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Place of Publication: Frostproof, Polk County Fla
Publication Date: September 13, 2008
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Volume 94, Number 72


Frostproof News


Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years


USPS NO. 211-260


Frostproof, Polk County, Florida 33843 Copyright 2008 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.


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Saturday, September 13, 2008


Getting ready to discuss growth issues


By BRIAN ACKLEY
Editor

A group that will play a large role in helping to
define future growth and development in
Southeastern Polk County will have its first meeting
next Thursday.
The so-called "focus group" for the Southeast Polk
Selected Area Study will convene at Webber
International University at 3 p.m. at the Rex R. Yentes
Conference Center, taking the first steps in a process
that could take up to two or more years to complete.
The study is one of at least two ongoing efforts ,
aimed at helping residents in that area of the county
get a better handle on future growth issues. The area
includes land south of State Route 60 in Lake Wales,
north of County Road 630 in Frostproof, east of U.S.
Highway 27 and west of the Tiger Creek Preserve.
Several members of the group have already been
identified, including Frostproof City Manager Tenny
Croley and Susan Welborn, president of the Babson
ParkVisioning group. Lake Wales mayor Alex Wheeler
has been. tabbed to be a member of the focus com-
mittee tool, as has Jack Hollis representing HIllcrest
Heights.
In all, the group is expected to contain about a
dozen members in its final form. It will meet monthly
as an ad-hoc committee giving direction to a final
county report which might include recommenda-


tions for stricter growth and development issues in.
the area. The idea for an area-wide study was first
broached by the Babson Park group in 2005, Welborn
noted, but was delayed until this year for several rea-
sons, including available county funding.
That became a large concern earlier this year
when Frostproof annexed hundreds of acres well
north of the city's former boundaries, in areas that
have been proposed for two developments.
The second possible course of action being
explored is Hillcrest Heights "annexing" Crooked
Lake, which would then give that small municipality
more control over what happens on the shoreline of
that body of water.
The move was endorsed by Defenders of Crooked
Lake which, in a letter earlier this year to the Hillcrest
Heights commission, indicated their concern over
the land annexations.
"Frostproof has proved they will approve any
development that comes along," noted Defenders of
Crooked Lake President Dr. Tom Schotman.
"Frostproof is capable of anything, and Frostproof in
'control' of Crooked Lake only spells trouble."
Frostproof city officials have regularly denied any'
ulterior motives in the annexations, noted they have
all been done voluntarily (at the landowner's
request), and as a way to help eventually expand the
city's tax base.
"The most recent annexation has put the historical


Babson Park pillars inside the city limits of
Frostproof," Schotman added. "What you may not
know is there has been mention of Frostproof annex-
ing Crooked Lake."
City officials have steadfastly denied any intent to
do that either.
Hillcrest Commissioner Deming.Cowles confirmed
that Hillcrest Heights is moving forward with the
annexation idea, and that the board there was updat-
ed on the matter Monday night.
He said most of the legal hurdles to annexing
Crooked Lake technically they would annex the
lake's bottom have been heard, and that all five
commissioners are on board with the idea.
"Absolutely, no question about it," Cowles said.
"We hope to complete this fairly soon."
Dr. Schotman added, "The Defenders appreciate
the fact that Hillcrest Heights wishes to remain small
and compact, but we also believe this is something
the town must consider to insure the quality of
Crooked Lake and the life around it. Hillcrest Heights
is in the position to do so as it borders the shores of
the lake."
Frostproof's two large annexations, more com-
monly referred to as the Breezy Point and, Orange
Bend projects, are now in the hands of the Florida
Department of Community Affairs for comment and
review.


A little bit of notoriety comes to Frostproof


By VICKY L. LOVE
Staff Reporter

If you drove down Wall
Street in Frostproof Thursday,
yes that was the 1974 Stutz
Blackhawk originally owned by
famous stuntman Evil Knievel
you spotted.
The current owner, John
Palermo, a 13-year resident of
Lake Placid, took the vehicle to
O'Hara Restorations for some
minor body work this week.
The vehicle is one of two vehi-
cles that he now owns that
were formerly owned by
Knievel. The other is a red 1959
Cadillac convertible.
Of the two. the Stutz is the
most famous. The vehicle was


Palace located on the famed
Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, pur-.
chased it.
"I like the attention it
.brings," he said, "When I take
it to a car show, I am the car
show."
Most of the Evil Knievel
memorabilia he has was pur-
chased at such car shows as
Knievel's fans flocked around
to get a closer glimpse of the
vehicle.
Unlike today's cars, the dash
and interior is trimmed in 24-
karat gold with mouton lamb
wool carpeting throughout.
The entire trunk is covered in
genuine Russian mink as well.
The gold plate in the door is
engraved, "Stutz Blackhawk


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John Palermo had a custom license plate made for his 1974 .Stutz Blackhawk in honor of the origi-
nal owner, Evil Knievel. He wanted "Evil 1" but it was already taken.
dispatcher for the post office in housed in the garage or trailer. the hands of Middle Eastern
NewYork before moving to Famed rock'n roll king Elvis royalty.
Lake Placid in 1995. He says Presley purchased the first Knievel's original idea was to


since he started driving in 1954
that he has owned over 50 dif-
ferent cars. His collection first
began with the purchase of a
1968 Coupe de Ville that he
had purchased to restore for
his wife.
The other vehicles currently
in his collection are a 1959 and
1978 El Dorado. The latter with
only 32,000 original miles. To
ensure their pristine condition,
Palermo keeps each vehicle


Stutz Blackhawk made. He
later added four more to his
collection.
In addition to Presley,
Knievel and Davis, other
famous names to top the list of
Stutz Blackhawk owner's are
Willy Nelson, Dean Martin,
Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball, Billy
Joel, Elton John, Paul
McCartney, Al Pacino, Frank
Sinatra and Wayne Newton. A
few even made their way into


jump the Grand Canyon. The
idea came to Knievel in 1966
while, throwing back countless
Montana Mules draft beers
with tomato juice at Moose's
Saloon in Kalispell. A picture of
the Grand Canyon was hang-
ing in the bar and it's said the
drunker he got, the littler the'


PLEASE SEE:
STUTZ, page A3


John Palermo sits behind the wheel of the 1974 Stutz Blackhawk
parked in front of Graceland at the 2004 Stutz Meet. The vehicle,
now owned by Palermo, was custom made for Evil Knievel fol-
lowing Iis attempted jump at Snake River Canyon.


custom made for Knievel in
Torino, Italy. This was Knievel's
reward to himself following his
attempted jump across Snake
River Canyon in Idaho.
Purchasers of the Stutz did-
n't care about the vehicle's sin-
gle digit gas mileage. They did-
n't buy the vehicle, for how well
it cornered or accelerated. It
was purchased by numerous
entertainers and celebrities
because of the attention the
vehicle got.
And that's exactly why
Palermo, who bought the '74
Stutz in late 2002 at "The Auto
Collections" at the Imperial


1974 Made Exclusively for Evil
Knievel Torino, Italy".
Palermo went to Las Vegas
in late 2002 to purchase the
white Stutz originally owned by
Sammy Davis Jr. but the vehi-
cle didn't come with the origi-
nal paperwork as did Knievel's
'74 Stutz.
"I rarely drive the car," he'
said. "It's strictly for show
events and parades; There's no
joy riding." Palermo even has a
mannequin of Knievel that he
places behind the wheel of the
Stutz at car shows.
Palermo retired as a vehicle


Interesting detail, the owner's plate of the 1974 Stutz Blackhawk is not on the dashboard, it's on
the door. Much of the dash and interior is trimmed in 24 karat gold with mouton lamb wool carpet-
ing throughout the car.


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Pictured are members of the winning Frostproof Middle School FFA chapter (from left to right) Kaylee Norris,
Kathryn Flood, Erin Daughtry, Kaleigh Jenkins, Marisol Espinoza, Kirsten Scarborough, Taylor Dickinson with
their ag instructor, Paul Webb, and one of the state FFA officers

Frostproof wins top awards

at state FFA convention


By VICKY L. LOVE
Staff Reporter
Both the Frostproof
Middle and Senior FFA
chapters received top
honors at the 80th
Annual State FFA
Convention held in
Orlando during the sum-
mer.
The Frostproof Middle
School FFA chapter
placed first in the state
opening and closing cer-
emonies career develop-
ment event.
Frostproof's winning
team consisted of Kaylee
Norris, Kathryn Flood,
Erin Daughtry, Kaleigh
Jenkins, Marisol
Espinoza, Kirsten
Scarborough and Taylor
Dickinson.
The open ceremonies
career development
event requires team
members to perform the
official ceremonies that
are used to open and
close FFA meetings.
Participants are judged
on their accuracy, poise,
and delivery.
Hannah Terrebonne


placed fourth in extem-
poraneous public speak-
ing and Kaylee Norris
placed fifth in prepared
public speaking.
The Frostproof Senior
FFA chapter was awarded
a $1000 National
Convention Travel
Stipend and one night's
lodging and three meals
for a group of 20 to the
Leadership Training
Center in Haines City for
winning the Harvest of
Change Award by raising
$3,343.
The team consists of
Amber Bowers, Jessica
Hall, Scarlett McCullers,
Hollie Rimes and Brittany
Rose.
The National FFA
Organization, formerly
known as the Future
Farmers of America, is a
national youth organiza-
tion of 500,823 student
members in 7,358 local
FFA chapters in all 50
states, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands.
More than 15,000 stu-
dent members in 320
chapters throughout
Florida are engaged in a


Scarlett McCullers, pictured second from the left,
shakes hands with one of the state FFA officers as
she accepts the Harvest of Change Award on behalf
of her chapter. McCullers is accompanied by her ag


instructor, James Smith.
wide range of agricultural
educational activities,
leading to more than 300
professional career
opportunities in the agri-
cultural industry.
The National FFA
Organization changed its
name in 1988, in recogni-
tion of the growth and
diversity of agriculture


and agricultural educa-
tion.
The FFA mission is to
make a positive differ-
ence in the lives of stu-
dents by developing their
potential for premier
leadership, personal
grown and career success
through agricultural edu-
cation.


Deanna Norris, left, and Karen Thompson have been
named support staff and teacher of the year, respec-
tively, at Frostproof Elementary.


Norris, Thompson

honored

by Frostproof

Elementary


by VICKY L. LOVE
Staff Reporter
Deanna Norris and
Karen Thompson, have
been named support
staff and teacher of the.
year, respectively, by the
staff of Frostproof
Elementary School.
Norris, previously
employed by Bok Tower
and the district office of
Polk County School
Board, has been the prin-
cipal's secretary for a year
and Thompson has
taught first grade at the
school for the past 25
years.
The school's principal,
Kimberly Van Hook,
spoke highly of both
employees.
"Deanna has already
shown the entire school
staff how well organized
she is. She goes above
and beyond her duties
and has almost single-
handedly put together


the Christmas float," Van
Hook said. "She has
quickly become a part of
the team and goes out-
side what is required of
her to make Frostproof
Elementary the best."
Thompson was cited
for a variety of reasons,
most notably student
achievement.
"Karen is an outstand-
ing teacher. Every year
her students achieve fab-
ulous gains in learning as
they achieve high stan-
dards of success," Van
Hook added. "Although
she has been teaching for
25 years she is always
looking for a new and
better way to do thinks.
No stuck in the rut for
Karen. She's always
improving."
Both will compete for
the county title of sup-
port staff and teacher of
the year later on in the
2008-09 school year.


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Join us for our free monthly meetings:

Zoom In! Tips for Capturing
That Perfect Photo
Thursday, September 25,2008 6pm
First Baptist Church, Lake Wales
Door prizes will be awarded!
Bring some of your favorite photos to share and join
us as we learn tips and techniques from the pros on
taking even greater photographs!

2008 Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Registration 8am, Kickoff 9am
Crystal Lake Park, Downtown Lake Wales
Put on your walking shoes and join us for a walk through
Historic Downtown Lake Wales, followed by a breast cancer
awareness rally in the park. Each participant will receive a
goody bag and a T-shirt. At the rally, you'll hear from an
artist/breast cancer survivor, and we'll recognize tlhe
survivors who joined us for the walk. Refreshment stations
will be available on the walking route, and light snacks
will be served at the rally.

Wrap It Up And Deck The Halls!
Thursday, November 20,2008 6PM
Best Western Admiral's Inn, Winter Haven
Join the festivities as we get ready for the Holiday Season.
We'll serve delectable treats and offer ideas for adding a
little extra glitter to the season, with decorating tips and
clever gift wrapping solutions.

Call us at 678-2288 for information
on upcoming meetings!

To register for these events, go to
www.lakewalesmedicalcenter.com and click on
Healthy Woman, or call 863-678-2288.


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COMMUNITY and AREA EVENTS


To have your non-prof-
it, civic group, church or
school event included, e-
mail information to
news@frostproofnews. co
m or fax to 635-0032,
attn. Community
Calendar.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 131

Preview the City Hall
Auditorium
The historic preserva-
tion group has completed
work on the auditorium
at the City Hall. Local
entertainment and
refreshments will be
served at the preview on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 7
to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10
and can be purchased at
City Hall. For more infor-
mation call 635-7855.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19

Sock Hop


Get out that old poo-
dle skirt and dance the
night away from 7 to 10
p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at
the Sock Hop at the
Ramon Theater, 15 E.
Wall St. Tickets are $10
each and can be pur-
chased at the theater
prior to the night of the
event. Hours are Monday
through Friday from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. For more
information call Barbara
James at 635-7222.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4

Movie Night at Ramon
Theater
Come see the 1986
classic, "Ferris Bueller's
Day Off", at Ramon
Theater at 7 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 4.
Purchase tickets in
advance for $5 each at
the theater Monday
through Friday from 10


a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are
limited. The concession
stand will be open. Call
635-7222 for more info.

SATURDAY, OCT. 18

Murder Mystery Dinner
Theater
Get out your best
western attire and come
to Ramon Theater on
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6
p.m. for a murder mys-
tery dinner theater. Cost
for "Death in them thar
hills" is $25 with limited
seating. Purchase tickets
in advance at the theater
Monday through Friday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 635-7222 for more
info.

SEBRING EVENTS

Heartland Horses &
Handicapped, Inc. is now
offering pony rides every


Monday from 4:00-6:00
pm (weather permitting.
Donation is $5 per child.
All proceeds raised sup-
port our Free Assisted
riding program for adults
and children with special
needs. The Free Assisted
Riding Program does pro-
vide free assisted riding
sessions for adults & chil-
dren with special needs
from 9 to 11 a.m. on
Wednesday, Thursdays,
and Saturdays. For more
information, call (863) -
452-0006 or visit
www.heartlandhorses.org
3rd Annual Denim &
Diamonds Gala to bene-
fit Heartland Horses &
Handicapped, Inc. will be
held at the Quality Inn of
Sebring on Saturday,
Sept. 13. There will be
live entertainment, a
cash bar, dinner buffet
including prime rib, an
auction, and door prizes.
Cost is $60 per person,


and sponsorship oppor-
tunities are still available.
For more information call
452-0006 or visit
www.heartlandhorses.org
The Greater Sebring
Chamber of Commerce
5K Run/Walk for local
businesses will be held
on Saturday, Sept. 20
from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at
Highlands Hammock
State Park. Show your
support for our local
business! Wear your com-
pany shirt and run or
walk for business. $15
pre-registration or $20
day of event. For more
information call Sarah
Pallone at 385-8448 or e-
mail sarah@sebring.org.
Keep Highlands
Beautiful Show on
Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1
to 4 p.m. at the Agri-Civic
Center at 6000 Skipper
Road in Sebring.
Recycled trash fashion
contest. Cash prizes!


County pulls reins on health care County seeks disaster input


By DAWN WADE
Staff Writer


Those on the county's
indigent health care plan
may need to make new
arrangements for health
care.
On Wednesday, Polk
County commissioners
approved a plan that
would cut the number of
people served and ser-
vices to the plan, in an
effort to make up for a
more than $15 million
deficit.
Lea Ann Thomas,
assistant city manager,
explained the plan
spending spiraled out of
control due to too many
participants, too many
benefits, the high cost
.per participant, and
lower than anticipated
sales tax revenue to fund.


the program.
In the past, she
explained, when extra
money was available,
staff was directed to
include more people in
the plan.
However, as the num-
ber of people in the pro-
gram rose, the costs of
reimbursements to doc-,
tors and hospitals rose
also.
Plan changes
approved on Wednesday
include capping enroll-
ment at 3,000, discontin-
uing enrolling partici-
pants, removing those
who are above the federal
poverty line from the
plan, stopping dental and
eyeglass benefits, and
paying reimbursement at
80 percent of the
Medicare rate.
The last change


proved unpopular with
local doctors, several of
who spoke at the meet-
ing.
Dr. Ralph Nobo said
that in Central Florida,
the Medicare rate was
already less than in other
parts of the state.
He also suspected
many doctors would be
unwilling to continue in
the plan if funding is cut.
"We want to be able to
take care of patients, but
we must keep our offices
open to serve all the
patients," he said.
Better reporting of
patient statistics and
money flow also are
planned, Thomas said.
"I hope we can come
back to you in a year and
say we can now serve
4,000 or 5,000 people
again," Thomas said.


Citizens can have a say
in Polk County's Post-
Disaster Redevelopment
Plan on Tuesday from.6
to 8 p.m. at the Haines
City High School audito-
rium located at 2800
Hornet Drive, Haines
City.
The plan is a blueprint
for rebuilding after a
major disaster such as
the series of hurricanes
that blew through Polk
County in 2004.
The committee will
look at post-disaster
planning for any natural,
technological or civil
emergency requiring a
disaster declaration by
local, state or federal offi-
cials. The committee will
make suggestions about
how Polk County will
recover and redevelop
long-term after a disaster.


Topics to be discussed
in the plan include will
include economic rede-
velopment, housing
repair and reconstruc-
tion, infrastructure and
environmental restora-
tion and financial con-
siderations, as well as
other issues.
.Panelists for the work-
shop. are Jim DeGennaro
from the Central Florida
Development Council;
Bill Beasley, environmen-
tal resources director,
Polk County; Jay Jarvis,
drainage manager for
Polk County; Scott
Coulombe, executive
director for Polk County
Builder's Association;
Bruce McNabb, public
works department direc-
tor for Polk County;
Patricia Steed, executive
director of the Central


Florida Regional
Planning Council and
Pete McNally, emergency
management division
director for Polk County.
For more information
on Polk's Post Disaster'
Recovery Planning con-
tact Curtis Knowles at
534-6486 or by e-mail at
curtisknowles@polk-
county.net.

Football
parking
available
The Frostproof
Athletic Boosters has
additional reserve park-
ing available for this
football season. Cost is
$25.00 for the season. To
purchase please call
Cindy at (863)528-0366.


STUTZ, from PageAl


canyon looked.
The U.S. Department
of the Interior wouldn't
hear of such a thing so
*Knievel bought his own
land on the Snake River
Canyon eight years later
and attempted to jump
the one mile span in a
"sky-cycle". This was the
jump that launched him
into celebrity history.
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the sky-cycle was
launched during
Knievel's Sept. 8, 1974
attempted jump across
Snake River Canyon. He
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headwinds where he
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Just a few feet from the
swirling river water.
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Famed stuntmpn Evil
Knievel stands in front of
his made to order 1974
Stutz Blackhawk, a
reward to himself for his
attempted jump of the
Snake River Canyon on
Sept. 8,1974. This was
the jump that launched
him into celebrity history.





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at Florida Hospital
Heartland, 4200 Sun'N
Lake Blvd., Sebring. 2 to
4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.
28 in the Outside
Courtyard near the
Cafeteria. For more
information call 402-
5369.
Highlands County
Shrine Club meets every
Saturday morning for
breakfast. They also have
a Flea Market every
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2
p.m. Call 382-2208 for.
more information.


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September 13, 2008


Your Common Sense

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The recent flap over the restoration of the
1919 building should serve as a call to action
for those who care about historic preserva-
tion.
It should also be a wake up call to commu-
nity leaders and government officials that we
are preserving a building without a real end
use in mind.
Should we quit?
Absolutely not.
But, what we should do is embark on a
comprehensive community discussion about
what the city should do with the building.
The building in question is the old school
building on Seminole Avenue.
Up until now, most of the funds needed to
restore the building have been obtained
from state historic preservation grants.
Not all of the money needed to turn it into
a fully functioning building is going to come
from grants.
And in the fiscal environment our city and
others in the state finds itself in, it is not like-
ly to come out of the taxpayer's pocket,
either.
A few weeks ago, the project


Our Viewpoint


manager/consultant, Gabe Statom, quit after
a contentious meeting with the city's long-
time historical preservation activist, Mimi
Hardman.
Hardman has been.instrumental in
obtaining many of the grants for this and
other projects. Mrs. Hardman cares about
Lake Wales and has worked tirelessly for
years to keep Lake Wales a special and
unique city.
We applaud her work and dedication but
question whether one person should be the
voice of all things worth preserving in our
city.
The future of Lake Wales belongs to thou-
sands of other people, too. There are many
good ideas floating around town about what
we should do with this historic building.
We should listen to them all.
There are several good examples of a pub-
lic/private partnerships that work right here


in the City of Lake Wales.
The Lake Wales Little Theater operates in a
city building that was restored. The City and
its taxpayers have little to do with the day-to-
day operation of that facility and the com-
munity is the beneficiary. In fact, the theater
has a long-term lease and handles the
upkeep. When it needed new seats, the
group held a fundraiser.
The nearby Boys and Girls Club has a simi-
lar deal.
The group occupies a government owned
building but takes care of most of the build-
ing's operational needs.
Following that example for the 1919 build-
ing would be good for the city. But, what is
lacking is a definitive use for the building
once it is completed. With that vision in
hand, city leaders and activists can begin to
raise money from the private sector to
accomplish that goal.
Now, the building is a project in search of
a goal. If we continue on the path of restor-
ing the building without a use in mind, then
the next project manager (if we can find one)
will meet the same fate.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


I'm for the McCain/Palin ticket


In Washington, D.C.,
the Seriate and Congress
have outrageous benefits
while we're struggling to
find work, buy groceries
and put gas in our cars.
We're losing our homes,
struggling to balance our
budget and can't afford
medical care, whether or
not we have health insur-
ance. Under the leader-
ship of Nancy Pelosi and
Harry Reid, the
Democratic majority in
both Houses took a holi-
day in August without
doing anything to
improve the situation,
reasonably sure they
have the 2008 elections
locked up. Federal gov-
ernment's a mess, the
Democrats only seem
concerned with consoli-
dating and getting more
power and the American
people are fed up.
Although Obama calls


his campaign the party of
change, he voted along
Democratic Party lines
100 percent. That's signif-
icantly higher than John
McCain's 90%. The
Democratic Party believe
in more government, not
less. Obama chose a run-
ning mate, Senator Joe
Biden, who has been
wrong every single time,
on foreign policy issues,
as opposed to John
McCain who was right.
when he suggested and
voted for the surge in
Iraq,.and has shown his
astuteness in the foreign
policy arena time after
time.
Obama would like us
to believe that the federal
government will "take
care of us" but I don't
want a government to be
mommy or daddy to me.
I've been a responsible
adult earning my own


way for three decades. I'd
like government to create
an environment where I
can find a job or set up a
small business, find
affordable personal
health insurance, and
where the cost of gro-
ceries and gas come back
down to a reasonable
point, while the govern-
ment and private indus-
try work on something
like the Pickens Plan to
free us from dependency
on forei,9n oil.
I don't think that's too
much to ask, do you?
John McCain and
Sarah Palin clearly see
that things in
Washington, D.C., have
gotten out of hand, and
they intend to straighten
it out.
Teresa Fout
Frostproof


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Before you politely sit
back and allow this pro-
posed budget of the city
of Lake Wales to be
passed on September 16,
I ask you to demand
some answers as to why
you shouldn't have a tax
cut instead of this bloat-
ed and overreaching
nonsense.
Ask yourself if you are
getting your money's
worth from this city man-
ager. His salary alone is
around $131,000 near-
ly 3 times what most of
us make in a year.
However, this is just the
beginning. There is assis-
tant city manager, the
receptionist, the assistant
to the city manager (who
does all the work), the
purchasing agent, and
the inventory clerk. The
person he said he had to
fire from the Depot
Museum, who mysteri-
ously can be paid when
working for him, is also
there. This whole group
represents $500,000. This
figure is, of course, before
the proposed 1% raise for
city employees.
Unbelievably, he also gets
$5,000 for car allowance.
Gosh.


INMY
OWNWORDS

Sharon Becker
LakeWales

However, this wasn't.
enough soaking of the
rubes of the city, he
squandered another
$150,000 on consultants
so that he didn't have to
take the heat for unpopu-
lar positions on things
like the unwarranted fire
fee. This apparently still
isn't enough greasy pork.
This budget contains
$400,000 for downtown
economic redevelop-
ment.. Couldn't we just
buy about 10 businesses
and install them down-
town? Ask questions.
Demand answers.
Further, when the
budget numbers were
crunched there was
$103,000 saved from not
implementing the dread-
ed fire fee. You could be
forgiven for feeling
abused about that. Then
there was $80,000 saved
from the slight of hand at
the Depot Museum, and
$53,000 from the com-


plete divestiture of the
Grants & Aid program.
Which.leads to another
question: how fair is it to
restore $6,000 to the
Senior Center and not
one dime to any other
deserving group? And
lest we forget: there is
that 1% raise for the
employees, which was
allegedly $76,000. Does it
seem to you that the
police department whose
top five make over
$60,000 per year (just
twice what most of us
make) really should get
more? Now I hear anoth-
er fund has been raided
to hand them even, more
cash.
Senator Dirksen once
famously stated, "A mil-
lion here, a million there;
pretty soon it adds up to
real money." A quick
peruse of these numbers
will show that there is
money in excess in this
budget. However, don't
take my word for it. Ask
for an explanation from
your city commissioners.
Log onto www.cityoflake-

PLEASE SEE:
BECKER, pageA5


This is the best place to live


I am a resident who is
happy to live in Lake
Wales. I have lived in
many places across
America and have cause
for comparison. This is a
great town! The problem ,
is that we want a terrific
town but don't want to
pay to have one.
Floridians voted for a
tax break regardless of
the fact that we were
warned what it would do,
and we got what we
asked for. We gay the City
should cut waste to make
up the difference. Those
who don't like concerts
say the Hardman
'Complex is a waste of tax
dollars, but those that
like them fight to keep it.
Sports fans don't want
cuts in the recreation
department, and want
continuation of the trail.
Those that don't like
these things complain
about the waste of taxes
to keep them going.
There is a group of citi-
zens that has been fight-
ing to keep the Depot
Museum open, regardless
of the fact that most tax-
payers don't ever go
there. We don't want cuts
in police or fire protec-
tion. We want our roads


INMY
OWNWORDS

Jacquie Hawkins
LakeWales
kept up and our sewers
and water system in good
condition. We don't want
the parks department cut
back because we don't
want tall grass, or trash in
our parks not collected in
a timely manner.
Employees have been
cut, yet we have had an
outpouring of angry resi-
dents who don't want
employees cut who they
think are necessary, like
at the museum, when
volunteers could help to
run it. Folks are upset
that grants to worthwhile
organizations were cut,
and went crazy over the
proposed fire tax because
churches and schools
and landowners thought
themselves above paying
their fair share.
Everything City Hall
tries to do to make up for
the shortfalls results in
angry citizens. Residents
cry "cut out waste" but
what they each mean is
"cut out what I think is


waste because I don't
want it" but don't cut
what I think is important.
The priority of the
minority who are doing
the complaining seems
to be to provide for their
own wants. The problem
with this is that their
wants are never satisfied -
and therefore they are
never happy. We should-
n't let them speak for us.
It seems from what you
read in the paper that all
the citizens of Lake Wales
are unhappy with the
running of our City but I
know that isn't true. It's
just what we who are sat-
isfied never bother to say
so.
For example: You may
turn on your water
faucets and flush your
toilets thousands of
times, never dreaming of
thanking those who
worked in the day's heat
or rain, or had to come in"
after hours, during the
night, or weekends to
make sure drains were
cleared, water quality
great, and treatment,
plants operating smooth-
ly. Yet let a toilet back up

PLEASE SEE:
HAWKINS, pageA5


September 13, 2008


I


THE NEWS


EDITORIAL




1919 building: More voices should be heard


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put.wjl', rLU 9lR, vu


Such a complex lot we all are


The recent attack on a
defenseless man by a
man wielding a hammer
on a New York City sub-
way was bizarre. It was
bizarre because a num-
ber of people were on the
subway car and simply
watched the deranged
attacker repeatedly strike
the helpless individual
without coming to his
aid. No one offered to
intervene and stop the
five minute attack or at
least summon help.
Only after the attacker
left the stalled subway,.
continuing to attack the
individual, did someone
finally push the emer-
gency button. This was
not only a situation
where people didn't want
to become involved, but
also a lack of concern for
fellow man.
For some reason New
York has a history of inci-
dents where bystanders
have witnessed attacks
on individuals and failed
to become involved. One
such well-known and


REFLECHONS l


Reverend .
Palmer Wood


advertised personal
attack involved a woman
who was stabbed by a
man after she repeatedly
screamed for help. Only
after the woman that was
stabbed, and lying on the
sidewalk for several min-
utes, did one of many
people who watched the
attack in an adjacent
apartment building,
finally decide to call the
police.
It seems that people
who are squeezed into a
crowded community
withdraw into tight fami-
ly circles and isolate
themselves from others,
even from neighbors who
have lived in the next
apartment for years.
There seems to be an air
of suspicion in larger


cities that everyone is out
to take advantage of
them, when just the
opposite is generally the
rule.
When occasionally vis-
iting larger cities I have
found the guarded atti-
tude that reigns, has an
insidious way of contam-
inating others. The lack
of response from a
stranger that you might
say "Good morning" to
generally starts the ball
rolling and worsens as
more people fail to
respond.
Years ago my wife and
I were in New York City
and went to Macy's bar-
gain basement where we
were told we could find a
"cartridge belt," a fad
with teenagers during the
Vietnam conflict, that my
wife's younger sister
wanted. When she asked
the clerk, who was stand-
ing behind a massive
counter with hundreds of
belts of every description,
my wife inquired about
the cartridge belt.
The middle aged
woman paused as she


HAWKINS,from PageA4


once, or let the water be
turned off for a few
hours to fix a problem
and City Hall is flooded
with angry calls.
Why is it that people
donate money, write let-
ters and send cards to
servicemen and women
who are protecting the
people of other nations,
but never even think to
say thanks to those in


our City who risk their
lives every day as police
officers and fire fighters
to protect us and our
property right here in
our own town?
I for one am tired of
the whiners in our com-
munity.
I am thankful to live
in a community where I
can walk early in the
morning or late at night


without fear. I am glad
our schools are good and
we have dedicated
teachers that are devot-
ed to their students.
I am proud to live in a
community where
churches join hands to
make a difference
instead of finding differ-
ences. I am grateful to
work where blacks,
whites, Hispanics and


BECKER, fom PageA4


wales.com ard click on
the budget. Instead of


watching "Fringe" on TV meeting and ask hard
go to the city commission questions.


PUBLIC NOTICE OF SMALL

SCALE COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN AMENDMENT

Monday, September 29, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of
Frostproof will hold a Public Hearing in the Council
Chambers, 111 West First Street, Frostproof, Florida,
to consider a request to change the Future Land Use
on property located east of Scenic Hwy S and west of
C Sullivan Road; Parcel ID 283108-000000-014020.

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-46

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE
MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE
CITY OF FROSTPROOF, FLORIDA, SAID
AMENDMENT BEING KNOWN AS. "AMENDMENT
#08-05-SS", BY CLASSIFYING PARCELS OF LAND'
CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 9.33 ACRES,
OWNED. BY ESTATE OF VICTOR B. STORY, SR.,
FROM AGRICULTURE/RURAL RESIDENTIAL (A7RR),
IN POLK COUNTY TO SINGLE-FAMILY LOW
DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FUTURE LAND USE
CLASSIFICATION; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES
IN CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE. General Location: east of Scenic
Hwy South and west of C Sullivan Road; Parcel ID
283108-000000-014020


The Ordinance with a complete legal description and map are available for
review in 'the, office of the City Clerk, Frostproof, Florida, weekdays from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested parties may examine the Ordinances.
there or appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to such proposed
amendments. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA),
anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should
contact the City Clerk's Office at (863) 635-7854 at least 48 hours in
advance of this meeting. At said hearing any person, his Agent or Attorney,
may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision
made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such
hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based (F.S. 286.0105).
2125359


looked down her long
nose and snapped, "A
what?" and continued
before mywifd could
explain, "Lady, if you
don't see it, we ain't got
it.".
Well, that seemed to
set my wife's attitude for
the rest of the day as she
later snapped at a group
of boy scouts at the top of
the Empire State building
when they didn't hold
the door open for her. To
exacerbate her attitude
change, she later stood in
line at a deli to buy a
sandwich and after
ordering hers, she added,
"And my husband wants
a...
Before she could finish
her order,(the surly clerk
snapped back, "If he
wants a sandwich he'll
have to order it himself."
All I could do was
mumble sarcastically,
"Welcome to the Big
Apple."
But not all was lost.


PLEASE SEE:
WOOD, pageA6


others can all work
together side by side
with no thought of race,
status or religious dif-
ferences and where City
employees work as hard
as they can to make Lake
Wales the best place in
the world to live. .
To all of you who vol-
unteer your time and
energy; to all of you who
work hard to try to make
this town better instead
of just complaining
about those who are try-
ing, I say thanks.


Lobby your commis-
sioners to rein in this out
of control supersized
budget. Demand
accountability. Demand a
tax cut.


PUBLIC NOTICE OF SMALL

SCALE COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN AMENDMENT

Monday, September 29, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of
Frostproof will hold a Public Hearing in the Council
Chambers, 111 West First Street, Frostproof, Florida, to
consider a request to change the Future Land Use on
property located east of Catherine Road and west of
Scenic.Hwy S; Parcel ID 283105-000000-011030.

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-45

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP
OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE CITY OF
FROSTPROOF, FLORIDA, SAID AMENDMENT BEING
KNOWN AS "AMENDMENT #08-04-SS", BY
CLASSIFYING PARCELS OF LAND CONTAINING
APPROXIMATELY 9.018 ACRES, OWNED BY 6 S
LTD., FROM AGRICULTURE/RURAL RESIDENTIAL
(A/RR) IN POLK COUNTY TO SINGLE-FAMILY LOW
DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FUTURE LAND ,USE
CLASSIFICATION; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN
CONFLICT HEREWITH AND PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE. General Location: east of
Catherine Road and west of Scenic Hwy S; Parcel ID
283105-000000-011030.


The Ordinance with a complete legal description and map are available for
review In the office of the City Clerk, Frostproof, Florida, weekdays from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested parties may examine the Ordinances
there or appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to such proposed
amendments. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA),
anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should
contact the City Clerk's Office at. (863) 635-7854 at least 48 hours in
advance of this meeting. At said hearing any person, his Agent or Attorney,
may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision
made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such
hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal Is based (F.S. 286.0105).
2125360


PUBLIC NOTICE OF SMALL

SCALE COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN AMENDMENT

Monday, September 29, 2008, beginning at 6:00
p.m.,. the Planning and Zoning Commission of the
City of Frostproof will hold a Public Hearing in the
Council Chambers, 111 West First Street,
Frostproof, Florida, to consider a request to change.
the Future Land Use on property located on the east
and west side of Scenic Hwy N, western shore of
Lake Moody and north side of Tate Road; Parcel ID
283117-959800-000091

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-47

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE
MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE
CITY OF .FROSTPROOF, FLORIDA, SAID
AMENDMENT BEING KNOWN AS "AMENDMENT
#08-06-SS", BY CLASSIFYING PARCELS OF LAND
CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 9.56 ACRES,
OWNED BY VICTOR B. STORY, SR., REVOCABLE
TRUST FROM AGRICULTURE/RURAL
RESIDENTIAL (A/RR) IN POLK COUNTY TO
SINGLE-FAMILY LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL
FUTURE LAND USE CLASSIFICATION;
REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT
HEREWITH AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE. General Location: on the east and west side
of Scenic Hwy N; western shore of Lake Moody and
north side of Tate Road; Parcel ID 283117-959800-
000091
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The Ordinance with a complete legal description and map are available for
review in the office of the City Clerk, Frostproof, Florida, weekdays from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00,p.m. Interested parties may examine the Ordinances
there or appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to such proposed
amendments. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA),
anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should
contact the City Clerk's Office at (863) 635-7854 at least 48 hours in
advance of this meeting. At said hearing any person,'his Agent or Attorney,
may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision
made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such
hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includesithe testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based (F.S. 286.0105).
2125358


PUBLIC NOTICE OF SMALL

SCALE COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN AMENDMENT

Monday, September 29, 2008, beginning at 6:00
p.m., the Planning and Zoning Commission of the
City of Frostproof will hold a Public Hearing in the
Council Chambers, 111 West First Street, Frostproof,
Florida, to consider a request to change the Future
Land Use on property located north side of Lake
Patrick Road, south side of Gene Lamb Road and
west of Lake Patrick Road North; Parcel ID 283109-
000000-042010

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-48

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FROSTPROOF,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE
MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE
CITY OF' FROSTPROOF, 'FLORIDA, SAID
AMENDMENT BEING KNOWN AS "AMENDMENT
#08-07-SS", BY CLASSIFYING PARCELS OF LAND
CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 10 ACRES,
OWNED BY L. RUSSELL FLOOD AND SUSAN B.
FLOOD FROM AGRICULTURE/RURAL
RESIDENTIAL (A/RR) IN POLK COUNTY TO
SINGLE-FAMILY LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL
FUTURE LAND USE CLASSIFICATION;
REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT
HEREWITH AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE. General Location: north side of Lake Patrick
Road, south side of Gene Lamb Road and west of
Lake Patrick Road North; Parcel ID 283109-000000-
042010





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The Ordinance with a complete legal description and map are available for
review in the office of the City Clerk, Frostproof, Florida, weekdays from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested parties may examine the Ordinances
there or appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to such proposed
amendments. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA),
anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should
contact the City Clerk's Office at (863) 635-7854 at least 48 hours in
advance of this meeting. At said hearing any person, his Agent or Attorney,
may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision
made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such
hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record Includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based (F.S. 286.0105). 2125364


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"Reel "Em In For Rotary" 5th

Annual Charity Bass Tournament


Lake Wales Breakfast
Rotary Foundation will
be holding their 5th -
Annual "Reel 'Em In For
Rotary" Charity Bass
Tournament at Camp
Mack on Saturday, Oct. 4.'
The aim of the tourna-
ment is to raise funds for
an annual Boy's Camp
which Lake Wales
Breakfast Rotary hosts at
the Circle F Dude Ranch
each spring.
The camp is for sixty
4th and 5th grade boys
from schools in the Lake
Wales area who would
not normally have the
opportunity to enjoy
such an experience.
Campers are selected by
their Principals on a
combination of good
behavior and endeavor.
The boy's experiences are
shared at school and the
event is eagerly anticipat-
ed as students achieve
4th and 5th grades.
Chair persons for the
tournament, Nigel Hill
and Michelle Hurst,
appreciate our sponsors
who have made a cash or
special donation of $250
or more. Without their


generosity it would not
be possible to run this
event which does so
much to help the youth
of our community. They
believe that the sponsors
share their belief in
Rotary's motto of "Service
Above Self".
Sponsors to date for
the 2008 tournament are:
Charles M. Watts Air
Conditioning, Inc, Winter
Haven RV, Nelson
Financial Jimmy Nelson
CFP, Bunting Tripp &
' Ingley, Warner Southern
College Tamasei English
Program, Fields-Huston
Motors, Weaver,
McClendon & Penrod
Law Firm, Pack Rats Mini
Storage, Lake Wales
Kiwanis Foundation, and
Lake Wales Breakfast
Rotary. Special sponsors
are Florida Labor
Solutions, Junior's Fresh
Fish & Seafood and
Computer Merchandise
Corporation and The
Home Depot Lake
Wales. The tournament
committee still need
additional sponsors and
would love to welcome
you aboard for this most


deserving cause. If you
feel that you or your
business can help, please
contact Nigel on 863-224-
4081.
This year the prize
structurehas been
altered in that first and
second places have been
increased by 50 percent
and 5th and 6th place
dropped. First place is
now $1500, second $750,
third $500 and 4th $250.
There will be a 75/25 per-
cent "Big Fish Pot" for
$10 per person plus a raf-
fle for some attractive
items.
Entry fee is $95 on the
day or $80 for pre-regis-
tered boats. For more
information and registra-
tion, please call Nigel Hill
on 224-4081.
The Lake Wales
Breakfast Rotary Club
meets every Thursday
morning at 7:00 a.m. at
the Lake Wales Country
Club.
If you are an "early
bird"come and visit the
most fun civic group in
Lake Wales or contact Jim
Weaver, our membership
director on 676-6000. -


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You'll find sports coverage


inside our special football


insert inside this and every

Saturday issue of The News



From the Files of The Lake Wales News
Compiled By VICKY L. LOVE


20 yeats ago

Walter Hartwig,
Planning & Zoning chair-
man, told commission-
ers Tuesday that the tall
weeds growing in Lake
Wales have caused "the
crown jewel of the ridge
to lose its luster".
A book entitled, "Keep
These Things, Ponder
Them In Your Heart", is
scheduled to be pub-
lished next year by


Doubleday. The author is
Miriam Rockness.
Rev. Keith Silvermail
has accepted the call as
pastor of the First
Church of the Nazarene
in Lake Wales.
Mrs. Ellis Danford hlas
assumed the duties of
office secretary at First
Christian Church,
replacing Mrs. Chris
White who resigned.
James C. Levins, a
Waverly native, has been


named meat market
manager of Smiling
Jack's Grocery Store
here.
Hepburn Home Sales,
owned by Jim Hepburn,
marked its opening this
month in an office across
from the post office.
Gordon O'Neal, mem-
bership chairman, said
the Chamber has signed
up only 14 new members
for the year, short of the
goal of 30.


WOOD, from Page A5


When we rented a car we
had reserved earlier, dur-
ing one of the city's worst
taxi strikes, we were
given their last available
car, but with both front
doors sprung, making it
impossible to fully close
them. Desperate for
transportation, we.
accepted the car when
the rental agent assured
us, if we locked the door,
it wouldn't spring open
unexpectedly.
As we pulled into traf-
fic an older man in a car
behind us kept blowing
his horn and flashing his.


lights. We both grumbled
about the rudeness we
had encountered in the
city and kept driving for
several blocks with this
maniac still on our tail
flashing his lights.
We finally stopped at a
traffic light and the man
pulled up beside us.
He rolled down his
window, smiled and
yelled, "Excuse me, your
doors aren't closed all the
way and you might fall
out on a curve."
I was so stunned that
before I could explain the
doors were sprung, he


pulled away. I didn't even
get a chance to thank
him before he left, leav-
ing me with a terrible
feeling of guilt for that
one person we found in
the city who really cared
about others.
I realized later that we
shouldn't judge others by
a few bad experiences we
encountered in a differ-
ent environment.
The New York City
episode was a lesson and
I realized the frustrations
people might face when
confronted with "bad
attitudes."


So much can be said
for "Random acts of
kindness" we see once
and awhile.
When I occasionally
run across one, it does
make me think and
rethink later, when I
might have the opportu-
nity to give thanks to oth-
ers.
We must never lose
that attitude, for we will
all undoubtedly need
each other at one time or
another.
Your kind attention to
even those that resists
you will always be
remembered and may
improve their attitude in
helping others.
Observing someone


selflessly helping others,
should arouse an emo-
tion of compassion with-


in you and Jesus' uncon-
ditional love for others -
manifested through you.


RIP


WALSER



SAuto, Property, Life, Business


THE NEWS


September 13, 2008


Page 6 L/F


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BUSINESS


Bringing fine art to the city


Artisan Guild a unique addition to downtown


By DEBRA GOUVELLIS
News Correspondent
The Artisan Guild of
Lake Wales is more than
just art. It is an experi-
ence, according to
Curator, Kay Hahn.
"Central Florida has a
dazzling new destination
for art lovers and collec-
tors with the opening of
our location in the newly
restored Historic
Rhodes-bilt Arcade,"
said Hahn.
The Guild is located in
the historic district of
downtown Lake Wales in '
the Rhodesbilt Arcade
on East Park Avenue.
"Through the vision of
real estate developer,
Richard Quaid, this
architectural wonder has
been fully restored, and
is listed on the National
Register of Historic
Places," said Hahn.
The official opening
day of the Guild's new.
location was on July 19.
"We have 18 artisans
represented at the Guild
at this time as well as
nine distinctive galleries
that span both floors of
the 12,000 sq. ft. Rhodes-
bilt Arcade," said Hahn.
The Guild embodies a
variety of talent whose
work includes fine art,
murals and Trompe L'
I-


oeil, glass, sculpture,
ceramics and raku,
stained glass, photogra-
phy, custom wood
pieces, and many other
one-of-a-kind objects of
art and antiques.
Hahn who is directly
responsible for bringing
together the group of
artists, is also the author
of her own book, "Main
Street Flavors".
The cookbook fea-
tures families, down-
town merchants and
recipes from the area.
The book is available
through Amazon, Target,
Books-A-Million,
Waldenbooks and all
major online booksellers
according to Hahn.
Some of the artists
displaying their cre-
ations include James
Hahn, who is the origi-
nal muralist for the
Cabbage Patch Kids.
One of Hahn's most
recent projects was to
design and paint a mural
that dominates the bar
area of the Platinum
Club at the Bank Atlantic
Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
He has also exhibited
in the Salvador Dali Mu-
seum in St. Petersburg..
He also owns galleries
in Lake Wales and Vero
Beach:
HGTV fans might rec-


three-Dimensional ani-
matronic art.
Proulx has several
unique creations that
include light, sound and
music on display in the
upstairs gallery.
According to Hahn,
this particular artist can
work directly with a
client to design and
theme a specific work of
art.
Some of his better
known clients include
Steven Spielberg and
Mohammed Ali.
"An amazing amount
of talent has been gath-
ered together in an out-


(Photds by Debra Gouvellis)
Kay Hahn, Curator for the Artisan Guild of Lake
Wales poses with one of Randall Cope's creations.
Cope's paintings are on display, as well as for sale,
at the Guild.
ognize the name Sandy. crafted wooodwork was
Schoenberger whose featured on "Modern
Masters."
SSchoenberger works
S, 'with exotic hardwoods
"and creates functional
Pieces including TV cab-
S inets, wall units, clocks,
I '. and various other cus-
-!' tom-built furniture.
artist with the Guild who
.H _designs and builds


standing showcase for
our community.
"The Artisan Guild .of
Lake Wales has truly
changed the polarity of
historic downtown," said
Hahn.
The Artisan Guild of
Lake Wales is located at
930 East Park Avenue
and the gallery is open
from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m., Tuesday through
Friday or by appoint-
ment., I
For more information
call (863) 676-0350 or
visit their website at
www.artisanguildlake-
wales.com.


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Kay Hahn, Curator for the Artisan Guild of Lake Wales stands next to a custom
built wine cellar by Doc Watters. "His latest projects include wine cellars in Las
Vegas, and a special commission at Trump Towers.


Tourism
Society honors
Polk people
Two men from Polk
County were honored
Wednesday by the
Southeast Tourism
Society at its annual
Shining Example Awards
Banquet in Little Rock,
Ark.
Polk County
Commissioner Jack
Myers was the 2008
recipient of the
Governmental Tourism
Leadership Award for the
Southeast, recognizing
his contributions to the
tourism industry
throughout his eight-
year term on the com-
mission.
Kris Keprios, a public
relations specialist for
Polk County Tourism and
Sports Marketing, was
the recipient of the 2008
Rising Star Shining
Example Award. This
award recognizes extra-
ordinary on-the-job per-
formance by one person
in the Southeast region
who is new to the travel
and tourism industry.
STS recognized Myers
for his "instrumental role
in developing initiatives
that continue to increase
visitor numbers and
solidify local partner-
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Arts council to

hold painting class


The Lake Wales Arts
Council, Inc. is pleased to
offer a Mixed Media
Painting Class at the Lake
Wales Arts Center.
Mixed Media Painting,
taught by Ms. Brenda
Poff Hill, on Mondays
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
beginning Sept. 15
through Nov. 10 is avail-
able for ages 14 to adult.
The cost is $125 for
members and $150 for
non-members.
For additional infor-
mation on the Lake Wales
Arts Center's Fall Classes
or to receive a registra-
tion form, please contact
the Lake Wales Arts
Center at 863.676.8426 or
visit the website,


www.lakewalesartscen-
ter.org.
The Lake Wales Arts
Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization
whose mission is to pro-
mote, encourage and cel-
ebrate the arts for the
enhancement of commu-
nity life.
The Arts Center is
located at 1099 S.R. 60
East in Lake Wales. The
Arts Center is open year
round, Tuesday through
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., and seasonally,
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. For more infor-
mation, please call
863.676.8426, or visit the
website www.lakewale-
sartscenter.org.


WSC contributes more to

learning gains of students


Polk voters will decide charter issues


By DAWN WADE
Staff Writer

Polk voters will decide
in November whether or
not to make changes to
the county charter more
difficult for citizen initia-
tives.
Commissioners
approved four charter
changes last week, which
voters will see on the bal-
'lot in November.
The changes would:
Require all charter
amendments to receive
at least 60 percent voter
approval to become
effective.
Require all resident-
initiated county ordi-
nances to receive at least
60 percent voter approval
to become effective.
Require all charter
amendments to be con-
sidered on general elec-
tion ballots, which are


held every two years.
Require any local
option sales tax referen-
dum to be held in a gen-
eral election, which are
every two years.
The measures would
effectively end special
elections on citizen-
based initiatives.
Jean Reed voted '
against the charter
amendments, but all
commissioners approved
the tax referendum
change.
, To be placed on the
ballot, a majority plus.
one vote was required,
meaning Reed's dissen-
sion could not stop the
plan.
Many residents who
spoke at Wednesday's
meeting support the
commission, citing the
cost of special elections.
Tim Campbell, chair-
man of the Lakeland Area


Chamber of Commerce,
spoke in favor of the
measure citing the
$300,000 cost of a special
election.
He also said the gener-
al election often offers
better turnout, and
would offer a better view
of residents' feelings.
Others were not so in
favor.
"I think this is wholly
inappropriate at this
time," John Ryan said. He
asked the commission to
look at educating the
public before voting on
this, and looking at the
charter revision process
as a whole, with an
appointed charter revi-
sion commission..
He also seemed con-
cerned about the time
between citizens collect-
ing the required signa-
tures to 'place an initia-
tive on the ballot and an


election on the issue.
Reed also seemed con-
cerned about the length
of time, but
Commissioner Jack
Myers reminded her the
alternative was the tax-
payers paying for special
election.
Allen Lane, however,
asked how many times in
the past a special election
had been held, and hear-
ing never, said the com-
mission was "stifling the
voice of the people going
forward with the mea-
sures."
Reed said she feels the
process already is not
perfect, and said she saw
the initiatives as "making
more mud" of the
process. She said she
would feel more comfort-
able taking the issue to
the charter review com-
mission, which begins
meeting next year.


According to the
results of Collegiate
Learning Assessment
(CLA) recently received
from the Council for Aid
to Education, "Warner
Southern College con-
tributes more to the
learning gains made by
students than 79% (or
134) of the 176 four-year
undergraduate institu-
tions participating in the
2007-08 CLA. Warner
Southern College per-
formed above the expect-
ed level."
Unlike many student
assessments which are
based upon student sat-
isfaction and opinions,
the CLA is a holistic and
direct assessment of stu-
dent performance. It
tests higher order skills
such as: critical thinking,
analytical reasoning,
written communication,
and-problem solving.
Results from the CLA
provide a measure of the
value added by an insti-
tution to student learn-
ing.
By using this type of
assessment, Warner
Southern College fulfills
the expectations laid
forth by U.S. Department
of Education Secretary,
Margaret Spellings, that
institutions of higher
learning be able to
demonstrate the value of
the learning experience
they provide, and do so
in a transparent manner.
Warner Southern
College's results show
that, while students
come to school in their
freshman year with a
variety of basic skill sets,
they leave the institution
performing at a level that
is expected of seniors on
a national scale. These,
results also serve to show


that Warner Southern
College is appropriately
preparing students for
the workforce or to con-
tinue onto graduate
school.
President Greg Hall
stated that "These results
verify and demonstrate
the strength of the pro-
grams at Warner
Southern College. I am
incredibly proud of our
faculty and students."
Warner Southern
College continually looks
to improving the student
learning experience and
benchmarking perfor-
mance is one of the ways
institutions track perfor-
mance and goal attain-
ment. Participating in
CLA helps to measure the
effectiveness of various
on-going student learn-
ing initiatives at the col-
lege. I I
Warner Southern
College is celebrating its
40th year as a four-year,
post-secondary institu-
tion located in Lake
Wales. The institution
enjoys record enrollment
and a diverse student
body that is engaged and
thriving. In addition to
the main campus in Lake
Wales, Florida, Warner
Southern College offers
courses online and at 8
off-site locations in
Florida.
Sites include the
Lakeland Learning
Center, the Orlando
Learning Center, the
Space Coast Learning
Center in Melbourne,
Florida, and classroom
:sites in Arcadia and
Titusville.
Additional informa-
tion about Warner
- Southern-College is avail-,
able on-line at:
www.warner.edu.,


Lake Wales Public Library's
used fiction book sale


The Lake Wales Public
Library has hundreds of
used fiction books
recently pulled from the
collection..
The library is hosting a
special sale of these titles
in the Lake Wales Public
Library's main lobby.
The sale will continue as
long as supplies last.
This special sale is
during regular library
business hour. All fiction
titles in this special sale
are fifty cents.
While you're in the
library visit the Ye Olde
Book Shoppe, the Lake


Wales Library
Association's used book-
store.
The Ye Olde Book'
Shoppe is open during
the library's regular
hours of operation.
The Book Shoppe is
stocked with hardcover
books, first editions, chil-
dren's books, albums,
videotapes and paper-
back books.
There are plenty of
bargains beginning at
twenty five cents and up.
For more information
call the library at 678-
4004, ext. 221.


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County has new health website


Polk County resi-
dents and visitors are
now able to access the
Polk County Health
Department's new
website at
www.mypolkchd.org.
"Our website was
created with the public
in mind and is
arranged by services
provided," Dr. Daniel
Haight, director of the
Polk County Health
Department said.
"Our office of com-
munications, informa-
tion technology
department and more
than 15 staff members'
spent approximately 11
months inputting


information and test-
ing this site to ensure it
is user-friendly and
easy to navigate.
"This website will
help us as we fulfill our
mission to promote,
protect, and improve
the health of all people
in Polk County."
Health alerts,
upcoming community
events, announce-
ments and reference
links are available to
help the community
find the services they
need.
Visit the Polk County
Health Department's
new website at
www.mypolkchd.org.


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BUDGET SUMMARY
CITY OF LAKE WALES FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009

ESTIMATED REVENUES GENERAL SPECIAL DEBT CAPITAL UTILITIES AIRPORT TOTAL
FUND REVENUE SERVICE PROJECTS FUND FUND ALLFUNDS
Taxes Millage per $1000
Ad Valorem Taxes 7.3277 4.253.134 1,707,478 5,960.612
Sales & Use Taxes 1,459.714 688,385 632,445 2,780,544
Licenses & Permits 1 .412.000 255.282 1,667,282
Intergovernmental Revenue, 1.204.489 2,349,844 200,000 400,000 668,796 4,823,129
Charges for Services 1.886,530 95,330 6,642,140 49,360 8,674,360
Fines & Forfeitures 121,700 15;000 136,700
Miscellaneous Revenues 61,379 218,000 47,000 360,000 590,566 12,000 1,288,945
Other Financing Sources 0 : 10,346,000 10,346.000
TOTAL SOURCES 10.398,946 5,075,037 934.728 560.000 17,978,706 730.156 $35,677.573
Transfers In 828,000 1,239,455 1,457,767 415,000 3,278,338 138,477 7,357,037
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 1,874,189 6,288,794 1,812,175 714,435 460,664 596,665 11,746,922
TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS
& BALANCES $13,101,136 $12,603,286 $4,204,670 $1,689,435 $21,717,708 $1,465,298 $54,781,532

EXPENDITURES
General Governmental Services 1,846.,348 1,846,348
Public Safety 6,810.560 507,198 75,000 7,392,757
Physical Environment 979.330 100,000 18,658,310 19,737,641
Transportation 1,737,459 1,465,298 3,202,757
Economic Environment 48,001 1,396,997 345,000 1,789,998
HumanServices 6,000 6,000
Culture & Recreation 1,087,224 1,537,745 270,000 2,894,969
Debt Services 2,436,478 1,429,186 3,865,664
Other Nonoperating Uses 20,280 20.280
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 10,777,462 5,279,399 2.436,478 .690,000 20,107,776 1,465,298 $40,756,414
Transfers Out .391.358 6,100,609 0 865,070 7,357,037
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 1,932,315 1,223,279 1,768,192 999,435 744,861 ( 0) 6,668,081
TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES
TRANSFERS, RESERVES & BALANCES 13,101,138 12,603,286 4,204,670 1,689,435 21,717,708 1,465,298 $54,781,532

THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.
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NOTICE OF BUDGET
HEARING

The City of Lake Wales has
tentatively adopted a budget
for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.
A public hearing to make a
FINAL DECISION on the
budget AND TAXES will be
held on Tuesday,
September 16, 2008 at
6:00 p.m. in Commission
Chambers in the Municipal
Building, 201 W. Central Ave.,
Lake Wales, Florida.


All


September 13, 2008


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Woman's Club of Lake Wales elects officers


The Woman's Club of Lake
Wales, Inc., recently held its instal-
lation of officers for 2008-10.
Officers elected are president,
Brenda Leech; first vice president,
Jan Bullock; second vice president,
Carol Noble; secretary, Marie
Stibitz; corresponding secretary,
Lorraine Dibble; treasurer, Carole
Makowski; and assistant treasurer,
Zelma Schumaker.


The Woman's Club, located at
275 E. Park Ave., is a service orga-
nization dedicated exclusively to
charitable and educational
endeavors. Through six depart-
ments arts, conservation, edu-
cation, home life, international
affairs and public affairs mem-
bers participate in programs and
activities to fund their efforts and
be of service to the community.


Meetings are held October through
May on the first Thursday of the
month.
If you would like to join with
other women in the community to
share a heart for service, please
call Henryetta Johnson at 676-5691
or 676-6587 for membership infor-
mation.
The Woman's Club is available
for rent by calling 676-6587.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Wayland-Labadi

Wendy Wayland of
Frostproof and Joseph
Labadi of Vero Beach
were married Friday, July
4, 2008 in Sebastian.
The bride is the
daughter of Peter
Wayland of Lake Wales
and Lillian and Harlen
Brown of Lake Wales. She
graduated from Lake
Wales High School in
1991 and from Webber
International University
in 1994. She is currently
employed by Weight
Watchers International as
a regional trainer.
The groom is the son
of Larry and Maureen
Labadie of Vero Beach.
He graduated from Vero
Beach High School in
1986 and attended
Florida State University.
He is currently employed
as the general manager of
the family business in
Vero Beach.
The bride wore an
ivory gown, borrowed
from her matron of
honor, Beth Garrett of
Frostproof. Shelby
Garrett was the flower
girl.
The wedding ceremo-
ny included personalized
wedding vows with John
Motis officiating. Dinner
and dancing followed at


Wayland-Labadi


the Sebastian
Entertainment Center.
After the wedding the
couple took a trip to
Alaska and currently
reside in Vero Beach.
Ingley-Petersen

Kathryn Suzanne
Ingley and Samuel Steven
Petersen were married
Saturday, June 7.
The wedding was held
at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal
Church of the Good
Shepherd with Rev.
Father Thomas Seitz, Jr.
officiating.
The bride is the
daughter of Kay and
Roger Ingley. The bride
was given in marriage by
her father. She graduated
from Lake Wales High
School in 2004. She
attended FSU and is a
graduate of Florida
Southern College,


Lakeland, with a degree
in journalism and is cur-
rently employed by the
Lake Wales Arts Council.
The groom is the son
of Nancy and Lee
Rathbun and the late
John Edward Peterson.
He is attending Florida
Southern College work-
ing on a degree in mar-
keting and is a 2002 grad-
uate of New Mexico
Military Institute. He is.
currently employed by
Peterson Industries.
She wore a fitted ivory
satin gown with light
beading and an ivory veil.
Her bouquet was hand
tied ivory hydrangeas
and pink orchids.
Her matron of honor
was her sister, Virginia
Ingley Unzueta; maid of
honor was sister of the
bride, Elizabeth Anne
Ingley; bridesmaids were
sister-in-law of the bride,
Carrie Darbyshire Ingley,
sister of the groom, Blair
Peterson Updike, college
friend Kara Wright and
childhood friend,
Elisabeth Jones. Flower
girls were the bride's
nieces, Amelia Elizabeth
Ingley and Elizabeth
McKay Unzueta. They
wore black strapless silk
duploni Ann Taylor
dresses with pink sashes
and carried pink dalais


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with ivory roses.
Readers for the wed-
ding were brother of the
bride, Rusty Ingley, the
bride's godfather, Carl
McCollum, and fiancee of
the maid of honor,
Brandon McWhorter. The
rehearsal dinner was
hosted by Nancy and Lee
Rathbun at Chalet
Suzanne Restaurant and
Country Inn on Friday,
June 6. The bridesmaid's
brunch was hosted by
Joyce McCollum and
Dawn McCollum at Lake
Wales Country Club on
Saturday, June 7. Organist
was Elaine McKinstry.
The reception was
held at the Lake Wales
Country Club with music
by Junior and the MD's.
The couple honey-
mooned in Mexico and
reside in Lake Wales.


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Pictured left to right are Bagwell; president, Brenda
Leech; first vice president, Jan Bullock; second vice
president, Carol Noble; secretary, Marie Stibitz; cor-
responding secretary, Lorraine Dibble; treasurer,
Carole Makowski; and assistant treasurer, Zelma
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


To have your non-prof-
it, civic group, church or
school event included, e-
mail information to
vlove@lakewalesnews. co
m or fax to 678-1297,
attn. Community
Calendar.
The area code for all
phone numbers is 863.
unless otherwise stated.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

Bike Fest
Lake Wales Bike Fest
from 4 to 9 p.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 13 in his-
toric downtown Lake
Wales.

Grand opening of the
soccer multi-purpose
field
The grand opening of
the soccer multi-purpose
field will be on Saturday,
Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. on
Hunt Brothers Road.

Green and Gold citywide
yard sale
The Green and Gold
Foundation is sponsoring
a citywide community
yard sale on Lincoln
Avenue on September 13
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MONDAY, $SPT. 15

Weight Loss Challenge
Weight Loss Challenge
begins on Monday, Sept.
15 at 7 p.m. for $9. with a
chance to win 50% of all
monies collected.

Lake Wales Democratic
Club Meeting
The Lake Wales
Democratic Club will
meet on Monday, Sept.
15 at the B Street
Community Center, 230 B
'Street in downtown Lake
Wales, at 7 p.m. Featured
speakers will include
Scott Thompson, candi-
date for State Senate,
District 17, and Nlichael
Lashman, candidate.for
sheriff. For further infor-


mation contact Jennifer
Nanek at 678-1807 or e-
mail JJaneN@aol.com.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16

Ridge Computer Users
Meet
The Ridge Computer
Users will meet on
Tuesday, Sept. 16 from
5:30 to 8 p.m. at Tower
Lakes Manufacture Home
Park, 315 Bob White Ct.,
Lake Wales. You do not
have to be a member to
attend. For more infor-
mation call Leonard L.
Angel at 676-4107 or e-
mail to lennangel@hot-
mail.com.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

CPR Class
CPR class will be held
on Saturday, Sept. 20
from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lake
Wales Family YMCA for
$35. C
Tuesday, Sept. 23

Lake Wales Pubic Library
Night Owls Book
Discussion
The Lake Wales Public
Library offers readers an
opportunity to discuss
"Loving Frank" by Nancy
Horan at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, Sept. 23. This is
the fictional account of
Frank Lloyd Wright's
scandalous affair with a
client. For more informa-
tion call the library at
678-4004 ext. 223 or visit
www.cityoflakewales.com
/library and click on the
link to Programs, Classes
and Events.

PUBLIC HEARING

Polk County School
Board Public Hearing
A public hearing will
be held during the
Tuesday, Sept.. 23 school
board meeting to consid-
er a change in school
board policy regarding
purchasing requirements.


The hearing will begin no
earlier than 2 p.m. in the
auditorium of the district
administrative offices,
1915 South Floral
Avenue, Bartow.
Information: Wes Bridges,
. school board general
counsel, (863) 534-0773.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

Lake Wales Pubic Library
Book Discussion
The Lake Wales Public
Library offers readers an
opportunity to discuss
"Loving Frank" by Nancy
Horan at 10 a.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 25.

Ducks Unlimited
Fundraiser
The Lake Wales
Chapter of Ducks
Unlimited will hold its
annual fund raising event
on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6
p.m. at the Lake Wales
Country Club. For more
information call Kipp
Freling, chairman, at 632-
3144.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

Community Open House
Concert
The First Presbyterian
Church of Lake Wales will
hold a community open
house concert and recep-
tion in the new David
and Miriam Rockness
Family Life Center on
Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.
'How Lovely Is Thy
Dwelling Place' will be
presented by the First
Presbyterian Chancel
Choir and Orchestra, The
Lake Wales Chorale, and
the Lake Wales High
School Chorus for a com-
munity concert. A recep-
tion sponsored by the
Women of the Church
will follow the concert
and tours of the new
facility will be given. For
more information, con-
tact the church office at ,
676-0711 or visit


www.lakewalesfpc.org.

FRIDAY, OCT. 17

Polk County School
Board Workshop
The school board will
meet in a workshop to
discuss goals and to
update the school dis-
trict's strategic plan. The
workshop will be held on
Friday, October 17, 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Lake
Wales Arts Center, 1099
State Road 60 East, Lake
Wales. Information: Lori
Cunningham, school
board chairman, (863)
534-0529.

ONGOING EVENTS

The Lake Wale Public
Library's twice weekly
Yoga Class meets
Monday and
Wednesday, 5:30
through 7p.m. Certified
yoga instructor Kelley
Bogle, (Monday instruc-
tor) and yoga therapist
Eileen Katz, (Wednesday
instructor), lead the class
through basic Yoga
instruction. Students
should wear loose fitting
clothing and bring a
towel or mat. The class is
held in the Schoenoff
Meeting Room, on the
library's lower level. Class
fees are $10 per class ,
(single classes), $32 for
four classes paid in
advance or $60 for eight
classes of Yoga training.
Prepaid classes do not
have to be taken in con-
secutive sessions. For
information call 678-
4004, extension 223.
Lake Wales Bridge will
resume their game at the
Austin Center each
Tuesday and Thursday
beginning Sept. 16 at
12:30 p.m. For more
information call 635-0427
or 678-3628.


On the agenda:


Recreation Advisory
Board Sept. 15 at
noon in the City
Manager's Conference
Room.
LWACC Education
Committee Sept. 16
at 10 a.m. at the
Chamber office.
Lake Wales
Community
Redevelopment
Agency Special Meeting
Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
at City Hall Chambers.
City Commission
Meeting Sept. 16 at 6
p.m. in the City Hall
Commission Chambers.
Housing Authority -
Sept 17 at 6:30 p.m. at
the Housing Authority,
10 W. Sessoms Ave.
LWACC Board of
Directors Meeting -
* Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. at
Chamber office.
Board of Appeals -
Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. in the
.Commission Chamber.


City Forum-- Sept.
18 at 5 p.m. in the
James P. Austin
Community Center at
315 MLK Blvd.
LWACC "Durso
Award Luncheon" -
Excellence in business
awards luncheon at the
First Baptist Church on
Sept. 19 at 11:30. Call
676-3445 for more info.
Parks and Com-
munity Appearance
Board Sept. 22 at 5:30
pm in the City Hall
Chamber.
LWACC Tourism
Committee Meeting -
Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at
Hampton Inn & Suites.
Call 676-3445.
Planning & Zoning
Board Sept. 23 at 5
pm. in the City Hall
Commission Chambers.
LWACC Business @
Breakfast Sept. 30 at
7:30 a.m. at The
Vanguard School.


Farmer's Market Avenue, east side of the
Polk County Historical
Every Saturday, rain or Museum, 8 a.m. to 2
shine, on North Central p,m., 519-0508.


OBITUARIES


Darlene Patricia
Graves

Darlene Patricia
Graves, formerly of Lake
Wales, died Thursday,
Aug. 28, 2008 in Winter
Haven. She was 64.
1 Born Nov. 27, 1943 in
Miami, she was raised in
South Florida and Lake
Wales. Much of her adult
life was spent in Aiken,
S.C. and Hanceville, Ala.
Mrs. Graves was pre-
ceded in death by her
father, William S. Conner,


Sr.
BARTOW EVENTS Survivors include a
daughter, Tammy


Rudloff; a son, Jimmy
Graves; mother, Maxine
Conner; a sister, Candy
Maclnnes, all from Lake
Wales; two brothers,
Larry Conner from Lake
Wales and William S.
Conner, Jr. of Winter
Haven; and four grand-
children.
A Celebration of Life
was held Friday, Sept. 5,
at the home of her broth-
er. Pastor Randy Conrad
of Community
Fellowship Church in
Winter Haven officiated.
Cremation Services of
Mid Florida was in
charge or arrangements.


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is wider for a more pro-
nounced stance and stability,'
and the cabin is quieter. It's
easy to notice this model by
the gill vents at the front fend-
ers and the longer front sec-
tion.
There are two FX models.
They have V-6 or V-8 engines, a
new seven-speed automatic
transmission and rear-or all-
wheel drive.
The V-6-powered FX35 starts
at $41,775, including the $825
freight charge. All-wheel drive
adds $1,400. The V-8-powered
FX50 starts at $57,525 and
includes AWD.
The FX50 tester was $65,775
and was'a showcase of option
packages, most of which were
desirable.
While the engines are
improved, fuel economy still
isn't a selling point, but power
is.
The new 5.0-liter V-8 has 390
horsepower, 70 more than
before, with updated variable
valve technology that helped
raise fuel efficiency to 14 mpg
city and 20 highway. That's an
improvement from 13/17 on
the 2008 V-8 model and, factor-
ing all-wheel drive, those num-
bers may not seem so terrible.
The 303-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 was
retuned for '09 and has a 25-hp
improvement. Mileage ratings
of 16/23 are up 1 mpg from '08.
The all-wheel-drive model is
rated 16/21, which also is a 1-
Smpg improvement in both
ranges. Premium fuel is recom-
mended for both engines.


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The five-passenger 2009 Infiniti FX has an independent suspension and drives more like a sport sedan with cargo space than a modified utili-
ty vehicle. Photo courtesy of Infiniti.


Fortunately, the gas tank
holds almost 24 gallons. Think
of the driving range if this were
.a hybrid, but no such systems,
or diesel, are planned for this
generation FX.
Updating from a five- to a
seven-speed automatic added
another tick to fuel economy
and helped acceleration. The
manual mode also blips a .
downshift rev with a flick of the
solid magnesium paddle
shifters big ones like
Klingon battle blades, which
are standard on the FX50.
Infiniti, the luxury side of
Nissan, is all about embracing,
technology. Among the fea-.
tures standard or optional on
the FX:
Distance Control Assist,
which is cruise control at slow
speeds in heavy traffic. Speed
is adjusted by throttle or brak-
ing to keep a set distance from
the vehicle ahead.
Intelligent Brake Assist gives
forward-collision warning and
automatic emergency braking.
Lane Departure
Warning/Lane Departure
Prevention system:alerts the
driver with prompts when the
vehicle strays off course. But
the prompts can become
annoying.
Rear Active Steer (in the
Sport Package) steers in the
same direction as the driver at
high speeds and the opposite
direction at low speeds for
tighter turning and easier
parking.
Around View Monitor gives
a bird's-eye view of the vehicle
surroundings. Four cameras
combine images into one as if
from 10 feet above. It's a step
beyond the rearview camera.
Scratch Shield Paint. Minor
scratches and fingernail marks
to the clearcoat are "healed" as


an extremely elastic resin in
the clearcoat warms and fills in
the blemishes. It may take a
day or up to a week for the
elastic to work, depending on,
sunlight and temperature.
Arid for those sensitive to .
allergens, the three-part cli-
mate control, with
Plasmacluster filtration,
removes mold, fungus and
viruses, and it deodorizes. A
grape polyphenel filter emits
ions that cling to dust and
other matter smaller than
micron particles and drop
them to the floor; then it deac-
tivates allergens, leaving the air
clean and fresh.-
.Distance control, intelligent
braking, lane departure, even
rear active steering can be say-.
iors for those who duke it out
morning and night in relent-
less traffic.
The technology seems to
work effectively now, but after
three years the systems will
evolve and be faster, lighter
and more effective. Will that
cause the original system to be
viewed as dated and a drag on
resale value? Possibly, but the
systems can be switched off
and ignored by the driver.
But features such as over-
head views, scratch-filling
paint, thigh bolsters, quilted
leather, air-conditioned seats
and other conveniences will
always be appreciated as long
as the electronics work.
There's a vibe to the FX in
the driving and how it looks.
It's how the engine fires with a
rev after pushing the start but-
ton. It's how solid all the com-
ponents work and how rich
they feel.
This isn't a vehicle for every-
body, but for owners coming
back for a look, many of their
wishes will have been granted.


SPEC BOX ability controls, eliectriicdrake
Body style: five-passenger, all- force distribution, brake assist
wheel-drive crossover. .... and four-wheel (foui-chaimel
Engine: aluminum, 390thoTset: .and four-sensor) ABS.
.power, .0-liter, 32valve DH -, '* ..
V8 en0ineVariable ValvetEvy f. CHASSIS
Lift -.". : .Brakes:.four-4heel discs; 14-
Traxismission:h-seven-speed' inch vested discs front, 13.8-inch
with magnesium paddle shifters. rear,.
EPA fu l economy estifiates: Stdering: Power-assisted vehi-
14 mpg city, 2 highway; 91. cle speed:variable-assist rack-.
octane recommended. and-pinion;,36.7-foot turning cir-
Puel capacity: 23.8 gallons. 6.':' '
"'.' : ,Suspension: aluminum, foui- .
DIMENSIONS wheelihndependent. .' '.-
Cargo space: 24.8 cubic feet to .. Tires: 265/45R 21-inch all-sea-
62 with seats folded. son.
Front head/leg/shoulder ., : ,
room: 39.3/44.7/57.3 inches. PRICING
Rear head/leg/shoulder room Base: $57,525, including $825..
.38,5134,6157.4 inches, :.-" Z- i'fight'harge; price-as tested,-'.:.-
Length/wheelbase: '' $65,775.- -... '
191.3/113.6 inches. Options: Sport Package,
Curb weight: 4,575 pounds. $3,000, includes adaptive front.
I lighting and auto-leveling front
FEATURES headlights. Rear Active Steer,
Standard equipment includes .:,,sport seats, dark tinted head-
Intelligent Key lock/unlock and :' lights,'driver's seat power bolster
push-button starting, around- ..';. adjustment with thigh extension
view monitor, advanced climate for driver.and passenger, contii-'
control and filtration system, uous damping-control suspen-
Bluetooth phone system, leather. sion.
upholstery, eight-way adjustable Technology package, $2,900,
(heated and cooled) front seats, includes Lane Departure
60/40 split second row, solid .. Warning system, intelligent
magnesium paddle shifters and ,, cruise control, front pre-crash ,
aluminum-trinmmed pedals. The': seat belts, distance-control
visors include extenders, cov- assist, intelligent brake assist,
ered and lighted vanity mirrors)t rain-sensing wipers.
hand-stained maple trim, cargo. .- .Premium package, $2,350.
net and cover, hard-drive naviga- includes heated-cooled front
tion system with 8-inch screen, seats, Bluetooth, iPod interface,
ll-speaker Bose audio system two-position driver's. seat memo-
with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box ..:. ry, mirrors with reverse tilt-down
Hard Drive with compact flash feature, power tillt-elescopic
slot, 21-inch Enkei lightweight. stqerlng column, magnesium
wheels.' e, paddle shifters, aluminum ped- '
Safety features include: dual- ala, quilted leather-trimmed
stage front air bags, side bags, seats, sandblasted aluminum
curtain air bags, traction and sta- roof rails, cargo cover and net.


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