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February 8, 2012
Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years 750
Volume 92 Number 6
USPS NO 211-260
Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843
Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.
City roars forward with 'Bike Fest' OK
Hundreds of cyclists anticipated for March 24 fund-raising event
By BRIAN ACKLEY
Frostproof is hoping to become Cen-
tral Florida's motorcycle haven. Well, at
least for a day.
City council members gave their
unanimous blessings Monday night to
a March 24 event that could bring as
many as 1,000 bikers to Frostproof.
Rosemary Smith is the founder of
Riding with Angels, a group she formed
after her son was killed on Jan. 1, 2005.
The non-profit group's offices are now
in Frostproof. It raises funds for families
of people killed in motorcycle wrecks
who might otherwise not be able to pay
for the victim's funeral.
A Bike Week event in Daytona in
2011 raised more than $6,000. Smith
said that in 2007, 593 bikers were killed
in Florida alone.
The day's signature event will be a
poker run which will leave Frostproof,
travel some 100 miles through Highlands
and Hardee counties, and then return
to the city. Several city streets will be
blocked off for much of the day, mainly
around the Wall Street Play Park, and
there will be entertainment from
1-5 p.m. Food and biker type vendors
Full line up for Orange Blossom Festival
Antique cars are just one of the attractions at the city's annual Orange Blossom.Festival which will be held
on Feb. 18 this year.
Celebration is bigger and better than ever
Last year, the Frostproof Cheerlreaders held a yard sale at the Festival to help raise funds
for their activities.
Frostproof's major community cel-
ebration, the annual Orange Blossom
Festival, is big and better than ever this
year, and that's not just a cliche. And,
one might say it's a little bit older too.
Already noted for it's impressive lineup
of antique cars for show and viewing,
this year there will be antique tractors on
parade as well. thanks to the
Floriday Flywheelers Park, just west
O'Hara Restorations, Flywheelers and
the Frostproof Area Chamber of Com-
merce will host "The Orange Blossom
Festival" on Feb. 18.
Annual library fashion show to be held Feb.
With the weather turning warmer,
it's time to start thinking about
spring fashions, and what better
way to do this than by attending the
fashion show and luncheon being
hosted by the Friends of the Latt
Maxcy Memorial Library.
The event will be held in the fel-
lowship hall of the First United
Methodist Church of Frostproof at
noon Saturday, Feb. 25.
The day will start with a luncheon
of croissant-sandwiches with fill-
ings of chicken salad and tuna salad,
accompanied by potato salad and
sliced tomatoes. Dessert includes
angel food cake with a fruit topping.
Coffee and iced tea will be served.
After the tables have been cleared
by members of the Frostproof High
School Interact Club, Nicole Snyder,
a 11-year-old pianist and her 9-year-
old violist and her sister Makayla,
both of whom wowed the judge's at
last year's Frostproof Rotary Talent
Show, will entertain.
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Saturday, Feb. 11
Breakfast with Grady Judd
Frostproof's First United Methodist Church will be
hosting a special breakfast with Polk County Sheriff
Grady Judd, starting at 9 "a.m. Contact the church for
more information, and for reservations, by calling
The Repeatles will bring their very popular act
back to Frostproof as part of the Ramon Theater's
annual music series. Show starts at 7 p.m. Presale
tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. Contact the
theater by calling 635-7222 for more information or
to buy tickets.
Sunday, Feb. 12
Historical Society meeting
The Frostproof Historical Society will be holding
its annual meeting, starting at 2 p.m. Bea Reifeis
will present a short program on local history.
Museum is located on South Scenic. Visitors are
Thursday, Feb. 17
The Latt Maxcy Memorial Library will be having a huge
used book sale that will also run on Friday, Feb. 18 and
Saturday, Feb. 19. Sale times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday
and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.'Proceeds will
benefit the Friends of the Latt Maxcy Library group.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Orange Blossom Festival
Step back in time 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 Frostproof Art League, a hay ride to the lake, music
and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Frostproof. Call
(863) 635-9112 or visit www.frostproofchamber.com.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Golf Ball Drop
Frostproof's Project Graduation will have its
annual "golf ball drop" on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Ben
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Hill Griffin Elementary School at 4 p.m. Numbered
golf balls will be dropped over the school's soccer
field, and the ball closest to the pin wins the
jackpot. Tickets are just $10, and can be purchased
from class seniors or at Bagwell Lumber. Tickets are
also available from Julie Mulder (528-2854) or Elvia
Library Fashion Show
Friends of the Latt-Maxcy Memorial Library will
be hosting its annual fashion show and lunch, one
of the group's main fundraisers of the year. Tickets
are available at the library, cost is $17. Show starts
at noon at the First United Methodist Church. Tickets-
also available by calling 635-2523.
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New wave not too different from the old
A new poll dealing with baby boomers' retirement
plans should bring comfort to anyone worried that
the Great Recession or a great shift in generational
attitudes will stanch the flow of retirees to the Sun-
Many New Wavers expect to move when their
working days are done, and they want good weather,
reasonable housing costs and access to good health
care, according to the survey. In other words, as far
as we see that means their attitudes and expecta-
tions are more or less in line with their parents'
generation. Or, it may be that the style is a little dif-
ferent, but the substance isn't.
The poll was conducted last November by the
well-respected Mason-Dixon Polling & Research firm
for the nonprofit Consumer Federation of the South-
east. In all, 1,100 people age 47-65 were surveyed. Of
those living in the eastern half of the U.S., excluding
Florida, all said they were considering a move out of
state when they retired.
Overall, 36 percent said the weak economy was
delaying their retirement. That broke down to 42
percent in the 47-56 age group, but only 25 percent
of those aged 57 to 65. Perhaps more surprising, 54
percent said the economy had no effect on their
plans: The "no effect" number was lower for the
younger group (50 percent) and higher for the older
(59 percent) group closer to the magic Social Secu-
When it came to the factors that mattered most in
making their thinking, climate ranked the highest
(35 percent combined first or second choice.) The
cost of housing was next (30 percent), followed by
quality of health care (27 percent), near the ocean
and beaches (22 percent), local taxes (19 percent)
and services for seniors (also 19 percent).
One-quarter wanted a four-season climate and 21
percent wanted to live somewhere warm and sunny
throughout the year. A little over half liked it warm,
"but with some cooler months." Whatever their
preference, only 15 percent said climate was not
important. We'll also note that 40 percent didn't care
about proximity to beaches, although 59 percent
did, at least "somewhat." We'll take that as a glass ,
more than half full.
As far as intensity of opinion is concerned, quality
of health care clobbered all other categories as "very
important" (66 percent, with another 30 percent
rating it "somewhat important"), followed by cost
of housing (55 percent), climate and taxes (both 49
percent.) Most wanted a mid-sized city (40 percent)
or small town (32 percent).
And then, nearly six in 10 said they were likely to
buy a home.
What we take from this is that with all the talk
of generational differences and shifts in attitudes,
baby boomers may not be that far apart from their
parents when it comes to retirement expectations.
They don't want to fight harsh winters, but are look-
ing for a welcoming climate. They want to get a good
deal on a house and not pay a ton of taxes. They also
want to make sure they have hospitals and doctors
who will keep them well.
Given the.sheer numbers of expected retirees in
the coming decade-plus, it means better days are
on the horizon for our economy. The poll noted 18
percent of respondents thought of Florida as a "top
relocation destination." Do the math: We're look-
ing at perhaps a fifth of the 75-million strong baby
boom generation thinking about Florida as a pos-
The wave is expected to build with the demo-
graphic bulge in the next 10 years. This type of
survey should help us focus on what outsiders want
and what insiders have to offer. It's all here. It should
help us set priorities, guide planning and give us
reason to be optimistic about the long-term health
of Florida's economy.
Now to rating parents,
where does it end?
The world is mad with ratings. No -
human activity is free from them today.
Everything and everyone is quantified,
from movies to plumbers.
The impulse to grade schools and
teachers falls under this lamentable
trend. The ostensible reason is account-
ability. but the demand for ratings has
an underlying premise: We don't trust
Now we have arrived at the next logi-
cal step putting parents on the block
as well. Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland,
wants to do just that. Her Parental
Involvement and Accountability in
the Public Schools bill (HB 543) would
allow teachers to rate parents on how
engaged they are in their children's edu-
cation. A companion bill in the Senate,
SB 944, was filed by Sen. Stephen Wise,
Last week, Stargel's bill cleared the
House K-20 Competitiveness Commit-
tee, on which she sits, by a party-line,
10-3 vote. Last year, Stargel drew na-
tional attention iVith a similar bill, but it
didn't come up for a vote.
The rationale in Stargel's bill states
what everyone knows, that families bear
the primary responsibility for a child's
success or failure in school. So the bill
requires each K-5 teacher to grade the
parent or guardian as satisfactory, needs
improvement or unsatisfactory. The
grade rests on these criteria: Frequency
of unexcused absences.and unexcused
tardiness; Parental response to requests
for conferences or communication; and
Submission of complete and accurate
information, including emergency
contact information, immunization
A parent would get a "needs improve-
ment" or "unsatisfactory" if one or two
targets are not met within a quarter.
The grade is sent home along with the
child's report .card. There is an appeals
process. At the end of the year, summa-
ries for each school and district are sent
to the state.
At first blush, you would think teach-
ers would jump at this bill. They have
been under the microscope for so
long, this would be a chance to turn
the tables a bit. But the major teacher's
union, the Florida Education Asso-
ciation, is concerned it could further
undermine public education. And Dem-
ocratic Rep. Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed
of Deerfield Beach, a former teacher, is
opposed, saying, "I just do not like to
put everyone in the same box."
Stargel's hometown paper; The Led-
ger, editorialized against the bill, saying
"the bill is cumbersome, requires more
paperwork from overworked teachers
who have too little time to teach and it
MCMULLEN I 5A
Privatization: It's a word that causes a
liberal's gorge to rise.
What it means is allowing the private
sector to do work now being done -
more or less by government workers.
So, an attempt by the Florida Legisla-
ture to go a bit further in that direction
has the left wing in a dither.
Legislators were forced to address it
because of a court ruling that said the
Legislature made a boo-boo when it set
out to privatize South Florida prisons
by.proviso language in last year's gen-
eral appropriations bill. It must do it by
general law, and that is what SB 2038
Running the state prisons is one of
the largest state expenses at more than
$2 billion. It involves some 27,500 em-
ployees. There are 62 prison facilities,
seven of which already are operated
The private facilities contain about 10
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Private prisons cost less,
and offer taxpayers relief
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* Aileen Hood General Manager Jeff Roslow Editor Brian Ackley Managing Editor
Page 4A Frostproof News
February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012
Sara Theriac, 35, of 285 S. Lake Avenue violation of
Jonathan Weese, 19, of 912 Lake Reedy Blvd. South -
violation of probation.
Audrey Mciver, 41, of 103 Gilberto Jesus Road -
BROWN: Taxpayer re
FROM PAGE 4A
percent of the prison population and
cost less to operate. This is not unusual.
Other states, such as Texas, have found
the benefits of private prisons.
On a conservative basis, costs are
about 10 percent less and one study
found that savings up to 23 percent can
To Democrats whose mission in life
is to "grow" government whenever pos--
sible this constitutes a threat.
The first claim was that the bill
would allow "secret" privatization. Any
privatization would have to be done by
legislation and the bill would get the
failure to appear.
Vidal Pena, 38, of 95 Farrer Road out-of-county warrant.
Caroljean Eismon, 55, of 302 Virginia Street -battery.
Ginny Tucker, 35, of 107 W. 7th Street failure to appear.
Alicia Ezell, 29, of 938 Harrell Avenue possession of a
controlled substance without a prescription, possession of
marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
full public airing any bill does.
Another complaint is that it "may"
not lower costs. The law requires priva-
tized operations to save a substantial
amount of money and calls for a review
periodically to determine whether that
requirement is met.
Typical savings found in those
reviews have ranged from 7.5 to 28
But the bill would result in govern-
ment employees losing jobs, opponents
say. If that's an argument against the
bill, they aren't going to get much sym-
pathy from taxpayers who don't view
government as a jobs program.
In any case, most employees termi-
Frostproof News Page 5A
The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
Leonardo Hemandez-Hernandez, 28, of 1033 Hwy 98 W.
#3 driving without a valid license and possession of a
fictitious driver's license.
Donald Klemm, 32, of 510 W, 9th Street violation of
nated probably would be hired by the
contractor because of their experience.
The bill contains all sorts of safe-
guards, including allowing trial lawyers
full-rein to sue the private prison oper-
ators over any alleged torts. That takes
care of one Democrat constituency.
Naturally, the bloatacracy doesn't like
the bill. The Department of Corrections
has opposed efforts to reform prison
operations, including the successful.
prison industries program. Thus, priva-
tization is under the Department of
Management Services, a wise move.
Even a few Republicans have balked.
Republicans tend to think indepen-
dently unlike members of another
Malachi Perez, 25, of 1049 North Avenue violation
Rayon Williams, 29, of 1681 McClellan Road driving
without a valid license.
Stacy Gregg, 28, of 24 E Street failure to appear.
party we could name that is bound by
groupthink (and doublethink). A few
want to study the bill, which is merely
a delaying move so opponents can re-
group and try to conjure up a plausible
reason to continue wasting money.
But government at all levels has swol-
len far beyond the ability of Americans
to pay for it and sincere efforts to get it
back under control are overdue. Florida
taxpayers should demand passage of
Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper
business nearly 50 years, beginning as a
copy boy and retiring as editorial page
editor of the Florida Times-Union in
MCMULLEN: Rating parents
FROM PAGE 4A
intrudes on private portions of parent-
ing." Indeed, it seems strange that a
conservative Republican like Stargel
would want to drag the family into
But is it really an intrusion into
family privacy? No income or medical
records are examined, no visits to the
family home are mandated. The only
thing measured is where a parent's
behavior intersects with the purpose of
a public school whether a student is
delivered to school on time and coop-
erates with teachers and principals.
Knowing a bit about them, I'm sure
Kelli Stargel and her husband, John,
have never missed a parent-teacher
conference in their lives. But you can't
escape the feeling that this bill isn't
aimed at the Stargels or any of their
friends. It's about those parents, not us.
The real problem with the bill is that
it capitulatesto the unhealthy obses-
sion with ratings. We need not more
ratings but less. We need to recapture
the day when public school teachers
and principals were given the authority
to teach and fail students without being
dragged into court or berated,and fired
by lawmakers using an impersonal
one-size-fits-all ratings chart.
Rating parents is just one more bullet
in the guns that everyone is aiming at
one another. No one trusts the other.
The madness has to stop somewhere or
soon we'll all be rated on how well we
clip our fingernails.
Give teachers insulation from pa-
rental and'political threats, turn them
loose, and we could spend the time and
energy we waste on ratings on more
useful topics. But that would require
Cary McMullen is a journalist and
editor who lives in Lakeland.
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Paul N. Andress
Daly, 81, of Lake
ly passed away
Feb. 7, 2012 at
due to heart
He was born
Aug. 25, 1930 in
Webster, N.Y. CHARLES D.
to the late Ivan "PAPA CHUCK" DALY
& Agnes (Mc-
Carthy) Daly; he came here from St.
Pete in 1957.i
He was retired from Florida
Power, a member of the Holy Spirit
Catholic Church and served in
the U.S. Coast Guard search and
He was a member of the Knights
of Columbus and enjoyed wood-
working, golf, traveling, vegetable
gardening and being by his fire-
place: He was very proud of his
Survivors include his wife,
Dorothy "Dottie" Daly; daughters,
"Susan Lawson (Steve) of Winter
Haven, Carol Floyd (Bruce) of Lake
Wales and Cindy Bianco (Bob)
of Orion, Mich.; sons, Tim Daly
(Sandy) of Lake Wales, Chris Daly
(Christine) of Lake Wales and Rusty
Wingate of Babson Park; sister,
Sister Mary Agnes of Elmira, N.Y.;
15 grandchildren and 10 great-
The family will receive friends
from 1 p.m. until the memorial -
service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11,
2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Lake Wales with Father
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the Good Shepherd
Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road,
Sebring, FL 33870.
Condolences may be sent to
the family and the webcast of the
service can be viewed at www.
Marion-Nelson Funeral Home is
'in charge of arrangements.
Charles D. 'Papa Chuck' Daly
Annual history museum
The annual meeting of the Frost-
proof Historical Society is scheduled
at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Frost-,
proof's Historical Museum, located
at 210 S. Scenic Highway.
Following a short meeting, a
program will be presented by Bea
Reifeis, a resident who is researching
and writing a book on the history of
the town entitled "Frostproof Trea-
sures The First Hundred Years."
She will talk about how she is using
modern technology to expand her
research and will share some of the
interesting facts she has uncovered.
Refreshments will follow. Visitors
are welcomed and encouraged to
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at the Lake Wales
He was born
May 6, 1931 in
Utica, N.Y. to the
late Rev. Har-
old Llewellyn &
(Gauley) Andress; PAUL N. ANDRESS
following his retire-
ment from First National Bank in
Clearwater he moved to Lake Wales in -
1978. He was also retired as Executive
Administrator for the Florida Lion's
Camp in Lake Wales, an active member
of the Episcopal Church of the Good
Shepherd serving in several capacities.
He was veteran of the Korean War,
serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Lake Wales
Lion's Club, Egypt Temple Shrine in
Tampa, Lake Wales Elk's Lodge, Conch
Republic in Florida Keys and a key
member of the International Association
Lion's Club; life member of the American
Legion #252 in Seminole and V.EW. in
Lake Wales; and a 50-year member of the
Masonic Lodge in Beacon, N.Y. He was
also a member of the Korean War Veter-
ans Association in Seminole, U.S. Navy
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February 8, 2012
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Paul was preceded in death by his son,
James L. Andress and a brother, Robert
L. Andress. Survivors include his wife
of 45 years, Barbara Andress; children,
David P. Andress (Barbara) of Lake
Wales, Tina Andress of Cold Spring, N.Y.
and Christopher W. Andress of Bowling
Green; and four grandchildren, Peyton,
Ty Nilson, Julianna and Jaclyn.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m.
and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8,
2012, at the Marion Nelson Funeral
The funeral service will be held
10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at the
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
in Lake Wales with Father Thomas C.
Interment will follow at the Florida
National Cemetery in Bushnell. For those
who wish, donations may be sent to the
Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind
(Executive Secretary-Treasurer, 12455 SE
92nd Terrace, Summerfield, FL 34491-9728
Condolences may be sent to
the family and the webcast of the
service can be viewed at www.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
February 8, 2012 Frostproof News Page 7A
Ridge NBA star's brother dead in U.S.
By MARY CANNADAY
Hazell Stoudemire, longtime Lake
Wales resident and brother of New
York Knicks basketball player Amar'e
Stoudemire, died early Monday
morning in a collision with a tractor-
trailer on U.S. 27.
According to the Florida Highway
Patrol, Stoudemire was traveling at a
high rate of speed, behind a Freight-
liner semi, and plowed into the
rear of a trailer towed by the semi
near the intersection of U.S. 27 and
Mountain Lake Cutoff Road.
Stoudemire's Cadillac Escalade
then traveled north and came to
rest facing north in the outside lane.
Stoudemire died at the scene from
his injuries. The driver of the trac-
tor-trailer, Rupert A. Fairclough of
Auburndale, was uninjured, accord-
ing to the FHP accident report.
Stoudemire was not wearing a
seatbelt, according to the FHP re-
port. The accident investigation is
ongoing, and it is unknown whether
alcohol was involved.
The 35-year-old who shared a
love of basketball with his famous
brother, having gone all the way to
all-state during his sophomore year
at Southeast Bradenton High School
as well as being named Most Valu-
able Player in the state tourney with
a 33-0 record.
His uncle and godfather, Earnest
Stoudemire, recalled the closeness of
the two men, Hazell five years senior
to Amar'e. Hazell's shot at a pro
career was blocked after he started
getting in trouble, his uncle said.
According to the Polk County
Sheriff's website, Hazell had a record
comprising 22 arrests on a variety of
charges, beginning in 1993.
That didn't keep Amar'e from look-
ing up to his brother, though.
"They were real close. Amare's tak-
ing it very hard; he always looked up
to him," his uncle said.
Hazell was employed by his
brother, doing some security de-
tail and handling some of Amare's
business affairs in Florida, Earnest
Amar'e is in town.taking a leave
of absence from the Knicks. Their
mother is travelling here from her
home in Phoenix Arizona, Earnest
Funeral arrangements are on hold
until the family is gathered, he said.
The New York Knicks for whom
Amar'e plays, held a moment of
silence in Hazell's memory before
Monday night's game at Madison
Square Garden in New York.
"I know he's very close to his
brother,',' Knicks Coach Mike
D'Antoni said Monday. "So my
heart's out for him. He cherishes his
family. He does a great job of main-
taining all relationships. This is a
trying moment for him. My thoughts
and prayers and everything are with
him. Whatever he needs to take, he'll
According to The New York Times,
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Amar'e has said stands for "Standing'
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bility, and Sarah Rogers, Nicole Leech
and Solymar Rodriguez were honored.
Rogers, a sixth-grader was nominated
by Donna Yost, Family and Consumer
"Sarah is always prepared for class
and completes her assignments," Yost
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extra effort when answering questions
and in her writing. She is also respon-
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spirit items or do whatever was need-
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Orange-juice producers in Brazil,
which supply about one in every six
glasses drunk in the United States, will
stop using a fungicide that led ship-
ments from the South American coun-
try to be detained, an industry group
Carbendazim, a fungus killer
banned in U.S. groves, will be removed
from a list of chemicals approved
by Brazil's orange-juice industry, the
producers-run Fund for Citrus Plant
Protection, known as Fundecitrus, said
in an emailed statement.
The fungicide, used to fight the black
spot fungus in oranges, has been linked
to liver tumors in animals. The United
States started screening orange-juice
imports last month after the Coca Cola
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Jan. 4 because they have higher than
allowable levels of carbendazim. Those
20 samples came from 86 tested. The
samples have more than 10 parts per
billion or more of carbendazim, the
"FDA collected a total of
14 samples in January from
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Florida that had orange
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from orange juice concentrate,
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thai are used to produce hundreds
of thousands of retail size containers
over multiple production days."
However, it also reports that 46
samples of juice allowed to be shipped
here do not pose any kind of health
problem. In a report issued Thursday
the FDA said anything higher than 80
parts per billion could pose a health
problem. The nine shipments that
were barred tested between 13 and 36
parts per billion. The five shipments
that were allowed into the country
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FDA said it will continue to test ship-
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"FDA continues to not allow entry
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Wrestling 'brothers' making Frostproof wrestling cool
By BRIAN ACKLEY
Clayton Farrer and Wesley Smeal
aren't really brothers. But they act
like it, you know, always fighting
with each other.
But while siblings usually don't
have a good reason for their con-
stant battles, Farrer and Smeal are
doing it for a very good cause: Put-
ting Frostproof on the high school
The two, along with Donald Moore
(106 pounds), each won district
wrestling championships last week-
end. All have had very good seasons,
especially Farrer, who almost went
through the season undefeated
before losing in late January to a foe
from Auburndale, someone he had
beaten about a half-dozen times in
previous bouts. Smeal, by then, had
also eclipsed the 20-win mark for the
The pair have been like brothers,
at least wrestling brothers, for
many year now, starting in sixth
grade, pushing and prodding each
other on and off the mat. Both are
juniors. Smeal wrestles at 145,'Farrer
Coach Brian Schmitt says there is
a common denominator between
them, in addition to their records.
"Their work ethic is everything,"
Schmitt said. "They're two kids that
get after it every day. They're not
afraid to go out and kind of beat on
each other a little bit to get better.
And they are very coachable. They
take criticism well."
Schmitt said that trait was appar-
ent from the start.
"They came in with that attitude,"
Given the fact that they are
friends, and drive each other, their
dual success isn't a surprise.
"Excellence breeds excellence,"
Schmitt said, adding that Farrer's
unexpected loss before the county
and district matches wasn't the worst
thing that could have happened to
his star pupil.
"Losing isn't a bad thing as long as
you learn from it. It's a motivating
factor," he said. Farrer lost the match
by one point. "But when you wrestle
somebody a lot, they learn your
style, your moves. He used Clayton's
aggressiveness against him."
Although they have similar skills,
teammates don't necessarily view
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Coach Brian Schmitt makes a point on the mat
as Farrer and Smeal look on.
them as grappling twins.
"Clayton is more vocal. Wesley
leads by example," Schmitt noted.
"If he speaks up, the kids are really
shocked by it. He's a quiet kid who
just busts his tail everyday. They can
see what it takes."
With this season to finish, and a
senior season still ahead, the two
may be aiming for a college wres-
tling career as well.
"They're close, but they're not
there yet," Schmitt said about go-
ing on to the next level. "Clayton in
particular has learned that wrestling
over the summer and putting that
mat time in has really paid off for
him. You can't replace what you do
The three Bulldogs will enter the -
Class lA regional competition this
Friday and Saturday at Tenoroc.
"They both could be unbelievable,"
Schmitt added. "They just have to
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Popular Ridge event, Mardi Gras, on its way
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One of the better attended events that
parades through downtown Lake Wales
each year is the annual Mardi Gras
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With each passing year, its popular-
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Nettie, wanted a traditional New Or-
leans funeral with the parading of the
casket with jazz bands and mourners.
Unfortunately, they could not do that
so they decided to have a parade in
his memory and call it the Lake Wales
Mardi Gras. With the help of "Davis'
stepson, Jim Bernhardt, Nettie's brother,
Ed, a friend, Robert Connors and a
handful of others, the Lake Wales Mardi
Gras was planned."
Its beginnings were humble. The
first Mardi Gras parade consisted
"bf "one band (Al's Place Band), four
Krewes (The Mystick Krewe of Rex, the
Mystick and fair Krewe of Aphrodite,
Royal Order of the Red Swans and the-
Loyal order of Wild Shiners) and sev-
eral marching revelers. They formed
before a crowd of a couple of hundred
Today, more than a dozen floats and
krewes march before crowds estimated
to total tens of thousands. However, the
actual number of krewes has fluctuated,
said Betty Perdue, a member of Krewe
"At one time we had more than
30 krewes," she said. Unfortunately,
with the passage of time, those num-
bers have dropped, she said, as well
as the number of people making up
the krewes. People have passed away,
others have grown too infirm, others
have moved, and not enough young (or
younger) people have stepped up to
replace the older members. "It seems
like the young people aren't stepping
up to the plate," she said. Perdue added
that quite often she is told they are too
busy, that they have jobs. In response,
she has told them that those who made
up krewes in prior years also had jobs,
but it did not stop them.
Like many festivals and events,
vendors are out in force. To avoid the
prospects of duplication especially re-
garding food vendors the responsibil-
ity of coordinating that aspect has been
turned over to Tim Sievers of Pittsburgh,
Penn.-based Sievers Concessions.
"We're a concession company our-
selves," said Sievers. "We will do about
80 percent of the food sales." Those few
they don't do'are handled by outside
vendors, such as those who make kettle
corn or dispense Italian ices. But of that
80 percent Sievers Concessions does
handle, there is one product Siever said
proves extremely popular. "We're known
for our fresh-squeezed lemonade."
At last year's Mardi Gras festivities, Lisa Pedersen of the Zazu Krewe danced with the ladies. Who
knows what this year's Mardi Gras holds? Come out for a good time.
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set up throughout the day. Several
website postings announcing the event
also lists a bikini contest as one of the
Wesley Wise, president of the
Frostproof Chamber, said both Wat-
son's Pharmacy and the Frostproof
Diner, two of the major businesses
on Wall Street that could be nega-
tively impacted by the road closing
are on board with the event. In fact,
pharmacy co-owner Dede Lefils
indicated the store will stay open
extra hours on that day to accom-
modate the crowd's needs.
Wise said the event is one of the
ways the chamber is looking to help
promote activity and recognition in
FROM PAGE 1A
The festival will feature antique
cars on display as well as a parade of
tractors. There will be a flea market
on Wall Street and vendors selling
their wares. and the Frostproof Art
League will be open offering items
for sale and demonstrations as well.
Many churches, civic organizations
and schools will be participating in
the all day event.
The Antique Car Show is O'Hara's
annual event that brings collectors
and owners from all over the state
to Frostproof. Antique cars will be
on display downtown for visitors to
enjoy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact
He indicated that support is
already growing for the event, even
thought it has not yet been officially
"We have had numerous spon-
sors get on board with this," Wise
said. "It's a popular event with
bikers. Some events that she's put
on they've had over 1,000 bikes. We
hope we get that many. We wanted
to get involved one because of the
cause, but two we felt it is signifi-
cant economic impact for the City
He also indicated one sponsor, as
yet unidentified, has already turned
over a check for $10,000.
"The biking people and the business
community that associate with biking
are extremely for this event and be-
hind it. She has quite a bit of history of
putting these things on," Wise added.
"I feel very confident it will be a posi-
tive impact for Frostproof."
Bob O'Hara at O'Hara Restorations
for more information
about the cars (863) 635-9008.
Over 50 vintage cars and 40 ven-
dors participated in last year's event
and this year promises to be even
larger. Many of the civic organiza-
tions use their proceeds for relay for
life, project graduation or to sponsor
Step back in time and enjoy a day
in Frostproof. A special bike ride
event will go off at 8 a.m. as well.
Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. Progress En-
ergy, The Ledger group and Republic
Services, Inc. are major sponsors of
For information on the event
contact the Frostproof Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 635-9112 or
email them at info@frostproof
He said bikers from Orlando and
Bradenton have visited the city al-
ready in recent weeks as word of the
Frostproof Bike Fest spreads.
"We've had bikers come in for the
last two weekends just to see Frost-
proof because they've never been,"
"They found that it is a beautiful
ride. They love the destination, and
feel this will be a very, very success-
Councilwoman Martha Neher said
the city should not fear any stigma
that motorcyclists might carry.
"Just because they're bikers
doesn't mean they are bad. Bikers
nowadays, especially organizations
like this, are very positive, very into
their charities, very well behaved
usually," Neher said.
City attorney Mark Smith said
there would likely not be any noise
ordinance violations, because it
would be treated the same as if
there were just one or two bikes in
"You have motorcycles coming
through Frostproof already," Smith
"I assume they do not violate the
noise ordinances. They can come
and go as they want to in town any-
More information on the organi-
zation can be found online at www.
Many of the musical acts are
acoustical, Wise indicated, mean-
ing there should be no issues with
noise. He said performers will be
informed as to what decibel level is
acceptable under city statutes.
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After passing out several door
prizes, fashioris to i\ ill be presented
from Bealls, Belk, BonWorth and
Tickets are on sale at the Latt
Maxcy Memorial Library for $17
each. For information, call Bea
Reifeis at (863) 635-2523 to reserve
Proceeds from this event in the
past have been used to double the
library's book-leasing capacity.
Several years ago, a major repair of
the irrigation system at the library
was funded, and Friends continues
to take care of repairs and additions
The plantingof the gardens and
flowering trees on the library cam-
pus and the maintenance of all
flower beds, trees and hedges is paid
for by the proceeds from this event.
Even the sign on Wall Street was pro-
vided by the Friends and is used by
the library staff to announce sched-
Plans for 2012 will depend on the
success of this luncheon and fashion
show, organizers said. Sponsorships
are available and start at $25. Mem-
-bership applications are available at
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