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Winter haven hospital
gets national award

Theater event Friday
will benefit care center

City artist has works on
display in Lake Wales


Volume 84, Number 18

Frostproof's Hometown News for

USPS NO. 211-260

Frostproof, Polk County, Florida 33843

Copyright 2uu8 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

Wednesday, March 4,2

High winds, drought fuel


-acre blaze in Frostproof

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Residents near West Frostproof Road try and beat back flames that threatened a number of structures in the Oakridge
Drive area.

Division of Forestry firefighter
James Jones surveys a stand of
flaming palmettos. Tuesday's fire
scorched over 20 acres.

47 homes
one mobile
home lost
Staff Writer
Surrounded by smoke
and flame Jose
S Velezquez pounded
down flames as they
inched closer to his fam-
ily's single-wide mobile
Thick smoke filled the
air as flaming brush and
dry' grass crackled as a
steady wind fueled a
raging brush fire around
midday yesterday in '
southwest Frostproof.
"We need water,"
Velezquez said, wiping
the sweat from his brow
as his three children
continued to pound the
encroaching flames. "We
need water."
The Velezquez family
held the fire's advance
for more than 15 min-

utes before the first fire
unit arrived at his home
with relief.
"Thanks for your
help," said James Jones,
a firefighter with the
Division of Forestry, as
he pulled-up to relieve
the tired family at the
fire's northern .iost
Jones directed the
movement of a DOF
plow unit as it cut fire
lines around the intense
blaze that claimed more
than 20 acres and an
abandoned mobile
Helicopters from the
Florida Highway Patrol
and the Polk County
Sheriff's Office moni-
tored the fire's trek from
the air as 15 units and
35 firemen from DOE
Polk County Fire, Lake
Wales, Frostproof, and.
Fort Meade worked to
battle the conflagration
from the ground.
Emergency crews
evacuated 47 homes in

FIRE, page A3

A number of structures were threatened, but only one mobile home and some smaller shed type struc-
tures were actually lost to the fire.

. . . . .."- -. ;'. ""-'." ,Jose Velequez of Constitution Lane spent about 15
A total of 15 different firefighting units, from as far away as Lake Wales and Fort Meade, aided in bring- minutes trying to keep the fire from his home, with
ing the blaze under control. an assist from his daughter.

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Arrests.................. A2
Area Events........... A3
Observations........... A5
Sports .................. A6

Business................ A7
County Page........... A8
Community Calendar..A10

The Frostproof News
P.O. Box 67
Frostproof, Florida 33843
863-635-2171 E-mail:

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Frostproof resident displays art at LW Library

She discovered oil
painting as a way to
relieve pain, she said.
At age 47, Gloria
Snyder had suffered
with a two-year bout
with Hodgkin's disease,
which brought with it
some very painful side
That was in 1989.
But in 1992, after
reading about someone
who used painting to
relieve stress and pain,
Snyder decided to pick
up a paintbrush and try
it herself.
It worked, and she is
still painting, she said,
noting that even now

when she picks up a
paintbrush, the pain
Snyder and her hus-
band Bob have been
married 47 years.
The couple has six
grown children, and live
in Frostproof.
She paints those
things she loves, por-
traits of family mem-
bers, still life, and other
special places and
And when the couple
travels in their motor
home in the summer,
her paint goes with her,
and she sets up her easel
in a large tent.

This has enabled her
to paint in all kinds of
weather, including in
the rain, wind, and with
flying debris, she said.
Her next genre, she
noted, will be religious
art. Already she is
experimenting with
imaginary Biblical
"My hope is that
someone else may try
painting as a means of
relieving stress and pain,
and to give them joy,"
she said. Snyder's paint-
ings are on display at
the Lake Wales Library
Exhibit now through
Wednesday, March 31.

Small voices, big talent

(Photo provided)

Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School third graders Amaya Mosley and Samantha
Davis will be singing "With Just One Small Voice" in Frostproof Rotary's
Talent Show and Competition. The grand prize winner on March 21 will
receive $1000. Applications are being accepted through March 10 for children
and adults interested in participating. Get your application today at Pizza Box
or at If you're not sure you'd be comfortable
performing in front of an audience, stop by Pizza Box this Saturday March 7
from 3 to 5 p.m. to perform with Claude Vance. Tickets for the shows are $10
each evening or $25 for a package of one ticket to each of the performances
on Friday March 13, Saturday March 14, and Saturday March 21. Tickets are
available at Pizza Box and the Ramon Theater, from Frostproof Rotarians or
by calling (863) 635-4668.

School leaders

First place winners at the District FFA Leadership competition from
Frostproof Middle Senior High School are back row left to right: Hannah
Terrebonne and Dalton Scott; front row left to right: Megan Maxwell, Raegan
Miller, Allyssia Raines, Daniel Yungmann and Kaylee Norris. Not pictured is
Catie Kincaid. The winning students will now head to state competition.




Feb. 25
Ronnie Walker, 29 of
1611 McClellan Rd.,
Frostproof arrested
for two counts of bat-
Alfred Reynolds, 50 of
843 Hopson Rd.,
Frostproof arrested
for withhold
support/non support of
children or spouse.
Feb. 28
Antonio Jackson, 19
of 2 Tumber Cir.,
Frostproof arrested
for driving while license
Raymond Sharick, 46
of 32 Lantana Rd.,
Frostproof arrested
for driving while license

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Artist Gloria Snyder stands proudly in front of her artwork that will be on dis-
play throughout the month of March at the Lake Wales Public Library.

Ramon show Friday

to benefit Care Center

Staff Writer

Winter resident Fred Moore will
perform his repertoire of old time
hymns from the 1800s at Friday's
benefit, co-sponsored by the
Frostproof Art League and Gallery
and the historic Ramon Theater, at
7 p.m. this Friday at the Ramon.
Tickets can be purchased at the
gallery or the Ramon during normal
business hours for $5 each or at the
door the night of the performance.
Moore, who entertains during
the summer at dude ranches in the
west, will perform many familiar
songs encouraging audience partic-
ipation and singalong. During the
winter Moore performs for civic
groups and mobile home parks
throughout the Frostproof area.

"This promises to be a night of
pure entertainment," said Judy
Jackson, president of the Frostproof
Art League.
"I encourage everyone to
attend," she continued. "It's a night
of old time hymns and singalongs."
This is the first time that the Art
League has assisted with a benefit
for the Care Center according to
Jackson who said that the Care
Center often steps up to the plate
by making available reasonably
priced items for the Christmas
"It's all about supporting one
another in our community," she
said. "Just come on out and have
some fun!"
(Vicky L. Love can be contacted
via e-mail at news@frost-

Yearbook deadline is approaching

Friday, March 27 will
mark the deadline to
order Frostproof High
School yearbooks. Costs,
which increase after that
time, are $55 for year-

book only; $60 for year-
book and name stamp;
and $65 for yearbook,
name stamp and protec-
tive plastic cover. For
more information call

the school at 635-7809.



BARTOW, FL MARCH 7-8, 2009

Fantastic Arts and Crafts :- Friday Night Kickoff
sponsored by Riverside Bank
Car Show
Children's Art Tent sponsored by
Community Southern Bank and Mosaic
Bloomin' Bike Ride 0 Food and Entertainment

Show sponsored by
Community National Bank, Riverside Bank,
Frost Van den Boom & Smith P.A., The Polk County
Democrat and Central Florida
Visitors & Convention Bureau.
Presnted by Bartow Art Guild, Main Street Bartow
and the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

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To have your non-
profit, civic group,
church or school event
included, e-mail infor-
mation to news@frost- or fax to
635-0032, attn.
Community Calendar


Hymn Sing at Ramon
The Frostproof Art
League and Gallery will
host "Evensong", an old
time hymn sing, at 7
p.m., Friday, March 6 at
the Ramon Theatre. For
more information call
George Jackson at 635-
2728 or 528-9326.

CommunityYard Sale
Lily Lake community
yard/craft sale from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. on March
7. Enter off SR 630.

Greater Frostproof
Talent Showcase &
Elimination rounds
for the upcoming talent
show will be held at 7
p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, March 13 and
14 at Ramon Theater.
Deadline for appjica-
tions is March 6 and is
limited to first 36 appli-
cations. Tickets are $10
for each show or $25 for
all three and go on sale
Feb. 1 at the Pizza Box,
the Care Center and
Ramon Theater or call

Final Round of
Frostproof Talent
The final round of the
Frostproof Talent
Showcase will be held at
7 p.m. on Saturday,
March 21 at the Ramon
Theater. Cost is $10. See
above listing for ticket


The Frostproof
Community Club, locat-
ed on Wall Street, would
' like to welcome new
members. Annual dues
are $5. Activities include
a covered dish meeting
held on the first Monday
of every month at 5 p.m.
Shuffleboard on
Monday, Wednesday
and Friday at 9 a.m.
Koffee Klutch at 9:30
a.m. on Wednesday. The
Craft Groups meets
every Wednesday at 1
p.m. Penny Bingo on
Thursday nights at 6:30

Pioneer Days in Zolfo
Springs. Call 773-2161
for more information.

Historic Sports Car
Races at Sebring Int'l
Raceway. For more
information, call 655-

Film Series at the
Avon Park Library with
a Mystery from the past.
The movies start at 2

p.m., and they are free.
For more information
call 452-3804.
Last Chance Ranch
10K/5K Run/Walk.
Choose your distance.
Race starts at 8 a.m. For
more information call
Chet Brojek at cbro- or call
385-4736. Park admis-
sion fees are waived for
all participants. Visit
Lawn Mower Racing -
Race #7 at the Avon Park
Mower Plex. For more
information call 382-
1070 or visit www.flori-

., MARCH8.

Fly-In Breakfast
Sponsored by the Civil
Air Patrol Squadron 314
and EAA Heartland
Chapter 1240 to be held
at the Avon Park Jet
Center at the Avon Park
Executive Airport from
8:30 til 11 a.m. Enjoy a
delicious complete
breakfast (scrambled
eggs, sausage, hash
browns, toast, pancakes,
coffee, juice, and more).
buffet st4le for only a $5
donation. Aviators and
non-aviators are cordial-
ly invited to Drive-In,
Fly-In, or Walk-In. For
more information call


Ride the Racetrack at
Sebring Int'l Raceway.
For more information,
call 385-8448.

Community College
Performing Arts
(Matinee Series) pres-
ents: Dublin traditional
Irish Cabaret. Show will
start at 1:30 p.m. For
more information visit or
call 453-6661.


Taste of Home
Cooking School will be
held at South Florida
Community College
Auditorium. Doors
open at 5 p.m. For more
information or ticket
information call 386-

* 'MARCH,.,1-.1^5 '

81st Annual Arcadia
Championship Rodeo,
For more information
visit www.arcadiaro- or call (800)

South Florida
Community College
Performing Arts (Jazz
Series) presents: Bill
Allred's Classic Jazz
Band. Show will start at
730 p.m. For more
information visit or
call 453-6661.
Ken Osborne in con-
cert at the Avon Park
Holiness Camp. Concert
starts at 7 p.m. For
more information call
453-6831 or visit

-South Florida The Highlands Art-,
South-Florida The Highlands Art

League will hold a one
day oil painting work-
shop from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Saturday, March
14 in the Visual Arts
Center at the Village. $60
includes lunch. All pay-
ments to S. "allis Stone.
Wells Dodge
Chrysler's 11th Annual
Classic Car Show to be
held at Wells Dodge
Chrysler in Avon Park
from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Come and see pre-1980
Show Cars, Hot Rods,
.Muscle Cars, Classics,
and Antiques. There is
no entry fee for both
exhibitors or spectators.
Refreshments and ven-
dor displays will also be
available. Don't miss
this great event where
thousands of spectators
come through. For
more information,
please call (863) 453-
Film Series at the *
Avon'Park Library with
a Comedy from
YesterYear. The movies
start at 2 p.m., and they
are free. For more infor-
mation call 452-3804.
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Avon Park Relay for
Life to be held at the
Avon Park High School
Football Field. Visit

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Community Drum
Circle with Primal
Connection from 3 till 5
p.m. in the picnic area of
Highlands Hammock
State Park. Bring a lawn
chair or blanket, any
instrument you care to

play, and your sense of
adventure. Suitable for
all age groups. For more
information, call Fred at
402-8238 www.floridas-

Heartland Horses &
Handicapped, Inc. is
now offering pony rides
every Monday from 4 to
6 p.m. (weather permit-
ting. Donation is $5 per
child. All proceeds
raised support our Free
Assisted riding program
for adults and children
with special needs. The
Free Assisted Riding
Program does provide
free assisted riding ses-
sions for adults & chil-
dren with special needs
from 9 to 11 a.m. on
Wednesday, Thursdays,
and Saturdays. For
more information, call
452-0006 or visit
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.
Stained glass classes
for all levels will be
offered by the Highlands
Art League at the Visual
Arts Center at The
Village. Monday morn-
ing classes run from
now to Mar. 23 from 9
a.m. t6 noon at the
Visual Arts Center at The
Village. $84 for members
and $99 for non-mem-
bers. $30 supply fee. All
payments to Betty
Francisco 471-1452.

FIRE, fromPage Al

the fire's path, while
crews from Progress
Energy cut power to the
area to prevent acci-
dents as fire crews
moved through the fire-
ravaged region.
Steady winds, gusting
upwards of 20 mph,
fueled the fire's growth.
"Wind is our biggest
problem right now," said
Heather Smith, public
information officer for
Polk County Fire

SPCA gets.
two new vans
Two brand-new,
fully-loaded Mavron
animal transportation
vans have been donat-
ed to the Polk County
SPCA, Inc., by Heather
Shea, representing the
Reitzel Foundation.
When Shea and her
former husband start-
ed the Reitzel founda-
tion, they selected dif-
ferent charities to
which they could
donate their money.
"When the SPCA's
Director Warren Cox,
told me what dona-
tions they would need
most, I decided that
the vans could be very
helpful. Polk County is
so large, so the vans
can help the SPCA get
more coverage in the
area," she said.
The vans' features
include easy-to-clean
stainless steel cages,
air conditioning and
heat in the cages to
keep the animals more
comfortable, and a
bulkhead behind the
driver's seat that can
help block out sounds
and odors.
These gifts will
mostly be used for
transporting animals to
offsite adoption events,
and in the future,
could be used to trans-
port animals to the
Spay/Neute.r Clinic.
For more informa-
tion or to donate time
or funds, contact the
SPCA at 646-SPCA.

Services. "We have sus-
tained winds of 10 mph
and it is gusting at more
than 20 mph." -
The fire, that was first
reported at 11:18 a.m.,
was about 75 percent
contained by 1:30 yes-
terday afternoon.
Firecrews remained on
scene as power was
restored to nearby
homes shortly before 3
More-than 1840 acres


have, been burned in 149
separate fires in Polk
County since January.
The Polk County
Commission and the
City of Frostproof have
enacted burn bans as a
result of lingering
drought conditions fed
by deep freezes and a
lingering drought.
There is no word yet
on the cause of the
blaze, and no injuries
were reported.

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Our Mardi Gras is great community fun

You might think it is all about the beads.
But it's not.
Lake Wales Mardi Gras, which celebrat-
ed its 25th year last inonth is a great event
that results in one of the area's biggest
parties and winds up helping the commu-
nity, too.
Each year, the non-profit Mardi Gras
group winds up donating somewhere
between $3,000 to $7,000 to community
This year's tally is not in yet but if last
year's numbers are any guide, groups like
Lake Wales Police Athletic League, the
YMCA and other civic groups will benefit
monetarily from the fun and frivolity.
An economic impact study, conducted
several years ago confirmed what some
might think was obvious that the Mardi
Gras is also good fox local business.
When people come to see the parade
they spend money to eat, drink and be
merry. They also get a look at our city and
come back to shop.
The Lake Wales'Police Department esti-
mated this year's Mardi Gras crowd at
about 25,000. That figure is considerably
higher than the entire population of the

Our Viewpoint

The Lake Wales Mardi Gras provides the communi-
ty with a lot of fun and some money for civic
groups, too.

City of Lake Wales.
In fact, Pia Cypherss, a Mardi Gras com-
mittee-member, reports that many down-
town merchants report that business
begins to pick up a little in the weeks prior
to the actual parade.
Certainly, a large number of those peo-

pie were from Lake Wales, but a large
number were visitors to our city who had
the opportunity to get a good look at our
town for the first time.
Some number of them will return to
shop with our local merchants, eat at our
restaurants or just enjoy a leisurely walk in
our historic downtown district.
There is of course the less tangible ben-
efit to throwing a party of this kind. The
giant, block party nature of our Mardi
Gras is an excellent opportunity to meet
new people, rekindle old friendships and
blow off a little steam.
With the economy on the ropes, don't
discount the effect on the psyche of an .
old-fashioned community party.
The Mardi Gras remains one of the best
ways to forget about your troubles and
cares for at least one day.
Lake Wales Police Chief Herb Gillis told
the Lake Wales News that the crowd was
mostly well-behaved, providing a safe and
fun atmosphere for families.
We are glad the Mardi Gras is part of the
history and culture of our community and
hope the parade continues for another 25
years at least.


NAACP not following its mission

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Atleast make it a supreme

In an imperfect
world, the tie that binds
sometimes comes
It is so frequent a'
phenomenon that a
considerable body of
both legal and social
dicta has evolved.
King Henry's practice
of locking up his old
wives in the Tower of
London or even sepa-
rating them from their
heads is no longer con-
sidered an appropriate
Probably never was,
especially to old Hank's
Still, there are those
who think the courts
are too cumbersome,
and resort to a more
terminal solution.
Over in St.
Petersburg, Edward
Graziano stands
accused of being in the
latter camp.
Cloaked, to be sure,
in his presumption of
innocence, Graziano is
accused of trying to hire
a hit man to dispose of
the soon-to-be ex-Mrs.
Graziano in a fashion
neither sanctioned by
nor processed through
the courts.
And as is the case in
an amazing number of
instances, it is alleged
he had the poor fortune
(and she the good for-
tune) of making this
proposal to someone



who in turn reported it.
to law enforcement.
As has been widely
reported, the price was
$1,100 cash, a check for
$1,000, and a gift card
to a pizza place for
Granted, there is
nothing funny about
murder for hire, even
when the effort fails.
But questions
Just how desperate
has a hit man got to be
to agree to commit a
capital crime for
And since when is
murdpr-for-hire paid
for in part with a check?
Isn 't that called leaving
a paper trail?
And of course, the
.question that has all of
us amateur sleuths
shaking our heads is
$13.06 for a pizza.
I personally was a
fan of "regular price-
five bucks-five bucks-
five bucks."
In addition to the
great series of commer-
cials, it spawned a flur-

Cloaked, to be
sure, in his presump-
tion of innocence,
Graziano is accused
of trying to hire a hit
man to dispose of the
soon-to-be ex-Mrs.
Graziano in afash-
Sion neither sanc-
tioned by nor
processed through
the courts.

ry of other jokes, which
good taste does not
permit me to repeat in
this space.
Ah, those were the
But going back to the
$13.06 pizza, whom do
you suppose brought
up that wrinkle? The
bogus hit man? The
alleged perpetrator?
"Yeah, Buddy, I'll
take out your wife, but
it's going to cost you
2,100 bucks and a pizza.
I gotta eat, you know."
I have told my friend
Mary that if she ever '
finds it necessary to put
out a contract on me,
payable partly, in pizza,
at least make it a Pizza
Supreme. I mean, I'm
worth at least that
$13.06? You gotta
admit, pizza-wise, that
just sounds a little bit

In 1909 the National
Association for the
Advancement of
Colored People
(NAACP) was founded
to ensure the political,
educational, social and
economic equality of
rights of all persons and
to eliminate racial
hatred and racial dis-
The NAACP has been
instrumental in fighting
disinfrachisment and
segregation in our
nation. Unfortunately,
the actions of the Lake
Wales Chapter run
counter to the beliefs
and history of the
The response to the
demotion of Burney
Hayes is the most
recent example of mis-
conduct by the Lake
Wales Chapter of the
The article published
by the Lake Wales News
concerning the demo-
tion revealed Hayes was
accused of several items
of misconduct, includ-
ing sexual harassment,
in a period of less than

a year.
Yet, he remains
employed by the police
.department. An
employee, who fondled
the buttocks of a female
subordinate, bit the
nose of a child and
threatened the chief
executive of an organi-
zation should expect to
be fired if not arrested.
The Lake Wales
Chapter of the NAACP
has rushed to the aid of
Hayes. NAACP repre-
sentatives claim the
demotion of Hayes has
created a hostile work
environment in the
police department.
Additionally, the repre-
sentatives charge the
demotion was racially
Considering Hayes
could have been termi-
nated, it was minimum
punishment all things
considered. The mis-
conduct by Hayes is not
acceptable by any stan-
Why does disciplin-
ing an employee for
misconduct make you a
racist? What day and

age are we living in?
Political correctness
aside, we need to ques-
tion why the NAACP
representatives are
attacking the chief of
In my opinion, they
have forgotten their
In doing so, they
have trampled on the
principle of equality of
rights of all persons.
Indeed, their focus
should be on aiding the,
'victims of Hayes.
We need new leader-
ship in the Lake Wales
Chapter of the NAACP
Leadership that is com-
mitted to the founding
principles of the
Leadership resolved
to eliminating racial
hatred not promoting it
through false claims.
Leadership determined
to unite our community
not destined to destroy
it as a means of pro-
moting personal power
and prestige.
Marshall Hartley
Lake Wales

We want to be another Europe?

In 1992, with great
enthusiasm, our
Democratic club
opened with great fan-'
fare a lovely "loaned"'
headquarters space,
and we would give
hours of our lives to
having Bill Clinton, an
Arkansas governor, win
the presidency of our
From an English first
state of Arkansas, he
Was in accord with
Florida, our state,
which in 1988 with 84
percent vote, had voted
in referendum, that we
made English the lan-
guage of Florida.
This did not prohibit
the teaching of other
languages, just made
English the primary one

to be learned by every-
(All air traffic pilots
communicate in
So we consider
Clinton the master of
guile and I was his
delegate to the conven-
. tion in New York from
Polk County, totally
believing in him -
when in his last week in
the Oval Office he
pinned the hateful
order EU 13166 which
makes multilingualism
paramount in our
country and has proved
very costly as inter-
preters have to be hired
by those in the medical
fields (see hospitals in
Massachusetts and

Now, we have anoth-
er brilliant president
with whom Clinton has
become close.
This concerns me
because his persuasive
personality could lead
our leader into a path
apart from our forefa-
thers' design for our
country as is clearly
demonstrated in their
(our ancestors) intru-
sion into Louisiana.
It is time to deter-
mine who we want to
be another Europe? I.
think not. Think about
English is meant to
be the language of com-
Verna Echols
Lake Wales

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Lake Wales employees the best I have ever worked with

In my presentation
of the City's Annual '
State of the City Report 0
to the Chamber of
Commerce, I noted that RE(
I started working in the
public sector in 1972. I Ton
have worked in a num- City
ber of different settings
since then.
I am very happy to I r
say that the people that new,
I work with now my work
fellow employees at the years
City of Lake Wales are work
the best group of peo- com]
ple I have ever worked types
with. H
I am proud to be a some
Lake Wales city employ- part
ee and to be associated proje
with this fine group of felt a
individuals. town
They are dedicated and
to their work, which is ing tl
sometimes carried out prog
under very difficult cir- I t
cumstances. had
It is not uncommon expe
to receive a letter or are ti
phone call thanking the proje
city for the work of city matter
employees. Bu
. In my experience, expe
working for a city or for are d
any agency in the pub- fund
lic sector can be a try- publ
ing experience, and in O]
many ways i different there
environment than the acco
private sector. doing

It is time


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member when a
employee came to
for the city several
s ago after years of
ing for private
panies in various
s of construction.
e said that on
e projects, on a
cular high profile
ect downtown, he
.s if everyone in
iwas watching him
carefully measur-
the pace of
old him that I too
private sector
rience, and there
times when city
ects attract a lot of
it this is to be
cted -- after all, we
Dealing with public
s and doing the
ic's business.
in the plus side,
e is a feeling of
mplishment in
g a good job for the

for th

people of our town.

Many Skills Are

The operation of a
city requires a wide
variety of skills and
educational credentials.
From library-specific
college degrees, to fire
and police certifica-
tions, to state licenses
for utility department
procedures, to state
certifications for build-
ing inspection, to
accounting certifica-
tions, there are many
skills required.
Our town's employ-
ees have a good mix of
education and experi-
ence to carry out these
widely diverse work
For example, ledt's
look at the senior man-
agement team for the
city staff.
This group consists
of myself as city man-
ager, the assistant city
manager, and 11
department heads. In
terms of education, six
persons have Master's
degrees; three persons
have Bachelor's
degrees, and one
department head has

nearly completed her
Bachelor's degree..
Another team member
has an Associate's
There is also a
healthy mix of experi-
ence on this team, with
individuals who have
worked for the City of
Lake Wales for many
years, and others who
have come to the City
Again, in this group
of 13 individuals: One
person has worked for
the city for over 30
years; three people
have worked for the
city for over 20 years;
three people have
worked for the city for
over 10 years; five peo-
ple have worked for the
city for five years or
more; and one depart-
ment head was recently
hired here.
Of the six people
who have worked for
the city less than 10
years, four have over 20
years of experience in
their fields, and one has
more than 10 years of
experience that was
brought to the team.
Another interesting
question involves
where these 13 individ-

I am proud to be a Lake Wales city
employee and to be associated with this
fine group of individuals. They are dedi-
cated to their work, which is sometimes
carried out under very difficult circum-

uals were living when
they came to work for
the city.
Five were living in
the Lake Wales area,
three were living else-
where in our county,
four were living else-
where in central "
Florida, and one person
who had lived in
Florida previously and
wished to return was
living in anotherstate.
The amount of edu-
cation and training
among other city
employees is no less
In the police depart-
ment alone, there are
eight officers with
Associate's degrees,
eight officers with
Bachelor's Degrees,
three with Master's
degrees, and one
department member
with a juris doctorate.
In the fire depart-
ment there are 14 fire-

fighters with Associates'
Degrees, and one
department member
with a Bachelor's
Many employees
have taken advantage
of the city's educational
incentive program.
The police and fire
departments also
emphasize training.
Within the past 18
months, six firefighters
achieved their para-
medic licenses through
a city program and are
now using their skills
for our benefit.
The police depart-
ment also provides
more training than the
state mandated mini-
mum for our officers
every year.
We are fortunate to
have a well-educated
and experienced group
of city employees work-
ing for the betterment
of our town.

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We should not tamper with our God given gifts

The latest claim by a
geneticist is-to be able
or soon to be, capable
of altering genes in a
human embryo to
choose what sex or
color eyes, hair or skin
the mother wishes her
child to have, regardless
of traits she or her hus-
band possess.
If they are successful,
will the next step be
changing body styles
including height, mus-
cle mass and brain size?
Are we headed toward a
super human being or
the science fiction sol-
diers we see in movies
that are seven feet tall
. and have bullet resist-
ant skin or hide?
We have already
cloned sheep, cows and
probably a host of other
animals that didn't
make it or were so
deformed they were
destroyed so they
wouldn't have a major
negative impact on
future experiments.
.When it comes to
humans producing off
springs, there seems to
be no limit as to num-
bers with the latest
standing at eight
infants in one delivery.
The human body was
never designed to han-
dle that many infants at
one time.
We are making such
progress in other areas
of research such as

robotics, our emphasis
should be in that area if
we are looking for num-
bers. A recent news
article on a poor
Chinese farmer who
has designed a number
of robots, including a
vehicle that can carry
two people on four legs
is simply remarkable.
From all indications .it
was a rocky ride but the
vehicle did get-you to
your destination.

There have been sev-
eral very successful
medical operations
using robotics from
thousands of miles
away from one opera-
ting room to another,
such as New York to.
California. The reason
being a specialist could
be used to do a delicate
procedure without hav-
ing to leave his or her
This has great poten-
tial when it comes to
performing delicate
specialized operations
from this country to
third world countries
when specialists are not
available in that coun-
try. As smart as we are,
there are always limita-
tions when it comes to

medicine. The virus is
an extreme versatile
enemy with the ability
to adapt to most situa-
tions to survive.
We have observed
viruses modifying their
survival requirements
against drugs and even
super drugs by adapta-
tions into super bugs.
Scientists are biting
their nails in anticipa-
tion of the dreaded
pandemic that could be
far more devastating
than the flu epidemic
that whipped out hun-
dreds of thousands and
the Bubonic Plague,
which killed millions.
And that was before
modern transportation
could deliver an infect-
ed individual anywhere

in the world in less than
24 hours.
With so much
becoming common to
all of us in all nations
around the world with
increased communica-
tions, through televi-
sion, computers and
cell phones, we will all
most likely be speaking
the same language by
the end of this century
if not before.

As far as getting
along with different
cultures, that may take
far more than a century,
if ever.
The bottom line? We
should refrain from
monkeying around
with human genes, less
we design a human
without natural defens-
es and start our own
globetrotting pandem-




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Thunderbolts' coach joins Webber staff

Head football coach, Kelly
Scott, has announced the hiring
of Teddy Keaton as the new
assistant football coach/offen-
sive coordinator at Webber
International University.
Keaton is a native of
Brewton, Ala., and brings a
wealth of college and profes-
sional experience to,the Webber
football program. As a profes-
sional and collegiate coach,
Keaton has sent over 50 players
to the National Football League
and/or the Arena Football
Keaton received his

and is a
member of '
the Alpha
Phi Alpha
He began
his coach- Teddy Keaton
ing career
as an assistant head football
coach and director of football
operation at Stillman College .in
Tuscaloosa, Ala. As an assistant

coach at Stillman College for
seven seasons, he served in
many capacities. Some exam-
ples are: running backs coach,
special teams coach, and
recruiting coordinator.
Keaton began his profession-
al coaching career with the
Odessa Roughnecks in Odessa,
Texas. He served as the assis-
tant head coach and defensive
coordinator. During his tenure
at Odessa, the team compiled a
20-2 record and advanced to
the playoffs both season.
Odessa was the league leader in
all defensive categories.

Last season, Keaton served
as the defensive backs coach at
Webber International. Before
coming to WIU, Keaton was the
director of football operations
and head football coach of the
Huntington Heroes, an indoor
professional football team in
Huntington, W.Va.
Keaton is probably best
known in central Florida as the
head coach of the Lakeland
Thunderbolts. He compiled a
record of 28-3 and won two
consecutive conference cham-
pionships. In 2007 the
Thunderbolts won the National

American Indoor Football
"We are excited to have
Coach Keaton on our staff, in a
full time position, and as our
offensive coordinator," stated
Scott. "He brings a load of expe-
rience to our staff, is fantastic
in dealing with our kids, and
will bring a lot of excitement to
Webber football," added Scott.
Also joining the staff as
offensive line coach is Mike
Hayde, who led the Fort Meade
Fighting Miners to seven stated
championship games in the
past 11 years.

Davis impresses again

If Wade Davis does chance at some point this Maddon came away impressed.
indeed get sent back to year." "I love the tempo that he
the minors this season, As was the case demonstrates," Maddon told
he's at least going to make against the Yankees, "He gets the ball, and
sure it's a difficult decision for Rays skipper he throws it. And he's throw-
the Tampa Bay Rays to make. ing it in good spots, too.
The 2004 Lake Wales High He's keeping it down,
School graduate had another primarily with his fast-
special outing Monday against ball. Great location,
the St. Louis Cardinals. great poise, and another
Davis allowed one hit and no really fine outing for him --
runs in 3 2-3 innings. He it really was. Right now, he's
pitched two perfect innings 7 wanting to make a point that
against the Yankees in his first 'I'm here,' and the way he's
spring outing last week. doing it is very interesting."
"I kept the ball on the Davis told the Rays website
ground; they made some good "' that he's enjoyed the early
plays and I threw the ball -- season challenge of facing
good again," Davis said. "If K some of the games biggest
I keep doing that I'll be all start,.like Albert Pujols in
right." Monday's game. Against
Davis believes he'll the Yankees, he struck out
start the season in Mark Texiera, Alex Rodriguez
Triple-A but added, Joe and Robinson Cano in order.
"hopefully I'll get a "It's nice to get some time
against some of those good hit-
ters and kind of match yourself
up against some of the best hit-
ters in baseball," said Davis.
"I've actually made some good
pitches on [the good hitters], so
it's gone to my favor."
i. .. Davis has had success in
.. -. .-- :. the Cardinals' spring train-
ing stadium. In 2005,
Wade Davis, shown here Monday pitching when he was pitching in
against the St. Louis Cardinals, has not the Florida State League,
allowed a run. in 5.2 innings pitched this he pitched one of his two
spring, and in fact has only allowed one it ..._ career no hitters there.

Florida racer wins Lake Wales event

Alva, Florida's Taylor
Kiser started the 2009
Can-Am Grand National
Cross County Series in
dream fashion by notch-
ing his first career win at
the season opening
River Ranch GNCC in
Lake Wales Sunday.
Kiser, who finished
the 2008 tour ranked
sixth in the final stand-
ings, topped Rockstar
Yoshimura Suzuki's
Chris Borich and FRE
KTM's Adam McGill on
a rough, dry, sandy race
track at the West Gate
River Ranch Resort.
"This is like a dream
to win it in front of all of
these people," said Kiser
in front of his home
state fans on the podi-
um. "I saw Chris and
Adam setting a good
pace out front, and I
wasn't sure if I should
go with them, because
this course gets so rough
and I knew it would be a
long day. So I just played
it smart and it"
Borich grabbed the
Holeshot Award and
took off early. He and
McGill traded the lead a
bit before McGill came
in contact with a lapped
McGill took an
extended pit stop, and
Kiser went around to
take second. Then
Borich started struggling
as his clutch started fad-
"I felt real good, real
strong early," said
Borich. "I've been train-
ing a lot harder, hitting
the gym real hard. We're
ready. I ride the clutch a
lot through those sand
whoops, but in this
sugar sand it started to


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Taylor Kiser, Chris Borich and Adam McGill cele-
brate on the winner's stand.

fade. I really had to
change my riding style
on the last lap just to get
in to the finish. I think
everyone probably had
clutch problems out
Kiser admitted his
clutch started fading,
too, but after he made
the pass on Borich he
kept his pace up and
rolled to a win by just
over a minute after two
hours of racing.
Fourth went to DeRisi
Racing veteran Bryan
Cook, on a Honda, with
last year's XC2
Champion Don
Ockerman grabbing fifth
on his factory GT
Thunder Yamaha. Sixth
went to Brandon

Ballance, on a Yamaha,
with Warnert Racing
Can-Am's Chris Bithell
in seventh. Jeff Pickens,
Jarrod McClure and Josh
Kirkland rounded out

the. top ten overall, with
Kirkland topping the
XC2 Pro-Am Class on his
Defending GNCC
Champion Bill Ballance
struggled all day dealing
with the effects of get-
ting surgery on his ribs
just three weeks ago -
the result of an injury
that lingered from last
year. He finished 18th in
the XC1 pro class after
completing four of six
Ballance and Bithell
did, however, compete
hard the night before
the race as part of barrel
racing at the River
Ranch Rodeo. In the
end, Ballance came up a
second short of the
fastest horse while rid-
ing his YFZ450R.

4 -,.

Adam McGill led for a bit, but at the end of two
hours of racing, he finished third.



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Warner hoping

for at-large bid

The Warner Royals,
ranked No. 22 in the lat-
est NAIA men's basket-
ball poll, are left hoping
for an at large bid to the
association's national
tournament after falling
to St. Thomas University
in the semi-finals of the
Sun Conference tourna-
ment last Friday.
The Royals fell to the
Bobcats, 75-63, drop-
ping to 21-1. The loss -
snapped their seven
game win-streak while
the Bobcats improve to
19-10 and advance to
the championship
round to face-off with
Embry-Riddle University
for the conference tour-
nament championship.
The Royals took a 20-
11 lead on a jumper
from All-Conference
guard Preston Adams at
the 9:24 mark in the first
half, but the Bobcats
quickly responded with
back-to-back three
pointers from Cesar
Jacobo Chavez and -
Tracy Razz to cut into
the Royals' lead.
Later in the half, the
Royals extended their
lead to five on a three
pointer from Adams;
however the Bobcats
tied the game and took a
one point lead on two
free throws from the
conference scoring
leader Antonio Jones to
close out the half with

the lead, 29-28.
The Royals opened
the second half with a
layup from Sun
Conference Newcomer
of the Year Derell
Henderson to take a one
point lead, 30-29, but
the Bobcats countered
with a fervent 28-6 run
led by Jones to extend
their lead to 21, with
10:38 left in regulation.
The Royals eventually
surmounted a run of
their own to cut their
deficitto nine on a three
pointer from Mimes
Islamovic with 1:04 left
on the clock.
The Bobcats went on
to hit six-of-eight of
their free throws to push
their lead to 15 and
Allan Keen hit a last sec-
ond three pointer to end
the game. Keen led the
Royals with 12 points,
while Henderson and
Adams added 11 and 10
Senior Errol Porteous
led the game in
rebounds with 11;, his
fifth double digit
rebound game of the
season and the 17th of
his career at Warner.
Jones led the Bobcats
with a game high 30
points, 26 of which were
in the second half and
16 came from the free
throw line while Chavez
and Razz added 18 and
13 respectively.



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Massey earns

Citizens Bank honor

Citizens Bank & Trust
Vice President Wayne
Massey has been named
President's Award win-
ner for 2008. The award
was presented at a
recent quarterly all-
employee meeting
attended by the bank's
more than 150 employ-
In designating him
for the bank's highest,
honor, Citizens Bank &
Trust President Greg
Littleton recognized
Massey's strong 2008
performance as a com-
mercial lender and his
assumption of addition-
al management duties
late in the year.
"Wayne is a team
player who is always
willing to take on new
responsibilities to assist
the bank and its cus-
tomers," Littleton said.
"Many times he volun-
teers for extra duties and
just pitches in wherever
he is needed. He has
strong community con-
nections and really cares
about our customers."
Massey brought
more than 20 years of
banking experience to
Citizens when he joined
the bank in December
2006. 'He and the bank's
other five commercial
lenders generated more
than $154 million in
commercial loans in
2008, with loan balances
reaching $285 million

(Photo provided.)
Citizen's Bank & Trust President Greg Littleton
honors Wayne Massey, left,

for a 16 percent growth
Massey earned a
bachelor's degree from
Webber College and
continued his banking
education through vari-
ous specialized pro-
grams. Prior to joining
Citizens Bank, he was a
real estate mortgage
broker and gained com-
mercial lending, special
assets and branch man-
agement experience
with SunTrust and
Riverside banks. He
served as an area man-
ager for four.branches
with deposits in excess
of $100 million and
loans in excess of $40
million and was highly
successful in generating
new loans.

Founded in 1920 and
under the same family
management, Citizens.
Bank & Trust is the old-
est bank in Polk County
and consistently ranks,
as one of Florida's safest
institutions. The bank
has assets of $390 mil-
lion and has twelve loca-
tions in Lake Wales,
Auburndale, Bartow,
Dundee, Frostproof,
Haires City, Indian Lake
Estates, Lakeland and
Winter Haven.
Permanent offices for
two of the branches are
currently under con-
struction in BartoW and
Lakeland and the bank
is in the process of plan-
ning its third Lakeland
branch to open in late

Have you ever heard
of the following sce-
nario? An elderly indi-
vidual has an illness or
injury, such as a stroke,
and the family is
informed that their
loved one needs to be in
a nursing home to ade-'
quately meet long-term
care needs.
Of course, this abrupt
news profoundly
impacts the individual
and family on an emo-
tional level. Perhaps,
the long-term care resi-
dent has been married
for 50 years. This week,
the spouses will sleep
apart for the first time in
ages. The family asks,
"What will life be like
In addition, the fami-
ly is also concerned with
how to pay the 'nursing
home costs. All of a
sudden, people are
advising the family on
strange sounding con-'
cepts like "spend down",
"look back period",
"income cap", and'
"Medicaid qualifica-.
Many elder law attor-,
neys refer to their assis-
tance to those enduring
the above-referenced
scenario as Medicaid
"crisis" planning.

DESK -, ,
JasonA.Penrod, -
McClendon& &
Penrod, LLP.
Medicaid "crisis" plan-
ning is the compilation
of services the attorney
will immediately pro-
vide that will enable the
new resident to qualify
for Medicaid benefits to
pay for the nursing
home care as soon and
as advantageously as
Aside from providing
comfort to the resident,
family, and friends, spe-
cific services geared
towards qualifying the
resident for Medicaid
may include, but are
certainly not limited to,
the drafting and execu-
tion of a trust that will
enable the new resident
to become eligible for
Medicaid despite excess
income, the planning for
the resident's "countable
assets" so that they are
below required levels for
qualification purposes,
and the actual applica-
tion process itself.
The goal of any
Medicaid planf is to be

able to protect as much
resources as possible to
help meet the needs of
the individual in the
nursing home. It is a
fact of life that money
buys care. As a result,
any resources protected
will enable the family to
secure better treatment
and care for the nursing
home resident.
Ideally, one would
like to avoid "crisis"
mode and have months,
if not years, to plan for
long-term care needs as
well as the disposition of
assets. As one can imag-
ine, actions that need to
be taken in regards to
assets and the drafting
and execution of legal
documents are not
instantaneous and can
delay Medicaid eligibili-
ty until completed
.appropriately. If anyone
desires to do some long-

Local YMCA gets MCD gift

The Lake Wales
Family YMCA has
announced that MCD of
Central Florida Inc.
commits a lead gift to
the 2009 Strong Families
campaign, a fundraising
effort to increase sup-
port for the YMCA's
scholarship fund.
Proceeds from the
Strong Kids Campaign -
will fund scholarships
that allow deserving.
children and families to
benefit from family
strengthening YMCA
programs such as child
care, day camp and pro-
grams for active older
YMCA Chief
Executive Officer Nate
Seidl states, "This com-
mitment by MCD of
Central Florida is won-
derful. With the tough
economic situation of
our country it is gifts like
this that help motivate
staff and volunteers as
we work to raise the
$30,000 goal!"
Seidl went on to say,
* "I would encourage any-
one that is willing to
help improve the quality
of life in Lake Wales to
consider making a gift to
the Strong Families
Campaign. In 2008, the
YMCA provided over
$278,000 in services to
the Lake Wales and sur-
rounding communities."
Matt Cain, vice-presi-
dent of MCD of Central
Florida added, "It was a
really easy choice for us
to make. The YMCA is

committed to building
strong kids, strong fami-
lies, and strong commu-
nities. We encourage
everyone in our com-
munity that believes in
strong family values and
programs that build
healthier minds, bodies,
and spirits to get
At the heart of com-
munity life in Lake
Wales, the mission-driv-
en YMCA is "a place to
belong" and to live the
values that guide and
unite our members: dar-
ing, honesty, respect and
responsibility. The
YMCA provides a special
opportunity for kids and
adults to join life-chang-
ing and life-saving pro-
grams such as day
camp, child care, youth
sports, water safety,
before and afterschool
care, and summer camp.
The YMCA offers kids
and families the chance
to make positive choic-
es: Quality child care
opportunities mean par-'
ents can work to
improve their quality of
life; youth sports pro-
grams give kids the
chance to belong to a
team devoted to making
a positive difference;
and healthy lifestyle
programs give everyone
in the family .the chance

to lead healthier, more
productive lives.
The Lake Wales
Family YMCA is com-
mitted to providing
quality child care for
working families and
programs that. build
strong kids, strong fami-
lies, and strong commu-
nities for all. Through
charitable contributions
the YMCA is able to help
improve the quality of
life for people living in
SE Polk County.
If you are interested
in getting involved with
the Strong Families
Campaign, please con-
tact the Lake Wales
Family YMCA for more
information. This year's
goal is $30,000 and with
a little help from every-
one, we can all "Race for
results we can see," local
club officials added.

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APRIL 7, 2009
Voting Station located at
1351 S. Highland Park Dr.
Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and
close at 7:00 p.m.
Absentee ballots can be obtained.
from the Polk County
Supervisor of Elections Office
(863) 534-5888 (Cathy Bridges).

Sec. 15
An Increase of possible
aggregate promissory note
debt of the Village from
$25,000.00 to $500,000.00

This Charter amendment provides
that allowable outstanding debts of
the Village of Highland Park shown
by promissory notes it has issued
shall be increased from
$25,000.00 to $500,000.00.

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amendment be adopted?
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term care planning, I
urge them to consult
with an. elder law attor-
(The Lake Wales News
is pleased to offer the
legal column entitled
"From the Attorney's
Desk", authored by Jason
A. Penrod, a law partner
with Weaver,
McClendon & Penrod,
LLP. The column
,addresses legal issues of
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In addition, the
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County funds may go to schools


Polk County
Commissioners will dis-
cuss the possibility of
shifting money from its
coffers to the Polk
County School Board.
The two groups are

scheduled to hold a
joint meeting Friday,
March 6 at 9 a.m. at the
Neil Combee
Administration Building
in downtown Bartow to
address commingling of
funds and other issues.
Dr. Gail MVcKinzie,
superintendent of Polk.

County schools, will be
leading the discussion
of accessing funds from-
the county commission
in order to bankroll
* some of the school dis-
trict's programs.
McKinzie did not return
phone calls to comment
on the proposal.

.Also on the agenda is
a request by school
board member Tim
Harris to discuss the
joint use of future
school facilities and
community parks.
An update on the fed-
eral stimulus bill with a
focus on money for Polk

schools will be present-
ed as -well as a discus-
sion of funding for side-
walks and a school
sighting policy.
The boards will also
discuss funding for pro-
grams that would allow
mitigation of gopher
tortoises at no cost to

the schools.
A roundtable discus-
sion of ways the county
and commission can
work with the school
board to increase
parental awareness and
participation in their
child's education is also

Landscaping rules focus on water conservation

Staff Writer

With the drought of
March in full force, Polk
County officials are
hoping a proposed
landscaping ordinance
will promote water con-
servation until the sweet
showers of April begin
to fall.
The Polk County
Commission will take
public comment on the
landscaping order when
they meet today at 9
a.m. at the Neil Combee
Administration Building
on Church Street in
downtown Bartow.
The proposed ordi-
nance that impacts
both residential and
commercial develop-
ment will require
developers to submit a
landscape and buffering
plan during the county's
building permitting
The rule will impact
new irrigation systems
and site construction
Under the proposal,
50 percent of irrigation
systems would be
required to be low vol-
ume or micro-irrigation

in design with all non-
turf areas to utilize low-
vblume systems or not
be irrigated at all.
The use of sod would
be prohibited in areas
less than four feet wide,
and at least three inches
of mulch would be
required in plant beds
and around trees.
Cypress mulch would
be prohibited under the
plan, and the use of
native and other
"Florida-friendly" plants
Will be encouraged.
New rules requiring
the design of parking lot
landscaping to include
canopy trees is also on
the table.
Chandra Frederick,
director of land devel-
opment for Polk County,
says the ordinance is
designed to provide
relief to the region's
dwindling water supply
that will be maxed out
within the next four
"By 2013, we have to
.come up with an alter-
native water supply
because our county's
groundwater will have
reached capacity. We
have to identify alterna-
tive sources.

Conservation is a
source because
you save instead
of use," FredericJk
So far, the pro'-
posed regulation
has been met
with mixed
The Sierra Club
has expressed sup-
port of the move to
ban the use of
cypress mulch, while
the Polk County
Builder's Association
has publicly criticized
the plan as too restric-
tive on how they land-
scape yards of new
The builder's
group would prefer
the county empha-
size homeowner
education over
implementing the
One proposal
would be to use a
$24,000 giant garnered
by association from the
Southwest Florida Water
Management District
and $5,000 the group
received from the coun-
ty to launch an educa-
tional campaign.

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Additional information about Florida Friendly yards is available at the state
sponsored Web site

In Brief

Meetings planned on
school budget

The Polk County
Council PTA will continue
hosting meetings this
month to inform the public
about the lack of funding
for education., in the Polk
County School District.
Polk County School
Superintendent Gail
McKinzie, and Mark Grey,
assistant superintendent
of business services, will
answer questions after
Grey explains the budget.
The next meeting will
be held from 7 to 8 p.m.
March 12 at Mulberry
High School, Northeast
Fourth Circle.
More meetings will be
from 7 to 8 p.m. March 19
at Kathleen High School,
2600 Crutchfield Road,
and March 23-at Bartow
High School, 1270 S.
Broadway Ave.'
The meeting at Bartow
High had been scheduled
for March 5 but was
rescheduled to March 23.
Contact Tammy Coker,
Polk County PTA presi-
dent, at tlcoker@tam- fpr more

Polk encourages use of
511 during brush fires

Drivers are reminded to
use caution when driving
during brush fires. The
Polk County Emergency
Management division
encourages drivers to use
the Florida Department of
Transportation's (FDOT)
511 Travel Information
System for immediate
coverage of roadway con-
ditions during brush fires.
During times of limited
visibility due to wildfires,
travelers can get up-to-the
minute reports on major

t and road closures, and
roadways with toll suspen-
sions by calling 511 or vis-

In addition to the free
511 phone system, travel-
ers can access real-time
traffic information, traffic
cameras, lane closures
and emergency alerts
online at
www.FL.511 .com. The site
also provides links to
county emergency infor-
mational resources,
weather reports and advi-
The 511 resource is
free, however cell phone
minutes apply. Following
these safety tips will make
your travel safer:
Call 511 before driv-
ing, at a rest area or have
a passenger call to avoid
talking while driving.
Call 511 before you
enter a new roadway to
become aware of the cur-
rent road condition.
Customize your trip
before leaving at to mini-
mize time spent on the
Drive slowly and keep
your lights on in low visi-
Always wear a seat

Update your voter record
before City Election Day

Voters who have
moved or changed their
name are encouraged to
notify election headquar-
ters in advance of election
day. The city election is
scheduled for April 7.
"Having your record
updated in advance pro-
vides a smoother experi-
ence at the polls,"
explained Supervisor of
Elections Lori Edwards.
Citizens in Bartow,
Davenport, Eagle Lake,
Haines City, Highland
Park, Lake Alfred, Lake
Hamilton, Lake Wales,
Mulberry, and Polk City
will be eligible to vote in a
municipal election.
For further information
regarding updating your
voter record or any other
election related questions
please contact the elec-
tions office at 534-5888.

$1,000 reward in Foqrt
Meade vandal case

A $1,000 reward has
been posted by Polk
County Crime Stoppers

for information leading to
the arrest of vandals
involved in a string of
criminal mischief cases in
Fort Meade.
Polk County Sheriff's
deputies ate asking the,
public's help in catching a
pellet-gun bandit that has
been plaguing the Fort
Meade community for
nearly five months.
According to sheriff's
public information officer
Donna Wood, the pellet-
gun vandal began target-
ing Greenwood Chevrolet-
Oldsmobile in October of
2008. In each of the inci-
dents that continued
through January a sus-
pect fired pellets through
windows of vehicles on
the car lot.
Since then the vandal-
ism has become more
widespread, Wood said.
Vehicles at Stedem
Ford, vehicles inside the
City of Fort Meade, the
glass entrance doors to
Favilli Family Practice,
and the office doors at the
Oakview Lake Estates
adult community have all
been targets, Wood said.
The latest incidents
occurred over the week-


end of Feb. 20-22, and
Wednesday, Feb. 25.
In all crimes, detectives
believe a pellet weapon
has been used, Wood
Anyone with informa-
tion on this case is asked
to contact Detective
Melissa de Reus at 863-
499-2400, or 863-534-

Wilkinson to speak
at bipartisan civic
affairs group

Commissioner Randy
Wilkinson will be the guest
speaker at the Monday,
March 16 meeting of the
Florida Bipartisan Civic
Affairs Group.
Wilkinson will be speaking
on the ethics policy he is



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Wilkinson on the pro-
posed policy. The presen-
tation falls in line with the
commitment of bipartisan
to education and good
Everyone interested in
learning more about the
proposed ethics policy is
encouraged to attend the
meeting, which is open to
the general public at the
Community Room of the
Lakeland Public Library,
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on the east side of Lake
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Gary Russell

Gary Russell Hicks of
Frostproof died
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009,
at his home. He was 59.
Born June 4, 1949 in
New Bedford, Ma., he
moved here 12 years ago
from Hollywood. He
owned Gary's Home
Improvements and was
a talented handyman.
He was of the Christian
He was preceded in
death by a son, James
Anthony Hicks.
Survivors include his
companion, JoAnne
Shepherd of Frostproof;
a son, Gary Hicks Jr. of
Burnsville, N.C.; a
daughter, Nichole Silva
of Dartmouth, Ma.; two
brothers, Guy Hicks of
Georgia and Glen Hicks
of Florida; a sister,
Gwen; and three grand-
children, Aaron, Naomi
and Zachary.
Funeral services will
be held at 6 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 4, at
the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in

Frostproof. The family
will receive friends from
5 p.m. until the service,
Marion Nelson
Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.

Fredrick Paul
Hillmann, Jr.

Fredrick Paul
Hillmann Jr. of Babson
Park and Surry, Ma ne,
died Saturday, Feb. 21,
2009 at hip home. He
was 54.
Born Sept. 23, 1954 in
Red Bank, N.J. and was a
winter resident of
Babson Park for 20
years. He was a master
carpenter and worked
alongside his late father,
Fred Hillmann, the
owner of Fred Hillmann
Builders in Atlantic
Highlands, N.J. for over
30 years. He was previ-
ously a member of Saint
Agnes Church in
Atlantic Highlands and
attended Holy Spirit
Catholic Church in Lake
Wales. -
Survivors include his

mother, Ann T.
Hillmann; six sisters,
including his twin sister
Ann Kitalong and hus-
band Clarence of Koror,
Palau, Mary Lynn
Murphy and husband
Thomas of Oceanport,
N.J., Carol Jean
Hillmann of Surry,
Maine, Louise
Bauernfeind and hus-
band Peter of Howell,
N.J., Helene Borke of
Manasquan, N.J. and
Amelia Updike and hus-
band Sam of Babson
Park; two brothers,
Harry Hillmann of
Neptune, N.J. and
Edward Hillman and
wife Jeab of Bangkok,
Thailand; and many
nieces and nephews.
Services will be pri-
vate. Interment will be
made in Surry, Maine at
the Morgan Bay
Johnson Funeral
Home is in charge of

Burt Clinton

Burt Clinton
Pettigrew of Dothan,
Ala. died Wednesday,
Feb. 25, 2009 at Henry
County Health and
Rehab Center. He was
Born April 26, 1922 in
Webb City, Mo., he
moved to South Florida
at an early age where he
attended high school.
He joined the U.S. Army

and was a veteran of
World War II. Upon
completion of his mili-
tary service he became
an automobile mechan-
ic and was employed as
a mechanic until his
retirement. In 1999 he
moved to Dothan, Ala.
and was of the Baptist
Survivors include
three sons, Richard
Pettigrew and wife
Lynda of Melbourne,
Fla., Donald Pettigrew:
, and wife Joyce of Lake
Worth and David
Pettigrew and wife
Marilyn of Miami; a
daughter, Janice Arango
and husband Al of
Dothan, Ala.; six grand-
children and several
The family received
friends from 10 a.m. to
12 p.m., Saturday, Feb.
28, at the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake
Wales. Graveside servic-
es were held at 1 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 28 at the
Lake Wales Cemetery,
Marion Nelson
Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.

Bert Paul
Senior, Jr.

Bert Paul Senior, Jr. of
Lake Wales died
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.
He was 89.
Born Sept. 26, 1919 in
Green County, Ind., he
was a heat and frost
asbestos worker for

Local 18 (Indianapolis),
and also chose to
become a farmer. He
hunted, fished, and
made maple syrup as a
young man. He played
guitar and enjoyed
country music. As an
avid fisherman he vaca-
tioned and then retired
to Florida. He enjoyed
reading and following
current events, made
friends easily and would
strike up a conversation
with anyone.
He was preceded in
death by his wife of over
60 years, Mavourneen
Bush Senior.
Survivors include a
daughter, Sandy Senior-
Dauer and husband
Keith; a son, Steven
Chailes Senior and wife
Jane; a sister, Margaret
and a niece, Peggy
Calling will be held
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.,
Thursday, March 5 with
services at 10:30 at
Johnson Funeral Home
in Lake Wales. Pastor
Larry Wallace of Trinity
Baptist Church will offi-
ciate. Interment will fol-
low atthe Lake Wales
Johnson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Karen J.

Karen J. Toebe-Breen
of Lake Wales died
Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at

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her home. She was 49.
Born on April 26, 1959
in Lansing, Mich., she
moved to Florida in
1990. She was a regis-
tered nurse and prac-
ticed in Michigan and
Florida until 1992.
She was preceded in
death by her father,
Donald Toebe. She is
survived by her sons;
Benjamin Anzaldua of
Phoenix, Ariz., and
Michael Christensen of
Lansing; daughter,
Rachel Christensen of
Lake Wales; mother and
stepfather, Donna and
Dale Gruhn of Lake
Wales; sister, Shelley
Megyesi of Denver,
Colo.; brother Don
Toebe of Lake Wales,
and one granddaughter,
Ariannah Anzaldua.
Memorial services
will be held on Saturday,
March 7, 2009, at 11 a.m.
at Johnson Funeral
Home, Lake Wales. Rev.
Tom Seitz will officiate.
Interment will be made
at a later date at
Deepdale Cemetery in
Johnson Funeral
Home in charge of

The Lake Wales
Public Library.has
released the March cal-
endar of events as fol-
Relaxation Yoga
every Monday and
Wednesday from 5:30
to 7:00 p.m. in the
library's meeting room.
Cameos memoirs
support group meets at
2 p.m., Tuesday, March
10 in the library's
meeting room.
MidFlorida scribes
writer's support group
meets from 10 a.m. to
noon, Saturday, March
A representative
from Congressman
Adam Putnam's office
will be on hand from
11 to 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday, March 17.
The Alzheimer's
Association monthly
caregivers support
group meets at 1 p.m.,
Monday, March 23.,
All events will be
held in the library's
meeting room.
Special events include:
Let's Talk About It
Love & Forgiveness
Book Discussion at 3
p.m. on Saturday,
March 7. Week Three
"Jazz" by Toni
Morrison Accepting
limited registrations for
final three discussions.
A Day on the Masai
Mara: A Photographer's
Travels presented by,

African art.
on display
The Lake Wales Public
Library presents "A Day
on the Masai Mara: A
Photographer's Travel" at
7 p.m., Thursday, March
Long-time resident
and educator Art
Falconer will share his
photos and tales of
Kenya's Masai Mara.
Falconer taught world
geography to young
adults for 32 years and
holds a Masters degree
in African Geography
from UCLA. Since his
retirement from teach-
ing, Falconer has docu-
mented his love of travel
tend cultures through the
ns of his camera.

PCC celebrates Women's History Month

Polk Community
College celebrates
Women's History Month
with special events
throughout March.
A Kickoff
Celebration will be held
on March 5 at noon
outside the WLR
Building, Winter Haven
campus. The event will
feature food, music and
Gender and
Communication will be
held March 5 from 1 to
2 p.m. in the WFA
Theatre, Winter Haven
campus. I
Communication expert
Jan Hargrave will share
insights into the ways
men and women com-
municate with one,
More Than a Few
Good Men will be held
March 11 at 7 p.m. in
the LTB Auditorium,
Lakeland campus.
Jackson Katz, a scholar,
activist, filmmaker and
speaker, will discuss
ways to prevent gender
violence through edu-
cation and activism.
Movie Night -
"Sarafina!" This movie
stars Whoopi Goldberg
as a girl battling the
oppression of apartheid
in South Africa. It will
be shown on March 16
at 7 p.m. outside the
WLR Building, Winter
Haven campus.
Popcorn and candy
will be provided.
The Battle of the

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March 19 at 12:30 p.m.
outside the WLR
Building, Winter Haven
campus and March 23
at noon outside the LTB
Building, Lakeland
A Georgia O'Keefe

Performance will be
held March 25 at 1 p.m.
in the WFA Theatre,
Winter Haven campus.
Performance artist
Jenny Aldrich will bring
painter Georgia O'Keefe
to life on stage.
The PCC Lakeland
Film Society Movie

Night will be held
March 25 at 4 p.m. in
LTB 1100, Lakeland
campus. Professors
Joseph Cook and Tracie
Welser will screen and
discuss the film "Vicky
Cristina Barcelona."
For more informa-
tion call 297-1040.

Library lists events

Art Falconer at 7 p.m.,
Thursday, March 12.
*Let's Talk About It,
Love & Forgiveness
book discussion, week
four, "The Death of
Ivan Illyich" by Leo
Tolstoy at 3 p.m.,
Saturday, March 14.
Accepting limited reg-
istrations for final three
Night Owls book
discussion group
meets at 6 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 24.
March title'- "The
Gathering" by Anne
Enright available for
$5 per copy or for
LWPL volunteer
appreciation dinner at
5:30 p.m., Friday,
March 27. LWWoman's
Club, library staff and
the LW Library
'Association host this
dinner honoring dedi-
cated volunteers.
Let's Talk About It
Love & Forgiveness
Book Discussion .
Week Five "The Dead"
by James Joyce at 3
p.m., Saturday, March
28. Accepting limited
registrations for final
three discussions.
Polk County
Library Cooperative's
Bookmobile will visit
the Lake Wales Public
.Library's Main Parking
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To have your non-
profit, civic group,
church or school event
included, e-mail infor-
mation to vlove@lake- or fax to
678-1297, attn.
Community Calendar.
The area code for alr '
phone numbers is 863
unless otherwise stated.

LW Chamber Leads
Group #1
The LW chamber
leads group #1 meets at
8 a.m., Wednesday,
March 4. For details and
location information call


Meet the candidates
Meet the candidates,
sponsored by Citizens
for Good Government
from 6 to 8 p.m., on
Wednesday, March 11 at
the Care Center meeting
hall on Park Avenue.

Reserve champion steer

LW Music Club Meeting
Lake Wales Music
Club Meeting at the
Lake Wales Art Center
from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 12. The
program includes Lake
Wales High School:
Strings. Call 635-4431 for
membership info.

First United Methodist O EM
ChurchYard Sale LWMainstreet Board
The First United Meeting'
Methodist Church locat- The Lake Wales'
ed at 230 N. 5th Street Mainstreet Board of
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Directors will meet from
more details call Ca ol 8:30 to 10 a.m.,' Friday,
Harless at 537-2552. March 13 at Youth

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Kiwaniis' 33td Annual'
Pancake Day & Auction
The Kiwanis' 33rd
Annual Pancake Day &,
Auction will be held
from 7 to 10 a.m.'
Saturday, March 7 at
Lake Wales High School.
Cost is $4 in advance
and $5 at door. Pancake
eating contest at 10 a.m.
r with the auction begin-
ning at 1'0:15 a.m.
Tickets available by call-
ing Cynthia Rignanese
at 294-1114.

Antiques, Art & Oddities
Antiques, Art &
Oddities in downtown
Lake Wales from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday,
March 7. For more,
details call604-2800 or

Classic Car Show
Classic car show at
Orange Acres Ranch
,from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, March -7. Free
lunch, drinks and music.
For more details call
Bruce at 537-1625.

Scholarship Gala
Dr. Joseph A. Wiltshire
Scholarship Foundation
3rd Annual Scholarship
Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday,
March 7 at the Lake
Wales Country Club. For
details call 679-3896.

French Conversation
Join Lake Wales
Public Library's French
instructor and library'
assistant, Karine
Madaus for an hour of
French conversation at
noon Tuesday, Nlarch 10.
Brush up on your
French skills in this
informal lunch hour dis-
cussion group. For more
information'call 678-
4004 ext. 221. Don't for-
get your lunch. This
group meets on the 2nd
Tuesday of each month.

LWCC Business After
LWCC Business After
Hours at Mike Pearce
State Farm from 5:80 to
7 p.m. Tuesday, March
10. For more details call

* Coffee Shop on Park Ave.
in Lake Wales. Call Jan
Privett at 224-1970 for
more details.

LWWorld Dance Bazaar
Lake Wales World
Dance Bazaar from 2 to
7 p.m., Saturday, March,
14 at the Marketplace in
historic downtown Lake
Wales. For more details
call 224-1970.

LOHCC Chicken Dinner
Lake of the Hills
Community Club's gour-
met grilled half chicken
s dinner with all the fixins'
served from 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March'14. Live
music, drawings and
silent auction. Take outs
after 2 p.m. For more
details call 676-4752 or

Free Blood Pressure
Screening at LWMC
Free blood pressure
screening at LW\IC in
Room 201 of the Hunt
Bui ding from 9 to 11
a,.m. on Tuesday, March
17. For more details call

.Putnam Representative
at Library
A representative from
Congressman Adam
Putnam's office \.ill be .
available at Lake Wales
Public Library, 290
Cypress Gardens Lane to
assist constituents hav-
ing difficulties with fed-
eral governmental agen-
cies from 11 to 11:30
a.m., Tuesday, March 17.
For more information
call 534-3530 or visit

City Commnission
The city commission
meeting will be held .
from 6 to 8 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 17: For
more details visit

LW Chamber Leads
Group #1
The LW Chamber
leads group #1 meets

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Seventeen-year-old Danielle Wingate, representing Lake Wales High School
FFA, won reserve champion steer at the Polk County Youth Fair held Jan. 29.
The winning steer, Borus, weighed in at 1335 pounds. Mosaic, a yearly sup-
porter of the youth fair, purchased this steer for $8 a pound. Wingate also
won reserve champion steer in Kissimmee last year at the Purina Mills
Prospect Show.

from 8 to 9 a.m.,
Wednesday, March 18.,
For location and more
details call 676-3445.

Homeschool Storytime
at the Library
Homeschool story-
time at 10:30 a.m.,
Wednesday, March 18 at
the Lake Wales Public
Library. Classes are K-5.

-Wii Wednesdays
Wii Wednesdays at
the Lake Wales Public
Library from 3 to 5 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 18
Students K-12 only.

Executive Committee
Executive committee
meeting at the Lake
Wales Chamber of -
Commerce from 8 to 9
a.m., Thursday, March

Board of Directors
Board of directors of
the Lake Wales Chamber
of Commerce meets
from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m,,
Thursday, March 19..

Meet the candidates
Meet the cAndidates,
sponsored by Citizens
for Good Government
from 6 to 8 p.m., on
Thursday, March 19 in
the meeting room at the
Lake Wales Public


Council of Catholic
Women of the Holy
Spirit Catholic Church
will hold a card party on

Friday, Apr. 3 in the *
parish center of the
church located at 644 S.
Ninth Street.


The Scandinavian
Club of Lake Wales
meets the third Tuesday
of the month, October
through April, at 6:30
p.m. at the Georgetown'
Square Clubhouse in
. Lake Wales on 2nd Street
south of Highway 60..
For more information '
call 453-6424.
LakeshoreVilla at
500A Club Rd., offers
Bingo everything
Thursday in their town
hall beginning at 6:30,
p.m. $5 pack. Located 10
miles eastlof Lake Wales
off SR 60. Call 696-3583.
Lake Wales Elks
Lodge, welcomes every-
one to join them for
Bingo at noon, every
Tuesday, located in the
lodge at 16905.Hwy..27
in Lake Wales!
Refreshments will be for
Lake Wales. Bridge
has resumed their game
at the Austin Center
each Tuesday and
Thursday 12:30 p.m. For
more information call
635-0427 or 678-3628.
Free Computer
Classes!! on Mondays
and Tuesdays from 4 to
6 p.m. at B Street
Community Center, 230
B St. Call Marilyn'
McKnight at 679-8091:
Music, games and=
pool every Friday night
from 7 to 10 p.m. at the
Youth Coffee House for
middle and school stu-

Lake Wales Family
Literacy Academy offers
G.E.D. and child care for
preschoolers classes.
Call 604-8012 for more
Golfview Baptist
Church, 107 Hibiscus
Drive, is inviting every-
one for dinner and fel-
lowship every
Wednesday'night at 5:30
p.m. Cost is $5 adults, $3
children under 12, or
$15 for an entire family.
The dinner includes
drinks and dessert. For
more information 676-
1918 or 638-4002.
Bok in Bloom! Now
through March 2009 -
Spring Color. Be dazzled
by bountiful seasonal.
blooms as you stroll ,
through the historic gar-
dens. During March and
April, enjoy the scent of
orange blossoms as you
wind along the entrance
road. To view a list of
flowering plants, go .to
Watercolor at Bok
Fall Semester: Winter-
Spring Semester, 12-
Thursday, January 29
- April 16
ed: 9:30 a.m. 12.30
artist/instructor Owen
Jolly will teach new
techniques, strengthen
drawing skills and get
your creativity flowing
with on-location and
studio work, demonstra-
tions and constructive
critique. Still life, floral,
landscape and portrait
subjects will be includ-
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On the Agenda
. Library Board -'
March 5 at 11 a.m. at
the library..
L.W. Music Club
Board Meeting -
March 5 at 1 p.m. at
the library.
Bicycle &
Pedestrian Board -
March 5 at 5:30 p.m. in
the Commission
Code Enforcement
-_March 9 at 5 p.m. in
the Commission.
Lakes Advisory -
March*10 at 5:30 p.m.
in the Commission
P & Z Review -
March'11 at 5 p.m. in
the planning confer-
ence room
Board of Appeals -
March 12 at 9 a.m. in
the City Hall Chamber.
P.D. Forum-
March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
at the library.

mostly indoors.
Beginner/ Intermediate:
1:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
Covers step-by-step
basic watercolor tech-
niques and the elements'
of design. No previous'
experience required. A
materials list will be pro-
vided. $204 or members
Orchids and Irises in
the Garden Art Exhibit:
Now through March 2.6
Large silk florals of
orchids and irises
appear painted fresh
and light, direct result qf
Sarasota artist Jamie
Kirkell's studies at the
Batik Research Institute
of Indonesia. The spirit;
of botanical art embod-
ies his Work reflecting
classical and modern
influences. Widely
shown across the U. S.
galleries and botanical
gardens, Jamie's art has
been exhibited interna-
tionally and can be
found at public, private
and corporate collec-

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday, rain
or shine, on North
Centrog Avenue, east
side of the Polk County
Historical Museum, 8
a.m. to 2 p.m., 519-0508.
Antique Fair
Second Saturday of
each month from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. along Main
Street in downtown
Bartow. Booth spaces
are $15 each. Call Roy
Hamby at 533-8538 or -
Main Street Bartow at
519-0508 to reserve a

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Learn basic art techniques

at Ridge Art Association

Classes are still avail-
able at Ridge Art
: Association with
instructor Edwin Ryan
Bailey. The how-to
course "Drawing
Fundamentals," will
meet on Mondays
beginning March 9 from
10 a.m. to noon for six
Sessions. The course is
designed to help those
interested in painting
learn the basic drawing
skills they need to get
started. It is also perfect
'for anyone interested in
improving their draw-
; ing.
Bailey says, "The
most ironic excuse I'
hear is 'I'd love to take
an art class, but I don't
know how to draw!' I
explain, that's the point
of taking the class!"
i Another course,
"Acrylic Painting For
Beginners" will meet on
Wednesday mornings
from 10 a.m. to noon for
Ssix sessions beginning
March 11. The course is
designed for the begin-
ner, but is also a contin-
uation for those who
have studied acrylic
e,';painting before. Due to
Spring Break, the cours-
es will not meet on
'-March 30 and April 1.
e Local artist and col-
lege art professor Ryan
Bailey teaches both

classes and has designed
the courses for the
beginner and the inter-
mediate student. The
classes feature the study
of the fundamentals and
techniques involved in
developing the medium.
Bailey provides hands-
on instruction preceded
by lecture and demon-
strations. Through this
method students will
learn the proper use of
materials to achieve
desired effects.
Classroom demonstra-
tions display various
techniques incorporated
by master artists.
The cost for either
course is $80 for non-
members and $65 for
current Ridge Art
Association members.
Take both classes for
$150 for non-members
and $120 for members.
Pre-registration and pre-
payment is required
prior to the first class.
Registration and pay-
ment deadline is March
4, 2009.
Supply lists are now
available. Spaces are
limited, so sign up now.
Classes are for adults
age 18 and up. New
members are always
welcome and interested
parties may joinrr Ridge
Art prior to taking either
class to take advantage

of the member's dis-
Ryan Bailey has a
Master's Degree in Fine
Arts with an emphasis
on Studio Art (Painting).
He is an award-winning
artist with over 20 years
of art instruction experi-
ence and has participat-
ed in exhibitions
throughout the
Southeast, New York,
and Japan.
He has taught paint-
ing and drawing at Gulf
Coast Community
College and at the Visual
Arts Center, both in
Panama City, Florida. He
teaches design and
drawing at Florida
Southern College in
A materials list for
either course will be
provided to interested
students prior to regis-
tration. Ridge Art
Association is located at
the Chain of Lakes
Complex, 210 Cypress
Gardens Blvd., Winter
"Haven. Ridge Art's office
and gallery hours are-
from 12:30 to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
For more information
call the Ridge Art
Association Gallery at
(863) 291-5661 between
12:30 and 4 p.m. week-
days or visit their web-
site at

(photo provided)
Hillcrest third grader Jackson Cook gets plenty of ground clearance during
the Jump Rope for Heart event that raised more than $200 for the American
Heart Association.

Hillcrest Hawks jump

for heart health

Polk Community-
College employees will
hold a fundraising
yard sale on March 7
from 8 a.m. to noon
on the Winter Haven
campus at the
Learning Resources
loggia. This covered

area is an ideal loca-
tion for this rain-or-
shine event.
A variety of cloth-
ing, books and other
treasures will be on
All proceeds will
benefit the March of

Dimes campaign to
help families have
healthier babies. Signs
on campus will direct
visitors to the sale.
For further informa-
tion, contact Sandy
May at 297-1096 or at

Hillcrest Elementary
third graders jumped all
over heart disease and
stroke by participating
in "Jump Rope for
Heart" last week.
The activity on
Friday, Feb. 20 helped

celebrate the 30th
anniversary of this
fundraising event for the
American Heart
Association. Hillcrest
Elementary raised more
than $200 to help fight
heart disease and

"We are very proud of
all the jumpers, and-we
had a lot of fun," said
physical education
teacher Debbie Knuth,
who coordinated the
heart-healthy event.

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Beast Feast a hit, to say the least

The Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc.
presents "A Passion for Color" exhibit
with acrylic painter Susan Ragland
Lewis Abrahamson. The public is
invited to attend a closing reception
on Sunday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Abrahamson has painted several new
pieces that will be unveiled at this
The experienced artist captivates
her audience with stunning acrylic
paintings. She has taken instruction
from Franz Bernheimer, John
DeRocco and Edward Betts.
Abrahamson also spent some time
studying at the Louvre. Her works
have been exhibited in Washington,
D.C., through the Millicent Chatel
Gallery and displayed most recently
at the Longboat Key Art Center, with
her paintings found in private collec-
tions throughout the United States.
This exhibit was made possible by the
generosity of Mr. and Mrs. ThomasW.
The Lake Wales Arts Council, Inc. is
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
whose mission is to promote, encour-
age and celebrate the arts for the

r (photo provided)
enhancement of community 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 a.m. to 4 p.m., and seasonal-
ly, Satuirday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For
more information, please call 863-
676-8426, or visit the website

(Photos by Debra Gouvellis)
The 3rd Annual Lake Wales FFA Alumni "Beast
Feast" was a hit this past Saturday, drawing long
lines for food, and plenty of help to cook main
entrees. The event was held at the Lake Wales foot-
ball field. All proceeds from the Beast Feast bene-
fited the Lake Wales Senior High FFA and
McLaughlin FFA members and agricultural educa-
tion. The Beast Feast menu included things like
gator, catfish, hog, venison and chicken. There was
also an auction held with all the proceeds going
towards student scholarships, leadership confer-
ences and competitions throughout the year. FFA
Alumni did all the cooking for the event.

'The Messenger'

opens March 13

at LW Little Theater

"The Messenger", by Joan Kufrin,
Lake Wales Little Theater's fourth,
production of the season, has a cast
that's a combination of veterans and
newcomers to stage.
"The Messenger" is a much softer
take on life than their last produc-
tion, "Kitchen Witches", theater offi-
cials noted. This romantic comedy
revolves around Angela, who still is
not married and living with her par-
According to director. Terry Loyd,
"the play is about a family that has
labored under some real miscommu-
nication which has defined their rela-
tionships and self images for over 30
years. A new person enters this fami-
ly as a suitor for the older, unwed
daughter. He becomes a catalyst for
the reexamination by the family of
how they really feel about each
"I really do like my cast, and the
new people are doing very well with

our veterans," Loyd added. "They are
developing their characters and the
chemistry and friction between the
various characters has a very genuine
quality about it. It is fun to watch
them work and get more comfortable
every night."
The theater welcomes back past
audience favorites Vicki Iliff (last sea-
son's First Baptist of Ivy Gap, among
many others), MacKenzie Jennings
(last season's Looking and Home
Games) and John Richards (Opal's
Million Dollar Duck). Joining those
three will be newcomers Meagan
Miller and Edward Esteve.
Performances are scheduled
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from
March. 13-29. Curtain times are 7:30
p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with
the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
For more information about the
LWLT visit Ticket
prices are $12 for adults; $9 for stu-
dents 18 and under. 679-TKTS (8587).

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