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Okeechobee


Saturday, November 24, 2007


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Heart disease deaths
down in older adults
ATLANTA (AP) --For de-
cades, heart disease death rates
have been falling. But a new
study shows a troubling turn
- more women under 45 are
dying of .heart disease due to
clogged arteries, and the death
rate for men that age has lev-
eled off.
Page 3
Shopping wisely
for the holidays
Shopping safely is not the
only area that one needs to be
concerned with in this day and
age. Money is tighter than ever
in today's economy. Still, it is
important view all of your op-
tions when comparison shop-
ping to make sure you get the
best deal.
Page 2

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.
SFWMD hosts
public meeting
A public meeting on the
northern Everglades/Lake
Okeechobee phase II technical
A plan will be held Tuesday, Nov.
27, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750
U.S. 98 N. The purpose of the
meeting is to allow the public to
comment on the South Florida
Water Management District's
draft plan.
For a copy of the draft plan,
go to the SFWMD website at
https://my.sfwmd.gov/north-
erneverglades. For information
on the meeting or draft plan,
contact Temperince Morgan at
(561) 682-6534.

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

Lake Levels


10.33 feet
Last Year: 12.39 feet


Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Index
Classifieds............................. 8, 9
Com ics ...................................... 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword ............................. 8
Obituaries.................................. 3
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports .....................................'. 10
TV .............................................. 9
W eather..................................... 2
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how to contact the newspaper.

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County to meet candidates


Commissioners to
review credentials
of hopefuls
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
This coming week the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will
move closer to selecting a new
county administrator.
Now that recruiter Colin
Baenziger has recommended
eight candidates for the position


and submitted extensive back-
grounds reports on each, it is
time for commissioners to make
their selection.
At their meeting on Thursday,
Nov. 29, commissioners will be
culling Mr. Baenziger's list down
to around five.
All of the candidates have
very impressive credentials. Of
the nine candidates, one is a
female, two recently applied
unsuccessfully for the position
of city manager of Bartow and
three are from out of state.
Former Okeechobee County


administrator George Long was
selected to be the new Bartow
city manager, and will assume
that position in January of 2008.
The lone female, Kathy Rice
is currently assistant city man-
ager of Surprise, Ariz. Mrs. Rice
was also an applicant for the po-
sition of city manager in Bartow.
She currently manages eight city
departments with 900 employ-
ees in the position she has held
since March 22, 2004.
"Take action, results-oriented
city manager with successful 28-
year track record in city govern-


ment," is how recruiter Colin
Baenziger described Mrs. Rice.
Before taking the job in Sur-
prise; Ariz., she was interim plan-
ning and zoning director in Tem-
ple, Texas, for six months. Prior
to that, she served four years as
city manager in Waco, Texas.
However, Mrs. Rice has Flori-
da ties. 'Before moving to Waco,
she was deputy city manager in
Clearwater, city manager in Gulf-
port, city manager/CEO of Lake
Mary and planner/research coor-
dinator for the East Central Flori-
da Regional Planning Council.


She has a Masters of Public
Administration from the Univer-
sity of Georgia.
One factor that might help
her to this rural area is that her
undergraduate degree was in
agriculture., Her husband is a
teacher and is excited about job
prospects here.
The other Bartow applicant,
Ken Fields, served for four years
as the executive administrative
officer of the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, before leaving that posi-
See Candidates - Page 2


CHEO


staging


holiday


drama
By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Christmas is the time of year
when people think not only of
what they will be getting under
the Christmas tree, but what
they can give to others. The
Christian Home Educators of
Okeechobee will be demon-
strating the true meaning of
Christmas through their play
put on by children of all ages.
The Christian Home Educa-
tors of Okeechobee (CHEO)
will present the play, "A Very
Grady Christmas," on Saturday,
Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church, 8
Cypress St. N.E.
A modern day play, loosely
based on the television sitcom
"The Brady Bunch," which ran
from 1969 until 1974 and still
runs reruns on television today.
"A Very Grady Christmas"
is a story about some spoiled
children and how they come to
find the true meaning of Christ-
mas at their church's annual
Christmas dinner and talent
show.
By attending this show, you
will get to live it as you watch. It
is a dinner theatre setting where
you will actually be the church
audience at the dinner and
show they are talking about in
the play. You will be able to en-
joy chicken Alfredo with salad,
garlic bread and dessert. This
dinner will be served by the ac-
tors themselves as part of the
See Play - Page 2


Business
By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
While the day after Thanks-
giving is usually depicted as a
crazy rush for shoppers to get
all of their Christmas shop-
ping done early, the reality is
a bit less dramatic. Stores in
Okeechobee were busier than
usual, but the consensus from
local retailers was that business
was steady -- not frenzied.
Retailers throughout the
community held sales to entice
customers to come out and
start their holiday shopping


By David Royse
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Four
years ago, many Florida doc-
tors threatened to quit their
practices because their mal-
practice insurance premiums
were spiraling out of control.
Some doctors retired early,
some moved out of state. A
few briefly walked off the job.
Others dropped their insurance
and hoped for the best.
"The rates were going up


s 'steady'
with deals like 20 percent off
everything in the store and ad-
ditional discounts on clearance
items. But the rush was not as
serious in Okeechobee as it
was in larger cities.
"Shopping was pretty steady
today," stated Christy Durance,
one of the owner's of Eli's West-
ern Wear. "I haven't compared
the numbers, but I would say
that sales were close to what
they were last year."
Most stores in Okeechobee te
held with their normal hours S
S
See Shopping - Page 2 d


just really huge, by leaps and
bounds," said Dr. Mark Wein-
traub, a Bradenton urologist.
"If things kept raising as they
were, would I have been forced
to leave? If it kept going up as
fast as it did, and rates were
double or triple, maybe I would
have."
After a contentious fight
between doctors and law-
yers groups, the Legislature
responded by limiting, the
amounts malpractice victims


on Black Friday
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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Having never shopped on the day after Thanksgiving, of-
en hailed as the busiest shopping day of the year, Justa
;ampson wanted to know what all of the hype was about.
She spent the morning of Nov. 23 buying gifts for her chil-
Iren.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Digging in
This was the scene in the fellowship hall at First Bap-
tist Church on Thanksgiving Day. Jim and Pam Catron,
in the left of the picture got the idea to serve Thanksgiv-
ing Dinner to elderly people who had no one to spend
the holiday with. It was a family affair as son Christopher
and Nathanael and daughter Ashleigh pitched in to serve
about 20 people.


can win in lawsuits - about
$500,000 per doctor in most
cases. Voters changed the state
constitution to cap how much
victims lawyers can get paid in
contingency fees: 30 percent of
the first $250,000 won (that's a
maximum of $75,000) and 10
percent above that.
And while some contend
that unfairly penalized victims
and made it more difficult for
See Insurance - Page 2


Vol. 98 No. 328


Holiday Sales: Local stores entice patrons


UKeecnooee News/Victoria Hannon
Shelly Yates,'an employee at Eli's Western Wear, helps Lisa Baird (right) look at boots for her child on Nov. 23. The
day after Thanksgiving is consistently one of the top grossing days in sales for retailers and is marked by a large
number of sales.


Florida malpractice



insurance rates down


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2 Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 24, 2007


Shopping wisely

Shopping safely is not the ent a gift receipt when possible.
only area that one needs to be This ensures that your loved one
concerned with in this day and gets the price you paid for the
age. Money is tighter than ever item back if something were to
in today's economy. Still, it is im- go wrong with an item.
portant view all of your options When shopping by phone, in
when comparison shopping to a catalog or online, find out how
make sure you get the best deal. long it takes for the item to be
Be sure to do comparison delivered. And be sure to order
shopping and research mer- merchandise early enough to
chants' pricing policies, as some make sure that it arrives on time.
businesses will match, or even Protect your privacy and know
beat, a competitor's price. When whom you're dealing with. Pro-
comparing the store price with vide personal information, such
an online price, check shipping as a credit card number, home
and handling fees and don't for- address or telephone number,
get to factor those into the cost only when necessary and make
of the item. sure that you know the mer-
Returns, everyone hates to chant with whom you are deal-
have to return items after the ing. If you've never heard of the
holidays in the long lines. Be seller, check them out with your
sure to make it easier on your local Better Business Bureau or
friends and family and check out with Bronson's Division of Con-
the merchant's refund and return summerr Services 1-800-HELP-FLA
policies before you buy. Always (435-7352), before you decide to
keep a receipt or give the recipi- make a purchase.


Candidates
Continued From Page 1
tion last year. The Seminole Tribe
has over 3,000 members.
Mr. Fields supervised tribal
government programs including
public safety, public works, utili-
ties, capital construction, recre-
ation, elder affairs, social services,
education, housing and aviation.
Before that he was assistant city
manager in Hollywood for four
years. He also has a background
working in the private sector.
"Accomplished high level ex-
ecutive with multiple years expe-
rience in public and private non-
profit sectors, with expertise in
finance, budgeting, public safety,
human resources, labor relations
and information technology,"
was Mr. Baenziger's assessment
of Mr. Fields.
He also said that Mr. Fields
takes a common sense and direct
approach to management.
Mr. Fields has a Master's De-
gree in Public Policy Manage-
ment from Carnegie-Mellon Uni-
versity.
Applicant Larry Stoever hails
from Saline, Mich., where, until
last month he was city manager.
During his nine years there he su-
pervised 69 full time and 90 part
time employees through nine
department heads. Prior to that
he was city manager of Green-
--+ ville, Ill., for 13 years. For about
two years he served as acting
president of the Peoria Economic
Development Association. Mr.
Stoever was also city planner in
Charleston, Ill., planning director
in East St. Louis, Ill., and assistant
planning director, Rock Island,
I11.
He has a Master of Business
Administration from Eastern Il-
linois University and a Master of
Science in Urban and Regional
Planning from Southern Illinois
University.
"Long-term tenure as city
manager in two communities
coupled with additional admin-


Play
Continued From Page 1
play.
While you are dining you will
get to enjoy the musical and theat-
rical talents of the CHEO children
in the community such as Chris-
tina Smiley singing lead to "I Hate
Mistletoe," a barbershop quartet
singing "Sleigh Bells," a guitar
and banjo duet performed by Al-
ton Padgett and Daniel Womble,
and much more.
The play was written and will
also be directed by Cathy Wom-
ble and will be choreographed
by Darlene Mayers. Mrs. Womble
has been involved with the home
school group and community the-


Shopping
Continued From Page 1
and had sales ranging from all
day to through the weekend,
while others had selected hours
for their sale.
Lisa Baird was also among the
people that braved the crowds to
start her holiday shopping.
"I've already been to Wal-
Mart," she stated while in Eli's
Western Wear looking at chil-
dren's apparel. "I was there at
four this morning to start."


Insurance
Continued From Page 1
them to find attorneys, the mea-
sures seem to have helped stabi-
lize and even reduce the malprac-
tice premiums paid by the state's
doctors. Rates dropped 3 percent
on average last year, the state Of-
fice of Insurance Regulation re-
ported.
And the measures appear to
have helped decrease insurers'
losses, which have fallen from
more than $700 million statewide


istrative, economic develop-
ment and community planning
experience in challenging and
diverse communities," was Mr.
Baenziger's assessment of Mr.
Stoever.
He also described Mr. Stoever
as a hard worker who leads by
example and is an excellent writ-
er and communicator.
The third out-of-state appli-
cant, Richard Finn, applied from
Hilton, N.Y. Since leaving the po-
sition of city manager of Tacoma
Park, Md., in 2004, Mr. Finn has
been working on his life-long
ambition of earning a PhD which
he is scheduled to receive in May
of 2008. .
Takoma Park has 165 full-time
employees. Mr. Finn directly su-
pervised eight department heads
and two assistants during his five
years there.
He also spent five years as city
manager in Sandusky, Ohio and
nine years as city administrator of
Sun Prairie, Wis. In the Village of
Elk Grove, Ill., Mr. Finn spent five
years as personnel officer, two
years as administrative assistant
to the city manager and one year
as an administrative intern to the
city manager.
He has a Master of Public Ad-
ministration from Northern Illi-
nois University.
"Mr. Finn has strong fiscal
and management skills," stated,
Mr. Baenziger's interview com-
ments. "Mr. Finn feels employee
communications both with him
and within the organization are
extremely important."
Islamorda Village Manger
Gary Word has also applied for
Okeechobee's top post. In his
present position, where he has
served for almost two years, he
supervises 78 full-time employ-
ees. He also held the top admin-
istrative positions in Northville,
Mich., South St. Paul, Minn.,
Three Rivers, Mich. and Delano,
Minn.
He has a Masters in Education
Administration from the Univer-
sity of Missouri and a Masters in


atre for several years. Mrs. Mayers
has been the choreographer for
the First Baptist Church Upward
cheerleaders for the past six years
and has taken dance classes for
several years.
Tickets are on sale for $3 each
until Monday, Nov. 26. For tickets
or information please contact
Cathy Womble at (863) 763-
4821 and come celebrate a "Very
Grady Christmas" with the CHEO
children.
CHEO is not a home school
group as in your children go and
a teacher teaches them for eight
hours a day, it is a home school
'support' group where families
that home school come for fellow-
ship, friendly advice and more. All
of the parents choose their own


Wal-Mart, Okeechobee's larg-
est retailer, had sales that lasted
until 11 a.m., but declined to
comment on the outcome of the
event.
"We have had lots people
of people come in today doing
Christmas shopping," stated Ms.
Durance on Friday morning. "We
have already had a number of
people come and put items on
layaway."
A variety of items were on sale
at Tractor Supply Company, and
they also noticed an influx in cus-
tomers.


in 2003 to just over $300 million
last year, according to the Na-
tional Association of Insurance
Commissioners.
In a report in August, Florida's
Office of Insurance Regulation
noted the dropping losses and
concluded that award caps are at
least part of the reason.
"This .report shows that the
Florida Legislature's efforts to
control these costs have been ef-
fective," said Insurance Commis-
sioner Kevin McCarty.
But many doctors say their
rates haven't really dropped that


for the holidays


Public Administation from the
University of Kansas.
"Work experience includes
various city management posi-
tions with seven communities in
four states, each with increasing-
ly greater responsibility and com-
pensation" is how the recruiter
summed up Mr. Word's career.
Jacksonville resident John
Schneiger would like to be
Okeechobee County's next ad-
ministrator. For five years he
was city manager of Montrose,
Colo., where he supervised 175
employees and directed police,
roads, administrative services,
community development, water,
sewer, drainage, parks and hu-
man resources.
"Results oriented entrepre-
neurial leader with the vision,
drive and business acumen that
has positively impacted organiza-
tion performance and delivered
positive results," according to his
interview summary.
Growth management, one
of the major problems facing
Okeechobee, is also one of the
most important issues facing
Montrose.
William Scott Janke, from
Marathon, is currently a mort-
gage broker. However, he spent
about 18 months as the first city
manager in Marathon where he
supervised, 95 employees. Be-
fore that he was city manager in
Seward, Alaska, for five years and
city manager in Cordova, Alaska
for four years. He was also com-
munity development director for
Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska.
However, Mr. Janke has
Florida ties. He spent a'total of
about three years as a planner
in Monroe County and associ-
ate city planner in Venice. Plus,
he is a Gator. Mr. Janke earned
a Bachelor of Arts in Economic
Geography from the University of
Florida.
"Mr. Janke's ability to manage
the finances of an organization is
his greatest strength," according
to his interview report. "In Cor-
dova, Alaska, when he was.hired


curriculum to teach their kids.
CHEO does, however, offer
different classes each year for
the children to come together,
learn and have fun. For example,
last year they had a Crime Scene
Investigation (CSI) class where
the students investigated a crime
scene and then at the end had
a mystery luncheon where the
guests dressed in costumes and
tried to figure out who commit-
ted the crime.
They also just recently finished
a cake decorating class where
they learned to decorate simple
cakes to wedding cakes. They are
currently offering an art class and
a sign language class.
Some of the classes are free,
some charge for supplies only


"Sales were decent," stated
Mark Sweeney, store manager at
Tractor Supply Company. "They
were better than usual, but noth-
ing crazy."
Customers did not seem too
disappointed at the more manage-
able levels of customer flow, and
did enjoy the ample discounts.
"This lived up to my expecta-
tions," stated Justa Sampson, who
was among the shoppers to take
part in the day after Thanksgiving
sales. "I've never done it before
[shopped the day after Thanks-
giving] and I wanted to know


much. An 8 percent decrease,
when rates doubled over a cou-
ple years in the early 2000s, is
barely noticeable, many say.
The Florida Medical Asso-
ciation is pushing for even larger
drops.
"The rates have gone down a
little bit," said Jeff Scott, the asso-
ciation's director of government
affairs. But they're still among the
highest in the nation, he argues.
"We need massive decreases,"
Scott said. "It's still a problem as
far as affordability."
Lawyers who represent mal-


Track your purchases by keep-
ing all receipts, whether shopping
online or the traditional in-store
way. When shopping online,
keep printouts of the web pages
with details about the transac-
tion, including any warranties, or
return and refund policies. When
shopping by phone or from a cat-
alog, keep records of your order,
including the company's name,
address, phone number, date of
your order and item number or
description of the merchandise
you ordered.
As the official holiday shop-
ping season begins it is important
that consumers make certain that
they understand a store's policy
on returning or exchanging mer-
chandise before they make a
purchase..
Many stores have liberal re-
turn or exchange policies, while
others do no accept returns at
all.


the city was going into bankrupt-
cy. When he left, the city had $5
million in the bank."
He describes his manage-
ment style as being flexible and
diverse.
Mr. Janke was a meteorolo-
gist in the U.S. Navy. He was also
city manager in Fruita, Colo., and
town manager in Granby, Colo.
He has a master's degree in
Urban and Regional Planning
from the University of Wisconsin
and a master's in business ad-
ministration from Colorado State
University.
Rounding out the list is Palm
Coast Finance Director Ray Britt,
a certified public accountant. The
City of Palm Coast has a general
fund budget of $30 million and a
total budget of $22.8 million. Of
the city's 400 employees, 15 re-
port directly to him. Mr. Britt has
held this position for six years.
Before that he was comptrol-
ler for the City .of Port Orange
from 1995 until 2001. The previ-
ous 11 years were spent with the
City of Lakeland as accountant,
assistant city treasurer and chief
accountant in the electric and
water finance division.
Mr. Baenziger described Mr.
Britt's management style as
people oriented. He has a Master
of Public Administration degree
from the University of Central
Florida and a Bachelor of Sci-
ence. in Accounting from Florida
Southern College.
"Mr. Britt's strengths are that
he gets along well with people,
is able to agree to disagree, is a
good communicator, is a good
listener, is self motivated and has
a strong financial background,"
Mr. Baenziger said in his report.
The candidates making the
cut will be invited to Okeechobee
on Dec. 13 & 14 for private and
public interviews. A new county
administrator will be named at a
special meeting on Dec. 17.

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and some charge for teachers.
They have "mom" meetings
on the second Tuesday of every
month at 7 p.m. at the His House
Fellowship, Church of the Naza-
rene, located by Oakview Baptist
Church. Anyone is welcome to
come to the meetings.
If you are interested in home
schooling your children and want
to find out what this group is all
about or would like more infor-
mation on joining the group,
please call Cathy Womble at
(863) 763-4821.
Tickets are on sale for $3 each
until Monday, Nov. 26.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Teresa Mataushek may be reached at
tmataushek@newszap.com.


what all of the hype was about.
With seven kids at home, five are
mine and two are my husband's,
I needed to find a bargain."
Black Friday, which is the
moniker for the Friday following
Thanksgiving Day, gets its name
from being the day in the year that
single handedly puts major retail-
ers out of the red and into the
black -- meaning they are making
a profit. It is traditionally thought
of as the busiest shopping day of
the year, and is supposed to mark
the beginning of the Christmas
shopping season.


practice victims also question
whether doctors really have got-
ten much relief.
"The insurance companies
have been making minimal de-
creases, and most of what you're
seeing is part of the typical insur-
ance cycle," said Debra Henley,
deputy executive director of the
trial bar group the Florida Jus-
tice Association. "The insurance
companies are the only winners.
The patients have had significant
restrictions- on their rights; the
doctors haven't seen the sav-
ings."


If a store has a return policy,
which typically requires a receipt,
Florida law requires that it grant
a refund on the merchandise
within seven days of the date of
purchase provided that the item
is unused and in its original car-
ton. Fortunately, most stores that
allow returns will accept returns
for longer periods of time, par-
ticularly during and after holiday
shopping seasons.
Some stores, however, regard
all sales as final and do not allow
consumers to return merchan-
dise. If that is the case, they must
post a notice of the policy at the
point of sale.
It is up to an individual retailer
to determine what its policy is.
Shoppers should always familiar-
ize themselves with those policies
before they make a purchase,
and use that policy to determine
where they do their shopping.


Okeechobee Forecast
Saturday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of rain. The
high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the northeast
at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east around 10 mph in the afternoon.
The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
rain. The low will be in the mid 60s. The wind will be from the east
at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain. The high will be
in the mid 80s. The wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph
increasing to 10 tol5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Monday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
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Correction
The story entitled "CCC's annual toy drive for youth will end Nov.
24," which ran in the Thursday, Nov. 22, edition of the Okeechobee
News, was incorrect in the deadline for the toy drive. The drive will
end on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when the Community Collaborative Coun-
cil will hold their meeting at the Okeechobee County School Board
office, 700 S.W. Second Ave., at 10 a.m. The article incorrectly listed
the date of that meeting on Nov. 24. We are sorry for any inconve-
nience this error may have caused.

News Briefs

Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of the
South Florida Water Management District are reminded that Phase
Ill Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most resi-
dential water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor irriga-
tion times to one day per week and four hours per day. Residents
with odd home addresses are allowed to water between the hours
of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with
even home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of
4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-
water (no sprinklers, automated or manual) on their designated day
between 5 and 7 p.m. No domestic water use for outdoor irrigation
will be allowed Monday through Friday.
In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats and oth-
er equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and days
where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to observe
normal water conservation practices within the home. The use of
water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical and other
essential purposes is not restricted. Organizers of charity car washes
and outdoor water-based recreational activities are required to ob-
tain a variance. Application forms and instructions are available on
the District website at www. s fwmd. gov.
The Lake Okeechobee Service Area coincides with the area that
is served by the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Only surface water
uses are restricted. Irrigation that is from a ground water well within
this area is permitted. Surface water uses include watering from a
pond, retention area, canal or other waterway. For more informa-
tion, please phone the South Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at 462-5260. To report a violation, please
contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 763-3117.

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Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 24, 2007 3


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Thanksgiving chefs
Jim Catron, center, decided to serve Thanksgiving Dinner
to elderly people who did not have anyone to spend the
holiday with. With the help of his sons, Nathanael, left,
and Christopher, right, he served a traditional Thanksgiv-
ing Dinner to about 20 people in the fellowship hall of First
Baptist Church. It was a family affair as Jim's wife, Pam
and daughter, Ashleigh also pitched in.


Heart disease deaths


down in older adults


Declining in
younger ones
By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA (AP) --_ For de-
cades, heart disease death rates
have been falling. But a new
study shows a troubling turn -
more women under 45 are dying
of heart disease due to clogged
arteries, and the death rate for
men that age has leveled off.
Heart experts aren't sure
what went wrong, but they think
increasing rates of obesity and
other risk factors are to blame.
The rates will have to be
monitored to see ifthis is the
beginning of a real trend. But if
the data holds, the new study
may be an early glimpse of the
impact of escalating obesity and
diabetes on U.S. deaths, said
Wayne Rosamond, a University
of North Carolina epidemiology
professor and expert on heart
disease statistics.
"This could be a harbinger
of things to come," Rosamond
said.
To be sure, the overall trend
is still positive: From 1980
through 2002, the death rate
from blocked heart arteries was
cut in half for men and women
over 35. Improvements in treat-
ment and preventive measures,
including cholesterol-lowering
medications, get the credit.
But what's going on with
younger adults is startling, said
Dr. Anthony DeMaria, editor of
the Journal of the American Col-


lege of Cardiology, which is pub-
lishing the study and released it
Monday.
"We have a pretty rosyview of
how things are going in the war
against cardiovascular disease,"
DeMaria said. "I view this paper
as a wake-up call that says there
is a very important segment of
our population that needs some
attention."
Heart disease is the leading
cause of death in the United
States, killing almost 700,000
Americans each year.
Nearly 500,000 of those deaths
are attributed to coronary heart
disease, in which fat and plaque
clog the arteries feeding blood
to the heart, sometimes called
hardening of the arteries. Heart
attacks are a common result.
It can take many years for
arteries to get dangerously
blocked. About 93 percent of
deaths occur in people 55 and
older.
But a combination of fac-
tors - including genetics, obe-
sity and high cholesterol - are
sometimes fatal for younger
adults. In 2002, about 25,000
men and 8,000 women ages 35
to 54 died of coronary heart dis-
ease.
The study was done by re-
searchers at the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Control and
Prevention and Britain's Univer-
sity of Liverpool. They looked at
U.S. vital statistics for artery-relat-
ed deaths in adults ages 35 and
older for the years 1980 through
2002, the most recent year for
which data was available when
the analysis was done.


Obituaries


Eddie Cook Wheeler
Eddie Cook Wheeler, age 72,
of Okeechobee died Nov. 23,2007
He was born on Feb. 7, 1935 in
Antioch, Tenn., to Ollie and Doro-
thy Wheeler. He worked in Law
Enforcement for 30 years as a
game warden for the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and loved the Florida Ev-
erglades. He had his commercial
pilot's license and loved airplanes
despite having survived a plane


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crash. He proudly served our
country in the U.S. Army. He was
a devoted husband, father, grand-
father and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife
Sarah Frances; daughters, Phyllis
(Carl) Shumter of Okeechobee
and Cynthia (Chuck) Dyda of
West Palm Beach; sons, Steven
David (Cathy) Wheeler of Wel-
lington and Ralph Edward (Regi-
na) Wheeler of Pensacola; sisters,
Barbara (Gary) Miller of W. Va.,


and Diane (Jeff) Wells of Winter
Haven; brothers, Fred (Norma)
Wheeler of Plant City and Tom
Wheeler of Vartow. In addition he
is survived by 10 grandchildren
and five great grandchildren.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second St. Okeechobee.


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But that barely dents the 2,000
to 3,000 calories in an average
Thanksgiving meal.
Three ounces of white turkey
meat is only 130 calories, but a
serving of sweet potato casserole
is 330 calories; stuffing is 107; a
slice of pumpkin pie is more than
300, while a piece of pecan pie is
500 calories.
On previous Thanksgivings,
Patty Wade, 61, would have
helped herself to a piece of that
pecan pie, along with a large
serving of corn casserole and
potatoes. But things are different
this year.
Wade, a senior analyst for a St.
Louis hospital, has lost 55 pounds
since March, and doesn't plan to
regain any of it despite dealing
with three Thanksgiving celebra-


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off extra calories fast
By Cheryl. Wittenauer tions and four family birthdays
Associated Press Writer this month.
ST. LOUIS (AP)-- This Now, she restricts herself to
shouldn't come as a is a reasonable portion of meat,
Thanksgldving is not the gurprisee vegetables without high-calorie
light to a six-week indulgence saues, and a few bites ofnging dessert to
that precedes the waddle back to sert. She's bringing dessert to
the gym Jan. 2. Thursday's feast, a "really good
Experts advise Americans not yellow cake that doesn't require
to throw good habits out the win- icing.
dow on Turkey Day and into the Dr. Robert Kushner, professor
dow on Turkey Day and into the of medicine at Northwestern Uni-
holiday season. Instead, choose versity Feinberg School of Medi-
carefully, eat slowly, and savor. cine, recommends having a plan
"It's normal and expected that of action like Wade's havi, ng a plan
most of us are going to overeat action like made's, and visual-
over the holidays," said St. Louis izing the meal beforehand.
dietitian Diane Zych.s He suggests deciding ahead
For most healthy people "it's o eatme what can and cannot be
a blip on the screen," she said. than standing whiand talking, another
"But for people who struggle from a plate not off a tray to keepa
with their weight, it's a very dan- gs n oort.
gerous time, it can really throw things in proportion.
them off target." Take small bites and eat slow-
, The holiday season that starts ly.And, don't get stuck in guilt if
with Thanksgiving (or even Hal- you've eaten too much.
loween) and ends with New ,"Feeling guilty just leads to
Year's is a slippery slope, said lew m diet, so I won't start
Barry Popkin, who directs the again until January,"' he said.
Barry rs n,Nowhhodirctsthe "That's the worse thing you can
University of North Carolina In- do." the worse ca
terdisciplinary Obesity Center. For Am Lottes, her plan in-
He said studies have shown that u es a three-hour walk when
seasonal weight gain can be sig- she takes her kids to the Saint
"nificant- up to 10 pounds. Louis Zoo on Thanksgiving. Ex-
"A pound you can't remove is ercise and portion control have
a pound for life," he said. helped the St. Louis-area mom
For all but thevery health-con- keep off the 20 pounds she lost
scious person who exercises a four years ago with the help of a
lot, the extra pounds that come fou yea agon wththehelp of a
from excess calories are not like- nutritionist and personal trainer.
ly to melt away, Popkin said. He.a This Thanksgiving, the 41-
recommends enjoying pie and year-old will forfeit dessert and
turkey with lots of water while second helpings and have a sec-
cutting back on alcohol and oth- ond glass of wine instead.
er high-caloric drinks. Personal trainer Gina Pona-
"Beyond that, if you eat a Norton said it's important to stay
huge amount of food, work it off active - not just busy- over the
and walk it off, walk around the holidays. And don't deprive your-
block," he said. self, just use moderation.
It would take 27 minutes of "If you get off track, get back
walking to burn the 97 calories- on as soon as possible," she said.
in an 8-ounceservingof cola. A "If you have a bad Thursday, Fri-
really fast mile would burn 125 day is the day of eating perfect.
calnrioa Ponkin notes Let it go. Let Thanksgiving go."


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Happy birthday,
my baby brother
Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dreams?
And doesn't faith believe
All power can't be seen?
Fly me up to where you are
beyond the distant stars.
I believe that angels breathe,
that love will live on and never leave.
If I could have just one wish come true,
It would be to spend one more day with you.
To see you laugh, to see you smile, to see you dance.
To do the things we used to do.
Happy birthday, Baby Brother
I love you more than anyone could ever know.
Watch over us, my angel
Until we have our birthdays together in heaven.
I love you, my angel
Your sis, Cindy


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MURAL: What happened to our beautiful mural that Kathy Scott
painted on the building on U.S. 441 and Park Street? It looks like some-
one painted gray over some of the mural. Please fix this mess ASAP. It
does not look nice as cars drive by and look at this. Yes, I am a mem-
ber of Main Street and proud to be.
Editor's Note: According to Kathy Scott, the reason the mural
looks as it does is that the stucco had cracked and is in the process of
being repaired. Once the repairs have been completed, the mural will
be touched up. Please see the accompanying photo on this page.

HELMETS: I thought there was a bicycle helmet law in the state of
Florida. If there is, I would like to know why it's not being enforced, In
the subdivision where we live not one child is wearing one. If we are
not going to enforce these laws why have them? People keep wanting
to pass new laws, let's start by enforcing the ones we have. I under-
stand that free helmets are available through the sheriff's office. The
parents want to sue everybody on the face of the earth when their little
darlings get hurt, but won't make them wear something that could
save their lives.
EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Florida state statutes: A bicycle
rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bi-
cycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the
passenger's head by a strap, and that meets the standards of the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet
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Community Events

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.

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.

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

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.



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Upcoming Events

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
A.A. 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.
A.A. open 12 step meeting*from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.


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. 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, cof-
fee 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/.

Talk show about Stress around holidays
Tara Martin, the community relations specialist of the 211 of Palm
Beach.and the Treasure Coast will speak on WWFR 91.7 FM on Sat-
urday, 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, referral,
counseling and suicide intervention hotline. For more information
contact 211 or (866) 882-2991 or visit www.211 treasurecoast.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.

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 Mighty
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at (863)763-6469.

Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary
Bailey, 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 meet-
ing and Mr. Bailey will help you analyze your orchid's problem. For
information, please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Toy drive for 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 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 Vol-
unteer Building next to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-
1995.

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.

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 re-
freshments. 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).


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Mural under repair
A Speak Out caller in today's edition of the Okeechobee News was concerned about the mural painted on the side of the
Jeff Robinson Electric building located in downtown Okeechobee. We contacted Kathy Scott, who originally painted the
mural, and were told that the stucco had cracked and is in the process of being repaired. Once those repairs are complete,
Ms. Scott said she will touch up the mural.







Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 24, 2007 5


At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 23,
through Thursday, Nov. 29, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Enchanted" (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.
Theatre Ill - "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 Saturday, Nov. 24, the
328th day of 2007. There are 37
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby
shot and mortally wounded Lee
Harvey Oswald, the accused as-
sassin of President Kennedy, in a
scene captured on live television.
On this date:
In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the
12th president of the United
States, was born in Orange Coun-
ty, Va.
In 1859, British naturalist
Charles Darwin published "On
the Origin of Species," which ex-
plained his theory of evolution.
In 1863, the Civil War battle for
Lookout Mountain began in Ten-
nessee. Union forces succeeded
in taking the mountain from the
Confederates.
In 1944, during World War II,
U.S. bombers based on Saipan
attacked Tokyo in the first raid
against the Japanese capital by
land-based planes.
In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed
down safely in the Pacific.
In 1971, hijacker D.B. Cooper
parachuted from a Northwest Air-
lines 727 over Washington state
with $200,000 dollars in ransom.
His fate remains unknown.
In 1987, the United States and
the Soviet Union agreed on terms
to scrap shorter- and medium-
range missiles.
Ten years ago: President
Clinton and Pacific leaders be-
.gan meeting in Vancouver, Brit-
ish Columbia, to discuss ways
of calming the Asian economic
crisis. That same day, Japan's Ya-
maichi Securities closed its doors,
becoming the third Japanese fi-
nancial company to collapse in a
month.
Five years ago: In a letter to
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi An-
nan, the Iraqi government com-
plained that the small print behind
upcoming weapons inspections
would give Washington a pretext
to attack. Lucio Gutierrez, a pop-
ulist former army colonel who'd
led a coup in 2000, was elected
as Ecuador's sixth president in
six years. Chancellor Wolfgang
Schuessel's conservative party
dominated parliamentary elec-
tions in Austria.
One year ago: Shiite mili-
tiamen in Iraq doused six Sunni
Arabs with kerosene and burned
them alive and killed 19 other Sun-
nis, taking revenge for the slaugh-
ter of 215 Shiites in Baghdad's
Sadr City the day before. Belfast's
most infamous Protestant mili-
tant, Michael Stone, stormed into
the Northern Ireland Assembly
headquarters with a bagful of pipe
bombs, but was quickly subdued.
Opera singer Robert McFerrin Sr.,
the father of Grammy-winning
conductor-vocalist Bobby McFer-
rin, died in suburban St. Louis at
age 85.
Today's Birthdays: Col-
umnist William F. Buckley is 82.
Country singer Johnny Carver is
67. Rock-and-roll drummer Pete
Best is 66. Rock musician Don-
ald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T. &
the MG's) is 66. Actor-comedian


Billy Connolly is 65. Former White
House news secretary Marlin Fitz-
water is 65. Motion Picture Asso-
ciation of America President Dan
Glickman is 63. Singer Lee Mi-
chaels is 62. Actor Dwight Schultz
is 60. Actor Stanley Livingston is
57. Rock musician Clem Burke
(Blondie; The Romantics) is 52..
Thought for Today: "There
is a great deal of difference in be-
lieving something still, and believ-
ing it again." -- WH. Auden, Brit-
ish poet (1907-1973).


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By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You'll be feeling anxious and ag-
gressive, so, be careful how you
deal with people today. Challenge
yourself physically or get away from
home if possible. Shopping or get-
ting together with someone you trust
will help make your day fruitful.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You have lots to do and not a whole
lot of time to do it. Shopping, visiting
someone you feel a responsibility to
or even signing up for some hands-
on help in your community will all
result in feeling good and making
new friends.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Emotions will be running high for
good or bad, depending on how
you have been treating the people
around you. Don't be stubborn or
jump to conclusions. Be willing to
give and take and accept criticism.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Secrets are likely to be revealed, so
be prepared to answer any ques-
tions quickly and honestly. Stabilize
your home situation by not ignor-
ing the facts and by doing things


to make the people you live with
happy.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Friends, lovers, children and all the
people who make you happy should
be around you today. The more you
can do to please and the more you
can offer, the better you will feel. Be
entertaining and promote a creative
idea.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Take the time and space to figure
things out. Go for a ride to a place
you find calming or book yourself
in at your local spa for the day. You
have some big decisions to make.
Do what's best.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Help someone in need and you will
be helping yourself as well. Get in-
volved in a fundraising event or with
a good cause in your community.
You'll be able make new friends.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You have so much that you can do
to make your life better but, if you
just sit and think about it, you won't
make any progress. Don't let your
emotions hold you back. If some-
thing grabs your interest, go after it.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.


21): Readdress situations involving
your boss, colleagues or an institu-
tion or agency you have to deal with.
Don't hide facts; the sooner you
present things the way they are, the
quicker you can get back on track.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Look at property, deals, invest-
ments and your overall financial, le-
gal and medical position. Reassess
your situation and consider how
you want to close out the year. Your
promptness will allow you the free-
dom to pick and choose.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Talk to the one you love and let him
or her know your intentions. A move
that will bring you closer together or
a promise made will go a long way
toward securing your relationship.
Help someone who has helped you
in the past.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You may be confused about per-
sonal matters or partners you have
been dealing with lately. If you take
time to think about what you want,
you will have a better chance getting
it. Make a decision based on your
needs.
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Dear Abby


Late mom to be


honored at wedding


*DEAR ABBY: My fiancee,
"Cassie," and I are being mar-
ried in the spring, and as you can
imagine, the planning is hectic.
My question is, how can I honor
the memory of Cassie's mother?
She passed away from cancer
seven years ago. I never got to
meet her, but it is obvious that
she is deeply missed and that
she played an enormous role in
Cassie's life.
Is there an acceptable way to
honor her during the ceremony
and reception that wouldn't be
in poor taste? Thanks in advance
for your insight. - Groom-To-
Be, Lexington, Ky.
DEAR GROOM-TO-BE:
What a thoughtful man you are.
This is a question that should be
discussed in advance with the
clergyperson who will officiate
at the ceremony.
One way might be to light
a candle in Cassie's mother's'
memory and keep it lighted dur-
ing the ceremony and reception.
Perhaps a special blessing could
be said and the significance of
the candle pointed out when it
is lighted "in honor of those be-
loved family members who are
with us in spirit today, and al-
ways in our hearts."

-DEAR ABBY: I haven't had
a boyfriend for a while now, and
I'm not sure why. Everyone says
I'm cool, funny and outgoing. I
play video games, sports, and do
things that boys think girls would
never do (like paintballing in the
woods or bungee jumping over
and over again).
All my guy friends think I'm
awesome, and I do get compli-
ments on my looks as well. I'm
not a tomboy, I wear nice clothes
and some makeup, but for some
reason, whenever I get a crush
on a guy, he says it would be
"weird" because I'm a "really
good friend."
What am I doing wrong? I


love who I am and so do boys.
So why don't they think I could
be "girlfriend material"? - Boy-
friendless in Connecticut
DEAR BOYFRIENDLESS: It
may be that "guys" see you as
one of them. And because of it,
they don't consider you in a ro-
mantic way. Therefore, it's time
to emphasize your feminine
side and present yourself in a
different light. This may mean
temporarily downplaying your
involvement in boys' sports and
paintball games, and amping up
your "girlishness." Give it a try
and see what happens.

*DEAR ABBY: I am a very
fair-skinned, natural blonde. The
only way I can get a suntan is by
getting burned first. I am attrac-
tive, and I have accepted the fact
that in order to be healthy I must ,
remain pale. However, people
often make comments about my
skin tone, and it's starting to hurt
my feelings. Several people have
called me "albino."
I know I should ignore them,
but it's making me self-con-
scious. Tanning salons seem un-
healthy, and self-tanners look un-
natural. What can I say to these
people that makes it clear they're
out of line? - Fairest of Them
All in D.C.
DEAR FAIREST: Tanning sa-
lons ARE unhealthy, and you're
wise to avoid them. You are
also wise to forgo sunbathing
because it is the foremost cause
of premature aging of the skin
- not to mention the danger of
skin cancer.
When someone remarks
about your complexion, you
are within your rights to tell that
person you don't appreciate that
kind of personal comment and
to knock it off. And if the person
persists, you are also within your
rights to avoid him or her - and
that's what I advise you to do.


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Holiday Briefs


Toy drive set 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. They 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.

Holiday Tour
of Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of
Homes will take place on Friday,
Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from
6 until 9 p.m. both evenings. Tick-
ets are now on sale at Raulerson
Hospital and at Suzie's Hallmark
Gift Shop in the Publix Shopping
Center. Tickets are available for
only $12 for the self tour and $25
for the bus tour. Bus tour tickets
can be purchased at the hospital.
For information, please call Bill
Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Moose Legionnaires
annual 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.
36th St., (863) 763-4954, or call
Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chair-
man at (863) 467-1484 to order.

Auxiliary sponsors
Toys for Tots program
The Ladies Auxiliary VF.W.
Post #9528 in Buckhead Ridge
is sponsoring a Toys for Tots pro-
gram. This will be for our local
children; Buckhead Ridge and
Okeechobee. New toys may be
dropped off at VF.W. Post #9528
in Buckhead Ridge. No clothing
please. For information, call An-
nie 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 chil-
dren in Okeechobee County. The
drive will continue through Dec.
20. They are requesting gifts and
toys ranging in age from baby to
teen. Also they need donations of
turkeys, hams and all of the trim-
mings for Christmas dinners. Your
familyworkplace can adopt a fam-
ily by calling .(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 under the tree for
Christmas morning. Big Lake Mis-
sions Outreach will accept store
gift certificates, checks made pay-
able to the mission or cash and
the volunteers will shop for the
items needed. Receipts are avail-
able. Please make checks payable


to: Big Lake Missions Outreach;
and, mail to P.O. Box 1663. Or,
call (863) 763-5725 or (863) 697-
6433.

OREA selling
Christmas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators Association Christmas
ornaments are on sale. Orna-
ments are 24 karat gold on brass.
On sale are the 2006 ornament
- First Brick School, and 2007 or-
nament - Southland Hotel. Each
ornament is numbered, limited
edition. A certificate includes his-
torical information. Ornaments
are $15 each. All funds go to their
scholarship fund. To purchase
ornaments call Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at
(863) 763-2829; Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865; Marion Davis
at (863) 763-3991; or, Paulette
Whipple at (863) 467-2487.

Tree lighting
ceremony set
Nov. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
the Annual Christmas Tree Light-
ing Ceremony will be held in City
Hall Park. Okeechobee County
School's Chorus Group will be
participating in this year's events.
Santa will also be attending. For
information, call (863) 763-3372.

Santa at
City Hall Park
Santa will be in the City Park
on Nov. 27, following the Lighting
Ceremony and on the following
dates; Nov. 28 through 30, and
Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and
13, from 6 until 8 p.m. The park
is next to City Hall where the tree
lighting ceremony is held. Pic-
tures with Santa will be available
and goody bags will be given to
the children. For information, call
(863) 763-3372.


Christmas cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
hold its annual Christmas cookie
sale on Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until 2
p.m. in the fellowship hall. For in-
formation contact Anne Brough at
(863) 763-4228, or Betsy Cheney
at (863) 357-0465.

Mainstreet Christmas
window contest
The Okeechobee Main Street
3rd annual window decorating
contest will get under way soon.
Businesses will need to have win-
dows decorated before the City's
Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov.
27. Judging will be held on Dec. 8.
The winner will receive a plaque.
For information, call Okeechobee
Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN
(6246).

Lighted Christmas
Parade planned
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce Lighted Christmas
Parade will be held on Dec. 8 at
5:30 p.m. along with a craft show
in parks 2 and 3. For information,
call (863) 763-3372.

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The Kiwanis Club will host
Santa in the Park again this year.
Santa will be in Park 4 on Dec. 8


following the Christmas Parade
and also on Dec. 14, 15, 17, 18,
19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 from 6 until
8 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-3372.


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Santa on
the fire truck
Santa Claus will be on the fire
truck on Dec. 20 in the Northwest


and Northeast section of the City;
Dec. 21 in the S.E. section of the
city; and, Dec. 22 in the S.W. sec-
tion of the city. For information,
call (863) 763-3372.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 24, 2007 RELIGION 7


OAKVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH

DON'T COUNT THE DAYS

MAKE THE DAYS COUNT -
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Counting time
This advice on the wise use of time was offered by Oakview
Baptist Church.


Reflections from the Pulpit


The Very Rev. Dr. Edward
Weiss
Rector, Church of Our Saviour
Our nation has just celebrated
the Thanksgiving holiday with the
traditional gatherings of family,
friends, shared food, fellowship,
sports and entertainment. Let us
remember the roots of this won-
derful event. It was initially cele-
brated as an act of giving thanks
to God in acknowledgement of
His gracious action among a
small group of immigrant people
to the new world who had sur-
vived the cruelties of weather,
disease, and the many problems
of a hostile environment. God's
provision was unquestioned
and the response of the people,
both native and newcomer, was
not only to share in the multiple
blessings, but also to give thanks
for the event.
We should never forget that
history and must always remem-
ber that today we have much to
be thankful for in this country.
Whether one professes the belief
or not, our Pledge of Allegiance
affirms that we are "one nation
under God" and, most assuredly
blessed by God. We enjoy liber-
ties, freedoms and blessings that
many other nations do not! To be
blind to these truths is to simply
deny the essential history of this
country and our God. There is no
better way to acknowledge them
than to begin the celebration of
this special day in the house of
the Lord and giving thanks to
God for all our blessings.
Each of the three monothe-
istic religious traditions of the
modern world has this fact in
common and declares it so in
their creedal statements, that
there is but one God, creator-
of all that is. Irrespective of the
name given that God by these
different traditions there is still
absolute agreement on this
fact... there is but ONE God. Let
us all give thanks to God!
Common to teach of these
traditions also and clearly stipu-
lated in their respective sacred
writings is the COMMANDMENT
to daily give humble thanks and
praise to God in all places, at all
times, and In all circumstances.
This is not optional. May we nev-
er forget!
In the Christian tradition, the
Holy Bible contains more than
150 references to the giving of
thanks to God for everything
imaginable in life including the
miracle of life itself! The abso-
lutely amazing story of God's
love for His creation from the
beginning of time and before, as
well as His continued participa-
tion in human history to date is
simply beyond our comprehen-
sion. That sacred history alone
demands our giving continual
thanks to God. Jesus summa-
rized it perfectly, "love God and
love your neighbor."
As Christians we believe in
the Holy Trinity and we pro-
claim God, Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. We acknowledge and give
thanks to the Father as creator
of all that is, to Jesus, the Son,


for our redemption from sin and
death, and to the Holy Spirit who
sanctifies the life of grace.
God's generosity to us in Je-
sus is overwhelming. God gives
us a joyful heart, a loving heart,
a peaceful heart, and asks us to
have a thankful heart. Thankful-
ness is our gift back to God.
Loving, God, amid all the
troubling news of the world,
thank You for the good news of
the Gospel. Amid the fears of
foreigners, thank you for help-
ing us to welcome strangers. 'In
the hectic race for wealth, thank
You for opening us to the joys of
sharing and serving others. Amid
the pain of sin and brokenness,
thank You for helping us to be
compassionate healers. Thank
You for guiding us into the ways
of peace and reconciliation.


"Where the Diffe


Church News


Church offers
religious classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.)
are now being accepted. Classes
for children in grades kindergar-
ten through ninth will be held
every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:35 p.m. For information,
call the parish office at (863) 763-
3727.

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

Church has
fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)
467-1733.


rence is Worth the Distance"
rence is Worth the Distance"


We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.

Arlen Cook, Pastor

51 NW 981 St. * Okeechobee, 34972 * (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
Church: (863) 763-3584 * Home: (863) 763-7165






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

Church holds
personal growth group
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474
or Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.


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oversized dining & living room, fireplace. % of an vaulted ceilings, and Tile throughout Asking $435,000. MAKE OFFER!
acre. Asking $289,000. Call Joe @ 863-610-1639. $158,000. Call Melissa Arnold @ 863-610-2280. ' Call Jonathan @ 863-634-9275.


* LOCATION! LOCATIONI LOCATION! 1.38 ACRES across from Walmart entrance. 200' frontage on Hwy 441 and SW 2nd
Ave. Great Location for any business or restaurant. 4800 sq. ft. building could be converted to office building or restaurant, many
possibilities with this one! For more info, call Melissa Amold @ 863-610-2280. Asking $960,000.00.
*18.95 BEAUTIFUL ACRES in the NE section. Call Joe 863-610-1639. Recently reduced to $218,500.
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U Lisa Molyneaux ..... 863-697-1261
Office: realty group, LLC JoeArod ....... 36-6 0-1639
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Our experienced saffl well raned lto wjlt )c'u trouqi every phase Cof building your new
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Beautiful 3/2/3 CBS home in COUN- '
TRY HILLS on 2.12 acres w/fenced 1995 3 Bd/2 Bth/3 Car CBS Home on a
horse pasture and pond. Large jacuzzi, beautiful 2.12 acres, fenced horse pas-
tanning bed, custom designed inground ture w/pond, inground custom designed
pool, large concrete patio and Lg. BBQ pool, jacuzzi, large concrete patio w/lg
complete your very own country club in BBQ and tanning bed - Your own Country
the woods! $367,500 MLS# 94513 Club! $367,500 MLS#94340





3/213 CBS 2-story home, 2 storage
Beautiful refurbished 2/2/1 on 5 fenced acres h ds d dock on the canal. Florida
w/pond for the horses. 3 car garage has been room wgass windo ws o overlooking the
transformed into add'l living space, framed out room w/glass windows overlooking the
and a/c ductwork in place, waiting for your com- canal for a beautiful year round view!
pleton as a family rm, workshop, add'l bdrms or $250,000 MLS#94526
mother-in-law suite. $319,000 *Add'l 5 acres
available next door to make a total of 10 acres.*


D.R. WILLSON LAND COMPANY
"Okeechobee 's Only Full-Service
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage"
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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.
WHilolo Rd.). on 11/18. 863-
34-4713 or 772-766-1815





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



A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. E0E DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Call (863)763-8391
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.





HIRING
DAYTIME &
EVENING
SERVERS-
& HOSTESS
Min. 1 yr. exp.

COOK
$12-$15
to start

Apply in person
between
9am-lpm

-MEDICAL ASSISTANT-
Needed in busy Cardiology
office. Medical knowledge &
experience needed. Excellent
benefit plan offered. Fax
resume to (863)467-8708
or call (863)467-9400
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cluding C.A.D. Minimum 10
years construction industry ex-
perience. Excellent interper-
sonal and presentation skills.
Strong written and verbal
skills. Financing and estimat-
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Send resume to RO. Box 991,
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Opportunities 305
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
1 Satellite service
since 2001
8 Big wind
15 Investigates
anew
16 Literally, it means
"lover"
17 Their work is
hanging around
18 Ancient Minoan
writing yet to be
deciphered
19 Later counterpart
of Lynda Bird
20 Short semester?
21 Ottoman official
22 Article in Der
Spiegel
23 Shifting things
25 _ to: halted,
nautically
26 Agnus _:
prayers
preceding Holy
SCommunion
27 Fellows
28 "Little Caesar"
director Mervyn
29 Name on Irish
euros
30 1961 Winston
Graham novel on
which a
Hitchcock film
was based
31 Powerful sports
sobriquet
36 Stockpiles
37 Drops
38 Advertising celeb
at the 1939
World's Fair
39 Short stroke
40 Madrid periods
44 Losing label
45 Michelle bested
her for a 2002
skating bronze
medal
46 Censorship-
fighting gp.
47 Not-bet
connection
48 Withered
49 19th-century
landscape
painter George
51 Thrift shop
activity
53 Lists
54 Harebrained
55 Shipment
enclosure
56 Features of some
love letters



Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered4 15
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.


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


57 Take back, as
territory
DOWN
1 Blue
2 _ Melodies, old
cartoon series
3 Helical pasta
4 High points
5'50s sitcom name
6 Gems with
sunken designs
7 'Wild Bill"
Donovan's WWII
org.
8 Recycling
equipment
9 Not right
10 Lacking
11 _-Therse,
Quebec
12 Like flotsam
13 Parting words
14 Advantage for
one gathering
inside
information?
20 Not the best of
examples
24 Merit
25 Mint or licorice
28 Takes off
29 Earth, to Kepler
30 French
Renaissance
essayist


By James Sajdak
(c)2007 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


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flgoeds.



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

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today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
slfleds


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concerned with
Truffula trees
32 Sanctity
33 Hong Kong is
part of it
34 Imported
wheels?
35 Tub
contents
39 Examines the
syntax of
40 Maker of Activia
yogurt


41 Stranded, in a
way
42 French wine
region
43 County on the
English
Channel
45 Evil lead-in
48 Dropped
50 St. Petersburg's
river
52 C&W star Lee __
Womack
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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:
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Apply In Person To:
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
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
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VIRs 735
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WANTED TO BUY
Glassware, Porcelain &
Pottery.
Collections of all kinds.
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Earn some extra cash.
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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



BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
room & utility room, Quiet
area, Private lake, $750/mo
+ $500 sec (863)467-2784
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11/2 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, lba, 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



Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133


BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 1/2 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


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in need of Medical Assistant
(MA), front desk and nurse
Please fax resume to (863) 357-4539


DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700,
ON CANAL, 3BR, 2BA,
available December 1st. Call
(606)875-6270
ON THE CANAL - 3 BR, 2 BA
Fenced yard. $1000. mo.
(248)672-1528


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
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE FOR LEASE
2,000 sq. ft. Excellent
location, ready to occupy.
Call for info (863)634-3040
or (863)467-9608
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OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 after 6pm






Delightful 2/1 furnished
with a large screen
porch that overlooks
Taylor Creek.
Quiet and Secure on
private peninsula.
$800 month,'

863-697-1280
SEASONAL ONLY - Waterfront
Houses. Immaculate. Fully
furnished. New construction.
(765)348-8270

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


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


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

Mobile Homes



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 heat/AC, 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
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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
OKEE. - Holiday Rambler, 31',
Clean, Used little, 20 FL/rm
Shed, Fully furn., 2 A/C's ,
TV, 2 fridges, utensils,
dishes, linens, flush toilet,
washer, Freezer. Just Move
In! Lot rent til 01/01/08. Ste-
phens Winter Resort Across
the drive from the canal, lot
21. $5999. Neg.
810)743-3938 or cell#
240-4844
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.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg

Automobiles



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



CHEVY 4WD PICKUP, 2004 -
. Heavy duty crew cab, all
power, running boards, bed-
liner, towing package, over-
size off-road tires, $17,500.
Call 863-467-1545.


CHEVY SILVERADO - '04,
2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
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10 SPORTS Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 24, 2007


Pitcher Joe Kennedy dies in Florida


TAMPA (AP) --Major league
pitcher Joe Kennedy died early
Friday morning, a Hillsborough
County sheriff's official said. He
was 28.
Kennedy passed out at home
and was brought to a hospital,
Hillsborough County sheriff's
spokeswoman Debbie Carter
said. She had no further details.
Kennedy's agent, Damon
Lapa, told ESPN.com that Ken-
nedy died while at home with
family in Florida. He did not re-
turn phone calls and an e-mail
from The Associated Press.
The 28-year-old left-hand-
er was 43-61 in seven major
league seasons with the Tampa
Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies,
Oakland Athletics, Arizona Dia-
mondbacks and Toronto Blue
Jays.
Kennedy compiled a 43-61
record with a 4.79 ERA, pitching
908 2/3 innings over 222 career
appearances.
ESPN.com first reported the
news of his death.
Kennedy made his major
league debut in June 2001 and
made his last appearance in re-
lief on Sept. 29 in a 5-3 win over
Tampa Bay.
He started the 2007 season
with Oakland, appearing in 27
games. Claimed off waivers by


Arizona in August, he was re-
leased on Aug. 15 after just three
appearances. The Blue Jays
signed him Aug. 29, and Ken-
nedy got his first win as a Blue
Jay on Sept. 21 at the New York
Yankees.
"The entire Oakland's A's or-


ganization sends our thoughts
out to Joe's family," Oakland
assistant general manager David
Forst told ESPN.com. "He was a
valued member of our organiza-
tion for almost two years, and
certainly a guy we loved having
around."


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Bass Club
An
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
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 authori-
ties.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.

Agri-civic center
open for riding
The Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., is open for recreational rid-
ing the first and third Tuesdays
of each month from 6 p.m. to
9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are avail-
able.
The cost is $10 per person.
Rules, waiver and release forms
are available at the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioner's office, 304 N.W.
Second St., and the county ex-
tension office at 458 U.S. 78 N.
For information, call (863) 763-
1666 or (863) 697-9977.

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 pro-
vide training and background
screenings. For information,
contact Mike Davis, youth proj-
ect director, at (863) 462-5863.


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Ford's better idea: a car that listens


By Ann M. Job
For The Associated Press
There I was, driving down the
road and talking to the car.
The 2008 Ford Focus is the first
car on the market with a factory-
installed, Microsoft-developed,
voice-activated system that can
read text messages off Blackber-
ries and similar devices as the car
travels - with both of the driver's
hands on the steering wheel.
It's also the first car with a
factory system that lets drivers
inquire verbally "what's playing"
on the stereo and get a clear, ver-
bal announcement that it's singer
Alicia Keys or the Rolling Stones.
The new Sync system, as it's
called, is the most attention-get-
ting new feature of the rede-
signed Focus for 2008. But-Ford's
smallest car also has new, upscale
styling with prominent chrome-
colored grille outside and cleanly
designed dashboard inside, a bit
more power in the four-cylinder
engine, new seats, more standard
safety equipment and a retuned
suspension.
It also carries a notable gov-
ernment fuel economy rating of
35 miles per gallon in highway
driving.
But the Ford Focus station
wagon and hatchback are gone.
For 2008, the Focus is available
as a sedan and coupe, each with
seats for five.
Starting manufacturer's sug-
gested retail price, including des-
tination charge, is $14,695 for a
coupe and $14,995 for a sedan,
both with standard five-speed
manual transmission. A four-
speed automatic transmission
adds $815 to the price.
Competitors include the 2008


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AP Photo/Ford, Weick, Sam VarnHagen
This Sept. 18, photo provided by Ford shows the 2008 Ford Focus in Seattle, Wash.


Honda Civic, which starts at
$15,445 for a base coupe and
$15,645 for a base sedan, and the
2008 Toyota Corolla, which starts
at $15,065 for a base sedan.
While the look is new and at-
tractive on the Focus, the under-
lying front-wheel-drive platform
remains from the old car, so this
doesn't qualify as a new-genera-
tion model.
Still, it's surprising what a
stiffer, lighter body and a smartly
reworked suspension can do, es-
pecially when matched to a more
precise rack-and-pinion steering
system.
The test Focus Coupe held its
line and its composure impres-
sively on curves, turns and on
hilly roads, even as I moved along
briskly. The car's motions were
predictable and the overall fee-
ing in this small car was "steady
as she goes" even as I neared the


handling limits.
I especially enjoyed the steer-
ing, which didn't require constant
adjustments even on long sweep-
ing curves.
I heard road noise and felt
many road bumps mildly, but
the sounds and impacts were no-
where near as much as I expect-
ed or remembered from earlier
Focus test drives.
Ford officials worked to reduce
noise and provide a quieter pas-
senger cabin.
Front seats are more substan-
tial than before, providing more
support and more comfortable
resting spots. The back bench
seat, however, feels more ple-
beian and is a tight fit for three
adults. Even at 5 feet 4, my head
hit the exposed, hard plastic
coat hanger on the ceiling in the
coupe's back seat.
Rear-seat legroom of 36.1


inches is the same in both coupe
and sedan. In fact, designers kept
the roof line of the Focus coupe
so similar to that of the sedan that
back-seat headroom is the same
in both versions: 38.1 inches. Hip
room in the back seat is the big-
gest difference - 2.5 inches less
in the coupe than in the sedan.
But trunk room is the same in
both coupe and sedan - a com-
mendable 13.8 cubic feet, thanks
to a low trunk floor. Note the Fo-
cus comes with a portable tire
inflation system standard. A spare
tire is optional.
The 2008 Focus has the same
2-liter, Duratec four-cylinder en-
gine that was in the earlier Focus.
It has been tuned a bit, so
there's 3 percent more horse-
power - to a maximum of 140,
which makes it competitive with
the 140 horses of the 2008 Honda
Civic.


2008 Ford Focus Coupe SES
For The Associated Press
BASE PRICE: $14,075 for base S coupe with manual transmission;
$15,075 for SE coupe with manual; $16,075 for SES coupe with manual.
AS TESTED: $18,840.
TYPE: Front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, compact coupe.
ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, inline, Duratec four cylinder.
MILEAGE: 24 mpg (city). 35 mpg (highway).
TOP SPEED: NA.
LENGTH: 175 inches.
WHEELBASE: 102.9 inches.
CURB WEIGHT: 2,588 pounds.
BUILT AT: Wayne, Mich.
OPTIONS: Audiophile stereo system with six CD player and MP3 player
$645; power moon roof $625; antilock brakes and traction control $385;
interior ambient fighting $295; Sirius satellite radio $195.
DESTINATION CHARGE: $620.


Torque peaks at 136 foot-
pounds at 4,250 rpm.
The five-speed manual is the
better of the two Focus transmis-
sion offerings for drivers who
want to feel some pep and verve.
In the test Focus, it was easy to
pick the best gearing to maintain
a good pace, even if the overall
power didn't feel exactly sporty.
In a Focus with four-speed auto-
matic, however, the car felt slug-
gish on hills.
Fuel economy is noteworthy,
because there aren't many 2008
non-hybrid cars with govern-
ment mileage ratings of 35 mpg
or more. This 35-mpg rating on
the highway is posted for the Fo-
cus sedan or coupe with manual
transmission. The city mileage
rating is 24 mpg.
While it's surprising that the
Sync voice control system debuts
in a low-priced, small car rather


than a pricey luxury model, it will
be seen elsewhere soon enough.
Ford Motor Co. officials plan to
put Sync in all Lincolns and many
other Ford vehicles. And Microsoft
plans to offer it to other automak-
ers, after Ford's exclusive agree-
ment with the software company
expires in November 2008.
In the Focus, Sync is not avail-
able on the base S models. It's a
$395 option on the mid-range SE
as long as the SE also has a $415
Driver's Group option package.
Sync is standard on the top-level
Focus SES.
The 2008 Focus also is the first
to include standard air condition-
ing on all models and standard
curtain air bags. But antilock
brakes and traction control re-
main options, even on the SES,
and Focus doesn't offer stability
control.


Toyotas Highlander grows bigger, more powerful


By Ann M. Job
For The Associated Press
You may not recognize Toyo-
ta's sport utility vehicle, the High-
lander, anymore.
For 2008, the Highlander is big-
ger, heavier, more powerful and
dramatically restyled inside and
out. It comes with more safety
features than before - including
a knee air bag to help keep the
driver properly positioned behind
the steering wheel during a fron-
tal crash.
The new Highlander also rides
on a new platform based on the
Camry and Avalon sedans, has
a quieter interior - and is more
expensive.
Starting manufacturer's sug-
gested retail price, including des-
tination charge, for a 2008 High-
lander is $27,930 for a base model
with two-wheel-drive, 270-horse-
power V-6, five-speed automatic
transmission and two rows of
seats for a total of five people.
Third-row seating adds $740
and boosts seating capacity to
seven.
This compares with the start-
ing retail price.of $25,565 for a
base, five-passenger, 2007 High-
lander with 155-horsepower,
four-cylinder engine and four-
speed automatic.
Toyota dropped the four cylin-
der for 2008, upgraded the trans-
mission and now installs more
standard equipment on the High-
lander.
And while the price hike seems
steep, the Highlander's starting
price is about on par, with the
2008 Saturn Outlook SUV with
270-horsepower V-6, which starts
at $28,340 with standard three
rows of seats, and the 2008 Hon-
da Pilot, with 244-horsepower V-6
and three standard rows of seats,


A-' phto/T oyota, wiecK
This undated photo provided by Toyota shows the 2008 Toyota Highlander.


which starts at $28,230.
I liked the old Highlander's
plain looks, and I wonder how
long the new Highlander's clean,
metal sides will stay that way.
Doors from adjacent cars in park-
ing lots could easily make some
scratches and dents.
I also couldn't shake the feel-
ing that the new Highlander styl-
ing is something that Mitsubishi
might put on an SUV
No matter the styling, the
roomier seats and cargo room are
appealing.
Virtually every dimension of
the Highlander has been expand-
ed for 2008, notably the vehicle's
length, width and height. This
means more headroom in all
three rows of seats, especially
some 4 more inches for passen-
gers at the back of the vehicle.
Legroom grew, too, to a note-
worthy 43-plus inches in the front
seats, and 2 inches were added in
the middle row.


Third-row legroom shrunk a
fraction of an inch, but Toyota
makes up for this with second-
row seats that can slide forward
and back to help distribute leg-
room.
Certainly, the new Highlander
has a more upscale feel. Immedi-
ately after getting inside, I noticed
the large, well-arranged buttons
and knobs on the dashboard that
were reminiscent of those in a
luxury Lexus.
The ride was quieter than ex-
pected, with little wind noise.
The increase in power comes
on quickly and smoothly with just
a touch of the accelerator pedal,
thanks to the 3.5-liter V-6.
In fact, I had to monitor the
speedometer carefully, because
it was so easy to get up over the
speed limit. Driver and passen-
gers just don't notice that they're
going that fast in this new High-
lander.
The new engine develops 248


foot-pounds of torque at 4,700
rpm, so there's not a shocking
"oomph" at low speeds. Rather,
the Highlander moves briskly up
to speed without fuss.
In comparison, the Outlook's
3.6-liter V-6 develops 248 foot-
pounds at a lower rpm - 3,200.
Even with the power boost
and bigger engine, however, the
gasoline-powered-only model of
the Highlander does a bit better in
fuel mileage than some competi-
tors.
The best federal government
fuel economy rating is for a two-
wheel-drive Highlander: 18 miles
per gallon in city driving and 24
mpg on the highway.
For a two-wheel-drive Saturn
Outlook, it's 16/24 mpg, and for
the Honda Pilot with two-wheel-
drive, it's 16/22 mpg.
Note that Toyota did not en-
large the Highlander's gasoline
tank, so a driver of the new model
likely can go only some 385 miles


2008 Toyota Highlander
By the Associated Press
BASE PRICE: $27,245 for base 4X2 model with two rows of seats; $28,010
for base 4X4 model with two rows of seats; $29,210 for Sport 4X2 with two
rows of seats; $30,660 for Sport 4X4 with two rows of seats; $31,400 for
Sport 4X4 with three rows of seats.
AS TESTED: $36,463.
TYPE: Front-engine, four-wheel-drive, seven-passenger, mid-size sport
utility vehicle.
ENGINE: 3.5-liter, double overhead cam V-6 with dual VVT-i.
MILEAGE: 17 mpg (city), 23 mpg (highway).
TOP SPEED: NA.
LENGTH: 188.4 inches.
WHEELBASE: 109.8 inches.
CURB WEIGHT: 4,255 pounds.
BUILT AT: Japan.
OPTIONS: Leather seat package with heated front seats, $1,840; power
moon-roof, $850; upgraded AM/FM audio system from JBL with six-disc,
in-dashboard CD changer and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, $630; dual-
zone climate control, $375; security system, $359; carpeted floor mats,
$275; cargo net, $49.
DESTINATION CHARGE: $685.


on a tankful.
Last year's four-cylinder High-
lander with same 19.2-gallon-ca-
pacity tank could travel some 420
miles between fillups, assuming
combined city/highway travel.
Of course, the gas-electric hy-
brid version of Highlander gets
the best mileage rating - 27/25
mpg for 2008. Starting retail price,
including destination charge, for
the 2008 Highlander Hybrid is
$34,385.
It took some time to get used
to the heft and size of the new
gas-only-powered Highlander tes-
ter, particularly since the electric
power steering in the test vehicle
needed only a light touch.
I noticed some body sway and
head toss when the vehicle was in
curves and on mountain twisties.


And with the more powerful V-6,
the now 4,000-pound-plus High-
lander moves in spirited fashion.
Towing capacity, by the way,
has grown from a maximum
3,500 pounds in the 2007 High-
lander to 5,000 pounds now.
Don't miss the new nifty fea-
tures in this SUV, including a nar-
row middle seat in the second
row that rests snugly between the
two outer seats to provide a bench
configuration. When not needed,
however, this middle section can
fold and slide forward out of the
way under the center console be-
tween the Highlander's two front
bucket seats.
New safety features include
anti-whiplash front head restraints
and the latest version of Toyota's
electronic stability control.




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