Vol. 99 No. 29
Area man charged
with DUI, car theft
An Okeechobee man was
arrested by two different
deputies late last week and
booked into the county jail on
separate felony charges.
The death of a 53 year old
Okeechobee man on the job
on Nov. 15, 2006 resulted in a
wrongful death lawsuit being
filed in Martin County Circuit
Court last month.
Janet Rogers wants Louis
Dreyfus Citrus, Inc. to pay
damages of over $15,000
due to claims of negligence
involved in her husband's
Robert Rogers was blan-
keted with gallons of scalding
liquids from a tank he was
working on at the Indiantown
Plant and later died from his
injuries. Two other men, Artu-
ro Ramos-Castro, 51 of Indian-
town, and Salvador Calderon,
37, were both serious injured
in the accident.
Rogers, an electrician em-
ployed at the plant, was work-
ing on the tank when it failed
spilling out several gallons of
scalding hot liquid.
The lawsuit claims the
company was negligent in
their maintenance of the piece
of equipment that failed. It
also' claims the company did
not properly train their em-
ployees to handle a failure of
The U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administra-
tionlast year charged the Cit-
rus plant with close to $10,000
in safety violation penalties.
A public records' request
was made for this report in
December. OSHA officials in
Fort Lauderdale said they are
processing the request.
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Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 11.84 feet
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Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Vote today on tax amendment
are on the ballot
By Pete Gawda
Today is the day for
Okeechobee residents to cast
their ballots in a presidential pri-
mary that carries more weight
than recent presidential prima-
ries in the state.
"Everyone needs to get out
and vote, "said Okeechobee
County Supervisor of Elections,
Gwen Chandler. "We learned in
2000 that every vote in Florida
Mrs. Chandler is predicting
and hoping for a 23 percent turn-
out up from 8 percent in 2000's
Florida presidential primary and
10 percent in 2004.
In 2000 and 2004, the presi-
dential primaries in Florida were
held in March. By that time, Mrs.
Chandler said that the presiden-
tial race was pretty well deter-
mined, even though she said she
did not like to discount anyone's
"We are going to bewatched,"
the supervisor of elections said.
"The candidates think it is going
to make a difference."
She said the Florida primary
could be the beginning of the
end for some candidates who
don't fare so well.
She also attributed the lower
turnout in ---- 2004 to the
fact that tIt othing else
on the bi presidential
candidates ar's home-
stead exe -. amendment
should brii = eople to the
Health & Safety Expo: Fun and Educatio
uKeecnooee ewsa leresa matausreK
The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and Okeechobee City Fire Department performed
rescue demonstrations at the Health and'Safety Expo, on Saturday atithe Agri-Civic
Center. The "extrication of a person," demonstrated how rescue workers free a person
trapped in a vehicle during a car accident.
Children gathered to look at the IRCC EMT/EMS booth at the Health and Safety Expo,
held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Agri-Civic Center. Emergency workers demonstrated
emergency protocols on the mannequins and also passed out coloring books for the
children to enjoy.
Predicted good weather
should help turnout.
She said this is the first presi-
dential election since 1928 when
no incumbent or sitting vice
president is running for presi-
dent. Mrs. Chandler described
this as "totally wide open race."
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. at 18 locations around
the county. Voters are reminded
to bring some type of photo ID
Voters in Precinct 11 are re-
minded that the polling site has
been moved from the Shrine
Club to the Palm Village Ranch
Clubhouse on S. W. 44th Boule-
Many Okeechobee residents
have already voted. At the close
of early voting on Saturday, Jan.
26,1,059 people had cast an early
ballot. As of early Monday morn-
ing, Jan. 28, 490 absentee ballots
had been returned. Absentee
ballots must be returned to the
supervisor of elections office by
7 p.m. today to be counted. Ab-
See Vote Page 2
By Eric Kopp
The- investigation is con-
tinuing into a Sunday after-
noon threat that bombs were
set to explode at a local de-
partment store as well as the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Around 4:07 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 27, a phone call was re-
ceived that a bomb was set to
go off at the sheriff's office at
4:30 p.m. The caller went on
to say another bomb was set to
explode at the Wal-Mart store at
Both calls were a hoax.
"We could not evacuate the
jail, so we locked down the in-
mates and did a search of the
complex," said OCSO Major
Noel Stephen. "We checked for
suspicious vehicles but didn't
find anything out of place or
out of the ordinary."
He said. both the inside of
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By Charles M. Murphy
Sixty-six people have died
of Aids in Okeechobee County
since statistics on the disease
have been kept by the Health
Linda Gordon, Area 15 HIV,
AIDS Surveillance Coordinator,
reported that 111 cases of AIDS
have been recorded and the
death rate, 60 percent, is higher
than the state and national av-
"Okeechobee is somewhat
higher but the numbers are re-
ally not large enough to get a
good reason why," Ms. Gordon
noted, "I don't think it's really
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Area man charged with DUI, car theft
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested by two different deputies
late last week and booked into
the county jail on separate felony
Ariel Gonzales, 22, N.W. 113"'
Drive, was first arrested on Friday,
Jan. 25, at 3:50 a.m. by Deputy
Mike Bobrowski on a misdemean-
or charge of driving under the
influence and a felony charge of
driving while license suspended -
habitual offender. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $2,250.
Later that afternoon he was ar-
rested by Deputy Corporal Randy
Thomas on charges of grand theft
automobile and burglary. His
bond on those charges was set at
had called the
about a person
driving on the
highway with Ariel
a missing tire. Gonzales
browski stated in his arrest affida-
vit that he found the car in front
of Raulerson Hospital on U.S. 441
N. The car was traveling at a slow
rate of speed with the car's emer-
gency flashers activated.
According to the deputy's re-
port, the results for the breatha-
lyzer tests done on Gonzales
were.086 and .095. The legal limit
in Florida is .080.
The vehicle was then towed to
the impound yard of a local tow-
Later that afternoon, Cpl.
Thomas was dispatched to that
company because the owner of
the car was there. The owner was
very upset when he saw his 2002
tan Chevrolet Impala with dam-
age to its front end and a flat right
The victim reportedly told Cpl.
Thomas that the last time he saw
his car was around 2:30 a.m. that
morning when it was sitting un-
der the carport at his N.W. 30th
Street home. The owner said he
had not given anyone permission
to use the vehicle.
Cpl. Thomas' report goes on
to say that he told the victim that
the car was driven by Gonzales.
The victim said that Gonzales had
done some work for him the day
before, but he did not have per-
mission to drive the car.
The victim said the keys to the
car were hanging on the carport
wall and that Gonzales could have
seen them while working there.
Neither OCSO report gave an
estimate as to the dollar amount
of the damage done to the car.
New SFWMD water restrictions in effect
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) has
declared an extreme District-wide
water shortage, directly affect-
ing more than five million South
Florida residents and thousands
of farms and businesses.
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan.
15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hen-
dry and Glades counties are
limited to a one-day-per-week
landscape irrigation schedule
with two "watering windows."
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sentee ballots will not be received
at the precincts. If you have an ab-
sentee ballot and decide to vote
at a precinct, bring your absentee
ballot to the precinct. It will be
canceled and you will be given a
The supervisor of elections'
website lists 9,954 citizens regis-
tered as Democrats, with 5,562
Republicans and 2,310 voters
listed as "other".
Many Democrats changed
their affiliation to Republican so
they could vote for Gov. Hucka-
bee. He is the only candidate that
has any visible grassroots support
+ among the local population.
Voters registered as Republi-
cans will be choosing between
presidential candidates Rudy
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the OCSO and jail were searched,
as well as a perimeter along the
outside of the buildings.
He said by about 5:30 p.m.
things were back to normal.
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock, who is handling the in-
vestigation, said the call came in
around 4:07 p.m. Sunday, and
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relevant. Perhaps it's coming into
care too late? I'm afraid to make
This year's statistics show very
little in the way of change. How-
ever, the State no longer includes
inmates at the Okeechobee Cor-
rectional Institution in their aids
reports. That would explain why
there were 146 cases last year,
and 111 this year.
/"They're really not citizens of
Okeechobee," she said.
Of the 111 existing cases of
AIDS, 31 are of whites, 57 are
of blacks, and 20 are Hispanic.
There were 20 cases of patients
between 20 and 29 years old, 28
for those between 30 and 39, and
Odd street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes on
Mondays between 4 a.m. and
8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursdays between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress relief
Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan
Hunter, Alan Keyes, John Mc-
Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and
Tom Tancredo. Fred Thompson's
name will be on the ballot but he
has dropped out of the race.
Voters registered as Democrats
will be choosing between Joseph
Biden, Hillary Clinton, Clqristo-
pher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike
Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack
Obama and Bill Richardson.
Also on the ballot is a constitu-
tional amendment that would in-
crease the amount of homestead
exemption for homes valued over
$50,000. It provides that tax sav-
ings from the Save Our Homes
'Program would not be lost if a
person moves, and limits the in-
creases in appraised value of non-
The polls will be open from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wal-Mart was evacuated imme-
diately. No one was allowed back
in the store for about an hour, he
A search of the large store on
South Parrott Avenue was done
by the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), with as-
sistance from the sheriff's office,
said Sgt. Brock. But, as with the
sheriff's office, nothing out of the
ordinary was found.
"We don't have a lot to go on,"
30 cases of people between the
ages of 40 and 49.
The most common causes of
AIDS was sexual relations, 24 and
drug injections, 15 cases. There
were 30 cases where no identified
risk was known.
Of the local cases, 69 were
male and 42 were female.
Ms. Gordon said 51 percent
of the AIDS cases were of black
residents. That compares to 40
percent nation wide.
The census indicates that less
than 10 percent of the population
of Okeechobee is black.
Florida also has a higher num-
ber of females who are infected
than the nation does.
As for HIV, there are 26
Okeechobee cases in 1997. That
compared to 48 cases in 2006.
Again the elimination of prison
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is not
restricted but should be volun-
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and
No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pressure
cleaning of paved surfaces, deco-
rative fountains and water-based
recreation (e.g. swimming pools,
Okeechobee voting places
*Precinct 1 -- Abundant Bless-
ings Church, 4550 Hwy 441 N
*Precinct 2 -- Basinger Comm.
Center, 20350 Hwy 98 N
*Precinct 3 --The Gathering,
1735 S.W. 24 Ave.
*Precinct 04 -- Oak View Bap-
tist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. I
*Precinct 05 --VFW #10539,
3912 Hwy 441 S.E. (New Loca-
*Precinct 06 --Episcopal
Church, 200 N.W. Third St.
*Precinct 07 --First Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
*Precinct 08 -- Okeechobee
Christian Church, 3055 SE 18th
*Precinct 09 -- Elks Lodge,
3666 Hwy 70 E
said OCPD Detective Bettye Tay-
lor. "The call came in to the 9-1-1
center saying Wal-Mart was going
to blow up a specific time. Our
department evacuated the store."
Maj. Stephen said to his recol-,
lection this is the first time such
a threat has been issued against
"This is the first time in my 20
years here," he said.
He said if there had been more
time they would have evacuated
inmates in the report led to the
Seven of the HIV cases are
white, and 18 are black. The
report indicated, 12 men have
HIV and 14 women have HIV in
The most common ages of
people with HIV are between 20-
39, 53.8 percent.
Ms. Gordon said there are
more women than men who
have HIV She noted that may be
because more women get tested
and more seek treatment.
"Not all of the men get tested.
For example, all maternity tests
require an HIV screening. Maybe
we aren't finding as many men in
Okeechobee as we should be,"
Gordon said there have been
amazing advances in the study
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including water
from public utilities, private wells,
canals, ponds and lakes. Users of
100-percent reclaimed water are
exempt from the restrictions but
are encouraged to conserve wa-
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with other
water management districts, the
SFWMD has coordinated with
these agencies to simplify imple-
mentation and enforcement.
*Precinct 10 --Corner Stone
Baptist, 18387 Hwy 441 N (Old
*Precinct 11 Palm Village
Clubhouse, SW 4411 Blvd.
*Precinct. 12 -- Civic Center,
1750 Hwy 98 N
Precinct 13 --Catholic Church
Pavilion, 701 S.W. Sixth St
*Precinct 14 -- American Le-
gion, 501 S.E. Second St.
*Precinct 15 -- VFW # 10539,
3912 Hwy 441 SE
Precinct 16 -- Civic Center,
1750 Hwy 98 N
*Precinct 17 -- Episcopal
Church, 200 N.W. Third St. (New
*Precinct 18 -- FPL Service
Center, 825 N.E. 34th Ave.
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and, if done during the day, the
administrative portion of the de-
partment would have been shut
If something of interest had
been found, Maj. Stephen said
the bomb squad from the St. Lu-
cie County Sheriff's Office would
have been called. .
"But only if we found some-
thing of interest would we have
notified the bomb squad," he
and treatment of AIDS and HIV
over the past=decade. She noted if
caught early, people can live fairly
"If they stay in care and follow
the instructions it is much less
complicated than the past. It's
not a monstrous cocktail of drugs
anymore," she noted.
Ms. Gordon said more advanc-
es are being made in the treat-
ment of these diseases. There is
even mention of a vaccine one
day. "The disease is more chronic
than terminal. So many people
respond better to care now."
The annual report is used to
apply for grants that can help AIDS
patients onthe Treasure coast and
Okeechobee. The grants are used
for patient treatment, prevention
and even teen programs.
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Creative Skill and Craft Contest entries wanted
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youth contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photog-
raphy, horticulture and woodworking. There will also be food
competitions such as home baking and canned goods, as well
as a vegetable competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and
vegetable and largest vegetable categories. You may download
the entry forms and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web
site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com under the exhibits link, or
pick up copies at the Okeechobee County Extension Office at 458
Highway 98 North. If you have questions, please contact Dianne
Spann at 634-3327
City has opening on OUA Board
The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interested applicants
in serving on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Direc-
tors, as an alternate member for a two year term. The applicants
must be residents of the City of Okeechobee and be living in
the service area of OUA. Applications may be printed from the
City's web page, www.cityofokeechobee.com or obtained from
the City Clerk's Office at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. You
may contact us for further information at (863) 763-3372 exten-
Benefit account for Christopher Thomas set up
. OKEECHOBEE -- David Thomas and Trish Metzcher have set
up a benefit account in memory of their son Christopher Thomas
who died early Saturday, July 14, in an automobile accident.
The account has been established at Seacoast National Bank.
For those who would like to donate to the family, the account
information is at the bank.
If you have any questions, call Mrs. Metzcher at (863) 634-
Special benefit account set up
OKEECHOBEE -- A special benefit account has been estab-
lished at Seacoast National Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Ave., for Crystal
(Longen) Vandermolen to help defray medical costs.
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By MaryAnn Morris Works on Southwest Park Street.
Okeechobee News "Residents then .have to accept
It's Girl Scout Cookie time! reduced county services. Oth-
According to Mike Meyer, store erwise, the county will need to
manager for Wal-Mart, the Girl raise the millage or increase fees.
Scouts will be selling cookies in The original intend of Save Our
front of the store and at plenty of Homes was to allow long-term
other places around town. owners or older people to be able
"Florida has the highest rate of to stay in areas where property
inflation of'any state," accord- values have risen astronomically
ing to Audrey Short, Executive such as Boca Raton. The portabil-
Director, Econorfiic Council of ity idea defeats the original pur-
Okeechobee. "These are tough pose of Save Our Homes."
economic times for our area; In addition to shipping, UPS
belts have definitely been tight- Okeechobee offered copies,
ened," she said. "But I remem- printing services, rubber stamps,
ber, Bob Herrington a pastor of a notary mailbox and postal ser-
church on Bourbon Street in New vices, office and packaging sup-
Orleahs saying, 'Pay something plies, and now there is some-
every month on what you owe thing new. A new coil binding
people.' If people will do that, it machine is used plastic spiral
will keep our economy going, coils to bind documents and that
' "Our economy is tied to the makes is a good choice for re-
conditions of the lake," she said. orts, calendars, notebooks and
"The 2004-05 hurricanes changed ports, calendars, notebooks and
the dynamics of the Lake and the training manuals. UPS is open
Federal Regulatory Standards from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday
have a lot to do with the Jake, through Friday and 10 a.m. to
as do the State regulations. But 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 1414 South
if people will just pay something Parrott Avenue.
every month on their 'past dues' Please give us news about
we'll keep on going." your business. Email to
Local business owners have email@example.com, fax
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cut taxes, but then you have to 107 SW 17th Street, behind
cut spending," said Ivan of Auto Dominos Pizza.
First place Winners
The Music City Pig Pals team won first place for their ribs
at the 2008 Top of the Lake BBQ Jack Daniel's.Qualifier.
White House Plaza adds new chiropractors
By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee welcomed The
Chiropractic Group to the com-
munity since Doctors Robert
Scarnecchia (Dr. Robert) and
Dean Schincariol (Dr. Dean)
opened the.office in December
2007 to provide modern chiro-
practic procedures, acupunc-
ture, physiotherapy and reha-
bilitation with a combined 22
years of experience. Their mis-
sion statement is to promote a
healthy lifestyle through a pro-
fessionally guided, comprehen-
sive and multifaceted approach
to pain and dysfunction. This
is accomplished with the high-
est level of service, compassion,
respect and integrity to support
each patient's rejuvenation of
Dr. Robert Scarnecchia
spirit, renewal of hope and res-,
toration of well being.
Dr Scarnecchia earned his
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree
Dr. Dean Schincariol
from Palmer College of Chiro-
practic in San Jose, California. A
few of his training specialties are
in acupuncture, whiplash and
brain traumatology, Graston soft
tissue mobilization and strength
Dr Schincariol earned his
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree
from Logan College of Chiro-
practic in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Dr. Schincariol specializes in
the low force Activator Methods
chiropractic technique, Webster
chiropractic technique for preg-
nant patients, chiropractic for
children and rehabilitation.
The Chiropractic Group ac-
cepts most insurance and is cur-
rently accepting new patients.
It is located in the White House
Plaza at 1140 S. Parrott Avenue
(863) 357-3800. To call for an
appointment, office hours are
Monday through Friday 9 a.m.
until 6 p.m; and on Tuesdays,
1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Royal Concrete Concepts awarded GSA Schedule contract
OKEECHOBEE. -- Royal.
Concrete Concepts, Inc. (RCC)
announced Jan. 24 that it has
received notification from the
U.S. Governments General Ser-
vices Administration (GSA) that
the company, a leading provider
of concrete modular buildings,
has been awarded a five-year
contract GS-07F-0134U. The
GSA Schedule is a government-
wide procurement vehicle that
provides streamlined access to
specialized industry partners
with .established "reputations,
who have consistently demon-
strated the ability to deliver ex-
cellent solutions at a 3fair and
competitive2 price. The GSA
Schedule is the preferred ve-
hicle for government buyers to
utilize for needed products and
services to aid in their agencies
gov) Contractors who have
been awarded a contract with
the General Services Adminis-
tration are more likely to be se-
lected for government purchas-
Obtaining a GSA Schedule
Contract requires a high degree
of.time and attention, something
most organizations cannot af-
ford. Royal Concrete Concepts
was awarded the GSA Schedule
Contract, making it possible for
them to market their products
and services to all federal, state
and local government entities.
Royal Concrete Concepts
partnered with The Florida Solar
Energy Center to pilot one of the
first Local Economic Empow-
erment Development Strategy
(LEED) certified homes in the'
state of Florida. Royal Concrete
Concepts building system is de-
signed to meet or exceed green
building standards. The GSA ad-
heres to one of the goals set un-
der the January 2007 Executive
Order 13423 to reduce energy by
three percent annually through
2015 or 30 percent over the next
seven years (buildings account
for, 41 percent of all energy
consumption). The company's
manufacturing process inte-
grates concrete walls, floor and
roof to create modular buildings
that operate efficiently, with lity
tle environmental impact. The
buildings are energy efficient,
require minimal maintenance,
are extremely quiet and non-
combustible. They are termite
resistant, have a 100-year life
expectancy and can withstand
the winds of a Category 5 hur-
ricane. RCC currently provides
building solutions for the edu-
cation, commercial, residential
and military markets.
RCC achieves economy of
scale by constructing buildings
in a central location and then
delivering them and assembling
them on site. The buildings
are constructed to 95 percent
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RENTALS: I recently saw the advertising for the rental apartments
on 441 S. We have a young woman living with us who has been in
Okeechobee since September 2006. She found a job right after she
got down here from a northern state and plans to live here perma-
nently, her drivers license, car registration and insurance and voters'
card indicate she wants to stay here. She works for a corporation in
Okeechobee which has several holdings in the community. They pay
a little over minimum, and no benefits, no sick pay, no overtime, no
holiday pay. She has been trying to save for a place of her own but
needs first month, last month and security. She does not work in the
agriculture field in any way. The ad lists several fields who would be
the only ones considered for this low income housing and all are
agricultural jobs. But their ad states "EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTU-.
NITY! Where is the equality in that? What is someone in a $13,000 a
year job supposed to do? How many non-agricultural or crop related
people do we have in this town who cannot afford housing? No
wonder we have other problems in Okeechobee.
EASTER: I saw you had a question about Spring Break and also
the discussion about Easter. I think the two questions relate to each
other. Since Easter is based on the first Sunday following the first
full moon -following the vernal equinox, it can be in March or April.
Spring Break is a break from school, and I assume the school is
considering things such as when the nine weeks ends, when the
tests are scheduled, when report cards come out, etc. And I really
don't think that they consider the timing of the full moon into that
equation. Face it people, we have separation of church and state.
Easter is a religious holiday, and the date is set according to a tradi-
tion that goes back to the old Jewish calendar's way of determining
the date of Passover, since the Last Supper was a Passover Supper.
Since they knew the date of Passover, the Christians knew the date of
the crucifixion, and Christians celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ three days after the crucifixion. Spring break is a break from
school, not a religious holiday. By coincidence, sometimes Spring
Break and Easter fall in the same time frame, but if they do, that is
just coincidence. Get over it.
LEARNING: I just want'to thank you for explaining how you fig-
ure out the date of Easter. I am a college graduate and have been a
Christian all my life, and I had no idea how they determine the date
of Easter. Guess it pays to read the paper.
EYESORES: Speaking of eyesores! When-oh-when do you think
someone will remove the old, broken down sign on the corner of
Northwest Second Street and Highway 98? Can't remember was it a
tornado or a hurricane that destroyed it four or five years ago?. It has
been leaning ever since.
RESTAURANTS: I would like to know if there is such a thing as
a restaurant inspector here in the Big O? I don't know how some
places get by with such dirty conditions, like mildewed carpets, ratty-
looking soiled chairs, unclean tables and old worn menus with food '
on them. And there are things like code violations in the electric wir-
ing -- some places have.wires hanging from holes in the ceiling you
could stick a cat through.
SAFETY EXPO: Thank you so much to everyone that partici-
pated in the safety expo this past Saturday. It was a wonderful, in-
formative and fun day for my family. I have but one request, next
time something like this is held, consider foregoing the candy. My
+ Children came home with handfuls of candy. I said "no thank you"
to some of the vendors handing out candy to my children and they
looked at me like I was an evil mother. I let my kids just go ahead
and collect candy after that but when we got home, it all went away.
Now, candy isn't bad ... sometimes. The children get candy on a
daily basis at school as "rewards" or bribes. Up to three pieces a day!
I don't think they need to be getting candy from other places as well.
Gee ... could this be why so many kids are overweight?
SPRING BREAK: I was reading in the Okeechobee News about
this Easter and Spring Break. My question is why isn't the Spring
break in the week 6f Easter? Yes Easter varies every year; but they
know when Easter is, and most towns and counties have Spring
break during the week of Easter, not after. It is just another thing
in Okeechobee. that is not like everyone else. It seems to me that
Okeechobee is a non-conformist town. They can't seem to conform
to what everyone else does.
Editor's note: According to a letter to the editor published
in the Monday paper, the in Okeechobee County, the dates
of Spring Break are based on school schedules such as test-
ing and report cards. Spring Break scheduling varies among
the Florida counties, but Okeechobee County is not "non-
conforming." Okeechobee County schools, Glades County,
Indian River County schools, Highlands County schools
and Hendry County schools all have Spring Break March
31-April 4 this year. Palm Beach County's Spring Break will
be in April. Easter is March 23. A quick survey of South Flor-
ida school districts did not reveal any districts with Spring
Break coinciding with Easter this year. As mentioned previ-
ously, Easter, a religious holiday, is celebrated on the first
Sunday following the first, full moon after the vernal equi-
nox, and so can land in March or April, depending on the
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Letters to the Editor
Stop stalkers before
they become headlines
She could have been my
daughter, or my neighbor's
daughter. Carnesha Nelson was
a bright, attractive 19-year-old
college student who unfortu-
nately became the obsession
of a young man. who worked
on her campus at the University
of Mississippi. He hounded her
relentlessly, and wouldn't take
no for an answer. The night he
assaulted her, she ran scream-
ing from him, pounding on dor-
mitory doors. Fellow students
called the police, but did not let
her in. He caught and killed her.
January is stalking awareness
month, an appropriate time to
assess our treatment of stalkers,
and unfortunately "awareness" is
lacking. Most are not aware that
stalking that ends in violence is
not uncommon. Each year there
are many young women who
say no to boyfriends and suitors,
and lose their lives as a result.
Over 1,100 women were killed
by intimate partners in 2005 and
another 860 by male acquain-
tances, with women from 18
to 30 years old the most at risk.
However the number of women
killed by stalkers is only a frac-
tion of those affected by the vio-
lence: over one million protec-
tive orders are issued annually
by the states to protect women
from assaultor stalking. Stalking
is a growing problem on college
campuses where over 20 per-
cent of college women report
fearing for their safety as a result
of being stalked, according to a
2004 study cited by the National
Center for Victims of Crime.
The suffering inflicted by
stalking is great. Fearing for their
safety, victims will often move,
change jobs, or drop out of col-
lege and training programs to
elude their pursuers. If they rely
instead on protective orders,
they can expect to find an angry
stalker taunting them at their
home or workplace: over 69
percent of protective orders for
women are violated, according
to a .1996 Justice Department
survey. At times the stalker is
not even served with papers
notifying him of the protective
order, since budget priorities
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each. Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The greetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
A.A. will have a closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. It
will be 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 attefid. 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.rmt 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. meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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 children. The event will be held
each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be pro-
vided for infants during the class. For information, call (863)
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 2303. U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from. 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with ,Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served
at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome. I
lie elsewhere. In many states,
some victims cannot even ap-
ply for protective orders: teens
under 18 years old or women
who have never dated, their
stalkers may not have this legal
recourse. These same women
may also be ineligible for access
to women's shelters:
The first anti-stalking law
weht into effect in 1990 in Cali-
fornia, and such laws now exist
in all the states. The states and
several college campuses re-
main in the process of working
out effective protocols for deal-
ing with stalkers. Anti-stalking
laws can be a strong deterrent
to violence, but only if effective-
ly enforced. In a few cases, a se-
rious discussion with the stalker
may be all that is needed. But
persistent stalkers, who ignore
court orders and pose a threat to
the victim, must face certain ar-
rest and jail time, if such stalking
is to be stopped. However, only
44 percent of persons violating a
protective order were arrested,
according to the National Center
for Victims of Crime.
Stronger protections for
women who are stalked would
save the lives of thousands of
women, and would increase
the security and well-being of
the young adults on our college
campuses. The funding of the
necessary interventions should
be a'high priority.
A shift towards such a policy'
requires a change in national at-i
titudes. Our communities will be'
better off when we get tough on
stalkers: the young, good-look-
ing college student or business-
man who persistently stalks and
threatens his ex-girlfriend with.
violence is a threat not only to'
her but to her family, friends and
co-workers and should serve
time. Our legal system'must in
fact protect those whose only'
crime is to have chosen the
wrong partner, or in some cas-
es, simply to have become the
obsession of the wrong person.'
The need is urgent. Without
such protection, many more
lives will be unnecessarily lost to
violence, and millions of young
adults will lack the safety and se-
curity they need to flourish.
By Marianne Hill
Coalition for Women
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Looking back ...
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mill operated by the Bond Lumber Company sometime in
the 1890s. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it
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My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30
Grpup providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.
Halfway house seeks volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway House a Moderate Risk Commitment
Program for 13-18 year old male youth is seeking volunteers who
can "make a difference in the life of a youth". We are seeking, vol-
unteers to read, be a guest speaker, play music, tutor, educate youth
on a trade, assist with a project, instruct youth on building a project,
or just hang out with youth. Volunteer hours and times can vary.
Please contact Tom Jones or Joshua Stoddard at (863) 357 0047.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will
receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-
hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. We now have day and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 forfgistration.
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Be part of The Great Backyard Bird Count 2906
By Angela Sachson
It's not often we get a chance to
learn something new, have a little
fun, and contribute to science at
the same time. It only takes a few
minutes. It's free. And you don't
even have to leave home!
We are talking about the 2008
Backyard Bird Count co-spon-
sored by the national Audubon
Society and Cornell University.
Every year on President's Day
weekend, people count the num-
ber of birds who visit their back-
yard feeders in a time period of 15
minutes or more. The observer
can then enter his or her informa-
tion at the Great Backyard Bird
Count website. The website also
provides tips on how to count,
lists of birds in your zip code, and
lots of other great information.
Why, you may ask, count
birds? And, why should I count
birds? Can't the scientists do it?
Well, first, a scientist or team
of scientists couldn't p'ossibly col-
lect the amount of information
that many regular folks in many
locations can gather. Last year's
participants turned in 81,000
checklists. They counted over
Florida Yards &
eleven million birds of 613 differ-
ent species. All that was accom-
plished in just three days!
Scientists can learn a lot by
knowing the location of bird spe-
cies. Bird populations constantly
move and the bird count can
document' the complex distribu-
tion and movements of many
species in a very short time. Bird
location and movement may also
tell us about changes that can af-
fect us such as climate change. If
you participate, you make sure
the birds from your community
are well represented in the count.
It doesn't matter whether you re-
port the five species coming to
your backyard feeder or the 75
species you see during a day's
outing to a wildlife refuge.
Some of the questions we can
help answer include: How will
the timing of birds' migrations
compare with past years? How
are bird diseases, such as West
Nile virus, affecting birds in dif-
ferent regions? What kinds of dif-
ferences in bird diversity are ap-
parent in cities versus suburban,
rural, and natural areas? Are any
birds undergoing worrisome de-
clines that point to the need for
1. Visit www.birdcount.org
for easy-to-follow instructions, in-
' cluding tips for identifying birds,
and to print a checklist for your
2. Count the birds you see,
wherever you choose to count.
Write down the highest number
of individual birds you see at one
time. That way you won't count
any bird twice.
3. After at least 15 minutes
of watching in one place, report
your results online at www.bird-
count.org. (You can spend more
time observing if you prefer.)
4. You can repeat your count
at the same place on each day of
the Great Backyard Bird Count.
You can also visit other locations
and submit separate information
for those areas too. .
If you do not have a bird feed-
er you can supply bird feed in any
flat, open container. Even a pie
plate on a stump can catch the
eye of a snack-hungry bird. Make
sure the feeder is far from squirrel
and cat hideouts and jumping-off
Read the label on the birdseed
for feeding instructions and start
feeding a few days before your
bird watch. Birds have great eye-
sight but they might not flock to
your feeder the minute you fill it!
Or, try this:
On Saturday, Feb. 16, come to
the Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office. We will have feeders
set up in the side yard, plenty of
checklists and pencils, and bird
identification information. We
can count together or you can
count on your own. The feeders
will be up from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
See you there!
For more information about
the Great Backyard Bird Count,
visit your county extension
office or the following sites.
If you need additional infor-
mation on the bird count, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas.
ufl.edu or call us at (863)-763-
6469. In Highlands County call
(863)-402-6540 and in Glades
County call (863)-946-0244.
Okeechobee residents can
stop by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from 1 to 3 p.m. on
SES Students of the Week
South Elementary School Students of the Week for Jan. 21-25 are: Joseph Lorpesti, Jonah
Palomino, Alize Merchant, Logan Clay, Joshua Henry, Cole Carpenter, Samiah Villalpando,
Kasandra SImeron, Ayan Desai, Jeffery Rhoden, Kaylee Facente, Shelby Kirton, Karl Pope,
Shyane Adkins, Rebecca McNitt, Ismael Perez, Andee Garcia, Tristin Prescott, Julissa Ri-
vera, Sandra Gomez, Triston Manalo, Brandon Mahley, Daniel Robles, Jessica Lockhead.
Joshua McMillan, Myron McGhee, and Korlena Lashley. Congratulations and keep up the
SES students receive awards
Students at South Elemen-
tary School received Golden,
Silver and Bronze Eagle awards
for grades third through fifth for
the second nine weeks of the
Third grade .
cia, Catrina '
gan Clay, Mitch
Mulholland, Taylor Hammack,
Kelsi Kula, Riylie Norton, and
Nolan Carpenter, Savannah
Goggans, Ismael Perez, Luis
Leon, Cody Louthan, Michaela
Myers, Austin Spano, Josh Wall,
Hannah Fralix, Daniel Hotmire
and Dilmer LaRowe.
Gil Gio delos Reyes, Jose
Martinez, Audriana Garcia, Jan-
ice Rivero, Dylan Sheffield, Bias
Aguilar, Maribell Garcia, Joshua
Rhoden, Danny Willett, Savan-
nah Wilson, Jessica Delgado,
Tristin Prescott, Zachary Strip-
ling and Zachary Whittier.
Fourth grade winners are:
Madysun Causier, Zachary
Hudson, and Ryan Daniel.
Edrick Neal, Chase Quesin-
berry, Regino Garcia, Byron
Byrd, Meagan Wilson, Francis-
co Olvera, Alyssa Coleman, and
Devon Loschiavo, Cheyenne
McNitt, Imari Roberts, Fredy
Rodriguez, Trenton Gainer,
Braeden Rucks, Brandon Mah-
ley, Kristopher Pope, Briana
Jones, Michael Muros, Cavin
Platt, Jacqueline Phares, Shel-
bie Longberry, Kearstin Dor-
rance, Boyd Brown, Dylan
Abdelquader, Kerstin Brown,
Denise Hinger, Carolanne Lun-
dy, Dalton Pickering and Charles
Fifth grade winners are:
Michael Daniel, CJ Sheffield,
Katya Kobassinskaya, and Ra-
Caleb Crews, Tyler Fairtrace,
Brittany Milrot, Trey Phillips, RJ
Tedders, Tyler,,Winner, Tammie
Ward, Sean Chauhan, Natasha
Williams and Tasha Barker.
Dallas McLaughlin, Taylor
Pearce, Lucas Penido, Kain Sar-
ros, Hunter Bosworth, Chris
Joles, Bailey Kirton, Joshua Mc-
Millian, Tyler Osceola, Andrea
Sauro, Greg Hernadez, Trenton
Hickman, Baldemar Medrano,
Bobby Neese, Jessica Olney,
Rebeca Priest, Payton Byrd,
Marianne Madrigal, Cali Pearce,
Isabelle Sheldon, Brandon
Shockley, Kylie Daniel, Daniel.
Robles and Kayla Simpson.
In other news, the 'Spelling
Bee winners for South Elemen-
tary are: RJ Tedders First Place,
Caleb Crews Second Place,
and Tasha Barker Third Place.
The first and second place win-
ners will participate in the dis-
trict Spelling Bee on Feb. 1.
Kindergarten is celebrating
the letters B, K, and 0. We have
made butterflies, Koalas and
Octopi. Last week we attended
the presentation of "Woodland
Tales" at the Freshman Campus.
We learned about Native Ameri-
can folktales about animals.
The first grade team would
like to recognize the follow-
ing students who earned a PBS
bracelet for excellent behavior:
Josh Allen, Rocky Chauhan,
Radley Facente, Ryleigh Foun-
tain, Dakoda Garelick, Sarah
Heaton, Wilniyhna Jones, Haley
Land, Abigail Myers, Evan Neal,
Daniel Parker, Veronica Parson,
Mariso Rodriguez, Angela Salm-
eron, Sabria Smith, Samiah Vil-
lalpando, and Rick Willet. Con-
gratulations students and keep
up the good work.
Second grade has started
their science chapter on mo-
tion. Students have been doing
various activities that demon-
strate the affects of gravity and
friction on the motion of various
objects. These activities have in-
cluded labs, teacher demonstra-
tions, and small group activities,
all of which have enhanced stu-
dent understanding of how force,
applies to their everyday lives.
Next week we will continue our
study of force by exploring how
Third grade at South Elemen-
tary plans to host the Math Olym-
pics. Students will be reviewing
various math skills through fun
activities. Students will switch
from class to class participating
in games that reinforce these
FCAT skills. Students will partici-
pate in activities such as the Mar-
ble grab. In this game, students
, will use balances to weigh their
marbles. The sponge squeeze
allows students to review liquid
capacityand the paper straw jav-
elin reviews measuring length.
Students will review their metric
chapter through these fun ac-
tivities for their test at the end of
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Donation to Red Cross
Debbie Riddle (right), Branch Manager presented a "Cer-
tificate of Appreciation" plaque, along with Julie Shook
(left) to John Williams (center) for his generous donation
to the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch. John Wil-
liams held a private fundraiser at the Williams Ranch and
elected to donate the proceeds of $1,000 to help our local
Red Cross Branch. Thank you to Mr. Williams and all who
contributed at the event.
Benefit for family of Johnny Lamb
F.O.E. #4137, Hwy 441 N. is sponsoring a benefit for the family of
Johnny Lamb, who was killed in an auto accident on Dec. 7, 2007.
We are asking for items to auction. Please contact May Scaffa at
(863) 634-7318 or Patty Rucks at (863) 634-1833.
There will be a barbecue dinner of chicken or pork for a donation
of $7 which will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Eagles Club on
Hwy 441 North. The auction will be held at 6 p.m. and a drawing will
be held. There will also be live music.
Seminole selects Teacher of the Year
We are happy to announce
that Erin Ellinger has been select-
ed as the Seminole Elementary
School Teacher of the Year.
two years ago
ing to Florida
from Bay City,
Michigan. She graduated from
Saginaw Valley State University
with a Bachelor's Degree in Mu-
sic Education. Erin decided to
become a music teacher after
the experiences she had teaching
voice lessons. She got so much
joy out of seeing the students ex-
press themselves through Music,
she wanted to become an educa-
Under Erin's direction, the stu-
dents learn about music history,
musical instruments, and the art
of performing in front of audi-
ences. When Erin's students per-
form for the PTO or during spe-
cial programs, it is obvious they
are well prepared. Erin's willing-
ness to put forth extra effort to
prepare her students for these
PTO performances has increased
parental participation by 70%. It
is Erin's ability to positively inter-
act with students, teachers, and
parents that led to this increase
in parental participation.
For the past year and a half,
Erin has tutored 3rd through 5t"
grade students who participate
in the FCAT Tutorial Afterschool
Program. The main objective
of the program is to increase
academic performance, by us-
ing research based instructional
practices to give students the
strategies, they need to become
fluent, comprehending readers.
Erin's dedication to this program
is evidenced by her obvious
preparation. Before the tutoring
program begins, Erin develops a
teaching timeline for each FCAT
Benchmark that is tested by the
FCAT. She locates and organizes
all necessary practice materials
and activities relevant to each
Benchmark, and she researches
classroom motivational tech-
niques that encourage students
Eileen S. Brooks
Eileen S. Brooks died on Jan.
25, 2008. She was born on Jan. 4,
1915 in Mohawk, Ind., and later
moved to West Palm Beach, in
1960. Mrs. Brooks enjoyed her
retirement years in Ocala and
Okeechobee, where she was
a member, of Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church. She enjoyed life,
she loved lo play cards, cook for
her family and friends, and en-
joyed arts and crafts. Her family
will always remember her home-
made. noodles, peanut' butter
fudge, and the gifts she made.
Her legacy to all who knew her.
is her gentle spirit and love she
so freely gave. She leaves behind
four generations that loved her
dearly to cherish her memory.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Lowell Brooks
in 1984 and by her siblings, Rob-
ert Snider, Bernice Hamlin, Faye
Eiselle, and Rosalie Snider.
She is survived by her sons,
Dick, Larry, Jerry,. Wayne, and
Russell Taylor; daughter, Betty
Baker; step-children, Marilyn Hol-
iday, Doris Ball, Benny Brooks,
and Larry Brooks; 32 grandchil-
dren; several great-grandchildren
and great-great-grandchildren; a
sister, Velda Ridenour; a brother,
Bill Snider, 'and a sister-in-law,
Beylah Snider, as well as numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
. A visitation was held Mon-
day, Jan. 28 at the funeral home.
Services to celebrate her life will
be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday,
Jan. 29 at the funeral home. Mrs.
Brooks will be laid to rest imme-
diately following the services at
Lake Worth Memory Gardens.
Funeral arrangements have
been entrusted Dorsey-E. Earl
Smith Memory Gardens Funeral
Home, Lake Worth.
Lola A. Holerger
Lola A. Holerger, 82, died
Jan. 25, 2008 in Port St. Lucie.
Mrs. Holerger was born in Cairo,
Georgia and moved to Ft. Pierce
in 1960 coming from Barberton,
Ohio. She worked as Church sec-
retary at First Christian Church in
Ft. Pierce and was manager of
She Shoppe of Ft. Pierce.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Harold "Pap-
py" Holerger and 3 sisters and 1
nis F. Holerger, of Okeechobee;
daughter, Marla G. Holerger, of
Ft. Pierce; six grandchildren and
Memorial contributions may
be made to The ALS Association,
.27001 Agoura Road, Suite' 150,
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104.
A gathering will be held on
Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 until
7 p.m. at Haisley Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Haisley Funeral &
Cremation Service. A guest book
may be signed at www.haisleyfu-
to attain their best scores. She in-
formally meets with the students'
teachers to share ideas, identify
instructional needs, and maintain
focus. She establishes and main-
tains a monitoring process that
provides positive support for the
.test preparation process. Erin's
ability to communicate clearly,
both orally and in writing, makes
the program run smoothly.
Erin is well known as a leader
among her peers. As a member
of the Sunshine Committee, Erin
often arranges and coordinates
events. Last year, Erin volun-
teered to host the school wide
talent show. She prepared stu-
dents by helping them coordi-
nate routines, and she afforded
them .an opportunity to practice.
The talent show was a spectacu-
lar event the Okeechobee News
highlighted with a feature article
and many photos. Erin also co-
ordinated the Seminole Elemen-'
tary School holiday social event.
She met with other members of
the Sunshine Committee to plan,
decorate, and arrange a gather-
ing that boosted morale among
As the music teacher at Semi-'
nole, Erin has distinguished
herself as a conscientious and
energetic person in the field of
education. We have enormous
respect for her level of knowledge'
and skill, and we are pleased to
work with her.
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Variety adds spice ... and nutrition to your meals
It's ironic that in this day and
age, when a wide variety of fruits
and vegetables is ready available
at the nearest supermarket, that
some people actually have less
variety in their diet than the aver-
age .American did when they re-
lied on locally grown produce.
Before modern transportation
S made it possible to ship tomatoes
from Florida to Michigan in the
middle of the winter, and before
J modern food packaging made it
possible to buy frozen strawber-
ries year round, people simply ate
what was available. That. meant
that their diets changed with the
seasons. Some foods were avail-
able in the spring, others in the
summer, and other foods were
with Katrina Elsken
available in the autumn.
. When it comes to healthy eat-
ing, variety is good for you. Eating
a variety of foods usually means
consuming a variety of nutrients.
This used to happen from neces-
sity. People ate what was avail-
able and were glad to have it. But
with. the way food is produced
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Parents can set a good ex-
ample by eating a variety of foods.
Encourage every member of the
family to eat at least one spoonful
of the new food.
A little creativity in food
preparation can "sneak" extra
vegetables into foods -that are
family favorites. For example, you
can mince (chop up into very
small pieces) yellow squash, egg-
plant and green peppers and add
to spaghetti sauce. The tomato
sauce color and spaghetti spices
can effectively disguise the addi-
If you tried a canned vegeta-
ble and didn't like it, try the fresh
version. There is a big difference
between.the flavor and texture of
canned and fresh vegetables.
Try juices and juice blends,
as a way to include a bigger vari-.
ety of fruits and vegetables in your
A few weeks ago, I wrote a
column about comfort foods"
and invited readers to share their
favorite recipes. An anonymous
reader brought in this recipe.
Garbanzo Bean Soup
.2 medium onions
4 cups cubed uncooked ham
Put onions and ham in large'
pot. Cover with water and cook
on medium heat for 35 minutes.
Add the following:
3 cups diced potatoes
3 cans garbanzo beans (und-
3 medium cans (or two large)
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons salt (or to taste)
Cook on medium heat until
it boils. Reduce heat to simmer.
Simmer for 90 minutes. Stir fre-
quently 'and do not let soup stick
Before making any change
in your diet or exercise pro-
gram, consult your doctor.
This is especially important
if you are on any prescription
drugs. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered
Health News in Brief
The American Red Cross
classes offered for the month of
February are as follows: Thurs-
day, Feb. 7 First Aid Basics;
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Infant &
Child CPR; Thursday, Feb. 21 -
Adult CPR; All classes are held at
6 p.m. at our local office located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
Healthy Start Boad
of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday,
Feb. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office, located at 575 SW. 28th
St. within the New Endeavors
School Building. This meeting is
open to the public. For informa-
tion call Kay Begin at 462-5877.
Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will be
teaching a CRA Nutritional Analy-
sis class at Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. For informa-
tion call 763-4320.
Friday, Feb. 15, the Visit-
ing Nurse Association will offer
free memory loss screenings
which will be sponsored by the
Alzheimer's Association. The
screenings are free, but you must
make an appointment. Appoint-
ments will be available from 11
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on that day.
To make an appointment ahead
of time, please call Donna True,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
at 800-861-7826, Ext. 1 or 772-
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco re-
sources to residents, businesses
and community organizations
in the county. Freedom from
Smoking classes will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
'For information, call (863)
Diabetes Support at
Raulerson Hospital offers a
'monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.
Red Cross offers
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various vqca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the lo-
cal Red Cross office' at (863) 763-
2488 for information.
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for
'a free confidential- consultation.
Or, go to the website at www.
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancex
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday.of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each
,other. They meet the first Thurs-
day of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
First Baptist Church, 401 SW 4th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
(entrance is the door to the W in
front 6f church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831
or First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171 for more information.
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$800/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
OKEECHOBEE On the water,
w/screened porch, covered
apt. W/furniture, water, air &
heat, utilities & lawn work
furnished. 1 person, no
smoking, no pets, $600/mo.
OKEECHOBEE- 1br efficiency,
utilities furnished, $800, 1st
& last month rent & sec dep.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2br, 1ba, 2
story apt, screened porch,
very clean, no pets.
$750/mo, 1st, last & Dep.
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba, Remodeled
Kitchen, Washer & Dryer,
covered screened patio,
Avail 2/1/08. May be seen
now by appt. (863)634-3414
BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
3/2, 3/1 1/ or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move in special. Call
BHR 3 br, 1 ba CBS, part
furn, dock, boat slip, carport.
$900/mo + $900 sec dep.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2, fully
furn, on canal, seasonal &
BUY, RENT OR LEASE,
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,
Close to everything.
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$500 sec dep.
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
2nd Annual Cane Country Auction
February 2, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
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Equipment, Construction Equipment, Heavy Duty
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26400 State Rd 880, Belle Glade, FL
Terry DeMott, Sr. Mobile 229-891-1832
DeMott Auction Co. 561-992-9028
DON'T MISS THIS AUCTION!
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Okee, 3BR/1BA, 2602 NW 8th OKEE.- CBS, 2br/1ba/lgar. OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
St., in front of Walpole Feed Remodeled, Laundry, C/Air, garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
Supply, $850 mo. + $600 Yard service. $950 + Sec. sec. 863-467-2541 or after
sec. dep. (863)447-4318 Avail now. (863)634-4548 5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, 1ba, fully furn.
Elec & satellite incld.,
RENT TO OWN- Newly remod-
eled. In town. 3br, 2ba,
$3000 down, $1300/mo,
w/$300/mo going towards
down payment. Bruised
credit okay. (863)467-0128
SOUTHEAST SECTION 3BR,
2BA. Great house in great
neighborhood. $1200 mo.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
$500 per month
Please call for
ROOM FOR RENT Share 2
BR, 1 BA House W&D, Shed.
Util's included. $500 mo. +
sec. dep. (786) 201-0306
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it hi the clas-
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES Per-
son needed to share large
home, private bath, full
house privileges. $600 mo.
includes all utilities & main-
LAKEHOUSE in Lake Placid for
Seasonal rental. Furnished
with dock. (863)465-0053
CHEVRON Gas Station, Hwy
441, across from Home Depot
C- Store, Dell, Carwash. $1.1
million. Fin avail. Broker
CBS HOME 3/2/2 In gated
community. Open fir plan w/
family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Safe area for walks & biking.
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 2
waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666
OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
obile Home Lots 2005
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Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
Rental, SE 23rd Court,
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419
Singlewide 2br, 2ba,
located on a Ranch. $650
mo. Call (863)763-2838
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
FIFTH WHEEL 1 hr,
$350/mo yearly preferred,
TRAILER 3BR/1BA, $700
mo. + $250: sec., weekly or
mont h ly. Call
(863)763-4271 for more info
TREASURE ISLAND, 1 & 2
BR, No pets. $700 mo. rent
+ $600. Sec. dep. $950 to
move in. (863)824-2246
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br/lba,
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env. $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last& Sec. 772-285-5856
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
BHR MARINA 12x40, FI/Rm
20x12, Lot 31, $28,000,
Land rent $310 mo. on Rim
KINGS MH PARK- 2br, 2ba,
Florida rm, new roof, C/Air,
many extras, $15,000 neg.
Must Sell (863)763-8287
MH 14 x 60, Fl rm, carport,
nicely furnished, Cassablan-
ca #24, 2 blk Kissmee Riv,
Hwy 78, plus '92 Olds 4 dr
98. $32.5K (812)480-9343
VANTAGE OAK 35' w/Florida
room, Loaded, has nearly new
appl., Tile & wood firs.
PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
SUNSET BAY TRITOON
'07- 23ft, w/trlr & cover, 115
hp Honda, $18,000,
HOLIDAY RAMBLER ENDEAV-
OR '00 35', low mileage,
Ford V10 gas eng. $40,000
WINNEBAGO VIEW '07 -23',
with slide, Mercedes Diesel,
15-19 mpg, 13k miles. Can
be seen at River Bend RV
Park in Okee. $65,000
MUSTANG '03 Great condi-
tion, transferable warranty,
V6. $8500 or best offer.
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1999 Z71 4X4, Good con-
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best offer. (863)697-6431
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Grab a bargain from your
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I Pub icNot Ii
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chater 120, Florida Stat-
utes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County SchoolBoard will con-
sider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at tIir meeting on
Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the Sceool Board Ad-
ministrative Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. Copies of the pro-
posed policy amendment are available in the School Board Office located at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Room 307.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 3.90 Charter Schools
This policy provides general guidelines for ensuring high quality instruction, safe-
ty, and accountability for charter schools. The proposed revision amends Section
IV, Elements of the Charter, and brings the policy into agreement with current
Florida Statutes. The. legal authority for this policy is .ES. 1001.41; 1001.42.
Laws implemented are FS. 1001.02; 1001.43; 1002.33. This policy amendment
will not affect individuals from an economic standpoinL
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
258345 ON 1/29/08
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF THE COQUINA
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING
THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR
JANUARY 31, 2008 IS HEREBY CANCELLED. THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING
WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 13, 2008. DETAILS TO BE ADVERTISED FEBRU-
WILLIARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
863) 763-4601 OR 01(863) 634-3166
8723 ON 1/29/080________ ___
Public Notice 5005!
State Public -
CARE AND PROTECTION
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS
SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION
DOCKET NUMBER: CP07WO0093
Juvenile Court Department
Worcester County Division
225 Main Street, Room 1007
Worcester, MA 01608
TO: THOMAS BREWARD AND/OR
FATHER OF LACEY MARIE MORRIS
A petition has been presented to this
court by DEPT. SOCIAL SERVICES,
seeking, as to the subject child(ren),
LACEY MARIE MORRIS, that said
children) be found in need of care and
protection and committed to the De-
partment of Social Services. The court
may dispense the the ights of the person
named herein to receive notice of or to
consent to any legal proceeding affect-
ing the adoption, custody, or guardian-
ship or any other disposition of the
child(ren) named herein, if it finds that
the children) is/are in need of care
and protection and that the best inter-
ests'of the child(ren) would be served
by said disposition.
You are hereby ORDERED to appear In
this court, at the court address set
forth above, on 02/22,08, at 9:00
a.m., for a PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE.
You may bring an attorney with you. If
you have a right to an attorney and if
the court determines that you are indi-
gent, the court will appoint an attorney
to represent you.
If you fail to appear, the court may pro-
ceed with a trial on the merits of the
petition and an adjudication of this
For further information call the Office of
the Clerk-Magistrate at 508-791-7109.
Craig D. Smith
DATE ISSUED: 12/13/07
Carol A. Erskine
256418 ON 1/15,22,29/08
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to 'look or a helper In
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE PROPERTY
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-283
FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
EARL K. OMAN, TRUSTEE
HAWKS LANDING II CORW. a Florida
Corporation (HAWKS), E.M. CRISSON
a/k/a ELLIS M. CRISSON (CRISSON)'
DAVID HALL (HALL), HOWARD
WONG (WONG), STEVE WANG
(WANG), SCOSTA CORP., a Florida
CoErpralion (SCOSTA), GARY CREP,
MELANIE CREP, ERIK CREP, SEAN
CREP (CREPS), PRIMERA LOBBE
(LOBBE), AND PHYLLIS HOLLEY
TO: HAWK'S LANDING I CORP.,
a Florida corporation
13l15 NE 4 Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-,.
bon to foreclosure a mortgage on the
following property in Okeechobee,
Lotl 1, OKEECHOBEE GOLF ESTATES
PHASE ONE, according to the Plal
thereof, recorded In Plat Book 6; Page
70 Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida. ("Real Property")
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-'
ten defenses, if any, to it on John C0
Sullivan, Jr., Esquire;, attorney for the
Plaintiff whose address is Sullivan, Ad-
mire & Sullivan, 2555 Ponce De Leon
Blvd., Suite 320, Coral Gables, Floridd
33134 and file the original with thl
Clerk of the above styled Court on o0
before the thirtieth (30th) day from the
date of the first publication of this no,
tice otherwise a defaultfi will be entered
against you for the relief prayed for in
the complaint or petthon.
This notice shall be published once a
week for two consecutive weeks in the'
WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court
at Okeechobee, Florida On this 15th
day of January, 2008.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florinda
By: Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
John C. Sullivan Jr., Esq.
Attorney for Plaintiff
2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,
Suite 320 *
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Florida Ba No.: q79248
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Girls ready to battle Westwood at districts
By Charles M. Murphy
Six wins in a row have the Lady
Brahman's feeling good as they
start play in their district tourna-
ment this afternoon. However, all
the girls know those wins won't
mean a thing if they don't get past
the first round.
Up first is the Brahman's long
time rival, the Lady Panthers -of
Fort Pierce Westwood, (12-12).
The two teams split their first
two games this year. Westwood
defeated Okeechobee in Decem-
ber, 56-42. Okeechobee came
back in January to defeat the
Lady Panthers, 46-40. Both teams
won home games against the
other. Westwood, led by Coach
Alvin Hamilton, had some good
players like Aleshia Whitehead,
a senior, and juniors Trachesha
Lundy, Kaneshia Atwater and
Okeechobee counters with
sophomore Monica Koger, and a
host of solid performers.
Head Coach Tammy Wright
admits the team is playing its best
ball of the year at the right time.
She just wants it to continue for a
few more games.
"I hope the streak continues.
We have our winning streak late
in the year but its better late than
never. We finished the season off
in a good way," she noted.
Senior Kitaki Roberts said she
feels confident the team can ad-
vance past the first round of their
district tournament for the first
time in many seasons.
"It's going to be a tough game.
I think we can pull it through.
We're ready. They beat us and
we beat them," she remarked.
Fellow senior Heather Fipps
said she thinks she knows what
the key will be in today's contest.
"Turnovers, we have to capital-
ize on their turnovers. We also
have to look for our post players
because Westwood doesn't really
have a lot of height."
The 14-4A District tournament
will be played at Jensen Beach
High School this year. Number
one seed Suncoast has a bye in the
first round. Besides Okeechobee
vs. Westwood, Jensen Beach (17-
5) will host Glades Central, and
Lincoln Park (15-5) will play For-
est Hill. The games start at 4 p.m.
Living the suite life in Orlando, Florida
I've been attending the PGA
Merchandise Show in Orlando for
more than a decade. I now travel
there annuallywith two associates.
Let me share a secret I've learned
about Orlando accommodations.
Unless you are visiting alone, there
are some great deals for vacation
homes (houses, villas, condos or
This year I was assisted by a
firm called Global Resort Homes.
They offer multi-room units at sev-
eral new, upscale communities. I
stayed-at Oakwater. It is a brand
new community in Kissimmee,
just a 3-wood away from Disney
Oakwood offers two and three-
bedroom condos. I stayed in a
three-bedroom unit. The three
bedrooms included a king, queen
and one with two twins. The big-
gest difference between these
units and a hotel is all the extra
space beyond the bedrooms.
These units provide a full kitch-
en (including pots, pans, utensils,
etc,), a dining room, and a fully
stocked living room. I especially
by Daniel Shube
enjoyed the huge LCD television,
complete with DVD and wireless,
high-speed Internet. There was
even a game room with video
games and a foosball table in
this unit. Another plus is having a
washer/dryer (no coins needed!).
The resort grounds include a
clubhouse, pool, hot tub, sand vol-
leyball and tennis courts.
While it was about a 20-minute
drive to the Orange County Con-
vention Center, there were plenty
of excellent golf courses nearby.
Mystic Dunes is just up the block.
Reunion and Champions Gate are
just a few minutes away. I'll talk
more about golf in a future col-
In spite of having a full kitchen
in my unit, I still ventured out for
most of my meals. The one res-
taurant that stood out on this trip
was the Oceanaire Seafood Room,
located at the renovated Point
complex on International Drive, a
block away from the convention
The Oceaniare offered a large
list of fresh fish prepared in a vari-
ety of ways. What is unique is you
can visit their website (www.the-
oceanaire.com) and see what fish
is available on a daily basis. For ex-
ample, as I write this tonight they
have Ahi tuna, Hawaiian Snapper,
Mahi Mahi, Red Grouper, Sword-
fish, Carolina Trout, Red Snapper,
Striped Sea Bass and Yellow Snap-
All that being said, of course I
didn't order the fresh fish. I opted
for the fresh shellfish. They offer
dozens of shellfish options, includ-
ing a variety of oysters. I lead-off
with an order of the best oysters
Rockefeller I've ever tasted. Pro-
ceeded to a broiled Maine lobster
that was swimming in the tank
when I walked in to the restaurant.
I went with a two-pound crusta-
cean (they had many larger sizes
if you can handle it) to save room
In addition, the side dishes and
salads were all served family style
(translation: huge). The home
fried potatoes were outstanding,
served loaded upon request (in-
cluding bacon, onion and a touch
of hot sauce).
Somehow, I made it to dessert,
and. selected what might be one of
the finest I tried, the baked Alaska.
Our party of four shared it, each of
us receiving a nice sized portion.
When our waiter topped it with
150-proof rum and set it ablaze,
we knew we were in for a treat.
We were not disappointed!
I'm heading back for another
convention in a few weeks. I've
already booked another three-
bedroom unit at Vista Cay, a sister
property located a short walk from
the convention center and the
Oceanaire (I'll be going back!).
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Boys hoops on the go
Leshawn Henderson (left) led Okeechobee with 18 points
Tuesday, but he had to work awful hard to score due .o
some tenacious Raider defense.