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A W inter Park man was charged with attempted murder on a l aw enforcement officer Sunday after he struck an Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputy when he fled through a DUI checkpoint early, authorities said. At approximately midnight, Osceola County Sheriffs deputies were conducting a safety and D UI sobriety checkpoint in Osceola County, when a motorist, Donald Geraghty, 51, of Winter Park, fled through the checkpoint and struck a deputy with his vehicle. The deputy was able to discharge his firearm, striking the vehicle multiple times, Sheriffs Office reports said. Deputies stopped t he vehicle on Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. Geraghty attempted to flee but was apprehended by deputies with the assistance of the K-9 Unit. Geraghty was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Geraghty was charged with attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a l aw enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding with additional charges pending, reports said. The deputy was transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. At the DUI checkpoint, approximately 791 cars passed through between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., resulting in 94 citations, 62 written warnings and 20 arrests. Of the 20 arrests, six were for driving under the influence and the other arrests were for outstanding warrants, traffic and drug charges.Suspect wanted for touching teenKissimmee police detectives are looking for a man who allegedly inappropriately touched a teenage girl last week as she waited for her school bus. Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL 116TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION 50 CENTS SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 Lake Nona tops 300 home sales in 2012 ... Page C-1HomefinderKowboys win statement game vs. Palm Bay...Page A-8Sports For the latest activities, events and classes, see ...Page B-3 We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy 50% chance of rainCommunity St. Cloud prostitute sting nabs 40 In order to stem the trend in prostitution solicitations from online escort websites within the city, the St. Cloud Police Departments Investigative Services Division conducted a prostitutio n sting late last week that nabbed 40 individuals. See page A-2 Index Police r fn t tb f br r nnrr f b r nr LocalAgape W orld Summit hosting Community F air Sept. 2 to empo we r, inform r esidentsThe Agape World Summit will hold its first Agape Community Fair Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Academy Preparatory School, located in back of the Osceola Square Mall. See page A-2 With the Florida Commission on Ethics recent ruling that Osceola County Clerk of Court Malcom Thompson violated state law by misusing his position, should he resign? Yes, he should. No, he should not have to. I need more information to make a decision. I dont have an opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Sept. 13 Question of the week: Of the three NFL teams in Florida, which one will do the best this season? Tampa Bay Buccaneers 58.6% Jacksonville Jaguars 20.7% I dont watch football 20.7% Miami Dolphins 0% See Police, page A-2 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter After the St. Cloud Fire Rescue chief and the St. Cloud Professional Fire Union contended the fire department is understaffed by nine firefighters, the St. Cloud City Council Sept. 13 barely approved an amendment to the 2012-2013 budget to remove funds from the citys saving account to hire three firefighters. After more than two hours of discussion between the council and city firefighters, residents and city staff, the council voted 3-2 on first reading to pass the amendment to transfer $200,000 from the citys $4.5 million contingency fund to hire three of the nine firefighters needed to bring the citys fire department up to minimum staffing requirements according to state law. Councilman Russell Holmes, who made the motion, garnered support from Councilmen Tom Griffin, who suggested the idea, and Donny Shroyer. Mayor Rebecca Borders and Councilwoman Mickey Hopper voted against the amended budget. Holmes agreed with Griffin after pointing the council had previously made changes such as implementing recycling, which provided the city with a small profit; trucking their own garbage, which has a budgeted savings of $225,000; and switching to a self-pay health insurance plan. This money in the future can be used to hire additional firefighters, Holmes said. I do agree we need nine new firefighters. I think weve made strives to move forward and fund this in the future. City Manager Tom Hurt cautioned the council about relying on a budgeting savings that are not proven. We dont show a savings yet. We havent had a full year of doing this yet, he said. Holmes also was concerned the city spent five years saving to purchase a $750,000 tower fire truck, which was just put into service earlier this year, but spends at least 50 percent of the time sitting unmanned in the fire station bay. Its not proper use of the citys funds to have purchased one and not have it properly staffed, he said. I do think we need to get the minimum manning at that one station, at least. Borders was concerned about removing funds from the contin-Council members spar over the hiring of additional firefighters News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanMiguel Diaz, on behalf of St. Cloud Professional Firefighters Local 4153, took to the podium Sept. 13 to implore the St. Cloud City Council to budget the addition of more firefighters for the cause of increased public safety. The council narrowly voted, on a first reading, to allocate enough to hire three full time firefighters, well short of the nine requested. See Firefighters, page A-3 Police newsMan charged with attempted murder of deputy Geraghty By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor The whistle atop the downtown KUA power plant will blow one last time at noon Sept. 30, and then the decades-old once sole source of electricity for Kissimmee will have a date with a demolition crew. But before the 50-megawatt plant and supporting equipment is demolished and turned into rubble, area residents can have one last goodbye at an open-house Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The importance of the Roy E. Hansel Generating Station has diminished through the years, since it first opened in downtown Kissimmee in 1983. The Kissimmee Utility Authority has opened larger and more advanced generating plants and entered agreements with other utilities in Florida, said Chris Gent, vice president of communications for the utility company. The old plant has still been in use through t he years. B ut at nearly The ending of a Kissimmee era News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe Kissimmee Utility Authority will offer one last free tour of its downtown Kissimmee power generator Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., one week before shutting the plant down permanently. Tours include up-close inspection of power generating equipment, the plants control room and complimentary refreshments. By Ken Jackson Staff W riter In the general list of hot button political issues, the race for Osceola County Supervisor of Elections doesnt usually rank very highly. But, in recent weeks, a poll conducted on behalf of incumbent Mary Jane Arrington in advance of the Nov. 6 election, in which voters will decide whether to give her a second term on the job or elect Republican challenger Peter Olivo, has stirred some controversy. The poll, assembled by a polling firm hired by Arringtons campaign and distributed to about 400 registered voters by phone, asked their likelihood of voting for a disabled veteran without office management experience, for someone of des cent from the DominiSupervisor of elections poll creates controversy See Poll, page A-3 See KUA, page A-5
Page A2, By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The Agape World Summit will hold its first Agape Community Fair Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Academy Preparatory School, located in back of the Osceola Square Mall. Pastor Alexis Wallace heads the Agape World Summit, which held a Summit for Racial and Cultural Diversity this summer, in the aftermath of authorities c onverging on a m ilitant group mobilizing in rural Osceola County with plans on staging a race war. He presides over the summit with his wife, Evelina, and also leads the Global Evangelistic Center in Kissimmee. The e vent is being hosted as an initiative to empower and inform our c ommunity of t he many businesses and services that are available to them here in Osceola, an event press release said. Agape is a Greek word for unconditional love, and we are doing this as an opportunity to express our love for the community, Wallace said. We are bringing together professionals to maximize their talents for the benefit of the community. The fair, which is free to the public, is meant to empower and inform residents. So often our neighbors do not realize the services that are at their disposal, he said. In addition, there will be financial aid information and resources, education and scholarship details, medical information and legal counsel to help with real estate and probate issues. At the Agape Community Fair, Wallaces organization also will make a special presentation on its efforts to address human trafficking, what the Florida Department of Law Enforcement calls, the biggest invisible crime in Florida.Agape World Summit hosting Community Fair Sept. 2 to empower, inform residentsOn Sept. 12, between 6:40 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., the suspect approached the 17-year-old female victim near 2809 W. Vine Street in Kissimmee and exposed himself to her. The victim ignored the suspect and continued walking. As the victim approached her school bus stop located on Columbia Avenue, the suspect grabbed her and touched her inappropriately. The suspect fled the area on foot. The victim described the suspect as an olive skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and 135 to 145 pounds. The suspect has black hair, brown eyes and a slight Spanish accent. He wore a white shirt and dark blue jeans and referred to himself as Jade. Anyone with information about this suspect is urged to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Major Crimes Unit at 407-8463333, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).Operation Zero Tolerance ends in 56 arrestsOn Sept. 13 and 14, Osceola County Sheriffs deputies successfully conducted Operation Zero Tolerance which ended in 56 arrests and 194 citations. Deputies from all areas of t he agency includin g aggressive driving, agriculture/marine, aviation, communications, criminal investigations, community response teams east and west, economic crimes, evidence, forensics, tourist policing, motors, K-9, narcotics enforcement team, reserves, robbery, traffic and warrants worked all areas of the county. Based on the Sheriffs Office community-oriented policing mission, the goal was to reduce crime in these areas, while gathering valuable intelligence, Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said. This was the 24th time the Sheriffs Office conducted such a large-scale opera tion involving almost all aspects of the agency. The result of all 24 operations has been 1,959 arrests and 5,739 citations issued, Lizasuain said.St. Cloud prostitute sting nabs 40In order to stem the trend in prostitution solicitations from online escort websites within the city, the St. Cloud Police Departments Investigative Services Division conducted a prostitution sting late last week that nabbed 40 individuals. They were arrested and charged with engaging in, soliciting to commit or transportation for the purposes of prostitution, according to a department press release. During the Sept. 12-14 operation, police detectives contacted individuals who advertised on the website Backpage.com under the adult e scorts heading. Individuals who agreed to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money were given a location where they were subsequently arrested. All 40 suspects were transported to the Osceola County Jail. The operation wa s designed as a proactive effort to deter prostitution and online solicitation of prostitution activities within the city of St. Cloud and surrounding areas.PoliceContinued from Page A-1 Suspect 092012.TNG Starling Chevrolet brings you...I Bet You Didnt KnowMon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m.:00 a.m. Fill Your Tires With Nitrogen New ServiceWide receivers just keep on growing. Ten years ago, only 11 starting wideouts in the NFL were at least 6. The only one taller was Plaxico Burress, at 6, who entered the league in 2000. But in 2011, 20 starting wide receivers were at least 6, including four who were 6 and six who were 6. That included Detroit Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson -6, 235 pounds, with an 82-inch wingspan and a 45-inch vertical leap, who also just happens to run the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. The science of pitching and of preventing arm injuries is growing ever more sophisticated. 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Thursday, September 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 Resurfacing will be taking place on Osceola County r oads in the area of Orange Blossom T rail and Carroll Street through Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. W ork will take place on Sample Street from Carroll Street to Fletcher Street, Keen Street from OBT to Sample, Reagan Lane from Carroll to Fletcher, and Fletcher from OBT to Old Dixie Highway. Motorists are urged to use caution when approaching these areas, as workers will be present and speed limits may be r educed. There will be temporary lane closures but no r oad closures. Delays can be expected. For more information, contact the Osceola County Community Outreach/ Public Information Office at 407-742-0100. gency account as its not a reoccurring fund. Our contingency fund is already low by standards for repayment for any type of natural disaster or unnatural disaster. We cant take the chance we can replace that, she said. I dont think the citizens of St. Cloud want us to gamble with their money. Border and Hopper wanted to wait to see if the city is awarded the federally-funded Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant that would fund the hiring of nine new firefighters for two years before the city would need to pay their salaries. St. Cloud Fire Rescue Chief Bill Johnston acknowledged his department is understaffed, often running with less than the minimum required 16 firefighters per shift per station. St. Cloud has three stations that support three shifts. That occurs a lot, that were on 13 (people), he said. Those low staffing levels often force fire engines to respond to calls with just two firefighters on an engine and two paramedics in an ambulance. This fulfills the state mandate of four personnel to an engine company. However, if the ambulance is transporting a patient, sometimes as far away as Orlando or Brevard and Volusia counties, that station is no longer adequately manned, St. Cloud Professional Firefighters Union Local 4153 president Miguel Diaz said. Osceola County wont respond that way because its unsafe for both residents and firefighters. We need firemen to make this community equal to the communities around it, he said. If they cant do their jobs, you get injuries, illnesses, call outs. It starts costing you money. Johnston said hes tried since February to convince the city and council that the nine new firefighters are a necessity for both the departments and the communitys safety, and that they couldnt rely on the grant as the city has previously been denied twice. Theres a high potential for us not getting the grant, he said, adding he and the citys grant writing department worked to paint a dire picture of the fire departments situation. Departments who recently laid off firefighters due to budget cuts are first priority; in second place are departments in immediate danger of having to lay off firefighters. The third is filing positions left vacant through attrition and not filled due to economic hardship. The very last, bottom of the list is needing firefighters, Johnston said, adding the department has been in need of additional firefighters for at least 10 years. The Kissimmee Fire Department was recently awarded $890,000 from the SAFER Grant to hire nine firefighters. However, the Kissimmee City Commission and City Manager Mike Steigerwald turned the grant down because of the additional expenditures associated with the grant, Fire Chief Bob King said. Its nice to get the people but theres capital that goes along with that, King said, adding the city would have needed to purchase an additional emergency apparatus to accommodate the new hires. Were good with that. D iaz, a 15-year veteran of the St. Cloud Fire Rescue, addressed the council Sept. 13 about how St. Cloud residents deserve a fire department with adequate staffing levels for public safety. It seems lately its all about t he dollar. W ere n ot here asking for your money, your paycheck, Diaz said. Were here asking for the given right as citizens and residents of St. Cloud to have the same level of safety that Kissimmee has, that Osceola County has. Hopper got emotional as she admonished Diaz and other speakers for using scare tactics to force the council to hire new firefighters. For you to stand there and try to scare the citizens, saying theyre not going to get proper care, Ive been there, she said. I know what its like to have your husband on the floor dying and a roomful of firefighters and EMS (emergency response services) people working on him and trying to save his life. I lost my husband. Youre trying to scare these people into thinking if we dont give you these firefighters, itll happen to them. We give the citizens everything we can, that we can afford to do. The City Council will vote on the amended budget on second reading Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Cloud City Hall. FirefightersContinued from Page A-1 can Republic and for voting for someone who had switched party affiliation. Arrington Tuesday said she didnt have a problem with the questions as the polling company, which was attempting to gauge Olivos campaign talking points, constructed them. I certainly didnt want to offend anyone, t hats not what Im about. There were questions in that poll about me, too. It was just an attempt to judge his strengths against my strengths. Polling goes on all the time, she said. Olivo, 63, was born in t he D ominican Republic, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen before enlisting in the military. He lost his legs in battle fighting in Vietnam. Olivo, a multiple Purple Heart recipient among his other military valor awards, was presented with a proclamation at Mondays Board of Osceola County Commissioners declaring Sept. 17 as Purple Heart Day in Osceola County, and said that ceremony helped temper his feelings about the poll. Last week was a little trying. Im still feeling a little sour but its starting to fade away. Veterans who Ive spoken with wont let me forget, though, he said following the proclamation. Their displeasure with what happened out of the Arrington camp may actually result in a bump to his campaign, Olivo said. Theres an added push on the side of veterans, but I like to think Id had that vote already, he said. I know Hispanics are very angry. Instead of making this a Dominican Republic issue, its been made a Hispanic issue. So theres a lot of the Hispanic vote that she might not get. Arrington, 64, who served on the County Commission prior to getting elected to the Supervisor of Elections position in 2008, said that Olivos background as a veteran should actually be a positive for him. In my opinion, hes a hero, she said. Arrington said that as the incumbent she had hoped to run a quiet campaign, and that she will be running on the strength her track record as elections supervisor. I think weve done a good job over the last four years, she said. According to an email initiative, military veterans and disabled citizens Friday morning are planning to demonstrate outside the Supervisor of Elections office in protest of the poll. While the group stresses it will be a non-political event, Olivo said he wont be participating. They want it to be a Hispanic issue, a veterans issue and a disabled persons issue, he said. If I show up it will become a political issue.PollContinued from Page A-1 County road resurfacing projects set Your needs have not changed, your bank did. 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Page A4, There was a lot of buzz about former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist speaking at the Democratic National Convention, given that hes served in numerous elected offices over the past few decades as a Republican. After one term, Crist left the governors office in 2010 with support across party lines. Affable and exceedingly polite, his door was open to legislators in both parties. He was considered a moderate, in part because of his measured positions on education and environmental issues, and his willingness to include the minority party in his decision-making. Instead of running for a second term, Crist opted to run for the U.S. Senate. His bipartisan support and non-combative nature made him an attractive general election candidate for people weary of political gridlock. But his willingness to veto unpopular legislation passed by his Republican-led legislature made him vulnerable in the primary. And indeed, he drew an opponent, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. Republican loyalists were disappointed with Crists propensity for compromise and cooperation, traits once considered admirable. But as long as he held the power of the governors office, and controlled the partys finances and organization, they fell in line. As a result, Crist was able to amass a large campaign war chest. But once the legislative session ended -and bills were either signed or vetoed -his power began to wane, along with his hold of the partys resources. During this same period, his hand-picked chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Jim Greer, was mired in legal and financial problems for questionable practices. Rubio, then a dark horse, benefitted from Crists woes with the hard-core party loyalists. An astute politician, Crist decided his best course was to run for the Senate as an independent. But its a daunting task to run without the backing of a political party, which brings volunteers, events and the mothers milk of politics, money. Once he left the party, Crists fundraising dried up. Long-time supporters proved more loyal to the party than to the man. And his ability to attract Democrats diminished because there was a Democrat in the race, Kendrick Meek. With Republicans angry with him and Democrats supporting their own candidate, Crist was literally in no mans land. Interestingly, more and more voters these days are registering either as independents or as no party affiliate. But candidates who run as independents or NPA have a tough time raising money and reaching significant numbers of voters. So today, nearly two years after losing in a three-way race, Crist, the once-rising Republican star who was considered for vice president in 2008, remains an outcast. Like a bad breakup, the GOP no longer wants to date Charlie Crist, but neither does it want him to date anyone else. While still not affiliated with either major party, Crist recently endorsed President Obama for re-election, setting off widespread speculation that he might be eyeing a run for governor in 2014 against Republican Rick Scott, who is struggling in the polls. Crists speech at the DNC infuriated Republican loyalists. The response was quick and furious. Ads were aired to discredit his integrity and sincerity, painting him not as the liberal they believe him to be, but as a conservative who would not be acceptable to Democrats. Which begs the question: is the GOP worried about a Crist comeback as a Democrat? The RPOF claims it just wants to point out his record of changing his mind, his position and his party. But why waste party resources if hes not viewed as a future threat when those funds could be used in this election cycle? Are the partys actions fueled by fear or loathing? Still, the key question is, will Democrats, who are happy to accept Crist in the party, be willing to back him for governor over others who feel theyve earned the chance to top the ticket after years of working in the trenches? Are Floridas Democrats so eager to replace Scott that they will back Crist if he proves their best chance? Democrats were lukewarm to Crist at the DNC even after what should have been a huge applause line: I didnt leave the Republican Party; it left me. Part of his problem is he is viewed as a political opportunist, a view the Republican Party is happy to stoke. There is only one possible political move for Charlie Crist. If he is serious about seeking another term as governor, he will have to run as a Democrat. Recent polls show he has a very good chance of becoming the Democratic nominee. But will the Democrats embrace him or will there be hard feelings? Is Crist a man without a party or a political opportunist? Depends on whom you ask. Paula Dockery is a term-limited Republican senator from Lakeland who is chronicling her final year in the Florida Senate. She can be reached at email@example.com. OPINION OPINION Editors NoteSubmit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 1 08 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to Editor Brian McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. Letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. If you would like to be a guest columnist, call Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436 or email bmcbride@ osceolanewsgazette.com. Paula Dockery Their view OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Accounting Manager LOUISE McCLEAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN Staff Writer FALLAN PATTERSON(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741.The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Phone 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at email@example.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 116 No. 70Charlie Crist: The man without a party 092012.TNG
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Page A8, SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsOHS makes statement Football, week 4 By Dan Pearson For the News-Gazette St. Cloud and Agape Christian was a pretty even match offensively, but on defense, special teams and the intangibles, it all belonged to St. Cloud, as the Bulldogs forced five turnovers to win, 39-8, at Gannarelli Field last week. We made s ome mistakes, but I thought we played really well, first-year St. Cloud Head Coach Brad Lennox said of his 1-1 club. Defensively we gave up some yardage, but when they got near the goal line, we made some plays. Four times Agape had first-and-goal situations inside the Bulldogs 10 but would come away with just one touchdown and only six points. Taking the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs drove 40 yards on six plays to take a 7-0 lead. Eric Pfeifer capped the drive on a 6-yard run at the 9:35 mark of the first quarter. St. Cloud fumbled at its 2 on its next possession and Agape scored to close the gap to 7-6. St. Cloud made it 14-6 a few minutes later when Austin Ocasio stepped in front of a James Reese screen pass and returned it five yards for a touchdown. After holding the Saints on downs, the Bulldogs put together their most impressive drive of the season, traveling 97 yards on 13 plays, to take a 22-6 lead on Pfeifers 6-yard run. Agape might have close the gap, but when running back Michael Tillman broke loose and appeared headed for an easy 68-yard touchdown run, the Dogs E.J. McKenzie ran Tillman down from his left corner position dragging him down at the 4. Four plays later, Mckenzies hustle paid off when Shaquan Drayton intercepted James Reese in the end zone to stop the threat. In the course of any game, there are going to be some plays that wont necessarily show up on the stats sheet but are vitally important to a teams success, Lennox said. E.J. running down that kid was a huge play. Agape scores on that play and they are back in the game. The Bulldogs put it away in the third quarter when senior kicker Nick Askey nailed a 41-yard field goal to up the St. Cloud lead and Reinhart drilled a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior Mark Bell. Andrew Bogaenko tacked on the extra point and the Bulldogs led, 32-6. Pfeifer scored his third touchdown of the game from seven yards out to wrap it up. The Bulldogs travel to Gateway Friday at 7:30 p.m. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Even though Gateway Coach Marlin Roberts believes his Panthers, 2-1, should be unbeaten, he said that doesnt matter because St. Cloud visits Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the 7A District 6 football opener for both teams. St. Cloud is one of those teams that always believes it is going to win when it comes in here, Roberts said. You know what those guys are like. Theyre going to come in here with their lunch pails and play hard, like they always do. Gateway lost, 22-16, at Orange City University last Thursday after jumping to a 13-0 lead. But, after a long interception return for a touchdown was called back, the Panthers were unable to regain their momentum despite a 134-yard rushing effort from Zach Smith, who scored on a 68-yard TD run in the first quarter. Charles Smith returned a fumble recovery 33 yards for Gateways other touchdown. Smith recovered two fumbles, and Ian Stevens made 11 tackles and intercepted a pass for GHS. Jaquan Owens had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble for an opportunistic Gateway defense that forced four turnovers. We didnt play a bad game, we just need to be more consistent, Roberts said. T he Panthers were By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Kowboys were on a mission last week: they wanted respect. They earned it with an exciting, hard-fought 14-7 win against Palm Bay at Kowboys field in front of more than 2,000 fans and a Bright House Networks TV audience. Quarterback Daequan Harrison flipped a 5-yard scoring toss to tight end Santiago Hoffman to cap a 75-yard drive with 2:53 to play for the winning points. When we had the ball at the 50 and there were like seven minutes left, I told the offense, This is the stuff youll be talking about all your life, driving in the last few minutes to beat Palm Bay, OHS Coach Doug Nichols said. I told them, This is where champions are made. I thought we played as bad as we could at times, but when it was on the line, we took it. Harrison, who threw only five passes in the game and completed two for 14 yards, both on the game-winning drive, said his instructions from the coaches after a timeout on a third-and-3 play from the Palm Bay 5 was to be careful with the ball. Coach told me that unless he (Hoffman) was five yards behind the guy, dont throw it, Harrison said. He put the throw on the money, and the Kowboys, 3-0, earned their biggest regular-season win since a crucial district victory at Lakeland Jenkins two years ago that put OHS in the playoffs. The win popped OHS up one spot, to No. 8, in the Class 7A state poll. The winning touchdown drive followed a big play by Kowboys defensive back Brandon Baker, who knocked a potential TD catch from the grasp of Palm Bay receiver Derylton Hill. Hill scored Palm Bays only touchdown on a 64-yard fumble return in the second quarter, but Baker, a senior, turned the tables when he knocked the ball from Hill just as he was about to cross the goal line. That was my assignment. I saw that the tight end was on top. We were in a special defense where I was playing safety, and that was my man, he said. Osceola defensive coordinator Scott Spencer said Bakers play was one of many good ones from his defense. I dont think Ive ever had a bunch play so well so long, Spencer said. They just kept at it, all night. Theyd still be going if they had to. Im so proud of them. The Kowboys defense limited Palm Bay, 1-2, to 125 total yards, just 55 in the second half, and zero points. The Osceola offense, despite losing three turnovers and having a long TD run called back by a penalty, seemed to gain strength in the fourth quarter. The Kowboys had 149 yards in the second half and 100 of those came in the fourth period as Stafon McCray (22-121, 1 TD), Davante Small (14-67) and Scooter Fagan (4-31) rotated carries behind the offensive line of Carlos Maxwell, Malik Howard, Kevin Mendez, Tyler Evans and Josh Phelps that was dominating during the winning drive. Coach told us when we were at the 50 that we had to play like we wanted to be Osceolas Santiago Hoffman holds on for the game-winning catch over Palm Bays Sekai Lindsey in the fourth quarter of Fridays game at Kowboys field. Below, Hassan Childs (3) reaches back to make the interception just before halftime as Palm Bay receiver Caleb Alves and OHS defensive back Brandon Baker also make a play for the ball.News Gazette Photos/Andrew Sullivan Kowboys score TD in 4th quarter to stop Pirates, 14-7See Panthers, page A-9RUSHINGPlayer Car. Yds. Avg. Td Smith (G) 53 461 8.6 4 VMcCray (O) 48 277 5.7 4 Carrington (C) 49 232 4.7 4 Small (O) 36 212 5.8 3 Gonzalez (Lf) 16 192 16.0 3 Pfeifer (S) 27 166 6.1 3 Harrison (O) 13 142 10.9 1 Turner (P) 8 133 16.5 2 Wilson (L) 14 150 10.7 1 Benn (L) 17 101 5.9 0 Vega (G) 5 95 19.0 1 Lopez (P) 10 91 9.1 2 Petit-frere (P) 11 71 6.5 0 Wilson (O) 20 84 4.4 0 Kuchinskas (H) 21 63 3.0 0 Stevens (G) 8 60 7.5 0PASSINGPlayer Com. Atts. Yds. TD Int. Santry (C) 30 71 533 4 4 Murray (H) 12 42 153 1 3 Harrison (O) 7 15 139 2 0 Rodriguez (G) 8 23 106 1 2 Rinehart( S) 13 25 121 1 0 Wilson (L) 6 13 120 1 0 Lindstrom (P) 2 5 45 0 0RECEIVINGPlayer Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Victor (C) 8 267 33.4 4 Saragusa (C) 15 198 13.2 0 Meierkort (C) 6 77 12.8 0 Childs (O) 3 72 24.0 1 Casillas (L) 3 59 19.6 1 Smith (G) 1 57 57.0 1 Hoffman (O) 3 57 19.0 1 Benn (L) 3 53 17.6 1 Britton (H) 2 50 25.0 1 Lopez (P) 2 45 45.0 0SCORINGPlayer TD XP 2pt. FG Tot. Z. Smith (G) 5 0 1 0 32 McCray (O) 4 0 0 0 24 Carrington (C) 4 0 0 0 24 Victor (C) 4 0 0 0 24 Smith (Lf) 3 0 3 0 24 Small (O) 3 0 1 0 20 Gonzalez (Lf) 3 0 2 0 20 Rodriguez (G) 3 0 0 0 18 Turner (P) 3 0 0 0 18 Pfeifer (S) 3 0 0 0 18 Lopez (P) 2 0 1 0 14 Childs (O) 2 0 0 0 12 Vanstralendorf (L) 0 4 1 1 9 Nogueras (O) 0 5 0 1 8 Marquez (G) 0 8 0 0 8 Wilson (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Brown (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Winkler (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Benn (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Casillas (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Phillips (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Vega (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Wharton (G) 1 0 0 0 6 C. Smith (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Hepson (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Rivera (Lf) 1 0 0 0 6 Harrison (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Britton (H) 1 0 0 0 6 Lindstrom (P) 1 0 0 0 6 Petit-frere (P) 1 0 0 0 6 Bell (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Ocasio (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Askey (S) 0 2 0 1 6 Hawari (C) 0 4 0 0 4 Ramos (P) 0 2 0 0 2 Steinmetz (S) 0 0 1 0 2 Bogaenko (S) 0 1 0 0 1DEFENSEPlayer Solos Hits Int. Fbl.C Fbl.R Keene (H) 21 29 0 1 0 Adams (O) 11 19 0 0 0 OLeary (C) 8 17 0 0 1 Stewart (S) 11 14 0 1 1 Lewis (C) 13 10 1 0 0 Owens (G) 21 2 1 0 1 Nicholson (O) 5 19 0 0 0 Sanchez (O) 4 17 0 0 0 OLeary (C) 4 15 0 0 0 Lathrop (C) 10 8 0 0 0 Fields (H) 6 11 0 2 0 Jenkins (O) 9 7 0 0 0 Stevens (G) 16 10 1 0 1 Kuchinskas (H) 3 12 0 2 0 Brackbill (O) 9 6 0 0 0 Sanchez (G) 8 7 0 0 0 Dockery (O) 8 6 0 0 0 Joseph (L) 8 6 1 1 0 Bailey (O) 9 4 0 0 0 Baker (O) 11 2 1 0 0 Knight (G) 11 2 0 0 0 Trujillo (H) 2 10 0 0 0 Browne (H) 4 8 0 0 0 Brooks (C) 7 5 1 0 1 Drayton (S) 7 4 1 0 0 Mckenzie (S) 5 6 0 1 0 Akins (C) 4 7 0 0 0 Svedin (G) 8 3 0 0 0 Weber (G) 7 4 0 0 0 Carrington (C) 7 4 0 0 0 Brown (O) 4 6 0 0 0 Steinmetz (S) 3 7 0 0 0 Hundley (H) 1 9 0 0 0 McDonough (C) 4 5 0 0 0 Graham (C) 3 6 0 0 0 Hughes (H) 3 6 0 0 0 Vega (G) 8 1 0 0 0 Martinez (C) 4 5 0 0 0 McCray (H) 6 3 0 0 0 J. Juaquan (O) 5 4 0 0 0 D. Juaquan (O) 5 4 0 0 0 Charlin (L) 2 7 0 0 0 Grey (L) 2 6 0 0 0 Carpenter (C) 5 3 0 0 0 Toth-Allen (H) 4 4 0 0 0 Gomez (G) 8 0 0 0 0 Gordon (O) 3 4 0 0 0 Kross (C) 5 3 0 0 1 Smithson (O) 5 3 1 0 0 Farley (O) 6 2 0 0 0 Randy (O) 4 4 0 0 0 Darren (O) 4 4 0 0 0 Parikson (S) 3 5 0 0 0 Ocasio (S) 4 4 1 0 0 Ramirez (C) 4 3 0 0 0 Wharton (G) 7 0 0 0 0 Cox (H) 3 4 0 0 0 Childs (O) 5 2 2 0 0 Rincon (S) 2 5 1 0 0 Sims (L) 4 3 0 0 0 Peters (L) 3 4 0 0 0 Madero (L) 1 5 0 0 0 Nunez (S) 2 4 0 0 0 Sheirer (S) 3 3 0 0 0 Schroeder (S) 3 3 0 0 0 Williams (S) 2 3 0 0 1 Hepson (G) 3 2 1 0 1 Hagmaier (C) 1 4 0 0 0 Britenriker (H) 3 2 0 0 0 Fine (G) 4 1 0 0 0 Britton (H) 0 5 0 0 0 C. Smith (G) 4 1 0 0 2 Dubra (L) 1 4 0 0 0 Sacks : Brackbill (O), Bailey (O), Sheirer (S), Ocasio (S), Francis (O), Kross (C), Carrington (C), OLeary (C), Carpenter (C).. COUNTY STATS Gateway set for district openerSee Kowboys, page A-9 Bulldogs rip Agape for first win
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Find details atwww.FloridaCattlemen.orgTHE BUCK STARTS HERE2012 Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals and FREE Cowboy Heritage FestivalSilver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida Ranch Rodeo Tickets: $10 per person, Kids 10 & under FREE!Friday September 28Ranch Rodeo Finals 7 p.m.Saturday September 29Cowboy Heritage Festival 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Ranch Horse Competition 10 a.m. Ranch Rodeo Finals 7 p.m.Cowboy Heritage FestivalCelebrate and Learn about Floridas Ranching History Fun & Educational Arts & Crafts Displays Living History Exhibits 091312.TNGFor More Information Call 407-846-6221 Find Information about Kissimmee areaactivities at VisitKissimmee.com PanthersContinued from page A-8champions, Mendez, a 225pound junior tackle said OHS drove 65 yards to take the lead in the second quarter. McCray, whose 31-yard run to the Palm Bay 22 was the big play, capped the drive with a 1-yard run. Cristano Nogueras added the PAT to make it 7-0. The Kowboys were at the Pirates 34 on their next possession with a chance to expand the lead before Hill stripped a Kowboys ball carrier and stunned the large OHS crowd with his TD return to tie the score. Kowboys defensive back Hassan Childs kept the Pirates out of the end zone late in the first half when he picked off quarterback Brian Fallace (5-16-67-1) at the goal line. The Kowboys outgained Palm Bay, 259-125. It was a physical game, but thats the kind of game we like to play, Brandon Baker said. Thats what we wanted to do, to let people know about how the Kowboys play football. Mendez said the Kowboys werent happy to learn that they were underdogs to Palm Bay before the game. I feel like we made a statement that the Kowboys are back, and that were going back to the Citrus Bowl to the state championship, he said. Coach Nichols isnt ready to say that, but he was pleased to see OHS end a long losing streak to Palm Bay. My dad said to me the other day, Are you going to beat them this time? You havent as long as youve been there, Nichols, who was an assistant at OHS for 16 years before becoming the head coach two years ago, said. I had never thought about it before, but I never had won this game, so it feels good. Palm Bay has won two state championships and made 17 straight playoff appearances, so not many teams can make a living by beating the Pirates. We lost to this team last year, and we didnt want that again, Daequan Harrison said. Were real close to being where we want to be. OHS goes to 0-3 Celebration, a 52-0 loser to Lake Minneola, Friday at 7 p.m. Celebration Coach Ed Meierkort was unhappy about his teams regression after it nearly beat Poinciana. I dont mind losing games against superior talent. I do mind taking a step back, Meierkort said. We played with very little toughness. It should have been a 24-7 or 28-10 type of game. We had chances. Meierkort said his team would again be overmatched physically against OHS. Ive been on both sides of this. In a way, Im sure theyd probably rather be doing other things than coming here, but thats the situation were in, Meierkort said. Were in the belly of the beast.Ko wboysContinued from page A-8 p enalized more t han 100 yards, which played a role in the defeat. We have to get over that now, thats in the past, Roberts said. The game will pit two good friends against each other since Lennox formerly was the defensive coordinator at Gateway and Roberts worked with him. A lot of what I learned about defense came from him, Roberts said. Were still good friends. St. Cloud, 1-1, earned its first win in impressive style over Agape Christian, 39-8, last week. The Bulldogs, like Gateway, were led by their defense. The Bulldogs forced five turnovers and held Agape out of the end zone on three of four possessions inside the St. Cloud 10. Roberts is concerned about a Bulldogs offense that features running back Eric Pfeifer, who scored twice in last years 45-20 win against Gateway, a game that was postponed one day because of bad weather. Hes one of the toughest kids in the county, real quick. Hes hard to bring down, Roberts said. Jordon Reus, a deep threat at receiver for the Bulldogs, also has Roberts worried. Hes one of those guys who can stretch the field, he said. St. Cloud Coach Brad Lennox expects a tough one Friday. It will be a great challenge for us, Lennox said. Marlin is an outstanding coach and the Panthers are really athletic. But we are looking forward to the challenge. We will have to clean up some of our mistakes and build off of the effort we gave (Friday). Gateway hasnt beaten the B ulldogs since 2007, and Roberts said it is time for the losing streak to end. Were going to have a pep rally and a spirit day, we need the students to get involved. We need that 12 th man, Roberts said. Poinciana will host Tavares Friday at 7 p.m. in the 5A-6 district opener for both schools. The 1-2 Eagles lost at Lakeland Tenoroc, 36-0, last week. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Neither visiting Harmony nor host Liberty has won a football game this season, but that wont matter much to the winner of Fridays 7:30 p.m. game between the county rivals at Chargers field. It is the 7A District 6 opener for both teams, and regardless of what happened last week, the winner will be 1-0 in the district. You hate to say that any game is more important than another, but this is the first important step toward the goals we have, which is to get into the playoffs, Liberty Coach David Benson said. The Chargers fell to 0-2 last week after a disappointing 48-13 loss to Bishop Moore. Harmony, 0-3, is winless in three games after a 45-0 loss at Palm Bay Heritage last week. Obviously, this isnt what we expected at this point of the season, but were 0-0 in the district and a win Friday takes away that bad taste, Horns Coach Jerrad Butler said. Liberty won, 50-20, last season in a game that was postponed one day because of bad weather. Benson was disappointed in his teams performance against Bishop Moore. I really dont like bye weeks, Benson said. Weve had such a strange season because we really cant get into a rhythm, and football is all about routine and rhythm. Bishop Moore led wire-towire. Junior Markel Brown gave Liberty fans something to cheer with a school-record 99-yard kick return. But, for the most part, it was a forgettable game for Liberty. Butler said his team was unable to find consistency on their side of the ball at Heritage. We couldnt get off the field on third downs. Offensively, were having a hard time keeping anything going. Last week the defense was on the field for 75 snaps, which is too much, he said. Injuries continue to plague Harmony, which has lost three linemen during the past two games. Linebacker Colton Keene had 15 tackles and leads the county with 50. Benson worries that Harmony may reach its potential Friday. They played Merritt Island very tough, he said.A.J. Williams contributed to this story. Chargers, Horns meet in district
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Hed like it to be placed near the Ice Cream Palace, where the he and Max greet children and their families on their weekly Thursday evening visits. He has been bringing smiles to hundreds of beautiful childrens faces every few weeks as they loved and petted on him, Clark said. Max loves his job and the kids so much that each time we enter the Village gate he becomes very excited in anticipation of the attention that is soon to come his way. To learn more about volunteering at Give Kids The World, visit www.gktw.org or call 407-396-0770.Playful pooch makes special visits to GKTW Submitted PhotoThe Osceola County YMCA celebrated its grand reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 30. A Kissimmee girl wasnt horsing around when she recently won a national competition with her horse. Keeley Clark, 15, of Kissimmee, won the Arabian Youth National Champion ships in both training level and first level dressage at the Arabian Youth National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico this summer on her half-Arabian Khemos Centauri. This was Keeleys first year of competition in the 14-18 division, making her one of the youngest riders in her division, according to a press release. In addition to Khemos Centauri, also called Mikey, Keeley also shows Arabians Al-Marah Surprise, Al-Marah Power Leader, Al-Marah Silver Charm and Al-Marah Don Power. Keeley practices between three and five hours a day year round, and travels thousands of miles a year to compete. In the past few years, she has shown at three national championships, three regional championships and dozens of class A shows. She also participated in an exhibition of Arabian horse riding at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010. Keeley, who currently is fourth as a youth rider in the Arabian Horse Association national standings, has been showing her horses for three years. In addition to her two national championships, this year she has also won 12 national top tens, 3 regional championships, 3 regional reserve championships and 14 regional top five championships. Her goal is to compete in Germany as Americas top young rider in dressage in 2017 or 2018. This is open to all riders 21 years old and younger, and is usually won by riders who are 20 or 21 years old. Keeley does the majority of training of her horses, which is unusual for junior riders competing at the national level, the press release stated. However she does receive training help from Kimberly Nelson, of Kissimmee, and riding instruction from her stepfather, Mark Miller of Kissimmee, Kim Barteau, of Chicago, Illinois and Baron Julius Von Uhl of Indiana. Keeley loves to play softball and go to concerts. 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Thursday, September 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Whats new?Relay For Life kickoff eventThe 2013 Relay For Life Team kick off is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Pavilion, 1402 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud. Light Refreshments will be served. Bring beach chairs or blankets. There will be a mini-relay 18 hours in 18 minutes. Anybody who wants to learn more about Relay For Life should attend the event. People will be able to register teams and talk to relayers who have done this before, to be a part of the worlds largest fundraiser. RSVP to Robin Hengels at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-319-5980.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month from October to May at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. Its a pot luck lunch, members should contribute. The topics covered will be information on vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. There also will be exhibits of live plants and flower arrangements. For more information, call 407870-0671.KVAS meetingThe KVAS will meet Sept. 25 at 6:45 p.m. in the boardroom of Kissimmee Utility Authority, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee. The program will be led by a raptor expert from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and will include a live bald eagle. KVAS meetings are free and are open to the public. For more information, call 407-729-5168. Fun RunThe SCMS Mustang 5K Stamped & Childrens Fun Run will be Saturday, Oct. 20. Packet pick-up and registration is 7 to 7:45 a.m.Corn hole tournamentThe Kids Closet is hosting a corn hole tournament Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Sidelines in St. Cloud. It will benefit children by providing new uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear and personal hygiene products to needy students. Cost is $30 for a team of two. Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email email@example.comBook saleThe Friends of the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library are having a book sale from Oct. 11-13 at 810 E.13TH St., St. Cloud. The hours of the sale are: Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Saturday will be a bag it sale ($2 for a bag full of books, etc.). You can bring your own bag, buy a friends of the library bag or use a plastic bag.DAV 148 Join us for Ladies Day every Wednesday, third Saturday of each month starting at noon. Slingshot will be playing following bingo today. Wear your red shirt to show your support for the troops. Wear one on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The non-premium longnecks are $1 from 11 a.m. until close. Dont have a red shirt? The DAV has them for sale. There will be a district meeting Saturday, Sept. 22, for members only. Guests will be welcome after 3 p.m.. The Buzzard Band will be playing after the meeting. Our monthly meetings are on the third Sunday each month. DAVA at 2 p.m. and DAV at 3:30 p.m. Happy Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The service officer is here every Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m.. We are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee. Call 407-846-4141.Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression and anxiety disorders. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call 407-556-4998 or 407-892-9272 in the evening.Fashion show The St. Thomas Aquinas Council of Catholic Women is having a fashion show Saturday, Oct. 6. It will start at 11 a.m. in the Social Hall of the Church. The price is $15 and lunch will be included. Proceeds go to charities of the Council of Catholic Women. Tickets are on sale after all church masses the weekend of Sept. 22-23 and weekend of September 29-30. The church address is 700 Brown Chapel Road in St. Cloud. Wills and trusts seminarCapital Estates Educational Services will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates. The seminar will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee. The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided purely as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed and all requests for further information will be referred to appropriate legal counsel for individual consultation. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your Will? This seminar is for you. Reservations are required. RSVP to Tom Dalton at 407908-3708 or Joe McQuaid at 407-593-2243. Pine Lily Chapter meetingJenny Welch, president of the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, will make a presentation on Florida Native Grasses and Groundcovers and also will give anecdotes on other uses for Florida native plants at the Pine Lily Chapter meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Dakin Ave., Fellowship Hall, in downtown Kissimmee. In addition to her volunteer duties as Pine Lily president and education chair, Welch is a Florida master naturalist, Osceola County master gardener, Audubon eagle watch volunteer, board member of Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society and serves on the Osceola County Land Conservation Advisory Board. She also heads up the Osceola County Schools Garden Committee. This program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information or to join the organization, call 407-433-4483, PineLilyFNPS@aol.com or visit www. fnps.org.2012 September Osceola County Democratic community events p.m., the Poinciana Democratic subcommittee will meet at the Poinciana Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Kissimmee. Questions may be directed via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-9664684 and leave a message. Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Democrats of Celebration Club (DOC) will meet in the Town Hall at 851 Celebration Ave. in Celebration. All are welcome whether or not you live in Celebration. For more information, email DOC@democratsosceola.com Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m, the Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee (OCDEC) meeting will be in the Osceola County Commission Chamber on the fourth floor of the Administration Building in the Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee. Website: http://www. democratsosceola.com To volunteer, contact: OCDEC headquarters Office, 104 Church St., Kissimmee. Hours are from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 407-966-4684 and leave a message. NAACPOn Oct. 10, the NAACP will meet at the Barney E. Veal Center at 7 p.m. for a report of the nominating committee. On Nov. 14, the NAACP will meet at the Barney E. Veal Center from 7 to 8 p.m. to vote in the election of officers and at large members of the executive committee. In order to vote in a branch election, one must be in good standing of the branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driving safety class will be taught Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Oak Village Lane near Good Sam at the senior friends building. To register, call Ron at 407-944-9718. Both AARP members and non members accepted. This class will earn you an insurance discount. Osceola Stamp ClubThe Osceola Stamp Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Come trade, sell and meet other stamp collectors. New members are welcome and needed to keep the club going. For more information, call Charles Frazer at 407-201-4192. Shop, dine, strollDowntown St. Cloud is alive from 5-9 p.m. on the third Friday evening of every month. Enjoy restaurants, boutiques and antiques. There are always local musicians and artists as well as raffles and door prizes and many other activities throughout the downtown business district. Hallow Dream Charity CruiseThe Hallow Dream Charity Cruise to support the charity services of the USMCs Toys For Tots and A Firefighters Christmas will be Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Lake Fish Camp. The event is open to all showready cars, trucks and bikes. The entry fee is a new unwrapped toy or a $20 cash donation. There will be a raffle, a cornhole tournament and restaurant specials. For more information contact Roy at 407-873-4515 or visit hallowdreamcharitycruise.com, or eastlakefishcamp.com.St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The 2012-13 tournament schedule is Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, 2013, March 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013. Members of the National Horseshore Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-2971802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871.St. Cloud Senior CenterMonday night: social Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. Its all year on Mondays, but is subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Saturday Night: Country Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. There are live bands November through April. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, the music will be by a DJ and admission is free All ages are welcome. There will be no Saturday Night Dance on the night of Sept. 22. Normal dance schedule will resume Sept. 29. Line dancing: Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A $2 donation is requested. The instructor is Gail Smith, 407-408-5039.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.c4dofsuvcw. org/camp4officers.htmlHeel and Toe Western Square DanceCome dance with Heel and Toe Western Square Dance Club Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., St. Cloud. Admission is $5 per person. No experience is needed. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. Call Paul and Ellen at 407-931-1688 for more information.School supplies driveRobert Rosen, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Kissimmee, is supporting Education Foundation of Osceola County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive. Local residents and businesses may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items needed for the school supply drive include: Crayons, pencils, markers, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, backpacks, lunch boxes and more. The branch address is 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee.Holy Redeemer SchoolHoly Redeemer Catholic School PTO, 1800 W. Columbia Ave., Kissimmee, is hosting its second annual Crusin for the Classroom car and motorcycle show Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A display of cars and motorcycles, a pig roast, beverages, kids games and raffles are part of the event, which will be held on the soccer field. Proceeds will benefit student-used technology. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call Debbie Gum at 407-507-4122 or email email@example.com.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 for more information.Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visi t t he website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http:// bit.ly/ackyi7. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comNot short of supplies The Hallow Dream Charity Cruise to support the charity services of the USMCs Toys For Tots and A Firefighters Christmas will be Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Lake Fish Camp. There will be a raffle, a cornhole tournament and restaurant specials. For more information contact Roy at 407-8734515 or visit hallowdreamcharitycruise.Cruise on over C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY Whats happening? Submitted Photo The members of The Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay recently donated back-to-school supplies to A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County, a free store for eligible teachers to shop for supplies to be given to needy children in their classrooms. Rotary International is a service organization with a diverse group of business, community and professional leaders who address relevant social causes to change lives and build good will at home and abroad. The club meets at Kissimmee Bay Country Club every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. See Community, page B-4
Page B4, American Legion Events The American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 will have the following events: Mondays: Bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: Dart tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Italian Dinner Night $5.75. Thursdays: Free pool; Wings Night, 10 wings for $5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Trivia Game Night at 8 p.m. Fridays: Free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5 to 8 p.m.; Karaoke 8 p.m. Saturdays: RoadKill Bingo first and third weeks. N.Y. Strip Steak second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. The Legion Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son, or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the Post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261. Post 80 and Auxiliary Unit 80 are located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud. GriefShareThe GriefShare recovery an support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13. Childcare is provided as needed at the St. Cloud location. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 14. GriefShare feature s nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions such as, The Journey of Grief, will be offered. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407873-1067 or email bossn1@ cfl.rr.com. Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased counseling at the following locations on Medicare, Medigap/HMO, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and l ong-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, first-served. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. eration Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407846-8532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407-933-3246, Jan.-May the second Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon; September through November the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407-957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.Lodge No. 80 F&AMThe Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets the first and third Monday of each month. There is a social at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is at 321 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, contact the secretary, Johnny Brock, at 321-624-2682 or email jbrock65@cfl. rr.com.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 804 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 F & A.M. hosts stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com.Lodge 221 F&A.M. meetingSt. Cloud Lodge 221 F&A.M. holds stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com. English Country Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-8476055. Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407-742-6656 or linder. firstname.lastname@example.org.Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and third Monday at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at email@example.com.St. Cloud Senior Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; CommunityContinued from Page B-3 See Community, page B-6 YES! 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Survivors include children; Thomas Shreffler (Kathleen) of Erie, PA Phillip Shreffler of Boulder Creek, CA, Wa rren Shreffler (Chris) of Erie, PA Carol Mckenna (Michael) of Tr enton, OH, Suzanne Hartman (Gregory) of Santa Clara, CA, Melissa White (William) of St. Cloud, FL; 12 grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. Special memorial to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society.
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Page B6, anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www.fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).Toho Friends Toho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. Palm Ave. All seniors are welcome. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848. St. Cloud Senior Center eventsMonday Night is a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in hall A. Live band Mondays, all year, but is subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The Saturday Night Country Dance is 7 to 10 p.m. in hall A November through April. There will be live bands. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The other months, the music will be by Art Fagnant, DJ, and admission will be free. All ages are welcome. Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai chi and qigong classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. On Wednesdays, the class will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes will be taught through donations. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407738-7001. League looking for MarinesThe Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1092 is requesting all Marines join the group. The league does a variety of things including: sends care boxes overseas, memorials, parades, has scholarship programs, works with veterans, has a color guard and holds Toys for Tots drives. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the VFW in St. Cloud. It has a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the VFW to support the league. For more information, call Jim Underwood at 863496-1107 of the VFW at 407-892-6761.Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Ministry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407-944-9968 for the correct information. Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407-870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees. East American Legion Post 10 eventsThe American Legion of Kissimmee Post 10 is having the following events: Friday: Bingo at 5:30 p.m.; seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday: dinner fro m 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 7 p.m. Sunday: bingo at 4 p.m. Tuesday: karaoke from noon to 4 p.m.; bean bag first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information call the post at 407-8474193 or Frank Rohman at 407-922-2019.Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. 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From the moment the first cave dweller marked the wall of his home with a bit of charcoal, art has been a home decor must that has stood the test of time. W hether its t he v ibrant colors of a van Gogh, the almost-mystical perfection of a da Vinci or the dreamily diffused light of a Monet, great art speaks to the soul. The works of master artists have inspired home decor for centuries, and technological advances have made it easier than ever to incorporate their genius into your own home. Its no longer necessary to visit the Louvre in Paris to view the “Mona Lisa” or to travel to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to savor van Goghs Starry Night. You can easily incorporate great artwork into your home decor. Reproductions are the most obvious and accessible way to enjoy great masterpieces in your home. Fortunately, you have a variety of options when looking for a quality reproduction. From simple paper prints purchased at your local home decor store to actual paintings digitally reproduced with the aid of a computer program, you can find reproductions for virtually every price point. You can use your reproduction to enhance your home decor in a number of ways. A small print tucked into a discrete spot on the wall can add a pleasant, surprising pop of color in a room. Or, a larger reproduction can be a focal point for a rooms decor, and even provide color inspiration for the rest of the room, from walls to upholstery and accessories. Another versatile option that can be bold and striking is a wall mural. When you think of inspiring murals, does Michaelangelos famous work from the Sistine Chapel HOMEFINDER H OMEFINDER Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com September 20, 2012 HOME IMPROVEMENT Page A-6 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 cent days af ter Federal Reser ve Chair man Ben Bernanke said the F ed would provide additional help if needed. The weak August jobs repor t, released Fr iday was perceived by the market as clear evidence the economy needs more help. The jobs repo rt puts pressure on the Fe d to announce another round of bond purchases, or QE3. Bob Walters, chief economist fo r Quicken Loans. If it does n t happen, that could be ve ry interestin g. In theo ry if the F ed announces QE3, rates should drop That s because as the Fed buys mor tgage or Tr easury bonds (or both), the yields on those bonds normally fall. Ra tes tend to f ollow the direction of bond yields. lock in a rate mort gage professionals sa y. Don t pick up nickels in front a bulldoze r, Wa lters says. Ive been around long enough, and I have seen interest rates go up a point and a half in two weeks. Mo rt gage tip:Improve your chances fo r being approved on a home loan by pulling your credit report s and ensuring yo u re not being unfairly penalized fo r old, paid or settled debts.Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 4.09 3.94 3.87 3.81 3.81 4/25/20125 /30/20127/4/20128 /8/20129 /12/20123.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.75 5.00 Ad justable rate mo rt gages So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.10 3.13 3.11 3.00 2.98 3.03 3.01 2.96 2.91 2.75 4/25/20125/30/20127/4/20128/8/20129/12/20122.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr ends L ocal Mo rt gage Rate sInstitution Phone Ra te Orig Disc. Lock APR Ra te Orig. Disc. Lock APRThese are largest area rates that banks and thri ft s were charging W ednesda y. For additional Florida area rates visit www .bank rate.com By Po rate.co mBank rate mor tgage updateMo rt gage rates were relatively unchanged this week but don t let the calm before the storm f ool you. When the Federal Reserv e wraps up its policy meeting Thursday the markets will be anything but quiet. With or without an announcement for additional monetary stimulus, the Fed will the edge this may be a good time to lock a rate according to the Ban kr ate.com national su rv ey of large lenders. The mortgages in this week s survey had an average total of 0.39 discount and origination points. One year ag o, the mor tgage index stood at 4.32 percent; f our weeks ago, it was 3.86 percent. week. The benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mortgage fell to 2.75 percent from 2.76 percent. In almost all cases the rate is based on a lock-in period of 30 to 60 days Borr owers should review how the rates are calculated and inquire about additional closing cost s, such as appraisal fees and title searches NA means rate quotes not available on sur v ey date Ra tes are based on a loan amount of $165,000 to $417,000 with a 20 pe rc ent down payment. Bank of America 800-432-1000 3.625 0.00 0.88 60 3.790 2.875 0.00 1.00 60 3.188 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.750 1.00 0.04 60 4.867 3.900 1.00 0.24 60 4.130 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER Lake Nona Property Holdings announced its strongest new home sales totals in more than seven years, with more than 300 homes contracted across the communitys active neighborhoods Laureate Park, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Village Walk and Waters Edge through August. This activity, coupled with an earlier report by Metrostudy (an area market research firm), makes Lake Nona the most active new home community in the Orlando market. We are definitely seeing a major uptick in activity this year, said Lake Nona Vice President Rob Adams. Lake Nona is a special place, and people continue to recognize the value of living here. We are especially pleased with the early sales pace at Laureate Park, our newest neighborhood right next to Lake Nona Medical City. The latest Metrostudy construction starts report confirmed the strong activity seen at Lake Nona with 221 annual new home starts through the second quarter of 2012. This was the highest total in the Orlando market area. Adams stated that the increased activity reflects the quality of Lake Nonas increasingly diverse housing options and its unparalleled location that is rich with amenities and amidst the burgeoning Lake Nona Medical City employment base. In late 2011, Lake Nona added its newest residential community with Laureate Park, one of the nations most environmentally friendly communities featuring homes with modern transitional architecture styles and high levels of technology and sustainability. The neighborhood offers homes from the $200,000s by Ashton Woods Homes, David Weekley Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes and Minto Communities. Laureate Parks innovative product lines and amenities have been another draw for Lake Nona buyers. An innovative partnership with GE is bringing state-of-the-art, energy-efficient appliances and energy management systems to the community. Dais Communications has introduced fiber-to-home technology to Laureate Park, bringing its residents gigabit Internet connections the fastest residential Internet connections available in Orlando. Beyond Laureate Park, Lake Nona offers a diverse variety of housing options throughout the 7,000-acre community. New home offerings range from exclusive estate homes of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, to waterfront and natural beauty with Waters Edge, to resort-style living and canal front landscapes at VillageWalk, or to the amenity-rich neighborhood of NorthLake Park.Lake Nona tops 300 home sales in 2012 Photo/Lake Nona Lake Nona Property Holdings announced its strongest new home sales totals in more than seven years, with more than 300 homes contracted across the communitys active neighborhoods. Turn great art into home decor Photo/ARAcontentYou can easily incorporate great artwork into your home decor. See Art, page C-2In July, St. Cloud Main Street presented the monthly Heavenly Home Award to Madelyne Keene at 337 New York Ave., St. Cloud. The monthly selection is made by the St. Cloud Pavement Pounders who meet twice a week for their running club and the group narrows the selection for the month down to three and then makes a final decision from those selected. According to a St. Cloud Main Street press release, Keens home was built in 1925 and is one the historic homes in the Main Street district because when she purchased the house there was no kitchen as was prevalent of those times. Kitchens created additional heat and created an easy environment for fires, the press release stated. Keenes two sons, Wayne and Steve, of Vero Beach, remodeled her home. It is charming and Main Street awards Heavenly Home Homefinder briefs Submitted PhotoFrom left, Madelyne Keene, homeowner and Patty Chambers, St. Cloud Main Street chairman of the board. In July, St. Cloud Main Street presented the monthly Heavenly Home Award to Madelyne Keene at 337 New York Ave., St. Cloud. See Briefs, page C-2
come to mind? With easy-toinstall wallpaper murals, you can recreate the worlds mostrecognizable ceiling in your own home. A mural can fit into the decor in virtually every room of your home. Imagine the whimsical delight of Katsushika Hokusais The Great Wave of Kanagawa as an accent in your master bath. Or, van Goghs Cafe Terrace at Night can impart a distinctive Old World flavor to the decor in your breakfast nook. You can even incorporate a masterpiece mural in your outdoor design. Website MuralsYourWay.com offers wallpaper murals in SmartStick, a peel-and-stick material that can be used indoors or out and adheres to most smooth wall surfaces (including glass) and is easily removable and repositionable. No paste is needed and you can use the mural over and over again. Your foray into great art doesnt have to be limited to paintings, however. While reproductions of renowned sculptures are easy to come by, and an obvious choice, you can also find a variety of accessories and even furniture t hat draw t heir i nspiratio n from famous works of art. Looking for something thought-provoking and edgy for your home decor? Consider items from wall clocks to furniture inspired by the work of Salvador Dali. Is modern and abstract more to your taste? Fabrics that draw on the colors and design of Picassos works may fit your vision. Great art speaks to the soul, and whatever genre you prefer impressionist, Renaissance, modern or abstract you can find a place for it in your home. Thanks to modern technology, its easier than ever to enjoy great art and incorporate it into your decor.ArtContinued from Page C-1 inviting. Criteria is given to the club by St. Cloud Main Street and is made from residences located within the designated Main Street area, which is Florida Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue and 13th Street to and including the lakefront. For more informatio n contact Paula Stark with St. Cloud Main Street at 407498-0008.Park Square Homes to host grand opening Saturday in Harmony Park Square Homes will host a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to showcase a new model home at the green neighborhood at Harmony, a luxury community located off E. U.S. Highway 192 near St. Cloud. Anthony Rouhana, marketing coordinator at Park Square Homes, said the homebuilder plans to build 26 new homes at Green at Harmony that range in size from 2,000 square feet of living space to 3,700 square feet. New homes at Harmony are priced from the $190,000s to the $280,000s, Rouhana said. Rouhana said the Fairview model home offers four bedrooms and two and a half baths in 2,620 square feet of living space with a two-car garage. Rouhana said the grand opening event w ill featur e a gardening workshop, a bounce house for kids, a gourmet food truck and a special picnic area. Admission to the event is free and the public is invited.BriefsContinued from Page C-1 Photo/ARAcontentDont forget those ceilings. You can also turn them into a masterpiece.Q: I have a mustache cup that I purchased at a flea market. I paid $10 and think it could be worth much more. -Susan, Metarie, La. A: Maybe and maybe not. It depends on who made the mustache cup, when, and its design. Victorian-era mustache cups are always in higher demand than those made during the 1970s and s. In recent years, mustache cups and shaving mugs have become more collectible, and good ones more difficult to find. Look for cups and mugs with elaborate Victorian designs or occupational mugs. A shaving mug with a fireman and hose cart recently sold at auction for $450. In special demand are mustache cups with matching saucers and left-handed cups and mugs. *** Q: I have several paperback novels from the late 1940s and early s that I think might be worth a little money. They belonged to an uncle who took meticulous care of his property. How can I find out current values? -Steve, Ramona, Calif. A: One of the better references is The Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide by Gary Lovisi (Krause, $19.99). This book proves that you can, indeed, sometimes judge a book by its cover. The colorful, edgy illustrations on the cover of many paperbacks from this period often can translate into real money. For example, the lurid novels about sex, drugs and juvenile delinquency are currently commanding top prices. Mint copies of Born to Be Bad by Sheldon Lord, Man Hungry by Alan Marshall, Incest Street by Carlton Miller, and Thrill Kids, a Gold Medal book with a James Meese cover, are worth as much as $100 each. As with most collectibles, rarity and condition are extremely important. *** Q: I recently found an Uncle Wiggily Water Color Box, with 16 little vats of colors and a brush, all contained in a metal box. On the lid is Uncle Wiggily in full color. Do you have any idea of its value. I dont think the set was ever used. -Mark, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: In mint condition, $50 to $100, according to A Century of Crayola Collectibles: A Price Guide by Bonnie B. Rushlow and published by Hobby House Press. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Mustache cups more collectible lately Hanging up on robocalls is best tacticIf you get an automated recorded-message call (called a robocall), its likely a scam. And its illegal. It doesnt matter whether or not youre on the Do Not Call registry -automated sales calls are illegal. In one month alone earlier this year, 212,000 complaints were lodged with the Federal Trade Commission, with billions of robocalls being targeted by the FTC in the past two years. If you get a robocall, your best bet is to hang up. Dont press any numbers, dont speak -just hang up. If you press any button at all, it means theres a human at your end, and it surely will result in even more robocalls to your number. The FTC has put two new videos on its website (ftc.gov/robocalls) to let consumers know how to handle these calls: Robocalls Gone Wrong and What to Do If You Get a Robocall. It takes time, but report the call at www.donotcall.gov or by phone at 1-888-382-1222. If your phone-service package includes call blocking, then block any robocall numbers you get. Beware of paying extra for the service, however. The source of robocalls changes so often that its not worth the expense to keep blocking numbers. The problem with robocalls has gotten so bad that the FTC is going to hold a summit in October to explore how to trace and stop these illegal calls, as well as Caller ID spoofing. Illegal spoofing services provide the means to make calls that appear to originate from another number or an unknown number. The danger is that calls can appear to come from people or businesses you know. The key is to assess each call that appears to come from a person or business youre familiar with. For example, if you get a call supposedly from your bank and it asks for your account information, be suspicious and hang up. The bank already has your information, and the call is likely a scam. Be leery of giving out any information to anyone who calls. Unfortunately, its still legal for political candidates and charities to call you, even with robocalls, and even if youre on the Do Not Call list. One additional warning: The robocall software is available on the Internet and has been used to perpetuate pranks. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to columnreply@ gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Page C2, Coming Next Saturday, in the... 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential041212.HFRepair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing Clark ClarkInvestment Properties, Inc. 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