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Okeechobee News

Vol. 96 No. 94 Monday, April 4, 2005 504 Plus tax


Brief
Emergency meeting
scheduled for today
The dkeechobee County
Board of County Commis-
sioners will convene an emer-
gency session on Monday,
April 4, at 9 a.m. in the County
Commission Chambers of
the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Sec-
ond St.
The purpose of the meet-
ing is to consider approval of
the contract for the adminis-
tration of the Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Initiative for Okee-
chobee County.
Any person deciding to
appeal any decision made by
the county commissioners
with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting
will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and that, for such
purpose, he/she will need to
ensure that a verbatim record
of such proceedings is made.
That record shall include the
testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be
based.

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take tournament
Thirty-three boats hit the
water to compete in the
Christian Team Trail tourna-
ment Saturday morning at
Okee-Tantie Marina. The
weather steadily deteriorated
as a cold front moved
through the area making
fishing conditions less than
ideal.
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Comics ............9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ....... .10
Obituaries . .... .3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports .............. 8
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News Briefs


Tax rebate

deadline nears
OKEECHOBEE The Property
Appraiser's Office, located in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W
Fifth Ave., has applications avail-
able for the 2004 sales tax rebate of
up to $1,500.
The rebate is for those Florida
residents who have replaced a
mobile home due to loss from a
named tropical system.
The deadline to file is May 1.

Homebuyer's classes

are offered locally,
OKEECHOBEE -- Homebuy-
er's classes are being held every
Wednesday from 9 until 10 a.m. at
the USDA Service Center, 454 U.S.
98 N., in Okeechobee.
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South hosts awards program today and tomorrow


We bid a sad farewell to one
of our beloved cafeteria work-
ers, Mrs. Pearl White, who
retired on Thursday. Mrs. Lundy
hosted a retirement party with
cake and punch in the media
center after school. Mrs. White
will certainly be missed since
she always greeted everyone,
adults and children alike, with a
friendly smile and served every-
one graciously. Thank you, Mr.
White, for your many years of
service, and we hope you enjoy
your well deserved retirement.
Report cards went home on
Friday, and Awards 'Programs
will be held today and Wednes-
day.
Monday, April 4, Awards pro-
gram: 8:30 a.m. First Grade,
Hawkins; 10:30 a.m. Kinder-
garten, Lozano and 1:15 p.m. -
Second Grade.
Wednesday, April 6, Awards
program: 8:30 a.m. Third
Grade; 9:30 a:m. Fifth Grade
and 1:15 p.m. Fourth Grade,
Linn
On Thursday, April 7, Golden
Honor Roll students and the Top
Accelerated Reader point earner
from each grade will have lunch,
with the principal, Mrs. Lundy.
We are looking forward to
another fantastic Book Fair com-
ing to South on Monday, April
18. Plan now to come see the


many books available through
the Scholastic Book Fair; it will
be open in the evening for your
shopping convenience on Tues-
day, April 19.
We are requesting your help
to identify our kindergarten stu-
dents for next year. If you have a
child who will be entering the
public kindergarten next year,
we ask that you please notify the
school. Children must be 5 years
old on or before September 1,
2005, in order to begin the next
school term. If you do not have a
child this age, and you know
someone who does, ask him or
her to call school at (863) 462-
5087.
In order to register for school
next year, state law requires that
you provide a legal birth certifi-


cate, immunization records, and
proof of a physical examination
performed by a physician within
one year prior. to the start of the
school year.
Did you ever wonder what a
"Terrific Kid" is? Well, no Terrific
Kids were chosen this week, but
we'd like to take this opportunity
to thank our local Kiwanis Club
for supporting our Terrific Kids
program. Each week every
classroom teacher selects a "Ter-
rific Kid" based upon the stu-
dent's being on time daily, prac-
ticing good attendance, and
being respectful of people, pri-
vacy, and property. Finally, each
"Terrific Kid" is one who the
teacher feels works to the best of
their ability. They receive a cer-
tificate of recognition and a
small token gift from a member
of the Kiwanis Club.
Each month the classroom
teacher also selects a "Student of
the Month" from the group of
"Terrific Kids" for the month.
These students earn certificates
of recognition and an invitation
to a monthly pizza party in the
cafeteria. ,They also receive a
special Eagle mascot pin at the
end of the school year. All of
these terrific kids exhibit good
citizenship and qualities that
should make their parents proud
of them.


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The Students of the Month for March are: Shalynn Luck, Caitlin Sheffield, Marshall Rucks,
Veronica Sauls, Anthony Metcalf, Aleah Buenaventura, Daniel Estrada, Shyane Adkins,
Dylan Boyer, Minhthu Nguyen, Travis Collins, Dylan Abdelquader, Parker Thomas, Jessica
Lockhead, Beth Hayden, Kati Waldron, Caleb Crews, Angela Garcia, Hanna Bostwick, Kate-
lyn Oden, Eric Sanchez, Jessica Suit, Stephon Williams, Hannah White, Heather Abner,
Jaime Gonzalez, Jose Guerrero, Taylor Davis, Maribel Hernandez, Johnny Sanchez, and
Chris Heasley.


Glades County Roundup


Landfill talks
resume, April 12
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners expects
to resume negotiations with
Waste Management concerning
operation of the existing county
landfill and construction of a pro-
posed $7 million glass recycling
facility at their April 12 regular
meeting
At their March 28 regular meet-
ing, consulting attorney Mike
Davis of Bryant, Miller, and Olive,
implied that the landfill giant had
reneged on their agreement to
fund attorneys fees during the
negotiations \.ith the county.
Mi. Da\is noted the company
had prepared the initial version of
the proposed contract, which the
board had approved in concept,;
before turning it over to Mr Davis,
County Attorney Richard Pringle,
County Manager Jim -Smith, and
Solid W\aiste Director. Da, id X\Tid-
den for 'eview I
The attorneys and'county staff
responded to the contract and
returned it to \\aste Management
in December. The attorney said
the company has since respond-
ed with a counteroffer.

Church plans
program
The' Lakeport Christian
Church's congregation will begin
a campaign for 4-0 Days of Pur-
pose April 9. Anyone in the com-
munity who is interested in being
apart of this program should con-
tact Jo,at 946-1222 for complete
information.

Mentors needed
at West Glades
\Vest Glades School needs
you. Do you have one hour a
-\eek to spend with a student?
Some students are struggling in
math, reading, or just need some


extra attention from a caring adult
who will listen. If you are able to
volunteer one hour or more, from
8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., please call
Billy Marchal at West Glades
School at (863) 675-3490.
Bus drivers
are needed
The Glades County School Dis-
trict will be offering a bus-driving
course for anyone interested in
driving a school bus for the district
for daily routes and/or extracurric-
ular trips. If interested, please
contact Doug Manke at (863) 946-
3662; Classes have begun and
take place'in the evenings.
Upcoming events
at Senior Center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center, 475
E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, exercise
class with Barb Brandenburg
meets M-W-F every week at 9
a.m.
Hurricane relief
Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey
announced that county residents
whose homes were damaged in
the 2004 hurricane season could
be eligible for hurricane relief in
certain circumstances.
Applications for relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are due to.Mr. Luckey's
office 6y May 1. The relief is-calcu-
lated based on sales tax paid on
the replacement mobile home.
Applications are eligible for either
relief for residents with home-
stead exemptions or relief related
to mobile home replacement, but
not both.
Copies of the application form
.may be obtained by visiting Luck-
ey's office or by calling (863) 946-
6026 or toll free (877) 445-2337.
For more information about the
hurricane relief program, resi-


Obituary


Alva L. Lahrman
Alva "Al" L. Lahrman, age 74,
of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Saturday,
April 1, 2005, at Parkview Hospital
in Ft. Wayne. He was bor n in East
Chicago, Ind.,, and was the
founder and past Governor of
Moose Lodge #2417 of Okee-
chobee. Mr. Lahrman was also a
member of the Eagles #3164 and
Monroeville American Legion
Post #420. He retired from Fox
Contractors in 1992 after 41 years
of service with Local 103 Operat-
ing Engineers.
Mr. Lahrman was preceded in
death by: a brother, Don Lahrman
of Angola.
Survivors include: his wife,
Phyllis; sons, Dan Lahrman, Don


Vanosdale, both of Monroeville.
and Winfield Freeman of New
Haven; daughters, Diana Stolte
and Nancy Tindall, both of' Fort
Wayne; brother, Dan of Arkansas;
sisters, Darlene Brown of Okee-,
chobee and Anna May Louden of
New Haven; 17 grandchildren;
and, 21 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10
a.m., on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at
E. Harper & Son Funeral Home,
740 Indiana Hwy. 930 E., New,
Haven, Ind. The family will
receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4
p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.,
Monday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Cov-.
ington Memorial Gardens, Ft.
Wayne, Ind. Preferred memorials
are to Moosehart.


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GED classes
are available
The Glades County School Dis-
trict is offering GED prep classes
at Moore Haven High School
(room 26-003) for adults who
wish to obtain their GED. Classes
are on Tuesday and Thursday
nights from 6-8 p.m. You may reg-
ister the night of the classes. If you
have any questions you may call
Scott Bass at (863) 946-0202 ext.
13.

Faith in Action
is expanding
Faith in Action in LaBelle is
expanding to Clewiston and
Moore Haven in 2005. Residents
of any age with chronic disease
or. illness in those areas who
have a need for assistance with-
everyday tasks of living can call
Liz at 983-7088 or 675-1-146 for
more information. Those with a
desire.to make a difference in
someone's life by volunteering
are encouraged to call the same
phone numbers for more infor-
mation on this wonderful volun-
teer program benefiting resi-
dents in Hendry/Glades
Counties.

Upcoming events
at senior center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center, 475
E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, exercise
class vith Barb Brandenburg
meets M-W-F every week at 9
a.m.


Hendry County Health Depart-
ment Heart to Heart Program and
Senior Connections-are offering an
eight-week Diabetes Class at 2 p.m.,
each Wednesday at the Nobles
Senior Center. Classes include the
diabetic diet, understanding carb
counting, eye and foot care, and the
ABC's of diabetes (the A1C test,
Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol.)'
All diabetics, long term or newly
diagnosed, are welcome.,


GAL program
needs advocates
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
Program needs volunteers to repre-
sent the best interests of abused,
abandoned and neglected children
before the court, social service agen-
cies and the community. No special
educational degree is required.
Guardians need to be someone with
common sense, good judgment


and a commitment to helping a
child. Attendance at three training
sessions held in Fort Myers is
required. Please contact Kelie
Hedrick at: (239) 461-4360 or (800)
269-6210 for more information, and
to reserve your space for training.
For more information about
Glades County, see the Glades
County Democrat, published every
Thursday. Glades County news is
also available online at
www.newszap.com.


Speak for the children
"Every 14 seconds a child is abused, neglected, abandoned," said Kathleen McGowan
of the Guardian ad Litem Program. Elizabeth McHugh watches as Ms. McGowan lights
the candle held by Judge Shirley Brennan of Okeechobee as Janet Cason, judicial assis-
tant and officers John Koepke and D. Trent look on. Guardians are appointed by the court
to speak for children. "We have three active volunteer guardians in Okeechobee Coun-
ty, said Judge Brennan, "so many of the 150 children going through the system now have
no one." Volunteer training at the Okeechobee County Courthouse begins this week. Call
(772) 785-5804 for information or go to the courthouse Monday morning at 9 a.m. to
begin training.


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Community Events

Chamber hosting personal defense class
The Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly civilian
personal defense gun class on April 14 at 7 p.m. There are
openings still available by calling (869) 763-6464. The second
segment of this class will be held on April 16, at the shooting
range located at Joe Hazellief's ranch. Everyone will meet at
the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. on that day.

Sorority offers scholarship
Beta Sigma Phi scholarship applications are now available
at local schools, the public library, Indian River Community
College and HRS. The scholarship is open to women who wish
to enhance their career opportunities through further training
or education and need financial assistance to reach this goal.
Applicants must already have their high school diploma or
G.E.D. Applicants may not be Beta Sigma Phi members. The
deadline for returning applications is April 15.

Chamber Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be hosted by
Heritage Financial Services, 309 S.W. Park St., on April 21 start-
ing at 8 a.m. For information, call (863) 467-8899. All Chamber.
members and their guests are invited. Refreshments will be
served.

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion
Group will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee
Library meeting room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss
books is invited to attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday,
April 21, "Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha Christie-Mal-
lowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" Michael
Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before W6mnen Had Wings" -
Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more infor-
mation, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Gospel sing celebration planned
' Cowboys for Christ will be having a gospel sing on April 21
with Mery Lanier as Celebration, at the Basinger Civic Center
on U.S. 98 N. The evening will start with a pot luck dinner at 6
p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. The gospel sing
will start at 7 p.m. For information call Doyle McDuffie at (863)
763-2285, or Kim Davis at (863) 467-2855.

Flotilla offers boating program
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will be starting a boating
safety and seamanship program on May 5. Participants will
learn: to outfit their boat safely; the boating Rules of the Road;
lips on trailering; and, how to use a boat safely and efficiently.
The last program was packed with people from 12 to over 60
years in age, and all had good things to say, about the experi-
ence. Seating is limited so call (863) 467-3085, for information
or to pre-register.'

County hosts Cinco de Mayo event
Okeechobee County will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on
Saturday, May 7. Events planned include live music, dancing
and family-themed vendors.

Chamber plans Cinco de Mayo celebration
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host a Cinco
de Mayo celebration on May 7. Updates on artists, bands and
the venue will be announced in the near future. For informa-
tion, contact the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Free help with tax returns offered
AARP Taxaide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service. Their free service can answer
most of the tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpay-
ers, with special attention to taxpayers age 60 or older. Your tax
returns can be filed electronically. Taxaide will be working now
through April 15, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until I
p.m. at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. You
need to bring last year's tax return and the necessary papers
needed to file your 2004 tax return. Taxaide does not prepare
state income tax returns. For information contact Margaret
Burns, district coordinator instructor, at (863) 357-22-47.





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Letter to the Editor


You do the math
Why is this current administra-
tion relentless, in trying to under-
mine Americans with smoke and
mirror tactics, and why are a lot of
us believing what appears to me
to be flagrant diversionary tactics?
Now as an A+ student in
mathematics and algebra through
school, I simply cannot find the
logic in-why our current govern-
ment appears to have completely
lost all reality in spending.
While we now have a current
annual spending bill in-Iraq and
Afghanistan of $1.5 billion a week
and then a multi-trillion dollar
trade deficit, why are we giving
the wealthiest Americans a tax
cut?
Also, when pertaining to pur-
chasing and manufacturing'prod-
ucts for the military why are we
buying from China and Japan and
not right here in the U.S.?
Did you know that this current
administration reclassified'manu-
facturing jobs to include r-al:irig


pizzas, hamburgers and sand-
wiches to boost their numbers for
the 1.2 million new manufactur-
ing jobs?
And where is the $1.5 trillion of
unaccounted assets of the D.O.D.
gone? I know, classified, right?
The only reality this adminis-
tration has somewhat admitted is
there must be budget cuts in
social programs for the poor and
military veterans, while giving
corporations and wealthy Ameri-
cans tax breaks this. simply
does not add up.
Then on top of it all, the presi-
dent is trying to sell us another
diversionary tactic that Social
Security has a crisis so he can bor-
row another $2 trillion from a
trust fund that could bankrupt the
system 20 years earlier than the
current condition.
The fact is simple mathemat-
ics. The current system is OK until
2024, when the baby boomers
are projected to draw their bene-
li[, ai thre same rate'ai u imonel is


Upcoming Events

Monday
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at
(863) 763-3296.

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
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 inter-
ested 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. ..
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.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at
(863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For informa-
tion, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-
0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship, hall This is a men's only meeting. For information,
call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome.
For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076. ,
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. The public is invited.
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.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
nexl 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.

Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Okeechobee Jaycees
would like to welcome all energetic young people between the ages
of 21 and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment
of our community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863)
763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave. from 5 until 6:30 p.m. (behind the Brahman The-
atre). For information, call (863) 763-1191.
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 informa-
tion, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.



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going into the promised trust
fund. Even then, it will still be
paying out 82 percent of the
promised benefits in 2052. This is
a solvent agency and system that
is not in crisis we simply need
to fill in the 18 percent gap of pay
out in benefits from 24 to 52 and
this can be done.
The truth is, we have 19 years
to solve this gap by simply raising
the cap of earnings to be taxed for
Social Security from $90,000 to
$150,000.
The solvency is so simple I
cannot understand the need for
all the smoke and mirror effects.
Privatizing the system will
have little or even no affect on the
current stock market and G.D.P.
Borrowing from the current
system will actually make things
worse by draining the trust fund
20 years earlier.
Then the government will con-
trol the 4 percent of your payroll
tax to be privatized by telling you
where you can and cannot invest.


And if it does not match the Social
Security payout at your retirement
age of 70, you could end up pay-
ing off the difference or force peo-
ple to buy into insurance annu-
ities that could also go broke. And
this will affect anyone that is
under 55 now. It is not only risky
business it is simply foolish.
Only 13 percent of all seniors
live in poverty under the current
Social Security System but with-
out it, the number living at or
under would be 66 percent.
Also under the privatizing plan
as baby boomers would sell off
their stock to retire, the younger
and fewer in number privateer
generation would be investing in
worthless stock because of mas-
sive sellouts of the more populat-
ed boomers.
You do the math.
Maybe I simply need to go
back and look the word mathe-
matics up because somehow I
think it has been redefined, too!
J.K Murray III


Community Events

Nutrition program is planned
Learn about the importance of nutrition and prevention at a
free seminar with featured speakers Bobby and Lisa Padgett
from Augusta, Ga. They will share their story and passion about
whole food nutrition on April 4 at the Clock Family Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave., starting at 6 p.m. For information, call Sher-
ry Jerriel at (863) 763-0669 or (863) 697-0311.

Resource center plans fundraiser
The Pregnancy Resource Center will hold their annual
fundraising banquet Friday, April 8, at the ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth
Ave. There is no charge, but seating is limited. Please call (863)
763-8859 by April 4 for tickets. Although there is no admission,
an opportunity will be given to make pledges to help support
the center. The speaker will be Sydna A. Masse, founder of
Ramah International, Inc. Ramah International is a non-profit
ministry that offers the hope of healing to those struggling with
a past abortion decision; ministers to those in crisis pregnancy
situations; and educates, equips and encourages those working
with post-abortive and abortion-minded individuals within
pregnancy care centers, individual ministries and churches.

Guardian ad litem training scheduled
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad
Litem program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee,
Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties to represent the best
interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children in court.
The dates of these meetings will be April 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. The
meetings will be held in the Board of County Commissioners
room at 304 N.W. Second St. Call (772) 785-5804 for informa-
tion and an application.

Girl Scout adventure planned
A Girl Scout adventure will be held Saturday, April 9, from 10
a.m. until noon in Flagler Park #2. There will be camping with a
campfire, songs, games and crafts for girls ages 5 through 17.
Parents are encouraged to come. You can join now only $10. For
information, call Kay Mathis at (863) 763-4631 or Laurie Pharr at
(863) 763-7000.

Airboat group plans meeting
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at Goody's
Restaurant, 2114 S. Parrott Ave., on Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m.
Agenda items include discussion of the Citrus County noise
ordinance; restocking the supply of T-shirts, caps, mugs, etc.;
and, initiation of some adjustments to the association's by-laws.
Immediately following the meeting, club members will hold a
ride. Members are expected; prospective members and visitors
are welcome. For information, call Dennis at (863) 763-6069.

Big Lake Genealogy Society to meet
The Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday, April 12,
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 7
p.m. Anyone interested in tracing his/her family history is
encouraged to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are
welcome. For information, call (863) 467-2036.

Chamber members' luncheon planned
The Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon
will be held April 13 at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant.
The guest speaker will be Diego Chiriroga of LaVoz Spanish
Newspaper. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-
6464.







The Okeechobee News, Monday, April 4, 2005


Plants may need a health check-up


Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All smiles
Jennie Crawford and escort Lisa Pope, LPN, were all
smiles while touring the hall of Okeechobee Health Care
Facility during the Easter Hat Parade.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Has your
yard had a check-up lately? If not,
better late than never, say plant
healthcare experts. Plant health-
care (PHC) is a relatively new
concept in professional land-
scape management. PHC can pre-
serve and protect a homeowner's
yard and pocketbook.
Preventative care, frequent
check-ups, early detection,
informed decision-making, and
routine treatments that provide
long term, stable solutions have
become vital parts of plant health-
care programs. The approach is
multi-faceted and customer-driv-
en, focusing on the health,
growth, and beauty of a home-
owner's yard.
"It's like an HMO plan for your
yard," says Jim Skiera, Executive
Director for the International Soci-
ety of Arboriculture (ISA). "Adopt-
ing a plant healthcare program
can prevent problems or keep
them from getting serious. When
homeowners and professionals
work together, everyone benefits
- drastic, costly maintenance
can be avoided while the value of
the entire property increases."
The basic premise behind PHC
is that if a plant is tended to prop-
erly, natural defenses can be
strengthened. Energy that would
have been exerted on stressful
factors is now applied to building
up defense systems. Just like
human health, plant health
improves when hazardous factors
are removed from the environ-


"The long-term savings is virtually guaranteed,"
Skiera says. "Not only will a plant healthcare
program enhance the well-being of plants, but it
also will improve the mood and bank account of
the homeowner."
Jim Skiera,
Executive Director, International Society of Arboriculture


ment and check-ups are per-
formed regularly.
In years past, expensive reme-
dies were employed after a yard
had been badly damaged. These
practices were often unsuccessful
and cost homeowners significant
amounts of money in planting
and maintenance. Plant health-
care programs, however, can help
ensure the health and beauty of
plants and landscapes, lowering
maintenance costs and increasing
property values.
"The long-term savings is virtu-
ally guaranteed," Skiera says.
"Not only will a plant healthcare
program enhance the well-being
of plants, but it also will improve
the mood and bank account of
the homeowner."
What to expect
from PHC program
Professional support Plant
healthcare experts should ask
questions, explore priorities, and


determine a homeowner's expec-
tations. Look for ISA Certified
Arborists or certified landscape
professionals who are well-
trained, educated, and experi-
enced professionals who are
familiar with landscape plants,
their needs, and the pests and dis-
eases most likely to attack.
Individual care Every yard is
different. A homeowner's desires
and expectations should drive the
program while enabling profes-
sionals to care for the yard.
Frequent monitoring Early
problem detection is key to long-
term success. Professionals
should inspect a yard every 3 to 6
weeks during growing seasons. A
scouting report should be given to
the homeowner after every visit,
alerting them to any existing or
anticipated problems.
Treatment options and alterna-
tives If unhealthy environmen-
tal factors are present, the profes-
sional should provide the
homeowner with information


about the problem and all possi-
ble treatment options just like
a doctor would a patient. The
best choices usually involve natu-
ral processes, those that are least
intrusive. Chemical treatments
should be used as a last resort.
Homeowners and professionals
should work together to decide
what is best for the yard.
Environmental sensitivity -
Healthy plants naturally enhance
their environment,
strengthening natural defense
systems and suppressing pests.
Professionals should help elimi-
nate pests in environmentally
friendly ways, taking care to elimi-
nate only those that are harmful.
While spot spraying is one possi-
bility, PHC professionals should
avoid blanket chemical sprays.
Cost effectiveness PHC pro-
grams maintain the vigor of the
landscape. Proactive PHC pro-
grams cost considerably less than
reactive interventions.
The International Society of
Arboriculture (ISA), headquar-
tered in Champaign, Ill., is a non-
profit organization supporting
tree care research around the
world.
As part of ISA's dedication to
the care and preservation of
shade and ornamental trees, it
offers the only internationally-rec-
ognized certification program in
the industry. For more informa-
tion, contact a local ISA Certified
Arborist or visit www.treesare-
good.conm.


Ideas on selecting new plants for your landscape


By Daniel F. Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
This is the time of year we all
enjoy working in our Florida
Yards. The weather is cool and
plants are covered with new
green growth. If we wait too long,
hot weather and boring tasks like
mowing grass will take away
much of our enthusiasm. Take
advantage of this time of year
when our enthusiasm is high and
when we have the desire to make
changes in our landscapes.
Today's column will discuss some
ideas on how to select new plants
for your Florida Yard. It comes
from University of Florida's For-
mer Consumer Horticultural Spe-
cialist Dr. Bob Black.
The beauty of a landscape can
be improved with new plants. If
the hurricanes haven't already
taken out the old tired plants, a
first step may be the removal of
plants that are poorly placed, too
old, require too much pruning or
are .plagued with pests. It may
also involve the taking out turf
grass areas and replacing them
with new planting beds.

Right plant -
Right place
One of the most important
steps in creating and maintaining
a Florida Yard is to put the right
plant in the right place. Before


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FLORIDA

IFAS EXTENSION
rushing out to a nursery to buy
plants, study your planting site.
Match the growing requirements
of the plants you buy with the
growing conditions on your site.
Some plants grow best in full sun
while others prefer partial shade.
Colorful azaleas, gardenias and
ixoras grow best in acid soils
which are less common in our
area.-There are other plants that
will grow better in marly fill soils.
Planting ornamentals too close to
the home or to other plants can
create problems too.
Take your cues on what plants
to grow from those that are doing
well in your neighborhood. Visit
area gardens or carefully look at
landscapes sites that look good
even after several years. Attend
regional garden shows for other
ideas. Avoid the temptation to
choose plants only from adver-
tisements or catalogs they may
not be adapted to our local condi-
tions. Finally, visit with our Master
Gardeners who can help you
make a personalized shopping list
from our University of Florida ref-
erences. Have your shopping list
ready before you go to the nurs-
ery.
After determining the site con-


editions of your Florida Yard and
the number of plants you will
need, you are ready to purchase
plants. Plants, like all goods and
services, come in many sizes,
shapes and qualities. It is just as
important to evaluate a plant
before purchase as it is to careful-
ly inspect a garment or home
appliance.

Choose quality
and not price
A cheap plant is exactly what
the name implies. You may pay
very little but you will probably
get little in return. In some cases,
you get a plant that requires so
much extra attention that you lose
any savings that came from a low
sticker price. Quality nurseries
sometimes have sales where they
offer top quality at a minimum
price, but this is not a common
occurrence. In most cases' the
best plants -will be the most
expensive. But how do you deter-
mine best?
First of all, patronize a rep-
utable nursery that has a neat and
presentable facility. A sloppy nurs-
ery often indicates poorly main-
tained plants. Do they have staff
that knows their plants? Have
they been around town for long
- and will they be here when you
go back for assistance or more
plants?
Another indication of profes-


sionalism is membership in an
association such as the Florida
Nurserymen & Growers and
Landscapers Association
(FNGLA). Some growers have
completed educational programs
and may have a certified staff
member with titles such as Flori-
da Certified Nursery Professional
(FCNP).
If you don't like the looks of
the plants or the facility, or your
treatment is substandard, go to
another nursery. Some growers
specialize in retail sales, while
others are wholesale producers
and do not sell directly to the pub-
lic. We have many registered
nurseries in the county, and more
are on the way each week.
Some consumers may ask
about graded plants. Grading is
done voluntarily by nurseries, and
gives an indication of plant quali-
ty. The best grade is Florida Fancy
- it commands a premium price
and is not comfnonly found in
retail. nurseries. Florida #1 is the
grade required by some commu-
nity landscape codes when major
construction projects are
involved. They are harder to find,
and may sell for more. A consider-
able amount of plants in the retail
nursery are Florida #2. With
proper care, #2 plants can
become well established in the
landscape. Anything less is called
a Cull, and should not be sold.
Our office has additional informa-


tion on plant grading, which is
regulated by the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture & Consumer
Services.
Secondly, inspect each plant
individually. Don't fall for the
"hard sell" where you are not able
to see all your plants. Reject any
plant that lacks health or vigor
.and avoid those that show too
much green growth. An
unhealthy plant will usually be
easy to spot. Look for:
Weak, poorly formed,
scarred, cracked or peeling trucks
or branches.
Poorly distributed branches
will lead to "leggy" plants and
should be avoided. A compact
plant is usually more desirable.
Avoid plants having leaves of
improper shape, size or color.
Excessiveyellowirng, of leaves is
an indication of a problem.
Examine leaves for insect,
disease and mechanical damage.
For container grown plants,
make sure the root system is well
established but not root-bound or
growing out of the containers.
Roots should be firmly spread
throughout the soil, but not pro-
truding outside the pot or grow-
'ing into the ground.
Most- container plants are
priced according to size. Plants
growing in three gallon contain-
ers are generally larger and more
expensive than those in one gal-
lon containers. However, make


your selection on plant size rather
than container size. Frequently,
plants growing in larger contain-
ers are the same size or a little
larger that those in smaller pots.
You may be paying plenty for a
plastic container and potting soil.
Double check to make sure
the plant is adapted to your area.
Will the plant survive the low or
high temperatures in your area?
Will it flower and/or fruit proper-
ly? If your irrigation water is
"hard," will it tolerate this kind of
water quality? And, is it labeled
properly as to species and variety?
If you follow these suggestions
on how to select a good plant,
you will obtain quality and save
money as you re-create your Flori-
da Yard. For more detailed sug-
gestions, visit our office for a copy
of University of Florida Extension
Circular 858, "Selecting and Plant-
ing Trees & Shrubs." [It is also
available on the Internet at
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG0771
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on selecting landscape plants,
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
Master Gardeners on Tuesday
afternoons from 1 until 5 PM.


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past weekend. She spent a great deal of time at the Girl
Scout exhibit coloring and working with ink stamps.


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Easter hat parade
Elizabeth Miley, escorted by Pat Sills, activity aide,
stopped for a quick picture during the Easter hat parade.


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IRCC announces 2005 summer camps


Academies for Emerging
Technologies Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
This free camp will provide
high school juniors, seniors, and
graduates from the Class of 2005
an opportunity to explore the
emerging technologies that will
shape the careers of the future!
New this summer, the Academy
of Emerging Technologies has
been created to provide a week-
long encounter exploring digital
media, video production, 2D &
3D animation, photonics,
automation, and more.
Dates and times of camp:
Session 1 July 11 through
July 14, 8 a.m. until noon
Session 2 July 18 through
July 21,8 a.m. until noon
Ages: For upcoming high
school juniors, seniors, and grad-
uates of 2005
Cost: Free, space limited to 24
students each session. Interested
students need to request a Sum-
mer Academy application.
Contact: Eileen Storck, IRCC
Program Coordinator, at (772)
462-7549.
Camp Operation 2005 For
future health professionals
Address:- 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
This free camp will provide
high school juniors and seniors
an opportunity to explore careers
in the health sciences through
field trips, hands-on activities,
and interactive exercises.
Dates and times of camp:
July 11 through July22
Ages: For high school juniors
and seniors
Cost: Free, space limited to 24
campers
Contact: Eileen Storck, IRCC
Health Science Division, at (772)
462-7549.
Step Ahead to Success Sum-
mer Youth Leadership Institute
Address:. 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Description: This is a summer
program Tfor youth which will pro-
vide college credit courses, work
experience, and recreational
activities. Based on performance
criteria established for the pro-
gram, students may be eligible to
receive stipends and the Presi-
dent's Challenge Scholarship to
attend IRCC.
Dates and times of camp:
June 22 through July 29, M-F,'
8:30 a.m. until -1 p m registra'ti.n
deadline is May 10, 2005..
Ages: Students 16 and up
residing in the four-county area
with a 3.0 GPA or above.
Cost: TBA Cost will include
tuition and lab fees, camp shirts,
student-bus transportation (pick
Lip and return) in all four coun-
ties, lunch, materials and sup-
plies, field trips, student accident
insurance, and stipends (where
appropriate).
Contact: Andre.Hawkins, IRCC
.dean of special programs, (772)
462-7655 or Frank Harber, pro-
gram director, (772) 462-7659.
Expanding Horizons Summer
Youth Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
This six-week summer camp
1:vill provide students between the
ages of 14 to 16, who reside in the
four-county area, a comprehen-
sive career exploration and aca-
demic preparation program. Stu-
dents may earn
stipends/incentives based upon'
their behavior and classroom per-
formance, U.S. Savings Bonds,
and the possibility of receiving a
President's Challenge Scholar-
ship to attend IRCC for two years.
Dates and times: ,
-June 22 through July 29, M-F,
8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., registration
deadline is May 10,2005. '
Ages: Students 14 to 16 years
of age residing in the four-county
area .


Cost: TBA Cost will include
tuition and lab fees, camp shirts,
student bus transportation (pick
up and return) in all four coun-
ties, lunch, materials and sup-
plies, field trips, student accident
insurance, and stipends (where
appropriate).
Contact: Andre Hawkins, IRCC
dean of special programs, (772)
462-7655 or Frank Harber, pro-
gram director, (772) 462-7659.
Band Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue' Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Students must have success-
fully completed the 6th, 7th or 8th
grade and have been involved in a
school's band program to be eli-
gible. The camp will develop per-
formance techniques, individual
fundamentals, and music appre-
ciation.
Dates and times: June 13
through June 17, 9 a.m. until 2:30
p.m.
Ages: For middle school stu-.
dents
Cost: $70 for five days
Registration deadline: Those
who register before June will
receive a $5 discount.
Contact: Dr. John K. Southall,
IRCC director of instrumental
music and camp coordinator, at
(772) 462-7695.
Choral Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Campers will focus on music
rehearsal and will also participate
in group instruction in music
reading, fundamentals of theory,
choreography, and,vocal produc-
tion culminating in a public per-
formance.
Dates and times; June 13
through June 16, 9 a.m. until 3
p.m., with a public performance
on June 16 at 6 p.m.
Ages: For students who have
successfully completed the 6th,
7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
. Cost: $65 per student
Registration: A five-minute
audition is mandatory on Satur-
day, June 11, from 10 a.m. until 1
p.m. in the chorus room at the
McAlpin Fine Arts Complex.
Contact: Call Rebecca Staley,
IRCC Production Manager, at
(772) 462-7695 to schedule an
appointment for the audition.
Fine Arts Summer Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
The camp will include dance,
drama, art and music. It will meet
daily in the Wynne Black Box
Theatre,. IRCC Main Campus.
Each student will need to bring a
lunch. Snack will be provided.
Dates: and times: June 6
through June 10 and June 13
through June 17, 9 a.m. until 4:30
p.m.
Ages: For middle school stu-
dents
Cost: $125 per week
Registration deadline: Regis-
tration begins-on April 4, 2005.
Contact: Becky Staley, IRCC
Production Manager, at (772)
462-7695..
'Aqua Sports Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Swimming, diving, trampo-
line, and aquatic games this sum-
mer.
Dates and times:
Session 1: June 6 through June
10, 8:45 a.m.. until noon
. Session 2: June 27 through
July 1,8;45 a.m. until noon
Session 3: July 11 through July
15,8:45 a.m. until noon
Ages: 6 through 12
Cost: $80 per week
Contact: Donnie Torres, IRCC
Swimming Coach, at (772) 462-
7765
Basketball Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596 .
Campers will improve their
shooting,, passing, dribbling,


defense, footwork, rebounding,
jumping, screening, and team-
work. They will also study game
situation on film. One hour of
each day will be set aside for
campers to take part in swim-
ming pool or informal basketball
activities.
Dates and times:
Boys Camp No.1 will. meet
June 20 through June 25, 8:30
a.m. until 1 p.m. for ages 6-12 and
from 1 to 5:30 p.m. forages 12-18.
Boys Camp No. 2 will meet
July 25 through July 30, 8:30 a.m.
until 1 p.m. for ages 6-12 and
from 1 until 5:30 p.m. for ages 12-
18.
Girls Camp No. I will meet
June 13 through June 18, 8:30
a.m. until 1 p.m.
Girls Camp No. 2 will meet
July 18 through July 23, 8:30 a.m.
until 1 p.m.
Ages: Morning camps are
designed for boys ages 6 to 12,
and afternoon camps are for boys
ages 12 through 18. Girl campers
should be between the ages of 6
and 18.
Cost: $75 per person
Contact: Mike Leatherwood,
IRCC men's basketball coach,
(772) 462-7766 or
Glenda Montgomery, IRCC
women's basketball coach, (772)
462-7762
Swimming Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia-
,Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Description: Campers will
'receive daily instruction in basic
swimming skills. Great care is
taken to assure that each camper
learns the fundamentals of basic
strokes, and the coaches will
spend time on each aspect of the
sport according to the skill level of
the participants.
Dates and times: Session times
are: 9:10 a.m. until 9:40 a.m., 9:50
until 10:20 a.m., 10:30 until 11
a.m., 1.1:10 until 11:40 a.m., 5:30
until 6 p.m., and 6:10 until 6:40
p.m.
Session I Swim Ca'mp will
meet May 9 through May 19.
Session II Swim Camp will
meet May 23 through June 2.
Session III Swim Camp will
meet June 6 through June 16.
Session IV Swim Camp will
meet June 20 through June 30.
Session V Swim Camp will
meet July 5 through July 14.
Session VI Swim Camp will
meet July 18 through July 28.
Ages: 3 through 10
Cost: $45 per session, Monday
through.Thursday for 2 weeks.
Parent Tol Swim classes will'
also be offered for ages 6 months
to 3 years. A parent must be in the
water with the child during the
session.. The Parent/Tot Swim
classes will meet from 10:30 until
11 a.m. during Sessions I-VII and
from 5:30 until 6 p.m. during Ses-
sions IV, V, and VI.
Registration: Application is
. required no later than 10 a.m. the,
Friday prior to the session's start
date.
Contact: Scott Kimmelman,
IRCC swim camp director, (772)
462-7618.
Volleyball Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-
5596
Summer volleyball camps.
Date and time:
Volleyball Skills Camp I: Will
meet on June 6 through June 9,
ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. until noon
and ages 15-18 from I until 4 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Volleyball Skills Camp II: Will
meet on June 27 through June 30,
ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. until noon
and ages 15-18 from I until 4 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Volleyball Skills Camp III: Will
meet on August 1 through August
4, ages 12-18 from 6 until 9 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Ages: For students of various
ages and skill level.
Contact: Ron Jacobs, IRCC
head volleyball coach, (772) 462-
7763.


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Special recognition
The Okeechobee County Health Department, the Florida Nursing Association, the Office
of Public Health Nursing, and Florida Department of Health Secretary, Dr. John Agwuno-
bi recently recognized individuals who served at the Okeechobee Special Needs Shelter
during the four hurricanes of 2004. Honorees shown are: (front row) Mike Hill, William
Casian, Tonia Casian, Yolanda Ochoa, Patty Maupin, Melinda Boney, Bette Moldenhauer,
Joanne Weiss, (back row) Don Pollard, Bob Arthur, Jodi Tucker, Connie Thacker, Sheila
Proffitt, Debbie Calonge, Billie Conrad, Stella Cross, and Linda Wier.


Camp-out in the Ocala National Forest


Do your children long to spend
their summer days in the great out-
doors? Would they love the chance
to learn about wildlife from the
experts, or swim, hike and canoe
with other children their age?
Then it's time to sign them up
for the Ocala Outdoor Adventure
Camp at the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion's (FWC) Ocala Conservation
Center in the Ocala National For-
est.
The summer camp is for boys
and girls ages 10-15 and is based
on wildlife conservation, firearm
safety and outdoor skills. This year
the camp offers five one-week ses-
sions with all-new programs
beginning June 19.
The primary goal of the camp
program is to provide children
.with the necessary skills and
knowledge to become better
sportsmen and women, while
instilling an awareness of firearm
safety, conservation and wildlife
stewardship. In addition, campers
will fish, canoe, swim, hike and
participate in many other outdoor
activities.
Tuition is $295 per camper per
week and includes lodging, food,
program materials and instruction
for each session. Each week-long
session is divided into four groups
based on their individual focus:
Wild about Wildlife, Wet and
Wildlife, Huriung arid Hunter Safe-
ty and Expedition. All programs
are new or significantly revised in
format and scope from previous
years.


"Campers in Wild about
Wildlife, a new program this year,
will have a chance to go wild
exploring nature," said Cardinal
Collins, director of the Ocala Con-
servation Center. "They will learn
about wildlife management and
enjoy many camp activities includ-
ing basic wilderness survival and
field first-aid training, canoeing,
fishing, hiking, shooting sports and
other hands-on 'outdoor pro-'
grams."
For those who simply can't
resist the water, the camp offers
another new program, aptly
named Wet and Wildlife.
"This program gets into the fun
of fishing, marine ecology and
boating safety. In addition to the
traditional camp activities already
described above, Wet and Wildlife
campers will have the opportunity
to become certified in the FWC's
Boater Safety Course," Collins said.
For the intermediate level
camper, the camp offers the Hunt-
ing and Hunter Safety group.
"These campers will learn
about wild game and its habitats,
and apply this knowledge to devel-
oping ethical hunting skills. Then
they will have a chance to get their
hunter safety certification. They
will receive firearm safety as well
as shotgun and rifle shooting
instruction from National Rifle
Association-(NRA) certified range
safety officers. And,, they will
receive archer\ insaucuion from
National Archery Association-cer-
tified instructors, while participat-
ing in numerous shooting range


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activities. They will also have a
chance to participate in many
camp activities including basic
wilderness survival and field first-
aid training, canoeing, fishing, hik-
ing, and other hands-on outdoor
programs," Collins said.
The final program is for
advanced campers who have
already completed a hunter safety
course.
- "The Expedition group is
designed for the camper with an
avid interest in the outdoors who
already has successfully complet-
ed the hunter safety course,"
Collins said. "Expedition is an out-
door adventure, including a trip
into the forest for two days of prim-
itive camping. Before leaving base
camp, campers will prepare for
this experience by learning the
fundamentals of wilderness sur-
vival, orienteering, backpacking
and campsite preparation."
The Ocala Conservation Center
is on a 57-acre peninsula, rich in
history and wildlife in Marion
County in north Central Florida.
Located just 20 miles east of Ocala,
it is beautifully situated on Lake
Eaton in the heart of the Ocala
National Forest. Facilities are rustic,
yet comfortable, with air-condi-
tioned cabins and dining hall.
Classrooms are fishing piers,
shooting ranges, nature trails, Lake
Eaton and the vast Ocala National
Fdrest.c' *" o ** *
For more informationI"o 'ofor
registration materials for the sum-
mer program, call (352) 625-2804
or go to MyFWC.com/camps.


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8 SPORTS The Okeechobee News, Monday, April 4, 2005


Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Bill Rose (left) and teammate Craig Smith (right) show off
their prize winning catch at Saturday's Christian Team Trail
weigh-in. They finished first with 18.41 lbs. of Okeechobee
largemouths. They also won the big fish award (8.19 Ibs.)
and the second big fish award (5.25 Ibs.)


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Jim, Wilson and partner Danny Norton (not pictured) took
second place at the Christian Team Trail tournament. They
brought 13.95 lbs. of bass to the scale to earn $335.

:Rose and Smith take


CTT fish tournament


By Loma Jablonski.
Okeechobee News
Thirty-three boats hit the water
to compete in the Christian Team'
Trail tournament Saturday morning
at Okee. fantie Marina. The. weath-
er steadily deteriorated as a cold
front moved through the area mak-
ing fishing conditions less than
ideal.
SThe weather didn't seem to
affect Bill Rose and his partner
Craig 'Smith. They brought 18.41
lbs. of bass to the scale to earn a
first place check for $670. They also
landed the big lish award and a
check for $198 for an 8.19 lb. beau-
ty and the second big fish award
and another check for $132 for yet
another beautiful 5.25 lb. bass.
The tearh of Jim Wilson and


Danny Norton took second place
with 13.95 lbs. of fish, earning them
$335 for the day.
Third place went to Ed Stein-
backer and Jamie Swope..They
took home a $220 check for their
13.48 lbs. of fish.
Ken Goodwin and Herb Breng-
ger finished in fourth place with
12.90 lbs. offish. Theyvwon $160'
Bill Seitz and Al Willis took fifth
place with 12.16 lbs. of bass. They
received a $128 check for their
efforts.
Sixth place went to Les and
Greg Tory for their 11.28 lbs catch.
Mac Russell and George Rogers
placed-seventh with 11.14 lbs. of
Okeechobee bass.
The next Christian Team Trail
tournament \\ ill take pace ,on Mayv
'7,atokee-Tantii MiaiIJna


Booster club
plans meeting
The Okeechobee, High
School Parent Booster Club will
meet Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
at the O.H.S. student services
conference room.
This group is sponsored by
the Brahman Athletic Associa-
tion.
All interested citizens are
invited to attend.
For information contact OHS
Athletic Director Mike Rade-
baugh at (863) 462-5025, or club
president Jeff Robinson at (863)
763-2525.
YMS girls host
golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball
team will host a golf tournament
on Saturday, April 9, at the Okee-.
.chobee 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 four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
for information.
Links tourney
benefits EYDC
The Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club will host a golf
scramble to benefit the Eckerd
"touth Development' Center
(EYDC) youth on.April 16.
The 18-hole scramble tourna-
ment will begin at 8:30 a.m. with
a shotgun start.
T. The cost is $45 per player or


$180 per team. This includes the
round of golf, a cart, lunch and
prizes.
There will be team gift certifi-
cate prizes for merchandise at
the pro shop. Cash awards
include: $500 for first; $300 for
second; $200 for fifth; $100 for
ninth; and, $100 for the next-to-
last place team.
Links tourney aids
Wildlife Center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center will host its annual
golf tournament at the Okee-
chobee Golf arid Country Club
on April 23.
The scramble will begin at 8
a.m. and will be followed by a
luncheon and the presentation
of trophies and prizes.
The cost is. only $45 per golfer
and includes the round of golf,
cart, lunch and prizes.
For information, contact Bon-
nie Matteo at 634-6805.
Headturners3.com
plans new bass trail
Headturners3.com has
announced its new one-man,
one-boat, one-day bass tourna-
ment trail beginning on April 24.
The kick off event for this
new trail will take place on Sun-
day, April 24, at Roland and Mary
Ann Martin's Marina and Resort
in Clewiston.
Information is available on
their website at www.headturn-
ers3.com.,
Kiwanis Club hosts
annual golf tourney
The Kiwanis Club will host its
10th annual golf scramble on
Saturday, April 30, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
beginning at 8 a.m. with a shqt-
gun start.
The $50 entry fee includes a


continental breakfast, cart,
prizes and lunch.
Team prizes are: first place -
$100 gift certificate each player;
second place -$75 gift certificate
each player; eighth place $50
gift certificate each player; next-
to-last place $25 gift certificate
each player. The first hole-in-one
wins a $25,000 Dodge Ram
Quad Cab Truck donated by
Eddie Accardi Dodge. Hole
sponsorships are $150 for a tee
or Green. Corporate sponsor-
ships are $300 for a foursome
and one tee sponsorship.
All proceeds will benefit the
youth of Okeechobee County.
For information, contact Ben
Sims at (863) 467-8118.
Junior tennis
tourney slated
The second annual Okee-
chobee Junior Tennis Tourna-
ment will be held Thursday, May
19, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex tennis courts.
Check ,in time is 8:45 a.m.
Tournament play will start at 9
a.m.
There will be separate boys
and girls divisions. The divisions
will be broken down into age
groups. They are: boys-10; boys-
12; boys-14; boys-16; and, boys-
18. The girls' division will have
the same age groups as the
boys.
The cost will be $10 per play-
er which includes a T-shirt,
lunch, balls and awards.
For information, contact
Dave Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or
532-9316.
Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-


ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates
for the rest of the trail are June
26, July 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and
Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-
1020.

OCRA meets
each month
The regular monthly meet-
ings of the Okeechobee Citizens
Recreational Association
i'(O:C-R.A.) are held at Teen
'Town 'on' the first Thursday of
each.month at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone over the age of 18 is
welcome to attend.
Information is available on
their website at
www.chobee.com.

Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may
apply for regular and special
quota hunt permits.
The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least
25 years.. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt
permits through their Total
Licensing System (TLS) at
license vendors statewide or
from their Website MyFWC.com.
.. For information, contact
Eddie White of the FWC. at 850-
488-8573, ext. 17336.


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At the Movies r


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
111.
Movie times for Friday, April 1,
through Thursday, April 7, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Million Dollar
Baby" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Miss Congeniality
2" (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.
Theatre III "Guess Who" (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

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that they
are caring individuals who under-
stand the problems and needs of
foster children. For information,
contact Karissa Richards at 1-800-
403-9311.

C.G. Auxiliary is
active in community
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has served as the civilian, non-
military component of the Coast
Guard. Today, the 33,000 volunteer
men and women of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary are active on the
waterways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists (folks
just like you) save almost 500 lives,
assist some 15,000 boaters in dis-
tress, conduct more the ,150,000
courtesy safety examinations,,of
recreation vessels antfteach, over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For more information call
(863) 467-3085.
EYDC needs
volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, -,s volunteers, entet
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation aides
and assistance in developing a
youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.
Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web
page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading


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FORD KEY- found in Wal
Mart parking lot, has com-
puter chip inside,
(863)697-3539.

FOUND: American Bull-
dog/Curr. Call to de-
scribe. (863)357-
3225

LAB MIX- found .in Platts
Bluff, Sunday 3/13, male,
approx 10 mos old, white
l863l634-5559.


CHIHUAHUA Black w/
brown face, small. Lost
near the hospital. 863-
357-3564.

Lost: American Bull Dog/
Cur, vic. of 441 & Dark
Hammock Rd., 7 yrs. old,
male, 863-357-2070.

LOST WALLET Outside of
the Dollar General store
441. Brownish red. Please
call 863-697-6129.


MALTESE DOG- small,
white, has limp, last seen
Hwy 98 by St Lucie Bat-
tery & Tire. (863)634-
3689 or 763-5151 or 467-
8982.


BEAGLE/BULL DOG Mixed,
9wks, 2-(M), 1-(F). Free
To Good Home!
(863)634-8728.

CHURCH PEWS- 4, very
. nice, with mistle rack and
kneelers, 15ft long, Must
haul. (863)763-7613.

FREE TO GOOD HOME 2
puppies (863)467-2762



Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123

TO: SKEETER
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Employment. .,.
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 219
Employment .
Part-Time 215
Employment
W-nted 220
Job Informakion 225
Job Train'ng 227
Sales 230


A/C COMPANY looking for
Service Tech./Insfaller
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391

ASSISTANT MANAGER
For large cooler operation.
Must be able to operate a
forklift. H.S. Diploma, Com-
petitive salary based on
experience. Apply in person
at Cabbage Florda, 8751
NW 240th St or fax resume
to 863-357-1162


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Established business seeking Experienced
office help. Must be responsible & dependa-
ble. Computer skills necessary.
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Fri., 4/8/05, 8am-5pm.
or Sat., 4/9/05, 8am-1 pm.
TRIPLE E EQUIPMENT
6600 Hwy 70 East
863-467-8300
Fax 863-467-8301


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
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Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
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Immediate'Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Certified Dietary Manager
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street


Professional Floor Maintenance
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information


AUTO MECHANIC
Experienced with some
diagnostic skills. Apply:
A&B Towing & Repair,
712 N. Parrott Ave., Okee-
chobee. 8a-5p, Mon-Fri.
BARBER OR BEAUTICIANS
FT/PT $30 Chair rent or
30% Commission Rocky
(863)763-7396
CLEAN PERSON NEEDED
Must be 18 yrs of age
Apply in person
ARS POWERSPORTS.
CLOSER & PROCESSOR
Needed for growing title
company. Fax resume to:
863-357-3955
Servers, Cooks & Buffet
Workers
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant

Counter Sales, Mobile
Home Depot, paperwork,
No Eve/Sun, benefits, Ap-
ply at 1153 Hwy 441 SE.
Daily Work/Daily Pay.
Report 6am @ 105 SW 3rd
Ave @ Labor Finders.
1 863-467-9193
DRIVER, CASHIER
OR ATTENDANT
Competitive pay, benefits
and mileage reimburse-
ment. Will train responsi-
ble person. Apply at Ft.
Drum Citgo, mm 184, Fl.,
Turnpike (863)763-9383
DFWP.
Drivers & Helpers
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL Exc.
benefits! Apply at:
Waste Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP.
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
Must have Class A or B
license. Experience in oper-
ating equipment a plus.
Self motivated. Pay based
on exp. 863-634-0848
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
CDL Licensed A or B.
Experienced. Mon.-Fri.
9am-5pm (772)464-2582.
Dump Truck
Driver Needed
Clear Class A or B CDL
EOE/DFWP
Apply at
Rock-A-Way Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.
(863)763-3143


I ESTIMATOR
Wanted for construction job
for Underground Utilities,
Streets & sewer.
(863)763-2838..

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR
Prenatal/Infant health coali-
tion seeks Exec. Dir. with
experience in contracts,
fiscal mgmt, program
planning, MCH issues.
asters degree .in related
field and three years man-
agement experience pre-
ferred. OR Bachelors with
five years experience.
Closing April 15. Mail re-
sume to Healthy Start Coa-
lition, PO Box 2560, Okee-
chobee, FL. 34973 or fax
863-462-5878
Experienced help
needed at'Flower Shop.
Apply in person,
202 NE 2nd St., Suite 5
FULL TIME
BOOKKEEPER
Needed full charge book-
keeper, Min. 5 yrs experi-
ence, Must have Quick-
book Knowledge, $30K+
and benefits, Fax resume
to (863)467-9396 for
appt. (863)467-0400 ask
for Laura at Travel Easy
RV.
JANITORIAL HELP
WANTED
For Saturdays & Sundays
only. Mature & responsible
person needed to clean the
parking lot & common
areas of the Winn Dixie
shopping center in
Okeechobee. $325. per
month. (561)261-1021.


NEEDED
LAUNDRY

WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.

Lawn Service now hiring.
Must have min. 1 yr exp w/
commercial lawn service,
valid dr. lic., over 18, will-
ing to work long hours.
Call 467-8001, 9-5


Need experienced roofers
Hourly crews plus
sub crews. Need own
transportation.
772-201-5235 or
863-467-9484

OFFICE ASSISTANT
FT/ Experience a MUST.
Call Chris.@
863-634-0211

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SALON needs Motivated,
Stylist, Full or Part Time,
Call (863)467-3030

Service Electrician &
Petroleum Technician
Clean driving record,
DFWP, 401k, paid
holidays/vacation.
Wilson Petroleum
Equipment
(772)468-3689

Title Insurance
Closer Needed
Must have experience
and be energetic &
friendly. Fax resume to:
863-824-0802



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BABYSITTER NEED: In my
home for 8 mo. old child.
Mon. & Wed. 5:30p-8:30p
Call 863-801-3364

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RN, LPN & CNA NEEDED
For Weekends/12 hr. shifts.
To care for profoundly
handicapped woman in
Okeechobee. Smoke free
environment. References,
Background check & drug
testing req. 863-634-5765


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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Fireplace Fixture 600
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Health I Reducing
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Pets/Supplies
Services 670
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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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: 2005 3
Ton 'Package Unit w/Heat.
Never 'installed. $1150.
(954)309-8659

AIR CONDS- (1)- 3 ton, (1)-'
5 ton, used 6 months,
$750 for both will sell sep-
arate. (239)243-6083.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you 'sell it in the
classifieds.


INDIAN LANCE Rare, From
the Plains Indian. Museum
quality. $2500: (863)763-
S0072.


DRYER, Gas, Like new.
$100. (863)635-3439


ELECTRIC RANGE- Ken-
more, good shape, $75.
(863)467-8160.

Refrigerator, Commercial,
8x79x32, 3 dr, see thru,
$500 neg. You Haul. 863-
763-6257/763-0818.
REFRIGERATOR Hotpoint
side by side w/ice & water
in door, $100 or best offer.
(863)467-6310
REFRIGERATOR, Frigidaire,
Side By Side w/3rd door.
Works really good. $125
neg. (863)675-2440
REFRIGERATOR, 2002
Whirlpool, 19 cu. ft. $300
or best offer. (863)635-
3439
STOVE, GE, Electric, All
works well. $100 or best
offer. (863)675-2440

STOVE, Hotpoint, electric,
excellent condition, $100.'
(863)467-6310

UPRIGHT FREEZER- 18 cu
ft, freezers very, good,
body in good condition,
$75. (863)983-4694.


BICYCLE, BMX type, boys,
16 inch, all'chrome, like
new condition, $25.
(863)763-6757



PAPERBACK BOOKS- 2
shopping bags full, $20 for
all will separate.
,(863)467-0924.



BI FOLDING DOORS-white
vinyl, 1-30x80, 1-36x80,
$20 will sep. good cond.
(863)763-1997.
BREAKER BOX- Siemens,
125 amp, with breakers,
$65. (863)467-8160.


Employen


I- Spca Noi


Employment
Full Time 205


ISpeia Noti


Employment
Full Time 10,


I- Spca oic


RIDGE CAP- new, brown,
steel, 60 feet, 26 gauge,
$120. (863)357-5754.




INDOOR/OUTDOOR CAR-
PET-Sears, new, 8.5x12,
teal blue, UV protected,
$50. (863)674-1695.



Car Seat w/base, Exer-sau-
cer, baby bath & much
more. $125 for all, will
sep. 863-357-7136
GRECO CRIB SET Converts
to Day bed & then to a
double bed. $125. Or best
offer. (863)357-3575.


SHOES, Dress, Sz. 9, Name
brand, never worn. Pd
$65, Now $20. Taylor
Creek. 863-763-0867


ELVIS RECORD ,Rare
Souvenir & record collect-
ing $1500 (863)824-
3358



COMPUTER SYSTEM-
complete, loads of soft-
ware/programs, all for
$100. (863)612-0900.


BEDROOM SUITE girls
5pcs.. Antique white stain
w/pink floral design $400
(863)983-7775
BED SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green, $6. (863)467-
8681

BUNK BEDS Twin, Solid
wood w/bunky boards.
Rarely used. $225 863-
634-5943.
CHEST, Dark wood. Great
for blankets. Good condi-
tion. $45. 863-763-0634

COFFEE TABLE w/Formica
Top and COMPUTER
CHAIR, $50 for both, will
sep. (863)763-1059
Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $300/,
all. (863)674-0467.
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Bas-
set, Floral design. $150 for.
both. (863)467-0924

DINETTE TABLE w/6'chairs
$175 .(863)763-5792 Iv.
message

Dining Room Set, oak table,
2 leafs, 6 chairs, matching
hutch, .solid wood, $500.
(863)634-6586
DINING TABLE with 4 chairs
good condition ', $100
(863)357-4831

DROP .LEAF OAK TABLE,
Antique, 4 chairs, excellent
condition, $300. 863-634-
6586.
DR TABLE W/4 CHAIRS-
solid wood, 1940's, good
cond, $200 neg.
(863)357-2233.
END TABLE, Early American
Style w/built in storage.
$25 (863)763-6843

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
black, fits 27" TV, good
condition, $50. (561)252-
1371 (cell)
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
fits 27" TV, Med. Wood
Glass door, good shape
$50 (863)447-0965
GLIDER CHAIR- 2 seat,
needs cushions, $10.
(863)763-1997.

HEADBOARD Wood full size
$25 (863)763-8085


4
KITCHEN TABLE,
w/6 chairs. Good condition.
$100 (863)467-6088

LIVING ROOM SET, 3 pc.
set. Sofa, Recliner & Love-
seat. Tan. $300.863-612-
9879
RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel, cream with light
green stripes, $250.
(863)467-8681
ROUND TABLE 4 chairs top
wood & white $50
(863)763-8085

TV CABINET 6'Hx
30"Wx18"D holds 19"
Wood $75 (863)763-
5792.
WROUGHT IRON BED
queen size have photo for
e-mail on request $200
(863)983-7775



EASY GO GOLF CART
restored
$2200
(863)692-2229
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc,
clubs, incld sets, $6&00
each, 2 bags $7 each.
(863)946-3123.
NICKLAUS GOLF CLUBS-
with bag, like new, $350.
(561)601-7085 Okeecho-
bee.


RIFLE-' 300 magnum
Weatherby, German made,
w/scope, $1400 neg.
863)675-6214 aft 6.



MASSAGE TABLE- with
professional power mas-
sager, $250 or will separ-
ate. (863)357-2233.
WEIGHT SET, Welder Pros-
tack. $300 863-673-2671





JUICER, COFFEE GRINDER,
Griddle, Farberware Rotis-
sorie. All electric. $45 all,
will sep. (863)763-9647
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WEDDING BANDS, Trio Set,
white gold, diamonds,
$600. (863)467-0108



WALKER: VACARE w/Front
whls. Will hold person up
to 300 Ibs. & Bath tub
stool. $75 863)763-1059


ALASKAN DIAMOND WIL-
LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.
ALASKAN DIAMOND WIL-
LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.
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ORGAN- Hammond, Model
Elegante, 2 manual, full
pedal, Best offer, Free to
church or non profit.
(863)675-0215.
ORGAN, Lowery, Big Holi-
day 1st, Must See!. $300.
863)610-0521 ask for




AMERICAN PIT BULL TER-
RIERS- ABA Reg, all col-
ors, 8 wks old, (863)697-
2750.
APPALOOSA MARE- 6yr
old, some training, $600
or best offer. (863)763-
7608.
Baby Bunnies for Easter,
different colors to choose
from, $5. (863)357-1035

BEAGLE PUPPIES, Small,
Tri-Color, 3 Female, 3
Male. Parents on premis-
es. Vet checked, 1st
shots, Ready 3/30 $250
(863)382-3370
BLK. LABS AKC 2-M Par-
ents hold Jr Test Title
Ready to go 4/1/05 $600
(772)528-8564


FORD TAURUS, '95, dcark
green, nice body, cold a/c,
minor work, $1500.
(863)763-1138


YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
Sale, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.



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

SPA, VITA, 4 Person, Needs
new water pump. $500. &
Go cart for free. (863)447-
3560



SINGER,
Old, 401 Slantimatic, Sews
good. $20. (863)675-
3389.



FISHING ROD RACK-
round, hold 6 rods, asking
$15. (863)763-1997.




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





BIG SCREEN TV
Magnavox, oak wood,
$200. (863)634-0907.


SAW, Table Style, Crafts-
man, 10". 27x40" Table.
$150. (863)763-7584


TABLE SAW (2) Beachtop
w/stands. $200 for both,
will sep. (863)697-9704




UPRIGHT VACUUM- Oreck,
#XL2400, $100.
(863)467-6548.



PORTABLE OXYGEN
MACHINE- that will run off
12 volt or 110. (863)357-
1715.

STEEL GUITAR Double
Neck Pedal in good condi-
tion. Please call (863)763-
6230.


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipfient 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants.'
Flowers 865
-l

QUARTER HORSE, MARE,
Registered, Leo-3 Bars,
Rides, Barrels, Child safe.
$2500 (863)675-4981



LAWN MOWER Murray
widebody, 12.50HP Briggs
& Stratton. $500. For more
info. (863)634-8608.

LAWN MOWER, Dixon ZTR,
11hp Briggs & Stratton,
well maintained, $600.
(863)517-1177

LAWN TRACTOR- '02,
16HP, Cub Cadet, Power
Plus, 42" cut, 37HRs,
$1950. (863)467-5933.

LAWN. TRACTOR- Murray
wide body, 12.5HP US,
42" cut, dual blades, $500
-neg. (863)634-8608.

RIDING MOWER, Sears
Craftsman, 18 hp, 44" Cut,
6 spd. $450 (863)674-
0467

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


RIDING MOWER, Crafts-
man, Like new, 15.5 hp,
42" cut. $450 (863)357-
3065


Rentals
ENT

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 960

Apartments 905
Lg. Apt., 2BR/11/BA, Rim
Canal, no pets, $795 mo.
+ 1st & last. (863)467-
4668 bet 2-6.

OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, fully
furnished, $875, 1st, last
& Security. (863)634-
3572.





Space Avail. Immed. 1000
sq. ft. located 805 Hwy 27
Moore Haven next to Good
Will (863)946-1181



Medical
Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, willing to divide
into 2 separate office
spaces, close to hospital
For information 467-0831.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025

Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 10150
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080



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

MOORE HAVEN AREA,
Historic Frame House
on 9 acres w/pond, paved
road & city water. Oaks &
Citrus Tree's on property.
$300,000. 863-946-0189.



GATED MOUNTAIN COM-
MUNITY NEAR ASHE-
VILLE, NC Spectacular
wooded lots- great views!
Paved roads, clubhouse,
world-class trout fishing,
hiking trails & more! Bear
River Community.
(866)411-5263.



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
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MOBILE WORKSHOP
14x52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$2,000 neg 352-754-8514


Mobile Homes |



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

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MOBILE HOME 2001 Dou-
ble Wide, 2/2, New carpet/
title. Excellent condition.
$30,000. (863)467-6079
*NEW 2005 HOME*
Enjoy your home, lot
and club house in


Park Trailer. 32' W/FI/rm,
C/A, Sm. Adult Park. Furn.
5940 HWY 441 SE lot 12
$12k 863-467-8830


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/FIV 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehiclea/ATVs 3035


BOAT, MOTOR,- TRAILER,
17FT- take $1200 or trade
for economy car.
(239)243-6083.
BOAT TRAILER, "Rocket"
Single Axle, Holds 14-16
ft. boat. $250. (863)763-
3822
FIBERGLASS LUND 17' w/
trl 140HP I/0 Exc. cond.
$1500 (863)467-6876

KAYAK-Aquaterra Prism, sit
on top, 14'1"x 26", to
marly features to list,
$350,(863)612-1044.
Place your ad online at
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PROLINE 153- 15'3", runs
good, 70HP Johnson, trir,
lots of gear, $500 neg.
(305)304-5723.
WINDSURFER, Kerma Run,
12'2" big board w/cntrbrd,
6.0 m sail & harness.
$300 (863)612-1044


TRAVEL TRAILER, 22 Ft.
Nice shape. Must see!
$550 863-610-0064 Call
after 6 pm.
.TRAVEL TRAILER, 34 Ft.
Prowler, Real nice. $4200.
Call (863)675-0377




BOAT LIFT: You move.
$500. (863)763-7022


OUTBOARD MOTOR- Mer-
cury 9.8, runs good, ask-
ing $400 or best of-
fer,(863)673-1574.
OUTBOARD MOTOR- Mer-
cury 125HP, 2002, Mere.
Warranty until 8/08,
$4000, (954)553-5140.
STAINLESS STEEL PRO-
PELLER, for 40 50 hp.
Mercury motor, 10/4x 12.
$125. (863)763-7609.

I sstcy c ides U0
Harley Davidson Ultra
Classic Electraglide, '89,
- .with sidecar & tow behind
trailer, low miles;
$12,995. 863-467-5351
or 772-528-4501.
Harley Davidson Ultra
Classic Electraglide, '89,
with sidecar & tow behind
trailer, low miles,
$12,995. 863-467-5351
or 772-528-4501.
KAWASAKI '77 750 Black &
Wine, AM/Fm Cassette &
leather Saddle bag $1500
neg (863)452-6561
YAMAHA 125, '86,$175 or
best offer. (863)675-8155
or 863-675-3038




AWARD '94, 30', Like New.
$5,500. (863)946-1815
or (863)946-3333.


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction



Parts. RepaIrs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4089
Vans 4070


BUICK LESABRE, '96-
needs minor work, $550.
(863)763-7023.

CHEVY CAMARO, '88,
needs transmissionwork,
$450 or best offer.
(863)697-8662
DODGE ARIES WAGON
'86,Runs good. 1 owner
94,630 mi. $600 or best
offer (863)467-5846.
Dodge Dart Swinger, '73,
blue, raised rear, orig.
slant 6, $1500. (863)635-
4357 aft 5.


EASTER BUNNIES
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
MINIATURE DACHSHUND
4 Males & 1'- (F) Adult.
CKC reg. Colors vary $425
Neg. 863-357-2250
MINI SCHNAUZER- F, salt/
pepper, 3 /2 yrs old, good
w/older kids & adults,
$300, (863)357-0147. -
PEACH DOVES, (2), old
enough to eat on their
own, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.
PIT BULL PUPPIES
Ready to go, $100.
(863)697-1725.

SCHNAUZER PUPPIES 4,
CKC reg 8wks all shots
$400 (863)467-5574 or Iv
voice msg 863-697-0035.


m


RIDING MOWER, Snapper,
42" cut w/yard cart. Excel-
lent condition. $450.
(863)357-6664

RIDING MOWER, Murray,
11 hp, 36" cut. Runs good.
$200 863-357-3065 "


RIDING MOWER Snapper,
28" cut, 10 hp Briggs &
Stratton. Exc. cond., $600
best offer. 863-983-4397

ROTO TILLER, Craftsman,
6.0 hp, 17", Used approx.
8 times. Like new. Asking
$600. (863)763-2775

WALKING TRACTOR, Sim-
plicity, rotary, sickle bar,
plow, $850. 863-674-
0790


Palm Village Ranch,
3/2 w/many upgrades.
Raised screened front
porch, carport & shed.
WIND ZONE III
863-467-4555


PARK MODEL
ON TAYLOR CREEK
Ready for you and
your toothbrush. Fully
furnished with addition
and your own private
dock. Looks like a
model. $36,000
863-467-4555


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purchase something deer?
Pick up some extra bucks
when you sell your used
items in the classifleds.








12 The Okeechobee News, Monday, April 4, 2005
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Dry Sink
This do-it-yourself version of
an early American dry sink is
as practical as it is handsome.
The project features three big
drawers- and two shelves
inside the cabinet door.
The dry sink measures
about 37 in. long by 35 in.
high by 17 in. deep.
Dry Sink plan
(No. 774)... $9.95
Ice Boxes Package
3 other plans
(No. C58)...'$21.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
excepti catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys,CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
u-bifd.com
Money Back Guarantee


LINCOLN TOWNCAR '88
run exc. but body dam-
aged $1200 neg
(863)634-1767
NISSAN '89, Good paint &
body. Has blown gasket.
$300. neg. (863)763-
8052.
NOVA, '72- 6cyl, auto, 79K
miles, drive while you re-
store. $1850 (863)634-
0526.
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PONTIAC CUTLASS SU-
PREME '94 AT, runs good
$2500 (863)763-5519

PONTIAC GRAND AM;, '92,
runs, needs some work,
body in good shape, $600.
(239)462-7342
SUZIJKI SIDE KICK 1995, 4
Door, White. $1000
(912)713-4859



BELAIR '55'4DR, Needs to
be restored or sold $1500
neg (772)979-3489




CLASSIC JEEP CHEROKEE
'85 runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
(863)763-0072.
FORD BRONCO, '87- 4x4,
5.81t, body in good shape,
runs 'but needs work,
$2500 (863)634-4338.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


JEEP WRANGLER, '92-
4x4, $1800 neg. Call for
more information.
(863)697-3656.


GOLF CART, Club Car, late
model, reconditioned, gas
& electric, $1495,
(863)675-1472
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 BRONCO, '79 parts
only, $300. ISUZU PUP
'85- parts only, $150.
(863)763-5147.
MOTOR & TRANS- 4.3,
manual trans, 5 spd over-
drive, $600 neg.
(863)234-1798.
TAILGATE for Ford F250
Pickup, navy blue, New
$424 Now $350. or best
offer. 863-677-1407


CAMPER SHELL For Full sz
short bed pickups w/
wedge design & ladder
bars. $400 863-634-2975
When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.


Chevy C10 Stepside, '67,
solid body,350 eng., runs,
needs some work, $1000.
863-635-4357
FORD F150, '82, 4 wheel
drive, 6 in. lift, runs, many
new parts, $1800 neg.
(863)261-1751
FORD P/U 1985, White,
needs work. $500 or best
offer. (863)467-0561

TOYOTA PICKUP, '87, runs
good, $350. (863)357-
2070 or 863-697-6681



JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
LAREDO 1996, Good con-
dition. All power. $3000
(863)946-0189



MATTRESS- new, for Trac-
tor Trailer sleeper, 36x78,
plus sleeper pad mattress,
$60. (863)674-1695.


GOOSENECK '95 Stock/
Horse Trir., 12 Ft. long w/
tandem axles. Exc. cond.
$1995 863-983-7734
Utility Trailer, 6x14, rear &
side ramp, spare tire,
$1100. (863)697-2032.



Dodge Caravan, '92, good
mtr, 3.3 V6, needs trans.,
$800 neg. 863-261-2369/
532-8002.
FORD ECONOLINE 150
1983, Asking $500 or best
offer. (863)467-0681


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO. 2004 CA 323
CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ELLEN M. TYSON, eat al.,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated March 29, 2005, and
entered in Case No. 2004 CA 323,
of the Circuit Court of the NINE-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Florida
wherein CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION is
Plaintiff and ELLEN M. TYSON, et
al., are Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder tor cash in
the Courthouse, in OKEECHOBEE,
OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
11:00 AM o'clock on the 2nd day
of May, 2005, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgement, to wit:
LOT 81, TREASURE ISLAND
UNIT 11A, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 56, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA a/k/a 4505
SE 23rd Court, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974
DATED this 29th day of March,
2005.
Sharon Robertson
'As Clerk of said Court
By: /s/ Landy Wherrell
As Deputy Clerk
564636 ON 4/4 11/05


GMC High Top Conversion
Van, '93, good motor &
trans, 5 new tires, will
trade for 3/4 ton Chevy:or
GMC Pickup of equal val-
ue. (863)763-6083
When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.
Earn some extra cash. Sell
your used items in the
classified.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No: 2005 DR 000210
Christine M. Francis,
Petitioner
and
Richard L. Francis,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Richard L. Francis
2406 NE Sentc Drive,
Apt #20
Lanesville, IN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an
action has been filed against
you and that you are required
to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on
Christine Francis whose ad-
dress is 8001 SE 57th Dr.,
Okeechobee, FL 34974hon or
before and file the original
with the clerk of this Court at
304 N.W. 2nd St., Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, before ser-
vice on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the re-
lief demand in the petition.
Copies of all. court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office. You may review these
documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office no-
tified of your current ad-
dress. Future papers in this
lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules .of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of doc-
uments and information.
Failure to comply can result
In sanctions, including dis-
missal or striking of plead-
ings.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF
THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Aridene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
Dated: March 28, 2005
564416 ON 4/4,11,18,25/05

Buying a car?
Look in the classified.
Selling a car?
Look in the classified.


THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2004-CA-197
BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER
TO NATIONSBANK,
Plaintiff, et.al.,
vs
PAUL BONKOSKY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY;
ELSIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED
PROVENCE A/K/A MILDRED S.
PROVENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF MILDRED PROVENCE A/K/A
MILDRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT
CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,
INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgement of Fore-
closure dated January 18, 2005,
and entered in Case No. 2004-CA-
197, of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NA-
TIONSBANK, is a Plaintiff and
PAUL BONKOSKY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY; EL-
SIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED PRO-
VENCE A/K/A MILDRED S. PRO-
VENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
MILDRED PROVENCE A/K/A MIL-
DRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT CONDOMIN-
IUM ASSOCIATION, INC.; UN-
KNOWN TENANT 'are the Defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
St., Okeechobe, Fl, at 11:00 AM
on April 29, 2005, thefollowing de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment to wit: ;
CONDOMINIUM UNIT 17,
BUILDING 5, ANCIENT OAKS
RV RESORT 1, ACCORDING
TO THE DECLARATION OF
CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 255, PAGE
916, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA;
TOGETHER WITH A 1984
PARK MOBILE HOME
DATED March 29, 2005
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Landy Wherrell
As Deputy Clerk
565049 ON 04/04,11/05


REQUEST FOR BIDS
PUMPS, ETC.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the,
purpose of purchasing the following:
Septic tank effluent pumps
Automatic float assemblies
Altemators/Switches/Pump control assemblies
Miscellaneous pump appurtenances
Detailed specifications are available upon request from the office of the
Executive Director, at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Phone Number 863-763-
9460, Fax Number 863-763-3746. The OUA reserves the light to reject
any or all bids and to waive formalities in any bid wherever such rejection
or waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the OUA.
The Sealed Bids must be delivered to the Executive Director's office, lo-
cated at Okeechobee Utility Authority Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, on or
before 3:00 PM on April 11, 2005.
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
565508 ON 04/04;5,6.7,8,9,10/05


FEMA urges Americans to be FloodSmart


an puuiu/Loi-rnia uJauionski
Having fun
Kevin Hopkins ,of Boca Raton spent the weekend at
Waterfest. Here he enjoys chasing a ball he just
received. He was at Waterfest with his father Bob Hop-,
kins, a lemonade vendor at the event.


Department of Homeland
Security under secretary Michael
D. Brown reminds Americans to
be FloodSmart as the spring
flooding season begins.
.The 'Department's Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA)"has teamed with its part-
ners at the National Weather Ser-
vice for the first-ever Flood Safety
Awareness Week this week, to
raise public attention to the dan-
gers of flooding and ways to pro-
tect life and property.
"Flooding is America's num-
ber one natural hazard. Every
state is at risk for flooding," said
Brown. "Last year, hurricane and
tropical storm flooding stretched
from Florida inland into Petnsyl-
vania and into New England.
People in all states should be
aware of their risks and know


"Being FloodSmart means knowing about your
risks and ways to protect yourself, your family
and your home. There's a wealth of informa-
tion on, flood safety available on the Internet
and from your local emergency manage. The
time to learn and protect yourself is now."

Michael D. Brown,
Department of Homeland Security under secretary


what to do when floodwaters
rise."
Floods, on average, kill more
than 100 people and are respon-
sible for $4.6 billion in damages,
in the United States each year.
More than half of those deaths
occur in vehicles overtaken' by
floodwaters.


"Being FloodSmart means
knowing -about your risks and
ways to protect yourself, your
family and your home. There's a
wealth of information on flood
safety available on the Internet
and from your local emergency
manager," Brown said. "The
time to learn and protect your-


self is now."
Learn more about flood pre-
cautions at
http://www.fema.gov/hazards/fl
oods/.
Brown said that one of the
best ways to prepare is to protect
yourself from financial loss.
Flood insurance is key to being
prepared.
"Homeowner's insurance
doesn't cover flood damage and
it only takes an inch of water to
do costly damage to your prop-
erty," he said. "Flood insurance
is a cost-effective way to finan-
cially prepare for floods.
"To learn more about your risk
and flood insurance, visit
http://www.flo.odsmart.gov or call
(800) 427-4219. For more on Flood
Safety Awareness Week, visit
http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/.


Auxiliary



schedules


boating



campaign

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has announced. its' newest
national boating safety cam-
paign, Vessel Safety Check Mega
Weeks which will run from May.
21 through July 10.
This effort will focus on sav-
ing the lives of ,Paddlesport
enthusiasts on the nation's
waterway's through the Coast
Guard's most recent national
outreach endeavor, the "Boat
Smart From The Start, You're in
Command. Boat Safely! initia-
tive.
Beginning with National Safe
Boating Week(, this event runs
through the- buss 4th of July
weekend During this seven
week l eight weekends) time
frame a focused and concentral-
ed effort will be organized to
perform Free Vessel Safety
Checks (VSCs) at boat ramrnps,
marinas, yacht clubs and other
locations throughout your com-
munitN, particularly those servic-
ing canoes, kayaks, and row-
boats
Coast Guard Auxiliary'Flotil-
las all across America will be
offering Boating Safety Courses,
setting up Boating Safety Infor-
mation Booths at local commu-
nity'events, and working with
partners like the United States
Power Squadron and the Ameri-
can.Canoe Association to spread
the Boat Smart message. *
These efforts will stress the
importance of always wearing a
life jacket and never, boating
under the influence. Recent sta-
tistics show 86 percent of all
boaters who drowned were not
wearing a life jacket and one-
third of fatal boating accidents
involved alcohol.
Always remember to boat
smart from the start and:wear
your lile-jacket. '
For information, contact:
., Robert Daraio, branch chief, ves-
sel exams daraioi'alycos.com
(914) 944-9626.


Community Events


County hosts Cinco de Mayo event
Okeechobee County will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at
the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on Sat-
uidav, May 7. Events planned include live music, dancing and
family-themed vendors.

Chamber plans Cinco de Mayo celebration
-The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host a Cinco de
Mayo celebration on May 7. Updates on artists, bands and the
venue will be announced in the near future. For information, con-
tact the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Free help with tax returns offered
AARP Taxaide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service. Their free service can answer
most of the tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpayers;
with special attention to taxpayers age 60 or older. Your tax ,
returns can-be filed electionicall\ Taxaide will be working now
through April 15, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. You
need to bring last year's tax return and the necessary papers need-
ed to file your 2004 tax return. Taxaide does not prepare state
income tax returns. For information contact Margaret Burns, dis-
trict coordinator instructor, at (863) 357-2247.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Scho.ols need the help of the, community and
are seeking. tax deductible donations to help rebuild their play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more infor-
rmation, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Red Cross-needs instructors,
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch
of the American Red Cross at (,Q3) 763-2488 to find out more.







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