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Vol. 98 No. 190 Monday, July 09, 2007 500 Plus tax

Lake 0' muck prompts fears

Alligator wrestlers
are disappearing
-- Wanted: Thrill-seeking ani-
mal lovers with cool heads
and quick reflexes. Must have
finesse, agility and high toler-
ance for pain. Apply at wildlife
parks across Florida, where the
alligator wrestler is quickly dis-
.- Alligator handlers across
South Florida said there is
simply less money, glamour
,and interest in the profession
today than in its glory days,
.when crowds flocked to road-
side shows. While there are no
exact figures, no one disputes
that alligator wrestlers are an
endangered species.
"I believe gator wrestlers are
definitely a dying breed," said
James Peacock, wildlife man-
ager at Native Village in Holly-
wood. "We're fading out. Just
like the cowboys and Indians
of yesteryear, or the Japanese
Page 7

burn ban is lifted
According to Chief Nick Hop-
kins of the Okeechobee County
Fire Department the burn ban
in Okeechobee County has
been lifted. For information call
(863) 763-5544.
Glades County
burn ban limited
According to the Glades
County Division of Emergency
Management parts of Glades
County are still under a burn
ban. For information, call (863)

New watering
limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is now
under Phase Ill water restric-
Lawn watering is now lim-
ited to one day a week from 4
until 8 a.m. and 5 until 7 p.m.
for low volume hand watering.
More information is avail-
able by calling (800) 250-4200;
or, by going to the South Flori-
da Water Management website
at www.sfwmd.gov.

Drought Index
Current: 145
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.03 feet
Last Year: 12.06 feet-
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

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C om ics ...................................... 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword................................. 9
Obituaries.................................. 6
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out ............................. 4
Sports...................................... 12
TV ... ...................... 10
W eather.................. ............... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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find arsenic
in lake's muck
-- A muck removal plan intend-
ed to breath new life into Lake
Okeechobee is creating new pol-
lution headaches on shore.
Scientists found elevated lev-
els of arsenic and other pesti-
cides in thousands of truckloads
of muck recently scooped from
the bottom of Lake Okeechobee

when a drought drained the 730-
square-mile lake to a historic
Muck removal restores the
natural sandy bottom and allows
plants and animals to flourish.
Tests conducted by the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict and the South Florida Sun-
Sentinel show high levels of
arsenic in muck taken from the
northern and eastern parts of the
lake bed. That means the muck
cannot be spread on residential
The Sun-Sentinel's indepen-

"There is a concern that, 'Oh great, it will just
flow right back into the lake,'" Paul Grey, a
scientist for Audubon of Florida. "If they do it
wrong, it will be a problem."
- Paul Grey, Audubon of Florida

dent tests found some of the
muck is too polluted for use on
agricultural or commercial lands,
the newspaper reported Sunday.
The district declined to comment
on the independent.tests.
"We are evaluating how and

S.O.S.: The Traveling Medicine Show

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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
These students and volunteers are taking part in the Traveling Medicine Show, a sum-
mer program hosted by the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalitionat Douglas Brown
Civic Center (in no particular order): Kam.ni Smith, Simeo Washington. Christian Epps,
Clinesha Williams, Angelo Wells, Cameron Cordes, Zachary Cordes, Devon Scurry,
Jonathan Cordes, Rashieka Minondo, Jylvester Butler, Edrick Neal, Garionna Johnson,
Sir Wiggins, Rose Ferrell, Lydia Jean Williams, Luster Cordes, Sue Vensel, Christina
Rodriguez, Julie Wazinek and Valerie White.

Camp holds first day of program

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
* The first meeting of S.O.S.:
The Traveling Medicine Show
was held on July 6. This sum-
mer program is. hosted by a
grant given to the Okeechobee
Substance Abuse Coalition by
Children and Family Services.

The meetings kicked off by
each child receiving a T-shirt
and information about the ef-
fects of drugs, be it inhalants,
alcohol, or prescription, on
the body. It was also explained
that these were gate way drugs
that could lead to more major

"Gateway drugs lead to oth-
er things," stated Ms. Williams.
"It starts off with just playing
around, but before long you
are addicted."
"We want to use this pro-
gram to get students to help
other children get off drugs or
See Camp - Page 2

UKeechobee NewsN/Victoria Hannon
These students and volunteers are taking part in the Traveling Medicine Show, a sum-
mer program' hosted by the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition at First Baptist
Church (in no particular order): Julie Wazinek, Heather Lowry, Kasey Hill, Rose Ferrell,
Lydia Jean Williams, Tamara Rix, Carlos Pachecl, Alisha Murphy, Carla Pachecl, Jen-
nilyn Nieto, Sue Vensel and Synthia Watford.

Beedie Mae Thomas

born 'up on the prairie'

By MaryAnn Morris
INI Florida
Mrs. Beedie Mae is one of
Basinger's Ladies (Ladies with
a capital ''). Others have gone
before and more will come
later, but Mrs. Beedie Mae is an
Born a Kilpatrick Ham-
mock, her family homesteaded
was part of the 54,000 acres
that is now Kissimmee Prairie
Preserve State Park. Kilpatrick
Campground is named for
her family. She lived the first
six years of her life up on the

A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

prairie when it was just that --
a prairie - - vast, open land of
grass and palmetto.
"At night there were no

lights at all up there," she said,
"and in the daytime, we could
just roam all over."
"In 1925 we moved down
to Basinger, close to where the
community center is now.
"Edgar Thomas and I mar-
ried in 1935 when I was 16
years old. For the first year, we
lived with his folks. By 1936,
we had enough money so we
could build a house of our own
and we built this house I live in
See Prairie - Page 2

where we dispose of it ... so
we don't create a new problem
someplace else," said Chip Mer-
riam, the district's deputy execu-
tive director.
Options include using the
muck as the base for nearby.

lakeside parking lots.
"A pesticide is a poison," said
Herb Zebuth, a former scientist
for the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, who
has worked on Everglades resto-
ration. "These are very complex
chemical compounds. These
things need to be taken seri-
It took about six weeks to
scrape off the top 2 feet of muck.
It amounted to about 1.9 mil-
lion cubic yards -- enough to fill
See Lake - Page 2

Local infant

gets support

from Shriners

By: Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
When Gunner Cunningham
was born on June 28, 2006, at a
hospital in Port Saint Lucie, his
parents, Ernest and Tamra Cun-
ningham, knew that something
was wrong.
"His feet were turned in and
his. hands bent downward,"
stated Mrs. Cunningham.
"None of the doctors at that
hospital could tell us what was
The Cunninghams brought
their infant son home to
Okeechobee.and took him to
Dr. Sudha Russell. According
to Mrs. Cunningham,.it did not
take long for Dr. Russell to diag-

nose Gunner as having arthro-
gryposis, a rare congenital dis-
order that causes multiple joint
Arthrogryposis affects one in
every 5,000 births. The official
cause is not known, but there
have been several suggestions
and factors that may play a role
in arthrogryposis. These include
hyperthermia of the fetus, pre-
natal virus, fetal vascular com-
promise, septum of the uterus,
decreased amniotic fluid, and
muscle and connective tissue
developmental abnormalities.
One of the factors is believed
to be insufficient room in the
See Infant - Page 2

Local man

wins barbeque


By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Walking into Jim McCoin's
office, one can not help but
notice the plethora of trophies
lining his walls. For the vast
majority of these decorations,
they were won in barbeque
competitions he has taken part
in during the past two years.
Also known as Big Daddy Q,
he recently won the 2007 Blue-
berries & BBQ Festival's BBQ
competition in Callahan. The
competition was held June 15 -
16. He was named competition
Grand Champion, as well as
winning in the ribs, pork, and
brisket competitions.

This Okeechobee citizen
also holds the title for top
scores in overall competition
score and ribs for 2007, as well
as the highest score in FBA his-
tory for the brisket competi-
tion. He is only two spots away
from being named team of the
year by the Florida Barbeque
Association; with a number of
competitions still to go in the
year. He commented that he
was happy to be seen as being
on the same level as someone
like Jacks Old South, who is ac-
cording to Mr. McCoin a barbe-
quing legend
"I only did 13 competitions
See Competition - Page 2

Submitted photo
The Coleman gasoline iron came after the flat irons you had to
heat up on your stove. This shows a Coleman No. 2 iron, just
like Mrs. Thomas used.


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Concerts held foi

By Rebecca santana
Associated Press Writer
-- In a global series of concerts
featuring aboriginal dancing, imi-
tation chimpanzee cries and a lot
of reunited rock bands, musicians
and celebrities called for fans to
take action against global warm-
A 24-hour music extravaganza
stretching from Sydney, Australia,
to New Jersey wrapped up Satur-
day at Giants Stadium with a per-
formance by the newly reunited
Police after a series of concerts
spanning seven continents and
showcasing more than 100 musi-
cal acts.
The concerts, with shows in
London, Sydney, Tokyo, Kyoto,
Shanghai, Hamburg, Johannes-
burg, Rio de Janeiro, were de-
signed to raise awareness about
global warming. Organizers de-
scribed it as the biggest musical
event ever staged, even larger than
Live 8 or Live Aid.
The events were inspired and
backed by Al Gore, who has made
educating the world about global
warming his main priority since
leaving politics after his losing
presidential run. Gore appeared at
a number of the events -- in one
form or another.
In Sydney, he talked to the
crowd by video. In Tokyo he ap-
peared in a hologram. And in New
Jersey, the former vice president
took the stage in person,
Gore called on fans to adhere
to a seven-point pledge to tackle
global warming including de-
manding more renewable energy
and helping to preserve forests.
"Put all of this energy in your
heart and help us solve the cli-

Continued From Page 1
last year," commented Mr. Mc-
Coin, who placed 10t overall last
year. "I've already done that many
this year. I'll probably do about
Prior to the start of competi-
tion two years ago, Mr. McCoin
had taken part in the occasional
competition, but had never re-
ally done much more that regular
"As you compete you learn off
other people," commenter Mr.
McCoin. "You go around and taste
- and see what other people are do-
ing, but once you get to a certain
level you don't want to anymore.
It get's harder to improve."
As the cooks improve and be-
gin to achieve acclaim in the grill-
ing circles, they find that people
start to learn who they are.
"When we travel to Georgia
and Alabama people know who
we are. They keep up with it up
there, but a lot of people in Flor-
ida have no idea about the com-
While the title of the associa-
tion, Florida Barbeque Associa-
tion, leads one to believe that it is
only a Florida program, in truth
they cover Florida, Tennessee,

Continued From Pave 1
uterus for normal movement.
"The doctors have told me that
they believe that my uterus was
too small for Gunner to grow,"
explained Mrs. Cunningham.
"But, I had no problem with my
older son Foy."
The young couple didn't know
what to do. They already had a 3-
year-old son at home, a child with
a rare condition and nowhere to
"Dr. Russell suggested the
Shriners Hospital in Tampa, but
she told us that it was difficult to
get a child into the Shriners pro-
gram," explained Mrs. Cunning-
ham. "She worked really hard to
secure a place at the Shriners for
The Shriners is an organiza-
tion made up of approximately
400,000 members from the Unit-
ed States, Canada, Mexico and
the Republic of Panama. There
are Shriners Hospitals for Chil-
dren that have provided orthope-
dic, burn, spinal cord and cleft lip
and palate care for approximately
835,000 children, at no cost to the
parent or child, since the first Shri-

Continued From Page 1
"We cut the lumber and took
it to the sawmill right nearby and
brought it back here. At first, we
built the building 24 feet by 30
feet, then we put a partition down
the middle to divide it into two
rooms and have a bedroom.
Then we added another par-
tition across the back to divide a
kitchen off that," she said.
"We added in the doors and
windows and this front porch.
"Guess how much is cost us?"
she asked with a chuckled.

mate crisis," said the former vice
president, appearing on stage at
the end of the New Jersey concert
with his wife Tipper.
The theme at many of the con-
certs seemed to be that fighting
global warming was not about
sacrifice as much as it was about
making little changes such as buy-
ing low-energy light bulbs or un-
plugging electrical outlets when
they are not in use.
The musical acts were inter-
spersed with speakers such as
actress Cameron Diaz who said
the concert was not about "gloom
and doom" and primatologist Jane
Goodall who greeted the crowd
with an imitation chimpanzee cry.
Many at the New Jersey show
seemed to focus mostly on the
The Police were joined by
Kanye West and John Mayer for a
rendition of "Message in a Bottle"
to wrap up the concert. Except
for a few words interspersed into
an improvised rap section of the
song, they stayed away from mak-
ing any messages.
Hometown rockers Bon Jovi
were introduced by Gore who said
they were one of the first acts to
volunteer when the concerts were
announced. The closest that front-
man Jon Bon Jovi got to making
a statement was calling on fans to
"Let them know what New Jersey
is all about." The Giants Stadium
show had been billed by concert
organizers as a New York event
even though it took place in New
Rocker Melissa Etheridge
pounded out her song "I Need to
Wake Up," which was featured in
Gore's documentary "An Inconve-
nient Truth" and won an Oscar for

r global
best song earlier this year.
At the London show, the sta-
dium's nonessential lights were
turned off before the closing act
- Madonna -- came on stage, leav-
ing the concert dark except for the
glow of exit lights and the flashes
of cameras.
"Let's hope the concerts that
are happening around the world
are not just about entertainment,
but about starting a revolution,"
said Madonna, who sang a song
she wrote for Live Earth called
"Hey You."
The Beastie Boys wore their
feelings on their sleeves, perform-
ing a furious set of their hits in tai-
lored green suits and shades when
they took the stage at Wembley
Besides The Police, the con-
certs also featured a reunited Gen-
esis and the Smashing Pumpkins.
The concerts were billed as en-
vironmentally friendly with recy-
cling containers dispersed around
the stadium, generators running
on biofuels and a stage made of
recycled tires.
But that did not stop criticism
of the event from many who asked
why rock stars -- with their jet-set-
ting, high-consumption lifestyles
-- should be asking others to be
more environmentally friendly.
Others questioned how a concert
without a clear-cut goal such as
raising money could be effective.
Many of the musicians ac-
knowledged that they were not
rock stars when it came to the
environment, but said it was im-
portant to start a discussion about
climate change.
"If you want to peg me as not
being entirely eco-friendly, you'll
win," said John Mayer, speaking to

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Jim McCoin has won multiple barbequing competitions in the
last two years. He currently holds third place for 2007 in the
Florida Barbeque Association.

Georgia and Alabama. The sites
are generally close enough that
Mr. McCoin drives to most of the
"For most of the competi-
tions, I leave on Thursday and
get where-ever," stated Mr. Mc-
Coin. "Friday morning the meat
is inspected and we have a cooks
meeting around 5 that evening;
then we get busy."
The finished product in turned
in between 11 am and 2 pm the

following day, depending on the
type of meat. Then the judges have
to score it. The finished product is
scored by six judges in three ar-
eas. These areas are presentation
of the finished product, flavor of
the meat, and tenderness/texture
of the meat. The judges score
each entry from a low of 5.0 to
a high of 10.0 in increments of .5
points for each category.
"We are very much a family,"
commented Mr. McCoin. "On

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Tamra Cunningham
One-year-old Gunner Cunningham is a fighter. He was di-
agnosed with arthrogryposis at 3-weeks-old. This rare con-
genital disorder causes multiple joint contracturds and is
characterized by muscle weakness and fibrosis. Gunner will
undergo surgery at the Shriners Hospital in Tampa on July 26
and 27 to straighten his feet.

ners Hospital opened in 1922. The
organization now has 22 hospi-
tals in Montreal, Quebec, Canada;
Chicago, Ill.; Erie, Pa.; Greenville,
S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston,

"It cost $300 and the lumber
was cut right here at the sawmill
here in the neighborhood."
"Now, back then what you
had were the bare necessities.
It's not like it is now, with young
people expecting to have just ev-
erything in the beginning to start
with. What we had was things
our families could spare to set us
up housekeeping."
"We didn't get electric up here
until 1949 -- that was the Rural
Electrification (a Federal pro-
gram), but I never thought about
not having it. It was just the way it
was and there's no sense fussing
about that.

Texas; Salt Lake 'City, Utah; Lex-
ington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.;
Mexico; Philadelphia, Pa.; Port-
land, Ore.; St. Louis, Mo.; Shreve-
port, La.; Spokane, Wash.; Spring-

"Before electric, we had a hand
pump for water, so there was an
outside toilet, a wood stove and
you used a flat iron to iron with.
You had to have at least two of
those: one to heat up on the stove
while you ironed with the other.
"Later I got a gas iron. Gaso-
line, that is. You had to use white
gas (Coleman fuel, like kerosene)
and you pumped it into the cham-
ber and just ironed away! We re-
ally thought it was uptown!" she
"Then in '45, 1 got a gas stove
(propane) and then, like I said,
electric in '49," she said.

reporters after his set. "We're just
getting together saying 'We want
to be healthier.'"
Rocker Dave Matthews said he
tries to go green by driving a hy-
brid vehicle that uses less gasoline
than other vehicles and uses cloth
diapers for his new baby.
But Matthews admitted he
wasn't perfect.
"I'm flawed. Cows fart and so
do I," he said, referring to meth-
ane gas released by cows that also
contributes to global warming.
At other venues around the
globe, aboriginal dancers opened
the first concert in Sydney, Latin
artist Shakira shook her hips in
front of a crowd at Hamburg, and
Linkin Park entertained fans at a
Tokyo concert.'
On Rio's Copacabana Beach,
about 400,000 people gathered as
the sun set to hear Lenny Kravitz,
Macy Gray, Pharrell Williams and
Brazilian superstar Jorge Ben Jor.
And in Johannesburg, the concert
ended with the artists and audi-
ence clapping out SOS in morse
code -- a reference to the evening's
theme of answering the call to
save the planet.
At the New Jersey concert, the
crowd was dotted with people
who heeded the call to wear green.
Many said they were already taking
steps at home to lead a little more
green lifestyle, and felt the concert
wasn't just about music.
"It's cool that whole continents
are meeting up. We're all tied to
one another," said Katie Juron, 24,
of Warwick, N.Y. "Everyone is in-
Editor's Note: Associated Press
writers D'Arcy Doran in London,
Rohan Sullivan in Sydney
and Peter Muello in Rio de Janeiro
contributed to this report.

Thursday nights someone will
cook chicken and rice or chili and
we'll all sit around a fire and talk.
It reminds me of when I was a kid
and went hunting, without the
The sense of camaraderie does
not end with sitting around a fire.
"At the American Royal, Spice-
wine (another cook) had a motor
home, the meat and cooker there
for us. All we had to provide was
the spices," remarked Mr. McCoin.
"Just like family does for you."
It is because of this sense of
family that Mr. McCoin does not
begrudge others when they win.
"I'm happy to see someone
else win," he stated. "Everyone
has a good time and I would be
happy for more people to join.
The way I see it, more people
mean more friends."
Mr. McCoin also belongs to the
Kansas City Barbeque Society.
"Most of the time I don't do
good (in the KCBS) because I
don't decorate," stated Mr. Mc-
Coin. "A lot of these teams bring
their wives to decorate the meat,
but I'm a single cook and don't
have time."
Unlike the FBA, the KCBS al-
lows cooks to decorate the fin-
ished product with lettuce and

field, Mass.; Tampa; Minneapolis,
Minn.; Boston, Mass.; Cincinnati,
Ohio; Galveston, Texas and Sacra-
mento, Calif.
The international headquarters
of the Shriners is in Tampa.
Doctors at the Shriners Hos-
pital in Tampa have scheduled
Gunner for corrective surgery to
his feet on July 26 and 27.
"If everything goes well, we
can bring him home the day af-
ter surgery," stated Mrs. Cunning-
ham. "He will have casts on both
feet with a corrective bar attached
to straighten them out. The prog-
nosis depends a great deal on
Gunner. If his will to walk is great
enough and the surgery goes as
planned, he could eventually be
able to walk."
When asked why Mrs. Cun-
ningham is sharing Gunner's
story with the community, she re-
plied, "Gunner needs everyone's
prayers. People also need to know
what this organization does for
children in our own community.
The Shriners should be supported
for all they do for kids."
Gunner is the son of Ernest
and Tamra Cunningham. He is
the grandson of Tony and Lee
Harlow and Terry and Penny Cun-
ningham, all of Okeechobee.

Continued From Page 1
roughly 950 backyard swimming
pools. Most of the muck was tak-
en from the northern and western
edges of the lake.
Environmentalists are con-
cerned that the muck will be dis-
tributed too close to the lake.
"There is a concern that, 'Oh
great, it will just flow right back
into the lake,'" Paul Grey, a scien-
tist for Audubon of Florida. "If they
do it wrong, it will be a problem."
Editor's Note: Information from:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://

Continued From Page 2
stay off them in the first place."
"If they want to get high,"
stated Ms. Williams. "They'll
find a way."
While the coalition's main
concern is to prevent drug
abuse, the camp is targeted at
the slightly different idea of pro-
ducing skits that will spread ac-
knowledgement through other
young people that even experi-
menting is a bad idea.
With that purpose in mind,
the coordinators provided the
students with a few start-up

skits that they could use to get
the creative juices flowing as it
"We wanted your input,"
Sue Vensel said to the children.
"Look it through and see how
you would change it."
After each child added their
input, the skits were to be re-
typed with their suggestions
and distributed next week.
Each week the program will
have a guest to talk about the
consequences of drug use, in
addition to the work that the
two groups will be doing on
their skits. The skits will be
shown to the middle schools,
as well as the high school.

News Briefs

Health Dept. offers tobacco program
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee County Health Department
(OCHD) is offering a Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
for the community.
The purpose of the program is to reduce adult and youth tobac-
co use, and provide tobacco resources to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the county.
Freedom from smoking classes will be held, every Tuesday at the
Okeechobee County Health auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 462-5781.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Monday: Partly sunny with isolated afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be south
around 5 mph becoming southeast around 10 mph in the after-
noon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 70s. The
wind will be southeast around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s with east wind
at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 70s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance
of rain is 30 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 70s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers and
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Little progress made in FBI waterfront suit

1y Larry McShane
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two years
ago, federal prosecutors boldly
proclaimed a civil racketeering
lawsuit against the mighty Inter-
national Longshoremen's Union
that would "once and for all"
'shatter alleged mob control on
the nation's docks.
Today, the start of the trial --
much less the end of any osten-
sible corruption -- is still nowhere
in sight.
Lead defendant John Bowers
continues as ILA president, the
post he's held since 1987, collect-
ing a salary of $587,078 last year.
Legal paperwork abounds, but
no trial date is expected until next
When the lawsuit was an-
nounced July 7, 2005, authorities
alleged the Genovese and Gambi-
no organized crime families used
the ILA to dominate domestic
docks from Maine to Texas.
The defendants were accused
of rigging ILA elections, steering
union benefit contracts to mob-
linked companies, and extorting
money from businesses operat-
ing on New York's piers, sort of
a true-life version of the Oscar-
winning 1954 movie "On The
Waterfront." The alleged offenses
amounted to a "mob tax" im-
posed on goods coming through
the ports, a cost passed along to
consumers, the government said.
, The lawsuit sought to install
court-ordered trustees to replace
Bowers and other veteran union
executives with court-ordered
The defense still hopes to
persuade a judge to dismiss the
whole thing.
"We don't think this suit ever
should have been brought," said
)LA attorney Howard Goldstein.





Ap photo/The Chicago Sun-Times, File
James Marcello and Anthony Doyle are seen in file photos.
Marcello, alleged to be in the hierarchy of the Chicago's or-
ganized crime family, and Doyle, a former Chicago police of-
ficer are two of five defendants in the city's biggest organized
crime trial in years that got under way Tuesday, June 19, at
the federal building in Chicago. The other defendants are re-
puted mob boss Joseph '"Joey the Clown" Lombardo, Frank
Calabrese Sr, and Paul Schiro. The five defendants are ac-
cused of a racketeering conspiracy that included at least 18

"But efforts to convince the gov-
ernment otherwise obviously
were unavailing. We don't think
what they're asking for is appro-
priate, right or necessary."
Goldstein and other defense
attorneys return to court July 31
for a hearing on their motion to
A spokesman for U.S. Attor-
ney Roslynn Mauskopf declined
to comment on the languishing
case. When the 'wide-ranging
civil lawsuit was announced, the
prosecutor had declared it would
"once and for all ... end mob
domination" of the 45,000-mem-
ber longshoremen's union.
The lawsuit, with nearly three
dozen individual defendants, has

moved in barely perceptible in-
crements across 24 months. A
review of court documents and
interviews shows assorted twists
with resulting delays.
Before the civil case could
begin, two ILA officers and a re-
puted mobster went on trial in
federal court, a proceeding that
proved bizarre throughout.
One defendant, ILA bigwig
Harold Daggett, broke down
while testifying that he was a
mob target rather than a cocon-
spirator. He described wetting his
pants when Genovese family hit
man George Barone stuck a gun
against his head during a 1980
"He cocked the trigger and

I ----I

True believers flock to Roswell, N.M.

all of them."
Around the ILA offices, busi-
ness continues as usual.
"People are obviously con-
cerned with it," said Goldstein.

"It's not easy having it hang ove
their heads. But you've got to liv
with it, because it's not goin
away unless something dramatic

By Mark Evans
Associated Press Writer
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- If you
truly believe a UFO and its crew
of bug-eyed aliens came crashing
down here 60 years ago, rest as-
sured: You're not alone.
At least 35,000 people have de-
scended on Roswell this weekend
for the 2007 Amazing Roswell
UFO Festival to commemorate a
purported flying saucer crash on a
nearby ranch in July 1947. Paitici-
pants have filled hotel rooms and
nearly doubled the southeastern
New Mexico town's population
for a few days.
The festival, which began
Thursday, is a mixed bag that
includes live concerts (one head-
lined by a band with a comput-
er-generated 'alien' drummer),
costume contests, a Main Street
parade and a slew of lectures
that ponder everything from body
snatchers to "What Does NASA
Really Know?"
The festival emerged in the
1990s to spark debate about the
purported flying saucer crash,
Which the government says was
a top-secret weather balloon.
Believers in the Roswell incident
say the government is conspiring
to hide the truth about the events
of that day and, more broadly, the
existence of extraterrestrial life.
. Al Dooley, 59, of Seattle, said
he wasn't sure what happened
back then, but came to the festi-
val to learn more. He was nestled
into a seat at a convention cen-
ter auditorium, eager to hear a

AP photo/Justin Norton
This photo taken in December 2006 at the Area 51 exhibit
at the Alien Zone in Roswell, N.M., shows an alien standing

outside a crashed spaceship.
talk on "UFO Files from the UK
and Government Surveillance of
His wife Nancy sat nearby, vis-
ibly less interested. She was wait-
ing for the festival to be over so
the couple could move on to the
next leg of their vacation in Se-
dona, Ariz.
"I didn't come for the carnival
atmosphere. I came to listen to
the speakers," Al Dooley said. "I

wanted to hear what serious and
educated discussion there is."
Although he's not certain
whether an alien craft crashed
here, he might have seen one
himself in 1968 or 1969, he said.
Michael, who plays guitar in
a rock band called Element 115
and doesn't use his last name,
said he doesn't merely believe the
crash happened. "I KNOW it," he
said, as he handed out a business

Michael said he hoped Element
115 would one day be the house
band for a huge theme park being
debated here -- featuring amuse-
ment rides, a concert hall and a
300-room hotel that looks like a
flying saucer.
"I want to help them with
that," he said. "I see millions and
millions of dollars in this place -
- they just need to know how to
market it right."
The city's convention cen-
ter was swarming with vendors
hawking trinkets and dolls, photo
ops with costumed aliens, psy-
chic readings and a kit to test
whether your neighbor or boss is
from outer space. Many peddled
their books, DVDs or artwork of
all things otherworldly.
Chase Masterson, a singer and
actress, was signing autographs
for fans who remembered her
role as Leeta on several episodes
of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
"I am having a very interest-
ing time exploring the theories
that are set forth here," she said.
"Some are completely outrageous
but some are very intriguing."
The festival was being orga-
nized for the first time by the city
of Roswell, after the local UFO
museum hosted it for more than
a decade.
Mayor Sam LaGrone said he
was happily surprised by the turn-
out -- and the economic boost it
would give the city.
"I've never seen so many cars
in town," he said.

AP photo
;This security camera photo provided by the police shows a
:bank robber (left) wearing a disguise of leaves duct taped to
'his head and torso in the Citizens Bank, in Manchester, N.H.
Saturday, July 7.

Man disguises himself

as tree, robs bank

'Leaf it to New Hampshire, where
:a bank branch was held up by a
,man disguised as a tree.
, Just as the Citizen Bank branch
-opened Saturday morning, a man
'walked in with leafy boughs duct-
'taped to his head and torso, and
:robbed the place.
"He really went out on a limb,"
police Sgt. Ernie Goodno said
Police said the leafy man didn't
saying anything about having a

weapon, just demanded cash,
and was given an undisclosed
Although the branches and
leaves obscured much of the
man's face, someone who saw
images from the bank's security
camera recognized the robber
and called police.
Officers said James Coldwell,
.49, was arrested early Sunday at
his Manchester home and charged
with robbery. Arraignment was
not expected until Monday.

Doctor probed in death

of second pro wrestler

ATLANTA (AP) -- The metro
Atlanta doctor who prescribed
steroids to Chris Benoit, the pro
wrestler who killed his wife and
7-year-old before committing
suicide, may also be linked to
the death of another wrestler,
authorities said.
Dr. Phil Astin is being investi-
gated for his role in writing pre-
scriptions for wrestler Michael
Durham, who died in February
2006, said Capt. Mike Pruitt of
the Fayette County Sheriff's Of-
"We were just pulled into
the investigation," Pruitt told
The Atlanta Journal-Constitu-
tion late Friday night. "We still
have to look at the toxicology
reports and autopsy reports on
his death, and that won't be be-
fore Monday."
Authorities began investigat-
ing Astin after authorities found
anabolic steroids in Benoit's
home, leading officials to won-
der whether the drugs played a
role in the killings that started
June 22.

Astin was indicted this week
by federal authorities on seven
counts of distributing excessive
amounts of pain and anxiety
medicine and amphetamines to
two people. Astin has not been
charged in the Benoit case.
Pruitt told the newspaper
that Astin is suspected of over-
prescribing drugs to Durham,
who was known in wrestling
circuits as "Johnny Grunge."
He said county investigators
are working with federal Drug
Enforcement Administration of-
ficials, which took over the in-
vestigation last week.
Astin could not be reached
for comment Saturday and Fay-
ette County investigators did not
immediately return messages
from The Associated Press.
Benoit strangled his wife
and son and placed Bibles next
to their bodies before hanging
himself on the cable of a weight-
machine, authorities said.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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said 'I'll blow your brains all over
the room,'" a sobbing Daggett re-
Co-defendant Lawrence Ricci,
a reputed Genovese capo, missed
Daggett's waterworks; he dis-
appeared three weeks into the
trial and his body showed up
two months later in the trunk of a
car parked behind the Huck Finn
Diner in Union, N.J.
Despite his death, Ricci,
Daggett and ILA official Arthur
Coffey were acquitted of extor-
tion and other charges for alleg-
edly conspiring with the Geno-
vese family to establish Daggett as
Bowers' successor -- a designated
union "puppet" to keep the illegal
income flowing.
The verdict, on charges similar
to those in the civil case, was a
sharp rebuke to the feds. Both
Daggett and Coffey are among
the civil defendants. And Bar-
one, a former ILA official who
confessed to a dozen slaying
after joining the Witness Protec-
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government witnesses in the civil
The civil case, covering de-
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court filings. Pretrial depositions,
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There were problems with
paperwork from the past as well.
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back to the early '90s had been
kept in offices in the World Trade
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FIREWORKS: The fireworks were really nice. I think the best
yet. The Ag Center has the potential for something nice every year.
Only about four vendors there Wednesday night. All were under cover.
Would of been nice if there were more. Traffic wasn't bad, seemed to
go smoothly.

FREE AIR: This subject is getting beat into the ground. Having
said that I would like to add something to the article that I don't think
has been said so far. One of the bad things I've found about charging
for air is that most people, including myself don't check their tires as
often as they should and that is important. One day I went to three
different service stations to check the air pressure in my tires, one was
out of order and the other two were missing parts. I finally ended up
going to a tire repair shop where they checked my tires for free, which
was nice of them. I too have put coins in the machine to get air and
managed to get three tires done. Then I had to put more quarters in to
fill the last one. Which to me is a big rip off. Also I do not believe for
one minute that station owners only get a couple of dollars a month
for having these machines there. If that were true they would be bet-
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probably have more business that way and I doubt if anyone would
damage the machines.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: I hope everyone in Okeechobee
had a happy and safe Fourth of July. I have one wish and that is that
people who like to set off fireworks would be a little more considerate
of their neighbors. How about not starting a week before and continu-
ing for days after and stop at a reasonable time, say midnight. Some\
people have younger children and unfortunately some of us are old.
Others have animals that get very excited and nervous and can hurt
themselves or their owners. If everyone shows a little consideration
maybe we could all have a safe and happy holiday. Just a thought. \

PLAY BALL: In these days of multi million dollar spoiled brats
that we call athletes, it is a breath of fresh air to watch and experience
baseball at it purest form. I'm talking about kids playing baseball for
fun. I just experienced my son's 8 and under team play in the state
tournament, and I can tell you this is what sports is all about. Starting\
July 14th, The Dixie league's "Majors" division state tournament will
be held here in Okeechobee. Please come out and support our team
and enjoy some good baseball.

OUA: I saw a picture of OUA's back up water system on the Rim
Canal in the paper. Two thoughts came to mind - number one - I sure
hope that we don't have to count on that system for our water supply.
Number two -- I don't think that it would attract anyone from outside
to move here. Is that the best that the OUA can do? I drink bottled
water and filtered water.

WATER, WATER: I understand that the water management is
letting the Lock open to let the water from this new rain go down to
- St. Lucie canal. Why are they giving our water away?

CONCERNED PARENTS: I am wondering what the expul-
sion rate of children is in Okeechobee? Like how many people get
expelled in Okeechobee each year? The first time I called about this
they had actually had 13 kids expelled that day from the Okeechobee
Schools. Are they really serious? The item you ran about this only
mentioned that one was expelled for bringing a firearm to school,
but there was nothing said about the rest of them. We have corporal
punishment in the school, so why don't we utilize it? These are just
a couple of questions for the citizens of Okeechobee, because I'm
sure that everyone would like to know. Especially the parents, they
aren't giving explanations for why kids are getting expelled, they are
just taking the education out from underneath these kids and then
they wonder why they pregnancy rate has gone up in the ages of 10 to
12. They don't care what age the kids are they are just expelling them
and sending them home. And then people have to work so they can-
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Upcoming Events

. A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
MVethodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
n 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.VP. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 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 Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
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 ances-
try. The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family.
For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their web site at
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion
at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane
at 7 p.m.
Nar-anon Helps the family of the drug user attain serenity and
a more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she
has stopped using. We meet every Friday at 8,p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Any-
one currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is
welcome. 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.
AA. 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.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, 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
information, 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 meeting. 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 infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
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from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
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Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
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Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
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the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
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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.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.

Community Events

Vacation Bible School is planned
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 412 N.W sixth St. would like
to invite children ages 3 years through fifth grade to come join them
in a stampede at their vacation bible school. It will take you on
a wild ride through God's word at Avalanche Ranch. It began on
Sunday, July 8 through Thursday, July 12, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. For
more information please contact Carolyn at (863) 357-3680.

Genealogical Society to meet
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will be meeting on
Monday July 9, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library
206 S.W. 16th St. There is always something for the beginner as
well as the more experienced family history researchers. Visitors
are always welcome. For more information please call Eve Olson
at (863) 467-2674.

Vacation Bible School set
Avalanche Ranch is this year's theme for Vacation Bible School.
It will be held at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Hwy 441 S.E.,
from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., July 16 through July 20. Activities will be
for grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. Everyone is invited.
For more information please call (863) 763-0550

Bassinger Baptist Church to hold VBS
The First Baptist Church of Bassinger, 19836 Hwy 98 North, will
be having Vacation Bible School for youth kindergarten through 12th
grade. It will be held Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, from
6:30 until 9 p.m. "Game Day Central, where heroes are made!"
will be the theme this year. For more information please contact
Buelah at 863-763-6517, of Carolyn at 863-763-4179.

OSAC training group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, July 9, from 9 until
10 a.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in participating.
For information on the meeting location, call Lydia Jean Williams
at (863) 634-9015.

OSAC panel to meet on July 9
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community re-
source committee will meet Monday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. un-
til 12:30 p.m. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to
anyone interested in participating. For information on the meeting
location, contact Deputy Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064 or Lydia
Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.

OSAC board will meet July 10
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Tuesday, July 10, from 11 until 11:45 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The meeting is open to
all board members. For information, call Lydia Jean Williams at
(863) 634-9015.

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Everyone is
welcome and lunch will be served. All parents and PTO members
from Okeechobee's public and private schools are encouraged to
attend and assist in developing a county-wide prevention plan. For
information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.

Children's council to meet July 12
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, July 12, at
5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office at 700 S.W Second Ave. For information, contact
Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.

Church plans city prayer time
Through out the month of July, every Friday, July 13, the Haven
of Rest Church will be having a prayer and fasting time to pray for
our city of Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome and the time will be
from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. For more information please contact Pas-
tor Tom and Rachel at 863-357-3053.

Scrapbooking party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, July 13, from
6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Last month Carolyn Jones.
gave a demonstration on brag bags. Bring 3-4 paper bags to this
crop and she will help you create your own. She will also be avail-
able to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies.
Several of our members attended the scrapbooking convention
in Ft. Lauderdale on June 29 and 30. They will present a "show
and tell" of some of the new products and information that they
received at the convention. Refreshments will be served and there
will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are
currently working. For information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885
or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

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Eddie Accardi: Encourages drivers to raise the roof

As temperatures heat up in
,Okeechobee, many residents are
working to get their "soft" bodies
.back in shape. Between lunges,
crunches and sit-ups, Eddie Ac-
cardi J-E-C-P-D Inc. discovered
consumers want to firm up more
than just their legs, arms and
stomachs this summer. They also
want to firm up their tops - their
convertible tops. In fact, a recent
'Chrysler brand survey revealed 62
.percent of Americans want hard
convertible tops.
While a majority of consum-
ers prefer "hard" bodies and hard
convertible tops, the survey also
revealed a softer side of America.
Here's the hard truth about the
softer side:
*Get the ice cream scopp:
More Americans prefer the soft
serve version of the perfect sum-
mer treat - ice cream - compared
to the hard, hand packed option
(50 percent to 43 percent)
*Paper back preference:
Nearly seven out of 10 consumers

(69 percent) would rather have a
soft, paperback book over a hard
covered novel when they're read-
ing at the beach or on a summer
road trip.
*Soft rock soothes: The
Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Lynard
Skynard and other classic soft rock
artists were identified by Ameri-
cans for making some of the best
convertible driving songs.
*Raise the "soft top" roof:
Even with the hard top option,
one in thee Americans (33 per-
cent) still prefer soft convertible
tops. With a top for everyone,
the all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring
Convertible is the first convertible
to offer three automatically latch-
ing top options: vinyl, cloth and a
body-color painted steel retract-
able hard top.
"No matter where you live,
there's just something special
about driving a convertible. It's
exhilarating - windows down,
hair blowing in the wind," said
Edmund Accardi, of Eddie Ac-

cardi J-E-C-P-D Inc. "Regardless
of whether you prefer the hard
or soft top option on the all-new
Chrysler Sebring Convertible, this
summer in the perfect time to
have fun cruising around town in
the open air."
No matter if you are a first-time
convertible driver, planning to
buy a new convertible or thinking
about renting one, all convertible
drivers and passengers should be
familiar with a few universal driv-
ing tips that apply to all convert-
*Lock your valuables:
Don't leave important documents
or valuables in plain sight when
parking any vehicle: if your in a
convertible and parking with the
top down, put valuable items in
a locking glove box to keep them
*Sing sing sing: Top-down
fun and good music go hand in
hand. But think about what you're
blasting since everyone around
you can hear your music choices.

"Protect your pet: Allow
pets time to adjust to the convert-
ible ride if they're not used to rid-
ing with the top down: help accli-
mate you canine companions by
taking them on short trips, at low
speeds and eventually work your
way up to cruising full speed once
your pet has had time to adjust.
*Hair raising experience:
Driving with the top down can
add extra volume to your usual
hair style. Take a quick peak in
the mirror after arriving at your
destination to make sure the ex-
tra volume is enhancing - not de-
tracting - from your appearance.
'*Soak up the sun: Top down
driving is a great way to get your
daily dose of Vitamin D, but don't
forget to apply sunscreen if you
plan on being in the sun for an ex-
tended period of time. The Ameri-
can Academy of Dermatologists
recommends wearing sunscreen
everyday if you plan to be in the
sun for more than 20 minutes.
For additional information

about the Chrysler Sebring Con-
vertible, visit www.chrysler.com/
sebringconvertible, or visit Eddie
Accardi J-E-C-P-D Inc. at 4224 S.
Hwy 441.
About the 2008 Chrysler
Sebring Convertible
The completely redesigned
2008 Chrysler Sebring Convert-
ible offers a sleek and elegant
design, exhilarating performance
with excellent fuel efficiency and
a spacious interior. The Sebring
Convertible also offers what no
other convertible has offered be-
fore - three automatically latch-
ing convertible top options: vinyl,
cloth and a body-color painted
steel hard top, all of which can be
retracted with a push of a button
on the key fob.
The Chrysler Sebring Convert-
ible has long held the honor of
America's favorite convertible,
solidly leading the segment for
the past decade. In fact, Sebring
Convertible has earned the title
of best-selling convertible in the

United States for seven of the
past 11 years. The 2008 Chrysler
Sebring Convertible is poised to
be in the winners circle when it
becomes available in U.S. deal-
erships in the second quarter of
2007 and in global volume mar-
kets in the second half of 2007
These results are based on
1000 telephone interviews with
Americans, 18 years of age and
older from the US Express om-
nibus survey. Interviews were
conducted between April 10 and
April 12, 2007. The final data are
statistically weighted to reflect the
actual age and gender of the U.S.
Population and are balanced by
With sample of 1000, one can
say with 95 percent certainty that
the overall results are within 3.1
percentage points of what they
would have been had the entire
U.S. population been surveyed.
The margin of error will be
larger for sub-groupings of the
survey population.

BK to use trans-fat-free oil by end of 2008

By Adrian saninz
AP Business Writer
; MIAMI (AP) -- Burger King
said Friday- it will use trans-fat-
free cooking oil at all its U.S. res-
taurants by the end of next year,
following in the footsteps of other
leading fast-food restaurants.
I The world's second largest
hamburger chain said it was al-
ready using zero trans-fat oil in
hundreds of its more than 7,100
U.S. restaurants nationwide.
Burger King is known for its
flame-broiled burgers, but uses
cooking oil for its french fries and
most of its chicken products.
In tests, consumers deter-
mined that more than a dozen
items cooked in the new oil, such
as french fries and hash browns,
tasted the same or better than
products cooked in the trans-fat
oil, the company said.
Miami-based Burger King
Corp. said two trans-fat-free oil
blends passed tests. If adequate
supply becomes available, the
U.S. rollout of the oils could be
completed sooner than 2008, the
company said.
Trans fats are listed on food
labels as partially hydrogenated
vegetable oil. They can raise bad
cholesterol and lower healthy
cholesterol, increasing the risk of
heart disease, doctors say.
Critics have said Burger King
was taking too long to move to-
ward the healthier oils. The Wash-
ington-based Center for Science
in the Public Interest sued Burger
King in May, saying the company
was moving too slowly and had
failed to set a definite timetable
for removal of trans fats.
In response to the lawsuit,
Burger King said in May it expect-

AP photo/Dima Gavrysh
Amin Chakma puts up new menus featuring calorie counts at a Subway restaurant, Friday,
June 29, in New York. New York is the first city in the country to require certain fast food res-
taurants to list calorie counts next to menu items in type that is at least as large as the price.
New York City ushered in a new era of healthy eating on Sunday July 1 as a ban on trans
fat-laden cooking oils in restaurants took effect. But not all fast-food eateries were following
another new rule requiring them to post calorie counts on their menus.

ed to begin the national rollout its
new zero trans-fat oil by the end
of this year.
Among Burger King's main
competitors, McDonald's Corp.
said earlier this year it had se-
lected a new trans-fat-free oil.
Wendy's International Inc. started
using cooking oil with zero grams
of trans fat in August 2006.
Starbucks Corp. announced in
May that it will cut artificial trans
fats out of food and drinks in its
stores in the continental United

States, Alaska and Canada by the
end of the year.
Yum Brands Inc. said in April
that all of its KFC restaurants are
now serving fried chicken with
zero grams of trans fats. Yum
Brands also said its Taco Bell res-
taurants switched to a trans fat-
free frying oil.
Burger King is owned by Burg-
er King Holdings Inc. and oper-
ates more than 11,200 restaurants
worldwide. About 90 percent of
its restaurants are owned and op-

Farm bill renews fight over subsidies

By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press Writer
mnentum is building in Congress
for overhauling farm subsidies
because of tight budgets and in-
creasing enthusiasm for renew-
able fuels and conservation pro-
Major change will not come
easily. The current farm bill,
which expires in September, pro-
vides payments and other help
to supplement farmers' incomes,
support crop prices and manage
supplies. Any cuts in subsidies
will face resistance.
President Bush sought similar
reductions upon taking office.
But he made little headway in the
latest farm bill, which Congress
Wrote in 2002.
1 Since then, Democrats have
regained control of the House and
,energy prices have skyrocketed,
leading to more calls for etha-
nol, which is derived from plants.
Record prices for corn and other
crops have some people ques-
tioning the need for subsidies.
The government paid out al-
most $17 billion in subsidies last
year, a drop of more than $10 bil-
'lion from 2000.
' "It's a different dynamic, there's
,just no doubt about it," Agricul-
'ture Secretary Mike Johanns said.
, Some lawmakers are rallying
,around a bipartisan proposal by
Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Jeff
Flake, R-Ariz., to wean farmers
from government payments. Kind
,won 200 votes for a similar plan
during the debate on the 2002 bill.
At the time, one supporter was
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., now
'the House speaker.
Their proposal would, replace
'subsidies with savings accounts
'that farmers could use to cover
losses when crop prices are low
or yields are poor.
Some subsidies would be di-
verted to biofuels, rural develop-
ment and conservation programs
that pay farmers for leaving land

Rick Ostlie, a North Dakota
farmer who is president of the
American Soybean Association,
said prices may be high now, but
farmers will need a safety net if
they drop. Kind's savings accounts
"aren't going to help the average
farmer who is having financial
problems," he said.
Lawmakers from both parties
who represent farm states expect
some overhaul. They note that few
extra dollars are available for con-
servation and energy programs
and that Congress has much less
money to work with this year. But
there is little consensus on what
changes are needed.
"There's a very strong but mi-
nority viewpoint that somehow
you have to protect these largest
commodity programs at all costs,"
Kind said.
In an interview with The As-
sociated Press, Johanns said Kind
has approached him two or three
times about his proposal. While
the Bush administration has put
forward its own ideas and does
not endorse Kind's plan, Johanns
said the Democrat makes a com-
pelling case.
"He certainly has ideas that I
think everybody would like," Jo-
hanns said. "If the approach is let's
just do it all over again like we did
in 2002, those who want reform
have nothing to lose by battling
on the floor of the House."
A House Agriculture subcom-
mittee took just that approach last
month. It unanimously rejected
Kind's proposal and approved a
bill that would extend the 2002
Despite that vote, one of the
panel's members, Rep. Earl
Pomeroy, D-N.D., agreed with Jo-
hanns that the committee must
do something to please the wider
House membership, many of
whom represent urban districts.
But Pomeroy also called what
Kind and Flake want to do "death
by reform."

In an effort to cut back, some
lawmakers want to reduce or
eliminate direct payments, subsi-
dies that are not based on current
crop production or prices. The
chairman of the Senate Agricul-
ture Committee, Democratic Sen.
Tom Harkin of Iowa, has support-
ed this approach and encouraged
spending more money on conser-
vation programs.
Johanns, Bush and others have
argued for a stricter-limit on the
maximum payment a farmer can
receive and said payments are not
distributed equitably. Southerners.
traditionally have balked at the
idea, citing the costs of producing
their rice and cotton crops.
Nonetheless, some reduction
in payment levels is inevitable,
said Georgia Sen. Saxby Cham-
bliss, the senior Republican on
Harkin's committee. "We don't
have the funding we had in 2002
so there are certain reforms that
are going to be necessary," Cham-
bliss said.
International trade talks also
could affect the debate because
the United States is under pres-
sure to reduce farm subsidies.
Montana Sen. Max Baucus,
.the Democratic chairman of the
Senate Finance Committee and a
member of the Agriculture Com-
mittee, said proposals such as
Kind's would not be helpful.
"Cutting support payments to-
day would further undercut food
production in the United States,
but also undercut the United
States' bargaining leverage when
we go into trade talks in other
countries," Baucus said. "We
won't let it happen."
Despite continued disagree-
ment, the House Agriculture Com-
mittee intends to act on the bill
this month. The chairman, Rep.
Collin Peterson, D-Minn., intends
to skirt the money problems by
presenting two separate bills: one
would stay within current budget
limits and one would have extra

erated by franchisees.
Its shares fell 33 cents, or 1.2
percent, to $26.22 Friday.

TVA offers some

energy-saving tips

By The Associated Press
Tennessee Valley Authority
tips to lower your energy bill
this summer.
1. Turn up your cooling sys-
tems thermostat to 7578 de-
grees. Don't pay to keep your
furniture cool -- raise it even
more when no one is home.
2. Perform a do-it-yourself
energy audit. Tips at http://
3. Lower your water heater
temperature to 120 degrees,
take shorter showers and use
cold water for laundry when-
ever possible.
4. Turn off lights, televisions
and other appliances when

not in use.
5. Remove and recycle your
second refrigerator.
6. Keep curtains closed on
the south, east and west sides
of the house during the day to
help keep cool.
7. Clean refrigerator coils,
set it at 36-39 degrees and the
freezer at zero-5 degrees.
8. Use the microwave; it
cooks faster and doesn't cre-
ate as much heat as a stove.
9. Air-dry dishes instead of
using the dishwasher's heat
drying option.
10. Run your dishwasher
and clothes washer only when

Community Events

Parenting Classes planned
The Okeechobee County Health Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class will consist
of six, one hour classes. You must attend all six classes in order
to get a certificate of completion. No childcare will be available.
To register please call 863-462-5877

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Heat zones help gardeners choose appropriate plants

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Popular media are having a
field day with stories on global
climate change. Is it really getting
warmer or is it just a roll of the cli-
matic dice? With recent drought
and hot humid temperatures,
many homeowners may feel the
effects of heat on their Florida
Yards. Some may be ask, "Can it
really be too hot for some of our
Heat is just one thing to consid-
er when choosing the right plant
for the right place. The traditional
USDA Hardiness zone map now
has a mate that talks about the up-
per end of the thermometer. The
American Horticultural Society's
heat-zone map was introduced
ten years ago. Today's column
will outline some climatic maps
and how we can use their zones
to find plants that work best in
our area.

Cold hardiness
Most gardeners have heard of
the hardiness zone map devel-
oped by the USDA. It separates
the country into zones of aver-
age minimum temperatures in a
given area. For a look at the map,
visit the National Arboretum Web
site, http://www.usna.usda.gov/



Zones can help gardeners
choose plants based on how
well they will survive cold tem-
peratures. The currently accept-
ed map was revised in 1990 to
reflect changes in temperature
averages. Zones were subdivided
into "a" and "b" zones.
Most of the area north of Lake
Okeechobee is designated as
zone 9b. This means the areas
would expect to see average tem-
peratures dip only to 30 degrees F.
A small portion of the north-west-
ern area of our county is in the
9a zone, where average tempera-
tures are expected to reach down
to 20 to 25 F each winter.
Many plants have been rated
for their cold hardiness based on
these designations. For our area,
knowing a tender palm is rated
for Zone 11 means that it runs the
risk of being damaged by frost if
planted in Zone 9. Is this impor-
tant? Just ask some of our nursery
growers that planted a number of
Foxtail palms last fall, only to have
them turn brown when frost hit
last winter.
So are we warming up? The

American Horticultural Society
has a 2003 draft map that takes a
close look at minimum tempera-
tures from 1987 to 2001; it moves
much of Okeechobee County into
Zone 10. The 2006 National Arbor
Day Foundation has moved the
county in a similar transition into
a warmer microclimate, based on
the last 15 years of temperature
It's more than
USDA hardiness zones provide
little information on how a given
plant will cope with other envi-
ronmental factors. An attempt at
providing a planting zones map
began in the late 1980s by Drs.
Mark Shulman and Arthur T. De-
Gaetano of Cook College -- Rut-
gers University. They devised a
Plant Hardiness map and came
up with 26 zones in North Ameri-
ca. Their divisions were based on
humidity and temperatures.
While these zones may be
useful in describing our climate,
there was no rush to accept this
system and determine which
zone supports the thousands
of ornamentals that are grown
across the country.
Gardeners and landscapers
have also used the Sunset Garden
Climatic Zones. These zones are

based on the length of growing
season, the timing and amount
of rainfall, winter lows, summer
highs, and humidity. Sunset Zone
Map fits the zones to the plants,
not the plant to the zone. Their
maps place us in their Zone 26,
Central and Interior Florida. The
National Gardening Association
has a similar zone map.
How hot will it get?
Of particular interest to our
part of the country is the AHS heat
zone map. It was first published
in 1997 and is used in much the
same way as the hardiness map --
it can help with plant selection.
The country is divided into
12 zones based on the average
number of days of temperature at
or above 86 degrees F. This tem-
perature is chosen because plants-
begin to become damaged when
they get hotter than this level. Any
day above 86 is called a heat-day.
The AHS map shows how many
heat days are expected at a given
location. While many plants will
survive outside of their heat zone,
they may not thrive out of zone.
Central Florida is divided into
two zones by the AHS map.
Okeechobee, Highlands and
Glades Counties are primarily in
heat zone 10-11, where plants re-
ceive 180 to 210 heat-days a year.
The AHS specific heat-zone

ratings have begun to appear in
plant reference books. Ratings are
typically found as pairs of number
ranges. The first set of numbers
(in increasing order) refers to the
USDA Hardiness Zone, while the
second set (in decreasing order)
gives the heat zone rating.
Examples of plant
ratings from the book,
Heat-Zone Gardening:
* Lily of the Nile Agapanthus:
8-11, 12-1. This beautiful blue
flowering perennial grows from a
bulb. I found it in growing in Cos-
ta Rican landscapes, but would
bring the pot inside in a Carolina
* Columbine Aquilegia: 4-7,
9-3. This northern wildflower
may take the heat of our area, but
needs the colder temperatures of
the Florida panhandle to live as a
* Lilyturf Liriope: 5-11, 8-
3. According to the ratings this
frequently used Central Florida
groundcover should not thrive
here -- but it does!
* Golden Rain Tree Koelreute-
ria: 5-9, 8-5. The ratings say this
would not be well adapted, but
this weedy tree grows all over our
area and appears to be thriv ing
* Myrtle Myrica: 2-9, 8-1. The

southern Bayberry or Waxmyrtle
is a common native shrub in our
area, and despite the ratings is
well suited to our hot summers.
As seen in some of these ex-
amples, the process rating the
heat zones for plants is evolving.
Nearly 500 ornamentals were
initially rated by the AHS, and
thousands more have since been
added. It will take a number of,
years before plants with a hardi-
ness zone rating will have a cor-
responding heat zone equivalent.
Advice on correct ratings is also
being requested.
Remember also that factors
such as water, light, soil and oxy-
gen can also affect plant growth.
And micro-climate differences
also make ratings less that accu-
rate. But, the next time you look
at a plant tag, look for our har-
diness zone (9-10) and the heat
zone (11-10) for the right plant
for our area.
I've placed more information on
our Okeechobee web page, http://
If you need additional information
on heat zones, please email us
at okeechobee@lfas.ufl.edu,
visit the AHS website,
or call us at 863-763-6469.
Local residents
can stop by our office at
458 Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners from 1 until 3 p.m.
on Tuesday afternoons. '

Feds bust a bug at Port of Miami Upcoming Events at IRCC

By Erika Beras
The Miami Herald
MIAMI (AP) -- The feds re-
cently busted a bug at the Port
of Miami.
Not just any bug. It was a
three-inch, hissing, six-legged
giant harlequin beetle' that
could have wreaked havoc on
the mango trees of Florida.
Every year, more than 2,500
insects are intercepted at the
They hitch rides with Haitian
mangoes, Colombian flowers,
Italian tiles and Mexican pina-
"Often they are exotic and
rare. You could work 20 to 30
years in this business and nev-
er see half the bugs they see
in a year. For an entomologist,
Miami is the holy grail," said
Nolan Lemon, a spokesman
for the U.S. Department of Ag-
1 riculture.
Historically, inspections had
been done under the purview
of the Agriculture Department.
But as part of the reorganiza-
tion of federal functions after
the Sept. 11 attacks, those in-
spectors came under the um-
brella of Homeland Security,
making agricultural inspec-
tors and n itomologists, in the
words of Customs and Border
Protection spokesman Zach-
ary Mann, "the last line of de-
fense against thugs, drugs and
The majority of the bugs turn
out to be creepy but harmless.
There are exceptions. In April,
an operation was launched
when cruise passengers from
St. Martin were found to be
sporting floppy hats infested
with red palm mites.
The mites, which migrated
from India to the Caribbean
several years ago, attack coco-
nut palm trees. About 182 palm
hats, handbags and bowls were
seized and incinerated at an
undisclosed location.
In May, an inspector stopped
the giant harlequin beetle on
the deck of a cargo ship arriv-
ing from Honduras. "It had just
caught a ride and someone saw
it scurrying across the dock,"
said Daniel Buisson, agricul-
tural specialist for customs.
Port inspectors open random
packages with switchblades
and go over the contents with
flashlights and a magnifying
glass. In addition to bugs, they
look for stray seeds that might
sprout nonnative fauna.
The bugs are herded into
long, thin specimen tubes and
driven to a USDA lab on Bis-
cayne Boulevard, where ento-
mologist Willie Tang inspects
them using a $15,000 high-
powered Nikon microscope

AP photo/Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch
This is a tray of different beetles photographed at the office
of Entomologist Willie Tang Tuesday, June 12, at the USDA
laboratory in Miami. Tang inspects all of the insects that pass
through the Port of Miami. He keeps over 4,000 of them stored
in glass cases using "museum standards."

and digital camera.
When he can't identify an
insect, he e-mails an image to
a specialist at the Smithsonian
The critters are labeled and
neatly stored in dozens of glass
cases stacked in wooden file
cabinets. "We try to follow mu-
seum standards," Tang said.
Because of Miami's bug-
friendly subtropical climate, 10
of the U.S. Agriculture Depart-
ment's 50 entomologists are
stationed here -- one at the port
and nine at the airport.
During his 10 years on the
job, Tang has kept a sample of
every species caught sneaking
in. That's more than 4,000 bug
varieties. The insects often ar-
rive in refrigerated, stackable
freight cars.
They survive the journey be-
cause the cold air keeps them
in suspended animation, ac-
cording to inspector Stacey
Wright. "When the door opens,
the bugs feel the heat and see
the light and gravitate toward
the door," she said.
Although the inspectors
are trained to search for bugs,
snails and seeds, they also fer-
ret out other items.
In 2005, as they were in-
specting a shipment of produce
from Ecuador, they found 750
pounds of cocaine -- stuffed in-
side fiberglass fake plantains.
Inspectors also come across
pharmaceuticals with ingredi-
ents listed in languages other
than English, banned meat

products, toys that don't ad-
here to U.S. safety regulations
and knockoff Nike sneakers
and Louis Vuitton bags.
But bugs are their main mis-
sion. Anything suspicious is
held and quarantined to pre-
vent the introduction of plant
or animal diseases. In extreme
cases, cargo is sent back to the
country of origin.
Recently, inspectors stopped
a rare snail stowed away in a
wine shipment from Australia.
The snails congregate on farm
fields and can clog harvesting
They also intercepted a
long-horned beetle that came
with granite countertops from
China. The beetle devours the
trunk of mango trees. On one
Chinese island alone, the bee-
tle is blamed for ruining 100
mango plantations.
And then there was the gi-
ant harlequin beetle -- the first
of its species intercepted in the
United States in more than 20
years. It, too, can lay waste to
mango trees. Had it eluded the
inspectors, Florida's largely Mi-
ami-Dade mango harvest, the
largest in the United States,
could have been threatened.
"The trickle-down effect
could have been as devastat-
ing as a terrorist attack," Mann
says. "It would have been an en-
tire industry wiped out. That's
what we're worried about, fi-
nances and industries."


Meredith Jensen
Janice Meredith Jensen, age
78, of Okeechobee, died July 7,
2007, at Raulerson Hospital. Mrs.
Jensen was born Aug. 16, 1928,
in Indianapolis, Ind., to Ancil
and Stella Stamm. She was an
office manager having come to
Okeechobee from West Palm
Beach in 1989. Mrs. Jensen was
a Pink Lady at Raulerson Hospi-
tal, member of Peace Lutheran
Church, and choir member at
Peace Lutheran Church. She al-
ways had a smile on her face.
Mrs. Jensen was preceded in

death by her husband, Theodore
Frederick Jensen, Jr.
She is survived by her son, Ted
(Debbie) Jensen of Juneau, Wis.;
two daughters, Jeanne (Bob) Cas-
sell of Lumberton, Texas and De-
nise Griggs of Hickory, N.C.; three
grandchildren, Glenn (Andrea),
Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth; sib-
lings, Bob (Rosie) Stamm of Stu-
art, Norma (Gene) Wilson and
Dick (Cora) Stamm, both of In-
dianapolis, Ind.
Visitation will be on Monday,
July 9, 2007, from 4 until 7 p.m.,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Funeral services will be on
Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 11 a.m.,

and will be held at Peace Luther-
an Church with Pastor John Hirst
officiating. Graveside services will
be on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at
2:30 p.m., at Pine Crest Cemetery
in Lake Worth.
In lieu of flowers, memori-
als may be made to Hospice
of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of the Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home
and Crematory, 205 N.E. 5"' St.

Camp Operation 2007
High School students learn
about health care careers, activi-
ties include visits to local health
care facilities on
Tuesday, July 10, with a tour
of Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center in Fort Pierce, from 1 until
3 p.m.

Expanding horizons
for H. S. students
Treasure Coast High School
students explore careers, com-
plete college courses, earn sti-
pends based on performance and
compete for scholarships. In ad-
dition, Eldrich Gardener, will be
introducing Expanding Horizons
students to a lab environment,
teaching them about DNA. Work-
ing with the students, Gardener
will be extracting DNA from an
onion. As a youth, Gardener
was a participant in Expanding
Horizons and is now excited to
be giving back to the program
on Wednesday, July 18, 10 a.m.,
main campus, Room B-120.

International disaster
relief training
Interview students in the
Emergency Administration & Di-
saster Management program who
have just returned from a training
exercise in disaster recovery and
humanitarian aid in a culturally
diverse international environment
in Eastern Europe.

United Way/IRCC
school supplies drive
The Campus Coalition Gov-
ernment is collecting school sup-
plies for needy children Monday
through Thursday, beginning July
2- Aug. 8 at the Koblegard Student
Union, main campus.

A Thought To

In our society today, the same
as since time began, we are all
mutually accountable to others.
We can scarcely do anything
that doesn't involve others. Our
friends, our
'. . families or
" someone is
� usually affect-
- . ed by our
'. - - *. .. ' a c tio n s .
The ancient
story of the
men at sea in a
boat, and one
By Paul of them began
to bore a hole
Buxton in the bottom
of the vessel.
On being remonstrated with, he
answered: "I am only boring
underneath my own seat."
"Yes," said his fellow passen-
gers, "but when the sea rushes in,
we shall all be downed with you."
So it is! Few of our actions fail to
involve others.
We help as well as we hinder.
The good in the world is most
always brought about through the
actions of people. Someone said:
"We do good to another mostly in
minute particles." Then it is the lit-
tle things that count.
Thought to Remember: "Every
day we make our offerings -- one
way or the other."

Funeral Home & Crematory
110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee

Swimming Camp
Session VI Swim Camp will
meet July 16 through July 27 at
Anne Wilder Swimming Com-
plex, main campus.

Summer Academies in
Emerging Technologies
For high school juniors and
seniors, the Summer Academies
focus on photonics, robotics,
digital media and cyber security
will meet Monday, July 16-19,
and July 23-26 from 8 a.m. until
noon at Kight Center for Emerg-
ing Technology.

IRCC B.S. Degree
information sessions
Learn how to apply to IRCC's
new Bachelor's Degree programs
at 6 p.m. at the locations listed
July 17 - Kight Center for
Emerging Technologies, VI 10
July 18 - Chastain Campus,
Stuart, Wolf High-Tech Center
July 18 - Dixon Hendry Cam-

pus, Okeechobee
July 19 - St. Lucie West Cam-
pus, Schreiber Conference Center
July 19 - Mueller Campus,
Richardson Center, Vero Beach

Free lunch
and learn series
"Employment Law" presented
by the IRCC Employee Develop- '
ment Institute will be held Tues-
day, July 10, at noon at the Chas-
tain Campus in Stuart.

Student Orientation
Learn about IRCC programs
and services, Wednesday, July 11 ,
from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Chastain
Campus in Stuart, building A 103.

Medical Assisting
information session
Find out about this versatile.-
career that combines adminis-
trative and clinical duties will be
held Wednesday, July 11 at 4 p.m.
-at the St. Lucie West Campus,



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AP photos/J. Pat Carter
Bob Freer works his way out of the alligator feeding area of the Homestead, Alligator Farm May 22. In the past alligator drew
crowds, now they draw a few people each day.

Alligator wrestlers becoming endangered

. By Sarah Larimer
Associated Press Writer
- Wanted: Thrill-seeking animal
lovers with cool heads and quick
reflexes. Must have finesse, agility
and high tolerance for pain. Ap-
ply at wildlife parks across Flori-
da, where the alligator wrestler is
quickly disappearing.
Alligator handlers across
South Florida said there is simply
less money, glamour and interest
in the profession today than in its
glory days, when crowds flocked
to roadside shows. While there
are no exact figures, no one dis-
putes that alligator wrestlers are
an endangered species.
"I believe gator wrestlers are
definitely a dying breed," said
James Peacock, wildlife manager
at Native Village in Hollywood.
"We're fading out. Just like the
cowboys and Indians of yester-
year, or the Japanese samurai."
These days, tourists would
rather ride on Everglades air boats
and view. wildlife in its natural
habitat, said Nicki E. Grossman,
president of the Greater Fort Lau-
derdale Convention and Visitors
"You have to get real. You
have to give someone an actual
experience, a relationship with
the destination," Grossman said.
"And I think we've come a long
way from the days when alligator
wrestling was the big draw."
On a good day, Peacock said
he teaches a handful of tourists
about Florida wildlife. Years ago,
he said, those shows used to draw
more than 400 visitors. When he
started in the business, he could
make about $500 a day in tips.
Those days, he says, are over.
Peacock said because of ani-
mal television shows and Internet
videos, fewer tourists are interest-
ed in seeing his presentations.
"The lessons are being taught

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Veteran alligator wrestler James Peacock (right) watches as
his student, Scott Cohen, works with an alligator at the Na-
tive Village Wildlife Park in Hollywood, Fla., May 26. Cohen, a
former volunteer at the wildlife park, is learning to work with
alligators for the shows there and hopes, someday, to own

his own animal park.
in their own home, without
harming any animals. So that's
the positive side," Peacock said.
"The negative side is, did I waste
the last 17 years of my life learn-
ing how to do this?"
The profession isn't one that
former alligator wrestler Jesse
Kennon would encourage many
people to go in to these days, es-
pecially those who need a steady
"You have to realize, an out-
doorsman that lives in the 'glades
or deals with animals is a special
type of person," Kennon said.
"He's not the one that can work
in an office. An office is just not
for him."
Jeremy Possman, 25, learned
how to handle alligators from
a member of the Miccosukee
Indian tribe. He said some par-
ents in Miccosukee tribe used to
hope their children learned how'
to handle the animals because a
good show could secure wealth
for the family.
"A long time ago, especially
when the tourism of Florida
was skyrocketing, most alligator
handlers, they could pull a good
amount of money in a week just
off of tips," Possman said. "Now-

adays, it's not as good."
Former Seminole Indian tribal
chairman and alligator wrestler
James Billie still keeps the finger
that an alligator snatched in a jar
at his house. Injuries are normal
in the industry and wrestlers say
they generally aren't deterred by
a little blood.
"If you do get bit, a lot of times
that just means more business,"
Possman said. "Because they're
going to come back to see if it's
going to happen again."
Possman said his show is not
designed to show his strength. He
sits atop the alligator and grabs a
loose portion of its skin under its
mouth to display its sharp teeth.
He holds the alligator's mouth
shut with his chin and shows
how trappers would tie gator. To
end the show, he allows the alli-
gator to open its mouth, extends
his arms and rests his chin on the
alligator's nose.
Daytona Beach resident Bobby
Smith, who watched Possman's
show at Everglades Alligator Farm
with his family, said though he
lives in Florida, he hadn't seen the
tourist staple until this summer.
"I think they're just getting
crowded out," Smith said.

Alligator wrestling is a form of
live catch modified for entertain-
ment, Billie said, and as the Indi-
ans' need to hunt alligators has
died out, so has the shows.
"We don't have to hunt any-
more," Billie said. "We eat bolo-
gna sandwiches like the rest of
the world."
Possman said he prefers the
term "alligator handler" to "al-
ligator wrestler," because it lets
patrons know his goal with the
show is to pass along knowledge.
Possman said today's tourists
are turned off by man vs. beast
demonstrations that used to be
"Now, a lot of things have
changed to conservation," he
said. "It's more of conserving it
than it would be to try and make
a show of it."
None of this fazes Scott Cohen,
a gangly 13-year-old with floppy
dark hair and a nagging desire to
handle the animals. Cohen, the
head volunteer at Native Village,
has been training as a wrestler by
using smaller gators with taped
Cohen's parents were a bit
squeamish at first, but Scott said
they've learned to accept his in-
terest. He said he hopes to some-
day open an animal park and sees
a good future in the business.
"I've always wanted to expe-
rience handling an alligator," he
But there's .a difference be-
tween handling an alligator and
jumping on top of 9 feet of fury.
Scott said he wasn't con-
cerned about waning business or
the job's dangers. At 13, he said,
he's fully committed to a life with
gator wrestling, whether the tour-
ism market wants it or not.
"As long as I have all 10 fingers
I'm good," he said. "As long as I
have all my body parts, I'm fine."

Jeremy Possman closes his alligator show in Homestead,
May 22, with one of the favorite stunts, tucking the gator's
snout under his chin. Alligator shows now draw a few people
each day. In the past they drew crowds, with the handler mak-
ing a few hundred dollars in tips.


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At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 6,
through Thursday, July 12, are as
Theatre I -"Transformers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. only.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Ratatouille" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III - "Evan Almighty"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Starting Wednesday, July
Harry Potter -- The Order of the
Showtimes: Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:45
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)


Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There is no
charge and anyone is welcome.
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others? Raul-
erson Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volun-
teer as little as four hours a week
or as many as 20 hours. Morning,
- afternoon, and evening shifts are
available. Many opportunities
currently exist. Please contact the
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
information, call (863) 763-2151,
ext. 3312. The hospital's Volun-
teen Program (ages 14-17) is a
summer program beginning in

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, gardening utensils, bleach
and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the
above items is asked to call (863)

You can help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children are
abused or neglected each year.
When families fail to care for their
children, the question is whose
children are these? The answer is
they belong to all of us. You can
help abused and neglected chil-
dren by donating your operation-
al car, boat, truck or other vehicle
and other items to Kids In Distress
by calling (954) 390-7620. Kids In
Distress is a community-support-
ed agency dedicated to the care,
treatment and prevention of child
abuse and neglect. They have
locations in Broward and Palm
Beach counties.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife ad-
venture birthday party at Arnold's
Wildlife Center, 14895 N.W. 30th
Terrace. You can invite up to 20
friends to join you for a wildlife
adventure tour, hands on animal
encounter, games and a special
craft for everyone to make. For
information on cost and reserva-
tions, call (863) 763-4630.

American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for volunteers to be a
part of our Disaster Action Team
(DAT). DAT is made up of a
group of trained volunteers who
respond to local disasters. If you
would like to give of your time
and talents to help local citizens
in time of disaster, please call
Debbie Riddle at the American
Red Cross-Okeechobee branch at
(863) 763-2488.


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By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): If
you really want to get something done
today, go the distance. It will be your
willpower, charm and discipline that
will enable you to do the impossible. A
secret matter may be brought out into
the open.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Emotions will be running high and rela-
tionship, problems or health issues will
be driving you crazy. Don't fret. Once
the dust settles, you will be able to fix
whatever isn't working.
-GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The
changes you want to make and the
ones you should be making will not be
the same. Impulsive actions will lead to
costly mistakes. Don't let your emotions
take over, enticing you to do something
you shouldn't.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Use your assets and you will be able to
persuade others to pitch in and help. A
professional change may be something
you desire but you are likely to jump
from one problem to another if you
make a move today.

*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You
may think you are in control when
really you aren't. Someone is playing
emotional games with you. Try to take
a nonchalant, fun-loving approach in
order to avoid being coerced into mak-
ing decisions based on poor informa-
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): No
matter what anyone tells you, go to
the source and find out first hand. You
may need to take a short trip or ven-
ture down the information highway to
become more informed. A problem at
home or with a partner may lead you
S*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Don't spend to impress. Someone will
do a good job of talking you out of your
cash if you aren't on the ball today. A
change at work may leave you feeling
left out or vulnerable.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Take into consideration what some-
thing will cost before you move for-
ward. To overspend now will set you
back or slow you down when momen-
tum is vital to the outcome. A partner
will lead you in the wrong direction.

*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Don't get involved intimately with
someone you work with. A problem
will arise that will disrupt your position
or theirs. A change in your personal life
is apparent - don't move too fast.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Work from your home if possible today.
You will accomplish the most if you can
stay on top of both your personal and
professional gains. A problem with an
investment or a health issue may lead
to some worry.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Emotional confusion can be expected,
especially if you haven't been com-
pletely honest with friends, relatives or
neighbors. A problem with a personal
relationship will be more convoluted
than you realize. Stay on top of it.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Take a look around you before you de-
cide to start something new. You may
feel optimistic about something being
offered but, unless you know what's in-
volved and get promises in writing, you
will be taking a risk. Do the groundwork
before you sign on the dotted line.

Dear Abby

Kids need straight

dope on drugs

* DEAR ABBY: I am the sin-
gle mom of a terrific 6-year-old
boy. "Matthew" is smart, happy
and generally makes good choic-
es when given options. My prob-
lem? I'm terrified of the future.
I hear horror stories about
kids who take drugs and the
downward spiral their lives take.
Matthew's father made poor
choices regarding drugs and al-
cohol - one of the many rea-
sons I divorced him - so my son
is genetically predisposed to ad-
diction. What is to stop him from
accepting drugs from friends or
One of my parenting styles
has been to let Matthew make
choices and live with the conse-
quences, hoping that the price
he pays when he is young will be
a lower one that when he gets
older - as long as he's not go-
ing to hurt himself or others.
If I explain that drugs and al-
cohol for kids aren't acceptable,
in short, "forbidding it," he may
rebel. I know he is only 6, but
these fears keep me up at night.
Is there an established, proven
course of action that parents can
take starting at this age to help in
the prevention of future horrors?
- Sleepless in the Heartland
is. The answer is clear, open com-
munication and education. Talk
consistently with your son about
the fact that experimenting with
drugs and alcohol can cause
permanent damage to a young
person's developing brain.
When he is a little older, add
to that message the fact that it is
especially important for him to
avoid these things since he has
a genetic predisposition to alco-
holism that runs in the family.
He needs to understand that you
are not speaking "generally," but
that, where others might have a
margin for error, he does not.
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*DEAR ABBY: A dear friend
is being married this summer
to a man who is abusive. She
is in denial about his extreme,
sometimes violent, jealous and
controlling behavior. Recently:
he threw coffee in her face while
she was driving and caused an
accident. He blamed it all on her,
and she accepted the blame.
He punches holes in the walls
when they fight. Once he even
broke a bone in his hand. He
constantly accuses her of cheat-
ing, and when they're together,
he watches her like a hawk and
she won't leave his side.
She asked me to be a brides-
maid in her wedding. I am not
comfortable with it because I'
would not be able to celebrate
the occasion. Her fiance knows
how I feel. He doesn't like me,
and the feeling is mutual.
What should I tell her? In the
past I told her that marrying hirn
would be a big mistake, and
she got very angry. Your advice;
would be appreciated. - De-
pressed in Boulder, Colo.
friend appears to be - in for a'
rocky future. She's so desperate
for a husband - any husband
- that she's willing to settle for a
control freak who didn't hesitate
to put her life at risk.
Under the circumstances,
you should not participate in the
wedding. But do tell her that if
this doesn't work out as she is
hoping, you will help her form
an escape plan, because the like-
lihood is that she is going to need
P.S. I don't blame you for be-
ing depressed. If she was my
friend, I'd be depressed, too.
However, until she's ready to
face reality, there is nothing you
can do.

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CHIHUAHUA, Injured w/Ten-
nessee rabies tag. Call to
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PIT BULL- Male, Found near
hospital. Mon. 7/2/07.
Please call to identify.

since 6/18 Double J Acres.
SLittle girl waiting for me.
(863)673-4881 /675-4880

3REE BEAGLE- Female-to
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only. You pick up.
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ly. Needs room to run. Good
home only. (863)697-0845
puter desk and beige love-
seat. You must pickup.
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ER- Needed in Orlando area
to help loving family
(407)914-3472 Joanne
Loving Caring Christian lady
needed to live in and care for
our special mother. Salary
neg. Call 863-801-1715.
Send resume to 676 NE 28th
Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
NEEDED- Live on ranch,
must have valid driver li-
cense and references re-
quired. D/F/W. Call days
863-634-7552 Nights
F/T Help needed. Please fill out
application form at our office
or mail resume to:
304 NE 19th Or,
Okeechobee FL 34972
positions available. Must be
experienced. Great pay & work
environment. 863-467-5000

Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business.
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.

The Florida Toll Collection
Services Operations is
looking for people like
you to join our growing
and exciting company at
the Yeehaw Junction
area. Great benefits, tui-
tion reimbursement, and
flexible hours.
For more information:
Call 772-621-4642
or email

Zibeco Construction Corp
is seeking a �
Must have a minimum of 3
yrs. experience and be able to
work along side framers &
finish carpenters.
Please call Michelle @
(863)467-3000 Mon.-Fri.,
9am-4pm for appointment.

Zibeco Construction Corp
FRAMERS, Must have a
minimum of 2 yrs. experience.
Starting pay $12 to $15/hour
Call Shaun @ (863)634-7428
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Experienced English pleasure
rider for exercising horses
needed 3 days a week. Morn-
ings only. Call M-F 6am-3pm

Call us!
No Fee, No Catch, No Problem!

FullTime 12111


GENERAL MANAGERS - Train in Okeechobee for
Immediate openings available. $40k plus benefits to
ASSISTANT MANAGERS - Looking for persons
in a career in restaurant management. Good people
skills & experience in restaurants a must.
$30-$35k based on exp.
SERVERS - Presentable, personable & hard working
qualities is a must. Exp. preferred but not
necessary. Hiring AM & PM for only the right people.

*No Experience Necessary/Will Train
* Process Warranty & Customer Files
* Office Experience Preferred
* Must Be Stable & Organized
* $25,000 - $35,000 Per Year + Bonus
* Health Insurance/401K
Apply In Person; See George Riker
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Okeechobee 863-357-0500

Needed, we offer benefits, and pay is
based upon your experience.
Please contact:
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee

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


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

Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor Repairs &
Lawn Service
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-7675
or cell 863-261-1565
New Lic. #2423

Nursing Home Alternative
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light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 863-697-6383

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicydles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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AMANA, central air & heat,
$500. (863)227-4417 ask
for Mary

ROCKER, $100
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
$150 (863)675-1113
reach in, good for ice stor-
age, glass doors, $1500
FREEZER: Large w/ Locking
capability. Mint condition.
Great for the hunter. $300

cu ft, frost free, side by side,
green, good cond., $75
Whirlpool, side by side,
w/ice maker, good cond.
$250 (863)467-8294
STOVE- Whirlpool, asking $75
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore,
5 mos old, asking $500 for
the pair (863)697-1401
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore,
70/80 series, 1 yr old. Like
new with 2 yr warranty
$700. Neg. (720)284-4018
WASHER- Kenmore & Maytag
dryer. Full size, Like new.
$225. (561)371-1027
Heavy duty, Very good con-
dition. $150. or best offer.
Call Jim (863)763-3173
WASHER/DRYER- Stackable,
Apt size, Like new. Asking
$350. or best offer. Call
Rose @ (772)419-8370

SHED, 8x10, insulated, new,
never assembled, costs
$1595, sell $750 or best of-
fer. (863)697-2604

Glide, used only once. Paid
$140 asking $80

ADULT BIKES, mens & wom-
ens, $40 for pair.
SCOOTER, 2 wheel, electric,
with charger, lights, horn,
mirror & directional. $150
TLC, $30 (863)675-0300

SHOWER STALL- Fiberglass,
Never installed, w/vanity &
sink. $150. Will separate.

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
STAIRS/5 STEPS: for Modular
Home. Fiberglass w/Dbl.
hand rail. Good condition.
$125. 863-467-7197



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BABY JOGGER, all aluminum,
made by Kool Stride, $100.
sound, good condition, $60
or best offer (863)824-2696
after 7pm
wood, mission style. Like
new w/toddler mattress,
$60 firm. (772)263-1178

Strapless, Organza Silk
w/pearls & sequins. $400.

DOLL- Cabbage Patch, '1984,
Good condition. $50.
$450 (863)467-8161

tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$225. (863)517-2782 Tony
Desktop computer for sale Ex-
cellent condition $75.00 Call
LAPTOP- (2) Dell, Good
shape, loaded, $600 for both
or will sell separate
FXA47 AMD Athlon 4 pro-
cessor. Trade Apple laptop
or $650 (772)461-8822

KILN- Paragon ceramic, Good
condition. $200.
(863)675-0550 LaBelle

FIREPLACE- Brand new. $200
or best offer. (863)763-6747

BED/RM SUITE- 5 piece with
Full size bed, Mattress & box
springs. Like new. $350.
Bedroom Set: Qu. sz. head &
foot board, dresser, dbl. mir-
ror, 2 nt stands, Light brown.
$1500. 863-763-8562
BUNK BED- wooden, like new
condition, $250

BUNK BEDS, Pine, great con-
dition, with mattresses. $150
incid mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHINA CABINET- dark wood,
asking $125 (863)467-6088
Corner, With Hutch & lots of
space for "Stuff". Gently used.
$75. (863)357-0060
green, leather, good condi-
tion, $200. (863)763-5067
COUCH- asking $75
hill, Pine, Knotted Wood. 2
leaves makes 8 ft. long.
$100. (561)951-6088
chairs. Solid Oval wood.
Chairs are cream print fabric.
$200 (863)357-2412
DRESSER- Western Solid
wood. Iron fixtures. Like
new. $200. (863)465-6777
LOVESEAT - w/matching chair
& solid wood cocktail table.
Excellent condition. $325
firm. 863-675-5729
FRAME, queen size, $100 for
all or best offer.
PINE DESK- large, $120 or
best offer (863)634-4888
SECTIONAL- New, dark
brown, Bassett, w/2 reclin-
ers, asking $1000
SLEEPER SOFA- 7ft Carlton,
beige color, excellent condi-
tion, $395 (863)673-2593
CHAIRS, ivory, Egyptian
cotton, needs some clean-
ing, $300. (863)763-0583
good condition. $25
TABLE, 40" round, wooden, 2
chairs. $70 (863)697-2704
TABLE, Butterscotch, with leaf
& 6 chairs, great condition.
$150 (239)842-0040
TABLE- For boat or motor
home, rectangular, re-
movable, two legs, like new.
$100 (863)697-2033

GOLF CART, Club Car, 48 volt,
Excellent condition. $2400

asking $350 for all or will
sell sep (863)674-0613
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
umes. $200. 863-697-2033
RIFLE- 300 Win. Mag. Rueger
M77 Bolt action, Special trig-
ger & pad. L/H Lots of am-
mo. $600. (239)823-5092
TAURAS PT1911, 45 cal., 2
magazines. $500 firm.

home fitness. Includes arm
and leg attachments. $125
NORDI TRACK weight fitness
system, $300. Call
WALKER - ProForm Air Walker
XT Precision Resistance ex-
erciser, $45. Call
(863) 357-4195.
WEIGHT BENCH- 3 attach-
ments, no weights $35.
set & Pro 'Form XP 300
Workout Ctr.'Like new $375.

(5) 47"Wx63'/2"L (2) 81"Wx
81 "L w/all rods & hardware.
$200 neg. (863)763-8086

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-447-0448
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1090. (863)763-6907

SCOOTER: Golden Compan-
ion, Good condition. $650.
SCOOTER, SpaceSaver -Plus,
Large 2 new batteries, disas-
sembles for transport, like
new. $850 (863)357-8788

ADULT DVDS- New 10, $75.
Call Dawn @
(863)634-3783 Serious in-
quiries Only.
Adult, XXX, $575. or best of-
fer. (561)633-1371
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $1800 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
BOXES- Priority mailing, all
sizes. 400 plus boxes. $60
or best offer. (772)336-8034
nized, Excellent condition.
$40. (863)675-0550 LaBelle

case, good starter guitar.
$75 (863)824-0801
Built 77"Tx42"W, 2 solid
doors & shelf, Reduced to
$299. neg. (561)633-1371
GUITAR, Gibson, 1940s arch-
top, $600 (863)697-2210
GUITAR, Gibson/Cromwell,
1940's arch-top. $400
GUITAR, New Squier Strat,
w/cover, SPO10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$235. (863)357-8788
GUITAR- Takamine EG330C,
1999 model, asking $500
can be seen at Jennings
Hdwe (863)675-2311
PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/Bench & new damp chas-
er. Price reduced to $200
neg. 863-467-2679 Iv. msg.

male, tri-colored, 2 yr old
w/chip. Great companion.
$300 (863)357-6930
4 wks. old, AKC Parents on
premises. Shots & Wormed.
$500 each. (863)634-1298
old, 2 Males, $350.
DOG PENS (3)- Must sell to-
gether. 1 10x10x6, 2
8x10x6. Galvanized. $400
DOG PENS, (4), chain link, &
large plastic sky kennels,
$680 will sell separately.
GUINEA PIGS (10), $7 males,
$10 females.
MACAW, 16 yr. old, blue &
gold, with large cage & out-
side swing. $1200
PIT BULL PUPPY, 6 wk old
brindle w/ UKC Papers, Chi-
huahua, 5 mo. old, Pure Bed
w/no tail & Chihuahua/Pe-
kingese Mix, 6 months old.
Call (863)673-2314
PUGS- AKC reg., shots &
wormed, fawn/black,
fawn/silver, $300 - $450
(863)675-1940/ 673-1523

4/15/07, Seal Point & Seal
Point Snow Shoe.

TOILET, complete, 1 yr. old,
$30. (863)467-6868

HOT TUB- 4 person. Like new.
$900 (863)467-8161

HOT TUB- seats 6, good con-
dition, $1000
(863)467-6283 leave mes-

Portable. Excellent condition.
$100. (863)467-9892

BED IN A BAG: Queen Size,
Raised w/ Memory Foam.
Good for storms. $100. or
best offer. (863)824-8703

Some with Reels & Some
with out. $250 for all. Call
(863)467-1865 for appt.

POOL TABLE: National, Solid
Slate, 4x8 w/ 15 cue sticks.
Excellent condition. $500.

POOL TABLE- Slate, with ac-
cessories, $250 or best offer

BOOM BOX- With 2 speakers.
Like new. $150

MASSIVE AUDIO: 6000 watt
amp, barely used, $500 or
best offer (863)634-6476

SPEAKER- 12" and 1000 watt
Rocksford Fosgate Amplifier.
$300 (863)634-9945

SPEAKERS, Bass canon, 2
port with JL speaker sub-
woofer $50 (863)763-2230

GENERATOR: Briggs & Strat-
ton, 250 watts, 120 & 12
volts., 5 hp. $200.

SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427


TOOLBOX, 16 drawer, Snap
On roll cab, air tools, sock-
ets, wrenches, $800 will sell
separately. (863)697-0234

VACUUM, Hoover, self-pro-
pelled Wind Tunnel, good
cond., w/manual, belts & at-
tach's. $35. (863)763-6131

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

3 point hitch. $75

DLE- variable 15-17", brand
new, sturdy & strong. 30 lbs.
$350 firm (772)263-1178
neck, needs some body
work, floor good cond.,
$900 neg. (863)201-3492
SADDLE- HP Western, 17",
with accessories. Like new
condition. $275.
(863)763-0367 or 801-9494
SADDLE, New, 10", Pony Sad-
dle, complete w/bridle &
pad. $200 863-634-7480
SADDLE, New, 15", Neoprene,
$200. 863-634-7480

BUSH HOG- Howse 4ft, like
new. $500 or best offer-will
trade up or down for 3 pt fin-
ish mower. (305)299-1203
RIDING MOWER, 2004 1000L
John Deere w/extra blades.
Needs minor work. $575 or
best offer. (863)467-9395
ROTO TILLER- Attach Troy
Built Big Red, 12hp, elec.,
exc. cond. $2800 new, sell
$1200 neg (863)763-1377


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

Park Apt & RV's 1 br available
on the Rim Canal. Call for de-
tails. (863)763-7783
1br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st, last & sec
Call for details. 561-352-4243

OKEE.- 2br/2ba Oak Lake Villa
#47. Remodeled, W/D $900
mo. 1st, last & sec Call 561-
762-7660 or 561-743-0192

Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
on 3704 NW 36th Ave., Lg.
yard & shade tree. $700 mo.
+ $300 sec., 863-532-9182
Doublewide, 3BR/2BA, in
BHR, No pets, yearly lease,
$750/mo + $1000 sec. dep.
FORT DRUM, 3br, 2ba, on 5
acres, horses & pets ok,
beautiful secluded home in
Pinelands. Avail. immed.
30240 NW 24th Dr.
$850/mo. 1st & security.
772-342-3203 / 342-3712
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1lst, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
OAK PARK, 3396 SW 18th St.,
2br/1ba, completely renovat-
ed, Ig. backyard. $900/mo.
& sec. (863)634-6580
C/Air, Shaded Corner Lot,
Carport & Shed. $950 mo.
+ sec. 863-697-0234
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
Okeechobee, brand new 3/2,

avail. now, 1 yr. lease,
$1800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-0831 ask for Judy
dr, fam. rm., total update,
$960 mo., 1st, last & sec &
ref's. (561)346-4692

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OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $125/wk,
first & last (863)467-8516

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1030

remodeled, great condition,
$120,000 or best offer.

BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
LAZY 7, 8600 SW 9th Street,
3BR/2BA, 1 car garage,
priced to sell! $189,000.
(863)634-3922 after 4pm
C/Air & Heat, Shaded Corner
Lot, Irrigation Well, Carport &
10x16 Shed. 863)697-0234
Special! 3br, 2ba, in Bass-
wood Est., Needs work.
3633 NW 24th Ave. $69,000
Call Lex (561)715-1768.

OKEECHOBEE- 2.22 acres,
cleared and fenced, Lazy 7
Ranch Acres. On paved
road. $110,000

OKEE, Large lot on 18th hole
of Okee Golf & Country Club,
nice neighborhood. $89,900.


PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135

income from single wide, new
seawall, owner financing.
$105,000 (863)357-3639

Mobile Homes

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

AWNINGS, Crank out win-
dows w/screens, doors
in/out, ceiling fans all for
$600 or sep (863)357-7757

OKEECHOBEE, 2br/2ba with
land, FL room, lease with op-
tion to buy, nice area, a/c.
PLATTS BUFF, 3br, 2ba,
14'x80', 6� ac., $900 mo.,
1st, last & ref's. Horses & chil-
dren welcome (863)467-6960
BR, No pets. $600. Sec.
dep. + $700/mo rent. $950
to move in. (863)824-2246
WATERFRONT- 2/1, very pri-
vate, single wide, $599/mo,
C/A, Refrig & Stove, 1st, last
& Sec req. (863)357-3639


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MOBILE HOME, in park, 2
sheds, remodeling done,
needs work, $6500.
(863)467-0954 Iv. msg.
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Boats 3005
Campers., RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035

AIR BOAT, w/180hp Lycoming
engine, trailer, exc. cond.
$6500 (863)673-0783
FT, Mid 80's. Ready to use.
$200. (863)763-3551
BOAT, Starcraft, 16 Ft., Semi-
V, 40 hp. Mercury, Trailer.
As Is. $500 or best offer.
DINGY- 11ft, Avon, can take
up to 10hp motor, $275
'1977 Lone Star. Good con-
'dition. $450. (863)763-0410
JON BOAT, 18ft., 115hp Mer-
cury outboard, center con-
sole, trolling motor. $1500
KAYAK- Inflatable, 2 person,
good condition with paddles.
Paid $150 asking $100
PONTOON BOAT, 20', with
trailer, 48hp Evinrude motor,
$1500. (863)634-4106
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
$650. (863)467-8038
VIP, '79, 15', Bow Rider, open
front, 40hp Merc. outboard,
runs good, $2500.

CAMPER TOP - Fiberglass,.
teal green, for stepside pick
up truck, asking $225 or
best offer. (863)357-6315
DODGE CAMPER- '78, incl.
Fridge, stove & bed. Fair
condition. Runs, 318 motor.
$700. (863)342-42900
FORD '79 RV, 6 cyl., Needs
some work. $750 or best of-
fer. (863)763-7497


Full Time

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

TRAVEL TRLR- 32ft, elec, AC,
fridge & water heater, great
hunting camper, needs some
work $2000 (863)467-1310

FINDER- Hummingbird 400
Series. Like new. $79.
PROPELLER- For Evinrude
motor, 17" Pitch. Recondi-
tioned. $50. (863)634-0433

$2500. (863)634-8734
$1800 or best offer.
SUZUKI LTZ 400 '03- good
condition, all original, low
hours, $3500 or best offef
SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike:
Mint condition, runs good;
$2500. (863)261-4633 or
YAMAHA 600 Grizzly 4x4,
1999, runs good, $2200.


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 4045I

Pigood cond., runcks 4050wells,
Spowhite, tan thr, 4dr, all power,

clean $5800 (863)467-1392'
BUW i525, '90, runs good,.
cold a/c,, sunroof, premium,
wheels, $1500.1
CAMARO Z28 '80- Automatic,'
pw windows. Restoration:
project. $975 firm,
(863)634-6601/256-3629 ,
White, 4 cyl, 5 spd, Fixed,
for racing. Needs Clutch.
$1500. Neg. (239)324-2379
excellent, needs muffler &
tires. Blue in color. $1500,
Runs good. Will get you
where you need to go!
$900. 772-263-0013



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2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
best offer. (863)763-6747

fORD TBIRD '84, Cold a/c,
c/c, 74k. $1300.
a 405
BUMPER- Ranch hand full re-
placement, fits '03-up Chevy
D pu. $800 negotiable.
'CARPET- OE style, fits '07 Su-
perduty crew cab w/4x4 fl.
shift. Charcoal gray. Brand
new. $300 (863)697-0328

FLAME GRILL, for Chevy Sil-
verado, attachements includ-
ed, $20. (863)763-2230
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $100.
77R2359-2923 or
863 467-5401
Wranger, gray with belts &
lockable trunk option, like
new, $100. (772)332-1438
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
RIMS & TIRES, (6), 8 lug,
800/ 16.5, $300 will sell
separately. (863)612-5676

(Beige) off of '08 Super Duty
ord Crew Cab P/U. $500.
Neg. 863-697-0328 Heather
SEATS- for 2006 Ford F150
PU truck, asking $500
TIRES & RIMS (4) Aluminum,
Mag, 5 lug. For Dodge Ram
Pickup. $200 or best offer.
glass, for '04 Ford F150 p/u,
painted blue, has lock,
$500/neg. 863-697-3759.
WHEELS & TIRES- 4, 8 lug,
Aluminum wheels with tires.
$150. or best offer.

CHEVY 2500- '01, H/D 4x4,
extended cab. Runs strong.
Well maintained. $6500. or
best offer. (863)467-2328
CHEVY S10 PICKUP, '85, 2
wheel drive, auto, runs
great, white, $600 or best
offer. (863)801-4519
DODGE 1500- '96, 4x4, Lift kit,
Runs good. $3000. or best
offer. (863)467-2328
DODGE DAKOTA '92, Ext. cab,
V6 Magnum. Runs good.
$2000 (863)467-4650
DODGE RAM 1500- '03, 4x4,
Quad cab, Hemi. Excellent
condition. $6900.

FORD F100 78- Mark II top-
per, 302 V8, runs good, new
tires, brakes, $950 neg
(386)216-0013 Muse
FORD F150 '96, Shortbed, Ed-
die Bauer, Cold A/C, Runs &
Looks great. 124K, 6 cyl., 5
spd., $3700. 863-673-6819
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$25,500. (863)675-1493
redo 1993, Not pretty, but
runs, runs, runs! $750 or
best offer. (863)357-5867
S10- '89, 4X4, V6, 5 spd
manual, New paint & tires.
High mi., but runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)634-0399

TOPPER- Fiberglass. Fits Ford
F150. Standard cab. 6' bed.
Tan, tinted windows $500.

JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white,
$2200 or best offer. MUST
SELL !!! (863)763-4821
SUZUKI SAMARI 1986, 4x4,
Soft & Bikini Top, 5 spd.,
manual trans. w/ OD. Runs
well. $2200 (561)261-0766

bed. 2 & 5/16 ball. Bumper
pull. 16', 2 axles. Like new.
$2500. (863)467-6960

In'Okeechobee '05, 32'-flat
bed-equip., ramps included
$7,000-call 800-924-4686
OPEN TRAILER- small, 4x8
w/high sides, spare tire,
jack, ramp in back, $600 or
best offer (863)824-8703

'95, $1200. (863)612-0992
CHRYSLER '02 Town & Coun-
try, 100K, 6 cyl, CD, A/C,
New tires. Exc. cond. $6000.
Must see! (863)675-5816
van, No A/C. Runs good.
$600. 863-484-0267

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Artist at work
Kathy Scott spent part of the Fourth of July working on the
ice house mural on the side of the Jeff Robinson Electric
Building on Park Street.

Community Events

Community Collaborative Council plans meeting
I The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Service
Network, will hold a meeting, Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in the Board
Room of the Okeechobee School Board Office. Immediately follow-
ng the CCC meeting, there will be a brief planning meeting for those
interested in partnering in a local Health and Safety Fair.

Cattle Drive and Ranch Rodeo slated
Okeechobee Cattleman's Association and Okeechobee Main Street
will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on Saturday
July 28t". Festivities begin with a cattle drive west of historic Flagler
Park traveling east on state road 70 to the Agri-Civic Center. There is
no admission to this family event. Activities at the Agri-Civio Center
include cowboy poetry, music, cowboy art, vintage wagons, barbecue
and much more. The ranch hand rodeo will begin at 2:00. For more
information please call Program Manager, Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-
MAIN (6246).

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will be offering Va-
cation Bible School to youth between the ages of 4 through 13. The
school will be held Monday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6
until 9 p.m. For information, call Carol at (863) 763-6602.

Kissimmee River Stakeholders Outreach to meet
There will be a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. at the South Florida Water District (SFWMD) Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center, Bank of America Building. The purpose of this meeting is
to provide an opportunity for SFMWD to meet with community mem-
bers that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley
region for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River
Restoration Project and recreational opportunities available for you
on SFWMD land. If you have any questions about the meeting call Jeff
McLemore at (800) 250-4200, extension 3022.

parenting classes planned
Parenting classes for parents with children of any age will begin
pach Monday in August at 7 p.m. at New Endeavor High School. There
is no fee for the nine-week class. For more information please contact
Lori Jaquith (863) 462-5000 or (863) 697-6320.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008
Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the
featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and
entry forms and complete contest rules are available at www.sfwmd.
gov/okee -- select Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur
photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For
information, call (863) 462-5260.

O)keechobee Main Street Fundraiser
' On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Okeechobee Main Street, INC. will be
holding their first 100 Target Fun Shoot to benefit beautification and
restoration projects. The even will be held at Quail Creek Plantation.
Check in begins at 8 a.m. Course opens at 8:30 a.m. and the lase
shooter by 10 a.m. There will be drawings, door prizes and a barbe-
cue lunch by the 'Big Kahuna'. For more information please call the
Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357- MAIN (6246).

Community Events

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Nesting in odd places
This wren nest was spotted by Lee Pilgrim in a stroller on
the side of her home. The nest contained four small eggs.
On the fourth day of the nest existence it was still healthy,
with the mother returning to care for the eggs.

Cancer Support Group to meet
Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first Thursday of
every month beginning Aug. 2, 2007. Each meeting will be held from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St.,
Room 113. Cancer Patients, survivors and supporters are all invited
to attend. Our group will gather to share stories and encourage each
other as we take this journey. This support group will provide you with
information, resources, support, guest speakers, and devotional time
and to help comfort during either your battle or you loved ones battle
with cancer. For more information please contact First Baptist Church
at 863-763-2171.

Red Cross to host water instructor course
The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor cours-
es on Aug. 11, 17, 18; 24 and 25. The fee is $160. Applicants must be at
lest 15 years of age. To register, call (863) 763-2488.

Poker run to benefit Hospice
A poker run in memory of Carl and Robin will be held Saturday,
Aug. 25, beginning at Port Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 per
hand. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Hos-
pice. For information, call Deanne at (772) 260-6801 or Dee at (863)

Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview
Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28th
St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, Da-
vid Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse, and Ron Carlson.-The pro-
gram is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can be obtained from
-Debi at (863) 634-3525 or thd First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171;
or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.

Class of '57 members sought
Members of the class of '57 from first grade to graduation or other,
please contact Martin Vickers at (423) 727-5631, Reba Platt at (863)
763-8906, or Faith Hawk at (863) 467-6083.

OHS class of '88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making
plans for their 20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked
to e-mail your name, address and phone number to Larry Peterson,
class president, at ohs l988reunion@yahoo.com. We will update you
after each planning committee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or
would like to be on the committee let us know in your e-mail.

Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will hold a free
drug deliverance class each Friday during the month of May beginning
at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to quit using drugs, or anyone who knows
someone who needs help quitting drugs is welcome. For information,
call (863) 357-3053.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the
EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with
electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863)
462-5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class
of 1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to ohs-
98grads@yahoo.com. Include your maiden name if appropriate, ad-
dress, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free
summer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so reg-
ister early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must
be met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could
not have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and,
the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning
Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

Okeechobee Library Book Club to meet in Sept.
The summer read for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The group will meet next
on Thursday, September 27 at 7pm in the library board room. At that
time the group will discuss A Fine Balance and also select titles for
the rest of the fall season. The Book Club will not meet in July and
August. For more information please call Jan Fehrman at 357-9980.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a
FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done
over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local
Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at
a later date according to community interest and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and oth-
er items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated.
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Sealed BIDS for:
the construction of a new Supplementary Raw Water Pumnina Station for the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority consisting of. but not limited to. installing sections of 12
and 16" oaiino. construction of a new 5.0 MGD Raw Water Pumoina Station Fore-
enoineered steel building and slab) construction of a dock and intake structure
system, and installation of Owner fumished oumos will be received by the.keL-
chobee Utility Authoriv at the office of John Havford.. Executive Director 100 SW
5th Avenue. Okeechobee. FL 34974 until 10:00 AM local time August 7, 2007,
and then at said office will be publicly opened and read aloud.
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations:
Okeechobee Utility Authority LBFH, Inc.
100 SW 5th Avenue 421 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34972
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of LBFH. Inc. located al
421 NW 3rd Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 upon payment of S30.00 for each set
223448 ON 7/9-15/07

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are
good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at
CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/
AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment re-
quirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text work and the successful completion of
a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the
local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The Big Red Bus mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101
S. Parrott Ave., on the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until
2 p.m. For information, call (561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-
8360. All blood types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and
most medications and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for
all donors.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
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 the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also 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 103 N.W Fifth St.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a second language classes,
Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding free basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the inter-
net. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.

Ginn rescues Running Horse Championship

By Daniel Shube
Real estate developer Bobby
Ginn has come to the rescue of
the Running Horse Champion-
ship, a PGA TOUR event that was
to have been played this October
in Fresno, Calif.
The original developers of the
Running Horse Golf & Country
Club fell upon hard times. The
project has since been taken
over by a new group, but that
was not in time to stage the
event. So, it will move from one
Arnold Palmer designed course,
to another.
Fresno's loss is Florida's gain.
Enter Bobby Ginn who has been
quite active with his Ginn Re-
sorts on the LPGA TOUR and
the Champions TOUR. He will
be hosting the Ginn Classic at
Tesoro on Oct. 22 - 28.
Tesoro is a beautiful commu-
nity of VERY upscale homes in
Port St. Lucie. While Ginn and
the PGA TOUR have agreed on a
five-year contract, the event may
move to other Ginn properties.
The timing of the event will
make it an integral part of the
Fall Series and new Fed-Ex Cup.
The end of the year is also a time.
when many players are scram-
bling to increase their earnings
so they can retain their TOUR
I had a chance to play Tesoro
when the par-72, 7,210 course
opened back in 2005. At that
time, the course was still be-
ing worked on, not all the holes
were even completed. I was wise

Fairways and
by Daniel Shube

to take this opportunity to go
back last weekend and see how
the course has grown.
] am pleased to say, that Tes-
oro looked beautiful, and that
is prior to it being whipped into
shape by the TOUR. Construc-
tion workers were working hard
on completing a gargantuan
clubhouse. The fairways were
pristine. The greens rolled to per-
fection. There are plenty of undu-
lations to the putting surfaces.
However, the course is likely
a bit short for the pros. I heard
that Slugger White, of the TOUR,
is on his way to Port St. Lucie to
discuss lengthening some holes.
Tesoro is already planning on let-
ting the rough grow. The greens
will be substantially faster than
when I played. I still would not
expect to see U.S. Open scores
at the Ginn Classic, but the staff
members I spoke to are hoping
to keep the red ink in single dig-
its. Don't count on it.
An interesting fact is that the

Submitted photo/Daniel Shube
The par-3, 12th hole (214 yards from the tips) is typical of Tesoro - a carry over natural wet-
land to a well protected green.

current hole number one will
not be used. A hole from the un-
der construction Watson course
will be used instead.
Many of the holes are spaced
a distance apart. It will be inter-
esting to see how the players do
covering the ground. Spectators
might find themselves better off
spending some time at a few
holes, rather than following their
favorite players through all 18
If you are watching on tele-
vision, or better yet, if you take

the short drive over to watch the
event, you will be treated to an
absolutely stunning course. You
also might just fall in love with a
house that is large enough to put
three of your current homes in.
Of course, that is what Mr. Ginn
is betting on!
An option to consider is the
volunteer packages. For $45,
volunteers are asked to work a
minimum of 15 hours during
tournament week (you can work
more if you like).
There are a variety of ways to

volunteer, from scoring, to work-
ing in the media center, to trans-
porting players and their fami-
lies, to parking and marshaling
the course. The $45 volunteer fee
includes a golf shirt, hat or visor,
volunteer badge that guarantees
For all seven days, a volun-
teer parking pass, lunch vouch-
ers on workdays and three Good
Any Day passes. If you want to
volunteer contact Theresa Perry
at (877) 383-7676 or by email at

If you can afford to purchase
a house in Tesoro, perhaps you
can also consider playing in the
Pro-Am! For a mere $3,500 you
will play in the event with a PGA
TOUR pro in your foursome. You
will also receive 10 weekly gen-
eral admission badges, preferred
parking, clubhouse admission
for you, 10 single day tickets, an
invitation to the Pro-Am draw
party and the awards party and
a gift package. To play in the
Pro-Am contact Mackall Gantt
at (877) 383-7676 or by email at
mgantt@ginncompany.com. .
If you just want to go see the
event, there are several ticket op-
tions. The Clubhouse Fan Pack at
$150 includes two weekly club-
house badges (good Monday-
Sunday), two folding chairs and
clubhouse access.
The Grounds Fan Pack is $125
and provides two weekly grounds
badges (good Wednesday-Sun-
day) and two folding chairs.
Weekly Clubhouse Badges
are $80 providing clubhouse and
grounds admission for the entire
week. Weekly Grounds Badge'
for $50 allow the bearer grounds-
only access Wednesday-Sunday.
Good-Any-Day passes, which are
good Monday-Sunday of tourna-
ment week, are $20 in advance,
$25 at the gate.
Tickets are available by call-
ing 877-383-7676 or online alt
www.ginnclassic.com. Tesoro
is located just east of the new
Becker Road exit on the Florida.
Turnpike in Port St. Lucie.

Federer wins 5th Wimbledon title Sports Briefs

By Chris Lehourites
AP Sports Writer
-- Roger Federer hit an overhead
smash to capture his fifth straight
Wimbledon title. He then col-
lapsed to his knees in jubilation
and relief -- just as Bjorn Borg
used to do.
Federer played -- and won -- his
first five-setter in a Grand Slam fi-
nal, beating nemesis Rafael Nadal
7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2 Sun-
day for his 11th major title.
Federer is the first man to win
five straight titles at the All Eng-
land Club since Borg did it from
1976-80. The Swede watched
+ the match from the Royal Box
with other past champions, and
applauded as Federer fell to the
ground after his smash on match
After Federer left the court,
he and Borg exchanged hugs
and smiles in front of the board
that lists tournament champions.
Federer's name had already been
added to the list for 2007.
"Thank you for coming out,"
Federer told Borg.
"Not at all. Sure," Borg an-
Federer stretched his record
grass-court winning streak to
53 and his Wimbledon winning
streak to 34. He is tied for third
on the career list with Borg and
Rod Laver at 11 major titles, trail-
ing Pete Sampras' .14 and Roy
Emerson's 12.
"Each one is special, no
doubt," Federer said. "To hold the
trophy is always the best thing."
Federer beat Nadal for only
the fifth time in 13 meetings. The
Spaniard has defeated Federer in
the past two French Open finals
to spoil his bid to complete a ca-
reer Grand Slam.
"Five titles in a row, so, fantas-
tic," said Nadal, who also lost to
Federer in last year's final. "Well,
anyway, I lose today, but I (played
a) great two weeks."
Federer saved four break points
early in the fifth set, two at 1-1
and two at 2-2. Then, leading 3-2,
Federer converted a break point
with a forehand winner after a 14-
stroke rally that produced some
of the best shots of the match.
It was Federer's first break
since the second game of the
"If Rafael had won one of
these, I think maybe now Rafael
would be the champion," said
Nadal's coach, Toni Nadal.
Nadal had been trying to emu-
late another of Borg's feats by
winning the French Open and
Wimbledon in the same year.
Nadal, who played two other
five-set matches in a tournament
plagued by rain, was on the court
for the seventh straight day.
After taking a 4-1 lead in the
fourth set, the Spaniard called for
a trainer to treat his right knee. Al-
though he returned with tape be-
low the knee cap, it didn't seem
to slow him.
Federer finished with 24 aces,
65 winners and 34 unforced er-
rors. Nadal had 50 winners and
24 unforced errors.
Nadal also used the "Hawk-
Eye" replay technology, which
made its debut at Wimbledon this
year, to great effect. One time, a
call reversal in the fourth set in-
furiated Federer so much that he
complained to the chair umpire

Looking for
team bowlers
Stardust Lanes is looking for
bowlers for their mixed league
(four bowlers, two men and two
women). Teams are now forming
to start on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30
p.m. Individuals or teams contact
(863)763-4496 or (863)467-6596.

I.R.C.C. hosts
softball camp
Indian River Community Col-
lege, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort
Pierce, will host a softball camp
for girls, ages 6 through 13. Camp
will meet on July 16 through July
23, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Par-
ticipants. will learn softball fun-
damentals and improve skills to

become .better players. Softball
games will be played every day,
as well as other sports such as
soccer, kickball and swimming.
Campers will be grouped by age.
"Parents Participation Day" will be
conducted on Fridays. Call Dale
Atkinson, I.R.C.C. softball coach
at (772) 462-7410 or datkinso@
ircc.edu. Please make a note that
all registrations need to be made
in the W building at the Cashier's
Window. Do not mail checks.

OG. & CC. junior golf
clinics being held
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club will offer junior golf clinics
throughout the summer. The clin-
ics will focus on the golf basics
for the inexperienced, as well

as intermediate training for the
more advanced player. Clinics
will include golf etiquette, rules,
putting, chipping, full swing and
actual play on the course. These
clinics will be offered every Tues-
day and Wednesday beginning
on July 10 and concluding on
Aug. 15. Clinics will be instructed
by PGA professionals who are or
staff. Classes will begin at 8:30
a.m. and conclude at 12 Noon.
Students may participate in as
many sessions as desired. Fees for
the clinics will be $25 per student
per day or $20 per student if they
participate both days. Students
must be between the ages of 10
to 16-years-old. There will a maxi-
mum of six students per session.
For information contact Terry
Lanman, head golf pro and gen-
eral manager, at (863) 763-6228.

AP photos/Alastair Grant
Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy, after defeat-
ing Rafael Nadal to win his fifth consecutive Men's Singles
Championship on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Sunday
July 8.

Defending champion Roger Federer reacts as he wins the
Men's Singles final beating Rafael Nadal of Spain on the Cen-
tre Court at Wimbledon, Sunday July 8.

after being broken for the fourth
"It's killing me today," Federer
said after sitting down during the
In the first set, Federer con-
verted his third break point in the
second game, defensively return-
ing a hard serve from Nadal and
watching the Spaniard net a fore-
In the tiebreaker, Federer
jumped ahead 5-2 and thought
he won the set on his third set
point when leading 6-5, but Nadal
challenged a call and "Hawk-Eye"
showed his shot was in.
Federer wasted another set
point at 7-6, but finally won with a
backhand volley after Nadal sent
a backhand into the net at 7-7.
Nadal broke Federer at 5-4 to

win the second set, converting
his first set point with a back-
hand winner. The Spaniard then
pulled within two points of doing
the same in the third set, coming
back from 40-love to deuce. But
Federer used a pair of volleys to
hold to 5-5.
Nadal was again two points
from the set while leading 6-5, but
after he put a forehand into the
net, Federer served an ace and
then finished it off with a service
winner. Federer was broken again
to open the fourth set, and Nadal
added another break to take a 3-0
"It was such a close match,"
Federer said. "I told Rafa at the
net he deserved it as well. I'm the
lucky one today."


Okeechobee News, Monday, July 9, 2007

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