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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL rfff ntbHomefinder bt fff tbSports ffft Weekend WeatherPartly cloudy No chance of rain Arrington steps off boards to avoid conflictBrandon Arrington, who was re-elected to a second term as the district 3 commissioner in November, announced late last week he was stepping down from the Orlando MetroPlan, SunRail and Lynx boards. See page A-2 Index CountyPage A4, Editorial Page A10, Sports Page B4, Community Page B1, Around Osceola Page A2, Local news Page C4, Classied Page B5, Obituaries Page C1, Homender LocalCommerce shines at business awardsA lawn care company, a family-run bakery and an eatery in the early part of its second decade were the big winners on Nov. 6 at the 2012 Osceola Business of the Year Awards held in the Kissimmee Civic Center. See page A-5 With Charlie Crist switching to a Demo crat, would you vote for him if he ran against Rick Scott for governor? either. opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Dec. 6 Question of the week: Do you believe the Osceola Kowboys can win the state football championship? 94.6% 3.6% school football. 1.2% Community By Ken Jackson Staff Writer How talented is Kissimmee Utilworkers? They can do hurricane recovproven it. two crews spent parts of November one crew was there more than two weeks restoring power in the Lehigh Valley region near Allentown, cane-slash-Superstorm Sandy roared ashore in the Northeast on Oct. 29, leaving a trail of destruction, as well as whole communities left in the dark and powerless. The first crew left Kissimmee a day later, and reported to the Allentown area, working in chilly but sunny conditions. When released from there, they were assigned to New York to help the service to some citizens who had been out of power for over a week. And just when they thought the frigid temperatures, brisk winds, and six inches of snow, something many of these Floridians had never seen in person. The second crew eventually We were here watching that next storm thinking they were about to really get it, crew member George Blair said. And then there we were headed right into it. And they still got the job done. come home, the crews had spent 17 days on the detail and logged 3,000 miles of travel and 3,000 man hours of work. We were the last crew in at the end of every night in Pennsylvania, line crew supervisor Logan Murphy said. For that kind of dedication, motivated by how other crews came from out of state to help when Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne unprecedentedly plowed through the area in 2004, the KUA Board of Directors honored the 15 workers with special recognition at its meeting Wednesday. Each worker volunteered for the duty, and the 16-hour shifts spent working in less than ideal conditions some that had nothing to do with the weather. The KUA crews had to confirm to stringent New York utility union regulations, but said they consistently finished jobs in less time than with their own crews watching. our work, said lineman Mike Taylor. There was one day that one of their crews came out while we were stringgot it done faster than they thought. They watched us finish the job and then drove off. They never even got out of their truck. Murphy said old trees and infrastructure, ill-prepared to face the conditions a tropical system like Sandy KUA crews lauded for Sandy response News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe Kissimmee Utility Authority at its Dec. 5 board meeting recognized the crew of linemen that travelled to the northeast to assist in the recovery effort following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe festive float for Classic Affair, an event planning company, was one of many participants in the Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade last Saturday in down town Kissimmee. The city of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department put on the event.Festive float By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Monday cleared the way for construction of a 1.5 million and business trade space that could bring business in from across the globe. The proposed Center for be built on a parcel of land on the Judge Farms property across U.S. Highway 192 from Osceola Heritage Park got the green light from meeting, giving County Manager Don Fisher and staff the go ahead to issue a Memorandum of Understanding. A final contract with engineering firm Beijing Construction in Dallas will come for board review within 60 days. Fisher even said Monday he would consider the project a priority and work with staff to deliver it sooner than the County clearing way for international commerce See Commerce, page A-7 By Fallan Patterson Staff Writer A young Kissimmee mother is in jail without bond after she allegedly left her three small children alone in her apartment Saturday while she shopped and got her nails done. An anonymous caller to 911 just before 5 p.m. Saturday to the Osceola CounOffice stated three children between the ages of 2 and 5 were alone in their apartment on Cobblestone Circle. Mother jailed after leaving kids to shop, get nails done Police news See Police, page A-7 See KUA, page A-3 Rodriguez
Page A2, By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Citing possible conflicts with a new transportation industry job, and wanting to maintain an above-board perception of dealings with how government contracts will affect his new company, Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington has stepped down from the boards of three Central Florida transit authorities. Arrington, who was reelected to a second term as the district 3 commissioner in November, announced late last week he was stepping down from the Orlando MetroPlan, SunRail and Lynx boards. Over the last four years, Arrington served terms as chairman of the MetroPlan board and vice chair of Lynx and SunRail. He said he joined the Land OLakes-based transportation communications firm Quest Corporation of America as a District Manager in a role working with public relations firms and communications professionals in November. At that time, he spoke with Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad about any possible conflicts of interest, and said nothing potentially problematic surfaced during the conversation. At the time I had no inkling that something could be wrong, Arrington said. I want to stress that this was a choice of my own doing. No laws have been broken and there are no problems. On its website, Quest notes it works in cooperation with the staff of federal agencies, state departments and municipal governments, as well as private entities to provide the highest quality products and services. Arrington noted that QCA had a contract with MetroPlan and a continuing contract with FDOT, and said the move was proactive and not because of any wrongdoing, perceived or otherwise. Its more about public perception, and a clear perception of the ties to transportation boards that working in transportation in the private section provides, he said. People want clarity in their government, with everything above board and transparent, and I didnt want there to be any distractions. Arrington on Nov. 2 was elected Chairman of the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission Governing Board, created in 2007 to assist FDOT in drafting planning, design, construction and operation policies for SunRail, for a one-year term. He said stepping down from the boards wont hinder or preclude him from having influence on transportation projects or lobbying for them on the countys behalf it may even make that process easier. I can now speak to board members freely, he said. He said, in the end, the decision was difficult but necessary. I enjoyed serving on those boards for four years, but now other commissioners can gain that experience, and its a chance to build other transportation advocates locally, he said. Arrington steps off boards to avoid conflict Arrington Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.Osceola County is one of five Central Florida school districts that will benefit from a surplus of Disney apparel for the second year in a row. Walt Disney World Resort is committed to strengthening Central Florida by investing in and improving the lives of children and families. Hanes, an alliance partner of The Walt Disney Company, approached Walt Disney World with an opportunity to donate excess inventory of Disney T-shirts and sweatshirts for the second year in a row. Hanes, located in North Carolina, partnered with Disneys Community Relations to ensure that the excess inventory would be used to benefit homeless students in Osceola County, as well as in Orange, Lake, Polk and Seminole counties. As part of our community outreach, Walt Disney World is actively involved in helping address homelessness in Central Florida and its underlying causes, said Angie Sola, Community Relations Manager for Walt Disney World Resort. By working with community partners, we hope over time we can reduce the numDisney clothing donation helps needy Osceola school kids See Donation, page A-3 120812.TNG The Liberty High School Band is proud to present Thursday 12/13 Friday 12/14 Saturday 12/154250 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee, Florida 34746 Cost: $8.00 $5.00 for students All Concerts start at 7:00 p.m. 121312.TNG10.12.LIFE 110812.TNG
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 brought, were the root of the problems It was all wind damage and downed trees, and when the trees come down up there, everything else goes with it. It was an older system, with a lot of older poles, he said. The snow came from a storm that wasnt even on the radar when the first crew left Kissimmee. Never in their wildest dreams did any on the crew imagine theyd ever be doing hurricane restoration in a snowstorm. We were cold and wet, and the guys were miserable by the end of the day (it snowed), Murphy said. We were pretty prepared going up there, but once your feet got wet and then cold, it was awful, he said. We went to Walmart and got some winter boots and it got much better in a hurry. The questionable accommodations were also memorable. In Pennsylvania, the biggest concern was having to shower in a trailer that was outside of where they bunked. But in Long Island they originally slept in a large wall tent that would eventually get ripped to shreds by the Noreaster and its 60 mph winds. Luckily, the KUA crew met up with a crew out of Ocala who restored power to a hotel. Murphy said he reached out to them and were able to get rooms at that hotel just in the nick of time. We got chased out of the tent. We went back to get our stuff and take it to the hotel, and the tent had been condemned, he said. If we didnt have the hotel to go to, we would have been sleeping in the trucks that night. We realized riding up from Florida those trucks arent comfortable. Said groundman Stetson Kent of that tent, which nearly blew apart the night before: It was the worst night of sleep in my life. Lineman first class David Wolfe saw the silver lining in working in winter conditions, rather than in warm and muggy Florida. At least there were no mosquitoes, he joked. The hardest part of the trip might have been getting back. The route up featured bypasses around the big cities like Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and the New Jersey Turnpike corridor. They returned on the more direct route -that included numerous tolls. I rode at the front and tried to pay for all the trucks at once, and some places let me do that but others we had to pay them separately, Murphy said, meaning that hed have to get out and take money to every truck. Lineman Chris Ketner said some of the tollbooths let them go right through, but others ... They said we needed FEMA papers, he said. Im like, Im in a bucket truck! What more do I need? But each worker agreed that the lasting memory theyll have of the experience would be all of the great people they met in getting the job done. Many offered gifts, which read like a collection of nice Christmas stocking stuffers: cookies, Powerball tickets, taffy, doughnuts, cigars and Pepto-Bismol and Tylenol when they werent feeling well. Blair said one of the crews brought back some Bonsai trees. Everyone was super nice, accommodating and great, Murphy said. Lineman first class Alberto Mercado said those peoples appreciation made the work and the rough conditions more bearable. At the end of the day, it was about helping people that needed it, he said. Getting the power back on for people kept us going. The rest of the KUA detail that went north included Brent Davis, Chad Sullivan, Clay Campbell, Billy White, Joshua Miller, Jason Wright, Paul Fielitz and Rodney Rocker. Should there be another out-of-state disaster sometime soon, other crews will take their turns in KUAs informal pecking order and go into the front lines of it. But all 15 said they would go again at the drop of a hat. They have just one request for Mother Nature: hold the snow. ber of homeless families in our community, prevent more families from being at risk, and provide in-kind support to individuals currently in need. More than 20,000 total items will be distributed to the five school districts in the next few weeks before schools release for winter break. Disney VoluntEARS helped to sort the shirts by size and by recipient county. Shirt sizes range from toddler to adult XXL in various colors and styles. The Osceola school district will partner with the Education Foundation Osceola to provide the items in the Kids Closet, so that school social workers can provide the clothing to children in need. The number of students in the Osceola School Districts Families in Transition program is at 2,600, with a realistic projection of 4,100 by the end of this school year. These students are unaccompanied minors, homeless, or living in transitional housing, such as in hotels, motels, campgrounds, cars, parks, shelters, foster care, or are doubled-up with friends or family. To learn more about this need or to make a donation to this cause, contact the Educa tion Foundation at 407344-4687 or visit www. foundationosceola.org. Courtesy of the Osceola County School District. KUA Continued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com. Donation Continued from Page A-2 121313.TNG Eas y. Worry-Free. Guaranteed. If your e a student at V alencia, admission to UCF is guaranteed when you sign up for DirectConnect to UCF at direc tconnecttoucf .com In partnership with1207RGC998 121312.TNG 101812.TNG
Page A4, News-Gazette photos by Andrew SullivanThe city of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department on Dec. 8 coordinated the 2012 Festival of Lights Parade through historic downtown Kissimmee. The event featured floats from local businesses, performance groups, schools and local elected officials. At top, from left, Fernando Robles, 14-year-old Emmanuel Robles, 10-year-old Bionelle Robles, and Sandra Robles are dressed and ready for some Christmas merriment along Broadway in downtown Kissimmee. Above left, the Kissimmee Police Department motorcycle team put on a display of skill to lead the parade. At left, the Santa Sisters, Jennay Wooley-Cowan, Jennifer Ustler and Stefanie Lightfoot, sang traditional Christmas carols along the parade route. Below left, the 2012 Miss Silver Spurs Melissa Albert, center, and her court: First Runner Up Chloe Fox, at left, and Second Runner Up Nikki Boross, right. Below right, Kissimmee Commissioner Wanda Rentas waved and threw candy from the back of a Ford Mustang, provided by parade sponsor Mullinax.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A lawn care company, a family-run bakery and an eatery in the early part of its second decade were the big winners on Nov. 6 at the 2012 Osceola Business of the Year Awards held in the Kissimmee Civic Center. Sponsored by the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Council, five judges representing a crosssection of county businesses and entities sorted through a record 120 nominations to choose winners for Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year and Home-based Business of the Year. Melao Bakery, a small but successful ethnic bakery, deli and eatery located on Boggy Creek Road just north of Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, took home the Small Business of the Year award. Husband and wife Eduardo and Janira Colon own and operate the bakery, and said theyve enjoyed working to become a part of the fabric of the community. We are so blessed and grateful to God, Eduardo Colon said through an interpreter. It has been hard working in this economy, but He put us in a position to serve our community. Kissimmee Medical Eye Center and Rapid Lube were the categorys other finalists. Ludlows Lawn Service, run by Jim Marshall and Steven Wilderspin, won for Home-Based Business of the Year. The two were on a pre-arranged trip and could not attend, but offered a statement read by a business associate. Were sure the lunch youre having is better than the meal tray were having on the plane, it read. To be nominated was a huge surprise, and to win is quite overwhelming to be chosen by our peers in the business community. It must have been a tough decision based on the quality of our fellow nominees. Ludlows beat out fellow finalists S3 Industry Corp. and TCP Global Solutions for the award. The Small Business of the Year Award was won by the Celebration Town Tavern. Susan Bona represented the family that runs the restaurant that is going on its 12th year of business, and needed a few moments to digest the honor of winning. Its an honor just getting nominated, and winning is an absolute shock, she said. Were there all the time. We have a fabulous staff and they lead the pack. Bona said that customers have menu choices ranging from $5 to $40 at the tavern, which she said strengthens its business model. It helps being a come-asyou-are sort of place, where you can have everything and the middle, she said. Encantada Resort and Wild Florida Airboats were the other finalists. County Commission Chairman Frank Attkisson addressed the business attendees, lauding them for the service the offer for their customers, employees and community. You folks dont get sick time or a paid annual vacation, he said. You get up every day and live the American dream. Commerce shines at business awards News-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanAbove, owners and staff from Celebration Town Tavern, and below, the owners of the Melao Bakery, revel in their selection as Small Business of the Year and New Business of the Year, respectively, at the Kissimmee/ Osceola County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards ceremony Dec. 6. Osceola County Clerk of Court-elect Armando Ramirez made due on his promise to pay off the thousands of dollars he owed the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections and the countys Canvassing Board before he takes office in January. Ramirez paid off the remaining $1,358.85 owed to the Supervisor of Elections office Tuesday. His original total was $7,008.65, SOE spokeswoman Amber Smith said, adding Ramirez previ ously paid $5,649.80 Nov. 20 toward his debt. He no longer owes this office for the review of ballots in 2010 or the copies, she said. 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Page A6, For the Florida Legislature to function fairly, efficiently, and transparently, there are rules and procedures in place for lawmakers to follow when conducting the peoples business. The Legislature is expected to make policy decisions through legislative bills that are introduced and debated through the committee process and voted on by both the full House and Senate. Likewise, funding decisions are to be included in the state budget -referred to as the Appropriations Act -and debated and voted on by both chambers. Recently, some legislators have circumvented the proper process by employing innovative and questionable means to sneak in major policy and funding changes. In a recent Florida Voices column, I explained how a $58 million budget amendment with major policy implications was improperly pushed through using the Legislative Budget Commission. To briefly recap, the Legislative Budget Commission was formed to address small budget issues that arise when the parttime Legislature is not convened during its 60-day legislative session. The commission seven members from the House, seven members from the Senate can meet to deal with these small changes. Several years ago, a few legislators hid a controversial prison privatization issue in proviso language in the state budget. The courts struck down the effort as an end run around the correct process and ruled such large policy changes must be made in stand-alone bills and not through budget language. In the 2012 legislative session, the Senate defeated a different but related effort to completely privatize a large number of state prisons by a 19-21 vote. Lawmakers did, however, authorize funding to privatize prison health care services in South Florida with Wexford Health Care. Rather than proposing a bill to authorize the health care privatization for the rest of the state for fear that it might meet the same fate as their effort to privatize 30 prisons, persistent and undeterred legislators tried another tactic to have the Legislative Budget Commission authorize the change for the rest of the state for Corizon Health Care. The Legislative Budget Commission convened in September with 10 of the 14 members participating and only three members present and seven teleconferencing. With a few dissensions, the commission passed the $58 million budget amendment. With 1,900 state prison jobs at stake, interested parties took the issue to court. This week a circuit court judge ruled that the Legislative Budget Commission did not have the authority to approve a plan to privatize prison health care services. The judge ruled that the Corizon contract was illegal and said the commission can only make limited adjustments to the budget, not change policy and procedures. Circuit Court Judge John Cooper in Tallahassee said the attempt of the Legislative Budget Commission to provide funding for this contract is void and ineffective as it violates Article III, Section 19(c)(3) of the Florida Constitution. The state of Florida plans to appeal this ruling, further eroding adherence to rules and procedures and at an additional cost to taxpayers. So it seems no lessons have been learned. The state should immediately drop any costly plans to appeal and should make the case for this policy change directly to lawmakers through the legislative process. The legislators -incumbents and newly elected freshmen just organized to begin committee hearings in advance of the 2013 legislative session. This is the proper venue, rather than the courts, and will not only restore sanity and legitimacy to the process but also show concern and accountability for how taxpayer dollars are spent. If legislative leaders properly utilize the Legislative Budget Commission for limited adjustments to the budget, it can serve a useful purpose. However, if they continue to disregard its limited function, they endanger our system of equal representation. The commission should be disbanded if members cannot resist the urge to enter into multimillion-dollar contracts and circumvent the will of the Legislature. Paula Dockery was term-limited as a Republican state senator from Lakeland after 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She can be reached at email@example.com. O PINION O PINION Editors NoteSubmit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to Editor Brian McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. 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Thursday, December 13, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 When the deputy arrived at the apartment, he found the front door unlocked and ajar, according to police report. A 5-year-old boy opened the door further, surrounded by his two-and-three-year-old sisters, the deputy wrote. Policeman, mommy is not here. I watching my sisters. Can you watch us now? the boy told the deputy, according to the report. A search of the home found no adults in the apartment. While waiting for an adult to show up, the boy told the deputy his mother, Yvonne Rodriguez, 23, often leaves him to care for his younger siblings when she goes to pick up Fernando Papi. The deputy called the boy very mature in his report but pointed out the child did not know who to contact in an emergency and lacked the skills to properly care for his siblings. The deputy fed the children snacks and cereal after they complained of hunger and had to have another deputy go purchase cups for the children after none were found in the home to use to give the children something to drink, the police report stated. An hour and 40 minutes after deputies arrived, Rodriguez returned to the apartment, telling deputies a friend of hers was supposed to be watching the children. She told police she was only gone an hour to purchase groceries for the children but when deputies pointed out they had been at the apartment longer than that, Rodriguez told them she had gone to Best Buy, Unidos and to get her nails done. Im not a bad mother, Rodriguez was alleged to have told deputies before apologizing for her bad parenting skills. She denied often leaving her 5-year-old son in charge of his younger siblings despite the boy telling deputies otherwise. The Florida Department of Children and Families responded to the apartment, where they removed the children from Rodriguez and placed them in the care of her parents, Hilda and Roberto Rodriguez, who had arrived on scene. Yvonne Rodriguez was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm. She was taken to the Osceola County Jail and held without bondBurglary suspects soughtKissimmee police detectives still need the publics help identifying business burglary suspects. On Nov. 21 at approximately 3:15 a.m., a light skinned male entered the T-Mobile store located at 1495 E. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. The suspect shattered the front door to make entry into the business and removed several display phones from the store. The suspect left the scene in a light colored, single cab pick-up truck with a trailer hitch. On Nov. 29 at approximately 2:45 a.m., two males approached the same T-Mobile store and used a hammer to shatter the front door to make entry into the store. The suspects removed a box of used and returned cell phones and blue tooth devices prior to fleeing the scene through the rear exit. r fn tbfr bf rr rrrb allotted 60 days. According to a county report, the Center would create a place where companies and business people from all over the world meet in order to showcase products, place orders from manufacturers, contract for services or launch new businesses. The core of the development would be space for business-to-business commerce, but some will include direct retail space for shoppers. But the numbers of the project, the manner in which score is kept in local economic development circles, indicate the center would create 12,526 jobs and $500 million in labor income, generate $18.2 million in state and local sales taxes and bring in $1.1 million in Tourist Development Tax revenues. The $1.2 billion capital investment, provided wholly by the companys investors, will yield a $1.4 billion annual economic impact when fully built out according to study done by Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness. The countys costs are just $6 million to make the land for first phase of the fivephase plan pad-ready. The Compass Trade Center Project, as its called in county documents, also has plans for 500 hotel rooms and 728 dwelling units. County officials said construction could begin as soon as June 2014, and work would progress in phases over a five-year period, reaching 1.5 million square feet of space when all the building is complete. All of that land would be public, taxgenerating land. Fisher said the deal had been several months in the making, and he recently spent time in China working on the deal and luring BCGEI to Kissimmee over another U.S. location the company examined. Our lack of impact fees and business-friendly approach won them over, he said. This has the potential to be a remarkable game-changer, unlike even what Disney brought to the area. This will be in the heart of the county. Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr., also the boards appointee to the Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity, said it could mark the start of a seismic shift for the countys economic base. This can make Osceola County a hub for international business and trade, and serve as an incubator for new local business, he said. This will be a magnet for high-paying, high-end jobs, and our children and grandchildren will have a place after they go off to college to come home and work. Thats the opportunity this gives the county. Hawkins also noted the plan also includes considerations for long-term water management objectives in the form of a reservoir that can keep collection water locally and be used for irrigation during dry periods. We dump so much water down to Okeechobee, he said. Commission Chairman Frank Attkisson called the deal a historic motion and likened it to the arrival of Walt Disney World. Going back 2,000 years, our county has been at the crossroads of the state as far as those who want to do business, he said. The future is bright with the prospect of the increased jobs and wages that this project will generate, and Im very excited. Don Fisher was our quarterback on this drive and brought home a win. The Compass Project was actually one of two projects the county received Letters Of Interest for the phase II portion of the Judge Farm land. The other was called a megacenter by Fisher, with retail and restaurant locations that would provide a $150 million local investment. Hawkins said he still wants to work with those behind that proposal as well, and find it a home somewhere else in the county. What county wouldnt want to be looking at just one of these projects? he asked. This proposal for use of a portion of the Judge Farms land does not affect a proposal brought forth by the United States Specialty Sports Association, headquartered across U.S. Highway 192 at Osceola County Stadium, to build a ballfield complex on phase I of the land. 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Page A10, S PORTS S PORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsToo Many Turnovers Lincoln 24, Osceola 17 RUSHINGPlayer Car. Yds. Avg. Td .McCray (O) 228 1,760 7.7 24 Smith (G) 212 1,680 7.9 17 Pfeifer (S) 173 1,233 7.1 15 Small (O) 108 972 9.0 13 Benn (L) 146 774 5.3 7 Fa gan (O) 77 620 8.0 2 Osborne (H) 115 560 4.9 2 Wilson (O) 55 420 7.5 4 T. Carrington (C) 103 339 3.3 5 Phillips (L) 66 326 4.9 9 Jones (H) 52 317 6.1 1PASSINGPlayer Com. Atts. Yds. TD Int. Murray (H) 64 149 895 10 11 Wilson (L) 53 124 809 7 5 Santry (C) 50 122 725 4 9 Harrison (O) 35 84 640 4 1 Rodriguez (G) 26 73 468 6 5 Chavel (S) 13 52 332 2 5RECEIVINGPlayer Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Victor (C) 25 484 19.3 6 Reus (S) 14 294 21.0 2 Reaves (H) 27 313 13.6 4 Jones (H) 13 302 22.7 3 Hoffman (O) 13 277 21.0 5 Saragusa (C) 22 251 11.4 0 Winkler (L) 10 232 23.2 3 Casillas (L) 14 211 15.0 2 Meierkort (C) 14 176 12.6 0 Britton (H) 10 172 17.7 3SCORINGPlayer TD XP 2pt. FG Tot. McCray (O) 25 0 1 0 152 Z. Smith (G) 19 0 1 0 116 Small (O) 15 0 1 0 92 Pfeifer (S) 15 0 0 0 90 Phillips (L) 9 0 0 0 54 Nogueras (O) 0 42 0 3 54 Benn (L) 8 0 0 0 48 Wilson (O) 5 0 4 0 38 Harrison (O) 6 0 0 0 36 Victor (C) 6 0 0 0 36 Carrington (C) 5 0 0 0 30 Hoffman (O) 5 0 0 0 30 Winkler (L) 5 0 0 0 30 Marquez (G) 0 23 0 2 29 Ask ey (S) 0 18 0 3 27 Brown (L) 4 0 1 0 26 Childs (O) 4 0 0 0 24 Britton (H) 4 0 0 0 24 Phillips (L) 4 0 0 0 24 Vanstralendorf (L) 0 12 1 3 23 Osborne (H) 2 0 4 0 20 Lopez (P) 3 0 1 0 20 Lee (O) 3 0 1 0 20 Wharton (G) 3 0 0 0 18 Rodriguez (G) 3 0 0 0 18 Jones (H) 4 0 0 0 18 Turner (P) 3 0 0 0 18 Wilson (L) 3 0 0 0 18 McGehee (O) 2 0 0 0 12 Reaves (H) 2 0 0 0 12 C. Smith (G) 2 0 0 0 12 Belhomme (G) 2 0 0 0 12 Lakins (G) 2 0 0 0 12 Williams (S) 1 0 0 0 12 Reus (S) 2 0 0 0 12 Casillas (L) 2 0 0 0 12 Fa gan (O) 2 0 0 0 12 Hawari (C) 0 7 0 0 7 Hooks (L) 1 0 0 0 6 Oliver (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Helligar (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Antoine (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Farley (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Dockery (O) 1 0 0 0 6 Lindstrom (P) 1 0 0 0 6 Petit-frere (P) 1 0 0 0 6 Lewis (C) 1 0 0 0 6 Bell (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Rinehart (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Aristide (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Ocasio (S) 1 0 0 0 6 Aguilar (H) 1 0 0 0 6 Keene (H) 1 0 0 0 6 Ve ga (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Hepson (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Escobar (G) 1 0 0 0 6 Sexton (G) 1 0 0 0 6DEFENSEPlayer Solos Hits Int. Fbl.C Fbl.R Keene (H) 65 72 1 2 0 Adams (O) 49 62 2 0 0 Joseph (L) 105 0 1 2 0 Stevens (G) 56 23 1 0 1 Sanchez (O) 27 52 0 1 0 Peters (L) 75 0 1 0 0 Fields (H) 37 45 2 4 0 Stewart (S) 32 45 0 1 3 Browne (H) 30 42 0 1 0 Hooks (L) 68 0 1 1 2 Owens (G) 56 17 1 0 1 Madero (L) 65 0 0 2 2 Trujillo (H) 26 36 0 0 0 Jenkins (O) 38 22 0 1 0 Nicholson (O) 16 44 0 0 0 Grey (L) 58 0 2 0 1 Weston (L) 56 0 0 0 1 Brackbill (O) 34 21 0 1 0 Gordon (O) 19 35 0 1 1 Lewis (C) 30 24 1 0 0 Webber (G) 43 11 2 0 1 Ve ga (G) 40 13 0 0 1 Sheirer (S) 26 26 0 0 0 Bailey (O) 36 16 0 1 1 Sims (L) 52 0 0 0 0 Grey (L) 51 0 2 0 1 Farley (O) 33 17 4 0 1 Drayton (S) 31 19 2 1 1 C. Smith (G) 38 11 1 0 3 Ocasio (S) 23 23 1 0 1 Smithson (O) 31 14 1 0 0 Knight (G) 26 15 0 0 0 OLeary (C) 18 24 0 0 0 Brooks (C) 25 15 1 0 1 Aleman (L) 40 0 0 0 0 Arstide (S) 18 20 0 0 1 Akins (C) 21 17 0 0 0 Hundley (H) 14 23 0 0 0 Kuchinskas (H) 13 24 0 3 1 Benn (L) 37 0 0 1 0 Williams (S) 15 21 1 2 1 Gordon (O) 9 27 0 1 1 Lathrop (C) 22 14 0 0 1 Toth-Allen (H) 17 18 1 1 0 Caraballo (L) 34 0 0 0 0 Cox (H) 15 19 0 0 0 Jenkins (O) 25 9 0 1 0 Dockery (O) 20 14 0 0 0 Britton (H) 14 20 1 0 0 Charlin (L) 34 0 0 0 0 Baker (O) 26 7 0 2 0 Graham (C) 17 16 0 0 1 Sanchez (G) 21 11 0 0 0 Falotico (H) 13 18 0 4 0 J. Juaquan (O) 20 11 0 0 0 Rincon (S) 12 18 1 0 1 Nunez (S) 9 21 0 0 2 Sacks : 9: Bailey (O). 4: Hooks (L), Joseph (L), Stevens (G), Brown (O), Knight (G). 3: D. Carrington (C), OLeary (C), Sanchez (G), Aleman (L), Browne (H), F alotico (H). 2: Cruz (L), Ve ga (G), Pizzaro (G), Cox (H), Tr ujillo (H), K eene (H) OLeary (C), Campbell (C), Brackbill (O), Banton (O),. 1:Phillips (O), Dockery (O), Ocasio (S), W eston (L), Peters (L), Sheirer (S), Pfeifer (S), Francis (O), Kross (C), Carpenter (C), Hundley (H), Kuchinskas (H), Sexton (G). COUNTY STATS Liberty looking for new FB coach By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For 13 F riday nights, Osceolas Kowboys walked off the football field as the winners. Today, they feel like it should have been 14. But, an uncharacteristic hail of turnovers against Tallahassee Lincoln last week cost the Kowboys their first loss, 24-17, and, more painfully, a berth at Fridays Class 7A championship game at the Citrus Bowl. Had OHS, 13-1, stopped the turnover derby at four, it probably would be facing off against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in what would have been a rematch of the 2007 state title game. But, the Kowboys committed two more turnovers in the last 7:35, giving the Trojans two opportunities too many. Lincoln converted those mistakes, a fumble and an interception, into a field goal and a gameclinching pick-6 touchdown that snapped a 14-all tie. Osceola C oach Doug Nichols said the Kowboys have no excuses, because they know how to win: Its no secret. Run the ball, play defense, dont make mistakes. OHS ran well enough, with over 250 yards rushing; and the defense was extraordinary, mostly shutting down the high-powered Lincoln offense even though the Trojans took possession inside the Kowboys 40 on five occasions, three times inside the 20. The Trojans did not score a point during any of those opportunities. Ive never been so proud of a bunch, OHS defensive coordinator Scott Spencer said. They played a lot of football with their backs to the wall, and they didnt flinch. Theyre fighters. Im so proud of the people I coached with this year, and so proud of these kids. Ive never been so proud in my life. When OHS did move the ball on offense, several of those opportunities were interrupted by 11 penalties for 80 yards. Its (the penalties) the same old problem weve been battling a ll y ear, Nichols said. Thats on me. Ironically, Osceola didnt commit a turnover during its first three regional football playoff games. Lincolns Brian Crews, who twice missed field goals in the third quarter, connected from 35 yards to put Lincoln on top for the first time, 17-14, with 5:13 to play, following a fumble at the Kowboys 26. After the teams exchanged p unts, Lincoln defensive back Kendall Randolf picked off a deflected pass and returned it 20 yards for the clinching touchdown with just 2:33 to play. OHS quarterback Daequan Harrison then led a drive that carried to the Trojans 7 before Nichols called for Cristano Nogueras to kick a 25-yard field goal on second down with 15 seconds to play, making it a one score game, 24-17. But, the onside kick failed, and Lincoln ran out the clock. The Kowboys outgained the Trojans, 267-239, and senior running back Stafon McCray closed out his high school career with a 21-carry, 137-yard performance that included a 33-yard TD dash on the first play of the third quarter, putting the Kowboys ahead, 14-7. Hassan Childs 60-yard kickoff return set up the touchdown. But Lincoln, as it did the first time OHS scored, countered immediately when Ben Robinson dashed 56 yards for a score on Lincolns first play of the second half to tie it at 14 with just 36 seconds gone. Tay Smalls 5-yard run in the second quarter put OHS on top, 7-0, capping an 80-yard drive, but Lincoln countered on a 65-yard, six-play drive asy Robinson (25-121, 2 TDs) scored from the 1. The Kowboys could have taken the lead with 2:45 left in the first quarter when they caught the Trojans offguard on a fake field goal attempt from the Lincoln 23, but a pass to the wideopen receiver was incomplete. OHS kept the Trojans touted passing game in check, constantly pressuring quarterback Cameron Joseph (9-24-81) into hurried, off-target passes. These kids have nothing to be ashamed of. This is the first time this season theyve had to feel that pain (of a loss). I feel bad for our seniors because they are a great bunch. This was a special group, like Ive said all season, and they deserved every bit of success and recognition that they earned, Nichols said. When we walked off that field, I had no regrets about anything we did. I cant believe how hard our kids played. The Kowboys lose many important players to graduation, starting with the 1-2 b ackfield d uo of Stafon McCray and Tay Small, who accounted for over 2,800 rushing yards. Offensive linemen Josh Phelps and Tyler Evans also depart. I think we squeezed Kowboys defense stellar in semifinal defeat to TrojansSee Kowboys, page A-12 Above, Osceola linebackers Mikeice Adams (10) and Jose Sanchez (11) with help from lineman Peter Bailey (top) sandwich Lincoln running back Ben Robinson Friday at Kowboys field at the Class 7A state semifinal. Lincoln won, 24-17, and plays for the state championship Friday. Below, Kowboys quarterback Daequan Harrison is pressured by Lincolns Travis Hearns (19) and Thurannsha Davis (35).News Gazette Photos/James HightLiberty Coach David Benson huddles his 2010 Chargers during a game. Benson, the Chargers head coach for three seasons, was released from his coaching position Monday by Principal Robert Studly.News Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Liberty High Football Coach David Benson saw his three-year tenure end Monday when he was relieved of his duties by Principal Robert Studly. Benson has been on the Chargers football staff since the schools inception in 2007. He was the defensive line coach for Doug Nichols and became the head coach in 2010 when Nichols moved to Osceola. Benson declined to go into details about the reasons he was given by Studly for his dismissal. Im not going to waste energy rehashing it. Id just like to say that I appreciate the opportunity I was given to coach some fine young men and I wish them nothing but success in the future, he said. Studly said Monday afternoon that he felt the program needed to change. Ive got nothing but nice things to say about David Benson and his family, I just thought at this time we needed to go in a different direction, Studly said. Studly said the teams record was not the sole reason for the change, but he said his decision was not based on Bensons performance in the classroom. There are always other factors in these decisions, he said. David is welcome See Coach, page A-11
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A11 A-11Kowboys 2nd at duals; Storm tourney coming Sports briefsCoachContinued from page A-10to stay at Liberty High as a math instructor for the rest of this year, and for next year, if he would like. The Chargers were 3-7 last season but won their last two games against Celebration and Poinciana. During Bensons three-year tenure, Liberty was 12-18. I know this season didnt turn out the way we had hoped, Benson said. The really disappointing thing is that next years seniors would have been the first group I had going through as head coach, so Im really disappointed for them. Bensons offense was hampered the past two years when excellent sophomore quarterbacks he developed transferred.First, Greg Hankerson left after the 2010 season, then Terrell Bonds after the 2011 season. Both went to South Florida schools and were preseason all-state selections at quarterback. Youre thinking that with Greg here for two more years that you can upgrade the schedule, and I think that caught up with us, especially this year after Terrell left, Benson said. The Chargers played five playoff teams during the regular season. Benson relied on a true freshman, Isaiah Wilson, to play quarterback this season. I have nothing but good things to say about my players. They played hard every game, they gave their best effort, and Im proud of them, Benson said. Benson said he probably would step down as the schools weightlifting coach. He said that he would consider his options but that he plans to stay in coaching. He played at Winter Park High and graduated in 1991. He said that he has maintained contacts with many Central Florida coaches and expects to find another position in Orange County, or perhaps out of state. Benson came to Osceola County in 1999 as an assistant to former Gateway Coach Karl Schroeder. Benson also coached a professional arena league team, the Kissimmee Kreatures, in 2005. One of his Liberty assistant coaches, David Aubrey, played for the Kreatures. Studly said he may name an interim football coach to keep t he program runnin g through the off-season before he forms a committee to find the next Chargers coach. I feel that this is a good time to make this change. It will give us an opportunity to find the right coach to take us to the next level, he said. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor After finishing second at its Danny Byron Duals, the Osceola High wrestling team travels to Palm Harbor University today for a dual match. The Kowboys won six matches at the Byron Duals last weekend before losing to Archer High from Georgia, 39-22, in the championship match. Archer is ranked No. 1 in Georgia. Fox Baldwin, one of several Kowboys unbeaten at the Duals, won his 250 th career varsity match while winning at 145 pounds. Baldwin is 17-0 with 14 pins. Tyler Schulz (106), Cody Newsom (126), Alex Tilford (132), Paul Zupofska (152), Jhalen Flanders (182), Joseph Pereria (160) and Chris Pagan (195) all went undefeated. Flanders (14-0) and Pagan (16-0) are unbeaten for the season. Deven Acevedo (106, 10-1) and Ariel Dominguez (106, 14-1) had their first losses at the Byron Duals. Osceola defeated Dunedin (68-10), Oviedo (76-0), Olympia (58-9), Jensen Beach (649) and Camden County, Ga. (37-25). Camden County is No. 2 in Georgia. The Kowboys next compete at the South Dade Duals Dec. 21-22 before returning to OHS to host the first Knockout Christmas Tournament when 25 teams, including state champions Lake Highland Prep, Springstead and Holy Innocents H igh from Georgia. State runnersup Cleveland, Tenn., Lake Gibson and South Dade also will compete. Celebration returns to the mat after a two-week break and will host its Varsity Duals at 10 a.m. Saturday. Coach Vic Lorenzano said his team is learning to cope with injuries and inexperience, but it is improving. Freshmen Hank Woodward (106), James Allen (160), Mason Manning (145), Quinn Bohner (132) and Jared Liebler are among those who have been impressive early in the season. Sophomores Derek Dunning (160) and Cristiham Ramirez have performed well along with juniors Patrick Velez (182) and Jon Padilla (285), Lorenzano said. Gateway wrestlers performed well at Brandons Graves tournament last weekend, placing sixth, as Alex Velez defeated St. Thomas Aquinas wrestler Alex Uhre while placing second. Christian Vazquez also reached the finals, where he fell to Brandons Jacob Haydock. Woodly Deseme also had an excellent tournament, placing third with a win over Lake Highlands Carter Shipley, 9-1. Three more Panthers were fourth and another was fifth. Eight of nine Panthers placed fifth or better at the tournament. We improved between weeks and hopefully we can get a few more kids healed up and have an improved showing at Dr. Phillips this weekend, Coach Jon Smorin said. Harmony which will host its 16-team duals Christmas Tournament presented by the U.S. Marines Dec. 21-22 (Admission $5 per day), tunes up with a trip to powerhouse Palmetto Ridges Chase Life Classic this weekend. It should be a tough tournament for our kids and a good indicator to see where we are at, Coach Chris Todd said. The Longhorns were seventh at Gateways Troy Smith Duals two weeks ago, losing two matches by a total of five points. We are trying to get our guys into the right weight classes to get the lineup we will be the most successful, Todd said. Some of our football players are just getting back into the swing of wrestling, so I expect them to do better as the season progresses. 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Section B Go to www.aroundosceola.com for all St. Cloud news December 13, 2012 AROUND KISSIMMEEAROUND KISSIMMEEINCLUDING: POINCIANA BVL INTERCESSION CITY By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Whether youve already spent time up on a ladder stringing lights or in the yard manipulating cords, or are doing so in the remaining weekends before Christmas, the Kissimmee Utility Authority urges safety and caution to all those assembling holiday displays. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people suffering injuries from falls, as well as shocks related to electric lights, decorations and Christmas trees. In the name of overall safety, KUA urges caution when adding some bright merriment to the holiday. The utility has offered up a list of tips and precautions. The overriding sentiment is to simply be mindful of what youre doing, and have a feasible plan of action before ever stepping on a ladder or inserting a plug into an outlet. Some of the safety precautions include: Read the manufacturers directions on all electrical decorations before assembling them and plugging them in. Pay attention to the certification on lights and electronics; make sure those being used outside are intended for that purpose. each plugging Replace frayed, and may electric fire. elecbefore or fuses. light cords that damage Avoid three together. electric into ground or are stores electrical sold. electriextencan fire. light water weather. decoand sources. electric tree, charged faulty subject electrocution. electrical leaving bed. faulty This Christmas particularly that and tre puncwounds.Stay safe when putting out holiday displays, KUA says World organiwith nearly peri#Givnationsupworld. TWOSday, asked donation would anonyNaples, all just fans through Giving site phone dropping Give The power encouragsupby hand picture page. the supporters who expectations nearly anticipated said Pamela will week magical precious their families. on to www. givekidstheworld.org.Give Kids The World raises $50k on national philanthropic day Happy hourNews-Gazette P hotos/Andrew S ullivanAt right, Nancy White walks with 4 -year-old Shyanne W hite, of Kissimmee, to a fifth-floor c ourtroom Nov. 16 at t he O sceola County Courthouse to f inalize the adoption of Shyanne and her new sister, Hayley W hite, 10. The girls were part of a mass adoption event held on National A doption Day a cross the c ountry. Below, a r ow of s eated stuffed bears a wait t he a rms of c hildren a dopted to t heir forever families during t he event. There is still time to make sure every Poinciana child has a Christmas present this holiday season. The Poinciana Family Y is helping less fortunate children in their after-school program. The Y has created a Gift Giving Tree. The tree has paper ornaments, each with a special childs name, age, and desired gift. Stop by the Y, choose an ornament and drop off the present (wrapped) by Monday. The Poinciana Family YMCA is at 397 Marigold Ave. Dec. 21 is the drop off deadline for those wanting to donate a present for Poincianas longest-running holiday charitable group. Santas helping Hands. Santas Helping Hands is not just a cute holiday catch phrase. For Poinciana residents, it is the name of one of the communitys longest-running and endearing holiday traditions. Holiday season 2012 is upon us (just look at the stores and decorations on Cypress Parkway) and the time to make sure all Poinciana children are remembered is now. Long-time resident Linda Cantreva and the late Carleen Halen started Santas Helping Hands in 1995. The pair was involve many community activities and sports programs and was made aware of the tough times financially that many families were facing. The reality was that these children would not have a present to open Christmas morning. Enter Cantreva and Halen. The duo contacted the now defunct Poinciana Volunteer Fire Department and VFW Post 8120 of Poinciana, the still involved Poinciana Ladies Club, Avatar, the Association of Poinciana Villages, Poinciana Hardware and other local businesses. The toys they had collected were to go to Poinciana kids, but Cantreva recalls, When we realized we had way more kids than we thought we had to resort to standing nightly at Winn-Dixie collecting spare change. Cantreva and Halen were determined to meet this challenge. Winn-Dixie showed its support and donated turkeys, hams and trimmings for the cause. Our program was supported by the community of Poinciana for the children of Poinciana, Cantreva said. 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Page B2, Seeing the thousands of poinsettias adorning the store shelves is a sure sign that the holidays have arrived. Poinsettias are a symbo l of the holiday season and can be used in almost any holiday decoration situation. With proper care during this festive time, the life of the poinsettia can be extended and eventually planted in the landscape to be enjoyed for years to come. A man named Joel Poinsett, whom the plant was named after, brought poinsettias, native to Mexico, to the United States. Poinsettias are traditionally grown as potted plants for use in the home during the holiday season. However, in Central and South Florida, they also can be used as landscape plants. They are considered woody perennials and when grown outdoors, in which they usually begin to turn color as early as Thanksgiving, just in time for the holiday season. These holiday plants are not just offered in red any longer. Available in a wide variety of colors and forms, poinsettias can be found with red, pink, white, orange, purple and multi-colored bracts. These colorful bracts are usually referred to as the flower, but are actually modified leaves. The true flowers of the poinsettia are inconspicuous. They are small, green and yellow nubs clustered in the centers of the bracts. Now, there are even poinsettias available that have curled bracts to resemble rosettes. Poinsettias are considered to be tropical plants. They prefer to be in temperatures no colder than 65F. Plants that have been exposed to cold temperatures or windy conditions before they are brought i nto the warm indoors may have reduced quality. When you arrive home with your poinsettias, keep them in a warm location free of drafts and cold air. If possible, place them in areas where they will receive bright light. However, avoid placing plants in extremely sunny, hot, and dry situations. Also, remove the decorative foil wrapper from the plants container. The poinsettias will need to be watered periodically. If the foil wrapper remains on, it can cause water to collect around the base of the plant, which is a basis for root rot. Only water the plant when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Water them sufficiently, but not too much. Most people kill their poinsettias with too much water. Remember, this plant came from the tropical desert and is more tolerant of dry conditions. It will not be necessary to fertilize your poinsettia during the holiday season. In fact, high levels of fertilizer will reduce the quality of the plant. If after the holiday season you want to keep your poinsettias for your landscape, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and ready to be planted outside: Throughout the winter, keep the plants somewhat dry and do not fertilize. When spring arrives, cut off the fading bracts, leaving four to six inches of the stem. Begin fertilizing with a well-balanced fertilizer. Move the plants outdoors to a partly shady situation. After a week or two, plant the poinsettias in a sunny location. Poinsettias should be planted in areas where they receive sunshine most of the day and no artificial light at night. This includes streetlights and lights coming from windows. The reason is that poinsettias need a long, dark period before they will initiate flower buds. Poinsettias will usually set flower buds in early October. If the dark period is interrupted with artificial light, even for a short period, the flowering will be delayed or the plant may not flower at all. Poinsettias also should be planted in moist, welldrained, fertile soils. Poinsettias will not grow well in wet areas. Fertilization, irrigation and pruning also are essential for the growing success of your poinsettias. But with proper care, your poinsettias can provide you with many years of holiday color and cheer. Information for this article was taken from the UF/ IFAS publication Poinsettias For Florida, Indoors and Outdoors. For a free copy, which includes details on how to care for your outside poinsettias, contact the Osceola County Master Gardeners at 321-697-3000. Have fun picking out your holiday plants, enjoy their beauty, and remember to care for them properly to extend their life span. Happy Holidays! Jennifer Pelham, is an urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Osceola County Extension office. Jennifer PelhamExtension Office Caring for poinsettias this season Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, you may want to review the progress youve made this past year in many areas of your life including your financial situation. By going over your investment portfolio a nd othe r key areas related to your finances, you can learn what moves you may need to make in 2013 to stay on track toward your important objectives, such as college for your children, a comfortable retirement and the ability to leave the type of legacy you desire. To get a clear picture of where you are, consider asking yourself these questions: Am I taking on too much risk? Although 2012 has generally been a pretty good year for investors, weve certainly seen periods of considerable volatility. During these times, did you find yourself constantly fretting about big drops in your portfolio value? In fact, have you consistently experienced this type of worry throughout your years as an investor? If so, you might be taking on too much risk for your individual risk tolerance. Review your holdings to determine if you can lower your risk level without jeopardizing your overall investment strategy. Am I investing too conservatively? Just as you can take on too much investment risk, you can also go to the other extreme by investing too conservatively. If your portfolio contains a preponderance of investments that offer significant preservation of principal but very little in the way of growth potential, you may be endanger ing your chances of accumulating the resources youll need to achieve your long-term goals. Am I contributing as much as I can afford to my retirement plans? If you have access to an employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b), consider yourself fortunate. Your plan has the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis, and you typically contribute pre-tax dollars the more you put in, the lower your annual taxable income. Plus, your employer may match part of your contributions. So if youve been under-funding your retirement plan, ratchet up your funding in 2013. At the same time, you may still be eligible to contribute to an IRA; if so, try to max out on it. A traditional IRA grows tax deferred while a Roth IRA can grow tax free, provided you meet certain conditions. Am I adequately protecting my income and my family? Over time, youll experience many changes in your life marriage, children, new job, new home, etc. Most, if not all, of these changes will require you to make sure you have adequate life insurance in place to help guard your familys future, should anything happen to you. Furthermore, to help replace your income should you become disabled, you may well need to purchase an adequate amount of disability income insurance. Do I need professional help? As the above questions indicate, maintaining control of your financial situation can be challenging especially if you try to do it all on your own. You might benefit from working with a financial professional someone who can analyze your situation objectively and make recommendations based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and specific goals. Before the clock runs out on 2012, take the time to ask yourself the above questions. The answers may well spur you to take positive action in 2013. Courtesy of Edward Jones, Robert Rosen, financial advisor, 109 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, 407-870-5464. Time for the year-end review of your financial strategy as 2012 ends Robert RosenEdward Jones Want to submit a community event? Submissions for community events must either be printed or typed on a full sheet of paper and mailed or delivered to the News-Gazette office, faxed to 407-846-8516 or sent by email to email@example.com. If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. SERVING KISSIMMEE/ST. CLOUD FOR OVER 31 YEARS Tel: 407-846-3939E-mail: FloorsDoneRight@aol.com www.carpetandtilecenterinc.com RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INSTALLATION Call For A Fast, Free Estimate Call The Local Boys You Can Trust 121312.TNG INSPIRED BY NATURE$3.95 Sq.Ft. 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Page B4, Whats new?Christmas cantataFor the third year in a row, the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee and the Center Singers of Osceola Center for the Arts will combine to present a Christmas cantata on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Both performances, under the direction of Scott Weyrauch, will feature a 30-piece orchestra, in addition to the singers. Both performances in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee, 104 Dakin Ave. and are free and open to the public. This years cantata is A Celebration of Carols by Joseph M. Martin, well-known composer of church music. A reception for everyone to meet and greet the singers and musicians will be held in the church Fellowship Hall following each performance.Keep Our Kids Safe Christmas SpectacularThe first Keep Our Kids Safe Christmas Spectacular will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 at Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee. Tickets are $7 each. Parking is Available. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 16 by contacting Carmelo Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 407-285-6157.Volunteers neededThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the society in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. Anyone who can spare one to three hours per week can be a volunteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-396-8644 or email questions to email@example.com. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org.Church choirs to performIn celebration of the Holy Redeemer Parishs 100th anniversary in Kissimmee, the adult, children, and contemporary choirs is inviting the community to come hear, sing and learn about some of your favorite carols for the advent and Christmas seasons Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. The event is free. Homemade cookies and punch will follow the reception.The Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center. The December activities are as follows: Dec. 19: dancing & practice, cost $1; Thursday practice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. continues throughout the month. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546 or Kathy Parsons at 407-319-2161.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party will meet Dec. 20 at Kissimmee City Hall at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889.Fashion showThe Xi Lambda Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its fourth annual Jazz Up Your January Fashion Show and Luncheon Mexican Fiesta Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Osceola County Council on Aging at 11:30 a.m.. Fashions will be presented by Casual Chic of Auburndale. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call 407-931-2222.The N.E., N.Y. N.J. ClubThe New England, New York, and New Jersey club meet the third Tuesday of each month at the senior center, hall B, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, (through April). Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call 407-957-3952.VFW Post 3227The VFW Post 3227, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud, weekly events are: Monday: draft and longneck domestic beer, $1. Tuesday: 2-for-1 small pitcher and draft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; happy hour 6 to 8 p.m.; trivia Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; grill food available. New players are welcome. Wednesday: bingo at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, grill open. Thursday: drink specials; hot dogs and chips from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday: Friday night dinners from 6 to 8 p.m.; karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday: third Saturday is the shuffleboard tourney at 1 p.m.; fourth Saturday is the cornhole tourney at 1 p.m. Sunday: 50 cents off all drinks all day. A hall rental is available. For more information on events and membership eligibility, call 407892-6761. Smoking area provided; canteen and hall are smoke free.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai Chi and qigong (Chinese yoga) classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes taught by donation. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-738-7001. The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:30-6 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407744-3892 for more information.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 407593-1957.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.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.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. .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 is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-892-6549 for more informationPoinciana Christian Church Christmas eventsJoin 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.DAV 148There will be no DAV/DAVA meeting Dec. 16. Ladies 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. The service officer is here on Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. We are located at 21 E. Keen Street, Kissimmee, phone 407-8464141.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 407-455-4453Heel 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 f ree play and a $5 meal voucher. Included at the casino will be drawings for cash and prizes. Guests can enjoy the casino from 2 to 7 p.m. and return by 8:30 p.m. For reservations or additional information, call Irene at 407-7385300. Raising Hope Relay For Life fundraiserRaising Hope will host a St. Cloud Relay For Life fundraiser every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the St. See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comPick me! 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. The clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer.Join the club C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY Whats happening?News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan East Lake Elementary student Andrea Oquendo raises her hand to answer a question during class. Oquendo, and all of her classmates, integrate Apples iPad tablet computers into their daily lessons, a technology immersion the school is betting will better prepare the students for the future. See Community, page B-5
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St. St. Cloud. A 50/50 drawing will be held each Thursday with the proceeds going to the 2013 American Cancer Society St. Cloud Relay For Life that is being held at St. Cloud High School starting 2 p.m. April 27-28. Contact Rhonda Ducker at 407-957-8980 for more information.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 email@example.com.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 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 d ance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages welcome. There is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.St. Cloud Pavement PoundersThe St. Cloud Pavement P ounders 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 407-791-3296 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 to 7 p.m. Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners first and third weeks, 5 to 8 p.m. Karaoke weekly at 8 p.m. Saturdays: fish fry dinner and roadkill bingo first and third weeks; NY strip dinner second and fourth weeks. Sundays: Full breakfast 8 to 11 a.m.; bar bingo 2 to 4 p.m. Post 80 is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, the post speak with the post regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders or Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261. The post is located at 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud 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, s hrubs 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 his-CommunityContinued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 111512.TNGAnd Cremation Serviceswww.conradandthompson.com And Cremation ServicesHelping Families Connect, Honor and Remember Direct CremationFrom $990.00*Limited Time 108 S. John Young Pkwy.(between Emmett & Patrick St.)Kissimmee407-847-5693 Serving Central Florida for 44 YearsMon.-Wed. 7 AM 4 PM Thurs. 7 AM Noon CENTRAL CITIES TILE & MARBLE, INC.092712.TNG 1110 S. John Young Pkwy.(near the overpass)407-201-3923Ask About Our Hablamos Espaolwww.kissimmeecollisioncenter.com FreeLoaner CarWE WORK WITH ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES!KISSIMMEECollision Center071212.TNG YES! 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Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address Obituaries For daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.com De PA LACIOMarta Cecilia Rodriguez De Palacio, 53, Kissimmee, passed away on December 4, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com KLEI N Patty Ann Klein, 63, of St. Cloud, Florida passed away Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at Dr. Phillips Hospital, Orlando. Patty was born in Kissimmee, August 2, 1949, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Martha J. (Sexton) Blankenship. Patty was a Osceola County School Bus Driver for 34 years. She is survived by her loving husband Fred Klein of St. Cloud; two daughters, Cynthia M. Heath and husband Steven of St. Cloud and Linda S. Manuel and husband Chris of Irmo, SC; three grandchildren: Aaron, Ashley and Allyson; two sisters, Linda Haslam and Peggy Bass; and a brothe r, Ricky Blankenship The family will receive friends on We dnesday, December 12th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Fisk Funeral Home Services for Patty will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at Heartcry Chapel, 2244 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Inte rm ent to follow at Mount Peace Cemetery, St., Cloud. MARRERO Ramon Lozada Marrero, 79, of Kissimmee, passed away on December, 1, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com MUOZ Riquelia Muoz, 83, of Orlando, passed away on November 28, 2012 Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com Ralph T. Mille r January 27, 1928 December 10, 2012 Ralph T. M iller, age 84 of Live Oak, FL passed away Monday morning, December 10, 2012 at Suwannee Health Care in, Live Oak, FL. The native of Portersville, PA moved to Kissimmee, FL and attended Osceola High School graduating in 1945. He attended Vallejo Junior College in California where he studied Agriculture.He moved to Live Oak in 2003 from St.Cloud, FL.He was a U.S. Army Ve teran having served during WWII and the Korean Wa r. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge .H e was a member and past master of Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F & AM, Kissimmee, FL, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida having served in 1986. Ralph was a member of numerous Masonic organizations in the state of Florida including the Bahia Shrine Te mple, Orlando, FL. He was a Special Registered Deputy Sheriff for several counties in the State of Florida and a Past President of Osceola County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Stewart Miller, Live Oak, FL; one son, Chester N. Miller, Franklin, NC; one daughte r, Betty Kaye Dudley, two sisters, Betty Ronning, Vallejo, CA and Frances Defoe, Sacramento, CA; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visitation was held We dnesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012 in the Clayland Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Lawhon officiating.Masonic services will be conducted by the Grand Lodge of the State of Florida. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Masonic Home, 3201 1st St., St. Pete, FL 33704. Please sign the guest book atwww.harrisfuneralhomeinc.netHarris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., Live Oak, FL is in charge of all arrangements. TEXIDOR Pablo Texidor, 80, of Kissimmee, passed away on November 26, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com TORT Baby Aubrey Leah To rt, of Kissimmee, passed away on November 29, 2012 Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com URBINA Maria C. Urbina, 70, of Kissimmee, passed away on December 4, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com V ARGAS Gilberto Va rg as, 84, of Kissimmee, passed away on December 1, 2012. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804. www.PortaCoeliFH.com
Page B6, torical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email email@example.comOsceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression and anxiety disorders and their families. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call 407-556-4998 or 407-8929272 in the evening. Shop, dine, strollDowntown St. Cloud is alive from 5-9 p.m. on the third Friday evening of every month. Enjoy restaurants, boutiques and antiques. There are always local musicians and artists as well as raffles and door prizes and many other activities throughout the downtown business district. 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.St. Cloud AARP The St. Cloud AARP Chapter 4001 meets the fourth Monday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, September through May at 12:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share. The center is at 3101 17th Street in St. Cloud. For more information, call Florence Strout at 407-8929069.Lodge No. 80 F&AMThe Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets the first and third Monday of each month. There is a social at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is at 321 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, contact the secretary, Johnny Brock, at 321-624-2682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.English Country Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens C enter, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-8476055.St. Cloud Masonic LodgeSt. Cloud Lodge No. 221 F & A.M. hosts stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com. Community Continued from Page B-5Poinciana resident and retired Poinciana Patrol Officer/ EMT Bob Tremb ley has kept this program going. Trembley, whose dedication to Santas Helping Hands helped him garner the first-ever Citizen of the Year from the Rotary Club of Kissimmee South/Poinciana in 2011, is handing over the reigns. While Tremble is taking a step back, he will serve as the honorary chair. The group Poinciana Pros will keep Santas Helping Hands going. Last year, it received the largest amount of toys ever with the help of the Poinciana Area Council, the Rotary Club of Kissimmee South/ Poinciana, the Poinciana Ladies Club, the Poinciana Veterans Club and other generous donors (hopefully, this will hold true for this year as well!). With the help of all to collect toys and food, Poinciana Pros will see that Poinciana takes care of its own. 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Adding extra flourishes in the right places can make the difference between a pretty tree and an extraordinary tree. Griffith said the hot colors for holiday 2012 range from soft pastels to rich jewel tones. Popular ornaments this season reflect the Victorian era, with glittering gemstones and rhinestones being extremely popular. And dont be afraid to forgo the traditional tree topper. Instead, consider using twigs or other natural elements arranged out of the top of your tree. Griffith has even strategically placed a tree beneath a chandelier for extra glow. If you dont have enough room for a traditional sized tree, corner trees or the flatter profile trees are an excellent fit for smaller spaces. Or, Griffith suggests you may want to go in an entirely different direction. I am into repurposing and recycling, so I took the branches of an old artificial tree and wired them together to create swags, and then decorated those with combinations of fabrics, bows and ornaments, he said. 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For instance, Wallace Silver makes an annual sleigh bell, while Gorham Silver releases an annual snowflake. These have been in production for more than four decades and are a great HOMEFINDER H OMEFINDER Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com December 13, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 LEGALS Page C6 I think they ll ex tend it , says John Walsh, president of T otal Mo rt gage Se rv ices in Milf ord, Conn. If they do n t, you could see a little po pup in interest rates. I do n t think the housing market can accept higher rates no w. be almost i rr esponsible , Wa lsh says That s especially true for underw ater borrowers who are still paying 6 percent or 7 percent in interest on their mortgages. easier to obtain in recent months, says Rob Nunziata, president of FBC Mo rt gage in Orland o, Fla. T he gate is open to ever ybody, he says It doesn t matter what your LT V (loan-t ovalue: the amount you owe compared to the value of your home) is, if it s a second home or an Mo rt gage tip:In today s market, it s wise to make su re yo ur current home is sold be fo re committing to pur chase a new on e.Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.78 3.91 3.55 3.57 3.50 7/18/20128 /22/20129/26/20121 0/31/20121 2/5/20122.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.50 Ad justable rate mo rt gages So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.09 3.02 2.97 3.02 3.00 2.89 2.90 2.68 2.72 2.74 7/18/20128/22/20129/26/201210/31/201212/5/20122.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr end s L ocal Mo rt gage Rate sInstitution Phone Ra te Orig Disc. Lock APR Ra te Orig. Disc. Lock APRThese are largest area rates that banks and thri ft s were charging W ednesda y. For additional Florida area rates visit www .bank rate.com By Po rate.co mBank rate mor tgage updateMo rt gage rates inched down and reached new record lows this week If you are wonder ing how much time you have lef t to grab this once -in-a-lifetime opportunit y, keep your eyes on ne xt week s Federal Rese rv e meeting. ing to the Bankrate.com national su rv ey of large lenders. The mo rt gages in this week s survey had an average total of 0.4 discount and origination point s. One year ag o, the mor tgage index stood at 4.24 percent; f our weeks ago it was 3.57 percent benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mo rt gage was 2.74 percent, the same as last week. been hovering near the bottom or reaching new lows since then. Ne xt week, when the Federal Open Market Committee meets, the Fe d may announce an ex tension of Operation Twist or an expansion of its bond-buying program kn own as QE3.In almost all cases the rate is based on a lock-in period of 30 to 60 days Borr owers should review how the rates are calculated and inquire about additional closing costs such as appraisal fees and title searches NA means rate quotes not available on sur v ey date Ra tes are based on a loan amount of $165,000 to $417,000 with a 20 pe rc ent down payment. Bank of America 800-432-1000 3.250 0.00 0.75 60 3.398 2.750 0.00 0.00 60 2.935 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.300 1.00 0.38 60 4.444 3.700 1.00 0.20 60 3.924 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER Fire stations are doing more than just decorating this holiday season. The Kissimmee Fire Department, Osceola County Fire Rescue and St. Cloud Fire Rescue need your help to Keep the Wreath Green. The three departments will display large wreaths with green light bulbs at designated fire stations during the month of December. When a residential fire occurs within a fire departments jurisdiction, the fire department will replace a green bulb on the wreath with a red bulb. The goal is to have no red bulbs at the end of the month. The Keep the Wreath Green campaign is an educational opportunity for residents to learn and follow fire safety tips, said St. Cloud Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Dave Ennis. This is our fourth year participating in this campaign and we certainly hope that every wreath in the county stays green so that everyone can have a safer and more joyous holiday season. Osceola County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Dan McAvoy agreed. The holidays are a time of celebration with friends and family. Taking the time to ensure safe practices during this holiday season needs to be the number one goal of everyone. Make sure you do your part in keeping your family safe, he said. Please help us in our campaign to Keep the Wreath Green. Kissimmee Deputy Fire Chief Jeremy Donovan added, All fire departments experience an increase in call volume during the holidays and many of these hazards are due to home heating equipment such as space heaters, fireplaces, holiday decorations, candles, and most certainly, cooking. We ask that everyone remember not only to keep the wreath green but also stand by your pan only you can prevent kitchen fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2003-06, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 150,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 500 civilian deaths, 4,660 civilian injuries and $756 million in direct property damage. And then, theres space heaters. Space heaters result in far more fires and losses than central heating devices, fire association reports said. On average, between 2004 and 2008, fixed (stationary) and portable space heaters (excluding fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors, but including wood stoves) annually accounted for one-third (32 percent) of reported U.S. home heating fires, four out of five (82 percent) associated civilian deaths, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of associated civilian injuries, and half (51 percent) of associated direct property damage. Some space heater owners make the mistake of putting combustibles too close to the units. Half (49 percent) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February, with most heating equipment fires starting due to a failure to clean equipment (25 percent), placing a heat source too close to combustibles (14 percent), and unclassified mechanical failures or malfunctions (13 percent), fire association reports said. The l eading cause of h ome heating fire deaths (52 percent) was heating equipment being placed too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. For more information on fire safety, contact your fire department: Kissimmee Fire Departme nt Life Safety Hotline at 407-518-2585 or email LifeSafety@kissimmee.org. Osceola County Fire Rescue at 407-742-7000. St. Cloud Fire Rescue at 407-957-8488.Fire agencies say Keep the Wreath Green Photo/BrandpointAdd in ribbons, florals and beads to complement holiday ornaments. Deck the halls with innovative tips, techniquesPhoto/BrandpointThe three departments will display large wreaths with green light bulbs at designated fire stations during the month of December. When a residential fire occurs within a fire departments jurisdiction, the fire department will replace a green bulb on the wreath with a red bulb. See Halls, page C-2
tradition to add every year. Winkler said popular dinnerware manufacturers including Lenox, Wedgwood and Waterford all offer ornament lines. For those looking for popular blown glass, he suggests the Merck Familys Old World Christmas line. Those ornaments run the gamut from traditional holiday figures, to birds, sports teams, and pretty much any theme you can imagine. If you are interested in more ideas, you can find decorating and entertaining tips at www.replacements.com, while Replacements will post additional ideas throughout the upcoming holiday season on its Facebook page.HallsContinued from Page C-1 Q: I have several Pez dispensers in the Peanuts series, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Snoopy as Joe Cool and Lucy (the one known as Psycho Lucy). These keep knocking around in my sock drawer, and I need to make a decision whether to sell or toss them. -Billy, Fenton, Mo. A: I found all of your dispensers in The Collectors Guide to Pez: Identification and Price Guide by Shawn Peterson. According to Peterson, values are as follows: Charlie Brown ($1-$20, depending on version), Snoopy and Snoopy as Joe Cool ($1-$3), and Psycho Lucy ($75-$90. If you have the Charlie Brown with eyes closed, which was not produced in the U.S., you have a dispenser worth about $50. *** Q: I have a paperback of Some Like It Hot, based on the Billy Wilder film from 1959. It has a little wear but the cover picture is still bright and the content is complete. -Art, Morro Bay, Calif. A: Your Signet paperback is valued in the $25-$175 range depending on condition. Other movie-related paperbacks include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, ($10-$90), Elmer Gantry ($2-$35) and Elvis Flaming Star ($5-$90). As you can see, condition is extremely important in determining how much a paperback is worth in todays market. Q: I have a luncheon plate commemorating the Coronation of King Edward VIII in May 1937. I purchased it for $35 at a flea market. Was I fleeced? -Susan, Naperville, Ill. A: Since you didnt identify the maker, I can only give you a general idea of its value. I have seen similar items in shops priced in the $25 to $45 range, depending on design and condition. *** Q: I have inherited a collection of 160 Danish Christmas plates, including some duplicates. My big question is, should I keep them or sell them? -Jessica, Ramona, Calif. A: Its no secret that our economy is still sluggish, and unless you need the money, I suggest you keep them until the collectible marketplace has improved. You might monitor eBay to see what current values are like. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@ aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Pez dispensers for Peanuts Pesky relatives mess up workshop Q: My wifes relatives are coming in next week to stay with us through the holidays. They tend to sit around the house, run up the electric bill and mess around with the tools in my workshop. Any tips for handling them? -Bill in Kissimmee, Fla. A: Unfortunately, Im not Dear Abby, so I dont want to step into personal territory by suggesting how to handle relatives. I might be able to provide some suggestions on cutting the electric bill a bit and preserving some of your sanity. You probably wont be able to change their sitting-around habits (presumably watching television or tapping away on their laptops, if you say theyre running up the electric bill). Talk with your wife about getting away together for an evening or two during their visit, or schedule a get-together with your friends one night. To save electricity turn the heat a few degrees cooler (or turn the air conditioning a few degrees warmer, since Florida weather can be tricky in December). Not out of your comfort zone, but just a little less intense. Running the central air or heat less can knock a little bit off of that electric bill. Shut off any unused rooms by closing the registers and then shutting the doors. If you have Christmas lights indoors or out, light them for only a few hours each evening. As far as your workshop goes, thats pretty easy. Set limits. Politely ask, or have your wife ask, your in-laws to stay away from the shop area. You dont need to give an excuse. As added insurance, lock the door to the shop -as long as it doesnt impede safe exit from the house in an emergency. HOME TIP: The home workshop can be a welcome escape from a hectic holiday schedule. Make some time to work on a project or just organize your workspace this season. Send your questions or tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. If youre planning a festive holiday meal, dont forget to celebrate with cranberries. Like many fruits, cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and low in calories and fat. A fresh cup of these tangy berries has 5 grams of fiber and 24 percent of the vitamin C the average person needs in a day, but just 51 calories. Use fresh, frozen or unsweetened dried berries for the best nutritive value. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants that may help maintain heart health and reduce cholesterol. The tannins in cranberries might help prevent gum disease and urinary tract infections. This wonderful recipe uses a cranberries combined with figs and apples to add punch to a delicious roasted pork tenderloin. Pork Medallions with Cranberry and Fig Chutney 2 cups fresh, frozen or dried cranberries 1 cup apple juice or apple cider 1 medium Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith apple, peeled, stem and core removed and chopped 1/2 cup snipped, dried figs 3/4 cup packed brown sugar or granulated sugar 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper 2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins 3 tablespoons honey mustard 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 6 green onions, tops and white ends, diced (optional) Hot cooked brown or long grain rice (optional) 1. For the chutney: In a small, heavy saucepan, stir together the cranberries, apple juice, apples, figs, sugar, rosemary and 1 teaspoon of the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chutney reaches the desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 2. Cut each tenderloin crosswise into six pieces (12 pieces total), about 1-inch thick. Press each piece with the palm of your hand to an even thickness. Mix the mustard together with the remaining salt and pepper, and the poultry seasoning. Coat each piece with the mustard mixture evenly on both sides. 3. Pour the oil into a large, nonstick skillet and heat over mediumhigh heat. Place the pork in batches in a hot skillet. Do not overcrowd. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the pork is slightly pink in the center and the juices run clear, turning once halfway through cooking time. Do not overcook. 4. Place cooked pork on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add more oil to the pan as needed. Continue cooking, a few pieces at a time, until all the pieces are done. 5. Place 2 pork medallions on each dinner plate. Serve with hot cooked rice. Spoon some of the warm chutney over pork. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired. Pass remaining chutney. Makes 6 servings. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf MedearisCelebrate cranberries for a festive holiday meal Page C2, Coming Next Saturday, in the... Clark ClarkInvestment Properties, Inc. MULTIPL E LISTING SERVICE 407-933-44991345 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744 101812.HFRENTALS 2 BEDROOMS $59500Starting At 407-847-0339 Established in 1978 4411 Tami Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34746 CFC044170 New Construction Commercial & Residential041212.HFRepair Repipe Remodels Backflow Testing SECOND FLOOR UNIT forFOR s S A le LE or OR rent RENT orOR le LE A se SE purc PURC HA se SE KISSIMMEE: 900 Sq.Ft. Comm. Condo 407-847-3742KissimmeeBarbara K. Bruneau, Lic. 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