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State dealing with juice issues

With the integrity of orange juice at stake
and dealing with hundreds of phone calls
over the last week, the Florida Department
of Citrus is not sure how it will deal with
the FDAs announcement that it has halted
shipments of imported orange juice from
all countries and plans to destroy or ban
products if tests find even low levels from a
prohibited fungicide.
"It's just too early," said Robert Norberg,
deputy executive director at the Citrus
Department. "It just hit us (last) week and
mostly we've been answering questions
like yours so we haven't been able to do
The citrus commission will likely at least
touch on the subject when they are sched-
uled to meet today One thing he knows
for sure though is there is no health hazard.
with this.
"Basically the levels they had seen are
not a health concern," he said. "But in the
United States the amount they discovered
does not present a health problem."
According to a report by CNN, the state

does not at this time anticipate a change in
its yearly marketing campaign which was
approved last fall. Florida's Natural, located
in Lake Wales and for which many of the
oranges on the Ridge are grown, uses only
Florida oranges in its products.
The imports will be held temporarily
while they're tested and may be sold if
levels are below trace amounts, according
to the Food and Drug Administration. The
fungicide, linked in studies to higher risk
of liver tumors in animals, was found in
trace amounts last month in products from
Brazil, which produces almost one in every
six glasses of orange juice consumed in the
United States, according to CitrusBR, an
export industry association.
While the chemical, carbendazim, is used
in crops in many countries, it isn't approved
for use in oranges in the U.S. The agency's
announcement spurred calls by a consum-
er group for the FDA to set standards on
chemicals for testing going forward.
"We're glad they will be testing for this
fungicide, but we would like there to be
standards they could enforce for residue
levels in food for.this chemical and
others, like arsenic or lead that have been

found in other juices," said Patty Lovera,
assistant director of the Washington-based
Food andWaterWatch, afn advocacy group
that works to ensure safe, accessible and
sustainable food.
But whilethere may not be a health
.problem, Norberg said consumers may not
get that message and there is likely to be
work to do to assure people orange juice is
still safe to drink.
Brazilian orange juice is used in some of
the orange juice manufactured in America
because this country needs to use it for the
"We're still monitoring it,",he said Thurs-
day. "There has been a lot of negative atten-
tion at he beginning, but ifs dying down a
little bit. We're surveying.consumers to see
what kind of impact this isolated incident
has made."
He said many countries in the world
allow this, but the U.S. has some stricter
Brazilian growers expressed frustration
with the testing.
"Our main concern is how this move
will affect consumption and image of our
product," said Flavio Viegas, head of Brazil's

citrus growers association, known as Asso-
citrus, which represents about 1,300 orange
"Carbendazim is widely accepted for
other crops, including apples, which are
consumed fresh," he said from Bebedouro,
Brazil. "I don't understand what's the deal
with frozen concentrated orange juice."
Carbendazim is used to combat black
spot, a fungus that doesn't affect taste or
crop yields, but makes fruits less appealing
to consumers, Brazil's grower-run Fund for
Citrus Plant Protection, known as Fundecit-
rus, saidWednesday in an email to Bloom-
berg News.
The FDAis.also screening juice that's
already for sale in the U.S. market, said
Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman.
That's because products often contain a
mixture of imported and domestic juice.
Concerns about the pesticide started
Dec. 28 when the FDA learned that an
unnamed juice company had detected
low levels in its own and other products,
according to a letter from the agency to the
Juice Products Association, aWashington

County approves fowl

and livestock law

You can take the clothespin off your
nose, but hang on to those earplugs for
now. After a decade of debate about the
odor and poise of livestock and fowl in
urban areas, Polk County commission-
ers have decided to enforce rules to keep
them penned, but crowing roosters may
continue to enjoy their freedom.
The 3-2 vote last Tuesday approving
a Polk County Land Development Code
ordinance that would prohibit keeping
free roaming farm animals in residential
neighborhoods. Livestock will now be
required to be kept within fenced areas
and fowl must be kept in pens or fenced
areas at least 50 feet from neighboring
residential property lines. The storage
of animal waste is also required to be
set back 50 feet from property lines, as
well. The law will pertain only to lots that
are half an acre or smaller and will not
apply to agricultural rural areas, farms,
4-H, show animals or Future Farmers
of America projects. Code enforce-
ment action may only be initiated by a

complaint from an owner of residential
property within 250 feet of the property
where livestock or fowl are contained.
Despite the fact that most complaints
from the public have been about both
chickens and roosters, commissioners
felt roosters were more of a noise issue
and should be categorized under "nui-
sance" laws instead of being addressed
under the land development code. Ban-
ning the noisy birds has been a problem
in the county as some land considered
urban is being used for rural purposes.
The vote didn't come down without a
bit of conflict among board members.
Commissioner Samr Johnson felt this
was an "awful lot of work for a handful of
. In rebuttal, Commissioner Edwin
Smith said it's important to fake action
as Polk County is the only county in the
state without regulations regarding farm
animals. Smith also stated the number
of people complaining was dwindling
because nothing has ever been done
about the issue in 10 years and people

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Sponsor a senior
The Frostproof Project Graduation Committee sent out thanks this week to James and Ann Dickinson
for sponsoring Taylor Dickinson. Taylor is a senior at Frostproof Middle Senior High School and she is
the daughter of Susan Scott and Ward Dickinson. Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol free post-
graduation event that seniors attend. Any business or individual who would like to sponsor a senior
can contact Sherry Peacock at 863-632-0879 or you can mail your contributions to P.O. Box 1292
Frostproof, FL. 33843. On Feb. 28, the popular golf ball drop will be held, which give ticket holders a
chance to win $1,000. Tickets, which are $10 each, are available from seniors, or at Bagwell Lumber.
They can also be purchased by contacting Julie Mulder at 528-2854 or Elvia Espinoza at 241-1462.

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Friday, January 20
and Saturday, January 21
Rummage and bake sale
The First United Methodist Church of Frost-
proof, 150 DeVane Street, will be holding a flea
market and bake sale on Friday from 1 to
5 p.m. and against Saturday from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. For more information, call 635-5547.

Friday, January 27
Art Show
The Art League presents its annual Fine Art
.show, showcasing talented artists in the commu-
nity. Categories will be in oils, watercolors, acrylics,
sketches and photography. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 28
Dwight Icenhower
Location: American Legion Post No. 95 Memo-
rial Auditorium (former old FHS auditorium)
at 111 West 1st Street. Show starts at 7 p.m. For
more information and to purchase tickets please
call (863) 635-7855.

Saturday, Feb. 4
Laurie Miller
The third in the five-concert series at the
Ramon. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Community fundraiser
Yard sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., silent auction
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gravley's Red Barn,
Highway 630 West,Frostproof. All proceeds go
to Davina Conner, who grew up in Frostproof,
to help with her fight with cancer.

Saturday, Feb. 18
Orange Blossom Festival
Step back in time and delight the entire family
at the Orange Blossom Festival hosted by O'Hara
Restoration and the Frostproof Area Chamber of
Commerce. The festival will feature more than 50
vintage cars throughout the parade, a wide range
of vendor booths, an open house presented by the
FrostproofArt League, a hay ride to the lake, music,
excitement, and much more! Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
downtown Frostproof. For more information call
the Chamber of Commerce office to (863) 635-9112
or visit www.frostproofchamber.com

We revised the calendar events we publish in the paper and display online. All
events must be entered by the person submitting them through our website. It's easy.
Go to www.frostproofnews.com and click on the "Community Calendar" link on the
left. Click "Submit Event,"and fill out the appropriate information. The "Print edition
text" area of the form is for information intended for the print edition of the paper.
Information outside of the "Print edition text" area will appear online only, Please.
don't repeat the "Event Title," as that will be included automatically.
We will print a maximum of four lines per event (the Event Title plus 120 additional
characters, to be included in the"Print edition text" field, up to three lines deep) at
no cost to the event submitter. Your contact number must be included in these 120
This change will give our readers a broader range of community events.
You may, however, purchase additional space for $10 per day, per event, per
community edition.
Simply choose "Paid Listing" on the Submit Event page. All paid events will run in
the location designated for the event type. If you do not have the ability to enter your
events via our website, we can type them in on your behalf at the rate of $5 per event,
per community edition, but this fee does not guarantee your event will make the
printed version. Please call (863) 676-3467 Monday through Friday from 9-5 p.m. to
make a payment or to have us enter your event for you.
We reserve the right to exclude any submitted event that does not meet our speci-
fications or that requires excessive editing. There is no expressed or implied guarantee
that any free event will be included in any event calendar or run in any specific
location. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to review the "GUIDELINES"
link on the Submission page to help ensure you get the most information in without
exceeding the line limit.
Remember to save the confirmation email you receive after submitting each
event. If you made an error or the event gets canceled, simply click on the "Withdraw
submission" noted at the bottom of that email, follow the provided instruction and
then resubmit the event.



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Auburndale Family Health Center
Jennifer Negrin, M.D.
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2028 Highway 92 West I (863) 965-9327

Bartow Family Health Center
Robert Bala, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
1625 N. Carpenter Ave. I(863) 533-1448

Dundee Family Health Center
Kimberly Jackson, D.O.
Diplomate, American Osteopathic.
Board of Family Practice
5999 Dundee Rd., Suite 750 I (863) 292-4656

Haines City Family Health Center
Celestino Vega, M.D., FAAFP
Diplomate, Ainierican Board of Family Practice
Angela Austin-Leyva, PA-C
36245 Highway 27 1 (863) 421-9801

Lake Wales Family Health Center
Eduardo Torres, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
201 SR 60 West | (863) 679-9644

Southeast Winter Haven Family Health Center
Darien Kavasmaneck, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice
6035 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | (863) 324-4725

Winter Haven Family Health Center
Jaime Abuan, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Family
100 Avenue I, N.E j (863) 292-4077


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Make sure the public has the right info

Bills in both the Florida Senate and the House
would, among other things, allow local governments
to use their websites for required legal notices instead
of being required to publish that information in a
newspaper. The idea might sit well with the hip, tech-
savvy generation or with any lawmaker who has
ever disagreed with a newspaper article or editorial -
but it would not be a wise move. OK. That is exactly
what you would expect a newspaper's editorial writer
to say, right?
We freely'admit that income from legal advertising
is a coveted line item in most newspapers' budgets.
But the loss of this income will put no newspaper we
know of in Florida out of business. What the decision
would do is severely limit access to legal advertising
to thousands of elderly and low-income residents of
Florida who either do not have access to computers
or who may not have the knowledge of how to track
legal information on the Internet or the inclination to
bother to do it.
Legal advertising means notices of foreclosure,
property sales, notice of creditor seeking restitution
and a number of other items dealing with legal issues
that must be resolved in local courts.
Senate Bill 230 deals with foreclosure notices only.
This bill and its companion, and House Bill 149,
would place foreclosure notices on government-

Our Viewpoint
contracted websites. As a result, they would be taken
out of newspapers. This concept is being pushed by
lobbyists associated with a group called PREO, which
is related to a foreclosure firm called Albertelli. The
website would charge users and there would be a
split of this revenue between the vendor/ website
provider and the clerks of court.
The issue of how to allow public access to legal
notices has been a topic almost every year in the Leg-
islature. Doing so is a requirement under state law.
But lawmakers have always gone back-and forth on
when and where to place the legal notices.
Another public notice bill (SB 292 and HB 937) is
a well-intentioned piece of legislation that we could
support. This bill is more broad than the other in that
it applies to all legal notices. Its purpose is to make
public notice more effective without cost or less cost
to the public.
For example, the bill requires notices to be up-
loaded to the FPA public notice site and to appear.
online on the newspaper site in a very visible manner,
and to provide cost reductions for successive notices.
This bill was voted unanimously out of the Senate
Community Affairs Committee and sent to the Senate

Judiciary Committee.
Obviously, the best-case scenario is to place the in-
formation where it is accessible to the widest number
of people. And, while an argument can be made that
today's on-the-go Floridians have that information
available at their fingertips, as easily as dialing up
their Iphones, we do not believe government websites
are the ideal location for this important information.
The Florida Press Association argues, and we agree,
that newspapers insure that notices are proactively
pushed to the public. Readers don't have to search
out notices on a website; they are there on the page
every morning. Both the curious and the idle reader
take notice.
Printed newspapers still provide the most indepen-
dent means to relate news to the largest sector of the
Newspapers upload notices to their own websites
and to www.floridapublicnotices.com. They are avail-
able to anyone at a nominal cost and free at public
libraries. Newspapers supply a printed record of
transactions that can be saved and shared a great
companion to any website vulnerable to all of the
inconveniences of life in the digital universe.
In the end, we still believe newspapers have a
unique connection with the public that shouldn't be
jettisoned lightly.

Water should not

be a partisan issue

Water is our most vital natural re-
source and should not be a partisan
issue. But after a decade of beneficial
policies to protect Florida's water sup-
ply, partisan politics is rearing it's ugly
head and threatening our quality of life.
With 18 million residents, 80 million
annual tourists and the demands of
agriculture, development and indus-
try, Florida is a thirsty state, yet faces
drought conditions most of the year. If
we don't do something to protect our
water supply, we threaten our quality of
life and our ability to grow businesses.
Remember, businesses consistently list
"quality of life" as a deciding factor in
relocations or expansions.
But in Tallahassee, the move for less
regulation has mostly meant cuts to en-
vironmental protections. Budget short-
falls have hit environmental programs
disproportionately hard. Some legisla-
tors are even trying to micro-manage
,the state's five water-management dis-
tricts to help powerful special interests.
Since 2007, funding to assure a safe
and adequate water supply has faced
withering attacks. In 2009, lawmakers
went so far as to eliminate funds for
Florida Forever, the lands-acquisition
program that preserved unique natural
resources; Water Sustainability, which
helped fund alternative water supplies;
and Everglades restoration, a project
that traditional Republicans have long
supported. Decision-makers seem to
ignore that actions have consequences:
over-pumping can lead to sinkholes,
dry lakes, ruined springs and saltwa-

Paula Dockery


ter intrusion. The discharge of treated
sewage has an impact on our estuaries.
The lack of regulation leads to polluted
water bodies.
So far, unfortunately, Gov. Rick Scott
has not been kind to the environment
and our water resources. And those
of us who have toiled for decades to
improve Florida's quality of life an-
guish over his decisions to. dismantle
growth-management laws, abolish the
Department of Community Affairs and
zero-fund premiere environmental
Perhaps the water-management dis-
tricts had become bloated, but the gov-
ernor's recent cuts didn't simply target
administrative costs, they jeopardized
the much-needed water-supply projects
these agencies fund.
Still, recent comments by the gover-
nor offer a glimmer of hope. In Novem-
ber, he said: "As governor, I understand
a healthy economy is dependent upon a
healthy environment. Florida's residents
and businesses rely on clean water,
clean air and open spaces for tourism,

Two-and-a-half years or so ago, with
my retirement coming up in six months,
I got a call from our son, Loyal, then a
hospital chaplain.'
"Dad," he said, "I see a lot of patients
coming into the hospital who have
retired and don't have anything to do,
and they get sick. What plans do you
have after retirement?" I know my son
well enough to know what he meant. He
didn't want me to be literally bored to
"Well, Son," I began, "I plan to keep
writing my column." (Thanks for be-
ing a reader.) "I want to write a book."
("Frisbie's Laws: 20 Surefire Rules for
Successful Management," $14.95 plus
tax. Order from SLFrisbie@polkcoun-
tydemocrat.com.) "I want to work some
more in my shop." (If more sawdust
on the floor than ever before is proof
of success, I have proof.) "I want to


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do some more reading." (I am almost
through reading one book, which for
me is a lot of reading.) "I want to try
again to learn to play the guitar." (Still
trying, without much progress.) "I want
to see if I have any artistic ability." (My
first acrylic painting, of the Matter-
horn in the Swiss Alps, painted from a
photo I took, got rave reviews. The one I
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Marty Howell took second place at the Crooked Lake holiday boat
parade held last month.

Threatening weather on Dec. 10 did not
deter holiday revelers during the fourth
annual Defenders of Crooked Lake holiday boat
A record 18 decorated boats and others
joined the group as they assembled off Crooked
Lake State Park and slowly rounded the lake.
Live music was provided by the brassy Fox
Rawlings Band who serenaded with seasonal
tunes. Cheers from the groups on shore
filled the night air, along with the occasional
sprinkle or two. .
Before the parade began, judges led by
decorating committee chairperson Dee Dee
LeFils chose first and second place among the
decorated boats.
First place went to Ray Singletary's
Christmas-tree topped icicle boat, while
second went to Marty Howell's sleigh pulled
by reindeer.
LeFils said when she presented the $50
check to Singletary and $25 to Howell later in
the week, "you would have thought it was a
million dollars. They were so pleased."
The Best Decorated Dock award went to Jim
and Dee Dee LeFits. Judges were Billy and Chris-
tine Kahler. LeFils said she will put her winnings
to work on a new theme for their boat.
The Defenders of Crooked Lake also
collected for the Toys for Tots campaign. The
group is heading by Jack Hollis, president of
the board of directors.

Colorful boats parade
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Engines, engines and more engines, sometimes as
many engines as the eye can behold at one time
it seems, decorate the Flywheelers' grounds for
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aJ nuar 18 2012

Minnie B.

Minnie B.
Stewart, 67,
of Lake Wales
passed away Fri-
day, Jan. 13, 2012, .
at her residence.
She was born
Sept. 11, 1944, .
in Neale, Arkan- 41.
sas to the late -.
Charles Pankney a '
and Bertha Leola
Bell (Carnell) Minnie B. Stewart
Barnes; and she
was a lifelong resident of the area.
She was of the Pentecostal faith,
enjoyed fishing and buying and selling
furniture. She had an open door and an
open heart for everyone.
Minnie was preceded in death by her
husband, Charles Stewart.
Survivors include her daughter, Tina
M. White (Willie B.) of Lake Wales; sons,
Curtis McMickin (Sally) of Lake Wales,
Dayton Martin of Lake Wales and
Dalton Martin of Lake Wales; brother,
Vernon Barnes of Lake Wales, Everett
Barnes of Lake Wales, Lynn Barnes of
Lake Wales, Jerry Barnes of Lake Wales,
Roy Barnes of Lake Wales and Allen
Herrod of Lake Wales; seven grandchil-
dren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, and the fu-
neral service will be held 2 p.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake Wales with
Brother Terrel Towns officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lake
Wales Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the
family and the webcast of the service
can be viewed at www.marionnelson
" Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

H. C. McElroy

H.C. McElroy, 82, of Frostproof,
passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at
the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital in
Tampa due to heart failure.
He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Frost-
proof to the late Clenton Lester and
Maybell (Croft) McElroy. He was a
lifelong resident of the area.
He was retired from the U.S. Army
and a member of the VEW. and Ameri-
can Legion.
He was of the Baptist faith.
H.C. McElroy was preceded in death
by his brother, Spider McElroy; and a
son, Clinton H. McElroy.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years,
Betty McElroy; four daughters, Debbie
Williamson (Rickie) of Frostproof, May-
belle Ku (Philip) of Sebring, Judy Thorn-
ton (Carl Jr.) of Wauchula, and Henri-
etta "P-nut" McElroy of Frostproof; five
sons, Henry McElroy Jr. (Mary Helen)
of Babson Park, John McElroy (Pat) of
Graceville, Oscar McElroy of Babson
Park, Lendwood McElroy of Frostproof,
and Harold McElroy (Lori) of Babson
Park; three sisters, Betty Underwood
of Frostproof, Helen Loren Foster of
South Haven, Mich., and Dolly Ruth
Foster (Albert) of South Haven, Mich.;
two brothers, Lester McElroy (Carolyn)
of Frostproof and Lenward McElroy
of Frostproof; 25 grandchildren, 50
great-grandchildren, one great-great-.
grandson, and a multitude of nieces
and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m.,
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held
11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at First
Baptist Church, Frostproof, with the
Rev. James B. Woods officiating.
Interment will follow at the Silver Hill
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.


Judie Fass

Judie Fass of Lake Wales passed away
Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012 at her residence.
She was 69. Marion Nelson Funeral Home,
Lake Wales is handling arrangements.

Antolino Ruiz
Antolino Ruiz, 74, of Lake Wales,
passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at
the Lake Wales Medical Center.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake
Wales, is handling arrangements.
Kathleen M. Russ
Kathleen M. Russ, 82, of Lake Wales,
passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at
the Lake Wales Medical Center.
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trade group. The fungicide was
found in products from Brazil's
2011 crop.
"Brazilian orange juice is safe
and always has been," said Dan
Schafer, a spokesman for the
Atlanta-based Coca Cola Co.,
which owns the Minute Maid
brand, in-an email. "Second,
this is an issue that impacts
every company that produces
products in the U.S. containing
orange juice from Brazil."
When this was originally

announced earlier in the
week orange juice futures
rose the most in five years,
combined with freezing
weather that's damaged
citrus crops in Florida.
With the Florida Depart-
ment of Citrus board scheduled
to meet Wednesday it is not
known whether this will come
up. It is not on the agenda
and Norberg said he isn't sure
whether it will come up. That
meeting is set for 9 a.m. at the
Citrus Research & Education
Center in Lake Alfred.
Information from The
Associated Press was used in this

have given up.
"I've received calls from
residents whose rooftops nearly
touch and they have farm
animals in their backyard," said
Smith. "I'm not saying people
can't have them. I love animals.
I grew up on a farm, but if you
choose to move into a residential
neighborhood, you don't need
farm animals. If you want them,
buy an acre of land or go out and
.buy 10 acres. We do need some-
thing. This isn't perfect, but we

can change it. I urge commission-
ers to support it."
Smith said people have com-
plained the ordinance didn't
cover the real problem, which is
the annoying crowing of roosters.
Rooster complaints, under the
nuisance ordinance, requires a
sworn formal complaint to be
filed in writing to the Polk County
Sheriff's Office. Lakeland differs
as their regulations prohibits the
crowing of roosters within the
corporate limits of the city as it
is considered a nuisance. Less
annoying types of livestock such
as chickens, cows and horses are
allowed as long as neighbors are
OK with it.

Commissioner Melony Bell
made it known up front that she
disagreed with the ordinance as
"I think this is the wrong place
to put this in a land development
code," said Bell. "People have had
farm animals on their property
for 30 years with no problem.
Now we're going to come along
and say no, they can't keep them
there anymore? This is an issue
of land rights and I can't vote in
favor of this."
The two votes opposing the
ordinance were cast by Johnson
and Bell with the three voting in
favor being Smith, Todd Dantzler
and Bob English.

What is that ... a rmountain?"i "And I1
want to seeif I can learn to play golf."

Two Christmases ago, Peggy, my
older daughter, gave me a gift certifi-
cate for a free golf lesson. It remains in
an "active file" in our mail sorter.
Frankly, I have been too unsure of my
ability to hit a little white ball with a
metal stick to show up at the local golf

commerce, agriculture and recreation."
He finished by saying, "Our state's
natural resources are unparalleled.
It's why people choose to live here,
vacation here and bring their busi-
nesses here. In Florida, we don't have to
choose between a healthy environment
and a healthy economy. The two are
inextricably linked, and as governor, I
am working to ensure our resources are
dedicated to the improvement of both."
Florida is fortunate to have had
governors from both parties who have
left strong environmental legacies. Gov.
Bob Graham is known as the leader of
growth management and comprehensive
planning. Gov. Bob Martinez is the father
of the environmental land-acquisition
program Preservation 2000. And Gov. Jeb

course, where I might be recognized by
my friends.
But last Saturday, on the eve of my
71st birthday, which we celebrated at
his home in Gainesville, Loyal an-
nounced that he was taking me out to
the University of Florida golf course
to hit a hundred or so golf balls at the
driving range.
If there is one place in Florida where
I can enjoy a pretty high degree of ano-
nymity, it is at the Gator golf course.

There was just enough room on the
firing line for one more duffer, and

Bush helped craft Florida Forever, fund
growth-management protections and
promote the Water Sustainability Act.
Gov. Scott should help take the poli-
tics out of water management. For start-
ers, he should quash the move to form a
.statewide water board. Water should be
managed on a regional basis, keeping in
place the long-standing policy of "local.
sources first," which discourages water
pipelines. And when it convenes in two
weeks, the legislature should first do no
further harm. Then, reverse the detri-
mental direction of the past few years.
It's not too late for the governor to
undo what will otherwise become his
lasting legacy a return of the water
wars, where no one wins, but Florida is
the clear loser.
Paula Dockery is a term-limited Re-
publican senator from Lakeland who is
chronicling her final year in the Florida
Senate. She can be reached at pdockery@

Loyal, his 5-year-old son Addisu, and I
took turns blasting two nylon net bags
of golf balls out of sight.
There is a sharp drop-off about 15
feet in front of the tees at the driving
range, and any ball that dribbles at
least that distance disappears from view.
Actually, Addisu and I even hit a few
beyond the abyss, and we could see
them roll satisfyingly down the range.
Loyal coached me in the essentials:
arms straight, knees bent, keep your
eyes on the ball.
When addressing the ball, wiggle your
backside like a duck emerging from a

pond to make you look like a real golfer. It
is not necessary to call the ball by name.
Any time you swing at the ball and
miss, say, "That was a practice swing."
Sometimes it is necessary to take.two
or three practice swings before hitting
the ball.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He is thinking
seriously about taking a lesson in his
hometown, even though he might be
recognized. If you see a gray-haired guy
wearing a Gator T-shirt and taking a
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Ridge youngster meets his hero, Tebow, face-to-face


Starting the New Year with a dream-
come-true, Lake Wales youngster Blake
Appleton finally got to-meet his sports -
hero Tim Tebow.
Up close and personal.
In November, Blake, whose brain
cancer has returned after two remis-
sions, received a phone call from
Tebow thanks to the efforts of Emma
Hill, a Lake Wales teenager. One of the
few things Blake would disclose about
their conversation, in an interview with
the Frostproof News, was that Tebow
told him he hoped they would get to
Thanks to the generosity of several
TV Fox 35 viewers in Orlando, who saw
an on-camera story about Blake, the
meeting took place.


Daniel Sharpe, 51, of 109 Matthews Street, Frostproof

Brandi White, 20, of 217 1st Street W., Frostproof -
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krael Pere:, 18, of 1440 Old Stokes Road, Frostproof-
failure to appear.
Allen Dubberly, 19, of 270 S. Lake Patrick, Frostproof -
grand theft of a firearm, grandtheft of a commercial farm
animal, trespassing, possession of marijuana, possession of
paraphernalia and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Blake's mother, Mi-
randa Joe Appleton, the viewers made
financial contributions, enabling Blake,
his sister Morgan, and Miranda to fly to
Denver New Year's Day for the Broncos
game against Kansas City.
TV Fox 31 in Denver bought the
family tickets to the game and the pre-
game show.
The family met Tebow on the field,
just before the game. "He was very
excited," Miranda said, speaking for
Blake who was having some down-
time. "It was cool very awesome."
Did Tebow remember Blake, from
their earlier phone conversation? "Oh
yes," Miranda said. "He .told Blake it
was great that they got to meet."
Unfortunately for Appleton, the
Broncos fell to the Chiefs, 7-3, and
were ousted from the NFL playoffs last
weekend by the New England Patriots.

Chelene Wineberger, 46, of 342 N. Lake Reedy, Frost-
proof petit theft larceny.
Shannon Wells, 32, of 14 John Street, Frostproof -
false imprisonment of a child under 13, burglary with
assault and battery..
D:rot:(hy Caihillo 53. orf 185 Freedom Drive, Frostproof
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Amanda Espinoza, 30, of 1469 W. Frostproof Road,
Frostproof- shoplifting.
Marlen Espinoza, 48, of 1469 W. Frostproof Road,
Frostproof-- shoplifting.
Miguel Soto, 36, of 8800 Rhoden Loop Road, Frostproof
- grand theft larceny and dealing in stolen property.

Blake Appleton
hangs out with NFL
quarterback Tim
Tebow, who plays
for the Denver
Broncos. Tebow
wowed fans in last
week's overtime
game between the
Pittsburgh Steelers
when he lobbed
the football to
Demaryius Thomas,
who ran the ball
back 80 yards for a
touchdown, sealing
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School board: State needs to be fair and let area control schools


Polk County School Board members
mostly wish for the coming year that
the state Legislature acts fairly in regard
to what they oversee, giving more con-
trol to the local community.
"More control in the hands of the
people of the local community," is at
the top of the wish list School Board
Member Tim Harris would write.
Harris didn't even have to think about
it when asked what his wish list would
be for the new year.
"We seem to be headed more in a
direction of state and national control
rather than what was originally created
- local school boards, local schools.
When we started public education in
this country, it was locally controlled,
locally created, not a national issue."
Harris finds it frustrating that state
and national regulations extend to cur-
riculum, testing, finance and building
codes for schools.
"The tentacles of federal and state
government are wrapping tightly
around-local education," Harris de-
clared. "People and parents in the local
communirn have lost influence to make
local decision-: they're more driven by
state, governors, congressional, and the
state Department of Education."
In addition to a return of more local
control of education, Harris would like
to see improvements in performance,
finances and community support.
School Board Mlember Frank O'Reilly
i- definite on \ hat he would like this
year: "That the Legislature, especially
our representatives here in Polk County,
would treat the public schools equally
to ho'r they treat the charter schools in
which they have a personal interest.
"They (charter schools) only have to
make class size by each school; we have
to make by every single class ... It's hor-
rible, we spend $4-6 million more a year
than those schools to live up to the class
size amendment."
O'Reilly is frank in saying hebelieves
local legislators have a conflict of inter-
est because of their association with
some local charter schools: State Sen.
JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, with the
Lake Wales Charter Schools, and Reps.
Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, and Seth McK-
eel, R-Lakeland, with McKeel Academy.

"It hurts the public schools; treat us
equally," O'Reilly pleaded. -
"We've got to keep our eyes and ears
open starting Tuesday (Jan. 10, the start
of the legislative session) to make sure
our public schools get treated right."
Among his wishes for 2012 were these
from School Board Member Dick Mul-
I sincerely wish the Legislature
would stop shortchanging our student
funding. Expectations go up, academic
bars are raised for the best students and
those who struggle. Florida is at the bot-
tom in paying their teachers. We need
funding to carry out their wish list.
I wish all students would wear their
safety belts when in a motiong t vehicle.
We lose several each year that don'.
I wish our teachers would receive
the accolades they deserve, both in pro-
fessional respect and in their pay.
I wish more of our students were "
tuned in academically at the same level
they are tuned in electronically.
I hope we have more students
graduate, but I also wish many of our
elementary and middle school students
did not have to struggle as they do to
learn (reading, math, science and writ-
I wish the electronic divide between
economic levels could be bridged.
I wish we could unlock the doors
for our students who are not natural
English speakers.
It still deeply concerns me that we
have students living in all sorts of con-
ditions at home especially those who
are hungry.
I wish that every student had a
strong support system at home and
those parent(s)/grandparents would
stress the importance of education.
And in the midst of it all ... celebrate
the small victories that are achieved
every day in the classrooms all over
Polk County. Remember it is our charge
to educate all the students. Remind
ourselves daily to respect, nurture and.
love all of our students, even when they
make it difficult.
Like all people, whether directly or
indirectly involved with education,
Polk County School Board Member
Lori Cunningham's wish for students is
"I want all our students to make
learning gains," said Cunningham. Not

only does she want students to make
gains, but to build upon them on a
continual basis. She lauded everyone
involved, from the students to the
teachers to administrators and support
personnel who have striven towards
making that achievement.
But there is more than just that Cun-
ningham has placed on a "wish list,"
and it involves money, also directly or
"I would like, hope and pray that our
Legislature does not make additional
cuts," she said. Given the current eco-
nomics, she said she understood certain
funding had to be curtailed, but at the
same time she hopes lawmakers will
show some prudence.
"At least stay at the current funding
levels," she said.

Cunningham also has another wish,
and that is for the Legislature to "con-
tinue to hold us harmless from (un-
funded) state mandates." These, she
said, have come, no pun intended, at a
As two examples, she cited the new
teacher evaluation format and class-
room size. Attempting and accom-
plishing both are precarious balancing
acts, and Polk County Schools has
applied these mandates to its utmost
ability. However, it has come at a cost.
Cunningham hopes that should it
ever reach the point that Polk County
Schools falls short despite its best effort,
even if only temporarily, that it will be
not be penalized.
Staff writer Steve Steiner contributed
to this story.

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Cecil Cherry battles with Fort Meade's Maurice
Russell during high school basektball action
last Thursday.

At left: Frostproof's Ricky
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despite good defense
played by the Miners
Maurice Russell. The Miners
are currently 3-7 on the
season, and will be on the
road tomorrow night at
Mulberry in a non-district

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Meade's Chris
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Maurice Russell and Chris Morris.

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Meade's Jalen Brown.
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with just four seconds
to go in regulation to
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Thursdayin Frostproof.
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Direction of CFDC not clear yet

The Central Florida Development
Council is at a crossroads, President
Jerry Miller said Friday at the Bartow
Chamber of Commerce's monthly
Committee of 100 meeting.
The private-public agency is current-
ly looking for an executive director and
also is looking at possibly renovating
how it operates.
"We're at a crossroads," he said.'"The
director left six months ago and it's
time to take a look at the organization
as a whole."
Currently Economic Development
Director Rodney Carson, Sports and
Tourism Director Mark Jackson and Se-
nior Marketing Manager Jim Degenn-
aro have been running the organiza-
tion since Interim Executive Director
Jim Bell was hospitalized in August
with a subdural hematoma. Freeman
appointed Bell to that position on an
interim basis after Tom Patton resigned
last March after eight years as executive
The CFDC, a public-private partner-
ship between Polk County, all of the
municipalities and most chambers of
commerce, is responsible for eco-
nomic development activity. It works
to attract businesses to the area, get
sporting events to locate here, pro-
vides workforce development and
training and more. CFDC is funded
mostly through occupational license
fees on the economic development
side'and through bed taxes for sports


Central Florida Development Council President Jerry Miller talks Friday at the Bartow Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100 meeting while the
committee President Brian Hinton listens.

and marketing.
The direction of where it should go,
Miller said, will probably come more
to light after the board meets with a
consultant on Feb. 6.
Miller said he's not sure where the
- CFDC should go, but he did say even
with the economic hard times the state
and country have been experiencing
this is a good time to be in develop-
ment leadership in this area. He also

said some of the territoriality has to be
looked into in Polk County.
"It's a neat time to be in a leadership
role in Polk County, but someone has
to pull the trigger," Miller said.
Mark McDuff, the senior business de-
velopment manager, said at the meet-
ing that opportunities abound with the
current idea of making the Interstate 4
area a major development area.
But where it can go from here is up

to the board after it hears from the
Upon taking a question from Commit-
tee of 100 President Brian Hinton Friday,
Miller said, "I talked to (County Manager)
Jim Freeman yesterday. His idea was to
post the job in January, but he's not sure
what to do because he's not sure what it
can do. If it will be private, public or con-
tinue as private-public and I guess we'll
wait until the board makes a decision."

Polk growth may take in mobility fees


County commissioners got their first
briefing last week on how people think
Polk County should grow.
In a presentation by Tom Deardorff,
Polk's Director of Planning and Devel-
opment, important topics identified
by the participants during the ses-
sions were shared with the board, but
additional public outreach would be
necessary before asking commission-
ers to consider adoption of the draft
resolution and list of action items.
The data presented was a result of
three meetings held between Septem-
ber and December at the Student Cen-
ter at Polk State College's Winter Haven
campus where the public was invited
to take part in identifying key growth
issues in Polk County.
At the conclusion of the sessions,
a draft of the Community Planning
Strategy would then be presented to
the county commissioners for consid-
eration. Key topics covered in these
sessions,included transportation,
school concurrency, deciding where
growth should occur in the county,
creating new jobs and input on roads
and water. A total of 82 participants
attended one or more of the meetings
including community residents and
representatives of the city, county and
private sector such as city managers,
development and real estate profes-
sionals, environmental organizations,
representatives from the Florida De-
partment of Transportation, as well as
staff and board members from the Polk
County School Board.
Seeking input from the public is a
relatively new strategy resulting from last
year's move by the Florida Legislature
abolishing the state growth-management

agency switching the oversight of
growth planning from state to local
planners. Now, local officials will be
making decisions about new develop-
ment and where it should occur, as well
as strategies for future communities.
"We think the meetings were suc-
cessful, but attendance was an issue
as people had conflicts with their
busy schedules," said Deardorff. "At
this point, what we'd like to do is go to
different trade groups and continue
to gather additional input from more
people for a better representation."
Among the 12 strategies outlined in
the agenda from the growth meetings
was the desire to explore the implemen-
tation of a Mobility Fee System as an al-
ternative to transportation impact fees
and transportation concurrency. This
would include determining geographic
zones for the fee study and partnering
with cities in preparation for a Mobility
Fee Study. Efforts would also' be made
to coordinate with the Polk Transit
Authority on transit service improve-
ments to be addressed by the Mobility
Fee Study and evaluating the adequacy
of mobility fees as a revenue source
within the overall structure of funding
for transportation infrastructure.
Commissioner Edwin Smith showed
confusion towards the concept and
asked what a mobility fee was.
"The key word here is 'explore' since
mobility fees are a new concept to Polk
County," said Deardorff. "There have
been a lot of questions about what they
are. At our third meeting in Decem-
ber, we had an hour-long discussion
about it. This concept would need to
be explored further, maybe looking at
Pasco County since they have replaced
impact fees with mobility fees."
Deardorff explained that impact
fees are levied to help fund a variety of

public facilities or infra-
structure while mobility
fees may be levied as an
alternative to, or replace-
ment of, road impact
fees. Both fees are a one-
time fee on new develop-
ment and are levied on
reuse or redevelopment
of an existing site only
if it generates an addi-
tional demand for public
service that generates
more traffic.
Where the two differ is
impact fees may be lev-
ied to fund the construc-
tion of roads, schools,
libraries, parks, cor-
rectional facilities, and
police and fire stations.
Mobility fees are levied
to fund transportation-
related improvements
that serve the movement
of people and goods. In
general, the mobility fee
is seen as an economic
development tool to
create jobs and redirect
growth in a way that's
healthier for the county,

Polk County Director of Planning and Development Tom Deardorff
spoke to the county commission last week about growth issues.

keeping growth in urban
areas and keeping the rural areas rural.
Last August, Pasco County became
the first county in Florida to adopt
a mobility fee to replace its impact
fee, covering costs of transportation
infrastructure in the area. In addition
to funding roadways, the fee extends
itself to mass transit, sidewalks and
trails while directing growth away from
the undeveloped areas of the county and
toward planned urban service areas. The
new fee strategy has put an incentive on
certain types of development making

Pasco more competitive in the Tampa
Bay area, as well as the southeastern
United States.
The possibility of Polk County fol-
lowing Pasco's lead will be examined
further by county commissioners after
Deardorff takes the growth sessions on
the road to collect additional input for
a revised draft resolution. Key growth
issues including the possible transi-
tion from transportation impact fees
to mobility fees will be assessed and
discussed at future county commission

Progress Energy customers could be on hook for botched upgrade


Progress Energy already plans to stick
its customers with a $670 million bill
for the botched upgrade to the Crystal
River nuclear plant. Now those custom-
ers have reason to fear that Progress will
try to stick them again.
Why? Progress' oft-repeated conten-
tion that insurance will pay the rest of
the $2.5 billion repair bill looks lncreas-
ingly shaky.
The insurer, which goes by the acro-
nym NEIL, already has stopped paying
some earlier claims on the construction
accident, which shut down theplant
in 2009 during replacement of a steam
NEIL has created a high-ranking
committee to investigate, whether the
accident was, as Progress contends,
unforeseeable, unpredictable and un-
Now NEIL has delayed an expected
decision on whether to pay Progress'
claim as its review continues.
That in turn has delayed a final deci-
sion on whether the plant ever reopens.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port
Richey, said utility officials told him that
they'll shut down the plant in Crystal
River, in Citrus County, if NEIL denies
the claim.
Rather than choosing an all-or-noth-
ing approach, NEIL is just as likely to
pay only part of the claim, some nuclear
power experts think. Atissue is whether
Progress was in any way responsible for
causing the damage to the plant.
"It's difficult for NEIL or anybody else
to say (the construction accident) is
fully foreseen," said Dave Lochbaum,
a nuclear engineer with the Union of
Concerned Scientists. "To.say IProgress
was) totally blameless ... isn't possible
Tim Leljedal. a Progress spokesman,
said the utility continues to expect that
NEIL will cover most of the repair bill.
with customers paying about a quarter
of the tab.
"We are not going to speculate on the
potential impact of any less-than-ex-
pected NEIL reimbursement," Leljedal
Still, hot since the Three Mile Island
nuclear disaster in 1979 has a U.S. in-
surer grappled with so large a payout to
a utility for damage to a nuclear plant.
All eyes are on NEIL, as Progress, its
customers and its investors await the
insurance company's decision. Whia
NEIL decides could hit any or all of
them in the pocketbook. .

NEIL, the Nuclear Electric Insurance
Limited, is a Delaware company that
insures the nation's 104 nuclear plants
against property damage, decontami-
nation expenses, premature decom-
missioning costs and interruptions in
electricity supply. .
The board of directors that runs the
private company is made up largely of
officials from investment firms and the
utility industry, in.cluding'Progress chief
execu tfvL offiet Bill-Johnmsn.
But even with the utility industry
presence on the-board, payment for a,
claim is not assured. Any large claim is
sure to come under scrutiny.
For example, FirstEnergy Corp. of
Akron, Ohio, filed a $200 million claim
with NEIL after the reactor head at its
Davis-Besse nuclear plant nearly blew
Before NEIL could make a decision,
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commis-
sion cited the utility for lying, and the
company was fined $28 million. At that
point, according to the Toledo Blade,
FirstEnergy dropped its claim.
In the Crystal River case, a
critical part of NEIL's analysis likely
will be the definition of "accident"
and a claim that's more than 10 times
more costly and far more complicated

The key question: Were cracks that developed at the Crystal River.nuclear plant an "act of God" or operator error?

than FirstEnergy's.
Crucial to NEIL's decision are the
events that led to the troubles at Crystal
As Progress moved to replace old
steam generators at the plant, the
42-inch-thick concrete containment
building that houses the reactor
cracked. After Progress repaired the first
crack, the building cracked two more
times. The plant will not reopen uptil at
least 2014..
Steam generators had been success-
fully replaced at 34 other U.S. nuclear
plants. All those jobs were supervised
by just two engineering firms.
As the Tampa Bay Times has reported,
Progress handled the Crystal River proj-
ect in a fundamentally different fashion.
Rather than rely on either of the
experienced engineering firms to super-
vise the work, Progress self-managed
the project.
It discounted its own internal study
that concluded it lacked die expertise to
do the work.
It hired two subcontractors that had-
no experience with the type of work-
they were asked to do at Crystal River.
Progress adopted procedures for
the work that differed from those used
at other nuclear plants, and it ignored
warnings from experienced subcontrac-
tors who expressed concern about those
Other than stating that the claim is
still under review, NEIL's legal office de-
clined to comment about the case and
referred further inquiries to Progress

Progress' insurance policy gives the
utility financial protection against an
accident, which "means a sudden and
fortuitous event, an event of the mo-
ment, which happens by chance, is
unexpected and unforeseeable."
Lynne McChristian of the Insurance
Information Institute said the ques-
tion at Crystal River becomes: Were the
cracks in the containment building an
"act of God" or was there some culpa-
bility on the part of the utility?
"Was the damage sudden or is it
something akin to a homeowner's
policy that there are exclusions if you
were negligent?" McChristian said. "You
-have to take some responsibility when
you own property."
Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer
and consultant with Fairewinds Associ-

ates, said it increasingly appears that
Progress might have difficulty getting
any money from NEIL.
"When the first (crack) happened and
there wasn't a lot of knowledge about
the decision making, it could have
been seen as the 'act of God scenario,'
".Gundersen said. "A lot of additional
information has come out since then.
"It wouldn't surprise me at the end of
the.day that the insurer says, 'No, we're
nor going to pay this claim.' "
Gundersen and Lochbaum, of the
Union of Concerned Scientists, said
NEIL may be delaying its decision so it
can negotiate with Progress on a settle-
ment for less than the full amount of
the claim.
At one point, NEIL was paying both
for repair work at Crystal River and for
some of the costs of buying replace-
ment power.
But in November, Progress told the
state Public Service Commission that
NEIL had stopped making repair pay-
ments in December 2010. The utility,
later told its investors that NEIL also
ceased paying for replacement power in
the second quarter of 2011.
NEIL has appointed a special com-
mittee of its board to review the claim
and hired its own engineer to assist,
Progress said.
NEIL is "in uncharted territory at the
moment," Lochbaum said.

If NEIL does not cover any more of
the $2.5 billion in repairs and related
costs, Progress would have to turn to
its customers and investors or possibly
close the plant an alternative the util-
ity continues to weigh even as it works
to repair it.
"Although retiring the unit is one of a
number of options, we remain com-
mitted to our previously outlined plan
to repair (Crystal River) and return the
plant to service," Leljedal said.
Since the plant broke, Progress has
had to purchase alternative and more
expensive electricity at about $300
million a year. The utility got the PSC to
approve putting some of the burden of
that cost on Progress' 1.6 million Florida
So far, Progress customers have paid
$110 million for alternative electricity in
2011 and will pay another $140 million
this year. (That money could be refund-
ed if the PSC determines that Progress'
actions were not "prudent.")

For customers, the more ominous
possibilities what happens if NEIL does
not pay for the rest of the repair costs,
which approach $2 billion?
Progress could ask the PSC to force
its customers to make up all or part of
the difference. At Progress' behest, the
PSC is already forcing those customers
to pay for a $20 billion nuclear plant the
utility' wants to build in Levy County.
if the..Crystal River plant-is not re-
pairedthe utility .w6uld have to decom-
mission it. Progress-maintains a manda-
tory account with about $593 million
to decommission Crystal River, but it is
unclear whether-that will be enough.
"Progress is stuck between a rock and
a hard place here," Gundersen said.
"They don't want their shareholders to
pay ... and Floridians have a right to
be upset: 'Why are we paying for your
"I think a lot of attorneys on both
sides of this are going to be rich."

Volunteer job

fair at Bok

Ready to learn-a new skill, meet
new people and have fun? Join the
staff of Bok Tower Gardens at its
annual Volunteer Job Fair Jan. 20
from 2-3;30 p.m. Information willbe
available.from a variety of Gardens'
departments that offer volunteer
"This is a great opportunity for
-individuals of all ages to learn new-
things, make wonderful friends and
have a rewarding experience all while
having fun," explains Lisa Allen, Gar-
dens' Visitor Services manager.
Garden guides will be trained
to lead daily tours of the historic
Olmsted gardens and docents are
needed to conduct tours of Pine-
wood Estate, a 20-room Mediterra-
nean-style mansion. Other volunteer
opportunities include: Information
Desk greeters; weddings and special
events; security and shuttle drivers;
tour guides for children; photogra-
phy; and assistance with clerical,
office and special projects as well as
the Caf6, Gift and Plant Shop.
Call Allen at 863-734-1211 to

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Mentoring can

accommodate student needs

As the chairman for the Polk County
Board of County Commissioners Com-
munity Relations Advisory Council; the
board members and I believe it impera-
tive to partner with the Polk County
School District to assist them with
mentoring students in K-12 schools.
As one of our initiatives for this year, is
necessary to accommodate students'
emotional and educational needs in
order for them to achieve academic
success in school.
Mentoring is defined as "a one on
one relationship between the stu-
dent, administrator, educator or adult
wherein the more experienced person
provides personal, academic, career
guidance and training to the less expe-
rienced person, student or child." This
relationship between, the less experi-
enced student and more experienced
mentor contains both short-term and
long-term objectives which will assist
any disadvantaged child and adoles-
cent who is in need of a positive role
model, along with consistent support
and guidance. Mentoring also provides
the mentor with opportunities for,
learning, reinforcing and building the
positive characteristics and traits that

are needed in current and future school
The students who are involved in a
mentoring program may be faced with
difficult and challenging situations in
their life. Mentoring can be instrumen-
tal in combating delinquency and miti-
gating some of the negative outcomes
associated with "at-risk" students, such
as antisocial behavior, alcohol or drug
abuse. This year, Board Members Faye
Alexander and Senior Director of Diver-
sity for the Polk County School Board
Otis Anthony provided 14 mentors for -
K-12 schools, which is 50 percent par-
ticipation from the board.
We're hoping to improve the num-
ber of mentors to better assist School
Supt. Sherrie Nickell with her future
endeavors for Polk County Schools. The
board's objective is to be positive and
productive by devoting a significant
amount of time and energy to provid-
ing advocacy for those who need.it.
In addition to mentoring students
who have behavior and academic
needs, so they may be successful in the
school setting, it is important for our
future leaders to gain the education
and life skills needed to be responsible,
confident and successful in their future

Hillcrest archery club

shares fun with parents
Nancy Leath-
-erland, one
. ofHillcrest
,. "" certified.
walks the line
Saturday, Jan.
7, as parents
and grand-
parents learn
the basics.
"The students
t really enjoyed
seeing their
parents and
ents trying
to shoot,";'
said Physical
Coach Debra
Knuth. Saturday's event included a cookout and other kickoff activities for the after-school
Archery Club. The Hillcrest Archery Club has $2,000 worth of compound bows, targets,
a drop net and more. The school collects aluminum cans to support the program, and a
collection trailer is parked near the school's front parking lot.

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coming to Lakeland
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Lemon Street in
Lakeland will be target of chalk artists
young and old during the first Chalk for
Charity Festival.
Using chalk as their medium and pave-
ment as their canvas, professionals and
novices will turn the streets of asphalt into
an outdoor art display. The exhibitions will
be on Lemon Street between South Florida
and Massachusetts avenues.
Sponsors are being sought for the avail-
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Three canvas size options ranging from
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The funds will go to Lakeland Knights of
Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission and
The Lakeland Citizen's Police Academy
AlumniAssociation which supports proj-
ects of the Lakeland Police Department.
The global Wheelchair Mission provides
wheelchairs around the world. Since 2003
more than20,000 wheelchairs have been
If you are interested with being paired
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or to participate as an artist at the event,
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eled to Frostproof for a six-team competition. The Highlanders finished first, beating teams
from Frostproof, Fort Meade, Lake Region, McKeel and Winter Haven. Team members include
(from left): front Coach Allison Kapphan, Maxine Bartkovich, Alexandra Pass, Erick Castillo;
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Wednesday, January 18,2012 SCMG Central Florida Page 5B

"Oh, so you counsel engineers?""Does
that mean you study how well people do in
These are the types of questions Lisa Jo
Elliott is inx ariably asked when she tells
someone she is an engineering psycholo-
gist, a field that has more to do widl ma-
chines and technology and less to do xiath
the psyche. It is also a profession ripe with
oppormunirv and shown to be somewhat
recession proof.
Elliott is an assistant professor of psy-
chology at the Universir\ of South Florida
Polytechnic and teaches an elective called
Fngineeiing Psychology, a course that.
despite its name, doesn't examine our id or
our idiosyncrasies.
Engineering psychology studies how\ peo-
ple interact \.ith machines, a relationship
that affects design, production systems, arind
technology. Part of the ergonomics realm,
engineering psychology looks at human
behavior in relationship to machines and
aims to improve how humans use them. In
the end, the science helps improve safety;
efficiency, usefulness, and productivity.
"It is often a misconception that we are
also on the clinical side of psychology," El-
liott said. "But we are only on the research
side. We love technology and have a back-
ground in experimental psychology and

interaction is core of engineering psychology course

empirical investigation."
Examples of engineering psychology at
work include consumer safety organize -
dons, computer interface :
design, aviation design,
automation, the design of o
medical and surgical devices
and other areas in which
human-nmachine interactions
need improvement. The
military also uses engineer- |
ing psychologists to help ELLIOTT
design iilitari machineii
and technology
.An example of how these specialists
touch our lives can be found in that cell
phone you're holding., vhich probably went.
b\ several engineering ps chologists as it
I\as being designed. built and tested before
it reached its final form and vas .ent to
market. Then it went by several more as it
was approved by appropriate consumer
safety and government agencies. And it will
go by still more as issues arise, such as the
recent controversy over using cells phones
while driving. A recent study published by
the National Transportation Safety Board
shows that talking on a cell phone, even
hands free, can slow a driver's reaction time
at the wheel.
"When we have a conversation with

someone who is not in the car, we are men-
tally with that person," Elliott said. "It's how
our brains work. We are visualizing them
in a context outside of the car. And so our
mind is not on our driving."
In addition to ensuring products are
ergonomic, safe, and easy to use, these
specialists conduct tests to make sure con-
sumers like the appearance and usability
of products and help make a particular
brand more appealing to the public. Often,
the work of an engineering psychologist is
described as making the relationship more,
Engineering psychologists also help
determine why something failed.
"We look at why systems fail and why ac-
cidents happened," Elliott said. "Sometimes
it might be human error, but more likely it's
the interaction of humans to machines."
At Poly, both undergraduate and gradu-
ate students may take Elliott's elective
course and may be working toward degrees
in technology, engineering or business.
For many students, this course is the first
time they have heard about engineering
psychology. As Elliott shares her experi-
ence of misconceptions, she jokes with the
students, "Knowing about your childhood
doesn't help me understand how big the
'send call' button on a cell phone needs

to be, or why a text document is hard to
upload to a website."
So what kind of people become engi-
neering psychologists?
"Engineering psychologists must pos-
sess an array of skills and knowledge from
numerous disciplines," she said. "We must
also have excellent analytical skills and
work effectively in teams since we frequent-
ly collaborate with other professionals."
Some of the good news Elliott brings is
that the field of engineering psychology has
not been negatively affected by the recent
recession and has, in fact, seen a surge. The
Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the
profession to be one of the fastest growing
areas in the field of psychology and reports
:-hat biomiiedic l and industrial ecgiineering,
two fields that emphlo engineering p\ -
chologists,:are expected to see significant
job growth over the next 10 years.
"Engineering psychology is a unique and
highly sought-after field of study of how
humans interact with technology," she
said. "It's one of the few areas of the U.S.
job market that hasn't been hurt. It's always.
growing. There are positions to be found at
all levels of education: bachelors, masters or
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Traveling scam suspects arrested in undercover operation

Five law enforcement agencies work-
ing undercover charged five people act-
ing as travelers and three other people
in unrelated crimes, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office reported.
Polk County Sheriff's Office used
undercover detectives and help from
the Florida Department of Business and
Professional Regulation, the Florida De-
partment of Financial Services, and the
Florida Highway Patrol, and the State
Attorney's Office to arrest the suspects
in Lake Alfred.
Those arrested were:
Bartholomew Rafferty, 32, 1635 Pinon
Glen Circle, Colorado Springs, exploita-
tion of the elderly, burglary, grand theft,
worker's compensation fraud out-of-
state contractor, worker's compensation
fraud by presentation of false certifica-
tion of insurance, worker's compensa-
tion fraud by failing to secure worker's
compensation insurance.
Patrick Rafferty, 29, 17812 Farragut
Way, Hagerstown, Md., exploitation
of the elderly, burglary, grand theft,
worker's compensation fraud out-of-
state contractor, worker's compensation
fraud by presentation of false certifica-
tion of insurance, worker's compensa-
tion fraud by failing to secure worker's
compensation insurance.
Alexander Parker, 25, Ocean Wind
Road, Bear, Del., exploitation of the
elderly, burglary, grand theft, worker's
compensation fraud out-of-state con-
tractor, worker's compensation fraud by
failing to secure worker's compensation
Charles Evans, 30, 509 Southwind
Road, Fairwinds, Del., exploitation
of the elderly, burglary, grand theft,
worker's compensation fraud out-of-
state contractor, worker's compensa-
tion fraud by failing to secure worker's
compensation insurance.
Joseph Benedic Croughin, 17, 223
Shawnee Valley Drive, East Stroudsburg,
Pa., two counts burglary, grand theft.
In addition to the five travelers ar-
rested, detectives arrested three others
on unrelated charges while they were
making contacts in the northeast Polk
County area:
- Jeffery D. West, 52, 11735 N. Marjory
Ave., Tampa, resisting arrest and petit
David West, 26, 11735 N. Marjory Ave.,
Tampa, petit theft;
Julius Rollins, 55, 1420 S. Florida Ave.,
Lakeland, failure to appear-stalking.
"These scam artists prey on unsus-
pecting victims," said Sheriff Grady

Driver inspection to be
conducted this month
The Florida Highway Patrol is con-
ducting driver license and vehicle in-
spection checkpoints this month in the
seven county region of Troop C which
includes Polk County.
In Polk County checkpoints are on
State Roads 600 and 700, County Roads
35A, 540,'542, 546 557, 17A, 659, 655, 54,
542A,i580 and on Pine Chase Avenue,
Wabash Avenue and Thompson Nurs-
ery Road.. -
Troopers will concentrate their ef-
forts on vehicles being operated with
defects such as bad brakes, worn tires
and defective lighting equipment. At-
tention will be directed to drivers who
would violate the driver license laws.
of Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol
Library offers
beginner's bridge
The Lake Wales Public Library will
offer a six-part class, Beginner's Bridge
in the 21st Century. Certified instructor
Ken Broas will teach the class.
Broas holds certification from the
American Contract Bridge League and
is a member of the American Bridge
Teachers Association.
The six-part class will meet each

Judd. "They target the elderly because
they are more trusting; thus making
them easier targets for quick scams.
And by the time the crime has been
committed, the suspect is long gone,
the victim has been swindled out of
their money and must hire legitimate
businesses to 'fix' work which wasn't
needed in the first place, or was done at
substandard levels."
Travelers, often called gypsies, live
in closely guarded societies and share
a common preference for nomadic
lifestyles, the sheriff's office reports.
They solicit victims for business, most
often construction related work such as
roof repairs and asphalt work, then give
the victim unqualified, uninsured and
untruthful estimates for home improve-
ments and repairs.
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, an under-
cover senior citizen posed as an elderly
woman who was concerned about her
roof's structure. Prior to the investi-
gation a credible roofing contractor
inspected the roof and found it struc-
turally sound and not in need of repair,
the sheriff's office reported. Several
traveler businesses were contacted for
roof estimates.
An inspection was set up for 9:30 a.m.
by Rafferty Roofing. Bartholomew and
Patrick Rafferty arrived and gave false
information to the undercover "victim"
about her roof needing repair, the-sher-
iff's office reports. They offered to place
silicone in several areas where roof
shingles, they claimed, were missing
(there were no shingles missing when
the home was inspected prior to the
operation). The Raffertys also claimed
the areas around her vent pipes needed
to be sealed.
After spending 13 minutes with the
undercover senior citizen and conduct-
ing the inspection they offered to fix the
roof for $975, sheriff's office reports.
When asked to provide proof of li-
ability insurance Bartholomew retrieved
a fraudulent insurance document and
presented it to the undercover senior
citizen. Both suspects were arrested,
sheriff's office reports.
During the investigation it was
revealed the Raffertys were visiting
Florida from Colorado. Patrick Rafferty
also gave an address in Maryland. The
suspects' vehicle was equipped with
$2,500 worth of tools, sheriff's office
reports. These tools were seized for civil
Detectives then contacted several
similar out-of-state businesses that

Wednesday afternoon, 2 until 3:30 p.m.
in the Library's Schoenoff Meeting
Room. Classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 1,
2012 and conclude, Wednesday, March
7, 2012.
Bridge is a centuries old card game.
Learning this game enhances memory
and logic skills.
A minimum of four students is re-
quired to hold the class. The maximum
number of students is 24. There is a $45
registration fee enabling the Library to
compensate the instructor. An optional
textbook will be available to students.
Payment and registration in advance
is required to insure the necessary
number of participants. Payment is
accepted in cash or check at the Lake
Wales Public Library during regular
business hours. Credit or debit card
payments can be made at the City of
Lake Wales Cashier's Office.
For more information call (863) 678-
4004 or email library@cityoflakewales.

have traveled to Florida and were stay-
ing in the northeast section of Polk
County. During the calls, many of the
travelers acknowledged knowing the
Raffertys were going to the undercover
location to give an estimate. It was clear
the travelers detectives were contact-
ing were all related and/or had close
relationships and were aware of each
other's activities.
Detectives contacted a company
called A. Parker Contracting. The sus-
pect, identified as Charles, advised he
and his partners were in Leesburg work-
ing, but could give an estimate at 4 p.m.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., Alexander
Parker and Charles Evans arrived at the
Parker made contact with the un-
dercover elderly woman and indicated
the roof appeared to be in good shape.
Both suspects then walked around the
perimeter of the property. They came
back to the woman and said it appeared
there may be some damage but they
would have to take a closer look. Parker
told the elderly woman he would apply
silicone to several areas of the roof for
$600. He brought contract in for the
undercover senior citizen to sign and
also showed her fraudulent insurance
paperwork upon request, sheriff's office
The suspects then went on the roof
and conducted an inspection. Parker
came back inside and told the under-
cover officer there were numerous nails
popping up and the areas around the
vents were dry-rotted. Even though
there are no trees above the roof, he
told the undercover senior citizen it ap-
peared something fell from the sky on .
the roof causing damage to a large area,
the sheriff's office reported.
He told the undercover senior citizen
that he would have to figure a price for


the needed work. Both suspects were
then arrested.
The investigation revealed the two
suspects were from Delaware. Parker
also had a driver's license from North
Dakota. Evans had $761, police report-
ed. The truck was equipped with $1,000
worth of tools. The currency, tools, and
2007 Chevy truck were seized.
Detectives obtained a warrant for
17-year-old Joseph Croughin after he
solicited an elderly man in Lake Alfred.
about doing unneeded roof work at his
Croughin dumped tar on the roof and
poured rocks on top of it. He charged
the victim $600 for this work, police
reported. He then told the victim he
needed more money so he could buy
more materials. The victim became sus-
picious and called law enforcement.
During the investigation, Croughin
was located living in the KAO camp-
ground on Frontage Road near Inter-
state 4 and U.S. Highway 27.
Croughin was arrested on Thursday,
Jan. 12, the sheriff's office reports.
During the arrest, Croughin's parents
were present. Croughin's father repeat-
edly told his son not to cooperate with
An unidentified white female also
present at the time of Croughin's arrest
was belligerent with detectives.
Without being told what type of scam
had occurred, she advised she worked
for a legitimate paving company in
Virginia. The unidentified woman on
scene claimed to be associated with
the FBI, CIA and a senator in Virginia.
She also referenced the arrests detec-
tives made on the four suspects the day
At no time had the previous arrests,
been discussed with those present dur-
ing Croughin's arrest.



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Center helps students gain edge in career search

Students at the University of South
Florida Polytechnic are gaining a
competitive edge in the tight job
market with the recent transition of
the Career Resource Center into the
Talent Management Center.
Opened under its new designation
in June, the new center still provides
many of the typical career-seeking
services but now offers a broader
range of professional development.
services and makes a priority of con-'
necting with students early in their
college tenure.
The.goal of the expansion is to .
engage students in not only thinking
about their careers early but also in
taking active steps in assessing their
career choices and job options.
"To do this, the center helps stu-
dents build their work experience
and fine-tune their resumes, portfo-
lios and cover letters so when they
graduate they are more than just a
few steps ahead of the other appli-
cants," said Sonja Hayes, who runs
the new Talent Management Center.
"Today's job market is competi-.
tive and the new Talent Management
Center helps give Poly students an
added advantage to getting hired,"
said Hayes, whose title in the re-
vamped center is talent agent, a label
that reflects the proactive approach
to help students succeed in their pro-
fessional and career development.
"In addition to a degree, today's
applicants should already have job
experience, even straight out of col-
lege," she said. "That's where our
services can help our graduates the
most because those internships not
only build job experience but also
help students build career networks.

Not many universities
are offering a service
to this extent yet. USF
Polytechnic is ahead
of a fairly new trend to
expand career centers to
better serve students."
Sometimes found on
the employment and
human resources side



of universities, such as Notre Dame
and Johns Hopkins, the term talent
management for career services for
students is not so common. The con-
cept of talent management stretches
the current practice of making job
hunting only a virtual experience,,
in which jobseekers go online to
large hubs of job openings to find
work, submit'applications, and post
"The pendulum is swinging back
to more assisted searches, in tandem
with a range of support information
and experience-building opportuni-
ties to strengthen each applicant,"
Hayes said.
The Talent Management Center is
part of USF Polytechnic's Office of Ex-
periential and Applied Learning and
works in tandem with an outreach
team, which focuses on identifying
openings and opportunities for course
projects and internships, among other
services. Hayes places most students
in existing internships. But if she can't
match a student to an internship from
the pool of existing openings, the
outreach team steps in and extends
the reach beyond businesses already
partnering with USF Poly to find an
opportunity that matches the stu-
dent's career direction.
Among its many services, the

center provides challenging mock
interviews and experiential learn-
ing opportunities. In essence, Hayes
acts as a liaison for students, helping
them prepare for the workplace with
resume building, job search training,
interviewing, and professionalism
In addition to helping students
who have already determined ca-
reers, the Talent Management Center
also takes an active approach in
helping those who are still unsure.
"Just because you know your major
does not mean you're sure about a
career," Hayes said. "But we cover all
the bases, whether you know what
you want to do or not."
Probably the most beneficial ser-
vice for those looking for direction
is the assessment program. Some-
where between an aptitude test and a
personality test, the online tool helps
students define their goals, prefer-
ences,.working styles and skills."The
assessment is a great starting point
for anyone who doesn't have a clear
course for a career," she said.
Hayes, who joined USF Polytechnic
in October, has worked in career and
student services for eight years, seven
of which were in law-focused career
centers, most recently at Stetson Uni-
versity College of Law in Gulfport.
"We encourage every Polytechnic
student, whether or not they've de-
cided on a career, to make use of our
services," Hayes said. "Instead of wait-
ing for senior year to start looking for
a job, students are guided from day
one so they'll graduate ready to enter
a job in their chosen field."
To contact the Talent Management
Center, call (863) 667-7063.

Poly director named-

to public sector

technical exchange
Rea Burleson, director of information
technology services at the University of South
Florida Polytechnic, has been named to
Cisco's Public Sector Technical Exchange.
An executive-level forum, PSTX helps Cisco
product, solution, and service teams gain
direct input on future strategic direction and
more closely align Cisco's development strat-
egy with customer business strategy.
According to Burleson, taking part in PSTX
should benefit not only Cisco but also, USF
"Discussing serious business and techni-
cal issues offers an excellent opportunity to
collaborate and share knowledge and best
practices with distinguished peers and Cisco
executives. I then hope to apply the knowl-
edge gained on business and technology
issues within USF Polytechnic.
Dave West, Cisco's senior director of
architecture and systems engineering, said,
"Listening carefully to, and acting upon, the
advice of our customers is critical to our
long-term success. Their active participa-
tion helps us gain early insight into changing
trends while at the same time accelerating
our delivery of solutions and technologies
to meet the specific needs of our customers
PSTX includes members from K-12 educa-
tion, state and local governments, the De-
partment of Defense, and civilian accounts. It
meets in person twice.a year.
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that transforms how people connect, com-
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PSC professor to discuss

upcoming tour of Emerald Isle

Polk State College's International
Circle will host an information session
about Ireland, Scotland, and Wales at
12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, in room
LLC 2205 on the College's Lakeland
campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road.
The presentation is intended as.a
primer for those accompanying Polk
State Professor Dr. Kathy Nicklaus on
an upcoming trip to those countries,
*- but the event is free and open to the
public. Nicklaus w\ill share a slide show
and discuss topics including the history
and culture of the area.
Refreishments will be provided.
In Ma\, Nicklaus \\ill lead a group on
a 13-day tour that incluhdesthe Cliffs
Nt uoher, Blarney Castle, and walking
tours of Dublin and Edinburgh.,
The tour is open to both students and
remembers of the community who are 18
or older.
The Ireland, Scotland and Wales
trip planned for May 15-27 will be
Nicklaus' 10th college study tour to
Europe. This trip is a particular favorite,
she said.
"Ireland is a popular destination for
many reasons: the culture, history, liter-
ary heritage, music and, of course, the
spectacular beauty of the Emerald Isle,"
Nicklaus said. "This is a customized
tour, so we were able to choose the best
and most spectacular destinations."
Nicklaus said those who participate
in a college study tour are in for an
experience they will never forget.
"The primary objectives of the trip

inchide the unique enrichment that
comes from world travel, forging last-
ing bonds between travelers, making
real the history and culture seen only.
in books or on-screen, igniting stu-
dents' intellectual curiosity and sense
of adventure, and a new understanding
and appreciation of other peoples and
cultures," she said.-
To complement the tour, Nicklaus will
be teaching a three-credit course, HUM
2740, Travel Humanities Europe, that
will meet four times three times before
the trip and once after travelers return.
The class will cover the history, cul-
ture, food and customs of the destina-
tion countries, as well as practical topics
such as avoiding jet lag, packing, pass-
ports and more. The course is optional.
:.The cost of the trip is $3,643, which
includes departure fees; airfare; hotels;
a full-time multilingual tour guide; spe-
cialized city tour guides; a private, air-
conditioned motor coach; two meals
per day; and all planned tours and
attractions included in the itinerary.
Those interested in taking the trip
can reserve a spot by paying a $95
enrollment fee, which is included in the
total cost of the trip.
Monthly payment plans are available.
The deadline to sign up without pay-
ing a late fee is Feb. 15.
For information or to enroll, visit
www.efcollegestudytours.com and en-
ter tour No. 1011475. Nicklaus may be
reached at knicklaus@polk.edu or (863)
297-1010, ext. 6217.

United Way offers free tax prep

Polk County families with incomes
up to $50,000 are eligible for free tax
preparation at volunteer sites spon-
sored b \ the United Wa of Central
Florida in partnership xith the IRS.
,Local .volunteers will provide free in-
come tax preparation at sites in Bartow,
Fort Meade, Lakeland, Mulberry and
Winter Haven. The service began Jan.-
16; some sites will remain open through
April 15.
The United Way is working with
community groups including Boys and
Girls Clubs, Catholic Charities, Church
Service Center, HELP of Fort Meade,
Family Emergency Services, and The
Salvation Army to host the tax prepara-
tion sites.
Employee volunteers from Mosaic,
State Farm Insurance, SunTrust, Florida
Southern College, Home Depot, The
Ruthvens, Marriott Vacation Club,
QMI, Keiser University, Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Lakeland Regional
Medical Center, Early Learning Coali-
tion, Polk County Schools and the Polk
County Commission have been trained
to work with families to prepare their
taxes and help them find deductions
and benefits to increase family finan-'
cial stability.
HELP of Fort Meade will host a site
in Fort Meade and.Catholic Charities
of Central Florida will operate a site on
Memorial Avenue in Lakeland. Schowe

Farmers to get food safety
help at workshop
The University of Florida/IFAS
Polk County Cooperative Extension
Service will offer a one-day workshop
to help growers develop their own
food safety manuals on Wednesday,
Feb. 23.
Each workshop will be limited to 15
farms on a first come, first served ba-
sis. Each farm may bring an addition-
al person for those farmers needing
assistance. In-house help will also be
provided for those who need it. .
The workshop is at the Polk County

Boys and Girls Club will maintain a site
at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lake-
land. The Salvation-Army and Musso
Boys and Girls Club will host sites in
Lakeland. Badcock Boys arid Girls Club
will host a site in Mulberty. Volunteers
will also manage a site at the Church
Service Center in Bartow and The Salva-
tion Army in Winter Haven.
Site hours and locations will change
during the tax season so tax-filers
should make appointments by check-
ing the Community Calendar at www.
uwcf.org or dialing the public informa-
tion number 2-1-1. Cell phone users
may dial (863) 648-1515. Participants
will need an e-mail account to file their
Filers should bring:
1) Picture ID for individual and
2) W2 and 1099s.
3) Social Security cards for everyone,
including children.
S4) Evidence of any real estate tax.
5) If children were in care: Name,
address, ID # of child care provider.
Amount you paid in 2010.
6) How much you received from the
Economic Stimulus Payment in 2010.
7) Bank documents showing rout-
ing and account numbers for quicker
return by direct deposit.
8) Last year's return.
9) Email address and password.

Commission Neil Combee Adminis-
tration Building, 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow, in the fifth floor-computer
The registration fee is $30 for the
first attendee and $15 for each addi-
tional attendee from the farm.
Visit the calendar page of www.
polksmallfarms.com for the workshop
agenda and registration.
For more information contact Mary
Beth Henry at (863) 519-8677, ext.
110, or by email at mbhenry@ufl.edu,
or Bob Hochmuth at (386) 362-1725,
ext. 103, or by email at bobhoch@ufl.

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Hillcrest takes field in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick

Takira Taylor (center) lines up on the Tampa field with other female Punt Pass and Kick
competitors. Hillcrest Elementary students Takira Taylor and her brother Jacaree Taylor
advanced to the"team championship" of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition Dec. 17
during the Bucs vs. Dallas game in Tampa.

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New to Relay For Life? Now's the time to find out


It's about 100 days until the an-
nual Relay For Life gets going in cities
throughout Polk County and teams
are busily raising money in pre-walk
fundraisers but there is still time for
new teams to sign up for the walk. To
get involved people have to get teams
together ahtlsign up now.
Signing up is easy, said American
Cancer Society's Caellan Curtis. She
oversees the walks in Bartow, Fort
Meade and Frostproof.
She said there are basically three ways
to sign up. Contact her and she can sign
up teams, go to the website and sign
up yourself or sign up at the cities that
typically have monthly meetings.
"Going to the website is probably the
easiest way," she said. "Or you can go to
the team parties. That's where they give
out information through the year and
have fundraising ideas."
Typically the same teams participate
every year, but recruiters for the differ-
ent cities are always looking to sign up
new teams. The cost for starting a new
team i, $100 but that is the only time
the American Cancer Society charges,
she said. People thinking of starting a
team may contact Curtis at (863) 688-
2326, ext. 5508, and she can put them in
touch with a person in the city that can
Some reasons why the websites are
such-a help is because they not only
provide ways for teams to sign up, they
also list how much money was raised,,
the teams participating, fundraising
ideas, meetings, fundraisers scheduled
and more.
The websites are rela\forlife.org/
bartowfl, relayforlife.org/hainescityfl,
relayforlife.org/lakewalesfl, relayforlife.
org/fortmeadefl, and relayforlife.org/
Typically teams are made up of at
least six people and most are represen-
tatives of businesses but the members
don't have to be from that business.
Anyone can be a member of a team.

Bartow: April 20, Bartow High School, www.
Haines City: April 13, Lake Eva Park and Bandshell,
Lake Wales: April 21, site to be announced, www.
Fort Meade: April 6, American Legionwww.
Frostproof: May 4, Frostproof Middle/Senior High
School, www.relayforlife.org/frostprooffl
Team Ruby Tuesday in the Bartow
Relay for Life, for example, has about 15
people on its team and while the team
captain is a manager at the restaurant
she said only a few work there.
"I've got employees on the team,
friends, my mom and dad," said Sylvia
Smith. "There are friends, family and
And, while the teams raise some
money on the field when the walk takes
place, most of the fundraising goes on
before the relay. One of those events
was Saturday at Carver Recreation Cen-
ter in Bartow when Team Ruby-Tuesday
had the biggest fundraiser it holds.
There was a silent auction with about
25 tables set up in the arena where peo-
ple sold items. Each table was rented
to vendors for $10 each. Of the items
sold some of the money went directly to
the team raising the money and some
was split between the vendor and some
money donated.
The event Saturday had companies
that are not taking part in the relay and
some that do. And while teams and
cities compete in a way to raise money
and get awards for being among the
top raisers, there is more teamwork
involved in the money raising aspect.
Three tables at the fundraiser Saturday
were from Mulberry's Relay for Life.
One table from a Mulberry team was
selling sports attire that was donated
from Time Life magazines because the
husband of one of the team member's
works at Sports Illustrated and was
able to get the merchandise donated.
The table fee went to the Ruby Tuesday

Jessica Groover (right) of Slumber Parties, talks with Melanie Yates Young and LuAnn King
Saturday at Carver Recreation Center at the Team Ruby Tuesday Relay For Life fundraiser. Team
Ruby Tuesday donated money it collected from renting tables at the fundraiser to the American
Cancer Society.

team, and the money it
raised from selling the
merchandise went to the
Mulberry High School
Panthers team.
"But that doesn't mat-
ter because all the money
goes to the American
Cancer Society," said
team captain and Mul-
berry Relay For Life
Chairman Laurie Natt-
kemper. "We're all here
for the same reason ... to
fight cancer."
And that's why most of
the people are involved.
It's usually because their -
lives have been touched
by cancer. Glenda Sher-
rod, also a member of the
Mulberry High School
Panther team, said she
got involved because her
daughter Carey died from
cancer when she was 38. While working
Rose Haight, the Mul- Smith and 6-ye
berry Team Development the team's big!
chairman, got involved was at the Can
after City Commissioner
Jerry Wood's wife, Judy, died from can-
cer when she was 43.
Now Haight said, she knocks on busi-
nesses door-to-door to get new business-
es to sign up. She is constantly recruit-
ing. Last year in Mulberry there were 30
teams and the city raised $90,000 for the
event. This year she said she wants to get
the participation up to 35 teams. That
event, which is in its seventh year, is held
April 27 and 28 at Mulberry High School.
Haight said it started with 10 teams four
years ago and it hopes to get to the point
where Bartow is.
Bartow is in its 14th year in Relay For
Life and the event is almost like a week-
end party. Thousands attend and it is
usually ranked in the top 10 events in'the
state, an impressive achievement for a
town of 20,000 people. Typically the city
raises between $180,00-$200,000 a year.
. At this year's Bartow event there will be
a booth for the Cancer Prevention Study
known as CPS-3. Bartow was chosen
as a city to participate in the study. The
American Cancer Society is studying
people over a 20-year period who have
no personal history of cancer to find out
how to avoid the disease. It is seeking
300,000 people to sign up for the study
and has a goal to get 160 from Bartow.
Curtis said there will be a table at the
event Friday night and testing will take
place then. People have to be between
30-65 and will have to be tracked for
about 20 years to participate.
"People can fill out their interest in it
now," she said, but soon there will be a
"It's so huge and participants can see
their money in action," she said. There
are other ways, too, to raise money to
fight cancer. This weekend Fort Meade
has the Taste of Relay featuring the Pret-


the food table Team Ruby Tuesday Captain Sylvia
ear-old Jordan Barker entertain Renee Malone at ,A
gest fundraiser for Relay For Life. The fundraiser
ver Recreation Center in Bartow Saturday.
tiest Legs Contest. That's where photos
of men's legs are hung and people can
vote and donate money to the legs of
their choice.
For $10 a plate, people can eat from
prepared foods. The event 6 p.m.
at First Church of God on South Perry
Avenue in Fort Meade. The community's
goal is to raise $55,000 for ACS.
The Legs contest is the one of the big
fundraisers the city has and it has become
great fun, said organizer Priscilla Perry.
"One man's legs are so hairy he cut
a ribbon (pattern) into the hair," she
She said the deadline to sign up for
the weekend event is Thursday because
the Chamber of Commerce, of which
she is the executive director, needs a
count to accommodate everyone.
Currently there are 22 teams signed
up for the event, but she said she and
Barbara Manley are working hard to get
more teams involved.
"The dream of 50 would be nifty," she
She added this year's move to the
American Legion from the high school
should also be a good move as there is
a lake in the background and it should
make the luminaria more picturesque.
Perry said individual teams have
fundraisers, but in a small town like Fort
Meade, wider fundraisers are helpful.
Some others coming up include a Pit
Crew Ball on Feb. 10 and a Daytona 500
event on March 10.that will last all day.
Curtis said Polk Cou nry usually has
new teams sign up each year and now is
the time to get involved. For those who
aren't sure, Curtis said she has presenta-
tions she and others at ACS can make at
businesses to learn more about it.
"Now is the time to go purple," she

Winter Haven

Nationally recognized heart care is right here.

That's the Bostick advantage.


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Bed-wetting requires ki:

grandparents in our early 80s with a
9-year-old grandson living with us. He
is a bed-wetter, but in every other way
normal, intelligent and healthy. We
take him to the bathroom about three
or four hours after bedtime, but often
are too late. You addressed bed-wetting
before, but a repeat would help us get
through this difficult time. S.B.
ANSWER: These remarks are not
addressed to you, S.B. The tone in your
letter indicates you handle a matter
*""at is embarrassing to your grandson
in a compassionate, humane way. Bed-
wetting is something the child has no
control over. Punishment and belittling
are not productive.
At age 5, 7 percent of boys and 3 per-
cent of girls wet the bed. By age 10, the
percentages are 3 and 2. A significant
number of children, therefore, out-
grow the problem. Nerves that control
bladder function may have matured or
bladder capacity increased.
For your grandson, it helps to limit
his fluid intake to one 8-ounce glass at
the evening meal and then discourage
any more drinking before bedtime if
bedtime takes place about three hours
Have your grandson empty his blad-
der before going to bed. If you wake


FJ Dr. Paul

him about an hour earlier than you
now do (two to three hours later), that
could keep him dry through the rest of
the night. Bladder training increases
the size of his bladder. Ask him to delay
in responding to the urge to urinate
during the day. Allowing more urine to
fill the bladder stretches it and increas-
es the volume of urine it holds.
The next step is alarms that are acti-
vated by the first few drops of moisture.
They either make a noise or cause a
vibration that wakens the boy. Alarms
have a success rate of 75 percent to 95
percent. You can find them at medical-
supply stores.
Desmopressin is a medicine that
slows urine production. Your grandson
can use it if he's invited to sleep over at
another's house. If you plan to use it;

nd, intelligent attention
try it out at home a few times first to ments, but I still itch and scratch my
see how it works for him. skin. It's impossible to ignore the itch-
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it possible ing. The nodules are spreading over mn
to develop an allergy to milk later in legs and arms. Any suggestions? -- E.M
life? I'm 45 and have drunk milk and ANSWER: Prurigo nodularis consists
eaten ice cream with enjoyment. Now of small skin bumps (nodules) found
they give me cramps and diarrhea. Do, mostly on the arms and legs. The
you think this is an allergy? I'm not al- bumps are unbearably itchy and drive
lergic to anything else. D.M. person to scratch for relief. The bumps
ANSWER: More likely than an al- are reddish or purple. The cause of this
lergy is a deficiency in lactase. It's an ailment hasn't been discovered.
intestinal-tract enzyme that digests You have taken the standard treat-
lactose, milk sugar. We're born with a ment drugs of the cortisone family.
good supply of lactase. It's a good thing Antihistamines might lessen your itch-
we are, because milk is the chief infant ing. Sometimes injection of the nodule
nutrition. With age, the intestine loses with one of the cortisone drugs takes
much of the enzyme. Blacks develop care of the problem. Some dermatolo-
the insufficiency more than whites do, gistss have found that thalidomide or
but all ethnic groups have a loss of the cyclosporine can alleviate the itch and
enzyme with age. Doctors can test for stop the spread of the nd9cule. CmtP-O
lactase deficiency. bining thalidomide with ultraviolet B
Undigested milk causes cramping light is another accepted treatment.
and diarrhea. Avoidance of dairy prod-
ucts is one way to handle the problem. * *
Or you can buy the lactase enzyme Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable
and treat milk with it. You also can find to answer individual letters, but he wili
dairy products for sale that have had incorporate them in his column when-
lactase added to them. ever possible. Readers may write him
Yogurt is generally safe to eat for or request an order form of available
those with lactase deficiency. health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475,
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a skin Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
disease named prurigo nodularis. I also order health newsletters from www
treat it with cortisone creams and oint- rbmamall.com.







Brain drain

When it comes to cognitive func-
tion, middle age is the new old.
At least, that's sort of the
conclusion of a study published in the
British Medical Journal that found that
mental abilities begin to decline around
the age of 45, not in the 60s as previ-
ously assumed.
The researchers tested the cognitive
abilities of 7,390 British civil servants,
men and women. Over the next 10 years,
the group was tested twice more. The sci-
entists found that for those participants
who were between the ages of 45 and 49,
mental cognition declined 3.6 percent.
The decline was greater for people in
their 50s and 60s, particularly men.
The decline wasn't dramatic or life-
changing, but the results suggest that
efforts to head off mental problems
-,probably need to begin earlier in life.
That means reducing risk for behaviors
and conditions known to impact cogni-
tive function, directly or indirectly,
such as keeping blood pressure and
cholesterol levels low.
The study authors cautioned folks
. not to take the news too much to heart.
It's a matter of how you think about it.
Cognitive function naturally declines
with age, but it doesn't have to be fast
or dramatic if you take care of your
brain as well as your body.

On average, your body gives off

Study: Pot doesn't
Smoking a joint once a week or a bit
more apparently doesn't harm the lungs,
suggests a 20-year study that bolsters
evidence that marijuana doesn't.do the
kind of damage tobacco does.
The results, from one of the largest
and longest studies on the health ef-
fects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy
users those who smoke two or more
joints daily for several years. The data
-,suggest that using marijuana that often
might cause a decline in lung function,
but there weren't enough heavy users
among the 5,000 young adults in the
study to draw firm conclusions.
Still, the authors recommended "cau-
tion and moderation when marijuana
use is considered."
Marijuana is an illegal drug under

Scott LaFee

enough heat in half an hour to boll a
half-a-gallon of water.

Massachusetts has the best
healthcare coverage, with just 5 percent
of the state's population lacking insur-
ance, according to the United Health
Foundation. The national average is
16.2 percent. California ranks 45th
among states, with 19.2 percent of its
population uninsured. Texas ranks
50th, with fully one-quarter of its
population uninsured.

A cup of sunflower seeds, including
edible hulls (46 grams) contains
269 calories, 213 from fat. It has
23.7 grams of total fat or 36 percent
of the recommended total fat intake
for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains zero cholesterol;
4 milligrams of sodium (less
than 1 percent); 9.2 grams of total
carbohydrates (3 percent); 4 g of fiber
(16 percent); 1.2 grams of sugar and
9.6 g of protein.

harm lung function
federal law although some states allow
its use for medical purposes.
The study by researchers at the Uni-
versity of California, San Francisco, and
the University of Alabama at Birming-
ham was released Tuesday.
The findings echo results in some
smaller studies that showed while
marijuana contains some of the same
toxic chemicals as tobacco, it does not
carry the same risks for lung disease.
It's not clear why that is so, but it's
possible that the main active ingredi-
ent in marijuana, a chemical known as
THC, makes the difference. THC causes
the "high" that users feel.
It also helps fight inflammation and
may counteract the effects of more ir-
ritating chemicals in the drug, said Dr.
Donald Tashkin, a marijuana researcher.

Most folks want to get in and out of
a hospital emergency room as quickly
as possible. Not a 44-year-old Florida
man who recently refused to depart the
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center &
Heart Institute's emergency room after
being treated and discharged for an
undisclosed condition.
The man adamantly insisted upon
remaining at the hospital until served
a meal.
When local police were finally sum-
moned, the man behaved offensively.
(We'll spare the details, but it involves
bathroom behavior.) When the man
said he needed a ride, officers directed

The world's speed-eating record for
grilled cheese sandwiches is 47 in 10
minutes, held by Joey Chestnut.

Be kind to dentists. They have fillings,

"Did God who gave us flowers and
trees, also provide the allergies?"
American songwriter E.Y. Harburg


him to a pay phone in the ER lobby, "Mother, I'm going to get my things
where he promptly and repeatedly di- and get out of this house. Father hates
aled 9-1-1 to request transportation to me, and I'm never coming back."
a mental health facility. Ultimately, he American singer Marvin Gaye
got a ride -- to jail, where he presum- (1939-1984), moments before his
ably also was finally served a meal. father, Marvin Gaye Sr., fatally shot
him after his son has intervened in
DOC TALK a parental argument over misplaced
Eating in intravenous feeding business documents. Ironically, the
gun used had been given by Gaye to his
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Students get intro to robotic surgery
9 0ry

I More than a dozen students from Polk
State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High
School were introduced to robotic sur-
gery, and were even allowed to try their
hands at operating a robotic surgery
The students spent about two hours
on the afternoon of Jan. 6 visiting
Winter Haven Hospital, where Dr. Sijo
Parekattil explained the advantages of
the less-invasive surgery.
In the future, he said to the captivated
students, surgeons may be able to con-
trol robotic equipment from thousands
of miles away, operating on a patient
who is in another state or country.
"The way we do medicine now may
not be the way we do niedicine in the
ft]ur0," he said.
"We Sh th iftfecari stimulate you
to pursue a career in the sciences. There
are a slew of possibilities out there."
Parekattil serves as director of Polk
State's robot-assisted surgery credential,
a new program developed with Winter
Haven Hospital that launches this year.
The Polk State credential is unlike
any other:in-the country, establish-
ing for nalized, hands-on training for'
nurses and technicians who participate
in robot-assisted surgery. Even as doc-
tors and patients increasingly embrace
robotic surgery, training options remain
limited for those who assist in those
procedures a void Polk State's creden-
tial will help fill.
Participants will complete online stud-
ies, as well as a workshop in which they
will hone their skills using Winter Haven
Hospital's da Vinci Surgical System.
During the Polk State'Chainwof Lakes
Collegiate visit, the students were: '
permitted several minutes to thn e t -e
da Vinci Surgical System. Sitting in the
control console, the\ maneuvered the
machine's arms, trying to build a tower
of Legos' -i -: .. b :

A group of 17 students from Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School recently visited Winter Haven Hospital, where they received an intro-
duction to robotic surgery from Dr. Sijo Parekattil, the hospital's director of urology and robotic surgery. Each of the students also got to spend a
few minutes operating the da Vinci Surgical System.

"It was a little intimidating because
I didn't want to break it. I thought it
would be more like a joystick, but re-
allyyou use hand motions. Like if you
want to pinch, you actually pinch your
fingers," Gregory Pruitt, 16, said.
Student Katie Stine, 17, a junior from
Winter Haven, said she started to get
a feel for the machine within a few
"It's hard to learn, but once you got it
:down, it was pretty easy. I was surprised
that I could feel the pressure of objects.
when I used the arms to pick them up,"
said Stine, who is interested in a career
as a veterinarian.. -
All-17students who participated have

an interest in medicine, engineering
and/or technology. Some are students in
Dr. Suzanne Halverson's STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Math) course,
others are in her Honors Anatomy &
Physiology course. Some are Allied
Health Science students and members of
the school's chapter of Health Occupa-
tions Students of America.
"I am so pleased that our students
had the opportunity to visit Winter
Haven Hospital and were provided with
hands-on experience with robotics
used in microsurgery," said Halverson,
who also. serves as the school's allied
health science/STEM coordinator; "It's
wonderful that the students have been

exposed to this potential career option,
and the day was a great complement to
our classroom studies."
Polk State Chain of Lakes Director
Bridget Fetter agreed.
"At Polk State Chain of Lakes, we seek
opportunities to introduce our stu-
dents to the wealth of possibilities their
futures hold. Our visit to Winter Haven:
Hospital was phenomenal, and our stu-
dents returned with their eyes widened
and their imaginations sparked," she "
Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate
High School was established as a public,
charter high school in 2006. It serves
270 students in grades 11 and 12.


surgeon joins,

Cardiac. thoracic and \as-
cular surgeon Andres Medina
joined Watson Clinic recently.
Medina will perform cardio-
vascular surgical procedures
at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center. His areas of expertise
include minimally in asive
cardiac and thoracic ap-
proaches including daVinci
robotic surgery, percutane-
ous transcatheter aortic valve
replacement (TAVI), off pump
coronary artery bypass graft-
ing, and yideo-assisted thora-
coscopic surgery lobectomy.
Medina earned his medi-
cal degree from Ohio State
Uni ersity in Columbus, Ohio.
He performed his internship
and residencyiri general str-
gery at the Memorial Health
University Medical Center,
Mercer School of Medicine, in
He went on to perform his
residency in general surgery and
completed fellowships in cardio-
thoracic surgery and heart and
lung transplants at the Univer-
sity of Miami/Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Miami.
Medina served as the
clinical assistant professor of
surgery in the department of
Thoracic and Cardiovascular
Surgery at the University of
Miami School of Medicine in
His office is located at
Watson Clinic, 1600 Lakeland
. Hills Blvd., Lakeland.


Mall walkers plan
2012 kick-off party
The Mall Walkers program, sponsored
by Lake Wales Medical Center and Eagle
Ridge Mall, has a kick-off party party on
Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m in the
Food Court area of the mall.
Current Mall Walkers and those who
want to join the program can pick up their
new mileage tracking cards and learn
about the new features and prizes for this
year's program.
LWMC also presents a mini health fair
at the kick-off event, offering a variety of
free health screenings and information on
.medical services offered in the community.
The mall will be providing light snacks
and drinks.
Mall General Manager Gary Bonacci and
LWMC CEO Scott Smith will make brief
comments. T-shirts will be available for
participants who don't yet have them.
The program enables people to walk inside
the mall from 8-10 a.m. Monday through
Saturday and from 10 a.m.-noon on Suridays.
All Mall Walkers must enter through the
Food Court and are encouraged to wear
their Mall Walkers T-shirts so security of-
ficials know they are part of the program.
Participants are encouraged to track
their mileage each time they walk in the
mall to earn prizes, including walking tow-
els, water bottles, movie tickets, and gift
cards. Mileage logged and turned in must
be walked inside the mall to be eligible for
prizes through Mall Walkers.
For information (863) 678-2288.

LWMC to offer diabetes class
"Diabetes Survivor Skills" will be taught
on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from Ito 3 p.m. in
the Hunt Building second floor classroom.
This free class is taught by registered dieti-
cian Jamie Moore. The class is ideal for those
newly-diagnosed with diabetes, or those who

are struggling with managing the disease. Res-
ervations are required, and class size is lim-
ited. There is free, but registration is required.
Participants are encouraged to bring a guest.
The class is offered as part of the hospi-
tal's. "Live Well" health education program.
To register, call (863) 678-2288.

Better Breathers Program
The Better Breathers Program provides
free information and support for individuals
with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dis-
ease. It is on the third Tuesday of the month
from 1-3 p.m. at Heart of Florida Regional
Medical Center, 40100 U.S. 27, Davenport.
The program is endorsed by the Ameri-
can Lung Association.
Preregistration is required by calling
(863) 419-2247.

Arthritis support group: Pain
relief and increased mobility
This is an opportunity for anyone suf-
fering from arthritis to discuss current op-
tions for treatment and lifestyle manage-
ment with the experts at Heart of Florida.
These free classes are the third Wednes-
day of the month at 3 p.m. at Heart of
Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100
U.S. 27, Davenport.-.
Preregistration is required by calling
(863) 419-2500.

Mini gastric bypass surgery
program offered
This free program offers information
about this laparoscopic weight loss sur-
gery and is presented by Cesare Peraglie.
It is at 7 p.m. in the hospital's Board
Room on Friday, Jan. 20'and Friday, Feb. 17.
Pre-registration is required by calling
(863) 899-3463, or by visiting www.Heart

Pain relief and,-
increased mobility
This is an opportunity for anyone suf-
fering from arthritis to discuss current op-_'
tions for treatment and lifestyle manage -
ment with the experts at Heart of Florida.
These free classes are the third Wednes-
day of the month at 3 p.m. at Heart of
Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100
U.S. 27, Davenport
Preregistration is required by calling
(863) 419-2500.

Childbirth education series
Education classes covering the various
aspects of labor, delivery and breast-feeding
is open to expectant parents. It costs $40 per
couple. Breast-feeding class only is $15.
For additional information, dates and pre-
registration, call (863) 419-BABY (2229) or go
to CuddleBugsBaby.com and select Heart of
Florida Regional Medical Center as your hos-
pital. Meetings are at Heart of Florida Regional
Medical Center, 40100 U.S. 27, Davenport.

Alzheimer's support group
This free support group meets the first
Thursday of each month at Heart of Florida
Regional Medical Center, 40100 U.S. 27, Dav-
enport. For additional information, call the
Alzheimer's Association at (863) 292-9210.

Safe driving class coming
Lake Wales Medical Center is offering
the AARP Safe Driving class onWednes- ,
day, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..
This classroom course is designed for driv-
ers 50 and older. It is $12 for AARP members
and $14 for others. Successful completion of
the course may qualify you for auto insur-
ance discounts. The class is limited to 30
people, and pre-registration is required.
Call (863) 678-2288 for information.

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Medicare delays program to fight fraud, improper payments

Medicare says that more than $34
billion is wasted each year through
improper payments to hospitals and
But a major effort to reduce that
number suffered a setback last week
when officials delayed a program
that would have held up payments
to.hospitals for 15 expensive proce-
dures until auditors determine they
are necessary.
The prepayment review program,
which would have affected Florida
and 10 other states, generated many
commentss and suggestions" since
ithwas announced in November,
aCcording to a statement from the
Centers for Medicare arid Medicaid
Services. That prompted the agency
to delay the three-year project,
which had been scheduled to begin
Jan. 1, until further notice.
Agency officials declined to com-
ment further, but it was clear that
many doctors were unhappy with the
program, especially cardiologists,
who would be most affected.
"It's one more inconvenience, one
more set of rules and things phy-
sicians have to jump over to take
care of patients," said Dr. Alberto
Montalvo, a Bradenton cardiologist
and immediate past president of the
Florida chapter of the American Col-
SIge of Cardiology. "The people that
will suffer will be patients."
Eleven of the 15 procedures in-
volve cardiologists, including the.
implanting of cardiac defibrillators,
pacemakers and stehts. The other
four involve joint replacements, spi-

nal fusions and other back and neck
If and when the program goes into
effect, Medicare payments to hospi-
tals will be delayed pending a review
of medical records.
Payments to doctors will not be
delayed. But if Medicare auditors
determine the claim is improper, it
will be denied, the hospital will riot
get paid and the doctor will have to
return any reimbursement related to
the hospitalization. There's no finan-
cial impact to Medicare patients.
Medicare officials consider im-
proper payments "a significant
problem." The agency released a re-
port last November that found more
than 10 percent, or $34.3 billion, of
fee-for-service payments in 2010
were improper. And it noted that
such.payments for inpatient hospital-
claims had increased significantly.
That includes the 15 procedures
selected for the prepayment review
The fee-for-service system -
where a provider is paid for each
procedure or service covers most
of those in Medicare.
A smaller number are in managed
care, or Medicare Advantage plans,
which will not be affected.
Florida was selected for the pro-
gram because it is one of 11 states
with high levels of fraudulent claims
or high claims volumes for short
hospital stays. The other states are
California, Michigan, Texas, New
York, Louisiana, Illinois, Penns\ Ira-
nia, Ohio, North Carolina and Mis-
The Medicare report also found
high rates of improper payments for

expensive medical equipment such
as power wheelchairs. The agency
was set to implement a similar pre-
payment review program for those in
seven states, including Florida. But
officials decided last week to delay
that as well.
Medicare said it would give 30 days
notice before the programs begin.
To be sure, it's not as if 10 percent
of Medicare fee-for-service claims
are medically unnecessary. In many
cases, payments in the Medicare
report were deemed "improper" if
there was insufficient documenta-
tion. to support them.
Montalvo and Dr. Mahesh Amin,
director of cardiology at Morton
Plant Mease, believe only a small
percentage fall into the fraudulent
Both cited an example of a Mary-
land doctor whose medical license.
was revoked after it was determined
he had implanted hundreds of un-
needed stents, which are small tubes
used to open a blocked artery or
blood vessel.
"Because of a few cases in the
country, where abuses have been
made. this is happening," Montalvo
Amin said in many cases, much of
the required documentation for the
procedures sits in the cardiologist's
office, but isn't sent to the hospital
before the procedure is done.
He said doing so would involve
more staff time, both for the cardi-
ologist and the hospital, without any
added reimbursement.
Others have argued Medicare
wasn't giving them enough time to
implement the changes, or that of-

Under a prepayment review program, Medicare
would hold up payments to hospitals for 15 proce-
dures until it reviewed medical records to determine
whether the procedures were necessary.
Among them:
cardiac defibrillator implants
*Permanent cardiac pacemaker implants
SPercutaneous cardiovascular procedure with
drug-eluting stent.
Spinal fusion
Major joint replacement
Other categories include a range of vascular and
circulatory system procedures, and back and neck
ficials weren't clear on what would
be required.
Amin said BayCare, the nonprofit
health system to which Morton Plant
belongs, was set to comply with the
new requirements on Jan. 1.
"Nobody's arguing the justifi-
cation; it's just putting up more
hoops," he added.
Montalvo, however, is concerned
that the new requirements might
actually hurt patients by delaying
needed care until all the paperwork
is received.
"Hospitals cannot admit a patient
for a defibrillator or.stent until the
documentation is perfect," he said.
"Doctors know how to take care of
patients; we're not the best with

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