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Okeechobee News

Vol. 97 No. 82 Thursday, March 23, 2006 504 Plus tax


Disabled woman
seeks sponsors
With just a little help from
her friends and neighbors,
Mechele Davis can experi-
ence a dream come true.
She was recently invited
to participate in the National
Wheelchair Games in
Anchorage, Alaska July 3-8,
but has only a little over three
weeks left to gather the need-
ed funds. Flight registration
deadline is April 12.
The reason she is so close
to the wire for the $1,500 to
pay for the flight is she wasn't
invited until two weeks ago,
when most participants from
the region were invited near-
ly a year ago and had a lot
more time to garner financial
backers for the trip.
"I was the last one asked,
number seven in the West
Palm Beach region," Ms.
Davis said, while sitting in
her wheelchair.
Page 2

Students learn
to love books
The Kindergarten classes
at Central Elementary
enjoyed Field Day. We had a
good time hopping in the
sack race and trying to find
their shoes from a big pile for
the shoe relay. They enjoyed
the spoon and egg relay and
the four legged race. We
loved the water balloon toss,
oh what wet fun! Have fun
on Spring Break and we will
see you on March 27.
Page 3
Predicted La Nina
could bring drought
has been a month since
some parts of the Sunshine
State have seen any measur-
able rainfall. And with Flori-
da entering a "LaNina" cycle,
the dry conditions could con-
tinue through the beginning
of the state's raining season
in July. That means an
increased risk of wildfires.
Already this year, hundreds
of acres have been burned
by wildfires in Central and
South Florida.
Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 385
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.76 feet

Lake level ; -
Last Year:
15.38 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)


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Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . . . .10
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ............4
Speak Out ..........4
Sports . . . . . . .6
TV . . . . . . . .11
Weather ...........2.

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Arrests break up theft ring

Detective said d n a bur iesmajority of the items reportedly
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arrests could
clear 28 burglaries

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As many as 28 vehicle burgla-
ries have possibly been solved with
the arrests of three local men and a
16-year-old juvenile by an Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner
said he has been able to recover
$2,500 in property that had been
reported stolen. However,
between the items reportedly
stolen and damage to the vehicles

total dollar amount could top me
$15,000 mark.
Arrested Tuesday, March 21,
were: Esteban Benitez, 18, S.W.
18th Ave., Okeechobee; Ricky
Garza, 18, S.R. 70 W, Okee-
chobee; Eliasar Tinajero, 19, N.W
42nd Ave., Okeechobee; and,
Brock Sherrill, 16, S.W. Connors
Highway, Okeechobee.
Benitez was charged with 27
counts of burglary to a con-
veyance, 16 counts of grand theft
and three counts of felony criminal
mischief. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of$115,000.
Garza and Tinajero were each
charged with 28 counts of burglary
to a conveyance, 16 counts of

Brock Eliasar
Sherrill Tinajero
grand theft and three counts of
felony criminal mischief. Both
were booked into the county jail
under a bond of $ 117,500 each.
Sherrill was also charged with
28 counts of burglary to a con-
veyance, 16 counts of grand theft
and three counts of felony criminal

Traffic enforcement: Operation off to busy start

Oveechone- News, D. Hamilton
Deputy John Ashby of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office stopped this truck on
U.S. 441 N. Wednesday afternoon during Operation Back Off. The special enforcement
operation targets drivers who are following another vehicle too closely, driving aggres-
sively or are speeding.

Operation Back Off under way

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An operation aimed at try-
ing to cut down on the number
of rear-end collisions in Okee-
chobee County got off to a
busy start this week with as
many as 60 motorists being
stopped in one morning.
Operation Back Off began
Tuesday, March 21, with units
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) con-
ducting heightened traffic
enforcement along S.R. 70 E.
and S.R. 710 to the Martin
County line.
The increased enforcement
resumed Wednesday, March
22, afternoon on U.S. 441 N.,
from Eckerd Family Youth
Alternatives to S.R. 68.
Deputies will be working that
portion of the highway from 3
until 6 p.m. The number of

vehicles stopped Wednesday
was not available as of news-
paper deadline.
Operation Back Off will be
moved to different locations in
Okeechobee County through-
out the remainder of the week,
and will be held at different
times of the day.
The special traffic enforce-
ment program is primarily
aimed at those drivers that are
following another vehicle too
In an estimated three hours
Tuesday, it was estimated that
over 50 vehicles were stopped
for following too closely,
aggressive driving or speeding
violations, said OCSO Lieu-
tenant William Markham.
"We're targeting aggressive
driving and those who are fol-
lowing too closely," said Lt.

Operation Back Off will end
Saturday, March 25, said OCSO
Sergeant Gary Bell, supervisor
of OCSO's traffic unit. He went
on to say his unit wrote an esti-
mated 60 citations Tuesday
morning from 7 until 10 a.m.,
and that 50 percent of those
citations were issued to drivers
for following another vehicle
too closely.
"Everyone got a piece of
paper," said Sgt. Bell, "whether
it was a warning or a citation."
Lt. Markham said exact
numbers won't be known until
Operation Back Off has con-
cluded. He estimated that
exact figures will be available
sometime next week.
Sgt. Bell said if his unit
remains consistent, he esti-
mates that over 300 motorists
will be stopped during the



mischief. Because of his age, Sher-
rill was taken to the Juvenile
Detention Facility in Fort Pierce.
"This wasn't necessarily a com-
plicated case," said Detective
Faulkner,"but there were just so
many cases."
According to the detective, the

vehicles and all were random inci-
dents. He said the four individuals
would park their vehicle then walk
through the area "... and slowly
check vehicles to see if they were
"They wore gloves and made
every effort to go undetected," said
the detective. "They would change
their vehicles periodically- some-
times they even changed vehicles
in the same night. There were only
a couple of situations where they
were detected, but they were able
to get out of the area before they
were identified."
Detective Faulkner said he was

See Arrests Page 2

Council tables

action against

property owner

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee City Council
members opted to take ino
action on a recommendation to
begin foreclosure proceedings
on property belonging to Geral-
dine Bertram at 902 N.W. 10th
St. at their meeting Tuesday,
March 21.
The measure will be consid-
ered at the council's April 4
While council members said
they recognized that Ms.
Bertram is a repeat offender of
city code related to trash dump-
ing on streets, at this time they
could not justify foreclosure.
Their decision was largely based
on comments from Councilman
Lowry Markham, who said he

drove past the property and did
not see any trash on the street.
However, he did say he saw
trash in the 800 block of 10th
Street that he believed to be
more of a problem.
"I don't want the code board
to think I'm going against them,
but to foreclose on this duplex
... there has to be a better way,"
sAid Mi Markham.
He added that he couldn't fig-
ure out a problem at the site and
asked for clarification.
Code Enforcement Officer
and City of Okeechobee Fire
Chief Herb Smith said that resi-
dents at the site throw out their
trash on the street because there
are no trash containers avail-

See Council -Page 2

Code board agrees

to reduce $59,675

fine for violations

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Tuesday
night, the Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Board con-
sidered 12 code violations and
reduced one fine.
Of the 12 cases considered,
six were tabled until next
month's meeting.
The properties of Admiral
Dales LLC, BHH Pines LLC,
Blanca Ochoa, Lee and Ethel
Ashe, and Rolland and Tana
Ammons were found to be in
compliance, so those cases
were not heard.

The cases of Kenneth and
Theresa Collins, and Benjamin
and Jane Ferguson were not
heard because of lack of proper
Code Enforcement Officer
Blanca Saucedo stated that a
permit had been acquired and
progress was being made
toward making the repairs nec-
essary to bring Matilda Cortez's
(Juarez) El Mira Sol property
into compliance. The owner
stated the property would be in
compliance in a month.

See Code Page 2

Lamb of God under new leadership

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Despite the recent loss of its
director, Lamb of God Recov-
ery Center, located in a former
motel on S. Parrott Avenue, is
continuing with its faith-based
recovery support service for
men with drug and alcohol
problems and expansion plans
are still on schedule.
The new acting executive
director is John Glenn, who
has had extensive experience
in addiction recovery. He is
also the executive director of
Alpha Ministries, a faith-based
organization that has been
described as a recovery church
with a training mission.
For many years, Mr. Glenn

has worked closely with Lamb
of God serving as an advisor/
For the past three years, he has
served on its board of direc-
Mr. Glenn took his present
office after the arrest of former
Lamb of God executive direc-
tor Michael Lewandowski. On
March 14, Mr. Lewandowski
was arrested in Hobe Sound
on a felony charge of burglary
and misdemeanor charges of
simple battery and domestic
battery. He was held in the
Martin County Jail but has
since been released on bond.
He is no longer connected
with the Lamb of God.
Mr. Glenn also operates
Freedom Ranch, a private
Christian retreat and training

center on U.S. 441 S.E. In addi-
tion, he is involved with Project
Hope, a counseling program
for hurricane victims. Mr.
Glenn was instrumental in the
organization of the Okee-
chobee Substance Abuse
Roger Garrimore has been
named director of the center
and will handle its day-to-day
operations. He was formerly
involved with Project HOPE.
In his position as acting
executive director, Mr. Glenn
not only oversees the Lamb of
God in Okeechobee, but he is
also responsible for the Lamb
of God Recovery Center in
Pompano Beach. The Pom-
See Center Page 2

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The Lamb of God Recovery Center recently had a change in
leadership. Roger Garrimore (left), formerly with Project
HOPE, is the new director of the center. John Glenn (right) is
the acting executive director. Mr. Glenn is also executive direc-
tor of Alpha Ministries, a faith-based recovery organization
and operates Freedom Ranch, a Christian retreat.


2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 23,2006

Disabled woman seeks funds for Wheelchair Games

By Audrey Blackwe
Okeechobee News
With just a little help from her
friends and neighbors, Mechele
Davis can experience a dream
come true.
She was recently invited to par-
ticipate in the National Wheelchair
Games in Anchorage, Alaska July
3-8, but has only a little over three
weeks left to gather the needed
funds. Flight registration deadline is
April 12.
The reason she is so close to the
wire for the $1,500 .to pay for the
flight is she wasn't invited until two
weeks ago, when most partici-
pants from the region were invited
nearly a year ago and had a lot
more time to gamer financial back-
ers for the trip.
"I was the last one asked, num-
ber seven in the West Palm Beach
region," Ms. Davis said, while sit-
ting in her wheelchair.
In addition to the time crunch,
some money had been mailed in
to the program contact and did not
get credited to her account. She
said she doesn't know if it got lost
in the mail or misplaced at the
receiving end, but it helped to put
her behind on needed funds.
Because of the prospect of her
funds being lost, she is now pick-
ing up the donations from those
who will help sponsor her. She said
she will take any amount of help.
Ms. Davis lives on a limited
income from Social Security Dis-
ability, having worked for 20 years
as a licensed vocational nurse. She
has been disabled since 1975 from
an accident by a hit-and-run driver
that resulted in the amputation of
her right leg and half of her left leg.
Doctors reattached the right leg,
but it is not functioning after more
than 30 surgeries, and the implant-

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Mechele Davis, 54, of Okeechobee, says she is thrilled to
have been invited to participate in the National Wheelchair
Games in Anchorage, Alaska July 3-8. However, she must
raise $1,500 for her flight by April 12.

ed metal plates are now obsolete.
After the accident she lost her
car and her home just about
everything she had. But she tries to,
keep a bright outlook.
"Those things are just material-
istic things. Your health and life are
most important. I go to the VA
every week and see people with no
legs or arms, and people with
metal plates in their heads. I didn't
vote for this. I didn't have a choice.
But I've learned to live with it. If
you're given apples, make apple-
sauce," she said.
The National Wheelchair
Games are presented by the
Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of

America (PVA). The 2006 games
are hosted by the AlaskaVA Health-
care System and the Northwest
Chapter of PVA. The firstyear of the
games was 1981 when only 76 par-
ticipated. This year, more than 600
are expected to compete in sport-
ing events such as archery, air
guns, track and field, swimming,
weightlifting, and team sports like
basketball and quad rugby.
Ms. Davis has a sister nearby,
but both of'her parents passed
away a few years ago. She was
born in Piqua, Ohio, near Dayton,
and moved to Okeechobee to be
near her parents 14years ago.
A two-year stint in the U.S. Air
Force during Vietnam helped to

qualify her as a veteran for the
Wheelchair Games, as did her sta-
tus of being amputee, even though
the accident occurred about three
years after she was discharged
from the military. She said that one
must be paralyzed or an amputee,
be in a wheelchair, and pass a
physical to show they are in other-
wise good physical condition to
enter the games.
She is a fighter. She started
working out prior to being invited
to join the games, working on an
exercise bike and lifting weights.
"I have muscles," she said
laughing, angling an arm to show
off growing biceps.
She plans to enter three events
at the games: a 10K hand-crank
wheelchair race, shot put and dis-
cus throwing.
Ms. Davis said she is honored at
having been invited to participate -
the only way to enter the games is
by invitation and she credits her
physical therapist in charge of
amputees at the Veterans Adminis-
tration Hospital in West Palm
Beach with helping push along the
invitation. The VA is so supportive
of her that they are building her a
brand new wheelchair for the race
that fits the size criteria for racing.
Even though she often suffers
with phantom pains and other
body aches, she has a positive out-
look and looks forward to the
games. Her doctor told her to go to
the games and have a good time,
and to take lots of pictures.
"I may not go for the gold, but I
am going to finish the race," she said.
For more information about the
National Wheelchair Games, visit the
web at www.wheelchairgamesan- To donate funds to
sponsor Ms. Davis, please call "Okee-
chobee News" at (863) 763-3134 and
we will putyou in contactwith her.


Continued From Page 1
pano Beach center was started
in the late 1980s and has a
capacity of 40. The director there
is Garrett Muldoon, who has had
extensive experience in recovery
Within two weeks, Mr.
Glenn's responsibilities will
increase with the planned open-
ing of two more recovery cen-
ters. The new center in Fort
Peirce will be run by Reverend
Craig Bridges, pastor for The
Crossing, who has been working
for some time in recovery servic-
For the first time, the Lamb of
God in Stuart will be open to
women. The center, which is the
result of four months planning,
will offer a 28-day program for
women. The director will be
Jonathan Bean, who has worked
with Martha's House in Okee-
chobee for seven years.
Both Mr. Bean and Mr. Garri-
more are on the board of direc-
tors of Alpha Ministries.
Participants in the Lamb of
God program are required to
find employment and pay their
own way.
In addition to working every
day, residents must attend class-
es at night. To address the addic-
tion problem, Lamb of God uses
the Journey to Freedom curricu-
lum that has three phases.
The first phase is orientation
and lasts one month.
Phase Two is called regenera-
tion and focuses on a new identi-

ty based upon biblical concepts.
Phase Three is involved with
relating to others in a healthy
manner. During this phase, plans
are made for a transition back
into the community.
Participants are required to
attend all classes.
Some participants are
referred to Lamb of God by the
judicial system and some are
self-referred. But all have to go
through a screening process.
Mr. Glenn said he seeks those
not just needing recovery, but
also wanting recovery. They
must agree to find a job and
abide by the rules. He is looking
for participants who are commit-
ted to staying with program and
becoming productive citizens
and not just looking for a place
to sleep.
Lamb of God cannot accept
sexual offenders.
Mr. Glenn predicts that those
participants who stay with the
program have a better than 50
percent chance of recovery. His
hope is that those who success-
fully complete the program will
come back and volunteer as
teachers or counselors.
After recent events, Mr. Glenn
said he speht some time with the
participants assuring them their
program was not in jeopardy.
Mr. Glenn said he has every con-
fidence in his present staff and
he believes they are up to the
challenge before them.
The Okeechobee center,
which was started in the mid
1990s, has a capacity for 20 men.
Currently, there are 16 partici-


Continued From Page 1
first assigned the case on March 10.
"And, by March 15 I1 knew who
the players were and I was in a hard
phase of interviewing," he said.
Even though he knew who was
involved, actions by a deputy with
the OCSO road patrol helped him
tie everything together.
Detective Faulkner said he spoke
with a homeowner whose home
had been burglarized and they gave
him the street name of a person
they had seen in the area.
"That street name turned out to
be Sherrill," he said .
Then, sometime later, Deputy
Anthony Kibler conducted a traffic
stop on a car that vas occupied by
Garza, Tinajero and Sherrill, said
Detective Faulkner. During that stop,
the deputy sawan engraved bracelet
on the floor of the vehicle as well as
some gloves. He then photographed
the bracelet and gloves, document-
ed his find and turned all this overto
Detective Faulkner.
The bracelet was allegedly taken
from a vehicle in. the Treasure

Continued From Page 1
able, and the landowner is respon-
sible for providing them.
"We have pictures of trash wait-
ing to be picked up there,' he said.
Mr. Smith said he understands
that Waste Management did not
provide containers because the
landowner has not paid her taxes.
Mr. Markham said that if her
property is on the tax roll, Waste
Management will get paid.
Mr. Smith said that is between
the property owner and Waste
Management to work out. :
Councilman Dowling Watford
speculated that at some time the.
property owner probably did have
containers there, and perhaps
someone took them when they
moved or they went missing for
some other reason.
City Administrator Brian White-
hall weighed in by bringing it to the
council's attention that Ms.
Bertram has accrued over $1,000 in
fines for littering and junk, and the
code board has no other recourse
but to turn it over to the council for
Mr. Smith asked the council if
he finds out what the problem is
on a property, how he is supposed
to enforce it.
"I can't make them get a con-,
tainer," he said.
Mr. Whitehall said the city
would investigate the matter
before the next council meeting
and the council took no further
action on it. The fines will continue
at the property unless code
enforcement finds it to be in com-
pliance and stops the fine. Since
November 2005, Ms. Bertram has
been fined $10 a day.
Another topic that took a great
deal of discussion was a request by
Terry Burroughs, treasurer of
Okeechobee Main Street, to allow
Main Street to coordinate the city's
annual tree lighting ceremony and
Christmas celebration.
A debate ensued when Mr.
Burroughs suggested the tree
lighting ceremony be moved from
City Hall park to the general park
area near downtown stores. Last
year, some store owners kept their
doors open in hopes that people

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Car stereo equipment valued at $2,500 has been recovered
by Detective M.D. Faulkner of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office. The equipment was allegedly taken from different
vehicles by four individuals that were arrested Tuesday.
According to Detective Faulkner, the arrests will likely solve
as many as 28 vehicle burglaries.

Island area.
"I knew I had something then,"
said the detective. "By the sharp
thinking deputy, I was able to trace
the bracelet back to the burglary."
He added that the arrests of the
four individuals were made possi-

would do Christmas shopping
after the children's caroling and
the tree lighting ceremony, but
that was not the case. For the most
part, people did not want to cross
U.S. 441 S. to get to the shops after
the festi% cities, or they wanted to
get their small children home.
A later Main Street holiday event
did not draw a large crowd of
Mayor James Kirk said he
believed the tree lighting ceremony
should stay in the City Hall park,
adding that the city staff works hard
to put on the event. Most council
members agreed.
Councilwoman Lydia Jean
Williams, director of Main Street,
said she sees benefit to moving the
activities closer to the downtown
stores so people can experience
everything downtown and shop
owners may benefit from
increased sales if they keep their
doors open late.
In the end, Mr. Burroughs said
he would take the city council's
comments back to the Main Street
board and they would continue to
work on their ideas.
In other business, the council:
approved the zoning petition
from William Jason Tomlinson to
rezone lots 6-10 and lots 16-20 of
block 66 from holding to residen-
tial multiple family, and they
approved the rezoning petition
from Ben and Laura Sims to rezone
lots 5 and 6 of block 205 from resi-
dential multiple family to commer-
cial professional office;
approved the February war-
rant register totaling $360,013.06;
approved a temporary street
dosing for the Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica for Southwest Third and Fourth
Avenues between North and South
Park Streets for a pinewood derby
on April 22;
denied a street dosing appli-
cation from Resurrection Life
World Outreach Church for a por-
tion of Southwest 18th Street
between Southwest Second and
Third Avenues so they can expand
their playground due to drainage
problems in the area; and,
appointed Jess Manson as
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) board appointee to the City
General Employees' OUA Pension

ble by "the road patrol working
hand-in-hand with detectives."
From what he has been able to
learn through his investigation,
some of the items allegedly stolen
were sold to a middleman, who
then sold them to someone else.

Continued From Page 1
Although the board found the
property to be in noncompliance,
they assessed no fine and voted to
continue the case until April 18.
According to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Saucedo, Roger Perez
had torn down the derelict mobile
home on his property and only a
small amount of debris remained
on the N.W. 11th Drive property.
Mr. Perez said he would be in com-
pliance jn 30 days. The board
found that Mr. Perez's property
was in noncompliance and if it is
not in compliance by April 16, he
could face a fine of $25 a day for
every day of noncompliance.
Most of the derelict mobile
home on the EL Mira Sol property
of Luis Bustos has been removed,
stated Code Enforcement Officer
Saucedo. He was found to be in
noncompliance and given a
month to come into compliance
or face a fine of $25 a day..
Antonio Bustos had removed
the derelict mobile home from his
property but Code Enforcement
Officer Saucedo stated that a
porch and derelict shed still
remained on the El Mira Sol prop-
erty. The property was found to be
in noncompliance and if it is not in
compliance by April 16, the owner
could face a fine of $50 a day.
Code Enforcement Officer Beth
Albert testified that the derelict
mobile home had been removed
from the Playland Park property of
Virginia McClendon but there was
still debris strewn about the prop-
erty. The board gave her until April
16 to finish cleaning up the proper-
ty or face a fine of $50 a day.
Because of trash, debris and
overgrowth on the Playland Park
property of Stacy and Janice
Tyson, the board found the proper-
ty to be in noncompliance and the
owners could be fined $25 a day if
it is not in compliance by April 16.
The case of Isidoro Benitez was
continued until next month's
meeting. Code Enforcement Offi-
cer Gina Gehring said Mr. Benitez
was trying to get financing to tear
down the derelict mobile home on
his Brindaban Park property.
In a case that has been pending

"This particular group of young
men knew they could sell it," said
Detective Faulkner. "They knew how
to turn it. In one case they sold a
stereo system to a guy for $100, and
he then sold it for $200. Then some-
times, at the end of the night, they
would just divvyup the property."
The detective estimated that 50
percent of the items allegedly stolen
were sold to a middleman.
'And 50 percent of the property
they kept," he added.
He went on to say that some of
the proceeds, from the alleged thefts
went for drugs, while some went
"for their own entertainment."
What isn't entertaining to Detec-
tive Faulkner, however, is that the
burglaries could have been avoided.
'"The bottom line,is, lock your
dang car," said Detective Faulkner.
'"And don't leave any valuable prop-
erty in your car when it isn't
attached. Don't leave your $200
purse in the car with $2 in it because
thieves will take the purse and
moneythen throwaway the purse."
Detective Faulkner said even
though he has four people in cus-
tody, his investigation is continuing.

for some time, Code Enforcement
Officer Albert stated that Eddie
James Neal has been making
progress toward bringing his Dou-
glas Park property up to code, so
the case was continued until April
In light of the fact that Billy Ray
and Carmen Seals had obtained a
demolition permit for a derelict
structure on their N.W. 36th Street
property and other violations had
been brought into compliance, the
case was continued until May 16.
The board imposed a $25-a-day
fine on the Okeechobee Little
Farms property of Patrick and Car-
men Williams because of outdoor
Dewey Lightsey told the board
that in 30 days his S.W.28th Street
property would be in compliance.
Therefore, they continued the case
untilApril 18.
Code Enforcement Officer
Albert stated that the N.E. 55th
Avenue property of Joel Simmons
was 75 percent in compliance and
asked that the board table action.
The board decided to continue the
case until their April meeting.
Turning to fine reductions, the
board once again took up the case
of Ethel Mahoney that had been
tabled from last month. A fine of
$25 a day had been imposed on
Aug. 17, 1999, and ran until Feb. 8,
2006, for a total of $59,675.
At last month's meeting, Mrs.
Mahoney's son, Bruce Waldron,
stated that his mother thought she
was in compliance. He said her
home was destroyed by a hurri-
cane in 2004 and she was living in
a FEMA trailer. She learned of the
fine when she applied for a loan
from the county's Hurricane Hous-
ing Recovery Program (HHRP), a
program that uses grant money to
build affordable housing. The pro-
gram administrator did a title
search and discovered the fine.
At this month's meeting the
board heard comments from
HHRP administrator Deborah
Belcher. Ms. Belcher told the board
of the process involved in applying
for HHRP loan and stated that the
loan application was on hold until
the fine was cleared up.
The board voted to reduce the
fine to $2,000.

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
In recognition
Martha Fuller, right, music teacher at Seminole Elemen-
tary School, retires after 31 years of faithful service to the
school district. She was honored at the March 14 meeting
of the Okeechobee County School Board by Superinten-
dent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper, left.

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Chorus participant
Central Elementary School fourth grader Ryan Reister
was selected to sing with the State Elementary Chorus.
He was congratulated .by Okeechobee County Superin-
tendent of Schools, Dr. Patricia Cooper at the March 14
school board meeting.

CES kids learn to love books and stories they hold

The Kindergarten classes at
Central Elementary enjoyed Field
Day. We had a good time hopping
in the sack rate and trying to find
their shoes from a
big pile for the shoe
relay. They
enjoyed the
spoon and eqig2.'
relay and the
four legged race. ,
We loved the
water balloon toss, oh what wet
fun! Have fun on Spring Break and
we will see you on March 27.

Third grade
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
class did a fantastic job on their
FCAT. They worked very hard all
year and I know their efforts.will
pay off. Mrs. LaFlam has begun
recruiting students for the Talent
Show. Students received a special
science project to explore owl
pellets. They are real excited about
their findings. Students enjoyed
"field day" and were excited about
competing with their peers: Con-
gratulations to Airianna Nunez,
our Student of the Week. Don't for-
get to read!
Mrs. Greseth's Reading class
has been having a greatitime read-
ing some wonderful books. They
enjoyed Horrible Harry and the
Dragon War, and made dragons to
go along with the story. They also
picked a.Horrible Harry book that
they wanted to read. They have
also read Amazing Grace and
Mouse Soup. The students are also
learning about our solar system in
small groups with Ms. Benton. In
Math, we just finished adding and

subtracting fractions and will now
go back and review time and
elapsed time. Congratulations to
our Students of the Week, Kevin
Coleman, Lane Rhuda, and Miguel
Maldonado Way to go!
Ms. Mateo's third grade class
survived FCAT. In math, we are
going, over our multiplication and
division facts. In reading, we are
catching up on our Accelerated
Reader points and the 100 Book
Challenge steps. Happy Spring
Break! .
Ms. DelPrete and Mrs. Lopez's
third grade B.A.S.E. classes are
glad the FCAT is finished. We are
so proud of all the students for
doing their best! Keep up the read-
ing! We have over 1,586 Accelerat-
ed Reader points. Let's try to reach
2,000, points. We are working on
writing poetry. Congratulations, to
Students of the Week Perla Pala-
cios, Maria Jimenez, Brian Garza,
and Luis Perez. Have a safe and
wonderful Spring Break!
In Mr. Bayer's class it, is a very
exciting time in reading class as we
are halfway through our first chap-
ter book entitled "How to Eat Fried
Worms". Each chapter we read
has a quiz, including hew vocabu-
lary for the students to study. The
students really seem to be enjoy-
ing it as we move, from chapter to
chapter. In SocialStudiesrwe are
learning about how communities
change over time. In Science, we
are learning about the water cycle.
In Math, we are going over multi-
plication and division problems.
All students should be practicing
these at home every night. After
break, we will be starting geome-
try and learning about many differ-
ent shapes and figures. Thank you

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for all your support and help dur-
ing the FCAT's and have a great,

Fifth grade
Students in Ms. White's Class
will begin theme five in our Read-
ing books when we return from
Spring Break. Theme five deals
with school rules. Students see
many ways members of a com-
munity are connected. As students
read and listen to selections about
school experiences, the\ \will real-
ize that students in school com-
munities learn not only informa-
tion from texts but also practical
lessons about'life. In S,:cial tudie_
we will study Reconstruction after
the Civil War. Congratulations to
Emily Close, Matthew-Macias and
Don Dietrich for being selected
Students of the Week! Congratula-
tions also to Anissa Demezier for
being selected Character Counts
Student of the Month!
In Ms. Stough's class, we had
Summer Douglas. and Forrestt
Petty as Students of the Week. We
are studying body systems in Sci-
ence and are researching body
parts. .In Math we are doing two
and three digit multiplication and,
Miisiorn. Everyone did a great job
on FCAT 'and- the 'breaks is well,
desert id \V-, had a great time on
field day, and Chris Garcia won.the
water balloon toss with Ms.
The students in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's reading classes have really
enjoyed their last novels.- One
group read The Westing Game, a
mystery novel full of twists and
turns. We even had our own note-
books to keep track of our charac-


ters and their alibis. The other
group read Pippi Longstocking, a
story about a girl with a different
look on life. In social, studies,'we
learned, about problems we, as
our own United States, encoun-
tered after the Revolutionary War.
Congratulations to these students:
Destiney, Ami, Chelsey, Hunter,
Kylie, Brooke, Caitlyn, Jadie,
Vanessa, Chantill, Frank, Liliana,
Sarai, Brett, Diego, Marilu, Jessie,
Katie, Mercedes, Zachary, Adel,
Dustin, Raylee, Devin, and Darby.
These students met their goal
points on Accelerated Reader for
the third nine weeks grading peri-
od. The top AR point earner is still
Adel Elhindi with 329 points. He
has earned about 100 points dur-
ing each nine weeks grading peri-
od. The top AR point earner in Mrs.
Carpenter's homeroom is Sarai
Gomez, who. has earned 120
points. What a wonderful group of
Mrs. Steiert is extremely proud
of her homeroom! (As Always)
They have almost reached 2,000
A.R. points. WOW! They are read-
ing machines! She's never had a.
class earn this many points in.all
the years she's taught fifth grade.
Mrs. Steiert's class.had a blast at
CentraFs Field Day right before
.",spring Lr eadk! They played their
-hearts out and to',k first place in.
the balloon burst, dizzy bat, and
the jump rope relay. They also dis-
played good sportsmanship as
winners and losers which made,
Mrs. Sieiert very proud. After-
wards, they took their trip to Dairy
Queen for the nine weeks for out-
standing behavior! Mrs. Steiert's
Student of the Week was Kylie
Shirley. Congratulations, Kylie!


Grady C. O'Farrell
Grady C. O'Farrell, age 64, of
Okeechobee, died Tuesday, March
21 at Raulerson Hospital. Mr. O'Far-
rell was born March 18,1942 in Jes-
sup, Ga. to Zuell C. II and Martha
O'Farrell. He was a self employed
truck driver having come to Okee-
chobee from Fort Pierce in 1990.
Mr. O'Farrell was of the Baptist
Faith. He proudly served in the U.S.
Air Force. He loved to hunt and fish.
Mr. O'Farrell married his wife Carol
Ann Holcomb, in 1,960.
Mr. O'Farrell was preceded in
death by his father, Zuell O'Farrell II,
and son, Benjamin Grady O'Farrell.
He is survived by is wife, Carol Ani
of Okeechobee, daughters, Leslie
O'Farrell Noles of Eastmon, Ga.;
Pamela Ann O'Farrell of Port St.
Lucie; Molly Erin Bottorff of Fort
Pierce; and Kyla Denise of Okee-
chobee.; four grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren, and brother
Zuell C. O'Farrell III of Oregon
House, Calif.
Visitation will be held from 4
until 7 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m., Fri-
day, March 24, at Bass Okeechobee
Chapel with Pastor Charlie Rice of
Oakview Baptist Church officiating.
Interment will follow at Basinger
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
'All Star' student
Okeechobee High School junior Kavisha Zaveri, right,
was recently named a Governor's High School All Star.
Each Florida school district named one junior to be an all
star. Kavisha was named because of her grade point aver-
age, contribution to the community and her good deport-
ment. She will get to have lunch with the governor, and
participate in a roundtable discussion with him and will be
presented to the state legislature. She was honored at the
March 14 Okeechobee County School Board meeting by
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper, left.

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Remember Me
.' Remember me when flowers bloom
f! Early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days
In the fun that summer brings
.1 Remember me in the fall
*' As you walk through the leaves of gold
1 And in the wintertime remember me
SIn the stories that are told
But most of all remember
I ffEach day right from the start
I will be forever near
S, For I live within your heart
S,41 We love and miss you so much, .
Your Loving Family

In Memory of
William Irvin "Billy" Till, Jr.
June 9, 1980 ~ March 23, 2003

Terrific Kids
These Grace Christian School students were presented with Terrific Kids awards from the
Kiwanis Club. Students receiving the awards are as follows:(First row from left) Riylie
Norton, Abby Lakeman, Maliah Wright, Joshua Hiler, Jared Phares, Ashley Hancock, and
Jacob Reichenbach. In the second row from left are: Tristan Anderson, Hunter Boshell,
William Zapapta, Zeke Vega, Bradley Sikorski, Dustin Herrin, and Christopher Nemitz.,

Weep Not For Me
Weep not for me though I am gone; into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will but not for long,
upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest. There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was blessed; for all those many years.
There is no pain; I suffer not, the fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts.
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath;
remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death; but celebrate my life.
Sadly missed by
Mother, Brother, Friends & Relatives

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Community Events

Night of Music planned
The Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. will host their
second annual Night of Music on Sunday, March 26, at 5 p.m.
For information, call the church at (863) 763-4843.

Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis
and designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center, 916 W. North Park St., on Monday, March
27;.at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.

SES advisory council to meet
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will
meet Tuesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the school media cen-
ter,2690 N.W. 42nd Ave.

La escuela Seminole Elemntary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consulit o para la escuela, martes, el 28 de marzo, a las 4'
p.m., van a juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el puolico eian trn iia-
dos de asistir.

Martha's House hosts training sessions
Martha's House will offer a two day training session on
domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, cyber sexual
abuse and human, trafficking on March 28 and March 29. The
training will be held at the South Florida Water Management
Auditorium, which is on the second floor'of the Bank of Amnerica
Building, 205 North Parrott Ave. Training sessions will be from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The cost will be $35 for both sessions.
Certificates will be given. For information, contact Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863) 763-2893 or Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202.

Red Cross holding infant CPR class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., will hold an infant/child CPR class on Thursday, March
30, from, 6 until 9 p.m. For information or to register, call (863)

Help with electric bills.available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EHEAP Program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and
over. Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180 for documentation and
qualifications you must have to process the bill. Funding will end

Church hosting Tommy Brandt
Tommy Brandt, CGCs' 2005 Male Vocalist of the Year, will be.
appearing at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave.,
on Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. The church is located behind the
Recreational Outreach Center (ROC).

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Guest Commentary

Investing in prevention wise use of state funds

By Charles S. Mahan, M.D.,
Dean and professor emeritus,
USF College of Public Health
With the 2006 Legislative ses-
sion upon us, numerous pleas for
funding will be heard from. advo-
cates for a variety of issues some
important to many, some to only a
select few.
One issue that should be impor-
tant to every Florida resident is the
prevention of child abuse, as the
consequences of child abuse
impact each and every one of us.
How does child abuse affect
In addition to the physical, emo-
tional and psychological toll of
abuse on children and their fami-
lies, society pays the price for child
abuse in many ways. There are
costs associated with investigating
child abuse cases and providing
foster care for traumatized chil-
dren; costs associated with the
long-term consequences of child
abuse which include poor school
-performance, the need for special-
ized remedial education and
increased rates of school drop

outs; the costs of increased teen
pregnancy, substance abuse, juve-
nile delinquency and criminal
activity; and, the perpetuation of
abusive parenting practices for
generations to come.
It is dear the consequences of
child abuse cost our society dearly.
I urge our elected officials, to,
build on efforts that have been
proven successful in preventing
child abuse. The Florida Child
Abuse Death Review Team (CADR)
Annual Report, released earlier this
year, recommends better approach-
es for the prevention of child abuse.
The report supports the American
Academy of Pediatrics finding that
home visiting is a successful
approach to preventing child abuse,
citing recent national studies which
found home visiting programs were
an effective strategy to improve the'
health and wellbeing of children.
The CADR report also cites a
five-year, independent evaluation
of the Healthy Families Florida
home visiting program. The evalu-
ation results demonstrated that
Healthy Families Florida has a sig-
nificant impact on preventing child

Upcoming Events
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler Park.
For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-3110.
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
SChrist 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 (Intema-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-'
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
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 Hpzel at (863) 763-4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For.riformation, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
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, meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or. (863) 467-
2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group, please
pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from a.m. until noonn.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at
2 p.m Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The group
is faciliated by social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to
give one anothersupport. information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Gunowners of Okeechobee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Amencan Legion,
501 S.E Second St. All interested parties are invited. For information, contact
Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday except the firsftFriday of the
month for an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m.' at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 ULinda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All persons
interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a part of a
caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all about. For infor-
mation, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Churchl of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. Itwill be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center at S.E. Lakeview
and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests.
For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., atthe
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m., weather
permitting. For information on the cnde for the week or any questions contact
Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251, or
Debbie Izzo at (863)634-6257.
A.AA meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for an open'dis-
cussion meeting at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orientation is for
those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County. This meet-
ing requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC
Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster
Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
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 Ind6x and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support gr6up-meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlettat (863) 467-4663.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
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.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
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 Dr. Edward
Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group meets
in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5
until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting
from 6 until p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call
(863) 763-2893.}

abuse before it ever begins by pro-
moting positive parenting practices
during pregnancy or just after the
birth of a baby. A significant body
of research has demonstrated the
critical importance of early nurtur-
ing and parenting of infants and
how this affects their development
, foryears to come.
Healthy Families Florida pro-
gram participants have 20 percent
,less abuse and neglect than other
families in their targeted service
areas. Families who complete or
have long-term involvement with
Healthy Families Florida also experi-
ence significantly less child abuse
than comparison groups receiving
little or no Healthy Families services.
In addition to preventing child
abuse, the evaluation concluded
that Healthy Families Florida partic-
ipants: improve their self-sufficien-
cy by increasing their level of edu-
cation or obtaining employment;
are much more likely to get their
children fully immunized by age
two; and, mothers who participate
in the program are more likely to
read to their children.
These positive outcomes bene-

fit the parents and children in fami-
lies served as well as the communi-
ties in which they live. Additionally,
preventing child abuse before it
ever occurs will benefit Floridians
for generations to come by break-
ing the vicious cycle of child abuse.
The CADR Team makes the rec-
ommendation that proven home
Visiting programs, like Healthy
Families Florida, should be avail-
able to all families in Florida who
want and need these valuable serv-
ices. The program is currently avail-
able in part or all of 53 of Florida's
67 counties.
Preventing child abuse and neg-
lect before it ever occurs is the mis-
sion of Healthy Families Florida,
and it is succeeding. I urge the
Florida Legislature to continue
their long-term support of this
proven program and to enhance
and expand the program to meet
the need in every Florida county.
Healthy Families Florida is an
investment in the future success of
Florida's children arid families, the
future of this great state and a wise
investment of taxpayers' dollars.

Community Events

Homecoming and revival planned
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 42.12 N. U.S. 441, has
,planned a homecoming and revival for March 23-24, at 7:30 p.m.
Evangelist Danny Bradley, pastor of the First Missionary Baptist
Church of Indian River City in Titusville, will be speaking. A nurs-
ery will be provided. For information, call (863) 763-7743.

Disaster training class offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott
.Ave., will hold a disaster training class on Thursday, March 23,
from 6 until 9 p.m. For information or to register, call (863) 763-

Cowboys for Christ host gospel music
Cowboys for Christ will host a get together on Thursday,
March 23, at 6 p.m. for food, fellowship and gospel music. The
event will be held at 731 and Clubhouse Road in Venus.

Links tourney benefits Smalls family
A four-person scramble golf tournament will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club,405 N.E. 131st Lane, on Sat-
urday, April 8, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start; The field will be limit-
ed .to the first 36 teams paid by Friday, March 24. First, second,
fifth and last places will be awarded prizes. For entry information,
call Ricky White at (863) 634-3305. Entry fee includes one barbe-
cue dinner ticket per player.

Fundraiser for OHS rodeo team planned
Florida BlueGrass Express will be performing Friday, March
;24, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Auditorium, 2800
U.S. 441 N, All proceeds will go to the Okeechobee High School
rodeo team. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. For informa-
tion, call Darlene Bass'at (863) 763-1143 or (863) 634-5815.

Boot camp is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc: is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 25, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Mar-
tin County Sheriff Robert Crowder. The topic will be juvenile
crime and the closure of-the Martin County Juvenile Training Cen-
ter, known as the boot camp. For information contact Lieutenant
Jenell Atlas, at the Martin County Sheriff's Office, (772) 220-7014.

Annual Ride-Run-Walk day planned
The Rotary Club's third annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
(LOST) Ride-Run-Walk Saturday will be held March 25 beginning
at 8 a.m. The course will begin and end at the Scott Driver boat
ramp on S.R. 78 W. Sign-ins will start at 7 a.m. on the day of the
walk. Certified bicycle helmets are required. Fees are: registration
package (goodie bag and T-shirt) $20 for adults and $15 for chil-
dren 10 and under; registration only $10 for adults and $5 for
children 10 and under. After March 17, the registration fee for
adults will be $15 and $10 for children 10 and under. Participants
under the age of 18 must be accompanied, by a parent or.
guardian. Registrations should be sent to: Jim Mclnnes, c/o Farm
Bureau Insurance'Co., 401 N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fl.,
.34974. Make checks payable to: Rotary's LOST Ride-Run-Walk.
All proceeds will go to the Okeechobee Rotary Club and Martha's
House. For information, call Jim Mclnnes at (863) 763-3101.

Heartland Boys to be in concert
The Heartland Boys will be in concert, Saturday, March 25, at 7
p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W.
28th St. For information, call (863) 763-3519 from 9 until noon.

Lakeport church hosting revival
A revival will be held at the Lakeport Christian Church, 1650 E.
S.R. 78 N.W, on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. Services will
also be held Sunday, March 26, at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6
p.m. Raymond Bennett is the scheduled speaker and his wife
Gyneth will accompany him. For information, call (863) 946-

Pop Warner fundraiser slated
A fundraiser for the Pop Warner Chobee Little Brahmans
youth football program will be held March 25, from noon until 5
p.m. at the ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. The cost is $5 for a chicken
dinner and $7 for a rib dinner. For information, call Shelly
Niehaus at (863) 467-3613 or (863) 634-2212.

DOF hosting annual Fire Fest
The Florida Division of Forestry (DOF) will host its annual Fire
Fest on Saturday, March 25, at Savannas Preserve state Park, 2541
Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. The free family event will feature live
fire demonstrations, fire safety demonstrations and Smokey Bear.
For information, call (772) 398-2779.

Church plans dedication service
Fountain of Life Church has moved frorn its former address,
116 E. S. Park St., to 1302 S.W. 32nd St. The church will have a
dedication service Sunday, March 26, from 2 until 4 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-8945.

Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128, Order of the Eastern Star will hold
their final all-you-can-eat breakfast of the season on Sunday,
March 26, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. The menu includes scrambled eggs,
sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown casserole and fruit for a
donation of $5 per person. For information, call (863) 634-8087.



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S.R. 78 W with a total weight of 8
pounds, 13 ounces.
The team earned a check for
$39 for their efforts.
The team of Hilda and Pockets
Curtsinger placed second with a
total weight of 7 lbs., 15 ozs. They
also had the tourney's biggest fish,
a 1-lb., 3-oz., speck. The team won
a total of $30.
Rounding out the top finishers,
along with their total weights and
winnings were: 3. Gary Amboyer
and Dale Adkins, 7-10, $12; Dave
Smith and Dave Jordan, 7-9, $4.50;
5. Caleb Lawrence and Travis
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are honored
Bruce Jahner, wrestling
coach at Okeechobee High
School, has been named the
Wrestling Coach of the Year in
the Treasure Lake Conference.
Six members of the OHS var-
sity wrestling team were also
honored recently by being
named to the Treasure Lake
Conference All-Conference
OHS athletes, that have
received All-Conference honors
for winter sports were:
WRESTLING: First Team -
Donny :Bush, freshman, Josh
Raulerson, junior, and Matt Kelly,
senior; Second Team Tyler
Hayes, freshman, and Chris Cur-
tis, junior; Honorable Mention -
Josh Borgstrom, senior.
Team Tierra Allen, senior. .
able Mention Devon Faison,
GIRLS SOCCER: Erica Zinski,
BOYS SOCCER: First Team -
Omar Guerrero, junior; Second
Team Emmanuel Torres, sen-
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tournament at the Mayberry weight of 7 Ibs, 15 ounces.
RV and Motor Home Park They also had the tourney's
with a total weight of 8 biggest fish, which weighed
pounds, 13 ounces. in at 1 lb., 3 ozs.

Submin ed io. Ok&ecflobee News
Top cheerleader
Kylie Shirley, placed 1st in the Individual Cheer and Dance
Competition that was held at the Southwest Florida Show-
down in Fort Myers. She also qualified for the state champi-
onship to be held in April. A special thanks to Coach Sandie
Frost for all you have done. Kylie is a member of the Chobee
Starz Cheerleaders and is in 5th grade at Central Elementary.

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Bass tournament
aids V Foundation
The third annual Russ Bring-
ger Memorial Fishing Tourna-
ment will be held April 1-2 at the
Okee-Tantie Marina.
The entry fee is $200 per boat.
A portion of the proceeds will
go to the V Foundation for can-
cer research.
There will be fun, food and
prize giveaways.
For information, contact Herb
or Kim Bringger at (863) 763-
1035 or (863) 634-4525.

Monster truck event
combines bull riding
Southern Monster Truck
Showdown, Inc. will combine
bull riding and monster trucking
into one large event when they
come to the Cattlemen's Arena on
Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April
8. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for a
one hour "meet and greet" party.

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truck drivers will be on hand for
autographs and pictures prior to
the actual event at 8 p.m. General
admission is $14. Junior (ages 6-
12) admission is $10 and children
5 years old and under are free. For
information visit www.southern-

Basketball camp
taking applications
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten Star All-Star
Summer Basketball Camp for
boys and girls between the ages
of 10 and 19.
The camp is by invitation
Players from 50 states and
189 foreign countries attended
the 2005 camp.
Camp locations include: Bab-
son Park; Gainesville, Ga.; Hick-
ory, N.C.; and, Lebanon, Tenn.
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Fast pitch softball
meeting scheduled
There will be a meeting for
anyone interested in playing fast
pitch softball at a very competi-
tive level at the high school soft-
ball field on March 27 at 6:30
p.m. Age groups will include: 18
& under, 16 & under, 14 & under,
12 & under and 8 & under. If you
have any questions contact Kim
Hargraves at (863) 634-6322.

Agri-women's group
skeet shoot is planned
The Florida Agri-women have
announced that their inaugural
skeet shoot event will take place
May 13 at Quail Creek Planta-
tion, 1907 N.E. 224th St.
Station sponsorships and sin-
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Celebrating 50 years
Rotary Club member, John Ed Burdeshaw had the help of
fellow Rotarians and a visit from Rotary Club's Assistant
District Governor, Allan Sullivan at Tuesday's club meet-
ing to celebrate his membership as a Rotarian for the past
50 years.

Time with grandma
Winter resident, Mary Ann Lamar enjoys time with grand-
son, Seth, 2 at the Okeechobee Community Pool on Mon-
day. Mrs. Lamar said that they are from Tennessee and
spend as much time as possible in Florida during the win-
ter months. Her grandchildren, also from Tennessee,
came to visit during their Spring Break.

Predicted La Nina could bring drought

been a month since some parts
of the Sunshine State have seen
any measurable rainfall. And
with Florida entering a "La Nina"
cycle, the dry conditions could
continue through the beginning
of the state's raining season in
July. That means an increased
risk of wildfires. Already this year,
hundreds of acres have been
burned by wildfires in Central
and South Florida.
Taking action when wildfire

ten to your battery operated
radio for reports and evacuation
information. Follow the instruc-
tions of local officials. Remem-
ber, personal safety should
always come first.
Back. your car into the
garage or park it in an open
space facing the direction of
Shut doors and roll up win-
dows. Leave the key in the igni-
tion. Close garage windows and
doors, but leave them unlocked.
Disconnect automatic

Make plans to care for your pets
in case you must evacuate.
e If advised to evacuate, do so
Know at least two exit
routes from your neighborhood
in case of emergency evacuation.
Wear protective clothing
and sturdy shoes, cotton or
woolen clothing, long pants, a'
long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a
handkerchief to protect your
Lock your home.
Tell someone when you are

fire hazards. Watch for changes
in the speed and direction of fire
and smoke.
If you're sure you have time,
take steps to protect your home.
Close windows, vents,
doors, Venetian blinds, or non-
combustible window coverings
and heavy drapes.
Remember that if you are
warned that a wildfire is threat-
ening your area, personal safety
should always come first. If you
have time, shut off gas at the
meter and turn off pilot lights. If

Picnic lunch
Juliana Sheldon, 3 and her sister, Isabelle Sheldon, 8
enjoy a picnic lunch at the Okeechobee Community Pool
on Monday. Isabelle will be enjoying the entire week off
from South Elementary for Spring Break.

Cowboys & Indians Trading Company
Hours: Monday Saturday 9:30AM 6PM Closed Sunday
Western Furniture & Accessories, Colwboy Comforters,
Pillows, Cowhide Rugs, Lamps, Cadillac Cowgirl lewelry,
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If you are warned that a wild- garage door openers. leaving and where you are going. possible, take your homeowners ..
fire is threatening your area, lis- Confine pets to one room. Choose a route away from policy with you. S:aturla Night Dance March 25'
S/ at the Okeechobee Shrine Club
s Highway 78 West
State moves forward with estuary project SAiMANANDTHE POSSE
The project: The C-44 (St. utive Director Carol Wehle, Flori- signs to construction site. 48th Ave, CR-726) for approxi- on the Steel Guitar '
Lucie Canal) Acceler 8 project in da State Representative Richard lately 9 miles. Make right onto Dancing from 7 11 p.m.
Martin County will capture and Machek and Martin County Corn- From 1-95 South: Take Exit 101; m ately 9 miles. Make right onto Admission $5 p erson
treat local runoff from the C-44 mission Vice Chairman Michael turn right onto SR-76. Turn right dirt riosite siC-44 Travest Cell roxi- S nack Ba r & L ounge will be open.
basin in.Martin,County, decreas- DiTerlizzi. SW 96th Stcct 76A) for si- For more info. call Keith or Kathy at 763-8072
ing flows and improving wafer 'Invited guests include mem- approximately 2.5 miles., l ur,: ft mately 5.5 miles following signs .. ,,..
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The runoff will be stored in a
3,400-acre, aboveground reser-
voir and then treated in a 6,200-
acre Stormwater Treatment Area
(STA). The C-44 (St. Lucie Canal)
Reservoir/ Stormwater Treatment
Area project is a component of
the large-scale Indian River
Lagoon restoration. The event: A
groundbreaking to launch con-
struction of the C-44 (St. Lucie
Canal) project test cells. Test cells
provide valuable data on local
seepage, embankment place-
ment, grading techniques and
other technical details needed for
optimum final design of the full-
scale reservoir.
Date: Friday, March 24 at 9:30
Attendees: Scheduled speak-
ers include Florida Department of
Environmental Protection Secre-
tary Colleen Castille, South Flori-
da Water Management District
Governing Board Member
Lennart Lindahl, South Florida
Water Management District Exec-

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state, county and municipal elect-
ed officials and community lead-
ers; and members of environ-
mental organizations, agricultural
community, recreational and
business groups. In addition,
water resources managers, proj-
ect engineers and South Florida
Water Management District Gov-
erning Board members will be
available for interviews.
Location: C-44 Test Cell site in
Martin County, near Indiantown
From 1-95 North: Take Exit 76;
turn left onto Blue Heron Boule-
vard (SR-708). Turn right onto
Beeline Highway (SR-710) for
approximately 27 miles. After
crossing bridge into Indiantown,
take first right onto SW Citrus
Boulevard (CR-726). Travel
approximately 1.5 miles. Make
left onto first dirt road after
Indiantown Airport at C-44 Test
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England and France during April
2006 to commemorate the 62nd
anniversary of the D-Day landings,
the Battle for Normandy and the
drive through France to the Rhine.
The itinerary will include Lon-
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Falaise and Paris.
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VA to target diabetes,

obesity among veterans

Leaving for Iraq
U.S.-trained Georgian soldiers stand during a farewell ceremony at the Krtsanisi military
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Georgian soldiers are set to leave Georgia for Iraq as a regular rotation.

Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m,; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from I until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
*The second Wednesdayof each
month is our birthday party starting at
4 p.m.; bring covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner with
the Sons of the American Legion
from 3 until 6 p.m. fro a $9 dona-
tion. There will be entertainment
from 3 until 7 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m. Every-
one is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)

Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thursday:
bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able for a donation.,
Every Tuesday: spaghetti din-
ner with salad and garlic bread by
Lorraine and John from 5 until 7
p.m. fora $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and .Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
April 8, Saturday Eagles dis-
trict picnic, food, music fun and
April 15, Sunday, Children's
Easter party. Call (863) 763-2552, to
sign up children before Friday, April
10. Party from 2 until 4 p.m. Food
and drinks for children.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.

Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
*Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-

ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?

Masonic Lodge #237.
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N \\ Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Buchannon
.Yoder at (8631 467-7342 or Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m..

Order of the Eastern
Star Okeechobee
Chapter #128
The Order of the Easter Star has
many fun activities planned on the
first and, third Tuesday of- each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact WM. Margaret at (863)

B.II.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863)
763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
Friday night and Saturday
night from 7 p.m. Music for Danc-
ing, call to see who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 6 p m. Call for the
Each Sunday of March break-
fast will be served from 9 until I I
a.m., with many items being.
Tuesday, March 28, Moose
enrollment meeting at 7 p.m., all
prospective members should
attend this meeting.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954.
Breakfast will be served from
9 until 11 a.m. at the Moose Patio
.on the second Sunday of every
Meals will be served .on
Wednesday arid Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until ?
on Saturday. -
There will be music for danc-
ing each Friday and Saturday night
starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300

N.W 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137, Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34972. ,
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m; for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
until ?
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFWPost #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through
SWednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, Men's Auxiliary or AmVets
there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately] follow's; the din ner. .
All games and special events
are shown on three tele\isions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main .meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)

VFWPost #10539
S The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo \\ill'
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine

Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday of
each month at 8 p.m. For informa-
tion; call the club at (863) 763-
3378, Kip at (863) 610-6659, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.

WASHINGTON With obesi-
ty and deadly diabetes at signifi-
cantly higher levels among Ameri-
ca's veterans, the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) and Depart-
ment of Health and Human Ser-
vices (HHS) have announced a
coordinated campaign to educate
veterans and their families about
ways to combat these health
"Inactive lifestyles and
unhealthy eating habits can cause
needless suffering for America's
veterans," said the Honorable R.
James Nicholson, Secretary of
Veterans Affairs. "Obesity and dia-
betes are major threats to the
health and lifestyles of our veter-
ans, deserving a robust campaign
to better educate them on healthy
Veterans are more likely than'
the general population to have
diabetes, one of the major com-
plications associated with being
According to the American
Diabetes Association, 7 percent of
the U.S.
population has diabetes, and
the rate increases with age.
Among veterans receiving VA
health care, who are on average
older than the general population,
the rate is 20 percent.

"Central to our goal of control-
ling the cost of heath care is the
promotion of wellness, fitness
and the prevention of chronic dis-
We are working to encourage
Americans to adopt a healthy
lifestyle and to take responsibility
for making wise choices to
improve their fitness
and health," said HHS Secre-
tary Mike Leavitt.
In a news conference here
today, Secretary Nicholson, HHS
Secretary Leavitt, Surgeon Gener-
al Dr. Richard H. Carmona and VA
Under Secretary for Health Dr.
Jonathan B. Perlin announced the
start of a campaign called
"Healthier US Veterans" a
multi-pronged educational effort
to spawn healthy eating and phys-
ical activity among veterans, their
families and members of their
VA medical centers will pro-
mote nutrition and exercise with
local groups in 40 communities
that receive grants from HHS in a
program called "Steps to a
"Our service men and women
are known for their extraordinari-
ly high levels of fitness," said Per-
lin. "We want our veterans to be
identified the same way."

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
17, through Thursday, March 23,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Shaggy Dog" (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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Eight Below" (PG}
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Mondayat 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Firewall" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2,4115, 7and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Narconon helps
with drug addiction
Do you need help with drug
addiction? If so, call Narconon at 1-

Barbershop singers
change meeting day
The group of men who sing a
cappella harmony in the barbershop
quartet style, have changed their
meeting night to Monday evenings at
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Health
Care Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Any,
one who enjoys singing harmony is
! invited, and urged to bring a friend.
For information, contact Charlie
Bradham at (863) 467-6347.

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or high
school student to reach his or her full
potential and become a volunteer
mentor for the President's Challenge
to SOAR/Take Stock in Children
Scholarship program. It's a proven
life-changing program that provides
four-year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth graders in
local communities. The mentor
meets with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are availdale in Indian
River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okee-
chobee counties. Please call the
Indian River Community College
Foundation at (772) 462-4786.

Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway House,
800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is looking for
volunteers to work with our adoles-
cent boys. If you have any free time
or talents you would like to share,
call Jordan Bemayat (863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt. threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lending
Library at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second. St. Enter-
tain or educate yourself, using 486
audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances and
575 videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report, pro-
grams for men, women or children,
a craft project or a Sunday school
lesson. We use the Dewey Decimal
System, the same as school and
public libraries. As a private library
we can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed Sun-
day from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday evening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
(863) 467-1548.

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Coopera-
tive is a six library cooperative serv-
ing Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto and
Okeechobee counties. The Heart-
land Library Cooperative will be
holding basic and advanced com-

puter classes throughout the six
libraries in the four-county area. A
technology information trainer will
take a mobile computer lab to
each location four times per month
to teach computer classes. The
classes will teach basic computer
skills such as how to start up and
use a computer, how to log-on to
the Internet and how to communi-
cate via e-mail with friends and rel-
atives. The more advanced com-
puter class will teach how to keep
the computer clean and how to
send pictures. You may also con-
tact your local libraries for these
same classes. In Okeechobee, call
(863) 763-3536 or contact Gabriell.
Turner, information tech trainer, at


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Auctions 105
CarPool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memorlam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

Mechanical Winch, found cor-
ner of 710 & 714. Call to
identify. (863)763-2692
Found Speckled Church Fes-
tival. Okee. Please call for
more Info. (863)467-2545
RED HEELER. (863)357-3225
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garage? Advertise your
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Charlais Heifer Calf, lost
3/7/06, vic. of Eagle Island
Rd. (724). (863)763-1494
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DOG, White w/tan patches.
Small dog. Female. Lost in vic.
of SE 36th Ave. Answers to
"Patches". (863)763-6608
GOLD BRACELET, lost in Winn
Dixie on 3/4/06. REWARD!
Plastic Tiger Ring tied to it.
Vic. of Down Town Okeecho-
bee. 863)467-6864

Bichon Male, Wht, neutered,
S5y/o, & blk/wht Dalmation/lab
mix female spayed, to good
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CATS (2) Wonderful cats, de-
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date on shots, 2 1/2 yrs old,
need to go together, sisters
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CUR MIX, 8 males, 1 female,
free to good home.
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Free 6 mnth old German
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old, loves kids,
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yrs. old, good with kids.
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Buckhead Ridge


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OKEE. Sat. March 25th,
8am-2pm, 010 SW 7th
Ave., Home Decor, 2
infant seats & cradle swing
Men's & Women's plus
size clothes, Some Furniture
& Much Morel No Early Birds!

OKEE., Thur., Fri. & Sat.
March 23rd, 24th & 25th,
8am-5pm, NO EARLY
BIRDS! Taylor Creek Isles
2417 SE 32nd St. Riding
'mower, Tools, HH items

Sat., March 25th, 8am-?
13849 SW 144th Parkway.
Tools, Riding Mower,
Furniture, Yard Equipment,
Misc. H/H Items & More!!!

Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet.Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc.
Lets meet! (863)946-3123

Employment -
Ful-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment - 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

w/Min: 3 yrs. exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
Advanced Paving Systems
Okeechobee/Sebring Area.
Has immediate openings avail.
Contact Eric @954-931-0125
Opening for:
Full Time Sales Person
Apply in person @
512WN Park St.
No phone calls please.
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
Also Management
Opportunities Available
Call 772-370-1779


L iyl C anlli Upr, irn r-ari
Yeehaw Junction seeks:
with A/C experience
Heavy Duty Equipment/
Tractor Operator
Accounts Payable Clerk
Staff Accountant
Positions available
Competitive Salary,
Insurance & Benefits.
Housing available for
most positions.
Drug Free Workplace
Call Sandy at Rollins Ranch
Send resume: e-mail
or Fax 772-567-7808
Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
Call 772-597-3755
or 772-220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation

$9.50 per hour.
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Experienced Rubber
Tire Backhoe Operator
Ask for John
Full Time Concrete Leader,
Driver License Required,
$75,000 +. income per year.
Call (863)763-6376
Apply at: Royal's/Ashley
804 E.N. Par. St.
or call (863)763-6293
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sold, advertise in the
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helps you understand
the world around you.
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Executive Assistant
Must have proficient computer skills; A variety of
administrative and accounting duties including A/R,
A/P, bank reconciliation, commercial property man-
agement, sales tax reporting, and purchasing. Must
have strong communication skills, needs to be well
organized, able to multi-task and detail oriented.
Submit resume to 863-763-7874

Superior Water Works, Inc. is looking for a
Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
Compensation Package.
This is a great opportunity to begin
or continue your professional career.
Apply in person at
Superior Water Works, Inc.,
917 S.W. Park St., Okeechobee FL.

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RN, LPN or

Medical Assistant

Water's Edge Dermatology
Fax Resume to (863) 467-1919

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

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Services Team Member. This is a part time
position that could lead to full time
The right applicant will:
Have advanced PC computer skills
Have good people skills
Be a teamp'layer *
Be organized
Be able to indLe pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle deadlines
Have previous sales experience with a
proven track record
SDesire to be successful
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in:
Photoshop .
Quark or Pagemaker
Adobe Acrobat
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay based on experience
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Contractor Information
Sheets Available At:
Okeechobee News
107 S.W. 17th Street, Ste. D,
Okeechobee, FL 34974

for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance
or Construction work. Applicant must be able to
perform light to heavy physical labor, must be able
to work in harmony with other employees and be
courteous to the general public. Applicant must
possess a valid FL Operator's Drivers License (on-
ly those with a clean driving record for the last
three years need apply); have high school diploma
or equivalent, have neat, legible handwriting and
average mathematical skills.
Apply to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Office,
100 S.W. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
Applications will be accepted until position is

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

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Construction Office ABNEY &

Manager Needed ABNEY

Full time, self-motivated professional wanted to oversee
day-to-day construction office activities. Competitive pay
and benefits with opportunity for long-term success.
Responsibilities: General office duties, book & record
keeping, bidding process assistance, permit application
management and contract administration. Requirements:
Basic construction knowledge and Microsoft Office Suite
experience required. Familiarity with QuickBooks account-
ing software a plus. Send resumes to PO Box 700,
Okeechobee, FL 34973, fax to 863-763-6795 or drop off
at 805 SW 15th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974.

CGCA03425 Equal Opportunity Employer CBC058152

Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.
~ Moore Haven ~
System Operator
Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking applicants for the
position of System Operator. This is a position requiring the
constant exercise of discretion and independent judgment with
respect to load management, outage management, switching
orders, clearances, and power quality including the
assignment and direction of employees in safe and efficient
operating procedures in their responsibility. The applicant
must be able to work shifts and extended outages. We offer
an excellent salary commensurate with experience and an
outstanding benefit package.
Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Office.
Resumes may be e-mailed to
or faxed to (863)946-3028.
GE.C is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.

Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)

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

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Pig Planter
Even if you don't live on a farm, this charming little
pig will be right at home in the yard, on the porch or
patio or even inside the house. A fun and easy do-it-
yourself project the whole family will enjoy, the pig
is made from just 17 pieces, most traced from full-
size patterns. Just trace, cut, assemble and paint.
The completed pig planter measures about 32
inches long by 13 inches tall by 13 inches wide.
Pig Planter plan (No. 890)... $9.95
Animal Planters Package (No. C139)
Two projects incl. 890 ... $16.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name of
15241 Stagg St. this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

Fleet Technician
Clewiston, FL
Performs a range of ser-
vice, diagnosis arid repair to
systems to all District fleet
units such as airboats, wee-
deaters, lawn mowers,
chainsaws, outboard mo-
tors, compressors, cars,
trucks, diesel and gasoline
heavy equipment and com-
ponents and ancillary con-
struction equipment makes
and models. Must have
technical competency in 4
certified areas. Observes
and examines fleet equip-
ment in operation to detect
malfunctioning or defective
parts and excessive wear,
and repairs according to
manufacture specifications.
May give technical guidance
and assistance. Overtime
will be required based.on
weather and/or environmen-
tal conditions. May be, at
times, required to provide
work support before, during,
and after major storm events
and emergency situations,
such as hurricanes or other
declared emergencies. High
School graduate or an
equivalency diploma. Four
years experience servicing,
diagnosing, and repairing
cars, trucks, diesel engines,
and heavy equipment. Valid
ASE certifications in auto-
motive: brakes, suspension
& steering, electrical/elec-
tronic system, preventive
maintenance inspection.
Class B CDL with airbrake
endorsement required.
Class A license may be re-
quired if assigned to heavy
equipment repairs and test
drives class A equipment.
Job Reference #206111.
Pleasevisit our website for
more information & APPLY
ONLINE at www.sfwmd.oov.
Attn: Human Resources
RO. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL
33416-4680, EOE
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
W&W Lumber Co. is
growing & we have several
openings avail. We are
looking for team players for
the following positions.
*YARD HELP Unloading
trucks, forklift exp. needed,
putting up stock.
Certified, Class B, clean
driving record.
Sick pay, Health Ins., 401K,
Vac. Pay & Holiday Pay.
Call 772-260-5112 leave
message if no answer.
Drug Free Workplace.
Indiantown & Jensen
Beach Location
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34972
FrInd It oae. e It soon-
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BA in Early Childhood Education. FL
Teachers Cert. for Kindergarten. Min.
5 years Kindergarten teaching
experience in public school setting.
Knowledge of Kindergarten curriculum.
Valid FL Driver's License. Fax resume
& salary to: (954)967-3477

For Florida Local positions.
Flatbed, Live Bottom and
Lowboy Equipment.
exp. a plus. Need 2 years
expenence. Call Earth-
wise Mulch Inc.
(863)763-0075 or E-mail
Office Position, Self Starter,
Full Time, Computer Skills,
Willing to Learn.
Experienced with HDPE. Es-
tablished company offering
excellent pay and benefits
Reply to Box 1540,c/o Okee-
chobee News RP.O. Box 639,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
$16.46 $22 9 ,,r Now Hir-
ing. For appiicanon & free
government job info., call
American Assoc. of Labor'
1-913-599-8226, 24hr.
emp. serve.
Assembly & shipping.
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm,
CEECO 357-0798.
Class A CDL Drivers
19200 S.W. Warfield Blvd.
Tow Truck Driver needed at
John's Towing Service w/CDL
license call 763-7976 or Apply
in person at 705 NE 2nd Ave.
Apply in Person
Monday thru Friday
9am to 3pm
Adron Fence Co.
2726 N.W. 4th St.
Benefits Available

is expanding new line of
buildings & need people
w/carpenter experience,
electrical & Qeneral laborers.
Apply in person only.
No phone calls please.
2570 NW 16th Blvd.,
Okeechobee Industrial Park.
Drug free work place. EOE.

Needed in a busy Cardiology
office. Some medical knowl-
edge and experience pre-
ferred, but will train on job.
Excellent benefit plan of-
fered. Fax resume to
(863)467-8708 or call
Your next Job could be I
today's classlileds. Did
you ook forp It?

Saturday's & Sunday's.
Computer experience a must.
Call Barbara 863-763-4114


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-,
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items in
the classlfelds.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over

*Seamless Aluminum
Lc.# OCSL2732-01

Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
$1250 (954)309-8659

Blue, Ice Box, Dry Sink, Tele-
phone, Hoosier Cabinet, Butter
Churn, Ice Cream Maker &
other small items. $4500. for.
all, will sep. (239)872-8504
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $1000 (863)763-5881
CLOCKS, Antique (3) $750 for
all, will sep. (863)763-5870
w/surround. Painted Unique
Excellent condition. $300.
Wood Burning Cook Stove,
antique, exc. cond., $300.

brand new paid $350 selling
$150 muin move
like new, 25 cu ft., ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
WASHER Frigidaire, Super
Capacity 16 cycles, Heavy
duty $50 (863)697-2173

BICYCLE, Fold Up. $30

dles & hinges: 1 pair 24'x20"
& 5 pair 32"x20". $60 for all,
will sep.. (863)763-1997
DOOR- Outside, Aluminum,
Glass. 32"x74", Fits Mobil
Homes $30. (863)357-6660
Leave message
LUMBER: 14 Treated 2x6x10
Ft. $70 for all, will sep.
(772)201-8932 OKEECHOBEE
Walls, Roof Panels & Doors.
$1000. (772)201-8932 OKEE-
SHED WALLS, assembled,
incl. set of double doors,
$500. (772)201-8932
SHELVES 5/4 solid oak, Rout-
ed edges. Finished. Steel
arms Worth $2000. Now
$500 (863)674-0429

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Licensed & insurea
863.763 5650
107 SW 28 Street
License #765

GOWNS (3) Formal, From Da-
vid's Bridal. New, never
worn. All size 20. $300 for
all, will sep. (863)697-2813
Natl. Pagent Dress 5/6 Beauti-
ful custom-made by Nancy
Landers $450

Signed. Asking $150 for all
or will sell separate

Trio/Photo, Lexmark P3150,
4 photo card slots, new car-
tridges $75 (863)357-1082


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazinmes535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 505
Cruises 590
Drpes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VWRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Good condition. $15.
Blinds, white, vinyl, rollup,
(1) 58"wx72"l,
1) 64'wx72"1, (1)72"wx72"l,
$15 sell sep. (863)763-1997
Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
Plane, partly finished, $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127
Household items & Garage
items. Includes tools, furniture
and more! (772)201-8932
coins $225 or best offer
(863)824-6799 or

Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
LAPTOP Windows XR lots of
software, internet ready, 1.5
gig, 2 months old, $950 firm
Laptop Computer, Windows
XP, Microsoft Office, Modem
& DSL card. Complete, just
$325 (863)843-0158
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257

Bureau- Dresser Double, very
good cond. $80 or best offer
good shape. $100
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
w/ 2 end tables. $150 for all,
will separate. (863)467-1325
COUCH- Earth, Multi color, 7',
Primarily blue, Over stuffed,
3 cushion. Less than 2yrs
old $125 neg 863-634-3866
DAY BED- light pine $150
DINETTE SET, wood, with for-
mica top & 4 captain's
chairs, green, $125.
blond rattan, glass top, $275
DRESSER, w/ ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. 'drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
DRESSERS- 2, Sm Entertain-
ment ctr, Coffee table, Arm
chair. $150. neg.
cel. cond. only $80 or best
offer (863)467-9877
Oak 2 drawer Fling Cabinei
$100. Will separate
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
$1500 (863)763-9410
new, Leather, Pastel green,
Pd $1500 Asking $500.
(863)357-2233 Okee.
RECLINER- olive green, like
new, asking $125 or best of-
fer (863)824-0739
Lge, modern, full back cush-
ions, pale green/beige, 2yrs
old $500 (863)467-2435
Sofa & Loveseat, rattan, w/
matching end & coffee this.,
beige chintz w/dk. blue ac-
cent, $500.772-597-2003
SOFA, nice, You Move. $100.
queen size, multi color fab-
ric, $100. (863)467-0487
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- maple,
good condition, $50
TABLE- Round, Solidwood,
w/leaf. 4 Matching Captains
chairs on wheels. Cream,
$100. (863)634-3866
Twin Craftmatic Beds, (2), or
put together to make 1 queen
size; body massage, $500.

GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter, $135.

HAWKINS- .50 Caliber. Cap
block muzzle loader. Beautiful
wood stock & recoil pad Exc
cond $185.863-467-8578
made in Belgium, never im-
ported, brought over. 12ga,
30" f/m, $1500
SHOTGUN, 12 gauge pump,
w/slug barrel, Westernfield,
$250 or trade for pistol.
SHOTGUN, New England fire-
arms, 20 gauge, breakopen,
exposed hammer, $100.

FLOOR LAMP- With matching
glass top coffee table $125.
Shop here Ipsti
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PATIO SET- in good cond.
blue and white $50

Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $650. or best offer
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. Also reclines $425. or
best offer (863)467-4328.
WHEEL CHAIR, Motorized w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond. $550. (863)675-0104

Offered B25
Farm Suppffew/
Services Wane 830
Fortizer 835M
Horse 840
Suppfleo 845
Lam &Garden 850
Livestock 855
Pouitry/Supplieas 860
Flowers 885

CHEROKEE, 13 yr. reg. Spot-
ted Saddle horse. Nicely gait-
ed. Exp. rider. Needs good
home. $1500. (863)467-4049
HORSE TRAILER- Good condi.-
tion. $1500. Firm

WELDER TRAILER, single ax-
le, capable of holding gas
powered welder, $150 or
best offer. (954)520-6707

to list, Everything needed for
concert and home recording
Call (863)697-3345

BULL PUPS- $350 each,
Please call (863)634-0119
raised, $100 will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-2738
BIRDS- Aviary for small birds,
8x10, movable, 50 or more
birds, $1000 cash
2/6/06, 4 males, 3 females,
$125. (863)467-1574
$400 each. (863)634-4076
$5 (863)675-4981 LaBelle
PEKINGESE PUPS- all shots,
CKC, beautiful, all colors/sizes,
$300-400 will deliver.
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
LaBelle area
BULL- $800
(863)675-0218 La Belle

Shark. $100 (863)983-7205

er, Vintage, Good slape.
$25. (863)946-3123

With 2-4' speakers. $200

cond. $500 or best offer
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
Both are like brand new. $65
for both, will sep.

Honda, 250 gal. Good condi-
tion. $500. (772)342-7304
power, 10 hp Westinghouse,
75 psi, $1000
. (863)528-3332
CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
er, 9", Extra 9" blades, Excel-
lent condition $75. Or best
offer. 410-228-7137
berglass, new, $90 cash
(863)675-4970 leave mes-
GENERATOR- '05, 15KW, 100
amp transfer switch 4 yr ex-
tended warr. Never used
$3600. (863)634-2342
GENERATOR- 25 KW self con-
tained/Propane. Excellent
condition. $2500.
LATHE 36" w/Duplicator. $200
tic, exc cond., half price, $17
cash (863)675-4970 leave
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
works, $75. 931-337-1053
(cell) Iv. msg.

Air hockey, FOR 2 PLAYERS,
$10. (863)467-0171

ADULT DVD'S-(12) new for
$100 firm. No call after 8pm
please (863)634-'3783

Trailer for 18' to 20' Pontoon
Boat. (863)763-8872
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
Wanted Hay Bailer, used,


Chritmas Trees 745
Farm Equip-e-t 805
Farm Feed d 810
Farm Misc awus 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services

33 dryers, Located next
to Publix $250,000.
or (863)634-3312.

CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
extra's to list Must see inside.
$182,000. (863)697-8654
frame house w/pool, com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready now! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
772)597-6158 or
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
Nice DW, E. of Okee, 3 BR, 2
Ba., all appl's, shed, Fenced
yard. New well. Lg. carport.
$139,900. 772-201-8932

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GAS GRILL, like new, $80.
Murray lawn Mower, 4.5 hp,
22", Irg whis, Black & Decker
leaf blower & Crftsmn edger
$200 neg. (863)763-7613
Murry 2 Tiller, Briggs & Strat-
ton 3hp, $60 or best offer.
$175 (863)697-8731
RIDING MOWER for parts,
42", for parts only! motor,
tires, battery good, deck shot
$20 (931)337-1053 or

CALVES all kinds, healthy,
shots, wormed, will deliver,
$200 & up. Cows avail.
$350 & up. (863)235-0829.
HENS (9) White, Laying & (1)
Rooster. PIGMY GOATS also
available. (863)763-3923 Call
after 5pm.
Round, Blue, 8'x2'. Good
condition. $175

SADDLE, 15" Western rough-
out, semi-QH, 8 mo. old w/
new 34" Weaver Smart Cinch/
stirrups $200 772-263-1178


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property.
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

BASSINGER- 1br apt.,
$375/mo, + Sec Dep.
Remodeled, 2BR/1.5BA, 2
story, Oak Lake Apts., $800,
1st, last, $600 sec. dep., no
pets. (863)634-3313

Office Building, approx. 1200
sq. ft., avail, now, Call Judy

OKEECHOBEE- 3br. 2ba. dbl
W.ide, 1Si, 1' ij i'. d: O p No
smoking,- No Pets,
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, No
pets, $1200 + sec dep, refs,
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba,
55+ Community. For Rent
$800 mo. or For Sale $87,000.
neg. (863)357-2602
TAYLOR CREEK, 3 Bdrm., 2
Ba. w/lake access. Furnished
or Unfurnished. Available
again! Lori @ (561)723-3476

Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy

OKEECHOBEE, Male preferred.
Private Room & Bath Full privi-
leges, W/0, A/C, Cable, $75
wk $100 dep 863-467-0407

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses SalelOtS
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Laundry Mat
EstL 25 vrs., 32 washers/

12 Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 23, 2006

NW OKEE., Needs some re-
pairs. Additional lot at which
another house can be built
Great Investment! Only
$260,000. Must See to Ap-
preciate (863)675-8603 or
673-3925. Day or night ask
for Dwight
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $270k.
SW Section New 3 BR, 2 Ba,
on large lot Circular driveway.
2 car garage. All appliances &
new carpet (863)467-5509

FOR SALE: 42 acres, $12,000
per acre. 1.5 mIs. from hwy.
70. Approx. 26 ac. of creek &
16 ac. dry. (772)215-4630

Rim Canal, two, 100x265 +/-
lots, 1) has rentals or build
executive home, $165,000,
2) 3/2 DW MH storage build-
ing, dock, $225,000.
813-426-5152. Broker Par-
ticipation Welcome.

Mobile Homes

Fishermen's Paradise. 2br,
lba, park model, Fully furn.
$600 mo. (863)763-1727
Larkee Lake, 2BR,2BA, $700
mo., 1st & see., no pets, ref-
erences. (863)467-6688
$1100 mo + 1st, last &
$600 sec. dep. 2547 SE
32nd St. (863)634-3312

Waterfront, Adult Community,
2/1.5, fully furn., exc cond.,
$850/mo. Avail April 1st
(561)202-7702 or
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, 1ba,
$600/mo, 1st, last sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.

30x10 Fa Rm, fully fum, deck,
patio, beautiful gardens, Must
See! 157 Meadowlark RV
Park, Ortona, $12,000 or best
FT. PIERCE, '04, 26'x48', Fleet
wood 3br, 2ba, 38' new style
carport, Ig shed, screened
porch 772-429-0033
Palm Harbor Masterpiece,
28x52, 3/2, open floor plan,
Zone 3 wind storm,16x16
deck, appliance, exc cond,
orig owner, buyer pays mov-
ing. $32,900 (863)675-1490
or (239)728-2484
MOBILE HOME, '75, 12x50,
Handyman Special in River
Bend MHPneed approved by
park 50+ $500.
2/2, On Taylor Creek,,Lake
Okee access, seawall &
dock, exc cond., $135,000
(561)202-7702 or email

2/2 Split Floor
Screened Patio
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent

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Boats 3005
Ca a 3010
Jet=- 3015
MarineAcessories 3020
Motorcyde.s 3030
Sport Vehics/ATVs 3035

14' BOAT- unsinkable, fiber-
glass, fish finder, trlr, used
twice, Call for information
BAYLINER- '77, Outboard, 16',
Runs'good. $2500. or best
40 hp Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/trailer, awnings & ex-
tra's. $5800. (863)467-6696
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $1400 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
PONTOON BOAT '89, 27', Fi-
berglass, 100 hp O/B Mariner.
Wrap around seating w/cov-
ers. $2500. 863-357-6901
115hp Mariner engine. Low
hrs, very clean. $8200.
RENKIN, 19', w/85hp John-
son, troll. mtr., nice trlr, wa-
ter test, runs strong, $1800.
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft., Deep V
Bottom & big trolling motor.
w/trailer. Trailer needs work.
$1250. 863-824-0899
on trailer,, runs great, $2500
or best offer. (561)281-5429
WIND SURFER Mistral Pandira
Professional Board. German
made. Excellent. condition. Sell
for $100.513-260-6410

SLIDE IN CAMPER- 8ft, self
contained, air, for 1/2 ton,
truck $700 (863)357-1052

'84, Runs great Needs some
work on the inside. $2500.
Or best offer
JAYCO 1991 211/2 Ft., Eagle
5th wheel. Everything works.
5th wheel or. Goose neck hitch
incl. $5500 (863)467-6696
RV- '1991, 35', with 30'x10'
screen porch. $5500 Call
(863)763-9135 for more in-
RV SHELTER: 12 Ft x 24Ft x
13Ft H. Like new. Commercial
15 yr. top. Easy to move. No
permit $1000 863-467-6696

(2) w/all controls, 12 & 24
volt, new never used, $450
KAYAKS- 2, 14', Like new,
$750. (863)763-4982
MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson, 140
hp. w/trolling motor. $950.
for both. (863)467-6875

BOAT TRAILER: Single Axel,
Wide body. Up to a 17 Ft., 14"
tires. New wench, dolly, tail
lights. $350. (513)260-6410

collectors item, $8000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE!
Yamaha Roadstar 2005 -
Midnight Silverado, 1700cc,
hard bags, windshield, chrome
front end, white wall, back
rest, full wrnty, show room
cond. Must sell $9,500

4-wheeler, both run! $600 or
best offer, will separate

FRANKLIN, '06, 33', 2 slide-
outs, fully loaded, sleeps 6,
w/d, $19,000.
(302)983-8125 cell



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
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
Vans 4070

condition. Motor needs work.
$300. (863)946-3269
runs great! Must. sell $1200
or best offer 863-697-9598
DODGE STRATUS '96, 5 spd.,
4 cyl., good on gas. Great
shape! Excellent transporta-
tion. $1850. (863)697-3300
Convertible. 39K Fully auto-
matic. Updated A/C System. 1
Owner. $6500 (863)467-8522
FORD TEMPO GL, '93, for
parts, car does run, $250.
auto, 57k actual miles,
$1200 (863)824-6799 or
Honda Accord LXI '87- 2 dr.
hatch, 4 cyl., manual, $1200
863-467-5401- or
Mercury Marquis LS, '90, 5.0,
V8, low mi., good body &
int., cold a/c, great trans.,
$2500. (863)467-6805

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Donit Miss

This One
MUSTANG '02- V6, aulo, PW,
PL, white w/tan inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
(302)245-0401 Dover
4dr, auto, PW/PL/PS, cold
AC, AM/FM stereo/cass
$1400 (863)673-4151
Some front end damage.
Runs great. $500.
OLDS DELTA 88- '84, 68k
orig. mi. New tires, 2 owner
car. Good cond. $2800.
mechanics special, $200 or
best offer. (772)774-9901

Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible / Truck. Please call

BRONCO 11 '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but no rust, $1750
firm. (863)805-8789
Chevy Blazer, '94, 4x4, 4 dr.,
w/very low miles & impec-
cably maintained, $4200.
(239)229-6385 or e-mail
axles. Good for a buggy.
$200. (863)228-2351
JEEP RENEGADE 1991, 4x4,
Auto., Mint condition. New en-
birae s& bra. s 400 mil on en-
girne $7800 i863146,-6696

CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
or (863)763-2063 .
GOLF CART, '99 Club Car, Gas
powered. Aluminum box.
$1700. (772)332-6623

EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club Car, 48V
elec, w/batt charger, also
roof, $1300 (863)763-8714

DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $175
w/center caps, fair cond., 4
P205/65R15 Regent Sigma
tires, $200. (561)718-8580
TIRES on rims, from Jeep
Wrangler, brand new
30/9.50/R15 Lt, Goodyear
$450 (863)634-3261
TONNEAU COVER- off 8ft bed,
Ford, $450 or best offer
TONNEAU COVER, white, fi-
berglass, fits full size bed,
$450. (863)467-7428
Truck Bed, Lights, Bumper Tail
Gate for '99-'01 Ford F150,
white in color, $350 or best
offer. (863)946-1138
UTILITY BOX, "Stahl" 8 Ft.
$200. (863)634-7706 .

CHEVY 1 Ton Dually 1983
w/Lift Bed. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)634-7706
Chevy 810 1990, runs great
good work truck $900 firm
FORD FlO, 83, auto, air,
30Jci, nsw iires two-tone
blue, $1700. (863)697-8464
GMC SIERRA'83- 6.2L diesel,
runs good w/flat bed,motor
strong, needs little :xody
work, $2500 (954)520-6707
ISUZU PU '91- AC, runs good,
4 cyl, $1000 (772)618-0607
Off Ranger step side. Snug
up to the cab type. $300.

Community Events

14th annual Fort Drum Day planned
The Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will h
the 14th annual Fort Drum Day Celebration on Saturday and Sund
April 1 and 2. Saturday's events will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.
and will include games and prizes for youth, a pig roast and a bak
contest. There will also be several musical groups and gosi
singers providing the entertainment. Sunday events will begin wit
church service at 10.30 a.m with Reverend Fred Hodges. Also f
tured will be Reverend Joe Bishop and gospel groups The Gulf St
Quartet and the Celebration Singers. Following the services thE
will be dinner on the grounds, as well as more gospel music a
messages from local ministers. Everyone is welcome. Attend(
should 'bring a lawn chair and a covered dish. For information, c
Sandy at (863) 357-2164 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.

O.R.E. holding fundraiser
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) group is holdinE
fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a quill a
afghan. Tickets can be obtained with a $5 donation The dra\i
will be held April 3. For information, contact Gay Carlton at 1.8(
763-5755, Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829, Marion Davis at (863) 7
3991, Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487 or Regina Hamrick
(863) 763-8865.

Annual speech contest is planned'
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservati6n Disti
Speaking Contest will be held at 10 a.m, Tuesday, April 4, at 1
Okeechobee USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The contest
open to any student enrolled in grades six through 12 inr Ok
chobee County. The topic is "Wise Use of Florida's Wa
Resources," Speeches are to be six to eight minutes in duratii
Time under or over (these limits will cost the contestant two poi
for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three independent judges \
score contestants on content, composition and delivery. Cont
tants may use notes while speaking, but visual aides may not
used. Prizes for the contest are $500 for first, $400 for second a
$300 for third. There will also be a participation prize of $50 to
contestants. Any student interested in participating may cont.
Joanna Sherman at the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservati
District at (863) 763-3619.

Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee-will be host ayard sale on Friday, Apri
and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be hekl
the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer house located al I
corner of S.E. Fourth, Street and Third Avenue; next to the Hosp
residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yz
sale donations are accepted at this location.

Barbecue proceeds help Smalls family
A barbecue to help the Smalls family will be held in Flagler PN
Saturday, April 8, from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will consist of cz
bage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken or thr
ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner tickets

Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, will hos
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m.
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help star
K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.

Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser for
Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community Colle
(IRCC) Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Act
ties will include a barbecue, Easter egg hunt, Chinese auction an
horseshoe tournament. There will also be live entertainment. ]
information, call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.

Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday beg
ning through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Americ
Legion Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunt
run, tax counseling preparation service that can answer most of )
tax issues faced by middle to low income taxpayers, with spec
attention to taxpayers 60 years old or older. Please bring last yea
tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, interest, dividend, broker and Soc
Security statements for 2005. Picture ID, Social Security card a
birth dates are required for everyone that is to be listed on 1
return. A blank check for direct deposit of refund is also require
AARP-Taxaide does not do state income tax returns. For inform
tion, call Neile Foreman, district coordinator, at (863) 357-1694.

UF/IFAS plans career fair
ost The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Managerente
Jay, Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until I p.m. at
m. the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education
ing Center (IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce. The event is
pel being held because IRREC has launched a new-bachelor's degree
h a program in environmental management and enrollment is increas-
ea- ing greatly. For information, contact Kim Wilson by calling (772)
ate 468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at
lnd Mainstreet board nominations sought
call Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Mainstreet until April 26 For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at I8631 697-2054.

Reunion planned for '60s classes
g a There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
Und .S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are a mem-
rig ber of a class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For informa-
631 tion, call (863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.
Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be
held Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce at (S63) 763-6464.
the Center looks to expand activities
t is
ee- Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Rauler-
Iter son Service Center, 1019 W South Park St.,.has arts and crafts for
on. seniors at the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and blue-
nts giass and gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The center
\iii would like to expand its activities to groups that would like to play
es- board games, card games and bingo. If anyone is interested or has
be any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie at (863) 462-
ind 5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activities are held from
all 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to seniors age 60 and
act over.
Ornament sales benefits scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are now taking pre-
paid orders for a limited edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The
1 7 ornament is 24 karat gold on brass and includes a numbered certifi-
j at cate and historical information. Each ornament is $15. All proceeds
tre from the sale of the ornaments will go to the ORE scholarship. To
ice place an order, call: Kay McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay Carlton, (863)
ard 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis, (863)
763-3991; or Regina Hamrick,.(863) 763-8865.

Martha's House office has moved
Martha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have moved
ab- to their new location at 103 N.W. Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5, next door
ree to the Medicine Shoppe.

Summer Activity Guide offered
The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee (Community Col-
Slaborative Council) is sponsoring a Summer Activity Guide for chil-
t: a dren. The intent of this guide is to inform parents and children about
All local services and activities to keep all children safe, supervised and
rt a active this summer. Some organizations have volunteered to spon-
sor this booklet so you can promote your program for free. To
include your summer program in the guide, call Sharon Vinson,
Shared Services Network facilitator, at (863) 462-5000, ext.257. A
the copy of this activity guide will go home with every child in the
school district in early May.
d a CAP looking for senior members
For The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer
in- the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main mis-
:an sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace edu-
eer cation and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side
the by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
cial becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the
air's Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
the Class of '97 plans reunion
ed. Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okee-
na- chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail

Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks \\ill be accepted
at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N.
Park St. Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurri-
cape Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given
, a Red Cross receipt.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House canalso have,them 9-1-1 activated for
participants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863)
763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 4134
U.S. 441 N.

Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist
Medicare recipients in selecting and enrolling in Medicare Part D
programs. Those taking part will need to bring their complete list
of all prescription medications and dosages, along with their
Medicare card. Anyone who feels that may be eligible for govern-
ment assistance in paying premiums must bring proof of income.

Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will
hold classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for
parents and pre-school children. The curriculum will explore
God's word through, activity centers. There will also be a special
class for parents. For information or to register, call Angela at
(863) 763-4021.

Parenting classes are offered
.The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting par-
enting education classes starting in March. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. For specific dates, informa-
tion and to register for the class call the Healthy Start office at
(863) 462-5877.

Cantata rehearsals continuing
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will hold rehearsals each Sunday from 3 until 5.p.m.
for their seventh annual Easter Cantata. The rehearsals will be
held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Street.
-This year's cantata will be 'Three Days," created by Camp Kirk-
land and Debra Craig-Claar. The cantata contains interesting
rhythms and lovely harmonies. The cantata will be presented dur-
ing Palm Sunday weekend April 7, 8 and 9 and will feature
the newly-refurbished Reuter pipe organ. Singers should be able
to match pitch and read music somewhat. Rehearsals are fast-
paced and loads of fun. Winter residents are always welcome. For
information, call Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.

Church offering study sessions
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is
offering a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on
Discipleship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and
Craig Kennet Miller. The study will take place each Tuesday from
6:45 until 7:45 p.m. at the church. The study is opep to everyone,
and will be led by Rev. Bruce Simpson and Rev. Jim Dawson. For
information or to register, call (863) 763-4021.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold
yard sales every Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds
from the sales help support activities for the children. Usable
donations are always accepted and should be taken to the ranch
on U.S. 441 S.E. Pick-up service is not available. For information,
contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

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 com-
municate 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.


INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, in compliance with the Consultants Com-
petitive Negotiations Act, FS 287-055, desires architectural services for the de-
sign and supervision of the following project:
Firms desiring to provide Professional Services for the subject project shall submit
One (1) onpinal and Four (4) conles clearly indicating the project for which you
are submitting. Please submit the following information in the order listed:
1.Letter of interest
2.GSA Forms 254 and 255
3.Consultant Questionnaire Form-- which can be obtained by calling
the IRCC Facilities Planning Office at 772-462-7360, or preferably by
e-mailing your request to ojveviircc.edi
4.Three (3) letters of recommendation from owners with whom you have had ex-
perience in the pastthree (3) years
5.Copy of firm's current Florida Professional Registration License
6.if your firm is a corporation, please provide a copy of your current Florida Cor-
porate Charter
Submittal documents will be accepted In the Indian River Community College Fa-
cilities Planning Office Buildino "S' Room #233 3209 Virginia Avenue Fort
Pierce FL 34981-5596 no later than 12-00 Noon on Thursday Apni 6 2006
Submittals received afterthat time/date will not be considered
Scope of services include, butare not limited to the design and architectural super-
vision of a 22,000 GSF Conference Center at the IRCC Dixon Hendry Campus
in Okeechobee County.
The subject facility will be located at the IRCC Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W.
9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Please direct inquiries to the IRCC Facilities
Planning Office by calling 772-462-7360 or by e-malting Thank
you for your interest in our projects.
121643 ON 3/16/06

PICKUP 1973 GMC for parts,
rebuild able 350 engine,
good tires, mirrors etc. $200

motor, Runs & Drives good.
$2500 (863)673-4470

TRAILER- 5'x8', With ramp.
Excellent condition. $550.
(863j357 5 54

CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides.
good on hwy, $990

CHEVY '92 BOX VAN- 6.2 die-
sel, 5spd, runs, needs some
cosmetic work, $1600

DODGE- '84, 15 Passenger, 1
ton, Nice seats, $1.490
863)673-0782 or

Sor- make offer

Runs good. Some front end
damage. Selling for $1000 or
best offer. (239)465-7156

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