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Vol. 96 No. 157
Monday, June 6, 2005
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Groups talk hurricanes
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Gene O'Neill, the county's emergency management director, explains the services pro-
vided by his office and how people can better prepare themselves for hurricanes. This
took place Saturday morning as part of the grand finale of Hurricane Awareness Week.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News ..
By Audrey Blackwell
The City of Okeechobee
will consider approving an
Okeechobee County $382,000
tentative award in Hurricane
Housing Recovery Program
(HHRP) funds at their meet-
ing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at city
The funding is a portion of
the $7,173,464 HHRP funds
allocated to the county.
On May 26, the Okee-
chobee County Board of
County Commissioners voted
to allocate $382,000 in HHRP
funds to Rebuild Okeechobee
After Disaster (ROAD), sub-
ject to approval by the City
and ]I i .;l, Housing Finance
Corporation (the administer-
ing agency of the funds), and
subject to execution of an
agreement between the counr.
ty and ROAD.
The approval will help
ROAD qualify for an addition-
al grant of $530,850 from Vol-
City council members will
consider appointing a liaison
to represent the city in the
county's development of the
local HHRP strategy and poli-
City Attorney John Cook
will discuss a proposed new
Ordinance No. 897 to amend
the definition for the zone of
exclusion for well-head pro-
tection in the Land Develop-
ment Regulations to match
the definition in the City's
The city council will con-
sider a proposal from
Lakeshore Mechanics, Inc. to
purchase lot no. 20 in the
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Although rain cancelled the
planned entertainment, the
grand finale of Hurricane
Awareness Week still took
place Saturday morning. John
Glenn, community liaison
with Project HOPE, one of the
event's sponsors, stated that
requires flexibility. The grand
finale had been scheduled for
Flagler Park with a band, pup-
pet show and children's color-
ing contest. Because of rain,
event sponsors were flexible
and moved the event to their
office spaces on N.W. 5th
Participants were treated to
coffee and doughnuts as they
learned about how to prepare
for and recover from hurri-
canes. They also received liter-
ature about hurricane aware-
One event that was not can-
celled was the drawing for
prizes. Goods and services
were contributed by local
businesses to be given as
prizes to those who donated
hurricane supplies. The donat-
ed supplies were then given to
various nonprofit organiza-
Stanley Sersen won the
Stanley Sersen (left) was the winner of a Sears Kenmore
washing machine given away Saturday as part of the grand
finale of Hurricane Awareness Week. Sponsors of Hurri-
cane Awareness Week urged people to donate hurricane
supplies to be given to nonprofit organizations. For each
item donated, people received a ticket for prize drawings.
Presenting the prize is Alex Marquez (right) of Project
HOPE, one of the sponsors of Hurricane Awareness Week.
grand prize, a Sears Kenmore
washing machine. The local
Masonic lodge won several
prizes that they donated back
to the sponsors of Hurricane
Mr. Glenn told those assem-
bled that Project HOPE is a
federally funded program that
deals with crisis intervention
and crisis counseling. He said
the program has been in exis-
tence locally since last year's
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hurricanes and will be around
through the end of this year.
Gene O'Neill, the county's
director of emergency servic-
es, another sponsor of Hurri-
cane Awareness Week,
explained his responsibilities
and answered questions from
"I'm the man who tells you
when to evacuate," Mr. O'Neill
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Turkey in distress
Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Jason
Godwin (center) protectively holds the turkey he res-
cued from a tree outside ofthe Everglades Farm Equip-
ment Co., Inc. in Okeechobee. Everglades' employees
Kim Boris (left) and Jean Rogers (right) called FWC to
rescue the dazed bird. This is not the first time Officer
Godwin has rescued a bird in distress. Last year he dan-
gled by a wire from a construction crane to pull a Sand
Hill Crane out of the muck where it had become stuck.
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OKEECHOBEE The volunteer
division of tthe Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Department is seeking
Requirements include: a high
school education or GED; clean
driving record; and, no criminal
record. Applicants must also take
the state TABE test and receive a
score of 12.9.
Testing for volunteer positions
will he held in July, and all applica-
tions must be completed by June
Applications are available at 501
N.W Sixth St. in Okeechobee.
For information, contact Margie
Johinson at (863) 763-5544.
OKEECHOBEE The South
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) will host a workshop on
Thursday, June 9, at their Okee-
chobee Service Center Auditorium,
205 N. Parrott Ave., Ste. 201, from
6:30 until 9 p.m.
The purpose of the workshop is
to gather public feedback and com-
ments for the agency's recreational
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE -- The USDA,
rural housing service, can now loan
up to $141,000 for housing mort-
gages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan,
call (863) 763-3345 to reserve your
seat for one of our homebuyer
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
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He urged that people have
enough supplies to last for 72
hours after a hurricane. He said
that this year, in event of hurri-
canes, there would be an official
supply distribution center at Fort
Drum. Mr. O'Neill also discussed
the possibility of another distri-
bution center at Basinger.
One frequently asked ques-
tion, according to Mr. O'Neill is
"Where is my shelter?" He
replied that there are no
He said that Osceola Middle
School and South Elementary
School would be opened first
and others would be opened as
they are needed. Mr. O'Neill
added that Sacred Heart
Catholic Church would be used
as a Spanish speaking shelter.
Frank Irby of R.O.A. D.
(Recovering Okeechobee After
Disaster) spoke about recover-
ing after a hurricane. He said
that ROAD was formed in Octo-
ber of last year as the result of
activities of the ministerial asso-
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city's commerce center for
$35,000 an acre. The company
wants to put in a tractor-trailer
In other action/discussion:
The city attorney will dis-
cuss amending the Commerce
Center deed restrictions.
Mayor James Kirk will pres-
ent a 20-year Employment Ser-
vice Award to Terisa Garcia.
Mayor Kirk will recognize
ciation. The organization's pri-
mary mission is to help people
after the storm and after the Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), insurance com-
panies and other sources have
provided help. They can provide
assistance if those funds are not
enough. Mr. Irby said that
R.O.A.D. has done such things
as replacing roofs on houses,
helping with security and utility
deposits and removing con-
demned mobile homes. He said
that in many cases insurance
would not pay to demolish or
remove a condemned mobile
home and that the costs could
be between three and five thou-
"We see this as an ongoing
process," Mr. Irby said. He asked
for volunteers to work with
R.O.A.D., especially those who
could do case work or evaluate
construction projects. The
group meets on the Wednes-
days immediately before the
Thursday county commission
meetings. They meet at 2 p.m. at
Alpha Ministries, 103 N.W. 5th
the OHS varsity baseball team,
who were this year's 4-A district
and regional champions.
Prior to the regular meeting,
the city council will meet for a
Health Care Coverage Work-
shop at 5 p.m. The health insur-
ance plan for city employees is
up for renewal in June, and will
be effective Aug. 1.
No action will be taken at the
workshop, but health plan
options will go to the employees
for their response and the mat-
ter will go to the city council
June 21 for a decision.
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Assistant Principal Billy Ball (left) and Principal Joni Ard (right) of Everglades Elemen-
tary School were "slimed" by students on the last day of school, June 1. The students
selected for this mission did real well in advanced reading and on the FCAT. The stu-
dents are: (left to right) Austin Fralix, Krista McGee, May Bell Santamaria, Alex Pluskot
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Department of Health gives tips to help ensure a safe summer
TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department' of Health (DOH)
encourages summer safety during
this heavy vacation season. By
making wise choices to protect
your skin, foodand overall health,
you and your family can have fun
in the sun while staying out of,
"While Floridians and visitors
travel throughout the state, being
knowledgeable of safety tips can
drastically decrease the number of
summer related injuries and acci-
dents," says DOH Secretary John
0. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A.,
M.P.H. "Playing it safe is the theme
we want Floridians to remember
and employ this summer."
Few things in life are better
than a summer barbecue, and no
barbecue is complete without fol-
lowing the proper food handling
I Always wash your hands
with warm, soapy water before
and after handling food.
Keep marinating foods refrig-
erated and boil the used marinade
sauce before applying to cooked
food. Also avoid putting cooked
food on any plate that previously
held raw food.
Use a 'meat thermometer to
ensure that food reaches a safe
internal temperature. Beef should
be cooked to at least 160F and
chicken to 170F. Fish is done
when the meat is opaque and
Pre-heat the coals on the grill
for 20-30 minutes.
Pack plenty of ice or freezer
packs to maintain a constant cold
Precautions must be taken to
avoid sunburn and skin injuries.
Exposure to the sun's ultra-violet
(UV) rays is the leading environ-
mental factor in the progression of
skin cancer. Liberal use of sun-
screen with a sun protection fac-
tor (SPF) of 15 or greater is recom-
mended to prevent sunburn.
Other ways to protect yourself
from sunburn are:
Seeking shade under shelter
such as a tree or umbrella,
Covering up with light-
Wearing a hat to protect your
face, scalp, neck and ears, and
Wearing sunglasses that
deter' UV rays (also necessary
when using indoor tanning facili-
Individuals particularly sensi-
tive to the sun, may want to avoid
exposure between the peak sun
hours of. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
(even on cloudy days).
Florida's seafood is among the
best in the country, but take care
to identify and avoid poisonous
fish. Eating puffer fish, commonly
known as blowfish, can cause
saxitoxin poisoning. Saxitoxin has
no taste, color or smell and cannot
be destroyed by cooking or clean-
ing. Symptoms of saxitoxin poi-
soning include tingling, burning,
numbness, drowsiness, incoher-
ent speech, difficulty breathing
and in severe cases, death. Also
avoid locally harvested shellfish
during red tide occurrences.
'When enjoying our waters,
Floridians and those visiting Flori-
da should engage in water sports
that are safe for all involved while
Remember a loved one
who has departed with a special
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Your tribute can be published following the memorial services, or to
commemorate an anniversary ofyour loved one's birth or passing. You
can add a photograph of your loved one, lines from a poem or
scripture, and special art or borders -- and we'll make sure it all comes
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and an online order form, or call 1-866-379-6397 toll free.
taking note of marine life and
harmful algal blooms.
Marine life includes naturally
occurring plant-like algae like
blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
and red tide, which can be present
in the open ocean, bays, lagoons
and freshwater environments.
DOH recommends avoiding areas
with obvious algal blooms as con-
tact may cause skin rash, runny.
nose and burning eyes. However,
symptoms are temporary and last
only for a few hours.
For more information or to
report symptoms related to red
tide, blue green algae exposure or
puffer fish consumption, call the
toll-free Marine Toxin Hotline at 1-
888-232-8635. This hotline is oper-
ated by the Florida Poison Control
An example of an unsafe water
sport is teak surfing. Teak surfing
involves swimmers being towed
through the water while hanging
,on to a powerboat's teak swim
platform. The threat of carbon
monoxide is present because mov-
ing boats produce exhaust fumes.
Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic
gas that has no smell or taste.
Inhaling carbon monoxide causes
the teak surfer to lose conscious-
ness, become submerged in the
water and quickly drown. Many
surviving' victims have sustained
permanent brain damage.
DOH officials continue to stress
the "5 D's" for prevention:
DUSK and DAWN (avoid
being outdoors when mosquitoes
are seeking blood, for many
species this is during the dusk and
DRESS (wear clothing that
DEET (use mosquito repel-
lents including DEET [N, N diethyl-
metatoluamide] on skin. You can
add to your protection by applying
a repellent directly to your cloth-
ing when you are outside). Keep
in mind, DEET is not recommend-
ed for children younger than 2
months old. Instead, avoid expos-
ing babies to mosquitoes.
DRAINING (check your
home to rid it of standing water in
which mosquitoes can lay their
Elimination of breeding sites is
one of the keys to prevention.
Tips on Eliminating Mosquito
1. Clean out eaves, troughs and
2. Remove old tires or drill
holes in those used in play-
grounds to drain.
3. Turn over or remove empty
4. Pick up all beverage contain-
ers and cups.
5. Check tarps on boats or
other equipment that may collect
6. Pump out bilges on boats.
7. Replace water in birdbaths
and pet, or other animal feeding
dishes at least once a week.
8. Change water in plant trays,
including hanging plants, at least
once a week.
9. Remove vegetation or
obstructions in drainage ditches
that prevent the flow of water.
Black henna tattoos
Other skin injuries can be sus-
tained by getting black henna tat-
toos or body piercing. Henna is a
coloring made from a plant extract
that has not been approved by the
US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) for skin application. Some
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of the henna contains a product
called p-phenlyenediamine (PPD),
which may cause allergic reac-
tions like intense itching, redness,
swelling and even scarring at the
tattoo site. Persons experiencing
these symptoms should seek
immediate medical attention and
report the instance to the local
health department. Body piercing
poses health risks if done with
unclean instruments. Unclean
instruments could be contaminat-
ed with Hepatitis B or C, diseases
which may severely impair liver
function. Also, an abnormal over-
growth of scar tissue, called a
keloid, can form.
DOH joins the Florida Poison
Information Centers in encourag-
ing individuals to take an active
role in safeguarding children from
potential dangers that involve
products commonly found in
every home. This focus on poison-
proofing your home is part of the
annual campaign to educate the
public on the dangers and preven-
tion of accidental poisonings.
Almost one million children are
exposed to a potential poison
Children under the age of five
are particularly vulnerable to these
accidental events due to their nat-
ural curiosity about the world
around them. What they see,
touch and reach is generally put
into their mouths.
Almost 60 percent of all calls to
the poison information center
involve exposures in one of the
following five groups: Aceta-
minophen is used as an aspirin
substitute, pain reliever and fever
reducer and is often found in chil-
dren's medication. Toxic symp-
toms are delayed and can cause
profound effects, particularly liver
products include mouthwashes,
perfumes, colognes, hand sanitiz-
ers and adult cold medications.
Toxic symptoms include sleepi-
ness, drop in blood sugar and
shallow breathing. Common
hand soaps and detergents may
cause upset stomach and may
cause persistent vomiting, diar-
rhea and even dehydration if
ingested. Automatic dishwasher
detergent may be caustic.
Hypochlorites include bleach,
pool chemicals and supplies and
cleaning products. Toxic symp-
toms can include irritation to the
mouth and stomach, and poten-
tial burns to the mouth, throat and
esophagus. Hydrocarbon contain-
ing products include gasoline,
kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid,
automobile products and lamp
oil. Toxic symptoms may include
vomiting, and if the product enters
the lungs, fever, coughing, short-
ness of breath, wheezing or chem-
ical pneumonia can occur.
For poisoning emergencies,
call the Poison Information Cen-
ter; toll free 24 hours a day, at 1-
800- 222-1222 (Voice/TDD); calls
will be connected based on geo-
graphic region. The healthcare
professionals'at the Center will
immediately respond to poison
emergencies and answer poison-
related questions about medica-
tions, household products and
other potentially dangerous sub-
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Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
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Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church.
The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs
food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in conjunction
with Morgan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing plans for a concert
series. Information on the bands and artists will be announced at a
later date. To volunteer your help at any of these events, call the
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of his-
torical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs for $6 each. Cups
with a picture of the old Okeechobee High School and a small
booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee" are also avail-
able at the Chamber of Commerce.
Summer Play Camp schedule announced
Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2005
Summer Play Camp began Monday, May 2, at Teen Town Center,
309 N.W Second St. Enrollment is limited and slots are filled on a
first-come, first-served basis. Campers must be between 6 and 12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday through Friday,
June 13 through July 29 (except July 4), from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. at three locations: Douglas Brown Community Center, Okee-
chobee Civic Center and Teen Town Center. The regular camp fee
is $50 per week, per participant plus fees for field trips and spe-
cial activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week for a
child on the reduced school lunch program, and $10 per week for
a child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee
County School system for the 2004/2005 school year. A letter of
participation from Okeechobee County School Food Service must
be presented at the time of registration in order to qualify for these
special rates. Extended hours of 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 until
5:30 p.m. will be available at both the Okeechobee Civic Center
and Teen Town Center for an additional fee of $10 per week, per
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of
operation are: May 3 June 1, Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.;
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday from I until 5 p.m.;
June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from
7 until 9 p.m. (family night swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. The pool is not open during
school hours. When school is in session the pool is used for physi-
cal education and other school-related activities. For information,
contact the pool office at (863) 46,7-7667.
Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registra-
tion process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new
Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must
live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-
06 school year. Parents can find the registration form online at
www.vpkflorida.org; or, they can contact their nearest Early
Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the registration.
Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the sum-
mer, and they are no longer accepting donations. For information,
call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
IRCC te hold health fair
Indian River Community College (IRCC) will hold a Health Fair
on Monday, June 6, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Dixon Hendry
Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., in Okeechobee. The one-day
event is open to the public. Students from the associate degree in
nursing program will provide information on hypertension,
stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other health issues. Displays
on smoking, breast cancer and skin cancer will also be presented.
Students will perform free capillary blood glucose level tests for
diabetes. Fasting is recommended prior to taking this test. Door
prizes will also be given. For more information, contact Gay Div-
inagracia at 1-866-866-IRCC (4722), ext. 7568.
Church plans vacation Bible school
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will
host vacation Bible school June 6-10, starting at 7 p.m. This year's
theme will be extreme adventure. Classes are for adults and chil-
dren. For information, call (863) 763-7743.
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Looking Back ...
This 1949 Okeechobee High School marching band was directed by M.O. Kent and the drum major was Jack Williamson.
The majorettes were: (left to right) Earnestine Hunt, Nancy Boettger, Diane Williamson and Wanda Nix. This photo
appeared in the 1993 book by Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler Williamson entitled "Strolling Down Country Roads".
Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee
News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about
the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at (863)
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 interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The Gath-
ering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., 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. Registra-
tion is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for informa-
tion. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. for breakfast. For information, call
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. 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
next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. 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
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.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you
may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you listen
to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson Hospi-
tal, 1796 U.S. 441 N., in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored
by the American Cancer Society and are facilitated by their medical advisor
Dr. Heller. For information, call 1-800-224-6844.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy or
Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Raulerson
Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass at (863)
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183..
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)"763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.20 plus tip
for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For information, call
Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thursdays.
Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the next camp-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for informa-
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-9360.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Second
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Childreri turning 3 on
or before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply
at Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments,
call Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863)
357-2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children
may stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed
from May 2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept.
7, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Fri-
day, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open
every Wednesday and Friday. Please call ahead one day to
reserve any specific equipment you may need. For information
during working hours call (863) 763-6510. During hours the cen-
ter is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools 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-
mation, 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 Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention.
Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross at
(863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like
to invite the community to participate in a project for Operation
Freedom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20
servicemen in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving
our country have requested items not only for themselves, but
they also give items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and vis-
iting. We would like to invite the community to help us with this
project. For more information, contact Chairperson Myra White
at (863) 357-2975.
Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of
a few fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the
council. Governor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with
terms of two or four years. The council meets monthly to discuss
programs and needs of the children in the community. Once a
year, agencies request funds through a grant process. Each
council member "adopts" an agency or two as their own and
monitors the programs' services that they provide to our chil-
dren. Those interested in completing an application should con-
tact Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-4000, ext. 255
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part
of their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a
group of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such
as structure fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your
time and talents to help local citizens in a time of disaster, please
contact Andy or Candace at the American Red Cross Okee-
chobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days,
Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
We are also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a
board member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should
communicate well with the public and should be able to seek
support from city and county officials, business executives and
other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863)
634-2306 for information.
Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative
Council is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for
Okeechobee's children in foster care.
These supplies will be given to the children in Okeechobee
during their annual foster care picnic just before school starts.
The children are in need of: pencils, pens, markers, colored pen-
cils, crayons, highlighters, notebook paper, construction paper,
folders, binders, pencil boxes, lunch boxes, backpacks, glue,
scissors, rulers, erasers, index cards and calculators. For infor-
mation on becoming a foster parent, call the Hibiscus Foster Par-
ent Training Program at (800) 403-9311. Supplies may be taken
to the Community Collaborative Council meetings during April,
May and July. The meetings will be held in room 303 of the
Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
For information on the school .supply drive or the council's
meetings, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
The Okeechobee News, Monday, June 6,2005
The Okeechobee News, Monday, June 6, 2005 BUSINESS 5
Walpole: Partners in education
By D. Hamilton
Each year the Commissioner
of Education recognizes worthy
businesses in each of the 67 dis-
tricts in Florida that have shown
the most commitment, creativity
and innovation in bringing about
positive change to their school
districts and provide a learning
environment in which all chil-
dren can reach their full poten-
tial. This past April 14, Commis-
sioner John Winn recognized
Walpole, Inc. from Okeechobee
as a recipient of the Commis-
Walpole, Inc. has been locat-
ed in Okeechobee for more than
30 years. The company has a
total of four terminals located in
the southeastern United States
including Okeechobee, Tampa,
West Palm Beach, and Birming-
ham, Ala. The main products for
their fleet of carriers are food
grade flour, raw and liquid sugar
and salt. The company is also a
carrier of industrial grade chemi-
cals, construction products and
agricultural products throughout
the United States. The company
also exports products overseas
utilizing our ports.
Walpole Incorporated has
sponsored local scholarships
through the Okeechobee Educa-
tional Foundation for many grad-
uating seniors. They have been
instrumental in promoting
Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Walpole, Inc. secretary and treasurer, Keith Walpole (left) and
the company's president and board chairman of Big Lake
Bank, Edwin Walpole Ill,(right)take a supportive stand in the
education of local students.
career awareness through par-
ticipation in career fairs and by
hosting student interns. Marilyn
Parcels, of the Florida Depart-
ment -of Education Foundation
office in Tallahassee remarked
on Walpole's contributions to
local education. She stated, "Per-
haps the greatest collaboration
is in the career and technical
area. Walpole has not only pro-
vided thousands of dollars in
equipment, they have opened
access to their shop for students
to gain experience on industrial
tools and equipment too expen-
sive for the district to purchase."
Ms. Parcels continued, "To keep
our student skill levels current
with industry standards, classes
have participated in Walpole's
employee training programs."
Okeechobee is proud to honor
their partnership with Walpole
Keith Walpole, secretary and
treasurer for Walpole spoke
about the company's involve-
ment with the community and
education locally. He said, "The
Okeechobee community is phe-
nomenal in its' giving and sup-
port. We feel very strongly about
our ties with the community and
with the support for the educa-
tion of our young people." Mr.
Walpole continued, "We have
supported education scholarship
and intern programs for many
years and believe that education
is the most important thing that
we can give to our children."
Hardware store ready for grand opening
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Independent Associates, (left to right) David Joyner, Sally Joiner and Chris Samuel, are
ready to provide pre-paid legal coverage for a variety of services.
Firm offers pre-paid legal coverage
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee residents of mod-
erate income now have access to
a variety of legal services for one
monthly fee thanks to a local firm,
Independent Associates. David
Joiner of Independent Associates
said his organization is affiliated
with Prepaid Legal Services, Inc. a
33 year-old company that is listed
on the New York Stock Exchange
and serves 1.5 million families
Mr. Joiner compares the pro-
gram with health insurance. You
don't have to sign a long-term
contract, he said. Legal services
are provided on a month-by-
Among the services provided
are telephone consultations, let-
ters or telephone calls on your
behalf, legal document review,
will preparation and updates,
assistance with moving traffic vio-
lations, assistance with certain
motor vehicle related criminal
charges, assistance in the defense
of civil suites and job-related crim-
inal charges, IRS audits and a 25
percent discount on other legal
services not covered by the mem-
Another area covered by Pre-
paid Legal is protection against
identity theft. The company will
monitor members' accounts and
alert them of any suspicious activ-
ity. They will also take steps to
restore a member's name and
Mr. Joiner said that 80 percent
of Americans fall between the top
income earners who can .easily
afford legal services and those
who have to rely on a public
"We're here to protect middle
America that can't afford legal
services," he said..
,Mr. Joiner's associate, Chris
Samuel, said the program is ideal
for small businesses.
"There is nothing like it out
there," Mr. Joiner added. He pre-
dicted a growing need for such
services and said that people will
soon need legal coverage more
than medical coverage.
Those interested in the servic-
es of Independent Associates can
call 357-1704 for Mr. Joiner. Mr.
Samuel can be reached at either
697-3987 or 357-4431.
They also have a website
By Audrey Blackwell
While shoppers are filling the
aisles after a "soft opening" June
1 at MidFlorida Hardware on U.S.
441 S., co-managers Linda Rucks
and Jimmy Goughler are plan-
ning to hold an official open
house during the July 4 weekend.
"We're very excited about our
new store," said Mrs. Rucks. She
is the former manager of Scottys
Hardware and began work for
MidFlorida within one week of
Scottys' closing on March 25.
"MidFlorida came in before Scot-
tys closed and took all the
employees who wanted to stay,"
Hours of operation are from
7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, and,. from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Some things will stay the
same, and others will change at
MidFlorida. Mrs. Rucks said they
tried to leave the product displays
the same as they were before so
there would be less confusion for
the customers and staff. But Mid-
Florida plans to add to their line-
up of products including
improvements in the Garden
Center such as patio furniture
and other types of furniture prod-
Mrs. Rucks said, "We are lis-
Donna Cataldo joins Riverside Bank
FORT PIERCE Laz Claro,
VP/Security of Riverside Bank
announces that Donna Cataldo
has joined the Bank as an
AVP/Fraud Investigator. "Donna
will be responsible for fraud
investigations, throughout our
nine county market area," said
osiau pooiu/Muurey DlauKweI"
Linda Rucks, (left) and Jimmy Goughler are co-managers of
the newly opened MidFlorida Hardware on U.S. 441 S. in the
previous location of Scottys Hardware. Mr. Goughler will also
manage the MidFlorida Hardware store in Wachula. They
have already seen an influx of patrons and are preparing for
a grand opening on July 4.
tening to our customers when
they come in and ask 'Do you
have...' and 'I want...' This will
help us to know how to please
our customers." She said they are
training their people to hear what
the customers want, and added,
"I know they want a good, clean,
well-stocked hardware store."
According to Mrs. Rucks, they
want to be part of the community
and to let customers know they
appreciate them. With a month
to go before the grand opening,
staff members are working
steadily to build displays of cabi-
netry, carpeting, kitchens and
bathrooms for the back wall.
Jim Pfleger walked into Mid-
Florida Thursday afternoon to
check out the new store. "I was a
customer of Scottys and heard
this store opened. I want to see
what they have," he said.
CFO commends officials for insurance law
Chief Financial Officer Tom Gal-
lagher applauded Gov. Bush and
state lawmakers for enacting a
new homeowner's insurance law
which provides significant new
consumer protections for Floridi-
"The unprecedented string of
four catastrophic hurricanes .that
Florida weathered last year
revealed gaps where homeown-
ers encountered surprises in their
policies due to confusing lan-
guage or inadequate disclosures,"
Gallagher said. "In the town hall
meetings I hosted we learned that
Floridians wanted simpler and
more transparent insurance poli-
cies; this law answers that need."
Alongside Gov. Bush at the
signing of the homeowners' bill,
Gallagher said, "Florida could not
have asked for finer leadership
during last year's hurricanes than
that provided by Gov. Bush. I was
proud to work with him during
Florida's recovery and I am proud
to stand with him as he signs this
The legislation built many new
provisions into the Florida insur-
ance code for homeowners,
mobile homeowners and condo-
minium policies including:
homeowners' policies who have
sustained hurricane damage until
90 days after the home is com-
Ends the practice of paying
only the lower actual cash value
for repairs and contents and
requires the full replacement cost
amount to be paid up front.
Creates a mandatory policy
checklist that the agent must fill
out, detailing what is covered and
what is not covered by the policy.
Increases to 50 percent the
amount insurers must offer to pay
for a home that is required to be
rebuilt to updated and more
expensive building codes.
Provides funding for the DFS
Consumer Advocate to increase
staff to review rate decisions
made by Florida's Office of Insur-
e-Requires insurance compa-
nies to spell out how much a hur-
ricane deductible could potential-
ly cost a policyholder and requires
disclosure of all available dis-
counts. In December, legislation
was passed limiting hurricane
deductibles to one per season.
Requires a public hearing for
requested rate hikes exceeding 15
Orders Citizens Property
Insurance Company to institute
numerous customer response
and service improvements.
Requires the development of
standard apples-to-apples poli-
cies that can be 'easily shopped
and compared from company to
Expedites the claims process
by requiring an insurer to pay a
claim or begin communication
with the insured regarding the
claim within 14 days.
"Now that. we have achieved
passage of this bill, I am turning
my attention to making sure that
insurance companies do not mis-
use last year's hurricanes to seek
unjustified rate hikes," said Gal-
lagher. "I have asked Insurance
Commissioner Kevin McCarty to
redouble his office's efforts to pro-
vide rigid reviews of any rate
requests that are filed. He has
assured me that rate requests that
are not actuarially justified will be
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ence in this field, and we are
pleased to have her as a part of
Cataldo brings with her expe-
rience acquired at other presti-
gious financial institutions where
she held similar positions. A for-
mer member of the International
Association of Financial Crimes
Investigators, Cataldo is currently
a member of the Economic
Crime Units in Palm Beach, the
Treasure Coast and Indian River.
She also is in the process of join-
ing the ASIS International.
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10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C
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312 S.W. 2nd St.
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System
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Barry's Seamless Aluminum
202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave.
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10% OFF any services
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
10% OFF any purchase
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
10% OFF storewide
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
10% OFF all barrel's
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
10% OFF any service
Trading Post Indoor Shops
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
AA Honest Cleaning Service
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T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88th Trail
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000
Smith's Custom Computers
405 W. S. Park Street
10% off Sales & Service
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Porter's Dry Cleaners
1700 S. Parrott Ave.
Big Lake Electric, Inc.
208 S.W. 7th Ave.
10% Discount On All Servcie Repair Calls
Tradewinds Flight School, Inc.
'2982 Aviation Way
10% Flight Instruction, Air Craft Rental or Sight
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Crazy Mary's Bent-n-Dent
927 W.S. Park Street
5% Off Purchase
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3100 Hwy 441 S.
JT's Guttering Systems
1677 S.W. 8TH ST.
413 S.W. Park St.
417 W.S. Park St.
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Marilyn's Massage Center
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
10% OFF 1/2 hour
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302 S.W. 2nd Ave.
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4333 Hwy. 441 S.E.
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Elliotts Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St.
10% OFF on all purchases
Elliotts Quik Foto
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Lonnie Price Plumbing
4523 S.E. 30th St.
10% Discount on Hourly Labor
Big Lake Pressure Cleaning
4459 S.E. 21st Ct.
10% OFF on all pressure cleaning and painting
Ray's Repair Service
4341 S.W. 99th Drive
Discount: $5.00 off a $30.00 service call.
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2900 S.W. 3rd Terr.
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6 The Okeechobee News, Monday, June 6, 2005
Balsam apple considered a problematic weed by residents
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
"What is this weedy vine -
and how can I get rid of it?" Warm
weather and summer rains can
jumpstart many viney weeds.'A
common vine found in home gar-
dens, citrus groves, Florida Yards
and along the roadside is the Bal-
sam Apple. It is recognized as a
nuisance and could be poison-
This plant is also known as
wild cucumber because of its
fruit. Native to tropical Africa and
Southeast Asia, the Balsam Apple
has escaped cultivation, and it
now grows from Florida to Texas.
It is considered by most local resi-
dents to be a problematic weed.
A wild cucumber
The Latin name of the Balsam-
apple (Momordica charantia)
refers to the bitten appearance of
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the uneven seeds and the pointed
fruit. There are many closely relat-
ed plants that add to naming con-
fusion. One of these is a native to
east India known as Balsam Pear,
Bitter Cucumber, or Bitter Melon.
This plant is an article of food in
the Orient, but is mainly grown as
a curiosity in the U.S. It is popular-
ly grown as a climbing annual
with large ornamental fruit.
Another species has fruit shaped
like a bull's heart, with bright red
Balsam Apple rapidly grows
from seed and produces high-
climbing vines. The ridged stem
has slightly fuzzy stems. Look for
dark green leaves with deep
lobes, less than three inches wide.
The stems have string-like tendrils
that wrap around what ever it
can, and support the vine on
fences or other garden plants.
It doesn't take long for the
vines to produce yellow blos-
soms. ,As with most squash rela-
tives, they produce separate flow-
ers with either male or female
parts. Male flowers produce only
pollen, while the female flowers
produce stumpy, lumpy orange
colored fruits that are tapered at
At maturity the fruit bursts
open in thirds. The orange pulp
contains seeds covered with a
bright red skin. Seeds look much
like that of cucumber seed and
will measure about one quarter
inch long. The "Apple" in\Balsam
Apple refers to the bright red pulp
surrounding the seeds, which are
seen when the mature orange
rind splits and exposes the seeds.
The ripe fruits and seeds are toxic.
Most local residents that discov-
er Balsam apple vines invading
their fences and crawling though
the landscape want to know how
to get rid of this invader. There are
no magic herbicides that can be
used to selectively kill this plant
without damaging other landscape
The key to managing this weed
is to keep ahead of it. If you regular-
ly observe your landscape, hand
removal of small seedlings before
they take over is the best course of
action. If you see a seedling that
sprouts from a left-behind Balsam
Apple, you will then know what a
young plant looks like, and train
your eye to pick it out from land-
scape or garden plant beds while it
For situations where Balsam
.Apple has got out of hand, the use
of our old standby herbicide
glyphosate can help to kill the vine.
You may know this chemical as
Roundup, a non-selective, systemic
weed killer that kills what ever it
touches. Don't spray it on wild
cucumber vines that are covering
desirable plants. Reading the label
and following all label directions is
not only a good idea when using
this product, it is Federal law!
The weed killer will kill the vine
and the roots, but will not kill the
seed that have already been pro-
duced. To prevent further episodes
of this vine crawling around your
Florida Yard, careful removal of all
the fruit from dead vines before
they split and drop their seed will be
needed. And since it is unlikely that
you will be able to get all the seed,
follow-up management is needed.
By carefully looking for new
seedlings and promptly pulling
them up before they grow flowers,
the chances that Balsam Apple will
be a problem are reduced.
Most consider Balsam Apple to
be a weed, but cultivated relatives
of this plant share its name. Some
used it as an ornamental vine or
savor its fruit as a vegetable. In the
landscape, the larger fruited Bitter
melon can be used as an ornamen-
tal plant. It has larger more deeply
lobed leaves. With the small, yel-
low flowers it can look striking as it
cascades over a retaining wall or
Our local balsam apple could be
used in a similar fashion, but care
should be given to prevent it from
escaping and becoming a weed.
I've placed more information on
our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information on
balsam apple, please email us at
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at (863) 763-6469. Local residents
can stop by our office at 458 Hwy
98 North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from I until 5 p.m. on
Glades County Roundup
Moore Haven flea market will
re-open and will offer free
spaces to sell your stuff. For
more information, call (863)
227-6173 or (863) 946-0037 ask
Sugar Dolls will
have summer classes
The Clewiston Sugar Dolls
will be having summer classes,
starting June 8, with classes held
at Central Elementary every
Wednesday. Beginner ages are
from ages 4 to 12, class is at 3
p.m., ages 13 and up, class is at 4
Sugar Dolls' classes consist of
baton twirling, dance pom-
poms, and new this year flag and
flag corp, color guard, you may
take one class or all classes.
Classes are $25 per month. Reg-
istration fee is $12, which
includes your insurance. For
more information, please call
Judy at (863) 677-0025.
The First Baptist Church of
Moore Haven will feature "The
Rambling Road Trip" Vacation
Bible School. It will be an exciting
adventure across ihe United
States. The fun begins June 6-10,
Monday-Friday, from 6 p.m. till 9
p.m. Ages three years through
sixth grade are welcome to attend.
host gala night
The Hendry County Democ-
ratic Executive Committee here-
by announces our
Jefferson/Jackson Gala on Fri-
day, June 10. Social Time is 6:30
p.m. and dinner is catered by
Gator Hammock Catering at 7
p.m. The Keynote Speaker is
Senator Dave Aronberg and
there will be raffle drawings
along with the buffet dinner.
This Gala will be held at the
LaBelle Civic Center behind the
LaBelle City Hall Building on
Highway 80 West. For further
-information or tickets please call
983-2960 or 675-6131.
The Glades County Economic
Development Council normally
meets the first Monday of the
month at 6:15 p.m. in the confer-
ence room at Glades Electric
Cooperative. The June meeting
has been rescheduled for Mon-
day, June 13 at 6:15 p.m. If you
are not a member, please con-
tact the EDC about joining. If you
are a member, please plan to
attend the meetings. As the Main
-!Street enllrrt, and 6ther initiatives
rroe I:i\ar,:. we will need a
host of kn.-. I-_,.lgeal:ile volun-
teers to serve on various com-
mittees and we encourage your
Children's Network of South-
west Florida, the community
based care division of Camelot
Community Care, Inc. is holding
an orientation on "How to
become a Foster Parent/Adop-
tive Parent" on Tuesday, June 21
at the Department of Children
and Families, 485 East Cowboy
Way, LaBelle at 6 p.m.
Camelot Community Care,
Inc. serves as the lead agency to
transition child welfare services
to the private sector in Collier,
Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and
Glades Counties. Camelot Com-
munity Care, Inc. has'partnered
with Family Preservation Ser-
vices, Lutheran Services of Flori-
da, Ruth Cooper Center for
Behavioral Health Care and the
Florida Baptist Children's Home
to recruit more foster families in
our five county regions. For
those interested in becoming a
foster/adoptive family, please
call (800) 89 FAMILY.
Flea Market will
be open, June 24
The next Trash to Treasures
indoor Flea Market will be held
June 24 from 8 a.m. until 2'p.m.
at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center,
475 E. Cowboy Way, in Labelle.
For more information or to
make a donation call Barbara at
(863) 675-1446. All proceeds to
benefit the Faith in Action in
LaBelle program. Come in out
of the heat and soak up some
The Glades County School
District 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 register the night of the
classes. If you have any ques-
tions you may call Scott Bass at
(863) 946-0202 ext. 13.
Faith in Action
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 675-1446 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
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.
Hendry County Health
Department Heart to Heart Pro-
gram and Senior Connections
are offering an eight-week Dia-
betes Class at 2 p.m., each
Wednesday at the Nobles Senior
Center. Classes include the dia-
betic diet, understanding carb
counting, eye and foot care, and
the ABC's of diabetes (the A1C
test, Blood Pressure, and Choles-
terol.) All diabetics, long term or
newly diagnosed, are welcome.
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
Program needs volunteers to
represent the best interests of
abused, abandoned and neglect-
ed children before the court,
social service agencies and the
community. No special educa-
tional degree is required.
Guardians need to be someone
with common sense, .good judg-
ment 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.
now hosts bingo
Moore Haven American
Legion Post 299 is now having
bingo, Saturday nights at 6 p.m.
Hamburgers, drinks and dessert
will be provided at a minimal
Moore Haven High School is
in need of a volunteer who can
speak Chinese. Please contact
the school at 946-0811.
The Hendry and Glades
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Council's mission is to increase
community awareness about
domestic and sexual violence
and victim safety by providing
services, referrals and education
relating to the affects of domes-
tic/sexual violence in our com-
munity. The meetings rotate
between LaBelle, Clewiston and
Moore Haven. To get involved in
the council or for information
about meeting dates and times,
please call Abuse Council and
Treatment, Inc.'s Rural Exten-
sion (REACT): (863) 674-1811
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with
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2005 Okeechobee High School Graduation
Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Abigail Loredo (left) receives congratulations from her friend
Sabrina Grimes (right) prior to graduation from Okeechobee
High School Thursday evening.
Courtney Adler (left) receives a good luck hug from friend Jeff Krnotch (left) and his proud mom wait for commence-
Andrew Dasher (right) prior to Thursday evening's gradua- ment exercises to begin at Thursday night's graduation from
tion at Okeechobee High School. Okeechobee High School.
Football coach Tod Dresser (left) gives his congratulations to Wilner Brifil, Jr. (second from
left), his father Wilner Brifil, Sr. (third from left), and sister Tequesta Brifil (right) while wait-
ing for the graduation ceremonies to begin Thursday evening at Okeechobee High School.
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The Gonzalez family was in full attendance Thursday night to celebrate the graduation of
Juan Gonzalez. They are: (left to right) Girselda Gonzalez-aunt, Jose Gonzalez-father, Juan
Gonzalez, Florinda Gonzalez-mother and Reina Gonzalez, aunt.
Shannon Keller (left) and
moment prior to Thursday
chobee High School.
Holley Garrett (right) share a
night's graduation from Okee-
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2005 spend final moments as high school students prior to
graduation Thursday evening. They are (left to right) George
McMillan, Donovan Comfort and John Wilbur.
Brahman wrestler Peritz Samuels (left) joins his friend Mar-
shall Lasitter (right) prior to Thursday evening's graduation
at Okeechobee High School. Both will attend Indian River
Community College in the fall.
Brahman grappler Tommy Landgren prepares to say good-
bye to Okeechobee High School Thursday night prior to
graduation festivities. Landgren will be leaving for the
Marines early this summer.
Susan Budovsky received roses from her mother prior to
graduation Thursday evening. Ms. Budovsky received
awards for being in the top 15 of her class, a member of the
Beta Club, four years of band, the Citizenship Award, the
National Honor Society Award, four year math award and the
Andrew Hall is all smiles Thursday evening as he prepares to
graduate from Okeechobee High School.
Martha's House plans training session
Martha's House will offer eight hours of training on June 22, in the
South Florida Water Management Auditorium, located in the Bank of
America building, 205 North Parrott Ave., from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The cost for the training is $10. Certificates will be given. For informa-
tion, contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Airboat group will meet
The June meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association
will be held Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Square
Restaurant. 301 W. South Park St. Major agenda items include voting
on charitable contributions, planning for the 2006 jamboree and
approval of revised bylaws. Prizes will be given away, and visitors are
welcome. For information, call (863) 763-6069.
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 next meeting will be Thursday, June 23, to dis-
cuss "Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have ques-
tions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-
Red Cross offers babysitting course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch is offering a
babysitter's training course on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. This is a great course for any young person wanting to baby sit
during the summer. Infant/child CPR and FA basics are covered in
this course. The cost is $25. If your child is interested in taking the
course, call the office at (863) 763-2488.
Guardian ad Litem training offered
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. This meeting
will be June 27-30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the South
County Annex, St. Lucie West Courthouse, 250 N.W Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, on the second floor meeting. For information,
call (772) 785-5804.
Lake Denton offering summer camps
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is offering summer camps to be
held July 2-5, July 6-8 and July 9-12. We also have dates available
year-round for camp rental for your church, family reunion or group.
For information, call Pam at (863) 453-3627 or (863) 634-9280. Their
website is lakedentoncamp.org.
Application available for ESE scholarships
The Okeechobee County School Board Exceptional Student Edu-
cation Department has sent out letters to parents of ESE students that
may be eligible for John McKay scholarships. An eligible student is a
child that has an active IEP, and was enrolled in public school in
Okeechobee during both the October and February child counts.
The scholarship can be used to attend a private school that accepts
the students, or students may attend another public school that has a
similar program. There is an application process that can be
accessed through the internet at www.fldoe.org. For information,
call Cathleen Blair, ESE director, at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255. The
deadline for applications is July 3.
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored
by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is sched-
uled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds
from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for community
projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods
and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center,
scholarships and donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor
applications are now being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608
Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or
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Slate for tennis
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and high school coach,
is offering five weeks of recre-
ational tennis lessons at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex.
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 6, and ending on Friday,
July 8. Classes are determined by
the grade in which the student
will be enrolled in the fall.
Each student will have three
lessons a week for five weeks.
The cost will be $40. Private les-
sons are available during the sum-
mer for $90 for six, one-hour ses-
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)
Registration for swimming les-
sons will be held June 7-10 from 8
a.m. until 6 r.m.
Lessons are $25 and will be on
a first-come, first-served basis.
For information, contact the
pool office at the Sports Complex
401 S.W. 2nd St.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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Fax: (863) 357-5980
Junior golf clinic
will be June 13-17
Waldau's junior golf clinic,
hosted by Waldau's Junior Golf,
Inc. and the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club, will be held
June 13-17 from 8 a.m. until
noon each day.
The clinic is open for junior
golfers between the ages of 7-12
only. Adam White, head golf
instructor, Bubba Mullins and
Jim Waldau will head up the
clinic; which will include golf
instruction, practice and golf
games. There will be a tourna-
ment competition on the final
The clinic is limited to the
first 20 junior golfers. "Beginner
to intermediate players will be
taught all aspects of the game,
including rules of golf and golf
etiquette. The clinic will also
provide education literature,
shirts and prizes.
Contact Adam White at (863)
763-6228 or Bridgette Waldau
(863) 467-7300 for information,
price and clinic application
forms. Or, visit their website at
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will benefit CIS
Communities In School (CIS)
and the Police Athletic League
(PAL) are hosting their sixth
annual golf tournament on Sat-
urday, June 18, at the Okee-
chobee Golf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-
Entry fees are $45 per person,
or $180 per team. Sponsorships
are available. The cost of a hole
sponsorship is $150; a tee spon-
sorship is $75; and, a team spon-
sorship is $180.
There will also be chicken
and rib barbecue dinners.
Prizes will be given to the
first, ninth and next-to-last place
All proceeds will help fund
CIS projects: Mentoring Charac-
ter Counts and Youth Center.
For information, call CIS at
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The Okeechobee High School
volleyball team will host a sum-
mer volleyball camp for girls in
grades four through eight.
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The camp runs from 9 a.m.
until noon, June 20, 21, 23 and
24 at Osceola Middle School.
The cost is $45, and includes a
free T-shirt and water bottle.
The camp is for experienced
and beginning level players. Par-
ticipants will be divided by skill
level and will work in groups
with players of similar ability.
Experienced players will be chal-
lenged by a quicker, more
aggressive style of play. Both
groups will be led by experi-
enced coaches and assisted by
varsity level players.
You may pick up an applica-
tin' in the main office of Okee-
chobee High School, or call head
coach George May at (863) 634-
5836 for information.
sign ups planned
Sign-ups for the new Pop
Warner football league and
cheerleading program will take
place on June 25, July 2, 9 and 16
at Teen Town from noon until 4
Parents must provide copies
of the child's birth certificate,
their most recent report card and
a current physical at registration.
The cost of registration will be
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For information contact
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The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
The remaining tournament
dates 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-
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex swimming pool hours
of operation are: May 3 June 1,
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Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7
p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m. The pool is not open during
school hours. When school is in
session the pool is used for phys-
ical education and other school-
related activities. For informa-
tion, contact the pool office at
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on
a tournament team one week-
end a month.
They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on Sun-
day in different cities in the state.
The team is in need of outfield-
ers and infielders.
For information call Harry
Bell at (863) 382-0542.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, June 3,
through Thursday, June 9, are as
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
III" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Madagascar" (PG)
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 "The Longest
Yard" (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.
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-
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary 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 and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results
of these efforts save taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars
every year. For information, call
EYDC is in need
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds 'of private citi-
zens who;'as ,:,oluri-eers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth choir.
Wouldn't you like to make a dif-
ference? If so, please contact Rick
Hargraves at EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library has announced a new
service for those patrons with e-
mail accounts. You can join the
Chapter-A-Day Online Book Club
sponsored by the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library. All
you need to do is visit the library's
web page at www.heart-
lineweb.org/oke and choose the
link to the Online Book Club. Sim-
ply 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
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is an
income limit based on family size.
Call 1-(866) 273-6340 to be placed
on the waiting list.
Church Food Pantry is open
again. We are located at 312 N.
Parrott Ave. in the back parking
lot of the church. Our temporary
gray box is stocked and ready for
anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of oper-
ation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until
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BURIAL PLOTS (2)- In old
section of Evergreen Ceme-
tery. $1100 for both.
BLACK LAB- female, recent
surgery still has stitches, no
collar, vic of Hwy 441 SE
and 15B. (863)467-0501.
CD CASE- black, with CD's,
found on Wolff Rd. Call
(863)763-3134 to claim.
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Step-by-step directions and
basic construction techniques
make it simple. The project
measures 51 in. long by 28
in. deep by 65 in. tail.
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FOUND: Red Nosed Pit Bull
Puppy, female. Call to identi-
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Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
BLACK LONG HAIR RETRIEV-
ER- "Abby", lost in Platts
Bluff on 5/31.
Black/white, Missing since
May 14th, vic of Hwy 98 &
Civic Ctr. Family Pet, Please
call if found. REWARD
Lost: fancy cane, left in cart
at Walmart. REWARD!
LOST PEACOCKS (3), brown
females, Mosquito Creek
area. (863)467-1558 or
Lost: wallet, vic. of Wal-
mart/Dalry Queen, REWARDI
PEKINGESE DOG, Female,
White w/maroon & hunter
green collar. Lost in vic. of Ea-
gle Bay Drive. (863)697-1390
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
ADULT CATS 1 Blue Russian
female w/ 7 toes, 1 blk Tom,
good mouser, both free to
good home. (863)763-8892
CURR/BULL DOG MIX- Male,
lyr old. Free To Good Home
KITTENS, Bottle Fed. Cute!!
Free to good home.
Lots of free dogs, to good
homes only, all types.
REFRIGERATOR, Whirlpool, 3
door, works great, You Haul
Shop here first
The classified ads
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME.
EVERYDAY GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL
!! ALL TRADES NEEDED !!
Daily work Daily pay
Report to Labor Finders 6am
105 SW3rd Ave.
BLUE BELL ICE CREAM
Has opening for route sales
in the Okeechobee and
Route experience is a plus
but not necessary.
Competitive wages with
Call 407-323-7373 orfax
resume to 407-330-5252
CARPENTER LEAD MAN
Experience a Must
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
for more information
Have you been thinking about becoming an owner of a nation-
al chain restaurant, but didn't know how to go about it? Al-
most all current Domino's Pizza Franchisees started with the
company as Assistant Managers or Drivers, and progressed
to General Managers before becoming owners: For more in-
formation orto arrange an interview, Call 941-769-1769.
The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience,
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Generous time off program
The Daily Okecchobee News Is An Equal Opportilih Emjployer
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
Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
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
A/C SERV. TECH/INSTALLER
w/min. 3 yrs exp.
Dependable, clean DL, Good
pay, Company Truck,
Benefits, 401K, DFW
Okeechobee A/C 763-8391
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
Dairy Knowledge preferred,
Salary and Benefits, Call
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
Truck driver needed Class B
CDL license & clean
driving record required.
DRIVERS W/CLASS D CDL
Needed to mow on 90HP John
Deere on canals in the Okee-
chobee & Ft. Pierce areas.
Good Pay & Benefits. For
more information Call
Jeremiah Coscia @
Needed to teach landscaping
in Glades Highlands
& Okeechobee Co.
$9-$12/HR, 40 H/W
HELP WANTED: Local Hwy
Const. Project. Hiring Labor-
ers, Flaggers & Heavy Equip
Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have driver's license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.
Manager wanted to manage
senior mobile home park &
RV park. Call Mr. Kelbie at
M-F, 7 am-3:30pm
Excellent Pay, full benefit
package; vacation time,
health, dental, optical and
401 K. Fax Resume to
RV Parts Counter Clerk need-
ed, automotive parts exp.
helpful, must be dependable,
Travel Easy RV, 4375 Hwy
441 South, 863-467-0131
ask for Chris
We are now accepting
applications for Cashier, Fuel
Attendant and Wrecker Driver
positions. Training will be
provided for responsible
people. We offer good pay,
rewarding work, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
bonus. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184 Fl. Turnpike.
WANTED CASHIERS &
Apply in person only. Proper
attire necessary. Immed.
openings. Okee. Discount
Drugs 203 SW Park St.
GET INVOLVED IN
Bartender & Cook
HELP WANTED: Finish
Carpenter/Handy Man to do
punch out on new
construction & Painting. Exc.
position for a Retiree.
Retired? Interested in a part
time job? Locktenders
needed in Okeechobee,
Bucket Ridge & Lake Port
areas. Call (863)634-8349
Monday Friday 9am-4pm
Experience a MUST. Drop off
resume at 105 SW 3rd Ave
BABYSITTING 24/7- nights,
weekends, holidays, call
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most successful sales-
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Antique, Mahogany. Circa late
1800. Beautiful condition.
$500 neg. (863)467-6805
SOFA, CHAIR, ROCKER- wal-
nut and cane, $350.
Victorian Games Compendi-
um: Cards, Chess, Backganm-
mon, Horse Racing, etc. Rules
book. $1500 (863)532-9013
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DRYER- apartment size,
works nice, $100.
REFRIGERATOR- 19 cu. ft.,
Frostfree, asking $75.
STOVE, Electric, Stainless
Steel. $50. (863)697-6464
SCHWINN, 1955- Original
Buligs &- I
The Okeechobee News
is seeking a full time
Outside Sales Consultant.
The right applicant will:
Be service oriented
Be highly motivated
Be a self-managed individual
Be well organized
Preferably have previous sales experience
Be a good team player
Be able to handle pressure
Have computer -I il -
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
GARAGE DOOR- 16x8, good
SLIDING PATIO DOORS (2)
4'x7', tinted glass, $100 for
STEEL BUILDING- 30'x40'
Heritage Bought it, Now it's
not needed $6000
VINYL SIDING- 1 full box,
covers 200 sq ft, color is
Sunny Maize, $100 or best
COOLER 6x8 walk in cooler
w/floor, good for drinks,
produce or hunters game
REACH IN COOLER
3 door, good for drinks or
produce $800 (239)657-3316
Area Rug, 5x7, Safari Palm,
exc. cond., $50.
BABY CRIB Oak color, grows
w/ child into youth bed $75
ROSENTHAL- 8pl setting,
Made in Germany, wheat de-
sign, gold trim, 50 yrs old,
never used $400
BASEBALL CARDS- Approx.
3000. Few NBA & Football.
95% is Major League. $250.
or best offer (863)634-6565
RARE STAMPS-Legends of
the West error & corrected
sheets in original collectors
cover $199 (863)532-9013
78's & 33's $100 for all or will
COMPAQ- '2000, HP 825
printer, access. $200. Great
SCANNER- Colorado Primax
600p, brand new with cable.
CERAMIC MOLDS (50)
Assorted styles in good
shape, $50 for all or will
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
MAURO HORSE SHOEING
Shoes = $70
STrim .= $25
TIRED OF WAITING??
Want to save money?
Get your own permit
Be Your Own Boss,
NO money down
& interior repairs
Call BOB Now!!
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you,
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens K Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 8 Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
New, 21k BTU, needs 220
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
BAKERS RACK, Wrought Iron,
Antique Blue. $75
BED, King Size, Complete.
BR SUITE- head/foot board,
dbl. dresser, armoire, 2 nite
CHINA CABINET, Beautiful,
Lighted. 57W x 78H x 17D.
COMPUTER DESK- large,
gray, must see, will deliver
locally, $60. 983-0950 Cle-
DAYBED- Cherry Sleigh bed
style, $300 or best offer.
DESK, Wooden. Great for
DINETTE SET, 4 chairs on
caster wheels. $50
Dining Room Set, 7 pc., like
new, $2500 or best offer.
DR SUITE- glasstop table, 6
chairs, lighted China cabinet,
Loveseat, 6mos old, $250
will sep. (863)357-0916.
6' long, light oak color, $75
MATTRESS- California King
size, good condition, paid
$800 asking $100
QUEEN SIZE BED- mattress &
boxspring, frame & cream
colored wood headboard
$150 (863)674-0405 or
SLEEPER SOFA- Overstuffed
blue w/ floral print, Gently
used, Clean & comfortable,
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. No headboard
WICKER SOFA- Coffee table &
chair. Good quality furniture.
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Lincoln Town-
car, Good cond. Lights & ra-
dio $1600. Or best offer.
763-4149 or 561-758-4337
Semi automatic, .380
ELECTRIC SCOOTER- $1400.
Call after 5pm
i i8oo4io-9u8z or
(8 3)441-4722 |
ELECTRICAL BOX, Square D,
8 circuit, w/2 single & 2
double circuit breakers, $50.
FAN- Floor model, 20" Hamp-
ton Bay, w/remote, $20.
HAND PUMP- $80, water w/o
electric, complete w/steel fit-
ting & brass valves to install.
w/ blank keys, priced rea-
sonably at $400
PVC FENCE- 49 sections,
posts, caps and gates,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
84" Toro Turfmaster Diesel w/
hyd mower lift and hydrostatic
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds.
ROUND BALES OF HAY
QUARTER MARE- 9yrs old
Gentle, $900 (863)675-3032
12yrs old, 14 hds, retired from
playing polo, perfect for old-
er child $400(863)467-0247
lf and services.
PIANO, Gul Bransen, real ivory
keys, perfect tuning, $600 or
best offer (863)467-6693 or
AMERICAN BULL DOG- Ap-
prox 2 yr, Neutered Male,
Good w/children. House
broke. $250. 863-634-6565.
BOAR- Poland China, pure
breed, 15 months old, about
CHIHUAHUA, Male, 5 months
old. All shots & wormed. CKC
papers. $250 (863)763-2749
(863)610-9812 Iv. message.
CUTE KITTENS- Some 7 toed,
Free To Good Home.
DOG HOUSES- for medium to
large dogs. 2 for $30.
EXOTIC FAINTING GOAT-
$1 50. Call evenings,
GERMAN SHEPHEPHERD PUPS-
AKC reg., 5-males, Ready
June 9th $400. Cash only.
GUINEA PIG / RABBIT CAGE,
Like new wall accessories.
PITT BULL PUPPIES- ADDA
registered, 4 males, 1 fe-
male, $300 each,
SPICE FINCHES 2 PAIR
W/furnished breeding cage
New in box never been used
pd $80 sell for $50
(863)675-4361 after 5pm
Table top, portable
BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
BOWLING BALL- Men's, Black
Columbia 300, 161bs, Good
condition. Black bag. $30.
SPEAKER- 10" in a box, 300
amp. $150. Or best offer.
SPEAKER- Planet Audio, 10"
in a box. 2 Air horns. $100.
Or best offer.
McCullach, new in box,
never used $110
GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
batt. charger, like new cond.
GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box,
wheel kit included. $600.
GENERATOR: Small. $500 or
best offer. (863)357-3388
TOOLBOX, very 1g. Maximizer,
top, bottom & side cabinet,
as is including tools, $5000.
Scooter, $500. Or best of-
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 311
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 9.55
FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
HOUSE FOR RENT 2 BR 1 ba,
by Kissimmee River, $500
mo. 1st mo & sec to move
in. No Dogs (561)746-5852
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opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:
SO CALL TODAY!
Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
ROOMMATES WANTED: MaN
or Female, No children, Pets
neg. $450 mo. + util.
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classifieds
soaes you money by
about best buys.
No wonder newspaper
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' 1 .
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
6ft offset, heavy duty
FLAG POLE- 20', 4 sections
Beautiful condition. $60.
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
6 spd, 12.5HP, 38" deck,
RIDING MOWER- John Deere
180 & Husky mower. $600.
ea. (863)763-4149 or
RIMS (2) 12-20", Off of Front
of Massey Ferguson 253 4x4.
$300 for both. (863)674-5744
TRACTOR TIRES: 2 Titan R1
AG Tread, High traction, lug
size 14.9-28. $600 for the
Custom built, 16" seat, used
less than 25 times $600
SADDLE- McCellan Repro-
duction, almost new cond.,
w/bridle & blanket, asking
T AT O service to our customers
1N V 0 everyday.
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
ispecial Notice 0155 1
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 10'20
houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1l03
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1010
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Properly Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
FT DRUM-5 acres next to In-
dian Hammock. Asking
$120K, $35K down. Tom
Davis (561)655-5812 Tide.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010I
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR, 2 BA
Available June 1st Dec. 31st.
Must qualify. $1000 mo.
1st, Last & Deposit Required.
Includes: Lawn, Water & Elec.
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 301
Marine Accessories 3?20
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
14'V HULL BOAT
Aluminum; w/ trailer. $350
W/trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1000
AIR BOAT 125 LYCOMING'05
Brand new prop but needs
(863)634-8023 ask for John
AIR BOAT- Aluminum, 15ft,
small block Chevy, good
prop, runs good, trailer.
FIBERGLASS BOAT-17 Ft.
Includes trailer & canopy to
cover boat. No motor.
12 The Okeechobee News, Monday, June 6, 2005
BASS BOAT- 18' Fiberglass,
with custom hauler trailer.
115 HP Mercury motor. New
seat, pumps, trolling motor.
$3500 Neg. Call
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $250.
GHEENOE 16.5 FT, '91- w/'91
40 HP Johnson, trolling mo-
tor, trlr, very fast, local boat,
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
MON-ARK 17 Ft. Includes
trailer & canopy to cover
boat. 1st $800 takes it.
HUNTING CAMPER- 28' pull
behind. $1200. Or best offer
TERRY FLEETWOOD-'81, 30',
sleeps 6, Fair condition
$1800. 772-287-3602 or
YAMAHA WAVE RAIDER '96,
1100 CC w/trailer. $2500
BOAT TRAILER, Galvanized
Steel, for 21-24' boat w/tan-
dem surge brakes, wash out &
spare. $550 863)824-0459
MOTOR, Motor Guide: Trol-
ling, 12 volt, 47 lb. thrust.
Like new. $150
TRAILER For airboat 14'
oo 00d condition, new tires
600 or best offer
(863)634-8960 after 5pm
HONDA BIG RED 200 1983,
HONDA GOLD WING INTER-
STATE- mint condition,
5750 miles, $2500
HONDA GOLDWING '83
33K Excellent condition.
HONDA SHADOW V4- 33K
miles, 500 CC, $1200 or
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Good condition, a/c,
runs good. $450.
(772)460-6488 after 6 pm
CLASSIC CHEVY CHEVETTE-
'79, 4 CYL, Runs good with
little gas. $500.
(863)675-2598 Lv msg
EL CAMINO- '83, white, Runs
good. Many new parts. New
Tires & CD player $1500.
JEEP CHEROKEE- '88, Needs
work, $500. or ,make an of-
f e r
OLDS CUTLASS SUPREME
1991 Runs good, 128k mi,
asking $1000 or best offer
PONTIAC FIREBIRD-'95, Red,
Cold A/C, T-Tops, Runs
great! 110K, $3800.
SATURN WAGON 1993, 4
cyl., Auto., PW, A/C, Looks
& Runs,great, $1500 or best
TOYOTA TERCEL '89, $200.
or best offer.
OLDSMOBILE TORONADO '85
Totally rebuilt, new tires, low
miles. Runs great! $6500 or
good offer. (863)824-0884
CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $1500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after 6
FORD BRONCO, '87 runs,
needs some work, $2500 or
trade for boat or 4 wheeler.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
CLUB CAR GOLF CART-
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Chevy 6 lug 22 in. KMC Venon
rims, with Toyo 305/40R22
tires, $1800. 863-634-3304
HITCH RECEIVER- Class 3,
draw tite, for full size Ford.
RIMS & TIRES- see at Play-
time Car Audio. Oakkar
Blades, 22x9 i/2, brand new,
$2400 neg. (863)357-6000.
RIMS- 22", Spinner wire
wheels. $2000. or best offer
SIDE TOOL BOX
2 doors, w/ keys, like new
TIRES, 2 New BFGoodwrench,
R1 AG Tread, Power Radial -
80. Size 11.2R-20. $400 for
CHEVY SHORT BED 1988,
Tagged. Racing motor.
Clean. Must see! $2500.
FORD BRONCO '86
Full size, 4x4 $600 ask for
FORD EXPLORER, '97- 4x4,
runs great, S4500.
TRAILER- Heavy duty, tires in
good condition. Side rail
FORD HANOI CAPPED 1993,
Fully equipped. After 8pm
call (863)357-3534 $3800.
DODGE CARAVAN- A/C, Pow-
er steering, AM/FM, 96K,
Runs good. $2500.
GMC SAFARI '99
7 passenger van, good condi-
tion, nice family vehicle
MERCURY VILLAGER GS-
Minvan '98, 7 pass. 68K,
A/C, Auto, All Power, Exc
cond. $6300 863-467-0031
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2002-CP-132
IN RE: ESTATE OF
GAIL A. GILLIS,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Ancillary Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSON HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ES-
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Ancillary Summary Administration has
been entered in the Estate of GAIL A.
GILLIS, Deceased, File Number 2005-
CP-0132, by the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Room 101, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972; that the dece-
dents date of death was January 10,
2005; that the total value of the estate
is $5,500.00; and that the names and
addresses of those to whom it has
been assigned by such order are:
ALLEN R. 0ILLS, 112 E. Richmond
Street, Westmont, IL 60559
GLENN L. GILLIS, 5555 Clarendon Hills
Road, Apt. 103, Clarendon Hills, IL
CARL R. GILLIS, 505 mineral Spring
Drive, McHenry, IL 60051
PATRICIA M. MUELLER, 748 Silk Oak
Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent oth-
er than those for whom provision for
full payment was made in the Order of
Summary Administration must file
their claims within this court WITHIN
THE.rIME PROVIDED BYLAW.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER AP-
PLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO' (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is June 6,2005.
Person Giving Notice:
Allen R. Gillis
112 E. Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60550
Attorneys for Person Giving Notice:
CONELY & CONELY, PA.
RO. Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flodda 34972
By:TomW. Conely, 111
Florida Bar No. 096482
60491 ON 6/6,13/05
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2004-CA-307
DEWEY A. LIGHTSEY and RUTH M.
LIGHTSEY, his wife,
GREGORY G. GUAY and BILLIE SUE
BRASHEAR GUAY, his wile,
NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to
the final decrees of foreclosure en-
tered in the above entitled cause in the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, I will sell the property situate
in Okeechobee County, Florida, de-
scribed as follows:
Lots 93 and 94, TREASURE ISLAND
UNIT NO. 2, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, page
39, public records of Okeechobee
,r, Fi.:.,, ,,, i..iin. m ore par-
0 1, .1. h.0-h 1 h.,11..
BEGIN at the Southeast corner of said
Lot 94; thence bear South 58 deg.
17'57" West, along the South boun-
dary line of said Lot 94, for a distance
of 16.99 feet to a point; thence bear
South 89 deg. 58'17" West for a dis-
tance of 83.05 feet to the intersection
with the West boundary line of said
Lot 94; thence bear North 00 deg.
09'29" East, along said West boun-.
dary line for a distance of 90,00 feet
to a point; thence bear North 89 deg.
58'25" East, along a line of North of
and parallel with the North boundary
line of said Lot 94, for a distance of
110.09 feel to the intersection with the
West right-of-way line of Southeast
38th Avenue, being also the East
boundary line of said Lot 93; thence
bear South 00 deg. 29'48" West,
along said West right-of-way line, and
along said East boundary line for a
distance of 15.10 feet to the South-
east corner of said Lot 93, being also
the Northeast corner of said Lot 94,
and being also the point-of-curvature
of a curve concave to the Southeast
and having for Its elements a radius of
50,00 feet and a central angle of 84
dog. 26'06"; thence along said curve,
along the East boundary line of said
Lot 94, and continuing along said
West right-of-way line, for an arc
length of 73.68 feet to the POINT OF
The above described property will be
sold at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder for cash, on the front
steps of the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida, at
1!:00 O'clock A.M. on the 15th day
of June, 2005.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ Beatrice Rodriguez
59003 ON 5/30;6/6/05'
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2005-CA-127
REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.
KEVIN M. BITTER, IF LIVING, AND IF
DEAD, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, AS-
SIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS,
TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHER PARTIES
CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST KE-
VIN M. BITTER; DEBORAH F BITTER,
IF LIVING, AND IF DEAD, THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST DEBORAH F BITTER; FOUR
SEASONS HOME OWNERS ASSOCIA-
TION, INC,; UNKNOWN TENANT
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: DEBORAH F. BITTER
Last known address:
104 NORTHEAST 70th,
. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming
interest by, through, under or against
DEBORAH F. BITTER, rnd .11 pir-
hiaving or claiming to I s ., ,,,h
title or interest in the properly de-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on thlie fol-
lowing described property:
TRACT 16F, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES,
UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
AS FOLLOW: COMMENCING AT THE
1/4 SECTION CORNER ON THE WEST
BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 17,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, THENCE RUN S 89 24' 08" E
ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE
OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17
FOR A DISTANCE OF 1905.30 FEET
TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF FOUR SEASONS DRIVE,
THENCE RUN S 0'05' 07" W PARAL-
LEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SAID SECTION 1 FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 2138.00 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN
S 0 05'07" W A DISTANCE OF 220
FEET, THENCE RUN N 89 24'08" W A'
DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET TO THE
EAST BOUNDARY OF FOUR SEASONS
RIVE THENCE RUN N 0 05'07" E A
DISTANCE OF 220 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING, LYING IN AND
COMPRISING A PART OF THE S 1/2
SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Dinna
Kawass, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose
address is 951 N.E. 167th Street,
Suite 204, North Miami Beach, FL
33162 either on or before June 29,
and file the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plain-
tiff's attorney or immediately thereaf-
I, I .' ,,h.I l 1 ,
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Courtthis 23rd day of May, 2005.
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/ Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
58573 ON 5/30;6/6/05
Little Red Schoolhouse
This is one schoolhouse that children will look for-
ward to attending. It gives the kids a great place to
play and will keep them "in school" all year long.
Painted bright red with white trim and crowned with
its own little belfry, the schoolhouse measures about
four feet square by seven feet tall.
The plan includes step-by-step directions with
photos, full-size traceable patterns for the word
"school" and the plywood bell that hangs in the bel-
fry, an exploded diagram and more.
Little Red Schoolhouse plan (No. 619). .. $9.95
Playhouses & Structures Package (No. C104)
Four projects incl. 619 ... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
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Free Hair Cut Day aids ranch
Eddie Accardi Dodge is sponsoring the second annual Free Hair Cut
Day at Chuck's Barber Shop, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., on Monday, June 6,
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Real Life Children's
Clown class to begin
Another class of Junior Joeys will be held June 6-10 from 9 a.m.
under the auspices of Toby the Clown Foundation. The class will be
taught at the Highland Shrine Club, 2606 S.R. 17 South, in Avon Park.
Junior Joeys are children between the ages of 8 and 15 who want to
learn to become clowns. The foundation is nonprofit. The Optimist
Club of Sebring and Jim's Auto Salvageare sponsors of the program. A
parent or guardian must sign an application form and must accompa-
ny the child to and from classes. Class size is limited and applications
are currently being taken. Applications can be picked-up at the foun-
dation building at 109 W Interlake Blvd. in Lake Placid, or downloaded
from the foundation's web page at www.tobysclownalley.com. For
information or enrollment, call Francis "Choo Choo" Yorio at (863)'
465-2780 or Dennis 'Bobber' Koranda at (863) 382-9560.
Hospital looking for volunteers
Attention students between the ages of 14-17: would you like to
make a difference in the lives of others? Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary
has many opportunities of service for students seeking volunteer
hours during the summer. Volunteer as little as four hours a week or as.
many as 16 hours a week. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts are
available. Contact the lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital for a volunteer
application. The deadline for submitting an application is June 7.
Wildlife center hosts summer camp.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual summer
camp during the month of June. This wildlife education camp is open
to campers ages 8-12.
There will be four separate sessions: June 6-10; June 13-17; June
20-24; and, June 27-July 1. The camp will be open from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. The cost is $100 per camper. Campers will learn about wildlife
and the environment. There will be a day devoted to survival in the
wild. Florida Wildlife Conservation officers Kevin Losee and Searn
Smith will.teach the young campers how to survive in the wilderness.
There will also be daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream
parties, and a field trip to and a pontoon boat ride at River Woods.
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as pos-
sible. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.
Swimming lessons are offered
Registration for swimming lessons will be held June 7-10 from 8
a.m. until.6 p.m. Lessons are $25 and will be on a first-come, first-
served basis. For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-
Coalition Advisory Council meeting slated
The Okeechobee Advisory Council of the Early Learning Coalition
will meet at noon on Friday, June 10, in the conference room of the
Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave. For
information, call (863) 462-5792.
Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual Lin-
coln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, .at the Shrine Club on U.S. 78.
Social time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be Florida State Representative Frank
Attkissoni, District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin steak .served with a
baked potato, green beans and a salad. Tickets are $30 per person. If
you or your business would like to sponsor a table for this event please
call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If available, tickets
may be purchased at the door.
Wal-Mart hosts bubble blowing contest
The Double Bubble Gum national bubble blowing contest will be
held at the Okeechobee Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S, Parrott Ave., on
Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The contest is open to chil-
dren ages 12 and under. From these preliminary contests, five finalists
from across the country will compete in the national finals in August.
These five kids will compete for a grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings
Bond and a $1,000 donation in the winner's honor to Children's Mira-
cle Network. For information, contact Erin LaBarge of the Salmon
Borre Grotip Communications at (847) 295-4235.
Methodist church hosts Bible school
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St., will hold vacation Bible school June 13-17 from 5 until 8:10
p.m. daily. The theme this year is the Circle G Ranch: Ask, Seek, Khock.
Each adventure is filled with, a powerful Bible story and fun crafts,
games and music. There is also an adult Bible study, which will be led
by Reverend Bruce Simpson and Reverend Jim Dawson. A light meal
will be served each day. Registration fee is $5 per child, with a $10
maximum per family. Call the First United Methodist Church office at
(863) 763-4021 for information.
Treasure Island church plans VBS
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., invites all chil-
dren kindergarten through sixth grades to join us at vacation Bible
school June 20-24 from 5 until 8:15 p.m. VBS creates a fun and exciting
safari atmosphere where children will have a great time singing,
watching skits, creative crafts, playing games and getting to know God
through prayer. Along with VBS for the little ones, we will be offering a
parent seminar entitled Making Your Children Mind Without Losing
Yours. For information call (863) 763-0550.
Oakview hosting Bible school,
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host a vacation
Bible school June 20-24, from 6 until 9 p.m. The school will be titled
"Ramblin' Road Trip" a trip across America to learn how'to make
right choices. It will be-for ages 3 through adult. Registration kick-off
will be Saturday, June 18, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. and will include
games, crafts, food, fun and fellowship. For information, call the
church at (863) 763-1699,.
Early Learning Coalition to meet
The monthly business meeting of the Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be held on
Wednesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Ft. Pierce
One Stop. An executive committee meeting will immediately follow.
The One Stop is located just east of IRCC. For information, call (863)
Staff photo/Maria Chandler
Oscar Gallegos and other third graders at North Elemen-
tary School dressed up as fairytale characters last Thurs-
day for Fairytale Showdown. Students were divided into
teams and asked questions about fairytales.