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Nature helps
reduce crickets
Do you know what the
number one grass is in our
area? Most would recognize it
as Bahiagrass. And what is its
most serious insect pest?
Ranchers and a few homeown-
ers may recognize that mole
crickets are the hungriest Bahia
busters in this area. And the
conventional wisdom has been
that insecticides are the man-
agement tool of choice to keep
this little hopper at bay.
Researchers have found that
Mother Nature can now be
used to keep these critters out
of our pastures, sod farms and
lawns. And a lowly little wild-
flower seems to be the missing
ingredient in the quest to attract
a mole cricket parasite. The
Larra Wasp and the False
Shrubby Buttonweed are the
subject of this weeks feature
article.
Page 3
Two win benefit
bass tourney
Bob Stafford and Keith Per-
ron were the big winners in the
Taylor Creek Bass Club's bene-
fit bass tournament held Sun-
day out of the Okee-Tantie Mari-
na.
The annual tournament put
on by the local club benefits
their annual free Kid's Day fish-
ing tournament.
Bob Stafford and Keith Per-
ron took first place in the 32-
team tournament with a total
weight of 26.61 pounds, and
earned a check for $850. They
also captured another check for
$210 for the big fish award with
their 9.72-lb. lunker.
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 77
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.35 feet
Lake level
Last Year:
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Comics ..........7
Community Events .4
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school was awarded plaques for Outstanding New Team, Top Fundraising School,
Fifth Place in Total Funds Raised and Chair Club recognizing chairpersons Cheryl
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Elementary School had a
goal of each student who
was able to contribute one
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County District Schools
Tsunami Relief project.
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put up one heart on the
wall to represent each dol-
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OKEECHOBEE The Area
Agency on Aging of Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. will meet
Tuesday, March 22, at the Raulerson
Hospital Annex Building, 1796 U.S.
441 N., from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be served at 8
a.m.
For more, contact Kim Snyder at
(561) 684-5885.

Tax rebate
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OKEECHOBEE The Property
Appraiser's Office, located in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W. Fifth
Ave., has applications available for
the 2004 sales tax rebate of up to
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Mother Nature uses wasps and weeds to control crickets


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Do you know what the number
one grass is in our area?, Most
would recognize it as Bahiagrass.
And what is its most serious insect
,. pest? Ranchers and a few home-
owners may recognize that mole
crickets are the hungriest Bahia
busters in this area. And the con-
ventional wisdom has been that
insecticides are the management
tool of choice to keep this little hop-
per at bay.
Researchers have found that
Mother Nature can now be used to
- keep these critters out of our pas-
tures, sod farms and lawns'. And a.
- lowly little wildflower seems to be
the missing ingredient in the quest
to attract a mole cricket parasite.
The Larra Wasp and the False
, Shrubby Buttonweed are the sub-
ject of this weeks feature article.
Three non-native species of


.: UNIVERSITY OF
SFLORIDA

IFAS EXTENSION

mole crickets have entered Florida
and have become significant pests
of many plants, including Bahia-
grass. Early control measures
involved using chemical insecti-
cides to kill these pests, but these
products damaged non-target ani-
mals and good bugs or were too
persistent in the environment.
The most commonly used
method of managing mole crickets
is to use insecticidal sprays or baits.
To be successful, they must be per-
fectly timed with the appearance of
mole cricket nymphs. In our area,
this will be in May.
Efforts at finding biological con-
trol measures have been under-


way in Florida since the 1970s.
Some success in using parasitic
nematodes against mole crickets
has occurred, but their use has
sometimes proved difficult. More
success has been found with the
introduction of the Brazilian red-
eyed fly, and another predatory
insect being looked is the Bom-
bardier Beetle.
Mole cricket management
research has also looked at para-
sitic wasps known as "digger
wasps." Females of these insects
dig holes in the ground and deposit
eggs on their paralyzed hosts. One
Florida digger wasp works on
native mole cricket species, but it is
not able to attack the imported
mole crickets which are primary
Bahiagrass pests.
UF Entomologist Dr. John A.
Frank has been working with a
Brazilian Digger wasp known as
the Larra Wasp, Larra bicolor. He
has successfully introduced this


insect into Florida. It's mode of
attack is quite gruesome, and it is
detailed, complete with photos, in
a UF Featured Creatures article.
The successful establishment of
this mole cricket hunter into our
area, and its ability to attack mole
cricket pests is limited by a lack of
nectar sources. In order for the
Larra wasp to find a mole cricket,
scare it out of the ground, sting it,
and lay an egg, it needs nectar from
wildflowers as an energy source.
A wildflower known as the false
shrubby buttonweed, Spermacoce
verticillata, may be the answer to a
year-round nectar source for this
wasp. UF Entomologists suggest
that it might better be named the
southern Larraflower because it
has the right size and shape flower
for the Larra wasp. It blooms
throughout the year and can sup-
ply needed nectar to the Larra
wasp. Providing patches of this
plant can bridge the gap and


encourage the Larra wasp.
Larraflower's status as a native
plant is unclear, and it has been
brought from Puerto Rico to Flori-
da. It is now found in southern
Florida, including Martin and
Highlands counties, but has not
yet been noted in Okeechobee.
Take a look at the pictures on our
website or stop by our office to
get an idea of what this plant
looks like.
On a recent Master Gardener
field trip to the Riverwoods Field
Lab in Lorida, I noticed a patch of
Larraflower had been planted at
their site. A few weeks later, I had
difficulty finding it, as the frost had
leveled this plant to the ground. It
will re-grow from the roots when
warm temperatures return.
Last fall, I received a couple of

the Larraflower plants and have
been nurturing them along, look-
ing for the right place to plant
them: a location that will use few


pesticides, that has lots of Bahia-
grass with a known mole cricket
problem and a property owner
willing to keep an eye out for the
Larra Wasps. If you have such a
site, I can consider your property as
a place to plant this little wild-
flower, which brings the wasp that
kills the cricket that eats the grass
that keeps Okeechobee Green!
Hope you had a great Palm Sun-
day, and have a very happy Easter.
I've placed more information on
our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on Bahiagrass, Mole Crickets, or
Larra wasps, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu- or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County Mas-
ter Gardeners on Tuesday after-
noons from 1 until 5 p.m, on Tues-
day afternoons.


OHS student earns scholarship


Rachel Dearbornourtesy photo


BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -
Gardner-Webb University
proudly announces that Rachel
Dearborn has been presented
with the university's presiden-
tial scholarship.
Rachel is the daughter of
Edward and Nancy Dearborn
of Okeechobee. She attends
Okeechobee High School in
Okeechobee.


Gardner-Webb University is
a private, co-educational,
regional university with an
enrollment of 3,800. Located in
the Piedmont region of North
Carolina at the foot of the Blue
Ridge Mountains, Gardner-
Webb is affiliated with the Bap-
tist State Convention of North
Carolina.


Law Enforcement Activity Report


City Police
i; March 10
Civil matter, S. Parrott Ave.
' Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/seized tag, S.R. 70 E.
Hunters/shooting in area, N.E. Fourth
- St.
Civil matter, N.W. Seventh Court.
Traffic stop/seized tag, S. Parrott Ave.
; Traffic accident, U.S. 441 N.
"Traffic accident, N.W. Sixth Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. 10th St.
Larceny/theft, S. Parrott Ave.
Assist another department, S. 'Parrott
'Ave.
Escort, N.E. Park St.
'March 11
Standby, U.S. 441 N.
Standby, S.W. Third Ave.
Juvenile problem, S.E. 10th Ave.
Escort, N.E. Second St.
Traffic accident/unfounded, N. Parrott
Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. Third St. *,
- Larceny,'ihefl., N W Second St. .
Disabled vehicle, ,SE. 1OtliiAyg, f
Information, N.W. Ninth Ave.
, Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver/information, S. Parrott
-Ave.'
Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott Ave.
Juvenile problem, S.W. 16th St.
"Larceny/theft, N.W. Third St.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident/cancel. N.W. Park St.
Alarm, S.W. Park St.
.Traffic accident, S.W. Park St.
Domestic/disturbance, S.E. 10th Ave.
7 Fight, S. Parrott Ave.
,, Fight, N.W. Park St.
Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott Ave.
Larceny/theft, S. Parrott Ave.
Assault/battery N.W. Park St.
Assault/battery N.W. Park St.
-.Assault/battery N.W. Park St.
,I Fight, S..Parrott Ave.
i Open/door, N.W. 11 th Ave.
March 12
Disturbance, N.E. Seventh St.
Disturbance, N.E. Seventh St.
Disturbance, N.E..Seventh St.
Fight, N.W. 11th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, S.W.
Fourth St.
iCriminal mischief/larceny/theft, S.W.
. Fourth Ave.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70.
SDisturbance, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, S.W. Fifth Ave.
'Traffic accident/unfounded, S.E. Sec-
- ond Ave.
' Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott Ave.
. Animal complaint, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.


Traffic accident, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Traffic accident, S.W. Park St.
Traffic accident, N.W. Second St.
Traffic accident, N.W. Park St.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S. Parrott
Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, N.E. Park St.
Intoxicated pedestrian, S.W. Sixth St.
Disturbance, S.W. Second St.
Disturbance, N.W. 12th St.
Reckless driver, N.W. Park St.
Drug case/prisoner in custody.
Alarm, S.E. Second St.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.W. Park St.
Burglary, S.W. Second St.
March 13
Information, N. Parrott Ave:
Disturbance, N.E. Sixth St.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.W. Second
St.
Prowler/peeping tom, N.W. Second
Ave.
Lost/found property, S. Parrott Ave.
Wash down/fire department, S. Parrott
Ave.
Suspicious incident/burglary, S.W. Fifth
Ave.
Criminal mischief, S.W. 10th Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. Seventh Court.
Abandoned vehicle/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.E. Sixth Ave.
Disturbance, S.E. 11th Ave.-
Drug case/unfounded, S.E. 14th Court.
Disturbance, N.W. Park St.
Standby, N.W. 11th Ave.
Reckless driver, N.W. 15th St.
Missing person/runaway, U.S. 441 S.
Disturbance, N.E. Sixth St.
March 14
Alarm, N.W. Second St.
Trespassing, S.W. 16th St.
Lost/found property, S.E. Second Ave.
Larceny/theft, S.W. Fifth Ave.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, N.W. Park St.
Standby, S.W. 15th St.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Larceny/theft, S.W. 14th St.
Fire/vehicle/brush/structure, S.W. Third
Ave.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Disturbance, S.W. Fifth St.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S. Parrott
Ave. -
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Trespassing, S.E. Fifth St. .
Police service call, N.W.10th St.
Escort, S.W. Seventh Ave.
March 15
Fight/prisoner in custody, N.W. Ninth
St.
Cancel.


Alarm, N.W. Second St.
Suspicious person/vehicle, N.W. Park
St.
Cancel.
Attempt to contact/prisoner in custody,
N.W. 14th Ave.
Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, S.E.Second Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, S.W. Sixth St. *
Attempt to contact/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 14th Ave.
Traffic accident, S.W. Second Ave.
Prisoner in custody, N.W. Fourth St.
Fight, N.W. 12th St.
Open door/window, S.W. Park St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, N.E.
Fourth St..
Suspicious incident, S.E. Ninth Drive.
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Trespassing S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. Fifth Ave.

Sheriff's Office
March 12
Death investigation, U.S. 78 W.
Death investigation, U.S. 98 N. March
13
Stolen/golf cart, N.W. 27th St.'
Trespass, S.E. 18th Terr.
Attempt to locate, U.S. 98N.
Suspicious vehicle/recovered golf cart,
.N.W. 11th Dr.
Assault, N.E. Fourth Trail.
Stolen/trailer, S.W. 35th Circle.
Injunction violation/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 10th Lane.
Disturbance/verbal, U.S. 441 N.
Traffic accident, U.S. 441 N.
March 14
Trash dumping, N.W. 36th St.
Warrant, N.W. 36th St.
Vandalism, N.E. 22nd Ave.
Harassment, S.E. 42nd St.
Theft/wallet, U.S. 441 S.E.
Disturbance/verbal, U.S. 441 S.E.
Trespass, S.R. 70 E.
Theft/jewelry, U.S. 441 S.E.
Disturbance/verbal, N.W. 26th Ave.
Traffic accident, U.S. 441 N.
Domestic, S.E. 25th St.
Burglary, N.E. 11th St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, S.R. 70
E.
Trespass, S.E. 38th Ave.
Warrant/prisoner in custody, N.W. 39th
Circle.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
March 15
Disturbance/verbal, N.W. 44th Ave.
Stolen/trailer, U.S. 441 S.E.
Fraud, S.W. 31st St.
Suspicious incident/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 S.E.


Grace Christian to present Easter musical


Grace Christian School will
be producing the original Easter
musical, "Amazing Love: Not
Your Mother's Easter Pageant."
The musical will feature an
all-star cast of students, faculty
and staff from Grace Christian
School.
, The story revolves around a
10-year-old girl named Abby,
played by Alexandra Heatley.
Abby runs away from home after
being yelled at by her drunken
father, Jeff, played by Steven A.
Guglich.
On the streets, she encoun-
ters a kind stranger named Car-
dus, played by Morgan Mayes.
Cardus reveals himself to be an
angel after he supernaturally
transports Abby and himself
back into Biblical times.


On their journey, Cardus
introduces Abby to the apostle
Peter, played by Michael Peeples.
Cardus urges Abby to learn from
Peter's mistakes as they watch-
him and the other Apostles dur-
ing the days before and after
Jesus' death. In the end, Abby
and her father learn a valuable
truth about an amazing love.
Other cast members include:
Donald Mohr as Jesus; Paige
-McCrary as Bezak the demon;
Brittany Nemitz as Mary Magda-
lene; Tyler Chartier as John the
Apostle; Cody Herrin as Andrew
the Apostle; Tommie Jackson as
Judas Escariot; Stan Guglich as
Acim the Pharisee; and, David
Ogden as Eddie.
The chorus rounds out the
cast with Michael Mayer, Tanner


Underwood, Alley Lopez,
Wesley Nemitz, Chris Nemitz,
Kayla Bass, Heather Lanning,
Macy Gamiotea, Megan Stiller,
Kayla Hewitt, Katie Clay, Brooke
McCrary, Dustin Herrin and
Jacob Nelson.
"Amazing Love: Not Your
Mother's Easter Pageant" will be
performed at Grace Christian
Church on Wednesday, March
23, at 7 pm.
The musical was written by
Steven A. Guglich and Alex Mar-
quez. It is under the direction of
Steven A Guglich with the assis-
tance of Angel Rose Conlon. It is
choreographed by Donald Mohr.
If your church or organization
.is interested in having the cast
perform at your facility, please
contact Steven A Guglich at
(863) 763-3072.


Creative writers earn IRCC scholarships


Excellence in writing earned
high school seniors scholarships
to Indian River Community Col-
lege and top honors in the Col-
lege's Creative Writing Contest.
.Saint Edward's School senior
Laura Staller was the first-place
winner for her poems, "When I
Stand against the Shore" and
"For Many Years."
Stephanie Hartnig, a senior at
IRCC's Adult High School, Chas-
tain Campus earned second
place for her short story, "When
You Look at a Rose." Courtney
Adler, a senior at Okeechobee
High School took third place in
the contest for her poems, "High


School Tragedy," Ignorance is
Bliss," and "The Road Ahead."
Junior winners are: Alisha
Bowling, Centennial High
School, first place for poetry;
Katherine Albrecht, Saint
Edward's School, second place
for her short story; and, Jillian
Thomas, Lincoln Park Academy,
third place for her short story.
Sophomore winners are:
Rebecca Panayiotou, who is
home-schooled and..earned first
place for her. short story; Todd
Holt, Okeechobee High School,
took second place for his poetry;
and, Michael Santos-Dolan,
Okeechobee High School, took


third place for his poetry.
Freshman winners are: first
place, Alison Howard, Jensen
Beach High School for her one-
act play; second place to Daniel
Locke, Centennial High School,
for his short story; and, third
place went to Richard Sickels,
Jr., Okeechobee High School, for
his short story entry.
Eleven area high schools sub-
mitted creative writing entries. In
addition to the IRCC scholar-
ships awarded to the senior win-
ners, junior, sophomore, and
freshman winners received
plaques.


[Obituaries

:Richard G. Gladfelter
Richard G. Gladfelter, age
of Okeechobee, died Saturd;
March 19, 2005. He was bo
Oct.31, 1927 in York, Pa. Mr. Gla
felter had been a resident
Okeechobee for 12 years. I
enjoyed fishing, boating, wal
skiing and traveling. He was of t
Baptist faith.
Survivors include: his belov
,wife of 58 years, Charlotte Ju
Gladfelter of Okeechobee; sc
Richard Gladfelter of Hampstea
Md.; daughter, Wendy (E
Ramirez of Westminster, Mc
and, two granddaughters, Car
(Shaun) Bonds of Seymour Joh
son Air Force Base in North C,
olina and Christina Ramirez
WestminsterMd.
There will be no visitation
services.
All arrangements are under t
direction and care of the Buxt
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Emilio Gonzalez, age 79, of
Okeechobee, died March 20,
2005, at Raulerson Hospital. He
was born July 28, 1925, in Puerto
Rico to Fladio and Manuola Gon-
zalez. He retired from the banking.
business in Jersey City, N.J. before
,coming to Okeechobee in 1990.


Mr. Gonzalez was a member of
the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was a Merchant Marine.
He was preceded in death by:
his son, Arturo Gonzalez.
Mr. Gonzalez is survived by:
his wife of 49 years, Esther Gonza-
lez; two sons, Justin Gonzalez of
Miami and Edward (Elizabeth)
Gonzalez of Okeechobee; four
daughters, Milly (Orlando) Rosa
of Easton, Pa., Joanne (David)
Gonzalez Goodman of Bloom-
field, N.J., Sonia (John) Gonzalez
Rezabala of Zephyrhills, and Eliz-


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Rodeo
"I thought this year's rodeo was wonderful. But it was very
aggravating that some people kept standing on the walkway
right in front of the stands. The rodeo organizers had to keep
going down there and asking folks to move on, as those who
had paid for seats in those areas could not see through them. I
also think that they may need to color code the seating sec-
tions or something, because a lot of visitors were milling
around for a long time because they did not know where they
were supposed to sit. Those who have been to the rodeo
before know which stands are the southwest and which ones
are the west stands. But visitors were having a hard time, and
when they were milling around trying to find their seats they
were blocking the view for those already seated."

Rude Anglers
"I have been very fortunate to fish all around the country. It
has been a passion of mine from an early age. I must say Lake
Okeechobee has the rudest fishermen and boaters I have ever
come in contact with. The things that have happened to me
and I have seen done to others are beyond description. Let me
say there are some fishermen out there who know the mean-
ing of good sportsmanship. There are plenty of others who do
not. You know who you are and you just don't care. Your
actions only hurt'the great sport of fishing and our wonderful
lake. Please, let's all take a step back and be courteous and
give the fishermen next to you a little more room. It will be
more pleasant for us all."

Lake
"Why do we keep giving awards and kudos to people say-
ing that they have done an excellent job managing our waters,
when in fact they have did just the opposite? We are facing a
crisis on Lake Okeechobee right now because of the misman-
agement by the South Florida Water'Management people. The
lake is dying because there are no spawning places for the fish.
They have been destroyed by the water."

Concert
"I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce and any-
one who helped bring Joe Nichols in. I took my 12-year-old
niece to the concert and it was very, very well put together.
And I just want to let everyone know how good it was."

Ag center
"To the person who asked about the ag center: it doesn't
get utilized because it is so expense to use and they only use it
for their 4-H things. Also, there was plenty of advertisement for
the concert. It was all over Okeechobee. I am sorry you didn't
hear about it in time."

Landfill
"A few months ago they said the odor wasn't coming from
the landfill. A while later another representative said it wasn't
coming from the landfill. And now another representative says
it is coming from the landfill. Are we supposed to believe this
group when they say it doesn't affect our drinking water?"

Popular Vote
"I keep reading in the paper about the Democrats knocking
Bush and talking bad about him. Am I mistaken or did George
Bush not win by popular vote? Does that not mean that most of
the people in the United States voted for him? Doesn't that
mean that more people wanted him than didn't want him? Or,
am I totally wrong?

Inconvenient
"I don't like it when bank statements are printed on both
sides. It is inconvenient."

FCAT
"I have been reading in the paper about the FCAT and how
the teachers have been putting a lot of pressure on the stu-
dents. Let me just inform you that it is not the teachers that
want to give this test. It is a state initiative. The state is the one
that orders the teachers to give this test. They have no say in
what happens with the FCAT. They have to do what they are
told and that is to prepare the students and give the test. It is
Jeb Bush who has instated this and said that they can't get into
college with out it."

Social Security
"Now that Bush has caused at least 1,500 of kids to be killed
in Iraq with his stupidity, what is he doing with our Social Secu-
rity? He is gding to mess that up too. What a character he is."

Vendors should move their vehicles
"During the Speckled Perch festival, why are all the venders
allowed to park their cars and trailers by the park and take up
all the parking places so everyone has to walk blocks and
blocks? They should have to unload and then move their vehi-
cles."





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Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The
Gathering for a weekly 12-step recovery and support group meeting for
women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call (863)
467-1112 or(863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant forbreakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited. For
information, contact Bill Barleilt at (863 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group neelis at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowshrp Haill Tni. s ne ,n': .,rly mniceiiig F,:.r inf:,rrr,.;iirin call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers
support and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual
diagnosis.
Republican Club meets at Fat Boy's Restaurant with dinner at 6 p.m.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For information con-
tact Gail Powers at (863) 357-6525, or Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It
will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car
you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while
you listen to the.great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy
or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will
meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is
welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, informa-
tion and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Free care for your loved ones is available at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day
Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information call (863) 467-2321.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
ABWA Charter Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Angus Restaurant.
All members are urged to attend. Individuals interested in joining may call
(863) 467-2888, or attend our monthly meeting.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
inforrhation.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellow-
ship Hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial. Everyone is invit-
ed. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
9360.
Martha's House Inq. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For information call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. For
information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480
evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group, please
pass the word.
The Social .Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.



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Community Events

Collaborative council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meet-
ing on Tuesday, March 22,' at 10 a.m. at the Freshman Campus
Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and share
information regarding services for children and their families.
Guest speakers will be Jack Frost, from the Hibiscus Children's
Center, and Dr. Brenda Garma, psychotherapist. The public is invit-
ed. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Main Street to meet
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold its monthly general
membership meeting at the BrahmaBull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441
S.E. Okeechobee, on Wednesday, March 23, at noon. This meeting
is open to the public. For information, contact Lydia Jean Williams,
executive director, at (863) 863-357-MAIN.

Healthy Start to meet" .
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, March 23,; At"11:30 a.mx in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of
a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and
implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interest-
ed in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies
in Okeechobee. For information about the coalition, please contact
Executive Director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.

Radio Club sponsors testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing
session for all classes of amateur license at Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center, 7200 U.S. 441 N., on March 23. Testing will start at 7
p.m., and will be held in the conference room. The fee is $14 per
test session and $14 for a retake. You must bring: any existing ama-
teur license; a photo I.D.; $14 cash, or check made out to "ARRL
VEC"; and, if you have a license your FRN number. For informa-
tion, contact Joan Robbins (KG4YEJ) at (863) 467-3037 or god-
first@strato.net.

Dixie Echoes Quartet to be in concert
The Dixie Echoes Quartet will be in concert at the Parrott
Avenue Christian Church, located on S.R. 70 W. 4.5-miles west
of Okeechobee, Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m. There will be no
admission charge.

Discussion on preventing drowning
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be L. Puddin
Race, public education specialist for the St. Lucie County Fire Dis-
trict. The topic will be life safety issues, drowning and near drown-
ing and unprotected back yard pools. For information, contact L.
Puddin Race at (772) 462-8337. For CPR programs contact the local
American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488.

Fundraiser planned for Bobi O'Neill
A fundraising barbecue for Bobi O'Neill will be held March 26
beginning at 11 a.m. at the'ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. For informa-
tion, call Sharon Robertson at (863) 763-2131 or Dowling Watford
at (863) 763-2121.

Driver safety course offered
An AARP driver's safety course will be held March 26 and April 2
from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day in the fellowship hall at the
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. The tuition for the class is
$.10. Registration will be on March 26 at 8 a.m. Please call ahead to
sign up for the class. You do not have to be an AARP member or
have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 50'and over are invited. For
information, contact course instructor Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-
0351.

4-H club plans car wash
The Spurs and Saddles of the 4-H club will hold a fundraising
car wash on March 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Wal-Mart
parking lot.

Coast Guard holding GPS class
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding a GPS class at the
Civic Center from I until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. This popu-
lar course will help you get more out of your GPS equipment and
enhance your boating experience. The course is also a must for
anyone considering buying new GPS equipment for their boat.
Anyone planning to attend should call (863) 467-3085 to pre-regis-
ter.

Airboat club to meet
The Big Lake Airboat Club, Inc. will have their meeting March
26 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore
Haven. After the meeting members will go to Observation Island
and have lunch. Everyone is asked to bring their own lunch. After
lunch the club will take a ride towards the Monkey Box and
around. Anyone interested in joining is welcomed.


The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 22,2005


OPINION






The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 22, 2005 0


Health Briefs

Raulerson inks pact with Big Lake Hospice
Big Lake Hospice of Okeechobee has announced that it has
signed an inpatient contract with Raulerson Hospital.
Hospice care can now be provided to patients who have
been admitted to Raulerson Hospital and are in need of pallia-
tive Care.
Big Lake Hospice, founded in 2003, serves patients and their
families in Okeechobee County.
In addition to patient services, Big Lake Hospice offers grief
counseling for those learning to cope with the loss of a loved
one, programs for children and adolescents, community edu-
cation programs and opportunities for volunteering.
For information, call (863) 763-0707. Mail inquiries can be
sent to 309 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, Fla., 34972
Free pregnancy tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-
profit organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy
testing to girls and women of all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays.and
Thursday, and from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located
at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. We are
going to start parenting classes in January so if you would like
more information on this or set an appointment for a free preg-
nancy test please call 763-8859.


Enjoy eggs but don't hide the hardboiled ones!


Eggs are one of nature's won-
ders.
A whole egg has about 75
calories. Most of the calories -
as well as most of the nutrition is
in the yolk. An egg yolk only has
about 17 calories.
Eggs contain Vitamins A, D,
E, B12 as well as choline and
folic acid. Choline is a nutrient
the body uses to make the brain
chemical that is necessary for
memory function.
Eggs are a good source of
nutrition with about 6 grams of
protein in one egg.
Colored eggs are often used
as a symbol of Easter. If you plan
to color hard boiled eggs this
year, just don't hide them.
Cooking eggs damages the
shell it creates tiny, holes in
the shell that can let in bacteria.
Once an egg is hardboiled, it
should be kept cold. Hiding
hardboiled eggs outside is
potentially dangerous in Florida,
because the eggs will warm
quickly and may become con-


A
Healthier
Life


with Katrina Elsken
taminated with bacteria.
I always advise using plastic
eggs for Easter egg hunts. You
can put pennies or small toys
inside the eggs. Be careful about
putting candy in the plastic eggs
- the Florida heat can easily
turn candy into a melted mess.
Hardboiled eggs can be safe-
ly kept in the refrigerator for
about a week, so don't cook
more than you plan to use in a
week.
The' United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture offers the
following tips on handling eggs
safely:
Keep eggs in the refrigera-


tor until ready to cook.
Take out only the number
of eggs you need to use.
When ready to use eggs,
remember they roll, so first find
a place to secure them outside
the refrigerator.
Throw out any dirty or
cracked eggs.
Always iVash hands with
warm, soapy water before and
after preparing eggs.
Crack eggs into a clean
bowl. If some shell gets into the
bowl, use a clean spoon to get it
out.
Throw broken eggshells
directly into trashcan.
Use an egg separator if
recipe calls for separation of egg
whites from yolks into different
bowls.
Wash hands with warm
soapy water before adding other
ingredients.
After adding other ingredi-
ents, do not taste raw batter or
dough until it has been cooked.
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 22, 2005


6 SPORTS


Local anglers place 1-2 in BFL tourney


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Two hundred sixty anglers
took to the lake from Okee-Tantie
Marina Saturday morning to com-
pete in the Wal-Mart BFL bass
tournament.
In the angler division, Rick Bur-
ton of Wellington came to the
scale with a 29.10 lb. bag of Lake
Okeechobee largemouths to win
the $4,050 first-place check. His
9.10 lb- lunker also earned him
the big fish of the day award and
an additional $650.
"I've been fishing with the BFL
for the past three or four years and
this is my first win," stated Burton.
"I pulled them in flipping 4-inch
Gambler black and blue with sil-
ver glitter crawdads."
Chris Rand of Fort Lauderdale
finished in second place with
28.04 lbs. He earned' $2,025 for
the day.
Third place honors and a
check for $1,325 went to John
Peters of Boynton Beach for his
27.07 lb. catch.
In the co-angler division, Greg
Caldwell of Okeechobee led the
field with 20.06 lbs. of bass. He
took home a check for $2,025 and
another one for $162 for sharing
big fish honors with Craig Lovely
of Fort Myers.
Another local angler, Virginia
Ford, captured second place with
16.12 lbs.
"I had a fantastic day," said
Ford. She caught her fish on spe-


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Okeechobee angler Greg Caldwell finished in
first place in the co-angler division of Satur-
day's BFL tournament with a total weight of
20.06 Ibs.


cial homemade spinnerbait, and
took home a check for $1,012 for
her effort.
Henry Clay Samples of Daw-
sonville, Ga., finished the day in
third place with 15.14 lbs. He
earned $663 for the day.
Other local anglers also had a
good day on the lake. In the
angler division, the following fin-


Local angler Virginia Ford took second place
honors in the co-angler division of Saturday's
BFL bass tournament with a total weight of
16.12 Ibs.


ished in the top 50: (7) Justin
Schwier 20.14 lbs.; (28) Larry
Crossman 12.01 lbs.; (33) Steve
Fairtrace- 11.08 lbs.; (41) Grego-
ry Maclean 10.14 lbs.; (44) Judd
Shurley 10.11 lbs.; and, George
Greene 10.06 lbs.
In the co-angler division, the
following local anglers finished in
the top 50: Tony DeVoss 10.02


lbs.; (22) Bobby O'Bannon 9.09
lbs.; (42) David Stout 7.04 lbs.;
(44) Richard Combs 7.02 lbs.;
(47) Rodney Eagle 6.13 lbs.;
and, (49) Pat Riley- 6.08 lbs.
The next Wal-Mart BFL tourna-
ment on Lake Okeechobee will
take place April 16 and will be
fished, out of the Okee-Tantie
Marina.


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Stafford/Perron win

benefit bass tourney


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Bob Stafford and Keith Per-
ron were the big winners in the
Taylor Creek Bass Club's benefit
bass tournament held Sunday
out of the Okee-Tantie Marina.
The annual tournament put
on by the local club benefits their
annual free Kid's Day fishing
tournament.
Bob Stafford and Keith Per-
ron took first place in the 32-
team tournament with a total
weight of 26.61 pounds, and
earned a check for $850. They
also captured another check for
$210 for the big fish award with
their 9.72-lb. lunker.
Second place went to the
team of Ronnie Langlois and
Fred Rivard. They brought 20.59
lbs. of bass to the scale took
home a check for $500.
Mike Jones and J.C. Gibson
finished in third place with 16.87


lbs., which earned them $350 for
the day. Their 8.12-lb. large-
mouth also earned them second
big fish honors and a check for
$110.
Fourth place went to Jim Wil-
son and Danny Norton. They
won $225 for their 15.10 lbs. of
fish.
Ray Davino and Norris New-
house placed fifth with 14.87 lbs.
They received a check for $175
for their effort.
In. addition to the cash
awards, anglers received two
custom rods donated by Chuck
Lee; a rod and reel combination
donated by Garrard's Tackle;
two $50 savings bonds donated
by Big Lake Bank; two free
entries to the Christian Team
Trail bass tournament; a $20 gift
certificate to Gail's Bait Pail; a
Suzuki storage caddy from
Lakeshore Marine; and two, $50
bills donated by Marshalls Lawn
Care.


Sports Brief
YMS girls host golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball team will host a golf tournament
on Saturday, April 9, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club,
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person ($200 team of four), which includes a
rib dinner after play is completed. Buddy Mills and the FFA will be
grilling the food.
There will be plenty of prizes, including prizes for the best score,
longest drive, closest to the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to make reservations for your foursome
at (863) 697-0952 or (863) 467-0130; or call Yearling Middle School
(YMS) at (863) 462-5056 for information.




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At the Movies
The following, movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres -
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, March ,
18, through Thursday, March 24,
are as follows:
Theatre I "Robots" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. 1
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "The Pacifier" (PG) -I
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre III "Boogeyman" d
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


Briefs

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
1-800-330-2227, ext. 108.
,Equipment available
I for the handicapped
-. American Legion Post #64 has
Used handicapped equipment
such as walkers, portable toilets,
(; crutches, canes, etc. Anyone
* requiring the use of such equip-
ment is welcome to stop by the
post and pick out what they need.
' There is no charge and everyone is
welcome. This is not restricted to
- veterans. Call the Post at (863) 763-
" 2950.for information.
:Barbershoppers
: looking to expand
, The Just for Kicks barbershop
- quartet group is looking for men
,who like to sing. Tenors, baritones,
leads and basses are all invited to
", join our group. We practice on
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center, 1646 N
Hwy. 441. Join us in singing some
old time songs and community
. entertainment. \\e are looking to
* expand our group. Good clean fun
'.and a great sound are our objec-
-ti es. For more information, please
:call 18631 763-0175 or (863) 467-
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-. Welcome House
provides chances
welcome e House Drop-In Cen-
ter, a program of the Mental Health
.Association in Indian River County,
Za United Way agency, is located at
. 1925 U.S. 441 S.E.. in Okeechobee
.land is open seven days a week,
'frorn 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It pro-
^ vides those recovering from mental
' illnesses an opportunity to socialize
K and network at their own pace in a
supportive and comfortable peer-
oriented environment. To find but
how to become a member or
information, contact Hilda
-Navarette or James Little at Wel-
come House at (863) 467-1026.

Club is
selling quilts
The Tantie Quilters now have
, baby and regular size quilts for
' sale. For more information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020,
- or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
:Jaycees need
:energetic people
. The 'Okeechobee Jaycees
, would like to welcome all ener-
. getic young people between the
: ages of 21 and 39,who are interest-
' ed in working towards the better-
: ment of our community and to
have fun. Meetings are held on the
first and third Wednesday of each
' month at the American Legion,
> beginning at 7:30 p.m. For informa-
. tion, call Marcia Crane at (863) 634-
\ 7376.
"VAvans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
: increased the days the VA vans
4 transport veterans to the West
, Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
, The VAvans are now running Mon-
> day through Friday. All veterans
needingg a ride to the VA Medical
Center should call the County Vet-
, erans Service Officer at (863) 763-
S8124, several days ahead of time
: and provide name, last four of
' social security number, date and
, time of appointment and whether
, a wheelchair/scooter lift is needed.
. All appointments ,must be before
noon. If there are any questions,
please contact Betsy Grinslade, the
county veterans' service officer.


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*NOW HIRING*


Assistant Managers to train at the Okeechobee
location. We have 16 locations in Florida and we

are seeking motivated and ambitious individuals
looking for a career in restaurant management.
Management experience preferred, but not
always needed. Will train the right person.
Must have High School Diploma or equivalent.

By starting in this position, you could be making
$36,000 $40,000 within one year after only
your first promotion! The opportunity starts here.

The opportunities available within this company
are tremendous... and better yet so easily
accessible to people with any kind of drive. It
is such a big surprise that so many people pass
right by something like this every day and don't
realize the sense of accomplishment,
fulfillment, and success they could obtain in
such a short period of time without any
higher level education. The Clock Restaurant
has given so many professionals and
enterpreneurs a foundation in this industry.

FAX RESUME TO 467-2402


SALESPERSON
needed for Badcock Fumi-
ture. Will Train. No phone
S" calls


SOD FARM FOREMAN
Outside work with people,
equipment and land. Must
be willing to leam, willing
to work and have transpor-
tation t863)634-7455


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders' 310
Tax Preparation 315



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Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435


BOOKKEEPING
ACCOUNTING
Set-up and maintain.
bank reconcilialions
financial & all Iv re-
ports
Semi-retired OPA now
accepting limited
accounts. Mike, cell
(863)243-1368,
office (8631465-1124


COASTAL CLEANING
Homes, Offices, '
Carpets, Windows
Commercial. Clean Up
Licensed & Bonrded
Call 863-467-0380



CRANE SERVICE
Roof Trusses,.Trees,
etc. Call 24 hrs. in
advance. 863-634-7722
or 863-357-4140.

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is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classifieds,


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SKIRTING & AWNINGS
for Mobile Homes. Call
Now! Bob 357-3141



HARDENS
PERSONALIZED
TREE SERVICES
Specializing in difficult
tree removals. Broken
limbs & power lines.
Call (863)261-5358.




Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies- 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens I Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing '
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,,
Supplies 625
Household Items' 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies'
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies,'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITIONER: 05 3
Ton Pacpage unar w. Heat
Never insitaled $1150
1954)309-8659

AIR CONDITIONER- 3/
Ton, Coleman, AC/Heat
unit, exc cond, $500.
(863)610-0575.

AIR CONDITONER-'94, 3 1
ton, heal aid cool, good
shape, $300 t863)763-
4365.

AIR CONDITONER-'94, 3
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863i76'3.
4365 .

HEAT PUMP & A/C, UNIT,
Trane, brand-new, in box,
4 ton. $1000 or best offer.
(863)634-5936


CHINA SET 24pc, plates/
cups/saucers, ,w/ violet
flowers, some cut glass,
$150, (863)763-1386.

HALL TREE- orig finish, oak,
1920's, mirror, bench
seat, umbrella stand, $375
(863)467-9413.

JUKEBOX
Wurlitzer, 1945 edition)
$1500
(863)467-6573


DISHWASHER- new, used
once, $150. (863)357-
9946.

MAYTAG WASHER
Works good.
$40.
(863)763-6843.
RANGE, Counter Top, GE,
Electric, Smooth Cook
Top. White. Like new.
$100 (863)467-4035
RANGE
Premier, electric, almond,
20"W x 24"L, $50,
(863)763-4746.
REFRIGERATOR Sears,
Kenmore Side By Side.
25 cu'. Exc. cond. $600.
(863)675-2010.
REFRIGERATOR- Sears, al-
most new, w/ice maker,
white, 5' tall, $250,
(863)763-4746.
REFRIGERATOR Side-by-
side w/ice 21 cu' Sm up-
right Freezer & Elec Stove
$500 863-763-1919.
Refrig./Freezer, small -A/C
unit, antennae'& pole, cag-
es for bird & small animal.
$75. (863)302-2121
WASHER & DRYER- GE
almond, good condition
$200 firm
(863)467-7953
WASHER Kenmore, white,
heavy duty, super capaci-
ty, Good cond. $150
(863)763-3024.



TANNING BED- 11b Volt,
new bulbs, $500 or best
offer. (863)946-1794.



BICYCLE- Schwin, 24", 5
speed, excellent condition,
$40. (863)824-7033.

MEN BICYCLE
3 speed, Good
condition. $25.
(863)763-7802.


STORAGE SHED
70x80 metal 15'H
$12,000
(561)310-6611



MOBILE HOME WINDOWS
(3) 24"x52" $36 or will
sep. (863)357-7065

SENCO ROOFING Coil Nailer
scv4 or 3/4 box 1 roof
nails used for 12sq.'$350
1. i863)763.b679
WINDOWS (2) White,
single hung, 521/4Wx493%H.
S$70 for both, will sep.
(863)763-6216



Car Seat, Jumperoo
Exer-saucer, boy baby
clothes & much more. $200
will sep. 863-357-7136
STROLLER, Double, Only
used once. Like new condi-
tion. $20 863.634-0907

TODDLER BEDS
(2) racecar & firetruck
good cond. $100 or
will sep. (863)697-1706


FLOWER GIRL DRESS- Da-
vis Bridal, beduliul, like
new, size 5, $75.
(863)824-0095. .


Sports Cards, .6000+,
Baseball, Fooibail, Hoci e-y
& Bas'eiball 199102000
.i 00 (863)69;-85, 7



COMPAQ COMPUTER-
,romDreie kybrd. mouse,
sprr grea for larmily,
$I100 8r63)843-0153.
PRINTER/PHOTO COPIER-
Lexmark, Z715, new in
box, $40. (863)763-
1997.


ANTIQUE BR SET- 2 dress-
ers, 2 night stands, hdbd,
Solid wood, good cond.
$1.995. (863)983-5628.
BED SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green $6. (863)467-
8681.
1 CH EST
Dark wood. Good
condition. $50.
(863)763-0634.
COFFEE TABLE & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought'iron
6 mo old, $350. 863-697-
1702
COUCH & COMPUTER
T CABINET Brand name
"This End Up" Exc. Cond.
$700. (239)353-0936.
CRAFTMATIC ELE. Adjusta-
ble twin bed w/ortho mat-
tress. Ele., $500.
(954)966-2041
DINING RM SET


SLEEPER SOFA- blue, good
- condition, $50 or best of-
fer. (863)357-9946.

SLIP COVERS, Sure Fit, 12
fabric for sofa & love seat,
natural. color, $65.
(863)467-2045
YOUTH TWIN SIZE CAPT.
BED- 3 drawer, bkcase
hdbd, like new mattress,
$75. (863)763-6757.



EASY 00G OLF CART
restored
$2200
(863)692-2229
YAMAHA Golf cart in exc.
cond. $1450
(863)763-2407 &
ask for Howard


COLT MODEL M
380 ACP 80%
$350
(863)763-4961
RIFLE- 300 magnum
Weatherby, German made,
w/scope, $1400 neg.
863)675-6214 aft 6.
TAURUS 357 mag.
model 65 $315
(863)763-4961 .



FURNACE, Electric. New.
Never used. 34000 BTU's
w/ warrantee. $300
(863)763-6420'



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ELECTRIC wheel chair lift
for mini bus or van. $400/
best offer. (863)801-6182
Paul


ALASKAN DIAMOND WIL-
LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.
CHURCH PEWS- 4, very
nice, with mistle rack and
kneelers, $200 neg. Must
haul. (863)763-7613.
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Screened Enclosure,
Alum., 10x20, riiirig lans
w/lights, like new cond.,
$800. (863)357-3984
TRL. AXLE 7 w/tires,
brakes, $700 for all or will
sep. (863)467-1788 after
6pm. v ents 6s -



GUITAR '02 GIBSON Gothic
Les Paul w/emg pick-ups
S'$800 or best offer
(863)634-3856



EXECUTIVE DESK 3'x 6',
Cherry wood finish,
Good cond. $75.
(863)763-3024.



BEAGLE, Male CKC' reg.,
first shots, vet certified,
ready to g,:. $.375.
(863i634.242J
BEAGLE PUPS CKC
,3 Male w/Health Certificate
& first shots $400 pc.
(863)763-2755 Iv. mess.
JACK RUSSEL female
shots & wormed 8
wks. old $250
(863)673-5370
Jack Russell Terrier Pup-
pies, purebred, ready 3/
19, 4 fem., 1 male, $300.
(863)528-9897
MININPIN Black/tan, Male,
AKC, Avail Mar 18, '05.
$400. Lake Port
(863)946-3857.
PEACH DOVES, (2), old
enough to eat on their
Sown, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm..
SCHNAUZER PUPPIES 4,
CKC reg 8wks all shots
$400 (863)467-5574 or Iv
voice msg 863-697-0035
SNOW WHITE DOVES, (2),
not barely old enough to
eat on their own, $40 will
sell sep. (863)675-6214
YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg.; 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.



POOL FILTER, Purex Triton
Star DE, $75. (863)467-
6573


LOG SPLITTER
Vertical, 25 ton
on wheels, $500
(863)612-0159
SNAP ON PLASMA CUTTER
new cable works w/air &
ele. $1450 (863)697-
9704
SNAP ON WIRE FEED
WELDER. w/alum. spool
gun 300amp, 2 tanks
$1200 (863)697-9704


MOBILE HOME/CAMPER
WANTED Set up on a ren-
tal lot preferred with FI/
room Buckhead Ridge lo-
cation would be OK.
Please call 561-924-9339

Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


Agriculture

FJ- -
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/ProductaBs10
Farm Miscelaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertlizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
ULivestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 885


APHA PAINT GELDING
2 years old. Will be big.
Train your way. $2000.
(863)763-3631.
QUARTER HORSES 2)
Cutting/Team Penning Pros-
pects. Well breed and well
started. (772)979-0282
SADDLE
15", Brown. All
the tack. $300.
(863)675-5066.
WESTERN SADDLE- 14
-inch seat, 4 inchcantle,
$275. Call evenings
(863)675-4098



BRIGGS & STRATON
.11HP riding mower
engine $25 works good
(863)357-0872
LAWN MOWER Ronsone,
Diesel eng 54" cut, 21 HP,
Hyd. drive, Extra blades
$1000 863-467-0613
LAWN T"MOWER Murray
widebody, 12.5 HP Briggs
& Stratton $500. For more
info. (863)634-8608.
LAWN TRACTOR- Murray
wide body, 12.5HP .BS,
42" cut, dual blades, $500
neg. (863)634-8608.
Riding Lawn Mowers,' (5),
needs woik, $500 will sell
sep. (863)634-51.13

RIDING MOWER, Snapper,
S8 hp w/mulching deck.
$350. (863)467-9054 .

WALKING TRACTOR, Sim-
plicity, rotary, sickle bar,
plow, $100. (863)674-
0790


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent ..930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950.
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 360,


BRAND NEW-From floor to
ceiling 2/1, w/small extra
room, in town, $850/mo
FLS, (863)634-3604.
EFFICIENCY APTS
All 'utilities paid
except phone. Fumished.
Adult Community. No Pets.
Sec. Dep. req'd. (863)
357-2044 9am-5pm.

Lg. Apt., 2BR/1BA, Rim
Canal, no pets, $795 mo.
+ 1st & last. (863)467-
.4668 bet 2-6.

BMa.l ii


ON WATER Pnmrose park
lumished $500 mo. call
Vicky 863-763-8711




GLOBE 1973, 33 Ft, Lg FL.
Rm., 1/1, 4 Acres Adult
Park, lot 60 by Taylor Crk.
$5000 neg. 772-569-5573
OKEECHOBEE, Clean, Park
model w/roofover, carport,
lum., W/D, FL rm. Vantage
Oaks 863-357-1180
PARK TRAILER 30'
Water front. Large Florida
Room. Furnished. $4800
(865)924-9228
PARK TRAILER 32' With FV
rm, C/A, Small Adult Park.
Fum. $12,000 863-467-
8830
SINGLE WIDE 1993:
2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. $2000
(239)657-4614



Recreation











ANGLER, 1977
17 ft, 70hp Johnson
$2400
(863)902-0316
BOAT, 14 Ft., Aluminum w/
trailer, Johnson 0/B,
Seats, Trolling motor.
$1200 (863)763-6069
Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16 ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108


Real Estate



Business Places -.
Sale .1
Commerwal -
Property Sale 10t
Townhouses Salt015
Houses 0


La-Sal* Ion
Lots-Sale 11
Out of State -
roperty -Sale -lo0








GOOD BUSINESS
FOR SALE
Up & running, located at
MARKET PLACE
FLEA MARKET
Need to sell ASAP
due to health, Inclds.
show trailer & tents
$6500 plus inventory
FIRM
Call Larry or Suzann
(863)763-3705 or
(317)694-7595


BACK ON THE MARKET
2BR/2BA w/in house
pool located @ J & S
ish camp on lake
Okeechobee today re-
duced to $140,000
(772)597-6158 or
954-801-6158


Moore Haven
Builders lots still
available in brand new
S community next to
Caloosahatchie River.
New Homes currently
under construction.
Pre-construction
discounts.
(954) 605-6407


ONE ACRE Home site near
Schools & Sports Com-
plex. $55,000. 239-415-
1455.



SERENE MOUNTAIN GOLF
HOMESITE $208.03/MO.
Upscale Golf, Community
set amid Dye designed 18
hole course in Carolina
Mountains. Breathtaking
views. Near Asheville NC.
A sanctioned Golf Digest
,Teaching Facilityl Call toll-
free (8 6)334-3253 ext
S832
www.cherokeevalleysc.c-
om Price: $59,900, 10%
down, balance financed
12 months at 4.24% fixed,
one year balloon. QA


Cash'for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237


Mobile Homes


BASSWOOD, New Home
3BR, 2BA, $1,000. mo. +
1st & last. Sec. (772)873-
2784.
OKEECHOBEE 2BR 2BA
$800.mo + 1st, last & Sec
dep. No pets Non smoking
Envi. 863-763-3024



Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441 N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.


SHARE HOUSE- Fumished,
full house privileges, all
amenities, single working
adult, (863)763-9146.


READING A NEWSPAPER...




| 1 pleads you to the best
products and series.


light Oak w/tile top
& leaf $200
(863)467-4733
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo.old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702



KITCHEN TABLE,
w/6 chairs. Good condition.
$100 (863)467-6088

PRINCESS TOWER BED-
With slide, from Rooms to
Go, paid $599 asking
$250. (863)824-0095.
RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel, cream with light
green stripes, $250.
(863)467-8681


SPA/HOT TUB COVER,
76x76 & Water heater, GE,
40 gal. $125 for all, will
sep. 561-723-6753 Cell



POOL TABLE
good cond.
$700
(863)697-9878



SPEAKERS, 2, JL AUDIO
w/Box and Alpine 700W
amp. $900. 863-697-2423

STEREO SPEAKERS
(1 pair) For home system.
70 max watt, 12", 3 way.
$50 (863)467-5500








10 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 22, 2005


KAYAK, 16', blue & white, 1
seater, $500 or best offer.
(863)673-1574

OMEGA 24" Cabin hull pro-
ject boat w/tandem axle
boat $600 (863)697-
6812
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RANGER CHEROKEE BASS
BOAT, '95- 90hp, fully
equipped, Ranger Trailer,
excellent condition, $6500
So. Bay, Fla (561)213-
6103.

Ranker, 19', 140 inboard/
outboard, fiberglass hull,
low hours, $2900. Inquire
at Lot 54, Riverbend Trail-
er Park or call (863)801-
9360

TROLLING MOTORS. (2) -
new, never used, controls,
$425. (561)622-0736

V HULL, w/trailer, com-
pletely gutted, trlr in great
shape. No titles & no mtr,
$2000 (863)697-6054



CATINALINA LIGHT 5TH
WHEEL '99, like new,
$7,250. (863)634-8459.
DODGE MOTORHOME '78
23' good cond.
$1500
(561)310-6611
FORD VAN '82,
V-8, 3 spd on the floor.
Good tires & motor. $600.
Neg. (863)673-2327.


GMC MOTOR HOME '76,
27', 400 cu" eng. Good
tires, New starter. Dam-
aged $800 863-673-2327
GOLF STREAM 1997, 30 Ft.
Sleeps 6, Awning, A/C,
Very good condition.
$7500 (863)467-1837
MOTORHOME '89 37', not
licensed in FL. Good cond.
only 45k mi. $6000
(561)310-6611
RV TRAILER, 32', w Florida
room attached, furnished,
S$6500. (740)359-0156

TOYOTA SIENNA MINI VAN
'02: Moonrf., Leather, re-
mote sliding doors, dual
front/back A/C, roof rack/
carrier, tow pckg. w/elec.
brake &,receiver. Warran-
tee transfer. 50 K mls.
$22K (772)461-1023

TRAIL LITE 2001, Bantam
21 Ft. Tandem, Sleeps 6,
self contained w/bath, hot
water, A/C, screen rm.
Asking $8K w/weight dis-
tribution hitch/anti swai.
$8.6K. (772)461-1023




EVINRUDE MOTOR '92
70hp, 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls. Like new $2500
Neg 863-467-1960
EVINRUDE MOTOR '83
7.5hp. Short shaft.
Like new $425.Neg
863-467-1960
EVINRUDE MOTOR '77
6hp. Short shaft.
Exc. cond. $400.Neg
863-467-1960


JOHNSON MOTOR '85
70hp, 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls. exc cond $1200
Neg 863-467-1960


MOTOR Evinrude, 4 hp.
Outboard. Runs great!
$275. or best offer. 863-
635-3465.


Outboard motor
10 Horse power
Mercury $300
(801)673-6926


TROLL.MOTOR- 12/24 volt,
42" shaft, works good,
needs bracket repair, $35.
(863)763-1997.

Moto ry les 3I03
HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA
CLASSIC '00 many extra
$18,500 or best offer 863-
634-5753 call 24/7


KAWASAKI '77 750 AM/FM
Cass, leather Saddlebag,
runs good. $1500 or best
offer (863)452-6561


YAMAHA BADGER '01
4 wheeler 80 3spa.
$1600 or best offer
(863)697-1396


FRANKLIN,'05- 38ft, self
contained, 2 slide outs.
Washer & Dryer, Loaded,
$22,900, Will deliver. Prev
owner non smoker & w/no
pets. 954-483-1322 Cell


Automobile



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 41:15i)
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers -400`
Utility Trailers 1t065
Vans 1i070


CHEVY BERETTA '95,
Red, Auto, runs Excellent,
130k, 38 MPG Hwy.
$1875. (863)763-6591.
CHEVY CAMARO,
'91, T-Tops, Runs
good. $2500.
(561)996-4473.
ELCAMINO CHEVY '83 runs
good $1000 or best offer
(863)763-5817 after 5pm

FORD ESCORT
'96, Good condition.
$900.
(772)359-5144.
FORD EXPLORER '92 new
5spd. transmission, start-
er & exhaust system
$2500 (863)357-1078
FORD THUNDERBIRD '95
2dr. loaded, V-6, good
tires runs good $2000
(863)261-2442
GRAND AM '92
$500 or best offer
(863)467-6122


LINCOLN TOWNCAR '88
run exc. but body dam-
aged $1200 neg
(863)634-1767
NISSAN MAXIMA '92
runs good must sell
$2500 or best offer
(863)697-1600
OLDS AURORA. '96- load-
ed, runs good, auto, CD
plyr, leather interior
(863)697-1238.
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PONTIAC CUTLASS SU-
PREME '94 AT, runs good
$2500 (863)763-5519

PONTIAC Firebird '88 needs
work doesn't run $1000
neg 863-763-5817 after 5
pm.


CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
8ft bed, rebuilt trans, driy-
en daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.
DATSUN 280ZX '83 Looks
& runs new. Cherry red
metallic. 2 Seater. T-Tops,
AT. $3900 863-763-6069
WANTED; Plymouth, GTX,
Road Runner, 70-71 Cuda.
Dodge, Coronet R/T, Chal-
lenger R/T or Super-Bee.
Day 866-223-5440 John
Eve. 215-947-1567




CHEVY TAHOE BLAZER '91
runs good will trade for
pick up $1700. or best of-
fer (863)763-0072.


CLASSIC JEEP CHEROKEE
'85 runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
(863)763-0072.


CLUB CAR, Good cond.
good batt.& chgr. $1299
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.

Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


CHEVY 8.5 Diff Carrier w/
342 gears $150
(863)467-8856

CHEVY DIFF PARTS, 373 or
342 gears $100 or best of-
fer (863)467-8856

ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.

FORD 8 LUG RIMS- 2005,
factory chrome, $200 for
all (863)634-3262.

FORD TEMPO, 90- 4dr,
good body, needs trans, &
minor work, $200 neg.
(863)946-0206.

ISUZU PU, '92- for parts,
has engine and trans,
$150. (863)467-0561.

MOTOR & TRANSMISSION
350 GM. Very Good
condition. $400.
(239)839-61'49.


RIMS & TIRES 13" chrome
spoke rims plain tops &
key $600 or best offer
(863)697-1396
RIMS Low profile. 4 lug.
Came off a Honda Civic.
205/45ZR16. $250.
(863)532-8158.
SUPER SWAMPER BOG-
GERS (39.5 x18x15) &
RIMS-for Ford, 8 lug $800
(863)634-4104.
SVGA MONITORS (2) 17".
$50 for both, will sep.
(863)467-5500

TIRES (2)
225x75/15 good tread
will sell $25 Firm
(863)467-7953
TRUCK TOPPER, 2 yrs. old.
White. Fits '99 Ford 250.
$1200 (863)763-5519

TRUCK TOPPER
L-881/W w-60/2
$25
(863)697-8547


CHEVY 1981 2WD, 350
motor & trans. $600 for
parts or whole. (863)801-
6182
FORD RANGER. '88- not
running, many new parts,
needs injector, $500.
(863)599-0996.
SUPERCHIP #2705-fITS
2001-2003 GMC Truck w/
6.6L Duramax Diesel
Eng.$250 (863)484-0207


BRONCO II '88
2.9L good cond.
$800
(863)467-5621 after 7pm


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF
THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUS-
TEES OF INDIAN RIVER COMMU-
NITY COLLEGE WILL MEET TUES-
DAY, MARCH 29. 2005 IN ROOM
102, THE STRATEGIC PLANNING
ROOM IN THE WOLF HIGH-TECH-
NOLOGY CENTER ON THE INDIAN
RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 S.E
SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORI-
DA 34997
BOARD POLICY REVIEW
COMMITTEE 2'00 P.M.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING
CFNTER COMMITTEE 2 30 P.M
PHYSICAL PLANT
COMMITTEE 2 45 P.M.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE
THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF
THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
562345 ON 3/22/05
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is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
Eleanor E. Fields is given notice that
the content of storage unit #70 will
he auctioned on March 26, 2005 at
10:00 AM, to satisfy the balance of
her rental agreement, on the prem-
ises of M&M Self Storage Inc,
4129 Hwy 441 South. Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974.
562478 ON 3/22/05


CHEVY CONV VAN, '90-
123K mi, exc cond, $3000
firm. (863)467-6469.


DODGE VAN, '85- blue,
runs, AC, heat, needs gas
pedal, $150. (863)467-
0561.

FORD HIGH.TOP VAN '89,
Runs & Looks good. A
couple of issues. $1200.
(863)467-1077.
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is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
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Manatees have brittle bones


GAINESVILLE Despite their
huge size, the bones of manatees
are as brittle as fine porcelain, mak-
ing them extremely vulnerable to
being broken when struck by a
boat, University of Florida
researchers said.
The surprising findings could
ultimately change public policy for
the management of Florida's
waterways, said Roger Reep, a pro-
fessor of the UF College of Veteri-
nary Medicine's physiological sci-
ences department.
"When you pick up a manatee
rib, it's much denser than a cow
bone or human bone.. Most people
would think these ribs would be
really strong, as they're so heavy.
But in fact, they behave like ceram-
ic material," Reep said.
The bones of the endangered
sea cows have no marrow cavity,
which is why their bones are so
dense. But that density makes them
more fragile.
Additional studies from the
ongoing project, which mingles
veterinary physiology and engi-
neering expertise in a first-ever
effort to describe the biomechanics


of impact injuries, will be pub-
lished in an upcoming issue of the
Journal of Biomechanics.
The researchers are using an air
gun to hurl a 2-by-4-inch board
toward a manatee bone target to
reconstruct the ways various forces
are distributed through the bone.
"What .we are doing is getting
an idea of the amount of energy it
takes to-break a bone," said Reep,
who has teamed with Jack Mechol-
sky, associate chairman of the
department of materials sciences
and engineering at UF's College of
Engineering. They are working
with UF graduate student Kari
Clifton on the project, which was
part of her dissertation research in
1998 with funding from UF's
Marine Mammal Medicine Pro-
gram.
The force applied by a boat to a
manatee depends primarily on
boat speed and the size of a boat,
Reep said.
"One thing we're not sure about
yet is how much of force of the
boat actually reaches the ribs, since
manatees don't get hit. directly on
the ribs, but rather on the soft tissue


covering the ribs," Reep said.
Only about 3,000, manatees
remain in the wild, with most of
them concentrated in Florida, but
have been spotted as far west as
Texas and as far north as Virginia.
Manatees have been listed as an
endangered. species since 1967.
They are slow-gentle mammals
that are entirely aquatic. Human
activities are the major threat to
their survival through boat-related
injuries and deaths, habitat loss or
degradation.
From 1974 to.2004, 5,329 mana-
tee deaths were reported in Florida,
of which 1,164 were attributed to
watercraft collisions, according to
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission.
Patti Thompson, director of sci-
ence and conservation for the Mait-
land, Fla.-based Save the Manatee
Club, said reducing the watercraft
collisions is the best means to
reduce deaths and increase the
manatee's survival.
"It's a surprising outcome of
UF's research that their bones are
much more fragile than anyone
expected," Thomas said.


Leaders of the pack
David Wimmer (left) and Gary Ritter were leaders of the pack in Saturday morning's
WalkAmerica. They left the other participants in the dust and out of sight behind
them. Most of the approximately 200 people taking part in the .March of Dimes
fundraiser took a more leisurely pace.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda

Classy wheels
David Wibbles drives his 1968 Mustang down Park Street Saturday morning as he
observes the activities in Flagler Park. What he was watching was the preliminary activ-
ities before the start of WalkAmerica, in which about 200 walkers, representing 16
teams, participated in a 4-mile walk to raise funds for the March of Dimes.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda

Hooping it up
Nikki Delcamp, 9, makes the hula-hoop look easy. She
was demonstrating her skill Saturday morning in Flagler
Park before the start of WalkAmerica, a fundraiser for the
March of Dimes.


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