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Long-sought murder suspect is

nabbed after accident


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Was wanted for machete-style

BRIAN ACKLEY of Aurelio Ramos of 206 problems with Garcia. According to the
EDITOR John Street in Frostproof. According to a witness, report, the victim nevi
At the time, Garcia's reports stated, Ramos left returned back to his
)ect in a 1998 listed address was 1511 the scene with his wallet John Street address, n(
)of murder case McClellan Road.' that was secured to his did he show up for we
d bars this week, According to court pants by a silver chain, the next day. The wit-
eries of events records, the two were and that the victim had ness, a cousin of Rami
g a vehicle crash involved in an argu- about $40 in cash. The reported him missing
ly identified him ment on Feb. 23, 1998, witness also indicated the Polk County Sheri:
anted man. at around 2 a.m. at that Garcia, who reports Office.
Garcia, 36, is the victim's residence. identified as a laborer/ On Feb. 24, a grove
with first-degree Shortly after the argu- grove worker, then left worker discovered a
and attempted ment, Ramos apparently the residence about 15 large mound of dirt
obbery in con- left the residence on foot minutes after the initial off of Raulerson Road,
with the death to avoid any additional altercation, near Avon park Cutoff

slaying in 1998



Road. According to the
court document, near
the mound "was what
appeared to be pieces of
a scalp with black hair
Investigators cleared
the scene, and the vic-
tim's body was discov-
ered, with his wallet
missing but the silver
chain still intact.
According to reports,
an autopsy concluded
that the victim had

"multiple chop and stab
wounds throughout his
According to the sus-
pect's girl friend, reports
indicated,that Garcia
carried a machete in
his vehicle "on a regu-
lar basis," The medical
examiner confirmed that
the victim's fatal injuries
were "consistent with
that made by a large

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The Audubon Center, located in Babson Park, was the target of a recent break-in.

Nature Center tranquility

spoiled by robbery

has no
insurance to
cover loss
Staff Writer
The peaceful environ-
ment of the Audubon
Society Nature Center
in Babson Park was
violated Thursday night
by thieves, who splin-
tered the front door
and helped themselves
to hundreds of dollars
worth of equipment and
The theft came on the
eve of Bok Tower's Earth
Day and shortly after the
death of the Audubon So-
ciety's former president,
Kent Morrison.
The local Audubon So-
ciety had just concluded
their annual fundraiser,
the "Birdathon." Many of
the checks had already
been deposited, said
current president Ber-
nard Martin, but there
were three or four still
on hand, plus a $50 bill
someone had sent.
The thief or thieves
also took the petty cash,
stamps worth about

This was the scene that greeted workers at the Audubon Society
when they arrived at work Friday morning.

$100, raffle proceeds,
the society's computer
containing records from
as far as fifteen years
back, and the computer
back-up drive. They also
stole a DVD projector,
Martin said.
The chapter has no in-
surance to cover the loss.
Martin arrived Friday
morning to man the

center and had planned
to make a deposit, but
was greeted instead by a
scene of chaos and de-
struction. Drawers were
splintered, pried open
and left hanging out, and
the contents of the front
desk area were strewn

"It was like getting hit
in the head with a frying
So sighed Shirley Ba-
logh, president and chief
executive officer of the
Lakeland-based Alliance
for Independence (AFI),
which has 115 clients.
Sigh. It was all she
could do to in order to
comprehend the emer-
gency across the board
15 percent cut Gov. Rick
Scott had imposed April
1 upon the Agency for
People.with Disabilities.
Balogh said the.mea-
sure was to cover an end-
of-year deficit.
"So the impact to us for
three months, April, May
and June, is $148,226,"
she said. "We've got to
absorb that impact in a
three-month period."
Now the question
is, how? AFI, she said,
had already cut back to
bare bones. Even before
April 1, Balogh had been

The American Cancer
Society has about 13,000
reasons to say thank you
to the greater Frostproof
Community this spring;
That's how much,
roughly, the 2011 Frost-
proof Relay for life event
raised for the group,
which sponsors over-
night events in many
communities throughout
the Ridge (Fort Meade
held its relay the same
weekend) and through-
out the United States.
The event not only
raises funds, but cele-
brates cancer survivors of
all kinds with an opening
"Victory Lap" for those
who have overcome all
types of the dread dis-
ease. Frostproof's event
was held April 1-2.
"The event was a suc-

Many of the clients at the Sunrise Community in Lakeland are
not able to care for themselves. They and others like them
throughout Florida will be hurt by cuts to the Agency for
Persons with Disabilities.

working with businesses,
renegotiating contracts,
reducing expenses any-
where and everywhere

cess, we had a lot of fun,"
said Lessa Bradford from
Ferguson's distribution
warehouse, who helped
organize and put on the
community relay.
More than a dozen
teams were part of the

she could. While business
owners and operators


fun, and many commu-
nity members-showed up
at various times of the
day night to lend their
"I can't give you an

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April 16, 2011

Agency not sure

it could cover cuts

Relay raises thousands

for cancer research

The always emotional Victory Lap is a tradition once again
observed at this year's 2011 Frostproof Relay for Life, held last
weekend. The lap is the first lap of the event.

Going Green on
the Green
See Page 11A


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Saturday, April 16
Chamber Fun Night
Annual fundraiser for
chamber of commerce.
Tickets $100 per couple.
Call the chamber at 635-
7222 for more informa-
tion. Caribbean theme
for 2011!
Youth Yard Sale
The youth are busy at
Emmanuel Baptist Fel-
lowship gearing up for
their annual yard sale..
Every year the youth
gather items to sell, with
the help of donations
from church members
and the local community.
Last year the church gym
was packed full of items
for sale, it was a great
They will also be sell-
ing hotdogs and cold
drinks. Under the direc-
tion of the new Youth

Pastor Tony McQueen,
the Youth will be rais-
ing money so they can
attend Youth Camp at
"Word of Life" in Hud-
son, Florida.
The sale will run from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m, rain or
shine. Emmanuel Baptist
Fellowship is located at
1300 Highway 630 West,
in Frostproof. If you
would like to make a
donation or if you have
any questions, please
call the church office at

Friday, April 22
Community Good
Friday services
The Frostproof Ministi-
ral Association will hold
a special Good Friday
community service
starting at 7 p.m. To ac-
comodate everyone, the
service will be held in the

American Legion Post 95
Memorial Audiotirum in
city hall. Open to all.

Saturday, April 23
Easter Egg Hunt
Kids up to age 10 are
invited to participate in
this event, sponsored by
Family Life Church and
the Frostproof Ministe-
rial Association. Thou-
sands of prizes, including
some for adults too! Fun
starts at 10 a.m. at Frost-
proof Middle Senior High

Sunday, April 24
Easter Sunrise service
The Frostproof Min-
isterial Association will
hold its annual sunrise
service at 6:30 a.m. at the
east end of Wall Street.
Open to all.


April 11
Albert Carrington, Tyre
Road, battery, property
damage less than $1,000.
William Wright, West
First Street, violation of

April 13
Alicia Ezell, North Av-



enue, possession of con-
trolled substance without
prescription, possession
of marijuana less than 20
grams, possession of drug

April 14
Pedro Gamez, Thomas
Avenue, violation of pro-

bation, grand theft less
than $5,000, dealing in
stolen property, provid-
ing false information to
a second hand dealer for
more than $300.
Glenn Underwood,
Hall Street, threatening a
public servant or family
member, battery.

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Friday, April 30
Murder Mystery Din-
ner Theater
The Frostproof Cham-
ber will host another

in its series of popular
murder mystery dinner
theater productions at
the Ramon, starting at 7
p.m. This production
will be "Happy Death

Day To You". Tickets are
$25 each. Order tickets
online at www.ramon-
theater.com or call
863-635-7222 or 863-635-

Super softball seniors

Frostproof senior Chelle Smith
.was one of two honorees
recently at the city sports
complex when the Lady Bull-
dogs took a moment to pay
tribute to their two seniors.
Chelle was accompanied by
her father King (left), mother
Melissa, her grandmother and
her uncle.

The Frostproof Lady Bulldogs softball team
-., --recently honored a pair of soon-to-be
graduates during Senior Night ceremonies.
Senior Sydney Jones is flanked by her
mother, Lorrie, and father, Rick. The team
finished its regular season last night in

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Finding common ground on new manager

Now that the election is over one
of the main tasks of the new Lake
Wales City Commission will be to
pick our new city manager.
Judy Delmar, a longtime city em-
ployee, is retiring as city manager
She took the job after Tony Otte
was abruptly fired by the current
commission majority of Jack Van
Sickle, John Paul Rogers and Jona-
than Thornhill.
Delmar was a good choice as a
caretaker manager and she has, for
the most part, performed well and
certainly with integrity.
We will miss her but also welcome
a fresh face with no ties to the past
or factions.
Our new city manager will come
to our city on the heels of one of the
most hotly-contested city elections
in memory.
During the campaigns it seemed





as though the community was
evenly divided between those who
thought the status quo was a good
thing and those who were seeking a
change in commission leadership.
The election results showed some-
thing else entirely. Mike Carter won
his race for mayor with 65 percent
of the vote.
Commissioner Jack Van Sickle
was unseated as a commissioner by
Betty Wojcik with 65 percent of the
The turnout was very high and the
results were very lopsided.
The community was very clear
as to which way it wanted to pro-
ceed. It would seem that a major-
ity responded to the call for more
openness in government and better
relationships with various segments


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Toughest job in the RAF

Am I the only person
who has pondered what
it must be like to be the
British military com-
mander of Prince Wil-
liam, search and rescue
helicopter pilot in the
RAF and future King of
England? Prince William
was commissioned a cor-
net (second lieutenant) in
the Blues and Royals regi-
ment of the Household
Cavalry, and as best I can
determine from on-line
research, now holds the
ranks of flight lieutenant
in the Royal Air Force and
captain in the Blues and
He holds honorary
ranks as Commodore-in-
Chief of HMNB Clyde, the
Royal Navy Submarine
Service, and Scotland,
and Colonel of the Regi-
ment of Irish Guards.
He is the one-thou-
sandth member of the
Order of the Garter. What-
ever that is.
Not bad for a guy who
was commissioned on
Dec. 15, 2006.

He goes by various
names, the most official
of which appears to be
William Arthur Philip
Louis Mountbatten-
Having a name that
long must have been re-
ally convenient when his
mother, Princess Diana,
became angry at him and
(all boys are familiar with
this tradition) summoned
him by his entire name.

By the time she got to
she probably had forgot-
ten why she was mad.
. For short, he is properly
known as William Wales.
In college, he was ad-
dressed by a pseudonym,
But how is he ad-
dressed by his flying
buddies? Lieutenants are
not known for formality
in addressing each other,
though somehow I just
cannot imagine his fellow
officers shouting, "Hey,
Wills. Let's hit the club for
a cool one!" But I suppose
it could happen.

Back to my original
premise, as a senior cap-
tain or junior major as-
signed as his commander,
how do you give an order
to the man who is second
in line of succession to
the throne? "Prince Wil-
liam of Wales, member of
the Order of the Garter, if
it suits Your-Highness-To-
Be, Sir, right face, forward
How does one shout or-
ders to Queen Elizabeth's
eldest grandson? Perhaps,
as in answer to the ques-
tion, "How do porcupines
make love?" The answer

is, "Very carefully."

I have not kept track of
these things, but it seems
to me that Prince William
and his rakish younger
brother, Prince 'Arry, have
taken a little more leave
than most members of
the military.
I get this mental image
of Prince William ap-
proaching the aforesaid
unit commander, and
saying, "Sir, I am getting
married to Kate Middle-
ton, the future Queen
of England, on the 29th
of this month. Do you
suppose I could have an
extra couple of weeks off
for our honeymoon?" And
I envision his commander
replying, "Sorry, Flight
Lieutenant Mountbatten-
Windsor, if I made an ex-
' ception for you, I'd have
to make an exception for
all of Her Majesty's grand-
kids, and you can see
where that would lead.
"But I will approve a
three-day pass."

(S. L. Frisbie is retired,
from both journalism
and a 32-year military
career, three decades of
which were in the Florida
National Guard. He has
great respect for anyone
who serves in uniform,
doubly so for a couple
of brothers in the Brit-
ish royal family. He's just
doesn't envy the task of the
officers assigned as their

The Frostproof News
Jim Gouvellis Publisher
Aileen Hood General Manager
Brian Ackley Editor

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of the community.
Our city commission will still have
a 3-2 majority, albeit from a dif-
ferent perspective, and it is always
uncomfortable for a city manager
to work for a commission when it
might just take one upset commis-
sioner to take away his or her job.
That's why the selection of our
new city manager would serve the
new hire and the community well if
it were done with at least a 4-1 vote.
A unanimous (or near unanimous
vote) would go a long way toward
building a good working relation-
ship with the new manager right
from the start.
The commission got off to a good
start by appointing a citizen panel
to review the dozens of applicants
for the job.
The committee will weed through
the resumes and make some recom-
mendations to our elected officials


who will ultimately make the final
We know that our commission will
look for and find a qualified candi-
date for the position.
As an aside, we also hope they
require or strongly suggest that our
new city manager live in our city.
Currently, our city manager, our
police chief and our economic
development director (who is also
recognized as our de facto assistant
city manager) all live outside of our
city limits.
Two of those three don't even live
in Polk County.
Picking a new city manager will be
one of the most important tasks of
the new commission.
If the community and the com-
mission get behind a candidate for
the position there is a chance that
the hiring will help heal a lot of
wounds and hard feelings.

Thank You Lake Wales,

Not only do I, person-
ally, want to say "Thank
You" to our Election Team
and supporters through-
out the City, who worked
so hard and tirelessly on
our campaign, cham-
pioning a cause they
believed in; but I also
want to say a big "Thank
You" to the "super major-
ity" of men and women
of Lake Wales, at large, for
a job well done. While in
my opinion, victory for
justice, fairness as well
as city image prevailed
this past Tuesday night at
the poll, yet it could not
have been done without
each of us doing our part.
For this cause, I am truly
grateful to all of you.
Last, but by all means,
not least, a "super" thank
you to "Commissioner-
Elect" Betty Wojcik and
"Mayor-Elect" Mike
Carter whose qualifica-

we I
a Ch
of c

tions, issues, image and
vision for our city, made
our choice and decision
to work hard, easy.
Our victorious efforts
transcended all bounds:
race, religion, politics,
education, social and
economic boundaries!
(To God be the glory.)
I am profoundly
pleased to know, learn
and confirm, that the
heart and mindset of the
"super majority" of Lake
Wales, is on the other side
of the thinking of one of
the candidate's 30-year
past. This victory, reaf-
firmed my faith in the
decency, that is at the
very heart of our City. So
as much as possible, let
the healing begin. Let us
come together as City
and Community Lead-
ers, Movers and Shakers
and extend the "olive
branch" to each other

and collectively apply
some "healing salve" onto
the wounds of our City.
Where leaders go, their
people generally follow.
The missing piece, on
which we must build, is
"Reconciliation." Before
we are permitted to offer
our gift upon the altar,
we are instructed to first
go and be "reconcile" to
thy brother; then come
and offer thy gift upon
the altar. Given certain
elements of our City's
history, the challenge is
real and the hill will be
hard to climb! It may be
imposing but not im-
possible. It may be an
imposition, but not an
impossibility. So let's do
our best as a city, to go
forward, "one step at a
time." Thanks again, Lake
Rev. J. J. Pierce, Sr.
Lake Wales

Too much partying by students
le have lived in our In these past two years the behavior begins ar
*ent home for ap- we have endured more within a day or two. Fi
ximately two years drunken parties than we the conduct we have
were a little uneasy can count, trespassing, observed,
ut moving there when bottles and cups of liquor Warner is not a colle
earned that the other spewed across our prop- we will ever recommei
se on the property erty, loud vulgar talking, to any of our friends o
rented to college kids. parking all over our lawn, associates. What a sad
were assured that they sex under our bedroom commentary on what
e "good" kids who windows, garbage, con- "values" and "Christiar
e not only outstand- doms and you name it based college" has cor
athletes, but who everywhere, to mean in this day an
nded Warner College, Talking to these stu- age.
iristian college with dents is useless, as the Jean Bern
ng values and a code "Yes Ma'am or Yes, Sir" Babson P
conduct. are quick to the lips, but

Teachers should take FCAT

FCAT is here again.
I keep thinking that
the teachers should have
to pass the FCAT so we
know they are capable of
teaching the students to
that level.

Now, I am thinking
teachers should have to
pass the 12th grade FCAT
before they are hired as
teachers in Florida.
Then, we would know
that the teachers who are





teaching in any grade at
least have the equivalent
of a high school educa-
Lynn Rhodes

Real conservatives will drill

My father, Albert
Frodge, returned from
fighting in World War II
as a wounded combat
veteran, determined to
inculcate into the lives
of his six sons a love for
hunting, fishing and the
Consequently, I am a
conservationalist, but I
am not a radical envi-
ronmentalist. Recently, I
received some interest-
ing propaganda from
the Sierra Club that is
concerned that "no action
can be taken under the
Endangered Species Act
to stop global warming or
oil drilling in fragile polar
bear habitat."
I am surprised that the
Sierra Club is still clinging
to the discredited theory
of "global warming" and
am reminded of the Holy

Scriptures that speak of
"science so called." The
latter issue of a "fragile
habitat" has also been
repeatedly discredited
and yet radical environ-
mental groups continue
to present these spurious
arguments as fact.
Unfortunately, these
small groups of radicals
aligned with a radical
Democratic administra-
tion have thwarted oil
exploration in the U.S.
Mr. Obama placed a
drilling moratorium in
April, 2010, lifted it in
October, 2010, and has
not approved a single
new exploratory drilling
plan in the Gulf of Mexico
while over 100 permits
await review.
As gasoline approaches
$4 to $5 per gallon, it is
estimated that this policy

is costing our country
$3.7 million/day. To add
insult to injury, the Wil-
liston Basin, in northern
Montana, North Dakota
and Canada, is estimated
by the Energy Informa-
tion Administration to
potentially contain 503
billion barrels of oil.
The evidence is over-
whelming that Mr.
Obama and radical
environmentalists seem
intent on bankrupting
this nation.
True conservationalists
must call on Congress
to "Drill here and Drill
We cannot delay in
making America free from
foreign oil used to sup-
port regimes that hope
and pray for our downfall.
Dan C. Frodge, PE.

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April 16, 2011

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Olon Miller

Society has no insurance
to cover the loss

Staff Writer

The peaceful environ-
ment of the Audubon
Society Nature Center
in Babson Park was
violated Thursday night
by thieves, who splin-
tered the front door
and helped themselves
to hundreds of dollars
worth of equipment and
The theft came on the
eve of Bok Tower's Earth
Day and shortly after the
death of the Audubon
Society's former presi-
dent, Kent Morrison.
The local Audubon So-
ciety had just concluded
their annual fundraiser,
the "Birdathon." Many of
the checks had already
been deposited, said
current president Ber-
nard Martin, but there
were three or four still
on hand, plus a $50 bill
someone had sent.
The thief or thieves
also took the petty cash,
stamps worth about
$100, raffle proceeds,
the society's computer
containing records from
as far as fifteen years
back, and the computer
back-up drive. They also
stole a DVD projector,
Martin said.

The chapter has no in-
surance to cover the loss.
Martin arrived Friday
morning to man the
center and had planned
to make a deposit, but
was greeted instead by a
scene of chaos and de-
struction. Drawers were
splintered, pried open
and left hanging out, and
the contents of the front
desk area were strewn
In the adjacent kitchen
building, the scene was
For a number of rea-
sons, Martin thinks the
theft was done by profes-
sionals. They parked in
an area not visible from
the road. They used a
rake or some such tool to
rub out their tire tracks.
The breaking of the front
door was done with ef-
ficiency and at just the
right point.
Martin and Center
Manager Patty McKeen
think they may know
who did it. Several
times Patty had seen a
late model black BMW
parked on the property.
They weren't too con-
cerned at first, because
the property's nature trail
is open to the public,
and has frequent visitors.
One day, however, the car

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This was the scene that greeted workers at the Audubon Society
when they arrived at work Friday morning.

was 'there and two young
men, one who appeared
Oriental and one Cauca-
sian, came into the Na-
ture Center after hours.
Martin told them the
center was closed, and
they left. "I don't think
they were expecting me
to be here," he said. As
Martin left the center, he
noticed they were still in
the area, and they slowed

down and parked as he
passed. Unfortunately
no one.got a tag number
during any of these sight-
ings. "It never crossed
our minds at that time
that we were about to be
robbed," he said.
If anyone has informa-
tion, please notify the
Babson Park Police Dept.
and/or The Audubon
Center at (863) 638-1355.

In the feature for the Bok Tower Gardens memorial
of Ken Morrison in the April 6, 2011 issue of The Lake
Wales News, the man shown releasing the bald eagle
into the wild is veteranarian Thomas Schotman, not
Rodger Waters. We apologize for the error.

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Easter celebrations

Please submit all list-
ings for Easter celebra-
tions to the Lake Wales
News via email at news@
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phone at (863) 676-3467
by Tuesday, April 19 at 5
p.m. These will be com-
piled and published in
the Saturday, April 23 edi-

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be forwarded to Kathy
Leigh Berkowitz, manag-
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Olon Miller, 73, of
Frostproof went to be
with the Lord onWednes-
day, April 13, 2011. Olon
was born in rural Hardee
County on June 30, 1937
to James Jerry Miller and
Demmie Smith Miller. He
graduated from Frost-
proof High School in 1955 -
and inrmediately enlisted
in the Air Force where he
spent four years and was
honorably discharged. Olon was a Christian by faith.
He was involved in the citrus business all of his life
and worked in most phases of the industry. While in
high school he worked at dumping up 50 pound bags
of fertilizer, hoeing and pruning trees, and laying
irrigation pipes along with many other menial jobs.
After returning from the Air Force, he worked with his
father in his citrus harvesting business. Many times
he picked boxes of fruit early in the morning to earn
extra money, until there were enough boxes to make
a load, then he would haul fruit to the packing house
the remainder of the day. Later, he drove semi-loads
of fruit to the plant, became a field rider, citrus buyer
and then a grove owner himself.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Carol Fee Mill-
er; brother, James Orville Miller; father, James Jerry
Miller and mother, Demmie Smith Miller. Survivors
include his wife, Tina Miller; sister, Mavis Miller John-
son of Arlington, Ga.; daughters, Terri Miller Douglas
(Rick) of Frostproof; Debbie Miller Howard (Jerry) of
Avon Park; Cindy Miller Duhm (Allan) of Lakeland;
Patty Miller Gonzales (Martin) of Frostproof; stepsons,
Joe Elyard (Mary) of Sacramento, Calif.; Tim Elyard
of Raleigh, N.C.; Tom Elyard (Maggie) of Frostproof
and their mother Charlotte Puterbaugh Miller, and
stepson, Dean Duncan of Lake Placid. Other survivors
include 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April,
14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Frostproof. The funeral service will follow
on Friday morning at 11 a.m. also at Marion Nelson
Funeral Home, with graveside services immediately
following at Silver Hill Cemetery. The webcast of his
service can be viewed and condolences may be sent
to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of ar-


S. "Ken"

Kenneth S. "Ken" Coul-
son of Frostproof passed
away Wednesday, April
13, 2011. He was 88. Mar-
ion Nelson Funeral Home
of Lake Wales is handling
the arrangements.

Robert L.

Robert L. Franklin of
Winter Haven passed
away Thursday, April 14,
2011 at Good Shepherd
Hospice. He was 76. Mar-
ion Nelson Funeral Home
in Lake Wales is handling
the arrangements.


In the April 13, 2011 issue of The Lake Wales News,
it was incorrectly stated that Mayor-elect Mike Carter
would be the first mayor to serve a four-year term
under the provisions of the newly adopted Charter
amendments. Carter will not be the first mayor under
the regulation, for the amendment does not become
effective until the city elections in 2013. We apologize
for the error.

..... . ....N-The Audubon Center, located
in Babson Park, was the target
of a recent break-in.

Nature Center tranquility spoiled by robbery

Nature Cen~terT tranqula1ityspoiled by robbery

Frostproof News Page 5A

April 16, 2011

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MURDER: Suspect nabbed after incident at BP station
FROM PAGE 1 that evening. Both items Garcia, however, was April 2, when Garcia was that day, Garcia entered formation with the other
had small amounts of never located. The 1998 apparently involved in the parking lot at the BP vehicle owner, and was
sharp weapon, possibly a blood on them, records arrest affidavit indicated an accident, according gas station on U.S. 27 later picked up and taken
machete." indicated. According to that his girlfriend at the to information from the and U.S. 98, and appar- in on a charge of leaving
Police also found a police, the blood's DNA time believed he might Polk County Sheriff's Of- ently hit another vehicle, the scene of an accident
napkin and receipt in matched that of the have returned to Mexico. fice. The PCSO said that The PCSO said he did not when they discovered the
the car Garcia was using victim. Police got their break approximately 5:37 p.m. exchange any driver in- fingerprint match.

AGENCY: Not sure about covering costs

were willing to work with
her, and had, there was
only so much they could
do. They have to make
a profit in order to stay
operational and provide
the needed services, said
Balogh. And that was not
the least of her concerns.
"Everything we do, we
get reimbursed for ser-
vices. We don't get paid
up front," she said. "Over
the past three years,
we've had cutbacks to the
tune of 25 percent."
The problem is, AFI
and similar agencies are
getting only the same
rate it was in 2005-06.
But costs keep climb-
ing, as do Medicaid
mandates issued by the
federal government, a
number of which involve
its employees, many who
barely make much more
than minimum wage.
However, there comes a
point you can't cut any-
thing else, she said.
"Every time we turn
around, it's more train-
ing," said Balogh. "We're
not complaining, but
we're not getting reim-
bursed to cover these
Those costs eat up 75
percent of AFI's budget.
But her deepest con-
cerns were not for AFI. It
was for those who need
its services. They are the
ones, along with their
families, who are imme-
diately affected. As Ba-
logh explained, a client is
assessed by the state and
put into one of four tiers.
Each tier is assigned
an annual budget, with

tier one being the most
acute care needed. With
the financial cutbacks,
clients also are having to
cut back.
. "So now, instead of
coming here five days
per week, perhaps, they
can only come three
days," she said.
As a consequence, the
clients at AFI are regress-
ing. By not being able to
attend more regularly,
their health, safety and
well-being are being
critically affected. It's
scary for the families,
and they're really having
to make some serious
decisions on what to do,
Balogh said, then added
AFI was doing everything
possible to minimize the
damage to families. But
prospects look dim.
"We're really against
the wall," she said. "Each
family is struggling what
to do. But to put it on the
backs of those who car
least afford it?"

The powers that be
No economic class is
immune, be it low-, mid-
dle- or upper-income,
blue, pink or white collar.
Steve Fettke and Rickey
Cotton hail from aca-
demia. Fettke is a profes-
sor of religious studies
and Cotton is a professor
and chairman of English
and foreign languages,
both at Southeastern
University. Fettke has a
27-year-old son, Phillip,
who is on the severe side
of the autism spectrum.
Even so, his son lives in a
group home. Cotton has
a 25-year-old daughter,
Catherine, and she is also

on the severe side of the
autism spectrum, but her
condition is much more
acute than Phillip's. She
lives in one of the only
two remaining state-run
They expressed con-
cerns over the possibility
the governor and the
Legislature, especially
those put into office by
Tea Party supporters and
voters, will privatize the
entire system, or failing
that, as much of it as
possible. The problem
with that is "when you
privatize, you cut," Cot-
ton said.
Currently, the two
remaining state-run
facilities are being run
in a proficient manner,
precisely because it is
operated by the govern-
ment, said Cotton. That
would change under
"You privatize, their
goal is profit, not the
people," said Fettke.
Cotton was more cyni-
"The governor wants to
privatize the two insti-
tutions, then just turn
away," he said.
What if privatization
should fail?
"The state can say, we
tried," answered Fettke.
Both believed the
situation will be worsen-
ing, and they expressed
concern over Medicaid
mandates and the abys-
mally low pay scale many
employees earn.
"If you can make more
money at McDonald's or
Walmart, why would you
want to work with the
severely disabled when

they're difficult to work
with?" asked Cotton.
Another problem is, if
further cuts are enacted,
how many facilities will
have to close because
they can no longer afford
to operate? Where will
clients go?
In theory, if a facility
shuts down, the state is
obligated to find another
place. However, with a
reduced pool from which
to turn, and almost all
of those already at full
capacity, where would
the state go if no other
places existed?
Both men feared the
future, notjust for their
children, but for others,
especially those who no
longer have any other
living relatives. Fettke
rhetorically asked, are
these people going to
be turned out onto the
"These are the most
helpless in society," he
said. Yet Fettke, Cot-
ton and others in the
same situation also are
helpless. It appears as if
Tallahassee has turned
a mostly deaf ear. They
have pleaded and pro-'
tested, seemingly to no
or little avail.
"The governor is not
listening," said Fettke,
who added that the only
ones able to persuade
legislators, it seemed,
were anyone but the
average citizen.
"We're regular people.
It's hard to do. We're not
professional lobbyists."

More than 15 percent
Don't be misled that

Gov. Scott enacted a 15
percent cut, said Beverly
Standridge, executive di-
rector with Sunrise Com-
munity, Inc. The actual
percentage is two to two-
and-a half times higher.
That is because there is a
two-tier system of care to
those who are disabled:
agency and individual.
The latter, said Stan-
dridge, does not have the
same overhead costs, as
it is a one-to-one ratio,
caregiver to client, hence
an individual gets a lower
"Governor Scott signed
an emergency order
cutting rates after first
reducing agency rates
to that of independent
rates," Standridge said.
"So it was not a 15 per-
cent cut, but a 30 to 40
percent cut for agencies."
She felt the shortfall
that prompted Scott's
emergency decision
(since rescinded as of
Thursday, April 14), was
the result of poor plan-
ning on the part of the
Agency for People with
"Providers didn't cause
the deficit. Clients did
not cause the deficit,"
she said. "This was insuf-
ficient planning on the
state of Florida. APD
"We were all prepared
for a decrease in fund-
ing," she added. "What
we were not prepared for
was an emergency reduc-
tion, a catastrophic cut."
Although she is grate-
ful Scott has rescinded
the emergency measure,
it is but a short-lived re-
prieve. Come July 1, the

new state budget goes
into effect. Right now, to
make up for shortfalls,
Standridge and Sunrise
Community have turned
to in-kind funding,
financial resources from
private businesses and
the community.
"Polk County is one
of the best partnerships
anyone can ask for," she
said. But private, in-kind
funding is not going to
cover entire costs. As a
result, it may become
necessary to cut ser-
vices, such as companion
services. Companion ser-
vices provide clients with
meaningful activities,
such as allowing clients
to serve, often as volun-
teers, for some organiza-
tions such as Meals on
"They want to give
back to the commu-
nity," said Standridge. "It
makes them proud."
Other services help
some to live independent
lives, with limited assis-
tance. So what will occur
if the situation worsens
over the near future?
"My worry is, we've
helped these individuals
get to, or as close to, 100
percent (living on their
own). Now we're tak-
ing that away," she said.
"What's going to happen
to those people?"
The thought has
caused Standridge and
many others tearful,
sleepless nights. She is
angered at the thought
the disabled are being
treated as if they are
"These are human
beings, not commodities

which only means that
every year we continue
to grow," Bradford added.
About $4,000 of the
money raised was actu-
ally donated during the

CENTER: Tranquility spoiled

In the adjacent kitchen
building, the scene was
For a number of rea-
sons, Martin thinks the .
theft was done by profes-
sionals. They parked in
an area not visible from
the road. They used a
rake or some such tool to
rub out their tire tracks.
The breaking of the front
door was done with ef-
ficiency and at just the
right point.
Martin and Center
Manager Patty.McKeen
think they may know
who did it. Several
times Patty had seen a
late model black BMW
parked on the property.
They weren't too con-
cerned at first, because
the property's nature trail
is open to the public,

and has frequent visitors.
One day, however, the car
was there and two young
men, one who appeared
Oriental and one Cauca-
sian, came into the Na-
ture Center after hours.
Martin told them the
center was closed, and
they left. "I don't think
they were expecting me
to be here," he said. As
Martin left the center, he
noticed they were still in
the area, and they slowed
down and parked as he
passed. Unfortunately
no one got a tag number
during any of these sight-
ings. "It never crossed
our minds at that time
that we were about to be
robbed," he said.
If anyone has informa-
tion, please notify the
Babson Park Police Dept.
and/or The Audubon
Center at (863) 638-1355.

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event, she added.
"We still have until July
to raise money for 2011,"
she noted.
She also credited many
dedicated volunteers,
many themselves cancer
survivors, who pulled
everything together.
"I am very proud of
our committee mem-
bers who worked very
hard at getting this event
together this year and all

of the teams new and old
who continue to support
our efforts as we try to
find a cure for this deadly
disease," she said. "We
will continue to cel-
ebrate, remember, and
fight back."
For more information
on how to contribute,
or for information on
next year's event, contact
Bradford at 635-8340.

City of Lake Wales Water Department
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fire hydrants within the water system. The Water
Department will start January 24, 2011 and con-
tinue until all the.hydrants in the City's water sys-
tem have been flow tested. Flow testing will be
on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday. No flow testing will be conducted on
Friday, Weekends, or holidays. For information
related to this notice, call the Utilities Department
at (863)678-4196. 2528958

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Notice is hereby given that the Planning and
Zoning Board of the City of Lake Wales will hold a
PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at
5:00 P.M. or shortly thereafter at the Municipal
Administration Building, 201 W. Central Avenue,
Lake Wales, Florida to consider the following mat-

Request of Dave Schmitt of DSE Engineering,
agent for Sunset Development Group of Polk
County, for approval of Planned Development
.Project (PDP) for an assisted living facility
located in R-1 B zoning district.

Request of Jack Neal for a special exception
use permit to allow a dwelling unit for care-
taker employed on premise in the LCI zoning

The files for this hearing may be inspected at the
Department of Planning and Zoning during regu-
lar business hours.

The PUBLIC HEARING will be held on Tuesday,
April 26, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. or shortly thereafter in
the Commission Chambers in "the Municipal
Administration Building, 201 W. Central Ave.,
Lake Wales, at which time the Planning and
Zoning Board will take action on these items. All
interested parties may appear at the meeting and
be heard. If any person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Planning & Zoning Board
with respect to any matter considered at such
hearing, he will need a record of the proceedings,
and for such purpose he 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 to be based.

The Planning and Zoning Board may continue the
public hearing to other dates and times, as they
deem necessary. Any interested party shall be
advised that the dates, times, and places of any
continuation of these or continued public hearings
shall be announced during the hearing and that
no further notices regarding these matters will be

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to
participate in any of these proceedings should
contact the City Clerk 48 hours in advance of the
meeting at (863) 678-4182, extension 228.

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Scamming of

elderly ongoing


A senior citizen who lives in Lake Wales was the most recent
target of a phone scam.

Staff Writer
Sometimes your bank-
er is your best friend.
Just ask the 88-year-old
Lake Wales woman who
was alerted by SunTrust
personnel of a scam last
week, saving her more
than $3,000.
The potential victim,
who requested her name
not be used, was nearly
talked out of that amount
by a caller claiming to
be her grandson. "The
amazing thing was their
voices sounded just
alike," she said.
He called her "Grand-
ma" and said he was
in Europe, without his-
parents' knowledge, and
had been in a wreck. He
needed the money to pay
for "repairs."
He asked that Grand-

ma keep his secret, and
she initially did, but
luckily was questioned
by her bank about why
she was taking out such
a large amount of money.
She told them and they
informed her they had
just received a memo
that morning about that
very scam.
According to Sgt.
Vernon Noad, fraud of-
ficer for the Polk County
Sheriff's Dept, this
scheme has been making
the rounds for at least
one and a half years,
and he continues to get
calls once a week from
new victims or would-be
victims. Noad said his
unit does presentations
at churches and .planned
communities, warning
seniors to be vigilant.
This particular scheme
is especially repugnant

because the scammers
pose as family members
asking for help.
Sometimes, the victim
will actually give away
valuable information
which allows the charade
to continue, Noad said.
The caller might say,
"Hi, this is your favor-
ite grandson," and the
victim might reply with a
name: "Is this Tommy?"
Noad said one of the
cases now on his desk
involves a man who was
swindled out of $2,500,
then another $2,500, be-
fore learning he was be-
ing taken, at which point
he stopped payment on a
third check for $2,600.
The elderly woman in
this case said she was
lucky things turned out
as they did. After being
warned by SunTrust,
she received a second

phone call the next day.
This time, there was clear
evidence that the call
was a fake. The caller
asked "How's Grandpa?"
inquiring about her
husband who had passed
away some time ago.
She played along with
him a little, she said,
but then told the caller
she was "on" to him and
would not be paying
him anything. She also
contacted her grandson's
parents, who said he
was at college. Her real
grandson called her later
that day to confirm.
"I just wanted to
share this story, hoping
it might help someone
else," she said. "It was to-
tally unlike my grandson,
who never asks me for
money, but I thought it
was him, and I was about
to pay," she said.

Pancake feast enjoyed by all

Candlelight holds breakfast

Hello to a table of smiles. (I
to r) Shakita Johnson, Ja-Net
Johnson,Teci Colvin, Daisy
Evans, Susan Leverett, Teresa
Lewis and Kaylaina Young
enjoyed each other's company
while letting their stomachs
settle from having "all" they
can eat pancakes.

FFA holds 25th

annual banquet

Lending hands during the
All You .Can Eat Pancake
breakfast: (I to r) Ivan
Bermudez,Tyler Wildmon,
Kayla Lewis, Ayana Moore,Cali
Welch and Victoria Strickland.

Vicki Iliff, Roosevelt's teacher of the year was the keynote speaker for the Future Farmers of
America Banquet. Those in attendance included Michelle Perez Area IV (4) Florida FFA Vice
President; Vicki Iliff. Roosevelt Teacher of the Year; President Adrian Tewksbury; Vice Presi-
dent Raelyn Jeffries; Secretary Cassandra Velez Treasurer Nicole Foley; Reporter Amanda
Warren; Sentinel Stephanie Ashley; FFA Advisor Tim Bean; Greenhand Award Amanda
Warren; Chapter Farmer Award Stephanie Ashley.

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Ross, Jacob, Rebecca and
Jason Bryans enjoyed
their breakfast, including
pancakes,sausage and drinks
at the Candlelight Chri-
tian Academy on Saturday


Tricia Smith mixed up
some flavored coffee drinks
throughout the Candlelight
Christian Academy "All you can
eat" pancake breakfast.

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County told it is in good financial
TEINER BOCC chairman Edwin V construction will not im-
RITER Smith had only words of prove traffic conditions
praise for the mural. on U.S. 27. Improve-
is in good "I don't know how to ment to traffic condi-
e, accord- describe it," he said. "It is tions would be partially
station absolutely amazing. It is predicated upon con-
ade at the absolutely breathtaking." struction of the proposed
r session Smith was not the only Central Polk Parkway
unty Com- commissioner would Expressway, which would
sang the praises of the "provide additional
manag- mural and the artists, north-south facilities to
CT Group and all offered thanks. reduce traffic congestion,
was sup- As chairman, Smith had including truck traffic, on
iresenta- the last word. "This is U.S. 98, U.S. 17 and U.S.
3utterfield, another one of those oc- 27." At this time, how-
ice and Ac- casions when thank you ever, there was no fund-
ie BOCC. is never enough." ing for the Expressway.
st prior In addition, a proposed
Carter's North Ridge Trail project development and Richa
rd Weiss, construction delayed environmental study for stani
rk, Audi- As part of the pro- an Interstate 4 overpass In ad
ntant to ceedings, the BOCC currently under way ex- 'Foun
well as adjourned as the county pected to take almost 14
rcuit Court commission, and in the months before conclud- tial
court, and next breath, convened as ed and disseminated. his
der, made the North Ridge Com- Commissioner Bob Sta3
nent that munity Redevelopment English expressed his Wag
ved by the Agency. With them in discomfort over the rec- age.
session as that august ommended delay, wheth- thel
to tell you, body, County Manager er or not to build, to con
eliciting Jim Freeman made the which Freeman replied thai
s and Poor case that a delay of a that it was neither, but a 95
county's projected minimum 18 rather a matter of prior- lon
om A to months of the North ity. The CRA, he said, saic
Veiss. The Ridge Trail road con- had ranked North Ridge eith
& P was struction, a job that is second, behind the Ernie con
:h 11. "virtual shovel ready" Caldwell road project. lan(
ems were be enacted. His recom- "I don't think it's an swa
l-good mending the delay was either/or," said Freeman. new
iat perme- based upon economic "It's a matter of timing." ere(
part of the conditions. The North Ridge old
Included as Over the past few CRA voted to delay of to a
unveiling of years, the CRA had seen construction bid and with
150 mural, its incremental revenue construction start of T
ing of the stream drop nearly $8 the North Ridge Trail bac
[o worked million the past five road project until the Jan
Robert years, from $13.2 million I-4/Grandview Over- live
Fox, Rich- in fiscal year 2006-07 pass PD&E Study result spo
d Austin o what will be a pro- became available. From the
ley were ected $5.4 million in there, a subsequent re- con
Taters- FY 2010-11, and with a determination of road saic
utive projected drop of an ad- infrastructure project Col
s Ensemble ditional 10 percent for FY based on the CRA's finan- con
Education 2011-12. The projected cial stability at that point
he four cost of the North Ridge in time would be made. trash
d, put in a Trail Road is estimated Commissioner Sam con
urs creat- to cost approximately Johnson asked how long "Th
which was $25 million. However, it might be before that La5-
allahassee with the economy in its study was completed Lak
recently present condition, that and presented, and was wh
nty Day cost could drop as low as told between 12 to 14 whmu
ee. The $16 .2 million if nut out months. mu

ium filled
f awe and
ie mural
by two-of
wers and
d Thomp-
)f the area,

to bid. Yet to be on the
safe side, said Freeman,
it might be reasonable to
place a potential cost ap-
* proximately halfway, at
an estimated $20 million.
Another reason for the
delay, said Freeman, was
a study indicated that

garbage carts OK'd
The BOCC unanimous-
ly approved a one time
cost of up to $775,000 for
the exchange of county-
provided garbage carts
used for weekly residen-


shape, bond rating at A-plus

ird Powers and Sherry Fox, two of the four artists who worked on the PolkProud150 mural,
d by the work of art after it is unveiled at the April 12 Polk County Commission meeting.
edition to Powers and Fox, Robert Butler and Austin Thompson, all with the Arts Ensemble
nation in Winter Haven, worked on the mural a total of 600 hours.

waste collection. In
presentation, Brooke
rer, Division Director,
,te Resource Man-
ment made mention
re were no 35-gallon
tainers available, and
t residents could swap
5-gallon for a 65-gal-
container. Stayer also
I that residents could
ler bring their larger
trainerr to the county
fill and complete the
.p free, or for $30, a
v cart would be deliv-
d in exchange for the
one. The BOCC voted
authorize the swap
h the $30 option.
hat vote would come
k to haunt the BOCC.
Stephenson, who
s in the Colonnades
ke against both
65- and 95-gallon
atainers. Neither, she
d are any good for the
onnade, a 55-plus
We need 35-gallon
sh cans in 55-plus
nmunities," she said.
here are thirteen
plus communities in
keland, alone."
lany of the people
o live in those com-
nities are elderly,
h many infirm. The
;e containers, said
phenson, are too large
many to manage. She
nted out to the BOCC
eral elderly seated,
luding a 92-year-old
man who was quite

Another problem faced
by those in the Colon-
ade subdivision was a
mandate by the hom-
eowner's association that
the containers be hidden
from sight. That posed
another imposition
because garage space is
at a premium in many
Smith told Stephenson
the county offers a back
door service, and that
all a resident has to do
in order to qualify was
notify Waste Resource
Management division
and provide a doctor's
form that the resident
is unable to wheel a
garbage container to the
curb. Smith's answer was
met with skepticism from
Stephenson, who said
there are 337 residences
in the Colbnade.--,, ..
Another complaint
was raised by Jim Guth,
of Poinciana. He disliked
both larger containers, as
well as the $30 fee.
"We're not talking
misunderstanding, we're
talking duplicity," said
Guth. "Nobody wanted
the large trash can in
our community." He said
the original approach
was being told to give
the cans a 30-day tryout,
then get back to the
county with their assess-
ment. His position would
prompt Commissioner
Melony Bell, to later
"I think we need to go

back and revisit the $30
fee," she said, if that was
not part of the original
understanding. If that
was the case, she added,
she didn't believe it was
fair for the BOCC to
change the terms.

In other business
Adopted a resolu-
tion calling for a uniform
policy for the proper
etiquette and proce-
dures to be followed for
displaying flags at county
governmental buildings.
Heard a request
from Mildred McMil-
lon, director of Faith in
Action North Lakeland
Inc., for funding. In a
letter to the BOCC dated
April 6, the organiza-
tion, which serves those
who are poor, elderly,
dibbled and home-
bound, stated it is in
need of financial assis-
tance for programs that
provide services such
as food deliver, trans-
portation, caregiving/
respite, housekeeping,
meal preparation and
yard cleaning. Due to the
economy, it has seen a
25 percent increase for
requests, primarily for
transportation and food,
and has had to turn away
people because of a lack
of funds.
Approved a mediated
settlement of $483,902 to
purchase property for the
Kathleen Road construc-
tion project.

Putnam reflects on first 100 days

Ag commissioner

focusing on nutrition, energy and water


approaches his 100th day
in office, Florida Agri-
culture Commissioner
Adam Putnam reflected
on his accomplishments
in regard to his top
three priorities: improv-
ing Florida's health and
nutrition, fostering
expansion of Florida's
agriculture industry into
renewable energy pro-
duction and preserving
Florida's water quality
and quantity. In addition,
Commissioner Putnam is
also focused on restor-
ing public confidence in
the safety of Gulf seafood
and carrying out other ,
missions of the Depart-
ment of Agriculture and
Consumer Services.
"At the Department of
Agriculture and Consum-
er Services, we're focused
on issues that affect not
only farmers and ranch-
ers, but all Floridians,"
said Commissioner Put-
nam. "Nutrition, energy
and water are issues that
will shape our state for
generations to come."
Continuing his long-
standing commitment

to improving nutrition,
Putnam is working to
expand access to high-
quality, nutritious foods
for Floridians in urban
core areas, public as-
sistance programs and
our school cafeterias.
He worked with the
Legislature to introduce
the Healthy Schools for
Healthy Lives Act, a bill
that will move school
nutrition programs to the
Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer
Services, allowing school
cafeteria menus to offer
more of Florida's abun-
dance of fresh fruits and
vegetables. The proposed
legislation garnered
unanimous support by
the Senate Agriculture
and House State Affairs
Committees and contin-
ues to gain momentum
with strong bipartisan
"I'm proud of the
strides we've made in the
first 100 days. While we
still face many challenges
ahead, the strength of
Florida's $100 billion
agriculture industry
presents exciting oppor-
tunities for the Depart-
ment of Agriculture and
Consumer Services."

Adam Putnam

Reinforcing his belief
that Florida can be a
leader in renewable en-
ergy production, Putnam
is exploring the state's
current energy produc-
tion efforts and potential
future opportunities. Last
month, he visited two
construction sites for fu-
ture biomass conversion
facilities in Highlands
County. The two projects
are expected to bring
nearly 1,000 jobs to the
area and produce more
than 60 million gallons of
biofuel per year. To foster
expansion of Florida ag-
riculture into renewable

energy production, Put-
nam is working with the
Legislature to grow the
Department's Office of
Agricultural Water Policy
into an Office of Energy
and Water Policy.
Next, Putnam has tak-
en a strong stance on the
need to maintain a high
standard of water qual-
ity supported by sound
science and attainable
goals. In partnership
with Attorney General
Pam Bondi, Putnam filed
suit in federal court to
challenge the U.S. En-
vironmental Protection
Agency's numeric nutri-
ent criteria for Florida's
springs, lakes and
streams. He believes this
regulation lacks the ap-
propriate sound science
to justify its implementa-
tion and is estimated to
cost Florida billions of
Furthermore, Putnam
is focused on restoring
consumer confidence
in the safety of Florida's
Gulf seafood. Nearly one
year since Deepwater
Horizon exploded in the
Gulf of Mexico, Putnam
and the Department of
Agriculture and Consum-
er Services is debunk-

ing the myth that Gulf
seafood is tainted by the
oil spill. The Department
is the leader among Gulf
coast states in testing
seafood for effects of the
oil spill and results show
that Florida seafood is
safe and plentiful and
has not been affected by
the oil spill. Through its
"Gulf Safe" campaign,
the Department is work-
ing to raise awareness for
the proven safety of Gulf
seafood and encourage
consumers across the
nation and all over the
world to enjoy all that
Florida's waters have to
offer. With an additional
$20 million grant award-
ed from BP, the Depart-
ment will increase its
testing capabilities and
enhance its marketing
campaign to restore pub-
lic confidence in safe and
plentiful Gulf seafood.
This week, Commis-
sioner Putnam will visit
various parts of Florida
to learn more about pro-
grams and initiatives that
advance his top three
priorities: nutrition,
energy and water. On
Thursday, he will visit the
Gwinn Brothers Farm in
McAlpin, where Donnell

and Robert Gwinn will
demonstrate their use of
Best Management Prac-
tices Program techniques
for nutrient and irriga-
tion management. Later
on Thursday, Putnam will
meet with leadership of
the Gainesville Renew-
able Energy Center for
an update on progress.
He visited two schools in
Pinellas County, where
students are growing
fresh produce to serve in
the schools' cafeterias.
Next week, Putnam
will visit the Florida
Panhandle to provide an
update on the safety of
Gulf seafood and speak
with residents who were
impacted by the oil spill.
Putnam was sworn in
as Florida's 11th Com-
missioner of Agriculture
on January 4, 2011. April
14 was his 100th day in
office. The Bartow native
served in the U.S. House
of Representatives for
two terms. For more in-
formation about the De-
partment of Agriculture
and Consumer Services,
visit www.FreshFrom-
Florida.com or follow
Putnam at www.Face-

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Daddy and Daughter dance, do-ce-do

Spook Hill Elementary hosts

dance for Girl Scouts

Eight-year-old Sapphire Arredondo and father Mark partici-
pated in the Girl Scout Cinderella Daddy Daughter Dance.

Gordon Mayne, Cheyenne
Lehmkuhl, Kara Lang and Josh
Lang enjoyed the fine dining
at Spook Hill Elementary on
Saturday night.

Pram Fleet
takes to the water

Third-generation Pram fleet participant Nic McDaniel gets some
help from Sarah Clemons at his weekly session on Lake Wailes.


Erin Jenkins and Dad Keith Tibado were the first to ride on the
horse and carriage.

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Ten-year-old Sheridan and
little sister Kellen Vigna head
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Ramos, Jamie Ramos, Chase Ramos, Kevin Ramos, Carl Fish and
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Downtown hunt
supported by area stores

Lake Wales first ever
treasure hunt a success

Lake Wales Main Street
had its first ever down-
town treasure hunt on
Saturday, April 9, 2011
as part of the Lake Wales
Centennial celebration.
Participating stores were
The Village Kitchen Shop,
It Makes Scents, The
Gallery & Frame Shop,
Salon 229, A Perfect Hair
Day, Sweet River Studio,
Mayer Jewelers, The Ex-
change, Beans & Brushes,
Polka Dots, Jordan's
Burger's & Beer, Cliffs
True Value, Lori Drapers
Furniture, CC's Boutique,
Brenda's Gifts, Alessa's

Creations, and Napa Auto
Participants followed
their treasure map to
participating stores
where they received
clues to help unlock the
answer to the treasure
map. There were also
clues about downtown,
Lake Wales that could be
solved as the participants
walked around the town.
First, second & third
place winners received
baskets filled with mer-
chandise and gift certifi-
cates from the downtown

The weather was warm. The class was ready. However the wind
was mild during the Pram Fleet's weekly session from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. on Sunday.

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April l6, 2011

BHG students make all the right moves

Thirty four students at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary received dog tags and certificates for participating in the schools 2010-11 Chess Club. In addition to getting awards, the students also enjoyed a
pizza party for their dedication and hard work. The event was held in the BHG media center in late March.


One of the special awards is the Noble Knights designation, for students who have been part'of
the club for all three years at BHG. Pictured are, from left: Dakota Wilkerson, Cassidy Smith and
Jeffrey Rogers. Not pictured, but also a Noble Knight, is Joe Smith.

The Faithful Knights award were presented as well. These students did not miss a single tourna-
ment in The Ridge Chess Grand Prix, a four day tournament. From left: James Moreno, Brayden
March, Jacob Clements. Also winning a Faithful Knight designation for the school club was Adrian
Diaz, Alex Balikowsky, Fernando Cisneros and Ramon Ramos.


Charles "Chaz" Macartney received the BHG Tournament trophy for winning all four matches in an
in-house chess meet. There was a four way tie for second among Brayden March, Jacob Clements,
James Moreno and Osbaldo Cisneros, while Shay Dale got third.

Ridge Chess Season Finale Individual second place winner James Moreno was honored by school
Principal Patti McGill. Three club members (not pictured) were cited for their sportsmanship
including Natalie Rivaw, Haley Wyre and Adrian Diaz. Getting Most Improved honors for the
previous year were Alex Balikowsky, Brayden March and Fernando Cisneros.

April 16, 2011

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Chalet Suzanne hosts Fly-In
1. 1 19N4

Doris Bean, Pauline Preston,
and Phyllis Calkins relax near
the run way for a front row
view of the air show.

Award winning pianists

place at district

Skate indoors on our Glice
Rink located near the children's
play area. It's faux ice that
performs like the real thing!


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beginning April 9th
Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm &
Sun., 12pm-6pm

Nine students from the Lake Wales Piano Studio of Brenda Raabe participated in the 2011
District Festival sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. Six of the students received a
Superior rating, two received an Excellent, and one received Satisfactory. Pictured are six of the
participants. Front row, (I to r): lan Morrison, Abby Eckstein. Back row (I to r) Ty Andress, Alyssia
Staton, Andrea Landen, and Emily Eckstein. Not pictured are: Julia and Liz Marlowe, and Abigail

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