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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL 116TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITION 50 CENTS DECEMBER 20, 2012 Outside the box holiday tips for inside the home... Page C-1HomefinderGenesis Viera tops all-county volleyball team... Page A-11 Sports For the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-2/3 We ekend We atherPa r tly cloudy No chance of rain Military Museum exhibit ends Dec. 30The final days to see the traveling exhibit, Humanity Beyond Barbed Wire: Hitlers Soldiers in the Sunshine State, at the Museum of Military History are approaching. See page A-2 Index Local r fnt b b f r r f r t b PoincianaF amily trying to cope thr ough holida ys after murder of motherThe heartbroken family of a murdered Poinciana woman is trying their best this holiday season to carry on for the sake of the children left behind and for each other. See page A-7 With the recent tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, do you think gun control laws should be tightened further? Yes, I do. No, I dont. yet. opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Dec. 13 Question of the week: C Cris Demogovernor? 88% 10.3% 1.3% 0.4% Community By Peter Covino and Ken Jackson Staff W riter s It was business as usual at Osceola County schools this week after the mass shooting in Connecticut saw 20 children die at the hands of a lone gunman, but school officials said they are now on heightened awareness, after the tragedy. The Osceola County School District is working closely with local law enforcement, Dana Schafer said. Without going into details, we are taking it very seriously, she said. The district has received a few phone calls from concerned parents about safety in the schools, she said, as district schools gear down for the long holiday break. Several school board officials, including School District Superintendent Melba Luciano made campus safety, a discussion point at Tuesdays School Board meeting. She said that working with the Osceola County Sheriffs Office to acquire more school resource officers and place them in county elementary schools. We are partnering with city police and the Sheriff to ensure a safe and secure school community, she said. And we have guidance counsellors and psychologists available on campus to answer students and adults questions. School Board Chairman Jay Wheeler said Government in the Sunshine laws precluded the board from holding in-depth meetings with police officials, and discussing policy in a public forum could actually be counterproductive. I dont want to give the people who want to do us and our children harm our gameplan, he said. Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Tom Phelps said that security and safety is always a high priority for officials, and that didnt change because of the act last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We look at each school, because each campus presents unique challenges, he said. Weve done things like improve on fencing and added cameras. I have a child in the system, and I feel confident sending my child to school here. Luciano sent an email last Saturday to school officials in Newton, Conn., following the shooting, which also left six adults dead. She followed up that email with an email to district staff voicing concerns about the tragedy and how it affects students, teachers and staff in Osceola County. Our school district community is continuing to share disbelief and heartbreak over the tragedy that happened last Friday in Connecticut, Luciano said in the email to staff. On Saturday via email, I shared with the superintendent in that area our collective condolences for all who have been affected by the devastating and senseless event that took innocent and precious lives. I let her know that during the coming days as their staff, parents, and residents try to come to grips with the monumental loss, that their devoted and caring community will be in our hearts and prayers. While we are thousands of miles south, I assured her that we here in Osceola School District on heightened awareness after Conn. tragedy By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter More than 2,500 homeless and needy children living in Osceola County will find gifts under the tree after Christmas For The Kids Osceola held its annual event Dec. 13 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Thanks to toys donated by residents in boxes distributed throughout the county as well as donations from Walt Disney World, Tupperware and PepsiCo., among other sponsors, bags full of gifts were passed out to families. The bags are stuffe d and overflowing. Thats what really excites us, Danny Quinn, founder of CFTKO, said. The event provided toys to children age 5 to 10 and gift cards to those age 11 to 17 by invitation. Theresa Muller was thankful the event helped put gifts under the tree for her son, Timothy. When you dont have a lot of money, its really helpful. Its a good thing they do to help the people, Muller, who works at Good Samaritan Village, said. The family, which includes daughter MiKenzie, 3, has lived in a Kissimmee motel since August, when Mullers house was c onsidered unsuitable for children and the repairs were too costly. Its temporary but its either that or I dont know where wed be, Muller said. School District cafeteria worker Brandy Graham understands Mullers situation. Less fortunate children finding gifts with Christmas For The Kids News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanO sceola High School s enior Lesslee Spurlock hand-delivers a teddy bear to 3 -year-old MiKenzie M uller at t he Christmas for the K ids O sceola event, held Dec. 13 at t he O sceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall. M uller and her mother, who are temporarily living in a motel, were invited to t he event to receive donated toys for MiKenzies school-aged s ibling. See Christmas, page A-3 See School, page A-7 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter At Tuesdays meeting of the Osceola County School District, Board Member Tom Long asked the full audience in the chamber who supported Melba Luciano, who has been acting as School District superintendent since July 2, to signify it by standing. The entire audienc e stood up. Their support of Luciano would shortly be validated. The School Board voted unanimously to extend her Contract extended to 2014 for School District chief Luciano A St. Cloud man who stole a car and put a St. Cloud school on lock-down Tuesday was arrested at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, where he took the car. At approximately 6:21 a.m., the St. Cloud Police Department r eceived numerous calls in reference to a subject, later identified as Glenn J. Bay, 40, 6445 Eve Street, St. Cloud, who was acting bizarrely and possibly under the influence of narcotics. Callers noted the subject had run through a rea neighborhoods acting strange. At 7:16 a.m., Bay reportedly walked on to school grounds at Lakeview Elementary, which was not yet in session for the day, police spokesperson D enise Roberts said. He reportedly asked a school employee to call 911, but then took off running. The subject was not armed, nor did he threaten anyone at the school, but it went Police newsSt. Cloud suspect puts school on lockdown See Police, page A-9 Bay By Fallan Patterson Staff W riter Local governments, agencies and businesses have gotten into the holiday spirit while ensuring Osceola County children and seniors have a merry Christmas by hosting gift drives. For more than 15 years, St. Cloud Fire Rescue has hosted its annual toy and food drive complete with Santas Workshop for families in the city identified by the Osceola County School District. Other needy children are identified through the Osceola County Health Department, local social workers and Community Based Care of Central Florida, the local agency that services adoptions and foster children. We cross-check with other organizations to spread it out. Its grown more and more because the need is so much greater every year, Lisa Thompson, SCFR Emergency Medical Services Chief, said, adding she already has a waiting list this year. Its unbelievable how many are in need and living in hotels, down and out because of the economy. We help out as many as we can. The department places collection boxes at local businesses such as Big Lots and CenterState Bank, government buildings including St. Cloud City Hall, the senior center and civic center and all of the citys fire and police departments for residents to drop off unwrapped toys, non-perishable food and Local agencies, businesses rally to help the needy See Help, page A-9 See Contract, page A-5
Page A2, The final days to see the traveling exhibit, Humanity Beyond Barbed Wire: Hitlers Soldiers in the Sunshine State, at the Museum of Military History are approaching. The exhibit opened Nov. 9 and will continue through Dec. 30. The Florida Holocaust Museum created exhibition is based on a book by Robert Billinger called Hitlers Soldiers in the Sunshine State. It illustrates the principles of a democratic nation and the humane treatment of enemy combatants during WWII. A history of hate caused millions of deaths during the Holocaust. However, the treatment of German POWs in the United States during World War II created an obvious contrast as many former German POWs looked back on their experiences as positive ones. The museum is at 5210 W. U.S. Highway 192 Kissimmee. This exhibit rolls back history to the 1940s. Florida, a primarily rural state, was dependent on agriculture for most of its economy. Among other insights brought forward by the exhibit, prisoners worked in the citrus groves to pick fruit while most of Americas labor force was engaged in war efforts. See more insights into this era of Floridas history through the eyes of those that witnessed this period of Floridas history. Sponsors for the project include BB&T Bank and supported by media sponsor, the Osceola News Gazette. For more information on the exhibit, call 407-5073894 or visit the website at www.MuseumofMilitaryHistory.com. Humanity Beyond Barbed Wire exhibit at military museum ends Dec. 30 Submitted PhotoT he traveling exhibit, Humanity Beyond Barbed Wire: Hitlers Soldiers in t he S unshine State, at the Museum of M ilitary History, will end Dec. 30. The photo above of German prisoners of way is part of the exhibit 120612.SNG Every Fri. Sat. Sun.OVER 60 BOOTHS4301 W. Vine St. (Hwy 192) Kissimmee, FL 34746(located on Hwy 192 (Vine St.) between Osceola Mall and Wal-mart) www.192fleamarketprices.comCall for Rental Info407-396-4555 The Original 7-Day Flea MarketOver 400 Booths of New Products with Great Savings!Karaoke Sat. 11am-4pm192 Flea Market GARAGE SALE Bring This Coupon to Building G to Receive a FREE gift!NGWe are Osceola Countys best local ea market. Lots of new vendors. Stop by and see for yourself.Open 7 Days a Week 9-6pm Bring the Family & Enjoy the Day With US. 1404 Ridge St. Kissimmee, FL 34744 (Next to Bravo)1375 E. Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744(Next to Walmart) Ph: (407)343-7717 (407)344-0138 Appliances Bedroom Sets Start at $ 499 20% OFF SALE Full Pillow Top $ 199 $ 149 Queen Pillow Top Mattress Twin $79 Full $99 Queen $129 122012.TNGSe Habla Espaol FREE DELIVERY $ 179 King St CloudHighway 192 (Across from Home Depot)407-891-2213 www.thompsons-jewelers.com121512.SNG Store Wide Christmas SaleYour Diamond Engagement Ring Store Since 1948
Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 The family, including sons Mykel and Ethan, was forced to move out of their apartment and into a Kissimmee motel after Grahams husband had his hours cut at Westgate Resorts. The cutback occurred before Graham secured her job with the district. This came right on time, she said of the event. We dont even have a tree up yet. Theyll have a good Christmas though and were all together. A noticeable change in this years event was the elimination of walk-ins or on-site registration. Due to a decrease in funding, organizers were only able to help a specific group of children, who were invited to the event by invitation. The bad is that youre turning people away. Its tough. You dont want to turn anybody away, Quinn said. It kind of takes away from the joy you get from it when you have to do that. Although the St. Cloudbased organization was forced to decrease the number of children they helped this year due to the drop in funding, the neediest children made the list. Thats why we triaged homeless kids to the top, Meredith Griffin, the Families In Transition coordinator for the Osceola County School District, said. Families In Transition identifies the students in the district who are homeless, living in a motel or sharing a home with other families. Of the 2,500 FIT students in the district, 70 percent, or 1,200 children, live in homes shared with another family, 700 live in motels and the remainder are spread out in other categories. Griffins counterparts in the schools, such as social workers, identified the children who would benefit from Christmas For The Kids Osceola. Letters were sent home in the students backpacks. We have to stay diligent to the process and say were serving Osceola kids, Griffin said. The School District is the largest identifier of these kids. Community Based Care also partnered with the organization to serve the countys foster children. Those underserved, however, are the children under age 5 who are not yet in the school system. Griffin estimates the county has 1,000 homeless children who fall into that category. We werent able to serve our zero to 4s and these are my invisible kids, she said, adding she often doesnt find out about needy children in that age group until she speaks with a student. Theyre hard to count because theyre not visible to anybody. Christmas Continued from Page A-1 News-Gazette Photos/Andrew SullivanA bove, S t. Cloud High School 10th-grader Jaco b Buettner, a two-time volunteer at the event, organizes bags of donated toys by gender and age behind the scenes at the Christmas for the Kids Osceola event, held Dec. 13 at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall. Above right, rows of toys donated to underprivileged Osceola schoolchildren wait to be handed out. OUR PRACTICE PROVIDES ON-SITE 4D ULTRASOUND, ON-SITE NSTS & ON-SITE LAB FOR OUR OBSTETRICAL PATIENTS. AND WE ARE NOW OFFERING FOR OUR GYN PATIENTS IN-OFFICE HYSTEROSCOPY AND IN OFFICE ESSURE. Our physicians are aliated with Florida Hospital Celebration Health and Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & Babies.Dr. David Marcantel, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Robert Lemert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Eric J. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Amy M. Lowell, M.S.N., C.N.M. Suzette C. Boyette, A.R.N.P. www.celebrationobgyn.com Now at 2 locations 407-566-2229 (BABY) 410 Celebration Place, Suite 208 Celebration, FL 2209 North Boulevard West, Suite C Davenport, FL 33837122012.TNG 112212.TNGHappy Hour3pm-7pmAppetizers starting at $2Beers starting at $2Margaritas starting at $3.50 Americas # 1 Mexican RestaurantThats right! Weve once again been named Numero Uno by a leading national consumer magazine. COUPONBuy 1 Lunch Entree, Get 2nd Entree*FREEwith purchase of 2 beverages*Of equal or lesser value Offer expires 12/31/12KISSIMMEE2431 W. OSCEOLA PKWY at the Loop West407-870-09017 D aysAYS A W eek EEK 11 am AM -10 pm PM www.abuelos.com
Page A4, Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, so this will be my column recognizing this holiday. For the past 12 years, I have been fortunate to write this Poinciana column for the Osceola News-Gazette. My Christmas column was always one of reflection and ultimately gratitude. This year, I would like to shine a light on two programs designed to enhance the lives of those among us less fortunate. More than a year ago, the television news show 60 minutes aired a report on the homeless children population in Central Florida, specifically the U.S. Highway 192 area. At that time, there was shock and disbelief from many in our local communities. Flash forward to December 2012. How many of us realize or pay attention to the numerous bus stops now on 192. There are still so many homeless children living in the hotels once used to lure in tourists. Right next door to The happiest place on earth is a new normal. Children who live with their parents in these hotels are bused to Osceola County schools. The Osceola County School District acknowledges and looks to help these people hit hard during these difficult times with the Families in Transition (FIT) program. The mission of the FIT program is to identify students in transition, remove systematic barriers to their education including school enrollment, transportation, re-assignments and to provide links to community resources while maintaining school as the students stable environment. Now just imagine this time of year for a FIT kid. There are holiday parties, school Christmas plays and reminders of this joyous season and a FIT kid has not much to anticipate when school goes into winter break mode. The School District does provide gifts for these kids, who are identified by guidance counselors and assisted into the program (all done discreetly). The Poinciana area has been especially hit hard. Over 200 students at Poinciana High School alone are part of the FIT program. Donations to FIT always are welcome. Call 407-870-4983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been writing about Santas Helping Hands since October. The need for Poinciana children and their families is just as high, if not higher, this year. There is still time left to donate. Drop off any new and unwrapped toy, for any age child through teen, at Poinciana Starbucks, NYPD Pizza, ReMax/ Pioneer Realty, Quiznos, Pazza Luna Restraint, Poinciana Community Center, APV administration offices, email email@example.com or call 407-846-7122 to donate or if you know of a family that needs assistance. After the horrific shooting of innocents this past weekend in Connecticut, lets value, appreciate and help our Poinciana children. If you have any news or information that you would like to share call Lisa DCato at 407-846-71 22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors NoteSubmit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to Editor Brian McBride at email@example.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. Letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. If you would like to be a guest columnist, call Editor Brian McBride at 321402-0436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their view OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Accounting Manager LOUISE McCLEAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Inside Sales Manager KELLY TATMAN Staff Writer FALLAN PATTERSON(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741.The Osceola News-Gazette is published by Sun Publications, a division of Independent Publications. Phone 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at email@example.com. The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 116 No. 93Local programs enhancing lives of the less fortunate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Handwritten listings on scraps of paper will not be accepted. The deadline for Thursdays edition is the previous at 5 p.m. For Saturdays edition, its Wednesday at noon If any current community events have to be canceled or changed, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Lisa DCatoPoinciana Writer O PINION O PINION 122012.TNG
Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 contract as superintendent through Jan. 15, 2014, the first board meeting of that year. The motion came after educators, parents and educators who are parents spent over an hour speaking in support of extending Luciano in her role and passing on doing a national search to fill the position, which could cost upwards of $35,000 according to some who spoke. She said she was over whelmed by the outpouring of support from her fellow educators. I certainly didnt expect all that, she said. Im really excited with the opportunity, and their 5-0 shows their confidence in me and I was very happy to see that. Luciano, a 25-year veteran of the district and the former assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, was named interim superintendent last summer after an attempt by a segment of the Board to fire former superintendent Terry Andrews resulted in his announcing an early retirement. She becomes the districts fourth superintendent since 2008, but said that doesnt faze her from a mission of making the countys school system a model for the state of Florida. I sincerely believe I can make a difference, Luciano, 57, said. When I came into this job I immediately starting working on ways we could achieve our goals right from the very beginning. Those strategic goals were put in place with the help of 400 other staffers. We have 6,700 employees and 55,000 students. Everything we do is about them and their success. Some of those who spoke supported Luciano and her ability to bring stability and continuity to the school system, while others lauded Lucianos work as a home-grown candidate, making that national search totally unnecessary. Former b oard member Julius Melendez said she deserved a full year of assessment. She has survived many administrators and risen to the top, he said. Give her a full year to right the ship. Penny Collins, who spent 20 years as the countys special education director, much of that working alongside Luciano, also pleaded to the board for the stability she brings. Ive worked alongside her long enough to know she will not let anything get by. John Ramirez, who ran unsuccessfully for a School Board seat this year, said the national search was a bad idea. Im not willing to adopt someone from the outside to pay them a six-figure salary, he said. Former Osceola County Commissioner and current Education Foundation board member Ken Smith spoke of the countys experience engaging in national searches. We did that three times looking for a County Manager. We ended up firing all three of them, he said. The current County Manager (Don Fisher) was a Melba Luciano, sitting right there on our staff. Don might be the best at what he does in the state. Melba can be that person. Two of the 15 or so speakers said a national search could still reveal the best candidate. I just want the best. If its Melba, shell rise to the top, Racquel Schroeder, of St. Cloud, said. Ultimately the board members agreed with the majority. Long said the national search wouldnt be necessary to validate what the districts educators seem to want. She has lived up to every letter of the contract we gave her, and has earned this ability, he said. New Board Member Kelvin Soto said he spent the last two weeks poring over the issue. We have the opportunity to deliver a contract that guarantees performance and that binds her to us, he said. Right now we need a bear at the helm and weve got one in Melba. On the urging of the board, much coming from Chairman Jay Wheeler, the board will take more time to hammer out the final details of Lucianos contract, I havent seen the contract, Wheeler said, expressing a bit of caution. Blaine Muse and Terry Andrews were handed this job. Contract Continued from Page A-1 122012.TNG St. Cloud Oce 4517 Old Canoe Creek Rd.Now OpenKissimmee Ofce Coming Soon2265 110812.TNG
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 County will stand with them in their time of grief and as they begin the process of healing, she said. Luciano also addressed how the shooting directly affected Osceola County. Here at home, I realize that people parents, students, and staff are anxious and questioning how something so tragic could happen at any school. Although, I am confident in the safety measures currently in place with all of our schools, I am working with our local law enforcement agencies and our school administrators for heightened security awareness and procedures in regards to safety, which began on Friday afternoon and will continue. Our outstanding school guidance counselors and psychologists stand ready to talk with anyone students or adults, who needs to do so. We have also placed links to resources on our district website for parents and staff to give helpful tips for when children have questions or need reassurance to provide a sense of security, she said. Schafer also stressed again that county guidance counselors and psychologists are available for students, teachers or anyone who needs some help during this troubled time. In addition, there are more resources available at the district website for parents to talk to their children about how to deal with these kind of situations, Schafer said. The district website is http:// osceola.k12.fl.us/ and the links can be found under the topic Focus on Success/Resources for Parents. School Continued from Page A-1 By Lisa DCato For the News-Gazette The heartbroken family of a murdered Poinciana woman is trying their best this holiday season to carry on for the sake of the children left behind and for each other. Mother of three Carlene Pierre, 28, fell victim to an abusive boyfriends wrath. M ichelet Polynices gunned Pierre down on Sept. 27 at her workplace in Orlando. He then shot and killed her coworker and another woman, Pierres friend. This was one of seven domestic violence related homicides thus far this year in Central Florida. Pierres mother and father are trying to make the Pierre family their family. Marlene and Deguerre Pierre have made it their purpose to make sure the kids stay and grow up together. This family, like so many others, struggles financially. On Nov. 21, a small group of angels attempted to lighten the load-at least for a little while. The business group Poinciana Pros sponsored the first ever Miss Poinciana pageant in July of 2012. This year, the pageant queens, who are involved in community service projects within the community, donated the Pierre family a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving complete with all the trimmings (prepared by Publix, donated by Poinciana Pros member Jeff Goldmacher). The Pierres also tearfully accepted bags of non-perishables, collected by the queens, their families and businesses in the community. When asked how the children, two of who attend Poincianas Palmetto Elementary (the youngest is year-old) were coping, Grandmother Marlene Pierre said, through tears, The children are OK. T hey eat, they sleep, they go to school. For me, I miss my daughter, any time, all the time. Poinciana Pros Chair and pageant director Melody Nadal invited the Pierre girls, as well as their two cousins who live with them, to ride on the Poinciana Pros parade float with the queens. On Dec. 8, the Poinciana Parade had the Poinciana Pros float with the queens and their special guests, the Pierres, riding like royalty, forgetting their pain, at least for a little while. Family trying to cope through holidays after murder of mother Submitted PhotoCarlene Pierre, 28, shown with her daughters, was murdered by her boyfriend in September. Her parents are now trying to hold the family together during the holidays. 611 W. Vine St. Ste. M. Kissimmee (Across The Street From Pinch A Penny) 407-846-7115 Only $ 50Now Offering Concealed Weapons Permit Class 121312.TNG IN staSTA N tT C asAS H fF OR YOUR vaVA LU aA BLE sS HOURHOUR S: M ONON .-SAT. 8:30AM T O O 5PM PAWN AMERICA INC. PAWN AMERICA Bermuda Av. J YoungHwy 192 W. Vine St.E. Vine St.Main St. S.OBT Central Av.N 121312.TNG10.12.LIFE 110812.TNG 122012.TNG
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 into lock-down for precautionary reasons, police reports said. He then reportedly made contact with a family in the area of 5th Street and Columbia Avenue. The family was inside their vehicle, a 2003 Ford Expedition, and Bay asked to be taken to the hospital, Roberts said. Due to his strange behavior the family went inside a business and called 911, leaving the vehicle unattended with the keys inside. The subject entered the familys vehicle, drove himself to the St. Cloud hospital and he went inside seeking treatment. Bay was apprehended by police at the hospital and is in police custody. He was awaiting booking into the Osceola County Jail Tuesday afternoon, He was charged with trespass on school grounds, disruption of an education institute, occupied burglary to conveyance and grand theft auto. Davenport driver killed in county crashA Davenport driver, identified Monday afternoon as Charles Hightower, 45, was killed after his vehicle, a 2000 Dodge pickup truck, left northbound Poinciana Boulevard south of Crescent Lakes Way. It then traveled onto the grass median and continued to strike a tree with its drivers side, Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Kim Montes said. Hightower was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation. clothing. Jade Isle Mobile Home Park recently donated 14 turkeys and toys to the effort. The fire department holds bake sales and other fundraisers such as their annual golf tournament with Boy Scout Troop 9 throughout the year to raise money for the event, which also includes Christmas dinner food boxes. Anything we have extra, which is rare, we always help out the St. Cloud Food Pantry, Thompson said. The fire department also offers a Santas Workshop for the families participating in the giveaway complete with a Santa meet-and-greet, cookies and milk. St. Cloud also encourages residents to support the Osceola County Council on Agings Senior Santa program. By giving a $25 donation, a local senior citizen will get an invitation and transportation to the Senior Santa Holiday Party, which includes dinner, decorations, entertainment, party favors and a gift. More than 400 people are expected to attend this years holiday party and volunteers always are needed. Volunteers will bring homebound seniors dinner, a gift, party favors and provide com pany on Christmas Day. The Council on Aging has identified more than 3,000 seniors in need of nutrition, companionship and care during the holidays in Osceola County. The Senior Secret program provides warmth, laughter and nutrition that should be available to everyone yearround and even more during the holiday season, Beverly Hougland, Council on Aging executive director, said. We hope we can count on the community to help make this time of year a joyous one for our senior citizens. Donations for Senior Santa are accepted until Dec. 31. For more information on the program, to donate or volunteer, visit www.osceolagenerations.org or call 407-8468532. All three local law enforcement agencies are again participating in Shop with a Cop, an annual event where officers take needy children on a shopping spree for the holidays. Thanks to donations from local businesses including Shamrock Auto Body Shop, Soldier City Saloon, St. Cloud Printing and Morse Market, the St. Cloud Police Department will shop with a number of children at the St. Cloud Walmart. The children all of whom attend school within the St. Cloud city limits, are in Kindergarten to eighth grades, have a social or economic need and have not participated in the program in the past received gift cards Wednesday and shopped with an officer. In Kissimmee, members of the police department took 90 child ren shopping over two days at two separate Walmarts. On Dec. 11, 45 children from local schools were given $100 gift cards to shop with an officer at the Osceola Parkway Walmart and had lunch provided by McDonalds. On Tuesday, the remaining 45 students got their $100 gift card and unleashed them on the Vine Street Walmart, with a member of the police force in tow helping the smaller ones push the cart, or keeping a running tally of what they spent in order to fit in that last gift for a brother or sister or themselves. Lunch was provided at the Kissimmee Police Department, donated by local businesses. This is one of the best programs that the Kissimmee Police Department is involved with, police Chief Lee Massie said as he helped 10-year-old Peter, a fourth-grader at Flora Ridge Elementary shop for his parents and siblings. Its heartwarming to see the smiles on the faces of these children. This is what the holidays all about. Peter gravitated to the watches, picking out a nice one for his father. He eventually got one for himself, too, as Chief Massie prodded him to leave a little in the days budget aside. Youre a good man for including your whole family, but make sure you get something for yourself, he said. Students from Flora Ridge, Kissimmee Elementary and Middle, Denn John Middle and Osceola High were a part of Tuesdays event, and most came armed with lists. Clothes and shoes were popular, especially with the middle and highschoolers who were buying for younger siblings or cousins. Inexpensive but attractive jewelry was high on those lists for Mom. Another Flora Ridge student didnt want to give his name for fear of spoiling a Christmas surprise. My mom wants a pancake maker, he said after making sure he had two toys for each of his siblings before heading to the small appliance section that is once he could pull away from all the options the toy aisles presented. The Osceola County Sheriffs Office had three Shop with a Cop events scheduled, beginning Dec. 5 where deputies helped children choose gifts at the St. Cloud Walmart and Wednesday at the Vineland Road Walmart. Shop With A Cop is a valuable and worthwhile program the Sheriffs Office has supported for many years, Sheriff Bob Hansell said. It makes a difference in the lives of many children in our community and it helps build positive relationships with young people and law enforcement. Their third event was scheduled for Wednesday at the Poinciana Walmart on Cypress Parkway. 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Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A11 SPORTSSPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaSportsViera set the standard for Horns All-County volleyball OHS, Gateway square off in 7A-5 hoops Photo/Special to the News-Gazette By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Genesis Viera leaves behind a legacy of volleyball excellence that will be hard for anyone at Harmony High to match. The four-year varsity starter led the Longhorns to four district championships and a first-ever state berth during the 2011 season. Viera, for the third time the Osceola News-Gazette Volleyball Player of the Year, celebrated her 17 th birthday Nov. 26 by signing a scholarship to Tulsa University before a large group of family, teammates and faculty members. Although many universities were interested in her services, she made the decision to sign with Tulsa two years ago, during her sophomore season and never waivered. I wanted to go to a place that was comfortable to me, and that was the way I felt when I visited there, Viera said. Ive kept in touch with the coaches there and I never really thought about going anywhere else. The Golden Hurricanes were the Conference USA champions under Coach Steven McRobert. Viera has been phenomenal throughout her Harmony career and holds the school record with 2,072 assists. She also compiled 318 kills, 405 digs and 184 blocks during her career. People look at her and think its easy, but I can tell you that there is nothing easy about t he w ay she works. Shes at practice at 5 a.m. for her club team and during the high school season, shes here for practice after school, Harmony Coach Eric Trowbridge said. Viera, a 5-8 setter who has mastered the jump set, missed seven games this season due to a wrist injury but she returned to lead the Lady Longhorns to the regional semifinal round. Weve had some great seniors here, and its always hard to see them leave because you get to know them so well, and they all are great people, but I think this one hits me a little harder, probably harder than any until my daughter (Alexis) graduates in a couple of years, because Ive known her so long, Trowbridge said. I still see her running around as a 9or 10-year-old. The first time I saw her play she was maybe 12, and you could see then that she was going to be exceptional. Viera thanked all of her coaches and her teammates at her signing ceremony for helping her during her career, and she gave special recognition to Trowbridge. Hes been there to help me through all of the ups and downs. I cant thank him enough, she said. Florida Christian College Coach Jim Butski also was on hand to join in the celebration. Viera practiced under Butski in what little spare time she had for the past several months. We worked on some techniques that will help her prepare for college, Butski said. Typically when freshmen go into the programs like the one she is going into they will redshirt the first year, but there is no question that she has the skills necessary to be successful at that level. Viera said she will miss Harmony High and her team mates, but she is confident that the program will enjoy continued success. It will be the way it always is here next season. Weve got a good group of girls coming back who will work hard in practice and keep things going, she said. When I think back, we have a lot to be proud of. Trowbridge said Viera eventually could play professionally as opportunities present themselves in other countries, or perhaps in the U.S. There are some things in the developmental stage that could eventually work out for her, Trowbridge said. But, he said, it will be some time before another volleyball player impacts the Harmony program the way she did. Theres not going to be another Genesis, he said. I was so fortunate to coach her. Most coaches are lucky if they have one player like that in their lifetime. Harmony setter will play for Tulsa U.Genesis Viera puts down her pen after signing the national letter of intent to Tulsa University recently at the Harmony High media center. Seated with her are her parents, Cynthia and Felix Viera. Standing are her sister, Alanys, and brother Christian. At right, Viera back sets during a match against St. Cloud.News Gazette Photo/Rick Pedone The inaugural Osceola County Senior All-Star volleyball game was held Dec. 2 at Florida Christian College, where the West All-Stars beat the East 25-22, 25-12, 21-25. The West team included Osceolas Kristina Wendland, Lorrain Hoyos, Ninoshka Andujar and Savanna Escobar; Libertys Melanie Martinez and Antonella Scarpatti; St. Clouds Sarah Sullivan and Kristel Calle; and City of Lifes Gabriella Carrion. The East All-Stars were Harmonys Genesis Viera, Kaitlyn Spicer, Allison VanTassel, Aubrey Runnels, Adrienne Roberts and Kendall Pollock; Southland Christians Gabby Hermosa and Sheena Fletcher; Celebrations Alexandra Stephan and Libertys Tara Rosemond and Khayla Smith. West is best at volleyballall-stars Player of the Year: Genesis Viera (Sr., HHS). All-county team: Osceola: Kaitlin Birchler (Soph.), Lorraine Hoyos (Sr.), Katie Markley (Fr.). Harmony: Alexis Trowbridge (Soph.), Chaney Howard (Soph.), Allison VanTassel (Sr.), Kendall Pollock (Sr.). Liberty: Ashley Ramos (Jr.). St. Cloud: Yairaliz Hernandez (Soph.), Sarah Sullivan (Sr.), Faith Udstad (Jr.). Celebration: Alexandra Stephan (Jr.), Michelle Calderon (Jr.). City of Life: Gabriella Carrion (Sr.), Alexandra Cardona (Soph.). Poinciana: Jackie Palfy (Sr.). All-County volleyball News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanPlayers and coaches gather during the first Osceola County Senior All-Star volleyball game played recently at Florida Christian College. The West All-Stars won the three-game match. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Gateway travels to Osceola Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a 7A-5 district boys basketball game that will go a long way toward deciding the top seed at the district tournament in February. The Panthers, 9-2, defeated East Ridge, 48-45, Friday and Poinciana, 61-58, Tuesday to boost their district mark to 3-1. Osceola, 4-6, upended Lake Minneola, 71-70, Friday, and beat East Ridge, 61-58, Tuesday to remain unbeaten, 3-0, in district play. But, the Kowboys have been inconsistent and lost to Orange Belt Conference foes Celebration and Harmony. Harmony, 4-3, upended the Kowboys 59-57, Monday as Colton Viscomi scored 15 and Andrew Weather scored 14. Horns Coach Steve Smith was happy to earn the win, but said his team has work to do. We are still looking for more consistency, he said. Celebration bumped its record to 8-3 after beating Lake Region, 64-38, in a nondistrict game Monday. Kordell Johnson scored 13. The Storm lost to 7A-6 power Oak Ridge Friday, 61-52, to slip to 1-1 in the district. The Storm cruised by St. Cloud Thursday, 55-35, for their first district win. Osceola, Gateway and Celebration will spend part of their holiday break competing at the Great Florida Shootout Dec. 27-29 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. C elebration meets Sout h Miami at 5 p.m. in the opening round. Gateway plays South Atlanta High at 7 p.m. Osceola meets 2008 champion Metairie Park, La. Country Day at 8:30 p.m.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A13 Holiday wrestling tournaments on tap at Harmony, St. Cloud Friday Sports briefs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Holiday wrestling tournaments are on tap this weekend at Harmony and St. Cloud. Harmony hosts its 16-team duals Christmas tournament Friday and Saturday at the Longhorns gym. The Action begins at 3 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Competing in Pool A are Harmony, Dunnellon, Weeki Wachee, Clearwater Central Catholic, Fort Myers, Osceola Pinellas, Sarasota and The Villages. The Pool B teams are Viera, Lake Nona, Belleview, Cocoa Beach, Jensen Beach, Cypress Creek, Freedom and Space Coast. The Longhorns were fifth in a 21-team field at the Palmetto Ridge Chase Life Classic last week. Sophomore Andrew Davis won at 220 pounds and Nick Owens was fourth at 113, Coach Chris Todd said. We had several others place in the top six, Todd said. Overall we still need to keep improving each week if we want to challenge for a district championship. St. Cloud High hosts its Bulldog Brawl Friday and Saturday. Competing are Timber Creek, Bishop Moore, Edgewater, Charlotte, Miami Palmetto, Celebration, Vanguard, West Orange, Northside Christian, Wakulla, Springstead, Citrus, Okeechobee, Flagler Palm Coast, Palmetto Ridge, Central, Pine Ridge, Heritage, Hagerty and Tampa Bay Christian. Celebration hosted its Varsity Duals last week and won three of five matches over Central Florida Christian, Poinciana and Mulberry. The Storm fell to Weeki Wachee and Ridge Community. Daniel Lathrop won all five matches at 132 pounds for the Storm and Cristihan Ramierez won four of five matches at 195. Derek Dunning won three of five at 160 pounds. We have had outstanding performances by several individuals, Coach Vic Lorenzano said. We are 11-13 right now, but most of those losses can be attributed to holes in our lineup due to injuries and illness. Osceola travels to South Dade High for the District 16 Duals Friday and Saturday. The Kowboys defeated Palm Harbor, 38-33, in a dual meet last week. Fox Baldwin (145), who r ecently earned his 250 th career win, Ariel Dominguez (113), Paul Zupofska (160), Jhalen Flanders (182) and Chris Pagan (220) won by pin. Spencer Lacey (170), Andrew Conners (190) and Ben Cruz (285) also won for OHS. OHS will host its Knockout Christmas Tournament Dec. 28-29. State champions Lake Highland Prep, Springstead and Holy Innocents High from Georgia will compete in the 25-team field along with state runners-up Cleveland, Tenn., Lake Gibson and South Dade.Denn John volleyball champDenn John Middle School beat Neptune Middle, 22-25, 25-14, 15-13, to win the Osceola County Middle School volleyball championship at Gateway High. It is the second consecutive championship for Denn John. 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You see, during this Christmas season we ha ve two strikes against us. 1.This time of year the weather is really mild and we dont get a lot of service work. 2.People ha ve to spend so much for Christmas that they will do whatever they can to put off spending money on anything else. Heres how the program works, homeowners can nance a new air conditioning system without taking a penny out of their pocket. We will gi ve them a visa card for $700. For homeowners that decide to pay with cash, instead of nancing, we will reduce their price by $700. Either way the homeowner can sa ve $700. Just imagine, when Christmas is here many of these homeowners can enjoy it like they never ha ve before. Thats because these homeowners will ha ve $700 cash to pay their Christmas bills.Call Janet today at 407-830-1106American Residential Services LLC All Rights reserved, License # CMC129406, Not valid on prior installations Offer ends 12/24/12, with approved credit only *Restrictions apply Call for details Dear Friends of the Council, It is that time of year again! When the excitement and anticipation of the coming holidays lls the air and our souls, it can only mean one thing: Christmas will be here soon. This magical time of year means many different things to all of us, such as: family gatherings, the local Christmas parade, giving and receiving gifts and delicious traditional recipes and meals. The Council on Aging is a lifeline for many older adults. The services provided at the Council on Aging empower many seniors to continue living their lives with grace and dignity. A program like Adult Day Health Care helps to keep our clients independent, at home with family and out of nursing homes. One long time client served by the Council on Aging is Corine. At 99 years of age and a life long resident of Osceola County, Corine still resides in the home built by her late husband, a war veteran. She has an exuberant and radiant smile that lights up a room and loves to participate in activities offered at the Adult Day Health Care program. Corine states the Council has kept my social calendar lled for many years. She also gets to attend Day Care with her best friend of over 50 years. For the past 24 years, the Osceola Council on Aging has maintained one specic focus each holiday season; making certain that no elderly person in our community spends what should be the most joyous of time year alone. The Senior Santa program provides the warmth, laughter and good nutrition that should be associated with the holidays. Will you (or your business) nd it in your heart to make a $25 donation that will provide a senior with a holiday meal and gift? Your donation will allow you to be a Senior Santa to an adopted senior and provide them with: An invitation and transportation to the Senior Santa Holiday Party complete with dinner, decorations, entertainment, party favors and a gift. If the senior is homebound, they will still receive a holiday dinner, gift and party favors delivered by a caring community volunteer on Christmas Day. The Council estimates that more than 3,000 seniors in Osceola County are in need of nutrition and companionship during the holidays. You can make a difference in their lives and yours by becoming a Senior Santa. On behalf of our seniors and everybody who loves them, thank you for your generosity and caring. Be A Senior Santa!DISCOVER VISA MC AMEX $____________ CC# _________________________ Expiration Date:______________________ Signature:________________________________ Yes, Please send adoption certificate (s) to the address below. No, Do not send adoption certificate (s). Name: _ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Address: _ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________ Phone:______________________ _ ______________________________I would like to be a Senior Santa!Osceola Council on Aging, Inc.700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744407-483-1498Please make CHECKS payable to: OSCEOLA COUNCIL ON AGINGThe Osceola County Council on Aging, INC., has complied with registration requirements of chapter 496, F.S. Solicitation of Contributions Act. 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Section B Go to www.aroundosceola.com for all St. Cloud news December 20, 2012 The Kissimmee Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Police Academy starting Jan. 23. The purpose of the academy is to build a partnership between the citizens and their Police Department. Police Chief Lee Massie said, An important key to crime prevention is to promote a greater understanding of law enforcement through positive interaction and education. I believe one way this can be accomplished is through the Civilian Academy. Citizens will learn a variety of aspects of the police department and criminal justice in general. They will include criminal investigat ions, c rime scenes, nar cotics and community relations. Everyone will be able to get hands-on training with the S.W.A.T. team and firearms training with certified instructors. The academy will start on Jan. 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Kissimmee Police Department. Classes will be every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. for seven weeks. The academy will end with a graduation celebration. Residents interested in attending this academy should contact Community Relations S quad at 4 07518-2400. Applications can be picked up at Kissimmee Police Department or online at police.kissimmee. org to reserve a spot in the class. Class size is limited. Therefore, slots will be filled in the order that completed applications are received. The application deadline is Jan. 11. KPD to host civilian academy Including: oinciana L Equipping children w ith the skills they need to safely navigate the Internet is the subject of a 30-minute talk show that will air on Radio Disney Saturday, Jan. 5, featuring two internet experts from Kissimmee Utility Authority. The show, recorded on Dec. 12, features Radio Disney kidcasters Noah and S ami interviewing KUAs vice president of information technology Jef Gray and telecom services manager Terry Farley as part of the utilitys ongoing community outreach. The segment addresses topics like cyberbullying, the use of webcams and instant messaging, online filtering software and parental control programs, and the safe use of social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The program also provides important information on the use of passwords and the protection of personal information. The internet is an increasingly important place for children to learn, work and play, said Gray. You can help your child avoid online encounters with predators, hackers and others who would exploit children and their personal information by establishing rules for internet use, and making sure the rules are enforced. The interview is part of Radio Disneys weekly Kids Concerns Show that airs in Central Florida on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. on WDYZ AM 990.About Radio DisneyRadio Disney is the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The networks current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on over 35 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone App.About KUAFounded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Floridas sixth largest communityowned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County.KUA Internet experts to be featured on Radio Disney to talk safety Photo/KUAKissimmee Utility Authority vice president of information technology Jef Gray (left) and telecom services manager Terry Farley discuss Internet safety at Radio Disney studios. News-Gazette Photo/ A ndrew S ullivanA lex the lion and K ing J ulian, k ing of the lemurs, c haracters from Dreamworks Studios Madagasca r franchise, r ode atop a float from Gaylord P alms, one of many participants in the Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 8 in d owntown Kissimmee. Furry funSince the day after Thanksgiving Day, the holiday decorations have burst onto many neighborhood scenes. Lights, holiday statues, and even life-size snow globes, adorn many streets in Central Florida. Included in these decorations is still probably one of the most traditional mistletoe. Using mistletoe for holiday decoration has been a tradition for thousands of years, dating back to the early Europeans who saw it as a magical and sacred plant. It was believed that mistletoe bestowed life and fertility to those who used it. Marriage rituals were performed under it, creating the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. During the Middle Ages, it was hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. These traditions have been passed on through the years and were transferred to America with the European settlements. The common name, mistletoe is believed to derive from the way it is propagated through bird droppings. It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Mistletan. It was observed in ancient times that mistletoe would grow spontaneously where birds have left their droppings. Mistle is the Anglo-Saxon word for dung and tan is the word for twig. Therefore, mistletoe means dungon-a-twig. The American mistletoe (Phorandendron flavescens) can be f ound along the Eastern United States from New Jersey to Florida. It is a leafy evergreen perennial with yellowish green stems. It establishes itself on the branches of trees. The plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers and white, showy berries. The berries become that ripen in December. The aerial portions or stems of the plant grow slowly, reaching maturity in 5 to 10 years. It can create a shrub-like appearance ranging in size from two to five feet. Mistletoe is a partial parasitic plant, known as a hemiparasite. This means that is capable of producing its own food, but draws water and nutrients from a host plant. The plant sends out roots, which penetrate into the host for nourishment and support. Mistletoe prefers hosts that are young or have soft bark that can be easily penetrated. In Central Florida, hosts of Jennifer PelhamExtension Office Using mistletoe for decoration See Mistletoe, page B-6 120612.TNG9500 sq. feet of... Check our ad on Actionzip.com 407-507-3947 email: email@example.comAU439 AB3209Every Saturday 3 PMPreview 2 PM PUBLIC AUCTIONWe Buy Estates & LiquidationFurniture for every room in the house CONSIGNORS WEL cC OME 8 am 6 pm, Mon.-Fri. Nu2you Inc. 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Page B2, Whats new?Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrationA Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration will be Feb. 12 starting at 7 p.m. The celebration will be at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St. A buffet will follow the anniversary program, guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The night will finish with the music of the Osceola Community Orchestra. For more information, contact John Dutt at 407-744-1700. Wills and trusts lectureSavannah Court Assisted Living Community will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates and Capital Estate Services. The seminar will be Jan. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. at Savannah Court, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your Will? Have a Durable Power of Attorney? This seminar is for you. Free facility tours will be offered prior to the start of the seminar. The program is complimentary and reservations are required. RSVP to Savannah Court at 407892-8502 or Joe McQuaid at 407593-2243.Driver safety classAn AARP driver safety class will be Friday, Jan., 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building. Limit first 25 people. For reservations, call Ron at 407944-9718.Osceola Community OrchestraThe Osceola Community Orchestra welcomes orchestra musicians high school age and older to our Monday evening rehearsals at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Bill Lauer at 407-892-5011.St. Cloud Womans Club The next St. Cloud Womans Club meeting will be Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. with an Osceola Center for the Arts performance 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 at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. For more information r egardin g the club, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347. For information about the museum, contact Lucille McClure at 407-9577587.An Elvis celebrationAn Elvis tribute show will be held Jan. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. at American Legion 10 at 200 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee. Tickets will be $10. The house will be rocking! Come out and celebrate Elviss Birthday. For tickets contact Shirley Schwebs at 407-922-4502.State Board prep classesC.N.A. State Board preparation classes will be offered by Mt. Zion S.D.A. Church Life Enhancing Ministries beginning Jan. 7. The classes will be Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost will be $125 for materials and lab. For more information, call E. Graham at 407-348-2990 or 407-9628446.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party will meet today 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 407-9573952.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 407-7443892 for more information.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. .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 $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 email@example.com or Beverly Frankenberg at 407-892-6549 for more informationDAV 148The DAV will have a DJ Friday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. 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. 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 407957-8980 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 R andy Austin at flenviro@gmail 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 See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comSeasonal skate There 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 $20 per person at the door. Cost includes dinner and live music. For more information, call 407957-7392.Dancing day C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITY Whats happening?News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanChildren of all ages can experience a variety of winter-themed fun during the Now Snowing Nightly event in downtown Celebration. The snow falls on the hour at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. along Market Street, with a Santa photo op, carolers, and a faux ice skating rink. See Community, page B-3
Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 donation of $3 per person is requested. Other months, music will be by DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. Line Dancing Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages welcome. There is a $2 donation is requested. Call instructor Gail Smith at 407-408-5039.St. Cloud Pavement PoundersThe St. Cloud Pavement Pounders m eet 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 AARP The St. Cloud AARP Chapter 4001 meets the fourth Monday at the St. Cloud Senior C enter, Sep tember 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.St. Cloud Garden ClubThe St. Cloud Garden Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month from October to May at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. Its a pot luck lunch, members should contribute. The topics covered will be information on vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. There also will be exhibits of live p lants and flower arrangements. For more information, call 407-870-0671. Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate RoseThe Frances Kirby Smith 22 Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose is an independent support group to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and local camps thereof. It is nonprofit, nonracial, nonpolitical and nonsectarian. Confederate ancestry is not required for membership. It assists SCV with its historical, educational, benevolent and social functions. Special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Confederate symbols. The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at th e 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 r estaurants, b outiques and antiques. There are always local musicians and artists as well as raffles and door prizes and many other activities throughout the downtown business district. 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.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 Countr y Dance Club meets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-8476055.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.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 for more information. St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits ar e located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The 2012-13 tournament schedule is Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, 2013, March 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013. Members of the National Horseshore Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.c4dofsuvcw.org/ camp4officers.htmlOsceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twicemonthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Osceola Center for the Arts in the Edward Moore Studio at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.osceola countycameraclub.com or the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.GriefShareThe G riefShare r ecover y an support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Childcare is provided as needed at the St. Cloud location. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions such as, The Journey of Grief, will be offered. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407873-1067 or email bossn1@ cfl.rr.com. Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased counseling at t he following locations on Medicare, M edigap/HMO, Medicaid prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, firstserved. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. Barney E. Veal All Generation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407846-8532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407-933-3246, Jan.-May the second Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon; September through November the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407-957-7392, th e second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.Lodge 221 F&A.M. meetingSt. Cloud Lodge 221 F&A.M. holds stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or email yeggp@ aol.com.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; selfesteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab). Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and t hird M onday at t he Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at email@example.com.Toho Friends Toho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. Palm Ave. All seniors are welcome. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the same building. Come work on your crafts or just visit. Crochet, embroider or whatever you enjoy doing. Fun cards meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For information, call Elaine at 407-847-8970, or Lois at 407-846-2848. League looking for MarinesThe Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1092 is r equesting a ll Marines j oin the group. The league does a variety of things including: sends care boxes overseas, memorials, parades, has scholarship programs, works with veterans, has a color guard and holds Toys for Tots drives.CommunityContinued from Page B-2 See Community, page B-4 Placing a classified adin the Osceola News-Gazette hasnever been easier!Visitwww.adsinthesun.comto place your ad today!Best classified ads under the Sunfirstname.lastname@example.org Church Street Kissimmee, FL 407-846-7600 Empty Nesters: FREE Special ReportReveals 9 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your HomeSt. Cloud Area Are you an Empty Nester who needs a home for the future? Is it time to downsize to move into another home more suitable for your glorious retirement years? 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Page B4, It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the VFW in St. Cloud. It has a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month at the VFW to support the league. For more information, call Jim Underwood at 863-4961107 of the VFW at 407892-6761. Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407-742-6656 or linder. email@example.com. Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-2866787 for more information.St. Cloud Senior Center eventsMonday Night is a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. in hall A. Live band Mondays, all year, but is subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The Saturday Night Country Dance is 7 to 10 p.m. in hall A November through April. There will be live bands. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The other months, the music will be by Art Fagnant, DJ, and admission will be free. All ages are welcome. Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Republican Womens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048. IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New Y ork Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321-722-3381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.Tai chi and qigong (Chinese yoga)Tai chi and qigong classes being offered by Madame Wu Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud. On Wednesdays, the class will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All classes will be taught through donations. For more information, call Madame Wu at 407-7387001. East American Legion Post 10 eventsThe American Legion of Kissimmee Post 10 is having the following events: F riday: Bingo at 5 :30 p.m.; seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday: dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 7 p.m. Sunday: bingo at 4 p.m. Tuesday: karaoke from noon to 4 p.m.; bean bag first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call the post at 407-847-4193 or Frank Rohman at 407-9222019. Alcoholics AnonymousThe Osceola Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office carries all the literature and books that are available for the AA groups here in the county to buy and use. It also maintains a 24-hour phone line. Anyone who wants help with a drinking problem can call a 24-hour line at 407-870-8282. Callers can find where the nearest meeting is. There are no dues or fees. Ministry medical clinicThe Osceola Christian Ministry at 700 Union St., Kissimmee, offers a medical clinic most Thursday mornings. It serves the uninsured and people with a family income at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 a.m. and it can serve eight to nine people. It also has a Tuesday afternoon clinic once a month, which serves adults only. The doors open at 12:30 p.m. To confirm the hours for either clinic for the week, call 407-944-9968 for the correct information. Greyhound adoptionsThe p ublic is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. CommunityContinued from Page B-3 See Community, page B-5 YES! 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Request forms should be updated every year.E-Mail Address 2000 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-957-2511 (24 hours) 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road Kissimmee, FL 34744 407-847-2494 (24 hours) Poinciana Chapel 3175 Pleasant Hill Road Poinciana, FL 34746 407-931-4811 (24 hours) www.OsceolaMemGds.comFuneral Services ~ Cremation Options ~ Advance Planning Arrangements Se habla espaol 042612.TNG Serving Central Florida for over 50 years by offering thoughtful, caring and compassionate services and support. All Military Personnel, Veterans and Spouses Receive a 10% Discount on all Funeral Services and MerchandiseWeve been earning the trust and respect of Central Florida Communities since 1958. We now look forward to extending the same unsurpassed service to Poinciana as well as the surrounding communities with our new funeral home in Poinciana. ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.com BOONE Bobby J. Boone age 84, passed away December 12, 2012 He was born December 5, 1928 in Jasonville, Indiana to Harry F. and Lola M. Boone. Bobby was one of the nicest people you would ever meet and will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. He was devoted and loving husband, father and Boone, grandfather who is survived by his wife Mary R. Boone; children Michael Boone and Deborah Shanklin; grandchildren Jenna Boone, Jakeob Kunze, Kaitlin, Stephanie and Day Shanklin; sister Betty Cox; great-grandchildren Jada Lundeen and Jayanna Lundeen. He was preceded in death by his son Bradley. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m., at the Good Samaritan Community Church DANOPULOS Mr. Gregory C. Danopulos, 62, of, St. Cloud, passed away on Sunday December 16, 2012. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens, St. Cloud. DILS AV ER Mrs. Irene C. Dilsaver, 82, of, St. Cloud, FL passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Arrangements under the diretion of Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee. 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com REYES Mrs. Rosa Ynes Reyes, 65, of, Kissimmee, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012 Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria Porta Coeli Y Crematorio, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, Phone 407-846-2804 www.PortaCoeliFH.com YA TES Mr. Oscar Lee Ya tes, 89, of, St. Cloud, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens, St. Cloud. PARKER Mrs.Norm a Lee Parker age 80, of St. Cloud, FL, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Parker was born in Lake Wale, FL, to Otis and Lucille(Mathis) Singleton and moved to Kissimmee, FL in 1957 from Pompano Beach, FL.She was a retire d electronic assembler and a member of Eastern Avenue Baptist Church .S he was married to herhusband Sidney Parker for over 46 years before he passed away in 2004 .S he is survived by her son, Ken(Jan) Mitchell, granddaughte r, Deanna (Brian) Butler, grandson, Gary Mitchell, and 6 greatgrandchildren. Funeral Services was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tu esday, December 18, 2012 at Eastern Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Callen officiating.Inte rm ent will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Monday, December 17 at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Kissimmee. The family would like to say a special thank you to Faith Noe for taking such great care of No rm a during her illness. Services under the direction of Osceola Memory Garden s Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremator y1 717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL. 407-847-2494 www.osceolamemgds.com CLASSIFIED ADSSHOPPERS GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
Thursday, December 20, 2012 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends meets the third Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. The Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet bi-monthly at a time and place to be announced. New members are welcome. The West Osceola Friends Board of Directors meet quarterly. The time and place will be announced. The St. Cloud Friends meet the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members are welcome. Hospice volunteers neededVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the Central Florida area who can befriend terminally ill patients, provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. For more information, call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteer s @vitas.com. Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people w ho have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to preregister. They are: Mondays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee. The first Thursday of the month (Spanish speaking support group) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Porta Coeli Funeral Ho me, 2801 E. Osceol a Parkway, Kissimmee 34743 Call Claudia Swonger to pre-register for any of these three groups at 407-2062273.East Republican The Ohio, KY and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen is a nonprofit ministry t hat serves a free hot meal every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on Ohio St. in St. Cloud. The ministry is in its 12th year of serving a free hot meal to the homeless, lowincome and lonely elderly residents every Sunday of the year. It also, on occasion, will have clothing, toiletry bags, holiday gift bags and brown lunch bags to take. Anyone who wants to be a part of the ministry or for mor e information, contact Carol Boroski at 407-957-9839.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744. St. Cloud Shuffleboard ClubPractice at the St. Cloud shuffleboard courts, 701 Ohio St. St. Cloud, is 8:30 to 10 :30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Games are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 407-498-0603. Leave a message if there is no answer. Duplicate Bridge: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.Contact Jim Davis by calling 407348-4399. Euchre:Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kevin Fryback at 321 624-4546. Pinochle: Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Contact Bobbi Clement by calling 407-892-2749. Cribbage: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dave Roberts by calling 407-8922087. Mahjong: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Louise Owens by calling 407-957-8733. Club due s are free for the first year and then its $20 per year. It covers all shuffling and card games. Council zumba classThe Osceola County Council on Aging is offering two weekly zumba classes at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The first class is for seniors and is every Friday from 9-10 a.m. The cost of each class is $3. The second class is held Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the second class is $5. Individuals interested in participating or for more information, call 407-8472144. St. Cloud Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Branch Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon on the upper level of the library. The main purpose is to promote the library. It also has a St. Cloud Book Club that meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Thats located at U.S. Highway 192 and Indiana Street in St. Cloud. If you are interested in reading good books and meeting interesting people, come join the group.Dance ClubThe English Country D ance Club m eets every second Saturday year round at the St. Cloud Senior Citizens Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn to dance early English style dances, no partner is needed, and beginners are welcome. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Diana Kehr at 407-847-6055.Confederate Dames to meetThe Osceola Confederate Dames No. 2684 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the third Monday night of each month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Osceola County Sheriffs Community Room. Membership is open to females age 16 years and older with documentation of an ancestor who served in or provided material aid to the Confederate Army. For more information, call 407-361-0984.Confederate campThe Sons of Confederate Veterans Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets every second Monday (except in December) at 6:30 p.m. at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. For more information, visit www.JacobSummerlin. org.Toastmaster ClubThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club is inviting the public to improve and polish their speaking skills and make new friends at the same time. It is not necessary to be a Realtor. It meets every Monday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Osceola County Association of Realtors Building at 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. Call Betty at 407-846-4500 or just walk in. Ladies needed for gamesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canasta games at the Kissimmee Womens Club, 1616 W Oak St.in Kissimmee. For more information, call Marilyn Smith at 407-3485682. In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christcentered recovery group for alcohol and drugs, meets 6:30 to 7:30 Thursdays at the Osceola Christian Ministry Center, 700 Union St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Richard Burton at 407944-9968.Ronald Reagan Republican Gun ClubThe Ronald Reagan Conservative Spirit of Republican Gun Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, 5310 Michigan Ave, in St. Cloud. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Sykes at 407-873-2048.Bible study groupUniversal Circle Of Light Learning Center, 4275 Neptune Road, St. Cloud, has a group that meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to a center press release, it believes that it is Gods will that every individual should live a healthy, happy and prosperous life and it teaches how to achieve such a life. For more information, contact Rev. Lottie Clodfelter at 407-729-0798 or Patricia Lewis at 407729-3330.Celebrate RecoveryCelebrate Recovery meets 7 p.m. every Friday night at Cornerstone C hurch 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based 12-step program that provides a safe place to share your struggles with others who are going through similar experiences. There is no charge. 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Page B6, The following classes are hosted by the University of Florida/Osceola County Extension Services office and are free unless stated otherwise. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, Growing for Market, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee. Interested in growing produce to sell at farmers markets? Select Osceola County markets are now specializing in offering locally grown and crafted products. In this workshop, well give an overview of growing tips for market farming, what consumers want to buy, market requirements, business considerations, and Q & A time. Visit http://ocagriculture eventbrite.com/. From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, Taking Control of Your Money, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee. Stop wondering where money went and letting it control you. Instead establish financial goals, discover your financial potential and develop a plan to make your money work for you. Visit www.ocfcs.eventbrite com. From 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Spring Vegetable Gardening, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, Kiss. Learn the basics of growing vegetables in Florida, different vegetable seasons, common pests and diseases that may attack your crops. Visit http://ocagriculture eventbrite.com/. Osceola County Extension Services Heres a disturbing statistic: One out of every five Americans over the age of 65 has been victimized by a financial scheme, according to the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. If your parents are in this age group, should you be concerned? And can you help them avoid being scammed so that they maintain control over their finances? The answer to the first question is yes you should be concerned. Of course, as the numbers above show, most aging Americans are not being swindled, which suggests they can take care of themselves quite well. Still, its no secret that many fraud schemes target seniors because of their concentrated wealth and in many cases, trusting nature. And as much as youd like to think otherwise, your parents could be susceptible to rip-off artists. Fortunately, in regard to the second question above, you can indeed take steps to help prevent your parents from being fleeced. Here are a few suggestions: Observe their behavior. If you live close to your parents, listen closely to any new friends, investment deals or sweepstakes they mention during your normal interactions.. If youre in a different city, try to stay abreast of your parents behavior by communicating with them frequently and by checking in with other family members or friends who have occasion to see your parents. Urge them to watch out for suspicious emails. Youve probably seen them the emails offering to reward you with huge amounts of money if you will only contact such-andsuch from a distant country and then put up a small sum to initiate some ill-defined transaction. You probably spam these without a moments thought and you should urge your parents to do the same. Remind them that any offer that sounds too good to be true is, without question, neither good nor true. Encourage them to further their financial education. Law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and reputable financial services providers all offer personal financial m anagement pro grams designed specifically for seniors. Look for these types of programs in your area, encourage your parents to attend and even consider going with them. Become familiar with their financial situation. Having a serious discussion with your parents about their finances may not be easy but its important. The more you know about their investments, retirement accounts and estate plans, the better prepared youll be to respond helpfully if they mention an action theyre considering taking that, to you, just doesnt sound appropriate. Suggest professional help. If your parents are already working with a qualified financial professional, theyre probably less likely to be victimized by fraud than if they were managing their finances on their own. And its a good idea for you to know their financial advisor, and for him or her to know you, as you may well be involved in your parents legacy planning. But if your parents dont already have a financial advisor, you may want to recommend one to them, particularly if its someone you already know and trust. Its entirely possible that your parents wont need any assistance in avoiding financial scams. But, just in case, be prepared to act on the above suggestions. Your intervention could help preserve your parents financial independence. 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Pruning the aerial portions of the mistletoe will reduce it, but only for a short period of time. This type of control will usually only stimulate bud development and cause the plant to multiply the number of shoots it produces. The mistletoe, therefore, will have to be pruned frequently. To permanently remove mistletoe from landscape trees, the tree branches, on which the mistletoe grows, must be removed. The branches may be cut one to two feet back from the area of contamination. Mistletoe is most visible on deciduous trees during the winter months when they shed their leaves. This is the time when it would be the easiest to prune or remove the plant from its host. With the holidays upon us, it is also a perfect time to remove the mistletoe from the tree and use it for decoration. But be careful. If mistletoe falls to the ground, it is believed to be a bad omen that misfortune will be bestowed upon you. 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If you think youre busy this time of year, imagine how busy the first lady of holiday cheer can be. Not only does she help the big guy get ready for Christmas, but she m akes sure everyone in the North Pole has a memorable holiday sea s son. From hosting parties to keeping the elves happy and healthy, this joyful time of year is also her busiest. While the holiday season is always a hectic time at the North Pole, just like it is for you and your family, we still try to spend time together even after a long day in Santas workshop says Mrs. Claus. We read Santas letters, play reindeer games and bake tasty holiday goodies together. For a holiday season filled with joy and laughter, Mrs. Claus shared her top five ways to make l asting memories with your little ones.* Letters to Santa: Santa loves receiving letters from children. Encouraging your kids to write to Santa provides a great opportunity to teach them how to spell, compose written text and allows them to practice handwriting. For younger kids who havent started reading or writing, encourage them to draw pictures, instead. Leave something special: Making a snack for Santa with your little helpers offers an extra opportunity to spend time together creating memories that will last a lifetime. Think beyond the cookie tray and personalize your treats just for him. One of Santas favorites is Kelloggs Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats. Holiday cheer: Make decorating the house a fun event for the whole family. Engage your kids in holiday crafts to display on the mantle and make sure everyone has ornaments to hang on the tree. Story nights: Santa and I often gather all of the elves together to reminisce about family memories, or watch our favorite holiday movies. Stir up some hot cocoa and treats, share special moments from holidays past, or let your little ones pick their favorite holiday movie. Rudolph roadmap: Make sure Santa and his reindeer can find your house. Sprinkle a mixture of oats and glitter on your front yard to help guide them right to your home even if it gets a little foggy. Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats Recipe Yields 12 servings Ingredients: 12 (6-inch lengths) red or black string licorice 12 miniature marshmallows 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 c ups miniatur e marshmallows 6 cups Kelloggs Rice Krispies cereal Frosting M&Ms brand chocolate candies Directions: Fold each licorice piece in half and push end s through centers of 12 miniature marshmallows. Set aside. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add 10 ounces marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Using 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into 12 portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into ornament shape around licorice ends. Cool. Decorate with frosting and candies. Best if served the same day. HOMEFINDER H OMEFINDER Section C REAL ESTATE IN OSCEOLA & SURROUNDING COUNTIES www.aroundosceola.com December 20, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Pages C3 C5 LEGALS Page C6 most of the year. Determined to keep rates lo w, the Federal Open Market Committee announced it will continue purchasing $40 billion a month in mortgag ebacked securities In addition, the Fed will pour another $45 billion a month into purchases of long-term U.S. Tr easur y bonds to compensate f or the ending of Operation Tw ist this year, in which the F ed rein vested money from shor t-term bonds into longer-term bonds. While the Fe d s latest announcement is great news fo r borrowers mort gage rates remain somewhat vulnerable to what Congress may or may not do prevent deep ning of the year. Lack of ac tion could push the U .S. econom y back into recession, economists sa y. as it may get volatile toward the end of the year , says Brett Sinnott of CMG Mo rt gage Group in San R amon, Cali f. Mo rt gage tip:If y ou can t sell your hous e, trading it fo r another house may be an option. Search hous eswap ping websites f or more in fo rmation.Mo rt gage Ne ws So ur ce : Ba nk ra te .c om 2012 3.75 3.80 3.52 3.57 3.52 7/25/20128 /29/201210/3/20121 1/7/201212/12/20122.75 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 3.03 3.10 2.93 3.05 2.97 2.89 2.80 2.67 2.72 2.74 7/25/20128/29/201210/3/201211/7/201212/12/20122.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 1 yr ARM 5/1 ARM Bankr ate National Tr 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 updateThe rate on the most common type of mor tgage inched up this week despite the Congress, fo r making investors anxious as it appears that lawmakers are far from according to the Ban kr ate.com national survey of large lenders. The mortgages in this week s survey had an average total of 0.37 discount and origination points. One year ag o, the mor tgage index stood at 4.19 percent; f our weeks ago, it was 3.54 percent. week. The benchmark 5/1 adjustable -rate mor tgage stayed at 2.74 percent. The Fed took a new approach Wednesday and pledged to keep a key shor t-term interest rate down until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 percent. Nove mber s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, and unemployment was above 8 percent In almost all cases the rate is based on a lock-in period of 30 to 60 days Borr owers should review how the rates are calculated and inquire about additional closing costs such as appraisal fees and title searches NA means rate quotes not available on sur v ey date Ra tes are based on a loan amount of $165,000 to $417,000 with a 20 pe rc ent down payment. Bank of America 800-432-1000 3.250 0.00 1.00 60 3.393 2.750 0.00 0.00 60 2.935 SunTrust Bank 800-273-7827 4.300 1.00 0.38 60 4.444 3.625 1.00 0.21 60 3.849 STUFF FINDER HOME FINDER AUTO FINDER INSIDE TODAYS HOMEFINDERCLASSIFIEDSCLASSIFIEDS JOB FINDER In the words of a popular Christmas carol, theres no place like home for the holidays its where family gathers and where long-treasured memories are made. So this year as you begin shopping for those on your list, why not gift something for them and for their abode? Theres something for everyone for the music junkie, the whole family, even for the king or queen of the brood. Read on for some outside-the-box gift ideas that will add instant luxe inside the home. For the music junkie: Soak yourself in water and music with one of the holidays hottest gadgets: the KOHLER Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker, an easy and affordable way to tech up your bath by integrating sound into the showering experience. The bonus: the Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker pops out for musical enjoyment throughout the bath and beyond. List Price: $199 For the concert aficionado: If its the pulsing energy of a rock concert that brings goose bumps to your arms, or the delightful cascading flow of an aria that sends shivers down your spine, you can now recreate these experiences right in your own home. The KOHLER VibrAcoustic Bath transforms your bath into an in-home concert hall. This new technology encompasses the hearing and feeling sensation of music through the entire body, giving you the same musical experience as felt in a concert hall. With six speakers both above and below the water line, youll love the musical experience while taking a bath. And with its premium sound quality, the bath doubles as an audio source, even if youre not soaking. List Price: Starting at $3,245 For the family: Think giving everyone in your home a custom shower would break the holiday budget? Think again. The KOHLER HydroRail Shower Column instantly transforms a standard shower into an athome spa with the addition of a rainhead and a handshower, allowing each family member to adjust the height of the handshower for a truly customized bathing experience. Now the tallest members of the family wont complain about constantly hitting their arms and heads on the showerhead, and parents can easily bathe small children without having to get wet. List Price:Starting at $380 For the color enthusiast: Splashes of color bring out energy and happy emotions when strategically placed around the house. From throw pillows to a colorful painting in a bedroom, its fun to install a touch of color here and there. KOHLER Colors featuring Jonathan Adler highlights four bold hues on six of Kohlers enameled cast iron sinks that will add a memorable punch of color to the kitchen or bathroom: Greenwich Green is cultured and cultivated, Piccadilly Yellow is exuberant and fun, Palermo Blue is cool and refreshing and Annapolis Navy is the unconditional classic nautical hue. List Price:Starting at $295 For the king (or queen) of the castle: If money is no object and you want to gift something with a serious luxe factor, consider a throne. The Numi toilet from Kohler is the most advanced toilet with bidet functionality, built-in music system, heated seat and foot warmer, dual-flush technology and of course, a sleek, interactive LCD touch-screen interface. This royal flush is worth the splurge. List Price: $6,390 Should Santa sneak one or two of these finds under your tree, dont fret. Your house will certainly thank you.Outside-the-box holiday gifts for inside the home Photo/BrandpointA tasty snack, suggested by Mr. Claus Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats. Mrs. Claus shares tips for fun holiday activitiesPhoto/BrandpointWith its Bluetooth-enabled wireless integrated speaker, the KOHLER Moxie Showerhead is the first of its kind to simultaneously shower the user with water and sound.
Q: I have a full set of Russel Wright dinnerware in the American modern. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and Id like to know a little more about the company. -Susan, Batavia, Ill. A: Russel Wright was one of Americas most creative industrial designers and was instrumental in creating several lines of dinnerware, glassware and aluminum items. All are extremely popular with collectors. The American Modern pattern was manufactured at the Steubenville Pottery Company in 1939 and production continued until about 1959. Pieces of this pattern in White, Bean brown, Cantaloupe and Glacier Blue are especially desirable. Typical prices are mug, $50; coffee pot, $150; refrigerator jar, $160; and 10-inch dinner plate, $10. If any are in the colors mentioned earlier, values would double. If you can track down a copy of The Collectors Encyclopedia of Russel Wright Designs by Ann Kerr, get it, since is one of the better references. *** Q: I have sent you three letters but have not seen my question answered in your column. Why? -Unsigned but postmarked in Leland, Fla. A: I dont answer anonymous letters. If you request my help, you should at least have the courtesy of sharing your name with me. A telephone number also is helpful, so if I have any questions I can contact you. After a question is answered in this column, the original letter is destroyed in my shredder, guaranteeing the writers anonymity. There is no need for such secrecy. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.Information on Russel Wright dinnerware Fixing a broken window paneQ: I was putting away my ladder after hanging up lights when it slipped and fell against the front window. One of the panes cracked all the way up. Its an older window, and I dont think Ill be able to get a repair service in this late in the holiday season. How can I fix it? -A Reader, via email A: Believe it or not, the newer, double-paned windows can take longer to fix than older ones. So, youre in luck. Because you have an older, single-pane window with multiple panes, replacing a single pane can be pretty easy. Heres what youll need for the job: a replacement pane of glass, glaziers points, glazing compound or putty, wood primer, small paintbrush, needle-nose pliers, a screwdriver or chisel, a small putty knife, sturdy work gloves, eye protection, a hammer, masking tape, sandpaper and a tape measure. Measure the size of the windowpane opening before heading to the home improvement or window specialty store. Purchase a replacement pane that is about 1/8 inch smaller than the length and width of the opening. This is a good time to purchase the glaziers points, putty, primer and any tools youll need, too. First, remove the window sash from the frame and lay it down on a towel or old cloth. Keep heat inside the house by closing the storm window or taping a sheet of plastic around the frame. Next, carefully remove the cracked glass. Youll need to break the pane to get it out, so put on gloves and eye protection and put a strip of masking tape on both sides of the cracked glass pane. Carefully tap the cracked pane with a hammer until it breaks. Tap pieces downward onto the protective cloth, then carefully pull shards out of the panel frame, as well as any old glaziers points (discard them). Use a screwdriver or chisel to carefully remove old glazing compound from the frame, then sand the area smooth and clean away debris. To finish prepping the frame, put a coat of wood primer (preferably fast-drying) over the sanded area. This will help the glazing compound last longer. Once the primer is dry, test-fit your replacement glass, then remove. Roll out a very thin rope of glazing compound around the wood frame. (You also could use clear silicone caulk at this point, as its an extra step to ensure a water-resistant seal.) Carefully press the replacement glass into place. Next, put new glaziers points into place. These secure the pane in place firmly. Press the pointed end into the wooden frame about two inches from each corner, then use a screwdriver to press them in firmly. Finish sealing the windowpane by rolling out another rope of glazing compound. Press this into the seam between the windowpane and the wood frame. Use your putty knife to really push it in there, and then smooth down the compound. Clean accidental globs of compound or primer from the glass with mineral spirits or turpentine. You can now put the window sash back into the frame. Let the glazing compound dry for about a week so that it sets well, then paint the wood around the new pane to match the rest of the window. HOME TIP: My new e-book, Best Home Tips, is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up or gift it today. Send your questions or comments 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. Should you pay off a mortgage early?Paying off a mortgage early can be as easy as making an extra principal payment each month. That money goes to the end of the mortgage term, and cancels the interest that would be due then. Making extra payments, especially early in a mortgage, can have stunning results, with years shaved off the length of the mortgage. When it comes to paying off a mortgage early, however, there are those who are strongly on one side of the fence or the other. While some claim its a great idea, others say its not. Here are the arguments on both sides. Dont pay off a mortgage early: --Youll lose the mortgage interest deduction on your taxes. --Youll miss out on the low mortgage rates available now. --You may be hit with pre-payment penalties. (Read the fine print on your loan papers, especially if you have a refinance. Does it say that youll incur a penalty if you pay off early?) --You wont have spare cash for emergencies if you spend it all on extra mortgage payments. Pay off a mortgage early: --The mortgage is typically the largest monthly payment a consumer makes. Once the mortgage is paid off, youll have the room to pursue other financial interests, including putting it all in savings or paying off other debt. --Youll own your home. As long as you keep up with taxes, insurance and repairs, the home is yours. The truth is that your individual situation will indicate whether its good for you to pay off a mortgage. Some thoughts to consider: If you hope to retire at a certain time and know your retirement income will make it hard for you to continue making mortgage payments, it makes sense to pay off the mortgage while your income is still adequate to do so. If you can save for your childrens college, put money into savings and still put extra money on your mortgage, it makes sense to pay early. Go online to mortgage calculators and do a few what if scenarios to see how many years can be shaved off your mortgage with varying e xtra payments. Even an extra $50 will have visible results. 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