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Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Lifestyles Editor Peter Covino reviews season three of HBOs Boardwalk Empire... Page B-1Lifestyles Harmony QB leads AllCounty flag football teamPage A-8Sports 117TH YEAR SATURDAY EDITION 50 CENTS AUGUST 17, 2013 Authorities taking unwanted gunsThe Kissimmee Police Department and Osceola County Sheriffs Office are once again working to collect unwanted guns from the community. On Thursday, the Sheriffs Office will be holding its Gas for Guns, while the Kissimmee Police Department will be holding its Kicks 4 Guns events. See page A-3 Index LocalPa ge A4, Ed itor ia l Pa ge A8, Sp or ts Pa ge B4, Co mmuni ty Pa ge B1, Li fest yles Pa ge A2, Local ne ws Pa ge C1, Classi ed Pa ge C4, L egals Pa ge B6, O bit ua riesAre you looking forward to the new school year starting Monday? Yes, I am. No, Im not. Im not sure. I have no opinion. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Aug. 10 Question of the week: Do you play the Powerball lottery? Yes, I do. 90.1% No, never. 4.9% Only when there is a huge jackpot. 4.7% I have no opinion. 0.3% Police More charges filed against KPD dispatcherLake County Sheriffs detectives have filed another series of charges against a Kissimmee Police Department dispatcher, w ho has been arrested again for having pictures of a female victim under the age of 15 and engaging in various sexual acts with her. See page A-3 For the latest activities, events and classes see ...Page B-4 Community By Ken Jackson Staff W riter With more than 50,000 Osceola County students heading back into classrooms Monday morning, drivers morning and mid-afternoon commutes again will become a little more crowded. Children will fill buses, and those who dont will take to the sidewalks on foot and on bicycles and its the motorists obligation to keep an eye out for them. Authorities are reminding drivers to be aware of all school zones and to stop for buses that are loading and unloading students. Police will be on the lookout ready to issue hefty fines for those not doing so. As a reminder, Florida law requires that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus flashing red lights and has its stop signs or crossing arm extended. The only exception is if the bus is traveling in the opposite direction on a road with a raised median, guardrail or other physical barrier or other unpaved space of at least 5 feet in width. Violating that will result in a $271 ticket in Osceola County, four points on a drivers license and a mandatory trip to traffic school or court. Drivers must slow down in school zones. The speed limit posted on signage is generally 15 or 20 miles per hour in those areas when yellow lights are flashing and overrides any other posted speed limit. A speeding fine for ignoring those limits starts at $205 and goes as high as $555.50 (plus court costs and other fees and surcharges), with a mandatory court appearance for exceeding a school zone by more than 30 miles per hour. Drivers are asked to recognize the presence of crossing guards around schools and on busy streets. Children crossing also will be nearby. Parents who are dropping their children off at school are asked to use the prop-Drivers advised to watch for students, obey traffic laws when school starts File PhotoParents wait for their childrens bus to depart from a stop along Shady Lane, in front of the Walden Park apartments in Kissimmee. See School, page A-3 By Ken Jackson Staff W riter The two men responsible for the shooting death of a St. Cloud woman will spend the next 60 years in prison. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Mark Blechman handed down the sentences Wednesday to Cody Lee White, 20, and David Eugene Smith, 21, for killing Anita Smith on March 22, 2012. The two already had shot Patrick Bacon during a fake drug deal in which they were going to steal marijuana from him, and randomly chose that backyard to do the deal. Anita Smith, who had gone outside around 2 a.m. to investigate noises in the backyard of her Lake Lizzie Drive home, was discovered shot to death near a shed by Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies. They were found guilty of third-degree murder, a ttempted first-degree murder Bacon survived despite three gunshots to the head and robbery with a firearm on July 12, 2013. Bacon attended to deliver a statement on behalf of the prosecution, but as he did so he suffered an apparent seizure, requiring Blechman to clear the courtroom and paramedics to come and take him to the hospital. I am a firm believer in consequences, he said before the seizure, noting he was there to sell drugs. But this is not (Cody Whites) first rodeo. If you do something again, then you dont care or you didnt learn very much. Blechman cited a lengthy criminal background some 20 charges between Smith and White as tag-team criminals since their pre-teen days for sentencing White to the maximum allowable sentence and handing down Smiths terms based on his status as a prison-released offender.Suspects sentenced to 60 years for St. Cloud murder By Ken Jackson Staff W riter Like the students who will fill the halls beginning Monday, State Senator Darren Soto, D-Orlando, went to Celebration K-8 School on Wednesday night to get an education. The district 14 state senator was joined at an Education Forum by state House member Neil Combee and a cross section of school board members from Central Florida. The forum was designed to gauge their concerns and those of parents as the states education system begins transitioning away from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test standards toward a new standard the Common Core this school year. Joining them were Celebration K-8 Principal Rene Clayton and more than two dozen parents who came to voice concerns and hear both answers and insights from those who sit on education boards in Osceola, Orange, Brevard and Polk counties. Soto said the president of the senate and the speaker of the house in Tallahassee are working to see how big of a role this shift in education paradigm will play in the upcoming legislative session. The Common Core standards take on a more nationwide scope and were designed by school system chiefs from 45 states, Orange County School Board member Rick Roach said. The parents in attendance Wednesday night were concerned about how the standards are implemented and used to label students and teachers as passing or failing. Soto said he had the same concerns and wanted to get input from parents. I think everybody is concerned with how the standards are going to be used, he said. The new system uses online testing, but do we have the technology to implement it? Im here to listen to constituents and see what parents concerns are. Osceola School Board Chairman Jay Wheeler said the goal of Common Core is to create a set of nationwide standards. If it works as its designed, our kids will be able to compete with any other kids in the world, he said. I keep hearing that in math and science education, were 15th or 20th in the world, but people come from around the world to this country to earn aerospace Ph.Ds. Parents in the audience expressed concern to the educators about the FCAT test and how their childrens scores did not correlate to their report-card Concerns aired about Common Core standards at education forum News-Gazette Photo/Ken JacksonCelebration K-8 Principal Rene Clayton, left, talks about the states new Common Core education standards at an open forum Wednesday night as Osceola School Board Chairman Jay Wheeler, center, and State Senator Darren Soto listen in. Clayton said her schools youngest students began aligning with the new national-based standards last school year. By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter As July rains give way to the August sun, the rise in temperatures will likely cost Kissimmee residents more money in energy costs in the coming weeks. In the first week of August alone, Kissimmee Utility Authority reported an 11 percent increase from July in electricity usage, with power demands climbing close to KUAs record peak of 338.8 megawatts in 2007. On Monday, the power spike reached the closest, with megawatt usage only eight points under the record. Chris Gent, spokesperson for Kissimmee Utility Authority, said that the near-record electricity usage is because of the recent heat wave, which started at the beginning of August. August heat pushes power use to near record limits See Suspects, page A-6 See Heat, page A-7 See Forum, page A-5 White Smith
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Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The Kissimmee Police Department and Osceola County Sheriffs Office are once again working to collect unwanted guns from the community. On Thursday, the Sheriffs Office will be holding its Gas for Guns, while the Kissimmee Police Department will be holding its Kicks 4 Guns events. Gas for Guns will be at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can trade their guns for a $50 gas card. Kicks 4 Guns will be held on the corner of South John Young Parkway and John Henry Jones Boulevard in Kissimmee also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Originally, the event was held for residents to trade their guns for tennis shoes, but now the program has evolved to trading guns for a $50 gift card to Walmart or Target. Kicks 4 Guns will be held as long as gift card supplies last. For both events, officers and deputies want participants to seal their guns in a plastic bag and place it in the trunk of their car. Driving up to the drop-off location, people must stay in their vehicle at all times. This is a great opportunity to get rid of firearms in a safe manner, Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie said. This year, both programs also offer to pick up unwanted guns, if people are unable to drive to the location. For Gas for Guns, people can call 407348-1110 to have their guns picked up, or call 407-8463333 to have officers pick up guns for the Kicks 4 Guns event. This is the fifth year that Kissimmee Police have held the Kicks 4 Guns event, and the sixth year the Osceola County Sheriffs Office has held Gas for Guns. Last year, the Kissimmee Police collected 289 guns from residents, while the Sheriffs Office collected 578 guns. er drop off area and not in alternate areas because of long lines. If children are riding bikes to school, families are urged to spend this weekend reviewing their routes to school and bicycle safety rules, make sure the bicycles are in proper riding shape and that they wear bike helmets that fit and strap on properly. Osceola County Sheriffs Office will have extra patrols out on Monday in expected areas of high student density. Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie urged parents to review safety tips with their children this weekend ahead of that big day on Monday. It is everyones responsibility to ensure our children are safe on their travels to and from school, he said. Motorists need to make note of school zones and ensure you are driving safely and watching for children walking, riding bicycles and at bus stops.Back to School Hotline openThe Osceola County School Board, in an attempt to answer popular questions that parents have at the start of the school year, have the Back To School Hotline available. Anyone with questions can call 407-518-8159 to find out about bus routes and stops, school uniforms, attendance zones, school beginning and ending times, lunches, necessary immunizations, before and after-school care, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten, registration information and more. English and Spanish-speaking district representatives will be available from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the first week of school. Do you have Osceola County news?If you have news that you would like to share with the Osceola NewsGazette, contact Editor B rian McBride at 321-4020436. You may fax information to the newspape r at 407-846-8516 or email it to email@example.com or news@osceolanews gaz e tte.com. 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Page A4, Poinciana moving forwardTo the Editor: Poinciana residents are fighting for the right to vote in favor of incorporation. Qualified voters, not vested interests, should decide this issue, which should be part of the local legal ballot for the election on November 2014. People who are not a part of the district will not be allowed to vote on this issue. If they list their primary home in another state or another district that is not part of the incorporation, they will not be able to vote against incorporation, and it will be up to the supervisors of elections in Osceola and Polk counties to see that they dont vote. Several vested interests are trying to keep Poinciana from incorporating. For example, residents of Solivita, the privileged gated community, have interfered in the past. Outspoken people from Solivita who live outside of Solivita have attacked the newly formed Poinciana Civic Group comprised of APV residents. This group intends to get this issue on the ballot for 2014 without Solivita being included in the proposed incorporated city. Now it is time for this issue to come alive with hope for the residents who need it the most. If Poinciana is incorporated, we will receive many benefits from the federal and state grants, including a property tax advantage which, according to reports, will total less than the present HOA fees. Those of us who dont live in the gated community want a choice for ourselves, a choice that will encourage a better economic future for our community. Some board members who are making crucial decisions for the people of Poinciana dont even live here. Some live in Solivita and should be replaced with bona fide year round residents. We are hard working people who live in Poinciana and we need this community to grow. For the past 40 years, its been stagnant and there has been no incentive for new businesses to locate here. Unfortunately, a privileged few are profiting at our expense, and they are preventing us from having a voice in our future. Those of us who live here 365 days of the year and need to make a living here should decide. Give us a choice to vote on a district ballot, not a vote through the HOA where a number of people sitting on the APV board are representing developers and moneyed interests instead of Poincianas residents. To put your name on the petition to let us vote please visit: Pinchos2014.com web site. Donna Kayden Poinciana If there were a pill that made you write 20 percent better, would you take it? One of my colleagues asked me that the other day. Its a question that on certain days I might have construed as a hint that my work could use a performance boost and that he knew of a little something that could be discreetly supplied in a shadowy corner of the company cafeteria. But this was on Monday, the day that Alex Rodriguez and a dozen other Major League Baseball players were suspended for their involvement with banned performance-enhancing drugs, so I understood the question as the purely philosophical inquiry that it was. Think about it. If there were a pill, an illicit pill, that would make you 20 percent better at your job, would you take it? You! But improved! No longer merely good, but undeniably, certifiably, if only for the moment great! Imagine the surge of power that would come from doing something better than you ever have, as well as youve always dreamed, maybe even better than everybody else. Feel the awe you would inspire in yourself and others. And if a fat paycheck followed, that would be awesome, too. As I pondered the question, I thought of a friend who sometimes mutters, Id get plastic surgery if I could be sure no one would think Id had it. That approach could easily apply in this context. Then I reflected on what writing 20 percent better would look like. Not dawdling so much on deadline? Writing more about Pat Quinn? Getting more online clicks? Relying less on rhetorical questions? After further contemplation, I decided that whatever better might mean in my field where success isnt as easy to quantify as RBIs I hoped I wouldnt take the pill. It wouldnt necessarily feel immoral. It would just feel inauthentic. On the other hand, I take some version of that pill almost every time I write. Its called coffee. It revs my brain. It calms my fears. Without it, or so I imagine, my brain on deadline would be worth less than a stalled bus on the expressway. The truth is that what drives some of us to coffee or Red Bull or assorted over-the-counter performance supplements isnt so different from what drives professional athletes to steroids. We want to be good, better, best. Wed love to break through limits that no amount of practice, patience or willpower can conquer. We want the sensation and the validation of excellence. Just like Alex Rodriguez? When my colleague posed his question about the performance-boosting pill, he was trying to think like A-Rod who, he notes, is a very good ballplayer without drugs. But, he says, he knows the difference between good and great, and he wants to be great. I think all of us have some self-imposed goal -to bake a great blueberry pie, to write a great song, to be a great speller or gardener or car mechanic -and I think almost all of us would sacrifice some of our future for a short burst of greatness right this very minute. Maybe so, but the key word in the sentence above is future. Professional athletes who take banned drugs may enjoy the thrill of hitting the ball farther or riding the bike faster than they otherwise would. They may enjoy the cheers and riches that ensue. But surely theyre also imagining the legend they will leave. When they break the rules of the game -in other words, cheat -they inevitably compromise their legend, their long-term place in the game. In short, their future. Maybe you have to have lived longer tha n most professional athletes have to fully understand that cheating is a short-term strategy. Its the same in any field: You cheat because you want to get ahead. Or stay ahead. The rules are in the way. There at the intersection of hubris and insecurity, you think you can get away with breaking them, and that youre entitled to do so. But cheaters are almost always exposed, if only, in some cases, to themselves. And that cant feel great, in any sense of the word. Mary Schmich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Contact her at email@example.com. You can follow her on twitter.com/maryschmich or contact her on facebook.com/maryschmich. Its that time again. Children across Osceola County are going back to school Monday. So there will be lots of children walking to and from school. While law enforcement puts out reminders every year, we ca nt stress enough for drivers to be careful. The last thing we want to see is a tragic incident where a child is injured or even killed. If youre in a school zone, dont drive distracted. Put down your cellular phone or fast food and watch the road. You just might be avoiding a terrible accident. The speed limit in most school zones is 15 miles per hour. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to work so youre not speeding. If you speed through a school zone, you will face enhanced fines and penalties. And remember, you must stop for any school bus with flashing red lights. The only exception is if the bus is traveling in the opposite direction on a road with a raised median, guardrail or other physical barrier or other unpaved space of at least five feet. If you get caught in violation, it will result in a $271 ticket in Osceola County, four points on your drivers license and a mandatory trip to traffic school or court. Even worse, you could hit somebodys child if you dont stop. The News-Gazette has published too many stories about children getting hit by vehicles. It leaves the parents grief-stricken and no doubt leaves the driver with terrible guilt. Parents have to do their part, too. Talk to your kids about watching for vehicles while walking to and from school. Remind them every day if you have to. Better to be safe than sorry. If your child will be riding a bike to school, make sure the child is wearing a bicycle helmet and that it fits properly. Its not only for their safety; its the law. So, lets help the youngsters safely get to school so they can prepare for their future. Welcome back students. 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 Got a gripe? Show more caution on the roadNewspapers have become the bullied school kid of American journalism. Meaning that, as a small child will surrender his lunch money to bigger kids and spend the noon hour watching other people eat, so have newspapers wound up in the ignominious position of surrendering our product information -to Internet and cable outlets and watching them reap handsome profits from aggregating and rereporting it while we furlough employees and cut back home delivery. They take our product and kick our butts with it. So it was with no small interest that I received last weeks news of the sale of The Washington Post. After 80 years of stewardship by the storied Graham family, the Post will become the property of Jeff Bezos, the man who founded Amazon.com. Sale price: $250 million. But what happened last week represents more than a transfer of assets. No, it embodies a generational shift that will, let us fervently hope, resurrect an industry that has somehow managed the odd paradox of being vital, yet moribund. To put that another way: One gets tired of providing the boots with which someone else kicks ones backside. If that state of affairs represents a humiliation for the newspaper business, it should be regarded warily even by those who draw their paychecks from other industries. They should ask themselves what will happen to the electronic media that use and aggregate our product in the event we are no longer around to create it. And if that information is no longer available anywhere, what happens to the people who need and depend on it? It is not often remarked upon, not much appreciated and little understood, but newspapers -yes, I mean the old-fashioned business of printing on dead trees accounts of things that happened yesterday -are the foundation of American journalism. Think about it: How often do you see a cable news station, local TV news outlet or blog originate -not aggregate or opine upon, but originate -some story of major local significance not involving violent crime? As a rule -yes, there are exceptions -they dont do that. They are not designed to. Cable puts its resources into national and international coverage so you need never suffer for lack of information about Barack Obama, Vladimir P utin and various r eal housewives Local TV news puts its resources into the Breaking News graphics they use to announce seemingly every armed robbery, house fire and freeway pileup. Bloggers dont have resources. Yes, when the governor takes kickbacks, when the mayor stuffs the ballot box, when the innocent man winds up on death row, the story may migrate to one of those platforms. But you can be reasonably sure it will originate in a newspaper that takes seriously its obligation to watchdog journalism. Such papers are in trouble neither because watchdog journalism ceased to be critical, nor because people stopped reading or needing it. Truth is, we have more readers than ever. Unfortunately, most of them pay nothing for the privilege because they read online and weve failed to figure out how to leverage that popularity to support our (very expensive) operations. Hence, the hopes that are pinned on Bezos. As a man who revolutionized American retailing and became a digital pioneer in so doing, perhaps he has ideas those of us born and raised in the world of news on paper are incapable of having. Perhaps he can help the Post -and by extension, the rest of us -keep our lunch money and more effectively monetize our product. Perhaps he can show us how to save journalism. This, anyway, is my hope. If you regard an informed electorate as critical to the function of a democracy, it should be your hope, too. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@ miamiherald.com. 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The Osceola News-Gazette is on the World Wide Web at: www. aroundosceola.com.Year 117 No. 70 Publisher/Ad Director TOM KIRK Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICK PEDONE Lifestyles Editor PETER COVINO Chief Photographer ANDREW SULLIVAN Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM Production Manager STEVE KRAUS Staff Writer KEN JACKSON Leonard PittsTribune Media Heres hoping Post sale can save journalism Guest column Y our view O PINION O PINIONJuiced up skills hard to swallowSun Publications of Florida cannot be held responsible for advertising claims. We reserve the right to refuse or discontinue any advertising, and to edit editorial content. All materials in these publications are copyrighted. Publisher will not be liable for any errors in advertising to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error, and accepts responsibility only for an error in the rst weeks issue. Mary SchmichTribune Media
Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 grades. One parent gave an example of how poorly a critical thinking question was written, and questioned the validity of some of the questions. Wheeler and other members noted that some questions are designed with two right answers, but one is more right than the other, and that the state contracted a vendor to write and score the exams. Florida became a very good contract administrator for the company writing the FCAT tests, Wheeler said. The state must get rid of vendors. The FCAT has turned into a gotcha exercise, a business model, rather than something designed by educators. Wheeler said that Florida received federal money from the Obama administration stimulus package to implement Common Core. This is a product. So is the FCAT, but its diagnostics are corrupted, he said. Can Common Core work? Yes. Do I have concerns and reservations? Yes. He said that while state and local boards have changed assessments for elementary and middle schools, the ACT and SAT tests have remained the standard for college entrance. We need to ask ourselves if those scores are going up or down, Wheeler said. Clayton, the only member of the panel who will see the initiatives beginning to take shape at the school level, said her school began implementing Common Core standards into its kindergarten through second grade classes last year. It creates a growing stepladder; in first grade you build on the standard put down in kindergarten, and then again in second grade and beyond, she said. Clayton said the differences she sees, i ncluding that complexity staircase, include creating a better academic vocabulary and going deeper into a fewer number of subjects rather than going a mile long and an inch deep, particularly in math. The Common Core standards are good standards, she said. What we do with the FCAT results loses sight of the things we do within the four walls of our school. Forum Continued from Page A-1 Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com. CONTINUE YOUR EDUcCATION TODAY AT A ADULT LLEARNING CENTER OOScCEOLA.WELL HELP YOU DIScCOVER YOUR PATH TO SUccCCESS AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE!! Special Offer for New Students! Adult Education | GED | English Classes Business & Industry Training Online Courses | Personal Interest Courses081713.SNG 407-498-3077407-891-0777857 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy. (US Hwy. 192) St. Cloud, FL 34769BUY IT HERE PAY IT HEREWWW. useUSE D carcCARC OM paPA N yflYFL .C OMOM OLE RONNIE NEEDS THE MON EYYOURE OK WITH US! I Will Co-Sign Your Loan! Stop in and let Steve help you get into the car you want at payments you can afford!* With Approved Credit081713.SNGVehicles may no longer be available by the time this ad publishes. Some photos are used for art purposes only. See dealer for more info. *W.A.C. 07 FORD RANGER STXClean, Ladder Rack 03 PT CRUISER4 Cyl., Clean, Custom MERCURY MONTEREYDual Sliding Doors, Captains Chairs, Super Clean 05 CC HEVY AVEOClean, Gas Saver, Manual Transmission CHEVYCHEVY IMPAIMPA L AA V6, 4 Door, Sedan 02 FORD EXCURSION X lL T5.4 Lt., Loaded, 3rd Row, Cloth DODGE DURANGO S lL TV8 Magnum FORD F350 X lL TV10, Dually, Workhorse 95 O lL DS CUT lL AS SUPREME*Low Down & Weekly Payment. Great Car, Low Mileage VO lL KSWAGEN PASSAT G lL S4 Door, Pwr Windows & Locks, Clean CC HEVY CORVETTE COUPEw/Ride Control, Leather, 2 Removable Hardtops, Falken Z-Rated Tires FORD ESCAPE X lL T4 Door, Clean, 6 Cyl. 99 MERCURY GRAND MARQUISClean, Pwr Windows & Locks 04 PT CRUISER4 Cyl., Low Mileage 05 FORD F1504x4, Super Crew 05 CHRYSCHRYS L ER ER PACIFICAPACIFICA CHEVYCHEVY VENTUREVENTURE Dual Sliding Doors, Great Vehicle 01 FORDFORD TAURUSTAURUS SESE 54Dr., 6 Cyl. FORD ECONO lL INE 250Ready For Work!, Shelving JUST $ 45 A WEEK* 97 TOYOTATOYOTA CAMRYCAMRY L EE V6, Clean, Power Windows & Locks JUST $ 45 A WEEK* SATURNSATURN STATIONSTATION WAGONWAGON S-Series, 4 Cyl., Gas Saver JUST $ 45 A WEEK* Super Clean, V6, Pwr Win & Locks 02 CHRYS lL ER SEBRING lL XI CONVERTIB lL E 08 DODGE CARAVAN SE Loaded, Capt Chairs 07 CHEVY SI lL VERADO lL T Leather, Loaded, On-Star HURRY...OLE RONNIE NEEDS THE MON EY Used Car Company Welcomes DAVID VILLEGAS Come Let David Help You Get Into Your New Vehicle Today. HABLO ESPA OL 081713.SNGINTRODUCINGST. CLOUD SMILES Back to SchoolSPECIALS!!!!! Offers only valid until 09/30/13Call to make your appointment today407-556-3969Se habla Espanol www.stcloudsmiles.comMon-Wed 8:30 5:30 pm Fri-Sat 8:30 2:00 pm ORAL-B ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH SET AND SUPREME TRAYS WITH GEL CHILDREN AGES 15+ WITH NO INSURANCE RECEIVE EXAM (D150), X-RAYS (D0330/D210), AND CLEANING (D1110) CHILDREN AGES RECEIVE EXAM (D150), X-RAYS (D0330/D210), AND CLEANING (D1110)FOR ONLY $125FOR ONLY $125FOR ONLY $80 Cosmetic and General Dentistry Ask about all of our services!
Page A6, age of 15 and engaging in various sexual acts with her. Travis Crews, 23, now faces seven charges of possession of child pornography and one charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor. He was previously charged with lewd and lascivious battery on another victim on Aug. 9. Lake County detectives had continued their investigation from that initial arrest and determined that between July 26 and 28, Crews and the second victim exchanged naked pictures via cellphone. After obtaining a search warrant for the Crews phone on Monday, detectives observed 34 images of the juvenile, with seven qualifying as pornography under state statutes. He was booked late Thursday night at the Lake County Sheriffs substation in Clermont and taken to the Lake County Detention Cente r in Tavares, where he is held on $100,000 bond total for the eight charges. According to his arrest report from last week, the initial victim said Crews had been carrying on a relationship with her for several m onths, durin g which they said they love each other and that he was going to marry her in six years. They also exchanged photographs of their genitals via text message, although the victim stated she had deleted those from her media device. She told investigators that on July 4, the two made out in a bedroom during which he sexually battered her. Following that arrest, Crews, a one-time Kissimmee Police Department recruit, was suspended from his dispatch position pending the result of the criminal investigation, and that KPD conducted an internal investigation into the matter while Lake County officials conducted the criminal case. On his arrest affidavit from Thursday, Crews occupation is listed as unemployed. Youve had plenty of chance s. The system has given you 19 chances, Blechman told White. This is the only way to stop your ways of the last 20 years. Blechman listened to an embattled plea from David Smiths mother, Gracia Hayes. She said that her son should have a chance to be a father to his 4-year-old child after his own father left 10 years ago. But Blechman admoni shed Smith for committing the crime while still on probation and just three months after leaving prison on cocaine and firearms charges. Where your mother sees hope, I see wasted opportunity, the judge said. You chose to associate with someone who is as bad as you. The only hope is to incarcerate you in order to protect other people. Anita Smiths mother Anna Smith said that her daughter took care of her, and that shes been having a hard time since her daughters shooting. And Sheriffs Office detective Alex Berejano read a statement regarding the horrifying scene investigators came up on near Lake Lizzie that fateful night. White and Smith were sentenced to 60 years each. They were found guilty on third-degree murder and robbery with a firearm charges. White r eceived 30 year s alone on the attempted firstdegree murder charge, and Smith received 30 years for a string of charges related to possession of a firearm by a conviction felon to commit a delinquent act. Each will receive credit for 507 days already served, and Smith will also be credited with four years of time already served in the states correctional system. White and Smiths thengirlfriends, Kaitlyn Robare and Brandy Taylor, who gave conflicting reports to police about the incident and the two mens whereabouts, are scheduled to be sentenced on accessory charges Sept. 12. White a lso is awaiting trial for the robbery of a St. Cloud convenience store two weeks prior to Anita Smiths murder, where White is alleged to have brandished a gun while committing the crime. 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Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 During the late summer, a rainstorm usually breaks a build up of heat in the morning, which helps to curb power used to run the air conditioner in homes. Without that break in heat, the air conditioner is forced to continue running all day to maintain the set temperature. The heat just continues to build a little bit more each day. What happens to peoples homes is the exterior walls get heated up, and the roof gets heated up. So, even when the sun goes down, it takes a long time for that heat to dissipate for the walls, and the air conditioner is just working overtime, Gent said. He projected that the rise in electricity use would continue as long as the heat wave is in Osceola County. To help lower costs, KUA recommended setting the thermostat a little higher, preferably 80 degrees, which can reduce the electric bill as much as 5 percent. Other tips include using ceiling fans instead of lowering the thermostat setting, which will increase air circulation in the home, and closing blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s this weekend, according to weather forecasts, but the chance of afternoon showers should increase.HeatContinued from Page A-1 Osceola County Sheriffs detectives were working a suspicious incident on Thursday, where an unknown male was seen removed from a car trunk, while tied and gagged. At approximately 7:10 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Osceola Parkway and John Young Parkway in Kissimmee. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with two witnesses who reported that they saw an unknown male exit the trunk of a white Nissan Altima. The male, who was tied and gagged, was described as a teenager, approximately 15 or 16 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 110 pounds with short black hair, tan kneelength baggy shorts and a gray T-shirt. Possibly four males, approximately 18 to 19 years old, forced him back in the vehicle and they left the area headed northbound on John Young Parkway toward Orange County, Sheriffs Office reports stated. At press time Friday, there werent any kidnapping, abduction, disturbance or missing persons reports or calls matching this description, but deputies do not know the circumstances that led up to this incident, Sheriffs Office officials said. Detectives are asking for the publics help in identifying the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS or the Osceola County Sheriffs Office at 407-348-2222.Witnesses report seeing teen tied, gagged in car Tired of poor customer service from the big companies??We will beat any competitors written offer. Authorized Dealer Residential & Commercial Security Systems Specializing in Vacation Home Security Control your security system, locks, lights, and thermostat from your smart phone. www.code3safetysolutions.com 407-957-9473Serving Osceola County Since 2000Licensed & Insured State License EF20000791100% wireless and no phone line or internet service is necessary. Code 3 Safety Solutions Wired for Tomorrow, LLC. DBA070413.TNG Restore your Smile with the gentle touch of a lady dentist. COSMETIc C ANDFAMILY DDENTISTRY VISIT US AT OUR NEW LOCATION! 2618 13th St. St. Cloud, FL(Right across from Kentucky Fried Chicken & Dairy Queen)407-957-5344www.dentistorlando.com M s s c s c V s I s s I Off c p B c R s I p s E c s d c s s IV d s d c NEW Patients & Emergencies Welcomed! H E M I A EVeENING APPOINTMeENTSAND FINaANCING AVaAILaABLeE 080313.SNG Lizette M. Morad, D.M.D.Dr. Lizette M. Morad really cares! Proudly serving Osceola County since 1994. Experts in home nancing. Call Today! 407-931-3800NMLS#204032 HOWARD ChHANIN HARRY URBAN Stuart Adkins Regina Brady Sabrina Stewart Lori Smith Barbara Bowling Chris Urban Cassie Fiorelli Anita Miller081713.SNG Call us to discuss how you can become a proud homeowner once again. Julie Chavel Judy Epley Eva Krawczyk Charlene Sims Renances Miguel Zavala Serving Osceola County Since 1973 917 Emmet Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741407-846-2787 Best Of OsceolaGoodwin Realty & Associates, Inc. has been servicing Osceola County since 1973. With 17 full time associates we specialize in every aspect of real estate including residential, vacant land or lots, commercial sales and leasing, rst time home buyers, resales, referrals and REO (Bank Owned) Properties.With over 40 years of real estate experience, our real estate team can oer you quality & profesional real estate services 081713.SNG 081713.SNGExpand your world with classes and events at the Library. | www.OsceolaLibrary.orgCharlie CarlsonSaturday, August 24th 2:00pmHart Memorial Library211 E. Dakin Ave. Kissimmee This is a FREE event!
Page A8, Follow us on Twitte r Leffew has all the right moves All-County flag football By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Duel threat quarterbacks are something special. Athletes with the ability to win games with their legs or arms are a rare commodity and it often can be the deciding factor between a victory or a defeat. Dual threat is also the perfect description of Harmonys Sage Leffew, and thats why she is, for the second straight year, t he Osceola New s Gazettes Flag Football Player of the Year. Leffew, a junior, led the Longhorns to a 10-1 record this year. The only loss was a heartbreaking 20-19 defeat to Dr. Phillips in the second round play-in game of the state tournament. During the season, Leffew was nothing short of outstanding as a runner and passer accounting for 34 touchdowns, with 17 coming on the ground and 17 through the air. Leffew was equally impressive on defense. She led the Longhorns with five interceptions, returning one for touchdown. Not to take anything away from any of the other girls we faced this year because we saw a lot of great players, Harmony Head Coach Paul Strauch said. But in every game it always seemed Sage stood out as one of best players on the field. Her overall athleticism as both a runner and a passer put her in an elite class. Strauch said that as the season wore on, Sage became more and more comfortable with her receivers and that made her harder for the opponents to defend. She is such a good runner that teams felt the need to send two rushers at her on every play. As the season developed, she got real comfortable sitting back in the pocket and finding open receivers. When they would rush one player, she would use her speed and athleticism to pick up yardage on the ground, Strauch said. What really impressed me the most was her improvement as a passer between her sophomore and junior seasons. Overall, she was an outstanding player as a sophomore but she got even better this year. The main difference was that she was attempting the more difficult throws and completing those balls. Strauch said that Leffew has developed as a team leader. Although she has been a great player from day one, she really didnt talk a lot. You could see her leadership abilities develop this year as she took responsibility for the team. Leffew deflects a lot of credit to her teammates. As a group, weve been together a long time and we always seem to be on the same page. Individually, this is a nice honor, but things like this are not possible without a team behind the effort. A relatively new sport, flag football draws its players from other sports and things were no different for Leffew, who excels in soccer and plays at the club elite level. She says the sport helped her in football. Conditioning was the main thing, theres so much running in soccer, Leffew says. Although she has accepted a college scholarship to play soccer, Leffew makes no bones about her favorite sport. I grew up around football and love it. My dad (Jon Leffew) coached in the St. Cloud Youth Football League and I would go to nearly every practice with him. He would run me through the same drills as my brother and would let me participate in the some of the practices. If flag football was a scholarship sport in college, theres no doubt I would want to play it, she said. Things look bright for Harmony as it will try once again to get to the state finals. The Longhorns placed six players on the Orange Belt Conference first team this year. Led by Leffew, five of those players return next season. Im really excited about our prospects for next season. We have most of our starting lineup back and will have a senior-dominated team. The goal is simple: get to the state championship, Leffew said. With Sage back at quarterback and what we have returning, we could be really good next season, Strauch said. But potential is just a word. Things happen, players move, others decide to play other sports. On paper things look great and I am excited about next years possibilities. Harmony shifts to District 10 next season with Celebration to face Orange County competition in Lake Nona, Freedom and Cypress Creek.Elusive Harmony quarterback led team to brink of state tourneySage Leffew moved the Longhorns down the field by running, top left, and throwing with uncanny ability.News-Gazette Photos/Andrew Sullivan Player of the Year: Sage Leffew (HHS)All-county team: Harmony: Stephanie Baur, Lauren Bishop, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Julia Ingler, Stormi Justesen, Allison Van Tassel. Osceola: Gabby Goeins, Kendall Kranich, Junior Diaz, Kimani Francois, Haley Miller, Dianna Rivera. St. Cloud: Tianna Beaz, Callie LeClerc, Jaclyn Swyers. Gateway: Tiffany Charneco, Ashley Collazo, Arianna Diaz, Christy Folk, Jaleisha Peterman, Queneicesha Scott-Torres, Daja Clayton. Liberty: Amiee Williams. Celebration: Golda Francois, Monica Weber, Kristi Simon. All-County flag football Long-time Osceola County residents remember when this was cattle country, when livestock was auctioned in the Kissimmee city limits and cowboys came downtown to buy a new shirt or hat. Yes, for better or worse, times have changed, but theres going to be a good oldfashioned showdown Monday at the Osceola County Commission Chambers. No quick draws, though; the participants will square off armed with architects drawings and stacks of paperwork. Representatives of the Washington Nationals again will make the pitch to bring their National League baseball team to Osceola County in a couple of years, requesting only that local officials provide them with a $98 million stadium complex on U.S. Highway 192, the Judge Farm property, and a bargain-rate lease. That offer might have seemed golden at one time, w hen local commissioner s weighed the benefits of having spring training baseball in Kissimmee, or not. Houston is leaving after 2015, heading south to Palm Beach County. Having a spring training tenant is infinitely better for tourism, for national visibility and for Big League status; with the Nationals, Osceola County is one of the haves. Viera, where the Nationals will vacate after a decade and a half, will join the have nots like Winter Haven, Vero Beach and Plant City, all spring training losers over the past couple of decades. Except, things have changed. Government officials around the nation are slowly coming to the realization that their pockets are getting picked rather than being filled with revenues from their Major League tenants. The economists often differ. A marketing firm representing the state estimates that spring training pumps about $750 m illion into Floridas economy each spring. The estimate is based on a variety of factors, one being the multiplier effect whereby a dollar spent at a local stadium changes hands several times to the benefit of local merchants or hoteliers. But, local officials say the Nationals wont provide sufficient economic windfall to defray the crushing cost of building and financing the proposed 8,600-seat stadium. Not so long ago, the Nationals would have had many other options if Osceola County deferred. But, look around. If Kissimmee doesnt build the Nationals a stadium, who will? Washingtons best bet, if Osceola County commissioners dont come up with the cash Monday, probably would be to join Houston in a two-team complex down Palm Beach way. The Nationals, no doubt, have a backup plan. They might have another municipality salivating at the opportunity to host spring training. But, the bidding wars that went on a decade ago, when Arizona was cunningly stealing teams away from Florida (Cleveland, Kansas City, Los Angeles) are over. Osceola Stadium is barely half filled for most spring training games. At about $24 a pop for tickets, plus a few more bucks to park, local residents largely shun Grapefruit League games. Have you heard any groundswell support hereabouts to keep spring training baseball in Kissimmee? For my two cents, which is a lot less than $98 million, Id like to see the Nationals move to Kissimmee. I think the Nationals would be a far better attraction in March than the Astros have been. It gets cold in Washington, D.C., you know? Its up to you guys, Nationals. Youre not getting the sweetheart deal. You want to play here, youre going to have to sink some serious cash into this transaction. Serious cash. Showdown at the Judge Farm property Rick PedoneSports Editor See Column, Page A-9
Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A9 I just returned home from a very enjoyable vacation in North Carolina. Every summer we have a weeklong Mitchell Family reunion. It includes our kids, their spouses and our grandchildren, plus I can hardly believe it THEIR spouses. Weve visited Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky, all locations somewhat midway between the Floridians and the Iowa gang. This year, 17 of us stayed in a 10-bedroom house in the Boone, N.C., area and did some sightseeing, but we mostly just enjoyed our time together. Having not been on the water for just over a week, I was surprised at how much hydrilla has become topped out on Lake Toho. The water has dropped a few inches and the hydrilla continues to grow. With water temperatures at 87 degrees its perfect conditions for growing hydrilla. Ive been out on the lake three or four days since I got home. Fishing has not been all that good. The most Ive caught in any one day is five bass. The fish Ive been catching have come on lipless crank baits, top water baits and 10-inch plastic worms. Early in the morning, I fish areas where bass are schooling and later in the morning I head out to open water hydrilla. I usually start about 6:30 a.m. and fish until around 11. By then, its so hot I just head for the house and some air conditioning. I figure I can always go out the next day. Local guides are still doing pretty well using wild shiners. Most of them are getting 10 to 15 bass on a four-hour trip. On Monday the Kissimmee downtown ramp will be closed for construction. If there are no weather delays, it should be open again by September 10. Send information about your big catch to capjac@ usfamily.net. You may also send fishing information and photos to email@example.com. Jacque MitchellFishin Fun A-9 Sports briefs Fishing not as hot as the weather SC soccer registrationRegistration for the upcoming 2013-14 St. Cloud Soccer Club season is available online at www.stcloudsoccer.com. The age chart and fees are listed on the website. Payment is available online through Visa or MasterCard. Checks may be mailed. For those who are interested in coaching please contact Janice Lavigne at janice. firstname.lastname@example.org. Osceola Ravens tryoutsThe Osceola Ravens semipro football team will play in the Florida Football Alliance early next year. The team will hold tryouts for players who have high school or college ability Aug. 24 at Archie Gordon Field in Buenaventua Lakes from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $50. Players must be 18 to be eligible. For more information, visit www.osceolaravens.com or call 407-655-8798.Champion of Choices raffleChampion of Choices has been presenting anti-bullying messages in Central Florida schools for over five years with presentations scheduled again in the fall at several local high schools. To raise funds, the organization is holding a raffle, with the winner to receive a new Chevy Spark compact. To enter, visit www.winaspark.com. SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, contact Brian Cecil at saintcloudstampede@gmail. com.SC Bulldogs youth footballThe St. Cloud Youth Football Bulldogs flag football program is holding registration for the fall season for children ages 4-15. Registration for co-ed and powderpuff leagues is available online at www.scyfbulldogs.com. The fee is $75 for flag football (ages 4-9) and flag cheer. The fee is $175 for tackle football (ages 6-15) and tackle cheer.Celebration marathonThe inaugural Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will be Jan. 26. The Celebration race will be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and will be held on a 13-mile loop through Celebration. Registration has begun. All proceeds benefit scholarships for Osceola County students. For more information, visit celebrationmarathon.com.Osceola Senior GamesRegistration is now open for the 2013 Kissimmee/St. Cloud Senior Games. In its 18th year, this annual event is the ultimate competition for athletes age 50 and over. Events will take place Oct. 14-19. Twenty-three physical and recreational activities will be held throughout Osceola County. Athletes may participate in as many events as they would like. Physical events include: archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking, 5K run, pickle ball, table tennis and tennis. 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There is only one negative thing I have to say about Boardwalk Empire as the third season of the HBO prohibition era series is set for release Tuesday. It did not get nominated for Best Drama Series for this years Academy Awards. Boardwalk Empire may have enjoyed its finest season ever in season three as the Roaring s roar in earnest for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), his friends and his enemies. The drama series category has heated up to become proba bly the most contested on television with HBOs Game of Thrones, AMCs Breaking Bad and Mad Men, as well as Homeland (Showtime); and House of Cards (Netflix) all securing nominations. You cant deny the quality of the five nominated shows. It is just hard to explain Boardwalk Empire not being there for its third season. Buscemi also did not get a Best Actor nomination nod either. The show has already won 12 Emmy Awards for seasons 1 and 2. Season three of the show focuses on Thompson, as usual and his struggles to remain on top in Atlantic City. He gets a great adversary in Gyp Rosetti (Emmy-nominated Bobby Cannavale), a ruthless gangster with a hair-trigger temper, while his marriage to Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) continues to be in serious trouble. If you dont have HBO Go (the online version of the network), you can still catch up on what happened in season two in one of the DVD/Blu-ray extras, Distilling Season 2, a 14-minute recap featuring creator/executive producer Terence Winter. Other Blu-ray features (the Blu-ray set includes a digital version of all episodes) include: American Empires: A look at the gangsters of the Prohibition era, their influence and their systems of distribution.. Boardwalk Chronicle: Track the major players and locations within each episode, and learn more about the historical threads woven into the season .sca r 50 CENTS Boardwalk Empire arrives on Blu-ray, DVD T uesday Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com Aug. 17, 2013 The Empire strikes back: season three RED CHAIR AFFAIRORLANDO Celebrate the kickoff of Central Floridas art and cultural season with the 9th Annual Red Chair Affair on Saturday, August 24. Your ticket to sample 2013-2014 season highlights, this extraordinary evening is held at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre and includes performances from a variety of genres and organizations. Each of the 13 main stage acts will present a short performance (approximately five-minutes each) that showcases the best of what they will offer during the 2013-2014 season. Both general admission and VIP tickets are available for the event. General Admission patrons will enjoy arts and cultural preshow activities in the lobby of Bob Carr from 7-8: p.m. The 90-minute performance on the Bob Carr stage begins at 8 p.m. and will feature some Central Floridas finest arts organizations. General Admission tickets are open seating and cost $22 per person, $15 for students/seniors. Red Chair Affair VIP tickets include a pre and post event reception backstage as well as complimentary food, beer, wine from some of Orlandos finest restaurants, and valet parking. VIPs also have the opportunity to bid on the IKEA Red Chair Silent Auction and enjoy the best seats in the house for the main stage performance. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and patrons are encouraged to dress in their best red (cocktail or formal). VIP tickets are $225 each and corporate packages are available. The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair is sponsored by United Arts of Central Florida and Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Tickets available on www. RedChairProject.com.HARMONY MUSIC FESTIVALHARMONY Harmonys Town Square will be the site of a new event, the Harmony Music & Arts Festival, Sept. 28-29. A wide variety of professional artists and craftsmen from all over the state, along with a solid line-up of musicians, will be on hand showcasing their talents during the event. The festival will be held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. A wide variety of artists will be part of the outdoor juried art festival competing for $5,000 in prizes, plus there will be three stages of music and performances, a Kids Area with shows, hands-on art projects, and more. Admission is free. There is more information at www.harmonyfl.com or http://harmonyfl.com/ Amenities/music-arts-festival. See DVDs, page B-2 HBO The ArtsOne of TVs best dramas B oardwalk Empire, cont inues to impress with a t hird s eason. New episodes come to HBO on Sept. 8. By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor You cant tell it by the summertime temperatures, but fall is in full swing at the Osceola Center for the Arts with the arrival of the fall class schedule and soon to come, the Broadway Series. The fall class schedule of art activities (Session 1) begins Monday. Visit www.ocfta.com for more class details and descriptions. Among the Session 1 offerings: Multimedia Youth Art Class: Monday evenings. Guitar (adult & youth): Wednesday evenings Stained Glass (adult): Thursday evenings. Drawing (adult & youth): Wednesday evenings. Pottery (adult & youth): Wed & Thursday evenings. Cost: $100-$120 Registration: 407-846-6257 Ext. 0 Broadway Series Tickets f or the 2013-2014 Broadway Series are now on sale. The season schedule: Cats Oct. 11 27 Meet Me in St. Louis Dec. 6 15 Dont Drink the Water Jan. 17-26Plus a special concert this weekend with Rachel Potter Follow us on Twitte r www.twitter.com/icmovies Putting On Your DVDs Ranch Rodeo Finals ride into Silver Spurs See Art, page B-2Rodeo fans dont have to wait until the Silver Spurs Rodeo to get their rodeo fix. The 6th annual Ranch Rodeo State Finals comes to the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Hertiage Park, Sept. 26-27. Sixteen ranching teams from across the state are vying for the 2013 championship title during a two night rodeo performance, as well as a daylong celebration of ranching and Floridas heritage in Kissimmee. The Ranch Rodeo State Finals will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday inside the Silver Spurs Arena. The rodeo will feature saddle bronc riding, colt riding, wild cow milking, calf paint-branding, team doctoring, double mugging, cattle sorting, stampede race and a boot scramble for the kids. The sixteen teams had to pre-qualify for the state championship event by winning a regional rodeo. Each team will consist of 4 men and 1 woman, these cowboys and cowgirls will showcase their daily ranching skills during this friendly competition for awards, prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. Admission into the Ranch Rodeo is $10 per person, ages 10 and under are free. On Saturday, the Cowboy Heritage Festival will begin at 10 am. This family friendly free event will highlight Floridas history through displays, as well as unique cowboy art. The Heritage Festival will also feature performers and live actors within the exhibits showcasing the cowboy and ranching way of life. New to the event this year is the Working Ranch Horse Competition, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. within the Silver Spurs Arena. While shopping the many vendors inside and out, you can also witness firsthand how these cow ranchers toil their cow herds.Plus, outdoor rodeo comes to Kenansville Labor Day W eekend Osceola art center kicks off new classes In addition to saddle bronc riding, colt riding and other rodeo events, the Ranch Rodeo finals also features a briskett and steak cook-off. See Rodeo, page B-2 Submitted photo T he c lasses o ffered by the O sceola Center for the Arts vary by session. T he n ew session includes m ultimedia y ourth art, guitar, stained glass, drawing and pottery. To register for a c lass and for information c all 407-846-6257. Before Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Christian Bale, there was only one Batman. Adam West, TVs original Batman will be making a personal appearance stop at the Neebo/the College Book and Supply store Monday at UCF. West will sign autographs and help students find the best deals on textbook rentals and school supplies. He will also participate in a live event at 7 p.m. at the Venue in the University of Central Florida Arena. The event is free and open to the public and will give attendees a behind the scenes look at his career. West is best known for his role as Bruce Wayne in the classic television series Batman and as the inspiration and voice of the eccentric Mayor West in the hit Fox television show Family Guy. He has also lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as The Simpsons, Rugrats, Batman, Animaniacs, Johnny Bravo, Spydogs, The Super Adventure Team, and many others.
Page B2, DVDs Continued from page B-1RodeoContinued from page B-1 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Feb 21 March 9 Dial M for Murder April 4 13 The Full Monty May 2 18 Showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Season Tickets: Seniors $95; Adults $125 Individual Tickets: Seniors $19; Adults $22; Students $15 Info: 407-846-6257 Ext. 0. Rachel Potter Rachel Potter, a Central Florida native and Broadway musical performer, winning the hearts of country music fans with her debut album Live the Dream, will appear Sunday at the Osceola Center for the Arts. It will be a broadway meets country performance. She will be joined by special guest Chase Peacock, of Broadways American Idiot. Born in New Orleans, raised in Seminole, and a University of Central Florida graduate, Potter has always had country music in her blood. Her new song The Verdict was recently nominated for a 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Country Song. Potters inspiration for her new album Live the Dream began two years ago while on national tour with the smash hit musical, Wicked. She followed that starring role in Wicked by joining the Broadway casts of The Addams Family and Evita. It feels great to be home. The res no better feeling than to have the chance to share your hard work with friends and supporters, said Potter. Im a Florida native, a UCF grad and longtime Disney performer, so Orlando is my stomping grounds and where my foundation was built. Now after a little success, its amazing to come back to my roots, share my music, and show people whats in my heart and what my passion is. More Center activities The center will host the Adult Actor Workshop. The workshop focuses on stage movement, script work and improv. Instructed by Timothy Beltley. Date: Saturday, August 17. Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: $25 per workshop Ages: 16+ up Place: OCFTA Studio Theatre Registration: 407-92-1022 (pre-registration required). Auditions for Youth Performance Troupe. Looking for the best actors, singers and dancers in Central Florid. Audition Date: Saturday, August 24. Audition Time: 6 p.m. Details: actors ages 13-18; prepare one comedic and one dramatic monologue and 16 bars of a musical theater song. Annual dues: $250, -includes costumes, scripts, competition transportation, lodging and more Ages: 13-18. Questions: 407-846-6257 Ext. 5. three storyline with this interactive, in-feature guide. Newsreels: Explore some of the real-world events and historical figures that inspired Boardwalk Empire season three with these 24 exclusive featurettes DVD Features (also included with the Blu-ray version): Distilling Season 2: Look back at season two with this 14-minute recap featuring creator/executive producer Terence Winter. New Characters: An introduction to Gyp Rosetti, Billie Kent, Gaston Means, Dean OBanion, and Benny Siegel. Boardwalk Empire Directors Chair: Hear directors Tim Van Patten and Allen Coulter break down key scenes from season three, and how they approach taking the series from the script to the screen. Scorsese on Season 3: Award-winning director and executive producer Martin Scorsese provides a unique and detailed perspective on the third season of Boardwalk Empire. Audio Commentaries: six audio commentaries with cast and crew including creator Terence Winter, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Gretchen Mol and more. Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire comes to HBO Sept. 8. Season 3 comes to retailers Tuesday. Southland It is kind of sad to see this one go away. After five seasons, Southland is no more. But this fine police drama, which is heads above just about every other cop show on TV, can live on with the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release of the final season. This is a 10 episode set on 2-discs. The DVD release, unlike the series, is even more frank with its uncensored dialogue. Watching Southland always makes my mind wander to those innocent (and hammy and preachy) days of yesteryear when Jack Webb and Dragnet was considered to be a real police drama. It is still fun to watch Dragnet and Adam 12 too, but Dragnet is practically cartoonish compared to the officers and detectives of Southland. Southlands primary stars are Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, C. Thomas Howell, Regina King and Ben McKenzie playing the cops and detectives whose beat is the often dangerous, South Central Los Angeles. While the show was cancelled at seasons end, the final episode, Reckoning, does feature a proper closure to the series. DVD special features include Southland: Shooting in Progress featurette and deleted scenes. Upcoming DVDs The latest HBO movie, Clear History, featuring Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, comes to Blu-ray/HBO Oct. 29. The comedy, in the tradition of Seinfeld and other David projects, features David as Nathan Flomm, a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who misses out on a billion dollar opportunity. Co-written by David, his team of Curb writers, the film features an all-star cast including Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton and more. Thomas the Engine The enoromously popular Thomas the Engine childrens series pulls into the stateion with a new DVD/Blu-ray adventure Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway coming to Blu-Ray/ DVD Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand Sept. 17 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. King of the Railway The Movie introduces four new engines and one new destination on the Island of Sodor. New engine Stephen is based on the legendary Stephensons Rocket,one of the fastest and most advanced steam locomotives of its day. Meet the Earl of Sodor and see how Thomas and the Steam Team rely on friendship and cooperation to avoid disaster and save the day. Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway The Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack has many special features including an all new, exclusive game, karaoke music videos and engine puzzles. The Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway The Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.ArtContinued from page B-1 And if thats not enough, your taste buds will have be entertained too, as the annual Brisket and Steak cook off takes place. Guests to the event can browse through the cook stations and taste the brisket, directly from the smokers. As for the steaks, purchase your $20 Steak Dinner Tickets in advance from the Cattlemens office by calling 407-846-6221; there is a limited amount of tickets sold, and tickets will be available starting Sept. 1. For more information about the Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival call 407-846-6221 or visit www.RanchRodeoFinals.com. The Florida Cattlemens is a statewide non-profit organization, established in 1934. It is devoted entirely and exclusively to promoting and protecting the ability of cattlemen members to produce and market their products. The Silver Spurs is digging up old roots and hosting an outdoor rodeo this Labor Day weekend in Kenansville, just south of St. Cloud. Its going to be two days of outdoor family fun on Sept.12 at 2 p.m. daily. The arena has covered seating and concessions will be available onsite. The Kenansville Rodeo Arena is located at 389 1st Ave. Tickets for the rodeo are $10 per person, plus kids 12 and under are free. The action will be just as extreme and exciting that you see during the Bi-Annual Silver Spurs Rodeos held at the Silver Spurs Arena. Longtime residents and visitors to the Central Florida area will remember the Silver Spurs Rodeos that were held in the outdoor facility located on U.S. Highway 192 from 1943-2002. We are excited to bring back the feeling of the good ole days, says Scott Ramsey, 2013/14 Big Boss for the Silver Spurs. Its going to be two fun filled days for the kids, contestants and our club, he said. For tickets visit www.silverspursrodeo.com or call 407-67RODEO. The PRCA Labor Rodeo is supported by Experience Kissimmee, Wild Florida, Kisselback Ford, Folsom Electric, Lynch Oil and Osceola News Gazette. The Silver Spurs Riding Club, a non-profit organization, is a volunteer based Osceola County tradition since 1942. Club members dedicate endless hours to the clubs events such as the biannual Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions to promote good horsemanship and fellowship and to continue a lifelong tradition. For additional information on the Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions, call 407-67-RODEO or go to www.silverspursrodeo. com. Theres Always Something To Celebrate inFlorida051613.CELE Donations Needed!Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up407-507-3947Come visit us at Your donations feed & clothe people locally. Your proceeds also help support Give Kids the World and the Rock Church Youth Ministry. www.hopeforhumanityusa.org Open 7 Days A Week Food Pantry Open Wed 9 AM 3 PM(Near mile marker 10 1/2 mile east of Old Town)HOPE THRIFT 610 Sycamore Street Celebration, FL 34747 407-566-1234TheCelebrationFoundation.org rf
Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Park Place By Peter Covino Lifestyles Editor Ive always been a fan of Halloween Horror Nights, but the haunted houses, even the best ones, are never particularly scary. At least to me. I guess it has something to do with going through a maze with dozens of other fright fans, that no matter how many zombies come flying at your face, you know deep down inside, nothing really bad will happen. Horror rivals Busch Gardens have increased the fear factor though in recent years with the Alone: A Personal Experience in Horror. For an additional fee, you can get a lot more scares with a more solitary experience as you go through the Tampa theme parks Howl-O-Scream event. Busch Gardens just upped the ante one more time this week The Experiment. If you are very brave or just like to be scared out of your wits, The Experiment might be just the ticket for your favorite Halloween f antasy, w hich its creators are calling the most personally invasive haunted attraction in Howl-O-Scream history. From the press release: In this all-new experience you become a test subject and researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental e ndurance. Th e test subjects endure psychological experiments and must face fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. You are not just seeing the scares. In the Experiment, you become part of them. Refuse to participate and your Experiment will be terminated. What will happen if you choose to play along and test your limits? Will they push the edge on how far is too far in the study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment? Up to four test subjects can challenge The Experiment at a time, and reservations are required. The Experiment admission is $50 for the first test subject and $10 for each additional test subject in the same reservation. Howl-OScream admission is required, but not included. The Experiment is available every night of the event and is located in the Eqypt area of the park. Opening weekend for HowlO-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2013. For a limited time, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2013 is $47. Or, if youre scared to go alone, you and three friends can save on a pack of four tickets to Howl-OScream on Thursdays for only $30 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for $37. Rock the Universe Tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlandos annual Christian music event Rock the Universe. On Sept. 6 and 7, guests at Universal Orlandos Rock the Universe 2013 will be entertained by 18 of Christian Rocks most popular bands such as Lecrae, Switchfoot and Casting Crowns, inspiring guest speakers, access to unparalleled theme park entertainment and more. There are a variety of ticket options available for Rock the Universe 2013. The more for your money option is the Rock Your Weekend ticket, which includes admission to both nights of Rock the Universe and three days admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universals Islands of Adventure. This ticket is available for purchase online through Aug. 30. Regular admission advance tickets are $54.99; day of event tickets are $62.99. For more details about Rock the Universe 2013, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com. Space Center In celebration of the new $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction that opened June 29, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests who assemble their own Atlantis Crew can save up to 20 percent off regular admission. The larger the crew, the greater the savings. For a part y of two, admission is $90 plus tax, or 10 percent off regular admission. A party of three will receive 15 percent off regular admission, or $127.50 plus tax. A party of four will pay only $160 plus tax, or 20 percent off regular admission. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 2. For savings on groups of five or more, call 866-768-2167. Space Shuttle Atlantis is the worlds most comprehensive and interactive attraction devoted to NASAs 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Of the three space-flown orbiters distributed by NASA to science centers and museums throughout the country, only Atlantis is the focal point of a $100 million, 90,000-square-foot attraction containing four multimedia and cinematic productions and more than 60 interactive experiences that invite guests to be the astronaut and to celebrate the people, passion and patriotism behind the shuttle program. Space Shuttle Atlantis also includes Shuttle Launch Experience, an incredible simulated journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle. Only at Space Shuttle Atlantis can guests come literally nose-to-nose with an actual space shuttle orbiter that flew in space 33 times and still bears the scars, scorch marks and space dust of its last mission. Only at Space Shuttle Atlantis can guests have a nearly 360-degree view of Atlantis as only astronauts have seen it before, tilted on its side at a 43.21-degree angle, seeming to float in space with its payload bay doors open and its robotic arm extended, as if it has just undocked from the International Space Station (ISS). The standard bus tour, included with admission, explores the history of the Apollo moon and space shuttle programs with panoramic views of Kennedy Space Center, the Vehicle Assembly Buildings (VAB) exterior and a stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where visitors see an authentic 363-foot Saturn V moon rocket and relive the historic Apollo missions that saw man land on the moon. Other Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attractions and activities include Angr y Birds Space Encounter, Astronaut Training Experience, Rocket Garden, two IMAX theaters, Astronaut Encounter, Lunch With an Astro naut, U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted. For more information on Kennedy Space C enter Complex, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.T est subjects needed for new Howl-O-Scream add on event Amp up the horror: Busch Gardens wants to experiment with youHowl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens features a more personalized trip in horror with its solitary options and has just announced The Experiment, a ticket to be a test s ubject for f ear-inducing elements such as r oaches a nd s nakes. 407-518-8159 Osceola School Districts Back-To-School HotlineWe know that in the beginning of the new school year, parents and students have lots of questions! Luckily, the answers are just a phone call away! Transportation and Bus Routes Plus School Open House Dates, School Attendance Zones, District Uniform Dress Code Policy, School Lunches, Necessary Immunizations, Before & After School Care, Pre-Kindergarten, Registration Information, and more! 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Page B4, Whats new?St. Cloud Senior Center eventsThe following events are hosted weekly by the St. Cloud Senior Center. On Monday nights a Social Dance is held in Hall A from 7 to 10 p.m. Live bands are present all Mondays, all year. A donation of $ per person is requested. For more information call John McMahon at, 407-951-9700. On Saturday nights a Country Dance is held in Hall A from 7 to 10 p.m. Live bands are present November thru April. A donation of $4 per person is requested. In other months music will be provided by a DJ and admission to the dance is free. All ages are welcome to Line dance and Social dance to a variety of music. For more information call John Dutt at, 407-957-2295. On Fridays The Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A from 6 to 9 p.m. for lessons and open dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages are welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For more information call Gail Smith at, 407-408-5039.Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee (OCDEC) meetingAn Osceola County Democratic Executive Committee meeting will be held on August 22 starting at 7 p.m. in conference room 4727 on the 4th floor of the Administration Building in the Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee. Guest are always welcome. Other events to look out for are as follows: The Democrats of Celebration (DOC) will meet on Aug. 28. A social gathering will begin at 6:45 p.m. followed by a meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave, Celebration. All are welcome to the meetings. The Osceola County Democratic Hispanic Caucus will meet on Aug. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in conference room 4727 on the fourth floor of the Administration Building in the Courthouse Complex, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee.GriefShareThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 29. A second location for meetings is the Community Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Aug. 30. GriefShare features national recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include The Journey of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family and Grief, Why? and, Stuck in Grief. Following the presentation, all those present may share their experiences, their questions, and their reactions to grief. It is a safe place for all. This 13-week session is open to people of all faith who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information contact Nancy Boss at, 407-873-1067 or email@example.com.Osceola Regional Medical Center Auxiliary MasqueradeThe Osceola Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will sponsor a Masquerade $5 jewelry and accessory sale on Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Aug. 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital classrooms, A and B. Assorted jewelry will be available including, wristwatches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, eyeglass holders, scarfs, childrens merchandise, and more. The public is invited to attend and participate. Proceeds will be forwarded to the Auxiliarys Scholarship and Charity Fund. The next Auxiliary General Meeting will be held at the hospital classroom on Sept. 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. and will include breakfast. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the previous events contact Auxiliary Volunteers.Jeff LaJess and Country JakeInternationally known and award winning Elvis tribute artist, Jeff Jelvis LaJess, and upcoming country star and recording artist, Country Jake, will perform at American Legion Post 10, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Kissimmee, on Sept. 5. The show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance. For more information call Shirley at, 407-922-4502 or 407-8473012.Council on Aging Flea MarketThe Osceola County Council on Aging will host a flea market on Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. Come check out a large selection of new and vintage items; plus lots of jewelry and low prices. For further information call Carmen Carasquillo at, 407-4831473.Charlie CarlsonOsceola Library System will presents raconteur, historian, and 10th generation Floridian and master of the weird Charlie Carlson Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. Carlson will entertain with truly strange tales of Floridas past. Carlson, author of many books and magazine articles, has appeared in numerous TV documentaries, including the Curse of the Blair Witch on the SciFi Channel and has been featured in cable television, DVD documentaries, and independent films about unexplained Florida phenomena. Find out more about Charlie Carlson by going to this website http://www.weirdus. com/states/florida/. Find out more about the upcoming event at Hart Memorial Library by going to www. osceolalibrary.org. Admission is free.AARP driver safety classAn AARP driver safety class will be Friday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee at the Senior Friends building near the Publix supermarket at the Pleasant Hill Road and John Young Parkway intersection. Reserve your spot by calling Ron at 407-944-9718. Leave a message. Its limited to the first 25 people.Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, located at 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. In August, the club will feature lead and follow through dance. Class meets Aug. 21 and 28, featuring the tango. The class starts promptly at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. with dance practice from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Come early to register. For more information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546.Monthly financial update Robert Rosen, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Kissimmee, is holding a monthly discussion on market topics and investment strategies. The next event is on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Vintage Vino, 14 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-870-5464 Wills and trusts seminarCapital Estates Educational Services will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee The topic for the presentation will be wills and trusts. The lecture information is provided purely as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed and all requests for further information will be referred to appropriate legal counsel for individual consultation. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your will? Reservations are required. RSVP to Joe McQuaid at 407-593 2243 or Tom Dalton at 407-908 3708. Become a Boy Scout or volunteer leaderMembership recruiting in Osceola County elementary and middle schools for Boy Scouts of America will run Aug. 22 through November. Cub Scouting is for youth ages 7 to 10 while Boy Scouting is for youth 11 to 17. Scouting is the largest youth organization in Osceola County. Volunteers and Scout leaders will visit schools after classes to provide information about the program. Parents with an interest in serving as volunteer leaders also can obtain information. Sign-up forms will be available and students and parents will be notified in advance of the recruiting through fliers. Scouting also includes Venture crews and Explorer posts, co-education programs for those 14 to 20 years old. For more information on Scouting, visit www.cflscouting.org or contact Osceola District Executive S terling Yoars at sterling.yoars@ cflscouting.org. In addition, there is a website (www.BeaScout.org) where families can input their addresses and the system shows them the meeting locations of the nearest Scouting units. Scout popcorn sales kick offScouts of all ages in the Osceola District Boy Scouts of America have begun fundraising for their various activities by selling popcorn and pretzels products. Scouts last year in Osceola County raised approximately $137,000 by selling Trails End products, and more than 70 percent of that amount went to local scouting activities and programs. Scouts also will sell popcorn for donation to military men and women, their families and veterans organizations. To support the campaign, which runs through October, look for Scouts at the entrances of local large retailers or contact a Scout you might know directly. Products to be offered range from microwave kettle corn to pretzels wrapped in white chocolate. There are several new varieties of popcorn this year and include sour cream/onion and buffalo cheddar cheese, among others. For more information on Scouting, visit www.cflscouting.org or contact Osceola District Executive Sterling Yoars at sterling.yoars@ cflscouting.org.EuchreEuchre is played every Tuesday at the American Legion post 10 on Lake shore Drive at 1 p.m.. A beginners lesson is at 12:20 p.m. Everyone is invited. Village volunteers soughtThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Anyone who has one to three hours of free time per week should consider being a volunteer in any number of roles with the organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Juana Kelly at 407-396-8644, Ext. 7 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at osceolahistory.org.Luncheon and auctionOn Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Osceola Decorative Artists at the Osceola Center for the Arts will sponsor the Creative Container Luncheon and Auction at the center, 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Tickets must be purchased prior to Sept. 1 for $15. The 9 a.m. program will be Gifts from the Garden Create natural and recycled materials for an ornament for the Christmas tree. It will be presented by Jacqueline Dom bovy, naturalist. At 11:30 a.m. the luncheon auction will begin, followed by the table centerpieces auction and silent basket auction. For more information, call Barbara Layton at 407-520-7638.Fashion show and luncheonThe Osceola Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary of Kissimmee will sponsor a Fashions For Fall fashion show and luncheon Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. The show will be at the Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway, Kissimmee. All proceeds will go to the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund and other charities the group supports annually. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling 407-5183907 or from one of the ORMC volunteers. Rummage sale, flea marketFriday and Saturday, Sept. 27, and 28, VFW Post 3227 will be having its indoor fall rummage sale and flea market. Tables are $10 each. Stop by the post at 915 New York Ave. to reserve your table, spaces are limited. Donations of clean usable items are appreciated and may be dropped off at the office or call 407-8926761 for pick up or more information. DAV No. 148The monthly members meetings will be Sunday with the DAVA meeting beginning at 2 p.m. and the DAV Rewarded by Rotary The Osceola High School Class of 83 is planning a 30-year reunion for Sept. 14 at the Florida Mall Hotel. Deadline for registration is Sept. 1. Details can be found at, http:// home.windstream.net/bkerrr/83/. For more information, contact Pam Gaffney Yelvington at 321-6240652 or, email@example.com.Ready for reunion? News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay recently awarded $1,000 renewable scholarships to three graduating seniors from PATHS Professional and Technical High School. The recipients were members of the schools Interact Club, a service club for young people ages 12-18, sponsored by Kissimmee Bay Rotary. Rotary is a diverse global network of community, business, and professional leaders who address relevant social causes to change lives and build goodwill and peace at home and abroad. The Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay meets at Kissimmee Bay Country Club each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. From left are: Trish Abell, Rotary Club scholarship chair, with students Lisa Rivera and Ricky Legoute. Whats happening? C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com See Community, page B-5 Engagement Bronson Matthews Mr. Robert Bronson, of St. Cloud and Ms. Jody Bronson, of Orlando, announce the engagement of their daughter, T aylor Rae Bronson, to Zachery R yan Matthews, of St. Cloud. The bride-to-be is a graduate of the First Academy and is a full time student. Her fianc is the son of Mr. Brian Matthews, and Ms. Sandy Matthews, all of St. Cloud. He graduated from Harmony High School and is presently in the United States Navy. The wedding will be held at the Ve ro Beach Hotel, Ve ro Beach. Attendants will be R ylee Kay Bronson, Lauren Ashley Whaley, Emily Layton, Hannah Matthews, Jake Matthews, Matthew Bronson, Jeremy Matthews and Duke Bronson.
Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 meeting beginning at 3:3 0 p.m., all members are asked to attend. The DAV service officer is available every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. to help with any military benefit needs. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night, all day. Special drink prices are available for the ladies. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday. Wear your red shirt to show your support for our military troops serving overseas. On the second and fourth Friday of the month, $1 long necks are available for those who come in wearing a red shirt. Barnyard meat bingo takes places every first and third Saturday of the month starting at noon. The DAVA and DAV are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 34744. For further information, call 407-846-4141.Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC)The first meeting of the club year for the Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC) will be Sept. 18 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is dedicated to welcoming new members. Mike La Rosa, Florida House of Representatives, District 42, will be the speaker. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 p.m. The Clubhouse is at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. next to the St. Cloud Heritage Museum where members can volunteer. The new museum hours of operation in September are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge but donations are accepted. For more information regarding the club or museum, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347, or jowgen@ embarqmail.com.Heritage MuseumThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school age children to young adults. Discover, learn and have fun during this very special journey to the past. The museum is open to the public for learning about St. Cloud history as well as military memorabilia, Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For museum information, contact Jean Witherington at 407-957-1845.Osceola High School class of 83 reunion The Osceola High School Class of 83 is planning a 30-year reunion for Sept. 14 at the Florida Mall Hotel. D eadline for registration is Sept. 1. Details can be found at, http://home.windstream.net/ bkerrr/83/. For more information, contact Pam Gaffney Yelvington at 321-624-0652 or, firstname.lastname@example.org. Free document shreddingThere will be a free document shredding again from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the park and ride lot behind Hess Station on Shady Lane at the Floridas Turnpike entrance off U.S. Highway 192. Its hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Kissimmee. For more information, call 407932-2037.Kissimmee Writers GroupThe Kissimmee Writers Group is looking for fiction writers and authors of all genres. Attendance is free and open to everyone, from aspiring writer to published author. The group motto is Writers Helping Writers, and member benefits include education, critique, networking, and support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. For more information, email Randy Austin at flenviro@ gmail.com. Ahoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Moose Lodge, 1019 N. Main St. Lunch is available. No membership fee is required. Travel includes day bus trips, overnights, cruises and international travel. For additional information, call Donna, liaison officer, at 407-569-2118 or email email@example.com. Edward Jones supports school supply drive Those wishing to donate school supplies to the Education Foundation of Osceola may drop them off at the Edward Jones branch office of Rob Rosen, 109 E. Monu ment Ave., K issimmee, through Aug. 30. The items needed for the school-supply drive include: crayons, pencils, markers, scissors, glue, sharpeners, erasers, paper, notebooks, folders and backpacks.SC soccer teams seek playersThe St. Cloud Soccer Club seeks players for its U15 and U16 boys teams. To schedule a tryout, contact Brian Cecil at saintcloudstampede@gmail. com.Sons of Confederate VeteransThe Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. Meetings start at 7 p.m.. See www.JacobSummerlin. org for further information. Fun Seekers Travel ClubThe Fun Seekers Travel Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Elks Lodge on Kings Highway in Kissimmee. The meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Day Trips, overnights and cruises will be discussed. For more information on trips or about the club, call 407-846-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.com 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 Wednesdays, dinner specials will run from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool, dinner specials from 5 to 7 p.m. On Thursdays there is free pool; dinner specials from 5 to 8 p.m.; $1 drafts. Trivia game night is at 8 p.m. On Fridays, there is free shuffleboard from 3 to 7 p.m., Grill menu weekly, prime rib dinners on the first and third weeks from 5 to 8 p.m., and karaoke at 8 p.m. On Saturdays, RoadKill Bingo will take place on the first and third weeks, N.Y. strip steak will be available 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. Post 80 is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 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 our only goal. For more information, call the post at 407-892-8808 or Mike Turco at 352-5721261.American Legion Post 10 EventsThe American Legion Post 10 Kissimmee holds the following events: All veterans and family are welcome. We will honor all military membership cards (VFW, DAV, etc.) and active duty ID cards. Sunday is game day, at 1 p.m., free pool, bowling, ping pong, and more. On Mondays at 7 p.m. there is a free Texas Holdem Tourney for points, food is served. Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. is karaoke; bingo at 5:30 p.m.(open to public), food is served. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Barnyard Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 5:30, Bingo (open to public), food is served. On Fridays, there are seafood dinners from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., live bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. On Saturdays, there ar e full course dinners from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., live bands and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Legion will pay the first years membership for any veteran or active duty soldier who has served during the Gulf War era. (January 31, 1990 to present). Our hall and/or kitchen are available to the public for weddings, etc. SAL meetings changed to first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-847-4193.Celebrate RecoveryCome celebrate recovery at the Celebrate Recovery Program, dealing with lifes hurts, habits and hang-ups, at Cornerstone Family Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud, every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 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. 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.Poinciana Friends of the LibraryThe Poinciana Friends of the Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.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, 34770-2087.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, 34770-2087.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, 407-891-7099 or (night) 407-730-5641.Kissimmee Moose 2056The lodge has lunch specials ever yday 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 nonsmoking 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 schedule 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 Community Continued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 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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Page B6, Community Continued from Page B5 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 Marge Sisson at 407847-2496.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.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 Lori at 407-694-5277 or Carole at 407-846-1992 for more information.Narcoossee Historical SocietyThe Narcoossee Are a 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 407595-6727 or contact lisaliu@ embarqmail.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.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.Eagles 4048 bingoThe Eagles 4048 group will be playing bingo Sundays at 4 p.m. at 15 W. Darlington Ave., Kissimmee. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 407-846-4990. The Spirit of 76 Gun Club of Central FloridaThe Spirit of Gun Club of Central Florida 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 Jed Suhl at 407-908-0568 or email to email@example.com.Sons of Italy 2523The Osceola County Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2523 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Kissimmee Bay Golf and Country Club. The lodge welcomes all men and women of Italian heritage (or spouse that is Italian) to join. It holds events throughout the year for charities and high school scholarships. For more information, contact lodge president Gertrude Dorries at 321-2866787 for more information.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. 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They were married 58 years and remained devoted to each other in a loving relationship always. He enjoyed camping, traveling and dancing and combined all these activities with the Hitch and Go Square Dance Club. He is also survived by two daughters, Carey L. Garn eau and Kelley C. Noble and his sister, Beverly M. Armbruste r. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Wa rrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject. org 877-832-6997. Arrangements under the direction of Fisk Funeral Home and Crematory, 1107 Massachusetts Ave., St. Cloud, FL 34769. 407-8982-2155 www.fiskfh.com HOGSTEN Mr. Thomas Michael Hogsten, age 42, of St. Cloud passed away Tu esday, August 6, 2013 at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center in St. Cloud. Mr. Hogsten was born in Ironton, Ohio and has lived in the Central Florida Area for most of his life. He was in the construction industry. Thomas was a wonderful and loving father who loved fishing and hunting. He was a great friend to many and he will always be loved and deeply missed. He is survived by daughters, Amber Hogsten, Av a Hogsten, Ashley Talbott; grandchildren, Jaycee, Leah, and Kylie; siblings, Jesicca, Ann, David; grandparents, John and Emma Ravencraft. He was preceded in death by his mothe r, Marg aret Crown, and daughte r, Erica Hogsten. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Faith Harvest Ministries with Pastor Bill Kenna officiating. Inte rm ent will follow in Mt. Peace Cemetery in St. Cloud. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., also on Saturday at the church. Services under the direction of Osceola Memory Garden s Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematory, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, Florida. (407) 847-2494 www.OsceolaMemGds.co PLEASE SUBMIT OBITUARIESFOR SATURD AY NEWS-GAZETTE BY THURSDA Y AT 3 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2013 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B7 Its that time of year. School starts are upon us. Unfortunately, many students will not have what they need for the classroom. But local businesses are working to change that with a collaborative community sponsored school supply drive that equips local youth in need. Just in time for school, three local elementary schools were outfitted with backpacks and school supplies offered by Conway Lakes Health & Rehab Centers long-term residents, staff and business partners. The event, now in its fourth year, has given away more than 650 backpacks to help children successfully begin the school year with better preparedness. The backpacks were a treat for many children on Aug. 13 and there was an added bonus: The bags werent empty. It came with an assortment of business donated paper, pencils, and crayons. Student volunteers from Winter Park High School ROTC program helped to fill the bags and then assisted senior residents to give backpacks to Ventura and Azalea Elementary school children attending the event. For transport strapped children at Killarney Elementary, 100 bags were delivered there for their needs. According to the National Retail Federation, the average household with school-aged children will yearly spend $95.44 on school supplies. There are nearly 16 million children in the U.S. that live in poverty. Not being able to afford the basic supplies and equipment, like pencils and paper, can put students at risk for failure, reports U.S. Department of Education. Research makes the case that preparing students early on will set them up for success in school, work and life, according to the HighScope Perry Preschool study. Their study shows that investing $1 in a childs success saves $17 down the road, with tangible results measured in lower crime, fewer single parents, and higher individual earnings and education levels. I dont know who has the best time at our yearly event, says Matt File, administrator for Conway Lakes Health & Rehab Center in Orlando. Our residents or the kids. File says that many elderly long-term residents arent mobile in the community, So, when the community comes to us it is a real treat for everyone involved. File says that some of his residents are retired teachers. Theyve donated their time, resources and energy to our project of helping local children get ready for school and they really look forward to this annual event, he said. Its been a festive tradition since 2009. This year hot dogs, drinks, snacks, face painting and clowns were added and provided for fun. The event gets bigger each year. Weve actually doubled our annual backpack giveaway program and our goal is to increase awareness to our local businesses of the many ways they can support our Back to School Bash, said Lillian Bell, business office manager for Conway Lakes Health & Rehab Center. It takes everyone in the community to create a brighter future, says File. Your contribution is an investment in children, and together we can achieve lasting results. For more information on how to help Back to School Bash, call Lillian Bell at 407-384-8838. Conway Lakes Health & Rehab Center offers comprehensive rehabilitative outpatient and inpatient services for short or long term care and is located at 5201 Curry Ford Road, Orlando. These days, it can be an uphill battle for small business owners. Even with all the makings of success a great product or service, the right location, good equipment and a loyal staff gaining customers in todays world spells new technical challenges and new costs. Get online Small businesses always have and always will be tasked with gaining recognition and standing out from the competition. But with everyones eyes forever on their gadgets and smartphones, a simple billboard wont cut it anymore. American small business owners are showing up on the Internet in droves to market themselves, according to a recent report from online business community Manta. Because the competition is already there, building a website and participating in social media via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media tools is crucial. But an Internet presence is just the first step. Maximize the effort From creating web text and social media activity to the development of interactive graphics, audio and video, turning your website visitors into true customers and sales requires expertise. Whether you are hiring a qualified tech specialist to work for you full-time or outsourcing your efforts to an agency or freelancer, maximizing your online presence is an expenditure for which you may not have accounted for when you first drew up your business plan. Its all about spending the time and money to design an easy-to-use website and to continually communicate new information via social media. Once you start a dialogue with your customers via Facebook or Twitter, you need to keep it up. You cant start and stop, and use social media sporadically. Online marketing needs to be a continual process, experts said. New expenditures While the economy may be taking a turn for the better, traditional lenders have not made funds more easily accessible. As a result, direct access to capital remains tight for many small business owners, making it harder to fund the marketing projects necessary for survival. Experts say that exploring your options is critical to avoid going dark. Alternative financing rescues many small businesses facing tough times because these options are often easier to qualify for than their conventional counterparts, says Stephen Sheinbaum, CEO of Merchant Cash and Capital, an organization that provides funding to small businesses. If youre short on capital, consider an alternative with more relaxed restrictions on credit history and fewer paperwork requirements. For example, a Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) is gaining popularity as a financing option. MCAs have no collateral requirements and are extraordinarily flexible because borrowers dont have to spell out what the money is being used for and repayment can be based off credit card sales, monthly gross revenue or through several other measurements. More information about alterna tive financing can be found at www. MerchantCashAndCapital.com. Small business owners can look to their forebears for guidance in many ways. But when it comes to overcoming todays new technical and financial challenges, the successful entrepreneurs will be the trailblazers. Bouchard Insurance makes top 100 best companies list Bouchard Insurance was recently named one of Floridas Best Companies to Work For by Florida Trend magazine. The fifth annual statewide Best Companies list appears in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine and on FloridaTrend.com. One hundred companies were recognized in small, medium, and large company categories. Bouchard ranked 22nd in the Mid-sized Companies category. We are honored to have been selected again this year, and we owe our thanks to our employees for helping us create an award-winning culture, says Keith Mercier, Regional Sales Manager (Southwest Florida). Bouchard has a branch in downtown Kissimmee. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the registration, survey and analysis and determined the final rankings. For a list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For In Florida, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies.Kissimmee Chamber celebrates Shirley RaghunathJune Hospitality Industry Award Winner for Superior Customer Service Shirley Raghunath has been an employee at Flamingo WaterPark Resort for three years. Raghunath was nominated by Kathy FrazierKenney, director of sales and marketing for Flamingo WaterPark Resort, and said Shir ley has many duties and wears many hats. She takes pride in her job and her appear ance and loves talking to people and always has a smile even when a guest isnt happy. Recently in a sold out situation, Rag hunath went above and beyond in assisting a guest who traveled to the area after his child was hurt in a sporting event. David Nolan, former president of the Kis simmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, presented the award to Shirley in front of employees from Flamingo WaterPark Resort and Experience Kissimmee. Osceola County serves tourists and residents alike. How we treat our customers is crucial for our continued success. Shirley demonstrates excellence in all she does in her position. We are thankful for the fine job Shirley does on behalf of the hospitality industry, Nolan said. The Osceola Hospitality Awards recognizes Osceola Countys best hospitality and tourism industry employees, those who have provided exemplary customer service, exhibited an exceptional contribution, exceeded expectations, or have overcome particular challenges. The Osceola Hospitality Awards are sponsored by Experience Kissimmee and the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce KUA named a a top company for working familiesKissimmee Utility Authority has been recognized for the 13th year by the Orlando Sentinel as one of its Top 100 Companies for Working Families. And for the first time, KUA joins an elite group of companies to finish in the Sentinels top 25 on the list, placing 25th overall for companies with more than 250 employees. Top 100 companies were recently recognized at an awards luncheon at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. The list recognizes employers in the region that offer progressive and forward thinking pro grams and benefits that make family a top priority. An independent panel of judges, comprised of local human resources experts, determined the Top 100 by measuring the strength of each companys family-related benefits against the quantity of those benefits. Were honored to receive this recognition as an employer of choice for working families, said Wilbur Hill, KUAs vice-president of human resources. To be distinguished as a Top 25 company this year is a wonderful endorsement of the culture we have worked hard to create, nurture and maintain. THE JOURNALTHE JOURNALOOF O OSCEOLA C COUNtTYBUSINESSOOF O OSCEOLA C COUNtTYBUSINESS Small business owners to face todays new challenges Kissimmee Olive Garden recognized for successEven with all the makings of success a great product or service, the right location, good equipment and a loyal staff for a small business to gain customers in todays world spells new technical challenges and new costs. School backpack giveaway a summer treat Just in time for school, three local elementary schools were outfitted with backpacks and school supplies offered by Conway Lakes Health & Rehab Centers long-term residents, staff and business partners. Kim Sellgren, currently a manager of To Go Operations Excellence at Darden Restaurants, has been presented with Dardens top honor the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award. It was named after the companys first chairman and CEO, for her leadership as the previous general manager at the Olive Garden in Kissimmee. The Kissimmee Olive Garden is located at 8136 W. U.S. Highway 192. Now in its 16th year, the award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests with a genuine Italian dining experience while also achieving top financial performance in the companys previous fiscal year. This is the second time Sellgren has received this recognition. Kim is a passionate leader who inspires her team to provide an exceptional dining experience for each of our guests, said Dave George, president of Olive Garden. Having recently been promoted to Manager of To-Go Operations Excellence, Kim continues to be an exceptional leader who values every team members contribution and ensures Olive Garden guests are treated like family and consistently receive a delicious Italian meal at a great value. This year, Sellgren joins an elite group of 39 honorees selected from the more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor. She pointed to her team of employees as one of her keys to success. I am honored to receive a Diamond Club Award and attribute this recognition to a team that is eager to grow, said Sellgren. Its important to put an emphasis on always learning and always teaching. This mindset creates a culture of excellence. Darden Restaurants Honors Kim Sellgren with Diamond Club Award Left to right: Dave Nolan, Shirley Raghunath, Karen Hutchings and Hilda Perez
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