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Vol. 97 No. 127 Sunday, May 7, 2006 754 Plus tax


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OHS student wins
$2,500 scholarship
Officials of National Merit
Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC) announced Wednes-
day, May 3, the names of 2500
distinguished high school sen-
iors who have won National
Merit $2,500 Scholarships.
Michael J. Minnick, of Okee-
chobee High School was
awarded the National Merit
$2,500 Scholarship for Okee-
chobee County.
This is the second
announcement of winners in
the 2006 National Merit Schol-
arship Program. These Merit
Scholar designees were cho-
sen from a talent pool of
approximately, 15,000 out-
standing finalists in the 2006
National Merit Scholarship
Program.
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Reducing runoff: Ranchers implement BMPs


Large cherry
harvest expected
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) Cher-
ry growers in the Northwest
are optimistic they could top
last year's record harvest, and
provide a long, cherry-filled
summer for consumers.
It's good news after a year
in which growers couldn't
meet demand.
"Last year we had a record
crop, and we still couldn't pro-
vide all the cherries we need-
ed," said B.J. Thurlby, presi-
dent of Northwest Cherry
Growers, a promotional group
for growers and shippers.
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2 coral species on
'threatened'list
MIAMI Two coral species
in Florida and. the Caribbean
now have a spot on the federal
threatened list because of dan-
gers posed by human activity,
hurricanes and higher water
temperatures.
The elkhorn and staghorn
coral species have suffered a
97 percent decline in areas off
the Florida Keys and in the
Caribbean since 1985 and
must be protected, National
Marine Fisheries Service biolo-
gist Stephania Bolden said Fri-
day.
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Drought Index
Current. 568
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

13.24 feet


Lake level
LastYear: '
14.79 feet

(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index

Classifieds ..... .15, 16
Mini Page .......... 14
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ........ .12
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ........... .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ............ .5
TV .............. .12
Weather ........... .2

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Special to INI/Florida Archives
This photo from 1946 shows beef cattle grazing near Clewiston.

Ranchers work to limit runoff


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Agriculture has been pin-
pointed as a major contributor
to the current crisis of the Lake
Okeechobee Watershed.
In a nutshell, the crisis com-
prises three main features:
excessive phosphorus loading,
harmful high water levels, and
rapid expansion' of exotic
plants." (Source: South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) Environmental
Report, March 1, 2006, Vol. 1,
Chapter 1A, page 8.)'
In addition to prevalent rain
in this subtropical region, fin-
gers have pointed to agriculture
as a major player in adding to
the lake's woes because 65 per-
cent of the county's landscape
lies in agricultural growth and
pastures. A sizeable portion of
agriculture is devoted to beef
and dairy cattle. So it is not sur-
prising that when a heavy phos-
phorus content was found in
the lake, heads turned to the
cattle industry.
However, from the early
days when "scrub" cattle
roamed freely until modern
times when cattle are fenced in
or held in containment barns,
cattle have been a vital part of
the area's history, and continue
as a mainstay of the local econ-
omy.
While there are varying theo-
ries of how cattle arrived here,
several authors have attributed


Florida cattle to the Spaniards
\\ho settled the area. In 1513,
Ponce de Leon came to Florida
and left. He returned in 1521
with cattle and horses, accord-
ing to the Florida Cattlemen's
Association website. Spanish
explorers made Florida Ameri-
ca's oldest cattle-raising state,
their report continued.
"No other part of our coun-
try had cattle until the Pilgrims
brought more in 1625," the
report said.
According to the November
1992 publication "75th Anniver-
sary, The Colorful Past of Okee-
chobee," by Twila Valentine, by
the 1870s, cattle herds ranged in
size from 5,000 to 50,000 head.
She quoted Alfred J. and
Kathryn A. Hanna as writing in
their 1948 book, "Lake Okee-
chobee: Wellspring of the Ever-
glades," that "Rustling was
prevalent throughout the state
because the state had open
range and cattle roamed freely
through the trackless expans-
es."
Frank "Sonny" Williamson,
president of Williamson Cattle
Company on U.S. 441 N, attrib-


'uted ihe afiist cattle in Florida'to
the Spanish when St. Augustine
was founded in, 1565. He said
the cattle used to roam free
because there was no fence law
in the state until the late 1930s
or 1940s. He recalled a time in
Pinellas County when cows
would lie on the highway at
night and people had to watch
out for them when driving their
automobiles.
Today, beef cattle in Okee-
chobee County total 70,000
head, according to the 2005
Florida Agricultural Statistics
Directory, which ranks the
county number two in the state
for beef cattle. All cattle and
calves on Florida farms and
ranches, as of January 1, 2005,
including dairy cattle, totaled
1,740,000, unchanged from
2004. Okeechobee County is
ranked number one for all cattle
in the state. According to the
National Cattlemen's Beef Asso-
ciation (NCBA), beef is the
number one protein in Ameri-
ca.
Dairy cattle came much later
to the area and today total
33,000 head in Okeechobee
County, which ranks the county
number one in the state for milk
cows. Milk production in the
county for 2005 was 58,002,278
gal., and 25 percent of the
state's milk production is from
Okeechobee County, according
to Maggie Murphy of Southeast
See Watershed Page 2


Edited by MaryAnn Morris
From 1977 until her death in
2003, Independent Newspapers
of Florida was privileged to have
on staff a superb writer and his-
torian, Twila Valentine. Mrs.
Valentine wrote much about the
history of the people and places
around Lake Okeechobee and
about the lake itself. Together
with Okeechobee's Betty
Williamson, president of the
Okeechobee Historical Society,
she co-authored a book, now in
its second printing, "Strolling
down Country Roads in Okee-
chobee."
We will be dipping back into
some of these stories from time
to time as we are now with an


Recollections
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history


interview with Ossie Raulerson.
Ossie said he was born in Ft.
Drum in 1906, but later his fami-
ly moved to Okeechobee where
his uncle, Lewis Raulerson had
the first store in town and the
See History Page 2


Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
The truck that Ossie talks about may have looked something like these, parked in Arcadia
around 1917. If anyone has a photo of Ellis Meserve's truck, please let us know.


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Milk, Inc. in Belleview.
According to Louis "Red" Lar-
son, owner of Larson's Dairy, a
few dairies were in the area
before 1955, but the first dairy
farms that relocated here from
Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
counties did so in the mid-1950s.
He bought his first property in
Highlands County in the Lake
Okeechobee Basin in 1961 and
built his first barn there in 1964.
He no longer owns that property.
He said it was too close to the
Kissimmee River, a sampling site
for SFWMD, and had too many
environmental problems. The
property is now used for citrus
farming. Mr. Larson bought a sec-
ond farm in 1968, another in 1971
in Basinger, another in 1980, and
property east of town in 1982 that
was an already existing dairy
farm.
Things ran pretty smoothly for
dairy farmers up until the mid-
1980s when water managers
noticed increased phosphorus
inputs from the northern water-
shed that were traced to animal
agricultural activities.
High phosphorus loads had
already accumulated over 60
years, according to the SFWMD
website, and they reported 30,000
tons of phosphorus at the bottom
of the lake in the form of soft
organic mud. They said the lake is
shallow, and the mud mixes with
the water column every time
strong winds blow across the lake
surface, keeping the phosphorus
concentration high. In the end,
submerged plant beds cannot get
the light they need to grow, and
phosphorus may stimulate the
growth of cattail along the edge of
the littoral zone.
Other factors contribute to the
lake environment, but in the
1980s the state began looking at
cattle ranching and dairy farming
operations to make improve-
ments in the balance of nutrients
running off of farms into ditches,
canals, rivers, streams and, ulti-
mately, Lake Okeechobee. Many
cattle ranchers and dairy farmers
began implementing best man-
agement practices (BMPs) 10
years ago and began fencing their
cattle away from waterways.
Mr. Williamson said Florida
legislators passed a law stating
that in no case shall nutrients be
allowed to enter a body of state
water that causes an imbalance of
the natural flora or fauna. On the


federal level came the Clean
Water Act of 1972, and the EPA
began monitoring waterways
more stringently; in Florida, the
Department of Environmental
Protection adopted the Compre-
hensive Nutrient Balance Plan
that affects all of agriculture,
inclusive of dairy and beef cattle
farmers. It expands on the Florida
Dairy Rule, said Mr. Larson.
In 1987, the state passed the
Dairy Rule and the requirement
for dairy farmers to implement
BMPs to reduce the amount of
nutrient runoff from their farms.
Following the rule caused a finan-
cial hardship for many dairymen.
Mr. Larson said that out of 45
dairies that were operating in the
Lake Okeechobee Basin in 1987,
only 19 dairies remain. Many sold
out or moved their operation to
other states that do not have the
same environmental concerns as
South Florida.
What moved beef cattle
toward Okeechobee, according
to Mr. Williamson, was the peo-
ple footprint. He said that people
first came to Fort Basinger
because there was transportation
available, and they brought cattle
with them.
"They could travel by steam-
boat to Kissimmee," he said.
While the first white settlers,
Arthur and Thomas Daughtrey,
were recorded in Basinger and
later others settled in Fort Drum -
people settled around forts Peter
Raulerson is credited with being
Okeechobee's first cattleman,
according to Mr. Williamson. He
said Mr. Raulerson moved to the
Taylor Creek area called Tantie in
1896.
"There was an area of Taylor
Creek that ran to the Kissimmee
River called 'the bend.' Mr. Rauler-
son would put his cattle in the
water there without fences so he
could keep track of them," Mr.
Williamson said.
It goes almost without ques-
tion that cattle are raised in rural
areas such as Okeechobee Coun-
ty, and for good reason. Wes
Williamson, Sonny's son, said
that it's a matter of economics
and is driven by increasing urban-
ization. As people move in and
,develop an area,as an urban set-
ting, farmers and ranchers move
out because the price of land
increases beyond the break-even
point of farming.
"Sometimes the increased
land value is the biggest part of a
rancher's income when he sells
it," Sonny .Williamson said. He
continuec,"Cat.lemen are land
rich and catte poor. Cattle do not


provide a good return on the
investment, less than one per-
cent. But some ranches that are in
the third and fourth generations
have huge values now because
land values have increased."
All of the beef raised inr the
county and the entire state of
Florida is exported out of state to
finishers because there are no
beef processing plants in Florida.
As Mr. Williamson put it, it is less
expensive to send the cattle out to
the food supply than it is to grow
the feed.
Milk, on the other hand, is a
locally used commodity and 100
percent of the milk produced in
Florida stays within the state.
According to Mr. Larson, milk
processors are more concerned
with availability of milk than with
price. He said when they arrive at
work at 4 a.m., they want to see
milk trucks lining their driveways.
Water use by the beef and
dairy cattle industry is negligible,
according to both Mr. Larson and
Mr. Williamson, and hard to
measure. So too is the runoff from
farms in terms of quantity of
water. Beef cattle use rainwater
and drink from a pond. Few cattle
farmers irrigate.
Dairy cows drink fresh water
in the confinement barns and
milking parlors, or pastures for
those that are not in confinement
barns. Art Darling, executive
director of Sunshine State Milk
Producers, said there is a national
estimate of 135 gallons of water
per day per dairy cow for drinking
and cleaning. Excreted waste is
often re-circulated by means of
retention ponds and lagoons and
may be treated with chemicals to
reduce phosphorus and used for
irrigation.
Dairy cows graze on fields that
are not irrigated. Some dairies use
a spray field and center pivot sys-
tem that takes water from a third
stage lagoon that is minus nutri-
ents. Water runoff flows by gravity
to the lowest area via ditches and
natural systems to the lake and
eventually to the ocean.
Many cattle ranchers and dairy
farmers are putting a lot of time
and money into BMPs that better
contain water on their land and
reduces phosphorus and other
nutrients before it runs off. They
all are engaged in extensive
record keeping and reporting of
their activities to state regulatory
agencies.
John Folks with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services, said that on
dairies, the cost to put cows in
confinement is tremendously


high, but it has a cost-share pro-
gram, almost a 50/50 split with
the state. Dairies run $2 mil for
400 cows just for barns and a
waste management system, and
all dairies have to do all that is
required to keep nutrients out of
the waterways.
"If the dairy wants to stay in
business, the owner will have to
do it," he said.
Mr. Folks said that if a dairy
went to confinement years ago, it
just has to do improvements and
that shouldn't be so expensive.
But if one is pasturing cows and
has to go to confinement barns, it
will be very expensive. However,
grazing cows can be done, but he
believes doing so is rare.
One BMP that both dairymen
and cattle ranchers use is ensur-
ing that cattle are fed only the
amount of phosphorus-contain-
ing feed that they need for pro-
duction, growth and reproduc-
tion.
No doubt, the ecology of the
Lake Okeechobee Basin has
changed greatly over the past 30
years. According to Missie Barlet-
to, with SFWMD, there has been
an impact in the watershed from
agriculture, urban growth, and
the Herbert Hoover Dike. With a
sandy bottom to the lake, native
plants are not allowed to bloom,
and exotic plants, such as water
hyacinths and water lettuce float-
ed into the lake. Also, torpedo
grass that was planted for grazing
during the dry season before
fences were built is still at the
lake. In the past, cows could
graze at the lake edge.
The local economy benefits
greatly from the dairy and beef
cattle industries. Mrs. Barletto
revealed restilts from a recently
conducted study, not yet released,
that showed gross full- and part-
time work in Okeechobee as 18.4
percent between 1990 and 2002,
compared to 35.17 percent in the
state. The average earnings per
job in Florida totaled 49.7 percent
compared to 37.9 percent in
Okeechobee County at that time.
In 2002, Okeechobee job earn-
ings were $18,818 per capital
compared to $29,758 in the state.
More than 25 percent of jobs in
Okeechobee County were directly
dependent on farming, compared
to three percent for the state, and-
that includes related industries,
such as feed supply, transporta-
tion, and farming equipment sup-
ply.
Okeechobee County is known
as a hub of farm equipment and
supplies, and has the largest live-
stock market in the state.:


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first car, according to Ossie.
"My uncle had a Model T
delivery truck with a flat top on it
and it had all these button things
on it and it has glass roll up on it
for when it rained.
"One day, we went down to
the lake. There was Mother and
her sister,. (Faith Raulerson
Meserve, Lewis Meserve's wife)
and another sister and we went
to the lake to take a swim. At that
time, there was a beautiful sand
bottom and you could go a long
ways out there and bathe. The
road that went down by the
beach was just wagon road. My
cousin Hiram, the oldest one of
the boys, he was driving this
delivery truck and there was 11
of us kids in there and behind
that his mother was driving a
Model T car. She had two of the
younger kids in there. We got
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dog. His wheels got jammed in
the old ruts in there and he
turned over. I was riding on the
running board on the left-hand
side and that's the way the thing
turned over on its left side. I
was caught underneath the
truck and one of those buttons
they used to fasten the top on
struck me and broke three ribs. I
had a wide shape up there and
one of them cut through the skin
of my throat. It almost cut my
throat all the way through.
"They brought me home,
unconscious, laid in a horse
drawn wagon. I guess for a cou-
ple of Weeks off and on, I could-
n't breathe, Just gasp. Our doc-
tor was Dr. Anna, but we
couldn't get her that night. She
was over to a little place at a
restaurant that they had over
there that had caught on fire and
she was over there helping fight
the fire. We had another doctor,
named Tolson and they had to
get him. He took a little piece of
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ter and Doc Anna wouldn't
come as long as Dr. Tolson was
there. So the third day, when he
come my mother told him we
wouldn't need him any more
and they got Dr. Anna.
"That was during World War I
and her son Dick was home on
furlough. So she came in there
and she put a piece of plaster,
adhesive all around me and she
cut holes in it. We didn't have a
piece of string to pull it together
and her son was there. They leg-
gings with strings that wrapped
around in the army in World War
I, so he took one of those strings
off his boot and strapped me up
and pulled it pretty tight on
there.
"A few minutes after that, I
was breathing normal again.
There's a lot of talk
they tell about Dr. Anna. She
was a wonderful person. I have
many memories of her. I was
always sick.
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the measles. Back in those
times, if measles didn't break out
on you, they'd kill you. Of
course, my mother was about as
near as a doctor as there was
without being a doctor. We did-
n't even have patent drugs (over
the counter) back in those days,
so she used to go out in the
woods and pick weeds. Back in
those days they called it tenne-
role. I haven't seen any of it in
years, but it was a bush about so
high and it had a purple bloom.
She would take that and strip
those leaves off that and put it in
a pot and boil it. "Back in those
days, we didn't have sugar, so
she would put home-made
syrup in there and she'd make
me drink that just as hot as I
could stand it. I drank enough of
that stuff to float a boat, I reckon.
We used to have the Sears cata-
logue and Montgomery Ward's;
everybody got them. Finally she
ordered some tea ginger tea
and that took the place of it."


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OHS student wins 2006


National Merit Scholarship


Students of the week
Yearling Middle School is pleased to announce the names of the students of the week.
Principal, Brian Greseth, Edward DeGroat, Kyle McGee, Brooke Stewart, Vanessa Estra-
da, Yuri Tiajero, Erika Klingler and Andrea Eddings.


School Menu


Okeechobee County
School District
May8 through May 12
Monday May 8
Breakfast:
Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Lunch:
Seaside Fish Nuggets
Roll
Chicken Patty on bun
Seasoned Broccoli
Salad cup
Sliced Peaches
Fruit Juice
Fresh Fruit
Tuesday May 9
Breakfast:
Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Lunch:
Macaroni & Cheese
With Ham
Lowfat Corn Dog
Mixed Vegetables
Salad Cup
Mixed Fruit


Fruit Juice,
Fresh Fruit
Wednesday May 10
Breakfast:
Breakfast Burrito
Lunch:
Chicken & Rice casserole
Country style Biscuit
. Yogurt, Fruit &
Cheese Plate
Seasoned green beans
Salad Cup
Gelatin with Fruit
Fruit Juice
Fresh Fruit
Thursday, May 11
Breakfast:'
Breakfast Sausage Pizza
Lunch:
Beef Taco Salad
Deli Sliced Turkey on Bun
Yellow Corn
Salad Cup
Applesauce
Fruit Juice
Fresh Fruit


Friday May 12
Breakfast:
Breakfast Hot Pockets
Lunch:
Stuffed Crust Cheese
or Pepperoni Pizza
BBQ Diced Chicken on Bun
Baby Carrots with Dip
Pineapple Tidbits
Fruit Juice
Fresh Fruit
Elementary menus:
Each breakfast includes: juice,
choice of entree or cereal and
toast; choice of whole, reduced
fat or lowfat chocolate milk
Each lunch includes: choice of
one entree, choice of two (veg-
etable, fruit or fruit juice), choice
of whole, reduced fat or lowfat
chocolate milk
Meal prices:
Breakfast: $ .75
Reduced: $.30
Lunch $1.25
Reduced: $.40


Officials of National Merit
Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC) announced Wednesday,
May 3, the names of 2500 distin-
guished high school seniors who
have won National Merit $2500
Scholarships. Michael J. Min-
nick, of Okeechobee High
School was awarded the Nation-
al Merit $2500 Scholarship for
Okeechobee County.
This is the second announce-
ment of winners in the 2006
National Merit Scholarship Pro-
gram. These Merit Scholar
designees were chosen from a
talent pool of approximately
15,000 outstanding finalists in
the 2006 National Merit Scholar-
ship Program. All Finalists com-
peted for the National Merit
$2500 Scholarship.-, Winners,
selected by committee of col-
lege admissions officers and
high school counselors, are the
Finalists in each state judged to
have the strongest combination
of accomplishments, skills, and
potential for success in rigorous
college studies.
NSMC is financing most of the
single-payment National Merit
$2500 Scholarships with its own'
funds. Companies and business-
es that support sponsored
awards through NMSC, help
underwrite these scholarships
with grants they provide in lieu
of administrative fees.
Scholar selection was based
on committee members'
appraisal of a substantial
amount of information by Final-
ists and their schools. Evaluated
were each Finalist's academic
record, including diflficulty level
of subjects studied and grades
earned; scores from two stan-
dardized tests; contributions and
leadership in school and com-
munity activities; an essay
describing interests and goals;


and the recommendation writ- state's percentage of the nation-
ten by a high school official. The al total of graduating high school
number of winners named in a seniors.


state is in proportion to the


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James Edward Hudson.
James Edward Hudson, a
dedicated father, age 69., of
Okeechobee,
died May 4,
2006 at his
home. Mr.
Hudson was
born Feb. 21,
1937 in Samp
son, Ala. to
George Lewis_
and Lessie
Hudson, He James
was self Edward
employed -in Hudson
the trucking
industry having come to Okee-
chobee from 'Winter Haven in
1975. Mr. Hudson was of the


Baptist faith. He was a, member
of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed
fishing and woodworking.
Mr. Hudson was preceded in
death by sons, James Edward
Hudson, Jr. and Richard Alden
Hudson.
He is survived by his wife of
25 years, Margie Hudson of
Okeechobee; a first wife,of 25
years, Shirley Hudson of Winter
Haven; four sons,: Michael (Jen-
nie) Hudson of Port St. Lucie,
Kevin E. (Cyndi) Hudson of
Orlando, Roy (Denise) Hudson
of Okeechobee, and Carl (All-
son) Hudson of Okeechobee;
daughters, Lorriane Shirey of
Jensen Beach, Jean (Scott)
Krum of Fort Pierce, and Kristy


(Brian) Hamblen of Okee-
chobee; 11 grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren; br,',the rs,
Billy Hudson of Winter Haven
and Dan Hudson of Jensen
Beach; and sister, Faye Nelsonr of
Auburndale..
Visitation will be 10.:30 to 11l
a.m., Tuesday,. May 9, 2006 at
Bass OkeechobEe Cliapel funer-
al services following at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at Evergreen
Cemetery with Pastor Joe Bish-
op of Fountain. of Life Church
officiating.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.


Steven Michael Weisser
Steven Michael Weisser of
Okeechobee died on May 2,
2006. He is survived by two sons,
Chad and Steven \Veisser, moth-
er; Eleanor McConahay, two
"brothers' Ron and Terry and sis-
ter; Jud\. Steve was full of life
-and loved by all, a true salesman,
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Community Events

Denny Holerger benefit planned
Former Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy
Denny Holerger was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou
Gehrig's Disease). A benefit will be held Friday, May 12, from
10:30 until 2 p.m. across from the OCSO, 504 N.W Fifth Ave., in
the open lot by the Sheriffs department. Dinners will be sold
and will consist of Boston butt, potato salad, green beans and
rolls for $6 each. Deliveries will be made by the COP Volunteer
Program. Call Carolyn at (863) 634-1476, (863) 634-5801 or
(863) 634-5819.


Bikers ride for Pregnancy Center
Motorcycle riders will meet at the Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. to ride for
the Pregnancy Resource Center. The bike ride will be 160 miles
around Lake Okeechobee. For information call Gene at (863)
634-1723, Debbie at (863) 634-6252 or Sam at (863) 634-8980.
All funds will be donated to the Pregnancy Resource Center
that helps young mothers in crisis.


Driver safety course offered
An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at The Gathering,
1735 S.W. 24th Ave., on Saturday, May 13, and Saturday, May
20, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be paid
by check only. Please call to sign up for class. This is the last
class until September. You do not have to be a member of
AARP or have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are
invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-year
discount upon completion of class. The class is scheduled for
two, four-hour days. The instructor will be Mrs. D.J. Bryan. For
information, contact her at (863) 763-0351.


Agency on Aging meeting slated
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach and the Treasure
Coast, Inc., will meet Monday, May 15, at 9 a.m. in the Area
Agency board room, 1764 N. Congress Ave., Suite 201, in West
Palm Beach. For information, call Heather Newsome at (561)
684-5885.


Church changes its name
Parrott Avenue Christian Church is now known as the West-
side Christian Church of Okeechobee, and is located at 8082
S.R. 70 W. The minister is Richard Barker and the Associate
Minister is Willard Delaney.. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m.,
while Sunday Bible School starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday night
prayer meetings begin at 6 p.m. A nursery is provided. For
information, call (863) 467-2278.


Groups planning Halloween celebration
Okeechobee Main Street, in conjunction with the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police
Department, Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners,
Okeechobee City Council and the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce, are organizing an alternative to door-to-door Trick-
or-Treating. If your group or organization would like to be a
part of this community-wide Halloween alternative to be held
downtown in the park areas please e-mail Toni Doyle, prdmo-
tions director for Okeechobee Main Street Inc., at promo-
tion@mainstreetokeechobee.com. Please provide a contact
name and phone number. If you are interested in making a
monetary or prize donation, please call (863) 634-9491.


Upthegrove family reunion planned
The Upthegrove family reunion is being planned and will be
held in Fort Pierce. If you are a member of the Upthegrove fam-
ily in Okeechobee, please call Pat Adams at (615) 893-3236.





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Letter to the Editor


ROAD issue front.
The B part, which was for
is clarified repair only, was awarded to
This letter is in response to the ROAD. The problem with the B
recent Speak Out article referring part was two-fold. One, the strin-
to the Okeechobee County Board gent guidelines on who ROAD
of County Commissioners and could assist with repair money.
ROAD. ty ommssoners and Second, the stringent guidelines
ROAD. set for ROAD to draw their admin-
Over the past several weeks istrative funds. These guidelines
the terminology of words used were set by the grant administra-
has led many people to believe tor and presented to the commis-
that the Okeechobee County sioners, who accepted the guide-
Board of County Commissioners lines because they were led to
is closing ROAD down in October. believe this was the best way to
That's not true and I will administer the funds.
explain briefly. When you put your faith in
ROAD came into existence someone you want to believe
after the 2004 hurricanes as "Un- they are giving you sound advice.
Met Needs" (UMN), and immedi- In this case, plan B was not
ately assisted victims with roof achievable through no fault of the
repairs and replacement with commissioners. I repeat: no fault
emergency grant funding from of the commissioners.
Volunteer Florida Foundation. For eight months we tried and
During this period of time an County Administrator George
application was submitted to the Long could not have described
state to change UMN to a 501-C-3 our situation more-clearer. "At no
non-profit organization now fault of ROAD, they have tried
called Rebuilding Okeechobee everything possible to meet the
After Disaster, which is overseen criteria and were unable." And,
by a board of directors comprised we appreciated his comments.
of residents of our county. ROAD does not exit on HHRP
The county commissioners' funds only. We do have other
affiliation with ROAD came into grant funds and our continued
existence when the Hurricane existence depends on remaining
Housing Rehabilitation Program funds and grant funds awarded in
of $7 million was awarded to our the future. So, for the next four
county. The grant administrator months ROAD will complete the
who wrote the grant divided the several projects of repair under
grant. HHRP and all monies remaining
Part A of the grant, for rebuild- will be transferred to rebuild.
ing only, was awarded to This does not mean the county
Roumelis Planning and Develop- is shutting down ROAD, nor does
ment a for-profit organization that it mean they do not support us.
would oversee the $7 million Every commissioner on the
grant. Their fee for such was 15 board, at one time or another, has
percent of the $7 million paid up- expressed to this writer their sup-


Upcoming Events

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.


Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests
are invited. Please R.S.V.R to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m.!
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. The
annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For infor-
mation, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their web site at
http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.


Tuesday
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 public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863)
467-0158.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Perera
(863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Every-
one 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. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For infor-
mation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, 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.

Wednesday
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 facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic


Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Ave., from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-1191.

Thursday
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda
Haas at (863) 763-5093.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.


port/appreciation to ROAD and
what has been achieved for the
citizens of our county. They do
care.
Let me clarify ROAD accom-
plishments. Under Un-Met-
Needs, 28 families were immedi-
ately assisted after the 2004
hurricanes. After the 2005 hurri-
canes, through what is now called
ROAD: three mobile homes have
been purchased that total about
$180,000; repaired or re-roofed
six homes costing about $35,000;
rewired one home equaling
about $5,500; began building in
January two CBS homes that total
over $200,000; and, three mobile
homes and two CBS homes were
demolished and transported to
the landfill.
All the above and more have
been accomplished with Volun-
teer Florida Foundation money,
Lutheran Disaster Relief Founda-
tion, United Methodist Disaster
Relief Foundation and World
Changers Disaster Organization.
Why? Less restrictions because
the focus was assisting families
quickly that registered with FEMA
and met all the requirements set
forth by Volunteer Florida guide-
lines so that families could return
to somewhat normal lives.
The qualifiers for HHRP repair
funds were very restricted as well
as administrative draws again,
at no fault of the commissioners.
HHRP was driven by the grant
administrator who made recom-
mendations to the commission-
ers.
In addition to all the above,
ROAD referred 17 rebuilds to the
same grant administrator -
Roumelis Planning and Develop-


ment. Some 20 referrals to Okee-
chobee Non-Profit Housing were
made and several times we part-
nered up with Senior Services.
We also passed out over 500 toys
over the Christmas Holiday, 1,500
educational books and for one
week partnered up with Emer-
gency Management and passed
out 3,000-plus tarps.
ROAD has been very active
and will continue to be now
and in the future even without
HHRP funding.
Our overall goal would some-
day be a part of the emergency
management team and share
space in the same building. We
have proven that ROAD can be of
value during and after a disaster in
responding to needs of victims.
We are well trained and knowl-
edgeable of all the paperwork
involved in qualifying victims of
disaster.
If the county commissioner
and city council members should
someday decide to approve/rec-
ognize ROAD as the Long Term
Recovery Program we would be
most grateful, because we believe
our team can take a big burden of
both in assisting victims allowing
commissioners and council
members to concentrate on other
needs of the county and city.
One last comment ROAD
does thank all those who have
approached staff physically and
by phone to express their concern
for our future. We're sorry you
were misled.

JimVensel
ROAD director


Community Events

History van to visit library
The WQCS Oral History Project Story Van will be visiting the
Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16 St., May 8-10. To make
an appointment to record your memories of the Okeechobee
area, contact Janie Gould at (772) 462-7822; or, toll free at (888)
286-8936.

Raulerson will host Blood Mobile
Florida's Blood Centers Blood Mobile will be at Raulerson
Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., Tuesday, May 9, from 9 until 11 a.m. All
donors will receive a T-shirt, 50 percent off Medieval Times and a
$10 Publix gift card. All blood types are needed.

Substance abuse group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will meet Tues-
day, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Churcffof the Nazarene Fellow-
ship Hall, 425 S.W. 28th Street. Agenda items will include the 2006
Assessment Team Report, grant opportunities and funding, as
well as short and long term goals. Lunch will be provided. Please
RSVP for lunch by Friday, May 5. For information, call Mary at
(863) 634-6403; or, email mwjohns@ictransnet.com

'77 class reunion being planned
The class of 1977 is planning their to 30-year reunion. All
members of the class of 1977 will meet Tuesday, May 9, at the
Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 S.R. 441 S.E. Dinner will be at 6
p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. For information, call
Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101; Cindy Bennett Hort-
man at (863) 697-9817; or, Toni Bennett Doyle at (863) 634-9491.

Judge to speak at Chamber meeting
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce general member-
ship meeting will be held Wednesday, May 10, at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., beginning at noon. The guest
speaker will be County Judge Shirley Brennan, who will be
speaking about the Guardian ad Litem program. All Chamber
members and their guests are invited. For information, contact
the.Chamber at (863) 763- 6464.

Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St., which is in the New Endeavor High School
building. The meeting is open to the public. For information, con-
tact executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Advisory and provider meeting set
The Okeechobee County Advisory and Provider meeting will
be held Wednesday, May 10, at 12:30 at the Okeechobee Health
Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

Healthy Start board to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 am at 575 S.W. 28th
St. For information, call Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Children's Council to meet
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, May 11, at
5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board at 700 S.W. Second Ave. Gene Woods of the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners is a member of the Chil-
dren's Services Council and will be participating in this meeting.

Local Democrats will meet
The monthly public meeting of the Okeechobee Democratic
Party will be held Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's,
608 S. Parrott Ave.. Stephanie Locke of Martha's house will be the
guest speaker. Everyone is welcome.

Library hosting Medicare Part D classes
Free Medicare Part D Assistance ends May 11. Free classes are
being offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 until 7 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.

Church hosting gospel sing
A gospel sing featuring The Gospel Messengers from Fort
Pierce will be held at the Gospel Lighthouse, 914 W.N. Park St., on
Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. For information, call Reverend Elma J.
Hampton at (863) 357-0455.







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wife on a little get-away. Here's
the details...
I'd Rather Be Grilling!
A fev~ eeks ago I received my
copy of the cookbook I'd Rather
Be Grilling! A Golfer's Cookbook.
Of course, I would rather be
grilling for Mother's Day and let-
ting the wife enjoy her holiday. In
addition to my cookbook, I
received three packages of special
golfer's rubs. These will come in
handy for seasoning steak, burg-
ers, chicken and fish.
Some of the tasty recipes
include: Shank Steak and Smokin'
Birdie. Personalized Embroidered
Aprons or Cooking Mitts are also
included in gift baskets trial ship
in what appears to ,, bucket
from the driving range. The gift
packages retail at $48 and $72,
but you can purchase the cook-


Fundraiser benefits
OHS volleyball teams
The public is invited to dine at
the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700
S. Parrott Ave., on Thursday, May
11, from 5 until 8 p.m. to help raise
money for the Okeechobee High
School volleyball teams.
Members of the teams will be
waiting tables to raise money for
summer camp. Members of the
squads will get to keep all their tips
- just ask the cashier which tables
are being served by OHS volleyball
players.

Tennis fundraiser
planned for May 20
The third annual Okeechobee
Junior tennis fundraiser will take
place Saturday, May 20, at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Check-in time is 8:45 a.m. at the


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year physical from your doctor and
a copy of the child's birth certifi-
cate.
For information, call co-presi-
dents James Shockley at (863) 634-
3482 or Albion Crowell at (863)
697-2576.

Contractors Assoc.
plans fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association will sponsor a bass
fishing tournament on May 20 at
the Okee-Tantie Marina with all
proceeds going toward youth ori-
ented projects.
The registration fee is $120 per
boat (teams of'two). There will be
over $3,000 in cash and prizes paid
to the top six places. There will also
be a big fish award.
For information contact John at
(863) 634-7446, or Lisa at (863)
697-6541.


tennis courts. The event will start at
9 a.m.
The deadline for registration is
Thursday, May 18. The cost of sin-
gles competition is $10 per play
which includes a T-shirt, lunch,
balls and a\vards. Checks should
be made payable to Okeechobee
High School.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863) 532-
-9316.

Pop Warner grid
sign-ups slated
'Pop Warner football and cheer-
leading sign-ups will take place at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex
on May 20, June 10, June 24, July 1
and July 15 from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m.
The registration fee is $75. In
order to register you must bring the
child's last report card, a current


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Men's softball
tournament planned
A Men's softball tournament
with all tournament proceeds
going to the Okeechobee High
School softball program will
take place Saturday, June 3, and
Sunday, June 4, at the Okee-
chobee softball complex across
from Yearling Middle School.
The cost of this tournament is
$300 per team.
The tournament will use ISA
rules with unlimited home runs.
First place will pay $600; second
place will pay $400; and, third
place will pay $200. There will
be a home run derby, and give-
aways throughout the day.
For information contact Kim
Hargraves at (863) 634-6322, or
Rob Lowe at (863) 634-2694.


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President David Raulerson, Jr. Okeechobee board members Hank Rucks and Phoebe
Raulerson, State Representative Richard Machek, and Women's committee member Joanne
Bass at the Florida Farm Bureau Legislative Reception.

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Florida Farm Bureau provided
a reception in Tallahassee to
allow those from the agricultural
areas across the state to meet
and discuss concerns with legis-
lators in Tallahassee. Okee-
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County were the only two coun-
ties to provide a display for the


reception. Sandra Brumley
designed and arranged the dis-
play for Okeechobee and David
Raulerson, Jr, President of the
Okeechobee County Farm
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swamp cabbage to all visitors at
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bers were on hand to speak to
Legislators including President
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Community Events


Meeting on stormwater issue slated
A meeting to discuss the planning process for a stormwater mas-
ter plan, as well as identifying problem areas and possible flooding
solutions, will be held Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. Officials from Okee-
chobee County, the City of Okeechobee and the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting the public meeting.
Area residents will be able to fill out a questionnaire concerning
stormwater problems in their area, which will help project man-
agers create a plan that will best address the concerns of citizens For
information, contact the Okeechobee County Engineering Depart-
ment at (863) 763-1811.

Church hosting revival
A revival with Brother Larry Nix will be held May 17 through May
19 at 7 p.m. at the Haven of Rest Pentecostal Church, 180 N.W. Third
St. For information, call Pastor Tom Velie at (863) 357-3053.

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
Preferred Properties, 3126 U.S. 441 S., will host this month's
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch on
Thursday, May 18, at 8 a.m. For information, call (863) 763-8222.

Main Street plans mixer
The Main Street Mixer will be held Thursday, May 18, from 5 until
7 p.m. at The Dust Collector, 118 S.E. Park St. Jimmy Scott Osceola
will present his paintings.

Methodist men to host fish fry
The men's group from the First United Methodist Church will
host a fish fry on Friday, May 19, at the church, 200 N.W. Second St.
The meal will include fried fish, grits, cole slaw, hushpuppies and
desert for a donation of $5 per meal. Tickets are available at the
church office. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

Church plans ribbon ceremony
First Missionary Baptist Church, 811 N.W. Ninth St. will host their
marching, dedication and ribbon ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at
11 a.m. For information, call (863) 763-0716. The church will hold
its first service in the new church Sunday, May 21, with Sunday
School beginning at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship at 11:30 a.m.





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Benefit planned for burn victim
Barbecue chicken dinners will be sold Friday, May 19, at 504 N.E. Sixth
Ave. for Jennifer Bussey, who was severely burned. Dinners can be either
picked up or delivered between 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets cost $7 a din-
ner and can be purchased at the First Baptist Church office, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., or by calling Shannon Lightsey at (863) 634-7214.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Cen-
ter, 916 W N. Park St., on Monday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. For information,
call 763-4320.
Interviews slated for new director
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be holding interviews for an
executive director on Monday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the One Stop
Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St. North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council meeting,
the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing several grants
for the 2006-07 school year. The meeting will be held in the School Board
Office, 700 S.W Second Ave., on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. For informa-
tion or to provide input, please plan on attending the meeting or call
Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for grant contacts.

Learning group panel to meet
The finance operations committee of the Early Learning Coalition will
meet May 24, at 10 a.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St.,
North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

Early Learning group to meet
A full coalition meeting is planned for the Early Learning Coalition of
Martin and Okeechobee counties, Inc., on May 24, at 1 p.m. at the One
Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.
Putt-putt tourney aids KOA Kid Camp
The third annual Good Habits and Old Spirits Putt-Putt Golf Tourna-
ment will be held Monday, May 29, will be held at the KOA Campground,
4276 U.S. 441 S. Registrations will be taken from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
at the Good Spirits Liquors, 245 U.S. 441 S.E. No entries will be accepted
after 12:30 p.m. Play will begin at 2 p.m. The format will be blind draw,
two-man scramble. The tournament is for adults only no one under
21 can enter. All proceeds will go to the KOA Kid Camp. For information,
contact the KOA Campground at (863) 763-0231.

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stores in eastern Canada will fea-
ture fresh Florida blueberries dur-
ing mid-May as part of a promo-
tion with the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices.
The Department has partnered
with Sobeys, a grocery retailer and
food distributor with more than
1,300 stores in all 10 Canadian
provinces. Sobeys' 83 Atlantic Divi-
sion Stores -which are located in
the provinces of Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
and Newfoundland will partici-
pate in the Florida blueberry pro-
motion.
The Department is providing
"Fresh from Florida" posters for in-
store display, along with blueberry
recipe brochures for distribution to
shoppers. Sobeys store circulars
urwill advertise fresh Florida blue-
berries and feature the "Fresh from
Florida" logo. In addition, shop-
pers will be treated to product
samples and demonstrations.
"We're pleased to expand our
partnership with Sobeys." Florida
Agriculture Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson said. "This promotion
will benefit the retailer's acus-
tomers as well as our state's growC
ers."
Bronson's Division of Market-
ing and Development continually
conducts marketing events on
behalf of Florida's agricultural pro-
ducers. Its premier annual pro-
duce marketing campaigns pro-
mote fresh Florida fruits and
vegetables harvested during the
winter and spring months when
Florida is the dominant U.S. suppli-
er. These campaigns with names
such as "Northern Exposure,"
"Greetings From. Your .Florida
Farmer," "PowerGrid," and
"Storming Across North America"
capitalize on the division's partner-
ships with produce buyers for
large grocery chains throughout
the United States and Canada. Par-
ticipating chains increase their
orders of Florida produce and
include the "Fresh from Florida"
logo in their advertising, ultimately
leading to increased sales. The
Department's marketing programs
have increased sales of Florida
grown products by more than $1
billion during the past four years.
"Sobeys has developed into a
strong retail partner over the last
several yepas by participating in
several of our spring produce mar-
keting campaigns," Bronson said
"The Florida blueberry promotion
is the latest of these partnerships,
and we look forward to continuing
and enhancing our business rela-
tionship with Sobeys."
The Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services is
statutorily mandated to provide
professional marketing services to
Florida's agricultural community
through its Division of Marketing
and Development. These market-
ing promotions are part of the
ongoing "Fresh from Florida" cam-
paign, an identification and pro-
motional program designed to
boost the image of Florida agricul-
ture and increase sales by helping
consumers to identify Florida
grown agricultural products at
retail stores. The "Fresh from Flori-
da" campaign also helps increase
public awareness of the impor-
tance of Florida's agriculture
industry, which has an overall eco-
nomic impact estimated at $87 bil-
lion annually.
For information about Florida
agriculture and the Division of Mar-
keting and Development's "Fresh
from Florida" marketing program,
visit http://www.Florida-Agricul-
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Youth summer camp planned
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Camp will host its annual summer
camp for children between the ages of 7 and 12 during the month of
June. Camp dates are: June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23; and, June 26-30.
The cost is $100 per camper, and campers should provide their own
snacks and lunch. For information, contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Church hosting Bible school
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will host their
annual vacation Bible school June 12-16 from 5 until 8 p.m. This year's
theme is Treasure Seekers, exploring God's promises. A nursery will be
provided for helpers and those taking part in the adult class. Dinner will
also be provided. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

Benefit golf tournament planned
A benefit golf tournament for Danny Allison will be held Saturday,
June 17, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. The tournament will
get under way at 8 a.m. Tournament format will be a four-person scram-
ble, make your own team. The entry fee will include green fees, prizes
and a barbecue. Proceeds from the tournament will help defray medical
expenses incurred by Mr. Allison. For information or to enter, call (863)
763-1921, ext. 11. The deadline for paid entries is Saturday, June 10.

Lake Denton Camp dates slated
Summer camp is back at Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park. Camp for
grades six through eight will be held June 18-24. Reduced rates are avail-
able if registered by May 28. For grades nine through 12 camp is July 16-
22. Reduced rates are available if registered before June 15. The camp for
grades two through five will be July 23-27, and reduced rates are available
if registered before July 1. Call Pam at (863) 634-9280, or the camp at
(863) 453-3627 for information and an application.

Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S.
441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. There will be a special tribr
ute ,for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class from 1960-
1969 you are invited to attend. For information, 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 Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.


Church's pre-school is expanding
Peace Lutheran Pre-School, 750 N.W. 23 Lane, has expanded their
services to'include kindergarten for the next school year. Registration is
limited to 15 students who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2006. You
can register by calling (863) 763-7566, or at the church. Parents must
furnish birth certificates, shot records and health certificate for students.

OFC Memory Books are on sale
The Class of 2009 Memory Book is now on sale in room 205 of the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus (OFC), 610 S.W. Second Ave. The
OFC is selling student-produced Memory Books of the 2005-06 school
year for $12. Please make checks payable to OFC.

Children's Ranch closes yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale is closed for the summer. We
are no longer accepting donations. Thank you for helping to make this
year a success. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EAHEAP program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over.
Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.

Fundraiser aids Hospice residence
Hospice of Okeechobee is currently raising funds for their resi-
dence, The Hamrick Home. They are selling tickets for a 2006 20-foot
Shearwater boat complete with a 15Qhp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki out-
board and an aluminum trailer. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each
at Eli's Western Wear, Elite Title, Gilbert Chevrolet, Lakeshore Marine,
Don's Appliance, Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and
Hospice of Okeechobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will
be held on July 4. For information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-
2321.

Fundraiser benefits Shriner's programs
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
Dec. 15 at the Amara Shrine Center are now available at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Donations for
the benefit are not tax deductible. For information, contact the Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to
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TALLAHASSEE When it
comes to fire ants, most people
prefer to wipe the venomous lit-
tle varmints off the face of the
Earth or at least out of their
own backyards.
The reviled South American
native that invaded the U.S. Sun
Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is
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Solenopsis invicta and every-
where else as a painful pest in
the grass, so to speak.
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An ardent fire ant fan and one
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Research Professor of Biological
Sciences is the author ol an ency-
clopedic new tome aptly titled
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engaging and instructive.
In fact, an April 25 review in
the "New York Times" declared,
"This is what the public needs to
know-about science,-not just the
results presented in the driest
form possible."
Throughout 723 anything-.
but-dry pages, Tschinkel aims to
help readers better understand, if
not appreciate, both the social
biology and ecology of a
despised creature and the hows
and whys of scientific research.
Along the way, he offers rare
glimpses into the sometimes
maddening lab-and-field lives of
"myrmecologists" scientists.
who specialize in the study of
ants.
,-hy fire ants"
"It's a no-brainer," he said.
"They are wonderful animals. I
love them.".
Hot off the Harvard University
Press in mid-April, "The Fire Ants"
features a cover photo of a magni-
fied S. invicta that only a mother
or myrmecologist could love,
though Tschinkel hopes readers
will eventually succumb to its
charms. His opening chapter
explains that the book was writ-
ten in part for those "still open-
minded enough to be intrigued,
charmed, or fascinated."
"The notoriety of pesthood
has certainly created large fire
ant folklore and scores of amus-
ing factoids," he writes, though
that same notoriety has generat-
. ed substantial research as well.
From a list of S. invicta's most
endearing qualities he- cites
abundance; there's no shortage
of lab samples. It's a low-mainte-
nance animal without highly
specialized habits; what scien-
tists learn can be applied to other
types of ants as well.
Naturally, there's no end to
public interest in the exotic
transplant albeit mostly in the
form of fear and loathing. The
loathing seems a little unfair,
since opportunistic fire ants will
devour termites, ticks, weevils,
mosquitoes and other major
threats to Southern plants, prop-
erty and people.
Like a sort of subterranean
family album, "The Fire Ants"
details emigration, growth,
struggle, development and death
in a complex nest of interde-
pendent relationships marked by
cooperation, competition and
conflict. There's a queen -
sometimes lots of them but
everybody has a vital role to play.
Change is inevitable. So are
class, sex, betrayal and new
beginnings.
And size matters, said
Tschinkel. In mature colonies,
unusual variability known as
polymorphism produces big-
headed workers 20 times heavier
than their smallest counterparts.
Between chapters science-rich
enough for biologists but acces-


sible to educated readers, "The
Fire Ants" has "Interludes" -
wry asides on the pleasures and
pitfalls as scientists measure and
manipulate the ants they love
(and that do indeed sting them).
STschinkel's anecdote on shel-
ter is titled "There's Nothing Like
Getting Plastered," and among
others, there's also "Another
Immigrant Moves West," "You
Call That Pain?" "The Heartbreak
of Parasitoids" and "Gang Wars."
With sizeable grants from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
and the National Science Foun-
dation, the intrepid researcher
has probed the secrets of ant
society from North Florida's
Apalachicola National Forest to
the pastures of Southwood Plan-
tation -- a corporate cattle farm
just east of Tallahassee to area
strip malls. The parking lot
behind a local grocery store is a
particular favorite.
"Fire ants specialize in
exploiting disturbed habitat, and
they've thrived in part because
humans have done a lot of dis-
turbing," he said.
Other -fun facts center on the
familiar dirt mound around
which smart humans cut a wide
swath it's actually a solarium
that collects heat to warm its res-
idents.
The tunnels below it hold
anywhere from a few dozen to
several hundred thousand of the
highly territorial critters
(Tschinkel has counted them but
says it's not easy). A mature
colony can encompass approxi-
mately 300 feet of underground
foraging tunnels about 20,000
ant body-lengths. On a human
scale, that's the staggering
equivalent of 20 miles or.more.
On the FSU faculty since
,1970, Tschinkel's wide-ranging
research has also encompassed
the ecology of arboreal ants (a


main food of the endangered
red-cockaded woodpecker) and
the natural history of the Florida
harvester ant or "any other
species that strikes us as neat,"
he said.
As for the much-maligned fire
ant, he points to what he calls a
50-year-old misconception
about shrinking native ant popu-
lations Turns out it's not the
competition with fire ants, 'as
many believe, but rather the eco-
logical havoc created by dis-
turbed habitats fire ants thrive
in them, natives don't. Conse-


quently,' the USDA has wasted
millions on what Tschinkel calls
politically motivated campaigns
to eradicate S. invicta with little
or no improvement in native sur-
%ival to show for it.
"Fire ants have been the vic-
tims of a' good deal of bad sci-
ence," he said.
Ironically 75 percent of the
so-called native ants that inhabit
disturbed habitats alongside S.
in\icta are immigrants, too. Like
their persecuted cousins, some
hail from South America and
sting.


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Babysitter Needed, 2 children.
2-4 y1s ol age. avail any-
time preferably or nome
S. Rer' req'd (8631697-2066
BABYSITTER NEEDED 10 care
lor 2 young children 4- '!
days per weeF. Ret. required.
Call Valerie 863-697-2181


DOG- Found on Drive In Ra
Wiernid ol 4/28tih Small Ter-
rier. Please
call(863)357-1350 -
SET OF KEYS: # o01 keys on
Lg. ring lurnd witi Master
LOCI. Found in vic oi Padgen
S: II Store. (863)467-2072
".* STUFFED TOY- Found on
.. 1/4/06 on the Lake Okeecho-
bee Scenic trail. Taylor Creek
/Jaycee Park 863-357-0448
ZIPPO LIGHTER, engraved,
found in Okeechobee DOF
parking lot. Call to identify.
(863)357-0448


BULL MASTIFF- Male
130-140lbs. Missing bottom
K-9. Vic. E. Palomar & S. Edge
Water 863-673-2113 Reward
Cat, grey & white, female, 13
yrs. old, scar on lip,
(863)261-4166
DACHSHUND, Leopard Color,
Black & Grey Spots. Unique -
Blooking. Male. Vic. of 15A &
15B. Reward. (863)697-1421
DOBERMAN, black & tan,
John Deere collar, vic. of NW
50th & 441. REWARD!
(954)326-2083
DOG, Min. Schnauzer, light
gray female, "Abby", was in
car accident on SR 80.
REWARD. (407)718-0958
" DOGS, Neutered male chihua-
S hua& female beagle in Muse
area. (863)674-0874 or
(239)425-7016.


BASSET HOUND, Male, 2
years old. Free to good
home. (863)763-4052
CURR & PIT MIX- 7 weeks.
Give away to good homes.
(863)675-2844
FREE GERMAN SHEPHERD
PUPPIES great watchdogs,
all shots. (863)983-5597


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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Has an opening for Administrator for Okeechobee County.
Annual Salary range is $70.000-$90,000.
Minimum Uualifications:
Five years progressively responsible eperience in public health
practice, withn managemeri responsibilities, in rwu or more
areas ol publIc nealli deSined, live or more years 01 supervi-
sory experience arid bugei oversigri and development re-
quired. E'pOenence in grjn[ writing, pubi(C speaking, working
wth electedfl nicialS, and ire rrmedia preferred E-perience in
quality improvemeri ter.cniques direring, planning orgarni.-
ing. developing, monitonng, budgering, and human resource
management prelefred as well as knowledge and experience
in essential pubic healing servicess and a demonstraled kriowi-
edge ol health policy issues Seeking individual with e.,pen-
ence in Bo terrorism arid Disaster Reiponse Piease apply
on-line at hnns I//iOjS my londa corn. Reler to requisi0ion
number 64051297. Closing date May 26,2006 EEO!AANVP
Employer Contact Lona Gibson Ilr more inlorrmaiion
1850) 245-4242
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Night Shift


Ft. Drum Citgo needs overnight staff for the ser-
vice station on Florida's Turnpike. Applicants
must have a clan motor vehicle record. Benefits
include; higher pay for night shift, gas reim-
bursement, paid tolls, health insurance vaca-
tions, 401K and a pleasant work environment.
We will train all work responsibilities. Advance-
ment opportunities are available for people who
show initiative. South of Yeenaw Jct., we are ac-
cessible from Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee and Vero
Beach. Grab a job in the lane with Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP


KITTENS- FREE Lovable.
Ready on 5/23/06.
1863)-167-8464 .
PIT BULL MIX- male, brindle,
free to good home
(863)675-4697 LaBelle

Employment



FuE -Thne 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Tme 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A Hi-tech company needs:
TECH SUPPORT
w/good hardware,
computer & Internet skills.
Pick up application
@100 SW 15th St. or
Fax resume to 863-467-0816
A/C SERVICE TECH/INSTALLER
wMin 3 yrs. e'p
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
Also taking apple's for Helpers
(863)763-8391
CAREGIVER/SITTER: Needed
8pm-8am in Okeechobee area.
Serious inquires call Elaine
863-484-0829.




HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS
Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Okeechobee Counties.
DFWP, E0E
Call (800)537-3031 for
info or fax resume to
(561)799-5650
HIRING FRONT
DESK/HOUSEKEEPING
F/T, Apply in person at Pier II
2200 SE Hwy 441
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips


LEAD POSITION AVAILABLE
For Infants & Toddlers
Gall Wenrdy al Fain Acadermy
PreSchool (863)763-8800
MECHANIC NEEDED
@ Feed Mill
E *penr.ced Diesel Mechanic
E'perienc:e on Semi Tractor
Tradiers plus Berieils avail.
Apply al: Syiren Ferd Co
30o9 JwinWSi Okeerhober
(863)763-5586
NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
LABORER & PIPE LAYER
For Underground Company
in Ft. Pierce. 863-610-0889
PURCHASING &
ACCOUNT'S PAYABLE
Obuok s& Mc ruoso stills
required Mon-Fil, 8-5.
CEECO 863-763-4789
SUNCOAST MENTAL
HEALTH CENTERS'
Masters level Counselor/
Social Worker & Bachelors
level Case Manager needed
for Okeechobee to work
with children and adolescents.
Flexible FT/P- bi-lingual a
plus.
Fa resume to 863-763-9898.
SUPERVISORS /
TOLL COLLECTORS
StIrini' @ $ 5
772-429- 4154
TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED:
Class ACDL. For Wrecker &
Low Boy Semi's. Apply at BMJ
Towing: 419 SW 2nd Ave.
TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED!!!
Must have Class A CDL.
We have Benefits, Paid
Vacation, Paid Insurance &
Bonuses. Home every night.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th Street, Okee

s C1k lARY
NEEDED
Must have
knowledge in
clerical/accounts
receivable,
Inventory.
APPLY IN PERSON
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Hwy. 98 North



Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Exp.
necessary. Fax CV to
863-582-9800.


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REDLANDS CHRISTIAN MIGRANT
ASSOCIATION

Tre Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMAI
is a unique, well established ron-protl organization
thai provides quality child care and education lor
migrant and rural low income children in 20 counties
within rhe State of Florida
RCMA seeks highly motivated individuals who
possess a BA in Early Childhood Education or Special
Education or Nursing wilh an emphasis in pediatrics
and child development to be responsible lor a ull
range of education and health services for inlantrtod-
dler, and preschool children. Bilingual in Eng-
lisnh/Spanish a plus. RCMA offers an excellent benetit
package thai usually surpasses other child care insti-
tutions Competitive pay range between $13.00 up to
$19.50 an hour depending on experience.
7 Send resume to: Lynn Bowen at Lynnb@rcma.org
or to the LaBelle Area Office
551 W. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33975.
Deadline: May 15, 2006


Substance Abuse Counselor
Civigenics, nc. the largest provider in-prison irealmeni
programs in the United Stals is seeking full-uime counse-
lors to deliver substance abuse services al oui Okeecno-
bee Correctional Insilhuliori Must be Experienced in
substance abuse counseling and rrolivaled to work in
correctioral laclity. Degree or related experience pre-
ferred. CAP/CCJAP Cerlicatiorn and forensic epenrerice
a plus. .
Send resume to. George Roberson, Program Director,
3420 NE 168th St Okeechobee, FL 34927 or phone,
(863i462-5600 email robersori.george@mail dde sale. l u.
EOE


PLUMBER
Brighton Reservation


HS diploma/GED. Valid FL
Drivers License. 3-5 yrs.
plumbing experience. Able to
lift 50+ lbs. Fax resume to:
(954)967-3477.


Utility Operator/ Mechanic
Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corporation has
immediate opening for a utility operator/mechanic with
3 to 5 years experience working with utility systems
including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Ability to pass PFT fit test and respiratory physical.
Also need Mechanic with experience in pneumatics,
hydraulics, screw conveyors, pump repair and welding.
High school or equivalent, shift work and weekends
required. Good pay, bonus; 401 K, benefits, and over-
time.
Contact HR Dep. @ 863-902-4133, fax 863-902-4315
or dmelton(@southerngardens.com



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


Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
I
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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NEED A GOOD JOB?
Career opportunity for a motivated dedicated
person who is willing to accept responsibility
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Bi-lingual, computer skills, and friendly per-
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Raulerson Hospital has been serving the community for 27
years. We offer a full range of medical and surgical services
and state of the art practices. Become part of our team and
you'll feel right at home in our friendly, caring community
hospital. The opportunities you want for your career are
waiting!
* Security Guard FT
Housekeeper- FT & PT
* Dietary Tech- FT & PT
* Physical Therapist FT & PRN
Physical Therapist Assistant FT & PRN
Nuclear Med Technologist FT
* Radiology/CT Tech- FT
Ultrasound Tech- FT
For consideration, please come to
Human Resources and complete an employment application.
Log on to www.raulersonhospital for additional information
and other employment opportunities.
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 Hwy. 441, North,
Okeechobee, FL EOE


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working in a hospital/clinc,
familiarwith Medical Term.,
Radiology & Respiratory procedures
dealing with admitting registration,
scheduling, ins. verification &
coding. Must possess ext.come.
& customer service skills.
SA/ SPECIALIST
FT, 2 y. acctg. exp. in hospital
healthcare exp. Excellent computer
skills (Excel). Duties include
coding to /L, watching, data entry,
working with vendors, processing
weekly check run, monthly A/P.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST
.T & PRN, Must have current a.
license in 4-5 lab areas. Previous
hospital/lab exp.
RESPIRATORY THERAPIST
New Grads Welcomel $26/hr
PEN, requires a CKIT, ACLS, NIP,
& BLS, ability to work all areas,
Neonate thiruAdult & ventilator.
RRTpref.
RADIOLOGY TECH
PRN, Must have a FL & ARRT lic.
MAINTENANCE MECHANIC
FT, Must have 1-2 years exp. in
interior/exterior renovation.
Knowledge of electrical, carpen-
try, masonry, painting, plumbing
and tile setting. Cert a plus.
Competitive Salary
& Excellent Benefits Pkg.
Fax Resume to:
561-993-5627
DFWP/EOE/M/F
1201S. Main St.
Belle Glade, FL
(561) 996-6571
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Experienced person needed to
work on a M151A1 M.UTT.
JEER Needs engine repair
and restoration. Call Bill at
(863)357-0325 after 6 p.m.
HOUSEKEEPER: Needed P/T.
In the Bassinger Area to help
Cleaning Windows & Screens,
etc. Call 863-467-4823
OFFICE ASSISTANT
Experience a MUST. Drop off
resume at 105 SW 3rd Ave
Labor Finders
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER
25 hrs Quickbooks, Works,

typing & grammar skills a
must 863-763-3736


Services I



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
insurance 430
Medical Services435




RON-DEES
Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
io lo10 tI 0ig or small. Free
esnumaes. 863467-2917
Li. # 2349 & # 5698



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt available.'
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
.Books 8 Magazines535
Building Materials540
.Busiess Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
:Clothing 565
Coins/Stamips 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580,
Crafts/Supplies 585
Dalies,, L ene i Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
:Fur 15
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies- 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry -- 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical I9ems 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660

Equipment 665

Photography 675
i gSupplies/ 6

Poo & Sopplies 685
:Restaurant
1E.4ulpment 690
atellite: e 695
S tingi Mlahines 700
t GPods 705
reo lipment 710
Tlevision/Radio 715
Tickets 720
..au .e 725
& Games 730
VCR 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AMERICAN OAK DRESSER-
1800's, Excellent condition,
$500. or best offer.
(863)675-4201

Headboard & footboard with
rails. $50 (561)704-3690
HUNGARIAN HAY WAGON,
antique, great for decoration
store or farm, $2500
(863)467-1322
WAGON WHEELS, Hungarian
(100) wooden, $75
(863)467-1322.
WHISKEY BARRELS (2) -
About 100 years old. $1200
or best offer for both or will
sep.(863)634-5821


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