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Saturday, January 4, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A1 118TH YEAR 50 CENTS JANUARY 4, 2013 We ekend We ather Mo stly cloudy St. Cloud Christmas tree swap in its 10th yearWhen its time to dispose of it, the city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreations Tree Advisory Committee offers up an annual alternative to putting that tree out to the curb to be hauled off by overworked trash collectors to clog up space at the landfill. See page A-2 Index St. Cloud r f n ntb fr b bnb b r rr r Police Which celebrity do you want to hear less about in 2014? Justin Beiber. Miley Cyrus. Kim Kardashian. Kanye West. OtherVote at www.around osceola.comResults from the Dec. 28 Question of the week:Were any of your Christmas gifts delivered late because of the global delays by UPS? Yes. 16% No. 68% I dont know. 2% No opinion. 14%Man arrested for stealing from dementia patientOsceola County Sheriffs detectives arrested a St. Cloud man for taking thousands from an elderly resident on Tuesday. See page A-2WWW.AROUNDOSCEOLA.COM Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Saturday Edition For the latest activities, events and classes see ...Page B-4 Community Arts &Entertainment Editor Peter Covino reviews 40th anniversary of High Plains Drifter on Blu-rayPage B-1Arts Grace Miller leads allcounty girls cross-countryPage A-6Sports By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter For L ee Lauderback, flying was a lways second nature, with warplanes as his passion. As the president, CEO and founder of Stallion 51 Corporation at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Lauderback was honored for his passion and involvement in flight by being inducted to the Experimental Aircraft Association Warbird Hall of Fame early in November. Lauderback credits one plane, the P-51 Mustang, for taking him there. Lauderback was born into aviation and grew up with it, with his dad a U.S. Navy pilot. Flying specialized planes became a niche for him, and he founded Stallion 51 in 1987 to fill the need for specialized training at the Navy Test Pilot School. Once his company contract with the Navy was up, Lauderback began to see a different need: bringing warplane training to civilians. More specifically, he wanted to be the first to develop a training program for the P-51 Mustang, a plane used in World War II for aviation combat After the war, many of the P-51 Mustangs were sold as surplus, and the Mustang became involved in 10 percent of plane crashes in the 1980s. It became Lauderbacks goal to lower that number. Itd be like you getting in one kind of car and then jumping in a mini-van. Theyre different, but they drive the same. The rules of the road are the same. The basics of flying an airplane are fairly similar. So, it just became specialized training in a sense that its really tailored to this kind of airplane, Lauderback said. Before he establishe d Stallion 51, Lauderback flew private charter flights for professional golfer Arnold Palmer, and went through specialized training to fly jets and helicopters. For the P51 Mustang, Lauderback took the same kind of training program he went through for Arnold Palmer and applied it to the warplane. The biggest challenge starting out was getting the right team to main-Local pilot flies into history Submitted PhotoStallion 51 President Lee Lauderback at Kissimmee Gateway Airport recently was inducted into the Experimental Aircraft Association Warbird Hall of Fame. See Pilot, page A-3 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter A homeless womans pursuit for pay is taking her all the way to Osceola County Circuit Court this month. Y Thomas filed a civil lawsuit against Christy James for refusing to pay for her two days of temporary labor. James is the owner of the Pink Flamingo Country Store, 5716 W. U.S. Highway 192, which is not yet open for business. Thomas, who said she was homeless, said that James refused to pay for her two days of temporary work w hen she asked for compensation. Instead, James called the Osceola County Sheriffs Office, which issued Thomas a no trespassing order on her business. Thomas said that James agreed to pay her an hourly wage in exchange for work such as painting interior walls and chairs, general cleaning and washing windows of her business. That was minutes after a fellow co-worker, DJ Hampton, left the store after asking for compensation for his two days of work. He also is homeless, he said, living in a motel with his family, but left the business w hen James threatened to call the police. Along with an h ourly wage, Hampton said that she also offered to pay for a different hotel room for his family. I told her that I needed to be paid because my family was hungry. Were living in a motel right now. And, we had no money to eat. She was supposed to pay me that day, so my family can eat, Hampton said. Since October, James has been posting temporary work ads on Craigslist to help prepare the s tore for business, listing jobs such as putting up shelves and unloading inventory. While it is legal to independently hire people for temporary work, under the Fair Labor Standards Act the employer must pay, at the least, minimum wage, pay for all hours of work and keep a record of the hours worked. At least for Thomas and Hampton, James said that she never hired them as temporary employees, but wanted to offer some work because both told her they were homeless. When she asked me if there was anything she could do, I told her that yes, I have plenty to do and Im not o pen, b ut you c an help me. Homeless sue over work pay By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff W riter The ringing in of a new year also starts a new chapter for Mark Detweiler and many of his regular fishing costumers at the Big Toho Marina Bait & Tackle at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The current marina building is being torn down as Detweiler opens for business at the new facility along the lake. The new facility, the first of Lakefront Park phase III renovations to be completed, will come with a full commercial kitchen, a bait pickup window, a separate retail area for general fishing supplies, outdoor seating and exterior public restrooms. Its the same size as the old marina, but with an 11-boat slip attached to give visitors a place to dock their boats as they explore the park. For tournament events and fishing events, stuff like that, the building is long overdue. We should have had it many years ago. But, this building has been here since 1971, so it has a lot of history. It has a lot a value to the older residents. You know, theres a lot of good old stories told in here that happened many, many years ago, and the new building will hopefully have many, many more, Detweiler said. Kissimmee also has decided to play a larger role with the building, at least for the first year. In the past, the city leased the building to Detweiler, leaving him with the responsibility of maintaining the building along with keeping the marina in operation. With the new building, the city will sign a concession agreement with Detweiler, giving the city the responsibility to maintain the building, while Detweiler only worries about the marinas operation. This is so the city can better keep the marinas look with other structures in the park. Because its a brand new building and designed to be consistent with the rest of the buildings in the park, we felt like it would be better for us to constantly maintain all the buildings in the park. It ensures that the quality of the maintenance of that structure is consistent with the rest of the buildings in the park, City Manager Mike Steigerwald said. Along with current equipment, the city also designated a grass area on the east side of the boat ramps for fishing events, a feature that the land around the old marina building didnt have room for. The city also will designate a super event area in October for even bigger fishing venues as well as other outdoor activities. Detweiler also has speculative plans to expand the marinas menu as well as extend operating hours, once he gets used to the new building. The new marina began the designing phase II years ago, said Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Dan Loubier. It took five to six months to build.New marina opens at Kissimmee Lakefront Park See Homeless, page A-3 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe new Big Toho Marina building, which is a five-minute walk southwest from the structure it is replacing, offers bait and tackle, restaurant and retail space adjacent to marina parking and boat launches. Contact Tiffanie Reynolds at 321-402-0434 or by email at treynolds@osceolanews gazette.com.
Page A2, AroundOsceola.com Inside every Thursday and Saturday Osceola News-Gazette. Have a project that needs to get done? Want to place an ad? Call 407-846-7600 Check out the Home Improvement Guide From Tree Trimming to House Painting House Ad Theres Always Something To Celebrate inFlorida051613.CELE Donations Needed! Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up 407-507-3947Come 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 Celebration Upcoming Events 2013-14 Classical Concert Series Concert Series Tickets $65.00 Available Now 407-566-1234 www.TheCelebrationFoundation.orgWinter Sidewalk SaleJoin us Friday through Sunday for the best deals in Town Center at the Annual Winter Sidewalk SaleFriday, January 17th Sunday, January 19th Osceola County Sheriffs detectives arrested a St. Cloud man for taking thousands from an elderly resident on Tuesday. Charles Tracy Bailey, 52, was charged with exploitation of an elderly person and unlicensed contracting. Between April and Sep tember of 2013, Bailey received checks totaling to more than $25,000 from the 89 year-old man, who suffers from dementia, detectives were informed. The checks By Ken Jackson Staff W riter If your Christmas tree is still up, chances are it has outlived its usefulness and lifespan. When its time to dispose of it, the city of St. Cloud Parks and Recreations Tree Advisory Committee offers up an annual alternative to putting that tree out to the curb to be hauled off by trash collectors to clog up space at the landfill. The TAC will offer up its 10th annual Dont Curb it, S.W.A.P. It event Jan. 11 at Peghorn Nature Park and Trail. S.W.A.P. stands for St. Cloud Winning Arbor Patrol. The event is an annual city effort to increase recycling awareness and to enhance the urban forest while avoiding neighborhood streets cluttered with dry, decaying and unsightly trees on the collection days immediately after the holiday season. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all St. Cloud residents are invited to bring their live Christmas trees to the park to have them recycled and mulched on site. In return, participants can then select a potted tree or plant for their yards and receive the recycled Christmas tree mulch to spread around the base of the newly planted tree or plant. More than 500 potted trees will be available (one tree per household), including elms, red maples, magnolias, crape myrtles and palms on a first-come, first-served basis. Master gardeners will be on hand to match the right tree for residents yards. St. Cloud Landscape Beautification Manager Kim Duffy, who has been involved in the event since it began, expects all the trees to be distributed because of continued community involvement in the event. So come early, she said. We have repeat customers who say they have different trees in their yard and try to get a new one each year, so we couldnt do this without the community involvement weve had. It can get expensive to buy these trees, and were able to provide a monetary value at the end when people get rid of them. Weve had people come from Orange and even Seminole counties in the past. Duffy said about half of the potted trees come from the citys nursery facility, with the other half from donations or purchased wholesale. This years 10th anniversary will be a celebration including recycling tips, door prizes and giveaways from St. Clouds Parks and Recreation Department and St. Cloud Solid Waste Division personnel and Osceola Countys Solid Waste Division personnel. For details visit the Parks and Recreation Web page at www.stcloud.org or call 407-957-7243.St. Cloud Christmas tree swap in its 10th yearMan arrested for stealing from dementia patient See Arrested, page A-3 News-Gazette Photo/ Andrew S ullivanDemolition crews have b een working to c lear t he remnants of the former Roy E. Hanse l power plant at Ruby Avenue and Lakeshor e Boulevard in Kissimmee, including this hydraulic concrete breaker, which was clearing t he f oundation of the o ld structure.Downtown development
Saturday, January 4, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 010414.SNG 121413.SNG 122813.SNG Running a home can be a full-time job. Unfortunately, many of us dont have that kind of time. This new year, resolve to check off all the items on your to-do list without working harder. You can accomplish this by finding smarter solutions to maintain your home efficiently.Pest Contro lWhen it comes to pest control, a false sense of security during the cooler months can get you in trouble, as all homes are susceptible to pest invasion year-round. The experts at Terminix say the best way to prevent rodents from entering your home is by sealing holes and cracks outside your home. Install a good, thick weatherstrip on the bottom of all doors. Be sure the door from the garage is sealed extra tight. If youre using firewood indoors, never bring more inside than you need at one time. Firewood can harbor insects like beetles, spiders, ladybugs, ants, cockroaches and centipedes. Its important to have a professional periodically inspect for signs of pests and take preventative control measures.System MaintenanceCreating monthly and annual maintenance schedules for y our homes major systems and appliances can save you time and money later, according to the experts at American Home Shield. Start by adding these tasks to your monthly calendar: clean the dishwasher drains to prevent clogs and breakdowns, flush the garbage disposal with water and baking soda to prevent odor and grime, and change the filters for your air conditioner and heating system to improve air quality. A nnual maintenanc e should include checking your washers hoses for leaks, cleaning the lint from your dryer ductwork, caulking leaks around windows and doors, and having your heating and cooling systems professionally serviced. Look into home warranty plans with a broad network of professional service contractors and the ability to place service requests. A home warranty provides coverage for breakdowns of h ome system components, such as HVAC and plumbing, and also major appliances.D eep CleanKeeping your rooms clean can make a house a livable, comfortable home. Prevent clutter with organizational tools like baskets, shoe racks and coat hangers. To avoid extra mopping, consider asking guests to remove their shoes before walking through your home. Such measures may save you from spot cleaning, but nothing can save you from the task of home cleaning in the long term. For a thorough, deep clean and to ensure small details arent overlooked, consider using a professional cleaning service.Tough JobsNo other item in your home can affect the appearance of your home like carpeting. Schedule a carpet cleaning for a fresh start to the year, and have the carpets cleaned every six to twelve months. Likewise, a trained technician can ensure proper care of surfaces like hardwood floors, tile and grout and also upholstered furniture. Without adding too much work to your already busy schedule, you can resolve to give your home the care it deserves. For more information on professional brands that can help, visit www. servicemaster.com. Courtesy of Brandpoint were for payment of unpermitted construction and home improvement projects around the mans home. These projects were done by either Bailey himself or his employees, Sheriffs Office spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said. When brought in for questioning, Bailey told detectives that even though he is an unlicensed contractor, he also is a personal assistant to the 89 year-old victim. Bailey talked to the man daily, and knew that he lacked the mental capacity to consent to these projects in his home. Detectives c ontacted the Osceola County Building Department, who said that the work Bailey performed would have required permits, and none had been filed. Based on this information, Bailey was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.ArrestedContinued from Page A-2 And thats when I gave her money for food, things like that. But, there was absolutely no agreement on her getting paid any certain amount, or if she would even get paid, James said about taking on Thomas for work. James a lso s aid t hat she wasnt satisfied with either Thomas or Hamptons work, and called the Sheriffs Office because Thomas started yelling at her. James also is the owner of Victoria Grace Funeral Home and Memory Chapel in Bloomfield, Ind. Previously, she was the owner of Awesome Sweet Memories at Christianas at Old Town, which closed in September of 2012. As for the Pink Flamingo Country Store, James didnt have a grand opening date at the time of the interview. The pre-trial hearing for the lawsuit is scheduled for Jan. 10.HomelessContinued from Page A-1 tain and later train others on the plane, as well as getting insurance companie s aboard for the program. Getting the insurance companies to embrace it and push it forward was key for the program, and then, obviously, instructors that know how to fly it and teach it, Lauderback said. For insurance with many kinds of planes, companies require pilots to go through training for that plane before they offer the insurance. Lauderback wanted to design the training program for the P51 Mustang. The plane, during World War II, was the best in combat. But, that didnt make it the easiest to maneuver. The plane has some differences compared to modern aircraft, such as the landing gear. Its located at the tail of the plane instead of the front. And the biggest difference is that the controls are all manual. The core of the training program is to get potential pilots up to the skills needed to fly the P51 Mustang safely, and tailors the program to the pilots starting skills in aviation. For Lauderback, getting the chance to train others in the types of planes he loves is a dream job. And, with four of his five brothers working for Stallion 51, these planes are a passion thats shared in the whole family. Ive done a lot of neat things in life, and flying the Mustang is truly special. You know, its, in a sense, almost like taking a national monument out for a ride. Because of the history of it. Guys flew it in combat, which really made a difference in the outcome of the war. To get to fly with some of these guys, know some of those guys, its sort of like a real treasure of going back into history. And, today, I get to fly the airplane without anybody shooting at me too, which is sorta fun, Lauderback said. The EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women who share the spirit of EAAs founder: a passion for the freedom that flight offers. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their particular realm of flight and aviation as a whole.PilotContinued from Page A-1 New Years resolutions to maintain the home efficiently 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. Contact Tiffanie Reynolds at 321-402-0434 or by email at treynolds@osceolanews gazette.com.
Page A4, Taking utilities to taskTo the Editor: Ive noticed in the past few months the lack of letters to the editor from local people, while the syndicated opinions from many are present, its always nice to have a mix of comments and thoughts from local people as the Gazette is supposed to represent our local area both good and bad. Ive been disappointed not to see more local opinions on whatever subject. We have been as a country deluged over the last few months with all sorts of criticisms regarding the website for the Affordable Health Care Act. I believe that this issue has been fixed, at least according to the news it has, but has the state of Florida fixed the unemployment site? Despite complaints by many, sadly no. It is my understanding that the site is terribly difficult to manoeuver and yet, its the only available avenue to apply, as you can no longer get a live person on the phone to help you. I have seen nothing regarding this in the paper nor have I seen a solution to it. I have seen over and over the nasty remarks for the website for the Affordable Care Act. Now that people can easily go to the site and sign up or shop, we shall soon hear the complaints and the fewer choices that the Floridians have, because our governor isnt participating in the Medicaid expansion and refuses to help his fellow Floridians. The point is that glitches happen and glitches can be fixed. At any rate, for months I have been watching to see if anyone else has a problem or an issue with paying their KUA electric bill or their Toho water bill. Ive waited to see if anyone commented and no one has. So, I wanted to address the issue and see if the new bill paying process bothers anyone else. These dramas of websites and poor management are being played daily in our lives right here in Florida and right here in Kissimmee. I personally was paying my KUA bill over the Internet, at least the last few years. It was a great way to save time, and to be efficient. However, several months ago, I was stopped in my tracks when I attempted to pay my bill online only to be referred to a third party, and the additional cost of $4.99 to my bill to use this third party. I simply refused to be sucked in like that, frankly, being a senior, $5 counts. Here we have a basically monopoly company who sell Internet, who for many of us we have no choice but to use its services, and yet they cant take our payment over the Internet? There is something seriously wrong with this picture! Ive been dropping off my check instead at its drop box. Im not ever going to give a third party $5 for nothing except transferring funds. What the heck is KUA thinking? Second, I found that others are having the same problem with Toho Water. They have this million dollar building on Martin Luther King Boulevard, which apparently has offices but you cant pay your bill there either. You either mail it, drive to Poinciana to pay it, or you pay a third party company to transfer your funds and the third party company makes no guarantee to be timely in fact, it could take up to seven days and it costs extra to use the Internet and the third party. Something is off in all these scenarios. There are employees and they should be servicing the customers both in the state and locally. If there arent enough to handle the business, hire more. People pay taxes, use the water and use the power. They pay for that service. So, in my opinion we should be at least getting free bill pay in return, not an additional $5 for the ease of using the Internet. Its bad enough we pay the additional fees they add to every bill. For what? Who knows? I certainly dont, but every month I pay them just like everyone else does. Basically for nothing. I think these costs being perpetuated upon seniors, the poor, families struggling and just in general are a bad reflection on two companies that we have no choice in dealing with. Both, at least in my area, are whom I have to get water and power from. Its a monopoly and has been for years. I have no quarrel with KUA providing me my power, I do have a big problem with this third party stuff. If KUA provides Internet services that people pay for, theres no doubt in my mind they can provide a website online where people can pay their bills directly and definitely not use a third party. Its nonsense, bad policy, and smells frankly of bad management. Its like the company puts on a good face for being involved in the community and yet turns its back on its customers. My opinion of the unemployment site for the state of Florida Issues are too many to list. I think both of these community companies KUA and Toho Water should take a long hard look at revamping the payment process. Id be interested in what other people in the area think of this policy that appears to be permanent. Karen Awad Kissimmee The good news is that Florida was not directly affected by a hurricane in 2013, putting the states streak with no landfalls at eight. The bad news is that come the late spring of 2014, the forecasters and weather bureau experts who issue seasonal outlooks as the June 1, start of another hurricane season approaches will tell us on the peninsula that our chances of getting hit will again be inflated in essence, Youre due, Florida. Oh, and by the way, 2014 will be the 10th anniversary of The Season on the Edge, when our friends Charley, Frances and Jeanne taught us the shelf life of a bag of ice and a can of Spam. We and our neighbors are pretty wary when it comes to planning for hurricanes. Ask anybody who was here in the summer of 2004 about their experience. Theyll tell you where they were, who was with them, what they did wrong and what they did right. (I filled my propane tank, then went to the butcher shop before the power went out, and suddenly I had lots of friends the first night it was dark.) Weve become adept at watching out for ourselves. And other groups and individuals Osceola Countys Emergency Operations personnel recently held a training session for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services group have committed to watching out for everyone else in the community. The county has had a ham radio response presence off and on for a long time but made a notable and permanent return to active service in 1998, when an F3 tornado tore through Osceola County from Campbell City to Narcoossee. Those radios are a vital means of communications if traditional lines go down in an emergency. Apparently we were due in 2013 for a hurricane hit. According to research from scientists at Colorado State University, who put out an annual forecast, Florida had a 71 percent chance of getting directly hit by a hurricane, higher than the yearly average of 51 percent. Only one hurricane formed the entire season, and it didnt impact the state. Central Floridians probably dont and shouldnt need a forecast like that to get prepared come June for hurricanes (and in spring for tornadoes and in winter for fires). And even if the forecast is accurate, a hurricane seasons fury is based for a family on how it impacted its street. If only one named storm forms, its a quiet season according to the meteorologists, but if its a major hurricane and it hits your town, its been a bad, active year. And it explains why the summer of 2004 was so exasperating for those here for it. But we survived and came out of it with vital experience. When it comes to hurricane season, no matter how bad you think its going to be, or how bad weather experts predict its going to be, all you can do it prepare and look out for one another. 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 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 t he e ditor 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? Thirty-seven stabs. Thirty-seven cuts by a knife. Twice to his throat. Six times to his spine. Seven times to his shoulder. A slice to his abdomen that ripped him open like a fish. Kevin Ramsby lay on the floor of his Highland Park, Mich., home, bleeding out, waiting to die. It was 3 a.m., no one else was home, hed been awakened by the sound of an intruder and had stumbled downstairs, his bulky frame protected only by a tennis racket he had grabbed. The intruder had a knife. Thirty-seven stabs. I was praying my last prayers for my wife, for my daughter. I was praying that my son wouldnt be angry at God for allowing this to happen to me. Ramsby was no stranger to prayer. A pastor who came from Rockford, Ill., to work with troubled youth in Detroit, he lived in the community where he preached. Now he was about to die in it. But in one of those things that seem inexplicable except perhaps at this time of year, Ramsby says he heard a voice whisper to him. The voice said, They still need you. It stirred him enough to rise from the floor holding my insides on the outside and drag his dying body to his neighbors porch. When police arrived they could not at first tell whether the victim was male or female. Thats how covered in blood Ramsby was. That voice lifted you up? he is asked now. It did, he says, smiling. Ramsby, 41, spent five months in the hospital and rehab. His attacker, a Detroit man named Wesley McLemore, pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges and sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison last year. But at the end of the trial, Ramsby refused to give a victims statement. Instead, he gave a life statement, in which he forgave McLemore and offered to help him in any way -now or in the future. I forgave him when he said he was innocent, Ramsay says. When he confessed, I forgave him again. Ramsay did it because, he says, he has been forgiven for things in life. He feels compelled to pay it forward. Working in the community, I have seen so many people who are angry, bitter, living in the past, he says, I knew for me it was the key to moving forward. To this day, Ramsby writes McLemore in prison. He continues to encourage him. He writes me back that everyone in his life has left him, Ramsay says, and that I am the only one in contact with him today. Thirty-seven stabs. One left a noticeable scar Ramsays cheek. Its a scar, not a wound, he points out. A scar means that the wound is healing. We talk a lot about this being the giving season. But in many ways, the kindest offering might be what you give up. Letting go of anger, resentment, grudges or bitterness is a gift too big to fit inside a box, too vast to wrap in ribbon. Sunday, after church service, Ramsbys congregation was to give away 150 Christmas boxes to children, filled with assorted toys and candy. His own kids were to take part -the same ones who prayed for their father to make it through a bloody night four years ago. To be honest, not one of our friends said you should go back, Ramsby admits. But this is our community. We love it. Good can come from bad. Ramsby is living proof. The voice said they still need you. And that was reason enough to go on. I am by far a better husband, a better father, a better friend and a better pastor because of what happened to me. ... When I forgave my attacker, I knew that God wanted me to do something out of this. Their view No newspaper?If you have signed up to receive copies of the Osceola NewsGazette and it is not being delivered, contact Kathy Beck ham, c irculation manager, by phone at 321-402-0401, or by email at email@example.com. 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Page A6, All-County girls cross country Follow us on Twitte r Dogs Grace set the pace By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette When Grace Miller transferred to St. Cloud High School from Kentucky prior to the start of the 2011-12 school year, becoming a star runner and the Osceola News-Gazettes Female Cross Country Runner of the Year was probably the last thing on her mind. Miller, who was home schooled in Kentucky, never thought about competing in varsity athletics. My mom and I were moving from Kentucky to Florida and during the drive down I was talking about how hard I thought it would be to meet new friends, Miller said. My mom looked at me and suggested that since I enjoyed running that maybe I should consider going out for cross country or track. It seemed like a good way to meet some new friends. As she registered for classes, Miller had a chance meeting with cross country Coach Kevin Harkema. I was walking through the guidance department with my old coach (Tim McMullen) during a preplanning session and he noticed her sitting there, Harkema said. Mac just walked up to her and said that she looked like a runner and pointed to me and said, Heres the head coach, you need to talk to him. That meeting resulted in Miller joining the cross country team and led to one of the true success stories in St. Cloud athletics. Miller impressed Harkema with her work ethic during her first year, but Harkema did not necessarily see a star in the making. When fall rolled around, I did not have expectations that Grace would become our number one performer. We had two really good runners returning in Octavia Gonzalez and Karissa Solorzano, and I felt Grace would be a real solid number three for us, he said. But Miller surprised Harkema early in the season. She routinely posted times a full minute faster than her top times from a season ago and when the Orange Belt Conference Championships rolled around, she was considered an individual favorite. Miller would lead most of the race, only to have Solorzano the OBC defending champion and last years Osceola Gazette Runner of the Year catch and pass her at the finish line. Led by Solorazano (20:58) and Miller (20:59), the Lady Bulldogs posted seven runners in the top 10 to easily win a third straight OBC title. But, it was in the postseason that Miller really started to turn it on. At the district meet, Miller took nearly a full minute off of her OBC time, placing second at 20:00:16. With a third place finish by Solorzano and four other runners in the top 15, the Bulldogs It will be very difficult for the new year to get any better for jubilant UCF football fans. A 52-42 BCS Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 6 Baylor? Really? The Knights had a season that not only was the best in the programs 34-year history, but one that would be considered wildly successful even at the states three other football factories: Miami, UF and FSU. The Knights were 12-1, won nine straight, beat legendary Big Ten power Penn State (there) and Baylor, had a painful near-miss against highly-ranked South Carolina in September and earned gobs of national TV exposure that had to attract the a ttention of top-tie r recruits throughout the nation. Do you think that the next time major conference expansions are discussed that the Knghts will be prominently mentioned? The only way it could be better for UCF is if the Knights were in Pasadena waiting to play FSU for the national championship Monday. You know what? National championship and UCF football are no longer mutually exclusive. The Knights now are one of the big boys. The near-term pitfalls for the program are obvious. Quarterback Blake Bortles, the Fiesta Bowl MVP, probably is going to declare for the NFL, and the Knights wont be positioned so well for a top-tier bowl bid next season because the NCAA is switching to a four-team playoff format. The Knights, currently stranded in the lackluster American Athletic Conference, eventually must forge a position inside a power conference to have a realistic chance of becoming a perennial national title contender. With 61,000 students and a top 20 TV market, it will happen. Only a decade removed from the infamous 2004 winless season, the Knights and Coach George OLeary are more than all the way back....UCFs big win, and FSUs BCS title game at Pasadena Monday, have distracted us from our NFL regular season wrapup, where we face the music for our preseason picks. Ken Young Jackson, floating today because his Knights will finish in the top 10 and his Eagles crashed the NFL playoffs, correctly picked four of the eight NFL divisional champions, which isnt so hot. But he did pick three of the four wild card teams. Jackson was prescient by selecting Carolina, Cincinnati and Indianapolis as playoff qualifiers, along with the slam dunks of New England, Seattle, Denver and Green Bay, although the Packers became big-time drama kings. He whiffed on the 49ers and his native Eagles (but, hes wearing plenty of green today). I was slightly better, scoring on eight of the 12 NFL playoff teams. Like most of civilized society, I hiccupped with Atlanta and Houston, and fumbled badly by not including Indianapolis. I wont beat myself up too much for going with the Giants in the NFC East because that division was a non-navigable preseason wasteland. My Super Bowl prediction, unlike Jacksons, still is possible: Denver over Seattle. At this point I like the Seahawks a lot more in the championship game. Weve already harassed Young Jackson about his Super Bowl misfire, Houston over Atlanta, because that was over by midseason. Other staff members also have intact Super Bowl possibilities: Petey The Gators Are Going To Win Covino has New England over Green Bay, and Brian Big Man McBride went with Denver over the Packers. On one hand, we must chastise Andrew Flaming Spear Sullivan for his woeful Super Bowl prediction, Atlanta over Houston, but he was the only one in the office taking FSU to win the UCF had a better year than we did Rick PedoneSports Editor Picks of the Weak St. Cloud High junior Grace Miller led the Lady Bulldogs at the district, regional and state meets.News-Gazette Photo/Donald Lamb St. Cloud junior led team to state meetSee Miller, page A-7 See Column, page A-7 Great Florida Shootout By Rick Pedone Sports Editor There will not be a repeat champion at the Great Florida Shootout. Defending bracket champion South Miami lost in overtime, 55-46, to Gateway Thursday in the opening round of the eight-team tournament at the Osceola High gym. Host Osceola did not require overtime to dispatch overmatched Rockledge, 70-52, in the first round to advance to the semifinals. Gateway met Winter Haven and Osceola played Windermere Prep in the semifinals Friday, with the winners meeting at 8:30 p.m. today for the 33rd Shootout championship. Should either Gateway or Osceola win the tournament, it will be the first time a county team has claimed the title since OHS last won in 1982. Gateway, 11-4, battled taller South Miami, 13-2, in a seesaw contest that saw each team seem to pull away, only to have the other battle back. Felix Gonzalez scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half. His basket with 41 seconds left tied the score at 46, sending the game into overtime. South Miami held the ball for the last shot, but managed only a long-range 3-ponter at the buzzer. Gonzalez scored the first two baskets of the overtime and Gio Guzman (11 points) scored four points as Gateway blanked the Cobras in overtime. Juan Mena scored 12 points for the Panthers, who trailed 24-20 at the half and 40-38 in the fourth quarter. The Cobras 6-7 forward, Joseph Lopez (16) ,carried his team in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points. But, the Panthers depth and quickness ultimately made the difference. Gateway scrambled and beat the Cobras to loose balls throughout the second half that resulted in several second-chance buckets that negated South Miamis height advantage. They are a very good defensive team, Panthers Coach Bob Baker said. We only had three 3s for the whole game, which is unusual for us. Thats our bread and butter. Baker benched several starters in the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, but Gateway led 10-9 when the second period started. Gateway expanded the lead to 16-9 before the Cobras OHS, Gateway win at GFLSOGateways Juan Mena drives through South Miamis Trayvon Barney (2), Marquise Clark (23) and Ishmel Davis (35) for a basket Thursday at the Great Florida Shootout. Gateway won and advanced to the semifinal round.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Runner of the Year: Grace Miller (SCHS) All-county team: St. Cloud: Karissa Solorzano, Octavia Gonzalez, Kim Napolean, Jessica Martin. Liberty: Yazmizel Haase. Celebration: Christine Infantolino. All-County girls cross country See Shootout, page A-7
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Of course, his entire wardrobe has either Chief Osceola or a spear on it, so maybe this wasnt such a reach for him. The Mighty News-Gazette Divine 9: No. 1: The Noles. No. 2: War Eagle. No. 3: The Knights. No. 4: The Broncos. No. 5: Everyone not interviewed to be the Bucs next head coach. (Sorry, Lovie). No. 6: The Rams (who get Washingtons No. 2 draft pick). No. 7: The Pats. No. 8: The Seahawks. No. 9: The Niners. To the picks: Vanderbilt (-2.5) vs. Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl): For a third-tier-fill-some-airtime-on-Saturday bowl game, this isnt bad. I guess that was a compliment. Commodores by 3. FSU (-8.5) vs. Auburn (BCS championship): Its been a long wait for the Noles fans to return to the championship game, 14 years to be exact. Most of us get our taxes done in less time than that. The four-week break since the conference title games probably helped Florida State more than Auburn. The downside for the Noles is that they might be looking for a new head coach Tuesday. Flaming Spears by 6 The playoff professionals: Kansas City at Indianapolis (-2.5): The good AFC wildcard matchup. Even though Indy has the home dome advantage Chefs by 4. New Orleans at Philadelphia (-2.5): Talk about a home field advantage. Put this game in the Superdome and the Eagles are seven-point underdogs. But, in spacious, uncovered Lincoln Financial Field, under the lights in early January Green Birds by 1 San Diego at Cincinnati (-7): The happiest playoff team this weekend resides in Cincinnati, where the Bungles dodged their nemesis Steelers because the officiating crew in San Diego last week blew two game-changing calls against Kansas City. Blessed Bungles by 3. San Francisco (-3) at Green Bay: The Niners have four wins more than the Pack, but also the unenviable chore of traveling to the frozen tundra, where Aaron Rodgers is healthy and ready to rumble. Niners by 3 Big Man McBrides Super Sniffer Upset Special: Saints by 3. Flaming Spear Sullivan says: FSU by 27 Young Jackson says: Auburn by 2 in the SEC Stays At The Top Upset Special, and UCF by 10 in the BCS Upset of the Century Super Special. (Sure, the game was three days ago, but just let him roll with it.)ColumnContinued from page A-6easily advanced to regions. At the 4A Region 2 meet at North Port High, Miller again turned in an impressive performance (19:21.80), placing sixth in the 5K race and shaving more than 28 seconds off her personal best. That, and Solorzanos ninth-place finish, helped the Lady Bulldogs place fifth, earning them a spot at the Class 4A state meet in Tallahassee. Miller admitted she was both nervous and intimidated. Its a huge meet and a lot of talented runners, Miller said. I just wanted to try to run a solid race and get into the 19s again. Miller did more than that. Running in the large school classification against 185 competitors, Miller posted an impressive 15 th place overall finish and another personal best of 19:17:08. With Solorzano also placing in the top 30, the Lady Bulldogs finished 13 th out of 24 teams. Millers high finish was believed to be only the second time a St. Cloud runner has placed in the top 15 at states. Grace had a fabulous year, Harkema said. And she kept getting better and better as the season wore on. The better the competition got, the better she got. Miller will join the St. Cloud track team this spring, where she will compete in the 4 x 800 relay, mile run and twomile run. And although she says the mile run is her favorite track event, she makes no bones about cross country being her favorite sport. I love the open terrain of cross country, Miller said. Sometimes the track makes you feel like a hamster on a treadmill, you just keep going in circles. Only a junior, Miller will have a chance to come back and improve on her magical season of 2013, something she says she is both excited and nervous about. Sometimes you start thinking you have to be peaking and you cant go any faster, Miller said. But, again, thats not the only reason for running. Our team is like a big family and my teammates are my sisters. Its so much fun to be with them on the course and during our training runs. Its what drives me. Harkema has no reservations about Millers future. Her improvement from last year to this year was remarkable. And the bigger the meets got, the faster she ran. I believe she has the ability to break 19 minutes and earn all-state honors (top 10) next season. With six of their top seven runners returning (only Solorzano graduates), the Lady Bulldogs with Miller should once again be a force. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Almost as happy abou t UCFs historic 52-42 Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 6 ranked Baylor Wednesday as Knights Coach George OLeary is Ken Baker, the former Osceola High head coach and OLearys longtime friend. Baker was at Glendale, Ariz., for the New Years Day bowl game and witnessed along with thousands more Knights fans UCFs greatest victory of the 34-year-old programs history. They had a heckuva plan. It might not seem like they played that well on defense when you see (that Baylor scored) 42 points on the scoreboard, but they did a great job, B aker said. George spent a lot more time on the defense this year knowing that our defensive front was a little weak, and he came up with a great plan. You give a good coach like George a month to prepare, and hes going to put some tweaks in there that paid off. Baker, who led the Kowboys to the 1982 state championship game before stepping down in 1985, coached with OLeary at Syracuse in the 1970s. Baker was the linebackers coach and OLeary coached the defensive line under former Syracuse coach Frank Maloney. After Baker came to Kissimmee, OLeary became the defensive coordinator at Syracuse under Dick MacPherson, but the two men have stayed in close touch over the past three decades as OLeary eventually took the head coaching job at Georgia Tech before coming to UCF. I talked to him (Thursday) morning for a bit. He was saying that he thought for us to win, he was thinking the (total) score had to be in the 60s and 70s. I dont think 94 was in the plan, but it worked out, Baker said. The Knights, behind junior quarterback Blake Bortles, maintained the lead throughout the game, although the high-scoring Bears, who set a Big 12 Conference record for total points scored this season, tied the score at 28 in the second half. We were able to keep that lead in the 14-point range most of the way, and that helped, Baker said. (Baylor) has that offense where they are at the line calling their plays, and they get them off every 17 to 18 seconds. Its a lot of pressure, and thats usually how they break teams down. B ut, I thought our defense played a great game. You could see our linemen getting twisted a lot when they were trying to get in there. There was a lot of holding that wasnt called. Baker said that he talks with OLeary regularly during the season, although the two dont discuss game planning. I wouldnt be able to do that because Im not seeing what he sees every week, Baker said. What they do is similar in some ways to what we did at Syracuse, but things have changed so much. We used to stay with our base zone most of the time at Syracuse and make a few changes here and there, but nothing like they are doing now. Baker said he thought that the Knights, 12-1, were capable of winning the Fiesta Bowl because of how well they played in games against nationally-ranked Louisville and South Carolina. The South Carolina game showed that they were capable of going toe-to-toe against a real strong, physical team, Baker said. (Gamecocks Coach Steve) Spurrier was able to make a few adjustments in the second half of that game. He saw that his guys were bigger and stronger than we were, so he just lined up and ran it down our throats. But, we were able to play with them. Baker, a Kissimmee real e state executive, said t hat OLeary was thrilled to see his team win a BCS bowl game. He was saying how proud he was of his kids, for the way they played so hard all year. He sounded as excited as Ive ever heard him before, Baker said. It was a huge win for our program, huge. UCF Coach George OLeary (left) and former Osceola High Coach Ken Baker (wearing his coaching uniform in 1982) coached together at Syracuse in the 1970s and have maintained a close friendship.Photos/Special to the News-Gazette, Filewent on a 9-0 run. Gateway has never reached the championship game at the Shootout. The Panthers won the Arrow Force Holiday Classic at Seminole last week. Osceola, 8-5, toyed with Rockledge, 6-8, in the final game of the first round. Cortez Edwards (17), Alain Allard (14) and Orlando Martinez (11) led the Kowboys, but Coach Nate Alexander went deep into his bench throughout the game. We went five in and five out a lot. Were using a lot different combinations, trying to get it figured out, Alexander said. It was the Kowboys first game in almost two weeks, but the team had little trouble setting the tempo with its aggressive full-court pressure defense. Weve been beating each other up in practice, so they were glad to get a chance to get out on the court, Alexander said. OHS led, 33-20, in the second quarter and 35-26 at the half. After scoring the first six points of the third period, making it 41-26, Alexander subbed frequently as the Kowboys steadily pulled away, leading by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter. Tre Perry (8) hit back-toback 3-pointers in the third period to boost OHS. Winter Haven beat Miami Pace, 83-75, and Windermere Prep raced by Tampa Chamberlain, 96-72, in the other first round games. Winter Haven won the Brighthouse turnament at Clearwater two weeks ago, edging Poinciana for the championship. Action today starts at 4 p.m. at the Kowboys gym. Tickets are $7; children are admitted free. The event is being held at the new OHS gym for the first time and at the OHS campus for the first time since 1994.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B1 Youve got to be in the mood for Kick-Ass 2 and apparently when I sat down to watch this new Blu-ray/DVD release, I just wasnt in the mood. Or maybe it really isnt all that good. This is a dangerous genre personally. In-your-face gross-out comedies are either so crazy off the charts, they are hilarious or they are just plain painful to watch. Kick-Ass 2 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) falls somewhere in between. For the audience that gets off on this kind of thing, you will love a second helping, but the majority of movie-loving (in this case, couch-loving) folks may just be more bored, than shocked by the gross-out humor. Based on the comic book of the same name, Kick-Ass 2 reunites self-made superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) after retiring from fighting crime in the first film. There is a very involved plot involving a new nemesis, Red Mist (Christopher MintzPlasse) as the leader of an evil league of super-villains, but this is mostly another reason to see how disgusting stuff can get on film. Jim Carrey, who plays one of the other heroes, actually disavowed the film after it was released (but I am guessing he read the script and pocketed the money without much problem). If you loved the film in theaters, you will probably really love the Kick-Ass 2 Bluray combo pack. The combo pack includes a DVD version and digital Ultraviolet copy for viewing on computers and personal electronic devices, as well as the usual assortment of bonus features that come in Universals Blu-ray combo packs. Bonus features include: Digital Copy of Kick-Ass 2. Alternate Opening with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Wadlow. .sca r Plus Clint Eastwood in one of his legendary roles Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com January 4, 2014 Kick-Ass 2 super heroes return SESAME STREET PRESENTSORLANDO Time is running out to walk down one of the most well-known streets in America and discover an engaging, multimedia learning experience thats all about you in Orlando Science Centers traveling exhibit Sesame Street Presents: The Body. Big Bird, Elmo and fellow Sesame Street residents pack their bags on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Experience Sesame Street Presents: The Body with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.CHAMBER MUSICAMELIA ISLAND The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival returns in 2014 with a five-concert series. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at www.aicmf.com. The concert schedule includes: Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Chopin and Paris, with pianist Natasha Paremski at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Tickets: $25. Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.: Beer & G-Strings I: It Takes a Thief! with the Vega String Quartet at Sliders Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach. Tickets: $50. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Pops I: Trumpet Invasion, with trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and pianist Rich Ridenour, at Amelia Baptist Church, 961167 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. Tickets: $30.FREE TREESResidents of Florida can ring in the New Year with 5 free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2014. These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Florida with a splash of color for much of the year, said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundations Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundations colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. Florida residents can also join online at arborday.org/january. See DVDs, page B-2 Universal Kick-Ass 2 is now availa ble on Blu-ray a nd DVD. A nother n ew Blu-ray is the 40th anniversary edition of the Clint Eastwood c lassic, High Plains Drifter. Harry Potter is already one of the major reasons Universal Orlando Resort is so popular. Harry Potter fever may reach new heights Jan. 24-26 with A Celebration of Harry Potter, featuring guest stars from the Harry Potter films, a Harry Potter Expo and a Harry Potter Tribute. Harry Potter film stars James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at A Celebration of Harry Potter a the special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment that will celebrate all of Harrys adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films. Creative talent also set to appear includes Kazu Kibuishi, the award-winning artist who recently re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films. A Harry Potter Tribute will be held Friday night, a Harry Potter Expo, panel discussions with film talent and crew, and more also are scheduled. Additional details about A Celebration of Harry Harry Potter celebration comes to Universal Resort, Jan. 24-26 Putting on Your DVDs A little blues adds to that nip in the air See Harry, page B-3Winter has officially arrived and so has the Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards annual Winter Music Series. Each weekend in January, the Lake County winery will host local Blues and Jazz artists at the Winter Music Series. These live outdoor concerts will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. The rocking musical lineup will feature a different band each Saturday. And even new than that: There is no charge for admission or parking for this event. Limited seating is available, so guests should bring their own chairs or blankets. A variety of food and beverage items will be available for purchase, including domestic & import beers and Lakeridge wines by the glass. During their visit guests are invited to attend a complimentary tour and tasting and to take advantage of the countless specials the Wine Shop has to offer. The tours run approximately every 20 minutes until 4 p.m. and the wine tasting will be held continuously until 5 p.m. Guests should also stop by the Lakeridge Winery booth to sign up at no cost for a chance to win a wine gift basket. Music Schedule Saturday, Jan. 4, Old Skool Saturday, Jan. 11, Baby Blues & the No Attitude Band Saturday, Jan. 18, Blue Train Winter Music Series begins this weekend at the Lakeridge WineryWild about Harry Potter See Wine, page B-3 No matter what is going on at the Lakeridge Winery, there is alway s time for a winery tour and tasting. Central F lorida Community Arts begins its S potlight Series, formerly known as the Cabaret Series, in J anuary. T here will be n ew a nd different shows every month, r anging from musical revues to staged musicals to cabarets, and will feature some of the to p t alent in Central F lorida. T he premiere S potlight Series presentation is Resolutions Resolutions, featuring M elissa Braillard, is an eclectic night of music s howcasing the risks we take, decisions we make and reso lutions we break. Braillard has worked as a professional actor and singer throughout the Central F lorida area for more than 10 y ears. Resolutions s hows are Friday, J an. 17-19, at Central Christian Church. Tickets are on s ale now at h ttp://cfcarts.com/resolutions-january-spotlight-series/. Guaranteed seating can be purchased in advance for $12 (credit card/Paypal) or, if available, can be purchased for $10 at the door A Celebration of Harry Potter, featuring guest stars from the films, a Harry Potter Expo and a Harry Potter Tribute with panel discussions from the films cast and crew are all part of a three day event coming to Universal later this month.
Page B2, Park Place DVDSContinued from page B-1 The Optional Writer/DirecOpWriter/ Kick-Ass Kick-Ass Kick-Ass Kick-Ass Kick-Ass at Creating with ChrisChlo Writer/DiKick-Ass 2 and and Kick-Ass 2 this edisince High Plains Drifter. edition Clint dithe one horseback corrupt the blazinsisHigh Plains Drifter in (UniEnterand the Maverick, more dominant is Warner Maverick cut with three the continued Bart as in typistars Troy online one Sugarfoot likemonths seait much Brewster guy but on numerous peMartin Don Sugarfoot WaronThe nations most famous hot dogs coming to CityWalk By Peter Covino A&E Editor expansion resort so CityThe first of several new eateries, and already open, is Red Oven Pizza Bakery. This is CityWalks first Neopolitan-style pizza bakery, featuring pizza baked in a 900-degree stone lined oven. Other restaurants/eateries will be joining Red Oven Pizza Bakery in the coming months throughout 2014. It should be an interesting mix of established national brands, new concepts as well as Universals own concepts. The announced list from the Universal press release: Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Take a journey through the cantinas, street carts, and markets of Mexico for unique tapas-style dining at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made from scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity. Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nations most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more. The Hot Dog Hall of Fame is a Universal creation, partnered with Steven Schussler, the creator of popular restaurants such as Rain Forest Cafe and Backfire Barbecue. The Cowfish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: Burgushi. A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements. A new modern Italian kitchen concept: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere. Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone. Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, youll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli. Here youll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more. Menchies: One of the worlds most p opular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk. The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile. Exact openings of the new restaurants will be announced as each opening date approaches. We want Universal CityWalk to grow along with the rest of our destination, said Ric Florell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resort Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando. We are bringing our guests an amazing new collection of experiences that will be world-class and offer something for everyone. In addition to the restaurants, 2014 will bring the long-anticipated expansion of Harry Potter as the opening of Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The resort will be Universal Orlandos largest hotel. For more information about Universal CityWalk, visit: https:// www.universalorlando.com. DisneyThe tinsel may have come down at your house, but there are still a few more days to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disneys Hollywood Studios: The dazzling light show comes to a close Sunday. The Dancing Lights features millions of lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to holiday tunes amidst snowfall. A new addition to this festive favorite, Glow with the Show Ear hats places guests in the middle of the seasonal display by illuminating and changing colors and patterns to synchronize with every moment. The yuletide show takes place nightly on the Streets of America. Weekend hours at the studios: Jan. 4: 9 a.m. 10 p.m.; Jan. 5: 9 a.m. 9:30 p.m. Other events coming up this week at the Disney theme parks:Magic KingdomMove It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party: Jan. 3-4: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.; Jan. 5-10: 11:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m. & 4:20 p.m. Mickeys Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: Jan. 3-4: 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Main Street Electrical Parade: Jan. 3-4: 9 p.m. & 11 p.m.; Jan. 5, 9: 7 p.m. Wishes Fireworks: Jan. 3-4: 10 p.m.; Jan. 5-10: 8 p.m. Park Hours: Jan. 3-4: 8 a.m. 1 a.m.; Jan. 5-6: 9 a.m. 10 p.m.; Jan. 7-10: 9 a.m. 9 p.m.EpcotIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (Daily): 9 p.m. Park Hours Future World (Daily): 9 a.m. 9 p.m. World Showcase (Daily): 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Disneys Hollywood Studios Fantasmic!: Jan. 3-4: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Jan. 5, 10: 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 7 p.m. Park Hours: Jan. 3: 8 a.m. 10 p.m.; Jan. 4: 9 a.m. 10 p.m.; Jan. 5: 9 a.m. 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 9 a.m. 7 p.m.; Jan. 10: 9 a.m. 8 p.m. Animal Kingdom Mickeys Jingle Jungle Parade (Daily): 3:45 p.m. Park Hours Jan. 3-4: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 5, 10: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.Sesame StreetIts the final weekend to visit one of the most wellknown streets in America: Sesame Street Presents: The Body, at the Orlando Science Center. Highlights include: Sing about your insides at Counts Count the Organ Organ; discover what happens to food when you eat it from chewing to its exit with Oscar the Grouch; join Ernies Rub-A-Dub-Tub Club to find out how much fun staying clean can be; and so much more! OTRONICON V.9: Otronicon, the Science Centers largest annual event, will be held Jan. 17 20. The experience has the opportunity to inspire a childs interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality. Cost: Experience Sesame Street Presents: The Body with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming. Photo rendering/Universal OrlandoSeveral new restaurants and eateries are coming to Universal CityWalk in 2 014. 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Saturday, January 4, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Potter will be released early soon. Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass. Those without an annual pass can experience the full offering with a 3-day park-to-park ticket. Admission into panel events will be granted on a first-come, firstserved basis.Event details A Celebration of Harry Potter Panel Discussions The panels will be held in a theater-style setting and will include discussions and Q&As with Harry Potter film talent and crew. Admission into the theaters will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific panel times will be released at a later date. Panel descriptions A Harry Potter TributeA Celebration of Harry Potter will kick off with a special evening event starring several cast members of the Harry Potter film series and awardwinning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who recently re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic and beautifully captured pivotal scenes from the enchanting Harry Potter stories. Guests will enjoy film clips, Q&A sessions with cast members, and get a glimpse of new details about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, opening summer 2014. My Life on the Harry Potter Film Set: Talent Q&As Actors from the Harry Potter films share what its like to work on a major motion picture and be part of film history. Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter will present a spellbinding masterclass with the worlds only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand. Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima Graphic designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina from the studio MinaLima will discuss their tenyear involvement in establishing the visual graphic style on the film productions of Harry Potter and present some of the iconic props they created for the films, including the Marauders Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler. Bringing the Harry Potter Films to the Theme Park Set and Prop Design of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Harry Potter film and theme park Set Designer Alan Gilmore and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Prop Master Eric Baker will present a look at how ideas move from the books to screen, and then become r eal-life t heme park experiences. Go Behind the Scenes of Pottermore.com from J.K. Rowling. Pottermores Creative Director gives an exclusive insight into the creation of Moment artwork for Pottermore.com, and a look at the next installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Plus, get ready for an exclusive reveal as he shares his favorite upcoming new entry from J.K. Rowling.Harry Potter E xpo B ooths The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend. The expo will include booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the various manifestations of the Harry Potter series.E xpo b ooth descriptions Harry Potter: The Exhibition Guests will get an upclose look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic costumes that have appeared throughout the Harry Potter film series. They will also have the opportunity to get sorted into Hogwarts houses during a Sorting Hat experience. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: This interactive experience will feature a duelling presentation by the worlds only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris. M inaLimaLimited edition artworks and reproductions based on original prop designs will be on display, including iconic pieces, such as the Marauders Map and the Daily Prophet. A selection of original graphic props from the films will also be on display, and on-hand to meet guests will be Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. Pottermore from J.K. Rowling Go behind the scenes of Pottermore.com from J.K. Rowling. Find out how Moments from Harrys story are created from the first sketch to the final splash of color, get an exclusive look at artwork that has not yet been released, and experience Pottermore.com for yourself defeat your opponent in a wizards duel or try your hand at brewing magical draughts and potions. S cholasticCelebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Award-winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who recently reimagined the Harry Potte r book covers, will be signing posters at limited times throughout the weekend.United States Postal ServiceGuests can check out the limited-edition Harry Potter collection of 20 new Forever stamps, featuring images of Harry Potter, the extraordinary boy wizard, and the adventures he encounters with the friends, heroes, villains and creatures that make up his world. Also, see collectible products f eaturin g the stamps, meet the stamp art director, and get special cancellation postmarks commemorating this celebration. For more information about the event and tickets, visit www.universalorlando. com/celebration.About the Harry Potter seriesHarry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. Each of the seven books by author J.K. Rowling has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold over 450 million copies worldwide and translated into 77 languages. The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $7.7 billion to date worldwide at the box office, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.HarryContinued from page B-1 WineContinued from page B-1 Saturday, Jan. 25, Tory Wynter Seavin, Inc., owner of Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, and Prosperity Vineyards in Prosperity, FL, is a pioneer in the development of table, dessert, and sparkling wines made from muscadine and hybrid grapes. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is Floridas Largest Premium Winery and San Sebastian Winery is the second largest. The two brands have won over 1,000 awards for excellence in winemaking. Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week at both the Clermont and St. Augustine locations. Seavin, Inc. 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Page B4, Whats new?Railway showThe Regal Railways Model Train Show will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Avenue, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will features vendors, model layouts and videos. Admission is $5 for adults. Volunteer opportunityThe AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation to 2.6 million taxpayers per year. Most of these taxpayers are seniors. AARP provides extensive training, software and hardware. If you are interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information.Self-defense for WomenThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange or SAFE is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The 2-hour class teaches that 90 percent of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation, while only 10 percent is physical. Taking responsibility and educating yourself is the first step in staying safe. Although you may not be able to prevent an attack from occurring, there are ways to protect yourself and lessen your chances of becoming a victim, states Sheriff Bob Hansell. To sign up for the free class, call (407) 348-1105 or email aveg@ osceola.org.Taste of the Caribbean Dance Time Productions will present Taste of the Caribbean Food and Show Saturday Jan. 4, 2014 at The Barney Veal Center 700 Generation Pointe Kissimmee. Door opens at 6 p.m.. Cost $25. Part of the proceeds will go to Council on Aging Meals on Wheels. For more Information contact Sonia Forbes 407 319-0659.Golden WeddingWere you married in 1964? Wed love to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with you. The Golden Wedding Anniversary program will be followed by a buffet. Bring a dish to share. After the buffet, there will be dancing to the music of the Osceola Community Orchestra. The Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration is at 7 p.m., Feb. 11 at the St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17th St. Friends and family are welcome. For more information contact John Dutt at 407-744-1700.BVL CrimeWatchCome join Commissioner John Quinones and BVL Crime Watch for a seminar How Healthcare Reform will affect you? Also come see options for healthcare in BVL. Jan., 8 at 6:30 pm at the Robert Guevar Community Center. Any question call 407-201-6333.Silver Spurs 2014 eventsThe Silver Spurs Riding Club announces 2014 event dates for three PRCA rodeos and one bull riding event to take place at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. Bucking into action first, will be the 3rd Annual Monster Bulls, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm. The following weekend, Feb. 21-23, will be the 132nd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. On June 6-7 will be the 133rd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, both performances at 7:30 pm. Returning for the second year will be the PRCA Wrangler Champions Challenge October 2014. The Monster Bulls is a bull riding event only. Riders will compete for big money as they try to stay atop a 2 ton bull for eight seconds. The PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions will have hundreds of top rodeo professionals competing in traditional rodeo events such as; bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing. The Wrangler Champions Challenge is a televised event, touring with the top champions of the PRCA. This event gives you the experience of the National Finals Rodeo, it is the best of the best competing for big money purses. For tickets call 407 67RODEO or visit www.silverspursrodeo.com To build a partnership with the Silver Spurs Rodeo, contact Wendi Jeannin of B&B Promotions at 321-6241606. The Silver Spurs Riding Club, a non-profit organization, is a volunteer based Osceola CoGriefShare RecoveryThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on Thursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m beginning Jan. 16, 2014. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 17, 2014. GriefShare features nationally 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 faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email bossdn1@ yahoo.com.In the MoodIn the Mood, a 1940s alldancing, all-singing Big Band revue comes to the Osceola Performing Arts Center Theatre, 3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, $29 and $25, group discounts are available. For ticket information call 800 595-4849.Wills and Trusts seminarSavannah Court Assisted Living Community will host a complimentary informational lecture presented by Wealth Preservation Associates & Capital Estate Services. 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? Have a durable power of attorney? This seminar is for you. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. Savannah Court, 3791 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud. Free facility tours will be offered prior to the start of the seminar. The program is complimentary and reservations are required. RSVP to Savannah Court 407-892-8502 or Joe McQuaid at 407-593-2243. AARP Driver Safety ClassAn AARP driver safety class will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building near the Publix at Pleasant Hill and John Young intersection. Reserve your spot by Calling Ron at 407-944-9718. Leave a message and phone call will be returned as soon as possible. Limit first 25 people.Ca ribbean and Floridian A ssociatio nThe Caribbean and Floridian Association holds its regular general monthly meetings every fourth Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Solid Rock Youth and Educational Center located at 1904 N. Michigan Ave, Kissimmee. All are welcome to attend. For more information call CAFA at 407-953-5544.Boy Scouts Spaghetti dinnerThe Boy Scouts of Troop 192 will be serving a spaghetti dinner at the First United Methodist Church at 1000 10th Street, St. Cloud, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. A single dinner includes homemade spaghetti sauce over pasta, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert for $7. A party of four dines for $24. Dine in or carry out. The next spaghetti dinner will be Feb. 8. For more information on this event or on the troop, visit the website: www.stcloud192.mytroop.us.DAV 148The DAV Service officer is on site every Tuesday at noon until 4 p.m. He will be there to help with your military benefits needs. The DAV welcome all veterans and their families. We will honor all military membership cards, VFW, DAV, etc., and active duty identification cards. All day, every Wednesday is Ladies Night. Special drink prices for the ladies. The DAV will have bingo cards three for $20 or $10 each. Barnyard Meat Bingo is every first and third Saturday of every month starting at noon. Every Friday is Red Shirt Friday but if you come in wearing a red shirt showing your support for our military troops serving overseas, youll get the special $1 long neck beer on the second and fourth Friday of each month. We are located at 21 E. Keen St., Kissim mee, 407-8464141.Elvis tributePeter Alden and Steven Gillis will perform tributes to Elvis from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the American Legion Post 10, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Kissimmee. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per person. Food may be purchased from the kitchen. For more information, call Shirley at 407-922-4502 or 407-8473012.DivorceCare programPoinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, will host a 13-week DivorceCare program from Jan. 12 through April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 407870-9700.AARP Smart Driver ClassA Smart Driver Class will be Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. AARP offers a Driver Safety Course smart-driver designed to help all drivers behind the wheel. Insurance providers could offer a reduction in premiums for Florida drivers 55 and older who successfully complete this course. A certificate of completion will be provided and a $20 nonmembers payable on the day of the class. AARP members can get in for just $15. For more information, call 1-888227-7669. H eritage MuseumThe St. Cloud Heritage Museum, 1012 Massachusetts Ave., hosts a historical scavenger hunt every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for school are children to young adults; discover, learn, and have fun during this special journey to the past. The museum is open to the public for learning about St. Cloud history as well as military memorabilia. Every Friday, historian Roger Heiple, brings history to life for visitors. Museum hours are: Thursday Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347, or email email@example.com. L ooking for scholarships and/or sponsors Eighth-graders at Kissimmee Middle School will be traveling to Washington D.C. in May 2014. They are in need of local business owners and community members that might be interested in providing sponsorship or scholarship money to help lower the cost of the trip. Contact Karen Hernandez for more details at 407870-0857, Ext. 09229Narcoossee Area Historical SocietyThe Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society meets every first Monday of the month in the Narcoossee Community Center, 5354 Rambling Road, Narcoossee, at 6 p.m. Its first project is to restore the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. New members are welcome! For more information, visit www.narcoosseehistory. org or call 407-595-6727.American Legion Post 10The American Legion Post 10 Kissimmee, 200 Lake Shore Blvd. will hold the following events: Sundays from noon until closing are game days, free pool, bowling, and ping-pong. On Mondays free Texas Hold-Em will begin at 5 p.m., the public is invited. On Tuesdays karaoke will run from noon until 4 p.m., the public is welcome; Euchre also will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and also is open to the public. Wednesdays are Barn Yard Bingo every first and third Wednesday. Thursdays are Barn Yard Bingo every second and fourth Thursdays. On Fridays, a seafood dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertainment by a live band and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m., the public is invited. On Saturdays, dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by entertainment by a live band and dancing, the public is invited. The American Legion Post 10 has a large hall available for rent for special occasions. Anyone interested may contact Judy. For more information, call 407847 -4193.Xi Lambda NuXi Lambda Nu, a local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is hosting its fifth Annual Jazz Up Your January Event with A Salute to America, featuring Starlites, a local performing trio. In addition, the local Civic Air Patrol will be participating in a Presentation of Colors. The event will be Jan. 25 at the Osceola County Council On Aging at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per person which includes luncheon, entertainment and door prizes. There also will be a separate gift basket raffle. This event is held each year to raise funds for local charities and this years beneficiary will be The Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, call Marianne Davitt at 407-847-7912. Celiac/Crohns support groupThe Celiac/Crohns support group meets the second Wednesday of every month at Pro Health Family Physicians, 3100 17th Street, St. Cloud, from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Barb Thomas at 407-908-5607 or email, A wards Banquet An AARP driver safety class will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee, at the Senior Friends building near the Publix at Pleasant Hill and John Young intersection. Reserve your spot by Calling Ron at 407-944-9718. Leave a message and phone call will be returned as soon as possible. Limit first 25 people.Driver Safety COMMUNITYCOMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comSubmitted photo On Dec. 20, the Civil Air Patrol 463rd Cadet Squadron in Kissimmee, held its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet at the Barney E. Veal-Osceola Council on Aging Center. It was a celebration of accomplishments for the cadets in the squadron. One of the awards presented was the Amelia Earhart Award to Cadet Captain Jason Warren. It is presented to high ranking cadets that have completed all the requirements for this award. In attendance were local political and military dignitaries. From left to right are: 463rd Squadron Commander Lt.Col. Edward Fresneda, Cadet Captain Jason Warren, City of Kissimmee Commissioner Wanda Y. Rentas and retired U.S.Army Col.Gary Grimes. The 463rd Civil Air Patrol Squadron meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm, at the center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. For more information on joining CAP, come to one of the scheduled meetings and meet with a Senior Member in charge of membership. Community Events changeEditor Brian McBride is no longer compiling Community Events. Please send all Community listings to Arts and Entertainment Editor Pete Covino at pcovino@ osceolanewsgazette.com. He can be contacted by phone at 321-402-0432. See Community, page B-5 Whats happening?
Saturday, January 4, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. Sewell, Pastor GRACE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUSA Church where Worship, Praise and Prayer is a liberty. ALL ARE WELCOMED. Worship Services: Sunday School...10:00am Morning Worship...11:15am Wednesday Bible Study...6:00pm 4501 Reaves Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 321-402-6684 OR 407-933-1794 Sunday Worship: 8:15am & 11:00am Traditional 9:40am Contemporary FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, www.kissimmeefumc.orgOpen hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TOR SCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org KISSIMMEE CONGREGATION FORMINGSunday Worship: 10:00am For more information Call 407-591-0251www.redeemerkissimmee.org 010414.SNGTen years have passed without you. But 50 years of memories stay forever.In Loving Memory of James R. Kieser1934 2004All My Love, Terry & Family 121413.SNG And Cremation Services rfnftb www.conradandthompson.comt ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comCHANEY Jerry Hestle Chaney 67 Died Monday, December 2, 2013. Born in Pikeville, Kentucky and moved to Kissimmee, FL in 1960. He graduated from Osceola High School class of 1966. He is survived by his daughters: Celeste Renee, Keisha Chaney and son Jerry J Chaney. 4 grandchildren: Talbott, Marshall, Kellan & Jacob. Brothers & Sisters: Bob, Johnny & James Chaney of St. Cloud, Nina Stumpp of Chiefland, Rosalee Mitchell of Clermont and sister Earlanna Lowry of Palm Bay. He was proceeded in death by his parents Orpha & Earl Chaney along with siblings Ronnie & Danny Chaney and sister Betty Call. Jerry owned & operated Chaney Roofing company for over 40 years here in Kissimmee. He retired and moved to Kentucky, where he loved to fish and paint. He was a successful music writer and wrote many songs. He will be dearly missed by his family. MacDONALD Lee Coffin MacDonald, 61, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Thornwood, NY died on December 22, 2013. He was born on February 1, 1952 to the late Hugh Neil and Emily (Coffin) MacDonald in White Plains, NY. He worked for the Gannett Chain-The Reporter Dispatch /USA Today, and Disney. Lee is survived by his girlfriend, Lynda; his sister, Peggy MacDonald of Lake Carmel/ Thornwood NY; his brother, Hugh Thomas MacDonald (wife Margaret) of Cromwell/ Old Saybrook CT; niece Cassandra (husband Robert) Cyr and grandnephew Charles Coffin Cyr of Norwich, CT. Lee enjoyed reading, writing, cooking, shooting, sing ing, and his Scottish heritage. He had the MacDonald sense of humor. Donations may be made to Winter Park Suites Hospice, Winter Garden, Florida. M c BETH Keith Laverne McBeth, 75, of Kissimmee, FL passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2013. He was born January 20, 1938 in Billings, MT son of the late Oscar McBeth and Bertha Loken. He received his Bachelors degree from the La Sierra campus of Loma Linda University. He was a Seventh-day Adventist minister and during his retirement enjoyed his work as a realtor for Century 21 and Disney cast member. Keith is survived by his loving wife, Wanda; daughter Bridgit Mitchell and husband Dennis of Clermont, FL; step-child Randall Wilson of AL; sibling Margie Meador of Billings, MT; grandchildren Calab, Cole and Abby. A private family memorial of his life will be held in Clermont, FL. In lieu of flowers contribu tions may be made to Asian Aid (www.asianaid.org) for the needy. of nuclear jet rocket propulsion systems that eventually propelled the first man to the moon for the Apollo 11 mission. Joseph became a mission control operator for the space program and his contributions were recognized per sonally by President John F. Kennedy. As a developer of NERVA, Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application with NASA and the US Atomic Energy Commission, AeroJet demonstrated that nuclear thermal rocket engines were a feasible, reliable tool for space exploration, meeting the requirements in the 1960s for a manned mission to Mars. To date, all space mission plans use derivative designs from his contribution to the development of jet rocket propulsion systems. When President Nixon canceled the Space Program and closed the AeroJet Testsite in Jackass Flats, Nevada, Joseph left the Mohave Desert, and their horse, behind and moved his family to Florida for the building and opening of Walt Disney World in 1971. Hired first as a Safety Engineer, Joseph assisted in the design implementation of all the Magic Kingdom rides to meet the highest safety standards. His proudest cre ation was assisting in the building of Its A Small World ride, which became his theme song for his life. His brilliant mind did not go unnoticed by Mr. Walt Disney himself and soon Joseph became Chief Engineer of Operations Executive over Walt Disney World and Resorts. He was on the design team for the creation of EPCOT and host ed the first international students in his own home. He was also recognized with a Disney Design Award for his part of the development of the Grand Floridian. But it was his boiler room in the Contemporary Hotel that made history when it broke down during the famous presidential speech made by President Nixon of I AM NOT A CROOK! Many psychologists say that when someone lies they sweat referring to this speech, yet Nixon sweated because the air conditioning broke down and the Secret Service would not let Joseph into the boiler room to fix it! Even Jim Hensons Muppets played in Joes boiler room visiting the pipes for a possible film shoot. Joseph often referred to his office as the command center with him being at the helm as Captain Kirk, his secretary Mel Miller Smith as Lt. Ohura, and his right hand man, Jack Barry, as Spock. He never saw the impossible, only what could be, saying you cant put God in box. Always looking for a smarter, better way to do things, he created the Disney program I Have An IDEA! for cast members to share their input and the Mickeys VoluntEARS Program which allowed cast volunteers to donate their time within the community in countless ways, including volunteer ing at Give Kids the World, a nonprofit organization that exists to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illness and their families from around the world. He helped to co-found this organization and designed the villages under the direction of his dear friend Henri Landwirth and Josephs various contact relations in the Central Florida Hospitality Industry. He was impassioned about serving others, especially children. He presented the idea of TECO to Osceola County School Board to create a trade and technical school where many students bound for needed professions outside of college degrees attend. In the early 1980s, he presented his plan to the City of Kissimmee to have a River Ferry Boat Cruise on Lake Toho to bring in revenue to enhance our community, which is now being brought to the citys attention again nearly 35 years later. His foresight and vision were unparalleled. He published his first book and training manual used nation wide throughout major hotel chains as well as internationally in hospitality schools. His book titled Principles of Engineering and Management is quoted with his sayings on leadership that You cant push a chain and Turtle Management, You have to stick your neck out if you want to get something done. He taught engineering at Walt Disney University, Westside VoTech, Orange County Public Schools, and Bethune Cookman University and proctored exams for the state. He was a lead consultant for the State of Floridas first mold remediation operational standards with his involvement with CH2MHill. He has friends from across the globe, but perhaps his greatest achievement was his involvement with Wider Horizons of Northern Ireland. Joseph became an American Ambassador for The Wider / Border Horizons Programme of Ireland that he helped develop to achieve peace along the border in Ireland by sponsoring numerous hospitality students for their J1 Visas and hosting them in America to learn various skills to develop Irelands tourism industry. By pairing young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and having them live and work in the hospitality industry and volunteer at Give Kids the World, students discovered they have more in common than they do differently. He implemented the program in Florida in the 1990s. Since its conception, the program hosts students in the US, Canada and in Spain. He and his wife were awarded in Northern Ireland for his participation in Irelands peace-keeping coalition and economic development. He helped to repair the heartache between Protestants and Catholics from hundreds of years and rebuild relationships between the Irish people, bringing the glimmer of light and hope to a darkened existence of the unemployed of Ireland and uplifted them by having faith in their abilities. His Italian heart beats Irish blood and he will forever remain a family member thereof in the hills of Donegal, known as a grandfather to many throughout the Irish community. During his retirement, he enjoyed time with friends in the mountains of Tennessee. However, when his life was unexpectedly interrupted by a tragic accident in downtown Kissimmee, it changed the direction of his and his wifes lives. After surviving the accident, both Joe and Phyllis came home to live with their daughter and son-in-law for assistance. They had visitors from around the world and enjoyed seeing their family and friends. Joseph Gaccione was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Phyllis Faye (Farmer) Gaccione, who preceded him in death a year earlier. He lovingly referred to her as his bride for nearly 60 years. He loved to watch her paint and dance as his hobbies. He leaves behind an unfinished novel, The White Wolf, which was inspired by his beloved dog, Heidi, a great white Pyrenees. He lost his baby sister, Annmarie Werner, whom he affectionately called Annie to pancreatic cancer in 2002. He is survived by his only brother Charles Chuck Gaccione (wife Ava). He and Phyllis had two daugh ters, Desiree LaDonna Horn of Kissimmee, Florida and Joette Gaccione Tindell (husband Marvin) of St. Cloud, Florida. He was an amazing grandfather to half a dozen grandchildren and was affectionately called Poppa by them all: Bobby Martin Colt Horn III, Casee LaDonna Horn, Chase Joseph Horn, Christopher Thomas Tindell, Travis Lee Tindell, and his newest granddaughter, Lilyanne Faye Pearl Tindell, who was the light of his life in his final days. Joseph was a man of amazing talents and grace who was strong, yet gentle. Wise, yet full of humor and lighthearted. (he had to be, since he was born on April Fools day). He was always positive, always. He was told he would never walk again twice in his life, and both times he did. He was labeled Dangerously Optimistic by the rehab centers. He believed that with a little bit of pixie dust, anything was possible if you put your JOSEPH A. GACCIONE April 1, 1932 December 22, 2013 Born in Brooklyn, NY, Joseph A. Gaccione was the son of Yolanda Victoria (Montalto) Gaccione of Astoria, NY, (Godmother to Frank Sinatras daughter Tina), and the son of Charles Angelo Gaccione of Rome, Italy. His mater nal grandparents immigrated from Florence, Italy as Italian Ambassadors. He was the nephew of the late great Oscar Montalto of Victoria Royale Fashion Designs and personal designer for Princess Grace Kelly de Monaco. He spent his childhood in Nutley, NJ surrounded by family and friends and his summers with his grandparents playing in the Famous Ringling Brothers Family Florida home and on the Jersey Shore. He attended St. Marys Catholic School but quit w ith only two months remaining to join the United States Air Force as Airman 1st Class and Jet Engine Mechanic serving all four years in the Korean War. He was awarded The Korean Service Medal w/1BS, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and The National Defense Service Medal as well as a letter of Commendation from the Colonel of the United States Air Force for his remark able feat of changing out and replacing the entire jet engine of a F-33 fighter jet and put ting the jet back in the air in under 9 minutes and 35 seconds; a record still undefeated to date. When the Korean War ended, he was honorably discharged and returned home to California where he met and married his bride, Phyllis Faye Farmer (deceased November 8, 2012) of nearly 60 years. They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in search of work with their young daughter, Desiree, and there had a second child, Joette. Without a high school diploma, Joseph became a Nuclear Engineer with AeroJet NERVA Project and NASAs Space Program, under the guidance of Wernher Von Braun, one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration, who wrote Joseph a book titled, Nuclear Physics Made Very Easy for Joe Gaccione. There, Joseph assisted in the development heart in it. He said that the F on the report card was for Fantastic because there was is no such thing as failure, only gaining experience in trying. He loved to hear his Natalya, and her sister Gigi, play the violin. He taught his children to go for the brass ring, to live life to the fullest, to believe in your dreams, to help others and that there are no strangers in this world, only friends we havent met yet. He had a beau tifully strong belief in God, was a devout Catholic in his heart and helped fund the building of Holy Redeemer Catholic School. He cherished family above all things of this world. He gave away everything he owned because it meant nothing to him, only relationships did. If you sat at the table and had coffee with Joe, then you know what kind of man he was. He taught us all that it really is.. A Small World After All... After a legendary fight, Joseph Gaccione suffered from an unexpected heart attack and the Lord has called him Home. God has gained a great worker in Heaven. He is going to be deeply, and truly, missed. He was a one of a kind man. The best daddy. And the best poppa any child could ever ask for. We miss you Poppa Joe. Rest in Peace. Now you can be happy, dancing with your bride, our Mamie, in Heaven. And your knee can finally bend. Go, Joe, Go! Visitation Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home Tuesday, January 7th, 4:00 p.m. (family) 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (public), Deacon Tommy Tate presiding. Funeral Mass Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Wednesday, January 8th 10:30 a.m., graveside service to follow Father Tim Labou presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the funeral home to assist with his burial expenses. Pictured: Joe Gaccione with his wife Phyllis PLEASE SUBMIT OBITUARIES FORSATURDAY NEWSGAZETTE BY THURSDAY AT 2 PM
Page B6, firstname.lastname@example.org.Social Dance/ Country DanceMonday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Social Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands every Monday, all year long. These dances are subject to hall maintenance scheduling. A donation of $4 per person is requested. Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. are Country Dance nights at the St. Cloud Senior Center in Hall A; live bands on Fridays, November through April. On these months, a donation of $4 per person is requested. On other months, music will be provided by a DJ and admission is free. All ages are welcome. For more information regarding the social dance, call John McMahon at, 407-951-9700.Line DanceThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hall A. There will be lessons and open dance; a 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.F un S eekers 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 email@example.com. Visit the website grouptravelspecialistskiss.comAhoy Travel ClubThe Ahoy Carefree Travel Club meetings will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the Kissimmee Knights of Columbus, 2000 Neptune Road, Kissimmee. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Historical Society needs volunteersThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the village in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you can spare one to three hours per week, consider being a volunteer in any number roles with our organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect fit for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Terry Hooker at 407-396-8644, Ext. 7, or email questions to terryh@ osceolahistory.org. Be sure to check out our website at osceolahistory.org. G reyhound adoptionsThe public is invited to come every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pet Supermarket, 2924 13th St., St. Cloud, 407-498-0929, located one mile east of Walmart, to meet retired racing greyhounds ready for adoption. These are mature, adult dogs and they transition very easily into homes. Most get along great with other dogs and children and many are cat friendly, as well. Get to know the dogs and speak with local greyhound owners. For more information, call Gods Greyts Greyhound Group at 407-578-7496 or go to www. godsgreyts.com. Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. For more information, call Phyllis Brannaman at 407-8472744. The St. Cloud Line Dance Club The St. Cloud Line Dance Club, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, meets: Monday, novice (2-2:30 p.m.); beginner 2:30-3 p.m.); intermediate (3-5 p.m.). Thursday, novice (5:306 p.m.); beginner (6-7 p.m.); intermediate (7-9 p.m.). Its a $1 donation for the day. Call Glenda Brown at 407-744-3892 for more information.H eel a nd Toe S quare Dance ClubHeel & Toe Square Dance Club meets at the Senior Center Annex, 702 Indiana Ave., in St. Cloud, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., every Monday. No experience is necessary; beginners receive lessons at the start of the evening. The minimum age for dancing is 10 years old. Come as an individual, couple, or a family. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 per person per lesson. For more information call Ellen Bell or Paul Kurek at 407931-1688.A ccess FloridaNew Horizon Family Center, 2958 Pleasant Hill Road Kissimmee, has programs on food assistance, temporary cash assistance, and Medicaid to help in purchasing food, paying home expenses, and paying for medical services. Assistance is available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call to make an appointment. 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