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By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Tuesday marked six years since Alejandro Rivera and his friend, Hector Santiago, were robbed and shot to death in the parking lot of t he Willow Apartments on Carroll Street in Kissimmee. The case, o ne of 13 unsolved homicides since 1992, still gets worked regularly by Police Det. Omar Berrio, who hopes someone contacts his departments with information. We will continue to remind citizens about the murder of Alejandro Rivera and Hector Santiago in hopes that anyone with information, no matter how small, will come forward. We will follow every lead that we receive and will continue to work this case until we can bring justice to the victims and their families, he said. Riveras mother, Mary Carmen, who died earlier this year from a long illness, passed out fliers at last years vigil to encourage someone to contact police with any information on the murders. She recalled during the vigil how the Thanksgiving meal of 2006 was used to feed her Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Pete Covino showcases a DVD holiday gift guide... Page B-1Lifestyles Osceola County girls weightlifting preview... Page A-8Sports 116TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS NOVEMBER 24, 2012 CommunityFor the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4 Osceola County improves disaster response Thanks to the Osceola County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, local responders have a clear and concise guide for how to prepare, respond and recover from any type of disaster. Rich Collins, the countys emergency management director, presented the Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting Monday with the most updated version of the CEMP, which received state approval in just two months because of its thoroughness. See page A-7 Clerk-elect Ramirez pays most of debt to Elections OfficeOsceola County Clerk of Court-elect Armando Ramirez nearly paid all of his $7,000 debt Tuesday stemming from a lawsuit he lost last year when he sued the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Office and the countys Canvassing Board. See page A-2 County Index LocalPa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A8, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egalsAre you putting up Christmas decorations this year? They are up already. Im putting them up this week. Im waiting until December. Im not putting any up this year. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Nov. 17 Question of the week: What are your plans for Thanksgiving Day? We are traveling in state. 96.7% We are hosting. 3% We are driving out of state. 0.2% We are flying.0.2% By Ken Jackson Staff W riter While its not imminent, Osceola County is one step closer to joining Kissimmee in adding red light cameras to its busiest intersections. The Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation at its Monday workshop from Charlie Buckels, the Southeast U.S. Regional Manager for Redflex Traffic Systems, the outfit used by Kissimmee for its cameras. Afterward, the board gave enough support to County Manager Don Fisher to move toward with identifying what the main points of a contract with Redflex would that best suit the countys traffic enforcement needs. The commissioners who supported installing the cameras did so with the intent of raising public safety, not revenue, at busy intersections. The only voice firmly against them was Chairman John Quiones, who didnt feel the system would serve as such a strong safety component and asked that the county instead look at improving its countywide traffic light synchronization system. Im sure in the back of our minds, were thinking of George Orwell and the 1984 effect, he said, referring to the allseeing Big Brother notion that residents and their license plates will be recorded at intersections. Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. didnt see the concern with that. If youre not doing anything wrong, what do you care if youre on camera? he said. Commissioner Brandon Arrington said the warning signs about the cameras, and not the cameras themselves, might have the biggest impact on reducing the number of motorists who run the red light, thereby reducing crashes. If you can see a sign at that intersection, I almost guarantee that you wont run the light, he said, noting that he once received a violation from a red light camera in another state. Buckels presented the features of the Redflexs system, including RedflexHalo, which allows for detection of cars about to run a red light and can hold the green light for the opposing direction. He also told of how the system is compliant with the Mark Wandell Traffic Safety Act, signed into Florida law by then-Governor Charlie Crist on May 13, 2010, that created the uniform standards for using cameras as traffic camera devices. The state-mandated fine for being caught running a red light by a camera in full operational mode is $158, sent to the vehicles owner. It is designated a code violation rather than a moving violation, so no points are assessed unless it goes unpaid for 30 days, at which time a traffic citation is issued. The county would receive about $75 of the fine to cover its monthly costs of monitoring the cameras. Should the county collect less than the monthly fees owed, Redflex would accept the lower amount, Buckels said. The system is 100 percent violator funded, he said. He noted that numbers culled from April to November at the intersection of Main Street and Neptune Road, where Kissimmee runs a camera, showed that violations decreased by 48.5 percent during the period. The cameras provide law enforcement with an evidence package, Buckels said. It is important that it maintains the highest level of integrity possible and that only law enforcement will have access to that. With this we can change the discussion from enforcement to crash prevention. Buckels said that while legal challenges are the systems single biggest financial risk and that there have been challenges in Florida regarding enforcement-by-cameras constitutionality, they have largely been resolved. Sheriff Bob Hansell attended the workshop and said that while his units work thousands of crashes a year, were lucky to get one or two FHP troopers to help, and our traffic enforcement units write many times more tickets than Highway Patrol. He said hes interested in exploring the Osceola County eyeing red light cameras News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanKissimmee work crews work to install the red light camera currently operating at Main Street and Neptune Road. The city began using them at area intersections this year. The Osceola County Commission is currently studying whether to implement them in the county. See Cameras, page A-2 See Police, page A-5Authorities still looking for suspects in 6-year cold case Police news By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Locally owned vendors and shopkeepers are hoping to bank on the biggest shopping weekend of the year by participating in Small Business Saturday today. Stores all over Osceola County rolled out discounts and sales on Black Friday and many planned specials specific to Small Business Saturday. The promotion hosted by credit card company American Express offers cardholders a $25 credit if they register their card online and make a purchase of at least $25 at a participating retailer. More information on the program and a list of participating stores searchable by zip code are available at www. shopsmall.com. Kissimmee Main Street promoted Wednesday the stores downtown offering specials today, including Massage-Local businesses banking on Small Business Saturday See Business, page A-2 Rivera Santiago By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The will of the people became the face of the dais on Tuesday, as those who were elected or reelected Nov. 6 to seats on the Board of County Commissioners and Kissimmee City Commission were sworn in, and in the case of two new city commissioners, took their seats. Three members of the County Commission Mike Harford, Brandon Arrington and Fred Hawkins Jr. were reelected to second terms, while Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan was sworn to another term and welcomed new Commissioners Jose Alvarez and Sara Shaw. With the three re-elected county c ommissioners, that board will look exactly the same as it has the last four years until at least 2014, when Frank Attkisson and Chairman John Quiones run again for their seats. Harford, who defeated Republican Paul Owen to keep his district 1 seat, had his brother Paul administer t he oath of Elected commissioners sworn in and ready to serve the public News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanJose Alvarez, center, was sworn in on Tuesday by Judge Jeffords Miller, right, to seat 1 on the Kissimmee City Commission. Alvarez and seat 3 victor Sara Shaw replaced outgoing commissioners Art Otero and termed-out commissioner Jerry Gemskie. See Elected, page A-3
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He has known about the (additional) $1,080 since immediately after he lost his race in 2010 as he requested to see the ballots for that County Commission race, she said in an email. He paid what he owes the SOE as far as court costs and he paid what he owes the Canvassing Board, but he has not paid his bill for the $1,358.85 he owes this office for viewing the ballots in 2010 and copies. Ramirez is set to be sworn-in Jan. 8 after he won the election Nov. 6 against Republican Rayelynne Ketchum. works Salon and Day Spa. The salon is offering, today only, a $25 promo card with the purchase of a $50 gift card. Its harder for us to survive so all the businesses work together to promote each other, Debra Yawn, Massageworks marketing consultant, said of the downtown Kissimmee small businesses. Sharon Lanier, whos run Laniers Historic Downtown Marketplace for 19 years and is currently serving as president of the Downtown Kissimmee Business Association, sells antiques and unique gifts from her shop. She loves when new people visit the store but is concerned when people walk the shopping district and only window shop. Were not a museum. If you dont spend money, we arent going to be here, Lanier said. Our goal is to let people know that were here as a small business operation and that we carry a good variety. Its a fun place. Laniers is offering 20 percent off any item priced at $25 or more today. Jammers Music Center manager Dave Dale, however, called the Saturday after Black Friday historically slow for the downtown area but plans to be open and fully staffed. I dont see a lot of traffic down here, Dale said. If this years different, itd be a wonderful surprise. St. Cloud Main Street also is promoting shopping locally for the holidays, posting specials on its Facebook page and hosting events throughout the season. Interim Executive Director Paula Stark has prompted the St. Cloud City Council to encourage residents at meeting to shop locally and has the stores as well as the Main Street program prompting sales on social media. Additionally, Main Street also is encouraging a sidewalk sale of downtown merchants and is hosting their monthly Hipstoric 3rd Friday event Dec. 21 themed Its A Wrap as a last-minute push for attendees to shop locally. Main Street is offering free giftwrapping at that event to those with a receipt from a downtown business. St. Cloud businesses located outside the downtown district also are hoping to cash in during the holiday shopping season. Thelma Chattey, who owns the womens boutique Serendipity and the newly opened Buttons N Bows childrens boutique and consignment shop in St. Cloud, opened early and offered specials for Black Friday such as 50 percent off their entire purchase for the first 15 customers at Serendipity. Continuing today is a jewelry and handbag sale at the womens boutique and the $1 sales rack and giveaway, while supplies last, of a hand-painted piggy bank with a $50 purchase at her childrens store. I try to do everything locally and never leave St. Cloud, Chattey said. Our money stays in our community so that I can help other mom and pop (operations). These are our neighbors. In addition to her two stores, her husband, J.R. Hordo, owns a car dealership in Orlando. Were a household of family-owned businesses so we need to make sure were successful. Derrick Hicks, CEO of Thompsons Jewelers in St. Cloud, said the store is running specials all weekend but that jewelry sales for the holidays usually picks up two weeks before Christmas due to men procrastinating their shopping. Hicks encouraged shoppers to buy from locally owned stores because often the merchandise is the same or equal to the quality found at corporate stores but the prices are lower. We can actually sell the same item for less because we dont have the overhead, he said, adding locally owned jewelry stores carry more unique or one-of-a-kind items, allowing the gift for a special someone to be a piece their friends are unlikely to also be wearing. I dont think people realize that. According to American Express, more than 100 million people participated in Small Business Saturday in 2011. system in order to enhance public safety and traffic control, noting we kinda like the Halo system if it can be implemented. But I dont see this as a revenue stream. Dave Derrick, t he city of Kissimmees Director of Public Works, said that since the citys set of cameras, mostly found on the Vine Street and John Young Parkway corridors, went into operational mode, 20,000 violations have been caught and nearly 10,000 notices have been written and sent out. I didnt expect it to be that high, he said. And we havent put one penny into this system. Commissioners Mike Harford and Frank Attkisson said they were both willing to further explore the issue, but not as solely a driver of revenue. Arrington said any returns generated could find a better use than simply going into the countys genera fund. Id like to bring forth ideas to use that revenue for public safety and intersection improvement, he said. CamerasContinued from Page A-1 BusinessContinued from Page A-1 Contact Fallan Patterson at 321-402-0434 or by email at fpatterson@osceolanews gazette.com.Osceola County Clerk of Court-elect Ramirez pays most of debt to Elections Office
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Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church Contemporary 9:00am Traditional Service 10:30am Hispana-Brasilera Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida 10:30am FAMILY DENTISTRY 2618 13TH ST., ST. CLOUD, FLL 34769 directly across from Kentucky Fried Chicken & Dairy Queen Dr. Lizette Morad really cares! Call Today For Your Appointment 407-957-5344 Lizette M. Morad, D.M.D041412.SNG Restore YOUR SmileLady Dentistwith the gentle touch of a 112212.TNG 112212.TNG 112212.TNG office. Im extremely humbled as we continue to move forward. Im also humbled that my fellow commissioners are still with me, he said. Were working to move Osceola County forward for everyone and I believe we will continue to do that. Arrington, sworn in by Judge Jon B. Morgan, said that the margin of victory in his (he beat Jeffery Goldmacher with 77 percent of the vote) and fellow commissioners races served as a loud stamp of approval. Theres a level of service that the citizens of the county expect, he said. We still have a ways to go, but I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners as we move Osceola forward. Hawkins, who downed Chad Carnell in the election and had Jim Bauknight administer his oath, said hes glad voters chose to keep the commission together to work as a cohesive unit. Weve formed a bond, and Im proud to serve this county with these guys, he said. Im looking forward to the next four years. Id really like to thank county staff for everything they do. They are phenomenal and always go above and beyond. The same board that led the county through the recent recession was chosen to be the same one to lead it through recovery, a fact not lost on Quiones. This board is extremely professional, extremely independent and extremely non-partisan, he said. Theres always been a level of professionalism and its an honor serving with these gentlemen. At their next scheduled meeting on Dec. 3, the board will select a new chairman and vice chairman. Kissimmees ceremony was a part of Tuesdays meeting; Alvarez and Shaw t ook c ommission s eats vacated by Art Otero and Jerry Gemskie, respectively, immediately after the swearing in and acted on city business. Alvarez, who defeated Dave Scherer on Nov. 6 to win election, said his overriding emotions Tuesday were that he was happy and humble to serve the city. Judge Jeffords Miller swore him in. I am appreciative of those who voted for me and will vow to always listen to them, he said. Shaw, who finished in second behind Mike Delong in a six-way primary in August, rallied to beat Delong with 59.2 percent of the vote on Nov. 6. She gave thanks Tuesday to those who had a hand in her victory. Lots of people gave me wonderful advice, and now I tell people that its important to get involved in your community, because one person can make a difference, she said. The view from up there is very nice, different from all the time I spent in the crowd. Orange County Judge Faye Allen swore in Shaw. Swan, w ho faced no election opposition, paid a very heartfelt homage to his departed life Linda in his acceptance remarks after being sworn in by Judge Belvin Perry. They used her Bible to take his oath of office. My greatest supporter is still guiding me from heaven, he said. Because of that, I am honored to continue serving as this citys mayor. The two new faces on the Kissimmee commission mean two others must leave. Gemskie and Otero said they would still be community minded and stay involved. Otero left after one term to run for state House, but lost the district 43 race to Ricardo Rangel. Ive told everyone from the city that this isnt good bye, its see you later, he said. I leave with pride, and feel honored for the chance to do the work of people with the help of great city staff like the city manager and attorney. There are important boards in this city and I will be putting in some papers soon. City Manager Mike Steigerwald thanked Otero for his contributions, specifically for all the economic development prospects brought to my door. You a lways had you r heart at the forefront of Kissimmee, and its citizens will al ways be grateful, he said. Gemskie, who served two full terms in addition to serving from 1999-2000 at the end of former commissioner Steve Burkes term, noted in his farewell remarks that he served with four different mayors, 10 commissioners, two city managers and one city attorney, Don Smallwood. Its been my honor and privilege to serve and represent this city, and work among our employees who make this city an All-American City, he said. Kissimmee is a well-run city and as commissioners we had concerns, not complaints. To Sara and Jose, I say to enjoy this time, itll be the best time of your life. I know it was one of the best of mine. Steigerwald presented Gemskie with the Eagle Award, an honor presented to distinguished long-term commissioners, noting that the departing commissioner, who ran for County Commission seat 1 but failed to get out of t he August Republican primary, was able to balance the seriousness of city issues with his own homespun levity. There hasnt been a greater champion of city staff on the commission than Jerry, he said. May you never lose your humor. Fellow commissioner Cheryl Grieb, who sat next to Gemskie over the last six years, offered him parting gifts to that effect a large ball of twine and a whoopee cushion. Once the new board was all convened, Mayor Swan addressed it going forward. We have a lot of challenges in front of us. If we work together we will succeed, he said. On Monday, new School Board m embers Tim Weisheyer and Kelvin Soto, will be sworn in on Monday at 4:30 p.m. prior to the boards regularly-scheduled 5:30 p.m. meeting.ElectedContinued from Page A-1 Above, (submitted photo)the same Osceola County Commission that led the county through the recent recession was chosen to be the same one to lead it through recovery. From left are: Commissioners Brandon Arrington, Frank Attkisson, Fred Hawkins Jr., Mike Harford and Chairman John Quiones. Below left, (News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan) Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan, left, was sworn in Nov. 20 by Judge Belvin Perry, right, to his final term on the Kissimmee City Commission. Jose Alvarez and Sara Shaw replaced outgoing commissioners Art Otero and termed-out commissioner Jerry Gemskie.
Page A4, No sidewalksTo the Editor: Residents in the old part of the city of St. Cloud are mystified as to why the City Council has suddenly made sidewalk/bike path construction on a sleepy side street their number one priority given that most of the main streets have been without usable sidewalks for many years, including one dangerous thoroughfare where school children are forced to walk in the street. Beginning on Sept. 13, Fifth Street residents have appeared before the City Council on four separate occasions to explain and document the hardships and property devaluation the proposed sidewalk will impose. Because of the small lot size in this old part of town, sidewalk construction will eliminate needed parking spaces for many residents including one handicapped woman (walker with oxygen bottle) who will be able to access her home only with great difficulty once the sidewalk is built. Other residents will experience increased flooding due to storm water runoff. One family already has to sandbag their home to protect it against runoff from the street and adjacent right-of-way, and the proposed sidewalk will make it much worse. Additionally, sidewalk construction will destroy residents landscaping and a total of 13 mature trees including a 100+ year-old oak tree that shades the outdoor living area of an 88 yearold woman who lives alone in the home where she raised her family. The City has made no offers to purchase devalued property or to compensate residents. In a final Nov. 8 vote (deftly orchestrated by the Council to occur after the Nov. 6 election), the City Council has voted to build the sidewalk despite citizens protests and documented evidence that the sidewalk is unneeded (very low pedestrian and vehicle traffic) and unwanted. Residents are also dismayed over the sneaky and deceptive practices employed by the city to achieve their sidewalk goals. The sidewalk project, which includes portions of both Fifth Street and Michigan Avenue, was apparently in the planning stages for approximately 18 months beginning in March 2011, but residents were not informed of the sidewalk construction until Aug. 3, 2012, only 10 days before the scheduled beginning of construction. Some residents received letters from the city, but most got the news from a neighbor. The city initially told residents that the sidewalk was being constructed for the safety of school children traveling to and from school. Countless residents testified before the council that no elementary students had ever used this portion 5th Street and only a couple of middle/high school students use it presently. The council even ignored the testimony of Osceola County district 5 School Board Member Tom Long, who provided detailed student proximity data and stated that there was little use and absolutely no safety issues on this portion of 5th Street. He recommended the council focus their efforts on 17th Street where sidewalks are sorely needed for student safety. Also exposed during deliberations with the council was the fact that the city had used bogus student usage data in order to qualify for a Federal Safe Routes To School grant that partially funds the proposed sidewalk, claiming that 300 to 500 students would benefit from the sidewalk when the real number is two to three students. After the preposterous safety pretense was debunked, the council retreated to the position that they were merely implementing the council adopted City Sidewalk Plan, which had been hidden from public viewing (despite repeated requests) until a copy was finally posted on the city website two days prior to the Nov. 8 council meeting. The councils refusal to listen to reasonable and logical arguments supported by hard data, and their determination to cram the sidewalk down residents throats has led residents to conclude that the council is not being up front with citizens about the real reason for building a sidewalk on 5th Street. Regardless of the councils reasons for continuing with the unpopular sidewalk, the fact remains that they have acted shamefully by demonstrating their lack of concern for residents problems and in the way they have deceived residents regarding the sidewalk (the lone exception is councilwoman Mickey Hopper who has been consistent in her support of the residents). Dwight Johnson St. Cloud There is no doubt that this is one of the most traveled and biggest shopping holiday weekend of the year. So lets just take a step back and examine the situation to ensure the safety of yourself, family members and others. DrivingChances are if you are traveling home today or going to visit family, there is going to be traffic. Be patient. Nothing ever good comes with road rage. People have died because of such violence. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. If youre traveling long distances with your children, bring toys, games or books to keep them occupied. With AAA forecasting a slight increase in Thanksgiving highway travel, law enforcement will be out on the roads showing a heavy presence in hopes that drivers get to their destinations safely without being impaired or distracted. An expensive ticket is not going to brighten anyones day. So obey traffic laws by avoiding speeding, lane surfing and tailgating. Its what authorities are looking for. Never mind that such erratic driving can cause crashes that could yourself and your family. We would hope that no commentary on drinking and driving would be needed. Sadly, thats not the case. If you plan to drink, be smart and dont drive. Killing somebody behind the wheel while drunk could lead to a long jail sentence.ShoppingCriminal activity generally spikes during the holiday season, authorities said. While agencies plan to ramp up patrols and increase their presence to keep customers and their purchases safe, we urge residents to be proactive by protecting themselves. Law enforcement reminds shoppers to take their common sense along with their purchasing power and lists from Santa Claus out with them to the stores. Some tips include: (a smart decision any time of the year) or, in a pinch, ask a store employee to help carry items to the car. Carry purses close to the body, or keep wallets in a coat or front pants pocket, to reduce the threat of pickpocketing. Have keys in hand when approaching parked vehicles. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in. not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home. Ensure all doors are locked and windows closed when leaving. Have a safe Thanksgiving weekend. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola NewsGazette, 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 news@ osceolanewsgazette.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. All 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. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. President Obamas re-election has prompted disgruntled voters in all 50 states to sign secession petitions. In a little feel-good gesture, the White House last year set up a We The People page on its Web site. The idea is, any petitioned signed by 25,000 people in 30 days will be addressed by the Obama Administration -not approved, just acknowledged. Many voters wish to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by taking another run at that whole disunion thing. In fact, Georgia and South Carolina each produced two competing secession petitions. Texas lead the movement late last week with more than 105,000 names on its request. It should be noted that the dissidents want to go quietly. Nobody is firing on Fort Sumter. But thats about the only planning they seem to have done. Secession didnt work out so well in 1861-, but one thing you have to admit is, they werent just whistling Dixie. Neo-secessionists now insist the movement is not about race. Its Obama economic policies, like national health care, and social policies like gay marriage that they dont like. Just for fun, lets ponder what would happen if Washington let our errant brothers go in peace. Would we have 50 little countries? Would groups of two, three or four states merge, creating maybe 12 or 20 big and little countries? What would the District of Columbia be, besides a whole lot of suddenly available downtown office space? The District already has a statehood movement, so could it become sovereign -or maybe it could join Puerto Rico, which also has such ideas. And Guam? Maybe it could join Hawaii and Alaska and become the state of Pacifica. Would each state, as a new country, share obligations for military pensions, Social Security and Medicare? Would we tell bond holders and debtors like China t hat t he $ 16 trillion debt is now the responsibility of -whom? With 20 million people, Florida can be its own country, or we might join our neighbors as, perhaps, Ala-georg-ida? Flora-bamia? Once joined, could states secede from their new unions? Could the three West Coast states, for instance, become a country and later expel Oregon? Donald Trump owns big properties in New York, New Jersey and Palm Beach. Which country would have to take him? Must the new countries be contiguous, or could New Mexico join with Arkansas and Vermont? What about o ur treaties around th e world? If Tex-iana-sippi has really had it with Luxembourg, may it use ports in Geori-caro-ginia to ship out its army? Would I need passports to go from Tallahassee to Seattle and if so, how many? A visa? There would have to be internal treaties among out new nations, to protect patents, copyrights and artistic freedom. Consider Steven Spielbergs new Lincoln movie; would new mini-countries be allowed to show it backward, so theyll like the ending? My son in the Navy serves on a nuclear submarine. Who would he work for, if the Disunited States of America becomes, lets say, nine republics, a federation, two alliances, three co-ops, and an LLC? Would all of them have to agree on a doomsday message to my sons captain, or would a majority vote be enough to launch the missiles? Maybe a two-thirds majority? But never mind nukes. Secession threatens football. Youve got your SEC (no, not the Securities and Exchange Commission, although that would be addressed, too), your ACC, your Big Ten, your Southwestern Conference. They do all right as states, but what if we had whole nuther countries establishing academic rules for those scholars? And the BCS system would be scrapped. All right, I didnt say secession doesnt have an up side. The Interstate Commerce Commission would have to become the International Commerce Commission. What if the West Coast nation of Wash-egon-fornia cuts off our supply of Starbucks or imposes cruel tariffs on iPads? Furious patriots would dump the stuff into Boston harbor. Before every election, ardent supporters of one candidate threaten to leave the country if the other guy wins. But nobody ever does. (Hint: Delta is ready when you are.) Wouldnt it be better for the petition signers to leave Obama, rather than separating their states from him? They could go to Canada, for instance. A country with national health care and gay marriage. Bill Cotterell is a retired Capitol reporter who worked for United Press International and the Tallahassee Democrat. He can be contacted at email@example.comOPINION OPINION Our View Got a gripe?Slow down and take a look around you Sometimes its hard to see things we should be grateful for and it takes the struggles of others to help us appreciate our good fortune. Though Poincianaand Florida, skated through hurricane season 2012, our neighbors in the Northeast were not as lucky. I found myself dispensing information like a seasoned sage to friends and family in New York and New Jersey. After relocating from New York to Poinciana in 1989 and serving the barrage of storms in 2004, I wanted to share what I learned through experience. I am thankful that my friends, loved ones and family survived Super Storm Sandy. For t hose who did not, we will keep them in our prayers. It has been inspiring for me to know that sometimes words-my words-may be read by those who are looking for answers. Whether its when the next Poinciana Residents for Smart Change meeting is or where to drop off donations, these words serve a purpose. I never thought this column would be used for greater things then that, but it was. The last week of October 2012, I received a phone call from a young lady in Clearwater. This good Samaritan was trying to help an elderly neighbor whom she considered a surrogate grandfather. The man had served with a fellow Marine in WWII and had been searching for decades to find him. This Marine, Tony Allis, sent his young neighbor on a mission use your computer skills and find Frank Kelly. The civilian agreed and used Goggle. Low and behold, an article, circa 2004, appeared on the Around Osceola web page of the Osceola News-Gazette. The article, written by Lisa DCato, was done in tribute to a late Poinciana World War II veteran registered nurse Mildred Kelly and featured memories from her husband, Frank Kelly, who was injured in Okinawa during World War II. Franks injuries left him blind. That injury also led to the opportunity of Frank meeting his soon to be wife of 50 plus years, Mildred. When Allis read that column, he knew he found his long-lost fellow Marine. Allis and Kelly had spent 18 months together in Pensacola before being deployed Allis to Ionia, Kelly to Okinawa. Allis served bravely and escaped injury. Gallant, brave Frank Kelly was not as fortunate. The duo met again during a chance encounter. Allis was at the veterans hospital in New York City in 1947 and happened to see his old buddy, Kelly; selling newspapers in front of the V.A. The two Marines resumed their friendship and were close so close, in fact, Allis dated Kellys sister, Marge, for a while. Marriage, family and life got busy. These Marines lost touch with each other around 1951. They never forgot each other, telling stories and sharing anecdotes to their families. When I received that phone call from the neighbor of Allis concerning Frank Kelly, I regrettably told her that Frank Kelly had past away. But I also told her that Kellys daughter, Peggy Barongi, was one of my closest friends. I had know Frank, Mildred and Marge Kelly for years. I took Allis number and immediately called Peggy. The Barongi family Kellys daughter, Peggy, son-in-law, Tony, and granddaughters, Kim and Melissa, met with Frank Allis and his wife Aida on Nov. 11, 2012-Veterans Day. Turns out Allis lives in Clearwater. It was like we had known them for years, said Tony Barongi. There was nothing but joy. I know that my friend Peggy misses her parents and loved ones during the holiday season. In my mind, this encounter with her fathers friend was more then a coincidence. That was a hug from her father, sent by way of another. We should be grateful of the good things that happen unexpectedly, and know that there is much to be thankful for. If you are reading this, you have eyes. If someone is reading this to you, you have someone who cares. Let an attitude of gratitude rule your day. If you have any Poinciana news or information to share, call Lisa DCato at 407-846-7122 or email news@ osceolanewsgazette.com Guest column OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at news@osceolanews gazette.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 116 No. 89 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Accounting Manager LOUISE MCCLEAN Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMANBe grateful for your good fortune Their viewMap-making: Just one spinoff secession movement Lisa DCatoPoinciana Writer Bill CotterellFlorida Voices Y our view
Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 sons funeral attendants and vowed to keep the case alive through social media and on the Americas Most Wanted website. Rivera, known to friends and family as Alex, was an aspiring rapper who worked at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport while waiting for his big break and enjoyed spending time with his then-toddler son, Josiah. The boy, now 8, onl y learned where his father died last year after his mother, Michelle Perez, w ho wa s married to Rivera for three years, tried shielding the worst details of her then-estranged husbands death from their son. Instead, Perez said, she encourages Josiah to listen to his fathers music, tells him stories about father-son outings to the zoo and compares his goofy faces to Riveras as ways to keep his memory alive. Rivera and Santiago had been at the downtown Orlando club Tabu, now The Beacham, on Orange Avenue promoting Riveras new CD the night of Nov. 20, 2006, before heading back to Kissimmee in the early morning hours. They stopped at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Americana Boulevard in Orlando for a sandwich, then continued on to apartment 70 at the Willow Apartments where Santiago was house sitting for a friend. Just before 5 a.m., an unknown Hispanic male, possibly between 16-25 years of age, approached the pair and demanded their jewelry, which included gold chains, one with a large Jesus pendant. Both victims were shot multiple times. Witnesses who heard gunshots from their apartments told police they heard someone yell lets go and saw a small, light colored car, possibly a white Toyota Camry with a black bumper, flee from the scene. One witness said the men had a Spanish accent while another described the men as young black males. Santiago was able to give some details to detectives at the scene. However, Rivera was unresponsive and died after being transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Santiago fell into a coma and died from his wounds three days later. Their families have speculated someone may have followed the men from the club or the convenience store after eyeing their jewelry. We dont know if someone followed them from the club, police spokeswoma n Stacie Miller said. Were following up on all avenues. Rather, Miller said, clues could be held in the Jesus pendant robbed from the men. Police never found the jewelry and are unable to speculate how much it could be worth, she added. Police are looking for three to four Hispanic males described to be in their midteens to late-twenties. The suspects fled in a light colored small vehicle with dark bumpers, estimated to be a 1985-1990 model. We are asking anyone with information to come forward and help bring closure to this family, Berrio said. Any little piece of information is valuable to this case. The case has also been submitted to the Joint Homicide Investigative Taskforce, a combined effort of municipal law enforcement agencies in Osceola and Orange counties and the Orange Osceola State Attorneys Office to help solve cold cases. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Major Crimes Unit at 407-846-3333 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and, tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000St. Cloud crash kills womanSt. Cloud police were investigating a crash Thursday that left a 58-year-old woman dead. At about 3:15 p.m., members of the St. Cloud Police Department responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of 10th Street and Narcoossee Road (Highway 15) in St. Cloud. A single vehicle appeared to have lost control and hit a tree and then a brick wall, police reports said. The driver of the vehicle, a 58-year-old white female, did not survive the crash. No other occupants were in the car. Next of kin notification is still pending. The investigation of this traffic crash is still ongoing. Further information, will be released at a later time when it becomes available, police officials said.62-year-old charged w ith drug dealingSt. Cloud police arrested and charged a 62-year-old woman with sale and delivery of hydrocodone after they said she was selling the pills from her home. On Nov. 12, members of the St. Cloud Police Department arrested Melba E. Calhoun after a month long investigation for trafficking drug charges. Detectives received information tha t Calhoun was selling pills from her home. The investigation revealed that Calhoun sold prescription drugs to a confidential informant on two separate occasions. She was charged with sale and delivery of hydrocodone, possession of hydrocodone with intent to sell or deliver and trafficking in hydrocodone over four grams. Calhoun was being held at the Osceola County Jail with a $105,000 bond. PoliceContinued from Page A-1 112412.SNG Placing a classified adin the Osceola News-Gazette hasnever been easier!Visitwww.adsinthesun.comto place your ad today!Best classified ads under the Sunemail@example.com Church Street Kissimmee, FL 407-846-7600 The Cypress Woods Common Facilities District will conduct its regular quarterly meetings for the scal year beginning October 1, 2012 at the Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4727, Kissimmee, FL 34741 beginning at 6:30 P.M. or soon thereafter. These regular quarterly meetings will be on the following dates in 2013: February 05, April 09, August 13 and October 08. All meetings are open to the public. 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Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Thanks to the Osceola County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, local responders have a clear and concise guide for how to prepare, respond and recover from any type of disaster. Rich Collins, the countys emergency management director, presented the Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting Monday with the most updated version of the CEMP, which received state approval in just two months because of its thoroughness. The County C ommission quickly approved it as well. State officials have commended the plan, which includes strategic and operational guidelines and related documentation for 18 functional annexes that deal with how resources are deployed in an emergency situation. It is essentially the roadmap for how we will handle disasters, Collins said. Our mission was to develop something that is easy to read, understand and implement. The plan replaces the prior CEMP approved by the County Commission over four years ago. County Manager Don Fisher said the new plan is much more comprehensive than the one it replaces. Our emergency operations used to keep me up at night, Fisher said. I rest easy now because of the great work of Rich and his staff. While the 2012 hurricane season ending officially on Nov. 31, Collins said his department is already working on updating its local recovery plans. Also at Monday meeting, the board approved a motion to permit Westgate Resorts to add a helipad to its property on Old Lake Wilson Road south of U.S. Highway 192 in order to include local helicopter tours to for its short-term rental users. To meet county codes, any landing or take off areas must be a minimum of 1,000 feet from any dwelling or residentially-zoned property. 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Page A8, SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsLady Dogs defend crownWith the college football world spinning counterclockwise after BCS darlings Alabama, Kansas State and Oregon all lost, we have arrived at a unique junction in the season where a 6-point underdog today conceivably could be playing for the national championship. Heeeeere come the Gators! Yes, the Gators, offensively inept for the past month, challenged to the end by Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks ago and underdogs by a touchdown at Florida State, could be in line for a shot at the championship should things fall their way. First of all, Florida, currently No. 4 in the BCS standings, must beat the Seminoles this afternoon, which to many makes this Gators championship scenario a non-starter. The Seminoles have been snarling for the past month that they can barely crack the BCS top 10 despite a one-loss season. The BCS computers simply dont like the ACC, mainly because the ACC isnt very good. Actually, its bad. This season, in the ACC heavyweight class, you have FSU, maybe Clemson, and, ah..well, you have FSU and maybe Clemson. Miami has elected to put itself on perpetual probation, and perennial ACC power Virginia Tech is playing like it got readmitted to the Big East. Maryland got fed up with the whole mess and announced this week that it is going to the Big Ten, to which the rest of the ACC members said, Fine, and take those hideous helmets with you. There isnt much help on the way for the conferences football profile as oncesolid grid powers and soon-to-be members Pitt and Syracuse are stuck in hapless rebuilding phases. UConn, with its exceedingly modest football aspirations, is Marylands potential replacement. So, the Noles have gotten zero help from the computers, and the humans arent smitten with FSU, either. And here comes UF, a hated rival and a BCS computer love child because of its affiliation to the almighty SEC, rolling into Doak Campbell today. Does any of this sound like a dream scenario for the Gators? Also required for UF to make the championship game is a Notre Dame loss at USC, which seemed possible, maybe probable, until Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley did his Ben Roethlisberger (or Byron Leftwich or any other Steelers quarterback of your choosing) imitation and injured his shoulder in last weeks loss to UCLA. The No. 1 Irish, who have magically escaped defeat several times, have caught another big break. Should the Irish stumble, the Gators have the inside shot to the title game because Alabama, No. 2 in the BCS poll, and Georgia, No. 3, will meet in the SEC title game. The smart bet is that one of them will lose. Thus, the path would be open for the Gators. If they can dodge the flaming spears today. The Mighty News-Gazette Divine Nine is always on fire: No. 1: The Irish, somehow. No. 2: Stanford (who was robbed at South Bend). No. 3: NFL overtimes. No. 4: Ohio State (Whats more frustrating than being unbeaten, but on probation?). No. 5: Roll Tide. No. 6: Little Ben. No. 7: Sir Jack. No. 8: Johnny Football. No. 9: Deep Fried Turkey Pudding. To the picks: Florida at FSU (-6): The Texas A&M/ South Carolina Gators can win this, but the Georgia/La. Lafayette Gators probably are going to show up. Noles by 9. Stanford (-2) at UCLA: Can it be a trap game for both teams? Cardinal are coming off the huge upset at Oregon, and UCLA beat USC last week. Cardinal by 1. Michigan at Ohio State (-3.5): Wolverines are one of the Big Tens many mystery teams, but theres no mystery about OSUs record. Buckeyes by 4. South Carolina at Clemson (-4): Gamecocks got way lost on their way to the SEC title game. Tigers by 3. Notre Dame (-6) at USC: The BCS execs are salivating at the thought of the unbeaten Irish headlining their championship game. Irish by 2. Will Gators play for BCS title? Rick PedoneSports Editor See Picks, page A-9 Girls weightlifting preview Picks of the Weak By Rick Pedone Sports Editor St. Cloud ended Harmonys five-year reign as the Orange Belt Conference champion last season. St. Cloud returns many of its top lifters from last season and both teams should be in the hunt to claim the OBC championship again. The county lifters compete in Section 7.St. CloudCoach Lonnie Beckel has the countys lifter of the year in Sarah Boroski, a senior, who won the conference championship and qualified for the state meet. Boroski will compete at 129 pounds. Also back is state qualifier and conference champion Ashley Sauer at 119 pounds. Other returning varsity lifters are L eeah Schroeder and Madison Clayton at 101, Daniella Rincon at 139, Prisca Charles and Mallory Armstrong at 154 and Shianne B ridges at unlimited. Beckel also expects strong seasons from Rachel Simpson (101), Mackenzie Woodard (139), Destiny Kauffman (169), Shanteoux Powell and Sydney Vanderlaan (183) and Haley Webber (199). We should be pretty good, Beckel said. Weve got a few talented younger girls that will figure in later on, but these girls are the main ones for now.HarmonyJohn Wallauer, the boys lifting coach, takes over the girls program this season. We have several returners who should make an impact this season, he said. They include seniors Emily Fiorelli (129), Lauren Harris (154), conference champion Katie Ippolito (154), Addison Hickey (183) and Jeana Pruim (199). Wallauer said Taylor Soltys (139), Hollie Middleton (169), Paige Wright (unlimited) and Kaylin Clark (unlimited) all should have excellent seasons. Our team is small, but has tremendous upside, Wallauer said. Were looking towards getting stronger each day until the end of January and that OBC date.PoincianaCoach Joel Campbell returns to a Lady Eagles program that has been among the more successful in the county for the past two seasons. This years squad is led by senior Bianca Browne, a two-time conference heavyweight champion, senior Diamond Pitts (183) and sophomore Tays Cruz (154). It should be a pretty good year for Poinciana. We have a lot of new girls that are working extra hard, Campbell said.OsceolaCoach Eric Pinellas said he has 40 lifters working out this season. The team is led by a group of multi-talented athletes including Vallerie Norgaisse (139), Deara Thomas (139), Jodiann Crooks (129), Rachel Greller (154), Gisel Santiago (110) and Gabrielle Volcy (heavyweight).GatewayCoach Cliff Branch takes over the Lady Panthers program this season. His top lifters include Stephanie Carrillo (169), Amber Jackson (119), Ana Green (129) and Tricia Davis (139).LibertyCoach Ronald Lomax said his Lady Chargers will be led by 110-pound lifters Summer Hartig and Khrista Gonzalez. Hartig was a sectional qualifier last season.CelebtrationCoach Chris Lavoie takes over the program, which is led by captain Tiffany Rodriguez. Also competing are Christina Benacquisto, Flynn Larson, Annika Michie, Larissa Parodi and Kelsey Ryan. We are setting individual goals for all of the girls and most have already beat former max lifts, Lavoie said.Mackenzie Woodard competes at 139 pounds for the Lady Bulldogs, the defending Orange Belt Conference champions.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Harmony, Poinciana challenge in OBC By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Although both teams are coming off highly successful seasons, Osceola Head Coach Barner Cooks and St. Cloud Head Coach Chad Ansbaugh had different early season objectives as their teams met in the Lady Kowboys Thanksgiving Classic at Osceola High School this week. For Cooks, whose team was coming off a 20-8 season, it was a good opportunity to his squad to work on its timing and offensive execution, which it successfully accomplished during an opening round, 41-18 win over the Bulldogs. We lost some key players from a season ago, Cook said. But I really like this team we have coming back. We have a nice mixture of veterans and some young kids. They play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The Lady Kowboys jumped out to a 9-6 lead in the first quarter and were never really threatened by the Lady Bulldogs. Montana Bass led the way with 13 points, including 10 in the first half, to pace Osceola, which improved to 2-1. Bass hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game. Osceola displayed a balanced attack. Nicole Bravo had nine points. Jasmine Ramos, Gabriella Goiens, Kimani Francois and Tatina Cardona all chipped in four points each. Bravos points all came from behind the 3-point line, as she drained three 3s in the contest. We made a lot of mistakes in the game, Cooks said. But early season basketball is all about getting your timing down and building some chemistry. I liked our energy level and I certainly like our effort. As long as we continue to work hard, I think we have good chance of being successful this season. The Lady Bulldogs have a different o bjective in mind. After going 17-9 last season, St. Cloud lost six players to graduation and had one of its top scorers transfer. That left Ansbaugh with a starting lineup that includes three freshmenKierra Crane, Gabby Costas, and Alyssa Best. Realistically, you would like to see these kids on junior varsity getting some experience, Ansbaugh said. But the fact of the matter is we lost the majority of our team and these players earned their spots on the varsity roster. Despite the youth of the squad, Ansbaugh said he did not expect the trio to become flustered or awestruck. First of all, weve already played two or three teams that are in the Super 16 r ankings, so if t hat Montana Bass soars for a layup while St. Cloud defenders Gabby Costas (14) and Kierra Crane (11) give chase during the Osceola Holiday Basketball Classic Wednesday at the OHS gym. The Kowgirls won, 41-18.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Kowgirls cruise past Lady Dogs See Basketball, page A-9
Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 Poinciana basketball players to Southern Liggeri first female to score TD for KowboysPicksContinued from page A-8Unseasonably cool weather has been settled in for more than a w eek now. Water temperatures which had been in the 70s has dropped down to the mid-60s. As if the cool weather wasnt enough, the sun hid out for several days in a row and the wind seldom was below 15 to 20 mph. Anybody who knows anything about Florida bass fishing knows that bass dont like sudden cold fronts and that has been the case this past week. About the only thing that has kept the fishing interesting has been the bass which are schooling in different areas around the lake. Ive seen schoolers around Little Grassy Island and out around Reed Island. You can get them to hit lipless crank baits like a Rat-LTrap or some small plastic worms, either Texas rigged or Carolina rigged. The weather has made spec fishin g difficult, but some diehard fishermen are still out there trying their luck. The area around Marker 24 and on the east side of Makinson Island is where theyve been seen. Most are being caught on live minnows or road runner jigs. I havent heard much about bluegills or shell crackers, but Im sure they are still being caught. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. We are certainly blessed to live in this country and in this state. Send fishing information to email@example.com Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Schooling bass are where the action isBasketballContinued from page A-8The paid professionals: Tennessee (-3.5) at Jacksonville: How can anyone be favored in this? Titans by 2. Atlanta at Tampa Bay (pick em): Do the Bucs have anything left after that comeback last week? Not sure. Falcons by 2. Seattle (-3) at Miami: Someone is butchering dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. The NFL version hasnt fared much better lately. Fins by 2. Baltimore (-1) at San Diego: Ravens never play well on the coast. Maybe the weather is too good. Bolts by 2. Green Bay at N.Y. Giants (-2.5): Giants come off a bye week. It seems like theyve been on a bye for the past month. G-men by 2. Brian Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Saints over 49ers by 3. Petey The Gators Are Going To Win Covino says: Gators by 6. Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivan says: Noles by 17. Tom Captain Kirks Beam Me Up Scotty NFL Prime Time Pick: Green Bay by 6. Ken Jackson says: South Carolina by 3; Pack by 7; Ravens by 4. Last week: Plailing Philly (6-4, 75-32) and Ravaged Ribs (6-4, 77-30) say, No more turkey, please! By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Two Poinciana Lady Eagles basketball players chose their college destination when they signed National Letters of Intent to play for Southern University of Baton Rouge, La. Guard Brandii Walker and center Tralonnie Tisdale were joined by their families, Poinciana administrators and teammates at the high school to celebrate last week. Walker, a three-year varsity starter, said she looks forward to joining Coach Sandy Pugh at Southern, which competes in the NCAA D-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference. I really like Coach Pugh, and when I visited, the other girls treated me like I was already a member of the team, Walker said. The campus is really nice. Everyone made me feel comfortable. Walker and Tisdale were scouted by Pugh at a camp in South Florida. Tisdale, who plans to study criminal justice, said Southern is the only program she considered. She said that Coach Pugh has asked her to improve her game. She wants me to work on my shot, Tisdale, 6-1, said. She will play forward or center for the Jaguars. Walker will play swing guard or forward at Southern, she said. They want me to work on my ball-handling, she said. Walker, who plans to be an anesthesiologist, also considered playing for Stetson, she said. Poinciana Coach Shane Whitsett, in his first season, didnt have an opportunity to coach the players until this summer, but he said ther talent was obvious from the first moment he saw them. Their ability is off the charts, he said. News-Gazette Photo/Rick PedonePoincianas Brandii Walker, seated left, and Tralonnie Tisdale, seated center, with PHS Principal Bylinda Pinkston, were joined by their family members and teammates Nov. 14 to celebrate their basketball scholarships to Southern University.Alexandra Liggeri, 6, became the first Kissimmee Youth Football and Cheer League female football player to score a touchdown during an early-season game. The league, for player ages 4-15, has operated for 20 years. Liggeri has been with KYFL since she was 4 as a cheerleader. This year she switched to football. Her touchdown helped the team to a 28-6 win under Coach Nick Hagedorn. KYFL has been a part of the AAU for three seasons and has had several age group champions.Alexandra Liggeri, middle row, far left, with her Kissimmee Kowboys teammates and coaches. Submitted Photodidnt shake them, nothing will. These three played a lot of summer ball together and know what type of competition they are going to face this year. But it was a senior that stepped up for St. Cloud, 2-4. Candace Wilkins had nine points. Costas added three, while Crane, Best and Tianna Baez added two each. In a lot of ways this is an automatic pressure release valve for this team, Ansbaugh added. When we play more experienced teams and come up short, it will be looked on as a young team rebuilding. 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You are going to need a much bigger stocking if you have had some very good boys and girls in your house. From TCM Classic Collections featuring acting legends such as Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant and James Stewart to some amazing Blu-ray collectible items that will have the movie fan in your home doing cartweels, there is something for just about everyone this holiday season. For the ultimate fan (and no stocking will hold these, unless you borrow one from the Jolly Green Giant) try out Harry Potter Wizards Collection, with Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet digital copy. This truly is the ultimate if you are a Potter fan, weighing in at 19 pounds, it is the largest collectible box set ever released by Warner Bros. With a suggested retail price of $500, the gift box features a staggering 31 discs (all eight Harry Potter films in Blu-ray and DVD and 37 hours special features) including five hours of new-todisc bonus content. There are lots of collectible cards and more in the set. If you already have the first six Harry Potter films, but need to complete your set, just out on Blu-ray is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 Ultimate Edition. Again, created with the fans in mind, the ultimate edition (this is also the first time the two films have been packaged together as a Bluray/DVD/Ultraviolet digtal combo pack) is the critically acclaimed ending to the Harry Potter magical adventure. Also included is an 8-hour documentary series with lots of behind-the-scenes information on the films. There are more goodies inside especially for fans including a 48-page photo 50 CENTS The holidays mean lots of limited, unusual DVD setsFollow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/icmovies Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com A feast of goodies for under the treeLIFESTYLES L IFESTYLES LIGHT UP UCFORLANDO Back for a fifth season, Light Up UCF provides Central Florida families with an affordable place to celebrate the holidays. now through Jan. 6 outside the UCF Arena. Light Up UCF has become a holiday tradition, offering an outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. Tickets for ice skating and photos with Santa can be purchased at the UCF Arena Box Office. There are also a number of free elements to Light Up UCF, including the Holiday Light Show, Holiday Film Festival, and convenient parking. Select tickets are also available for purchase through Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800745-3000.RINGLING CIRCUSORLANDO Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Built To Amaze! The brand new show plays the Amway Center in January 10-13. Tickets are ons sale now. Elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists join together for the spectacular show. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit Facebook. Ticket prices range from $15 to $100 (Circus Celebrity). Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included. All seats are reserved.. Tickets are available at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407440-7900). FAIR ENTRIESKISSIMMEE The 69th Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show is once again just around the corner, Feb. 8-17. The Creative Arts department invites all Osceola county residents to share their talents in everything from baking, canning, quilting, painting, photos, needlework, table settings, cake decorating, and so much more. Enter your handmade items, there is something for everyone. Entries can not be removed until Monday Feb. 18 (the day after the fair closes). For more information on registration of items, and more information about entries go to www.osceolacountyfair.com. Look for Community Shows link and find Creative Arts. You can also call Diann Arthur (407)-9221266 cell, (434) 534-9170 home, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Beverly Frankenberg (407) 892-6549.REDNECK GALAST. CLOUD Tickets are available now for the annual Redneck Gala event, hosted by St. Cloud Main Street. The gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at Lake Gentry, Albritton Road from 5 to 10 p.m. The event includes steak dinner, fixins, beer and wine and music by the band Slickwood. The evening also includes redneck games and an auction. Tickets are limited and are $50. For more information call 407-498-0008 or online at www. stcloudmainstreet.org.MARY POPPINSORLANDO Tickets for the Broadway Across America production of Mary Poppins are on sale now. Tickets for Mary Poppins start at $41 and are available online at www.OrlandoBroadway.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America Orlando box office located at 100 South Eola Drive, Suite 101 in downtown Orlando or at the Amway Center Box Office. To charge by phone, call 1-800-982-2787. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 407-704-6116. With four productions currently running on three continents, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years. See DVDs, page B-3No place like Winter Park for the holidays Putting on Your DVDs Holiday Attractions Deck the halls, the streets and a lot more By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Thanksgiving is over, so it is definitely time to think Christmas. Downtown St. Cloud is ready to unwrap the holidays with the Hipstoric 3rd FridayIts a Wrap celebration Dec. 15. The activities on Pennsylvania Avenue include vendors, Santa with photos, free carriage rides provided by A Finishing Touch, food drive by Bella Floral and Boutiques corner of 10th and Pennsylvania; On New York Avenue: St. Cloud High School Jazz Band, Robert Bass and Friends, winners of St. Cloud Chamber Holiday Parade and winners of St. Cloud Main Streets Residential Decorating Contest, St. Cloud Chambers Holiday Open House, other activities at New York Artist Shop, $5 Haircuts by Rayzors Edge for Relay for Life, food trucks, the Antique Car Show with sponsor Kisselback Ford, and Santas workshop for the kids presented by Home Depot on the Corner of 10th and Pennsylvania. There also is free gift wrapping on 10th Street, with a receipt from a downtown merchant purchase There is a free movie immediately following Hipstoric in Centennial Park A Christmas Story 2. The holidays unfold in Central Florida with free stuff and more November 24, 2012Empire of the Sun and the final two Harry Potter films are among the new Blu-ray/DVD offerings. Other new stocking stuffers include Watchmen. Dogs can get some holiday weekend love and maybe even some dinner when the Food Truck for Dogs comes to Fleet Peeples Park today. Chef Michael invites you to have dinner with your dog during the Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta at the pet park. You and your pet will have the opportunity to dine together at one of Americas top off-leash dog parks and, in the process, get reacquainted. The first 100 people to visit the Chef Michaels Food Truck for Dogs will also receive a voucher (up to $10) to use at their favorite participating food truck for a complimentary meal for themselves. The park is at 2000 South Lakemont Avenue and the event is from noon until 5 p.m. Photo/LEGOLANDA Christmas tree made of Legos is a highlight at LEGOLAND. The City of Winter Park is once again preparing to welcome a string of festive events this holiday season. Gather with friends, family and loved ones to experience the annual holiday traditions in Winter Park. The season begins with the Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink in Central Park West Meadow from now through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Winter in the Park will include a full calendar of joyful events including holiday music, games, family nights, youth nights, carolers and so much more. The rink will be open Monday thru Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call 407-599-3203. A special Holiday Pops concert performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will take place Sunday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m., in Central Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season. Guest conductor Albert George Schram will lead the Philharmonic and guest soloists Tiffany Colburn and Connie Brink. This free concert is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. For more information, call 407-770-0071. On Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m., the festivities continue in Central Park with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and presented by the University of Central Florida. The night will begin with carols from several local ensembles, followed by the award ceremony for the 2012 Holiday Card Competition winners. Central Park will come to life with beautiful bright lights and Santa & Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance. For more information, call 407-6448281. In conjunction with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll Friday, Nov. 30, the City of Winter Park will present Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring Elf at 7 p.m. For more information, call 407-629-0054.From a free symphony concert to snow and a movie on the lawn, there is lots to do See Park, page B-3 The Orlando Philharmonic will perform in a special Holiday Pops concert Sunday. See Holiday, page B-3
Page B2, Technically Speaking By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Baby boomers have a new channel to call their own. Bright House Networks subscribers now are able to receive RLTV, a new channel that offers a wide range of programming aimed at teh 50-plus audience. Programming focus incudes health and wellness, relationships, transformation, exploration, finance and political and public policy issues. RLTV is available locally to Bright House Networks Digital TV customers on Channel 203. Viewers who are 50+ are seeking programming that reflects their lives and relates to their interests, said RLTV Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Corporate Development Patrick Baldwin in a press release. We thank Bright House Networks for its support and are delighted that we can help them deliver relevant programming to this vital audience. Generation 50+, the audience RLTV serves, is 100 million strong, including 80 million baby boomers, the last of whom turn 50 in 2014. RLTVs original programming includes: with Jean Chatzky, in which personal finance expert and Today Show finance editor Jean Chatzky offers relatable advice on how to manage money in todays complex economic environment; Food, Good Deeds, the groundbreaking series hosted by Florence Henderson and produced in relationship with the on Wheels Association of America that combines the excitement of a cook-off with the life-saving mission of one of Americas most extraordinary philanthropic organizations. America, a series of specials that addresses and helps to reshape critical issues facing Americans today, such as the debt and the deficit, senior hunger, and education. Again with Bob Vila, a new syndicated version by one of Americas favorite home improvement experts. Vila has brought professional, costconscious, and often entertaining advice to do-it-yourselfers. Now with his own nationally-syndicated show on commercial television, Bob Vilas Home Again, Bob tackles a wide variety of projects around the nation, always with an eagle eye on the budget. The award winning Healthline series gives viewers a daily dose of what they need to take control of their health care concerns. Hosted by Kevin J. Soden, author of The Art of What Every Doctor and Patient Should Know, Healthline offers viewers a first-hand look at the illnesses and concerns we all face as we get older. Patients share their personal health care experiences along with leading medical experts who offer tips for viewers to become better advocates for themselves. Whether its chronic, cosmetic, or just confusing, medical issues are tempered with wisdom humility and humor. In a world full of medical questions, Healthline is the answer to what ails you. Care with Joan Lunden. A groundbreaking, courageous four-part series examining the growing concerns over caregiving. RLTV knows that 80 percent of the burden of caregiving rests with families of the affected: the series focuses as much on the caregivers as the care recipients. The show explores options and strategies, and provides resources and information to help this challenging life stage. Taste of History is a TV cooking series that explores Americas culinary beginnings from the Birthplace of American Cuisine. This innovative series brings Americas history to life by profiling historic destinations, founding fathers and historic recipes. Victory Garden. The Victory Garden, with its 30-year history, is the longest-running gardening show on TV. The Victory Garden features interviews with top gardening professionals, provides practical advice, design tips, and even recipes to help you get the most from your garden. Find out about the latest and greatest in gardening tools, soil, pest control and much more. 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Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 booklet and four limited edition character cards. There is more movie magic in the Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collection. One of the great sci-fi films, the Harrison Ford film (directed by Ridley Scott) is available in an ultimate pack (four-disc Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet) with production book, collectible car and more as well as a 3-disc Bluray book. The Blu-ray also is available by itself in a final cut edition. Also on the ultimate side (it wont fit in a stocking) is the just released Collectors Edition Watchmen. If you have a Watchmen fan in the house, this is the one to get. The 4-disc set features three Blu-ray discs and an Ultraviolet edition for portable devices. The collection also includes the DC Comics hardcover edition, as well as Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut. Included in the Ultimate Cut is Tales of the Black Freighter. The set includes more than two hours of bonus features as well. There have been many editions of Casablanca through the years, but the real fan will have to add Casablanca 70th annivesary 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo edition to the collection. The new edition set features a 60-page production art book, a reproduction of the original poster artwork and even a set of four collectible drink coasters. You get all that and one of the greatest films ever made too. There is more classic greatest with the 60th anniversary Ultimate Edition three-disc set Singin in the Rain, Blu-ray/DVD pack. Another limited edition release, the musical great features four hours of bonus content including the new documentary, Singin in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation, presented in high definition on Blu-ray, in addition to another half-dozen vintage special features. The gift set includes a 48page hard cover book with production memos and photos and a full-size commemorative umbrella. Other new collections include: The Tim Burton Collection featuring some of his best films. It is a 7-film collection featuring in Blu-ray Pee Wees Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Christopher Nolan has become one of the more highly-regarded directors in recent years, and the Christopher Nolan Blu-ray Collection should be a pleaser for fans, The collection includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Insomnia, and Memento. The collection includes a premium book as well. If you are a Batman fan, the Nolan trilogy is coming out from Warner Bros. Dec. 7. The Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset, features Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, including all original special features, in one collection. It will be available on Blu-ray and standard DVD (Ultraviolet included) The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset will feature an exclusive 64-page version of the coffee table book, The Art and Making of The Dark Knight. One of the Steven Spielbergs classic epics, Empire of the Sun (featuring a very young Christian Bale in his debut) is also available for the first time in Blue-ray in Empire of the Sun 25th anniversary Blu-ray Book. In addition to the great film (a must for Blu-ray fans), the set includes the 36-page photo book, and two outstanding documentaries, The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun (behind the scenes making of the movie) and Warner at War, a documentary of Warner Bros. films durig World War II, narrated by Steven Spielberg. The classic acting legends series editions include: The Kirk Douglas Drama collection. Lust for Life, The Bad and the Beautiful, Young Man with a Horn. TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Lauren Bacall Dark Passage, Key Largo, Blood Alley, Designing Woman. TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous, Boys Town, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bad Day at Black Rock TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Cary Grant. My Favorite Wife, Night and Day, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. TCM Greatest Classic Legends: James Stewart. The Shop Around the Corner, The Stratton Story, The Spirit of St. Louis, The FBI Story. Other Warner Blu-ray titles include Full Metal Jacket, Chariots of Fire, Unforgiven, A Streetcar Name Desire, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Deliverance, Little Shop of Horrors, Dial M For Murder (in 3D). ParkContinued from page B-1 On Saturday, Dec. 1, Park Avenue comes to life at 9 a.m. with the 60th annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and presented by Bright House Networks. This familyfriendly occasion showcases holiday-themed floats, Santa Claus and well-known local figures as they make their way down the avenue. For more information, call 407-644-8281. Before and after the Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 1, Leadership Winter Park Class 23 will host the 14th annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast, presented by Fannie Hillman & Associates and Vanson Constructors, at the Central Park main stage from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy hot pancakes, sausage and beverages for just $6 per adult and $4 per child, with proceeds benefiting Winter Park area elementary schools. For more information, call 407-644-8281. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art continues their holiday tradition with the 34th annual Christmas in the Park Celebration Thursday, Dec. 6. Central Park creates the beautiful backdrop for the lighting of eight turn-of-thecentury Tiffany windows as the Bach Festival Choir performs in concert on the main stage. The two-hour program begins at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 407-645-5311. To complement the annual Christmas in the Park Celebration, Friends of Casa Feliz will present Christmas at the Casa, sponsored by Commerce National Bank and Trust, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Casa Feliz located at 656 North Park Avenue. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet everyone, the house will be decorated for the season, and costumed carolers will lead attendees in holiday favorites. Kissimmee Parade Kissimmees annual Festival of Lights Parade will be held in downtown Kissimmee Saturday, Dec. 8. The event includes the tree lighting ceremony, entertainment and caroling by The Mistlestones, Santas Sisters, The Carolers and The Caroling Kids. There will be more holiday activites in at the Kissimmee Police Department building including a Santa meet and greet starting at 5 p.m. The parade starts at 7 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Disney Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party is back and the popular evening event will have its longestever run this year on select nights through Dec. 21. Mickeys party has been going on for a quarter of a century and features live stage shows, a holiday parade, fireworks and of course, hot chocolate and cookies. Dates include Nov. 25, 27, 29, 30 and Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21. It starts at 7 p.m. This is a popular event and often sells out in advance for each night, so advance tickets are recommended. Go to www.Disneyworld.com/ Christmasparty. LEGOLAND LEGOLAND Florida is getting into the holiday spirit with lots of familyfriendly fun with its second annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kids New Years Eve. The holiday fun and festivities will be held every Saturday and Sunday in December at The Beginning and Fun Town from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Beginning is home to the more than 30-foottall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO bricks. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. with a special master of ceremonies. Holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December during Christmas Bricktacular will feature lots of family fun including: LEGO Model Build Activity: Help build a LEGO Christmas Tree in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza that will stand over 20 foot tall when completed. LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt: Its Christmas Eve in Miniland USA and Santa is busy delivering gifts to all the good girl and boy minilanders. Help find Santa in this fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt. The whole family can search for Santa in the more than 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. One lucky hunter each day will receive a prize from the daily drawing. LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier: Guests will have meet and greet opportunities with LEGOLAND Floridas special holiday friends, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier. Holiday Shopping: LEGOLAND Florida is the best place to celebrate the season and pick up the holiday LEGO gift sets. The park has six specialty stores, offering unique and unique and often hard to find LEGO products and more. Along with LEGOLAND Floridas Christmas Bricktacular, guests can still enjoy a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Holiday events are included with normal park admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.legoland. com. Jingle Jog Calling all Runners. Ring in the holidays Dec. 7, in the Jingle Jog 5K at the Osceola Valencia College Campus. Runners will race through an evening wonderland course decorated with holiday lights and decorations; set to cheerful holiday tunes. Wear your most creative holiday costumes to win a prize. Cost is $30 per runner and includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. To register, go to http:// jinglejog.eventbrite.com. Runners and spectators will enjoy a Food Truck Rally with performances by the Road Scholars Band following the race. All proceeds will benefit Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a mentor and scholarship program of the Education FoundationOsceola County. The TSIC program identifies deserving students and matches them with a volunteer mentor, in-school support and a pre-paid college scholarship. For many students, the biggest obstacle they confront is the lack of vision for their future. Funds raised through the Jingle Jog 5K will be used to purchase Florida Pre-paid scholarships. The program currently serves 72 Osceola County students. To learn more about this program, contact Marcie Hill at email@example.com. fl.us or 407-344-4687.HolidayContinued from page B-1 DVDs Continued from page B-1 Dear Santa,Signed Letters To Santa Santa has asked The Osceola News-Gazette and the U.S. Post Office to help collect some of the many CHILDRENS LETTERS that are addressed to the North Pole. So, we have set up a special mailbox in front of the Osceola News-Gazette office in Kissimmee.CHILDREN, PLEASE USE THIS FORM FOR YOUR LETTER AND DROP OFF BY MONDAY, DEC. 3RDat 108 Church Street, Kissimmee and you may see it published in the Saturday, December 22nd edition of the Last Minute Gift Guide AroundOsceola.com
Page B4, Whats new?Driver safety courseA driver safety class will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The AARP driver safety program helps participants refine driving skills and develop safe-driving habits. Its $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. To register, call 407-593-1957.Book saleThe F riends of t he P oinciana Branch Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., Poinciana, is having a book sale on the following dates and times: Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon until 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday there will be a special sale: Buy a Friends of the Library cloth bag for $2 and fill it with books for just $2 more.DARThe Joshua Stevens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The group welcomes visitors. Anyone interested in learning more about DAR or need help in searching for possible family members who fought in the war, contact Jan. at 407-846-0676 or Carole at 407846-1992 for more information.Christmas BoutiqueChristmas Boutique hosted by the Daughters of the King Cornerstone Family Church. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Admission is free. There will be commercial merchandise, such as jewelry, clothing, art and more. Vendor applications are being accepted at this time. Email Nancy Green at nancy@ cornerstonefamily.com for a vendor application.Alzheimers disease, dementia seminarThe holidays can be a demanding time for anyone, but when you are caring for a loved one that has Alzheimers disease or age related dementia, it can become overwhelming. To learn how to manage the challenges that will arise, visit the Osceola County Council on Aging for an educational seminar made by the East Central Florida Memory Clinic. The class is free and geared toward the family caregiver. It will be Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will take place in the Stotz Conference Room at the Council on Aging at 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. For more information, call 321768-9575, Ext.. 5.The St. Cloud Womans Club The St. Cloud Womans Clubs next meeting will be Dec. 19 at noon with a wrapped gift auction and holiday luncheon for members and anyone interested in membership. Monthly meetings normally occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The clubhouse is located 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 407-957-7587. Footprints in the ParkFun Spot USA is hosting Footprints in the Park on behalf of Project H.E.L.P on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is to raise donations of pet food as well as people food for the local food pantries as well as toys, hygiene products and jackets for the homeless. Events include pet parade, pet/owner look-a-like contest and lots of rides, games and exhibitors. Parade check-in is at 12:30 p.m. It is free to the public. For more information, contact Amber by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.New Years Eve dinner/danceThere will be a New Years Eve dinner/dance at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center and Special Needs Evacuation Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. Its $15 per person for tickets sold through Dec. 15 or $20 per person at the door. Cost includes dinner and live music. Music will be provided by Larry and Sandi. There will be rock, pop, country, rumbas, disco and waltz. For more information, call 407957-7392. Osceola County Fair and Livestock ShowThe 69th Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show will be from Feb. 8-17. The Creative Arts department invites all Osceola County residents young and old to share their talents. It can be baking, canning, quilting, painting, photos, needlework, table settings, cake decorating and so much more. Entries cannot be collected until Monday, Feb. 18, from 3-7 p.m. (the day after the fair closes). Registration for all entries Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.. until 4 p.m. (4-H youth must register this day only) and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (items do not submitted until February, this is only to register them). Registration location is at Osceola Heritage Parks KVLS Pavilion. You may get the fees, dates and more information by going to www.osceolacountyfair.com. Look for Com munity Shows link and find Creative Arts. Call Diann Arthur at 407-9221266 (cell), 434-534-9170 (home), email email@example.com or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-892-6549 for more informationSt. Cloud Senior Center Queen Contest and BallThe 47th Annual St. Cloud Senior Center Queen Contest and Ball will be Tuesday, Nov. 27,, at 7 p.m. All candidates entered must be 50 years or older and an active member of one of the clubs at the Senior Center. The eight candidates registered as of Nov. 12 are: Peg Gravelle, Seniorcize Club; Lois Sloan, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan Club; Peggy Lynch, Heel and Toe; Glenda Brown, Line Dance Club; Virginia Lewis, Seasoned Saints; Kathleen Parsons, Lets Dance Ballroom Club; Helen Turner, Family Community Educators; and Donna DAlelio, Crafty Ladies. They will be judged on presence, poise and personality. The 2013 Queen and the first and second runner-ups will be awarded monetary awards from the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center. The queen will participate in the city of St. Clouds Christmas tree lighting Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. All candidates and our the queen will be on the float entered in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.. Everyone is invited to attend. Music will be performed by the Osceola Community Orchestra. Dress is casual. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free, however, bring that unwrapped Christmas gift for a child or non-perishable food product and place them in the two containers located in the reception area at the Senior Center located at 3101 17th Street. For more information, call co-chairman Shirley Hood at 407892-1156. Hospital gift shop saleThe ORMC Auxiliary will have a 50 percent off sale in the Hospital Gift Shop Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the bargains offered in classroom B at Osceola Regional Medical Center on Oak Street, Kissimmee. The auxiliary raises money annually for needed supplies, including wheelchairs for the hospital, scholarships, and donates funds to many local charities. Special items on sale include; stuffed animals, home decor, dinnerware, jewelry and much more. For more information, call the Gift Shop at 407-518-3880 or auxiliary president Nan Johnston at 863-4272237.Poinciana Christian Church Christmas eventsPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, will be hosting the seventh annual drivethrough Christmas story Dec. 7, 8, and 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. View scenes (complete with music, scripture, and live animal and actors) of the Christmas story from the car. This is a free event. Join the church for a festive evening of Christmas music at its annual Christmas jazz concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. There is no charge. A Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. 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 407-455-4453DAVLadies 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. Wear your red shirt on Fridays to show your support for our Troops. Wear one on the second and fourth Friday of each month and the non-premium long necks are $1 from 11 a.m. until close. Our monthly meetings are on the third Sunday each month. DAVA at 2 p.m. and DAV at 3:30 p.m.. Happy hours are 5 to 7 p.m. daily. We are located at 21 E. Keen Street, Kissimmee, phone 407-8464141.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. 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 includes transportation, $25 free 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 407-738-5300.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 two-hour class teaches that 90 percent of selfdefense 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.One Word At A TimeIf you are an aspiring writer or a published author, join One Word At A Time. Its motto is writers helping writers. It offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 S. Orlando Ave, in Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com..Osceola Singles ClubThe Osceola Singles Club resumes its meetings at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Moose Club on Main Street in Kissimmee. For more information, call Anne at 407-933-1100 or Jackie at 407348-8078. Elvis Hawaiian Tribute ShowThere will be an Elvis Hawaiian Tribute Show Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion, 200 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee. For tickets, call Shirley at 407922-4502.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.Osceola Coin ClubThe group will meet at Broadway Pizza in the side room every first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The group will be for trading, selling or buying coins for those interested. Call Ron at 407-944-9718 for information.GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar scheduled GriefShare: Surviving the HoliSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comBirthday bash Do 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 407-455-4453Making music C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe city of St. Clouds fire department celebrated its 100th anniversary Nov. 9 with a community-friendly event that showcased the departments tools and services. See Community, page B-5 Whats happening? Engagement Gilliam-Layne Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gilliam, of Kissimmee, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Gilliam, of Orlando, to Joshua Layne, of Orlando. The bride to be is a graduate of Jacksonville University and is presently employed at Shutts & Bowen. The groom is the son of Denny and Heidi Layne, of Washington. Josh graduated from Florida State University and is presently employed by Maple Street Inc. A fall wedding is planned in 2013.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 days is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved ones death. The seminary will be Sunday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1717 13th St., St. Cloud. There is no charge for this event. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and people who have experienced the holidays after their loved ones death. Topics to be discussed include Why the Holidays Are Tough, What to Expect, How to Manage Relationships and Holiday Socials and Using the Holidays to Help You Heal. Those who attend will receive a free booklet with over 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. For more information, call Nancy Boss at 407-8731067. American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 is having the following events: Friday, bingo at 5:30 p.m. and seafood dinner until 7:30 p.m. There is a Saturday dinner and dance. Sunday, bingo at 3 p.m. Monday at 6 p.m., karaoke with food served. Tuesday at noon, karaoke with food being served. Barnyard bingo is the first and third Thursday.St. Cloud Pavement PoundersThe St. Cloud Pavement Pounders meet at Crabby Bills Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and running/walking begins at 6:45 p.m.. For more information, call 407791-3296 or mcitation525@ aol.com or Facebook under St. Cloud Pavement Pounders.American Legion EventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80 will have the following events: Mondays: Bingo at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. Tuesdays: Dart tournament at 7:30 p.m.. Wednesdays: Italian dinner night ($5.75). Thursdays: Free pool. Wing night 10 for $5. $1 Drafts. Trivia game night 8 p.m. Fridays: Free shuffleboard from 3-7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5-8 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 8-11 a.m.; bar bingo 2-4 p.m. Post 80 is open from 10 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, the post invites you to speak with it regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261. 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 407-847-2444 (after 3 p.m.) You also may purchase tickets at the Lodge. For more information, contact Bruce Simpson at 407-557-4070. OSCAR ToastmastersOSCAR Toastmasters meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Association training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500.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 407892-9069.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 407-870-0671. 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgOsceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families and friends. 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. 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, b outiques 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 Horseshoe 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. Community Continued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 YES! 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Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address NEW HORIZON FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION NH Michael Morales Licensed Funeral Director / Owner821 13th Street, Saint Cloud, FL 34769 (Next door to Hershey Florist)407-891-2300www.newhorizonfuneralchapel.com Future Use ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comACOSTA Mr. Antonio Roberto Acosta, 46, of, Kissimmee, FL passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com EBY Mr. Charles "Chuck" Byron Eby, Jr., 45, of Kissimmee, FL passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Osceola Regional Medical Center. Charles was born September 23, 1967 in Orlando, FL toCharles Byron and Vicki (Merritt) Eby, Sr. Charles is survived by his loving mother; Vicki Eby of Kissimmee, FL. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1709 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL at 2:00 PM with Fr. Cecil Radcliff officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com FLEITES Feliz Fleites, 88, of Orlando, passed away on November 16, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com ROBLES Sonia Robles, 64, of Kissimmee, passed away on November 15, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com STEVENSON Carlos Enrique Rodriguez Stevenson, 51, of Kissimmee, passed away on November 16, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com E LINOR A nn Ty s on, age 77, of Franklin, NC, formerly of St. Cloud, FL, passed away, Tu esday, November 20, 2012.Born December 30, 1934, in St. Cloud, FL, she was the daughter of the late Enoc h a nd Av anelle N ourse Ty son a nd was a member of one of the pioneer families in the state of Florida.She graduated from St. Cloud High School in 1953; served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1961 in O kinawa a nd worked as Psychiatric Nursing A ssistan t in Ve terans A dministration Hospitals until retirement in 1991. E linor moved to Franklin in 2006 to be with her n iece, Nancy Ty son Bichard a nd she was a member of T ellico Baptist C hurch In a ddition to her parents she was preceded in d eath by brothers, W ayne, Cheste r Jene, a nd Herbert Ty s on and is survived by s everal n ieces, nephews and cousins. A private family memorial service will be h eld in St. Cloud, FL at a later date Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of a rrangements.Onlin e c ondolences m ay be made at:www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com VA ZQUEZ Miguel Angel Va zquez, 90, of Kissimmee, passed away on November 14, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com
Page B6, The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom at 321-443-6871.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.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.html 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.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.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.East Republican Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).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.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 fo r more information. Toho FriendsToho 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. 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Saturday, November 24, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848. 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 407-738-7001. 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 firstcome, 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. GermanGreyhound 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, 407-4980929, 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.The Ohio, Kentucky 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.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.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.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.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry that 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 mealto 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.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.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.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 407-891-0773 or 321-722-3381. 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