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Thursday, June 8,2006 -Vol. 91 No. 51 Frostproof's Hometown Newspaper for More Than 85 Years 50 cents
At a Glance
City Council plans
The next Regular City
Council Meeting will be held
Monday, June 19, at 6 p.m.
The City would like to
announce, the Regular City
Council Public Meetings for
July, August and September
will be held the second and
fourth Monday of the month.
Frostproof City Hall is locat-
ed at 111 First Street. For more
information call 635-7855.
Rotary relocates to
The Frostproof Rotary Club
will now meet every Thursday
at noon in the second floor con-
ference room of Frostproof City
Hall located at 111 First Street. If
you would like to become a
member of the Rotary or be a
guest speaker contact Bea
Reifeis at 863-635-2523 -Please
lend a hand to your community'
and throughout the % world!
Beginning June 7 at 10 a.m.
the Latt Mlac\ Memorial
Library will host their annual
summer children's program to
be held e'erv Wednesday
rrorning during June and July
Each \Vednesday at 10 a m. the
library will hold storv time and
crals tor children.
All programs are FREE and
open to the public No registra-
fon is required.
Special entertainment will
be provided on the following
FridaysJune 2, 16 and ,30 as well
as July 14 and 28 at 10 a m. with
such entertainers and guests as
Lyndel the Magician, John
Storms The Reptile Man, Polk
--County Sei ilffs canine demon-
stration, Ihe Grimmy Biothers
interactive stornlellers, and the
Earthlings Recycling program.
For more information please
call the Laui Maxc Memorial
Library at 6.35-7857.
The high school FCAT retake
test in reading will be Tuesday,
June 20 and the high school
'FCAT retake test for math will
be \Wednesday, June 21. The
deadline for students with a cer-
S tificate of completion from a
Florida high school to register
for the retakes isFriday, June 9.
The high schools giving the
retakes are Auburndale, Bar-
tow, Frostproof, George Jenk-
ins, Haines City and Kathleen.
Students from any high school
can take the FCATs at those six
To register for the retakes,
call Eileen Schofield at 863-534-
Math and reading FCAT
classes will be held Mondays
through Fridays from May 30 to
June 16 at Auburndale, Bartow,
Frostproof, George Jenkins,
Haines City and Kathleen high
schools. Students from any Polk
County high school can take the
Classes at one of those sites. Stu-
dent transportation to the class-*"
es will not be provided.
The First United Methodist
Child Care Center of Frostproof
is now taking applications for
the 2006-2007 Voluntary Pre-
School class. Applications can
be picked up in the Child Care
Office at 150 DeVane Street
between 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Monday Friday. VPK is for all.
children age -4 by September 1,
2006. It is a state funded pro-
gram. For more information call
Stacy at 863-635-7778
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.
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Transit drivers honored
Saving a life may not be in the
official job description for Polk
County Transit Services (PCTS)
drivers, but two drivers added that
responsibility to their duties and
were honored for their efforts
Wednesday by the Tampa Area
Safety Council (TASC).
Kathlyn L'Esperance and Ruby
McCall were presented "Above
and Beyond" award by TASC presi-
dent Roger Moore at a special cere-
money at the 26th Annual Safety
Awards Banquet at the Double
Tree Hotel in Tampa.
L'Esperance was honored with
the "'Above and Beyond" award for
her quick thinking and action to
bring first aid to one of her para-
transit riders who was lying semi-
conscious on the floor of her
home. When the customer failed
to answer the door March 15 at her
scheduled pick up time; L'Esper-
ance heard a faint cry from within
asking for help. She immediately
called dispatch and EMS was
called to help
L'Esperance acquired a key to
the Lake Wales home from the
complex office and she found Fan-
FHS: 'Class of 1996' reunion is a success.!
Submitted to Frostproof
nie Gibbs, who lives alone and has
Polio, on the floor where she had
spent the night unable to assist her-
self or crawl to the phone.
"She knew I was coming and
her hopes rested on me doing my
job," L'Esperance said. "I know my
clients that well. If something is out
of the ordinary, I know something
L'Esperance, a driver for PCTS
for three and a half years, feels her
experience with Gibbs is no differ-
ent than other experiences other
drivers have throughout their
"This is our job and this is what
it consists of," L'Esperance said.
"It's a normal thing for
us. This is what this job is about
and it's nice that we're trained for
McCall's Nov. 16, 2005 day
started like everyday, but ended
differently driving her scheduled
route between Frostproof and
Lake Wales. McCall noticed one of
her regular passengers walking
slowly along the road instead of
taking his normal afternoon ride.
McCall asked the man if he
needed a ride and his response
was a surprise.
"Call 9-1-1, I've been shot," he
McCall called 9-1-1 and helped
the victim onto the bus and stayed
at his side until Polk County Emer-
agency Medical Services arrived. He
was airlifted to Lakeland Regional
Medical Center where he was
treated and released.
McCall was honored two years
ago by the TASC for driving a mil-
lion miles without an accident.
The Tampa Area Safety Council
covers Polk, Hillsborough, Pinel-
las, Pasco and Hernando counties.
"It's wonderful to see govern-
ment employees getting involved
in the lives of the people they
serve," Moore said. "To have two
of them says a lot for Polk County
and the way they train their peo-
"That's the best customer serv-
ice there is."
with new law
News" Becky Dnad
FHS "Class of 1996' held their 10 year reunion the weekend beginning June 2, and reports
it was a success. Pictured at Fewox Park on Sunday, June 4 enjoying a barbecue with for-
mer classmates and their families is (Back row) Juan Cruz, Becky Donadio, Tequilia Ham-
monds, Troy Denby, Mandy Knight, and Deanna Norris. (Front row) Yolanda Gomez,
Stephanie Doucette, Melanie Plair, Carmen Hood, Mashonda Tensley, Leslie McElroy, and
Mike Hobbs. We'll meet again in another 10 years. See you then! Keep in touch!
"**~ **a L e a .
On Saturday, June 3, 2006 the FHS 'Class of 1996' celebrated their 10 year reunion with
dinner and dancing at Antonio's inside the Admiral's Inn in Winter Haven. Left to right-
Back row: Becky Donadio, Carmen Hood, Deanna Norris, Stewart Mann, Jason Brewn-
er and Vytis Dzenutis. Front row: Yolanda Gomez, Mashonda Tensley, Stephanie
Doucette, Juan Cruz and Matt Michaelis.
3.0 required for
Nev legislation, just signed
by Governor Jeb Bush, will
expand the Florida Bright
Futures scholarships and pro-
\ide eligible high school gradu-
ates \with a 3.0 grade point aver-
age free tuition if they attend a,
Florida community college and
they enroll in an Associate of
Arts (AA) degree program.
These students are referred
to b\ Bright Futures as "Medal--
lion" scholars or students. High
School students are notified by
Lhe state if they meet the medal-
lion criteria. (For requirements,
see Bright Future's website:
\\vwx.firn.edu doe brfutures.') .
Prior to this legislation, the
Bright Futures scholarship paid
full tuition to high school gradu-
ates with a 3.5 GPA or higher and
75 percent of tuition for medal-
The new legislation will
remove the financial barriers for
medallion students to go to Polk
Community College or any com-
munitycollege in the state. Then
they could transfer to a state uni-
versity and get a 75-percent
scholarship %\ith Bright Futures.
Polk Community College is
gearing up to inform high school
students of this new option and
Io handle the applicants." .
"\\e aie excited about the
opportunities that this new legis-
lation provides to numerous
high school students," said PCC
See Law --Page 2
South Florida Community
College in Avon Park introduces
online ticket sales for its Cultural
Programs performances. The
online sales ability is available
just in time for the Creedence
Clearwater Revisited concert at
the SFCC Auditorium on Satur-
day, June 24.
"We're offering online ticket
sales to make purchases more
convenient for our patrons and
to provide more purchasing
options," said Doug Andrews,
dean, SFCC Cultural Programs.
Previously, single tickets could
be purchased only at the Box
Office window, SFCC Auditori-
See Tickets Page 2
degree now online
new online Church
Warner Southern College
announces the introduction of a
new Online Church Ministry
major in Transformational
Christian Ministries. Designed to
provide a solid academic foun-
dation in biblical studies and
development of practical min-
istry skills, the major is ideal for
persons with previous college
experience. Applications are
now being accepted for the fall
The new major includes six-
teen innovative core courses
such as: Discipleship Ministries
-in the Local Church, Teaching
for Transformation, Evangelism
and Congregational Vitality,
Ministry Practices and Issues
and Spiritual Formation and
Mentoring. The program is
designed around four 12-hour
content modules. Students will
also gain relevant ministry skills
through participation in a new
ministry renewal conference
called Servus Innovatus (a
renewed minister or servant).
The mission of Servus Innova-
tus is ,to encourage innovative
and transformative ministries
through the renewing of the
church's servant leaders. Inno-
vatus will be an annual three-
day event sponsored by the
Warner Southern College
School of Ministry. The first
event is scheduled for January
Warner Southern offers two
online degrees for men and
women who sense a call into
Christian ministry. The program
includes both the Associate of
Arts in Church Ministry and a
Bachelor of Arts with the new
major in Transformational
See Warner Page 2
Submitted to Frostproof News/Usa Chatlos
Stunners bring home trophy
The Florida Stunners 16U fast pitch travel team brought home the championship trophy from
the NSA Memorial Day Classic held at Christina Park in Lakeland. They won every game they
played allowing only 2 runs against them. Pictured left to right-Front row: Hannah Schoop
and Niki Helms. Second row: Lacy Lambeth, Katie Hutto, Whitney Deloach, Kali Behrens,
Chelle Smith, Pookie Adams, Ashton Shirey and Whitney Dukes. Back row: Stunner Coach-
es: Lisa Chatlos, Tommy Chatlos, and King Smith.
2 The Frostproof News, Thursday, June 8, 2006
FBC hosts summertime fun for kids Briefs
First Baptist Church
announces their annual Summer-
time Fun for Kids! The Adventure
begun and will run through
August 30. ALL children
Preschool age 3 through Fifth
Grade are invited to join their
friends at First Baptist Church for
a great time of fun each Wednes-
day evenings from 6:15-8 p.m.
JUNE- Join the excitement
with our Summer Olympics. Each
week we will learn about children
and cultures from around the
World- We will compete in theme
related games and enjoy fun
snacks! We will "visit" The Awe-
some Artic, Experience how The
West Was Fun, have a good time
with Fiesta Festival, and journey
to The Amazing Amazon.
JULY- Fun in the Son-with
Beach Blast! We will be grilling
Hamburgers and Hotdogs, learn-
ing great stories, making super
crafts, and YES, we'll be cooling
off with Wacky Water Games. So
be sure o to wear shorts and a t-
shirt (no bathing suits please) and
bring a towel, as we will be slip-
ping and sliding into Summer
For more information contact
Diane Cannon at 635-3603, or
stop by First Baptist Church, 96
West B Street, Frostproof. Addi-
tional programs, classes and
events are scheduled for
teenagers, and adults-young and
HBS hosts Independence Day concert
The bells of Historic Bok
Sanctuary's Singing Tower will
ring forth in honor of our
nation's 230th birthday. On July
4, the Sanctuary will present spe-
cial carillon concerts at 1 and 3
p.m. featuring some of the
nation's most stirring patriotic
music. Visitors are encouraged
to show their patriotic spirit by
wearing red, white and blue so
they can receive a complimenta-
ry Sanctuary admission pass to
use at a later date. On July 4, the
Carillon Caf6 will feature ice
cream specials in a red, white
and blue theme as well as spe-
cialty desserts in an explosion of
America's favorite flavors.
During the carillon concert
visitors may stroll the Olmsted
garden or relax on a blanket as
the 60-bell carillon sings selec-
tions including "America the
Beautiful," "The President's
March" and "Columbia, The
Gem of the Ocean." Songs by
Stephen Foster, whose birthday
was July 4, 1826, will include
"The Camptown Races" and
"Beautiful Dreamer." The con-
cert will conclude with a dramat-
ic resounding of "The Star-Span-
gled Banner," our country's
beloved national anthem.
The Singing Tower will ring
forth 13 times at 2 p.m. joining
the Liberty Bell and other bells
across America during "Let Free-
dom Ring 2006," to celebrate
America's freedom and inde-
pendence. Congress passed a
resolution in 1963 authorizing
the national bell ringing ceremo-
ny to annually commemorate
the signing of the Declaration of
Dutch immigrant Edward Bok
created Historic Bok Sanctuary
in gratitude for the opportunities
America offered him to succeed.
It was dedicated in 1929 by Presi-
dent Coolidge. The majestic
neo-Gothic and art deco bell-
tower is 205 feet tall and houses
a 60-bell carillon. The Singing
Tower at the Sanctuary is located
in a premier performance setting
because it is surrounded by
open space, allowing the sound
of the bells to fill the gardens.
July 4 carillon concerts are
included with general Sanctuary
admission and free for mem-
bers. Members and children
under age 5 are admitted free.
The Carillon Cafe, Tower & Gar-
den Gift Shop and Visitor Center
are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For
more information call 863-676-
1408 or visit www.boksanctu-
Creedence Clearwater to perform at SFCC Letter to
Creedence Clearwater Revis-
ited will perform a benefit con-
cert at the South Florida Com-
munity College Auditorium,
Highlands Campus, Avon Park,
on Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
is the second concert in SFCC's
2006 Summer Series. All pro-
ceeds from the Series benefit the
SFCC Auditorium Renovation
The group will perform the
hits that made Creedence Clear-
water Revival famous in the 60's
and 70's, including "Proud
Mary," "Down on the Corner,"
and "Who'll Stop the Rain."
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
was launched in 1995 by two
members of the original group,
Stu Cook, bassist, and Doug
"Cosmo" Clifford, drummer.
Other musicians include lead
singer/rhythm guitar player John
Tristao, lead guitarist Tal Morris,
and multi-instrumentalist Steve
Creedence Clearwater Revis-
ited performs up to 100 shows
annually and has released the
album "Recollection," which is
certified gold. The band has
toured North America, South
America, New Zealand, Europe,
To purchase tickets online,
visit www.southflorida.edu and
click under "Performances." To
purchase tickets in person or by
telephone, contact the SFCC
Box Office weekdays, 11:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. at ext. 7178 at (863)
453-6661 or by calling directly at
Thanks to all those who
came out to show their support
for the FHS Class of 1996
reunion. Also, a BIG thank you is
extended to the Norris Family for
their help and PJ's Recreation
for the paper products that were
Becky Donadio & Juan Cruz
Emmanuel Baptist Fellow-
ship would like to invite children
ages 4 through grade 5 to partic-
ipate in The Artic Edge VBS
Adventure beginning Monday,
June 12 through Friday, June 16,
9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Artic Edge
program will be a week long
adventure full of exciting Bible
stories, a craft depot, music in
Echo Bay, snacks from the Snow
Shoe Canteen and recreation at
Teenagers can experience
'On the Edge" June 12 through
June 16, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Bible
study and special activities for
grades 6 through 12 will be pro-
vided as well.
All events are FREE. For more
information call 635-5040, ask
for Terri Bass or Debbie God-
WIU baseball team
hosts golf scramble
The Webber International
University Baseball team will be
holding their Annual Fund Rais-
ing Golf Tournament on Satur-
day, June 24, 2006. Lekarica
FOR STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS,
ANNUITIES and INSURANCE PAYOUTS
J.G. Wentworth means CASH NOW
for Structured Settlements!
Hills Golf Course in Highland
Park will be hosting the 18-hole
4-person scramble. The tourna-
ment will be a shotgun start at 8
a.m. The entry fee is $60 per per-
son and includes golf, cart,
lunch and prizes.
For more information or to
register you may call coach Gary
Garrett at (863) 638-2951 or
Step into the front line-
become a firefighter
BARTOW, FL Volunteers
join with Career Firefighters to
answer emergency calls when
precious moments count. Any
time of day or night, the individ-
uals' commitment to their com-
munity and / or neighbor could
be called into action.
The Polk County Fire Depart-
ment is looking for volunteers
who are committed and willing
to serve their community. If you
live in the Golfview or
Lakeshore / Nalcrest area and
are interested in becoming avol-
unteer firefighter, contact Polk
County Public Safety Volunteer
Coordinator Glen Hart at (863)
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Army Pvt. Honorio Hernan-
dez has graduated from basic
combat training at Fort Jackson,
During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied the
Army mission, history, tradition-
and core values, physical fitness,
and recei'ted instruction and
practice in basic combat skills,
military weapons, chemical
Continued From Page 1
Christian Ministries. Both pro-
grams are designed with the
working adult in mind. Rev. Jef-
frey D. Hayes is the Online Church
Ministry Program coordinator.
Warner Southern College was
the first Church of God institution
of higher education to develop
Continued From Page 1
um, Highlands Campus, Avon
Park, or by telephone at (863) 784-
7178. The Box Office is open Monr
day, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11:30
:a.m.-2:30 p.m. Online tickets can
be purchased 24 hours a day, seven
To order tickets online, simply
log onto www.southflorida.edu
and, along the right hand side of
the page under "Performances,"
Continued From Page 1
President Eileen Holden. "I urge
medallion students in Polk County
to take advantage of this opportu-
nity by continuing their education
Ifyou need help applying for the
warfare and bayonet training,
drill and ceremony, marching,
rifle marksmanship, armed and
unarmed combat, map reading,
field tactics, military courtesy,
military justice system, basic
first aid, foot marches, and field
He is the brother of Inigo
Hernandez o ,Libelli., Trail, and
Isabel Hernandez of. \. Fi,,st-
prool Road, both of Frostproof,
The private is a 2005 graduate
of Frostproof High School.
and launch a cornpletell web-
based malor in Church Ministry.
Since its inception in the % inter of
1999, the program has undergone
continual evaluation and
For more information contact
the School of Professional Studies
or the School of Ministry at 1-800-
NAarner Southern. founded in
1968, is a Christian liberal arts col-
lege located five miles south of
click on "Click here to buy tickets."
The Web site is easy to navigate. It
features an Auditorium seating,
chart and ticket pricing. While
choosing seats, online purchasers
have the ability to see an actual pic-
ture of the stage from different seat-
ing sections by dragging the mouse
over the seating chart.
Online ticket sales for next
year's Artist, Matinee, Chamber,
and Jazz' Series performances
begin Oct. 1, two weeks prior to
the SFCC Box Office opening on
Oct. 16 for walk ups and telephone
Bright Futures, see our Financial
Aid department now."
PCC's Associate in Arts degree
programs allow students to com-
plete the first two years of a quality
college education close to home
for much less than the cost of a uni-
Registration for PCC's fall
semester begins July 1. Classes
Suarez reports to duty
Army Staff Sgt. Rafael A.
Suarez has arrived for duty at the.
U.S. Army Recruiting Station, in
Suarez, a recruiter with nine
years of military service, is the
son of William and Gloria
Suarez of Constitution Lane,
Frostproof, Fla .
His w ite, Margarita, is the
daughter of Margarita 'ivera'
Pabon of Grinier St., Hanscom
Air Force Base, Mass.
Lake Wales, Florida at 13895
VWarner Southern College is
accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Associa-
tion of Colleges and Schools to
award the Associate, Bachelor
and Master degrees.
The direct line for the School
of Professional Studies is (863)
638-7117 and the direct line for
the School of Ministry is (863)
orders. This year, SFCC Cultural
Programs introduces the Kaleido-
scope Series, which features a vari-
ety of cultural and educational per-
formances and demonstrations in
an intimate setting.
When purchasing tickets
online, customers may pay with a
major credit card. Tickets can be
mailed for a small fee, or they can
be picked up at the SFCC Box
Look for the launch of the new
SFCC Cultural Programs Web site
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James and Ea Flemin... .of
Frostproof, recently celebrated Polk County's Oldest & Str'hgest Bank
their 59th %wedding anniversary
The Flemings were married on Founded in 1920
May 31, 1947 in the Greenville
Congregational Church in Con- *
The couple have six children; CiT IZEN
Mary Smith, Ruth Delesio, T s
Priscilla Fleming, Diana Colyer, B AN & RUST
James R Fleming Jr., and Keith
Fleming. They have nine grand- (863) 635-2244 2 E. Wall Street, Frostproof,
children as well. FDIC
Mr. Fleming worked on a
dairy farm for 20 years, was
employed by the Department of ALL 63 676 1404
Transportation for 26 years and LL 8 6 14 4
served in the Korean War.
Mrs. Fleming worked in a for Property, Auto, Business Insurance
woolen mill, as well as working
in a nursing home and retired Ruth Cornelius Ashley Hutto
from Uncus-On-Thame Hospital Eddie Stovall
in Connecticut. __________
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The Frostproof News, Thursday, June 8, 2006 "
Florida's climate leads to summer rains Obituaries
By Dr. James O'Brien
Tallahassee, Fla.-The drought
conditions that have plagued our
state for the last several weeks
have affected our homes, busi-
nesses and daily lives in many
ways, the most notable being
increased wildfire activity, particu-
larly along the 1-95 corridor in East
Central Florida. This dry weather
is ultimately rooted in the climate
patterns that develop over several
months stretching from the Pacif-
ic Ocean to the Sunshine State.
Climatologists monitor weather
trends and the state of the Pacific
Ocean and are able to predict sea-
sonal climate patterns up to sev-
eral months in advance.
While it is impossible to pre-
dict exactly when the summer
rains will come, climatologists
examine historical patterns and
current weather conditions to
project the probability that those
weather changes may occur. Cli-
matoligical studies are not taken
lightly, and many in the field
spend considerable time provid-
ing forecast information
resources to our local officials, fire
personnel,, farmers, and citizens.
Our data is drawn from weather
monitoring facilities located
throughout our state, reported in
real-time to climate and weather
analysts who can make changes
and updates to their analysis.
Historically, Florida has always
been noted for warm, dry winters
that lead to wet summers. As resi-
dents of this beautiful state, we
are well aware that our warm
winters provide incredible weath-
er conditions while our neighbors
to the north freeze, and our sum-
mers produce rains that generate
lush plant life for our homes and
-Examining our seasons from a
multitude of factors is paramount
to climatologists. Among these
factors, the surface temperature
of the tropical Pacific Ocean has
the strongest and most identifi-
able influence on Florida's sea-
sonal climate patterns. El Niflo
refers to warmer than normal
Pacific Ocean temperatures and is
well-known for bringing copious
rainfall and cooler temperatures
to the state in the winter and
spring seasons. La Nifia refers to
colder than normal sea surface
temperatures in the same region
and corresponds to warmer and
relatively dry winter and spring
seasons. Neutral refers to the
ocean state when sea surface
temperatures are close to normal.
We have recently transitioned
from a period of La Nifia, which
was primarily responsible for the
dry conditions the state experi-
enced the last few months, to
Neutral, which normalizes weath-
er in the summer with warm tem-
peratures and increased mois-
ture. As we move towards the
summer months, we can all
expect the weather to reflect the
hot and humid conditions we
have grown to love.
A closer examination of Flori-
da's current climate reveals that
the Neutral phase we are current-
ly under also corresponds to vari-
able temperatures and' rainfall
patterns that average out closer to
normal over the course of the
summer season. The afternoon
rains we are so accustomed to
sometimes take the form of fre-
quent thundershowers, which
typically begin later this month or
early June and increase in fre-
quency as the summer progress-
The current analysis indicates
that there is nothing preventing
seasonal thundershowers from
arriving on time and in adequate
amounts. For example, over the
last 10 years, Florida's precipita-
tion from May to June has
increased every year, almost
seven inches last year alone.
"Normals," the short name for the
30-year average, lists precipitation
averages historically increasing
from 3.74 to 7.35 inches from May
to June. Last year alone, rainfall
increased from 4.19 to 11.75 inch-
es from May to June. While histor-
ical trends may vary, this analysis
clearly projects improvement in
rainfall during this dry period.
It should be reiterated that the
timing of exact weather changes
is difficult to ascertain, but what
should bring comfort to us as
Floridians is that our climate, our
long term weather history, is
steeped in a pattern of dry winters
and rain filled summers. Those
projected rains will hopefully
bring relief to Florida's citizens
Dr. James O'Brien is the
Robert 0. Lawton Distinguished
Professor of Meteorology &
Oceanography at Florida State
University. He also serves as
Director for the Center for Ocean-
Atmospheric Prediction Studies.
Food safety is an issue in Florida's warm weather
TALLAHASSEE As the pic-
nic and barbecue season officially
kicked off with the Memorial Day
weekend, Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commission-
er Charles H. Bronson is remind-
ing state residents to follow a few
food safety tips to avoid turning a
party into a trip to the doctor..
"Everybody loves cookouts
and picnics, and with a little care,
nothing will mar the fun and
enjoyment of doing these things
with friends or family," Mr. Bron-
son said. "But food safety meas-
ures are particularly important,
especially this time of year when
temperatures are heating up."
Mr. Bronson offered the fol-
eClean and sanitize cooking
*Wash your hands thoroughly
with soap and hot water before
beginning to prepare the food.
*Keep raw foods away from
cooked foods to avoid cross-con-
tamination, and make sure that
raw meat juices never come in
contact with salads and vegeta-
bles. Moreover, use a different
plate or platter to carry the meat
off the grill than the one you used
to transport the raw meat.
*While cooking, use a meat
thermometer to make sure that
the meat is sufficiently cooked.
Beef, lamb and pork should regis-
ter an internal temperature of at
least 160 degrees while poultry
should be cooked to 165 degrees
Fahrenheit. It is particularly critical
that food reaches those tempera-
tures when cooking ground meat
*Food should be consumed as
soon as it is ready, and leftovers
should be refrigerated within two
hours of coming off the grill or
coming out of the refrigerator in
the case of salads.
*Precooked picnic items
should be kept in insulated con-
tainers with plenty of ice or cold
packs to last until all of the food
Failing to adhere to food safe-
ty tips can subject consumers to
any number of food-borne ill-
nesses which, while rarely fatal,
can make people violently ill
sometimes for a number of days.
(For more- news from the
Florida Department of Agricul-
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ARC offers special
The Polk County Chapter of
*the American Red Cross is offer-
ing Disaster Assessment Work-
shops for mobile home park resi-
dents. Representatives of area
mobile home parks \will learn
how to assess damage from dis-
asters and report to the Red Cross
for assistance. The workshops
will also cover storm preparation
and disaster planning specific to
mobile home communities.
The three-hour workshops are
being offered two times during
the month of June. Each park can
send up to four representatives.
They must be ,, riund resi-
dents of the community ai ,u ; -: s-
ically able to survey and report
damages after a storm as soon as
safely possible. Dates are: Tues-
day, June 13, 10 a.m. Noon,
Tuesday, June 20, 1-3 p.m. Friday,
June 23, 10 a.m. Noon, Monday,
June 26, 1-3 p.m. There is no cost
for the workshop. Please call
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American Red Cross disaster
assistance is free, made possible
by voluntary donations of time
and money from the American
people. To support this and other
disasters, contact vour Polk Coun-
ty Chapter at (863) 294-5941 or
online at http://polkcountyfl.red-
William 'Red' Ho an, 72, of
May 24, 2006 at
He was born m
July 20, 1933 in
GA., and came
to Frostproof William
from Freeport, Hogan
Maine in 2003.
He was a retired maintenance
worker for the US Air Force.
He was of the Protestant faith
and served in the US Air Force for
20 years (1953 1973) retiring as
MSGT. He loved to listen to music
and loved to read.
He was preceded in death by
parents; Benjamin F. Hogan and
Martha I. Sims Hogan
Survivors include his wife
Martha "Marty" Hogan of Frost-
proof. Daughters: Brenda Grondin
of Durham, Maine, Darlene Kaw of
Frostproof, Karen Rogers of
Freeport, Maine. Brothers: Wallace
A. Hogan of Savannah, GA., George
T. Hogan of Hawthorne, FL., Sis-.
ters: Lynette O'Neal of Davenport,
FL., Audrey Barrows of Guyton,
GA., Gladys Williams of Savannah,
GA., Toni Head of Troy, AL.
Funeral Services were held
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the Mari-
on Nelson Funeral Home of Frost-
proof with Chaplain, Colonel John
B.G. Roberts Jr., retired USAF offici-
ating and the MacDill Air Force Base
Honor Guard. Inurnment will be
held at the Florida National Ceme-
tery in Bushnell, Florida at a later
Those who wish family requests
donations may be made to the
Amyloidosis Research Foundation,
4174 Meyers Ave. Waterford, MI
Harold Chares Pierstorff, 82, of.
Frostproof died Tuesday, May 30,
2006 at Winter Haven Hospital.
He was born in Celina, Ohio, on
Dec. 2, 1923 and came to Frost-
proof from Rockford, Ohio, in 1994.
He was a farmer. He was a mem-
ber of St. John Lutheran Church in
Survivors include his wife, Joy
Pierstorff; daughter, Virginia West-
erffeld;- ,or -Wayne, Ind.; eight
grandchildren; fie great-grandchil-
Burial was in Mercer Memory
Gardens in Celina, Ohio, under the
direction of Ketcham-Ripley Funer-
Laureta L. Spurlock
Laureta L. Spurlock, 80, of Man-
assas, Va., formerly of Polk County,
died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at
Prince William Hospital in Manas-
sas. Shewas 80.
She was born in Fort Meade on
Feb. 24, 1926, she lived in Frost-
proof before moving to Manassas,
Va., 17 years ago. She was a home-
maker. She was a member of
Southside Baptist Church of Frost-
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Herbert Spurlock.
Survivors include her daughters,
Darlene Taylor of Bristow, Va., Jean
Brackin of Cross Junction, Va.; sis-
ter, Betty Kersey of Orange Park;
five grandchildren; three great-
Services were held Friday, June
2,2006 at the funeral home chapel.
Burial followed in Silver Hill Ceme-
tery in Frostproof. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home of Frostproof was in
charge of arrangements.
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Insurance rate relief on the way. ..-. new apClo
TALLAHASSEE Tom Gal- zens Property Insurance Corpo- grants up to $10,000 for home izens; this is unprecedented rate
agher, Florida's chief financial ration for a deficit caused by improvements, relief for Floridians. "In addition
officer, recently applauded state losses during the 2005 hurricane Following the Legislature to insurance rate relief, we need
lawmakers for approving $715 season. Under Florida law, the convening this year's session, long-term property insurance
million in insurance rate relief company's deficit must be paid Gallagher offered the following reforms that will help strength- Community Links. Individual Voices.
for property owners in Florida.
Since 2004, Gallagher has urged
the Legislature to earmark sur-
plus revenue collected during
hurricane recovery to help
homeowners deal with insur-
ance assessments, hurricane
repairs or hurricane prepara-
State lawmakers passed Sen-
ate Bill 1980 which directs $715
million be used to offset insur-
ance assessments levied by Citi-
TALLAHASSEE --As the hur-
ricane season approaches, Flori-
da Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson is reminding con-
sumers to heed safety tips when
using portable generators. The
generators have become very
popular in Florida as a result of
power outages during several
record-breaking hurricane sea-
"Generators are very useful
when the power goes out but
they can be hazardous when
consumers do not take the time
to review safety directions and
follow the manufacturers'
guidelines," Bronson said. "Peo-
ple should take time well before
a storm to read the information
so they don't put themselves
and their families at risk."
The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission received
reports of 179 carbon monoxide
deaths associated with portable
generators between 1990 and
2002. In addition to the potential
for toxic engine exhaust, other
primary hazards include electro-
cution and fire.
Three people have died in
South Florida over the past two
years as a result of carbon
monoxide poisoning from gen-
erators. One used the device in
the. kitchen; a couple died when
the generator, which .was locat-
TALLAHASSEE -With a new
public opinion survey showing
that as many as one-third of all
Floridians are less prepared than
th'e should be in the event of a
major hurricane, Flotida LI. Gov-
ernor Toni Jennings, along %With
the Di ision of Emergency Man-
agernent and the Florida
Association of Broadcasters,
unveiled an unprecedented new
public opinion and outreach
campaign to promote hurricane
piepaiedness across Florida.
The multi-rnillion dollar project,
called for by Gov. Jeb Bush dur-
Sirig his 2006 State of the State
address. \ ill be the largest, most
comprehensive public educa-
tion effort on hurricane pre-
paredness in Florida history.
With a simple.theme calling
on Floridians to "GET A PLAN!"
the campaign %\ill be targeted
toward residents who ha'e the
means and ability to be pre-
pared in the event of a major
storm, but are not. The project
was announced at a Tallahassee
press conference today featur-
ing Florida Division of Emer-
through assessments on all
Florida homeowners' insurance
Gallagher said the legislature
also set aside $250 million to
help Floridians strengthen their
homes to withstand hurricane
winds, bringing the total relief
for insurance costs to nearly $1
billion. The $250 million alloca-
tion would be used to do free
home inspections for home-
owners and provide matching
ed outside their bedroom win-
dow, spewed the gas into the
The primary cause of death
and illness is from carbon
monoxide poisoning because
people used generators indoors
or in partially enclosed areas
such as garages or balconies.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless,
odorless gas. Symptoms of car-
bon monoxide poisoning are
similar to the flu. People who
feel sick, dizzy or weak while
inside but feel better when they
leave their home should be cau-
tioned that there might be car-
bon monoxide present and they
should get immediate medical
Some consumers in Florida
mistakenly believed that using
the generators in their garage
was safe if the door was left
open. However, the gases
leaked into the homes through
vents. In addition, garages are
not usually well ventilated so if
the owner lets it run awhile and
then comes to turn it off, the car-
bon monoxide levels can be so
high as to immediately render
the person unconscious and
cause death. Generators can
produce high levels of carbon
monoxide very quickly.
Prior to purchasing a genera-
tor, consumers should make
sure they get one rated for the
agency Management Director
Craig Fugate and Florida Associ-
ation of Broadcasters President
"The 2006 hurricane season
is here," said Lt. Gov. Jennings.
'I am urging all Floridians to
take advantage of these newv
Web-based products and get a
Last week, the State Enmer-
gency Management Team com-
pleted a statewide hurricane
drill that included a full-scale
move of the State Emergency
Operations Center to Camp
Director Fugate noted the
importance of preparedness for
all who cali Floridahome.
"Governor Bush has chal-
lenged us to not only have the
best emergency management
"Setting aside nearly $1 bil-
lion to help ease the.burden of
rising insurance costs is a huge
victory for Florida's property
"We have collected millions
in sales taxes during hurricane
recovery and the fair thing to do
was to give it back to Florida's
families to deal with insurance
costs. This is not a bailout of Cit-
amount of power they will need.
Light bulbs, appliances and
equipment usually have labels
indicating their power require-
ments. People unable to deter-
mine the amount of power they
will need should contact an
electrician for help. Generators
should support the. minimum
needs of a household during an
emergency. Also, during an
emergency the fuel supply may
be very limited so people should
use the generator wisely.
Follow these safety tips to
protect against poisoning, elec-
trocution and fires:
Never use a generator
indoors, including in garages,
balconies, crawl spaces or other
partially enclosed areas even
with ventilation. Opening win-
dows or using fans does not pre-
vent carbon monoxide buildup.
Place the generator out-
doors and away from doors,
windows and vents and put it in
a covered location.
Follow the directions that
come with the unit.
carbon monoxide alarms. .
To avoid electrocution,
keep the generator dry and
operate it on a dry surface under
a- canopy-like structure. Dry
hands before touching the unit.
Plug appliances directly
into the generator or use a
team in the nation,, but to ensure
that Florida residents are the
most prepared as well," stated
Fugate. "The governor has
called for a year-round 'Culture
of Preparedness' here in Florida
and this campaign will go a long
way toward making that a reali-
The campaign will include
television and radio advertise-
ments, billboards and a new
first-of-its' kind web-based fami-
ly and business planning tool
located at www.FloridaDisas-
"There is no longer a single
excuse for Floridians to not have
their own family or business
emergency plan," states
Roberts. "This new online tool
will make creating a tailor-made
custom plan for your family or
en our market and improve
availability. Federal solutions
and participation are necessary
to ensuring a long-term victory
Mr. Gallagher has proposed
several federal solutions, includ-
ing creation of a national Cata-
strophe Fund, allowing tax-
deferred catastrophe reserves
for insurance companies, and
creating federal tax-free Cata-
strophe Savings Accounts.
extension cord that is rated in
amps or watts at least equal to
the sum of the connected appli-
Never try to power a house
wiring by plugging the generator
into a wall outlet. This is
extremely hazardous to the
homeowner, utility workers and
neighbors served by the same
Don't overload the genera-
tor. Don't operate more appli-
ances than the output rating
Turn off all equipment
powered by the generator
before shutting down the unit.
Never store fuel for the gen-
erator in the home, and use
properly labeled safety contain-
ers to store the fuel. Also, do not
store excessive amounts of fuel.
Before refueling the unit,
turn it off and let it cool down.
Fuel spilled on h6t engine parts
"Many people are installing
permanent generators and they
should be sure to use qualified
electricians," Bronson said.
"Consumers who opt for
portable units need to take the
time long before a disaster to,
review the instructions and safe-
ty tips so they don't make a mis-
take that can end in a disaster of
its own." I
business as easy as download-
ing music off the Internet."
'As part of the campaign,
Florida i State University
researcher Dr. Jay Baker sur-
veyed Floridians'I attitudes
toward hurricane preparedness.
Overall, the survey found that
roughly lvwo-thirds of all
Floridians are prepared in the
event of a hurricane. Northwest
Floridians are the most prepared,
with 75 percent of the public pre-
pared, while e Floridians on the
east and \\est coasts are 66 and
65 percent prepared respectively.
The least prepared are non-
coastal Floridians, with only 61
percent considered prepared.'
To "Get A Plan" and addition-
al preparedness information for
the 2006 hurricane season
please go to www.FloridaDisas-
S news ap .com
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June 7,1936 May 21,2001
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Air Conditioners 505
Anti ues 510
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
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Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
A/C, 31/2 ton, asking $300 or
best offer. (863)675-2598
A/C UNITS- 3 ton, Air & heat,
DISHWASHER, Maytag De-
luxe, black. $100 or best offer.
ELECTRIC STOVE- Whirlpool,
SGood condition. $50.
REFRIGERATOR- good condi-
tion, 4yrs old, white, $200
STOVE- Electric, Newer model
w/oven, Beige, Works good.
Hardly used. $175.
WASHER & DRYER- Whirl-
pool, super capacity, 3yrs
old, excellent condition $350
STORAGE SHED- 8'x12',Some
storm damage. You haul.
ALL STEEL BUILDING SALE!
"Plus Free Bonus!" 20x28
Now $4200, 25x32 $5800.
30x42 $9200. 40x62
$14,900. Other models and
sizes. Front end optional.
CHAIN LINK FENCING- approx
30', $100 (863)677-0010
TEMPORARY SERVICE POLE,
200 amp service. Cost $700,
used 1 month. Asking $500
METAL ROOFING SAVE $$$
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
Accessories. Quick turn
around! Delivery Available
Toll Free (888)393-0335.
TODDLER BED: Pink, White &
Blue, Little-Tykes. House
Shaped headboard w/ft.'
board. $50. (863)467-7295
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $600 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
(3-400)- Racing & Comic. late
80s early 90s Exc'-cond. $400
COMPACT PRESARIO- Win.
XR with mouse & keyboard.
COMPAQ PASARIO, Windows
98, Just upgraded. New CD
Burner, etc. $.175.
BAR L-shaped w/2 barstools.
Wood & leather. 44" high, 22"
wide, 7' and 5' lengths. $150
BEDROOM SUITE- King sz
Black w/gray,, contemporary
style. Lots of mirrors, Nice.
$800 neg. (863)634-7895
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. Must see! $650
COMPUTER DESK, Large, $40
COUCH & LOVE SEAT- Yellow
background, Burgundy &
white flower. Gold fringe at
bottom $150. 863-763-2756
COUCH, Tan, Very good con-
dition. $125. LeBelle
DINING SET with 4 chairs,
iron and glass. $750.
(863)467-1020 after 6pm. .
Haverty's white washed oak.
$350. (863)467-1020 after
ENTERTAINMENT CTR- Dark
wood, Lighted & lots of
shelves 6.5'x6.5' Like new,
$150. Neg. (863)467-7838
MATTRESS, BOX SPRING &
FRAME: King Size. $175 or
best offer. (863)675-6142
RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms & side. Light tan.
ROCKING CHAIR, w/ matching
footstool. $35 Labelle
SERTA MATTRESS- Queen,
Like new 6 mo old Cost over
$500. Asking $250.
SLEIGH BED- Twin complete,
no mattress, $50
ROSSI 410 SHOTGUN- Com-
bination, .22 rifle, S/S w/
ammo and case. $125.
WHEELCHAIR, Power, with leg
attachment, foot plate, battery
operated w/plugin. Great cond.
$1200 neg. (863)801-6149
$500 Police Impounds, Cars
from $500! Tax Repos, US
Marshal and IRS sales! Cars,
Trucks, SUV's, Toyota's,
Honda's, Chevy's and more!
For listings Call
CAR HAULER- Hauls up to 4
cars, Needs axles. $700.
DAVID BROWN MACHINE,
$1000 or will separate for
FLAT BED TRAILER- Miller,
'71, Tilt deck, Dual tandems,
Holds up to 18,000 lbs.
PLASTIC 55 GAL DRUMS-
$100 for all or will sell separ-
ate (863)697-1168 Okee-
BICHON FRISE, Male, born
10/9/05, purebred w/papers.
Up to date on shots & tags.
BLUE QUAKER PARROTS-
Rare, sweet & bonded. 8
mths. Cage/nesting box incl.
DOVES- various colors $10
each. (863)675-6214 after 6
pm. LaBelle area.
PARROTS: Breeding Parrots
(Variety) & Baby parrots. Blue
Front & Orange Wing Amazons
PET BABY PYGMY fainting
goat -$100 (863)675-0247
PET SHEEP- Baby. 6 months
old. $100 (863)675-0247.
PIT & KURR MIX PUPS- all
males, large heads, ready to
go $50 (863)634-8203
PUPPIES, Miniature Dachs-
hunds, parents on premises,
w/papers, ready to go 6/27/06
$700 (863)634-2479 anytime.
PUPPY, Puggle, female, hon-
ey tan w/black on face, w/pa-
pers. 6 mos. Playful. House
trained. $400 (863)634-6184
TABBY/ TIGER KITTENS- Free
to good home only! 6 wks.,
litter trained. 4 left, kid
TROPICAL FISH & AFRICAN
CICIHLIDS $2000. Will sep-
YORKIPOO PUPPY, CKC reg.
Adorable, shots & vet
Double Sink, Stainless steel,
33" x 22", wall hardware, hos-
es & garbage disposal. $45.
BILLIARDS TABLE- Older
model, Felt needs to be re-
CROSSBOW, Barnett com-
mando. $75 (239)246-3549
ALPINE SPEAKERS- 10", Set,
Type S, in box with amp.
,CASSETTE TAPES- Oldie's But
Goodies, Approx. 60. $25.
TV, Toshiba, BIG SCREEN: 55"
Floor Model w/remote. Ask-
ing $600 or best offer.
BRAD PAISLEY, (2), on
Friday, 8/4/06, in West Palm.
8-15ft LITTLE GIANT A
FRAME LADDER- $800
ARM SAW, Sears, radial, $75.
(863)675-2598 Iv. msg
CRAFTSMAN TABLE SAW- all
metal housing w/port. cabi-
net. Extra blades. $125.
GENERATOR, 1350, runs
good, four 110 outlets. $200
or best offer. (863)697-9704
GENERATOR: TITAN, Brand
new. Never used. Value $4350
Now $2500. (863)675-4079
NASCAR RACING WHEEL-
w/pedals. For Windows or
DOS computer games. $20.
KIRBY CARPET CLEANER,
all attachments. $500
KITCHEN CABINETS, Used,
uppers & lowers, for garage
MRE's: Meals Ready To Eat
Buying All-Top Dollar Payed
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm FIed/8Produ 0
Farm Misoelaneou 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 80
Lawn & Garden 850
APHA BAY GELDING 4YRS.-
Not for beginners, Good for
English/Western. $4500 or
best offer. (772)201-7633.
APPALOOSA HORSE Regis-
tered. $1000. Call for more
APPALOOSA HORSES (2)
Registered. $2000. for. both,
will sep. Call for more info.
BLUE ROAN STALLION, 9
mos., old, very gentle, no bad
habits, halter & lead broken, all
shots. $1000 (863)673-0065
FREE PAINT GELDING- 6 yrs.,
curr. coggins, shots current,
NOT begginers/childs horse.
Palamino Paint Gelding, 6
years old, 15 hands, used for
trail, loads, ties, good ride.
$1000 neg. (863)634-9314
SMALL CHESTNUT MARE,
Flaxen main & tail, 8 years old.
SORREL 1YR.- wht. paint colt,
"Out of Dash For Cash". 16.1
hand TB,Nice hunter/jumper.
SORREL GELDING, 2 yrs. old,
SORREL MARE, 8 yrs. old,
WESTERN SHOW SADDLES
(2) black, lots of silver. 15"
seat, & 17" seat $1000 will
LAWN MOWER, Craftsman,
LT 2000, 181/2 hp, 42":1dOuolty
5/05. Used 6 hrs. $900 or golf
NEW DUMP LAWN CART-
asking $150 (8.63)357-5754
LEAF BLOWER- Hand held,
excellent cond. $40.
MOWER, 4', good gear box,
pto shaft, 3 point hook up,
needs deck & blades. $100
MURRAY 21" 5 HP- self pro-
pelled mower, new blade,
synth. oil, well maint. Like
new $75. (863)484-0110
PUSH MOWER- Murray, 20",
with bagger, good condition,
RIDING MOWER Snapper,
30", 14 hp, runs good, older
model, $150 (863)467-0085
SNAPPER- 12 HP Rear engine.
Great shape. $550.
TroyBilt Tiller 8hp, $600, Los-
co SS Pro Ferilizer spreader
$200, Red Max Trimmer $95
Red Max Back Pack Blower
$200, Black Max 80 gal 220
Air Compressor $525, Triple
lawn trailer racks $50
1st YEARS PAYMENTS ARE
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Lots from $149,900! 1+
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49,900! Giant 72,000 acre
lake only 2 hrs from Atlanta.
Next available showing on
Saturday, June 24th. Call for
your appointment NOWI
(877)426-2326 X. 1344.
Some restrictions apply.
Qualified buyers only. Rates
and terms subject to change
w/o notice. Ofer void where
prohibited by law.
6.24 Acresl Excellent Invest-
ment Opportunity Pro
1-95 & Hwy 17, Rrst
Florida. Joins 95 Ramp, 15
minutes JAX International.
1.6m obo (904)321-2679.
Homes from $10,0001 1-3
bedroom available HUD, Re-
pos, REO, etc. These homes
must sell For listings call
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Coastal Southeast Georgia.
Large wooded water access
marsh, view, lakefront, and
golf oriented homesites from
the mid $70k's. Live oak,
pool, tennis, golf.
EUFAULA, AL WATERFRONT
1/2 to 3 acres from the 40's.
Gated with Planned club-
house, docks, and boat
ramp. 2 hours from Atlanta &
the coast. Rolling terrain,
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
Lakefront and Lakeview Prop-
erties Nestled in the hills of
Tennessee on the shores of
pristinee Norris Lake. Call
lakeside Realty at
(423)626-5820 Or visit
LAKEFRONT PARCELS FOR
SALE Gorgeous lakefront
and view lots. Awesome
views. On 46K acre Lake
Barkley, 90 min to Nashville.
Great for 2nd/retirement
home. 1 to 40+ acres from
the $40's. Call
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Air, Views & Streams,
Homes, Cabins & Acreage.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
TENNESSEE GRAND OPEN-
ING! Swan Ridge Lake Re-
sort, a private, gated
community with both lake-
view and mountain-view
homesites. Lots starting at
$29,900. CALL TODAY!
TENNESSEE NORRIS LAKE,
MOST BEAUTIFUL OF TEN-
NESSEE LAKES with 800
miles of shoreline. Water-
view and waterfront lots from
$49,000. Boat docks
Realty.com Sunset Bay Real-
TN- CUMBERLAND PLATEAU
1 to 5 acre parcels from the
$40's. Amazing rolling vista
views. Close to parks &
lakes. Planned clubhouse,
nature trails. Call for appt.
VA MOUNTAINS 5 acres with
frontage on very large pris-
tine creek, very private, ex-
.cellent fishing, canoeing,
good access, near New Riv-
er Trail State Park, $39,500.
Western New Mexico Private
74 Acre Ranch $129,990
Mt. views, trees, rolling hills,
pastureland, wildlife, borders
LM. Picturesque homesite
at 6,700' elevation. Horse-
back riding, hiking, hunting.
Perfect family ranch, elec-
tricity. 100% financing.
WNC Mountains 3.84 Acres
w/ view and hardwood trees.
Owner financing at $A5,280
w/little down. This one won't
last call today
(800)699-1289 or www.riv-
Mobile Homes I
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
TRAILER DOOR- good shape,
73x32, $25 (863)357-5754
PALM HARBOR HOMES Fac-
tory Model Center LARGEST
in America! Modular and
SALE! Call for FREE Color
Jet Skiise 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT-10', Fiberglass hull,
65hp Contenental + 2 extra
motors & hub Like new Wood
prop $3500. 863-673-1963
AIR BOAT- asking price
$6000, 13' fiberglass laser
hull, polymer bottom, 220
GPU, all 6 jugs, shop rebuilt,
Aluminum Boat, 14'6" long,
25hp mtr., w/trailer, $750.
Aluminum boat trailer ,de
by Pioneer, will hold up to a
20ft boat, single axle, 14" tires.
JET BOAT: SEADOO 1996,
Twin 85hp, 60 mph. Includes
trailer. $5000 or best offer.
JOHN BOAT, 14' aluminum,
with galvanized trailer. $650
(863)675-6214 after 6 pm
OUTBOARD, 100hp Johnson,
real good shape. $1500 or
best offer. (863)467-5725
PRO CRAFT 1984, 17 Ft., 6 In.
w/150 Johnson GT. $2500.
SAILBOAT, 24 Ft. on cradle.
Shallow draft, Exc. project for
river. Must move! $300 neg.
ARGOSY AIRSTREAM, '78,
Limited Edtion, exc. cond.,
FLAGSTAFF '86, 23ft pop-up,
central air and heat, refrigera-
tor, sleeps 6. $4250
BOAT MOTOR: 225 Mercury
Optimax w/25" Shaft. Warranty
'ti 4/2008. All controls, cables
& harness. Hydraulic steering.
151 hours. $7500
BOAT TRAILER: 2003 Alumi-
num; Tandem Axel. $1100 or
best offer. (863)634-0392
APRILIA RS50 2003 eng.
swaped for a 250 2 stroke,
run & drives exc. $2500
BMW K75 RT '92- 70K miles,
paid $3500 asking $2500 firm
(863)634-9620 Okee area
HARLEY DAVIDSON '86,
Sportster, Bell drive, alot of
chrome, big tank & big seat.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4 055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40685
CADILLAC '92- 2dr, SW edi-
tion, new starter/headliner.
Runs, Looks great. $1000.
Cadillac Deville, '92,
looks/runs good, interior per-
fect, leak in trans. line,
$1200 neg. (309)472-1561
CAMARO Z28- '93, Needs
work, $1800. Or best offer.
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs minor body work.
$1500 Neg. (239)503-5131
Ask for Ramon, after 5:30pm
DODGE NEON- '98, 4, new
tires. Good condition. Runs
USDA 2005 hurricane assistance programs open
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Sign-up
began May 17 for four crop and
livestock assistance programs that
will provide aid to producers affect-
ed by the destructive 2005 hurri-
canes through USDA Farm Service
Agency (FSA), said Kevin Kelley..
The four programs Livestock
Indemnity Program, Feed Indemni-
ty Program, Hurricane Indemnity
Program and Tree Indemnity Pro-
gram are funded to use $250 mil-
lion from U.S. Department of Agri-
culture Section 32 funds.
To be eligible for this assistance,
a producer's loss must have
occurred in one of 261 counties
that received a primary presidential
or secretarial disaster designation
due to 2005 Hurricanes Dennis,
Katrina, Ophelia, Rita or Wilma.
Assistance is unavailable for losses
in contiguous counties. A list of the
eligible ciuritie-s ri Alabama, Flori-
da, Louisiana, Misisssippi, North
Carolina arid Texas is available at:
htup: \ v\w.usda gov Hurricaneln-
The Livestock Indemnity Pro-
gram (LIP) will provide payments
to eligible livestock owners and
contract growers who incurred the
death of livestock due to the hurri-
canes. To determine payments,
USDAs Farm Service Agency (FSA)
will multiply the number of eligible
livestock by the payment rate of:
(1) for livestock owners, 75 percent
of the livestock's average fair mar-
ket value; or (2) for contract grow-
ers, 75 percent of the average sus-
tained income loss. More
information on LIP is available in
the online LIP fact sheet at:
The Feed Indemnity Program
(FIP) will provide payments to eli-
gible livestock owners and cash
lessees who suffered feed losses or
increased feed costs due to the hur-
ricanes. To calculate program pay-
ments, FSAwill multiplythe nation-
al payment rate established for
each livestock category by the
number of eligible livestock. More
information on.FIP is available in
the online FIP fact sheet at:
The Hurricane Indemnity Pro-
gram (HIP) will provide payments
to eligible producers who suffered
crop losses and received either a
Federal Crop Insurance Corpora-
tion crop insurance indemnity or a
FSA Noninsured Crop Disaster
Assistance Program (NAP) pay-
ment. Producers' HIP benefits will
equal 30 percent of the crop insur-
ance indemnity or 30 percent of
the NAP payment. More informa-
tion on HIB is available in the
online HIP fact sheet at:
The Tree Indemnity Program
(TIP) will provide payments to eli-
gible owners of commercially
grown fruit trees, nut trees, bushes
and vines that produce an annual
crop and were lost or damaged
due to the hurricanes. FSA will
base TIP payments on the crop's
proximity to the hurricanes based
on established tiers, which reflect
the severity of damage from least to
most severe. More information on
TIP is available in the online TIP
fact sheet at: www.fsa.usda.gov
USDA is also providing $25 mil-
lion in block grants to the state gov-
ernments of Alabama, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Car-
olina and Texas from Section 32
funds. The funds are to provide
assistance to producers raising
aquaculture species in a controlled
environment as part of a farming
operation. Governors or their
designees will determine sign-up
procedures for the assistance and
will distribute the funds to eligible
aquaculture producers to help
them recover from the devastating
effects of the hurricanes of 2005.
More information on the aquacul-
ture grants is available in the online
fact sheet at: www.fsa.usda.gov.
Additional funds have beer des-
ignated in response to the 2005
hurricane disasters. Approximately
$200 million is designated for the
Emergency Conservation Pro-
gram, $400 million for the Emer-
gency Forestry Conservation
Reserve Program and $300 million
for the Emergency Watershed Pro-
tection Program (which is avail-
able to communities and landown-
ers. in ,Tennessee, in addition to
those in the six previously men-
Sign-up dates for the Emer-
gency Forestry Conservation
Reserve Program will be
announced as soon as new regula-
tions and software are developed.
USDA has already made $63
million in Emergency Conserva-
tion Program (ECP) funds available
to assist agricultural producers
struck by hurricanes in the Gulf of
Mexico region during the calendar
year 2005. Eligible agricultural pro-
ducers may receive up to 100 per-
cent cost-share to remove debris
and restore fences and conserva-
Additional funds for oyster,
nursery and poultry producers and
forest landowners will be made
available when new rules authoriz-
ing assistance are published in the
Federal Register. USDAs Farm Ser-
vice Agency (FSA) is developing
these rules and plans to publish
proposed rules for public com-
ment in the near future.
USDA's Farm Service Agency
(FSA) currently has $156 million in
low-interest emergency (EM) loan
funds available to help farmers and
ranchers rebuild their operations.
In certain cases, FSA can pro-
vide producers with both EM and
operating loans to assist them with
spring operations. Eligible produc-
ers who expect to receive future
hurricane'disaster payments from
USDA may (receive loans noi iow and
assign the disaster funds to EM
loan payments. Emergency loan
funds may be used to: restore. or
replace essential property; pay all
or part of production costs associ-
ated with the disaster year; pay
essential family living expenses;
reorganize the farming operation
and refinance certain debts. To
apply for an EM loan, producers
are encouraged to contact their
local USDA Service Center. An FSA
fact sheet explaining the loan appli-
cation process step-by-step and is
available at: www.fsa.usda.gov.
Study to determine ideal amounts of fertilizer
By Tom Nordlie
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE -- Hurricanes and
other natural disasters can turn
your-world upside down, but don't
let them devastate your dining
habits, advises a University of Flori-
If there's no power or running
water fr cooking, a steady diet of,
candy, chips and take-out fast food
might seem appealing not to
mention easy but focusing on
healthy foods %xill help you weather
the crisis better, said Linda Bobroff,
a professor with UF's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences.
"Good nutrition is especially
important when you're recovering
from a disaster," Bobroff said. "To
cope with high levels of physical
activity and discomfort, you need to
provide your body with appropriate
amounts of all the nutrients, includ-'
ing water, protein, fat, carbohy-
drates, vitamins and minerals."
Floridians should keep enough
food and water to sustain everyone
in the household for at least three
days, and up to two weeks, espe-
cially in coastal areas, she said.
Choose items that need no refriger-
ation and require little or no water
It's important to find healthy
items your family likes, Bobroff
said. If you're not sure whether to
include a food in your disaster sup-
plies, try serving it for dinner first.
"If you don't like canned
spinach now," she said, "you won't
want to eat it when your roof is
leaking and a tree is down in your
Bobroff cautioned that some
items traditionally stockpiled for
emergencies, such as canned
soups and some snack foods, may
be high in sodium, fat and/or sugar
-nutrients people should consume
"Disaster preparation is a great
opportunity to pay closer attention
to nutrition labeling," she said. "You
may learn that foods you've. eaten
for years aren't as healthful as you
Other shopping guidelines
Bobroff suggests: Look for items
that can be consumed in a single
meal or stored safely without refrig-
eration, once opened. Take advan-
tage of coupons and store specials,
but only if you really need the items.
Most important, always shop with a
plan in mind.
"When you're buying a two-
week supply of food, just intuitively
grabbing things off the shelves
probably will not work well," she
said. "Instead, try developing
menus for a few days' worth of bal-
anced meals, then buy enough
food to prepare each meal several
Tips on menu planning and
healthy eating can be found in the
latest nutrition guidelines from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
available at www.mypyramid.gov,
she said. Florida International Uni-
versity experts have prepared a
cookbook focusing on healthy
recipes for disaster recovery, avail-
able at www.fiu.edu/-health/hur-
The USDA guidelines classify
foods into five groups grains, veg-
etables, fruits, milk products, and
meat and beans, Bobroff said. Each
group belongs in every well-
stocked emergency supply.
Grain selections should include
whole-grain products when possi-
ble, she said. Nonperishable
options include crackers, flat-
breads, oatmeal and cold cereals.
"It's important to eat plenty of
whole grains, and also fruits and
vegetables, because they provide
sustained energy and a variety of
vitamins and minerals needed for
overall health," Bobroff said. "They
also contain fiber, which will help
keep your digestive system working
properly during this unsettling
Many vegetables and fruits are
available canned, and dried fruits
such as.raisins can provide a good
substitute for candy. When buying
juices, look for varieties with no
added salt or sugar, she said.
Most milk products need
refrigeration, but there are a few
exceptions, Bobroff said. Fat-free
dried milk can be reconstituted
as needed and.shelf-stable liquid
milk is available in single-serving
Meat and bean selections
include canned or foil-packaged
chicken, tuna and salmon,
canned beans and peanut and
nut butters. Be sure to check the
sodium and fat content of
canned items, and choose vari-
eties with reduced sodium
and/or fat, she said.
Don't forget to stock a few
seasonings, Bobroff said. A vari-
ety of salt-free seasoning mix-
tures are available, and most
kitchens already have a supply of
favorite herbs and spices. Indi-
vidual packets of mustard and
salsa are good condiment
And if you find yourself
unable to resist an occasional
candy bar, don't feel too bad.
"It's okay to indulge yourself a
bit to keep your spirits up, espe-
cially with chocolate," Bobroff
said. "After all, chocolate espe-
cially dark chocolate provides
heart-healthy phytochemicals, so
small amounts can be part of a
healthy diet for most of us.
Recovering from a disaster is an
endurance event, so focus on
healthy meals and snacks, even-
when your choices are limited."
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