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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL 116TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION 50 CENTS NOVEMBER 15, 2012 Lighting the way to an energy efficient home... Page C-1 Homefinder Osceola, Harmony in football playoffsPage A-9 Sports For the latest activities, events and classes, see ...Page B-3 We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy No chance of rain Community Want to get a call from Santa Claus this year?The city of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department will continue its tradition of Santa Calling this holiday season. See page A-2 Index Kissimmee r fn t tb f br r nnrr f b r nr CountyOsceola County Expresswa y Authority shapes budg et for the P oinciana P arkwa y projectThe budget for funding of preliminary work to get the Poinciana Parkway project started, and what that work will entail, became clearer at Tuesdays meeting of the Osceola County Expressway Authority, when the board voted to submit its Request for Disbursement of Funds from Osceola County. See page A-2 What is your favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving Day? Turkey. Ham. Stuffing. pie. Other. Vote at www.around osceola.com There was no question of the week on Nov. 8 because of the NewsGazettes election coverage. By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Tis the season to help your fellow man and Osceola County is no exception, with organizations and governments offering Thanksgiving meals to those residents who either cant afford them or have no one to celebrate with. For the 21st year, the city of St. Cloud Saturday will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration from noon 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Civic Center (3001 17th St.). In the past five years, Ive noticed more people come, Sandra Ramirez, spokeswoman for the city, said. Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Holtkamp said she expects the event to draw a large crowd as it does traditionally. This traditional get-togethe r celebrates our community and our blessings, she said. Its quite an experience that brings diverse people together and promotes awareness, understanding and community building. City officials and volunteers will serve turkey and all the fixings to attendees. This is the first time Ive ever done it. There will be a lot of firsts, newly elected St. Cloud City Councilman Jeff Rinehart said. Im excited. Getting involved has been fun. That part of it is the fun stuff, the civic part. The event is free, however donations of non-perishable food items for the St. Cloud Food Pantry are welcome and those able are encouraged to bring a covered side item or dessert in a disposable container. The Osceola County Council on Aging is h osting its annual mea l Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point. Its open to anybody who wants a holiday meal, Carmen Carrasquillo, the organizations chief operating officer, said. The number of meals served has grown over the more than 20 years Needy families getting Thanksgiving help By Ken Jackson Staff W riter An area of New York and northern New Jersey still trying to get through the day after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area some two weeks ago received a little bit of local help, and will do so again this week if the need and level of giving is still there. Local ministry leader and former Kissimmee City Commission candidate Carmelo Garcia, through his Christians & Chaplains In Action ministry, is collecting items that the distressed Northeasterners can use as some still are without power or household goods. The group will be collecting donations at their new office space at 301 Church St. (the former Brighthouse Networks building) through Proud paradeNews-Gazette P hoto/ A ndrew S ullivanThe Celebration Veterans group led the way as Celebrations Veterans Day parade wound its way past the iconic Celebration AMC Theater on Front Street. The small parade, which consisted of various civic, school and dance groups, began at Lakefront Park and concluded at Veteran Park, where it was followed with a brief service. See Thanksgiving, page A-6Area group sending aid up north Submitted PhotoKissimmees chapter of Christians & Chaplains in Action delivered bottled water and other aid to the Kings Bridge Armory in Bronx, N.Y. for Hurricane Sandy victims. See Aid, page A-5 By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Osceola County Clerk of Court-elect Armando Ramirez still owes more than $6,000 in fees stemming from the summer of 2011, when he lost his suit against the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections and its canvassing board. Ramirez sued the Elections Office, the supervisor and the board for what he called egre gious practices in the 2010 election when Ramirez ran against, and lost to, Osceola County district 2 Commissioner John Quiones. Ramirez lost his lawsuit. He has not made payments toward the $6,038.60 he owes to the Elections Office and t he C anvassing Boar d of Osceola County for court reporter appearances, depositions and copies made from July to September 2011, Elect ions Office spokeswoman Amber Smith said. According to the judgments, Ramirez owes $2,702.25 to the Elections Office and $3,336.35 to the canvassing board. These are legitimate expenses he incurred during his lawsuit against this office. It is not fair to burden the taxpayers with these costs, Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington said. Arrington herself was just re-elected to her post on Nov. 6. The judgment for the fees was made on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2011 to current Clerk of Court Malcolm Thompson, whom Ramirez beat in the election primary in August. Ramirezs debt has not been sent to collections, Smith said. Ramirez confirmed he has not made any payments toward the fees owed because he lacked enough money to do so. However, he said he is looking into his budget to be able to start making payments but couldnt say whether he would start paying down the debt before he takes office Jan. 8. I have to check my reve-New clerk Ramirez still owes thousands to Elections Office, canvassing board Ramirez See Ramirez, page A-7 Police newsOsceola County Sheriffs deputies Monday arrested a New Jersey man and charged him with having sexual relations with an underage girl. On Monday at approximately 7:15 a.m., Sheriffs deputies made contact with a male, later identified as Richard Anicola, 24, of New Jersey, and a 16-year-old female who provided false identification to deputies stating she was 19, in the area of West U.S. Highway 192 and Seven Dwarfs Lane in Kissimmee. A criminal background check revealed Anicola had an outstanding warrant out of Georgia for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with custody by harboring, with both charges related to the female that was with him. She was reported as a missing runaway from Georgia. According to Sheriffs Office Man arrested for sexual relations with a minor See Police, page A-7 Anicola County
Page A2, By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The budget for funding of preliminary work to get the Poinciana Parkway started and what that work will entail, became clearer at Tuesdays meeting of the Osceola County Expressway Authority, when the board voted to submit its Request for Disbursement of Funds from Osceola County. The $2.35 million is listed as a budget for preliminary funding, which will be a loan, a ccording to Authority Chairman Atlee Mercer. The Expressway Authority will assume the debt the county is creating with all of this spending, he said Tuesday. The money will be spent to reduce any issues that could create any uncertainty or ambiguity in the RFPs (Request for Proposals) that prospective construction firms who want the job of building the roadway will turn in. The figure reflects funding to pay for items like surveys and geotechnical work, and since the county is paying for this work, it will withhold all studies that are derived and supply the firms with just the data. Mercer said the work would make for a better bidding process. Were recognizing the hard costs we have spent and will spend to bring this project to market, he said. After line items in the were budget discussed, such as project administration, financing, legal fees and auditing, fellow board member Bill Folsom asked that the board do its best to maintain, or put mechanisms in place to provide, cautious fiscal accountability.The funds request must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners, which is expected to act on it at its regular meeting Monday. Mercer also reported at Tuesdays meeting that the board call for RFQs (Request for Qualification) to begin vetting companies to build the road resulted in 11 responses. A technical review process is currently under way to look into and rank them in advance of asking for RFPs. While the Poinciana Parkway serves as the present for the Expressway Authority, the board also looked into the future Tuesday by agreeing to fund a Project Development and Environmental survey for a future project, another of the four proposed roadways that make up of the Authoritys 2040 Master Plan, to extend Osceola Parkway eastward. According to the authoritys master plan, that road is expected to intersect with the Northeast Extension, another of the four planned roads, which on paper is to connect to State Road 417 in Orange County. Those roads may affect the Split Oak Mitigation Area, which lies to the east of Narcoossee Road. Board member Bob Healy applauded the study, which he called a proactive measure. People are going to be concerned with how this project is going to affect them, he said. We have to be careful of how this impacts not just residents but the environment.Osceola County Expressway Authority shapes budget for the Poinciana Parkway project Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.The city of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department will continue its tradition of Santa Calling this holiday season. Children from Kissimmee can receive a personalized call from Santa Claus on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Parents interested in having Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus call their children must submit the following information: Childs name (how to pronounce if necessary). Age (10 years-old and younger). English or Spanish speaking. Gender of child. Phone number. What they want for Christmas. Names and ages of siblings. School/grade/teacher. Pets name and type of animal it is. Parent wishes for their child. Best time to call between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Specify if this is your childs first-time call or returning call. Santa Calling requests may be submitted one of three ways: Emailed to email@example.com. Mailed to: Oak Street Park Community Center, c/o Santa Calling, 717 N. Palm Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Dropped off at one of the Santa Calling mailboxes located at: Oak Street Park Community Center, Chambers Park Community Center, Lakeside Commu nity Center, Kissimmee Civic Center or Kissimmee City Hall. The deadline for receiving requests is Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. *Note that this is a phone calling service and not a gift giving service.Want to get a call from Santa Claus this year? 111512.TNG
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Page A4, The game changer in Floridas 2012 elections is a woman who wasnt running, who did her campaigning more than two years ago and whose name is little remembered in the ebb and flow of political events. The D emocratic Party, President Obamas statewide organization, Sen. Bill Nelsons campaign and all the partys nominees and volunteers deserve credit for the significant step toward a comeback Democrats scored last week. But Ellen Freidins work mattered a lot. She and a few dewey-eyed optimists produced the Fair Districts Florida amendments. They didnt do it for the Democrats, the Republicans or any candidate, but everyone knew which party would benefit from the new rules. The twin constitutional amendments, setting forth criteria for the state Legislature must follow in drawing new political boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, were adopted by 63 percent of Florida voters in 2010. The mandates require that lines be drawn without regard to incumbency, political party or other partisan considerations, and that the new districts be contiguous and as compact as possible. Legislators also have to protect minority access under the 1965 Voting Rights Act and mandates of federal courts, and avoid u nnecessary s ubdi vision of cities and counties, in crafting new districts. But, other than that, its just tough luck if two incumbents wind up running against each other, or some beloved leader of one party winds up in a district inhabited almost entirely by voters of the other party. Naturally, such common sense got on the ballot by public petition. You wouldnt expect the politicians to take politics out of politics. The Republican Party, controlling the legislative and executive branches of state government, fought the amendments all the way. Democrats supported them -either out of a warm, fuzzy sense of fair play, or a realization that these changes would move the ball their way. At public expense, the GOP legislative leadership went to court in a losing attempt to keep the public from voting on the amendments. They warned that the changes would be a logistical Rubiks Cube like telling candidates to line up alphabetically according to age, weight and height. As former Senate Democratic leader Dan Gelber points out, there were 17 House races decided by fewer than six points. The only Senate race pitting incumbents was won by Sen. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach, the Democrat. The party is suing over the Senate and congressional plans, despite a pickup of four seats in the U.S. House. Even with a more level playing field, Democrats who outnumber Republican voters in Florida are still down 76-44 in the House and 26-14 in the Senate. In football terms, they made a field goal last week, not a couple touchdowns. Legislators complied with Fair Districts Florida, with only minor dislocation of shoulders patting themselves on the back for doing right after exhausting all options. The Florida Supreme Court -the black-robed nemesis of Republican ideas approved the House map and directed a few relatively minor changes in the new Senate plat. The feds let the congressional plan proceed. We can only surmise what might have happened without Freidins fair-districts work. With straight faces, legislative leaders would certainly have drawn safe districts for themselves and their party, while packing Democrats into as few districts as absolutely necessary. Or maybe, in a burst of public-spirited altruism, they would have tossed aside partisanship and ambition, drawing the lines purely on the basis of population and fair play. Right. And maybe a fat, jolly fellow in a red suit will slide down your chimney next month. Bill Cotterell is a retired Capitol reporter who worked for United Press International and the Tallahassee Democrat. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. O PINION O PINION Editors NoteSubmit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 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 email@example.com. 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 321402-0436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 the weekend. The most critical needs are donations for solar-powered generators, clothing, baby and infant items and non-perishable food. All contributions are tax deductible. If enough items are collected to warrant the trip, Garcia will leave Monday or Tuesday and drive the items himself to the areas of most need. If donations are low, they will be kept for a food pantry CIA hopes to start, and the group will make a cash donation. He made the same trip over the weekend of Nov. 3, just days after Sandy left her wet, cold and windy mark, when Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera contacted Garcia with an urgent plea. He asked if we could send whatever help we could, and I told him Id do it right away, the native New Yorker said. They needed help quickly, and I have family in the Bronx. Using his contacts from local businesses and the political arena, he was able to garner 1,500 bottles of water from a local vendor, two cases of hygiene products from a donor and three bags of clothing for men, women and children from the community and his congregation. Realizing that it would be cheaper and faster to deliver the goods himself rather than shipping them, Garcia chose to drive to the Bronx, with the help of the donation of half of a SUV rental from Hertz and monetary donations from locals like Dave Scherer, John and Armando Ramirez, Paul Owen and Mike DeLong, who also ran for office this year, to help defray travel expenses. With a fellow minister (and a lot of blessings) in tow, they drove 17 hours to the Kings Bridge Armory to deliver their help. After less than six hours to rest and enjoy a meal with area family, Garcia and his co-pilot made the return trip on Nov. 4 and got back to Kissimmee the following Monday afternoon to return in time for the election, leaving just ahead of the Noreaster that followed Sandy and hampered relief efforts. He said the sights of his hometown knocked outta whack by the unfamiliar power of a hurricane really tore at him. Its The city that never sleeps, he said. To see much of it dark and people still lining up for blocks and miles for gas, I didnt know what to think. They werent prepared for that. When we started to come back, there was still debris in the streets. We came up on the George Washington Bridge and Id never seen it so quiet, we werent even sure it was open. Earlier this week, nearly 100,000 homes and businesses in the affected area remained without p ower mostly on Long Island. Garcia said hes willing to drive into neighborhoods directly affected in order to make a difference. Dont underestimate the power of a small group, he said.AidContinued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.10.12.LIFE 110812.TNG Sunday, December 9 @ 4pm Brass Band of Central Florida Christmas ConcertSunday, January 27 @ 4pm Florida Symphony Youth OrchestraSaturday, February 16 @ 7:30pm Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Slavic SoulSaturday, March 9 @ 7:30pm Van Cliburn Finalist Mariangela Vacatello11th Annual Season ScheduleFeaturing Mariangela Vacatelloirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finalist Winner of the Internet Audience AwardConcerts held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, 511 Celebration AvenueSeason Tickets Available Now All 4 Concerts Only $70For More Information Please Contact:e Celebration Foundation 407-566-1234 111512.TNGTickets can be purchased at www.thecelebrationfoundation.org 101812.TNG 111512.TNG
Page A6, Four roads in eastern Osceola County are scheduled for resurfacing through Wednesday. Work is anticipated, barring weather and equipment-related issues, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those roads are: Star Line Drive, from Narcoossee Road east to the end of cul-de-sac. McMichael Road, from Jack Brack Road north to Leon Tyson Road. Dease Road, from McMichael Road west to the end of cul-desac. Chisholm Park Trail, from Albany Avenue west to end of pavement. Message boards are in place to advise motorists of the projects. Motorists are urged to use caution when approaching these areas, as workers will be present and speed limits may be reduced. Expect temporary lane closures (but no road closures) and delays. For more information on the work contact Osceola County Community Outreach at 407742-0100. since the Council on Aging began offering Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Carrasquillo said more than 1,000 meals were served last year and each year, more families with children show up for the traditional dinner. I expect more this year due to the economy being the way it is and people losing their jobs, she said. The Council on Aging will also provide transportation to the facility for seniors or disabled adults unable to travel themselves or deliver a meal to those unable to join the festivities. To schedule transportation, call 407-846-0359 or to request a meal delivery, call 407-847-2744. The Council on Aging still has volunteer opportunities available for Thanksgiving. The (volunteer) schedule goes out the window because so many people just show up. I always find something for everyone to do, Carrasquillo said, adding the agency also is in need of items, such as turkeys, pies, canned goods or monetary donations. Anything they can donate, even if its just a can of green beans, is always appreciated. For volunteer opportunities, contact Carrasquillo at 407-483-1473.ThanksgivingContinued from Page A-1 Road resurfacing projects scheduled County Come Visit Our Full Showroom1451 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy. (192) RockerLocker Shopping Plaza(Between Narcoossee Rd. & Old Hickory Tree Rd.)St. Cloud, FL 34771407-957-7747Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-5p; Saturday 9a-12noon and by appt. in evening. FREE ESTIMATES We have our own professional installersMAGNOLIA SQUARE DESIGN CENTER110112.TNG rfOn Sale On Sale On Sale On Sale Hundreds To Choose From 110112.TNG A aA UTO CASH PAID $300 AND UPFor junk cars and trucksAny condition, running or notFREE TOWINGSame day pick up, no title neededDont Settle for less, believe we pay more than the other guys.CALL 407-900-6490 A ANIMALS firstname.lastname@example.org www. O O sceolaPetEmergency.comHours are Monday Friday 6PM-7AM Saturday 12PM Monday 7AM 24 hours on all holidays.We also offer low cost spay/neuters and low cost vaccinations A ADVANCED PLAS TT IC S UU RGERY Offering Complimentary Consultations Inquire About Current Specials407.345.8145 With the holidays just around the corner, why not get that new look you have been thinking about? October 1January 31st, enjoy a $500 discount on many surgical procedures, some restrictions apply. Need ideas for loved ones this Christmas or maybe you would like to give an idea to someone for yourself. Take advantage of any of our holiday inspired gifts!Our Shimmer and Shine Package includes: (1) Regenerating Holiday Glow Spa Facial customized for your skin type. (4) Image skin care products that will revitalize and refresh. Max Facial Cleanser, Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum, Matte Daily Defense Sunscreen, and Vital C Hydrating Repair Crme. As a bonus, you receive Body and Face Shimmer as well as a Lip Gloss!!! All for the Special Holiday Price of $125!! (retails for well over $300!!!) Only while supplies last!! Se habla Espaol C CAREER OO PP OO R TUTU NI TT Y www.valenciacollege.edu/join-us TO SEE YOUR AD ON THIS PAGE CALL JODY, KEITH, OR KELLY AT 407-846-7600 111512.TNG TT H ANAN KS GIGI V INGING D AA Y6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Serving Oven Fresh Turkey With All The Trimmings 2-2-2B REAREA K FAFA S TT SP EE C IALIAL Monday-Saturday 6:30am-9pm Sunday 6:30am-3pm2235 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee, FL(1 Block West of Turnpike Entrance) 407-846-8003 Welcome Back Snowbirds! $4692 Eggs Any Style 2 Pancakes/French Toast 2 Bacon/SausageOnly
Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 nue, my budget, Ramirez said. Whatever money I owe, it will be settled. According to Osceola County Attorney Andrew Mai, the debt does not affect Ramirezs ability to take office. I think theyre separate issues. I think its just treated as a debt, Mai said. Ramirez, a Democrat, won the Clerk of Court position Nov. 6 against Republican Rayelynne Ketchum by 12,777 votes. A former New York City police officer and a community activist in Osceola County, this was Ramirezs fifth time running for local office. I dont want to continue this conversation anymore, Ramirez said, before ending the phone interview Tuesday. spokesperson Twis Lizasuain, as deputies were questioning Anicola, the 16-year-olds father, who was in the area after he received information his daughter was in Kissimmee with Anicola, drove by and stopped to speak with deputies, telling them he had reported his daughter missing. Based on the information, Anicola was arrested and charged with 20 counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing false information to law enforcement during an investigation.Kissimmee man charged with defrauding friendOsceola County Sheriffs deputies Monday arrested a Kissimmee man and charged him with stealing items from his elderly roommate and stealing money from her bank account. The investigation began exactly two months prior, when deputies responded to the 82-year-old victims home at 717 Toulon Drive in Kissimmee. She noticed jewelry, a laptop computer and a credit card were missing from her residence and said that more than $1,200 had been withdrawn at several local stores and gas stations from her bank account in the month of August, Sheriffs Office spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said. The victim told deputies she recently allowed Carlos AlfaroLemus, 56, who she said was a friend she has known for more than 30 years, to move in with her because she is elderly and a widow. She said Alfaro-Lemus would help her at the house and drive her to run errands for minimal rent, but thought he might have stolen the items. Deputies investigated the credit card purchases, and confirmed that Lemus had made all of the transactions. They told the victim this information, who then spoke with Alfaro-Lemus. He said he would return her jewelry and laptop computer if she would not press charges. Alfaro-Lemus arrived at the victims residence Monday without the victims personal property and was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail and charged with grand theft, theft from a person older than 65 and fraudulent use of credit cards.Fertic family member arrested again Police captured a member of the well-known Fertic family, of St. Cloud, Saturday after he attempted to elude them in an attic. Members of the St. Cloud Police Department around 3 p.m. located Samuel Fertic, 42, of 203 Fertic Road, Saturday at 437 Delaware Ave. due to an active warrant for violation of pre-trial release for a previous arrest. Fertic was arrested and charged Sept. 25 with felony battery by strangulation/domestic violence, false imprisonment/ kidnapping and battery after a physical altercation with his girlfriend. When located by police Saturday, Fertic attempted to evade arrest and climbed into the attic of the home on Delaware Avenue. Officers deployed chemical munitions into the attic, causing Fertic to exit the attic through the ceiling and run out the back door, spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Roberts said, adding Fertic was also Tased due to his continued efforts to resist arrest. Fertic is currently being held at the Osceola County Jail on zero bond. Police Continued from Page A-1 Fertic Ramirez Continued from Page A-1 111512.TNG www.centerstatebank.comKissimmee 407-847-3800 071212.TNGWe Believe In You!FREE Business and Personal CheckingMember FDICSt. Cloud 407-957-3800 Southchase 407-438-1140 Karen GielBranch Manager, Ashton email@example.comPoinciana 407-944-3800 Ashton 407-891-8396 A ADOPTION Are YouPregnant?Childless married couple (in our 30s) seeks to adopt.Will be hands on Mom and devoted Dad. Financially secure, expenses paid. 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Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 S PORTS S PORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsOHS vs. Naughts again By Rick Pedone Sports Editor City of Life Christian Academy has gotten hot at just the right time. The Warriors take a four-game winning streak into Fridays Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools seven-man football semifinal playoff game. City of Life will play defending state champion Fort Myers Canterbury Academy Friday at 7 p.m. at Archie Gordon Park. COL, 10-3, exploded for 54 second-half points during a 60-26 win over Land O Lakes Academy at the Lakes. The Warriors got a five-touchdown performance from running back Michael Santiago, who carried 15 times for 232 yards. Santiago ran 4, 56, 75 and 8 yards for touchdowns and caught a 5-yard TD pass from quarterback Kolin Funk. The Warriors trailed, 20-6, before scoring on all seven possessions in the second half. Coach Glenn Harris said it wasnt necessary to give a motivational speech at halftime. No, these guys are pretty self-motivated, Harris said. They knew where they stood, what the situation was. I just COL in 7-man playoffs Football regional playoffs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Harmony makes its first football playoff appearance since 2007 Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport Ridge Community in the opening round of the Class 7A-2 regional playoffs. The Longhorns (4-6) are the biggest surprise in the region after rallying from an 0-5 start to win four of their last five games, including three crucial victories in 7A District 6. Harmony clinched their playoff spot Nov. 2 by beating rival St. Cloud, 26-20. Harmony Coach Jerrad Butler said the playoff atmosphere shouldnt affect his team, which won high-pressure district games against Gateway and St. Cloud. The last two games, it was series-by-series, downby-down, Butler said. I think our kids have been against adversity where nobody outside the team gave us much of a chance. Butler said he didnt think about the playoffs when the team was winless at midseason. No, because at that point youre just focused on winning a game, Butler said. You arent looking down the line at that point. And, his team got the message. Thats what happens when you have a bunch of blue collar, lunch-pail type of kids, Butler said. Its a testament to them that weve gotten to this point. Quarterback Jeremiah Murray (55-133, 828 yards, 10 TDs) has given the Longhorns the extra dimension they needed to be successful offensively. The team struggled to score during its losing streak, but since midseason the Horns have scored more than 20 points per game except for a shutout at Osceola and during the 15-13 win against Gateway. Tristan Reaves, Preston Jones and Alex Britton all stepped up to make big catches for Murray, and Forrest Osborne (107544, 2 TDs) has ground out yardage despite dealing with a variety of injuries. Defensively, linebacker Colton Keene leads the county with 137 tackles. Chase Fields (67 tackles, four caused fumbles, two interceptions) and linemen Quozell Browne (59 tackles, one caused fumble), Manny Trujillo (59 tackles) and Jared Kuchinskas (37 tackles, three caused fumbles) all have played key roles for the defense. Ridge Community, 8-2, beat Lakeland, 7-0, two weeks ago to clinch the 7A-5 championship. Butler said the Bolts victory was no fluke. Defensively, theyre as good as Lakeland, Butler said. The Bolts also have a game-breaker in Shykeem Pitts, who moved to quarterback at midseason to shake up a lethargic offense. Pitts is being targeted by several D-I programs as a defensive back. The key for us is how quickly we can adjust to their speed. Theres no way for us to replicate that in practice, Butler said. Osceola would be the team that weve played that I would compare them with. Harmony won two previous meetings between the teams in 2005 (1413) and 2006 (68-0), when Tyler Anderson coached the Longhorns. The Longhorns reached the regional finals in 2007 before losing at North Marion, 21-3.Harmonys Steven McCrary (20) squares up against Osceolas Stafon McCray during their game last month. The Longhorns travel to Davenport Ridge Community for a 7A-2 regional playoff game Friday at 7:30 p.m.News Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanRUSHINGPlayer Car. Yds. Avg. Td .Smith (G) 184 1,518 8.4 15 McCray (O) 147 1,309 8.9 20 Pfeifer (S) 173 1,233 7.1 15 Small (O) 72 751 10.4 10 Osborne (H) 107 544 4.9 2 Benn (L) 113 495 4.3 2 Fagan (O) 51 426 8.3 1 Wilson (O) 54 419 7.7 4 T. Carrington (C) 103 339 3.3 5 Jones (H) 48 308 6.1 1 Harrison (O) 32 280 8.4 6 Williams (S) 49 268 5.5 2 Lewis (C) 32 252 7.9 1PASSINGPlayer Com. Atts. Yds. TD Int. Murray (H) 55 133 828 10 10 Santry (C) 50 122 725 4 9 Wilson (L) 37 91 576 5 5 Harrison (O) 25 52 537 10 1 Rodriguez (G) 23 63 395 6 5 Chavel (S) 13 52 332 2 5RECEIVINGPlayer Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Victor (C) 25 484 19.3 6 Reus (S) 14 294 21.0 2 Reaves (H) 23 286 13.6 4 Jones (H) 10 272 22.7 3 Hoffman (O) 12 268 22.0 5 Saragusa (C) 22 251 11.4 0 Winkler (L) 7 204 29.0 2 Casillas (L) 12 180 15.0 2 Meierkort (C) 14 176 12.6 0 Britton (H) 10 172 17.7 3SCORINGPlayer TD XP 2pt. FG Tot. McCray (O) 21 0 1 0 128 Z. Smith (G) 17 0 1 0 104 Pfeifer (S) 15 0 0 0 90 Small (O) 11 0 1 0 68 Nogueras (O) 0 36 0 1 39 Harrison (O) 6 0 0 0 36 Wilson (O) 5 0 3 0 36 Victor (C) 6 0 0 0 36 Carrington (C) 5 0 0 0 30 Hoffman (O) 5 0 0 0 30 Marquez (G) 0 23 0 2 29 Askey (S) 0 18 0 3 27 Childs (O) 4 0 0 0 24 Britton (H) 4 0 0 0 24 Phillips (L) 4 0 0 0 24 Vanstralendorf (L) 0 10 1 3 20 Osborne (H) 2 0 4 0 20 Lopez (P) 3 0 1 0 20 Wharton (G) 3 0 0 0 18 Rodriguez (G) 3 0 0 0 18 Jones (H) 4 0 0 0 18 Turner (P) 3 0 0 0 18 Benn (L) 3 0 0 0 18 Winkler (L) 3 0 0 0 18 Lee (O) 2 0 1 0 14 Hamilton (O) 2 0 0 0 12 McGehee (O) 2 0 0 0 12 Reaves (H) 2 0 0 0 12 C. 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Carrington (C), OLeary (C), Sanchez (G), Knight (G), Aleman (L). 2: Cruz (L), Vega (G), Pizzaro (G), Cox (H), Trujillo (H), Browne (H), Falotico (H), Keene (H) OLeary (C), Campbell (C), Brackbill (O). 1:Phillips (O), Banton (O), Dockery (O), Ocasio (S), Weston (L), Peters (L), Sheirer (S), Pfeifer (S), Francis (O), Kross (C), Carpenter (C), Browne (H), Ku chinskas (H), Sexton (G). COUNTY STATS Longhorns in the playoffs after Soldier City Classic win, 26-20See COL, page A-11 By Rick Pedone Sports Editor O sceola High is no stranger to Lakelands orange L emblem since they have been playoff opponents all but one season since 2007 in addition to being district foes from 2004-10. They meet again at Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the 7A-2 regional quarterfinals. Tickets are $8. Passes are not accepted. Both teams bring impressive records to Fridays game. The Kowboys, ranked No. 5, are 10-0, their fourth perfect regular season since 1999. Lakeland, No. 9, is 9-1 after a 28-27 overtime win against rival Kathleen. Osceola blasted South Lake, 71-17, last week as senior Stafon McCray led a prodigious Kowboys offense, carrying 11 times for 213 yards and four touchdowns. He scored on runs of 3, 45, 76 and 55 yards as Osceola totaled 547 yards. Everybodys worked hard for this. Scooter (Fagan) had big blocks on a couple of those runs, McCray said. Fagan, one of the Kowboys most versatile players, scored on a 14-yard run and returned a punt 40 yards to set up another touchdown. He also punts. Whatever the coaches need, thats what I do, the junior said. Quarterback Daequan Harrison ran 1 yard for the Kowboys first touchdown and passed 22 yards to Davante Small for another. Small (6-100, 1 TD) raced 62 yards on a counter play for the Kowboys second touchdown. Defensive back Hassan Childs had two interceptions that set up OHS TDs. Despite the lopsided final score, the game was competitive through the first half because South Lakes Anthony Miller returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. After the Kowboys tied it at 7 on Harrisons 1-yard sneak, Miller capped a 75-yard drive by scoring on a 14-yard run to put the Eagles up, 14-7. Small came right back with his long touchdown run on the Kowboys next possession to tie it again, then Childs first interception led to McCrays 3-yard TD run and a 21-14 Kowboys lead. South Lake, 4-6, was driving again, but Childs second interception, off a deflection by James Farley, put OHS in scoring position again and McCray dashed 45 yards for another touchdown. Dominic L ees 2 -point conversion made it 29-14. South Lake pulled closer on a field goal, 29-17, but with just 20 seconds left in the first half, McCray bolted off-tackle for his 76-yard TD and a 36-17 halftime advantage. We started off a little shaky, but I was proud of the guys for the way they fought back from a little adversity, Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols said. They played hard. Osceola rolled up 309 yards rushing in the first half. The Kowboys scored three times early in the third quarter on McCrays 55-yard run (his final carry of the night), Harrisons TD pass to Small and Fagans 14-yard run, making it 58-17. For the sixth time this Kowboys roll over South Lake, 71-17See Kowboys, page A-11 Osceolas Davante Small (5) rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown against South Lake last week. Small is the Kowboys second-leading rusher (751 yards) and averages 10.4 yards per carry. The Kowboys will host Lakeland Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a 7A-2 regional quarterfinal. Tickets are $8.News Gazette Photo/Debra Edgar
Page A10, The Osceola County Historical Society last Saturday provided a look back at the countys past with their annual Pioneer Day event, held this year in two separate locations: The Pioneer Village on Bass Road, and the newly-opened Welcome Center & History Museum on U.S. Highway 192. Attendees were given the chance to interact with craftsmen like Lewis Riggleman, above left, who used traditional blacksmithing techniques to turn bars of steel into ornate hooks and other items. Diane Riggleman, top right, guides 10-yearold Jorge Avila through the process of twisting twine into rope.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A11 A-12 Ko wboysContinued from page A-9season, Osceola won via a running clock. Laderrien Wilson (32 yards) and Yashua Dockery (66 yards) wrapped up the scoring for the Kowboys. Farley had a fumble recovery for OHS, which limited South Lake to 44 yards of offense in the second half. Childs said the Kowboys showed their resilience by countering South Lakes fast start. I think were smarter than most teams, and we have all kind of athletes here, he said. In the first quarter, we came out a little rusty, but we got through that. You have to be strong. Nichols said Lakeland, led by FACA Hall of Fame Coach Bill Castle, always is a formidable playoff challenge. Theyre probably a little better defensively than they are on offense. The guys have to understand that against them, its 3 and 4 yards at a time. Theyll have to be patient, Nichols said. Lakeland, which won three overtime games this season and was blanked by Ridge Community, 7-0, in the decisive game in 7A-5, has struggled on offense most of the season. Theyll do what they always do, theyll run a bunch of formations, find something that works, then stick with it, Nichols said. The important thing is that our guys have to believe they can win the whole game, all the way through. The Kowboys dont seem intimidated by their Polk County foe. Lakeland, we feel like we should have beaten them last year, McCray said. We had a good start, then let it get away. Fagan said the Kowboys are a deeper, more talented team this season. We feel like, as team, that we are more athletic, more flexible in what we can do offensively (than in past years), Fagan said. Were hyped. The Kowboys beat Lakeland twice in 2007, ending the Dreadnaughts Florida-record 56-game regular season winning streak. Since then, the Dreadnaughts have won five in a row. told them that they needed to take care of things and they would be fine. Devin Christianson scored two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 19 yards for the Warriors. Nate Sorriano ran for a 12-yard touchdown and Jordan Foster scooted 12 yards for the teams last TD. Harris said Santiago, who transferred from Harmony, is the key to the teams success. He is just an amazing individual, not only on the field but in the classroom. He sets a great example for the other guys, Harris said. Funk, who returned at quarterback, has had an excellent season, Harris said. Sophomore Rico Gonzalez has had a breakout season at running back and defensive back. That young man has transformed himself into a very good football player, Harris said. He is going to be special for the next couple of seasons. While City of Life has been hot, Canterbury brings a 21-game winning streak to Fridays game. Harris is confident, nonetheless. 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Page A12, A-12 Liberty wins Battle of the Boulevard again, 61-23 Dogs upend North Marion in finale By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette After enduring many nearmisses throughout the football season, the Liberty Chargers wrapped up the season in style by winning their final two games, including the Battle of the Boulevard against Poinciana last week, 61-23. Chargers senior Jalen Benn rushed for a game-high 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chargers, who finished 3-7. It was a solid night in all three phases of the game for Liberty, which extended its all-time record to 6-0 over the Eagles. Poinciana finished the season at 1-9 It was an emotional game for our seniors and it was nice to go out with two straight wins, Liberty head coach David Benson said. It was somewhat of a frustrating year for us because we were so close in a couple of games. A few breaks and this team could have made the playoffs. The game was competitive early. After Justin Winkler made it 6-0 Liberty on a 10-yard touchdown reception from Isaiah Wilson, the Eagles stormed back. After Liberty failed to recover its on-side kick, quarterback Jonathan Lindstrom hit Joshua Lopez on a 56-yard bomb to give Poinciana a 7-6 lead at the 7:39 mark of the first quarter. The Eagles recovered their on-side kick, but things would quickly go sour. After losing the ball on downs, Liberty made it 14-7 on Benns 55-yard touchdown run and a Steven Phillips two-point conversion. Were excited about the future, Benson said. We only lose three starters on offense and return most of our defense. For a freshman, Isaiah had a really good year for us. The Chargers gained 435 yards of total offense. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud upended playoffbound Sparr North Marion Friday, 30-21, at Gannarelli Field to cap a second-half season turnaround that saw the team win three of its last four games. The Bulldogs, 4-6, rushed for 365 yards and totaled 424 yards against the Colts, led by Eric Pfeifers 223 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The kids played a lot better fundamental football than we have all year, Bulldogs Coach Brad Lennox said. The guys really played hard. I was really happy for our seniors that they were able to go out with a win. Theyve worked so hard and they deserved it. St. Clouds defense came up big with four turnovers, including interceptions from Travon Williams and Shaquan Drayton and fumble recoveries by Ryan Benoit and Kendrick Calixte. Williams also forced a fumble. Waylon Scheirer led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles. Drayton had nine tackles. The team loses Pfeifer, the countys third leading rusher with 1,233 yards, to graduation. Williams, Reus and several other key seniors also depart after careers that saw St. Cloud make two playoff appearances. The loss of versatile senior E.J. Mckenzie to a knee injury in the Gateway game was a setback that hurt the teams quest for a secondstraight playoff berth. Lennox said the Bulldogs would build on their late-season success next season with young players like Jonathan Stewart, Mark Bell, T revill Holcy and Calixte. Well start over next year, like we did this year, Lennox said. Its hard to say what well be running until we see the players we have to work with. 110812.TNGHappy Hour3pm-7pmAppetizers starting at $2Beers starting at $2 Americas # 1 Mexican RestaurantThats right! Weve once again been named Numero Uno by a leading national consumer magazine. COUPONBuy 1 Entree, Get 2nd Entree* 1/2 price with purchase of 2 beverages*Of equal or lesser value Offer expires 12/31/12KISSIMMEE2431 W. OSCEOLA PKWY at the Loop West407-870-09017 D aysAYS A W eek EEK 11 am AM -10 pm PM www.abuelos.com AU3170 AB24803319 1 St. Cloud 34769 407-891-9882 www.5PointsAuction.com Like us on Facebook 5 Points Furniture & ction LLC A u WEEKLY AUCTIONS EVERY FRIDAY AT 7 PMCOME TO THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN!rf COME AND SAVE MONEY ON NEW & USED FURNITURE/DECOR FOR EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSEnrtbWE BUY ALL TYPES OF QUALITY FURNITUREQUALITY CONSIGNMENTS WANTED NOW!!! 110112.TNG P ickICK U pP S erviceERVICE A vailableVAILABLE 111512.TNG 041212.TNGNew & Reconditioned w/WarrantySALES & SE r R VICE407-892-2608 HOME APPLIANCE CENTERHODGINSFamily Owned & Operated Since 19611024 NE wW YO rR K AA VE nN UE, SS T. CC LOUD NAME BRA nN D AA PPLIA nN CES SS E rR VI nN G OO SCEOLA CC OU nN T yY FO rR 50 YEA rR S 111512.TNG
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Page B2, As I walked through the local garden centers this past week, I couldnt help but notice all the beautiful fall colors filling the shelves. The main attraction chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums, or mums for short, are definitely the sign that autumn has arrived and cooler weather is not far behind. Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular and the most colorful of all fall flowering perennials. They are available in a wide selection of varieties and colors, such as white, pink, yellow, lavender, bronze, and salmon. One of the most popular flower types is the single or daisy form. Other flower types include anemone, spoon, spider, decorative and pompon. Anemone mums have a prominent center of disk florets, which can be described as having a central pincushion effect. Spoon mums have spoon shaped petals. Spider petals are long and tubular with hooked ends. Decorative mums have large showy flowers with curved petals. Pompons have small, stiff, almost globular flowers. These are just a few of the types of mums available. There are hundreds of varieties of garden mums to choose from, but because of the various climatic and soil conditions we find in Florida, not all cultivars perform equally well in all locations. Visiting garden centers, parks and gardens in your vicinity will give you good information on cultivar selection. Selecting the right plant for the right location is important in the success of the life of your chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums can be purchased in bloom from garden centers, providing instant fall color for your flowerbeds. When buying potted chrysanthemums, look for healthy, well-shaped plants. Inspect them closely, making sure they are insect and disease free. Look for plants with many flower buds. It is better to buy a plant with many partially opened buds since it will have a longer period of bloom than a plant in full bloom. Plant your chrysanthemums in welldrained soil. The addition of compost or other suitable organic matter to the planting bed is desirable. Apply a three to fourinch layer of organic matter and 6-6-6 fertilizer as labeled on the package. Till the compost into the soil to a depth of six inches. The plants should be set 18 to 24 apart to provide adequate space for development. Vigorous varieties may need a 30-inch spacing to prevent crowding. Check the plant label to be sure of the proper spacing for your variety. The chrysanthemums you plant this fall will carry over the winter and resume growing in the spring. During this time, they will grow in diameter. The clumps of plants should be divided periodically to prevent the flower stems in the clump from becoming too crowded. By not dividing the clumps will cause weak, spindly growth with few flowers. Propagating your mums will give you more plants to add to your landscape and keep you mums growing healthy. To propagate your mums, select strong-growing clumps that seem to be overcrowded. Separate the individual shoots with an adequate root system, so the new small plant can become reestablished quickly, and plant them in a new location. After the plants are established and at least six inches tall, pinch off the top one to two inches of the stem. This will encourage the mums to branch out and become bushier plants. When the new branches are six to eight inches long, they too can be pinched. This practice should be continued with the final pinch made between Aug. 1 and 15. If pinched later, the plants may not have sufficient stem length by the time days are short enough for bud formation and flowering in the fall. As the days get shorter in the late summer, flower buds will begin to develop and by next September some varieties should be providing color in your landscape. So, enjoy your chrysanthemums and their fall colors now and take care of them during the year, so they can bring you the sense of autumn again next year, knowing that the cool weather is just around the corner. For more information on chrysanthemums or if you have any plant or landscape question, please contact the Osceola County Master Gardeners. They are available to take your calls Mondays thru Fridays from 9am to 3pm. You may also stop by the Plant Clinic at our office in Osceola Heritage Park at the Extension Services building during those times or email me at email@example.com. Jennifer Pelham is an urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Osceola County Extension office. The following classes are hosted by the University of Florida/Osceola County Extension Services office and are free unless stated otherwise. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursda From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 15, Using Your Sprinkler System Efficiently, at the St. Cloud Civic Center, 3001 17th Street, St. Cloud. Learn to save on your water bill, operate your irrigation controller, keep your landscape healthy and check your system for leaks. Registration is required. Call 407-957-7344. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, Woods Walk Lake Lizzie Marsh Loop. Woods Walks are guided interpretive walks on natural trails within local conservation areas. Participants learn about ecosystems, plants and animals as well as local history in an outdoor setting. Visit www.ocagriculture. eventbrite.com. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, Save Your Home: Prevent Foreclosure, Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissim mee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. This class addresses how to save your home from foreclosure through better money management, communication with your lender and identifying other mortgage payment/foreclosure prevention options. Visit www.ocfcs.eventbrite. com. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Ornamental and Turf/Private Applicator Review/Test, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. Fees apply. Visit www.osceolapesticide. eventbrite.com. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Save Your Home: Prevent Foreclosure, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Ln., Kissimmee This class addresses how to save your home from foreclosure through better money management, communication with your lender and identifying other mortgage payment/foreclosure prevention options. Visit www.ocfcs.eventbrite. com. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Friday Night Out Make a Gift: Hypertufa Planters, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee. Do you love the look of stone planters, but not the weight and expense? With a little time and a few supplies, you can make your own planters from hypertufa. Hypertufa planters are porous and drain well, so they make a perfect home for succulents and other plants. Learn how to make these beautiful planters and create one of your own in class or to use as a gift. Fees apply. Visit www.tinyurl.com/ ocfno. From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Taking Control of Your Money, at the Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee Visit www.ocfcs.eventbrite. com. Extension Services Jennifer PelhamExtension Office Chrysanthemums are a sign that fall is hereanswers to work in their own departments. Massie was one of several speakers that the Kissimmee Police Department offered to the class. Detectives, SWAT members, Traffic Enforcement and Canine teams also visited the class. Opportunities to speak with young people in the community is paramount in building an ongoing citizen and police partnership, said Massie, Fostering this relationship early on will help the students understand that citizens working with their police department is the best deterrent against crime. Denn John Middle Schools criminal justice course is available to interested eighth grade students. The course currently has 29 students enrolled. The criminal justice course is designed to introduce students to various careers in the criminal justice field and examine societys response to crime. Students learn about the powerful effects of crime on the individual and the community. This is the first year Denn John Middle School has offered this elective course.ChiefContinued from Page B-1 The city of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department will host the annual Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the evening parade which illuminates the streets of downtown Kissimmee. Join the city as it celebrates the holiday spirit in a flurry of fun with this years parade theme Let It Snow. Parade participants should creatively incorporate this theme into the design of costumes and/or floats. The floats will compete in a variety of categories and be scored by a panel of judges. The city also is accepting nominations for parade grand marshal. The winner will be selected by a committee including members of the Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Advisory Board based on its review of each nomination form and specific criteria. Nominations must be submitted by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. The parade entry application and the grand marshal nomination forms can both be obtained online in the Civic Center Download section at www.kissimmeeparks.org. Completed forms may be emailed to Vanessa Romn at firstname.lastname@example.org Forms also may be faxed to 407-935-1437, delivered in person or mailed to: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741. For more information, visit www.kissimmeeparks.org or call Vanessa Romn at 407518-2576. Kissimmee offers annual Turkey Camp The event will boast three days of fun activities from Monday through Wednesday when Osceola County Schools observe Thanksgiving. Parents can drop their kids off at the Oak Street Park Community Center to participate in the planned field trips. Monday, students will venture to AMF Lanes for a day of bowling. Tuesday, students will go to Fun Spot Action Park. Wednesday, s tudent s will travel to Regal Cinemas The Loop to watch Disneys Wreck-It Ralph. The field trips are open to all students in grades K-8. Students must bring a bagged lunch each day. The fees are per child: $25 per day or $65 for all three days. The fee includes supervised care from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. as well as field trip transportation and admission. The deadline to register is Friday. Space is limited, so sign up today. Register at the Oak Street Park Community Center located at 717 N. Palm Ave. in Kissimmee.Kissimmee again to host Festival of Lights parade Kissimmee Want to submit a community event? Submissions for community events must either be printed or typed on a full sheet of paper and mailed or delivered to the NewsGazette office, faxed to 407-846-8516 or sent by email to bmcbride@ osceolanewsgazette. com. If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321402-0436. 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Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Whats new?Thanksgiving dinner for the needyGrace Lutheran Church located at 1123 Louisiana Ave., St. Cloud, is having a having a free Thanksgiving dinner for families and individuals in need Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 407288-2516.BVL music programDo you have a desire to learn to sing or play the piano and not break your wallet? For $7, you can have a half hour lesson in either voice and piano every Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m. Join Trevor Flowers at the Robert Guevara Community Center at 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. For more information, call Flowers at 407-455-4453Golf scrambleThe St. Cloud Professional Firefighters local 4153 will host its third annual golf scramble Saturday, Nov. 24 at Kissimmee Bay Country Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee. There is a $60 registration fee. It starts at 8 a.m., cash only. Tee off is at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go to local charities. For more information, contact Mike Palmer at m.palmer4153@ yahoo.com.Holiday bazaarAn annual fall holiday bazaar sponsored by the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women, 1603 N. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee, will be Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be many items available. For more information, call 407847-2500.Health fairThe Center for Drug Free Living of Osceola County is holding it 11th annual Community Day today for residents in the Kissimmee Homes area, 2188 McLaren Circle, Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to educate residents, children and adults about the dangers of a poor diet, drugs, alcohol abuse and violence. There will be a free lunch, HIV testing, glucose testing and blood pressure checks.St. Cloud police Italian dinnerThe St. Cloud Police Departments Relay For Life team is hosting an Italian dinner Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the St., Cloud Police Department Community Room. There will be spaghetti and meatballs, bread and dessert (take-out available). Cost is $5 per person or $25 for six.LEAD programThe LEAD Adult Degree Program at Florida Christian College invites you to join it Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. for an open house. Prospective students will learn about the programs offered as well as have the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with an admissions representative. For more information call 407569-1171 or go to www.FCC.edu.Heel and Toe Square Dance Club Come and dance with the Heel and Toe Western Square Dance Club Monday nights at The Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., St. Cloud. Admission is $5 per person. Dances begin at 7 p.m. Traditional square dance attire is optional. The caller is nationally-known caller Bill Boyd, editor and publisher of Bow and Swing magazine. Call Paul and Ellen at 407-931-1688 (home) or 407-319-0790 (cell) for more information. St. Cloud Womans Club meetingThe St. Cloud Womans Club meeting will be Wednesday due to Thanksgiving. English country dancing will be Steve Kehrs presentation for members and anyone interested in membership. Monthly meetings are on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The clubhouse is at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. For more information regarding the club, contact club President, Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. For information about the museum, contact Lucille McClure, curator, at 407957-7587. The Friends Who Care Club of Osceola CountyThe Friends Who Care Club of Osceola County will host an afternoon delight benefit to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the public to enjoy. The club raises funds annually to support The American Cancer Societys efforts in research. On Dec. 5, a bus tip to the casino will be provided with an 11:45 a.m. pick up at the Dyer Blvd. Publix; 12:15 p.m. at Partin Settlement Road, St. Cloud; and 12:45 p.m. at Senior Friends building, Kissimmee. Cost is $25 per person and i ncludes transportation, $25 fre e play and a $5 meal voucher. Included at the casino will be drawings for cash and prizes. Guests can enjoy the casino from 2 to 7 p.m. and return by 8:30 p.m. For reservations or additional information, call Irene at 407-7385300. Raising Hope Relay For Life fundraiserRaising Hope will host a St. Cloud Relay For Life fundraiser every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St. St. Cloud. A 50/50 drawing will be held each Thursday with the proceeds going to the 2013 American Cancer Society St. Cloud Relay For Life that is being held at St. Cloud High School starting 2 p.m. April 27-28. Contact Rhonda Ducker at 407-957-8980 for more information.Womens self defense classThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The twohour class teaches that 90 percent of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. To sign up for the free class, call 407-348-1105 or email aveg@ osceola.org.AARP driver safety classThere will be AARP driver safety training classes at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street in St. Cloud Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for AARP members is $12; non-members are $14. During November all vets and their spouses can attend for free. 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Barnyard bingo is the first and third Thursday.St. Cloud Senior Center, Inc.Monday night: Social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in Hall A. Live band all Mondays, all year, 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. Live bands November through April; a donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, music will be by DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. 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 welcome. There is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-4085039.DAVLadies Day is every Wednesday, $1 off your drink from 11 a.m. until close. We have barnyard bingo on the first and third Saturday of each month starting at noon. 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Wing night 10 for $5. $1 Drafts. Trivia game night 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 weekly at 8 p.m. Saturdays: fish fry dinner and roadkill bingo first and third weeks; NY strip dinner second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Full breakfast 8 to 11 a.m.; bar bingo 2 to 4 p.m. Post 80 is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, the post speak with the post 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 352-572-1261. The post is located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud Friends Who Care The Friends Who Care Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the St. Cloud Senior Center. Members have started their annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the American Cancer Society. A holiday basket special drawing will be in November, including a jewelry sale, cookie sale and other events to reach their goal for the Relay for Life. For information to join the club or to participate in the fundraising program, contact club president Jonise Medina at 407-791-2000. Kissimmee Elks Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner The annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lodge, located at 1655 Kings Highway will be Nov. 22. The dinner is open to the public. The dinner includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable and dessert. Cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Children under 6 eat free. You may make reservations by calling Brian or Chef Bill at 407847-2444 (after 3 p.m.) You also may purchase tickets at the Lodge. For more information, contact Bruce Simpson at 407-557-4070.St. Cloud AARP The St. Cloud AARP Chapter 4001 meets the fourth Monday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, September through May at 12:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share. The center is at 3101 17th Street in St. Cloud. For more information, call Florence Strout at 407-892-9069.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. 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.comOsceola 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 and their families. 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 407556-4998 or 407-892-9272 in the evening. NAACPOn 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. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comPrepared to push Downtown 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. Shop, dine, strollCOMMUNITYCOMMUNITY Whats happening? Submitted Photo St. Cloud resident Linda Tweedie prepares for the St. Cloud Christmas parade. Volunteers have joined together to collect nonperishable food items from spectators as they walk the parade route pushing shopping carts donated by local grocery stores. Residents are encouraged to bring their donations to the parade and help fill the carts. All items will be donated to the St. Cloud Food Pantry. See Community, page B-4
Page B4, 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 407-2014192. 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. 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 321-297-1802. 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.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 other 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.htmlAl-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, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.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. 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. GriefShare features 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 long-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. Barney E. Veal All Generation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-8468532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407933-3246, 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 m ore 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 407892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com.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, h ang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; a nger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information call 407-847-2543 or visit www.fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).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 407-847-6055. Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and t hird M onday at t he 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 CommunityContinued from Page B-3 See Community, page B-5 YES! 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Prior to moving to Kissimmee, he was a former police officer with the Buchanan (MI) Police Depart ment. Once in Kissimmee, he was a member of the Kissimmee Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. He was also an active member of the American Legion, Post #10. Survivors include his loving wife, Sally of Kissimmee; his sons: Larry S. Newman of Arcadia, FL & Bill S. Newman of Kissimmee, FL; a daughte r, Cindy A. Newman of Kissimmee, FL; his brothe r, Jack Newman of Jonesville, VA and his sister, Ada Dickson of Marion, IN; along with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the artful care of Osceola Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34744. www.osceolsmemgds.com BIROS, JOHNL. JR. John L. Biros Jr., 50 of Cape Canaveral passed away, Sunday, November 11, 2012. He was born in Rochest er, Pennsylvania and moved to Cape Canaveral 10 years ago from California. John was a computer programmer at the Cape, a Ve teran of the Unites States Air Force and a Catholic by faith. J ohn, a former resident of Kissimmee is survived by his father J ohn L. Biros, Sr., of Kissimmee a nd was preceded in d eath by his m other and sister A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tu esday, November 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Holy Redeemer Catholic C hurch, 1603 N. Thacker A ve, Kissimmee, FL 34741 with Fr. Ti m othy P. LaBo as celebrant. Memorial C ontributions m ay be made to the American H eart A ssoc iation, Central Florida Chapte r, 237 East Marks Street Orlando, FL 34803. The Biros Family is b eing cared for by: C onrad & T hompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741. 407-847-3188www.conradandthompson.com
Thursday, November 15, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 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. 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. 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. email@example.com. 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. Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republ ican W omens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Republican Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republ ican W omens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-286-6787 for more information. IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-8910773 or 321-722-3381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.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. 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 from 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. 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. 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. Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends meets the third Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. The Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet bimonthly at a time and place to be announced. New members are welcome. The West Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet quarterly. The time and place will be announced. The St. Cloud Friends meet the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members are welcome. Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteer s @vitas.com. Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to pre-register. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. The first Thursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Home, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to pre-register for any of these three groups at 407-2062273.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry t hat serves a free hot meal every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on Ohio St. in St. Cloud. The ministry is in its 12th year of serving a free hot meal to the homeless, lowincome and lonely elderly residents every Sunday of the year. It also, on occasion, will have clothing, toiletry bags, holiday gift bags and brown lunch bags to take. Anyone who wants to be a part of the ministry or for more information, contact Carol Boroski at 407-957-9839.Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.East Republican The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard c ourts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10 :30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p .m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a message if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407-892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-8922087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Louise Owens by calling 407-957-8733. Club d ues are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Confederate campThe Sons of Confederate Veterans Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets every second Monday (except in December) at 6:30 p.m. at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. For more information, visit www.JacobSummerlin. org.Confederate Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Osceola County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.Council zumba classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. 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Page B6, from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in participating or for mor e information, call 407-8472144. Overeaters AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. Highway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Toastmaster ClubThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club is inviting the public to improve and polish their speaking skills and make new friends at the same time. It is not necessary to be a Realtor. It meets every Monday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Osceola County Association of Realtors Building at 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. Call Betty at 407-846-4500 or just walk in. Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W Oak St.in Kissimmee. For more information, call Marilyn Smith at 407-3485682. In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christcentered recovery group for alcohol and drugs, meets 6:30 to 7:30 Thursdays at the Osceola Christian Ministry Center, 700 Union St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Richard Burton at 407944-9968.Ronald Reagan Republican Gun ClubThe Ronald Reagan Conservative Spirit of Republican Gun Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Neptune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. Lottie Clodfelter at 407-729-0798 or Patricia Lewis at 407-729-3330.Celebrate RecoveryCelebrate Recovery meets 7 p.m. every Friday night at Cornerstone Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based 12-step program that provides a safe place to share your struggles with others who are going through similar experiences. There is no charge. Call Joe at 407-7090376 for more information.Daughters of the ConfederacyUnited Daughters of the Confederacy Osceola Confederate Dames Chapter 2684 meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The group is a historical, benevolent, educational, patriotic and memorial organization of ladies with Confederate ancestors. Any interested women with such ancestors wh o would like to attend a meeting or for more information can call 407-361-0984.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 407-847-6055. 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 407742-6656 or linder.snider@ gal.fl.gov.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 Christcentered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; selfesteem issues; divorce; and grief. 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After spending the summer enjo ying the outdoors, it can be a little bittersweet to get the deck and yard ready for the cooler days ahead. The good news is getting outdoor areas ready for winter doesnt have to be a timeconsuming process. A few simple steps can minimize extra work when warmer weather rolls around again. For each area of the yard, there are a few procedures that can save you big headaches in the long run. Start with the deck The many homeowners that put a lot of time and money into building a deck know the importance of preserving that investment. A wood deck should be stained annually, however, many homeowners are turning to low-maintenance composite decking and railings, as composite options by manufacturers like TimberTech offer high-end aesthetics with low-maintenance qualities. Overall, composite decking is a low maintenance product that has become a desirable alternative for outdoor living. Some composite deck products, like TAMKOs Envision, even add an extra layer of protection against weather, staining and scratching to preserve the natural beauty of the composite decking board. But that doesnt mean that composite decks are maintenance-free. TimberTech provides a 25-year warranty on all of its products, and with some simple annual maintenance, they can be kept looking great for years to come. The companys decking experts recommend the following tips for composite deck care and cleaning: *Clear all debris to prohibit mold and mildew growth. *When using a cleaner, be sure to use one thats compatible with your decking material and follow the instructions. Using a pressure washer is a great way to get a deep clean, but its best not to exceed a pressure greater than 1,500 psi. Lawn care tips In addition to raking to keep the yard clear of leaves, dethatching can prevent a buildup of aboveground roots that can be a detriment to soil health. Aerating in the fall can also help lawns recover from a summer of heavy use, providing much needed oxygen for the turfs roots. After particularly dry summers, it doesnt hurt to water trees with a soaker hose or root irrigator so they have some water to help them survive the winter. Fall is also the time to clear out both garden and flower beds, as youll thank yourself in the spring for doing the work before win ter set in. Be sure to get your fall-planting flower bulbs in before the ground freezes as well. Around the house Clearing all gutters of debris should be an annual fall task, as all the fallen leaves can easily jam up downspouts, which can damage gutters or cause ice dams in colder climates. Its also a good idea to clear the areas around the foundation of the house, as pests like to make their homes there when the weather gets cold. By spending a temperate autumn day outside preparing your outdoor spaces for winter, youll eliminate extra work for yourself in the spring. For more deck care tips, visit www.timbertech.c om. HOMEFINDER HOMEFINDER Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com November 15, 2012 HOME IMPROVEMENT Page C-10 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 Now that Obama has been re -elect ed, they r e adjusting down ward, and that could continue over the ve ry short term . John Walsh, president of To tal Mo rt gage Se rv ices in Mi lf ord, Conn., agrees that the expe ct ation of continuit y on the Fed keeps rates down. Under Obama, the Fe deral Rese rv e is likely to c ontinue with the buyback of mor tgage -backed securitie s, W alsh says. A s long as that will continue the rates will stay at pretty steady levels if not go down a touch . The election is just part of the big news this week Superstorm Sandy took a bite out of mort gage applications last week particularly on the East Coast, the Mo rt gage Bankers Association repo rt ed Wednesda y. Mo rt gage application volume fell by a seasonally adjusted 5 percent from the previous week the association said. On the bright side, global economic angst and unce rt ainty could be good fo r mor tgage rate s. But even the unce rt ainty is not a sure thin g. If it makes sense to Mo rt gage tip:M ost inspec tors cannot estimate prices for repairs, because inspec t ors are generalists Inspe ct or s can tell buy ers the li fe expe ct an cy of individual appliances and a national average estimate fo r their repair and replacement costs .Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.89 3.75 3.80 3.52 3.57 6/20/20127 /25/20128/29/20121 0/3/201211/7/20122.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.50 Ad justable rate mo rt gages So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.13 3.03 3.10 2.93 3.05 2.97 2.89 2.80 2.67 2.72 6/20/20127/25/20128/29/201210/3/201211/7/20122.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr end s 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 rate.co mBank rate mor tgage updateMo rt gage rates were unchanged this week as in vestors hedged their election bets. according to the Bank rate.com national sur vey of large lenders. The mortgages in this week s sur vey had an average total of 0.4 discount and origination point s. One year ago, the mor tgage index stood at 4.25 percent; f our weeks ag o, it was 3.59 percent. The benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mo rt gage was unchanged at 2.72 percent. W ith the re -election of Pr esident Barack Obama, there s a good chance that rates could drop even fu rt her over the ne xt couple of days W ith Romney announcing that he was likely to replace (Federal Reser ve Chair man Ben Bernanke), markets were expecting that person to be less aggressive on rates, and that (expec tation) kept rates up slightly , says John Stewar t, managing director of Va ntage Economics in Washington, D. C. 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 costs 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 3.250 0.00 1.13 60 3.429 2.750 0.00 0.00 60 2.911 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.490 1.00 0.07 60 4.608 3.700 1.00 0.12 60 3.910 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER Its easy to instantly trim your energy consumption and boost the eco-friendliness of your home. The key to easy energy savings is lighting. Though for many homeowners and renters, knowing how and what to do to improve their homes lighting energy efficiency can be confusing. To alleviate that confusion, the American Lighting Association (ALA) offers eight easy energy-saving steps: 1. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs). To make an immediate impact on your energy consumption and your utility bill swap out your most-used incandescent bulbs with CFLs. Its the easiest way to start improving your energy efficiency, says Joe Rey-Barreau, e ducation consultant for the ALA and an associate professor at the University of Kentuckys School of Interior Design. If you have not used any residential CFLs in your home, you might be surprised at their range and versatility. The newest CFLs do not flicker like those of old, and they have much better color quality than even just a few years ago. A close look at the color temperature listed on the bulb package label can help you get the right product. What happens is that people buy a color temperature thats too cool, and they absolutely hate it, says Rey-Barreau. Instead, choose a bulb thats labeled residential color, warm or soft white. 2. Replace dimmable incandescent bulbs with dimmable CFLs. As the color range of CFLs has improved, so has their ability to be dimmed, says Rey-Barreau and dimmable bulbs are a proven way to decrease energy use. However, while the technology has come a long way, CFLs still do not have the dimming range of incandescents. At about 20 to 30 percent, the CFL will shut off, says Rey-Barreau. 3. Buy name brands. It is frustrating to invest in a longer-lasting bulb only to have it burn out quickly. To avoid that, buy recognizable brands for improved quality and color. 4. Revamp outdoor fixtures. Your outdoor lighting fixture may be beautiful, but it may be an energy guzzler, too. Start outside as you slowly replace fixtures with more energy efficient versions. Look for those that use either CFLs or lightemitting diodes (LEDs), or those that activate using a motion sensor or photocell. 5. Buy Energy Star-qualified fixtures and bulbs. Energy Star is a U.S. Department of Energy certification most recognized on appliances though also used on lighting fixtures and bulbs. Any time someone buys a product that has the Energy Star label, theyll know it has both efficiency and quality verified, says Rey-Barreau. 6. Retrofit recessed lighting with LED fixtures. Recessed fixtures can be easily replaced with super energy-efficient LED versions without any messy construction. You just take off part of the existing fixture, and the replacement fixture fits into the old housing, says Rey-Barreau. LED fixtures have a high initial cost, but the fixture will last literally the lifetime of the project. 7. Replace your undercabinet lighting. With long life and super high efficiency, some LED lighting also offers fairly easy installation, including pucks and strips used as under-cabinet lighting. As an added bonus, LED lights will not give off the undesirable heat of incandescents. 8. Be realistic in your expectations. While upgrading some or all of your lighting is a good way to improve your energy efficiency, it is not a one-stop solution. One of the things sometimes misunderstood is that people assume if they replace all of their incandescent lighting with energy-efficient versions they are going to save this huge amount on their electricity, says Rey-Barreau. They will save, of course, but since lighting only accounts for about 10 percent of all electricity consumption, the amount saved will be relative to that. The most savings comes over the long term with continued lower utility bills and fewer burned-out bulbs. Visit your local ALA-member retail showroom to see the newest products and to talk to an expert about how to improve the energy efficiency of your lighting. To find your closest ALA-member lighting showroom, visit www.americanlightingassoc.com.Lighting the way to an energy efficient home Why a little fall outdoor maintenance can go a long way Photo/ARAcontentOutdoor decks need some cold weather care in the cooler winter months. Photo/ARAcontentEnergy Star Label lighting means both efficiency and quality verified lighting.
Recent storms brought home the fact that we need to be prepared for emergencies, especially in the winter Unless you have a storm on the way right now, your best bet is to assemble your emergency supplies one step at a time. W atch for sales, and stock up when the items you need cost less. Flashlights and lanterns: Before buying a new one, r ead the ne print. Many handheld ashlights now have the specs right on the label: how many batteries it takes, the range of the light beam, the lumens (higher is brighter) and how many hours it will run on a set of batteries. Compare the features. Dont spend extra for a torch-type ashlight that will send its beam 100 feet but only for ve hours if what you r eally need is one that will light a r oom for many more hours. Be sure each member of the family has one for moving around the house safely. Hand-crank radio: These require no batteries, only arm muscles to wind the crank to charge. Many of them come with a set of adapters to charge your cell phone as well. Battery-operated TV: Before you buy one, go online and r ead the comments from others. Many of these tiny televisions are nicky about r eceiving signals, only get a few channels or are otherwise hard to operate. Be sure of the return policy if you buy. Generator: Let history be your guide here. If youre in an area that frequently loses power for long periods, a generator can help keep a few of your appliances going, such as r efrigerator and freezer thereby saving the cost of r eplacing all your food. If you lose power now and then, but only for a short time, a generator might not be cost effective -unless you need it for heat. Outdoor grill with propane tank: When the power goes out, grills are handy not only to cook meat before it goes bad, but to heat pots of water for tea, coffee, instant oatmeal and other prepared foods like soup or macaroni and cheese. One bene t of propane is that you can instantly turn it off and not have wood or briquettes still hot if the wind blows. A word about candles: Dont. For safety, use ashlights instead. David Uf ngton r egrets that he cannot personally answer r eader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. W rite to him in care of King Features W eekly Service, P .O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.Build an emergency kit before disaster strikesQ: My grandmother in Texas collected pottery throughout the 1940s and s. One of her favorite pieces features the image of an Indian and was made by Rookwood. She had it appraised in 1960 and was told it was painted by Matthew A. Daly in about 1900. The value at that time was $250. Even though I love the piece, I certainly would sell it if it is valuable. -Susan, West Palm Beach, Fla. A: According to Warmans Rookwood Pottery: Identification and Price Guide by Denise Rago and Jonathan Clancy and published by Krause, your vase is currently worth about $10,000 ... not a bad appreciation since 1960. *** Q: My dad lived in Colorado and was an avid fisherman. Needless to say, he accumulated quite an array of fishing items, including rods, reels, tackle and three older creels. I would like to determine values. Do you have any suggestions? -Lon, Pueblo, Colo. A: There are several guides that might be helpful. My favorite is Fishing Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide by Russell E. Lewis and published by Krause. Copies are available at www.amazon.com. This reference features current pricing for hundreds of fishing collectibles with more than 2,000 illustrations in full color. *** Q: My grandmother had a doll that was given to her by an uncle during World War II. Can you tell me its value? -Win, Surprise, Ariz. A: A free appraisal is generally worth what you pay for it. In other words, if it is important to know the value of an antique of collectible, you can contact dealers in your area for their opinion. A more accurate assessment would be an appraisal by a certified professional, and you should, of course, expect to pay for this service. Since you live fairly near Phoenix, I suggest you consult the business pages of the phone book and check the listings under appraisers. Make certain the appraiser you hire specializes in personal property, not real estate. They are listed together as a rule. You can get either a verbal appraisal, which is less expensive, or a written opinion, which is best for insurance purposes. 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.Rookwood pottery from 1900 worth quite a bit How to deal with damage from hurricanes like Sandy Q: After the recent megastorm, we had a lot of debris strikes on our house. The gutter and eaves took a lot of damage, with some of the gutters torn down and the eaves looking ratty. How expensive is this to fix? I dont have a lot of money. -Flores C., Taunton, Mass. A: The gutters themselves should not be too expensive to re-hang, or replace if badly damaged. However, if there is damage to the roof eaves, you need to have a professional check it out and assess just how severely those debris strikes affected the roof. You also should contact your insurance company to report the damage. Because the damage occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast in late October, your state was under a declared state of emergency. This means that in addition to state funds to repair and clean up storm damage, some federal funds have likely been allotted. Your states emergency management agency (MEMA, in this case) can provide information on how and where to report damage, how to work with your insurance company to get repairs made, and other important advice. While youll need to do your homework to find out what funding is available to cover the repairs (if your insurance provider doesnt), there are some general guidelines to follow no matter what. Have more than one contractor or roofing company check out the roof, eaves and gutters; have each provide you with a written estimate of the cost, as well as an estimate of how much time it will take to effect the repair. Do not allow work to start until youve agreed to the cost and scope of the work and have signed off on the estimate. If youre at all uncertain about your ability to negotiate a fair price for the repair job, or to fill out requests for repair assistance or reimbursement, ask a trusted friend or relative to help you with the process. HOME TIP: Gutters and eaves are key protective elements of a house, part of the envelope that keeps water and pests out. Make repairs as quickly as possible to prevent damage to other parts of your home. Send your questions or tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Page C2, Coming Next Saturday, in the... WATCH IT WATCH ITDisappearCall today for details407-846-7600Place an ad for your mechandise for sale andWATCH IT DISAPPEAR! Clark ClarkInvestment Properties, Inc. 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