Okeechobee news
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028410/01007
 Material Information
Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee News
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Okeechobee News
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
Frequency: daily
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Okeechobee (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Okeechobee County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
Coordinates: 27.241667 x -80.833056 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 72823230
alephbibnum - 003642554
lccn - 2006229435
System ID: UF00028410:01007
 Related Items
Preceded by: Daily Okeechobee news

Full Text

*********ALL FOR ADC 320
PO BOX 117007

Vol. 98 No. 282 Monday, October 9, 2007 500 Plus tax


Barbers win bass
team tournament
Ken Barber and John Bar-
ber took first place with 15.17
lbs. of bass in last Saturday's
Christian Team Trail monthly
bass tournament. They also
brought the second largest fish
to the scale to take second big
bass honors. It weighed 4.99
lbs. The tournament was held
at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Page 5

Traffic stop results
in felony drug arrest
An expired license tag
resulted in the arrest of an
Okeechobee man on felony
drug charges, while another
man in the vehicle was charged
with misdemeanor marijuana
Page 3

DOH promotes
fruits and veggies
The Florida Department of
Health (DOH) Obesity Preven-
tion Program joins the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
tion (CDC) in recognize "Fruits
& Veggies -- More Matters@"
Month and urges Floridians to
improve their nutrition.
"Fruits and vegetables are
essential to decreasing obe-
sity and disease," State Surgeon
General Ana M. Viamonte Ros,
M.D., M.P.H. said. "Floridians
should focus on better nutri-
tion habits not only at home,
but also at school and in the
Page 6

Airport closed to
fixed wing craft
As of 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct.
8, the Okeechobee County Air-
port will be closed to fixed-wing
aircraft for a minimum of three
days due to the milling and re-
paving at the intersection of the
two runways. The terminal and
the restaurant will be open dur-
ing the airport renovations.

Taylor Creek locks
access restricted
Due to the continued
drought that is causing record
low levels in Lake Okeechobee,
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District began re-
stricted operation of the Taylor
Creek Navigation Locks (S-193)
on Lake Okeechobee at 8 a.m.
on Monday, Oct. 8.

Drought Index
Current: 270
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry'
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.00 feet
Last Year: 13.27 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
l. ." Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds............ ........... 9, 10
C om ics ...................................... 8
Community Events................ 4
Crossword............... .............. 9
O bituaries .................................. 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak O ut................................. 4
S ports ........................................ 5
TV ............................................ 10
W weather ................. ................ 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

Community Links. Individual Voices.

1 5II I 11110
8 16510 00024 -

Long picked for Bartow job

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
If contract negotiations go
well, current Okeechobee Coun-
ty administrator George Long
could soon be sitting in the city
manager's chair in Bartow.
At a Bartow City Commis-
sion special meeting on Oct. 8,
Mr. Long was selected over four
other finalists for the position.
Assistant City Clerk Ruby Cruce,
who confirmed the vote, said in
the next few days a contract will
have to be negotiated.

Bartow, known as "the City
of Oaks and Azaleas," is a mu-
nicipality of about 15,500 located
northwest of Okeechobee andI
is the second largest city in Polk
Mayor Brian Hinton expects
the new administrator to start
about the first of December after
negotiating a contract.
Mr. Long was unavailable for
The other four contenders
were: Kathy Rice, former city
manager of Waco, Texas, and
current assistant city manager

in Surpise, Ariz.; Dennis Kelly,
current assistant city manager in
North Miami; Craig Coffey, former
administrator in DeSoto County;
and Ken Fields, former assistant
city manager in Hollywood and
former executive administrative
officer of the Seminole Tribe of
This past Friday and Saturday
all the candidates were invited
to Barton for a tour of the city, a
reception and private and public
Bartow's city government is
similar to Okeechobee County's

government in that city commis-
sioners set policy while the city
manager carries out the day-to-
day operations of the city. The
new city manager will be su-
pervising 350 employees with a
salary of between $100,000 and
$150,000 annually.
Mr. Long has been administra-
tor of Okeechobee County since
Nov. 7, 1994. At their July 26
meeting the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
voted not to renew his contract,
which expires Nov. 6 of this year.
Prior to his coming to

Okeechobee County, Mr. Long
had spent more than 20 years in
the public sector with 14 to 15
of those years in top manage-
ment positions. At the time of
his employment by Okeechobee
County he was town manager at
Lake Park.
At the current time, Mr.
Long also serves as chairman
of the board of directors of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


charged for

OUA repair

Utility board to
settle dispute about
broken water valve

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The settlement of a dispute
with a plumbing contractor
will be one of the highlights of
today's meeting of the board
of directors of the Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA). The
board will also hear a report
on the eastside force main and
consider employees health in-
surance options.
In late June employees of
Daniels' Plumbing were re-
placing a water service line at
a residence on S.E. 29th Lane.

If you go
Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Board of Directors
100 S.W. Fifth Ave.
8:30 a.m.

During the course of their work
they broke the water shut off
valve. It is the policy of OUA
that if anyone, whether con-
tractor or homeowner, breaks
OUA facilities, they are billed for
the repair. Accordingly Daniels'
Plumbing was billed $226.95
for the parts, labor and admin-
istrative charges.
Gene Daniels is scheduled
See Contractor - Page 2

School Board

meets Tuesday

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will meet Tues-
day, Oct. 9 at the School Board
office, 700 S.W. Second Av-
enue, at 6 p.m.
The Board will hear rec-
ommendations by Dr. Patricia
G. Cooper, superintendent of
schools, on the expulsion of
two seventh-grade students,
two tenth-grade students and
two twelfth-grade students at
New Endeavor High School for
acts of misconduct and vari-
ous violations of the Code of
Student Conduct ranging from
disobeying school personnel

to possessing, using and/or
procuring, selling or dispens-
ing alcohol or drugs on school
premises, school buses or at
any school activity.
They will also review and
vote on the adoption of Board
Policy 6.30-Salary Schedules;
5.26-Postsecondary Vocational
Programs; and, 6.113-Respon-
sibilities of School Bus Opera-
Also on the agenda are the
review of and voting on amend-
ments to Board policies 4.10-
The Curriculum; 4.20-Student
Progression Plan; 4.30-Student
See Board - Page 2

By: Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Michelle Pritchard and Ra-
chel Jones, teachers at Central
Elementary School, have once
again laced up their shoes, dust-
ed off their visors and filled their
water bottles -as they prepare
to once again take part in the
Tampa Bay Breast Cancer three-
day 60-mile walk to benefit the
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
and the National Philanthropic
Trust Breast Cancer Fund. The
event will take place on Oct. 19-
21, beginning with the opening
ceremonies at Sand Key Park
in Clearwater and concluding
with closing ceremonies at Spa
Beach Park in St. Petersburg.
This will be the second year
in a row that these two dedicat-
ed women have participated in
this nationwide event.

In order to participate in the
60-mile walk, walkers pay a $90
registration fee and must raise
a minimum of $2,200 for the
Breast Cancer three-day, with
85 percent of the net proceeds
benefiting Susan G. Komen for
the Cure and 15 percent of the
net proceeds benefiting the Na-
tional Philanthropic Trust Breast
Cancer Fund.
Both teachers are still work-
ing to meet the financial re-
quirements of the walk.
The Susan G. Komen for the
Cure came into existence when
Nancy G. Brinker promised her
dying sister, Susan G. Komen,
that she would do everything in
her power to end breast cancer
forever. In 1982, the Susan G.
Komen for the Cure organiza-
tion launched the global breast
cancer movement. Today, the

organization is the largest grass
roots network for breast cancer
survivors and those fighting to
save lives, ensure quality care
for all and working with scien-
tists to find a cure.
Since its inception 25 years
ago, the Susan G. Komen for
the Cure has collected nearly $1
billion to help fulfill Ms. Brink-
er's promise to her daughter.
As part of the 60-mile walk,
Mrs. Pritchard and Mrs. Jones
will camp every night at a dif-
ferent location along the event
route where medical teams and
volunteers will have the camp
sites ready for them. They will
be checked over to make sure
that they are medically fit to
continue the walk and will then
join other walkers in participat-
ing in the entertainment that
See Walk - Page 2

Brantley asks for fine reduction

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Code
Board will hear a fine reduction
request from Marvin W. Brant-
ley concerning his property at
1811 S. Parrott Ave. where the
current fines total $68,662.23.
These fines include a
$58,750 lien on the property in
addition to $750 of additional
attorney fees and interest total-
ing $9,162.23.
These fines date back from
the settlement that was reached
July 1, 2005, in a code enforce-
ment case brought by the City
of Okeechobee against Mr.
Brantley, owner of a junkyard
on South Parrott Avenue. The
junkyard was said to be a public
nuisance and in violation of city

If you go
Okeechobee City Code
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.

codes under Florida statutes.
In the settlement agree-
ment, Mr. Brantley agreed to
pay $58,750 in city code viola-
tion fees, to bring materials
on the property within code
requirements and to install an
8-foot fence along the western
boundary of the property.
The City of Okeechobee filed
a complaint against Mr. Brantley
on Nov. 30, 2004. In July 2004,
the city council moved to fore-
close on Mr. Brantley's property
in an attempt to collect fines ac-

cruing as a result of code viola-
tions. The council was following
the Code Enforcement Board's
recommendation to file a civil
judgment against Mr. Brantley.
The violations dealt with set-
backs, fencing and emergency
traffic lanes at the business.
. The settlement states: "...a
nuisance exists in the. nature
of placement of junk, creation
of public safety issues and
concerns, creation of environ-
mental hazards, and failure to
comply with applicable city of
Okeechobee codes."
The judgment requests that
the $58,750 code enforcement
liens be paid, or 7 percent in-
terest will be charged, and the
public nuisance be abated. No
See Fines - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Marvin W. Brantley is on the Tuesday, Oct. 9, agenda of the
Okeechobee City Code Enforcement Board where he plans
to request a fine reduction on his property located at 1811 S.
Parrott Ave. The current fines total $68,662.23

Back on the road: Walking for a cure

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Two Central Elementary School teachers, Michelle Pritchard (left) and Rachel Jones
(right) will once again participate in a three-day, 60-mile walk in the Tampa Bay area to
benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast
Cancer Fund. This will be the second year that these two dedicated women have par-
ticipated in this nationwide event.

Teachers walk to fight cancer


2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Unhealthy lifestyle increases risk of diabetes

Lately it seems there are a lot
more advertisements on televi-
sion about medical equipment
and treatments related to diabe-
tes. The increased marketing of
diabetes-related medical supplies
reflects the growing problem of
diabetes in the United States.
The number of Americans
with Type 2 diabetes is on the in-
crease. Type 2 was once referred
to as "adult onset" diabetes, but in
recent years more children are de-
veloping this type of diabetes.
According to the Center for
Disease Control (CDC) more than
20 million Americans suffer from
Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is more com-
mon than juvenile diabetes. About
7 percent of the adult population
in the U.S. has Type 2 diabetes -
- that's seven people out of every
100. About one in every 500 chil-
dren has juvenile diabetes (also
called Type 1.)
According to the CDC, Type
1 diabetes was previously called
insulin-dependent diabetes mel-
litus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset dia-
betes. Type 1 diabetes develops
when the body's immune system
destroys pancreatic beta cells, the
only cells in the body that make
the hormone insulin that regu-
lates blood glucose. To survive,
people with type 1 diabetes must
have insulin delivered by injection
or a pump. This form of diabetes
usually strikes children and young
adults. Type 1 diabetes accounts
for 5 percent to 10 percent of all
diagnosed cases of diabetes. Risk
factors for Type 1 diabetes may be
autoimmune, genetic, or environ-
mental. There is no known way to
prevent Type 1 diabetes.
According to the CDC, Type 2

Continued From Page 1
to address the board protesting
this charge. It is Mr. Daniels' po-'
sition that the valve was old and
would have broken if anyone had
touched it. The OUA employee
who made the repairs stated that
the valve was not leaking and was
in good working order prior to the
In response to proposed new
developments on the east side of
Okeechobee, the utility is plan-
ning a new sewer main. Engineers

� Board
Continued From Page 1
Clubs and Organizations; 6.103-
Appointment or Employment
Requirements; 6.112-License of
School Bus Driver; and, 8.40-Gen-
eral Food Service Requirements.
The Board will vote on the fol-
lowing recommendations made
by Dr. Patricia G. Cooper, Super-
intendent of Schools:
* Approval of a Change Order
for the paving/drainage project
at the bus garage/multipurpose
building resulting in the addition
of$11,705, and increasing the total
contract amount to $79,325.68;
* Approval of Change Order
No. 3 for the classroom addi-
tion project at Osceola Middle
School, resulting in the deduc-
tion of $126,960, and decreas-
ing the total contract amount to
* Approval of Change Order
No. 4 for the classroom addi-
tion project at Osceola Middle
School resulting in the addi-
tion of $32,133.47, and increas-
ing the total contract amount to
* Approval of salary schedules
that were not included in bargain-
ing units for the 2007-08 fiscal year
including, substitute teacher and
authorized substitute paraprofes-
sionals; school principal, assistant


with Katrina Elsken

diabetes usually begins as insulin
resistance, a disorder in which the
cells do not use insulin properly.
As the need for insulin rises, the
pancreas gradually loses its ability
to produce it.
Obesity increases the risk of
developing Type 2 diabetes. Some
researchers believe there is a link
between childhood obesity and
the increases seen in children
with Type 2 diabetes.
According to CDC data, dia-
betes can be deadly. Rearch indi-
* Diabetes was the sixth lead-
ing cause of death in the U.S. This
ranking is based on the 73,249
death certificates in which dia-
betes was listed as the underly-
ing cause of death. According to
death certificate reports, diabetes
contributed to a total of 224,092
* Diabetes is likely to be under-
reported as a cause of death. Stud-
ies have found that only about 35
to 40 percent of decedents with
diabetes have diabetes listed any-
where on the death certificate and
only about 10 to15 percent had it
listed as the underlying cause of
* Overall, the risk for death
among people with diabetes is
about twice that of people with-

will be presenting a report on this
forecmain. At the completion of
the report the engineers will pre-
pare permit and bid documents.
The utility will need to authorize
expenditures to acquire ease-
ments or properties for this proj-
ect. Also meetings need to be ar-
ranged with developers who have
agreed to finance this project.
Turning to insurance matters,
OUA recently learned that the rate
for employee insurance is increas-
ing almost 37 percent. Current
policy calls for OUA to provide up
to $70 to each employee to offset
supplemental insurance costs or
additional health insured costs.

principal (12 months); assistant
principal (11 months); assistant
superintendent; building code
administrator/energy manager;
director; supervisor I; coordina-
tor/school psychologist; adminis-
trative assistant/superintendent's
secretary/executive secretary;
maintenance foreman/assistant
director of finance; lunchroom
manager; travel expense and ath-
letic events;
* First amendment to the con-
tinuing contract for employment
for Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Su-
perintendent of Schools, effective
July 1, 2007, at an annual base
salary of $99,334, plus $2,000
annually for Superintendent Cer-
tification and $6,000 annually for
completion of the Chief Executive
Officer Leadership Development
Program; and,
* Approval of a revision to per-
sonnel allocations: the addition of
an ESE paraprofessional at South
Elementary School.
As part of the Consent Agenda,
the Board will vote on the follow-
ing: appointment of managerial
personnel; employment of per-
sonnel; employment of temporary
personnel; resignation, termina-
tion and suspension of employ-
ment; transfer of personnel;
leave requests; additions to the
substitute teacher list for 2007-08;
2007-08 out-of-field teachers; pay-
ment to personnel; membership

out diabetes of similar age.
* Heart disease and stroke
account for about 65 percent of
deaths in people with diabetes.
* Adults with diabetes have
heart disease death rates about 2
to 4 times higher than adults with-
out diabetes.
* The risk for stroke is 2 to 4
times higher among people with
* About 73 percent of adults
with diabetes have blood pres-
sure greater than or equal to
130/80 mm Hg or use prescription
medications for hypertension.
* Diabetes is the leading cause
of new cases of blindness among
adults aged 20 to 74 years.
* Diabetic retinopathy causes
12,000 to 24,000 new cases of
blindness each year.
* Diabetes is the leading cause
of kidney failure, accounting for
44 percent of new cases in 2002.
* Severe forms of diabetic
nerve disease are a major con-
tributing cause of lower-extremity
* More than 60 percent of
nontraumatic lower-limb ampu-
tations occur among people with
* In 2002, about 82,000 non-
traumatic lower-limb amputa-
tions were performed in people
with diabetes.
Dental disease
* Periodontal (gum) disease
is more common in people with
diabetes. Among young adults,
those with diabetes have about
twice the risk of those without
* Almost one-third of people
with diabetes have severe peri-
odontal diseases with loss of at-
tachment of the gums to the teeth

One of the options to be consid-
ered is increasing this amount to
Currently OUA pays 100 per-
cent of employee health costs.
Possible options to be discussed
are a fixed dollar amount or a pay-
ment based on a percentage.
In other action, the board is
expected to:
* recognize employees for lon-
* receive the finance report for
the period ending Sept. 30;
* pay an invoice to D.A. David-
son & Co. for financial advisory
* renew the existing agree-

in the Small School District Coun-
cil Consortium; agreement with
Economic Opportunity Coun-
cil/Lakeside Head Start; agree-
ment with drug abuse treatment
association (DATA); agreement
for participation in the 2007-08
Heartland Regional Science &
Engineering Fair; agreement with
Henry County for vision services;
cost reimbursement agreement
for 2007-08 Tech Prep Consor-
tium Grant; grant application
for Highway Safety Funds; grant
application for school safety/
emergency preparedness; 2007-
08 consolidated application for
Selected NCLB programs; Indian
Education Formula Grant appli-
cation; Master In-service Plan for
2007-08; Educational Equity Plan
update; school advisory council
appointments; revised cash reg-
ister beginning change amounts
for food service sites; monthly
financial statements for July and
August 2007; Budget Amendment
#1 for July 2007; Budget Amend-
ment #2 for August 2007; War-
rant Register for August 2007 and
Warrant Registe or September
There will also be time allot-
ted for comments by the Superin-
tendent, School Board members,
School Board attorney and the

Submitted photo/Carl Pickering

School Spirit
Emily Pickering (left) and Amanda Lamberti (right), two Brahman junior varsity cheerlead-
ers, showed their school spirit during the final home junior varsity game of the season.

measuring 5 millimeters or more.

Reducing the risk
The good news is that those at
risk for diabetes can make chang-
es in their diet and exercsie habits
to reduce their risks. According to
the CDC:
* Improved control of choles-
terol or blood lipids (for example,
HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) can
reduce cardiovascular complica-
tions by 20 to 50 percent.
* Detecting and treating dia-
betic eye disease with laser thera-
py can reduce the development of
severe vision loss by an estimated
50 to 60 percent.
* Comprehensive foot care
programs can reduce amputation
rates by 45 to 85 percent.
* Detecting and treating early
diabetic kidney disease by low-
ering blood pressure can reduce
the decline in kidney function by
30 to 70 percent. Treatment with
ACE inhibitors and angiotensin re-
ceptor blockers (ARBs) are more
effective in reducing the decline in
kidney function than other blood
pressure-lowering drugs.

CDC recommends
To help prevent diabetes, the
CDC recommends a healthy, bal-
anced diet and regular exercise.
The CDC recommends 30 min-
utes of moderate physical activity
most days of the week to maintain
good health. Those who need to
lose weight are advised to exer-
cise more -- 60 minutes a day.
Before making any change
in your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor.

ment with D.A. Davidson and Co.
for one year;
* approve expenditures for
installing a radio, wiring and an-
tenna on the city tower;
* authorize the engineering
firm of Metzger & Willard to apply
for renewal of the operating per-
mit for the Cemetery Road waste-
water treatment plant; and,
*adopt a resolution designat-
ing specific individuals to sign fi-
nancial documents for OUA.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

Continued From Page 1
will be on hand to relax them and
promote bonding.
As Mrs. Pritchard and Mrs.
Jones participate in the Tampa
Bay walk, men and women
throughout the country will also
be lining up to walk for a cure.
There will be walks in the Greater
Atlanta area, Chicago, Detroit,
Dallas, Massachusetts, North Tex-
as, Northeast Ohio, Philadelphia,
Phoenix, Washington State, San
Diego, and Minnesota.
If you would like to help these
two dedicated women meet their
goals, Michelle Pritchard can be
reached at (863) 467-9912. Rachel
Jones can be reached at (863)

Continued From Page 1
more fines were to be accrued if
the conditions were met by Aug.
26, 2005. The city's attorney's fees
and court costs were awarded to
the plaintiff, and Mr. Brantley has
already paid those fees, which
amounted to $3,388.50.
Abating the nuisance involves
cleaning up the junk that is be-
yond a wire fence along Parrott
The property extends for about
one-tenth of a mile north and
south on South Parrott Ave. and
extends east to Taylor Creek. The
total property comprises about
eight acres, but only the western
portion is in the city. The rest is in
the county.
Junkyards have been outlawed
in the City of Okeechobee since
The property is currently under
contract with D.R. Wilson and a
portion of the property has been
sold to Parrott Avenue Partners,
LLC, who have currently secured
the first 1.3-acre parcel which is
located on the northern end of
the property.
The lien on the property will
have to be satisfied prior to sale of
the property.
In other business, the board
will also hear cases regarding
permit issues for two property
owners Ventura Arroyo and Allen
A case citing the throwing of
rubbish, trash or garbage is also
going before code board concern-
ing property owned by James R.
Sweat on un-platted land east of
the railroad.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

News Briefs

Agri-civic center open for riding
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E., is open for recreational riding the first and third
Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are available.
The cost is $10 per person. Rules, waiver and release forms are
available at the Okeechobee County Board of County Commission-
er's office, 304 N.W. Second St., and the county extension office at
458 U.S. 78 N. Persons 18 years of age and younger are required to
wear helmets.
For information, call (863) 763-1666 or (863) 697-9977.

Local court cases now online
Sharon Robertson, Okeechobee County clerk of circuit court, has
announced that the clerk's office web site now offers Okeechobee
County court cases on line.
The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The site provides the ability to perform a person or case search in a
variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us for the index
and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public record court
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.

Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

R.O.A.D. office has moved
The Recovering Okeechobee After Disaster (R.O.A.D.) office has
moved to 200 N.W Second Street in Okeechobee.
For information regarding the agency, call the office at (863) 357-
4177. The fax number is (863) 357-1977.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be
from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph becoming east at 10 to 15 mph in
the afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of afternoon show-
ers and thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the mid 60s.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with the high in the mid 80s.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with the low in the upper 50s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with the high in the lower 80s.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with the low in the lower 60s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the mid 80s. The chance ofrain is 20 percent.

Here are the numbers selected Sunday in the
Florida Lottery: Cash 3: 8-7-6; Play 4: 8-3-9-2; Fantasy 5: 10-20-

Okeechobee News
PublBshe Indulmeenent ilwapersInc.

To Reach Us
Address: P. O. Box 639;
107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Webslle: www.newszap.com
To Submit News
The Okeechobee News welcomes sub-
missions from its readers. Opinions,
calendar items, stories ideas and pho-
tographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-
3134 to reach our newsroom. Items
may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed.
E-Mall: okeenews@newszap.com
SpeakoutL (863) 467-2033
To Place A Display Ad
Phone: 863- 763-3134
E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.com
To Place A Classified Ad
Call 871-353-2424 to place a classified
advertisement from home.
Fa: 877-354-2424
E-Mall: classads@newszap.com
Billing Department
E-Malk: billteam@newszap.com

Online News & Information
Get the latest local news at

To Start or Stop A Paper
Phone: (8001 282-586
E-mall: readerservices@newszap com
The OKeecriobee News is available
daily via home delivery and is on sale
al rack and sore localons throughout
Okeechobee County. Call the office to
find out if your home is within our
present home-distribution boundaries.
Call 877-353-2424 to report a missed
newspaper or poor delivery.
Additional copies of the newspaper are
available for 50 cents daily through
Saturday and 75 cents for Sunday at the
office. Home delivery subscriptions are
available at $29.43 for three months.
Okeechobee News
USPS 406-160
Published by Independent
Newspapers, Inc.
107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Periodicals Postage Paid at
Okeechobee, FL 34974
POSTMASTER: Send address
changes to Okeechobee News
Circulation Administration
PO Box 7011
Dover, DE 19903


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007 3

Protesters campaign for fair pay for farm workers

IMMOKALEE - The Coalition
of Immokalee Workers (ClW)
continued their nine-day, state-
wide tour last week with visits
to Gainesville, Tallahassee and
Orlando. The tour's purpose is
to educate consumers, students,
people of faith and other com-
munity members about Burger
King's continued refusal to work
with the CIW and to address the
reality of sweatshop conditions in
the fields where Burger King's to-
matoes are picked.
Before leaving Tallahassee for
Orlando, the CIW tour crew re-
ceived some encouraging news
from their long-time allies at the
Florida Catholic Conference, who
received the group with not only
a delicious lunch but also with a
letter, dated Oct. 1, from the Arch-
bishop of Miami, Archbishop Fa-
valora, to Burger King CEO John
Chidsey, entitled, "Request from
Bishops of Florida Urging Coop-
eration with CIW."
The letter reads, in part: "We
are encouraged by the recent ac-
tions of Yum Brands, Inc. to ex-
pand their agreement for Taco
Bell with the Coalition of Immo-
kalee Workers to include all the
restaurants under their corporate
control as well as the recent CIW
agreement with McDonald's.
The dignity of the human per-
son, the right to adequate pay
for the necessities of life and
the right of workers to organize
and bargain are tenets of Catho-
lic Social Teaching embraced in
these agreements. We urge youi

NOW. hrd do you work for your $5

The smallest CIW protesters don't need words to get their
message across.

to work with the Coalition of Im-
mokalee Workers and join those
in the fast food community who
have acknowledged the need
for justice and fairness for those
who provide manual labor in the
CIW members will share their
experiences and invite fellow
Floridians to join them in Miami
on Nov. 30 in a historic nine-mile
march. The march will begin in
Miami's downtown business dis-
trict outside the offices of Gold-
man Sachs, a major investor in
Burger King, and end at Burger
King's corporate headquarters.
The CIW has called on Burger
King to pay a premium for their

tomatoes to be passed directly
on to tomato pickers to increase
their wages and to work with the
CIW to improve working condi-
tions and ensure the respect of
workers' human rights in the
fields. The CIW has previously
garnered similar accords with
fast-food giants Yum Brands (par-
ent company of Taco Bell) and
Presently, Florida tomato pick-
ers earn roughly 45 cents for ev-
ery 32-lb bucket of tomatoes they
pick. At this rate, a farm worker
must pick and haul approxi-
mately 2.5 tons of tomatoes just
to make minimum wage for a 10-
hour day. Farm workers regularly-

Slain officer's memorial dedicated

Twenty-three years after her
brutal murder in northern Pinel-
las County, the life of wildlife of-
ficer Margaret E. "Peggy" Park
still has a significant impact on
family, friends and fellow officers.
A polished stone marker, located
only yards from where she lost
her life, was dedicated to her
memory Monday.
Located at Brooker Creek Pre-
serve, the monument commem-
orates Park's dedication and sac-
rifice to conservation. The marker
was placed through the efforts of
Pinellas County's Environmental
Lands Division.
Park's family, friends, a repre-
sentative from the governor's of-
fice, other government officials,
law enforcement officers, fire and
rescue personnel, and local land
managers, some who knew her
well, were in attendance.
"My family and I are very


Courtesy photo/FWC
Slain wildlife officer Margaret
E. "Peggy" Park
moved, and we appreciate the
efforts of all the people Who
have worked to create and dedi-
cate a memorial to Peggy," Betsy
Park, younger sister to Park, said.
"Keeping her memory alive is of

paramount importance to us."
Officer Park, a Florida Game
and Fresh Water Fish Commis-
sion wildlife officer, was alone on
routine patrol off Keystone Road
on the night of Dec. 3, 1984. She
discovered two men stealing cop-
per wire from a power substa-
tion. Officer Park confronted the
two, who then knocked her to
ground and wrestled her service
revolver from her.
A detailed investigation into
Officer Park's murder resulted in
the men being caught, convicted
and sent to prison.
"Peggy's death has had a pro-
found impact throughout the law
enforcement training commu-
nity, which continues to reverber-
ate even today," said Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) law enforcement
spokesperson Kat Kelley. "Law
enforcement trainers throughout

Traffic stop results in felony drug arrest

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An expired license tag resulted
in the arrest of an Okeechobee
man on felony drug charges,
while another man in the vehicle
was charged with misdemeanor
marijuana possession.
Michael Joe Allen, 21, N.E.
Fourth St., was arrested Oct. 4
by Deputy Roy Gilchrist of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine. He was
also charged with the misde-
meanors of possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. He
was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a $2,500 bond.
Also charged was Joshua S.
Henry, Sr., 26, S.W 72nd Terrace,
Okeechobee. He was charged
with the misdemeanors of pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was. set
at $1,500.
An arrest report by Deputy
Gilchrist states that he stopped a
vehicle on S.E. 4011 Ave. because

a gg

. ^


the license tag on the vehicle had
expired in August of this year and
because the driver, Henry, was
doing 33 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The deputy wrote in his report
that as he stood next to the vehicle
he could plainly see several small
already-smoked blunt cigars that
he suspected to be made of mari-
juana lying in the center console.
He then began to speak with
Allen, who was reportedly very
nervous and was "... sweating
and breathing very heavily." As
the he spoke with the passenger
of the vehicle he could see what
he suspected were small pieces of
marijuana on Allen's shirt, wrote
Deputy Gilchrist.
The deputy then searched Al-
len and found a clear plastic bag

in the man's front left pocket that
contained a substance suspect-
ed of being marijuana. He then
found another small bag near the
area of the vehicle where Allen
was sitting that contained a white
powder. The powder, said Deputy
Gilchrist, was suspected of being
The first substance was field
tested and indicated a positive re-
sult for the presence of marijuana.
The powder was also field tested
and indicated a positive result for
the presence of cocaine.
Another plastic bag was found
in the vehicle's glove compart-
ment. The substance in the bag
was field tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
marijuana. This substance, it was
later learned, belonged to Henry,
stated the arrest report.
Deputy Gilchrist's report also
indicates that a wooden marijua-
na grinder was found in the cen-
ter console next to the smoked
blunt cigars.
A third passenger in the ve-
hicle was not charged and was

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Paula Jean Duncan, 46, N.E.
31st Way, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 5 by Corporal Timothy
A. Higgins on a charge of driving
under the influence. Her bond
was set at $500.
* Landon L. Marcum, 55, N.E.
Second Avet, Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 5 by Deputy Martin
Crawford Jr. on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation - driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $1,500.
* Aaron Vargas, 19, N.W 80th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested

Oct. 6 by Deputy Wayne Douglas
on a felony charge of aggravat-
ed assault and a misdemeanor
charge of battery. His bond was
set at $7,500.
* Perez Emipelio Diaz, 23, Not-
tingham Blvd., West Palm Beach,
was arrested Oct. 6 by Trooper
D.A. Teague on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $750.
* Jorge Bermudez, 24, N.W
42nd Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 6 by the OCPD on
charges of possession of cocaine
and tampering with or fabricating
physical evidence. His bond was
set at $7,500.
* Christopher Lee Milillo, 26,
N.W. 34th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 7 by Deputy
Roy Gilchrist on a felony charge
of driving while license revoked
-habitual offender, and a misde-
meanor charge of resisting arrest
without violence. His bond was
set at $3,250.

* Perry Isham Sallette III, 22,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 7 by Deputy Thomas
Kitchen on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with
violation of probation - forgery,
violation of probation - uttering
a forged instrument and violation
of probation - grand theft. He is
being held without bond.
* Danny Joseph D. Weaver, 29,
NW. Orchid St., Port St. Lucie, was
arrested Oct. 7 by Deputy Mat-
thew Hurst on a felony charge of
fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer, and a misdemeanor
charge of reckless driving. His
bond was set at $3,250.
This column lists arrests,
not convictions, unless oth-
erwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found inno-
cent or has had the charges
against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

Courtesy photos/ClW
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has been on the road in their campaign for better
wages for farm workers who pick tomatoes. Like so many others in communities along the
Florida Tour trail, the Deland allies (including Rev. Pam Braid, pastor of the New Hope United
Church of Christ, shown here on the left, whose church also kindly sponsored dinner fol-
lowing the protest) prepared many great new signs and banners of their own, including this
one that so effectively challenged those witnessing the protest to consider the struggle farm
workers face every day. Previous efforts have already been successful with Taco Bell and
McDonalds. The current campaign is targeting Burger King.

toil long hours with no overtime
pay, no health insurance, no right
to organize, no sick days and no

at preserve
the world continue to be present-
ed with a case study of Peggy's
untimely death and receive train-
ing on how to better equip and
train female officers for survival."
At the time of her funeral, Of-
ficer Park's ashes were scattered
over a favorite spot she visited fre-
quently: an eagle's nest near the
memorial site. She now keeps
eternal watch over that which
she loved so dearly.
"She was a stellar officer --
hardworking, dedicated and pro-
fessional. She was missed at the
time of her death over two de-
cades ago, and she is still missed
today," said Col. Julie Jones, di-
rector of the Division of Law En-
forcement for FWC.

Community Links. Individual Voices.,

Landscape & Irrigation Installation
Professional Lawn & Landscape Maintenance
Serving The Lake Okeechobee Area Nearly 3 Decades
Licensed & Insured

(863) 763-5069

. ..

Your news

is our news.


* O 9 Coege Frprir

Second term

. ..I, J

(3keechobee� News
Animal facility pact OKd

e lec iavur

Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us.

We do print "bad" news. (It IS newsworthy when things go
wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.)

Still, we give most of our attention to good news - the kind you
clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isn't difficult. The
vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.)

How are we doing?

Let us know by mailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your

Okeechobee News

Community Service Through Journalism



4 _ OPNO OecobeNws usdy ctbr9,20

Speak Out
Have an opinion or a question about a public issue? Post
it anytime at the Okeechobee issues forum at http://www.
newszapforums.com/forum58. It is a hometown forum so
visit the page as often as you would like and share your com-
ments (but no personal attacks or profanities, please). You
can also make a comment by calling our Speak Out 24-hour
opinion line at (863) 467-2033, fax (863) 763-5901 or sending
e-mail to okeenews@newszap.com. You can also mail sub-
missions to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee,
Fla. 34973. Comments will be published in the newspaper as
space permits.
WATER: We appreciate the raised water levels in the canals. The
low water level has caused damage from the rooted growth of vegeta-
tion. Much of this will die off when covered with water. Please do not
re-open the locks before we are ready for normal lock operation.

AIRPORT TERMINAL: Yes I.am from the Okeechobee Airport
and ya'll put in the paper that the Airport was closed, but it is only the
one runway that is closed. The restaurant and such is still open, so
you can still come here to eat and buy fuel, but for whatever reason
everybody thinks that it is all closed. So if you could change that and
add that the restaurant and terminal is still open I would appreciate it.
Editor's note: the item in the newspaper on Monday did state
that the terminal and the restaurant are open.

ADMINISTRATION: An opportunity now exists for new direction
in Okeechobee County government. It behooves us to determine the
type of government we will have. I do not consider an administrator
to be representative of the people. In government there is no profit
building and thus there is no limit of the power of the administrators
unless their employer exercises control. The Okeechobee Board of
County Commissioners must exercise that control. The commission-
ers do not need to be put in their places, they need to establish their

BEACHES: I don't think a single red cent or penny of the taxpay-
ers' money should be spent to replace sand on the beaches. If people
want to build condos and homes on the beaches and then Mother
Nature washes the foundation from it and it falls into the ocean, so
be it. My money and your money should not be used to replace it.
When the hurricanes blew carports and such off of your house, did
the government run to get money to replace it? They sure didn't mine,
and I feel that this is the same thing. Mother Nature is Mother Nature,
it doesn't matter where it is coming from. People's money should not
be used to replace the sand on these beaches.

NAME CHANGED: Hi I was just wondering when was S.W. 16h
Ave. renamed Ferrell Road? I hadn't seen that sign down there before
and I just noticed it last night.

KEEP IT LOCAL: A temporary county administrator can be se-
lected from our local population or current county employees. There
is no need to bring in an intern administrator from outside the county
as has been suggested.

BAD EXAMPLE: We always talk about the children and how they
are disrespectful and do not care about anything but themselves. Well
here is a great example as to why that is so. My family and I go to
Nubbin Slough and look at the lake level and check to see how many
alligators we can see. We were there Saturday evening around 6:30
p.m. and there were about 17 gators relaxing and five people fishing.
� Well there was a man and a younger boy fishing (he was probably
aboiut 14 or so). They were fishing and they saw this gator lying in
the water and the man began throwing rocks at his. Well the gator
jumped at the rocks a few times, well that got the boy interested so
he began throwing stuff also. Now dusk is setting in and the other ga-
tors are curious about all the thrashing and splashing in the water so
they move in for a closer look. Now this boy is jumping around on the
rocks down by the water now three or four feet from the gator think-
ing this is fun and games. The longer I sat there the madder I became.
Luckily, the boy didn't fall in the water. If he had, it could have been
a bad outcome. Then everyone would have blamed the gators saying
they are aggressive. It is sad that we don't enjoy our surroundings.
We have so much wildlife here to be thankful for. People really need
to think about the example they are setting for their children. There
was a lady there with her daughters and she was from up state New
York. The daughter had brought her down to Nubbin Slough to see
the alligators because she had never seen one before. Everyone needs
to take a step back and enjoy what they have around them..We have
some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We are blessed to
live in a beautiful place.

Public issues forums
Join the discussion of important issues at newszap.com. Topics include:
* Belle Glade/South Bay issues: http://www.newszapforums.com/forum51
* Clewiston issues: http://www.newszapforums.com/forum52
* Hendry County issues: http://www.newszapforums.com/forum54
*Moore Haven/Glades issues: http://www.newszapforums.com/forum57
* Okeechobee city/county issues: http://www.newszapforums.com/forum58
* Pahokee issues:http://www.newszapforums.com/forum59
Go to newszap.com, click on your community and then on "community
forums and links."

Okeechobee News

Our Purpose...
The Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida.
Inndpendent is owned by a unique trust tha enables tis newspaper to pur-
sue a mission of journalistic seri.,,:e Io ine citizens of ihe communIly. Since no
dividends are paid, the company is ale 10to thrive on profile margins below
industry standards. All afler-lax surpluses are renested in Independent's
mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First
Amendment of the U.S. Consilulion, and support of the community's deliber-

ation of public issues.

We Pledge ...
* To operate this newspaper as a
public trust
* To help our community become a
better place to live and wor,
through our dedication to consci-
entious journalism.
* To provide the information citizens
need to make their own intelligent
decisions about public issues.
* To report the news with honesty,
accuracy, purposeful neutrality,
fairness, objectivity, fearlessness
and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facili-
tate community debate not to
dominate it with our own opinions
* To disclose our own conflicts of
interest or potential conflicts to our
* To correct our errors and to give
each correction to the prominence
it deserves
* To provide a right to reply to those
we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy,
respect and compassion.

Advertising Director: Judy Kasten

News Editor: Eric Kopp

National Advertising: Joy Parrish

Circulation Manager: Janet Madray

Independent Newspapers, Inc.
* Joe Smyth. Chairman
* Ed Dulin. President
* Tom Byrd, Vice President of
Newspaper Operations
* Katrina Elsken. Executive


S �Okei
For Mor
At Your

echobee News 2007
re Information See
Service On Page 2

Okeechobee News/File photo

From the photo archives
While cleaning out the old photography darkroom at the
Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a number
of old photos. Some of these photos were taken by staff-
ers; others were apparently brought in by community
members. No information is available with the photos, but
readers can share any information they might have. Some
of these have been posted at http://photos.newszap.com/
pages/gallery.php?gallery=310113. Or go online to www.
newszap.com, click on "Okeechobee," click on "Florida
photos," and then click on "Okee News Archives." To
comment on a photo, open the photo and post your com-
ments below.

Upcoming Events

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)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Per-
era (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Ev-
eryone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
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) 467-9055.
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 informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. 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-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
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
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 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 Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. 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

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 program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and
FPL corporate funds. The program provides emergency assistance
funds to customers 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 appoint-
ment only, no walk-ins are accepted.

Community Events

Healthy Start Coalition board to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m., in their office,
575 S.W 28 St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For information contact Executive
Director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Airboat club plans meeting
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its month-
ly meeting at Beef 0' Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave., on
Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Preparation for the Speckled Perch
Festival will be the primary agenda item. All members are encour-
aged to be present.

Eagles club hosts an operations school
.The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4509, 4701 U.S.
441 S.E., will host a Florida State Aerie Operations School on Sat-
urday, Oct. 13, for District 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the
club. This school is open to all Aerie and Auxiliary members of any
Fraternal Order of Eagles. A continental breakfast and lunch will be
served. For information call Bill at (863) 763-1187, or the Cypress
Hut Aerie at (863) 467-1154.

Karey's to host '50s Sock Hop
Karey's Restaurant, 1713 U.S. 441 N., will hold a '50s sock hop
on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. There will be food, door
prizes, karaoke, a hula hoop contest, etc. Children 5 to 17 years old
are $15, adults $25 and $5 for 50/50 drawing, price includes food
and drink. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer. For information contact Crystal at
(863) 634-9483, or Chrissy at (863) 532-1717.

4-H plans annual barbecue
The 4-H Foundation will hold their annual Pork Barbecue Din-
ner with all of the fixings, on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Freshman Cam-
pus (ninth grade center) cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now for $6
at the Extension Office or from any 4-H'er. Deliveries can be made
for five or more dinners by calling in advance to (863) 763-6469, or
on the 19 call (863) 634-3327. You may dine in or pick up dinner
from 11 until 7 p.m.

Library book club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7
p.m. in the Library Board room on the following dates to discuss
the title for the month. This meeting is open and free to the public.
Meetings and topics are as follows: Thursday, Oct. 25, "The Sun
Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway"; Thursday, Nov. 29, "The Glass
Castle, by Jeanette Wall"; Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Hummingbird's
Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea," the group will meet at 6:30 for
our annual Christmas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m.; Thursday,
Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For informa-
tion call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

4-H Club to clean saddles
The Bits n' Spurs 4-H Club will have a saddle cleaning fundraiser
on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon at Eli's Trailer Sales,
908 N.W. Park St. Club members will clean and oil saddles under
the supervision of adult volunteers. Money raised will be used to
finance club activities and programs. Those who can't bring their
saddles to Eli's Trailer Sales on Oct. 27 can make arrangements to
drop off the saddles in advance. If you have several saddles to be
cleaned, the club may also make arrangements to pick them up.
For more information, contact Paula Daniel at (863) 763-8185.

VFW Post 4423 plans Halloween party
The new Men's Auxiliary of the North VFW Post #4423, 300
N.W. 34th St., will host a Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
There will be a costume contest with the judging taking place
around 9 p.m. There will be prizes for best costume and also for
the most original (creative) costume. Debbie Collins will be host-
ing karaoke and dancing from 6 until 10 p.m. The public is invited.
If you are not a member, please sign at the front door as a guest. If
you have any questions, call the Post at (863) 763-0818.

Donations sought for Halloween event
Okeechobee Main Street, along with the City of Okeechobee
and Okeechobee County, will host the third annual Halloween
Festival in Flagler Park on Wednesday Oct. 31, from 6 until 8:30
p.m. This free event will feature fun and games for children of
all ages. Donations of candy and treats from the community are
needed. Drop off locations are: WOKC; Bass Funeral Home, 205
N.E. Second St.; Sherwin Williams, 820 E.N. Park St.; Seacoast Na-
tional Bank (north and south locations); American Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave.; City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.; Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, 504 N.W. Fourth St.; Beef O' Brady's, 608 S. Parrott
Ave.; Gizmo's Pizza, 3235 U.S. 441 S.E.; Syble's Florist and Gifts,
119 S. Parrott Ave.; Accident Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, 114
N. Parrott Ave.; Y Drive Thru, intersection of S.R. 70 and S.R. 710;
First Bank and Trust of Indian Town 205 East North Park Street and
the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second St. For information about
the festival or to get involved with the event, please contact Karen
Hanawalt at 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Two-day motorcycle rally set for Nov. 10 & 11
A motorcycle rally will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday,
Nov. 11, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R.
70 E., beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The inaugural event is being
sponsored by the Florida Gang Investigators Association (FGIA)
and will feature a burn out pit, tug-o-war and donut eating con-
test for adults. There will also be events for children that include
a bounce house, wildlife area and face painting. There will also
be live music, as well as food and prize giveaways. Tickets are $5
in advance each, and $10 each at the gate on the day of the event.
Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. The purpose of
the two-day event is to help educate youngsters about the dangers
of joining a criminal street gang and to raise money for the FGIA
that will be used to educate kids about the dangers of joining a
gang. For information, tickets or to sign up a team to compete in
one of the adult contests, contact either Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark or Michele Bell at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
(863) 763-3117. Tickets can also be purchased at Style Studio, 1600
S.R. 70 E., and Syble's Flowers, 119 S. Parrott Ave.

VFW has karaoke league

VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on Oct. 13
and 27 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The league is open to the public.
Everyone is eligible to enter including karaoke hosts and members
of bands. For information, call David Lee at (863) 697-9002 or Bill
at (863) 763-0818.

Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is doing a toy collection for the needy
children of the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. All dona-
tions are to be received by Dec. 21. All toys are to be new and
unwrapped. Please drop off the toys at the Just for Today Club,
2303 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-4017 or (863) 634-9386.


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Okehoe Nes Tuesday,~__ Octobe 9,20 SOT

Submitted to Okeechobee News/ Pat Ziglar
Pic. #1 Ken Barber and John Barber (in no particular order)
took first place with 15.17 Ibs. of bass in last Saturday's Chris-
tian Team Trail monthly bass tournament. They also brought
the second largest fish to the scale to take second big bass
honors. It weighed 4.99 Ibs. The tournament was held at the
Okee-Tantie Marina.

Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
22ND Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
October 28, 2007 - Okeechobee AG Center



A Responsible Adult must accompany the participants!

General Release:
The cofnteint s, parents or guardians hereby agree to idemnify and hold
harmless all iiiemblrs, officers and officials of Taylor Creek Bass Blub and Okeechobee
Ag Center for any liabilities and/or damages arising from the contestants participation in
the Kids' DT;- Fishing Festk al.

Signed Date
'Ji .4PLI. L HAYS - 4130 SW 9th Was, O(W.ccltbee, Fl.,34974
Or drop off at The Okevchitit News Office,
The PennysaN er or Pog.:y's R.slutrant.
Submitted photos
Registration forms must be mailed by Oct. 19 to Charlie Hays, 4130 S.W. Ninth Way, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974, or drop them off
at the Okeechobee News office or Pogey's Restaurant.

Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival scheduled

- . .

Rick Buntenbach and his partner Don Van Dyke (not shown)
finished in second place in this month's Christian Team Trail
bass tournament held last Saturday at the Okee-Tantie Mari-
na. They brought 14.42 Ibs. to the scale for the win. They also
brought in the largest fish of the tourney. It weighed 5.71 lbs.

Barbers win Christian

Team Trail tourney

Ken and John Barber brought
15.17 lbs. of bass to the scale
Saturday afternoon at Okee-Tan-
tie Marina to clinch first place in
the monthly Christian Team Trail
bass tournament. They also had
the second largest bass of the
tournament. It weighed 4.99 lbs.
The team took home $710 for
first place and $144 for second
big fish.
Rick Buntenbach and his part-
ner Don Van Dyke finished in
second place in the tourney with
14.42 lbs. Their sack contained
the largest bass caught in the
tournament. It weighed in at 5.71
lbs. They earned $355 for their

second place finish and $216 for
the big fish award.,
Others finishing in the money
were (3) Justin Schwier and Mark
Hester-12.94 lbs.-$236; (4) Rock
Turgeon and Troy Woodham-
12.64 lbs.-$190; (5) Bill Rose and
Craig Smith-12.52 lbs.-$155; (6)
Leroy Bauer and Sherman Cruse-
10.35 lbs.-$120; and, (7) Bob
Owens and Fred George-10.27
Of the 35 boats that participat-
ed in the tournament, 28 brought
fish to the scales.
The next tournament will take
place on Nov. 3 at the Okee-Tantie

The Taylor Creek Bass Club,
Inc.'s 22nd annual Kids' Day Fish-
ing Festival will take place on Sat-
urday, Oct. 28 at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, located on S.R.

There will be a CastingKids
competition from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., followed by live fishing com-
petition from 1 to 3 p.m.
This festival is open to young
anglers from 4 to 14-years-old.

There is no cost for this day of fish-
ing. A responsible adult must ac-
company the young anglers.
Each participating child will re-
ceive two hot dogs and two sodas

Registrations must be mailed
by Oct. 19 to Charlie Hays, 4130
S.W Ninth Way, Okeechobee,
Fl. 34974, or drop them off at the
Okeechobee News office, The
Pennysaver or Pogey's Restaurant.

Golf Results

Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club

PI.G.S. League
Oct. 1: First place-John Nickel-
son. Second place-J.C. Armstrong.
Last place-Ida Curtis. Closest to
pin-(2) J.C. Armstrong, (8) Vickie
Owings, (11) Kenny Curran and
(17) Max Sherry.
Oct. 3: First place-George Earl
Goudy. Second place-Jack Forde.
Last place-J.C. Armstrong. Clos-
est to pin-(2) Russ Adams, Sr., (8)
George Guydosh, (11) Kenny Cur-
ran and (17) George Guydosh.
Oct. 5: First place-John Nick-
elson. Second place-Bruce Syjud.
Last place-Fred Colman. Closest
to pin-(2) Harry White, (8) Harry
White, (11) Vinnie Malone and
(17) Kenny Curran.
To join this fun league call Ken-
ny Curran at (863) 357-9063.

I Go to newszap.com to I
I download and print I
I coupons online! 1

Sports News in Brief

Junior Volleyball Club
to hold parent meeting
Big Lake Junior Volleyball club
will hold a parent meeting on
Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at
,the Okeechobee High School Lec-
ture Hall, for all parents of girls in
:grades three through high school
*who are interested in trying out.
For information, go towww.bi-

OHS gold seats
are on sale now
Gold seats to all Brahman
home football games are now on
sale for $100 per seat. Of the $100,
$60 goes to general athletics and
$40 goes to football. When you
purchase a gold seat, you receive
free admission to all home sport-
.ing events for free.
I To purchase a gold seat con-
tact OHS athletic director Nathan
Owen at (863).462-5025.

:Second annual
:memorial golf tourney
The second annual Joyce
-Hacker memorial golf to ben-
efit the Joyce Hacker scholarship
-fund will take place on Saturday,
Oct. 13, beginning with a shot-
gun start at 8:30 a.m. There will
be a four-person team scramble
(blind draw or pick your own
*team). The team draw for blind
"draw will be held at the VFW Post
10539, located at 3912 U.S. 441
S.E., on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6
-p.m. The cost will be $50 per per-
;son and includes golf, lunch and
prizes. Prizes will be paid in both
divisions for first, fifth and ninth
places according to the number
of players in each division. Prizes
and lunch after the tourney will
be awarded at the VFW Post im-
mediately following the tourney.
Entry fees should be received no
later than Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. before
the start of the team draw. All

entry fees should be made pay-
able to cash or Connie Lanier.
Payment of hole sponsors should
be made to the Okeechobee Edu-
cation Fund. For information call
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
club at (863) 763-6228 or Connie
Lanier at (863) 801-5600.

Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend.
New member boaters and non-
boaters (especially) are welcome.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

Cheerleading squad
accepts members
The Okeechobee Platinum
Elite competitive cheerleading
squad continues to grow every
day, and it's not too late to join.
Call Kathy at (863) 697-0812 to

VFW Auxiliary
plans golf tournament
, VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxil-
iary will host a golf tournament to
benefit the VFW National Home
for Children on Nov. 3, at the
Okeechobee Country Club. The
VFW National Home for Children
offers a home for spouses and
children of deceased and disabled
veterans as well as a home for
children of active duty military
personnel while they serve our
country at home and abroad.
The home does not receive any
federal or state funding. Sponsors
are sought for the tournament.
For more information, call (863)


Get started

on your four-year degree from

Indian River

Community College!

Bachelor of Science'Degree

in Education
Programs in middle and high school math and
science education and exceptional student education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

. Bachelor of Applied Science
Specializations in:
Organizational Management
Public Safety Administration
Health Care Management

Information Sessions

,* October 9, 10, or 11 at 6 p.m.

* at the IRCC Campus nearest you!

Fort Pierce - Okeechobee - St. Lucie West - Stuart - Vero Beach
* www.ircc.edu * 1-866-866-4722

Submitted photo/Carl Pickering
Team celebration
The Brahman junior varsity cheerleading squad celebrated during their final home foot-
ball game of the season. Team members are (in no particular order) Crashai Williams,
Macin Raulerson, Blayke Miles, Carleigh Alderman, Amanda Lamberti, Emily Pickering,
Tiffany Pringle, Andy Eddings, Yolani Borroto, Brooke Stewart, Lexi Leper, Amy Rivero ad
Alonna Johnson.


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007


6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Department of Health

promotes fruits and veggies

da Department of Health (DOH)
Obesity Prevention Program
joins the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
in recognize "Fruits & Veggies
-- More Matters�" Month and
urges Floridians to improve their
"Fruits and vegetables are es-
sential to decreasing obesity and
disease," State Surgeon General
Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D.,
M.P.H. said. "Floridians should
focus on better nutrition habits
not only at home, but also at
school and in the workplace."
Daily Servings
* Children ages two to three
years 1.5 cups Veggies, one cup
Fruits; Total: 2.5 cups.
* Children four to eight years:
2 cups Veggies, 1.5 cup Fruits;
Total: 3.5 cups.
* Teen girls, children nine to
13 years, women: Veggies,
2.5 cups, Fruits two cups; To-
tal: 4.5 cups
* Teen boys and men: Veg-
gies, 3.5 cups, Fruits, 2 cups; To-
tal 5.5 cups
In April 2007, the Institute
of Medicine published nutrition
standards for schools, includ-
ing foods served in the federally
reimbursable school nutrition

programs and foods for sale in
vending machines, snack bars
and at school functions, The
Florida Department of Health,
in cooperation with the Florida
Department of Education, ad-
ministers the CDC-funded Coor-
dinated School Health Program.
The Governor's Council on
'Physical Fitness is also devel-
oping a state plan that includes
healthy nutrition for all Florid-
* Fresh fruits and vegetables
in school and workplace Mreal
* Healthy snacks and drinks
in vending machines
* Prevention of chronic dis-
ease through healthy diet
Eating more fruits and veg-
etables can be as easy as serving
a piece of fruit with breakfast,
enjoying a salad with lunch or
having dried fruit as a snack. All
forms of fruits and vegetables
count, but remember to eat a
variety from the different color
groups:. green, yellow-orange,
red, blue-purple, and white. If
vegetables taste overcooked, try
steaming or serving raw.
DOH promotes and pro-
tects the health and safety of all
people in Florida through the
delivery of quality public health
services and the promotion of
health care standards.

Seminole Elementary welcomes parent

Studies prove that students
who have parents and families
who are actively involved in their
children's education perform
better in school. These students
consistently score higher on stan-
dardized tests and
receive good
grades in
One of the
goals at Semi-
nole Elemen-
tary School this - '
year is to increase
parental involvement at Seminole
Elementary School by continuing
* Effectively form school-to-
home and home-to-school com-
munications with all families
each year about school programs
and their children's progress;
* Provide information and
ideas to families about how
to help students at home with
homework and other curricular-
related activities, decisions, and
* Include parents in school
decisions and develop parent
leaders, and representatives;
* Help all families establish
home environments to support
children as students; and,
* Recruit and organize parent
help and support.
Your time and talents are wel-
come at Seminole Elementary
School. We invite parents come
to our school and volunteer. Help

us make a difference in the lives
of all students.
Come in and complete a Vol-
unteer Application and attend
an orientation session. Then you
can set up a time to come to our
school and volunteer. The follow-
ing are volunteer jobs and their
Computer Lab Assistant: help
students with basic computer
skills while monitoring the lab,
computers, and students.
Guest Reader: read short sto-
ries, poems, or other literature to
the students (please schedule a
time in advance).
Media Center Assistant: help
students locate books, check out
books, and return books to their
proper places.
Social and Event Chaperones:
attend field trips and other events
to monitor students.
Office Assistant: answer
phones, photocopy written ma-
terial, and perform other clerical
Hall and bus monitor: assist
students as they leave the class-
rooms and load buses.
Cafeteria monitor: supervise
students as they enjoy their deli-
cious, nutritious lunches.
Thank you for taking an active
role in the education of young
children by volunteering at Semi-
nole Elementary School.
We appreciate your dedica-
tion to making our school more


Thomas W McNally
Funeral Services were held
at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24,
2007 at the Lane Funeral Home
in Austintown, Ohio for Thomas
W. McNally, 50, who died at his
residence in Clearwater. Born
June 28, 1957 in Youngstown to

Thomas and Dorothy (Connelly)
McNally and moved to Clearwa-
ter five years ago. He was former-
ly employed as Project Manager
for the L.F. Wolf Company. He
graduated from Fitch High School
in 1976, he enjoyed boating, fish-
ing and traveling, most of all he

enjoyed his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by
his father, Thomas McNally.
He is survived by his mother,
Dorothy of Austintown; children,
Thomas (Christen) McNally of
Canfield, Brian (Elizabeth) McNal-
ly of Dublin, Ray (Nicole) McNally

of Austintown; grandchildren,
Tyler, Brady, Raegan, Caitrin, and
several nieces and nephews and
many dear friends.
The family requests that mate-
rial contributions take the form of'
donations to the Hospice House
in Tom's name.

Submitted photo
These dedicated volunteers are helping the students at
Seminole Elementary School achieve excellence everyday.
Volunteers are (in no particular order) Stephanie Kirkey, Su-
zee Fowler, Katrina Williams, Amanda Palmer and Conctance

SGo to newszap.com to download and print coupons online!

S. Memorial Tribute
-. Remember a loved one
who has departed with a special
Memorial Tribute in this newspaper.

Your tribute can be published following the memorial services, or to
commemorate an anniversary ofyour loved one's birth or passing. You
can add a photograph of your loved one, lines from a poem or
scripture, and special art or borders -- and we'll make sure it all comes
together attractively and tastefully.

Visit www2.newszap.com/memorials for sample ads
and an online order form, or call 1-866-379-6397 toll free.


Okeechobee Cancer Center
Board' Certified Radiation Oncologists
David J. Harter, M.D. * Alan S. Krimsley, M.D. * Ronald H. Woody, M.D.

Our State-of-the-Art Treatments Include:
SUltrasound and CT Based Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
* Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
SMammosite Breast Cancer Therapy * High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
S3-D Image Guided Therapy * CT/MRI Fusion Technology

We offer Courtesy Transportation, Mileage Reimbursement,
FREE Second Opinions and FREE Prostate Cancer Screenings.
Now Accepting New Patients

Cancer Center
604 W. Midway Road
White City, FL
(772) 468-3222

Cancer Center
301 NE 19th Drive
Okeechobee, FL
(863) 357-0039

Port St. Lucie
Cancer Center
1780 SE Hillmoor Dr
Port St. Lucie, FL
(772) 335-2115


A614 es 14e th CCre Center

g Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility
Healthcare Services Include:
*Specialized Wound Care *Resident & Family Council Groups
*Full Time Medical Director -Specialized HIV Care
*Dialysis Support *Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
*Alzheimer's Support Groups *24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing
*Intravenous Therapy *Therapeutic Activities
230 South Barfield Highway
Pahokee, Florida 33476-1834
PHONE: 561-924-5561
FAX: 561-924-9466

Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton * Visit our website at www.floridacare.net

" 1. - - , .= S(

.-. 'A. 7
� : 4 : T .,
fi:, �,,... . . .. .. ,"_..-..,, . ,.

�Vetrti51j *�714 r


Th~ ~,5J,54~

Ted Schiff, M.D. and the professional staff at
Water's Edge Dermatology will treat you with all the
care and expertise you expect.
* Adult and Pediatric Dermatology
* Diseases of the Shin, Hair and Nails
* Surgery of the Shin, Shin Cancer Treatment
* MOHS Shin Cancer Surgery
. New patients are welcome
'JJ Medicare and most
insurance accepted.

C WI- --"8 6 -5 9

- reasure- oast LiermatoIogy
Specializing in the Treatment of Skin Cancer


Mohs S

Jonathan S. Sanders, M.D., J.D.
.- P . Fellows of the
, American Society for
"' Mohs Surgery
--" See a Board Certified

han S. Sanders, M.D., J.D.

Tim loannides, M.D.

surgery * Diseases of Skin, Hair & Nails

Board Certified by the
American Board of , ,,||
Dermatology ..
Dermatologist - Everytime

Meicr, .umn.adEmlyrsM t a . acete

E ---- -







-- -- - -


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007 7

Change doesn't have to be a negative experience

Most of us learn early in life that
nothing stays the same forever.
Change is constant. Sometimes it
happens because of choices we
make; sometimes it's forced upon
us. Yet for many of us change can
be a frightening and upsetting
experience, especially when it af-
fects a major portion of our lives,
such as where we live, the job
we have, or a relationship we've
learned to enjoy.
Despite the stress that change
can bring, a transition to some-
thing new doesn't have to be a

negative experience. If we try to
avoid and fight a coming change,
it certainly can be stressful and
even depressing when the change
is forced upon us despite our ef-

But it doesn't have to be that
way. Our other choice is to see a
transition, even a seemingly un-
welcome one, as an opportunity
for growth. Here are some tips on
how to make that happen.
* Develop a positive attitude.
When you decide that a coming
change is an opportunity to grow,
learn and improve yourself, you
increase the odds it becomes just
that. Expand your horizons. While
the status quo may feel comfort-
able, it can be keeping you from

other places in life that can be ex-
citing, interesting and eventually
just as comfortable.
* Explore the opportunities
change can bring. People often say
that what seemed like a traumatic
change was actually the best thing
that ever happened to them. Rath-
er than fearing a coming change,
realistically evaluate the opportu-
nities it might provide.
* Inventory the stable things
in your life. A transition seldom
means that every part of your
life will change. Many if not most

things you value will still be there
for you. Put it in perspective by
writing a list of those valued
things that will remain after the
* Grieve what's being lost.
Transitions often mean at least
some things you value will be
gone. Whether it's friends or co-
workers left behind, or something
smaller yet important to you, it still
represents a loss. Give yourself
permission to grieve over those
things you're losing so that you
can move forward with no regrets.

Change is often difficult, but it
need not be traumatic. Explore the
new and exciting possibilities in
the approaching change and you
may be surprised how much is out
there. Think of change as a posi-
tive experience and there's a bet-
ter chance it will be exactly that.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by
the American Counseling Associa-
tion, the nation's largest organiza-
tion of counseling professionals.
Learn more at the ACA web site,

Health News in Brief

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es 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)

Red Cross plans
class on first aid
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will host a class on first
aid basics on Monday, Oct. 15, at
6 p.m. at their branch office at 323
N. Parrott Ave. To register or for
information,, call (863) 763-2488.

Red Cross offers
CPR classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will offer adult and
infant/child CPR classes. Infant/
child classes will be Tuesday,


Oct. 9. Adult classes will be held
Thursday, Oct. 18. All classes will
start at 6 p.m. and will be held at
the Red Cross branch office at 323
N. Parrott Ave. To register or for
information,, call (863) 763-2488.

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

ACS plans
annual walk
The American Cancer Society
is planning their third annual Mak-
ing Strides Against Breast Cancer
5K Walk on Saturday, Oct. 20. The
walk will be held in Flagler Park
with registration beginning at 8
a.m. Teams, sponsorship and vol-
unteers are needed. If you would
like to join in the efforts to prevent
breast cancer, call Carrie Heine-
man at (863) 634-6012.

Depression support
group forming
Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.

Program to stop
smoking offered
The Okeechobee Health De-
partment Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program offers
"Freedom from Smoking" classes
every Tuesday, at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
A six-week supply of nicotine
patches is available. To register,
call (863) 462-5781.

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-

Cancer support
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at
the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. Cancer patients, survi-
vors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take
this journey. This support group
will provide participants with in-
formation, resources, support,
guest speakers and devotional
time and will help comfort dur-
ing either your battle or you loved
one's battle with cancer. For in-
formation, call the First Baptist
Church at (863) 763-2171.

American Cancer So-

Nicotine anonymous
meeting dates slated
NICA (nicotine anonymous)
is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For To-
day club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30
until 9:30 p.m. For information,
call Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-

Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.

Healthy Start can

city seeks volunteers provide help

The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at (800) ACS-2345.

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 Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of

hearing survivors of domestic vio-
lence. The date and time will be
announced at a later date accord-
ing to community interest and re-
sponse. 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, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.

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.




Specializing in:
215 N.E. 19th Dr. *Okeechobee. (863) 763-0217


From the American
Counseling Association

..CALL (863) 763-3134

_y �3erger C/
Specializing In:
X Complete Adult Healthcare 0

� Injections for Back Pain .
. Complete Pain Management Program
* Bone Density Testing-or Osteoporosis *
1105 N. Parrott Ave. * 467-1117
8Office Hours: Mon., Tues Thurs. 8 AM TO 6 PM &Wed. 8 Ar TO 4:30 PM

Restoring Hope...Improving Lives

1^-. Leading the way in innovative treatment and technologies in our fight against cancer...

Ramesh Kumar, MD and WilliamCrook MD
________________1W_ V..0 a__IM

are pleased to welcome Julie Santelli, M D

to our practice

V -B * Board Certified in Radiation Oncology

* Trained at the University of California, Irvine
* Specializing in Helping Women with Cancer

* CyberKnifeTM Robotic Radiation Surgery

* IMRT * IGRT * HDR-Brachytherapy

* LDR-Brachytherapy

S. * Mammosite for Breast Cancer
S � * Seed Implants for Prostate Cancer

/ I
Most Insurance Plans Accepted * Courtesy Transportation Available
A Comprehensive Radiation Oncology Practice Offering:

Big Lake Cancer Center
1115 N. Parrott Ave * Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 467-9500 * (863) 467-6544 (fax)

- 5550 S US Hwy 1 * Ft. Pierce, FL 34982

S(772) 293-0377
(772) 293-0388 (fax)

- .. ~





'-�, ,

Air Mmr-qv�


8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman The-
atres Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 5,
through Thursday, Oct. 11, are as
Theatre I -"Game Plan" (PC)
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 II - "Heartbreak Kid"
(R) 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
Theatre III - "3:10 to Yuma"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.
only. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, and 7 p.m., Monday at 3
p.m. only. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, and 7
Also in Theatre III - "Resident
Evil" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 9
p.m. only, Saturday and Sunday
at 9 p.m. only, Monday at 7 p.m.
only, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 9 p.m. only.
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)


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 9, the
282nd day of 2007. There are 83
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 9, 1967, Latin Ameri-
can guerrilla leader Che Guevara
was executed while attempting
to incite revolution in Bolivia.
On this date:
In 1446, the Korean alphabet,
created under the aegis of King
Sejong, was first published.
In 1701, the Collegiate School
of Connecticut - later Yale Uni-
versity -- was chartered.
In 1776, a group of Spanish
missionaries settled in present-
day San Francisco.
In 1888, the public was first
admitted to the Washington Mon-
In 1930, Laura Ingalls became
the first woman to fly across the
United States as she completed a
nine-stop journey from Roosevelt
Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.
In 1946, the Eugene O'Neill
drama "The Iceman Cometh"
opened at the Martin Beck The-
ater in New York.
In 1958, Pope Pius XII died.
(He was succeeded by Pope John
In 1967, the British Road Safe-
ty Act, providing for use of the
breathalyserr" (or breathalyzer)
to detect intoxicated motorists,
went into effect.
In 1975, Soviet scientist Andrei
Sakharov was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize.
In 1987, author, politician and
diplomat Clare Boothe Luce died
in Washington at age 84.
Ten years ago: Hurricane
Pauline struck Acapulco, Mexico,
killing at least 230 people. Dario
Fo, the unabashed leftist play-
wright who was prosecuted by
Italy, denounced by Roman Cath-
olic Church leaders and barred
from the United States, won the
Nobel Prize for Literature.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Fy-
vush Finkel is 85. Sen. Trent Lott,
R-Miss., is 66. Singer Jackson
Browne is 59. Actor Gary Frank
is 57. Actor Richard Chaves is 56.
Actor Robert Wuhl is 56. Actress-
TV personality Sharon Osbourne
is 55. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 54.
Actor Scott Bakula is 53. Musician
James Fearnley (The Pogues) is
53. Actor John O'Hurley is 53. Ac-
tor Michael Pare is 48. Jazz mu-
sician Kenny Garrett is 47. Rock
singer-musician Kurt Neumann
(The BoDeans) is 46. Country
singer Gary Bennett is 43. Movie
director Guillermo del Toro is 43.
Singer P.J. Harvey is 38. Country
singer Tommy Shane Steiner is
34. Actor Steve Burns is 34. Sean
Lennon is 32. Actor Randy Spell-
ing is 29. Actor Brandon Routh is
28. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 26.
Actor Tyler James Williams ("Ev-
erybody Hates Chris") is 15.
Thought for Today: "1 don't

have a warm personal enemy left.
They've all died off. I miss them
terribly because they helped de-
fine me." - Clare Boothe Luce,
American author, politician and
diplomat (1903-1987).

I Go to newszap.com to I
I download and print I
I coupons online! I
L ---------- J

Dear Abby

Mom's blackmail

gets kids to church

Wizard of Id


Beetle Bailey

*DEAR ABBY: I could not
disagree more with your advice
to "Ticked Off in San Diego"
(Aug. 18), whose mother forced
her and her siblings to attend a
church service before they could
celebrate Father's Day. You im-
plied that "Ticked" should acqui-
esce to her emotional blackmail
and just go to church. Not only
does that endorse the hateful,
overbearing crone ramming her
religious beliefs down everyone's
throats, but it doesn't take into
account the whole point of at-
tending church.
People go to church to ex-
press their worship and have an
uplifting, meaningful experience
- not just sit there because some
domineering old woman forces
them to.
At 50 years old, "Ticked" is en-
titled to make her own choices.
Her right to not participate in
organized religion should be re-
spected and takes precedence
over a selfish family member
browbeating everyone into sub-
mitting to her childish demands.
One of the most dangerous and
distasteful things about modern
society is how free people feel
to force their religious beliefs
on others. - Religion-free In
vised "Ticked Off" to offer to pick
up her parents after church to
take them out to celebrate, rather
than going to their home to share
a meal. I added that if her mother
refused, "Ticked" may have to
"bite the bullet," sit through the
service, and ultimately have few-
er regrets when her parents are
I was impressed by the many
thoughtful and spirited responses
I received from readers citing per-
sonal experiences to support their
views -which, by the way, differ
greatly from yours. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: Shouting, "You
can't tell me what to do!" sounds
more like 15 than 50. It's time to

grow up, "Ticked." Your parents
are in their 80s. If you haven't
persuaded them to change their
views in the last 30 years or so,
you're not likely to do so now.
A church service lasts an hour.
So suck it up, put a smile on
your face, and go to please your
parents. Putting someone else's
pleasure ahead of your own for a
few minutes won't kill you, and
there may not be all that many
more opportunities for you to be
together. Don't waste these be1
ing petty and standing on what
you perceive to be "principle."
- Karen In Erieville, N.y.
DEAR ABBY: For a senior citi-
zen who is active in church, this
may be his or her main social cir-
cle. My guess is that Mom wants
the "kids" to join her in church so
she can introduce them to all her
friends. She is probably proud of
their accomplishments and wants
to show them off. Many churches
also have special recognition for
families in attendance, and Momrn
doesn't want to be left out.
Spend every minute you can
with your parents. Mine passed
away when I was in my teens.
Trust me -- church is a far bet-
ter place than the ICU for bond-
ing with Mom and Dad. - Jo In
Franklin, Tenn.
DEAR ABBY: I am an atheist,
but I go to Christmas Mass every
year with my grandmother. It is
what she wants for Christmas and
an easy enough request for me to
fulfill. What harm is there in at-
tending a church service to make
a loved one happy? Although I
am not converted afterward, she
is thrilled with the fact that I at-
By the way, at last year's Mass,
I was the only one who offered to
give up his seat to a little old lady
who was limping up the aisle
with a cane. My grandmother
said, "Well, at least you ACT like a
Christian," and we both laughed.
- Moral Atheist In Massachu-

Close to Home



.YOU SNOtiLP af1
rpg% 5g c SOEC.so',


Ei I





cr -rgAo MiCE

1? K"OA
I. COt.MA1

The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): You
should be checking out opportunities
but don't put money on the table. Work
toward bringing money in, not putting it
out. An emotional issue will get you think-
ing about making personal changes.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't get
emotional or upset with friends, neigh-
bors or your colleagues today. Consid-
er how you can contribute to something
you believe in. Helping others, even in a
small way, will make you feel good.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It may
be early in the week but you should be
planning something pleasurable. Make
plans to meet someone for lunch or din-
ner or invite friends over. Get involved
in an activity you find interesting or cre-
ative. Children will have an impact on
your life today.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Anger
will probably get the better of you to-
day if you don't keep busy or take on
a physical challenge that will help you
blow off steam. You will be emotional,
anxious and verbal. If there is a point

you want to make and you don't mind
burning bridges, now is the time.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may want
to hang out and do things around the
house but you aren't likely to agree with
someone you live with. Instead, get out
and do something constructive that will
also earn you some cash. Investment
opportunities are present.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your nor-
mally rational and practical character is
likely to let you down. Love and making
a commitment are in the stars. Fast re-
sponses will be required for a work or
partnership situation. You will be prone
to taking on too much or to overspend.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Emotional
matters may not be easy to decipher
and will therefore be difficult to clear up.
Concentrate on what you can learn and
who can offer you backup. Get involved
in a worthy cause.
-SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Love,
romance and intrigue will all play a role
in your life today. You may be forced
to deal with an issue at home that will
change your personal direction or
cause you to enforce new rules. Money
is heading your way.

*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be
careful what you say and do. All eyes
are on you. A wrong move could leave
you in a very vulnerable position. If you
aren't sure, sit still and wait. Don't prom-
ise something you can't deliver.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Put
your efforts into wheeling and dealing or
taking care of settlements or legal con-
cerns. Consider doing something nice
for the one you love or making plans
to contact someone you want to get to
know better.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Things
are looking up and opportunities are ap-
parent. Try your hand at something new
or offer a service that you can do for ex-
tra cash. You can learn something new
if you research over the Internet, sign
up for a course or talk to someone with
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A part-
nership may be iffy if you haven't laid
out your full intentions or plans. Chang-
ing your mind midway will not sit well.
Make sure you get everything in writing
and be fair.

"So, picture a family entering church in their
Sunday finest. They sit down and suddenly..."

HOW TO PLAY: All the words listed below appear in the puzzle - horizon-
tally, vertically, diagonally, even backward. Find them and CIRCLE THEIR
LETTERS ONLY. DO NOT CIRCLE THE WORD. The leftover letters spell
the Wonderword.


Solution: 9 letters




R N ,P
H 0 I










� 2007 Universal Press Syndicate www.wonderword.com


Aroma, Bite, Blast, Blue, Boxes, Burst, Candy, Clean, Color, Cool,
Crisp, Dental, Drink, Drops, Explosion, Flavor, Formula, Fruit, Give,
Grab, Green, Hand, Iciness, Invigorating, Juicy, Kiss, Lasting,
Make, Melt, Mint, Odor, Oral, Package, Pill, Product, Replace,
Rush, Scent, Sharp, Spray, Strong, Sugar, Sweet, Tablet, Tangy,
Teeth, Tongue, Toothpaste, White, Wintry, Wrap
Yesterday's Answer: Scent
Treasury 4 is available to order by sending check or money order for $10.95 plus $3.25 postage and handling ($14.20 total, U.S.
funds only) for the first volume, $1.50 p&h for each additional volume, to Universal Press Syndicate, Attn: Wonderword, 4520 Main
St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111 orcaltoll-free, 1-800-255-6734, ext. 6688. Order online at upuzzles.com.

Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 20079

weeks . .r. It's Easy
Hefi~lFWvl*9 B^^ ** *ITs yovlw



Employment . .

Financial ...........
Services ............
Merchandise . . . . . . .
Agriculture ..........
Rentals ............
Real Estate .........
Mobile Homes .......
Recreation ..........
Automobiles ........
Public Notices . . . . . . .

. .100
. .200
. .300
. .400

* All personal items under
* Price must be included in ad
* Private parties only
* 2 items per household per

Announcements I

Important Information: Please
read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
require advance payment.
These classifications are
denoted with an asterisk *.
Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In-all
cases of questionable value,
'such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service - we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
.Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
.Share a ride 115
. Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

SHIH TZU - 8 mos old, name
is "Buster", vie of Buxton Fu-
neral Home area, wh/br & bl.
REWARD! (863)697-3396


Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
FulPart-Time 215

Wanted 220
Job Information 225
'Job Training 227
'Sales 230

For General Contractor.
Must have construction exp.
Proficient in Word & Excel.
DFWR Fax resume to:
Now Hiring
Experienced Cook
Apply in person @
Crossroads Restaurant
5050 NE 128th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL
Looking for someone
good w/children, safe
driving, ins. requires 23 &
up, willing to take classes.


For salon formerly Vanity.
Call Renee 447-1396 for info
Must have MS Office
experience, Quickbooks a plus.
Mon -Fri, 8am - 5pm
CEECO 863-357-0798
Will train, paid salary based on
experience. Call for more
details Ashley (863)763-0665

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


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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

Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

All personal items under $5,000



Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Frostproof News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News and Advertiser, and The Sun
* Ads will run in Thursday daily editions and weekly publications.

6h0- or call

1-877-353-2424 (Tol Free)

-- -I- V

MEiTl mt

- p -



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

I: FIT ,ff -i -iR TF

Planter Trio
This little red wagon is one of
a trio of clever, easy-to-build
planter plans that can perk up
a patio or backyard. The
largest of the trio is patterned
after a street-vendor's flower
cart, and there is also a plan
for a wheelbarrow planter.
The little red wagon mea-
sures about 20 inches square
by 12 inches high.
Planter Trio plan
(No. 661)... $9.95
Animal Planters Package
3 other plans
(No. C103)... $21.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
3800 Oceanic Dr., Ste. 107
Oceanside, CA 92056
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

1 Coffee-chocolate
6 'The Grapes of
Wrath" family
10 Not on time
14 WWIll German
15 Mystical
16 Letters on a
phone's "0"
17 1992 k.d. lang hit
20 Mauna
21 Pre-owned
22 Dirge tempo
23 Direct air service
27 After-taxes
28 Ground-ball
29 Anemic
32 __ Tuck
34 Ram's call
37 Theoretical
41 "The A-Team"
42 Mortgage
43 In a lazy way
44 Singer Guthrie
45 Word before
Jose or Diego
47 The Beatles' "I
Feel Fine" begins
with one
53 Follow, as a
54 Pinot_
55 Illuminated
58 "Hold all
questions!" (and
title of this
62 Diarist Frank
63 Nincompoop
64 Dogfighting-
fighting gp.
65 Tiny colony
66 Crooked
67 Thrown weapon

1 Pond mud
2 Wind quintet
3 TV host O'Brien
4 Is down with
5 Bring into

6 Pop singer
7 Surpass
8 Joan of _
9 Patriotic women's
10 Brian McKnight/
Williams duet
11 Imitating
12 One after a
decimal point
13 Grain disease
18 Type of prof.
19 Creme de la
creme athlete
24 Like a pvt.
peeling potatoes
25 Donahue and
26 Fire extinguisher
29 Steno stat
30 Suffix with
musket or market
31 Photographs,
paintings, etc.
32 Collapsible bed
33 Charlotte of 'The
Facts of Life"
34 Bridge player's
35 IM provider
36 _ which way:
11 12 13 14 15

38 Off-course
39 Anklebones
40 Eyeglasses
44 Makes amends
45 Scissors sound
46 Major heart
47 Yemen's capital
48 Sch. with a
49 Tour of duty

50 Bankrupt energy
51 Feel uncertain
52 Wed like Romeo
and Juliet
56 Peruvian
57 Abdicator of 1917
59 Flow back
60 Fish eggs
61 Web user's need,
for short


xwordeditor@aol.com 10/9/07

By Raymond Hamel 10/9/07
(c)2007 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


HOW tplac

/ www.newszap.com/class

/ 1-877-353-2244 (Tol Free)

/ For Legal Ads:
/ For All Other Classified Ads:

/ 1-877-353-2424 (Toll Free)

/ Mon-Fri
8 o rm 5 r. m

/ Mon-Fri
Borm �o p i

3ID DiN .I

/ Monday
Fr'dat 12 no n i.:,r Mond-.y publical1on
/ Tuesday through Friday
11 a m tar nero doa s publeat.on
/ Saturday
Thridoay 1? ro..n for SOT publIcat,on
/ Sunday
Frid 10 om ,tr Sunday publeal,'on

Full Tim


F l Ti me 'I l

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

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

Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 8 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/,'
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television /Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Fence Posts, Metal Gates &
Water Troughs. Var sizes.
Priced individually or as
package. (863)763-5567

PIT BULL PUPS: Red nose, 3
males, parents on premises.
w/papers, $350 or best of-
fer. 863-610-0685
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by sell-
ing them in the classi-


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
Flowers 865

Sooner, alum, dressing rm &
rear tack, like new, bumper
pull. $8500 (863)763-3521


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

Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st & security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
KINGS BAY: 2br, 2ba, 2 story
apt., No pets. $800/mo. +
$800. sec. (561)248-5309
or (863)697-8728
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classified.



Place Your
ad today!

Get FREE signs!

Call Classifieds



I mmmmmm mmmow


10 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I- * I - I

I~pecial Notice

I -pe a N I

I-a Notice

I-pca Noic 01551

6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

aWPTV News (cc) NBCNews Extra (s) Entertain Singing The Biggest Loser (N) (s) (cc) Law & Order: SVU News (cc) Tonight
( WPEC News(cc) CBSNews News (cc) Millionaire NCIS "Ex-File" (s) (cc) The Unit (N) (s) (cc) Cane (N) (s) (cc) News(cc) Late Show
a WTCE (5:00) Praise the Lord Dr. Baugh Health Behind Meyer Hagee Bill Gaither Praise the Lord (cc)
SWPBF News(N) ABC News Fortune Jeopardyl Cavemen Carpoolers Dancing With the Stars Boston Legal (s) (cc) News(N) Nightline
9 WFLXSimpsons Family Guy TMZ(N) (s) Raymond Bones (N) (s) (PA) (cc) House "97 Seconds" (N) News (N) Raymond TMZ (s)
D WTVX Kinin gng Two Men Two Men Beauty and the Geek (s) Reaper "All Mine" (N) (s) Friends Will-Grace Sex & City Sex & City
N WXEL News-Lehrer Gourmet Cooking Nova (N) (s) (cc) (DVS) P.O.V. "49 Up" (N) (s) (cc) C.Rose

AMC Movie: ** Sister Act (1992) (Whoopi Goldberg) Movie: Scent of a Woman (1992) A blind man introduces a student to life's pleasures. (cc) Sea-Love
ANIM The Crocodile Hunter Natural World (cc) The Heart of a Lioness Corwin's Quest Animal Precinct (cc) Natural World (cc)
A&E Cold Case Files (cc) CSI: Miami (s) (cc) Dog Dog Dog Dog Angel Angel Angel Angel
BET 106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live (cc) Hell Date Sunday Best (cc) Exalted (N) (cc) Movie Special (N) (cc) Take the Cake (Live)
CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight (cc) The Situation Room Out in the Open Larry King Live (cc) Anderson Cooper 360 (cc)
CRT Wildest Police Videos Cops (s) Cops (s) Cops (s) Cops (s) Police Chases 5 Hot Pursuit The Investigators
DISC How-Made How-Made Futureweapons . Dirty Jobs (cc) Dirty Jobs (cc) Last One Standing Dirty Jobs (cc)
DISN Cory Cory Montana Suite Life Movie: Halloweentown High (2004) Life Derek So Raven Life Derek Suite Life Montana
El THS Kidnapping El News Daily 10 Celebrity Divorces IGirls Girls Kimora: Fab El News Chelsea
ESP2 NASCAR Football NFLLive Madden NFL's Greatest Game Jan. 14, 1996. NFL's Greatest Game (N) (cc) Madden Madden
ESPN SportsCenter (Live) (cc) Series of Poker Series of Poker The Contender (N) SportsCenter (Live) (cc)
EWTN Choices Left Daily Mass: Our Lady Angelica Live Religious Rosary Threshold of Hope Christ Catholic
FAM 8 Rules 8 Rules Grounded Grounded Lincoln Heights (N) (cc) Funniest Home Videos Funniest Home Videos The 700 Club (cc)
HGTV Small If Walls My House House To Sell My Kitchen Decorating 124 Hour House Secrets My House IPotential
HIST History's Mysteries (cc) Modern Marvels (cc) Modern Marvels (cc) The Universe (cc) Mega Disasters (N) (cc) History's Mysteries (cc)
LIFE Reba (s) Reba(s) Still Stnd Still Stnd Reba (s) Reba (s) Movie: Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Will-Grace Will-Grace
NICK Zoey101 Schoo School Drake Sponge Drake Home Imp. Home Imp. Lopez Lopez Fresh Pr. Fresh Pr.
SCI Stargate SG-1 (cc) Dead Like Me (s) (cc) Eureka "Phoenix Rising" Eureka Climate changes. ECW (Live) Flash Gordon (s) (cc)
TBS Friends (s) Raymond Raymond Raymond MLB MLB Baseball: National League Division Series Game 5 - Teams TBA. If necessary. (cc)
TCM (5:15) Movie: **** Funny Girl (1968) (cc) Movie: ***1/2 Hello, Dollyl (1969) (Barbra Streisand) Premiere. IMovie: How to Murder Your Wife
TLC Property Ladder (cc) David Blaine Really Reckless Drivers LA Ink LA Ink Kat meets a man. LA Ink Kat meets a man.
SPIKE Star Trek: Voyager (s) CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn CSI: Crime Scn CSI: NY "YoungBlood"
TNT Law & Order (s) Law & Order "Bling" (s) Cold Case (s) (cc) Cold Case (s) (cc) Cold Case "8 Years" (s) Cold Case "Detention"
UNI Locura Noticiero Yo Amo a Juan Amar sin Limites Destilando Amor S.O.S. Sexo Impacto Noticiero
USA Law & Order: SVU Law Order: CI Law & Order: SVU Law & Order: SVU Movie: ** How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

HBO (4:30) Movie: Star Wars Five Days (cc) Five Days (N) (cc) Movie: ** Blood Diamond (2006) (Leonardo DiCaprio) (s)'R' Tell Me
SHOW Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 'R' Brotherhood (iTV) (s) Dexter (iTV) (s) (cc) Weeds (cc) Weeds (cc) Californ Californ
TMC Movie Movie: Tender Mercies (1983)'PG' Movie: *** Off the Black (2006)'R' Movie: **Y/ Boynton Beach Club (2005) 'R' Bad News

Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11/2 ba, 2 Story, W/D
Fenced patio, $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313

Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An-
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec. (863)697-1129
back room. $750/mo.
Includes lawn & water.

BASSWOOD- Affordable New
3/2/2, $1200/mo to move in.
BRAND NEW,, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1BA, $825. mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
S 8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
plex, washer & dryer hook-
up. (863)763-4414

2ba, Great/Rm, Carport.
$1100. . mo.
OKEE., 3br, 2ba, Ig porches on
/2 ac land. Fenced, Central
air/heat, $850. mo. + 1st,
Last/Sec. Neg. (863)634-6839
OKEE., Brand new 3br, 2ba,
Gar., NW 6th St. $1100. mo,
1st, Last & Sec. No pets,
(863)634-7895 or 634-7548
OKEE.- CBS, 2br/1ba/1gar.
Remodeled, Laundry, Cent/Air,
Yrd serv. $950 + Sec. Avail
$825/mo. W/D, shed & Ig
screened porch, fncd yard.
(561)743-0192 Iv msg.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
$1300/mo, (863)634-9139

S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$950 mo. 1st. & last sec.
dep. (863)697-1129

Great Location!
* Downstairs
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740

OKEECHOBEE- Office space
1400 sq ft, carpeted unit,
next to Medicine Shop, 101
NW 5th St., Rent inclds wa-
ter & garbage pickup, Call
Karen (863)634-9331

OKEECHOBEE - 2br, 2ba, split
util, drug free, subletting, call

OKEECHOBEE- 4br home to
share full hse priv, W/D,
pool, gar, $650/mo incld util
6 mo Ise (561)254-9326

Mobile Home $125 -$150 wk
1 month sec in advance
No pets (561)927-8211
How do you find a job in
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

TAYLOR CREEK: 3/2/1 C/Air &
Heat, Waterfront. $1000 mo.
Annual / $1200 monthly, +
electric (863)634-0584
C/Air, W&D and Workshop.
Furn. or Unfurn., Long or
Short Term. 863-467-7528
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$875 mo. (772)359-6584

Real Estilate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
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 1080

7200 sq ft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
land, fenced, plenty of parking,
located on N. Industrial Loop,
LaBelle, Florida.
2400 sq ft- Office space under
4800 sq ft- Warehouse area-3
large bays.
Call (863)675-4342 or
(863)673-1885 for more
HWY 98: Okeechobee Airport
area, 2 Commercial Lots
75 x 150 Feet each.
$49,000. each, or best offer.
Luxury Realty

BRAND NEW, 2/2 Villa, 1200
sq ft, never lived in, lots of
upgrades. Asking $149,900,
will consider rental. Call

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
duced to $172K, Oak, tile &
marble & more! Moving/
Must sell now! Must see!
Flyers! 309 SW 10th Ave.
(863)357-0391 Appt. Only!
BA., Near Kissimmee River.
C/Air. Large lot w/lots of
trees. 15609 State Rd. 70eW.
$79,000. Additional lot next
to home also for sale for
$35,000. (561)746-5852

OKEE, 3.8 acres, vacant,
beautiful trees, well, septic.
Buildable for MH or SFR. Ask-
ing $125,000.(863)610-0219

Trade- Newer 3/2/2 house in
downtown Stuart for house,
I barn & 2+ acres near
Okeechobee. (772)463-6630

Mobile Homes

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

BH RIDGE- 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $800/mo,
1st & Sec, (772)370-1095

CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE, 3br/2ba, Lo-
cated in Ousley Estates,
Available Now.
LABELLE, New 3BR/2BA dbl
wide, w/d, 2.5 acres, fenced,
owner mows, good credit,
d/w. $1100. (239)910-5115
$600/mo $300 deposit. Call
863)467-2156 or
OKEE., D/W 3br, 2ba, $1200.
mo. + 1st & Sec. Avail
10/15. Cr ref. req'd. No in-
side pets. (863)467-6100
OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal. Direct TV, Water &
Lawn Maintenance included.
Easy access to lake. $675
mo. + sec. Avail. 10/21
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
OKEE., Unfurnished DW. 3 BR,
2 BA, Sunroom. New carpets
& apple's. On Canal w/access
to lake. 2 Car Carport. C/Air
& Heat. Lease only. $875
mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or 538-8183

Mobile Home Angels
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for Free Color Brochures
SW OKEE., 2br, FL/Rm, Cen-
tral air & heat, double car-
port, shed, W/D, Adult Park.
$13,500. (863)763-7927


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

CHRYSLER 300M '99 - 96K,
all power, leather, $6195 or
best offer (863)675-9326

Find It faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classifleds

I Pulc o ice

I*uli Notice

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) lives notice of its prep-
aration of a draft permit for Larson Dairy Barn #8, to be issued to Larson Dairy,
Inc. The proposed permit provides coverage under the National Pollution Dis-
charge Elimination System program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
as given in the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 40 CFR 122.23. The dairy is
located at 7600 NE 37th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Tim Powell,
FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florda Administra-
tive Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the infor-
mation set forth below and must be received in the Office within 30 days of
publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting
within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may
have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555,
Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
(a) The commenter's name, address and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the pro-
ject is proposed:
hb) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed ac-
tion was received;
c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final
d A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the
department action of proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement
of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the De-
partment may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written
comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even
if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the
close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit
oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed
action. As a result of significant public comment the Department final action may
be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit.
The permit application file and supporting data are available for public Inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District Offie, 400 North Congress
Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600.
242215 ON 10/9/07

The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, 8-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on November 9, 2007 for respon-
dents to install installrumentation and control systems and/or connecting equipment
to existing or replacement Motorola MOSCAD Remote Terminal Units at various
locations throughout the District's surface-water network.
An OPTIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held on October 23, 2007 at
10:00 AM, in Bldg. B-1 Conf Rm. 2A, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach,
Florida for all interested respondents.
All proposals must conform to the instructions In the RFR Interested respondents
may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above address; (2) by down-
loading the solicitation from our webste at WR.Eld.g (3 by calling
(561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290.
The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the
status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site - www.stwmd.gov.
Official public meetings regarding this RFP are scheduled as follows:
1. Oral Presentations: December 18, 2007 at 9:00 AM
(Building B-1/Conf Room 3A)
2. Oral Presentations: Alternate Date) December 19, 2007 at 9:00 AM
(Building B-1/Conf Room 2A)
Oral presentations are subject to cancellation in the event that the District's final
ranking is based solely on the written proposal evaluation. All public meetings
will be held at the dates, times, locations and conference rooms referenced
above. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing the South Florida Water
Management District, Procurement Department, PO. Box 24680, West Palm
Beach, Florida 33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who need as-
sistance may contact the District Clerk, (561) 682-2087, at least two business
days in advance of the meeting to make appropriate arrangements.

meetings by means of communication media technology (CMT), the meetings will
be teleconferenced at the dates, times, locations and conference rooms refer-
enced above. For more information, please contact Johanna Labrada, Sr. Contract
Specialist, at(561) 682-2720.
241992 ON 10/9/07

242206 ON 10/9/07

Community Events

Civil War re-enactment planned for Dec. 1 & 2
The seventh annual Civil War re-enactment about the raid on Fort
Pierce will be held Dec. 1 & 2 at the Savannas Recreation Area, 1400 E.
Midway Road, in Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps will be open to the
public from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles will be held throughout
the day with the main battle being staged at 2 p.m. On Sunday, camps
will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the main battle
starting at 1 p.m. Other activities include living history demonstrations,
Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, Ladies Tea, blacksmith and more. Ad-
mittance costs are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Kids under the age
of 6 will be admitted free. For information: contact Anita Errico-Smith
at (772) 465-7608, or by e-mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch
at (772) 359-6541, or, Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the
event will go to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

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.

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.

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.

VFW sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking for all family members --
sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of those serv-
ing in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The Post is sponsor-
ing Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active
military personnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or
e-mail Cheryl@oacenterprises.com.

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. We
now have day and evening classes available. .No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education News in Brief

Christian educators
plan special speaker
The Christian Home Educators
of Okeechobee will have coffee
and a special speaker on Oct. 9,
at 7 p.m. at the Nazarene Church
on Wolff Road, (behind Pizza
Hut.) Their special speaker will
be Shirley Solis of Lifetime Books
and Gifts, she will be speaking on
"Building Character and strong
work ethics in your children."
Shirley has five children and she
and her husband have spoken
around the U.S. on home school-
ing and educational issues. Every-
one is welcome. For information
call Misty Lawrence at (863) 763-
4387 or Yolanda Cortez at (863)

Early Learning
Coalition to meet
The Early Learning Coalition
of Okeechobee will be holding

a provider/advisory meeting on
Wednesday, Oct. 10 at noon at the
American Red Cross, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., Okeechobee. For infor-
mation call (772) 220-1220.

Healthy Start board
of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday,
Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m., in their
office, 575 S.W 28 St. within the
New Endeavors School Building.
This meeting is open to the pub-
lic. For information contact Exec-
utive Director Kay Begin at (863)

Library offers free
computer classes
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W 16r' St., is offer-
ing free computer classes. Learn
the basics of computers, set up

an e-mail account and learn how
to use it. Registration is required.
Classes are scheduled for Friday,
Oct. 12, and Friday, Oct. 26. For in-
formation and to register, call the
library at (863) 763-3536.

Class of '57
members sought
Members of the Okeechobee
High School 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 mak-
ing 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 ohsl988reunion@yahoo.com.
We will update you after each
planning committee meeting.
Also, if you have any ideas or
would like to be on the commit-
tee let us know in your e-mail.

Parent education

classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged 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. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
(863) 462-5877 for registration.

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 appropri-
ate, address, phone number, etc.
We are in the process of planning
our 10-year reunion. More de-
tails will be published as they are

Free adult GED
classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult ba-
sic 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
Middle 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.

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be
dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd
Lane, or at the Stichin' Post, 620 S.
Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863)
462-5056, or Linda at (863) 467-
1484 for free pick up.

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2011 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated May 24, 2011 - Version 3.0.0 - mvs