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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Peanut Butter Matinee features classic films for the family.... Page B-1Lifestyles Harmonys Bri Kimura going to FIUPage A-9Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS MAY 25, 2013 Board approves using electronic devices at meetingsSchool B oard members will now be able to access their personal computers or other electronic devices during meetings, due to a policy change approved Tuesday. See page A-3 Index SchoolsPa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A8, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C3, L egals Pa ge B6, O bit ua riesDo you think this years Osceola County high school graduates will find life more difficult than their parents did? Yes. No. Im not sure. I have no opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the May 18 Question of the week: What grade would you currently give the Obama administration? A 42.6% F 35.5% B 7.7% C 7.1% D 7.1% Local Memorial Day closingsLocal governments and utilities h ave a message for residents this Monday: Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday, and well see you on Tuesday. See page A-3 For the latest activities, events and classes, see...Page B-4Community By Fallan Patterson For the News-Gazette Missing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux, who hailed from St. Cloud, was declared dead this week by authorities just one year after she went missing, enabling her family to collect her military benefits. Brig. General David K. MacEwen declared the 23-year-old d ead M onday based on the findings and recommendations of the Board of Inquiry, according to Fort Bragg, N.C. officials and published reports. The declaration does not mean Bordeaux is difinitively dead; it just allows military benefits to be transferred to her family, which may include her estranged husband, who was reportedly in Florida visiting relatives when he wife disappeared the early morning of April 14, 2012. The case is still active and her family and friends continue to search for the U.S. Army private first class, who was last seen around 1:20 a.m. at the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C. According to police reports, convicted sex offender Nicholas Holbert told authorities he gave Bordeaux a ride home from the bar and dropped her off in front of her apartment complex the morning she disappeared. Holbert, a former bar hand who is currently in jail on an unrelated charge, is considered a person of interest in the Bordeaux case but has not been charged. Bordeaux was reported missing after she failed to show up for duty at Fort Bragg Army base, where she was assigned to the 601st Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, as a health service specialist. Being a soldier to Kelly isnt something shed jeopardize for anything, Bordeauxs older sister, Olivia Cox, said in a press conference last year. Missing work isnt something thats in character for Kelli. This is an out of character thing to happen to my sister. Bordeauxs family and friends have searched the woods behind the rural bar and other areas of interest near Fayetteville without results. Bordeaux grew up in Osceola County and attended St. Cloud High School where she was a straight-A student, Cox said. She previously worked at a Sonic restaurant in St. Cloud, where the marquee last year read Come home safe Kelli. We miss you. Bordeauxs Facebook Missing soldier from St. Cloud declared dead Dont look downNews-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanWorkers contracted by Osceola County performed repairs and applied fresh paint to the historic Osceola County courthouse this week, work that required the use of a bucket lift to reach the highest point of the buildings cupola. Such height comes with a great view: on the horizon, at left, is the JW Marriott, nearly eight miles away. Bordeaux See Soldier, page A-3 By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County has some effective law enforcement units as proved by the latest statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But, the county also has some vigilant residents willing to take ownership of their communities according to local law enforcement officials. The proof? Its in the numbers. The FDLE released its 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report last week, and locally the news was almost all positive. Locally, 701 fewer crime reports were filed in 2012 (10,588) than in 2011 (11,289) in Osceola County, representing a 6.2 percent overall drop. The Sheriffs Offices cleared 34.2 percent of cases in 2012, higher than the police departments in St. Cloud (30.2) and Kissimmee (26.3) and above the overall county average (31). Total reports by the Osceola County Sheriffs Office were down 7.8 year to year in 2012. Sheriff Bob Hansell attributed that to a welltrained force of deputies and support staff. Proactive, aggressive and intelligence driven law enforcement aid tremendously in reducing and solving crime, he said this week. At the same time, he credited citizens showing their community involvement. Citizens having an active role in their community makes our county a safer place, H ansell said. We will continue to use this report and othe rs to work to stay ahead of the emerging crime trends and for determining allocations of resources. Regarding the Kissimmee Police Department efforts, Chief Lee Massie said, The Kissimmee Police Department has adopted the Intelligence Led Policing philosophy, which encourages the police to work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies, private sector partners and the community in ensuring that we are all working together to proactively prevent and solve crimes when possible. Another component of this philosophy is to know who the habitual offenders are and focus on that element. The biggest decreases countywide were in robbery reports (227 to 209), motor vehicle theft (439 to 367), aggravated assaults (1,290 to 1,166) and larcenies (6,490 to 5,692). Overall, the crime rate per 100,000 residents (3,769.8) represented an 8.5 percent decrease year over year.Residents, proactive force helped reduce crime reports, authorities say Hansell Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.A Kissimmee man was killed early Friday morning after he drove his car off the roadway near The Loop and into a retention pond, where it sunk, authorities said. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the 39-year-old Kissimmee victim, who was not identified at press time Friday morning because next of kin had not been notified, was driving a 1994 Honda Accord north on John Young Highway, approaching Osceola Parkway at about 1:06 a.m. For unknown reasons, as the victim attempted to make a left turn from the highway and onto the parkway, he traveled northwest onto the shoulder of the road and the into the retention pond near The Loop shopping center, patrol reports stated. The car then totally submerged into the pond. The driver was removed from the car by the Kissimmee Fire Department Rescue Dive Team and was pronounced dead at the scene.Arrest of Poinciana man closes burglary casesWith one arrest Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriffs detectives cleared four burglary cases of Target stores. Angel Diaz, 29, 1002 Morvan Lane of Poinciana, a registered felon, Kissimmee man dies after driving into retention pond Police news See Police, page A-7 County By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County staff will spend the next three months working with a consultant to determine if privatizing Experience Kissimmee, the countys department of tourism development, is the most financially and strategically sound way to go. In response to a request to study the issue he received from Board of County Commissioners, Vice Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr. and County Manager Don Fisher laid out during Mondays meeting how staff will study the matter, including how to choose the consulting firm and some other initiatives that can be implemented before the study comes in. Fisher said the threemonth study was necessary because of the wide amount of opinions and input he received on what Osceola County, as a tourist destination should be about when he studied the matter. I dont have the experience in tourism to make an educated analysis, he said. We have a strategic plan. We can do more than Commission to decide on privatizing tourism department See County, page A-7
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Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Osceola County School Board members will now be able to access their personal computers or other electronic devices during meetings, due to a policy change approved Tuesday. That change to policy 2.22, which was pulled out separate from a handful of other policy changes, passed with a 4-1 vote, with Tom Long dissenting. The r est of t he policy changes passed unanimously in a separate vote with little fanfare. In his opposition to the change regarding electronic devices that paralleled his objection raised during a first hearing on the subject at the May 7 School Board meeting, Long said t hat allowing such use would expose the School Board, or any other government board, to public records requests and lawsuits to obtain anything not readily made available. There has be litigation directed at individuals and boards regarding this, he said. Allowing this opens the door to that happening to us. Our attorneys have said that the best practice is not to use devices during the meetings. At some point, something bad will happen. As public servants, we have to serve the public, not ourselves. Orange County commissioners received scrutiny earlier this spring when they deleted texts they received on their cell phones during a vote on an issue, Public requests for those texts were delayed as the commissioners and staff tried to retrieve them. Long stated that he would be quite open to the districts technology staff working to put board members calendars on the computer system they use during meetings. The rest of the board supported the change, with the general consensus being the need for reach for all critical information on issues and schedules at the times its needed. Right now we cant look at anything but a PDF file, Board Member Kelvin Soto said. I have a lot of devices that keep documents. Soto noted that devices that accept communication like phones and tablets could be put on airplane mode that would disable their communication capabilities. Board Chairman Jay Wheeler said that with the district setting up infrastructure to allow students to bring and use their own devices on school grounds, it makes sense to hold board members to the same set of rules during meetings. Were trusting them to use their devices on campus, so I think we can trust ourselves, he said. The board Tuesday also ratified changes to four other policies: Policy 5.20 put in place senior privilege, allowing students who have completed three or more years at a school the opportunity to remain at that school if they move out of zone. Policies 6.21 and 6.211 now allow substitute certificates to be valid or five school years, and for the addition of criteria for renewing adjunct educators and their certificates. Policy 6.912 added language that requires employees entering Deferred Retirement Option Plan ( DROP) must maintain a minimum reserve of sick days. The Code of Student Conduct also was revised to incorporate changes made in state law and Department of Education regulations. One proposed policy change not voted on Tuesday was a provision to policy 2.42 that would permit reimbursement of legal fees by the district to any employee under investigation by any outside authority other than the School District or Department of Education. Wheeler had proposed the language, and even said at the May 7 meeting that he would seek reimbursement of some $15,000 in fees incurred during an ethics complaint from 2010, that he was later cleared of, through the rule change. Days after that meeting, in which board members gave reasons why they couldnt support it, Wheeler dropped the request. He said following Tuesdays meeting that he did so to eliminate the distraction he perceived it was causing. We have important work to do, he said. I didnt want this distraction to get in the way of that.School Board approves using electronic devices at meetings Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com.page states she studied at Valencia College as a dental hygienist before joining the Army in April 2011. She had been married for two years to Mike Bordeaux, a civilian, who reportedly was in Florida visiting family when his wife went missing. While they do not have children, Cox called Bordeaux the most awesomest aunt to Coxs 3-year-old son. Her mother, Johnna Henson, who lives on Louisiana Avenue in St. Cloud, travelled to Fayetteville to help search for her daughter. She is the most amazing person I know. She joined the military to make her family proud, Cox has said. She needs to be found safe, sound and immediately. Anyone who may have seen her or knows anything about her whereabouts should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-87-3254, CrimeStoppers in North Carolina at 910-0483-TIPS (8477) or Fort Bragg investigators at 910-396-8777.SoldierContinued from Page A-1 Local governments and utilities have a message for residents this Monday: Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday, and well see you on Tuesday. Nearly all official departments will be close on Monday, including the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, the Osceola County Courthouse and Osceola County Administration offices, libraries and the Bass Road Resource Recovery Site. All will open for normal business on Tuesday. For residents of unincorporated Osceola County, Monday curbside trash collection will happen as scheduled. Trash pick-up in Kissimmee and solid waste service in St. Cloud will also maintain its regular schedule. 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Page A4, Chairman missed key pointsTo the Editor: As a taxpayer and senior citizen, Im concerned about the future of our schools, our well-being and our children. The (School Board) chairman should not make comments or promises he cannot keep. They do come back and bite. The chairman said if he didnt act in good faith as chairman, he would step down. The blatant disregard for that promise was apparent with his on-air comments regarding the Department of Education. Those words, coupled with other indiscretions, is what brought about two board members asking for him to step down. The chairman should stop patting himself on the back and taking credit for everything. The superintendent, teachers and employees do their jobs and have accomplished every state mandate in spite of his micromanaging. The School Boards duty is to give direction and set policy. Members should not be divisive or disrespectful to other board members, state agencies or the media. The chairmans lengthy letter, bringing up the past, does nothing to help educate our children, but alienates the other board members. Get over it and move on. Osceola citizens and school children read the Board members letters and are not happy with the tone or content. Board members, please think before you speak or write. They see and hear all of your comments. Strive to be role models for them. Jerry Gemskie Kissimmee97 percent of scientists agree about climate changeTo the Editor: A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15th issue of Environmental Research Letters, found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although were unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use, and meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the r espected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is generated by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively. Each of us has the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunchmeats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and soy and nutbased dairy products, as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes, and transition tips are at www.livevegan.org. Earl Prak e KissimmeeThe Head Start program To the Editor: Head Start is a federally-funded program providing services to low-income children and their families. Run by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, its mantra is to aid families in managing their childrens educational, health, and nutritional needs. It was launched in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson administration by its founder, Jule Sugarman. In 1968 it began funding Sesame Street on PBS television; then in 1981, Congress enacted the Head Start Act. Children enrolled in the Head Start program are provided a learning environment which includes the five domains detrimental to early education: language and literacy, cognition and general development, physical development, social and emotional development, and approaches to learning. It also emphasizes the need for parental involvement. Families need to be included as advocates and educators for the child. To qualify for Head Start your family must meet certain income requirements. Services are available to pregnant women and children birth to 5. The curriculum for Head Start is dependent on the age of the child. For children under three a teacher must have a good understanding of child development, a good relationship with child and parent, and respect for the familys cultural practices. P atience and understanding are paramount attributes for any early childhood educator. Head Start aims to give children a leg up in preparation for their school life. It focuses on language, early reading, and math skills, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects needed for a childs healthy growth. It strives to individualize instruction when needed, be culturally aware, and have learning activities that motivate the childs learning. Also included is the regular assessment of the child over periods of time. All children are ready to learn from the moment of birth. All children should be afforded the opportunity to nutrition and health care. These things are essential for the child to be able to learn. Children learn best when their physical needs are met. They also need to feel safe and secure. Fostering self-esteem is of vital importance. Recognizing that each child is an individual with a personality of his/her own is equally important. The education of our children cannot be overemphasized. From the cradle to the grave, learning experiences abound. Its up to us as parents, teachers, and as a country to make it available to every child. Beth Mines Director of St. Cloud Childrens Academy The Kissimmee Fire Department and other agencies around the state said a final goodbye to Lt. William Manning during funeral services on Tuesday. M anning, w ho served t he Kissimmee F ire Department for more than a decade, left behind a wife and children after he was hit and killed on his motorcycle by a St. Cloud woman in an SUV, who according to witnesses, was driving recklessly. Sadly, it was a preventable tragedy. What if there would have been a red light running camera at that intersection? Would it have spared Lt. Mannings life? Maybe. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Manning, who was off duty, stopped his motorcycle at a traffic light on an exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 and was waiting to continue onto Osceola Parkway. Meanwhile, the driver, a St. Cloud resident, was driving a Chrysler SUV westbound on the parkway in the right lane. According to several witnesses, the driver failed to stop for the traffic light that was turning red at the intersection. Manning entered the intersection and was hit by the SUV. He was ejected off the motorcycle and later transported to Celebration Health, where he was pronounced dead. Its no secret that red light running has been a problem locally and statewide. How many times have you been at a Kissimmee intersection and watched three or four cars pass through after the traffic light turned red? According to the state red light camera law, the fine of failing to stop for the traffic device is $158. Thats not a cheap penalty. If indeed the witnesses were correct, would that have motivated the driver who killed Manning to stop? Possibly. Red light cameras have been criticized because some think its an intrusion in their personal lives. But its impossible to put an officer at every intersection 24 hours a day. Until somebody comes up with a better idea, we think red light cameras are the best deterrent. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy to send such a message. Submit 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 news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters should be no more than 500 words and should include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to the editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. They also may be published in other Florida Sun Publications, including on the News-Gazette website. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our view Sometimes it takes a tragedy to send a messageMark Carson was shot in the face because hes gay. His alleged killer, 33-year-old Elliot Morales, is said to have confronted Carson, 32, and a companion, in New Yorks Greenwich Village last Friday night, yelling antigay slurs. When Carson walked away, Morales reportedly followed and shot him. Morales was arrested by police after a foot chase. In pondering this tragedy, it is worthwhile to consider a couple things: where it happened, and when. The where is just a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar where a 1969 police raid (act of ongoing police harassment, would probably be the more accurate description) led to a violent uprising. It is regarded as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. The when is now, in the postJason Collins era. He is, you will recall, the 34-yearold NBA journeyman who made history a few weeks ago when he became the first active player in one of the big four professional sports to come out as gay. While most of us were applauding, a few of us affected to treat the event with a collective shrug, sought to minimize it by pretending it was unimportant. Who cares? wrote c onservative blogger Crystal Wright. It means less than nothing to me, said Mike Francesca, a New York radio host. I do not care about Mr. Collins sexuality, wrote columnist Armstrong Williams. Methinks they doth protest too much. Why does this matter? Yours truly attempted to answer that question in this space when Collins came out. Sadly, Mark Carson provides a more viscerally convincing answer in the fact and manner of his dying. Heres the thing: as gay rights have become more approved and inevitable, it becomes less socially acceptable to oppose them as loudly and brazenly as some of us once did. As recently as 2001, for example, Williams was arguing that gay couples were unfit to adopt. Such arguments largely lost, he and others like him turn now to this new pose of ostentatious indifference that says in effect, Fine. Be gay if you must, but why do you feel you have to announce your sexuality to the world? It is an argument with the unfortunate advantage of seeming to make sense, even as it paints gay people as overly provocative and needlessly demonstrative. Dont put your sexual orientation in my face, it says, and I wont put mine in yours. Keep your sex life private. Dont ask, dont tell. But the flaw in the argument is obvious: straight people announce their sexuality all day every day. It happens when they canoodle in the park, walk hand in hand through the mall, place loved ones pictures on the desk. These are small joys and we dont think of them as announcements of sexuality, but they are. If you are gay, you dont do such things. Or, you do them strategically, thoughtfully, picking and choosing where and when it is safe to canoodle, hold hands, set out the pictures ... be. Because you realize the reaction may not just be derision, but violence. Even death. So the decision to seize these small joys demands courage. This is what is provided when a Jason Collins announces himself. Or when an Ellen DeGeneres, a Zachary Quinto, a Neil Patrick Harris, a Jenna Wolfe, an Anderson Cooper, a Ricky Martin or a Wanda Sykes does the same. Sometimes, when you step out on the ice, it helps to know someone else has already tested it. If you are going to demand the right to be, if you are going to accept the risk that doing so entails, its good to know that at least youre not alone. Why does this matter, they ask? Well, in 2013, in Americas biggest city, within steps of a gay rights landmark, it seems you can still be shot in the face for no other reason than that you are gay. Thats why. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at l pitts@ miamiherald.com. Their view OSCEOLA NEWS-GAZETTE(USPS Number 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida, a division of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc. All rights reserved. Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster: Send address changes to: News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Call 407-846-7600. Fax 407-846-8516. Email at email@example.com. 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Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 whats laid out in that plan, it needs to have a higher vision to keep in line with what the county expects out of all departments. In February 2012, Experience Kissimmee (then called the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau) came up with its Destination Osceola 2022 strategic plan, a 10-year vision for using Tourist Development Taxes in order to enhance its standing as a powerful tourist destination. The plan took advantage of room tax collections t hat exceeded expectations in the 201213 fiscal year and have increased further in the early part of 2013-14. The plan included creating the U.S. 192 Community Redevelopment Association, increasing funding to promote Osceolas tourism industry in international markets like South America, Canada and the United Kingdom and scheduling more recurring, annual events. Fisher laid out three observations he and his staff thought should be implemented in the short term: re-organizing Experience Kissimmees organizational chart to move functions not related to sales and marketing to another department; change its pay structure for all sales-based employees to an incentive-based program; a nd streamline procurement procedures to allow managers autonomy to sign off on certain purchases subject to quarterly audits through the County Auditors office. This w ay, Experienc e Kissimmee can focus on its sole purpose, Fisher said. The success of the department is important to the entire county, so it needs a good, successful form of governance. County Auditor Horace Nwachukwu supported the reorganization, mentioning that Parks and Facilities is part of the Experience Kissimmee organization. Thats unique, nobody else out there does that, he said. But theres no industry consensus that weve found as to what type of governance fits this organization. Commissioners support of the privatization plan seemed lukewarm. John Quiones said hes not interesting in privatization based on what hes read in preliminary reports. I support this only in a limited context. I dont want a long, drawn-out process of dissecting the strategic plan, I would like this to be concise, he said. We have capable people in (Experience Kissimmee) and on t he Tourism Development Council board that could participate in this process. Commissioner Mike Harford, who sits on the TDC board as a Commission representative, said he would support a study to find improvements in the current structure rather than overhauling it. Im not in favor of (privatizing), and I dont know if Ill ever get there, he said, noting that hed like to see Parks & Facilities remain funded by tourism dollars. Commissioner Brandon Arrington reserved judgments on privatization until the three-month study was complete, but said he liked the direction staff is moving in. Im eager to see the recommendations made today happen. What is the model for us? is a fair question. Even if were on track for our best year ever, we can always do better. Commission Chairman Frank Attkisson said tha t since the use of public tax dollars is in the conversation, hed like collaboration from as many people who deal with them as possible, so he asked if the chairs of the TDC and West 192 Redevelopment Authority could be included in the selection process of the consultant. We have to be good stewards of TDC dollars, we must have oversight, he said.CountyContinued from Page A-1 was served a felony warrant Wednesday while in the O sceola County Jail on the burglary charges for possession of a weapon/ ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. On May 12, Diaz fled the Target Store at 4795 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee, after undercover detectives watched him commit a burglary at the store. He was caught in Orange County and charged with unoccupied burglary, criminal mischief, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest without violence, fleeing and eluding and reckless driving. After police obtained a search warrant for his residence in Reef Club Apartments, it was determined he was involved with burglaries at other Target stores in Lake, Orange and Osceola counties. Additional charges for the other burglaries are pending.Victims named in fatal Poinciana crashFlorida Highway Patrol has identified the two victims of a fiery single-car crash at Cypress Parkway and Doverplum Avenue near Poinciana on Sunday. Ramon Martinez, 67, of Kissimmee, was driving a 2010 Ford SUV eastbound on Cypress when, according to the FHP report, the vehicle veered off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it struck a tree. The vehicle then became engulfed in flames and the driver and passenger Awilda Martinez, 65, of Kissimmee, were both trapped in the SUV. 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Page A8, Spring football Follow us on Twitte r Eagles run past BulldogsSt. Cloud running back Andre Carrasquillo (9) stiff arms a South Lake defender during the spring game Thursday at Gannarelli Field. Blocking is Jacob Robbins (78). Quarterback Ian Rinehart (11) trails the play. By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette In the end, it was way too many big plays. In fact, South Lake ripped off 17 plays of 12 yards or more in defeating the St. Cloud Bulldogs, 35-14, in the annual spring football game Thursday at Gannarelli Field. The news w as not good for two other Osceola County football teams Thursday. Liberty lost to Davenport Ridge Community, 38-7, at Chargers Field, and Celebration lost at Haines City, 38-6. Overall, I thought our players did well this spring, St. Cloud Coach Bryan Smart said. We had a lot of good things happen this spring and some not so good things. But the main thing I am coming away from is that we have a group of great kids who played hard all spring. Its something I know we can build on. By agreement, the game f eatured no live special teams play. The junior varsities played the first quarter. On St. Clouds second p ossession, t he B ulldogs took a 7-0 lead when rising sophomore Hunter Weismore connected on a 66-yard touchdown pass to another sophomore, Reece Austin. St. Clouds other score came in the second quarter when upcoming senior Brian Steinmetz directed an eight-play, 70-yard touchdown march that ended in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Andre Carrasquillo. During the scoring drive, Steinmetz completed both of his pass attempts for 18 yards and ran for seven yards. The Bulldogs took advantage of four penalties for 30 yards against the Eagles. For the game, Steinmetz rushed for 23 yards. In addition to Steinmetz and Weismore, Ian Rinehart saw significant action at quarterback. Rinehart, a senior next season, completed 2 of 11 for 16 yards. The Bulldog depth chart at quarterback could become crowded as Matt Chavel, the starter at the beginning of last season before tearing an ACL, is also expected back. Its going to be a competitive fall camp at quarterback, Smart said. Ian got a lot of experience last year when Matt went down. Brian Steinmetz had a really good spring and Hunter Weismore did some good things as a youngster. With Matt hopefully coming back, were going to have a competitive pre-season and the best player is going to start. But I can also say that about every position on the team. One question for St. Cloud is who will replace graduated senior Eric Pfeifer, one of the top running backs in the county last year. Carrasquillo looke d like the candidate to fill that role Thursday. He rushed for 30 yards and had two catches for 18 yards and a score. He also showed tenacity on a fourth-and-2 when he was hit 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage by several tacklers but managed to carry the pile forward for a 3-yard gain and a first down. St. Cloud has some work to do defensively. The inexperienced Bulldogs allowed touchdown plays of 66, 62, 21 and 26 yards. In addition to the long scoring plays, the team allowed additional pass plays of 21, 29, 33, and 35 yards during the game plus runs of 30 and 18 yards. The big plays were certainly a concern of ours tonight, Smart added. In reality, it was a huge problem last season, too. We would play stout for first and second down and then allow a big play on third. In fairness to our kids, we didnt get to spend a lot of time on situational defenses this spring and didnt put them in position to make plays. A lot of things that happened tonight are correctable mistakes. St. Cloud was also played without seven starters who missed the game with various injuries. We will never use that as an excuse, Smart said. And thats one of the most encouraging things about this group. They are not happy about this outcome but arent making excuses either. Smart added he was pleased with the turnout this spring. We had a lot more players come out for football this spring than we had last fall. Theres a lot of enthusiasm for the program and thats a good sign as we try to build a program. Libertys Chantoni Grant scored the Chargers touchdown against Ridge Community, which led 24-0 at the half. The Chargers played without recently-appointed head coach Danny Adams, who left the campus last week.St. Clouds Brian Steinmetz(5) closes in to take down a South Lake runner during Thursdays spring classic at St. Cloud High. Steinmetz also threw 9-yard touchdown pass while playing quarterback, but the Dogs lost, 35-14.News-Gazette Photos/Mary McIntee Hows this for impressive? Six individual athletes representing Osceola County high schools won state championships and several teams came tantalizingly close to winning state titles this school year. Not bad, huh? But, perhaps more compelling are these numbers: Five of the seven Orange Belt Conference high schools had cumulative athletic team grade point averages exceeding 3.0. The two that didnt meet that standard came close, with GPAs of 2.9 and 2.8. That means t hat most student-athletes from Osceola County had B averages, and many did much better. Harmony, which claimed the conferences All-Academics Team trophy with a cumulative GPA of 3.342, placed fourth overall among all of the Florida High School Athletics Associations Class 7A members. Harmonys points total of 70 trailed 7A champion Ocala Forest (94), and St. Thomas Aquinas and Melbourne Viera, tied at 78. Osceola High (34) was eighth in Class 7A with a GPA of 3.154. Osceola Countys success this year continues a trend that has grown more impressive over the past five years. Is it coincidental that the high schools in Osceola County are enjoying greater success in athletics when their athletes are excelling in the classroom? This has been a remarkable year for county teams. Osceola Highs football and wrestling teams were regional champs and and the OHS baseball and softball teams easily could have made their state tournaments. Harmonys softball team reached the 7A state tournament and its flag football, girls basketball and baseball teams were one win away. I can tell you what is NOT a coincidence: that dozens of these athleticallygifted and intelligent young men and women are landing athletic scholarships at an amazing pace. During the early (November), winter (February) and spring (April) signing periods, dozens of local athletes representing every high school in the county are collecting scholarships. Congratulations to them all, to their parents and guardians, their coaches, their high school administrators and to the School District hierarchy for putting in place a very successful athletic/ academic foundation that enabled these students to excel. On a personal note, on behalf of my family, I want to express my thanks to all of the terrific teachers, assistants, administrators and professional staff at the elementary, middle school and high school levels who educated my children for 16 years here in Osceola County. Our youngest graduates today and we are confident that she, like her brother, is prepared for whatever educational challenges are ahead. During those 16 years there sometimes was too much controversy emanating from the School District of Osceola County office, or from the School Board. There probably were many days when teachers and administrators were confused, angered and worried about what was happening on Bill Beck Boulevard. Or, in Tallahassee. But, few of those concerns seemed to penetrate the classrooms, where my kids were taught by individuals best described as just plain good people. Rarely did we experience problems and on those rare occasions when we did, 99 percent of the time those issues were resolved quickly. Even the few problems that festered were learning experiences. Things dont always work out your way, either inside the classroom or outside of it. You cant learn that lesson soon enough. I dont miss the late-afternoon school pickup traffic lines, the evening dashes to the store to get the missing piece for the homework project or the panicked, frantic scramble to find that darned form as the bus comes rolling toward the stop. Or, maybe I do. Congratulations to all of Osceola Countys high school graduates (and, to their parents), and best wishes for your future! Athletes GPAs are at the top Rick PedoneSports Editor St. Cloud defense gives up big plays
Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 A-9 This past week I received a letter of concern from a St. Cloud resident. His concern was the low water levels of the Kissimmee Chain, especially of East Lake Toho. He stated that water levels are so low that many boaters who have larger boats or sail boats are unable to launch. Ive heard that lowering the water is done this time of year because of the upcoming hurricane season. I believe that lowering the lake is necessary, but Im not convinced that it needs to be as low as it is now. In most instances, we know many days in advance when a hurricane is coming. It seems to me that we could leave the water a little higher and then let water go if a hurricane is in the forecast. Most boaters will tell you that most of the problems they have with their motors happen when water levels are low. Specs, bluegills shel l crackers and bass are all hitting. Specs are hitting jigs tipped with minnows, trolling in open water. Most are being caught pretty close to the bottom. Bluegills and shell crackers are spawning and can be caught in fairly s hallow water on shell beds and on grass edges. Ive heard from several fishermen that they are seeing a lot of schooling bass all over the lake. I went out on Wednesday and put 43 bass in the boat. They were schooling out in open water and I caught them on a lipless crank bait and on top water lures. Most of them were on the small side, but they were still fun to catch. Fish are biting; its time to get out on the lake and catch some of them. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Low water problem on East Lake Toho Jacque MitchellFishin Fun Sports briefs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Brianne Kimura has played just about every position during her softball career at Harmony High, and that versatility paid dividends when she accepted a scholarship offer from Florida International University recently. Kimura, the teams shortstop this season when it reached the state tournament for the second time in three years, celebrated with a signing ceremony at t he high school. I had narrowed my choices to FIU and Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. I visited both campuses, and they were both beautiful, and they both offered the course options I needed for my major, she said. I decided on FIU because I had been working for that all summer and I thought that was the best place for me to go. Panthers Coach Jake Schumann said that Kimura has an opportunity to quickly impact the FIU team. Bri Kimura is one of those smart, all-you-can-do players, he said. She is a true utility player. She can catch, play the infield and play the outfield. Shes coming here with high academic standards and is someone that will come in here and push some people for jobs at multiple positions. She said she is willing to play anywhere in order to get in the lineup. Ive played every position, she said. It really doesnt matter to me. She was Harmonys first baseman two years ago when the team went to the Class 4A state tournament. She started a triple play in a 2011 regional final at Dade City-Pasco that turned the game around. Harmony eventually won, 4-3, in extra innings. Kimura joins five other Panthers signees for the 2013 recruiting class. FIU will leave the Sun Belt Conference in July to join Conference USA. Kimura, who will be a premed student, said the universitys rigorous academic standards will be of benefit to her. The coach demands six hours of study hall each week, she said. And since Im on an athletic scholarship, Ill have a tutor. But, after easily handling six college-level classes at Harmony this year, it is unlikely that Kimura will need a lot of help with her studies. Im pretty sure Ill be able to handle it, she said. With a .500-plus batting average and 32 RBIs, including a two-run homer in the 3-1 regional semifinal victory against Osceola, she should be prepared for what happens on the field at FIU. Im really looking forward to it, she said. Harmony softball standout Bri Kimura recently signed a softball grant to Florida International University at the high school. She is seated between her parents, Cal and Cathy Kimura. Her brother, Parker, is seated right.Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Horns Kimura will play for FIUTop Gun campThe Top Gun Basketball Shooting Camp for children in grades 4-12 is at the St. Cloud High gym June 10-14 from 8 a.m. to noon. The $75 fee includes a T-shirt. Campers are grouped by grade and gender. The Top Gun Camp, instructed by St. Cloud coaches Tim McMullen and Chad Ansbaugh, is the longest-running (29 years) youth basketball camp in Osceola County. Most of the countys all-time leading scorers have participated at the camp. Call McMullen or Ansbaugh at 407-891-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. fl.us or mcmullet@osceola. k12.fl.us to register. Registration also is available at the door.FCC soccer campFlorida Christian College is holding a soccer camp June 10-12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 6-12. The fee is $50, including a T-shirt. The camp stresses technical skills in a fun enviornment. The college is located at 1011 Bill Beck Boulevard in Kissimmee. Register at www. fcc.edu. Call Coach Doug Johnson at 407-569-1346 for more information.OHS volleyball campCoach Carrie Palmi is running her annual volleyball summer camp at Osceola High School June 24-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each camper receives a camp T-shirt. Register June 7 for $80; $90 after. E-mail Osceolavolleyball@aol.com to receive a camp flyer and registration form or call Coach Palmi at 321-663-3645 with any questions. Emphasis will be on fundamentals of the game (hitting, defense, blocking, serving, setting, passing, g ame situations, and t eam play). The camp will conclude with a competitive tournament. Kiss.volleyball campThe Kissimmee recreation department is offering a summer volleyball camp for girls ages 6-16 at Denn John Middle School June 10-13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The fee is $60. Each camper receives a T-shirt. St. Cloud High Coach Ettie Singleton is the instructor. To register, visit www.kissimmee.org.Kiss. baseball campThe Kissimmee recreation department is offering a summer baseball camp for boys ages 8-12 from June 10-14 at the Oak Street Little League complex in Kissimmee. The fee is $55. Osceola High Coach Scott Birchler is the instructor. Fundamental skills will be stressed. To register, visit www.kissimmee.org. 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Whats better than a family outing to the movies, especially when a family of four can see a film for just $20? No, you are not going Back to the Future, but the family can see E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial tomorrow at the Enzian for just $20 as part of the new Peanut Butter Family matinee at the Maitland theater. Films are scheduled for the fourth Sunday of each month at noon, which means you can see E.T. at noon tomorrow. If you somehow missed E.T., which is acceptable if you are under 8 or so, since it came out way before you were born, the story is: Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And hes right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isnt sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the little squishy guy, perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. You can even arrive hun. 50 CENTS Peanut Butter Matinee features classic films for the family Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com May 25, 2013 Peanut Butter Jelly T ime SCI-FI FOURTHCELEBRATIONIt will be an out of this world event July 4 when Celebration Town Center joins forces with MegaCon to bring the first ever A SciFi 4th of July to Central Florida. Celebration Town Centers A Sci-Fi 4th of July will feature a movie themed costume contest at 7:30 PM, so come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win big prizes. It will also feature a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, bounce houses for kids, live music by Olivers Queen, Jordyn Kane, DJ Tami, Gina Marie Incandela and an unforgettable tribute veterans. There will be something for people of all ages as Town Centers KidZone will feature an assortment of inflatable games for kids and teens that will include a jousting area, bounce houses, face painting and more.OSCEOL A HE RITAG E PARK EVENTSKISSIMMEE The upcoming schedule at OHP includes: The Silver Spurs Rodeo, May 31-June 1. The rodeo, held at the indoor Silver Spurs Arena, is the largest sanctioned rodeo east of the Mississippi and has been a Kissimmee favorite since the 1940s. Rodeo events will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at OHP. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at silverspursrodeo.com. For more information on all OHP events go to www.ohpark.com.EXPERIENCE KISSIMMEE GRANTSKISSIMMEE Experience Kissimmee, Osceola Countys tourism promotional department, is now accepting applications for funding assistance to promote special events that appeal to tourists during the year beginning October 1, 2013. Government and non-profit organizations based in Osceola County for at least two years are eligible to apply for the funds. Now through June 14, requests for funding are available at http://www. experiencekissimmee.com/partners/grants/. During this fiscal year, events such as Kissimmees Kowtown Festival, St. Clouds Fall Frenzy, the Osceola Arts Festival, Viva Osceola, the Puerto Rican Festival & Parade, the Ranch Rodeo, Caribbean Fusion, and the Posh Pooch Festival received marketing funding assistance. Deadline for application submissions is 5 p.m., Friday, June 14. For more information, contact Vianed Aldebol, Coordinator, at 407-742-8211 or email@example.com. See Movie, page B-2 Universal Kissimmee Blue Skies FestivalYou c an catch E .T. The Extra-Terrestrial on th e big screen as part of the Peanut Butter Family Matinee at t he Enzian T heatre. T he $5 matinee is held the fourth Sunday of every month. Look up, Osceola County. Its almost time for the Kissimmee Blue Skies & Silver Spurs Festival. The big festival, actually four festivals rolled into one, comes to Osceola County May 31-June 2. The Blue Skies Balloon Festival features dozens of hot air balloons, while the traditional favorite Silver Spurs Rodeo returns to Osceola Heritage Park. The days of festivals also incudes the 3.5 mile Blue Skies Adventure Race and the Endless Summer Songwriters Series at Osceola Heritage Park featuring country artists singing their own songs. The stellar sky event is the Blue Skies Balloon Festival. Launches will take place Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at 7 a.m. in the Formosa Gardens Area off West US Highway 192. Tickets to ride are available for $185 at kissimmeeblueskiesfestival.com. Even if you dont take a ride, you can still take in the spectacle of dozens of balloons of all shapes and sizes taking flight. Down below, taking place at Balloon festival finally arrives next weekend, with balloons, rodeo, songfest and a 5K Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Its Kiddi e Matine e time Orlando Fringe Fest final weekend See Festival, page B-2Its the final weekend for the Fringe Festival. The Orlando International Fringe Festival kicked off May 15 with hundreds of shows, the Kid Fringe just for kids and much more. But it all comes to a close today and Sunday at Loch Haven Park. There is still lots to do this weekend including many free events on the lawn starting at 4 p.m. both days. It ends with the closing night party tomorrow at 10 p.m. Fringe Festival shows are held at the various venues at Loch Haven Park. A Fringe button is required ($9) which goes to the cost of putting on the annual festival. All of the money from tickets for the shows goes to the individual performers. In addition to the ticketed show, this weekends events include the free Kids Fringe. Held in the sculpture gardens of the Menello Museum of American Art, Kids Fringe offers performances by Fringe artists, classes, art activities and more. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. Kids Fringe continues to grow each year, more performers, more arts activities and almost 10,000 visitors. For 2013, Kids Fringe programming includes the Cardboard Art Festival Matinee, City of Winter Park Earth Day, and Kids Fringe on Tourspecial days that Fringe performers visit local elementary schools. Also, you can pick up a free Kids Fringe Activity Book and look for a magical transformation of the Mayor Tree. Kids and families can watch theatrical and musical performances under the big tent, take dance and drum classes under the Mayor Tree, meet robots and storybook friends at the character meet-and-greet, bounce around in the bounce house and more. Also returing is the Visual Fringe. Like the theater portion of the festival, Visual Fringe is not only uncensored and unjuried, but also returns 100 percent of the money made in art sales back to the artists. Anything you see hanging on the gallery walls or placed in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, is part of Visual Fringe and you can purchase it and take it home with you at the end of the Festival. But this years Visual Fringe will be more than just art hanging on the walls. This years Visual Fringe will have its home in a 13,000 square foot Gallery and warehouse at 1427-A Alden Road just a block from the new Black Venue. The Visual Fringe is also hosting a weekend Art Bazaar featuring local Artisans and Art Vendors, instillation art, and the Food Truck Bazaar. Visual Fringe will also showcase student art from local schools. For a list of all Fringe shows, tickets and more information on this years festival go to Orlandofringe.org.The annual show closes out another year at Loch Haven Park Kissimmee is full of hot airThe Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour will be celebrating 10 years on the road with a stop in Kissimmee in June. The national tour brings first grader Junie B. Jones to life through a live, theatrical performance that includes a show and tell of some of Junie B.s favorite things from home. With an original script written by award-winning author Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones and her bus driver, Mr. Woo will be entertaining new readers and established fans alike. The Junie B. Jones series is one of the most popular among kids, and has sold over 55 million print, audio books, and eBooks to date. Launched in the summer of 2004, Junie B. Jones and Mr. Woo have spent almost every summer traveling the country in their hot pink bus. The events conclude with fun, Junie B.-themed giveaways for kids to take home as a keepsake of their meeting with Junie B.The events are open to the public, and are recommended for children ages 5 and up. This year, the tour will be headed to Kissimmee on June 8th, appearing at Books-A-Million, June 8th, 2 p.m. Submitted photoBalloons will dot the skies above Osceola County May 31-June 2. You can also get an up close look at the hot air balloons at Osceola Heritage Park during a special glow event.
Page B2, gry at the Enzian since there is a nice menu, and for the Peanut Butter show, there is even a special kids menu. If you go, you might want to sign up your junior Spielberg to the Kidfest Young Filmmakers Summer Camp, which will be held July 22Aug. 4. Kids can create their own movie at the camp and experience the art of filmmaking as they study cinematic techniques, learn about the exciting history of filmmaking, and dive into the production of an independent film. After wrapping the shoot, see the student works projected on the big screen with fellow filmmakers, family, and friends. In addition to learning aspects of making a film (script writing, character development, shooting, editing, and more), students will learn a brief summary of film history and why film is still an important form of expression today. Following the camp, a graduation ceremony will be August 4, at the theater. The camp is open to children entering grades 5-8. No previous experience with filmmaking or equipment is required. Tuition is $500. Tuition includes all instruction and supplies; catered lunches and snacks each day of camp; special red-carpet event for family and friends to see the final projects premiere on the big Enzian screen. There is a discount for Enzian Film Society members. Go to www.enzian.org to register. KidsFest is also coming to the Enzian this summer with free films for everyone and $5 tickets on the weekend. The slate of films includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Born Free, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the silent comedy classic, Harold Lloyd in Safety First. Check at Enzian.org for showtimes and additional film information. Of course, the Enzian is not just kid stuff. Be sure to check out their cult classic series Cult Classics are offered twice per month, usually on the second and last Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and general admission is only $5. The next Cult Classic is Pretty Woman with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, May 28. MovieContinued from page B-1 the same time, is the Blue Skies Adventure Race. The 5 kilometer race, complete with eight grueling rodeo-themed obstacles will test the level of adventure of those competing. A fully sanctioned and professionally timed race will take place Saturday, June 1 at 7 a.m. at the Formosa Gardens Area. Registration for the race is $50 per runner and available at epicsportsmarketing.com. In addition to enjoying the sights of hot air balloons above, spectators will be able to enjoy food and ziplining. Race activities also will be available for children. The fun continues indoors Friday, May 31 as professional rodeo cowboys fight to stay on an angry bulls and cowgirls run barrels astride their horses during the Silver Spurs Rodeo. The rodeo, held at the indoor Silver Spurs Arena, is the largest sanctioned rode o east of the Mississippi and has been a Kissimmee favorite since the 1940s. Rodeo events will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at silverspursrodeo.com. You can have a lazy afteroon under the sun Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 on the OHP grounds for the Summer Songwriters Festival. At the Endless Summer Songwriters Festival brought to you by Share a Little Sunshine, songwriters and their bands will perform top country songs. on the open stage under the blue sky at OHP. Six bands from Nashville will be at the Kissimmee Blue Skies and Silver Spurs Festival to perform the songs they wrote for country musics stars such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town. Performing bands include the Tyler Reeve Band, the Brent Cobb Band, and the Adam Craig Band as they break from touring with top musicians such as Lee Brice and Josh Turner. The festivl kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. Food will be available for purchase at the festival. As the sun sets on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2, the balloons participating in the Blue Skies Balloon festival will take rest on the lawn of OHP. It should be a great photo opportunity to take in the sight of dozens of balloons filled with light during the balloon glow. For tickets to all components of the festival and a full entertainment schedule, call 800831-1844 or visit www.kissim meeblueskiesfestival.com. Here is the full schedule: Friday, May 31 Osceola Heritage Park 430-7p.m. Endless Summer Songwriters Festival 7:30p.m. Silver Spurs Rodeo Saturday, June 1 Formosa Gardens 6 a.m. Blue Skies Adventure Race registration 7 a.m. Blue Skies Adventure Race start 7 a.m. Balloon launch Osceola Heritage Park 1-7 p.m. Endless Summer Songwriters Festival 7:30 p.m. Silver Spurs Rodeo Sunday, June 2 Formosa Gardens 6 a.m. Blue Skies Adventure Race registration 7 a.m. Blue Skies Adventure Race start 7 a.m. Balloon launchNews-Gazette photo/Andrew SullivanT he first Kissimmee B lue Skies Festival also includes that traditional favorite, t he summer version of t he S ilver Spurs Rodeo. 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Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Putting on Your DVDs Vampires, one final Fringe and good-bye 30 Rock By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor There is something for everybody in this weekends batch of DVD/Blu-rays, everything from TVs favorite bunch of vampires, the final season of Fringe, plus join a crazy American family as they go on holiday. The resident vampires, are, of course, living on HBO in Bon Temps, La. in True Blood. This is season five for one of cables most popular shows (season six starts in June), and as usual there are no dull summer nights in Bon Temps. The season five story line centers around the most unsettling of times, in fact it is downright vampire civil war. The newest vampire in town is Roman, played by Christopher Meloni ( Law and Order, Oz) joining cast regulars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse; Stephen Moyer as vampire Bill C ompton; Alexander Skarsgrd as vampire Eric Northman; and Ryan Kwanten as Sookies brother. Season five (Blu-ray andDVD) contains all 12 episodes. Both sets include extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews and neverbefore-seen content. Bonus Material includes back stories and extensive audio commentaries. The Blu-ray HBO Select set offers the choice of three ways to watch in one set Bluray, DVD and Digital Copy. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu or Amazon, as well as an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers. Fringe What may have been TVs most popular cult show Fringe, is no more. But you can savor all those last episodes on Fringe: The Complete Fifth & Final Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). This is definitely one show where you need to know what was going on in those first four seasons, but even with its parallel universe, many episodes do stand on their own. Things move along to a fitting climax as the Fringe team (scientist Walter Bishop, his son Peter, FBI agents Olivia Dunham and Astrid Farnsworth) take on the once peaceful Observers in 2036. Co-created by J.J. Abrams, Fringe was one of the best there ever was in the sci-fi genre, but the series will live on forever in the 100 episodes from all five seasons. You can also catch up on previous episodes from the first four seasons on Netflix. Check out the first season. You will be hooked if you like science fiction. Season five is available in Blu-ray and DVD and includes more than 90 minutes of special features as well as producer commentary and a gag reel. 30 Rock Its another good-bye for a long running TV show. 30 Rock Season 7 ( Universal) is now available on DVD. The multi award-winning and critically-acclaimed comedy with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin live on the small screen (or big screen depending on your equipment) one last time. Created by Fey (based on some of her experiences on Saturday Night Live) it is a behind-the-scenes look at an NBC comedy sketch show. There is no letdown in season seven as fans get to watch one last time, these final 13 episodes. Bonus features for the final season include audio commentary with Fey and writer/producer Tracey Wigfield; deleted scenes; a series retrospective with Tina Fey looking back on the shows seven years and The Donaghy Files Animated Webisode, an audition tape of unlikely candidates trying to turn classic NBC tunes into entertainment gold. Vacation/Vegas Vacation The Griswalds are going on holiday again and you can go with them anytime you feel with this new 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition of the comedy starring Chevy Chase. After 30 years, National Lampoons Vacation remains one of the most popular comedies of all-time. Join Clark Griswald (Chase) and his family (Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo) and Aunt Edna on the roof (Imogene Coca) as they hit the road for the wonderness of family togetherness. The film also features Randy Quaid, John Candy and Christie Brinkley. Special features include the A&E Special: Inside Story: National Lampoons Vacation, in introduction by Chase and Quaid as well as commentary by the cast and director Harold Ramis. Sequels never live up to the original, but Chase fans will still want to get in the back seat and ride along with the Griswalds as they go on a Vegas Vacation (1997). Beverly DAngelo is also along for the ride as is Randy Quaid and Ethan Embry as the family finds more vacation disaster in Las Vegas. Side Effects Also new on Blu-ray/DVD is Side Effects (Universal), an effective thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 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Page B4, Whats new?The Osceola Regional Medical Center AuxiliaryThe Osceola Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in Kissimmee will conduct a hospital gift shop sale in the H2U/Senior Friends Building on Village Way, next to Good Samaritan Village from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 and 7. The event is open to the public. The sale will include dolls, jewelry and an assortment of holiday gifts. Sale prices will be reduced to 50 percent off original cost. The next Auxiliary General meeting will be at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway, Kissimmee, at 10:30 a.m. June 14. A picnic lunch will follow and all members are encouraged to attend. A fall fashion show is planned for 1 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Elks Lodge, Kissimmee. Caregiving and guiltCaring for a loved one with Alzheimers disease or related dementia may result in feelings of guilt for the caregiver. There will be a class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, to learn about guilt, possible causes and healthy ways for dealing with it. A monthly caregiver support group will meet following the class from noon to 1:30 p.m., so bring a lunch if you wish to stay for the support group meeting. The class is free and reservations are not required, but respite is not available. Call Farah Sivolella at 321-434-7612 and press 6 with any questions pertaining to this presentation. Greater Osceola Republican Womens Network meetingThe Greater Osceola Republican Womens Network will meet Thursday, June 13, at the Kissimmee Bay County Club (18 and older). The guest speaker will be Dolores Clark president of Florida Womens Political Network. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting is at 7 p.m. Cost is $15. RSVP to Joni Dougherty president, by June 10 by email to Jonidougherty@aol.com or call. 407-496-5101Country/Elvis showThere will be a country/Elvis tribute show Friday, at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud. It will feature Jelvis and Country Jake. For more information, contact Shirley Schwebs at 407-922-4502.AARP driver safetyThe AARP Driver Safety Program helps participants refine driving skills and develop safe-driving habits. The class is June 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Cloud Civic Center, 3101 17th St. Cloud. Another class is offered June 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. The fee is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. Call 407-593-1957 to register for either class.Boy Scout Troop 240 ice cream social, car washThe ice scream social is at Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory, 520 N. Main St., Kissimmee Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The car wash is June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pizza Hut, 1000 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee. Pizza Hut offers $2 off your purchase with a coupon. Contact Kristen Herzog at 407-279-7818 for more information. Proceeds help the Boy Scouts pay for summer camp.Senior Citizen car washThere will be a free senior citizen car wash sponsored by Plantation Bay Rehab Center at 4641 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any information, contact Dorthea Hardee at 407-892-7344. Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hangups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered 12-step recovery program based on the eight principles found in Matthew 5. Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with Gods purpose to mend out lives. Cornerstone Family Kitchen serves a free meal from 6 to 8 p.m. for struggling families in the community and Celebrate Recovery participants.American Legion Post 80 eventsThe American Legion of St. Cloud Post 80, 1019 Pennsylvania Ave., will have the following events. On Mondays, bingo will be at 6 p.m. in the smoke-free Civic Hall. On Tuesdays, the dart tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, dinner specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays are free pool, dinner specials run from 5 to 8 p.m., $1 drafts are available, and Trivia Game Night begins at 8 p.m. Fridays are free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m., grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks, and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. Saturdays are road kill bingo on the first and third weeks and N.Y. strip steak on the second and fourth weeks. On Sundays breakfast will run from 8 to 11 a.m. and bar bingo will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Today (May 25), the Original Boggy Creek Band will perform starting at 7 p.m. Members may bring guests. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are a veteran, or the spouse, son or daughter of a veteran, we invite you to speak with us regarding membership in the American Legion, Auxiliary, Riders, or Sons of the American Legion. Serving veterans is out only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352527-1261.18th Annual Memorial Day ObservanceJoin us Monday at Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. as we remember those who served our country and remember our family, friends and neighbors who have gone before us. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 407847-2494. St. Cloud Soccer ClubSt. Cloud Soccer Club will be holding competitive travel tryouts for the 2013-14 soccer season. Tryouts are open to anyone from ages 9 to 18 and will be conducted at 2701 Missouri Ave., St. Cloud. Tryout dates and times are as follows: boys u9-u12 May 28 and 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Boys u13-u18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., girls u9-u12 May 29 and 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., u13-u18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is suggested to attend both sessions. Bring a copy of your birth certificate, cleats and shin guards. For additional information, visit www.stcloudsoccer.com.Community awareness fairSolid Rock Church of God will host a community awareness fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 1904 N. Michigan Ave., Kissimmee. Activities will include a health screening, information on community resources, rummage and book sale, childrens games and face painting. There will be food and drinks for sale. Vendors are welcome.Disabled American Vete rans No. 148 The DAV Service officer is here every Tuesday f rom noon until 4 p.m., to help with your military benefit needs. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday of the month starting at noon. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Wear red shirt to show our your support for our military troops serving overseas. On the second and fourth Friday there are $1 longnecks for those who come in wearing a red shirt. The DAV is located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 407-846-4141. GO FAR clubThe Greater Osceola Fitness and Run Club GO FAR meets Tuesdays at Crabby Bills at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at Hideout at 7 p.m.Sgt. Robo Mud RunThe city of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Police Department will proudly host the Sgt. Robo Mud Run fundraiser event June 29 at the St. Cloud Civic Center and Peghorn Park. The event consists of a 4 to 5 mile mud obstacle course and to includes an after party with food, beverages, live band, and much more. The event will benefit SCPD officer Sgt. Boyd Graham, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. For additional event information and registration, please visit: http:// robomudrun.eventbrite.com.Alzheimers workshop The Alzheimers Association of Central and North Florida is hosting an Alzheimers/Dementia workshop for caregivers June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon (1 to 3 p.m. in Spanish) at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee. Light Refreshments will be provided. This class is approved for one CEU for RNs, LPNs, and certified nursing assistants for $5 donation. There is no charge. Call 1-800272-3900 to register. Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness Osceola County Support Group for Mental Illness is a free anonymous support group for bi-polar, depression, anxiety disorders, their families and friends. It meets every Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St., St. Cloud, second floor in the Barbara U. Thornton Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. For more information, call (day) 407-847-7420, 407-8917099 or (night) 407-730-5641.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends of the Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. Membership is open for active or supportive status. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 347702087.Osceola Friends of the LibraryThe Osceola Friends of the Library Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Hart Memorial Branch Library. Membership is open for active or supportive status. For more information, contact the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 702087, St. Cloud, FL, 347702087.Kissimmee Moose 2056The lodge has lunch specials everyday from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m. Every week it has the following events: Tuesdays Texas Hold Em from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays Bingo from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m. Every Friday night is date night. Prime rib is every first and third week; surf and turf is every second and fourth week. There also will be a live band. There are special events coming up that can be found in a calendar at the door. The lodge has been non-smoking since 2011. St. Cloud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club invites everyone to join the group. The horseshoe pits are located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The 2013-14 tournament schedA hearty donation There will be a free senior citizen car wash sponsored by Plantation Bay Rehab Center at 4641 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any information, contact Dorthea Hardee at 407-892-7344.Senior scene Submitted PhotoKissimmee M ain Street recently donated the proceeds from its Kissimmee 5K race to the American Heart Association. It was a total of $6,136. From left is: Kissimmee M ain Street Executive Director Brianne Stefek, American Heart Association r epresentative Meghan Scott, City Commissioner Cheryl Grieb and M ain Street Event Coordinator Kayla Burton. Photos/Osceola County Animal ControlMacho, t op, is a 4 -year-old, m ale, brown and white American bulldog mix. Macho is a large dog who enjoys playing with toys and going for walks. T he dog is a staff favorite who was surrendered to the O sceola County A nimal Shelter on May 2. Staff would like to f ind him a permanent family to love. Macho gets along well with people and other dogs, but not so much with cats and livestock. If y ou decide Macho is the pet for y ou, y ou c an take him home with y ou today. He has been neutered and has had all his shots. Ask for the dog with t he identification number number A 160302. S hadow is an active 1 -year-old black m ale, Labrador/shar pei mix. S hadow is f ull of s punk and energy. He loves to r un around and play with toys. S hadow gets along well with other dogs, m ale or female. He would enjoy being in a home with at least one other dog to play with. He is neutered and has all his s hots, he just n eeds t he r ight family to come and give him a permanent home. S hadow has been at the s helter since May 7. If y ou are interested in S hadow, come visit him. Ask for t he dog with identification number A161617. The shelter is at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud. To find out what animals are available, check the Osceola County Animal Control website at www. osceola.org/go/pets. All animals are spayed and neutered before leaving Animal Control. The adoption fee is $60 for a dog and $50 for a cat. For more information, call 407-742-8000. Take me home Whats happening? COMMUNITYCOMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5
Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 ule is Oct. 19, Nov. 9, Dec. 21, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 5. Members of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) and of the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (FLSHPA) can qualify to pitch at the tournaments. Tournament director Vickie Marteney may be contacted at 321-297-1802. More information is available at the NHPA website. The clubs practice sessions contacts are: John Grayson at 407-873-8240 and Tom Gowan at 321-443-6871.VFW Post 3227 bingoThe Post offers bingo Wednesdays. Early Bird games start at 6:30 p.m., regular bingo begins at 7 p.m. The bingo hall is smoke free with a smoking area provided. Trivia is held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. New players and teams are welcome. Breakfast is served every Saturday from 8-11 a.m. for $5; dinners are served Fridays with the exception of the first Friday of the month when Bar Bingo is held. Chuck Wagon Bingo is the third Saturday of the month. Call 407-892-6761 for information regarding membership eligibility.Music, dancing eventThere will be live classic country music and some 1950s rock and roll, dancing and some line dancing Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. There is no admittance fee but there will be 50/50 tickets sold to help support the effort. Bring a covered dish or snack to be part of the meals at break time. For more information, call 407-892-3335. 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. Call Debbie Salisbury at 407-791-7007.German American ClubThe Osceola German Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. Anyone interested in German culture and meeting new friends is welcome to join the group. For more information, call Kay at 407-931-1645. BingoBingo is held every Wednesday in the VFW Post 3227 hall. Early bird games begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Call the post at 407-8926761 for membership eligibility information and upcoming events.Narcoossee Historical SocietyThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society meets every first Monday of the month starting at 6 p.m. in the Narcoossee Community Center, 5354 Rambling Road, Narcoossee. The first project is to protect and restore the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. For more information, call 407-595-6727 or contact email@example.com New York Artist ShopNo cost creative writing classes/meetings with a focus on poetry will be led by local poet George Bishop at 6:30 on Thursday nights. If you are a poet, have written poetry in the past, or just enjoy the messages poetry and poetry alone can suggest to us, than this class is for you. For more information call Denise at 407-957-1583.GriefShare The GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th Street, St. Cloud, Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A second location is the Community Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include, The Journey of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Why?, and Stuck in Grief. These support groups are open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, please feel free to contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Take Pounds Off SensiblyTake Pounds Off Sensibly, or T.O.P.S., is a support group to help those wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center Annex. 8th St. and Indiana, St. Cloud. For more information, call Jane Pearce at, 407-9572865. Church offeringCome enjoy a free meal at 6 p.m., a short service at 7 p.m., and a giveaway of groceries following the end of service every Wednesday at the Altar St. Cloud Vineyard Church at 1215 Old Hickory Tree, St. Cloud.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post, Kissimmee, FL will hold the following events: Tuesdays, Karaoke from noon to 4 p.m., food served; Friday, Bingo at 5:30 p.m. and a seafood dinner from 5:30 to 7:30. Saturdays, full course dinner served every Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music by local bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Bingo from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information call 407-847-4193.GriefShare at First BaptistG riefShare support and recovery group meets at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee, 1700 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee. GriefShare meets every Wednesday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for 13 weeks. Each session is self-contained, so you may begin at any time during the 13-week cycle. Childcare is available. Adults 18 years and over are better served in this group. GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one through death. This group of friendly, caring people will walk along side of you through one of lifes most difficult experiences. GriefShare features a video series with nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call 407-847-3138, or email email@example.com.BVL music programDo you have a desire to learn to sing or play the piano and not break your wallet? For just $7 you can have a half hour lesson in either voice or piano every Wednesday afternoon. Come join the pilot music program at the Robert Guevara Community Center at 501 Florida Parkway in Kissimmee. For more information, call Christa Brown at 407-2016333.Saturday night church serviceNeptune Road Baptist Church at 1620 Neptune Road, Kissimmee, is having a Saturday night church service starting at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month, Everyone is invited.Elmers Meal KitchenElmers Meal Kitchen Ministry is a 501c3 approved nonprofit ministry serving free hot meals to the needy and homeless in the community of St. Cloud. A combined total of 33 local community churches, ministry groups, businesses and restaurants have been voluntarily serving for over 12 years. Contact your church leader or current group serving you if you would like to participate in serving meals. If your church cannot serve, get it involved by making love offerings and memorial donations to help purchase food items needed. Elmers Meal Kitchen Director Carol Broski can be reached at 407-9579839.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.Osceola Historical 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 juana@ osceolahistory.org. Visit the website at Osceolahistory.org.Friends Who CareThe Friends W ho Care Club of Osceola County meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Cloud Senior Center at 3101 17th St. Membership is open to men and women from 18 years and up.One Word At A TimeIf you are an aspiring writer or a published author, join One Word At A Time. Its motto is writers helping writers. It offers education, critique, networking and support to adult fiction writers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Cafe, 18 S. Orlando Ave, in Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org..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 407-8925011.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 407-7387001. 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 407-846-1992 for more information. 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. 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Page B6, Community Continued from Page B5 The meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Library, Barbara Thornton Room, in St. Cloud. For more information, email email@example.com The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th S t., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:30-6 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407744-3892 for more information. Travel ClubThe Ahoy! Carefree Travel Club meets every first and third Monday at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. There is cruise information from noon to 1 p.m. and discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. are one-day trips, three-day trips or longer. For more information, call Donna Parkins, president, at 772-539-0088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Osceola 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.Greyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-4980929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www.godsgreyts.com.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.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 407944-9718 for information.Osceola Republican PartyThe Osceola Republican Party meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 804 Emmett St. at 7 p.m. For more information call 407-846-8889. In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christ-centered 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 407-9449968.The N.E., N.Y. N.J. ClubThe New England, New York, and New Jersey club meet the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Center, hall B, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, (through April). Bring a pot luck dish and utensils. For more information, call 407-957-3952. OSCAR ToastmastersOSCAR Toastmasters meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola County Realtors Association training room, 105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. You do not need to be a Realtor to join group to hone your speaking skills. For more information, contact Betty Dobbie at 407846-4500. Toho FriendsToho Friends meet at noon the second Thursday of every month with a covered dish lunch and Bingo at the Parks and Recreation Building, 717 N. 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.The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War meets at the Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month except for January and July. In those months, the group meets on the second Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.c4dofsuvcw.org/ camp4officers.html Free Medicare counselingSHINE Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be sponsoring free, unbiased counseling at the following locations on Medicare, Medigap/ HMO, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance. All counseling is first-come, first-served. Bring with you a list of all your medications or Rx bottles, insurance card, and red, white and blue Medicare card. All dates are subject to change. Barney E. Veal All Generation Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, 407-8468532, from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of every month. Good Samaritan Village Friendship Room, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee, 407933-3246, Jan.-May the second Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to noon; September through November the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud, 407-957-7392, the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.Celebrate Recovery at First Christian Church of KissimmeeCelebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 N. Main St., Kissimmee. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery group for anyone who has hurts, hang-ups and habits including alcohol and drug abuse; co-dependency; anger; self-esteem issues; divorce; and grief. For more information, call 407-847-2543 or visit www. fcckissimmee.org (click on Ministries tab).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 407944-9968 for t he correct information. Quilt GuildThe Patchers of Time quilt guild meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192. Meetings include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and prizes. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 407-346-6086.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.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.The Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan Club meetingThe Ohio, Kentucky and M ichigan Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month through April at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., Hall B. Bring a potluck dish and utensils. For more information, call Larry Kinney at 407-8917396.Volunteer child advocates neededInterested in helping a child? Volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. For more information, contact Linder Snider, volunteer program coordinator at 407742-6656 or linder.snider@ gal.fl.gov.Dance ClubThe English Country Dance Club meets every second SatSee Community, page B-7 ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comMONTES Mrs. Aure a Montes, 75, of Kissimmee, FL, passed away onMonday, May 20, 2013. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Crematory, 3175 Pleasant Hill Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746. www.osceolamemgds.com BILLA NDRUTHMORSEGravesite service for Bill and Ruth Morse will be held at Osceola Memory Gardens, Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Friends welcome. 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34744 407-847-2494 SMITH Faith Honora Scripture Smith, 86, of Kissimmee, FL was called by the Lord on Tu esday, May 21, 2013.Faith was born on March 14, 1927 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Milton John and Amy Marie Scripture.She graduated from High school under the age of 18 in Bradford, PA in 1944 and from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) in 1947. She married her late Husband, Frank D. Smith, of 63 years in New Brighton, PA 1947. Frank pastored at Good Samaritan Village (Kissimmee, FL) for eight of his 45+ years with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.Faith comes from a long lineage of Pastors and Loved being a Pastors wife. She spent her working life devoted to education, where she taught in New Yo rk, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. In Florida, Faith received her Masters Degree from University of Florida and taught Special Education for Denn John Middle School. Faith will be greatly missed by many. She is survived by; Children, Amy Jayne Hauser, Frank D. Smith, Lawrence A. Smith and Sarah Faith Hurley; Grandchildren, Frank, Marci, Faith, Michael and Sharon; Step Grandchildren, Penny and Craig; eleven Great Grandchildren with one on the way; and by two GreatGreat Grandchildren. A Memorial Service for Faith will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Friendship Bible Church (Keystone Heights, FL) at 6:00 p.m. There will also be a memorial service on Monday, June 17 at Kissimmee First Church of the Nazarene at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Grissom Funeral Home. www.GrissonFH.com 111012.SNG And Cremation Services rfntbbt btf C fwww.conradandthompson.com 042013.SNG Serving the Sunet of Life with Dignity and Care New Horizon Funeral Chapel and Cremation 407-891-2300 www.newhorizonfuneralchapel.com Michael Morales, LFD/Owner Family Owned & Operated ~ Hablamos Espaol 18th Annual Memorial Day Observance Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery8:30 9:30 AM Monday, May 27th, 2013 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee 407-847-2494Please join us as we remember those who served our country and remember our family, friends, and neighbors who have gone before us. 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Saturday, May 25, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 CommunityContinued from Page B-6 urday 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.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. Overeaters AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, fellowship for those recovering from compulsive eating, meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Call 321-443-2362 or visit www.oacfi.org for more information.IOOF to meetThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Cloud Lodge No. 66, 1122 New York Ave., St. Cloud, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. For more information, call 407-891-0773 or 321-7223381. For more information, call Buster at 407-729-1378.Al-Anon meetingsSt. Cloud Al-Anon meetings are Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at 16 E. 17th St., St. Cloud. Call 407-346-7103 fo r more information.Hospice offers bereavement groupsNonprofit Cornerstone Hospice has announced three bereavement support groups in Osceola County for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The groups are completely free and the only requirement is to call ahead of time to preregister. Its the first Monday of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Good Samaritan Village, Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Call Cornerstone to preregister for any of these three groups at 407-206-2273Hospice 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.floridavolunteers @vitas.com. 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. 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. 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 407846-4500 or just walk in. 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 407-348-4399. 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 See Community, page B-8 Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TORSCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pm PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. 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