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will be held Sunday, although
actual construction at the site
shouldn't be too far behind.
Seating capacity for the building
is expected to be around 200.
Galati said there are still a
few i's to be dotted and t's to
be crossed, most notably with
the Soutrhwet~ Florid~a Wa~ter
Alanage~meml District regard-
ing water usage, before actual
work: can~ begin. A large, an~ony-
mous, six-figure donation to the
church's building fund means
Famil\ Life could be in its newl
hom~e by October or Novetmber.
T he plan, as outlined sex-eral
w2eekj ago to die city's planning
and zoning board whi~ich \oted
unanimously to recommend
appro~-al to the full council, calls
for work to be done in three
A4t rthat meeting, Galati said full
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By BRIANJ ACKLEY
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O~ne Frostproof church will ~
hav;e a little something more to
celebrate on Easter Sunday this
Makte that a big something,
Faml Life Church got
unanimous approval fr-om city
council M~onday; night for a pkin
to devielop some 141 acres of land
just south of Frostproof Mliddle
Senior High Scho~ol. About 20
supporters of the plan attended
the meeting and Immediately
gavie the ap~pro\al a rousing
Councilman Halph Wiaters ab-
stained fr~om voting because he
holds a position in the church.
Pastor Klelly Galati said the
congregation could have its
first senices there this fall. A
ceremonial ground breaking
PHOTO BY K.M. THORNTON SR.
A number of members of the Frostproof Family Life Church congregation erupt in applause at Monday's meeting of
the city council, where their building plans were approved.
By STEVE STEINER
A Lake Wales woman lost her
life Monday in a two-vehicle
accident' near Warner Univer-
sity, the fifth fatal accident on
that stretch of highway between
County Road 640 U.S. Highway
98 since Oct. 28.
According to the Polk County
Sheriff's Office, at approxi-
mately 11- a.m., Frances Camp-
h bell, 88, of 205 Genesis Point
Drive, Lake Wales, was traveling
east on Presidelit's Street near
Warner University. Driving a
2011 Concorde, police said she
attempted to turn onto north-
bound U.S. 27 when for un-
known reasons it entered into
the path of a red 2003 Kenworth
semi tractor-tr-ailer driven by
57-year-old Ronnie Vernon
W~illis. Police said the truck driv-
er was traveling southbound on
U.S. 27. Willis is from Alabama.
By GARY FINEOUT
A legal battle that pitted
two grandsons of a Florida
citrus baron against one
another is coming to an end
A settlement reached
Sunday ended a lawsuit that
former State Rep. Baxter .
Troutman filed more than
three years ago against State
Sen. J.D. Alexander and liis
father over how they had run
the family company.
J.D. Alexander is the power-
ful budget chairman of thh
state Senate who is behind
a push to break off a branch
campus of the University of
South Florida in Lakeland.
The billto create the state's
12th public university is ex-
pected to be sent to Gov. Rick
Scott later this month~.
Troutman's lawsuit filed
in October 2008 contended
that Alexander along with .
his father Johri R. Alexan-
der had mismanaged the
family company Alico Inc. by
pursuing a potential merger
with another family-owned
Under the terms of the
settlement Troutman agreed
to drop the lawsuit, but he
received no payment for
Alexander's attorney said
the settlement proved the
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Frances Campbell, 88, driver of the Chrysler Concorde, was pronounced dead
following the collision of the car she was driving and that of a semi tractor-trailer.
injuries, law enforcers added.
Due to the, accident,' the PCSO
closed all southbound traffic
Police indicated that both
drivers were wearing seat
belts. Campbell was the only.
person in her car. Willis ap-
peared to have suffered no
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Life Church Easter
egg hunt drew
hundreds of kids.
You have to move
unt S atur day
scored by the Frostproof Ministerial As-
sociation. Parents can win gift certificates
to be redeemed at local businesses.
All children must be accompanied by
Ages 2 to 10 are invited. Contact Pastor
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Escape the hustle and bustle and go fishing
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ake advantage of license-free fishing
Saturday in Florida's fresh waters Spring is
in the air and warmer weather has already
started a pattern of beautiful days, perfect
for spending time out of doors.
Spring also brings the possibility of taking
advantage of Saturday's license-free freshwa-
ter fishing day in Florida.
That's because people of all ages can cast
their lines into 3 million acres of lakes, .
ponds and reservoirs and 12,000 miles of
fishable rivers, streams and canals.
The hardest part for area fishermen might
be picking your destination. There are 27
lakes -within a five mile radius of Lake Placid.
These abundant resources, coupled with
responsible freshwater fish management, are
why Florida is known as the "Fishing Capital
of the World."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
entertainment, which is why the FWC offers
four days when a recreational fishing license
is not needed.
The FW2C also made June 2 and Sept. 1
license-free saltwater fishing days- and set
June 9 as the second license-free freshwater
fishing day. These days coincide with a holi-
day weekend, National Fishing and Boating
Week or open-harvest seasons for popular
bay scallops, lobster and king mackerel.
All other bag limit, season and size restric-
tions apply on these dates for recreational,
not commercial, fishing.
To make your fishing day successful, check
out My FWC.com/Fishing forfresh~water fish-
ing tips, locations and rules.
So escape the hustle and bustle Saturday
by telling everyone you've "gone fishing."
But don't forget to take your kids and spouse
and friends to share the fun.
Friday I had the great fortune of
spending a few moments with a group.
of students at a local restaurant.
The group featured several Hillcrest
Elementary boys who were accompa-
nied by their Lake Wales High School
This venture began months ago when
the high school students accepted the
opportunity to serve as reading bud-
dies and mentors to their young friends
As reading buddies, the high school
students were charged with the task
of not only engaging their mentees in
reading, but encouraging them to make
good choices in school as well.
The lunch, which was being provided
through the efforts of Assistant Prin-
cipal Jenniifer Barrow and generosity
of Belinda Malone, owner of Jay Bees
restaurant, will serve as one of their
culminating activities before the admin-
istration of the -Florida Comprehensivie
Assessment Test or FCAT as we have
come to know it.
As I moved from table to table to con-
verse with the students, they all seemed
to have a special sparkle in their eyes.
Perhaps for some of the young men
(and I know this to be true) it was bd-
cause they had never been to a restau-
One of the students is homeless and I
am certain his sparkle was the satisfac-
tion of being cared for in this special
A few of the young men have had
behavior issues that typically would
prevent them from participating in such
an event. .
Regardless of their reason, they all
had that special glow about them.
I was particularly impressed with the
Supearnte~nde~n ci okt lket'oles
humility and appreciation shown by
the young men as they sat eating their
lunch quietly conversing with the mem-
bers of their table.
If T had not known these students,
their background and history, I could
have easily assumed that they were a
group of "honor" students.
SAnd you know, in many ways they
actually were honor students. They all
carried themselves in an honorable
manner and they were certainly hon-
ored to participate in such an event.
One of the most amazing aspects of
this mentor initiative is being aware of
the transformation that has occurred
with several of the high school students.
Like the students they are mentoring,
some of them had lots of problems as
They did not care about school and
were constant behavior problems.
Through the efforts of many, these
young men have developed into model
students and are now working to redi-
rect the paths of their young mentees.
As I left the restaurant I felt extremely
proud of the young men, all those who
Made this event possible, and being a
part of the Lake Wales Charter Schools
system because this was more than just
Sa lunch date.
Hillceic Elaementary and Lake Wales High students celebrate their mentoring program with a
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Commission (FWTC) scheduled the first of
four license-free recreational fishing days on
this Easter holiday weekend so more people
will have the chance to get out and try their
Plus, this weekend coincides with a pro-
ductive freshwater fishing period, when the ~
weather is usually pleasant. Many of Flori-
da's recreational sport fishes, such as black
bass, bluegill and redear sunfish, move into
the shallows to spawn during spring, making
them more available for anglers to catch.
Besides enjoying the fun of reeling in a
fish, people find that recreational fishing is a
good motivator to enjoy the great outdoors.
Ih fact, fishing is a prime reason lots of folks
get outside in the first place.
Fishing is a low-cost, wholesome form of
More than a lunch date
In My Own Words
that "rich people don't pay taxes," the
government is the first of many po-
tential benefactors standing in line for
a cut, and the only one that is sure to
My online -research shows numerous
references to a $218 million payout "be-
fore taxes," but only a couple suggest
how much that wiill be. One story said
that the after-tax check for a lump sum
payout will be for $105 million, further
saying that a 26-year payout would be
$5.5 million a year, or $143 million.
I cannot ouch for either figure, but I
would observe that if the winner were
71 years old, as I am, the 26-year sched-
ule might not be too attractive.
An Associated Press story just sort
of rounded things off, projecting the
single-check payout for one winner at
around $150 milion before taxes, or
$100 million after rendering unto Cae-
sar. I cannot reconcile all these num-
bers, since any combination exceeds
my total number of fingers and toes,
but every possibility comes out consid-
erably south of $656 million, or even
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. Gambling,
beyond buying an occasional Florida
lottery ticket, is not among his vices.
But he does recall sitting in a t'asino in
Panama City one night and seeing one
slot machine player hit the jackpot on
the $1 slots, emptying the machine. The
player continued to feed Balboas the
Panamanian one-dollar coin back
into the same machine until he had re-
deposited his entire winnings. He figured
the guy had a gambling problem.)
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Frostproof News Page 5A
April 4 2012
In a nation of abundant blessings,
Floridians may boast more than our
share, both in what we have and what
we do not have.
We have abundant sunshine, mild cli-
mate, inviting beaches, sea breezes, the
Seminoles, and yes, even the Gators.
We do not have blizzards, snow
plows, coal mines, a state income tax, or
Life is good. But as lottery players dis-
covered last week, we do not have Mega
Millions, the lottery game with a jackpot
that reached $656 million.
In order to buy a Mega Millions ticket,
a Floridian had to venture into one of
the 42 states that has the game, or call a
trusted friend to buy one for him.
If you selected the latter, consider
this: if your friend bought two tickets,
one for himself and one for you, and
one ticket won, it would be up to your
friend to determine whether it was his
ticket or yours that won.
Just how deep does friendship go
under such circumstances? Already,
in Maryland, ~a woman who took the
pooled money of co-workers to buy
a handful~ of tickets is saying that she
bought a winning ticket, but it was one
she paid for with her own money, not
from the pool. For some reason, her col-
leagues are skeptical.
And $656 mil doesn't go as far as it
used to. Or maybe, quite literally, it goes
farther, well beyond the grasp of the
holder of a winning ticket.
Imagine that you went to bed Satur-
day night at your home in Maryland'
Kansas, or Illinois, holder of the win-
ning ticket, and woke up the next morn-
ing to discover that two folks in those
Other two states had bet on the same set
So your slice of the $656 million pie
is $218 trillion and change. Not a pal try
sum, but a pretty~ steep discount from
the night before. The lump sum pay~out
is even less than the stated jackpot,
which is paid in annual installments.
A~nd despite the oft-repeated my;th
lawsuit was frivolous -and that JD Alex-
itnder had been I"vindicitted." He noted
the settlement was reached on the eve
of a hearing in the case.
That was echoed by Sen. Alexander.
"It makes it clear that there were just
no basis to the claims," Alexander said.
Tr-outman, who was in the Florida
House from 2002 to 2010, said he dropped
the lawsuit to protect the interests of the
shareholders ofAlilco, the agriculture and
land management company once con-
trolled by the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
Griffin, born in Tiger Bay near Fort
Meade, moved to Frostproof when he was
six, and turned 10 acres of citrus given to
him by his father ais a wedding present
into a multi-million business conglomer-
ate:Outside the area, he is perhaps best
known as the namesake of the University
of Florida football stadium.
Troutman said settlement negotiations
started months ago and that he told fam-
ily members he would drop the lawsuit if
JD Alexainder gave up his post as presi-
dent and chief executive officer of Atlan-
ti'c Blue Group,-which is the controlling
shareholder ofAlico. Alexander gave up
that post last month after he was named
full-time president and CEO ofAlico.
He disputed the notion that the settle-
ment had vindicated his ~cousin.
"They can say whatever they want,"
Alexander said that Alico spent as much
as $2 million on the litigation. His attorney
.said that there's a chance that Alico may
seek that money back from HIoutman but
Ikoutman doubted the legalmerits of such
PHOTO BY K.M. THORNTON SR
Jennifer Codo-Salisbury outlines building plans by Family Life Church as Pastor Kelly Galati looks on.
youth facility and nursery. Ultimately,
the group would like to add a gymna-
sium, and ultimately, build a showpiece
sanctuary that would have seating for
just under 1,000 people. .
In all, when completed, the total
build out represents about 95,000
square feet. :
There was no 'discussion at all from
the council at all before their voter, other
than a question from Councilwoman
Anne Dickinson who asked about park-
ing differences when fixed seating is
used as opposed to temporary seating.
"When we started this journey, it's
been almost a year, I had no idea we'd
come this far," Galati said. "You guys
have believed in us, we believe in us,
it's going to be turned into a beautiful
A mil for you, mil for the IRS
5.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
FROM PAGE 1A
build out could take as many as 10 years
and involve a total of six different build-
ings. The first building would be a sanc-
tuary that will cover 5,000 feet. Three
other similar type buildings would be
planned, including children's church,
By CATHY PALMER
If you need help with filing your
iitcome taxes, the AARP and United
Way and some of its partners can help
you out with a group of IRS-trained
In locations across the county, in-
cluding Frostproof's Latt Maxcy Memo-
rial Library, these volunteers a~re ready
to file your tax returns electronically,
provided you meet certain criteria. In
some locations, there is an income cap
of $50,000, depending on who's provid-
ing the service in that locatiori, accord-
ing to Scott Lonsberry, community
project manager for the United Way.
"This type of service has been pro-
vided by AARP and others for: a number
of years," Lonsberry explained, but this
year, "it's being advertised and coordi-
nated through United Way."
Once again, the program in Frost-
proof is going "very well" again this
year, a library spokesperson said. Tax
preparers are on hand Mondays from
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from
4:30 to 7 p.m. They a're also available in
Frostproof on Thursdays from 8:30 to
11:30 a.m. Help is available to tax filers
of all ages.
Also, in some areas, appointments
are required, while in others it's a first-
come, first-served system, he added.
Most of the volunteer tax prepar-
ers, like Millie Holland of Winter Ha-
ven, have a background in finance,
either in tax preparation or account-
ing, Holland said.
"We even have some who worked for
tax preparation' companies," she said,
adding that regardless of background,
all volunteer~ tax preparers are trained
by the IRS and must be certified before
their services can be used by the
"We take the original course and
then have to take a refresher course
every year," she said. She added that in
addition to-the volunteers who actually
file the taxes, there are others who act
as qitality control.
"We make sure that all the returns are
checked by another volunteer. Two sets
of eyes go over each and every one."
Holland said that Winter Haveni's
Hope Presbyterian Church location
assisted more than 800 filers with their
taxes last year, and are expecting to
exceed~ that number this year. "We had
83 in one day," she said. "In fact, we
had 63 lined up by 8:30 a.m., when we .
opened the doors,
"This is a service that most of these
people are so appreciative of," the for-
mer bookkeeper said. "They need the
help and it's great to give it to them."
''This is a great help to us, especially
those of us who are retired and don't
have too much money," said George
Harvey who was waiting for his turn
with a tax preparer.- "It's free and they
do a really good.job. We've used this
service for the last six or seven years,
and they've never screwed up."
Lonsberry explains that UW is the
clearing house for those seeking tax
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Millie Holland talks with Richard Brume about his tax forms.
Church on Old Polk City Road in north
Other sites may be located by con-
tacting the United Way.
Some of the UW's partners in this
effort, according to Lonsberry, include
the Church Service Center, Polk County
Libraries, the community college,~
HELP of Fort Meade, Lakeland Catholic
Charities and Word Alive Ministries.
Those needing help should bring last
year's tax return, photo identification,
W2 and 1099s, a Social Security card for
everyone included in the ~filing, child
care providers if applicable and bank
documents with routing and account
numbers for refund direct deposit.
For additional information, appoint-
ments where required and inquiries
can be directed to the UW website, or
by calling the United Way at (863) .
filing help. "We're coordinating the
program and helping get the word out
about it," he said. He adds that the
locations where the service is available
and the hours are all posted on the UW
For those without a computer or ac-
cess to one, calling 2-1-1 will connect
to an operator who can assist in finding
the most convenient location and in
making appointments if needed, Lons-
berry added. "We're trying to make this
easy on everyone," he said, "by being
the clearing house."
Tax prep sites include the library
in Fort Meade, the Church Service
Center in Bartow,- the Good Shepherd
Church in Lake Wales, Hope Presbyte-
rian Church in Winter Haven, Crystal
Lake Middle School in Lakeland, South
Florida Community College in Lake
Placid and the Reformation Lutheran
United Way, AARP doing
taxes for free in Frostproof
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E. Leon Respress, 83, of Frostproof
passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012,
at his residence. ,
He was born April 7, 1928, in
Frostproof to the late Horace Iver~son
and Caroline Marie-Anna (Carroll)
Respress; and he was a lifelong resident
of the area. .
In hiis youth, he was a Boy Scout and
the projectionist for the Ramon Theatre
for many years. Following his military
service in Korea with the U.S. Army he
returned to Frostproof and served his
community in many capacities.
He was the former Frostproof Police
Chief, served on the City Council and
as a deputy constable in South Polk
County. He was a member and served
as a deacon at the Corinth Primitive
Baptist Church in Bereah~and enjoyed
fishing. He was a field foreman and
citrus buyer for Tropicana for over .
25 years, following his retirement
he became an independent citrus
Survivors include his wife of 64 years,
Jessie Respress; daughter, Rhonda
Juanita Gonzalez of Lake Wales passed
away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the
Winter Haven Hospital. She was 76.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.
John H. Andrews of Dundee passed
away Friday, March 30, 2012, at Astoria
Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was
85. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.
Words of Comfort
What the heart has once
owned and had, it shall
Henry Ward Beecher
For more Words of Comfort, go to
Page 8A Frostproof News
April 4, 2012
Joyce Duncan Violette, 53, of Lake
Wales passed away Sunday, April 1, ~
2012 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 25, 1958, in Lake
Wales and was a lifelong resident of the
She was a teacher at Union Academy
in Bartow and a thnember of the First
Presbyterian Church. She was ari an-
tiques collector, enjoyed shopping and
going to the beach.
Joyce was preceded in death by
her daughter, Alena Violette and he r
mother, Trudy Kirch Duncan.
Survivors include her husband of 32
years, TimViolette; two daughters, Marci
Violette of Lake Wales and KatiViolette of
Lake Wales; father, Brad Duncan of Lake-
land; brother, Alan Duncan of Atlanta,
Ga, a~nd one granddaughter, AlUli. .
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.
until the funeral
service at 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 5,
2012, 'at the First
Church in Lake
Wales with Rev.
Chad Reynolds :
ment will follow
at the Lake Wales i
For those Joyce Duncan Violette
who wish, ,
donations may be sent to the Lake
Wales Care Center, 140 E. Park Ave.,
Lake Wales, FL 33853. Condolences
may be sent to the family at www.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements. .
Mr. Jack L. Goodman; 76, passed
from his earthly home to his heavenly
home on March 31, 2012, due to renal
He was born in Bradenton, Fla., .
Dec. 31, 1935 and nioved to the Polk
County area in 1964 living in Lake
Wales a couple of years, then Babson
Park many years, and more recently
Jack graduated from Manatee High
School where he played football. After-
wards, Jack attended the University of
Miami while in the military. He served
as Crew Chief in the U.S. ~Air Force. He
owhed Jack's Auto Service in Babson
Park and later retired from Internation-
al Paper Company as a Field Systems
Engineer. He was a volunteer for the
Babson Park Fire Department for many
yeat's. Jack earned his Eniergency
Medical Technician (EMT) certifica-
tion while volunteering. He also rode
auxiliary with the Polk County Sheriff's
Department and the Florida Highw\ay
Patrol for many years. Jack was an avid
sports fan. He coached Lake Wales Lit-
tle League when his son w\as y;ou ng. He
transported the Lake Walers H igh School I
cheerleaders to many avay; foorbaill
games and summer camps when
his daughter was in school. Jack also
enjoyed boating on Crooked Lakie. He
made wood crafts after retirement. He
could fix almost anything and believed
in doing his best. What he enjoyed
most was being "Papa" to his grandson,
David A. Twiddy, III. He took any op-
portunity he could to spend time with
him. Jack was a member of First Baptist
Church of Bar-
tow. He attended
he was no longer
the military,; he
lish a Christian
church in South
Africa and loved
talking about the
deeper topics in
scripture. Jack Jack L.. Goodman
was preceded in
death by his son, Duane L. Goodman.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley
(Boykin) Goodman of Bartow; daughi-
ter, Kimberly Twiddy; son-in-law, David
Twiddy, and grandson; David A. Twviddy,
III, all of Tampa.
Jack will be remembered for his
devotion to family, service to the com-
munity, generosity, sense of humor,
storytelling, and his faith in the Lord
through his physical struggles. He
leaves a legacy of love.
Visitation is Thursday, from 6-8 p.m.
at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in
A graveside service is Friday at
10 a.m. at the Lake Wales Ceinetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can
be made in memory of Jack to Good
Shepherd Hospice, Lavender Team at
(863) 533-0203 or First Baptist Church
Bartow, 410 E. Church St., 33830.
Condolences may be sent to the family
at www.mariennelsonfuneralhome. com.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
cia (Frank) of
Jr. (Lynn) of
Grady Respress -a.~~ge Bet
(Donna) of Frost-
proof and Rich-
ard Respress of
and 10 great- E. Leon Respress
Visitation was held Sunday, April 1,
2012, at the Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Frostproof.
Funeral service was held Monday,
April 2, 201'2 at the First Baptist Church
in Frostproof. Interment followed at the
Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof.
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.
Angel Sierra of Lake Wales passed
away Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the
Lake Wales Medical Center.- He was 82.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.
Frances E. Campbell of Lake Wales
passed away Mond~ay, April 2, 2012. She
was 88. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is
handling the arrangements.
Words of Comfort
I am richer
for having known you. rt
The world called memory
is brighter by your
presence, oh some will sayI
you are gone but I know -
know that you, my friend,
are as close as ever.
a : -Tho'as),,
Joyce Duncan Violette
Jack L. Goodman
E. Leon Respress
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Highway Patrol, jail and fire
records. Not every arrest leads to a
conviction and guilt or innocence
is determined by the court system.
Rolando Mejia, 24, 23 Sharon Street
- violation of probation, possession of
marijuana, possession of paraphernalia
Bobby Mckenzie, 25, 110 W. 5th Street
- petit theft larceny, larceny-tamper-
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Anthony Sibrava, 45, 11 Bruce
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Jesus Mata-Romero, 27, 1082 Stewart
Avenue violation of probation.
Martin Jaimes, 21, East 8th Street,
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Frostproof- petit theft larceny and -
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over the last several years and try to
spread that knowledge wherever life
takes me in the future."
According to a report in the Atlanta
Journal Constitution, Richt was satis-
fied with the discussion he had with
"Carlton has decided to move on,"
Richt said. "He came to me and said
he has had discussions with his family
and had been thinking it through and
praying it through, and he summed it
up pretty nicely what his intentions are.
He wants to move on and try to find a
place where he'll get more playing time.
We wish him well."
Thomas, who finished the season
with 361 yards and two touchdowns
last season, as recently as January in a
school press release indicated he would
be back in Athens for his senior year.
"Coming back was really team deci-
sion," Thomas added. "You see all of
this talent coming back. There is lot of
upside to the defensive side of the ball
and we still have a lot of talent on the
offense. We're coming back with matu-
rity, experience and a lot to prove. Why
not come back and get what everyone
came here to get, a championship?
Everyone wanted to come back for the
team and to finish business."
He has not indicated where he might
transfer to at this point.
Georgia tailback, and former Frost-
-proof Bulldog star, Carlton Thomas has
decided to transfer.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt an-
nounced last Tuesday that Thomas has
decided to switch schools for his senior
season. Richt said he and Thomas dis-
cussed the decision and that.he wishes
him the best.
A native of Frostproof, Thomas has -
played in 27 career games including two
starts. His career totals include 159 car-
ries for 725 yards and four touchdowns.
"This decision was based solely
on the fact that this is my last year
to play and my parents and I felt like
it was the right move to make,'2 said
Thomas, according to the website www.
bulldawgsillustrated~com. "I want to
make more of an impact on the field.
I didn't want to disrupt Georgia's team -
and preparation for next season so I
made the final decision to leave earlier
rather than later in the year. x
"I have learned a lot from the coaches
during my time at Georgia and have
grown as a man so I appreciate the
opportunity that being a Bulldog has
given me," he added. "I connected with
the University of Georgia during ny
time in Ath'ens on _a personal level and
will never forget the relationships I de-
veloped and the life lessons I learned.
I know I will take everything I learned
Former Frostproof football star Cariton Thomas, who has spent the last three seasons in Georgia,
announced last week he will be leaving the school before his senior season.
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BHG celebrates newest crop of Top Dawgs
Ben Hill Griffin Elementary recently
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~-`"~e~p ~ 'c-;3 R ; ~- who have earned special recognition for
a variety of positive reasons. The group
r. -, includes: Alejandro Cruz-Balleza, Anett
'1 Arellano, Ashley Brooks, Autumn Balser,
Blanca Solis, Brenda Martinez, Briana
g o Pineda, Danielle Brantley, Denora Perez,
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I Kaleb Smith, Kendalyn Spurlock, Lauren
Lane, Leah Brown, Makayla Rhoden,
Marc Chavez, Mark Poe, McKenzie Hayes,
Myrna Perez, Sean Baerhold and
Frostproof's Ben Hill Griffin Elementary
School recently honored its"Top Dawgs"
1:~b a ~ rerw1 ~ rrs-~rfor February, students who have gone
above and beyond to earn recogni-
tion. They include: America Rodriguez,
Ana Alvarez, Anaya Aalberg, Angel
Babington, Angel Chavez, Angeline
Smith, Aurora Perez, Brayden March,
: %it~_~Pb~-~ eB~Bl1 Caleb Gutierrez, Clarisa Moreno Carrola,
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April 4, 2012
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Northbound traffic on U.S. 27 was backed up approximately one mile from the intersection of U.S. 27 and County Road 640, while Polk County Sheriff's Office
deputies directed traffic, preventing drivers from traveling U.S. 27 southbound due to a fatal crash.
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at County Road 640 until ap-
proximately 1:30 p.m., when it
opened -one lane. Prior to that, all
southbound U.S. 27 traffic was
detoured toward Babson 1Park.
The highway carnage began
on Friday, Oct. 28, when Lake-
Placid resident Melissa Cross-
man was killed when the car
in which she was a passenger
crossed the median just north of
County Road 630A into oncom-
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, a Frosts
proof man,- Efren Martinez
Flores, 56, was killed when a
car and semi truck collided.
The two vehicles then hit Paye's
Trailer Parts, which destroyed
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, a Lake
Wales man, Oliver Martinez
Garcia, lost his life when the
van he was riding in went out
of control on the northbound
lanes of U.S. 27 between 630A
and U.S. 98.
One Tuesday,.March 8, a
nine-vehicle pileup likely
caused by thick fog too~k the life
of motorcyclist Fred Wood of
Along what has become a
very deadly stretch of highway
is, among others, Bok Academy
a middle school for the Lake
SWales Charter Schools system
and Warner University.
A sixth victim, a Frostproof
bicyclist, was killed when
struck by a wide-load vehicle
just south of U.S. 98 on U.S. 27.
That accident occurred
Monday, Jan. 2.
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April 4, 2012
Diana Webster-Biehi and Tony Sackett share a chair during Saturday's "Bark For Life" fundraiser
event for the Frostproof Relay for Life which will occur in early May. Webster-Biehi was, as
always, bright with a smile and was on hand to not only support the cause, but also pay tribute
to her beloved Tiger, a rescue greyhound well known in the city, who passed away just the day
PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON Sd.
-If there had been a cutest, or smallest, dog contest, no doubt that it would have been hard to
beat Brana Keene and her 9-week old Rat Terrier. Looking on is Mom Sonja.
Winners in the "Best Spirit" category and first place in the costume contest aent to Justin and
Stacy Deen, and their dogs Heffner and Twinky, aka "The Tortoise and the Hare,"who were
anxious to "Race for a Cure"'
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McDonald and his partner Aztec, along with
Left: Getting into the Easter
spirit that's quite a
colorful bonnet is Maddie,
owned by Gayle Reeder.
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April 4 2012
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The ninth annual FFA (Future
Farmers of America) Beast Feast and
Auctions had attendees from mally
Central Florida communities Saturday,
The event, held at the Florida FFA
Leadership Training Center in Haines
City, featui-ed a variety of specialty food
items, such as (alli)gator fritters, frog
legs and swamp cabbage, as well as fare
normally found at such events: chicken,
beef, pulled pork, corn on the cob, fried
green tomatoes and homemade ice
In addition to the food there was
musical entertainment by Auburndale-
based Dixie llluegrass Express, and live
and silent.auctions. Items up for bid
included trips, admission to area at-
tractions, gift certificates, artwork and
crafts, gift baskets, furniture and other
coveted items, such as autographs from
sports and movie celebrities.
Proceeds from Beast Feast will
be used to benefit the Florida FFA
|- -- -W 3 .-
PHOTOS. BY STEVE STEINER What do frog legs taste like? Well, what do you
think? Frog legs, according to Amanda Woods,
Julia Morgan, a state officer with the Florida FFA, answers questions from the passenger in the "taste just like chicken." Make you want to leap
back seat. for joy?
Enjoying themselves whiile the younger generation tended to
the barbecue grills are (from left) Dewey Fussell of Polk City,
Charles Glark of Frostproof, and Sam Middlebrook of Polk City.
By STEVE BOUSQUET
TAMPA BAY TIMEs
TAL~TLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott con-
tinues to get a lot of advice from both
sides as he considers whether to sign
or veto a bill that spins off USF Poly-
technic in Lakeland into a 12th state
As Scott sipped on a bottle of~errier
in hiis Capitol office Thursday, he said he
has not made up his mind, but he framed
both sides' arguments as he sees them.
"The question on one side is going
to be, is this something that we can
afford. Can we afford a 12th university
when we know it's difficult," Scott said
in a Times/Herald interview, citing
multibillion-dollar budget deficits in his
first two years in office. "The other side
of it is that people in the Lakeland area.
think they're underserved. It's going to
be something I believe in science,
technology, engineering and math so
that's a real positive. But there's lots of
Scott acknowledged that whatever he
decides, one side won't be pleased.
"'I have people on both sides, and
they're calling," Scott said. "The people
in the Tampa area are very much op-
posed to it and the people in the Lake- ,
land area are generally very supportive
of it. And the rest of the state's not that
engaged in the debate."
If Scott does approve the bil (SB
1994), he would then have to appoint
members of the new Florida Polytech-
nic board of trustees. Asked whether
the new university's leading advocate in
the Capitol, Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake
Wales, has lobbied him on the bill, Scott
said: "Not since session ended."
The regular session adjourned March
Scott flashed his sense of humor
when he was asked whether he would
consider appointing Alexander to the
Poly board. "Wouldn't Judy (Genshaft,
USF president) want him on USF's
board?" Scott asked. "No one's asked me
that, and he hasn't asked-me that."
The Legislature hasn't sent Scott the
bill yet. After he gets it, he must act
within 15 calendar days. USF spokes-
man Michael Hoad said the university
has spoken with Scott's chief of staff,
Steve MacNamara, but can't tell which
way Scott is leaning.
"They're not giving us anything de-
finitive," H-oad said.
H-oad said USF has emphasized to the
governor's office that the school's first
priority is to protect the students and
faculty who are enrolled at the existing
USF Poly campus and to make sure that
the fledgling College of Pharmacy at
USF is protected.
Beast of a feast at 9th annual Beast Feast
Gov. Scott on fence on Poly split
Fire Rescue personnel recognized for heroic actions
Polk County Fire Rescue personnel were recognized ata Polk County School Board meeting for
saving the life of a school district employee. Present for the meeting were (from left) Deputy Chief
Mike Linkins, JoAnn Woods (the school district employee who was saved), Carl "Bubba" Gilileo III,
Tracy Verne, Glen Harshbarger, Jason LaManna, Nic Brown and Rescue (hief Benny Luke.
Sh~enff's office warns of scaml
Free Kids Fishing Derby this week
Page 2B SCMG Central Florida
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
heroes at the school board office that
day. Had they not acted, we would not
be doing this recognition tonight."
Leslie Roberts, president of Altra
Medical, provided HeartSaver Awards to
those involved in the rescue.
"I am proud to say this is the 45th life
saved by one of our clients," she said.
"Polke County has an excellent Public
Access Defibrillation Program with over
680 Philips defibrillators deployed, as
evident tonight with saving the life of
Polk County Fire Rescue, in conjunc-
tion with the county commissioners'
Organization &( Employee Develop-
ment, has begun teaching hands only
CPR to county employees,
The class is open to -any county
employee interested but class sizes are
limited. The class teaches hands only
CPR, which is chest compressions only
with no mouth-to-mouth contact, the
Heimlich maneuver and the proper use
of an AED.
"Compressions only CPR is easy to
learn and retain, and is effective when
used in cases of sudden cardiac arrest,"
Luke said. "Compressions only CPR,~
combined with early access to Auto-
mated External Defibrillators (AED's),
improves a victim's likelihood of surviv-
ing cardiac arrest."
Polk County Fire Rescue personnel
were recognized at the Feb. 28 school
board meeting for saving the life of a
school district employee in January.
On Jan. 2, the first day back for
Christmas break, JoAnn Woods col-
lapsed and went into full cardiac arrest.
Her co-workers at the Polk County
-Schools Learning Center, located on
the Bartow Airbase, quickly activated
their emergency response plan. 911 was
called, an AED retrieved and CPR was
Connie Shimko, nurse and AED coor-
dinator for the District's AED program,
said that a: shock was delivered in 97
Polk Courity Fire Rescue arrived
within minutes and took over CPR. The
Fire Rescue team of EMT RobiniGilileo,
Paramedic Tracey Verne, Lt. Njic Brown,
Carl Gilileo and Bryan Serdyhski were -
able to get a faint pulse before she was
transported to the hospital.
Polk County Rescue Chief Benny Luke
commended the School District team
and recognized the County Fire Rescue
team that responded.
"We feel our people on the scene
that day are heroes. They go out there
for 24 hours on their shift and make a
difference,"- he said. "But they could not
have done their job if it were not for the
City of BartodC oed. Garbage collection is
S .Polk County Courthouse: Clerk of Courts
offi pMai I rra e ope andao mail running
: Banks: Some banks are open, some are
Closed. Call your local branch before Friday for
Polk County: Closed
The offices of The take Wales News, The Polk
County, Democrat, The Fort Meade leader and The
Frostp~r~oo Nen s are all open for business.
cant step towards ensuring Florida is
the best place in the nation to create,
attract and retain jobs."
Pomk gained 2,200( jobs since Januuary
and employed people here increased
from last yerar, but the size of Polk's
labor force also shra nk\, co n r i butinlg to
the annual drop in unemployment.
In the February 2012' numbers,
271,798 w\ere in ie labor force ivid
244,562 employed and 27,236 unem-
ployed. In January 270,347 were in the
labor force and 241,787 were' employed
and 28,560 were unemployed.
In' February 2011, 273,812 were in the
labor force and 241,956 were employed
and 31,856 were unemployed.
Industries that showed the highest
job growth were retail, transportation,
private education and health services,
professional and business services, and
leisure and hospitality. Construction
and government sectors posted the
SweF REPORr -
Unempkiyment fell in Polk County
and statewide in February.
.Polk County's unemployment rate
seems to be heading in the night direction
as it dropped 0.6 percent mn February and
1.6 in the last year, statistics show.
That drop seems to reflect employ-
ment in the state as the numbers from
the Florida Department of Econo~mic
Opportunity showed the best numbers
since February 2009. The state rate
was 9.4 percent in February, a drop
of 1.7 percent in the last month and a
drop from 11.1 percent from Decem-
"Florida's drop in its unemployment
rate and increase in private sector .job~ --
creation ~continues to prove our state
is definitely headed mn the right direc-
tion," said Gov. Rick Scott. "The signing
of my 2012 Jobs and Economic Devel-
opment Package represents a signifi-
There's a Craigslist scam going on
and the Polk County Sheriff's Office is
warning residents not to fall prey.
Identity Theft Task Force detectives
have received several reports recently
concerning a new and serious real
estate scam utilizing the free online
advertising service "Craigslist."
Suspects, usually located overseas
in remote areas that make it difficult
for U.S. law enforcement to prosecute,
copy ads found elsewhere on the
Internet for properties for sale or rent
by real estate agencies, including the
pictures, addresses and descriptions
of the properties, and then re-post
them' on Craigslist for well below
market value under their name or fake
Buyers who fall for the hoax send
the full purchase price or a deposit to
the suspect's bank account, and wait -
for contracts or deeds to be delivered.
Meanwhile, the "seller" takes the
money and never contacts the buyer
Suspects often receive money from
several buyers on the same falsely
advertised piece of property. -
This is a variation of the "Nigerian
scam," which entails conning people
into sending or wiring money overseas.
Here are some warning signs from
the sheriff's office to avoid scams such
*Scam "bait" items include apart-
ments, laptops, TVs, cell phones,
tickets, and other high value items.
*Common countries currently
include: Nigeria, Romania, United
Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Neth-
erlands but could be anywhere.
*Apartment listing may be local, but
landlord/owner is "travelling" or "relo-
cating" and needs you to wire money
to them abroad.
*Deal often seems too good to be
true: the price~ls too low, .the rent is
below market value, etc.
*There is a sense of urgency -
scam artists count on decisions made
Here are some tips from Identity Theft
detectives to avoid being victimized:
Only deal with landlords or renters
local to you.
*Do a Web search for the renter's
name to see what comes up.
*Do a Web search for the property
address to see if there are other, legiti-
Craigslist advises the following
information-in order to help avoid
*Deal locally with people you can
meet in person.
*Never wire funds \ia W~estern
Union or through Mlone\ Gram.
*Craigslist is not in\olved in any
transaction and does not handle pay;-
ments, guarantee transaction provide
escrow services or offer buyer protec-
tion or seller certification.
*Never give out financial
*Avoid deals involving shipping or
escrow services and know that only
a scammer will "guarantee" your
*Do not rent housing without see-
ing the interior, and do not purchase
expensive items sight-unseen,
*Do not submit to credit checks
or background checks for a job or for
housing until you have met the inter-
viewer or landlord/agent in person.
To report what you believe may be
a scam, contact the Internet Fraud
Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov
or the Federal Trade Commission at
information, call (863) 298-6200.
'The ~Flo rida` Fi sh and Wildlife Con-~
servation Commissi~on has a free Kids
Fishing Derby and more from 8 a.m;
1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at its Tenoroc
You th Co nserv-a rio n Center and Fish
Management Area in Lakeland.
Rods, reels, cane poles and bait will
be provided to participants ages 15
and younger, but they are welcome to
bring their own fishing equipment. Ac-
companying adults may also fish with
their children,.but they must provide
their own equipment and bait.
Sen. Paula Dockery will kick off the
free Kids Fishing Derby festivities.
A number of other activities for the
family are planned, including a dem-
onstration byi FWC Officer Joe Wolff
and K-9 Mojo. The team will show how
they detect illegally taken fish and
wiildlife that poachers try to hide.
There will also be an egg hunt, crafts,
kids' games and a casting contest.
In addition, a hayride through Teno-
roc will provide an up-close look at .
how the FWC and Florida Department
of Environmental Protection have
restored wetlands and how wetlands
function throughout much of the old
phosphate mine and Upper Saddle
Swieetbay will provide lunch to all
Facilities at Derby Lake, where the
event is being held, are accessible to
persons with disabilities.
Tenoroc Youth Conservation Cen-
ter and Fish Management Area is five
minutes off Interstate 4 in northeast
Lakeland. From exit 38 on I-4, go south
on State Road 33 about one mile to
County Road 659, then one mile to
Tenoroc Mine Road on the left. Take
Tenoroc Mine Road 2.5 miles to the
stop sign and area office by Derby
People must register in advance by
calling (863) 648-3200.
For information, email
Barbara. Guglio tti@MyFWC.com.
Adults throughout the state can also
have a fishing freebie that day, be-
cause Saturday, April 7, is a statewide
license-free freshwater fishing day. It
is the first of four license-free days set
Employment seems to be
improving mn Polk, statewide
\ Area openings and closings for Good Friday
,dol County Schools: Student and paraedu-
,rator holiday, but the district offices are open..
.Lake Wales Charter Schools: Studelits and
teachers are off. The Charter office is open.
. City of take Wales: Open ~
Republic Garbage- Runilng rollies as usual.
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SCMG Central Florida Page 3B
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By ROD SANTA ANA
Citrus growers worldwide who cur-
rentljr have no cure for a devastating,
tree-killing disease may soon find relief
from an unlikely source: spinach.
Dr. Erik Mirkov, a Texas AgriLife `
Research plant pathologist at the Texas
AgriLife Research and Extension Center
at Weslaco, has transferred two genes
from spinach into cirrus trees, appar-
ently providing resistane to citrus
greening disease, or Huang longbing,
often referred to as HLB.
The transgenic trees have shown
resistance ihn greenhouse trials and will
soon be planted in Florida for field test-
ing, he said.
The research is funded by Southern
Gardens Citrus, a large citrils and juice
producer in southern Florida.
"This project started with a three-year
grant from the U.S. Department ofAg-
riculture when the interest was to find
resistance to citrus canker," Mirkov said. -
"But then citrus' greening moired into
Florida. Both are bacterial diseases, but
citrus greening devastated the industry
far worse than canker did."
Mirkov knew that spinach proteins
had bjroad-spectrium resistance against
multiple bacteria and fungi, and started
testing his transgenic trees against
"We injected canker into the leaves- of
transgenic plants with one spinach gene
Page 48 SCMG Central Florida
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
holds an orange that
is showing signs
San Juan Teae I
of Food and Agricul-
ture said that citrus
greening, also known
has been discovered in
in a residential neigh-
borhood of Los Angeles
By TRACIE CONE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A citrus disease that has kiled millions
of citrus trees and cost growers billions of
dollars across Florida and Brazil has been
detected in California, despite the indus-
try's best efforts to keep it athaay.
After a week of testing the U.S. Depat-
ment of Agriculture confirmed at noon
Friday that citrus greening was detected
in a lemon-grapefruit hybrid tree in a
residential neighborhood of Los Angeles
County. Sales and shipments of citrus trees
within a 5-mile radius of the tr-ee were due
to be suspended Satu~rday.
The disease stands to threaten not only
California's nearly $2 billion citrus indus-
try, but treasured backyard trees scattered
'Tu nln bein s s called the world's
worst disease of citrus," said Dr. Robert
Leavritt of the California Departmnent' of
Food and Agriculture. "It ha~id been present
until now in all of the world's major citras
producing areas except California.
The bacterial disease, also known as
huanglongbing, is carried by the Asian
citrus psyllid and attacks a tree's vascular
system, producing bitter fruit and event~
ally killing the tree. Sap-sucking pysllids
that feed on an infected tree become carri~
ers of the disease.
It is not a threat to humans.
"It's disappointing," said Joel Nelson of
California Citrus Mutual. "Now we'll see if
this great program that we believe we have
in place is going to work."
State officials were working on larger
quarantine that would extend into north-
emn Orange County. The closest com-
mercial grove is 14 miles away from the
Detection of the disease has been
state citrus growers' fear since the bug
first crossed into San Diego County from
Mexico in 2008, potentially threatening
California's fresh citrus market. Despite 25
years ofworldwide research, there still are
no biological or genetic controls for the :
disease that keeps fruit from ripening.
SThe disease is present in Mexico and
aCTOss the southern U.S., but nowhere is
the problem more severe than in Florida,
where the disease first appeared in 2005.
The University of F~lonida estimates it has
cost 6,600 jobs, $1.3 billion in lost revenue
to growers and $3.6 billion in lost eco-
The pest and the disease also are pres-
ent in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Soulth
Carolina. The states of Arizona, Mississippi
and Alabama have detected the pest but
not the disease.
California growers and state agricultural
officials have been aggressively trapping
and testing bugs for the disease since the
first sighting four years ago.
"This is the other shoe dropping," said
Ted Batkin of the California Citrus Re-
search Board. "We're prepared, and now
we'll put our game face on."
SThe industry group will ramp up trapping
efforts and increase testing samples in an
effort to keep the disease from crossing into
the San Joaquin Valley, where 80 percent of
the state's citrus grows. California growers
have been contributing $15 million a year
to fund efforts to fight both' the psyllids
and the disease on top of state and federal
programs to fight its spread.
"We've been fortunate that we have
been able to learn from the experiences of
Other citrus-growing areas of the world,"
Leavitt said. "They didn't know they had
the psyrllid or the disease until it was too
late. We have learned from their scientists
and have taken a proactive approach."
State officials are making arrangements
to remove and dispose of the Los Angeles
County tree, which so far is the only one
found to be infected. They also wlill spray
all citrus trees for psyllids within a half-
mile of the infected tree. Testing on tissue
samples from other trees within the half-
mile radius is ongoing.
State officials are unsure why Los Art-
geles County has a higher rate of psyid
infestations than areas closer to the Mexi-
can border. But officials are investigating
whether the bugs are hitchhiking through
airports and seaports.
The Asian citrus psyllid is seen in this University of Florida photo. The bacterial disease is carried-
by the Asian citrus psyllid and attacks the vascular system of trees.
and found that the bacterial lesions
didn't spread," he said. "'But we also
showed that transgenic plants infected
in the rootstock with citrus greening
disease flourished and produced lots of
leaves, while the non-transgenic trees
produced just one leaf."
With good greenhouse results, those
first generation transgeniic trees were
taken to the field in 2009, Mirkov said.
After 25 months of growth, some of the
transgenic trees never showed infection,
while 70 percent of the non-transgenic
control trees did.
In the meantime, Mirkov developed ~
improved second-, third and fourth-
generation transgenic trees by adding
a second spinach gene and improving
how and where the genes expressed
"Citrus greening is a bacterial disease
that affects the vascular system of the
tree, or phloem," he said. "It basically
shuts off the tree's ability to take up and
use water and nutrients, causing the
tree to die. We were able to improve the
transgenic trees by having the genes
express themselves in the vascular
Mirkov also found that while one ,
spinach gene is more effective than the
other, they work better together than
they do alone.
"The first field trial involved trans-
genic trees using only the weaker of
the two genes, but it worked; it gave
us encouragement," he said. "By using
both genes, we're hoping to get immu-
nity so that trees are never infected in
It's this fourth generation of trans-
genic trees that Mirkov said will likely
be taken through the lengthy and costly
deregulation process that declares the
fruit safe to eat.
"It's an expensive process that in-
volves contracts with firms that do the
actual testing with rats, bees, an aquatic
invertebrate, maybe a song-bird,"
he said. "It could take three to four
years to complete, but it's important
to determine that the fruit produced
from transgenic trees are safe to eat,
especially by what are considered at-
risk groups, which include infants, the
elderly and those with compromised
That's also the reason Mirkov works ~
only with genes and proteins found in
"I decided seven years ago when this
program started that if the proteins
were not commonly eaten, we wouldn't
work with them."
Mirkov's transgenic work in citrus
'currently includes Rio Red and Ruby
Red grapefruits, Hamlin and Mai'rs
sweet oranges, Rhode Red Valencia
oranges and three rootstocks: Flying
Dragon, C22 and Carrizo.
Mirkov said he meets several times a
year with federal agencies to keep them
abreast of his progress. They include
the Food and Drug Administration, the
Environmental Protection Agency and
the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"There are lots of regulations and
requirements to meet, but without
immunity to citrus greening, the entire
world's citrus industry is at risk. Cit-
rus greening is a citrus grower's worst
nightmare because at this point, there is
no cure. It can spread for years before it
can be detected, so it's insidious, to say
RayPrewett, president of Texas Citrus
Mutual, a commodity group in Mission,
said Mirkov's work is important and
"The majority of the support for
Dr. Mirkov's research has come from
Florida, but the Texas citrus industry
has provided some financial support as--
well," he said. "The entire U.S. citrus in-
dustry is placing a lot of hope and faith
on the outcome of this research. Our in-
dustry is using all of the currently avail-
able tools to fight the disease recently
found in Texras, bjut we are counting on
disease-resistant trees as our best long
Citrus- greening is thought to have
originated in China in the early 1900s,
according to the USDA website. It is
primarily spread by two species of psyl-
lid insects. Greening was detected in
Florida in 2005 and earlier this yea mn
the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
It is not harmful to humans, but has
harmed trees in Asia, Africa, the Arabiari
Peninsula and Brazil.
Agency: Dreaded citrus
Spinach genes may stop deadly citrus di se as e
FEELN I a
Miller named Employee of the Month
BOSTICK HEART CENTER
AN AFFILIATE OF THE JNiuErsiTn OF ILORIDA
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE 4hD IMANDS NELPLCALP Y
SCMG Central Florida Page SW
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Cornerstone Hospice &( Palliative
Care Inc. leadership is in Washington,
D.C. this week. After a constructive
meeting, the group is pictured outside
the office of 12th District U.S. Rep.
Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, with Florida
Hospice & Palliative Care organiza-
tion's Presideixt, Paul Ledford are
Deborah Harley, executive director
and Rhonda White, VP Compliance
among other hospice advocates for -
Capitol Hill Day 2012. Meeting today
focused on the challenges facing hos-
pices and to ask Ross for his support.
to preserve and protect the Medicare
hospice benefit. .
According to the National Hospice
and Palliative Care Organization, hos-
pices are facing unprecedented reim-
bursement and regulatory challenges
and are bracing for the impact of
multiple Medicare rate cuts and new
regulations. New bipartisan legislation
has been introduced in both cham-
bers of Congress that would. allow a
hospice payment reform demonstra-
tion program to evaluate~ proposed
payment revisions for hospices that
would be more in line with the op-
erational realities of hospice services
and avoid potential harm to Medicare
hospice funded patient care.
Secondly, legislation would create
a more frequent hospice certification
survey of every three years. Currently
the majority of hospices are surveyed
for certification every 6-8 years.
Florida hospices are committed to ac-
countability and would welcome more
This legislation proposes that the
2010 regulation of a face-to-face
encounter by a hospice physician
or nurse practitioner on or before
the day of a patient's admission be
extended to within seven days of a
patient's enrollment into a hospice
program. If a physician or nurse prac-
titioner is not available to evahiate
the patient immediately, the current
law has caused additional costs to
~hospices and delayed care for many
patients and their families. NHPCO
indicates that passage of this legisla-
tion is necessary to preserve access to
hospice for future generations.
People from Cornerstone Hbspice went to Washington, DLC, for Capitol Hill Day to ask Rep. Dennis
Ross, R-Lakeland, for his support to preserve aiid protect the Medicare hospice benefit. Here the
group is outside Ross' office and they are florida Hospice & Palliaitive Care organization's Presi-
dent, Paul Ledford (front row left) are Deborah Harley, executive director (back row right) and
Rhonda White, VP Compliance (front row right).
More than 7 million Americans cur- ~
ren~tly abuse prescription drugs, ac-
cording to the 2009 Substance Abuse
,and Mental Health Services Administra-
tion's National Survey on Drug Use and
Health. Each day, about 2,500 teens use
prescription drugs to get high for the
first time according to the Partnership
for a Drug Free America. Studies show
that a majority of abused prescription
drugs are obtained from family and
friends, including the home medicine
There are eight locations for people
to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted
human and pet medications for safe
and proper disposal. They should be
placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.
Drop-off locations are:
*Florida Department ofTransporta-
tiori, 801 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow
which is hosted by Bartow Police
*Lake Wales Police Department,
133 East Tillman Ave., Lake Wales .
*Haines City Police Department,
354001 U.S. 27, Haines City .
Auburndale Police Department,
2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale
*Davenport Police Department,
17 Market St., Davenport
*Lake Alfred Police Department,
190 N. Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred
*Lakeland Police Department,
219 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland
Winter Haven Police Department,
125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter
For folks unable to attend on April 28,
unwanted medications may also be
taken to the county's permanent dr~op
site, at the Winter Haven. Police Depart-
ment, 125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, Win-
ter Haven, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For information contact StandUP
Polk at (863) 802-077'7.
Florida Hospital Foundation
remembers Sam White
The Florida Hospital Heartland Medi-
cat-Center Foundation had a memorial
dedication on March 22 for a former
devoted lioard mem-
ber, Patrick A. (Sam)
White, who passed
away in 2011.
Sam, who was ~a
friemrl to all, served as
a Foundation board
member for six years
and was instrumental
in the Heart & Vas-
cular Center Fund-
raising Campaign in
Sebring and shared,
through: his own ex-
perience, why having
this specialized ser-
vice available for the
nity was so' crucial. A
bench that sits along
the reflection pond at
FHHMC in Sebring is From left, Jason Liste
now dedicated to his Cameron White, Dr.
great name. Dalton Lister and Pe!
"Sam loved being outdoors, around
water, and enjoyed feeling the warmth
of the sun,".said Jamie Bateman,
Foundation Executive Director. 'The
fact that the bench we are dedicating
to him is' in direct vievi of the hospf,
tal's chapel also reflects Sam's belief
and the peace he felt with God."
FHHMC CEO and President Tim -:
Cook, Foundation board members,
and FHHMC Director of Pastoral
Care Linda Lynch all reflected on how
Sam's legacy will continue to live on
throughout the Heartland
Lori Hall, left, is congratulated by ER Director
Lori Miller, Health Unit Coordina-
tor in the Emergency Department, was
named Employee of the Month for
February at Lake Wales Medical Center.
She has been with LWMC since
In nominating her, a coworker wrote,
"Lori helps everyone in the ER and
considers everything 'her job.' She really
cares about the people and the patients,
and takes care of us all. Lori is always
on top of the day-to-day tasks that may
be overlooked by others. She goes above
and beyond every day."
Drug Take-Back Day
coming this month
National Prescription Drug Take-Back
Day is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat-
urday, April 28, for citizens who want
to -dispose of unwanted and unused
er, Kelly White-Lister, Linda White, Hannah White,
Norm Stephens, FHHMC Foundation Chair, and
ice seeks support in DC
Nationally recognized heart care is right here. -
That's the Bostick advantage. I
Laughing in the face of danger
more playful, to look at the absurdi-
ties of life as humorous, you see some
, incr-ease in wellbeing," said study co-
author Andrea Samson, a postdoctoral
Body of knowledge
Your pupils contract just before you
Get me that. STAT!
In a published study of 4,775 smok-
ers with lung cancer and 2,835 smokers
without it, Penn State College of Medi-
cine researchers report that people who
smoked within 30 minutes of waking in
the morning were 1.79 times as likely to
develop lung cancer than. people who
waited at least an hour before their first
puff of the day.
Tyer's Hope for Dystonia Cure raises $100,000 for research
Pa~ge 6B SCMG Central Florida
Wednesday, April4, 2012
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A co-worker
told me everyone over 50 should be
taking a glucosamine-chondroitin
supplement for joint health,
What is your perspective on this? -
ANSWER: Does you co-worker mean
that glucosamine-chondroitin prevents
arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis? If
so, I don't agree.
Glucosamine has a large fan base for
the treatment of osteoarthritis. That's
the most prevalent kind of arthritis, the
kid that comes from the wearing away
of joint cartilage. A joint is the place
where two bones meet. The ends of
those bones are covered with cartilage
to permit the joint to bend smoothly
and comfortably. With age, joint carti-
lage fragmentsland thins. That exposes
the bone ends' to rub against each
Other, a painful situation. Osteoarthritis
is the result.
.Glucojsamine is derived from the
shells of crabs, -lobsters or shrimp. It
is also synthetically made. It's said to
restore integrity to jo~in cartilage. -
Chocndroitin coines from bovine or
shark cartilage. It, too, is said to rej uve -
nate joint cartilage.
Neither substance, alone or together,
area of the brain or it travels through
the entire brain. A localized seizure
(small area of brain activated) is one
where a person stares into space
briefly, and is hardly noticed by others.
Or it can be one where only an arm or
leg jerks. A generalized seizure (entire
brain activated) is one that spreads
throughout the brain and gives rise to a
more dramatic manifestation. The per-
son drops to the ground, and the arms
and legs jerk a grand mal seizure.
Heart seizure isn't a term much used by
medical people. It again denotes a sudden
and serious heart disorder such as a heart
attack or a heart rhythm abnormality that
prevents the heart from pumping blood.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My brother
and I suffer from post-traumatic stress
disorder. On a visit to my brother, my
mother developed a high fever and was
rushed to the emergency room. Her
heart was beating rapidly. A doctor gave
her a shot, and she died immediately.
My brother and I have avoided doctors
ever since. Ifl do see one, I become
anxious and my blood pressure goes
through the roof. My brother reacts the
same. We get good blood pressure read-
ings at home. What are we to do? Our
doctor insists on taking blood pressure
in the office. Anon.
ANSWER: You have a couple of
choices. One is to find a doctor who
will accept your home blood pressure
readings. Or have your current doctor
arrange for you to wear a monitor that
records your pressure for a full 24 hours
or longer, The doctor should accept
High blood pressure is one of the
most common ailments for the general
population. The booklet on it describes
what it does and how it's treated.
Readers can order a copy by writing:
Dr. Donohue No. 104, Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a
check or money order (no cash) for
$4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient's
printed name and address. Please allow
four weeks for delivery.
Dr Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him
or request an order form of available
health newsletters at RO. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
also order health newsletters from www.
has proven to achieve the goals claimed
I do know many people who are
ardent fans of these products. To them
I say this: If you are convinced that they
help your osteoarthritis, continue to
use them. I happen to be a disbeliever,
And I definitely cannot recommend
them as preventatives for osteoarthritis.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please write
about heart seizures and epileptic sei-
zures. What is the difference between
the two? B. I
ANSWER: An epilepsy seizure comes
about from the sudden discharge of
brain- cell-generated electric current.
The discharge takes place in a small
A Stanford University study reports
that humor, especially the positive
kind, helps people better cope with -
frightening or disturbing events by
forcing a change of perspective and a.
nlew appraisal. Negative humor works
too, but not as well.
Writing in the journal "Cognition
and Emotion," the Stanford scientists
showed study volunteers a series of
specialized images categorized by their
emotional content. After viewing the, .
pictures car crashes, corpses, scary
ah~imals, dental exams the partici-
piants were asked to rate the intensity
of their emotions, positive or negative.
Between the two steps, however, the
volunteers were asked to re-interptet
an image and improvise a joke about -
it. It didn't have to be uplifting humor.
The researchers found that subjects
w~ho made any kind of quip experl-
enced a boost in positive emotions and
a decrease in negative emotions. The
more~positive the subject's humor, the
bigger the boost.
"If you are able to teach people to be
utes, held by Patrick Bertoletti.
Patient One: You're looking gloomy.
Patient Two: MVy doctor thiriks I'm
Patient One: He told you that?
Patient Tw~Io: No, but I can tell.
h"I the doctor cu es the sun` sees it; if
-- Scottish proverb
"Office stairs "
Dr. Fuepd Roberts, Brookland, Ark.
To fmd out more about Scott LaFee
and read features by other Creators
Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit
the Creators Syndicate website at wwwu.
: Tylers H~ope for a Dvstonia Cure has
presented $100,000 to the UF Cenlter for
ig~ovement Disorders and Neurorestora-
tion to establish The Tyler's Hope Season of
Hopefecllosip orclncal training and -
research in dy;stonia, Parkinson's disease :
and movement disorders.
The money wLill establish a yearly fellow-
ship, so we will be able to meet that critical
need for more specialists` in dystonia aid
garkinson's disease,"~ said Michael S. Okin~ :
co-director of theCenter for Movement
Disorders and Neurorestoration.
The gift was announced F~riday, March
16, at the 5th annual Think Tank on Novel ~
Approaches to a Cure for DYTT-1 Dystonia at
the Mc~lnight Brain Institute of the Uni-
versity of Flonda.Dystonia is a movement
disorder that causes the muscles to contract
and spasm involuntarily.
The money for the fellowship was raised -
during the past two Season of Hope 5K/ 15K
13uns sponsored by Tyler's Hope and the
Center for Movement Disorders.
The events, held during December in
Gainesville, attracted about 200 runners in
7f010,n andore Ehan- 300 in 2011.
"Dr. Okuln midl hjis team deserve allI the~ '.
aslpport wve canl g\iv. I thlink they have the
besr pla~e in the woi:rld f~or these movement
disorders," said Rick Staab, president and
founder of~Iyler's Hope."
A gift was also presented to Rick and Mi-
chelle Staab and Leslie Okunfor organizing
the Season of Hope runs.
; The Staabs have two children with dysto-
raia who have received trea~tmerit at the UF
CenterforMovement Disorders. Their son
Tylet, 14, arid daughter Samantha, ll, were
diagnosed with the condition when they
were 7 and have undergone deep brain
stinullation, that has enabled them to walk-
Samantha was one of the participants
in thesecond Season of Hope 5K/15K Run.
But only a year before, Samantha was in
a wheelchair and had a hard time even
sitting up straight because her body was so
twisted. After deep brain stimulation ALnd
months of grueling physical therapy, she
wias able to walk and even occasionally
jog in the run this December.
The 3rd annual Season of Hope 5K/15K
Run is scheduled for IDee. 8 in Gainesville
and a Season of Hope run will asl-, be held
Nov.3 in Charilotte, N.C., where Staab said
they have family and supporters.
'Okun said the new fellowship is impor-
tant because there aren't enough clinician-
'scientists trained in dystonia, Parkinson's
disease and movement disorders treatment
and research. This is due, in large part, to a
lack of federal funding for this type of train-
ing. But at the same time, as the popula-
tion ages, these conditions become more
Overall, Tyler's Hope ha committed
more than $1.3 million in pledges and
contributions to UF to support dystoriia
research at the Center for Movemrent Disor-
ders and Netirorestoration.
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Life in big macs
One hour of vacuuming burns 238
'calories (based on a 150-pound person)
or the equivalent of 0.3 Big Macs with
36 million number of pounds of
ground turkey meat recently rcaille~d by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
for fear of contamination by salmonella
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Never say diet
The world's speed-eating record for
Key Lime pie is 10.8 pounds in 8 min-
Florida Hospital gets rare Bible collection
Florida Hospital take Placid got a donated collection of rare, international Bibles from its
chaplain, Juan Colon, and wants people to see it.The new Bible collection is housed inside
the chapel and features uniqtie sections from around the world with many languages,
formats and sizes throughout the centuries.Colon's personal collection numbers more than
350 Bibles, which he shared last year in a traveling display to three local Florida hospitals.
He began collecting Bibles to emphasize the universality of the Bible as the word of God.
Colon will be retiring later this year and considers this his "legacy" to carry on the word of
God. Pictured are Director of Chaplaincy Linda Lynch, Chaplain Juan Colon and Adminis-
trator Warren Santander.
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Cut each bell pepper in half length-i
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make dressing and add onion, cabbage,
carrots and sunflower seeds. Fill (pack)
each bell pepper half with salad.
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Instructor. She teaches at The Univer-`
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team up 1
Polk County Fire Rescue will take to
the streets the first three Fridays in April
to raise money for the Muscular Dystro-
phy Association through their signature .
"Fill the Boot" drive.
For more than half a century, the Inter-
national Association of Firefighters mem-
bers have stood by the MDA, striving to
make a difference in the lives of those
affected by neuromuscular diseases.
The IAFF is the single largest sponsor
of the Muscular Dystrophy Associa-
tion; all across the country firefighters
participate in the "Fill the Boot" drive,
including the men and women of the
Polk County Professional Fire~fighters.
"I have had the privilege of represent-
ing Polk County Fire Rescue at several
MDA events," said Chief David Cash.
"They truly do an amazing job and are .
a dependable. source of help, hope and
encouragement for those suffering with
The money raised in Polk County
stays in the county to help fund pro-
gram services, including free clinic
visits; assistance with the purchase
and repairs of wheelchairs, leg braces
The warm weather is here. With the
season's change, our food menu chang-
es as well. Cool, refreshing fare replaces
steaming soups, stews, and casseroles.
What remains constant, however win-
ter or summer is our bodies' demand
for nutrienits which prevent, slow, or
even reverse chronic diseases and pre-
A diet rich in fresh, unprocessed-food
from the plant world, namely veg-
etables, fruits, nuts, seeds grains, and
legumes (beans), is packed with vita-
mins, minerals, antioxidants, and other
powerful disease-fighters and health
From day one, we are subjected to
numerous environmental toxins and .
ones internally manufactured by the
body as a byproduct of metabolism.
Substances in natural, "unabused" food
provide us with protection as well as the
building blocks to mend and regenerate
healthy tissues; prevent bodily deterio-
ration and the malfunctioning of the
immune syste~m. Fiber,- also abundant
in produce, is a crucial component in
the maintenance of a well functioning
digestive system the foundation of
Salads, delicious, colorful medleys of
fresh, nutrition-packed vegetables can
be made in minutes. They particularly
suited for hot weather, but should be
consumed daily year round. They may -
also -be expanded to include chunks of
fish, lean meat, eggs, andlor beans, to
form a satisfying and complete meal.
A combination of raw veggies with
cooked ones, are another option.
Some vegetable nutrition is better
absorbed when lightly cooked. For
this reason and for variety sake, eat
both raw and cooked ones. Prolonged
cooking destroys some vitamins and
other fragile nutrients; briefly steaming
or sauteing them are the best cooking
To help expedite meal preparation,
some ingredients can be cooked on
weekends for 2-3 meals in advance
and added to salads: brown rice, millet,
beans, diced and steamed potatoes, for
example. Veggies for several meals may
be washed and refrigerated in an air-
tight container or Ziploc. (Do not wash
vegetables or fruit too far in advance or
they thnight rot!)
Basic vinaigrette salad dressing is
made from wine vinegar or lemon juice,
1 small cucumber
1/ cup pitted olives, chopped
V/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch
2 scallions, finely sliced
4 oz smoked kipperedd) herring or
2 hard boiled eggs, quartered
2.tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
%/ teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
Salt and pepper
In a large bowl make dressing. Peel
and cut the cucumber in half length-
wise. Slice and add to dressing along,
with lettuce, spinach, scallions, bell
pepper, tomatoes and olives. Place on
serving plates. Flake fish into bite-sized
pieces arid sprinkle on salad. Top with
STUFFED BELL PEPPER
2 small green bell peppers
1/ cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup cabbage shredded
1 carrot, grated
tablespoons roasted sunflower
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
olive oil, salt and pepper and stored in
a jar ready for dinner.~ For each salad it
may be varied in flavor with a chopped
fresh herb, crumbled feta or blue cheese
Someone once said: "Life expectancy
would grow by leaps and bounds if
vegetables tasted like bacon". Transla-
tion: "someone" did not have a clue
how to make great-tasting salads, but:
did know the enormously positive effect
vegetables have on.overall health! Let
your imagination flourish; become a
salad artist. Pilei your plate daily with
.endless combinations of scrumptious
and colorful salads.The following Can be
served with toasted whole grain bread
or pita, or a baked potato.
0.85 lb cooked, boneless, or rotisserie
1 large tomato, diced
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely
12 fresh basil leaves, ~chopped
3 large leaves Romaine lettuce,
2-1/2 tablespoons wine vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
v/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
V2 cup crumbled feta cheese
In a lar e.bowl whisk dressing to-
gether. Add all other ingredients.
4 large Romaine lettuce leaves, shred-
2 cups baby spinach, torn
2 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped
* Skin Diseases/ Cancer
* High Cholesterol
Firefighters Mtill be asking for donations Friday
April 6, 13 and 20 at the following intersections'
Old 37 and Main Street, Bradley Junction
U.S. 27 and Alturas Babson Park Cutoff Road,
U.S. 92 and Combee Road, Lakeland
Cypress Gardens Blvd and Cypress Gardens Road,
.U.S. 98 And Clubhouse Road, Highland City
U.S. 60 and Buckmoore Road, Golfyiew
U.5, 17 and Snively Avenue, Winter Haven
S. Florida Avenue and Pipkin Road, Lakeland
State Road 559 and 1-4, Polk City
U.S. 98 and Marcum Road, Lakeland
U.S. 27 and 1-4, Davenport
Bailey Road and Shepherd Road, Willow Oak
U.S. 27 and U.S. 544, Lake Hamilton
Cypress Parkway and Marigold Avenue, Poinciana
and communication devices; physical,
occupational, and respiratory therapy
consultations; support groups and
summer camp for children. The money
raised also helps fund several ongoing
research projects in search of better
treatments and cures.
Salads: Health-booster rainbows in a bowl
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Diplomate of the American
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
treatment could help restore heart
ment would be from current attempts Blood Institute. Originally funded in left ventricle with each heartbeat in-
he to prevent further damage and main- 2007, the network received the first creased slightly just under 3 percent
tain status quo, to one of repair and/or federal funding for cooperative studies but notably. A normal percentage for
s at replacement of darnaged blood vessels of so-called adult stem cells, in which blood pumped from the left ventricle is
al and heart muscle." patients are treated with cells taken 55 percent to 70 percent. Patients en-
Almost 6 million people in the United from their own bodies. rolled had 45 percent or lower pumping
States have heart failure, according to "Studies such as these are able to volume when they started the study.
that the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood be completed much faster because of The improvement in blood flow was
Institute. The condition affects both the team approach of the network," also linked to increased proportions of
children and adults and can involve one said network director Sonia Skarlatos, blood-forming bone marrow stem cells
or both sides of the heart. Heart failure Ph.D., who is also deputy director of called CD34+ and CD133+. The results
alre occurs when damage from conditions the division of cardiovascular sciences were more striking among patients who
such as coronary heart disease, high at the National Heart Lung and Blood were younger than 62, compared with
:xas blood pressure and diabetes cause the Institute. patients who were 62 or older. This in-
Sheart to lose its ability to effectively Patients who had heart failure and/or formation will help researchers identify
ota purihp sufficient amounts of blood to. chest pain, called angina pectoris, but which patients are most likely to benefit
;ity. the body's organs. were not eligible for standard surgical from cell therapy based on the cell com-
li- Nicknamed FOCUS, the study of treatment to improve blood flow, were position of a person's bone marrow.
d 92 adults is the largest of its kind in randomly selected to receive either "This study moves us one step closer
lid this group of patients. The work was stem cell treatment or a placebo that to being able to help patients with
conducted between 2009 and 2011st did not contain the cells being investi- severe heart failure who have no other
the five centers, which are part of the gated. alternatives," said FOCUS principal
" Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research In patients treated with stem cell investigator James T. Willerson, M.D.,
Network, a national consortium funded therapy, the percentage of oxygen-rich president and medical director of the
by the NIH National Heart; Lung an~d blood being pumped out of the heart's Texas Heart Institute.
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical
Center's Mission is to extend the heal-
ing ministry of Christ especially to
The Children's Museum of the High-
lands has partnered with Florida Hospi-
tal to update an interactive educational
area featuring hands-on healthcare
"By teaching children about their
bodies and how to care for them, we are
empowering the next generation and
helping them lead healthier lives," said
Florida Hsital Performance Imrove-
-Board Member Meredith Lutz. .
Florida Hospital donated scrub out-
fits and lab coats to the Children's Mu-
seum to pair with their existing X-ray
light box, patient table and wheelchair
for a fun interactive experience.
The Children's Museum of the
Highlands, which opened in l990, is
a non profit corporation dedicated to
providing fun learning experiences for
children and their families.
The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and.
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Admis-
sion is $4 per person for children and
aFo information, call the Museun at
(863) 385-5437 or visit www.childrens
BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF -
A personality profile marked by
overly gregarious yet anxious behav-
ior is rooted in abnormal develop-
ment of a circuit hub buried. deep
in the front center of the brain, say
scientists at the National Institutes
They used three different types of
brain imaging to pinpoint the sus
pect brai aea inp le with W~il-
liams sy d ome, a raegenetic disor-
der characterized by these behaviors.
Matchirg the scans to scorealo aht
sh mre tanrand is ual wihWilliams
syndrome showed these personal-
ity/temperament traits, the more
abnormalities there were in the brain
structure, called the insula.
"This line of research offers in-
sight into how genes help to shape
brain circuitry that regulates com
plex behaviors such as the way
a person responds to others and
thus holds promise for unraveling
brain mechanisms in others disor.
ders of social behavior," said Thom-
as R. Insel, MD, director, Natioilal
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Williams syndrome is caused by the
deletion of some 28 genes, many
involved in brain development and
behavior, in a particular section of
Among deficits characteristic of
the syndrome are a lack of visual-
spatial ability such as is required
to assemble a puzzle and a
tendency to be overly friendly with
people, while overly anxious about
nonsocial matters, such as spiders
or heights. Many people with the
disorder are also mentally chal-
lenged and learning disabled, but
some have normal IQs.
Previous imaging studies by the
NIMH researchers found abnormal
tracts of the neuronal fibers that
conduct long-distance communica-
tions between brain regions likely
resulting from neurons migrating to
the wrong destinations during early ~
Evidence suggests that genes
influence our temperament and the
development of mental disorders
via effects on brain circuits that
regulate behavior. Yet direct demon-
stration of this in humans has prov-
en elusive. Since the genetic basis of
Williams syndrome is well-known,
it offers a unique opportunity to
explore such effects with neuroim-
aging, reasoned the researchers.
Although the insula had not previ-
ously been studied in such detail
in the disorder, it was known to be
related to brain circuitry and certain
behaviors, such as empathy, which
is also highly prominent in the
disorder. The researchers hypoth-
esized that the insula's anatomy,
function and connectivity would
predict patients' scores for Williams
syndrome-associated traits on per-
so ur ee i tles1c ally normal
Williams syndrome participants and
23 healthy controls participated in
Magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) revealed that patients had
decreased gray matter the brain's
working tissue in the bottom
front of the insula, which integrates
mood and thinking. By contrast,
they had increased gray matter in
the top front part of the insula,.
which has been linked to social/
Tracking radioactively-tagged wa-
ter in order to measure brain blood
flow at rest, via positron emission
tomography (PET), exposed activity
aberrations consistent with the MRI
The PET scans also revealed
altered functional coupling be-
tween the front of the insula and
key structures involved in thinking,
mood and fear processing.
'These structural and functional
abndrmalities in the front of the
insula correlated with the Williams
syndrome personality profile.
"Scans of the brain's tissue compo-
sition, wiring and activity produced
converging evidence of genetically
caused abnormalities in the struc-
ture and function of the front part of
the insula and in its connectivity to
other brain areas in the circuit/ Our
findings illustrate how brain systems
translate genetic vulnerability into
behavioral traits, explained NIMH's
Karen Berman, MD.
Berman, Drs. Mbemda Jabbi,
Shane Kippenhan and colleagues,
report on their imaging study in
Williams syndrome online in the
journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
For more information, visit www.
F-lorida Hospital donated scruboutfit and lab coats to the Children's Museum to pair with their
existing X-ray light box, patient table and whheelhair for a fun interactive experience. Here
Sydney Lutz, Joey Collier and Allie Collier wear the donated items.
A patient's own bone marrow cells
could potentially be used to repair t
heart and restore healthy blood flow
after severe heart failure, researcher~
the University of Florida and nation~
colleagues report today. These early
results pave the way for new clinical
trials and, ultimately, new therapies
could help millions of patients.
The findings, presented during the
American College of Cardiology's 61st
Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, ~
from a large multicenter clinical study
fSat also involves researchers at the Te
Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopail
Hospitalithe Cleveland Clinic, Minnes
He~irt Institute and Vranderbilt Univers
"If results like these could be ample
fied with either more cells, enhanced
cells, or a different cell type they cou
lead to change in the paradigm for
management of severe chronic isch-
emic heart disease and heart failure,
said UF principal investigator Carl J.
Pepine, M.D. "The shift in manage-
Floridta Hospital helps
Friendly to a fault, yet tense:
personality traits traced in brain