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Okeechobee


Thursday, November 22, 200


News


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Briefs

Taylor Creek
locks are closed
The S-193 navigation lock at
Taylor Creek will be closed to
boat traffic as of Monday, Nov.
19, except for emergencies.
For additional information
about the current drought, wa-
ter levels or other South Florida
Water Management District
projects, call the Okeechobee
Service Center at (863) 462-
5260 or (800) 250-4200.
Inside


Bronson urges
food safety
Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson is urging
consumers to follow food safe-
ty measures as the holiday sea-
son gets underway. Numerous
food borne illness outbreaks
during the past year have
heightened public awareness
about the dangers with various
types of food items. From E-
Coli in lettuce and meat to Sal-
monella in poultry, more than
76 million people are sickened
by food borne illnesses every
year in the.U-S with more than
5000 fatalities However, the
majority of food poisonings oc-
cur as a result of unsafe prepa-
ration and cooking practices.
Page 3

- Travelers hit...
road, sky, trains
Americans packed up and
headed to airports and train
stations hours ahead of time
Wednesday to get a jump on
what was predicted to be the
largest Thanksgiving pilgrimage
ever -- despite rising gas prices
and fears of air delays.
Page 10

Drought Index
Current: 421
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.32 feet
Last Year: 12.39 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds......................... 11, 12
Comics ................................ ..... 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword........................... 11
Opinion................................. ..... 4
Speak Out............................ ..... 4
Sports .................................... 9
TV ............................................ 12
W eather.................................. 2

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


Community Links. Individual Voices.




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Magistrate levys code fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In the monthly code magis-
trate hearing conducted Tuesday,
Nov. 20, Special Magistrate.Lois
Nichols found several proper-
ties to be in noncompliance and
imposed a fine on the owner of
one property.
The property of Frederick
Gordineer was found to be in
compliance and that case was
not heard.
Code Enforcement Officer
Beth Albert had previously cited"


Shirley Wolf and Emilio Aranda
for inoperable vehicles on their
N.E. Fifth St. lot. They were also
cited for care of premises, use
of RVs for -storage and mainte-
nance of a nuisance.
Ms. Albert stated that the un-
licensed vehicles and an RV had
been removed from the prop-
erty. However, she said the prop-
erty still needs to be cleaned.
Ms. Nichols decreed that that the
property must be brought into
compliance by Jan. 10 or the
owners could face a fine of up
to $250 a day. Ms. Wolf said she


would do her best to clean up
the property by that date.
Unlicensed/inoperable ve-
hicles, storage of obsolete/
wrecked vehicles, expired build-
ing permit, maintenance of a
nuisance and care of premises
were the charges against Larry
Black because of the condition
of his N.E. Fifth St. property.
However, at the hearing Ms.
Albert said that some cleanup
had been done.
Mr. Black said he was wait-
ing for a building permit in order
build a new building. He said


Ready to Work: local program model for state


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Omar Alvarado (right) was recognized at Tuesday's Okeechobee County School Board
meeting by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) for receiving the VSA of
Florida 2007 Exemplary Participant Recognition Award foi :-'.. cral C,,GW.h. Cia', who
is an eighth grader at Yearling Middle School, is blind. Dr. Cooper told school board
members and the audience that he plays the trumpet with this left hand while reading
the music in braille with his right hand. On top of all this, he is a member of the school's
marching band. Omar said he thanked his mom, dad and neighbors for helping him.


Raulerson wants more for kids
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"If we can give them some-
thing at school - something
that creates passion - then
we've got them!"
That emotional state-
ment was made by former
Okeechobee High School
(OHS) principal and super- .
intendent of schools Phoebe . " '
Raulerson to the members of
the Okeechobee County School 4" " - '
Board Tuesday evening. . 'e . 0 "
Mrs. Raulerson was address- ' . '..
ing the board about the Florida
Ready to Work program at OHS , , .,
and how some students are ... . .
dropping out of, school and, Whitley Burch (right) a senior at Okeechobee High
because of this, they need to School was recoginzed at Tuesday's meeting of the
be receiving more vocational Okeechobee County School Board for being a National
training. Achievement Scholar participant. Presenting her to the
audience and board is Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pa-
See Students - Page 2 tricia Cooper (left).




Homeschoolers present


special Christmas program


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Cornerstone Christian
Home Educators (CCHE) will
proudly present their Christmas
program "The Ultimate Christ-
mas Gift" on Friday, Dec. 7, at
6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Life
Church, located at 1302 S.W
32nd St.
Dinner will follow at The
Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave.
The play is mostly taken
from a play by John Cosper, en-
titled "The Girl Who Had Every-
thing," but it has been re-writ-


ten by Mrs. Sally Davis.
The program tells the story
of a set of spoiled 6-year-old
twins and their 7-year-old sister
who have extremely rich par-
ents who are not around and
have left them under the care of
their nanny.
These children growing up
have had every toy known to
"kiddom," or so they thought.
They discover one day while
watching television that there is
indeed one toy that they do not
have and that there was only
one toy made ever and they just


have to have it. *
While on their search for this
specific toy, they learn the true
meaning of Christmas and that
the ultimate gift in life is the gift
of giving and having the Lord in
their lives.
Included in this play, you
will get to enjoy hearing the tal-
ented children of the commu-
nity recite poems, sing songs
and the presentation of "New
Again," a special sung by Alyssa
Wright and Matt Walker. There
See Program - Page 2


he could complete the building
in 60 days. He was given until
Jan. 10 to obtain a building per-
mit and make progress toward
construction. If not, he could be
fined up to $250 a day until com-
pliance is achieved.
Gregorio and Amparo Trevino
had been previously cited for an
unsafe structure, storage of ob-
solete vehicles, junk and debris,
overgrowth, unlicensed/inoper-
able vehicles, care of premises
and violation of the nuisance
ordinance because of the condi-
tion of their N.W. 46th Terrace


property.
Code Enforcement Officer
Blanca Saucedo said the viola-
tions had not been corrected. It
was noted that the Trevinos had
obtained a demolition permit
and demolition was scheduled
to commence once a dumpster
was delivered to the site. They
were given until Jan. 10 to come
unto compliance or face a fine
of up to $250 a day.
In addition, they were di-
rected to report to code enforce-
See Fines - Page 2


Toys, clothes



are needed at



Wounded Knee


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Saturday, Dec. 1, in the
Brahman Theatre parking lot
the mother-daughter team of
Betty and Libby Luckey are
hosting a drop-off location for
new and/or used winter jackets
and children's toys for Native
Americans of the Pine Ridge
Sioux Indian Reservation in
Wounded Knee, S.D.
Winters in South Dakota
reach below freezing frequent-
ly, including Christmas Day.
Many Lakota Sioux cannot af-
ford a winter coat. The Luck-
ey's have teamed up to collect


the winter coats of Floridians
that have either left their winter
homes up north and relocated
here or for.anyone who can.do-
nate used or new coat to this
cause.
According to the .L-ckey's
this reservation is one of the
poorest communities in the
U.S.
They will also be collecting
toys for the children of the com-
munity. They have coordinated
their efforts through a pastor
of a mission in South Dakota,
Stan Hollow-Horn, who has
expressed his concern because
See Toys - Page 2


CCC's annual toy


drive for youth


will end Nov. 24


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the
Community Collaborative
Council will mark the end of
their second annual drive to
support Okeechobee's youth.
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov.
24, in the Okeechobee County
School Board office, 700 S.W.
Second Ave., they will hold
their meeting where they will


present the toys they have gath-
ered for the local children to My
Aunt's House representatives.
This drive is a toy drive for
Christmas where needy and
foster children of Okeechobee
will receive presents for Christ-
mas distributed through My
Aunt's House. There is still
time to donate toys or other
See Youth - Page 2


Suomittea Photo/Debi Large
Miss Sally Davis directs rehearsal for their play that will be put
on, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Taking part are: (In no particular order)
Michael Spelts, Missy Marcinek, Hayley Davis, Clara Verano,
Joy Jarriel, Marcy Andrews, Samantha Williams, Jeremy Large
and Josiah Large.


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Top teachers
Teachers Lori Howard, Jenni Melear and Eddie Matchett were honored at Tuesday's meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County School Board for being named as Social Studies Teachers
of the Year by the Florida Council for the Social Studies. Introducing them to the audience
and board is Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of schools.


Toys
Continued From Page 1
there are no toys for any of the
kids who depend on the church
for all the Christmas that they re-
ceive.
While presents are scarce,
there is also little food and ev-
eryone needs winter jackets to
survive the bitter cold winter.
They will be holding their annual
Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec.
23, where the mother-daughter
duo will be delivering the toys
and jackets. They are planning
on leaving Tuesday, Dec. 20, with
horse trailers to caravan the do-
nations to South Dakota.
Pastor Hollow-Horn explained
to the Luckeys that there are 30
church members but on Christ-
mas around 100 to 150 usually


Students
Continued From Page 1
"A lot of kids are dropping out
- because they have to. They need
a skill," she told the five-member
school board."The kids must have
a passion - something they want
to do. I want to put things into the
high school to get kids excited."
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper told the board that
the local Ready to Work program
is the model for the state and that
there are currently 1,365 students
enrolled in the program.
The Ready to Work program is
designed to help employers and
job seekers make the right match-
and to provide more qualified
candidates for employers.
In essence, Mrs. Raulerson
was telling the school board of
the presentation she's going to
deliver at the state level about the
local program. She went on to
say she will be pushing for more
hands-on training for high school
students.
"We're losing all our crafts-
men because we're not training
them," she said. "They need to be
able to read the manual and look
up the parts."
Mrs. Raulerson told the board
that, currently, the best drop-out
prevention program at the high
school level is athletics. But, she
added, athletic programs also
need to be stronger at the middle
school level.
"Athletics can cause a lot of
kids to stay and not drop out,"
she said.
She also said that many times
normal school curriculum simply
does not work for every student
and that vocational programs can


attend the Christmas dinner and
even more could show up if
hopes of gifts were present.
There are, of course, children
of all ages and larger size coats
for men are especially needed.
Betty Luckey, a Mohawk Native
American, has visited Wounded
Knee where she has volunteered
her time to teach a vacation Bible
school class. Through her expe-
riences there she has seen the
needs of the children and the
adults there first hand.
According to Betty Luckey, the
children don't have toys or any-
thing with which they canplay.
They sit on the ground playing
with leaves and sticks. She also
explained that most of the men
dress in layers of two or three
shirts because they do not have a
winter coat.
In addition to the coats and


help those students by not only
keeping them in school but giving
them the tools to succeed in the
work force.
"If a student hasn't learned
general math by high school, give
it a rest and try something else,"
she said. "It's these kids that don't
see high school as doing anything
for them. We've got to look at re-
ality here."
Mrs. Raulerson also stated
that she would like to see more
of these vocational programs ac-
credited, as well as a hands-on
test at the end of the school year.
"Then, we're creating skilled
craftsmen," she said.
In another presentation to the
board, Dr. Cooper addressed the
new fifth grade building at Osceo-
la Middle School (OMS). She said
she has been meeting with par-
ents and is explaining the school
and its concept to them in depth.
She explained to the board that
the fifth-grade dropoff and pickup
areas will be separate from those
for OMS students, and that the
fifth graders will be self-contained
in the building up to 99 percent
of the day.
Dr. Cooper said 95 students
from South Elementary and 95
students from Central Elementary
will attend the 900-square-foot,
14-room building. She said the
fifth graders will have their own
extra-curricular activities and their
own student council.
She described the school as "a
school within a school."
Dr. Cooper emphasized that
these students will be kept sepa-
rate from middle school students,
and will even eat lunch in their
own multi-purpose room.
In other business Tuesday, the
school board:


Community News

Church holds cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian church; 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
hold its annual Christmas cookie sale on Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the fellowship Hall. For more information contact Anne Brough
(863) 763-4228 or Betsy Cheney (863) 357-0465.

Annual golf tournament planned
Communities In Schools/Police Athletic League will sponsor their
eighth annual golf tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will be
held at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club and will get under way
at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $45 per person or $180
per team. There will be awards and prizes given to teams finishing
first, eighth and next to last. There will also be a chicken and barbecue
ribs lunch. Hole and tee sponsorships are still available. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5863 or (863) 697-6541

Okeechobee Amateur Radio club has speaker
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a talk by
Dennis Decker of the Melbourne office of the National Weather Ser-
vice, after the regular monthly meeting. His topic will be "Storm-
Based Warnings and their impact on SKYWARN." The meeting will
be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the American Red Cross Office, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. Okeechobee. Anyone who is interested in weather warnings
is welcome to attend. For information Call Harry Robbins at (863)
467-7454.


toys, they are going to caravan
toothbrushes, toothpaste and
other daily necessities with them
to Wounded Knee.
To donate to this cause or to
get more information, contact
Libby Luckey at (863) 243-1399.
Items can be dropped off at the
CCE Building on the Brighton
Seminole Reservation or on Sat-
urday, Dec. 1, they will be ac-
cepted in the Brahman Theatre
parking lot.
Items may be shipped directly
to Pastor Stanley Hollow-Horn at
101 Old Batesland Rd., Wounded
Knee, S.D., 57794, or P.O. Box 207
Wounded Knee, S.D., 57794.
Pastor Hollow-Horn can be
reached at (605) 867-1589.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


* voted 5-0 to keep Joe Arnold
in the position of board chairman,
and Kelly Owens in the position
of vice-chair.
* voted 5-0 to expel from New
Endeavor High School a sixth-
grade student, two seventh-grade
students, two eighth-grade stu-
dents, one ninth-grade student
and one 10th-grade student.
* approved by a 5-0 vote to
adopt a resolution asking the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation to allow the school board
to acquire property near the south
gate at OHS by way of quit claim
deed. School board attorney Tom
Conely told the board that DOT
has stipulated that the school
board cannot move the gate
closer to U.S. 441 North and that
the school board maintain drain-
age. Other than those stipuations,
DOT is only waiting on the school
board's approval, he added.
* approved a change order
of $21,905.85 for the paving and
drainage project at the bus ga-
rage/multipurpose building. The
change order will increase the
total contract for the project to
$816,231.53.
* recognized Valerie McKee, a
sophomore at Okeechobee High
School, for placing second in the
State Farm Bureau Speech Con-
test.
* recognized Will Davis, a se-
'nior at Okeechobee High School,
as a National Merit semi-finalist.
* approved by 5-0 vote to
change the January 2008 board
meeting date to Tuesday, Jan. 22,
at 6 p.m. The meeting had origi-
nally been slated for Tuesday, Jan.
8. -
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Eric Kopp may be reached
at ekopp@newszap.com.



Program
Continued From Page 1
will also be a nativity scene at the
very end of the program.
You can enjoy the program free
of charge. However, tickets for the
dinner are $5 each. The proceeds
will go towards the group's end-
of-the-year field trip.
C.C.H.E. holds classes every
Thursday where they cover a wide
range of topics including science,
Bible study, drama, etc.
They also go on group field
trips, host special speakers and
presentations and provide month-
ly support meetings for parents.
If you are interested in home
schooling your child or children
and want to find out what this
group is all about or would like
more information on joining the
group, contact Debi Large at (863)
634-3525.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Teresa Mataushek may be reached at
tmataushek@newszap.com.


in the community that aim to pro-
vide assistance to Okeechobee's
younger population.
The Closet offers clothing to
children throughout the year on
a referral basis. Those eligible are
referred through the school they
attend, the Department of Chil-
dren and Families, or WIC.
For more information, contact
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000,
ext. 257.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


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Fines
Continued From Page 1
ment officers not later than Dec.
13 on their progress toward com-
pliance.
Code Enforcement Officer
Saucedo had cited Charles Wad-
lington and Caroline Bullen for
maintenance of a nuisance and
having an unsafe structure on
N.W 33rd Terrace. Ms. Saucedo
stated that Mr. Wadlington had
obtained a building permit and
a contractor had started to work
that day. He was given until Dec.
13 to come into compliance or
face a possible fine of up to $250
a day.
Richard and Dale Maurer were
cited for unauthorized occupancy
of an RV and construction with-
out a permit. It was noted that the
property in question, located on
N.W 308th St. is still in violation.
A deck had been built around an
RV without the proper building
permit. Mr. Maurer's father was
living in the RV contrary to county
ordinance which prohibits an RV
being used as a dwelling outside
a licensed RV park, subdivision or
campground.
He was given until Dec. 13 to
come into compliance or face a
possible fine of up to $250 a day.
Mr. Maurer said he would
obtain a building permit for the
deck but would appeal the deci-
sion that required his father to
vacate the RV.
Turning to the levying of fines,
Georgia Marshall was fined $250
a day for every day of noncompli-
ance because of a derelict struc-
ture on her N.E. 64th Ave. lot.
Hattie Bradley was facing a
possible fine of $250 a day be-
cause of a derelict structure on
her N.E. 14th Ave. property. Code
Enforcement Officer Albert stated
that Ms. Bradley was an elderly
lady and could not afford a con-
tractor for demolition. Her family
was going to assist her with the
demolition.
The special magistrate ruled
that Ms. Hadley continues to be
in noncompliance. However, she
was given until Dec. 13 to obtain
a demolition permit and another
month beyond that to come into
compliance.
Elysee Augustin was facing
a possible fine of $250 because
of not entering a contract with a
land clearing company and ob-
taining a demolition permit for a
N.E. 14th Ave. property. Ms. Nich-
ols allowed another month for
the property to come into com-
pliance.
Casa Partners was facing a
fine of $250 a day due to a der-
elict structure their N.E. 13th Ave.'
property.
Ms. Albert stated that a demo-
lition permit had been obtained
and a contractor secured to do
the job. However, the contractor
was waiting for Florida Power
and Light to disconnect power
to the structure. Because of the
extenuating circumstances, Casa
Partners were given until Dec. 13
to come into compliance.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.



Youth
Continued From Page 1
items for this worthy cause. Drop
off new unwrapped gifts for chil-
dren ages birth through 18 at
the Okeechobee County School
Board offices.
Through the help of the com-
munity, the needy children of our
local community will not have
to go without during this holiday
season.
This event is a joint venture
with My Aunt's House, which is
a local 501 (c)(3) organization,
said Sharon Vinson, facilitator for
the Shared Services Network
This is one of two annual
events hosed by the Community
Collaborative Council to provide
for the needy children in the
community. The other is a school
supply drive which is held prior to
the beginning of the new school
year.
Last year the Community
Collaborative Council provided
school supplies for over 160 chil-
dren.
The Community Collaborative
Council is made up of members
from various non-profit agencies


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News Briefs

No Thanksgiving Dinner at Grace Brethren
For the first time in many years, there will be no community wide
Thanksgiving Dinner at Grace Brethren Church. The church itself
never sponsored the dinner. The church just provided the dining
room. A separate organization called Grace Ministries sponsored
the event. Apparently that organization has ceased to exist. Grace
Brethren officials state that no one has contacted them to use their
facility and no one seems to know who is in charge of Grace Minis-
tries or if that organization is still in existence.

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
cases.
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
clerk@clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

VFW. sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking for all family members
-- sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of those
serving in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The Post is
sponsoring 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.


Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast
Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of afternoon show-
ers. The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the
south at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The
low will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be from the south
around 5 mph in the evening becoming light. The chance of rain
is 40 percent.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The high will be
in the upper 70s. The wind will be from the northwest at 5 to 10
mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be around 60. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers. The
high will be in the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
showers. The low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers and
a slight chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 80s.
The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
showers. The low will be in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of afternoon showers. The
high will be in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
showers. The low will be in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.


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Florida Lottery: Cash 3: 7-6-3; Play 4: 1-0-0-8; Fantasy 5: 28-10-
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Bronson urges consumers to


follow food safety measures


TALLAHASSEE - Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging consumers to fol-
low food safety measures as the
holiday season gets underway.
Numerous food borne illness out-
breaks during the past year have
heightened public awareness
about the dangers with various
types of food items. From E-Coli in
lettuce and meat to Salmonella in
poultry, more than 76 million peo-
ple are sickened by food borne ill-
nesses every year in the U-S with
more than 5000 fatalities. Howev-
er, the majority of food poisonings
occur as a result of unsafe prepa-
ration and cooking practices.
The Department's Division
of Food Safety protects the food
supply through permitting and
inspections of retail food estab-
lishments and lab testing food
products. But once consumers
have purchased the food it is up
to them to follow safe and proper
food handling practices. Food poi-
soning is caused by bacteria that
are often undetectable by sight,
smell or taste.
"People may get caught up in
the hectic pace of the holidays,
with shopping, parties and fam-
ily reunions," Bronsoh said. "Cel-
ebrations often center around
food, including buffets that result
in food being left out for extended
periods of time. Even people who
are well aware of safe food han-
dling and preparation may be less
than vigilant about following safe
practices."
One top concern this time of
year is the increased risk of illness
resulting from stuffing turkeys pri-
or to cooking, which is not recom-
mended by food safety experts.
Here are some other tips to fol-
low for a safe holiday season:
Thaw the turkey in the refrig-
erator, not the counter. Room
temperatures promote bacteria
growth. Allow one day of defrost-
ing for each five pounds of turkey
weight.
Cook the stuffing separate
from the turkey. Stuffing put in an
uncooked turkey is susceptible to
bacteria growth.
Cook to the proper tempera-
tures. A food thermometer should
be used to ensure a safe minimum
internal temperature of 165 �F has


been reached to destroy bacteria
and prevent foodborne illness.
The stuffing in a turkey should
reach a temperature of 165 de-
grees. Cooking a turkey at less
than 325 degrees is unsafe be-
cause it allows the bird and stuff-
ing to remain in the danger zone
for bacterial growth for too long.
Don't interrupt the cooking pro-
cess. Interrupting the cooking pro-
cess promotes bacteria growth.
Slice the turkey before refriger-
ating. Whole turkeys do not store
safely in the refrigerator. Put the
slices into shallow containers,
cover and refrigerate.
Keep cold foods cold and hot
foods hot.
Be careful with holiday buffets.
Servings should be kept small
and replenished often directly
from the stove or refrigerator. The
longer food is kept out, especially
beyond two hours, the higher the
risk of food poisoning.
Carefully store leftovers. To
speed up the cooling process, put


leftovers into shallow, covered
containers and keep refrigerator
temperature at 40 degrees F or be-
low. Perishable foods left at room
temperature for longer than two
hours are susceptible to bacterial
growth.
Thoroughly wash hands, cut-
ting boards and utensils before
and after contact with raw meat,
poultry, seafood and eggs.
Keep raw meat, poultry, and
seafood apart from foods that
won't be cooked. Cross contami-
nation can occur when using the
same cutting board for meats and
then for vegetables.
With a greater potential for
food poisoning over the holidays,
it is important that consumers fol-
low safe food handling, prepara-
tion and storage practices. Con-
sumers can learn more about
food safety tips for the holidays
by logging onto the Department's
website at http://www.florida-ag-
riculture.com/consumers/food-
safety_winter.htm.


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Thirty one years service
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of County Commissioners passed a proclamation honoring
Richard Burgess upon his retirement from the road depart-
ment. Commission chairman Clif Betts, right, presented Mr.
Burgess with the proclamation. Mr. Burgess served as an
equipment operator from Jan. 27, 1976 to Sept. 18, 2007.


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WASTE MANAGEMENT: I was outside this morning and watched
the waste management truck pick up my recycling. Usually they have
a truck that has bins and they separate everything. This morning they
had a regular truck and they were just throwing everything in the back
and crushing it together. It upset me to think that I am trying to do
the right thing and recycle. I separate and wash everything for waste
management to throw it-in a garbage truck. I wondered if I am wast-
ing my time.
Editor's Note: We contacted Waste Management with your con-
cern and were told that instead of using a truck that keeps the recy-
clable items separated and having the driver dump the items sepa-
rately, they are now using a regular truck to haul away the items.
The recyclables are then taken to a one-stream facility in Palm City
where they are separated. All the items are still be recycled and are
not being mixed with garbage, even though you will be seeing a
regular garbage truck picking up your items for recycling.
THOUGHT: I had a terrific thought. Just imagine if Lois Frankel
had applied for the position of county administrator and got the job.
What a perfect match for that group. Then the people of Okeechobee
could move somewhere else and let them do whatever they like.
SPECKLED PERCH: We understand, or well we heard the rumor
that the Speckled Perch festival is going,to be changed to a different
date. If this is true, I think you should start publishing it in the paper.
Editor's Note: This year's Speckled Perch Festival will be held Feb.
9 and 10, with the annual parade taking place on Feb. 10.
MEETING: This is Tuesday, Nov. 20, last Thursday the Fish and
Game commission had a very important meeting here at the Civic
Center. It was on size limits on bass and specks in the Big 0. There
hasn't been anything in the paper about the outcome of this meeting.
It didn't happen at one of the schools so I guess it wasn't important
after all.. With all of the pictures of the kids playing for Thanksgiving
I guess there just wasn't any room left for the news. I feel like I am
subscribing to a school paper.
CLUB: I was just reading that the Gay Straight Alliance trial is to be-
gin June 9. I1 hope that the Okeechobee School Board fights this all the
way to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, because
the attack that they are going to use will be overwhelming. But the
fact and the lawyers that Okeechobee has hired has not hit the nail on
the head. The way to defend this is, that this is a public school. If they
don't want prayer in our school, because of separation of church and
state, well then likewise separation of state and church. Then the state
does not have a right to dictate what goes on in that school. Especially
because it is a public school. We the people who pay the taxes for that
school to operate every year, we are the public. And if the public does
not want that club in that school that should be the end of it. This is
a democracy here, lets put this on the ballot to make it nice and legal
in the next time we vote. If the majority of Okeechobee chooses for
this to go through, then that's that. But if the majority of Okeechobee
votes it down, then that's that. Its a democratic process. They don't
want prayer in our schools, well we don't want that in our schools
either. Lets do this democratically. We pay for this school, the public
-- not the ACLU or the government. I pay taxes here, I live here and
+ 1I have grandkids that will be attending that school one day. It's very
important. The abstinence thing is great, but that is not going to cure
this problem. Have the court put it to a public vote since it is a public
school paid for by public taxes.

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Community Events

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, Nov. 29, "The Glass
Castle, by Jeanette Wall," and Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Humming-
bird'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. on
Thursday, Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine. Conrad. For
information call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.




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Happy Holidays
It's hard to imagine that $50
would cause a person to be so
uncaring.
I accidentally lost $50 Satur-
day at Tractor Supply. After real-
izing that I must have lost it there,
I went back and asked the ca-
shier if anyone had found it. The
cashier replied that a man had
picked it up and said "someone's
bad luck is my good luck". He did
not offer to leave a name or num-
ber in case someone came back
looking for it.
Of course, to most, $50 is not


a lot of money but to others its
food for the family. I cook and
do charity work throughout the
county and have always felt that
people will do the right thing. But
in this world today it seems that
there are always a few that want
something for nothing.
I would bet that the man with
the $50 has never done anything
charitable in his life, he is proba-
bly not a resident of Okeechobee.
A resident of Okeechobee would
have a least given the unlucky
person a chance to recover his
loss and not sneak away like a
thief in the night.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Ki-
wanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank
Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyte-
rian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at
(863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of
someone that might need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information; call (863)
634-4780.
ABWAWomen of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn
Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie
Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Li-
ons Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Sunday
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call (863) 634-4780.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Pro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.


To the man that got my $50,
don't worry I work 40 hours a
week at my regular job then work
on weekends doing odd jobs. I
raise a few cows, my wife works
at least 60 hours a week and we
both support our community, so
that $50 came really easy - HA!
HA!
If you believe that call me and
I'll give you another $50!
I hope you needed that $50
and it goes to a good cause.
Here's your chance to do some-
thing charitable, donate your
good luck to a charitable organi-


zation. If you cannot think of any
here's a few ideas: American Red
Cross, Hospice Of Okeechobee,
Martha's House, My Aunt's
House, Salvation Army, Big Lake
Missions, American Cancer So-
ciety and there are many others
that could use the help!
This way when you say "some-
one's bad luck" instead you can
say "was everyone's good luck."
Happy Thanksgiving and Mer-
ry Christmas!
Steve Cates
P.S.: Remember those less for-
tunate!


Community Events

Radio Club to host hamfest
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a ham-
fest on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E.
Okeechobee. The gate will open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. There
will be free parking, free tailgate with paid admission, door prizes,
coffee and doughnuts and a catfish dinner as well as drinks, hotdogs
and hamburgers will be available. Admission is $5. For information,
call Harry Robbins at (863) 467-7454; or, go to www.joshosterman.
com/hamfest/.

Stress topic of talk show
Tara Martin, the community relations specialist of the,211 of
Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, will speak on WWFR 91.7 FM
on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 a.m. and rebroadcast at 1 p.m. and 6
p.m. concerning stress and the holiday blues; isolated and lonely
seniors; and the nationwide 24-hour, 7-days a week information, re-
ferral, counseling and suicide intervention hotline. For information,
contact 211 or (866) 882-2991; or, visit www.21 Itreasurecoast.org.

Festival of Trees scheduled
Hospice of Okeechobee will again sponsor the Festival of Trees.
The event features a display of 100 ornately decorated trees and
other Christmas items. Admission to the Festival of Trees and The
Country Store is free. Hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, and
noon until 5 p.m. on the weekends. The Festival of Trees will be
running from Monday, Nov. 26, until Sunday, Dec. 2. It is held at
the Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863)
697-1995.

Garden Club to hold meeting
Are you a veggie grower or are flowers your thing? Just learning
or an old hand? Need to learn more or want to share ideas or help
others? This is the club for you. This month Dan Culbert will show
you the gardens of Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. at The
Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98. For information,
call (863) 763-6469.

Mighty Sprouts to meet
The 4-H Mighty Sprouts meeting for the month of November will
be on Monday, Nov. 26, at the County Extension Office from 5 until
7 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 12 due to the holiday.
The class will be making beautiful magnolia blossom centerpieces
for their holiday tables. If you have any questions about the Might
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at ('563'763-64669.

Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary Bai-
ley, on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office, 458 U.S.
98 N. Mr. Bailey has been growing orchids for twelve years, assisting
commercial growers in many of the big shows. He will speak on the
best way to care for your orchid when you first bring it home. If you
have a plant that is not doing well, bring it to the meeting and Mr.
Bailey will help you analyze your orchid's problem. For information,
please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Mainstreet holds monthly mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's November Mixer will be hosted by
Syble's Flowers and Gifts on Tuesday Nov. 27 from 5 until 7 p.m.
The Mixer will feature the mega 50/50, door prizes and light refresh-
ments. The public is invited. Join us at Syble's located at 119 South
Parrott Ave. For more information, contact Program Manager Karen
Hanawalt at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Carrie Sue Ayvar will be at Library
Carrie Sue Ayvar, Storyteller and Chautauqua Scholar, will por-
tray, "Doc Anner: Petticoat Doctor of the Everglades, 1876-1959" at
the Okeechobee County Library on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. This
program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is free
and open to the public. The Okeechobee Historical Society will pro-
vide old-fashioned refreshments following the program.

Toy drive benefits Big Lake Missions Outreach
The Old Men Riders are sponsoring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a 125 mile bike ride around the lake
on Dec. 1. and is asking businesses, churches and individuals to
sponsor each participating bike. All bikes are welcome. The mon-
ey raised will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach. We will meet in
-the movie theatre parking lot at 8 a.m. For information, call Gene
Rodenberry at (863) 610-1841 or Big Lake Missions Outreach at
(863) 763-5725.

Hospice offers lunch to medical staff
Hospice of Okeechobee will be serving lunch to all medical staff
in Okeechobee on Thursday Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
event is free and lunch will be served at the Festival of Trees at the
Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home on 411 S.E.
Fourth St. Your Hometown Hospice staff would like to thank you for
all that you do to help those in need of medical care in our commu-
nity. To RSVP, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice will have a special week-long yard sale from Monday,
Nov. 26, until Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. until noon. In addition, you
will have the opportunity to view the beautiful Christmas trees that
are part of the Festival of Trees. Admission to the Festival of Trees
is free. The yard sale will be held outdoors near the Blue Volunteer
Building next to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For in-
formation, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Heritage Financial offers homebuyers classes
A first-time Homebuyer Education class is being offered on Nov.
28 from 6 until 7 p.m. at Heritage Financial Services located at 309
S.W. Park St. Okeechobee. Please call to reserve your seat at (863)
467-8899. The class will cover the residential application process
and credit guidelines needed to obtain loan approval. A fee of $25
will be charged to cover the prequalification and credit report cost.

Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at Soaps & Scents, 118 S.E. Park St. (across from
the Chamber of Commerce). Refreshments will be provided. For
information, call (863) 357-2368.


Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007


OPINION







Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007 5


At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 16,
through Thursday, Nov. 22, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Starting Wed. Nov. 21 in
Theatre II "Enchanted" (PG)
Theatre III - "Mr. Magorium's
Wonder Emporium" (G) Show-
times: 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.
We will be open Friday, Nov.
23 at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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)
763-7202.


Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Nov. 22,
the 326th day of 2007. There are
39 days left in the year. This is
Thanksgiving Day.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Nov. 22, 1963, President
Kennedy was shot to death while
riding in a motorcade in Dallas.
Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in
the same limousine as Kennedy,
was seriously wounded. Suspect
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.
On this date:
In 1718, English pirate Edward
Teach -- better known as "Black-
beard" -- was killed during a battle
off the Virginia coast.
In 1890, French President
Charles de Gaulle was born in
Lille, France.
In 1928, "Bolero" by Maurice
Ravel made its debut in Paris.
In 1935, a flying boat, the China
Clipper, took off from Alameda,
Calif., carrying more than 100,000
pieces o01 mail nr the first tras-Pa-
cific airmail flight
In 1943, President Roosevelt,
British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Chinese leader Chi-
ang Kai-shek met in Cairo to dis-
cuss the war against Japan.
In 1967, the U.N. Security
Council approved Resolution 242,
which called for Israel to withdraw
from territories it had captured
the previous June, and implicitly
called on adversaries to recognize
Israel's right to exist.
In 1975, Juan Carlos was pro-
claimed king of Spain.
In 1990, British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher, having failed to
win re-election of the Conservative
Party leadership on the first ballot,
announced her resignation.
Ten years ago: U.N. weap-
ons experts resumed work in Iraq,
searching eight sites for signs the
Iraqis might have worked on bio-
logical, chemical or other banned
arms during a three-week forced
halt in inspections.
: Five years ago: At the NATO
summit in Prague, Russian Presi-
'dent Vladimir Putin told President
Bush the United States should not
wage war alone against Iraq, and
questioned whether Pakistan and
Saudi Arabia were doing enough
to fight terrorism. The Bush ad-
ministration eased clean air rules
to allow utilities, refineries and
manufacturers to avoid having to
install new anti-pollution equip-
ment when they modernized their
plants.
One year ago: A chemical
factory explosion in Danvers,
Mass., destroyed the surround-
ing neighborhood but caused no
deaths or serious injuries.
Today's Birthdays: Former
Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., is 89.
Movie director Arthur Hiller is 84.
'Actor Robert Vaughn is 75. Actor
Michael Callan is 72. Actor Allen
Garfield is 68. Animator and movie
director Terry Gilliam is 67. Actor
Tom Conti is 66. Singer Jesse Co-
lin Young is 66. Astronaut Guion S.
Bluford is 65. Tennis player Billie
Jean King is 64. Rock musician-
actor Steve Van Zandt (aka Little
Steven) is 57. Rock musician Tina
Weymouth (The Heads; Talking
Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 57.
Former baseball player Greg Luz-


inski is 57. Rock musician Law-
rence Gowan is 51. Actor Richard
Kind is 51. Actress Jamie Lee Cur-
tis is 49. Rock singer Jason Ringen-
berg (Jason & the Scorchers) is
49. Actress Mariel Hemingway is
46. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 43.
Rock musician Charlie Colin is 41.
Actor Nicholas Rowe is 41. Actor
Mark Ruffalo is 40. Tennis player
Boris Becker is 40. Actress Scarlett
Johansson is 23.


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Pickles


The Last Word in Astrology


By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Stop
dwelling on the little things going on
around you. If you waste too much time
trying to fix everything for everyone
else, you will not end up in a good posi-
tion yourself. Focus on learning, invest-
ments and tidying up loose ends.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You
may feel a little emotional. Address is-
sues that concern your job, boss or au-
thority figures. Dealings with govern-
ment agencies, banks or institutions
will turn out better than you anticipate.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There
is a light at the end of the tunnel but,
before you can get to it, you will have to
come up with creative solutions. Love is
on the rise but don't jump into a new re-
lationship without ending your last one.
* CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take
care of your health. Put an end to the
things that are weighing you down and
bumming you out. Someone you re-
spect will be shed some light on your
situation.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Socialize
and network whenever the opportunity


arises. You can mix business with plea-
sure if you allow other people to share
the stage with you. Being a team player
will help you attract personal and pro-
fessional interest.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An or-
ganization that needs a little perfecting
could use your talents. Be a spokesper-
son or give suggestions and you will be
the hero of the day. A trip to view prop-
erty or something else that interests
you will pay off but don't put in an offer
you can't afford.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You
can handle anything that comes your
way if you stay calm and refuse to get
into an argument. Love is in the picture,
so nurture your relationships. An inter-
esting meeting will lead to pleasurable
plans.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Buy
yourself something you've been want-
ing for some time. Good ideas will de-
velop through the company you keep
and the places you visit. Recognition
for your talent is in the picture so pro-
mote what you do best.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):


Learning will play a major role in your
life today. Whether you attend a semi-
nar or just track down information over
the Internet, it will lead to a new way of
doing things or a change in your per-
sonal or professional direction.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Do what you can from home today. You
will be more relaxed and can accom-
plish what you need to do without in-
terference. Renovations, redecorating
or even making a residential move will
turn out well.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You have the makings of a great idea
as well as solutions for people who can
help you out when you need it. Express
your thoughts and don't hide your feel-
ings when it comes to your personal
and professional life. You can make a
positive change in a relationship.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Go
over contracts or personal papers that
may not be up-to-date. Get legal advice
if you feel you are being wrongly dealt
with. Don't make impulsive changes or
burn bridges.
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Dear Abby


Man offers thanks



for helping hand


*DEARABBY: My mother died
when I was 27. It was a very diffi-
cult time in my life - everything
seemed to fall apart. I lost my job,
and then my utilities were turned
off. I had to tale cold showers for
six months.
A neighbor who knew about
my situation came to my house
and made me an offer. If I would
take care of her children, she
would make sure I had food to
eat. I was surprised that someone
would trust me - a young man
- with her children.
I took her up on the offer, and
before long I began taking care of
other people's children, too.
I have since moved 300 miles
from Boise, Idaho. For more than
23 years I have made every effort
to reach out to all the kind-heart-
ed people who helped me when
I was down and out. I hope. they
will read this:
My mother taught me that it
is better to give than to receive.
Without your great assistance,
I don't know what I would have
done. I am very involved in my
community and volunteer at the
local food bank, and I help out
whenever I can. I would like to
thank all of you for allowing me to
care for your children and for let-
ting me be a part of your families.
God bless you. You not only saved
me, but also taught me by your
example. - Dave H., Grang-
eville, Idaho
DEAR DAVE H.: I can't think
of a letter that would be more
suitable to print on this day of
Thanksgiving than the one you
have written. It spotlights how
important it is to be sensitive to
the needs of others, and how life-
changing a single gesture of kind-
ness can be.

*DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend
and I recently had an argument
during which he accused me of
folding a bath towel incorrectly.
One of us says that you should
fold it in half and then in thirds.
The other insists that it should be
folded in half, then in half, then in

Close to Home


half again.
How exactly should a bath
towel be folded, and are there dif-
ferent methods to folding differ-
ent-sized towels? - Camille In
Texas
DEAR CAMILLE: Yes, there
are different techniques - de-
pending how and where the tow-
els will be hung or stored - and
they are usually based on how
one's mother folded her towels.
Because your boyfriend has an
issue about how you fold yours,
HE should be the one folding the
towels. Problem solved!
*And now, Dear Readers, I
will continue the tradition of re-
peating the Thanksgiving prayer
that was penned years ago by my
dear mother, Pauline Phillips. My
Thanksgiving would not be com-
plete without it:
Oh, Heavenly Father,
We thank thee for food and re-
member the hungry.
We thank thee for health and
remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and
remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom
and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir
us to service,
That thy gifts to us may be used
for others. Amen.
Have a safe and happy Thank-
giving, everyone!
Love, ABBY
Editor's note: Dear Abby is
written by Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and
was founded by her mother, Pau-
line Phillips. Write Dear Abby at
www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
To receive a collection of
Abby's most memorable - and
most frequently requested - po-
ems and essays, send a business-
sized, self-addressed envelope,
plus check or money order for $6
(U.S. funds) to: DearAbby -- Keep-
ers Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount
Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is
included in the price.)


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6 Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007


NES students are very


thankful this year


Miss Hudson and Miss Becky's
class finished their fall trees and
are working on their Thanksgiv-
ing projects in preparation for
"turkey day."
Mrs. Steiert's class is discuss-
ing all of the many things we have
to be so thankful for this year. We
are making cornucopias with our
handprints and fingerprints.
Mrs. Smith's class is getting
ready for Thanksgiving by talking
about what we are thankful for.
We are making cornucopias by
using our handprints and finger-
prints. The turkeys that you have
been working on at home are
beautiful.
Mrs. Gable's class is hearing
stories about Pilgrims and Indi-
ans, writing a book and making
hats for Thanksgiving.
Mrs. Lowe's class has been
discussing the difference be-
tween a "need" and a "want!"
From this discussion, the students
gave wonderful statements about
what they were thankful for! Mrs.
Lowe's Reading Class has been


learning to blend letters to form 3
letter words and form Word Fami-
lies! Our first word family is the
"AT" Family. In Math, we've been
learning our numbers to 10!

Third Grade
Ms. Gaus' class has begun the
study of multiplication. We have
learned to count by multiples of
2, 5, 9, and 3. Keep practicing
those facts!
Mrs. Suarez's class is learning
about singular and plural posses-
sive nouns. They have finished
Book I in the Accletics Math. Ask
your child to tell you about a trick
they learned in Math. Kylee Field
is our leader in AR points again
with Cassie Reardon coming in
second. Keep reading!
Mrs. Van Deman's class is con-
quering the middle zero in sub-
traction. It can be a tricky number.
Maria Montoya is maintaining the
lead in AR Reading with Abdiel
Zamora a close second. Also, we
think our cascading fall leaves
drawings are beautiful.


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OHS golfer honored
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) pre-
sented Okeechobee High School junior Corey White (right)
to the Okeechobee County School Board Tuesday evening
as being one of five linksters from the Treasure Coast Golf
Conference to advance to regional play.


Community News

4-H plans yard sale
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council will be holding a fundraiser
yard sale on Saturday, Dec 1. The yard sale will be in the parking lot of
Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 S.W 32nd St., Okeechobee. The sale
will run from 8 a.m. until noon.

Civil War re-enactment planned
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 demon-
strations, Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, Ladies Tea, blacksmith and
more. Admittance costs are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Kids un-
der 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 Ex-
plorer Post #400.

11th annual fashion show and luncheon
Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Fashion Show and
Luncheon sponsored by Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the
Eastern Star. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the KOA Re-
sort. The event features a delicious luncheon and our spectacular Tea
Cup Auction with an abundance of beautiful gifts and gift baskets to
be won. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at
11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. No tickets will be sold at the
door. This is the holiday event of the season you won't want to miss so
reserve your ticket by calling our Ticket Chairman, Dolores Anchors at
(863) 467-1392 or any member of Okeechobee Chapter No. 128.

Free Parenting classes offered
Free parenting classes are held every Monday from 7 p.m. until
8 p.m. at New Endeavor High School. Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For more information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-5000
ext. 282.

Healthy Start meeting slated
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. as part of the board work-
shop/meeting. For information, call executive director Kay Begin at
(863) 462-5877.

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes in December at their Branch office: Thursday, Dec. 6 - First
Aid Basics at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13 - Adult CPR at 6 p.m. To register or for more infor-
mation call (863) 763-2488.



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Smokey and first grade class
Ms. Vega's first grade reading group posed with Smokey
Bear on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at North Elementary School.
School principal Pat McCoy was presented with a plaque
for their participation in the program that supports fire
safety and prevention through reading and writing skills.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Whidden honored at meeting
Jonas Whidden (right) was recognized at the Tuesday,
Nov. 20, meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board
for being named as a National Merit Commended Schol-
ar. Presenting the Okeechobee High School senior to the
audience and the board is Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper (left). Jesse Bryant, also a senior at OHS,
was also named as a National Merit Commended Scholar
but was not present at Tuesday's meeting.


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007 7

Holiday Briefs Big Lake Hospice: is your hometown choice


Toy drive planned
for Dec. 1
The Old Men Riders are spon-
soring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a
125 mile bike ride around the lake
on Dec. 1. They.are asking busi-
nesses, churches and individu-
als to sponsor each participating
bike. All bikes are welcome. The
money raised will go to Big Lake
Missions Outreach. Theywill meet
in the movie theatre parking lot at
8 a.m. For information call Gene
Rodenberry at (863) 610-1841 or
Big Lake Missions Outreach at
(863) 763-5725.

Holiday Tour of
Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of
Homes will take place on Friday,
Nov. 30, 2007 and Saturday, Dec.
1, 2007 from 6 pm until 9 p.m.
both evenings. Tickets are now
on sale at Raulerson Hospital and
at Suzie's Hallmark Gift Shop in
the Publix Shopping Center. Tick-
ets are available for only $12 for
the self tour and $25 for the bus
tour. Bus tour tickets can be pur-
chased at the hospital. For more
information, please call Bill Ca-
sian at 824-2702.




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By Debi Caldwell, R.N.
Big Lake Hospice, Okeechobee
Big Lake Hospice is your home
town choice for hospice care with
the emphasis on home.
Big Lake Hospice makes it pos-
sible for patients to stay at home.
Most people want to be at home
close to the people and things
that mean so much to them.
Our patients consider the Big
Lake Hospice staff to be part of
their, family. Our staff lives in
Okeechobee and are your neigh-
bors -- they are available 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week to answer
questions, provide comfort and
give care.
When you choose Big Lake


Hospice you choose to have
compassionate nurses who have
expert training in hospice care.
CNA's who care. Lynda Ingram,
our nursing assistant, was recog-
nized as Florida CNA of the year
for her wonderful care.
The Big Lake Hospice phy-
sician works closely with your
personal physician and makes
house calls.
Big Lake Hospice realizes that
when someone is dying the pa-
tient and family have more than
medical needs.
The Big Lake social workers
will help bring community re-
sources to relieve the pressures
your family may be feeling.
The Big Lake chaplains work


with Okeechobee clergy to offer
spiritual counseling.
The Big Lake bereavement
counselors are available to help
family and friends deal with the
grief of losing a loved one.


The Big Lake volunteers not
only help with our thrift store,
they also visit with patients at
home.
When you or a loved one
needs special care bring Big Lake


Hospice into your home- and
family to help. Services are fully
covered by Medicare, Medicaid
and most insurance policies.
No one is denied services be-
cause of inability to pay.


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Moose group
plans fundraiser
The Okeechobee Loyal Order
of Moose, Legionnaires are again
holding their annual Koeze Nut
"Fundraiser" for food baskets for
the less fortunate. Order forms and
catalogs may be picked up at the
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave.,
see Paul at the Lodge, 159 N.W
36t" St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul
Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman at
(863) 467-1484 to order.

VFW #9528 hosts
Toys for Tots program
The Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W.
Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge is
sponsoring Toys for Tots Pro-
gram. This will be for our local
children; Buckhead Ridge and
Okeechobee. New toys may be
dropped off at V.F.W. Post 9528
in Buckhead Ridge. No clothing
please. For information call Annie
at (863) 357-0467.

Big Lake Missions
sponsors toy drive
The Big Lake Missions out-
reach is currently sponsoring their


13th annual Christmas Toy Drive
for the underprivileged children in
Okeechobee County, now through
Dec. 20. They are requesting gifts
and toys ranging in age from baby
to teen. Also they need donations
of turkey's, hams and all of the
trimmings for Christmas dinners.
Your family workplace can adopt
a family by calling us at (863) 763-
5725. The mission works one on
one with families who are out of
work, sick or just falling on hard
times. The gifts are given to the
parents) to wrap and place un-
der the tree for Christmas morn-
ing. Big Lake Missions Outreach
will accept store gift certificates,
checks made payable to the mis-
sion, or cash and the volunteers
will shop for the items needed.
Receipts are available. Please
make checks payable to: Big Lake
Missions Outreach and mail to
P.O. Box 1663 or call (863) 763-
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Wright's time up at Miami


By Tim Reynolds
AP Sports Writer
CORAL GABLES (AP) - On
Kyle Wright's toughest day, he be-
came a true leader of the Miami
Hurricanes.
It was Aug. 28, when Wright
was summoned to coach Randy
Shannon's office for a meeting
and learned he'd open his senior
season as the Hurricanes' backup
quarterback. As word spread,
some teammates wondered if
Wright would get in his 1996 GMC
pickup and drive home to Califor-
nia.
That afternoon, he had per-
haps the best practice of his ca-
reer.
"Of course Kyle was upset, but
he never quit," offensive lineman
Derrick Morse said. "He came out
at practice, did a great job and all
the players and all the coaches
noticed it. Everybody was kind
of watching to see how he would
react, and he was just a stand-up
guy."
Two weeks later, Wright was
back as the starter.
His Miami era was filled with
some great moments, some hor-
rible experiences and more dis-
appointments than he ever imag-
ined. Wright won't win a national
championship, a Heisman Trophy
or even an Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence title.
All he has left is Saturday,
when he'll try to lead the Hurri-
canes past No. 15 Boston College,
knowing a win gets Miami into a
bowl game and a loss ends his
college career.
It's one final game and it's like-
ly for his legacy.
"Obviously, I wish there was
a lot of things that went differ-
ent, a lot of things I can't control,"
Wright said this week in an inter-
view. "But at the end of the day,
whether it's this Saturday or a
month from now in a bowl game,
I'm still going to go out and play
as hard as I can. That's all I've ever
tried to do. Whether we've come
out with wins or losses, pretty or
ugly, I've always tried to leave it all
out there."
No one within the Hurricanes'
program will argue that asser-
tion.


Yet to the Miami fan base
which booed almost as often as
it cheered him that probably isn't
enough.
"You make one mistake here
and fans are ready to hang you.
He didn't get a fair shot," Miami
safety Kenny Phillips said. "Team-
mates, we all supported him."
When Wright came to Miami,
the expectations surrounding him
were ridiculously high. He was
the nation's top-rated high school
signalcaller, and was tabbed as
the next great one for "Quarter-
back U." He had that classic quar-
terback makeup: 6-foot-4, 220
pounds, blessed with a right arm
that could throw the football 70
yards in a perfect spiral.
He moved to campus in 2003
and became the starter in 2005
opening the year at Florida State
in a game would essentially be-
come a harbinger of his tenure at
Miami.
With the game on the line,
Wright led Miami 94 yards down
the field, from the 'Canes 3 to the
Florida State 3 in the final min-
utes. But he was sacked for the
ninth time, Miami botched a field
goal try and wound up losing 10-
7 the first of many tough losses
he'd endure.
Every year, there were offsea-
son moves to handle, be it new
offensive coordinators or head
coaches or schemes or philoso-
phies. Every year, it was almost
like Wright was starting over.
And that endless cycle of
change was one of many things
that held him back.
"I get on him hard because I
expect a lot out of him and I told
him that," Shannon said. "But I re-
ally respect him because he took
a beating in some games and
you know what? He kept com-
ing back, kept trying to produce
and kept trying to work at it. It's
a shame he hasn't had a chance
to really have a coordinator or a
quarterbacks coach work with
him for more than six months.
People need to know that."
Here's something Wright's
teammates think people should
know: He's considered one of the
toughest players on the team.
Two years ago, he broke his
wrist and refused to have surgery


that doctors recommended. So
when he broke the wrist again
last season, three plays into Mi-
ami's game against Virginia Tech,
Wright knew the severity right
away. But he never came out that
night, even gripping a ball be-
tween his fingers at halftime just
to maintain some range of mo-
tion.
This year, a badly cut mouth
knocked him from a game for
about 10 minutes.
"You're not going to knock me
out," said Wright, who enters the
final regular-season game of his
career with 5,637 passing yards
and 36 touchdowns.
Sure enough, five stitches and
a fat lip later, he was back on the
field.
"It's just little things like that
that a lot of people don't realize,"
Morse said. "But a lot of guys on
this team notice stuff like that and
really appreciate him for it."
By most accounts, the 23-year-
old is perfectly normal.
He doesn't go out during the
season and rarely leaves home
during the offseason. He loves
those rare opportunities when he
gets to see his parents. He can hit
a golf ball more than 300 yards
with ease. He's been dating the
same girl for four years. He lets
few people get close to him, and
ever after three years of being the
face of this program, Wright ac-
knowledges he still has bouts of
shyness.
He came to Miami as a boy,
will leave as a man, one that'll al-
most certainly be in the NFL next
year.
And for now, as he prepares
for what might be goodbye to
'The U,' Wright can't help but
wonder what might have been.
"Miami has always talked
about winning championships,
while other teams kind of hope
they win enough games to get to a
bowl game," Wright said. "Being
now on that other side of it, hop-
ing to get another win to get to a
bowl game, nobody should feel
satisfied here. I wanted more."
His teammates say he de-
served more, too.
"He was our leader," Phillips
said. "That's what we needed
him to be."


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Driver's license suspended for


Hogan's son due to speeding crash


CLEARWATER. (AP) - Ce-
lebrity wrestler Hulk Hogan's son
had his driver's license suspended
due to a street racing accident that
left a passenger friend critically in-
jured, state officials said Wednes-
day.
Nick Bollea, 17, was arrested
Nov. 7 on charges stemming from
the August crash, Clearwater po-
lice said. He turned himself in on
charges of reckless driving involv-
ing serious bodily injury.
Earlier in November, his license
was suspended for six months for
allegedly having a blood alcohol
level of 0.055 percent as a minor at
the time of the accident, said Ann
Nucatola, a spokeswoman for the
Florida Department of Highway
Safety & Motor Vehicles.
This week, he was mailed let-
ters informing him of two other
suspensions. The first yearlong
one starts Dec. 10 and is because
he faces charges that could result


in his license being revoked.
The other starts Dec. 11 and
is for an unrelated April incident
when Bollea was clocked driving
106 mph in a 70 mph zone. He
has not paid that fine, Mr. Nu-
catola said, so his license will be
suspended until then.
A Hogan family spokesman
said Wednesday that Bollea had
not received any letter.
"Once received, we will evalu-
ate the letter and consider all ap-
propriate actions," Ronn Toros-
sian said in a statement.
Torossian declined to com-
ment about the earlier license
suspension.
Clearwater police said the
Aug. 26 crash happened when
Bollea crashed his 1998 Toyota
Supra while street racing against
a silver Dodge Viper driven by a
friend. A report said Bollea was
driving faster than 60 mph in a 40
mph zone.


Bollea's passenger, John Gra-
ziano, was not wearing a seat belt
and was critically injured. Bollea,
who was wearing a seat belt, was
not seriously injured.
Graziano, a 22-year-old U.S.
Marine who served in Iraq, suf-
fered a broken skull and has been
comatose since the crash, accord-
ing to medical professionals who
examined him and submitted re-
ports on his condition to court.
Besides the reckless driving
charge, authorities cited Bollea
for using a motor vehicle in com-
mission of a felony, being a driver
under 21 operating a vehicle with
a blood-alcohol level of .02 per-
cent or higher and having illegal
window tinting.
The blood-alcohol level at
which Florida law presumes an
adult driver to be impaired is .08
percent.


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Bass caught via hotdog
Myrna Westcott caught this 8.5 lb. bass via a #8 hook with
a piece of hotdog. The large fish measured in at 25.75 inch-
es long and had a girth of 8.5 inches. It took Mrs. Westcott
15 minutes to get the fish in. Her husband had to use the
net to get the fish in.


Sports News In Brief


Bass Club
meeting slated
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Dec. 13 at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following week-
end. New members (especially
non-boaters) are welcome. For


more information contact Dave


more information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed


of men and women who ac-
tively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.


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 screen-
ings. For information, contact
Mike Davis, youth project direc-
tor, at (863) 462-5863.


Moms Kitchen
The Mom's Kitchen soccer team, 10 and under league.


Big 'O' Teen Angler Tournament Winners


Submitted photos
Ryan Folsom took first place in the
11-14 division at the recent Big "O"
Teen Anglers tournament. His total
catch was 4.7 Ibs. , and also took the Chris Eaton took second place at the
Big Fish title with a weight of 2.35 for Big "0" Teen Anglers tournament with Robert Stafford took third place at the
his division, a weight of 2.85 Ibs. tournament with a weight of 2.45.
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Mike Cornell (left) took first place in his division with a catch
of 7.8 lbs. and the Big Fish title of 3 Ibs. Boat captain, David Third place winner was Scott Maestre with a catch of 3.7
Straight assisted him with his catch. Ibs.


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Tournament winner
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10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007


Travelers hit road, sky and trains


By Samantha Gross
Associated Press Writer
NEWYORK (AP) -Americans
packed up and headed to airports
and train stations hours ahead of
time Wednesday to get a jump on
what was predicted to be the larg-
est Thanksgiving pilgrimage ever
-- despite rising gas prices and
fears of air delays.
A record 38.7 million U.S. resi-
dents were expected to travel 50
miles or more for the holiday.
Sally and Neil MacDonald of
Sandy Hook, Conn., set out early
to fly from New York's LaGuardia
Airport with their three children
for a big family reunion in Arkan-
sas.
"It's too long to drive," said
Sally MacDonald. "This gives us
more time to enjoy family instead
of having our three little kids in
the car for 22 hours."
Her carry-on items included
her traditional pumpkin cheese-


cake in a covered plastic pie
plate.
"If they don't allow it, I guess
the airport security will be enjoy-
ing my pumpkin pie for Thanks-
giving," she said.
At the Salt Lake City airport,
Dennis Tos set out even earlier,
boarding a redeye flight shortly
before midnight Tuesday.
"I specifically chose this hour
to not get stuck in an airport. The
horror stories kind of bothered
me," he said en route to a family
reunion near Buffalo, N.Y. "I've
never missed a Thanksgiving in
the 58 years I've been alive."
About 4.7 million U.S. resi-
dents were expected to fly for the
holiday, according to AAA, and
about 31.2 million travelers were
expected to drive in spite of gas
prices that were nearly 85 cents
more per gallon than they were a
year earlier. The national average
for regular gasoline on Nov. 16
was $3.09 a gallon, up from $2.23


on Nov. 17, 2006.
"The question becomes 'Is
$10 or $15 more for gas enough
to change travel plans?' and obvi-
ously most Americans said 'no,"'
said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman
Lon Anderson at Washington's
Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Michael Musher, a National
Weather Service meteorologist,
said light snow in the Midwest
and light rain elsewhere around
the country could cause only mi-
nor problems.
Early starts worked unexpect-
edly well for some travelers.
"It's empty, that's weird," Mike
Patulo, 23, said at Newark Liberty
International Airport in New Jer-
sey, where he arrived by 8 a.m. for
a 10 a.m. flight to Cleveland. Patu-
lo said high gas costs didn't affect
his travel plans since he doesn't
own a car.
Amtrak expected more than
.115,000 riders on Wednesday,
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Auctions 105
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QUAKER PARROT- Green,
blue, yellow, ring on leg, vic
of Capt. Henry Dr.
(239)839-2721
SHELTIE - F. Looks like collie.
Hwy. 68 E. & NE 48th Ave.
(Hilolo Rd.). on 11/18. 863-
34-4713 or 772-766-1815




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OKEE, 60 Linda Road, BHR,
Sat., 11/24 & Sun., 11/25,
8am-4pm. Household items,
electrical, plumbing, knick
knacks, nice clothing &
much, much more!!


CLEAN UP
Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @
(863)634-4780





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will be closed today,
November 22nd
in observance of the
Thanksgiving holiday.

Okeechobee News
l - Happy Thanksgiving!


CASTLE
The Parenting
Professionals


Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011


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FullTim


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 - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
1 View from
Chamonix, to a
native
5 Curly's
predecessor and
successor
10 Passed (out)
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an arrow. Fruit
flies like a
banana" speaker
16 Computer file
acronym
17 "Maria ":
1940s song
18 Turkey
21 Several
22 Ready to serve
23 Letter string
24 Dow extremes
27 Do
29 Altar in the sky
32 Sauteed leftovers
35 Place to shoot
from
36 Yam
40 Be an amateur
no more
41 Info
42 Eleniak of
"Baywatch"
46 Gravy
49 Teen's hangout
52 Child support?
53 "Apocalpyse
Now" setting
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from
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river
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Caesar
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mom's
admonition upon
seeing this
puzzle's theme?
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comics witch
72 Divine
sustenance
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74 Impudent
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment
Medical 210
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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. EOE DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Call (863)763-8391
OFFICE MANAGER
Experience a MUST!
Fax resume to
863-467-1126


8 Demeanor
9 Packers running
, back Elijah who
scored two
touchdowns in
Super Bowl I
10 Fast food fixture
11 Pay finish
12 Swear a blue
streak
13 "Romanian
Rhapsodies"
composer
14 Moved quickly
19 Noted war photo
site, briefly
20 _ cuisine
25 Word before or
after "says"
26 New York
restaurateur
28 Sporty '80s
Pontiac
29 3, for 2 and 4:
Abbr.
30 Classic wheels
31 Dada notable
33 Son of Sarek
and Amanda, on
"Star Trek"
34 Words to a
hitcher
37 Tough guy actor
Donlevy
38 Stores easily, as
a bed
39 Fizzle (out)
43 Dogpatch
conditional


44 Korean
carmaker
45 Money mkt.?
47 Byzantine
emperor known
as "the Wise"
48 Potpie veggie
49 Hebrew openers
50 Educational
tools illustrating
everyday life
51 Ear parts
55 "Get somebody
else"
57 NRA supporter


58 Dover dandies
61 Impact sound
62 Match
64 "Me neither!"
65 Perfectly
67 NFL stat
68 Sugar-free
Pepsi product
69 Seven-member
OPEC member
70 Old detergent
company that
often enclosed a
free drinking
glass in each box


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DRIVER WANTED : Needed
Chauffer to drive legally blind
Okee man during daylight
hours. 7 days a wk. Can hire
separate drivers: 1 -wk/days &
1 -wk/ends. Criminal & good
driving record checked. Call
Don of Oakland Farms
863-467-2930 for info & appt.


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Services



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



Elderly Care - Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
opening for 24 hr. care in
nice family home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.

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Merchandise



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 & 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
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
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Tickets 720
Tools 725
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when you sell It In the
classifleds.


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419 W.S. Park
Call (863)763-5553
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
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fleds.


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

Buying a car? Look In the
classifileds. Selling a
car? Look In the classi-
fleds.


Need 16 ft. V Hull Boat Trailer.
(863)357-3578


.CASH for your heavy industrial
equipment. Excavators,
cranes, dozier's, wheel load-
ers, etc. Free estimates on
demolition jobs.
(386)423-4432
PAYING BEST PRICES
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
ELLIOTT'S PAWN
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


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Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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



Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, l1/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, 1BA,
+ $625/mo, $525 sec dep.
(772)260-1765
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Close
to Town. $850. mo. includes
water. Annual Lease. Call
Vikki @ 561-255-4377
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878


BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, lawn service,
water service, $950/mo, 1st
& last only. Avail Now
(561)723-0661
BASSWOOD: 2BR/1BA, CBS,
newly renovated, $775/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)793-4860
BRANO NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 11/2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1000
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
561-346-3620
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1050. mo + Sec. Close to
town. (954)658-0108
ON CANAL, 3BR, 2BA,
available December 1st. Call
(606)875-6270



COMMERCIAL SPACE - 750
sq ft. stand alone, available
(863)763-4114
OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545
Store Front/Office Spaces 2
available in BHR. High traffic,
good for start up business.
Low rate. (863)610-1120



SEASONAL ONLY - Waterfront
Houses. Immaculate. Fully
furnished. New construction.
(765)348-8270



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and interesting person. No
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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property - Sale 1010
Condos/'
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
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



DIXIE RANCH - 1 acre, 208 x
208. Big oak trees. Hi & Dry.
7 mis from town off 87th Ct.,
2nd lot in on the right.
$50,000. (561)968-0468
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
NEWLY RENOVATED - 4/3, all
new inside & out, must see!
In Okee Estates. 2100 sq ft.
$210,000 (863)634-6186
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un-
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, Space to add
master bath, 24 x13 en-
closed Fla. room & more!!
Grab flyer!! 309 SW 10th
Ave. (863)357-0391

Love the earth Recycle
your used items by sell-
Ing them in the classi-
fleds.



OKEECHOBEE - 2 duplexes on
one lot, New metal roofs,
CBS, $325,000
(772)260-1765


LAND FOR SALE OR RENT -
15'/2 Acres Electricity/Water.
Surrounded by homes &
pastures. 786-344-8810


MobileHomes



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




CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER - 2
Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
$1200 mo. Call
(863)763-2838



OKEECHOBEE - 2/1, newly re-
modeled, central heaVAC, Ig
porches, on 1.5 acres,
wooded & fenced. $800/mo
+ Sec dep. (863)634-3451
QUIET AREA - 2/2, m/h, Ig
screened porch, util. rm, 1/2
acre, nice trees, 70E. $750
+ sec includes lawn service.
(863)467-7415
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 mo 1st & sec.
dep. (561)927-8211


BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,500
(863)763-1079/801-3287
PALM HARBOR
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
800-622-2832
SKYLINE - '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF HOWARD
LEROY LAMB, Deceased
FILE NUMBER: 2007-CP-224
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
HOWARD LEROY LAMB, deceased,
whose date of death was August 4,
2007, and whose social security
number is 265-40-7367, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL. 34972.
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom
a copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2 YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
ice is November 15,2007.
Personal Representative:
Judy L. Wiggins
2507 Walnut Hollow
Pearand, TX 77581
Attorney for Personal Representative:
David N. Sowerby, Esquire
Florida Bar No. 0473545
2940 S. 25th Street
Fort PierceFL, 34981
(772)-464-7900
248968 ON 11/15,22/07

LEGAL NOTICE
On October 22, 2007, Westminster
Academy filed an appltion with
the Federal Communications Com-
mission for a new FM noncommer-
cial class C3 radio station in
Cypress Quarters, FL, on channel
208 operating at 19 kW from an an-
tenna 86 meters tall located at
27-20-50 N, 80-57-4 W. The
board members of Westminster
Academy are Jim Carlson, Stephen
Finch, Brian MacClugage, Joe Mill-
er, Craig Peterson, Mike Pritchard,
Terrie Roughen, Hank Sipowski,
David Stewart, Okyo Sthair, and
Greg Beaupied. A copy of the ap-
plication is available for public
viewing in the public tile at Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206
SW 16th St., Okeechobee, FL
34974.
249086 ON 11/16,17,21,22/07

On October 19,2007, Emmaus Broad-
casting Service filed an application
with the Federal Communications
Comm. requesting authority to con-
struct a new non-commercial edu-
cational FM. radio station to serve
Okeechobee County and surround-
ing areas. The application proposes
a Class A station operating at a
height of 91.4 M with 4.3 MHZ
from tower 27-14-41.4 LaLt.
80-56-08.5 Long. A copy ol the ap-
plication is avialable for inspection
during business hours in the pro-
posed main studio at Emmaus
Broadcasting Service, 2421 Brock-
smith Rd., Ft. Pierce, Fl. 34945.
247798 ON 11/8,10,15,17,22,24/
07

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOB
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-074
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. d/b/a
STERLING TRUST MORTGAGE COR-
PORATION, a Florida corporation,
Plaintiff
vs.
TONYA BRIGHT AND BRIGHT, IF ANY;
and JOHN DOE OR ANY OTHER PER-
SON IN POSSESSION; ET AL,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
7/18/2007 entered in Civil Cast No.
2007-CA-074 of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County,. Florida, wherein
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. d/b/a
STERLING TRUST MORTGAGE COR-
PORATION, is Plaintiff and TONYA EB-
RIGHT, BRIGHT, UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF TONYA EGRIGHT, IF ANY; and all
unknown parties claiming by, through
under or against the named defen-
dants, whether living or not, and
whether said unknown parties claims
as heirs, devisees, grantees, assign-
ees, lienors, creditors, trustees, or in
any other capacity, claiming by,
through under or against the named
defendants are Defendant(s).
I will sell to the highest bidder for cash,
at 312 North West 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL at 11:00 o'clock a.m, on
the 12th day of December, 2007 the
following described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
THE NORTH 1/2 OF A PARCEL OF
LAND LYING IN AND COMPRISING A
PART OF SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 36
SOUTH, AND RANGE 35 EAST, OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
AS FOLLOWS: THE SOUTH 467 FEET
OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED
PARCEL, TO WIT: BEGINNING AT THE
NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 2,
TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 35
EAST. THENCE RUN EAST ALONG
THE NORTH SECTION LINE A DIS-
TANCE OF 2345.67 FEET, THENCE
RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 660
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING:
THENCE RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF
925 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH A
DISTANCE OF 925 FEET; THENCE
RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 1056
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
Street address: 13995 N.E. 26th
Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens mst file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
DATED this 6th day of Nov., 2007.


Service Clubs


American Legion


Post #64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E.
Second St. The Post phone
number is (863) 763-2950.
* American Legion Post
#64 is open Monday to Sat-
urday from 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. and Sunday from 1 until
9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Mon-
day through Friday from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m.; Wednes-
day, tacos and margaritas
served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m. with David Copper from
3 until 6 p.m.; Sunday from 4
until 9 p.m.
* Sunday: sports on big
screen TV. Quarter-pound
hot dogs, pizza and $1 draft
beer will be offered. David
Copper from 4 until 7 p.m.
* Bingo is held every Sat-
urday and Sunday night start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Doors open
at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the Ameri-
can Legion steak dinner will
be held on the third Sunday
of each month from 3 until 6
p.m. The dinner will include
steak, baked potato, salad,
dessert, coffee and tea.
* Friday night dinners
have resumed. Dinners will
be served from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.
* It is time to pay your
dues for the Legion and Aux-
iliary.
* We are planning a
Christmas party for children
and a party for veterans in
the nursing home.
* We are planning a free
dinner for everyone who has
paid their dues by Nov. 1.
* Dec. 15 from 2 until 4
p.m. Lipsinc starts again.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will
hold a regular informational
meeting on the first Saturday
of the month at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002
U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m. Appli-
cations for new members are
available. Call Lou Eder at
(863) 357-0467 or Jerry Lee
Shields at (863) 467-8779 or
(863) 467-2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxilia-
ry meetings are the first Sat-
urday of the month at 10 am.
Contact the Post at 467-2882
for information.

Eagles Aeries

#4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is lo-
cated at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For
information on events, call
(863) 763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at
1 p.m. Food will be available
for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will
be available.
* Every Thursday: washer
toss at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at
7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-
oz.) starting at 5 p.m. for a
$12 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order
from 9 until 11 a.m. for $5
donation.
* Nov. 22, will have a
Thanksgiving dinner with all
trimmings for $5 donation at
2 p.m. public is welcome. If
you are not a member please


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Okeechobee Masonic

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


starting at 8 p.m.
* Saturday, Nov. 24: Ka-
raoke at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at 6
p.m. Hobo Hoe Down Din-
ner, bring your best Hobo
stews, soup, chili and fixings.
Lodge will have biscuits. Mu-
sic at 7:30 p.m. and at 8 a.m.
Lodge Garage sale. Bring
unwanted items for this sale
with a hog roast dinner from
5 until 7:15 p.m. to follow.
* No bingo for the rest of
the summer.

Moose Family


Order of the Eastern Center #1753


Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern
Star has many fun activities
planned on the first and third
Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact
Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-
8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on
U.S. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is (863) 763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will
be served from 9 until 11
a.m.
* Sunday: Karaoke with
open mic ahd free food at
7:30 p.m.
* Monday: Monday night
football with free food. Come
enjoy the game at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you
have a game you wish to
play, bring it.
* Thursday: .dinner will
be served from 5 until 7:15
p.m. Call the Lodge for the
menu.
* Thursday: karaoke
night starting at 7 p.m.
* ,Thursday, Nov. 22:
from noon until 5 p.m. Free
Thanksgiving dinner (dona-
tions accepted). And Mem-
bership drive for BHR Lodge
tickets for barbecue grill give
away being sold. Members
and friends invited.
* Friday: dinner served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Music
for dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call
to see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner from
6 p.m. until ? Call for the
menu.
* Saturday: karaoke night


The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W
36th St. in Okeechobee. The
lodge during the summer
will be noon until 8 p.m.,
or later. For information and
meal menus, call the Lodge
at (863) 763-4954. Guests are
invited to enjoy the activities
and consider membership.
The main hall is open for ac-
tivities.
* Breakfast first Sunday
of every month from 8 to 11
a.m.
* Every Monday eve-
ning-pool and poker tourna-
ments.
* LOOM meets every sec-
ond Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every
second and fourth Tuesday
at 7:30 p.m.
* Officers meetings, men
and women, are the first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting
first and third Tuesday at 7
p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sun-
day: horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 sup-
per and women's fun night.
Line dancing lessons.
* Every Thursday: Moose
Legion bingo and lunch at 1
p.m.
* Every Sunday: horse-
shoes at 2 p.m.; free pool
games all day.
* Bar bingo Friday at 6:30
p.m. Dinner $3 starts at 5:30
p.m.
* Every Saturday: dinner
at 5:30 p.m. for a $7 dona-
tion.
* Moose Races Saturday
at 2 p.m.
* Watch for yard sale


Peace on Earth
The holiday season brings special thoughts to our troops as they are fighting
for our freedoms and Peace on Earth. This year's official tree lighting ceremo-
ny will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Park.


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL MEET TUES-
DAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007 IN ROOM C-102, THE STRATEGIC PLANNING ROOM,
IN THE WOLF HIGH-TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY
COLLEGE CHASTAIN CAMPUS AT 2400 S.E. SALERNO ROAD, STUART, FLORIDA
34997.
BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE -2:00 PM.
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE -2:15 PM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD
OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A
VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
249988 ON 11/22/07_____________


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Holiday festivities
The season is coming on fast and strong so get all
your decorations together and join in on the festiv-
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lighting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov.
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 22, 2007 13


Parents: watch for toy hazards


By Hope Yen
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Urging
shoppers to be vigilant, federal
regulators on Tuesday highlighted
a broad array of potential toy safety
hazards, including the lead-based
paint that forced manufacturers
to recall millions of popular toys
over the past several months.
Consumer groups, though,
warned that they found numer-
ous cases where toys that posed
a choking hazard or lead danger
had improperly made it to store
shelves. "Consumers looking for
toys still face an industry full of
safety loopholes," said the U.S.
Public Interest Research Group.
Three days before the start of
the busy shopping season, Nancy
Nord, acting chief of the Consum-
er Product Safety Commission,
issued safety tips in a two-page
release that called on parents
to "stay informed" about safety
risks by reading product warning
labels and signing up for direct
e-mail notification of recalls at
www.cpsc.gov.
Among the biggest toy hazards
cited by CPSC:
Riding toys, skateboards and
inline skates that could cause
dangerous falls for children.
Toys with small parts that can
cause choking hazards, particu-
larly for children under age 3.
Toys with small magnets, par-
ticularly for children under age
6, that can cause serious injury


or death if the magnets are swal-
lowed.
Projectile toys such as air rock-
ets, darts and sling slots for older
children that can cause eye inju-
ries.
Chargers and adapters that can
pose burn hazards to children.
"Toys today are undergoing
more inspection and more in-
tense scrutiny than every before,"
Nord said in a statement, citing
CPSC's "daily commitment to
keeping consumers safe 365 days
a year."
The agency noted that the Chi-
nese government recently had
signed agreements to help pre-
vent lead-painted toys from reach-
ing the U.S., and that the CPSC
was "taking the action needed to
remove violative products from
the marketplace."
Consumer groups weren't so
sure.
In its 57-page annual survey,
U.S. PIRG agreed that toys with
small magnets as well as small
parts that pose choking hazards
create significant risks.
Between 1990 and 2005, at
least 166 children choked to death
on children's products, account-
ing for more than half of all toy-
related deaths at a rate of about
10 deaths per year, the group said.
Several times this year potentially
dangerous toys were sold without
the required warning labels of
possible choking risks while the
CPSC also has been slow to issue
public warnings, U.S. PIRG said.


CPS offers toy safety tips


By The Associated Press
Some toy safety tips from the
Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission as the holiday season ap-
proaches:
Look for toy labels that give
age and safety recommendations
and use that information as a
guide.
Select toys to suit the age, abili-
ties, skills and interest level of the
intended child.
For children under age 3, avoid
toys with small parts, which could
cause choking.
For children under age 6, avoid
sets with small magnets, which
could cause serious injury or
death if swallowed.
For children under age 8, avoid
toys with sharp edges and points.


Helmets and safety gear
should fit properly and be worn
by children using riding toys such
as skateboards or inline skates.
Improper use of projectile toys,
such as. rockets or darts, could re-
sult in serious eye injuries. The
toys are for older children.
Battery chargers and adapt-
ers can pose a burn hazard for
children. Adults should supervise
charging batteries and pay atten-
tion to warnings on the chargers.
Immediately discard plastic
wrappings on toys.
Keep toys appropriate for old-
er children away from younger
children.
Stay informed by signing up to
receive direct e-mail notification
of recalls at www.cpsc.goy.


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U.S. PIRG and Oakland, Calif.-
based Center for Environmental
Health also pointed to continu-
ing risks involving lead-tainted
toys, millions of which were re-
called this year. They cited weak
laws that only clearly ban lead in
paint.
In a four-day investigation of
toys it purchased at stores such as
Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
and-The Disney Store, the Center
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that 9 out of the 100 toys it pur-
chased had high lead levels of 900
parts per million or more.
Another six toys had levels
higher than 100 parts per million,
the approximate trace level that
some consumer groups would
like to see as the limit whether in
paint, coatings or any toys, jew-
elry or other products used by
children under 12.
"The toy companies and their
retailers and the government
aren't doing enough to pro-
tect kids from these toys," said
Charles Margulis, CEH's spokes-
man. "They had massive recalls
this summer and keep telling us
how much they're doing.
"Yet we're still finding these


toys with high levels," he said.
"Why is it we are the ones that
are getting this information out to
parents and not the government
and not the toy companies?"
The findings come as both the
House and Senate consider leg-
islation that would overhaul the
product safety system by substan-
tially increasing CPSC's budget,
raising the cap on civil penalties
for violations and giving the CPSC
authority to provide quicker no-
tice to the public of potentially
dangerous products.
The measures also seek to ban
officials at federal regulating agen-
cies from taking trips financed
by industries they oversee. Both
Nord and her predecessor as
chairman, Hal Stratton, accepted
free trips worth thousands of dol-
lars at industry expense.
On Monday, California Attor-
ney General Jerry Brown sued 20
companies in state court, includ-
ing Mattel Inc. and Toys "R" Us,
claiming they sold toys contain-
ing "unlawful quantities of lead."
The move follows major recalls of
toys, lunch boxes, children's jew-
elry and other goods during the
last year by CPSC.


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W/ALL-SPEED TRACTION CONTROL(10)
* 17" ALUMINUM WHEELS
* SATELLITE RADIO


$2,660
-$1,760
$ 900


$2,000 OR oAPR(
CASH ALLOWANCE FINANCING

PLUS GET THE BEST
WARRANTY IN THE INDUSTRY


AVENGER
* 30-HWY EPA ESTIMATED MPG
* AVAILABLE MYGIGTM
MULTIMEDIA INFOTAINMENT
SYSTEM W/NAVIGATION(11)A
* FIVE-STAR FRONTAL CRASH
TEST RATING(4)




$1,000 OR OAPR
CASH ALLOWANCE FINANCINGS
(12)


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(1) 0% APR financing for 60 months equals $16.67 per month and for 36 months equals $27.78 per month per $1,000 financed with 10% down through Chrysler Financial. Financing for well-qualified buyers. Not all buyers will qualify. (2) �2007 SIRIUS Satellite ~ " ' ''' 't"''.
Radio Inc. "SIRIUS," "SIRIUS Backseat TV," the SIRIUS dog logo and related marks are trademarks of SIRIUS' Satellite Radio Inc. All other trademarks, service marks and logos are the property of their respective owners. (3) Seat must always be locked in forward *A-A,-'.'. :,,LA.
or rearward mode when vehicle is in motion. Tabletop must be installed in base at all times when in use. When not in use, table and base must be properly stowed. Never drive with the table installed without properly using your seat belts. (4) Star ratings are
part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's SaferCar.gov program (safercar.gov). (5) Financing for well-qualified buyers. Not all buyers will qualify. (6) Based on R.L. Polk & Co. Vehicles in operation registration statistics CY 1987-2006. Durability based on longevity. (7) 13 city to 18 hwy EPA
est. mpg with MDS. Results may depend on driving habits and conditions. (8) Based on 2007 Automotive News classification. (9) 13 city to 19 highway EPA est. mpg with MDS. Results depend on driving habits and conditions. (10) Always drive consistent with conditions. (11) MyGIG in-dash video
playback capability not available in all states. See dealer for details. (12) See dealer for a copy of the limited warranty and details. Non-Transferable. Not available on SRT, diesel, Sprinter, Chassis Cab and certain fleet vehicles. Dodge, Stow 'N Go and HEMI are registered trademarks of Chrysler LLC.


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