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Volume 92 Number 32
USPS NO 211-260
Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843
Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.
City was prepared
for brush with Isaac
Leaders enact own emergency
plan in light of storm threat
By BRIAN ACKLEY was in the gauge at the city's wastewa-
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET ter treatment plant as of Monday morn-
ing, with much of that falling overnight
In the end, Florida's brush with Sunday. It was, unofficially, the highest
Hurricane Isaac turned out to be no big recorded total in the county, and led to
deal in the greater Frostproof area. some usual street flooding and stand-
But city leaders said that it still ing water in traditional low lying areas,
amounted to good practice for them for but few other issues.
the next time the city is hit. "Other than that, the water's draining
Part of that process is coordination off well and we haven't had any other
with Polk County regarding emergency issues that we are aware of," Croley
operations, while part of it is imple- noted.
meeting Frostproof's own emergency Frostproof Fire Chief Bill Lord also
plan, according to City Manager T.R. confirmed that there were no major
Croley. issues from his perspective either from
Actually, Frostproof took more of the the heavy rain.
brunt of Isaac, which passed the state Croley, Lord and city Public Works
as "only" a tropical storm, than most
other places. About 5.6 inches of rain ISAAC 5
Bulldogs didn't have much bite
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Calendar............... Page 2
Editorial ............. Page 4
County Report...... Page 8
Sports............ .... Page 16
Feeling Fit ........... Page 18
PHOTO BY NEAL BYRD
State Sen. JD Alexander was the guest speaker at last week's Frostproof Area Chamber of
Commerce monthly luncheon. Here, he shares a light moment with Mayor Kay Hutzelman
and Tina Miller, right, from the chamber. More photo coverage on page 10.
City may tap reserves to
By BRIAN ACKLEY our citizens in danger if there's a fire
NEWS @FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET and we can't put it on our staff that has
been telling us for several years that this
Frostproof leaders are considering needs to be done, and it could lower
dipping into its sizable reserves to pay insurance rates for our community. It's
for a water project that might eventu- something that's been needed since I've
ally save city homeowners money, been on the council."
Council member Ralph Waters Officials are projecting a slight uptick
suggested during a budget workshop in the surplus total, to the tune of
meeting Monday that the city use some approximately $78,000 in the current
of reserve money to loop water lines fiscal year which ends Sept. 30. But that
between the high school and Harrell could change because there are still two
Avenue which would significantly months of expenses left to account for,
increase water pressure issues that have City Manager Terry Croley noted.
been a potential long-standing problem Waters said that he understood that
in fighting fires. the fertilizer plant fire of 2000, in which
The city does not have a firm number more than 1,000 homes and business
as to what a project like that might cost, were evacuated, was hard to bring
although preliminary figures indicate under control because of water issues.
that it might be between $1.2 million Frostproof Fire Chief Bill Lord said
and $1.5 million. The city has around after the meeting that was not the case,
$3.3 million in general fund reserves, that there was plenty of water available
which is nearly 100 percent of the gen- to fight that blaze, nor could he think of
eral fund budget. City finance manager any city fire in the last five or 10 years
Melody Walsh said at a recent city where water pressure was an issue.
council meeting that auditors recom- However, he also added the potential
mend a city have about 30 percent of for water pressure issues to fight a large
their general fund budget in reserve. fire were real in virtually the entire city.
"One of the things I've been hearing The downtown business district is one
for a couple of years now is that we area he said could pose a big problem
are really needing to loop these water without the expensive upgrade, along
lines," Waters said. "We're sitting on a
big chunk of money and are we putting IMPROVE 16
Close encounter of
the bear kind
Back in friendly territory
PHOTO BY K.M. THORNTON
It was that kind of night Friday at Faris Brannen Stadium, where not much went right as
Frostproof fell to Haines City, 34-15, in the preseason Kick-off Classic. There wasn't much
running room most of the game, as freshman quarterback Xavier Gaines discovers.
More coverage on pages 16 and 17.
New season for
* Friday, Aug. 31
High School Football
The Bulldogs will open their regular sea-.
son on the road in Avon Park. Kickoff against
the rival Red Devils will be at 7 p.m. The
home opener will be Sept 14 against DeSoto.
In week two. Frostproof is at Sebring.
* Friday, Sept. 7
High School Football
The Bulldogs are on the road again for
the second week of the regular season as
they will play at Sebring. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
*Tuesday, Sept. 11
Frostproof Elementary will be hosting
its annual open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
iThursday, Sept. 13
Third Grade Open House
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School
will host its third-grade open house.
The fourth grade event will be Sept. 18
and the fifth-grade event Sept. 20.
* Saturday, Sept. 15
Members of the Frostproof Bulldogs
Booster's Inc invite fans to have a
"Bulldog Blast" at Club 300, a special
fundraiser to support athletics at
Frostproof Middle Senior High School.
It will be an evening of hours d'oeuvres,
live music, fireworks and friends, not to
mention a chance to win prizes. Tickets
are $100 each, and only 300 will be sold.
Tickets are good for two adult admis-
sions, no minors please. The event will
be held at 586 Sunrise Drive in Babson
Park at the end of Thorburg Road on
Crooked Lake from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets
are on sale at Roscoes and Frostproof
Family Diner. Tickets can also be or-
dered by mail at P.O. Box 833, Frostproof
FL 33843, and they will be mailed back
to you. Dress will be casual, and win-
ners do not have to be present to win.
Joe Willy Neckbone and the Fisheads
will be the featured band.
* Saturday, Sept. 29
Ramon Theater Gala
Make plans now to attend the Ramon
Theater's annual fundraising gala
"Lights ... Camera ... Dancing." Show
starts at 7 p.m. and Polk County Sheriff
Grady Judd will serve as the master of
ceremonies. Contact the theater for
more information at 863-635-7222.
* Saturday Oct. 13
The Ramon Theater will host a special
fundraiser for Cornerstone Hospice, a
Mad Hatter Tea Party Luncheon. The
event will run from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wear your funniest, wackiest or prettiest
decorated hat; prizes will be awarded.
Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the
Ramon for more information or tickets,
* Friday, Oct. 26
Halloween Murder Mystery
The Ramon will host "Clued In To
Murder" in a special Halloween-themed
murder mystery dinner theater event.
Prizes will be given out to the best
costumes, which are optional. Cost is
$30 per person which includes dinner.
Call the Ramon for 635-7222 for tickets,
or go online to www.ramontheater.com
to reserve a spot.
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Near-miss by Isaac no cause to second-guess
Let the second-guessing begin.
From the Republican National Committee's deci-
sion to postpone the scheduled start of its convention
to local school board decisions to cancel classes
Monday to whether the storm would hurt Florida's
summer tourism, the hand-wringing in the media
(and nowadays that includes the social media) is as
predictable as hurricanes in the hurricane season.
It's easy to say in retrospect that GOP leaders and
local school officials should have waited until Sunday
to make the call about Monday schedules. Come
Monday, the sun was out, and the deluge, storm surge
and dangerous winds didn't materialized as pre-
dicted. Parents were stuck scrambling for daycare or
missing work to watch their kids. Republican conven-
tioneers were sightseeing instead of rallying behind
their presidential nominee on national television.
States of emergency were declared in the absence of
State and local officials and convention organizers
acted just how we expect leaders to: responsibly. Gov.
Rick Scott, who was to have a starring role in Monday
night's convention festivities, told the RNC he would
take a pass. "I'm responsible for the 19 million
people who live here, and all the visitors," Scott said.
Nobody thinks the state's emergency management
system would have fallen into disarray in Scott's brief
absence, but Scott was-right to keep his hands on the
wheel, despite missing a chance to raise his national
Local school officials, too, made the only decision
they could, given the information available to them
at the time. As late as Sunday afternoon, weather
advisories were cautioning against unnecessary
travel, especially in "high-profile vehicles," such as
recreational vehicles. And school buses. Just one
incident involving a bus full of children debris
crashing through a window, a bus skidding through
a light or into a swale or even a water-related break-
down stranding kids in the rain and the recrimina-
tions and howls of irresponsibility would have been
If you looked at the radar Monday, you saw seri-
ous squall lines hammering the East Coast all day.
Those outer bands easily could have swept up the
Gulf Coast and erased any thoughts of local officials
"Will Tropical Storm Isaac on RNC week hurt
Tampa's image?" asked a Tampa TV station over the
weekend. Seriously? We're pretty sure travelers are
aware of the Sunshine State's summer weather. Look
at a tourism tax chart for any county in any year and
you will see clearly that revenues always drop from
May through October. Not only does it rain here in
the summertime, it's hot and humid to boot. And yes,
there are hurricanes.
Sure the RNC coming to Tampa focused a lot of
attention on Tropical Storm Isaac's path? Heck, The
Weather Channel's star storm chaser Jim Cantore was
dispatched to Tampa personally. (The old saw that if
Cantore comes to town, you're safe got another boost
as Isaac slipped westward Sunday afternoon and took
aim at New Orleans.) Key West gets hit every other
year it seems, but just try to find a front-row vantage
point at Mallory Square at sunset. Tampa will be fine.
regardless of Isaac, the RNC or Cantore. '
Stifle the Isaac hand-wringing and look at this
weekend's near-miss for what it was a chance
t6 put government and personal emergency plans
through a practice run for the day when we stay in
the cone and all the preparation and caution pays off
in protected property and lives saved.
A primer on Florida
To all the 50,000 delegates, journal-
ists, demonstrators, and cops at the
Republican National Convention:
Welcome to the Sunshine State!
OK, Florida can be a little like Camp
Grenada: you may have to wait a couple
of days before the sun comes out, but
it's worth the wait. (And if you are not
familiar with Camp Grenada, Google
the phrase, "Hello Muddah, Hello
Chances are you have been given
more tourist brochures than you will
ever read, plus a couple of dozen
Here is what you really need to know:
a-visitor's primer on Florida.
Hurricanes. There are five categories,
of which One is the lowest, sort of like
you learned in kindergarten. It is not
A Cat 1 hurricane is basically good
At Cat 3, it is wise to keep an umbrella
Cat 5 is a witch, or something that
rhymes with witch. If you plan on stay-
ing around for a few days when a Cat 5
hurricane is in the offing, invest a few
hundred bucks in a generator and learn
how to use it. Gasoline without ethanol
Buy three day's worth of provisions
that don't need refrigeration. I recom-
mend cans with lids that do not require
a can opener, but there are those
who still enjoy the challenge of hand-
powered models. For beverages, lay in a
gallon of over-priced spring water a day,
or a six-pack. Your choice.
Incidentally, any hurricane tracking
* f '
S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
chart created more than 48 hohrs
before landfall is an educated guess,
nothing more. Floridians know this; TV
weatherpersons do not.
Learn the lingo.
If you hear the term "a major rainfall
event," change the channel. You are
listening to a bureaucrat who is show-
If you hear the term "thunderboom-
ers," change the channel. You are tuned
in to Nick Junior, or maybe Sprout. You
need to be listening to an adult channel.
A major thunderstorm, which is
basically what a hurricane is (until you
reach the "witch" stage) may be appro-
priately referred to as a gully washer or
a bullfrog strangler..
Both terms, incidentally, are mis-
leading, since gullies pretty much
disappeared when the state started
requiring phosphate companies to
reclaim mined-over land, and a bullfrog
is an amphibian and does quite well in
thunderstorms. Neither term should be
preceded by "literally," a term that has
been corrupted by broadcasters when
they use a term in the figurative sense.
Incidentally, the decision to cancel
On spotting corruption,
who to call?
During my time in the Florida
Legislature, I have taken on a few
issues that led to the discovery of state
activities that were questionable at a
minimum, and more likely unethical or
In politics, it is easier and more
rewarding to "go along to get along."
People who seek the truth and continue
digging or asking questions are "trou-
blemakers," while who turn their
heads the other way or ignore warning
signs are "team players."
My favorite saying that I try to put
into practice is, "All that is necessary
for evil to triumph is for good men to
do nothing." But in researching issues
such as SunRail, prison privatization
and numerous special-interest projects,
I have smacked into the wall of silence
at several state agencies. Rank-and-
file employees are expected to refer
questions to public information of-
ficers, who seem trained to avoid real--
answers. Even extreme measures, such
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FROM PAGE 1
Director James Keene were on a
conference call each day, starting
last Thursday, with the Polk County
Emergency Operations Center to get
the latest information on the storm and
preparations. The last conference call
was Monday, once the main threat had
She said the county was at a Level
Two preparation, which included
sharing information about what county
and school organizations were closed
and reminders to document any storm
. And, of course, the tropical storm
"They brief you on the weather,
where they think we are and what they
believe is going to occur the next day,"
The city has it's own emergency plan,
which too was activated.
"The first part of that is fueling all the
vehicles, making sure all the chain saws
are operable and prepared to go, top-
ping off generators and getting materi-
als to places we can get to them in case
we have downed trees," she added.
The city also has a master list of
emergency numbers for its employees
in case they need to be called to work
on short notice.
"Every time we have a storm come
through we pretty much do a drill here
to just make sure we're on top of things
and haven't forgotten anything," she
Officials with the EOC viewed it the
Brad Ruhman, a spokesman for Polk
County Fire Rescue, said it turned
out to be an "extremely successful
"Being in this situation we found we
could improve in some areas and being
in that situation where things weren't
as dire as we had originally anticipated
worked out well for us," he said.
The EOC Executive Director Pete
McNally thought going through a live
situation where no damage was done
was great for the them.
'Anytime you get a team and work
them in a real situation it's helpful," he
said. "You get things accomplished and
we were prepared for it."
Rainfall that dropped on Polk County
over the weekend show 5.6 inches
fell in Frostproof, according to city
officials, and 6.07 inches fell in Lake
Wales according to the Community
Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow
Totals weren't shown for Bartow
and Fort Meade, but the rainfall
didn't make any significant impacts,
especially to the Peace River area
where the water was already about
two feet from overflowing.
"It was not an issue," McNally
said. "There was no flooding as far
as what we've been told. There was
a little bit (of water) in the south-
eastern part of the county near the
-Kissimmee River and River Ranch,
but some rain always makes that
come up. We got a report from a
family out there that the water was
FROM PAGE 4
as public-record requests, are answered with data
dumps of mostly incomprehensible reams of paper.
A consequence of my public battles is that some
state employees have contacted me to provide infor-
mation or confirm "that you are on the right track,
keep asking questions." Not only have I been con-
tacted by employees or ex-employees of the agency
I was currently researching, but from other agencies
or departments with which I had little interaction.
Their willingness to step up and do the right thing to
expose potential corruption, unethical behavior and
patronage is admirable. They speak of hostile work
environments, subtle threats, cozy relationships and
widespread distrust. It saddens.me to know they face
the very real dilemma of whether to keep quiet and
keep their job, or speak out and risk getting kicked
out. Not much of a choice.
It must be awful to know of things going on in state
government that should be stopped or exposed, but
feel frightened and powerless to do so. Who can they
tell? Who can they trust? Will it matter anyway?
If acted upon, their tips could lead to eliminating
bad apples, opening competition to all vendors and
saving taxpayer dollars. There should be incentives
for employees to speak up when they see inappropri-
ate behavior, lest it become the prevailing culture in
which they are expected to participate. It is usually
at this point that they quit or reach out to someone.
Shouldn't there be someone for them to reach out to
without fear or reprisal? Within every state agency,
there is an inspector general who is supposed to root
out corruption and fraud, and ensure tax dollars are
spent wisely. If this system were working properly,
employees would have a viable mechanism for
However, a 2009 Florida Trend report found several
inspectors who were fired or asked to resign by
agency bosses who didn't appreciate the indepen-
dent oversight. Inspectors at the Department of
Corrections, Agency for Health Care Administration
and Florida Department of Transportation were
The DOC inspector was fired for investigating
a friend of the agency's secretary. Today both the
secretary and his friend are in prison for accepting
kickbacks. At FDOT, the well-respected inspector
general was asked to resign for having taken cases to
law enforcement. Apparently, the agency's legal staff
feared what people might think.
In other words, it's OK if corruption exists, let's just
make sure no one finds out about it. Such retribution
flies in the face of the purpose for inspectors general.
The major problem is that they aren't independent
and can be fired at the whim of agency secretaries
who don't want dirty laundry aired.
Several Florida agencies sign contracts that spend
billions of taxpayer dollars. With Florida leading the
nation in public corruption, this situation should be
For the past two years, I sponsored a bill based
on recommendations from the 2010 Grand Jury
Report on Public Corruption to restore public in-
tegrity and regain the public trust. The bill sought to
give greater independence to the inspectors general,
more authority to the Chief Inspector General and
financial rewards to employees who provide informa-
tion that results in the recovery of funds.
As with most ethics-reform legislation, the bills
went nowhere fast. Perhaps with Integrity Florida
leading the charge for true and meaningful reform,
we might see positive results.
In the meantime, employees morally opposed to
what is happening in their agencies don't know where
to turn. While I'm flattered they feel I am someone
who can "shed some light" on the situation, there
is only so much I can do in my last few months as
a legislator. We need to address this gap from many
fronts. Agency workers need a hotline to report tips
so that reporters, law enforcement and the ethics
commission could further investigate. The Ethics
Commission needs the authority to initiate investiga-
tions and the teeth to do something with the results.
The governor's new chief of staff can change the
culture with an open-door policy and by removing
the toxic cronyism.
There are many honorable people who work for the
state who shouldn't be painted with the same brush
as the bad actors. We need to separate the good from
the bad and not place honest workers in the position
of participating in questionable behavior by following
the orders of their bosses. Those who misuse their
power should be rightfully held accountable.
Standing up to corruption and good-old-boy poli-
tics deserves to be encouraged and rewarded. No one
else should lose their job for doing the right thing.
Paula Dockery is a term-limited Republican senator
from Lakeland who is chronicling her final year in
the Florida Senate. She can be reached at pdockery@
FROM PAGE 4
the first day of the convention obvious-
ly was made by someone who literally
did not know what he was doing. There
are few safer places to be in during a
hurricane than a major public building,
and if you've got to burn a day listening
to dull speeches, better to do so when
the weather is too foul for a day at the
Frankly, the GOP needs better leader-
ship when it comes to convention
And finally, before departing the
state, please leave all your remaining
money, except for enough to pay for
your return trip home.
Here's how to do it.
(1) Skip Miami. Floridians feel about
Miami the way that Lousianians feel
about New Orleans. If you are from
Louisiana, you will understand. If you
have ever visited New Orleans, you will
(2) Skip West Palm Beach. There's
nothing wrong with WPB, but if you
can afford two nights there, you can
afford a week at Walt Disney World.
(3) If you want to experience a little
authentic early American history, visit
St. Augustine. Do not miss the Castillo
de San Marcos. And St. Augustine has
more great seafood restaurants than
Las Vegas has sleazy nightclubs.
(4) And if you want to see the
Florida of yesteryear, visit Cedar Key.
Unfortunately, there will only be room
for a couple of hundred of you, but if
you are one,of the lucky few, you can
tell your friends you have seen the real
And oh, if you are thinking of selling
your home in Indianapolis, packing all
your goods in a Winnebago pulled by
an SUV with a bumper sticker that says,
"Spending My Children's Inheritance,"
and moving to Florida, you should be
aware that hurricane season lasts six
Sorry about that. Heh-heh.
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in any coastal community. You spot a
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Polk County wants you to know about
possible emergency situations and get
warnings, but first people who live here
should do their part.
The Polk County Public Safety
Notification System is seeking to
expand its database of phone numbers
and emails and now can add cellphone
numbers so residents can get emergen-
cy and severe weather conditions, boil
water notices, missing persons, fugitive
warnings, sexual offender/predator
location notices, crime information and
To become a part of this sys-
tem, residents may go online to
where they will be asked to provide
their name, address, email address,
and primary and alternate phone num-
bers. Callers will be prompted for their
contact information. Registration and
messages are free; however, regular
cellphone rates apply depending on
individual cellphone plans. Cellphone
text messaging is not being offered
because of the additional charges often
added for text messages. Residents
may also call 866-484-3264.
Many residents who have home
telephones are already included in the
current database. To ensure that a per-
son is on the list, especially those who
have cellular or business telephones
on which they would like to receive
notifications, residents may register to
receive notifications via their home,
business or cellphone with a voice
recording, or by email.
"Today, many people are using their
cellphone as their home phone," said
Polk County Fire Rescue Chief David
Cash. "We want to make sure all of
Polk's residents can get information if
there is an alert."
This notification system is used by
the Board of County Commissioners
and the Sheriff's Office to inform county
residents about public safety threats
and concerns. The system augments
existing warning systems and media
reports for the distribution of public
During situations which may affect
the health, safety and welfare of Polk
County residents, designated officials
send out messages to telephone
numbers and email addresses within a
geographic area. When the message is
sent the system will notify you, giving
specific information about the current
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with warehouses operated by Ferguson
Enterprises and Lowe's and the high
The city's fire insurance rating has
gone up in recent years, from a 6 to a
7.5 according to Lord, because of two
"That's the major thing, increasing
the flow," Lord said. "The two biggest
issues are water supply and training.
With an adequate water supply and the
change in training and everything else,
it should bring us back to a six;"
The council last summer agreed
to spend more money on training
firefighters better, including online
Public Works Director James Keene
said the latest cost estimate he had
seen for the project was around
$1.2 million. Waters said he thought
the price tag, according to the city's
engineering consultant, might be
around $1.5 million.
"Material is at an all time low right
now," Keene added.
Councilwoman Diana Webster-Biehl
asked if it was a project that should
be funded and done all in one year, or
spread out over multiple years. Croley
said it would be best to do it all at
"If you bid it all as one project, it
would probably be less costly than two
or three separate projects," she said.
"If we can do it all at once, and main-
tain sufficient reserves to be fiscally
sound, I have to say I'm in favor. What
a great gift this council can give to this
city, to do it and get it done and not
have to apologize for an inadequacy if
there were a disaster.
Mayor Kay Hutzelman also endorsed
"It is a plus for our citizens, it's a plus
for our city. We've worked hard to build
this reserve and we will still have a rea-
sonable reserved," Hutzelman noted.
"I know we all get a little nervous about
things that could possibly happen like
There was no objection from any
council members to include the item in
its upcoming 2012-13 budget, although
Anne Dickinson said she was "fine"
with it for now "as long as we're just
talking about it."
Otherwise, she was not willing to
commit Monday to the project.
"I haven't thought about it, frankly,"
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The event drew a nice crowd, and was held at the local eatery on Aug. 14. She has also
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attending his first RNC
By BILL ROGERS
crash the party,
Jimmy Nelson of
Lake Wales will
be attending his
week in Tampa.
being involved to Jimmy Nelson
the degree I have
never been before," Nelson said, where
an estimated 70,000 will be going to
Nelson will be attending the conven-
tion with state committeewoman Linda
Ivel of Lakeland and will be seated on
the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum
with Florida's other delegates.
Nelson said what he hopes will
happen is that there will be a clear
distinction between the policies a Mitt
Romney administration would put forth
"versus what we have seen.,
"People are looking for some specif-
ics," he said.
The chairman of the Republican Party
of Polk County said as far as
the choice of Paul Ryan as a running
mate, Romney could not have made a
There are those who think President
Obama will get a second term if the
election becomes a popularity contest.
"He has a very good chance of
winning," Nelson said. "If it is a de-
bate about true issues and concerns,
Nelson said he will be staying at
Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor.
Nelson said he is planning to attend
breakfasts that Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow
Nelson got involved with the local
party in March 2010 when he became a
"I couldn't just watch what was going
on," he said. "I had to get involved and
was not just going to complain."
Paul Senft of Haines City is a national
committeeman with the party and
spent part of the week in Tampa.
"We are unified and will come
out of the convention more unified,"
"There is a huge difference in the way
we want the country to go," he added.
Senft said he doesn't believe the
presidential election will be a popularity
contest as it was in 2008.
"Some people are disillusioned," he
"He just hasn't performed," Senft said
This is the fifth national conven-
tion that Senft has attended. Senft
said he has credentials for the
convention and can "go anywhere I
want to go."
As is always present at national con-
ventions there will be protesters. There
are some 60 groups poised to protest
outside the forum. Officials say 15,000
people could show up to demonstrate
during the event.
Paul Senft of Haines City, at left, talks with Congressman Tom Rooney during the Lincoln Day
dinner in Lake Wales last month.
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the Lake Wales pool, their home pool, on Sept. 18 against Hardee and Tenoroc, and then
celebrate Senior Night on Oct. 2 against Avon Park and Ridge Community.
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By STEVE STEINER
One man's trash is another man's
treasure goes the popular saying; words
that rang true at the Aug. 21 Polk County
Board of County Commissioner's public
In an unanimous vote, it agreed to an
interlocal agreement with Plant City, locat-
ed in neighboring Hillsborough County, to
accept its trash for the next 10 years. It will
generate a revenue of approximately
$1.2 million per year.
CountyAttorney Michael Craig pointed
out to the BOCC that this was made
possible due to the Florida Local Interlocal
Act of 1969; its purpose to allow local
municipalities to cooperate for the mutual
benefit of each other.
"Plailt City approached Polk County
to explore the possibility of a long-term
agreement for the disposal of solid waste
generated within the corporate limits of
the city in order to maintain its current
solid waste fee structure," Craig explained
to the BOCC.
His department's research into the
proposal revealed that Plant City is similar
to Winter Haven in the amounts gener-
ated. As a result, Craig recommended a
fee structure similar to what Polk County
municipalities are paying, with discounts
ranging off the tipping fees from 1.25
percent to 20 percent
"The estimated amount is to be 35
tons per year," said Craig. "Based on the
amount, a 10 percent discount on tipping
fee, resulting in a tipping fee of $34.15.
Estimated gross revenue is $1,195,250."
Craig broke down the figures further.
Accepting Plant City's solid waste will
result in a 6.7 percent increase in tonnage
to Polk County landfills per day. It will
consume 20.9 days of air space per year.
"However, these numbers do not take
into account landfills are, for want of a
better term, a'dynamic organism' and
there is a significant amount of settling
.and decomposition, that occurs during
the course of the landfilling process," said
Craig. "So the impact I've just given you
will be somewhat less."
Questions by the BOCC to Craig and
later to Plant City Mayor Michael S.
Sparkman were few and just to clarify
minor points. The first of those questions
was posed by BOCC chairman Sam
Johnson, who asked if his understanding,
that there was a five year set price, was
correct. Craig's initial response was 10
"The price is for five years, the contract,
10," replied Johnson. "If I'm right, there's
a five-year rate cycle? And it increases by
"It will be based on the tonnage,"
answered Craig, who added there is an
escalator clause in the contract.
Commissioner EdwinV Smith stated he
had questions he believed could best be
answered by Sparkman.
As he approached the podium,
Sparkman said entering into the interlocal
agreement was a great opportunity for
Plant City, similar to interilocal agreements
it has with other governmental entities.
"It will be an asset to Plant City," said
Sparkman. "We will be able to retain our
charges for our services to our citizens
(which) will not have to be increased."
With transportation and tipping fees,
Plant City will be able to pay the same
price it currently does.
Smith questioned what vehicles Plant
City will use to deliver the trash. Sparkman
said it will primarily be 10-wheel trucks.
While it has smaller trucks, those will be
brought to a facility and loaded onto the
10-wheel trucks. No 18-wheel trucks will
be used. Sparkman also said the trucks
will travel Interstate 4 to the landfill.
Smith asked what would be the current
fee if Plant City continued using its current
contractor. Sparkman could not provide
a quantitative answer. However, after put-
ting out a request for bid, had it entered
into a new contract with the current
hauler, the cost would be substantially
more. That hauler's bid also included an
"How many trucks per day do you
estimate?" asked Commissioner Bob
"Probably 10 per day," replied
The last question before a call for a mo-
tion, second and vote came from Johnson,
who said it was a follow-up to his first
question to Craig.
"The five-year rate structure, is that
something common with all the cities we
do, that we have contracts with?" He was
assured it was.
BOCC talks trash
with Plant City
By PEGGY KEHOE
Saying it was the only way to protect the
school, members of the parents association
and the principal of Harrison School for the
Visual and Performing Arts presented an
application for charter school status to the
Polk County School Board last week.
The move stirred up what had been a
rather routine presentation of seven charter
school applications at Aug. 21 work session.
Some board members expressed disap-
pointment that the controversybetween
Harrison and Lakeland High School hasn't
been settled and that Harrison supporters
felt it necessary to ask for charter status.
Plans for Harrison began in 1985 and the
county-wide school opened in the fall of
1989 next door to Lakeland High School
At that time Harrison had its own state
number, called an MSID (master school
identification), issued by the FDOE. About
sixyears ago, the state took away Harrison's,
number, putting it under Lakeland's MSID.
Presenting the charter application
were Craig Collins, Harrison principal;
Barb Erickson, president of the Harrison
Parents Association; and parent and
trustee Les Dunson.
Currently, Harrison students take aca-
demic courses at LHS. As a charter school,
Harrison's academic design "will have
somewhat of a different face," Collins said.
It would have.an "arts integration model."
Supporters of the school became more
concerned when Lakeland High School
began a charter movement this year,
which was delayed over concerns with the
Board members were not happy with
Harrison's charter application, especially
in light of ongoing mediation between
the district and the two schools whose
principals have had ongoing conflicts.
"Why are we going through mediation
when all of the time it was said if we
do not get what we want we will file for
charter?" School Board Member Frank
Erickson replied that, "We are willing to
leave the door open to the district," say-
ing their goal "is to preserve and protect
the original intent and purpose" of the
If an agreement with the district is
reached, "We will withdraw this applica-
tion. If not this is the only we see to protect
and preserve this wonderful school."
Board Member Kay Fields noted the
application assumes Harrison would
continue to operate at its current facility,
while startup charters normally have to
provide own facilities.
"Basically you're saying you would keep
Harrison as is. I'm not understanding that
What is your backup plan ifyou're not able
to continue to use the facility?"
Collins acknowledged there is no backup
"This is not the chosen route," Collins
asserted, "This is the only route that assures
that Harrison will be here five years from
Board Chairman Hazel Sellers asked if
they were expecting the district to supple-
"Transportation will look very different
and we can'tbegin to keep up with the
transportation as it is right now," Collins
acknowledged. There would be some
specific pickup points on the east side of
the county, but parents would have to get
their children to those spots. Collins said
30 to 33 percent of Harrison's students are
from the east side.
"There seems to be an elephant in the
room," Board Member DebraWright
declared. "Seems to be a lot of adult issues
... I don't know what it is," she said, "but it's
costing time, money and effort.".
"Can't we all get along?" she asked.
"If it's a number, don't get mad at use
and file a charter, go to Tallahassee and try
to resolve it Maybe we all need to go to
But she also asked, "If they give you a
number what's going to keep you from
coming back and saying we don't like
something and apply again?"
O'Reilly recalled that three Bartow
schools that share one campus Bartow
High School, International Baccalaureate
and Summerlin Academy all wore the
same color caps and gowns at graduation
and three principals stood together to say
"You want total separation. You want
nothing to do with those people (at LHS).
You can mediate until hell freezes over," he
told the Harrison team.
Six other schools, most planned for
Lakeland, also submitted charter applica-
tions: Golden Gate Scientific Leadership
Academy, Heartland Academy, Innovations
Middle Charter School, Lakeland Pathways
Charter, Magnolia Montessori Academy
and Somerset Academy Poinciana.
Ross honored for senior service
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, was honored by RetireSafe for his efforts to protect the
health benefits and security of Florida's seniors and was one of many in Congress recognized.
The officials protect seniors' health care benefits, by ensuring access to affordable medica-
tions through Medicare Part D. From left: Rep. Dennis Ross; Thair Phillips, president and CEO
of RetireSafe; Katie Parkinson, Director of Program Management for West Central Florida
Area Agency on Aging, Inc.; Alice O'Reilly, president of VISTE Volunteers in Service to the
School seeks charter app
The following places are closed for Labor Day which is
Monday, Sept. 3:
Polk County Courthouse.
Polk County Public Schools.
Lake Wales Charter School District.
Neil Combee Administration Building.
City of Lake Wales.
Lake Wales Library.
City of Bartow.
City of Bartow, Library and Parks and Recreation.
Garbage collection in Bartow: Monday's collection will be on
Tuesday. Tuesday's collection will be on Wednesday. Thursday and
Friday schedules will remain the same.
City of Fort Meade, Library.
Frostproof City Hall and Library.
Florida Refuse: if your collection date is on a holiday, trash and
recycling will be collected the next day.
Business offices for The Polk County Democrat. The Lake Wales
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Canine canker detector showcased at Citrus Expo
By CLINTON BURTON
LEE COUNTY- On Aug. 15 and
16, Southeast Ag Net/Citrus Industry
Magazine hosted Citrus Expo, a two-
day seminar and trade show, at the
Lee Civic Center. The event featured
lectures and question and answer ses-
sion with some of the world's foremost
authorities on the agricultural and
business ends of citrus production and
the opportunity to browse the latest in-
novations in citrus-growing technology.
But the undisputed star of the show,
on Aug. 16 at least, was a black Lab mix
Juice is one of a handful of dogs,
all rescues, being trained by former
law enforcement professional Pepe
Peruyero to sniff out citrus canker.
While Juice waited patiently offstage
Peruyero, the founder and Chief
Operating Officer of J&K Canine
Academy, explained how dogs have
proven their abilities throughout the
years to find, with their sensitive noses,
what no human could every find with
the naked eye.
The history of dogs and the use of
dogs in law enforcement and the mili-
tary have made the value and versatility
of dogs clear, but there is a significant
difference between training a dog to
sniff out drugs and training a dog to
detect citrus diseases, he said.
"When we talk about narcotics and
we talk about developing dogs for
these different types of searches, it's
pretty limited. When we talk about a
police officer stopping a vehicle on
the side of the interstate and running
a dog through it, that's one car. We're
talking about doing hundreds of acres.
We're talking about doing thousands
of plants in a nursery. We're talking
about doing hundreds and hundreds
of thousands of fruit in a grove or in a
packing house," he said.
That makes the scope of the inspec-
tions much different and the cost of
bringing the dogs into a grove has to be
taken into consideration.
"This is a civilian market. Is it
cost-effective to use these dogs? In law
enforcement and the military it doesn't
matter," he said. "But we have to look
at it from 'Is it feasible for us, as an
industry, to apply these techniques in
Peruyero didn't discuss costs, but
focused on the savings to growers from
finding a disease before it becomes a
How effective are the dogs?
Peruyero said his initial objective
was to get the dogs to detect diseases
at 95 to 98 percent accuracy, with false
indication rates less than 4 percent.
"We were able to achieve false indica-
tion ratings in the 2 to 3 percent and
the accuracy levels in the high 90s," he
Peruyero said the'dogs are trained to
sniff out specific compounds, but there
are still research programs to deter-
mine what dogs are identifying when
they detect a disease.
"The reason why this is important is
that, oftentimes, the dogs are going to
identify something we are not going to
be able to see," he said. "If I can walk
into a grove and see (a disease) I'm not
going to need a dog."
Peruyero said the program is not '
perfect, but it willallow, growers to
detect problems earlier as dogs can
identify issues before even the most
highly trained person can see it.
"It could be a lesion on the back of
the leaf. It could be a lesion up 20 feet
high. It could also be something that is
not visible," he said.
One of his dogs has detected a
diseased tree in a nursery that did not
show any visible symptoms until two
weeks later, Peruyero said.
The dogs are also much faster than
One handler and two dogs can
PHOTO BY CLINTON BURTON
Pepe Peruyero, the founder and Chief Oper-
ating Officer of J&K Canine Academy, spoke
to Citrus Expo attendees last week at the Lee
Civic Center about using trained dogs like
Juice, above, to detect citrus canker by smell.
After the presentation, people lined up to say
hello to Juice and ask Peruyero more questions
about the project.
inspect a 16-acre grove in about six
hours, Peruyero said.
Inspectors from the United States
Department of Agriculture inspected
the same grove taking 108 man-
hours and confirmed the dogs' 98
percent accuracy rate, he said.
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Alexander welcomed by Frostproof
Chamber of Commerce
In resplendent form, as always, was pianist June Felt. Nobody tickles the ivories
After his presentation, State Senator JD Alexander, right, fielded questions, including this
one from Art Claussen of Warner University.
There was one other VIP at
last week's luncheon, and
that was Lois Backus, who
was serenaded on her 89th
birthday (and yes, we got
permission to print that)
by the chamber crowd.
Happy Birthday, Lois!
State Senator JD
Alexander is a 1977
graduate of Frost-
proof High School.
He was first elected
to the Florida
House in 1968, and
Florida Senate in
2002. He is winding
down his second
and last term, and
as the chairman
of the senate
vice chair of the
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHARNON BASS
It's a good thing they didn't name us "Bearproof," since another reported bear sighting was
recorded last Saturday, this one on, no kidding, Bear Way in Blue Jordan Forest. The friendly
critter actually came up on the porch of the Richardson family, where it ate dry cat food, but
left the canned food uneaten after a few sniffs. Eventually, he wandered back into the woods.
Nobody is sure if it is the same bear that city officials and residents tracked around the south end
of Lake Clinch a couple of weeks ago. That one eventually disappeared into the woods behind the
of the bear kind
Another sighting near
After dwindling to as
few as 300 bears in the
.1970s, the Florida black
bear population has
rebounded to an esti-
mated 3,000 bears today.
Bears and their cubs
roam forests and swamps
throughout the state.
They are appar-
ently thriving around
Frostproof. After a.bear
was tracked for a while
around the south end
of Clinch Lake a couple
of weeks ago, another of
the big, furry critters was
spotted this past Saturday
near Blue Jordan Forest,
on, of all places, Bear
"The Florida black
bear is truly a conserva-
tion success story. Bear
populations have clearly
benefited from broad
public support and
efforts across Florida,
particularly in those
black bears have be-
come more common,"
said Florida Fish and
Director Nick Wiley.
The Florida black bear
currently does not meet
the criteria of being at
high risk of extinction,
based on the FWC's
Biological Status Review
on the species completed
in early 2011.
Human-bear contact is
on the rise in Florida. In
2010, the FWC received
more than 4,000 calls
from citizens about
bears, Wiley said. In the
past 10 years, more than
half of those calls were
related to bears rummag-
ing through garbage.
Black bears are gener-
ally shy and nonaggres-
sive toward humans.
But bears can smell
food from more than
a mile away and so are
tempted to leave forests
and swamps to dine on
garbage and pet food
that is left outdoors and
The diet of Florida
black bears is mostly veg-
etarian, with 15 percent
insects, and 5 percent
animal matter. The bear's
menu in the wild includes
saw palmetto, acorns,
ferns, blackberries, bees,
alligator eggs, armadillo
Male bears typically
weigh between 250 and
400 pounds; females are
smaller, weighing 125
to 250 pounds. At birth,
a bear cub is about the
size of a can of soda and
weighs less than a pound.
The adult male black bear
rambles over a 60,000-
acre range; the female's
range is 15,000 acres.
The biggest risk faced
by a black bear is crossing
the road. Being hit by a
car or truck is the major
cause of known bear
deaths in the state, with
158 bears killed or eutha-
nized after being injured
on Florida highways in
2010, according to the
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August 29, 2012
Page 12 Frostproof News August 29, 2012
Close county races could show disconnect
Two races in the Aug. 14 primary came down to the wire
By STEVE STEINER
Is there a disconnect between
Polk County Commissioners and the
population at large, and did it play a
role in the tight races for the two County
In both those races in the Aug. 14
primary election, the winner barely
garnered 51 percent. Edwin V Smith,
the incumbent representing District 3,
defeated Tracy Garcia with 51.30 percent
of the vote to her 48.70 percent. Indeed,
even Smith said he did not believe head-
ing into primary voting day it would be
"I thought it would be close, maybe 5
percent," Smith was quoted having said
moments after learning he had been
declared the winner Aug. 14.
In the race for District 5, which pitted
John Hall against Chris Dowdy, both
running for the seat being vacated by
Sam Johnson who has term-limited out,
the results were not different. Hall barely
eclipsed Dowdy, having garnered 51.74
percent to his opponent's 48.26 percent..
In Hall's campaign, one of his
arguments was that the BOCC was indeed
out of touch with Polk County residents.
"Polk County is losing the atmosphere
I grew up with. Polk is not listening to the
people who live here. They're not listening
to us and I don't think we have that on any
level," he was quoted during a "meet the
candidate" question and answer session
held in July.
During that session, Hall gave as
an example how voters had rejected a
referendum that would have added a
half-cent tax for parks and recreation.
Rather than accept the vote, the BOCC,
said Hall instituted an MTSU; a funding
mechanism for community members to
create, through approval of the Board of
County Commissioners, a special taxing
district to make improvements to their
neighborhood and/or community area.
"If you're not going to listen to people,
why put it out there for a vote?" asked Hall
at the session.
Following the Aug. 14 primary, Hall
"I think that is valid," he said. "There is
a disgruntlement." He added he heard it
while he was campaigning. In addition to
local races, Hall said while there always
is an undercurrent of discontent and
he was quick to note it stretched from
the federal down to local elections it is
more pronounced than in previous years.
In contrast, District 4 Commissioner
Todd Dantzler expressed the belief the
races were as tight as they were was
because of quality.
"I thought there were four good
candidates," he said. He dismissed the
idea there exists a disconnect between he
and his peers and the county at large. The
commissioners come from all walks of
life, with different experiences and levels
of responsibilities. He also brought up that
differences exist between campaigning
and governing. The commissioners are in
touch with the people they represent, he
Dantzler was asked about an earlier
vote the BOCC had taken regarding ap-
proving a sand mine to be allowed to
open and operate in Davenport. At the
BOCC meetings in which two public hear-
ings were held, the second hearing that
led to a vote, opponents of the proposed
sand mine turned out in large numbers,
armed with statistics and documentation
what sort of impact on their health a
mine would have. Even the Zoning and
Planning Commission had recommended
the BOCC reject the application, but the
BOCC voted approval.
While he expressed sympathy to the
people opposing the sand mine, he said
he was also mindful of the rights of the
land owner. He added the BOCC is not
bound by what any commission, commit-
tee or board recommends.
"If we voted 100 percent with Zoning
and Planning, there wouldn't be any need
for that commission" he said. Dantzler
added that since the vote he had not
heard any further complaints from the
residents regarding the sand mine.
His peer on the BOCC, Melony Bell,
added a different insight as what may
have figured into the race between Smith
"Maybe it was (because it was) an open
election," said Bell. She said because no
Democrat was running, non-Republicans
could vote in that race. She also acknowl-
edged that gender may have been in-
volved, but on a lesser scale. She thought
it may have come down to personality.
"People were voting for her because they
Judge election rematch coming in November
By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ
NEWS @ FROSTPROOFNEWS.NET
To say the least, having to campaign
again was a little discouraging according
to Christine Trakas Thornhill, one of three
candidates who were running for 10th
Circuit Court Judge on Aug. 14.
She ran against William "Bill" Sites and
larry Helms, both attorneys like she, with a
vested interest in the court process.
In November, she will face Sites, and
Helms has yet to announce which candi-
date will receive his support.
Thornhill led the judge's race, but failed
to secure the needed 50 percent of the vote
cumulatively across Polk, Highlands, and
In such cases, the two top vote-getters go
at it again in the next election, Nov. 6.
She said she and those who helped her
-family, friends and supporters ran a
grassroots campaign where they went door
to door, meeting people.
"It's so hard to get to know the judges
because we are so restricted," she notes,
inasmuch as the judicial race is a non-
partisan one, and therefore, nobody
really gets to know (or rather, they are not
supposed to know) how the judges feel
on issues by which other candidates are,
They cannot affiliate with a party, and
there are strict Florida Bar and judicial rules
they have to uphold.
'A judge's opinion on things really doesn't
matter," she notes, adding that judges don't
legislate from the bench.
The real deal is played out in court with
the attorneys, and the judge mediates, she
Tuesday night could have been con-
sidered a downer for her, but by daylight
Wednesday, she was back at it in Lakeland,
standing at main intersections with "thank
Her husband started taking down signs,
and she says, "I know a lot of people are
tired of seeing the signs."
But she knows those signs will go up
again, as the next leg of her campaign
Meanwhile, her opponent, Sites, says that
his approach maybe a little different this
time around, as it is a different election.
The November election is different
when it comes to advertising, he notes,
adding that "the problem now with the
general elections is now you are compet-
ing with these huge campaigns," speak-
ing of the presidential race ahead.
Sites said it was a very pleasant experi-
ence meeting the individual voters, and
developing relationships with the other
candidates. And he's going to continue to
"We are still going to be out there and
meeting voters," he said.
Of the people he met on the campaign
trail, he notes that many were polite and
He says he'll continue to raise funds,
"draw on our supporters."
"Since the election, others have joined
in support," he said, adding he's received a
number of "very positive" phone calls and
He'll continue attending voter forums
the judges are invited to, and notes that he
feels that what "you find with judge races,
you get questions that you can't answer
He said he tried to engage in conversa-
tions where he could get out as much
information as possible without violating
their judges code.
Asked what he hears from people as he
campaigns, and he notes with a chuckle,
"They all say don't let it go to your head," if
he captures the judge's seat.
What can people expect
"I'm going to run the race in the way that
works best for me and in accordance with
who I am," he said.
He says one of his philosophies that he
would carry to the bench, if elected, would
be to "treat others the way you want to be
Sites speaks highly of both Thornhill
and Helms, noting that she is an "effec-
tive campaigner," and of Helms, he's an
"I consider that one of the brightest
spots of the campaign," he said of meeting
Was he disappointed he has to campaign
again in November?
"Part of me had mixed emotions. I
enjoyed the campaign," but he admits it
"We all have to work, pay our mortgages
and bring home a paycheck. I like being
busy. I tend to do well when I have multiple
things going on. I'm looking forward to the
next 10 weeks."
And Larry Helms?
He notes that overall, he enjoyed the
process of running for judge.
"If you can't handle defeat, you should
probably stay out of the game," he said,
citing years of coaching sports experience.
And will he throw his support behind
Thornhill or Sites?
He will, and he will announce that later.
"I have an absolute vested interest in
having the best judges that we can have,"
Noting there are 20 circuits, he adds he's
appeared before a lot of those circuits.
"If the public is not convinced, if the
public ever gets the idea that they're not
given a fair shake ... then they're not go-
ing to have any respect for the system."
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Page 12 Frostproof News
Property owners to get refund on solid waste fees
By STEVE STEINER
The Polk County Board of County
Commissioners agreed at its Aug. 21 meet-
ing to issue refunds to property owners who
were overbilled for solid waste removal for a
period covering fiscal year 2005-06 to fiscal
year 2011-12, an amount estimated to be
at least as much as $1.4 million. In order
for anyone to receive a refund, a claim
will have to be filed which will then be
researched to determine validity.
The issue and proposed resolution
was introduced during County Manager
Jim Freeman's presentation to the BOCC.
Although Freeman's presentation was
straightforward, commissioners had
"County Manager, as I understand it,
there are 30 to 35 people or companies
eligible to receive up to 80 to 85 percent of
the overcharges," said Commissioner Bob
English. "Is that right?"
Freeman said English's numbers were
correct, based on the initial research the
county manager's office had done. English
then recommended to BOCC Chairman
Sam Johnson that the BOCC follow a
suggestion made by Commissioner Todd
Dantzler that a letter be sent to the 30-35
people, who English identified as "produc-
tion builders," that they may be entitled to
a refund. Afterward, English recommended
due diligence be performed in order to
locate and identify the remainder of people
or businesses due refunds.
While a number of proposals related to
the issue made by Freeman met with little
or no objection, his request for $225,000 for
hiring temporary staffers was rejected.
"The $225,000 is putting a priority on the
expediting of payments," Freeman said for
justifying the cost. English objected, saying
he didn't believe doing it as quickly and as
expensively as Freeman proposed was the
direction to take. Commissioner EdwinV
Smith concurred with English.
. "I think the $225,000 is too much," said
Smith. "I would like to suggest and recom-
mend that we perhaps have an allowance
for the county manager of up to $100,000."
Smith added if that didn't prove to be
enough that Freeman could come back to
request an extension of funds. Dantzler also
weighed in with similar sentiments.
I think people will be understanding of
it," said Dantzler. "It took seven years to
get to this point. I don't know if we have to
solve it in the first quarter or by 2013.1 I think
let's do it as expeditiously as possible but as
frugally as possible."
After Dantzler spoke, Freeman said he
was fine with that, adding that he felt he
needed to bring something to the BOCC.
Regardless the cost incurred because policy
was not followed, said Johnson, the whole
thing was "egg on our face."
"To diminish that cost, I don't know that
we can. It was our mistake and by our
mistake I mean the county- and it needs
to be rectified," concluded Johnson.
English asked for a clarification what
constitutes a claim. Dantzler said send-
ing a form with the letter of notification.
In response, English said it best to leave
the amount blank, that it be determined
through analysis. County Attorney Michael
Craig suggested wording state a person or
business "may" be eligible for a refund. He
also stated the amount could not be known
until a final analysis.
Just prior to the vote, Craig voiced his
opinion on the issue over a release of liabil-
ity which had been brought up earlier, at
the beginning of deliberations -whether it
should be required or optional.
"I would recommend it be optional,"
Craig said. Part of his reasoning was to en-
.sure the transparency of the process. Also,
for a person who owns only one or two
parcels, it will make it easier for that person
to receive a check, rather than add ad-
ditional layers to the process, which could
prove time-consuming. Craig said that if his
calculations are correct, the average refund
will be approximately $175.
Notices to soon go out
In a press release issued Friday,
Aug. 24 by the BOCC public information
office, it states that beginning next
week the refund process will be overseen by
a temporary independent accountant hired
by the county to manage the project ac-
cording to Nelson Stiles, interim director for
the Waste Resource Management division.
The accountant will begin working im-
mediately with the Property Appraiser and
Tax Collector's staffs to identify all eligible
parcels that might be owed a refund.
Those property owners who maybe
eligible for a refund will soon be notified
by letter, along with a list of parcels, and
provided a form for filing a claim. In order
to receive a refund, they must submit the-
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August 29, 2012
Page 14 Frostproof News
CSX still mulling
alternative train routes
By STEVE STEINER
CSX officials continue to study options
for rerouting train traffic through Polk
County, once its rail transfer facility on State
Road 60 between Lake Wales and Bartow is
At this point it maybe too soon to tell,
according to Brian Bollas, who represented
Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international
engineering and management firm that is
working with CSX and the state of Florida
to develop both short- and long-term
solutions for the construction of a freight
That line will start fromWildwood (in
Sumter County) and run through either
one of 10 possible routes. Of those 10, four
would come through Bartow, according to a
map Bollas distributed.
These are the long-term projections
that could take up to 30 years, said Bollas.
In the interim, CSX, FDOT and Parsons
Brinckerhoff have been developing short
term five-to-10 year plans.
The overall purpose, according to a
PowerPoint presentation, is for CSX "to
improve regional freight and highway
Mobility while enhancing safety and
minimizing impact to urban areas and the
Those included the institution of "Quiet
Zones," areas in which train operators
would be limited on when and how long
they would be permitted to blast their
horns. Improved and enhanced railroad
crossings was another proposed option.
The drawback, however, is that applicants
(which Bollas said were the municipalities)
would be responsible for covering the costs.
That did not sit well with some at
the meeting, among them Bartow City
Manager George Long. During the question
and answer session, Long detailed how he
conducted such a study when first becom-
ing the city manager. His findings, said
Long, indicate the cost to be prohibitively
high, often beyond the means of any com-
munity. In addition, Long stated, creating a
quiet zone is a complicated process.
He was not the only person to express
"Does CSX have control when those
trains come through?" asked Trish Pfeiffer.
Her question followed a preamble in which
she stated the rail line runs through one
FROM PAGE 13
or changes to the list of parcels on which
they may have overpaid the solid waste
non-ad valorem special assessments.
Net refunds will be calculated by de-
- termining the total amount paid for each
parcel and deducting the amount owed
based on the certificate of occupancy date
for each parcel.
"Ideally," Freeman said, "the
board would like to have the majority
of the refunds distributed by the end of
the calendar year. However, our biggest
challenge will be in locating some of the '
original property owners of parcels that
have changed hands since 2005."
If there was a residential structure on
the property prior to Oct. 1, 2005, and
homeowners received solid waste services
and paid the assessment fees, they are not
eligible for consideration.
Anyone with questions regarding the re-
fund process may call the Waste Resource
Management Division at 863-284-4319.
About the refund
This issuance came about as a result of
complaints lodged by Lakeland business-
man Tom Mims. For two years he de-
manded action be taken by the BOCC on
what he claimed were undeserved. Mims,
of the busiest intersections of downtown
Bartow. A train coming through Bartow
during rush hour would be a severe
"I cannot speak for CSX," replied Bollas.
However, CSX also hears complaints about
trains that run at night, from people who
live along the tracks or nearby.
Pfeiffer also confronted Bollas about a
rumor circulating, that Lakeland officials
had made statements urging extra trains be
routed to Bartow from Lakeland. Bollas said
there was no truth and indeed, it was the
"(Lakeland) Mayor (Gow) Fields said
directly to my face, 'We do not want to
push our problems onto anyone else," said
It was not only trains that were of
"I'm more concerned about highway traf-
fic than rail," said City Commissioner Pat
Huff. He asked Bollas whether any figures
existed that would indicate how many
more trucks the CSX Logistics Center would
bring in once cargo was unloaded off trains.
Bollas admitted he did not know the
answer, and raised a rhetorical question
himself. What direction would most trucks
take once they got on State Road 60? The
best answer Bollas could provide Huff was
that the load in every train car was equiva-
lent to four tractor-trailers.
Bollas ended his presentation saying the
rail study welcomed input from the general
public The website is http://ideas.polkrailcom.
Another website he introduced as www.
polkrail.com. He also mentioned there
would be a series of meetings, with one of
them taking place from 5-7 p.m., Sept. 13, at
the Civic Center.
The most circuitous of the four proposed
lines through Bartow would bend westward
in Zephyrhills and go through Plant City be-
fore it turned eastbound parallel to Lithia-
Pinecrest Road. From there it would mostly
run alongside or parallel to State Road 60.
Once past Bartow, it would bend southward
a short while before turning northeast and
into the CSX Integrated Logistics Center to
be situated in Winter Haven.
The remaining three will go through a
Lakeland before turning eastbound along
S.R. 60. Once in Bartow, two of the three
will travel parallel to U.S. Highway 17, while
the remaining route would be similar to the
who owns a number of county proper-
ties that were undeveloped was getting
assessed garbage fees. When he could not
get any action from the BOCC, he turned
elsewhere for relief.
In January, the State Attorney's Office
requested an audit by the Clerk of County's
office, which promised it would have the
report readied and submitted by the end
of February. However, it would not be
until July 30 when the Clerk of County's
office turned over its findings to the State
Attorney's Office. It cited the delay was due
to the extensive nature of the research. In
turn, on Aug. 9, the State Attorney's Office
released its investigation finding, just days
prior to the Aug. 14 primary. That led to yet
another controversy over the timing of the
release, as current BOCC member Johnson
was vying against Butterfield for the Clerk
of County office seat.
The controversy was whether the timing
may have been politically
motivated, as State Attorney Jerry Hill
was a contributor to Johnson's campaign.
During a question and answer session at
the August Polk County Tiger Bay Club lun-
cheon, in which both candidates appeared,
Johnson pointed out that both the release
of the audit as well as the investigation
report, which cleared the Clerk of County
office from criminal charges, came four
days before the primary. Butterfield said
Hill did not use his office as an attempt to
influence the election. Butterfield won the
Aug. 14 primary 41,838-18,244.
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Bulldogs have work to do for football opener
Frostproof no match for Haines
By BRIAN ACKLEY
If there was one thing pretty evident
from Frostproof's Kickoff Classic
preseason game last Friday at Faris
Brannen Stadium it is this: There is
work to do.
The visiting Hornets scored on their
very first offensive play of the night -
after almost taking the opening kickoff
back for a touchdown en route to an
easy 34-15 win.
Haines City's Dacorius Law was a
pain in Frostproof's side all night. If -
not for a touchdown saving tackle by
the opening kickoff back for a score.
It barely mattered, however, as on the
very next play, he burst to the right
sideline and ran untouched 60 yards for
a TD just 17 seconds into the game.
Less than three minutes into the first
quarter, Law added his second score
on a 27-yard jaunt, and completed his
three TD night by scoring from six yards
out just 51 seconds into the second
In all, unofficially, he carried 11 times
for 118 yards.
The Bulldogs trailed 32-0 before
getting on the board as Kaleel Gaines
went in from a yard out midway
through the third quarter. Trevis
Harrington broke free on a 31-yard run
very late in the fourth quarter for the
final points of the night.
There were a few other bright spots
as well. Freshman quarterback Xavier
Gaines showed off a good arm at times,
and good feet too with a few scampers.
One of his best plays, a 30-yard pass
on a third-and-18 play, was called back
on a holding penalty. On the night, the
Bulldogs had 85 yards in penalty yard-
age against them. Unofficially, Gaines
had nine carries for 68 yards, while
completing six passes in 13 tries with
Frostproof is on the road for its first
two regular season games, both non
district contests. Up first Up first is a
trip to local rival Avon Park on Friday.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m., followed by a trip to
Sebring on Sept. 7. The home opener is
Sept. 14, also at 7 p.m., against DeSoto.
Avon Park won it's preseason tune-up
last weekend, rallying to 12 fourth-
quarter points to turn back Tenoroc,
26-18. Ryan Dick accounted for all four
of his team's touchdowns, running for
three and passing for a fourth.
Kaleel Gaines (1) makes a stop on Dacorius Law, who ran for two long touchdowns in the first half
of last Friday's game to help Haines City open a 22-0 lead at halftime.
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One of the few offensive highlights was this catch by Kaleel Gaines, who found a seam in the
Hornet's defensive secondary. Frostproof will open the regular season Friday night on the road in
Avon Park. Kick off is 7 p.m. The Red Devils rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter last
week to defeat Tenoroc, 26-18.
Frostproof quarterback Xavier Gaines, a freshman, tried to make some big plays on his own Friday
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brought down Haines City's Dacorius Law on the opening kickoff. Law almost broke that for a
touchdown, and then did score on a 60-yard run on the very next play, the Hornets first from the
line of scrimmage.
Polk County Parks & Recreation
September to December 2012 Calendar of Events
Events or calendar dates/times are subject to change.
The complete 2012 calendar is available at www.polk-county.net, as well
as addresses and maps for all event locations.
12 & 13
Family Fun Night
Hispanic Heritage Festival
M. N. C. Resource Ctr, Lake Wales
Eloise Resource Center, Eloise
12 pm-4 pm
Cracker Storytelling Festival Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland 9 am-3 pm
Ghost Stories (part of C.S.F.) Polk County History Ctr, Bartow 7 pm-9 pm
Halloween Film Festival Medulla Resource Center, Lakeland 6 pm-9 pm
Halloween Spooktacular Wabash Community Center, Lakeland 5 pm-7 pm
Haunted Halloween Hayride Loyce E. Harpe Park, Mulberry 5 pm-10 pm
*Haunted Halloween advance tickets on sale October 1-19 at the Parks & Recreation
office and include a hayride wristband
Trick or Treat Party W. S. Resource Center, Winter Haven 4 pm-6 pm
Trick or Treat Party Eloise Resource Center, Eloise 5 pm-7 pm
Mother/Son Camp Out
Jingle Bell Rock Party
Holiday Tree Lighting Party
Saddle Creek Park, Lakeland
Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland
Wabash Community Ctr, Lakeland
Eloise Resource Center, Eloise
Homeland Heritage Park, Homeland
9 am-4 pm
4 pm-9 am
6 pm-9 pm
6 pm-9 pm
5 pm-8 pm
Upcoming 2013 Calendar of Events -
Calendar dates are to be determined.
Family Fun Night Eloise Resource Center, Eloise
Comm. Day & Health Expo W. S. Resource Center, Winter Haven
Valentine's Day Dance
Scales & Tails Pet Festival
Black Heritage Festival
Polk County History Ctr, Bartow
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Hope HealthCare to stop services in Polk
hospice provider to end in early September
By JEFF ROSLOW
In about a week Hope HealthCare
Service will no longer offer its services, to
Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties and
the staff has been working with its patients
and families the last few weeks for them to
continue their services without stop.
In a release the non-profit organization
is recommending Good Shepherd Hospice
but Carol Conway, the community rela-
tions director, said it is not recommending
"We are agreeable to Good Shepherd
because we know them well and feel it
would be best, but patients have a choice
and we are open and eager to moving
them to other reliable capable services,"
Operating out of Fort Myers, Hope
HealthCare does not have a facility in
any of the three counties it is closing
in. It plans to close services in the three
counties in the first week of September.
It offered programs called Hope Hospice,
Hope Healing Hearts, Hope Kids Care and
Hope Comfort Care. These are services
where attendants go to people's homes
and offer services that way.
While Hope HealthCare has said Good
Shepherd is one it identifies with it is due
mostly to the fact that it is also a non-profit
business. There are other services available
and, in fact, Cornerstone Hospice is letting
families know its services are available as
well for the 150 patients Hope HealthCare
is helping to seek new providers for.
"There are three hospices which serve
the tri-county area: Good Shepherd
Hospice, Compassionate CareHospice,
and Cornerstone Hospice.
"While the announcement stated that
Good Shepherd Hospice was 'prepared
to admit and continue serving Hope
patients,' Cornerstone Hospice believes
that patients facing end-of-lifecare needs
deserve to be well informed about all their
choices for hospice care," Deborah Harley,
Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care
executive director wrote in a recent letter
Mary Manrique, the CEO of
Cornerstone, said that business has every-
thing a hospice patient and family could
want and understands that HopeHospice
is not just sending patients to Good
"We have had patients come to us," she
said. 'And, we're working with the hope to
make the transition smooth."
Cornerstone serves Polk, Lake, Sumter,
Hardee, Highlands, Orange and Osceola
counties. She said there are no homes
in many of the areas, but there are some
patients from north Polk County who use
the facility in Clermont.
"We're working very hard to open a
unit but we don't have any freestanding
units except in Lake and Sumter coun-
ties," she said.
In light of this, the some 80 people
employed in these areas are not necessar-
ily losing their jobs and the staff at Hope
HealthCare is working toward keeping
"Our clinical teams are being inter-
viewed for roles in those counties," she
said. "Not everyone is going to get a job -
but there is a high call for these people
Manrique said Cornerstone has been
interviewing clinical workers that will be
available through the closing and also
encourages volunteers to seek work.
"The volunteers are just precious to a
hospice," she said. "We are always happy
to have them work with us. As we have
needs we are open to them."
Conway likewise believes the volun-
teers are just as valuable as the clinical
"They address many callings," Conway
said. "There can be pet care, the tuck-in
program where we call patients at the
end of the week and see if they had a
good week. Sometimes families are more
attached to the volunteers than to the
Cornerstone Hospice will beconducting a.
three-day volunteer training towards the required
certification to become a Hospice Volunteer.
The sessions are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. on
Tuesday, Sept. 4; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 8; 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Corner-
stone Hospice operationscenter, 2590 Havendale
Blvd., Winter Haven.
This is a 16-hour certification and interested
participants should plan to attend all three
To pre-register call volunteer specialist Carrie
Hess 863-291-5567 or volunteer manager Lisa Gray
352-742-6806 or call toll-free (888)728-6234.
So with a hospice closing in the area,
it is being done apparently with the idea
that the service is still covered in the three
counties it is leaving.
"We entered and exit at the right time,"
Conway said. "Patients and parents get
quality care and ethical care in a qual-
ity manner. Our affiliation with Good
Shepherd is collegial, but we're not
railroading any decision."
"My biggest concern is people know
that hospice is still alive and well and it's
still available to them," Manrique said.
"We are ready to receive them with open
Alicea chosen as employee of the month
Candace Alicea, lead scheduler
in registration, has been chosen as
Employee of the Month for July at Lake
Wales Medical Center.
Alicea has been with Lake Wales
Medical Center since April 2011.
In nominating her for the award, a
colleague wrote, "Candy goes above to
assist the patients and physicians' of-
- fices to schedule the patients in a timely
fashion, and is always willing to escort
the patients to the area they are looking
for. She always has a smile on her face
and is willing to do whatever is asked of
her. She is passionate about making our
hospital the best facility in customer,
patient and employee satisfaction."
Before and After on Thursday
If you're tired of varicose veins or are
suffering from acid reflux, Lake Wales
Medical Center's Healthy Woman could
be what you need.
A special program that is designed to
introduce you to treatments you may
not be aware of that could improve your
"Before and After: Wellness
Transformations" is scheduled at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30 in the Lake Wales
Medical Center cafeteria.
Presenters include neurologist Dr.
Candace Alicea was named employee of the
Hasan Mousli, vascular and thoracic
surgeon Dr. Snehal Patel, opthalmolo-
gist Dr. Roy Braunstein, and gastroen-
terologist Dr. E. Moshe Izsak.
Refreshments will be served and
door prizes will be awarded for this free
To register, call 863-678-2288, or visit
click on Healthy Woman.
LRMC Cancer Center hosts golf event
On Saturday, Sept. 15, Lakeland
Regional Cancer Center is hosting "Tee
it Up for Men's Health" a golf and
health fair event where people can
also learn from the center's world-class
physicians about a variety of topics.
The topics include prostate health,
exercise, sexual health, colon care and
Then, there's 18 holes of golf.
This free event will take place at
Cleveland Heights Golf Course at 2900
Buckingham Ave., Lakeland.
Registration is 7:15-7:45 a.m. and
breakfast and health fair is 7:15-8:45 a.m.
The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.
To register for the health fair and
round of golf, call (863) 687-1400.
Participants must register by Sept. 11,
and space is limited.
Topics at the health fair include:
bladder health with Graham
Greene, MD; prostate health with
Mark Bandyk, MD; kidney health
with Frances Martin, MD; Erectile
Dysfunction with G. Byron Hodge,
Jr., MD; a blood pressure check with
David Croteau, MD; and colorectal
health with Helen Chan, MD.
Attendees may also participate in a
skin cancer screening with Manuel
Molina, MD, and schedule a prostate
screening for a later date. For more
information about Lakeland Regional
Cancer Center's physician experts, go
Baby care classes
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants offers a Baby Care Workshop
class on basic baby care for expectant,
adoptive, or brand new parents.
The class covers issues like getting
to know your baby, bathing, feeding,
crying, and safety. Grandparents and
family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required for
the classes on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from
Call 863-294-7020 for information.
The Regency Center for Women and
Infants offers a Breastfeeding Out and
It is for breastfeeding moms and will
focus on breast pumps, milk storage
information, discreet nursing in public,
back to work issues and breastfeeding
and the law.
The class is Saturday, Oct. 27 from
Call 863-294-7020 to register.
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like to
know more about orthostatic hypotension.
I am a 67-year-old man and have problems
with my balance, especially on standing.
My cardiologist tested my blood pressure
while sitting and then while standing. As a
result, he took me off two medicines.
There have been no substantial changes
in my balance since the change in medi-
cines. The systolic pressure drops as many
as 20 points when I stand, and the diastolic
goes up a bit. T.W
ANSWER: Orthostatic hypotension is a
drop in blood pressure when one stands
up from the sitting or lying position. It's
a common malady of older people. At
younger ages, when we change positions,
reflexes kick in to maintain blood pres-
sure. When those reflexes no longer work,
a change of position causes pooling of
blood in the legs. Blood pressure drops.
The brain doesn't get its supply of blood.
The person feels unbalanced and on the
verge of passing out. A 20-point drop in
systolic blood pressure the first number
of a blood pressure reading meets the
criterion for orthostatic hypotension. If.
the second number, the diastolic pres-
sure, drops 10 points, that, too, indicates
orthostatic hypotension. Both numbers do.
not have to fall; one or the other is enough.
Go over your medicines with the doctor
again to see if any of them is contributing
If your balance is poor on rising out of
bed, sleep with 4-inch blocks under the
posts at the head of the bed. That position
will help you maintain your blood pressure.
If the blood pressure drop occurs after
rising from a chair, drinking two 8-ounce
glasses of cool water somewhat quickly
prevents the drop. The effect lasts for two
hours. You can go shopping during that
time period without fear of losing bal-
ance. Contracting the leg muscles before,
during and after you rise from a chair also
keeps blood pressure up. Compression
stockings work, too.
Should none of the above work,
speak to your doctor about medicines.
Pyridostigmine often is prescribed for this
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 58-year-
old woman. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall and
weigh 105 pounds. I exercise regularly and
eat a very healthy diet. My total cholesterol
is 287 mg/dL (7.4 mmol/L). My HDL is 99
(2.6); my LDL is 177 (4.6), and my ratio of
total cholesterol to HDL is 2.9. Would you
recommend medication? PE.
ANSWER: If you hadn't said that your diet
is healthy and that you exercise regularly, I
would have said try both before resorting to
Your total cholesterol is too high (it
should be less than 200 5.18), and your
LDL cholesterol is also too high. It's the
cholesterol that clings to artery walls and
obstructs blood flow. It should be 70 (1.8)
for those who have had a heart attack,
and values between 100 to 129 (2.6 to 3.3)
represent a near-optimal value.
The high value of HDL cholesterol isn't
viewed as big a protection as it once was
thought to.be. Nor is the ratio of total
cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. I would put
you on cholesterol-lowering medicines.
The cholesterol booklet explains this
overworked and overemphasized sub-
stance in detail. To order a copy, write:
Dr. Donohue No. 201, Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check
or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./
$6 Can. with the recipient's printed name
and address. Allow four weeks for delivery.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please tell me
what you can take for cholesterol instead of
the drug Lipitor. JA
ANSWER Lipitor is one of seven station
drugs. You could try one of the other six. It
might not affect you in the same way.
Welchol, Colestid and Questran are
froth an entirely different familyof
cholesterol-lowering drugs. You ought to
be able to tolerate one of them.
Another group of medicines, not related
to station drugs, includes Tlilipix and Tricor.
Dr Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column whenever
possible. Readers may write him or request
an order form of available health newsletters
at PO. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
Readers may also order health newsletters
Running backward may solve knee problems
Running is great for the heart but not
so much for the knees, where worn out
cartilage can cause all sorts of aggrava-
tion and problems. Enter a group of
researchers from England who says
they've found clues to new remedies by
simply not running in a forward motion.
Writing in the Journal of
Biomechanics, they report that running
backwards reverses the compressive
forces that occur in the traditional
way. "Many people, including run-
ners, experience problems with their
knees," said study author Nick Barton,
a physiotherapist in Cardiff and Vale
University Health Board. "We showed
that compressive forces behind the
kneecap were reduced in the majority of
cases (of backwards running) and this
was independent of running speed.
"It is therefore possible that run-
ning backwards, as part of a specific
rehabilitation program prescribed by a
physiotherapist, may help in returning
patients back to a good level of activity."
Of course, the researchers concede
that running backwards probably
isn't all that healthy in other ways. For
one thing, it's a lot harder to see the
obstacles you're bound to smash into.
But they suggest the new research more
precisely details the joint mechanics
involved in running and could help
others develop more practical therapies
for knee-sore patients.
Body of knowledge
After swallowing, it takes the food
roughly 7 seconds to get from your
mouth to your stomach.
A serving of carnitas from Chipotle
(112 grams or 4 ounces) contains
227 calories, 108 from fat. It has
12 grams of total fat or 18 percent of
the recommended total fat intake for a
2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 66 milligrams of
cholesterol (22 percent); 873 mg of sodium
(36 percent) and 29 grams of protein.
Estimated number of children in the
United States with asthma: 6 million.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Stories for the waiting room
Women who have high mammographic
breast density, considered a marker
for increased risk of developing breast
cancer, do not appear to have an in-
creased risk of death among breast cancer
patients, according to a new study in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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