools off is by panting. install a well-ventilated dog house, or more susceptible to being affected by the "Fur-minator" treatment to help Unfortunately, panting is not enough a doggy door for your pet to come in heat. These should be indoor dogs, and strip the thick undercoat. This Will to cool them down wh en it is extremely the house to cool off. Heat exhaustion should not be kept in the yard during help them stay cool and also help with hot and humid. is very common in dogs that live in hot the day. .shedding around the house. This treatProlonged sun exposure not only climates. It is essential that you keep fresh, ment is especially helpful on breeds
leads 'to heat exhaustion, it can also Early signs of heat exhaustion include' cool water available to your dog at all like Husky's and German shepherds cause sunburn. Dogs can sunburn rapid breathing, heavy panting, and times. In hot weather, this is even more with a very thick coat. Shihtzu's, cocker just like us humans. Make sure when salivation. Other signs are fatigue, crucial. Make sure you keep the water spaniels, maltese and other long haired your dog is outdoors that he has plenty muscle tremors, and staggering. If you dish in a shady location and change the breed owners may prefer to do a short water frequently. You can consider in- clip for summer. Because every dog is stalling a watering system that hooks up unique, the best thing to do is call your to a faucet. These systems are designed pet groomer to find out what is best for to provide water as needed and are your pet.
Z Iusually triggered by motion or a specific Another important tip for summer
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J large water bowl (or two) before leaving walk you dog on it. If you walk your dog
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Grooming your pet is important all the sun is going down and the paveseasons of the year. Long-haired pets, ment is not hot. Make sure to take lots such as shitzu's and yorkies, require a of water to give your pet along the way. Regular grooming schedule. If left with- Also, never leave your dog alone in the
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Pet travel safety takes front seat

Provided from notes President and health and safety education programs dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.
Founder, Kim Salerno. "People love their for dog owners. The campaign will run throughout
In an effort to bring pet travel safety pets, and want to do everything they Salerno is excited to be working with July and August, during which time pet to the forefront of pet owners' minds can to protect them. But they may not CHE safety tips, articles and other resources
this summer, will be be aware of all the steps they could take "I have so much respect for every- will be available on www.tripswithpets. partnering with the AKC Canine Health to ensure their safety as they travel." thing this organization does to promote com. The site will also offer deals on pet Foundation, or CHF, to launch the Safe The partnership is a natural fit. the health of dogs, and I am so pleased travel safety items for purchase, such as Summer Pet Travel Campaign., a website dedi- and honored to be a part of this cam- pet carriers; pet car seats, pet seat belts,
According to, cated to helping pet owners find pet paign," she notes. and vehicle pet barriers.
65 percent of pet owners surveyed plan friendly lodging, restaurants and CHF Director of Development & In addition, as part of the campaign,
to take their pets along when they hit beaches throughout the United States Communications Erica Kitchen is CHF will extend their regular podthe road this summer. The Safe Summer and Canada, is a long-time leading thrilled as well. cast program to encompass the Safe
Pet Travel Campaign is designed to edu- pet travel safety advocate. CHF is an "Providing educational resources for Summer Pet Travel campaign. The procate pet owners on how best to incorpo- organization committed to funding dog owners is integral to our mission to gram is currently released bi-weekly at rate safety into their travel plans. scientific research that promotes canine help dogs live longer, healthier lives," no charge to listeners, and covers topics "It's such an important subject," health and wellness, and to providing she notes. " does so related to canine health. On July 25 the much to promote the safety, comfort foundation will release a travel safety than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain and well-being of pets. We couldn't be podcast featuring Kim Salerno. Those HOT brain damage or even die from heat- happier to work with them. It's a perfect interested in this podcast or in the
stroke in just 15 minutes. partnership." complete CHF podcast series can
FROM PAGE 16 On hot days, simply leaving your pet The main focus of the campaign will find it on the CHF website, at www.
home in the house with plenty of water rest on car safety, highlighting top-, or at the iTunes store. their guardians make the mistake of leav- is the best idea. ics such as properly securing pets in For information on the Safe Summer
ing them in a parked car even for "just Following these simple helpful rules vehicles; avoiding distracted driving; Pet Travel campaign, visit www.trips a minute" while they run an errand. can keep our pets healthy and happy dealing with pet car sickness; and the or Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a For more tips on dog care, you can 78-degree day, the temperature inside a always research dog care guide books parked car can soar to between 100 and or ask your vet about any concerns you 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a may have. Happy Summer. CIo r
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Taking a lunch lard green soup," she said. Silver Ring has a cafe
14break from business in downtown Lakeland and another in Riverview.
at the county offices 4 "I make all the soups right here, Danielle makes
or courthouse in Bar- the sandwiches and we both jump in to make the
tow? Limited on black beans and rice or thechicken and rice."
time? Head over to The mother-daughter duo also takes turns
the middle of Main with the desserts.
Street and take a quick "I make the peach cobbler
trip to Cuba at Silver and Danielle makes the flan,"
Ring Cafe. Silver RingCafemanagerAnnetteFussell she says. "And we also get
Grab an old- (rightandherdaughterDanielleshowof guava pastries from a bakery
I11 fashioned Cuban loaves of Cuban bread from which they create in Tampa"
fashioned their famous Cuban sandwiches. I
sandwich, a bowl of 'a Also delivered daily from
home-made soup, a drink, plop down $6.96 and S Tampa are the restaurant's
settle into a booth for a delicious break. potato rolls, crab cakes and fresh Cuban bread.
iAe 6e". t audh ed u ut Annette Fussell, the Silver Ring Cafe's manager, "We go through about 70 or 80 loaves of bread
/avana P lights fad in YOM Ccwitj! says you've joined dozens of others in buying the every day," Fussell says.
lights cafe's daily lunch special that keeps her and her The Silver Ring Cafe is open from 8 a.m. until
... vm a e daughter Danielle hustling from behind the counter 3 p.m. Monday through Friday but also stays open

BUY I to the booths or tables that stay pretty full during on Saturdays if there are downtown events.
155 Main St., Bartow the lunch hour. "We also stay open late for the Friday Fests,"
863.533.6947 TAKE 50% OFF "Most people come in here for a 'fast-food' the manager adds.
lOarn-8pm, Mon through Sat 2ND ENT :2 lunch that isn't really fast food," she says. "We Fussell also says the Silver Ring Cafe welcomes
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just make their lunch fast, serve it fast and get catering orders.
them out of here." "Westayprettybusywithcateringduringfootball
The Silver Ring Cafe has been doing it at 175 season, but we've catered everything from football E. Main St. for more than 11 years, with a few parties to weddings," she says. "In fact, we'll be years hiatus while Fussell and her late mom, Vivian here on Saturday working on a large catering job:" Teresi, tried their own place a few blocks away. For information on catering or to place a take
Following the death of Vivian and their restaurant out order, call 863-533-4704. "Better yet," Fussell a year or so ago, Fussell reconnected with Silver adds, "come by and see us." Ring Cafe owner Tim Altiman and, with Fussell O
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Food choices for sum-mer festivities
Summer is upon us, a time for festive "No-Slice-of-Cake-Left-Behind" 2 tablespoons mint leaves, torn
celebrations; from Memorial Day to EBusprogram. 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
Labor Day, and the Fourth of July inud The following are some eie o 0bakoie
between. Calendars are also filed with delicious dishes fit for almost any Dressing:,
picnics, family get-togethers, beach and i occasion. / cup extra vigiolv oi
pool parties, weddings, graduations and XPLEASE NOTE: The number of juice of 1 lemon
more. servings in some, were intentionally Salt and pepper
With all the festivities come many kept to two, so that these recipes can 1 teaspoon oregano
temptations in the form of pools of 6Helh Correspondent also be made at home for daily use. For
soda, beer and wine, train-loads of fatty a larger group simply double, triple, or In a large bowl make 'dressing. Add all
dips, cheese dishes, chips, ice cream, quadruple the recipe. othe 'r ingredients, except feta and olives.
pastries, dishes drowning in mayon- after a meal. Place salad on plates, evenly divided,
-naise, butter and cream, grilled steaks When putting food on your plate, AVOCADO DIP top with feta cheese and olives.
the size of Texas ... please pass, the Tuins, focus on healthier dishes and smaller Mks3cp AT-AI AA
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For health-minded folks it can be you ask yourself: "Who is boss, a piece Z aes o donemns iey rtdSre challenging to avoid sabotaging their of food, or me?"ZetoonlmnfeygredSvs2 resolve to maintain good health and/or During an event stay as far from the Juice of one lemon 2 cups uncooked, whole grain pasta
lose weight. The following are some tips eats as possible; concentrate more on 2 cloves garlic, finely grated 4-1/2 cups water to help you navigate the joys of social socializing, and less on eating: out of 1 cup low-fat, plain yogurt (not Greek 1 medium yellow onion gatherings, sight, out of mouth. yogurt)4clvsgrifnychpe
While you are attending an event, If you have to bring a dish, opt for Salt and pepper / cup frozen peas, thawed
/ cup water (optional) 2 yellow zucchini, grated in large
keep in mind that this is not about one something health-friendly, such as a flakes
feast; it is about how to enjoy numer- vegetable casserole; whole grain pilaf; Cut avocados lengthwise. Remove pit. / cup plain yogurt ous social occasions throughout the fruit salad; raw vegetable salad; bean With a spoon, scoop up the flesh and, 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn year while minding your health. This or avocado dip with whole-grain pita mash with a fork. Add all other ingredi- / teaspoon salt boils down to a fundamental lifestyle chips, etc. This will provide you with ents. Add water for desired consistency. 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided decision. another low calorie, nutritious food Chill in an air-tight container.
Don't come hungry to a party. Eat a option at the celebration. Cook pasta in salted boiling water and
nutritious snack before you arrive. If you are hosting a party you have GREEK-STYLE SALAD 2 tablespoons-oil. Drain. Meanwhile, in
By skipping certain foods and con- considerably more control over what is a skillet heat 4 tablespoons oil, and cook
sumning only a small sampling of some served, even if your guests will be con- Serves 2 onion covered, until translucent. Add
others, you shouldn't feel deprived tributing to the menu as well. You can 4 large Romaine-lettuce leaves, zucchini and garlic. Continue to cook whatsoever. On the contrary, you are in also make suggestions for wholesome shredded 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a
the driver's seat, determining what, and fare when asked during the planning 2 cups spinach, coarsely torn large bowl, mix all ingredients. Chill. how much you eat. stage. 1 large tomato, chopped -Judy B. Buss is a nutritional cookAvoid mindless chain nibbling, Think how great you will feel 1/ cucumber, halved lengthwise, ing instructor~ She is a member of the
especially on calorie-laden fillers after a festivity, when you know sliced American Nutrition Association, and a
and appetizers such as chips, cheese, that you exercised mind over food, I scallion, thinly sliced 'columnist qnd member of the Amen can
fatty dips, and spreads, before and and did not participate in the 1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped 'Holistic Health Association.

Watson Clinic recognized field of brachytherapy. The American pavilions at Kiwanis Park, and the Registration deadline is 9 a.m.
at ABS meeting Brachytherapy Society consists of walk begins at 8:30 a~m. Friday, Oct. 4. To register, go to AW
ph ysicists, physicians and additional Door prizes and recognition of and During the 2013 annual meeting of health care providers who are con- survivors is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. click on Healthy Woman. the American Brachytherapy Society, sidered leaders in the field. Participants also are encouraged to
Watson Clinic was recognized for its decorate bras in the theme of their Diabetes Survival Class
role in one of four featured presenta- Senior Circle offers to choice and wear them over their ofed
tions now receiv- seniors shirts on the walk.ofe d
ing internatio nal Prizes will be awarded for best ."Diabetes Survivor Skills" is schedattention. Lake Wales Medical Center's Senior decorated bras. uled from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, July
-Sandra Sha, Circle program offers a variety of The -hospital's mammography de- 24, in thieHunt Building second floor
MD, a Watson opportunities for seniors and it costs partment will be there with informa- classroom.,
Clinic radia- $15 per year. -tion about screening and diagnostic This free class is taught by
tion oncologist Among the activities scheduled mammograms, stereotactic breast Registered dietician Jamie Moore. It
practicing at for this quarter are five free Lunch biopsy and breast MR. 'Breast cancer is ideal for those newly-diagnosed
the Center for & Learn programs on a topics, AARP affects one in eight women. with diabetes, those who are strugCancer Care safe driving class, a paddle boat trip Pre -registration is strongly encour- gling with managing the disease, or
& Research, down the St. Johns River, computer aged. On-site registrations will be anyone who just wants a refresher
co-authored the classes, fitness classes tailored to available the day of the event, but course on managing diabetes. study on the seniors and an ice cream social. T-shirt availability cannot be guaran- There is no charge for the class,
Sandra Sha effectiveness of Additionally, the group is planning teed for on-site registration. There is but registration is required. To a non-invasive upcoming trips to Savannah, Ga. and no charge to participate in the walk. register, call 863-678-2288. breast brachytherapy for-tumor bed to Ireland. hat
boost. "Senior Circle gives our commu- You deserve personalized quality he lhcare!
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