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Volume 92 Number 24
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'Bloody 27' lives up to its morbid moniker
No common denominators in rash of recent fatal accidents; are there safety issues?
By BRIAN ACKLEY
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
Locals who work in area emergency rooms have a name for
it: Bloody 27.
Those who can remember decades ago when U.S. Highway
27 was still just a two-lane road referred to it by that same
morbid moniker as well.
And for good reason, particularly an 8.1 mile stretch be-
tween U.S. Highway 98 and Polk County Road 640 where, since
Oct. 28, there have been no less than six fatal accidents in a a
period of just 153 days, ac-
cording to statistics compiled Last in our series on
by the Florida Department of safety on U.S. 27
That compares to "only"
seven fatal accidents on the same stretch dating back to the
start of 2007. In that five year period, there have been 168 total
accidents, and 156 people injured or killed.
An analysis of all the fatal crashes show few commonalities.
Three involved clearly over-the-limit impaired drivers; one was
a pile-up in near zero visibility conditions; in two, drivers for
unknown reasons (but not believed to be related to outside
distractions like texting or cell phone use) failed to yield the
right of way to vehicles traveling at or near the posted speed
limit of 65 miles per hour.
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Acbrdmgin:-tstatistcs furnished by Lauren
Hatchell, publl c information specialist with
the Florida Department of Transportation, the
computed Annual Average Daily Traffic for 2011
showed that 15,900 traveled the section of U.S. 27
between the intersection of U.S. 98 and State Road
60 on a daily basis. Of those vehicles, 21.5 percent
consisted of semi tractor-trailer trucks, or 3,440
Over the past five years, these figures have
remained steady, with the flow of traffic both north
npd southbound on a par with one another, or
.S. 27 have declined
within several hundred between.the two direc-
tions. For example, in 2010, 8,200 vehicles traveled
northbound vs. 7,900 that drove southbound.
Since 2007, these figures have remained steady.
From 2007 to 2011, the percentage of truck traffic
has remained between 21.5-21.70 percent; there
was a spike to 23.70 percent in 2008.
However, the actual flow of traffic for the past
five years, from 2007-2011, has dropped. From
2000-2004, the number of vehicles that traversed
U.S. 27 from the section of highway between S.R.
60 to U.S. 98, was no less that 17,100 to its peak, in
2006: 19,000 vehicles.
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zero at the time of the crash because of fog, possibly mixed with smoke
from a controlled bur to the west of the highway in March.
In several cases, final accident reports have not yet been
completed because of the complex nature of the incidents.
But Sgt. Greg Goreck, head of the Polk County Sheriff Office's
Homicide Traffic Investigative Unit said accident prevention
always boils down to the three E's : Engineering, enforcement
U.S. 27: A truth
or dare situation
"How many more deaths do they
need?" asks superintendent
By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
Every time there is an accident,
the people who work at Spin
Magnetics get a little nervous.
Located on U.S. Highway 27
in the Longleaf Business Park,
across from the dangerous Hunt
Brothers Road intersection, they
get to see and hear the all
too familiar screech of tires and
Mario Nicoletti, sales manager
at Spin Magnetics, nods his head Jesse Jackson, super-
gards to the problematic intendent, Lake Wales
in regards to the problematic Charter Schools
It is, he notes, "death defying."
The company has about 30 employees who use the
highway to and from work each day.
.Je0!t ficers inStIsied
July is a busy month
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd with the
grim task of helping'investigate a fatal
accident on U.S. Highway 27between
County Road 630A and County Road 640.
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Decision has been made; time to move on
SAnd so, after all the nuclear-powered debate, the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the
law of the land. A done deal, sanctified by the Chief
Justice John Roberts and a majority of the Supreme
Like it or not and we're perfectly aware how
many people do not like it it's time for Florida to
move forward in a civil and positive manner toward
the implementation of the health care law.
There will no doubt be pressure for Republican
leaders to drag their feet as much as possible. Gov.
Rick Scott and the Legislature were among the lead-
ers fighting "Obamacare" in the courts after it was
approved by Congress. Scott has already refused to
accept millions in funding, arguing the law was in-
valid. National Republicans, led by presidential hope-
ful Mitt Romney, have vowed to repeal the law should
they prevail in the November General Election.
But the chances are slim to zilch. The Republicans
may win the presidency and may well retain their
majority in the House of Representatives, but there is
virtually no chance they will be able to win enough
Senate seats to push a repeal through the Senate.
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good campaign slogan. In addition, the Democrats
probably are correct that many of the bullet-point
provisions of the Affordable Care Act will prove to be
popular with the public. Among those:
The law allows people with pre-existing condi-
tions to get insurance.
It allows children to be covered under their
parents' insurance policies until their 26th birthday.
People without health insurance will be able
to buy insurance through an insurance exchange
Small businesses will be able to participate in
larger community pools in order to offer insurance to
It ends lifetime monetary caps on individuals'
It protects people from being dropped willy-nilly
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So as the law is rolled out, it's entirely possible its
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Letters to the editor
Better driving is the answer
Bloody 27. According to the article
in the Lake Wales News from June 30,
that's what it's called. How comforting.
The 8 mile stretch has recently been
the scene of numerous accidents with
several fatalities. My wife and I live in
There is no common denominator to
the reason for these accidents. There
is nothing wrong with the highway.
Outside of impaired drivers, the real
cause is driver distraction and/or
So many drivers do not pay attention
to what is going on around them due
to distractions such as cell phones,
music entertainment, talking, eating,
daydreaming, or any number of other
Driving is a full time job. Driving a
car is more than just pointing it in the
direction you want to go and hoping
to get there. "Driver involvement" is an
Speed is not the problem and more
traffic lights would probably cause more
accidents. Maria Percy of DJ's Auto Sales
hit the nail on the head. She was quoted
as saying, "I think that people don't pay
attention." We agree.
When our son was learning to drive,
I tried to make a point of his always be-
ing aware of what was going on around
The same applies to everyone and
I have tried to pass it on. Check your
mirrors. Know what is around you.
Drive defensively. You never know what
the other guy is going to do. And focus
your eyes ahead. Acquiring the skills
to handle a car are easy; being an alert
driver is an ongoing job. Driving is more
mental than physical. Please, let's all
of us get our heads out of the sand and
become better drivers. Pay A
Our lives could depend on it
Gary and Marian
Regarding your article in the Saturday
paper, June 30, 2012. You have done
a great job. I always wondered when
some one will take this step.
The answer to all this is no trucks
Sin the left lane, where there are two
lanes, they can use the left lane for
overtaking only and must move back to
the right lane.
I am so mad.
Where there is three lanes and all
three lanes are taken by trucks and they
.hold up all the traffic. Where there are
three lanes, no trucks allowed
Most of the time, the accid
caused by the trucks because
all lanes and car drivers get r
impatient and want to overta
Keep up the good work an(
on the article.
I work at the Green Gables
HWY 27, Lake Wales.
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BY CONSERVATIVES BY CONSERVATIVES BY A CONSERVATIVE
Sheriff's conduct shows bias
attention! I found a curiosity in your front-page
story concerning the BPD-PCSO joint
operation concluded last week; in
Lake es telling us of Sheriff Judd's frustrations
about the status of many arrested, you
quoted the Sheriff's aside that one
Suspect, who made bail after his arrest,
was seen later that evening making
d in the far a purchase at the Bartow Wal-Mart.
You reported the Sheriff Judd said,
ents are "Probably with an EBT card," a state-
e they block ment which a reader must infer from
nad and the immediate context was an acerbic
ike the comment, a further indication of the
good Sheriff's dismay and disgust that
d congrats some of these people were on public
Inn, 21380 You then went on to provide a
rather detailed Wikipedia-referenced
Min Bassi definition of "EBT," apparently for the
Lake Wales edification of the Democrat readership
(a goodly number of whom, I'll wager,
are all too familiar with the sup-
posed vagueries of public assistance.)
However, earlier in the article you made
an assertion about another supposed
component of Sheriff Judd's consterna-
tion, thusly: "He decried a nationwide
effort to treat these suspects as having
committed minor crimes."
However, a reader is given nothing
to illuminate the assertion; one could
assume that this is some sort of dog-
whistle, a coded statement to imply
that efforts made in some quarters, to
relieve our already overburdened justice
system of the ruinous weight of the
war on (some) drugs, are simply giving
impetus to freeloaders and ne'er-do-
wells. Worse and this is not to impugn
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Witnesses describe fatal flight's descent
June crash near Frostproof claimed family of six
By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
As a community in Junction
City, Kan., mourns the loss of an
entire family of six in a June plane
crash in just a few miles northeast
of Frostproof, the National Safety
Transportation Board is trying to
make sense of what exactly hap-
pened to the Pilatus PC-12/47
According to a preliminary report
released by the NTSB on June 18, on
June 7 at about 12:35 p.m., the air-
plane piloted by Ronald Bramlage,
45, a businessman in Junction City,
Kan., who owned Roadside Ventures
LLC, and carrying his wife, Rebecca,
43, and the couple's children -
Brandon, 15; Boston, 13; Beau, 11;
and 8-year-old Roxanne "depart-
ed controlled flight," experiencing
an in-flight breakup, crashing in the
Tiger Creek Preserve.
The plane left St. Lucie County
International Airport in Fort Pierce
bound for Freeman Field Airport
in Junction City, Kan., at about
12:05 p.m. that day.
Preliminary reports from the
Federal Aviation Administration air
traffic control information shows
that after departure, air traffic
control communications were trans-
ferred to Miami Air Route Traffic
Control Center (Miami Center.)
Reports note that while in contact
with that facility, about 12:29 p.m.,
the flight was cleared to flight level
(FL) 250. One minute later, the con-
troller;ieleared the flight to FL260,
which the pilot acknowledged.
According to the NTSB, at about
12:32, the controller advised the
pilot of a large area of precipitation
northwest of Lakeland, with "mod-
erate, heavy and extreme echoes."
Reports note the controller asked
the pilot to look at it and to advise
whatdirection he needed to devi-
ate, thehi suggested deviation right
of course until north of the adverse
"The pilot responded that he
agreed, and the controller asked the
pilot what heading from his position
would keep the airplane clear and
the pilot responded 320 degrees.
The controller cleared the pilot to
fly heading 320 degrees, and to devi-
ate right of course when necessary,
and when able proceed direct to
Seminole, which he acknowledged,"
says the NTSB, adding. "There was
no further recorded communica-
tion from the pilot with the Miami
Preliminary radar date indicates-
that between 12:32 and 37 seconds
and 12:33:25, the airplane kept
flying west-northwest, climbing
from 24,700 to 25,100 feet, and
maintained that altitude for the next
12 seconds; however, a change in
direction to the right was noted.
Between 12:33:49 and 12:34:01,
the airplane descended from 25,100
to 24,200 feet, and turned to the
Between 12:33:37 and 12:33:49,
the airplane descended from 25,100
to 24,200 feet, and turned to the
right, and between 12:33:49 and
12:34:01, the airplane descended
from 24,200 feet to 22,500 feet, and
continued the right turn. The report
said in the next 36 seconds the
airplane descended from 22,500 to
10,700 feet, and turned to a south-
erly heading. Twelve seconds after
that the airplane turned left and
flew northeast. Between 12:34:49
and 12:35:37, (the last secondary
turn at 1,300 feet), the airplane con-
tinued on a northeasterly heading.
NTSB noted that the pilot of a
nearby airplane reported to FAA air
traffic control and NTSB hearing
a Mayday call about one minute
before hearing the sound of an
emergency locater transmitter (ELT)
Meanwhile, reports note that a
witness who was located about
1.5 miles from the crash site re-
ported that on the date and time.
of the accident, "he was inside his
house and first heard a sound he at-
tributed to a propeller feathering or
later described as flutter of a flight
control surface. The sound lasted
3 to 4 cycles of a whooshing high to
low sound, followed by a sound he
described as an energy release."
Furthermore, the NTSB says the
witness notes he was clear the
sound he heard was not an explo-
sion, but more like "mechanical
fracture of parts.
"He ran outside, and first saw the
airplane below the clouds (ceiling
was estimated to be 10,000 feet.) He
noted by silhouette that parts of the
airplane were missing, but he did
not see any parts separate from the
airplane during the time he saw it."
It wasn't raining at his location
at the time, so he went inside
his house and fetched his digital
He ran back outside to his pool
deck, reports note, and videotaped
According to the NTSB, "He
reported the airplane was in a spin
but could not recall the direction.
The engine sound was consistent
the whole time, there was no
Emergency officials were flown to the scene following a plane crash in the Tiger Creek Preserve
around 12:30 p.m. June 7. On board the 2006 Pilatus PC-12/47 (single-turboprop, fixed wing),was
pilot and Junction City businessman Ronald Bramlage, his wife, and four children, who were
returning to Kansas from a trip to the Bahamas. The entire family perished in the crash.
revving, he reported there was no
forward movement. He called 911
and reported the accident."
Numerous people saw the spin-
ning plan and called 911, but NTSB
reports that another witness, who
was located about four-tenths of a
mile from the crash site, reported
hearing a boom sound that he
attributed to a lawn mower "which
he thought odd because it had just
been raining. He saw black smoke
trailing the airplane which was
spinning. He ran to the side of their
house, and noted the airplane was
still spinning. His brother came by
their back door, they heard a thud,
and both ran direct to the location
of where they thought the airplane
Upon arriving at the scene of the
wreck, reports say they saw fire in
front of the airplane.
One of the individuals tried to
extinguish the fire by throwing sand
on it, but was unable.
The NTSB says the other individual
reported the left forward door was
hard to open, but pushed it up and
then was able to open it. Both at-
tempted to render assistance one
individual called 911 to report the
accident and then guided local first
responders to the accident site.
Reports note that during prelimi-
nary examination of the accident site,
it was found the wreckage consisted
of the fuselage and sections of both
wings, came to rest upright in an
open field. Sections of both wings,
and also the horizontal stabilizer
and elevator were separated. The
separated components consisting of
sections of both wings, the horizontal
stabilizer, and elevator were located,
tagged as to their location, and
secured with the main wreckage.
The pilot, age 45, held a private
plane certificate with airplane single
engine land, and instrument airplane
One area pilot, known by many in
Lake Wales, Eric Hinshaw, owner of
Chalet Suzanne, who's flown commer-
cial transatlantic flights for years, has
a few thoughts on the accident, which
send waves through the aviation
"In aviation we look at accidents
and incidents in detail, not with
a morbid fascination, but with an
intense desire to learn from what
happened and to be better prepared
if a similar situation occurs while we
are at the controls," said Hinshaw.
He said he was actually in an air-
craft in Kansas when he was called by
a pilot friend who had just witnessed
the crash (through sounds only.)
"We discussed for several minutes
the possible scenario that led to this
tragedy," he said.
"I prayed for the family and for the
Aviation Community in general."
for reading the
FROM PAGE 4
your reportage, merely an observa-
tion -.it could be read as an even more
sinister condemnation of the behavior
of certain segments of the community,
i.e. the poor and people of color, in
As an individual citizen, I would not
pretend to tell any other citizen, be
he Sheriff or reporter, what his per-
sonal political leanings should be, but
I would expect the Sheriff, an elected
public servant, and the reporter, who
should state any biases *directly*,
keep their personal politics out of the
conduct of their professional duty.
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Ruby Benton, 89, of Frostproof,
passed away Monday, July 2, 2012, at
She was born April 8, 1923, in
Frostproof to the late Aaron B. & Eva
Ruth (McRae) Ellis and was a lifelong
resident of the area.
Mrs. Benton was a homemaker and
citrus grower, and was a member of
First Baptist Church of Frostproof. She
enjoyed riding around in citrus groves,
flower gardening and working in her
yard. She was a member of the Fort
Meade Garden Club and the American
Ruby was preceded in death by her
first husband, Homer W. Norris; second
husband, Uriel J. Benton, Sr; and two
brothers, A.B. Ellis, Jr., and Mitchell
Survivors include her daughters,
Anna Langford (David) of Avon Park
and Janice Clenney (Jeril) of Avon Park;
sons, Daniel Norris, Sr., (Carolyn) of
Frostproof and James "J.B." Benton
(Kim) of Sebring; three sisters, Julia
Livingston, Minnie Dempsey and Dolly
Woodley, all of Frostproof; one brother,
Billy Ellis of Frostproof; 11 grandchil-
dren; nine great-grandchildren; and
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.
until the funeral service at 11 a.m.,
Thursday, July 5, at First Baptist Church
in Frostproof with Rev. Darrol Hood of-
ficiating. Interment will follow at Silver
For those who wish, donations may
be sent to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590
Havendale Boulevard N.W, Winter
Haven, FL 33881.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
Sandra Louise McHugh Cofer, 53, of
Lake Hamilton passed away Thursday,
June 28, 2012, at Good Shepherd
Hospice in Auburndale.
She was born Aug. 3, 1958, in Miami
to the late John and Elizabeth Ruby
(Dobbs) McHugh. She came to this
area in 1970 from Miami. She was a
homemaker, home school teacher to
her daughter for 13 years, and of the
Mrs. Cofer was a graduate of
Frostproof Senior High School and
was formerly employed by Proctor
and Gamble in Frostproof. She was a
member of Home Schoolers on the
Ridge and was a leader in 4-H Club. She
enjoyed photography, going to Disney
and family time.
Survivors include her husband of 30
Lois R Stafford, 84, of Lake Wales passed
awayWednesday, June 27, 2012, in York,
She was born Jan. 30,1928, in Martin,
Ky. to the late Walter and Ruth (Stanley)
Roberts; she moved from Ashland, Ky., to
Lake Wales in 1970.
She was a retired music teacher from
Frostproof Elementary School and Lake
Wales Senior High School and was a
member of the First United Methodist
Church in Lake Wales, where she was the
Children's Choir Director. She also di-
rected choral music at Hope Presbyterian
Church inWinter Haven from 1982 until
1990; and was a pianist for Rotary, Kiwanis
and the Lion's Clubs. She was also a
member of the Lake Wales Chorale.
Lois was preceded in death by her
husband, Paul R. Stafford in 2010.
Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer
Langford (William) of York, S.C.; sons, Jim
Renee D. "Punky" Fowler of
Lake Wales passed away Saturday,
June 30, 2012. She was 41. Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is
handling the arrangements.
Bobbie Taylor of Lake Wales passed
away June25, 2012, at the Lakeland
Regional Medical Center. He was 64.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.
years, Keith Cofer; daughter, Elizabeth
L. Cofer of Lake Hamilton; sisters,
Carol K. Dalrymple of Frostproof and
Katy Jones of Orlando; brother, John T.
McHugh of Miami; and many nieces
Visitation: 1 p.m. until the funeral
service at 2 p.m. Monday, July 2, at
the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in
Frostproof with Rev. Shane Terrebonne
Interment was in Silver Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105
Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
Stafford (Olga) of Lake Wales and Walt
Stafford (Kathi) of Blairsville, Ga.; sister,
Mary Jean Kazee of Cincinnati, Ohio; and
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday,
June 29, 2012, at the Marion Nelson
Funeral Home in Lake Wales.
The funeral service is at 10 am.
Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the First United
Methodist Church in Lake Wales with Rev.
Jeffrey B. Kantz officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lake Wales
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
sent to the Shady Grove United Methodist
Church. EO. Box 928, Blairsville, GA 30514.
Condolences may be sent to the
family and the webcast of the service
can be viewed at www.marionnelson
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
Charles L. "Chuck" Johnson of
Frostproof passed awayWednesday,
June 27, 2012, at the Lake Wales
Medical Center. He was 87. Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof is
handling the arrangements.
Words of Comfort
Every ending is a
Thank God we have a new
beginning in heaven.
Brannen finally gets the hall call
As a head coach, Faris Brannen was
used to making lots of play calls.
Earlier this year, he got a call of his
own, one telling him he was going to be
the newest member of the Polk County
Sports Hall of Fame.
Nearly 400 people were on hand in
Sikes Hall at the Lakeland Center in
Lakeland to honor coaches, athletes
and supporters during the 11th annual
Polk County All Sports Awards last week,
including Brannen, for his formal induc-
tion into the hall.
The lone inductee with high school
connections was longtime Bulldog
football coach Faris Brannen. Frostproof's
football stadium is named in his honor.
Coach Brannen sat through the
ceremony, watching a parade of young
athletes receiving their awards. Though
listed third (in alphabetical order) among
the inductees, he would be the last one
to take the stage to give his acceptance
speech and receive his jacket.
"I'm not quite the speaker he is," refer-
ring to Florida Southern golf coach Doug
Gordin who preceded him at the podium
and then proved that statement wrong
with a heartwarming speech.
"On behalf of everyone at Frostproof,
I thank you," he began. "When I came
here in 1968 as an assistant coach, I got
the chance to be a head coach in 1970. I
didn't have any experience at it, but they
said I should accept because the other guy
might not want to keep you around, so I
took it I got a lot of help along the way."
He said it didn't take him long to figure
out he was where he wanted to be.
"Frostproof is a pretty special place.
It's a family place and it's a good fit for us
I don't intend to ever leave," he said. "I
worked with some great people, all my
bosses were great, but some of them took
a little longer to train than the others.
we had lots of fun. I never worked with
anyone I didn't enjoy."
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Dr. Daniel Welch
Dr. lohn D. Tivnan
Dr. Thomas W. Brii
Dr. John L. Davids
He said he remembers many that he
got to Know were more than just coaches.
"I remember when I asked Gary Garrett
to come down here to help out. Being
from Alabama, we loved Bear (Bryant),
defense and the kicking game and we
built on that," he added. 'All of these
were like a brotherhood and not just the
football coaches. We helped raise each
Ultimately, though, it came down to
the Frostproof student-athletes, he said;
"I have had some wonderful players.
the heart of a program is the kids who
want to succeed. One year, we had 101
boys in the top three grades and 64 of
them tried out for football. They joked
about how you could rob a bank in this,
town on Friday night and no one would
notice. There wasn't anybody in town,
they were all at the game," he recalled. "I
had the privilege of coaching three of my
own kids, but I always felt every one of
my players was my own kid.
Even when it was something not famil-
iar to Brannen, he was up for the task.
"I coached cross country for a while
and didn't know much about it, but
I found that if you love kids andgive
them a challenge that they will accept,
it will work out," he said. "I just want to
thank you. This is very special for our
Frostproof girls golf coach Joanne
Merkle was honored as coach of the year
in her specialty. Other top awards in-
cluded Fort Meade's Andrew McCutchen,
a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the
National League, as professional athlete
of the year. The Lake Wales boys basket-
ball team was honored as male team of
the year with female team of the year
honors to the Bartow softball squad.
The ceremonies will be broadcast on
Brighthouse Sports Network on July 6 at
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Will a proposed distribution center that
has not yet even broken ground prove
a source of jobs for residents of Hardee,
DeSoto and Highlands counties?
Roger Hood, president and CEO of
HeartlandWorkforce, hopes so, even
though the facility- the Americas
GatewayLogistic Center will be located
in Moore Haven, in Glades County,
Even if the center comes to fruition -
which Hood said calls for the construction
of a 30-million-square-foot distribution
center it could mean a one-way com-
mute from a minimum of 40-plus miles,
if one lives in Lake Placid, to more than
80-plus miles if one hails fromWauchula.
Hood did not believe that would be a
"I would assume because of the size, our
residents will get jobs," Hood said.
He further explained that Hardee,
DeSoto and Highland counties, as well as
Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties
and some communities in neighboring
counties, make up one of only three Rural
Areas of Critical Economic Concern in
Florida. "The state set aside these areas
because of low wages, limited infrastruc-
ture and other factors."
The need for jobs in Hardee, DeSoto
and Highlands counties, which make
up Region 19 of the Florida Department
of Economic Development's 24 regions,
is acute. According to the most recent
census, the population is 161,073, but
only 67,667 residents are in the labor
force. Even excluding parents who stay
at home, children and the infirm and the
elderly, it still translates to approximately
94,000 people without work The FDEC's
calculations place the average annual wage
at $29,769, the lowest in Florida.Average
While tropical storm Debby provided
increased rainfall to the region, it was
not enough to fully recover from
That's why the Southwest Florida
Water Management District's Governing
Board voted to extend its Modified
Phase I water shortage order for the
District's southern and eastern portions.
Modified Phase I restrictions were ex-
tended until Dec. 31 for Polk, Charlotte,
DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee
and Sarasota counties.
Roger Hood, president and CEO of Heartland The goal of the proposed distribution center, according to Mark Morton, is for Florida to take
Workforce, reviews notes and documents advantage of opportunities of moving goods to overseas markets via the wider and deeper
prior to the start of the organization's June 27 Panama Canal.
annual wages in neighboring areas ranged
As part of the proceedings of the
Wednesday Heartland Workforce Joint
Board Meeting, Mark Morton, vice presi-
dent of Lykes Land Investments, made
a presentation on 'Americas Gateway
Logistics Center." This is a joint venture
between Lykes Brothers and A. Duda and
According to a handout, the facility will
be Florida's premier land logistics solution,
an integrated multi-model hub on 4,700
acres (with a potential additional 2,000
acres) to be located in southern central
Florida. It will, said Morton, double exports
coming out of Florida. He attributed it to
the Panama Canal, currently undergoing
widening and deepening of its locks, to
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Mark Morton, vice president of Lykes Land Investments, Inc., a division of Lykes Brothers.
accommodate modem cargo vessels.
"Florida used to be considered at the
end of the supply chain," Morton said, but
no longer. "We're the closest to the Panama
That, said Morton, meant Florida, with
its ports and air terminals, was closest to
South America, east Africa, Australia and
parts of Asia. In his PowerPoint presenta-
tion, he showed that while American
manufacturers only export 1 percent of
their goods, an overwhelming majority
are located east of the Mississippi River.
Morton said it makes sense for those
manufacturers to ship their goods to the
Americas Gateway Logistics Center, and
from there ship them overseas.
However, the main concern on the
minds of those in attendance was job
creation. At the low end of the scale, by
2030, it was projected that 23,858 jobs
would be created; these were jobs both
directly and indirectly affiliated with the
logistics center; of the latter it meant retail,
hotels, restaurants, and jobs tied in to the
trucking and shipping industries. The most
likely scenario was that 64,983 jobs would
be created. At its most ultimate scenario,
a total of 99,556 jobs would be created by
What is RACEC?
A Rural Area Critical of Economic
Concern is defined as rural communities,
or a region composed of rural communi-
ties that have been adversely affected by
extraordinary economic events or natural
In this region, the South Central RACEC
consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee coun-
ties, and the cities of Pahokee, Belle Glade,
and South Bay (Palm Beach County), and
Immokalee (Collier County).
Mark Morton, vice president of Lykes Brothers
Land Acquisitions Inc., explains various aspects
of a proposed distribution center planned in
The other two RACECs are Calhoun,
Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Liberty, Wakulla, andWashington coun-
ties, and the city of Freeport inWalton
County in the northwest region; and
Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist,
Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy,
Madison, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor, and
Union counties in the north central region.
The following locations are closed on Wednesday,
Polk County Courthouse
Polk County Public Schools
Neil Combee Administration Center
The Lake Wales Charter School District
The City of Lake Wales
The Lake Wales Library
The City of Bartow, Library and Parks and
Recreation are both closed July 4. The Sam Griner
Pool is open.
The City of Fort Meade and library
Frostproof City Hall and library
Haines City Hall
Bartow garbage collection will run as usual and
will be collected on Wednesday, July 4.
For garbage collection: Florida Refuse in Lake
Wales, Fort Meadead Frostproof will run as usual.
The North Centrarfandfill will be closed and there
will be no residential collection service. Wednesday
through Friday collections will be picked up
Thursday through Saturday. The Waste Management
Division will be closed on July 4.
Business offices for The Polk County Democrat
The Lake Wales News, The Frostproof News, The Fort
Meade Leader and Your Haines City Herald are closed
Banks are closed July 4.
The U.S. Post Office is closed July 4.
Counties currently under the Phase I
order follow the District's year-round water
conservation measures. That means lawn
and landscape watering is limited to a two-
day-per-week schedule and residents may
only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
However, some local governments
have stricter local ordinances limiting
watering to one day per week. Residents
should check with their local govern-
ment or utility.
While the southern region did see
rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby, key
hydrologic indicators remain below
normal in the region due to long-term
drought effects. The region needs
above-normal precipitation throughout
the rainy season for the area to totally
recover from drought conditions.
"The District looks at an eight-week
average to evaluate recovery instead of one
weather event," said Lois Sorensen, District
demand management program manager.
For information about water restric-
tions and water conservation, visit
District extends water restrictions
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July 4, 2012
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Chamber hosts county's supervisor of elections
Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards was the guest speaker at June's Frostproof
Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. She started with a fun guessing game that involved
Chamber member Bob Goering (yellow shirt) was volunteered as knowing one of the"President's
Karen Jones is the
director. She was on
hand to greet patrons
for the lunch catered
by Tony's Frostproof
Diner and Pizzeria.
While June's luncheon meeting at the Ramon featured Lori Edwards, another county official,
Sheriff Grady Judd, will be the featured speaker at the July luncheon meeting on the 17th.
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County homeowners may
face new stormwater fee
Board of Commissioners
split in support of proposal
By STEVE STEINER
Residents in unincorporated parts
of Polk County may be facing a new
It what proved to be a rarity with
the current board of county commis-
sioners, for once the BOCC was not
unanimous or near-unanimous on an
issue before it, and barely passed, on
a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Edwin
V. Smith and chairman Sam Johnson
in opposition a measure approving the
possible eventual creation of a storm-
water assessment resolution.
That divisive issue at the June 26
public hearing was in three parts:
Consideration of an ordinance
creating a county stormwater utility.
Adoption of an Initial Stormwater
Assessment Resolution for the purpose
of imposing special stormwater as-
sessments on benfitted properties
within the unincorporated areas of Polk"
Setting a public hearing on at 6 p.m.
Sept. 13, for the purpose of adopt-
ing a Final Stormwater Assessment
According to Polk County Parks'
and Natural Resources Director Jeff
Spence, when the Clean Water Act was
enacted in 1972, cleanup was done
according to standards then in place.
Over the years it was learned that the
quality of the water was not improving
and research determined stormwater
drainage was the root cause. It led
to a federally mandated program
known as NPDES (National Pollution
Discharge Elimination System), which
has turned over permitting to the
Florida Department of Environmental
Polk County currently spends
$4.3 million on its stormwater drain-
age efforts, said Spence. In order for
the county to get its permit renewed,
it will require additional monitoring of
drainage systems, adoption of a fertil-
izer ordinance, pet waste management
program, street sweeping and develop-
ment of a plan to address discharges to
impaired waters. While not everything
listed above needs immediate atten-
tion, said Spence, it is estimated the
cost per year to meet stormwater
retrofitting requirements would come
in at $4,750,000 per year over a 20-year
time frame. However, that figure could
jump to as much as $16.6 million per
year should an EPA nutrient rule be
"Are any of the water districts kicking
in any money?" asked Commissioner
Todd Dantzler. Spence's said water
districts such as Swifmud had been
helpful in the past in the past. However,
in the past the county had been getting
grants, but it was doubtful any would
be forthcoming from the EPA because
the county "doesn't have a dedicated
source of funding."
What is being proposed will be a fee
of $54.30 per year (or $4.53 per month)
for the average homeowner whose
home (known as an ERU, or Equivalent.
Residential Unit) and impermeable sur-
faces is estimated at 4,030 feet; imper-
meable being the roofs, driveways, etc.
Most homes are approximately 2,144
square feet. Larger and smaller homes
will be charged according to size.
Homes (which includes condomini-
ums) are not the only structures that
will be assessed. So too will commercial
and industrial buildings. However,
it was proposed that institutional
structures, as well as buildings and
properties owned or leased by state
and federal governments, be exempted
- to an estimated $449,000 that
proved contentious with Commissioner
"I am not in favor of exempting
federal and state, because they are the
ones mandating this on us and it's an
unfunded mandate, and I want to drive
this home," she said. "If they're going to
mandate this upon us without giving us
funds, they should have to pay. Bottom
Commissioner Bob English voiced a
similar sentiment where it involved in-
stitutions. Many, he said, are financially
sound, and it would not be right asking
taxpayers to subsidize said institutions.
Prior to discussion over exemp-
tions, a similar topic was raised, that
of mitigation. Bell wanted to know if
mitigation existed only for businesses,
or would individual property owners
be included. The answer was anyone
was eligible to file, according to Camille
Tharpe, with the Government Services
Group, that formulated the presenta-
tion before the BOCC. However, the
onus of proving mitigation was war-
ranted would be up to the business or
"Can you mitigate away the whole
thing?" asked Dantzler, to be told, no.
However, mitigation credits would
range between 30 to 60 percent.
Johnson was first to express disap-
proval, but only after he got clarifica-
tion on the numbers presented. Was
an additional $4.3 million needed? No,
what was needed was an additional
$5.3 million. Johnson was told the
$4.3 million is what the county cur-
rently pays, and it comes from the
general fund and a transportation (gas)
fee. (It was later explained following
adjournment that Polk County actually
spends $5.7 million. If the $54.30 rate is
approved in September, it will generate,
on average approximately $9.6 million
over the next five years; in turn, that
will free up the current $5.7 million,
which can then be put toward other
"When I think back over the last
couple of years, we've instituted fire
fees. We increased the EMS fee. We
recently increased the transfer fee
because we wanted to be the same
across the board. We introduced
progressive water rates on our custom-
ers, so they're getting charged more if
they use the same amount of water," he
said. He added he found it troublesome
the BOCC was coming back and asking
residents especially those in poor
financial shape --to contribute even
"We're coming back today to propose
another fee on top of these folks. Many
of the people I represent can't afford
While his point found sympathy
among other commissioners, with the
exception of Commissioner Edwin V.
Smith, who never commented through-
out the proceedings, Bell, English and
Dantzler were not swayed.
"I ran on a stance of not raising taxes,
but we've voted several times to raise
fees," said Dantzler. "I also ran on being
a strong leader and I think instead
of pushing this fee, we need to stand
strong and do the right thing, and I
think this is the right thing to do right
"As galling as it is to keep paying for
these unfunded mandates, I do think
it is the right thing to do right now and
I'm going to support it."
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While hoping it doesn't happen, Polk
County School Superintendent Sherrie
Nickell fid district staff are preparing
for I consequences of having a failing
Ahool when the grades come out,
". probably in mid-July.
This year only, the state has said no
school's grade can fall lower than one
level, Nickell explained at the School
Board work session last week, so only
nine schools in Polk could possibly go to
an F grade,,and staff thinks there is the
potential for a few to get the failing mark.
Elementary and middle school grades
should bi available in July, while high
school grades won't be announced until fall.
With school starting Aug. 20, there
won't be much time to implement im-
provement plans mandated by the state.
The Florida Department of
Education's intervention program
offers the district options for school
Reopen as a district-managed
school, replacing teachers and
Close the school, with students reas-
signed to higher-performing schools
Reopen as a charter school
Contract with a private entity to run
Hybrid model, district partners with
"What they're doing to our schools
is unconscionable," School Board
Member Frank O'Reilly said about the
state plans. "We'd only have a couple of
weeks to replace the whole staff... this.
method has torn every district apart."
Nickell agreed that "it is quite a
A district-managed turnaround
school would not only required replac-
ing the entire staff, but adding a new
curriculum focus, and coaches for
reading, match and science..
Board Memb'er Dick Mullenax said
the "entire state is talking about" the
state's plans for failing schools. "It's
going to tear up systems."
"Students will be heavily impacted,"
Nickell said. "We may find students
District staff "has spent hours and
In an effort to show support for
countywide Purple Heart recipients
and to acknowledge them for their
courage, the Polk County Board of
County Commissioners has taken
steps to proclaim Polk County one
of the nation's first Purple Heart
"Polk County has one of the largest
veterapflgp ulations in Florida,
being 1owne to over 51,000 veterans,
with niany of these soldiers having
been awarded the Purple Heart for
wounds suffered in combat," said
Mike Mason, Polk County supervi-
sor of veterans services. "Being
the county located in the heart of
Florida and having the utmost re-
spect for our veterans, I am proud of
our board of county commissioners
for choosing to make Polk County
one of only four Purple Heart coun-
ties in the United States."
The Polk County BOCC will read
its proclamation making the county
an official Purple Heart County at
their meeting in the Neil Combee
hours working on this ... we're trying
to take a measured approach so that
the least amount of harm is done to
students," she added.
"It's upsetting on an emotional level,"
she said, and will impact on a financial
level, as well.
Teachers would receive performance
pay based on improving student
performance, and for an extension of
the school day by one hour. Teachers
would receive $500 for 65 percent of the
students making learning gains, $750
for 75 percent, and $1,000 for
. When Oscar Pope Elementary re-
ceived an F grade, half to three-quarters
of a million dollars were spent each
year for three years to turn the school
around. The difference is that was paid
through a grant, which is not available
any longer, Nickell said. Polk County
would have to find the extra money in
Board Member Tim Harris noted Polk
County has a number of small elemen-
tary schools, and pointed out that
closing a small failing school would cost
less than the turnaround process.
O'Reilly agreed that they should look
at that possibility.
"I think we will kill ourselves doing
this" he said about the turnaround
process outlined by the state. He added
that they should consider closing a
failing school, putting the money in the
budget, "and continue with a school
year that is productive."
Board Chairman Hazel Sellers asked
if it were possible to close a school that
quickly. Nickell said there were all kinds
of variables involved, including teachers
and transportation for students.
"We're a team," O'Reilly said, adding
that closing might actually "minimize
"We need to tread lightly," Board
Member Kay Fields said. "We're talking
about lives ... keeping our community
whole," and urged following the Golden
"We need to do what's best for the
children," Board Member Debra Wright
said. "It seems like a lot, but some of it
supports good schools. We need to be
cautious in how we proceed. We don't
want to upset the community."
Administration Building at 330 West
Church St., Bartow, on Aug. 7 at
9 a.m., which is also Florida's Purple
Heart Day. To celebrate the occa-
sion, several of the county's cities,
townships and veterans' organiza-
tions will hold special appreciation
events on Saturday, Aug. 11. Special
Purple Heart County flags supplied
by the Military Order of Purple Heart
will also be flown throughout the
county as a show of support for the
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EMS career comes to an end
Will remain as Frostproof Fire Chieffor a
By JAMES COULTER
In 2010, there were more than
235,000 ear crashes in Florida, more
than 2,000 of which were fatal, ac-
cording to the Florida Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
One is one too many if you're Bill
Having worked as an emergency
medical technician for 35 years, Bill
Lord has assisted many victims of
car accidents and other emergency
His experience has helped him real-
ize just how brief life can be and how
valuable it really is.
"Never take anything for granted,"
Lord said. "Life is short. You don't know
what's around the bend."
Lord retired last week after 35 years
serving the Polk County Fire Services,
formerly Polk County Emergency
"It's not a job you can say everyone
can do," he says. "Some people try but
quit because they find out they can't
handle it. You need the heart to do it."
Suffice to say, Lord has seen things
that most of us never will. And it hasn't
always been easy.
"Sometimes these calls really work on
you, but you learn to deal with them,"
he said. "I'd say that you get over them,
but you really don't. And the worst are
those dealing with children."
Lord has managed to maintain a strong
heart and stomach for these matters.
Nothing catches him off guard. His job
requires him to expect the unexpected.
"You always expect the worst and
hope for the best," he said.
Born Aug. 12, 1948, Lord has been
a lifelong resident of Frostproof
and always desired to support his
"I got into this job because I love
helping people and doing public
service for the community," he said.
His career began in 1965 as a volun-
teer ambulance runner in high school.
He wanted to work as a firefighter but
had to wait until he was old enough to
After graduating from Frostproof
High School in 1966, he started work-
ing as a volunteer with the Frostpoof
Fire Department. He earned a paid
position in 1980 after receiving his fire
In 1977, he became an EMT with
the county. Since then, he has been a
full-time EMT and part-time firefighter,
working with the fire department dur-
ing his off-days.
He was assistant fire chief for 22
years until the former fire chief retired
in 2004, leaving him with the position.
Having worked for more than 35
years, Lord has witnessed many
changes in emergency services. Getting
used to them has been his greatest
"When I started as an ambulance
runner, I began with only carrying a
small bag of bandages," he claimed.
"Now we have high-tech equipment
in the ambulance with advanced life
Job requirements have also changed
over the years. When Lord first began,
only a 24-hour first aid course was
required to be an EMT, and a college
Frostproof native Bill Lord, left, retired last week after a 35-year career as the Polk County EMT.
He will stay on for a bit as Frostproof Fire Chief.
semester to be a paramedic; now, a full
college semester is required of EMTs
and two-years for paramedics.
Now that he has retired as an EMT,
he will continue working as a fire chief
until his retirement next year.
"I've basically been able to do over
these 35 years what I set out to do and
that is help take care of people who are
sick and injured," he said.
The one thing he will miss the most
now that he has retired is working with
his partner of two years, Crystal Clark.
"She's been a good partner, a good
paramedic, and overall, it's been great
working with her," he said.
Once his wife Patrica Ann retires
from her job, they plan on traveling
and spending time with their children
- Brad and Jennifer and grandchil-
dren Bradon, Hailey, Luke, and Noah.
"I'd like to thank the Polk County
Board of Commissioners for allowing,
me to work for them and furnishing the
equipment necessary for our jobs," he'
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FROM PAGE 1
Not only has the business heard a
number of accidents at the intersec-
tion, but they
had an employee
was injured in an
accident and had
to be airlifted from
that fog adds to
the problem of
the busy highway,
he calls a "truth or Mario Nicoletti, sales
dare"' situation. manager at Spin
Add to that, he Magnetics
notes, the trucks
which cannot stop quickly, and it is a
recipe for disaster.
"We need a light," he said, describ-
ing traffic which empties from Hunt
Brothers Road onto the highway, and
people who then cut across multiple -
lanes to head to Hunt Brothers Road
in addition to all of the business traffic
which goes either way.
Meanwhile, at Bok Academy, a local
elementary school located right on
U.S. Highway 27 across from Warner
Moses says that
in the wake of so
many recent fatal
accidents near the
more and more
In an eight mile
County Road 640
Damien Moses, south to U.S. 98,
principal, Bok Academy which includes
Middle School Bok, there were
six traffic fatalities
in six separate accidents in a 153 day
stretch between Oct. 29 and April 2.
In one instance, parents were told
U.S. Highway 27 was going to be closed
for a portion of the day. Luckily, it was
while school was in session.
Moses says buses carry students to
.and from school, and notes there's a lot
of car-rider traffic as well.
Lake Wales Charter School
Superintendent Jesse Jackson ducks
his head inside the office, and
FROM PAGE 1
With the exception of 2000 and 2006,
the percentage of truck traffic was no
lower than 23.40 percent (3,744 trucks
out of 16,800 vehicles) in 2003, and
as high as 26.7 percent in 2001 (4,459
trucks out of 16,700). In 2006, the
computed AADT hit a high of 19,300
vehicles, but of which only 16.2 percent
(3,127) were trucks.
Despite the drop in traffic flow from
2007-2011 as compared to 2000-2006,
over the past several years, there have
been no major complaints.
"Off the top of my head, am I aware
of any complaints, no," said Hatchell.
Nor is the Florida Highway Patrol
aware of any complaints.
"Are you asking about truck drivers?
None that I can think of," said Sgt. Steve
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notes that the Florida Department
of Transportation should have the
school's application for a traffic light
Frustrated at its denial a couple of
years ago, Jackson notes, "How many
more deaths do they need?"
Across from Spin Magnetics, at
Longleaf Business Park is the Kegel
Training Center, just north of County
Del Warren, vice president, was
eager to voice his
opinion on the
dangers of driving
U.S. Highway 27.
reason, the depth
you pull up to the
like cars are on
top of you before
you know it. They
look like they are
really far away, for Del Warren, vice presi-
whatever reason. dent, Kegel Training
And then all of a Center
sudden, you blink,
and you get distracted, and they are on
top of you."
Warren further notes there are
college students that train at Kegel
"We had one of our kids that train
here frequently at our training center,
and bowl on our college team, and she
was almost killed," he said.
He says that the area is unique -
along this stretch of highway.
A large population of retirees coupled
with a large population of college
students complicates things at times.
"Well, retirees have a little bit slower
reflexes than they used to have, and
you're still going 60-70 miles per hour.
And then you've got college kids having
the time of their lives.in college, and
not paying attention, and texting, and
doing what college kids do."
"It seems like here recently, every
month, that there's somebody getting
hit out there," he said.
"So I just kind of paid attention to
going in and out, what it feels like to
cross the road."
He adds "It's interesting. When you
are approaching the intersection, it
seems very serene, it's not a.hurried
feeling, but yet what you're crossing is
people doing 70 miles per hour."
"I think that between the perception
of how far they are, how fast they're
Gaskins, public information officer
with the Florida Highway Patrol. "Over
the years, there have been engineering
concerns regarding signs and traffic
lights. But I can't say we've had people
Because it is a state highway,
the county agency, Polk County
Transportation does not keep statistics.
If anyone has a complaint, the com-
plainant is instructed to contact the
Florida Department of Transportation.
There are several county roads
that either intersect or join U.S. 27.
Traveling southbound from S.R. 60,
County Road 640 (ABC Road on the
western section and Pine Crest Road
on the eastern section) intersects the
County Road 630A joins U.S. 27 and
travels eastbound toward Frostproof.
U.S. 98 joins U.S. 27 on the western
part of U.S. 27, but becomes County
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coming, and the feeling that you're in
this small town intersection that things
are traveling actually slower, I think
that that is what happens," he said.
Some of the best youth bowlers in
the country live in central Florida and
come to Kegel all the time, he notes.
"We have a lot of youth that cross our
intersection. You get to know every-
body here, not only the kids that train
here, but our employees, so it's a family
thing. So every time there's an accident
... chances are we know them."
He said there is an "absolute growing
concern out here" that there needs to
be a light.
Lake Wales Fire Chief Jerry Brown
agrees as to the intersection's danger.
No matter which way they turn, if
they have to turn into a business on the
opposite side of the highway, he says,
"you've got to cross three lanes."
"It's difficult to protect yourself from
other drivers," he said.
"If someone pulls in front of you,
you're in trouble."
For the period of Oct. 1, 2011 to
March 31, 2012, the LWFD ran nine
motor vehicle crashes south of State
The scope of their coverage only
goes a few miles out from Lake Wales,
the Polk County Fire Department then
picks it up from there.
Brown says that a common attitude
which may contribute to the accident
problem is the attitude that "I probably
shouldn't pull out right now, but I think
I can make it."
Speed could be an issue, according to
He has "lived and worked" at The
located at 18700
U.S. Highway 27,
from Lake Wales.
people hit 65-70
mph," he says,
noting he thinks
if the speed limit
Patel has to
slow down in or- Sam Patel, The Travel
slow down in or- Inn
der to safely turn nn
into his parking
lot, he notes, and says he risks getting
hit every day by motorists who do not
or will not slow down.
This frustrates him, he admits.
He leaves his business about four or
five times every day, to run errands and
take his son to and from school.
Patel said another thing that needs
help is the State Road 60/U.S. Highway
The ramps need stop signs, he said,
for he's had a couple near misses there,
where people nearly clobber him as
he's coming off the ramp onto the high-
way. If a motorist stops (and there is no
stop sign), they risk getting rear-ended,
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Sales, Inc., where Maria Percy, the
manager, notes it is difficult to exit the
busy highway at a safe speed and avoid
getting hit by motorists who either
lanes or won't
"I have leaifffre
to turn on the
signal way back,"
she says, add-
ing that "trucks
notice to keep
from running into
the highway. Maria Percy, manager,
"You have to DJ's Auto Sales
keep your eye on
the rear view mirror" if you are turning
into a business.
And U.S. Highway 27 extended its
"welcome to the area" greeting, un-
fortunately, to the owner of DJ's Auto
Sales, Eric Smith.
Just a few months prior to purchas-
ing the business, he was at the ABC
Road traffic light when a fruit truck hit
three cars behind him, causing a chain
reaction, which included his vehicle.
It's his opinion that many of the fruit
trucks are overloaded as well, noting
the "mountains of fruit" that seem to
overflow, spilling onto the highway.
Percy notes that one of the recent
accidents nearby involved one of their
Unlike Patel, she doesn't think speed
is the issue.
"I think that people don't pay atten-
tion," she said.
"It's so easy to blame it on the speed
... This is not your subdivision. When
you pull out on 27, pay attention."
Across from Bok Academy sits Warner
University, whose students actually go
back. and forth across the highway for
classes and housing.
Doris Gukich, vice president-of
advancement at Warner, says that while
Warner did voice their opinion on the
dangers the highway poses to their
students, the FDOT solution of adding
a slow-down laiV for students turning,:
into the campus only solved part of the
She says that after their study of the
highway traffic, etc.; itheyernluded :-
no light was needed. At certain times, "
though, students who leave the east
side of the campus have to go all the
way down to a turnaround and turn
back the other way, causing more cars
than the "pileup" lane can hold.
In this case, she notes, that students
are stopped in the lane of traffic, hav-
ing nowhere to go, with the full force
of 60-70 mph traffic bearing down on
She said the school is "continually
reminding" students, faculty and staff
that people on U.S. HIghway 27 have
the right of way, and to exercise caution
both when entering and leaving the
July 4, 2012 Frostproof News Page 15
FROM PAGE 1
"Unfortunately, no matter whaty-ou
do to make the road safer, no matter
how much you educate people, unless
you have a deterrent out there to make
them obey the law, they're not going to
4o it. You can put all the rules out there,
aipd make it safe, and people will still
ljreak the law out there because it's in
,--their nature or they don't think it's that
big of a deal to do," Goreck said.
Local traffic safety experts said there
is not a lot that can be done, in their
opinion, to make the road safer than it
"There's little that you can do with
now curbed your actions," Goreck said.
"And that's what We're looking for, to
make some kind of behavioral change
to make them a better, safe driver. The
faster you go, the less reaction time you
have, the longer it takes you to stop. I
want people to drive like there's a cop
around every corner running radar."
While none of the six accidents have
raised safety issues when looked at
individually -- both the Sheriff's office
and the DOT have their own local crash
analysis experts they are currently
being collectively looked at as part of
the DOT's annual crash safety audit.
If that review raises any red flags it
won't be known for another month or
so. The regional office will later this
summer create a list of safety proj-
ects for the area and submit them to
Tallahassee, where they will compete
and the period of delay motorists
Proximity to things like a school are
not part of the equation.
"It really doesn't matter. It's based on
the traffic that's using the intersection,"
There are several other safety fac-
tors that are looked at, like lighting. In
addition, it is now standard on road
reconstruction or repaving projects
on highways like U.S. 27 that raised
reflective bumps be installed on road
edges. Those actually serve a dual -
purpose, that of improving visibility,
and also giving drivers an audible
signal that they are potentially leaving
On this 8.1 mile stretch of U.S. 27
there are about two miles of such
reflective bumps in both the north and
southbound lanes that run north from
the intersection of U.S. 98. However,
at the most serious accident site of the
six, when a southbound semi crossed
the highway in a stretch especially
known for poor visibility and started a
deadly chain reaction pile up, no such
bumps are used. There was dense fog
reported in that area at the time of the
March 6 crash, although a final police
investigation into the accident has not
yet been completed.
South of that spot, in a second cross
over accident, bumps are installed.
That driver, however, was impaired at
the time of the crash, and obviously,
there is no way to fully know if such
devices would have prevented either
However, Nandam agrees that they
do serve an important safety purpose
beyond just visibility.
"We find them pretty effective," he
added. "Let's say you're driving and
you're thinking about something and
you lose your focus for a second or two.
You start kind of like shifting. I've done
that. We all have. If you hear the sound,
you realize you're not in your lane, and
U.S. 27, State Road 60, Interstate 4, all
are inherently dangerous by their very
nature. In the end, all agree, it mostly
comes down to driver's being cautious
and vigilant while behind the wheel.
Shortly after Sheriff Grady Judd
surveyed the grisly March scene one
more deadly reminder to reinforce it's
Bloody 27 nickname he said what
many think about how driver's behave
on that 8.1 mile stretch.
"This is a wide-open stretch of road.
The speed limit I think is 65 miles per
hour. People drive like people want to
drive," Judd said.
1. Jan 24, semi and car collide, hit building.
2. April 2, car and semi collide in front of Warner Southern.
3. Nov. 24, wrong way driver hits another vehide
4. March, 2 nine.vehi j pil.up in heavy fog
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6. Feb. 2, SUV flips, bums.
the engineering side of this," said L.K.
Nandum, District Traffic Operations
Engineer for the Florida Department
of Transportation who works in the
Bartow regional office. "There's a lot
more you can do with enforcement and
Goreck notes that police units do
regularly shoot radar on that road, but
often it is in moving vehicles, since
recent legal case law has indicated
that is legal for drivers to signal other
motorists that police may be ahead.
"We're out there. We've had sev-
eral initiatives in the past few months
where we've written a lot of tickets on
that stretch," Goreck said. "I can tell
you that I run radar. We have several
assigned just to my unit that live down
in that area and they are consistently
running radar in that area."
He said that the number of the
patrols. the area generally remains
out there and some days
there Awillbe dry spells and some days I
can write as many tickets as I have time
to write," he added. "It just depends.
It's people and what's going on in
their lives. Are they pressed for time?
Are they angry? Are they distracted?
Do they have a need for speed? It's all'
about the people behind the wheel,
and what's happening to them that
He did agree that a visual presence
can help slow people down, but only
"It makes a mental impression, if
not only for that moment in time, but
maybe for the next 15 minutes, 20
minutes, maybe the entire day, it has
with other proposed safety projects
from around the state as to whether or
not they actually get funded.
At least one idea a traffic signal at
the entrance to Bok Academy has
already been turned down, much to the
chagrin of local school officials.
"How many more deaths do they
need?" asked Lake Wales Charter
Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson.
(As an aside, a more recent request
for a traffic signal at the intersection
of U.S. 27 and Hunt Brothers Road, a
couple miles north of the intersection
of 27 and County Road 640, was also
studied and has also been rejected
according to Nandam.)
And actually, the engineer said, traffic
lights aren't considered safety features
"That's a common misconception.
Traffic lights really are not safety
devices. It's a device that gives the right
of way, that manages the traffic at an
intersection," Nandam said.
In fact, headed, in the majority of
cases, "you actually increase the crash
history," when a before and after com-
parison is done when a light is put up.
The process of getting a light in-
stalled is largely objective, with little
wiggle room, because so many lights
are requested, be it from residents,
businesses or public bodies.
One of the thresholds that must be
met, for example, is five "correctable"
crashes in a single spot in one calendar
year. That is all part of what is dubbed
the "minimum warranting criteria" that
must be met before a signal would be
approved. Other factors include traffic
count, the amount of turning traffic,
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Dixie youth baseball team heading to state
Fundraisers helping foot the bill,
By JAMES COULTER
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Frostproof Dixie Youth baseball
players stood along Scenic Highway
waving neon-colored signs and flag-
ging down cars for their car wash last
When cars pulled into the Foodway
parking lot, they were greeted by the
boys and their families dressed in
team colors and armed with sponges,
rags, and brushes, all which quickly
went to work lathering up the cars
with suds before rinsing and drying
Under.the shade of a nearby can-
opy, a haven from the summer heat,
customers could donate any amount
of money to the baseball team and
purchase raffle tickets. Over 25 cars
were washed and $350 was raised that
All for a good reason.
This was one of many fundraisers
for the Frostproof Dixie Youth Major
All-Stars. The team is raising money
for their trip to the state tournament,
which starts July 14 in Brooksville.
They were able to advance after win-
ning the Dixie Boys District 7 major
championship. This makes them the
first Frostproof team to win their
The All-Stars went undefeated
during the championship in Mulberry
froimJune 15-20. They won the title of
Dixie Youth District 7 Champions after
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but regardless of whether they win or
lose; this is sure to be an unforgettable
experience for them all.
?This is an experience no other
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The All-Stars are looking to raise
$5,000 for their food and lodging dur-
ing the week of the tournament.
Their first fundraiser was June 28 at
Beef O'Brady's in Lake Wales where
10 percent of the night's sales were
donated to the team. After the car
wash later that evening, the team held
a Teen Dance at P&J's Recreation with
tickets selling for $3.
Their next fundraiser will be a bar-
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be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
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New officers for the dub's 2012-13 year, which started July 1, include, from left: Vice President
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Law agencies hooked with each other for emergency situations
By CATHY PALMER
With hurricane season upon us, we can
all rest a little easier knowing that our law
enforcement agencies, like most other city
and county services, are ready to protect
and serve us before, during and after a
Agencies like the Polk County Sheriff's
Office, the Bartow and Lake Wales police
departments have their emergency plans
in place and have practiced gearing up
should the county face serious storms this
The Lake Wales Police Department,
according to Assistant Chief IToy Schulze,
learned valuable lessons in 2004 when the
east Polk community took the brunt of that
season's unprecedented series of storms
that sashayedacidss the county. "We
learned 6ilotduring that season," Schulze
said. 'We've got new generators to keep
our communications up and running, and
we're coordinating more closely with other
agencies and the EOC."
Schulze said the city revamped its
emergency operations plans after the 2004
season and will immediately alert all of
its 43 officers and civilian support staff
to brace for an impending storm and be
ready to respond as soon as it is safe for
vehicles to be on the road to keep order,
police shelters and re-institute routine
Schulze's efforts are virtually du-
plicated by Bartow's police, says Maj.
"We also learned a lot after '04," he said.
"The city removed the old water tower that
created a hazard for the police department
building, and now it will be our 'safe haven'
and center for operations."
Bartow's 41 officers, 21 civilians and four
part-time officers are expected to muster at
the department headquarters as soon as a
storm is imminent, Herschel said.
"Then, we'll be readyto hit the streets to
keep things in order."
His patrols, like their Lake Wales
counterparts, also will resume patrols and
assist in keeping roads open for emergency
operations like fire and ambulance, as well
as street clearing crews.
"We'll also be available at shelters and to
assist the sheriff's department or neighbor-
ing communities if they need us and we
can spare our people."
Both city departments plan to divvy
up their forces into 12 hour shifts to keep
maximum manpower available in a storm's
Meanwhile the Polk Sheriff's
Department will also have 'allhands on
deck' should it appear Polk will be im-
pacted by a storm, according to emergency
operations coordinator Lt Alan Cloud.
Even though the PCSO has offices scat-
tered throughout the county, it also has a
mobile command center than can and will
be dispatched to whatever area appears
most in need, Cloud explains.
"We've got the command center and
other mobile equipment that is self-
sustaining and doesn't even need electric-
ity to operate," he says, showing off the
Lt. Alan Cloud stands before the Sheriff's
Department's Mobile Command Center, one of
the many vehides ready for deployment.
command center which is a revamped
semi seized in a drug raid.
He adds that all the equipment is repeat-
edly tested for several months before the
storm season officially starts to make sure
it is ready for deployment
"We've been testing everything for
weeks," he said "and tweaking anything
that needs it"
The SO also has 600 deputies that will
all be placed on stand-by once an EOC
bulletin indicates a storm is expected to
impact the county. "Everyone is called back
from vacation or off-duty," he says. "So
we'll be ready."
The SO even gets its paperwork ready.
"We even go through filling out mock
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Administration) forms for reimbursement
to make sure we don't find ourselves
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All three agencies said they had im-
proved their individual and joint commu-
nications systems since-the '04 storms.
"We're all on the same communications
system now," Herschel said, "that makes a
world of difference. We can call each other
without any problems and better coordi-
nate what we've got to do."
The municipalities have all their depart-
ment vehicles gassed up and ready once
put on alert, both Schulze and Herschel
said. Cloud echoed that all deputy cars
were readied, as well as the command
center and other operational vehicles,
some of which may give the SO a leg up in
Cloud said the SO could be completely
self-contained since it had not only the
command center vehicles, but also has
a cook trailer and a mobile bunk house.
He said the command center, cook trailer
and bunk house had all been deployed to
Mississippi to assist there when that area
was devastated byHurricane Katrina.
"We took over the entire law enforce- .
ment for the whole county around
Waveland, Mississippi ,for about 30 to 40
days," he says. "It might not be the best,
but we can function- we could feed
ourselves, bathe and have a place to sleep,"
he explained. He added that the bunk
trailer could sleep 14 and, by using two
shifts, could sleep a total of 28 in a 24-hour
period. "We know it works and we know
how to make it work best."
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Trisomy 18: It's a genetic disorder
By ELISABETH PARKER
TAMPA BAY TIMES
She had felt her baby's first kicks 15
weeks into her pregnancy when she
got a call with the results of a blood
test she hadn't wanted. Something was
wrong with her baby.
Adeline Sullivan looked on the
Internet to learn about the genetic
disorder that happens when a baby
gets an extra copy of the 18th chromo-
some. It can cause abnormalities in the
development of the brain, heart and
other internal organs.
Her obstetrician scheduled an
ultrasound and Addie watched as her
baby sucked her thumb. But the results
of an amniocentesis confirmed the
Trisomy 18, the doctor said, is "in-
compatible with life." The baby would
likely die before birth. If she did live,
odds were a coin toss that she would
die in the first weeks and less than 1 in
10 she would live a year. She would not
cry or smile, the doctor told them. She
would never walk or talk.
Typically, women who hear a doctor
say their child will be a "vegetable"
choose to end their pregnancies, or as
an online support group calls it, "say
Addie's boyfriend, Ryan Allen, told
her it was her choice. He would stand
So Addie chose. She chose to ignore
the doctor and the grim statistics.
And she chose a name.
Addie is 21 now. She was 19 when
she met Ryran, who was six years older.
They'd known each other two weeks
on St. Patrick's Day of 2011 when they
decided to go to a bar and then back to
She warned him not to fall in love
with her. "I did anyway."
Addie lived on the edge of a crowded
mobile home park in Largo, in a home
her grandparents owned, with her pet
turtle, Tiny Tim, and a cat, Chevelle.
She liked shopping for clothes and was
pretty handy under the hood of a car.
She had quit a job at the WingHouse
Bar & Grill after a disagreement with a
manager. She planned to get her GED.
Ryan lived down the street with his
mother while going to school to be an
auto body technician.
When he learned that Addie was
pregnant, but before he heard the
diagnosis, he quit school and used his
Pell Grant to build a bedroom in the
living room for the baby.
In the best of situations, keeping
a baby with such a diagnosis would
present monumental challenges for a
couple. Without a car or a job between
them, Addie and Ryan were confronted
with a decision that could have pro-
found consequences for them.
She was 20 weeks along when the
calls started coming from her obste-
trician's office. The doctor wouldn't
S discuss the case, but Addie remembers
it this way:
Do you know what you're going to
do, a nurse asked her.
Yes, she said. She was keeping her
The nurse didn't congratulate her.
Do you know your baby's condition,
she asked. Do you know her chances of
The next week, another call: When do
you want to terminate your pregnancy?
During her pregnancy, the first-time mom shopped for her baby, falling in love with tl
velvet dress. Addie imagined Riley wearing it on her first birthday. It hangs on the wal
bedroom, its price tag still attached.
Addie did not want to, she said.
Again: Have you researched Trisomy
Another week and another call. Addie
was firm, but by the fourth call, as they
launched into their dire spiel about her
baby's fate, she hung up.
Her grandmother laid hands on
Addie's belly, praying for a miracle.
Addie started a diary.
Aug. 23 I am now 22 weeks and
one day pregnant with you. You have
been jumping all over the place. It's like
you're playing hide and seek. I can't
wait to see how beautiful you are and
who you look like. If you have big ears
like your daddy or if you have my nose.
At her 28-week appointment, Addie
asked her obstetrician about Caesarean
sections. She had read that Trisomy
18 babies are sometimes too fragile to
survive labor and vaginal delivery.
The obstetrician told her no one in
the practice would do a C-section. They
would not risk Addie's life for a baby
they did not expect to live.
Addie needed to find a new doctor.
If people asked Addie why she
decided not to end the pregnancy, she
would tell them she didn't believe in
abortion. She didn't tell them about the
other reason, the one that traced back
to a Michigan police station 18 years
It was midnight during a chilly
October when 3-year-old Addie ran
around the station, engaging the of-
ficers who fed her crackers and juice as
her parents slumped on a bench after a
night of drugs.
She didn't want to leave when her
grandmother, Joyce Tomkiewicz,
came to get her. She never again lived
with her mother. When she was 10,
Tomkiewicz and her husband moved to
Florida and adopted Addie.
In middle school, Addie got into
a fight, and Tomkiewicz decided to
homeschool her. Later Addie went to
the PACE Center for Girls, a school of
last resort for teen girls. She dropped
out when she was 16.
Over the years, Addie's mother would
call, usually from prison, hinting at
foods and clothes Addie should send
her. Sometimes it was a letter, asking
for mail in return or pictures.
Addie stashed the letters in a folder
crammed with years of cartoons and
cards, in a drawer in her living room.
She kept her diary in a differ
drawer, in Riley's room.
Oct. 30 I pray every day t]
are coming into this world a h
healthy little girl. I don't know
would do if anything happens
No matter what, you will be in
and soul forever.
She would never abandon h
the way her mother had abani
Ryan got a job at an auto sh
set up a crib and a bassinet an
belly grew big. On days when
feel Riley move, she worried. S
hold a flashlight to her belly tc
age the baby to move.
Addie bled sometimes. Fear
was miscarrying, she went to ]
Medical Center's Baby Place m
a dozen times. On one trip she
going into labor, so doctors ga
shot and put her on bed rest.
Ryan played Monopoly for hot
As November slid by, she trick
to keep calm, because she kne
could feel everything she felt.
packed a diaper bag.
At every visit she saw a new
cian. Each asked if she had res
Trisomyl8So0me seemed to r
her decision, Addie said. Othe
"As a Christian, there was no
they could tell me," she said.
Riley was due on Christmas
at a visit three weeks before sh
due doctors discovered that Ac
producing too much amniotic
They broke her water to star
A monitor recorded a sudden
heart rate. The only option to
baby was an emergency C-sec
doctors asked Addie if she was
wanted to do this. She could d
reminded her. Addie said she
. When she woke up, she asked
her baby. Nurses would not br
Addie, convinced that Riley ha
became hysterical. After 12 ho
nurse wheeled her to a room.
weighed 2.12 pounds. She was
to wires and monitors. A nurse
her to Addie.
She had brown hair, Addie's
"She was the cutest thing in
world," Addie said.
Dr. Fauzia M. Shakeel, a neo
gist at All Children's Hospital, 1
One Trisomy 18 support group has 38 members
around the country who have survived more than a
year with the disorder. Two are in Florida. The oldest
is a 38-year-old woman in Lindenhurst, N.Y.
On the Web
To learn more about the disorder, visit '
Addie and Ryan soon after.
Addie, by now well-informed about
potential problems, asked about
heart defects and neurological issues.
Shakeel told them about the holes in
"They were mentally prepared for
their baby to die," Shakeel said.
Addie and Ryan filled out a DNR
form, do not resuscitate. If Riley was
going to die, they didn't want her to
AP PHOTO suffer. No CPR to restart her heart. No
tracheotomy to clear an airway. If her
his purple heart rate dropped, they would give her
II of Riley's oxygen. But that was it.
When Riley was 12 days old, a
rent volunteer who takes keepsake pictures
of newborns who aren't expected to live
hat you stopped by. She posed Riley in white
iappy feather wings.
what I Doctors said they would release the
3 to you. baby when she reached 4.5 pounds.
I my heart Addie and Ryan came to visit every
day. Addie cried at night ih her bed.
ler child sleeping with a blanket Riley had been
doned wrapped in.
She pleaded with doctors to release
op. They Riley early. If Riley was going to die,
id Addie's they wanted her at home.
she didn't Almost two weeks later, she had
She would reached 3 pounds and doctors sent her
o encour- home with 24-hour hospice care.
In other countries and other times, a
ing she child like Riley might not have survived
Bayfront those first weeks, said Riley's pediatri-
iore than cian, Dr. Heinz Chavez. New technol-
e was ogy keeps children with Trisomy 18
ive her a alive longer. Society bears much of the
She and costs, Chavez said. Addie has Medicaid,
urs. which has also covered Riley's costs.
ed hard That's not uncommon. Three-fourths of
!w Riley children with special needs are covered
She by Medicaid.
One day in the neonatal intensive
obstetri- care unit runs between $8,000 and
searched $12,000, Chavez said. Medicaid and
respect Suncoast Hospice would cover addi-
rs did tional hospital stays for Riley, if needed,
doctor appointments, medical proce-
)thing dures, formula and diapers.
Addie and Ryan wondered about the
Eve, but costs, but they have never seen a bill.
ie was Addie is relieved that it's paid. Ryan
ddie was feels guilty and doesn't want to know.
fluid. Each Sunday, Addie and Ryan
t labor. celebrated another week that Riley had
drop in survived. By the seventh week, Hospice
save the had dropped its 24-hour care and was
tion. Two coming by a couple of times a week.
Assure she On Jan. 22, Riley was getting a diaper
ie, they change on the couch when she stopped
was sure. breathing. Her eyes rolled back. She
ed for turned blue. Ryan lifted her arms. They
ing her. fell limp.
id died, He yelled her name and blew into
urs, a her mouth and nose. Formula came
Riley out, but no breath. He blew harder,.his
;hooked mouth covering her face as if he were
e handed swallowing her. He tasted her formula.
"I did second-guess myself as she
nose and was laying there," he said later. "Was
she supposed to die? But I didn't listen
the to myself. I was definitely not letting
my little girl die on my couch."
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Ryan pressed on her chest with his
thumb just as he had learned to do
watching a video in the hospital and
Addie, who had forgotten where her
cellphone was, ran into the street in
her underwear screaming for someone
to call 911. She rode with paramedics
to All Children's Hospital. For days, she
hovered over Riley as the baby's oxygen
levels wavered. Sometimes she was too
shaken to hold Riley. She considered
Addie and Ryan reconsidered the
DNR order, which Ryan had instinc-
tively disregarded when he brought
Riley back to life on the couch. They
wrote a new one and posted it at the
end of Riley's hospital bed. CPR for no
more than 5 minutes, it said. Still no
Ryan went to the hospital from work
every night, tired and sweat-stained,
and left every morning.
"Hey, Poppy," Addie said.
"Hey, Memaw," he replied.
For days, Addie didn't leave the
hospital. At night, she and Ryan rode
hospital elevators, smoked cigarettes in
stairwells and played air hockey.
Doctors wanted Riley to breathe on
her own before they released her. They
could insert a tube into her lungs to
help her breathe, but it might do more
harm than good for a baby that was
only 4 pounds. Ultimately she would
need heart surgery, but no one was
prepared to discuss that yet.
Even some of the doctors struggled
I HEALTH BRIEFS
,'ie Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers a Baby Care Workshop
class on basic baby care for expectant,
adoptive, or brand new parents.
SThe class covers issues like getting
tb know your baby bathing, feeding,
crying, and safety. Grandparents and
family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required. Class
is planned Tuesday, Aug. 7 from
The class is planned at Regency
Center for Women & Infants, 101 Ave.
O. SE, Winter Haven. For information
on dates, fees and registration, call the
Regency Library at 863-294-7020.
Learn about breastfeeding
The Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers a Breastfeeding Out and
About class. It is for breastfeeding
moms will focus on breast pumps, milk
storage information, discreet nursing in
public, back to work issues and breast-
feeding and the law.
The class is planned for Saturday,
Aug. 25 from 10:30 a.m.'noon. It is
planned at Regency Ce ter for Women
& Infants, 101 Ave. SE, Winter Haven.
Call the Regency Library at 863-294-
7020 to register.
Prepare for breastfeeding
Regency Center for Women & Infants
offers a Preparation for Breastfeeding
class to help expectant parents learn
with the tension between what they
could do and what they should do.
"Ethically, it's a question of what are
the right things to do for this baby,"
said Dr. Madhumita Ananthakrishnan,
a pediatrician assigned to Riley.
"I think it's a slippery slope because if
you do the (breathing) tube, do you do
a trach? Send her home on a ventilator?
We're in a setting where doing more
comes very natural to us. This environ-
ment is very difficult for a family like
this. We love to get people well. I don't
think it's right to give them hope."
Every day seemed to be a battle
between the percentages that the
medical community relied on and the
exceptional cases on which Addie and
Ryan pinned their hopes.
Addie and Ryan nicknamed one
geneticist "the Reaper," because he told
them that no matter what, Riley was
going to die. Other doctors pointed out
some of the physical characteristics
of Trisomy 18: Riley's rounded feet,
low-set ears and the way her fingers
"They gather around her like a
science project," Addie said. "She's a
The family was still in the hos-
pital Jan. 29 when Trisomy 18
topped Google's list of search terms.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum had temporarily canceled his
campaign events to go home to be with
his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who had
been hospitalized with pneumonia,
a common complication for children
with Trisomy 18.
In mid-February, Riley still wasn't
breathing on her own, but the doctors
chose to release her to hospice care
and sent the family home with an
ways to get the breastfeeding experi-
ence off to the best start. Taught by a
lactation consultant, the class covers
suggestions on breast preparation, the
father's role, returning to work and
special techniques. Grandparents and
family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required. The class is
planned Monday, July 9 from 7-9 p.m. It
is planned at Regency Center for Women
& Infants, 101 Ave. O. SE, Winter Haven.
For information call the Regency Library
Birth prep classes offered
The Regency is offering a four-week
Birth Preparation Workshop that fo-
cuses on physical and mental prepara-
tion for labor and birth. Hours for the
classes are 7-9:15 p.m.
Pre-Registration is required and
space is limited. The fee is $40 per
couple if delivering at the Regency
Center for Women and Infants and $60
if delivering elsewhere. People should
take the class 3-4 weeks before you are
due. Classes will be held Tuesday,
July 10-31. It is planned at Regency
Center for Women & Infants, 101 Ave.
O. SE, Winter Haven. For registration
and information call 863-294-7020 at
Grand is grand
Regency Center for Women and
Infants is offering a grandparent's class
for new and expectant grandparents.
Called Grand is Grand! The goal of
As soon as Addie and Ryan got back to
the trailer, they dragged their couch to the
side of the road. They didn't want to live
with the reminder of where Riley almost
Weeks passed and Addie and Ryan
began to relax as Riley no longer needed
oxygen to breathe on her own. Ryah car-
ried her through the house, tucked into his
arm like a football. He wanted to make her
strong, he said.
He was home because he lost his job
when the shop owner had no work for
him. They get food stamps, but sometimes
food is scarce. Hospice paid their electric
bill one month. Addie's grandmother paid
it the next.
Ryan said their situation was beginning
to feel like a prison. It's not like having a
normal baby that you take out, he said.
And Addie, he said, was needy, constantly
calling him to help.
Chavez, Riley's primary physician,
worried about what the stress would do to
them. It can lead to divorce or drug abuse,
Chavez said. "Survival for this child would
go down fast"
Ryan, he said, has matured in his expec-
tations. Addie, he said, needs time.
That's why he gave them Karen Heaton's
Karen Heaton lives 12 miles from Addie
When her son Donnie was bom with
Trisomy 18, doctors told her to take him
home and love him. He would die in her
Donnie is now 19.
He weighs 48 pounds, can sit propped up,
smile and recognize the people he loves.
He can't talk or walk or eat. He is like a
6-month-old baby. A perfect baby, Heaton
said. He claps during praise and worship at
Journey Christian Fellowship Church and
when he watches "The Price Is Right."
this two hour class is connecting the
generations and will spotlight current
trends in childbirth, baby care, and
Class is Tuesday, July 10 from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. It is planned at Regency
Center for Women & Infants, 101
Ave. O. SE, Winter Haven. Call the
Regency Library at 863-294-7020 for
The happiest baby
The Happiest Baby class for new
parents will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 from
5:30-6:45 p.m. at The Regency Center
forWomen & Infants, 101 Avenue O S.E.
Registration, sponsored by W.H.H.
Regency Center for Women & Infants, is
The class teaches new parents a
step-by-step approach to help all
infants sleep longer and soothe even
the fussiest baby in minutes ... or less.
It costs is $20, which includes a Parent
Kit with DVD.
To register, call 863-294-7020.
How to make
the birth experience good
Expecting? Want to know how to
make your birth experience the best?
"Introduction to the Regency" is a
free session that introduces you to the
classes, services and special features
that the Regency Center for Women &
Infants has to offer to the expectant
mother and father.
He has round-the-clock care and has
been in the hospital more than 100 times.
"It's been hard in some ways," said
Heaton, 62. "You just learn to live a differ-
Addie never called her, so one day
Heaton took the initiative.
On the phone, Addie asked her if Donnie
had been able to hold himself seated
upright, as Riley can. She was interested in
anything that would suggest Riley was do-
ing better than the doctors had predicted.
Heaton couldn't remember that far back.
Her message to Addie and Ryan: "Just love
Addie wondered aloud one day what
scientists really know about Trisomy 18.
"Do you not think the doctors are
scientists?" her grandmother chided her.
Sometimes, Tomkiewicz said, her grand-
daughter is naive.
Addie said she's not naive; she just wants
to know if anyone is working on a cure.
Dr. John Carey, a geneticist and pediatri-
cian in Utah, gets emails with questions
like that every week
In recent years, Carey has seen new
research, including trials with a drug that
improves the mental abilities of mice with
Trisomy 21 Down syndrome. This may
have implications for Trisomy 18, he.said,
but he can't yet envision a cure.
Addie filtered out the less optimistic
details. "This drug may be able to help
Recently, Addie held Riley on her
bed and stared into her eyes: "You're so
At 5 months, she weighs nearly 9
One day they will go on a train ride and
to the beach, Addie told her. Ryan will take
"Maybe these things the doctors say will
happen will," Addie said. 'And maybe not"
It is planned at Regency Center
for Women & Infants, 101 Ave. O. SE,
Winter Haven. Call 863-294-7020 to
make your reservations.
Regency Center for Women & Infants
has an Online Childbirth Education
The first such program in Central
Florida, the class offers an alternative
for expectant parents who cannot
attend conventional childbirth classes.
The class is ideal if mom has to be
on bed rest or if there are scheduling
conflicts. The online class is an interac-
tive, web-based program that includes
animated illustrations and videos.-
For information, contact Regency
Education Services at 863-294-7026.
The Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers an 8-hour babysitting
class on basic child care. It covers
being a responsible babysitter, accident
prevention, how to handle emergen-
cies, age appropriate playtime activities
and Child CPR. This is for young people
from 11-16 years old.
Pre-registration is required and the
cost is $30. Please bring a bag lunch.
The class will be held on Friday, July
13 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. It is planned at
Regency Center for Women & Infants,
101 Ave. O. SE, Winter Haven. For infor-
mation and to register, call the Regency
Library at 863-294-7020.
Winter Haven Hospital
Compassion. Innovation. Trust.
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July 4, 2012
Frostproof News Page 21
Brimming with nutrition: Freshly made relishes
Move over ketchup, mustard and
mayo. Summer is here: The abundance
of nutrition-packed vegetables and fruit
is a great time to explore the exciting
art of making fresh relishes. They are
inexpensive and a breeze to make you
don't even need a Cordon Bleu diploma
... Although their definitions are some-
what overlapping, these relishes include
a large and happy family of salsas,
chutneys and sauces.
The unlimited variety of these raw or
cooked dishes is a celebration of world
cultures. Mexican salsas and Indian
chutneys are among the most popular
ones. Of course, everybody is familiar
with winter holiday cranberry relish,
and I don't mean the one shaped like
a can and tasting like a can. Cooking
cranberry relish need not be limited to
Thanksgiving and Christmas, but can
be made at any time of the year from
Many of the relishes and sauces
possess a complex profile of contrast-
ing flavors and textures, a fact which
makes them exceptionally delicious.
Most do not have to be mouth-searing
hot. To turn the volume up or down use
more, less, or even skip the hot peppers
altogether. Adding lime or lemon Juice
also reduces the food's heat factor.
Relishes can be used on eggs, meat,
fish, grains, sandwiches, and some
served as side dishes. They are a
culinary vehicle to boost nutrition and
elevate an ordinary dish to an extraor-
dinary level. A scrambled egg is just
a scrambled yawn egg; however, a
scrambled egg smothered with freshly
made Tomato-Bell pepper Salsa is re-
incarnated into something vastly more
enticing. You won't forget what you had
for breakfast. A poached or grilled fish
may be delishified by a tropical Tomato-
Vegetables and fruits are packed
with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and
antioxidants. They act as ammunition
to help destroy toxic substances in our
cells. Numerous natural compounds
responsible for the plants' colors are
concentrated in produce and are
particularly potent disease fighters.
The highest nutritional levels are
found in fresh vegetables and fruits.
Frozen varieties possess a diminished
amount. Those which come in a casket
(canned) are dead on arrival. They are
overcooked and replete with artificial
and harmful chemicals, such as food
colors, artificial flavors, preservatives,
MSG, sugary syrup, and often an exces-
sive amount of sodium.
We eat with our eyes as well. When
the landscape on our plate is a feast for
the eyes and filled with fresh, colorful
fare, our meal becomes also spiritually
uplifting and memorable.
For a tropical fruit relish you can use
mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, peaches,
etc. interchangeably. Do not overdo the
use of spices. Too much of a spice over-
powers the dish and its unique taste.
Making the relish or sauce in advance
and refrigerating it for at least 30
minutes, allows the flavors to mingle
and reach peak taste. Double the recipe
and you can pair the relish with another
type food a couple of days later. Most
salsas keep fresh for 5 days, but are best
After making some of these epicurean
delights, and having been showered
with complements from loved ones,
you might find yourself "addicted" to
discovering, exploring, and inventing
more of them enjoy.
4 ears corn, kernels removed, or 2-1/2
cups frozen kernels, thawed
A teaspoon hot pepper sauce
V2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/3 cup purple onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Steam kernels 5 minutes.
Immediately remove from stove and
briefly rinse with cold water. In a bowl,
mix vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Add
all other ingredients. Serve hot or cold.
2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
2 ripe peaches, diced
/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive, oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
In a bowl mix all ingredients. Chill for
30 minutes. Serve on fish or meats.
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 Haas avocado
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons purple onion, finely
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Cut avocado in half, lengthwise.
Remove pit and peel. Dice avocado and
in a medium bowl mix with all.other
ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes. Serve
on meat, fish, or a side dish.
Judy E. Buss is a nutritional cooking
instructor, The Rath Education Center,
Senior Scholars Program.
Foundation raises $8,000
In an effort to raise funds and aware-
ness for its pediatric care unit, the
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical
Center Foundation raised $8,000 at
a Kruisin' 4 Kids fundraiser with Bill
Jarrett Ford of Avon Park.
SFor each of the 432 people who test
drove a new Ford vehicle, Bill Jarrett
Ford donated $20 to the Foundation.
This is the fourth year the Foundation
has paired with Bill Jarrett Ford to raise
money for a hospital service line, the
last three years benefitted the Heart &
Florida Hospital in Sebring has
partnered with the Walt Disney Pavilion
at Florida Hospital for Children in
Orlando, to offer the best and most
comprehensive care for families in
the Heartland Community. Through
the efforts of Krusin' 4 Kids and an
18-month Foundation campaign to
raise more than $200,000, Florida
Hospital will offer an updated pediatric
unit and expanded services to families
in Highlands and Hardee counties.
Part of the Kruisin' 4 Kids volunteer group (from left): Tommy Tumbull, Greg Anderson, Jean Lund,
Marie Anderson, Doug Gentry, Wayne Alford, Jamie Bateman, Lisa Jarrett and Christen Johnson.
The Lakeland Regional Cancer
Center was awarded a three-year full
re-accreditation designation by the
National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers, a program admin-
istered by the American College of
Accreditation by NAPBC is only
given to those centers that have
voluntarily committed to provide the
highest level of quality breast care and
that undergo a rigorous evaluation
process and review of performance.
During the survey process, the center
must demonstrate compliance with
standards established by the NAPBC
for treating women who are diagnosed
with the full spectrum of breast disease.
The standards include proficiency in
the areas of: center leadership, clinical
management, research, community
outreach, professional education and
quality improvement. Breast centers
that achieve NAPBC accreditation dem-
onstrate a firm commitment to offer its
patients every significant advantage in
their battle against breast disease.
In 2009, LRCC was the second
program in Florida to receive NAPBC
accreditation and the 52nd program in
"This re-accreditation demonstrates
the strength of our program, as well as
the value for our patients," Kim Walker,
LRCC Administrator and LRMC
Associate Vice President, said.
For information, call 863-603-6565
or toll free at 866-823-4405.
Watson Clinic opens primary care facility
Watson Clinics opened a new medical
clinic in Winter Haven set to deliver
healthcare for Blue Cross and Blue
Open for patient appointments since
June 25, Better Now Health Center is a
primary carefacility serving Blue Cross
and Blue Shield members 2 and older,
including those with Blue Medicare
Advantage or Blue Medicare supple-
ment: Located in the heart of Winter
Haven, the facility will be staffed by
Watson Clinic family medicine provid-
ers Dr. David J. Remmer and Bettye-
Brown as well as additional nurses and
Services provided at Better Now Health
Center include routine physical, sports/
back-to-school physical, sick visits, flu
shots, adult and childhood vaccinations,
disease prevention, health education,
and more. It has on-sitelab and X-ray
services during appointments.
Appointments are required and
extended weekday and Saturday office
hours are available. If a Blue Cross and
Blue Shield member is sick and requires
more immediate assistance, the office
staff can fit them in on the same day.
There will also be an Internet-based
patient portal for electronic communi-
cation between patients and providers,
which accommodates patients seeking
to review their medical records, order
prescription refills and access test
results securely and confidentially.
Operating hours are Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m., Tuesdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and
Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, Itis at 395
Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter iaven,
a half mile east of U.S. 17, behind the
Olive Garden. Call 863-680-7190, or
submit a request through our website at
BOSTICK HEART CENTER
N AN AFFILIATE OF THE UNNIERSY OF FLORIDA
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND SHANDS HEALTHCARE
Nationally recognized heart care is right here. ,
That's the Bostick advantage.
Lakeland cancer center
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July 4, 2012
An approach to the treatment of irritable bowl syndrome
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a rela-
tively healthy 81-year-old man who has
recently been diagnosed with irritable
bowel syndrome. I find it strange that
a sudden change in my bowel habits
occurred four months ago and still
continues much of the time. My stools
are loose and covered with mucus. I have
to take frequent visits to the bathroom. I
Is it unusual for someone of my age
to have such a sudden occurrence of
ANSWER: The young, the old and the
in-betweens can develop irritable bowel
syndrome. The majority of patients
fall between the ages of 30 and 50, and
women patients outnumber men by a
factor of two to one. You are not the usual
candidc~t for IBS.
Experts have devised criteria to permit
a firm diagnosis of this illness. One
criterion is recurrent abdominal pain
or discomfort for at least three days a
month for the past three months. The
second is a change in stool frequency,
either more than three movements a day
or fewer than three movements a week.
The third criterion is improvement in
symptoms after a bowel movement. And
Sthe fourth is a change in the appearance
of the stool, either liquid or very soft, or
rock-hard. So people with IBS have either
diarrhea or constipation.
SBloating is another common sign. It
lessens if you avoid gas-producing foods
like beans, onions, celery, carrots, raisins,
bananas, prunes, Brussels sprouts,
pretzels and bagels. Cut back on fiber
intake to 12 grams a day, less than half
the suggested dose.
As a trial, stop all dairy products for
a week. Older people often lack the
enzyme that digests milk sugar.
It's always good to consider other
ailments that can be mistaken for IBS.
Celiac disease is an example. It's an
inability to digest wheat, barley and rye.
Symptoms that raise a red flag indicating
that more serious maladies have to be
considered are rectal bleeding, nighttime
abdominal pain, increasing severity of
abdominal pain and weight loss. These
are not symptoms of celiac disease.
Are you taking any medicines for IBS?
Hyoscyamine controls gastric secretions
and slows the passage of food through
the tract. Dicyclomine does the same.
Loperamide (Imodium) hardens soft and
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband
is 63 and in excellent health. For nearly
a year, we have noticed blood in his
semen. It's not coming from me but from
him. The doctor said this is nothing to
worry about. We then saw a urologist,
and the prostate exam was normal. The
PSA also was normal. Should we see a
urologist at the nearby university's medi-
cal school?-- S.M.
ANSWER: The official name for your
husband's condition is hematospermia.
It freaks everyone out, the man and
his partner. It's almost always a benign
If the blood doesn't stop, doctors have
to look for signs of infection, bladder
cancer, prostate cancer and prostate
enlargement. If your husband takes
either daily aspirin or a blood thinner
like Coumadin, that could explain it. Your
husband has been through the mill. If he
and you are still worried, then a trip to
the medical school's urologist ought to
give you peace of mind.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you direct
me to a place where I can get a white
noise machine? The ringing in my ear is
so bad I can't sleep. M.M.
ANSWER: Before resorting to white
noise, turn your bedside radio to a sta-
tion that plays soothing music with few
interruptions. If that fails, turn the dial to
a position where only staticis heard. That
might end the ear noise.
White noise is the sound of wind
gently blowing, trees rustling or water
lapping at the shore. It cancels out the
inner-ear ringing of tinnitus for some
patients. One distributor of white noise
machines is SleepWell Baby Company,
reachable at 866-694-1375.
If you have a computer or a friend
with one, you'll find many white noise
machines with their pictures by using
"white noise" as a search phrase.
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 ofavailable health
newsletters at PO. Box 536475, Orlando, FL
32853-6475. Readers may also order health
newsletters from www.rbmamall.com.
Elderly drivers are not driving deficient, just have bad habits
Aside from teenagers, no driving
demographic gets into more car
crashes, mile for mile, than seniors.
Elderly drivers running amok even if
4it's just running amok at 10 mph is a
:common stereotype, their diminished
ibilitiges-suallv attributed to declines
m vision-gruntve abilities and physi-
- 1 However, a new study opt of the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
suggests at least some driving deficien-
-cies among older driver e the result
'h-bad habits, nol .:,-, ..- *
In p~irtisruar, Ns looked'
afodi th6fiHOst common types of
accidents involving elderly motorists:
right-of-way crashes. These are inci-
dents typically involving some sort of
turn in which one driver fails to yield
properly to another at an intersection.
It's long been presumed that when this
happens and involves an elderly driver,
it's because he or she couldn't or didn't
see the other car, became distracted
or somehow simply failed to negotiate
the turn all attributed to the conse-
quences of age.
In fact, when researchers put
elderly drivers through a set of
simulated driving conditions, the
root cause of mismanaged right-
of-way collisions turned out to be a
failure to sufficiently look both ways,
to scan in all directions for potential
problems. In other words, older
drivers spent too much time simply,
solely looking for problems directly
in front of them.
But when elderly drivers were
provid'yidvjth instruction that included
videotf'hi nng, their driving skills im-
proved markedly and the improvement
persisted for at least one year. Indeed,
the older drivers were no worse at
negotiating intersections than younger
motorists and probably a lot more
patient doing it.
Body of knowledge
A normal breath takes five seconds:
two to inhale, three to exhale.
Get me that. Stat!
Among children born full-term, those
conceived with the help of fertility
drugs were, on average, about one
inch shorter than naturally conceived
children, according to a New Zealand
study that compared 84 children born
with the help of fertility drugs and
258 conceived naturally. The children
were all from a single-fetus, full-term
- pregnancy and ranged in age from 3-to
10 years. In general health, there was
no significant difference between the
A large Dairy Queen Oreo Cookies
Blizzard shake (500 grams) contains
1,010 calories, 333 from fat. It has 37
grams of total fat or 57 percent of the
recommended total fat intake for a
2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 70 milligrams of cho-
lesterol (23 percent); 770 mg of sodifiin
(32 percent); 148 grams of total carbohy-
drates (49 percent); 2g or dietary fiber;
113 grams of sugar and 19 g of protein.
Percentage of patients with fibro-
myalgia, disorder characterized by
widespread musculoskeletal pain who
self-medicate using illegally obtained
Source: Mary-Ann Fitzcharles,
Phobia of the week
Apotemnophobia fear of persons
Never say diet
The Major League Eating speed-eat-
ing record for cherrystone clams is 312
in 6 minutes, held by Sonya Thomas.
If carrots are so good for the eyes,
how come I see so many dead. rabbits
on the highway?
Pulsatile beating, as in a pulsatile
Pope Adrian IV (c.1100-1159), the
first and so far only Englishman to
head the Roman Catholic Church,
reputedly .choked to death on a fly
floating in his wine.
More likely, the cause of Pope
Adrian's death was choking due to
quinsy or peritonsillar abscess, a
complication of acute tonsillitis
in which the throat becomes con-
stricted by over-sized, pus-filled
Also available by Imperial Publishing
Louise K. Frisbie captures a glimpse of
Florida's past with wit and wisdom. A truly
unique look into the history of central Florida
and the characters and events that shaped
it. Filled with photos and facts that only a
true native historian would know.
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Happy 4th of July
The "Fourth of July" for generations of Americans means a day filled with celebration, barbecues,
parades, family reunions and fireworks in honor of America's independence and freedom. In July
1776, John Adams wrote the day should be celebrated "... with pop and parade, with shows, games,
sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this
time forwarV i oeve more." John Adams later became. our second Preident. Thomas Jefferson, a
lawyer, who was the principal author in drafting the Delaration of Independence became America's *-
third Presiden. b.emarale coincidence, both n J rson, the only ;
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