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Thursday, July 6,2006- Vol. 92 No. 3 Frostproof's Hometown Newspaper-for More Than 85 Years 50 cents
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The next Regular City Coun-
cil Meeting will be held Mon-
day, July 10, 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.
The Frostproof Art Gallery is
looking for volunteers to Work
at the gallery. The Gallery's
hours of operations are 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Fri-
day. Please call the Frostproof
Art Gallery at 635-7271.
planned July 25
A public hearing will be held
during the July 25 school board
meeting to consider changing
attendance zones from Frost-.
proof Elementary and Ben Hill
Griffin Jr. Elementary to Spook
Hill Elementary for students
opting out of attending charter
school Janie Howard Wilson
Elementary. The rezone hear-
ing will take place immediately
following a previously sched-
uled 6 p.m. public hearing on
the budget. Information: Car-
olyn Finch, (863) 534-0631.
The Latt Maxcy Memorial
S Library is hosting their annual
S summer children's program to
be held every Wednesday
morning during July. Each
Wednesday at 10 a.m the,
library will hold story time and
crafts for children.
All programs are FREE and
open to the public. No registra-
tion is required.
Special entertainment will
be provided on the following
Friday July 14 and 28 at 10
a.m. with such entertainers
: and guests as Lyndel the Magi-
cian, John Storms The Reptile
Man, Polk County Sheriffs ,
canine demonstration, 'the
Grimmy Brothers interactive
Storytellers, and the Earthlings
S For more information
please call the Latt Maxcy
Memorial Library at 635-7857.
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 am. 6:30 p.m.
SMonday Friday. VPK is for all
children age 4 by September 1,
2006. It is a state funded pro-
gram. For more information
Scall Stacy at 863-635-7778
Obituary .............. .4
S See Page 2 for information about
: howto contact the newspaper.
SCommunity Links. Individual Voices.
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Senator Alexander applauded
Polk Community College
thanked State Senator J.D.
Alexander for his efforts in
obtaining $3,628,453 in Public
Education Capital Outlay
(PECO) funds during this year's
legislative session. These
monies are targeted for the ren-
ovation of the Old Lake Wales
Senator Alexander was a
guest at PCC's District Board of
Trustees (DBOT) meeting held
Monday. He was instrumental in
opening the door for the City to
donate the historical building to
,PCC for use as an academic cen-
In March 2005, the Lake
Wales City Commission unani-
mously endorsed the idea of
deeding the building to PCC it
necessary funds could be
secured to develop it into an
educational facility. Later that
year, the state Board of Educa-
tion approved PCC's request to
develop a special purpose cen-
ter in the former City Hall build-
PCC is proposing to use the
monies to renovate the building
into a 16,000 square f facility
with five 30-seat general class-
rooms, two 45-seat computer
classrooms separated by a
moveable wall and a 30-seat
which could be used as a meet-
ing room for local civic groups.
PCC President Eileen Holden
was among those who thanked
Senator J.D. Alexander. "On
behalf of the students, faculty
and staff of PCC, I want to
express my sincere appreciation
to Senator Alexander for his
efforts in securing funds to
establish a center in Lake
Wales'" said Dr. Holden. "We
can now move forward working
with city officials to accept the
donation of Old City Hall to Polk
Community College. We are
excited about providing
See PCC-Page 2
FHS News: Softball players sign 'Letter of Intent'
Submitted to Frostprool News/Teresa Smith
Coaches, Faculty and FHS Seniors gather for the 'Letter of Intent' signing for softball
players. Seated left to right; SFCC Coach Carlos Salla, Shannon Russell, Nikki Allen,
Samantha Smith and PHCC Coach Tom Ryan. Standing; FMSHS Principal Steve White,
Former FMSHS Head Coach Karen Bolin, FMSHS Athletic Director Ben Braaten, FMSHS
Asst. Softball Coach Christy Smith and FMSHS Head Softball Coach Julie Mulder.
Students continue to play ball
By Cindy Monk
The four FHS Senior Softball-
players each signed a 'Letter of
Intent' to play softball in college.
The four young ladies who
signed with the following col-
leges Pasco Hernando Commu-
nity College, South Florida Com-
munity College and \Varner
Southern College are: Nikki
Allen (daughter of Pamela
Carter and Preston Allen), Hope
Franklin (daughter of Cindy
Monk and Richard Franklin),
Shannon Russell (daughter of
Jeannine and Elton Russell) and
Samantha Smith (daughter of
Teresa and the late Johnny
Allen and Smith will both,
attend PHCC with Allen pursu-
ing a degree in nursing, special-
' izing as 'an O.R. Nurse and
Smith will pursue a degree in
Sports Medicine. Russell will
attend SFCC and pursue a
degree in nursing. Franklin will
attend WSC and pursue.a career
in pediatric medicine. .
Allen, Franklin, Russell and
Smith completed their senior
Submitted to Frostproof News/PCC
PCC students (from left) Roberta Arcenaux,, Deonte Cooper and
Melissa Miller present a "Thafik You" card to State Senator J.D.
Alexander for his efforts in securing monies for PCC projects.
at Art Gallery
Sign up now for the begin-
ner's six-week course and learn
the One Stroke painting tech-
nique taught by certified instruc-
tor, Vicki Alley.
Vicki is a local decorative
painter who was certified in the:
One Stroke painting technique,
by Donna Dewberry, who devel-
oped the One Stroke method.
Donna can be seen most Sat-
urday mornings on PBS. She
demonstrates how easy it is to
paint, using the One Stroke
One Stroke painting is an easy,
method of blending shading and
highlighting all in one stoke.
Classes will be held on Thurs-
day nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at the art gallery located at 12
Wall Street in Frostproof. The cost
is $15 per week for members and
$18 per week for non-members.
There is a $30 supply fee, which
includes all the paints and brush-
es and teaching guides you will
use during the 6-week course.
1 If you have always wanted to
learn to paint, this will be an
excellent opportunity for you to
finally try your hand at decora-
Call the Art Gallery today at
635-7271, seating is limited so
call early and reserve your place!
Polk County folk and the City of Wiriter Haven
will partner to lead the clean-
join forces for up to ensure Polk County's
Lake Appreciation lakes are litter-free. Residents
are invited to clean up their
Bartbw, Fla.,- The North favorite lake on their own time
American Lake Management schedule, and those that regis-
Society .designated July as ter are invited to an apprecia-
, Lakes Appreciation Month, tion dinner on July 22 at the
and folks from all over the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes
county will celebrate by team-. .Complex.
ing up to remove trash from "Polk County is surrounded
area lakes. by lakes, and many people
I Lakes Education/Action don't understand what litter
Drive (LE/AD), Keep Polk does to our wild life and drink-
County Beautiful, Keep Win- ing water," said Katie Perritt,
ter Haven Clean and Beautiful,
Lakeland Clean and Beautiful, See Clean-up -Page 2
year making history on the
FMSHS softball team as they
won the 2006 'State Champion'
title. All four ladies have shown
their dedication, perseverance
and reverence for playing soft-
ball. Each has, played since ele-
mentary age as well as playing
travel softball through the years
and they continue to be enthusi-
astic about returning to the field
for their college years.
Hope Franklin was present-
ed a $4000 Cargill Juice Schol-
arship at Frostproof High
School on May 18, 2006. She
was selected for this honor
based on her overall G.P.A. and
extensive list of extra-curricu-
lar activities. Hope has been
active in Student Government
at school serving as Vice-Presi-
dent and as President. She has
been on the National Honor
Roll. She was a Rotary "Teen of
the Month" in August. Hope is
also active in sports with the
Softball andVolleyball teams.
Her parents are Richard
Franklin, Babson Park and Cyn-
thia Monk of Frostproof, FL.
Hope is working full-time
during the summer at The Mae.
Group,and will enroll in Warn-
er Southern College in Lake
Wales to pursue a career in Lo
pediatric nursing. During her
senior year, she completed an
internship shadowing pediatric
nurses at Florida Hospital
Heartland Division. Hope
states that experience was so
rewarding arid fulfilling it was
the main reason for her career
Cargill contributes more
than $800,000 each year to
fund various.scholarship pro-
grams for students in Cargill
communities. We are proud to 2
sponsor this Juice Scholarship ,
specifically designated to assist U
a Frostproof High School
Senior with future higher edu-
Congratulations to this- Submitted to Frostproof News/ Cargill
year's Cargill Juice scholarship 2006 Cargill Juice Scholarship recipient Hope Franklin (center) stands with proud Mom,
award winner. Cindy Monk and Cargill Juice of Frostproof/Avon Park General Manager Tom Abrahamson.
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Warner Southern College Coach Shawn Gary welcomes
FHS senior Hope Franklin to his team following the sign-
ing of her 'Letter of Intent'..
The Frostproof News, Thursday, July 6,2006
Degrees in nursing
Tampa, Fla. South University,
a private, four-year institution
accredited by the Southern Associ-
ation of Colleges and Schools
(SACS), will open its Tampa cam-
pus on June 26 to serve the grow-
ing demand for highly-educated
health care professionals. The
summer quarter will begin with a
Bachelor of Science in health sci-
ence program. On Oct. 2, South
University-Tampawill add a Bache-
lor of Science in nursing program.
"While we are initially launch-
ing two degree programs, we will
continue to evaluate new opportu-
nities to introduce additional pro-
grams in the future," said John T.
South, III, chancellor of South Uni-
yersity. "Tampa presents a terrific
opportunity for both the University
and for students interested in pur-
suing a career in healthcare."
South University has a long his-
tory of providing high-demand
degree programs in the state of
Florida. The University's campus in
West Palm Beach, established in
1976, offers. programs ranging
from health professions to busi-
"The current nursing shortage
has put those positions in such
high demand that local universities
are overloaded with applicants,
and in many cases, must put stu-
dents on long waiting lists," said Dr.
Dan Coble, RN, Ph.D., Tampa cam-
pus president. "South University-
Tampa will offer another alterna-
tive for qualified students."
According to the Florida Board
of Nursing, 2004-2005 Annual
Report, 1,143 students were admit-
ted for the five-county area of Hills-
borough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and
Manatee counties, but another
2,606 qualified applicants were
The first two years of South Uni-
versity's health science program will
provide students with the required
pre-requisite courses to apply for the
university's Bachelor of Science in
nursing program. However, stu-
dents continuing with the four-year
bachelor's degree in health science
will be prepared for other health
care careers including: pharmaceu-
tical or DME (durable medical
equipment) sales; health care ana-
lysts for insurance companies or
government agencies;, public health
positions; quality assurance techni-
cians; and office managers or pro-
gram directors with physician
offices, hospitals, home health care
agencies, nursing care facilities,
health insurance companies and
government health care programs.
South University's curriculum
focuses on critical thinking, chang-
ing the way teachers teach and bet-
ter preparing students for jobs.
"Traditional lectures with non-
stop note-taking, rote memoriza-
tion and multiple choice tests are
out," said Dr. Coble. "Instead, our
exercises develop problem-solving
skills that will give our students a
deeper understanding of what's
being taught so they can recall and
use what they've learned in real-
South University's focus on criti-
cal thinking is part of the university's
Quality Enhancement Plan, which
is required of every institution
accredited by the Southern Associa-
tion of Colleges and Schools.
Beyond critical thinking instruc-.
tion, South University offers several
other advantages for its nursing
South University offers 1,025
hours of clinical study while most
Florida nursing programs offer 700
Florida mandates a 12-to-I
student to faculty ratio; South Uni-
versity offers a 9-to-i ratio.
In the last semester of the
nursing program, students work
side-by-side with a nurse, learning
a specialty area of their choice, i.e.
migrant care, critical care, etc.
While the average score on
the Florida nursing board exam is
85 percent, students at South Uni-
versity's West Palm Beach campus
score in the upper 90's.
South University operates on
the quarter system. Thus students
will complete the final two years of
the bachelor's degree in nursing
within 21 months three months
faster than in a traditional semester
South University is a private aca-
demic institution dedicated to pro-
viding educational opportunities
for the intellectual, social and pro-
fessional development of a diverse
student population. South Univer-
sity offers educational programs at
the associate's, bachelor's, mas-
ter's and doctoral levels with cam-
puses located in Savannah, Ga.,
Columbia, S.C., West Palm Beach,
Fla., Tampa, Fla., and Montgomery,
Ala. Visit South University online at
more information about South
University's online programs, call
888-444-3404 or visit
Students interested in applying
to South University-Tampa should
contact the admissions office at
(813) 393-3800 or toll free at (800)
Continued From Page 1
Keep Polk County Beautiful's
program coordinator. "This
event is all about keeping our
lakes clean and taking pride in
that. It's also a lot of fun!"
To register for the clean-up,
residents may contact any of the
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increased access to PCC pro-
grams and services to the resi-
dents of Lake Wales and the sur-
State Senator J.D. Alexander
was given a large "Thank You"
card for his commitment to
securing the funding opening
the way for PCC and the City to
discuss donating the building.
He expressed his appreciation to
the students, staff and the DBOT
members. "Thank you all and
Eileen Holden for her enthusi-
asm and vision," he said.
The building opened in 1927
and served as the Lake Wales
City Hall until 1998 when offices
moved to a new administrative
following partnering agencies:
Keep Winter Haven Clean
and Beautiful: (863) 291-5662
Lakeland Clean and Beauti-
ful: (863) 834-3306
City of Winter Haven: (863)
Drive: (863) 221-5323
Keep Polk County Beautiful:
(863) 533-8423 4
building. A new section was
added to the building in 1970,
which included a fire station.
The old City Hall was severely
damaged by the 2004 hurricanes
with the fire station addition
receiving the most water and
An architect's feasibility study
was commissioned last year. It
calls for the elimination of the
1970 section, which will add 17
spaces to the existing parking lot
(for a total of 47 spaces) and
trimming the structure's gross
square footage from 21,000 to
16,000. The proposed remodel-
ing of the building's exterior
(windows, roof and brick work)
will honor the architectural his-
tory to the greatest extent possi-
Chamber's EDC plans Church Directory
The Frostproof Area Chamber
of Commerce Economic Devel-
opment Committee will host a
public Visioning meeting for the
City of Frostproof's residents
Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 until'
8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, 9
a.m. until 1 p.m. If you would like
to attend, please contact the Frost-
proof Chamber at 635-9112. Pre-
registration is necessary and must
be submitted by July 10 in order
to. determine the location. Forms
are available in the Chamber
Doug Leonard, City Planner
and consultant for the City of
Frostproof will be directing the
meeting. The Chamber's Eco-
nomic Development Committee
is providing a service to the City,.
as part of the mission agreement,
by hosting the event.
Area residents traveling north
on US Highway 27 within the past
year have witnessed extensive
growth taking place in the four
The City of Frostproof will
grow, but how it grows will be,
determined by careful planning.
This can be achieved with input
from the citizens of Frostproof,
the EDC and the City Planner.
Positions include living
allowance, education vouchers
AmeriCorps Polk Reads is
looking for dedicated, flexible,
and cooperative adults to be paid
reading tutors in Polk County pub-
lic schools from August 2006
through July 31. 2007. This is.a 12-
month commitment tutoring
kindergarten through third grade
students. Applicants must be 18
years of age or older with a high
school diploma or GED. Full and
part-lime positions are available.
Full-time tutors work 40 hours per
week and receive a $10,900 living
allowance, healthcare benefits,
childcare vouchers (if income
qualified), and an education
voucher of $4,725 for college or
for existing school loans. Part-
time tutors work 20 hours per
week and receive an annual living
allowance df $56'50 arid a $2,632
Please intactt th@ Polk Educa-
tion Foundation at (863) 519-8638
for information and application
instructions. The application
deadline is August 10, 2006.
AmeriCorps is a network of,
national service programs that
engage more than 50,000 Ameri-
cans each year in intensive serv-
ice to meet critical needs in edu-
cation, public safety, health, and
The Americorps Polk Reads
program is funded by a federal
grant and administered by the
Polk Education Foundation of the,
Polk County School Board.
Persons with disabilities are
encouraged to. 'apply for these
Living allowances are paid
during the year period in 24
installments and education
vouchers are dispersed at the'
completion of the program.
Family Life Church
Family Life Church meets at
the Frostproof Middle/Senior
High School cafeteria, Sundays
at 10 a.m. there is nursery, and
children's church. For informa-
tion please call 635-2704.
Frostproof Church of God
Rex E. Daniels-Pastor
Frostproof Church of God,
104 Highway 630W, Worship
Services, Sunday School 10
a.m., Sunday Morning Wor-
ship 10:45 a.m., Sunday
Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday Evening 7 p.m. For
more information call 863-
Church of God By Faith
Reverend Anderson, Jr.
Church Of God By Faith, 208
Hopson Rd., Worship Services;
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Wor-
ship Service 11 a.m., Sunday
Evening service 7:30 p.m.,
Wednesday Evening Bible study
7:30 p.m. For more information
Bartow, Fla. The Polk County
Leisure Services Division officially
renamed Carter Road Park when
they unveiled a new sign honoring
the memory of Loyce E. Harpe.
Loyce E. Harpe was the coun-
ty's first parks and recreation
director and served as a parks and
recreation professional during
most of his 31 years in public serv-
ice. Considered the driving force
behind its vision and develop-.
ment, Carter Road Park was the
last park completed under
First Assembly of God
First Assembly of God Church
On The Ridge, 825 County Road
* 630A, Worship Services; Sunday,
8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., nurs-
ery available, Sunday evening
service 6 p.m. Youth Fellowship
and Bible study Wednesday
evenings at 7 p.m. For more
information call 863-635-2702.
Church of Frostproof
First Baptist Church of Frost-
proof, 96 West B Street is offering
a new Celebration Worship Ser-
vice on Sunday's, at 8:15 a.m.
This service offers a more con-
temporary style of music, while
the Celebration Worship at 10:50
a.m. 'will remain more traditional
in nature. Childcare will be avail-
able for both services. For more
information call 863-635-3603.
Church of Frostproof
First Christian Church of
Frostproof, 2241 County Road
The sign unveiling took place
Sat., June 24 at 9 a.m., at the
entrance of Loyce E. Harpe Park
(formerly Carter Road Park), 500
West Carter Road, Mulberry. Com-
missioner Sam Johnson attended
too officiate the ceremony. Mem-
bers of the. Harpe family were also
scheduled to speak during the cer-
This event was open to the
public and the community to
Bronze Star Medal
Army Capt. Dean C. Powell has
been decorated with the Bronze
The medal is awarded to an
individual who, while serving in the
U.S. armed forces, has performed a
heroic act, meritorious achieve-
ment or distinguished service dur-
ing armed conflict or ground com-
bat while engaged against an
armed enemy of the United States.
Po\\ell, a logistics officer, is
assigned to Fort Bragg, Favetteville,
N.C. He has served in the military
for nine years.
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He is the son of Dean E. and
Brenda S. Powell of 29th Avenue
Drive N.E., Hickory, N.C.
His wife, Shannon, is the daugh-
ter of Neal Roberts of Lake Wales,
Fla., and Annette Roberts of Lake-
The captain received a bache-
lor's degree in 1993 from Clearwa-
ter Christian College, Fla.
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630 W, Sunday School 9:30
a.m., Worship Service 10:15
a.m., Sunday Evening Worship 6
p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible
Study 6 p.m. For more informa-
tion call 635-6700.
Church of Babson Park
First Christian Church of Bab-
son Park, 1295 Scenic Highway
N., Babson Park, Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Morning Worship
10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Bible
Sunday 6 p.m. Wednesday
Evening Bible Study 6:30 p.m. For
more information call 638-1654.
Church of Frostproof
First Presbyterian Church,
101 N. Palm Ave., Worship Ser-
vice, 10 a.m. (No Sunday School
beginning June 4)' For more
information call 635-3955.
First United Methodist
"' Church of Frostproof
James C. Isaacson, Pastor
First United Methodist Church
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Plxnl~iarl'~~~ with Sun Terraces:
of Frostproof, 150 Devane St., Sun-
day School 9:30 a.m., Traditional
Worship Service 10:30 a.m. For
more information call 635-3107.
Spanish Baptist Church
Iglesia Bautista Dios Te Ama
(Dioste Ama Spanish Baptist
Church) lugar (located) 1000 US
Highway 98 West, Frostproof,
annunciate y ivitcion (announces
an invitation) Oir la Palabra de
Dios (to hear the Word of God)
Domingo (Sunday), at 11 a.m.
South Lake Wales
South Lake Wales Church of
God, 210 Presidents Dr., Lake
Wales, Sunday School 9 a.m., Wor-
ship Service 10:30 a.m., Sunday
Evening Worship 6 p.m., Wednes-
day Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. For
more information call 638-1019.
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ment of the theft of personal infor-
mation on millions of military vet-
erans. Crist urged potential identity
theft victims to take advantage of
various new services being provid-
ed to monitor credit reports and
stop identity theft from occurring.
The federal government will
provide free credit monitoring to the
millions of veterans whose personal
information was stolen in May. The
Department of Veterans Affairs will
also hire a data analysis company to
look for possible misuse of the
stolen personal information. So far,
officials say there have been no
reports of any identity thefts stem-
ming from the burglary in May.
Identity theft is a pervasive
crime that empties bank accounts
and literally ruins lives, said Crist.
It is particularly horrifying that this
could happen on such a massive
scale to countless heroes who
risked their lives to ensure our free-
doms. It is essential that those who
may be victims know of the tools
available to help them fight this
crime and protect themselves.
In addition to the services being
offered by the federal government,
Crist urged Florida veterans who
believe they may be among those
whose information was stolen to
take the following steps to avoid
becoming victims of identity theft:
Find out if your personal
information has been compro-
mised by contacting the hotline set
up by the Department of Veterans
Affairs at 1-800-333-4636 or by
checking online at
If your information has been
compromised, request a copy of
your credit report. By law, you are
entitled to receive a free credit
report every 12 months from each
of the three major credit bureaus,
Equifax, Experian and Tran-
sUnion. Obtain the free reports by
calling toll-free 1-877-322-8228 or
by logging on to http://www.annu-
Cancel or change any
accounts that may have been
Request that a fraud report be
placed in your credit bureau file.
Dispute any errors or unautho-
rized uses of your credit, in writing,
through the credit bureau where
the error appears.
If you feel you have been the
victim of identity theft, file a report
with your local police department.
Making a report will make it easier
for you to be released from liability
for charges you did not incur.
You should also contact the
Federal Trade Commission toll-
free at 1-877-438-4338 or online at
Additional information on
how to protect yourself from
becoming the victim of identity
theft is available through the Attor-
ney General's website at
entitytheft. The Attorney General
also has a brochure on Identity
Theft, produced in conjunction
with the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement, available at:
Nelson critical of passage of Pombo Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S.
Senator Bill Nelson criticized
today's House passage of legisla-
tion that would kill a nationwide
ban on coastal drilling enacted in
response to a 1969 oil and gas spill
that blackened 35 miles of Califor-
Instead of more drilling for limit-
ed resources, the country needs an
accelerated program for alternative
fuels and Congress needs to investi-
gate the oil companies' unseemly
profits, Nelson said. He reiterated
his threat to block the measure by
Rep. Richard Pombo, if it comes up
in the Senate.
Nelson also noted that coastal
states, including Florida, shouldn't be
under the gun to compromise on a
pro-oil industry plan by Pombo
because a presidential ban on drilling
doesn't expire until 2012. Specifically,
here'swhat Nelson had to say:
"Today some House members
said this legislation was about
America competing in the world
They don't understand. America
has only three percent of the
world's reserves, and cannot drill its
way out of this energy crisis. We
need alternative fuels now."
"There were other members
who said more drilling would bring
down high gas prices. They don't
understand. The oil companies
already are making record profits.
Let's investigate these companies."
"A few other members said this
was for our economy. They don't
understand. Drilling will destroy the
unique environments that are the
backbone of the tourism-driven
economies of our nation's first and
fourth largest states."
Chocolate milk beneficial to athletes
Researchers at Indiana Uni-
versity found that athletes who
drank chocolate milk after an
intense bout of exercise were
able to work out longer during a
second workout when com-
pared to athletes who drank cer-
tain sports beverages.
The new study, published in
the February issue of Interna-
tional Journal of Sport Nutrition
and Exercise Metabolism, sug-
gests that chocolate milk is an
effective recovery aid after stren-
uous exercise by helping refresh
fatigued muscles, which may
lead to enhanced performance
in future workouts.
Researchers had nine cyclists
bike until their muscles were
depleted of energy, rest four
hours, then bike again until
exhaustion, three separate
times. During the rest period, the
cyclists sipped one of three bev-
erages: low-fat chocolate milk, a
common fluid replacement
drink or a carbohydrate replace-
During the second round of
exercise, the researchers found
that the cyclists who drank
chocolate milk during the rest
period were able to bike nearly
twice as long before reaching
exhaustion than those who con-
sumed the carbohydrate
replacement drink and as long
as those who consumed the
fluid replacement drink.
Researchers theorize that the
combination of carbohydrates
and protein found in chocolate
milk is what helped enhance the
cyclists' performance and sug-
gest that flavored milk may be an
optimal beverage for refueling
muscles after exercise. The
researchers also note that
chocolate milk is a great tasting
and cost effective alternative to
certain sports drinks.
Student expected to pay more for loans
TALLAHASSEE Florida stu-
dents will have to pay more in
college loans which began on
July 1, according to a new report
released today by the research
arm of the Campaign for Ameri-
College students and gradu-
ates will be pushed deeper into
debt as interest rates on Stafford
loans the basic student loan
- rise from 5.3 percent to 7.14
percent on old loans and to 6.8
percent on new loans at the end
of this week.
Parents that take out PLUS
loans to help their children pay
for an undergraduate education
also face rising interest rates.
This Saturday, rates on PLUS
loans will increase from 6.1 per-
cent to nearly 8 percent for exist-
ing loans and to 8.5 percent on
new loans, costing the average
parent nationally an extra $3,000
and $3,953 respectively.
Campaign for America's
Future co-director Robert
Borosage explained how Con-
gress has carried out a raid on
student aid through acts of com-
mission and omission.
"The failure of the current
administration and Congress to
make college affordable for all
qualified students is a disservice
to the country," said Borosage.
The Republican leadership has
allowed interest rates on student
loans to rise, increased the inter-
est rate on loans that parents
take out to help pay for their chil-
dren's education and refused to
allow a vote on a bill that would
cut interest rates in half on new
The rising interest rates come
at a bad time for American fami-
lies attempting to pay for col-
lege. Tuition at the average 4-
year public university has
increased by 40 percent since
2001, and nearly two-thirds of all
4-year college graduates now
have student loans. Students and
their parents are going further
into debt, creating a burden that
is often unsustainable. Student
loan debt already causes 14 per-
cent of young graduates to delay
marriage; 30 percent to hold off
on buying a car; 21 percent to
postpone having children; and
38 percent to delay buying a
Students and families need
relief from rising interest rates on
student loans. Sen. Richard
Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. George
Miller, D-Calif., responded to the
public's concern earlier this year
by introducing legislation that
cuts student loan interest rates in
half. Their legislation would
have saved Florida students and
families $4,341 in payments,
according to today's report.
**NOTE: A copy of the Flori-
da student loan report is avail-
Floridians encouraged to prepare for busy hurricane season
landscape has changed dramati-
cally in many areas and been
seriously scared' in others fol-
lowing recent hurricane sea-
sons. Representatives from the
Florida Division of Forestry
(DOF), held a press conference
in Tallahassee today to encour-
age Florida residents to include
their yards and property in hurri-
cane planninarnIn paprnmrtr.
Albei r ; ,' ,u a i -l it first
week of June ser\ed as ain easily
reminder that even a relatively
small storm has the ability to
bring down trees and cause
damage to personal property. At
the end of the 2004 and 2005
hurricane seasons, damaged
trees littered the state from
Miami to Pensacola. While dev-
astated landscapes are the most
visible and longest lasting affect
of a hurricane, many Floridians
are unaware of storm prepara-
tion tactics for their yards and
property. Even less know about
where to begin the clean up and
With 17 named storms pre-
dicted for the 2006 hurricane
season, including nine hurri-
canes, five of them intense, the
DOF is certain to be an impor-
tant resource for land owners
across the state: "'
"The Division of Forestr) has
a lot to offer Floridians before
and .after hurricanes," said Mike
Long, DOF Director. "From
preparation and planning to
recovery and restoration, our
foresters along with County
Extension Offices across the
state are an important resource.
to the communities they serve."
After each hurricane season
the impact on Florida's urban
landscape is clearly visible. Tree
damage ranges from being
stripped of leaves and leaning to
major structural damage. This
has prompted many Floridians
to remove trees from their yards.
This may not, however, be the
best decision for the homeown-
"Properly planted and pruned
trees can offer important wind
breaks in communities atnd have
the potential -to reduce' \ind
damage," said Charlie Marcus,
Urban Forester. "In addition,
studies show that trees properly
placed around buildings can
reduce air condition needs by 30
percent while healthy mature
trees can add up to 10 percent to
a property's value.
Stripping communities of
healthy, mature trees is not a
Growers urged to file canker compliance
Growers planning to harvest
fruit for the fresh market next sea-
son need to file a canker compli-
ance agreement and a fresh fruit
movement application with the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Division of
Plant Industry (DPI) by July 14.
Growers planning to harvest fruit
for the fresh market next season
need to file a canker compliance
agreement and a fresh fruit move-
ment application with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Division of Plant
Industry (DPI) by July 14. Growers
should be receiving the compliance
agreements from DPI during the last
week in June. These documents can
also be accessed and downloaded
off of DPI's website at
Growers can receive assistance with
these forms by contacting Mark
Estes at DPI.
Groves from which fruit will be
shipped fresh to non-citrus produc-
ing states in the US will need to be
inspected and certified canker-free
within 30 days prior to harvesting.
Although canker inspections may
not be required for shipments to
some markets like Japan, they are
nevertheless recommended for all
fresh fruit as packers who sell into
a variety of markets may not be
willing to run both inspected and
non-inspected fruit through their
houses. Fresh market growers
should also take the time to care-
fully sub-divide their groves into
easily identifiable blocks for inspec-
tion purposes. In addition to reduc-
ing the risk that canker detection in
one part of a grove will prevent
shipment of any fruit from within
that grove, it will also facilitate grad-
ual marketing of one's crop over
the course of the season without
having to re-inspect the same trees
over and over again.
In addition to property dam-
age, safety during cleanup is a
major consideration. Too many
people are seen on their roof in
shorts and flip-flops operating a
chainsaw this is the prefect
recipe for disaster said Marcus.
Another part of the state that
feels the impact of storms is our
rural communities. Forest prod-
ucts account for Florida's largest
. agricultural-based industry, con-
tributing over $16 billion and
137,000 jobs to the state's econ-
omy annually. The most recent
data shows that in 2004 hurri-
canes damaged 10 million acres
of forests, two million of which
were severely damaged.
Four recent hurricanes, Char-
lie, Frances, "Ivan and Jeanne
greatly impacted Florida's
Agribusiness; total cost in timber
damage statewide nearly
reached $400 million dollars.
The financial impact is devastat-
ing for landowners.
To add insult to injury, the
fallen timber becomes fuel for
forest fires increasing the risk of
fire from lightning strikes."
To learn more about the
resources available visit the Divi-
sion of Forestry websitete at
"www.fl-dof.com pr the Exten-
sion Offiee home page at
The Florida Division of
Forestry is committed to protect-
ing Florida and its' people from
the dangers of wildland fire and
manage the forest resources
through a stewardship ethic to
assure. they are 'available for
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Gov. Bush signs new education bill
William A. "Bill" Fann
William A. "Bill" Fann 86, of
Frostproof died Tuesday, June 27,
2006 at Royal Care of Avon Park.
He was born in Dexter, GA., June
27, 1920, and came to Frostproof
from Palmetto in 1928. He was a
former store owner, and he
retired from Keen Fruit Co.
He was preceded in death by
his son: William Albert Fann Jr. in
Survivors include his wife, Eve-
lyn Fann; two daughters, Brenda
Marshall of Avon Park and Holly
McCraw of Frostproof; three sons,
Jimmy Fann, Mike Fann, Bo Fann,
all of Frostproof; 11 grandchil-
When was the last time you sat
down to just color, draw, play
music, sing, paint or whatever your
talent is. When our homes are clut-
tered and CHAOS reigns supreme,
we don't have time to do the things
that fulfill us. So that gets put on the
back burner and the flame begins
to die. That little flame is the pas-
sion that is inside of you. How sad
that we have hidden our little light
under a bushel basket all because
we don't think we have time.
So what is your talent? I never
knew what mine was until I got my
home in order. I always knew I
could do anything I set my mind to
do, but I never knew my talent was
in writing and motivating. It was
only 4 months after I started my
routines that I began writing. It
even shocked me! At that time I
was still caught up in my perfec-
tionism and wanted it to be just
perfect before I would let anyone
see it. It is much more fun now. I
write to my hearts content and give
it to the world every day. It may
have mistakes, but no one is per-
fect and I feel great about the mes-
Clutter, does not bless our
homes. It is a villain that comes to
rob us of our passion, love, money
and time. Let go of your clutter and
find yourself \ith more time than
you .ever dreamed possible. It is
hard work organizing clutter that is
why I say that you cannot organize
clutter; you can onl\ get rid of it.
That. goes for the culler in your
This villain comes into your
home and holds you hostage (fore\ -
er; unless iou gel 'wise lo hi's e\-il
intentions aridl toss him out on hi;
ear. Clutter slips in unexpected and
slow l adds moe cllutter to youi
home. It robs you of vour enerty.
dren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held
Friday, June 30, 2006 at the First
Baptist Church of Frostproof in
the Smith Building with Rev. Dar-
rol Hood and Sean McCraw offici-
For those who wish, donations
may be made to the First Baptist
Church, 96 West B Street, Frost-
proof, Florida 33843.
Messages of comfort may be
sent to the family by visiting
Marion Nelson Funeral Home
of Frostproof, Florida is in charge
of all local arrangements.
by Maria ,
Oh let's do a little test. Just clean off
the coffee table in your living room.
Go spend 5 minutes doing it. Now
make it completely clear; no what-
nots; just a clear space. Feather
dust the table or wipe it down. It
has been a while since you have
seen that surface. Now stand back
and look at it. How does that make
you feel? Next start putting stuff
back on it till it begins to feel
uncomfortable. I wager that after
about three items you stop your-
self, because is doesn't look good,
but the truth is how it makes you
feel inside is whyyou stop.
We become immune to our
clutter. We don't think our things
are clutter but if your spouse piles
the dining table up with something
they are working on, it is clutter.
Our stuff is a project that we are
going to get back to. Practice pick-
ing up after yourself and putting
things away when it is time to stop
working on it. You can get it back
Recognize your clutter, release
it and find your passion again.
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TALLAHASSEE Gov. Jeb
Bush signed House Bill 135,
which creates a state-level char-
ter school authorizer the
Florida Schools of Excellence
Commission. This independent
statewide commission will
directly sponsor charter schools
and authorize municipalities,
state universities, community
colleges and additional entities
to co-sponsor charter schools in
Florida, expanding educational
opportunities for students.
"Florida's charter schools
offer a valuable public school
option for students," said Gover-
nor Bush. "This legislation
opens the door for the expan-
sion of more high quality charter
schools in Florida, and the newly
created Commission will ensure
that these schools are held
accountable for serving student
Currently, local school
boards and select universities
are the only entities allowed to
authorize charter schools in
Florida. The Commission, under
the supervision of the State
Board of Education, will provide
a higher level of quality, efficien-
cy, transparency and accounta-
bility. The seven-member Com-
mission will be appointed by the
State Board of Education based
on recommendations from the
Governor, the President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the
House. The Commission will
authorize and act as a sponsor of
charter schools, approve or deny
Florida Schools of Excellence
(FSE) charter school applica-
tions, renew or terminate char-
ters and conduct facility and cur-
"With its primary focus being
to develop and support charter
schools in order to better meet
growing and diverse needs, this
Commission will ensure that
charter schools of the highest
academic quality are approved
and supported throughout the
state," said Sen. Stephen Wise.
"Florida does not embrace a
one-size-fits-all approach to edu-
cation," said Representative
Ralph Arza. "What this bill and
the A+ + Plan for Education do
for the state is to ensure a high-
performing education system
that helps every student achieve
success. They give parents and
students an equal educational
Since the state's first five
charter schools opened in 1996,
public charter schools have
focused on providing parents
with smaller classes, alternative
curriculum and increased
opportunities for involvement in
their children's education. With
334 public charter schools cur-
rently operating, and more than
92,000 students participating,
Florida has the third highest
number of public charter
schools in the nation.
"Now more students than
ever before will have the oppor-
tunity to take advantage of this
distinctive and innovative
approach to education," said
Representative John Stargel.
"This program serves all of our
students and provides real
choices to parents for their chil-
Charter schools are public
schools that are independently
designed and operated and are
among the fastest growing
school choice options in Florida.
They are open to all students,
regardless of income, gender,
race or religion. Charter schools
tend to attract students who
struggle academically and cover
a spectrum of educational needs
from specializing in the per-
forming arts to technical train-
"Today, Governor Bush has
increased the number of quality
education choices for Florida's
families," said Commissioner
Winn. "This commission will
improve the process for creating
and managing charter schools
"This new law ensures that
more and better quality charter
schools will evolve to serve stu-
dents in Florida," said Center for
Education Reform President
Jeanne Allen. "The new autho-
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Sporting Goods 705
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AIR COND- 4 ton Carrier
w/pad, Ice cold, $250
AIR CONDITIONERS (3) 5,000
BT.U'S, Window Style. Newly
services. $135 for all, will
FREEZER- Sears, top load-
ing,excellent condition $80
REFRIGERATOR, 18 cu. ft., 4
yrs. old, $150.
STOVE/OVEN & HOOD, White,
GE, electric. Good condition.
$100 or best offer.
WASHER & DRYER- Ken-
morq, Both work perfectly.
$100. Will separate
WASHER & DRYER, Maytag.
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Excellent condition. $400.
LADIES BICYCLE, Huffy, Red,
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BEHR SEALANT Dicc water-
prooling 5 gallon never
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ELITE COMPOSED ROOFING
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CRIB. Oak color, slraigrn rjils
differeril height- corivers I,
toddler tid. good coniiiri,
JOGGING STROLLER, Greal
shape $25 186l316b5-'444
TODDLER BED- Linile Tykes.
pink,whtle, Ilue, ritibd ,el up
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AVON BOTTLE COLLECTION -
40 + pieces. $100 or best of-
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $600 allor
best offer.. 863-824-3.358
TRAIN SET- Lionel Santa Fe 0-
gauge, Engine, 3 cars &
track. $200. or best offer.
COMPAQ PRESARIO LAPTOP
1ghz, 40gb HD,-512 mb ram,
XP home + extras. $375
COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs &
games. $149. (863)843-0158
COMPLETE DINING ROOM-
Nice, Glass top table, 6
chairs, Hutch/buffet, Light
wood. $600. (863)801-3815
COMPUTER DESK, 5 ft. long,
2 ft. deep, 5 ft. tall. $125
COMPUTER TABLE wood,
large, lots of storage. Good
cond. $50. (863)697-6618
COUCH, Tan, Excellent condi-
tion.. $125. LeBelle
DRESSER, 40" Oak. $25
(863)675-3032 after 6pm.
DRESSER, Tall, wooden. In
good condition. $50
END TABLES, 1 pair, 3
(863)675-3032 after 6pm. .
GLASS TOP TABLE ,4
CHAIRS- brand new, $125
LOVESEAT, 60", dual recliner,
Drown navy plaid, $95'
SECRETARY DESK- Cream,
Glass snowcase on top, 4
SLEEPER 3 CUSHION COUCH-,
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SLEEPER LOVESEAT- very
ri,.e 'i50 863 )357-0365
SMALL TABLE- good for sew
machine, wooden, w/ 3 side
drawers $75 (863)824-8749
SOFA, LOVESEAT & CHAIR-
dark multi colored, like new,
TABLE- Oak, Round, 1 leaf, 2
chairs w/coasters. $100.
RIFLE, 22 Cal. & 12 Gauge
shot gun single shot. $175.
EXERCISE BIKE- New Bal-
ance, 6.0, like new Orig:
$750 asking $300 or best
TREADMILL, Pro Form, Elec-
tronic, & Dual weight station,
Welder Pro 9940. $500 or will
DIAMOND RING-'1/2 ct,
$450 (863)675-7105 or
DIAMOND RING, Ladies, Euro-
pean Cut, 30 point. 1'4kt white
gold. $550. (863)357-2233-
SUITCASE SET: SAMSONITE,
Black w/hard shell cases.
Great condition. $60.
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KARAOKE- Bratzs, White,
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GENERATOR- BRAND NEW
Never used, good for 4 BR'
house. $850 or best offer.
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TRLR w/warr, 2 new JBL
spkrs 15"w/horn, 1 15 sub,
w/built in amp, 1 QSC pow-
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cases, New 32 channel
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cables & access incild, New
Pro One 88 key Keyboard
w/road case w/ Aleses mini
verb effects. $8500 or best
AIR COMPRESSORS (2)
Portable, 120 volts, 1 & 2 hp,.
$195 for. both, will sep.
GENERATOR, 7200 watt,
240v, single phase, portable
w/Wheels, good cond.,
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4000, asking $800 or best
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT- 11', Gore Hull, 231
V-6 Buick engine, New prop,
battery. Good trailer. Runs
good. $1600. 863-697-0135
CABIN BOAT- Fiberform fly-
bridge, '80, 25', 5.7 Mercruiser
I/0. Trailer, All electronics
incl'd. $2400. (239)369-9725
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vanized trailer, new. $2300 or shield, saddlebags, 125cc, L i$1300 or best offer
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Low hours. $3500 or best great. $6000. 863-673-6266 Needs Alt. belt, $1200. Neg.
DIRT BIKE SUZUKI 85/L offer. Nick @863-697-0383 (863)675-7878
2004, less than 10 hrs., $2K.
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after 5pm. TOYOTA CAMRY- '92, Needs
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$1000 (863)467-0139 leave
Number of farms owned and managed by women on the rise
women have often been unseen
partners on the farm-hardwork-
ing farmwives and daughters-
essential but largely unacknowl-
edged. Today, things have
changed; women are stepping out
of the shadows and putting a new
face on American farming.
Women in agriculture are mak-
ing their presence known in every
state, and Florida is no exception.
They're changing the way food is
grown and sold and even how it
tastes. In Homestead, Teena Borek
is growing heirloom tomatoes in
all shapes and colors to supply
Miami's five-star restaurants and
gourmet markets. In Monticello,
Dr. Cynthia Connolly is producing
organic muscadine wine at Flori-
da's only certified organic farm
winery. Meanwhile, Betty O'Toole
of Madison has found her niche
with organic herbs, luring cus-
tomers to her small farm with
workshops, daylong internships,
and tours of the farm's sumptuous
Around the country, farms run
by women are on the increase.
According to the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, the number of farms
with women as primary operators
grew58 percent from 1975 to 1997,
and it is predicted that as much as
75 percent of U S. farmland will be
c',wrned b\ %xorren by 2014.
Women come by the land-,
and'the job of farming-in a variety
of ways. Some inherit farmland
when their husbands die. Others
assume management of the farm
when their spouse is forced to'find
off-farm employment. Women
who grew up on farms often return
after their parents die or retire.
Barbara Carlton took over the
management of .her family's
17,000-acre cattle ranch in Sarasota
Countywhen her husband. Mabry,
died in a plane crashin 1989.
"-At that tire, I had been on the
rnch for 28 \ears, and it really sur-
prised me that people wondered if,
I would stay," she says. "Why
would they think I wouldn't have
the ability or that I wouldn't want
to keep doing the same thing that I
had done for all those years?"
Mabry Carlton served on the
Sarasota County Commission for
nine years before his death, andthe
job often took him awvay from the
ranch. While he was away, Bar-
bara Carlton was the one running
"I think of those nine years as
mr) training period," she says.
Yet despite her many years of
experience, it was difficult to con-
vince some people to take her seri-
ously. It was tough to get them to.
see her as the person in charge of
the sprawling ranch, the largest pri-
vate land holding in Sarasota Coun-
"People I dealt with had their
doubts about me as a rancher,"
Carlton says. "Several people
would say, 'Well, could you have
your foreman call me?' Or, 'Do you
have a son?' No, I don't have a
Carlton seems more amused
than bothered by the misconcep-
tions. Like many female farmers,
she's inclined to laugh off gender
stereotypes rather than let them get
in her way.
"Of course there are still biases
out there," says Dr. Marion Aller,
Director of the Division tf Food
Safety for the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices. "Women still raise eyebrows
whether they're in the barn or the
boardroom. Sometimes women
may be held to a higher standard.
There are bastions of the old guard.
But I think women are well aware
of these attitudes and they know
how to handle them. They can get
past them and move on."
"Women don't want special
treatment," says Terry Rhodes,
Chief of Staff for Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son. "They,want to be seen as
farmers, not as 'women farmers.'
They ,don't want gender issues to
interfere with the important work
at hand: growing food, growing
their businesses, keeping the farm.
It's about farming, not about being
Indeed, many. of the women
interviewed for this article stressed
the supportiveness of their male
"'When my husband died in
1980, I was a mother; I wasn't a
farmer," said Teena Borek, who
farms 300 acres in Homestead. "I
had to learn how to farm, and I
couldn't have done it without the
help of my neighbors, the farmers
all around me. I never ever had a
farmer be.pegative to me'because I
was a woman. Quite the opposite,
they always helped me out The
farming community is so close-knit
arid supportive, so giving, and this
is a w onderlul industry to work in
because of that."
Borek says the problems she
faces are the same ones all family
farmers in Florida run up against:
low profits, a shortage of labor, too
much government regulation,
unfair trade, soaring land values,
and mounting pressure from
"Farming isn't hard, for .me
because I'm a woman," Borek
insists. "It's hard for ever small or
medium-sized farmer. With all the
new rules and regulations, family
farms simply can't keep up. We
can't make it. There are obstacles-
on top of obstacles. I wouldn't be
in this business anymore if I didn't-
have two sons who would like to
remain in it. I dbn't think farmers
Dr. Cynthia Connolly, who
owns and operates Ladybird
Organics, a 50-acre organic farm in
Monticello, says part of the prob-
lem is the absence of a national
support program for small and
medium-sized farms. During the 17
years she has been running Lady-
bird Organics, she has often been
forced to supplement her income
with off-farm jobs simply to make
ends meet. "There is no govern-
ment policy that buoys us," she
says. "Small farmers have'no retire-
ment or health care benefits, arid
food prices are so lo%\ that it's very
difficult for us to make a living. As a,
result, /small farmers are a very
Betty O'Toole, owner of,
O'Toole's Herb Farm, an organic
herb farm in Madison, agrees that
farming is a tough business.
"We couldn't make it if my hus-
band didn't have a good retire-
ment," O'Toole says. "Farming is
hard. You can work yourself to
death, and any money you make
goes backinto the farm."
O'Toole worked for years as an
interior designer before coming
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back to the 1,000-acre farm her stant stream of new ideas. We
family has owned since the 1840s. bring a fresh perspective."
Her father and grandfather grew Women aren't afraid to think
shade tobacco on the land, but she outside the box, Joiner says, or to
and her husband, Jim, chose to challenge conventional growing
focus on herbs, which they raise on methods and marketing tech-
five acres. They started out selling niques. "Maybe it's because we're
fresh-cut herbs to area restaurants, coming from the outside," she
but today they are in the live plant says.
business. They have two green- It's not surprising then that
houses full of organically grown women are a driving force in alter-
potted herbs and butterfly-friendly native and sustainable agriculture.
perennials; they sell wholesale to Studies suggest that women are
area nurseries during the first half more likely than men to farm
of the week and are open to retail organically and on small acreages;
customers on Thursdays, Fridays they are also more likely to farm
and Saturdays. part time and without the help of
"I didn't know I was a farmer at large, expensive equipment.
heart until I was in my thirties," "I'm a child of the sixties," Betty
O'Toole says. "When I was young, O'Toole says. "I always knew that if
girls didn't go into agriculture. It I farmed, I would farm organically.
was unheard of. I became an interi- To me, it just makes sense, to nour-
or designer because it was an ish the soil, to live in balance with
acceptable .occupation for a nature. It's just a wonderful philos-
woman, but I think what I really ophyoflife."
wanted to be was a landscape Farming without chemicals is
designer." good for the planet and good for
O'Toole's flair for design is business. Cynthia Connolly says
apparent throughout her farm. customers seek her out because
There are elaborate demonstration she grows organically. "It's a great
gardens aflutter with butterflies selling point," she says. "They
and birds; the lush, fragrant flow of don't come to me because I grow'
flowers and greenery is punctuated wheatgrass-they come to me
here and there. by arches and because I grow organic wheat-
benches and birdhouses. She and grass."
Jim moved two tin-roofed Cracker In addition to wvhealgrass, Con-
houses to the property to serve as a' nolly grow s USDA-certified organic
gift shop and an art gallery; the muscadine grapes, which she sells
shady porches are laden with inter- fresh and also processes into
testing baskets, terra cotta pots, and organic wines. Visitors are wel-
folk art. comed to the farm 'for wine tast-
Jim O'Toole is quick to give his ings and sales and to pick their
wife credit for the farm's unique own grapes in season. Connolly
and inviting atmosphere. "Betty also sells her wines over the inter-
has such an eye for these things," net- and at special events. In addi-
he says. "What we're really doing tion, she produces organic eggs
now is agri-tourism, because, and broilers-and she sells worm
we've found.that people just like to castings for home gardeners to use
be here. And why not? The farm is as fertilizer.
quaint. It's cute. It smells good and, "The farm is very diversified,"
feels good, and it makes you feel Connolly says, "because there is
good. We have garden clubs come sustainability in multiple income
in and just spend the day. They strains, and also because an organ.
work in the demonstration gar- ic farm needs diversity. The differ-
dens. Sometimes they have lunch. ent parts of the farm support each
They buy some herbs. Being at the other. The worms support the soil,
farm makes people happy." which supports plant life, which in
Betty adds, "We've come up turn supports animal life and ulti-
with some'pretty creative ways to mately human life. Plantwaste and
bring people here. We have wed- chicken manure get composted
dings and receptions here-any- and go back into the soil."
thing we can think of." By constantly diversifying her
Creativity is a quality that income stream, Connolly has been
women farmers seem to possess able to keep her farm going. It's a
in abundance. It's the special story often told by farmers-and
something they bring to this once by small farmers in general. Flexi-
tradition-bound, male-dominated ability and creativity are mandatory.
industry. ifyou want to stay afloat.
"This is an exciting time in agri- Teena Borek's farm was once
culture," says Melissa Joiner, presi- just one of many in Homestead,
'dent of Florida Agri-Women, a but now it is surrounded on all
women-only non-profit that pro- sides by upscale housing. Borek is
motes agriculture in the Sunshine one of the last of her kind 'in the
State. "In the past, women have Homestead area-a family farmer.
.taken the 'supportive' role in the She's been able to keep the farm
industry. But as more women viable by adjusting both its size and
become heads of businesses- the kinds of crops she grows.
become leaders-there is a con- "We were growing tomatoes,
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and NAFTA crippled our farm,"
Borek says. "We couldn't compete
with the cheap imports, so we had
to find a niche, a specialty.crop we
could produce and sell without so
much competition. That's why I
started growing heirloom toma-
Borek takes special pride in her
heirlooms, which she grows on
five acres. She calls. them her
"Heirloom tomatoes are your
old-style tomatoes," Borek
explains. "Your Brandywines and
your Cherokee Purples. They were
brought to this country by the vari-
ous ethnic groups who immigrated
here, so every variety is different
and special. Heirloom tomatoes
are very perishable, but they are
really tasty. They come in all differ-
ent colors and shapes and flavors,
and their presentation is absolutely
awesome. They're beautiful even
just sliced and put on a plate. You
look at them and you want to eat
But growing a delicious high-
quality product isn't enough. To
succeed in small-scale farming
these days you have to be a good
marketer. Many small farmers are
involved in some form of direct
marketing; they sell their produce.
at farmers' markets, for example,-
or they offer produce shares. In
such cases, the farmer's success
ultimately hinges on her ability to
build personal, trusting relation-
ships with her customers.
"With the growing concern
over food safety, more and more
Floridians are looking for a way to
reconnect with their food source,"
says Florida Agriculture Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson. "People
want to know where their food
comes from and how it was
grown, and small farmers can pro-.
vide this kind of information. They
can establish a personal bond of
trust with their customers, and that
is something that is much in
demand these days."
. But establishing this bond-'
building these personal relation-
ships-takes time and effort. It
takes work. The O'Tooles spend
countless hours preparing, for the
workshops, festivals, and other
educational events they hold at
their farm, and the fees they charge
barelycover their expenses.
WhileBetty O'Toole stresses the
satisfaction she takes in communi-
ty outreach, she admits that keep-
ing the farm afloat-keeping it in
the public eye--is difficult and
time-consuming. "I don't think a
wimp could do it," she says.
,So, given the difficulties, why
would anyone choose to be
involvedin this profession?
Sandi Dutton, who produces
cut flowers on three acres near
Havana, just outside Tallahassee,
says she relishes the independence
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her work affords her. She grows
zinnias, gladiolas, and sunflowers,
along with some herbs, sugarcane,
and a small plot of vegetables. She
sells her flowers at local farmers'
markets and wholesale to a few
florists; the vegetables are for her
own use. "I'm my own boss," she
says. "I walk out my door and I'm
Another of farming's appeals is
the "quality of life" benefits it offers.
It is embraced as an opportunity to
live quietly and peacefullyin nature
and to engage in work that is truly
"I always say I'm growing
smiles and food for the soul," Dut-
ton says. "When I'm at the farm-
ers' markets, I really enjoy visiting
with the customers. Even if they
don't buy anything, they walk away
with a smile on their face., It's very
rewarding. Every day I'm sur-
rounded by color. I'm surrounded
It's the intangible benefits that
draw many women to the farm-
and keep them there..
"When I began thinking about
starting up this business, I was
looking for a way to reinvigorate
my family's old farm, and I also
wanted to do something that
.would give my husband and me a
good life;" Betty O'Toole says. "And
what ve've done fulfills both goals.
\Ve have fun here. We love what
And what advice would she
offer to young women interested in
a career in farming?
"Do your research," O'Toole
says. "Talk to people who are
doing what you want to do, People
in the agriculture industry are so
giving. Take advantage of that.
Learri from others.. And. be pre-
pared to work really hard."
Since 1985, Florida has recog-
nized women who have made out-
standing contributions to the
state's agricultural community-
-through its Woman of the Year in.
Agriculture Award. Sponsored by
the Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services and
the Florida State Fair Authority, the
award is presented during the
opening-day luncheon of the Flori-
da State Fair in Tampa.
Always a highlight of the State
Fair's kickoff, the annual award.
ceremony was expanded and
enhanced by Commissioner Bron-
son after taking office. Since 2002
the ceremony has featured .the
showing of a documentary video
that details the winner's agricultur-
al achievements and life's journey.
More than 500 people turn out
each year to experience the evenL
The next award will be presented
on Feb. 8,2007. For more informa-
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